User’s Manual Challenger Laptop TM © 2010 VTech Printed in China 91-002136-014-000 INTRODUCTION The VTech® Challenger Laptop™ is your child’s launch pad into a whole world of learning fun! In addition to language basics such as letters and vocabulary words, the Challenger Laptop™ introduces French through fun, graphics-enhanced games. Your child will learn basic maths, sharpen logic skills and develop musical and artistic creativity - playing and having fun at the same time! Plus, the Challenger Laptop™ is loaded with other great features such as tools to store personal info, vivid animations, fun sound effects, snappy melodies and a realistic keyboard and mouse. LCD Screen Built-In Speaker Real Mouse On/Off Key INTRODUCTION With the Challenger Laptop™, your child will find that learning and fun go hand in hand! Contrast Switch Demo Key Volume Switch Keyboard Cursor Pad Choice Keys INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE • • • Challenger Laptop™ User’s manual Real mouse WARNING: Note: All packing materials, such as tape, plastic sheets, packing lockers, wire ties and tags are not part of this toy, and should be discarded for your child’s safety. Please keep user’s manual as it contains important information. GETTING STARTED POWER SOURCE The Challenger Laptop™ operates on 3 “AA” size batteries (AM3/LR6) or a VTech® 9V adaptor (sold separately). GETTING STARTED BATTERY INSTALLATION 1. Make sure the unit is turned OFF. 2. Locate the battery covers on the bottom of the unit and open them. 3. Insert 3 new “AA” batteries (AM-3/LR6) as illustrated. RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES ARE NOT RECOMMENDED. 4. Close the battery covers. NOTE: For best performance, remove all factory-installed batteries and use new, alkaline batteries. Important: When replacing the batteries, you will lose all information stored in the unit. BATTERY NOTICE • The use of new alkaline batteries is recommended for maximum performance; • Non-rechargeable batteries are not to be recharged. • Rechargeable batteries are to be removed from the toy before being charged (if removable). • Rechargeable batteries are only to be charged under adult supervision (if removable). • Different types of batteries or new and used batteries are not to be mixed. • Only batteries of the same or equivalent type as recommended are to be used; • Batteries are to be inserted with the correct polarity. • Exhausted batteries are to be removed from the toy. • The supply terminals are not to be short-circuited. • The toy is not to be connected to more than the recommended number of power supplies. • Do not dispose of batteries in fire. WE DO NOT RECOMMEND THE USE OF RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES. NOTE: Help the environment by disposing of your product responsibly. More information can be found on: http://www.recycle-more.co.uk; www.recyclenow.com AC/DC ADAPTOR Use a VTech® adaptor or any other standard adaptor that complies with EN61558 AC/DC 9V 300mA centre-positive adaptor. Connecting the adaptor 1. Make sure the unit is OFF. 2. Locate the adaptor jack on the back of the unit. 3. Insert the adaptor plug into the unit’s adaptor jack. 4. Plug the adaptor into a wall outlet. 5. Turn the unit ON. NOTE: When the toy is not going to be in use for an extended period of time, unplug the adaptor. GETTING STARTED The wheelie bin symbols indicate the product and batteries must not be disposed of in the domestic waste as they contain substances which can be damaging to the environment and health. Please use designated collection points or recycling facilities when disposing of the item or batteries. Standard for toys with adaptor • The toy is not intended for use by children under 3 years old. • Only use the recommended adaptor with the toy. • The adaptor is not a toy. • Never clean a plugged-in toy with liquid. • Never use more than 1 adaptor. • Do not leave plugged-in for extended periods of time. Notice to parents Regularly examine the adaptor, checking for damage to the cord, plug, transformer or other parts. Do not use the adaptor if there is any damage to it. Real MOUSE Use the mouse only on a clean, flat surface, so that the roller ball is not damaged and the cursor moves freely across the screen. Use only a mouse that is compatible with VTech® products. Mouse button Mouse door CONNECTING THE MOUSE 1. Make sure the unit is OFF. 2. Locate the mouse jack on the back of the unit. 3. Plug the mouse into the mouse jack. GETTING STARTED USING THE MOUSE 1. Move the mouse in the direction you want the cursor to move. 2. Click on the mouse button to make a selection. CLEANING THE MOUSE 1. Following the arrows, use a screwdriver to open the cover on the bottom of the mouse. 2. Take the ball out of the mouse and use a dry cloth to clean the mouse and the ball. 3. Place the ball back into the mouse, place the cover back onto the mouse and screw the cover closed. PRODUCT FEATURES on/off button Turn your Challenger Laptop™ learning toy by pressing the On/Off button. You can turn the unit off by pressing the On/Off button again. PLAY MODES In of 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. the Challenger Laptop™, you can choose from 6 different categories play and learning: Language Lab (French) Word Zone Maths Mania Game Time Creative Studio My Tools Level Selection Pressing the Level key will change the level of the current activity from level one to level two and then level three. Press it again to go back to level one. Level one will be the default setting when entering a new activity. Contrast swiTch Adjust the image on the screen by sliding the Contrast Switch to the right for higher contrast and to the left for lower contrast. Volume switch One/Two mode Press the “Player” key on the keyboard to switch between One Player and Two Player modes. The activities that will be played in Two Player mode are: • Word Train • Talk Show • Typing Fun • Mouse’s Lunch • Subtract it • Show Time • Costume Ball • Hide and Seek • Animal Shadows • Carrot Patch PRODUCT FEATURES Adjust the volume by sliding the Volume Switch to the right for higher volume and to the left for lower volume. Screen Savers Pressing the Screen Saver key allows you to select 1 of 3 screen savers which displays after a few minutes without input. KEYBOARD LAYOUT Your Challenger Laptop™ has a full alphanumeric keyboard that doubles as a music keyboard. FUNCTION KEYS: 1. Demo key: to show a short demonstration of the product. 2. Progress Report key: to review the accuracy of your answers in most of activities. 3. Category keys: Press one of these buttons to jump to the first activity of that category. PRODUCT FEATURES 4. Esc key: Press the Esc key to exit from the current activity and go to the previous screen. 5. Matchbook key: to enter the Matchbook activity directly. 6. Choice keys: Press these to answer the question in the Matchbook activity. These buttons can also be used to answer questions in some other activities. 7. Level key: to change the level in most activities. 8. Repeat key: to repeat current question or instruction. 9. Help key: to provide help in most activities. 10. Answer key: for the correct answer in most activities. 11. Delete key: to delete the input. 12. Fun key: for several random funny cartoons. 13. Background Music key: to stop or play the background music. 14. Screensaver key: to change the screensaver you’d like. Each time the button is pressed the screensaver will cycle to the next option. 15. Player key: to switch between One Player and Two Player modes. 16. Player 1/Player 2 key: Press these keys to enter different players’ answers in Two Player mode. 17. Cursor Pad: to cycle the choices in the main menu or the questions in an activity. 18. Letter keys: to input your answer in letter-related activities. 19. Number keys: to input numbers in the related activities. 21. Instrument keys: to change the main instrument in the music-related activities. 22. Tempo key: to change the melody tempo in the musicrelated activities. PRODUCT FEATURES 20. Musical note keys: to input your own melody in Melody Maker activity. HOW TO PLAY Pressing the key to turn on the unit, followed by the main menu, where an activity can be selected to play. Pressing the key again will turn the unit off. HOW TO PLAY Activity Selection When the unit is turned on and the opening sequence has been displayed, you will be taken to the main menu where activities can be selected by: 1) pressing Enter at the chosen activity while they cycle through automatically; 2) using the cursor pad to cycle through the activities manually and making a selection with the Enter key; 3) clicking the mouse button at the desired activity; 4) typing the activity number and selecting with the Enter key If a category key (such as ‘Word Zone’) is pressed, the menu will jump to the first activity of that category. Individual activities can then be selected using the same methods previously described. AI feature If a question is answered incorrectly during the first round, up to 3 of those questions will be asked again in subsequent rounds of most activities. This feature is designed to help children find the correct answer by using their memory. Answer The answer will be provided after a certain number of tries in most question activities. It will not be available in Earful of Numbers, Picture Fun, Chat Room, Alphabet Apple, Number Bubbles, Typing Fun, Firefly Count, Carrot Patch and all activities in the Creative Studio and My Tools category. Short Break Mode After 5 rounds are played consecutively, you’ll enjoy a wonderful display of dancing to music! Auto Power Off To preserve battery power, the Challenger Laptop™ will automatically shut off after several minutes without input. The unit can be turned on again by pressing the On/Off key. 10 ACTIVITIES Your Challenger Laptop™ includes a total of 40 activities. Activity Name 01 Earful of Numbers 02 Number Votes 03 Picture Fun 04 Word Train 05 Letter Jump 06 Mouse’s Snack 07 Chat Room 08 Talk Show 09 Alphabet Apple 10 Letter Disks 11 Alphabet Fishing 12 Letter Match 13 Letter Bubbles 14 Typing Fun 15 Animal Votes 16 Mouse’s Lunch 17 Odd One Out 18 Part and Whole 19 Number Star 20 Firefly Count 21 Kick One Out 22 Number Seesaw 23 Maths Votes 24 Mouse’s Dinner 25 Shopping Spree 26 Subtract It 27 Tick-tock Time Activity Name Language Lab (French) Word Zone ACTIVITIES Index Maths Mania 11 ACTIVITIES 28 Show Time 29 Costume Ball 30 Hide and Seek 30 Animal Shadows 32 Carrot Patch 33 Stamp Factory 34 Party Face 35 Concert Master 36 Melody Maker 37 About Me 38 My Favourites 39 Parents’ Message 40 Matchbook Game Time Creative Studio My Tools LANGUAGE LAB (French) 01. EARFUL OF NUMBERS Several disks marked with different numbers (from 1 to 10) will appear. Select a number disk by navigating with the cursor pad and pressing Enter, pressing the Choice keys or directly clicking it with the mouse to learn the French number word. 02. NUMBER VOTES Do you want to vote in an election? In this activity, you can! A French number word will appear with 4 multiple choices. Vote for one to match the word using the mouse, choice keys or the cursor pad and Enter. 03. PICTURE FUN Do you like taking pictures? Select a French word to see its picture and hear it spoken. 04. WORD TRAIN A word will be shown on screen then several pictures will be shown one by one on a moving train. Find one picture that corresponds to the given French word! 12 05. LETTER JUMP Select with the cursor pad, click the letter with the mouse or input the letter on the keyboard to help the frog jump to the right lily pad and find the beginning letter of the given French word! 06. MOUSE’S SNACK Look! A little hungry mouse is running to find its snack! Click one letter cheese or input the correct letter on the keyboard to complete the given French word and feed the mouse! 07. CHAT ROOM Select a picture to learn its French greeting phrase! Wouldn’t it be exciting to be a star in a talk show! Match the French word or phrase with the correct picture by using the mouse, or the cursor pad and Enter key. Have a try! WORD ZONE 09. ALPHABET APPLE Some alphabet apples are falling from the tree. To pick a letter apple, press the letter key or cursor pad. ACTIVITIES 08. TALK SHOW 10. LETTER DISKS Click on a letter disk to hear its name and then find a letter to match the sound! 11. ALPHABET FISHING Several letter fish are swimming in the river. Go fishing by using the cursor pad and Enter, mouse, Choice keys or directly input the letters on the keyboard to arrange the letters in alphabetical order! 12. LETTER MATCH Several pairs of letter cards will display on the screen. Pair up the capital letter with the small letter using the cursor pad and Enter or mouse. 13 13. LETTER Bubbles Children like catching bubbles, right?! Help to catch one letter to form the letter sequence with the mouse or by pressing the letter on the keyboard before the time runs out! 14. TYPING FUN Type as many letters as you can by pressing the letters on the keyboard! 15. ANIMAL VOTES The animal election is reaching fever pitch! The screen will display a word with its beginning letter missing. Vote for one letter from 4 multiple choices to complete the word. ACTIVITIES 16. MOUSE’S LUNCH Look! A little hungry mouse is running to find its food for lunch! Click one letter cheese or input the correct letter on the keyboard to complete the given word and feed the mouse! 17. ODD ONE OUT Find the odd one out of the group of words by using the mouse or the cursor pad and Enter. 18. PART and WHOLE Match the given “whole” word with a “part” word by using the mouse or the cursor pad and Enter. MATHS MANIA 19. NUMBER STAR Wow, there are so many stars twinkling in the sky! Press the number keys on the keyboard to catch one! The number star will be identified and then fly away like a shooting star! Make a wish... 20. FIREFLY COUNT 14 Children like catching the flying fireflies! Catch them as fast as possible using the cursor pad and Enter or mouse before the time runs out. 21. KICK ONE OUT Two number bugs will appear out of the holes. Hit the odd one so that another number will fill in the number order! 22. NUMBER SEESAW Come to the playground for seesaw fun! Try to keep the two sides balanced by adding the objects. Let’s go! 23. MATHS VOTES It would be great to vote in a maths election! Vote for one number or shape from 4 multiple choices to complete the number/shape sequence. Look! A little hungry mouse is running to find its food for dinner! Click one number cheese or press the number key on the keyboard to find out the bigger or smaller number according to the given instruction. 25. SHOPPING SPREE Let’s go shopping! First, pick something you’d like to add to the shopping cart, then pay by using the cursor pad and Enter or mouse to select the coins! ACTIVITIES 24. MOUSE’S DINNER 26. SUBTRACT IT Use the cursor pad, mouse or press the number on the keyboard to help the frog jump to the correct number lily pad to answer the question. 27. TICK-TOCK TIME Use the cursor pad or mouse to select the correct clock that matches with the given time. GAME TIME 28. SHOW TIME Wow, it’s show time! Use the cursor pad and Enter or mouse to select appropriate clothing and accessories to dress the model for a professional show! 15 29. COSTUME BALL All the animals are dressing up for a fancy ball! They will dance with different masks during the ball. Can you recognise them and find their true face from the multiple choices using the mouse or cursor pad and Enter? Come on! 30. HIDE AND SEEK A mouse and a cat are playing a game! Remember where the mouse hides and help the cat to find it! 31. ANIMAL SHADOWS ACTIVITIES During the night, many animals go out searching for food. Under the moonlight, look at the animal’s shadows! Can you guess what they are? Scroll through the choices one by one to find the real animal! Come and have a try! 32. CARROT PATCH Rabbits love carrots! The carrots keep going up and down. Use the mouse or the choice keys to help the rabbit pick as many carrots for his basket as you can within the time limit! CREATIVE STUDIO 33. STAMP FACTORY Select one style of stamps and drag your mouse to stamp it anywhere you like! 34. PARTY FACE Help your friends dress up for your birthday party! Use the mouse to drag different styles of eyes, mouths, hair and other party stuff onto the face or head to create the party costume. 35. CONCERT MASTER Wow, there’s a music concert tonight! Come to our concert and be the conductor! Press 1 to 9 number keys to select a melody and then use the cursor pad and Enter to change the melody’s main instrument for fun results! 16 Melody List: Baa, Baa, Black Sheep Oh My Darlin’ Frere Jacques Camptown Races Goosey Goosey Gander Hickory Dickory Dock If You’re Happy and You Know it London Bridge Polly Wolly Doodle Do you want to be a music genius? Compose your own melodies by pressing the musical note keys. Press the Enter to hear the song created. You can press the instrument key to change the melody’s instrument. Watch the chicks enjoy your musical creations! MY TOOLS 37. ABOUT ME Type information about yourself: your name, your birthday, your address, phone number, email address, your best friend’s name and your interests. ACTIVITIES 36. MELODY MAKER 38. MY FAVOURITES Fill in or select your favourites: food, toy, animal, season, cartoon star and friends. 39. PARENTs’ MESSAGE Perhaps your dad or mum wants to leave a message for you. Invite them to type whatever they like! 40. MATCHBOOK Input the code of the book and the question code will be shown automatically. Press the cursor pad and Enter, click the mouse or press the Choice keys to select your answer from 4 multiple choices that match up to the colours shown in the book. 17 CARE & MAINTENANCE / TROUBLESHOOTING CARE & MAINTENANCE 18 1. Keep the unit clean by wiping it with a slightly damp cloth. 2. Keep the unit out of direct sunlight and away from any direct heat source. 3. Remove the batteries when the unit is not in use for an extended period of time. 4. Do not drop the unit onto a hard surface and do not expose the unit to moisture. TROUBLESHOOTING If for some reason the program/activity stops working, then please follow these steps: 1. Please make sure the unit is OFF. 2. Interrupt the power supply by removing the batteries. 3. Let the unit stand for a few minutes, then replace the batteries. 4. The unit will now be ready to play again. 5. If the unit still does not work, replace with an entire set of new batteries. If the problem persists, please call our Consumer Services Department on (01235) 546810 (in the UK) or +44 1235 546810 (outside UK) and a service representative will be happy to help you. IMPORTANT NOTE: Creating and developing VTech® products is accompanied by a responsibility that we at VTech® take very seriously. We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information which forms the value of our products. However, errors sometimes can occur. It is important for you to know that we stand behind our products and encourage you to call our Consumer Services Department on (01235) 546810 (in the UK) or +44 1235 546810 (outside UK) with any problems and/or suggestions that you might have. 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