Dell Inspiron 1520 Owner’s Manual

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Dell Inspiron 1520 Owner’s ManualModel PP22Lw w w. d e l l . c o m s u p p o r t . d e l l . c o m

Notes, Notices, and CautionsNOTE: A NOTE indicates important information that helps you make better use ofyour computer.NOTICE: A NOTICE indicates either potential damage to hardware or loss of dataand tells you how to avoid the problem.CAUTION: A CAUTION indicates a potential for property damage, personal injury,or death.Information in this document is subject to change without notice. 2007 Dell Inc. All rights reserved.Reproduction in any manner whatsoever without the written permission of Dell Inc. is strictly forbidden.Trademarks used in this text: Dell, the DELL logo, Inspiron, Wi-Fi Catcher, and Dell MediaDirect aretrademarks of Dell Inc.; Intel is a registered trademark and Core is a trademark of Intel Corporation;Microsoft, Windows, and Windows Vista are either trademarks or registered trademarks of MicrosoftCorporation in the United States and/or other countries; Blu-ray Disc is a trademark of the Blu-rayDisc Association; Bluetooth is a registered trademark owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and is used byDell under license.Other trademarks and trade names may be used in this document to refer to either the entities claimingthe marks and names or their products. Dell Inc. disclaims any proprietary interest in trademarks andtrade names other than its own.Model PP22LOctober 2007P/N UX862Rev. A03

ContentsFinding Information1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .About Your Computer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Determining Your Computer’s ConfigurationFront View21. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Right Side View27. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30Bottom View221. . . . . .Left Side ViewBack View15. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Setting Up Your Computer .Connecting to the Internet. . . . . . . . . . .35. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35Setting Up Your Internet Connection . . . . . . .Transferring Information to a New Computer36. . . . .37. . . . . . . . . . . . . .37. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38Windows Easy TransferSetting Up a PrinterPrinter Cable32Connecting a USB Printer. . . . . . . . . . . . .Contents383

Power Protection Devices. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39Surge Protectors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39Line Conditioners. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40Uninterruptible Power Supplies3. . . . . . . . . .40Using the Display. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41Adjusting Brightness. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41Using a ProjectorMaking Images and Text Look Bigger or Sharper. . .41. . . . . . . . . . . . .42Windows Vista . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42Microsoft Windows XPUsing Both a Monitor and Your Computer Display. . .43. . . . . . . . . . . . . .43. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44Microsoft Windows XP .Windows VistaSetting Display Resolution and Refresh Rate . . . . .44. . . . . . . . . . . . . .45. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45Microsoft Windows XP .Windows Vista4Using the Keyboard and TouchpadNumeric Keypad. . . . .47. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47Key Combinations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .System Functions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Microsoft Windows Logo Key Functions . . . .48Dell QuickSet Key Combinations. . . . . . . . .49. . . . . . . . . . . .49Power ManagementAdjusting Keyboard Settings4Contents48. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Display Functions .Battery4849

Touch Pad. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5Using a Battery51. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53Battery Performance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Checking the Battery Charge. . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dell QuickSet Battery Meter. . . . . . . . . . . .Microsoft Windows Battery Meter .Charge Gauge535454. . . . . .55. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55Low-Battery Warning. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56Conserving Battery Power. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56. . . . . . . . . . . . . .56. . . . . . . . . . . . .56. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57Power Management ModesStandby and Sleep ModeHibernate ModeConfiguring Power Management Settings. . . . . . .58Accessing Power Options Properties. . . . . . .58Charging the Battery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58Replacing the Battery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60Storing a Battery650. . . . . . . . . . . .Customizing the Touch PadUsing MultimediaPlaying Media. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61Playing Media Using Dell Travel Remote(Optional) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Contents635

Copying CD, DVD, and Blu-ray Disc (BD) MediaHow to Copy a CD, DVD, or BD. . .64. . . . . . . . . . .64. . . . . . .65. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66Using Blank CD, DVD, and BD MediaHelpful TipsAdjusting the Volume. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67Adjusting the Picture. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68Using Dell MediaDirect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Connecting Your Computer to a TV orAudio Device . . . . . . . . . . . .S-Video and Standard Audio. . . . . . . . . .69. . . . . . . . . . . .71S-Video and S/PDIF Digital Audio. . . . . . . . .Composite Video and Standard Audio. . . . . . .Component Video and Standard Audio. . . . . .79. . . .81. . . . . . .84. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87Enabling the Display Settings for a TVUsing ExpressCardsInstalling an ExpressCard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Removing an ExpressCard or Blank .88991. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Removing a Memory Card or BlankContents88. . . . . . .Installing a Memory Card6. . . . . . . . . .Using the Memory Card ReaderMemory Card Blanks7577Component Video and S/PDIF Digital AudioExpressCard Blanks73. . . .Composite Video and S/PDIF Digital Audio768. . . . . . . . . . .9192

9Setting Up and Using Networks. . . . . . .93. . . . . . . . .93. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94Connecting a Network or BroadbandModem Cable . . . . . . . . . . . . .Setting Up a NetworkWindows XPWindows Vista94. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Wireless Local Area NetworkWhat You Need to Establish a WLANConnection . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Checking Your Wireless Network Card. . . . . . .94. . . . . .95Setting Up a New WLAN Using aWireless Router and a Broadband ModemConnecting to a WLAN .94. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .96. . . . . . . . . . . . . .97Mobile Broadband (or Wireless WideArea Network) . . . . . . . . . . . . .99. . . . . . . . .What You Need to Establish a MobileBroadband Network Connection . .100. . . . . . . . .100Connecting to a Mobile BroadbandNetwork . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101Enabling/Disabling the Dell MobileBroadband Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .102. . . . . . . . .102Checking Your Dell Mobile Broadband Card .Dell Wi-Fi Catcher Network Locator10 Securing Your ComputerSecurity Cable LockPasswords . . . . . . . . . . . .103. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104If Your Computer Is Lost or Stolen. . . . . . . . . . .Contents1057

11 Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dell Technical Update ServiceDell Diagnostics. . . . . . . . . . . . .107. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107Dell Support Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111Dell Support 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .112Dell PC Tune-Up. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113Dell PC CheckUp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .114. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .114Dell Network AssistantDellConnect .Drive Problems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .116Optical drive problemsHard drive problemsE-Mail, Modem, and Internet Problems .Error Messages. . . . . . . .117. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119ExpressCard Problems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Keyboard Problems124. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125External Keyboard problemsUnexpected characters. . . . . . . . . . . .125. . . . . . . . . . . . . .126Lockups and Software Problems. . . . . . . . . . . .127The computer does not start. . . . . . . . . . . .127The computer stops responding. . . . . . . . . .127A program stops responding orcrashes repeatedly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .127A program is designed for an earlierMicrosoft Windows operating systemA solid blue screen appearsContents124. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IEEE 1394 Device Problems8107. . . . .127. . . . . . . . . . . .128

Dell MediaDirect problems. . . . . . . . . . . .128. . . . . . . . . . . . .129Memory Problems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .130Network Problems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .131Other software problemsMobile Broadband (Wireless Wide AreaNetwork [WWAN]) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .131Power Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .132Printer Problems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .133Scanner Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sound and Speaker Problems. . . . . . . . . . . . .No sound from integrated speakers135136. . . . . . . . . . . . .136. . . . . . . . . . . . . .137. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .137Touch Pad or Mouse ProblemsIf the display is difficult to read. . . . . . . . . .138. . . . . . .139. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .139If only part of the display is readableDrivers135. . . . . . . . .No sound from headphonesIf the display is blank .135. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .No sound from external speakersVideo and Display Problems134What Is a Driver? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .139Identifying Drivers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .140Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities. . . . . . . . . .Troubleshooting Software and HardwareProblems in the Microsoft Windows XP andMicrosoft Windows Vista Operating SystemsRestoring Your Operating System140. . . .143. . . . . . . . . . . .144Using Microsoft Windows System Restore. . . .Contents1459

Starting System Restore. . . . . . . . . . . . . .Using Dell PC Restore and Dell FactoryImage Restore . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Using the Operating System Media12 Adding and Replacing PartsBefore You Begin. . . . .147. . . . . . . .150. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Recommended Tools. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Turning Off Your Computer. . . . . . . . . . . . .153154. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .156Removing the Hard Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . .157Replacing the Hard Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . .158Optical Drive . . . . . . . . . . .158. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .159Removing the Optical Drive. . . . . . . . . . . .159Replacing the Optical Drive. . . . . . . . . . . .160. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .160Hinge CoverRemoving the Hinge Cover. . . . . . . . . . . . .160Replacing the Hinge Cover. . . . . . . . . . . . .161. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .161KeyboardRemoving the Keyboard. . . . . . . . . . . . . .162Replacing the Keyboard. . . . . . . . . . . . . .163. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .163MemoryRemoving the DIMM A Memory Module .Contents153154Returning a Hard Drive to Dell10153. . . . . . .Before Working Inside Your ComputerHard Drive145. . . . .163Replacing the DIMM A Memory Module. . . . .165Removing the DIMM B Memory Module . . . . .166Replacing the DIMM B Memory Module. . . . .167

Subscriber Identity ModuleWireless Mini Cards. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .169. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .170Removing a WLAN Card. . . . . . . . . . . . . .170Replacing a WLAN Card. . . . . . . . . . . . . .172Removing a Mobile Broadband orWWAN Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .173. . . . . . . . . . . . .176Removing a WPAN Card. . . . . . . . . . . . . .177Replacing a WPAN Card. . . . . . . . . . . . . .178. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .178Replacing a WWAN CardFlash Cache ModuleRemoving the FCM. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .178Replacing the FCM. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .179Internal Card With Bluetooth WirelessTechnology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .180Removing the Card. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .180Replacing the Card. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .181. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .181Coin-Cell BatteryRemoving the Coin-Cell Battery. . . . . . . . . .181Replacing the Coin-Cell Battery. . . . . . . . . .18213 Dell QuickSet Features. . . . . . . . . . .14 Traveling With Your ComputerIdentifying Your Computer185. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .185. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .185. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .186Packing the Computer .Travel Tips. . . . . . .183Traveling by Air . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Contents18611

15 Getting Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Obtaining Assistance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .188188Online Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AutoTech Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .189. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .189Returning Items for Warranty Repair or Credit. . . . .190Before You Call. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .190Contacting Dell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19216 SpecificationsA Appendix. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .193. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .203Using the System Setup Program. . . . . . . . . . . .System Setup Screen . . . . . . . . .204204. . . . . . . . . . . . . .204. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .206Commonly Used OptionsCleaning Your Computer .203. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Viewing the System Setup ScreenComputer, Keyboard, and Display. . . . . . . . .206. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .207Mouse. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .207Media. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .208Touch PadContents189189Problems With Your Order .Product Information188. . . . . . . . .Automated Order-Status Service12187. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Technical Support and Customer ServiceDellConnect .187

Dell Technical Support Policy (U.S. Only)208. . . . . . .Definition of "Dell-Installed" Software and Peripherals 209Definition of "Third-Party" Software and Peripherals 209FCC Notice (U.S. Only) .FCC Class B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .209. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .209Macrovision Product Notice210. . . . . . . . . . . . . .Glossary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211Index. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .229Contents13

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Finding InformationNOTE: Some features may be optional and may not ship with your computer. Somefeatures may not be available in certain countries.NOTE: Additional information may ship with your computer.What Are You Looking For?Find It Here A diagnostic program for my computer Drivers and Utilities Media Drivers for my computer Device documentation Notebook System Software (NSS)Documentation and drivers are alreadyinstalled on your computer. You can usethe Drivers and Utilities media toreinstall drivers (see "Reinstalling Driversand Utilities" on page 140) or run theDell Diagnostics (see "Dell Diagnostics"on page 107).Readme files may be included on yourDrivers and Utilities media to providelast-minute updates about technicalchanges to your computer or advancedtechnical-reference material fortechnicians or experienced users.NOTE: Drivers and documentation updatescan be found at support.dell.com.Finding Information15

What Are You Looking For? Warranty informationFind It HereDell Product Information Guide Terms and Conditions (U.S. only) Safety instructions Regulatory information Ergonomics information End User License Agreement How to set up my computerSetup DiagramNOTE: See the setup diagram that camewith your computer. How to remove and replace parts Specifications How to configure system settings How to troubleshoot and solveproblems Service Tag and Express Service Code Microsoft Windows Product KeyMicrosoft Windows XP and WindowsVista Help and Support Center1 Click Start Help and Support Dell User and System Guides System Guides.2 Click the User’s Guide for your computer.Service Tag and Microsoft WindowsProduct KeyThese labels are located on your computer. Use the Service Tag to identify yourcomputer when you usesupport.dell.com or contact support.NOTE: If your operating system isWindows XP, this label might look different. Enter the Express Service Code to directyour call when contacting support.NOTE: As an increased security measure,the newly designed Microsoft Windowslicense label incorporates a "securityportal," which looks like a missing portion ofthe label, to discourage removal of the label.16Finding Information

What Are You Looking For?Find It Here Solutions — Troubleshooting hints and Dell Support Website — support.dell.comtips, articles from technicians, onlineNOTE: Select your region or businesscourses, and frequently asked questions segment to view the appropriate support site. Community — Online discussion withother Dell customers Upgrades — Upgrade information forcomponents, such as the memory, harddrive, and operating system Customer Care — Contact information,service call and order status, and warrantyand repair information Service and support — Service callstatus, support history, service contract,and online discussions with support Dell Technical Update Service —Proactive e-mail notification of softwareand hardware updates for your computer Reference — Computerdocumentation, details on mycomputer configuration, productspecifications, and white papers Downloads — Certified drivers,patches, and software updates Notebook System Software (NSS) — If To download Notebook System Software:you reinstall the operating system on1 Go to support.dell.com, select youryour computer, you should also reinstallcountry/region, and then clickthe NSS utility. NSS automaticallyDrivers & Downloads.detects your computer and operating2 Enter your Service Tag or product model,system, and installs the updatesand then click Go.appropriate for your configuration,3 Select your operating system andproviding critical updates for yourlanguage, and then click Findoperating system and support forDownloads, or under Downloads Search, Dell 3.5-inch USB floppy drives, Intelsearch for the keyword Notebook Systemprocessors, optical drives, and USBSoftware.devices. NSS is necessary for correctNOTE:The support.dell.com useroperation of your Dell computer.interface may vary depending on yourselections.Finding Information17

What Are You Looking For?Find It Here Software upgrades and troubleshootinghints — Frequently asked questions,hot topics, and general health of yourcomputing environmentDell Support Utility How to use Windows XP orWindows VistaMicrosoft Windows XP and WindowsVista Help and Support Center1 Click Start Help and Support.2 Type a word or phrase that describesyour problem and click the arrow icon.3 Click the topic that describes yourproblem.4 Follow the instructions on the screen. How to work with programs and files How to personalize my desktop Information on network activity, thePower Management Wizard, hotkeys,and other items controlled by DellQuickSetThe Dell Support Utility is an automatedupgrade and notification system installedon your computer. This support providesreal-time health scans of your computingenvironment, software updates, andrelevant self-support information. Accessthe Dell Support Utility from theicon on the taskbar. For more information,see "Dell Support Center" on page 111.Dell QuickSet HelpTo view Dell QuickSet Help, right-clickthe Dell QuickSet icon in the Windowsnotification area.For more information on Dell QuickSet,see "Dell QuickSet Features" onpage 183.18Finding Information

What Are You Looking For? How to reinstall my operating systemFind It HereOperating System MediaThe operating system is already installedon your computer. To reinstall youroperating system, use one of thefollowing methods: Microsoft Windows System Restore —Microsoft Windows System Restorereturns your computer to an earlieroperating state without affecting datafiles. Dell PC Restore — Dell PC Restorereturns your computer to its originaloperating state. Dell PC Restore maynot ship with your computer. Operating System Installation Media —If you received operating system mediawith your computer, you can use it torestore your operating system.For more information, see "RestoringYour Operating System" on page 144.After you reinstall your operating system,use the Drivers and Utilities media toreinstall drivers for the devices that camewith your computer.Your operating system product key label islocated on your computer.NOTE: The color of your operating systeminstallation media varies according to theoperating system you ordered.Finding Information19

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About Your ComputerDetermining Your Computer’s ConfigurationBased on selections that you made when purchasing your computer, yourcomputer has one of several different video controller configurations. Todetermine your computer’s video controller configuration:1 Click Start, and then click Help and Support.2 Under Pick a Task, click Use Tools to view your computer informationand diagnose problems.3 Under My Computer Information, select Hardware.From the My Computer Information - Hardware screen, you can view thetype of video controller installed in your computer, as well as the otherhardware components.About Your Computer21

Front View1243145131267112210891camera indicator (optional)2camera (optional)3display latch4display5power button6keyboard7device status lights8touch pad9consumer IR10media control buttons11touch pad buttons12Dell MediaDirect button13keyboard status lights14digital array microphonesAbout Your Computer

CAMERA INDICATOR— Indicates that the camera is on. Based on configurationselections you made when ordering your computer, your computer may not include acamera.CAMERA— Built-in camera for video capture, conferencing, and chat. Based onconfiguration selections you made when ordering your computer, your computer maynot include a camera.DISPLAY LATCHDISPLAY— Keeps the display closed.— For more information about your display, see "Using the Display" onpage 41.POWER BUTTON— Press the power button to turn on the computer or exit a powermanagement mode (see "Power Management Modes" on page 56).NOTICE: To avoid losing data, turn off your computer by performing a Microsoft Windows operating system shutdown rather than by pressing the power button.If the computer stops responding, press and hold the power button until thecomputer turns off completely (may take several seconds).KEYBOARD— For more information about the keyboard, see "Using the Keyboardand Touchpad" on page 47.About Your Computer23

DEVICE STATUS LIGHTSThe blue lights located to the right of the keyboard indicate the following:Power light – Turns on when you turn on the computer, and blinks whenthe computer is in a power management mode.Hard drive activity light – Turns on when the computer reads or writesdata.NOTICE: To avoid loss of data, never turn off the computer while thelight is flashing.Battery status light – Turns on steadily or blinks to indicate battery chargestatus.WiFi status light – Turns on when wireless networking is enabled. Toenable or disable wireless networking, use the wireless switch (see "wirelessswitch" on page 27).24About Your Computer

Bluetooth status light – Turns on when a card with Bluetooth wirelesstechnology is enabled.NOTE: The card with Bluetooth wireless technology is an optional feature.Thelight turns on only if you ordered the card with your computer. Formore information, see the documentation that came with your card.To turn off only the Bluetooth wireless technology functionality, right-click theicon in the notification area, and then click Disable Bluetooth Radio.To quickly enable or disable all wireless devices, use the wireless switch(see "wireless switch" on page 27).If the computer is connected to an electrical outlet, the– Solid blue: The battery is charging.– Flashing blue: The battery is almost fully charged.– Off: The battery is adequately charged.light operates as follows:If the computer is running on a battery, thelight operates as follows:– Off: The battery is adequately charged (or the computer is turned off).– Flashing amber: The battery charge is low.– Solid amber: The battery charge is critically low.TOUCH PAD— Provides the functionality of a mouse (see "Touch Pad" on page 50).TOUCH PAD BUTTONS— Use these buttons much like the buttons on a mouse whenyou use the touch pad to move the cursor on the display (see "Touch Pad" on page 50).MEDIA CONTROL BUTTONS— Control CD, DVD, Blu-ray Disc (BD), and MediaPlayer playback.Mute the sound.Play the previous track.Turn the volume down.Play the next track.Turn the volume up.Stop.Play or pause.About Your Computer25

D E L L M E D I A D I R E C T B U T T O N — Press the Dell MediaDirect button to launchDell MediaDirect (see "Using Dell MediaDirect " on page 68).KEYBOARD STATUS LIGHTSThe blue lights located above the keyboard indicate the following:9Turns on when the numeric keypad is enabled.ATurns on when the uppercase letter (caps lock) function is enabled.Turns on when the scroll lock function is enabled.DIGITAL ARRAY MICROPHONES26About Your Computer— Built-in microphone for conferencing and chat.

Left Side View1234561security cable slot2wireless switch3Wi-Fi Catcher light4air vents5audio connectors6ExpressCard slotSECURITY CABLE SLOT— Lets you attach a commercially available antitheft deviceto the computer (see "Security Cable Lock" on page 103).WIRELESS SWITCH— When enabled through Dell QuickSet, this switch can scan fora wireless local area network (WLAN) in your vicinity. You can also use it to rapidlyturn off or on any wireless devices such as WLAN cards and internal cards withBluetooth wireless technology (see "Dell Wi-Fi Catcher Network Locator" on page 102).12341offDisables wireless devices.2onEnables wireless devices.3momentaryScans for WLAN networks (see "Dell Wi-FiCatcher Network Locator" on page 102).4Wi-Fi Catcher light Flashing green: Searching for networksSolid green: Strong network foundSolid yellow: Weak network foundFlashing yellow: ErrorOff: No signal foundAbout Your Computer27

CAUTION: Do not block, push objects into, or allow dust to accumulate in the airvents. Do not store your computer in a low-airflow environment, such as a closedbriefcase, while it is running. Restricting the airflow can damage the computer orcause a fire.AIR VENTS— The computer uses an internal fan to create airflow through the vents,which prevents the computer from overheating. The computer turns the fan on whenthe computer gets hot. Fan noise is normal and does not indicate a problem with thefan or the computer.AUDIO CONNECTORSAttach headphones to theAttach a microphone to theconnector.connector.E X P R E S S C A R D S L O T — Supports one ExpressCard. The computer ships with aplastic blank installed in the slot. For more information, see "Using ExpressCards" onpage 87.28About Your Computer

Right Side View145672839101battery status light2hard drive activity light3power light4optical drive5eject button68-in-1 memory card reader7IEEE 1394 connector8video connector (VGA)9network connector (RJ-45)10USB connectors (2)OPTICAL DRIVE— For more information about the optical drive, see "UsingMultimedia" on page 61.EJECT BUTTON— Press the eject button to open the optical drive.8- I N -1 M E M O R Y C A R D R E A D E R — Provides a fast and convenient way to view andshare digital photos, music, and videos stored on a memory card. The computer shipswith a plastic blank installed in the slot. The 8-in-1 memory card reader reads thefollowing digital memory cards: Secure Digital (SD) memory card SDIO card MultiMediaCard (MMC) Memory Stick Memory Stick PRO xD-Picture Card Hi Speed-SD Hi Density-SDIEEE 1394 C O N N E C T O R — Connects devices supporting IEEE 1394 high-speedtransfer rates, such as some digital video cameras.About Your Computer29

VIDEO CONNECTORConnects video devices, such as a monitor.NETWORK CONNECTOR(RJ-45)Connects the computer to a network. The two lights nextto the connector indicate status and activity for wirednetwork connections.For information on using the network adapter, see thedevice user’s guide supplied with your computer.USB CONNECTORSConnect USB devices, such as a mouse, keyboard, orprinter.Back View1302431S-video TV-out connector2USB connectors (2)3AC adapter connector4battery5modem connector (RJ-11)About Your Computer5

S - V I D E O TV- O U T C O N N E C T O RConnects your computer to a TV. Also connects digitalaudio-capable devices using the TV/digital audioadapter cable.USB CONNECTORSConnect USB devices, such as a mouse, keyboard, orprinter.AC A D A P T E R C O N N E C T O R — Attaches an AC adapter to the computer. The ACadapter converts AC power to the DC power required by the computer. You canconnect the AC adapter with your computer turned on or off.CAUTION: The AC adapter works with electrical outlets worldwide. However,power connectors and power strips vary among countries. Using an incompatiblecable or improperly connecting the cable to the power strip or electrical outletmay cause fire or equipment damage.NOTICE: When you disconnect the AC adapter cable from the computer, grasp theconnector, not the cable itself, and pull firmly, but gently to help prevent damage tothe cable.About Your Computer31

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