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TravelMate 505 series
User’s guide
Copyright © 1999 Acer Incorporated
All Rights Reserved
TravelMate 505 Series Notebook Computer User’s Guide
Part No.: 49.43F01.041
Original Issue: October 1999
Changes may be made periodically to the information in this publication without obligation to notify any
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of Acer Incorporated.
TravelMate Notebook Computer
Model Number : 1901-______________________________
Serial Number:____________________________________
Purchase Date: ___________________________________
Place of Purchase: ________________________________
1 Getting familiar with your computer
Features
Display
Indicators
Keyboard
Special keys
Lock keys
Embedded numeric keypad
Windows keys
The Euro symbol
Hotkeys
Keyboard ergonomics
Touchpad
Touchpad basics
Storage
Hard disk
Floppy drive
CD-ROM drive
Ports
Front ports
Rear ports
Universal Serial Bus
Right ports
PC card slot
Fax/data modem
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Contents
FCC notice
FCC modem notice
Important safety instructions
Laser compliance statement
Battery statement
Year 2000 compliance statement
Modem notice
Connecting the computer
Getting help and support
Accessing online help
Support information
Care and maintenance
Taking care of your computer
Taking care of your AC adapter
Taking care of your battery pack
Cleaning and servicing
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Audio
Securing your computer
Security notch
Passwords
2 Operating on battery power
Battery pack
Battery pack characteristics
Installing and removing the battery pack
Charging the battery
Charging modes
Checking the battery level
Using the Windows battery meter
Optimizing battery life
Battery-low warning
Power management
Advanced Configuration and Power Interface
Power management modes
Sleep mode (ACPI)
Display standby mode
Hard disk standby mode
Standby mode
Hibernation mode
3 Peripherals and options
External monitor
Using simultaneous display
Enabling simultaneous display
External keyboard
External keypad
External pointing device
External PS/2 mouse
External serial mouse
Printer
Audio devices
PC cards
USB devices
Miscellaneous options
Additional power packs
Battery pack
AC adapter
Cables
PS/2 Y-bridge cable
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File transfer cable
Key component upgrades
Memory upgrade
Installing memory
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
System software
Sleep Manager
Accessing the Sleep Manager
Sleep Manager functions
Create
Remove
Minimize
Exit
Notebook Manager
Information viewer
POST
Boot Sequence
Password
Setting the Power-On Password
Setting the Setup Password
Power Management
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Display Device
BIOS Utility
Navigating the BIOS Utility
System Information
Basic System Configuration
Startup Configuration
Onboard Device Configuration
System Security
Setting a password
Changing a password
Removing a password
Password icons
Load Default Settings
6 Troubleshooting
Frequently-asked questions
Error messages
Troubleshooting tips
Using PC-Doctor
Online services
Before you call
A Specifications
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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: shield 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.
Notice: Canadian users
This Class B digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian InterferenceCausing 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.
FCC modem notice
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.
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Important safety instructions
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Read these instructions carefully. Save these instructions for future reference.
2.
Follow all warnings and instructions marked on the product.
3.
Unplug this product from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not use liquid
cleaners or aerosol cleaners. Use a damp cloth for cleaning.
4.
Do not use this product near water.
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Do not place this product on an unstable cart, stand, or table. The product
may fall, causing serious damage to the product.
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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.
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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.
8.
Do not allow anything to rest on the power cord. Do not locate this product
where persons will walk on the cord.
9.
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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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
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If liquid has been spilled into the product
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If the product has been exposed to rain or water
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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
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If the product exhibits a distinct change in performance, indicating a
need for service.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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).
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Laser compliance statement
The CD-ROM drive in this computer is a laser product. The CD-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
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Battery statement
The following statement refers to the internal lithium-ion battery that powers the
computer’s clock.
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.
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.
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Year 2000 compliance statement
The TravelMate 505 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 at (www.acer.com.tw/
service/y2k/index.htm).
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Modem notice
This equipment has been approved to Council Division 98/482/EC - “CTR 21” for
pan-European 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.
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This manual describes features of the TravelMate 505 series notebook computers.
The TravelMate series of computers incorporate such features as CardBus, 16-bit
stereo audio, internal pointing device, Universal Serial Bus, and all-in-one media
storage.
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.
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Connecting the computer
Connecting the computer is as easy as 1-2-3.
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Insert the battery pack into the battery compartment, then slide the battery
compartment cover in place.
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.
Perform this action twice to condition the battery pack.
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Connect one end of the AC adapter to the DC-in port on the computer’s rear
panel and the other end to a properly grounded power outlet.
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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.
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The POST (power-on self-test) routine then executes and Windows begins
loading.
Note: To turn off the power, slide and hold the power switch for more than
four seconds. If you are using Windows 98, we recommend that you use the
Shut Down command to turn off the computer. If you turn off the computer
and want to turn it on again, wait at least two seconds before powering up.
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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 help.
Accessing online help
Follow these steps to access the online documentation:
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Press the Windows logo button or click on the Start button.
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Select Programs.
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Click on TravelMate Online.
The online help is easy to navigate with hypertext and hypergraphics. Clear
illustrations help describe notebook operation as well.
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.
Note: Always have your ITW passport on hand, especially when you travel,
to receive the benefits from our support centers. Place your proof-ofpurchase 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.
To view support information, follow these steps:
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Click on Start, Settings, Control Panel.
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Double-click on System.
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Click on Support Information.
Note: If you are connected to the Internet and have World Wide Web access,
visit our home page (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 it 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.
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 all potential 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. 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:
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Power off the computer and remove the battery pack.
2.
Disconnect the AC adapter.
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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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1 Getting familiar with
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.
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® Celeron™ processor with 128 KB level 2 cache
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64-bit/128-bit main memory
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Large LCD display and PCI video with 128-bit graphics acceleration
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Internal CD-ROM drive
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Built-in FDD module
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High-capacity, Enhanced-IDE hard disk
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NiMH battery pack
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Power management system with hibernation power saving modes
Multimedia
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16-bit high-fidelity stereo audio with 3-D sound and wavetable synthesizer
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Built-in dual speakers
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Ultra-slim, high-speed CD-ROM drive
Connectivity
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High-speed fax/data software modem port
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USB (Universal Serial Bus) port
Human-centric design and ergonomics
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All-in-one design (CD-ROM, FDD, HDD)
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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
Expansion
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CardBus PC card (formerly PCMCIA) slot ( type II/I or type III) with ZV
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(zoomed video) port 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 two different display configurations
— High Performance Addressing (HPA) or Thin-Film Transistor (TFT).
Video performance
PCI video with 128-bit graphics acceleration and 2 MB video memory boost video
performance.
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 dims the LCD when the computer is powered by a battery pack to
conserve battery power. See “Power management” on page 36 for more
information on power management features.
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
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.
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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 indicators (LEDs) under the display
screen.
The Power and Standby indicators 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
Power
Description
Lights when the computer is on.
Blinks when a battery-low condition occurs.
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Standby
Lights when the computer enters Standby
mode.
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Media
Activity
Lights when the floppy drive, hard disk or CDROM drive is active.
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Battery
Charge
Lights when the battery is being charged.
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Caps Lock
Lights when Caps Lock is activated.
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Num Lock
Lights when Numeric Lock is activated.
(Fn-F11)
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Keyboard
The keyboard has full-sized keys with 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 (FnF11)
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. See “External keyboard” on page 44.
Scroll Lock
(Fn-F12)
When Scroll Lock is on, the screen moves one line up or down when
you press ↑ or ↓ 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
numlock 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 special
functions. Below are a few examples:
á + Tab (Activates next Taskbar button)
á + E (Explores My Computer)
á + F (Finds Document)
á + M (Minimizes All)
Shift + á + M (Undoes Minimize All)
á + R (Displays Run dialog box)
Application key
Opens the application’s context menu (same as right-click).
(Fn-Application key)
The Euro symbol
If your keyboard is in any of the following languages — United StatesInternational, United Kingdom, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese,
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Danish, Swiss German, Swiss French, Czech, Belgian, Norwegian, Hungarian,
Turkish, Swedish or Finnish — you can type the Euro symbol on your keyboard
Note: Important! (for US keyboard users): The keyboard type is set when
you first set up Windows. For the Euro symbol to work, the keyboard type
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 type used for "En English (United States)" is set to
United States-International.
5.
If not, select and click on Properties; then select United StatesInternational and click on OK.
6.
Click on OK.
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.
Note:The Alt Gr is only used together with the Euro symbol. Some fonts and
software do not support the Euro symbol. Please refer to
(www.microsoft.com/typography/faq/faq12.htm) for more information.
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Hotkeys
The computer employs hotkeys or key combinations to access most of the
computer’s controls like screen contrast and brightness, volume output and the
BIOS setup utility.
HotKey
Icon
Function
Description
Fn-F1
Hotkey help
Displays a list of the hotkeys and their
functions.
Fn-F2
Setup
Accesses the notebook configuration
utility. See “Notebook Manager” on page
71.
Fn-F3
Power Scheme
Toggle
Switches between the different Power
Management schemes.
Fn-F4
Sleep
Puts the computer in Sleep mode, which
can be defined via the advanced section of
the Power Management Properties in the
Windows Control Panel.
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.
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HotKey
Icon
Function
Description
Touchpad on/
off
Turns the internal touchpad on and off.
Fn-F8
Speaker on/off
Turns the speakers on and off; mutes the
sound.
Fn-↑
Contrast up
Increases the screen contrast (available
only for models with HPA displays).
Fn-↓
Contrast down
Decreases the screen contrast (available
only for models with HPA displays).
Fn-→
Brightness up
Increases the screen brightness.
Fn- ←
Brightness
down
Decreases the screen brightness.
Fn-F7
When you connect an external PS/2 mouse,
the computer automatically disables the
touchpad.
Activating hotkeys
When activating hotkeys, press and hold the first key Fn before pressing the other
key in the hotkey combination.
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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 you connect an external PS/2 mouse, the computer
automatically disables the internal touchpad.
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 and right 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.
Function
Left Button
Right Button
Tap
Execute
Click twice
quickly
Tap twice (at the same speed as
double-clicking the mouse button)
Select
Click once
Tap once
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Function
Left Button
Drag
Click and
hold, then
use finger to
drag the
cursor on the
touchpad
Access
context menu
Right Button
Tap
Tap twice (at the same speed as
double-clicking the mouse button)
and hold finger to the touchpad on
the second tap to drag the cursor
Click once
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 too hard will
not increase the touchpad’s responsiveness.
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Storage
This computer supplies you with all-in-one media storage:
•
High-capacity Enhanced-IDE hard disk
•
Standard ultra-slim internal 3.5-inch floppy drive
•
High-speed ultra-slim CD-ROM drive
Hard disk
The hard disk can be upgraded when you need more storage space. Consult your
dealer for details.
Floppy drive
The ultra-slim internal floppy drive reads and writes on standard 3.5-inch
diskettes.
Ejecting a floppy disk
Press the floppy disk eject button to eject a floppy disk from the floppy drive.
CD-ROM drive
A high-speed CD-ROM drive gives you portable multimedia access.
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Ejecting the CD-ROM tray
To eject the CD-ROM drive tray when the computer is turned on, press the CDROM eject button.
Note: When power is off, you can eject the CD-ROM drive tray using the
emergency eject hole (see page 93).
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Ports
Ports allow you to connect peripheral devices to your computer as you would with
a desktop PC
Note: See Chapter 3 on how to connect external devices to the computer.
Front ports
The front panel contains ports for external audio connections.
#
Icon
Port
Connects to...
1
Speaker-out jack
Speakers or headphones
2
Audio line-in
jack
Audio line-in device with a 3.5mm minijack
(e.g., audio CD player, stereo walkman)
3
Microphone-in
jack
3.5mm minijack condenser microphone
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Rear ports
#
Icon
Port
Connects to...
1
DC-in jack
AC adapter and power outlet
2
USB port
USB devices (e.g., USB mouse)
3
PS/2 port
PS/2-compatible devices (e.g., PS/2
keyboard/mouse/keypad)
4
Serial port
Serial devices (e.g., serial mouse)
5
Parallel port
Parallel devices (e.g., parallel printer)
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External monitor
port
Display monitor (up to 1024x768
resolution, 64K-colors)
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.
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Right ports
#
Icon
Port
Connects to...
1
PC Card slot
16-bit PC Cards and 32-bit CardBus
PC Cards (ZV support)
2
Modem jack
Phone line (only for models with an
internal fax modem)
PC card slot
There is one type II/I or one type III CardBus PC card slot found on the right panel
of the computer. This slot accepts credit-card-sized cards that enhance 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. Common
type III cards are 1.8-inch ATA drives and cellular modems. CardBus improves on
the 16-bit PC card technology by expanding the data path to 32 bits.
ZV (zoomed video) port 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.
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Inserting a card
Insert the card into the slot and make the proper connections (e.g., network cable),
if necessary. See your card manual for details.
Ejecting a card
Before ejecting a PC card:
•
Exit the application using the card.
•
Left-click on the PC card icon on the taskbar and stop the card operation.
Press the slot eject button once to pop it out; then press it again to eject the PC
card.
Fax/data modem
The computer has a built-in fax/data modem (available in select countries)
Caution: This modem port is not compatible with digital phone lines.
Plugging this modem into a digital phone line will damage the modem.
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To use the fax/data modem port, connect a phone cable from the modem port to a
telephone jack.
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Audio
The standard computer configuration includes 16-bit high-fidelity stereo audio
with further enhancements that include 3D sound for true audio immersion. Front
dual speakers direct sound towards you to further enhance sound output.
Use the volume control knob to adjust the volume level. Turn the knob to the right
to increase the volume; turn it to the left to decrease the volume.
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Securing your computer
Security features include hardware and software locks — a security notch and a
two-level password scheme.
Security notch
A security notch located on the rear 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
A two-level password scheme protects your computer from unauthorized access.
When set, no one can access the computer without entering the correct password.
There are two types of passwords you can set:
•
Supervisor Password secures your computer against unauthorized entry to
and use of the BIOS Utility.
•
User Password secures your computer against unauthorized use.
See “BIOS Utility” on page 79 for details.
Important: Do not forget your password! If you forget your password, you
need to contact your dealer.
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Setting a password
You can set the password using:
•
Notebook Manager — go to page 75.
•
BIOS Utility — go to page 86.
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2 Operating on battery
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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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
•
Battery-low warning
When the battery charge level becomes low, the status indicator of the
computer flashes at regular intervals. This tells you that the battery power is
critically low (and you should save your work). You can correct this situation
by recharging the battery pack.
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.
Connect the AC adapter to a power source and to the computer and fully
recharge the battery.
2.
Disconnect the adapter to use up the battery before recharging again.
You only need to do this once or twice 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, a month in Hibernation mode or when power is off.
Warning! Do not expose battery packs to temperatures below 0ºC (32ºF) or
above 60ºC (140ºF). This may adversely affect the battery pack.
Installing and removing the battery pack
Important! Before removing the battery pack, make sure that you have an
AC adapter connected to the computer; otherwise, turn off the computer.
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To install a battery pack, slide it into the battery compartment, then latch the
battery compartment cover.
Reverse the procedure to remove the battery pack.
Charging the battery
To charge the battery, slide the battery pack into 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 approximately two 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 4 hours.
Note: 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
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.
See “Sleep Manager” on page 66.
•
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 Setup Utility. See “Onboard Device
Configuration” on page 84.
•
Eject the PC card from the card slot when it is not in use, since the PC card
draws extra power. See “Ejecting a card” on page 22.
•
Store the battery pack in a cool, dry place. The recommended storage
temperature for battery packs ranges from 10 to 30 degrees Celsius. The
higher the storage temperature, the faster the battery pack self-discharges.
•
The batteries can be recharged about 400 times when used as directed.
Excessive recharging decreases battery life.
•
Take care of your battery pack and AC adapter. See “Care and maintenance”
on page xx of the preface.
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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 power indicator on the display panel.
The following signal indicates a battery-low condition:
•
The power indicator flashes at regular intervals until battery power is
depleted.
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.
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.
or
1. Save all necessary files.
2. Enter Sleep mode (press Fn-F4).
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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 timeout), the computer stops some or all of these
devices in order to conserve energy.
This computer employs a power management scheme that supports ACPI
(Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) which allows for maximum power
conservation and maximum performance at the same time. Windows handles all
power-saving chores for your computer.
Advanced Configuration and Power Interface
Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) is a power management
specification jointly developed by Intel, Microsoft, and Toshiba. ACPI enables
Windows to control the amount of power given to each device attached to the
computer. With ACPI, Windows can turn off peripheral devices when they are not
in use, thereby saving power.
Note: We recommend you enable power management to prolong your battery
life.
Power management modes
Sleep mode (ACPI)
If ACPI is installed, all power management functions are handled by the Windows
operating system.
Sleep mode may be one of three computer power-saving modes: Standby,
Hibernation or power off.
To enter Sleep mode under ACPI:
•
Press the Sleep hotkey Fn-F4
•
Allow the idle times for devices and the computer determined by Windows 98
to elapse
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How to exit Sleep mode depends upon which power-saving mode the computer is
in.
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 the period specified by
the LCD backlight Timeout value, the display shuts off until you press a key or
move the touchpad or external mouse.
"Automatic dim" feature
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 the period of time determined by the power management system. 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.
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 four ways to enter Standby mode:
•
Pressing the Sleep hotkey Fn-F4
•
If the waiting time specified by the Standby Timeout 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 battery
low condition), but the Hibernation file is invalid or not present
Note: If the computer does not enter Standby mode after pressing the Sleep
hotkey, it means the operating system will not allow the computer to enter the
power-saving mode.
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The following signals indicate that the computer is in Standby mode:
•
The buzzer beeps (when the hotkey is pressed to enter into Standby mode)
•
The Standby indicator lights
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
•
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 right where you left off before entering Hibernation
mode.
Before the computer can enter Hibernation mode, the Hibernation file created by
Sleep Manager must be present and valid. See “Sleep Manager” on page 66.
Then, there are three ways to enter Hibernation mode:
•
Pressing the Sleep hotkey Fn-F4
•
If the waiting time specified by the Hibernation Timeout value elapses
without any system activity
•
Invoked by the operating system power-saving modes
Note: If the computer beeps but does not enter Hibernation mode after
pressing the Hibernation hotkey, it means the operating system will not allow
the computer to enter the power-saving mode.
To exit Hibernation mode, press the power switch. The computer also resumes
from Hibernation mode if the Resume Timer is set and matched.
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Warning! Do not change any devices (such as add memory) when the
computer is in Hibernation mode.
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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
CRT 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.
Using simultaneous display
Your computer takes advantage of Windows 98 multi-display capability, allowing
you to use your computer for presentation purposes. So whatever is displayed in
your computer will likewise be displayed on the other output display.
To use simultaneous display, you can choose to connect other output display
devices to the computer through the CRT port.
Enabling simultaneous display
To enable and set simultaneous display options, follow these steps:
1.
Click on Start, Program, then Notebook Manager.
2.
Click on Notebook Manager.
3.
Click on the Display Device tab.
4.
Click on Both under the Boot Display Device.
5.
Click on Both under the Switching Display Device.
6.
Click on OK.
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External keyboard
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.
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External keypad
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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External pointing device
This computer accepts either a PS/2-compatible or serial 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.
To enable the serial mouse, use the Add New Hardware tool in the Windows
Control Panel.
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Printer
This computer supports both serial and parallel printers. For a serial printer, plug
the printer cable into the 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 Setup and verify that the parallel
port is enabled. See “Onboard Device Configuration” on page 84 for
assistance.
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Audio devices
Audio devices are easy to connect with the audio ports accessible from the front of
the computer. You can plug an external microphone into the microphone-in jack or
an audio line-in device into the audio line-in jack. Amplified speakers or
headphones connect to the speaker/headphone-out jack.
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PC cards
The computer has one CardBus PC card slot that can accommodate one type II/I or
one type III PC card. Please consult your dealer for PC card options available that
you can purchase for your computer.
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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.
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Miscellaneous options
Additional power packs
You can order an AC adapter and spare batteries.
Battery pack
It is a good practice to have a spare battery around, especially when you travel.
The NiMH battery, coupled with the power management features of your
computer, 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.
Cables
PS/2 Y-bridge cable
The PS/2 Y-bridge cable allows you to simultaneously connect two PS/2 devices,
a mouse and a keyboard, to your computer.
Note: The keyboard must be connected to the connector marked keyboard
and the mouse must be connected to the connector marked mouse.
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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.
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
The notebook computer comes with either 32 MB or 64 MB onboard system
memory with one DIMM socket for upgrade use. It supports 32-/64-/128 MB 64bit/128-bit Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory (SDRAM) soDIMMs
(Small Outline Dual Inline Memory Modules).
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.
3.
Insert the memory module diagonally into the slot, then gently press down
until it clicks into place.
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Replace the memory door and secure it with the screws.
The computer automatically detects and reconfigures the total memory size.
Hard disk upgrade
It is possible to 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. Please consult your dealer if you need to upgrade your hard disk.
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.
Shut down the operating system.
3.
Turn off the computer.
4.
Disconnect the cord from the AC adapter.
5.
Disconnect the keyboard, pointing device, printer, external monitor, and other
external devices.
6.
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
Standby mode. You can now safely take the computer anywhere you go within the
building.
To bring the computer out of Standby mode, open the display.
What to bring to short meetings
A fully charged battery runs the computer for 2-3 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 than 3 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 standby mode. Press Fn-F3 or close the display
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:
1.
Remove all media from the drives. Failure to remove the media can damage
the drive head.
2.
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 could 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
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
a temperature between outside and room temperature.
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Setting up a home office
If you frequently work on your computer at home, it may be worthwhile to
purchase 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 packs
•
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. The computer can safely
pass through security X-ray machines, but never expose the computer to 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
•
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 (e.g., power rating).
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 telecom system of the country you are traveling in.
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This chapter discusses the important system utilities
bundled with your computer.
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System software
The computer comes preloaded with the following software:
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Windows operating system
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DMI (Desktop Management Interface)-compliant hardware BIOS utility
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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.
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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 power-saving functions.
Note: See “Power management” on page 36 to understand how your
computer saves and manages power.
Sleep Manager is a utility that works with your computer’s BIOS and Windows
APM (Advanced Power Management) to manage the Hibernation operation. This
includes:
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creating the Hibernation file which contains the current state of the computer
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checking if the Hibernation file is valid
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saving and loading the contents of the Hibernation file when entering into 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 changes or the Hibernation file on the
hard disk is 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.
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On the taskbar
The computer automatically loads Sleep Manager every time you start
Windows. Sleep Manager resides in the background and the Sleep Manager
status icon appears on the taskbar.
Double-click on the Sleep Manager status icon (
up the main Sleep Manager program.
), if enabled, to bring
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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.
This icon shows the current status of the Hibernation feature. The icon
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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Start menu
(1) Click on the Start button.
(2) Select Programs.
(3) Select Sleep Manager.
(4) Select the Sleep Manager program.
Sleep Manager displays the screen 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 include:· On Board Memory (DRAM or dynamic
memory), Video RAM (VRAM or video memory), SMRAM
(static memory), and Others.
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 in
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
Advanced>> to manually set the space settings and size. The advanced screen
shown below appears.
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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.
Not enough space for allocation
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.
One reason is that 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, the user has to free up space on his hard disk.
Another possible reason is that 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.
One other factor that causes the error is when 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
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very small, so the compression software needs to be run again to enlarge the size of
the host (uncompressed) drive for Sleep Manager.
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 in the 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 double-clicking on this icon.
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 hotkey functions are disabled when you access Notebook
Manager because those 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, then 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. If you make changes in the Power
Management and Display Device screens, these changes take effect
immediately.
Notebook Manager consists of six sections:
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Information Viewer
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POST
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Boot Sequence
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Password
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Power Management (Option displayed on the Windows 98 ACPI setup
screen)
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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: Items in this table may differ slightly from those on the screen.
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
DVD-ROM
Detects presence of the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
Serial port
Resource settings of the serial port
Parallel port
Resource settings of the parallel port
Internal Cache
Detects presence and total amount of internal cache memory (in
kilobytes)
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Item
Description
External Cache
Detects presence and total amount of external cache memory (in
kilobytes)
TouchPad
Detects the presence and setting of the internal pointing device
Pointing Device
Type(s) of the pointing device(s) detected, internal and external
POST
POST defines how the computer behaves during the power-on self-test routines.
This screen includes the following settings:
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Enable Fast Boot. Select to hide POST startup messages, instead displaying
the TravelMate computer logo.
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Enable hotkey beep. Select to enable the computer to emit a beep when a
hotkey (or key combination) is pressed.
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Boot Sequence
Boot Sequence defines the boot sequence to follow when your computer boots up.
This screen allows you to use Drag and Drop to Change the Order to set the boot
sequence of your computer. Options include:
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Floppy Drive. The computer searches for a bootable diskette in the floppy
drive. If no bootable diskette is found, the computer boots from the hard disk.
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CD-ROM/DVD-ROM Drive. The computer searches for a bootable CDROM in the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive and boots from there. If no
bootable CD is present, the computer boots from the hard disk.
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IDE Hard Drive. The computer boots directly from the hard drive.
Make your selection and click on Apply to activate the setting.
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Password
Password is used to set, modify or delete the password(s) for your computer.
There are two passwords used in the system:
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Power-On Password. The Power-On Password prevents unauthorized access
to the computer during system startup and at resume from Standby/
Hibernation modes or an elapsed system resume timer.
•
Setup Password. The Setup Password prevents unauthorized access to the
computer’s BIOS Utility.
Setting the Power-On Password
To set the Power-On Password, follow these steps:
1.
Click on the Change Power-On Password button. The following dialog box
displays:
2.
Click on the Enable Power-On Password checkbox.
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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 to accept the setting.
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.
Setting the Setup Password
To set the Setup Password, follow these steps:
1.
Click on the Change Setup Password button to display the following dialog
box:
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 to accept the setting.
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.
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Power Management
Power Management is used to set various settings related to power management.
Click on the “Advanced” button to access the advanced Power Management
Properties options.
The Advanced options in Power Management Properties enable you to assign a
function to the Lid switch, power button, and sleep hotkey (Fn+F4). The options
available for the Lid switch are: No Action, Standby, Hibernate and Shutdown,
while the options available for the hotkey and power button are: Standby,
Hibernate and Shutdown.
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Display Device
Display Device is used to control various settings related to the display device(s),
such as the display brightness/contrast levels.
The items in this screen include:
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Boot Display Device. Sets the default display device on boot-up.
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Switching display device. Sets the current display device.
Note: Make sure an external monitor is connected before External monitor is
selected.
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Brightness for LCD Panel. Click and drag to set the LCD screen brightness
and contrast levels
Note: TFT active-matrix LCDs have fixed and optimized contrast levels.
Click on the radio button of the desired item, then click on Apply to activate the
setting. To modify the brightness and/or contrast levels, 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 it. Please also refer to Chapter 6, Troubleshooting when a problem
arises.
To activate the BIOS Utility, press F2 during POST while the TravelMate logo is
being displayed.
Navigating the BIOS Utility
There are six menu options: System Information, Basic System Settings, Startup
Configuration, Onboard Device Configuration, System Security and Load Default
Settings.
To enter a menu, highlight the item using the ↑↓ keys; then press Enter.
Within a menu, navigate through the BIOS Utility by following these instructions:
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Press the cursor up/down keys ( ↑↓) to move between parameters.
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Press the cursor left/right keys (→ ←) to change the value of a parameter.
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Press Esc while you are in any of the menu options to return to the main menu
Note: You can change the value of a parameter if it is enclosed in square
brackets.
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Note: Navigation keys for a particular menu are shown on the bottom of the
screen.
System Information
The System Information screen displays a summary of your computer hardware
information.
The table below describes the parameters in this screen.
Parameter
Description
CPU
Describes the type of CPU installed in the system.
Floppy Disk Drive
Shows the floppy disk drive type (1.44MB 3.5-inch).
Hard Disk (MB)
Sets the hard disk type.
HDD Serial
Number
Shows the hard disk drive serial number.
System with
Shows the high-capacity disc drive installed.
System BIOS
Version
Shows the system BIOS version.
VGA BIOS
Version
Shows the video graphics accelerator BIOS version.
Serial Number
Shows the serial number of the system.
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Parameter
Description
Asset Tag Number
Shows the asset tag number.
Product Name
Shows the official name of the product.
Manufacturer
Name
Shows the name of the manufacturer.
UUID
Shows the universally unique identifier number.
Basic System Configuration
The Basic System Configuration screen contains parameters involving basic
computer settings like date and time.
The table below describes the parameters in the screen.
Parameter
Date
Description
Sets the system date.
Format: DDD MMM DD YYYY (day-of-the-week month day year)
Time
Sets the system time.
Format: HH:MM:SS (hour:minute:second)
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Startup Configuration
The Startup Configuration screen contains parameters that are related to computer
startup.
The table below describes the parameters in this screen. Settings in boldface are
the default and suggested parameter settings.
Parameter
Description
Boot Display
Sets the display on boot-up.
When set to Auto, the computer automatically determines the display
device. 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.
Options: Auto or Both
Screen
Expansion
When set to enabled, the screen will automatically adjust the display
to fit the screen when the resolution is set 640 X 480.
Options: Enabled or Disabled
Hotkey Beep
When enabled, the computer gives off a beep when a hotkey (key
combination) is pressed. See “Hotkeys” on page 12 for details on
hotkeys.
Options: Enabled or Disabled
Fast Boot
Allows you to define your system’s booting process, whether to skip
some POST routines or proceed with the normal booting process.
Options: Enabled or Disabled
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Parameter
Description
Boot Drive
Sequence
Allows you to set the sequence wherein the computer will boot 1st,
2nd, and so on. Below are possible boot devices.
Boot from
CD-ROM
Enables boot-up from the CD-ROM drive, if selected as the first
option. The computer attempts to boot from the CD-ROM drive
(looks for a bootable CD-ROM) before following the boot sequence
specified in the Boot Drive Sequence.
Floppy
Enables boot-up from the floppy disk drive, if selected as the first
option. The computer attempts to boot from the floppy disk drive
(look for a bootable floppy) before following the boot sequence
specified in the Boot Drive Sequence.
Hard Disk
Enables boot-up from the hard disk drive.
Onboard Device Configuration
The Onboard Device Configuration screen contains parameter settings for your
hardware connection devices.
Caution: 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 table below describes the parameters in this screen. Settings in boldface are
the default and suggested parameter settings.
Parameter
Description
Serial Port
Enables or disables the serial port.
Options: Enabled or Disabled
Base Address
Sets the I/O address of the serial port.
Options: 3F8h, 2F8h, 3E8h or 2E8h
IRQ
Sets the interrupt request of the serial port.
Options: 4 or 11
Parallel Port
Enables or disables the parallel port.
Options: Enabled or Disabled
Base Address
Sets the I/O address of the parallel port.
Options: 378h, 278h or 3BCh
IRQ
Sets the interrupt request of the parallel port.
Options: 7 or 5
Operation
Mode
Sets the operation mode of the parallel port.
ECP DMA
Channel
Sets a DMA channel for the printer to operate in ECP mode. This
parameter is enabled only if Operation Mode is set to ECP.
Options: ECP, EPP, Bidirectional or Standard
Options: 1 or 3
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System Security
The System Security screen contains parameters that help safeguard and protect
your computer from unauthorized use.
The table below describes the parameters in this screen. Settings in boldface are
the default and suggested parameter settings.
Parameter
Description
Setup Password
When set, this password protects the BIOS Utility from
unauthorized entry.
Options: None or Present
Power-on Password
When set, this password protects the computer from
unauthorized entry during boot-up or resume from Hibernation
mode.
Options: None or Present
Hard Disk Password
When set, this password prevents the internal hard disk from
unauthorized access. It consists of 8 alphanumeric characters.
Options: None or Present
Note: Don’t forget your password, if you forget your password, you may
have to return your notebook computer to your dealer to reset it.
Setting a password
Follow these steps:
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1.
Use the ↑ and ↓ 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 eight alphanumeric
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. The retype password box appears.
4.
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.
5.
Press Esc to return to the main menu.
6.
Press Esc. The following dialog box appears.
7.
Select Yes and press Enter to save the password and exit the BIOS Utility.
Changing a password
To change a password, follow the same steps used to set a password.
Removing a password
To remove a password, use the ↑ and ↓ keys to highlight a password parameter and
press the “Enter” key as the first character.
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Password icons
Below are the password icons and their descriptions:
Parameters
Description
Power-on Password icon
When set to present, prompts the user to input the
correct password for the system to continue. It is
shown after the TravelMate logo.
Hard Disk Password icon
When set to present, prompts the user to input the
correct password for the hard disk to operate. It
is shown after the Power-on Password Icon.
Password character icon
When typing the characters of the password, the
screen displays this icon for each character
instead of the actual password character.
Wrong password icon
If the wrong password is entered, this icon will
be displayed beside the wrong password.
Successful password entry icon
If the password is correctly entered, this icon will
be displayed beside the correctly entered
password.
Password failure icon
The system allows the user 3 chances to type the
correct password. After the password has been
incorrectly entered 3 times, this icon will be
displayed together with a short message stating
“system shut-down”. The user then has to reboot
the system to try to type the correct password
again.
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Load Default Settings
When you select this menu item, the following dialog box displays:
To load factory-default settings for all the parameters, select Yes and press Enter.
Otherwise, select No and press Enter.
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
This is a list of possible situations that may arise during the use of your computer,
and it gives easy answers and solutions to these questions.
I slid 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 Ctrl-Alt-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 contrast and/or brightness level might be too low. Press Fn-↑ and Fn-↓ to
adjust the contrast level (only for models with HPA LCDs). Press Fn-← and
Fn-→ to adjust the brightness level.
•
The display device might be set to an external monitor. Press the display
toggle hot key Fn-F6 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 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
hotkey 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. You can also use
the volume control knob on the front panel of the computer to adjust the
volume.
If headphones, earphones or external speakers are connected to the line-out port on
the computer’s front panel, the internal speakers automatically turn off.
External microphone or audio line-in device does not work.
Check the following:
•
Make sure the external microphone is connected to the microphone-in jack
and/or the audio line-in device is connected to the audio line-in jack on the
computer’s front panel.
•
If you cannot hear playback, the speakers may be muted.
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How do I eject the CD-ROM tray with the computer turned off?
There is a mechanical eject button on the CD-ROM drive. Simply insert the tip of
a pen or paperclip and push to eject the CD-ROM 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 Setup Utility. Go to the Onboard Device
Configuration screen and verify that the serial port is enabled. see “Onboard
Device Configuration” on page 83 for details.
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 Ybridge connector. see “PS/2 Y-bridge cable” on page 51 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 Setup Utility. Go to the Onboard Device
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Configuration screen and verify that the parallel port is enabled. see
“Onboard Device Configuration” on page 83 for details.
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.
Open the Windows Control Panel and double-click on the Modems icon.
2.
Click on Dialing Properties and begin setting up your location.
Refer to the Windows manual.
Why can’t I charge my battery to 100% charged when it is 99-95%
charged?
To preserve the life of the battery, the system only lets you charge the battery when
its capacity falls below 95%. However, it is recommended that you bring an extra
battery and let the battery in the system use up its power before charging it.
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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 Setup Utility; then
press Esc to exit and reconfigure the computer.
Equipment Configuration
Error
Press F2 (during POST) to enter the Setup 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 Setup Utility; then
press Esc to exit and reconfigure the computer.
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Error Messages
Corrective Action
Missing operating system
Follow these steps:
1. Press F2 (during POST) to enter the Setup Utility.
2. Exit the Setup Utility (saving the changes).
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 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 Setup Utility. see “BIOS Utility” on page 79.
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Troubleshooting tips
The TravelMate 505 series 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 95.
•
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 (PC card, external mouse, etc.).
2.
Open System Properties to make sure that the components you diagnose are
enabled.
To open the properties window for the system, click on Start, Settings,
Control Panel, then double-click on System.
3.
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 clicking on Start,
Programs, PC-Doctor, then 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 (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 clicking on Start, Settings,
Control Panel, then double-click on System. 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.
1.
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).
2.
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.
3.
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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A Specifications
This appendix lists the general specifications of
your computer.
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A Specifications
Microprocessor
•
Intel Celeron™ processor with 128 KB level 2 cache
Memory
•
32 MB main memory expandable to 160 MB or 64 MB expandable up to 192
MB
•
Single 144-pin soDIMM socket SDRAM (Synchronous Dynamic Random
Access Memory)
•
256 KB Flash ROM BIOS
Data storage
•
One 3.5-inch internal floppy drive
•
One high-capacity, Enhanced-IDE hard disk
•
One 5.25-inch internal CD-ROM drive
Display and video
•
12.1-inch, fast-response, high-contrast, high-color, High Performance
Addressing (HPA) LCD or 12.1-inch, high-color ,Thin Film Transistor (TFT)
LCD
•
800x600 SVGA resolution
•
Integrated 128-bit PCI graphics accelerator and 2 MB video memory
•
Simultaneous LCD and CRT display
Audio
•
16-bit stereo audio
•
3-dimensional sound with built-in wavetable synthesizer
•
Dual speakers
•
Sound Blaster Pro- and Windows Sound System-compatible
•
Separate audio ports for line-out, line-in and microphone-in devices
Keyboard and pointing device
•
84-/85-/88-key Windows keyboard
•
Ergonomically-centered touchpad pointing device
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A Specifications
I/O ports
•
one type II/I or one type III CardBus socket
•
One RJ-11 phone jack
•
One DC-in jack (AC adapter)
•
One RS-232 serial port (UART16550-compatible)
•
One parallel port (ECP/EPP compliant)
•
One external monitor port (DDC 2.0-compliant)
•
One keyboard/mouse port (PS/2-compatible)
•
One speaker/headphone-out jack
•
One audio line-in jack
•
One microphone-in jack
•
One USB port
Weight and dimensions
•
2.67 kg (5.9 lbs)
•
306 x 228 x 46 mm (12 x 10.12 x 1.81 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
System
•
Windows 98
•
Mobile PC99-compliant
Battery pack
•
33.6-WattHour NiMH battery pack
•
2-hour rapid charge/4-hour charge-in-use
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AC adapter
•
60-Watt
•
Auto sensing 100~240Vac, 50~60Hz
Options
•
32-/64-/128-MB 64-/128-bit SDRAM memory upgrade module
•
PS/2 Y-cable
•
Additional AC adapter and battery pack
•
Numeric keypad
•
File transfer cable
•
In-Air/Auto Adapter
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C
Index
A
AC adapter
caring for xx
connecting xvi
audio 25
connecting externally 48
controlling volume 25
troubleshooting 92
B
battery
installing xvi
battery pack
battery-low warning 34
caring for xx
characteristics 31
charging 32
charging indicator 7
charging modes 32
checking charge level 33
installing 32
low conditions 34
optimizing 33
removing 32
using the first time 31
BIOS Utility 79– 88
Basic System Settings menu 81
entering 79
Load Default Settings menu 88
navigating 79
Onboard Devices Configuration menu
84
Startup Configuration menu 82
System Security menu 85
boot order
setting in Notebook Manager 74
brightness
hotkeys 14
setting in Notebook Manager 78
caps lock 9
on indicator 7
care
AC adapter xx
battery pack xx
computer xx
CD-ROM
ejecting 19
ejecting manually 93
troubleshooting 93
charging
checking level 33
modes 32
cleaning
computer xxi
computer
bringing to meetings 58
caring for xx
cleaning xxi
connecting xvi
disconnecting 57
features 3
information 72
moving around 58
on indicator 7
security 26
setting up a home office 60
taking home 59
traveling internationally 62
traveling on local trips 61
turning on xvi
connections
AC adapter xvi
audio 48
computer xvi
file transfer cable 52
keyboard, external 44
keypad, external 45
monitor 43
mouse 46
mouse, PS/2 46
mouse, serial 46
printer 47
PS/2 Y-bridge cable 51
USB 50
contrast
hotkeys 14
108
CPU
setting in Notebook Manager
80
78
D
resuming from
utility 66
hotkeys 13
date
I
setting in BIOS Utility 82
diskette
ejecting 18
diskette drive 18
display 5
auto-dim feature 37
hotkeys 13
opening and closing 5
performance 5
power management 5, 37
setting boot device in BIOS Utility
82
setting boot device in Notebook Manager 78
setting in Notebook Manager 78
simultaneous 5
switching device in Notebook Manager 78
troubleshooting 91, 92
indicator lights 7
ITW. See warranty
E
error messages
95
F
FAQ. See frequently-asked questions
file transfer cable
connecting 52
floppy disk
ejecting 18
floppy drive 18
frequently-asked questions 91
H
hard disk 18
power management 37
upgrading 54
help
Internet home page xix
online manual xviii
technical support xviii
Hibernation mode 38– 39
conditions 38
entering 38
hotkey 13
38
K
keyboard 9
connecting externally 44
embedded numeric keypad
hotkeys 13
lock keys 9
troubleshooting 93
Windows keys 11
keypad
connecting externally 45
L
LEDs
7
M
media access
on indicator 7
media bay 18
memory
installing 53– 54
upgrading 53
messages
error 95
microphone
troubleshooting 92
modem 23
monitor
connecting 43
mouse
connecting externally
troubleshooting 93
46
N
Notebook Manager 71– 78
Boot Sequence 74
Display Device 78
hotkey 13
Information Viewer 72
Password 75
starting 71
num lock 9
10
109
startup 91
PS/2 mouse
connecting 46
PS/2 Y-bridge cable
connecting 51
on indicator 8
numeric keypad
embedded 10
O
options
cables 51
hard disk upgrade 54
memory upgrade 53
PC cards 49
spare AC adapter 51
spare battery 51
Q
questions
multiple PS/2 devices 93
setting location for modem use
S
P
palm rest 15
parallel port
setting in BIOS Utility 84
password 26
changing in BIOS Utility 87
removing in BIOS Utility 87
setting in BIOS Utility 86
setting in Notebook Manager
76
types 26
PC Card
ejecting 23
inserting 23
PC card 22
ports 20
rear 21
right 22
power
turning on xvi
Power management 36
power management modes
display standby mode 37
hard disk standby mode 37
Hibernation mode 38– 39
Standby mode 37– 38
printer
connecting 47
troubleshooting 93
problems 91
audio 92
CD-ROM 93
display 91, 92
keyboard 93
printer 93
serial mouse 93
75–
security
keylock 26
passwords 26
serial mouse
connecting 46
serial port
setting in BIOS Utility
service
when to call xxi
simultaneous display 43
Sleep Manager 66
software
bundled 65
speakers
hotkey 14
troubleshooting 92
Standby mode 37– 38
entering 37
resuming from 38
signals 38
status indicator 7
status indicators 7
storage 18
floppy drive 18
hard disk 18
support
information xviii
84
T
time
setting in BIOS Utility 82
touchpad 16
hotkey 14
using 16– 17
travel
international flights 62
local trips 61
94
110
U
V
Universal Serial Bus 21
USB
connecting 50
USB. See Universal Serial Bus
utility
BIOS Setup 79– 88
Notebook Manager 71– 78
Sleep Manager 66
volume
adjusting
25
W
warranty
International Traveler’s
xviii
Windows keys 11
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