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Quick Links. Table of Contents. Dell precision mobile workstation m40 user's guide pages. Dell precision mobile workstation m40 service manual 27 pages. Environmental Protection Agency. Page 4 Replacing the Battery Storing a Battery Page Page 7 Drive Problems CD and DVD drive problems. Contacting Dell Page Finding Information Documentation and drivers are already installed on your computer.

You can use the media to reinstall drivers see "Reinstalling Drivers and Utilities" on page 96 , to run the Dell Diagnostics see "Dell Diagnostics" on page 69 , or to access your documentation. Readme files may be Enter the Express Service Page 13 This support provides real-time health scans of your computing environment, software updates, and relevant self-support information.

Access the Dell Support Utility from the icon in the taskbar. For more information, see "Dell Support Utility" on page Finding Information Page About Your Computer About Your Computer Front View display latch device status lights touch pad keyboard status lights ambient light sensor — Keeps the display closed.

Restricting the airflow can damage the computer or cause a fire. Disables wireless devices. Enables wireless devices. Scans for WiFi networks. About Your Computer Do not store your computer in a low-airflow environment, such as a closed briefcase, while it is running. For information on using the modem, see the online modem documentation supplied with your computer see "Finding Information" When you wrap the AC adapter cable, ensure that you follow the angle of the connector on the AC adapter to avoid damaging the cable.

Page Windows Vista When all of the settings and files have been applied, the Finished screen appears. NOTE: For more information about this procedure, search support.

Page Using A Battery Using an incompatible battery may increase the risk of fire or explosion. Replace the battery only with a compatible battery purchased from Dell. The lithium ion battery is designed to work with your Dell computer. Do not use a battery from other computers with your computer.

The Battery Meter displays status, battery health, charge level, and charge completion time for the battery in your computer. Page Low-Battery Warning You can check battery health in one of two ways: by using the charge gauge on the battery as described below and by using the Battery Meter in Dell QuickSet.

Page Configuring Power Management Settings Using an incompatible battery may increase the risk of fire or explosion. Page Storing A Battery 1 If the computer is connected to a docking device docked , undock it. See the documentation that came with your docking device for instructions. Using the Keyboard and Touch Pad Page Customizing The Touch Pad And Track Stick You can replace your track stick cap if it wears down from prolonged use or if you prefer a different color.

You can purchase additional caps by visiting the Dell website at www. Page 41 3 Test the track stick to ensure that the cap is seated properly. Page 42 Using the Keyboard and Touch Pad Keep the tray closed when you are not using the drive.

Page Adjusting The Volume 4 Push the tray back into the drive. Your computer has an S-video TV-out connector that, together with a standard S-video cable, a composite video adapter cable, or a component video adapter cable available from Dell , enable you to connect the computer to a TV. To access the Help and Support Center, click Start your computer information and diagnose problems. Page Microsoft Windows Xp If you choose a resolution or color palette that is higher than the display supports, the settings adjust automatically to the closest supported values.

To set the display resolution and refresh rate for your display, perform the steps in the following section that corresponds to the operating system your computer is using.

You can also adjust maximum and minimum brightness settings that are activated when you enable the ambient light sensor feature. Page 52 Using the Display NOTE: Insert the cable connector until it clicks into place, and then gently pull the cable to ensure that it is securely attached. If Wireless Network Connection does not appear, you may not have a wireless network card. The Order Confirmation for Your Computer The order confirmation that you received when you ordered your computer lists the hardware and software that shipped with your computer.

Page Connecting To A Wlan Verify the type of wireless network card installed in your computer and then search for that name on the Dell Support website at support. For information on the type of wireless network card that is installed in your computer, see "Checking Your Wireless Network Card" on page The user's guide is also available on the Dell Support website at support.

Because the Wi-Fi Catcher Network Locator is disabled and not configured for use when your computer is shipped to you, you must first use Dell QuickSet to enable and configure the switch to control WiFi network connections.

Page Expresscard 2 Slide the card into the slot until the card is completely seated in its connector. If you encounter too much resistance, do not force the card. Check the card orientation and try again. The computer recognizes most cards and automatically loads the appropriate device driver. If the configuration program tells you to load the manufacturer's drivers, use the floppy disk or CD that came with the PC Card.

Page Removing A Card Or Blank The computer recognizes most cards and automatically loads the appropriate device driver. If the configuration program tells you to load the manufacturer's drivers, use the floppy disk or CD that came with the card.

If you have an adapter, such as the one shown below, you can use mm ExpressCards in the PC Card slot. Page 64 Using Cards Page Securing Your Computer Your computer does not ship with a security cable lock.

A security cable lock is a commercially available antitheft device. For more information, see the instructions included with the device. The computer automatically detects the card. To install a smart card: 1 Hold the card so that the gold contact pad is facing upward and pointing toward the smart card slot.

For your protection, Dell support staff will ask you for proof of your identity to ensure that only an authorized person can use the computer. Page Using A Hard Drive Password If you forget the primary password and do not have an administrator password assigned, or if you have both a primary and an administrator password assigned but forget them both, contact your system administrator or contact Dell see "Contacting Dell" on page Using a Hard Drive Password The hard drive password helps protect the data on your hard drive from unauthorized access.

In the event of these backups being incomplete, lost, or damaged, Dell will be unable to assist in the recovery of encrypted data. Page Security Management Software Computer tracking software may enable you to locate your computer if it is lost or stolen. Page Troubleshooting Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the Product Information Guide When to Use the Dell Diagnostics If you experience a problem with your computer, run the Dell Diagnostics before you contact Dell for technical assistance.

It is recommended that you print these procedures before you begin. Press any key to continue". Page 73 If you contact Dell, technical support will ask for your Service Tag. Page Dell Support Utility Allows you to customize the test by changing the test settings. To exit the Dell Diagnostics and restart the computer, close the Main Menu screen. For more information about the Dell Support Utility, click the question mark? If you are an administrator on the computer, click Continue; otherwise, contact your administrator to continue the desired action.

Page Error Messages For more information, go to support. Error Messages Fill out the Diagnostics Checklist see "Diagnostics Checklist" on page as you complete these checks. Then shut down the computer, reinstall the hard drive, and restart the computer. If the tests indicate a defective external keyboard, contact Dell see "Contacting Dell" Page Memory Problems Internet, your computer might be infected with spyware.

Use an anti-virus program that includes anti-spyware protection your program may require an upgrade to scan the computer and remove spyware. For more information, go to support. Page System Setup Program System security and hard-drive password settings NOTICE: Unless you are an expert computer user or are directed to do so by Dell technical support, do not change the system setup settings.

Certain changes might make your computer work incorrectly. Viewing the System Setup Screens 1 Turn on or restart your computer. Page Commonly Used Settings You can set a one-time-only boot sequence without entering the system setup program. You can also use this procedure to boot the Dell Diagnostics on the diagnostics utility partition on your hard drive.

Page Changing Com Ports 3 Connect the computer to an electrical outlet.


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