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Disconnect the power and data cables from the back of the Media Card Reader. Page Optical Drive 3. Remove the existing media card reader, if applicable see Removing a Media Card Reader. If no screws are attached to the Media Card Reader, check the inside of the drive panel for shoulder screws. If screws are present, attach the screws to the new card reader.
Disconnect the power and data cables from the back of the drive. NOTE: If you are uninstalling your only optical drive and will not replace it at this time, disconnect the data cable from the system board and set it aside. Remove the existing optical drive, if applicable see Removing an Optical Drive.
Seek medical attention if irritation develops. Page 60 3. Slide the drive release latch towards the base of the computer to release the shoulder screw s on the optical drive s , then slide the optical drive s forward, out of the way. NOTE: It is not necessary to disconnect the optical drive cables unless you intend to fully remove the optical drive s from the computer.
Thermal grease is critical for ensuring adequate thermal bonding, which is a requirement for optimal processor operation. Page Installing The Processor 1. To avoid damage, ensure that the processor is aligned properly with the socket, and do not use excessive force when you install the processor. Be careful not to touch or bend the pins on the system board. Page Installing The Card Fan cage housing fan cage tab 2 6. In succession, carefully pull on each corner of the fan to detach the rubber grommets securing the fan to the fan cage.
Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets, and then turn them on. Removing the Optional Hard Drive Fan 1. Page Installing The System Board 2. Flash the system BIOS, as needed. Page Installing The Power Supply screws 4 hard-drive bays 8. Remove the four screws that attach the power supply to the back of the computer chassis. Gather the power supply bundles that stem from the power supply, for easy removal.
Slide the power supply into place, ensuring that the tabs on the rear wall of the computer chassis latch into place. Replace the four screws that secure the power supply to the back of the computer chassis. NOTICE: Carefully note the routing of each cable before you disconnect it, so that you are sure to re-route cables correctly. An incorrectly routed or a disconnected cable could lead to computer problems.
Replacing the Battery A coin-cell battery maintains computer configuration, date, and time information. The battery can last several years. If you have to repeatedly reset time and date information after turning on the computer, replace the battery. Page Replacing The Computer Cover 2. Loosen the captive screw securing the stand to the base of the computer.
Gently slide the stand back, towards the rear of the computer, then pull the stand away from the computer to remove it. Page 78 computer cover cover hinge tabs hinge slots 5. Carefully, lift the rear of the computer and slide the stabilizing feet outward into the open position.
With the help of an assistant, carefully set the computer upright. Dell does not provide technical support for any hardware or software issues arising from any third party applications used to enable overclocking, such as NVIDIA nTune 5. The taskbar is located in the lower-right corner of your screen. Dell recommends that you use the back USB connectors for devices that typically remain connected, such as printers and keyboards. The appearance of this connector may differ from what is pictured.
Page Attaching The Computer Stand 6 connected, such as printers and keyboards. Insert the six alignment tabs into the corresponding slots on the base of the computer, then slide the stand forward until all six tabs catch in the slots.
Ensure that the screw hole on the stand is aligned with the screw hole on the base of the computer. Page Connecting Monitors Do not install your computer in an enclosure that does not allow airflow. Restricting the airflow impacts your computer's performance, possibly causing it to overheat. Connecting Two or More Monitors Disconnect the computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets.
Connect the other end of the S-video cable to the S-video input connector on your TV. For example, two GB hard drives combine to provide GB of hard drive space on which to store data. NOTE: In a RAID level 0 configuration, the size of the configuration is equal to the size of the smallest drive multiplied by the number of drives in the configuration. Page Configuring Your Hard Drives For Raid If a drive failure occurs, subsequent read and write operations are directed to the other surviving drives.
A replacement drive can then be rebuilt using the data from the surviving drives. Also, because data is duplicated on the primary and additional drives, four GB RAID level 1 drives collectively have a maximum of GB on which to store data. The Clearing System Data window appears. Page Rebuilding A Raid Configuration 6. Click Next. Under Free Disk Selection, select the hard drive s you want to include in the migrated array by clicking the checkbox beside it.
Page Helpful Tips continue. The computer reads your source disc and copies the data to a temporary folder on your computer hard drive. When prompted, insert a blank disc into the drive and click OK. If you have two optical drives, select the drive into which you have inserted your source disc and click the Copy Disc button to continue.
The computer copies the data from the source disc to the blank disc. If you make a mistake, you can erase the data on the CD-RW and try again. Page Network Setup Wizard Network Setup Wizard The Microsoft Windows operating system provides a Network Setup Wizard to guide you through the process of sharing files, printers, or an Internet connection between computers in a home or small office.
Windows XP: 1. Click Finish. To transfer data to the new computer: 1. On the Now go to your old computer screen on the new computer, click Next. Page Power Options Properties Because hibernate mode requires a special file on your hard drive with enough disk space to store the contents of the computer memory, Dell creates an appropriately sized hibernate mode file before shipping the computer to you. In the Performance and maintenance window, click Conserving power on your computer. Power Management Options in Windows Vista The Microsoft Vista power management features can reduce the amount of electricity your computer uses when it is on and you are not using it.
You can reduce power to just the monitor or the hard drive, or you can use sleep mode or hibernate mode to reduce power to the entire computer. Page Troubleshooting If you have to repeatedly reset time and date information after turning on the computer, or if an incorrect time or date displays during start-up, replace the battery see Replacing the Battery.
If the battery still does not work properly, contact Dell see Contacting Dell. Run the Dell Diagnostics — Dell Diagnostics. Optical drive problems NOTE: High-speed optical drive vibration is normal and may cause noise, which does not indicate a defect in the drive or the media. Click Do not allow attachments to remove the checkmark, as needed. Page Lockups And Software Problems Test the keyboard — Connect a properly working keyboard to the computer, then try using the keyboard.
Page Memory Problems See the software documentation for minimum memory requirements. If necessary, install additional memory see Installing Memory. Reseat the memory modules see Memory to ensure that your computer is successfully communicating with the memory. Run the Dell Diagnostics see Dell Diagnostics. Adjust the settings as needed. Windows Vista: 1.
Reinstall the mouse driver — Remove and then reinstall all memory modules see Memory. If your scanner is listed, Windows recognizes the scanner. Page Video And Monitor Problems If your computer came with a PCI graphics card installed, removal of the card is not necessary when installing additional graphics cards; however, the card is required for troubleshooting purposes.
If you remove the card, store it in a safe and secure location. For information about your graphics card, go to support. Page Power Lights The computer is in a normal off Plug the computer into a working electrical outlet see Power Problems. The diagnostic lights are not lit after the system successfully boots to the operating system.
Page Beep Codes For example, beep code one possible beep code consists of one beep, a burst of three beeps, and then one beep. This beep code tells you that the computer encountered a memory problem. Reseating the memory modules may correct the following beep code errors. If the problem persists, contact Dell see Contacting Dell for instructions on obtaining technical assistance. Upon restart, the computer boots according to the boot sequence specified in system setup.
Page Dell Diagnostics Main Menu 9. Page What Is A Driver Custom Test The Dell Diagnostics obtains configuration information for all devices from system setup, memory, and various internal tests, and it only displays the information in the device list in the left pane of the screen. NOTE: The device list may not display the names of all the components installed on your computer or all devices attached to your computer.
When you see the Windows desktop, reinsert the Drivers and Utilities media. If you installed additional hardware, the drivers for the new hardware might not be displayed by the Drivers and Utilities media. Both permanently delete all data on the hard drive and remove any programs installed after you received the computer. If possible, back up the data before using these options.
Dell PC Restore enables you to restore your hard drive to the operating state it was in when you purchased your computer. It is recommended that you do not remove PC Restore from your computer, even to gain additional hard-drive space. Use the Dell Drivers and Utilities media to load any required drivers. Depending on the region from which you ordered your computer, or whether you requested the media, the Dell Drivers and Utilities media and Operating System media may not ship with your computer.
Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation. Troubleshooting Software and Hardware Problems If a device is either not detected during the operating system setup or is detected but incorrectly configured, you can use the Hardware Troubleshooter to resolve the incompatibility. This manual is also suitable for: Xps h2c.
Print page 1 Print document pages. The motherboard is based on the BTX form factor, so it's installed on the left-hand side of the case, rather than the right-hand side when looking at the case from the front.
It's a large motherboard by any standard, yet it's not gluttonous. All around the motherboard, structural supports abound for the add-in cards and the cooling fans -- and there are lot of cooling fans in the case. Two 12cm fans at the front of the case push cool air through the large CPU heat sink and the graphics card, respectively, towards the rear of the case, while an 8cm fan is positioned in between the two hard drives cages at the top.
Almost all of the front and rear of the case is vented, so there is no shortage of fresh air, but dust filters aren't installed. Because the case is a little fiddly to work on the hard drives are at the top, behind the DVD burner Dell has included pre-routed cables for all of the available drive ports. This means if you want to install another hard drive, all you have to do is plug in the power and data cables that are already hanging from the empty drive cage.
It makes the case look messy, but then again, it's not like it has a windowed side-panel. Tools aren't required when installing a new component either, as everything is held in place by clips and brackets. You might want to opt for a third hard drive when configuring this system, as the two GB Raptor drives will fill up fast, and you'll also want something to back them up. During our tests, the Raptors produced a transfer rate of 61MBps, which is a slightly faster result than we were expecting.
They do make a fair bit of noise, however, and this is noticeable due to the size of the case and its vents. The fans, however, are mostly quiet except during boot-up. Dell has locked the front side bus and clock multiplier settings, which is a shame as the Core 2 CPUs are known to be good at running faster than their rated speeds.
Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable. This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on — creating content was super simple. Sign up here. Expert Rating. Pros Great for gaming, fast hard drive performance.
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