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Notes, Notices, and Cautions NOTE: A NOTE indicates important information that helps you make better use of your computer. 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 a potential for property damage, personal injury, or death. Abbreviations and Acronyms For a complete list of abbreviations and acronyms, see the Glossary in your User’s Guide. ® ® If you purchased a Dell™ n Series computer,
Contents Finding Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Setting Up Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 About Your Computer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Front View. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Left Side View. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Right Side View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Finding Information NOTE: Some features or media may be optional and may not ship with your computer. Some features or media may not be available in certain countries. NOTE: Additional information may ship with your computer. What Are You Looking For? Find It Here A diagnostic program for my computer Drivers and Utilities CD (also known as ResourceCD) Drivers for my computer NOTE: The Drivers and Utilities CD may be optional and may not ship with your computer. My device documentation
What Are You Looking For? Find It Here How to remove and replace parts Dell Latitude™ User’s Guide Specifications Microsoft Windows XP Help and Support Center How to configure system settings 1 Click Start→ Help and Support→ Dell User and System How to troubleshoot and solve problems Guides→ System Guides. 2 Click the User’s Guide for your computer. ® ® Service Tag and Express Service Code Service Tag and Microsoft Windows License Microsoft Windows License Label These labels are loca
What Are You Looking For? Find It Here Solutions — Troubleshooting hints and tips, articles Dell Support Website — support.dell.com from technicians, online courses, and frequently asked NOTE: Select your region or business segment to view the questions appropriate support site. Community — Online discussion with other Dell customers Upgrades — Upgrade information for components, such as memory, the hard drive, and the operating system Customer Care — Contact information, service cal
What Are You Looking For? Find It Here Information on network activity, the Power Management Dell QuickSet Help Wizard, hotkeys, and other items controlled by Dell To view Dell QuickSet Help, right-click the icon QuickSet. ® ® in the Microsoft Windows taskbar. For more information on Dell QuickSet, see "Dell™ QuickSet" in your User’s Guide. How to reinstall my operating system Operating System CD NOTE: The Operating System CD may be optional and may not ship with your computer. The oper
Setting Up Your Computer CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product Information Guide. 1 Unpack the accessories box. 2 Set aside the contents of the accessories box, which you will need to complete the setup of your computer. The accessories box also contains user documentation and any software or additional hardware (such as PC Cards, drives, or batteries) that you have ordered. 3 Connect the AC adapter to the AC adapter co
About Your Computer Front View 1 9 2 8 3 4 7 5 6 1 display 2 device status lights 3 keyboard 4 touch pad 5 display latch 6 speakers 7 touch pad buttons 8 keyboard status lights 9 power button 10 Quick Reference Guide
Left Side View 1 2 35 4 6 1 security cable slot 2 IEEE 1394 connector 3 PC Card/ExpressCard slot 4 infrared sensor 5 audio connectors (2) 6 hard drive Right Side View 1 23 1 media bay 2 device latch release 3 USB connectors (2) Back View CAUTION: Do not block, push objects into, or allow dust to accumulate in the air vents. Do not store your computer in a low-airflow environment, such as a closed briefcase, while it is running. Restricting the airflow can damage the computer or cause a fire.
12 3 4 5 6 7 8 1 USB connectors (2) 2 modem connector (RJ-11) 3 network connector (RJ-45) 4 S-video TV-out connector 5 serial connector 6 video connector 7 AC adapter connector 8 air vents Bottom View 1 2 3 7 4 6 5 1 memory module/modem/WLAN 2 battery-bay latch release 3 battery charge gauge Mini-Card/coin-cell battery cover 4 battery 5 docking device slot 6 air vents 7 hard drive 12 Quick Reference Guide
Using a Battery Battery Performance NOTE: For information about the Dell warranty for your computer, see the Product Information Guide or separate paper warranty document that shipped with your computer. For optimal computer performance and to help preserve BIOS settings, operate your Dell™ portable computer with the main battery installed at all times. One battery is supplied as standard equipment in the battery bay. NOTE: Because the battery may not be fully charged, use the AC adapter to
CAUTION: Misuse of the battery may increase the risk of fire or chemical burn. Do not puncture, incinerate, disassemble, or expose the battery to temperatures above 60°C (140°F). Keep the battery away from children. Handle damaged or leaking batteries with extreme care. Damaged batteries may leak and cause personal injury or equipment damage. Checking the Battery Charge The Dell QuickSet Battery Meter, the Microsoft Windows Power Meter window and icon, the battery charge gauge and health g
To check the battery health using the charge gauge, press and hold the status button on the battery charge gauge for at least 3 seconds. If no lights appear, the battery is in good condition, and more than 80 percent of its original charge capacity remains. Each light represents incremental degradation. If five lights appear, less than 60 percent of the charge capacity remains, and you should consider replacing the battery. See "Specifications" in your User’s Guide for more information about
NOTICE: You must remove all external cables from the computer to avoid possible connector damage.For information about replacing the second battery, which is located in the media bay, see "Using Multimedia" in your User’s Guide. To remove the battery: 1 If the computer is connected to a docking device (docked), undock it. See the documentation that came with your docking device for instructions. 2 Ensure that the computer is turned off. 3 Slide and hold the battery-bay latch release on the
Troubleshooting Lockups and Software Problems CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product Information Guide. The computer does not start up ENSURE THAT THE AC ADAPTER IS FIRMLY CONNECTED TO THE COMPUTER AND TO THE ELECTRICAL OUTLET. The computer stops responding NOTICE: You might lose data if you are unable to perform an operating system shutdown. TURN THE COMPUTER OFF — If you are unable to get a response by pressing a key on
Other software problems CHECK THE SOFTWARE DOCUMENTATION OR CONTACT THE SOFTWARE MANUFACTURER FOR TROUBLESHOOTING INFORMATION — Ensure that the program is compatible with the operating system installed on your computer. Ensure that your computer meets the minimum hardware requirements needed to run the software. See the software documentation for information. Ensure that the program is installed and configured properly. Verify that the device drivers do not conflict with the program.
Starting the Dell Diagnostics From Your Hard Drive The Dell Diagnostics is located on a hidden diagnostic utility partition on your hard drive. NOTE: If your computer cannot display a screen image, contact Dell (see "Contacting Dell" in your User’s Guide). 1 Shut down the computer. 2 If the computer is connected to a docking device (docked), undock it. See the documentation that came with your docking device for instructions. 3 Connect the computer to an electrical outlet. 4 Diagnostics can b
3 When the boot device list appears, highlight CD/DVD/CD-RW Drive and press