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You might not need every tool for every procedure. WIth a silver plastic shell, chrome control buttons, and the well known Dell logo, this laptop was state-of-the-art in it's time. Along with the elegant design of the laptop, many more features can be found inside the device as well. With a standard laptop keyboard and a screen size of 15.4 inches, the Inspiron 6000 weighs 8.4 pounds. One of the drawbacks with this laptop is with the battery. The battery was recalled by Dell in 2006 due to a complaint in failed charging. Since then, the battery issue has been fixed. Page Count: 124 Model PP12LNOTE: 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 potential for property damage, personal injury, or death. Abbreviations and Acronyms. For a complete list of abbreviations and acronyms, see the Dell Inspiron Help file. To access the help file,Information in this document is subject to change without notice. Reproduction in any manner whatsoever without the written permission of Dell Inc.Trademarks used in this text: Dell, the DELL logo, Inspiron, Dell Precision, Dimension, DellNet, OptiPlex, Latitude, PowerEdge, PowerConnect. PowerVault, PowerApp, and Dell OpenManage are trademarks of Dell Inc.; Intel, Celeron, and Pentium are registered trademarks of. Intel Corporation; Microsoft, Outlook, and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation; Bluetooth is a registered trademarkOther 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 PP12L. July 2005. Rev. A05Finding InformationRight Side View. Back View. Bottom View. Setting Up Your Computer. Connecting to the Internet.Setting Up a Printer.

Printer Cable. Connecting a USB Printer. Power Protection Devices.Line Conditioners. Uninterruptible Power SuppliesFront ViewBattery Performance. Checking the Battery Charge. Dell QuickSet Battery Meter. Microsoft Windows Power Meter. Charge Gauge. Low-Battery Warning.......Using CDs and DVDs.Using Blank CD-Rs and CD-RWs. Helpful Tips. Using Dell MediaDirectComposite Video Connection. Enabling the Display Settings for a TVNumeric KeypadSystem Functions. CD or DVD Tray. Display Functions. Radios (Including Wireless Networking and an Internal Card With. Power Management. Speaker Functions. Touch Pad. ContentsPC Card TypesConnecting to a Network Adapter. Network Setup Wizard.Removing a PC Card or BlankDell Diagnostics. When to Use the Dell Diagnostics. Drive Problems. DVD drive problems. Hard drive problemsError MessagesKeyboard Problems. External keyboard problems. Unexpected characters...The computer stops responding. A program stops responding..A program is designed for an earlier Windows operating system. A solid blue screen appears. Other software problems. Memory ProblemsNo sound from external speakers. No sound from headphones. Touch Pad or Mouse Problems. Video and Display Problems.If the display is difficult to read. If only part of the display is readable. DriversIdentifying Drivers. Reinstalling Drivers.Using Microsoft Windows XP System Restore. Using Dell PC Restore by Symantec......Adding and Replacing Parts. Before You Begin. Recommended Tools. Turning Off Your Computer. Before Working Inside Your Computer.Power ProblemsReturning a Hard Drive to Dell. Memory. Modem. Wireless Mini PCI Card. Coin-Cell Battery. Display. Optical Drive.KeyboardSpecifications. Using the System Setup Program. Overview. Viewing the System Setup Screen. System Setup Screen. Commonly Used Options.....Class A. Class B. FCC Identification InformationContacting Dell. Index.NOTE: Some features may not be available for your computer or in certain countries.

NOTE: Additional information may ship with your computer. What Are You Looking For? Find It Here. Warranty information. Terms and Conditions (U.S. only). Safety instructions. Regulatory information. Ergonomics information. End User License Agreement. How to play CDs and DVDs. How to use standby mode and hibernate mode. How to change my display resolution. How to clean my computer. Setup Diagram. Help FileFinding InformationFind It Here. Service Tag and Microsoft Windows License. These labels are located on the bottom of your computer.Dell Support Website — NOTE: Select your region to view the appropriate supportNOTE: Corporate, government, and education customersFind It HereNSS provides critical updatesThe software automatically detects your computer andTo download Notebook System Software:Configuration Utilities, and click Dell Notebook. System Software. Windows Help and Support CenterFinding InformationFront ViewD I S P L A Y — For more information about your display, see the Dell Inspiron Help file. To access the help file. A Tour of Your ComputerNOTICE: To avoid losing data when you turn off your computer, shut down your computer through the Start menuTurns on when the computer reads or writes data. NOTICE: To avoid loss of data, never turn off the computer while the. Turns on steadily or blinks to indicate battery charge status. If the computer is connected to an electrical outlet, the. Solid green: The battery is charging. Flashing green: The battery is almost fully charged. If the computer is running on a battery, theOff: The battery is adequately charged (or the computer is turned off). Flashing orange: The battery charge is low. Solid orange: The battery charge is critically low. A Tour of Your ComputerMutes the sound. Turns the volume down. Turns the volume up. Play or pause. This button also launches Dell Media. Plays the previous track. Plays the next track. Stop.

A Tour of Your ComputerFor informationTurns on when the uppercase letter function is enabled. Turns on when the scroll lock function is enabled. Turns on when wireless networking is enabled. To enable orNOTE: The card with Bluetooth wireless technology is anFor more information,To turn off only the Bluetooth wireless technologyTo quickly enable or disable all wireless devices, pressDo not store yourRestricting the airflowA Tour of Your ComputerO P T I C A L D R I V E — You can install devices such as a DVD drive or other optical drive in the optical drive bay. Right Side ViewUSB connectors (2). IEEE 1394 connectorPC Card slotAttach a microphone to theU S B C O N N E C T O R S — Connect USB devices, such as a mouse, keyboard, or printer. You can also connect theIEEE 1394 C O N N E C T O R — Connects devices supporting IEEE 1394 high-speed transfer rates, such as some digitalP C C A R D S L O T — Supports one PC Card, such as a modem or network adapter. The computer ships with a plasticTo access the help file, seeBack ViewAC adapter connector. S-video TV-out connector. USB connectors (2)To avoid damaging the computer, doConnects the computer to a network. The green and yellowFor information on using the network adapter, see the onlineFor additional information on using the modem, see theA Tour of Your ComputerAlso connects digitalTo access the. A C A D A P T E R C O N N E C T O R — Attaches an AC adapter to the computer. The AC adapter converts AC power to the DC power required by the computer. You can connect the. AC adapter with your computer turned either on or off.However, power connectors and powerUsing an incompatible cable or improperly connecting the cable to the power stripNOTICE: When you disconnect the AC adapter cable from the computer, grasp the connector, not the cable itself,Bottom ViewFor more information,Connecting to the Internet. NOTE: ISPs and ISP offerings vary by country.

To connect to the Internet, you need a modem or network connection and an Internet service provider (ISP),Dial-up connections that provide Internet access through a telephone line. Dial-up connectionsDSL connections that provide high-speed Internet access through your existing telephone line. With a DSL connection, you can access the Internet and use your telephone on the same lineCable modem connections that provide high-speed Internet access through your local cable TV line. If you are using a dial-up connection, connect a telephone line to the modem connector on yourIf you are using a. DSL or cable modem connection, contact your ISP for setup instructions. Setting Up Your Internet Connection. To set up an AOL or MSN connection:If you do not have an MSN Explorer or AOL icon on your desktop or if you want to set up an InternetThe New Connection Wizard appears.Setting Up Your ComputerIf you do not have an ISP and want to select one, click Choose from a list of Internet serviceIf you have already obtained setup information from your ISP but you did not receive a setup CD,If you have a CD, click Use the CD I got from an ISP.If you selected Set up my connection manually, continue to step 6. Otherwise, follow the instructionsNOTE: If you do not know which type of connection to select, contact your ISP.Contact your ISP to check the service status, or try connecting again later. Setting Up a Printer. NOTICE: Complete the operating system setup before you connect a printer to the computer. See the documentation that came with the printer for setup information, including how to. Obtain and install updated drivers. Connect the printer to the computer. Load paper and install the toner or ink cartridge. Contact the printer manufacturer for technical assistance. Your printer connects to your computer with a USB cable. Your printer may not come with a printer cable, soIf you purchased a printerConnecting a USB Printer.

NOTE: You can connect USB devices while the computer is turned on.See the documentation that came with your printer.The USB connectors fit only one way.USB printerUSB connectorPower Protection Devices. Several devices are available to protect against power fluctuations and failures. Surge protectors. Line conditioners. Uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). Surge Protectors. Surge protectors and power strips equipped with surge protection help to prevent damage to your computerThe level ofSome surge protectorCarefully read the device warrantyA device with a higher joule rating offers more protection. Compare jouleNOTICE: Most surge protectors do not protect against power fluctuations or power interruptions caused byWhen lightning occurs in your area, disconnect the telephone line from the telephone wallMany surge protectors have a telephone jack for modem protection. See the surge protector documentationNOTICE: Not all surge protectors offer network adapter protection. Disconnect the network cable from theSetting Up Your ComputerNOTICE: Line conditioners do not protect against power interruptions. Line conditioners are designed to maintain AC voltage at a fairly constant level. Uninterruptible Power Supplies. NOTICE: Loss of power while data is being saved to the hard drive may result in data loss or file damage. NOTE: To ensure maximum battery operating time, connect only your computer to a UPS. Connect other devices,A UPS protects against power fluctuations and interruptions. UPS devices contain a battery that providesThe battery charges while AC powerBattery Performance. CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this chapter, follow the safety instructions in the. Product Information Guide.Use a battery to run the computer when it is notOne battery is supplied as standard equipment in the battery bay. NOTE: Battery operating time (the time the battery can hold a charge) decreases over time.

Depending onBattery operating time varies depending on operating conditions. Operating time is significantlyUsing wireless communications devices, PC Cards, or USB devices. Using high-brightness display settings, 3D screen savers, or other power-intensive programs suchRunning the computer in maximum performance mode. For more information, see the. Dell Inspiron Help file. NOTE: It is recommended that you connect your computer to an electrical outlet when writing to a CD or DVD. You can check the battery charge before you insert the battery into the computer. You can also set powerCAUTION: Using an incompatible battery may increase the risk of fire or explosion. Replace the batteryThe lithium-ion battery is designed to work with your. Dell computer. Do not use a battery from other computers with your computer. CAUTION: Do not dispose of batteries with household waste. When your battery no longer holds a charge,CAUTION: Misuse of the battery may increase the risk of fire or chemical burn. Do not puncture, incinerate. Keep the battery away from children. Handle damaged or leaking batteries with extreme care. Damaged batteries may leak and cause personalUsing a BatteryDell QuickSet Battery Meter. If Dell QuickSet is installed, press to display the QuickSet Battery Meter. For moreThe Battery Meter window displays status, charge level, and charge completion time for the battery inThe following icons appear in the Battery Meter window. The computer or docking device is running on battery power. The computer is connected to AC power and the battery is charging. The computer is connected to AC power and the battery is fully charged. For more information about QuickSet, right-click theMicrosoft Windows Power Meter. The Windows Power Meter indicates the remaining battery charge. To check the Power Meter, double-clickIf the computer is connected to an electrical outlet, aCharge Gauge. Press the status button on the battery charge gauge to illuminate the charge-level lights.

Each lightFor example, if the battery has 80 percent ofIf no lights appear, the battery has no charge.NOTICE: To avoid losing or corrupting data, save your work immediately after a low-battery warning. Then connect the computer to an electrical outlet. If the battery runs completely out of power, hibernate modeA pop-up window warns you when the battery charge is approximately 90 percent depleted. For more. To access the. Charging the Battery. NOTE: The AC adapter charges a completely discharged battery in approximately 2 hours with the computerYou can leave the battery in the computer as long asWhen you connect the computer to an electrical outlet or install a battery while the computer is connectedIf necessary, the AC adapterIf the battery is hot from being used in your computer or being in a hot environment, the battery may notThe battery is too hot to start charging if theDisconnect theThen connect the computer to an electrical outlet to continue charging the battery. Using a BatteryCAUTION: Before performing these procedures, disconnect the modem from the telephone wall jack.Installing a Battery. CAUTION: Using an incompatible battery may increase the risk of fire or explosion. Replace the battery onlyThe lithium-ion battery is designed to work with your DellStoring a Battery. Remove the battery when you store your computer for an extended period of time. A battery dischargesAfter a long storage period, recharge the battery fully before you use it.Using CDs and DVDs. Copying CDs and DVDs. NOTE: Ensure that you follow all copyright laws when you create CDs or DVDs. The following instructions show how to make an exact copy of a CD or DVD. You can also use Sonic. RecordNow for other purposes, including creating CDs from audio files on your computer and creating. MP3 CDs. For instructions, see the Sonic RecordNow documentation that came with your computer.

Open Sonic RecordNow, click the question mark icon in the upper-right corner of the window, and thenHow to Copy a CD or DVDHowever, DVD-writable drives doIn addition, commercially available DVD players forNOTE: Most commercial DVDs have copyright protection and cannot be copied using Sonic RecordNow.Using CDs, DVDs, and Other MultimediaIf you have one CD or DVD drive, ensure that the settings are correct and click Copy. The computer reads your source CD or DVD and copies it to a temporary folder on your computerWhen prompted, insert a blank CD or DVD into the CD or DVD drive and click OK. If you have two CD or DVD drives, select the drive into which you have inserted your source CD or. DVD and click Copy. The computer copies the data on the CD or DVD to the blank CD or DVD. When you have finished copying the source CD or DVD, the CD or DVD that you have createdUsing Blank CD-Rs and CD-RWs. Your CD-RW drive can write to two different types of recording media—CD-Rs and CD-RWsUse blank CD-Rs to record music or permanently store data files. After creating a CD-R, you cannot write to that CD-R again without changing your method of recordingUse blank CD-RWs to write to CDs or to erase,Your DVD-writable drive can write to four different types of recording media—CD-Rs, CD-RWs (includingHelpful TipsYou must use CD-Rs to burn music CDs that you want to play in regular stereos. CD-RWs do not playYou cannot create audio DVDs with Sonic RecordNow. Music MP3 files can be played only on MP3 players or on computers that have MP3 software installed. Do not burn a blank CD-R or CD-RW to its maximum capacity; for example, do not copy a 650-MB fileThe CD-RW drive needs 1 or 2 MB of the blank CD to finalize the recording. Use a blank CD-RW to practice CD recording until you are familiar with CD recording techniques. If you make a mistake, you can erase the data on the CD-RW and try again. You can also use blank.

CD-RWs to test music file projects before you record the project permanently to a blank CD-R. See the Sonic support website at for additional information. Using CDs, DVDs, and Other MultimediaNOTE: QuickSet, which is automatically installed and enabled on your computer, is necessary for Dell MediaDirectIf you have Microsoft Windows Media Center Edition or Dell Media Experience installed, you can useDell MediaDirect launches Microsoft Windows Media Center Edition or Dell Media Experience,If both applications are present, Windows Media Center EditionWhen your computer is open, you can press the media control play button to start the computer fromNOTE: For optimal efficiency, launch from hibernate or standby mode. Using CDs, DVDs, and Other MultimediaNOTE: Video and audio cables for connecting your computer to a TV or other audio device are not included withThe composite TV-out adapterYour TV has either an S-video input connector or a composite video-input connector. Depending on whatFor a TV with only a composite video-input connector,The audio connector on the side of the computer enables you to connect the computer to your TV or audioNOTE: See the diagrams at the beginning of each subsection to help you determine which method of connectionWhen you finish connecting the video and audio cables between your computer and your TV, you mustS-Video Connection. S-video cableComposite Video Connection. Using CDs, DVDs, and Other MultimediaS-video TV-outS-videoEnabling the Display Settings for a TV. Your computer may have either a video-controller card or a video controller on the system board (known asSee the following subsection that corresponds to the video controllerVideo-Controller Card. NOTE: Ensure that you properly connect the TV before you enable the display settings.Using CDs, DVDs, and Other MultimediaNOTE: Ensure that you properly connect the TV before you enable the display settings.In the Intel (R) Graphics Media Accelerator window, click TV.

Click Display Settings and ensure that the settings are correct. If you want to use a TV and the computer display at the same time:In the Intel (R) Graphics Media Accelerator window, click Intel (R) Dual Display Clone andClick Display Settings and ensure that the settings are correct.For more information, click Information in the Intel (R) Graphics Media Accelerator window, and thenNumeric KeypadThe numeric keypad functions like the numeric keypad on an external keyboard. Each key on theThe keypad numbers and symbols are marked in blue on the right of theTo enable the keypad, press. The. To disable the keypad, press again.Using the Keyboard and Touch PadSystem FunctionsBatteryDell QuickSet, see the Dell Inspiron Help file. CD or DVD TrayDisplay FunctionsThe options include theIncreases brightness on the integrated display only (not on anDecreases brightness on the integrated display only (not on anRadios (Including Wireless Networking and an Internal Card WithPower ManagementYou can reprogram this keyboardTo access the help file. Using the Keyboard and Touch PadWindows logo key and Minimizes all open windows. Windows logo key andWindows logo key and. Runs Windows Explorer. Windows logo key and. Opens the Run dialog box. Opens the Search Results dialog box. Windows logo key andWindows logo key andTo adjust keyboard operation, such as the character repeat rate, open the Control Panel, click Printers and. Other Hardware, and click Keyboard. For information about the Control Panel, see the Dell Inspiron Help. Using the Keyboard and Touch PadThe touch pad detects the pressure and movement of your finger to allow you to move the cursor on theTo move the cursor, lightly slide your finger over the touch pad.

To select an object, lightly tap once on the surface of the touch pad or use your thumb to press the leftTo select and move (or drag) an object, position the cursor on the object and tap down-up-down onTo double-click an object, position the cursor on the object and tap twice on the touch pad or use yourCustomizing the Touch Pad. You can use the Mouse Properties window to disable the touch pad or adjust their settings.For informationPC Card Types. NOTE: A PC Card is not a bootable device. The PC Card slot has one connector that supports a single Type I or Type II card. The PC Card slotPC Card Blanks. Your computer shipped with a plastic blank installed in the PC Card slot. Blanks protect unused slotsSave the blank for use when no PC Card is installed in the slot; blanksExtended PC Cards. An extended PC Card (for example, a wireless network adapter) is longer than a standard PC Card andFollow these precautions when using extended PC Cards. Protect the exposed end of an installed card. Striking the end of the card can damage theAlways remove an extended PC Card before you pack the computer in its carrying case. Installing a PC Card. You can install a PC Card in the computer while the computer is running. The computer automaticallyPC Cards are generally marked with a symbol (such as a triangle or an arrow) to indicate which end toThe cards are keyed to prevent incorrect insertion. If card orientation is not clear, seeCAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the. Product Information Guide. Using PC CardsIf you encounter too much resistance, do not force the card. Check the card orientation and try again. The computer recognizes most PC Cards and automatically loads the appropriate device driver.

If theNOTICE: Use the PC Card configuration utility (click theIf you do not stop the card in the configuration utility, you couldCAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the. Press the latch and remove the card or blank. For some latches, you must press the latch twice: once to popSave a blank to use when no PC Card is installed in a slot. Blanks protect unused slots from dust andUsing PC CardsConnecting to a Network Adapter. Before you connect your computer to a network, the computer must have a network adapter installedTo connect a network cable:NOTE: Insert the cable until it clicks into place, and then gently pull it to ensure that it is secure.NOTE: Do not use a network cable with a telephone wall connector. Setting Up a Home and Office NetworkNetwork Setup Wizard.Connecting to a Wireless Local Area NetworkDetermining Your Network Type. NOTE: Most wireless networks are of the infrastructure type. Wireless networks fall into two categories—infrastructure networks and ad-hoc networks. An infrastructureAn ad-hoc network does not use routersFor additional assistance withYour wireless network card requires specific software and drivers in order to connect to a network. The softwareIf the software is removed or corrupted, follow the instructions included in the user's guideThe user’s guide is available on the Dell Support website at When you turn on your computer, a pop-up appears from the network icon in the notification areaThe Wireless Network Connections window lists the wireless networks available in your area. Setting Up a Home and Office NetworkNOTE: Network security settings are unique to your network. Dell cannot provide this information. Your network is configured automatically. NOTE: Your computer can take up to 1 minute to connect to the network.

After your computer is configured for the wireless network you selected, another pop-up notifies youThereafter, whenever you log on to your computer in the area of the wireless network, the same pop-upDell Diagnostics. CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions in the. If you experience a problem with your computer, perform the checks in this chapter, and run the. Dell Diagnostics before you contact Dell for technical assistance. Start the Dell Diagnostics from your hard drive. The Dell Diagnostics is located on a hidden diagnosticIf you wait too long and the operating system logo appears, continue to wait until you see theThe computer runs the Pre-boot System Assessment, a series of initial tests of your system board,During the assessment, answer any questions that appear. If a failure is detected, the computer stops and beeps. To stop the assessment and restart theIf failures are detected during the Pre-boot System Assessment, write down the error code(s)If the Pre-boot System Assessment completes successfully, you receive the message Booting. Dell Diagnostic Utility Partition. Press any key to continue.Solving ProblemsOption. Function. Express Test. Performs a quick test of devices. This test typically takes 10 to 20Run Express TestExtended Test. Performs a thorough check of devices. This test typically takes anCustom Test. Tests a specific device. You can customize the tests you want to run. Symptom Tree. Lists the most common symptoms encountered and allows you toIf you cannot resolve the error condition, contact Dell. NOTE: The Service Tag for your computer is located at the top of each test screen. If you contact Dell, technicalTab. Results. Displays the results of the test and any error conditions encountered. Errors. Displays error conditions encountered, error codes, and the problemHelp. Describes the test and may indicate requirements for running theConfiguration.

Displays your hardware configuration for the selected device. The Dell Diagnostics obtains configuration information for all devicesParameters.