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SYSTEM INFORMATION GUIDE
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Notes, Notices, and Cautions Throughout this guide, blocks of text may be accompanied by an icon and printed in bold type or in italic type. These blocks are notes, notices, and cautions, and they are used as follows: NOTE: A NOTE indicates important information that helps you make better use of your computer system. NOTICE: A NOTICE indicates either potential damage to hardware or loss of data and tells you how to avoid the problem. CAUTION: A CAUTION indicates the potential for bodily har
Dell™ Latitude™ L400 System Information Guide Your Dell Latitude computer accessories box includes a reduced set of paper documentation. This document contains getting started, safety, reguatory, and warranty information about your Dell computer, as well as information about other Dell documents that are available and how to obtain them. Other Documents Available The following documents are provided with your computer: The Getting Started sheet, which provides step-by-step instructions fo
Getting Help Dell provides a number of tools to help you if your computer does not perform as expected. For information on these help tools, see the “Getting Help” section in the online User’s Guide. Safety Instructions Use the following safety guidelines to help protect your computer from potential damage and to help ensure your own personal safety. When Using Your Computer As you use your computer, observe the following safety guidelines. CAUTION: Do not allow your computer to operate with
To help prevent electric shock, plug the AC adapter and peripheral power cables into properly grounded power sources. These cables are equipped with three- prong plugs to help ensure proper grounding. Do not use adapter plugs or remove the grounding prong from a cable. If you must use an extension cable, use a three-wire cable with properly grounded plugs. If you use an extension cable with your AC adapter, ensure that the total ampere (A) rating of the products plugged into the extensi
NOTICE: When taking the computer from low-temperature conditions into a warmer environment or from high-temperature conditions into a cooler environment, allow the computer to acclimate to room temperature before turning on power. When you disconnect a cable, pull on its connector or on its strain-relief loop, not on the cable itself. As you pull out the connector, keep it evenly aligned to avoid bending any connector pins. Also, before you connect a cable make sure both connectors are
Use a chair that provides good lower back support. Keep your forearms horizontal with your wrists in a neutral, comfortable position while using the keyboard, touch pad or external mouse. Always use the palmrest with the keyboard or touch pad. Leave space to rest your hands when using an external mouse. Let your upper arms hang naturally at your sides. Sit erect with your feet resting on the floor and your thighs level. When sitting, make sure the weight of your legs is on your fe
Protecting Against Electrostatic Discharge Static electricity can harm electronic components inside your computer. To prevent static damage, discharge static electricity from your body before you touch any of your computer’s electronic components, such as a memory module. You can do so by touching an unpainted metal surface on the computer’s I/O panel. As you continue to work inside the computer, periodically touch an I/O connector to remove any static charge your body may have a
Getting Started To set up your computer, perform the following steps: 1. Unpack the accessories box (see Figure 1-1). 2. Set aside the contents of the accessories box, which you will need to complete the setup of your computer. AC adapter AC adapter cable power cable AC adapter media bay cable external media bay with operating system diskette drive documentation Figure 1-1. Accessories Box Contents The accessories box also contains user documentation, your Dell Latitude L400 ResourceCD, a
Connecting the AC Adapter NOTE: A partially charged battery is already installed in the computer, but Dell recommends that you attach the AC adapter now so that the battery can complete its charge and the operating system setup can proceed without interruption. To connect your computer to the AC adapter, perform the following steps: 1. Plug the AC adapter’s attached cable into the AC adapter connector on the computer (see Figure 1-2). AC adapter AC adapter power cable AC adapter cable AC
Connecting the External Media Bay (Optional) To connect a device in the external media bay (see Figure 1-3) to the computer, perform the following steps. NOTE: To avoid overheating the computer, do not place the external media bay close to the air inlet or fan intake/exhaust vents. 1. To install a device in the media bay, slide the device into the bay until you hear the click that indicates that the device is fully seated. 2. Connect the larger of the media bay cable’s two connectors to t
Turning On the Computer To turn on the computer, open the computer display and press the power button. NOTE: Do not dock the computer until it has been turned on and shut down at least once. Computer Components Figures 1-4 and 1-5 show the locations of the computer’s components. display display latch status indicator panel power button media bay cable integrated microphone PC Card slot external media bay hard-disk drive security cable slot touch pad and buttons Figure 1-4. Front View of
modem USB NIC connector video connector headphone/ speaker-out jack parallel connector microphone media bay (MIC IN) jack cable connector AC adapter connector fan intake/ exhaust vent PS/2 connector air intake external media bay Figure 1-5. Back View of the Computer Replacing the Battery NOTICE: To avoid data loss, do not remove the battery while the computer is turned on unless the computer is connected to an electrical outlet. To replace a battery in the battery bay, perform the fo
3. Remove the battery from the battery bay. Close the computer display and turn the computer over. Slide the battery bay latch to the unlock position (see Figure 1-6), causing the battery to pop up slightly on one side. While keeping the latch in the unlock position, pivot the battery up and out of the bay. Release the latch. battery battery latch Figure 1-6. Removing the Battery 4. Position the new battery as shown in Figure 1-6, and lower the outside edge of the battery into the batt
services, radar, air-traffic control, pager, and Personal Communication Services (PCS). These licensed services, along with unintentional radiators such as digital devices, including computer systems, contribute to the electromagnetic environment. Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) is the ability of items of electronic equipment to function properly together in the electronic environment. While this computer system has been designed and determined to be compliant with regulatory agency
FCC Notices (U.S. Only) Most Dell computer systems are classified by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as Class B digital devices. However, the inclusion of certain options can change the rating of some configurations to Class A. To determine which classification applies to your computer system, examine all FCC registration labels located on the bottom or back panel of your computer, on card-mounting brackets, and on the cards themselves. If any one of the labels carries a Cla
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected. Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/television technician for help. The following information is provided on the device or devices covered in this document in compliance with FCC regulations: Model number: PP01S Company name: Dell Computer Corporation EMC Engineering Department One Dell Way Round Rock, Texas 78682 USA 512-338-4400 Modem Regulatory Information This equi
appropriate telephone number for obtaining customer assistance. If the equipment is causing harm to the telephone network, the telephone company may request that you disconnect the equipment until the problem is resolved. Fax Branding The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 makes it unlawful for any person to use a computer or other electronic device, including fax machines, to send any message unless such message clearly contains in a margin at the top or bottom of each transmitt