Acer 340 Series Laptop User Manual

TravelMate 340 series
User’s guide
Copyright © 1999. Acer Incorporated.
All Rights Reserved.
TravelMate 340 series User’s guide
Part No. 49.40F01.001
Original Issue: September 1999
Changes may be made periodically to the information in this publication without obligation to notify any
person of such revision or changes. Such changes will be incorporated in new editions of this manual or
supplementary documents and publications. This company makes no representations or warranties, either
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correspondense concerning your unit should include the serial number, model number, and purchase
information.
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1 Getting familiar with your computer
Features
Display
Indicators
Keyboard
Special keys
Keyboard ergonomics
Touchpad
Touchpad basics
Storage
Hard disk
EasyLink Combo Drive
Ports
Left port
Rear ports
Right ports
Audio
Adjusting the volume
Enabling the 3D effect feature
Securing your computer
Security keylock notch
Passwords
2 Operating on battery power
Battery pack
Battery pack characteristics
Using a battery pack for the first time
Replacing the battery pack
Charging the battery
Checking the battery level
Optimizing battery life
Battery-low warning
Power management
Power management modes
Setting power management schemes
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Contents
Notices
Preface
Connecting the computer
Getting help and support
Care and maintenance
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3 Peripherals and options
External monitor
Setting up dualview
Printer
External pointing device
External PS/2 mouse
External serial mouse
External USB mouse
External keyboard and keypad
Audio devices
PC Cards
USB devices
USB video capture kit - option
Mobile jacket
Miscellaneous options
Key component upgrades
Memory upgrade
Hard disk upgrade
4 Moving with your computer
Disconnecting from the desktop
Moving around
Preparing the computer
What to bring to short meetings
What to bring to long meetings
Taking the computer home
Preparing the computer
What to bring with you
Special considerations
Setting up a home office
Traveling with the computer
Preparing the computer
What to bring with you
Special considerations
Traveling internationally with the computer
Preparing the computer
What to bring with you
Special considerations
5 Software
Sleep Manager
Accessing the Sleep Manager
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Sleep Manager functions
Notebook Manager
Information Viewer
POST
Boot Sequence
Password
Power Management
Display Device
BIOS Utility
Using the BIOS Utility
System Information
Basic System Settings
Startup Configuration
Onboard Devices Configuration
System Security
Power Management
Load Default Settings
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6 Troubleshooting
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Frequently-Asked Questions
Troubleshooting tips
Using PC-Doctor
Online services
Before you call
Error messages
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Appendix A Specifications
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Index
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Notices
FCC notice
This device 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 device 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 device does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be
determined by turning the device off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the following measures:
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Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna
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Increase the separation between the device and receiver
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Connect the device into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is
connected
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Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/television technician for help
Notice: Shielded cables
All connections to other computing devices must be made using shielded cables to maintain
compliance with FCC regulations.
Notice: Peripheral devices
Only peripherals (input/output devices, terminals, printers, etc.) certified to comply with the
Class B limits may be attached to this equipment. Operation with non-certified peripherals is
likely to result in interference to radio and TV reception.
Caution
Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer could void the user’s
authority, which is granted by the Federal Communications Commission, to operate this
computer.
Use conditions
This part complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
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.
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Notice: Canadian users
This Class B digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian Interference-Causing
Equipment Regulations.
Remarque à l’intention des utilisateurs canadiens
Cet appareil numérique de la classe B respected toutes les exigences du Règlement sur le
matériel brouilleur du Canada.
Modem notices
FCC
This equipment complies with Part 68 of the FCC rules. Located on the bottom side of the
modem is a label that contains, among other information, the FCC Registration Number and
Ringer Equivalence Number (REN) for this equipment. Upon request, you must provide this
information to your telephone company.
If your telephone equipment causes harm to the telephone network, the telephone company
may discontinue your service temporarily. If possible, they will notify you in advance. But,
if advance notice is not practical, you will be notified as soon as possible. You will also be
informed of your right to file a complaint with the FCC.
Your telephone company may make changes in its facilities, equipment, operations, or
procedures that could affect the proper functioning of your equipment. If they do, you will
be notified in advance to give you an opportunity to maintain uninterrupted telephone
service.
If this equipment should fail to operate properly, disconnect the equipment from the phone
line to determine if it is causing the problem. If the problem is with the equipment,
discontinue use and contact your dealer or vendor.
CTR 21
This equipment has been approved [Council Decision 98/482/EC - “CTR 21”] for panEuropean single terminal connection to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN).
However, due to differences between the individual PSTNs provided in different countries,
the approval does not, of itself, give an unconditional assurance of successful operation on
every PSTN termination point. In the event of problems, you should contact your equipment
supplier in the first instance.
Important safety instructions
Read these instructions carefully. Save these instructions for future reference.
1.
Follow all warnings and instructions marked on the product.
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2.
Unplug this product from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not use liquid cleaners or
aerosol cleaners. Use a damp cloth for cleaning.
3.
Do not use this product near water.
4.
Do not place this product on an unstable cart, stand, or table. The product may fall,
causing serious damage to the product.
5.
Slots and openings in the cabinet and the back or bottom are provided for ventilation; to
ensure reliable operation of the product and to protect it from overheating, these
openings must not be blocked or covered. The openings should never be blocked by
placing the product on a bed, sofa, rug, or other similar surface. This product should
never be placed near or over a radiator or heat register, or in a built-in installation unless
proper ventilation is provided.
6.
This product should be operated from the type of power indicated on the marking label.
If you are not sure of the type of power available, consult your dealer or local power
company.
7.
Do not allow anything to rest on the power cord. Do not locate this product where
persons will walk on the cord.
8.
If an extension cord is used with this product, make sure that the total ampere rating of
the equipment plugged into the extension cord does not exceed the extension cord
ampere rating. Also, make sure that the total rating of all products plugged into the
wall outlet does not exceed the fuse rating.
9.
Never push objects of any kind into this product through cabinet slots as they may
touch dangerous voltage points or short out parts that could result in a fire or electric
shock. Never spill liquid of any kind on the product.
10.
Do not attempt to service this product yourself, as opening or removing covers may
expose you to dangerous voltage points or other risks. Refer all servicing to qualified
service personnel.
11.
Unplug this product from the wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified service
personnel under the following conditions:
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When the power cord or plug is damaged or frayed
b.
If liquid has been spilled into the product
c.
If the product has been exposed to rain or water
d.
If the product does not operate normally when the operating instructions are
followed. Adjust only those controls that are covered by the operating
instructions since improper adjustment of other controls may result in damage and
will often require extensive work by a qualified technician to restore the product
to normal condition.
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If the product has been dropped or the cabinet has been damaged
f.
If the product exhibits a distinct change in performance, indicating a need for
service.
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Replace the battery with the same type as the product's battery we recommend. Use of
another battery may present a risk of fire or explosion. Refer battery replacement to a
qualified serviceman.
13.
Warning! Batteries may explode if not handled properly. Do not disassemble or
dispose of them in fire. Keep them away from children and dispose of used batteries
promptly.
14.
Use only the proper type of power supply cord set (provided in your accessories box)
for this unit. It should be a detachable type: UL listed/CSA certified, type SPT-2, rated
7A 125V minimum, VDE approved or its equivalent. Maximum length is 15 feet (4.6
meters).
Laser compliance statement
The CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive used with this computer is a laser product. The CD-ROM
or DVD-ROM drive’s classification label (shown below) is located on the drive.
CLASS 1 LASER PRODUCT
CAUTION: INVISIBLE LASER RADIATION WHEN OPEN. AVOID EXPOSURE TO
BEAM.
APPAREIL A LASER DE CLASSE 1 PRODUIT
LASERATTENTION: RADIATION DU FAISCEAU LASER INVISIBLE EN CAS
D’OUVERTURE. EVITTER TOUTE EXPOSITION AUX RAYONS.
LUOKAN 1 LASERLAITE LASER KLASSE 1
VORSICHT: UNSICHTBARE LASERSTRAHLUNG, WENN ABDECKUNG
GEÖFFNET NICHT DEM STRAHLL AUSSETZEN
PRODUCTO LÁSER DE LA CLASE I
ADVERTENCIA: RADIACIÓN LÁSER INVISIBLE AL SER ABIERTO. EVITE
EXPONERSE A LOS RAYOS.
ADVARSEL: LASERSTRÅLING VEDÅBNING SE IKKE IND I STRÅLEN.
VARO! LAVATTAESSA OLET ALTTINA LASERSÅTEILYLLE.
VARNING: LASERSTRÅLNING NÅR DENNA DEL ÅR ÖPPNAD ÅLÅ TUIJOTA
SÅTEESEENSTIRRA EJ IN I STRÅLEN
VARNING: LASERSTRÅLNING NAR DENNA DEL ÅR ÖPPNADSTIRRA EJ IN I
STRÅLEN
ADVARSEL: LASERSTRÅLING NAR DEKSEL ÅPNESSTIRR IKKE INN I STRÅLEN
Lithium battery statement
CAUTION
Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace only with the same or
equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer. Discard used batteries according to the
manufacturer’s instructions.
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ADVARSEL!
Lithiumbatteri - Eksplosionsfare ved fejlagtig håndtering. Udskiftning må kun ske med
batteri af samme fabrikat og type. Léver det brugte batteri tilbage til leverandøren.
ADVARSEL
Eksplosjonsfare ved feilaktig skifte av batteri. Benytt samme batteritype eller en tilsvarende
type anbefalt av apparatfabrikanten. Brukte batterier kasseres i henhold til fabrikantens
instruksjoner.
VARNING
Explosionsfara vid felaktigt batteribyte. Anvãnd samma batterityp eller en ekvivalent typ
som rekommenderas av apparattillverkaren. Kassera anvãnt batteri enligt fabrikantens
instruktion.
VAROITUS
Päristo voi räjähtää, jos se on virheellisesti asennettu. Vaihda paristo ainoastaan
laitevalmistajan suosittelemaan tyyppiin. Hävitä käytetty paristo valmistajan ohjeiden
mukaisesti.
VORSICHT!
Explosionsgefahr bei unsachgemäßen Austausch der Batterie Ersatz nur durch denselben
oder einem vom Hersteller empfohlenem ähnlichen Typ. Entsorgung gebrauchter Batterien
nach Angaben des Herstellers.
Year 2000 compliance statement
The TravelMate 340 series notebook computer carries the "Hardware NSTL Tested Year
2000 Compliant" logo, which certifies that this model has been tested by NSTL using the
YMark2000 test, and has been found to meet NSTL's standards for Year 2000 hardware
compliance.
For more details, check the Acer Year 2000 Resource Center Web site (www.acer.com.tw/
service/y2k)
Macrovision copyright protection notice
This product incorporates copyright protection technology that is protected by method claims
of certain U.S. patents and other intellectual property rights owned by Macrovision
Corporation and other rights owners. Use of this copyright protection technology must be
authorized by Macrovision Corporation, and is intended for home and other limited viewing
uses only unless otherwise authorized by Macrovision Corporation. Reverse engineering or
disassembly is prohibited.
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Preface
This manual describes features of the TravelMate 340 series notebook computers.
This series of ultra-slim computers incorporate such features as CardBus, 16-bit
PCI stereo audio, Fast Infrared, internal 56K modem, internal pointing device with
scroll function, Universal Serial Bus, and Accelerated Graphics Port.
This manual should answer most of the questions you have about the day-to-day
operation of your TravelMate notebook computer.
Use the Just for Starters… instructions that came with your computer to get your
computer running for the first time.
You should also take advantage of the online help files that are available with
almost all of the programs shipped with your computer.
We hope you enjoy your TravelMate computer. With proper care, your computer
will provide you with years of productive service.
Connecting the computer
Connecting the computer is as easy as 1-2-3.
1.
Gently insert the battery into the battery bay by following the guide symbols
on both the battery and the bottom of the computer; then slide the battery in
until it clicks into place. The battery release latch locks.
Note: When using a battery pack for the first time, fully recharge the battery,
then disconnect the adapter to use up the battery before recharging again.
You only need to do this once with a new battery.
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2.
Connect one end of the AC adapter to the DC-in jack on the rear of the
computer and the other end to a power outlet.
3.
Slide the display cover latch to the left to open the display. Slide the power
switch towards the rear of the computer then release it to turn on the power.
The POST (Power On Self-Test) routine executes and Windows begins
loading.
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Turning off the computer
There are a number of ways you can turn the power off.
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Using the Windows Shut Down... command
Click on Start, Shut Down..., and select Shut down; then click on OK.
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Using the power switch
Note: You can also use the power switch to perform power management
functions. See “Setting advanced features in power management” on page
86.
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Using customized functions for power management
You can also shutdown the computer by closing the display cover, or by
pressing the sleep hot key (Fn-F4). See “Setting advanced features in power
management” on page 86.
Note: If you cannot power off the computer normally, press and hold the
power switch for more than four seconds to shut down the computer. If you
turn off the computer and want to turn it on again, wait at least two seconds
before powering up.
Getting help and support
This user’s guide provides clear and concise information about the computer, so
read it thoroughly. To provide you with help when traveling, the computer also has
a comprehensive online documentation.
Accessing the online guide
To access the online guide, follow these steps:
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Press the Windows logo button or click on the Start button.
2.
Select Programs, then click on TravelMate.
3.
Click on TravelMate Online Guide.
The online guide is easy to navigate with hypertext and hypergraphics. Clear
illustrations help describe notebook operation as well.
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Accessing the user’s guide
This printed user’s guide is also available in PDF format which may come in handy
if you need to print out a copy. Viewing the file requires Adobe Acrobat Reader
installed.
Follow these steps:
1.
Click on Start, Programs, TravelMate.
2.
Click on TravelMate User’s Guide.
Note: If Adobe Acrobat Reader is not installed on your computer, clicking
on Travelmate User’s Guide will run the Acrobat Reader setup program first.
Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation.
For instructions on how to use Adobe Acrobat Reader, access the Help menu.
Support information
Your computer is backed by an International Traveler’s Warranty (ITW) that gives
you security and peace of mind when traveling. Our worldwide network of service
centers are there to give you a helping hand.
An ITW passport comes with your computer. This passport contains all you need
to know about the ITW program. A list of available, authorized service centers are
in this handy booklet. Read this passport thoroughly.
Always have your ITW passport on hand, especially when you travel to receive the
benefits from our support centers. Place your proof-of-purchase in the flap located
inside the front cover of the ITW passport.
If the country you are traveling in does not have an Acer-authorized ITW service
site, you can still get in contact with our offices worldwide.
For technical assistance and support in the United States and Canada, you can call
1-800-816-2237. You can also contact a local dealer or distributor in the country
you are traveling in for assistance.
Note: For more information, see “Online services” on page 106.
If you are connected to the Internet and have World Wide Web access, visit our
Web site (www.acer.com) and get an updated list of our worldwide offices, as well
as information about our products.
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Care and maintenance
Taking care of your computer
Your computer will serve you well if you take care of it.
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Do not expose the computer to direct sunlight. Do not place near sources of
heat, such as a radiator.
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Do not expose the computer to temperatures below 0ºC (32ºF) or above 50ºC
(122ºF).
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Do not subject the computer to magnetic fields.
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Do not expose the computer to rain or moisture.
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Do not spill water or any liquid on the computer.
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Do not subject the computer to heavy shock and vibration.
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Do not expose the computer to dust and dirt.
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Never place objects on top of the computer to avoid damaging the computer.
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Never place the computer on uneven surfaces.
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When holding the computer, keep your fingers away from the battery release
latch, as you may inadvertently release the battery pack from the computer.
These care and maintenance tips also apply to the EasyLink Combo Drive when
possible.
Taking care of your AC adapter
Here are some ways to take care of your AC adapter:
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Do not connect the adapter to any other device.
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Do not step on the power cord or place heavy objects on top of it. Carefully
route the power cord and any cables away from personal traffic.
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When unplugging the power cord, do not pull on the cord itself but pull on the
plug.
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The total ampere ratings of the equipment plugged in should not exceed the
ampere rating of the cord if you are using an extension cord. Also, the total
current rating of all equipment plugged into a single wall outlet should not
exceed the fuse rating.
Taking care of your battery pack
Here are some ways to take care of your battery pack:
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Use only batteries of the same kind as replacements (Model# BTP-25D1).
Turn the power off before removing or replacing batteries.
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Do not tamper with batteries. Keep them away from children.
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Dispose of used batteries according to local regulations. Recycle if at all
possible.
Cleaning and servicing
When cleaning the computer, follow these steps:
1.
Power off the computer and remove the battery pack.
2.
Disconnect the AC adapter.
3.
Use a soft cloth moistened with water. Do not use liquid or aerosol cleaners.
Contact your dealer or see your service technician if any of the following occurs:
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The computer has been dropped or the body has been damaged.
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Liquid has been spilled into the product.
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The computer does not operate normally.
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your computer
This computer combines high-performance,
versatility, power management features and
multimedia capabilities with a unique style and
ergonomic design. Work with unmatched
productivity and reliability with your new power
computing partner.
This chapter gives an in-depth "tour" of the
computer’s many features.
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Features
This computer was designed with the user in mind. Here are just a few of its many
features:
Performance
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Intel Pentium® III processor with integrated L2 cache memory
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64-bit main memory
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Large and vibrant Thin-Film-Transistor (TFT) SVGA Liquid Crystal Display
(LCD)
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64-bit graphics acceleration with 2.5MB graphics memory and Accelerated
Graphics Port (AGP)
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High-capacity, Enhanced-IDE removable hard disk
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External EasyLink™ Combo Drive (floppy drive + CD-ROM)
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Lithium-Ion battery pack
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Power management system with ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power
Interface) or APM (Advanced Power Management) support
Multimedia
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16-bit high-fidelity PCI stereo audio with 3D sound and wavetable
synthesizer
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Built-in speaker
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EasyLink™ Combo Drive
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Dualview capability
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DVD playback capability (with DVD-equipped EasyLink DVD Combo Drive
option)
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USB video capture kit
Connectivity
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High-speed fax/data PCI modem
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Built-in network feature for Ethernet 10/100 LAN — optional
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Fast infrared (FIR) wireless communication
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Universal Serial Bus (USB) port
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Human-centric design and ergonomics
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Ultra-slim, sleek, smooth and stylish design
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Full-sized keyboard
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Wide and curved palm rest
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Ergonomically-centered touchpad pointing device with scroll function
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Stylish cover accessory
Expansion
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CardBus PC Card (formerly PCMCIA) slot (one type II/I) with Zoomed
Video (ZV) support
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Upgradeable memory and hard disk
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Display
The large graphics display offers excellent viewing, display quality and desktop
performance graphics. The computer supports a Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) liquid
crystal display (LCD) displaying 32-bit true-color at 800x600 Super Video
Graphics Array (SVGA) resolution.
Video performance
PCI local bus video with 64-bit graphics acceleration and 2.5MB high-speed
Synchonous Dynamic Random Access Memory (SDRAM) boost video
performance. The video also includes 3D capabilities such as Goraud shading, and
Z-buffering, as well as DVD playback support.
Simultaneous display
The computer’s large display and multimedia capabilities are great for giving
presentations. If you prefer, you can also connect an external monitor when giving
presentations. This computer supports simultaneous LCD and CRT display.
Simultaneous display allows you to control the presentation from your computer
and at the same time face your audience. You can also connect other output
display devices such as LCD projection panels for large-audience presentations.
Power management
The power management system incorporates an "automatic LCD dim" feature that
automatically decides the best settings for your display and at the same time
conserves power. See “Power management” on page 41 for more information on
power management features.
Dualview
The computer’s video chip takes advantage of Windows 98’s multi-display
capability, allowing you to extend your desktop to an external display device, such
as an external monitor or projector. With this feature enabled, you can move
program windows to and from the computer LCD and external display device. For
more information, see “Setting up dualview” on page 47.
Opening and closing the display
To open the display, slide the display cover latch to the left and lift up the cover.
Then tilt it to a comfortable viewing position. The computer employs a
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microswitch that turns off the display (and enters Standby mode) to conserve
power when you close the display cover, and turns it back on when you open the
display cover.
Note: If an external monitor is connected, the computer turns off the display
(but does not enter standby mode) when you close the display cover.
To close the display cover, fold it down gently until the display cover latch clicks
into place.
Caution: To avoid damaging the display, do not slam it when you close it.
Also, do not place any object on top of the computer when the display is
closed.
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Indicators
The computer has six easy-to-read status icons on the right of the display screen.
The Power and Sleep status icons are visible even when you close the display cover
so you can see the status of the computer while the cover is closed.
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Icon
Function
Description
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Power
Lights when the computer is on.
2
Sleep
Lights when the computer enters Sleep mode.
3
Media Activity
Lights when the floppy drive, hard disk or
EasyLink™ Combo Drive is active.
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Battery Charge
Lights when the battery is being charged.
5
Caps Lock
Lights when Caps Lock is activated.
6
Num Lock
Lights when Num Lock is activated.
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Keyboard
The keyboard has full-sized keys and an embedded keypad, separate cursor keys,
two Windows keys and twelve function keys.
Special keys
Lock keys
The keyboard has three lock keys which you can toggle on and off.
Lock key
Description
Caps Lock
When Caps Lock is on, all alphabetic characters typed are in uppercase.
Num Lock
(Fn-F11)
When Num Lock is on, the embedded keypad is in numeric mode. The
keys function as a calculator (complete with the arithmetic operators +,
-, *, and /). Use this mode when you need to do a lot of numeric data
entry. A better solution would be to connect an external keypad.
Scroll Lock
(Fn-F12)
When Scroll Lock is on, the screen moves one line up or down when
you press the up or down arrow keys respectively. Scroll Lock does not
work with some applications.
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Embedded numeric keypad
The embedded numeric keypad functions like a desktop numeric keypad. It is
indicated by small characters located on the upper right corner of the keycaps. To
simplify the keyboard legend, cursor-control key symbols are not printed on the
keys.
Desired access
Num lock on
Num lock off
Number keys on
embedded keypad
Type numbers in a normal
manner.
Cursor-control keys on
embedded keypad
Hold Shift while using cursorcontrol keys.
Hold Fn while using
cursor-control keys.
Main keyboard keys
Hold Fn while typing letters on
embedded keypad.
Type the letters in a
normal manner.
Note: If an external keyboard or keypad is connected to the computer, the
Num Lock feature automatically shifts from the internal keyboard to the
external keyboard or keypad.
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Windows keys
The keyboard has two keys that perform Windows-specific functions.
Key
Description
Windows logo key
Start button. Combinations with this key perform shortcut
functions. Below are a few examples:
+ Tab (Activates next taskbar button)
+ E (Explores My Computer)
+ F (Finds Document)
+ M (Minimizes All)
Shift + + M (Undoes Minimize All)
+ R (Displays the Run... dialog box)
Application key
Opens a context menu (same as a right-click).
Hot keys
The computer employs hot keys or key combinations to access most of the
computer’s controls like screen brightness, volume output and the BIOS Utility.
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To activate hot keys, press and hold the Fn key before pressing the other key in the
hot key combination.
Hot key
Icon
Function
Description
Fn-F1
Hot Key Help
Displays help on hot keys.
Fn-F2
Setup
Accesses the computer’s
configuration utility.
Fn-F3
Power Management
Scheme Toggle
Switches the power management
scheme used by the computer
(function available if supported by
operating system)
See “Setting power management
schemes” on page 44.
Fn-F4
Sleep (ACPI) or
Standby (APM)
Puts the computer in Sleep mode
or Standby mode.
See “Sleep mode” on page 42.
Fn-F5
Display Toggle
Switches display output between
the display screen, external
monitor (if connected) and both the
display screen and external
monitor.
Fn-F6
Screen Blank
Turns the display screen backlight
off to save power. Press any key to
return.
Fn-F7
Touchpad Toggle
Turns the internal touchpad on and
off.
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Hot key
Icon
Function
Description
Fn-F8
Speaker Toggle
Turns the speakers on and off.
Fn- ←
Brightness Down
Decreases the screen brightness.
Fn- →
Brightness Up
Increases the screen brightness.
Fn- ↑
Volume Up
Increases the volume.
Fn- ↓
Volume Down
Decreases the volume.
Alt Gr-Euro
Euro
Types the euro symbol.
The euro symbol
If your keyboard layout is set to United States-International or United Kingdom or
if you have a keyboard with a European layout, you can type the Euro symbol on
your keyboard.
Note for US keyboard users: The keyboard layout is set when you first set
up Windows. For the Euro symbol to work, the keyboard layout has to be set
to United States-International.
To verify the keyboard type:
1.
Click on Start, Settings, Control Panel.
2.
Double-click on Keyboard.
3.
Click on the Language tab.
4.
Verify that the keyboard layout used for "En English (United States)" is set to
United States-International.
If not, select and click on Properties; then select United StatesInternational and click on OK.
5.
Click on OK.
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To type the Euro symbol:
1.
Locate the Euro symbol on your keyboard.
2.
Open a text editor or word processor.
3.
Hold Alt Gr and press the Euro symbol.
Some fonts and software do not support the Euro symbol. Please refer to
http://www.microsoft.com/typography/faq/faq12.htm for more information.
Keyboard ergonomics
Located below the keyboard, the wide and curved palm rest is ergonomically
designed to provide you with a very comfortable place to rest your hands while
you type.
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Touchpad
The built-in touchpad is a PS/2-compatible pointing device that senses movement
on its surface. This means the cursor responds as you move your finger on the
surface of the touchpad. The central location on the palm rest provides optimum
comfort and support.
Note: When using an external mouse, you can press Fn-F7 to disable the
internal touchpad. If you want to use an external PS/2 mouse, first enable the
touchpad, connect the external PS/2 mouse, then disable the touchpad if
necessary.
The touchpad also has scroll functions with the center buttons.
Touchpad basics
The following items teach you how to use the touchpad:
•
Move your finger across the touchpad to move the cursor.
•
Press the left (1) and right (3) buttons located on the edge of the touchpad to
do selection and execution functions. These two buttons are similar to the left
and right buttons on a mouse. Tapping on the touchpad produces similar
results.
•
Use the center (2) buttons (top and bottom) to scroll up or down a page. This
button mimics your cursor pressing on the right scroll bar of Windows
applications.
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Right
button
Center
buttons
Function
Left button
Tap
Execute
Click twice
quickly
Tap twice (at the same
speed as double-clicking a
mouse button)
Select
Click once
Tap once
Drag
Click and hold,
then use finger
to drag the
cursor on the
touchpad
Tap twice (at the same
speed as double-clicking a
mouse button) then hold
finger to the touchpad on
the second tap and drag the
cursor
Click
once
Access
context
menu
Scroll
Click and
hold the
up/down
buttons
Note: Keep your fingers dry and clean when using the touchpad. Also keep
the touchpad dry and clean. The touchpad is sensitive to finger movements.
Hence, the lighter the touch, the better the response. Tapping harder will not
increase the touchpad’s responsiveness.
Customizing the center button
You can customize the function of the center button as follows:
1.
Click on Start, Settings, Control Panel.
2.
Double-click on Mouse.
3.
Click on the Button Actions tab.
4.
Customize the settings for Rocker Switch.
5.
Click on OK.
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Storage
This computer supplies you with all-in-one media storage:
•
High-capacity Enhanced-IDE hard disk
•
External EasyLink™ Combo Drive
•
Standard 3.5-inch floppy drive.
•
High-speed CD-ROM drive or DVD-ROM drive (EasyLink DVD
Combo Drive)
Hard disk
The removable hard disk module can be upgraded when you need more storage
space. See “Hard disk upgrade” on page 59.
EasyLink Combo Drive
The EasyLink Combo Drive is a two-in-one floppy/CD-ROM or floppy /DVDROM “combo” drive that connects externally to the computer.
The floppy drive reads and writes standard 3.5-inch diskettes. The CD-ROM or
DVD-ROM drive provides the latest in multimedia in a mobile world.
Connecting and disconnecting the EasyLink Combo Drive
To connect the EasyLink Combo Drive:
1.
Pull out the EasyLink Combo Drive cable connector from its storage slot.
2.
Open the EasyLink Combo Drive connector door on the computer.
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3.
Firmly connect the EasyLink Combo Drive (connector to connector) to the
computer.
To disconnect the EasyLink Combo Drive:
1.
Click on the HotIDE icon (
2.
Select the stop operation.
) on the Windows taskbar.
A message appears to confirm the stop operation.
3.
Click on OK.
4.
Disconnect the EasyLink Combo Drive.
5.
Tuck in the EasyLink Combo Drive cable connector into its storage slot.
Note: If the computer is on, and you disconnect the EasyLink Combo Drive
without using the HotIDE stop function, the computer will hang (stop
operating normally). Connect the EasyLink Combo Drive again to solve this
problem. It is advisable to follow the connect/disconnect procedures
discussed above. If the computer is off, you can disconnect the EasyLink
Combo Drive at your convenience.
Ejecting media
Ejecting a floppy disk
Press the floppy disk eject button to eject a floppy disk from the floppy drive.
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Ejecting the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM tray
To eject the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM tray when the computer is turned on, press
the CD-ROM eject button. When the power is off, you can eject the CD-ROM
drive tray using the emergency eject hole. See page 102.
Playing DVD movies
Some models come standard with a DVD-equipped EasyLink DVD Combo Drive.
To play DVD movies on your computer, follow these steps:
1.
Eject the DVD-ROM tray and insert the DVDExpress disc; then close the
DVD-ROM tray.
The setup program appears. If the setup program does not run automatically,
click on Start, Run..., then type D:\SETUP.EXE and press Enter.
2.
Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation.
Important! When you launch the DVD player for the first time, the program
asks you to input the region code. DVD discs are divided into 6 regions.
Once your computer is set to a region code, it will play DVD discs of that
region only. You can set the region code a maximum of five times (including
the first time ), afterwhich the last region code set will remain permanent.
Refer to the table later in this section for DVD movie region code
information.
3.
Remove the DVDExpress disc from the DVD-ROM tray and insert a DVD
movie of the desired region into the DVD-ROM drive.
4.
Click on Start, Programs, Mediamatics DVDExpress.
5.
Click on Mediamatics DVD Player.
Region Code
Country or Region
1
U.S.A., Canada
2
Europe, Middle East, South Africa,Japan
3
Southeast Asia, Taiwan, Korea (South)
4
Latin America, Australia, New Zealand
5
Former U.S.S.R., parts of Africa, India
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Region Code
Country or Region
6
People's Republic of China
Note: To change the region code, insert a DVD movie of a different region
into the DVD-ROM drive. Please refer to the online help for more
information.
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Ports
Ports allow you to connect peripheral devices to your computer as you would with
a desktop PC. For instructions on how to connect different external devices to the
computer, see “3 Peripherals and options” on page 45.
Left port
#
Port
Connects to...
1
EasyLink Combo
Drive connector
EasyLink Combo Drive.
See “EasyLink Combo Drive” on page 16 for details.
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Rear ports
#
Icon
Port
Connects to...
1
Power jack
AC adapter and power outlet
2
USB jack
Universal Serial Bus device (e.g., USB mouse,
USB camera)
3
Modem jack
Phone line
4
Network jack
Ethernet 10/100-based network
5
Infrared port
Infrared device (e.g., infrared printer, IR-aware
computers)
6
PS/2 port
PS/2-compatible device (e.g., PS/2 keyboard/
mouse/keypad)
7
Parallel port
Parallel device (e.g., parallel printer)
8
Serial port
Serial device (e.g., serial mouse)
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#
9
Icon
Port
Connects to...
External
display port
Display device (e.g., external monitor, LCD
projector) up to 1280x1024 resolution at 64Kcolors
Universal Serial Bus
The Universal Serial Bus (USB) port is a high-speed serial bus which allows you to
connect and daisy-chain USB peripherals without taking up precious system
resources.
Fax/data modem
Some models have a built-in V.90 56Kbps PCI fax/data modem.
Warning! This modem port is not compatible with digital phone lines.
Plugging this modem into a digital phone line will damage the modem.
To use the fax/data modem port, connect a phone cable from the modem port to a
telephone jack.
Start your communications software program. See your communications manual
for instructions.
Built-in network feature (option)
Available on select models, the built-in network feature allows you to connect your
computer to an Ethernet-based (10BaseT and 100BaseT) network.
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To use the network feature, connect a Ethernet cable from the network jack on the
rear of the computer to a network jack or hub on your network. Then configure
network settings for your computer.
Note: Contact your network or system administrator for information on how
to configure your computer to work in your network environment.
Fast infrared
The computer’s fast infrared (FIR) port allows you to do wireless data transfer with
other IR-aware computers and peripherals such as infrared printers. The infrared
port can transfer data at speeds of up to four megabits per second (Mbps) at a
distance of up to one meter.
To use FIR, position two IR-aware devices such that their IR ports are no more
than one meter apart and offset no more than 15 degrees.
When the two computers are in position, simply begin the data transfer as you
normally would. See your file transfer software for details.
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Right ports
#
Icon
Port
Connects to...
1
PC Card slot
One 16-bit PC Card or 32-bit CardBus PC
Card (Zoomed Video supported)
2
Microphone-in jack
Mono condenser microphone
3
Line-in jack
Audio line-in device (e.g., audio CD player,
stereo walkman)
4
Line-out jack
Audio line-out device (e.g., speakers,
headphones)
PC Card slot
There is a type II/I CardBus PC Card slot found on the right panel of the computer.
This slot accepts a credit-card-sized card that enhances the usability and
expandability of the computer.
PC Cards (formerly PCMCIA) are add-on cards for portable computers, giving you
expansion possibilities long afforded by desktop PCs. Popular type II cards
include flash memory, SRAM, fax/data modem, LAN and SCSI cards. CardBus
improves on the 16-bit PC card technology by expanding the bandwidth to 32 bits.
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ZV (Zoomed Video) support allows your computer to support hardware MPEG in
the form of a ZV PC card.
Note: Refer to your card’s manual for details on how to install and use the
card and its functions.
Inserting a PC Card
Note: A slot protector card is installed in the PC Card slot. Remove it before
you insert your PC Card.
Insert the card into the desired slot and make the proper connections (e.g., network
cable), if necessary. See your card manual for details.
Ejecting a PC Card
Before ejecting a PC Card:
1.
Exit the application using the card.
2.
Left-click on the PC Card icon on the taskbar and stop the card operation.
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Press the slot eject button (1) to pop out the eject button (2); then press it
again to eject the card (3).
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Audio
The computer comes with 16-bit high-fidelity PCI stereo audio.
There are audio ports on the right panel of the computer. See “Audio devices” on
page 52 for more information on connecting external audio devices.
Adjusting the volume
To adjust the volume, double-click on the volume (speaker) icon on the Windows
taskbar, then drag the slider to the desired volume level. You can also hold Fn and
press the up/down arrow keys.
Enabling the 3D effect feature
When connecting to external speakers, you can enable the 3D effect feature for a
more immersive experience. Follow these steps:
1.
Double-click on the volume (speaker) icon on the Windows taskbar.
If the speaker icon is not displayed on the taskbar, enable this feature (show
volume control on the taskbar) via the Multimedia icon in the Control
Panel.
2.
Click on the Options menu and select Advanced Controls.
3.
Click on the Advanced button that now appears in the Master Volume
Balance column.
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4.
Click 3D Effect to enable the 3D effect feature.
5.
Click on OK.
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Securing your computer
Security features include hardware and software locks — a security notch and
passwords.
Security keylock notch
A security keylock notch located on the left panel of the computer lets you connect
a Kensington-compatible key-based computer security lock.
Wrap a computer security lock cable around an immovable object such as a table
or locked drawer handle. Insert the lock into the notch and turn the key to secure
the lock.
Passwords
Three password types protect your computer from unauthorized access. Setting
these passwords creates several different levels of protection for your computer
and data:
•
Setup Password prevents unauthorized entry to the BIOS Utility. Once set,
you must key-in this password to gain access to the BIOS Utility. See “BIOS
Utility” on page 88 for details.
•
Power-On Password secures your computer against unauthorized use.
Combine the use of this password with password checkpoints on boot-up and
resume from hibernation for maximum security.
•
Hard Disk Password protects your data by preventing unauthorized access to
your hard disk. Even if the hard disk is removed from the computer and
moved to another computer, it cannot be accessed without the Hard Disk
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Password.
Important! Do not forget your Setup and Hard Disk Password! If you
forget your password, please get in touch with your dealer or an authorized
service center.
Entering passwords
When a password is set, a password prompt appears on the left-hand corner of the
display screen.
•
When the Setup Password is set, the following prompt appears when you
press F2 to enter the BIOS Utility at boot-up.
Type the Setup Password and press Enter to access the BIOS Utility.
•
When the Power-on Password is set, the following prompt appears at boot-up.
Type the Power-on Password (a . symbol appears for each character you type)
and press Enter to use the computer. If you enter the password incorrectly,
an x symbol appears. Try again and press Enter.
•
When the Hard Disk Password is set, the following prompt appears at bootup.
Type the Hard Disk Password (a . symbol appears for each character you
type) and press Enter to use the computer. If you enter the password
incorrectly, an x symbol appears. Try again and press Enter.
Important! You have three chances to enter a password. If you successfully
entered the password, you are presented with a correct entry symbol.
If you fail to enter the password correctly after three tries, the following
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message or symbol appears.
Slide and hold the power switch for four seconds to shut down the computer.
Then turn on the computer again, and try again. If you fail to enter the Hard
Disk Password, please contact your dealer or an authorized service center.
Setting passwords
You can set passwords using:
•
Notebook Manager - go to page 83.
•
BIOS Utility - go to page 95.
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2 Operating on battery
power
The computer operates on AC or battery power.
This chapter contains the information you need to
know to operate the computer on battery power. It
also includes information on how your computer
manages and saves power.
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Battery pack
The computer uses a battery pack that gives you long use between charges.
Battery pack characteristics
The battery pack has the following characteristics:
•
Employs Current Battery Technology Standards
The computer uses a Lithium-Ion battery pack which does not have the
memory effect problem of Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) batteries. Li-Ion batteries
consistently provide the longest battery life, best-suited for road warriors.
•
Battery-low Warning
When the battery charge level becomes low, the computer gives off warning
beeps and the status indicator flashes at regular intervals. This tells the user
that the battery power is critically low. You can correct this situation by
recharging the battery pack.
Note: Whenever possible, use the AC adapter. The battery will come in
handy when you travel or during a power failure. It is advisable to have an
extra fully-charged battery pack available as backup.
Using a battery pack for the first time
When using a battery pack for the first time, follow these steps:
1.
Disable the Sleep Upon Battery-low parameter in the BIOS Utility. See page
97.
2.
Connect the AC adapter to a power source and to the computer and fully
recharge the battery.
3.
Disconnect the adapter to use up the battery before recharging again.
You only need to do this once with a new battery or with a battery that's been
stored without being used for a long time. If the computer is to be stored for more
than two weeks, we suggest you remove the battery pack. Battery power from a
fully charged battery pack depletes in roughly a day with the computer in Standby
mode, or a month in Hibernation mode or when the power is off.
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Warning! Do not expose battery packs to temperatures below 0ºC (32ºF) or
above 60ºC (140ºF). This may adversely affect the battery pack.
Replacing the battery pack
Note: Before removing the battery pack, make sure that you have an AC
adapter connected to the computer; otherwise, turn off the computer.
To replace the battery pack, follow these steps:
1.
Slide and hold the battery bay release latch and slide the battery out slightly.
2.
Lift up the battery pack to remove it from the battery bay.
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3.
Insert a replacement battery pack into the battery bay by following the figures
below.
Charging the battery
To charge the battery, place the battery pack inside the battery bay and plug the AC
adapter into the computer and an electrical outlet.
Charging modes
The adapter has three charging modes:
Rapid mode
The computer uses rapid charging when power is turned off and a powered AC
adapter is connected to it. In rapid mode, a fully depleted battery gets fully
charged in two to three hours.
Charge-in-use mode
When the computer is in use with the AC adapter plugged in, the computer also
charges the battery pack if installed. This mode will take longer to fully charge a
battery than rapid mode. In charge-in-use mode, a fully depleted battery gets fully
charged in approximately six to seven hours.
Trickle mode
When the battery is fully charged, the adapter changes to trickle mode to maintain
the battery charge level. This prevents the battery from draining while the
computer is in use.
Tip! We suggest that you charge the battery pack before retiring for the day,
letting it charge overnight before traveling. This ensures a fully charged
battery for use the next day.
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Checking the battery level
The computer features battery-low warning signals that are both audible and
visible. When the battery pack is low, the computer emits warning beeps and the
battery indicator flashes at regular intervals. Also, you can check the battery
charge level using the Windows battery meter.
Using the Windows battery meter
The Windows battery meter indicates the present battery level. Simply rest your
cursor on the battery meter (or AC plug) icon on the taskbar to see the present
charge level of your battery.
Optimizing battery life
This section helps you get the most out of battery operation. Optimizing battery
life prolongs the charge/recharge cycle and improves recharge efficiency. Follow
these suggestions to optimize and maximize battery power:
•
Purchase an extra battery pack.
•
Use Sleep Manager to reserve hard disk space for the Hibernation function.
Keep it running in the background to automatically adjust the Hibernation file
size. See “Sleep Manager” on page 74.
•
Use the AC adapter whenever possible so that the battery is reserved for onthe-go computing.
•
Keep the battery pack in the computer powered by the AC adapter. The
constant trickle charge maintains the battery level to eliminate the battery
self-discharge effect. The charge-in-use function also charges the battery
pack.
•
Disable the parallel and serial ports if no devices are connected to these ports.
You can do this through the BIOS Utility. See “Onboard Devices
Configuration” on page 93.
•
Eject the PC card from the card slot when not in use, since the PC card draws
extra power.
•
Store the battery pack in a cool, dry place. The recommended storage
temperature for battery packs ranges from 10 to 30 degrees C. The higher the
storage temperature, the faster the battery pack self-discharges.
•
The batteries can be recharged about 300 times when used as directed.
Excessive recharging decreases battery life.
•
Take care of your battery pack and AC adapter. See “Care and maintenance”
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on page xvii of the preface.
Battery-low warning
You never have to worry about battery power as long as you are using the AC
adapter. However, when you operate the computer on battery power, pay extra
attention to the warning beeps and the power indicator on the display panel.
The following signals indicate a battery-low condition:
•
The buzzer generates four short beeps every minute, if you enabled the
Battery-low Warning Beep parameter in the BIOS Utility.
•
The power indicator flashes at regular intervals until battery power is
depleted.
When you receive a battery-low warning, you have around two minutes to save
your work. If you do not connect the AC adapter within this period, the computer
enters Hibernation mode if the Sleep Upon Battery-low parameter in BIOS Utility
is enabled and the following conditions exist:
•
The Hibernation file created by Sleep Manager is present and valid. See
“Sleep Manager” on page 74.
•
There is enough battery power left to save system information onto the hard
disk.
Otherwise, the computer enters Standby mode.
Warning! Connect the AC adapter to the computer as soon as possible. Data
is lost when computer power is cut off during Standby mode.
The following table shows the recommended course of action to take when you
encounter a battery-low condition.
Situation
Recommended Action
AC adapter and power
outlet available
1. Connect the AC adapter to the computer.
2. Save all necessary files.
3. Resume work.
Power off the computer if you wish to recharge the battery
rapidly.
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Situation
Recommended Action
An extra fully-charged
battery pack available
1. Save all necessary files.
2. Exit the application.
3. Power off the computer.
4. Replace the battery pack.
5. Power on the computer and resume work.
AC adapter or power
outlet not available
1. Save all necessary files.
2. Exit the application.
3. Power off the computer.
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Power management
This computer has a built-in power management unit that monitors system activity.
System activity refers to any activity involving one or more of the following
devices: keyboard, mouse, floppy drive, hard disk, peripherals connected to the
serial and parallel ports, and video memory. If no activity is detected for a period
of time (called an inactivity time-out), the computer stops some or all of these
devices in order to conserve energy.
Your computer supports the following power management standards for reducing
power consumption on your computer:
•
Advanced Power and Configuration Interface (ACPI) for Windows 98 and
future, supported operating systems
ACPI is a more recent power management specification jointly developed by
Intel, Microsoft, and Toshiba. ACPI enables Windows 98 to control the
amount of power given to each device attached to the computer. With ACPI,
Windows 98 can turn off peripheral devices when they are not in use, thereby
saving power.
•
Advanced Power Management (APM) for Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0
APM is a power-management approach defined jointly by Microsoft and
Intel. A great number of software packages support APM to take advantage
of its power-saving features and allow greater system availability without
degrading performance.
If your computer is set for APM, you can set timeout values for your computer’s
devices before power-saving methods are applied to these devices. If your
computer is set for ACPI, Windows handles all power-saving chores for your
computer.
For general information about the Windows power management system on your
computer, refer to the Windows user’s manual.
Note: Power management (APM or ACPI) greately prolongs your battery
life.
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Power management modes
Sleep mode
Power management functions are handled by the ACPI-aware operating system. In
this set-up, you do not need to set timeout values for devices before they enter a
power saving mode.
Sleep mode may be one of three computer power saving modes: standby,
hibernation or power off. Windows determines which of these modes to enter in.
To enter Sleep mode:
•
Press the Sleep hot key Fn-F4.
•
Idle times for devices and the computer determined by Windows 98 elapses
Exiting sleep mode depends on which power saving mode the computer is
currently in.
Standby mode
The computer consumes very low power in Standby mode. Data remains intact in
the system memory until the battery is drained.
There are a number of ways to enter Standby mode:
•
If the waiting time specified by the System Standby value or the operating
system elapses without any system activity
•
Closing the display cover
•
When the computer is about to enter Hibernation mode (e.g., during a batterylow condition), but the Hibernation file is invalid or not present
•
When customized functions for power management are set to Standby and the
corresponding action is taken. See “Setting advanced features in power
management” on page 86 for more information.
•
Invoked by the operating system power-saving modes
Note: If your computer is running Windows NT 4.0 or Windows 95, Fn-F4
acts as the standby hot key.
The following signals indicate that the computer is in Standby mode:
•
The buzzer beeps
•
The Sleep indicator lights
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Warning! Unstored data is lost when you turn off the computer power in
Standby mode or when the battery is drained.
To leave Standby mode and return to normal mode:
•
Press any key
•
Move the active pointing device (internal or external PS/2)
•
Have the resume timer set and let it be matched
•
Open the display cover
•
Experience an incoming PC card modem event
Hibernation mode
In Hibernation mode, all power shuts off (the computer does not consume any
power). The computer saves all system information onto the hard disk before it
enters Hibernation mode. Once you turn on the power, the computer restores this
information and resumes where you left off upon leaving Hibernation mode.
There is one necessary condition for the computer to enter Hibernation mode:
•
The Hibernation file created by Sleep Manager must be present and valid.
See “Sleep Manager” on page 74.
In this situation, there are a number of ways to enter Hibernation mode:
•
When customized functions for power management are set to Hibernation and
the corresponding action is taken. See “Setting advanced features in power
management” on page 86 for more information.
•
Invoked by the operating system power-saving modes
To exit Hibernation mode, press the power switch. The computer also resumes
from Hibernation mode if the resume timer is set and matched.
Warning! Do not change any devices (such as add memory or swap hard
disks) when the computer is in Hibernation mode.
Power management for peripherals
Below are examples of how power management is applied to peripherals and
devices installed in your computer.
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Display standby mode
Screen activity is determined by the keyboard, the built-in touchpad, and an
external PS/2 pointing device. If these devices are idle for a specified period, the
display shuts off until you press a key or move the touchpad or external mouse.
The computer has a unique "automatic dim" power-saving feature. When the
computer is using AC power and you disconnect the AC adapter from the
computer, it automatically dims the LCD backlight to save power. If you reconnect
AC power to the computer, it automatically adjusts the LCD backlight to a brighter
level.
Hard disk standby mode
The hard disk enters standby mode when there are no disk read/write operations
within a specified period of time. In this state, the power supplied to the hard disk
is reduced to a minimum. The hard disk returns to normal once the computer
accesses it.
Setting power management schemes
Power management schemes allow you to specify the degree of power
management to use on your computer at any particular time, simply by pressing the
power management scheme toggle hot key Fn-F3.
Note: When an external keyboard is attached to the computer, this feature is
disabled. The feature is also disabled if the operating system does not
support it.
3 Peripherals and
options
Your computer offers excellent expansion
capabilities with its built-in ports and connectors.
This chapter describes how to connect peripherals
and hardware options that help you use your
computer with ease. When connecting peripherals,
read the manual included with the peripheral for
operating instructions. You can purchase most of
these and other options directly from Acer.
This chapter also includes sections on how to
upgrade key components. Key component
upgradeability helps keep your computer in step
with the latest technology.
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External monitor
To show graphical effects on a larger display, connect an external monitor to the
external display port. Read the monitor manual for additional instructions.
Note: If an external monitor is not connected, closing the display cover puts
the computer into standby mode.
Setting up dualview
Dualview allows you to expand your desktop to an external display device, giving
you more desktop space to work on.
Follow these steps to use dualview:
1.
Connect an external display device to the external display port of the
computer.
2.
Enable and set dualview options:
a.
Click on Start, Settings, Control Panel.
b.
Double-click on Display.
c.
Click on the Settings tab.
d.
Click on 2 (the second monitor icon).
e.
Click on Yes.
f.
Set the colors and screen area parameters for the second display device.
g.
Click on Advanced... and click on the Monitor tab.
h.
Click on Change... and follow the instructions on the screen.
i.
Click on OK.
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Printer
This computer supports both serial and parallel printers. For a serial printer, plug
the printer cable into a serial port. For a parallel printer, plug the printer cable into
the parallel port. See your printer manual for operating instructions.
Note: If the printer does not function, enter the BIOS Utility and verify that
the parallel port is enabled. See “Onboard Devices Configuration” on page
93 for assistance.
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External pointing device
This computer accepts a PS/2-compatible, serial or USB mouse or similar pointing
device.
Note: When using an external mouse, you may choose to disable the internal
touchpad by pressing Fn-F7.
External PS/2 mouse
The built-in touchpad works alternately with an external PS/2 mouse which is hotpluggable. To use a PS/2-compatible mouse, simply plug it into the PS/2 port.
External serial mouse
If you use a serial mouse, plug it into the serial port. Then use the Add New
Hardware tool in the Windows Control Panel to enable the serial mouse.
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External USB mouse
Plug the USB mouse into the USB port. See “USB devices” on page 54 for more
information.
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External keyboard and keypad
This computer has a keyboard with full-sized keys and an embedded keypad. If
you feel more comfortable using a desktop keyboard, you can install a PS/2compatible external keyboard.
To connect an external keyboard, plug the external keyboard into the PS/2
connector.
You can also use a 17-key numeric keypad for number-sensitive data-entry
applications. To connect the keypad, plug the keypad connector into the PS/2 port.
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Audio devices
Audio devices are easy to connect with the audio ports accessible from the right
side of the computer. You can plug in an external microphone to the microphonein jack, an audio line-in device to the line-in jack, and amplified speakers or
headphones to the line-out jack.
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PC Cards
The computer has one CardBus PC card slot that accommodates one type I/II PC
card. Please consult your dealer for PC card options available that you can
purchase for your computer.
Note: For more information on how to use a PC Card with the computer, see
“PC Card slot” on page 24.
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USB devices
The computer has a USB (Universal Serial Bus) port that allows you to connect
peripherals without occupying too many resources. Common USB devices include
the mouse and keyboard.
Most USB devices also include a built-in USB port connector which allows you to
daisy-chain other USB devices.
Note: The USB feature must be enabled in BIOS Setup for your USB device
to work. See “Startup Configuration” on page 92.
USB video capture kit - option
The USB video capture kit is a fun and easy way to capture still pictures or
continuous video even when you’re on the road. You can use it to send photos or
videos to family and friends or make a video call using your computer. The
camera is compact, lightweight, and easy-to-use.
See the USB video capture kit user’s guide for more information.
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Mobile jacket
The Mobile jacket cover accessory adds a color accent to your computer, giving it
a fresh new look.
Follow these steps to install the cover accessory:
1.
Flip out and remove the rubber covers on both sides of the display cover.
2.
Flush the edge of the cover accessory to the edge of the display cover and
snap in place..
Note: The cover accessory should be removed when you want to attach the
USB video capture kit to the computer.
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Miscellaneous options
Battery pack
It is good practice to have a spare battery around, especially when you travel. The
Lithium-Ion battery, coupled with power management features, supplies you with
more power on-the-go.
AC adapter
The compact AC adapter charges your battery pack and supplies power to your
computer. You can order a spare AC adapter so you do not need to carry it from
the office to your home or destination.
External battery charger
The external battery charger charges your battery pack when it is not installed in
your computer - practical for charging spare battery packs.
PS/2 y-bridge cable
The PS/2 Y-bridge cable allows you to connect two PS/2 devices, a mouse and a
keyboard, to your computer simultaneously.
Connect the single connector end of the y-bridge cable to the computer’s PS/2 port
and the double connector ends to the two PS/2 devices (taking note the icons
marked on the connector ends).
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File transfer cable
Besides using the infrared port, you can also transfer files between computers
using a file transfer cable. Connect the file transfer cable between the parallel
ports of the two computers and use your file transfer utility to perform the transfer.
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Key component upgrades
Your computer delivers superior power and performance. However, some users
and the applications they use may demand more. This computer allows you to
upgrade key components when you need increased performance.
Note: Contact your authorized dealer if you decide to perform a key
component upgrade.
Memory upgrade
Memory is expandable to 256 MB, employing 32-/64-/128-MB 64-bit industry
standard soDIMMs (Small Outline Dual Inline Memory Modules). The computer
supports SDRAM (Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory).
There are two memory slots on your computer, one of which is user-upgradeable.
Note: If you need to upgrade the main memory slot, please contact your
dealer.
Installing memory
Follow these steps to install memory:
1.
Turn off the computer, unplug the AC adapter (if connected) and remove the
battery pack. Then turn the computer over to access its base.
2.
Remove the screws from the memory door; then lift up and remove the
memory door.
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3.
Insert the memory module diagonally into the slot, then gently press it down
until it clicks into place.
4.
Replace the memory door and secure it with the screw.
The computer automatically detects and reconfigures the total memory size.
Hard disk upgrade
You can upgrade your hard disk with a higher capacity drive when you need more
storage space. The computer uses a 9.5mm, 2.5-inch Enhanced-IDE hard disk.
Installing a replacement hard disk
Follow these steps to install a hard disk:
1.
Turn off the computer, unplug the AC adapter (if connected) and remove the
battery pack. Turn the computer over to access its base.
2.
Locate the hard disk bay. Remove the hard disk bay screw.
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3.
Pull out the hard disk.
4.
Insert a new hard disk module into the hard disk bay and tighten the hard disk
bay screw.
4 Moving with your
computer
This chapter gives you tips and hints on things to
consider when moving around or traveling with
your computer.
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Disconnecting from the desktop
Follow these steps to disconnect your computer from external accessories:
1.
Save your work in progress.
2.
Remove any media, diskette and compact disc, from the EasyLink Combo
Drive.
3.
Shut down the operating system.
4.
Turn off the computer.
5.
Disconnect the EasyLink Combo Drive from the computer, if necessary.
6.
Disconnect the cord from the AC adapter.
7.
Disconnect the keyboard, pointing device, printer, external monitor, and other
external devices.
8.
Disconnect the Kensington lock if you are using one to secure the computer.
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Moving around
“when you are just moving within short distances, for example, from your office
desk to a meeting room”
Preparing the computer
Before moving the computer, close and latch the display cover to place it in Sleep
mode. You can now safely take the computer anywhere you go within the
building. To bring the computer out of Sleep mode, open the display.
If you are taking the computer to a client's office or a different building, you may
choose to shutdown the computer:
1.
Click on Start, Shut Down....
2.
Select Shut down and click on OK.
- or you can put the computer in Sleep mode by pressing Fn-F4. Then close and latch
the display.
When you are ready to use the computer again, unlatch and open the display, and
press any key. If the power indicator is off, the computer has entered Hibernation
mode and turned off. Slide and release the power switch to turn the computer back
on. Note that the computer may enter Hibernation mode after a period of time it is
in Sleep mode. Turn the power on to wake up the computer from Hibernation
mode.
What to bring to short meetings
A fully charged battery runs the computer for about three and a half hours under
most circumstances. If your meeting is shorter than that, you probably do not need
to bring anything with you other than the computer.
What to bring to long meetings
If your meeting will last longer three and a half hours or if your battery is not fully
charged, you may want to bring the AC adapter with you to plug in your computer
in the meeting room.
If the meeting room does not have an electrical outlet, reduce the drain on the
battery by putting the computer in Sleep mode. Press Fn-F4 or close the display
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cover whenever you are not actively using the computer. Then tap any key or open
the display to resume.
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Taking the computer home
“when you are moving from your office to your home or vice versa”
Preparing the computer
After disconnecting the computer from your desktop, follow these steps to prepare
the computer for the trip home:
•
Check if you have removed all media, diskette and compact disc, from the
EasyLink Combo Drive. Failure to remove the media can damage the drive
head.
•
Pack the computer in a protective case that can prevent the computer from
sliding around and cushion it if it should fall.
Caution: Avoid packing items next to the top cover of the computer.
Pressure against the top cover can damage the screen
What to bring with you
Unless you already have some items at home, bring the following items with you:
•
AC adapter and power cord
•
The printed user’s manual
•
EasyLink Combo Drive
Special considerations
Follow these guidelines to protect your computer while traveling to and from work:
•
Minimize the effect of temperature changes by keeping the computer with
you.
•
If you need to stop for an extended period of time and cannot bring the
computer with you, leave the computer in the trunk of the car to avoid
exposing the computer to excessive heat.
•
Changes in temperature and humidity can cause condensation. Allow the
computer to return to room temperature, and inspect the screen for
condensation before turning on the computer. If the temperature change is
greater than 18°F (10°C), allow the computer to come to room temperature
slowly. If possible, leave the computer for 30 minutes in an environment with
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a temperature between outside and room temperature.
Setting up a home office
If you frequently work on your computer at home, it may be worthwhile
purchasing a second AC adapter for use at home. With a second AC adapter, you
can avoid transporting the extra weight to and from home.
If you use your computer at home for significant periods of time, you might also
want to add an external keyboard, monitor, or mouse.
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Traveling with the computer
“when you are moving within a larger distance, for instance, from your office
building to a client’s office building or traveling locally”
Preparing the computer
Prepare the computer as if you were taking it home. Be sure the battery in the
computer is charged. Airport security may require you to turn on your computer
when bringing it into the gate area.
What to bring with you
Bring the following items with you:
•
AC adapter
•
Spare, fully-charged battery pack(s)
•
EasyLink Combo Drive
•
Additional printer driver files if you plan to use another printer
Special considerations
In addition to the guidelines for taking the computer home, follow these guidelines
to protect your computer while traveling:
•
Always take the computer as carry-on luggage.
•
If possible, have the computer inspected by hand. Airport security X-ray
machines are safe, but do not put the computer through a metal detector.
•
Avoid exposing floppy disks to hand-held metal detectors.
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Traveling internationally with the
computer
“when you are moving from country to country”
Preparing the computer
Prepare the computer as you would normally prepare it for traveling.
What to bring with you
Bring the following items with you:
•
AC adapter
•
Power cords that are appropriate to the country to which you are traveling
•
EasyLink Combo Drive
•
Spare, fully-charged battery packs
•
Additional printer driver files if you plan to use another printer
•
Proof of purchase, in case you need to show it to customs officials
•
International Traveler’s Warranty passport
Special considerations
Follow the same special considerations as when traveling with the computer. In
addition, these tips are useful when traveling internationally:
•
When traveling in another country, check that the local AC voltage and the
AC adapter power cord specifications are compatible. If not, purchase a
power cord that is compatible with the local AC voltage. Do not use converter
kits sold for appliances to power the computer.
•
If you are using the modem, check if the modem and connector is compatible
with the telecommunications system of the country you are traveling in.
Note: If you are using Windows 95, you need to set the country location
using the Modem Country Selection program in the Control Panel.
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5 Software
This chapter discusses the important system utilities
bundled with your computer.
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The computer comes preloaded with the following software:
•
Windows 98 or Windows NT operating system
•
BIOS Utility
•
System utilities, drivers and application software
Note: To access Windows software applications, click on the Start button
and select the application folder. Then click on the application icon to run the
selected application. To learn about the software and utility, make use of the
online help provided by the software.
Your computer is also compliant with or supports the following:
•
LDCM (LANDesk® Client Manager)
•
DMI (Desktop Management Interface) 2.0
•
ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) or APM (Advanced
Power Management)
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Sleep Manager
Most notebook computers feature built-in power-saving functions. This computer
has two power management modes, Standby and Hibernation.
While Standby puts your computer into a light sleep state, Hibernation shuts off all
power after saving the current state of your computer. The next time you slide the
power switch, the computer resumes from where you left off.
Sleep Manager allows your computer to perform these functions.
Note: See “Power management” on page 41 to understand how your
computer saves and manages power.
Sleep Manager is a utility that works with your computer’s BIOS and Windows
ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) or APM (Advanced Power
Management) to manage the Hibernation operation. This includes:
•
creating the Hibernation file which contains the current state of the computer
•
checking if the Hibernation file is valid
•
saving and loading the contents of the Hibernation file when entering to and
resuming from Hibernation mode
The Hibernation file resides in a contiguous area on your hard disk.
Sleep Manager can automatically create, recover, and reallocate space for the
Hibernation file. If the system memory size was changed or the Hibernation file
on the hard disk was corrupted, Sleep Manager reallocates the hard disk space for
you automatically.
Accessing the Sleep Manager
There are two ways to bring up the Sleep Manager.
•
On the Taskbar
The computer automatically loads Sleep Manager every time you start
Windows. Sleep Manager resides in the background and appears as an icon
on the taskbar.
Double-click on the Sleep Manager status icon if enabled to bring up the main
Sleep Manager program. The icon also shows the current status of the
Hibernation feature, and changes to tell you if the feature is valid or not.
Resting your cursor on the icon also shows the status.
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The Sleep Manager icon may or may not appear on the taskbar. A checkbox
in the Sleep Manager main screen determines whether to enable or disable the
icon on the taskbar.
•
Start menu
a.
Click on Start, Programs, Sleep Manager.
b.
Select the Sleep Manager program.
The Sleep Manager displays below:
Item
Description
Buttons
Click to access the Sleep Manager functions.
Current Setting
Displays the drive and size of the current reserved space created by
Sleep Manager.
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Item
Description
On Board
Information
Displays the different areas of system memory and their respective
sizes. These system resources need to be stored before the
computer can enter Hibernation mode, so that the computer can
resume successfully.
These resources are the contents of: Onboard memory (DRAM or
dynamic memory), Video RAM (VRAM or video memory),
SMRAM (static memory), and Others.
The total size of these resources shows as the recommended size in
the dialog box.
Recommended
Size
Displays the minimum size of the contiguous space you need for
the Hibernation feature. The actual size may be a little bit more
due to file system alignment.
Enable Indicator
on the Taskbar
When this checkbox is checked, the Sleep Manager status appears
on the taskbar. Double-click on the Sleep Manager status icon on
the taskbar to bring up the main program, or simply rest your
cursor on the icon to display the current status.
Sleep Manager functions
Create
Sleep Manager automatically finds a contiguous area on your hard disk and creates
the Hibernation file in this space. You can also perform this function by clicking
on the Create button. When you click on the Create button, a dialog box pops up:
Select OK to automatically create the Hibernation file. Sleep Manager displays
the recommend size based on onboard system information. You can also choose
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Advanced>> to manually set the space settings and size. The advanced screen
shows below.
Sleep Manager automatically checks the system configuration and displays the
recommended size. The drive where the space will be created is defined by the
system and will be the first available logical drive which has the requested
contiguous free disk space on it. The recommended size is the minimum size
needed to save the current system status.
If the program cannot find the required space on the hard disk during the space
creation process, it shows a message box to inform the user.
Remove
If you want to use or take back the reserved space, click on the Remove button.
This will disable the Hibernation feature. Instead, the computer will only be able
to enter Standby mode.
Minimize
Minimize Sleep Manager by selecting the Minimize button. If the Enable
indicator on taskbar box is checked, Sleep Manager will switch to the background
by locating itself on the taskbar. You can pop-up Sleep Manager again by doubleclicking on this icon.
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Exit
Exit Sleep Manager by selecting the Exit button. Sleep Manager will quit and
disable the capability of auto-adjusting the reserved space size. Exiting Sleep
Manager is NOT recommended.
Caution: Do not deactivate (remove or exit) or uninstall Sleep Manager. Do
not remove or delete the Hibernation file. Hibernation will not work without
Sleep Manager and the Hibernation file.
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Notebook Manager
The computer has a built-in system setup program called Notebook Manager. The
Windows-based Notebook Manager allows you to set passwords, the startup
sequence of the drives and power management settings. It also shows current
hardware configurations.
Note: Certain hot key functions are disabled when you access the Notebook
Manager, because these functions are also found in the Notebook Manager.
To start the Notebook Manager, press Fn-F2 or follow these steps:
1.
Click on Start, Programs, Notebook Manager.
2.
Select the Notebook Manager application to run the program.
Note: Changes made to most settings in the Notebook Manager take effect
the next time the computer restarts. Changes made in the Power
Management and Display Device screens take effect immediately.
Notebook Manager consists of six sections:
•
Information Viewer
•
POST
•
Boot Sequence
•
Password
•
Power Management
•
Display Device
To select a section, click on the tab of the section you want to view.
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Information Viewer
Information Viewer summarizes and lists information about the specifications and
settings of the different components of your computer.
Note: The figure above is for your reference only and the items shown in the
figure and the table below may differ from the ones shown on your computer.
Item
Description
CPU
Brand, type and clock speed of the CPU (Central Processing
Unit)
Total Memory
Total amount of main memory (in megabytes)
Video RAM
Total amount of video memory (in megabytes)
Hard Disk
Size of hard disk (in megabytes)
CD-ROM or DVDROM detected
EasyLink Combo Drive type
Serial Port 1
Resource settings of serial port 1
Parallel Port
Resource settings of the parallel port
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Item
Description
Internal Cache
Total amount of internal cache memory (in kilobytes)
External Cache
Total amount of external cache memory (in kilobytes)
Touchpad
Setting of the internal pointing device
Pointing Device
Type(s) of the pointing device(s) detected, internal and
external
Change Asset Tag
Number button
Changes the Asset Tag Number of your computer
The current version of the computer’s BIOS shows before the DeviceConfiguration table.
POST
POST (Power On Self-Test) defines how your computer behaves when starting up.
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There are items in this screen include:
Item
Description
Enable Fast
Boot
The Fast Boot feature allows your computer to boot up and resume
from Hibernation mode faster. The operating system and the BIOS
communicates information about Plug-and-Play resources and
previous boot-ups.
Enable hotkey
beep
Select to allow the computer to give off beeps when a hotkey is
pressed
Boot Sequence
Boot Sequence defines the boot sequence to follow when your computer boots up.
The Boot Sequence screen displays the bootable devices in your computer and the
order in which the booting sequence will occur. The devices include the following:
•
Floppy Drive
•
IDE Hard Drive
•
CD-ROM/DVD-ROM Drive
Simply drag and drop the devices to change the booting order. Click on Apply to
accept.
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Password
Password is used to set, modify or delete the password(s) for your computer.
There are two passwords you can set using the Notebook Manager:
•
Setup Password prevents unauthorized access to the Notebook Manager and
BIOS Utility.
•
Power-On Password prevents unauthorized access to your computer at system
startup and at resume from Standby/Hibernation or Sleep mode.
The Hard Disk Password is set using the BIOS Utility. See “System
Security” on page 95 and “Passwords” on page 29 for details.
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Setting the Power-On Password
To set the Power-On Password, follow these steps:
1.
Click on the Change Power-On Password button.
2.
Click on the Enable Power-On Password checkbox.
3.
Click in the New Password textbox and type in up to seven alphanumeric
characters (A-Z, a-z, 0-9) which you want to be your Power-On Password.
4.
Click in the Confirm Password textbox and retype the password.
5.
Click on OK.
Setting the Setup Password
To set the Setup Password, follow these steps:
1.
Click on the Change Setup Password button. The following dialog box
displays:
2.
Click on the Enable Setup Password checkbox.
3.
Click in the New Password textbox and type in up to seven alphanumeric
characters (A-Z, a-z, 0-9) which you want to be your Setup Password.
4.
Click in the Confirm Password textbox and retype the password.
5.
Click on OK.
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Note: To change a password, follow the same steps used to set a password.
To remove a password, follow the same steps used to set a password but leave
both fields blank.
Power Management
Power Management is used to set advanced settings related to power management.
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Setting advanced features in power management
To set advanced features, do the following:
1.
Click on the Advanced button.
2.
Set the advanced features in the Advanced tab.
The settings in this screen determine how the computer behaves when you (a)
close the display, (b) press the power switch, and (c) press the Sleep button
Fn-F4. Options include the following:
3.
•
Standby - the computer enters Standby mode
•
Hibernate - the computer enters Hibernation mode
•
Shutdown - the computer closes all programs and shuts down
Click on OK.
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Display Device
Display Device is used to control various settings related to display device(s), such
as the display brightness level.
The items in this screen include:
Item
Description
Boot Display Device
Sets the default display device on boot-up.
Switching Display Device
Sets the current display device.
Make sure an external monitor is connected before
External monitor is selected.
Brightness for LCD Panel
Click and drag to set the LCD screen brightness levels.
Click on the radio button of the desired item, then click on Apply. To modify the
brightness level, click and hold the slider control and move to the right to increase,
or move to the left to decrease the setting. You can also click on the item, and use
the cursor keys to set the desired level.
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BIOS Utility
The BIOS Utility is a hardware configuration program built into your computer’s
BIOS (Basic Input/Ouput System).
Your computer is already properly configured and optimized, and you do not need
to run this utility. However, if you encounter configuration problems, you may
need to run this program. Please also refer to “6 Troubleshooting” on page 99
when a problem arises.
Using the BIOS Utility
To start the BIOS Utility, follow these steps:
1.
Save your work and restart the computer.
A BIOS Utility entry reminder appears near the bottom of the screen.
2.
Press F2 to enter the BIOS Utility. The BIOS Utility main screen appears.
There are seven menu options. Use the cursor up/down keys to select a menu item,
then press Enter. After you enter a sub-menu, you can:
•
use the cursor up/down keys to move between the parameters
•
use the cursor left/right keys to change the value of a parameter
You can change the value of a parameter if it is enclosed in square brackets.
•
press Esc to exit the current sub-menu
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At the main menu, press Esc to exit the BIOS Utility. If you make any changes,
the following dialog box displays:
If you would like to keep the changes you made, use the cursor left/right keys to
select Yes; then press Enter. Choose No if you want to discard the changes you
made.
System Information
The System Information sub-menu displays basic and important information about
your computer.
Note: The screen above is a sample and may not reflect the actual data on
your computer.
The following table describes the information in this sub-menu.
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Note: “x” may refer to a series of numbers and/or characters or a
combination of both.
Parameter
Description
CPU Type & Speed
Shows the type and speed in Megahertz of the Central
Processing Unit (CPU).
Floppy Disk Drive
Shows the floppy disk drive type.
Hard Disk Drive
Shows the size or capacity of the hard disk.
HDD Serial Number
Shows the serial number of the hard disk.
System with
Shows the EasyLink Combo Drive type, CD-ROM or DVDROM.
System BIOS Version
Shows the version number of the BIOS.
VGA BIOS Version
Shows the version number of the VGA display BIOS.
Serial Number
Shows the serial number of the computer.
Asset Tag Number
Shows the asset number of the computer.
Product Name
Shows the product name of the computer.
Manufacturer Name
Shows the manufacturer of the computer.
UUID
Shows the universally unique indentifier of your computer.
The items in this sub-menu are important and vital information about your
computer. If you experience computer problems and need to contact technical
support, this data helps our service personnel know more about your computer.
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Basic System Settings
The Basic System Settings sub-menu allows you to set the system date and time.
The following table describes the parameters in this sub-menu.
Parameter
Description
Format
Date
Sets the system date.
DDD MMM DD, YYYY
(day-of-the-week month day, year)
Time
Sets the system time.
HH:MM:SS (hour:minute:second)
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Startup Configuration
The Startup Configuration sub-menu contains parameter values that define how
your computer behaves on system startup.
The following table describes the parameters in this sub-menu. Settings in
boldface are the default and suggested parameter settings.
Parameter
Boot Display
Description
Options
Sets the display on boot-up.
Auto or Both
When set to Auto, the computer automatically
determines the display device when the
computer starts up. If an external display
device (e.g., monitor) is connected, it becomes
the boot display; otherwise, the computer
LCD is the boot display. When set to Both,
the computer outputs to both the computer
LCD and an external display device if one is
connected.
Screen
Expansion
Enables or disables the screen expansion
feature. When enabled, DOS screens expand
to fill the LCD.
Disabled or
Enabled
USB Function
Support
Enables or disables the Universal Serial Bus
(USB) port.
Disabled or
Enabled
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Parameter
Description
Options
Hotkey Beep
Enables or disables a system beep when a
hotkey or key combination is pressed.
Enabled or
Disabled
Fast Boot
Fast Boot allows your computer to boot up
and resume from Sleep mode (including
Standby and Hibernation modes) faster.
When enabled, the operating system and
BIOS communicate information about Plugand-Play resources and previous boot-ups.
Enabled or
Disabled
Boot Drive
Sequence
Specifies the order in which the computer
starts up from. See the section below.
1st: Floppy Disk,
2nd: Hard Disk,
3rd: CD-ROM
Setting the Boot Drive Sequence
The Boot Drive Sequence section lists boot priorities (1st, 2nd and 3rd) for
bootable drives in your computer.
For example, the default value (1st:Floppy Disk, 2nd:Hard Disk, and 3rd:CDROM) tells the computer to first search for a bootable floppy disk in the floppy
drive. If it finds one present, it boots up from that floppy disk. If not, the computer
continues by booting up from the hard disk. If it cannot boot up from the hard
disk, it continues to search for a bootable CD-ROM in the CD-ROM drive.
To set the boot drive sequence, use the cursor up/down keys to select a priority
level (1st, 2nd, or 3rd); then use the cursor left/right keys to select the device for
that priority level.
Onboard Devices Configuration
The parameters in this screen are for advanced users only. You do not need to
change the values in this screen because these values are already optimized.
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The Onboard Devices Configuration sub-menu assigns resources to basic
computer communication hardware.
The following table describes the parameters in this sub-menu. Settings in
boldface are the default and suggested parameter settings.
Parameter
Description
Options
Serial Port
Enables or disabled the serial port.
Enabled or Disabled
When enabled, you can set the base I/O
address and interrupt request (IRQ) of the
serial port.
3F8h, 3E8h, 2F8h or
2E8h
Enables or disables the infrared port.
Enabled or Disabled
When enabled, you can set the base I/O
address, interrupt request (IRQ) and direct
memory access (DMA) channel of the
infrared port.
2F8h, 3E8h, 3F8h, or
2E8h
Enables or disables the parallel port.
Enabled or Disabled
When enabled, you can set the base I/O
address, interrupt request (IRQ) and
operation mode of the parallel port.
378h, 278h, or 3BCh
IrDA Port
Parallel Port
If operation mode is set to ECP, the direct
memory access (DMA) channel of the
parallel port is set to 1.
4 or 11
3 or 10
7 or 5
ECP, EPP, Standard, or
Bi-directional
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System Security
The System Security sub-menu allows you to safeguard your computer and data
with passwords and other security measures.
The following table describes the parameters in this screen. Settings in boldface
are the default and suggested parameter settings.
Parameter
Description
Options
Setup Password
When set, this password protects the computer and
this BIOS Utility from unauthorized entry. See the
following section for instructions on how to set a
password.
Disabled or
Enabled
Power-on
Password
When set, this password protects the computer
from unauthorized entry. See the following
section for instructions on how to set a password.
Disabled or
Enabled
Hard Disk
Password
When set, this password protects the hard disk
from unauthorized access. See the following
section for instructions on how to set a password.
Disabled or
Enabled
Processor Serial
Number
The Pentium III processor includes a unqiue serial
number which allows individual CPUs to be
identified. You can turn off this feature by setting
this parameter to Disabled.
Enabled or
Disabled
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Setting a password
Follow these steps:
1.
Use the cursor up/down keys to highlight a Password parameter (Setup,
Power-on or Hard Disk) and press the Enter key. The password box appears:
2.
Type a password. The password may consist of up to seven characters (A-Z,
a-z, 0-9).
Important! Be very careful when typing your password because the
characters do not appear on the screen.
3.
Press Enter. Retype the password to verify your first entry and press Enter.
After setting the password, the computer automatically sets the chosen password
parameter to Present.
Removing a password
Should you decide to remove a password, do the following:
1.
Use the cursor up/down keys to highlight a Password parameter (Setup,
Power-on or Hard Disk).
2.
Use the cursor left or cursor right key to remove the password.
Note: When you want to remove the Hard Disk password, you are prompted
for the Hard Disk password before it is removed.
Changing a password
To change a password, follow these steps:
1.
Remove the current password. See “Removing a password” on page 96.
2.
Set a new password. See “Setting a password” on page 96.
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Power Management
The Power Management screen contains parameters that are related to powersaving and power management.
The following table describes the parameters in this screen. Settings in boldface
are the default and suggested parameter settings.
Parameter
Description
Options or Format
System Resume
Timer
When enabled and the system resume
date and time are valid, the computer
resumes (wakes up) at the set time and
date.
Disabled or Enabled
MMM DD,YYYY
(day/month/year)
Battery-low
Warning Beep
Enables or disables warning beeps during
a battery-low condition.
Enabled or Disabled
Sleep Upon
Battery-low
Enables or disables the Hibernation
function during a battery-low condition
Enabled or Disabled
When the computer is very low on
battery power, the computer will enter
Hibernation mode if Sleep Manager is
installed, active and the Hibernation file
is valid. See “Sleep Manager” on page
74.
HH:MM:SS
(hour:minute:second)
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Load Default Settings
If you want to restore all parameter settings to their default values, select this
menu item and press Enter. The following dialog box displays:
If you would like to load default settings for all parameters, use the cursor left/
right keys to select Yes; then press Enter. Otherwise, choose No.
6 Troubleshooting
This chapter instructs you on how to deal with
common system problems. Read it before calling a
technician if a problem occurs. Solutions to more
serious problems require opening up the computer.
Do not attempt to open the computer by yourself.
Contact your dealer or an authorized service center
for assistance.
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Frequently-Asked Questions
The following is a list of possible situations that may arise during the use of your
computer. Easy answers and solutions are provided for each one.
I pressed the power switch and opened the display, but the computer
does not start or boot-up.
Look at the Power indicator:
•
•
•
If it is not lit, no power is being applied to the computer. Check the following:
•
If you are running on battery power, it may be low and unable to power
the computer. Connect the AC adapter to recharge the battery pack.
•
Make sure the AC adapter is plugged in properly to the computer and to
the power outlet.
If it is lit, check the following:
•
If the Standby indicator is lit, the computer is in Standby mode. Press
any key or tap on the touchpad to resume.
•
Is a non-bootable (non-system) diskette in the floppy drive? Remove or
replace it with a system diskette and press Ctrl-Alt-Del to restart the
system.
The operating system files may be damaged or missing. Insert the startup
disk you created during Windows setup into the floppy drive and press CtrlAlt-Del to restart the system. This will diagnose your system and make
necessary fixes.
Nothing appears on the screen.
The computer’s power management system automatically blanks the screen to save
power. Press any key to turn the display back on.
If pressing a key does not turn the display back on, two things might be the cause:
•
The brightness level might be too low. Press Fn-→
→ (increase) and Fn-←
←
(decrease) to adjust the brightness level.
•
The display device might be set to an external monitor. Press the display
toggle hot key Fn-F5 to toggle the display back to the computer.
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Image is not full-screen.
Make sure the resolution is set to 800x600. Right-click on your Windows desktop
and select Properties to bring up the Display Properties dialog box. Then click on
the Settings tab to make sure the resolution is set to the appropriate resolution.
Resolutions lower than the specified resolution are not full-screen on the computer
or on an external monitor.
No audio is heard from the computer.
Check the following:
•
The volume may be muted. In Windows, look at the volume control icon on
the taskbar. If it is crossed-out, click on the icon and deselect the Mute
option.
•
The speakers may be turned off. Press Fn-F8 to turn the speakers on (this hot
key also turns the speakers off).
•
The volume level may be too low. In Windows, look at the volume control
↑
icon on the taskbar. Click on the icon and adjust the level, or press the Fn-↑
key.
•
If headphones, earphones or external speakers are connected to the line-out
port on the computer’s right panel, the internal speakers automatically turn
off.
I want to eject the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM tray without turning on
the power. I cannot eject the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM tray.
There is a mechanical eject button on the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive. Simply
insert the tip of a pen or paperclip and push to eject the tray.
The keyboard does not respond.
Try attaching an external keyboard to the PS/2 connector on the computer’s rear. If
it works, contact your dealer or an authorized service center as the internal
keyboard cable may be loose.
The serial mouse does not work.
Check the following:
•
Make sure that the serial cable is plugged securely into the serial port.
•
During POST, press F2 to access the BIOS Utility and verify that the serial
port is enabled. See “Onboard Devices Configuration” on page 93 for details.
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I prefer using an external keyboard and mouse, but both have PS/2
connectors and there is only one PS/2 port on the computer.
To connect two PS/2-type devices to the computer, you need to use a PS/2 Y-bridge
connector. See “PS/2 y-bridge cable” on page 56 for details.
The printer does not work.
Check the following:
•
Make sure that the printer is connected to a power outlet and it is turned on.
•
Make sure the printer cable is connected securely to the computer’s parallel
port and the corresponding port on the printer.
•
During POST, press F2 to access the BIOS Utility and verify that the parallel
port is enabled. See “Onboard Devices Configuration” on page 93 for details.
The infrared port does not work.
Check the following:
•
Make sure that the infrared ports of the two devices are facing each other (+/15 degrees) a maximum of 1 meter apart.
•
Make sure there is a clear path between the two infrared ports. Nothing should
be blocking the ports.
•
Make sure you have the appropriate software running on both devices (for file
transfers) or you have the appropriate drivers (for printing to an infrared
printer).
•
During POST, press F2 to access the BIOS Utility and verify that the infrared
port is enabled. See “Onboard Devices Configuration” on page 93 for details.
•
Make sure both devices are IrDA-compliant.
I want to set up my location to use the internal modem.
To properly use your communications software (e.g., HyperTerminal), you need to
set up your location:
1.
Click on Start, Settings, Control Panel.
2.
Double-click on Modems.
3.
Click on Dialing Properties and begin setting up your location.
Refer to the Windows manual.
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I get a “Not Enough Space for Allocation” error message from the
Sleep Manager program.
This is an error message that may appear when Sleep Manager is creating the
Hibernation file. There are several different reasons that may cause this error:
•
The size of the free disk space on your hard disk is less than the required size.
For example, if the onboard memory is 32MB and the video memory is 2MB,
the total free disk space required will be around 34MB. If the total free disk
space is less than this, you have to free up space on the hard disk.
•
The hard disk has enough free space, but this free space exists as small
fragments.
The free disk space that Sleep Manager requires needs to be contiguous. To
solve this problem, use tools such as Disk Defragmenter (Windows) to
compact these free disk spaces. Then run Sleep Manager again to create the
file.
•
Disk compression utilities are used.
Sleep Manager can work with most compression software. However, Sleep
Manager can only create the space on a host drive. A host drive stores
original file information and cannot be compressed. The free space on the
host drive is usually very small, so the compression software needs to be run
again to enlarge the size of the host (uncompressed) drive for Sleep Manager.
For more information, see “Sleep Manager” on page 74.
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Troubleshooting tips
This notebook computer incorporates an advanced design that delivers onscreen
error message reports to help you solve problems. In addition, this series of
notebook computers ship with PC-Doctor, a powerful diagnostic tool, that helps
you determine hardware configuration and clarify hardware or software problems.
•
If the system reports an error message or an error symptom occurs, see “Error
messages” on page 107.
•
If you suspect the system has a problem, run PC-Doctor to diagnose it. See
the following section.
Using PC-Doctor
Before running the program, take note of the following actions you may need to
take:
1.
Disconnect any external devices (i.e., PC Cards, external mouse).
2.
Open System Properties to check and make sure the components you
diagnose are enabled.
To open the System Properties window:
3.
a.
Click on Start, Settings, Control Panel.
b.
Double-click on System.
c.
Click on the Device Manager tab.
Close all application programs (i.e., fax or communication programs) if you
plan to diagnose the modem.
To run PC-Doctor, simply double-click on the PC-Doctor icon located on the
Windows desktop. You can also access PC-Doctor by following these steps:
1.
Click on Start, Programs, PC-Doctor.
2.
Click on the PC-Doctor program.
If PC-Doctor does not report a system error, reinstall the software driver from the
Recovery CD for the component you suspect has a problem. If you still have
problems, you can access our online and Internet technical support services.
Please see the following section for details.
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Online services
There are three ways to access Acer for technical support and information:
•
Internet service worldwide, visit http://www.acer.com/
•
Online service in the United States and Canada, call 1-800-816-2237
•
Technical support numbers in various countries
You can view a list of technical support numbers by following these steps:
1.
Click on Start, Settings, Control Panel.
2.
Double-click on System.
3.
Click on the Support Information button.
Before you call
Please have the following information available when you call Acer for online
service, and please be at your computer when you call. With your support, we can
reduce the amount of time a call takes and help solve your problems efficiently.
If there are error messages or beeps reported by your computer, write them down
as they appear on the screen (or the number and sequence in the case of beeps).
If you are able to run the PC-Doctor diagnostic tests, locate the log file by selecting
Windows, Test Log in the PC-Doctor menu bar.
If you haven’t registered your notebook computer, you will be required to register
during your first call to Acer.
You are required to provide the following information:
Name:________________________________________
Address:______________________________________
______________________________________________
Telephone number:____________________________
Machine and model type:_______________________
Serial number:_________________________________
Date of purchase:______________________________
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Error messages
If you receive an error message, note the message and take the corrective action.
The following table lists the error messages in alphabetical order together with the
recommended course of action.
Error Messages
Corrective Action
CMOS Battery Bad
Contact your dealer or an authorized service center.
CMOS Checksum Error
Contact your dealer or an authorized service center.
Disk Boot Failure
Insert a system (bootable) diskette in the floppy drive (A:),
then press Enter to reboot.
Diskette Drive Controller
Error or No Controller
Present
Contact your dealer or an authorized service center.
Diskette Drive Error
Contact your dealer or an authorized service center.
Diskette Drive Type
Mismatch
Press F2 (during POST) to enter the BIOS Utility; then
press Esc to exit and reconfigure the computer.
Equipment Configuration
Error
Press F2 (during POST) to enter the BIOS Utility; then
press Esc to exit and reconfigure the computer.
Hard Disk 0 Error
Contact your dealer or an authorized service center.
Hard Disk 0 Extended Type
Error
Contact your dealer or an authorized service center.
I/O Parity Error
Contact your dealer or an authorized service center.
Insert system diskette and
press <Enter> key to reboot
Insert a system (bootable) diskette in the floppy drive (A:),
then press Enter to reboot.
Keyboard Error or No
Keyboard Connected
Contact your dealer or an authorized service center.
Keyboard Interface Error
Contact your dealer or an authorized service center.
Memory Size Mismatch
Press F2 (during POST) to enter the BIOS Utility; then
press Esc to exit and reconfigure the computer.
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Error Messages
Corrective Action
Missing operating system
Press F2 (during POST) to enter the BIOS Utility; then
press Esc to exit and reconfigure the computer.
Non-system disk or disk
error. Replace and strike
any key when ready.
Insert a system (bootable) diskette in the floppy drive (A:),
then press Enter to reboot.
Pointing Device Error
Contact your dealer or an authorized service center.
Pointing Device Interface
Error
Contact your dealer or an authorized service center.
Protected Mode Test Fail
Contact your dealer or an authorized service center.
RAM BIOS Bad
Contact your dealer or an authorized service center.
RAM Parity Error
Contact your dealer or an authorized service center.
Real-Time Clock Error
Press F2 (during POST) to enter the BIOS Utility; then
press Esc to exit and reconfigure the computer.
Video RAM BIOS Bad
Contact your dealer or an authorized service center.
If you still encounter problems after going through the corrective measures, please
contact your dealer or an authorized service center for assistance. Some problems
may be solved using the BIOS Utility. See “BIOS Utility” on page 88.
Appendix A
Specifications
This appendix lists the general specifications of
your computer.
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Microprocessor
•
Intel Pentium® III processor with 256KB L2 cache memory
Memory
•
Main memory expandable to 256MB Synchronous Dynamic Random Access
Memory (SDRAM)
•
Two 144-pin industry-standard soDIMM sockets (one user-upgradeable
socket)
•
64-bit dual memory banks
•
256KB Flash ROM BIOS
Data storage
•
One 2.5-inch, 9.5mm removable hard disk
•
One external EasyLink Combo Drive (floppy drive + CD-ROM or DVDROM drive)
Display and video
•
12.1-inch Thin Film Transistor LCD displaying 32-bit true-color at 800x600
SVGA resolution
•
64-bit graphics acceleration with 2.5MB Synchronous Dynamic Random
Access Memory (SDRAM) and Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP)
•
3D features such as Goraud shading and Z-buffering
•
Simultaneous LCD and CRT display
•
Dualview capability
•
DVD playback capability (with DVD-equipped EasyLink DVD Combo Drive
option)
Audio
•
16-bit PCI stereo audio with built-in wavetable synthesizer
•
Internal speaker
•
Sound Blaster Pro- (DOS Emulation) and Windows Sound Systemcompatible
•
Separate audio ports for line-out, line-in and microphone-in devices
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Keyboard and pointing device
•
85-/89-key Windows keyboard
•
Ergonomically-centered touchpad pointing device with scroll function
I/O ports
•
One type II/I CardBus socket
•
One RJ-11 modem jack (V.90-compliant 56Kbps)
•
One RJ-45 network jack (Ethernet 10/100) — optional
•
One power jack (DC-in)
•
One FIR wireless communications port (IrDA-compliant)
•
One 9-pin RS-232 serial port (UART16550-compatible)
•
One 25-pin parallel port (ECP-compliant)
•
One 15-pin external monitor port (DDC 2.0-compliant)
•
One 6-pin keyboard/mouse port (PS/2-compatible)
•
One EasyLink combo drive port
•
One 3.5mm line-out minijack
•
One 3.5mm line-in minijack
•
One 3.5mm microphone-in minijack
•
One USB jack
Weight and dimensions
•
1.8 kg (3.98 lbs)
•
289 x 219 x 23.5 mm (11.38 x 8.62 x 0.92 in)
Temperature
•
Operating: 10°C ~ 35°C
•
Non-operating: -20°C ~ 60°C
Humidity (non-condensing)
•
Operating: 20% ~ 80% RH
•
Non-operating: 20% ~ 80% RH
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System
•
Windows 98 or Windows NT operating system
•
DMI 2.0-compliant
•
LDCM support
Battery pack
•
30WattHour Lithium-Ion
•
Smart battery management technology
•
2~3-hour rapid charge/6~7-hour charge-in-use
AC adapter
•
60-Watt
•
Auto sensing 100~240Vac, 50~60Hz
Options
•
32-/64-/128-MB memory upgrade module
•
Higher-capacity hard disk drive
•
EasyLink DVD Combo Drive (floppy drive + DVD-ROM drive)
•
PS/2 y-bridge cable
•
Additional AC adapter and battery pack
•
External battery charger
•
USB video capture kit
•
Mobile jacket cover accessory
•
File transfer cable
•
External numeric keypad
•
In-air/auto adapter
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Index
Numerics
3D enhanced function
enabling 27
A
AC adapter
caring for xvii
connecting xiv
ACPI. See Advanced Configuration and
Power Interface
Advanced Configuration and Power Interface 41
Advanced Power Management 41
APM. See Advanced Power Management
audio 27
connecting externally 52
troubleshooting 102
B
battery
installing xiii
battery pack
battery-low warning 39
caring for xviii
characteristics 35
charging 37
charging indicator 7
charging modes 37
checking charge level 38
installing 36
low conditions 40
optimizing 38
removing 36
replacing 36
using the first time 35
BIOS Utility 88– 98
Basic System Settings sub-menu 91
Load Default Settings sub-menu 98
Onboard Devices Configuration submenu 93
Power Management sub-menu 97
starting 88
Startup Configuration sub-menu 92
System Information sub-menu 89
System Security sub-menu 95
boot display device
setting in BIOS Utility 92
boot drive sequence
setting in BIOS Utility 93
boot order
setting in Notebook Manager 82
brightness
hot keys 12
setting in Notebook Manager 87
C
caps lock 8
on indicator 7
care
AC adapter xvii
battery pack xviii
computer xvii
CD-ROM
ejecting 18
ejecting manually 102
troubleshooting 102
charging
checking level 38
modes 37
cleaning
computer xviii
computer
bringing to meetings 64
caring for xvii
cleaning xviii
connecting xiii
disconnecting 63
display 5
features 3
indicators 7
information 80
keyboards 8
moving around 64
on indicator 7
performance 3
power management 41
security 29
setting up a home office 67
taking home 66
traveling internationally 69
traveling on local trips 68
troubleshooting 100
turning off xv
116
turning on xiv
connections
AC adapter xiv
audio 52
computer xiii
file transfer cable 57
keyboard, external 51
keypad, external 51
monitor 47
mouse 49
mouse, PS/2 49
mouse, serial 49
network 23
printer 48
PS/2 y-bridge cable 56
USB 54
contrast
setting in Notebook Manager
cover accessory 55
F
FAQ. See frequently-asked questions
Fast Infrared. See infrared
file transfer cable
connecting 57
FIR. See infrared
floppy disk
ejecting 18
floppy drive 16
frequently-asked questions 101
H
87
D
date
setting in Setup Utility 91
diagnostics 105
diskette
ejecting 18
diskette drive 16
display 5
auto-dim feature 44
computer 5
hot keys 11
opening and closing 6
performance 5
power management 5, 44
setting boot device in Notebook Manager 87
setting in Notebook Manager 87
simultaneous 5
switching device in Notebook Manager 87
troubleshooting 101, 102
dualview
setting up 47
E
EasyLink Combo Drive
error messages 107
Euro 12
16
hard disk 16
installing 59– 60
power management 44
upgrading 59
help
Internet home page xvii
online manual xv
online services 106
technical support xvi
web page xvii
Hibernation mode 43
conditions 43
entering 43
hot key 11
resuming from 43
utility 74
hot keys 10
I
indicator lights 7
infrared 23
setting in BIOS Utility 94
troubleshooting 103
ITW. See warranty
K
keyboard 8
connecting externally 51
embedded numeric keypad
hot keys 10
lock keys 8
troubleshooting 102
Windows keys 10
keyboard ergonomics 13
keypad
connecting externally 51
9
117
L
LEDs
P
7
M
media access
on indicator 7
memory
installing 58– 59
upgrading 58
messages
error 107
mobile jacket 55
modem 22
monitor
connecting 47
mouse
connecting externally 49
troubleshooting 102
N
network 23
Notebook Manager 79– 87
Boot Sequence 82
Display Device 87
hot key 11
Information Viewer 80
Password 83
POST 81
Power Management 85
starting 79
notice
DVD copyright protection xii
year 2000 compliance xi
num lock 8
on indicator 7
numeric keypad
embedded 9
num lock 9
O
online services 106
options
cables 56
hard disk upgrade 59
memory upgrade 58
PC Cards 53
spare AC adapter 56
spare battery 56
palm rest 13
parallel port
setting in BIOS Utility 94
password 29
changing in Setup Utility 97
removing in Setup Utility 96
setting in Notebook Manager 84–
85
setting in Setup Utility 96
types 29
PC Card 24
ejecting 25
inserting 25
ports 20
left 20
rear 21
right 24
power
managing in BIOS Utility 97
managing in Notebook Manager 85
turning on xiv
power management 41
ACPI 41
advanced 41
schemes 44
power management modes
display standby mode 44
hard disk standby mode 44
Hibernation mode 43
sleep mode 42
Standby mode 42– 43
printer
connecting 48
troubleshooting 103
problems 101
CD-ROM 102
display 101, 102
infrared 103
keyboard 102
printer 103
serial mouse 102
Sleep Manager 104
startup 101
troubleshooting 100
PS/2 mouse
connecting 49
PS/2 y-bridge cable
118
connecting 56
Q
questions
multiple PS/2 devices 103
setting location for modem use
103
storage 16
EasyLink Combo Drive
floppy drive 16
hard disk 16
support
information xvi
S
T
safety
CD-ROM x
FCC notice vii
general instructions ix
lithium battery xi
modem notices viii
scroll lock 8
security
keylock 29
passwords 29
serial mouse
connecting 49
serial port
setting in BIOS Utility 94
service
when to call xviii
Sleep Manager 74
troubleshooting 104
sleep mode 42
software
bundled 73
speakers
hot key 12
troubleshooting 102
specifications 110
Standby mode 42– 43
entering 42
hot key 11
resuming from 43
signals 42
status indicator 7
status indicators 7
time
16
setting in Setup Utility 91
touchpad 14
hot key 12
using 14– 15
travel
international flights 69
local trips 68
troubleshooting 100
tips 105
U
Universal Serial Bus 22
USB
connecting 54
video capture kit 54
USB. See Universal Serial Bus
utility
BIOS 88– 98
Notebook Manager 79– 87
Sleep Manager 74
V
videoconferencing 54
volume
hot keys 12
W
warranty
International Traveler’s Warranty
xvi
Windows keys 10