AVERATEC 3200 Laptop User Manual

3200 Series
User’s Manual
© 2004 AVERATEC, Inc.
Introduction — Getting Started
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Introduction — Getting Started
Getting Started
Congratulations on your purchase of a notebook computer! Your new notebook
features the most innovative advances in portable computing technology. It
combines state-of-the-art ergonomics with sophisticated architecture to provide you
with a personal computer that is compact, powerful, and easy to use. Designed for a
wide range of general, business, and personal productivity applications, the
notebook is an ideal choice for use in the office, at home, and on the road.
For maximum expandability without compromising portability, the notebook
accommodates a number of modules, including a combination DVD and CD-RW
optical drive, three USB ports, modem port, LAN port and PCMCIA card slot. The
high capacity hard disk drive provides you with plenty of storage space for
multimedia files and applications.
This Manual contains all the information you need to set up and use your new
notebook. It describes all the features of the notebook in an easy-to-read yet
thorough manner.
Introduction — Inventory
This computer system is designed for years of productive and pleasurable
computing. Use this section to keep details of your purchase. This information will be
required should you need to make repairs to your notebook during the warranty
period. Update this section when you add new options.
The serial number is on the label (with a bar code) on the bottom side of the
computer. The Part Number is also located on the bottom side of your compute and
begins with the letters “AV”.
Introduction — Safety and Maintenance
Safety and Maintenance
You can use your notebook computer under a wide range of environmental
conditions. However, to ensure long use and continued high performance, consider
the following factors when setting up your computer:
Follow all warnings and instructions noted in this documentation and in the
Windows Help program.
The first time you use your computer, we recommend that you carefully read
the Making Connections section of this manual and initialize the battery to
ensure optimum battery performance.
Unplug the computer from the power outlet before cleaning. Use a damp cloth
for cleaning. Do not use aerosols, solvents, or strong detergents.
Do not use the computer near open water or other liquids. Never spill liquid
onto the computer.
Do not place the computer in an unstable location where it might slip or be
knocked over. Serious damage could result from a fall.
Slots and openings in the system cabinet are for ventilation purposes. Do not
block or cover these openings or the system could overheat. Do not use or
store the computer near a source of heat or dust.
On the base or rear panel of this notebook, there is a label with information on
the power requirements of this system. These requirements must be followed.
If you are unsure of your local power supply, consult your dealer or local Power
Do not step on or place anything on the power cord.
If you use the computer with an extension cord, ensure that the total ampere
ratings of all the devices sharing the extension do not exceed the rating of the
extension cord or the rating of the wall outlet.
Never push foreign objects into the computer through any of the slots or
openings. Dangerous voltages are present, which could cause electric shock
or fire, or damage sensitive components.
For best results, use a power strip with a built-in surge protector. Do not use
inferior extension cords as this may result in damage to your computer.
Set the computer on a flat, stable surface. To prevent damage to the
computer’s hard disk drive, avoid using the computer where it will be exposed
to strong vibration.
Introduction — Checklists
After opening the package, carefully inspect the contents. If any of the items is
missing or appear damaged, contact your dealer. The shipping carton should
contain the following:
Internal battery
AC adapter with power cord
Recovery CDs
The following items are
optional and can be purchased separately from
AVERATEC’s web site or your preferred computer store.
Spare Lithium Ion Battery
Spare AC Adapter
Auto Adapter
Carrying bag
USB Floppy Disk Drive
Caution: When purchasing any of the accessories listed
above, purchase only those accessories that are approved for
use with your computer. Some of the above accessories are
proprietary items. Your system vendor can obtain these
approved accessories. If you use items that are not approved
for use with this computer, you may cause your computer to
malfunction, or to emit or receive electro-magnetic
radiation in excess of local regulations. For nonproprietary accessories such as PC cards or printers, ensure
that the accessory functions properly in your computer
before making the purchase. Your system vendor may be able
to recommend compatible brands and models.
Introduction — Features
High Capacity Hard Disk Drive
The computer has a high capacity hard disk drive to store your favorite programs and
large multimedia files.
Built-in Modem/LAN Capability/WLAN Module
A built-in 56Mbps 802.11g wireless LAN, 56k data and fax modem and 10/100 Mbps
Ethernet LAN allows you to access the Internet or a local area network (LAN) with or
without wires.
Large LCD
Your computer has an easy-to-view XGA LCD panel.
Built-in Stereo Speakers
The stereo speakers enable you to listen to a variety of multimedia applications.
Convenient Audio Control
The conveniently located audio control knob enable you to easily adjust the volume to the
stereo speakers.
Function Keys
Function keys give you easy control of power management and your monitor.
Scrolling Area
Comfortably scroll through documents with the ergonomically designed scrolling area
within the touch pad.
Where to Look For Information
About Windows
The Windows Manual provides an overview of the Windows operating System. Windows
Online Help, found on the Start menu, offers extensive Windows assistance. Welcome
to Windows offers an online orientation for new Windows users. Find it in:
Start / Programs / Accessories / System Tools.
Introduction — Adjusting the Volume
Adjusting the Volume
You can adjust the volume
with the volume control knob
located below the touchpad.
Volume control button
Alternatively, you can adjust
the volume with the Windows
volume control applet located
on the taskbar.
Adjusting the Brightness
Use the following hot key combinations to adjust the LCD panel brightness:
Fn + F6 decreases the brightness
Fn + F7 increases the brightness
Introduction — Turning off Your Computer
Turning off Your Computer
Turning off the computer properly is important to maintaining your computer.
1. On the Start menu, click
Shut Down.
2. Click the radio button next to Shut
Down in the Shut Down Windows
screen, and then click OK.
If you are going to be away from the computer for a short period, there are ways of
conserving power without shutting down the system. See Chapter 5, Power Saving
Modes, for details.
Warning: Shutting off the computer improperly
may result in data loss.
Introduction — Tips for New Owners
Tips for New Owners
Take responsibility for backup
Back up files often. Users who need to manage large amounts of data may wish to
use backup devices such as a tape backup unit or a ZIP drive. If you use your
notebook as a networked workstation with system backup, talk to the system
administrator about backup procedures for your notebook.
Don't leave passwords anywhere on your notebook or carrying case
Be careful when placing your notebook on an airport security conveyor
In most airports, security conveyor belts are safe for computers. If you are not sure,
ask the security staff. You should keep a close eye on your computer. When you are
in a hurry, make sure that you walk away with the correct notebook computer!
Tape your business card to the notebook and accessories
In the workplace, notebooks and accessories may often look exactly alike, leading to
equipment mix-ups. Prevent such mix-ups by placing your name on your equipment.
Develop ergonomic work habits
The science of ergonomics studies the relationship between health and a suitable
work environment. For more information on ergonomics, contact your nearest
computer bookstore, or local library. The Internet also has information on this and
other related subjects.
Never take the notebook anywhere without the carrying case
A broken screen or case can be costly to repair. Prevent accidents by carrying the
computer in a suitable carrying case.
Consider using a lock
For added security, consider purchasing a Kensington lock to put into the
Kensington lock hole on the left side of your computer (see Chapter 2, Left View).
Use the Kensington lock to secure the computer to a desk or table.
Note: Using a computer for extended periods of time with a
poor workstation setup and incorrect work habits can cause
health problems.
Getting Started — Hardware and Software
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G e tti n g S ta r te d
Getting Started — Hardware and Software
Hardware and Software
This chapter introduces the different components and controls of your notebook computer,
including the hardware components, the software, and the audio and video systems.
Getting Started
Before you begin using your computer, read this chapter to familiarize yourself with the
main components installed in the system.
Slide the screen latch on the front edge of the cabinet towards the right to release the
cover latch and open up the computer.
Getting Started — Front View
Front View
1. LCD release latch
8. Touchpad buttons
2. LCD panel
9. Volume control knob
3. Battery
10. Microphone-in jack
4. Keyboard
5. Status indicators
11. Audio-out jack for external
speakers or headphones
6. Speakers
12. Power indicators
7. Touchpad
13. WLAN switch
14. Power button
Getting Started — Left View
Left View
1. Kensington lock hole
2. VGA port for external video display
3. Phone jack for internal modem
4. LAN RJ-45 jack
5. PCMCIA card slot
6. PCMCIA card eject button
Getting Started — Right View
Right View
USB ports
Optical drive
Optical drive eject button
AC-adapter port
Getting Started — Bottom View
Bottom View
Ventilation slots
RAM compartment
Battery release button
Getting Started — LED Status Indicators
LED Status Indicators
The status indicators in the upper left corner of the keyboard light up when a particular
function of the computer is active. Each indicator is marked with a symbol.
Optical Drive
The computer is reading information
from the optical drive.
The computer is reading from, or
writing to the hard disk.
The keyboard is in Num-Lock mode.
The keyboard is in Caps-Lock mode.
The keyboard is in Scroll-Lock mode.
Power Indicators
The power indicators show which power source the system is using. They also show
battery status and low battery power alerts. The power indicators remain active and
viewable even when the LCD panel is closed.
Power is on and the
AC adapter is in use
Wireless LAN
Power is on and the
battery is in use
Power is in suspend
Getting Started — Function Keys
Function Keys
Hold the Fn key while pressing the numbered function key.
Function key
Fn + F3
Toggles display on/off
Fn + F4
Suspend to RAM/HDD
Fn + F5
Toggles between LCD/CRT displays
Fn + F6
Decreases LCD brightness
Fn + F7
Increases LCD brightness
Numeric Keypad
The embedded numeric keypad
consists of ten keys that make
number intensive input more
convenient. Press <NumLock>
to enable or disable the numeric
The touchpad is a pressure sensitive pointing device that provides all the features of a
two-button mouse. Its primary function is to move the cursor around the screen.
Touchpad buttons
Touchpad buttons
Scrolling area
The instructions listed below describe how to use the touchpad.
1. First, place your fingers on the keyboard in the normal typing position. The
touchpad is easily accessible by moving either your left or right thumb off the
space bar and on to the touchpad.
Getting Started — Touchpad
2. Gently move your thumb across the pressure-sensitive touchpad in the direction
you want the cursor to move. The pad detects the change in pressure and moves
the cursor in the corresponding direction.
3. The touchpad offers another method of making selections in a software
program. It is called double-tapping. This function corresponds to doubleclicking with a mouse. Once the cursor has been moved to the object you want
to select, lightly double-tap the pressure sensitive touchpad. This doubletapping on the touchpad will select the desired item and prompt the software to
perform the related operation.
4. The buttons located directly below the touchpad are the same in function as those
on a two-buttoned mouse. Clicking these buttons makes selections, drags objects,
or performs a variety of other functions depending on the software. To select an
object, first move the pointer over the object you want to select, and then press the
left button one time. The functions of these buttons are software specific.
5. Double-clicking is a common technique for selecting objects or launching
programs from icons. Once you have moved the pointer over the object you
wish to select, rapidly press the left button two times. This action is commonly
referred to as “double-clicking” an object.
There are two ways to drag:
• Move the pointer to the desired location then press down the left button. While
still holding down the left button, move the pointer to the desired location.
Release the button.
Move the pointer to the desired location. Tap the touchpad twice quickly as if
you were double-clicking, however do not remove your finger after the second
tap. Move the cursor to the desired location. Lift your finger to finish dragging.
Adjust the touchpad settings by selecting Settings/Control Panel/Mouse/Buttons. These
settings allow you to change the orientation of the touchpad from right-handed to lefthanded, and fine tune the pointer movement and timing of clicks.
Touchpad Precautions
The Touchpad is a pressure-sensitive device. If not properly cared for, it can be easily
damaged. Please take note of the following precautions.
• Make sure the touchpad does not come into contact with dirt, liquids or grease.
Do not touch the touchpad if your fingers are dirty.
Do not rest heavy objects on the touchpad or the touchpad buttons.
Scrolling Area
If you are scrolling through a document, you may find that using the scrolling area is more
convenient than holding down the mouse button. The scrolling area is located both on the
right and lower touchpad panel. Gently move your finger across the arrow signal by the
direction to scroll up or down, left or right in a document or web page.
Getting Started — Connecting a USB Floppy Disk Drive
Connecting a USB Floppy Disk Drive
Your notebook computer
supports a USB 1.44 MB
floppy disk drive (must be
purchased separately). The
FDD is “hot pluggable,” so you
do not have to power down the
notebook to connect it.
Floppy disk drive
USB connector
Disk Drives
Your computer comes with several components for reading and writing (recording)
Floppy Disk Drive
The floppy disk drive provides a convenient way of storing and transferring small files.
The disk drive uses standard 3.5-inch, 1.44 MB disks. To use the disk drive, insert a disk
(label side up) into the drive slot and slide it all the way in. To eject the disk from the drive,
press the eject button. When the computer is reading from or writing to a disk, the disk
indicator light will flash. Do not try to eject the disk when the light is active or you may
lose data.
Hard Disk Drive
The hard disk provides high-capacity storage and fast access. Windows and most
programs are stored here. Your notebook identifies the hard disk drive as drive C.
Optical Drive
Your computer comes with a pre-installed combination DVD and CD-RW optical drive. The
optical drive can read CD and DVD media and write to CD-R and CD-RW media.
Getting Started — Optical Drive
Inserting a Disk
1. Press the button on the front of
the drive to open the disk tray
and pull the tray open.
2. Place the disk on the tray, label
side up.
3. Place the disk on the central
spindle and press gently until the
disk clicks into place.
4. Slide back the tray until it clicks
Removing a Disk
1. Make sure the computer is not
accessing the optical drive.
2. Press the eject button and pull
the tray all the way out.
3. Pick up the optical media by the
edges and remove the media
from the tray. Push the tray into
the computer until it closes fully.
Warning: When the computer is reading from the
optical drive, the indicator light for the optical
drive will flash on. Do not attempt to remove a
disk while the light is active.
Precautions for Handling Optical Media
Keep these precautions in mind when handling optical media (disc).
• Always hold the disc by the edges; avoid touching the surface of the disc.
Use a clean, dry, cloth to remove dust, smudges, or fingerprints. Wipe from the
center outward.
Do not write on the bottom surface of the disc. Only use soft tip markers when
writing on the top side of the disc.
Extremes in temperature may damage discs. Store discs in a cool dry place.
Do not use benzene, thinners, or cleaners with detergent. Only use optical
media cleaning kits.
Do not bend or drop the discs.
Do not place objects on top of discs.
Getting Started — Connecting the Printer
Warning: Do not insert any
foreign objects into the disc
tray. Do not force the tray to
open or close manually. When not
in use, keep the tray closed to
prevent dust or dirt from
entering the drive unit. If you
experience difficulty when
removing an optical media,
stretch a paper clip (or use a
pin or a thin metal rod) and
insert it into the emergency
eject hole located on the front
The optical drive tray should eject immediately. This
procedure can also be used to remove an optical media
from the optical drive when the notebook is powered
Connecting the Printer
To connect a USB printer to your notebook via the USB port, use one of the available
USB ports on the right side of your notebook.
The PC Card Slot
The PC card slot can be used as an interface between your computer and a variety of
communications devices, such as network adapters, SCSI adapters, fax/modems, or
provide additional data storage capacity. Your computer's PC card slot supports PCMCIA
Type II and 32-bit CardBus.
Installing a Card
1. The top side of a PC card is usually
identified with a label. Insert the
card into the slot with the label side
up and the edge with pinhole
contacts going in first.
2. Insert the card into the slot. You will
feel some resistance as the card
slides into the back of the slot.
Push the button to eject the card.
Slide the card into the slot.
3. PC cards require drivers, or a program that allows the operating
system to use a specific device. Many drivers are included with
Windows, but if not, you will be prompted to install the driver included
with your card.
Getting Started — Memory
Note: Please read the instructions included with
your PC card. Most cards may be inserted while
your notebook computer is running, while a few may
require that your notebook computer is turned off.
Removing a Card
1. If a card is in use, you must shut down the card before removing it. Click the Safely
Remove Hardware icon on the right side of the taskbar, then select the device.
2. Press the eject button on the card slot to release the button.
3. Press again to eject the card.
Adding memory allows the computer to operate faster, handle more tasks simultaneously,
and work more smoothly with large files. Users who increase memory demands - by
adding additional programs, for example - may notice a slowdown in operating speed,
and wish to increase memory. The notebook includes a memory card slot for adding
additional memory.
Note: Use only 1-inch DDR333 SO-DIMM (200 pin)
Replacing a Memory Card
Warning: Memory modules can be easily damaged by
static electricity. Leave the module inside its
static-proof bag until it is ready for installation.
Removing a Memory Card
Turn off the computer and disconnect the AC adapter. Turn the computer
upside down and lay it on a flat surface.
Carefully remove the two RAM compartment cover screws and remove the
RAM compartment cover.
Gently pull the tabbed latched in the direction of the arrows (1). The card will
pop up slightly.
Getting Started — Memory
Pull upwards on the card and then slide the card out (2).
Inserting a Memory Card
Hold the memory card by its edges with the edge-connector side towards the
Hold the card at a shallow angle (about 25 degrees) and insert the edge
connector into the connector slot (3). The “gold teeth” of the edge connector
should no longer be visible when the card is fully inserted.
Press the card downwards so that it is flat inside the compartment (4). You
may hear an audible click as the latches of the connector lock the card in
Replace the RAM compartment cover and secure it with the two screws.
Your notebook computer will automatically detect the change in RAM capacity when
turned on.
Getting Started — The Graphics System
The Graphics System
Your computer has a high-performance graphics system, which can easily handle the
demands of today's multimedia computing.
Screen Controls
Function keys can increase or decrease the brightness of the monitor.
• <Fn> + <F6> decreases the LCD panel brightness
<Fn> + <F7> increases the LCD panel brightness
1. Click My Computer/Control Panel/Display/Settings. Click the Settings tab. The
dialog box indicates the monitor resolution.
2. Use the slide bar to adjust the resolution. Normally, you should use the native
resolution of the LCD.
Note: Using a lower resolution than the screen will
reduce the area of the display. Using the computer
in DOS mode may produce the same effect, because it
uses a 640x480 (VGA) resolution by default. You can
stretch the low resolution display to full screen
size by selecting either the Expanded Display or
Display Expansion Mode features in the BIOS utility.
However, the stretching may cause distortion,
especially to fonts.
High Resolution with an external monitor
Higher resolution modes may be used, as long as the monitor supports them.
Connecting an External Monitor
The notebook has a VGA monitor port to connect your computer to an external monitor.
Using the VGA monitor port
1. Locate the 15-pin VGA monitor port on the left side of your notebook and
connect the video signal cable from the external monitor (or the VGA adapter)
to the monitor port.
2. Connect the power cable from the external monitor to a power outlet and turn
on the monitor.
3. On your notebook, click the right touchpad button on the Windows desktop to
open the desktop menu. Click Properties to open the Display Properties
Getting Started — The Graphics System
4. In the Display Properties window, click Advanced in the Settings tab. Click the
Display Modes tab.
5. Under Driver mode, you can select the appropriate options to change the
display to an external monitor.
6. Adjustments to screen resolution and color depth can also be made in this
dialog box.
Dual Displays
With Windows, you may use an external monitor simultaneously with your notebook’s
LCD. You may also use the external monitor only and disable the LCD or only use the
LCD. To do this you may first need to enable the multiple display settings.
Open the Control
Display. The Display
Properties window
Click the Settings
Click the Advanced
Click the Display
Modes tab. The
screen shown at the
right appears.
Under Display Modes, there is a drop-down list with tow options: Single and Mirror.
These options are described below.
In Display Combination, there are two options
available: VGA1 or LCD2. You can choose which
device to apply as the Primary display. VGA1 is the
default value for Primary if an external CRT is
available. If an external CRT is not connected to the
notebook, only LCD2 is available.
In Single mode, the video display hot key
combination is available—you can cycle the video
output by pressing the Fn + F5 keys.
Display Combination, there is no Primary
display option available. Only LCD2 is available as
Secondary display even when an external CRT is
In Mirror mode, the video display hot key
Getting Started — Communication Components
combination is available—you can cycle the video
output by pressing the Fn + F5 keys.
If the external CRT is connected, the display on the
LCD and the CRT is the same.
Tip: To ensure trouble-free video output, the first
time you use an external monitor, change the output in
the Display Properties dialog box. After successfully
switching modes, you may use the video function keys.
Note: Light or dark dots may appear on the LCD due to
technical limitations of LCD manufacturing. This will
not effect normal operation of the LCD.
Communication Components
This system provides powerful communication functions, including a built-in wireless
LAN, Data and Fax Modem, and wired Ethernet LAN.
Data and Fax Modem and Wireless and Wired LAN
A phone jack on the left side of the computer allows you to connect to the Internet to
send and receive data. When used with fax software, it can be used as a fax. When using
this function, first plug the phone cord into the jack. The Wireless and Wired LAN function
allows you to connect to the Internet or any network with and without wires.
Anti-electromagnetic wave clip (not included)
To eliminate electromagnetic waves, it is strongly recommended that you thread the
phone line or LAN cable through the clip provided as shown below when connecting to a
phone line or LAN cable.
When using the data communications function, please do
not connect your notebook computer’s modem to an ISDN
or PBX jack to avoid damage to the modem.
Making Connections —Making Connections
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Making Connections
Making Connections —Making Connections
Making Connections
Your notebook computer is equipped with a full array of ports and connectors,
including standard input/output (I/O) ports for quickly and easily adding peripheral
devices such as printers, keyboards, and mice. Refer to documentation included
with individual devices for details on connecting these devices to your computer.
Your computer includes three USB ports and a modem and LAN port, offering the
latest in communications technology.
Left Side Connectors
1. Kensington Lock
Your computer includes a Kensington lock hole to be used with a standard
Kensington lock. You can connect the notebook to a large object with the
Kensington lock to prevent theft of your notebook. See the documentation that
comes with your Kensington lock for more information.
2. VGA Out (External Video) Port
The 15-pin VGA port can be used to connect your computer to an external monitor.
(See the Graphics System in chapter 2 for more information).
3. Fax/modem RJ-11 Jack
The fax/modem can transmit data using the 56 Kbps V.90 protocol, and send and
receive faxes at 14.4 Kbps. In some countries, local regulations may not permit the
use of the fax/modem designed for this system. In this case, you may use a
PCMCIA modem.
Making Connections —Right Side Connectors
Warning: Plug your modem into an analog telephone
jack only. Most homes use analog lines.
Do not use digital lines, such as the PBX
and ISDN systems found in many offices.
Digital lines may damage your modem.
4. LAN RJ-45 Jack
Used to make a network connection using the built-in Ethernet LAN. Connection
speed is 10 or 100 Mbps. When using the LAN function, wrap your LAN cable
around an EMI ferrite suppression box to inhibit electromagnetic interference. Kindly
consult your network technician for additional information on the network cable you
are using.
Right Side Connectors
1. USB (Universal Serial Bus) Ports
The Universal Serial Bus (USB) is the latest standard for attaching portable storage,
input devices, scanners, multimedia and other portable devices to your notebook
computer. USB devices can be chained together on a single cable.
2. AC Adapter Jack
Connect the DC power cable from the AC adapter to this jack.
Making Connections —Front Side Connectors
Front Side Connectors
1. Audio-out Jack
Connect a stereo headset or external speakers to this jack to listen to multimedia.
2. Microphone-in Jack
Connect a microphone to this jack to record audio.
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System Software
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System Recovery
Before you start
Your system includes Recovery media in the event you choose to reinstall the
factory software. Follow the steps in the appropriate section below to reinstall the
factory software.
The factory has pre-partitioned your system's hard disk, so you may directly
install the system software; however, if you change a new hard disk, you must
first partition it.
If you reinstall the factory software , all of the data originally on the hard
disk will be overwritten. Before reinstalling the factory software, carefully
backup any important data.
Caution: When you re-install the factory software
using the Recovery Media, it is STRONGLY
recommended that you connect the AC adapter (do
NOT use battery alone).
Recovering Windows and Original Software
If your Windows operating system is lost or damaged, use the Recovery CD that
came with your notebook computer and follow the instructions found on the CD
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Power Management
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Power Management
Battery Calibration
The first time you use a battery, you should calibrate it. The calibration process
empties and charges the battery once. This allows the Windows battery gauge to
accurately monitor battery status. To calibrate a battery, follow these steps:
1. Plug in the AC adapter.
2. Restart the computer and when the startup screen appears, press Del key to
enter the BIOS Setup Utility.
3. In the BIOS Setup Utility, select Power Management Setup , choose Battery
Auto Calibration, then press <Fn><PgDn>.
Please make sure that AC adapter & Battery are present?
Do you wish
to do the battery auto-learning?
No. (System Reboot)
4. Press <Y> at the above Battery Auto Calibration dialog to begin the battery
calibration. Please press [Space Bar] to select option, and [Enter] to continue.
Battery Calibration will take from 8 to 10 hours, depending on how much power the
battery may already contain.
Note: For optimum performance, we recommend
calibrating the battery every three months. Each
time you charge and discharge a battery, it loses a
tiny part of its storage capacity, so that, over
time, it will store less than its potential charge.
Similarly, if you do not use the battery for a few
days, it will slowly self-discharge, and when it is
recharged, it may hold less than 100% of the
potential charge.
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Monitoring Battery Power
There are two ways to
monitor how much power
the battery has left.
1. Click
Panel/Power Options;
then click Power
2. Moving the cursor to
the battery icon on the
taskbar is the simplest
way to check on
battery power status.
If you do not see the battery icon, enable it in Start/Settings/Control
Panel/Power Options. Choose the Advanced tab and click “Always
show icon on the taskbar.”
Low Battery Alarms
How your computer responds to a low battery condition is set under
Start/Settings/Control Panel/Power Options/Alarms.
Two different power alarms can be enabled or disabled: the Low Battery Alarm, and
the Critical Battery Alarm. Use the slidebar to set the power level at which the
alarms are activated. Click on the Alarm Action button to choose whether the alarm
sounds, displays a message, or both.
Warning: When battery power is low, the battery
indicator will flash red, and the alarm will beep or
display a warning on your screen. Take immediate
action, such as saving files or connecting to the AC
adapter, or data may be lost.
When the computer alerts you that the battery is low, immediately do one of the
Connect the AC power adapter
Save your work, and hibernate by pressing <Fn> + <F4>
Save your work, then select Shut Down from the Start menu
Turn off or suspend the computer and replace the discharged battery with a
charged battery (See Changing the Battery below).
Do not restart the computer until you have connected to an AC adapter, or replaced
the discharged battery with a charged battery.
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Battery Charging
When you use the AC adapter to connect your Notebook to a power outlet, the
internal battery will automatically begin to recharge. While the battery is charging,
the Battery Charge icon on the indicator panel will be active. When the battery is
fully charged, the Battery Charge icon will turn off.
If your computer is turned off, a fully discharged battery will take about 2.5 hours to
recharge. If your computer is turned on and is not in suspend mode, it twill take
about 3 hours to recharge the battery. Refer to the following table:
System On
3 hours
3.5 hours
System Off
(suspend to RAM)
2.5 hours
Note: A fully charged Li-Ion battery can run the
Notebook for up to 3.5 hours.
USB Power Always On
This Notebook PC provide a special feature for user. As long as the battery of this
notebook PC is fully charged. The USB ports on this Notebook PC are always on
even in power off state. User can use this feature to charge some kind of mobile
devices, such as PDA, MP3 player or mobile phone when needed . User needs a
specific cable for connecting USB port of notebook PC and the device. Please check
the device provider for that cable.
Power Saving Modes
Adjust the default power management settings in the Power Options/ Advanced
dialog box in the Control panel. The Power Options Properties dialog box allows
you to set different actions to take when the computer is left idle for a certain amount
of time.
Suspend Mode
There are several possible settings for suspend mode, which can be selected in the
Power Management dialog box: You may have the notebook standby, hibernate, or
you can power off the computer altogether.
All devices are powered up and in suspend mode
except for the CPU clock.
Power Management —Error! Style not defined.
Hibernate is similar to turning off the computer,
except that the current state of the computer is copied
to the hard disk. When the computer returns from
hibernation mode, the desktop appears with the same
files and programs open prior to your computer
entering hibernation mode. Hibernate is very useful
when you don't want to take the time to shut down all
open programs one by one to shut off the computer,
only to have to open the same programs and files the
next time you use the computer.
Power Off
System is powered off.
Initiating Suspend Mode
There are four ways to initiate suspend mode. The settings can be adjusted in the
Power Management dialog box:
• The computer will automatically enter suspend mode when not used for a set
period of time.
• Selecting the Stand by button in the Shut Down Windows dialog box.
• Closing the screen cover (assuming no external monitor has been connected).
• Pressing the power button (if enabled in power settings).
• Pressing the suspend function key <Fn> + <F4>.
Using the BIOS Utility for Power Management
With Windows running in ACPI mode, power can be controlled through the Power
Management dialog box only. With operating systems that use ACPI power
management, BIOS power settings have no effect.
Power Button Settings
The function of the power button can be set to Shutdown or Standby in the Power
Management Properties dialog box in the Windows Control Panel. However, holding
the power button down for more than four seconds will force a power off while
operating under any situation, resulting in the loss of any unsaved information.
Power Management —Error! Style not defined.
Power Saving Tips
Avoid operating the fax/modem, or audio and video applications when using
battery power. Operating a fax modem, video, or audio equipment increases
the computer's power requirements.
Decreasing monitor brightness can also save power. Decrease brightness by
pushing <Fn> + <F6>. Increase it by pushing <Fn> + <F7>.
When to Replace the Battery
Over time, the battery's capacity gradually decreases. We recommend that you
replace your battery when you notice that it begins to store significantly less charge.
Changing the Battery
Change the main battery pack as
1. Turn off the computer.
2. Close the screen cover and turn the
computer over.
3. Slide the side battery latch (1) away
from the battery. Continue to hold it
until the battery is removed.
4. Push in the latch on the battery (2)
while lifting the battery out of the
compartment. Remove the battery.
5. Make sure the replacement battery
is properly orientated. Slide back the
side battery latch (1) then insert the
battery into the battery compartment.
Check that the latch locks back into
Heat Considerations
The computer's processor has been specially designed to consume little power and
generates very little heat. However, working in a hot environment, or working for
long periods may raise the temperature. Your computer takes the following steps to
lower temperature:
1. The cooling fan will automatically turn on. You may feel air coming from a vent
at the left side when this happens.
2. If the temperature continues to rise, processor activity will be reduced. You
may notice a slight loss of performance when this happens.
Using the BIOS Setup Utility —BIOS Setup Menu
C h a p te r 6
Using the BIOS Setup
Using the BIOS Setup Utility —BIOS Setup Menu
Using the BIOS Setup Utility
Your notebook has a BIOS setup utility which allows you to configure important
system settings, including settings for various optional functions of the computer.
This chapter explains how to use the BIOS setup utility.
BIOS Setup Menu
The BIOS setup Utility allows you to configure your computer’s basic settings. When
you turn your computer on, the system reads this information to initialize the
hardware so that it can operate correctly. Use the BIOS setup utility to change your
computer’s start-up configuration. For example, you can change the security and
power management routines of your system.
Starting the BIOS Setup Utility
You can only enter the BIOS setup utility as the computer is booting, that is between
the time you turn on the computer and before the Windows interface appears. If
your computer is already on, shut down your computer completely (power off) and
restart it and then press the Del key to enter the setup utility.
Using the BIOS Setup Utility —Navigating and Entering Information in BIOS
Navigating and Entering Information in BIOS
Use the following keys to move between fields and to enter information:
Press Del to start the BIOS utility after
turning on the computer.
Press Esc to exit any section. If you wish to
exit the BIOS utility without saving changes,
go to the main menu, then press Esc.
Push the up and down arrow keys to move
Up, down keys (ÇÈ) among selections, then press Enter to make
a selection.
PgUp or PgDn
F2 or F3
Use the PgUp, PgDn keys to modify a field.
Use PgUp to increase a value, such as a date
or number, and PgDn to decrease it. For
other types of choices, such as “enabled,” or
“disabled,” use either key to move between
Press enter to make a selection
Pressing either key changes the color of the
graphic display.
Press F10 to save changes, then exit.
The Main Menu
The Setup Utility menu bar has nine main screens: Standard CMOS Setup,
Advanced CMOS Setup, Power Management Setup, Auto-Detect Hard
Disks, Change User Password, Change Supervisor Password, Auto
Configuration with Optimal Settings. Save Settings and Exit, and Exit
Without Saving are used to exit the Setup Utility.
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Standard CMOS Setup
Advanced CMOS
Using the BIOS Setup Utility —The Main Menu
Power Management Setup
Auto-Detect Hard Disks
Change User Password
Change Supervisor Password
Auto Configuration with Optimal Settings
Save Settings and Exit
Exit Without Saving
Standard CMOS setup for changing time, date, hard disk type, etc.
Figure 6-1
↑ ↓:Sel
F10:Save & Exit
Using the BIOS Setup Utility —Standard CMOS Setup
Standard CMOS Setup
The Standard CMOS Setup page of the Setup Utility has a list of fields that describe
the basic configuration of your computer. CMOS is simply a type of random access
memory, or RAM, used to store the basic configuration of the computer.
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Date (mm/dd/yyyy): Wed Jan 12,2001
Base Memory: 640 KB
Time (hh/mm/ss)
Extd Memory:
: 16:55:24
55 MB
Type Size Cyln Head WPcom Sec Mode Mode Mode Mode
Pri Master: Auto
Sec Master: Auto
Boot Sector Virus Protection
Jan – Dec
01 – 31
1980 – 2099
Figure 6-2
↑ ↓:Sel
F1:Help F2/F3:Color
Using the BIOS Setup Utility —Standard Feature Description
Standard Feature Description
System Time
& Date
Use these fields to set the time and date. The time is displayed in
24-hour format. The date can be set from January 1, 1980 to
December 31, 2099. The values set in these two fields take effect
Shows type of system installed, including the following options:
(Pri. Master) Auto, CD-Rom /DVD, No Installed, User;
(Sec. Master) Auto, CD-Rom /DVD, Not Installed, User.
Pri. Master
Not Installed
Sec. Master
Not Installed
The Default setting is Auto. Auto lets the
system automatically read setup
information from the device. When set to
Auto, the BIOS will automatically detect
hard disk capacity.
The Default setting is Auto. Auto lets the
system automatically read setup
information from the device.
Hard disk capacity.
Displays the number of cylinders on the hard disk drive.
LBA Mode
Only some hard disk drives support Logical Block
Addressing. Default depends on the Hard Disk Drive type.
Blk Mode
Only some hard drives support block (multi-sector) transfer
of data
PIO Mode
The default value Auto lets the system automatically read
setup information it needs for setup from hard disk drive.
Five explicit values, 0 to 4, are also possible.
32Bit Mode
Only some hard disk controllers support 32 bit data transfer
Base Memory;
These two items are detected automatically at start-up time
and cannot be changed
Using the BIOS Setup Utility —Advanced CMOS Setup
Advanced CMOS Setup
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1st Boot Device
Available Options:
2nd Boot Device
3rd Boot Device
S.M.A.R.T. for Hard Disks
Password Check
Intel UNDI,
TouchPad Support
Share Memory Size
USB 1.1 Device Legacy Support
Display Expansion Support
↑ ↓:Sel
F1:Help F2/F3:Color
Figure 6-3
Using the BIOS Setup Utility —
1st Boot Device
2nd Boot Device
3rd Boot Device
S.M.A.R.T. for Hard
Display Expansion
Password Check
Share Memory Size
1st Boot Device default is USB FDD.
2nd Boot Device default is CDROM.
3rd Boot Device default is IDE-0.
Only S.M.A.R.T. Hard Disks are
supported. The default is Disabled.
If you are using DOS or a 640 x 480
resolution to run windows, the display
will not fill the entire screen. Enable
this mode to expand the display to the
entire screen. The default is Enabled.
The default value is Setup, which
specifies that a password is only
required to enter the setup utility.
If Always is selected, the password is
required when the system is booted up
or resuming from a suspend-to-disk.
This field displays the amount of
memory detected by the system during
bootup. It allows you to select shared
memory size for VGA usage. They are
display only fields.
Using the BIOS Setup Utility —Power Management
Power Management
This section of the BIOS manages` power settings in operating systems other than
Windows 98 or above, or operating systems using ACPI power management. In
Windows 98 or above, power management is controlled through the Power
Management window in My Computer, and BIOS power management settings
have NO effect. In other operating systems that use ACPI power management,
BIOS settings likewise have no effect.
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Cover Close
Panel Off
Auto DIM
Battery Auto Calibration
FAN Auto Learning
Available Options:
Panel Off
Stand by
F1:Help F2/F3:Color
Figure 6-4
Panel off
The LCD will turn off when the cover is
The LCD will turn off and the computer
will enter suspend mode when the cover
is closed.
When AC adapter is not in use, the
monitor is run in power-saving mode.
Cover Close
Auto DIM
Using the BIOS Setup Utility —
Battery Auto
FAN Auto
The monitor does not go into powersaving mode.
Batttery calibration is disabled.
Battery calibration is endabled. Battery
calibration will optimize the battery
FAN learning is disabled.
FAN learning is ensabled. FAN learning
will optimize the fan speed.
Auto-Detect Hard Disk
When Auto-Detect Hard Disk is selected, the BIOS will automatically detect Pri.
Master and Sec. Master settings.
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Date (mm/dd/yyyy): Wed Jan 12,2001
Base Memory: 640 KB
Time (hh/mm/ss)
Extd Memory:
: 16:55:24
Type Size
LBA Blk PIO 32Bit
Head WPcom Sec Mode Mode Mode Mode
Pri Master:User 12073Mb 23392 16
Sec Master: CDROM
Boot Sector Virus Protection
Jan – Dec
55 MB
↑ ↓:Sel
01 – 31
1980 – 2099
F1:Help F2/F3:Color
Figure 6-5
Using the BIOS Setup Utility —Change User Password
Change User Password
With a User password, you can enter the Setup Utility and change or remove the
User password, but you cannot enter the Setup Utility and change or remove the
Supervisor password, nor enable diskette access if it has been disabled.
Change Supervisor Password
A supervisor password must be set before a lower-level user password can be set.
After selecting Change Supervisor Password, press Enter. You will be prompted
for the new password, and then again to verify it. Type in 6 or fewer keystrokes. If
you make an error, press Esc to start over.
Enter new supervisor password:
Auto Configuration with Optimal Settings
The Auto Configuration pages reset the computer to default values. The Auto Detect
Hard Disks likewise helps users to configure their systems quickly. When you see
the following prompt, choose Y to reset the computer to default values.
Load high performance settings (y/n)? N
Exiting and Saving
Save Settings
and Exit
Exit Without
Select this option to save changes to the field
values, and restart the computer using the new
values. (Pressing F10 from any of the menu
screens also allows you to save settings and exit.)
Select this option to discard any changes you have
made to the field values, and restart the computer
using the old values.
— Frequently Asked Questions
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A sked
Appendix A — Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
My screen seems to time out too quickly. I have to constantly hit a key or
move the mouse in order to bring it back. How can I adjust the screen timeout?
This is part of Windows Power Management. Access Power Management by
clicking on Start / Settings / Control Panel / Power Management. Adjust the
display time-out by selecting a time next to the Turn off monitor option. You may
also select different time-out values for adapter and battery power states.
I've heard that cleaning up and rearranging files on the hard drive will
improve the startup speed of my programs. How do I do this?
Hard disk maintenance can improve the startup speed of programs. This
maintenance includes deleting unnecessary files, and defragmenting, which
rearranges data into more efficient groupings. Windows includes utilities for
performing these maintenance tasks. In Windows XP, for example, go to
Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools. Run Disk Cleanup to remove
unnecessary files and Disk Defragmenter to defragment the hard drive. For more
information, refer to Windows documentation.
The internal fax/modem dial tone sound is too low. How can I increase the
There are two methods to adjust the volume of the internal fax/modem dial tone:
Method 1:
Double-click the Volume Control icon on the Windows
task bar. Adjusting the slide bar under PCSpkr will
adjust the volume of the internal fax/modem dial tone.
Method 2:
Use the volume control button on the front of the
What kind of external microphone can I use with my notebook computer?
You will need to use a self-amplifying microphone.
There is feedback noise coming from my speakers. What can I do?
Double click on the Speaker icon on the task bar. Then, under Microphone
Balance, check the Mute box.
Because of a software problem, I was unable to shut down power normally.
I pressed the power button to force a power off, but it didn't work. How can
I force a power off?
Make sure you press the power button for at least 4 seconds. Normally, this will
force a power off. If this does not work, you can shut down the computer by
Appendix A — Frequently Asked Questions
inserting a needle into the reset button pinhole. (The reset button locate on the
computer bottom side.)
Why can’t I charge the battery of my portable computer after it was out of
use for some time?
After portable computers have not been used for a long time (more than one
month), the batteries will go into the low voltage protection mode due to data
back-ups and natural electrical discharge. At that point, restoring normal voltage
will require slow charging over a period of several hours. Calibration can be
performed after the battery has returned to a normal condition.
Q: My computer alerts “CMOS Battery Low”, what can I do?
A: If you keep your computer in no power situation (unplug the computer from the
power outlet and remove battery at the same) over 45 days, your data in
CMOS will be lost.
Please reconfigure your CMOS by following steps:
1. Press F1 to enter the BIOS setup utility.
2. Select “Auto Configuration with Optimal Settings”. When you see the
following prompt, choose <Y> and then press <Enter>.
Load high performance settings (y/n)? Y
3. Select “Save Settings and Exit”. When you see the following prompt,
choose <Y> and then press <Enter> to restart your computer.
Save current settings and exit (y/n)? Y
4. When you see the following sentence “FAN never Learned. Do it in BIOS
Setup. Otherwise, Smart FAN function is invalid. Press F1 to Run
SETUP” then press F1.
5. In the BIOS Setup Utility, select “Power Management Setup”, choose
“FAN Auto Learning” then press <PgDn>.
It will take about 20 minutes to complete FAN Auto Learning.
Press the power button to shut off your computer.
— Statements
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Appendix B — Statements
Federal Communications Commission Statement
This equipment 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 equipment 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 equipment does cause
harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by
turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the following measures:
1. Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
2. Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver.
3. Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which
the receiver is connected.
4. Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Shielded interconnect cables and shielded AC power cable must be employed with
this equipment to insure compliance with the pertinent RF emission limits governing
this device. Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the system's
manufacturer could void the user's authority to operate the equipment.
Declaration of Conformity
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the
following conditions:
This device may not cause harmful interference
This device must accept any interference received, including interference that
may cause undesired operation.
Appendix B — Statements
About The Modem
This equipment complies with Part 68 of FCC rules. On the bottom of this equipment
is a label that contains, among other information, the FCC registration number and
ringer equivalence number (REN) for this equipment. If requested, this information
must be provided to the telephone company.
The modem jack of this equipment complies with Sub-part F of Part 68 of FCC rules.
The REN is used to determine the quantity of devices that may be connected to the
telephone line. Excessive RENs on the telephone line may result in the devices not
ringing in response to an incoming call. In most, but not all areas, the sum of the
RENs should not exceed five (5.0). To be certain of the number of devices that may
be connected to the line, as determined by the total RENs contact the telephone
company to determine the maximum REN for the calling areas.
If the terminal equipment causes harm to the telephone network, the telephone
company will notify you in advance that temporary discontinuance of service may be
required. However, if advance notice isn't practical, the telephone company will
notify the customer as soon as possible. Also, you will be advised of your right to file
a compliant with the FCC if you believe it necessary.
The telephone company may mark changes in its facilities, equipment, operations,
or procedures that could affect the operation of the equipment. If this happens, the
telephone company will provide advance notice in order for you to make the
necessary modifications in order to maintain uninterrupted service.
If trouble is experienced with this equipment, please contact the manufacturer for
repair and (or) warranty information. If the trouble is causing harm to the telephone
network, the telephone company may request you remove the equipment from the
network until the problem is resolved.
The equipment cannot be used on public coin service provided by the telephone
company. Connection to Party Line Service is subject to state tariffs. (Contact the
state public utility commission, public service commission or corporation commission
for information.)
The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 marks it unlawful for any person to
use a computer or other electronic device, including fax machines, to send any
message unless such message clearly contains in a margin at the top or bottom of
each transmitted page or on the first page of the transmission, the date and time it is
sent and an identification of the business or other entity, or other individual sending
the message and the telephone number of the sending machine or such business,
other entity, or individual. (The telephone number provided may not be a 900
number or any other number for which charges exceed local or long-distance
transmission charges.) To program this information, refer to the manual of the
communication software.
Appendix B — Statements
European Notice
Products with the CE Marking comply with both the EMC Directive (89/336/EEC)
and the Low Voltage Directive (73/23/EEC) issued by the Commission of the
European Community.
Compliance with these directives implies conformity to the following European
EN 55022 ( CISPR 22 ) Radio Frequency Interference
EN 55024 ( EN61000-4-2, EN61000-4-3, EN61000-4-4, EN61000-4-5, EN61000-46, EN61000-4-8,EN61000-4-11, EN61000-3-2, EN61000-3-3 ) Generic Immunity
EN 60950 ( IEC950 ) Product Safety
To reduce the risk of fire, use only No. 26 AWG or larger telecommunication line
When using your telephone equipment, basic safety precautions should always be
followed to reduce the risk of fire, electric shock and injury to persons, including the
Do not use this product near water, for example, near a bathtub, wash bowl, kitchen
sink or laundry tub, in a wet basement or near a swimming pool.
Avoid using a telephone (other than a cordless type) during an electrical storm.
There may be a remote risk of electric shock from lightning.
Do not use the telephone to report a gas leak in the vicinity of the leak.
Use only the power cord and batteries indicated in this manual. Do not dispose of
batteries in a fire. They may explode. Check with local codes for possible special
disposal instructions.
Canadian Department of Communications
This class B digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian Interferencecausing Equipment Regulations.
About the Modem
The Industry Canada label identifies certified equipment. This certification means
that the equipment meets certain telecommunications network protective,
operational and safety requirements. The department does not guarantee the
equipment will operate to the user's satisfaction.
Appendix B — Statements
Before installing this equipment, users should ensure that it is permissible to be
connected to the facilities of the local telecommunications company.
The equipment must also be installed using an acceptable method of connection. In
some cases, the company's inside writing associated with a single line individual
service may be extended by means of a certified connector assembly (telephone
extension cord). The customer should be aware that compliance with the above
conditions may not prevent degradation of service in some situations.
Repairs to certified equipment should be made by an authorized Canadian
maintenance facility designated by the supplier. Any repairs or alterations made by
the user to this equipment, or equipment malfunctions, may give the
telecommunications company cause to request the user to disconnect the
Users should ensure for their own protection that the electrical ground connections
of the power utility, telephone lines and internal metallic water pipe system, if
present, are connected together. This precaution may be particularly important in
rural areas.
Users should not attempt to make such connections
themselves, but should contact the appropriate electric
inspection authority, or electrician, as appropriate.
"The Load Number (LN) assigned to each terminal device denotes the percentage of
the total load to be connected to a telephone loop which is used by the device. To
prevent overloading, the termination on a loop may consist of any combination of
devise subject only to the requirement that the total of the Load Numbers of all the
devices does not exceed 100."
Battery Disposal
Appendix B — Statements