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Dell Inspiron 6400/E1505

Owners Manual

Model PP20L

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Notes, Notices, and CautionsNOTE: 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 theproblem.

CAUTION: A CAUTION indicates a potential for property damage, personal injury, or death.

Abbreviations and AcronymsFor a complete list of abbreviations and acronyms, see "Glossary" on page 169. If you purchased a Dell n Series computer, any references in this document to Microsoft Windows operating systems are not applicable.

____________________Information in this document is subject to change without notice. 20052007 Dell Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in any manner whatsoever without the written permission of Dell Inc. is strictly forbidden. Trademarks used in this text: Dell, the DELL logo, Inspiron, Dell Precision, Dimension, DellNet, OptiPlex, Latitude, PowerEdge, PowerConnect, PowerVault, PowerApp, Dell TravelLite, ExpressCharge, Dell Media Experience, MediaDirect, XPS, and Strike Zone are trademarks of Dell Inc.; Core is a trademark and Intel and Celeron are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation; Microsoft, Outlook, and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation; Bluetooth is a registered trademark owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and is used by Dell under license; IBM is a registered trademark of IBM Corporation; EMC is a registered trademark of EMC Corporation; ENERGY STAR is a registered trademark of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 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 Inc. disclaims any proprietary interest in trademarks and trade names other than its own.Model PP20L

August 2006

P/N MD402

Rev. A04

ContentsFinding Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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About Your Computer .Front View

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Determining Your Computers Configuration

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Left Side View

Right Side View Back View

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Bottom View

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Setting Up Your Computer.Connecting to the Internet .

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Setting Up Your Internet Connection

Transferring Information to a New Computer .

Running the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard With the Operating System CD . . . . . . . . . Running the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard Without the Operating System CD . . . . . . . Setting Up a Printer

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Printer Cable . . . . . . . Connecting a USB Printer. Power Protection Devices .

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Surge Protectors . . . . . . . . Line Conditioners . . . . . . . . Uninterruptible Power Supplies

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Using the Display.Adjusting Brightness .

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Switching the Video Image Setting Display Resolution .

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Using the Keyboard and Touch Pad .Numeric Keypad Key Combinations

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System Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Display Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Power Management . . . . . . . . . . . . Speaker Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . Microsoft Windows Logo Key Functions QuickSet Key Combinations . . . . . . . . Adjusting Keyboard Settings . . . . . . . . Touch Pad

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Customizing the Touch Pad .

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Using a Battery .Battery Performance .

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Checking the Battery Charge

Dell QuickSet Battery Meter . . . . Microsoft Windows Power Meter Charge Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . Low-Battery Warning . . . . . . . . . Conserving Battery Power .

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Power Management Modes . . . . . . . Configuring Power Management Settings Charging the Battery . Replacing the Battery Storing a Battery .

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Using MultimediaPlaying CDs or DVDs . Copying CDs and DVDs.

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How to Copy a CD or DVD. . Using Blank CDs and DVDs . Helpful Tips . . . . . . . . . Adjusting the Volume Adjusting the Picture

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Using Dell Media Experience and Dell MediaDirect If the computer is turned on or in standby mode . . If the computer is turned off or in hibernate mode . Dell MediaDirect and Dell Media Experience Help Connecting Your Computer to a TV or Audio Device S-Video and Standard Audio . . . . . . . . S-Video and S/PDIF Digital Audio. . . . . . Composite Video and Standard Audio . . . Composite Video and S/PDIF Digital Audio . Component Video and Standard Audio . . . Component Video and S/PDIF Digital Audio Setting Up the Cyberlink (CL) Headphones . Enabling the Display Settings for a TV . . .

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Using CardsExpressCards .

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ExpressCard Blanks. . . . . . . . . Installing an ExpressCard . . . . . . Removing an ExpressCard or Blank Media Memory Cards

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Installing a Media Memory Card . Removing a Media Memory Card .

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Setting Up a Network .Network Setup Wizard .

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Physically Connecting to a Network or Broadband Modem

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Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN)

What You Need to Establish a WLAN Connection . . . . Checking Your Wireless Network Card . . . . . . . . . . Setting Up a New WLAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Connecting to a Wireless Local Area Network. . . . . . Enabling/Disabling the Wireless Network Card . . . . . Monitoring the Status of Wireless Network Connections Through Dell QuickSet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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