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INTRODUCTION
With the Challenger Laptop™, your child will find that learning
and fun go hand in hand!
LOCK KEY
LCD SCREEN
BUILT-IN SPEAKER
ON/OFF KEY
VOLUME SWITCH
CONTRAST SWITCH
PROGRESS
REPORT KEY
DEMO KEY
Introduction
Thank you for buying the VTech® Challenger Laptop™. 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 cool
features such as tools to store personal info, vivid animations, fun
sound effects, snappy melodies and a realistic keyboard and
mouse.
CATEGORY KEYS
CHOICE KEYS
KEYBOARD
CURSOR PAD
CHOICE KEYS
INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE
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Challenger Laptop™
User’s manual
Real mouse
Mouse mat
Introduction
REAL MOUSE
WARNING: All packing materials such as tape, plastic sheets, wire
ties and tabs are not part of this toy and should be discarded
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for your child’s safety.
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GETTING STARTED
POWER SOURCE
The Challenger Laptop™ operates on 3 “AA” size batteries (UM3/LR6) or a VTech® 9V adaptor (sold separately).
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 (UM-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.
STANDARD FOR BATTERY TOYS
• Do not try to recharge non-rechargeable batteries;
• Rechargeable batteries are to be removed from the toy before
being charged;
• Rechargeable batteries are only to be charged under adult
supervision;
• Do not mix different types of batteries; Do not mix new and
used batteries;
• Only use batteries of the recommended or equivalent type;
• Always insert batteries properly matching the plus (+) and minus
(-) signs;
• Batteries that have run out of energy must be removed from
the toy;
• Do not short-circuit the supply terminals;
• Do not use more batteries than recommended;
• Remove batteries from the toy if it will not be used for an
extended period of time.
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Getting Started
BATTERY INSTALLATION
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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
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.
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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 the Challenger Laptop™, you can choose from 6 different
categories of play and learning:
1. Language Lab (French)
2. Word Zone
3. Maths Mania
4. Game Time
5. Creative Studio
6. My Tools
LEVEL SELECTION
Level
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.
Getting Started & Product Features
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.
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.
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VOLUME SWITCH
Adjust the volume by sliding the Volume Switch to the right for
higher volume and to the left for lower volume.
MODE
Player
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
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.
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FUNCTION KEYS:
Demo
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Progress
Report
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.
Language Lab
(French)
Matchbook
Maths
Mania
Game
Time
Creative
Studio
My
Tools
Progress
Report
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.
Level
Repeat
Help
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.
Answer
10. Answer key: for the correct answer in most activities.
Delete
11. Delete key: to delete the input.
Fun
Product Features
Esc
Word
Zone
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.
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15. Player key: to switch between One Player and
Two Player modes.
Player 1
Player 2
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.
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19. Number keys: to input numbers in the related
activities.
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22. Tempo key: to change the melody tempo in
the music-related activities.
HOW TO PLAY
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menu, where an activity can be selected to play. Pressing the
key again will turn the unit off.
ACTIVITY SELECTION
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
How to play
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
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.
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ACTIVITIES
Your Challenger Laptop™ includes a total of 40 activities.
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Activity Name
Earful of Numbers
Number Votes
Picture Fun
Word Train
Letter Jump
Mouse’s Snack
Chat Room
Talk Show
Alphabet Apple
Letter Disks
Alphabet Fishing
Letter Match
Letter Bubbles
Typing Fun
Animal Votes
Mouse’s Lunch
Odd One Out
Part and Whole
Number Star
Firefly Count
Kick One Out
Number Seesaw
Maths Votes
Mouse’s Dinner
Shopping Spree
Subtract It
Tick-tock Time
Show Time
Costume Ball
Hide and Seek
Animal Shadows
Carrot Patch
Stamp Factory
Party Face
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Category Name
1. Language Lab
(French)
2. Word Zone
Activities
Index
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3. Maths Mania
4. Game Time
5. Creative Studio
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Concert Master
Melody Maker
About Me
My Favourites
Parents’ Message
Matchbook
6. My Tools
LANGUAGE LAB (FRENCH)
01. EARFUL OF NUMBERS
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.
Activities
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.
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!
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!
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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!
08. TALK SHOW
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!
Activities
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.
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, 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 or mouse.
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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 19.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!
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.
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!
Activities
15. ANIMAL VOTES
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.
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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
Children like catching the flying fireflies! Catch
them as fast as possible using the cursor pad or
mouse before the time runs 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!
Activities
21. KICK ONE OUT
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.
24. MOUSE’S DINNER
Look! A little hungry mouse is running to find its
food for dinner! Click one number cheese to find
out the bigger or smaller number according to the
given instruction.
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25. SHOPPING SPREE
Let’s go shoping! First, pick something you’d like
to add to the shopping cart, then pay by using
the arrow keys or mouse to select the coins!
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.
Activities
GAME TIME
28. SHOW TIME
Wow, it’s show time! Use the cursor pad or mouse
to select appropriate clothing and accessories to
dress the model for a professional show!
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? 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!
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31. ANIMAL SHADOWS
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 cursor pad or the choice keys
to help the rabbit pick as many carrots for his
basket as you can within the time limit!
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.
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CREATIVE STUDIO
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 to change the melody’s main instrument for
fun results!
Melody List:
Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
Oh My Darlin’
Frere Jacques
Camptown Races
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Goosey Goosey Gander
Hickory Dickory Dock
If You’re Happy and You Know it
London Bridge
Polly Wolly Doodle
36. MELODY MAKER
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!
Activities
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.
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
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1. Keep your Challenger Laptop™ clean by wiping it with a
slightly damp cloth. Never use solvents or abrasives.
2. Keep it out of direct sunlight and away from direct sources of
heat.
3. Remove the batteries when not using it for an extended period
of time.
4. Avoid dropping it. Never try to dismantle it.
5. Always keep the Challenger Laptop™ away from water.
TROUBLESHOOTING
When I press the On/Off button, nothing happens...
Make sure the On/Off button is turned on and your unit is plugged
in. If you are using batteries, check to see that they are aligned
correctly.
My screen keeps on freezing, and is not responding to my
input. Or the sound becomes weak...
Turn the unit OFF for 15 seconds and then turn it on. If you are
using an adaptor, unplug it for 15 seconds. Then plug the adaptor
back in and turn the unit ON. If the problem persists, it may be
the result of a low battery or faulty wiring in the adaptor. Replace
the battery or use a different adaptor.
STILL HAVING PROBLEMS? /
TECHNICAL SUPPORT
If you have a problem that cannot be solved by using this manual,
we encourage you to visit us online or contact our Consumer
Services Department with any problems and/or suggestions that
you might have. A support representative will be happy to assist
you. Before requesting support, please be ready to provide or
include the information below:
• The name of your product or model number. (The model number
is typically located on the back or bottom of your product.)
• The actual error message or problem you are receiving.
• The actions you took right before the error message or problem.
Internet : www.vtechuk.com
Phone : 01235 546810 (from UK) or +44 1235 546810 (outside UK)
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DISCLAIMER AND LIMITATION OF
LIABILITY
COMPANY : VTech® Electronics Europe PLC
ADDRESS : Napier Court, Abingdon Science Park, Abingdon,
Oxfordshire OX14 3YT.
TEL NO. : 01235 546810 (from UK) or +44 1235 546810
(outside UK)
COPYRIGHT NOTICES:
Copyright© 2005 VTech® Electronics Europe PLC All Rights
Reserved. VTech® and the VTech® logo are registered trademarks
of VTech® Challenger Laptop™ is trademark of VTech® Electronics
Europe PLC All other trademarks are property of their respective
owners.
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VTech® Electronics Europe PLC and its suppliers assume no
responsibility for any damage or loss resulting from the use of
this notebook. VTech® Electronics Europe PLC and its suppliers
assume no responsibility for any loss or claims by third parties
that may arise through the use of this software. VTech® Electronics
Europe PLC and its suppliers assume no responsibility for any
damage or loss caused by deletion of data as a result of
malfunction, dead battery, or repairs.
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