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Dell Precision WorkStation 330 Systems

USERS GUIDE

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 potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided, may result in minor or moderate injury.

Information in this document is subject to change without notice. 20002001 Dell Computer Corporation. All rights reserved.

Reproduction in any manner whatsoever without the written permission of Dell Computer Corporation is strictly forbidden.

Trademarks used in this text: Dell, Dell Precision, OptiPlex, Dell OpenManage, Dimension, Inspiron, Latitude, and the DELL logo are trademarks and DellWare is a service mark of Dell Computer Corporation; Microsoft, Windows, MS-DOS, and Windows NT are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation; Intel and Pentium are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation; 3Com is a registered trademark of 3Com Corporation. As an ENERGY STAR Partner, Dell Computer Corporation has determined that this product meets the ENERGY STAR guidelines for energy efficiency.

Other trademarks and trade names may be used in this document to refer to either the entities claiming the marks and names or their products. Dell Computer Corporation disclaims any proprietary interest in trademarks and trade names other than its own.

Models WCP and WCM

April 2001 P/N 69TEU Rev. A01

Contents

Safety Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Safety FirstFor You and Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Protecting Against Electrostatic Discharge . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Ergonomic Computing Habits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

1 About Your Computer

Finding Information and Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Front View of Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Controls and Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Back View of Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Connecting Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Inside Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

System Board Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

2 Advanced Features

System Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Entering System Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

System Setup Screens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

System Setup Navigation Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Changing the Boot Sequence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

Network Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Integrated Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Manageability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

Dell OpenManage IT Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

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Dell OpenManage Client Instrumentation . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

Downloading Systems Management Utilities . . . . . . . . . . 35

Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

Chassis Intrusion Detection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

Security Cable Slot and Padlock Ring . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

Password Protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

System Password . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Setup Password . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Jumper Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

Installing and Configuring Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

TAPI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

Power Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

Dell System Utilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

AutoShutdown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Asset Tag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Auto Power On . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

3 Installing Upgrades

Computer Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

Removing the Computer Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

Replacing the Computer Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

Interior Service Label . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

Power Supply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

Front Panel (Mini Tower Chassis Only) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

System Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

System Memory Installation Guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

Upgrading System Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

Removing a Memory Module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68

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Installing a Memory Module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68

Disk Drives and Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69

Installing a CD, Zip, or Other Externally Accessible Drive in a Mini Tower Chassis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69

Installing a CD, Zip, or Other Externally Accessible Drive in a Desktop Chassis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74

Installing a Hard Drive in a Mini Tower Chassis . . . . . . . . . 79

Installing a Hard Drive in a Desktop Chassis . . . . . . . . . . 86

EIDE Device Installation Guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91

SCSI Device Installation Guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92

AGP Card Brace (Mini Tower Chassis Only) . . . . . . . . . . . . 94

Expansion Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

Installing an Expansion Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

Removing an Expansion Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100

Microprocessor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101

Upgrading the Microprocessor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101

System Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108

4 Technical Specifications

5 Solving Problems

Before You Begin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118

Power Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119

Monitor Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120

Video Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122

Sound and Speaker Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124

Printer Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126

Serial or Parallel Device Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127

Mouse Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129

Keyboard Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130

Diskette Drive Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132

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Hard Drive Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134

Battery Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137

Expansion-Card Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138

Network Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139

Recover From a Program That Is Not Responding . . . . . . . 141

Restart a Computer That Is Not Responding . . . . . . . . . . 141

Repairing a Wet Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142

Repairing a Dropped or Damaged Computer . . . . . . . . . . 143

Hardware Conflicts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143

System Memory Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144

Microprocessor Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145

System Board Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147

Reset Corrupted BIOS Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148

Dell Diagnostics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149

When to Use the Dell Diagnostics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149

Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149

Before You Start Testing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150

Running the Dell Diagnostics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150

Advanced Testing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153

Messages and Codes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155

System Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156

System Beep Codes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162

Warning Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164

Diagnostics Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164

Diagnostic Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165

Software Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170

Operating System Compatibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171

Input Errors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171

Error Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172

Device Drivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172

Memory-Resident Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172

Program Conflicts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173

Memory Address Conflicts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173

Interrupt Assignment Conflicts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173

6 Contents

BIOS Recovery Utility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174

6 Getting Help

Help Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178

Technical Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178

Help Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178

Problems With Your Order . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181

Product Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181

Returning Items for Warranty Repair or Credit . . . . . . . . 181

Before You Call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182

Dell Contact Numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184

7 Additional Information

Regulatory Notices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198

FCC Notices (U.S. Only) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199

Class A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200

Class B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200

IC Notice (Canada Only) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201

CE Notice (European Union) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201

Battery Disposal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202

EN 55022 Compliance (Czech Republic Only) . . . . . . . . . 203

VCCI Notice (Japan Only) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203

Class A ITE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203

MIC Notice (Republic of Korea Only) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205

Polish Center for Testing and Certification Notice . . . . . . . 206

Wymagania Polskiego Centrum Bada i Certyfikacji . . . . . 206

Pozostae instrukcje bezpieczestwa . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208

BSMI Notice (Taiwan Only) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209

ENERGY STAR Compliance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210

Limited Warranty and Return Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211

Three-Year Limited Warranty (U.S. Only) . . . . . . . . . . . 211

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Three-Year Limited Warranty (Canada Only) . . . . . . . . . . 214

One-Year End-User Manufacturer Guarantee (Latin America and the Caribbean Only) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218

"Total Satisfaction" Return Policy (U.S. and Canada Only) . . . 220

8 Contents

Safety Instructions Safety FirstFor You and Your Computer Before you remove the computer cover, perform the following steps in the sequence indicated.

NOTICE: Do not attempt to service the computer yourself, except as explained in your online Dell documentation or otherwise provided to you. Always follow installation and service instructions closely.

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 manufacturers instructions.

1 Turn off your computer and any peripherals.

2 Ground yourself by touching an unpainted metal surface on the chassis, such as the metal around the card-slot openings at the back of the computer, before touching anything inside your computer.

While you work, periodically touch an unpainted metal surface on the computer chassis to dissipate any static electricity that might harm internal components.

3 Disconnect your computer and peripherals from their power sources. Also, disconnect any telephone or telecommunication lines from the computer.

Doing so reduces the potential for personal injury or shock.

In addition, take note of these safety guidelines when appropriate:

When you disconnect a cable, pull on its connector or on its strain- relief loop, not on the cable itself. Some cables have a connector with locking tabs; if you are disconnecting this type of cable, press in on the locking tabs before disconnecting the cable. As you pull connectors apart, keep them evenly aligned to avoid bending any connector pins. Also, before you connect a cable, make sure both connectors are correctly oriented and aligned.

Handle components and cards with care. Do not touch the components or contacts on a card. Hold a card by its edges or by its metal mounting bracket. Hold a component such as a microprocessor chip by its edges, not by its pins.

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Also see "Protecting Against Electrostatic Discharge." In addition, Dell

recommends that you periodically review the safety instructions in your System Information Guide.

Protecting Against Electrostatic Discharge Static electricity can harm delicate components inside your computer. To prevent static damage, discharge static electricity from your body before you touch any of your computers electronic components, such as the microprocessor. You can do so by touching an unpainted metal surface on the computer chassis.

As you continue to work inside the computer, periodically touch an unpainted metal surface to remove any static charge your body may have accumulated.

You can also take the following steps to prevent damage from electrostatic discharge (ESD):

When unpacking a static-sensitive component from its shipping carton, do not remove the component from the antistatic packing material until you are ready to install the component in your computer. Just before unwrapping the antistatic packaging, be sure to discharge static electricity from your body.

When transporting a sensitive component, first place it in an antistatic container or packaging.

Handle all sensitive components in a static-safe area. If possible, use antistatic floor pads and workbench pads.

Ergonomic Computing Habits

CAUTION: Improper or prolonged keyboard use may result in injury.

CAUTION: Viewing the monitor screen for extended periods of time may result in eye strain.

For comfort and efficiency, observe the following ergonomic guidelines when setting up and using your computer system:

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Position your system so that the monitor and keyboard are directly in front of you as you work. Special shelves are available (from Dell and other sources) to help you correctly position your keyboard.

Set the monitor at a comfortable viewing distance (usually 510 to 610 millimeters [20 to 24 inches] from your eyes).

Make sure the monitor screen is at eye level or slightly lower when you are sitting in front of the monitor.

Adjust the tilt of the monitor, its contrast and brightness settings, and the lighting around you (such as overhead lights, desk lamps, and the curtains or blinds on nearby windows) to minimize reflections and glare on the monitor screen.

Use a chair that provides good lower back support.

Keep your forearms horizontal with your wrists in a neutral, comfortable position while using the keyboard or mouse.

Always leave space to rest your hands while using the keyboard or mouse.

Let your upper arms hang naturally at your sides.

Sit erect, with your feet resting on the floor and your thighs level.

When sitting, make sure the weight of your legs is on your feet and not on the front of your chair seat. Adjust your chairs height or use a footrest, if necessary, to maintain proper posture.

Vary your work activities. Try to organize your work so that you do not have to type for extended periods of time. When you stop typing, try to do things that use both hands.

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Monitor and keyboard positioned directly in front of the user

Monitor screen at or below eye level

Feet flat on the floor

Arms at desk level

Wrists relaxed and flat

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S E C T I O N 1

About Your Computer

Finding Information and Assistance

Front View of Your Computer

Back View of Your Computer

Inside Your Computer

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Finding Information and Assistance

The following table lists the resources that Dell provides as support tools. Additional resources may be shipped with your computer system.

Re s o u r c e s a n d S u p p o r t To o l s

Resource Contents Using the Resource

Setup and Quick Reference Guide System setup Support tools Frequently asked questions Basic troubleshooting Upgrade information

See the Setup and Quick Reference Guide for information on the following: Setting up your computer Finding and using support resources Diagnosing a problem Using tools and utilities

Registration and Service Labels Product Key (also called the

Product ID or Certificate of Authenticity [COA])

Express Service Code and Service Tag Number

The labels are located on the side of your Dell computer.

You will need the Product Key (or Product ID) number to complete the operating system setup.

The Express Service Code and Service Tag Number are unique identifiers for your Dell computer.

For more information, see the Setup and Quick Reference Guide.

Dell Precision ResourceCD Dell Diagnostics Drivers Utilities Computer and device

documentation

See the main menu on the ResourceCD that was shipped with your computer. Use the pull-down menu to make selections appropriate for your computer. You can perform the following tasks: Diagnose a problem Install or reinstall drivers Obtain information on your computer and devices NOTE: User documentation and drivers are already installed on your computer when shipped from Dell. You can use this CD to access documentation, reinstall drivers, or run diagnostics tools.

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Operating system CD To reinstall your operating system, use the operating system CD that was shipped with your computer. NOTE: The operating system CD may not include all the latest drivers for your computer. If you reinstall your operating system, use the ResourceCD to reinstall drivers for the devices shipped with your computer.

For more information about reinstalling your operating system, see the operating system installation documentation that was shipped with your computer.

Operating system installation guide

See the operating system installation guide for information on reinstalling and configuring your operating system.

Users guides for your computer and peripherals

Double-click the Users Guides icon on your desktop to access the electronic documentation stored on your hard drive. Obtain information on the following: Using your computer Installing upgrades in your computer Installing and configuring software on your computer Diagnosing a system problem Technical specifications Peripheral documentation

Dell support website Ask Dudley Dell Knowledge Base Dell Documents DellTalk File downloads TechFax Vendor links

Go to http://support.dell.com: Get help with general usage, installation, and

troubleshooting questions Access documentation about your computer and

devices Get the latest versions of the drivers for your computer Join online discussions with other Dell customers and

Dell technical professionals Explore a list of online links to Dell's primary vendors

Re s o u r c e s a n d S u p p o r t To o l s ( c o n t i n u e d )

Resource Contents Using the Resource

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Front View of Your Computer The following figures show the controls and indicators located on the front panel of the mini tower and desktop systems.

Dell Premier Support website Service call status Top technical issues by

product Frequently asked questions

by product number Customized service tags System configuration detail

Go to http://premiersupport.dell.com:

The Dell Premier Support website is customized for corporate, government, and education customers.

Interior service label A service label affixed to the inside of your computer cover provides information about working inside your computer.

Operating system documentation

Click Start and select Help to obtain information on your operating system.

Re s o u r c e s a n d S u p p o r t To o l s ( c o n t i n u e d )

Resource Contents Using the Resource

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Fr o n t V i e w o f t h e M i n i To w e r C h a s s i s

NOTE: Before you remove the cover from the mini tower chassis, you must first slide the outer padlock ring to the left to unlock the cover release mechanism. See "Cover Release Mechanism (Mini Tower Chassis)."

NOTE: See "Front-Panel Indicators" for a description of indicator codes and operations.

diskette-drive access indicator

power button

power indicator

reset button

hard-drive access indicator

cover release button

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Fr o n t V i e w o f t h e D e s k t o p C h a s s i s

NOTE: See "Front-Panel Indicators" for a description of indicator codes and operations.

Controls and Indicators Reset button reboots (restarts) the system in a way that reduces

stress on system components. Before you push this button, save and close all open files and application programs if possible to avoid losing data. Then perform an orderly shutdown of the operating system.

If your computer is not responding, you can press the reset button to reboot the system. For more information, see "Recover From a Program That Is Not Responding" and "Restart a Computer That Is Not Responding."

NOTICE: If your computer is not responding, turning off power or unplugging the power cord should be done only as a last resort. Doing so can cause problems with system settings and configuration.

Power button controls the system's AC input power. See the following table for power button functions on systems running Microsoft Windows or Windows NT.

diskette-drive access indicator

power buttonpower indicatorreset button

hard-drive access indicator

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Power indicator contains an indicator that illuminates in two colors and blinks or remains solid to indicate different states.

Diskette-drive access indicator lights when the drive is reading data from, or writing data to, a diskette. Wait until this indicator turns off before you remove a diskette from the drive.

Hard-drive access indicator lights when a hard drive or CD drive is reading data from, or writing data to, the drive.

Cover release button releases the computer cover; located on back of the mini tower chassis and on the sides of the desktop chassis.

Back View of Your Computer The following figure shows the connectors and indicators on the back of your computer for attaching external devices.

Po w e r B u t t o n Fu n c t i o n s

Computer Status Power Button Function

Off Press and release to turn the computer on.

On Press and hold for more than 6 seconds to immediately turn the computer off. NOTE: Use this method only if the computer will not shut down normally.

On (Windows NT) Press and release to attempt an orderly shutdown. NOTE: This works only if the Dell System Utilities are loaded on the computer. Without the utilities, the computer immediately turns off rather than performs an orderly shut down.

On (Windows 2000) Press and release to put the computer in the sleep state. NOTE: This works depending on how Windows 2000 is configured. For more information, see "Power Management."

Sleep state (Windows 2000)

Press and release to bring the computer out of the sleep state. For more information, see "Power Management."

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B a c k - Pa n e l C o n n e c t o r s a n d I n d i c a t o r s

NOTE: See "Back-Panel Indicators" for a description of indicator codes and operations.

Connecting Devices When you connect external devices to your computer's back panel, follow these guidelines:

Check the documentation that accompanied the device for specific installation and configuration instructions.

For example, you must connect most devices to a particular input/output (I/O) port or connector to operate properly. Also, external devices like a printer usually require you to load device drivers before they will work.

When connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) mouse or keyboard, ensure that you connect to one of the Port 1 USB connectors.

Always attach external devices while your computer is turned off. Then turn on the computer before turning on any external devices, unless the documentation for the device specifies otherwise.

Port 2 USB connectors (2)

Port 1 USB connectors (2)

serial port 2 connector

serial port 1 connector

parallel port connector

line-in jack line-out/speaker jack

microphone jack

PS/2 mouse connector

PS/2 keyboard connector

NIC connector

diagnostic indicators

video connector

network link integrity indicator

network activity indicator

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NOTICE: When you disconnect external devices from the back of the computer, wait 5 seconds after turning off the computer before you reconnect any devices to avoid possible damage to the system board.

Serial Port Connectors

Default port designations: COM1 for serial port 1 and COM2 for serial port 2. You can reassign the serial port's designation in system setup if you add an expansion card containing a serial port using this designation.

If you set the systems serial ports to Auto in system setup and add an expansion card containing a serial port configured to a specific designation, the computer automatically maps (assigns) the integrated ports to the appropriate COM setting as necessary.

Before you add a card with a serial port, check the documentation that accompanied your software to ensure that the software can be mapped to the new COM port designation.

Parallel Port Connector

Used to connect printers. Default designation: LPT1.

NOTE: The integrated parallel port is automatically disabled if the system detects an installed expansion card containing a parallel port configured to the same address as specified in the Parallel Port option in system setup.

Microphone Jack

Used to attach a standard personal computer microphone. Connect the audio cable from the microphone to the microphone jack.

Line-Out/Speaker Jack

Used to attach computer speakers. This jack is amplified, so speakers with integrated amplifiers are not required. Connect the audio cable from the speakers to this jack.

Line-In Jack

Used to attach record/playback devices such as cassette players, CD players, and VCRs. Connect the line-out cable from any of these devices to the line- in jack.

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PS/2 Mouse Connector

Attach the Personal System/2 (PS/2) mouse cable to the 6-pin mouse connector on the back panel. If your system uses Microsoft Windows, Dell installed the necessary mouse drivers on your hard drive.

NOTE: This connector is similar to the keyboard connector. Ensure that you correctly identify the mouse connector before you connect the device.

NOTE: Do not attempt to operate a PS/2 mouse and a USB mouse simultaneously.

PS/2 Keyboard Connector

Attach the PS/2 keyboard cable to the 6-pin keyboard connector on the back panel.

NOTE: This connector is similar to the mouse connector. Ensure that you correctly identify the keyboard connector before you connect the device.

USB Connectors

Used to attach USB-compliant devices such as keyboards, mice, printers, and computer speakers to your system.

NOTE: When connecting a USB mouse or keyboard, ensure that you connect to one of the Port 1 USB connectors.

NOTE: Do not attempt to operate a PS/2 mouse and a USB mouse simultaneously.

NOTICE: USB devices do not operate with Microsoft Windows NT.

NIC Connector

The network interface controller (NIC), which includes a Remote Wake Up feature, has the following indicators:

A yellow network activity indicator flashes when the system is transmitting or receiving network data. (A high volume of network traffic may make this indicator appear to be in a steady "on" state.)

A dual-colored network link integrity and speed indicator, which is green when a good connection exists between a 10-megabit per second (Mbps) network and the NIC, or is orange when a good connection exists between a 100-Mbps network and the NIC. When the orange or green indicator is off, the computer is not detecting a physical connection to the network.

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NOTICE: Do not connect a modem cable to the network adapter. Voltage from telephone communications can damage the network adapter.

Network Cable Requirements

The NIC connector attaches an unshielded twisted pair (UTP) Ethernet cable to your system. Press one end of the UTP cable into the NIC connector until the cable snaps securely into place. Connect the other end to an RJ45 jack wall plate or to an RJ45 port on a UTP concentrator or hub, depending on your network configuration.

Dell recommends the use of Category 5 wiring and connectors for our customers networks.

Video Connector

Used to attach a video graphics array (VGA)-compatible monitor to your system.

Inside Your Computer The following figures show the mini tower and desktop chassis with their covers removed.

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NOTE: Before you remove the cover from the mini tower chassis, you must first slide the outer padlock ring to the left to unlock the cover release mechanism. See "Cover Release Mechanism (Mini Tower Chassis)."

DC power cable

system board

externally accessible drive bays

hard-drive bracket

expansion-card slots

I/O panel connectors

security cable slot

AC power receptacle

power supply

drive interface cable

padlock ring

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I n s i d e t h e D e s k t o p C h a s s i s

System Board Components The following figure shows the system board and the location of its principal connectors and components.

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DC power cable

system board

externally accessible drive bays

hard-drive bracket

expansion-card slots

I/O panel connectors

security cable slot

AC power receptacle

power supply

drive interface cable

padlock ring

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3 4

5 1

2 3

4 1

2

parallel port connector

microprocessor with heat sink

VRM connector

primary EIDE connector

secondary EIDE connector

RIMM sockets (4)

diskette-drive connector

system-board screw hole

PCI expansion card connectors (5)

AGP Pro connector

battery socket

external speaker

I/O fan connector

auxiliary hard-drive access indicator connector

password jumper

real-time clock reset (RTCRST) jumper

control-panel connector

telephony connector

system power connector

microprocessor fan connector

CD audio input connector

microprocessor power connector

NIC and Port 2 USB connectors (2) Port 1 USB connectors (2)

PS/2 mouse and keyboard connectors

microphone connector

diagnostic indicators

line-in connector line-out/speaker connector

standby power indicator

serial port 2 connector

serial port 1 connector

suspend-to-RAM indicator

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Advanced Features

System Settings

Manageability

Security

Password Protection

Jumper Settings

Installing and Configuring Software

TAPI

Power Management

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System Settings

Each time you start your computer, it compares the installed hardware with the system configuration information stored in nonvolatile random-access memory (NVRAM). If the system detects a discrepancy, it generates an error message for each incorrect configuration setting.

You can use system settings as follows:

To set user-selectable options such as date and time or system password

To set the current configuration information such as the amount of memory or type of hard drive installed

You can view the current settings at any time. Dell recommends that you record the information for future reference. If you have a line printer connected to the parallel port on your computer, you can print the system setup screens by pressing .

Before you use system setup, you need to know the kind of diskette drive(s) and hard drive(s) installed in your computer. If you are unsure of this information, see the Manufacturing Test Report that came with your system and is located in the Dell Accessories folder.

Entering System Setup 1 Turn on your system.

2 If your system is already on, restart it.

3 When F2 = Setup appears in the upper-right corner of the screen, press .

If you wait too long and your operating system begins to load into memory, let the system complete the load operation; then restart the system and try again.

NOTE: To ensure an orderly system shutdown, consult the documentation that accompanied your operating system.

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System Setup Screens The system setup screens display the current configuration information for your computer. Information on the screen is organized into four areas:

Title the box at the top of all screens that lists the computer system name.

Computer data two boxes below the title box that display your system processor, level 2 (L2) cache, service tag, and the version number of the basic input/output system (BIOS).

Options a scrollable box listing options that define the configuration of your computer, including installed hardware, power conservation, and security features.

Fields to the right of the option titles contain settings or values. Those that you can change appear bright on the screen. Those that you cannot change (because they are set by the computer) appear less bright. When appears to the right of an option title, press to access a pop-up menu of additional options.

Key functions a line of boxes across the bottom of all screens that lists keys and their functions within system setup.

Help press for information in the currently highlighted option.

System Setup Navigation Keys The following table lists the keys you use to view or change information in system setup and to exit setup.

S y s t e m S e t up N a v i g a t i o n Ke y s

Keys Action

Moves to the next field.

Moves to the previous field.

Tab or

Shift Tab

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NOTE: For most of the options, any changes you make are recorded but do not take effect until the next time you boot the computer. For a few options (as noted in the help area), the changes take effect immediately.

Changing the Boot Sequence The boot sequence allows you to specify the order of the devices from which the system attempts to boot.

1 Press to access the Boot Sequence option's pop-up menu.

NOTE: Write down your current boot sequence in case you want to restore it.

2 Press the up- and down-arrow keys to move through the list of devices.

3 Press the spacebar to enable or disable a device (enabled devices appear with a check mark).

4 Press plus (+) or minus () to move a selected device up or down the list.

Cycles through the options in a field. In many fields, you can also type the appropriate value.

Scrolls through help information.

Enters the selected field's pop-up options menu.

spacebar or In the selected field's pop-up options menu, cycles through the options in a field.

Exits system setup without rebooting the system and returns the system to the boot routine.

Exits system setup and reboots the system, implementing any changes you have made.

Resets the selected option to its default setting.

S y s t e m S e t up N a v i g a t i o n Ke y s ( c o n t i n ue d )

Keys Action

or

Page Up

Page Down or

Enter

_ +or

XAlt

BAlt

DAlt

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Option settings:

Diskette Drive A: The system attempts to boot from the diskette drive. If the system finds a diskette in the drive that is not bootable, an error message appears. If no diskette is in the drive, the system attempts to boot from the next device in the list.

Hard Drive The system attempts to boot from the primary hard drive. If the system does not find an operating system on the drive, it attempts to boot from the next device in the list.

CD Drive The system attempts to boot from the CD drive. If the system does not find a CD in the drive or if there is not an operating system on the CD, the system attempts to boot from the next device in the list.

MBA The system prompts you to press at the Dell logo screen during boot. A menu appears that allows you to select a method for booting from a network server. If a boot routine is not available from the network server, the system attempts to boot from the next device in the list.

Network Operations For proper network operations, several options in system setup must be configured properly:

Network interface controller

Boot sequence

Remote wake up

For information on the relationship of the various option settings, see "Network Configurations."

Network Interface Controller

This option, under the Integrated Devices menu, enables or disables the integrated network adapter. This field also allows you to enable managed boot agent (MBA) support.

Option settings:

On The integrated network adapter is enabled.

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On w/ MBA The integrated network adapter is enabled with MBA

support.

Off The integrated network adapter is disabled.

NOTE: You must restart the computer before Network Interface Controller option settings will take effect.

Boot Sequence

The Boot Sequence MBA option setting allows you to specify a method for booting from a network server.

Remote Wake Up

Remote Wake Up provides the ability either to remotely wake a computer from a low-power sleep state or to remotely start up a computer that is turned off but connected to a power source.

Option settings:

On The computer will start up when the appropriate signal is received by the network adapter (Wake-on Lan [WOL]), or modem (Wake-on Ring [WOR]).

On w/ Boot to NIC When the network adapter or modem receives the appropriate signal, the computer attempts to boot from a network server. If a boot routine is not available from the network server, the computer attempts to boot from the devices specified in the Boot Sequence.

Off The computer will not start up remotely.

Network Configurations

The system setup options for network operations work together for particular functions. The following table describes the relationship of the various option settings:

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NOTE: You must restart the computer before Network Interface Controller option settings will take effect.

Integrated Devices You computer has several integrated devices. For these devices to be accessible to the operating system, the corresponding options in system setup must be configured properly.

To enable or disable an integrated device, enter system setup, select Integrated Devices, and change the setting for the appropriate device to On or Off:

Sound

PS/2 mouse

Universal Serial Bus (USB)

N e t w o r k O p t i o n S e t t i n g s

Network Interface Controller

Boot Sequence Remote Wake Up Function

Off MBA is not available Not available The computer attempts to boot from the devices specified in the Boot Sequence.

The computer cannot be remotely started.

On MBA is not available Available The computer attempts to boot from the devices specified in the Boot Sequence.

The computer can be remotely started by WOL and/or WOR.

On w/ MBA MBA is set as first boot device

Available The computer prompts you to press during start-up, allowing you to select a network boot method.

The computer can be remotely started by WOL and/or WOR.

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Manageability

The following systems management applications are optional and can be included on your computer when you order it. You can also download the applications from the Dell support website and install them on your computer. See "Downloading Systems Management Utilities" for more information.

Dell OpenManage IT Assistant

Dell OpenManage Client Instrumentation

Dell OpenManage IT Assistant Dell OpenManage IT Assistant is the premier Dell systems management application for configuring, managing, and monitoring computers and other devices on a corporate network. IT Assistant employs the latest remote management technology to provide asset management, configuration management, event (alert) management, and security management for systems equipped with industry-standard management software. Software of this type is called system management instrumentation.

IT Assistant supports instrumentation that conforms to the following industry standards:

Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)

Desktop Management Interface (DMI)

Common Information Model (CIM)

The instrumentation available for your computer is Dell OpenManage Client Instrumentation, which is based on DMI and CIM. For more information on IT Assistant, see the Dell OpenManage IT Assistant Users Guide available on the Dell support website. See "Downloading Systems Management Utilities" for more information.

Dell OpenManage Client Instrumentation Dell OpenManage Client Instrumentation is software that enables remote management application programs such as IT Assistant to do the following:

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Access information about your computer, such as how many processors it has and what operating system it is running

Monitor the status of your computer, such as listening for thermal alerts from temperature probes or hard drive failure alerts from storage devices

Change the state of your computer, such as updating its BIOS or shutting it down remotely

Dell OpenManage Client Instrumentation can be installed on your computer, which, when set up on a network with IT Assistant, is called a managed system. For more information about Dell OpenManage Client Instrumentation, see the Dell OpenManage Client Instrumentation Users Guide available on the Dell support website. See "Downloading Systems Management Utilities" for more information.

Downloading Systems Management Utilities The systems management utilities are available for download from the Dell support website. See "Finding Information and Assistance" for more information.

1 Go to http://support.dell.com.

If this is your first time to use this website, complete the one-time registration.

2 Click Downloads for Your Dell.

3 Enter the Service Tag Number for your computer or select the appropriate Dell system.

4 Select the appropriate operating system and language for your computer.

5 Select Systems Management for the download category.

6 Click Go.

7 Follow the instructions on the screen to download and install the utilities.

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Security

The computer provides the following methods of physically securing the chassis:

Chassis intrusion detection

Security cable slot and padlock ring

Chassis Intrusion Detection The chassis intrusion monitor can detect whether the chassis is opened. The Chassis Intrusion option in system setup displays the status of the monitor.

1 Enter system setup.

2 Press the down-arrow key to move to the System Security option.

3 Press to access the System Security option's pop-up menu.

4 Press the down-arrow key to move to the Chassis Intrusion option.

5 Press the spacebar to select an option setting.

Option settings:

Enabled (the default) When the computer cover is removed with this setting, a DMI event is generated, the setting changes to Detected, and the following message appears during the boot routine at the next system start-up:

Alert! Cover was previously removed. To reset the Detected setting, enter system setup during the system's power-on self-test (POST). In the Chassis Intrusion option, press the left- or right-arrow key to select Reset, and then choose Enabled, Enabled-Silent, or Disabled.

Enabled-Silent When the computer cover is removed with this setting, a DMI event is generated and the setting changes to Detected, but the alert message does not appear during the boot sequence at the next system start-up.

Disabled No intrusion monitoring occurs and no messages appear.

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NOTE: When the setup password is enabled, you must know the setup password before you can reset the Chassis Intrusion option.

Security Cable Slot and Padlock Ring These features allow you to attach commercially available antitheft devices. See "Security Features (Mini Tower Chassis)" and "Security Features (Desktop Chassis)." To prevent unauthorized removal of your computer, loop the galvanized security cable around an immovable object, insert the attached locking device into the security cable slot on the back of your computer, and lock the device with the key provided.

NOTE: Before you purchase an antitheft device, ensure that it works with the cable slot on your computer.

NOTE: Before you remove the cover from the mini tower chassis, you must first slide the outer padlock ring to the left to unlock the cover release mechanism. See "Cover Release Mechanism (Mini Tower Chassis)."

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security cable slot

padlock ring

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S e c u r i t y Fe a t u r e s ( D e s k t o p C h a s s i s )

Password Protection The computer provides the following types of password protection:

System password

Setup password

System Password System passwords allow only those who know the password to have full use of the system. Your Dell system does not have the system password feature enabled when you receive it.

NOTICE: Although passwords provide security for the data on your system, they are not foolproof. If your data requires more security, it is your responsibility to obtain and use additional forms of protection, such as data encryption programs.

NOTICE: If you leave your system running and unattended without having a system password assigned, or if you leave your computer unlocked so that someone can disable the password by changing a jumper setting, anyone can access the data stored on your hard drive.

System Password settings in system setup:

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security cable slot

padlock ring

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NOTE: You cannot change or enter a new system password if either of these

options is displayed.

Enabled a system password is assigned

Disabled system password feature is disabled by a jumper setting on the system board

NOTE: You can only assign a system password when System Password is set to Not Enabled.

Not Enabled no system password is assigned and the password jumper on the system board is in the enabled position (its default)

Assigning a System Password

1 Verify that Password Status is set to Unlocked.

2 Highlight System Password and then press the left- or right-arrow key.

The option heading changes to Enter Password, followed by an empty 32-character field in square brackets.

3 Type your new system password.

You can use up to 32 characters.

As you press each character key (or the spacebar for a blank space), a placeholder appears in the field. The password assignment operation recognizes keys by their location on the keyboard, without distinguishing between lowercase and uppercase characters. For example, if you have an M in your password, the system recognizes either M or m as correct.

Certain key combinations are not valid. If you enter one of these combinations, the speaker emits a beep.

To erase a character when entering your password, press or the left-arrow key.

NOTE: To escape from the field without assigning a system password, press or the combination to move to another field, or press at any time before completing step 5.

4 Press .

If the new system password is less than 32 characters, the whole field fills with placeholders. Then the option heading changes to Verify Password, followed by another empty 32-character field in square brackets.

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5 To confirm your password, type it a second time and press .

The password setting changes to Enabled. Your system password is now set; you can exit system setup and begin using your system. Password protection takes effect when you reboot the system by pressing the reset button or by turning the system off and then on again.

Using Your System Password

When you turn on your system or press the reset button, or when you reboot the system by pressing the combination, the following prompt appears on the screen when Password Status is set to Unlocked:

Type in the password and - press to leave password security enabled. - press to disable password security. Enter password: If Password Status is set to Locked, the following prompt appears:

Type the password and press . NOTE: If you have assigned a setup password, the system accepts your setup password as an alternate system password.

If you enter a wrong or incomplete system password, the following message appears on the screen:

** Incorrect password. ** Enter password: If you again enter an incorrect or incomplete system password, the same message appears on the screen. The third and subsequent times you enter an incorrect or incomplete system password, the system displays the following message:

** Incorrect password. ** Number of unsuccessful password attempts: 3 System halted! Must power down. Even after your system is turned off and on, the previous message is displayed each time an incorrect or incomplete system password is entered.

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NOTE: To further protect your system from unauthorized changes, you can use

the Password Status system setup option in conjunction with the System Password and Setup Password options.

Deleting or Changing an Existing System Password

1 Enter system setup, and verify that Password Status is set to Unlocked.

2 Reboot your system to force it to prompt you for a system password.

3 When prompted, type the system password.

4 Press to disable the existing system password, instead of pressing to continue with the normal operation of your system.

5 Confirm that Not Enabled is displayed for the System Password option.

If Not Enabled appears in the System Password option, the system password has been deleted. If you want to assign a new password, continue to step 6. If Not Enabled is not displayed for the System Password option, press to reboot the system, and then repeat steps 3 through 5.

6 To assign a new password, follow the procedure in "Assigning a System Password."

Setup Password Setup passwords allow only those who know the password to have full use of system setup. Your Dell system does not have the setup password feature enabled when you receive it.

Setup Password options in system setup:

Enabled does not allow assignment of setup passwords; users must enter a setup password to make changes to system setup

Not Enabled allows assignment of setup passwords; password feature is enabled but no password is assigned

Assigning a Setup Password

1 Enter system setup, and verify that Setup Password is set to Not Enabled.

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2 Highlight Setup Password and press the left- or right-arrow key.

The system prompts you to enter and verify the password. If a character is illegal for password use, the system emits a beep.

3 Type in and then verify the password.

After you verify the password, the Setup Password setting changes to Enabled. The next time you attempt to enter system setup, the system prompts you for the setup password.

NOTE: The setup password can be the same as the system password.

NOTE: If the two passwords are different, the setup password can be used as an alternate system password. However, the system password cannot be used in place of the setup password.

A change to Setup Password becomes effective immediately (rebooting the system is not required).

Operating Your System With a Setup Password Enabled

When you start system setup, the Setup Password option is highlighted, prompting you to type the password.

If you do not enter the correct password, the system lets you view, but not modify, system setup options.

NOTE: To further protect your system from unauthorized changes, you can use the Password Status system setup option in conjunction with the System Password and Setup Password options.

Deleting or Changing an Existing Setup Password

To change an existing setup password, you must know the setup password.

1 Enter system setup.

2 If you have already assigned a setup password, type it at the prompt.

3 Highlight Setup Password and press the left- or right-arrow key to delete the existing setup password.

The setting changes to Not Enabled.

4 If you want to assign a new setup password, perform the steps in "Assigning a Setup Password."

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Disabling a Forgotten Password

NOTICE: This process erases both the system and setup passwords.

CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First For You and Your Computer."

1 Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the computer cover.

2 Remove the jumper plug from the PSWD jumper to disable the password feature.

See "Jumper Settings" to locate the password jumper (labeled "PSWD") on the system board.

3 Replace the computer cover.

4 Reconnect your computer and peripherals to an electrical outlet, and then turn them on.

This erases the existing password(s).

Proceed to step 5 if you want to assign a new password.

NOTE: Before you assign a new system and/or setup password, you must replace the PSWD jumper plug to reenable the password feature.

5 Remove the computer cover.

6 Replace the PSWD jumper plug.

7 Replace the computer cover and reconnect the computer and peripherals to an electrical outlet and turn them on.

Booting your system with the PSWD jumper installed reenables the password feature. When you enter system setup, both password options appear as Not Enabled, meaning that the password feature is enabled but that no password is assigned.

8 Assign a new system and/or setup password.

Jumper Settings The following figure shows the location of the jumpers on the system board.

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S y s t e m B o a r d J u m pe r s

NOTICE: Ensure that your system is turned off before you change a jumper setting. Otherwise, damage to your system or unpredictable results may occur.

To change a jumper setting, pull the plug off its pin(s) and carefully fit it down onto the pin(s) indicated.

The following table lists the system board jumpers and their settings.

S y s t e m - B o a r d J u m p e r S e t t i n g s

Jumper Setting Description

PSWD (default) Password features are enabled.

Password features are disabled.

RTCRST Real-time clock reset. Can be used for troubleshooting. See "Reset Corrupted BIOS Settings."

jumpered unjumpered

PSWD

RTCRST

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Installing and Configuring Software

See "Resources and Support Tools" for a list of software resources available to you from Dell, including drivers, utilities, documentation, and operating system backups. Before installing software that was not provided with your Dell computer, check the software for viruses with virus-scanning software. Viruses can quickly use all available system memory, damage or destroy data stored on the hard drive, and permanently affect the performance of the programs they infect. Several commercial virus-scanning programs are available for purchase, and many websites distribute virus-scanning programs that you can download.

Before you install a program, read its documentation to learn how the program works, what hardware it requires, and what its defaults are. A program usually includes installation instructions in its accompanying documentation and a software installation routine on its program diskette(s) or CD(s).

The software installation routine assists you in transferring the appropriate program files to your computer's hard drive. Installation instructions may provide details about how to configure your operating system to successfully run the program. Always read the installation instructions before running a program's installation routine.

When you run the installation routine, be prepared to respond to prompts for information about how your computer's operating system is configured, what type of computer you have, and what peripherals are connected to your computer.

NOTE: If you experience any problems while installing or operating your software, see "Software Problems."

TAPI The Telephony Application Programming Interface (TAPI) enables Windows-based applications to operate with a wide variety of telephony devices, including voice, data, fax, video, and so forth. TAPI applications require a TAPI service provider (TSP), which is a software driver that allows TAPI applications to communicate with different types of TAPI hardware.

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Microsoft Windows and Windows NT provide a TSP called Unimodem, which is a "universal" modem service provider that supports a wide range of commonly used modems. For more information on Unimodem, see your Windows documentation. When using a TAPI device other than a modem, such as a Private Branch Exchange (PBX) or a voice processing card, you will need a TSP provided by the manufacturer of the device.

The TAPI system-board connector uses a 4-pin cable to interface your internal TAPI-compliant expansion card with the audio system in your computer. To locate the TAPI system-board connector, see "System Board Components." Your system supports TAPI-compliant cards using the standard TAPI connector. For example, you can connect your modem to the TAPI connector and then use your audio speakers and microphone as a speakerphone. The microphone carries your voice into the computer and then through the TAPI system board connector to your modem card. The callers voice enters through the modem card to the TAPI system board connector and then out to the speakers. You can also use this configuration to record and play sound files over the phone.

Installing a TAPI Device

CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First For You and Your Computer."

1 Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the computer cover.

2 Install the TAPI-compliant expansion card.

See the manufacturers documentation for more information.

3 Rotate the power supply away from the system board.

4 Connect the 4-pin TAPI cable to the TAPI system-board connector.

To locate the TAPI connector on the system board, see "System Board Components."

5 Connect the 4-pin TAPI cable to the TAPI expansion-card connector.

To locate the TAPI connector on the expansion card, see the manufacturers documentation.

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6 Rotate the power supply back into position, making sure that the

securing tab snaps into place.

7 Replace the computer cover.

8 Reconnect your computer and peripherals to an electrical outlet, and then turn them on.

9 Install the appropriate TSP for the TAPI device.

See the manufacturers documentation and your Windows documentation for more information.

Installing a TAPI Sound Card

You can install a TAPI-compliant sound card that has a standard TAPI connector. For example, you can connect your modem to the TAPI sound card connector and then use the audio capabilities as a speakerphone.

CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First For You and Your Computer."

1 Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the computer cover.

2 Install the TAPI-compliant sound card.

See the manufacturers documentation for more information.

3 Enter system setup, click Integrated Devices, and change the setting for Sound to Off.

4 Connect external audio devices to the sound cards connectors. Do not connect external audio devices to the microphone, line-out, or line-in connectors on the system back panel (see "Back-Panel Connectors and Indicators").

5 Connect the 4-pin TAPI cable to the TAPI sound-card connector.

To locate the TAPI connector on the sound card, see the manufacturers documentation.

6 Connect the 4-pin TAPI cable to the TAPI expansion-card connector.

To locate the TAPI connector on the expansion card, see the manufacturers documentation.

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7 Replace the computer cover.

8 Reconnect your computer and peripherals to an electrical outlet, and then turn them on.

9 Install the appropriate TSP for the TAPI devices.

See the manufacturers documentation and your Windows documentation for more information.

Power Management Your computer can be set to use less power when you are not working. You control the power usage through the operating system (OS) installed on your computer and certain option settings in system setup. These periods of reduced power are called "sleep states":

Standby. In this sleep state, power to most components is reduced or turned off. However, system memory remains active.

This state is not supported by Windows NT 4.0.

NOTE: This state can be controlled through the Suspend Mode option in system setup.

Hibernate. This sleep state reduces power consumption to a minimum by writing all data in system memory to a hard drive and then removing system power. Waking up from this state restarts the computer, and the memory contents are restored. Operation then resumes where the system left off when it entered the hibernation state.

This state is supported by Windows 2000 only.

NOTE: All components installed in the computer must support this feature and have the appropriate drivers loaded to enter hibernation. For more information, see the manufacturers documentation for each component.

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Shutdown. This sleep state removes all power from the system except

a small auxiliary amount. As long as the computer remains connected to an electrical outlet, it can be automatically or remotely started. For example, the Auto Power On feature allows the computer to automatically start at a time you specify in system setup. Also, your network administrator can remotely start your computer using a power management event (PME) such as access through a network connection (Wakeup On LAN).

The following table lists the sleep states available for each operating system as well as the methods you can use to "wake up" from each state.

NOTE: For more information on power management, see your operating system documentation.

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Windows 2000 Windows NT 4.0

Standby Press the power button Auto power on PME Move or click the PS/2 mouse Move or click the USB mouse Type on the PS/2 keyboard Type on the USB keyboard USB device activity

Not supported

Hibernate Press the power button Auto power on PME

Not supported

Shutdown Press the power button Auto power on PME

Press the power button Auto power on PME

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Dell System Utilities If you received your computer from Dell with the operating system preinstalled, Dell also installed the system utilities. If you are reinstalling the operating system, you also need to reinstall the system utilities on your computer. The utilities are available on the Dell ResourceCD and from the Dell support website. See "Finding Information and Assistance" for more information.

AutoShutdown The Dell AutoShutdown utility lets you perform an orderly system shutdown and then turn off your computer after successfully closing the OS. All this is done with a single touch of the power button. Additionally, AutoShutdown works with some application programs to prompt you to save your files before the computer turns off (such as Microsoft Word and Excel).

NOTICE: The AutoShutdown utility is intended only for use in Windows NT. The functions of this utility are incorporated into Windows 2000.

To verify whether the utility is installed and running under Windows NT, open the Control Panel and double-click Services. If the AutoShutdown service is installed and running, it is listed with the status Started.

Asset Tag The Dell Asset Tag utility is an MS-DOS program for displaying and setting the system asset tag and system owner tag.

Auto Power On The Dell Auto Power On utility is an MS-DOS program that can be used in a batch file to determine how the system was turned on (by the power button or by the Auto Power On option in system setup) or to turn off the system from DOS.

NOTICE: The Auto Power On utility is intended only for use in MS-DOS. Turning off the computer by using the autopwr.com utility in Windows NT can cause loss of data.

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Interior Service Label

Power Supply

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Disk Drives and Media

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Removing the Computer Cover

CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First For You and Your Computer."

1 Turn off the computer and peripherals, and disconnect them from their electrical outlets.

2 If installed, remove the padlock from the padlock ring on the back panel.

3 Remove the computer cover.

If your computer is a mini tower chassis, perform the following steps:

a Face the back of the computer and slide the outer padlock ring to the left to unlock the cover release mechanism (see the following figure).

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b Press the cover release button located at the bottom-left corner of the front panel (see the following figure).

c Rotate the bottom of the cover outward, away from the chassis.

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d Lift the cover away from the chassis.

e Turn the computer on its right side before you begin working inside the chassis.

If your computer is a desktop chassis, perform the following steps:

a Press the two cover release buttons located on the left and right sides of the cover (see the following figure).

b Rotate the back of the cover upward, away from the chassis.

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c Lift the cover away from the chassis.

Replacing the Computer Cover 1 Check all cable connections and fold cables out of the way so that they

do not catch on the computer cover. Ensure that cables are not routed over the drive cagethey will prevent the cover from closing properly.

2 Ensure that no tools or extra parts (including screws) are left inside the computer chassis.

3 Replace the computer cover.

If your computer is a mini tower chassis, perform the following steps:

a Hold the cover at a slight angle as shown in the following figure. While aligning the top of the cover with the top of the chassis, insert the three hooks on the cover into the three recessed slots on the computer chassis.

b Rotate the cover downward toward the bottom of the chassis. With both hands, press against the bottom edge of the cover to

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c Slide the two parts of the padlock ring together to lock the cover release mechanism.

If your computer is a desktop chassis, perform the following steps:

a Hold the cover at a slight angle as shown in the following figure.

b Fit the three cover hooks into the recessed slots at the bottom of chassis. (It might be helpful to look down into the chassis to verify that the hooks are in place.)

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c Rotate the cover downward and into position. Ensure that the two cover release buttons click into place.

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Interior Service Label A service label affixed to the inside of your computer cover indicates the location of system board components and connectors.

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I n t e r i o r S e r v i c e L a b e l ( D e s k t o p C h a s s i s )

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Power Supply To access some of the components on the system board, you may need to rotate the system power supply out of the way.

CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First For You and Your Computer."

1 Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the computer cover.

2 Ensure that the AC power cable is disconnected from the AC power receptacle on the back of the power supply. See "Rotating the Power Supply (Mini Tower Chassis)" or "Rotating the Power Supply (Desktop Chassis)."

3 Free the power supply from the securing tab by pressing the tab labeled "RELEASE." Then rotate the power supply upward until it locks in its extended position.

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When you have finished accessing components on the system board, rotate the power supply back to its original position until the release latch snaps into the securing tab.

Front Panel (Mini Tower Chassis Only) CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First For You and Your Computer."

To remove the front panel, you first must remove the computer cover. With the cover removed, release the front panel by pressing the green front-panel release button marked with the icon (see the following figure).

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While pressing the front-panel release button, rotate the top of the panel outward, away from the chassis. Lift the panel away from the chassis.

To replace the front panel, fit the two front-panel retaining hooks into the recessed slots at the bottom of the chassis. See "Removing the Front Panel (Mini Tower Chassis)." Then rotate the top of the panel toward the chassis until the front-panel latches snap into the tabs on the front panel.

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System Memory Your computer supports Rambus dynamic random-access memory (RDRAM) Rambus in-line memory modules (RIMMs) in 64-, 128-, 256-, and 512-megabyte (MB) capacities (see "Sample Memory Module Configurations"). Each socket that does not contain a RIMM must contain a Rambus continuity RIMM (CRIMM). To locate the RIMM sockets on the system board, see "System Board Components."

System Memory Installation Guidelines When installing memory modules in the system board sockets, observe the following guidelines:

To reach the maximum 2-gigabyte (GB) memory total, you must install four 512-MB RIMMs that each have a maximum of 16 memory devices. The system supports no more than a total of 64 memory devices on all installed RIMMs.

See "RIMM Label" for the location of the label on a RIMM that identifies the number of memory devices it contains. You can also determine the number of memory devices installed through the System Memory option in system setup.

NOTE: The computer does not support RIMMs with six memory devices.

Each RIMM socket must be occupied either by a RIMM or a CRIMM, and must be upgraded in matched pairs of identical capacity in slots 1 and 2 or slots 3 and 4.

Mixed RIMM pairs provides a capacity equal to the sum of the four RIMMs; mixed pairs of RIMMs that provide error checking and correction (ECC) and non-ECC will all function as non-ECC.

Be sure to install a RIMM in socket 1 first (closest to the processor) before installing modules in the other sockets.

The system board supports PC600 and PC800 memory modules. PC700 memory is supported, but it will operate at PC600 speeds.

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Upgrading System Memory

CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First For You and Your Computer."

CAUTION: RIMMs can get very hot during system operation. Be sure that the RIMMs have had sufficient time to cool before you touch them.

S a m p l e M e m o r y M o d u l e C o n f i g u r a t i o n s

Total Memory Socket 1 Socket 2 Socket 3 Socket 4

128 MB 64 MB 64 MB CRIMM CRIMM

256 MB 64 MB 64 MB 64 MB 64 MB

256 MB 128 MB 128 MB CRIMM CRIMM

512 MB 128 MB 128 MB 128 MB 128 MB

512 MB 256 MB 256 MB CRIMM CRIMM

1024 MB 256 MB 256 MB 256 MB 256 MB

1024 MB 512 MB 512 MB CRIMM CRIMM

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1 Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the computer cover.

2 Rotate the power supply away from the system board.

3 If necessary, remove any modules (RIMMs or CRIMMs) that occupy sockets in which you plan to install the upgrade modules.

NOTE: The system supports no more than a total of 64 memory devices on all installed RIMMs. See "RIMM Label" for the location of the label on the RIMM that identifies the number of memory devices it contains. You can also determine the number of memory devices installed through the System Memory option in system setup.

4 Install the upgrade modules.

5 Rotate the power supply back into position, making sure that the securing tab snaps into place.

6 Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and peripherals to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.

NOTE: If enabled, the Chassis Intrusion option will cause the following message to be displayed at the next system start-up:

ALERT! Cover was previously removed. The system detects that the new memory does not match the existing system configuration information and generates the following message: The amount of system memory has changed. Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility

7 Enter system setup, and check the value for System Memory. The system should have already changed the value of System Memory to reflect the newly installed memory. If the new total is correct, skip to step 9.

8 If the memory total is incorrect, repeat step 1 and step 2. Check the installed modules to ensure that they are seated properly in their sockets. Then repeat step 5 through step 7.

9 When the System Memory total is correct, exit system setup.

10 Run the Dell Diagnostics to verify that the memory modules are operating properly.

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Removing a Memory Module

NOTICE: Before disconnecting a peripheral from the system or removing a component from the system board, verify that the standby power indicator on the system board has turned off. To locate this indicator, see "System Board Components."

NOTICE: To avoid damage to the memory module, press the securing clips with equal force applied at each end of the socket.

1 Press the securing clips at each end of the socket outward simultaneously until the module pops out slightly from the socket (see the following figure).

2 Lift the module away from the socket.

NOTE: If you remove a module (RIMM or CRIMM), you must install another module in the empty socket before turning on the computer.

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Installing a Memory Module 1 Press the securing clips at each end of the socket outward until they

snap open (see the following figure).

2 Align the slots on the bottom of the module with the two ridges inside the socket.

NOTICE: To avoid damage to the memory module, press the module straight down into the socket with equal force applied at each end of the module.

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3 Press the module straight down into the socket until the securing clips snap into place at the ends of the module.

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Disk Drives and Media Installing a CD, Zip, or Other Externally Accessible Drive in a Mini Tower Chassis

CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First For You and Your Computer."

1 Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the computer cover.

2 Rotate the power supply away from the system board.

3 Remove the front panel.

4 Remove the drive bracket from the chassis drive bay you want to use.

Squeeze together the metal tabs that extend from each side of the drive bracket, and pull the bracket out of the bay (see the following figure).

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If a drive is already installed in the bay and you are replacing it, disconnect the DC power cable and interface cable from the back of the drive before removing the bracket from the bay. To remove the old drive from the bracket, turn the drive/bracket assembly upside down and remove the four screws that secure the drive to the bracket (see "Attaching a Drive Bracket to the New Drive").

5 Unpack the drive and prepare it for installation.

NOTICE: Ground yourself by touching an unpainted metal surface on the back of the computer.

See the documentation that accompanied the drive to verify that the drive is configured for your computer. Change any settings necessary for your configuration.

6 Attach the new drive to the drive bracket.

Turn the drive upside down, and fit the bracket on the drive so that the screw holes align. To ensure proper installation, all screw holes should

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be aligned and the tabs on the front of the bracket should be flush with the front of the drive (see the following figure).

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To further ensure proper positioning of the drive in the chassis, insert and tighten all four screws in the order in which the holes are numbered (the holes are marked "1" through "4").

7 Slide the new drive/bracket assembly into the drive bay until both drive bracket tabs snap securely into place (see the following figure).

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8 Connect the interface cable for the drive. See "Attaching Drive Cables (Mini Tower Chassis)."

NOTICE: To avoid possible damage, you must match the colored strip on the interface cable with pin 1 on both the drive and system board connectors.

a If you are installing an enhanced integrated drive electronics (EIDE) device, ensure that the interface cable is properly connected to the EIDE connector on the system board. For more information, see "EIDE Device Installation Guidelines."

b If you are installing a small computer system interface (SCSI) device, ensure that the SCSI interface cable is properly connected to the interface connector on the SCSI controller board. For more information, see "SCSI Device Installation Guidelines."

9 Connect a DC power cable to the power input connector on the back of the drive (see the following figure).

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10 Ensure that all cables are firmly connected. Fold cables out of the way to provide airflow for the fan and cooling vents.

11 If the chassis drive bay was previously empty, remove the corresponding insert from the front panel.

Hold the front panel with the outside facing you. Press the ends of the insert with your thumbs until the insert snaps free of the front panel.

12 Replace the front panel.

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13 Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and peripherals

to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.

NOTE: If enabled, the Chassis Intrusion option will cause the following message to be displayed at the next system start-up:

ALERT! Cover was previously removed. 14 If the drive you installed is a hard drive, enter system setup, and

update the drive settings.

After you update the system settings, exit system setup and reboot the computer.

15 If the device you installed is a hard drive, partition and logically format the drive before proceeding to the next step.

See the operating systems documentation for instructions.

16 Test the drive to verify that it is operating properly.

If the drive you installed is a hard drive, run the Dell Diagnostics to test the drive.

For other types of drives, see the drives documentation for information on testing the drive.

17 If the drive you installed is the primary hard drive, install the operating system on the drive.

See the operating systems documentation for instructions.

NOTE: Tape drives sold by Dell come with their own operating software and documentation. After you install a tape drive, refer to the documentation that came with the drive for instructions on installing and using the tape drive software.

Installing a CD, Zip, or Other Externally Accessible Drive in a Desktop Chassis

CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First For You and Your Computer."

1 Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the computer cover.

2 Rotate the power supply away from the system board.

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3 Remove the drive bracket from the chassis drive bay you want to use.

Squeeze together the metal tabs that extend from each side of the drive bracket, and pull the bracket out of the bay (see the following figure).

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If a drive is already installed in the bay and you are replacing it, disconnect the DC power cable and interface cable from the back of the drive before removing the bracket from the bay. To remove the old drive from the bracket, turn the drive/bracket assembly upside down and remove the four screws that secure the drive to the bracket. See "Attaching a Drive Bracket to the New Drive."

4 Unpack the drive and prepare it for installation.

NOTICE: Ground yourself by touching an unpainted metal surface on the back of the computer.

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See the documentation that accompanied the drive to verify that the

drive is configured for your computer. Change any settings necessary for your configuration.

5 Attach the new drive to the drive bracket.

Turn the drive upside down, and fit the bracket on the drive so that the screw holes align. To ensure proper installation, all screw holes should be aligned and the tabs on the front of the bracket should be flush with the front of the drive (see the following figure).

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To further ensure proper positioning of the drive in the chassis, insert and tighten all four screws in the order in which the holes are numbered (the holes are marked "1" through "4").

6 Slide the new drive/bracket assembly into the drive bay until both drive bracket tabs snap securely into place (see the following figure).

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7 Connect the interface cable for the drive. See "Attaching Drive Cables (Desktop Chassis)."

NOTICE: To avoid possible damage, you must match the colored strip on the interface cable with pin 1 on both the drive and system board connectors.

a If you are installing an EIDE device, ensure that the interface cable is properly connected to the EIDE connector on the system

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board. For more information, see "EIDE Device Installation

Guidelines."

b If you are installing a SCSI device, ensure that the SCSI interface cable is properly connected to the interface connector on the SCSI controller board. For more information, see "SCSI Device Installation Guidelines."

8 Connect a DC power cable to the power input connector on the back of the drive (see the following figure).

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9 Ensure that all cables are firmly connected. Fold cables out of the way to provide airflow for the fan and cooling vents.

10 If the chassis drive bay was previously empty, remove the corresponding insert from the computer cover.

Hold the cover with the outside facing you. Press the ends of the insert with your thumbs until the insert snaps free of the cover.

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11 Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and peripherals to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.

NOTE: If enabled, the Chassis Intrusion option will cause the following message to be displayed at the next system start-up:

ALERT! Cover was previously removed. 12 If the drive you installed is a hard drive, enter system setup, and

update the drive settings.

After you update the system settings, exit system setup and reboot the computer.

13 If the device you installed is a hard drive, partition and logically format the drive before proceeding to the next step.

See the operating systems documentation for instructions.

14 Test the drive to verify that it is operating properly.

If the drive you installed is a hard drive, run the Dell Diagnostics to test the drive.

For other types of drives, see the drives documentation for information on testing the drive.

15 If the drive you installed is the primary hard drive, install the operating system on the drive.

See the operating systems documentation for instructions.

NOTE: Tape drives sold by Dell come with their own operating software and documentation. After you install a tape drive, refer to the documentation that came with the drive for instructions on installing and using the tape drive software.

Installing a Hard Drive in a Mini Tower Chassis

NOTE: If you are replacing a hard drive that contains data you want to keep, be sure to back up your files before you begin this procedure.

CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First For You and Your Computer."

1 Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the computer cover.

2 Rotate the power supply away from the system board.

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3 Remove the front panel.

4 Remove the drive bracket from the chassis.

Pull the drive door forward and down until the hard-drive bracket is ejected halfway out of the chassis (see the following figure). Then grasp the bracket and pull it completely out of the chassis.

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If a drive is already installed in the bracket, disconnect the DC power cable and interface cable from the back of the drive before removing the bracket from the chassis. To remove the old drive from the bracket,

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remove the four screws that secure the drive in the bracket (see the following figure).

5 Unpack the drive and prepare it for installation.

NOTICE: Ground yourself by touching an unpainted metal surface on the back of the computer.

See the documentation that accompanied the drive to verify that the drive is configured for your computer. Change any settings necessary for your configuration.

6 Slide the drive into one of bracket bays, oriented so that the connectors on the back of the drive will face the interior of the chassis when the bracket is reinstalled (see the following figure).

7 Align the screw holes of the drive and bracket, and secure the drive in the bracket using the screws that came with the upgrade kit (see the following figure).

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NOTE: Orient the drive in the bracket so that its bottom will face the left

side of the chassis when the bracket is installed in the chassis.

8 Reinstall the hard-drive bracket in the chassis (see the following figure).

Insert the drive bracket into the chassis, sliding it in until the tabs snap into place. Rotate the drive door upward to the chassis until it snaps securely into place.

NOTE: When you rotate the drive door back into place, ensure that the tabs on the drive door are inserted between the drive bracket and the drive cage.

NOTE: Be sure to fold down the drive door handle so that the front panel can be replaced on the chassis.

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9 Connect the interface cable for the drive. See "Attaching Hard-Drive Cables (Mini Tower Chassis)."

NOTICE: To avoid possible damage, you must match the colored strip on the interface cable with pin 1 on both the drive and system board connectors.

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a If you are installing an EIDE device, ensure that the IDE interface

cable is properly connected to the EIDE connector on the system board. For more information, see "EIDE Device Installation Guidelines."

b If you are installing a SCSI device, ensure that the SCSI interface cable is properly connected to the interface connector on the SCSI controller board. For more information, see "SCSI Device Installation Guidelines."

10 Connect a DC power cable to the power input connector on the back of the drive (see the following figure).

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11 Ensure that all cables are firmly connected. Fold cables out of the way to provide airflow for the fan and cooling vents.

12 Ensure that the control panel cable is firmly connected to the system board.

The control panel contains the hard-drive activity indicator. To locate the control panel system board connector, see "System Board Components."

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13 Replace the front panel.

14 Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and peripherals to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.

NOTE: If enabled, the Chassis Intrusion option will cause the following message to be displayed at the next system start-up:

ALERT! Cover was previously removed. 15 Enter system setup, and update the drive settings.

After you update the system settings, exit system setup and reboot the computer.

16 Partition and logically format the drive before proceeding to the next step.

See the operating systems documentation for instructions.

17 Run the Dell Diagnostics to test the drive.

18 If the hard drive you installed is the primary drive, install the operating system on the drive.

See the operating systems documentation for instructions.

Installing a Hard Drive in a Desktop Chassis

NOTE: If you are replacing a hard drive that contains data you want to keep, be sure to back up your files before you begin this procedure.

CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First For You and Your Computer."

1 Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the computer cover.

2 Rotate the power supply away from the system board.

3 Remove the drive bracket from the chassis.

Remove the screw holding the drive bracket in the chassis. Lift the drive bracket up to disengage it from the latch on the externally accessible drive bay and the three hooks on the front of the chassis (see the following figure).

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If a drive is already installed in the bracket, disconnect the DC power cable and interface cable from the back of the drive before removing the bracket from the chassis. To remove the old drive from the bracket, remove the four screws that secure the drive in the bracket (see the following figure).

4 Unpack the drive and prepare it for installation.

NOTICE: Ground yourself by touching an unpainted metal surface on the back of the computer.

See the documentation that accompanied the drive to verify that the drive is configured for your computer. Change any settings necessary for your configuration.

5 Slide the drive into one of bracket bays, oriented so that the connectors on the back of the drive will face the interior of the chassis when the bracket is reinstalled (see the following figure).

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6 Align the screw holes of the drive and bracket, and secure the drive in

the bracket using the screws that came with the upgrade kit (see the following figure).

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NOTE: Orient the drive in the bracket so that its bottom will face the left side of the chassis when the bracket is installed in the chassis.

7 Reinstall the hard-drive bracket in the chassis (see the following figure).

Insert the bracket into the chassis by inserting the hooks in the slots on the front of the chassis. Then lower the bracket to the bottom of the chassis, making sure that the latch on the externally accessible drive

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bay is engaged. Replace the screw holding the drive bracket to the drive bay.

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8 Connect the interface cable for the drive. See "Attaching Hard-Drive Cables (Desktop Chassis)."

NOTICE: To avoid possible damage, you must match the colored strip on the interface cable with pin 1 on both the drive and system board connectors.

a If you are installing an EIDE device, ensure that the IDE interface cable is properly connected to the EIDE connector on the system board. For more information, see "EIDE Device Installation Guidelines."

b If you are installing a SCSI device, ensure that the SCSI interface cable is properly connected to the interface connector on the SCSI controller board. For more information, see "SCSI Device Installation Guidelines."

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9 Connect a DC power cable to the power input connector on the back

of the drive (see the following figure).

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10 Ensure that all cables are firmly connected. Fold cables out of the way to provide airflow for the fan and cooling vents.

11 Ensure that the control panel cable is firmly connected to the system board.

The control panel contains the hard-drive activity indicator. To locate the control panel system board connector, see "System Board Components."

12 Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and peripherals to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.

NOTE: If enabled, the Chassis Intrusion option will cause the following message to be displayed at the next system start-up:

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ALERT! Cover was previously removed. 13 Enter system setup, and update the drive settings.

After you update the system settings, exit system setup and reboot the computer.

14 Partition and logically format the drive before proceeding to the next step.

See the operating systems documentation for instructions.

15 Run the Dell Diagnostics to test the drive.

16 If the hard drive you installed is the primary drive, install the operating system on the drive.

See the operating systems documentation for instructions.

EIDE Device Installation Guidelines

Jumper Settings

All EIDE drives should be configured for the Cable Select jumper position, which assigns master and slave status to drives by their position on the interface cable. When two EIDE drives are connected to a single EIDE interface cable and are configured for the Cable Select jumper position, the drive attached to the last connector on the interface cable is the master, or boot device (drive 0), and the device attached to the middle connector on the interface cable is the slave device (drive 1). Refer to the documentation in your drive upgrade kit for information on setting devices to the Cable Select jumper position.

General Guidelines

With the two EIDE interface connectors on the system board, your system can support up to four EIDE drives:

The primary EIDE system-board connector should be cabled to EIDE hard drives

The secondary EIDE connector should be cabled to EIDE CD, DVD, tape, LS-120, and Zip drives

NOTE: An LS-120 drive is typically installed as the master device on the secondary EIDE system-board connector.

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To locate the EIDE interface connectors on the system board, see "System

Board Components." Each EIDE interface connector on the system board supports the following:

Two channels, master and slave

Logical block addressing (LBA)

PIO Mode 3 and Mode 4

Ultra Advanced Technology Attachment (ATA)/100 (backward- compatible with ATA/66 and ATA/33)

EIDE Cables

To transfer data at full speed, Ultra ATA/100 hard drives require an 80- conductor cable like that used with ATA/66 drives. The 80-conductor cable has a 40-pin connector like the ATA/33 cable, but it has twice as many wires within the cable. If you use an ATA/33 cable with Ultra ATA/100 hard drives, the drives will operate properly, but data will transfer at ATA/33 speeds.

NOTICE: Dell recommends that you use only EIDE cables purchased from Dell. Cables purchased elsewhere are not guaranteed to work with Dell computers.

SCSI Device Installation Guidelines This section describes how to configure and install SCSI devices in your system. To install a SCSI device, you must have a SCSI controller card installed in your system.

SCSI ID Numbers

Internal SCSI devices must have a unique SCSI ID number from 0 to 15.

When SCSI devices are shipped from Dell, the default SCSI ID numbers for the primary and secondary controllers are assigned as follows:

SCSI controller: SCSI ID 7

Boot SCSI hard drive: SCSI ID 0

SCSI CD drive: SCSI ID 5

SCSI tape or digital audio tape (DAT) drive: SCSI ID 6

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NOTE: There is no requirement that SCSI ID numbers be assigned sequentially or that devices be attached to the cable in order by ID number.

SCSI devices installed by Dell are configured correctly during the manufacturing process. You do not need to set the SCSI ID for these SCSI devices.

If you attach additional optional SCSI devices, refer to the documentation for each device for information about setting the appropriate SCSI ID number.

NOTICE: Dell recommends that you use only SCSI cables purchased from Dell. Cables purchased elsewhere are not guaranteed to work with Dell systems.

Device Termination

SCSI logic requires that termination be enabled for the two devices at opposite ends of the SCSI chain and disabled for all devices in between.

Dell recommends that you use terminated cables and that you disable termination on all devices. See the documentation provided with any optional SCSI device you purchase for information on disabling termination on the device.

General Guidelines

Follow these general guidelines when installing SCSI devices in your computer:

Although you install SCSI devices essentially the same way as other devices, their configuration requirements are different. For details on configuring your particular SCSI subsystem, refer to the documentation for your SCSI devices and/or your host adapter card.

Configure the device for a SCSI ID number and disable termination, if necessary.

If you are installing an external SCSI device, connect one end of the external SCSI cable to the bus connector on the back of the device. Attach the other end of the external SCSI cable to the connector on the controller installed in the computer.

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After installing a SCSI hard drive, Primary Drive 0 and Primary Drive

1 should be set to None in system setup. If you have any EIDE devices on the second EIDE channel, such as a CD or tape drive, Secondary Drive 0 and/or Secondary Drive 1 should be set to Auto.

You may need to use programs other than those provided with the operating system to partition and format SCSI hard drives. Refer to the documentation that came with your SCSI software drivers for information on installing the appropriate drivers and preparing your SCSI hard drive for use.

SCSI Cables

Ultra 160/m and Ultra2/Wide low-voltage differential (LVD) drives (typically hard drives) both use a 68-pin cable. One end of the cable attaches to the SCSI controller card. The remaining connectors on the cable attach to the various drives.

Narrow SCSI drives (tape drives, CD drives, and some hard drives) use a 50-pin cable. One end of this cable attaches to the SCSI controller card. The remaining connectors on the cable attach to the various Narrow SCSI devices.

NOTICE: Dell recommends that you use only SCSI cables purchased from Dell. Cables purchased elsewhere are not guaranteed to work with Dell systems.

AGP Card Brace (Mini Tower Chassis Only) To access some components on the system board in the mini tower chassis, you may need to remove the accelerated graphics port (AGP) card brace.

CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First For You and Your Computer."

1 Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the computer cover.

2 Remove the screw that secures the AGP card brace to the chassis (see the following figure).

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3 Rotate the brace up until it disengages from the card guide at the front of the chassis. Then lift the brace away from the chassis.

To replace the AGP card brace, perform the following steps:

1 Insert the tab on one end of the brace into the slot on the card guide at the front of the chassis. See "Removing the AGP Card Brace (Mini Tower Chassis)."

2 Lower the brace, ensuring that the AGP retention lever on the bottom of the brace is aligned with the top of the AGP card.

3 Replace the screw that secures the brace to the chassis.

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Expansion Cards

The system provides expansion slots for the following cards:

Up to five 32-bit, 33-megahertz (MHz) Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) expansion cards.

One 32-bit AGP card. The expansion slot supports AGP 4x or 2x Pro50 modes operating at 1.5 volts (V).

See "Expansion Card Types" for examples of these cards.

NOTE: 3.3-volt-only AGP cards are not supported. The AGP connector on the system board is keyed so that these cards will not fit into your computer.

NOTE: To meet PC99 Workstation requirements, your Dell computer uses only PCI expansion slots. Industry-Standard Architecture (ISA) expansion cards are not supported. This is an industry standard for ease-of-use.

NOTICE: Before disconnecting a peripheral from the system or removing a component from the system board, verify that the standby power indicator on the system board has turned off. To locate this indicator, see "System Board Components."

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Installing an Expansion Card

CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First For You and Your Computer."

1 Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the computer cover.

2 Prepare the expansion card for installation.

See the documentation that came with the expansion card for information on configuring the card, making internal connections, or otherwise customizing it for your system.

3 If you have a mini tower chassis and you are installing an AGP card, remove the AGP card brace.

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4 Remove the screw that secures the expansion-slot filler bracket to the

chassis, and remove the bracket from the chassis (see the following figure).

Save the screw to use when installing the expansion card later in this procedure.

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CAUTION: Some network interface controllers (NICs) automatically start up the system when they are connected to a network. To guard against electrical shock, be sure to unplug your computer from its electrical outlet before installing any expansion cards. Verify that the standby power indicator on the system board is off. To locate this indicator, see "System Board Components."

5 Insert the expansion card into the expansion-card connector.

If the expansion card is full-length, insert the end of the card into the expansion-card guide bracket as you lower the card toward its connector on the system board. Insert the card firmly into the expansion-card connector on the system board (see the following figure).

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NOTE: The procedure for installing an expansion card in the desktop chassis is the same as that for the mini tower.

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NOTICE: An AGP Pro50 card may use multiple screws on its bracket. Install all screws on the expansion cards bracket.

6 Secure the card's bracket to the chassis with the screw you removed in step 4.

7 Connect any cables that should be attached to the card.

See the documentation for the card for information about the card's cable connections.

8 If you removed the AGP brace, replace it.

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9 Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and peripherals

to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.

NOTE: If enabled, the Chassis Intrusion option will cause the following message to be displayed at the next system start-up:

ALERT! Cover was previously removed. 10 If you installed a sound card, perform the following steps:

a Enter system setup, select Integrated Devices and change the setting for Sound to Off.

b Connect external audio devices to the sound cards connectors. Do not connect external audio devices to the microphone, line- out, or line-in connectors on the system back panel (see "Back- Panel Connectors and Indicators").

11 If you installed an add-in NIC, perform the following steps:

a Enter system setup, select Integrated Devices and change the setting for Network Interface Card to Off.

b Connect the network cable to the add-in NICs connectors. Do not connect the network cable to the integrated NIC connector on the system back panel (see "Back-Panel Connectors and Indicators").

Removing an Expansion Card

CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First For You and Your Computer."

1 Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the computer cover.

2 If you have a mini tower chassis and you are removing an AGP card, remove the AGP card brace.

3 If necessary, disconnect any cables connected to the card.

4 Remove the screw that secures the expansion card bracket to the chassis.

Save the screw to use when installing the expansion card or filler bracket later in this procedure.

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5 Grasp the card by its top corners, and ease it out of its connector.

6 If you are removing the card permanently, install a filler bracket in the empty card-slot opening, using the screw you removed in step 4.

If you need a filler bracket, contact Dell and order part number 81808.

NOTE: Installing filler brackets over empty card-slot openings is necessary to maintain Federal Communications Commission (FCC) certification of the system. The brackets also keep dust and dirt out of your computer.

7 If you removed the AGP brace, replace it.

8 Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and peripherals to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.

NOTE: If enabled, the Chassis Intrusion option will cause the following message to be displayed at the next system start-up:

ALERT! Cover was previously removed. 9 If you removed a sound card, perform the following steps:

a Enter system setup, select Integrated Devices and change the setting for Sound to On.

b Connect external audio devices to the audio connectors on the system back panel (see "Back-Panel Connectors and Indicators").

10 If you removed an add-in NIC, perform the following steps:

a Enter system setup, select Integrated Devices and change the setting for Network Interface Card to On.

b Connect the network cable to the integrated NIC connector on the system back panel (see "Back-Panel Connectors and Indicators").

Microprocessor Upgrading the Microprocessor

NOTE: Dell recommends that only a technically knowledgeable person perform this procedure.

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NOTE: If your Dell microprocessor upgrade kit includes a replacement

voltage regulator module (VRM), follow the instructions in the documentation that came with the upgrade kit.

CAUTION: The processor can get very hot during system operation. Be sure that the processor has had sufficient time to cool before you touch it.

CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First For You and Your Computer."

1 Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the computer cover.

2 Rotate the power supply away from the system board.

3 Remove the airflow shroud.

If your computer is a mini tower chassis, pull back the release tabs on the top of the shroud and lift the shroud up until the anchor tabs disengage from the chassis frame. See "Removing the Airflow Shroud (Mini Tower Chassis)." Then lift the airflow shroud out of the chassis.

If your computer is a desktop chassis, lift the shroud up until the anchor tabs disengage from the chassis frame. See "Removing the Airflow Shroud (Desktop Chassis)." Then lift the airflow shroud out of the chassis.

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4 Remove the microprocessor heat sink:

a For each of the metal clips that secure the heat sink to the microprocessor, press down on the clips latch to release it from the heat-sink retention base. Then lift the clip away from the heat sink (see the following figure).

b Lift the heat sink away from the microprocessor.

5 Discard the original microprocessor heat sink and securing clips.

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NOTE: Your microprocessor upgrade kit should include a replacement microprocessor heat sink and two replacement securing clips.

NOTICE: Do not discard the original microprocessor heat sink or securing clips unless you are installing a microprocessor upgrade kit from Dell. If you are not installing a microprocessor upgrade kit from Dell, reuse the original heat sink and securing clips when replacing the microprocessor.

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6 Remove the microprocessor from its connector.

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Your microprocessor uses a zero insertion force (ZIF) socket with a

lever-type handle that secures or releases the microprocessor.

To remove the microprocessor, pull the socket lever straight up until the microprocessor is released. Then remove the microprocessor from the socket (see the following figure).

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7 Install the new microprocessor in the socket:

a Ensure that the lever on the microprocessor socket is fully extended to the release position.

NOTICE: When you place the microprocessor in the socket, ensure that the microprocessor aligns properly with the socket. You must position the microprocessor correctly in the socket to avoid damage.

b Align pin 1 of the new microprocessor with pin 1 of the socket.

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NOTE: Pin 1 of the microprocessor is indicated by a small dot or a triangle in one corner of the microprocessor. Pin 1 of the socket is indicated by a small triangle in one corner of the socket. See "Replacing the Microprocessor."

c Carefully set the microprocessor in the socket and press it down lightly to seat it.

d Rotate the socket lever back toward the socket until it snaps into place, securing the microprocessor.

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8 Install the replacement microprocessor heat sink:

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NOTICE: If you are not installing a microprocessor upgrade kit from Dell,

reuse the original heat sink and securing clips when replacing the microprocessor.

a Remove the film covering the thermal grease on the bottom of the heat sink.

b Lower the heat sink to the microprocessor so that the heat sink fits in the heat sink retention base.

c For each of the replacement metal clips that secure the heat sink to the microprocessor, fit the end of the clip that does not have the latch to the heat sink retention base. Then, press down on the clips latch to secure the clip to the heat sink retention base (see "Removing the Microprocessor Heat Sink").

9 Replace the airflow shroud.

10 Rotate the power supply back into position, making sure that the securing tab snaps into place.

11 Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and peripherals to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.

NOTE: If enabled, the Chassis Intrusion option will cause the following message to be displayed at the next system start-up:

ALERT! Cover was previously removed. 12 Enter system setup, and confirm that the top line in the System Data

area correctly identifies the new microprocessor. Also, confirm that the values under the CPU Information menu are correct for the new microprocessor.

13 Exit system setup, and then run the Dell Diagnostics to verify that the new microprocessor is operating properly.

System Battery The 3.0-V CR2032 coin-cell battery installed on the system board provides power to retain the configuration, date, and time information when the system is turned off. The system battery is designed to provide years of service without being replaced. However, you may need to replace the battery if configuration or clock-related inconsistencies occur or if one of the following messages is displayed during the boot routine:

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Time-of-day not set - please run SETUP program or

Invalid configuration information - please run SETUP program or

Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility

CAUTION: There is a danger of the new battery exploding if it is installed incorrectly. 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 perform this procedure, see "Safety First For You and Your Computer."

1 If you have not already done so, make a copy of your system configuration information in system setup.

If the settings are lost while you are replacing the battery, you can refer to your copy of the system configuration information to restore the correct settings.

2 Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the computer cover.

3 Remove the battery.

To locate the battery on the system board, see "System Board Components."

NOTICE: If you use a blunt, nonconductive object to pry the battery out of its socket, be careful not to touch the system board with the object. Be sure that the object is inserted between the battery and the socket before you attempt to pry out the battery. Otherwise, you may damage the system board.

Pry the battery out of its socket with your fingers or with a blunt, nonconductive object, such as a plastic screwdriver.

4 Install the new battery.

Orient the battery with the side labeled "+" facing up (see the following figure). Then insert the battery into the socket, and snap it into place.

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5 Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and peripherals to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.

NOTE: If enabled, the Chassis Intrusion option will cause the following message to be displayed at the next system start-up:

ALERT! Cover was previously removed. 6 Enter system setup and enter the current time and date. Then exit

system setup and save the information.

7 Turn off your computer and disconnect it from its electrical outlet. Leave the computer off for at least 10 minutes.

8 Reconnect the computer to its electrical outlet and turn it on.

9 Enter system setup, and check the date and time.

10 If the time and date are still incorrect, see "Getting Help" for instructions on obtaining technical assistance.

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Processor

Microprocessor type Intel Pentium 4 microprocessor. Design provides for future Dell- supported upgrades. A slower compatibility speed can be set through system setup.

Internal cache 8-kilobyte (KB) first-level

L2 cache memory 256-KB pipelined-burst, eight-way set-associative, write-back static random-access memory (SRAM)

Math coprocessor internal to microprocessor

Memory

Architecture Rambus dynamic RAM (RDRAM)

Rambus in-line memory module (RIMM) sockets

four

RIMM capacities 64-, 128-, 256-, and 512-megabyte (MB)

Standard RAM 128 MB minimum

Maximum RAM 2 gigabyte (GB)

Basic input/output system (BIOS) address F8000h

System Information

Chip set Intel 850 Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI)/accelerated graphics port (AGP)

Data bus width 64 bits

Address bus width 32 bits

Direct memory access (DMA) channels eight

Interrupt levels 15

BIOS chip 4 megabits (Mb)

System clock 100 megahertz (MHz) quad-pumped

Video

Video type AGP 4x or PCI graphics card (see manufacturer's specifications)

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Audio

Audio type Soundblaster emulation

Audio controller Analog Devices AD1885 AC97 Codec

Stereo conversion 16 bits (analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog)

Interfaces:

Internal PCI bus/AC97

External line-in jack; line-out/speaker jack; microphone jack

Expansion Bus

Bus types PCI and AGP

Bus speed PCI: 33 MHz AGP: 66 MHz

PCI expansion-card connectors five

PCI expansion-card connector size 120 pins

PCI expansion-card connector data width (maximum)

32 bits

AGP expansion-card connectors one

AGP expansion-card connector size 172 pins

AGP expansion-card connector data width (maximum)

32 bits

AGP bus protocols 4x/2x Pro50 modes at 1.5 volts (V)

Drives

Externally accessible bays:

Mini tower chassis three 5.25-inch bays for diskette, tape, or CD drives; one 3.5-inch bay for a diskette drive

Desktop chassis two 5.25-inch bays for diskette, tape, or CD drives; one 3.5-inch bay for a diskette drive

Internally accessible bays:

Mini tower chassis four 3.5-inch bays for four 1-inch-high hard drives or three1.6-inch-high hard drives

Desktop chassis two 3.5-inch bays for 1.6-inch-high hard drives

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Ports

Externally accessible:

Serial (DTE) two 9-pin connectors; 16550-compatible

Parallel one 25-hole connector (bidirectional)

Video one 15-hole connector (on video card)

Network interface controller (NIC) RJ45 connector

Personal System/2 (PS/2)-style keyboard

6-pin mini-Deutsche Industrie Norm (DIN)

PS/2-compatible mouse 6-pin mini-DIN

Universal Serial Bus (USB) four USB-compliant connectors

Audio one line-in jack; one line-out/speaker jack; one microphone jack

Internally accessible:

Primary enhanced integrated drive electronics (EIDE) hard drive

40-pin connector on PCI local bus

Secondary EIDE hard drive 40-pin connector

Diskette drive 34-pin connector

CD drive audio interface 4-pin connector

Remote Wake Up 3-pin connector

Fan 3-pin connector

Telephony (TAPI) 4-pin connector

Key Combinations

restarts (reboots) the system

starts system setup (during power-on self-test [POST] only)

<\> toggles microprocessor speeds on 101-key keyboard (in MS-DOS real mode only)

<#> toggles microprocessor speeds on 102-key keyboard (in MS-DOS real mode only)

disables the system password at start-up

boot from the network (during POST only)

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Controls and Indicators

Reset control push button

Power control push button

Power indicators green indicator; blinking green in sleep state; dual-color indicator on front panelgreen for power, yellow for diagnostics

Hard-drive access indicator green indicator

Link integrity and speed indicator (on integrated NIC connector)

green indicator for 10-Mb operation; orange indicator for 100-Mb operation

Activity indicator (on NIC connector) yellow indicator

Power

DC power supply:

Wattage 330 watts (W)

Heat dissipation 913 British thermal units (BTU) (fully loaded system without monitor)

Voltage 90 to 135 V at 60 hertz (Hz); 180 to 265 V at 50 Hz; auto-switching

Backup battery 3-V CR2032 coin cell

Physical

Mini tower chassis:

Height 49.1 centimeters (cm) (19.3 inches)

Width 22.2 cm (8.7 inches)

Depth 45.3 cm (17.8 inches)

Weight 15 kilograms (kg) (33.0 pounds [lb]) or more, depending on options installed

Desktop chassis:

Height 16.5 cm (6.5 inches)

Width 44.1 cm (17.4 inches)

Depth 44.8 cm (17.7 inches)

Weight 13.3 kg (29.5 lb) or more, depending on options installed

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Environmental

Temperature:

Operating 10 to 35C (50 to 95F)

Storage 40 to 65C (40 to 149F)

Relative humidity 20% to 80% (noncondensing)

Maximum vibration:

Operating 0.25 gravities (G) at 3 to 200 Hz at 0.5 octave/minute (min)

Storage 0.5 G at 3 to 200 Hz at 1 octave/min

Maximum shock:

Operating bottom half-sine pulse with a change in velocity of 20 inches/second (sec) (50.8 cm/sec)

Storage 27-G faired square wave with a velocity change of 200 inches/sec (508 cm/sec)

Altitude:

Operating 16 to 3048 meters (m) (50 to 10,000 feet [ft])

Storage 16 to 10,600 m (50 to 35,000 ft)

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S E C T I O N 5

Solv ing Prob lems

Before You Begin

Dell Diagnostics

Messages and Codes

Software Problems

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Before You Begin

This section describes system and software problems, offers corrective actions, describes the Dell Diagnostics utility, and provides system messages and codes. Before you call Dell for technical assistance, complete the following tasks to help you resolve computer problems:

Read "About Your Computer," including "Finding Information and Assistance."

Read "Safety FirstFor You and Your Computer."

Take the problem-solving action listed in the following table for the component or equipment that is not working properly.

S o l v i n g P r o b l e m s

Problem Action

Power indicator does not light See "Power Problems"

Monitor power indicator does not light See "Monitor Problems"

No video display on the monitor See "Video Problems"

No sound See "Sound and Speaker Problems"

Printer not working properly See "Printer Problems"

Serial or other parallel devices not working properly

See "Serial or Parallel Device Problems"

Mouse not working properly See "Mouse Problems"

Keyboard not working properly See "Keyboard Problems"

Cannot read or access diskettes See "Diskette Drive Problems"

Cannot boot the computer or access a hard drive

See "Hard Drive Problems"

System time resets or loses time See "Battery Problems"

Expansion card errors or malfunction See "Expansion-Card Problems"

A program locks up See "Recover From a Program That Is Not Responding"

Computer locks up See "Restart a Computer That Is Not Responding"

Computer gets wet See "Repairing a Wet Computer"

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Power Problems The power indicator on the front panel communicates codes that can help you determine whether there is a problem with your computer. The following table lists the codes for the power indicator. For more information, see "Diagnostic Indicators."

Basic Checks:

Test the electrical outlet: ensure that the electrical outlet is working by testing it with a different device such as a lamp.

Computer is dropped or damaged See "Repairing a Dropped or Damaged Computer"

Hardware devices conflict See "Hardware Conflicts"

System memory amount is not correct See "System Memory Problems"

System board malfunctions See "System Board Problems"

System board is damaged See "Reset Corrupted BIOS Settings"

An error message See "Messages and Codes"

A series of beeps on system startup See "Messages and Codes"

Po w e r I n d i c a t o r C o d e s

Power Indicator Code Cause

Solid green Power is on, and the computer is operating normally.

Blinking green The computer is in the suspended state (Microsoft Windows 2000 only).

Solid yellow The Dell Diagnostics is running a test, or a device on the system board may be faulty or incorrectly installed.

Blinking yellow There is a system board or power supply failure. Check the diagnostic indicator codes to see if the specific problem is identified. Also, see "Power Problems" and "System Board Problems."

S o l v i n g P r o b l e m s

Problem Action

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Connect the computer power cable directly to an electrical outlet to

ensure that the computer turns on. Do not connect it to a power protection device, uninterruptible power supply (UPS), power strip, or extension cord.

Ensure that all power cables are firmly connected, verifying that each power cable is adequately connected at the computer device and to the electrical outlet.

Check for interference: electrical appliances on the same circuit or operating in close proximity to the computer can cause interference.

Swap the power cables between the computer and the monitor to see whether the problem symptoms change.

If the problem still exists after you complete the basic checks, fill out the Diagnostics Checklist as you perform the following steps:

1 Turn off the computer and peripherals, and disconnect them from their electrical outlets.

2 Wait approximately 30 seconds, and reconnect the computer and peripherals to their electrical outlets.

3 Turn on the computer.

Does the power indicator on the front of the computer light up?

Yes. The problem is resolved.

No. The computer may be defective. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

Monitor Problems The power indicator on the monitor communicates codes that can help you determine whether there is a problem. The following table lists the codes for the monitor power indicator. For more information, see the documentation that came with your monitor.

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Basic Checks:

Run the monitor self-test as instructed in the monitor users guide.

Connect the monitor power cable directly to an electrical outlet to ensure that the monitor turns on. Do not connect it to a power protection device, UPS, power strip, or extension cord.

Ensure that the monitor power cable is firmly connected, verifying that the power cable is adequately connected at the monitor and to the electrical outlet.

Swap the power cables between the computer and the monitor to see whether the problem symptoms change.

If the monitor display is blank, the computer may be in suspended, or hibernate, state. Push and release the power button, move the mouse, or press a key on the keyboard to bring the computer out of the suspended state.

Disconnect the monitor interface cable from the computer and check the cable connector for bent or broken pins. Check for damaged or frayed cables.

If the monitor interface cable is not damaged, ensure that it is firmly connected to the computer.

Adjust brightness and contrast settings on the monitor.

If the problem still exists after you complete the basic checks, fill out the Diagnostics Checklist as you perform the following steps:

1 Turn off the computer, wait at least 30 seconds, and then turn the computer back on.

M o n i t o r I n d i c a t o r C o d e s

Monitor Indicator Code Cause

Solid green Power is on, and the monitor is receiving video input from the computer. The system is operating normally.

Solid yellow Power is on, but the monitor is not receiving video input from the computer.

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2 Allow 1 minute for the computer to initialize its components, and

then adjust the monitor's brightness and contrast controls.

Is the monitor readable?

Yes. The problem is resolved.

No. Go to step 3.

3 Turn off nearby fans, lights, lamps, or other electrical devices.

Is the monitor readable?

Yes. One or more of those devices was causing interference. The problem is resolved.

No. Go to the next question.

Do you have another monitor that is working properly?

Yes. Go to step 4.

No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

4 Turn off the computer and the monitor, wait at least 30 seconds, and disconnect the monitor. Connect a different monitor to the computer and then turn them on.

5 Allow 1 minute for the computer to initialize its components, and then adjust the monitor's brightness and contrast controls.

Is the monitor readable?

Yes. The original monitor is defective. The problem is resolved.

No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

Video Problems Basic Checks:

Run the monitor self-test as instructed in the monitor users guide.

Check the monitor power indicator.

Listen for system beep codes that may indicate a display problem.

Connect the monitor power cable directly to an electrical outlet to verify that the monitor turns on. Do not connect it to a power protection device, UPS, power strip, or extension cord.

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If the monitor display is blank, the computer may be in suspended, or hibernate, state. Push and release the power button, move the mouse, or press a key on the keyboard to bring the computer out of the suspended state.

Disconnect the monitor interface cable from the computer and check the cable connector for bent or broken pins. Check for damaged or frayed cables.

If the monitor interface cable is not damaged, ensure that it is firmly connected to the computer.

Adjust brightness and contrast settings on the monitor.

Check for interference:

Electrical appliances on the same circuit or operating in close proximity to the computer can cause interference.

Audio equipment and certain types of lamps operating in immediate proximity to the computer can cause interference.

Restart the computer.

If the problem still exists after you complete the basic checks, fill out the Diagnostics Checklist as you perform the following steps:

1 Perform the procedure in "Monitor Problems."

Is the computer working properly?

Yes. The problem is resolved.

No. Go to the next question.

Do you have another computer that is working properly?

Yes. Go to step 2.

No. Go to step 6.

2 Turn off the original computer and monitor, wait at least 30 seconds, and disconnect the monitor.

3 Turn off your other computer, wait at least 30 seconds, and disconnect its monitor. Connect the monitor from the original computer, and then turn them on.

4 Allow 1 minute for the computer to initialize its components, and then adjust the monitor's brightness and contrast controls.

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Is the monitor readable?

Yes. The monitor is working properly. There may be a problem with the video card in the original computer. Go to step 5.

No. The monitor may be defective. See "Monitor Problems."

5 Turn off the computer and monitor, wait at least 30 seconds, and disconnect the monitor. Connect the monitor back to the original computer, and then turn them on.

6 Turn off nearby fans, lights, lamps, or other electrical devices.

Is the monitor readable?

Yes. One or more of those devices was causing interference. The problem is resolved.

No. Go to step 7.

7 Enter system setup and ensure that Primary Video Controller under the Integrated Devices option is set correctly. Then exit system setup properly to save the information, and reboot the system.

For an accelerated graphics port (AGP) expansion card, set Primary Video Controller to AGP

For a Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) expansion card, set Primary Video Controller to Auto.

Is the device working properly?

Yes. The problem is resolved.

No. Go to step 8.

8 Run the VESA/VGA Interface tests in the Dell Diagnostics.

Did any of the tests fail?

Yes. The video controller on the system board may be defective. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

Sound and Speaker Problems Basic Checks:

If using external speakers:

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Ensure that external audio devices are connected to the microphone, line-out/speaker, or line-in connectors on the system back panel.

Ensure that the speaker cable is firmly connected to the computer.

Test the electrical outlet: verify that the speakers are connected to a working electrical outlet.

Ensure that the speakers are turned on.

If using a sound card, ensure that external audio devices are connected to the sound cards connectors and not to the microphone, line- out/speaker, or line-in connectors on the system back panel (see "Back- Panel Connectors and Indicators").

Ensure that audio is not muted in the operating system (OS) settings. See the OS documentation for more information.

Adjust the volume control on the speakers, if it is provided.

Adjust the volume control in the audio software. For more information, see the documentation for either your OS or your audio software.

If you are trying to listen to an audio CD, try different CDs.

Reinstall the audio driver for your operating system.

Check for interference: electrical appliances on the same circuit or operating in close proximity to the computer can cause interference.

If the problem still exists after you complete the basic checks, fill out the Diagnostics Checklist as you perform the following steps:

1 Turn off nearby fans, lights, lamps, or other electrical devices.

Are the external speakers working properly?

Yes. One or more of those electrical devices was causing interference. The problem is resolved.

No. Go to step 2.

2 Enter system setup and ensure that Sound under the Integrated Devices option is set to On. Then exit system setup properly to save the information, and reboot the system.

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Is the device working properly?

Yes. The problem is resolved.

No. Go to step 3.

3 Run the Misc. PCI Devices tests in the Dell Diagnostics.

Did the tests complete successfully?

Yes. The controller is working properly. Go to the next question.

No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

Do you have a set of headphones?

Yes. Go to step 4.

No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

4 Connect the headphones to the line-out/speaker jack.

Can you hear sound through the headphones?

Yes. The speakers are defective. The problem is resolved.

No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

Printer Problems Basic Checks:

Disconnect the cable from the computer and check the cable connector for bent or broken pins. Check for damaged or frayed cables.

If the cable is not damaged, ensure that it is firmly connected to the computer.

Test the electrical outlet: verify that the printer is connected to a working electrical outlet.

Ensure that the printer is turned on.

Check for interference: electrical appliances on the same circuit or operating in close proximity to the computer can cause interference.

If the problem still exists after you complete the basic checks, fill out the Diagnostics Checklist as you perform the following steps:

1 Perform the procedure in "Serial or Parallel Device Problems."

Is the device working properly?

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Yes. The problem is resolved.

No. Go to step 2.

2 Run the printer's self-test.

Does the self-test complete successfully?

Yes. Go to step 3.

No. The printer is probably defective. If you bought the printer from Dell, contact Dell for technical assistance. If you did not, take it to an authorized service center for repair.

3 Try to print again.

Does the print operation complete successfully?

Yes. The problem is resolved.

No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

Serial or Parallel Device Problems

NOTE: If you are having a problem with a printer, see "Printer Problems."

If a system error message indicates a port problem or if equipment connected to a port seems to perform incorrectly or not at all, the source of the problem can be any of the following:

A faulty connection between the input/output (I/O) port and the device

Incorrect settings for system setup options

Incorrect settings in the operating system's configuration files

A faulty cable between the I/O port and the device

A faulty device

Faulty I/O port logic on the system board

Conflicting COM port settings

Lack of drivers

Basic Checks:

Disconnect the cable from the computer and check the cable connector for bent or broken pins. Check for damaged or frayed cables.

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If the cable is not damaged, ensure that it is firmly connected to the

computer.

Test the electrical outlet. Verify that the device is connected to a working electrical outlet.

Verify that the device is turned on.

Check for interference: electrical appliances on the same circuit or operating in close proximity to the computer can cause interference.

If the problem still exists after you complete the basic checks, fill out the Diagnostics Checklist as you perform the following steps:

1 Enter system setup and check the Integrated Devices option settings. Then exit system setup properly to save the information, and reboot the system.

For a serial device, check the Serial Port options; for a parallel device, check the Parallel Port options. See the devices documentation for additional information on port settings and configuration requirements.

Is the device working properly?

Yes. The problem is resolved.

No. Go to step 2.

2 Run the Serial Ports device group and/or the Parallel Ports device group in the Dell Diagnostics.

These device groups check the basic functions of the system board's I/O port logic. If a printer is connected to the parallel port, the Parallel Ports device group tests the communication link between the system board's I/O port logic and the printer.

Do the tests complete successfully?

Yes. Go to step 3.

No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

3 If the problem is confined to a particular application program, see the application program's documentation for specific port configuration requirements.

Is the device working properly?

Yes. The problem is resolved.

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No. Go to step 4.

4 Turn off the computer and the device, swap the device's cable with a known working cable, and then turn on the computer and the device.

Is the device working properly?

Yes. You need a new device cable. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

No. Go to step 5.

5 Turn off the computer and the device, swap the device with a comparable working device, and then turn on the computer and the device.

Is the device working properly?

Yes. You need a new device. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

Mouse Problems Basic Checks:

Disconnect the cable from the computer and check the cable connector for bent or broken pins. Check for damaged or frayed cables.

Ensure that the cable is firmly connected to the computer.

If you are using a Universal Serial Bus (USB) mouse, ensure that you connect to one of the Port 1 USB connectors on the system back panel (see "Back-Panel Connectors and Indicators").

Reinstall the mouse driver for your operating system.

Restart the computer.

If the problem still exists after you complete the basic checks, fill out the Diagnostics Checklist as you perform the following steps:

1 If you are using a Personal System/2 (PS/2) mouse, enter system setup and ensure that Mouse Port under the Integrated Devices option is set to On. Then exit system setup properly to save the information, and reboot the system.

Is the device working properly?

Yes. The problem is resolved.

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No. Go to step 2.

2 If you are using a PS/2 mouse, run the Mouse test in the Pointing Devices device group in the Dell Diagnostics.

Did the tests complete successfully?

Yes. Go to the next question.

No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

Do you have another computer that is working properly?

Yes. Go to step 3.

No. Go to the next question.

Do you have another mouse that is working properly?

Yes. Turn off the computer, wait at least 30 seconds, and disconnect the mouse. Then go to step 5.

No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

3 Turn off the original computer, wait at least 30 seconds, and disconnect the mouse.

4 Turn off your other computer, wait at least 30 seconds, and disconnect its mouse. Connect the mouse from the original computer, and then turn the computer on.

Is the mouse working properly?

Yes. There is a problem with the original computer. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

No. The mouse may be defective. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

5 Connect a different mouse to the computer, and then turn the computer on.

Is the mouse working properly?

Yes. The original mouse is defective. The problem is resolved.

No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

Keyboard Problems Basic Checks:

Disconnect the cable from the computer and check the cable connector for bent or broken pins. Check for damaged or frayed cables.

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Ensure that the cable is firmly connected to the computer.

If you are using a USB keyboard, ensure that you connect to one of the Port 1 USB connectors on the system back panel (see "Back-Panel Connectors and Indicators").

If you are using a PS/2 keyboard that can be configured with various switch settings, ensure that the switch is set to PS/2, Enhanced XT/AT, or PC/AT. The switch settings are usually on the bottom of the keyboard, sometimes behind a panel. Refer to the documentation that came with the keyboard for more information.

Check for interference. Keyboard extension cables can cause problems.

Restart the computer.

If the problem still exists after you complete the basic checks, fill out the Diagnostics Checklist as you perform the following steps:

1 Turn off the computer, wait 30 seconds, and turn it on again.

During the boot routine, do the Num Lock, Caps Lock, and Scroll Lock lights on the keyboard blink momentarily?

Yes. Go to step 2.

No. Go to step 3.

2 Use the keyboard to type some characters.

Do the characters appear on the screen?

Yes. The problem is resolved.

No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

3 Run the PC-AT Compatible Keyboards tests in the Dell Diagnostics.

Did any of the diagnostics tests fail?

Yes. The original keyboard may be defective. Go to step 4.

No. Go to the next question.

Do you have another computer that is working properly?

Yes. Go to step 4.

No. Go to the next question.

Do you have another keyboard that is working properly?

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Yes. Turn off the computer, wait at least 30 seconds, and disconnect

the keyboard. Go to step 6.

No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

4 Turn off the original computer, wait at least 30 seconds, and disconnect the keyboard.

5 Turn off your other computer, wait at least 30 seconds, and disconnect its keyboard. Connect the keyboard from the original computer, and then turn the computer on.

Is the keyboard working properly?

Yes. There is a problem with the original computer. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

No. The keyboard may be defective. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

6 Connect a different keyboard to the computer, and then turn the computer on.

Is the keyboard working properly?

Yes. The original keyboard is defective. The problem is resolved.

No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

Diskette Drive Problems During the power-on self-test (POST), the computer checks the diskette drive, comparing its characteristics with the system configuration information. The diskette-drive access light blinks as the computer performs this check.

Basic Checks:

If you hear an unfamiliar scraping or grinding sound when a drive is accessed, there could be a hardware malfunction. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

When you turn on the computer, you can hear drive activity during the boot routine. If your computer does not boot, contact Dell for technical assistance.

If you are trying to copy data to the diskette, ensure that it is not write- protected.

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Try a different diskette in the drive. If the new diskette works, the original one may be defective.

Test the diskette drive access indicator by using one of the following methods:

Using MS-DOS, insert a diskette into the drive, type dir a: at the prompt, and press .

Using Microsoft Windows or Windows NT, insert a diskette into the drive, open My Computer from the desktop, and double-click the diskette drive icon.

Check the settings in system setup.

Clean the drive using a commercially available cleaning kit.

NOTICE: Do not attempt to clean drive heads with a swab. You may accidentally misalign the heads, rendering the drive inoperable.

If the problem still exists after you complete the basic checks, fill out the Diagnostics Checklist as you perform the following steps.

CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First For You and Your Computer."

1 Run the Diskette device group in the Dell Diagnostics.

Did any of the tests fail?

Yes. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

No. Go to step 2.

2 Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the computer cover.

3 Remove and reinstall the diskette drive.

4 Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and peripherals to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.

Does the diskette-drive access light blink during the boot routine?

Yes. Go to the next question.

No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

Does the computer display a drive error message?

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Yes. See "System Messages" for an explanation of the message, and

then go to step 5.

No. The problem is resolved.

5 Insert a bootable diskette into the diskette drive and reboot the computer.

Does the drive boot the operating system?

Yes. The problem is probably resolved. If you continue to experience trouble, contact Dell for technical assistance.

No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

Hard Drive Problems Basic Checks:

If you hear an unfamiliar scraping or grinding sound when a drive is accessed, there could be a hardware malfunction. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

When you turn on the computer, you can hear drive activity during the boot routine. If your computer does not boot, contact Dell for technical assistance.

Test the hard drive by using one of the following methods:

For MS-DOS, type scandisk x: at an MS-DOS prompt, where x is the hard drive letter, and press .

For Microsoft Windows, run the ScanDisk utility by clicking the Start button, pointing to Run, typing scandskw, and clicking OK.

For Microsoft Windows NT, run the error-checking utility by opening the property sheet of the affected volume(s) and clicking Check Now in the Error-checking section of the Tools tab.

If the problem still exists after you complete the basic checks, fill out the Diagnostics Checklist as you perform the following steps.

CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First For You and Your Computer."

1 Enter system setup and ensure that the problem drive is configured correctly. Make any necessary changes, and reboot the system.

Is the drive operating properly?

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Yes. The problem is resolved.

No. Go to step 2.

2 Test the hard drive by using one of the following methods:

For MS-DOS, run the ScanDisk utility by typing scandisk x: at an MS-DOS prompt, where x is the hard drive letter, and press .

For Microsoft Windows, run the ScanDisk utility by clicking the Start button, pointing to Run, typing scandskw, and clicking OK.

For Microsoft Windows NT, run the error-checking utility by opening the property sheet of the affected volume(s) and clicking Check Now in the Error-checking section of the Tools tab.

Is the drive operating properly?

Yes. The problem is resolved.

No. Go to step 3.

3 Run the appropriate test group in the Dell Diagnostics:

For an integrated drive electronics (IDE) hard drive, run the IDE Devices device group.

For a small computer system interface (SCSI) hard drive, run the SCSI Devices device group.

Did any of the diagnostics tests fail?

Yes. Go to the next question.

No. Go to step 4.

Did any of the diagnostics tests indicate a faulty drive?

Yes. The hard drive may be faulty. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

No. Go to the next question.

Did any of the diagnostics tests indicate a faulty drive controller?

Yes. The system board may be faulty. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

No. Go to step 4.

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4 Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their

electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the computer cover.

5 Ensure that the DC power cables from the power supply are firmly connected to the connectors on each drive. Also verify that the interface cable for each drive is firmly connected to the drive and to the system board.

6 Ensure that the control panel cable is firmly connected to the system board. The control panel contains the hard drive activity indicator. To locate the control panel system board connector, see "System Board Components."

7 Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and peripherals to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.

Does the hard drive activity light blink during the boot routine?

Yes. Go to the next question.

No. The system board may be faulty. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

Does the computer display a drive error message?

Yes. See "System Messages" for an explanation of the message. If you cannot correct the problem by performing the action described in the table, then contact Dell for technical assistance.

No. Go to the next question.

Is this the primary hard drive that contains the operating system?

Yes. Go to the next question.

No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

Does the drive boot the operating system?

Yes. Go to the next question.

No. Files in the operating system may be corrupt. See your operating system documentation.

Is the drive operating properly?

Yes. The problem is resolved.

No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

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Battery Problems If an error message indicates a problem with the battery or if configuration information is lost from system setup when the computer is turned off, the battery may be defective.

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 perform this procedure, see "Safety First For You and Your Computer."

1 Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the computer cover.

2 Reseat the battery in its socket with the side labeled "+" facing up.

3 Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and peripherals to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.

4 Enter system setup and reenter the current time and date. Then exit system setup properly to save the information.

5 Turn off your computer and disconnect it from its electrical outlet. Leave the computer off for at least 10 minutes.

6 Reconnect the computer to its electrical outlet and turn it on.

7 Enter system setup, and check the date and time.

Are the date and time correct?

Yes. The problem is resolved.

No. The battery may be defective. Go to step 8.

8 Replace the battery.

Is the battery working properly?

Yes. The problem is resolved.

No. You may have a faulty system board. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

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Expansion-Card Problems

If an error message indicates an expansion-card problem or if an expansion card seems to perform incorrectly or not at all, the problem could be a faulty connection, a conflict with software or other hardware, or a faulty expansion card.

Fill out the Diagnostics Checklist as you perform the following steps.

CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First For You and Your Computer."

1 Run the diagnostics provided by the manufacturers of all expansion cards installed in your computer.

NOTE: The manufacturers of many expansion cards, such as video, network interface, and sound cards, provide diagnostics programs. If you do not have any diagnostics for your cards, go to step 2.

Did any of the diagnostics identify a problem?

Yes. Contact the manufacturer of the card(s).

No. Go to step 2.

2 Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the computer cover.

3 If you have a mini tower chassis, remove the AGP card brace.

4 Ensure that each expansion card is firmly seated in its connector. If any expansion cards are loose, reseat them.

5 Ensure that all cables are firmly connected to their corresponding connectors on the expansion cards. If any cables appear loose, reconnect them.

For instructions on which cables should be attached to specific connectors on an expansion card, see the expansion card's documentation.

6 If you have a mini tower chassis, replace the AGP card brace.

7 Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and peripherals to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.

Is the system working properly?

Yes. The problem is resolved.

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No. You may have a faulty expansion card. Go to step 8.

8 Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the computer cover.

9 Remove all expansion cards except the video card.

NOTE: If your primary hard drive is connected to a drive controller card and not one of the system board enhanced integrated drive electronics (EIDE) connectors, leave the drive controller card installed in the computer.

10 Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and peripherals to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.

11 Run the RAM test group in the Dell Diagnostics.

Did any of the diagnostics tests fail?

Yes. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

No. Go to step 12.

12 Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the computer cover.

13 Reinstall one of the expansion cards that you removed previously, and repeat step 10 and step 11.

Did any of the diagnostics tests fail?

Yes. The expansion card you just reinstalled is faulty and needs to be replaced.

No. Repeat step 12 and step 13 with a different expansion card. Go to step 14.

14 If you have replaced all the expansion cards and the problem is not resolved, contact Dell for technical assistance.

Network Problems Basic Checks:

Check the network activity indicators to see if the computer is communicating with the network.

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If you are using a modem and a network adapter, ensure that the

modem cable is not connected to the network adapter.

Disconnect the network cable from the computer and check the cable connector for bent or broken pins. Check for damaged or frayed cables.

If the cable is not damaged, ensure that it is firmly connected to the computer.

Ensure that a hardware conflict does not exist between devices.

Enter system setup and ensure that the appropriate network operations settings are configured correctly.

Verify the type of network device to which you are connecting the computer. A hub typically operates at 10 megabits per second (Mbps). A switch operates at 10 or 100 Mbps. Ensure that the network adapter is configured for the appropriate speed. See the network adapter diagnostics and configuration utility in the Dell Diagnostics.

Fill out the Diagnostics Checklist as you perform the following steps.

NOTICE: Do not connect a modem cable to the network adapter. Voltage from telephone communications can cause damage to the network adapter.

1 Determine the type of network adapter you are using.

If you are using a network expansion card, go to step 2.

If you are using the integrated network adapter, skip to step 3.

2 Perform the procedure in "Expansion-Card Problems."

Is the computer operating properly?

Yes. The problem is resolved.

No. Go to step 4.

3 Run the Network Adapter Diagnostics from the Dell Diagnostics menu.

Did any of the tests fail?

Yes. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

No. Go to step 4.

4 Run the Network Interfaces tests in the Dell Diagnostics.

Did the tests complete successfully?

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Yes. The problem is resolved.

No. Go to step 5.

5 Turn off the computer, swap the network cable with a known working cable, and then turn on the computer.

Is the computer working properly?

Yes. You need a new network cable. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

Recover From a Program That Is Not Responding 1 Press .

Did the Close Program window appear?

Yes. Go to step 2.

No. Skip to step 4.

2 Click the program that no longer responds.

3 Click End Task.

Is the computer operating properly?

Yes. The problem is resolved.

No. Go to step 4.

4 Press the reset button to reboot the computer.

Restart a Computer That Is Not Responding 1 Press the reset button to reboot the system.

Did the computer reboot?

Yes. Skip to step 4.

No. Go to step 2.

2 Press and hold the power button until the computer turns off.

Did the computer reboot?

Yes. Skip to step 4.

No. Go to step 3.

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3 Unplug the AC power cable from the computer, wait approximately 30

seconds, and plug in the AC power cable.

4 Press the power button to turn on the computer.

NOTICE: If your computer is not responding, turning off power or unplugging the power cord should be done only as a last resort. Doing so can cause problems with system settings and configuration.

Repairing a Wet Computer Spills, splashes, and excessive humidity can cause damage to the system. If an external device, such as a printer or modem, gets wet, contact the manufacturer of the device for instructions.

CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First For You and Your Computer."

Fill out the Diagnostics Checklist as you perform the following steps:

1 Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the computer cover.

2 Let the computer dry for at least 24 hours. Ensure that it is thoroughly dry before you proceed.

3 If you have a mini tower chassis, remove the AGP card brace.

4 Remove all expansion cards installed in the computer except a video expansion card.

NOTE: If your primary hard drive is connected to a drive controller card and not one of the system board EIDE connectors, leave the drive controller card installed in the computer.

5 Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and peripherals to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.

Does the system have power?

Yes. Go to step 6.

No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

6 Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the computer cover.

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7 Reinstall all expansion cards.

8 If you have a mini tower chassis, replace the AGP card brace.

9 Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and peripherals to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.

10 Run the System Board Devices test group in the Dell Diagnostics.

Did any of the diagnostics tests fail?

Yes. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

No. The problem is resolved.

Repairing a Dropped or Damaged Computer

CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First For You and Your Computer."

Fill out the Diagnostics Checklist as you perform the following steps:

1 Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the computer cover.

2 Check all the expansion-card connections in the computer, and reseat any loose expansion cards.

3 Ensure that all cables are properly connected and that all components are properly seated in their connectors and sockets.

4 Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and peripherals to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.

5 Run the System Board Devices test group in the Dell Diagnostics.

Did any of the diagnostics tests fail?

Yes. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

No. The problem is resolved.

Hardware Conflicts Hardware conflicts occur when the operating system detects multiple devices that are attempting to operate on the same system resources when those resources cannot be shared between the devices.

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Symptoms:

System hangs or locks up, particularly while using a specific device.

Memory parity errors occur on parity-enabled systems.

Noise or other problems from sound cards.

Unintelligible characters printed on the printer.

Mouse pointer hangs and will not move or moves in a stuttering fashion.

Messages stating that the computer is not operating at maximum performance.

While running Microsoft Windows, the system drops to Safe Mode.

Errors and crashes of applications for no apparent reason.

Nothing displays on the video monitor.

To resolve hardware conflicts:

Ensure that the conflict is not a software problem.

Remove any newly added hardware and contact the hardware manufacturer.

See your operating system documentation.

System Memory Problems During POST, the computer checks the computer's memory, determines the amount of installed memory, and then writes to and reads from the number of available bytes to ensure proper operation.

Basic Checks:

If an insufficient memory message appears, save and close any open files and exit any open application programs not in use.

Consider installing additional system memory.

Run the System Memory test in the Dell Diagnostics.

Reseat the memory modules.

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Restart the computer.

If the problem still exists after you complete the basic checks, fill out the Diagnostics Checklist as you perform the following steps.

CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First For You and Your Computer."

1 Reboot the computer.

Does the random access memory (RAM) count displayed correctly match the actual amount of memory installed in the computer?

Yes. The computer needed to update the memory count. The problem is resolved.

No. Go to step 2.

2 Run the System Memory test group in the Dell Diagnostics.

Did any of the diagnostics tests fail?

Yes. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

No. Go to step 3.

3 Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the computer cover.

4 Rotate the power supply away from the system board.

5 Replace the memory module(s).

6 Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and peripherals to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.

Does the RAM count displayed correctly match the actual amount of memory installed in the computer?

Yes. The memory module(s) were defective. The problem is resolved.

No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

Microprocessor Problems During POST, the computer checks the computer's microprocessor and determines its operational specifications. This information is stored in system setup.

Basic Checks:

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Check the diagnostic indicators to see if the specific problem is

identified.

Ensure that a voltage regulator module (VRM) is installed for the microprocessor.

If a system message indicated a problem with the microprocessor, the processor may need to be replaced.

Run the System Board Devices and Processor Cache test groups in the Dell Diagnostics.

Reseat the microprocessor.

Reseat the VRM.

Reconnect the cooling fan for the installed microprocessor.

Restart the computer.

If the problem still exists after you complete the basic checks, fill out the Diagnostics Checklist as you perform the following steps.

CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First For You and Your Computer."

NOTICE: Before disconnecting a device from the computer, wait 10 to 20 seconds after disconnecting the computer from its electrical outlet. Before removing a component from the system board, verify that the standby power light on the system board has turned off. To locate this light, see "System Board Components" or "Interior Service Label."

1 Run the System Board Devices and Processor Cache test groups in the Dell Diagnostics.

Did any of the diagnostics tests fail?

Yes. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

No. Go to the next question.

2 Turn off the computer and devices, disconnect them from their electrical outlets, and wait 10 to 20 seconds.

3 Lay the computer on its right side.

4 Remove the computer cover.

5 Remove and install the microprocessor.

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6 Ensure that the microprocessor fan cables are firmly connected to the connectors on the system board.

7 Remove and install the VRM.

8 Replace the computer cover.

9 Stand the computer upright.

10 Reconnect the computer and devices to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.

Is the computer working properly?

Yes. The problem is resolved.

No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

System Board Problems A system board problem can result from a defective system board component, a faulty power supply, or a defective component connected to the system board. If an error message indicates a system board problem, fill out the Diagnostics Checklist as you perform the following steps.

CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First For You and Your Computer."

1 Reboot the system and run the System Board Devices test group in the Dell Diagnostics.

Did any of the tests fail?

Yes. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

No. Go to step 2.

2 Turn off the computer and peripherals, disconnect them from their electrical outlets, wait at least 5 seconds, and then remove the computer cover.

3 Ensure that the power cables from the power supply are firmly connected to the connectors on the system board.

4 Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and peripherals to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.

Is the computer working properly?

Yes. The problem is resolved.

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No. Go to step 5.

5 Perform the procedure in "Expansion-Card Problems."

Is the computer working properly?

Yes. The problem is resolved.

No. Go to step 6.

6 Perform the procedure in "Keyboard Problems."

Is the computer working properly?

Yes. The problem is resolved.

No. Go to step 7.

7 Perform the procedure in "Reset Corrupted BIOS Settings."

Is the computer working properly?

Yes. The problem is resolved.

No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

Reset Corrupted BIOS Settings If the system cannot boot and you have exhausted all other troubleshooting options, perform the following steps.

CAUTION: Before you perform this procedure, see "Safety First For You and Your Computer."

NOTICE: Before disconnecting a device from the computer, wait 10 to 20 seconds after disconnecting the computer from its electrical outlet. Before removing a component from the system board, verify that the standby power light on the system board has turned off. To locate this light, see "System Board Components" or "Interior Service Label."

1 Turn off the computer and devices, disconnect them from their electrical outlets, and wait 10 to 20 seconds.

2 Remove the computer cover.

3 Install a jumper plug on the RTCRST jumper pins and then remove it.

This resets the basic input/output system (BIOS) settings to the factory configuration.

See "System Board Components" to locate the real-time clock reset jumper (labeled "RTCRST") on the system board.

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NOTE: If you do not have a spare jumper, you can use the PSWD jumper. However, ensure that you install the PSWD jumper back on the PSWD pins before you turn on the computer.

4 Replace the computer cover.

5 Reconnect the computer and peripherals to their electrical outlets, and turn them on.

6 Enter system setup and change the configuration information appropriate for your computer.

After you change the system settings, exit system setup and reboot the computer.

Is the computer working properly?

Yes. The problem is resolved.

No. Contact Dell for technical assistance.

NOTE: After you reset the computer using the RTCRST jumper, you must enter system setup and restore any option settings that were not in your default configuration.

Dell Diagnostics When to Use the Dell Diagnostics If you experience a problem with your computer, run the Dell Diagnostics before you call Dell for technical assistance. The Dell Diagnostics tests check your computer's hardware without additional equipment and without the risk of destroying data. When the diagnostics tests complete without indicating any problems, you can have confidence in your computer's operation. If the tests indicate a problem you cannot solve by yourself, the test results provide important information you will need when talking to Dell's service and support personnel.

NOTICE: Only use the Dell Diagnostics to test your Dell computer. Using this program with other computers may cause incorrect computer responses or result in error messages.

Features The diagnostic test groups features allow you to take the following actions:

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Perform quick checks or extensive tests on one or all devices

Choose the number of times a test group or subtest is repeated

Display or print test results or save them in a file

Suspend testing if an error is detected or terminate testing when an adjustable error limit is reached

Access online Help screens that describe the tests and tell how to run them

Read status messages that inform you whether test groups or subtests completed successfully

Receive error messages that appear if problems are detected

Before You Start Testing Read "Safety FirstFor You and Your Computer" and the safety

instructions in your System Information Guide.

Turn on your printer if one is attached, and ensure that it is online.

Enter system setup, confirm your computer's system configuration information, and enable all of its components and devices, such as ports.

Running the Dell Diagnostics

NOTE: Dell recommends that you print these procedures before you begin. For additional information, refer to the Dell Precision WorkStations ResourceCD User's Guide, located on the Dell ResourceCD.

1 Insert the Dell ResourceCD into the CD drive.

NOTE: Some of the diagnostics tests allow you to print the results. If you want to print test results, turn on your printer, if one is attached, and ensure that it is online.

2 Shut down and restart the computer.

3 Enter system setup.

4 Change the Boot Sequence to use the CD drive as the first device in the boot sequence.

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NOTE: Write down your current boot sequence in case you want to restore it after running the Dell Diagnostics.

5 Press to exit system setup and save your changes.

The computer reboots and the Dell logo screen appears followed by a list of the available languages.

NOTE: If you are starting the ResourceCD for the first time on this computer, the ResourceCD Installation window opens to inform you that the ResourceCD is about to begin installation. Click OK to continue. To complete the installation, respond to the prompts offered by the installation program. If the Welcome Dell System Owner screen opens, click Next to continue.

6 Select the number for the language that you want.

A numbered list displays the following options:

Option 1 Reinstall Microsoft Windows NT 4.0: Reinstalls Windows NT 4.0 on your system

NOTICE: This option reformats your hard drive and causes data loss.

For more information on this option, refer to the Windows NT installation guide provided with your computer.

Option 2 Dell Diagnostics: Loads the Dell Diagnostics that run system tests

Option 3 ZZTOP: Restores a corrupted hard drive by reinstalling the Windows operating system and reconfiguring the system to factory defaults

NOTE: ZZTOP is not an option for Windows 2000.

NOTICE: This option reformats your hard drive and causes data loss. Do not select this option unless a qualified Dell technician has instructed you to do so.

Option 4 SCSI Hard-Drive Diagnostics: Runs a diagnostic test on your SCSI hard drive

NOTE: The SCSI hard-drive diagnostics are intended for systems with SCSI hard drives and will ignore IDE hard drives.

Option 5 3Com Network Card Diagnostics and Configuration Utility: Configures the resources and settings for the integrated network interface controller (NIC) and runs MS- DOSbased diagnostics on the NIC

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For more information on this utility, refer to the 3Com

documentation provided with your computer.

Option 6 RAID Configuration Utility: Configures the redundant arrays of independent disks (RAID) subsystem, if a RAID controller is installed in your computer

NOTICE: This utility can cause data loss if used improperly.

For more information on this utility, refer to the Adaptec RAID documentation provided with your computer.

Option 7 Video Diagnostics Menu: Displays a list of video adapters that might be installed in your system

Option 8 Exit DOS: Exits the main menu and returns to an MS-DOS prompt

7 Select Option 2 Dell Diagnostics.

After the diagnostics load, the Dell Diagnostics main menu appears:

D e l l D i a g n o s t i c s M a i n Me n u

Test All Devices: Performs quick or extensive tests on all devices.

Test One Device: Performs quick or extensive tests on a single device after you select it from a list of device groups. After you select Test One Device, press for more information about a test.

Advanced Testing: Allows you to modify the parameters of a test, select a group of tests to perform, and access additional information about Advanced Testing.

Information and Results: Provides test results, test errors, version numbers of subtests, and additional information on the Dell Diagnostics.

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Program Options: Allows you to change the settings of the Dell Diagnostics.

Exit to MS-DOS: Exits to the MS-DOS prompt.

8 Select the type of tests to perform:

To perform a quick check of your computer or a specific device, select Quick Tests from the Test All Devices or Test One Device option.

Quick Tests runs only the tests that run fast and do not require user interaction. Dell recommends that you choose Quick Tests first to increase the odds of tracing the source of the problem quickly.

For a thorough check of your computer or to check a particular area of your computer, select Extended Tests from the Test All Devices or Test One Device option.

To customize your test(s), select the Advanced Testing option.

9 Remove the ResourceCD from the CD drive when you finish running the Dell Diagnostics.

10 Enter system setup and change the Boot Sequence to your original configuration.

Advanced Testing When you select Advanced Testing from the Diagnostics Menu, the following screen appears:

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A d v a n c e d Te s t i n g S c r e e n

NOTE: The groups and devices listed in your screen can vary somewhat based on the components installed in your computer.

Information in the Advanced Testing screen is presented as follows:

Device Groups lists the diagnostic test groups in the order they will run if you select All from the Run tests menu option.

To select a test device group, press the up- or down-arrow key to highlight the group.

NOTE: The diagnostics may not list in the Device Groups area the names of all components or devices that are part of your computer system. For example, it may not list a printer even though it is connected to your computer. However, the parallel port to which the printer is connected appears in the Device Groups list. You can test your printer connection in the Parallel Ports tests.

Devices for Highlighted Group lists the computer's current hardware.

Device groups menu bar contains the options Run tests, Devices, Select, Config, and Help

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To select a menu option, press the left- or right-arrow key to highlight the option and press , or press the key that corresponds to the highlighted letter in the category title.

NOTE: The options displayed on your screen should reflect the hardware configuration of your computer.

Advanced Testing Help Menu

The Help options and a description of their functions are presented in the following table:

Messages and Codes Your application programs, operating system, and computer can identify problems and alert you to them. When a problem occurs, a message may appear on your monitor screen or a beep code may sound. The following two subsections present information about each message or beep code.

A d v a n c e d Te s t i n g H e l p C a t e g o r i e s

Help Option Description

Menu Describes the Advanced Testing screen, the Device Groups, and the diagnostic menus and commands, and gives instructions on how to use them

Keys Explains the functions of all keystrokes that can be used in Dell Diagnostics

Device Group Describes the highlighted group in the Device Groups list on the main menu and provides reasons for using certain tests

Device Describes the highlighted device in the Device Groups list on the Advanced Testing screen

Test Describes the test procedure for each highlighted test group subtest

Versions Lists the version numbers of the Dell Diagnostics modules associated with the Device Groups

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System Messages

If you receive a system message, see the following table for suggestions on resolving problems indicated by the message. The system messages are listed alphabetically.

NOTE: If the system message you received is not listed in the table, check the documentation for the application program that you were running at the time the message appeared and/or the operating system documentation for an explanation of the message and a recommended action.

S y s t e m M e s s a g e s

Message Cause Action

Address mark not found The BIOS found a faulty disk sector or could not find a particular disk sector.

See "Hard Drive Problems."

Alert! Cover was previously removed.

The computer cover was removed. Reset Chassis Intrusion in system setup.

Alert! Hard drive thermal probe not detected.

No hard-drive thermal probe is installed; computer has a defective thermal probe; thermal probe cable is not connected to the control panel.

Ensure that an operational hard-drive thermal probe is installed and connected to the control panel.

Alert! Previous attempts at booting this system have failed at checkpoint [nnnn]. For help in resolving this problem, please note this checkpoint and contact Dell Technical Support.

The system failed to complete the boot routine three consecutive times for the same error.

Contact Dell for technical assistance, and report the checkpoint code (nnnn) to the support technician.

Alert! Previous hard drive thermal failure.

One of the hard drives overheated the last time you started the computer.

Make sure that nothing is blocking the vents on the back of the computer and that all fans inside the computer are working.

Alert! Previous shutdown due to thermal event.

Microprocessor(s) or hard drive(s) overheated the last time you started the computer. Computer was shut down to protect the components.

Make sure that nothing is blocking the vents on the back of the computer and that all fans inside the computer are working.

Alert! System battery voltage is low.

System battery is providing inadequate voltage.

See "Battery Problems."

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Alert! System fan not detected.

No system fan is installed; system fan has failed; system fan is not connected to the system board.

Ensure that an operational system fan is installed and connected to the system board.

Alert! Uncorrectable memory error previously detected in XXXXh.

Faulty or improperly seated Rambus in-line memory modules (RIMMs) or defective system board.

See "System Memory Problems" and "System Board Problems."

Alert! Unsupported AGP adapter card installed. System halted!

A high-power AGP Pro110 graphics card is installed in a desktop computer.

Replace the AGP Pro110 graphics card with an AGP Pro50 graphics card.

Attachment failed to respond

The diskette drive or hard drive controller cannot send data to the associated drive.

See "Diskette Drive Problems" and "Hard Drive Problems."

Bad command or file name The command you entered does not exist or the file name you specified is faulty.

Ensure that you have spelled the command correctly, put spaces in the proper place, and used the correct pathname.

Bad error-correction code (ECC) on disk read

The diskette drive or hard drive controller detected an uncorrectable read error.

See "Diskette Drive Problems" and "Hard Drive Problems."

Controller has failed The hard drive or the associated controller is defective.

See "Hard Drive Problems."

Data error The diskette or hard drive cannot read the data.

Run the ScanDisk utility in the Microsoft Windows operating system to check the file structure of the diskette or hard drive. See your operating system documentation for more information.

If you are using a different operating system, run the appropriate utility to check the file structure of the diskette or hard drive. See your operating system documentation.

Decreasing available memory

One or more RIMMs may be faulty or improperly seated.

See "System Memory Problems."

S y s t e m M e s s a g e s ( c o n t i n u e d )

Message Cause Action

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Diskette drive 0 seek failure Diskette drive 1 seek failure

A cable may be loose, or the system configuration information may not match the hardware configuration.

See "Diskette Drive Problems."

Diskette read failure A cable may be loose, or the diskette may be faulty.

See "Diskette Drive Problems."

Diskette subsystem reset failed

The diskette drive controller may be faulty.

Run the Diskette tests in the Dell Diagnostics.

Diskette write protected The diskette write-protect feature is activated.

Remove the diskette from drive A and move the write-protect tab to the unlocked position.

Drive not ready No diskette is in the drive. The operation requires a diskette in the drive before it can continue.

Put a diskette in the drive or close the drive latch.

Error! The previous boot failed to complete. Last reported checkpoint was nnnn.

The system could not complete the boot routine.

Restart the system. If the error recurs, listen for a beep code and refer to "System Beep Codes." If no beep code is emitted, run the System Board Devices tests in the Dell Diagnostics.

Gate A20 failure One or more RIMMs may be loose. See "System Memory Problems."

General failure The operating system is unable to carry out the command.

This message is usually followed by specific informationfor example, PRINTER OUT OF PAPER. Respond by taking the appropriate action.

Hard disk configuration error

The hard drive failed initialization. See "Hard Drive Problems."

Hard disk controller failure Hard disk failure Hard drive read failure

The hard drive failed initialization. See "Hard Drive Problems."

Invalid configuration information - please run SETUP program

The system configuration information does not match the hardware configuration.

Enter system setup and correct the system configuration information.

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Keyboard clock line failure Keyboard controller failure Keyboard data line failure Keyboard failure Keyboard stuck key failure

A cable or connector may be loose, or the keyboard or keyboard/mouse controller may be faulty.

See "Keyboard Problems."

Memory address line failure at address, read value expecting value

One or more RIMMs may be faulty or improperly seated.

See "System Memory Problems."

Memory allocation error The software you are attempting to run is conflicting with the operating system or another application program or utility.

Turn off the computer, wait 30 seconds, and turn it on. Try to run the program again. If the problem persists, contact the software company.

Memory data line failure at address, read value expecting value Memory double word logic failure at address, read value expecting value Memory odd/even logic failure at address, read value expecting value Memory write/read failure at address, read value expecting value

One or more RIMMs may be faulty or improperly seated.

See "System Memory Problems."

Memory size in CMOS invalid

The amount of memory recorded in the system configuration information does not match the memory installed in the computer.

Reboot the computer. If the error appears again, contact Dell for technical assistance.

No boot device available The computer cannot find the diskette or hard drive.

Enter system setup, check the system configuration information for the diskette and hard drive, and if necessary, correct the information.

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No boot sector on hard drive

The system configuration information in system setup may be incorrect, or the operating system may be corrupted.

Enter system setup, check the system configuration information for the hard drive, and if necessary, correct the information.

If the message persists, reinstall your operating system. See the documentation that came with your operating system.

No timer tick interrupt A chip on the system board might be malfunctioning.

Run the System Board Devices tests in the Dell Diagnostics.

Non-system disk or disk error

The diskette in drive A or your hard drive does not have a bootable operating system installed.

A nonbootable diskette is in drive A. Either replace the diskette with one that has a bootable operating system, or remove the diskette from drive A and restart the computer.

Not a boot diskette There is no operating system on the diskette.

Boot the computer with a diskette that contains an operating system.

Please connect USB Keyboard/Mouse to USB port 1 on the back of the computer.

The USB keyboard and/or mouse must be connected to the port 1 USB connectors.

Turn your system off, connect the USB keyboard and/or mouse to one of the Port 1 USB connectors, and restart your system. See "Back-Panel Connectors and Indicators."

Plug and Play Configuration Error

The system has encountered a problem in trying to configure one or more expansion cards.

Turn your system off and unplug it. Remove all but one of the cards. Plug in your system and reboot it. If the message persists, the expansion card might be malfunctioning. If the message does not appear, turn off the power and reinsert one of the other cards. Repeat this process until you identify the card that is malfunctioning.

Read fault Requested sector not found

The operating system cannot read from the diskette or hard drive.

The system could not find a particular sector on the disk, or the requested sector is defective.

See "Diskette Drive Problems" and "Hard Drive Problems."

Reset failed The disk reset operation failed. See "Diskette Drive Problems" and "Hard Drive Problems."

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Sector not found The operating system is unable to locate a sector on the diskette or hard drive.

See "Diskette Drive Problems" and "Hard Drive Problems."

Seek error The operating system is unable to find a specific track on the diskette or hard drive.

If the error is on the diskette drive, try a different diskette in the drive.

Shutdown failure A chip on the system board might be malfunctioning.

Run the System Board Devices tests in the Dell Diagnostics.

Time-of-day clock stopped The battery may be dead. Enter system setup and correct the date or time.

If the problem persists, see "Battery Problems."

Time-of-day not set The time or date displayed in the system configuration information does not match the system clock.

Enter system setup and correct the date or time.

Timer chip counter 2 failed

A chip on the system board might be malfunctioning.

Run the System Board Devices tests in the Dell Diagnostics.

Unexpected interrupt in protected mode

The keyboard controller might be malfunctioning, or one or more RIMMs may be loose.

Run the System Memory and the Keyboard tests in the Dell Diagnostics.

WARNING: Dells Disk Monitoring System has detected that drive [0/1] on the [primary/secondary] EIDE controller is operating outside of normal specifications. It is advisable to immediately back up your data and replace your hard drive by calling your support desk or Dell Computer Corporation.

Power-on self-test (POST) has queried the EIDE drive for status information. The drive has returned a parameter from the call that indicates it has detected possible error conditions for its operating specifications.

When your computer finishes booting, immediately back up your data and replace your hard drive. Restore the data to the replaced drive.

Back up the data on your hard drive. If a replacement drive is not immediately available and the drive is not the only bootable drive, enter system setup and change the appropriate drive setting to None. Remove the drive from the system.

Write fault Write fault on selected drive

The operating system cannot write to the diskette or hard drive.

See "Diskette Drive Problems" and "Hard Drive Problems."

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System Beep Codes

When errors occur during a boot routine that cannot be reported on the monitor, your computer may emit a beep code that identifies the problem. The beep code is a pattern of sounds: for example, one beep, followed by a second beep, and then a burst of three beeps (code 1-1-3) means that the computer was unable to read the data in nonvolatile random-access memory (NVRAM). This information is invaluable to the Dell support staff if you need to call for technical assistance.

When a beep code is emitted, write it down on a copy of the Diagnostics Checklist and look it up in the following table. If you are unable to resolve the problem by looking up the meaning of the beep code, use the Dell Diagnostics to identify a more serious cause. If you are still unable to resolve the problem, contact Dell for technical assistance.

If the system loses power and beeps constantly when you turn it back on, the BIOS is probably corrupted. See "BIOS Recovery Utility" for information on restoring the BIOS.

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Code Cause Action

1-1-2 Microprocessor register failure Contact Dell for technical assistance.

1-1-3 NVRAM Run the System Board Devices tests in the Dell Diagnostics.

1-1-4 ROM BIOS checksum failure Run the System Board Devices tests in the Dell Diagnostics, if possible.

1-2-1 Programmable interval timer Run the System Board Devices tests in the Dell Diagnostics, if possible.

1-2-2 Direct memory access (DMA) initialization failure

Run the System Board Devices tests in the Dell Diagnostics, if possible.

1-2-3 DMA page register read/write failure

Run the System Board Devices tests in the Dell Diagnostics, if possible.

1-3 Video Memory Test failure Run the VESA/VGA Interface tests in the Dell Diagnostics.

1-3-1 through 2-4-4

RIMMs not being properly identified or used

See "System Memory Problems."

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3-1-1 Slave DMA register failure Run the System Board Devices tests in the Dell Diagnostics, if possible.

3-1-2 Master DMA register failure Run the System Board Devices tests in the Dell Diagnostics, if possible.

3-1-3 Master interrupt mask register failure

Contact Dell for technical assistance.

3-1-4 Slave interrupt mask register failure

Contact Dell for technical assistance.

3-2-2 Interrupt vector loading failure Contact Dell for technical assistance.

3-2-4 Keyboard Controller Test failure Run the Keyboard tests in the Dell Diagnostics. Otherwise, contact Dell for technical assistance.

3-3-1 NVRAM power loss Run the System Board Devices tests in the Dell Diagnostics, if possible.

3-3-2 NVRAM configuration Run the System Board Devices tests in the Dell Diagnostics, if possible.

3-3-4 Video Memory Test failure Run the VESA/VGA Interface tests in the Dell Diagnostics.

3-4-1 Screen initialization failure Run the VESA/VGA Interface tests in the Dell Diagnostics.

3-4-2 Screen retrace failure Run the VESA/VGA Interface tests in the Dell Diagnostics.

3-4-3 Search for video ROM failure Run the VESA/VGA Interface tests in the Dell Diagnostics.

4-2-1 No timer tick Contact Dell for technical assistance.

4-2-2 Shutdown failure Contact Dell for technical assistance.

4-2-3 Gate A20 failure Contact Dell for technical assistance.

4-2-4 Unexpected interrupt in protected mode

Contact Dell for technical assistance.

4-3-1 Memory failure above address 0FFFFh

Run the System Memory tests in the Dell Diagnostics.

4-3-3 Timer-chip counter 2 failure Contact Dell for technical assistance.

4-3-4 Time-of-day clock stopped Contact Dell for technical assistance.

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Warning Messages Your application programs or operating system generate warning messages to alert you to a possible problem and ask you to take an action before you continue. For example, before you format a diskette, a message may warn you that you can lose all data on the diskette as a way to protect against inadvertently erasing or writing over the data. These warning messages usually interrupt the procedure and require you to respond by typing a y (yes) or n (no).

Diagnostics Messages When you run a test group or subtest in the Dell Diagnostics, an error message may result. These error messages are not covered in this section. Record the message on a copy of your Diagnostics Checklist and contact Dell for technical assistance.

4-4-1 Serial or parallel port test failure Run the Serial Ports and the Parallel Ports tests in the Dell Diagnostics.

4-4-2 Failure to decompress code to shadowed memory

Run the System Board Devices tests in the Dell Diagnostics.

5-2-2-1 Mismatch Rambus dynamic random-access memory (RDRAM) device count; unsupported RIMM device count or technology

Verify that both RIMM sockets contain a RIMM or Rambus continuity RIMM (CRIMM). If the problem recurs, replace the module in socket 2 (if any), then the module in socket 1. If the problem is still not resolved, contact Dell for technical assistance.

5-2-2-2 Mismatch channel pair See "System Memory Problems."

5-2-2-3 RDRAM levelization failure Verify that both RIMM sockets contain a RIMM or CRIMM. If the problem recurs, replace the module in socket 2 (if any), then the module in socket 1. If the problem is still not resolved, contact Dell for technical assistance.

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Diagnostic Indicators Indicators are located on the front panel and back panel of the chassis. These indicators communicate diagnostic codes that can help you solve problems with your computer.

CAUTION: Before servicing any components inside your computer, see "Safety FirstFor You and Your Computer."

Front-Panel Indicators

The following table lists the codes for the front panel diagnostic indicators, gives probable causes, and suggests corrective actions.

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Power Indicator Code

Hard Drive Indicator Code

Cause Corrective Action

Solid green N/A Power is on, and the computer is operating normally.

No corrective action is required.

Blinking green Blank The computer is in the suspended state (Windows 2000 only).

Push and release the power button, move the mouse, or press a key on the keyboard to bring the computer out of the suspended state.

Solid yellow N/A The Dell Diagnostics is running a test, or a device on the system board may be faulty or incorrectly installed.

If the Dell Diagnostics is running, allow the testing to complete. Otherwise, see "System Board Problems."

If the system does not boot, contact Dell for technical assistance.

Blinking yellow Blank There is a system power supply failure.

Check the diagnostic indicator codes to see if the specific problem is identified. Also, see "Power Problems."

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Back-Panel Indicators

When you turn on your system, it performs a POST, which is a series of self- diagnostic checks. A successful POST ends with a single beep that signifies the start of normal operation. If the system fails to emit the single beep or appears to stop responding during POST, a series of indicators located at the rear of the computer can help you understand which POST test failed or why the system stopped responding. These indicators communicate problems encountered during POST only, not during normal operation.

CAUTION: Before servicing any components inside your computer, see "Safety FirstFor You and Your Computer."

The indicator patterns described in the following table can help you determine what to do to resolve the problem. If a problem resolution requires you to remove the computer cover, refer to "Installing Upgrades" for procedures you must complete before performing the suggested resolution. If the problem persists after you perform the suggested resolution, contact Dell for technical assistance.

Blinking yellow Solid green Voltage regulator failure on the system board.

Check the diagnostic indicator codes to see if the specific problem is identified. Also, see "System Board Problems."

Solid green and a beep code during POST

N/A A problem was detected while the BIOS was executing.

See "System Beep Codes" for instructions on diagnosing the beep code.

Solid green power indicator and no beep code and no video during POST

N/A The monitor or the graphics card may be faulty or incorrectly installed.

See "Video Problems."

Solid green power indicator and no beep code but the system locks up during POST

N/A An integrated system board device may be faulty.

Contact Dell for technical assistance.

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Power Indicator Code

Hard Drive Indicator Code

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The following table lists the codes for the back-panel diagnostic indicators, gives probable causes, and suggests corrective actions. The indicator patterns are shown as they appear on the back of your computer. The indicators are labeled to help you match the pattern on your computer with one of the patterns shown in the table.

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Indicator Pattern Cause Action

Normal off condition or start-up default

Ensure that the front-panel power indicator is on. If the power indicator is off, ensure that the computer is connected to a working electrical outlet.

If the problem is still not resolved, contact Dell for technical assistance.

Possible BIOS failure, and the system is in the recovery mode

Run the BIOS Recovery Utility, and restart the system to retest.

If the problem is still not resolved, perform the procedure in "Reset Corrupted BIOS Settings."

Possible microprocessor failure

Reseat the microprocessor and restart the system to retest. For instructions on removing and replacing the microprocessor, see "Upgrading the Microprocessor."

If the problem is still not resolved, contact Dell for technical assistance.

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Possible memory failure Perform the procedure in "System Memory Problems."

Possible expansion card failure or conflict

Perform the procedure in "Expansion-Card Problems" and see "Hardware Conflicts."

Possible video card failure Reseat the video card, and restart the system to retest. For instructions on removing and replacing an expansion card, see "Removing an Expansion Card."

If the problem is still not resolved, contact Dell for technical assistance.

Possible diskette drive or hard drive failure

Perform the procedures in "Diskette Drive Problems" and "Hard Drive Problems."

Possible USB failure Disconnect all USB devices and cables, and restart the system to retest. Then reconnect all USB devices and cables, and restart the system to retest.

If the problem is still not resolved, contact Dell for technical assistance.

Possible system board resource and/or hardware failure

Perform the procedure in "System Board Problems" and see "Hardware Conflicts."

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SNMP Platform Event Traps Your system generates simple network management protocol (SNMP) platform event trap (PET) messages that are sent to network management software to inform the network manager that specific events have occurred on your system.

The following table lists the SNMP platform event traps your system generates.

Possible system board resource and/or hardware failure

Perform the procedure in "System Board Problems" and see "Hardware Conflicts."

Possible expansion card failure or conflict

Perform the procedure in "Expansion-Card Problems" and see "Hardware Conflicts."

Possible system board resource and/or hardware failure

Perform the procedure in "System Board Problems" and see "Hardware Conflicts."

Normal operating condition after POST

No action is necessary.

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Description Code

BIOS boot failure 02 03 23 6f 00

Chassis intrusion 02 03 05 6f 00

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Software Problems This section provides general guidelines for analyzing software problems. See "Resources and Support Tools" for a list of software resources available to you from Dell, including drivers, utilities, documentation, and operating system backups. For detailed troubleshooting information on a particular application program, see the documentation that accompanied the software or consult the support service for the software vendor.

If your system is behaving erratically, back up your files immediately. If your system has a tape drive installed, see the documentation that came with the tape backup software for instructions on performing a backup operation. Otherwise, see your operating system documentation for information on backing up data files.

Basic Checks:

Ensure that the application program is compatible with the operating system installed in your computer and that your computer meets the minimum hardware requirements needed to run the software.

Ensure that you properly installed and configured the application program. Reinstall the program if necessary.

Consult the software documentation or contact the software manufacturer for detailed troubleshooting information on a particular application program.

Ensure that you have not made an error while entering data.

Ensure that problems are not caused by a virus Use a virus-scanning application program to check the software installation diskettes or CDs before using them.

Temperature failure 02 03 01 06 01

Invalid password 02 03 06 6f 01

Voltage failure 02 03 02 06 01

SOS enable / PC presence 02 03 25 6f 00

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After you have checked the software installation diskettes or CDs with a virus-scanning application program, you should disable the virus- scanning application program before installing the software. You should also disable any other application programs that are "hidden," or operate in the background.

Verify that the programs device drivers do not conflict with certain application programs.

Confirm that a problem is software-related by running the System Board Devices tests in the Dell Diagnostics. If all tests run successfully, the error condition may be related to a software problem.

Ensure that the use of terminate-and-stay-resident (TSR) programs has not resulted in a memory conflict.

Remove or confirm the possibility of a program conflict by rebooting your computer system.

Ensure that a hardware conflict does not exist between devices.

Operating System Compatibility Ensure that the computer's operating environment is set up to accommodate the application programs you use. Whenever you change the operating environment parameters, you may also affect the successful operation of the application programs. Sometimes, after modifying the operating environment, you may need to reinstall a program that no longer runs properly.

Input Errors If a specific key or set of keys is pressed at the wrong time, a program may give you unexpected results. See the documentation that came with your application program to ensure that the values or characters you are entering are valid.

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Error Messages

Error messages are produced by the operating system, an application program, or the computer. "Messages and Codes" discusses error messages that are generated by the operating system. If you receive an error message that is not listed in "Messages and Codes," check your computer or application program documentation.

Device Drivers Programs that use specialized subroutines called device drivers can also cause problems with your system. For example, a variation in the way the data is sent to the monitor may require a special screen driver program that expects a certain kind of video mode or monitor. In such cases, you may have to develop an alternative method of running that particular program the creation of a boot file made especially for that program, for example. Call the support service for the software you are using to help you with this problem.

Memory-Resident Programs Many utilities and supplementary programs load either when the computer boots or from an operating system prompt. These programs are designed to stay resident in system memory and thus always be available for use. Because they remain in the computer's memory, memory conflicts and errors can result when other programs require use of all or part of the memory already occupied by these TSR programs.

Typically, your operating system's start-up files (such as config.sys and autoexec.bat) contain commands to start TSR programs when you boot your system. If you suspect that one of these TSR programs is causing a memory conflict, remove the commands that start them from the start-up file. If the problem you were experiencing does not recur, one of the TSR programs probably created the conflict. Add the TSR commands back into the start-up files one at a time until you identify which TSR program is creating the conflict.

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Program Conflicts Some programs may leave portions of their setup information behind, even though you have exited from them. As a result, other programs cannot run. Rebooting your system can confirm whether these programs are causing the problem.

Memory Address Conflicts Memory address conflicts occur when two or more devices try to access the same address in the upper memory blocks (UMB). For example, if a network expansion card and an expanded-memory page frame are assigned an overlapping block of addresses, a memory address conflict arises. As a result, when you try to log in to the network, the operation fails.

To resolve this type of conflict, you can change the address of one of the devices. For example, in the case of the network expansion card and expanded-memory page-frame address conflict, you can move the network card to an address block in the range of CC000h through D0000h. To reassign the expansion card's address block, refer to the documentation for the card.

Interrupt Assignment Conflicts Problems can arise if two devices attempt to use the same interrupt request (IRQ) line. To avoid this type of conflict, check the documentation for the default IRQ-line setting for each installed expansion card. Then consult the following table to configure the card for one of the available IRQ lines.

NOTE: The following table lists default IRQ settings. In systems with Plug and Play capabilities, you can modify the defaults. If you install a Plug and Play card in a Plug and Play computer, the computer automatically selects an open IRQ line if any are available.

D e f a u l t I R Q L i n e A s s i gn m e n t s

IRQ Line Used/Available

IRQ0 Used by the system timer

IRQ1 Used by the keyboard to signal that the output buffer is full

IRQ2 Used by interrupt controller 1 to enable IRQ8 through IRQ15

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BIOS Recovery Utility If your system loses power and beeps constantly but does not boot when power is restored, the BIOS is probably corrupted. To restore the BIOS, perform the following steps:

1 Disconnect the system from its power source.

2 Go to a different system that is working properly, and download the BIOS flash executable utility for the system from the File Library located on the Dell support website at http://support.dell.com.

3 On the working system, go to an MS-DOS prompt and type the command xxxxx -writehdrfile (where xxxxx is the name of the BIOS flash executable utility you downloaded).

Running this utility generates a file with an .hdr extension.

4 Copy the .hdr file to a diskette.

5 Insert the diskette into the diskette drive of the corrupted system and turn it on.

IRQ3 Used by serial port 2

IRQ4 Used by serial port 1

IRQ5 Available

IRQ6 Used by the diskette/tape drive controller

IRQ7 Used by the parallel port

IRQ8 Used by the real-time clock (RTC)

IRQ9 Used by the advanced configuration and power interface (ACPI)

IRQ10 Available

IRQ11 Used by the USB controllers

IRQ12 Used by the mouse port

IRQ13 Used by the math coprocessor (if applicable)

IRQ14 Used by the primary IDE controller

IRQ15 Used by the secondary IDE controller

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The system automatically flashes the BIOS from the diskette.

6 When the system begins to restart and the Dell logo screen appears, remove the diskette from the diskette drive so that the system does not boot from the diskette again.

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Help Overview

Dell Contact Numbers

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Help Overview

This chapter describes the tools Dell provides to help you when you have a problem with your computer. It also tells you when and how to contact Dell for technical or customer assistance.

Technical Assistance If you need assistance with a technical problem, perform the following steps:

1 Complete the procedures in "Solving Problems."

2 Run the Dell Diagnostics.

3 Make a copy of the Diagnostics Checklist, and fill it out.

4 Use Dells extensive suite of online services available at Dells website (http://www.dell.com) for help with installation and troubleshooting procedures.

For more information, see "World Wide Web."

5 If the preceding steps have not resolved the problem, call Dell for technical assistance.

When prompted by Dells automated telephone system, enter your Express Service Code to route the call directly to the proper support personnel. If you do not have an Express Service Code, open the Dell Accessories folder, double-click the Express Service Code icon, and follow the directions.

NOTE: Dells Express Service Code system may not be available in all countries.

For instructions on using the technical support service, see "Technical Support Service" and "Before You Call."

Help Tools Dell provides a number of tools to assist you. These tools are described in the following sections.

NOTE: Some of the following tools are not always available in all locations outside the continental U.S. Please call your local Dell representative for information on availability.

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World Wide Web

The Internet is your most powerful tool for obtaining information about your computer and other Dell products. Through the Internet, you can access most of the services described in this section, including AutoTech, TechFax, order status, technical support, and product information.

You can access Dells support website at http://support.dell.com. To select your country, click the map that appears. The Welcome to support.dell.com page opens. Enter your system information to access help tools and information.

Dell can be accessed electronically using the following addresses:

World Wide Web

http://www.dell.com/

http://www.dell.com/ap/ (for Asian/Pacific countries only)

http://www.euro.dell.com (for Europe only)

http://www.dell.com/la (for Latin American countries)

Anonymous file transfer protocol (FTP)

ftp.dell.com/

Log in as user: anonymous, and use your e-mail address as your password.

Electronic Support Service

support@us.dell.com

apsupport@dell.com (for Asian/Pacific countries only)

support.euro.dell.com (for Europe only)

Electronic Quote Service

sales@dell.com

apmarketing@dell.com (for Asian/Pacific countries only)

Electronic Information Service

info@dell.com

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AutoTech Service

Dells automated technical support serviceAutoTechprovides recorded answers to the questions most frequently asked by Dell customers.

When you call AutoTech, you use your touch-tone telephone to select the subjects that correspond to your questions.

The AutoTech service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also access this service through the technical support service. For the telephone number to call, see "Dell Contact Numbers."

TechFax Service

Dell takes full advantage of fax technology to serve you better. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, you can call the Dell TechFax line toll-free for all kinds of technical information.

Using a touch-tone phone, you can select from a full directory of topics. The technical information you request is sent within minutes to the fax number you designate. For the TechFax telephone number to call, see "Dell Contact Numbers."

Automated Order-Status System

You can call this automated service to check on the status of any Dell products that you have ordered. A recording prompts you for the information needed to locate and report on your order. For the telephone number to call, see "Dell Contact Numbers."

Technical Support Service

Dells industry-leading hardware technical-support service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to answer your questions about Dell hardware.

Our technical support staff pride themselves on their track record: more than 90 percent of all problems and questions are taken care of in just one toll-free call, usually in less than 10 minutes. When you call, our experts can refer to records kept on your Dell system to better understand your particular question. Our technical support staff use computer-based diagnostics to provide fast, accurate answers to questions.

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To contact Dells technical support service, see "Before You Call" and then call the number for your country as listed in "Dell Contact Numbers."

Problems With Your Order If you have a problem with your order, such as missing parts, wrong parts, or incorrect billing, contact Dell for customer assistance. Have your invoice or packing slip handy when you call. For the telephone number to call, see "Dell Contact Numbers."

Product Information If you need information about additional products available from Dell, or if you would like to place an order, visit Dells website at http://www.dell.com/. For the telephone number to call to speak to a sales specialist, see "Dell Contact Numbers."

Returning Items for Warranty Repair or Credit Prepare all items being returned, whether for repair or credit, as follows:

1 Call Dell to obtain an authorization number, and write it clearly and prominently on the outside of the box.

For the telephone number to call, see "Dell Contact Numbers."

2 Include a copy of the invoice and a letter describing the reason for the return.

3 Include a copy of the Diagnostics Checklist indicating the tests you have run and any error messages reported by the Dell Diagnostics.

4 Include any accessories that belong with the item(s) being returned (power cables, software diskettes, 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 you assume the risk of loss during shipment to Dell. Collect-on-delivery (C.O.D.) packages are not accepted.

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Returns that are missing any of the preceding requirements will be refused

at our receiving dock and returned to you.

Before You Call

NOTE: Have your Express Service Code ready when you call. The code helps Dells automated-support telephone system direct your call more efficiently.

Remember to fill out the Diagnostics Checklist below. If possible, turn on your system before you call Dell for technical assistance and call from a telephone at or near the computer. You may be asked to type some commands at the keyboard, relay detailed information during operations, or try other troubleshooting steps possible only at the computer system itself. Ensure that the system documentation is available.

CAUTION: Before servicing any components inside your computer, see "Safety FirstFor You and Your Computer."

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Name: _____________________________________________________ Date: ______________________________

Address: ___________________________________________________ Phone number: ______________________

Service tag (bar code on the back of the computer): ______________________________________________________

Express Service Code: _____________________________________________________________________________

Return Material Authorization Number (if provided by Dell support technician): _______________________________

Operating system and version: _______________________________________________________________________

Peripherals: ______________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________

Expansion cards: __________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________

Are you connected to a network? yes no

Network, version, and network card: __________________________________________________________________

Programs and versions: _____________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________

Refer to your operating system documentation to determine the contents of the systems startup files. Print each file if possible. Otherwise, record the contents of each file before calling Dell.

Error message, beep code, or diagnostic code: ___________________________________________________________

Description of problem and troubleshooting procedures you performed: ______________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________

Diagnostics Checklist

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Dell Contact Numbers

The following table provides country-specific access codes and telephone numbers, websites, and email addresses that you can use to contact Dell.

The codes required depend on where you are calling from as well as the destination of your call; in addition, each country has a different dialing protocol. If you need assistance in determining which codes to use, contact a local or an international operator.

NOTE: Toll-free numbers are for use only within the country for which they are listed. Area codes are most often used to call long distance within your own country (not internationally)in other words, when your call originates in the same country you are calling.

Country (City) International Access Code Country Code City Code

Department Name or Service Area, Website and E-mail Address

Area Codes, Local Numbers, and

Toll Free Numbers

Australia (Sydney)

International Access Code: 0011

Country Code: 61

City Code: 2

Home and Small Business 1-300-65-55-33

Government and Business toll free: 1-800-633-559

Preferred Accounts Division (PAD) toll free: 1-800-060-889

Customer Care toll free: 1-800-819-339

Corporate Sales toll free: 1-800-808-385

Transaction Sales toll free: 1-800-808-312

Fax toll free: 1-800-818-341

Austria (Vienna)

International Access Code: 900

Country Code: 43

City Code: 1

Home/Small Business Sales 01 795 67602

Home/Small Business Fax 01 795 67605

Home/Small Business Customer Care 01 795 67603

Preferred Accounts/Corporate Customer Care 0660 8056

Home/Small Business Technical Support 01 795 67604

Preferred Accounts/Corporate Technical Support 0660 8779

Switchboard 01 491 04 0

Website: http://support.euro.dell.com

E-mail: tech_support_central_europe@dell.com

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Belgium (Brussels)

International Access Code: 00

Country Code: 32

City Code: 2

Technical Support 02 481 92 88

Customer Care 02 481 91 19

Home/Small Business Sales toll free: 0800 16884

Corporate Sales 02 481 91 00

Fax 02 481 92 99

Switchboard 02 481 91 00

Website: http://support.euro.dell.com

E-mail: tech_be@dell.com

Brazil

International Access Code: 0021

Country Code: 55

City Code: 51

Customer Support, Technical Support 0800 90 3355

Sales 0800 90 3366

Website: http://www.dell.com/br

Brunei

Country Code: 673

Customer Technical Support (Penang, Malaysia) 604 633 4966

Customer Service (Penang, Malaysia) 604 633 4949

Transaction Sales (Penang, Malaysia) 604 633 4955

Canada (North York, Ontario)

International Access Code: 011

Automated Order-Status System toll free: 1-800-433-9014

AutoTech (Automated technical support) toll free: 1-800-247-9362

Customer Care (From outside Toronto) toll free: 1-800-387-5759

Customer Care (From within Toronto) 416 758-2400

Customer Technical Support toll free: 1-800-847-4096

Sales (Direct Salesfrom outside Toronto) toll free: 1-800-387-5752

Sales (Direct Salesfrom within Toronto) 416 758-2200

Sales (Federal government, education, and medical)

toll free: 1-800-567-7542

Sales (Major Accounts) toll free: 1-800-387-5755

TechFax toll free: 1-800-950-1329

Chile (Santiago)

Country Code: 56

City Code: 2

Sales, Customer Support, and Technical Support toll free: 1230-020-4823

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Department Name or Service Area, Website and E-mail Address

Area Codes, Local Numbers, and

Toll Free Numbers

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China (Xiamen)

Country Code: 86

City Code: 592

Technical Support toll free: 800 858 2437

Customer Experience toll free: 800 858 2060

Home and Small Business toll free: 800 858 2222

Preferred Accounts Division toll free: 800 858 2062

Large Corporate Accounts toll free: 800 858 2999

Czech Republic (Prague)

International Access Code: 00

Country Code: 420

City Code: 2

Technical Support 02 22 83 27 27

Customer Care 02 22 83 27 11

Fax 02 22 83 27 14

TechFax 02 22 83 27 28

Switchboard 02 22 83 27 11

Website: http://support.euro.dell.com

E-mail: czech_dell@dell.com

Denmark (Horsholm)

International Access Code: 00

Country Code: 45

Technical Support 45170182

Relational Customer Care 45170184

Home/Small Business Customer Care 32875505

Switchboard 45170100

Fax Technical Support (Upplands Vasby, Sweden) 46 0 859005594

Fax Switchboard 45170117

Website: http://support.euro.dell.com

E-mail: den_support@dell.com

E-mail Support for Servers: Nordic_server_support@dell.com

Finland (Helsinki)

International Access Code: 990

Country Code: 358

City Code: 9

Technical Support 09 253 313 60

Technical Support Fax 09 253 313 81

Relational Customer Care 09 253 313 38

Home/Small Business Customer Care 09 693 791 94

Fax 09 253 313 99

Switchboard 09 253 313 00

Website: http://support.euro.dell.com

E-mail: fin_support@dell.com

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Department Name or Service Area, Website and E-mail Address

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France (Paris/Montpellier)

International Access Code: 00

Country Code: 33

City Code: (1) (4)

Home and Small Business

Technical Support 0825 387 270

Customer Care 0825 823 833

Switchboard 0825 004 700

Switchboard (Alternative) 04 99 75 40 00

Sales 0825 004 700

Fax 0825 004 701

Website: http://support.euro.dell.com

E-mail: web_fr_tech@dell.com

Corporate

Technical Support 0825 004 719

Customer Care 0825 338 339

Switchboard 01 55 94 71 00

Sales 01 55 94 71 00

Fax 01 55 94 71 01

Website: http://support.euro.dell.com

E-mail: web_fr_tech@dell.com

Germany (Langen)

International Access Code: 00

Country Code: 49

City Code: 6103

Technical Support 06103 766-7200

Home/Small Business Customer Care 0180-5-224400

Global Segment Customer Care 06103 766-9570

Preferred Accounts Customer Care 06103 766-9420

Large Accounts Customer Care 06103 766-9560

Public Accounts Customer Care 06103 766-9555

Switchboard 06103 766-7000

Website: http://support.euro.dell.com

E-mail: tech_support_central_europe@dell.com

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Department Name or Service Area, Website and E-mail Address

Area Codes, Local Numbers, and

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Hong Kong

International Access Code: 001

Country Code: 852

Technical Support toll free: 800 96 4107

Customer Service (Penang, Malaysia) 604 633 4949

Transaction Sales toll free: 800 96 4109

Corporate Sales toll free: 800 96 4108

Ireland (Cherrywood)

International Access Code: 16

Country Code: 353

City Code: 1

Technical Support 0870 908 0800

Home User Customer Care 01 204 4095

Small Business Customer Care 01 204 4026

Corporate Customer Care 01 204 4003

Sales 01 286 0500

SalesFax 01 204 0144

Fax 0870 907 5590

Switchboard 01 286 0500

Website: http://support.euro.dell.com

E-mail: dell_direct_support@dell.com

Italy (Milan)

International Access Code: 00

Country Code: 39

City Code: 02

Home and Small Business

Technical Support 02 577 826 90

Customer Care 02 696 821 14

Fax 02 696 821 13

Switchboard 02 696 821 12

Website: http://support.euro.dell.com

E-mail: web_it_tech@dell.com

Corporate

Technical Support 02 577 826 90

Customer Care 02 577 825 55

Fax 02 575 035 30

Switchboard 02 577 821

Website: http://support.euro.dell.com

E-mail: web_it_tech@dell.com

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Department Name or Service Area, Website and E-mail Address

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Japan (Kawasaki)

International Access Code: 001

Country Code: 81

City Code: 44

Technical Support (Server) toll free: 0120-1984-35

Technical Support (Dimension and Inspiron)

Technical Support Outside of Japan (Dimension and Inspiron)

toll free: 0120-1982-26

81-44-520-1435

Technical Support (Dell Precision, OptiPlex and Latitude)

Technical Support Outside of Japan (Dell Precision, OptiPlex, and Latitude)

toll free: 0120-1984-33

81-44-556-3894

24-Hour Automated Order Service 044 556-3801

Customer Care 044 556-4240

Home and Small Business Group Sales 044 556-3344

Business Sales Division (up to 400 employees) 044 556 1465

Preferred Accounts Division Sales (over 400 employees)

044 556-3433

Large Corporate Accounts Sales (over 3500 employees)

044 556-3430

Government, Education, and Medical Sales 044 556 3345

Dell Global Japan 044 556 3469

Individual User 044 556 1760

Faxbox Service 044 556-3490

Switchboard 044 556-4300

Website: http://support.jp.dell.com

Korea (Seoul)

International Access Code: 001

Country Code: 82

City Code: 2

Technical Support toll free: 080-200-3800

Sales toll free: 080-200-3777

Customer Service (Seoul, Korea) 2194-6220

Customer Service (Penang, Malaysia) 604 633 4949

Fax 2194-6202

Switchboard 2194-6000

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Department Name or Service Area, Website and E-mail Address

Area Codes, Local Numbers, and

Toll Free Numbers

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Latin America Customer Technical Support (Austin, Texas, U.S.A.)

512 728-4093

Customer Service (Austin, Texas, U.S.A.) 512 728-3619

Fax (Technical Support and Customer Service)(Austin, Texas, U.S.A.)

512 728-3883

Sales (Austin, Texas, U.S.A.) 512 728-4397

SalesFax (Austin, Texas, U.S.A.) 512 728-4600

or 512 728-3772

Luxembourg

International Access Code: 00

Country Code: 352

Technical Support (Brussels, Belgium) 02 481 92 88

Home/Small Business Sales (Brussels, Belgium) toll free: 080016884

Corporate Sales (Brussels, Belgium) 02 481 91 00

Customer Care (Brussels, Belgium) 02 481 91 19

Fax (Brussels, Belgium) 02 481 92 99

Switchboard (Brussels, Belgium) 02 481 91 00

Website: http://support.euro.dell.com

E-mail: tech_be@dell.com

Macau

Country Code: 853

Technical Support toll free: 0800 582

Customer Service (Penang, Malaysia) 604 633 4949

Transaction Sales toll free: 0800 581

Malaysia (Penang)

International Access Code: 00

Country Code: 60

City Code: 4

Technical Support toll free: 1 800 888 298

Customer Service 04 633 4949

Transaction Sales toll free: 1 800 888 202

Corporate Sales toll free: 1 800 888 213

Country (City) International Access Code Country Code City Code

Department Name or Service Area, Website and E-mail Address

Area Codes, Local Numbers, and

Toll Free Numbers

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Mexico

International Access Code: 95

Country Code: 52

City Code: 5

Automated Order-Status System (Austin, Texas, U.S.A.)

512 728-0685

AutoTech (Automated technical support) (Austin, Texas, U.S.A.)

512 728-0686

Customer Technical Support 525 228-7870

Sales 525 228-7811

or toll free: 91-800-900-37

or toll free: 91-800-904-49

Customer Service 525 228-7878

Main 525 228-7800

Netherlands (Amsterdam)

International Access Code: 00

Country Code: 31

City Code: 20

Technical Support 020 581 8838

Customer Care 020 581 8740

Home/Small Business Sales toll free: 0800-0663

Home/Small Business Sales Fax 020 682 7171

Corporate Sales 020 581 8818

Corporate Sales Fax 020 686 8003

Fax 020 686 8003

Switchboard 020 581 8818

Website: http://support.euro.dell.com

E-mail: tech_nl@dell.com

New Zealand

International Access Code: 00

Country Code: 64

Home and Small Business 0800 446 255

Government and Business 0800 444 617

Sales 0800 441 567

Fax 0800 441 566

Country (City) International Access Code Country Code City Code

Department Name or Service Area, Website and E-mail Address

Area Codes, Local Numbers, and

Toll Free Numbers

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Norway (Lysaker)

International Access Code: 00

Country Code: 47

Technical Support 671 16882

Relational Customer Care 671 17514

Home/Small Business Customer Care 23162298

Switchboard 671 16800

Fax Technical Support (Upplands Vasby, Sweden) 46 0 85 590 05 594

Fax Switchboard 671 16865

Website: http://support.euro.dell.com

E-mail: nor_support@dell.com

E-mail Support for Servers: Nordic_server_support@dell.com

Poland (Warsaw)

International Access Code: 011

Country Code: 48

City Code: 22

Technical Support 22 57 95 700

Customer Care 22 57 95 999

Sales 22 57 95 999

Fax 22 57 95 998

Switchboard 22 57 95 999

Website: http://support.euro.dell.com

E-mail: pl_support@dell.com

Portugal

International Access Code: 00

Country Code: 35

Technical Support 35 800 834 077

Customer Care 800 300 415 or 35 800 834 075

Sales 800 300 410 or 800 300 411 or 800 300 412 or

351 214 220 710

Fax 35 121 424 01 12

E-mail: es_support@dell.com

Singapore (Singapore)

International Access Code: 005

Country Code: 65

Technical Support toll free: 800 6011 051

Customer Service (Penang, Malaysia) 604 633 4949

Transaction Sales toll free: 800 6011 054

Corporate Sales toll free: 800 6011 053

Country (City) International Access Code Country Code City Code

Department Name or Service Area, Website and E-mail Address

Area Codes, Local Numbers, and

Toll Free Numbers

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South Africa (Johannesburg)

International Access Code: 09/091

Country Code: 27

City Code: 11

Technical Support 011 709 7710

Customer Care 011 709 7707

Sales 011 709 7700

Fax 011 706 0495

Switchboard 011 709 7700

Website: http://support.euro.dell.com

E-mail: dell_za_support@dell.com

Southeast Asian and Pacific Countries

Customer Technical Support, Customer Service, and Sales (Penang, Malaysia)

604 633 4810

Spain (Madrid)

International Access Code: 00

Country Code: 34

City Code: 91

Home and Small Business

Technical Support 902 100 130

Customer Care 902 118 540

Sales 902 118 541

Switchboard 902 118 541

Fax 902 118 539

Website: http://support.euro.dell.com

E-mail: web_esp_tech@dell.com

Corporate

Technical Support 902 100 130

Customer Care 902 118 546

Switchboard 91 722 92 00

Fax 91 722 95 83

Website: http://support.euro.dell.com

E-mail: web_esp_tech@dell.com

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Department Name or Service Area, Website and E-mail Address

Area Codes, Local Numbers, and

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Sweden (Upplands Vasby)

International Access Code: 00

Country Code: 46

City Code: 8

Technical Support 08 590 05 199

Relational Customer Care 08 590 05 642

Home/Small Business Customer Care 08 587 70 527

Fax Technical Support 08 590 05 594

Sales 08 590 05 185

Website: http://support.euro.dell.com

E-mail: swe_support@dell.com

E-mail Support for Latitude and Inspiron: Swe-nbk_kats@dell.com

E-mail Support for OptiPlex: Swe_kats@dell.com

E-mail Support for Servers: Nordic_server_support@dell.com

Switzerland (Geneva)

International Access Code: 00

Country Code: 41

City Code: 22

Technical Support (Home and Small Business) 0844 811 411

Technical Support (Corporate) 0844 822 844

Customer Care (Home and Small Business) 0848 802 202

Customer Care (Corporate) 0848 821 721

Fax 022 799 01 90

Switchboard 022 799 01 01

Website: http://support.euro.dell.com

E-mail: swisstech@dell.com

Taiwan

International Access Code: 002

Country Code: 886

Technical Support toll free: 0080 60 1255

Technical Support (Servers) toll free: 0080 60 1256

Transaction Sales toll free: 0080 651 228

or 0800 33 556

Corporate Sales toll free: 0080 651 227

or 0800 33 555

Thailand

International Access Code: 001

Country Code: 66

Technical Support toll free: 0880 060 07

Customer Support (Penang, Malaysia) 604 633 4949

Sales toll free: 0880 060 09

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Department Name or Service Area, Website and E-mail Address

Area Codes, Local Numbers, and

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U.K. (Bracknell)

International Access Code: 010

Country Code: 44

City Code: 1344

Technical Support (Corporate/Preferred Accounts/PAD [1000+ employees])

0870 908 0500

Technical Support (Direct/PAD and General) 0870 908 0800

Global Accounts Customer Care 01344 723186

Home and Small Business Customer Care 0870 906 0010

Corporate Customer Care 0870 908 0500

Preferred Accounts (500-5000 employees) Customer Care

01344 723196

Central Government Customer Care 01344 723193

Local Government Customer Care 01344 723194

Home/Small Business Sales 0870 907 4000

Corporate/Public Sector Sales 01344 860456

Website: http://support.euro.dell.com

E-mail: dell_direct_support@dell.com

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Department Name or Service Area, Website and E-mail Address

Area Codes, Local Numbers, and

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U.S.A. (Austin, Texas)

International Access Code: 011

Country Code: 1

Automated Order-Status System toll free: 1-800-433-9014

AutoTech (for portable and desktop computers) toll free: 1-800-247-9362

Dell Home and Small Business Group (for portable and desktop computers):

Customer Technical Support (Return Material Authorization Numbers)

toll free: 1-800-624-9896

Customer Technical Support (Home sales purchased via http://www.dell.com)

toll free: 1-877-576-3355

Customer Service (Credit Return Authorization Numbers)

toll free: 1-800-624-9897

National Accounts (systems purchased by established Dell national accounts [have your account number handy], medical institutions, or value-added resellers [VARs]):

Customer Service and Technical Support (Return Material Authorization Numbers)

toll free: 1-800-822-8965

Public Americas International (systems purchased by governmental agencies [local, state, or federal] or educational institutions):

Customer Service and Technical Support (Return Material Authorization Numbers)

toll free: 1-800-234-1490

Dell Sales toll free: 1-800-289-3355

or toll free: 1-800-879-3355

Spare Parts Sales toll free: 1-800-357-3355

DellWare toll free: 1-800-753-7201

Desktop and Portable Fee-Based Technical Support toll free: 1-800-433-9005

Server Fee-Based Technical Support toll free: 1-800-967-0765

Sales (Catalogs) toll free: 1-800-426-5150

Fax toll free: 1-800-727-8320

TechFax toll free: 1-800-950-1329

Dell Services for the Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, or Speech-Impaired

toll free: 1-877-DELLTTY

(1-877-335-5889)

Switchboard 512 338-4400

Dellnet Technical Support toll free: 1-877-Dellnet

(1-877-335-5638)

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Department Name or Service Area, Website and E-mail Address

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Addi t iona l Informat ion

Regulatory Notices

ENERGY STAR Compliance

Limited Warranty and Return Policy

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Regulatory Notices

Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) is any signal or emission, radiated in free space or conducted along power or signal leads, that endangers the functioning of a radio navigation or other safety service or seriously degrades, obstructs, or repeatedly interrupts a licensed radio communications service. Radio communications services include but are not limited to AM/FM commercial broadcast, television, cellular services, radar, air-traffic control, pager, and Personal Communication Services (PCS). These licensed services, along with unintentional radiators such as digital devices, including computer systems, contribute to the electromagnetic environment.

Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) is the ability of items of electronic equipment to function properly together in the electronic environment. While this computer system has been designed and determined to be compliant with regulatory agency limits for EMI, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause interference with radio communications services, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, you are encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

Reorient the receiving antenna.

Relocate the computer with respect to the receiver.

Move the computer away from the receiver.

Plug the computer into a different outlet so that the computer and the receiver are on different branch circuits.

If necessary, consult a Dell Technical Support representative or an experienced radio/television technician for additional suggestions. You may find the FCC Interference Handbook, 1986, to be helpful. It is available from the U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402, Stock No. 004-000-00450-7 or on the World Wide Web at http://www.fcc.gov/cib/Publications/tvibook.html.

Dell computer systems are designed, tested, and classified for their intended electromagnetic environment. These electromagnetic environment classifications generally refer to the following harmonized definitions:

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Class A is typically for business or industrial environments.

Class B is typically for residential environments.

Information Technology Equipment (ITE), including peripherals, expansion cards, printers, input/output (I/O) devices, monitors, and so on, that are integrated into or connected to the system should match the electromagnetic environment classification of the computer system.

A Notice About Shielded Signal Cables: Use only shielded cables for connecting peripherals to any Dell device to reduce the possibility of interference with radio communications services. Using shielded cables ensures that you maintain the appropriate EMC classification for the intended environment. For parallel printers, a cable is available from Dell. If you prefer, you can order a cable from Dell on the World Wide Web at http://www.dell.com/products/dellware/index.htm.

Most Dell computer systems are classified for Class B environments. To determine the electromagnetic classification for your system or device, refer to the following sections specific for each regulatory agency. Each section provides country-specific EMC/EMI or product safety information.

FCC Notices (U.S. Only) Most Dell computer systems are classified by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as Class B digital devices. However, the inclusion of certain options can change the rating of some configurations to Class A. To determine which classification applies to your computer system, examine all FCC registration labels located on the bottom or back panel of your computer, on card-mounting brackets, and on the cards themselves. If any one of the labels carries a Class A rating, your entire system is considered to be a Class A digital device. If all labels carry an FCC Class B rating as distinguished by either an FCC ID number or the FCC logo, ( ), your system is considered to be a Class B digital device.

Once you have determined your systems FCC classification, read the appropriate FCC notice. Note that FCC regulations provide that changes or modifications not expressly approved by Dell could void your authority to operate this equipment.

This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:

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This device may not cause harmful interference.

This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

Class A This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class A digital device pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference when the equipment is operated in a commercial environment. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the manufacturers instruction manual, may cause harmful interference with radio communications. Operation of this equipment in a residential area is likely to cause harmful interference, in which case you will be required to correct the interference at your own expense.

Class B This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the manufacturers instruction manual, may cause interference with radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, you are encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.

Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver.

Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.

Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/television technician for help.

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The following information is provided on the device or devices covered in this document in compliance with FCC regulations:

Model number: WCP and WCM

Company name: Dell Computer Corporation EMC Engineering Department One Dell Way Round Rock, Texas 78682 USA 512-338-4400

IC Notice (Canada Only) Most Dell computer systems (and other Dell digital apparatus) are classified by the Industry Canada (IC) Interference-Causing Equipment Standard #3 (ICES-003) as Class B digital devices. To determine which classification (Class A or B) applies to your computer system (or other Dell digital apparatus), examine all registration labels located on the bottom or the back panel of your computer (or other digital apparatus). A statement in the form of IC Class A ICES-003 or IC Class B ICES-003 will be located on one of these labels. Note that Industry Canada regulations provide that changes or modifications not expressly approved by Dell could void your authority to operate this equipment.

CE Notice (European Union) Marking by the symbol indicates compliance of this Dell system to the EMC Directive and the Low Voltage Directive of the European Union. Such marking is indicative that this Dell system meets the following technical standards:

This Class B (or Class A, if so indicated on the registration label) digital apparatus meets the requirements of the Canadian Interference- Causing Equipment Regulations.

Cet appareil numrique de la Classe B (ou Classe A, si ainsi indiqu sur ltiquette denregistration) respecte toutes les exigences du Reglement sur le Materiel Brouilleur du Canada.

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EN 55022 Limits and Methods of Measurement of Radio

Interference Characteristics of Information Technology Equipment.

EN 50082-1 "Electromagnetic compatibility Generic immunity standard Part 1: Residential, commercial, and light industry."

EN 60950 Safety of Information Technology Equipment.

NOTE: EN 55022 emissions requirements provide for two classifications:

Class A is for typical commercial areas.

Class B is for typical domestic areas.

RF INTERFERENCE WARNING: This is a Class A product. In a domestic environment this product may cause radio frequency (RF) interference, in which case the user may be required to take adequate measures.

This Dell device is classified for use in a typical Class B domestic environment.

A Declaration of Conformity in accordance with the preceding directives and standards has been made and is on file at Dell Computer Corporation Products Europe BV, Limerick, Ireland.

Battery Disposal Your computer system uses a lithium battery. The lithium is a long-life battery, and it is very possible that you will never need to replace it. However, should you need to replace it, refer to the section about replacing the battery in your Dell system documentation for instructions.

Do not dispose of the battery along with household waste. Contact your local waste disposal agency for the address of the nearest battery deposit site.

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EN 55022 Compliance (Czech Republic Only)

VCCI Notice (Japan Only) Most Dell computer systems are classified by the Voluntary Control Council for Interference (VCCI) as Class B information technology equipment (ITE). However, the inclusion of certain options can change the rating of some configurations to Class A. ITE, including peripherals, expansion cards, printers, input/output (I/O) devices, monitors, and so on, integrated into or connected to the system, should match the electromagnetic environment classification (Class A or B) of the computer system.

To determine which classification applies to your computer system, examine the regulatory labels/markings (see "VCCI Class A ITE Regulatory Mark" and "VCCI Class B ITE Regulatory Mark") located on the bottom or back panel of your computer. Once you have determined your systems VCCI classification, read the appropriate VCCI notice.

Class A ITE

This device belongs to Class B devices as described in EN 55022, unless it is specifically stated that it is a Class A device on the specification label. The following applies to devices in Class A of EN 55022 (radius of protection up to 30 meters). The user of the device is obliged to take all steps necessary to remove sources of interference to telecommunication or other devices.

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This is a Class A product based on the standard of the Voluntary Control

Council for Interference (VCCI) for information technology equipment. If this equipment is used in a domestic environment, radio disturbance may arise. When such trouble occurs, the user may be required to take corrective actions.

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Class B ITE

This is a Class B product based on the standard of the Voluntary Control Council for Interference (VCCI) for information technology equipment. If this equipment is used near a radio or television receiver in a domestic environment, it may cause radio interference. Install and use the equipment according to the instruction manual.

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MIC Notice (Republic of Korea Only) To determine which classification (Class A or B) applies to your computer system (or other Dell digital device), examine the Republic of Korean Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) registration labels located on your computer (or other Dell digital device). The MIC label may be located separately from the other regulatory marking applied to your product. Line three of the label identifies the emissions class for the product"(A)" for Class A products or "(B)" for Class B products.

NOTE: MIC emissions requirements provide for two classifications:

Class A devices are for business purposes.

Class B devices are for nonbusiness purposes.

Class A Device

Please note that this device has been approved for business purposes with regard to electromagnetic interference. If you find that this device is not suitable for your use, you may exchange it for a nonbusiness-purpose device.

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Class B Device

Please note that this device has been approved for nonbusiness purposes and may be used in any environment, including residential areas.

Polish Center for Testing and Certification Notice The equipment should draw power from a socket with an attached protection circuit (a three-prong socket). All equipment that works together (computer, monitor, printer, and so on) should have the same power supply source.

The phasing conductor of the rooms electrical installation should have a reserve short-circuit protection device in the form of a fuse with a nominal value no larger than 16 amperes (A).

To completely switch off the equipment, the power supply cable must be removed from the power supply socket, which should be located near the equipment and easily accessible.

A protection mark B confirms that the equipment is in compliance with the protection usage requirements of standards PN-93/T-42107 and PN-EN 55022: 1996.

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ENERGY STAR Compliance Certain configurations of Dell computer systems comply with the requirements set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for energy-efficient computers. If the front panel of your computer bears the ENERGY STAR Emblem, your original configuration complies with these requirements and all ENERGY STAR power management features of the computer are enabled.

NOTE: As an ENERGY STAR Partner, Dell Computer Corporation has determined that this product meets the ENERGY STAR guidelines for energy efficiency.

NOTE: Any Dell computer bearing the ENERGY STAR Emblem is certified to comply with EPA ENERGY STAR requirements as configured when shipped by Dell. Any changes you make to this configuration (such as installing additional expansion cards or drives) may increase the system's power consumption beyond the limits set by the EPA's ENERGY STAR Computers program.

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E N E R GY S TA R E m b l e m

The EPA's ENERGY STAR Computers program is a joint effort between the EPA and computer manufacturers to reduce air pollution by promoting energy-efficient computer products. The EPA estimates that use of ENERGY STAR computer products can save computer users up to two billion dollars annually in electricity costs. In turn, this reduction in electricity usage can reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, the gas primarily responsible for the greenhouse effect, and sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides, which are the two primary causes of acid rain.

Computer users can also help to reduce electricity usage and its side effects by turning off their computer systems when they are not in use for extended periods of timeparticularly at night and on weekends.

Limited Warranty and Return Policy Three-Year Limited Warranty (U.S. Only) Dell Computer Corporation ("Dell") manufactures its hardware products from parts and components that are new or equivalent to new in accordance with industry-standard practices. Dell warrants that the hardware products it manufactures will be free from defects in materials and workmanship. The limited warranty term is three years beginning on the date of invoice, as described in the following text.

Damage due to shipping the products to you is covered under this limited warranty. Otherwise, this limited warranty does not cover damage due to external causes, including accident, abuse, misuse, problems with electrical power, servicing not authorized by Dell, usage not in accordance with product instructions, failure to perform required preventive maintenance, and problems caused by use of parts and components not supplied by Dell.

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This limited warranty does not cover any items that are in one or more of

the following categories: software; external devices (except as specifically noted); accessories or parts added to a Dell system after the system is shipped from Dell; accessories or parts added to a Dell system through Dells system integration department; accessories or parts that are not installed in the Dell factory; or DellWare products. Monitors, keyboards, and mice that are Dell-branded or that are included on Dells standard price list are covered under this limited warranty; all other monitors, keyboards, and mice (including those sold through the DellWare program) are not covered. Batteries for portable computers are covered only during the initial one-year period of this limited warranty.

Coverage During Year One

During the one-year period beginning on the invoice date, Dell will repair or replace products covered under this limited warranty that are returned to Dells facility. To request warranty service, you must contact Dells Customer Technical Support within the warranty period. See "Getting Help" to obtain customer assistance. If warranty service is required, Dell will issue a Return Material Authorization Number. You must ship the products back to Dell in their original or equivalent packaging, prepay shipping charges, and insure the shipment or accept the risk of loss or damage during shipment. Dell will ship the repaired or replacement products to you freight prepaid if you use an address in the continental U.S., where applicable. Shipments to other locations will be made freight collect.

NOTE: Before you ship the product(s) to Dell, back up the data on the hard drive(s) and any other storage device(s) in the product(s). Remove any removable media, such as diskettes, CDs, or PC Cards. Dell does not accept liability for lost data or software.

Dell owns all parts removed from repaired products. Dell uses new and reconditioned parts made by various manufacturers in performing warranty repairs and building replacement products. If Dell repairs or replaces a product, its warranty term is not extended.

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Coverage During Years Two and Three

During the second and third years of this limited warranty, Dell will provide, on an exchange basis and subject to Dells Exchange Policy in effect on the date of the exchange, replacement parts for the Dell hardware product(s) covered under this limited warranty when a part requires replacement. You must report each instance of hardware failure to Dells Customer Technical Support in advance to obtain Dells concurrence that a part should be replaced and to have Dell ship the replacement part. Dell will ship parts (freight prepaid) if you use an address in the continental U.S., where applicable. Shipments to other locations will be made freight collect. Dell will include a prepaid shipping container with each replacement part for your use in returning the replaced part to Dell. Replacement parts are new or reconditioned. Dell may provide replacement parts made by various manufacturers when supplying parts to you. The warranty term for a replacement part is the remainder of the limited warranty term.

You will pay Dell for replacement parts if the replaced part is not returned to Dell. The process for returning replaced parts, and your obligation to pay for replacement parts if you do not return the replaced parts to Dell, will be in accordance with Dells Exchange Policy in effect on the date of the exchange.

You accept full responsibility for your software and data. Dell is not required to advise or remind you of appropriate backup and other procedures.

General Provisions

THIS LIMITED WARRANTY GIVES YOU SPECIFIC LEGAL RIGHTS, AND YOU MAY ALSO HAVE OTHER RIGHTS, WHICH VARY FROM STATE TO STATE (OR JURISDICTION TO JURISDICTION). DELL'S RESPONSIBILITY FOR MALFUNCTIONS AND DEFECTS IN HARDWARE IS LIMITED TO REPAIR AND REPLACEMENT AS SET FORTH IN THIS LIMITED WARRANTY STATEMENT. ALL EXPRESS AND IMPLIED WARRANTIES FOR THE PRODUCT, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF AND CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTIBILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ARE LIMITED IN DURATION TO THE WARRANTY PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE AND NO WARRANTIES, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WILL APPLY AFTER SUCH PERIOD.

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SOME STATES (OR JURISDICTIONS) DO NOT ALLOW

LIMITATIONS ON HOW LONG AN IMPLIED WARRANTY LASTS, SO THE PRECEDING LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

DELL DOES NOT ACCEPT LIABILITY BEYOND THE REMEDIES SET FORTH IN THIS LIMITED WARRANTY STATEMENT OR LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY LIABILITY FOR PRODUCTS NOT BEING AVAILABLE FOR USE OR FOR LOST DATA OR SOFTWARE.

SOME STATES (OR JURISDICTIONS) DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE PRECEDING EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

These provisions apply to Dells three-year limited warranty only. For provisions of any service contract covering your system, refer to your invoice or the separate service contract that you will receive.

If Dell elects to exchange a system or component, the exchange will be made in accordance with Dells Exchange Policy in effect on the date of the exchange. In any instance in which Dell issues a Return Material Authorization Number, Dell must receive the product(s) for repair prior to the expiration of the warranty period in order for the repair(s) to be covered by the limited warranty.

NOTE: If you chose one of the available warranty and service options in place of the standard three-year limited warranty described in the preceding text, the option you chose will be listed on your invoice.

Three-Year Limited Warranty (Canada Only) Dell Computer Corporation ("Dell") manufactures its hardware products from parts and components that are new or equivalent to new in accordance with industry-standard practices. Dell warrants that the hardware products it manufactures will be free from defects in materials and workmanship. The warranty term is three years beginning on the date of invoice, as described in the following text.

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Damage due to shipping the products to you is covered under this limited warranty. Otherwise, this limited warranty does not cover damage due to external causes, including accident, abuse, misuse, problems with electrical power, servicing not authorized by Dell, usage not in accordance with product instructions, failure to perform required preventive maintenance, and problems caused by use of parts and components not supplied by Dell.

This limited warranty does not cover any items that are in one or more of the following categories: software; external devices (except as specifically noted); accessories or parts added to a Dell system after the system is shipped from Dell; accessories or parts added to a Dell system through Dells system integration department; accessories or parts that are not installed in the Dell factory; or DellWare products. Monitors, keyboards, and mice that are Dell-branded or that are included on Dells standard price list are covered under this limited warranty; all other monitors, keyboards, and mice (including those sold through the DellWare program) are not covered. Batteries for portable computers are covered only during the initial one-year period of this limited warranty.

Coverage During Year One

During the one-year period beginning on the invoice date, Dell will repair or replace products covered under this limited warranty that are returned to Dells facility. To request warranty service, you must contact Dells Customer Technical Support within the warranty period. See "Getting Help" to obtain customer assistance. If warranty service is required, Dell will issue a Return Material Authorization Number. You must ship the products back to Dell in their original or equivalent packaging, prepay shipping charges, and insure the shipment or accept the risk of loss or damage during shipment. Dell will ship the repaired or replacement products to you freight prepaid if you use an address in Canada, where applicable. Shipments to other locations will be made freight collect.

NOTE: Before you ship the product(s) to Dell, back up the data on the hard drive(s) and any other storage device(s) in the product(s). Remove any removable media, such as diskettes, CDs, or PC Cards. Dell does not accept liability for lost data or software.

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Dell owns all parts removed from repaired products. Dell uses new and

reconditioned parts made by various manufacturers in performing warranty repairs and building replacement products. If Dell repairs or replaces a product, its warranty term is not extended.

Coverage During Years Two and Three

During the second and third years of this limited warranty, Dell will provide, on an exchange basis and subject to Dells Exchange Policy in effect on the date of the exchange, replacement parts for the Dell hardware product(s) covered under this limited warranty when a part requires replacement. You must report each instance of hardware failure to Dells Customer Technical Support in advance to obtain Dells concurrence that a part should be replaced and to have Dell ship the replacement part. Dell will ship parts (freight prepaid) if you use an address in Canada, where applicable. Shipments to other locations will be made freight collect. Dell will include a prepaid shipping container with each replacement part for your use in returning the replaced part to Dell. Replacement parts are new or reconditioned. Dell may provide replacement parts made by various manufacturers when supplying parts to you. The warranty term for a replacement part is the remainder of the limited warranty term.

You will pay Dell for replacement parts if the replaced part is not returned to Dell. The process for returning replaced parts, and your obligation to pay for replacement parts if you do not return the replaced parts to Dell, will be in accordance with Dells Exchange Policy in effect on the date of the exchange.

You accept full responsibility for your software and data. Dell is not required to advise or remind you of appropriate backup and other procedures.

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General Provisions

DELL MAKES NO EXPRESS WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS BEYOND THOSE STATED IN THIS LIMITED WARRANTY STATEMENT. DELL DISCLAIMS ALL OTHER WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION IMPLIED WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. SOME STATES (OR JURISDICTIONS) DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS, SO THIS LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

DELLS RESPONSIBILITY FOR MALFUNCTIONS AND DEFECTS IN HARDWARE IS LIMITED TO REPAIR AND REPLACEMENT AS SET FORTH IN THIS LIMITED WARRANTY STATEMENT. THESE WARRANTIES GIVE YOU SPECIFIC LEGAL RIGHTS, AND YOU MAY ALSO HAVE OTHER RIGHTS, WHICH VARY FROM STATE TO STATE (OR JURISDICTION TO JURISDICTION).

DELL DOES NOT ACCEPT LIABILITY BEYOND THE REMEDIES SET FORTH IN THIS LIMITED WARRANTY STATEMENT OR LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY LIABILITY FOR PRODUCTS NOT BEING AVAILABLE FOR USE OR FOR LOST DATA OR SOFTWARE.

SOME STATES (OR JURISDICTIONS) DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE PRECEDING EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

These provisions apply to Dells three-year limited warranty only. For provisions of any service contract covering your system, refer to your invoice or the separate service contract that you will receive.

If Dell elects to exchange a system or component, the exchange will be made in accordance with Dells Exchange Policy in effect on the date of the exchange. In any instance in which Dell issues a Return Material Authorization Number, Dell must receive the product(s) for repair prior to the expiration of the warranty period in order for the repair(s) to be covered by the limited warranty.

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NOTE: If you chose one of the available warranty and service options in place

of the standard three-year limited warranty described in the preceding text, the option you chose will be listed on your invoice.

One-Year End-User Manufacturer Guarantee (Latin America and the Caribbean Only)

Guarantee

Dell Computer Corporation ("Dell") warrants to the end user in accordance with the following provisions that its branded hardware products, purchased by the end user from a Dell company or an authorized Dell distributor in Latin America or the Caribbean, will be free from defects in materials, workmanship, and design affecting normal use, for a period of one year from the original purchase date. Products for which proper claims are made will, at Dells option, be repaired or replaced at Dells expense. Dell owns all parts removed from repaired products. Dell uses new and reconditioned parts made by various manufacturers in performing repairs and building replacement products.

Exclusions

This Guarantee does not apply to defects resulting from: improper or inadequate installation, use, or maintenance; actions or modifications by unauthorized third parties or the end user; accidental or willful damage; or normal wear and tear.

Making a Claim

Claims must be made in Latin America or the Caribbean by contacting the Dell point of sale within the guarantee period. The end user must always supply proof of purchase, indicating name and address of the seller, date of purchase, model and serial number, name and address of the customer, and details of symptoms and configuration at the time of malfunction, including peripherals and software used. Otherwise, Dell may refuse the guarantee claim. Upon diagnosis of a warranted defect, Dell will make arrangements and pay for ground freight and insurance to and from Dells repair/replacement center. The end user must ensure that the defective product is available for collection properly packed in original or equally protective packaging together with the details listed above and the return number provided to the end user by Dell.

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Limitation and Statutory Rights

Dell makes no other warranty, guarantee or like statement other than as explicitly stated above, and this Guarantee is given in place of all other guarantees whatsoever, to the fullest extent permitted by law. In the absence of applicable legislation, this Guarantee will be the end users sole and exclusive remedy against Dell or any of its affiliates, and neither Dell nor any of its affiliates shall be liable for loss of profit or contracts, or any other indirect or consequential loss arising from negligence, breach of contract, or howsoever.

This Guarantee does not impair or affect mandatory statutory rights of the end user against and/or any rights resulting from other contracts concluded by the end user with Dell and/or any other seller.

Dell World Trade LP One Dell Way, Round Rock, TX 78682, USA

Dell Computadores do Brasil Ltda (CNPJ No. 72.381.189/0001-10)/ Dell Commercial do Brasil Ltda (CNPJ No. 03 405 822/0001-40) Avenida Industrial Belgraf, 400 92990-000 - Eldorado do Sul RS - Brasil

Dell Computer de Chile Ltda Coyancura 2283, Piso 3- Of.302, Providencia, Santiago - Chile

Dell Computer de Colombia Corporation Carrera 7 #115-33 Oficina 603 Bogota, Colombia

Dell Computer de Mexico SA de CV Paseo de la Reforma 2620 - 11 Piso Col. Lomas Altas 11950 Mxico, D.F.

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"Total Satisfaction" Return Policy (U.S. and Canada Only)

If you are an end-user customer who bought new products directly from a Dell company, you may return them to Dell within 30 days of the date of invoice for a refund or credit of the product purchase price. If you are an end-user customer who bought reconditioned or refurbished products from a Dell company, you may return them to Dell within 14 days of the date of invoice for a refund or credit of the product purchase price. In either case, the refund or credit will not include any shipping and handling charges shown on your invoice. If you are an organization that bought the products under a written agreement with Dell, the agreement may contain different terms for the return of products than specified by this policy.

To return products, you must contact Dell Customer Service to receive a Credit Return Authorization Number. See "Getting Help" to obtain customer assistance. To expedite the processing of your refund or credit, Dell expects you to return the products to Dell in their original packaging within five days of the date that Dell issues the Credit Return Authorization Number. You must also prepay shipping charges and insure the shipment or accept the risk of loss or damage during shipment. You may return software for refund or credit only if the sealed package containing the diskette(s) or CD(s) is unopened. Returned products must be in as-new condition, and all of the manuals, diskette(s), CD(s), power cables, and other items included with a product must be returned with it. For customers who want to return, for refund or credit only, either applications software or an operating system that has been installed by Dell, the whole system must be returned, along with any media and documentation that may have been included in the original shipment.

This "Total Satisfaction" Return Policy does not apply to DellWare products, which may be returned under De

Manualsnet FAQs

If you want to find out how the Precision 330 Dell works, you can view and download the Dell Precision 330 Workstation User's Guide on the Manualsnet website.

Yes, we have the User's Guide for Dell Precision 330 as well as other Dell manuals. All you need to do is to use our search bar and find the user manual that you are looking for.

The User's Guide should include all the details that are needed to use a Dell Precision 330. Full manuals and user guide PDFs can be downloaded from Manualsnet.com.

The best way to navigate the Dell Precision 330 Workstation User's Guide is by checking the Table of Contents at the top of the page where available. This allows you to navigate a manual by jumping to the section you are looking for.

This Dell Precision 330 Workstation User's Guide consists of sections like Table of Contents, to name a few. For easier navigation, use the Table of Contents in the upper left corner.

You can download Dell Precision 330 Workstation User's Guide free of charge simply by clicking the “download” button in the upper right corner of any manuals page. This feature allows you to download any manual in a couple of seconds and is generally in PDF format. You can also save a manual for later by adding it to your saved documents in the user profile.

To be able to print Dell Precision 330 Workstation User's Guide, simply download the document to your computer. Once downloaded, open the PDF file and print the Dell Precision 330 Workstation User's Guide as you would any other document. This can usually be achieved by clicking on “File” and then “Print” from the menu bar.