Precision Workstation M4500 Visual Guide

Precision Workstation M4500 Visual Guide

Article Summary: This article provides a visual guide to your Precision M4500 Mobile Workstation computer

Table of Contents:
  1. Front View
  2. Rear View
  3. Left View
  4. Right View
  5. Bottom View
  6. Keyboard
  7. LEDs


Front View

1 Display latches - Used to secure the LCD in the closed position 2 Ambient light sensor - Dynamically adjusts display brightness based on the environment to extend battery life
3 Built in Microphone - Used to capture audio sounds 4 Camera LED - provides additional light for the integrated camera
5 Integrated Camera - Used to capture moving images and snapshots. (Optional) 6 Volume controls - Allows the user to adjust the system audio volume
7 Precision On - A software application to enable instant access to critical applications for the end user 8 Power button - Press to turn on the laptop or exit a power management mode
9 Right Speaker - Onboard audio output 10 Fingerprint Scanner - Security feature to identify the user using fingerprints
11 RF ID - Used as a system security feature or for online transactions 12 Trackstick - Allows the user to manipulate and control the on-screen cursor
13 Display latch release button - Used to release the display latches when the system is in the closed position 14 Touchpad buttons - Allows the user to interface with on-screen activity
15 Touch pad - Allows the user to manipulate and control the on-screen cursor 16 Trackstick buttons - Allows the user to interface with on-screen activity
17 Left Speaker - Onboard audio output 18 Device Status LEDs - Indicates power on/off and shows battery status
19 Touch pad buttons - Allows the user to interface with on-screen activity Keyboard LEDs - Displays the state of the keyboard lock buttons

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Rear View

1 RJ-11 (modem) connector - Used to connect to the internet via wired phone line 2 RJ-45 (LAN) connector - Used to connect the laptop to a high speed network
3 VGA external monitor connector - Used to connect an external monitor to the computer 4 AC adapter connector - Used to connect an AC adapter to the laptop

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Left View

1 Security cable slot - Used to attach a commercially available antitheft device to the laptop 2 USB 2.0 port - Used to connect USB devices, such as flash memory, a mouse, keyboard or printer
3 E-SATA port - Used to connect to external SATA devices. Also supports USB 2.0 devices 4 Display Port (DP) connector - Used to connect an external microphone to the system
5 Cooling exhaust port - provides cooling to internal components 6 ExpressCard slot - Slot for ExpressCard peripherals
7 Hard Drive bay - Houses internal fixed storage 8 Smart Card slot - Slot for smart card compatible peripherals

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Right View

1 PCMCIA slot - Used to interface with compatible PCMCIA expansion devices 2 Media Bay - Used to support Optical Drives or other compatible media bay devices
3 Smart Card Reader - Interfaces with smart cards for validation support 4 Wireless (WLAN) Switch - Used to enable or disable the wireless radio
5 1394 Firewire port - provides Firewire support for external devices 6 Headphone Jack - for external audio
7 Microphone Jack - for external mic support 8 USB 2.0 ports - Two USB ports for external USB devices

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Bottom View

1 Battery Bay - Used for the primary power source when disconnected from AC 2 Battery Charge Level - Used to read current battery charge level
3 Wireless LAN (WLAN) Card - Internally located under this cover here (optional) 4 Battery release latch - Secures the Lithium-Ion battery in the Battery Bay
5 Cooling fan intake - Provides cooling for internal components 6 Hard Drive - Internally located under this cover here
7 Memory - Internally located under this cover here 8 Bottom Access Cover - Provides access to the internal components
9 Optical Drive - Internally located under this cover here 10 Coin cell battery - Internally located under this cover here
11 Wireless Broadband (WWAN) card - Internally located under this cover here (optional) 12 Modem - Internally located under this cover here (optional)
13 Docking Port - Used for connecting the laptop to a docking station

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1 Hibernate - Puts the system into a sleep state 2 Battery options - Shortcut to power options
3 Num Lock - Activates Number Lock 4 Scroll Lock - Activates Scroll Lock
5 DCP Button - Launches Dell Control Point (optional) 6 External Video - Switches Video output configuration to external monitors
7 Function key - Used to activate secondary button functions (functions in blue) 8 ALS - Toggles the Ambient Light Sensor to adjust LCD brightness based on light in the environment
9 LCD Brightness - Increases/Decreases the LCD backlight brightness manually 10 Keyboard Backlight - Toggles the backlight on the keyboard (optional)

Keyboard Shortcuts
System Functions
Key Combination Action
< Ctrl > < Shift > < Esc > Opens the Windows Task Manager window
Key Combination Action
< Ctrl > < F3 > Displays the Dell Control Point Battery Meter (if installed)
Display Functions
Key Combination Action
< Fn > < F7 > Launches Dell Control Point (if installed)
< Fn > < F8 > Switches the video image to the next display option. The options include the integrated display, an external monitor, and both displays simultaneously
< Fn > + left-arrow key Activates the ambient light sensor, which controls the display's brightness based on the light level in the current environment
< Fn > + right-arrow key Toggles the keyboard back-light on or off
< Fn > + up-arrow key Increases brightness on the integrated display only (not on an external monitor)
< Fn > + down-arrow key Decreases brightness on the integrated display only (not on an external monitor)
Power Management
Key Combination Action
< Fn > < Esc > Activates a power management mode. A user can reprogram this keyboard shortcut to activate a different power management mode using the Advanced tab in the Power Options Properties
< Fn > < F1 > Places the computer in Hibernate mode. Dell Quickset is required
Microsoft Windows Logo Key Functions
Key Combination Action
Windows logo key + < M > Minimizes all open windows
Windows logo key + < Shift > < M > Maximizes all active windows
Windows logo key + < E > Launches Windows Explorer
Windows logo key + < R > Opens the Run dialog box
Windows logo key + < F > Opens the Search Results dialog box
Windows logo key + < Pause > Opens the System Properties dialog box

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1 HDD activity light - Turns white when the laptop reads or writes data 2 Battery indicator light - Indicates when the battery is charging, or is low on charge (flashes amber)
3 Wireless LAN Radio - Indicates when the Wireless LAN Radio is turned on (optional hardware) 4 Bluetooth - Indicates when the Bluetooth Radio is turned on (optional hardware)
5 Broadband (WWAN) - Indicates the signal strength of the cellular broadband card (optional hardware) 6 Num Lock - Indicates when the Number Lock is active
7 Caps Lock - Indicates when the Caps Lock is active 8 Scroll Lock - Indicates when the Scroll Lock is active

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ID de l'article : SLN290805

Date de la dernière modification : 03/17/2014 12:00 AM

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