Sharp PC-A820 Specifications

Notice for Users in the USA
FCC Statement
WARNING - FCC Regulations state that any unauthorized changes or modifications
to this equipment not expressly approved by the manufacturer could void the user’s
authority to operate this equipment.
Note: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a
Class B digital device pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in
a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency
energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause
harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that
interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause
harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning
the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one
or more of the following measures:
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
Increase the distance between the equipment and receiver.
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
A shielded I/F cable and included cables with ferrite cores are required to insure
compliance with FCC regulation for Class B computing equipment.
* As an ENERGY STAR® Partner, SHARP has determined that this product meets
the ENERGY STAR® guidelines for energy efficiency.
Declaration of Conformity
SHARP PERSONAL COMPUTER, PC-A810 Series
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the following
conditions:(1)this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept
any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
Responsible Party: SHARP ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
Sharp Plaza, Mahwah, New Jersey 07430-2135
TEL: 1-800-BE-SHARP
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About the Modem
This equipment complies with Part 68 of FCC rules. On the bottom of this
equipment is a label that contains, among other information, the FCC registration
number and ringer equivalence number (REN) for this equipment. If requested, this
information must be provided to the telephone company.
The modem jack of this equipment complies with Sub-part F of Part 68 of FCC
rules.
The REN is used to determine the quantity of devices which may be connected to the
telephone line. Excessive RENs on the telephone line may result in the devices not
ringing in response to an incoming call. In most, but not all areas, the sum of the
RENs should not exceed five (5.0). To be certain of the number of devices that may
be connected to the line, as determined by the total RENs contact the telephone
company to determine the maximum REN for the calling areas.
If the terminal equipment causes harm to the telephone network, the telephone
company will notify you in advance that temporary discontinuance of service may be
required. But if advance notice isn't practical, the telephone company will notify the
customer as soon as possible. Also, you will be advised of your right to file a
complaint with the FCC if you believe it necessary.
The telephone company may make changes in its facilities, equipment, operations, or
procedures that could affect the operation of the equipment. If this happens, the
telephone company will provide advance notice in order for you to make the
necessary modifications in order to maintain uninterrupted service.
If trouble is experienced with this equipment, please contact Sharp Electronics Corp.
for repair and (or) warranty information (Refer to the end of this section). If the
trouble is causing harm to the telephone network, the telephone company may
request you remove the equipment from the network until the problem is resolved.
The equipment cannot be used on public coin service provided by the telephone
company. Connection to Party Line Service is subject to state tariffs. (Contact the
state public utility commission, public service commission or corporation
commission for information.)
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The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 makes it unlawful for any person
to use a computer or other electronic device, including fax machines, to send any
message unless such message clearly contains in a margin at the top or bottom of
each transmitted page or on the first page of the transmission, the date and time it is
sent and an identification of the business or other entity, or other individual sending
the message and the telephone number of the sending machine or such business,
other entity, or individual. (The telephone number provided may not be a 900
number or any other number for which charges exceed local or long-distance
transmission charges.) To program this information, refer to the manual of the
communication software.
CAUTION: DISCONNECT TELEPHONE LINES BEFORE ACCESSING THE
MODEM CARD.
Copyright
It is the intent of Sharp that this product be used in full compliance with the
copyright laws of the United States and that prior permission be obtained from
copyright owners whenever necessary.
Product Information and Customer Assistance
For Product Information and Customer Assistance:
Call: 1-800-BE-SHARP (237-4277)
Sharp Electronics Corp.
Sharp Plaza, Mahwah, NJ
07430-2135
Home Page: http://www.sharp-usa.com
E-mail address: pcsupport@sharpsec.com
CompuServe: Go Sharp
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Notice for Users in Europe
This equipment complies with the requirements of Directives 89/336/EEC and
73/23/EEC as amended by 93/68/EEC.
Dieses Gerät entspricht den Anforderungen der EG-Richtlinien 89/336/EWG
und 73/23/EWG mit Änderung 93/68/EWG.
Ce matériel répond aux exigences contenues dans les directives 89/336/CEE et
73/23/CEE modifiées par la directive 93/68/CEE.
Dit apparaat voldoet aan de eisen van de richtlijnen 89/336/EEG en
73/23/EEG, gewijzigd door 93/68/EEG.
Dette udstyr overholder kravene i direktiv nr. 89/336/EEC og 73/23/EEC med
tillæg nr. 93/68/EEC.
Quest' apparecchio è conforme ai requisiti delle direttive 89/336/EEC e
73/23/EEC, come emendata dalla direttiva 93/68/EEC.
Η εγκατασταση αυτη ανταποκρινεται στιζ απαιτησειζ των οδηγιων τηζ
Ευρωπαïκηζ Ενωσηζ 89/336/EOK κατ 73/23/EOK, óπωζ οι κανονισµοι αυτοι
συµπληρωθηκαν απó την οδηγια 93/68/EOK.
Este equipamento obedece às exigências das directivas 89/336/CEE e
73/23/CEE, na sua versão corrigida pela directiva 93/68/CEE.
Este aparato satisface las exigencias de las Directivas 89/336/CEE y
73/23/CEE, modificadas por medio de la 93/68/CEE.
Denna utrustning uppfyller kraven enligt riktlinjerna 89/336/EEC och
73/23/EEC så som komplette ras av 93/68/EEC.
Dette produktet oppfyller betingelsene i direktivene 89/336/EEC og
73/23/EEC i endringen 93/68/EEC.
Tämä laite täyttää direktiivien 89/336/EEC ja 73/23/EEC vaatimukset, joita on
muutettu direktiivillä 93/68/EEC.
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CAUTION:
TO PREVENT ELECTRICAL SHOCK, DISCONNECT THE AC CORD AND
THE BATTERY BEFORE SERVICING.
CAUTION:
FOR A COMPLETE ELECTRICAL DISCONNECTION, PULL OUT THE MAIN
PLUG AND THE BATTERY.
VORSICHT:
UM DIE STROMZUFUHR VOLLSTÄNDIG ZU UNTERBRECHEN, DEN
NETZSTECKER HERAUSZIEHEN UND DIE BATTERIE ÈNTFERNEN.
ATTENTION:
POUR UN ARRET TOTAL DU SYSTEME, DECONNECTEZ LA PRISE DE
COURANT SECTEUR ET LA BATTERIE.
VARNING:
FÖR TOTAL ELEKTRISK URKOPPLING, KOPPLA UR KONTAKTEN OCH
TA UR BATTERIET.
PRECAUCION:
PARA UNA COMPLETA DESCONEXION ELECTRICA DESENCHUFE LA
CLAVIJA DE LA RED Y LA BATERIA.
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Safety Precautions
General
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Follow all cautions and instructions which may be marked on the computer.
Except as described elsewhere in this manual, refer all servicing to qualified
personnel. Immediately shut off the computer and seek servicing under the
following conditions:
• when the power cord or plug is damaged or frayed
• if liquid has been spilled on the computer
• if the computer has been dropped or the cabinet has been damaged
Location
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Do not expose the computer to direct sunlight.
Try to avoid dusty environments.
Keep the computer away from any magnetic devices and TVs.
Keep the computer away from excessive humidity or fluids such as rain, snow,
water spray, juice, coffee, steam, etc.
Do not move the computer from an extremely cold place to an extremely warm
place. A temperature difference of more than 10°C (18°F) will cause
condensation inside the unit, which may cause damage.
Do not block or cover slots or openings on the cabinet. These protect the
computer from overheating.
Care should be exercised when using on heat sensitive surfaces or your lap as the
base of this computer will get hot.
Do not smoke near your computer.
Usage
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Never push any objects of any kind into cabinet openings. They may touch
dangerous voltage points or short parts that could result in fire or electrical shock.
Turn off the computer before installing or removing a peripheral device (except
when connecting USB devices and PC cards).
Check the AC power cord and power connectors periodically for damage. Replace
the power cord immediately if damage is found.
Never subject your computer to sudden shocks or extreme vibration.
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Do not drop the computer nor hit it with other equipment.
Do not scratch the surface of the LCD screen.
Turn off the computer and disconnect the AC power cord before cleaning.
Battery Pack Precautions
Handling
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Never put the battery pack in a fire, as it could explode and cause injury.
Do not attempt to open or alter the battery pack.
Do not place the battery where it might get hotter than 60°C (140°F).
Do not allow metal objects such as jewelry to short across the battery terminals, as
it could heat up and explode.
Do not allow liquids to come in contact with the battery pack.
Avoid dropping the pack or other violent shock.
Do not solder anything to the battery terminals.
Charging
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Charge the battery pack only with the AC adapter included with your computer or
an optional one.
Discharging
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Do not use the battery pack for any purpose other than powering the computer.
Storage
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Store the battery pack in a cool and dry place. Never allow the temperature to
exceed 60°C (140°F) during storage.
Recharge the battery pack after storage, before use.
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Modem Precautions
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Never install telephone wiring during a lightning storm.
Never install telephone jacks in wet locations unless the jack is specifically
designed for wet locations.
Never touch uninsulated telephone wires or terminals unless the telephone line
has been disconnected at the network interface.
Use caution when installing or modifying telephone lines.
Avoid using the telephone during a lightning storm. There may be a remote risk
of electric shock from lightning.
Do not use the telephone to report a gas leak while in the vicinity of the leak.
About This Manual
Notice
Information in this manual is subject to change without notice and does not represent a
commitment on the part of SHARP Corporation.
SHARP Corporation shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions
contained herein; nor for incidental or consequential damages resulting from the furnishing,
performance, or use of this material.
SHARP strongly recommends that separate permanent written records be kept of all
important data. Data may be lost or altered in virtually any electronic memory product under
certain circumstances. Therefore, SHARP assumes no responsibility for data lost or
otherwise rendered unusable whether as a result of improper use, repairs, defects, battery
replacement, use after the specified battery life has expired, or any other causes.
SHARP assumes no responsibility directly or indirectly, for financial losses or claims from
third persons resulting from the use of this product and any of its functions, such as stolen
credit card numbers, the loss of or alteration of stored data, etc.
Edition
1st Edition, February 2000.
Copyright
© 2000 SHARP Corporation
This document contains or refers to proprietary information which is protected by copyright. All rights
are reserved. Copying or other reproduction of this document is prohibited without the prior written
permission of SHARP Corporation.
Trademarks
Pentium is a registered trademark, and Celeron is a trademark, of Intel Corporation.
IBM and PS/2 are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation.
Microsoft, MS-DOS, Windows, and the Windows Logo are registered trademarks of Microsoft
Corporation.
Sound Blaster is a trademark of Creative Technology Ltd.
All other brand and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
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Recording Important Information
For future reference, please record the following information in the spaces provided
below.
Model Number:
Serial Number:
Date of purchase:
Dealer’s Name:
Place of purchase:
Password:
The serial number is printed on a sticker located on the bottom of the computer.
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Manual Conventions
This manual uses a set of style conventions described below.
Notes and Cautions are italicized with icons:
A note icon informs you of a special technique or information that
may help you perform a task or better understand a process.
A caution icon alerts you to something that may cause problems or
damage to hardware, software or data.
Key Labels on the Keyboard, when referred to in the instructions, are shown in
boldface:
Press Enter to continue.
When two or more keys are pressed simultaneously, the key labels are separated by a
plus (+) sign:
Restart your computer by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete.
When necessary, important key combinations are shown in graphics:
Sample Entries are shown in upper cases of different typeface. In the following
case, press the Enter key after you type the command:
C:\>DIR A: Enter
Words/Texts on Screen, such as window titles or possible parameters, are
italicized:
Double-click this icon to display the Power Properties window.
Set the item to Enabled.
Screens reproduced in this manual may differ slightly from the screens you see on
your computer.
Section Titles in other parts of this manual are italicized:
Refer to Infrared Communication section in Chapter 5.
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Table of Contents
Notice for Users in the USA .......................................................................................i
Notice for Users in Europe .......................................................................................iv
Safety Precautions.....................................................................................................vi
About This Manual ...................................................................................................ix
Recording Important Information .............................................................................. x
Manual Conventions .................................................................................................xi
Table of Contents.....................................................................................................xii
Overview of Computer............................................................................................. xv
Fast Start
1-1
Connecting AC Power ............................................................................................1-1
Setting Up Windows 98 ..........................................................................................1-3
Turning Off Your Computer ...................................................................................1-4
Basic Operations
2-1
Powering the Computer ..........................................................................................2-1
Resetting the System...............................................................................................2-3
Using the Keyboard ................................................................................................2-4
Using the Glide Pad ................................................................................................2-7
Reading the Status Indicators..................................................................................2-8
Adjusting the Display .............................................................................................2-9
Controlling Audio .................................................................................................2-11
Using the Drives ...................................................................................................2-12
Installing a Drive in the Drive Bay .......................................................................2-14
Using the CD-ROM Drive ....................................................................................2-15
Using the Floppy Disk Drive Externally...............................................................2-16
Battery and Power Management
3-1
Battery Pack............................................................................................................3-1
Battery Low Warnings ............................................................................................3-3
Battery Conditioning...............................................................................................3-4
Changing a Battery Pack.........................................................................................3-5
Programmable Power Management ........................................................................3-6
Power Management Hot-keys ...............................................................................3-10
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Connecting Peripherals
4-1
Using Peripheral Devices ....................................................................................... 4-1
Connecting Peripherals Overview.......................................................................... 4-2
Using PC Cards ...................................................................................................... 4-3
Connecting an External Monitor ............................................................................ 4-6
Connecting Headphones....................................................................................... 4-10
Connecting USB Devices..................................................................................... 4-10
Connecting a Printer............................................................................................. 4-11
Communication Functions
5-1
Infrared Communication ........................................................................................ 5-1
Built-in Modem(may not available in some countries) .......................................... 5-4
Changing or Adding Options
6-1
Using the Recovery CD.......................................................................................... 6-1
Adding a Memory Module ..................................................................................... 6-3
Using the Optional Port Replicator ........................................................................ 6-5
Security Features
7-1
Passwords............................................................................................................... 7-1
Using a Security Cable ........................................................................................... 7-4
Setup Utility
8-1
Running the Setup Utility....................................................................................... 8-1
Main Page .............................................................................................................. 8-3
Advanced Page....................................................................................................... 8-4
Security Page.......................................................................................................... 8-5
Power Page............................................................................................................. 8-6
Boot Page ............................................................................................................... 8-7
Exit Page ................................................................................................................ 8-7
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Appendices
Appendix 1: Troubleshooting ................................................................................A-1
Appendix 2: Care & Maintenance .........................................................................A-8
Appendix 3: Specifications ..................................................................................A-10
Index
Index ................................................................................................................Index-1
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Overview of Computer
In the following diagram, the labels in italics refer to the chapter and page number in
this manual where you can find more information. The actual appearance of your
computer may be slightly different depending on the model.
Front View
LCD screen
See 2-9
System status
indicators
See 2-8
Microphone
Release latch for floppy
disk drive
See 2-11
Keyboard
Battery & power
indicators
See 2-4
See 2-2
Glide pad
See 2-7
Power button
Glide pad buttons
See 2-7
Speaker
Floppy disk drive in
floppy disk drive box
See 2-11
See 2-13, 2-16
Front View Markings
CD or
Hard disk
activity
Floppy
disk
activity
Num
lock
Caps
lock
Scroll
lock
Battery
indicator
Power
Indicator
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Right Side View
PC card slot
See 4-3
PC card eject
button
See 4-4
Drive bay with CD-ROM
drive installed
See 2-15
Drive activity
indicator
Manual tray eject
button (recessed)
Eject tray button
Left Side View
Slot for security cable
See 7-4
K
Battery lock button
AC adapter jack
See 1-1
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Rear View
Modem jack
See 5-4
(may not be available in some countries)
Monitor port
USB port
See 4-6
See 4-10
Parallel/FDD port
See 4-11
Infrared port Headphone jack
See 4-10
See 5-1
Bottom View
Memory module
compartment
Port replicator docking
connector
See 6-4
See 6-6
Drive bay lock latch
Reset switch
(recessed)
See 2-3
Battery
See 3-1, 3-5
CD-ROM drive
installed in drive
bay
See 2-14
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CHAPTER 1
1
Fast Start
Your new computer is ready to use as soon as you unpack it from the box. If you’re
familiar with computers, follow the instructions in this chapter to get your system up
and running in just a few minutes. If this is your first computer, you should read
through the entire Operation Manual before starting the system.
Connecting AC Power
Run your computer the first time using AC power, rather than battery
power. This ensures that you will not lose power while you complete
the Windows setup operation.
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Use only the AC adapter that was supplied with your computer,
or supplied by your computer vendor. You can damage your
computer if you try to use an AC adapter that is not approved for
use with this system.
When removing the AC power cord from a wall outlet, grip the
plug and pull it from the socket. Never remove the power cord
from the outlet by pulling on the cord. Always grip the plug.
Place your computer on a flat working surface and follow the steps below.
1.
On the front edge of the computer, slide the cover latch to the right and raise the
cover.
Cover latch
1-1
2.
1
3.
4.
Plug the cable from the AC adapter into the AC adapter jack on the left side of
the computer.
Connect the power cord to the AC adapter.
Plug the power cord into a suitable power outlet. The orange battery charge
indicator turns on when you connect AC power.
Battery charge
and power
indicators
Power button
AC adapter jack
AC adapter
To power outlet
5.
6.
7.
1-2
Press the power button located just above the Pause button on the keyboard. The
green power indicator turns on when the power is turned on.
After a logo screen and several seconds of power-on testing, the computer loads
the Windows 98 operating system.
As this is the first time you have used your computer, Windows begins by
running the Windows 98 Setup Wizard.
Setting Up Windows 98
Windows 98 is pre-installed on your computer, including the special drivers and
software used by built-in components such as the audio and video system, the
modem, and the PC card slot. The Windows Setup program lets you enter personal
data such as your name, the date and time in your location, and so on. It takes just a
few minutes to complete. The setup process has four steps:
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Getting started
This section asks for your name.
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Registration
This section configures your modem
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Windows License
This section asks you to accept the Windows License Agreement and to enter the
Windows Product Key
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Final Settings
This section checks the date and time in your location, and then completes the
configuration of your system
Once you start the system for the first time, be sure to complete the
setup program. Windows does not display the Setup Wizard the next
time you turn on the computer.
About Windows Properties Dialog Boxes
In this manual you are often asked to open a Component Properties dialog box, such
as the Modem Properties dialog box, or the Display Properties dialog box. These
dialog boxes let you make changes to the configuration and operation of the
component by clicking check boxes or selecting radio buttons. To open a Property
dialog box, click the Start button in the taskbar at the foot of the Windows display.
Select Settings - Control Panel. In the Control Panel window, double-click on an
icon to display a Properties dialog box, or similar window, for the component or
feature represented by that icon. Some of the Properties dialog boxes that are used to
configure components in your computer include:
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Display
Modem
Mouse
1-3
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PC Card
Power Management
System
Turning Off Your Computer
When you’re finished using your computer, turn it off with the following steps:
1.
2.
3.
Click the Start button in the taskbar and click on Shut Down from the Start
menu.
In the Shut Down Windows dialog box, check the Shut down item and then click
the OK button. The power indicator turns off.
Close the cover to keep the screen and keyboard clean and protected.
You can shut down the computer with the power button using the steps below:
1.
2.
3.
From the Start menu, select Settings – Control Panel and double-click the
Power Management icon.
In the Power Management Properties dialog box, click the Advanced tab.
Select Shutdown in the drop down menu for “When I press the power button on
my computer”, and then click Apply and OK.
If you have not saved a file, a dialog box appears prompting you to
save the file.
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Don’t turn off your computer if status indicators show that the
computer is still accessing data on the hard disk drive, the floppy
disk drive or the CD-ROM drive. Data may be lost or damaged.
After turning off the computer wait at least five seconds before
turning the computer back on. Turning the computer off and on
without a pause can damage the system.
Since this is your first session using the computer, it’s a good idea to leave the AC
adapter connected to the computer until the internal battery is fully charged. The
orange battery charge indicator changes to green when the battery is fully charged.
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CHAPTER 2
Basic Operations
2
This chapter describes some of the basic operations of your computer such as using
the keyboard, adjusting the display, and so on.
Powering the Computer
You can operate your computer by using the AC adapter to connect to a suitable
power outlet. You can also power the computer by the internal Lithium-Ion battery.
Whenever you use the AC adapter to power the computer, the internal battery
automatically begins recharging. Recharging continues whether the computer is
turned on or off.
Refer to Chapter 3 Battery and Power Management for a full description of battery
charging and related information.
2-1
Power and Battery Indicators
2
For proper operations it is important to understand the operation of the power and
battery indicators located beside the right-side hinge of the upper cover.
Indicator Meanings
Green Power Indicator
Icon
Lamp State
Status
Turned on
Turned off
Computer is turned on
Computer is turned off
Computer is in Standby
Slow blinking
mode
Tri-color (green/red/orange) Battery Indicator
Icon
Lamp State
Status
Turned on orange
Turned on green
Turned on red
Flashing red
Flashing orange
2-2
Battery is charging
Battery is fully charged
Battery low warning
Critical battery warning
Abnormal condition – for
example the battery may be
installed incorrectly
Resetting the System
You may need to reset the system after adding hardware or software so that your
computer recognizes newly installed devices or software. When the message appears
after the installation, click OK, Yes, etc., to restart Windows 98.
You can also restart Windows 98 from the Start menu. Select Shut Down, then
Restart.
Warm Boot (Software Reset)
If the system is locked up because of a software problem, you can reset or reboot the
system by pressing the Ctrl+Alt+Del keys simultaneously. Press the Ctrl+Alt+Del
keys again to restart the computer.
Resetting may cause data loss. Use the software reset only if the
normal Windows 98 Shut Down does not work because of software
malfunction. Although resetting does not damage the system, you may
lose the data you are processing.
Power Switch
You can turn off the computer with the power switch if the system has hardware or
software problems so that you can’t use the Windows Shut Down command or the
software reset. In this case, you need to hold the power button down for more than
four seconds.
Reset Switch
If all other methods fail, you can reset the computer by pressing the hardware reset
switch. The hardware reset switch is in a recessed location on the base of the
computer. Activate the switch with a straightened paper clip or similar implement.
Reset switch
(recessed)
2-3
2
Using the Keyboard
2
The built-in keyboard includes all the functions that you find on a full-sized
keyboard. In addition, the keyboard has built-in hot keys that you can use to control
some of the functions of the computer.
The illustration below shows the location of some important keys on your keyboard.
Function
Keys
F1
Esc
F2
F3
F4
F5
F6
F7
F8
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End
FN Key
Windows
Keypad
Keys
Area
Function Keys
On their own, the operation of the function keys is usually determined by the
software application that you are running. In combination with the Fn key they
create hot-keys that you can use to control some of the computer functions. Icons
embossed on the function key keycaps indicate the hot-key function.
Embedded Keypad
The numeric keypad is embedded in some of the right-side alphanumeric keys. The
keypad functions are embossed in the upper right corner of the keypad keycaps. You
activate the embedded numeric keypad by pressing the Num Lk key (press
Fn+Insert). Repeat the keystroke to turn off the embedded keypad.
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Windows Keys
There are two different Windows keys as shown below. The keyboard repeats the
Windows Start key on either side of the Space bar.
Windows Start Key. This key opens the Windows Start menu
on the taskbar. In combination with other keys it provides
short cuts to some Windows functions. See Windows help for
more information.
Windows Pull-down Menu key. When an item is selected and
this key is pressed, it pulls down a menu if one is available. It
is similar to the right click of a mouse or glide pad.
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Fn (Function) Key Combinations
You can activate hot-key system controls and various embedded keystrokes by
holding down one of the two Fn keys and then pressing any of the keys embossed
with an icon or boxed text on the lower half of the key.
Pops up an information box in the upper left
corner of the screen – see the section Pop Up
Power Management Information Box below
Switch display between the built-in screen, an
external monitor, and a simultaneous display –
see Chapter 4 Connecting Peripherals
Press keys to decrease screen brightness – see
Adjusting the Display below
Fn
+
F2
Fn
+
F5
Fn
+
F6
Fn
+
F7
+
F8
Fn
Press keys to decrease the audio volume – see
Controlling the Audio below
F9
Fn
+
Press keys to increase the audio volume – see
Controlling the Audio below
Fn
+
F11
Turns off the display backlight on the built-in
screen – see Adjusting the Display below
Fn
+
F12
Puts the system into suspend mode – see About
Standby Mode in Chapter 3.
Press keys to increase screen brightness – see
Adjusting the Display below
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2
Fn
+
Fn
+
Fn
+
Fn
+
Fn
+
Returns the Sys Request keystroke
Insert
NumLk
Returns the Num Lock keystroke – activates the
embedded numeric keypad
Returns the Scroll Lock keystroke
Delete
ScrLk
Returns the Home keystroke
Pg Up
Home
Returns the End keystroke
Pg Dn
End
Pop-Up Power Management Information Box
When you hold down the Fn key and press the F2 function key, a pop-up
information box appears for about five seconds in the top left corner of the display.
The information box has the following information:
BATT
PM
AC
BIOS
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Shows remaining battery capacity as a percentage
Shows status of the power management setting in the setup
utility
OFF
Power management is disabled
ON
Power management is enabled
Power management is enabled only when using
DC
battery power
Shows if the AC adapter is connected or not
OFF
AC adapter is disconnected
ON
AC adapter is connected
Shows BIOS version number
Using the Glide Pad
Your computer has a built-in pointing device called a glide pad. The glide pad
consists of the glide pad surface, a left button and a right button.
Glide pad surface
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Left button
Right button
Using the Glide Pad
When you slide your finger across the glide pad surface, the pointer on the screen
moves in the same direction as your fingertip.
Clicking and double-clicking
To click or double-click objects, you can use the left button, just as you do when
using a mouse. You can also emulate a left button click or double-click by tapping
once or twice with your fingertip on the glide pad surface. Clicking the right button
pulls down a menu if one is available. This is the same function as the right click of a
mouse.
Drag and Drop
You can drag and drop objects on the Windows desktop as follows:
1. Position the pointer over the object.
2. Press and hold down the left button.
3. Drag the object by moving your fingertip over the glide pad surface.
4. Drop the object into place by releasing the left button.
•
•
Do not use a pointed object, such as a pen or pencil to operate
the glide pad, You might scratch or damage the surface.
Do not operate the glide pad with a moist finger. This may cause
the glide pad to operate incorrectly.
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Changing the Glide Pad Configuration
2
You can change the way the glide pad operates in the Mouse Properties window.
From Windows Start menu, select Settings - Control Panel and double-click Mouse
to open up the Mouse Properties window. Click on any of the tabs; Buttons, Pointers
or Motion. Use the checkboxes, drop down menus, and so on, to configure the glide
pad so that it operates to your satisfaction.
Reading the Status Indicators
As well as the Power and Battery Charge indicators discussed before, your computer
has five more status indicators located above the keyboard between the hinges of the
upper cover. The indicators are identified by icons printed above each lamp.
Indicator Icon
System Status
This indicator turns on when your computer is reading or
writing to the hard disk drive or a CD in the CD-ROM
drive.
This indicator turns on when your computer is reading or
writing to a disk in the floppy disk drive.
This indicator turns on when the Num Lock key has been
pressed and the embedded numeric keypad is activated.
This indicator turns on when the Caps Lock key has
been pressed and the keyboard is in Caps Lock mode.
This indicator turns on when the Scroll Lock key has
been pressed and the cursor arrow keys are in scroll
lock mode.
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Adjusting the Display
The most important adjustment you can make to the display is to set it to the best
viewing angle. The display contrast decreases if you look at it from a wide angle
above or below, or from side to side.
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Changing the Brightness
Change the screen brightness by using the Fn+F6 and Fn+F7 hot keys.
Press keys to decrease screen brightness
Fn
+
F6
Fn
+
F7
Press keys to increase screen brightness
When you press the screen brightness hot keys to adjust the display, a pop-up screen
brightness meter appears in the upper left corner of the display. You can use the popup meter as a visual guide to set the screen brightness.
Decreasing the screen brightness is an effective way of reducing the
power consumption of your computer when you are operating the
computer on battery power.
Turning off the Display
You might want to turn off the display when you are not using your computer for
short periods. This can help reduce power consumption. Use the display power down
hot keys Fn+F11.
Fn
+
Turns off the display on the built-in screen
F11
You can turn the display back on by pressing any key on the keyboard.
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Changing the Display Properties
2
The Windows Display Properties window lets you make many different kinds of
changes to the appearance of the screen under Windows.
Place the screen pointer on any empty area of the Windows desktop and click the
right glide pad button to pull down a menu. Click on Properties to open the Display
Properties window. Use the tabs on the Display Properties window to make
adjustments to the following display properties; Background, Screen Saver,
Appearance, Effects, Web, and Settings.
Using the Settings Tab
The Settings tab lets you make changes to the resolution and color depth of the
display.
The standard display setting for your computer is a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels.
If you select a smaller resolution, the image on the built-in display will stretch to
occupy the whole screen. This might cause the image to be somewhat deformed. If
you select a larger resolution, the display will extend beyond the edges of the built-in
screen. You can scroll the enlarged display by moving the screen pointer to the edges
of the display.
The standard color depth for your computer is High Color (16bit). You might need
to change down to a lower color depth in order to run some computer programs or
games.
Advanced Settings and Switching the Display
Your computer has hot keys to switch the display when you are connected to an
external monitor. In the Display Properties window, the Advanced settings button in
the Settings tab window has other options for switching the display including a dual
independent display that lets you run separate applications on the built-in screen and
an external monitor. Turn to Connecting an External Monitor in Chapter 4 for more
information on this topic.
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Controlling Audio
Your computer is installed with a built-in speaker and a built-in microphone. You
can use Windows Entertainment Accessories to play CDs, record messages and
sound, play computer games with sound tracks, and so on.
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Microphone
Speaker
You can control the audio volume by using the audio hot keys Fn+F8 and Fn+F9.
+
F8
Press keys to decrease the audio volume
Fn
F9
Press keys to increase the audio volume
Fn
+
You can use the Windows volume control meter to visually judge the audio level
setting.
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Using the Drives
2
Your computer has three different drives; the internal hard disk drive, the CD-ROM
drive module, and the floppy disk drive module. The CD-ROM and floppy disk
drive modules can be installed in the drive bay on the right side of the computer. If
you want to use the CD-ROM and the floppy disk drive at the same time, you can
install the CD-ROM drive in the drive bay, and use the floppy disk drive as an
external component connected to your computer through the parallel/FDD port on
the back of the computer. The floppy disk drive has an optional box that protects the
drive when it is used externally.
Drive Properties
You can learn about the properties of the drives by double-clicking the My Computer
icon on the Windows desktop. In the My Computer window, right click on any of the
drives and select Properties from the drop down menu to display the capacity of the
drive, and other information.
Hard disk drive
Your computer has a high-capacity hard disk drive installed internally. Your
computer identifies the hard disk drive as drive C:. The hard disk is pre-installed
with the Windows 98 operating system and the software and drivers required to run
all the components of your computer.
When you install software applications and use them to create files and documents,
you store them in folders on the hard disk drive. You can use Windows Explorer to
create new folders and sub-folders and navigate and maintain the folders and files
that are stored on the hard disk.
If your hard disk drive ever gets corrupted, you can use the Recovery CD to recreate
the state of the hard disk drive when it was first shipped. However, you will lose any
files that you have subsequently created unless you have backed them up to another
storage device.
For information on using the Recovery CD see Using the Recovery
CD in Chapter 6.
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CD-ROM drive
The CD-ROM drive lets you read information from CDs. Your computer identifies
the CD-ROM as drive R: and it is a read-only drive. You cannot write information to
CD-ROMs. Many software applications and reference works are shipped on CDs
because they store over 600 MB of data.
Using Windows Entertainment Accessories, you can also use the CD-ROM drive to
play CD-Audio disks and Video CD disks.
Floppy Disk Drive
The floppy disk drive is a useful tool because practically all computers can read and
write to 3.5-inch floppy disks with a storage capacity of 720K or 1.44 MB. Your
computer identifies the floppy disk drive as drive A:.
When you need to store a file, or transfer a file to a friend or colleague’s computer,
it’s very convenient to use a floppy disk.
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Installing a Drive in the Drive Bay
2
The drive bay on the right side of your computer can be installed with a CD-ROM
drive or a floppy disk drive. Change the drives in the bay by following the steps
below.
1.
2.
3.
Remove any floppy disks or CD-ROMs from the drive that is currently installed
in the drive bay.
Shut down your computer and disconnect the AC adapter if it’s connected.
Close the upper cover of the computer.
Turn the computer over and locate the drive bay lock latch. Slide the latch
towards the rear edge of the computer and hold.
Drive lock latch
Raised ribs to push
drive unit out of the
bay
CD-ROM drive
4.
5.
6.
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Slide the drive out by pushing on the raised ribs on the bottom of the drive. You
can release the lock latch once the drive is partly removed from the drive bay.
Pull the drive all the way out of the drive bay.
Position the replacement drive correctly and insert it into the drive bay. Push it
all the way in so that you feel the connector on the rear edge of the drive engage
with the connector inside the bay. Verify that the drive lock latch is in the
locked position.
Turn your computer over, open the upper cover, and restart the system. Your
computer automatically registers and configures the new drive.
Using the CD-ROM Drive
If the CD-ROM drive is installed in the drive bay, use it as follows.
1.
Locate and identify the three features on the front of the CD-ROM drive; the
eject tray button, the recessed mechanical eject button, and the drive activity
indicator.
Manual tray eject button (recessed)
Activity indicator
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Eject tray button
Press the eject tray button to eject the tray for the CD-ROM disk.
Place the CD on the tray so that the central hole in the CD fits over the spindle
in the disk tray. Don’t apply excess downward force on the disk tray.
Press the tray back into the CD-ROM drive until it clicks closed.
To remove a CD, wait until the activity indicator shows that the disk in the drive
is not being read. Press the eject tray button and remove the disk from the tray.
If you need to remove a CD from the drive while the computer is turned off, or
while the drive module is removed from the computer, insert the end of a paper
clip, or similar utensil, into the manual tray eject button. This unlocks the tray
and lets you pull the tray all the way open to remove the CD.
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2
Using the Floppy Disk Drive Externally
2
To remove the floppy disk drive from the optional floppy disk drive box (CE-FC01),
press the lock latch on the top edge of the cover and pull the floppy disk drive out of
the box.
Press lock latch
back
Pull drive out of
box
To use the floppy disk drive as an external drive, follow the steps below:
1.
2.
3.
4.
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Install the floppy disk drive into the floppy disk drive box. Simply slide the
drive in until it clicks into place.
Shut down your computer.
Plug the cable from the floppy disk drive box into the parallel/FDD port on the
rear edge of the computer.
Restart your computer.
CHAPTER 3
Battery and Power Management
This chapter explains how to charge your computer’s internal battery and keep it in
good condition. It also explains how you can use the power management features to
maximize battery life while operating under battery power.
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Battery Pack
The removable battery pack is installed in the base of the computer. If you have an
optional spare battery pack (Model CE-BL08) you can double the operating time of
your computer when there is no AC power available.
The length of time you can run your computer using a fully-charged battery pack is
variable. If you are using applications that make heavy use of peripheral items such
as the hard disk drive or the CD-ROM drive, the battery discharges in a shorter time.
If your battery is older and has already been through many cycles of charging and
discharging, it stores less charge. Finally, the temperature and environment can
influence battery life.
After you have operated your computer using battery power only, you will have a
good idea of how long it takes a fully-charged battery to discharge. Use this time as a
standard. If the battery begins discharging in a significantly shorter time, and you are
not using your computer in a different manner, or have not changed the power
management settings, it may indicate a battery problem.
After repeated cycles of charging and discharging, all batteries store
less charge. Expect a gradual decrease in battery life after a few
hundred cycles of charging and discharging. When battery life
becomes too short, you can purchase a replacement battery pack
(Model CE-BL08).
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Battery Charging
The battery pack begins charging anytime your computer is connected to AC power
using the AC adapter.
If the battery pack is fully discharged and your computer is turned off or in standby
mode, the battery pack fully recharges in about 2 hours.
If the battery pack is fully discharged and your computer is turned on, the battery
pack fully recharges in about 4 hours.
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Your computer monitors the internal temperature of the unit. If the
unit gets critically hot, battery charging (which generates some heat)
is interrupted until the temperature decreases. This can account for
slightly longer battery charging times.
You can track the charging status of the battery pack using the battery indicator
located next to the power indicator. The battery charge indicator shows the following
conditions:
Tri-color (green/red/orange) Battery Indicator
Icon
Lamp State
Status
Turned on orange
Turned on green
Turned on red
Flashing red
Flashing orange
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Battery is charging
Battery is fully charged
Battery low warning
Critical battery warning
Abnormal condition – for
example the battery may be
installed incorrectly
Battery Low Warnings
The battery low warnings are set using the Windows Power Management Properties
application. See later in this chapter for a full discussion of this topic.
The Power Management Properties application lets you set a Low Battery Alarm
and a Critical Battery Alarm. The alarms are triggered when battery charge decreases
to a user-defined percentage set in the Power Management Properties application.
We recommend that you set the Low Battery alarm to about 10% and the critical
battery alarm to about 3-5%. The battery charge percentages are not extremely
accurate and the power consumption of different applications are not identical, so it’s
important to allow for a margin of error. The primary aim is to save your data before
the system shuts down when the battery is fully discharged.
Responding to a Low-battery Condition
Following the battery low alarms that you have set, we recommend that you save
your work and shut down your computer when there is about 5% of battery charge
remaining. In this condition, you can be confident that you have enough power to
power the hard disk drive or floppy disk drive and save even the longest of files.
After you have shut down your computer in a low battery condition, don’t try to
restart the computer until you have replaced the discharged battery with a charged
battery pack, or connected the computer to a power outlet using the AC adapter.
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3
Battery Conditioning
If you feel that the battery charge meter in Windows is becoming inaccurate, we
recommend that you ”condition” the battery using the following steps below.
The following procedure helps to keep your battery in good condition
so we suggest that you carry out the procedure each time you
complete about 30 cycles of charging and discharging the battery
pack.
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1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
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Connect your computer to a power outlet with the AC adapter. Leave the
computer connected to the power outlet until the battery indicator turns green to
indicate that the battery is fully charged.
Turn on the computer.
When the Sharp logo appears with the prompt <ESC> for diagnostic screen,
<F2> for Setup, press F2 to enter the setup utility.
In the Power page of the setup utility, highlight the item PM Control. Press the
Space bar to change the value of this item to Disabled.
Go to the Exit page of the setup utility, highlight Exit Saving Changes and press
Enter. Press Enter again when the dialog asks for confirmation.
When the system restarts and the Sharp logo and prompt appear, press F2 again
to enter the setup utility.
Disconnect the AC adapter from the computer and leave the computer turned on
and the setup utility open until the battery completely discharges and the
computer shuts down automatically. This might take as long as 2 hours.
Connect the AC adapter to the computer and leave it connected until the battery
is fully charged.
After you have completed the conditioning procedure, return the power
management setting in the setup utility to the original state.
Changing a Battery Pack
The procedure to remove and install a battery pack is as follows:
1.
2.
3.
Turn off the computer, close the upper cover and turn the computer over and lay
on a soft surface.
On the left side of the computer, locate the battery lock button.
On the base of the computer, locate the pressure point embossed on the base of
the battery pack for pushing it out of the battery compartment.
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Raised ribs to push
battery pack
Battery pack
4.
5.
6.
7.
Battery lock button
Press and hold down the battery lock button and push on the raise ribs to slide
out the battery pack.
You can release the battery lock button once the battery pack is partially
removed.
After the battery pack is completely removed, hold the replacement battery in a
horizontal position level with the battery compartment and slide it into place.
Guide rails on either side of the compartment, and grooves on the battery pack
guide the battery pack into place.
Push the battery all the way in so that you feel the battery pack engage with the
connector inside the compartment and the battery lock in place.
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Programmable Power Management
Your computer supports ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power management
Interface) which is a powerful feature of the Windows 98 operating system.
Therefore you can select and control all the power management of your computer
through the Windows Power Management Properties application in Windows
Control Panel.
If you ever run your computer using an operating system that does
not have ACPI, you can use the power management features that
are built into the system hardware. You can select and control these
routines using the setup utility. See Power Page in Chapter 8 for
more information.
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Running the Power Management Properties Application
From the Start menu, select Settings - Control Panel. Double-click the Power
Management icon to display the Power Management Properties window.
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Setting Power Schemes
The Power Management Properties window opens on the Power Schemes tab. You
can use this window to create and name different Power Schemes. For each Power
Scheme, you can use the drop down menus to set the timeouts for System standby,
for Turn off monitor, and for Turn off hard disks.
A timeout defines the length of time a component remains inactive before it is
automatically turned off. For example, if you set the System standby to 10 minutes,
your computer will automatically enter Standby mode if it is inactive for 10 minutes.
If you set Turn off monitor to 5 minutes, the built-in screen will turn off
automatically if there is no video activity for 5 minutes.
You can create one set of timeouts that function when the computer is connected to a
power outlet with the AC adapter, and another set of timeouts that function when the
computer is running on battery power.
About Standby Mode
Standby mode on your computer is also called Suspend-to-RAM mode. In this mode
practically all devices are powered down with the exception of the system memory,
the video memory, the PC Card controller and the system realtime clock and stores
the current condition of the computer in RAM.
In standby/suspend-to-RAM mode, your system consumes minimal energy. With a
full battery pack, your computer can sustain a standby/suspend-to-RAM mode for
many hours.
Your computer will enter standby/suspend-to-RAM mode under several sets of
conditions as follows:
• The System standby timeout in the Power Management Properties application
elapses.
• The suspend hot keys Fn+F12 are pressed.
• The upper cover is closed when no external monitor is connected to the
computer.
• The power button is pressed – if the power button has been defined as a suspend
button using the Advanced tab of the Power Management Properties
application.
• You select Stand by in Shut Down Windows dialog box.
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Resuming from Standby/suspend-to-RAM Mode
Your computer will resume from a standby/suspend-to-RAM mode under the
following conditions:
•
•
•
3
The power button is pressed
Any key on the keyboard is pressed
An incoming call to the built-in fax/modem, or a PC card modem in the PC card
slot, is received
Setting Alarms
Click on the Alarms tab of the Power Management Properties window to display the
alarm options.
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Use the check boxes to turn the Low battery alarm and the Critical battery alarm on
or off. Use the slider bars to set the percentage of battery charge remaining required
to trigger the alarms. Click on the Alarm Action button to define the actions that are
generated by the alarms.
We recommend that save your work and shut down the system when the battery
charge is no less than 5%. Set the alarms for your own convenience so that you can
shut down your system in an orderly manner.
Power Meter
Click on the Power Meter tab of the Power Management Properties window to show
the battery charge meter. You can also display this information by clicking on the
battery meter icon displayed on the right side of the Windows taskbar.
Advanced Options
Click on the Advanced tab of the Power Management Properties window to display
the advanced options.
Using the check boxes you can turn the battery icon on the taskbar on or off, and you
can install password protection for resuming the system from standby/suspend-toRAM mode.
Using the drop down menu you can determine the action of the power button so that
it generates either a shutdown or a standby/suspend-to-RAM mode.
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Power Management Hot-keys
In addition to the programmable power management, you can use the power
management hot-keys to directly control the power consumption of your computer
with just a keystroke.
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Fn
+
F2
Fn
+
F11
Fn
+
F12
Pops up an information box in the upper left
corner of the screen
Turns off the display on the built-in screen
Puts the system into standby/suspend-to-RAM
mode
Note that you can also reduce power consumption by decreasing
the screen brightness and decreasing the audio volume using the
brightness and volume hot-keys.
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CHAPTER 4
Connecting Peripherals
This chapter describes how to connect your computer to peripheral devices using the
input/output ports on the rear edge of the unit. To ensure correct operation follow the
instructions given in this chapter, and always read the instructions given with the
peripheral device as well.
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Using Peripheral Devices
You can connect and use the peripheral devices shown in the overview on the
following page. As these devices are manufactured by a third-party, it’s good idea to
verify that they operate correctly when connected to your computer before you
purchase them. Your computer vendor can probably recommend reliable brands that
are compatible with your system.
•
•
•
Be sure to turn off the computer and the peripheral device before
connecting them (except when connecting USB devices or
inserting PC cards).
Some devices have to be turned on after the computer is turned
on.
Some devices require special drivers or other software before
they operate correctly.
Connecting Peripheral Guidelines
1.
2.
3.
Turn off the computer and the peripheral device (except when connecting a
USB device or inserting a PC card).
Connect the cable from the peripheral device into the appropriate I/O port on the
rear edge of the computer. If the cable has locking screws, tighten them.
Turn on the peripheral device and then turn on the computer.
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Connecting Peripherals Overview
The illustration below shows many of the peripheral devices that can be connected to
your computer.
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PC card slot
Modem jack
Parallel (printer)/FDD port
External monitor port
Infrared port
USB (Universal Serial Bus) port
Headphone jack
For information on using the modem telephone socket and the infrared port, see the
following chapter Chapter5 Communication Functions.
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Using PC Cards
Your computer has a PC card slot on the right side. The PC card slot accepts type-1
and type-II PC cards. It supports the 32-bit Cardbus standard.
You can use PC cards to add many different features to your computer such as a
network adapter, a SCSI host adapter, and so on.
If you use a PC card to add a feature that already exists on your
computer, such as a fax/modem, this may cause problems as the
devices compete for limited resources.
•
•
Some PC cards can draw power from the system even when they
are not being used. If you are operating your computer on battery
power, we recommend that you remove PC cards from the PC
card slot when you are not using them.
You cannot use a PC card in MS-DOS mode.
Inserting a PC Card
1.
2.
3.
Hold the card with the label side up.
Most cards are marked with an arrow to show which of the narrow edges inserts
into the slot.
Push the card into the slot and press it firmly so that it engages with the
connector inside the slot. The PC card edge should be flush with the side of the
computer when it is fully inserted.
PC card slot
PC card
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Configuring a PC Card
1.
2.
3.
4
4.
The Windows operating system immediately detects the insertion of the card.
If Windows recognizes the card it automatically loads any drivers required by
the card, and allocates any resources that are required by the card. Windows
usually displays a New Hardware Found dialog box that tells you that the card
has been successfully configured. The next time you use the card, Windows
configures it automatically without interruption.
If Windows cannot recognize the card, or lacks the drivers or software to run the
card, an Add New Hardware Wizard appears. Follow the prompts of the series
of dialog boxes generated by the Add New Hardware Wizard. If a dialog box
asks for the location of drivers or software, you can click the Have Disk button
and browse to the location of the software. The next time you use the card,
Windows configures it automatically without interruption.
When a card is inserted, a PC card icon appears on the taskbar. You can double
click the icon to open the PC Card Properties window and see the status of the
PC card.
If you have installed a storage-type memory card, your computer
allocates a drive name to the card. Check the My Computer window
to identify the card’s drive name.
Removing a PC Card
1.
2.
3.
4.
To remove a card, double click the PC card icon in the taskbar to open the PC
Card Properties window.
Highlight the card and click the Stop button. This ensures that any resources
reserved for the card are freed up and become available for other devices.
Windows displays a message box to tell you that the PC card can be removed.
On the right side of the computer, on the left side of the PC card slot, pull the
eject card button out from its compartment so that it sticks out from the side of
the computer.
Pull eject button out from the
side of the computer
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5.
Push the eject button straight into the computer chassis so that it forces the PC card
out of the PC card slot.
Push eject button straight into the
chassis to force the card from the slot
6.
7.
4
Pull the card out of the slot.
Pull the eject card button out of the computer chassis and fold it back against the
side of the computer for safekeeping.
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Connecting an External Monitor
You can connect an external monitor to your computer and then display the video
output to either the built-in screen, the external monitor, or a simultaneous display to
both the monitor and the screen.
You can even create dual independent displays so that, for example, you can run one
application on the built-in screen, and run a different application on the external
monitor.
Connecting the monitor
1.
2.
4
Place the monitor in a suitable location and plug it into a power outlet.
Connect the video cable from the monitor to the 15-pin monitor port on the rear
edge of your computer.
External monitor port
3.
4.
Turn on the monitor and turn on the computer.
The video output appears on both the built-in screen and the external monitor.
See the following section for information on switching the display.
Switching the Display
You can switch the display using the Display Properties window or the hot keys
Fn+F5. We recommend that you use the Display Properties window initially so that
you can make adjustments to the monitor resolution and refresh rate if required.
Switching with Software
1.
2.
3.
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Right click on an empty part of the Windows desktop to pull down a menu and
click on Properties to open the Display Properties window.
Click on the Settings tab and then click on the Advanced button
In the Advanced window click on the NeoMagic tab to display the NeoMagic
MagicMedia Properties window illustrated below.
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4.
5.
6.
Use the check boxes to turn on or off the display to the built-in screen (called
LCD in this window) and the external monitor (called CRT for Cathode Ray
Tube in this window).
Use the slider bars to adjust the resolution and the refresh rate of the display on
the external monitor.
Click on Apply and verify that the display is the way you want it. Click on OK to
exit the NeoMagic MagicMedia Properties window.
Switching with Hot-keys
After switching the display with software in the first instance, you can then use the
display switching hot-keys
Fn
+
F5
Switch display between the built-in screen, an
external monitor, and a simultaneous display
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When you connect an external monitor and turn on the computer, the system defaults
to a simultaneous display on the built-in screen.
Press Fn+F5 one time
Press Fn+F5 two times
Press Fn+F5 three times
Video display to built-in screen only
Video display to external monitor only
Video display to both built-in screen and
external monitor
Don’t try to use the display switching hot-keys while your computer is
booting. It might cause the system to malfunction.
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Dual Independent Displays
The dual independent display feature lets you extend the windows desktop onto the
external monitor, so that you can, for example, display one application on the builtin screen and display another application on the external monitor.
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Connect an external monitor to your system as described above.
Turn on your computer. The display appears on both the built-in screen and the
external monitor as a default.
Right click on an empty part of the Windows desktop and select Properties from
the pulldown menu.
In the Display Properties window, click on the Settings tab, then click the
Advanced button, then click the NeoMagic tab to display the NeoMagic
MagicMedia Properties window.
Check the Set Dual Display check box.
Click the Apply button. Your computer reports that it has to restart Windows.
Click Yes to restart.
Repeat step 3 above to open the Display Properties window.
Click on the Settings tab. The settings tab window changes to reflect the fact
that you have selected a dual independent display, as shown in the following:.
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9.
Click on the monitor marked with a number 2. Windows asks if you want to
enable the monitor as an extension of your Windows desktop. Click the Yes
button.
10. Use the glide pad to drag monitor 2 around monitor 1 so that it is in the same
location as the real external monitor is in relation to the built-in screen. The
location of the monitors determines on which edge of the built-in screen the
screen pointer transits from the screen to the external monitor. For example with
the monitors positioned in the illustration above, when you move the screen
pointer to the right side of the built-in screen, it disappears from the screen and
appears on the left side of the external monitor.
11. Now you can open up applications and drag them from the built-in screen to the
external monitor.
12. To turn off the dual independent display, return to the NeoMagic MagicMedia
Properties window and uncheck the Set Dual Display check box. Windows has
to restart to complete the operation.
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Connecting Headphones
You can connect headphones to your computer so that you can listen to audio in
private. When you plug headphones into the headphone jack, the built-in speaker in
the computer cabinet is automatically turned off.
Headphone jack
You can adjust the volume by clicking on the loudspeaker icon on the right side of
the taskbar, or by pressing the audio volume control hot keys.
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Connecting USB Devices
USB (Universal Serial Bus) devices are increasing in availability, and include many
different types of device such as keyboards, pointing devices, digital cameras, and so
on.
Many different USB devices can be connected to your computer through the single
USB port. All you need to do is connect a USB hub to the USB port on the rear edge
of your computer. A USB hub is a USB device that has a series of spare USB ports
available for use by multiple devices.
USB Port
If you use the USB port to install a pointing device or a keyboard,
the built-in glide pad and the built-in keyboard remain active.
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Connecting a Printer
Most printers connect through the parallel/FDD port on the rear edge of your
computer.
Parallel/FDD port
Installing a Printer Driver
After you have connected the printer to your computer through the parallel/FDD
port, install a printer driver following the steps below:
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From the Start menu, select Settings - Printers.
Double-click the Add Printer icon. The Add Printer Wizard appears.
Click Next.
Confirm Local printer is selected and click Next.
Select the manufacturer and the printer and then click Next. If you cannot find
the model name of your printer, you have to install the printer driver included
with your printer. See your printer manual for more information.
Select LPT1 and click Next.
Click the Finish button. If you have checked the Print Test Page box, make sure
that the printer is ready before clicking the Finish button.
Parallel Port Settings
The parallel port on your computer can support different kinds of parallel
communications, including bi-directional, EPP (Enhanced Parallel Port) and ECP
(Extended Capabilities Port). If your printer supports the faster transmission of EPP
or ECP, use the system setup utility to change the settings of the parallel port. See
Advanced Page in Chapter 8 for more information.
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CHAPTER 5
Communication Functions
Your computer has two important features that let you establish communications
with other computers and devices. The infrared port lets you establish wireless
communication with other infrared devices that are at close range. The built-in
modem lets you connect to the telephone system so that you can communicate with
the whole world through the internet, e-mail, etc,.
Infrared Communication
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The infrared port is located on the rear edge of your computer. The infrared port
supports IrDA 1.1.
Infrared port
You can change the operation of the infrared port by making changes to the
Advanced page of the setup utility. See Advanced Page in Chapter 8 for more
information.
Positioning Infrared Ports
Infrared communications operate over a fairly short range.
Place your computer and the target device so that the infrared ports are directly
facing each other and are no more than 30 inches apart (about 1 meter). If the ports
deviate from directly facing each other by 15 degrees on either side, or 10 degrees up
and down, you might fail to establish communications.
Establishing an Infrared Connection
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As a default, the infrared port is turned off. When the infrared port is turned on, it
continually emits infrared signals to try and find a receiver. We suggest that you only
turn on the infrared port when you want to use it.
During infrared communications:
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Do not move the computer or the target device
Do not enter standby/suspend-to-RAM mode
Do not use a cellular phone or other IR device near the computer
Avoid strong light such as sunlight or fluorescent light
Disable the screen saver
Before you begin, disable any power management that is operating so that your
computer does not enter standby/suspend-to-RAM mode in the middle of an
infrared session.
From the Start menu, select Settings - Control Panel.
In Control Panel, double-click the Infrared icon to open the Infrared Monitor
window.
Click on the Options tab and check the Enable infrared communication box.
You can click on the Status tab to track if an infrared receiver has been found.
Use the Preferences tab to set the way the infrared operates, and use the
Identification tab to name your computer for infrared communications.
File Transfers
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3.
4.
To send a file from your computer to another Windows 98 computer, use
Windows Explorer to browse to the files you want to transfer.
Right click the file and select Send To from the drop down menu
Click on Infrared Recipient in the Send To menu.
Any files that you send are stored in the folder My Received Files on the C:
drive of the target computer. Files sent from the target computer to your
computer are stored in the same location on your computer.
For more extensive file transfers, or for file transfers to computers
that are not running Windows 98, we recommend you use the
LapLink communications software that is supplied with your
computer.
Turning Off the Infrared Port
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2.
3.
From the Start menu, select Settings - Control Panel.
In Control Panel, double-click the Infrared icon to open the Infrared Monitor
window. You can also open the Infrared Monitor by clicking the Infrared icon
on the taskbar if you have enabled this in the Preferences tab of the Infrared
Monitor.
Click on the Options tab and uncheck the Enable infrared communication box.
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Built-in Modem(may not available in some
countries)
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The built-in modem may not be available in some countries.
You cannot use the built-in modem in MS-DOS mode.
You can use the built-in modem for data transfer, fax communication, and voice
communication. You can also use it to establish a dial-up connection to the internet
through an Internet Service Provider.
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The built-in modem on your computer is designed for regular
analog telephone lines. The modem may be damaged if it is
connected to a digital ISDN terminal or a digital PBX.
If an unusual device is attached to the line you are connecting to,
the modem may not function properly. Remove the device or
contact the dealer of the device.
Before connecting to a PBX, consult the PBX maintenance staff
or its service company. If the electric characteristics of your PBX
are different from those of a regular analog line, the modem will
not function properly. If you connect the modem to a digital PBX,
both the modem and the PBX may be damaged.
Connecting the Modem to a Telephone Line
Connect your modem to a telephone line as follows:
1.
2.
Turn off your computer.
Locate the modem jack on the rear edge of your computer.
Modem jack
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4.
5.
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Plug one end of the telephone cable supplied with your computer into the
modem jack. (If the cable is fitted with a core, plug the end of the cable nearest
the core into the computer.)
Plug the other end of the cable into a wall telephone socket.
Turn on your computer.
Connect to the telephone line directly. Do not use a distributor or
allotter.
Configuring the Modem
You may have already configured your modem during Windows 98 Personal Setup.
Otherwise, make the necessary adjustments as shown below.
Telephony Configuration
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4.
From the Start menu, select Settings - Control Panel.
Double-click the Telephony icon.
In the Dialing Properties window, type in the details about your location and
dialing properties.
The drivers under the Telephony Drivers tab are pre-installed.
Internet Connection
Windows 98 has a special Internet Connection Wizard to help you get connected to
the internet with ease. Simply double-click on the Connect to the Internet icon on the
Windows desktop. If you plan on connecting to the internet by using the modem to
dial an Internet Service Provider (ISP), have your account information and dial-up
number ready before you begin the Internet Connection Wizard.
In some locations, your Windows desktop may be installed with an
icon named Online Services. This folder lets you access Online
Service Providers who can provide internet connection and other
services.
Dial-Up Networking
To create other dial-up networking accounts:
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2.
3.
4.
On the Windows desktop, double-click the My Computer icon.
Double-click the Dial-Up Networking icon
Double-click the Make New Connection icon.
Follow the prompts of the Make New Connection dialog boxes to create the new
account.
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Hyper Terminal and Phone Dialer
You can find these applications by opening the Start menu and selecting Programs,
then Accessories, and then Communications. HyperTerminal lets you connect to
other computer terminals, for example, Bulletin Boards. Phone Dialer lets you store
and dial numbers for quick access.
You can also use the LapLink program supplied with your computer
to establish modem communications. See the LapLink online help for
more information.
Modem Settings
The settings for your modem are pre-installed in the Windows operating system
installed on your computer. In normal circumstances you do not have to make
changes to the modem settings. If you need to make changes follow this procedure:
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2.
3.
From the Start menu, select Settings - Control Panel.
Double-click the Modems icon.
Use the General and Diagnostics tabs to display the settings of your modem and
make changes if necessary.
Power Management
As for infrared communications, it is a good idea to disable any power management
that is running while you are using your modem. Uploading or downloading large
files can take quite some time and you might lose data if your computer enters a
standby/suspend mode in the middle of a transmission.
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CHAPTER 6
Changing or Adding Options
This chapter describes how you can change or add two important optional items to
your computer; a port replicator, and a memory card. It also explains how to use the
Recovery CD to repair a corrupted hard disk drive.
Using the Recovery CD
If your hard disk drive ever gets corrupted, for example by a computer virus, you can
use the recovery CD to return the state of your hard disk to the way it was when your
computer shipped from the factory. Of course, you will lose any data that you
created and stored on your hard disk drive when you use the recovery CD, therefore
we recommend that you always keep up-to-date backups of important data on
separate media.
Using the Recovery CD deletes all the software and data on your
hard disk drive and returns your drive to its original state, with just
the Windows 98 operating system and the supplied software and
drivers. If you don’t have backups of the data and software that you
have installed on the hard disk, you cannot restore them after using
the recovery CD.
Before you begin, make sure that the drive bay on the right side of the computer is
installed with the CD-ROM drive module.
1.
Connect your computer to a power outlet with the AC adapter.
Do not attempt to use the recovery CD with the computer running on
battery power. The recovery process takes some time and it is
important that the process is not interrupted by loss of power.
2.
Turn on your computer and at the Sharp logo and setup prompt, press F2 to run
the setup utility.
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In the setup utility, open the Boot page and make the CD-ROM the first boot
location. See Boot Page in Chapter 8 for more information.
Insert the recovery CD into the CD-ROM.
Exit the setup utility saving changes.
When your computer restarts it boots the recovery program from the recovery
CD.
The opening screen explains the recovery procedure and asks if you want to
continue. Press Enter to continue, press Esc to cancel.
The second screen asks you to disconnect all peripheral devices from the
computer. If you do have peripheral items connected, press Esc to cancel, turn
off your computer, remove the devices and start again. Press Enter to continue.
The third screen reminds you that the recovery process destroys all data on the
hard disk drive. Type Y to continue, or type N to cancel.
The recovery process begins automatically and onscreen arrows and slider bars
let you track the progress of the procedure. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to
fully recover the hard disk drive.
When the recovery is complete, a prompt appears asking you to remove the
recovery CD-ROM from the CD-ROM drive and to press any key to restart your
computer.
When your computer restarts, you might like to run the setup utility once again
and change the boot priority in the Boot page back to its usual setting.
Windows may have to re-install some software or drivers. Follow the screen
prompts of the Add New Hardware Wizards as they appear. Your computer may
have to restart after the new drivers are installed.
When your computer restarts, you are presented with the Windows Setup Wizard
program that is described in Chapter 1. Follow the steps of the program and
your hard disk recovery is complete.
Adding a Memory Module
Your computer comes complete with 64 MB of main memory. This is plenty of
memory for most applications. However, if you want to enjoy the increased
performance that extra memory can bring, you can easily add a memory module to
your system using the spare memory compartment in the base of your computer.
The memory compartment can be installed with an industry-standard SODIMM
(Small Outline Dual In-line Memory Module). You can install a memory module
with 16 MB, 32 MB, 64 MB or even 128 MB in the memory compartment. Follow
the steps below.
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2.
Turn off your computer, disconnect the AC adapter, and close the upper cover.
Turn your computer over and locate the memory compartment cover and the two
screws that secure the cover in place.
Screws securing the
compartment cover
Memory compartment
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Indent to lift the
cover open
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5.
Use a small, phillips-head screwdriver to remove the two screws. Lift the cover
from the memory compartment using the indent on one side of the compartment
cover.
Hold the memory module over the memory compartment. The edge connector
on the module is divided into two unequal parts and the edge connector slot
inside the memory compartment is also divided into two unequal parts. Position
the module so that the edge connector on the module matches the edge
connector slot in the compartment.
Hold the module at a slight angle to the base of the unit and insert the edge
connector into the edge connector slot.
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Memory module
Edge connector
on module
Edge connector slot
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After the module is inserted into the slot, press it down flat into the compartment
so that the spring latches inside the compartment grip the edges of the memory
module and hold it in place.
If you are removing an old module, press these same spring latches apart so that
the memory module pops out of the compartment and then pull the edge
connector of the module free from the edge connector slot.
Replace the compartment cover and secure it with the two screws.
When you restart your computer, press the Esc key or the F2 key when you see
the Sharp logo and setup prompt. You can verify that the new memory is
installed and functional by checking how much System RAM is displayed on the
Diagnostic screen or on the Main page of the setup utility.
Using the Optional Port Replicator (may not be
available in some countries)
The optional port replicator (model CE-DS02) provides a convenient “parking
place” for your computer on your desktop or working area. It duplicates the ports on
the rear edge of your computer and adds extra ports as well. You can leave
peripheral devices permanently connected to the port replicator. When you dock
your computer to the replicator, all the devices are instantly available.
About the Port Replicator
The port replicator is a plug and play device. It supports cold and warm docking.
Cold docking means that you must turn off your computer before docking it to the
port replicator. Warm docking means that you must suspend your computer (press
the hot keys Fn+F12) before docking it to the port replicator. When you restart or
resume your computer, Windows will automatically configure the devices that are
connected to the replicator and automatically assign resources as they are required.
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Disconnect
button
Guide pin
Disconnect
button
Docking
connector
Guide pin
Disconnect
lever
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Port Replicator Ports
The port replicator ports are all located on the back side.
PS/2
Keyboard USB
Telephone (may not be available in some countries)
PS/2
Mouse
Parallel
Microphone
Line-out
Infrared
RS-232C
Serial
Monitor
Line-in
AC Adapter
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Your computer has a connector in the base of the unit that automatically engages
with the docking connector on the port replicator. The connector on the base of the
computer is protected by a spring-loaded cover. The cover opens automatically when
you dock the computer with the port replicator.
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Before docking your computer to the port replicator, either turn off the computer or
suspend the computer by pressing the hot keys Fn+F12. After the computer is shut
down or suspended, install the computer in the port replicator. The guide pins ensure
that the computer is positioned correctly. Restart your computer by pressing the
power button, or resume from the suspend mode by pressing any key.
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To undock the computer, turn off or suspend the computer, press down on the two
disconnect buttons to disconnect the computer, and then lift the computer from the
port replicator.
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CHAPTER 7
Security Features
This chapter describes how to protect your computer against unauthorized use, and
theft.
Passwords
Setting a password will help protect against unauthorized access to your computer.
When password protection is correctly set, you can leave your computer turned off
or in standby/suspend-to-RAM mode. No unauthorized users can restart the system
without typing in the correct password.
If you lose or forget your password while password protection is
enabled, you lose access to your computer. Make sure you select a
password that you will not forget, or keep a record of your password
in a secure place. Otherwise, you must ask your dealer for assistance.
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If you enter a wrong password three times, the message System
Disabled appears. Press the power switch to turn off the computer,
turn it on again, and enter the correct password.
Supervisor Password and User Password
Your computer supports two different levels of password security; Supervisor
password and User password. A User password cannot be set unless a Supervisor
password has already been activated. When a Supervisor and a User password are
set, the holder of the User password has limitations on the use of the computer, that
are controlled by the holder of the Supervisor password.
The following items can only be changed if you know the Supervisor password.
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Set or change the Supervisor Password
Set a password on boot
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Change diskette access
Setting the Password in the Setup Utility
1.
In the Security menu of the setup utility, select Set Supervisor Password or Set
User Password and press Enter.
2.
Type your password (up to eight characters), and press Enter.
3.
Type the same password again, and press Enter.
4.
When the confirmation message appears, press Enter.
5.
Press Esc and select Exit Saving Changes.
6.
Press Enter twice. The system restarts and asks the password you have set.
If you use the computer personally
We recommend that you set the supervisor password. You can prevent other people
from using your computer by enabling Password on boot in the Security menu of the
setup utility.
If you share the computer with others
We recommend that a person who administers the computer sets both supervisor and
user passwords and lets the other people know only the user password.
Changing or Deleting the Password
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1.
In the Security menu of the setup utility, select the password item you want to
delete and press Enter.
2.
Type your current password, and press Enter.
3.
To change the password, type in the new password and press Enter. To delete
the password, just press Enter.
4.
To change the password, type the new password again and press Enter. To
delete the password, just press Enter again.
5.
When the confirmation message appears, press Enter.
6.
Press Esc and select Exit Saving Changes.
7.
Press Enter twice. The system restarts.
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Password Requirements
If you have enabled Password on boot in the Security page of the setup utility, the
system will ask for a password when the system is started. If a user password is
entered, then the user has limited access to the floppy disk drive as set by holder of
the supervisor password.
When the setup utility is opened, a password is required. If a user password is
entered, the user does not get access to the Advanced page of the setup utility. On the
Security page of the setup utility, the user cannot get access to the Set Supervisor
Password, the Password on boot, or the Diskette access items.
Setting a Password for Standby/suspend Resume
Use the Windows Power Management Properties program to set a password that
must be entered in order to resume the system from a standby/suspend-to-RAM
mode. If you have already installed a Windows password you can skip steps 1-4.
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6.
From the Start menu, select Settings - Control Panel.
In the Control Panel, click on the Passwords icon to open the Passwords
Properties windows.
Use the Change Passwords tab to install a password for windows.
You need to restart your computer to complete the password installation.
Return to the Control Panel. Double-click the Power Management icon to open
the Power Management Properties window.
Click on the Advanced tab. Check the box marked Prompt for password when
computer goes off standby.
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Using a Security Cable
You can prevent theft by connecting a laptop security cable to a fixed object and
locking the other end of the cable in the slot on the left side of the computer.
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Slot for security cable
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CHAPTER 8
Setup Utility
This chapter describes how to run the setup utility to change settings on your
computer.
Running the Setup Utility
With the setup utility, you can customize the system configuration information, such
as time and date, port assignments, passwords, or power management settings. The
information you have specified is saved in a special area called CMOS RAM, which
the system reads every time you turn on the computer.
Contents of the Setup Utility
The setup utility consists of six menu pages, as follows:
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Main:
Basic system configuration
Advanced: Device interface configuration (I/O ports, etc.)
Security: Password settings
Power:
Power management (battery saving settings)
Boot:
Defines where the system boots from
Exit:
Exit the setup utility or return to the default values
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Entering and Exiting the Setup Utility
1. Turn on the computer.
2. When the Sharp logo appears with the prompt Press <Esc> for diagnostic
screen, <F2> for Setup, press F2.
3. Change the desired settings.
4. Press Esc to select the Exit Page.
5. Select one of the exit methods, and press Enter.
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6. When the message Setup Confirmation appears, press Enter again. The system
restarts.
To turn off the computer when the setup utility is open, press the
power button.
Using the Setup Utility
To navigate through the different menus, you can use the following keys:
Use the Left and Right cursor arrow keys to choose the pages from the main menu
bar across the top of the screen.
Use the Up and Down cursor arrow keys to select the items on each page.
Use the Space bar or the Plus key to cycle forwards through the values that can be
installed for each item.
Use the Minus key to cycle backwards through the values that can be installed for
each item.
Use the Esc key to display the Exit page of the setup utility.
Use the F9 key to install the items of the setup utility with default values.
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Use the F10 key to save the changes and exit the setup utility.
On items marked with a triangular pointer (!), press Enter to display a sub-menu.
Press Esc to close the sub-menu and return to the original page.
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Main Page
System Time Defines the system time, using the format hour:minute:second (24hour format). The Tab key moves the cursor, and the Space bar and the Plus and
Minus keys change numbers.
System Date Defines the system date. The Tab key moves the cursor, and the Space
bar and the Plus and Minus keys change numbers.
Diskette A Always set to 1.44MB,3½. You cannot change this item.
Diskette B Lets you enable the floppy disk or define it as Not Installed. To use it,
set this item to 1.44MB,3½".
Primary Master Press Enter to display the primary master sub-menu. Type is set to
Auto so that the system automatically detects the hard disk drive in your system.
Press Esc to return to the Main page.
Secondary Master Press Enter to display the primary master sub-menu. Type is set
to Auto so that the system automatically detects the CD-ROM drive in your system.
Press Esc to return to the Main page.
Display Device Selection This item determines where the video is displayed when
the system is first started. It is recommended to leave this at the default value
LCD/CRT.
Resolution Expansion If you enable this item, the system will add extra pixels to
screen resolutions that are less than 1024x768 so that they occupy the whole area of
the built-in display. Note that resolution expansion causes some distortion of the
image on the screen.
PS/2 Mouse Enables or disables the glide pad built into your system.
Boot Options Press Enter to display the Boot Options sub-menu. If Summary
screen is Enabled, the system shows a hardware summary at start-up time. If Quiet
boot is Enabled, the system displays the Sharp logo screen. Press Esc to return to the
Main page.
System Memory Shows the size of conventional memory for starting MS-DOS.
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Extended Memory Shows the size of extended memory beyond 1 MB.
Advanced Page
Serial port Sets the RS-232C serial port (only available on the optional Port
Replicator), selecting the base I/O address. Enabled means that you can set the item
yourself. Auto means that the item is automatically assigned. Disabled means that
you cannot use the port.
IrDA port Sets the infrared port, selecting the I/O address and IRQ channel, and the
DMA channel. Enabled means that you can set the items yourself. Auto means that
all the items except the mode are automatically assigned. Disabled means that you
cannot use the port. Set to Auto during normal use.
Parallel port Sets the printer port, selecting the mode, the base I/O address, and the
IRQ channel. Enabled means that you can set the items yourself. Auto means the
items except the mode are automatically assigned. Disabled means that you cannot
use the port.
Mode Specifies the LPT port mode: Bi-directional, ECP (Extended Capabilities
Port mode), EPP (Enhanced Parallel Port mode) or Output only. If you set the mode
to ECP, you can also select a DMA channel.
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Security Page
See Chapter 7 for detailed information on setting passwords in the
Security page. Under some password settings, not all items are
available to all users.
Set Supervisor Password Defines the supervisor password (up to eight characters).
Set User Password Defines the user password (up to eight characters). You cannot
set the user password unless you have set the supervisor password.
If you lose or forget your password while password protection is
enabled, you lose access to your computer. Make sure you select a
password that you will not forget, or you keep a record of your
password in a secure place. Otherwise, you must ask your dealer for
assistance.
Password on boot Defines whether the system requires passwords during the boot
process. Enabled means that you need to input a password to continue.
Diskette access Specifies who can access the floppy disk drive.
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Power Page
Because your computer supports ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power
management Interface), a powerful feature of the Windows 98 operating system, the
power management for your system is controlled by the Windows OS and the items
on this page have no function. See Chapter 3 for information on using the Windows
Power Management Properties program.
If you install your computer with an alternative operating system that does not have
ACPI (for example Windows NT 4.0), you can use the items on this page to manage
power on your system.
PM Control Lets you enable or disable all the power management, or have it
operate when you are using Battery Powered Only.
Power Savings Lets you set Maximum Battery Life (short timeouts for aggressive
power management), Maximum Performance (long timeouts for relaxed power
management), or Customized (lets you define your own timeout settings using the
items below).
Auto Suspend Timeout If you have chosen Customized for the Power Savings item,
use this item to set the timeout for suspend mode.
Hard Disk Timeout If you have chosen Customized for the Power Savings item, use
this item to set the timeout for a hard disk drive powerdown.
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Video Timeout If you have chosen Customized for the Power Savings item, use this
item to set the timeout for the built-in display to powerdown.
Battery Low Suspend If you enable this item, the system will automatically enter
the suspend mode when battery charge is critically low.
Resume on Modem Ring If you enable this item, the system can resume from
suspend mode when an incoming call is received by the modem.
The built-in modem may not be available in some countries.
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Resume on Time If you enable this item, the system can resume from suspend mode
by an alarm set on the computer’s realtime clock.
Resume Time If you have enabled the Resume on Time item, use this item to set the
alarm time.
Cooling Control Use this item to determine how the system controls the thermal
management of your system. If you select Performance, the system turns on the
cooling fan first when cooling is required. It only throttles the processor if further
cooling is required. If you select Silence, the system throttles the processor first
when cooling is required. It only turns on the cooling fan if further cooling is
required.
Boot Page
The Boot page shows the order of preference your system follows when it seeks an
operating system at start-up time. To change the order, highlight an item and then
use the Plus and Minus keys to move it up or down the list.
Exit Page
Exit Saving Changes Saves the settings you have changed and exits the Setup
Utility.
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Exit Discarding Changes Exits the Setup Utility without saving the changes you
made during the current session.
Load Setup Defaults Returns the values of all items to default. To exit, select one
of the above items.
Discard Changes Returns the values of all items to the values you last saved.
Save Changes Saves the settings you have changed.
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Appendix 1: Troubleshooting
This appendix describes how to troubleshoot problems with your computer.
Common Problems
Problems with your computer can be caused by something as minor as an unplugged
power cord or as major as a damaged hard disk drive. The information in this
troubleshooting section is designed to help you find and solve minor problems. If
you still have a problem after trying all the suggested remedies in this chapter,
contact your dealer.
The problems that you might encounter can be divided into two basic categories:
hardware and software. Hardware problems can be further divided into being of an
electrical or a mechanical nature. You will know you have a hardware problem if, for
example, the screen is blank, or the computer cannot recognize the disk drives.
Software problems can occur at several levels. Both your operating system and your
software application programs are capable of generating errors and error messages.
If you encounter a software error, try to determine if the error message is from your
operating system or from an application program, and refer to the appropriate
manual for possible remedies.
Successful troubleshooting is the result of careful observation, deductive reasoning,
and an organized approach to solving the problem. If you encounter a problem,
begin by performing a careful visual inspection. Check the exterior of the computer
first. If no lights are displayed, check the battery charge or power outlet, the plug and
power cord, and any power switches that may affect your computer. If the computer
has been connected to any peripheral devices, look for loose or disconnected cables.
You may also need to check the fuses and breakers in your electric box. A few
common problems and suggested solutions are presented in the examples which
follow.
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Troubleshooting
You can also refer to the Windows 98 manual or Windows Help program to solve
the problem. To access the Help program, select Help from the Start menu. It also
gives you Troubleshooting tips and an Index.
Trouble when Starting
Question: Why doesn't the power switch function?
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Make sure the AC power cable is correctly connected to a live power outlet.
If the computer is operating with batteries, the batteries may be discharged.
Connect the computer to a power outlet.
Question: Why doesn't Windows start?
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Check whether the floppy disk drive unit contains a non-system disk. Remove the
floppy disk from the drive, and press any key.
If you are attempting to boot from the floppy disk drive, check to make sure the
disk is fully inserted and seated into the drive.
If you attempt to boot from the floppy disk drive, check whether the Floppy
Diskette is set to the first in the Boot menu of the setup utility.
Check whether the CD-ROM drive unit contains a bootable CD-ROM. Remove
the CD-ROM from the drive and press any key.
Question: Why do I get a non-system disk or disk error message?
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You may have inserted a non-bootable disk in the floppy disk drive (either a
defective disk or one without an installed operating system). Remove the disk.
If this message is issued when you attempt to boot from your hard disk drive,
insert a bootable disk into the floppy disk drive unit and check the status of your
hard disk drive.
Check whether the items Diskette A: and Primary Master are correctly set in the
Main menu of the setup utility.
Troubleshooting
Question: Why do I get the message Operating system not found?
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If you get this message when starting from the hard disk, insert the boot up disk
into the floppy disk drive unit; then check the condition of the hard disk.
Enter the setup utility and check the status of the hard disk. Check the size of the
hard disk and make sure the item Primary Master of the Main menu is set to Auto.
Trouble with the Display
Question: Why is the screen blank?
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Press any key to see if any power management feature has turned off the screen
to save power.
See the power indicator to check whether the computer is powered.
If you are using a battery pack, make sure it has a charge remaining
Make sure the LCD screen is selected as the display by pressing Fn+F5.
Check the brightness controls for your display by pressing Fn+F7.
Check whether the back light is on by pressing any key.
If you still have the problem after trying the above, press the power switch for
more than four seconds to turn off the system. Five seconds later, turn the
computer on.
If you cannot power off the system with the above procedure, use the reset switch
on the bottom of your computer and turn off the system. Wait five seconds and
turn the computer back on.
Question: Why does the external monitor display nothing?
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Confirm the monitor is turned on.
Confirm the monitor is connected correctly.
Make sure an external monitor is selected as the display by pressing Fn+F5.
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Confirm the monitor is connected correctly.
Make sure the CRT is not near any electric devices having strong magnetic fields
such as a TV set or radio.
Do not share an outlet with a TV set or radio.
Make sure the value of the Screen area in the Display Properties is lower than the
resolution of the CRT monitor.
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Troubleshooting
Question: Why is the image on an external monitor display distorted?
Trouble with the Hard Disk
Question: Why can't I read or write data to/from the hard disk?
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Confirm the drive and file names are correct.
Confirm the hard disk has sufficient free space.
The hard disk in your computer is formatted with FAT32. You cannot read or
write data formatted in other operating systems, which are not FAT 32
compatible. Applications that are not compliant with FAT32 may not work
properly.
Trouble with Floppy Disks
Question: Why can't I read/use a floppy disk?
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Confirm the floppy disk drive unit is correctly inserted into the optional floppy
disk drive box or internal drive bay.
Confirm the floppy disk is inserted correctly.
The floppy disk may not be formatted or could be corrupted.
If you cannot write to a floppy disk, the disk may be write-protected. Eject the
disk and ensure that the write-protect tab covers the detection hole.
If you cannot write to a floppy disk, the disk may be full. Use another disk.
Confirm the item Diskette A: is 1.44MB, 3 ½ in the Main menu of the setup
utility.
Check whether the supervisor has set a password prohibiting access to the floppy
disk drive in the Security menu of the setup utility.
Troubleshooting
Trouble with the Keyboard or Glide Pad
Question: Why doesn't the keyboard or the glide pad function?
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Perform a software reset by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete.
If you cannot perform a software reset, press the power switch for more than four
seconds to turn off the system. Five seconds later, turn the computer on.
If you still cannot turn off the system with the power switch, use the reset switch
on the bottom of your computer to turn off the system. Five seconds later, turn on
the computer by pressing the power switch.
Question: Why doesn't the glide pad function correctly?
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Confirm the surface of the glide pad is completely dry and free from dirt and
grease.
Confirm the item PS/2 Mouse in the Main menu of the setup utility is enabled.
Trouble with Peripherals
Question: Why don't expansion or peripheral devices function?
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Confirm they are correctly connected to your computer.
Confirm if drivers necessary for operating ports on the devices are installed.
There may not be a free IRQ (Interrupt). Free up an IRQ from a built-in device.
Question: Why can't I print?
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Make sure the printer is turned on.
Check whether the printer is connected correctly.
Check whether the printer has enough paper.
Check whether the printer driver is installed.
Make sure Parallel Port in the Advanced menu of the setup utility is set correctly.
From the Start menu, select Settings - Printers to confirm your printer is installed
here. If not, click Add Printer to install your printer.
See also the Windows Help.
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Troubleshooting
Question: Why doesn't the device connected to the RS-232C serial port
(only on the optional port replicator) function?
Confirm the device is correctly connected to the port replicator with an
appropriate cable.
Confirm the port replicator unit is connected correctly.
Confirm the application program is compliant with the RS-232C standard
interface.
Confirm the COM1 port is not disabled using the following procedure.
1. In the System Properties dialog box, select Device Manager.
2. Double-click Ports(COM&LPT); then, Communications Port (COM1).
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3. Make sure the item Disable in this hardware profile is unchecked.
Confirm the COM 1 port is not used by another applications.
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Confirm the item Serial Port is set appropriately in the Advanced menu of the
setup utility.
Trouble with Communication
Question: Why can't I communicate through the built-in IR port?
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Confirm the IR port of your computer is lined up with the IR port of the other
device. These ports should be no more than 30 inches (1meter) apart without any
obstacles.
Confirm that IR communication is turned on in the Infrared Monitor window.
Confirm the item IrDA port is set correctly in the Advanced menu of the setup
utility.
Turn off power management and screen savers.
Do not use the IR port under intense fluorescent light or near cellular phones.
Question: Why can't I communicate through the built-in modem?
(The built-in modem may not be available in some countries)
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Troubleshooting
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Confirm the telephone line is properly connected to the modem telephone socket.
Confirm the dial settings of Windows 98 or communication software are matched
with the telephone line (Example: To access an outside line, first dial "7" for
local, "1" for long distance).
Confirm the network configuration is appropriate.
Confirm the user name or password is correct.
Confirm the COM port in the communication software is set appropriately.
Turn off the power management and screen savers.
Other Troubles
Question: Why is the date and/or time incorrect?
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Correct the date and time using the Date/Time icon in the Windows Control Panel
or the Main menu of the setup utility.
Question: Why can't I produce sound?
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Check the volume control with the Fn+F9 hot keys.
Click the speaker symbol on the taskbar and check the Windows volume control.
Question: Why can't I use a hardware device?
Make sure the hardware device is not disabled using the following procedure.
1. In the System Properties dialog box, select Device Manager.
2. Select the device you cannot use.
3. Click Properties, and uncheck Disable in this hardware profile.
Troubleshooting
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Appendix 2: Care & Maintenance
This appendix provides you with information on how to maintain your computer in
excellent working condition.
Cleaning the Computer
Cabinet
Apply a small amount of mild cleaning solution to a dry, lint-free cloth and wipe the
cabinet with the cloth.
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Do not use alcohol, benzene, thinner or other strong chemical
agents or solvents that may damage the cabinet.
Never clean the computer while it is turned on.
Screen
The surface of the screen may become smeared and accumulate dust during use.
Avoid touching the screen with your fingers when using the system. Gently wipe the
surface of the screen with a soft cloth that has been dipped in a mild detergent
solution and squeezed dry.
IR Port
Dust on the IR port will interfere with data transfer. Wipe the port clean with a soft,
dry cloth.
Care
Glide Pad
Wipe the glide pad with a soft, dry cloth.
Traveling with the Computer
This computer is designed for portability. For safety and convenience when
traveling, please follow these guidelines.
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Before traveling, back up your data on floppy disks or other external media.
Bring an extra copy of your backup data.
Do not leave the floppy disk drive in the optional floppy disk drive box connected
to the system when you are traveling.
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Do not travel with the computer powered on. This may result in loss of data
and/or damage to the hard disk drive.
Disconnect the AC adapter from the computer.
Fully charge the battery pack and bring the AC adapter and the AC power cord.
Avoid sudden shocks or extreme vibration.
Care
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Appendix 3: Specifications
Parts
CPU
Secondary cache
ROM
RAM
System
Video
Display
Panel
Video controller
Keyboard
Pointing device
Drive
Hard disk
Floppy disk
PC card slot
Audio system
I/O ports
Audio
Video
Others
Infrared
Modem (may not be available in
some countries)
Power
AC adapter
Battery
Battery life
Battery
charging time
Dimensions
Computer
Specifications
FDD box
Temperature
Environment
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Operating
Humidity
Specifications
Mobile Pentium III Processor (frequency differs by
configuration)
256 KB (Integrated with CPU)
Including system BIOS and VGA BIOS
SDRAM 64 MB (expandable to 192 MB)
6 MB
Active Matrix (TFT) color LCD
NeoMagic NM2380
IBM compatible keyboard
Glide pad (touch-sensitive control pad with 2 buttons )
IDE interface
3.5", 1.44MB/720KB
Type II × 1 (PCMCIA 2.1 compliant) CardBus compliant
Monaural microphone, monaural speaker, sound system
compliant with AC97
Headphone jack
External monitor port
USB port, modem jack, parallel/FDD port
IR port (IrDA:115Kbps/4Mbps)
Data: 56Kbps(receive), 33.6Kbps(send), Fax: 14.4Kbps,
100-240V, 50-60 Hz
Rechargeable lithium ion battery
Approximately 2 hours
Battery life may vary depending on usage
Turned off/suspend mode: about 2 hours
Turned on: about 4 hours
Charging time may vary depending on usage
12.04" wide x 9.48" deep x 1.08” high
(306mm x 241mm x 27.4mm)
4.58 lbs (2.08 Kg)
5.51” wide x 5.86” deep x 0.59” high
140mm x 149mm x 15mm
50°F to 95°F (10°C to 35°C)
20% to 80% (non-condensation)
Options
AC adapter................................ CE-A80V
Battery Pack ............................. CE-BL08
Floppy Disk Drive Box ............ CD-FC01
Port Replicator ......................... CE-DS02
Specifications
(May not be available in some countries)
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Index
AC adapter
first -time use, 1-1
Audio
connecting headphones, 4-10
controlling, 2-11
hot-keys, 2-11
B
Battery
about, 3-1
changing battery pack, 3-5
charging, 3-2
conditioning, 3-4
indicator, 2-2, 3-2
low charge warnings, 3-3
responding to low charge condition, 3-3
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Care & maintenance
cleaning, A-8
traveling, A-8
CD-ROM drive
about, 2-13
illustration, 2-15
installing in drive bay, 2-14
using, 2-15
D
Display
adjusting, 2-9
advanced settings, 2-10
changing brightness, 2-9
changing properties, 2-10
connecting a monitor, 4-6
dual independent displays, 4-8
switching the display, 4-6
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External monitor
connecting, 4-6
dual independent displays, 4-8
switching the display, 4-6
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Floppy disk drive
about, 2-13
illustration, 2-16
installing in drive bay, 2-14
troubleshooting, A-4
using externally, 2-16
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Glide pad
changing configuration, 2-8
clicking and double-clicking, 2-7
drag and drop, 2-7
troubleshooting, A-4
using, 2-7
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Hard disk drive
about, 2-12
restoring with recovery CD, 6-1
troubleshooting, A-4
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Index
A
troubleshooting, A-3
turning off, 2-9
using settings tab, 2-10
Drives
CD-ROM drive, 2-13
floppy disk drive, 2-13
hard disk drive, 2-12
using, 2-12
using the drive bay, 2-14
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Indicators
power and battery, 2-2
Infrared communication
about, 5-1
eastablishing a connection, 5-2
file transfers, 5-3
postioning the ports, 5-1
troubleshooting, A-6
turning off, 5-3
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keyboard
using, 2-4
Keyboard
embedded keypad, 2-4
Fn key combinations, 2-5
function keys, 2-4
hot-keys, 2-5
illustration, 2-4
power management hot-keys, 3-10
troubleshooting, A-4
windows keys, 2-5
M
Memory module
adding, 6-3
Modem
about, 5-4
configuring, 5-5
connecting to telephone line, 5-4
settings, 5-6
troubleshooting, A-6
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Index
Passwords
about, 7-1
changing or deleting, 7-2
setting for standby/suspend, 7-3
setting in setup, 7-2
Supervisor and User, 7-1
PC cards
configuring, 4-4
inserting, 4-3
Index-2
removing, 4-4
using, 4-3
Peripheral devices
connecting guidelines, 4-1
external monitor, 4-6
headphones, 4-10
infrared, 5-1
overview, 4-2
PC cards, 4-3
port replicator, 6-5
printer, 4-11
troubleshooting, A-5
USB devices, 4-10
using, 4-1
Port replicator
docking and undocking, 6-6
illustration, 6-5
ports, 6-6
using, 6-5
Power
choosing AC or battery, 2-1
indicator, 2-2
Power management
about standby mode, 3-7
advanced options, 3-9
battery charging, 3-2
battery conditioning, 3-4
battery low warnings, 3-3
hot-keys, 3-10
pop-up information box, 2-6
power managment properties, 3-6
power meter, 3-9
programming in Windows, 3-6
responding to low battery, 3-3
setting alarms, 3-8
setting power schemes, 3-7
settings in setup utility, 8-6
Printer
connecting, 4-11
installing a driver, 4-11
parallel port settings, 4-11
R
Recovery CD
about, 6-1
Resetting
power switch, 2-3
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Security
locking cable, 7-4
passwords, 7-1
Setup utility
about, 8-1
advanced page, 8-4
boot page, 8-7
entering and exiting, 8-1
exit page, 8-7
main page, 8-3
power page, 8-6
running, 8-1
security page, 8-5
using, 8-2
Specifications
reference, A-10
Standby/suspend mode
about, 3-7
generating conditions, 3-7
resuming from, 3-8
setting a resume password, 7-3
Status indicators
meanings, 2-8
System
adding memory, 6-3
care and maintenance, A-8
optional port replicator, 6-5
resetting, 2-3
setup utility, 8-1
specifications, A-10
status indicators, 2-8
turning off, 1-4
using a security cable, 7-4
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Troubleshooting
common problems, A-1
communications, A-6
display, A-3
floppy disk drive, A-4
hard disk drive, A-4
keyboard or glide pad, A-4
peripherals, A-5
reference, A-1
U
USB devices
connecting, 4-10
W
Windows 98
first-time setup, 1-3
programmable power management, 3-6
properties dialog boxes, 1-3
special keys, 2-5
standby/suspend resume password, 7-3
Index
reset switch, 2-3
warm boot, 2-3
Index-3
Your computer and its accessories come securely packaged in a cardboard shipping carton. As you unpack your computer,
please be sure to check for all of the following items which should be included:
• Notebook Computer
• AC Adapter
• AC Power Cord
• Floppy Disk Drive Unit
• Modem Cable (may not be available in some countries)
• Windows 98 Pack
• Operation Manual
∗ Carefully inspect each component to make sure nothing is missing or damaged. If any of these items is missing or damaged,
notify your dealer immediately. Be sure to save the shipping materials and carton in case you need to ship or store the
computer in the future.
∗ Some brochures or supplements may be contained other than the above.
Your computer and its accessories come securely packaged in a cardboard shipping carton. As you unpack your computer,
please be sure to check for all of the following items which should be included:
• Notebook Computer
• AC Adapter
• AC Power Cord
• Floppy Disk Drive Unit
• Modem Cable (may not be available in some countries)
• Windows 98 Pack
• Operation Manual
∗ Carefully inspect each component to make sure nothing is missing or damaged. If any of these items is missing or damaged,
notify your dealer immediately. Be sure to save the shipping materials and carton in case you need to ship or store the
computer in the future.
∗ Some brochures or supplements may be contained other than the above.