Bose 289328 Home Theater System User Manual

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Satellite 1800/1805
Series User’s Guide
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TOSHIBA
C6601-0901M1
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Model: Satellite 1800/1805 Series
Compact Disk-ReWritable
The computer system you purchased may include a Compact Disk-ReWritable
(CD-RW), one of the most advanced storage technologies available. As with any
new technology, you must read and follow all set-up and usage instructions in the
applicable user guides and/or manuals enclosed. If you fail to do so, this product
may not function properly and you may lose data or suffer other damage.
TOSHIBA AMERICA INFORMATION SYSTEMS (“TOSHIBA”), ITS
AFFILIATES AND SUPPLIERS DO NOT WARRANT THAT
OPERATION OF THE PRODUCT WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR
ERROR FREE. YOU AGREE THAT TOSHIBA, ITS AFFILIATES AND
SUPPLIERS SHALL HAVE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR DAMAGE TO
OR LOSS OF ANY BUSINESS, PROFITS, PROGRAMS, DATA OR
REMOVABLE STORAGE MEDIA ARISING OUT OF OR RESULTING
FROM THE USE OF THE PRODUCT, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE
POSSIBILITY THEREOF.
Protection of Stored Data
For your important data, please make periodic back-up copies of all the data
stored on the hard disk or other storage devices as a precaution against possible
failures, alteration, or loss of the data. IF YOUR DATA IS ALTERED OR
LOST DUE TO ANY TROUBLE, FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION OF
THE HARD DISK DRIVE OR OTHER STORAGE DEVICES AND THE
DATA CANNOT BE RECOVERED, TOSHIBA SHALL NOT BE
LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGE OR LOSS OF DATA, OR ANY OTHER
DAMAGE RESULTING THEREFROM. WHEN COPYING OR
TRANSFERRING YOUR DATA, PLEASE BE SURE TO CONFIRM
WHETHER THE DATA HAS BEEN SUCCESSFULLY COPIED OR
TRANSFERRED. TOSHIBA DISCLAIMS ANY LIABILITY FOR THE
FAILURE TO COPY OR TRANSFER THE DATA CORRECTLY.
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Critical Applications
The computer you have purchased is not designed for any “critical applications.”
“Critical applications” means life support systems, medical applications,
connections to implanted medical devices, commercial transportation, nuclear
facilities or systems or any other applications where product failure could lead to
injury to persons or loss of life or catastrophic property damage.
ACCORDINGLY, TOSHIBA, ITS AFFILIATES AND SUPPLIERS
DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY ARISING OUT OF THE USE
OF THE COMPUTER PRODUCTS IN ANY CRITICAL
APPLICATIONS. IF YOU USE THE COMPUTER PRODUCTS IN A
CRITICAL APPLICATION, YOU, AND NOT TOSHIBA, ASSUME
FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR SUCH USE.
FCC Notice
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, it 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:
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Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
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Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
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Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which
the receiver is connected.
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Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
NOTE: Only peripherals complying with the FCC Class B limits may be
attached to this computer. Operation with non-compliant peripherals or
peripherals not recommended by Toshiba is likely to result in interference
to radio and TV reception. Shielded cables must be used between the
external devices and the computer's parallel port, video jack, USB ports,
PS/2® port and microphone jack. Changes or modifications made to this
equipment not expressly approved by Toshiba or parties authorized by
Toshiba could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions:
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This device may not cause harmful interference.
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This device must accept any interference received, including interference
that may cause undesired operation.
Contact:
Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc.
9740 Irvine Blvd.
Irvine, CA 92618-1697
(949) 583-3000
Industry Canada Requirement
This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est conformé à la norme NMB-003 du
Canada.
FCC Requirements
The following information is pursuant to FCC CFR 47, Part 68 and refers to
internal modems.
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Installation
When you are ready to install or use the modem, call your local telephone
company and give them the following information:
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The telephone number of the line to which you will connect the modem.
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The FCC registration number of the modem.
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The ringer equivalence number (REN) of the modem, which is 0.6B.
The modem connects to the telephone line by means of a standard jack called the
USOC RJ11C.
Type of Service
Your modem is designed to be used on standard-device telephone lines.
Connection to telephone company-provided coin service (central office
implemented systems) is prohibited. Connection to party lines service is subject
to State tariffs. If you have any questions about your telephone line, such as how
many pieces of equipment you can connect to it, the telephone company will
provide this information upon request.
Telephone Company Procedures
The goal of the telephone company is to provide you with the best service it can.
In order to do this, it may occasionally be necessary for them to make changes in
their equipment, operations or procedures. If these changes might affect your
service or the operation of your equipment, the telephone company will give you
notice, in writing, to allow you to make any changes necessary to maintain
uninterrupted service.
If Problems Arise
If any of your telephone equipment is not operating properly, you should
immediately remove it from your telephone line, as it may cause harm to the
telephone network. If the telephone company notes a problem, they may
temporarily discontinue service. When practical, they will notify you in advance
of this disconnection. If advance notice is not feasible, you will be notified as
soon as possible. When you are notified, you will be given the opportunity to
correct the problem and informed of your right to file a complaint with the FCC.
In the event repairs are ever needed on your modem, they should be performed by
Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. or an authorized representative of
Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc.
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Disconnection
If you should ever decide to permanently disconnect your modem from its
present line, please call the telephone company and let them know of this change.
Fax Branding
The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 makes it unlawful to use a
computer or other electronic device to send any message via a telephone fax
machine 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, other entity or individual sending the
message and the telephone number of the sending machine or such business,
other entity or individual.
In order to program this information into your fax modem, you should complete
the setup for your fax software before sending a message.
Instructions for IC CS-03 certified equipment
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NOTICE: The Industry Canada label identifies certified equipment. This
certification means that the equipment meets certain telecommunications
network protective, operational and safety requirements as prescribed in the
appropriate Terminal Equipment Technical Requirements document(s). The
Department does not guarantee the equipment will operate to the user’s
satisfaction.
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.
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 coordinated by a representative
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
equipment.
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.
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Caution: Users should not attempt to make such connections themselves,
but should contact the appropriate electric inspection authority, or
electrician, as appropriate.
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The user manual of analog equipment must contain the equipment’s Ringer
Equivalence Number (REN) and an explanation notice similar to the
following:
The Ringer Equivalence Number (REN) of this device is 0.3.
NOTICE: The Ringer Equivalence Number (REN) assigned to each
terminal device provides an indication of the maximum number of
terminals allowed to be connected to a telephone interface. The termination
on an interface may consist of any combination of devices subject only to
the requirement that the sum of the Ringer Equivalence Numbers of all the
devices does not exceed 5.
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The standard connecting arrangement (telephone jack type) for this
equipment is jack type(s): USOC RJ11C.
Wireless Interoperability
The Toshiba Wireless LAN Mini PCI Card products are designed to be
interoperable with any wireless LAN product that is based on Direct Sequence
Spread Spectrum (DSSS) radio technology, and is compliant to:
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The IEEE 802.11 Standard on Wireless LANs (Revision B), as defined and
approved by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
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The Wireless Fidelity (Wi-FiTM) certification as defined by the WECA
Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance.
Wireless LAN and your Health
Wireless LAN products, like other radio devices, emit radio frequency
electromagnetic energy. The level of energy emitted by Wireless LAN devices
however is far much less than the electromagnetic energy emitted by wireless
devices like for example mobile phones. Because Wireless LAN products
operate within the guidelines found in radio frequency safety standards and
recommendations, Toshiba believes Wireless LAN is safe for use by consumers.
These standards and recommendations reflect the consensus of the scientific
community and result from deliberations of panels and committees of scientists
who continually review and interpret the extensive research literature.
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In some situations or environments, the use of Wireless LAN may be restricted
by the proprietor of the building or responsible representatives of the
organization. These situations may for example include:
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Using the Wireless LAN equipment on board of airplanes, or
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In any other environment where the risk of interference to other devices or
services is perceived or identified as harmful.
If you are uncertain of the policy that applies on the use of wireless devices in a
specific organization or environment (e.g., airports), you are encouraged to ask
for authorization to use the Wireless LAN device prior to turning on the
equipment.
Regulatory Information
The Toshiba Wireless LAN Mini PCI Card must be installed and used in strict
accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions as described in the user
documentation that comes with the product. This device complies with the
following radio frequency and safety standards.
Canada – Industry Canada (IC)
This device complies with RSS 210 of Industry Canada.
Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not
cause interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference, including
interference that may cause undesired operation of this device.
USA-Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
This device complies with Part 15 of FCC Rules. Operation of the devices in a
Wireless LAN System is subject to the following two conditions:
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This device may not cause harmful interference.
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This device must accept any interference that may cause undesired
operation.
Caution: Exposure to Radio Frequency Radiation
The radiated output power of the Toshiba Wireless LAN Mini PCI Card is far
below the FCC radio frequency exposure limits. Nevertheless, the Toshiba
Wireless LAN Mini PCI Card shall be used in such a manner that the potential
for human contact during normal operation is minimized. When using this device
in combination with Wireless LAN Outdoor Antenna products, a certain
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separation distance between antenna and nearby persons has to be kept to ensure
RF exposure compliance. The distance between the antennas and the user should
not be less than 20 cm.
Refer to the Regulatory Statements as identified in the documentation that comes
with those products for additional information.
The Toshiba Wireless LAN Mini PCI Card is far below the FCC radio frequency
exposure limits.
Nevertheless, it is advised to use the Toshiba Wireless LAN Mini PCI Card in
such a manner that human contact during normal operation is minimized.
Interference 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. If not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, it 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 and correct the interference by one or more of the following
measures:
❖
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
❖
Increase the distance between the equipment and the receiver.
❖
Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which
the receiver is connected.
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Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Toshiba is not responsible for any radio or television interference caused by
unauthorized modification of the devices included with this Toshiba Wireless
LAN Mini PCI Card, or the substitution or attachment of connecting cables and
equipment other than specified by Toshiba.
The correction of interference caused by such unauthorized modification,
substitution or attachment will be the responsibility of the user.
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Approved Countries for use
This equipment is approved to the radio standard by the countries in Fig.1.
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Canada
Denmark
Finland
Germany
Iceland
Ireland
Japan
Luxembourg
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Sweden
Switzerland
UK
USA
Greece
Italy
France
Poland
Portugal
Spain
Caution: Do not use this equipment except in the countries in Fig.1.
CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, DVD-ROM/CD-RW
Safety Instructions
The CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, and DVD-ROM/CD-RW drives employ a laser
system. To ensure proper use of this product, please read this instruction
manual carefully and retain for future reference. Should the unit ever
require maintenance, contact an authorized service location.
Use of controls, adjustments or the performance of procedures other than those
specified may result in hazardous radiation exposure.
To prevent direct exposure to the laser beam, do not try to open the enclosure.
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Location of the required label
Sample shown below. (Location of the label and manufacturing information may
vary.)
CAUTION: This appliance contains a laser system and is classified as a
“CLASS 1 LASER PRODUCT.” To use this model properly, read the
instruction manual carefully and keep it for your future reference. In case of
any trouble with this model, please contact your nearest “AUTHORIZED
service station.” To prevent direct exposure to the laser beam, do not try to
open the enclosure.
Use of controls or adjustments or performance of procedures other than
those specified in the owner’s manual may result in hazardous radiation
exposure.
Copyright
This guide is copyrighted by Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. with all
rights reserved. Under the copyright laws, this guide cannot be reproduced in any
form without the prior written permission of Toshiba. No patent liability is
assumed, however, with respect to the use of the information contained herein.
©2001 by Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Export Administration Regulation
This document contains technical data that may be controlled under the U.S.
Export Administration Regulations, and may be subject to the approval of the
U.S. Department of Commerce prior to export. Any export, directly or indirectly,
in contravention of the U.S. Export Administration Regulations is prohibited.
Notice
The information contained in this manual, including but not limited to any
product specifications, is subject to change without notice.
TOSHIBA CORPORATION AND TOSHIBA AMERICA
INFORMATION SYSTEMS, INC. (TOSHIBA) PROVIDES NO
WARRANTY WITH REGARD TO THIS MANUAL OR ANY
OTHER INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN AND HEREBY
EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF
MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR
PURPOSE WITH REGARD TO ANY OF THE FOREGOING.
TOSHIBA ASSUMES NO LIABILITY FOR ANY DAMAGES
INCURRED DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY FROM ANY
TECHNICAL OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS OR OMISSIONS
CONTAINED HEREIN OR FOR DISCREPANCIES BETWEEN
THE PRODUCT AND THE MANUAL. IN NO EVENT SHALL
TOSHIBA BE LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL,
CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES,
WHETHER BASED ON TORT, CONTRACT OR OTHERWISE,
ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THIS MANUAL
OR ANY OTHER INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN OR THE
USE THEREOF.
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Trademarks
Satellite, Noteworthy, and Fn-Esse are registered trademarks, Ask IRIS Online,
SelectServ, VirtualTech, FreedomWare are trademarks, and InTouch is a service
mark of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. and/or Toshiba Corporation.
Intel and Pentium are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation.
CompuServe is a registered trademark of America Online, Inc.
Ethernet is a registered trademark of Xerox, Inc.
LapLink is a registered trademark of Traveling Software, Inc.
Microsoft, Windows, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows XP, Windows XP
Pro, DirectX, Active Desktop, and DirectShow are registered trademarks, and
Windows Media is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
PS/2 and Wake on LAN are registered trademarks of International Business
Machines Corporation.
RingCentral is a registered trademark of Ring Zero Systems, Inc.
Soundblaster Pro is a registered trademark of Creative Labs, Inc.
SPANworks 2000™ is a trademark of SPANworks, U.S.A.
Wi-Fi™ is a trademark of the Wireless Capability Ethernet Alliance.
WinDVD™ is a trademark of InterVideo, Inc.
TouchPad™ is a registered trademark of Synaptics.
All other brand and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of
their respective companies.
Computer Disposal Information
This product contains mercury. Disposal of this material may be regulated due to
environmental considerations. For disposal, reuse or recycling information,
please contact your local government or the Electronic Industries Alliance at
www.eiae.org.
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Contents
Introduction............................................................................... 23
This guide............................................................................... 23
Safety icons............................................................................ 24
Other icons used............................................................... 25
Other documentation............................................................ 25
Service options...................................................................... 26
Chapter 1: Finding Your Way Around..................................... 27
Making sure you have everything........................................ 27
Front with the display closed................................................ 28
Back........................................................................................ 29
Right side............................................................................... 31
Left side.................................................................................. 32
Front with the display open.................................................. 34
Status panel....................................................................... 35
Shortcut buttons............................................................... 36
System indicator panel..................................................... 36
Front panel controls.......................................................... 37
CD/DVD/Media Player power switch.............................. 38
Underside............................................................................... 40
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Chapter 2: Getting Started........................................................ 41
Selecting a place to work......................................................
Creating a computer-friendly environment....................
Keeping yourself comfortable..........................................
Precautions.......................................................................
Setting up your computer....................................................
Installing additional memory (optional)..........................
Removing a memory module.........................................
Connecting a mouse........................................................
Connecting a keyboard ....................................................
Connecting a printer.........................................................
Connecting the AC adapter..............................................
Charging the battery.............................................................
Using the computer for the first time..................................
Opening the display panel................................................
Turning on the power.......................................................
Using the TouchPad.........................................................
Setting up your software..................................................
Registering your computer..............................................
Setting up a printer...........................................................
Customizing your computer’s settings...........................
Turning off the computer......................................................
Caring for your computer.....................................................
Cleaning the computer.....................................................
Moving the computer.......................................................
Using a computer lock.....................................................
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Chapter 3: Learning the Basics................................................ 69
Computing tips......................................................................
Using the keyboard...............................................................
Character keys ..................................................................
Ctrl, Fn, and Alt keys.........................................................
Function keys....................................................................
Windows special keys......................................................
Overlay keys......................................................................
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Starting a program................................................................ 73
Saving your work.................................................................. 74
Printing your work................................................................. 75
Using diskettes...................................................................... 76
Inserting and removing diskettes.................................... 76
Caring for diskettes........................................................... 77
Backing up your files............................................................. 77
Copying to a diskette............................................................. 77
Using your CD or DVD drive................................................ 78
Drive components and control buttons.......................... 79
Inserting a disc.................................................................. 80
Viewing the contents of a CD or DVD............................. 83
Playing an audio CD.......................................................... 84
Playing a DVD.................................................................... 86
Removing a disc............................................................... 86
Caring for CDs and DVDs................................................. 87
Setting up for communications........................................... 87
Using the modem............................................................. 88
Using the LAN................................................................... 89
Connecting your computer to a network........................ 90
Accessing the Wi-Fi™ Mini PCI Module......................... 92
Powering down the computer............................................. 93
Turn off computer command .......................................... 93
Hibernation command...................................................... 93
Standby command........................................................... 94
Using the Turn Off Computer command........................ 95
Using Hibernation............................................................. 96
Using Standby................................................................... 98
Chapter 4: Mobile Computing.................................................. 99
Toshiba’s energy-saver design............................................. 99
Managing power usage........................................................ 99
Running the computer on battery power.......................... 100
Using additional battery packs....................................... 100
Battery safety precautions.............................................. 100
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Maximizing battery life................................................... 101
Charging batteries............................................................... 101
Charging the main battery............................................. 102
Charging the RTC battery............................................... 102
Monitoring battery power................................................... 103
Determining remaining battery power.......................... 103
Conserving battery power.............................................. 104
What to do when the battery runs low......................... 104
Changing the main battery................................................. 105
Removing the battery..................................................... 106
Inserting a charged battery............................................ 107
Disposing of used batteries safely..................................... 107
Traveling tips........................................................................ 108
Chapter 5: Getting to Know Windows XP............................. 109
Lesson 1: Exploring the desktop....................................... 110
Finding your way around the desktop.......................... 110
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Windows XP file system............................................. 113
Lesson 2: Using the TouchPad pointing device............... 114
Lesson 3: Learning about the Internet.............................. 116
Lesson 4: Creating a new document................................. 117
Lesson 5: Creating a new folder........................................ 119
Lesson 6: Starting programs............................................. 120
Lesson 7: Resizing, repositioning, and hiding windows. 122
Using the taskbar............................................................ 123
Minimizing and maximizing windows.......................... 123
Resizing and moving windows..................................... 124
Lesson 8: Closing programs.............................................. 125
Lesson 9: Creating shortcuts............................................. 126
Creating a shortcut to the Calculator............................. 126
Creating a shortcut to the Character Map .................... 127
Lesson 10: Changing the screensaver.............................. 129
Lesson 11: Setting the date and time................................ 131
Lesson 12: Removing objects from the desktop............. 132
Lesson 13: Using System Restore.................................... 134
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Lesson 14: If I am lost, what do I do?............................... 135
Windows XP Help........................................................... 135
Using the online tours and tutorials.............................. 137
Lesson 15: Turning off your computer.............................. 139
Chapter 6: Exploring Your Options........................................ 141
Windows XP special features............................................. 141
Personalizing your desktop................................................ 142
Customizing the taskbar................................................. 142
Personalizing individual windows................................. 144
Adding a background to a window............................... 144
Customizing window toolbars....................................... 144
Displaying information about each folder..................... 146
Connecting a monitor, keyboard and mouse.................... 147
Connecting to a local area network ................................... 147
Accessing a LAN............................................................. 147
Setting up the connection.............................................. 148
Setting up a wireless connection................................... 148
Exchanging data with another computer.......................... 148
Transferring files using a parallel port connection....... 148
Connecting to the Internet.................................................. 149
Making the physical connection.................................... 149
Signing up with an Internet Service Provider............... 151
Getting started................................................................. 152
Using the Internet................................................................ 152
The Internet...................................................................... 153
The World Wide Web..................................................... 153
Surfing the Internet......................................................... 153
Internet features.............................................................. 154
Uploading and downloading files from the Internet.... 154
Toshiba’s online resources ................................................. 155
Conducting an electronic meeting .................................... 155
Exploring video features .................................................... 156
Viewing presentations or DVD movies on a TV .......... 156
Exploring audio features..................................................... 158
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Recording sounds.......................................................... 158
Using a microphone....................................................... 158
Adjusting recording quality............................................ 159
Using external speakers or headphones...................... 160
Using PC Cards................................................................... 161
PC Card supporting software........................................ 162
Inserting PC Cards.......................................................... 162
Removing PC Cards....................................................... 164
Hot swapping.................................................................. 164
Emulating a full-size keyboard........................................... 165
Chapter 7: Toshiba Utilities..................................................... 167
Fn-esse................................................................................. 167
Starting Fn-esse.............................................................. 168
Assigning a key to a program or document................. 169
Viewing existing key assignments................................ 171
Changing or removing existing key assignments....... 171
Toshiba Hardware Setup.................................................... 172
Toshiba Power Saver.......................................................... 174
Chapter 8: WinDVD 2000....................................................... 175
Playing DVDs....................................................................... 175
Using the WinDVD toolbar ............................................ 177
Using the WinDVD status bar........................................ 178
Using the WinDVD control panel.................................. 178
Using the control panel playback buttons.................... 179
Maximizing the video window....................................... 181
Using playlists..................................................................... 182
Creating playlists............................................................. 182
Loading and playing playlists ........................................ 183
Resuming normal playback after using playlists......... 184
Customizing WinDVD......................................................... 184
Setting general properties.............................................. 185
Setting audio properties................................................. 186
Setting display properties.............................................. 188
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Using WinDVD advanced features.................................... 189
Zooming in...................................................................... 193
Zooming out.................................................................... 193
Panning............................................................................ 193
Adjusting the color balance............................................ 194
Launching an Internet browser from WinDVD................. 194
Getting help.......................................................................... 194
Exiting WinDVD................................................................... 195
Chapter 9: If Something Goes Wrong .................................. 197
Problems that are easy to fix.............................................. 197
Problems when you turn on the computer....................... 200
Windows XP problems....................................................... 200
Using startup options to fix problems........................... 201
Internet problems............................................................ 202
Windows XP operating system can help you.............. 202
Resolving a hardware conflict............................................ 203
A plan of action................................................................ 204
Resolving hardware conflicts on your own.................. 204
Fixing a problem with Device Manager......................... 206
Memory card problems................................................. 207
Power problems ............................................................. 208
Keyboard problems........................................................ 209
Display problems............................................................ 210
Disk drive problems........................................................ 212
CD-ROM/DVD-ROM drive problems............................ 214
Sound system problems................................................ 215
PC Card problems........................................................... 215
Printer problems............................................................. 218
Modem problems........................................................... 219
Develop good computing habits........................................ 220
Using VirtualTech................................................................. 222
If you need further assistance............................................ 223
Before you call................................................................. 223
Contacting Toshiba......................................................... 224
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Other Toshiba Internet Web sites ................................. 225
Toshiba’s worldwide offices............................................... 225
Appendix A: Hot Keys.............................................................
Appendix B: Power Cable Connectors..................................
Glossary...................................................................................
Index.........................................................................................
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Introduction
Welcome to the world of powerful and portable multimedia
computers! With your new Toshiba notebook computer, your
access to information can accompany you wherever you go.
Your system comes with either Windows XP Home or Windows
XP Pro. This user's guide contains information for both operating
systems and how they function with your Toshiba computer. For
more specific information on the operating system, see the
Microsoft booklet that shipped with your computer.
This guide
This guide introduces the computer’s features. You can:
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Read the entire guide from beginning to end.
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Skim through and stop when a topic interests you.
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Use the table of contents and the index to find specific
information.
If you are new to computers, or have not used a notebook
computer before, read the first few chapters to familiarize yourself
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Safety icons
with the components of the computer and how to turn it on. After
that, seek out whatever interests you most.
Safety icons
This manual contains safety instructions that must be observed in
order to avoid potential hazards that could result in personal
injuries, damage to your equipment, or loss of data. The safety
cautions have been classified according to the seriousness of the
risk, and the icons highlight these instructions as follows:
DANGER: This icon indicates the existence of a hazard that
could result in death or serious bodily injury if the safety
instruction is not observed.
WARNING: This icon indicates the existence of a hazard that
could result in bodily injury if the safety instruction is not
observed.
CAUTION: This icon indicates the existence of a hazard that
could result in damage to equipment or property if the safety
instruction is not observed.
NOTE: This icon indicates information that relates to the safe
operation of the equipment or related items.
Other documentation
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Other icons used
Additional icons highlight other helpful or educational
information:
TECHNICAL NOTE: This icon highlights technical
information about the unit.
HINT: This icon denotes helpful hints and tips.
DEFINITION: This icon indicates the definition of a term used
in the text.
Other documentation
Your computer comes with the following documentation in
addition to this user’s guide.
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An electronic version of the user’s guide. Look for the user’s
guide icon on your desktop or in the DOCS folder on the C:
drive.
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Guides for other programs that may come preinstalled on
your computer or that are available for installation on your
Recovery and Configuration Builder CD.
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Toshiba accessories information, which lists accessories
available from Toshiba and explains how to order them.
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The Microsoft Windows operating system documentation
which explains the features of the operating system.
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Service options
Service options
Toshiba offers a full line of service options built around its
SelectServTM warranty programs. For more information, visit
Toshiba's Web site at www.Toshiba.com.
If you have a problem or need to contact Toshiba, see “If
Something Goes Wrong” on page 197.
Chapter 1
Finding Your Way
Around
This chapter presents a “grand tour” of your Satellite computer. It
serves as a reference when you need to locate specific parts of the
computer.
Making sure you have everything
Before doing anything else, consult the Quick Start card that
shipped with your computer to make sure you received everything.
If any items are missing or damaged, notify your dealer
immediately. For additional help, see “If you need further
assistance” on page 223.
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Front with the display closed
Front with the display closed
Display latch
Speaker
Front panel controls
Diskette drive
Speaker
The display latch keeps the display panel closed and locked. To
open the display panel, slide the latch to the right and raise the
panel.
The speakers let you hear the computer’s audio output —such as
system alarms associated with your software and music from
audio CDs or DVDs.
The front panel controls perform several functions, depending on
the position of the CD/DVD/Media Player power switch. For
more information, see “Front panel controls” on page 37.
The diskette drive allows you to use either high-density or
double-density 3.5-inch diskettes.
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Back
Back
DC-IN jack
LAN port
PS/2 port
TV-out jack
Infrared port
Microphone jack
DC IN 15V
Ether
Parallel port
Serial port
Monitor port
USB ports
Headphone
jack
The DC-IN jack is where you plug in the AC adapter. For more
information, see “Connecting the AC adapter” on page 54.
The LAN port lets you connect the computer to a local area
network using a 10/100 Ethernet link via a standard Ethernet®
network cable.
The PS/2® port allows you to connect an optional
PS/2-compatible mouse or external keyboard. An optional “Y”
cable enables you to connect both a PS/2 mouse and a PS/2
keyboard to the port.
The TV-out jack allows you to connect a television or other video
output device.
The infrared port allows cable-free communication with another
device, such as a computer or printer, that has a compatible
infrared port.
NOTE: It is recommended that you do not use the infrared
port at the same time as either playing audio or connecting
to the internet via a modem. Audio quality may be reduced
and the modem connection may be slower or disrupted.
The 3.5 mm microphone jack lets you connect an external
monaural microphone or other audio-input device.
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Back
The 3.5 mm headphone jack lets you connect stereo headphones
or other audio-output devices, such as external speakers.
Connecting headphones or other devices to this jack automatically
disables the internal speakers.
The parallel port lets you connect a parallel printer, or other
parallel device, including ECP-compatible devices.
DEFINITION: ECP (Extended Capabilities Port) is a
parallel-port standard for PCs that support bi-directional
communication between the PC and attached devices (such
as a printer).
Use the serial port to connect a serial mouse, serial printer, or
other serial device.
The monitor port allows you to connect an external monitor.
The USB (Universal Serial Bus) ports allow you to connect USB
peripherals to your computer, such as a keyboard, pointing device,
printer, or monitor.
DEFINITION: USB is a peripheral expansion standard that
supports a data-transfer rate of up to 12 Mbps. USB
peripherals have a single standard for cables and
connectors.
The USB standard allows you to install and remove USB
devices while the computer is on. Switching devices without
turning off the computer is called “hot swapping.”
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Right side
Modem port
CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, or DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive
Disc eject button
Manual disc eject button
The modem port lets you use a modular phone cable to connect
the built-in modem directly to a standard telephone line. For more
information, see “Using the modem” on page 88.
The CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, or DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive
allows you to install and run programs from application
CD-ROMs. You can also use it to play audio CDs. A DVD-ROM
drive also enables you to view DVD video presentations or play
DVD movies. With a CD-RW drive, you can also write files
(including music) to a CD-Recordable (CD-R) or CD-Rewritable
(CD-RW) disc. A DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive can perform all of
the above functions.
The disc eject button enables you to eject a disc from the
CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, or DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive.
The manual disc eject button enables you to manually eject a
disc from the CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, or DVD-ROM/CD-RW
drive when the power is off.
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Left side
Left side
Security lock slot
Cooling vents
PC Card lock
PC Card slots
PC Card eject buttons
Wi-Fi switch*
Wi-Fi LED
Volume control dial
Battery lock
* for systems with optional Wi-Fi™
The security lock slot allows you to attach an optional PORTNoteworthy® computer lock to secure the computer to a large,
heavy object, such as your desk.
The cooling vents prevent the computer’s central processing unit
(CPU) from overheating so that it can continue to perform at its
maximum speed.
The PC Card lock prohibits accidental ejection of the PC Cards.
The two stacked PCMCIA-compatible PC Card slots allow you
to install additional devices. Each slot can accommodate a Type I
or Type II PC Card. Both slots are required to install a Type III PC
Card. For more information, see “Using PC Cards” on
page 161.
CAUTION: Keep foreign objects out of the PC Card slots. A
pin or similar object that accidentally gets into a slot can
damage the computer’s circuitry.
The PC Card eject buttons allow easy removal of PC Cards.
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The Wi-FiTM switch (available only on Wi-Fi systems) turns the
optional 802.11b Wi-Fi wireless communication system on or off.
NOTE: The Wi-FiTM option must be factory-installed at the
time of order. You cannot install it later.
The Wi-FiTM LED (available only on Wi-Fi systems) glows
orange when the wireless LAN functions are on.
The volume control dial allows you to adjust the volume of the
computer’s speakers.
The battery lock releases the battery. For more information, see
“Charging the main battery” on page 102.
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Front with the display open
Front with the display open
Screen
Status panel
Shortcut buttons
Power button
Keyboard
TouchPad
Secondary control
button
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Primary control button
System indicator panel
Front panel controls
The screen is either:
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A 13.3-inch diagonal, Thin Film Transistor (TFT) color
liquid crystal display (LCD), or
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A 14.1-inch diagonal, Thin Film Transistor (TFT) color
liquid crystal display (LCD).
❖
A 15.0-inch diagonal, Thin Film Transistor (TFT) color liquid
crystal display (LCD).
DEFINITION: TFT (Thin Film Transistor) is an active-matrix
LCD technology that uses one TFT for each cell.
Active-matrix displays are viewable from wider angles than
most passive-matrix displays.
The lights on the status panel provide information about various
keyboard functions.
The shortcut buttons allow you direct access to application
programs.
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The power button turns the computer on and off.
The keyboard provides all the functionality of a full-size
keyboard. For more information, see “Using the keyboard” on
page 70.
The lights on the system indicator panel provide information
about various system functions.
The front panel controls allow convenient use of the CD/DVD
Media Player. For more information, see “Front panel controls”
on page 37.
The computer’s TouchPad® allows you to position the cursor on
the screen. The two control buttons work with the TouchPad. The
left button acts as the primary button on a mouse. The right
button acts as the secondary button on a mouse.
Status panel
The caps lock light glows when you press the Caps Lock key.
When this light is on, pressing a letter key on the keyboard
produces an uppercase (capital) letter.
The cursor control mode light glows when the cursor control
overlay is on. When this light is on, pressing an overlay key moves
the cursor in the direction of the white arrow printed on the left top
of the key instead of typing the letter printed on the key. For more
information, see “Using the cursor control overlay” on
page 73.
The numeric mode light glows when the numeric overlay is on.
When this light is on, pressing an overlay key types the number
printed on the right front of the key instead of typing the letter
printed on the top of the key. For more information, see “Using
the numeric keypad overlay” on page 72.
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Front with the display open
Shortcut buttons
Shortcut buttons allow you to automatically launch a chosen
application. If your computer is off, you can press the shortcut
button to turn on the computer and launch the browser
automatically in one step.
The Internet button is a shortcut button that launches your
Internet Web browser.
The second shortcut button is user programmable button
available to launch custom applications.
The third shortcut button is user programmable button available
to launch custom applications.
System indicator panel
AC power light
On/off light Battery light
Hard disk Drive-in-use light
drive-access light
The AC power light glows green when the computer is connected
to an AC power source.
The on/off light glows green when the computer is on, or when
the computer is off and the CD/DVD/Media Player power switch
is used.
The battery light indicates the main battery’s current charge. It:
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Glows green when the battery is fully charged
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Glows amber while the battery is being charged
❖
Flashes amber when the charge reaches the critical battery
level, normally 2 percent.
❖
Does not glow if the external power source is disconnected or
if the battery is completely discharged
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The hard disk drive-access light flashes green when the hard
disk drive is being accessed.
The drive-in-use light flashes green when the diskette drive or the
CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, or DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive is being
accessed.
CAUTION: Never turn off the computer while any of the
drives are in use. Doing so may result in loss of data.
Front panel controls
CD/DVD/Media Player
power switch
Previous track button
Play/pause button
Next track button
Stop/eject button
Use the CD/DVD/Media Player power switch to play CDs and
DVDs.
The previous track button returns to the beginning of the
preceding track (for CDs) or chapter (for DVDs) on the disc.
The play/pause button starts playing the current track in the
CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, or DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive, or pauses a
track that is already playing.
The stop/eject button stops the disc if it is playing, or opens the
CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, or DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive tray. You
can eject a disc by pressing the stop/eject button twice. Use this
method to eject a disc when the computer is turned off and the
eject button on the front of the drive is unavailable.
The next track button skips to the beginning of the following
track (for CDs) or chapter (for DVDs) on the disc.
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Front with the display open
CD/DVD/Media Player power switch
The CD/DVD/Media Player power switch allows you to play
audio CDs with the computer turned off. This switch has two
positions: CD/DVD, which is to the left as you face the computer
from the front, and Media Player, which is to the right. What
happens when you press this switch depends on what’s in the
drive.
NOTE: If you have set a password for logging onto your
system, your computer will start up and you will need to log
on before being able to play a CD or DVD.
DVD playback and the power switch
The CD/DVD/Media Player switch sets the computer to turn on
the CD/DVD player automatically if there is a disc in the
DVD-ROM drive when the computer is turned off, or to power up
and launch Windows MediaTM Player.
Audio CD playback and the power switch
If there’s an audio CD in the drive, setting the switch to the left
leaves the computer’s main power off, but turns on the sound
system and the disk activity light.
To play the CD, press the Play/Pause button.
To stop the CD, slide the switch to the left and hold it for two
seconds.
What happens when the drive is empty
If there’s nothing in the drive, setting the switch to the left turns on
the sound system and the disk activity light.
To eject the CD/DVD tray, press either the eject button on the
drive or the Stop button twice.
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With nothing in the drive, setting the switch to the right turns on
both the computer’s main power and the power to the sound
system. When you open the display, Windows MediaTM Player
launches, and the sound system plays the default sound (wave
file).
For more information about playing CDs, see “Playing an audio
CD” on page 84.
For more information about playing DVDs, see “Playing a
DVD” on page 86.
Underside
Memory slot cover
Battery
Battery release latch
The memory slot cover protects the expansion memory module.
For more information about expansion memory modules, see
“Installing additional memory (optional)” on page 48.
The battery provides DC power to the computer. For information
about replacing the battery, see “Changing the main battery” on
page 105.
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Underside
The battery release latch and battery latch lock secure the
battery to the computer and prevent it from falling out.
Chapter 2
Getting Started
This chapter provides tips for working comfortably, describes how
to connect components, and explains what to do the first time you
use your notebook computer.
Selecting a place to work
Your computer is portable and designed to be used in a variety of
circumstances and locations.
Creating a computer-friendly environment
Place the computer on a flat surface which is large enough for the
computer and any other items you use, such as a printer. Leave
enough space around the computer and other equipment to
provide adequate ventilation and prevent overheating.
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To keep your computer in prime operating condition, protect your
work area from:
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Dust, moisture, and direct sunlight
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Liquids and corrosive chemicals
CAUTION: If you spill liquid into the computer, turn it off,
unplug it from the AC power source, and let it dry out
completely before turning it on again.
If the computer does not operate correctly after you turn it
back on, contact a Toshiba-authorized service provider.
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Equipment that generates a strong electromagnetic field, such
as stereo speakers (other than speakers that are connected to
the computer) or speakerphones
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Rapid changes in temperature or humidity and sources of
temperature change such as air conditioner vents or heaters
❖
Extreme heat, cold, or humidity. Operate the computer within
a temperature range of 41 degrees to 95 degrees Fahrenheit
(5 degrees to 35 degrees Celsius) and 20% to 80%
non-condensing humidity
Keeping yourself comfortable
Strain and stress injuries are becoming more common as people
spend more time using their computers. But, with a little care and
proper use of the equipment, you can work comfortably
throughout the day.
This section provides hints on avoiding strain and stress injuries.
For more information, consult books on ergonomics,
repetitive-strain injury, and repetitive-stress syndrome.
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Placement of the computer
Proper placement of the computer and external devices is
important to avoid stress-related injuries.
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Place the computer on a flat surface at a comfortable height
and distance. You should be able to type without twisting your
torso or neck, and to look at the screen without slouching.
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If you are using an external monitor, the top of the screen
should be no higher than eye level.
❖
If you use a paper holder, set it at about the same height and
distance as the screen.
Seating and posture
When using your computer, maintain good posture with your
body relaxed and your weight distributed evenly. Proper seating is
a primary factor in reducing work strain. Some people find a
backless chair more comfortable than a conventional chair.
Below eye level
Approximately
90-degree angles
Footrest
Correct posture and positioning of the computer
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Whichever type you choose, use the following guidelines to adjust
your chair for maximum computing comfort.
❖
Position your chair so that the keyboard is at or slightly below
the level of your elbow. You should be able to type
comfortably with your shoulders relaxed and your forearms
parallel to the floor.
If you are using a conventional chair:
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Your knees should be slightly higher than your hips. If
necessary, use a footrest to raise the level of your knees and
ease the pressure on the back of your thighs.
❖
Adjust the back of your chair so that it supports the lower
curve of your spine. If necessary, use a cushion to provide
extra back support. Lower-back-support cushions are
available at many office supply stores.
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Sit with your back straight so that your knees, hips, and
elbows form approximately 90-degree angles when you work.
Do not slump forward or lean back too far.
Lighting
Proper lighting can improve the visibility of the display and reduce
eyestrain.
❖
Position the display panel or external monitor so that sunlight
or bright indoor lighting does not reflect off the screen. Use
tinted windows or shades to reduce glare.
❖
Avoid placing your computer in front of a bright light that
could shine directly in your eyes.
❖
If possible, use soft, indirect lighting in your computer work
area.
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Arms and wrists
❖
Avoid bending, arching, or twisting your wrists. Keep them in
a relaxed, neutral position while typing.
❖
Exercise your hands, wrists, and arms to improve circulation.
WARNING: Using the computer keyboard incorrectly may
result in discomfort and possible injury. If your hands,
wrists, and/or arms bother you while typing, stop using the
computer and rest. If the discomfort persists, consult a
physician.
Work habits
The key to avoiding discomfort or injury from strain is to vary
your activities. If possible, schedule a variety of tasks into your
work day. Finding ways to break up the routine can reduce stress
and improve your efficiency.
❖
Take frequent breaks to change position, stretch your muscles,
and relieve your eyes. A break of two or three minutes every
half hour is more effective than a long break after several
hours.
❖
Avoid performing repetitive activities for long periods.
Intersperse such activities with other tasks.
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Focusing your eyes on your computer screen for long periods
can cause eyestrain. Look away from the computer frequently
and focus your eyes on a distant object for at least 30 seconds.
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Precautions
Your notebook computer is designed to optimize safety, minimize
strain, and withstand the rigors of travel. However, you should
observe certain precautions to further reduce the risk of personal
injury or damage to the computer.
❖
Avoid prolonged physical contact with the underside of the
computer.
If the computer is used for long periods, its case can become
very warm. While the temperature may not feel too hot to the
touch, if you maintain physical contact with the computer for
a long time (if you rest the computer on your lap, for
example), your skin might suffer low-heat injury.
❖
Never apply heavy pressure to the computer or subject it to
sharp impacts. Excessive pressure or impact can damage
computer components or otherwise cause your computer to
malfunction.
❖
Some PC Cards can become hot with prolonged use. If two
cards are installed, both can become hot even if only one is
being used. Overheating of a PC Card can result in errors or
instability in its operation.
Be careful when you remove a PC Card that has been used for
a long period.
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Avoid spilling liquids into the computer’s keyboard.
If you do spill a liquid that gets into the keyboard, turn off the
computer immediately. Leave the computer turned off
overnight to let it dry out before you use it again.
❖
Never turn off the computer if a drive light indicates a drive is
active.
Turning off the computer while it is reading from or writing to
a disk may damage the disk, the drive, or both.
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Keep the computer and disks away from objects that generate
strong magnetic fields, such as large stereo speakers.
Information on disks is stored magnetically. Placing a magnet
too close to a disk can erase important files.
❖
Scan all new files for viruses.
This precaution is especially important for files you receive
via diskette, email, or download from the Internet.
Occasionally, even new programs you buy from a supplier
may contain a computer virus. You’ll need a special program
to check for viruses. Ask your dealer to help you.
Setting up your computer
Your computer comes with a rechargeable battery pack that must
be charged before you can use it.
To use external power or to charge the battery, you must attach the
AC adapter. See “Connecting the AC adapter” on page 54.
To register your computer online, or to sign up for an Internet
account, you must connect the built-in modem to a telephone line.
See “Using the modem” on page 88.
Before starting to use your computer, you may also want to:
❖
Add more memory (see “Installing additional memory
(optional)” on page 48)
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Connect a mouse (see “Connecting a mouse” on page 52)
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Connect a full-size keyboard (see “Connecting a monitor,
keyboard and mouse” on page 147)
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Connect an external monitor (see “Connecting a monitor,
keyboard and mouse” on page 147)
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Connect a local printer (see “Connecting a printer” on
page 53)
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Install PC Cards (see “Using PC Cards” on page 161)
Installing additional memory (optional)
Your computer comes with enough memory to run most popular
applications. However, you may want to increase the computer’s
memory if you use complex software or process large amounts of
data.
With additional memory, the computer:
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Can run more programs and open more documents at the
same time
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Will run your Windows operating system and Windows
applications faster
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Installing a memory module
If you are adding memory after you have started to use the
computer, begin at step 1. If you have not yet used the computer,
skip to step 3.
1
If the computer is on, click Start, then click Turn Off
Computer.
2
In the Turn Off Computer dialog box, select Turn Off.
The computer turns itself off.
3
Remove any cables connected to the computer.
4
Close the display panel and turn the computer upside down.
5
Using a small Standard #1 Phillips screwdriver, remove the
screw that secures the memory slot cover, then remove the
cover.
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CAUTION: To avoid damaging the computer’s screws, use a
small Standard #1 Phillips screwdriver that is in good
condition.
Removing the memory slot cover
CAUTION: Static electricity can damage the memory module.
Before you handle the module, touch a grounded metal
surface to discharge any static electricity you may have built
up.
Avoid touching the connectors on the memory module or on
the computer. Oil or dust on the connectors can cause
memory access problems.
6
Remove the memory module from its antistatic packaging,
holding it by its edges.
7
Gently slide the module into the socket.
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Inserting the memory module
8
Push the module down until the latches on either side of the
socket engage, securing the module in the socket.
9
Position the memory module cover on the computer and
secure it with the screw.
10 Turn your computer right side up.
11 Reconnect any cables you disconnected.
12 Turn on the computer.
13 Click Start, then click Control Panel to open the Control
Panel.
14 Double-click the System icon to open the System Properties
dialog box.
15 Verify that the amount of RAM listed matches the amount of
memory currently installed.
Removing a memory module
1
Perform steps 1 through 5 in “Installing a memory module”
on page 48, to access the computer’s memory socket.
2
Release the memory module by gently pressing outward on
the latches on either side of the memory socket.
One edge of the module pops up.
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Removing the memory module
3
Remove the memory module from the computer and store it
in antistatic packaging.
CAUTION: Static electricity can damage the memory module.
Before you handle the module, touch a grounded metal
surface to discharge any static electricity you may have built
up.
Avoid touching the connectors on the memory module or on
the computer. Oil or dust on the connectors can cause
memory access problems.
4
Position the memory module cover on the computer and
secure it with the screw.
5
Turn the computer right side up.
6
Reconnect any cables you removed.
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Setting up your computer
Connecting a mouse
You may want to use a mouse or trackball instead of the
computer’s built-in TouchPad. Your notebook computer supports
USB and PS/2-compatible pointing devices.
The TouchPad® can remain operable, even if you connect a
secondary pointing device to the computer. For more information,
see “Toshiba Hardware Setup” on page 172.
Using a USB mouse
1
Connect the mouse cable to the USB port.
2
Install the vendor supplied software that came with the
mouse, if needed.
Using a PS/2 mouse
The system cannot detect a PS/2 mouse if you connect it after
starting the computer.
NOTE: If you connect a PS/2 mouse to the computer while it
is in Standby mode, you will not be able to use the mouse
when you turn the computer on.
CAUTION: When connecting any PS/2 device, turn off your
computer to prevent any possible hardware damage.
1
Attach the PS/2 mouse cable to the PS/2 port.
2
Refer to your mouse documentation for configuration steps.
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Connecting a keyboard
If you prefer to use a full-size keyboard, you can attach one to your
computer. The computer’s PS/2 port supports any
PS/2-compatible keyboard.
NOTE: If you connect a PS/2 keyboard to the computer while
it is in Standby mode, you will not be able to use the
keyboard when you turn the computer on.
CAUTION: When connecting any PS/2 device, turn off your
computer to prevent any possible hardware damage.
Connecting a printer
CAUTION: Connecting the printer cable while the computer
is on may damage the printer, the computer, or both.
Before connecting a printer, you need to know whether it requires
a serial or a parallel interface. Check the printer’s documentation.
If the printer can be switched between serial and parallel mode,
choose parallel because it is faster.
You also need a suitable printer cable — which may come with
your printer. If not, you can purchase one from a computer or
electronics store.
NOTE: If your printer is ECP- or IEEE-compliant, make sure
your printer cable is an IEEE 1284 cable.
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The following instructions assume you have a parallel printer,
which is the most common type.
1
Connect the printer cable to the printer and to the computer’s
parallel port.
To the computer
To the printer
Identifying the ends of a parallel printer cable
2
Plug the printer’s power cable into a live AC outlet.
Refer to your printer documentation for additional configuration
steps.
Connecting the AC adapter
The AC adapter enables you to power the computer from an AC
outlet and to charge the computer’s batteries. A status light on the
AC adapter glows when the device is in use.
AC adapter and power cable
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To connect AC power to the computer:
1
Connect the power cable to the AC adapter.
2
Plug the AC adapter into the computer’s DC-IN jack.
Connecting the adapter to the computer
3
Connect the power cable to a live AC outlet.
If the battery is being charged, the battery light on the status
panel glows amber. Once the battery is fully charged the
battery light remains on and glows green.
DANGER: To avoid electric shock, never modify, forcibly
bend, damage, place heavy objects on top of, or apply heat
to the power cable. If the power cable becomes damaged or
the plug overheats, discontinue use.
Never remove the power plug from the outlet with wet hands.
CAUTION: Using the wrong AC adapter could damage your
computer. Toshiba assumes no liability for any damage in
such cases.
Never pull directly on the power cable to unplug it. Hold the
power plug when removing the cable from the outlet.
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Charging the battery
Before you can use the battery to power the computer, you must
charge it. Connect the computer to a live AC outlet using the AC
adapter and power cable. The battery light on the status panel
glows amber to show that the battery is charging.
Once the computer is connected to a power outlet, you can charge
the battery with the computer turned off or on. It takes several
hours to charge the battery with the computer off. It takes much
longer to charge the battery while the computer is on. The battery
may not charge if several applications are open simultaneously
and are using all the computer’s resources.
For more information on battery use, see “Running the computer
on battery power” on page 100.
CAUTION: Once the battery is charged for the first time,
avoid leaving the computer plugged in and turned off for
more than a few hours at a time. Continuing to charge a fully
charged battery can damage the battery.
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Using the computer for the first time
Opening the display panel
Slide the display latch to the right, then lift the display panel.
Opening the display panel
CAUTION: Be careful not to force the display panel open
beyond the point where it moves easily.
Never lift or move the computer by grasping the display
panel.
Turning on the power
1
Make sure the diskette drive is empty.
2
If you have a printer connected to your computer, turn the
printer on and wait until it indicates that it is ready (on line).
3
Press and hold down the power button.
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Turning on the computer
The on/off light on the status panel turns on.
4
Release the power button.
NOTE: When turning on the computer for the first time, leave
it on until the operating system has loaded completely.
Turning off the computer during its initial startup will cause
an error the next time you start the computer.
When the computer is connected to an external power source,
the battery light glows. If the battery is being charged, the
battery light glows amber.
The hard disk drive-access light flashes when the hard disk
drive is accessed.
CAUTION: Never turn off the computer while any drives are
in use. Doing so may damage the media in use and result in
loss of data.
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Using the TouchPad
The TouchPad, the small, smooth square cutout located in front of
the keyboard, is sensitive to touch and enables you to move the
cursor with the stroke of a finger. Simply move your finger on the
TouchPad in the direction you would like to move the cursor.
TouchPad® surface
Secondary button
Primary button
TouchPad and control buttons
❖
To move the cursor to the top of the page, push your finger
forward on the TouchPad.
❖
To move the cursor to the bottom of the page, drag your finger
toward yourself.
❖
To move the cursor to the right side of the page, slide your
finger across the TouchPad from left to right.
❖
To move the cursor to the left of the page, slide your finger
across the TouchPad from right to left.
NOTE: Because the TouchPad is much smaller than the
display screen, moving your cursor across the screen often
means having to move your finger several times across the
TouchPad in the desired direction.
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Once you have positioned your cursor, you may either click it in
place by double-tapping the TouchPad or clicking the control
buttons. For more on the TouchPad and control buttons together,
see “Lesson 2: Using the TouchPad pointing device” on
page 114.
Control buttons
When a step instructs you to click or choose an item, move the
cursor to the item, then press and release the primary (left-hand)
button. To double-click, press the primary button twice in rapid
succession. The primary button usually corresponds to the left
mouse button.
The function of the secondary (right-hand) button depends on the
program you are using. It usually corresponds to the right mouse
button. Check your program’s documentation to find whether it
uses the right mouse button.
Scrolling with the TouchPad®
There are two active regions on the TouchPad which allow you to
scroll as you would with any wheel device on a mouse or
trackball.
To scroll vertically, run your finger up or down along the right
edge of the TouchPad.
To scroll horizontally, run your finger along the bottom edge of the
TouchPad.
Setting up your software
®
The first time you turn on your computer, the Windows XP
operating system guides you through several essential steps to set
up your software. These steps may or may not appear in the
following order:
❖
Select your time zone.
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Select one of the time zones listed by clicking the up and
down arrow keys to highlight the appropriate time zone, then
click Next to change the setting.
❖
Confirm acceptance of Microsoft’s End User License
Agreement and complete information about the operating
system.
❖
You may be offered the opportunity to register your computer
with Toshiba. If not, make sure you register later. For more
information, see “Registering your computer” on page 61.
NOTE: To register online, your computer’s modem must be
connected to a voice-grade telephone line, or to a Local Area
Network via the LAN port.
❖
Read about Warranty Extensions and Upgrades.
This step provides important information from Microsoft.
❖
Sign up for Internet access.
Completing installation
Upon completion, you will be prompted to click Finish to restart
your computer.
Registering your computer
Registering your computer lets Toshiba keep you up-to-date with
information about new products and upgrades, and also extends
your Toshiba warranty worldwide at no charge to you.
To register your computer at a later time, select No, I do not want
to register at this time. A registration icon appears on your
desktop as a reminder to register later.
To register your computer, double-click the Registration icon
on your desktop and follow the instructions.
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Once you have registered your computer, you don’t need to
register again.
NOTE: If you skip the registration the first time you start your
computer, a weekly reminder screen will appear a few times
to prompt you to do so.
Setting up a printer
If you started your computer with a printer connected and turned
on, it may have been detected automatically (Plug and Play). If
this is not the case, then you must install the printer driver for the
model of printer that is connected to your computer. You install the
printer driver either by following the instructions indicated in your
®
printer manual, or by using the Windows XP Add Printer
Wizard.
If you plan to set up a printer later, click Cancel.
Using the Add Printer Wizard
To set up a printer with the Add Printer Wizard:
1
Click the Start button, then click Control Panel, and
double-click Printers and Faxes.
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The Printers and Faxes window appears.
Sample Printers window
2
Click Add a Printer.
The Add Printer Wizard starts.
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3
Click Next.
The Add Printer Wizard asks you to select your printer.
TECHNICAL NOTE: If your printer is Plug and Play,
Windows® XP recognizes it automatically. You can ignore
the remainder of this section. See your printer manual.
4
5
If the printer you are setting up:
❖
Is not connected to a network, select Local printer
attached to this computer.
❖
Is connected to a network, select A Network printer, or
a printer attached to another computer.
Click Next.
The Add Printer Wizard looks for a plug and play printer. If it
does not locate one, click Next to manually select the printer.
6
Select the port settings according to the instructions in your
printer’s documentation and the port to which your printer is
connected, then click Next.
The Add Printer Wizard prompts you to enter a “friendly”
printer name.
7
From the list of manufacturers and printers, select your
printer, then click Next.
8
Enter a name for your printer, or accept the default name as it
is entered.
HINT: If you are using more than one printer, make sure the
name is descriptive enough to help you tell the difference.
9
Click Next.
You are prompted to print a test page.
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10 If your printer is connected and turned on, click Yes to print a
test page.
To complete the setup procedure without printing a test page,
click No, then click Next.
11 Click Finish.
You are now ready to print.
Customizing your computer’s settings
There are several ways in which you can customize your computer
to suit your particular requirements. Refer to your Windows
documentation or online Help for details.
You may also wish to customize your power usage settings. See
“Managing power usage” on page 99.
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Turning off the computer
It’s a good idea to turn off your computer when you are not using it
for a while.
If you are using the computer for the first time, leave the computer
plugged into a power source (even though the computer is off) to
fully charge the main battery. With the computer off, it may take
up to three hours to recharge the main battery.
Guidelines for turning off the computer:
❖
If you have work in progress and aren’t connected to a
network, use the Windows Standby command to save your
system settings to memory so that, when you turn on the
computer again, you automatically return to where you left
off. See “Standby command” on page 94 for more
information.
NOTE: Save your data when you are using Standby mode. If
the battery discharges fully, your information will be lost. For
more information about Standby mode, see “Using
diskettes” on page 76.
❖
To leave the computer off for a longer period, use the
Windows Turn Off Computer command. Alternatively, use
Hibernation to save the system settings to the hard disk. For
more information, see “Powering down the computer” on
page 93.
❖
Never turn off the power while a disk light on the system
indicator panel is on. Doing so may damage your hard disk,
diskette drive, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, or
DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive.
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Caring for your computer
This section gives tips on cleaning and moving your computer. For
information about taking care of your computer’s battery, see
“Running the computer on battery power” on page 100.
Cleaning the computer
To keep your computer clean, gently wipe the display panel and
exterior case with a lightly dampened cloth. Ask your Toshiba
dealer for suggestions for appropriate cleaning products.
CAUTION: Keep liquid, including cleaning fluid, out of the
computer’s keyboard, speaker grille, and other openings.
Never spray cleaner directly onto the computer. Never use
harsh or caustic chemical products to clean the computer.
Moving the computer
Before moving your computer, even across the room, make sure
all disk activity has ended and all external peripheral cables are
disconnected.
CAUTION: Never pick up the computer by its display panel
or by the back (where the ports are located).
Although your notebook computer is built to withstand reasonable
shock and vibration, transport it in a carrying case for long trips.
You can purchase a carrying case from your Toshiba dealer or
through toshibaaccessories.com.
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Using a computer lock
You may want to secure your computer to a heavy object such as
your desk. The easiest way to do this is to purchase an optional
PORT-Noteworthy® computer lock.
PORT-Noteworthy computer lock
1
Loop the cable through or around some part of a heavy object.
Make sure there is no way for a potential thief to slip the cable
off the object.
2
Pass the locking end through the loop.
3
Insert the cable’s locking end into the security lock slot, then
rotate the key a quarter turn and remove it.
Locking the computer
The computer is now securely locked.
Chapter 3
Learning the Basics
This chapter lists computing tips that you should follow when
using your notebook computer, and provides important
information about the computer’s basic features.
Computing tips
❖
Save your work frequently.
Your work stays in the computer’s temporary memory until
you save it to the disk. You will lose all the work done since
you last saved, if, for example, a system error occurs and you
must restart your computer, or your battery runs out of charge
while you are working.
HINT: Some programs have an automatic save feature which
you can turn on. This feature saves your file to the hard disk
at preset intervals. See your software documentation for
details.
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❖
Back up your files to diskettes (or other removable media) on
a regular basis. Label the backup copies clearly and store
them in a safe place.
It is easy to put off backing up because it takes time. However,
if your hard disk suddenly fails, you may lose all the data on it
unless you have a separate backup copy.
❖
Use Error-checking, Disk Defragmenter, and the
Maintenance Wizard regularly to conserve disk space and
help your computer perform at its optimal level. For more
information, see “Disk drive problems” on page 212, or
®
consult your Windows XP operating system documentation
for more information on these and other utilities.
❖
Take frequent breaks to avoid repetitive-motion injuries and
eyestrain.
❖
Before turning off the computer, use the Turn Off Computer
command from the Start menu.
Using the keyboard
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Character keys
Typing with the character keys is very much like typing on a
typewriter, except that:
❖
The spacebar creates a space character instead of just passing
over an area of the page.
❖
The lowercase letter l (el) and the number 1 are not
interchangeable.
❖
The uppercase letter O and the number 0 are not
interchangeable.
❖
The Caps Lock key changes only the alphabet keys to upper
case — the number and symbol keys are not affected. The
caps lock light on the keyboard indicator panel illuminates
when you press the Caps Lock key.
Ctrl, Fn, and Alt keys
Ctrl, Fn and Alt keys
The Ctrl, Fn, and Alt keys do different things depending on the
program you are using. For more information, see your program
documentation.
Function keys
The function keys (not to be confused with the Fn key) are the 12
keys at the top of the keyboard.
Function keys
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F1 through F12 are called function keys because they perform
programmed functions when pressed. Used in combination with
the Fn key, function keys marked with icons execute specific
functions on the computer. For more information, see “Hot Keys”
on page 229.
®
Windows special keys
Application key
Windows® logo key
®
Windows special keys
The keyboard provides two keys that have special functions in the
®
Windows family of operating systems. The Windows® logo key
activates the Start menu. The Application key has the same
function as the secondary mouse (or TouchPad) button.
Overlay keys
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Home 7
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Keyboard overlay keys
The keys with numbers and symbols on the front of them form the
numeric and cursor overlay. This overlay lets you enter numeric
data or control the cursor as you would using the ten-key keypad
on a desktop computer’s keyboard.
Using the numeric keypad overlay
To turn the numeric overlay on and off, press Fn and F11
simultaneously. The numeric mode light on the status panel glows
when the numeric overlay is on.
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You can still use the overlay keys to type alphabetic characters
while the numeric overlay is on.
❖
For lowercase letters, hold down Fn while you type the letters.
❖
For uppercase letters, hold down both Fn and Shift while you
type the letters.
To use the cursor control keys when the numeric overlay is on,
press and hold down Shift while you use the cursor control keys. To
return to the numeric overlay, release Shift.
Using the cursor control overlay
To turn the cursor control overlay on and off, press Fn and F10
simultaneously. The cursor control mode light on the keyboard
indicator panel glows when the cursor control overlay is on.
To type alphabetic characters while the overlay is on:
❖
For lowercase letters, hold down Fn while you type the letters.
❖
For uppercase letters, hold down both Fn and Shift while you
type the letters.
To use the numeric overlay keys when the cursor control overlay is
on, hold down Shift while you use the numeric overlay keys. To
return to the cursor control overlay, release Shift.
Starting a program
The easiest way to start a program is to double-click the name of
the file that contains the information you want to work on. To find
the file, use My Computer or Windows Explorer.
If you prefer to open the program first, you have four options. You
can:
❖
Double-click the icon for the program on your desktop
❖
Use the Start menu
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❖
Use Windows Explorer or My Computer to locate the
program file
❖
Use the Run dialog box
®
The Windows XP tutorial chapter gives step-by-step instructions
for starting a program from the Start menu. See “Lesson 6:
Starting programs” on page 120.
Saving your work
Before you turn off the computer, save your work to the hard disk
drive or a diskette. This is one of the most important rules of
computing. You can never save your files too often.
NOTE: Save your data even when you are using Standby
mode, in case the battery discharges before you return to
work. For more information about Standby and Hibernation,
see “Powering down the computer” on page 93.
Many programs offer a feature that saves documents at regular
intervals, such as every 15 minutes. Check your program’s
documentation to see whether it has an automatic save feature.
❖
To save a file you are updating, open the program’s File menu
and click Save.
❖
To save the current file with a new name, choose Save As
from the File menu, type a name for the file and click OK.
HINT: To make another copy of the file you are currently
working with, choose Save As from the File menu and give
the new file a different name.
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File names
®
Windows XP supports file names of up to 255 characters. You
may use all the letters and numbers on the keyboard plus the
following characters: _, ^, $, ~, !, #, %, &, {, }, (, ), @, [, ], +, -, ; ,
and '. The names can include spaces.
Printing your work
Make sure that the operating system is set up for your printer as
described in “Connecting a printer” on page 53.
TECHNICAL NOTE: You only need to set up the printer the
first time you connect it. If you use more than one printer or
are changing printers, you will need to set up the Windows®
XP operating system to run with the additional printer(s).
1
If your printer is not on, turn it on now.
2
In the File menu of your Windows program, click Print.
The program displays a Print dialog box.
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A sample Print dialog box
3
Click Print to print.
Using diskettes
The 3.5-inch diskette drive lets you use either double-density (720
KB) or high-density (1.44 MB) diskettes for data transfer and
storage.
Eject button
Diskette drive
Inserting and removing diskettes
1
Hold the diskette so that the arrow on its upper surface points
toward the drive.
2
Push the diskette gently into the drive slot. When the diskette
is in place, the eject button pops out.
To release a diskette from the drive, push the eject button.
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Caring for diskettes
❖
Store your diskettes properly to protect and keep them clean.
❖
If a diskette is dirty, clean it with a soft cloth moistened with
water. Do not use cleaning fluids.
❖
Never slide back the protective metal cover.
❖
Never touch the magnetic surface of a diskette. Fingerprints
can prevent the drive from reading the data stored on a
diskette.
❖
Never twist or bend a diskette.
❖
Keep diskettes at room temperature and avoid exposing them
to direct sunlight, otherwise data may be lost.
❖
Never place heavy objects on your diskettes.
❖
Never eat, smoke, or use erasers near your diskettes. Foreign
particles can damage the diskette’s surface.
❖
Keep your diskettes away from sources of magnetism, such as
speakers and radios; these can destroy data.
Backing up your files
Backing up your files simply means copying individual files to a
diskette or copying entire sections of your hard disk to another
device, such as a tape drive.
Copying to a diskette
1
Insert a diskette into the diskette drive.
2
Double-click the My Computer icon on the Windows
desktop.
3
Double-click the drive that contains the file you want to copy.
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4
Double-click the folder containing the file, then click the file
you want to copy.
HINT: Use the Ctrl or Shift key to select more than one file.
5
Click File, then point to Send To.
6
Click the icon for the diskette drive (3.5" Floppy A).
HINT: You can also back up a file to a diskette by clicking the
file (or files) you want to back up with the secondary button,
then pointing to Send To and clicking 3.5" Floppy (A:).
Using your CD or DVD drive
Your computer may have a CD-ROM drive, DVD-ROM drive, or
a DVD-ROM/CD-RW multifunction drive. CD-ROM drives can
play back prerecorded CDs. DVD-ROM drives can play back both
prerecorded CDs and DVDs. With a CD-RW drive you can write
files (including music) to a CD-Recordable (CD-R) or
CD-Rewritable (CD-RW) disc. A DVD-ROM/CD-RW
multifunction drive can do all of these things.
Compact discs (CDs) store up to 600 MB of data or music. You
use CD-ROMs to load and run software, and to access reference
material such as catalogs, as well as listen to music.
A special feature allows you to play audio CDs even when the
computer is turned off.
Digital versatile discs (DVDs) provide a significant increase in
data storage and support features that are not available on any
other video platform. These features include wide-screen movies,
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angles, and interactive menus. The computer can play
high-resolution video at up to 30 frames per second.
NOTE: For optimum DVD performance, Toshiba
recommends that you play DVDs while running on AC power
rather than on battery power.
Drive components and control buttons
The CD/DVD control buttons are located on the front of the
computer so that you can access them whether the display panel is
closed or open. For more information about the front panel
controls, see “Front panel controls” on page 37.
DVD-ROM drive components
If you have a DVD-ROM drive, it may look like this:
Drive-in-use indicator light
Eject button
Manual eject hole
Sample DVD-ROM drive
Even if your drive looks slightly different, you should be able to
identify the drive-in-use light that glows when the system is
accessing the CD or DVD, the eject button used to release the disc
tray, and a manual eject hole for releasing the disc tray when the
computer’s power is turned off.
CAUTION: Never press the eject button or turn off the
computer while any drives are in use. doing so may damage
the media in use and result in loss of data.
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The eject button requires power to operate. The manual eject
button does not require power.
CAUTION: Never use a pencil to press the DVD-ROM
manual eject button. Pencil lead can break off inside the
computer and damage it. Instead, use a slim object such as a
straightened paper clip.
The vent, located at the lower side of the drive, cools the
DVD-ROM drive’s internal mechanisms. Do not block this vent.
HINT: When the computer is off and the DVD-ROM drive is
on, press the stop/eject control button on the top of the
computer to eject a disc.
Inserting a disc
WARNING: Before playing an audio CD or DVD, turn the
volume down. Playing the disc at maximum volume could
damage your ears. To turn the volume down, use the Volume
Control program (click Start, point to All Programs,
Accessories, Entertainment, and click Volume Control) or
Volume Control dial.
CAUTION: When inserting and removing discs, be careful
not to touch the lens on the disc tray or the area around it.
Doing so could cause the drive to malfunction.
1
If the computer is turned on, press the eject button.
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Pressing the disc eject button
If the computer is off, either:
❖
Slide the CD/DVD/Media Player power switch to the left
to turn the drive on, and press the stop/eject button twice
to release the disc tray.
❖
Press the manual eject button on the drive, accessed
through the small hole just to the right of the eject button.
For instructions, see “Removing a disc with the
computer off” on page 86.
The disc tray partially opens.
2
Pull the disc tray until it is fully open.
Opening the disc tray
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3
Hold the disc by its edges, ensure it is dust-free, and place it
carefully in the disc tray, with the label side up.
Inserting a disc into the drive tray
CAUTION: Handle discs carefully. Avoid touching the
surface of the disc. Grasp it by its center hole and edge. If
you handle the disc incorrectly, you could lose data.
4
Gently press the center of the disc onto the spindle until it
locks into place.
CAUTION: Make sure the disc is properly positioned on the
spindle. If you position the disc incorrectly, it can jam the
disc tray.
5
Close the disc tray by pressing gently on the center of the tray
until it clicks, indicating that it is locked.
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Closing the disc tray
Viewing the contents of a CD or DVD
CDs and DVDs contain files just like diskettes and the hard disk.
CD-ROMs are often used to install software or to store files that
require lots of space, such as photographs and large presentation
files. You can use Explorer or My Computer to view the contents
of any CD or DVD. To view the contents of a CD or DVD using
My Computer:
1
Place the disc in the CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, or
DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive.
2
Double-click My Computer on your desktop to open the My
Computer window.
3
Locate the folder that contains the CD or DVD icon and title.
4
Click the icon.
If you click the icon without having the CD or DVD in the drive,
the operating system prompts you to insert the disc.
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Playing an audio CD
WARNING: Before playing an audio CD or DVD, turn the
volume down. Playing the disc at maximum volume could
damage your ears. To turn the volume down, use the Volume
Control program (click Start, point to All Programs,
Accessories, Entertainment, and click Volume Control) or
Volume Control dial.
To play an audio CD, insert the CD and close the disc tray.
If the computer is off, the drive starts up and begins playing the
first audio track.
Slide the CD/DVD/Media Player power switch to the right to
enable the front panel control buttons. When playing an audio CD,
these buttons have the following functions:
To stop or eject the CD, press the stop/eject button.
To play or pause the CD, press the play/pause button.
To return to the beginning of the preceding track on the disc, press
the previous track button.
To go to the beginning of the following track on the disc, press the
next track button.
The speaker volume control adjusts the level of sound from the
stereo speakers.
If the computer is on, the Windows MediaTM Player window
opens, and the CD begins to play. You can use either the front
panel control buttons on your computer or the Windows MediaTM
Player buttons to control the CD.
You can manually open Windows MediaTM Player from the Start
menu or the taskbar.
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Play/Pause
Stop
Previous track
Next track
Volume Control
Sample Windows Media Player window
The Windows MediaTM Player control panel works much like an
ordinary compact disc player:
❖
To play the CD or to pause, click the Play/pause button on the
CD Player control panel.
❖
To return to the beginning of the preceding track on the disc,
click the previous track button.
❖
To go to the beginning of the following track on the disc, click
the next track button.
❖
To stop the CD, click the Stop button.
❖
To adjust the volume, click and drag the volume slider bar
until the desired sound level is reached.
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Playing a DVD
This manual has a separate chapter on using the WinDVDTM
software application for playing DVDs. For information, see
“WinDVD 2000” on page 175.
Removing a disc
Removing a disc with the computer on
1
Press the eject button.
CAUTION: Never press the eject button while the computer is
accessing the CD-ROM/DVD-ROM drive.
If the disc is still spinning when you open the disc tray, wait
for it to stop before you remove it.
2
Pull the disc tray until it is fully open, remove the disc, and
place it in its protective cover.
3
Close the disc tray.
Removing a disc with the computer off
1
Insert a slender object, such as a straightened paper clip, into
the manual eject button hole.
CAUTION: Never use a pencil to press the manual eject
button. Pencil lead can break off inside the computer and
damage it.
2
Pull the disc tray until it is fully open, remove the disc, and
place it in its protective cover.
3
Close the disc tray.
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Caring for CDs and DVDs
❖
Store your discs in their original containers to protect them
from scratches and keep them clean.
❖
Never bend a disc or place heavy objects on top of it.
❖
Never apply a label to, or otherwise mar, the surface of a disc.
❖
Hold a disc by its outside edge. Fingerprints on the surface of
a disc can prevent the CD-ROM drive or DVD-ROM drive
from reading the data properly.
❖
Avoid exposing discs to direct sunlight or extreme heat or
cold.
❖
To clean a disc, wipe it with a clean, dry cloth — starting from
the center of the disc and wiping toward the outward edge.
Avoid wiping using a circular motion. If necessary, moisten
the cloth with water or a neutral cleaner (not benzine or
rubbing alcohol). Let the disc dry completely before inserting
it in the drive.
Setting up for communications
To connect to the Internet, use an online service, or communicate
across the telephone lines with another computer, you need:
❖
The computer’s modem
❖
A telephone line
❖
A browser or communications program
❖
An Internet Service Provider (ISP) or online service if you
plan to use the Internet
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Using the modem
Before you can use the modem, you must connect it to a standard
voice-grade telephone line with an RJ11 jack.
NOTE: It is recommended that you do not use the infrared
port at the same time as either playing audio or connecting
to the internet via a modem. Audio quality may be reduced
and the modem connection may be slower or disrupted.
TECHNICAL NOTE: Disable Call Waiting before you connect
through the modem. Call Waiting interrupts data
transmission.
1
Attach one end of a standard telephone cable to the
computer’s modem port.
Connecting the modem
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Attach the other end of the telephone cable to the modular
jack of a standard voice-grade telephone line.
CAUTION: Never connect the modem to a digital telephone
line. A digital line will damage the modem.
Using the LAN
If your system has an integrated 10/100 Ethernet LAN port, you
can have your network administrator configure your computer for
the network and supply you an available network connection
point.
Ether
1
Attach one end of a standard LAN cable to the computer’s
RJ45 LAN port.
Connecting the network port
2
Attach the other end of the LAN cable to your network
connection point.
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Using a wireless connection
NOTE: Using this functionality requires an optional Wi-Fi™
module.
If you do not have a Wi-Fi™ module installed, you will need
to connect using a PC Card device.
For information on how to set up a wireless connection, refer to
your wireless networking device documentation or your network
administrator.
Connecting your computer to a network
You can connect your computer to a network locally or remotely.
❖
Locally, using the built-in 10/100 Ethernet LAN adapter by
connecting it to a standard RJ45 LAN line, or by using the
optional Wi-Fi module. For more information about wireless
networking, refer to your network administrator.
❖
Remotely, using the built-in modem and a dial-up connection.
For specific information about connecting to the local area
network (LAN) or wide area network (WAN), consult your
network administrator.
Setting up a modem connection
NOTE: It is recommended that you do not use the infrared
port at the same time as either playing audio or connecting
to the internet via a modem. Audio quality may be reduced
and the modem connection may be slower or disrupted.
To use a dial-up connection, have your network administrator
configure your computer for the network and supply you with the
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telephone number. To set up the network connection, use the
Remote Desktop Connection command:
1
Click Start and point to All Programs.
2
Point to Accessories, then to Communications, and click
Remote Desktop Connection.
3
Enter the phone number of your network connection and click
Connect.
The computer connects with the network.
Using the Ethernet LAN port
If your computer has an integrated 10/100 Ethernet LAN port, the
operating system attempts to contact a Dynamic Host
Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server when it starts. If the
computer is not connected to a network, it may pause a few
minutes as it waits for a reply. To avoid this delay, you can
reconfigure Windows to disable the LAN port.
To disable the LAN port:
1
Click Start, then click Control Panel.
2
Double-click the System icon, click the Hardware tab, and
then click the Device Manager button.
3
Select Intel® Pro/100 VE Network Connection in Network
Adapters.
4
Click the Properties icon on the toolbar.
5
Choose the Do not use this device (disable) option from the
Device usage drop-down.
6
Click OK.
Your LAN port is now disabled.
To enable the LAN port:
1
Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
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2
Double-click the System icon, click the Hardware tab, and
then click the Device Manager button.
3
Select Intel® Pro/100 VE Network Connection in Network
Adapters.
4
Click the Properties icon on the toolbar.
5
Choose the Use this device (enable) check box.
6
Click OK.
Your LAN port is now enabled.
Accessing the Wi-Fi™ Mini PCI Module
Your computer may come with an integrated Wi-FiTM Mini PCI
Module. When using it, your computer may display a PC Card
icon in the desktop’s system tray to indicate that it is in use. Do not
confuse the system tray’s icon with other removable PC Card
devices you may have installed.
You can use the system tray’s PC Card icon to turn off your Wi-Fi
Mini PCI module. However, you will need to restart your
computer to turn it back on.
If your Wi-Fi Mini PCI module is integrated into your computer
system, Toshiba recommends that you do not remove the module
from your computer. For assistance, contact a Toshiba Wireless
Authorized Service Partner.
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Powering down the computer
When you power down the computer, you have three options to
choose from: Turn Off Computer, Hibernation and Standby. Each
option has its advantages.
Turn off computer command
The Turn off computer command shuts the computer down
completely. When you start up again, the computer runs a self-test
and loads the operating system. You must open any programs and
files you want to use.
Factors to consider when choosing Turn off computer:
❖
No power is used while the computer is shut down. This is the
most efficient mode if you will be away from your computer
for an extended time.
❖
Restarting from Shut down uses the most time and battery
power.
❖
When starting up again, the system does not automatically
open programs and files you were previously using.
Hibernation command
Hibernation shuts the computer down completely, but it first saves
the current state of the computer to the hard disk. Since
Hibernation does not require power to maintain the saved
information, the system settings are retained indefinitely.
Restoring information from the hard drive takes longer than
restoring it from memory. When you start up again, the computer
runs a self-test, loads the operating system, and then returns to the
state in which you left it.
Factors to consider when choosing Hibernation:
❖
While in Hibernation, the computer uses no battery power.
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Because the state of the system is held on the hard disk, no
data is lost if the battery discharges.
❖
Restarting from Hibernation uses less time and battery power
than restarting from Shut down.
❖
Restarting from Hibernation uses a little more time and
battery power than restarting from Standby because
information is being retrieved from the hard disk instead of
memory.
❖
When starting up again, the computer returns to the state in
which you left it and opens the programs and files you were
using.
Standby command
The Standby command puts the computer into a power-saving
mode. Standby holds the current state of the computer in memory
so that, when you restart the computer, you can continue working
from where you left off.
Factors to consider when choosing Standby:
❖
While in Standby mode, the computer uses some battery
power. A fully charged battery will last approximately eight
hours in Standby mode.
❖
Restarting from Standby mode uses less time and battery
power than restarting from Shut down or Hibernation.
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When starting up again, the computer returns to the state in
which you left it and opens the programs and files you were
using.
NOTE: If you power down using the Standby command and
the battery discharges fully, your information will be lost. Be
sure to save your work first.
TECHNICAL NOTE: Before using any of these methods to
power down your computer, save your files and make sure
the drive-in-use light is off.
If you change your mind and decide to continue working
after all, wait a few seconds before turning the computer on
again.
Using the Turn Off Computer command
To power down the computer using the Turn off computer
command, click Start, Turn Off Computer, then click Turn Off.
Sample Shut Down Windows dialog box
The computer turns itself off.
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Shutting down more quickly
You can also shut down the computer by pressing the power
button or closing the display panel.
To use either of these methods, you first need to turn on the feature
in the Power Saver utility.
1
Open the Start menu, then click Control Panel.
2
In the Control Panel window, double-click the Toshiba
Power Saver icon.
The Power Saver Properties dialog box appears.
3
Click the Details button, then the System Power Mode tab,
and select the options you want from the drop-down lists.
❖
When I close the lid
Set this option to Power Off to have the computer shut
down when you close the display panel.
❖
When I press the power button
Set this option to Power Off to have the computer shut
down when you press the power button.
4
Click Apply.
5
Click OK, then close the Control Panel.
Starting again after Shut down
To start the computer up again, press and release the power button.
The on/off light changes to green.
Using Hibernation
If you have enabled Hibernation on the Toshiba Power Saver
Properties dialog, you can power down the computer using the
Hibernation option as follows:
1
Click Start, then Turn Off Computer.
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Hold down the Shift key and click Hibernation.
Sample Shut Down Windows dialog box
The computer saves the state of the system, including all open
programs and files, to the hard disk, and then turns itself off.
Going into Hibernation more quickly
You can also put the computer into Hibernation by pressing the
power button or closing the display panel.
To use either of these methods, you first need to turn on the feature
in the Power Saver utility.
1
Open the Start menu, then click Control Panel.
2
In the Control Panel window, double-click the Toshiba
Power Saver icon.
3
Click the Hibernate tab, and then click the Enable hibernate
support checkbox.
4
Click Apply.
5
Click OK, then close the Control Panel.
Starting again from Hibernation
To start the computer from Hibernation, press the power button.
The computer returns to the screen you were using.
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Using Standby
To power down the computer using the Standby command, click
Start, Turn Off Computer, then select Stand by.
The computer saves the status of all open programs and files to
memory, turns off the display, and goes into a low-power mode.
The on/off light blinks amber to indicate the machine is in Standby
mode.
Going into Standby more quickly
You can also put the computer into Standby by either pressing the
power button or closing the display panel.
To use either of these methods, you first need to enable the feature
in the Power Saver utility.
1
Open the Start menu, then click Control Panel.
2
In the Control Panel window, double-click the Toshiba
Power Saver icon.
The Power Saver Properties dialog box appears.
3
Click the Details button, then the System Power Mode tab,
and select the options you want from the drop-down lists.
4
Click Apply.
5
Click OK, then close the Control Panel.
Starting again from Standby
To start the computer from Standby, press the power button. The
computer returns to the screen you were using.
If you put the computer in Standby by closing the display panel,
you can start it again by opening the display panel.
Chapter 4
Mobile Computing
This chapter covers all aspects of using your computer while
traveling.
Toshiba’s energy-saver design
Your computer enters a low-power mode when it is not being
used, thereby conserving energy and saving money in the process.
It has a number of other features that enhance its energy efficiency.
Many of these energy-saving features have been set by Toshiba.
We recommend you leave these features active, allowing your
computer to operate at its maximum energy efficiency, so that you
can use it for longer periods while traveling.
Managing power usage
Your computer’s power-saving options greatly increase the length
of time you can use the computer before recharging the battery.
To change the Power usage mode, click Start, then click Control
Panel. In the Control Panel, double-click the Toshiba Power
Saver icon to display the Power Saver Properties window.
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Click the Details button, then the Power Save Mode tab. Select
the power scheme with the most appropriate settings for your
computer. Keep in mind that changing any settings on the Power
Saver Properties window will modify the currently selected
scheme. For more information, see “Toshiba Power Saver” on
page 174.
Running the computer on battery power
The computer contains a removable lithium ion (Li-ion) battery
pack that provides power when you are away from an AC outlet.
You can recharge it many times.
In addition to the removable main battery, the computer has an
internal real-time clock (RTC) battery. The RTC battery powers
the RTC memory, which stores your system configuration settings
and the current time and date for up to a month while the computer
is turned off.
Using additional battery packs
If you spend a lot of time traveling and need to work for many
hours without an AC power source, you may want to carry
additional charged battery packs with you. You can then replace a
discharged battery and continue working.
Battery safety precautions
❖
Never try to disassemble a battery pack.
❖
Never overcharge or reverse charge a battery. Overcharging
will shorten its life and reverse charging could destroy it,
causing the release of toxic fumes.
❖
Avoid touching the metal terminals of the battery with another
metal object. Short-circuiting the battery will cause it to
overheat and may cause permanent damage to the battery or
the computer.
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❖
Never incinerate a spent battery as this will cause it to explode
and release toxic materials.
❖
If a battery is leaking or damaged, replace it immediately. Use
protective gloves when handling a damaged battery.
❖
To replace the main battery, use an identical battery that you
can purchase through www.toshibaaccessories.com.
Maximizing battery life
A main battery can be recharged many times. Gradually over time
it will lose its ability to hold a charge. To maximize the life of your
main battery:
❖
Avoid leaving the computer plugged in and unused for more
than a few hours. Overcharging the main battery may shorten
its life.
❖
If you are not going to use the computer for a long period of
time, remove the battery.
❖
Alternate between battery packs if you have a spare.
❖
Make sure the computer is off when you are replacing the
battery.
❖
Store spare battery packs in a cool dry place out of direct
sunlight.
TECHNICAL NOTE: Battery life and charge time may vary,
depending on applications, power-management settings,
and features used.
Charging batteries
The main battery needs to be charged before you can use it to
power the computer.
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Charging the main battery
To charge the main battery, plug the computer into a live AC
outlet.
The battery light glows amber while the battery is being charged.
It takes two to three hours to charge the battery with the computer
off. It takes much longer to charge the battery while the computer
is on.
TECHNICAL NOTE: The battery does not charge while the
computer is consuming full power.
The battery may not start charging immediately if:
❖
The battery is extremely hot or cold.
To ensure that the battery charges to its full capacity, wait until
it reaches room temperature (50 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, 10
to 26 degrees Celsius).
❖
The battery is almost completely discharged.
Leave the power connected, and the battery should begin
charging after a few minutes.
HINT: Once a battery pack is fully charged, we recommend
that you operate your computer on battery power until the
battery pack discharges completely. Doing this extends
battery life and helps ensure accurate monitoring of battery
capacity.
Charging the RTC battery
During normal use, the main battery keeps the RTC battery
adequately charged. Occasionally, the RTC battery may lose its
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charge completely, especially if you have had the computer turned
off for a long time.
If the RTC battery is low, the real-time clock and calendar may
display the incorrect time and date, or stop working.
To recharge the RTC battery, plug in the computer and leave it
turned off for at least 24 hours.
Monitoring battery power
The battery light indicates the main battery’s current charge. It
❖
Glows green when the battery is fully charged.
❖
Glows amber while the battery is being charged.
❖
Flashes amber when the charge reaches the critical battery
level.
❖
Does not glow if the external power source is disconnected or
if the battery is completely discharged.
Determining remaining battery power
NOTE: Wait at least 16 seconds after turning on the
computer before trying to monitor the remaining power. The
computer needs this time to check the battery’s remaining
capacity and perform calculations.
1
Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
2
Double-click the Toshiba Power Saver icon.
3
The Power Save Modes tab shows the current charge state of
the battery.
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TECHNICAL NOTE: The computer drains the battery faster at
low temperatures. Check your remaining charge frequently if
you are working in temperatures below 50 degrees
Fahrenheit.
The computer calculates the remaining battery charge based
on your current rate of power use and other factors such as
the age of the battery.
Conserving battery power
How long a fully charged battery pack lasts when you are using
the computer depends on a number of factors, such as:
❖
How the computer is configured
❖
How much you use the display panel instead of an external
monitor
❖
How much you use the hard disk and other drives
❖
Whether you use any optional devices to which the battery
supplies power, such as a PC Card
❖
Where you are working — since operating time decreases at
low temperatures
What to do when the battery runs low
When the battery runs low you have these options:
❖
Plug the computer into a live AC outlet and recharge the
battery.
❖
Replace the battery with a charged spare, if you have one (see
“Changing the main battery” on page 105).
❖
Save your work and turn off the computer.
If you don’t manage to do any of these things before the battery
completely runs out of power, the computer automatically enters
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Standby mode and turns itself off. Standby mode keeps track of
where you were so, when you turn on the power again, you can
continue where you left off. For more information, see “Standby
command” on page 94.
Battery alarms
The computer can be configured to warn you when the battery is
running low. You can set each of the following alarms to alert you
when a specified percentage of remaining battery power has been
reached:
❖
Low Battery
❖
Critical Battery
You can set how the warning occurs — by sounding an alarm,
displaying a message, both, or none. You can also set the computer
to enter Standby mode when the alarm goes off.
To set the alarm levels:
1
Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
2
Double-click the Toshiba Power Saver icon.
The Power Options Properties dialog box appears.
3
Click the Alarms tab.
4
Set the alarm levels as desired.
®
For more information on battery alarms, refer to your Windows
XP documentation.
Changing the main battery
When your battery runs out of power, you have two options —
connect the AC adapter, or install a fresh battery. For instructions
on using the AC adapter, see “Connecting the AC adapter” on
page 54.
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Removing the battery
1
Save your work.
2
Shut down the computer.
CAUTION: Never remove the battery while the computer is
on.
3
Close the display panel, ensuring that it snaps into place.
4
Turn the computer upside down with the front of the
computer facing you.
5
Slide the battery release latch as shown in the illustration.
Battery release latch
Releasing the battery latch
6
Gently pull the battery out of the battery bay.
WARNING: If the battery is leaking or its case is cracked, put
on protective gloves to handle it, and discard it immediately
following the advice in “Disposing of used batteries safely”
on page 107.
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Inserting a charged battery
1
Wipe the terminals of the charged battery with a clean cloth to
ensure a good connection.
2
Slide the battery into the battery bay.
You’ll know the battery is properly seated when you hear it
click into place.
3
Slide the battery release latch as shown in the illustration.
Inserting the battery
4
Turn the computer right side up.
Disposing of used batteries safely
You can recharge a main battery many times, so it should last for
years. When the useful life of the battery expires or if the battery
becomes damaged, you must discard it responsibly.
The documentation that came with your computer may include an
insert regarding the disposal of batteries. If not, check with your
local government for information on where to recycle or dispose
of old batteries.
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Only use replacement batteries recommended by Toshiba.
CAUTION: The computer uses a lithium ion battery, which
can explode if not handled or disposed of properly. Putting
spent batteries in the trash is not only irresponsible, it may
also be illegal. Dispose of the battery as required by local
ordinances or regulations.
Traveling tips
The environmental precautions listed in “Selecting a place to
work” on page 41, also apply while traveling.
❖
Never leave your computer on a sunny ledge or in a place
where it could get wet or covered in dust.
❖
Always travel with the computer in a carrying case. Toshiba
offers a choice of carrying cases for the computer. They all
provide plenty of extra space for manuals, power cables,
compact discs and diskettes. For more information, see the
accessories information packaged with your computer, or visit
toshibaaccessories.com.
TECHNICAL NOTE: When traveling by air, you may be
required to pass your notebook through airport security
equipment. The X-ray equipment will not harm your
computer.
Chapter 5
Getting to Know
®
Windows XP
®
This chapter introduces the Windows XP operating system by
guiding you through a few basic tasks.
®
If you have used the Windows 2000 operating system, you will
®
find that the Windows XP operating system works in similar
®
ways. Whether you have used a Windows operating system or
not, the skill and confidence you will gain from this chapter will
more than offset the short amount of time spent going through
these lessons.
As you explore your computer’s operating system further, you will
often discover alternative ways of accomplishing a particular task.
For more detailed information on your operating system, refer to
®
the Microsoft Windows XP documentation that came with your
computer.
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Lesson 1: Exploring the desktop
The desktop is the launching pad for everything you can do in the
®
Windows XP operating system. You use its features to start
programs, find documents, set up system components, and
perform most other computing tasks.
HINT: The illustrated examples in this guide may appear
slightly different from the screens displayed on your
computer. However, the differences are not significant and do
not indicate any change in the functionality of your system.
Finding your way around the desktop
Your computer’s desktop includes several standard features: icons,
Start button, shortcut tray, taskbar, system tray, and the desktop
background pattern.
Icons
Start button
Sample desktop
Taskbar
System tray
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Icons
An icon represents a folder, file, or program that can be quickly
activated by double-clicking the icon.
You can create a new desktop icon for any folder, file, or program
by dragging the element’s icon from its location in a window to the
desktop area.
®
The icons initially displayed on your Windows XP desktop
include:
My Documents — Provides a convenient place to store
documents, graphics, or other files you want to access quickly.
My Computer — Shows the file system for your computer and the
network (if any).
Recycle Bin — Holds files you’ve deleted using the Windows
Explorer. You may retrieve these files until you empty the Recycle
Bin.
TECHNICAL NOTE: If you delete a file from a diskette, it does
not go into the Recycle Bin. For more information on the
Recycle Bin, see Windows Help.
Internet Explorer — The Microsoft browser that provides access
to the Internet.
Toshiba VirtualTechTM — A Toshiba utility to help answer
technical questions and troubleshoot system problems. For more
information about VirtualTech, see “Using VirtualTech” on
page 222.
Toshiba Great Software Offer — A service provided by Toshiba
that offers additional software to you.
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FreedomWareTM — Receive free offers, discounts and
productivity solutions.
NOTE: If you place the cursor over an icon, a popup
description of the file contents appears.
Your desktop may contain other icons depending on your
®
configuration. See Windows XP online Help for more specific
information on each icon and how to use it.
Start button
You use the Start button to:
❖
Start programs
❖
Access Microsoft Windows XP update information
❖
Open recently accessed documents
❖
Adjust system settings
❖
Search for files
❖
Access Windows Help and Support
❖
Run programs
❖
Suspend system activity and shut down the computer
®
For more information on starting programs, see “Lesson 6:
Starting programs” on page 120.
Taskbar
Each time you open a program, a button associated with that
program appears on the taskbar. With some programs, a button
appears on the taskbar for each document or window you open.
You can use these buttons to quickly switch between the programs
or windows.
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To make a program or window active, click the associated button.
System tray
The system tray displays icons of tasks or programs that run
continuously in the background. To learn more about each task,
position the cursor over the icon for a few moments and a short
description of the task appears.
Typical tasks in the system tray are current time, power usage
mode, and speaker volume.
To activate a specific task, double-click the appropriate system tray
icon.
Desktop background
When you first set up your computer, the background image (also
called “wallpaper”) on the desktop is the Toshiba background
image.
You can change the background of your desktop. To change the
background:
1
Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click
Display.
2
Select the Desktop tab, and choose the background you want
to display on the desktop. Then click OK.
The new background wallpaper is enabled.
Windows® XP file system
All files on your computer are organized for accessibility using a
hierarchal file system.
Programs, documents, and other data are held in files. These files
can be grouped together in folders, and folders can be grouped
inside other folders for convenient organizing. All the files and
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folders reside in your computer on a storage device, such as a disk
drive.
You can think of your computer storage system in terms of office
equipment. You have a file cabinet (device), that contains folders,
and each folder may contain documents. Your office may have
more than one file cabinet, just as your computer may have more
than one disk drive.
Computers can be connected together to form a network, so that
programs, documents and other data can be quickly and easily
shared between computers.
You can use the My Computer feature on the desktop to access
any file in the Windows file system.
For more information, read the Microsoft documentation that
comes with your computer.
Lesson 2: Using the TouchPad pointing device
“Getting Started” introduced you to the TouchPad, which is your
basic tool for moving around the screen and performing
computing tasks. This lesson lets you practice using the TouchPad.
1
Move the cursor to the Start button, then click the primary
button to open the Start menu.
NOTE: In this guide, the term “click” refers to the primary
button (the left button). Instructions requiring the secondary
button specifically mention that button. For example, “click
the secondary button.”
2
Click an empty area of the desktop to close the Start menu.
3
With the pointer in an empty area of the desktop, click the
secondary button (the smaller one) to open the desktop
shortcut menu.
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As the name implies, shortcut menus provide quick access to
®
many Windows XP features.
Sample desktop shortcut menu
4
Click an empty area to close the shortcut menu.
5
Move the pointer to the My Computer icon, then click the
primary button twice rapidly. (This process is known as
“double-clicking.”)
The My Computer window opens.
Sample Desktop with the My Computer window open
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Now click the Close button in the upper-right corner of this
window.
The My Computer window closes.
Lesson 3: Learning about the Internet
This lesson demonstrates how to access a Web page from a
window and from the taskbar. The lesson assumes you have an
account with an Internet Service Provider (ISP).
Opening a Web page from a window
The most common way to open a Web page is by typing a Web
address in the address line of the Web browser itself. But you can
also type a Web address in the My Computer window.
1
On the desktop, double-click My Computer.
The My Computer window appears.
2
On the View menu, point to Toolbars, then click Address
Bar.
The address bar indicates that you are in “My Computer.”
Address
bar
Sample My Computer window
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In the address bar, type http://www.toshiba.com, and then press
Enter.
If you are connected to the Internet, the Toshiba Web site
appears.
Lesson 4: Creating a new document
This lesson teaches you how to create a text file without having to
first open a program.
1
Move the pointer to an empty area of the desktop, then click
the secondary button.
A shortcut menu of commands applicable to the desktop
appears.
2
Click New, then click Text Document.
An icon called New Text Document appears on the desktop
with the icon name highlighted.
3
To give your document a meaningful name, type New File.txt
and press Enter.
4
Double-click the New File icon.
The new document opens in Notepad—the text editor built
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Title bar
Sample Notepad window
Notice that when the document opens, there is a new button
on the taskbar that reads New File.txt - Notepad (the name
may be too long to fit into the taskbar space but, if you point to
the name, you see the complete name). By displaying buttons
like this one, the taskbar helps you keep track of the programs
and files you currently have open.
To learn more about Notepad, click Start, then click Help
and Support or open the Help menu by pressing F1. For now,
leave Notepad open and go on to the next lesson.
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Lesson 5: Creating a new folder
DEFINITION: A folder is an area where you can store
documents and other types of files. It is analogous to a file
folder stored in a file cabinet. In this case, a disk drive in the
computer is the file cabinet.
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The Windows XP operating system stores documents and
programs in folders. It even stores other folders in folders. In this
lesson, you will create a folder in which to store your new
document.
1
Move the pointer to an empty area of the desktop, then click
the secondary button.
The desktop shortcut menu appears.
2
Click New, then click Folder.
An icon called New Folder appears on the desktop with the
icon name highlighted.
3
Type a name for the folder, such as My Folder, then press Enter.
4
Close the Notepad document you just created by clicking the
Close button on the right side of the Notepad title bar.
The document appears as an icon on the desktop.
5
Click the document icon and drag it toward your New Folder
icon. Position the document icon over the New Folder icon
until it changes color, then release the primary button.
The outline of the document icon moves across the desktop
and disappears into the folder.
6
To see your document, double-click the folder icon.
A window opens and displays the contents of the folder.
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Close the window by clicking its Close button and continue
with the next lesson to learn how to start programs.
Lesson 6: Starting programs
Usually, you will know which program you want to use for a
particular task.
This lesson teaches you how to launch programs from the Start
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menu, using two of the programs that are built into the Windows
XP operating system: Paint and Windows Explorer.
1
Click Start, then point to All Programs.
A list of program folders appears.
2
Point to Accessories, then click Paint.
Paint—a basic drawing program—opens.
Sample Paint program open on the desktop
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3
To open the second program, click Start, then click All
Programs.
4
Point to Accessories, then click Windows Explorer.
Windows Explorer provides access to all your computer’s
resources. For example, it lets you see all the files in a
particular folder on the computer’s hard disk.
Sample Windows Explorer open on the desktop
Notice the taskbar now has two buttons on it—one for Paint
and one for Windows Explorer.
5
Click the Paint button on the taskbar.
The Paint program is displayed on the desktop.
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The Windows XP Edition operating system places the active
window on top of other windows on the desktop unless you have
selected a different display option. You can move back and forth
between the two programs by clicking each button alternately.
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Lesson 7: Resizing, repositioning, and hiding
windows
If you have followed the lessons in this chapter, you now have a
screen cluttered with several program windows. Fortunately, it is
easy to create order out of this chaos. You can resize and reposition
windows so that you can see more than one of them at a time. You
can also hide windows by removing them from the desktop
without actually closing your document or program.
This lesson introduces several ways to adjust the size, shape, and
position of windows open on the desktop.
Close button
Maximize button
Minimize button
Sample Windows Explorer open on the desktop
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Using the taskbar
If you have applications open on the desktop, you can rearrange
them by pointing your cursor to the taskbar and clicking the
secondary button. You have these options:
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Move windows
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Size windows
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Minimize all windows — display only the taskbar buttons
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Maximize windows
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Close windows
Choose your option depending on how you wish to set up your
desktop.
Minimizing and maximizing windows
1
To make the Windows Explorer window the active window,
click the My Documents button on the taskbar.
The Windows Explorer title bar is highlighted to show that
Windows Explorer is the active window.
2
Click the Minimize button at the top-right corner of the
Explorer window to hide the window.
Windows Explorer disappears from the desktop. However, it
is still open, as you can see from the taskbar.
HINT: Minimizing program windows is a good way to clean
up the desktop without actually closing programs.
3
Click the Maximize button in the top-right corner of the Paint
window.
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The Paint window expands to fill the screen, hiding
everything except the taskbar. Notice that the Maximize
button has changed. It is now called the Restore button.
HINT: Maximizing a program is a good way to work when
you are only using that program and do not want any
distractions on the screen.
Resizing and moving windows
1
Click the Restore button in the top-right corner of the Paint
window.
Paint returns to its previous size and location. Notice that the
Restore button has changed back into the Maximize button.
For the next few steps assume that you want to be able to see
both Paint and Windows Explorer at the same time.
2
Move the pointer to the right-hand edge of the Paint window.
The pointer changes to a two-headed arrow.
3
Click and drag the edge of the window until it takes up just
less than half the width of the desktop.
4
Click the title bar of the Paint window and drag it to the left
side of the desktop.
You can move any window by clicking its title bar and
dragging it.
5
Click the My Documents button on the taskbar.
6
Repeat steps 3 and 4 to change the size and position of
Windows Explorer, placing it on the right side of the desktop.
Now that the windows are side by side, you can see how you
could refer to one window while working in the other.
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Resizing and moving windows allows you to rearrange the
desktop to suit your needs. Experiment with different sizes and
placements of windows to find the best arrangement for your
work.
At this point you have two programs open on the desktop. The
next lesson shows you how to close them.
Lesson 8: Closing programs
Once you are finished working with a document or program, it is a
good idea to close it. While you can run several programs at the
same time, having a large number of programs and documents
open simultaneously can slow down your computer.
This lesson teaches you how to close the programs you opened
earlier in this tutorial.
1
Click the Close button at the top-right of the Explorer
window.
That is all there is to it. Windows Explorer closes, removing
the Explorer button from the taskbar as well.
2
Close Paint and the My Computer window (assuming it is still
open) by clicking the Close buttons for each program.
HINT: Always save your work before you close a program.
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Lesson 9: Creating shortcuts
By adding shortcuts to your desktop, you can open programs or
files with the click of a button. You will probably want to create
shortcuts for the programs you use most frequently. This lesson
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explains how to create shortcuts using two Windows XP
accessories, Calculator and Character Map, as examples.
Creating a shortcut to the Calculator
Use this method when you know the name and location of the
program file to which you would like to create a shortcut.
1
Move the pointer to an empty area of the desktop, then click
the secondary button.
The desktop shortcut menu appears.
2
Click New, then click Shortcut.
The Create Shortcut dialog box appears.
Sample Create Shortcut dialog box
3
In the Command line box, type c:\windows\calc.exe and click
Next.
4
A dialog box prompts you to select a name for the shortcut.
5
Type Calculator and click Finish.
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The Windows XP operating system displays the new
shortcut on your desktop.
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Creating a shortcut to the Character Map
Use this method when you don’t know the name and location of
the program file.
1
Click Start, then point to Search.
Sample Search options on the Start menu
2
Click All Files or Folders.
The Search Results dialog box appears.
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Sample Search Results dialog box
HINT: Search also allows you to perform searches on the
Internet.
3
Type char in the All or part of the file name: text box, and
then click Search.
The Search function displays a list of all the files with “char”
in their names.
4
Click the Character Map file with the secondary button and
drag it to the desktop.
A shortcut menu appears.
5
Click Create Shortcut.
A shortcut to the Character Map appears on your desktop.
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Clicking a shortcut icon opens the program or folder immediately.
You can place as many shortcuts on your desktop as you find
useful.
HINT: The Character Map is a useful tool when you want to
add a special character to a document.
Lesson 10: Changing the screensaver
You can personalize the background area of your desktop with
pictures, patterns, or colors. The background is considered a
“property” of your desktop. This lesson will not only teach you
how to personalize the background, but will also introduce you to
properties.
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The Windows XP operating system treats all windows, icons,
programs, drives, etc. as self-contained objects, each with its own
set of properties (such as size, position on-screen, and color).
Many of these properties can be customized to meet your
particular needs and tastes.
DEFINITION: An object is an independent block of data, text,
or graphics that was created by an individual application.
This lesson introduces object properties by showing you how to
change one of the properties of the desktop—the screen saver.
This is a continuously changing pattern that appears on the screen
during pauses in your work.
1
Move the pointer to an empty area of the desktop, then click
the secondary button.
The desktop shortcut menu appears.
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Click Properties.
The Display Properties dialog box opens.
Sample Display Properties dialog box
3
Click the Screen Saver tab.
4
Click the arrow beside the current option—probably
“(None)” —to open the screen saver list box.
5
Scroll through the screen saver options by clicking the scroll
arrows in the list box.
6
Try a screen saver pattern by clicking a name in the list box.
Your selection appears in the monitor above the list box. Try
several patterns.
7
To apply a pattern to your desktop, click Apply.
8
After you have chosen a screen saver pattern and applied it to
your desktop, click OK.
You return to the desktop.
You can view any object’s properties by clicking the object with
the secondary button, then choosing Properties from the shortcut
menu that appears.
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The next lesson explains how to set two other properties—the date
and time.
Lesson 11: Setting the date and time
You initially set the computer’s date and time properties when you
turned the computer on for the first time.
To change the date and time settings:
1
Click Start, then click Control Panel.
The Control Panel appears.
2
Double-click the Date/Time icon.
The Date/Time Properties dialog box appears.
Sample Date/Time Properties dialog box
HINT: To open the Date/Time Properties dialog box more
quickly, either click the time display on the taskbar with the
secondary button, then click Adjust Date/Time, or
double-click the time display.
3
Set the correct month, year, day, and time.
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Click the Time Zone tab and set your time zone.
5
Click OK.
Continue with the next lesson to finish cleaning up the desktop.
Lesson 12: Removing objects from the desktop
Earlier in this tutorial, you created a new icon on the desktop.
Since everything you have done to this point has been just
practice, you may want to return the desktop back to its original
uncluttered state. This lesson explains how to remove objects from
the desktop and introduces the Recycle Bin.
1
Click the New Folder icon you created, drag it until it is over
the Recycle Bin icon and it changes color, then release the
primary button.
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The icon disappears. But, with the Windows XP operating
system, it is not really gone. It is merely set aside in the
Recycle Bin so that you can restore or delete it later.
2
Repeat step 1 for any other icons you created during this
tutorial.
Each icon disappears as you drop it on the Recycle Bin.
3
Double-click the Recycle Bin icon.
The Recycle Bin window opens. Notice that all the icons you
dropped on the Recycle Bin are listed.
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Sample Recycle Bin open on the desktop
4
To completely remove an object, select it, and then click File,
Delete.
The object is permanently deleted from the Recycle Bin.
Later on—in your real work, not in this tutorial—you will use the
Recycle Bin to delete other objects such as folders, documents,
and sometimes even programs. Still, the process is the same. Just
drag an object’s icon to the Recycle Bin.
If you change your mind and want to restore an object you sent to
the Recycle Bin, select the object with the secondary button and
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click Restore. The Windows XP operating system restores the
object to the place from which it was deleted.
But when you are absolutely certain that you never want to see it
again, delete it from the Recycle Bin.
To delete everything from the Recycle Bin at once, choose Empty
the Recycle Bin from the File menu.
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HINT: Empty the Recycle Bin periodically. Even though an
item is moved to the Recycle Bin, it still uses valuable space
on the hard disk drive until it is deleted from the Recycle Bin.
Lesson 13: Using System Restore
The System Restore feature allows you to return your computer to
the way it was configured on a specific date or time, a “restore
point.” This is useful if you are reconfiguring your computer for
new hardware or software. In the event that your hardware or
software causes your computer to malfunction, you can remove
the offending item(s) and restore the system to the state it was in at
the preset time.
To open System Restore, click Start, point to All Programs,
Accessories, System Tools and System Restore.
The System Restore Welcome screen appears.
Sample System Restore welcome screen
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The Windows XP operating system guides you through the
process of storing your system settings for future use. It also
guides you through restoring your system to the selected date or
time.
Lesson 14: If I am lost, what do I do?
This lesson teaches you how to use some of the Help features in
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the Windows XP operating system.
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Windows XP Help
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The Windows XP operating system has an excellent Help
facility. If you cannot figure out how to do something, the answer
is probably only a few clicks away.
Assume that you want to draw a picture but don’t know how.
1
If you have an application open, press F1, otherwise click
Start, then click Help and Support.
The Help and Support window appears.
2
If you do not see the Index, click the Index icon on the
toolbar.
Help and Support displays the Index.
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Sample Help and Support Index
The left side of the screen contains the index. The text box
above the index, where the cursor is flashing, lets you type in
a topic you want to find in the index.
3
Type pictures in the text box.
Notice as you type that the corresponding location in the
index appears. When you type the letter p, the topic list moves
to the first entry that begins with P, and so on.
There are a number of topics listed under Picture. One of
them, “creating, editing with Paint,” looks promising.
4
Double-click creating pictures using Paint.
Help opens a topic screen that gives a brief description of how
to draw pictures, including an icon to start the Paint program.
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Sample drawing Help window
5
Click the Open Paint link.
The Paint program opens.
Not every Help topic contains a hot link to start the program it
is talking about. However, when you do encounter one, it
provides a convenient way to start the program to look at it
while you read about the program in the Help topic.
Using the online tours and tutorials
Whether you are new to computers or you have some experience,
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the Windows XP Tours and Tutorials collection is a good place
to start.
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If you are not familiar with either the Windows 2000 or
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Windows XP operating system, start with “Windows Basics.”
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If you have used the Windows 2000 operating system, “What’s
New in Windows” is a helpful introduction to the new features in
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the Windows XP operating system.
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Sample Windows XP Tours and Tutorials window
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Lesson 15: Turning off your computer
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It is very important that you let the Windows XP operating
system shut down your computer. As it shuts down, the operating
system performs a number of tasks ensuring that everything is in
place the next time you turn on the computer. This lesson teaches
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you how to shut down the Windows XP operating system and
turn off your computer.
1
Click Start, then click Turn Off Computer.
The Turn Off Computer dialog box appears.
2
Select Turn Off, then click OK.
A shutting down message appears and the computer is turned
off.
There are other ways to shut down your computer. For more
information, see “Powering down the computer” on page 93.
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Chapter 6
Exploring Your
Options
In this chapter, you will explore other features of your notebook
computer.
Windows® XP special features
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The Windows XP operating system offers you several new
features and enhancements, including:
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New system file protection
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A system restore function, allowing you to roll back the
system to its previous state
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An improved help center, support automation, and automatic
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Windows update
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Wizards to simplify setting up your home network
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Ability to share one Internet connection among multiple PCs
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An automatic discovery feature that allows your computer to
detect new and intelligent devices
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Personalizing your desktop
Personalizing your desktop
Your desktop is your virtual workspace. This section explains how
to customize its features for the way you like to work. You can
customize the following aspects of the desktop:
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Taskbar—which resources to display for quick access
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Folders style —how windows are displayed and how to
browse folders and files
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Toolbars—what information appears at the top of each
window
Customizing the taskbar
As you work, the taskbar changes to reflect what you are doing. Its
icons provide shortcuts to programs, documents, files, folders,
system features, and components. Open applications also have
Forward and Backward buttons to allow navigation through
folders, documents, and Web sites.
For example, you can personalize the taskbar to include not only
Quick Launch icons, but also your favorite URL addresses or local
folders and programs.
DEFINITION: URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator,
which is the address that defines the route to a file on the
Web or any other Internet facility. Generically, it is known as
the World Wide Web site address.
Having a list of favorite URLs handy saves time. Using it bypasses
the need for you to launch your browser first.
To access all taskbar options, point to an empty space in the
taskbar and click the secondary button to customize your setting.
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Personalizing your desktop
Choosing folder options
To select a desktop style and browsing option:
1
On the desktop, double-click My Computer.
The My Computer window appears.
2
On the Tools menu, click Folder Options.
The Folder Options dialog box appears.
Sample Folder options
3
Click the style you want to use, then click OK.
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Personalizing individual windows
Just as you can display a Web page on your desktop, you can also
display a Web page in an individual window. If you subscribe to
the Web page, it can be automatically updated on a regular basis.
For example, using this Web integration feature you can monitor
weather, game scores, stock prices, or headlines—all in the
window of your choice.
Adding a background to a window
If you select art or a Web page as a window background, set your
desktop style to Web style—or select the As Web Page option
from the View menu.
To add a background to a window:
1
Double-click My Computer.
The My Computer window opens.
2
Open the folder you want to customize.
3
On the View menu, select Customize this folder, and follow
the prompts.
Customizing window toolbars
You can display one or more customizable toolbars at the top of a
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window. As you browse, the Windows XP operating system
detects the kind of information presented in the window and
automatically displays the appropriate toolbar buttons and menus.
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You can also add these toolbars to the taskbar.
Address bar
Standard buttons
Quick Launch
Sample toolbar locations
The elements you can add to the top of the window are:
Toolbar element
Description
Address Bar
Opens Web pages, programs, folders, or
documents. By default, the address bar shows
your current location, and whether it is a folder or
a Web page. You can browse to another location
by typing an address—a URL, a path, or even a
program name.
If you start typing a previously typed address, the
AutoComplete feature finishes the address for
you.
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Toolbar element
Description
Standard buttons
Displays buttons for commonly used commands,
such as copying, pasting, deleting items,
changing views, and browsing backward and
forward.
Quick Launch
Opens your browser or email program or allows
you to view channels or instantly bring your
desktop to the front.
To add a new toolbar button, drag the program
icon to the Quick Launch tray.
Displaying a toolbar in a window
1
On the desktop, double-click My Computer.
The My Computer window appears.
2
On the View menu, point to Toolbars, then click the name of
the toolbar you want to display.
The toolbar appears below the menu bar of the current
window.
Displaying information about each folder
In addition to displaying the contents of each window, you might
find it helpful to have the operating system display the name of the
folder and brief information about how to use the folder.
1
Double-click My Computer.
The My Computer window opens.
2
Open the folder you want to view as a Web page.
3
On the Tools menu, select Folder Options.
4
Make the selections on the View tab, then click OK.
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Connecting a monitor, keyboard and mouse
By connecting an external monitor, external full-size keyboard and
a mouse, you can work with your notebook as if it were a standard
office computer.
To connect a television to your computer, you must first purchase
a video cable.
You can connect an external monitor to the monitor port. For more
information, see “Back” on page 29.
You can connect an external USB-compatible keyboard and a
USB-compatible mouse to one of the USB ports. For more
information about connecting a mouse, see “Connecting a
mouse” on page 52.
Connecting to a local area network
You can connect your computer to a Local Area Network (LAN)
at work or from a remote location.
Accessing a LAN
To access a LAN:
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At the office
If your computer has an integrated 10/100 Ethernet port, you
can connect the network Ethernet cable to the LAN (RJ45)
port on your computer. Your computer may also be equipped
for wireless communications. For specific information,
consult your network administrator.
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From home or while on the road
You’ll need a dial-up connection. Ask your network
administrator for the telephone number of the network.
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Setting up the connection
To set up an office connection, consult your network administrator
for network settings and additional considerations.
To set up a dial-up connection, use the New Connection Wizard:
1
Click Start and point to All Programs.
2
Point to Accessories, then to Communications, and click
New Connection Wizard.
3
Click Next and follow the on-screen prompts.
Setting up a wireless connection
If your computer is equipped with the Wi-Fi wireless
communication module, refer to your wireless networking device
documentation or your network administrator for information on
setting up a wireless connection.
Exchanging data with another computer
To transfer a large amount of information between computers, you
need a wireless or physical connection and a synchronization
program.
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You can use the Windows XP Briefcase or a specialized
synchronization program that transfer’s data using a cable
connected to the computers’ parallel ports.
Transferring files using a parallel port connection
To transfer files using the computers’ parallel ports, you need a
LapLink®- compatible parallel cable.
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Getting started
1
Connect the cable.
2
Load the transfer program on both computers.
3
Set any specific options.
4
Start the transfer.
5
When you have finished transferring files, close the programs
on both computers.
Getting help
1
Click Start, then Help and Support.
2
Click the Index icon on the toolbar.
3
In the dialog box, type direct cable connection.
4
Follow the online guide instructions.
Connecting to the Internet
To connect to the Internet you need:
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A modem (one comes with your Satellite computer)
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A telephone line, DSL or cable connection
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A browser or communications program
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An Internet Service Provider (ISP) or online service
Making the physical connection
You can connect to the Internet by using a telephone and modem
or through other higher-speed communication methods, such as
Digital Subscriber Lines (DSL), cable, and satellite link.
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Using a modem
If you’re using a modem, you connect the modem to one of the
computer’s COM (communications) ports. The default setting for
the modem is COM3.
If you are having trouble connecting through the modem, you may
need to determine the current COM port name and possibly
change it.
Determining the COM Port
To find out which port your modem is connected to:
1
Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
2
Double-click Phone and Modem Options.
The Phone and Modem Options dialog box appears.
3
Click the Modems tab.
Your modem should be listed next to one of the computer’s
COM ports.
4
Make a note of the COM port number.
5
Click OK to close the dialog box.
6
Close the Control Panel.
Testing the modem
NOTE: It is recommended that you do not use the infrared
port at the same time as either playing audio or connecting
to the internet via a modem. Audio quality may be reduced
and the modem connection may be slower or disrupted.
To test to see if your modem is functioning properly:
1
Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
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Double-click Phone and Modem Options.
The Phone and Modem Options dialog box appears.
3
Click the Modems tab.
Your modem should be listed next to one of the computer’s
COM ports.
4
If there is more than one modem listed, select the one you
wish to test, and click Properties.
5
Click the Diagnostics tab.
6
Click on Query Modem.
A pop up window will inform you that the modem query may
take a few moments before displaying the result of the test.
Signing up with an Internet Service Provider
An Internet Service Provider (ISP) is a company that has the
equipment and the telecommunication lines necessary to maintain
an Internet connection.
Microsoft’s Web browser, Internet Explorer, which is preinstalled
on your system, is automatically configured so that when you first
start it, it guides you through signing up for a new ISP account, or
assists you in setting up your computer to work with your existing
ISP.
Once you have established an ISP account, you can access the
Internet.
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Getting started
1
Connect your computer’s modem to a telephone line.
TECHNICAL NOTE: If you are using the telephone line at
home, disable Call Waiting before you connect through the
modem. Call Waiting interrupts data transmission.
2
Start your Web browser. Have your modem dial the ISP’s
telephone number, and establish a connection with the ISP’s
computer.
If you are using your computer at the office, then you probably
connect to the Internet through your company’s local area
network. For more information, see “Connecting to a local area
network” on page 147.
Using the Internet
The following sections give a quick introduction to the Internet
and some of its exciting features, under these headings:
❖
The Internet
❖
The World Wide Web
❖
Surfing the Internet
❖
Internet features
❖
Uploading and downloading files from the Internet
For more information about the Internet, see “Lesson 3:
Learning about the Internet” on page 116.
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The Internet
The Internet is an association of thousands of networks and
millions of computers around the world connected by
communications lines. They all work together to share
information.
The World Wide Web
The World Wide Web (or ‘Web’) is a subset of the Internet—a
collection of interlinked documents (located on computers
connected to the Internet) that work together using a specific
Internet protocol called Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP).
The World Wide Web offers information as text, images, audio, or
video to be referenced from anywhere in the world. Special
programs called Web browsers are specifically designed to work
with HTTP. They make it easier to connect to a particular network
address and send and receive information.
Surfing the Internet
Once connected to the Internet, the Web browser displays a home
page, for example, your ISP’s home page on the Internet or your
company’s Web site home page.
To visit a desired Web site, type in the Web address. The Web
address, or Uniform Resource Locator (URL), is a unique
identifier for that computer system linked to the Internet. Web
addresses can also appear within a Web page’s text, and are known
as links. Clicking a link automatically transfers your Web browser
to that site.
You can also use a Search Engine, a Web site specifically designed
to help you look for information.
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Internet features
The Internet offers many types of communication tools to help
you perform many tasks.
❖
Internet email
To send and receive email of your own, you need a mailbox
on the Web, or an email address.
If you have an account with an ISP, you can probably set up
an email address at the same time as you sign up for the
service.
❖
Internet chat rooms
A chat room is a Web site that offers a place where people
with similar interests and ideas can communicate in real-time,
one-on-one or in groups, by typing messages which are
instantly viewed by others on their computer screens.
❖
Internet news groups
A news group is similar to a chat room, but instead of using a
dedicated site to converse about a specialized subject with
others in real-time, it uses a Web site as a clearinghouse where
all the messages are placed, like a gigantic bulletin board.
❖
Online shopping
Many Web sites offer products and services for sale.
Uploading and downloading files from the Internet
Transferring files from one computer to another is termed
uploading (transferring data from your computer to a site on the
Web), or downloading (transferring data from a site on the Web to
your computer).
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There are several ways to upload or download data. It can be as
simple as attaching a file or document to an email, or you can use
the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) features of your Web browser to
transfer large amounts of data.
Toshiba’s online resources
Toshiba maintains a number of online sites to which you can
connect. These sites provide information about Toshiba products,
give help with technical questions, and keep you up to date with
future upgrades. For more information, see “Contacting
Toshiba” on page 224.
Conducting an electronic meeting
With the SPANworksTM 2000 application, you can use your
notebook computer to hold an electronic meeting with other
computers on the network. You can do such things as transfer files
between two computers, broadcast a slide presentation
simultaneously to several machines, set up electronic business
cards, and send text messages to a few people or to everyone in
your proximity.
NOTE: Before using SPANworks, you must establish a
network link between the computers.
To access SPANworks 2000:
1
Double-click the SPANworks icon on the desktop.
2
Follow the instructions on your screen to set up a connection
to the network.
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SPANworks 2000 file utilities
The central application of SPANworks 2000 is designed to enable
data transfers among a group of computers without using wired
connections. You can transfer files, browse authorized locations on
other computers, or synchronize data with other computers. A
record of each transaction is maintained in a list or archive so you
know exactly what you sent to others, or received from them.
TECHNICAL NOTE: Toshiba recommends that you start the
SPANworks 2000 application after closing all other
applications. This will ensure system resources are available
since in the presentation function, SPANworks 2000 may
stop opening a presentation if the amount of remaining
system resources is less than required.
Exploring video features
Your computer’s video features include viewing Windows
presentations or DVD movies either on the computer screen
(display panel or external monitor) or on a television set.
Viewing presentations or DVD movies on your television
To view a DVD movie or Windows presentation in full-screen
mode on your TV:
1
Connect a video cable to the TV out port on your computer.
2
Change the display properties setting to 640 x 480:
❖
Right click anywhere on your desktop and select
Properties.
The Display Properties dialog box appears.
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Sample Display Properties dialog box
❖
Click the Settings tab.
❖
Slide the Screen area slider bar toward Less until the
setting reads 640 x 480.
❖
Click Apply, then OK.
3
Connect the other end of the video cable to your television.
4
Press Fn and F5 three times consecutively. The picture will
automatically display on the TV screen.
If a movie is already playing, turn it off and repeat step 3.
TECHNICAL NOTE: If you are using WinDVD, Fn and F5 will
not turn the display off and on.
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You can use your computer to record sounds using an external
microphone. You can play .wav sound files or audio CDs using the
built-in speakers, headphones or external speakers.
NOTE: It is recommended that you do not use the infrared
port at the same time as either playing audio or connecting
to the internet via a modem. Audio quality may be reduced
and the modem connection may be slower or disrupted.
Recording sounds
You can make audio recordings and save them as .wav files by
connecting an external microphone or other sound source to the
microphone jack and using Windows’ Sound Recorder.
DEFINITION: A .wav (pronounced “wave”) file is the format
for storing sound in files in Windows.
Using a microphone
1
Connect an external microphone to the computer.
2
Click Start, point to All Programs, Accessories,
Entertainment, then click Sound Recorder.
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Positioning
bar
Skip backward
Skip forward
Record
Play
Stop
Sound Recorder window
3
Click the Record button and speak normally into the
microphone.
The maximum recording time is 60 seconds.
4
When you have finished recording, click the Stop button.
5
To hear what you just recorded, click the Play button.
6
To save the file, select Save from the File menu.
Adjusting recording quality
The better the quality of the recording, the more disk space the
sound file requires. Experiment to find a balance that fits your
needs.
1
Open Sound Recorder, if necessary (click Start, point to All
Programs, Accessories, Entertainment, then click Sound
Recorder).
2
In the Sound Recorder window, click Edit, then click Audio
Properties.
3
In the Audio Properties dialog box, adjust the Recording
Volume, Preferred device, and Preferred quality.
4
Click OK.
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Your new settings take effect the next time you record.
Using external speakers or headphones
Your computer is equipped with a full stereo sound system with
internal speakers. Instead of using the internal speakers, you can
connect headphones or a pair of external stereo speakers.
TECHNICAL NOTE: Use amplified speakers that require an
external power source. Other types of speakers will be
inadequate to produce sound from the computer.
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To play back sound files through external speakers or headphones:
1
Locate the headphone jack on the computer.
To locate the headphone jack, see “Left side” on page 32.
2
Using any necessary adapters, plug the cable from the
headphones or external speakers into the headphone jack.
The headphone jack requires a 16-ohm stereo mini-jack.
3
Adjust the volume.
Using PC Cards
PC Cards expand your computer’s capabilities and usefulness.
You can purchase additional PC Cards from your dealer. Most PC
Cards conform to the PCMCIA (Personal Computer Memory
Card International Association) standard.
Your computer has two stacked PC Card slots and supports three
types of PC Cards:
❖
Type I cards and Type II cards are typically used for memory
storage, network cards, etc. You can install up to two of these
cards, one in each slot.
❖
Type III cards are used for removable hard disks and other
functions that require a larger card. You can install just one of
these cards.
Check the documentation that came with the PC Card to see if it
conforms to the PCMCIA 2.1 standard, or later. Other cards may
work with your computer, but are likely to be much more difficult
to set up and use.
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PC Card supporting software
PC Cards require Card and Socket Services software — a set of
programs that acts as a translator between the PC Card and the
computer, and that makes hot swapping (switching cards while the
computer is on) possible.
®
The Windows XP operating system provides the Card and
Socket Services for your PC Card. Even if your PC Card comes
with its own version of Card and Socket Services, you should use
®
the files included in the Windows XP operating system.
Inserting PC Cards
Inserting a PC Card
1
If your PC Card does not support hot swapping, save your
data and turn off the computer before inserting the PC Card.
For more information, see “Hot swapping” on page 164.
2
Hold the PC Card with the arrow side up and the connector
side toward the slot.
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Align the card connectors with an available PC Card slot and
carefully slide the card into the slot until it locks into place.
NOTE: If you have a Type III card, insert the connector into
the lower slot. If you have a Type I or Type II card, you can
insert it into either the upper or the lower slot.
There are two eject buttons, one per slot. When the PC Card is
seated, the eject button for that slot pops out.
Locking the PC Card in place
CAUTION: To avoid damaging the PC Card or the computer,
do not force the card into the PC Card slot.
4
Slide the PC Card lock to the right.
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Removing PC Cards
1
Click the PC Card button on the taskbar.
2
Click Stop xxxx where xxxx is the identifier for your PC Card.
A message advises you that you may safely remove the card.
3
To remove the PC Card, press the slot’s eject button once.
Ejecting a PC Card
4
Remove the PC Card and store it properly.
Hot swapping
One of the great things about PC Cards is that you can replace one
PC Card with another while the computer is on. This is called “hot
swapping.”
Hot swapping precautions
Although you can insert a PC Card at any time, to avoid data loss
never remove a card while it is in use. For example:
❖
Never remove a hard disk card while the system is accessing
it.
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❖
Never remove a network card while you are connected to a
network.
❖
Never remove a SCSI card while any of the SCSI devices
connected to it are operating.
DEFINITION: SCSI is an acronym for Small Computer
Systems Interface. A single SCSI PC Card enables you to
connect several SCSI devices, such as a scanner or digital
camera to your computer.
Before removing a PC Card, shut it down by clicking the PC Card
(PCMCIA) icon on the taskbar. Once the PC Card has stopped,
you can safely remove it.
Emulating a full-size keyboard
Although the computer’s keyboard layout is compatible with a
standard full-size keyboard, it has fewer keys.
Pressing the Fn key simultaneously in combination with one of the
specially marked keys allows you to emulate a full-size keyboard.
For further information and instructions, see “Using the
keyboard” on page 70 for more information.
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Chapter 7
Toshiba Utilities
Your computer includes several utilities designed to help you to
reconfigure your system to best meet your individual needs.
Together, these allow you to ascertain certain system details, set
additional options, or change default options. These utilities are
described in this chapter:
❖
Fn-esse®
❖
Hardware Setup
❖
Power Saver
Fn-esse
Desktop shortcuts and Toshiba’s Fn-esse program provide quick
ways to open programs, documents, and folders from within any
Windows program without using the Start menu.
This section describes how to use the Fn-esse program to quickly
access your programs and files. For information on creating
desktop shortcuts, see “Lesson 9: Creating shortcuts” on
page 126.
With Fn-esse, you can assign an Fn key combination to:
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❖
Open a Windows program
❖
Open a file in its associated Windows program
❖
Display a customized folder of Windows programs and/or
files from which to choose
Fn-esse also has several keys, known as hot keys, that perform
preassigned operations. For more information, see “Hot Keys” on
page 229.
You can assign any key that is not associated with a hot key or a
keyboard overlay.
Starting Fn-esse
To start Fn-esse, click Start, point to All Programs, Toshiba
Utilities, then click Fn-esse.
The Fn-esse keyboard appears.
Fn-esse window
The keys are color-coded as follows:
❖
Available keys are black.
❖
Assigned keys and keys associated with a popup list are
shown on the Fn-esse keyboard in the selected color.
❖
Unavailable keys are dark gray.
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Assigning a key to a program or document
There are two ways to assign a key to open a program or
document:
❖
Drag-and-drop
❖
Use the keyboard or pointing device
The method most often used is drag-and-drop.
Using drag-and-drop
To assign a key to a program or document:
1
Start both Fn-esse and Windows Explorer (or the program
supporting drag-and-drop).
2
Resize the Explorer window so that you can see both the
Fn-esse keyboard and Explorer at the same time.
3
In the Explorer window, highlight the program or document
file you wish to assign to a key.
4
Click and hold the primary button as you drag the highlighted
item from Explorer to the key on the Fn-esse keyboard you
wish assigned.
5
Release the primary button.
Fn-esse displays the Add/Edit Command dialog box with the
Description, Command Line, and Working Directory fields
automatically completed.
6
Click OK to close the Add/Edit Command dialog box with
your key assignment in place.
The program or document is now associated with the key you
just selected. To open the program or document, press Fn plus
the appropriate key from within any Windows program.
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Using the keyboard or pointing device
To assign a key to open a program or document:
1
Start Fn-esse.
2
Perform one of the following:
❖
Using the keyboard, press and hold the Fn key, then press
the desired assignment key.
❖
Using the pointing device, move the cursor over the
desired key and press the secondary button.
The Assignment Type dialog box appears.
HINT: If you are making a direct key assignment, complete
step 3. If you are making a popup assignment, complete
step 4.
3
4
To make a direct key assignment, select Direct to display the
Add/Edit Command dialog box, then complete these steps:
❖
Enter the Description, Command Line, and Working
Directory for the new Fn-esse key assignment, or click
the Browse button to specify this information.
❖
Click OK.
To make a popup assignment, select Popup to display the
Application Explorer dialog box, then complete these steps:
❖
Select the desired folder. The left side of the Application
Explorer window displays the folders in the Programs
menu. The right side lists the programs and documents in
the folder. These are the items that appear in the popup
list.
❖
To create a popup list with items from various folders, or
to pick only a few items from a folder, create a new folder
containing only the desired programs and documents.
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®
If you are unsure how to do this, refer to your Windows
XP operating system documentation.
❖
Click OK to associate the folder with the key you just
selected.
❖
To open a popup list showing the items in that folder,
press Fn plus the appropriate key from within any
Windows program.
Viewing existing key assignments
To view the existing key assignments, choose Assignments from
the Fn-esse keyboard. Fn-esse displays the Function Key
Assignments dialog box. This box lists all the key assignments
and the program or document to which each key is assigned.
To view items in a popup list, click the Expand popup lists check
box.
Changing or removing existing key assignments
1
In the Fn-esse keyboard, click the key you wish to change
with the secondary button.
Fn-esse displays the Assignment Type dialog box.
2
To change the key assignment, click Direct or Popup and
continue as if you were creating a new assignment.
3
To remove the key assignment, click Clear.
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Toshiba Hardware Setup
Toshiba Hardware Setup is the Toshiba configuration
management tool available through Windows. To access it, open
the Start menu, click Control Panel, then double-click Toshiba
HW Setup.
Sample Toshiba HWSetup window
The tabs represent various dialog boxes. They are:
❖
General—Allows you to view current BIOS, hard disk drive
and memory settings
❖
Password — Allows you to set the user password and an
owner string
❖
Device Config — Shows the Device configuration options
❖
Parallel/Printer — Allows you to configure the parallel port
default settings
❖
Pointing Devices — Allows you to use both the TouchPad
and external pointing devices together or to have the system
auto-select one
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❖
Display — Allows you to change various default settings for
the built-in LCD display
❖
CPU — Allows you to enable or disable accessing the
processor’s serial number
❖
Boot Priority—Allows you to change the sequence in which
your computer searches the drives for the operating system.
❖
Keyboard — Allows you to configure an external keyboard to
emulate the Fn function key
❖
USB — Allows you to enable or disable USB Legacy
Emulation
❖
LAN—Allows you to set networking functions
❖
Hardware Alarm—Allows you to select notification settings
for low battery and panel close, and to adjust the alarm
volume.
By changing any of the options that appear in the dialog boxes and
clicking Apply, you can reconfigure that function. Any options
that you change will become default settings when you restart
your system.
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Toshiba Power Saver
Toshiba Power Saver enhances your computer’s power
management capabilities. The Power Save Modes tab contains a
series of settings for power management. You can change which
mode your computer uses, change settings for each mode, or
create your own mode.
To access Power Saver Properties:
1
Open the Start menu, then click Control Panel.
2
Double-click the Toshiba Power Saver icon.
Sample Toshiba Power Saver Properties dialog box
By changing the options that appear in the Toshiba Power Saver
Properties dialog box and clicking OK, you can reconfigure that
function. Any options that you change become effective when you
click either OK or Apply.
Chapter 8
TM
WinDVD 2000
WinDVDTM is a full-featured multimedia control center that helps
you get the most out of the exciting world of DVD technology.
You use it to play CDs and DVDs.
Playing DVDs
TECHNICAL NOTE: For optimum DVD performance, always
play DVDs while your computer is connected to AC power.
If your computer has a DVD-ROM, or DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive,
you can use InterVideo WinDVD to play DVDs. Your computer
comes with WinDVD pre installed.
WARNING: Before playing a DVD, turn the volume down.
Playing the disc at maximum volume could damage your
ears. To turn the volume down, use the Volume Control
program (click Start, point to All Programs, Accessories,
Entertainment, and click Volume Control) or Volume Control
dial.
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TECHNICAL NOTE: You cannot play DVD movies on a TV
and on the LCD/CRT at the same time.
Insert a DVD into the drive, following the instructions in
“Inserting a disc” on page 80. The computer automatically
detects the disc in the drive and opens WinDVD. If the autoplay
feature is enabled, the DVD automatically begins to play (see
“Setting general properties” on page 185 for information on
enabling autoplay.
To open WinDVD manually:
1
Click Start, and point to All Programs.
2
Point to InterVideo WinDVD, then click InterVideo
WinDVD.
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Time slider
Playback speed slider
Current chapter indicator
Current time slot indicator
Sample WinDVD video window with the control panel
Using the WinDVD toolbar
The WinDVD window contains a toolbar at the top and a status
bar at the bottom. If the toolbar or status bar does not appear, you
can display them by following the instructions in “Setting general
properties” on page 185.
The toolbar contains basic DVD playback controls. Pause the
pointer over a button to display its definition. The toolbar also
contains an adjustment button (see “Adjusting the color
balance” on page 194 for more information).
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Using the WinDVD status bar
The time slider enables you to rapidly move forward or backward
in the DVD content. Move the time slider to the left to move
backward or move it to the right to move forward. The current
time slot is indicated on the right side of the status bar.
The playback speed slider enables you to control the speed at
which the DVD plays. Move the slider to the left to slow the
playback speed or move it to the right to play the DVD faster.
Placing the slider in the center plays the DVD at normal speed,
and enables the audio. The audio is automatically muted at any
other playback speed.
The current chapter indicator displays the DVD chapter that is
currently playing.
Using the WinDVD control panel
The WinDVD control panel resembles the control panel of a
standard home DVD player.
TECHNICAL NOTE: The DVD author determines which
features the DVD supports. Depending on the DVD format
and the computer’s hardware configuration, some of the
control panel features may be unavailable when playing a
DVD. Unsupported features appear gray, and you cannot
select them.
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Playing DVDs
Bookmarks
Playlist
Time slider
Audio volume controls
Counter
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Exit
Repeat
Help button
Eject
Properties
Directional buttons
Web
Expanded controls button
Sample WinDVD control panel
You can open a shortcut menu by positioning the cursor anywhere
in the WinDVD window, other than over the control panel, then
clicking the secondary button. The shortcut menu contains the
same features as the control panel, plus the enable caption feature,
which displays captions for the hearing impaired.
You can also create a playlist, to customize the order in which the
DVD content plays (see “Using playlists” on page 182). Once a
DVD is playing, the counter displays the current chapter and
elapsed time, in hours:minutes:seconds format.
From the WinDVD control panel, you can open an expanded
control panel by clicking the expanded controls button. The
expanded control panel contains several advanced features. See
“Using WinDVD advanced features” on page 189 for an
explanation of these features.
Using the control panel playback buttons
Once you have inserted a DVD and started WinDVD, you are
ready to play the disc. Using the control panel, you can play a
DVD from the beginning, or move to a desired location, then
begin playing.
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Click this
To do this
Or use keyboard
shortcut
Repeat — repeat the current
chapter, if the DVD contains
chapters. Otherwise this button
repeats the DVD from the beginning. When the repeat button is
activated, the repeat symbol
appears to the left of the chapter
number on the control panel
counter. The DVD continues to
repeat until you click the repeat
button again, and the repeat symbol no longer displays on the
control panel.
None
Eject — open the DVD-ROM
drive disc tray.
E
Pause — temporarily stop play-
Spacebar
ing a DVD.
Play — start playing a DVD.
Spacebar
Step — move forward through
None
the DVD one frame at a time.
Each time you click this button
the DVD moves forward one
frame.
Stop — cease playing a DVD.
After stopping the DVD, click
the play button to resume playing the DVD.
End
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Click this
181
To do this
Or use keyboard
shortcut
Fast reverse — move quickly
R
backward through the DVD content. When you reach the desired
location, click the play button to
resume playing the DVD.
Previous — move to the begin-
PgUp
ning of the previous chapter and
resume playing the DVD.
Next — move to the next chapter and resume playing the DVD.
PgDn
Fast forward — move quickly
F
forward through the DVD content. When you reach the desired
location, click the play button to
resume playing the DVD.
Time — move to a specific time
None
slot, then click the play button to
play the DVD from the selected
location.
Maximizing the video window
To close the WinDVD control panel and expand the video window
to fill the screen, click the Maximize button.
To display the control panel again, double-click anywhere in the
video window.
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Using playlists
TECHNICAL NOTE: The DVD author determines which
features the DVD supports. Depending on the DVD format
and the computer’s hardware configuration, some of the
control panel features may be unavailable when playing a
DVD. Unsupported features appear gray, and you cannot
select them.
A playlist is a customized list of DVD files in the order in which
you want to view them. For example, you may want to create a
playlist for DVDs that contain music files, so you can play the
music selections you want in the order you want to hear them. You
can only save one playlist at a time.
Creating playlists
1
On the WinDVD control panel, click the playlist button.
The Playlist window appears.
Sample Playlist window
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2
Click the File button in the lower-right corner of the window,
to indicate that you are creating a playlist of individual files.
3
In the Directory list, select the file you want to play first, and
click Add to put it at the top of the playlist.
DVD files have an .mpg, .vob or .ac3 file name extension.
After selecting a file, the file name appears in the Selected
files list. You can also double-click a file name to add it to the
playlist.
4
Add as many files as you wish to the playlist. You must add
the files in the order in which you want to play them.
To delete a file from the playlist, select the file in the Selected
files list, then click Delete. To delete the entire list and start
over, click Delete All.
5
When you have finished creating your playlist, click Save
Playlist to save it.
You do not assign a name to the saved playlist, as you can
only save one playlist at a time. After saving the playlist, a
confirmation dialog box appears.
6
Click OK to close the confirmation dialog box, then click OK
to close the Playlist window.
Loading and playing playlists
1
In the Playlist window, click File to display the saved playlist
of files.
2
Click Load Playlist to load the saved playlist.
After loading the playlist, a confirmation dialog box appears.
3
Click OK to close the confirmation dialog box, then click OK
to close the Playlist window.
The DVD begins to play the loaded playlist.
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Resuming normal playback after using playlists
To resume playing the DVD files in order after using a playlist,
click the eject button to open the disc tray, then close it again. The
DVD resumes normal playback.
Customizing WinDVD
You can control several general WinDVD characteristics, such as
whether the toolbar and status bar are visible, as well as numerous
audio and display features.
You control these general, audio and display features from the
Properties dialog box.
1
Launch WinDVD, if it is not already running.
2
On the WinDVD control panel, click the Properties button.
WinDVD displays the Properties dialog box, with the
General tab on top.
Properties dialog box with the General tab on top
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Setting general properties
You use the General tab to select the region code, the drive letter
assigned to the DVD-ROM drive, the autoplay default option, and
which WinDVD toolbars are displayed by default.
Region coding is part of the protection system for DVD content. It
divides the world into six regions. The intent is to enable specific
content to be viewed in a specific region. The current region code
of the WinDVD player installed in your computer is Region 1,
comprising the United States and Canada.
NOTE: Most DVD-ROM drives let you change the region
code, usually between one and five times. Once a drive has
reached the limit, the region code cannot be changed again.
Pay careful attention to the Remaining times until
permanent box on the General properties tab.
1
To change the region code, select the desired option in the
Current regions list.
The Remaining times until permanent box displays the
remaining number of times you can change the current region
before the setting becomes permanent.
2
In the Player settings Default DVD drive box, select your
DVD-ROM drive letter.
3
Select the Player settings Auto play check box to enable the
auto play feature. Clear the check box to disable this feature.
When enabled, the auto play feature automatically launches a
DVD-ROM when it is inserted in the DVD-ROM drive.
4
In the View box, select the items you want displayed when
WinDVD launches.
Tool bar is the bar containing basic player functions that is
displayed at the top of the WinDVD video window.
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Status bar is the bar that is displayed at the bottom of the
WinDVD video window.
Player is the WinDVD control panel.
5
Click OK to save your settings.
Setting audio properties
TECHNICAL NOTE: The DVD author determines which
features the DVD supports. Depending on the DVD format
and the computer’s hardware configuration, some of the
control panel features may be unavailable when playing a
DVD. Unsupported features appear gray, and you cannot
select them.
1
Launch WinDVD, if it is not already running.
2
On the WinDVD control panel, click the Properties button.
WinDVD displays the Properties dialog box, with the
General tab on top.
3
In the Properties dialog box, click the Audio tab.
The Audio tab moves to the front. The Current audio track
box displays the format and attributes for the current audio
track.
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Properties dialog box with Audio tab on top
4
5
In the Audio channels box, select the appropriate speaker
mode to match your setup as follows:
❖
If you have two speakers, select one of the 2 speaker
modes. Mono mixes the audio channels into one
channel. Stereo mixes the audio channels into two
channels. Dolby Surround Compatible mixes the audio
channels into two channels plus Dolby Pro Logic
Surround sound. 3D audio provides standard 3D audio
sound.
❖
If you have four speakers, select 4 speaker mode.
WinDVD distributes four unique sound channels to the
speakers, providing a true surround sound experience.
❖
If you have six speakers, select 6 speaker mode.
WinDVD automatically distributes 5.1 sound channels to
these speakers, for enhanced surround sound.
❖
If you have an S/PDIF compliant sound card, select
Enable S/PDIF output. This option sends the stereo
output through the sound card to an external receiver.
In the Vocal options box, select the desired option for DVDs
that support vocal as follows:
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❖
No vocal does not output vocals to any speaker.
❖
Left vocal outputs vocals to left speakers only.
❖
Right vocal outputs vocals to right speakers only.
❖
Both outputs vocals to both left and right speakers.
6
In the Dolby Pro Logic box, select the Always enable check
box to enable Dolby Pro Logic. Clear the check box to disable
it.
7
To test Dolby Pro Logic, click the Test button.
Setting display properties
1
Launch WinDVD, if it is not already running.
2
On the WinDVD control panel, click the Properties button.
WinDVD displays the Properties dialog box, with the
General tab on top.
3
In the Properties dialog box, click the Display tab.
The Display tab moves to the front.
Properties dialog box with Display tab selected
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4
Select the Lock aspect ratio check box to maintain the
original aspect ratio when the video window is resized.
Otherwise clear the check box.
5
Select the Startup in full screen mode check box to
automatically start WinDVD each time with the video
window maximized and the control panel hidden. Otherwise,
clear the check box.
6
Select the OSD (On Screen Display) check box to enable
OSD. Otherwise, clear the check box.
7
Click OK to save the settings.
Customizing the control panel
You can configure the control panel’s appearance. Position the
pointer over the control panel, then click the secondary button to
display a shortcut menu of control panel options. You can select a
new control panel background color, or select WinDVD to display
the control panel in a different format. You can also select About
to display copyright and version information.
Using WinDVD advanced features
TECHNICAL NOTE: The DVD author determines which
features the DVD supports. Depending on the DVD format
and the computer’s hardware configuration, some of the
control panel features may be unavailable when playing a
DVD. Unsupported features appear gray, and you cannot
select them.
The features described in this section are available on the
WinDVD expanded control panel. To open the expanded control
panel, click the expanded controls button on the WinDVD main
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control panel. See “Using the WinDVD control panel” on
page 178 for help locating the expanded controls button.
WinDVD expanded control panel
Use this
To do this
Directional buttons — use to
navigate the WinDVD menus,
as you would the arrow keys on
the keyboard. The center button
represents Enter.
Or use
keyboard
shortcut
↑ (Up)
→ (Right)
↓
(Down)
← (Left)
Enter
Numeric keypad — use these
buttons to select a chapter by
entering the chapter number.
After you have entered a
chapter number, click the enter
button on the lower-right corner
of the numeric keypad (↵) to
begin playing that chapter. You
can clear an entry by clicking
the clear (X) button on the
lower-left corner of the numeric
keypad.
0-9
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Use this
To do this
Or use
keyboard
shortcut
Menu button — displays all
available menus for the current
DVD. Examples of menus are:
Root, Audio Language,
Subtitles. Use your mouse or
the control panel directional
buttons to select a menu. Click
Resume to resume DVD
playback.
None
Chapter button — displays a
list of all the chapters in the
current DVD. Select the chapter
you want to play, or use the
numeric keypad to enter the
chapter number.
C
Title button — displays a list
of all the titles on the current
DVD. Click the title you want
to play.
T
Audio tracks — displays a list
of all the audio track options.
This feature is most commonly
used with multi-language
content to change the
spoken/heard language. This
button is enabled only when the
DVD supports dynamic audio
track changes.
A
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Use this
To do this
Subtitles — displays a list of
all the available language
subtitles. This button is enabled
only for DVD content that
includes subtitles and supports
dynamic subtitle information
changes. Select the desired
language, or select Default to
display subtitles in the DVD’s
default language.
Or use
keyboard
shortcut
S
Camera angles — displays a G
list of all the available camera
angles. Due to differences in the
DVD mastering process, some
multi-angle views may not
function properly.
Bookmark — save an
None
unlimited number of locations
on the DVD for quick
reference. On the bookmark
shortcut menu, click Add to
open the Add Bookmark dialog
box. Type a bookmark name,
then click OK. The bookmark
name appears on the bookmark
shortcut menu. Click the
bookmark name to go to that
location on the DVD. Click
Delete All to delete all
bookmarks.
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Zooming in
You can zoom in on an area of the WinDVD video window to get
a closer look.
1
Click the Zoom button, located in the upper-left corner of the
directional button panel.
2
Position the cursor over the top-left corner of the area you
want to view in close up.
3
Hold the primary button and drag the cursor to the bottomright corner of the area you want to view in close up.
A dotted rectangle appears around the area you wish to view.
4
Release the primary button.
WinDVD automatically fills the window with the selected
area.
Zooming out
To return the video to normal size, click the zoom button. The
video also returns to normal size when you reach the zoom limit.
Panning
Once you are zoomed in on an area of the WinDVD video
window, you can move the zoom window location using the pan
feature.
1
With the video window in zoom mode, click the pan button,
located in the lower-right corner of the directional button
panel.
2
With the pointer over the center of the window, drag the
zoomed window up, down, left or right.
The close-up view changes to reflect the new zoom window
location.
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Adjusting the color balance
You can adjust the DVD color balance. Click the adjustment
button on the main DVD video window toolbar to open the
Adjustment dialog box.
WinDVD Adjustment dialog box
The adjustment dialog box provides another set of sliders for
adjusting volume and brightness. It also provides two color control
sliders.
Move the Color control 1 slider to the right to increase the blue
and decrease the yellow color values. Move the slider to the left to
increase the yellow and decrease the blue color values.
Move the Color control 2 slider to the right to increase the red and
decrease the green color values. Move the slider to the left to
increase the green and decrease the red color values.
Launching an Internet browser from WinDVD
Some DVDs contain links to Web sites. To enable these links,
click the control panel Web button to launch your Internet browser.
Getting help
Click the control panel Help button to open the WinDVD Help
system.
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Exiting WinDVD
Click the control panel Exit button, or click the Close button, to
exit WinDVD.
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Chapter 9
If Something Goes
Wrong
Some problems you may encounter when using your notebook
computer are relatively easy to identify and solve. Others may
require help from your dealer or the manufacturer of a software
program.
This chapter aims to help you solve many problems yourself
without needing additional assistance. It covers the problems you
are most likely to encounter.
If all else fails, contact Toshiba. You will find information on
Toshiba’s support services at the end of this chapter.
Problems that are easy to fix
Your program stops responding.
If you are working with a program that suddenly freezes all
operations, chances are the program has stopped responding. You
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can exit the failed program without shutting down the Windows
XP operating system or closing other programs.
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To close a program that has stopped responding:
1
Press Ctrl, Alt, and Del simultaneously (once).
The Close Program dialog box appears. This box lists all the
programs and processes currently in operation. If a program
has stopped responding, the words “not responding” appear
beside its name in the list.
2
Select the program you want to close, then click End Task.
Closing the failed program should allow you to continue
working. If it does not, continue with step 3.
3
Close the remaining programs one by one by selecting the
program name and clicking End Task.
CAUTION: Pressing Ctrl, Alt, and Del simultaneously twice to
restart your computer is not recommended. By closing all
open programs before shutting down the operating system
you ensure that all data is saved.
Your program performs an illegal operation.
If you receive the message, “Your program has performed an illegal
operation,” you should record the details of the message and consult
the software manufacturer.
To record the details:
1
Click the Details button and select the displayed text.
The Details button displays information that the software
manufacturer needs to help you solve your problem.
2
Press Ctrl and c simultaneously to copy the text to the
clipboard.
3
Open Notepad (click Start, point to All Programs, then point
to Accessories and click Notepad).
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4
Press Ctrl and v simultaneously to paste the details into
Notepad.
5
Add a paragraph break and type some notes describing what
you were doing when you received the message.
6
Save the file and refer to it when you contact the software
manufacturer.
You open a program that immediately stops responding.
If Standby mode is on (enabled), it may stop a program from
responding. Close the program you are trying to open and turn off
Standby mode. Then, try to run the program again.
To close the program:
1
Press Ctrl, Alt, and Del simultaneously.
The Close Program dialog box displays all the programs and
processes currently in operation. If the program has stopped
responding, the words “not responding” appear beside it.
2
Click End Task.
3
When the dialog box appears, click End Task again.
To turn off Standby mode:
1
Open the Start menu, then click Control Panel.
2
In the Control Panel window, double-click the Toshiba
Power Saver icon.
The Power Saver Properties dialog box appears.
3
Click the System Power Mode tab.
4
In both System stand by drop-down lists, select the
appropriate option.
5
Click Apply, then click OK.
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Problems when you turn on the computer
Problems when you turn on the computer
These problems may occur when you turn on the power.
The computer will not start.
Make sure you attached the AC adapter and power cable properly
or installed a charged battery.
Press and release the power button.
The computer is not accessing the hard disk or the diskette
drive.
Your computer normally loads the operating system from the hard
disk. If you have a hard disk problem, you will not be able to start
the computer. Insert a system diskette into the diskette drive, then
press the power button.
The computer displays the Non-system disk or disk error message.
Make sure there is no diskette in the diskette drive. If there is one,
remove it and press any key to continue.
If pressing any key does not work, press the Ctrl, Alt, and Del keys to
shut down the computer, then try restarting it.
Windows® XP problems
Once you are familiar with the desktop and used to the way the
®
Windows XP operating system responds to your work routine,
you can easily detect if it is not working correctly. For example:
®
❖
The Windows XP operating system fails to start after the
Starting Windows message appears.
❖
The operating system takes a long time to start.
❖
The operating system responds differently from its normal
routine.
❖
The screen does not look right.
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Unless a hardware device has failed, problems usually occur when
you change the system in some way such as installing a new
program or adding a device.
If you experience any of these problems, use the options in the
®
Windows XP Startup menu to fix the problem.
Using startup options to fix problems
®
If the Windows XP operating system fails to start properly, you
may have to change your computer’s configuration or verify the
startup procedure to fix the problem. To do this, use the options in
®
the Windows XP Startup menu. This section describes each
option and when to use the procedure.
To open the Startup menu:
1
Restart your computer.
2
Press F8 when your computer starts to display the Windows
advanced Options menu.
The Startup menu displays these options:
❖
Safe Mode
❖
Safe Mode with Networking
❖
Safe Mode with Command Prompt
❖
Enable Boot Logging
❖
enable VGA Mode
❖
Last Know Good configuration (your most recent settings
that worked)
❖
Directory Services Restore Mode (windows domain
controllers only)
❖
Start Windows Normally
❖
Reboot
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❖
Return to OS choices menu
TECHNICAL NOTE: If your computer is connected to a
network, the Startup menu may display different versions of
Safe mode.
For more information, see the documentation that came with your
Windows® operating system.
Internet problems
My Internet connection is very slow.
Many factors contribute to the speed with which you can surf the
Internet. They include: modem speed, time of day (when everyone
else is surfing, your access can be slow) and popularity of the site.
If accessing a particular site is very slow, try again later.
My browser can’t find the URL address I typed in.
Make sure you separated the domain names of the address with
the forward slash (/). Check the spelling of each name and the
syntax of the address carefully. A single incorrect letter, missed
period (“dot”) or other mistake makes it impossible for your
browser to locate the site.
My browser can’t find a site I bookmarked.
The World Wide Web is constantly changing. A site you
bookmarked yesterday may not be available today or its server
may be down for temporary repair. Try again later.
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Windows XP operating system can help you
If the operating system has started properly, but you still have a
problem using your computer, the online Help can assist you in
troubleshooting the problem.
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To access Windows XP Help:
1
Click the Start button and click Help and Support.
2
Click Fixing a Problem.
3
Click Trobleshooting Problems.
4
Click the problem you want help with.
Troubleshooters
®
The Windows XP operating system includes a wide range of
helpful troubleshooters that can assist you with many common
computer problems. For instance, if you are having difficulty
setting up a new printer, the Print troubleshooter can walk you
through the setup process step by step. Troubleshooters are
available through Windows Help, and they are constantly updated
and supplemented on the Microsoft Support Online Web site.
You can connect to Support Online by clicking Get Support in
Windows Help or by connecting to:
http://support.microsoft.com
Resolving a hardware conflict
If you receive an error message telling you there is a device driver
®
conflict or a general hardware problem, try using Windows XP
Help to troubleshoot the problem first.
To access Help on hardware conflicts:
1
From the Windows Help menu, click Fixing a Problem.
2
Click Hardware and system device problems and follow
the steps.
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If there is still a problem, the Windows XP operating system
should display a message that explains what the conflict is. If this
happens, you may need to solve the problem on your own.
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A plan of action
The smooth operation of the system depends on the interaction of
all devices, programs, and features. If the system or one of its
attached devices isn’t working, resolving the problem can be timeconsuming and frustrating.
The recommended procedure for getting multiple devices to work
together is to add and set up one device at a time. After you add
each device, test it to make sure it and all previously connected
devices work.
The device most recently connected to the system is the one most
likely to be causing a hardware conflict.
Resolving hardware conflicts on your own
Computer components need resources to accomplish a task. A
device, such as a CD-ROM drive or a modem, needs a channel to
the computer’s Central Processing Unit (CPU). It also needs a
direct channel to the computer’s memory to store information as it
works. These channels of communication are commonly referred
to as system resources.
Interrupt Request Channel
The channel to the CPU is called an Interrupt Request (IRQ)
because it interrupts what the processor is doing and requests
some of the processor’s time. If two or more devices use the same
IRQ, the processor does not know which device is asking for
attention. This causes a hardware conflict.
Direct Memory Access
Similarly, the data required by the device is stored in a specific
place or address in memory called the Direct Memory Access
(DMA). The DMA provides a dedicated channel for adapter cards
to bypass the microprocessor and access memory directly. If two
or more devices use the same DMA, the data required by one
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device overwrites the data required by the other, causing a
hardware conflict.
Plug and Play
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With Plug and Play and the Windows XP operating system,
avoiding hardware conflicts is easy. Plug and Play is a computer
standard that helps the system BIOS (basic input/output system)
and the operating system to automatically assign system resources
to Plug and Play-compliant devices. In theory, if every device
connected to the computer is Plug and Play-compliant, no two
devices will compete for the same system resources. You just plug
®
in the device and turn on your computer. The Windows XP
operating system automatically sets up your system to
accommodate the new device.
®
However, if you install an older (legacy) device that the Windows
XP operating system cannot recognize, the operating system may
have difficulty assigning system resources to it. As a result, a
hardware conflict can occur. To see what resources are assigned to
the device, see “Checking device properties” on page 206.
Resolving conflicts
There are three things you can do to resolve hardware conflicts.
❖
Disable the device.
For an older device, remove it from the computer. For a Plug
and Play device, see “Fixing a problem with Device
Manager” on page 206.
❖
Disable another system component and use its resources for
the new device. See “Fixing a problem with Device
Manager” on page 206.
❖
Reconfigure the device so that its requirements do not
conflict. Refer to the device’s documentation for instructions
about changing settings on the device.
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Fixing a problem with Device Manager
Device Manager provides a way to check and change the
configuration of a device.
CAUTION: Changing the default settings using Device
Manager can cause other conflicts that make one or more
devices unusable. Device Manager is a configuration tool for
advanced users who understand configuration parameters
and the ramifications of changing them.
Disabling a device
1
Click the My Computer icon with the secondary button, then
click Properties.
The System Properties dialog box appears.
2
Click the Hardware tab.
3
Click the Device Manager button.
4
Select the device, click the Action menu, and choose Disable.
A confirmation message displays.
5
Click Yes.
Checking device properties
Device Manager provides a way to view the properties of a device.
Properties include the name of the manufacturer, the type of
device, the drivers installed, and the system resources assigned to
the device.
To check a device’s properties:
1
Click the My Computer icon with the secondary button, then
click Properties to display the System Properties window.
2
Click the Hardware tab.
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3
Click the Device Manager button.
4
To view the device(s) installed, double-click the device type.
5
To view the properties, double-click the device.
The Device Properties dialog box appears, providing various
tabs from which to choose. Some of the common ones are:
❖
The General tab, which provides basic information about
the device.
❖
The Driver tab, which displays the drivers being used by
the device.
For more information about Device Manager, refer to the
®
Windows XP online help.
Memory card problems
Incorrectly connected or faulty memory cards may cause errors
that seem to be device-related. So it is worthwhile checking for
these first:
1
Click Start, then click Turn Off Computer.
2
Select Turn Off, then click OK.
The operating system shuts down and turns off the computer
automatically.
3
Remove the memory card.
4
Reinstall the memory card, following the instructions in
“Installing additional memory (optional)” on page 48,
and making sure it is seated properly.
5
Check for the error again.
6
If the error recurs, remove the memory card entirely and
check for the error again.
If removing the memory card eliminates the error, the
memory card may be faulty. If the error recurs without the
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memory card installed, the error is not caused by the memory
card.
Power problems
Your computer receives its power through the AC adapter and
power cable or from the system batteries (main battery and
real-time clock (RTC) battery). Power problems are interrelated.
For example, a faulty AC adapter or power cable will neither
power the computer nor recharge the batteries.
Here are some typical problems and how to solve them:
The AC power light does not come on when you plug in the
AC adapter and power cable.
Make sure the AC adapter and power cable are firmly plugged into
both the wall outlet and the computer.
If the AC power light still does not come on, check that the wall
outlet is working properly by plugging in a lamp or other
appliance.
The AC adapter and power cable work correctly, but the
battery will not charge.
The battery doesn’t charge while the computer is consuming full
power. Try turning off the computer.
The main battery may not be inserted correctly in the computer.
Turn off the computer, remove the battery, clean the contacts with
a soft dry cloth (if necessary) and replace the battery.
The battery may be too hot or too cold to charge properly. Its
temperature needs to be in the range 50 degrees to 88 degrees
Fahrenheit (10 degrees to 30 degrees Celsius). If you think this is
the probable cause, let the battery reach room temperature and try
again.
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If the battery has completely discharged, it will not begin charging
immediately. Leave the AC adapter and power cable connected,
wait 20 minutes and see whether the battery is charging.
If the battery light is glowing after 20 minutes, let the computer
continue charging the battery for at least another 20 minutes
before you turn on the computer.
If the battery light does not glow after 20 minutes, the battery may
have reached the end of its useful life. Try replacing it.
The battery appears not to power the computer for as long
as it usually does.
Check the Power Saver using the Toshiba Power Saver utility.
Have you added a device, such as a PC Card or memory module,
that takes its power from the battery? Is your software using the
hard disk more? Is the display power set to turn off automatically?
Was the battery fully charged to begin with? All these conditions
affect how long the charge lasts.
For more information on maximizing battery power, see
“Maximizing battery life” on page 101.
Keyboard problems
If, when you type, strange things happen or nothing happens, the
problem may be related to the keyboard itself.
The keyboard produces unexpected characters.
A keypad overlay may be on. If the numeric keypad or cursor
control light is on, press Fn and F10 simultaneously to turn off the
cursor control light or press Fn and F11 simultaneously to turn off
the numeric keypad light.
If the problem occurs when both the keypad overlays are off, make
sure the software you are using is not remapping the keyboard.
Refer to the software’s documentation and check that the program
does not assign different meanings to any of the keys.
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You have connected an external keyboard and you get one or
more keyboard error messages.
If you have a second keyboard, try it. If it works, the first keyboard
may be defective or incompatible with your computer.
Nothing happens when you press the keys on the external
keyboard.
You may have plugged the external PS/2 keyboard in while the
computer was turned on. Using the TouchPad, click Start, then
click Turn Off Computer. In the Shut down Windows dialog
box, select Restart and click OK. The computer will restart and
recognize the device.
The keyboard locks and the computer will not restart.
Make sure the power is on and press the Turn Off Computer
button. Then press the power button again to turn on the computer.
Display problems
Here are some typical display problems and their solutions:
The display is blank.
Display Auto Off may have gone into effect. Press any key to
activate the screen.
You may have activated the instant password feature by pressing
Fn and F1 simultaneously. If you have registered a password, press
Enter, type your password, then press Enter. If no password is
registered, press Enter. The screen reactivates and allows you to
continue working.
If you are using the built-in screen, make sure the display priority
is not set for an external monitor. To do this, press Fn and F5
simultaneously (once). If this does not correct the problem, press
Fn and F5 simultaneously again to return the display priority to its
previous setting.
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If you are using an external monitor:
❖
Check that the monitor is turned on.
❖
Check that the monitor’s power cable is firmly plugged into a
working power outlet.
❖
Check that the cable connecting the external monitor to the
computer is firmly attached.
❖
Try adjusting the contrast and brightness controls on the
external monitor.
❖
Press Fn and F5 simultaneously to make sure the display
priority is not set for the built-in screen.
The screen does not look right.
You can change the display settings by clicking a blank area of the
desktop with the secondary button, then clicking Properties. This
opens the Display Properties dialog box. The Appearance tab of
this dialog box allows you to choose the colors for the screen. The
Settings tab allows you to choose the screen resolution.
The built-in screen flickers.
Some flickering is a normal result of the way the screen produces
colors. To reduce the amount of flickering, try using fewer colors.
To change the number of colors displayed:
1
Point at the desktop and click with the secondary button.
2
Click Properties, and then Settings.
3
Change the Colors option and click OK.
For more information, see the Windows® XP Help.
A message indicates a problem with your display settings
and that the adapter type is incorrect or the current settings
do not work with your hardware.
Reduce the size of the color palette to one that is supported by the
computer’s internal display. To change the display properties:
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1
Point at the desktop and click with the secondary button.
2
Click Properties, and then Settings.
3
Change a setting and click OK.
For more information, see the Windows® XP Help.
The display mode is set to Simultaneous and the external
display device does not work.
Make sure the external monitor is capable of displaying at
resolutions of 800 x 600 or higher.
Disk drive problems
Problems with the hard disk or with a diskette drive usually show
up as an inability to access the disk or as sector errors. Sometimes
a disk problem may cause one or more files to appear to have
garbage in them. Typical disk problems are:
You are having trouble accessing a disk, or one or more files
appear to be missing.
Make sure you are identifying the drive by its correct name (A: or
C:).
Run ScanDisk, which analyzes the directories, files and File
Allocation Table (FAT) on the disk and repairs any damage it
finds:
To run ScanDisk:
1
Click Start, point to All Programs, Accessories, System
Tools and click ScanDisk.
2
Click the drive you want to test.
3
Select the type of test you want to use.
A thorough test is more complete but takes much more time
than a standard test.
4
Click Start.
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ScanDisk tests the disk.
Your hard disk seems very slow.
If you have been using your computer for some time, your files
may have become fragmented. Run Disk Defragmenter. To do
this, click Start, point to All Programs, Accessories, System
Tools, and click Disk Defragmenter.
Your data files are damaged or corrupted.
Refer to your software documentation for file recovery
procedures. Many software packages automatically create backup
files.
You may also be able to recover lost data using utility software,
which is available from your dealer.
Some programs run correctly but others do not.
This may be a software configuration problem. If a program does
not run properly, review the program’s hardware configuration
requirements. Most software documentation lists the minimum
hardware requirements.
A diskette will not go into the diskette drive.
You may already have a diskette in the drive. Make sure the drive
is empty.
You may be inserting the diskette incorrectly. Hold the diskette
with the hub side facing down, and insert it so that the metal head
window cover goes into the drive first.
The metal cover or a loose label may be obstructing the path into
the drive. Carefully inspect the diskette. If the metal cover is loose,
replace the diskette. If the label is loose, replace the label and try
inserting the diskette again.
The computer displays the Non-system disk or disk error message.
If you are starting the computer from the hard disk, make sure
there is no diskette in the diskette drive.
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If you are starting the computer from a diskette, the diskette in the
drive does not have the files necessary to start the computer.
Replace it with a bootable diskette.
The drive can’t read a diskette.
Try another diskette. If you can access the second diskette, the first
diskette (not the drive) is probably causing the problem. Run
ScanDisk on the faulty diskette (for instructions, see “Disk drive
problems” on page 212).
CD-ROM/DVD-ROM drive problems
You cannot access a disc in the drive.
Make sure the drive tray has closed properly. Press gently until it
clicks into place.
Open the drive tray and remove the disc. Make sure the drive tray
is clean. Any dirt or foreign object can interfere with the laser
beam.
Examine the disc to see whether it is dirty. If necessary, wipe it
with a clean cloth dipped in water or a neutral cleaner.
Replace the disc in the tray. Make sure it is lying flat, label side
uppermost. Press the disc down until it locks on the spindle. Close
the drive tray carefully, making sure it has shut completely.
You press the disc eject button, but the drive tray does not
slide out.
Make sure the computer is connected to a power source and turned
on. The CD-ROM/DVD-ROM drive eject mechanism requires
power to operate.
To remove a disc without turning on the computer, use a narrow
object, such as a straightened paper clip, to press the manual eject
button. This button is in the small hole next to the disc eject button
on the right side of the computer.
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Some discs run correctly, but others do not.
If the problem is with an application CD-ROM, refer to the
software’s documentation and check that the hardware
configuration meets the program’s needs.
The color of the materials used to make the disc can affect its
reliability. Silver-colored CD-ROMs are the most reliable,
followed by gold-colored CD-ROM. Green-colored CD-ROMs
are the least reliable.
Sound system problems
You do not hear any sound from the computer.
Adjust the volume control.
If you are using an external headphone or speakers, check that
they are securely connected to your computer.
Check to ensure that the sound function is enabled.
PC Card problems
PC Cards (PCMCIA-compatible) include many types of devices,
such as a removable hard disk, additional memory, or pager.
Most PC Card problems occur during installation and setup of
new cards. If you’re having trouble getting one or more of these
devices to work together, several sections in this chapter may
apply.
Resource conflicts can cause problems when using PC Cards. See
“Resolving a hardware conflict” on page 203.
Card Information Structure
When you insert a PC Card into a slot, the computer attempts to
determine the type of card and resources it requires by reading its
Card Information Structure (CIS). Sometimes the CIS contains
enough information for you to use the card immediately.
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Other cards must be set up before you can use them. Use the
®
Windows XP PC Card (PCMCIA) Wizard to set up the card.
Refer to your Microsoft documentation for more information, or
refer to the documentation that came with the PC Card.
Some card manufacturers use special software called enablers to
support their cards. Enablers result in nonstandard configurations
that can cause problems when installing the PC Card.
If the operating system does not have built-in drivers for your PC
®
Card and the card did not come with a Windows XP driver, it
may not work under your operating system. Contact the
manufacturer of the PC Card for information about using the card
®
under the Windows XP operating system.
PC Card checklist
❖
Make sure the card is inserted properly into the slot.
See “Using PC Cards” on page 161 for how to insert PC
Cards.
❖
Make sure all cables are securely connected.
❖
Make sure the computer is loading only one version of Card
and Socket Services.
❖
Occasionally a defective PC Card slips through quality
control. If another PCMCIA-equipped computer is available,
try the card in that machine. If the card malfunctions again, it
may be defective.
Resolving PC Card problems
Here are some common problems and their solutions:
PC Cards that used to work no longer work.
Check the PC Card status:
1
Click the My Computer icon with the secondary button, then
click Properties.
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The System Properties dialog box appears.
2
Click the Hardware tab.
3
Click the Device Manager button.
4
Double-click the device listed as your PC Card.
The PC Card’s Properties dialog box appears, containing
information about your PC Card configuration and status.
The computer stops working (hangs) when you insert a PC
Card.
The problem may be caused by an I/O (input/output) conflict
between the PCMCIA socket and another device in the system.
Use Device Manager to make sure each device has its own I/O
base address. See “Fixing a problem with Device Manager” on
page 206 for more information.
Since all PC Cards share the same socket, each card is not required
to have its own address.
Hot swapping (removing one PC Card and inserting another
without turning the computer off) fails.
Follow this procedure before you remove a PC Card:
1
Click the PC Card icon on the taskbar.
2
Click Stop xxxx, where xxxx is the identifier for your PC
Card.
A message tells you that you may safely remove the card.
3
Remove the card from the slot.
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The system does not recognize your PC Card or PCMCIA
socket controller.
This problem may be caused by a low battery. Replace the battery
with a fully-charged one or charge the battery fully as follows:
1
Make sure the computer is not in Standby mode. For more
information, see “Using Standby” on page 98.
2
Turn off the computer.
3
Connect the AC adapter and power cable.
4
Keep the computer plugged in for two to three hours with the
power turned off.
If power is not the problem, try removing the card, and reinstalling
it using the procedure in “Using PC Cards” on page 161.
The problem may also be caused by a conflict with any additional
memory in your system. If you recently installed a memory
expansion card, turn off the computer, remove the memory card,
turn on the computer and try the PC Card again.
A PC Card error occurs.
Reinsert the card to make sure it is properly connected.
If the card is attached to an external device, check that the
connection is secure.
Refer to the card’s documentation, which should contain a
troubleshooting section.
Printer problems
This section lists some of the most common printer problems.
The printer will not print.
Check that the printer is connected to a working power outlet,
turned on and ready (on line).
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Make sure the printer cable is firmly attached to the computer and
the printer.
If your printer is ECP- or IEEE 1284-compliant, make sure you
have an IEEE 1284 printer cable.
Check that the printer has plenty of paper. Some printers will not
start printing when there are just two or three sheets of paper left in
the tray.
Run the printer’s self-test to check for any problem with the printer
itself.
Make sure you installed the proper printer driver, as shown in
“Connecting a printer” on page 53.
Try printing another file. For example, you could create and
attempt to print a short test file using Notepad. If a Notepad file
prints correctly, the problem may be in your original file.
Contact your network administrator if the printer is on your office
network.
The printer will not print what you see on the screen.
Many programs display information on the screen differently from
the way they print it. See if your program has a print preview
mode. This mode lets you see your work exactly as it will print.
Contact the software manufacturer for more information.
Modem problems
This section lists common modem problems.
The modem will not receive or transmit properly.
Make sure the RJ11 cable (the one that goes from the modem to
the telephone line) is firmly connected to the computer’s modem
port and the telephone line socket.
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Check the port settings to make sure the hardware and software
are referring to the same COM port (look in Device Manager
under Modems for the built-in modem).
Check the communications parameters (baud rate, parity, data
length and stop bits) specified in the communications program. It
should be set up to transmit at 300, 1200, 2400, 4800, 9600,
14400, 28800, 33600 bps (bits per second) or higher. Refer to the
program’s documentation and the modem manual for information
on how to change these settings.
The modem is on, set up properly and still will not transmit
or receive data.
Make sure the line has a dial tone. Connect a telephone handset to
the line to check this.
The other system may be busy or off line. Try making a test
transmission to someone else.
Develop good computing habits
Make sure you are prepared.
Save your work frequently.
You can never predict when your computer will lock, forcing you
to close a program and lose unsaved changes. Many software
programs build in an automatic backup, but you should not rely
solely on this feature. Save your work! See “Computing tips” on
page 69 for instructions.
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On a regular basis, back up the information stored on your
hard disk.
Here are some ways you can do this:
❖
Copy files to diskette, following the steps in “Saving your
work” on page 74.
❖
Connect a tape drive to the system and use specialized
software to copy everything on the hard disk to a tape.
Some people use a combination of these methods, backing up all
files to tape weekly and copying critical files to diskette on a daily
basis.
If you have installed your own programs, you should back up
these programs as well as your data files. If something goes wrong
that requires you to reformat your hard disk and start again,
reloading all your programs and data files from a backup source
will save time.
Read the documentation.
It’s very difficult to provide a fail-safe set of steps you can follow
every time you experience a problem with the computer. Your
ability to solve problems will improve as you learn about how the
computer and its software work together.
Get familiar with all the documentation provided with your
computer, as well as the manuals that come with the programs and
devices you purchase.
Your local computer store or book store sells a variety of self-help
books you can use to supplement the information in the manuals.
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Using VirtualTech
Using VirtualTech
VirtualTechTM is a suite of innovative support resources and tools
installed on your computer. VirtualTech will make your
computing experience easier and more fulfilling by assisting you
when you have questions, run into problems, or need help with
your computer or programs.
To access VirtualTech, double-click the VirtualTech icon located
on your computer’s desktop.
Following is a summary of the kinds of resources and tools
VirtualTech has to offer:
❖
A library of solutions to common computer problems. These
are arranged into easy to navigate topics like software,
hardware and the Internet.
❖
A set of powerful support tools that can:
❖
Retrieve hardware and software details whenever you
need system configuration information.
❖
Check and inform you of any updates whenever you go
online. To load an update, click yes.
❖
Run a detailed system report that harvests and compiles
your system’s hardware and software information.
This report is also accessible to Toshiba’s InTouch Center
technicians to reference when you place a call or send a
question electronically.
❖
Direct you to Ask IRIS OnlineTM, Toshiba’s instant
response information service where you can ask
questions and receive answers.
❖
Send a message electronically with your questions
directly to our InTouch Center. A representative will
address your situation and contact you.
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If you need further assistance
If you have followed the recommendations in this chapter and are
still having problems, you may need additional technical
assistance. This section contains the steps to take to ask for help.
Before you call
Since some problems may be related to the operating system or
the program you are using, it is important to investigate other
sources of assistance first.
Try the following before contacting Toshiba:
®
❖
Review the troubleshooting information in your Windows
XP documentation.
❖
If the problem occurs while you are running a program,
consult the program’s documentation for troubleshooting
suggestions. Contact the software company’s technical
support group for their assistance.
❖
Consult the dealer from whom you purchased your computer
and/or program. Your dealer is your best source for current
information.
For the number of a Toshiba dealer near you in the United States,
call: (800) 457-7777.
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Contacting Toshiba
If you still need help and suspect that the problem is
hardware-related, Toshiba offers a variety of resources to help you.
1
Start with accessing Toshiba on the Internet using any Internet
browser by typing:
www.pcsupport.toshiba.com
2
Next, try one of Toshiba’s online services. The Toshiba Forum
can be accessed through CompuServe® by typing:
go toshiba
Toshiba voice contact
Before calling Toshiba, make sure you have:
❖
Your computer’s serial number.
❖
The computer and any optional devices related to the
problem.
❖
Backup copies of your Windows operating system and all
other preloaded software on diskettes or CD-ROM.
❖
Name and version of the program involved in the problem
along with its installation diskettes or CD-ROM.
❖
Information about what you were doing when the problem
occurred.
❖
Exact error messages and when they occurred.
®
For technical support, call the Toshiba InTouch Center:
Within the United States at (800) 457-7777
Outside the United States at (949) 859-4273
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Other Toshiba Internet Web sites
www.toshiba.com
Worldwide Toshiba corporate site
www.computers.toshiba.com
Marketing and product information
in the USA
www.toshiba.ca
Canada
www.toshiba-Europe.com
Europe
www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm
Japan
Toshiba’s worldwide offices
Argentina
Acron S.A.
Solís 1525
(1134) Buenos Aires
Argentina
Australia
Toshiba (Australia) Pty. Limited
84-92 Talavera Road
North Ryde NSW 2113
Sydney
Australia
Austria
Toshiba Europe GmbH
Handelskai 388
1020 Wien
Belgium
Toshiba Information Systems Benelux
(Belgium) B.V.
Excelsiorlaan 40
B-1930 Zaventem
Belgium
Brazil
Semp Toshiba Informática
Silveria Rodrigues 52
05047-000 Sao Paulo
SP Brazil
Canada
Toshiba Canada Ltd.
191 McNabb Street
Markham, Ontario
L3R - 8H2
Canada
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Toshiba’s worldwide offices
Central America & Caribbean
TechData Latin America
8501 NW 17th Street, #101
Miami, FL 33126
United States
Chile
CHS Promark Chile Ltda.
J. Joaquin Aguirre Luco 1339
Huechuraba
Santiago, Chile
Colombia
CHS Promark Colombia Ltda.
Carrera 129, Nro. 2957
Parque Industrial de Occidente
Bodega 30 - Zona Fontibón
Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia
Czech Republic
CHG Toshiba, s.r.o.
Hnevkovskeho 65
61700 Brno
Denmark
Scribona Danmark A/S
Naverland 27
DK2600 Glostrup
Denmark
Finland
Scribona TPC OY
Sinimäentie 14
P.O. Box 83
02630 ESPOO
Finland
France
Toshiba Systèmes (France) S.A.
7, Rue Ampère
92804 Puteaux Cédex
France
Germany
Toshiba Europe GmbH
Leibnizstraße 2
D-93055 Regensburg
Germany
Greece
Ideal Electronics S.A.
109 Syngrou Avenue
176 71 Kalithea
Athens
Greece
Hungary
Technotrade Kft.
Szerencs utca 202
1147 Budapest
Hungary
Ireland
Same as United Kingdom
Italy
Progetto Elettronica 92 s.r.l.
Viale Certosa 138,
20156 Milano
Italy
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Toshiba’s worldwide offices
Japan
Toshiba Corporation, PCO-IO
1-1, Shibaura 1-Chome
Minato-Ku, Tokyo, 105-8001
Japan
Luxembourg
Same as Netherlans
Mexico
Toshiba de Mexico S.A.
Sierra Candela No. 111, 6to. Piso
Col. Lomas de Chapultepec.
CP 11000, Mexico DF
Morocco
C.B.I.
22 Rue de Béthune
Casablanca
Morocco
The Netherlands
Toshiba Information Systems
Benelux B.V.
Rivium Boulevard 41
2909 LK, Capelle a/d IJssel
The Netherlands
Norway
Scribona Norge A/S
Toshiba PC Service
Stalfjaera 20
P.O. Box 51
Kalbakken
0901 OSLO 9
Norway
Papua New Guinea
Fujitsu (PNG) Pty. Ltd.
P.O. Box 4952 Boroko
NCD, Papua
New Guinea
Poland
TECHMEX S.A.
ul. Partyzantów 71,
43-316 Bielsko-Biala
01-059 Warszawa
Poland
Portugal
Quinta Grande Assisténcia Técnica
Informática, Lda.
Av. Moinhos no. 15A
Ur. Quinta Grande
2720 Alfragide
Portugal
Singapore
Toshiba Singapore Pte. Ltd.
438B Alexandra Rd. # 06-01
Alexandra Technopark
Singapore, 119968
Slovakia
HTC a.s.
Dobrovicova 8
81109 Bratislava
Slovakia
Slovenia
Inea d.o.o.
Ljubljanska 80
61230 Domzale
Slovenia
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Toshiba’s worldwide offices
Spain
Toshiba Information Systems
(España) S.A.
Parque Empresarial San Fernando
Edificio Europa, 1a Planta
Escalera A
28831 (Madrid) San Fernando de
Henares
Spain
Sweden
Scribona PC AB
Sundbybergsväegen 1
Box 1374
171 27 Solna
Sweden
Switzerland
Ozalid AG
Herostrasse 7
8048 Zürich
Switzerland
United Kingdom
Toshiba Information Systems
(U.K) Ltd.
Toshiba Court
Weybridge Business Park
Addlestone Road
Weybridge KT15 2UL
United Kingdom
United States
Toshiba America Information
Systems, Inc.
9740 Irvine Boulevard
Irvine, California 92618
United States
Venezuela
InterPC de Venezuela
Esquina Calle 4 y Calle 8
Edificio Tepal - Piso 3
La Urbina
Caracas 1073 - Venezuela
The Rest of Europe
Toshiba Europe (I.E.) GmbH
Hammfelddamm 8
D-4-1460 Neuss
Germany
Appendix A
Hot Keys
Hot keys are keys that, when pressed in combination with the Fn
key, turn system functions on and off. Hot keys have a legend on
or above the key indicating the option or feature the key controls.
Instant password security
Fn +
This hot key locks the keyboard and turns off the
display.
To resume working, if you have registered a user
password, press Enter, type your password and press
Enter. If you haven’t registered a password, press
Enter.
Do not confuse the instant password security feature
with:
❖
The Windows® XP operating system screen saver feature that
merely blanks the display after a specified amount of time
(and needs no password to resume operation),
or
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Power usage mode
❖
The Toshiba Power Saver feature that turns off the display to
conserve power (and needs no password to resume operation),
or
❖
The use of an invalid Display mode hot key (Fn + F5) setting.
Power usage mode
Fn +
This hot key displays the power usage pop-up
window and cycles through the power usage modes.
The power usage modes under battery power are:
Long Life, Normal, and High Power.
The power usage modes under AC power is
Full Power only.
Sample Power usage modes
For more information, see “Toshiba Power Saver”
on page 174.
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Speaker sound level
Fn +
This hot key controls the system speaker sound level.
Power-on display
Fn +
This hot key cycles through the display options.
The display options are: Built-in Display Only,
Simultaneous Display, and External Monitor Only.
TECHNICAL NOTE: In order to use simultaneous mode, you
must set the resolution of the built-in display panel to match
the resolution of the external display device.
Simultaneous mode works only with external monitors that
support 640 X 480 resolution and higher.
Pressing Fn and F5 three times consecutively sends a
signal to the television. To start the movie, press the
Play/pause button on the front of the computer. For
more information about the Play/pause button, see
“Front panel controls” on page 37.
Keyboard hot keys
Fn +
This hot key turns the cursor control overlay on and
off.
Fn +
This hot key turns the numeric overlay on and off.
Fn +
This hot key turns the scroll lock feature on and off.
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Appendix B
Power Cable
Connectors
The Satellite computer features a universal power supply you can
use worldwide. This appendix shows the shapes of the typical AC
power cable connectors for various parts of the world.
USA and Canada
UL approved
CSA approved
United Kingdom
BS approved
Australia
Europe
AS approved
VDA approved
NEMKO approved
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Glossary
TECHNICAL NOTE: Some features defined in this glossary
may not be available on your computer.
Acronyms
The following acronyms may appear in this user’s guide.
AC
alternating current
BIOS
basic input/output system
bps
bits per second
CD
compact disc
CD-ROM
compact disc read-only memory
CD-RW
compact disc rewriteable memory
CMOS
complementary metal-oxide semiconductor
COM1
communications port 1 (serial port)
COM2
communications port 2 (serial port)
CPU
central processing unit
DC
direct current
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Acronyms
DMA
direct memory access
DIMM
dual inline memory module
DOS
disk operating system
DPI
dots per inch
DSTN
dual supertwist nematic
DVD
digital versatile (or video) disc
DVD-ROM digital versatile (or video) disc read-only memory
ECP
enhanced capabilities port
EPROM
erasable programmable read-only memory
FAT
file allocation table
FCC
Federal Communications Commission
FIR
fast infrared
GB
gigabyte
HDD
hard disk drive
HTML
Hypertext Markup Language
IEEE
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
I/O
input/output
IRQ
interrupt request
ISP
Internet service provider
KB
kilobyte
LAN
local area network
LCD
liquid crystal display
LPT1
line printer port 1 (parallel port)
LSI
large-scale integration
MB
megabyte
MIDI
Musical Instrument Digital Interface
PC
personal computer
PCI
Peripheral Component Interconnect
PCMCIA
Personal Computer Memory Card International
Association
RAM
random access memory
Glossary
Terms
RFI
radio frequency interference
ROM
read-only memory
RTC
real-time clock
SCSI
small computer system interface
SDRAM
synchronous dynamic random access memory
SRAM
static random access memory
SVGA
super video graphics adapter
TFT
thin film transistor
USB
universal serial bus
URL
uniform resource locator
WAN
wide area network
www
World Wide Web
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Terms
The following terms may appear in this user’s guide.
A
active-matrix display — A liquid crystal display (LCD) made from an
array of liquid crystal cells using active-matrix technology. Also
known as a “TFT display,” in its simplest form there is one thin film
transistor (TFT) for each cell. This type of display works well with
notebook computers because of its shallow depth and high-quality
color. Active-matrix displays are viewable from wider angles than
most passive-matrix displays.
adapter — A device that provides a compatible connection between two
units. For example, the computer’s internal display adapter receives
information from the software and translates it into images on the
screen. An adapter can take a number of forms, from a microprocessor
to a simple connector. An intelligent adapter (one that is capable of
doing some processing) may also be called a controller.
alternating current (AC) — The type of power usually supplied to
residential and commercial wall outlets. AC reverses its direction at
regular intervals. Compare direct current (DC).
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Terms
application — A computer program that you use to perform tasks of a
specific type. Applications include word processors, spreadsheets, and
database management systems. See also program.
B
backup — A copy of a file, usually on a removable disk, kept in case the
original file is lost or damaged.
basic input/output system (BIOS) — See BIOS.
baud rate — The speed at which a communication device, such as a
printer or modem, transmits information. Baud rate is the number of
signal changes per second (not necessarily the same as bits per
second). See also bits per second.
BIOS (basic input/output system) — Basic instructions, stored in
read-only memory (ROM), containing the information the computer
needs in order to check hardware and load the operating system when
you start up the computer.
bit: — Short for “binary digit.” A bit is the smallest unit of information
used by a computer. A group of eight bits is a byte. See also byte.
bits per second (bps) — A way of measuring the speed at which
information is passed between two devices. The basic measure used in
modem communications, bps is similar, but not identical, to the baud
rate. See also baud rate.
boot — To start the computer. The term “boot” originates from bootstrap
program (as in “pulling itself up by its bootstraps”), a program that
loads and initializes the operating system. See also reboot.
boot disk — See system disk.
boot priority (startup sequence) — The order in which the computer
accesses its disk drives to locate the startup files. Under the default
startup sequence, the computer looks for the startup files in the diskette
drive before checking the hard disk.
bus — An electrical circuit that connects the central processing unit
(CPU) with other parts of the computer, such as the video adapter, disk
drives, and ports. It is the pathway through which data flows from one
device to another. See also bus speed, frontside bus.
bus speed — The speed at which the central processing unit (CPU)
communicates with the other parts of the computer.
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byte — A sequence of eight bits. A byte is the smallest addressable unit
of data. See also bit, gigabyte, kilobyte, megabyte.
C
cache — A section of very fast memory in which frequently used
information is duplicated for quick access. Accessing data from cache
is faster than accessing it from the computer’s main memory. See also
CPU cache, L1 cache, L2 cache.
CD — An individual compact disc. See also CD-ROM.
CD-ROM (compact disc read-only memory) — A form of
high-capacity storage that uses laser optics instead of magnetic means
for reading data. See also CD. Compare DVD-ROM.
central processing unit (CPU) — The chip that functions as the “brain”
of the computer. It takes information from outside sources, such as
memory or keyboard input, processes the information, and sends the
results to another device that uses the information.
character — Any letter, number, or symbol you can use on the
computer. Some characters are non-printing characters, such as a
paragraph break in a word-processing program. A character occupies
one byte of computer storage.
chip — A small piece of silicon containing computer logic and circuits
for processing, memory, input/output, and/or control functions. Chips
are mounted on printed circuit boards.
click — To press and release the TouchPad control button or mouse
button without moving the TouchPad or mouse. Refers to the left
mouse button or primary TouchPad control button, unless otherwise
stated. See also double-click.
color palette — A set of specified colors that establishes the colors that
can be displayed on the screen at a particular time.
compatibility — The extent to which computers, programs, or devices
can work together harmoniously, using the same commands, formats,
or language as another.
configuration — (1) The collection of components that make up a single
computer system. (2) How parts of the system are set up (that is,
configured).
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controller — A device that controls the transfer of data from a computer
to a peripheral device and vice versa. For example, disk drives,
monitors, keyboards, and printers all require controllers.
CPU — See central processing unit (CPU).
CPU cache — A section of very fast memory residing between the CPU
and the computer’s main memory that temporarily stores data and
instructions the CPU will need to execute commands and programs.
See also cache, L1 cache, L2 cache.
cursor — A symbol that indicates the current position on the screen. The
shape of the cursor varies, depending on the program you’re using and
what you’re doing.
D
default — The setting selected by a program when the user does not
specify an alternative setting.
device — A component attached to the computer. Devices may be
external (outside the computer’s case) or internal (inside the
computer’s case). Printers, disk drives, and modems are examples of
devices.
device driver — A program (called a “driver”) that permits a computer
to communicate with a device.
dialog box — An on-screen window displayed by the operating system
or a program giving a direction or requesting input from the user.
direct current (DC) — The type of power usually supplied by batteries.
DC flows in one direction. Compare alternating current (AC).
direct memory access (DMA) — A dedicated channel, bypassing the
CPU, that enables direct data transfer between memory and a device.
directory — See folder.
disable — To turn a computer option off. See also enable.
disc — A round, flat piece of metal, designed to be read from and written
to by optical (laser) technology, and used in the production of optical
discs, such as CDs and DVDs. Compare disk.
disk — A round, flat piece of material that can be magnetically
influenced to hold information in digital form, and used in the
production of magnetic disks, such as diskettes and hard disks.
Compare disc. See also diskette, hard disk.
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disk drive — The device that reads and writes information and programs
on a diskette or hard disk. It rotates the disk at high speed past one or
more read/write heads.
diskette — A thin, flexible disk in a protective jacket that stores
magnetically encoded data. Diskettes can be removed from the
computer and come in two sizes: 5.25-inch and 3.5-inch. Your
computer uses 3.5-inch diskettes. See also double-density diskette,
high-density diskette.
document — Any file created with an application and, if saved to disk,
given a name by which it can be retrieved. See also file.
double-click — To press the TouchPad control button or mouse button
rapidly twice without moving the TouchPad or mouse. Refers to the
primary TouchPad control button or left mouse button, unless
otherwise stated.
double-density diskette — A 3.5-inch diskette that can hold up to 720
KB of information (half the capacity of a high-density diskette). See
also diskette, high-density diskette.
download — (1) In communications, to receive a file from another
computer through a modem or network. (2) To send font data from the
computer to a printer. See also upload.
drag — To hold down the TouchPad control button or mouse button
while moving the cursor to drag a selected object. Refers to the
primary TouchPad control button or left mouse button, unless
otherwise stated.
driver — See device driver.
DVD — An individual digital versatile (or video) disc. See also
DVD-ROM.
DVD-ROM (digital versatile [or video] disc read-only memory) — A
very high-capacity storage medium that uses laser optics for reading
data. Each DVD-ROM can hold as much data as several CD-ROMs.
Compare CD-ROM.
E
emulation — A technique in which a device or program imitates another
device or program.
enable — To turn on a computer option. See also disable.
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executable file — A computer program that is ready to run. Application
programs and batch files are examples of executable files. Names of
executable files usually end with a .bat or .exe extension.
expansion device — A device that connects to a computer to expand its
capabilities. Other names for an expansion device are port expander,
port replicator, docking station, or network adapter.
extension — See file extension.
external device — See device.
F
file — A collection of related information, saved on disk with a unique
name. A file may be a program, information used by a program, or a
document. See also document.
file allocation table (FAT) — The section of a disk that keeps track of
the location of files stored on the disk.
file name — A set of characters that uniquely identifies a file within a
particular folder. It consists of two parts: the actual name and the file
name extension. See also file extension.
file extension — The three characters following the period (pronounced
“dot”) at the end of a file name. The extension indicates the type of file.
Examples are .exe for program files and .hlp for help files. See also file
name.
folder — Also called directory. A container for organizing files saved to
a disk. A folder is symbolized on screen by a graphical image (icon) of
a file folder. A folder can contain files and other folders.
format — (verb) To prepare a blank disk for use with the computer’s
operating system. Formatting creates a structure on the disk so the
operating system can write information to the disk or read information
from it.
frontside bus — The primary pathway (bus) between the CPU and the
computer’s main memory. Also called “system bus.” See also bus.
function keys — The keys labeled F1 through F12, typically located on
the keyboard. Their function is determined by the operating system
and/or individual programs.
G
gigabyte (GB) — A unit of data equal to 1,073,741,824 bytes (1024 x
1024 x 1024 bytes). See also byte.
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ground — A conductor to which all components of an electric circuit are
connected. It has a potential of zero (0) volts, is connected to the earth,
and is the point of reference for voltages in the circuit.
H
hard disk — A storage device composed of a rigid platter or platters that
can be magnetically coded with data. Hard disks hold much more
information than diskettes and are used for long-term storage of
programs and data. The primary (or only) hard disk in a computer is
usually fixed, but some computers have secondary hard disks that are
removable. By default, the primary hard disk is referred to as drive C.
hardware — The physical components of a computer system. Compare
software.
Hibernation — A feature of many Toshiba notebook computers that
saves to the hard disk the current state of your work, including all open
files and programs, when you turn the computer off. When you turn on
the computer again, your work is returned to the same state it was
when the computer was turned off. See also Standby, Suspend.
high-density diskette — A 3.5-inch diskette that holds 1.44 MB of data.
See also diskette.
hot key — (1) A feature in which certain keys in combination with the
Fn key can set system options or control system parameters, such as
the battery save mode. (2) A key or combination of keys that activates
a memory resident program.
hot swapping — The ability to add or remove devices from a computer
while the computer is running and have the operating system
automatically recognize the change.
I
icon — A small image displayed on the screen that represents a function,
file, or program.
interlaced — A method of refreshing a computer screen, in which only
every other line of pixels is refreshed. Interlaced monitors take two
passes to create a complete screen image. Compare non-interlaced.
internal device — See device.
Internet — The decentralized, world-wide network of computers that
provides electronic mail, the World Wide Web, and other services. See
also World Wide Web.
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Terms
keyboard shortcut — A key or combination of keys that you use to
perform a task instead of using a pointing device such as the
TouchPad.
kilobyte (KB) — A unit of data equal to 1024 bytes. See also byte.
L
L1 (level one) cache — Memory cache built into the processor to help
improve processing speed. See also cache, CPU cache, L2 cache.
L2 (level two) cache — Memory cache installed on the motherboard to
help improve processing speed. It is slower than L1 cache and faster
than main memory. See also cache, CPU cache, L1 cache.
LAN (local area network) — A group of computers or other devices
dispersed over a relatively limited area and connected by a
communications link that enables any device to interact with any other
on the network.
liquid crystal display (LCD) — A type of display that uses a liquid
substance between two transparent electrode panels. When an electric
current passes through the electrodes, the molecules in the liquid form
a crystalline pattern that polarizes the light passing through it. A filter
over the electrodes permits only non-polarized light to pass to the
surface of the display, creating light and dark pixels.
load — To move information from a storage device (such as a hard disk)
into memory for processing.
local area network — See LAN.
logical drive — A section of a disk that is recognized by the operating
system as a separate disk drive. A system’s logical drives may differ
from its physical drives. For example, a single hard disk drive may be
partitioned into two or more logical drives.
M
megabyte (MB) — A unit of data equal to 1,048,576 bytes (1024 x 1024
bytes). See also bytes.
memory — Typically refers to the computer’s main memory, where
programs are run and data is temporarily stored and processed.
Memory can be volatile and hold data temporarily, such as RAM, or it
can be nonvolatile and hold data permanently, such as ROM. A
computer’s main memory is RAM. See RAM, ROM.
microprocessor — See central processing unit (CPU).
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MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) — A standard for
connecting musical instruments, synthesizers, and computers. The
MIDI standard provides a way of translating music into a form
computers can use, and vice versa.
modem — Short for “modulator/demodulator.” A device that converts
information from digital to analog and back to digital, enabling
information to pass back and forth between digital computers and
analog telephone lines.
motherboard — The main circuit board in the computer. It contains the
processor, memory, and other primary components.
MS-DOS prompt — See system prompt.
multimedia — A combination of two or more media, such as sound,
animation, and video in a computer program or presentation.
Musical Instrument Digital Interface — See MIDI.
N
network — A collection of computers and associated devices that are
connected by communications facilities. A network allows you to
share data and peripheral devices, such as printers, with other users
and to exchange electronic mail.
non-interlaced — A method of refreshing a computer screen, in which
each pixel of every line is refreshed as the electron beam scans across
and down the screen. Compare interlaced.
non-system disk — A disk for storing programs and data that cannot be
used to start the computer. Compare system disk.
O
online — Available through the computer. Online may refer to
information being read from your own computer’s hard disk, such as
online documentation or online help, or to information coming from
another company on a company network or the Internet.
operating system — A set of programs that controls how the computer
works.
P
palette — See color palette.
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parallel — Processes that occur simultaneously. In communications, it
means the transmission of more than one bit of information at a time.
On your computer, the parallel port provides a parallel
communications interface between the computer and an appropriate
device. Most modern printers are parallel. Compare serial.
password — A unique string of characters entered by a user to verify his
or her identity to the computer or the network.
PC Card — A credit-card-sized expansion card designed to increase the
capabilities of notebook computers. PC Cards provide functions such
as modem, fax/modem, hard disk drive, network adapter, sound card,
or SCSI adapter.
peripheral — Any device, such as a printer or joystick, that is attached
to the computer and controlled by the computer’s CPU.
pixel — Short for “picture element.” The smallest dot that can be
produced on a screen or printer.
Plug and Play — Generally, refers to the computer’s ability to
automatically configure itself to work with peripheral devices. When
capitalized, refers to a standard that, when followed by a device
manufacturer, allows a PC to configure itself automatically to work
with the device.
pointing device — Any device, such as the TouchPad or a mouse, that
enables you to move the cursor on the screen.
port — A socket on the computer where you plug in a cable for
connection to a network or a peripheral device.
processor — See central processing unit (CPU).
program — A set of instructions that can be executed by a computer.
The general classes of programs (also called software) are operating
system, application, and utility. See also operating system, application,
utility.
properties — The attributes of an object or device. For example, the
properties of a file include the file’s type, size, and creation date.
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Terms
R
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RAM (random access memory) — Volatile memory that can be
written to as well as read. By volatile, we mean that information in
RAM is lost when you turn off your computer. This type of memory is
used for your computer’s main memory. See also memory. Compare
ROM.
random access memory — See RAM.
read-only memory — See ROM.
reboot — See boot, restart.
removable disk — A disk that can be removed from a disk drive. A
diskette is one example of a removable disk.
resolution — A measure of the sharpness of the images that can be
produced by a printer or displayed on a screen. For a printer, resolution
is expressed in dots per inch (dpi). For a screen, it is expressed as the
number of pixels available horizontally and vertically.
restart — Synonymous with reboot. To reset the computer by reloading
the operating system without turning the computer off. See also boot.
RJ11 — A modular connector used on most U.S. telephone systems and
direct-connect modems. The RJ11 connector is a 6-wire connector.
ROM (read-only memory) — Non-volatile memory that can be read
but not written to. By non-volatile, we mean that information in ROM
remains whether or not the computer is receiving power. This type of
memory is used to store your computer’s BIOS, which is essential
instructions the computer reads when you start it up. See also BIOS,
memory. Compare RAM.
S
select — To highlight or otherwise specify text, data, or graphics with the
intent to perform some operation on it.
serial — Processes that occur one at a time. In communications, it means
the transmission of one bit at a time sequentially over a single channel.
On your computer, the serial port provides a serial interface between
the computer and an appropriate device. Compare parallel.
shortcut — See keyboard shortcut.
software — See program. Compare hardware.
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Standby — A feature of some Windows® operating systems that allows
you to turn off the computer without exiting your open applications
and to continue from where you left off when you turn the computer
on again.
Suspend — A feature of some Windows® operating systems that allows
you to turn off the computer without exiting your open applications
and to continue from where you left off when you turn the computer
on again.
system disk — A diskette that contains the operating system files needed
to start the computer. Any diskette can be formatted as a system disk.
A system disk is also called a “bootable disk” or a “startup disk.”
Compare non-system disk.
system prompt — The symbol (in MS-DOS, generally a drive letter
followed by a “greater than” sign) indicating where users are to enter
commands.
T
U
TFT display — See active-matrix display.
universal serial bus (USB) — A serial bus that supports a data transfer
rate of up to 12 Mbps (12 million bits per second). USB can connect
up to 127 peripheral devices through a single all-purpose USB port.
USB allows hot swapping of peripherals. See also bus, hot swapping,
serial.
upload — To send a file to another computer through a modem or
network. See also download.
USB— See universal serial bus (USB).
utility — A computer program designed to perform a narrowly focused
operation or solve a specific problem. Utilities are often related to
computer system management.
W
V
Web — See World Wide Web.
Wi-Fi — A trademarked term by the Wireless Capability Ethernet
Alliance which stands for Wireless Fidelity. Wi-Fi is another term for
the IEEE 2.11b communication protocol to permit an Ethernet
connection using wireless communication components.
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World Wide Web (www) — The worldwide network of Web sites
linked together over the Internet. A user of the Web can jump from site
to site regardless of the location of the computer hosting the site. See
also Internet.
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Index
A
B
AC adapter 54
connecting the power cable 55
AC power
cable connectors 233
light 36
problem solving 208, 209
adding
background to a window 144
additional memory 48
installing 48
alarm
setting levels 105
types 105
Alt key 71
Application key 72
As Web Page option 144
Ask IRIS Online 222
audio CDs
playing 38, 78
audio features 158
avoiding strain and injury 42, 43, 45
battery 55, 103
additional packs 100
alarm 105
charging 54, 56, 66, 101
charging before use 47
conserving power 104
cover 40
determining remaining power 37,
103
inserting into computer 107
light 37, 58, 103
Li-Ion (lithium ion) 100
low charge 104
main 100
maximizing life 101
problem solving 208, 209
release latch 40
removing 106
RTC (real-time clock) 100
safe disposal 107
safety precautions 100
buttons
251
252
Index
CD Player 37, 84, 85
CD/DVD controls 79
DVD-ROM drive eject 80
Restore 124
speaker volume control 85
C
caps lock light 35
Card and Socket Services 162
care and handling
compact discs 87
diskettes 77
your computer 67
CD Player
next track button 38, 84, 85
play/pause button 37, 84
previous track button 37, 84, 85
stop/eject button 37, 84
CD Player control panel 85
CD/DVD control buttons 79
stop/eject 81
CD-ROM drive 31, 78
manual eject button 81
problem solving 214
CD-ROMs
using 78
CDs
care and handling 87
problem solving 215
charging 56
main battery 102
RTC 103
checking device properties 206
CIS (Card Information Structure) 215
closing programs 125
COM port 150
modem connection 150
comfort
arms and wrists 45
lighting 44
seating and posture 43
work habits 45
commands
Hibernation 93
Shut down 93
Standby 94
communications
cable-free 29
network connection 147
ports 150
setting up 87
compact discs
care and handling 87
computer 69
cleaning 67
customizing settings 65
moving 67
placement 41, 43
powering on 57
setting up 60
transferring information 148
turning off 93, 95, 96, 98
using at the office 147
computing tips 220
connecting
external monitor 147
external speakers 161
headphones 161
microphone 158
mouse 52
to a network 90
conserving battery power 104
contacting Toshiba 224
cooling vents
CPU 32
copying files to a diskette 77
CPU 204
creating
new documents 117
new folders 119
Index
shortcuts
Calculator 126
Character Map 127
critical battery alarm 105
Ctrl key 71
Current time 113
cursor control
mode light 35
overlay 73
hot key 231
customizing
computer settings 65
taskbar 142
window toolbars 144
D
date and time 131
DC-IN jack 29
desktop 110
background 110
choosing style and browsing
options 143
removing objects 132
Web style 144
windows 122, 123, 124
determining remaining battery power
103
Device Manager
check/change device properties
206
configuration tool 206
disabling a device 206
device properties 206
dial-up connection 91
Dial-Up Networking Wizard 91
Digital Subscriber Lines (DSL) 149
Digital Versatile Discs 79
Direct Memory Access 205
disabling a device 206
disk activity light 37
disk error 213
253
diskette drive 76
problem solving 214
diskettes 76
care and handling 77
inserting and removing 76
display panel
latch 28, 57
display screen
hot keys 231
options 231
problem solving 210
resolution 34
displaying folder information 146
DMA (Direct Memory Access) 205
documents
creating new 117
drive-access light 37
DVD-ROM drive
eject button 80
inserting a disc 80
playing
CDs and DVDs 78
DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive 78
DVDs 79
E
ECP (Extended Capabilities Port) 30
email 154
emulating a full-size keyboard 165
ergonomics 42, 43, 44, 45
error messages 213
device driver conflict 203
disk error 200
general hardware problem 203
Non-system disk 200, 213
Ethernet 10/100 Ethernet LAN adapter
90
expansion memory modules
cover 40
Extended Capabilities Port 30
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external monitor
connecting 147
external speakers 161
eyestrain
avoiding/reducing 44, 45
F
FAT (File Allocation Table) 212
files
backing up 77
copying to diskette 77
hierarchal file system 113
naming 75
printing 75
saving 74
transferring 148
Fn key 71, 165
assigning functions 169
Fn-esse 167
assigning keys 169
change/remove key assignments
171
drag-and-drop 169
keyboard 168
starting 168
using keyboard or pointing device
170
viewing key assignments 171
folder
creating new 119
folders
displaying information 146
front panel controls 35
function keys 71
G
guidelines
posture 44
proper lighting 44
seating 44
H
hard disk drive
backing up 221
light 58
problem solving 213
hardware conflicts
DMA assignments 205
IRQ (Interrupt Request) channel
204
older (legacy) device 205
Plug and Play 205
resolving 205
headphone jack 161
headphones
connecting 161
jack 30
Help facility 135
Hibernation 93, 96
factors to consider 93
quick 97
restarting 94, 97
hot keys
display options 231
keyboard controls 231
password security 229
hot swapping 162
precautions 164
Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP)
153
I
icons 111
definitions 24, 25
safety 24
infrared port 29
inserting
charged battery 107
diskettes 76
PC Cards 162
Internet 87, 153
Index
chat rooms 154
connecting to 149
downloading files 154
news groups 154
overview 152
problem solving 202
uploading files 154
Internet Explorer 111
Interrupt Request channel 204
InTouch Center 222
IRQ (Interrupt Request)
channel 204
ISP (Internet Service Provider) 116
J
jacks
external speakers 30
headphone 30
microphone 29
K
keyboard 35, 71
85-key 35
caps lock key 71
caps lock light 35
character keys 71
Ctrl, Fn, and Alt keys 71
cursor control overlay 35, 73
hot key 231
emulating full-size 165
Fn-esse 168
function keys 71
numeric overlay 35, 72
hot key 231
overlay keys 72
problem solving 209
scroll lock
hot key 231
Windows special keys 72
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L
LAN (Local Area Network)
adapter 90
port 29
lighting 44
lights
battery 58, 103
current charge 37, 103
caps lock 35
cursor control mode 35, 73
disk activity 37
drive-access 37
hard disk drive 58
main battery 37, 103
numeric mode 35, 72
power on/off 36
system indicator 35
Li-Ion (Lithium Ion) 100
locking cable 32
low battery alarm 105
M
main battery 100, 102
charging before use 101
maximizing battery life 101
memory
installing additional 48
problem solving 207
removing module 50
memory slot cover 40
microphone
connecting external 158
jack 29
recording sounds 158
modem
connecting to a phone line 88
determining the COM port 150
port 31
modes
Power usage 99
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Index
Safe 201
Standby 105
monitor
connecting 147
connecting an external 30
port 30
monitoring battery power 103
mouse 52
connecting 52
PS/2 52
USB 52
My Computer 73, 111
My Documents 111
N
naming files 75
network
accessing 147
connecting to 90
dial-up connection 91
Dial-Up Networking Wizard 147
Notepad 117
numeric mode light 35
numeric overlay 35, 72
hot key 231
O
on/off light 36
opening a Web page 116
operating system 109
optional devices
battery pack 100
overlay keys 72
cursor control 73
numeric 72
P
Paint program 121
parallel port 30
parallel printer 30
password security
hot key 229
PC Card
Card and Socket Services 162
eject buttons 32
enablers 216
inserting 162
problem solving 215, 216, 217
removing 164
replacing 164
slots 32
Type I, Type II, or Type III 32
using 161
PCMCIA 32
PCMCIA (Personal Computer
Memory Card International
Association) 161
playing
CDs and DVDs 81
Plug and Play 205
pointing device
TouchPad II 35
PORT-Noteworthy Computer Lock 32
ports
communication 150
external monitor 30
infrared 29
LAN 29
modem 31
parallel 30
S-video out 29
USB 30
power
alarm 105
button 35
cable connectors 233
DC-IN jack 29
on/off 35, 57
problem solving 208
usage mode 99
power down options
Index
Hibernation 93, 96
Shut down 93, 95
Standby 93, 98
power off
guidelines 66
Power Options utility 96, 199
Power usage mode 99, 113
power-on display
hot key 231
precautions 46
presentations
viewing on television set 156
printer
Add Printer Wizard 62
connecting 53
problem solving 218, 219
selecting mode 53
printing your work 75
problem
prevention 220
solving 197, 209, 215
program
starting 73
programs
Web browsers 153
PS/2
external keyboard 29
mouse 29, 52
port 29
Q
Quick Start card 27
R
real-time clock battery 100, 103
recording
adjusting quality 159
sounds 158
Recycle Bin 111, 132
region code 185
257
removing
diskettes 76
objects from the desktop 132
PC Cards 164
the battery 106
resolving hardware conflicts 203,
204, 205
restarting the computer
from Hibernation 97
from Shut down 96
from Standby 98
Restore button 124
RTC (real-time clock) battery 100
RTC battery 103
recharging 103
S
Safe mode 201
safety precautions 46
battery 100
disposal 107
saving your work 74
ScanDisk 212
screen
problem solving 210
resolution 34
scroll lock
hot key 231
SCSI (Small Computer Systems
Interface) 165
Search Engine 153
security
instant password hot key 229
lock slot 32
locking cable 68
PORT-Noteworthy Computer
Cable Lock 68
PORT-Noteworthy Computer
Lock 32
SelectServ 26
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Index
setting the date and time 131
setting up
computer 60, 61
printer 62
software 60
work environment 42
setting up your computer 47
settings
customizing the computer 65
shortcut tray 110
shortcuts
creating 126
Shut down 93, 95
quick 96
restarting 93, 96
software
setting up 60
sound
.wav files 158
problem solving 215
SPANworks 155
speakers
external 161
jack 30
volume control 85
Standby 93, 94, 98
mode 105
restarting from 94, 98
Start button 110, 112
starting a program 73, 120
Startup menu 201
stop/eject button 81
Support Online 203
system indicator panel
lights 35
System Restore
using 134
system tray 110
tasks 113
T
taskbar 110, 112
customizing 142
using 123
technical support
Toshiba InTouch Center 224
tips on computing 69
toolbars
customizing 144
displaying in a window 146
Toshiba Accessories
information 25
Web site 67
Toshiba Forum 224
Toshiba FreedomWare 112
Toshiba Hardware Setup 172
Toshiba Internet Web sites 225
Toshiba InTouch Center 224
Toshiba online
services 224
Toshiba Power Saver 174
Hibernation 97
Shut down 96
Standby 98
Toshiba Software Offer 111
Toshiba VirtualTech 111
Toshiba voice contact 224
Toshiba worldwide offices 225
TouchPad 52
control buttons 35
pointing device 35
using 114
trackball 52
transferring files 148
transferring information between
computers 148
troubleshooters
Windows 203
troubleshooting 197
AC/power
Index
battery will not charge 208
faulty adapter or cable 208
light does not come on 208
partially charged battery 209
batteries 208
CD-ROM drive 214, 215
data files 213
device properties 206
disabling a device 206
disk drive
files missing 212
Non-system disk or disk
error 200, 213
slow 213
diskette drive
can’t insert diskette 213
can’t read diskette 214
display 210
external monitor 211
faulty AC adapter 208
faulty power cable 208
further assistance 223
hardware conflict 203, 204, 205
hot swapping 217
Internet 202
keyboard
locks and computer won’t
restart 210
unexpected characters 209
memory cards 207
modem 219
PC Card 215, 216, 217, 218
checklist 216
error 218
power problems 208
printer 218
will not print 219
program doesn’t run 213
program performed illegal
operation 198
program stops responding 197,
199
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screen display
blank 210
doesn’t look right 211
external device does not
work 212
problem with display settings
211
screen flickers 211
sound 215
sound system 215
Windows Millennium Edition
200, 201
turning computer on/off 57, 93, 95,
96, 98, 125
turning off the computer 66
U
Uniform Resource Locator (URL)
142, 153
universal power supply 233
Universal Serial Bus
mouse 52
port 30
ports 30
URL (Uniform Resource Locator)
142, 153
USB
port 30
USB (Universal Serial Bus)
mouse 52
port 30
using
PC Cards 161
utilities
Toshiba Power Saver 96, 97, 98
V
video features
exploring 156
VirtualTech 222
volume, adjusting 161
260
Index
W
warranty
SelectServ 26
wav files
recording 158
Web address 153
Web browsers 153
Web sites 203, 224
opening a page 116
Web style 144
Wi-Fi
wireless networking 147
windows
adding a background 144
minimizing and maximizing 123
resizing and moving 122, 124
Windows Explorer 73
Windows Help
Support Online 203
troubleshooters 203
Windows logo key 72
Windows XP
Briefcase 148
fails to start 200
Help 135, 203
Preview 137
special features 141
Startup menu 201
Shut Down 139
Tours and Tutorials 137
WinDVD
customizing 184
optional settings 182
region code 185
starting 176
wireless networking 147
Wizards
Add Printer 62
Dial-Up Networking Wizard 147
work environment considerations 41
World Wide Web 153
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