A Tour of Your Laptop Dell™ Inspiron™ 4000

clip_image001[10] Front View

clip_image001[11] Left Side View

clip_image001[12] Right Side View

clip_image001[13] Back View

Front View


Display Latch

This latch keeps the display locked in place when the display is closed.


The computer has a color LCD.

Dell™ Solution Center Button

Press this button to launch the Dell Solution Center, where you can find support and educational tools that Dell has installed on your computer. You can reprogram the button to launch a program of your choice.

Keyboard Status Lights


The green lights located above the keyboard indicate the following:

  • The light labeled clip_image005[4]turns on when you press clip_image006[4]to enable the numeric keypad.
  • The light labeled clip_image007[4]turns on when you press clip_image008[4]to enable the uppercase letter function.
  • The light labeled clip_image012[4]turns on when you press clip_image011[4] to enable the scroll lock function.


The keyboard includes a numeric keypad as well as the Microsoft® Windows® logo key that supports the Windows operating systems.

Track Stick

The track stick detects the pressure and movement of your finger for moving the cursor on the display and, along with the track stick buttons, provides full mouse functionality.


The internal microphone allows you to record voice audio.

Device Status Lights


The green lights next to the keyboard indicate the following:

  • The light labeled clip_image014[4]turns on when the computer is turned on and blinks when the computer is in standby mode.
  • The light labeled clip_image015[4]turns on when the computer reads data from or writes data to the hard drive.
  • The light labeled clip_image016[4]turns on steadily or blinks to indicate the battery charge status. Indicator states include:
    • Off, which indicates that the computer is operating on AC power
    • Flashing green, which indicates that the battery is charging
    • Solid green, which indicates that the battery is fully charged

clip_image017[8] NOTICE: To avoid data loss, never turn off the computer while the green light labeled clip_image018[4]is flashing.

Touch Pad

The touch pad detects the position of your finger over a touch-sensitive area and provides the computer with full mouse functionality.

Modular Bay

You can install devices such as a floppy drive, CD drive, DVD drive, CD- RW drive, Zip drive, second hard drive, second battery, or Dell TravelLite™ travel module in the modular bay.

Display Latch Button

Press the display latch button to unlock the display.

Battery Bay

With a battery in this bay, you can use the computer without plugging it into the electrical outlet.

Touch Pad/Track Stick Buttons

These buttons correspond to the left and right buttons on a standard mouse.

Power Button

clip_image019[12] HINT: To turn off your computer, perform a Windows shutdown.

Press the power button to turn on the computer or to initiate standby mode. If the computer stops responding, press and hold the power button until the computer turns off completely (this may take several seconds).


Left Side View


PC Card Slot

The PC Card slot has two connectors that support various types of PC Cards, including modems and network adapters.

Hard Drive

The hard drive reads and writes data on a hard disk.

Security Cable Slot

This slot lets you attach a commercially available antitheft device to the computer. Complete instructions for installing antitheft devices are usually included with the device.


clip_image017[9] NOTICE: Antitheft devices are of differing designs. Before you buy one, make sure it works with the security cable slot in the computer.


Your computer has integrated speakers.


Right Side View


Infrared Sensor

clip_image019[13] HINT: The infrared sensor does not function when the computer is connected to a port replicator.

The infrared sensor lets you transfer files from the computer to another infrared device without using cable connections.


Audio Connectors


  • Attach a microphone to the clip_image026[4]connector.
  • Attach headphones or speakers to the clip_image027[4]connector.

Modem Connector


If you ordered the optional internal modem, use this connector to plug in the telephone connector.

Network Connector


If you ordered the optional network adapter, use this connector to connect the computer to a network.


S-Video TV-Out Connector


Use this connector to connect your computer to a television.

Fan Exhaust

The fan works with the air intake to prevent the computer from overheating. When the computer gets hot, the small internal fan turns on and draws air through the air intake to cool the computer. Hot air is expelled through the fan exhaust.


Back View


Air Intake

clip_image019[14] HINT: The computer turns on the fan only when the computer gets hot. It may run most of the time or very seldom, depending on your use of the computer. Because the fan spins at a high rate of speed, it may make a noise. This noise is normal and does not indicate a problem with the fan or the computer.

The fan works with the air intake to prevent the computer from overheating. When the computer gets hot, the small internal fan turns on and draws air through the air intake to cool the computer. Hot air is expelled through the fan exhaust.

clip_image032[4] CAUTION: Do not push objects into or block the air intake. Doing so can cause fire or damage the interior components. Keep the opening free from dust and other foreign particles.

Serial Connector


Use this connector to attach a serial device to the computer.

Parallel Connector


Use this connector to attach a parallel device, such as a printer, to the computer.

Docking Connector


Use this connector to attach your computer to the optional advanced port replicator. An advanced port replicator allows you to easily use an external keyboard, mouse, and monitor with your computer. It also includes a network connector for connecting your computer to a network.

clip_image019[15] HINT: The port replicator may not be available in certain countries.

Refer to the documentation that came with your port replicator for instructions on attaching external devices to the port replicator and connecting your computer to it.

PS/2 Connector


USB Connector

Use this connector to attach PS/2-compatible devices such as a mouse, keyboard, or external numeric keypad to your computer.


Use this connector to attach USB-compatible devices such as a mouse, keyboard, printer, or scanner to your computer.

Video Connector


Use this connector to attach an external monitor to the computer.

AC Adapter Connector

Use this connector to attach an AC adapter to the computer.


clip_image019[16] HINT: Although the AC adapter works worldwide, power connectors vary among countries. Before using the AC adapter in a foreign country, you may need to obtain a new power cable designed for use with the electrical outlets in that country.

The AC adapter converts AC power to the DC power required by the computer. You can connect the AC adapter with your computer either turned on or off.

clip_image017[10] NOTICE: When you disconnect the AC adapter from the computer, grasp the adapter cable connector, not the cable itself, and pull firmly but gently to avoid damaging the cable.

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