Dell Inspiron 15 (1564, Early 2010) User Manual English

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Notes, Notices, and Cautions - Page 2

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. ____________________ Steps pertaining to Microsoft ® Windows Vista ® and Windows ® XP refer to Windows Vista Ultimate and Windows XP Professional edition respectively in default view. NOTE: Steps may vary depending on the version of operating system installed on ..

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Contents 3 Contents 1 Finding Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Start Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Microsoft Windows Help and Support . . . . . . . . . 24 Windows Vista ® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Windows ® XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Control Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Information About Installed Hardware . . . . . . . . . 26 Device Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Hardware Devices Installed on Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Programs Installed on Y..

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4 Contents Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Displaying the Taskbar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Customizing the Taskbar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Displaying Hidden Icons From the Notification Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Adding Icons in the Notification Area . . . . . . . 35 Desktop Icons and Shortcuts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Deleting an Icon From the Desktop . . . . . . . . . 36 Creating and Deleting Program Shortcuts on the Desktop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Shortcut Menus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...

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Contents 5 Windows ® XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Choosing the Best Display Settings . . . . . . . . 50 Setting the Display Resolution for External LCD Monitors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Setting the Display for Multiple Monitors . . . . . . . 51 Windows Vista . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Using the Ambient Light Sensor in Bright or Low-Light Environments: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Cables and Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..

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6 Contents Turning the Touch Pointer On or Off From the Control Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Turning the Touch Pointer On or Off From the Taskbar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Using a USB Pointing Device (Mouse) . . . . . . . . . 64 Troubleshooting a USB Pointing Device . . . . . . 64 Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Customizing Your Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Backlit Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Changing the Input Language of Your Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Using t..

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Contents 7 Shadow Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Reducing Hard Drive Space Used by Shadow Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Solid-State Drive (SSD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Installing Drivers for Media Drives . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Determining Whether a Device Driver is the Source of a Device Problem . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Replacing a Driver With a Previous Version of the Driver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Using the Drivers and Utilities Media to Reinstall a Driver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Ma..

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8 Contents Ending a Program That is not Responding . . . . 101 Ending a Process That is not Responding . . . . 103 Docking and Undocking Your Laptop Computer . . . . 104 Undocking Your Computer While it is Running— Hot Undocking . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 Undocking Without Shutting Down . . . . . . . . 104 Shutting Down Your Computer When it Fails to Shut Down Normally . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 Shutting Down a Stalled or "Frozen" Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 Shutting Down a Computer When it Stops Responding and Displays a Solid Blue Screen . . . . ..

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Contents 9 Sharing Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Windows Vista . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Sharing Files With Password Protection. . . . . . 115 Restricting Access to a File . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Transferring Files and Settings to a New Computer . . 116 Transferring Files From a Computer Running Windows XP to a Computer Running Windows Vista . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 Transferring Files Between Computers Running Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Back..

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10 Contents Removing Applications From Your Computer . . . . . 123 Windows Vista . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 Ending an Application When it Does not Respond . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 10 Maintenance Tasks (Enhance Performance and Ensure Security) . . . . 125 Performing Maintenance Tasks to Increase Computer Speed and Ensure Security . . . . . . . . . 125 Cleaning Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126 Before You Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126 Cleaning the Computer . . . . . . ...

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Contents 11 11 Power (Power Settings, Power Protection Devices, and Batteries) . . . 135 Setting Power Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 Windows Vista ® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 Windows ® XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 Power Protection Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 Surge Protector . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 Power Line Conditioner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) . . . . . . . . 141 Laptop Computer Batteries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Using Your Laptop Computer for the First T..

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12 Contents What you Need to set up a WLAN . . . . . . . . 153 Checking Your Wireless Network Card . . . . . . 154 Reinstalling Software and Drivers for Your Wireless Network Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154 Setting up a new Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155 Ad Hoc Networks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158 Mobile Broadband (or Wireless Wide Area Network) Networks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 Establishing a Mobile Broadband Network Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160 Checking Your Mobile Broadband C..

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Contents 13 13 Accessing the Internet . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171 Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171 What you Need to Connect to the Internet . . . . . 171 Web Browsers for Viewing Internet Sites . . . . . 172 Web Addresses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173 Setting up Your Internet Connection . . . . . . . . . . 173 Windows Vista ® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173 Windows ® XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174 Troubleshooting Problems Connecting to the Internet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175 Web Browser Settings..

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14 Contents Controlling Pop-ups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184 Controlling Unwanted Toolbars . . . . . . . . . . . . 185 Content Advisory/Parental Controls . . . . . . . . . . 185 Bookmarking Favorite Websites . . . . . . . . . . . 185 Searching for Information on the Internet . . . . . . . 186 Changing the Internet Communications Protocol (TCP/IP) Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187 Printing a Web Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187 Freeing up Space and Protecting Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188 Clearing Browser History ...

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Contents 15 Avoiding E-mail Attachments . . . . . . . . . . . . 197 Viewing E-mail Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197 Sending E-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197 Windows Vista . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197 Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198 Creating a Contact Group (Mailing List) . . . . . . . . . 198 Windows Vista . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198 Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199 Backing Up E-mail Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200 Windows Vista . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200 Windows..

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16 Contents Copying Audio and Video Files to Your Laptop Media Device . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209 Playing Media Using the Dell Travel Remote . . . . . 210 Adjusting the Volume on Your Computer . . . . . . . 210 Enabling S/PDIF Digital Audio Through the Media Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210 Enabling S/PDIF Digital Audio in the Windows Audio Driver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211 Setting up the Cyberlink (CL) Headphones . . . . . . 211 Using a Digital Camera With Your Computer . . . . . 212 Using Windows Media Player . . . . ...

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Contents 17 Selecting the Correct Input Signal From the TV Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 226 TV Menu Example . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227 What to do If the TV Does not Recognize a Signal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228 Evaluating Suggested Connection Configurations . . . 229 Enabling the Display View for the Computer and the TV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239 Verify the Connection to the TV . . . . . . . . . . 239 Verify the Input Signal for the TV . . . . . . . . . . 239 Set up the TV as a Display Device . . . ..

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18 Contents Using a TV Wizard to Configure Display Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248 Getting Help for Video Card Control Panels . . . 249 Troubleshooting Display Settings . . . . . . . . . . . 249 Where to Find Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 249 Resolving Common Problems . . . . . . . . . . . 249 17 Security and Privacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 251 Protecting Your Computer—Using Administrator Rights, User Groups, and Passwords . . . . . . . . . 251 Administrator Rights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 251 User Groups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2..

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Contents 19 18 Microsoft ® Windows ® XP Pro Remote Desktop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 261 Enabling Remote Desktop on the Host Computer . . . . 261 Installing Remote Desktop Client Software . . . . . . . 262 Calling From a Remote Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . 262 19 Restoring Your Operating System . . . . . 265 Using Microsoft ® Windows ® System Restore . . . . . 265 Starting System Restore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 266 Undoing the Last System Restore . . . . . . . . . 266 Enabling System Restore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 267 Using Dell™ PC Restore and Dell Factory Im..

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20 Contents Dell Support Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 285 Solving Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 287 Battery Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 287 Drive Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 287 Optical Drive Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 288 E-Mail, Modem, and Internet Problems . . . . . 289 Error Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 290 IEEE 1394 Device Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . 291 Keyboard Problems for External Keyboards . . . 292 Lockups and Software Problems . . . . . . . . . 292 Memory Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..

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Contents 21 Changing Boot Sequence to a USB Device . . . . 310 Changing the BIOS Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 310 Viewing the BIOS Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . 311 Upgrading the BIOS (Flashing the BIOS) . . . . . . 311 22 Ports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 313 USB Port . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 313 IEEE 1394 Port . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 314 RS232 Serial Port . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 315 Parallel Port . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 316 eSATA Port . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..

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22 Contents S/PDIF Port (Toslink) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 328 Audio Ports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 329 23 Getting Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331 Obtaining Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331 Dell Support Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 332 Technical Support and Customer Service . . . . 332 DellConnect™ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 332 Online Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 333 AutoTech Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 334 Automated Order-Status Service . . . . . . . . . 334 Probl..

Finding Information - Page 23

Finding Information 23 Finding Information Start Button From the Microsoft ® Windows ® operating system desktop, you can click the Start button to access resources, programs, and specialized tools for managing the way Windows appears and functions on your computer. The Start button may differ in appearance depending on the version of Windows, but it is consistently located on the left side of the Windows taskbar. From the Start button menu, you can access: • Microsoft Windows Help and Support • Control Panel • Information About Installed Hardware • Device Manager • Programs Inst..

Microsoft Windows Help and Support - Page 24

24 Finding Information Microsoft Windows Help and Support This information center provides instructions, hints, and general information about Microsoft Windows and explains how to use available features. It also provides access to documentation for your computer and devices installed on your computer. To access Windows Help and Support: 1 Click Start or → Help and Support . 2 Click the topic or task you want to perform. 3 If the specific task is not listed, use the search option. In the Start Search field (or Search in Windows XP), type a word or phrase that describes your question, and t..

Basic Computer Information - Page 25

Finding Information 25 Windows Vista ® Basic Computer Information Click Start → Control Panel → System and Maintenance → System to view your computer information. Windows ® XP User’s Guides To view the user’s guides available on your computer, click Start → Help and Support → Dell User and System guides (from the Pick a Topic options). Basic Information Click Start → Help and Support → Tools (from the Pick a Task options) to view your computer information and to diagnose problems. You can also view more details about your computer through the Control Panel (see "Control ..

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26 Finding Information Control Panel To manage viewing features and computer functions, click Start or → Control Panel . Information About Installed Hardware Device Manager Use the Device Manager to view a list of all devices installed on your computer and to learn more about how a specific device is configured. FOR MORE INFORMATION: See Windows Help and Support: click Start or → Help and Support .

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Finding Information 27 Windows Vista ® Click Start → Control Panel → System and Maintenance → System → Device Manager (listed under Tasks ). Windows ® XP Click Start → Control Panel → Performance and Maintenance → System → Hardware tab → Device Manager . Hardware Devices Installed on Your Computer Click Start or → All Programs → Accessories → System Tools → System Information . Double click Components to expand the Components category. Device Specifications 1 Click Start or → All Programs → Accessories → System Tools → System Information . 2 Double click ..

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28 Finding Information Programs Installed on Your Computer Click Start or → All Programs to view available programs. If a program is not listed under All Programs , use the Search feature to search for a specific program: Windows Vista ® 1 Click Start → Search. 2 Enter the name of the program in the Search field. 3 Press <Enter>. Windows ® XP 1 Click Start → Search → All Files or Folders . 2 Enter the name of the program and click Search . Wireless Networking Wireless network information is available in the following sources: Device guides See Microsoft Windows Help and Supp..

The Dell Support website at - Page 29

Finding Information 29 Dell Support Website The Dell Support website at support.dell.com provides a variety of information: • Technical Support: Research and find the latest solutions and help for your Dell product. • Customer Service: Explore options such as order status and pickup for Dell products. • Warranty Information: Information relating to warranty for Dell products. • Dell Forums: Information on forums for discussion and support of Dell products. • Contact Us : Information on various options available for contacting Dell. Technical Support • Drivers and Downloads • E..

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30 Finding Information • My Systems List • Security Center • Support History & Status • System Configuration • Technical Subscriptions • Troubleshooting Search • Windows Vista Center • Windows XP Support Center • Wireless Center Customer Service • Dell Financial Services • FAQs • Invoices • Missing, Wrong & Damaged • Order Status • Ownership Transfer • International Ownership Transfer • Packing Slips • Pickup/Redelivery • Dell Dollars/Rebate Center • Report a Stolen System • Returns • Update Billing Address Warranty Information • Expired..

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Finding Information 31 • Service Contracts & Forms • Warranty Status Dell Forums • Support Forums • Discussion Forums Contact Us • Customer Service • Financing Support • Sales Support • Technical Support • International Notebook Support BIOS (System Setup Program) Settings The BIOS is a utility that serves as an interface between the computer hardware and the operating system. You may need to update your BIOS settings when you remove and replace certain hardware components. NOTE: Although your computer’s time, date, or password can be changed using the BIOS, using op..

Finding Information - Page 32

32 Finding Information

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Microsoft Windows Desktop - Page 33

Microsoft Windows Desktop 33 Microsoft Windows Desktop Overview The Microsoft ® Windows ® desktop is the display screen area that appears after the Windows operating system starts up. The components of the desktop include a background, icons, shortcuts, and a taskbar that is usually located at the bottom of the screen. Start button taskbar icons desktop shortcut notification area

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34 Microsoft Windows Desktop Taskbar Overview The Windows taskbar is usually located at the bottom of the desktop, although you can relocate it. The taskbar provides quick access to open minimized windows on the desktop, or to frequently-used programs, files, or utilities on your computer. The basic sections of the taskbar are: FOR MORE INFORMATION: To learn more about the Windows desktop, see “Windows Basics” in Windows Help and Support: click Start or → Help and Support . Start button Provides access to the Start menu, which lists the programs and system utilities installed in your ..

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Microsoft Windows Desktop 35 Displaying the Taskbar 1 Right-click on an open area of the taskbar. 2 Click Properties to open the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window. 3 On the Taskbar tab, select Keep the taskbar on top of other windows . As you open applications and files, you may not be able to view your desktop. To view the desktop by minimizing all open windows at once: 1 Position the cursor over an open area of the taskbar. 2 Right-click to display a shortcut menu. 3 Click Show the Desktop . Customizing the Taskbar 1 Right-click on an open area of the taskbar. 2 Click Properties . ..

Deleting an Icon From the Desktop - Page 36

36 Microsoft Windows Desktop For computers running Windows ® XP, continue with the next step. 4 Click the Customize button in the Notification area. 5 Select an item, then choose its behavior. 6 Click OK . Desktop Icons and Shortcuts Icons displayed on the Windows desktop are links that provide quick access to programs, documents, and folders. Double-click icons to open a file or folder or to run a program. Some icons are shortcuts and other icons are direct links. • Icons for shortcuts — Identified by an arrow in the icon, shortcuts are links to programs, files, or folders. You can sa..

Creating and Deleting Program Shortcuts on the Desktop - Page 37

Microsoft Windows Desktop 37 Creating and Deleting Program Shortcuts on the Desktop You can create a shortcut to a program, file, or folder by using : Windows Explorer or Desktop. Using Windows Explorer: 1 Right-click the Start button, select Explore . Navigate to the folder or file to which you want to create a shortcut. 2 Right-click on the item, highlight Send to, and then click Desktop (create shortcut) . Using the desktop: 1 Right-click an open area of the desktop, highlight New, then click Shortcut . 2 In the Create Shortcut window, click Browse and navigate to the location of the ite..

Shortcut Menus - Page 38

38 Microsoft Windows Desktop Shortcut Menus Shortcut menus are available for many components of the Windows desktop, including files and folders. These menus provide quick access to the most common commands for an item. To access the shortcut menus, position the cursor over the item and right- click (click the right mouse button or the right touch-pad button). Properties Rename Delete Create Shortcut

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Changing the Desktop Appearance - Page 39

Microsoft Windows Desktop 39 Changing the Desktop Appearance You can personalize the appearance of your desktop by changing various components. Most of these components are accessible through the Display Properties window. You can manage your computer’s desktop theme, resolution, screen saver, icon size and appearance, and monitor settings from the Display Properties Menu screen. Use the tabs to select the items you want to adjust. Windows Vista ® From the desktop: 1 Right-click an open area of the desktop. 2 Click Personalize , and the Personalize appearance and sounds window appears. 3..

To learn more about the Windows desktop, - Page 40

40 Microsoft Windows Desktop 1 Click Start → Control Panel → Appearance and Personalization. 2 Click Personalization . The Personalize appearance and sounds window appears. 3 Review the available options and follow the instructions provided. Windows ® XP From the desktop: 1 Right-click an open area of the desktop. 2 Click Properties . 3 Click Display . The Display Properties window appears. 4 Review the available options and follow the instructions provided. From the Start menu: 1 Click Start → Control Panel → Appearance and Themes . 2 The Appearance and Themes window appears. 3 Re..

Setting up a Screen Saver - Page 41

Microsoft Windows Desktop 41 Setting up a Screen Saver A screen saver is an animated graphic that appears after your computer is left inactive for a specified time. You can set the length of inactive time and select a personal graphic. Windows Vista 1 Right-click an open area of the desktop. 2 Click Personalize . The Personalize appearance and sounds window appears. 3 Click Screen Saver to select a new screen saver. 4 Adjust the length of time for your computer to remain inactive before the screen saver appears. 5 Click OK . NOTE: After the screen saver activates, you may need to log-in aga..

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42 Microsoft Windows Desktop 4 Select the length of time for your computer to remain inactive before the screen saver appears. 5 Click OK . NOTE: After the screen saver activates, you may need to log-in to access your computer. Start Button (Menu) Overview The Start button opens the Start menu, which provides access to: • Control Panel • Programs • Files • Computer settings • Tools that monitor your computer’s performance • Windows Help and Support

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Customizing the Start Menu - Page 43

Microsoft Windows Desktop 43 The programs available on the Start menu depend on the software installed in your computer. You can use the Start menu to restart or shut down your computer. See "Shutting Down Your Computer" on page 99 . Customizing the Start Menu Customize the Start menu through the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window. 1 Right-click an open area of the taskbar. 2 Select Properties . The Taskbar and Start menu Properties window appears. 3 Customize the Start menu by selecting the desired option on the Start menu tab. FOR MORE INFORMATION: To learn more about the Start butt..

Microsoft Windows Desktop - Page 44

44 Microsoft Windows Desktop Control Panel The Control Panel contains programs and tools to help you maintain and customize your computer. Through the Control Panel , you can: • Add and monitor hardware • Add or remove programs • Change hardware settings • Set network and Internet preferences • Customize the appearance of your desktop • Set up printers and other devices • Perform maintenance to enhance performance HINT: A list of the items you can customize appears in the Control Panel screen. Hold your cursor over each item to display the pop-up text box that explains its fun..

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Microsoft Windows Desktop 45 Accessing and Using the Control Panel Customizing Your Computer Settings 1 Click Start or → Control Panel . 2 Select a category. If you are not sure which category contains the necessary tool, hold your cursor over the category to display its pop-up text box. Managing Your Computer Performance The Control Panel provides tools for you to manage and improve your computer’s performance. Use options provided to free up the space on your hard drive or rearrange items on your hard drive to make programs run faster, and so on to enhance the performance of your comp..

Microsoft Windows Desktop - Page 46

46 Microsoft Windows Desktop HINT: Typically, to access the Device Manager: Windows Vista Click Start → Control Panel → System and Maintenance → Administrative Tools → Computer Management. Windows XP Click Start → Control Panel → Performance and Maintenance → Administrative Tools → Computer Management. OR Right-click My Computer and select Properties . Then click Device Manager .

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Cleaning Your Computer’s Display Screen - Page 47

Monitors and Displays 47 Monitors and Displays Cleaning Your Computer’s Display Screen To clean the display for a desktop computer, wipe the screen with a soft cloth dampened with water. To clean the display screen for a laptop computer, wipe the screen with a soft cloth dampened with either water or an LCD cleaner. CAUTION: Do not wipe the computer’s display screen with any soap or solution not designed for monitors. These solutions can damage the monitor’s anti-glare coating. Do not spray cleaners directly onto the screen. FOR MORE INFORMATION: To learn more about your computer’s ..

Adjusting the Resolution of Your Display - Page 48

48 Monitors and Displays Adjusting the Resolution of Your Display The display resolution defines the clarity of images on your display. As you increase the resolution, items appear smaller on the screen. As you decrease resolution, text and images appear larger. Before you change any of the display settings, make a note of the current settings so you can change back to them if needed. NOTE: Use only the Dell recommended video drivers, which are designed to offer the best performance with your Dell-installed operating system. FOR MORE INFORMATION: To learn more about display resolution, see ..

Monitors and Displays - Page 49

Monitors and Displays 49 Windows Vista ® 1 Right-click an open area of the desktop. 2 Click Personalize . The Personalize appearance and sounds window appears. 3 Click Display Settings . 4 In the Display Settings window under Resolution , move the slide bar to the left or right to decrease/increase the screen resolution. 5 Click Apply to check if the selected resolution is ok, if not repeat step 4. 6 Click OK . Windows ® XP 1 Right-click an open area of the desktop. 2 Click Properties . The Display Properties window appears. 3 Select the Setting tab. HINT: To display a program at a specif..

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50 Monitors and Displays 4 Under the Screen resolution section, move the slide bar to the left or right to decrease/increase the screen resolution. 5 Click Apply to check if the selected resolution is ok, if not repeat step 4. 6 Click OK . Troubleshooting Blurry text : If you change the display resolution from the current settings to one not supported by your computer and display, the image may appear blurry or text may be hard to read. Unsupported resolution or color settings : If you choose a resolution or color palette that is higher than the display supported by your computer, the setti..

Setting the Display for Multiple Monitors - Page 51

Monitors and Displays 51 5 In the Display Settings window, move the Resolution slider bar to the left or right to select a screen resolution that matches the native resolution of the external LCD monitor. 6 Click OK . Windows ® XP 1 Right-click an open area of the desktop. 2 Click Properties . The Display Properties window appears. 3 Select the Settings tab. 4 Select the external LCD monitor in the Display drop-down menu. 5 Under the Screen resolution section, move the slide bar to the left or right to select a screen resolution that matches the native resolution of the external LCD monito..

Monitors and Displays - Page 52

52 Monitors and Displays NOTE: Your video card must support multiple monitors. See Windows Help and Support for information on the requirements for setting up multiple monitors. Windows Vista 1 Right-click an open area of the desktop. 2 Click Personalize , and the Personalize appearance and sounds window appears. 3 Click Display Settings . 4 Drag the monitor icons to match the physical arrangement of your monitors. 5 Select either or both of the following check boxes depending on your need: • This is my main Monitor — allows you to set the main monitor. • Extend the desktop onto this ..

Using the Ambient Light Sensor in Bright or Low- - Page 53

Monitors and Displays 53 Using the Ambient Light Sensor in Bright or Low- Light Environments: NOTE: Your laptop computer may not have an ambient light sensor. NOTE: The ambient light sensor adjusts the display brightness on your laptop computer only. It does not control the brightness on external monitors or projectors. The ambient light sensor is located on the front of the computer display. The sensor detects available environmental light and automatically increases or decreases the display backlighting to compensate for low-light and high-light environments. FOR MORE INFORMATION: To lear..

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54 Monitors and Displays You can enable or disable the ambient light sensor feature by pressing the <Fn> and left-arrow key combination. NOTE: Do not cover the ambient light sensor with any adhesive labels. If covered, the sensor—when enabled—automatically sets the display brightness to the minimum level. NOTE: The ambient light sensor is disabled when your computer is connected to an electrical outlet. Using the display brightness key combinations disables the ambient light sensor and the display brightness increases or decreases accordingly. NOTE: Rebooting the computer returns ..

Cables and Connections - Page 55

Monitors and Displays 55 Cables and Connections Every monitor has at least two cable requirements, power and data. Your Dell monitor may support one or more of the following data connectors: For pin assignments of the above ports, see "Ports" on page 313. Connector Signal Type Audio Support Connects to 1 VGA Analog No Monitor or Projector 2 DVI Digital No Monitor or Projector 3 Composite Analog No Home entertainment system 4 Component Analog No Home entertainment system 5 S-Video Analog No • Home entertainment system • Monitor • Projector 6 HDMI Digital Yes • Home entertainment syst..

NVIDIA SLI and ATI Crossfire Technologies - Page 56

56 Monitors and Displays DisplayPort™ - Features and Benefits Dell, in collaboration with a group of leading PC, graphics, and semiconductor companies, has developed an open-standards based, royalty- free, and extensible interface, DisplayPort , suited for both external desktop monitors and internal display interfaces. By consolidating the internal and external signaling methods, DisplayPort enables the introduction of "direct drive" digital monitors, resulting in the most efficient means possible for delivering flat panel display technology to end users. DisplayPort is also suitable for ..

Navigation Devices (Mouse, Keyboard, Touch Pad) - Page 57

Navigation Devices (Mouse, Keyboard, Touch Pad) 57 Navigation Devices (Mouse, Keyboard, Touch Pad) You can use a mouse, a keyboard, a touch pad, and a pointing stick (track stick) to navigate and make selections from the features available on your Microsoft ® Windows ® desktop. FOR MORE INFORMATION: To learn more about these devices, see the documentation for your computer. Also, see Windows Help and Support: click Start → Help and Support .

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Controlling the Speed of the Mouse Buttons - Page 58

58 Navigation Devices (Mouse, Keyboard, Touch Pad) Mouse A mouse typically consists of two buttons and a scroll wheel. • Use the left and right buttons to select or click items on the screen. • Use the scroll wheel to scroll through pages or windows on the screen. To scroll down, roll the wheel backward (toward you). To scroll up, roll the wheel forward (away from you). Controlling the Speed of the Mouse Buttons Windows Vista ® 1 Click Start → Control Panel → Hardware and Sound → Mouse . 2 On the Button tab in the Mouse Properties window, use the slide bar to select the speed tha..

Navigation Devices (Mouse, Keyboard, Touch Pad) - Page 59

Navigation Devices (Mouse, Keyboard, Touch Pad) 59 Controlling the Speed of the Scroll Wheel Windows Vista ® 1 Click Start → Control Panel → Hardware and Sound → Mouse . 2 On the Wheel tab in the Mouse Properties window, set the options for how the scroll wheel on your mouse operates. 3 Click OK . Windows ® XP 1 Click Start → Control Panel → Printers and Other Hardware → Mouse . 2 On the Wheel tab, under Scrolling , select the number of lines to scroll with each notch on the wheel, or click One screen at a time . 3 Click OK . Cleaning a Non-Optical Mouse If your screen cursor ..

Navigation Devices (Mouse, Keyboard, Touch Pad) - Page 60

60 Navigation Devices (Mouse, Keyboard, Touch Pad) 4 Blow carefully into the ball cage, or use a can of compressed air, to dislodge dust and lint. 5 If the rollers inside the ball cage are dirty, clean the rollers with a cotton swab moistened lightly with isopropyl alcohol. 6 Recenter the rollers in their channels if they are misaligned. Ensure that fluff from the swab is not left on the rollers. 7 Replace the ball and retainer ring, and turn the retainer ring clockwise until it clicks into place. Cleaning an Optical Mouse Clean the outside casing of the mouse with a cloth moistened with a ..

Navigation Devices (Mouse, Keyboard, Touch Pad) - Page 61

Navigation Devices (Mouse, Keyboard, Touch Pad) 61 • To make your computer discoverable to Bluetooth-enabled devices, in the Bluetooth Devices dialog box on the Options tab, select the Allow Bluetooth devices to find this computer check box. • To be notified when a Bluetooth-enabled device wants to connect to your computer, in the Bluetooth Devices dialog box on the Options tab, select the Alert me when a new Bluetooth device wants to connect check box. Windows ® XP 1 Attach or turn on your Bluetooth-enabled adapter. 2 Make your mouse discoverable by pressing a button on the bottom of ..

Navigation Devices (Mouse, Keyboard, Touch Pad) - Page 62

62 Navigation Devices (Mouse, Keyboard, Touch Pad) Touch Pad You can use your finger for touch input (or a Tablet PC pen on some computers) to move the cursor or select objects on the screen: • To move the cursor, lightly slide your finger or pen over the touch pad. • To select an object, lightly tap once on the surface of the touch pad or use your thumb to press the left touch-pad button. • To select and move (or drag) an object, position the cursor on the object and tap twice on the touch pad. On the second tap, leave your finger or pen on the touch pad and move the selected object ..

Using a Touch Pointer (Track Stick or Tablet PC - Page 63

Navigation Devices (Mouse, Keyboard, Touch Pad) 63 Single Finger Zoom NOTE: Your laptop computer may not support single finger zoom feature. To change the zoom settings, double-click the Dell Touch Pad icon in the notification area of your desktop. In the Gestures tab, enable or disable the one-finger zoom (zoom in and out moving the finger upward or downward) or the pinch zoom (zoom in and out by spreading two fingers or by bringing the two fingers together). Cleaning the Touch Pad 1 Shut down and turn off your computer. 2 Disconnect any attached devices from the computer and from their el..

Turning the Touch Pointer On or Off From the Taskbar - Page 64

64 Navigation Devices (Mouse, Keyboard, Touch Pad) 2 On the Touch Pointer tab, select or clear the Show the touch pointer when I’m interacting with items on the screen check box. 3 Click OK . Turning the Touch Pointer On or Off From the Taskbar 1 Use your finger to press and hold the taskbar. 2 Point to Toolbars , and then tap Touch Pointer . 3 To turn the touch pointer on or off, tap the Touch Pointer icon on the taskbar. Using a USB Pointing Device (Mouse) Your computer usually auto-detects and installs the drivers for your mouse when the mouse is connected to the USB port. NOTE: Certai..

Navigation Devices (Mouse, Keyboard, Touch Pad) - Page 65

Navigation Devices (Mouse, Keyboard, Touch Pad) 65 For more information on System Restore see "Using Microsoft ® Windows ® System Restore" on page 265 Keyboard Your keyboard provides different sets of keys to perform different sets of functions: • Alphanumeric keys for typing letters, numbers, punctuation, and symbols • Control keys for performing certain actions: <Ctrl>, <Alt>, <Esc>, and the Windows logo key • Function keys, labeled <F1>,< F2>, <F3>, and so on, for performing specific tasks • Navigation keys for moving the cursor around in doc..

Navigation Devices (Mouse, Keyboard, Touch Pad) - Page 66

66 Navigation Devices (Mouse, Keyboard, Touch Pad) Customizing Your Keyboard You can adjust your keyboard settings to: • Change the delay before keyboard characters repeat. • Change the speed at which keyboard characters repeat. • Change the cursor blink rate. • Customize key sequences for input languages. Windows Vista 1 Click Start → Control Panel → Hardware and Sound → Keyboard . 2 Adjust the keyboard settings you want to change and click OK . Windows XP 1 Click Start → Control Panel → Printers and Other Hardware → Keyboard . 2 On the Keyboard Properties window, adjus..

Changing the Input Language of Your Keyboard - Page 67

Navigation Devices (Mouse, Keyboard, Touch Pad) 67 1 full keyboard/touch pad brightness. 2 half keyboard/touch pad brightness. 3 no lighting. Changing the Input Language of Your Keyboard Windows Vista 1 Click Start → Control Panel → Clock, Language, and Region → Regional and Language Options . 2 Click Change keyboards or other input methods. 3 On the Keyboards and Languages tab, click Change keyboards . 4 Under Installed services , click Add . 5 Click the language you want to add, select the text services you want to add, and then click OK . NOTE: If the Language bar is not visible, r..

Navigation Devices (Mouse, Keyboard, Touch Pad) - Page 68

68 Navigation Devices (Mouse, Keyboard, Touch Pad) Using the Numeric Keypad on a Laptop Computer Your laptop computer may have a numeric keypad integrated into the keyboard. The keypad corresponds to the keypad of an extended keyboard. • To type a number or symbol, press and hold <Fn> and press the desired key. • To enable the numeric keypad, press <Num Lk>. The light indicates that the keypad is active. • To disable the numeric keypad, press <Num Lk> again. numeric keypad 9

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Navigation Devices (Mouse, Keyboard, Touch Pad) - Page 69

Navigation Devices (Mouse, Keyboard, Touch Pad) 69 General Keyboard Shortcuts <Ctrl><Shift><Esc> Opens the Task Manager window. <Fn><F8> Displays icons representing all currently available display options (display only, external monitor or projector only, both display and projector, and so on). Highlight the desired icon to switch the display to that option. <Fn> and up-arrow key Increases brightness on an integrated display. <Fn> and down-arrow key Decreases brightness on the integrated display only (not on an external monitor). <Fn><Esc&g..

Navigation Devices (Mouse, Keyboard, Touch Pad) - Page 70

70 Navigation Devices (Mouse, Keyboard, Touch Pad) <Alt><Tab> Switches between open items. <Alt><Esc> Cycles through items in the order in which they were opened. <Delete> Deletes a selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin. <Shift><Delete> Deletes the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first. <Ctrl> and right-arrow key Moves the cursor to the beginning of the next word. <Ctrl> and left-arrow key Moves the cursor to the beginning of the previous word. <Ctrl> and down-arrow key Moves the cursor to the beginning of..

Printers—Settings and Drivers - Page 71

Printers—Settings and Drivers 71 Printers—Settings and Drivers Accessing Printer Information You can find information about your printer(s) through the Start button. From the Start menu, click Control Panel to access the hardware on your computer, including a list of printers connected to your computer. See your printer manufacturer’s documentation for hardware-specific information.

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Printers—Settings and Drivers - Page 72

72 Printers—Settings and Drivers Changing Printer Settings Your printer settings determine print quality, finishing options (such as double-sided print) and ink or toner usage, supported paper size, and so on. For Windows Vista ® 1 Click Start → Control Panel → Hardware and Sound → Printers and Faxes . For Windows ® XP Click Start → Control Panel → Printers and Other Hardware → Printers and Faxes . 2 Navigate through the list of available printers, and right-click the desired printer to change the settings. 3 Select either Properties or Printing Preferences . The model of pr..

You have a laptop computer that you use at work and at - Page 73

Printers—Settings and Drivers 73 Setting up Printers You can connect one or more printers to your computer and add one or more computers to your printer. Adding a Printer Windows Vista ® 1 Click Start → Control Panel → Hardware and Sound → Printers . For Windows XP Click Start → Control Panel → Printers and Other Hardware → Printers and Faxes . 2 Click Add a Printer . 3 Follow the instructions on the Add Printer Wizard screen. EXAMPLE: You have a laptop computer that you use at work and at home. If you want to print at both locations, you can install both the printers on your..

To learn more about connecting to a network, - Page 74

74 Printers—Settings and Drivers Setting the Default Printer Set the printer you use most often as the default printer.To set a specific printer as your default printer, right-click on the printer icon, and select Set as Default Printer . A checkmark appears above the icon of the printer selected as the default. Sharing Printers on a Network A shared printer is one that receives input from more than one computer. A shared printer is also called a network printer. Once you are connected to a shared printer on the network, you can use it as if it were attached to your computer. To share you..

InstallShield Wizard Complete - Page 75

Printers—Settings and Drivers 75 Installing a Printer Driver A driver is a program that controls a device, such as a printer, and allows it to interface with your computer. All devices require a driver program. Printer drivers are shipped on a CD along with the printer. You may need to install or reinstall printer drivers if you: • Upgrade your operating system • Reinstall your operating system • Connect or install a new printer To install a printer driver: 1 Insert your Drivers and Utilities media . If this is your first time to use your Drivers and Utilities media , continue to st..

My Drivers—The Resource CD has identified these - Page 76

76 Printers—Settings and Drivers 5 When the Welcome Dell System Owner screen appears, click Next . A message appears, stating that the Drivers and Utilities program is detecting hardware in your computer. NOTE: The Drivers and Utilities menu displays drivers only for hardware that came installed in your computer. If you installed additional hardware, the drivers for the new hardware may not be displayed. If those drivers are not displayed, exit the Drivers and Utilities program, shut down all programs, and restart your computer. For device driver information, see the documentation that ca..

Freeing up Hard Drive Space - Page 77

Drives and Media 77 Drives and Media Freeing up Hard Drive Space Microsoft ® Windows Vista ® reserves approximately 1 GB on a hard drive for operating system functions, leaving the remaining space for other standard operations. To determine how much space is available for standard operations, click Start → Computer . A list of drives and storage devices appears. The free space on drive C (the hard drive) is displayed. Shadow Storage Shadow Storage is space reserved on the hard drive for conducting a System Restore (see "Using Microsoft ® Windows ® System Restore" on page 265). To dete..

Reducing Hard Drive Space Used by Shadow Storage - Page 78

78 Drives and Media 3 Click Run as administrator . 4 If a window appears asking permission to continue, click Continue . 5 Type the following: vssadmin list shadowstorage . 6 Press < Enter > . The Command Prompt displays the amount of space used by Shadow Storage. Reducing Hard Drive Space Used by Shadow Storage 1 Click Start → All Programs → Accessories . 2 Right-click Command Prompt . 3 Click Run as administrator . 4 If a window appears asking permission to continue, click Continue . 5 Type the following: vssadmin resize shadowstorage /On=C: /Maxsize=[the maximum space you will ..

Installing Drivers for Media Drives - Page 79

Drives and Media 79 Installing Drivers for Media Drives A driver is a program that controls your media drive. You may need to install drivers if you: • Upgrade your operating system. • Reinstall your operating system. • Connect or install a new device. Determining Whether a Device Driver is the Source of a Device Problem 1 Click Start and right-click Computer . 2 Click Properties → Device Manager . 3 If a window appears asking permission to continue, click Continue . 4 Scroll down the list to see if any device has an exclamation point (a yellow circle with a [!]) on the device icon...

Drivers and Utilities - Page 80

80 Drives and Media Using the Drivers and Utilities Media to Reinstall a Driver 1 With the Windows desktop displayed, insert the Drivers and Utilities media . If this is your first time to use the Drivers and Utilities media , go to step 2. If not, go to step 5. 2 When the Drivers and Utilities media installation program starts, follow the prompts on the screen. 3 When the InstallShield Wizard Complete window appears, remove the Drivers and Utilities media and click Finish to restart the computer. 4 When you see the Windows desktop, reinsert the Drivers and Utilities media . 5 At the Welcom..

Drives and Media - Page 81

Drives and Media 81 5 Double-click the name of the device for which you are installing the driver. 6 Click the Driver tab → Update Driver → Browse my computer for driver software . 7 Click Browse , and browse to the location to which you previously copied the driver files. 8 When the name of the appropriate driver appears, click the name of the driver → OK → Next . 9 Click Finish and restart your computer. Drive Problems CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions that came with your computer. E NSURE THAT M ICROSOFT W INDOWS RECOG..

Problems writing to a media drive - Page 82

82 Drives and Media R UN THE D ELL D IAGNOSTICS — See "Running the Dell Diagnostics" on page 281. Optical Drive Problems NOTE: High-speed optical drive vibration is normal and may cause noise, which does not indicate a defect in the drive or the media. NOTE: Because of different regions worldwide and different disc formats, not all DVDs work in all DVD drives. Problems writing to a media drive C LOSE OTHER PROGRAMS C HANGE THE WRITE SPEED TO A SLOWER RATE — See the help files for your CD, DVD, or BD software. The drive tray cannot eject (for drives that are not slot-loading) 1 Ensure th..

Your computer may support other RAID - Page 83

Drives and Media 83 Windows Vista ® 1 Click Start → Computer . For Windows ® XP: Click Start → My Computer . 2 Right-click Local Disk (C:) . 3 Click Properties → Tools → Check Now . NOTE: The User Account Control window may appear. If you are an administrator on the computer, click Continue ; otherwise, contact your administrator to continue the desired action. 4 Click to check Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors , and then click Start . Working with RAID A redundant array of independent disks (RAID) is a disk storage configuration that increases performance or data redun..

Drives and Media - Page 84

84 Drives and Media RAID level 0 uses data striping to provide a high data access rate. Data striping writes consecutive segments, or stripes, of data sequentially across the physical drive(s) to create a large virtual drive. This allows one of the drives to read data while the other drive is searching for and reading the next block. RAID 0 uses the full storage capacities of both drives. For example, two 120- GB hard drives combine to provide 240 GB of hard drive space on which to store data. NOTE: In a RAID 0 configuration, the size of the configuration is equal to the size of the smalles..

Drives and Media - Page 85

Drives and Media 85 If a drive failure occurs, read and write operations are directed to the remaining drive. A replacement drive can then be rebuilt using the data from the remaining drive. NOTE: In a RAID 1 configuration, the size of the configuration is equal to the size of the smallest drive in the configuration.

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RAID Level 0+1 Configuration - Page 86

86 Drives and Media RAID Level 0+1 Configuration A RAID 0+1 array combines the high data access rate of a RAID level 0 array and the data protection (redundancy) of a RAID level 1 mirror by striping data across two drives and mirroring that striped data on a second set of two drives. If a drive failure occurs, subsequent read and write operations are directed to the other surviving drives. A replacement drive can then be rebuilt using the data from the surviving drives. Also, because data is duplicated on the primary and additional drives, four 120-GB RAID level 1 drives collectively have a..

RAID Level 5 Configuration - Page 87

Drives and Media 87 RAID Level 5 Configuration RAID level 5 uses data parity. RAID level 5 stripes both data and parity information across three or more drives. It provides data striping at the byte level and also stripe error correction information (rotating parity array). This results in excellent performance and good fault tolerance. If a drive failure occurs, subsequent read and write operations are directed to the other surviving drives. A replacement drive can then be rebuilt using the data from the surviving drives. Also, because data is duplicated on the primary and additional drive..

Using the NVIDIA Utilities - Page 88

88 Drives and Media 4 Press the left- and right-arrow keys to highlight RAID On , and then press <Enter>. 5 Repeat the process, as needed, for each hard drive. NOTE: Hard drives in a RAID configuration should be of equal size to avoid unallocated space. 6 Press <Esc>, press the left- and right-arrow keys to highlight Save/Exit , and then press <Enter> to exit the system setup program and resume the boot process. Configuring RAID Your computer can be configured for RAID, even if you did not select a RAID configuration when the computer was purchased. This can be done before..

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Drives and Media 89 2 Restart the computer. 3 Press <Ctrl><n> when prompted to enter the RAID BIOS. The Define a New Array window appears. NOTE: If the operating system logo appears, continue to wait until you see the Microsoft Windows desktop, and then shut down your computer and try again. 4 Press <Tab> to navigate to the RAID Mode field. To create a RAID 0 configuration, use the arrow keys to select Striping . To create a RAID 1 configuration, use the arrow keys to select Mirroring . 5 Press <Tab> to navigate to the Free Disks field. 6 Use the up- and down-arrow k..

Clear System Data - Page 90

90 Drives and Media Assigning New Drives to a RAID Array With the Operating System Installed Use Nvidia MediaShield to create a RAID configuration only when you are adding one or more new hard drives to an existing (non-RAID) single-drive computer, and you want to configure the new drive(s) into a RAID array. NOTICE: The following procedure deletes all data on your hard drive(s). Back up any data you want to keep before continuing. 1 Enable RAID on your hard drives (see "Setting Your Computer to RAID- Enabled Mode" on page 87). 2 After restarting your computer, launch Nvidia MediaShield. 3 ..

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Drives and Media 91 NOTICE: Deleting a RAID 0 volume destroys all data on the volume. Back up any data you want to keep before continuing. NOTICE: If your computer currently boots to RAID and you delete the RAID volume, your computer will not boot. 1 Launch Nvidia MediaShield. 2 Click to select the array you want to delete. 3 Click Delete Array in the System Tasks pane. The NVIDIA Delete Array Wizard screen appears. 4 Click Next . A confirmation screen appears with the name and size of the array that you have marked for deletion. 5 Click Finish to delete the RAID configuration. The MediaShi..

Rebuilding a RAID Configuration (RAID 1 only) - Page 92

92 Drives and Media 6 Under RAID Mode Selection , select Mirroring or Striping from the drop- down menu. 7 Click Next . NOTICE: You lose all data on the drives selected in the next step. Back up any data you want to keep before continuing. 8 Under Free Disk Selection , click the check box next to the hard drive(s) you want to include in the array. 9 Click Finish . The MediaShield RAID management utility window appears and displays the status of the upgrade/migration process along with any other installed hard drives. Rebuilding a RAID Configuration (RAID 1 only) If one of the hard drives in..

Create RAID Volume - Page 93

Drives and Media 93 • "Creating a RAID Level 0 Configuration With the Operating System Installed" on page 94. • "Creating a RAID Level 0 Configuration With the Operating System Installed" on page 94. • "Creating a RAID Level 1 Configuration With the Operating System Installed" on page 95. • "Recovering From a Single Hard Drive Failure (RAID 1)" on page 95. • "Migrating to a RAID Level 0 Configuration" on page 96. • "Migrating to a RAID Level 1 Configuration" on page 97. Configuring a RAID 0 or RAID 1 Array Before Installing the Operating System NOTICE: You lose any data on your ..

For RAID 1 - Page 94

94 Drives and Media For RAID 1 Press the up- and down-arrow keys to select RAID1 (Mirror) . 5 Select the desired capacity for the volume and press <Enter>. The default value is the maximum available size. 6 Press <Enter> to create the volume. 7 Press <y> to confirm that you want to create the RAID volume. 8 Confirm that the correct volume configuration is displayed on the main Intel RAID Option ROM utility screen. 9 Press the up- and down-arrow keys to select Exit and press <Enter>. 10 Install the operating system (see "Restoring Your Operating System" on page 265). ..

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Drives and Media 95 Creating a RAID Level 1 Configuration With the Operating System Installed NOTE: When you perform this operation, all data on the RAID drives is lost. 1 Set your computer to RAID-enabled mode (see "Setting Your Computer to RAID-Enabled Mode" on page 87). 2 Click Start → Programs → Intel(R) Matrix Storage Manager → Intel Matrix Storage Console . NOTE: If you do not see an Actions menu option, you have not yet set your computer to RAID-enabled mode. 3 On the Actions menu, select Create RAID Volume to launch the Create RAID Volume Wizard. 4 Click Next at the first scre..

Migrating to a RAID Level 0 Configuration - Page 96

96 Drives and Media NOTE: Volumes with a status of Rebuild are rebuilt within the operating system. 5 Use the up- and down-arrow keys to select Exit , and then press <Enter>. Your computer boots to the operating system and begins rebuilding the RAID volume automatically. NOTE: You can use your computer while the computer is rebuilding the RAID 1 volume. Migrating to a RAID Level 0 Configuration 1 Set your computer to RAID-enabled mode (see "Setting Your Computer to RAID-Enabled Mode" on page 87). 2 Click Start → All Programs → Intel(R) Matrix Storage Manager → Intel Matrix Stora..

Migrating to a RAID Level 1 Configuration - Page 97

Drives and Media 97 NOTICE: In the following step, all data contained on the member drive is removed. 11 Click Finish to start migrating, or click Back to make changes. NOTE: You can use your computer normally during the migration process. Migrating to a RAID Level 1 Configuration 1 Set your computer to RAID-enabled mode (see "Setting Your Computer to RAID-Enabled Mode" on page 87). 2 Click Start → All Programs → Intel(R) Matrix Storage Manager → Intel Matrix Storage Console to launch the Intel Storage Utility. NOTE: If you do not see an Actions menu option, you have not yet set your ..

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Shutting Down Your Computer - Page 99

Shutting Down Your Computer 99 Shutting Down Your Computer Ensure that you shut down the Microsoft ® Windows ® operating system before you turn off the computer. Windows Vista ® 1 Save and close all open files and close all programs. 2 Click Start and move the mouse pointer to the arrow next to the lock button. 3 Click Shut Down . Windows ® XP 1 Save and close all open files and close all programs.

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Shutting Down Your Computer - Page 100

100 Shutting Down Your Computer 2 Click Start and then select Turn Off menu . 3 The Turn off computer dialog box appears. 4 Click the Turn Off button to shut down the computer. NOTE: Windows operating systems start automatically when you turn on the computer. HINT: If your computer is not operating properly, restarting Windows often solves the problem. FOR MORE INFORMATION: To learn more about turning off your computer properly in Windows, see Windows Help and Support: click Start or → Help and Support .

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Shutting Down Your Computer - Page 101

Shutting Down Your Computer 101 Shutdown States Microsoft ® Windows Vista ® Windows ® XP Ending a Program That is not Responding Sleep Sleep is a power-saving state, or mode. Sleep saves all open documents and programs, and allows the computer to quickly resume full-power operation (typically within several seconds) when you want to start working again. Shut Down Use shut down only when you must turn off the power to your computer, for example, when you want to add memory or you don’t plan to use the computer for several days. Standby Standby is a state in which the display and hard di..

FOR MORE INFORMATION: - Page 102

102 Shutting Down Your Computer If a program on your computer stops responding or appears frozen, Windows will try to find the problem and fix it automatically. In order to continue work, you may have to end (terminate) the program. You can terminate the program by using the Task Manager utility. 1 Right-click the taskbar, and click Task Manager . 2 The Task Manager window appears . 3 In the Applications tab, select the program that is not responding and then click End Task . NOTE: Any data entered or changes made in that program and not saved will be lost. FOR MORE INFORMATION: To learn mo..

Ending a Process That is not Responding - Page 103

Shutting Down Your Computer 103 Ending a Process That is not Responding Use the Task Manager to end (terminate) processes that have stopped responding. A process can be a program, such as Windows Explorer, or a service, such as MSTask. 1 Right-click the taskbar, and click Task Manager → Processes tab. 2 In the Process tab, select the process that is not responding and then click End Process . HINT: Be careful when ending a process. If you end a process associated with an open program, the program will also close and you will lose any unsaved data. If you end a process associated with a sy..

Docking and Undocking Your Laptop Computer - Page 104

104 Shutting Down Your Computer Docking and Undocking Your Laptop Computer Undocking Your Computer While it is Running— Hot Undocking Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) is a form of power management, that enables the operating system to control the amount of power given to each device attached to the computer. If your computer is ACPI-enabled, you can undock it while it is still running, without shutting down open applications or programs. To determine if your computer is ACPI-enabled: Windows Vista 1 Click Start → Control Panel → System and Maintenance → System → D..

Shutting Down Your Computer When it Fails to - Page 105

Shutting Down Your Computer 105 2 Click Start → Undock Computer and wait until the system confirms that the computer is ready to be undocked. 3 Remove the computer from the docking station. Shutting Down Your Computer When it Fails to Shut Down Normally You may not always be able to shut down successfully. When this happens, a program or process may be preventing your computer from shutting down. When shutting down, Windows will attempt to end all programs. If this is not successful, you may need to manually end a program and/or process using Task Manager . Shutting Down a Stalled or "Fro..

Shutting Down a Computer When it Stops - Page 106

106 Shutting Down Your Computer • Do not shut down. Click Cancel to return to Windows. If any of the programs that are preventing shutdown have data that you want to save, save it now. Then proceed to shut down the computer. Windows XP When you attempt to shut down, Windows may display an End Program dialog box. • Click End Now to end the program. If you choose to end the program immediately, you will lose unsaved data. OR • Do not shut down. Click Cancel to return to Windows. If any of the programs that are preventing shutdown have data that you want to save, save it now. Then procee..

Starting Your Computer in Safe Mode - Page 107

Shutting Down Your Computer 107 Press and hold the power button for at least 8 seconds. Also, you may want to remove and replace the battery for a laptop computer to ensure that power is off and components will reset when the power is turned back on. See "Replacing a Battery" on page 143. The error reporting dialog box will be displayed after you restart your computer. Write down any error messages that may be displayed. NOTE: Unsaved data associated with active programs will be lost. Starting Your Computer in Safe Mode Safe mode is a troubleshooting option for Windows that starts your comp..

Restarting Your Computer After a Power Loss - Page 108

108 Shutting Down Your Computer Access the Safe Mode by pressing and holding the <F8> key while your computer restarts. Restarting Your Computer After a Power Loss If your computer suffers a power loss, it may restart and display a series of messages. • If you were working in an application, a message may ask you to choose a version of the document to save. • If you had an application or program open, a message may tell you that the program did not shut down properly. You may need to shut the program down and restart your computer. FOR MORE INFORMATION: To learn more about Safe Mo..

FOR MORE INFORMATION: - Page 109

Files and Folders 109 Files and Folders Files are documents, photos, or graphics stored on your computer. A folder is a group of multiple files. FOR MORE INFORMATION: To learn more about how to open, copy, and delete files and folders, see Windows Help and Support: click Start or → Help and Support.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION: - Page 110

110 Files and Folders Navigating to Files Use Microsoft ® Windows ® Explorer to view and find files and folders available on your computer. In Windows Explorer, use the Forward and Back buttons above the Address Bar to navigate to files you previously viewed. FOR MORE INFORMATION: To learn more about using the Windows Explorer utility, see Windows Help and Support: click Start or → Help and Support. toolbar folders address bar Forward/ Back buttons

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Selecting and Opening Files - Page 111

Files and Folders 111 Selecting and Opening Files To open a file, you first need to select the file. To select a file, click the filename one time. Selected files appear highlighted. To open the file, double- click the selected filename. Selecting a Group of Files Click the first file you want included in the group. Press and hold down the < Shift> key as you click the last file to include in the group. All the files in the group are highlighted. Selecting Several Random Files Click a file you want to select. Press and hold down the <Ctrl> key as you click each file. All the fil..

To save file with a different name, Click File - Page 112

112 Files and Folders Opening and Saving a File Double-click on a file you want to open. When you finish working with the file, perform the following to save the file: Click File → Save . Click the X in the upper-right corner to close the file. NOTE: Clicking the X in the upper right corner of an application rather than a particular file in the application, closes all the open files in the application. Opening a Graphic Image (Picture or Art) When you double-click on a graphic (such as a photo) to open it, it appears in the Windows Picture and Fax Viewer window. To make changes to the gra..

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Files and Folders 113 3 Type the filename or part of the filename in the Search box. 4 Type a word or part of a word in the Search box. 5 Press< Enter > or click the magnifying glass To search for a picture: 1 Click Start → All Programs → Windows Photo Gallery . Windows ® XP 1 Click Start → Search. 2 Under Search Companion , select the type of item you want to search for. 3 Enter a name and click Search . Renaming Files You should not rename files that the operating system or other programs require to operate. 1 Right-click the file you want to rename. 2 Click Rename from the d..

Files and Folders - Page 114

114 Files and Folders Sharing Files Windows Vista 1 Click one or more files or folders that you want to share, and click Share . 2 In the File Sharing dialog box, click one of the following: • On the same computer: Type the name of the person you want to share files with, and click Add . • On a domain — individuals: Click the arrow to the right of the text box, and then click Find . Type the name of the person you want to share files with, click Check Names , and click OK . • On a domain — everyone: Click the arrow to the right of the text box, click Everyone , and click Add . •..

Restricting Access to a File - Page 115

Files and Folders 115 • A Co-owner can view, add, alter, or delete any shared file. 4 Click Share . If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation. 5 If a window appears asking for permission to continue, click Continue . 6 After you receive confirmation that your folder is shared, send a link to the shared files to the people you are sharing them with. 7 Click Done . NOTE: If you change the name of a shared file or folder, send a link to the new location to those sharing the file or folder. Windows XP 1 Click Start → My Docu..

To learn more about setting permissions, see - Page 116

116 Files and Folders 1 Locate the folder or file for which you want to set permissions and right- click on it. 2 Click Properties → Security to remove permissions from a group or user, click on the required group or user and click Remove . Transferring Files and Settings to a New Computer Transferring Files From a Computer Running Windows XP to a Computer Running Windows Vista 1 Install Windows Easy Transfer from the Windows Vista DVD on the computer running Windows XP. 2 After the installation is complete, click Start → Windows Easy Transfer . FOR MORE INFORMATION: To learn more about..

Transferring Files Between Computers Running Windows XP - Page 117

Files and Folders 117 3 Click Continue on the User Account Control dialog box and follow the instructions on the Windows Easy Transfer wizard. If Windows Easy Transfer is not listed in the Start menu, use the Control Panel to access the Windows Easy Transfer wizard : 1 Click Start → Control Panel → System and Maintenance → Welcome Center → Transfer files and settings . 2 Click Continue on User Account Control dialog box and follow the instructions on the Windows Easy Transfer wizard. Transferring Files Between Computers Running Windows XP To transfer files and folders from one compu..

Files and Folders - Page 118

118 Files and Folders Windows XP 1 Click Start → All Programs → Accessories → System Tools → Backup . 2 Click Advanced Mode in the Backup or Restore Wizard . 3 On the Backup tab → Job → New . 4 Specify the files and folders you want to back up by selecting the check box to the left of a file or folder in Click to select the check box for any drive, folder, or file that you want to back up . 5 In Backup destination , do one of the following: • Click File if you want to back up files and folders to a file. This option is selected by default. • Click a tape device if you want t..

Running Backup With Hidden Drives - Page 119

Files and Folders 119 Running Backup With Hidden Drives NOTE: You cannot run backup for a drive that is “hidden”. To run backup in this situation, you must first unhide any hidden drives. To do so, open the program that you used to hide the drive and make the drive visible. Restoring Files You can restore your entire computer or just the files and folders on your computer. Windows Vista 1 Click Start → Control Panel → System and Maintenance → Backup and Restore Center . 2 Click either Restore files or Restore computer . 3 Click Continue on User Account Control dialog box and follo..

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Installing Applications From a CD or DVD With Microsoft - Page 121

Managing Applications (Programs) 121 Managing Applications (Programs) Installing Applications on Your Computer Installing Applications From a CD or DVD With Microsoft ® Windows ® 1 Insert the CD or DVD into your computer. 2 Follow the instructions on your screen. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation. If an application does not install, look for the application's setup file, usually called setup.exe or install.exe , on the installation disk. Installing (Downloading) Applications From the Internet 1 In your web browser,..

Get Programs Online - Page 122

122 Managing Applications (Programs) Click Save and download the installation file to your computer to allow you to scan the file for viruses. To install the application , double-click the file and follow the instructions on your screen. NOTICE: When downloading and installing applications from the Internet, be sure you trust the publisher of the application and the website that is offering the application. Installing Applications From a Network This topic only applies if your computer is connected to a network. If your computer is not connected to a network, you may see different options t..

Removing Applications From Your Computer - Page 123

Managing Applications (Programs) 123 3 If your network administrator has organized the available programs into categories, you may need to select a different option in Category to see the program you want to add. 4 Select an application from the list, and click Add . 5 Follow the instructions on your screen. Removing Applications From Your Computer Windows Vista 1 Click Start → Control Panel → Programs → Programs and Features . 2 Select the application you want to remove, and click Uninstall . Type the administrator password or provide confirmation, if prompted. Windows XP 1 Click Sta..

Ending an Application When it Does not Respond - Page 124

124 Managing Applications (Programs) Ending an Application When it Does not Respond If an application stops responding, Windows tries to find the problem and fix it automatically. You can also end (or close) the application by using Task Manager: 1 Right-click the taskbar and select Task Manager . 2 On the Applications tab of the Windows Task Manager screen, click the application that is not responding, and then click End Task . HINT: Simply deleting a program does not completely remove it from your computer. By deleting a program from your computer any way other than by using the Add or Re..

Performing Maintenance Tasks to Increase - Page 125

Maintenance Tasks (Enhance Performance and Ensure Security) 125 Maintenance Tasks (Enhance Performance and Ensure Security) Performing Maintenance Tasks to Increase Computer Speed and Ensure Security Your computer may begin to run slower over time. Slower performance can be caused by: • Disorganized files • Unnecessary software • Unused network drives • Too many programs that run automatically at startup In addition, viruses can cause serious damage and dramatically slow your computer's performance. You can protect your computer, increase its operational life, and enhance its perfor..

Cleaning Your Computer - Page 126

126 Maintenance Tasks (Enhance Performance and Ensure Security) Tools are available through your computer’s operating system to manage and improve its performance. Use this document as an overview of the options provided. Cleaning Your Computer Before You Start Read the safety instructions available in the Dell ™ s afety information that shipped with your computer. Turn off and unplug the computer from the electrical outlet. For a laptop computer, remove any batteries. Cleaning the Computer To clean your computer, wipe the computer, keyboard, and plastic portion of the monitor with a so..

Managing Your Computer Performance - Page 127

Maintenance Tasks (Enhance Performance and Ensure Security) 127 1 Hold the disc by its outer edge. You can also touch the inside edge of the center hole. NOTICE: To avoid damaging the surface, do not wipe in a circular motion around the disc. 2 With a soft, lint-free cloth, gently wipe the bottom of the disc (the unlabeled side) in a straight line from the center to the outer edge of the disc. For stubborn dirt, try using water or a diluted solution of water and mild soap. You can also purchase commercial products that clean discs and provide some protection from dust, fingerprints, and scr..

Windows - Page 128

128 Maintenance Tasks (Enhance Performance and Ensure Security) 2 Click System and Maintenance → Performance Information and Tools . 3 Use the following options in the Tasks area to improve your computer’s performance: Manage startup programs — disable some of your startup programs to improve performance. Adjust visual effects — change how menus and windows appear to optimize performance. Adjust indexing options — index options to help you find what you are looking for on your computer. Adjust power settings — change power-related settings so that your computer resumes from powe..

— monitors your system performance to detect problems. - Page 129

Maintenance Tasks (Enhance Performance and Ensure Security) 129 Performance — monitors your system performance to detect problems. Performance Tuning System Setup Based Performance Tuning For some Dell systems, the settings available under the Advanced page of System Setup provide users with enhanced access to the options and controls that allow for computer performance to be manually tuned. NOTICE: System Setup allows users unrestricted access when setting performance related parameters. Improperly configuring these settings or choosing options outside the capabilities of the installed c..

Device Settings - Page 130

130 Maintenance Tasks (Enhance Performance and Ensure Security) Device Settings When launched, the application detects installed ESA-compatible devices such as CPUs, video cards, memory, system board, and chassis components. Selecting a component in the Device Settings interface displays the available settings and options for that component. Advanced users can manually tune these options to tailor and customize their system's performance. These settings can be saved to profiles to be recalled at a later time. NOTICE: System Setup allows users unrestricted access when setting performance rel..

Cleaning Up Your Hard Drive - Page 131

Maintenance Tasks (Enhance Performance and Ensure Security) 131 When launched the NVIDIA Monitor application detects installed ESA- compatible devices such as CPUs, video cards, memory, system board, and chassis components. Selecting a component in the interface displays real- time data for the available operating characteristics of that component. These characteristics may include voltages, fan speeds, usage, temperatures and more. You can customize the NVIDIA Monitor to: • Choose key performance characteristics to monitor, graph, and log. • Set reporting intervals and performance thre..

Defragmenting Your Hard Drive - Page 132

132 Maintenance Tasks (Enhance Performance and Ensure Security) Defragmenting Your Hard Drive You can improve the performance of your computer by defragmenting your hard drive. This action enables your programs to run faster and your files to open more quickly. Before defragmenting the hard drive, Windows analyzes the disk to determine if you need to defragment it. You should perform this procedure at least once a week. NOTE: If you perform this procedure regularly, the defragmenting process should take only 5 to 10 minutes. 1 Click Start → All Programs → Accessories → System Tools ..

Detecting and Repairing Disk Errors - Page 133

Maintenance Tasks (Enhance Performance and Ensure Security) 133 2 Select the drive you want to defragment and click Analyze to determine if you need to defragment the disk. Click Defragment to go ahead and defragment the disk. NOTE: You should not use your computer during the defragmentation process. Detecting and Repairing Disk Errors 1 Click Start → My Computer . 2 On the File menu, select Properties . 3 On the Tools tab, click Check Now . 4 Select the actions you want to perform and click Start . Scanning for Viruses and Spyware Computer viruses and spyware are hidden software that cor..

Windows Defender is an antispyware application that: - Page 134

134 Maintenance Tasks (Enhance Performance and Ensure Security) Windows Defender is an antispyware application that: • Checks your computer hard drive for locations infected by the spyware • Checks all files on your hard disk for spyware • Checks all currently running programs for spyware FOR MORE INFORMATION: To learn more about protecting your computer from viruses, see "Viruses " on page 179 . FOR MORE INFORMATION: To learn more about Windows Defender, search for “Using Windows Defender” on the Microsoft website (www. microsoft.com ). For more information about antivirus softwa..

Power (Power Settings, Power - Page 135

Power (Power Settings, Power Protection Devices, and Batteries) 135 Power (Power Settings, Power Protection Devices, and Batteries) Setting Power Options Windows Vista ® Using Power Plans Windows Vista provides three power plans that you can use or configure to meet your needs. Power plans manage how your computer uses power by saving energy, maximizing system performance, or achieving a balance between the two. The preconfigured power plans are: • Balanced offers full performance when necessary and saves power during periods of inactivity. • Power saver saves power by reducing system ..

To learn more about power plans, see - Page 136

136 Power (Power Settings, Power Protection Devices, and Batteries) 2 Click the option you want to use. Power Management States Sleep Sleep saves power by saving your open documents and programs, and allowing your computer to quickly resume full operation when you are ready to start again. To put your computer to sleep: • Click Start and move the pointer to the arrow icon by the Lock button. Then click Sleep . OR • Depending on how you set the power management options, you may also use one of the following methods to put your computer to sleep: • Press the power button. • Close the ..

To learn more about configuring power - Page 137

Power (Power Settings, Power Protection Devices, and Batteries) 137 NOTICE: You cannot remove devices or undock your computer while your computer is in hibernate mode. Your computer enters hibernate mode if the battery charge level becomes critically low. To manually enter hibernate mode: • Click Start and move the pointer to the arrow icon by the Lock button. Then click Hibernate . OR • Depending on how you set the power management options, you may also use one of the following methods to put your computer to sleep: • Press the power button. • Close the display for a notebook compu..

To learn more about configuring power - Page 138

138 Power (Power Settings, Power Protection Devices, and Batteries) • Power Meter — view the available battery power (laptop computers) • Advanced — select options for advanced power settings • Hibernate — select to enable or disable hibernation Power Management Modes Standby Mode Standby conserves power by turning off the display and the hard drive after a predetermined period of inactivity (a time-out). When the computer exits standby, it returns to the same operating state it was in before entering standby. NOTICE: If your computer loses AC and battery power while in standby,..

Hibernate Mode - Page 139

Power (Power Settings, Power Protection Devices, and Batteries) 139 Hibernate Mode Hibernate conserves power by copying system data to a reserved area on the hard drive and then completely turning off the computer. When the computer exits hibernate, it returns to the same operating state it was in before entering hibernate. NOTICE: You cannot remove devices or undock your computer while your computer is in hibernate mode. Your computer enters hibernate if the battery charge level becomes critically low. T o manually enter hibernate: • Click Start → Turn off computer. Then press and hold..

Power Protection Devices - Page 140

140 Power (Power Settings, Power Protection Devices, and Batteries) Power Protection Devices Interference or fluctuations in the power supplied to your computer can cause crashes and sometimes permanent damage to your computer. Surge protectors, power line conditioners, uninterruptible power supplies provide protection for your computer. Surge Protector Plug your computer power line into a surge protector or power strip equipped with surge protection to help prevent damage to your computer from voltage spikes that can occur during electrical storms or after power interruptions. Some surge p..

Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) - Page 141

Power (Power Settings, Power Protection Devices, and Batteries) 141 Plug your computer power line into a power line conditioner to compensate peaks and valleys in the power supply and reduce peaks in the power flow to your computer. Power line conditioners are different from the typical uninterruptible power supply in that they continuously charge the battery and continuously run the equipment off battery power. Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) NOTICE: Loss of power while data is being saved to the hard drive may result in data loss or file damage. NOTE: To ensure maximum battery operatin..

Using Your Laptop Computer for the First Time - Page 142

142 Power (Power Settings, Power Protection Devices, and Batteries) Using Your Laptop Computer for the First Time The first time you use your computer, use the AC adapter to connect your computer to an electrical outlet in case your battery is not fully charged. For best results, operate the computer with the AC adapter until the battery is fully charged. To view the battery charge status, check the Power Meter icon on the taskbar. NOTE: To preserve battery power, connect your computer to an electrical outlet when writing to a CD or DVD. Preserving the Life of a Battery The operating time o..

Replacing a Battery - Page 143

Power (Power Settings, Power Protection Devices, and Batteries) 143 Replacing a Battery CAUTION: Using an incompatible battery may increase the risk of fire or explosion. Replace the battery only with a compatible battery purchased from Dell. The battery is designed to work with your Dell computer. Do not use a battery from other computers with your computer. CAUTION: Do not dispose of batteries with household waste. When your battery no longer holds a charge, call your local waste disposal or environmental agency for advice on disposing batteries. See "Battery Disposal" in the safety infor..

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144 Power (Power Settings, Power Protection Devices, and Batteries) Microsoft Windows Power Meter The Power Meter indicates the remaining battery charge. To check the amount of the power remaining on your battery, double-click the Power Meter icon in the taskbar. Charge Gauge on the Battery The operating time of a battery depends on the number of times it is charged. After hundreds of charge and discharge cycles, batteries lose some charge capacity—or battery health. That is, a battery can show a status of "charged" but maintain a reduced charge capacity, which is the health of the batter..

Understanding Low Battery Warnings - Page 145

Power (Power Settings, Power Protection Devices, and Batteries) 145 Understanding Low Battery Warnings NOTICE: To avoid losing or corrupting data, save your work immediately after a low-battery warning. Then connect the computer to an electrical outlet, or install a second battery in the media bay if your laptop has this option. If the battery runs completely out of power, hibernate mode begins automatically. Your laptop computer will display a warning when the battery charge is approximately 90 percent depleted. If you are using two batteries, the warning applies to the combined charge of ..

Storing a Battery - Page 146

146 Power (Power Settings, Power Protection Devices, and Batteries) NOTE: With Dell™ ExpressCharge™, when the computer is turned off, the AC adapter charges a completely discharged battery to 80 percent in about 1 hour and to 100 percent in approximately 2 hours. Charge time is longer with the computer turned on. You can leave the battery in the computer for as long as you like. The battery’s internal circuitry prevents the battery from overcharging. If the battery is hot from being used in your computer or being in a hot environment, the battery may not charge when you connect the co..

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Power (Power Settings, Power Protection Devices, and Batteries) 147 You can optimize the battery life for your laptop computer using the options available under All Day Battery mode or Extended Battery Life mode. FOR MORE INFORMATION: To learn more about using the Dell ControlPoint application, see the Help available from the main ControlPoint screen.

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Networks (LAN, Wireless, Mobile Broadband) - Page 149

Networks (LAN, Wireless, Mobile Broadband) 149 Networks (LAN, Wireless, Mobile Broadband) Overview A computer network provides connectivity between your computer and the Internet, another computer, or a peripheral such as a printer. For example, with a network set up in a home or small office, you can: • Print to a shared printer. • Access drives and files on another computer. • Share files. • Browse other networks. • Access the Internet. LAN WLAN

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To learn more about networks, see Windows - Page 150

150 Networks (LAN, Wireless, Mobile Broadband) You can set up a local area network (LAN) using a broadband modem and network cables, or you can set up a wireless LAN (WLAN) using a wireless router or access point. A Network Connections Wizard guides you through the process of setting up a computer network and connecting to other networks. The Intel ® Active Management Technology (Intel AMT or iAMT ® ) provides enhanced tools for management of networked computers. This Intel AMT software is available on some Dell computers. See "Managing Networked Computers With Intel ® Active Management ..

Networks (LAN, Wireless, Mobile Broadband) - Page 151

Networks (LAN, Wireless, Mobile Broadband) 151 What You Need to Set up a LAN • Cable or DSL broadband modem with Internet access established. For information on broadband connection, see "Broadband Access" on page 151. • Router — A router connects computers and peripherals on the network to each other, allowing the computers to share Internet access provided by the broadband modem. A router has multiple ports, each supporting one computer or one peripheral such as a printer. • Network cables — Use either CAT 5 or CAT 5e cables. • Network interface card Broadband Access Broadband..

Networks (LAN, Wireless, Mobile Broadband) - Page 152

152 Networks (LAN, Wireless, Mobile Broadband) Setting up the Hardware 1 Contact your Internet service provider (ISP) to obtain specific information about the connection requirements for your broadband modem. 2 Ensure that you have Internet access through your broadband modem. 3 Install any software required for your router. Your router may have been shipped with installation media, which usually contains installation and troubleshooting information. Install the required software according to the instructions provided by the router manufacturer. Connecting to the Network From your computer..

Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN) - Page 153

Networks (LAN, Wireless, Mobile Broadband) 153 Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN) A wireless local area network (WLAN) connects two or more computers with each other and the Internet over the air waves rather than through a network cable connected to each computer. In a WLAN, a radio communications device (an access point or wireless router) connects the networked computers and peripherals, and provides Internet or network access. The access point or wireless router and the wireless network card in the computer communicate by broadcasting data from their antennas over the air waves. What y..

Networks (LAN, Wireless, Mobile Broadband) - Page 154

154 Networks (LAN, Wireless, Mobile Broadband) • A wireless network card, an integrated wireless adapter, or a wireless USB adapter for each computer that you want to connect to your WLAN See "Checking Your Wireless Network Card" on page 154. • A network cable with network (RJ-45) connectors Checking Your Wireless Network Card To confirm that your computer has a wireless network card and to determine the type of card, check the order confirmation that you received when you ordered your computer, or use the Device Manager (see "Device Manager" on page 26): Windows Vista 1 Click Start , r..

Setting up a new Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) - Page 155

Networks (LAN, Wireless, Mobile Broadband) 155 Setting up a new Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) 1 Contact your Internet service provider (ISP) to obtain specific information about the connection requirements for your broadband modem. 2 Ensure that you have wired Internet access through your broadband modem before you attempt to set up a wireless Internet connection. 3 Install any software required for your wireless router. Your wireless router may have been shipped with installation media, which usually contains installation and troubleshooting information. Install the required software ..

HINT: - Page 156

156 Networks (LAN, Wireless, Mobile Broadband) NOTE: Your available selections may differ based on any configuration or changes your may have made to your Start menu. NOTE: If you select a secure public network, you must enter the network’s WEP or WPA encryption key when prompted. Whenever you log on to your computer within the range of the wireless network that you selected, the same pop-up notifies you of the wireless network connection. NOTE: Your computer can take several minutes to connect to the network. Connecting to a Secured Wireless Network (Using WEP or WPA Keys) If you select ..

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Networks (LAN, Wireless, Mobile Broadband) 157 Enabling/Disabling the Wireless Card With a Wireless Switch Your laptop computer may include a wireless switch. You can use this switch to turn your wireless card on or off. NOTE: By default, the wireless switch is turned Off while shipping your computer. The wireless switch must be turned On to detect and connect to a wireless network. On some computers, you can also use the wireless switch to scan for a wireless network by sliding and holding the wireless switch in position for a few seconds. Other computers may use a separate button or switc..

Networks (LAN, Wireless, Mobile Broadband) - Page 158

158 Networks (LAN, Wireless, Mobile Broadband) Ad Hoc Networks Ad hoc networks are simple networks that connect two or more computers in close range without the use of a router or access point. Generally ad hoc networks are used for sharing files and playing games. Some of the Dell wireless printers use an ad hoc network to configure the wireless adapter for the printer. The Windows Vista operating system provides an easy-to-use wizard to help you set up the network. 1 From the Network and Sharing Center, click Tasks → Setup a connection or network . 2 Click Set up a wireless ad hoc (comp..

Mobile Broadband (or Wireless Wide Area - Page 159

Networks (LAN, Wireless, Mobile Broadband) 159 Mobile Broadband (or Wireless Wide Area Network) Networks A Mobile Broadband network, also known as a Wireless Wide Area Network (WWAN), is a high-speed digital cellular network that provides Internet access over a much wider geographical area than a WLAN, which typically covers only from 100 to 1000 feet. Your computer can maintain Mobile Broadband network access as long as the computer is within a cellular-data coverage zone. Contact your service provider for coverage details. NOTE: Even if you are able to make a call from your cellular phone..

The Mobile Broadband card is typically listed under - Page 160

160 Networks (LAN, Wireless, Mobile Broadband) Establishing a Mobile Broadband Network Connection NOTE: Depending on your computer, you can use either a Mobile Broadband ExpressCard or Mini Card, but not both, to establish a Mobile Broadband network connection. To set up a Mobile Broadband network connection, you need: • A Mobile Broadband ExpressCard or Mini Card (depending on your computer’s configuration) • An activated Mobile Broadband ExpressCard or activated Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) from your service provider • The Mobile Broadband Card Utility (already installed in yo..

Networks (LAN, Wireless, Mobile Broadband) - Page 161

Networks (LAN, Wireless, Mobile Broadband) 161 Managing the Network With the Dell Mobile Broadband Card Utility 1 Click the Dell Mobile Broadband Card Utility icon in the Windows notification area to run the utility. 2 Click Connect . 3 Follow the instructions on the screen to manage the network connection with the utility. WiMAX NOTE: WiMAX is not supported on all computers. WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) is a standards- based telecommunications technology that provides wireless data. WiMAX enables delivery of last mile wireless broadband access as an alternative t..

Networks (LAN, Wireless, Mobile Broadband) - Page 162

162 Networks (LAN, Wireless, Mobile Broadband) WPAN NOTE: WPAN is not supported on all computers. WPAN (Wireless Personal Area Network) helps interconnect wireless devices centered around your personal workspace. WPAN technology supports communication over a short distance. Bluetooth, used as the basis for a new standard, IEEE 802.15. is an example of WPAN. Managing Your Network Securing Your Network To protect your network and computer from intrusions, install some of the internet countermeasures that are available to help protect your network from hackers, spyware, and invasion of your pr..

Networks (LAN, Wireless, Mobile Broadband) - Page 163

Networks (LAN, Wireless, Mobile Broadband) 163 Secure your router. If your network’s router is unprotected, a hacker can access your computer through your broadband Internet connection. To improve the security of your network, change t he network name and administrator password to unique values using the router configuration software, and change the administrator password periodically. When setting up the router, enable data encryption. To set up data encryption on the router, use your router’s configuration software. Set up a firewall. A firewall helps protect computers within the netw..

Securing Your Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) - Page 164

164 Networks (LAN, Wireless, Mobile Broadband) Securing Your Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) Change the Default Router Administrator Password Setting and Default Wireless Network Name (SSID). Your wireless router uses an administrator password and wireless network name (Service Set Identifier [SSID]), which are set to default values by the router manufacturer. To improve the security of your wireless network, change the network name and administrator password to unique values using the router configuration software, and change the administrator password periodically. Set up encryption. W..

If you configure your wireless router to use MAC - Page 165

Networks (LAN, Wireless, Mobile Broadband) 165 When you set up the wireless network, specify the same encryption type and encryption key on each wireless device in your network. Ensuring Security When Using Public Wi-Fi Networks (Hotspots) Before connecting your computer to a public wireless network, you should configure your computer’s network settings to reduce security risks. Set up MAC filtering. If you configure your wireless router to use MAC filtering, the router will limit access to wireless adapters with MAC addresses that you specify. 1 Open the Command Prompt window and type ip..

Locating Networks With the Dell Wi-Fi Catcher™ - Page 166

166 Networks (LAN, Wireless, Mobile Broadband) Locating Networks With the Dell Wi-Fi Catcher™ Network Locator Your computer may include a wireless switch. To find out if your computer has a wireless switch and where it is located, refer to the "About Your Computer" section of your documentation. Update your software. Before using public wireless networks, update your operating system and security software with the latest security patches and virus information. Use a firewall. If you are using the Windows Vista or Windows XP operating system, ensure that the Windows firewall feature is ena..

Networks (LAN, Wireless, Mobile Broadband) - Page 167

Networks (LAN, Wireless, Mobile Broadband) 167 The wireless switch uses the Dell Wi-Fi Catcher Network Locator to scan specifically for wireless networks in your vicinity. Scanning for a Wireless Network On some computers, you can use the wireless switch to scan for wireless networks in your vicinity. To scan for a wireless network, slide and hold the wireless switch in position for a few seconds (see "Enabling/Disabling the Wireless Card With a Wireless Switch" on page 157). Other computers may use a separate button or switch for scanning. Follow the instructions in the documentation for u..

Networks (LAN, Wireless, Mobile Broadband) - Page 168

168 Networks (LAN, Wireless, Mobile Broadband) Dell ControlPoint Connection Manager is a network connectivity application that enables you to manage all networking from a single place on your computer. You can use the ControlPoint Connection Manager to manage network types, such as: • Wi-Fi • Mobile Broadband • Dial-up • Ethernet (or "wired") • Bluetooth and UWB • GPS To access the ControlPoint Connection Manager to enable and configure your computer’s Wi-Fi Network Locator feature: 1 Click the ControlPoint icon (DCP icon) on the taskbar. The Dell ControlPoint window is displa..

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Networks (LAN, Wireless, Mobile Broadband) 169 • Remotely repair systems even after operating system failures — In the event of a software or operating system failure, Intel AMT can be used to access the computer remotely for repair purposes. • Protect networks from incoming threats while keeping software and virus protection up to date across the network See the Dell™ Systems Management Administrator's Guide for details on the use of the Intel ® Active Management Technology. This guide is available on the Dell Support website at support.dell.com .

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What you Need to Connect to the Internet - Page 171

Accessing the Internet 171 Accessing the Internet Overview The Internet is an electronic communications network that connects computer networks (for both individual and organizational users) around the world. The Internet supports an extensive world-wide collection of computers and servers, which contain documents or information pages (called web pages) that link to one another through a process called hypertext linking , or hyperlinks . These electronic documents that are stored on computers around the world and are accessible via the Internet make up the Web (World Wide Web). What you Nee..

Web Browsers for Viewing Internet Sites - Page 172

172 Accessing the Internet • DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) connections that provide high-speed Internet access through your existing telephone line. With a DSL connection, you can access the Internet and use your telephone on the same line simultaneously. • Cable modem connections that provide high-speed Internet access through your local cable TV line. • Satellite modem connections that provide high-speed Internet access through a satellite television system. • Dial-up connections that provide Internet access through a telephone line. Dial-up connections are considerably slower tha..

To learn more about the Internet and the - Page 173

Accessing the Internet 173 1 To view a particular website, open Internet Explorer by clicking the Internet Explorer icon. 2 When the browser opens, click the address bar at the top of the browser window, and type in a web address. Web Addresses A web address, or uniform resource locator (URL), provides the location of a website. Every web page on the Internet has a URL. A common format for a web address is: http://www.dell.com. Setting up Your Internet Connection To connect to the Internet, you need a modem or network connection and an Internet Service provider (ISP). To set up an Internet ..

Windows - Page 174

174 Accessing the Internet 4 Click either Broadband (PPPoE) , Wireless , or Dial-up , depending on how you want to connect: • Choose Broadband if you will use a DSL modem, cable TV modem, or satellite modem. • Choose Wireless if you will use a wireless connection through a WLAN card. • Choose Dial-up if you will use a dial-up modem or ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network). NOTE: If you do not know which type of connection to select, click Help me choose or contact your ISP. 5 Follow the instructions on the screen and use the setup information provided by your ISP to complete the ..

Troubleshooting Problems Connecting to the - Page 175

Accessing the Internet 175 Troubleshooting Problems Connecting to the Internet If you are having problems connecting to the Internet, see the information that came from your Internet service provider and the information that came with any connection hardware. If you cannot connect to the Internet, but have successfully connected in the past, the ISP may have a service outage. Contact your ISP to check the service status, or try connecting again later. Web Browser Settings By altering the browser settings you can adjust the web browser for convenience and security. For example, to change set..

Setting the Way the Browser Displays Web Pages - Page 176

176 Accessing the Internet Setting the Way the Browser Displays Web Pages The general appearance of a web page can be altered through the use of colors, languages, font, and accessibility. 1 Click Start → Control Panel → Network and Internet Connections → Internet Options . 2 Locate buttons to control web page appearance. Click the buttons for the features you wish to change. Colors From the color selection window you can alter the text, the background, and the hyperlinks. The default is a simple Windows color scheme, black text, white background, and blue hyperlinks (purple if they h..

Network and Internet Connections - Page 177

Accessing the Internet 177 Saving Space by Setting the way the Browser Logs Viewing History Internet Explorer keeps a log of the websites that you visit in order to speed up the process of downloading graphics each time you re-visit a web page. You can delete or decrease the amount of space the history logs use. 1 Click Start → Control Panel → Network and Internet Connections → Internet Options . 2 Delete the files in the browsing history by clicking Delete , or minimize the amount of space by clicking Settings . 3 Reduce the file size (the number of MBs in memory) and/or reduce the n..

Using Accessibility Options for Visual Impairments - Page 178

178 Accessing the Internet 5 Click Always open pop-ups in a new tab . This action ensures that advertisements open in the web browser you are currently using without redirecting your to a new address. 6 In the Open links from other programs section, click A new tab in the current window . This action opens hyperlinks in a new tab without opening a new browser. Using Accessibility Options for Visual Impairments If you have a visual impairment, the accessibility menu can be used to override individual web page settings to ignore certain colors and fonts on specified web pages. Click on any of..

Protecting Your Privacy While Accessing the Internet - Page 179

Accessing the Internet 179 • Restricted sites allow you to add websites that you fear may damage your computer. 2 Type in the web address of the site and click OK . Protecting Your Privacy While Accessing the Internet Privacy affects how other web pages are able to impact your computer. Each time you visit a website a certain amount of interaction occurs between the web page and your computer’s browser. Sometimes websites display ads that pop up in another window. Sometimes your visits to a website are tracked by cookies that are placed on your computer. Ensure security and privacy by: ..

Typical examples of computer networks are: - Page 180

180 Accessing the Internet Using Antivirus Programs Protect your computer from viruses by using antivirus programs. Two popular antivirus programs include Norton AntiVirus and McAfee VirusScan. Both of these programs will regularly check your computer for viruses and quarantine suspected programs and data. You can obtain antivirus programs from the Dell Support web page located at support.dell.com . Updating Your Antivirus Programs Keep your antivirus program up to date since new viruses are discovered every day. Regularly check for updates to your antivirus program. Some antivirus programs..

Accessing the Internet - Page 181

Accessing the Internet 181 The General tab displays two settings: On and Off . The shields to the left are green with a checkmark ( On) or red with an x ( Off) . Setting Windows Firewall to On (recommended) provides another choice. A check box that says Don’t allow exceptions is available for use. 3 Check the Don’t allow exceptions check box to boost the security settings. Windows Firewall will send a message every time it blocks a program. The Windows Firewall window provides several tabs that allow you to customize your security settings. General tab The General tab displays two setti..

Preventing Spyware and Malware Infection - Page 182

182 Accessing the Internet Spyware and Malware Spyware is a type of computer program used for tracking consumers to better aim advertising at specific targets. It can also be used to discover information about individuals who do not protect their computers. Malware is software that is designed to corrupt data or hard drives on computers. Some malware can record every key you press, which may allow the capture of your credit card numbers and banking information. Spyware and malware can potentially harm your computer and make the information it contains vulnerable to security risks. Several i..

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Accessing the Internet 183 Spam Spam refers to unwanted e-mail messages, which can include chain letters and advertisements. You can obtain anti-spam programs to reduce the amount of spam you receive. However, these programs are not perfect and may block valid e-mail messages. Obtain anti-spam programs from the Dell web page. Phishing Scams Phishing is a term that refers to scams that attempt to steal information through seemingly legitimate e-mails and text messages that appear to be from a reputable business. Be cautious with any e-mail or website that requests your personal information, ..

Accessing the Internet - Page 184

184 Accessing the Internet Take the following precautions to ensure that your online shopping experience is both safe and secure: • Verify the credibility of the retail website. • Is it a well known shopping site? • Does the website belong to an Internet trust organization. • Can you contact a person associated with the website by phone or a physical mailing address? • Is product information and availability displayed openly and honestly? • How fast will the order be processed? • Are the shipping costs reasonable? • Does the store have a reasonable return/exchange policy? ..

Controlling Unwanted Toolbars - Page 185

Accessing the Internet 185 Controlling Unwanted Toolbars Toolbars are located in the top of the browser to assist you as you navigate through web pages. Many of these are useful but too many can decrease the actual size of the browser you use to view the websites. 1 Click View . 2 Click Toolbars . Another menu will appear that displays all the available toolbars for the browser. A check next to a toolbar indicates that the toolbar is currently turned on. 3 Click a toolbar to enable or disable it. Content Advisory/Parental Controls Internet Explorer has the ability to block content from the ..

Searching for Information on the Internet - Page 186

186 Accessing the Internet 1 Click Favorites → Organize Favorites . 2 Click Create Folder to create a new folder. 3 Highlight a folder or page and click Rename to change the way a favorite is listed. 4 Highlight a folder or page and click Move to Folder to move a page into a folder. 5 Highlight a folder or page and click Delete to delete a favorite from your list. To view a list of favorites, click on the Favorites menu and a drop-down list appears with all of the previously chosen favorites. This function can also be accomplished by pressing the <Alt><a> key combination. Sear..

Changing the Internet Communications Protocol - Page 187

Accessing the Internet 187 Changing the Internet Communications Protocol (TCP/IP) Settings The Internet uses certain communications protocols to share information. When you click a selected website (to access the web page), information is sent (downloaded) to your computer through a communications protocol, such as: TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and Internet Protocol (IP). You may need to change your computer’s settings for the TCP/IP. Printing a Web Page Many websites provide a printer-friendly version of the pages to be printed. If this is not available: 1 Click File . 2 C..

Freeing up Space and Protecting Your Computer - Page 188

188 Accessing the Internet Freeing up Space and Protecting Your Computer Clearing Browser History The browser keeps a record of all the websites you visit. This function was designed to make travel to the same website take less time. However, this can sometimes create security risks or even impact your computer’s performance. Deleting the browser history can reduce the risk and the size of the history files on the computer. 1 Click Start → Control Panel → Network and Internet Connections → Internet Options . 2 In the browser history section, click Delete . Deleting Temporary Interne..

Maintaining Privacy by Blocking and Deleting - Page 189

Accessing the Internet 189 Maintaining Privacy by Blocking and Deleting Cookies Cookies are small markers (pieces of code) placed on your computer when you visit a website. Companies on the Internet use cookies to track visits to their website. Some cookies simply enhance your use of a website. For example, a cookie can save your website password information so that you only have to enter it the first time you visit a website. However, some cookies may use this personal information for commercial gain, putting your privacy at risk. Delete the cookies in your web browser’s history by openi..

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Setting up a new E-mail Account - Page 191

E-mail 191 E-mail Setting up a new E-mail Account With an Internet connection and an e-mail service, you can exchange e-mail messages with family, friends, and co-workers over the Internet. The e-mail software from most service providers offers an Internet Connection Wizard to help you connect to the Internet and set up your e- mail account. You need the following information from your Internet service provider (ISP) or local area network (LAN) administrator: • Account name and password • The names of your incoming and outgoing e-mail servers NOTE: Windows Mail and Outlook Express are t..

Managing and Organizing E-mail Messages - Page 192

192 E-mail Windows Vista ® To add (or remove) a Windows Mail account: 1 Click Start → All Programs → Windows Mail . 2 Click Tools → Accounts . 3 Click Add or Remove , choose the type of account you want to add or remove, click Next , and then follow the online instructions. Windows ® XP To add (or remove) an e-mail account with Outlook Express: 1 Click Start → All Programs → Outlook Express . 2 Click Tools → Accounts . 3 In the Internet Accounts dialog box, click Add or Remove . 4 Select Mail or to open the Internet Connection Wizard, and then follow the instructions to establ..

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E-mail 193 4 In the Select the folder in which to create the new folder list, click the folder where you want to store your new folder. To create an e-mail rule: 1 Click Start → All Programs → Windows Mail . 2 Click the message you want to use as a basis for your rule. 3 Click Message → Create Rule from Message . You can then select from a number of options, or "rules," that govern how an e-mail is managed in the future when newly received e-mails have "conditions" that match the e-mail you used as a basis for the rule. To delete an e-mail message: 1 Select the message you want to del..

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194 E-mail Windows XP To add an e-mail folder: 1 Click Start → Programs → Outlook Express . 2 On the File → Folder → New. 3 In the Folder name text box, type the name and then select the location for the new folder. To create an e-mail rule: 1 Click Start → Programs → Outlook Express . 2 Select an e-mail message in the main window. 3 On the Message window, click Create Rule from Message . This creates a simple e-mail rule based on the name of the person on the From line; no other information from the message, however, is entered into the rule. To delete an e-mail message: 1 Clic..

To learn more about securing your e-mail - Page 195

E-mail 195 Reducing Spam Set an appropriate security level in your e-mail software (Windows Mail for Windows Vista or Outlook Express for Windows XP) for sorting e-mail that you receive. Windows Vista 1 Click Start → All Programs → Windows Mail . 2 Click Tools → Junk e-mail Options . 3 Select the protection level you want: • No Automatic Filtering . Click this option if you want to stop blocking junk e-mail messages altogether. However, Windows Mail continues to block messages from domain names and e-mail addresses on your Blocked Senders list. • Low . Click this option if you don..

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196 E-mail Windows XP 1 Click Start → Programs → Outlook Express . 2 Click Tools → Options → Security tab. 3 Under Download Images , click Block images and other external content in HTML e-mail . Viruses and Phishing You can choose from the following options to secure your e-mail messages from viruses and phishing: • Install an antivirus program. • Read e-mail messages in plain text. • Verify that attachments are from a secure source. • Do not open attachments with an extension of .exe . FOR MORE INFORMATION: To learn more about reducing spam in your e- mail messages, see "B..

Avoiding E-mail Attachments - Page 197

E-mail 197 Avoiding E-mail Attachments Some e-mail services automatically block file types that commonly spread e-mail viruses. If an attachment is blocked, the Information bar displays a message, to let you know that it has done so, and lists the attachment that has been blocked. Other e-mail services allow you to select file types to be blocked. Viewing E-mail Messages 1 Open your e-mail service by clicking the icon on your desktop or by clicking Start → All Programs → and then clicking the name of the e-mail service (for example, Windows Mail or Outlook Express). 2 Click the mail fol..

Creating a Contact Group (Mailing List) - Page 198

198 E-mail 3 In the To box, type the e-mail address for each of your primary recipients. 4 In the Subject box, type the subject of your message. 5 Click in the main message window and type your message. 6 To send the message right away, click Send . Windows XP 1 Click Start → Programs → Outlook Express . 2 On the toolbar, click Create Mail . 3 In the To box, type the e-mail name of the recipient. 4 In the Subject box, type a message title. 5 Type your message, and then click Send on the toolbar. Creating a Contact Group (Mailing List) Contact groups (mailing lists) are useful when compo..

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E-mail 199 2 On the toolbar, click New Contact Group , type a name in the Group Name box, and then fill in the boxes on the Contact Group tab and Contact Group Details tab. You do not have to fill in all the boxes; just type as much information as you want about the new contact group you are creating. 3 Add contacts to the contact group in any of the following ways: • To add individual contacts to the group from your existing contacts, click Add to Contact Group . • To create new contacts and add them to the contact group, click Create New Contact . • To add new people to the contact ..

To learn more about backing up e-mail - Page 200

200 E-mail • To add a person to both the group and your Address Book, click New Contact and fill in the appropriate information. • To use a directory service, click Select Members , and then click Find . Select a directory service from the drop-down list at the end of the text box. After finding and selecting an address, it is automatically added to your Address Book. 5 Repeat for each addition until your group is defined. Backing Up E-mail Messages You can back up your e-mail messages and other files for safekeeping while increasing (or freeing up) your disk space. Windows Vista 1 Clic..

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E-mail 201 FOR MORE INFORMATION: To learn more about backing up e-mail messages, see "To compact and back up e-mail folders" in Outlook Express Help.

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Multimedia (CDs/DVDs, 5.1 Audio, - Page 203

Multimedia 203 Multimedia (CDs/DVDs, 5.1 Audio, MP3s, TVs, Digital Cameras, and Projectors) Overview Most Dell computers come with a CD/DVD player/recorder, which can be used for data, music or videos. Depending on the computer, you can also connect other media devices, such as digital cameras, projectors, MP3 Players, and TVs. You can view and print digital photos, play CDs and DVDs, create your own CDs, listen to radio stations, and copy files to a laptop media device, such as an MP3 player. FOR MORE INFORMATION: To learn more about connecting your computer to a TV and adjusting the displ..

Some computers may come equipped with media buttons for: - Page 204

204 Multimedia CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray Disc™ Media Some computers may come equipped with media buttons for: • Playing various media • Transferring and backing up data • Entertainment For instructions on using these buttons see the documentation that came with your computer. Playing a CD, DVD, or Blu-ray Disc Media For Drives With Spindles and/or Trays 1 Press the eject button on the drive. 2 Place the media, label side up, in the center of the tray and snap it onto the spindle, or place it on the tray if there is no spindle. 3 Push the tray back into the drive. 4 For those computers ..

Copying CD, DVD, or Blu-ray Disc Media - Page 205

Multimedia 205 For Drives With a Slot NOTICE: Do not use non-standard-size or shape discs (including mini-CDs and mini-DVDs) as you will damage the drive. NOTE: Do not move the computer while playing or recording CDs and DVDs. 1 Press the eject button to remove a pre-installed cd. For the location of the eject button, see the documentation shipped with your computer. 2 Slide the disc, label side up, in the drive slot. 3 For those computers equipped with multimedia buttons, press the Play button. Some computers launch an auto-play selection window. Select the function for the task you are at..

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206 Multimedia With a Single Disk Drive: a Insert the source disk into the drive. b Ensure that the settings are correct, and then follow the instructions online. The computer reads your source disk and copies the data to a temporary folder on your hard drive. c When prompted, insert a blank disk into the drive and click OK . The computer copies the data from the temporary folder to the blank disk. With Dual Disk Drives: a Select the drive for the source disk (and insert the disk). b Then insert a blank disk into the second disk drive, and follow the instructions to copy a disk The computer..

Setting up the 5.1 Audio Connections - Page 207

Multimedia 207 5.1 Audio NOTE: 5.1 Audio may not be supported on all computers. 5.1 refers to the number of audio channels in most surround-sound configurations. The 5 refers to the five main audio channels: left front, center front, right front, left surround and right surround; while the 1 refers to the low frequency effects channel (LFE). A 5.1 signal can be provided by the optical media or a satellite TV channel. Setting up the 5.1 Audio Connections To set up the 5.1 audio connections: Click Start → Control Panel → Additional Options . Run IDT Audio Control Panel . In the Jacks tab,..

Laptop Media Devices (MP3 Players) - Page 208

208 Multimedia Laptop Media Devices (MP3 Players) Connecting a Laptop Media Device (MP3 Player) to Your Computer Follow the instructions that came with your media device to connect it to your computer. To determine if your laptop media device is compatible with Media Player, see the instructions that came with your media device. Also, see the windowsmedia.com website. Setting up the Laptop Media Device to Sync in Windows Media Player Use Windows Media Player to sync digital media files from your media library to the laptop media device. If your laptop media device has sufficient capacity to..

Setting up the Laptop Media Device the First Time - Page 209

Multimedia 209 If the storage capacity of the laptop media device is not large enough to handle the files you want to copy, Media Player defaults to manual sync. At this point, you must manually remove files from the device or alter your selection of files to copy. Media Player allows you to switch between automatic and manual sync operations. Setting up the Laptop Media Device the First Time When you connect a media device for the first time, Media Player selects the sync method that works best for your device, depending on its storage capacity. 1 Start the laptop media device, and then co..

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210 Multimedia Playing Media Using the Dell Travel Remote The Dell Travel Remote is designed to control Windows Vista Media Center and is available only for specified computers. 1 Install a coin-cell battery into the remote control. 2 Launch the Windows Vista Media Center. 3 Use the remote control buttons to play media. Adjusting the Volume on Your Computer 1 Right-click the Volume icon in the taskbar. 2 Click Open Volume Mixer . 3 Click and drag the slide bar up or down to increase or decrease the volume. Enabling S/PDIF Digital Audio Through the Media Software If your computer has a DVD d..

Enabling S/PDIF Digital Audio in the Windows - Page 211

Multimedia 211 3 Click Settings → DVD → DVD Audio Setting . 4 Click the arrows beside the Speaker Configuration setting to scroll through the options, and select the SPDIF option. 5 Click the Back button once, and then click the Back button again to return to the main menu screen. Enabling S/PDIF Digital Audio in the Windows Audio Driver 1 Double-click the Volume icon in the taskbar. 2 From the Volume Control window, click Options → Advanced Controls → Advanced . 3 Click the check box to enable S/PDIF Interface . 4 Click Close → OK . Setting up the Cyberlink (CL) Headphones NOTE: ..

Using a Digital Camera With Your Computer - Page 212

212 Multimedia 7 Click the Back button once, and then click the Back button again to return to the main menu screen. Using a Digital Camera With Your Computer When you use a digital camera with your computer, you can perform one or more of the following tasks: • View and download pictures on your camera. • Modify pictures and add special effects. • Print pictures. • Organize your picture collection. • Create slide shows. Using Windows Media Player Windows Media Player is Microsoft’s native software for playing, recording, and organizing your multimedia files. You can use Windows..

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Multimedia 213 • Burning (creating) your own CDs and DVDs as well as copying music from CDs • Listening to radio stations • Searching and organizing your digital media files • Copying and syncing files to laptop devices • Shopping for digital media online FOR MORE INFORMATION: To learn more about using the Windows Media Player, see Windows Help and Support: click Start or → Help and Support .

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Connecting Your Computer to a TV - Page 215

Connecting Your Computer to a TV and Adjusting Display Settings 215 Connecting Your Computer to a TV and Adjusting Display Settings Accessing a TV With Your Computer Using a TV Tuner Card You can use a TV tuner card, a special video adapter, to view and record TV on your computer. A TV tuner card may replace your current video card or it may work with your current video card. For more information about watching and recording TV on your computer, see the documentation that came with your TV tuner card. Connecting Your Computer to a TV or Audio Device There are a variety of ways to connect co..

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216 Connecting Your Computer to a TV and Adjusting Display Settings • DisplayPort™ • Digital Video Interface (DVI) or High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) In addition, possible audio connections to support the video connections vary from standard analog RCA jacks to S/PDIF digital audio and multi-channel digital audio through optical cable. All of these video and audio connection options vary for each computer and TV. Examine the back and sides of both your computer and your TV to determine what options are available. S-video Composite video Component video DVI digital video HD..

Determining What you Have and What you Need - Page 217

Connecting Your Computer to a TV and Adjusting Display Settings 217 You may need to navigate through a great deal of information in order to understand the possible selections for these video and audio connections. See the documentation that came with your computer and your TV. You may also want to take advantage of some of the tutorials available on the Internet. Determining What you Have and What you Need Before you connect your computer to a TV and speakers, you need to determine: • Types of connectors available on the computer and TV • Whether there are special adapters (composite, ..

Connector - Page 218

218 Connecting Your Computer to a TV and Adjusting Display Settings A DVI connector allows you to connect an external DVI-compatible monitor, such as flat-panel monitors or TVs. DVI connectors are available for DVI-D (digital only), DVI-A (high-resolution analog), and DVI-I (digital and analog). DisplayPort allows you to connect a computer and a home-theater system. For more information see "DisplayPort™ - Features and Benefits " on page 56 and "DisplayPort™ " on page 327 . A HDMI connector allows you to connect an external HDMI-compatible monitor or TV. HDMI transfers uncompressed vide..

Identifying the Connectors on Your TV - Page 219

Connecting Your Computer to a TV and Adjusting Display Settings 219 Identifying the Connectors on Your TV Your TV may be equipped with a variety of input connections, such as an S- video connector, a DVI connector, a HDMI connector, or a VGA connector. In addition, the TV may have multiple access ports for each of these types of connections. NOTE: To determine which types of connections are available with your TV, see the documentation that came with your TV. To connect your computer to a TV, you need to link the selected computer video output port (S-video, VGA, DVI, or HDMI) and the appro..

Standard S-video Adapter - Page 220

220 Connecting Your Computer to a TV and Adjusting Display Settings – VGA connector and VGA cable – Standard S-video connector and S-video cable – Composite adapter with composite-video cable – Component adapter with component-video cable – DVI connector with DVI cable or DVI/HDMI converter cable – HDMI connector with HDMI cable or DVI/HDMI converter cable – DisplayPort connector with DisplayPort cable or DisplayPort/DVI converter cable • Audio adapter and cable – Standard analog audio – S/PDIF digital audio – Multi-channel analog audio Depending on the connectors that..

Multi-Port Composite Adapter - Page 221

Connecting Your Computer to a TV and Adjusting Display Settings 221 Multi-Port Composite Adapter Single-Port Composite Adapter Component Adapter composite adapter S-video TV-out connector S-video TV-out connector composite adapter S-video TV-out connector component adapter

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Physically Connecting Your Computer to a TV or - Page 222

222 Connecting Your Computer to a TV and Adjusting Display Settings Cables Physically Connecting Your Computer to a TV or Audio Device If you want to connect your computer to a TV or audio device, it is recommended that you connect video and audio cables to your computer in one of the following combinations. DVI cable HDMI video cable DVI/HDMI converter cable component video cable S-Video TV-out connector cable standard audio cable

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Quick Reference for Possible Configurations - Page 223

Connecting Your Computer to a TV and Adjusting Display Settings 223 Quick Reference for Possible Configurations NOTE: These configurations may or may not be supported by your computer and TV. NOTE: See the documentation that came with your computer and TV. Configuration Remarks S-video • S-video adapter with standard audio • S-video adapter and multi-channel analog audio adapter Standard Generally available and easy to connect Composite Video • Composite adapter with standard audio • Composite adapter with S/PDIF digital audio • Composite adapter with multi- channel analog audio a..

Performing the Basic Connection Steps - Page 224

224 Connecting Your Computer to a TV and Adjusting Display Settings Performing the Basic Connection Steps 1 Determine the type of connection you want to use. 2 Ensure that you have the correct video and audio adapters and cables. 3 Turn off the TV, the audio devices, and the computer. 4 Based on the type of connection selected, connect the video adapters and cables. 5 Connect the audio cables that are appropriate for the selected video connection. 6 Turn on the television and any audio device that you connected (if applicable). 7 Select the appropriate input video signal mode for the televi..

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Connecting Your Computer to a TV and Adjusting Display Settings 225 • Operating system Display Properties menu — Can be used to select display arrangement but may cause conflicts with vendor settings for the video card. From the Control Panel , click Display Properties → Settings Some vendor video card control panels provide a TV Setup Wizard to help you adjust the display settings for the TV. To ensure that the computer recognizes and works properly with the TV, see: • "Selecting the Correct Input Signal From the TV Menu" on page 226 • "Enabling the Display View for the Computer ..

Selecting the Correct Input Signal From the TV - Page 226

226 Connecting Your Computer to a TV and Adjusting Display Settings Selecting the Correct Input Signal From the TV Menu If your TV has multiple input connectors, it generally has a TV menu that allows you to: • Select the appropriate input source based on the type of physical connection. • Make adjustments to the image and audio settings. • Select other options. Connect while TV and computer are turned off 1 Turn off the computer and TV. 2 Connect the computer and TV. 3 Then turn the TV on. 4 Next, turn on the computer to allow it to detect the connection to the TV. The computer recog..

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Connecting Your Computer to a TV and Adjusting Display Settings 227 Access the menu for your TV and select the option that allows you to choose the proper source for the incoming signal based on how you have your TV and computer connected. NOTE: You may be able to access the TV menu from the TV remote control. Examine the remote for a button labeled "Menu." Press the Menu button and select the feature that allows you to specify the input signal for the TV. Select the source for the input signal that corresponds to the input that you have connected from your computer to the TV. For example, ..

What to do If the TV Does not Recognize a Signal - Page 228

228 Connecting Your Computer to a TV and Adjusting Display Settings What to do If the TV Does not Recognize a Signal 1 Turn off the TV. 2 Disconnect the S-Video cable from the TV. 3 Look on the back of the TV for the connection labeled S-Video 1 . 4 Reconnect the S-Video cable to the correct connection for S-Video 1 . 5 Turn on the TV. 6 Access the TV menu and select option #8 AV3 ( S-Video 1 ). 7 Access the Display Properties Menu on the computer. 8 Select the tab for the vendor video card. 9 Use the vendor video card control panel to select the appropriate display settings. EXAMPLE: If yo..

Evaluating Suggested Connection Configurations - Page 229

Connecting Your Computer to a TV and Adjusting Display Settings 229 Evaluating Suggested Connection Configurations S-Video and Standard Audio NOTE: You can connect an S-video cable directly to the S-video TV-out connector on the computer (without the TV/digital audio adapter cable) if your TV or audio device supports S-video but not S/PDIF digital audio. 1 Plug one end of the S-video cable into the S-video output connector on the computer. 2 Plug the other end of the S-video cable into the S-video input connector on your TV. S-video TV-out connector standard audio connector

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Composite Video and Standard Audio - Page 230

230 Connecting Your Computer to a TV and Adjusting Display Settings 3 Plug the single-connector end of the audio cable into the headphone connector on your computer. 4 Plug the two RCA connectors on the other end of the audio cable into the audio input connectors on your TV or other audio device. Composite Video and Standard Audio NOTE: Depending on the computer, the composite video adapter may be a single port or multi-port dongle. See the documentation shipped with your computer. 1 Connect the composite video adapter to the S-video TV-out connector on your computer. S-video TV-out connect..

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Connecting Your Computer to a TV and Adjusting Display Settings 231 2 Plug one end of the composite video cable into the composite video- output connector on the composite video adapter. 3 Plug the other end of the composite video cable into the composite video- input connector on the TV. 4 Plug the single-connector end of the audio cable into the headphone connector on the computer. 5 Plug the two RCA connectors on the other end of the audio cable into the audio input connectors on your TV or other audio device.

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Composite Video and S/PDIF Digital Audio - Page 232

232 Connecting Your Computer to a TV and Adjusting Display Settings Composite Video and S/PDIF Digital Audio NOTE: Depending on the computer, the composite S-video adapter may be a single port or multi-port dongle. For more information, see the documentation shipped with your computer. 1 Connect the composite S-video adapter to the S-video TV-out connector on the computer. 2 Plug one end of the composite video cable into the composite video-input connector on the composite video adapter. S-video TV-out connector composite video adapter

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Composite Video and Multi-Channel Analog Audio - Page 233

Connecting Your Computer to a TV and Adjusting Display Settings 233 3 Plug the other end of the composite video cable into the composite video- input connector on the TV. 4 Plug one end of the S/PDIF digital audio cable in to the S/PDIF audio connector on the composite video adapter. 5 Plug the other end of the digital audio cable into the S/PDIF input connector on your TV or other audio device. Composite Video and Multi-Channel Analog Audio S-video TV-out connector composite video adapter multi-channel analog audio adapter

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234 Connecting Your Computer to a TV and Adjusting Display Settings NOTE: Only certain computers offer the multi-channel analog audio adapter dongle, as shown in the example. For information about the types of connectors available for your computer, see the documentation shipped with your computer. NOTE: Depending on the computer, the composite S-video adapter may be a single port or multi-port dongle. For more information, see the documentation shipped with your computer. 1 Connect the composite video adapter to the S-video TV-out connector on the computer. 2 Plug one end of the composite ..

Component S-Video and Standard Audio - Page 235

Connecting Your Computer to a TV and Adjusting Display Settings 235 Component S-Video and Standard Audio 1 Connect the component S-video adapter to the S-video TV-out connector on your computer. 2 Plug all three ends of the component video cable into the component video-output connectors on the component video adapter. Make sure that the red, green, and blue colors of the cable match the corresponding adapter ports. standard audio connector S-video TV-out connector component video adapter

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Component Video and S/PDIF Digital Audio - Page 236

236 Connecting Your Computer to a TV and Adjusting Display Settings 3 Plug all three connectors from the other end of the component video cable into the component video-input connectors on the TV. Make sure that the red, green, and blue colors of the cable match the colors of the TV input connectors. 4 Plug the single-connector end of the audio cable into the headphone connector on the computer. 5 Plug the two RCA connectors on the other end of the audio cable into the audio input connectors on your TV or audio device. Component Video and S/PDIF Digital Audio S-video TV-out connector compon..

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Connecting Your Computer to a TV and Adjusting Display Settings 237 1 Connect the component video adapter to the S-video TV-out connector on the computer. 2 Plug all three ends of the component video cable into the component video-output connectors on the component video adapter. Make sure that the red, green, and blue colors of the cable match the corresponding adapter ports. 3 Plug all three connectors from the other end of the component video cable into the component video-input connectors on the TV. Make sure that the red, green, and blue colors of the cable match the colors of the TV i..

DVI Connector - Page 238

238 Connecting Your Computer to a TV and Adjusting Display Settings DVI Connector 1 Connect the DVI video adapter to the DVI connector on the computer. 2 Plug the other end of the DVI video cable into the DVI video-input connector on the TV. 3 Plug the single-connector end of the audio cable into the headphone connector on the computer. 4 Plug the two RCA connectors on the other end of the audio cable into the audio input connectors on your TV or audio device. DVI connector standard audio connector

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Enabling the Display View for the Computer and - Page 239

Connecting Your Computer to a TV and Adjusting Display Settings 239 Enabling the Display View for the Computer and the TV Verify the Connection to the TV To ensure that the display options appear correctly, connect the TV to the computer before you enable the display settings. For more information on physical connections, see "Physically Connecting Your Computer to a TV or Audio Device" on page 222. Verify the Input Signal for the TV If the TV does not recognize the input signal from your computer, access the TV menu to select the correct input signal configuration. See "Selecting the Corre..

Configure the Display Views - Page 240

240 Connecting Your Computer to a TV and Adjusting Display Settings Configure the Display Views After you have successfully connected your computer to your TV or projector, you can configure the display for the computer and the TV or projector by using the following: • Windows Display Properties Settings • Video card display control menu • TV or Projector display control wizards Use the Display Properties menu to enable the TV monitor as a display device for your computer. 1 Click Start → Control Panel. 2 Click the category for appearance and themes. (The name of this option may var..

To Disable Dual-Independent Display Mode - Page 241

Connecting Your Computer to a TV and Adjusting Display Settings 241 4 Click Settings. The Settings screen shows two display monitors labeled 1 and 2. If you have not successfully hooked the TV to your computer, one of the monitors will appear grayed out and you will not be able to select it. Recheck your computer-to-TV connections. 5 Under the Display: section, select the appropriate option for using either a single display or multiple displays, ensuring that the display settings are correct for your selection. Dual Independent Display Mode You can attach an external monitor or projector to..

Swapping Primary and Secondary Displays - Page 242

242 Connecting Your Computer to a TV and Adjusting Display Settings 2 Click the monitor 2 icon, clear the Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor check box, and click Apply . If necessary, press <Fn><F8> to bring the screen image back to the computer display. Swapping Primary and Secondary Displays To swap your primary and secondary display designations (for example, to use your external monitor as your primary display after docking): 1 Access the Display Properties window and click the Settings tab. 2 Click Advanced → Displays tab. For more information, see the documentat..

Display Properties - Page 243

Connecting Your Computer to a TV and Adjusting Display Settings 243 Depending on the video card installed in your computer, your computer may have a special video control panel with extensive help information. The video card control panel may also provide special wizard software to enable the TV display option, along with custom display settings. Setting Display Resolution With the Windows Display Properties Menu Use the Windows Display Properties menu to adjust the display resolution for the computer display. NOTE: You can also use the video card control panel available through the Display..

Accessing the Settings tab of the Display Properties Menu - Page 244

244 Connecting Your Computer to a TV and Adjusting Display Settings Accessing the Settings tab of the Display Properties Menu Windows Vista 1 Right-click an open area of the desktop. 2 Click Personalize . The Personalize appearance and sounds window appears. 3 Click Display Settings . 4 In the Display Settings window under Resolution , move the slide bar to the left or right to decrease/increase the screen resolution. 5 Click OK . Windows XP 1 From the Control Panel , access the Display Properties menu. 2 From the Display Properties menu, select the Settings tab. The Settings tab allows you..

Accessing Additional Functions With the Advanced Button - Page 245

Connecting Your Computer to a TV and Adjusting Display Settings 245 NOTE: As the resolution increases, icons and text appear smaller on the screen. For additional settings, click the Advanced button on the Settings tab, click the Adapter tab, and then click List all Modes . Select the resolution, color level, and refresh rate. Accessing Additional Functions With the Advanced Button The Advanced button on the Settings tab of the Display Properties window allows you to access a variety of additional control features to adjust the computer display. You can also click the Troubleshoot button to..

Adjusting Display Settings With the Vendor Video - Page 246

246 Connecting Your Computer to a TV and Adjusting Display Settings Depending on the video card installed in your computer, your computer may have a special video control panel with extensive help information. The video card control panel may also provide special wizard software to enable the TV display option, along with custom display settings. Some video card vendors provide: • Video card control panels • Detailed help guides • Context sensitive help • Display settings wizards • TV settings wizards Adjusting Display Settings With the Vendor Video Card Control Panel The preferre..

Using a Video Card Wizard to Configure Display Settings - Page 247

Connecting Your Computer to a TV and Adjusting Display Settings 247 4 Click the tab for the video card installed in your computer. This tab will display the manufacturer’s name for the video card. When you click the tab for the specific video card, the appropriate video card control panel is displayed. For example, if the computer has an Nvidia video card, the Nvidia Control Panel is displayed. The left side of the Video Card Control Panel screen provides detailed help information for using the control panel features. Using the Wizards Special wizards may be available with the TV or the v..

Using a TV Wizard to Configure Display Settings - Page 248

248 Connecting Your Computer to a TV and Adjusting Display Settings 6 From the Select a Task menu, select the Display category. Windows XP 1 Access the Display Properties menu through the Control Panel . 2 Click the Settings tab. 3 Click Advanced . 4 Click the tab for the Nvidia video card. 5 Launch the Nvidia Control Panel. 6 From the Select a Task menu, select the Display category. The Nvidia Control Panel shows the Display menu. If you have the connection to your TV set up correctly, the wizard for Multiple Displays is available. Select the Run multiple display wizard option to configure..

Computer Does not Recognize the TV as a Display Device - Page 249

Connecting Your Computer to a TV and Adjusting Display Settings 249 Getting Help for Video Card Control Panels Depending on the video card installed in your computer, your computer may have a special video card control panel with extensive help information. For more information, see the section of Windows Help and support for user’s guides and device guides. Troubleshooting Display Settings Where to Find Help If your computer or TV shows no display or has other display problems, you can find help from a variety of sources: • Television user’s guide • Television Menu Help • Documen..

TV Resolution is Blurry - Page 250

250 Connecting Your Computer to a TV and Adjusting Display Settings 4 After ensuring that you are using the correct connectors on the back of the TV and the computer, reconnect the video cable to the computer and the TV. 5 Turn on the TV and the computer. The TV should be shown as a display device on the Display Properties menu. TV Resolution is Blurry Use the control panel for the video card vendor to set the display resolution. This method provides the best coordination for video card and TV display resolution. TV Colors are not True Use the control panel for the video card vendor to adju..

Protecting Your Computer—Using Administrator - Page 251

Security and Privacy 251 Security and Privacy Protecting Your Computer—Using Administrator Rights, User Groups, and Passwords The Microsoft ® Windows ® operating system has security features such as administrator passwords and user passwords that let you control access to your computer and the information stored on your computer. Administrator Rights An administrator can make system-wide changes to the computer, change security settings, install software, and access all files on the computer. A person with a computer administrator account has full access to other user accounts on the co..

Setting Access Permissions on Folders or Files - Page 252

252 Security and Privacy Setting Access Permissions on Folders or Files 1 Log in to your computer as administrator. 2 Locate the folder or file for which you want to set permissions and right- click on it. 3 Click Properties → Security . 4 In the Security tab, add a group/user or change or remove permissions from an existing group. User Groups As an administrator, you can restrict a user’s access to your computer by changing that user’s group to a restricted user group. A user who is part of the restricted user group can operate the computer and save documents, but cannot install prog..

Changing a User Account or Group - Page 253

Security and Privacy 253 Changing a User Account or Group To assign a user to a group or change a user’s group, log in as administrator and access User Account through the Control Panel . NOTE: Some operating systems allow you to choose which hours your children can use the computer by setting the hours allowed for each day of the week and blocking all the rest. You can also view activity reports to see how much each person uses the computer. To see if your operating system includes a parental control device, check the folders or links on your Control Panel, or search Windows Help and Sup..

To learn more about creating secure - Page 254

254 Security and Privacy A strong password: • Contains both uppercase and lowercase letters • Contains a combination of numbers, words, and/or symbols • Is changed on a regular basis Smart Cards NOTE: The smart card feature may not be available on your computer. Smart cards are laptop credit-card shaped devices with internal integrated circuits. Using smart cards can improve system security by combining something a user has (the smart card) with something only the user should know (a PIN) to provide more secure user-authentication than passwords alone. There are two main types of Smar..

Turning On Windows Firewall - Page 255

Security and Privacy 255 Facial Recognition Software NOTE: The facial recognition software may not be available on your computer. Using a digital image from the camera in your computer, the facial recognition software can identify or verify your face. This is done by comparing select facial features from the image and a facial database. On verification of your identity, the software allows you to access your computer without entering the password. Using a Firewall to Secure Your Computer Use a firewall to secure your computer from non-authorized users (hackers) or from malicious programs, s..

FOR MORE INFORMATION: - Page 256

256 Security and Privacy Encrypting Files and Folders Encryption is an additional method you can use to protect your files and folders. Encrypted files and folders can only be viewed or accessed by users with proper permissions. 1 Right-click the folder or file you want to encrypt, and then click Properties . 2 On the General tab, click Advanced . 3 Select the Encrypt contents to secure data check box, and then click OK . Using Antivirus Software By using an antivirus software program, you can protect your computer from computer viruses. Computer viruses can infect your computer, damage you..

An unsecured network leaves your computer vulnerable to - Page 257

Security and Privacy 257 • Security-enabled — A security-enabled connections offers some protection for your computer and the information it contains. • Unsecured — An unsecured network leaves your computer vulnerable to attacks or other security risks. As a rule of thumb, you should avoid using unsecured public wireless network. You will know if the wireless public network that you select is secure if a network key is requested. If the network you choose is security-enabled, one of the following occurs: • If the network key is automatically provided by your system administrator, ..

FOR MORE INFORMATION: - Page 258

258 Security and Privacy Dealing With Cookies Cookies are used by websites to personalize your viewing experience. For instance, a cookie can save your password information so that you only have to enter it the first time you visit a website. However, some cookies may use this personal information for other reasons, putting your privacy at risk. Blocking all Cookies 1 Open Internet Explorer ® . 2 Click the Tools menu, and then click Internet Options . 3 Click the Privacy tab, and then, under Settings , move the slide bar to the desired security setting, and then click OK . FOR MORE INFORMA..

Avoiding Spyware and Malware - Page 259

Security and Privacy 259 Avoiding Spyware and Malware Spyware and malware are types of computer programs that can potentially harm your computer and make the information it contains vulnerable to security risks. There are many ways to prevent spyware and malware from infecting your computer. For example, you can use anti-virus software to secure, check, and/or clean up your computer from these forms of malicious software. For a list of compatible anti-spyware and anti-malware software programs, visit the Microsoft Catalog at the Microsoft website ( microsoft.com ). FOR MORE INFORMATION: To ..

Security and Privacy - Page 260

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Enabling Remote Desktop on the Host Computer - Page 261

Microsoft ® Windows ® XP Pro Remote Desktop 261 Microsoft ® Windows ® XP Pro Remote Desktop Remote Desktop provides access from a remote location to a computer running the Microsoft Windows XP Professional operating system, enabling you to work on your computer from anywhere, anytime. Enabling Remote Desktop on the Host Computer Before using Remote Desktop, you must enable the Remote Desktop feature on the host computer so that you can control it remotely from another computer. You must be logged on as administrator to enable Remote Desktop. To set up the host computer, you need: • Mi..

Installing Remote Desktop Client Software - Page 262

262 Microsoft ® Windows ® XP Pro Remote Desktop • The host computer must be part of a network in which Remote Desktop connections are permitted. • The remote computer must be running a compatible version of Microsoft Windows and must be connected to the Internet or on a local area network. • The remote computer must have the Remote Desktop Connection client software installed. The remote computer is called the client. • Both computers must be connected to the Internet through a Virtual Private Network (VPN). • Appropriate user accounts and permissions configured on the remote Wi..

EXAMPLE: - Page 263

Microsoft ® Windows ® XP Pro Remote Desktop 263 EXAMPLE: Some remote users take advantage of a free service from No-IP.com. The No-IP.com software runs on the client computer and on a time schedule basis contacts the No-IP.com servers. The No-IP.com servers then know what the IP address is and maps that address to a fully qualified domain name. That information is then propagated over the public Internet. Then the remote user calls the Remote Desktop host computer using the fully qualified domain name. FOR MORE INFORMATION: To learn more about using the Remote Desktop feature, see "Window..

Microsoft - Page 264

264 Microsoft ® Windows ® XP Pro Remote Desktop

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Restoring Your Operating System - Page 265

Restoring Your Operating System 265 Restoring Your Operating System You can restore your operating system in the following ways: • System Restore returns your computer to an earlier operating state without affecting data files. Use System Restore as the first solution for restoring your operating system and preserving data files. • Dell PC Restore by Symantec (available in Windows XP) and Dell Factory Image Restore (available in Windows Vista) returns your hard drive to the operating state it was in when you purchased the computer. Both permanently delete all data on the hard drive and ..

Starting System Restore - Page 266

266 Restoring Your Operating System NOTE: The procedures in this document were written for the Windows default view, so they may not apply if you set your Dell™ computer to the Windows Classic view. Starting System Restore NOTICE: Before you restore the computer to an earlier operating state, save and close any open files and exit any open programs. Do not alter, open, or delete any files or programs until the system restoration is complete. Windows Vista ® 1 Click Start . 2 In the Start Search box, type System Restore and press <Enter>. NOTE: The User Account Control window may ap..

Using Dell™ PC Restore and Dell Factory Image - Page 267

Restoring Your Operating System 267 Windows XP 1 Click Start → All Programs → Accessories → System Tools → System Restore . 2 Click Undo my last restoration and click Next . Enabling System Restore NOTE: Windows Vista does not disable System Restore; regardless of low disk space. Therefore, the steps below apply only to Windows XP. If you reinstall Windows XP with less than 200 MB of free hard-disk space available, System Restore is automatically disabled. To see if System Restore is enabled: Windows Vista 1 Click Start → Control Panel → System and Maintenance → System . 2 In ..

Windows Vista: Dell Factory Image Restore - Page 268

268 Restoring Your Operating System These options restore your hard drive to the operating state it was in when you purchased the computer. Any programs or files added since you received your computer—including data files—are permanently deleted from the hard drive. Data files include documents, spreadsheets, e-mail messages, digital photos, music files, and so on. If possible, back up all data before using PC Restore or Factory Image Restore. Windows Vista: Dell Factory Image Restore 1 Turn on the computer. When the Dell logo appears, press <F8> several times to access the Vista ..

Using the Operating System Media - Page 269

Restoring Your Operating System 269 Using the Operating System Media Before you Begin If you are considering reinstalling the Windows operating system to correct a problem with a newly installed driver, first try using Windows Device Driver Rollback. See "Determining Whether a Device Driver is the Source of a Device Problem" on page 79. Then try Device Driver Rollback (see "Replacing a Driver With a Previous Version of the Driver" on page 79). If Device Driver Rollback does not resolve the problem, then use System Restore to return your operating system to the operating state it was in befo..

Install Windows - Page 270

270 Restoring Your Operating System 3 Click Exit if the Install Windows message appears. 4 Restart the computer. When the DELL logo appears, press <F12> immediately. NOTE: If you wait too long and the operating system logo appears, continue to wait until you see the Microsoft ® Windows ® desktop; then, shut down your computer and try again. NOTE: The next steps change the boot sequence for one time only. On the next start-up, the computer boots according to the devices specified in the system setup program. 5 When the boot device list appears, highlight CD/DVD/CD-RW Drive and press ..

Troubleshooting - Page 271

Troubleshooting 271 Troubleshooting NOTE: The procedures in this document were written for the Windows default view, and may not apply if you set your Dell computer to the Windows Classic view. HINT: Save time by following these basic tips when troubleshooting your computer. 1 If you added or removed a part before the problem started, review the installation procedures and ensure that the part is correctly installed. 2 If a peripheral device does not work, ensure that the device is properly connected. 3 If an error message appears on the screen, write down the exact message. This message ma..

Troubleshooting Tools - Page 272

272 Troubleshooting Troubleshooting Tools Some of the troubleshooting tools you may need to diagnose and resolve problems on your computer include: Tool Function Power lights The power button light illuminates and blinks or remains solid to indicate different power states, such as power, no power, or standby. This light can also indicate internal power problems. See your Service Manual for information about power lights. Diagnostic lights for desktop computers Some desktop computers have diagnostic lights. These lights function in conjunction with the power lights. These lights start and tu..

Power Lights for Desktop Computers - Page 273

Troubleshooting 273 Power Lights for Desktop Computers CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions shipped with your computer. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance. The power button light located on the front of the computer illuminates and blinks or remains solid to indicate different states: • If the power light is blue and the computer is not responding, see the Service Manual for your computer. NOTE: On certain systems the power light is green. ..

Diagnostic Lights for Desktop Computers - Page 274

274 Troubleshooting – Replace power protection devices, power strips, and power extension cables with similar products in known working condition to verify that the computer turns on properly. – Ensure that the electrical outlet is working by testing it with another device, such as a lamp. – Ensure that the main power cable and front panel cable are securely connected to the system board (see the Service Manual for your computer). • If the power light is blinking amber, the computer is receiving electrical power, but an internal power problem may exist. – Ensure that the voltage s..

Diagnostic Lights for Laptop Computers - Page 275

Troubleshooting 275 Diagnostic Lights for Laptop Computers Typically laptop computers have keyboard status lights located above the keyboard. S ee the documentation shipped with your computer for more details. During normal operation, the keyboard status lights display the current status of certain features. If the computer malfunctions, you can use the status of the lights to help identify the problem. System Messages for Desktop Computers NOTE: If the message you received is not listed in the table, see the documentation for either the operating system or the program that was running when..

System Messages for Laptop Computers - Page 276

276 Troubleshooting K EYBOARD FAILURE — Keyboard failure or keyboard cable loose (see "Keyboard Problems for External Keyboards" on page 292). N O BOOT DEVICE AVAILABLE — The system cannot detect a bootable device or partition. • If the optical drive is your boot device, ensure that the cables are connected and that a bootable optical media is in the drive. • If the hard drive is your boot device, ensure that the cables are connected and that the drive is installed properly and partitioned as a boot device. • Enter the system setup program and ensure that the boot sequence informa..

Troubleshooting - Page 277

Troubleshooting 277 ( VALUE ) — See "Lockups and Software Problems" on page 292. M EMORY DOUBLE WORD LOGIC FAILURE AT ( ADDRESS ), READ VALUE EXPECTING ( VALUE ) — See "Lockups and Software Problems" on page 292. M EMORY ODD / EVEN LOGIC FAILURE AT ( ADDRESS ) READ VALUE EXPECTING ( VALUE ) — See "Lockups and Software Problems" on page 292. M EMORY WRITE / READ FAILURE AT ( ADDRESS ), READ VALUE EXPECTING ( VALUE ) — See "Lockups and Software Problems" on page 292. M EMORY SIZE IN CMOS INVALID — See "Lockups and Software Problems" on page 292. N O BOOT DEVICE AVAILABLE – STRIKE ..

Service Manual - Page 278

278 Troubleshooting PROGRAM — Enter the system setup program and correct the date or time (see "Entering the System Setup Program " on page 308). If the problem persists, replace the CMOS battery. T IME - OF - DAY NOT SET – PLEASE RUN THE SYSTEM SETUP PROGRAM — Enter the system setup program and correct the date or time (see "Entering the System Setup Program " on page 308). If the problem persists, replace the CMOS battery. T IMER CHIP COUNTER 2 FAILED — Run the Dell Diagnostics (see "Running the Dell Diagnostics" on page 281). T HE AC POWER ADAPTER TYPE CANNOT BE DETERMINED . THE ..

The battery may be installed incorrectly, or the - Page 279

Troubleshooting 279 THE RECOMMENDED XXX -W AC ADAPTER ORIGINALLY SHIPPED . THIS WILL INCREASE THE TIME TO CHARGE THE BATTERY . THEY SYSTEM WILL ADJUST THE PERFORMANCE TO MATCH THE POWER AVAILABLE . PLEASE CONNECT A DELL XXX -W AC ADAPTER OR GREATER FOR BEST PERFORMANCE . STRIKE THE F3 KEY ( BEFORE THE F1 OR F2 KEY ) IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO SEE POWER WARNING MESSAGES AGAIN . STRIKE THE F1 KEY TO CONTINUE , F2 TO RUN THE SETUP UTILITY . — Connect the correct AC adapter to the computer or docking station. WARNING: T HE PRIMARY BATTERY CANNOT BE IDENTIFIED . THIS SYSTEM WILL BE UNABLE TO CHARGE..

Windows Hardware Troubleshooter - Page 280

280 Troubleshooting Y OUR SYSTEM IS DOCKED , BUT THE AC ADAPTER TYPE CANNOT BE DETERMINED . EITHER UNDOCK OR INSERT AN APPROPRIATE ADAPTER . STRIKE THE F1 KEY TO SHUTDOWN . — The AC adapter may be installed incorrectly, or the AC adapter or docking station may be defective. Y OUR SYSTEM AUTOMATICALLY POWERED OFF BECAUSE IT BECAME WARMER THAN EXPECTED . THIS MAY HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY : OPERATING OR STORING THE SYSTEM IN AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE THE AMBIENT TEMPERATURE IS TOO HIGH , OR OBSTRUCTING THE AIR FLOW FROM THE SYSTEM FAN VENTS . IF THE PROBLEM RECURS , PLEASE CALL DELL SUPPORT WITH ERROR..

When to use the Dell Diagnostics - Page 281

Troubleshooting 281 Running the Dell Diagnostics CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions shipped with your computer. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance. NOTICE: The Dell Diagnostics works only on Dell™ computers. When to use the Dell Diagnostics If you experience a problem with your computer, see "Troubleshooting" on page 271 and run the Dell Diagnostics before you contact Dell for technical assistance. It is recommended that you print these p..

Starting the Dell Diagnostics on Desktop Computers - Page 282

282 Troubleshooting • When the DELL™ logo appears, press <F12> immediately. Select Diagnostics from the boot menu and press <Enter>. NOTE: If you wait too long and the operating system logo appears, continue to wait until you see the Microsoft ® Windows ® desktop; then, shut down your computer and try again. OR • After the computer has been powered down completely, press and hold the <Fn> key while powering the computer on. NOTE: If you see a message stating that no diagnostics utility partition has been found, run the Dell Diagnostics from the Drivers and Utilitie..

Starting the Dell Diagnostics From the - Page 283

Troubleshooting 283 NOTE: If you wait too long and the operating system logo appears, continue to wait until you see the Microsoft Windows desktop; then, shut down your computer and try again. NOTE: If you see a message stating that no diagnostics utility partition has been found, run the Dell Diagnostics from the Drivers and Utilities media. 4 Press any key to start the Dell Diagnostics from the diagnostics utility partition on your hard drive. 5 When the Dell Diagnostics Main Menu appears, select the test you want to run. See "Using the Dell Diagnostics Main Menu" on page 284. 6 Continue ..

Using the Dell Diagnostics Main Menu - Page 284

284 Troubleshooting Using the Dell Diagnostics Main Menu 1 After the Dell Diagnostics loads and the Main Menu screen appears, click the button for the option you want. NOTE: Select Test System to run a complete test on your computer. 2 After you have selected the Test System option from the main menu, the following menu appears: NOTE: It is recommended that you select Extended Test from the menu below to run a more thorough check of devices on the computer. 3 If a problem is encountered during a test, a message appears with an error code and a description of the problem. Write down the erro..

Drivers and Utilities - Page 285

Troubleshooting 285 5 When the tests are complete, close the test screen to return to the Main Menu screen. To exit the Dell Diagnostics and restart the computer, close the Main Menu screen. 6 Remove the Dell Drivers and Utilities media (if applicable). Dell Support Center The Dell Support Center application is installed on your computer and available from the Dell Support Center icon on the taskbar or from the Start button. The software automatically identifies your Service Tag Number, PC Model Number, Express Service Code, your Warranty Information and provides you with support options fo..

Accessing the Dell Support Center - Page 286

286 Troubleshooting Accessing the Dell Support Center Access the Dell Support Center from the icon on the taskbar or from the Start menu. NOTE: If the Dell Support Center is not available from the Start menu, go to support.dell.com and download the software. The Dell Support Center application is customized for your computing environment. The icon in the taskbar functions differently when you click, double- click, or right-click the icon. Clicking the Dell Support Center Icon Click or right-click the icon to access: • Dell Support Center. • Dell Support Center Alerts. • Dell Support C..

Solving Problems - Page 287

Troubleshooting 287 Solving Problems Battery Problems CAUTION: There is a danger of a new battery exploding if it is incorrectly installed. Replace the battery only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer. Discard used batteries according to the manufacturer's instructions. CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions shipped with your computer. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance. R EPLACE THE BATTERY — If you have to repea..

Optical Drive Problems - Page 288

288 Troubleshooting F OR DRIVES THAT USE SLOT - LOADING , ENSURE THAT THE MEDIA IS COMPLETELY IN THE SLOT R UN THE D ELL D IAGNOSTICS — See your computer’s Documentation and see "Running the Dell Diagnostics" on page 281. Optical Drive Problems R UN THE H ARDWARE T ROUBLESHOOTER — See "Windows Hardware Troubleshooter" on page 280. R UN THE D ELL D IAGNOSTICS — See "Running the Dell Diagnostics" on page 281. Optical Drive Problems NOTE: High-speed optical drive vibration is normal and may cause noise, which does not indicate a defect in the drive or the media. NOTE: Because of differ..

E-Mail, Modem, and Internet Problems - Page 289

Troubleshooting 289 The User Account Control window may appear. If you are an administrator on the computer, click Continue ; otherwise, contact your administrator to continue the desired action. 4 Follow the instructions on the screen. Windows XP 1 Click Start and click My Computer . 2 Right-click Local Disk C: . 3 Click Properties → Tools → Check Now . 4 Click Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors and click Start . E-Mail, Modem, and Internet Problems CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions shipped with your computer. For ..

Troubleshooting - Page 290

290 Troubleshooting • If you have other telephone devices sharing the line, such as an answering machine, fax machine, surge protector, or line splitter, bypass them and use the telephone to connect the modem directly to the telephone wall jack. If you are using a line that is 3 meters (10 feet) or more in length, try a shorter one. I F YOUR COMPUTER HAS A MODEM , R UN THE M ODEM DIAGNOSTIC T OOL — 1 Click Start → All Programs → Modem Helper or Modem Diagnostic Tool . 2 Follow the instructions on the screen to identify and resolve modem problems. Modem Helper is not available on cer..

IEEE 1394 Device Problems - Page 291

Troubleshooting 291 is missing an essential file. To remove and then reinstall the program: Windows Vista 1 Click Start → Control Panel → Programs → Programs and Features . 2 Select the program you want to remove. 3 Click Uninstall . 4 See the program documentation for installation instructions. Windows XP 1 Click Start → Control Panel → Add or Remove Programs → Programs and Features . 2 Select the program you want to remove. 3 Click Uninstall . 4 See the program documentation for installation instructions. drive letter :\ IS NOT ACCESSIBLE . T HE DEVICE IS NOT READY — The dri..

Keyboard Problems for External Keyboards - Page 292

292 Troubleshooting If your IEEE 1394 device is listed, Windows recognizes the device. Windows XP 1 Click Start and click Control Panel . 2 Under Pick a Category , click Performance and Maintenance → System → System Properties → Hardware → Device Manager . I F YOU HAVE PROBLEMS WITH A D ELL IEEE 1394 DEVICE — Contact Dell (see "Contacting Dell" on page 337). I F YOU HAVE PROBLEMS WITH AN IEEE 1394 DEVICE NOT PROVIDED BY D ELL — Contact the IEEE 1394 device manufacturer. Keyboard Problems for External Keyboards CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, foll..

Windows Vista - Page 293

Troubleshooting 293 The Computer Does not Start up C HECK THE DIAGNOSTIC LIGHTS — See "Power Lights for Desktop Computers" on page 273 or "Diagnostic Lights for Desktop Computers" on page 274 or "Diagnostic Lights for Laptop Computers" on page 275. E NSURE THAT THE POWER CABLE IS FIRMLY CONNECTED TO THE COMPUTER AND TO THE ELECTRICAL OUTLET The Computer Stops Responding NOTICE: You may lose data if you are unable to perform an operating system shutdown. T URN THE COMPUTER OFF — If you are unable to get a response by pressing a key on your keyboard or moving your mouse, press and hold th..

Other Software Problems - Page 294

294 Troubleshooting Windows XP The Program Compatibility Wizard configures a program so that it runs in an environment similar to non-XP operating system environments. 1 Click Start → All Programs → Accessories → Program Compatibility Wizard → Next . 2 Follow the instructions on the screen. 3 A solid blue screen appears T URN THE COMPUTER OFF — If you are unable to get a response by pressing a key on your keyboard or moving your mouse, press and hold the power button for at least 8 to 10 seconds (until the computer turns off), and then restart your computer. See "Contacting Dell" ..

press the up- and down-arrow keys - Page 295

Troubleshooting 295 • See the software documentation for minimum memory requirements. If necessary, install additional memory (see the documentation shipped with your computer). • Reseat the memory modules (see the documentation shipped with your computer) to ensure that your computer is successfully communicating with the memory. • Run the Dell Diagnostics (see"Running the Dell Diagnostics" on page 281). I F YOU EXPERIENCE OTHER MEMORY PROBLEMS — • Reseat the memory modules (see the documentation shipped with your computer) to ensure that your computer is successfully communicati..

Network Problems - Page 296

296 Troubleshooting Windows Vista 1 Click Start → Control Panel → Hardware and Sound → Mouse . 2 Adjust the settings as needed. Windows XP 1 Click Start → Control Panel → Printers and Other Hardware → Mouse . 2 Adjust the settings as needed. R EINSTALL THE MOUSE DRIVER — See "Installing Drivers for Media Drives" on page 79. R UN THE H ARDWARE T ROUBLESHOOTER — See "Windows Hardware Troubleshooter" on page 280. Network Problems CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions shipped with your computer. For additional safety best..

Troubleshooting - Page 297

Troubleshooting 297 Computers" on page 275. NOTE: On certain systems the power light is green. I F THE POWER LIGHT IS BLINKING BLUE — The computer is in standby mode. Press a key on the keyboard, move the mouse, or press the power button to resume normal operation. NOTE: On certain systems the power light is green. I F THE POWER LIGHT IS OFF — The computer is either turned off or is not receiving power. • Reseat the power cable in the power connector on the back of the computer and the electrical outlet. • Replace power strips, power extension cables, and other power protection devi..

Printer Problems - Page 298

298 Troubleshooting • Multiple power strips connected to the same electrical outlet Printer Problems CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions shipped with your computer. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance. NOTE: If you need technical assistance for your printer, contact the printer’s manufacturer. C HECK THE PRINTER DOCUMENTATION — See the printer documentation for setup and troubleshooting information. E NSURE THAT THE PRINTER IS TURNED ON..

Scanner Problems - Page 299

Troubleshooting 299 Scanner Problems CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions shipped with your computer. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance. NOTE: If you need technical assistance for your scanner, contact the scanner’s manufacturer. C HECK THE SCANNER DOCUMENTATION — See the scanner documentation for setup and troubleshooting information. U NLOCK THE SCANNER — Ensure that your scanner is unlocked (if the scanner has a locking tab or butto..

No Sound From Speakers - Page 300

300 Troubleshooting No Sound From Speakers NOTE: The volume control in MP3 and other media players may override the Windows volume setting. Always check to ensure that the volume on the media player(s) has not been turned down or off. C HECK THE SPEAKER CABLE CONNECTIONS — Ensure that the speakers are connected as shown on the setup diagram supplied with the speakers. If you purchased a sound card, ensure that the speakers are connected to the card. E NSURE THAT THE SUBWOOFER AND THE SPEAKERS ARE TURNED ON — See the setup diagram supplied with the speakers. If your speakers have volume ..

Touch Pad or Mouse Problems for Laptop Computers - Page 301

Troubleshooting 301 No Sound From Headphones C HECK THE HEADPHONE CABLE CONNECTION — Ensure that the headphone cable is securely inserted into the headphone connector ( see the documentation shipped with your computer ). A DJUST THE W INDOWS VOLUME CONTROL — Click or double-click the speaker icon in the lower-right corner of your screen. Ensure that the volume is turned up and that the sound is not muted. Touch Pad or Mouse Problems for Laptop Computers C HECK THE TOUCH PAD SETTINGS — 1 Click Start → Control Panel → Printers and Other Hardware → Mouse . 2 Try adjusting the setti..

Ensure that the electrical outlet is working by - Page 302

302 Troubleshooting Video and Monitor Problems CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions shipped with your computer. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance. NOTICE: If your computer came with a PCI graphics card installed, removal of the card is not necessary when installing additional graphics cards; however, the card is required for troubleshooting purposes. If you remove the card, store it in a safe and secure location. For information about your g..

Only Part of the Display is Readable - Page 303

Troubleshooting 303 C HECK THE DIAGNOSTIC LIGHTS — See "Power Lights for Desktop Computers" on page 273. C HECK THE MONITOR SETTINGS — See the monitor documentation for instructions on adjusting the contrast and brightness, demagnetizing (degaussing) the monitor, and running the monitor self-test. M OVE THE SUBWOOFER AWAY FROM THE MONITOR — If your speaker system includes a subwoofer, ensure that the subwoofer is positioned at least 60 centimeters (2 feet) away from the monitor. M OVE THE MONITOR AWAY FROM EXTERNAL POWER SOURCES — Fans, fluorescent lights, halogen lamps, and other e..

Contact Dell (see "Contacting Dell - Page 304

304 Troubleshooting defective. Contact Dell (see "Contacting Dell " on page 337) . Power Lights CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions shipped with your computer. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance. The power button light located on the front of the computer illuminates and blinks or remains solid to indicate different states: • If the power light is blue and the computer is not responding, see "Power Lights for Desktop Computers" on page 273..

support.dell.com/technicalupdate - Page 305

Troubleshooting 305 – Ensure that the voltage selection switch is set to match the AC power at your location, if applicable. – Ensure that the processor power cable is securely connected to the system board (see the Service Manual for your computer.) • If the power light is steady amber, a device may be malfunctioning or incorrectly installed. – Remove and then reinstall the memory modules (see the Documentation for your computer). – Remove and then reinstall any cards (see the Documentation for your computer. • Eliminate interference. Some possible causes of interference are: ..

Troubleshooting - Page 306

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Viewing System Settings With the System Setup - Page 307

System Setup 307 System Setup Viewing System Settings With the System Setup Program Your operating system may automatically configure most of the options available in the system setup program, thus overriding options that you set through the system setup program. An exception is the External Hot Key option, which you can disable or enable only through the system setup program. Use the system setup program to: • Change the system configuration information after you add, change, or remove hardware on your computer • Set or change user-selectable options such as your password • Verify in..

To learn more about a specific item on a - Page 308

308 System Setup Entering the System Setup Program 1 Turn on (or restart) your computer. 2 When the DELL™ logo appears, press <F2> immediately. 3 If you wait too long and the operating system logo appears, continue to wait until you see the Microsoft ® Windows ® desktop. Then, shut down your computer and try again. Working With Options on the System Setup Program Screen On each screen, the system setup options are listed at the left. To the right of each option is the setting or value for that option. You can change settings that appear as white type on the screen. Options or valu..

Changing the Boot Sequence - Page 309

System Setup 309 Changing the Boot Sequence The boot sequence, or boot order, tells the computer where to look to find the software needed to start the operating system. You can control the boot sequence and enable/disable devices using the Boot Order page of the system setup program. NOTE: To change the boot sequence on a one-time-only basis, see "Performing a One-Time Boot" on page 310. The Boot Order page displays a general list of the bootable devices that may be installed in your computer, including but not limited to the following: • Diskette Drive • Internal HDD • USB Storage D..

F2 = Setup, F12 = Boot Menu - Page 310

310 System Setup Performing a One-Time Boot You can set a one-time-only boot sequence without entering the system setup program. 1 Shut down the computer through the Start menu. 2 Turn on the computer. When the DELL logo appears, press <F12> immediately. If you wait too long and the Windows logo appears, continue to wait until you see the Windows desktop, then shut down your computer and try again. 3 When the boot device list appears, highlight the device from which you want to boot and press <Enter>. The computer boots to the selected device. The next time you reboot the comput..

Viewing the BIOS Settings - Page 311

System Setup 311 The system setup program allows you to configure user-selectable options in the BIOS, such as date and time or system password. See "Viewing System Settings With the System Setup Program" on page 307 for more information. NOTE: Unless you understand what effect the settings have on the computer, do not change the settings for this program. Viewing the BIOS Settings 1 Open System Information by clicking the Start button and selecting All Programs . 2 Click Accessories → System Tools → System Information . 3 Locate the BIOS Version/Date item in System Summary . This BIOS ..

System Setup - Page 312

312 System Setup 7 Click Close when the Download Complete window appears. The file icon appears on your desktop and is titled the same as the downloaded BIOS update file. 8 Double-click the file icon on the desktop and follow the instructions on the screen.

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Plug-and-Play - Page 313

Ports 313 Ports USB Port The Universal Serial Bus (USB) is an external bus standard that supports data transfer rates of 480 Mbps in case of USB 2.0. USB gives you a single, standardized way to connect many devices to your computer. USB also supports Plug-and-Play installation and hot swapping . The USB standard uses A and B connectors to avoid confusion: • Connectors A head upstream toward the computer. • Connectors B head downstream and connect to individual devices. Pin Signal 1 USB5V+ 2 USBP– 3 USBP+ 4 GND

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IEEE 1394 Port - Page 314

314 Ports IEEE 1394 Port Like the USB, IEEE 1394 is a serial data transfer protocol and supports hot swapping. While the USB 2.0 technology supports speed only upto 480 Mbps, the IEEE 1394b supports speed upto 800 Mbps. IEEE 1394 is preferred for high bandwidth applications such as connecting digital video cameras and external hard drives. . Pin Signal 1 TPB– 2 TPB+ 3 TPA– 4 TPA+

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RS232 Serial Port - Page 315

Ports 315 RS232 Serial Port A serial port is a serial communication physical interface through which information transfers in or out one bit at a time. Serial port is usually identified with RS-232 standard compliant hardware. Some of the devices that commonly use serial port are dial-up modems, printers, and serial mice. Pin Signal 1 CD 2 RD 3 TD 4 DTR 5 SG 6 DSR 7 RTS 8 CTS 9 RI

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Parallel Port - Page 316

316 Ports Parallel Port A parallel port is a parallel communication physical interface through which information transfers in or out 8 bits of data (1 byte) at a time. These 8 bits are transmitted parallel to each other, as opposed to the same eight bits being transmitted serially (all in a single row) through a serial port. A parallel port is also known as a printer port or Centronics port and is commonly used to connect to a printer. Pin Signal Pin Signal 1 /STROBE 14 /AUTOFD 2 D0 15 /ERROR 3 D1 16 /INIT 4 D2 17 /SELIN 5 D3 18 GND 6 D4 19 GND 7 D5 20 GND 8 D6 21 GND 9 D7 22 GND 10 /ACK 23..

eSATA Port - Page 317

Ports 317 eSATA Port SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment) is a computer bus primarily designed for transfer of data between a computer and mass storage devices such as hard disk drives and optical drives. External SATA or eSATA, users can now utilize shielded cable lengths up to 2 meters outside the PC to take advantage of the benefits the SATA interface brings to storage. eSATA provides more performance than existing solutions (up to 6 times faster than existing external storage solutions: USB 2.0, & 1394) and is hot pluggable. eSATA is commonly used for External Direct Attache..

Modem - Page 318

318 Ports Modem A modem port connects an internal modem to a telephone line. A modem is used to connect a computer to the Internet by making a data call over phone lines to an Internet Service Provider (ISP). Usually, there are two modem ports side by side. The one marked line (or with a line symbol) is connected to the telephone line connector. The one marked phone (or with a phone symbol) can optionally be connected to the telephone handset if you want to use a telephone on the same connector. If your computer does not have an internal modem installed, you will not see these ports. You ma..

Ethernet Port - Page 319

Ports 319 Ethernet Port An ethernet port uses twisted pair conductors for networking and faster Internet connection. Cable plugged into this port can lead either to a network hub (a junction box that can wire lots of network cables together), directly to a cable modem, or a DSL modem or to an Internet gateway which shares a fast Internet connection between computers. Data moves through these at speeds of either 10 Mbps, 100 Mbps, or 1000 Mbps depending on the speed supported by the network card in the computer. When in use, lights on these devices flicker. The ACT light flickers when data m..

Keyboard and Mouse Port (PS2) - Page 320

320 Ports Keyboard and Mouse Port (PS2) The PS/2 standard, introduced by IBM in 1987, stands for Personal System/2. PS/2 port is commonly used to plug in a keyboard or mouse. Pin Signal 1 Keyboard/mouse data 2 (Reserved) 3 Ground 4 Keyboard/mouse power (+5 V) 5 Keyboard/mouse clock 6 (Reserved)

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VGA Port - Page 321

Ports 321 VGA Port Video Graphics Array (VGA) port supports the basic graphic hardware before a device-specific driver is loaded into the computer. Pin Signal Pin Signal 1 RED Video 9 DDC 5V+ 2 GREEN Video 10 SYNC GND 3 BLUE Video 11 MONITOR_DETECT– 4 NC 12 DDC_DATA (SDA) 5 GND 13 Horizontal SYNC 6 RED Video GND 14 Vertical SYNC 7 GREEN Video GND 15 DDC_CLK (SCL) 8 BLUE Video GND

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DVI-I Port - Page 322

322 Ports DVI-I Port DVI-I (Digital Video Interface-Integrated) port supports both analog signals and digital signals in a single cable. The cable can transmit either a digital-to- digital signal or an analog-to-analog one, but it will not transmit crossovers of either one (digital-to-analog or analog-to-digital). If you have a DVI-I port on your video card, you can connect most DVI-D (Digital Video Interface- Digital) or DVI-A (Digital Video Interface-Analogue) devices without the need for a separate adapter. Pin Signal Pin Signal 1 TMDS DATA2– 13 TMDS DATA3+ 2 TMDS DATA2+ 14 +5V 3 TMDS ..

S-Video TV-Out Port - Page 323

Ports 323 S-Video TV-Out Port SUPER Video (S-Video), also known as Y/C is an analog video signal that carries the video data as two separate signals, luma (brightness) and chroma (color). S-Video supports a standard definition video, but does not carry audio on the same cable. S-Video provides sharp images when using a clean DVD source. S-Video commonly connects to consumer TVs, DVD players, high- end video cassette recorders, digital TV receivers, DVRs, and game consoles. Composite video carries (lower-quality) picture information as a single signal. S-Video Pin Signal 1 GND 2 GND 3 LUMA 4..

Component Video - Page 324

324 Ports Component Video Component video consists of three signals. The first is the luminance signal, which indicates brightness or black & white information that is contained in the original RGB (red green blue) signal. It is referred to as the Y component. The second and third signals are called color difference signals indicating the quantum of blue and red signals compared to luminance. The blue component is Y-B and the red component is Y-R. Green is not transmitted as a separate signal since it can be inferred from the Y, Y-B, and Y-R combination. Component video inputs are avail..

Composite Video - Page 325

Ports 325 Composite Video Composite video is an interface for sending or receiving an analog video signal. It is a composite of several signals, LUMA, CHROMA, and SYNC (together referred to as CVSB or Composite Video Blanking and Sync). LUMA represents the brightness or luminance of the picture and includes synchronizing or SYNC pulses. CHROMA carries the color information. Composite video interface usually connects a VHS tape player, DVD player, or game console to a television. Composite Video Pin Signal 1 GND 2 CVBS

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HDMI Port - Page 326

326 Ports HDMI Port The High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) PORT is a compact audio/video interface for transmitting uncompressed digital streams. On a single cable, HDMI supports PC or TV video formats such as standard, enhanced, and high-definition video along with up to 8 channels of digital audio. It is independent of the various digital television standards. HDMI connects digital audio/video sources such as Blu-ray Disc players, set- top boxes, personal computers, and video game consoles to compatible digital audio devices, computer monitors, and digital televisions. Pin Signal..

DisplayPort™ - Page 327

Ports 327 DisplayPort™ DisplayPort is a digital display interface standard put forth by the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA). It defines a new license-free, royalty-free, digital audio/video interconnect, intended to be used primarily between a computer and its display monitor, or a computer and a home- theater system. For more information see "DisplayPort™ - Features and Benefits" on page 56. Pin Signal Pin Signal 1 ML_Lane 0(p) 11 GND 2 GND 12 ML_Lane 3(n) 3 ML_Lane 0(n) 13 GND 4 ML_Lane 1(p) 14 GND 5 GND 15 AUX_CH(p) 6 ML_Lane 1(n) 16 GND 7 ML_Lane 2(p) 17 AUX_CH(n) 8 G..

S/PDIF Port (Coaxial RCA) - Page 328

328 Ports S/PDIF Port (Coaxial RCA) S ony/ P hilips D igital I nterconnect F ormat (S/PDIF) is a serial interface for transferring digital audio from CD and DVD players to amplifiers and TVs. S/PDIF uses unbalanced 75 ohm coaxial cable up to 10 meters with coaxial RCA connectors or optical fiber terminated with a Toslink (Toshiba link) connector. NOTE: There are no differences in the signals transmitted over optical or coaxial S/PDIF connectors—both carry exactly the same information . S/PDIF is typically used to transmit PCM and Dolby Digital 5.1, but is not tied to any sampling rate or ..

Audio Ports - Page 329

Ports 329 Audio Ports NOTE: The LFE (Low Frequency Effects) Audio channel, found in digital surround sound audio schemes, carries only low frequency information of 80 Hz and below. The LFE channel drives a subwoofer to provide extremely low bass extension. Systems not using subwoofers can shunt the LFE information to the main speakers in the surround sound setup. Port Signal Connection 1 line-in connector Use the (blue) line-in connector to attach a record/playback device such as a cassette player, CD player, or VCR. On computers with a sound card, use the connector on the card. 2 lineout/ ..

Ports - Page 330

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Obtaining Assistance - Page 331

Getting Help 331 Getting Help Obtaining Assistance CAUTION: Before working inside your computer, follow the safety instructions shipped with your computer. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance. If you experience a problem with your computer, complete the following steps to troubleshoot and diagnose the problem: 1 See "Troubleshooting" on page 271 for information and procedures that pertain to the problem your computer is experiencing. 2 Run the Dell Diagnostics (see "Running the Dell Diagnostics" on pa..

Technical Support and Customer Service - Page 332

332 Getting Help 4 Use Dell's extensive suite of online services available at Dell Support ( support.dell.com ) for help with installation and troubleshooting procedures. See "Online Services" on page 333 for a more extensive list of Dell Support online services and features. 5 If the preceding steps have not resolved the problem, see "Contacting Dell" on page 337. NOTE: Call Dell Support from a telephone at or near the computer so that the support staff can assist you with any necessary procedures. NOTE: Dell's Express Service Code system may not be available in all countries. When prompte..

Online Services - Page 333

Getting Help 333 Online Services You can learn about Dell products and services on the following websites: www.dell.com www.dell.com/ap (Asian/Pacific countries only) www.dell.com/jp (Japan only) www.euro.dell.com (Europe only) www.dell.com/la (Latin American and Caribbean countries) www.dell.ca (Canada only) You can access Dell Support through the following websites and e-mail addresses: • Dell Support websites support.dell.com s upport.jp.dell.com (Japan only) support.euro.dell.com (Europe only) • Dell Support e-mail addresses mobile_support@us.dell.com support@us.dell.com la-techsupp..

support.dell.com - Page 334

334 Getting Help AutoTech Service Dell's automated support service—AutoTech—provides recorded answers to the questions most frequently asked by Dell customers about their laptop and desktop computers. When you call AutoTech, use your touch-tone telephone to select the subjects that correspond to your questions. For the telephone number to call for your region, see "Contacting Dell" on page 337. Automated Order-Status Service To check on the status of any Dell products you have ordered, you can go to support.dell.com , or you can call the automated order-status service. A recorded messag..

Retail Customers - Page 335

Getting Help 335 3 Include a copy of the Diagnostics Checklist (see "Diagnostics Checklist" on page 336), indicating the tests that you have run and any error messages reported by the Dell Diagnostics (see "Running the Dell Diagnostics" on page 281). 4 Include any accessories that belong with the item(s) being returned (power cables, software, guides, and so on) if the return is for credit. 5 Pack the equipment to be returned in the original (or equivalent) packing materials. You are responsible for paying shipping expenses. You are also responsible for insuring any product returned, and yo..

Diagnostics Checklist - Page 336

336 Getting Help Diagnostics Checklist Name: Date: Address: Phone number: Service Tag (bar code on the bottom or back of your computer): Express Service Code: Return Material Authorization Number (if provided by Dell support technician): Operating system and version: Devices: Expansion cards: Are you connected to a network? Yes No Network, version, and network adapter: Programs and versions: See your operating system documentation to determine the contents of the system’s start-up files. If the computer is connected to a printer, print each file. Otherwise, record the contents of each fil..

support.dell.com - Page 337

Getting Help 337 Contacting Dell For customers in the United States, call 800-WWW-DELL (800-999-3355). NOTE: If you do not have an active Internet connection, you can find contact information on your purchase invoice, packing slip, bill, or Dell product catalog. Dell provides several online and telephone-based support and service options. Availability varies by country and product, and some services may not be available in your area. To contact Dell for sales, technical support, or customer service issues: 1 Visit support.dell.com . 2 Verify your country or region in the Choose A Country/Re..

Getting Help - Page 338

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system setup - Page 339

339 Glossary Terms in this Glossary are provided for informational purposes only and may or may not describe features included with your particular computer. A AC — alternating current — The form of electricity that powers your computer when you plug the AC adapter power cable in to an electrical outlet. ACPI — advanced configuration and power interface — A power management specification that enables Microsoft ® Windows ® operating systems to put a computer in standby or hibernate mode to conserve the amount of electrical power allocated to each device attached to the computer. AG..

Drivers and Utilities - Page 340

340 bit — The smallest unit of data interpreted by your computer. Bluetooth ® wireless technology — A wireless technology standard for short-range (9 m [29 feet]) networking devices that allows for enabled devices to automatically recognize each other. boot sequence — Specifies the order of the devices from which the computer attempts to boot. bootable CD — A CD that you can use to start your computer. In case your hard drive is damaged or your computer has a virus, ensure that you always have a bootable CD available. Your Drivers and Utilities (or ResourceCD ) is a bootable CD. bo..

Product Key - Page 341

341 and CD-R (recordable CDs) discs. You can write to CD-RW discs multiple times, but you can write to CD-R discs only once. CD-RW/DVD drive — A drive, sometimes referred to as a combo drive, that can read CDs and DVDs and write to CD-RW (rewritable CDs) and CD-R (recordable CDs) discs. You can write to CD-RW discs multiple times, but you can write to CD-R discs only once. clock speed — The speed, given in MHz, that indicates how fast computer components that are connected to the system bus operate. COA — Certificate of Authenticity — The Windows alpha-numeric code located on a stic..

extended display mode - Page 342

342 can speed up operations that retrieve data from disk storage. Computers that use disk striping generally allow the user to select the data unit size or stripe width. DMA — direct memory access — A channel that allows certain types of data transfer between RAM and a device to bypass the processor. DisplayPort — An interface standard of the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) used for digital displays. DMTF — Distributed Management Task Force — A consortium of hardware and software companies who develop management standards for distributed desktop, network, enterprise..

dual display mode - Page 343

343 circuitry for testing the accuracy of data as it passes in and out of memory. ECP — extended capabilities port — A parallel connector design that provides improved bidirectional data transmission. Similar to EPP, ECP uses direct memory access to transfer data and often improves performance. EIDE — enhanced integrated device electronics — An improved version of the IDE interface for hard drives and CD drives. EMI — electromagnetic interference — Electrical interference caused by electromagnetic radiation. EPP — enhanced parallel port — A parallel connector design that pro..

344 - Page 344

344 computers and other electronic equipment can emit. fingerprint reader — A strip sensor that uses your unique fingerprint to authenticate your user identity to help secure your computer. folder — A term used to describe space on a disk or drive where files are organized and grouped. Files in a folder can be viewed and ordered in various ways, such as alphabetically, by date, and by size. format — The process that prepares a drive or disk for file storage. When a drive or disk is formatted, the existing information on it is lost. FSB — front side bus — The data path and physical..

built-in - Page 345

345 HTTP — hypertext transfer protocol — A protocol for exchanging files between computers connected to the Internet. Hz — hertz — A unit of frequency measurement that equals 1 cycle per second. Computers and electronic devices are often measured in kilohertz (kHz), megahertz (MHz), gigahertz (GHz), or terahertz (THz). I IC — integrated circuit — A semiconductor wafer, or chip, on which thousands or millions of tiny electronic components are fabricated for use in computer, audio, and video equipment. IDE — integrated device electronics — An interface for mass storage devices..

346 - Page 346

346 K Kb — kilobit — A unit of data that equals 1024 bits. A measurement of the capacity of memory integrated circuits. KB — kilobyte — A unit of data that equals 1024 bytes but is often referred to as 1000 bytes. key combination — A command requiring you to press multiple keys at the same time. kHz — kilohertz — A measurement of frequency that equals 1000 Hz. L LAN — local area network — A computer network covering a small area. A LAN usually is confined to a building or a few nearby buildings. A LAN can be connected to another LAN over any distance through telephone line..

347 - Page 347

347 memory is not permanent, it is recommended that you frequently save your files while you are working on them, and always save your files before you shut down the computer. Your computer can contain several different forms of memory, such as RAM, ROM, and video memory. Frequently, the word memory is used as a synonym for RAM. memory address — A specific location where data is temporarily stored in RAM. memory mapping — The process by which the computer assigns memory addresses to physical locations at start-up. Devices and software can then identify information that the processor can..

348 - Page 348

348 ns — nanosecond — A measure of time that equals one billionth of a second. NVRAM — nonvolatile random access memory — A type of memory that stores data when the computer is turned off or loses its external power source. NVRAM is used for maintaining computer configuration information such as date, time, and other system setup options that you can set. O optical drive — A drive that uses optical technology to read or write data from CDs, DVDs, or DVD+RWs. Example of optical drives include CD drives, DVD drives, CD-RW drives, and CD-RW/DVD combo drives. P partition — A physica..

• It resides on a physical CD or DVD. - Page 349

349 BIOS, that perform basic tests on the major computer components, such as memory, hard drives, and video. If no problems are detected during POST, the computer continues the start-up. processor — A computer chip that interprets and executes program instructions. Sometimes the processor is referred to as the CPU (central processing unit). PS/2 — personal system/2 — A type of connector for attaching a PS/2-compatible keyboard, mouse, or keypad. PXE — pre-boot execution environment — A WfM (Wired for Management) standard that allows networked computers that do not have an operatin..

Setup program - Page 350

350 you shut down your computer. Some programs essential to the operation of your computer reside in ROM. RPM — revolutions per minute — The number of rotations that occur per minute. Hard drive speed is often measured in rpm. RTC — real time clock — Battery-powered clock on the system board that keeps the date and time after you shut down the computer. RTCRST — real-time clock reset — A jumper on the system board of some computers that can often be used for troubleshooting problems. S SAS — serial attached SCSI — A faster, serial version of the SCSI interface (as opposed to..

motherboard - Page 351

351 smart card — A card that is embedded with a processor and a memory chip. Smart cards can be used to authenticate a user on computers equipped for smart cards. S/PDIF — Sony/Philips Digital Interface — An audio transfer file format that allows the transfer of audio from one file to another without converting it to and from an analog format, which could degrade the quality of the file. standby mode — A power management mode that shuts down all unnecessary computer operations to save energy. Strike Zone ™ — Reinforced area of the platform base that protects the hard drive by ac..

352 - Page 352

352 video. text editor — A program used to create and edit files that contain only text; for example, Windows Notepad uses a text editor. Text editors do not usually provide word wrap or formatting functionality (the option to underline, change fonts, and so on). TPM — trusted platform module — A hardware-based security feature that when combined with security software enhances network and computer security by enabling features such as file and e-mail protection. travel module — A plastic device designed to fit inside the module bay of a laptop computer to reduce the weight of the c..

353 - Page 353

353 video memory — Memory that consists of memory chips dedicated to video functions. Video memory is usually faster than system memory. The amount of video memory installed primarily influences the number of colors that a program can display. video mode — A mode that describes how text and graphics are displayed on a monitor. Graphics-based software, such as Windows operating systems, displays in video modes that can be defined as x horizontal pixels by y vertical pixels by z colors. Character-based software, such as text editors, displays in video modes that can be defined as x column..

354 - Page 354

354 X XGA — extended graphics array — A video standard for video cards and controllers that supports resolutions up to 1024 x 768. Z ZIF — zero insertion force — A type of socket or connector that allows a computer chip to be installed or removed with no stress applied to either the chip or its socket. Zip — A popular data compression format. Files that have been compressed with the Zip format are called Zip files and usually have a filename extension of .zip . A special kind of zipped file is a self-extracting file, which has a filename extension of .exe . You can unzip a self-ex..

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