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User’s Guide
Extensa 600 Series
Notebook Computers
Black Process Plate
Copyright © 1996 Texas Instruments
All Rights Reserved — Printed in Taiwan
Extensa Series Notebook Computer User’s Guide
TI Part No. 9811345-0001
Original Issue: August 1996
First Revision: September 1996
Changes may be made periodically to the information
in this publication. Such changes will be incorporated
in new editions of this manual.
Record the serial number, purchase date, and model
number in the space provided below. The serial
number and model number are recorded on the label
affixed to the case. All correspondence concerning
your unit should include the serial number, model
number, and date of purchase.
No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored
in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by
any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopy,
recording, or otherwise, without the prior written
permission of Texas Instruments.
Extensa Notebook Computer
Model_______Serial No.____________Purchase Date________
Extensa is a trademark of Texas Instruments. The icons in the
Windows Notebook and Startup groups are copyrighted by Texas
Instruments.
IBM, AT, PS/2, and Token Ring are registered trademarks and
OS/2 is a trademark of International Business Machines
Corporation.
Microsoft, MS-DOS, Windows and Xenix are registered trademarks
of Microsoft Corporation.
Ethernet is a registered trademark of Xerox Corporation.
Kensington is a registered trademark of Kensington Microware,
Inc.
Synaptics is registered trademark of Synaptics, Inc.
SimulSCAN is a trademark of Cirrus Logic, Inc.
IrDA is a trademark of Infra Red Data Association.
XJACK is a registered trademark of Megahertz Corporation.
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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:
n Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna
n Increase the separation between the device and receiver
n Connect the device into an outlet on a circuit different from
that to which the receiver is connected
n 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.
FCC Notice
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 Interference-Causing Equipment Regulations.
Remarque à l’intention des utilisateurs canadiens
Cet appareil numérique de la classe B respected toutes les
exigences du Règlement sur le matériel brouilleur du Canada.
Duracell Notice
The Texas Instruments Extensa 600 and 605 are designed to use
a Duracell DR35S or DR201 Rechargeable Battery. Texas
Instruments participates in the Duracell pro.link program. If you
would like to purchase additional batteries, please call the
Authorized Duracell Purchase Hotline at 1-800-603-8225. If you
have questions about battery performance, recycling a used
battery, or any other battery-related question, please call
Duracell Consumer Relations at 1-800-551-2355 (9:00 AM - 5:00
PM EST).
Contents
Preface
Chapter 1 Before You Begin
Creating Backup Disks ................................. 1-2
Features of the Computer ............................. 1-3
Environmental Specifications ........................ 1-5
Using the Computer ..................................... 1-6
Power Saving Modes ..................................... 1-8
Securing the Computer ............................... 1-10
Using the AC Adapter ................................. 1-11
Chapter 2 Using Your Computer
Starting the Computer .................................. 2-3
Running the Demo Program .......................... 2-4
Using the Brightness and Contrast Controls .. 2-6
Turning the Speakers On and Off .................. 2-7
Using PC Cards ............................................ 2-8
Using Indicator Lights................................. 2-11
Using the Touchpad.................................... 2-14
Using Disk Drives....................................... 2-16
Adding Memory .......................................... 2-29
Using the Keyboard .................................... 2-30
Using the Internal Numeric Keypad ............. 2-34
Using Connectors and Ports........................ 2-36
Chapter 3 Using Battery Power
Guidelines for Battery Use ............................ 3-2
Switching to Battery Power ........................... 3-4
Responding to Low Battery Conditions .......... 3-5
Recharging the Battery ................................. 3-7
Conditioning the Battery............................... 3-8
Removing and Installing the Battery Pack...... 3-9
Conserving Battery Power ........................... 3-11
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Contents
Chapter 4 Options
AC Adapter................................................... 4-2
PC Cards...................................................... 4-3
Numeric Keypad ........................................... 4-4
External Monitor .......................................... 4-5
External Mouse ............................................ 4-6
External Keyboard ........................................ 4-7
Memory........................................................ 4-8
Audio Options .............................................. 4-9
External Floppy Disk Drive ......................... 4-11
Miscellaneous Options................................ 4-12
Chapter 5 Using Software
Using Supplied Software ............................... 5-2
Getting Online Help ...................................... 5-3
Guidelines for Installing Applications ............ 5-4
Using System Passwords .............................. 5-6
Chapter 6 Mobility
Overview of Mobility ..................................... 6-1
Disconnecting from the Desktop ................... 6-3
Moving Around ............................................. 6-4
Taking the Computer Home .......................... 6-5
Traveling with the Computer ......................... 6-8
Traveling Internationally with the Computer .. 6-9
Chapter 7 Care and Troubleshooting
Cleaning the Computer ................................. 7-2
Troubleshooting Tips .................................... 7-3
Startup Error Messages ................................ 7-4
Appendix A Where to Get Help
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Preface
This manual describes features of the Texas
Instruments Extensa notebook computers. The
Extensa series computers are similar in
appearance and incorporate such features as
CardBus, 16-bit stereo audio and internal
pointing device.
The following figure displays the Extensa
computer.
Extensa
This manual should answer most of the
questions you have about the day-to-day
operation of your Extensa notebook computer.
Use the Just for Starters… instructions that
came with your computer to get your computer
running for the first time.
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Preface
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 Extensa computer.
With proper care, your computer will provide
you with years of productive service.
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1
Before You Begin
After completing instructions in Just for
Starters…, read this chapter to learn about
important functions of your computer. Some,
such as Creating Backup Disks, should be
performed as soon as possible after the purchase
of your computer.
Contents
Creating Backup Disks ................................ 1-2
Features of the Computer ............................ 1-3
Standard Features ................................ 1-3
Customizing Features ........................... 1-4
Environmental Specifications ....................... 1-5
Using the Computer..................................... 1-6
Power Saving Modes .................................... 1-8
0V Suspend Mode................................. 1-8
Standby Mode ...................................... 1-9
Securing the Computer .............................. 1-10
Using the AC Adapter ................................ 1-11
1-1
Creating Backup Disks
You should create your backup system disks as
soon as possible after purchasing your
computer. The process you follow depends on
the operating system you selected when you
installed the computer for the first time.
Windows®95
Backing up Windows 95 requires approximately
43 formatted 3 1/2-inch, 1.44 MB diskettes.
Labels for the disks are included with the
manual.
To create backup system disks, use the Create
System Disk tool that is part of Windows 95.
Windows for Workgroups
Backing up MS-DOS and Windows for
Workgroups requires approximately twenty 3
1/2-inch, 1.44 MB diskettes.
To create backup system disks, use the Make
Disk utility that is in the Main program group.
1-2
Features of the Computer
Standard Features
The following list displays the standard features:
q
8 MB EDO (Extended Data Out) memory
q
1 MB EDO video memory
q
Fast video graphics accelerator
q
0-Volt Suspend and Standby functions
q
No-reboot setup function
q
STN color display
q
16-bit stereo audio
q
Serial infrared communication
q
Duracell NiMH (Nickel-Metal-Hydride) or
optional Li-Ion (Lithium-Ion) battery pack
q
810 MB (or higher) capacity hard disk with
Local Bus
q
Internal CD-ROM drive and external floppy
disk drive or Internal floppy drive depending
on model
q
Internal touchpad pointing device
q
Small, lightweight AC adapter
1-3
Features of the Computer
Customizing Features
The following features allow you to customize
your computer to fit your requirements.
1-4
q
PS/2 port for connecting an external
keyboard, numeric keypad, or mouse
q
9-pin serial port for connecting external
devices such as a modem or mouse
q
Simultaneous display with external CRT
q
One Type III or two Type II/I PC Card slots
q
Parallel port with EPP and ECP for
connecting to a printer or an external floppy
disk drive
q
8 MB, 16 MB and 32 MB EDO 32-bit type
small outline dual inline memory module
(soDIMM) upgrades
Environmental Specifications
This section provides information on the
optimum operating environment for your
Extensa notebook computer.
Temperature
Operating:
Storage:
50° to 95°F
(10° to 35°C)
-4° to 140°F
(-20° to +60°C)
Relative Humidity (Noncondensing)
Operating:
20% to 85%
Storage:
20% to 85%
Shock
Operating:
Storage:
Vibration
Operating:
Maximum 5g pulse in X,
Y, and Z orientations
Maximum 50g pulse in X,
Y, and Z orientations
Sinusoidal 5 to 25.6 Hz
limited to 0.015 inch
peak-to-peak maximum
displacement
0.5g, 25.6 to 250 Hz
Storage:
Sinusoidal 5 to 27.1 Hz
limited to 0.016 inch
peak-to-peak maximum
displacement
2.0g, 27.1 to 500 Hz
1-5
Using the Computer
1-6
q
Never pick up or carry your computer by the
display.
q
Never use the computer in harsh
environments where it could be subjected to
rapid temperature changes or excessive
dust.
q
Never expose the computer to excessive
vibration.
q
Never expose the hard disk or floppy disk(s)
to strong magnetic fields, such as those
generated by audio system speakers or
telephone handsets.
q
To avoid overheating the computer, never
place anything on top of the computer when
it is operating or recharging the battery.
q
Before moving an active computer, press the
0V Suspend hot key (Fn+F2) to put the
computer into 0V Suspend mode and close
the display (refer to 0V Suspend Mode in the
next section).
q
Do not try to force the display beyond its
fully opened position —
about 180 degrees.
Using the Computer
Caution: In the rare event that you should see
or smell anything that indicates overheating
(smoke or a strange smell):
!
1. Turn off the power.
2. Disconnect the AC adapter from the power
source and the computer.
3. Remove the battery pack.
4. Contact your Texas Instruments dealer or
service center.
1-7
Power Saving Modes
0V Suspend Mode
Suspend mode saves battery power when you
are not actively using your computer.
In 0V Suspend mode, the computer saves the
current system state onto your hard disk drive
then shuts off. When you turn the computer on
again, it restores the system to the saved state.
Press the 0V Suspend hot key (Fn+F2) to enter
0V Suspend mode. To resume normal operation,
press the power switch. 0V Suspend mode
occurs automatically if the 0 VOLT SUSPEND
TIMEOUT parameter in Setup is enabled and
times out or if the BATTERY LOW SUSPEND option is
enabled.
Note: If the computer is unable to enter 0V
Suspend mode, the Standby indicator lights up.
When this happens, data remains in memory and
is lost if power is lost.
1-8
Power Saving Modes
Standby Mode
In Standby mode, data remains in memory while
the computer powers down unused devices to
save power. The standby indicator lights up in
Standby mode.
Press the Standby hot key (Fn+F4) to enter
Standby mode. The computer also enters
Standby mode if the STANDBY TIMEOUT parameter
in Setup is enabled and times out.
To resume from Standby mode, press any key or
touch the touchpad. When enabled in setup, the
computer also resumes from Standby mode if an
incoming ring is detected by an attached
modem.
Note: The computer acts on the key you press.
To prevent accidental entry of a key, press a nonprinting character such as Shift, Ctrl or Alt.
1-9
Securing the Computer
Your computer comes with a Kensington® lock
notch. If your computer store does not carry
Kensington locks, you can buy one directly from
Texas Instruments. To secure your computer,
follow these steps:
1. Wrap the cable of a portable computer
Kensington security lock ( optional) around a
table, desk drawer handle or any immovable
object.
2. Insert the lock into the notch at the rear of
the computer.
3. Turn the key to secure the lock.
4. Remove the key from the lock.
Notch
Securing the Computer
1-10
Using the AC Adapter
DC Connector
AC Adapter
Female Connector
Male Plug
AC Adapter
AC
Adapter
!
Charges the internal battery pack and
operates the computer on AC power
whether or not a battery pack is installed.
The AC adapter can be operated anywhere
where the outlet supplies between 100240 volts AC at 50 - 60 Hz. The AC
adapter has a detachable AC power cord.
Caution: Use only the AC adapter supplied
with your computer. Another adapter can
damage your computer and create a safety
hazard.
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2
Using Your Computer
Before beginning this chapter, ensure you have
read and understood Chapter 1. Chapter 2
describes how to start and use your Extensa
notebook computer.
Contents
Starting the Computer ................................. 2-3
Running the Demo Program ......................... 2-4
Contents of the Demo Program.............. 2-4
Running the Demo Program .................. 2-4
Deleting the Demo Program .................. 2-5
Using the Brightness and Contrast
Controls ...................................................... 2-6
Turning the Speakers On and Off ................. 2-7
Using PC Cards ........................................... 2-8
Inserting PC Cards................................ 2-8
Ejecting PC Cards................................. 2-9
Using Indicator Lights................................ 2-11
Using the Touchpad................................... 2-14
Moving the Cursor .............................. 2-14
Configuring the Touchpad................... 2-15
Using Disk Drives...................................... 2-16
Hard Disk Drive Guidelines................. 2-17
Installing a Hard Disk Drive................ 2-17
2-1
Connecting an External
Floppy Disk Drive ............................... 2-25
Floppy Disk Drive Guidelines .............. 2-26
CD-ROM Drive Guidelines .................. 2-27
Adding Memory ......................................... 2-29
Using the Keyboard ................................... 2-30
Special Keys ....................................... 2-30
Windows 95 Keys................................ 2-33
Using the Internal Numeric Keypad ............ 2-34
Num Lock On ..................................... 2-34
Num Lock Off ..................................... 2-35
Using Connectors and Ports ....................... 2-36
2-2
Starting the Computer
Power
Switch
Power Switch
Power
Switch
Turns the computer on and off for both
AC and battery operation; also resumes
from 0V Suspend mode. When the
power is off, the battery continues to
charge (if a powered AC adapter is
connected to the computer); however,
all computer functions cease.
2-3
Running the Demo Program
Contents of the Demo Program
Your computer is loaded with an entertaining
and informative demo program which includes
the following information:
q
The features of your computer and how to
use them
q
The livegear accessories available for your
computer
q
The software loaded on your computer
q
How to get service and technical support
q
More about Texas Instruments
Running the Demo Program
To run the demo program, do one of the
following:
In Windows 95
1. Double-click on the About Your Extensa icon
on the desktop.
2. Follow the directions to use the program.
In Windows for Workgroups
1. From the Program Manager double-click on
the Texas Instruments Multimedia group.
2. Double-click on About Your Extensa icon.
3. Follow the directions to use the program
2-4
Running the Demo Program
Deleting the Demo Program
An uninstall program helps you delete all or part
of the demo program to free up space on your
hard disk drive.
In Windows 95
1. Double-click on the Uninstall Demo icon on
the desktop.
2. When the Uninstall window appears, you can
choose a complete or partial uninstall. If you
want to keep some parts of the demo, you can
deselect those parts, then click on OK. To
uninstall the entire demo, click on the large
uninstall button, then click on OK.
In Windows for Workgroups
1. From the Program Manager double-click on
the Texas Instruments Multimedia group.
2. Double-click on Uninstall Demo icon.
3. When the Uninstall window appears, you can
choose a complete or partial uninstall. If you
want to keep some parts of the demo, you can
deselect those parts, then click on OK. To
uninstall the entire demo, click on the large
uninstall button, then click on OK.
2-5
Using the Brightness and
Contrast Controls
You can adjust the screen brightness and
contrast levels using hot keys.
Note: The hot keys for brightness and contrast
are continuous keys. They will adjust as long as
you hold them down.
Brightness
Control
Press Fn+↑
↑ and Fn+↓
↓ to increase and
decrease the brightness of the display
respectively.
The brighter the screen, the more
power is used during battery operation.
Contrast
Control
Press Fn+→
→ and Fn+←
← to increase and
decrease the contrast of the display
respectively.
The higher the contrast setting, the
more power is used during battery
operation.
2-6
Turning the Speakers On and Off
Your computer comes with 16-bit stereo audio.
Two built-in speakers are located near the LCD
hinges.
Left
Speaker
Right
Speaker
Built-in Speakers
You can turn the built-in speakers on and off
using a hot key.
Speaker
On/Off
Press Fn+End to toggle the speaker
output on and off.
You can also enable or disable the speaker from
your Setup screen. The setting in Setup
deteremines whether the speakers are enabled
when you reboot or turn on your computer.
Pressing Fn+End overrides the setting.
2-7
Using PC Cards
Inserting PC Cards
You can insert up to two Type I or Type II PC
cards, or one Type III PC card, in the slots on the
side of the computer.
Inserting a PC Card
In Windows 95
Windows 95 beeps to indicate it has detected a
PC card when you insert one. If Windows 95
recognizes the PC card, it will set up the
necessary drivers. If Windows 95 does not
recognize the PC card, you are asked to load the
driver for the card.
2-8
Using PC Cards
In Windows for Workgroups
Windows for Workgroups beeps to indicate it has
detected the card. If a driver for the PC card has
already been loaded, you can use the card
immediately. If a driver has not been loaded,
you must manually load the driver. Windows for
Workgroups does not ask you to load a driver.
Ejecting PC Cards
Eject buttons are located beside each PC card
slot. Pressing an eject button ejects the PC Card
from the slot. To eject a Type III card, press both
eject buttons.
The eject buttons fold out of the way when a PC
card is inserted in the slot. To eject the card,
flip out the corresponding eject button, and
press in on the eject button.
PC Card
Eject Buttons
PC Card Eject Buttons
2-9
Using PC Cards
In Windows 95
Follow these steps to eject a PC Card while using
Windows 95.
1. Open the Control Panel.
2. Click on the PC Card icon.
3. Select the card you want to eject.
4. Click on Stop.
5. When Windows 95 responds with the
message You may safely remove this device,
flip out and press the eject button to eject the
PC Card.
2-10
Using Indicator Lights
The computer uses the following indicator lights
to show the status of certain functions.
Power/
Battery-Low
Indicator
Standby
Mode
Indicator
LCD Panel Indicator Lights
Power/
Battery-low
Indicator
Lights when the system is on and
there is power to the system.
Flashes when the battery power is
low. Connect a powered AC adapter
to the computer as soon as possible.
Standby
Mode
Indicator
Lights when the computer enters
Standby mode.
The computer enters Standby mode if
you press the Standby hot key
(Fn+F4) or the STANDBY TIMEOUT
parameter in Setup is enabled and
expires. Closing the display also puts
the system in Standby mode.
2-11
Using Indicator Lights
Num
NumLock
Lock
Indicator
Indicator
Caps Lock
Caps Indicator
Lock Indicator
Battery Charging
Charging
Battery
Indicator
Indicator
Disk Media
Media Indicator
Disk
Indicator
Front Indicator Lights
Disk Media
Indicator
Lights when the computer writes to or
reads from the hard disk drive, or
reads from the CD-ROM drive.
Battery
Charging
Indicator
Lights when a powered AC adapter
connected to the computer is charging
the battery.
Flashes when there is a problem with
the battery or the battery is not
recognized by the smart charger.
Turns off when there is no battery or
the battery is fully charged.
2-12
Using Indicator Lights
Caps Lock
Indicator
Lights when the caps lock function is
toggled ON using the Caps Lock key.
Num Lock
Indicator
Lights when the embedded numeric
keypad is toggled ON using the Num
Lock hot key (Fn+F7). Refer to Using
the Internal Numeric Keypad later in
this section for further details.
2-13
Using the Touchpad
Moving the Cursor
The embedded touchpad offers a unique and
efficient way of pointing and selecting in a
Windows environment. The following figure
shows the touchpad.
Left Button
Right Button
Touchpad
Touchpad
The touchpad responds to finger movements on
its surface. To move the cursor, move your
finger on the touchpad surface.
Once the cursor is in the proper place, tap once
on the surface of the touchpad or use the left
button to click just as you would a mouse. Tap
twice to double-click.
Note: You may also connect an external PS/2 or
serial mouse to your computer. Refer to Using
Connectors and Ports later in this chapter.
2-14
Using the Touchpad
Configuring the Touchpad
You can personalize the control of the touchpad
by configuring various setting using the
Synaptics Touchpad utility. You can configure
the touchpad using the Mouse utility located in
the Control Panel Window. Follow these steps to
configure the touchpad:
In Windows 95
1. Select the Start button, then select Settings.
2. Select Control Panel to display the Control
Panel window.
3. Double-click on the Mouse icon.
4. Select the Touchpad tab to customize the
touchpad to your preference.
5. Click on Enhancements to bring up more
features and to get to the online Help for the
Synaptics Touchpad drivers.
In Windows for Workgroups
1. From the Program Manager double-click on
the Main program group.
2. Double-click on the Control Panel icon.
3. Double-click on Mouse icon.
4. Select the Touchpad tab to customize the
touchpad to your preference.
5. Click on Help for the Synaptics Touchpad
drivers online documentation.
2-15
Using Disk Drives
Hard Disk
Drive
The Extensa computer comes with a
810-million byte (810 MB) or higher
capacity hard disk drive. The hard disk
drive is formatted and loaded with
software during manufacture. Do not
format the hard disk.
Floppy Disk
Drive
All models come with a floppy disk
drive. In models with a CD-ROM drive,
you can use the floppy disk externally
by connecting it to the parallel port.
The floppy disk drive can access
formatted 3.5-inch, double-sided, highdensity (2HD), 1.44 MB floppy disks
and lower capacity, 720 KB, doubledensity (2DD) floppy disks. The floppy
disk drive does not function at low
speed with the OS/2™ or Xenix
operating systems.
CD-ROM
Drive
2-16
The Extensa 600CD and 605CD comes
with a CD-ROM drive, bringing you
portable multimedia.
Using Disk Drives
Hard Disk Drive Guidelines
If you format the hard disk drive, all data on the
hard disk drive will be erased.
Do not move the computer when the Disk Media
indicator is on. Press the 0V Suspend hot key
(Fn+F2) to suspend your system or turn off the
computer before moving it.
If the HARD DISK TIMEOUT parameter in Setup is
enabled and expires, the hard disk drive will
spin down to save power.
!
Caution: If the hard disk drive is damaged,
you can lose data. To reduce the impact of
data loss, back up data frequently.
Installing a Hard Disk Drive
These instructions show you how to install a
hard disk drive on your Extensa computer. They
include the following:
q
Backing up your old hard disk drive
q
Replacing the hard disk drive
q
Loading software onto your new hard disk
drive
2-17
Using Disk Drives
Please read completely through these directions
before starting the process. If you have any
questions about how to proceed, call the
Customer Satisfaction Line at 1-800-TI-TEXAS
or 1-817-771-5856.
Backing Up Your Old Hard Disk
Drive
After you install your hard disk drive, the data
will still exist on your old hard disk drive. To be
able to use the data on your new hard disk
drive, however, you must back up the data
before removing the old hard disk drive.
The steps to follow depend on your hardware
and software options, so a specific procedure is
not possible. The following process, however,
describes in general terms how to back up the
files on the old hard disk drive.
Checking the Files
You can help ensure the files you move to the
new hard disk drive are good by running the
following programs before backing up the files.
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q
ScanDisk -- checks for damaged files
q
Defrag -- eliminated fragmentation in files
q
An anti-virus program -- use the anti-virus
software you have to check your files for
computer virus infection
Using Disk Drives
Backing Up the Operating System on Floppy
Disk
If you have not already done so, you need to
make a full backup of your operating system
onto floppy disks.
q
Windows 95 requires approximately 30
floppy disks
q
MS-DOS and Windows for Workgroups
require approximately 17 floppy disks
Back Up Your Programs and Personal Data
The amount of programs and data on the old
hard disk drive may prohibit backing up to
floppy disk, so you may need another way to
back up the remaining information on the old
hard disk drive.
Use one of the following ways to back up the
programs and data.
q
Another computer -- Use TranXit software
to back up the data to another computer. If
you do this, make sure you created a
TranXit disk when backing up the operating
system.
q
Server -- If your computer is connected to a
network, back up the data to a server.
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Using Disk Drives
q
Tape Drive -- If you have a tape drive
connected to a PC card, you can back up to
tape. If you do this, ensure you have the
original floppy disks for the backup
programs; otherwise, you need to back up
the tape backup programs to a floppy disk.
q
MSBACKUP -- If you must back up data to
floppy disks, use the MSBACKUP program
that is part of your operating system. Be
sure to use the same version of MSBACKUP
that you plan to use when you restore the
files on the new hard disk drive. Different
versions of MSBACKUP are incompatible.
Replacing your Hard Disk Drive
Follow the steps below to remove and install the
hard disk drive.
!
Caution: Turn off the notebook computer before
removing or installing a hard disk drive.
1. Turn off the computer. Disconnect the AC
adapter and remove any batteries.
2. Disconnect external devices such as keyboard
or monitor and remove all PC cards.
3. Turn the computer over and locate the hard
disk drive bay cover.
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Using Disk Drives
4. Locate the release tab on the bottom side of
the hard disk drive bay cover. While pressing
slightly on the release tab , slide the cover
to the right
and set aside.
Bottom View
Removing the Hard Disk Drive Bay Cover
5. While lifting up the hard disk drive release
tab (with your fingernails) on the front of the
hard disk drive module, use both finger grip
areas to pull the module out of the computer.
The following illustrations shows the bottom
view for clarity.
Finger
Grip Area
Hard Disk Drive
Bottom View
Release
Tab
Finger
Grip Area
Hard Disk
Drive
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Using Disk Drives
Release
Tab
Bottom View
Removing a Hard Disk Drive
6. Remove the new hard disk drive from its
antistatic bag. (The old hard disk drive
should be stored in the antistatic bag.)
7. Insert the replacement hard disk drive into
the bay with the release tab facing up. Slide
the hard disk drive all the way in until you
feel it engage with a slight click.
Bottom View
Inserting a Hard Disk Drive
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Using Disk Drives
8. Replace the hard disk drive cover by aligning
the release tab with the alignment mark on
the computer and then seat the cover into the
slot
making sure the back edge of the cover
is flush with the computer. Make sure the
bottom of the cover is also flush with the
computer.
Alignment
Mark
Aligning the Hard Disk Drive Bay Cover
9. Slide the hard disk drive bay cover to the left
until the release tab snaps into place.
Alignment
Mark
Flush
Slide left
Replacing the Hard Disk Drive Bay Cover
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Using Disk Drives
Configuring the New Hard Disk
Drive
The process you follow to configure the new hard
disk drive mirrors the process you used to back
up the old hard disk drive.
Load the Operating System
Use the floppy disk backup of the operating
system to install the operating system onto the
new hard disk drive.
Load the Backup Software
After loading the operating system, load the
software you used to back up the data from the
old hard disk drive.
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q
If you copied the files to another computer
using TranXit software, load the TranXit
software.
q
If you copied the files to a server, load the
files you need to access the server.
q
If you backed up the files on tape, load the
tape backup software.
q
If you used MSBACKUP to save files on
floppy disks, load the same version of
MSBACKUP.
Using Disk Drives
Restore the Remaining Files
Restore the remaining program and data files
following the procedures for the backup
software.
Check the New Hard Disk Drive
After restoring all the files, run ScanDisk and
Defrag to check the condition of the hard disk
drive.
Connecting an External Floppy
Disk Drive
Models with CD-ROM drives have external floppy
disk drives. To connect the external floppy disk
drive to your computer, follow these steps.
1. Plug the 25-pin end of the floppy disk drive
cable into the parallel port on the rear panel
of the computer.
2. Attach the other end of cable to the floppy
disk drive.
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Using Disk Drives
Connecting an External Floppy Disk Drive
Floppy Disk Drive Guidelines
Failure to observe the following precautions can
damage both the floppy disk drive and the data
on the floppy disk:
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q
Insert the floppy disk into the floppy disk
drive slot label side up and the metalshutter end first. Gently push the floppy
disk into the floppy disk drive slot until the
floppy disk clicks into place.
q
To remove a floppy disk, press the eject
button until the floppy disk pops out.
q
Never remove a floppy disk while the
indicator on the floppy disk drive is on.
q
Never force open the access shutter on a
floppy disk.
Using Disk Drives
q
Always remove a floppy disk from the floppy
disk drive before turning off the computer.
q
Never transport the computer with a floppy
disk in the floppy disk drive. Doing so can
damage the drive head.
q
If a floppy disk is damaged, try to make a
copy of it and immediately discard it.
q
When floppy disks are not in use keep
them in a storage box to protect them from
damage or loss.
q
When using an external floppy disk drive,
make sure the connecting cable is securely
connected to the drive and to the parallel
port on the computer’s rear panel..
CD-ROM Drive Guidelines
Failure to observe the following precautions can
damage both the CD-ROM drive and the data on
the CD-ROM:
q
Do not open the disc tray except when
inserting or removing a disc.
q
Never attempt to push down on an opened
disc tray.
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Using Disk Drives
q
When handling discs:
q
Always handle a disc by its edges. Do
not touch the surface of the disc.
q
Never write on a disc or place a label on
the disc surface.
q
Always store a disc in its case to
prevent dust contamination, scratches,
bending and other damages.
q
To remove dust or fingerprints, use a
clean, soft and dry cloth. Never use
benzene or anti-static fluids.
q
Do not subject a disc to high
temperature or direct sunlight.
Ejecting the Disc Tray
To eject the disc tray, press the eject button on
the CD-ROM drive. You can eject the disc tray
even when the computer is off.
CD-ROM
Eject Button
Ejecting the Disc Tray
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Adding Memory
Your computer is equipped with 8 MB of EDO
random access memory (RAM). You can
increase the amount of RAM up to 64 MB. Refer
to Chapter 4, Options, or to the installation
instructions that come with optional memory for
further information.
!
Caution: TI does not warrant the use of non-TI
memory. TI will not be held responsible for
problems or degradation of performance
incurred by using any memory other than TI
memory described in this document.
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Using the Keyboard
The computer has many special keys, but most
of them depend on an application for their
functionality.
Special Keys
The following keys have special functions at the
command level of MS-DOS and within many
programs.
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Ctrl+Pause
Stops a command or application;
primarily used to stop the screen from
scrolling; pressing any other key
resumes the execution of the
command or application
Shift+Prt Sc
Sends the contents of the screen to
the printer port; prints only text
characters unless you have run the
GRAPHICS.COM utility to enable
printing graphics
Ctrl+Break
Terminates the current command or
application
Ctrl+P
Sets the computer to echo keystrokes
to the printer; prints a line when you
press Enter; continues until you
press Ctrl-P again
Using the Keyboard
Ctrl-Alt-Del
Terminates all programs, reloads
MS-DOS and executes the AUTOEXEC
file; also called “warm start” or “warm
F2
(during POST)
Loads the ROM-based Setup when
pressed during POST (power on self
test) at system startup.
Fn+F1
Brings up the Setup screen anytime
Fn+F2
Invokes 0V Suspend
Fn+F3
Invokes Standby
Fn+F4
Invokes Standby
Fn+F6
Toggles the scroll lock function ON
and OFF. When ON, the screen
moves one line up and down when
you press the up and down keys.
Fn+F7
Toggles the NumLock function ON
and OFF. The internal keypad is
activated when NumLock is ON.
When off, the internal keypad can be
accessed when a keypad number is
pressed with the Fn key.
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Using the Keyboard
2-32
Fn+F11
Turns the LCD backlight off (blanks
the screen). Press any key to turn it
back on.
Fn+F12
Toggles the screen output between the
LCD, external CRT or both
(SIMULSCAN)
Fn+T
Enables/disables the internal
touchpad
Fn+↑
↑
Adjusts the brightness up
Fn+↓
↓
Adjusts the brightness down
Fn+→
→
Adjusts the contrast brighter
Fn+←
←
Adjusts the contrast darker
Fn+End
Toggles the speaker on and off
Using the Keyboard
Windows 95 Keys
The keyboard also has two Windows 95-specific
keys that allow you to perform special functions
under Windows 95.
Windows logo key
Start button
Combinations with this key
performs special functions.
Below are a few examples:
Windows logo key + Tab
Activates next Taskbar
button
Windows logo key + E
Explore My Computer
Windows logo key + F
Find Document
Windows logo key + M
Minimize All
Windows logo key + R
Display Run dialog box
Application key
Displays the application’s
context menu (same as a
right-click)
Please refer to your Windows 95 manual for
more information on these Windows 95-specific
keys and their functions.
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Using the Internal
Numeric Keypad
The keyboard has an embedded keypad that
provides the same functions as the discrete
numeric keypad on an AT  enhanced keyboard.
The embedded numeric keypad keys shown in
the following figure generate AT-keypad
characters and functions when pressed in
conjunction with Num Lock, Fn and Shift.
The embedded numeric keypad has two modes
you can enter by toggling Num Lock (Fn+F7) as
signaled by the Num Lock indicator: ON or
OFF.
Num Lock On
When the Num Lock indicator is on, pressing a
key generates the characters shown in the
following figure.
Num Lock On
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Using the Internal
Numeric Keypad
Pressing Shift with a key generates the
characters shown in the following figure.
Num Lock On (with Shift)
If you press and hold Fn in this mode, the
keypad generates their normal characters.
Num Lock Off
When the Num Lock indicator is OFF , the
keyboard acts as normal.
Pressing Fn with a key generates the same
characters shown in the previous figure, Num
Lock On (with Shift).
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Using Connectors and Ports
This section provides a description of connectors
and ports on the rear and left side panel of the
Extensa notebook computer.
DC-in
Line-out
Line-in
Mic-in
SIR
Serial
Parallel
VGA
PS/2
PC Card
Ports
DC In
!
2-36
Connects the AC adapter output
connector to this jack to recharge
the battery and supply power to the
computer.
Caution: Use only the supplied AC adapter
with your computer. Other adapters can cause
serious damage to the electronic circuits.
Using Connectors and Ports
Line out
Connects to a line out device such
as headphones or amplified
speakers.
Line in
Connects to a line in device such as
a synthesizer, stereo walkman or
audio CD player.
Microphone in
Connects to an external
microphone.
SIR
Connects to serial IrDa devices
(such as another IrDA-compliant
computer or printer) without the
use of a cord or cable.
Serial
(9-pin)
Connects to external devices such
as a serial printer. 16550 UART
compatible.
Parallel
(25-pin)
Connects to a parallel printer or
other device that uses a standard
parallel interface. EPP/ECP
compatible. Also connects to the
external floppy disk drive.
External
Monitor
(15-pin)
Connects to an external analog
monitor.
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Using Connectors and Ports
2-38
PS/2
Connects to an external PS/2
keyboard, numeric keypad or
mouse. If you are connecting a
keyboard with a 5-pin DIN
connector, you need to purchase a
6-pin mini-DIN adapter.
PC Card
The PC Card slots supports one Type
III or two Type II/I PC Cards.
3
Using Battery Power
The primary difference between using battery
power and AC power is the limited time you can
operate before you must recharge the battery.
This chapter covers charging the battery and
maximizing the time between charges and
assumes that you installed and charged the
battery as directed in Just for Starters….
Contents
Guidelines for Battery Use ........................... 3-2
Switching to Battery Power .......................... 3-4
Responding to Low Battery Conditions ......... 3-5
Recharging the Battery ................................ 3-7
Conditioning the Battery .............................. 3-8
Removing and Installing the Battery Pack..... 3-9
Removing the Battery Pack ................... 3-9
Installing the Battery Pack .................. 3-10
Conserving Battery Power .......................... 3-11
3-1
Guidelines for Battery Use
!
Caution: Never dispose of exhausted batteries
in a fire. Recycle if possible.
The battery should be handled carefully to
ensure maximum life. In particular:
3-2
q
Do not drop the battery or subject it to
shocks.
q
Do not expose the battery to direct sunlight,
moisture, chemicals, or temperature
extremes.
q
Do not short the battery leads or insert the
battery upside down.
q
Charge the battery after several days of
disuse to keep it fully charged. If your
computer is idle for an extended period of
time, charge the battery every 3 months.
q
Never use the battery to power other
products.
q
The battery pack has thermal fuses to
prevent unsafe computer operation. The
computer may not operate on battery power
after storage in a very warm place until the
thermal fuses cool.
q
Keep the Duracell DR35S NiMH battery
properly conditioned to maintain a
maximum charge by following the
conditioning instructions in this chapter.
Guidelines for Battery Use
q
This system is designed to only work with
the Smart Duracell battery packs. Only use
the authorized DR35S and DR201 packs
with this system.
Note: The Texas Instruments Extensa 600 and
605 are designed to use a Duracell DR35S or
DR201 Rechargeable Battery. Texas Instruments
participates in the Duracell pro.link program. If
you would like to purchase additional batteries,
please call the Authorized Duracell Purchase
Hotline at 1-800-603-8225. If you have questions
about battery performance, recycling a used
battery, or any other battery-related question,
please call Duracell Consumer Relations at 1-800551-2355 (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST).
3-3
Switching to Battery Power
To use battery power, install batteries as
described in Installing the Battery Pack later in
this section.
As long as the battery has a charge remaining,
you can switch to battery power by removing the
connection to the AC adapter, even if the
computer is already on.
Your computer switches back to AC power when
an AC adapter is plugged into the computer,
even if the computer is already on.
To maintain a full charge on your battery,
always reconnect the computer to the AC
adapter whenever possible.
3-4
Responding to
Low Battery Conditions
There are two battery low stages in this
computer. When the battery capacity reaches
7% capacity (about 10 minutes remaining), the
system enters the first stage of battery-low
warning. At this time the battery low LED found
on the LCD panel flashes and an audible
warning sounds. You can disable the speaker
with the Fn+End speaker on/off hot key. You
can also keep the battery audible warning from
ever sounding by disabling the BATTERY LOW
WARNING BEEP option in Setup. If the BATTERY
LOW SUSPEND option is enabled in Setup, the
system enters 0V Suspend mode after 1 minute
of system inactivity if no AC is plugged in.
When the battery capacity reaches 4% capacity
(about 2 minutes remaining), a second audible
warning sounds. If the BATTERY LOW SUSPEND
option is enabled in Setup, the system enters 0V
Suspend mode after 10 seconds of system
inactivity if no AC is plugged in.
The following actions can maximize the time
before the battery is depleted and minimize the
effect of losing power:
q
Set the screen brightness and contrast
control to the lowest possible setting.
q
Save your work in progress to minimize the
danger of losing data.
3-5
Responding to
Low Battery Conditions
q
If you are using a RAM disk, save the
contents of the RAM disk to the hard disk
drive.
q
Press the Standby hot key (Fn+F4) to put
the computer into Standby mode whenever
you are not actively using the computer.
q
Turn off the computer or put the computer
in 0V Suspend mode (Fn+F2) if it does not
need to be active. The computer does not
consume power in 0V Suspend mode.
Once your system enters 0V Suspend mode, you
can install a fully-charged battery and then
resume from 0V Suspend mode. AC power can
be connected anytime.
3-6
Recharging the Battery
!
Caution: Never recharge the battery differently
from the procedure described in this manual.
The following procedure is acceptable under
most circumstances:
1. Install the battery pack in your computer (if
not already installed).
2. Connect the AC adapter.
To maintain a full charge, leave the computer
connected to the AC adapter except when
transporting the computer.
3-7
Conditioning the Battery
The Duracell battery is either a Nickel-MetalHydride (NiMH) DR35S or Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
DR201 rechargeable battery. While Li-Ion
batteries do not need conditioning, NiMH
batteries require occasional conditioning to
maintain a full battery charge. An
unconditioned NiMH battery may hold less than
half of full charge.
You should condition the battery when you first
use your computer and after every five to eight
shallow discharges, that is, after you use only a
small portion of the battery charge before
recharging the battery.
Follow this procedure to condition the battery.
1. Exit Windows 95 by selecting Restart in MSDOS Mode from the Shutdown menu.
2. Enter Setup by pressing the Setup hot key
(Fn+F1).
3. Set the POWER MANAGEMENT FUNCTION
parameter to Disabled.
4. Disable the BATTERY LOW SUSPEND parameter.
5. Exit Setup using Esc to exit and save the
changes.
6. Allow the system to run down completely
until it powers off on its own.
7. Connect the AC power, and charge the battery
overnight.
3-8
Removing and Installing the
Battery Pack
Removing the Battery Pack
Follow these steps to remove the battery:
!
Caution: Turn off the computer or enter 0V
Suspend mode before removing a battery pack.
1. Unlatch the battery compartment door.
2. Slide the battery compartment door out
slightly then swing the door open.
3. Pull the battery out by pulling on the loop
attached to the battery.
Removing the Battery
3-9
Removing and Installing the
Battery Pack
Installing the Battery Pack
Follow these steps to install the battery:
!
Caution: Turn off the computer or enter
Suspend mode before installing a battery pack.
1. Unlatch the battery compartment door.
2. Slide the battery compartment cover out
slightly then swing the door open.
3. Insert the battery pack (connector side up)
into the compartment, then push the battery
completely into the compartment until you
feel the contacts engage.
4. Swing the door closed, then slide it back in
until it clicks into place and the battery door
latches.
5. Reconnect the AC adapter (if necessary).
4
3
Sliding the Battery in Place
3-10
Conserving Battery Power
The following tips can help you prolong the life
of a battery charge:
q
Keep the display at the lowest comfortable
brightness and contrast level. Reducing
brightness and contrast even a small
amount can significantly reduce power
consumption and increase operating time.
q
Set the power management settings in
Setup to optimize the time-outs.
q
You can minimize the number of times the
computer needs to access the hard disk
drive by using disk caches or RAM disks.
q
Disconnect or turn off external options that
you are not using.
q
Use only Texas Instruments options. These
options are designed to operate with the
least possible energy consumption. Thirdparty options (such as RAM and mouse
devices) can drain the battery more quickly.
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4
Options
This chapter provides information on options
available for your Extensa computer. For
further information, refer to the installation
instructions that come with the specific option.
Contents
AC Adapter.................................................. 4-2
PC Cards..................................................... 4-3
Numeric Keypad .......................................... 4-4
External Monitor ......................................... 4-5
External Mouse ........................................... 4-6
External Keyboard ....................................... 4-7
Memory....................................................... 4-8
Audio Options ............................................. 4-9
External Floppy Disk Drive ........................ 4-11
Miscellaneous Options ............................... 4-12
4-1
AC Adapter
The AC adapter charges the internal battery
pack and operates the computer on AC power.
The AC adapter can be operated anywhere
between 100 - 240 volts AC and has a
detachable AC power cord.
!
Caution: Use only the AC adapter
recommended in this document (TI Part No.
9813497-0001). Another adapter may damage
your computer.
DC Connector
AC Adapter
Female Connector
Male Plug
AC Adapter
4-2
PC Cards
PC cards are used to add functionality to your
computer, such as communicating over a
telephone or connecting to a network.
The computer has built-in slots that support one
Type III or two Type II/I PC Cards. For a Type III
card, insert it into the lower slot.
The following PC Cards are available:
q
14.4 KB data/send/receive/fax/ voice
modem with XJACK®
(TI Part No. 9798074-0001).
q
Token Ring® Card
(TI Part No. 9791774-0001)
q
10BaseT Ethernet® Twisted-Pair Card
(TI Part No. 9791773-0001)
q
10Base2 Ethernet Thin Coax Card
(TI Part No. 9791773-0002)
For the current list of available PC cards, call
1-800-TI-TEXAS, option 2, 1.
4-3
Numeric Keypad
The optional PS/2 Numeric Keypad (TI Part No.
2581381-0001) can be used instead of the
internal numeric keypad.
PS/2 Numeric Keypad
To use the PS/2 numeric keypad, turn the
computer off. Plug the keypad’s cable connector
into the computer’s PS/2 (Mouse/Keyboard)
connector located on the rear of the computer
(Refer to Using Connectors and Ports in Chapter
2).
For further information on the PS/2 Numeric
Keypad, refer to instructions that come with
your keypad.
4-4
External Monitor
You can connect the computer to external
monitors, many of which can display resolutions
higher than 640 x 480.
When the computer is connected to an external
monitor, you can use the computer with the
display closed.
You can also display images on the external and
internal display at the same time. This feature
is called SimulSCAN™. To enable this feature,
set the DISPLAY parameter in Setup to Both.
Setup is accessed via the Setup hot key (Fn+F1).
There is also a hotkey (Fn+F12) that lets you
easily switch between LCD, CRT or Both
(SimulSCAN).
4-5
External Mouse
Although the Extensa comes with a pointing
device already installed, you may use an
external PS/2 or serial mouse.
q
To connect a PS/2 mouse, insert the
connector into the the PS/2 port in the rear
of the Extensa.
q
To connect a serial mouse, attach the
connector to the 9-pin serial port in the rear
of the Extensa.
To detect a serial mouse once plugged in,
use the Add New Hardware icon in the
Control Panel.
4-6
External Keyboard
You can connect any IBM -compatible external
PS/2 keyboard. Follow these steps.
1. Attach the six-pin mini-DIN connector to the
PS/2 connector on the rear of the Extensa.
2. If the external keyboard is not automatically
detected by Windows 95, use the Add New
Hardware icon in the Control Panel.
4-7
Memory
Your computer is equipped with 8 MB of random
access memory (RAM), occupying one memory
upgrade slot. There is another memory upgrade
slot on the computer. You can increase memory
by installing an upgrade module into this slot.
You may order the following options from TI:
q
8 MB RAM (TI Part No. 9811344-0001)
q
16 MB RAM (TI Part No. 9811344-0002)
q
32 MB RAM (TI Part No. 9811344-0003)
You can expand RAM from 8 MB up to 64 MB.
For further information, refer to the installation
instructions that come with your optional
memory.
!
4-8
Caution: TI does not warrant the use any
memory other than that supplied by TI
specifically for the Extensa computer. TI will
not be held responsible for problems or
degradation of performance incurred by using
any memory other than TI memory described
in this document.
Audio Options
Your system comes with a set of built-in stereo
speakers, but if you wish to use other stereo
equipment and/or use a microphone, the system
comes with three audio jacks —
Line Out, Line In
and Microphone In.
Connecting Audio Devices
Line Out allows you to use external speakers or
headset. The system’s internal speakers are
disabled when external speakers or headsets are
plugged in.
Line In allows you to input an external stereo
source into your computer. This allows you to
play an external CD through the system
speakers, for example, or make a recording if
you have the correct software.
4-9
Audio Options
Microphone In allows you to record input into
the system through the microphone and allows
you to use the speakerphone functions of the
Data Race WinMAX PCMCIA speakerphone/
modem offered by TI.
4-10
External Floppy Disk Drive
To connect the external floppy disk drive to you
computer you will need the floppy disk drive
cable that was included in the accessory box
with the floppy disk drive.
Follow these steps.
1. Plug the 25-pin end of the floppy disk drive
cable into the parallel port on the rear panel
of the computer.
2. Attach the other end of the cable to the floppy
disk drive.
Connecting an External Floppy Disk Drive
4-11
Miscellaneous Options
There are additional options available for use
with your computer . These include:
Batteries
You can purchase spare batteries —
Duracell NiMH or Li-Ion — from your
local computer store or directly from
Duracell. A list of phone numbers to
call to order the Duracell batteries is
listed in your system. Simply click on
the Duracell icon to view the directory.
For information on these batteries, refer
to Chapter 3, Using Battery Power.
Carrying
Case
Helps protect the computer and
accessories during transport.
Several carrying cases are available
including leather cases, accessory
cases, portfolios and backpacks.
For the current list of available
accessories, call 1-800-TI-TEXAS.
Printers
4-12
You can connect a parallel printer to
the parallel port or a serial printer to
the serial port connectors.
5
Using Software
This chapter describes the software supplied
with the computer and how to configure
application software to run on the computer.
Contents
Using Supplied Software .............................. 5-2
Getting Online Help ..................................... 5-3
Guidelines for Installing Applications ........... 5-4
Adjusting the Software for the
Computer ............................................. 5-4
Configuring the Computer for the
Software............................................... 5-5
Using System Passwords.............................. 5-6
Setting a System Password ................... 5-7
Disabling or Changing a System
Password.............................................. 5-8
5-1
Using Supplied Software
Your computer is shipped with the following
software installed on the hard disk drive:
5-2
q
Microsoft  Windows 95
q
Power-saving utilities
q
PC-Doctor (runs from DOS mode only)
q
Various third-party application software
Getting Online Help
All of the supplied software have online help
files, which reduce the need to refer to printed
manuals and provide you with help information
any time it’s needed.
To obtain Windows 95 help, select the Start
button and then select Help.
5-3
Guidelines for Installing
Applications
Adjusting the Software for the
Computer
Your computer can execute almost all programs
written to execute on AT computers. When
installing software, you may need to provide the
following information to the installation
program:
Display
The 10.4-inch display has a 640x480
(VGA) resolution. The 12.1-inch display
has an 800x600 (SVGA) resolution.
When installing an application, select
the highest resolution configuration that
both the program and the computer can
support. If you are using the computer
with a high-resolution external monitor,
you can select resolutions up to
1024x768 depending on the model of
your monitor.
If you select a resolution larger than that
supported by your display, you can still
view the display panning the screen.
Keyboard
5-4
The computer keyboard emulates all
functions of an IBM AT-101 enhanced
keyboard. When installing an
application, select the IBM 101 or AT
enhanced keyboard configuration.
Guidelines for Installing
Applications
Mouse
If you are using the built-in pointing
device or an external PS/2 mouse, you
may select the Microsoft or Standard
PS/2 port mouse.
You can also select Synaptics PS/2
touchpad for the built-in pointing device.
Configuring the Computer for
the Software
Some programs require you to modify the way
the computer operates to ensure compatibility.
RAM
Your computer has 8 MB of memory.
This is sufficient to run most software.
For improved operation, you may want to
install additional RAM (refer to Chapter 4
for information on upgrading your
memory).
5-5
Using System Passwords
The computer implements a two-password
security system —
Supervisor and User.
The Supervisor password is used by system
administrators who manage multiple notebooks
and gives an extra level of security while still
allowing users to set their individual Setup
preferences in the system Setup menu. If only
one password is set, the Supervisor password is
also the User password.
If both the Supervisor password and the User
password is set, the Supervisor password must
be entered to gain access to the Setup Security
options: Supervisor Password, Diskette Access,
and Fixed disk boot sector.
Both passwords prevent unauthorized access to
the computer at system startup or when the
computer resumes from 0V Suspend mode if the
PASSWORD CHECK DURING RESUME parameter in
Setup is enabled.
5-6
Using System Passwords
Setting a System Password
!
Caution: If you forget the system password,
you will not be able to use your computer. To
regain access, you will need to send your
computer to Texas Instruments. See
Appendix A. This service is not covered by
warranty.
To set a password in Setup, follow these steps:
1. Press Fn+F1 (or just F2 during boot) to enter
Setup.
2. Press the arrow keys to move to SECURITY.
3. Move down the screen to a Password
parameter, then press Enter. (Note the
Supervisor password must be set before the
User password can be set)
4. A box pops up requesting a new password.
5. Enter the new password (up to seven
printable text characters) and press Enter,
then retype the password for verification and
press Enter.
6. The password will be active once you save the
changes and exit Setup.
If you set a password, you will be prompted for
the new password before starting your system or
entering Setup.
5-7
Using System Passwords
Disabling or Changing a
System Password
To disable or change a system password:
1. Press Fn+F1 (or just F2 during boot) to enter
Setup.
2. Enter your password when prompted.
3. Press the arrow keys to move to SECURITY.
4. Move down the screen to a Password
parameter, then press Enter.
Note: You will only be able to change the User
Password if you used the User password to enter
Setup. You will be able to change both the User
Password and the Supervisor Password if you
used the Supervisor password to enter Setup.
5. Enter a new password to set a new password,
or only press Enter with no entries to clear
the password. Verify your entry, then press
Enter.
6. Save the changes then exit Setup.
5-8
6
Mobility
This chapter describes all the considerations to
help you take advantage of your computer’s
mobility.
Contents
Overview of Mobility .................................... 6-1
Disconnecting from the Desktop................... 6-3
Moving Around ............................................ 6-4
Preparing the Computer........................ 6-4
What to Bring to Short Meetings ........... 6-4
What to Bring to Long Meetings ............ 6-4
Taking the Computer Home ......................... 6-5
Preparing the Computer........................ 6-5
What to Bring with You......................... 6-5
Special Considerations.......................... 6-6
Setting Up a Home Office ...................... 6-7
Traveling with the Computer ........................ 6-8
Preparing the Computer........................ 6-8
What to Bring with You......................... 6-8
Special Considerations.......................... 6-8
Traveling Internationally with the Computer . 6-9
Preparing the Computer........................ 6-9
What to Bring with You......................... 6-9
Special Considerations.......................... 6-9
6-1
Overview of Mobility
Disconnecting from the Desktop
No matter where you are taking your computer,
you need to disconnect it from your desktop
accessories.
Moving Around
“Moving around” refers to using your computer
at different locations within the same building,
for example, taking it with you to meetings.
Taking the Computer Home
Since you are taking the computer to the same
place every night, you can save yourself time
and effort by setting up a home desktop.
Traveling with the Computer
The farther you get away from home or office,
the more important it is to bring the necessary
equipment and supplies with you.
Traveling Internationally with the
Computer
Traveling internationally with your computer
creates special concerns you need to address
before you leave the country.
6-2
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.
6-3
Moving Around
Preparing the Computer
Before moving the computer, press Fn-F2 to
place it in 0V Suspend mode. After placing the
computer in 0V Suspend mode, close and latch
the cover. You can now safely take the computer
anywhere you go within the building.
When you turn on the computer, the system is
restored to its saved state.
What To Bring to Short Meetings
A fully charged battery runs the computer for 23 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 (Fn-F4)
whenever you are not actively using the
computer.
6-4
Taking the Computer Home
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 can damage the screen
What To Bring with You
Unless you already have some items at home,
bring the following items with you.
q
AC adapter
q
The printed user’s manual
6-5
Taking the Computer Home
Special Considerations
Follow these guidelines to protect your computer
while traveling to and from work.
6-6
q
Minimize the effect of temperature changes
by keeping the computer with you.
q
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.
q
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.
Taking the Computer Home
Setting Up a Home Office
If you frequently work on your computer at
home, it may be worthwhile purchasing a second
AC adapter for use at home. With a second AC
adapter, you can avoid transporting the extra
weight to and from home.
If you use your computer at home for significant
periods of time, you might also want to add an
external keyboard, monitor, or mouse.
6-7
Traveling with the Computer
Preparing the Computer
Prepare the computer as if you were taking it
home. Be sure the battery in the computer is
charged. Airport security often requires you to
turn on your computer when bringing it to the
gate area.
What To Bring with You
Bring the following items with you.
q
AC adapter
q
Modular bay accessories
q
Spare, fully-charged battery packs
q
Additional printer driver files if you plan to
use another printer
q
The printed user’s manual
Special Considerations
In addition to the guidelines for taking the
computer home, follow these guidelines to
protect your computer while traveling.
6-8
q
Always take the computer as carry-on
luggage
q
Have the computer inspected by hand. Do
not put the computer through a security Xray machine or a metal detector.
Traveling Internationally
with the Computer
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.
q
AC adapter
q
Power cords that are appropriate to the
country to which you are traveling
q
Modular bay accessories
q
Spare, fully-charged battery packs
q
Additional printer driver files if you plan to
use another printer
q
Proof of purchase, in case you need to show
it to Customs officials
q
The printed User’s Manual
Special Considerations
Follow the same special considerations as when
traveling with the computer.
6-9
7
Care and Troubleshooting
This chapter tells you how to clean your
computer safely and solve operational problems.
Contents
Cleaning the Computer ................................ 7-2
Troubleshooting Tips ................................... 7-3
Startup Error Messages ............................... 7-4
7-1
Cleaning the Computer
Regularly take the time to check your computer
and clean the screen, keyboard, and case to
ensure trouble-free computing.
!
Caution: Never use alcohol, benzene, thinner,
or strong chemical agents that could damage
the computer’s case, and never apply liquid
directly to the computer, only to a clean cloth.
Never spray cleaning fluid or any liquid
directly onto the case or screen.
Keep the case of the computer free of dust.
Apply a small amount of mild liquid cleaner to a
dry, lint-free cloth, and wipe the case with the
cloth.
The surface of the screen is covered with a
protective plastic film that may become smeared
and accumulate dust during use. Avoid
touching the screen with your fingers.
Clean the screen regularly by applying a small
amount of diluted neutral detergent to a dry,
lint-free cloth. Gently rub the surface of the
screen with the cloth.
7-2
Troubleshooting Tips
Computer does not
come on when power
switch is pressed
o Low battery; use AC adapter and
recharge battery.
o Ensure AC adapter cable and power
cord are securely connected.
o Connect AC adapter to another outlet.
Computer power is on
but screen is blank
o Adjust contrast and brightness
control.
o The LCD standby timer in Setup is
enabled and has expired. Press any
key or move the mouse.
o Computer set for external monitor;
cycle power, use Fn+F12 to switch to
LCD panel display, or plug in an
external monitor.
Computer indicates
an error at start-up
o Turn the computer off; wait several
seconds; then turn the computer on
again. If error persists, check list of
error messages for corrective action.
Press Fn+F1 to ensure all settings are
correct.
7-3
Startup Error Messages
Disk drive A error
q Drive A: is present but fails the
BIOS POST disk tests.
q Enter Setup and check that the
drive is defined with the proper disk
type.
Extended RAM Failed at
offset: nnnn
q Extended memory is not working or
configured properly at offset nnnn.
q Contact your dealer or an
authorized service center.
Failing Bits: nnnn
q The nnnn is a map of the bits at the
RAM address which failed the
memory test.
q Contact your dealer or an
authorized service center.
Fixed Disk 0 Failure
Fixed Disk Controller
Failure
Incorrect Drive A type
q Hard disk drive is not working or
not configured properly.
q Run Setup to check if the hard disk
drive type is correctly identified (try
setting this to [Auto]).
q The disk drive type is not correctly
identified in Setup.
q Run Setup and set the correct disk
drive type.
7-4
Startup Error Messages
Invalid NVRAM media
type
q There is a problem with NVRAM
(CMOS) access.
q Contact your dealer or an
authorized service center.
Keyboard controller
error
q The keyboard controller failed the
test.
q You may have to replace the
keyboard or the controller. Contact
your dealer or an authorized service
center.
Keyboard error
q The keyboard is not working.
q Contact your dealer or an
authorized service center.
Keyboard error nn
q BIOS discovered a stuck key and
displays the scan code nn for the
key.
q Loosen the key.
Operating system not
found
q Operating system cannot be located
on either Drive A: or Drive C:.
q Enter Setup and verify that these
two parameters are properly
identified.
q Reset the HDD or reinsert the
floppy disk.
7-5
Startup Error Messages
Press <F1> to resume,
<F2> to Setup
Previous boot
incomplete - Default
configuration used
q This message is displayed after any
recoverable error message. Press
F1 to start the boot process or F2
to enter Setup and change any
settings.
q Previous POST did not complete
successfully. POST then loads
default values and offers to run
Setup.
q Run Setup to check for incorrect
settings.
Real time clock error
q Realtime clock fails test.
q This may require board repair.
Contact your dealer or an
authorized service center.
Shadow Ram Failed at
offset: nnnn
q Shadow RAM failed at offset nnnn
of the 64K block at which the error
was detected.
q Contact your dealer or an
authorized service center.
System battery is dead
- Replace and run
SETUP
7-6
q The CMOS clock battery indicator
shows that the battery is dead.
q Replace the battery and run Setup
to reconfigure the system.
Startup Error Messages
System cache error Cache disabled
q RAM cache failed the BIOS test and
BIOS disabled the cache.
q Contact your dealer or an
authorized service center.
System CMOS
checksum bad run SETUP
q System CMOS has been corrupted
or modified incorrectly, perhaps by
an application program that
changes data stored in CMOS.
q Run Setup and reconfigure the
system either by restoring default
values and/or making your own
selections.
System RAM Failed at
offset: nnnn
q System RAM failed at offset nnnn of
the 64K block at which the error
was detected.
q Contact your dealer or an
authorized service center.
System time error
q The timer test failed.
q This requires system board repair.
Contact your dealer or an
authorized service center.
7-7
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Where To Get Help
Technical Assistance
Customer support for your computer is available
24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please have your
serial number ready when you call.
Phone (US / Canada)
(800) 848-3927
Phone (International)
(817) 771-5856
Fax
(817) 774-6660
TDD
(800) 735-2989
Email
nbk_techsupport@tx.acer.com
Mail
Customer Satisfaction Line
P.O. Box 6102 MS 3258
Temple, TX 76503-6102
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Where To Get Help
Ordering Notebook Products
Phone (US / Canada)
(800) TI-TEXAS Option 2,1
Phone (International)
(817) 774-6969
Fax
(800) 44FAX-TI
TDD
(800) 735-2989
BBS
(817) 774-6809
Email
2TI@msg.ti.com
Mail
TI Express
P.O. Box 6102 MS 3255
Temple, TX 76503-6102
World Wide Web
http://www.ti.com/notebook/index.html
Feedback on Manuals
To comment on the manuals for your computer,
send email to *PUBT@msg.ti.com
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