Gateway 1450 Network Card User Manual

Contents
1 Checking Out Your Gateway Solo 1450 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Front . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Left side . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Right side . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Back . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Bottom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Keyboard area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Identifying your model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Gateway model number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Gateway serial number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Finding your specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
2 Getting Started. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Connecting the AC adapter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Protecting from power source problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Starting your notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Waking up your notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Turning off your notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Restarting (rebooting) your notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Status indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using the keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Key types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
System key combinations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Multi-function buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using the EZ Pad touchpad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using the touchpad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting the modem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting to a wired Ethernet network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Broadband Internet connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Installing a printer, scanner, or other peripheral device . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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3 Getting Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
HelpSpot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Searching for a topic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
HelpSpot Videos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Online help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Gateway Web site . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4 Windows Basics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43
About the Windows environment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44
Using the desktop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45
Using the Start menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45
Identifying Window items . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47
Working with files and folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49
Viewing drives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49
Creating folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51
Copying and moving files and folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52
Deleting files and folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54
Browsing for files and folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55
Searching for files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57
Using the Search utility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58
Adding icons to the desktop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60
Working with documents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61
Creating a new document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61
Saving a document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63
Opening a document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64
Printing a document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65
Shortcuts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66
5 Using the Internet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67
Learning about the Internet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68
Setting up an Internet account . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70
Accessing your Internet account . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70
Using the World Wide Web . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72
Connecting to a Web site . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73
Downloading files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74
Using e-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75
Sending e-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75
Checking your e-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76
6 Using Multimedia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77
Using the diskette drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78
Using the CD or DVD drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79
Identifying drive types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79
Inserting a CD or DVD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80
Adjusting the volume . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81
Adjusting the volume in Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81
Adjusting the volume in Windows 2000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84
Listening to CDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86
Listening to CDs in Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86
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Listening to CDs in Windows 2000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Recording and playing audio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Playing audio and video files with the Windows Media Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Playing a DVD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
Using MusicMatch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Playing CDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Creating MP3 music files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Editing track information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
Building a music library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Listening to Internet radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
Using advanced features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102
Using a recordable drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
Creating data CDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
Creating music CDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
Copying CDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
7 Sending and Receiving Faxes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
Installing and configuring Fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Installing Fax in Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Configuring Fax in Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Configuring Fax in Windows 2000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Sending a simple fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Setting up your cover page template . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Faxing from programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Faxing a scanned document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Receiving and viewing a fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Canceling a fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Automatically retry sending a fax in Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Automatically cancelling a fax in Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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8 Managing Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
Monitoring the battery charge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Recharging the battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Recalibrating the battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Changing batteries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Extending battery life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Conserving battery power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using alternate power sources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Changing power modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Changing power settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Changing the power scheme . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Changing alarm options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Changing advanced settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Activating and Using Hibernate Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .142
Changing SpeedStep settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .143
9 Travel Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .147
Modem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .148
Radio frequency wireless connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .148
Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .149
Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .149
Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150
10 Customizing Your Notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .151
Adjusting the screen and desktop settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .152
Adjusting the color depth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .152
Adjusting the screen resolution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .154
Applying a color scheme . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .156
Changing the desktop background . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .158
Selecting a screen saver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .161
Changing the touchpad settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .163
Programming the multi-function buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .165
Adding and modifying user accounts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .167
11 Using a Wireless Ethernet Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .169
Using a wireless network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .170
Using wireless Ethernet in Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .171
Setting up wireless Ethernet networking in Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .171
Configuring Windows XP for wireless Ethernet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .178
Creating a wireless Ethernet network in Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .180
Connecting to a wireless Ethernet network in Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . .193
Turning your wireless Ethernet on or off in Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .194
Checking network signal strength in Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .194
Using wireless Ethernet in Windows 2000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .196
Installing the ORiNOCO Client Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .196
Configuring the ORiNOCO client manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .197
Identifying this notebook on the network in Windows 2000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .206
Configuring Windows 2000 for wireless Ethernet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .208
Connecting to a wireless Ethernet network in Windows 2000 . . . . . . . . . . . .210
Turning your wireless Ethernet on or off in Windows 2000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .210
Checking network signal strength in Windows 2000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .211
12 Moving From Your Old Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .213
Using the Windows XP Files and Settings Transfer Wizard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .214
Transferring files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .215
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Finding your files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Transferring Internet settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Setting up your ISP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Transferring your e-mail and address book . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Transferring your Internet shortcuts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Installing your old printer or scanner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Installing a USB printer or scanner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Installing a parallel port printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Installing your old programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Caring for your computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Creating an emergency startup diskette . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Protecting your computer from viruses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Managing hard drive space . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Checking hard drive space . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using Disk Cleanup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Checking the hard drive for errors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Defragmenting the hard drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Backing up files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using the Scheduled Task Wizard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cleaning your computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cleaning the exterior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cleaning the keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cleaning the screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cleaning the mouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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237
237
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Using the Restoration CDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Reinstalling device drivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Updating device drivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Reinstalling programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Reinstalling Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Adding and removing a PC Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Preventing static electricity discharge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Adding or replacing memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Replacing the hard drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Safety guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 262
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First steps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .263
Software support tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .264
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .265
CD, DVD, CD-RW, or DVD/CD-RW drives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .265
Device installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .267
Diskette drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .268
Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .269
File management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .270
Hard drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .270
Internet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .271
Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .273
Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .273
Modem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .274
Mouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .278
Networks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .279
Passwords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .279
PC Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .279
Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .279
Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .280
Sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .282
Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .283
Telephone support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .284
Before calling Gateway Technical Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .284
Telephone support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .285
Tutoring and training . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .286
Self-help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .286
Tutoring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .286
Training . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .287
A Safety, Regulatory, and Legal Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .289
Index. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 301
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Checking Out
Your Gateway
Solo 1450
This chapter introduces you to the basic features of your
notebook. Read this chapter to learn:
■
How to identify the features of your Gateway
notebook
■
How to locate your notebook’s model and serial
number
■
How to locate the Microsoft Certificate of
Authenticity
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How to locate the specifications for your notebook
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What accessories are available for your notebook
Tips & Tricks
To access the contents of this guide while you
are traveling, download an electronic copy
from www.gateway.com/support/manlib/.
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Front
LCD panel
release
latch
Speaker
Battery
charge
indicator
Component
Speaker
Power
indicator
Icon
Description
LCD panel release latch
Open the LCD panel by sliding the release latch to the right.
Speakers
Provide audio output. Speakers are turned off while
headphones are connected.
Battery charge indicator
The LED shows the battery activity and status.
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■
■
■
LED
LED
LED
LED
green – battery is fully charged.
orange – battery is charging.
red – battery is low.
blinking and red – battery is very low.
This LED only lights up when your notebook is plugged in.
Power indicator
Lights up when your notebook is turned on and shows the
notebook power status.
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■
■
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LED on – power is on.
LED blinking – notebook is in Standby mode.
LED off – power is off or notebook is in Hibernate mode.
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Left side
Left side
Modem jack
Ethernet jack
PC Card
eject button
PC Card
slot
Diskette
drive
Diskette drive
eject button
Headphone jack
Microphone jack
Component
Icon
Description
Modem jack
Plug a modem cable into this jack. For more information, see “Connecting
the modem” on page 31.
Ethernet jack
Plug a 10/100 Ethernet network cable into this jack. For more information,
see “Connecting to a wired Ethernet network” on page 32.
Microphone
jack
Plug a microphone into this jack.
Headphone
jack
Plug amplified speakers or headphones into this jack. The built-in
speakers are turned off when a device is plugged into this jack.
PC Card
eject button
Press this eject button to remove the PC Card from the PC Card slot. For
more information, see “Adding and removing a PC Card” on page 252.
PC Card slot
Insert one Type II or Type III PC Card into this slot. For more information,
see “Adding and removing a PC Card” on page 252.
Diskette drive
Insert a standard 3.5-inch diskette into this drive. For more information,
see “Using the diskette drive” on page 78.
Diskette drive
eject button
Press the eject button to remove a diskette from the drive. For more
information, see “Using the diskette drive” on page 78.
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Right side
Battery
Component
CD/DVD/
Recordable drive
Icon
Activity
indicator
Manual eject hole
Eject button
Description
Battery
The battery is located here. For more information, see
“Changing batteries” on page 133.
CD/DVD/Recordable drive
Insert CDs, CD-R/RWs, or DVDs into this drive. For
more information, see “Using the CD or DVD drive” on
page 79.
This drive may be a CD, DVD, CD-RW, or combination
DVD/CD-RW drive. To determine the type of drive in
your notebook, examine the drive tray’s plastic cover
and compare the logo to those listed in “Identifying drive
types” on page 79.
Activity indicator
Lights up when your computer is accessing the CD,
DVD, or recordable drive. For more information, see
“Using the CD or DVD drive” on page 79.
Eject button
Press the eject button to open the disc tray. For more
information, see “Using the CD or DVD drive” on
page 79.
Manual eject hole
Insert a straightened paperclip into this hole to open the
drive tray if pressing the drive eject button fails to open
the tray.
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Back
Back
Kensington
lock slot
Power
connector
Component
USB
ports
Icon
Monitor
port
Parallel
port
Ventilation
fan
Description
Kensington™ lock slot
Secure your computer to an object by connecting a
Kensington cable lock to this slot.
Power connector
Plug the AC adapter cable into this connector.
USB ports
Plug USB (Universal Serial Bus) devices (such as a USB
Iomega™ Zip™ drive, printer, scanner, camera, keyboard,
or mouse) into these ports.
Monitor port
Plug an analog VGA monitor into this port.
Parallel port
Plug a parallel device (such as a printer) into this port.
Ventilation fan
Helps cool internal components. Do not block or insert
objects into these slots.
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Bottom
Hard drive
Memory
bay
Battery
Battery
latch
Reset
hole
System
label
Ventilation
fan
Component
Icon
Description
Hard drive
The hard drive is located here. For more information, see “Replacing
the hard drive” on page 259.
Battery
The battery is located here. For more information, see “Changing
batteries” on page 133.
Battery latch
Slide to release the battery.
System label
Includes the product model number. For more information, see
“Identifying your model” on page 10.
Ventilation fan
Helps cool internal components. Do not block or insert objects into
these slots.
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Bottom
Component
Icon
Description
Reset hole
Insert a straightened paper clip into this hole to manually restart your
notebook.
Memory bay
Install as many as two memory modules into this bay. For more
information, see “Adding or replacing memory” on page 255.
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Keyboard area
Multi-function buttons
Power button
Status
indicators
Keyboard
Touchpad
Component
Icon
Description
Power button
Press to turn your notebook on or off. You can also configure the
power button for Standby/Resume mode. For more information on
configuring the power button mode, see “Changing the power
scheme” on page 137.
Multi-function
buttons
Press these buttons to open programs you assign to them. By
default, these buttons are set to open your e-mail application, your
Web browser, online help, and another program that you assign.
For more information, see “Multi-function buttons” on page 27 and
“Programming the multi-function buttons” on page 165.
Status indicators
Inform you when a drive is in use or when a button has been
pressed that affects how the keyboard is used. For more
information, see “Status indicators” on page 22.
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Keyboard area
Component
Icon
Description
Touchpad
Provides all the functionality of a mouse. For more information,
see “Using the EZ Pad touchpad” on page 28 and “Changing the
touchpad settings” on page 163.
Keyboard
A full-sized 86-key keyboard. For more information, see “Using the
keyboard” on page 23.
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Identifying your model
Important
The labels shown in this section are for informational
purposes only. Label information varies by model, features
ordered, and location.
Gateway model number
The label on the bottom of your notebook contains information that identifies
your notebook model and its features. Gateway Technical Support will need
this information if you call for assistance.
Gateway model number
Internal wireless devices
Gateway serial number
You can locate the Gateway serial number:
■
Printed on a white sticker on the bottom or back of your notebook.
■
Printed on the customer invoice that came with your notebook. The
invoice will also contain your customer ID number.
■
Displayed in HelpSpot in Windows XP. Click Start, then click Help and
Support. Click View product serial number.
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Identifying your model
Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity
The Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity label found on the bottom of your
notebook includes the product key code for your operating system.
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Finding your specifications
For more information about your computer, such as memory size, memory
type, and hard drive size, go to the My Computer Info link in HelpSpot or visit
Gateway’s eSupport page at www.gateway.com/support. The eSupport page also
has links to additional Gateway documentation and detailed specifications.
In Windows XP, view your computer’s serial number or check your
specifications by clicking Start, Help and Support, then clicking
My Computer Info.
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Finding your specifications
You can also find out more about your computer at the Gateway eSupport site.
Visit www.gateway.com/support.
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Accessories
Gateway offers accessories that can help you make the most of using your
notebook.
Batteries and automobile/airplane power adapters
If you run your notebook on battery power for extended periods, you may
want to buy an additional battery so that you can swap batteries when
necessary. See “Changing batteries” on page 133 for more information about
using an additional battery in your notebook.
With an automobile/airplane power adapter, you can save battery power by
plugging your notebook into an automobile cigarette lighter or an airplane
in-flight power receptacle.
Carrying cases
Gateway has large-capacity carrying cases if you need additional space for
accessories or supplies.
Peripheral devices
You can attach devices such as a keyboard, mouse, printer, or monitor to your
notebook.
Memory
Large programs, such as multimedia games or graphics programs, use a lot of
memory. If your programs are running more slowly than you think they
should, try adding more memory.
Printers
You can attach many types of printers to your notebook. The most common
types are inkjet and laser printers, which print in color or black and white.
See “Installing a printer, scanner, or other peripheral device” on page 33 for
more information about attaching a printer to your notebook.
Inkjet printers and cartridges are relatively inexpensive, but usually they are
slower than laser printers. Using an inkjet color printer, you can print pictures,
banners, and greeting cards, as well as documents.
Laser printers and cartridges are more expensive, but usually they print much
faster than inkjet printers. Laser printers are better than inkjet printers when
you are printing large documents.
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Getting Started
This chapter provides basic information about your
Gateway notebook. Read this chapter to find out how to:
■
Connect the AC adapter
■
Start and turn off your notebook
■
Identify the status indicators
■
Use the keyboard
■
Use the EZ Pad touchpad
■
Connect the modem
■
Connect to an Ethernet network
■
Install peripheral devices
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Connecting the AC adapter
You can run your notebook using an AC adapter or the notebook battery. The
battery was shipped to you partially charged. You should use the AC adapter
right away to fully charge the battery. Allow 24 hours for the battery to fully
charge.
Important
If the battery is not fully charged before you use your
notebook on battery power for the first time, the battery life
may be much shorter than you expect. If the battery life
seems short even after being charged for 24 hours, the
battery may need to be recalibrated. For information on
recalibrating the battery, see “Recalibrating the battery” on
page 132.
To connect the AC adapter:
1
Connect the power cord to the AC adapter.
Warning
16
Replace the power cord if it becomes damaged. The
replacement cord must be of the same type and voltage
rating as the original cord or your notebook may be
damaged.
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Connecting the AC adapter
2
Connect the AC adapter to your notebook’s power connector.
3
Plug the power cord into a wall outlet.
The battery charge indicator turns on (see “Front” on page 2 for the
location of the battery charge indicator). If the battery charge indicator
does not turn on, unplug the adapter from your notebook, then plug it
back in.
4
When you finish using your notebook for the first time, turn your
notebook off and leave your notebook connected to AC power for at least
24 hours. The battery charge indicator may not show a charge for several
hours. For more information about the battery charge indicator on your
model, see “Monitoring the battery charge” on page 130.
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If the battery charge indicator does not show a full charge after 24 hours,
contact Gateway Technical Support at
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Warning
Do not attempt to disassemble the AC adapter. The
AC adapter has no user-replaceable or user-serviceable
parts inside. The AC adapter has dangerous voltages that
can cause serious injury or death. Contact Gateway about
returning defective AC adapters.
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Protecting from power source problems
During a power surge, the voltage level of electricity coming into your
computer can increase to far above normal levels and cause data loss or system
damage. Protect your computer and peripheral devices by connecting them
to a surge protector, which absorbs voltage surges and prevents them from
reaching your computer.
Warning
18
High voltages can enter your computer through both the
power cord and the modem connection. Protect your
computer by using a surge protector. If you have a
telephone modem, use a surge protector that has a
modem jack. If you have a cable modem, use a surge
protector that has an antenna/cable TV jack. During an
electrical storm, unplug both the surge protector and the
modem.
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Starting your notebook
Starting your notebook
To start your notebook:
1
Open your notebook by sliding the latch on the front of your notebook
to the right and lifting the LCD panel.
2
Press the power button located above the keyboard.
Power button
The power button is preset to On/Off mode. However, you can also set
it to function in Standby/Resume mode. For instructions on changing
the power button mode, see “Changing power settings” on page 137.
3
If you are starting your notebook for the first time, follow the on-screen
instructions to set up your notebook.
Waking up your notebook
When you have not used your notebook for several minutes, it may enter a
power-saving mode called Standby. While in Standby, the power indicator
flashes.
If your notebook is in Standby mode, “wake” it up by pressing the power
button. For more information on changing power-saving settings, see
“Changing power settings” on page 137.
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Turning off your notebook
To turn off your notebook in Windows XP:
1
Click Start, then click Turn Off Computer. The Turn Off Computer dialog box
opens.
2
Click Turn Off. Windows shuts down and turns off your notebook.
Important
If for some reason you cannot use the Turn Off Computer
option in Windows to turn off your notebook, press and
hold the power button for about five seconds, then release
it.
To turn off your notebook in Windows 2000:
1
Click Start, then click Shut Down. The Shut Down Windows dialog box
opens.
2
Click the arrow button to open the What do you want your computer to do
list, then click Shut down.
3
Click OK. Windows shuts down and turns off your notebook.
Important
20
If for some reason you cannot use the Shut Down option
in Windows to turn off your notebook, press and hold the
power button for about five seconds, then release it.
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Restarting (rebooting) your notebook
Restarting (rebooting) your
notebook
If your notebook does not respond to keyboard or touchpad input, you may
have to close programs that are not responding. If closing unresponsive
programs does not restore your notebook to normal operation, you may have
to restart (reboot) your notebook.
To close unresponsive programs and restart your notebook:
1
Press CTRL+ALT+DEL. A window opens that lets you close a program that
is not responding.
2
3
4
Click the program that is not responding.
Close the program by clicking End Task.
If your notebook does not respond, turn it off, wait ten seconds and turn
it on again.
Important
If your notebook does not turn off immediately, complete
the following steps until the notebook turns off:
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■
■
Press and hold the power button for about five seconds,
then release it
Insert a straightened paper clip into the reset hole on the
bottom of your notebook
Remove AC power and the battery for more than 10
seconds
As a part of the regular startup process, a program to check the disk status
runs automatically. When the checks are finished, Windows starts.
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Status indicators
Status indicators inform you when a drive is being used or when a button
has been pressed that affects how the keyboard is used.
Diskette drive
Scroll lock
Pad lock
Caps lock
Indicator
Icon
Caps Lock
Description
Caps Lock is turned on.
Pad Lock
The embedded numeric keypad is turned on.
1
Scroll Lock
Scroll Lock is turned on.
Diskette drive
The standard 1.44 MB diskette drive is in use.
Hard drive
The hard drive is in use.
Disc drive
The CD, DVD, or recordable drive is in use.
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Hard drive
Disc drive
Using the keyboard
Using the keyboard
Your notebook features a full-size keyboard that functions the same as a
desktop computer keyboard. Many of the keys have been assigned alternate
functions, including shortcut keys for Windows, function keys for specific
system operations, and the Pad Lock keys for the numeric keypad.
You can attach an external keyboard to your notebook using a USB port. You
do not need to shut down your notebook to connect a keyboard.
Navigation keys/
Volume keys
Function keys/
System keys
FN key
Windows key
Application key
Numeric
keypad
Windows
key
Arrow keys
FN key
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Key types
The keyboard has several different types of keys. Some keys perform specific
actions when pressed alone and other actions when pressed in combination
with another key.
Key type
Function keys
Icon
Description
Press these keys labeled F1 to F12 to perform actions in
programs. For example, pressing F1 may open help.
Each program uses different function keys for different purposes.
Refer to the program documentation to find out more about the
function key actions.
System keys
Press these colored keys in combination with the FN key to
perform specific actions. For more information, see “System key
combinations” on page 25.
Navigation keys
Press these keys to move the cursor to the beginning of a line,
to the end of a line, up the page, down the page, to the beginning
of a document, or to the end of a document.
Volume keys
Press these colored keys in combination with the FN key to
increase or decrease the volume or to turn off all sound. For more
information, see “System key combinations” on page 25,
“Adjusting the volume” on page 81, and “Adjusting the volume
in Windows 2000” on page 84.
FN key
Press the FN key in combination with a colored system key (such
as STATUS, STANDBY, or PAUSE) to perform a specific action.
Application key
Press this key for quick access to shortcut menus and help
assistants in Windows.
Windows key
Press this key to open the Windows Start menu. This key can
also be used in combination with other keys to open utilities like
F (Search utility), R (Run utility), and E (Explorer utility).
Numeric keypad
Use these keys to type numbers when the numeric keypad is
turned on. Press FN+PAD LOCK to turn on the numeric keypad.
Arrow keys
Press these keys to move the cursor up, down, right, or left.
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System key combinations
When you press an FN key and a system key at the same time, your notebook
performs the action identified by the colored text or icon on the key.
Press and hold FN while
pressing this system key...
To...
Display the power status box in the upper-left corner of your
display. The box shows the battery charge level, the BIOS version,
and whether the AC adapter is being used. Press the key
combination again to close this box.
Toggle the notebook display between the LCD, an external
monitor, or both displays at the same time. A monitor must be
plugged into the monitor port on your notebook.
Enter Standby mode. Press the power button to leave Standby
mode. For more information, see “Changing power modes” on
page 136.
Turn on Pad Lock so you can use the numeric keypad. Press this
key combination again to turn off Pad Lock. The Pad Lock status
indicator appears when this function is turned on.
Pause the text scrolling in a DOS screen. The Scroll Lock status
indicator appears when this function is turned on. Press the key
combination again to continue scrolling. (This function is only
available in some programs.)
Pause execution of a DOS program. (This function is only available
in some programs.)
Stop the currently running DOS program. (This function is only
available in some programs.)
Mute the sound. Press the key combination again to restore the
sound. For more information, see “Adjusting the volume” on
page 81, and “Adjusting the volume in Windows 2000” on
page 84.
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Press and hold FN while
pressing this system key...
To...
Increase volume. For more information, see “Adjusting the
volume” on page 81, and “Adjusting the volume in Windows 2000”
on page 84.
Decrease volume. For more information, see “Adjusting the
volume” on page 81, and “Adjusting the volume in Windows 2000”
on page 84.
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Multi-function buttons
Multi-function buttons
Press the multi-function buttons to open programs you assign to them. These
buttons can be assigned different functions than those listed. For more
information, see “Programming the multi-function buttons” on page 165.
User-defined
shortcut
Help
Internet
E-mail
Button
Icon
Press to...
E-mail
Open your e-mail program.
Internet
Open your Web browser.
Help
Open online help.
User-defined shortcut
Open the program you assign to this key.
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Using the EZ Pad touchpad
The EZ Pad™ consists of a touchpad, two buttons, and a rocker switch.
Left
touchpad
button
Rocker
switch
Right
touchpad Touchpad
button
When you move your finger on the touchpad, the pointer (arrow) on the screen
moves in the same direction.
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Using the EZ Pad touchpad
You can use the EZ-Pad left and right buttons below the touchpad to select
objects.
You can assign a function to the rocker switch between the touchpad buttons.
This function can be to scroll up or down, maximize or minimize the active
window, or open and close the Start menu. For more information about
programming the rocker switch, see “Changing the touchpad settings” on
page 163.
Using the touchpad
To...
Do this...
Move the pointer
on the screen.
Move your finger around on the
touchpad. If you run out of space
and need to move the pointer
farther, lift your finger, move it to the
middle of the touchpad, then
continue moving your finger.
Select an object
on the screen.
Position the pointer over the object.
Press the left button below the
touchpad once. This action is
called clicking.
Start a program
or open a file or
folder.
Position the pointer over the object.
Press the left button below the
touchpad twice in rapid
succession. This action is called
double-clicking.
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To...
Do this...
Access a shortcut
menu or find
more information
about an object
on the screen.
Position the pointer over the object.
Quickly press and release the right
button once. This action is called
right-clicking.
Move an object
on the screen.
Position the pointer over the object.
Press the left button and hold it
down, then use the touchpad to
move (drag) the object to the
appropriate part of the screen.
Release the button to drop the
object where you want it.
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Connecting the modem
Connecting the modem
Your notebook has a built-in 56K modem that you can use to connect it to
a standard telephone line.
Caution
To reduce the risk of fire, use only No. 26 AWG or larger
telecommunications line cord.
To connect the modem:
1
Insert one end of the modem cable into the modem jack
side of your notebook.
2
Insert the other end of the modem cable into a telephone wall jack. The
modem will not work with digital or PBX telephone lines.
3
Start your notebook, then start your communications program.
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Connecting to a wired Ethernet
network
Your notebook has a network jack that you can use to connect it to a 10/100
wired Ethernet network.
Important
Your notebook may be equipped with built-in wireless
Ethernet or you may have a wireless Ethernet PC Card for
networking. For information about connecting to a wireless
Ethernet network, see “Using a Wireless Ethernet
Network” on page 169. For information about installing a
wireless Ethernet PC Card, see “Adding and removing a
PC Card” on page 252.
To connect to a wired Ethernet network:
1
Insert one end of the network cable into the network jack
left side of your notebook.
2
Insert the other end of the network cable into a network jack. Ask your
network administrator to help you select the correct network jack.
on the
Your notebook is now physically connected to the network. Your network
administrator can help you log onto your network.
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Installing a printer, scanner, or other peripheral device
Broadband Internet connections
You can use your notebook’s Ethernet jack for more than just networking.
Many broadband Internet connections, such as cable modems and DSL
modems, connect to your notebook’s Ethernet jack. For more information,
see “Using the Internet” on page 67.
Installing a printer, scanner, or
other peripheral device
Your computer has one or more of the following ports: Universal Serial Bus
(USB) and parallel. These ports are used for connecting peripheral devices such
as printers, scanners, and digital cameras to your computer. For more
information about port locations, see “Checking Out Your Gateway Solo
1450” on page 1.
USB ports support plug-and-play and hot swapping, which means that your
computer will usually recognize such a device whenever you plug it into the
appropriate port. When you use a USB device for the first time, your computer
will prompt you to install any software the device needs. After doing this,
you can disconnect and reconnect the device at any time.
Parallel port devices are not plug-and-play. Refer to the device documentation
for detailed information and installation instructions.
Help and
Support
For more information about installing peripheral devices in
Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword installing devices in the HelpSpot
Search box
, then click the arrow.
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This chapter tells you about additional information
resources available to help you use your computer. Read
this chapter to learn how to access:
■
HelpSpot™
■
Online help
■
Gateway Web site
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HelpSpot
Your computer may include HelpSpot, an easily accessible collection of help
information, troubleshooters, instructional videos, and automated support.
Use HelpSpot to answer questions about Windows and to help you quickly
discover and use the many features of your Gateway computer. HelpSpot also
has an area called Contact Gateway that helps you find the right resource at
Gateway to answer your questions or help solve your problems.
To start HelpSpot:
■
Click Start, then click Help and Support. HelpSpot opens.
If this is the first time you have started HelpSpot on your computer, you
may experience a brief wait while HelpSpot builds the help database, then
HelpSpot will display an introductory video.
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HelpSpot
You can find help information by clicking a link, performing a search, or
browsing the index. To learn about using your Gateway computer, your
touchpad, and other tasks, click the Using your computer link on the HelpSpot
main page.
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Searching for a topic
To search for a topic in HelpSpot, type a word or phrase (keyword) in the
Search box located at the top of any HelpSpot screen, then click the
arrow
button.
Search box
Search results
header
Search results
headers
For each search, you receive the following search result types:
■
Suggested Topics - These topics are located in HelpSpot and are relevant
to your search topic
■
Full-text Search Matches - These topics are located in HelpSpot and
contain the words you entered in the Search box
■
Microsoft Knowledge Base - These topics are located on the Microsoft.com
Web site (you must be connected to the Internet to search for and access
these topics) and contain the words you entered in the Search box
■
Gateway.com Search - These topics are located on the Gateway.com Web
site (you must be connected to the Internet to search for and access these
topics) and contain the words you entered in the Search box
To view a list of your search results, click the results header for the type of
results you want to view.
To view a topic, click the topic name in the Search Results list.
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HelpSpot Videos
HelpSpot contains several short videos to help introduce you to new concepts
or show you how to perform various tasks.
To play a HelpSpot video:
■
To watch a video in HelpSpot, click Video Tutorials on the HelpSpot home
page, then click a video title. The video plays.
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Online help
Many programs provide information online so you can research a topic or
learn how to perform a task while you are using the program. Most online
help information can be accessed by selecting a topic from a Help menu or
by clicking a Help button.
You can search for information by viewing the help contents, checking the
index, searching for a topic or keyword, or browsing through the online help.
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Gateway Web site
Gateway Web site
Gateway provides a variety of information on its Web site to help you use
your computer.
Visit the Gateway Web site at www.gateway.com for:
■
Technical documentation and product guides
■
Technical tips and support, including online chat services
■
Hardware drivers
■
Order status
■
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
For more information about connecting to the Internet, see “Using the
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Read this chapter to learn on how to:
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Use the Windows desktop
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Manage files and folders
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Work with documents
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Use shortcuts
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About the Windows environment
After your computer starts, the first screen you see is the Windows desktop.
The desktop is like the top of a real desk. Think of the desktop as your
personalized work space where you open programs and perform other tasks.
Your desktop may be different from the example shown below, depending on
how your computer is set up.
Help and
Support
For more information about the Windows XP desktop, click
Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword Windows desktop in the HelpSpot
Search box
, then click the arrow.
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About the Windows environment
Using the desktop
The desktop contains the taskbar, the Start button, and the Recycle Bin icon.
Desktop elements
Description
The taskbar is the bar at the bottom of the screen containing the Start button
on the left and a clock on the right. Other buttons on the taskbar represent
programs that are running.
Click a program’s button on the taskbar to open the program’s window.
The Start button provides access to programs, files, help for Windows and
other programs, and computer tools and utilities.
Click the Start button, then open a file or program by clicking an item on
the menu that opens.
The Recycle Bin is where files, folders, and programs that you discarded
are stored. You must empty the Recycle Bin to permanently delete them
from your computer. For instructions on how to use the Recycle Bin, see
“Deleting files and folders” on page 54.
Using the Start menu
You can start programs, open files, customize your system, get help, search
for files and folders, and more using the Start menu.
To use the Start menu:
1
Click the Start button on the lower left of the Windows desktop. The Start
menu opens showing you the first level of menu items.
2
To see all programs and files in the Start menu, click All Programs.
When you move the mouse pointer over any menu item that has an
arrow next to it, another menu, or submenu, opens and reveals related
files, programs, or commands.
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Click a file or program to open it.
Help and
Support
For more information about the Windows XP Start menu,
click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword Windows Start menu in the HelpSpot
Search box
, then click the arrow.
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Identifying Window items
When you double-click the icon for a drive, folder, file, or program, a window
opens on the desktop. This example shows the Local Disk (C:) window, which
opens after double-clicking the Local Disk (C:) icon in the My Computer
window.
Title bar
Menu bar
Close
Maximize
Minimize
Every program window looks a little different because each has its own menus,
icons, and controls. Most windows include these items:
Window item
Description
The title bar is the horizontal bar at the top
of a window that shows the window title.
Clicking the minimize button reduces the
active window to a button on the taskbar.
Clicking the program button in the taskbar
opens the window again.
Clicking the maximize button expands the
active window to fit the entire screen. Clicking
the maximize button again restores the
window to its former size.
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Window item
Description
Clicking the close button closes the active
window or program.
Clicking an item on the menu bar starts an
action such as Print or Save.
Help and
Support
For more information about windows in Windows XP, click
Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword window in the HelpSpot Search box
, then click the arrow.
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Working with files and folders
You can organize your files and programs to suit your preferences much like
you would store information in a file cabinet. You can store these files in
folders and copy, move, and delete the information just as you would
reorganize and throw away information in a file cabinet.
Viewing drives
Drives are like file cabinets because they hold files and folders. A computer
almost always has more than one drive. Each drive has a letter, usually Local
Disk (C:) for the hard drive and 3½ Floppy (A:) for the diskette drive. You also
have a CD, CD-RW, DVD, or combination DVD/CD-RW drive.
To view the drives on your computer:
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In Windows XP, click Start, then click My Computer on the Start menu.
- OR In Windows 2000, double-click the My Computer icon on the desktop.
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To see the files and folders on a drive:
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Double-click the drive icon. If you do not see the contents of a drive after
you double-click its icon, click Show the contents of this drive.
Help and
Support
For more information about files and folders in
Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword files and folders in the HelpSpot
Search box
, then click the arrow.
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Creating folders
Folders are much like the folders in a file cabinet. They can contain files and
other folders.
Files are much like paper documents—letters, spreadsheets, and pictures—that
you keep on your computer. In fact, all information on a computer is stored
in files.
Folders
Files
To create a folder:
1
In Windows XP, click Start, then click My Computer on the Start menu.
- OR In Windows 2000, double-click the My Computer icon on the desktop.
2
Double-click the drive where you want to put the new folder. Typically,
Local Disk (C:) is your hard drive and 3½ Floppy (A:) is your diskette
drive. If you do not see the contents of the drive, click Show the contents
of this drive.
3
If you want to create a new folder inside an existing folder, double-click
the existing folder. If you do not see the contents of the drive or folder,
click Show the contents of this drive or Show the contents of this folder.
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5
Click File, New, then click Folder. The new folder is created.
Type a name for the folder, then press ENTER. The new folder name
appears by the folder icon.
Help and
Support
For more information about creating files and folders in
Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword creating files and folders in the
HelpSpot Search box
, then click
the arrow.
For information on renaming folders, see “Shortcuts” on page 66.
Copying and moving files and folders
The skills you need to copy and move files are called copying, cutting, and
pasting.
When you copy and paste a file or folder, you place a copy of the file or folder
on the Windows clipboard, which temporarily stores it. Then, when you decide
what folder you want the copy to go in (the destination folder), you paste it
there.
When you cut and paste a file or folder, you remove the file or folder from
its original location and place the file or folder on the Windows clipboard.
When you decide where you want the file or folder to go, you paste it there.
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The clipboard stores whatever you cut or copy until you cut
or copy again. Then the clipboard contains the new
information only. Therefore, you can paste copies of a file
or folder into more than one place, but as soon as you copy
or cut a different file or folder, the original file or folder is
deleted from the clipboard.
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To copy a file or folder to another folder:
1
Locate the file or folder you want to copy. For more information, see
“Viewing drives” on page 49 and “Searching for files” on page 57.
2
Right-click (press the right mouse or touchpad button) the file or folder
that you want to copy. A pop-up menu opens on the desktop.
3
4
5
6
Click Copy on the pop-up menu.
Open the destination folder.
With the pointer inside the destination folder, right-click.
Click Paste. A copy of the file or folder appears in the new location.
To move a file or folder to another folder:
1
Locate the file or folder you want to move. For more information, see
“Viewing drives” on page 49 and “Searching for files” on page 57.
2
Right-click (press the right mouse or touchpad button) the file or folder
that you want to move. A pop-up menu opens on the desktop.
3
4
5
6
Click Cut on the pop-up menu.
Open the destination folder.
With the pointer inside the destination folder, right-click.
Click Paste. The file or folder you moved appears in its new location and
is removed from its old location.
Help and
Support
For more information about moving files and folders in
Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword copying files and folders or moving
files and folders in the HelpSpot Search box
, then click the arrow.
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Deleting files and folders
When you throw away paper files and folders, you take them from the file
cabinet and put them in a trash can. Eventually the trash can is emptied.
In Windows, you throw away files and folders by first moving them to the
Windows trash can, called the Recycle Bin, where they remain until you decide
to empty the bin.
You can recover any file in the Recycle Bin as long as the bin has not been
emptied.
To delete files or folders:
1
In My Computer or Windows Explorer, click the files or folders that you
want to delete. For instructions on how to select multiple files and folders,
see “Shortcuts” on page 66.
If you cannot find the file you want to delete, see “Searching for files”
on page 57.
2
Click File, then click Delete. Windows moves the files and folders to the
Recycle Bin.
Help and
Support
For more information about deleting files and folders in
Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword deleting files and folders in the
HelpSpot Search box
, then click
the arrow.
To recover files or folders from the Recycle Bin:
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1
Double-click the Recycle Bin icon. The Recycle Bin window opens and lists
the files and folders you have thrown away since you last emptied it.
2
Click the files or folders that you want to restore. For instructions on how
to select multiple files and folders, see “Shortcuts” on page 66.
3
Click File, then click Restore. Windows returns the deleted files or folders
to their original locations.
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Help and
Support
For more information about recovering files and folders
from the Recycle Bin in Windows XP, click Start, then click
Help and Support.
Type the keyword Recycle Bin in the HelpSpot Search
box
, then click the arrow.
To empty the Recycle Bin:
Caution
Emptying the Recycle Bin permanently erases any files or
folders in the bin. These files cannot be restored.
1
Double-click the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop. The Recycle Bin window
opens.
2
Click File, then click Empty Recycle Bin. Windows asks you if you are sure
that you want to empty the bin.
3
Click Yes. Windows permanently deletes all files in the Recycle Bin.
Help and
Support
For more information about emptying the Recycle Bin in
Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword emptying Recycle Bin in the HelpSpot
Search box
, then click the arrow.
Browsing for files and folders
A file or folder that you need is rarely right on top of your Windows desktop.
It is usually on a drive inside a folder that may be inside yet another folder,
and so on.
Windows drives, folders, and files are organized in the same way as a real file
cabinet in that they may have many levels (usually many more levels than
a file cabinet, in fact). So you usually will have to search through levels of
folders to find the file or folder that you need. This is called browsing.
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To browse for a file:
1
In Windows XP, click Start, then click My Computer. The My Computer
window opens.
- OR In Windows 2000, double-click the My Computer icon on the desktop. The
My Computer window opens.
2
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that you want to find. If you do not see the contents of the drive or folder,
click Show the contents of this drive or Show the contents of this folder.
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3
Continue double-clicking folders and their subfolders until you find the
file or folder you want.
Help and
Support
For more information about browsing for files and folders
in Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword files and folders in the HelpSpot
Search box
, then click the arrow.
Searching for files
If you are looking for a particular file or folder or a set of files or folders that
have characteristics in common, but you do not remember where they are
stored on your hard drive, you can use the Search utility to search by:
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Name or part of a name
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Creation date
■
Modification date
■
File type
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Text contained in the file
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Time period in which it was created or modified
You can also combine search criteria to refine searches.
Files and folders found using this utility can be opened, copied, cut, renamed,
or deleted directly from the list in the results window.
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Using the Search utility
To find files and folders using the Search utility:
1
In Windows XP, click Start, then click Search. The Search Results window
opens. Click All files and folders.
- OR In Windows 2000, click Start, Search, then click For Files or Folders. The
Search Results window opens.
2
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If you want to search by file or folder name, type in all or part of the
file or folder name in the name box in the left pane of the window.
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If you type all of the name, Search will list all files and folders of
that name.
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If you type part of the name, Search will list all of the file and folder
names containing the letters you typed.
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Click Search or Search Now. When the search is completed, Windows lists
the files and folders whose names contain the text that you searched for.
4
Open a file, folder, or program by double-clicking the name in the list.
Help and
Support
For more information about searching for files and folders
in Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword searching in the HelpSpot Search box
, then click the arrow.
Using advanced search options
Search can find files meeting more criteria than file name. You can narrow
your search by selecting the search options that you want. You can search by
the:
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Date the file was created or modified.
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Size of the file.
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Type of file, such as a program or a text document.
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Adding icons to the desktop
You may want to add an icon (shortcut) to the desktop for a program that
you use frequently.
To add icons to the desktop:
1
2
Click Start, then click All Programs.
3
Click Send To, then click Desktop (create shortcut). A shortcut icon for that
program appears on the desktop.
Right-click (click the right mouse or touchpad button) the program that
you want to add to the desktop.
Help and
Support
For more information about desktop icons in Windows XP,
click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword desktop icons in the HelpSpot Search
box
, then click the arrow.
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Working with documents
Computer documents include word processing files, spreadsheet files, or other
similar files. The basic methods of creating, saving, opening, and printing a
document apply to most of these types of files.
The following examples show how to create, save, open, and print a document
using Microsoft® Word. Similar procedures apply to other programs such as
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft WordPad, and Microsoft Publisher.
For more information about using a program, click Help on its menu bar.
Creating a new document
To create a new document:
1
Click Start, All Programs, then click Microsoft Word. Microsoft Word starts
and a blank document opens.
2
If you do not see the New Document pane, click File, then click New.
New
Document
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Click General Templates. The Templates dialog box opens.
4
Click a tab for the type of document you want to create, click a document
template style, then click OK. The document template opens.
5
Begin composing your document. Use the menus and toolbar buttons at
the top of the window to format the document.
Help and
Support
For more information about working with documents in
Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword documents in the HelpSpot Search box
, then click the arrow.
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Saving a document
After you create a document, you need to save it if you want to use it later.
To save a document in Microsoft Word:
1
2
Click File, then click Save. The Save As dialog box opens.
3
Type a new file name in the File name box.
Click the arrow button to open the Save in list, then click the drive or
folder where you want to save the file. If you do not see the folder you
want, browse through the folders listed below the Save in list.
Save in
list
File
name
4
Click Save.
Help and
Support
For more information about saving documents in
Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword saving in the HelpSpot Search box
, then click the arrow.
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Opening a document
To view, revise, or print an existing document, first you need to open it. Open
the document in the program that it was created in.
To open a document in Microsoft Word:
1
Click Start, All Programs, then click Microsoft Word. Microsoft Word starts
and a blank document opens.
2
3
Click File, then click Open.
Click the arrow button to open the Look in list, then click the drive or
folder that contains the file you want to open. If you do not see the folder
you want, browse through the folders listed below the Look in list.
Look in
list
4
Double-click the document file name. The document opens.
Help and
Support
For more information about opening documents in
Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword opening files in the HelpSpot Search
box
, then click the arrow.
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Printing a document
To print a document, you must have a printer connected to your computer
or have access to a network printer. For more information about installing or
using your printer, refer to the printer documentation.
To print a document in Microsoft Word:
1
2
3
4
Make sure that the printer is turned on and loaded with paper.
Start Microsoft Word and open a document.
Click File, then click Print. The Print dialog box opens.
Set the print options, then click OK. The document prints.
Help and
Support
For more information about printing documents in
Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword printing in the HelpSpot Search box
, then click the arrow.
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Shortcuts
The following table shows a few shortcuts that you can use in Windows and
almost all programs that run in Windows. For more information on Windows
shortcuts, see your Windows or program documentation.
To...
Do this...
Copy a file, folder, text, or graphic
Click the item, then press CTRL + C.
Cut a file, folder, text, or graphic
Click the item, then press CTRL + X.
Paste a file, folder, text, or graphic
Click inside the folder or window where you want to paste
the object, then press CTRL + V.
Select multiple items in a list or in a
window
Click the first item, press and hold down the CTRL key,
then click each of the remaining items.
Select multiple adjacent items in a list
or window
SHIFT key, then click the last item in the list.
Click the first item in the list, press and hold down the
Permanently delete a file or folder
Click the file or folder, then press SHIFT + DELETE. The
file is permanently deleted. The file or folder is not stored
in the Recycle Bin.
Rename a file or folder
Click the file or folder, press F2, type the new name, then
press ENTER.
Close the active window or program
Press ALT + F4.
Switch to a different file, folder, or
running program
Press ALT + TAB.
Help and
Support
For more information about Windows keyboard shortcuts
in Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword Windows keyboard shortcuts in the
HelpSpot Search box
, then click
the arrow.
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Using the Internet
This chapter provides information about the Internet and
the World Wide Web. Read this chapter to learn how to:
■
Set up and access an Internet account using America
Online®
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Connect to a Web site using a browser
■
Download files from the Internet
■
Send and receive e-mail using America Online
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Learning about the Internet
The Internet is a worldwide network of computers linked together to provide
information to people everywhere. The two most popular services on the
Internet are e-mail and the World Wide Web. You can access this network by
connecting your computer to a telephone, DSL (Digital Subscriber Line), or
cable line and signing up with an Internet Service Provider (ISP).
Cable and DSL modems, a connection known as broadband, use your TV cable
or special telephone lines to connect to your ISP and access the Internet. Cable
and DSL modems connect to your computer through an Ethernet jack and
provide a faster connection speed than if you use a standard telephone
modem.
Important
For the location of your modem and Ethernet jacks, see
“Left side” on page 3.
Internet Servers
store information so other
computers can access it
from the Internet.
Your computer
connects to the
Internet through
an ISP.
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ISP Servers
let you connect to
the Internet and
access your e-mail
messages.
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If you want to access the Internet you need:
■
A modem – a device that connects your computer to other computers
or servers using a telephone, DSL, or cable line.
■
An Internet Service Provider – a company that provides access to the
Internet through an ISP server. When you connect to an ISP, the ISP server
lets you access the Internet and your e-mail messages.
■
A Web browser – a program that displays information from the World
Wide Web.
■
An e-mail program – a program that lets you create, send, and receive
e-mail messages over the Internet.
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Setting up an Internet account
Before you can view the information on the World Wide Web, you need to
set up an Internet account with an Internet Service Provider (ISP). If you have
chosen America Online as an ISP, follow these instructions to set up and
connect to your account. To set up a different ISP service or to transfer an
existing account to this computer, contact the ISP directly.
If you set up an account with America Online, an Internet e-mail address is
created for you. After completing the setup, you are ready to access the
Internet.
To set up an Internet account with America Online:
1
2
Click Start, All Programs, then click America Online.
Follow the on-screen instructions. After setting up your account, you can
connect to the Internet and access your e-mail services.
Accessing your Internet account
To connect to your America Online Internet account:
1
2
Click Start, All Programs, then click America Online.
Complete the member name and password information, then click
Connect. Your computer dials the Internet account telephone number.
After connecting, the Welcome window opens.
If you are using a service other than America Online, check with your ISP for
the correct procedure for connecting.
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Setting up an Internet account
To disconnect from your America Online Internet account:
■
Click X in the top-right corner of the America Online window. Your
computer disconnects from the Internet.
Important
Make sure that your computer disconnects correctly from
your Internet account. If you do not have an “unlimited
hours” ISP account, you may have to pay for the time that
you are connected, even if you are not at your computer.
If you are using a service other than America Online, check with your ISP for
the correct procedure for disconnecting.
Help and
Support
For general information about using Internet accounts in
Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword ISP in the HelpSpot Search box
, then click the arrow.
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Using the World Wide Web
The World Wide Web is a multimedia window to the Internet that gives you
access to millions of information sources.
Information on the Web comes to you on Web pages, which are electronic
documents that you view using a Web page display program called a browser.
You can use any of the commercially available Web browsers, like Microsoft
Internet Explorer (which comes installed on your new computer), Netscape
Navigator, or the browser built into America Online.
Web pages can contain text, animations, music, and other multimedia features.
A group of related Web pages is called a Web site. You can access Web sites
to shop, track investments, read the news, download programs, and much
more.
You can explore a Web site or visit other Web sites by clicking areas on a Web
page called links or hyperlinks. A link may be colored or underlined text, a
picture, or an animated image. You can identify a link by moving the mouse
pointer over it. If the pointer changes to a hand, the item is a link.
To learn more about using the Web browser features, click Help in the menu
bar.
Link
Web
page
Linked Web page
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Using the World Wide Web
Connecting to a Web site
After you set up an account with an Internet Service Provider (ISP) such as
America Online, you can access the many information sources on the World
Wide Web.
To connect to a Web site:
1
Connect to your Internet account. After your computer connects, a
default opening page or welcome screen opens.
2
To go to a different Web site, type the address (called a URL for “Universal
Resource Locator”) in the browser address bar (for example
www.gateway.com), then click GO on the browser address bar.
- OR On the current Web page, click a link to a Web site.
The Web browser locates the server computer on the Internet, downloads
(transfers) data to your computer, and displays the page on the site that
you requested.
Help and
Support
For more information about connecting to a Web site in
Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword connecting to Web site in the
HelpSpot Search box
, then click
the arrow.
Sometimes Web pages display slowly. The speed that a Web page displays on
your screen depends on the complexity of the Web page and other Internet
conditions. Additionally, the speed of your connection will determine how
fast Web pages display.
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Downloading files
Downloading is the process of transferring files from a computer on the
Internet to your computer.
To protect your computer against viruses, make sure that you scan the files
you download. For more information, see “Protecting your computer from
viruses” on page 226.
To download files or programs from a Web site:
1
2
Connect to your Internet account.
In the address bar, type the address of the Web site that contains the file
or program you want to download, then click GO on the browser address
bar.
- OR Click a link on a Web page to navigate to the Web site containing the
file that you want to download.
3
Create or locate the folder where you want to store the file on your
computer.
4
5
Click the link on the Web page for the file that you want to download.
6
7
Open the folder that you created.
Follow the on-screen instructions for saving the file in the folder that
you want. A copy of the file is downloaded to your computer. The time
that it takes to transfer the file to your computer depends on file size
and Internet conditions.
Install or view the downloaded file by double-clicking it. If applicable,
follow the instructions provided on the Web site to run or install the
program.
Help and
Support
For more information about downloading files in
Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword downloading files in the HelpSpot
Search box
, then click the arrow.
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Using e-mail
Using e-mail
E-mail (electronic mail) lets you send messages to anyone who has an Internet
connection and e-mail address. E-mail is usually a free service of your Internet
account.
The Internet never closes, so you can send e-mail messages at any time. Your
e-mail messages arrive at most e-mail addresses in minutes.
An e-mail address consists of a user name, the @ symbol, and the Internet
domain name of the Internet Service Provider (ISP) or company that “hosts”
that user. Your e-mail address is assigned when you sign up for an account
with an ISP. For example, a person with an account with America Online
might have an e-mail address that is similar to this one:
jdoe@aol.com
User name
Internet domain name
Sending e-mail
To send e-mail using America Online:
1
2
3
Connect to your America Online account.
4
5
6
Type the subject of your e-mail in the Subject box.
Click Write.
Type the e-mail address of the recipient you want to send e-mail to in
the Send To box.
Type the e-mail message.
When finished, click Send Now. Your e-mail is sent over the Internet to
the e-mail address you specified.
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Checking your e-mail
To check your e-mail using America Online:
1
2
3
Connect to your America Online account.
Click Read.
Double-click the message you want to read.
For more information about managing and organizing your e-mail messages,
see the online help in your e-mail program.
Help and
Support
For general information about using e-mail in Windows XP,
click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword e-mail in the HelpSpot Search box
, then click the arrow.
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Using Multimedia
This chapter provides information on using the
multimedia capabilities of your notebook. Read this
chapter to learn how to:
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Use the diskette drive
■
Use a CD or DVD drive
■
Adjust the volume
■
Play CDs and DVDs
■
Record and play audio files
■
Use Windows Media Player
■
Use MusicMatch
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Use a recordable drive to create CDs
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Using the diskette drive
The diskette drive uses 3.5-inch diskettes (sometimes called floppy disks).
Diskettes are useful for storing files or transferring files to another computer.
Warning
Do not expose diskettes to water or magnetic fields.
Exposure could damage the data on the diskette.
Diskette
slot
Eject
button
To use a diskette:
1
2
Insert the diskette into the diskette slot with the label facing up.
To access a file on the diskette in Windows XP, click Start, then click My
Computer. Double-click the drive letter (for example, the A: drive), then
double-click the file name.
- OR To access a file on the diskette in Windows 2000, double-click the My
Computer icon, the drive letter (for example, the A: drive), then
double-click the file name.
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To remove the diskette, make sure that the diskette drive status indicator
is off (see “Status indicators” on page 22), then press the diskette eject
button.
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Using the CD or DVD drive
You can use your computer to enjoy a wide variety of multimedia features,
such as making recordings, listening to audio CDs, and watching DVD movies.
Identifying drive types
Your Gateway notebook contains one of the following drive types. Look on
the front of the drive for one of the following logos:
CD drive
Use a CD drive for installing programs,
playing audio CDs, and accessing data.
You cannot use this drive to create CDs.
CD-RW drive
Use a CD-RW drive for installing programs,
playing audio CDs, and accessing data.
Use this drive for recording music and data
to CD-R or CD-RW discs. You can only write
to a CD-R disc once. You can write to and
erase CD-RW discs multiple times. For more
information, see “Using a recordable drive”
on page 103.
DVD drive
Use a DVD drive for installing programs,
playing audio CDs and DVDs, and
accessing data.
You cannot use this drive to create CDs.
Combination
DVD/CD-RW drive
Use a combination DVD/CD-RW drive for
installing programs, playing audio CDs and
DVDs, and accessing data.
Use this drive for recording music and data
to CD-R or CD-RW discs. You can only write
to a CD-R disc once. You can write to and
erase CD-RW discs multiple times. For more
information, see “Using a recordable drive”
on page 103.
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Inserting a CD or DVD
Activity indicator
Manual eject hole
Eject button
To insert a CD or DVD:
1
Press the eject button on the CD or DVD drive. After the tray opens
slightly, pull the disc tray completely open.
2
Place the disc in the tray with the label facing up, then press down
carefully on the disc until it snaps into place.
Important
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When you place a single-sided disc in the tray, make sure
that the label side is facing up. If the disc has two playable
sides, place the disc so that the name of the side you want
to play is facing up.
Push the tray in until it is closed.
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Adjusting the volume
Adjusting the volume in Windows XP
You can use the volume controls to adjust the overall volume and the volume
of specific sound devices in your computer.
To adjust the overall volume level using hardware controls:
■
On the keyboard, press the volume system key combination (FN+
or
FN+ ) to change the volume, or press the mute system key combination
(FN+ ) to turn off all sound.
To adjust the overall volume level from Windows:
1
Click Start, then click Control Panel. The Control Panel window opens. If
your Control Panel is in Category View, click Sounds, Speech, and Audio
Devices.
2
Click/Double-click the Adjust the system volume or Sounds and Audio
Devices. The Sounds and Audio Devices Properties dialog box opens.
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Click the Volume tab.
4
Drag the Device Volume slider to change the volume or click to select the
Mute check box, then click OK.
Help and
Support
For more information about adjusting volume in
Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword adjusting volume in the HelpSpot
Search box
, then click the arrow.
To adjust specific volume levels:
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1
Click Start, then click Control Panel. The Control Panel window opens. If
your Control Panel is in Category View, click Sounds, Speech, and Audio
Devices.
2
Click/Double-click the Adjust the system volume or Sounds and Audio
Devices. The Sounds and Audio Devices Properties dialog box opens.
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3
Click the Volume tab.
4
Click Advanced in the Device volume area.
If the device you want to adjust does not appear in the window, click
Options, Properties, the check box next to the audio device you want to
adjust, then click OK.
5
Drag the volume level and balance sliders for the device you want to
adjust. For more information about the volume controls, click Help in the
window.
6
Click X in the top-right corner of the window to close it.
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Adjusting the volume in Windows 2000
You can use the volume controls to adjust the overall volume and the volume
of specific sound devices in your computer.
To adjust the overall volume level using hardware controls:
■
On the keyboard, press the volume system key combination (FN+
or
FN+ ) to change the volume, or press the mute system key combination
(FN+ ) to turn off all sound.
To adjust the overall volume level from Windows:
■
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Click the speaker icon
on the taskbar, then drag the slider to change
the volume or click to select the Mute check box.
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To adjust specific volume levels:
1
Double-click the speaker icon
window opens.
on the taskbar. The Volume Control
If the device you want to adjust does not appear in the Volume Control
window, click Options, Properties, the audio device you want to adjust,
then click OK.
2
Drag the volume level and balance sliders for the device you want to
adjust, then close the window. For more information about the volume
controls, click Help in the Volume Control window.
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Listening to CDs
You can use the CD or DVD drive on your notebook to listen to music CDs.
Listening to CDs in Windows XP
Use the Windows Media Player to listen to CDs in Windows XP. For more
information about using the Windows Media Player, click Help. You can also
use MusicMatch to listen to CDs. See “Using MusicMatch” on page 94 for
more information.
To play a CD:
1
2
Insert a CD into the CD or DVD drive.
If a dialog box opens with a list of CD players, click Windows Media Player.
The Windows Media Player opens.
- OR If a dialog box does not open with a list of CD players, click Start, then
click Windows Media Player. The Windows Media Player opens.
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3
When the media player opens, click
Play
(play).
Volume
Stop
Previous Mute
Next
If you do not hear audio or you want to change the volume, see
“Adjusting the volume” on page 81.
Help and
Support
For more information about playing CDs in Windows XP,
click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword playing CDs in the HelpSpot Search
box
, then click the arrow.
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Listening to CDs in Windows 2000
Use the Windows CD Player to play an audio CD. You can also use
MusicMatch to listen to CDs. See “Using MusicMatch” on page 94 for more
information.
To play a CD:
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Insert a CD into the CD or DVD drive. The CD Player opens and the CD
plays.
- OR If the CD does not start playing automatically, click Start, Programs,
Accessories, Entertainment, then click CD Player. When the CD Player
opens, click (play).
Play
Rewind
Previous
Pause
Stop
Next
Skip
Eject
Forward CD
If you do not hear audio or you want to change the volume, see
“Adjusting the volume in Windows 2000” on page 84.
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Recording and playing audio
Recording and playing audio
To play a CD:
1
Plug a microphone into the Microphone jack on your computer. See “Left
side” on page 3 for the location of the Microphone jack.
2
Click Start, All Programs, Accessories, Entertainment, then click Sound
Recorder. The Sound Recorder opens.
Rewind
3
4
5
6
Click
Fast Forward
Stop
Play
Record
(record), then speak into the microphone.
When you finish recording, click
(stop).
Click File, then click Save As. The Save As dialog box opens.
Name the recording, specify the location where you want to save the
recording, then click Save. The recording is saved.
Help and
Support
For more information about recording audio in
Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword recording audio in the HelpSpot
Search box
, then click the arrow.
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To play an audio recording in Sound Recorder:
1
2
3
4
Open the Sound Recorder.
Click File, then click Open. The Open dialog box opens.
Click the file you want to play, then click Open.
Play the file by clicking
clicking (stop).
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(play), then stop playing the file by
For more information about playing an audio recording in
Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword playing audio in the HelpSpot Search
box
, then click the arrow.
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Playing audio and video files with the Windows Media Player
Playing audio and video files with
the Windows Media Player
The Windows Media Player can play several types of audio and video files,
including WAV, MIDI, MP3, AU, AVI, and MPEG formats. For more
information about using the Windows Media Player, click Help.
To play a file using the Windows Media Player:
1
In Windows XP, click Start, All Programs, then click Windows Media Player.
- OR In Windows 2000, click Start, Programs, Accessories, Entertainment, then
click Windows Media Player.
The Windows Media Player opens.
Video file
information
Video
screen
Play
Stop
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Click File, then click Open. The Open dialog box opens.
Important
3
4
If the menu bar does not appear, click the show menu
bar
button.
Click the file you want to play, then click Open.
Play the file by clicking
clicking (stop).
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Support
(play), then stop playing the file by
For more information about playing audio and video using
the Windows Media Player in Windows XP, click Start, then
click Help and Support.
Type the keyword Media Player in the HelpSpot Search
box
, then click the arrow.
Playing a DVD
A Digital Versatile Disc (DVD) is similar to a standard CD but has greater data
capacity. Because of this increased capacity, full-length movies, several albums
of music, or several gigabytes of data can fit on a single disc. If your computer
has a DVD drive or a combination DVD/CD-RW drive, you can play DVDs
with the InterVideo DVD Player program or Windows Media Player. For more
information about playing DVDs, click Help in the DVD player program.
To play a DVD:
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1
Make sure that the speakers are turned on or headphones are plugged in
and that the volume is turned up.
2
Turn off your screen saver and standby timers.
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3
To play a DVD using InterVideo DVD, click Start, All Programs, DVD, then
click DVD Player. The InterVideo DVD Player video screen and control
panel open.
-ORTo play a DVD using Windows Media Player in Windows XP, click Start,
All Programs, then click Windows Media Player. The Windows Media Player
opens.
- OR To play a DVD using Windows Media Player in Windows 2000, click Start,
Programs, Accessories, Entertainment, then click Windows Media Player. The
Windows Media Player opens.
Important
4
5
If the Intervideo DVD player is not on your Start menu, or
if Windows Media Player cannot play a DVD, you will need
to install the InterVideo DVD program. To install the
InterVideo program, insert the InterVideo DVD Software
disc into your DVD drive and follow the instructions printed
on the disc.
Insert a DVD into the DVD drive, then click
(play). The DVD plays.
To specifically control the DVD or adjust the volume, use the controls
in the DVD player. For more information on using the DVD player, see
its online help.
Help and
Support
For more information about playing DVDs in Windows XP,
click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword playing DVDs in the HelpSpot Search
box
, then click the arrow.
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Using MusicMatch
Using MusicMatch™, you can:
■
Play music CDs
■
Create MP3 music files from your music CDs
■
Edit music track information
■
Use your music files to build a music library
■
Listen to Internet Radio
For more information on using MusicMatch, see its online Help.
Playing CDs
You can use the MusicMatch program to play music CDs.
To play a music CD in Windows XP:
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Insert the music CD into the CD or DVD drive on your computer. The
first time you insert an audio CD, the Audio CD dialog box opens.
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2
Click Play Audio CD using MUSICMATCH Jukebox, then click OK.
MusicMatch opens, the CD begins playing, and the names of the music
tracks appear in the playlist area.
To play a music CD in Windows 2000:
1
Double-click the musicmatch JUKEBOX icon on your desktop. MusicMatch
opens.
2
Insert the music CD into the CD or DVD drive on your computer, then
click the CD tab in the MusicMatch window. The names of the music tracks
appear in the playlist area.
3
Click
(play).
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Creating MP3 music files
Using MusicMatch, you can copy the tracks from a music CD to your
computer’s hard drive as MP3 files. MP3 (MPEG Layer 3) is a standard for
digitally compressing high-fidelity music into compact files without
noticeably sacrificing quality. MP3 files end in the file extension .mp3.
To create (rip) MP3 files:
1
2
Insert a music CD into your CD or DVD drive.
If an Audio CD dialog box opens, click Play Audio CD using MUSICMATCH
Jukebox, then click OK. The MusicMatch window opens.
- OR If a dialog box does not open, click Start, All Programs, MusicMatch, then
click MusicMatch Jukebox. The MusicMatch window opens.
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3
Click the record button. The Recorder window opens.
REC
Track list
4
By default all tracks in the track list are selected. Clear the checkbox of
any audio track you do not want to record (rip).
5
6
Click REC.
When a message appears that tells you the CD drive needs to be
configured, click OK.
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Editing track information
After you add a CD track as an MP3 file to your music library, you can edit
the track’s information.
To edit track information:
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1
2
In MusicMatch, click My Library. The library window opens.
3
4
Enter information such as track title, lead artist, album, and genre.
In the library window, right-click the file, then click Edit Track Tag(s). The
Edit Track Tag dialog box opens.
Click OK. The new track information appears in the MusicMatch playlist,
music library, and recorder.
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Building a music library
Use MusicMatch to build a music library. You can organize your music tracks
by categories, find a track quickly by using the sort features, and add
information to a music file.
You can add music tracks to your music library by:
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Creating MP3 files – When you create MP3 files from the tracks on your
music CD, MusicMatch automatically adds these files to your music
library.
■
Dragging and Dropping – Drag and drop files from Windows Explorer
or your desktop to the music library.
■
Downloading files from the Internet – When you are connected to the
Internet, MP3 files that you download are automatically added to your
music library.
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Changing the music library display settings
To change the music library display settings:
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In MusicMatch, click Options, then click Settings. The Settings window
opens.
2
Click the Music Library tab.
3
Click the categories that you want to display in the columns, then
click OK.
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Listening to Internet radio
Use the Radio feature in MusicMatch to listen to Internet Radio stations.
To listen to an Internet radio station:
1
Connect to the Internet, then open MusicMatch.
2
Click Radio Stations. The Radio window opens.
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To select one of the MusicMatch Internet radio stations, click one of the
Popular Stations. MusicMatch connects to the station and plays the
audio.
- OR To play another Internet radio station, click Broadcast Stations, the
appropriate category in the Station Selector, the radio station, then click
Play. MusicMatch connects to the station and plays the audio.
Help and
Support
For more information about listening to the radio in
Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword listening to the radio in the HelpSpot
Search box
, then click the arrow.
Using advanced features
You can also use MusicMatch to create your own music CDs and to download
MP3 files to your portable MP3 player. For more information, see the
MusicMatch online Help.
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Using a recordable drive
You can use your CD-RW or combination DVD/CD-RW drive to create CDs.
Creating data CDs
Use Roxio Easy CD Creator to create data CDs. Data CDs are ideal for backing
up important files such as tax records, letters, MP3 files, or photos.
Important
You must have a CD-RW or combination DVD/CD-RW
drive in your notebook to create a CD. To determine the
type of drive in your notebook, examine the drive tray’s
plastic cover and compare the logo to those listed in
“Identifying drive types” on page 79. To be able to create
a CD, the imprint must say Recordable or Rewritable.
Important
We recommend that you do not use your notebook for
other tasks while creating CDs.
Important
If you record copyrighted material on a CD, you need
permission from the copyright owner. Otherwise, you may
be violating copyright law and be subject to payment of
damages and other remedies. If you are uncertain about
your rights, contact your legal advisor.
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To create a data CD:
1
Insert a blank CD-R or CD-RW disc into your CD-RW or combination
DVD/CD-RW drive.
2
If a CD Drive dialog box opens, click Create a CD using Roxio Easy CD
Creator, then click OK. The Project Selector window opens.
- OR If a dialog box does not open, click Start, All Programs, Roxio Easy CD
Creator, then click Project Selector. The Project Selector window opens.
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3
Move your pointer over make a data CD, then click dataCD project. The
Easy CD Creator window opens.
Select Source Files
Source pane
4
Add
Click the arrow button to open the Select Source Files list, then click the
folder where your files are located. If you do not see the folder you want,
browse through the folders in the Source pane.
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Click the file you want to record (hold down the CTRL or SHIFT key when
you click to select multiple files) in the Source pane, then click Add.
record
6
After you have added all of your files, click record. The Record CD Setup
dialog box opens.
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Creating music CDs
Use Roxio Easy CD Creator to create music CDs from other music CDs or MP3
files.
Important
You must have a CD-RW or combination DVD/CD-RW
drive in your notebook to create a CD. To determine the
type of drive in your notebook, examine the drive tray’s
plastic cover and compare the logo to those listed in
“Identifying drive types” on page 79. To be able to create
a CD, the imprint must say Recordable or Rewritable.
Important
We recommend that you do not use your notebook for
other tasks while creating CDs.
Important
If you record copyrighted material on a CD, you need
permission from the copyright owner. Otherwise, you may
be violating copyright law and be subject to payment of
damages and other remedies. If you are uncertain about
your rights, contact your legal advisor.
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To create music CDs:
1
Insert a blank CD-R or CD-RW disc into your CD-RW or combination
DVD/CD-RW drive.
Tips & Tricks
2
Most car stereos read CD-R discs, but do not read CD-RW
discs.
If a CD Drive dialog box opens, click Create a CD using Roxio Easy CD
Creator, then click OK. The Project Selector window opens.
- OR If a dialog box does not open, click Start, All Programs, Roxio Easy CD
Creator, then click Project Selector. The Project Selector window opens.
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3
Move your pointer over make a music CD, then click musicCD project. The
Easy CD Creator window opens.
Select Source Files
Source pane
Add
4
Click the arrow button to open the Select Source Files list, then click the
folder where your files are located. If you do not see the folder you want,
browse through the folders in the Source pane.
5
Click the file you want to record (hold down the CTRL or SHIFT key when
you click to select multiple files) in the Source pane, then click Add.
Tips & Tricks
You can add any combination of music tracks or MP3 files
to a music CD project. You can add up to 99 tracks and
files, or up to 650 MB (74-minute CD) or 700 MB
(80-minute CD) of tracks and files to a music CD project.
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After you have added all of your tracks and files, click record. The Record
CD Setup dialog box opens.
Start Recording
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Click Start Recording. When the recording is complete, you may see a
Record Complete dialog box. Select the appropriate option.
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Copying CDs
CD Copier can make backup copies of almost any type of CD. You cannot
copy DVDs.
Important
You must have a CD-RW or combination DVD/CD-RW
drive in your notebook to create a CD. To determine the
type of drive in your notebook, examine the drive tray’s
plastic cover and compare the logo to those listed in
“Identifying drive types” on page 79. To be able to create
a CD, the imprint must say Recordable or Rewritable.
Important
We recommend that you do not use your notebook for
other tasks while creating CDs.
Important
If you record copyrighted material on a CD, you need
permission from the copyright owner. Otherwise, you may
be violating copyright law and be subject to payment of
damages and other remedies. If you are uncertain about
your rights, contact your legal advisor.
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To copy a CD using one drive:
1
2
3
Insert the CD you want to copy into your recordable drive.
If a dialog box opens, click Take no action.
If a CD Drive dialog box opens, click Create a CD using Roxio Easy CD
Creator, then click OK. The Select a Project window opens.
- OR If a dialog box does not open, click Start, All Programs, Roxio Easy CD
Creator, then click Project Selector. The Select a Project window opens.
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4
Move your pointer over CD copier, then click CD copier. The CD Copier
window opens.
Copy
5
On the Source and Destination tab, click the arrow button to open the Copy
from list, then click the drive that contains the source CD.
6
Click the arrow button to open the Record to list, then click the drive
that contains the source CD (this is your recordable drive).
7
Click Copy. CD Copier copies the source CD to your hard drive, prompts
you to insert the blank CD, then copies from the hard drive to the blank
CD.
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Sending and
Receiving Faxes
Microsoft Fax lets you send and receive faxes using the
modem. Read this chapter to learn how to:
■
Install and configure Fax
■
Create and send a new fax
■
Set up a fax cover page template
■
Fax a document you scanned or created in another
program
■
Receive, view, and print a fax
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Important
Your modem cable must be installed before you can send
and receive faxes. You cannot use your standard telephone
modem to connect to the Internet while sending and
receiving faxes.
Help and
Support
For more information about sending and receiving faxes
in Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword Fax in the HelpSpot Search box
, then click the arrow.
Installing and configuring Fax
If you are using Windows XP, complete the following instructions for
installing and configuring Fax. If you are using Windows 2000, go to
“Configuring Fax in Windows 2000” on page 120.
Installing Fax in Windows XP
Microsoft Fax lets you send and receive faxes using your modem. When
Windows XP was originally installed on your computer, Fax was not installed.
You need to install Fax from your blue Operating System CD.
To install Fax:
1
2
Place the blue Operating System CD in your CD or DVD drive.
If the Welcome to Microsoft Windows XP dialog box opens, click Install
optional Windows components. The Windows Components Wizard opens.
-ORIf the Welcome to Microsoft Windows XP dialog box does not open, click
Start, then click Control Panel. The Control Panel window opens.
Click/double-click Add and Remove Programs. The Add or Remove Programs
window opens. Click Add/Remove Windows Components. The Windows
Components Wizard opens.
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Click Fax Services, then click Next.
Click Finish to exit the Windows Components Wizard.
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Click Exit to close the Welcome to Microsoft Windows XP dialog box or click
Close to close the Add or Remove Programs window.
Configuring Fax in Windows XP
Before you send your first fax, you need to set up your user information. Your
fax cover sheets and fax headers contain this information, some of which is
required by law. The Fax Configuration Wizard opens the first time you try
to send a fax.
Important
The first time you run the Fax Configuration Wizard, you
may need to provide information in the Location
Information and the Phone and Modem Options dialog
boxes.
To configure Microsoft Fax:
1
Click Start, All Programs, Accessories, Communications, Fax, then click Fax
Console. The Fax Configuration Wizard opens.
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2
On the Welcome to Fax Configuration Wizard screen, click Next. The Sender
Information screen opens.
3
Enter the information about yourself that you want to appear on your
fax cover page, then click Next. The Select Device for Sending or Receiving
Faxes screen opens.
4
Click the arrow to open the Please select the fax device list, then click the
modem you are using to send and receive faxes.
5
If you want the modem to automatically answer the telephone in order
to receive faxes, click the Enable Receive check box.
6
Click Next. The Transmitting Subscriber Identification (TSID) screen opens.
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Enter the transmitting fax identifier information. This identifier
information is required by law. You can enter up to 20 characters in the
text box. We suggest using eight characters for your identifier name,
followed by 12 characters for your telephone number. Click Next.
Important
Some fax machines cannot use special characters such
as hyphens. We suggest using spaces instead of hyphens
in telephone and fax numbers
8
If you set up your computer to receive faxes, enter the receiving fax
identifier information, then click Next. This identifier information is
required by law and can be the same identifier that you entered in the
previous step. The Routing Options screen opens.
9
If you set up your computer to receive faxes, select a folder in which
received faxes should be stored and a printer on which received faxes
should be printed, then click Next. The Configuration Summary screen
opens.
10
Click Finish.
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Configuring Fax in Windows 2000
Before you send your first fax, you need to set up your user information. Your
fax cover sheets and fax headers contain this information, some of which is
required by law.
To configure Microsoft Fax:
1
Click Start, Settings, then click Control Panel. The Control Panel window
opens.
2
3
4
Double-click the Fax icon. The Fax Properties dialog box opens.
5
6
Click the Advanced Options tab.
7
8
9
10
Click the User Information tab.
Enter the information about yourself that you want to appear on the fax
cover page.
Click Open Fax Service Management Console. The Fax Service Management
window opens.
Click Devices in the left column.
Double-click the name of your modem. The Modem Properties dialog box
opens.
Click Enable send.
Enter the transmitting fax identifier information. This identifier
information is required by law. You can enter up to 20 characters in the
text box. We suggest using eight characters for your identifier name,
followed by 12 characters for your telephone number.
Important
11
Some fax machines cannot use special characters such
as hyphens. We suggest using spaces instead of hyphens
in telephone and fax numbers
If you want to receive faxes, click Enable receive.
-ORIf you do not want to receive faxes, go to Step 14.
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Enter the receiving fax identifier information. This identifier information
is required by law and can be the same identifier that you entered in Step
10.
13
Click the Received Faxes tab and select a folder in which received faxes
should be stored.
14
15
Click OK.
16
Click the X in the top-right corner to close the Fax Service Management
window.
Click OK.
Sending a simple fax
You can use the Send Fax Wizard to send a simple one-page fax to one or
more recipients.
To send a simple fax:
1
In Windows XP, click Start, All Programs, Accessories, Communications,
Fax, then click Send a Fax. The Send Fax Wizard opens.
- OR In Windows 2000, click Start, Programs, Accessories, Communications, Fax,
then click Send Cover Page Fax. The Send Fax Wizard opens.
2
On the Welcome to Fax Configuration Wizard screen, click Next. The
Recipient Information screen opens.
3
4
Enter the name and fax number of the recipient of your fax.
If you need to enter the area code for your recipient, click Use dialing rules
to enter the full ten-digit fax number.
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5
If you want to send your fax to more than one recipient, click Add and
enter the name and fax number of the next recipient.
6
Click Next when you have entered all your recipients. The Preparing the
Cover Page screen opens.
7
Click the arrow to open the Cover page template, then click the cover page
template you want to use.
8
9
Type the subject text in the Subject line area.
Type the message text in the Note area, then click Next. The Schedule screen
opens.
10
Select when you want to send the fax and a priority for the fax, then
click Next. The Completing the Send Fax Wizard screen opens.
11
Click Finish.
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Setting up your cover page
template
You can create your own cover page template that you can use in place of
the cover page templates that Microsoft Fax provides for you. To create a cover
page template, you use the Fax Cover Page Editor. On this template, you insert
information fields that automatically import values you enter in both the
Send Fax Wizard and the Fax Configuration Wizard (Windows XP) or Fax
Properties User Information tab (Windows 2000) when you send your fax.
To set up your fax cover page template:
1
In Windows XP, click Start, All Programs, Accessories, Communications,
Fax, then click Fax Cover Page Editor. The Cover Page-Fax Cover Page
Editor opens. If the Cover Page Editor Tips dialog box opens, click OK.
-ORIn Windows 2000, click Start, Settings, then click Control Panel. The
Control Panel window opens. Double-click the Fax icon. The Fax Properties
dialog box opens. Click the Cover Pages tab. Click New. The Cover
Page-Fax Cover Page Editor opens.
2
If you want to include fields that are imported from either the Send Fax
Wizard or the Fax Configuration Wizard (such as To or From), add them
to the page by using the Insert menu, then move them to the appropriate
place on your template. You can also use the Insert menu to include
information that is automatically calculated (such as number of pages or
date and time sent).
3
If you want to include text that always appears on your cover page (such
as a letterhead or address), draw a box using the text box tool, enter your
text inside of it, then move it to the appropriate place on your template.
4
If you want to include a logo that appears on your cover page, copy it
to the Windows clipboard, then paste it into the Cover Page Editor and
move it to the appropriate place on your template.
5
To save your cover page template, click File, then click Save As. The Save
As dialog box opens with your personal cover pages folder already in the
Save in list.
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Type the new cover page template name.
Click Save.
Faxing from programs
To fax a document directly from most programs:
1
2
3
4
Open your document in the program it was created in.
Click File, then click Print. The Print dialog box opens.
Select the Fax printer, then click Print or OK. The Send Fax Wizard opens.
Complete the wizard as instructed in “Sending a simple fax” on page 121.
Faxing a scanned document
To fax a document that you have scanned:
1
2
3
4
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Scan the document using the program for your scanner.
With the scanned file open, click File, then click Print. The Print dialog
box opens.
Select the Fax printer, then click Print or OK. The Send Fax Wizard opens.
Complete the wizard as instructed in “Sending a simple fax” on page 121.
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Receiving and viewing a fax
To receive and view a fax in Windows XP:
1
Click Start, All Programs, Accessories, Communications, Fax, then click Fax
Console. The Fax Console opens. When the Fax Console is open, it detects
incoming faxes and stores them in the Inbox.
2
To view a fax, click Inbox, then double-click the fax you want to view.
The fax viewer opens, where you can view and print the fax.
To receive and view a fax in Windows 2000:
1
Click Start, Programs, Accessories, Communications, Fax, then click My
Faxes. The My Faxes folder opens.
2
To view a fax, double-click Received Faxes, then double-click the fax you
want to view. The fax viewer opens, where you can view and print the fax.
Canceling a fax
You can cancel a fax that you have set up to send at a time in the future.
To cancel a fax that has not been sent in Windows XP:
1
If Fax is not open, click Start, All Programs, Accessories, Communications,
Fax, then click Fax Console. The Fax Console opens.
2
3
4
To cancel a fax, click Outbox, then right-click the fax you want to cancel.
Click Delete to cancel the fax.
Click Yes.
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To cancel a fax that has not been sent in Windows 2000:
1
If Fax is not open, click Start, Programs, Accessories, Communications, Fax,
then click Fax Queue. The Fax Queue opens.
2
3
Right-click the fax you want to cancel.
Click Cancel.
Automatically retry sending a fax
in Windows XP
You can set up Fax so that it continues to try sending your fax if the receiving
fax machine is busy.
Important
Fax is automatically set up to retry three times at ten
minute intervals.
To automatically retry sending a fax that failed to connect:
1
Click Start, then click Control Panel. The Control Panel window opens.
If your Control Panel is in Category View, click Printers and Other Hardware.
Click View installed printers or fax printers. The Printers and Faxes window
opens.
-ORIf your Control Panel is in Classic View, double-click the Printers and Faxes
icon. The Printers and Faxes window opens.
2
3
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Right-click Fax, then click Properties. The Fax Properties dialog box opens.
Click the Devices tab, then click Properties. The Modem dialog box opens.
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5
Specify the number of retries and the amount of time between retries.
Click OK.
Automatically cancelling a fax in
Windows XP
If your computer tried to send a fax and failed to connect to a fax machine,
you can automatically cancel a failed fax.
To automatically cancel a failed fax:
1
Click Start, then click Control Panel. The Control Panel window opens.
If your Control Panel is in Category View, click Printers and Other Hardware.
Click View installed printers or fax printers. The Printers and Faxes window
opens.
-ORIf your Control Panel is in Classic View, double-click the Printers and Faxes
icon. The Printers and Faxes window opens.
2
3
4
5
Right-click Fax, then click Properties. The Fax Properties dialog box opens.
6
Click OK.
Click the Devices tab, then click Properties. The Modem dialog box opens.
Click the Cleanup tab.
Click to check Automatically delete failed faxes after and specify the number
of days.
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Managing Power
While your notebook is running on battery power, you
should manage power consumption to get the most use
out of the battery. Read this chapter to learn how to:
■
Check and recharge the battery
■
Recalibrate the battery
■
Change batteries
■
Extend the life of the battery by conserving battery
power and using alternate power sources
■
Change power-saving settings
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Monitoring the battery charge
Closely monitor the battery charge. When the battery charge gets low, change
the battery or connect to AC power immediately to prevent losing any
unsaved work.
Monitor the battery charge by:
■
Double-clicking the power cord icon
The Power Meter dialog box opens.
Important
or battery icon
in the taskbar.
If the power cord or battery icon does not appear on the
taskbar, click the show hidden icons
button.
■
Pressing FN+STATUS to view the Status display, which opens in the
upper-left corner of the screen. The Status display shows the current
power source, the battery charge, and the power management mode.
■
Looking at the battery charge indicator:
■
LED green – battery is fully charged.
■
LED orange – battery is charging.
■
LED red – battery is low.
■
LED blinking and red – battery is very low.
Important
■
This LED only lights up when your notebook is plugged in.
For the location of the battery charge indicator, see “Front”
on page 2.
Waiting for a Low Battery warning message to appear.
If your battery charge indicator displays what looks like an inaccurate charge,
you may need to recalibrate the battery. For more information, see
“Recalibrating the battery” on page 132.
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Recharging the battery
Recharging the battery
The battery recharges while it is installed and your notebook is connected to
AC power. While the battery is recharging, the battery charge indicator turns
orange and the battery icon in the taskbar has a lightning bolt
. For the
location of the battery charge indicator, see “Front” on page 2.
Important
If the power cord or battery icon does not appear on the
taskbar, click the show hidden icons
button.
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Recalibrating the battery
If your notebook unexpectedly goes into Standby mode while you are using
it but the battery charge is not low, you may need to recalibrate the battery.
To recalibrate the battery:
1
2
Connect the AC adapter, then turn on your notebook.
3
4
5
6
Open the Power menu.
As soon as it starts and you see a startup screen, press F2. The BIOS Setup
utility opens.
Highlight Battery Calibration, then select Enabled by pressing the spacebar.
Open the Exit menu, then highlight Exit Saving Changes and press ENTER.
Select Yes, then press ENTER.
The battery recalibration process begins and a screen opens showing you
the progress. The entire process will take several hours.
Important
Do not interrupt the battery recalibration process. If
recalibration is interrupted, you must start the process over
again.
When the recalibration has finished, the message “Press [Esc] key to exit”
appears.
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Press ESC. The battery charge indicator now displays an accurate battery
charge. If the battery charge indicator does not show an accurate charge,
contact Gateway Technical Support.
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Changing batteries
If your notebook is plugged into an AC outlet, you can change the battery
while your notebook is turned on. If your notebook is not plugged into an
AC outlet, you must turn it off while changing the batteries.
Warning
Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced.
Replace only with the Gateway Solo 1450 Li-Ion or NiMH
battery. Discard used batteries according to the
manufacturer’s instructions.
The battery used in this device may present a fire or
chemical burn hazard if mishandled. Do not disassemble,
heat above 212°F (100°C), or incinerate. Dispose of the
used battery promptly. Keep away from children.
To replace the battery:
1
If your notebook is on and is plugged into an AC outlet, go to step 2.
-ORIf your notebook is on and is not plugged into an AC outlet, save your
work and turn off your notebook.
2
Close the LCD panel and turn your notebook over.
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Slide the battery release latch and slide the battery out of the bay.
4
Slide a new battery into the bay until it snaps into place.
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Extending battery life
Conserving battery power
While using the battery to power your notebook, conserve power by:
■
Removing PC Cards when you do not need them. Many PC Cards use a
small amount of power while inserted, even if they are not being used.
■
Modifying the power management settings for maximum power savings.
For more information, see “Changing power settings” on page 137.
■
Closing the LCD panel to turn off the display while you are not using
your notebook. The display stays off until you open the panel again.
■
Using Hibernate mode for maximum power savings while your notebook
is not in use. For more information, see “Activating and Using Hibernate
Mode” on page 142.
■
Using the CD or DVD drive only when necessary. This drive uses a large
amount of power.
■
Recharge the battery often, take an extra battery, and fully recharge the
batteries before traveling. For more information, see “Recharging the
battery” on page 131 and “Changing batteries” on page 133.
Using alternate power sources
To extend battery life, use alternate power sources whenever possible.
■
If traveling internationally, take electrical adapters. Save the battery for
times when you cannot use a power adapter. If you plan on taking your
AC power adapter, also take a single-plug power surge protector.
■
If you will have access to an EmPower™ in-flight power receptacle or an
automobile cigarette lighter, use an airplane/automobile power adapter.
Save the battery for times when you cannot use a power adapter.
■
To find AC power outlets in airports, look for them next to support pillars,
in large areas such as boarding gates, and under banks of telephones.
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Changing power modes
You can use the following power modes to lengthen the life of your notebook’s
battery:
■
Standby - while your notebook is in Standby, it switches to a low power
state where devices, such as the display and drives, turn off.
■
Hibernate - (also called save to disk) writes all current memory (RAM)
information to the hard drive, then turns your notebook completely off.
The next time you turn on your notebook, it reads the memory
information from the hard drive and opens the programs and documents
that were open when you activated Hibernate. For more information on
using Hibernate mode, see “Activating and Using Hibernate Mode” on
page 142.
Using power saving modes
Always save your work before using Standby mode. While in Standby, your
computer reduces or turns off the power to most devices except memory.
However, the information in memory is not saved to the hard drive. If power
is interrupted, the information is lost.
When in Hibernate mode, your computer saves all memory information to
the hard drive, then turns the power completely off.
If your computer
is...
...and you want to...
...then
On
Enter Standby mode
Press FN+STANDBY.
On
Enter Hibernate mode
(must be enabled)
In Windows XP, click Start, then click
Turn Off Computer. Press and hold SHIFT, then
click Hibernate.
- OR In Windows 2000, click Start, then click Shut
Down. Click the arrow button to open the What do
you want your computer to do list, then click
Hibernate. Click OK.
In Standby or
Hibernate mode
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Hibernate mode
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Changing power settings
You can change the function of the power button, Standby system key, and
power-saving timers by changing power settings on your notebook.
You can customize power settings from the Windows Control Panel by
selecting power schemes, setting power alarms, adjusting advanced power
settings, and activating Hibernate mode.
Power schemes (groups of power settings) let you change power saving options
such as when the display or hard drive is automatically turned off. You can
select one of the defined power schemes or create a custom power scheme.
Alarms can alert you when the battery charge is low.
Advanced power settings let you assign different power saving modes to the
power button and Standby system key. You can also select which power saving
mode is activated when you close the LCD panel.
Changing the power scheme
To change the power scheme
1
In Windows XP, click Start, then click Control Panel. The Control Panel
window opens. If your Control Panel is in Category View, click
Performance and Maintenance.
- OR In Windows 2000, click Start, Settings, then click Control Panel. The
Control Panel window opens.
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2
Click/Double-click the Power Options or Power Management icon. The
Power Options Properties dialog box opens.
3
Click the arrow button to open the Power Schemes list, then click the
power scheme you want.
- OR Set the timers, then save your custom power scheme by clicking Save As
and typing a name for the scheme.
4
Click OK.
Help and
Support
For more information about changing the power scheme
in Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword power scheme in the HelpSpot Search
box
, then click the arrow.
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Changing power settings
Changing alarm options
To change the alarm options:
1
In Windows XP, click Start, then click Control Panel. The Control Panel
window opens. If your Control Panel is in Category View, click
Performance and Maintenance.
- OR In Windows 2000, click Start, Settings, then click Control Panel. The
Control Panel window opens.
2
Click/Double-click the Power Options or Power Management icon. The
Power Options Properties dialog box opens.
3
Click the Alarms tab.
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4
5
Adjust the alarm settings.
Click OK.
Help and
Support
For more information about changing the alarm options in
Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword alarm options in the HelpSpot Search
box
, then click the arrow.
Changing advanced settings
To change advanced power management settings:
1
In Windows XP, click Start, then click Control Panel. The Control Panel
window opens. If your Control Panel is in Category View, click
Performance and Maintenance.
- OR In Windows 2000, click Start, Settings, then click Control Panel. The
Control Panel window opens.
2
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Click/Double-click the Power Options or Power Management icon. The
Power Options Properties dialog box opens.
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3
Click the Advanced tab.
4
Click the arrow button to open a Power buttons list, then click the power
setting mode you want to use.
5
Click OK.
Help and
Support
For more information about changing the power
management settings in Windows XP, click Start, then
click Help and Support.
Type the keyword power management in the HelpSpot
Search box
, then click the arrow.
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Activating and Using Hibernate Mode
To activate Hibernate mode:
1
In Windows XP, click Start, then click Control Panel. The Control Panel
window opens. If your Control Panel is in Category View, click
Performance and Maintenance.
- OR In Windows 2000, click Start, Settings, then click Control Panel. The
Control Panel window opens.
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2
Click/Double-click the Power Options or Power Management icon. The
Power Options Properties dialog box opens.
3
Click the Hibernate tab.
4
Click the Enable hibernation check box, then click Apply. Hibernate mode
is now an option you can select on the Advanced tab in the Power Options
Properties dialog box and in the Turn Off Computer dialog box.
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To use Hibernate mode:
■
As an automatic power savings mode:
Open the Power Options dialog box, then click the Power Schemes tab.
Click the arrow button to open the System hibernates list, then click
the time you want to use.
- OR Open the Power Options dialog box, then click the Advanced tab.
Hibernate is now an option in the Power buttons lists.
■
As a manually-selected power savings mode:
In Windows XP, click Start, then click Turn Off Computer. Press and
hold SHIFT, then click Hibernate.
- OR In Windows 2000, click Start, then click Shut Down. Click the arrow
button to open the What do you want your computer to do list, then
click Hibernate. Click OK.
Help and
Support
For more information about using Hibernate mode in
Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword hibernate in the HelpSpot Search box
, then click the arrow.
Changing SpeedStep settings
The processor installed in your notebook may use Intel® SpeedStep™
technology to conserve battery power. A SpeedStep-equipped processor can
change its operating speed according to the power source. Your notebook’s
default settings operate the processor at full speed while connected to
AC power and at reduced speed (which uses less power) while using battery
power. If you are using Windows XP, you change the Intel SpeedStep settings
in the BIOS Setup utility. If you are using Windows 2000, you change the
SpeedStep settings in Windows.
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To change SpeedStep settings in Windows XP:
1
2
Turn on your notebook.
3
4
Open the Power menu.
5
6
7
As soon as it starts and you see a startup screen, press F2. The BIOS Setup
utility opens.
Highlight Power Management Control, then change the value by pressing
the + key.
Highlight Power Savings, then change the value by pressing the + key.
Open the Exit menu, then highlight Exit Saving Changes and press ENTER.
Select Yes, then press ENTER.
To change SpeedStep settings in Windows 2000:
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1
Click Start, Settings, then click Control Panel. The Control Panel window
opens.
2
Double-click the Power Options or Power Management icon. The Power
Options Properties dialog box opens.
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3
Click the Intel SpeedStep technology tab.
4
Change any of the following settings:
5
■
To run the processor at full speed regardless of the power source,
click the arrow button to open the Running on batteries list, then
click Maximum Performance.
■
To run the processor at reduced speed (using less power) regardless
of the power source, click the arrow button to open the Plugged
in list, then click Battery Optimized Performance.
■
To turn off the SpeedStep technology control, click the Advanced
tab, click the Disable Intel SpeedStep technology control check box,
then click Apply.
■
To remove the SpeedStep icon from the taskbar, click the Advanced
tab, click the Remove icon from taskbar check box, then click Apply.
Click OK.
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These tips can make traveling with your notebook more
convenient and trouble-free. Read this chapter to learn
about:
■
Using the modem
■
Using your radio frequency wireless connections
■
Transferring files
■
Protecting your notebook from loss and theft
■
Managing your notebook’s power efficiently
Tips & Tricks
To access the contents of this guide while
you are traveling, download an electronic
copy from
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Modem
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Take a telephone cord to connect the modem to telephone jacks. If you
are traveling internationally, take telephone jack adapters or an acoustic
handset coupler.
■
Take a telephone line protector.
■
Take a telephone line tester to check for unsafe lines, especially if you
are traveling internationally.
■
Take remote access information with you so you can connect to your ISP
while outside of your usual calling area. A list of country dialing codes
may be especially useful if you are traveling internationally.
Radio frequency wireless
connections
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■
Every country has different restrictions on the use of wireless devices. If
your notebook is equipped with a wireless device, when traveling
between countries check with the local radio approval authorities prior
to your trip for any restrictions on the use of a wireless device in the
destination country.
■
If your notebook came equipped with an internal embedded wireless
device, see “Safety, Regulatory, and Legal Information” on page 289 for
general wireless regulatory guidelines.
■
Wireless communication can interfere with equipment on commercial
aircraft. Current aviation regulations require wireless devices to be turned
off while traveling in an airplane. IEEE 802.11b (also known as wireless
Ethernet or Wifi) and Bluetooth communication devices are examples of
devices which use wireless to communicate. For instructions on how to
turn off your wireless device, see “Turning your wireless Ethernet on or
off in Windows XP” on page 194 and “Turning your wireless Ethernet on
or off in Windows 2000” on page 210.
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Files
■
Copy your working files from your desktop computer to your notebook
before you travel.
■
If you need to access your desktop computer files from your notebook
while traveling, set up the desktop computer for remote access. Contact
your network administrator for more information about remote access.
■
Take extra diskettes for transferring files between computers and backing
up files.
Security
■
Get a locking cable for your notebook so that you can attach a cable lock
and leave your notebook in your hotel room while you are away.
■
Always keep your notebook with you while waiting in airports, train
stations, or bus terminals. Be ready to claim your notebook as soon as it
passes through the x-ray machine in security checkpoints.
■
Write down your notebook model number and serial number (see
“Identifying your model” on page 10) in case of theft or loss, and keep
the information in a safe place. Also, tape your business card or an address
label to your notebook and accessories.
■
Whoever sits next to you or behind you can see your notebook display.
Avoid working with confidential files until you can be sure of privacy.
■
Use a startup password to restrict access to your notebook.
Important
Use a password that you can remember, but that is difficult
for someone else to guess. The password feature is very
secure, with no easy way to recover a forgotten password.
If you forget your password, you must return your notebook
to Gateway for service. Call Gateway Technical Support for
instructions.
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To create a startup password:
1
Restart your notebook. As soon as you see a startup screen, press F2. The
BIOS Setup utility opens.
2
Open the Security menu, highlight Supervisor Password, then press ENTER
and follow the instructions. You must set the supervisor password in order
to set the user (startup) password.
3
Highlight User Password, then press ENTER and follow the instructions.
This is the password you need to enter at startup.
4
5
6
Highlight Password on boot, then press ENTER.
Highlight Enabled, then press ENTER.
To exit the BIOS Setup utility, open the Exit menu, then select Exit Saving
Changes. When you start your computer, you are prompted to enter the
user password you set in Step 3.
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Take your AC power adapter to recharge the battery. If you are traveling
internationally, take power plug adapters.
■
To get the best performance from your notebook, avoid using the battery
whenever possible, monitor the battery charge, and use the most efficient
power management settings.
■
For information on conserving battery power, see “Conserving
battery power” on page 135.
■
For information on using alternate power sources, see “Using
alternate power sources” on page 135.
■
For information on monitoring the battery charge, see “Monitoring
the battery charge” on page 130.
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Customizing Your
Notebook
This chapter provides information about customizing your
computer by changing settings in Windows. Read this
chapter to learn how to:
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Change screen and display settings
■
Change the background and screen saver
■
Adjust the touchpad settings
■
Program the multi-function buttons on the keyboard
■
Add, modify, and switch user accounts
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Adjusting the screen and desktop
settings
Adjusting the color depth and screen area are two of the most basic display
settings you may need to change. You can also adjust settings such as the
screen background and screen saver.
Adjusting the color depth
Color depth is the number of colors your screen displays. Various image types
require various color depths for optimum appearance. For example, simple
color drawings may appear adequately in 256 colors while color photographs
need millions of colors to be displayed with optimum quality.
Windows lets you choose from several color depth settings. We recommend
that the 32-bit True Color setting be used at all times.
If the color in your images seems “false” or “jumpy,” especially after you have
played a game or run a video-intensive program, check the color depth setting
and return it to 32-bit True Color, if necessary.
To change the color depth:
1
In Windows XP, click Start, then click Control Panel. The Control Panel
window opens. If your Control Panel is in Category View, click
Appearance and Themes.
- OR In Windows 2000, click Start, Settings, then click Control Panel. The
Control Panel window opens.
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Click/Double-click the Display icon. The Display Properties dialog box
opens.
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Click the Settings tab.
4
Click the arrow button to open the Color quality or Colors list, then click
the color depth you want.
5
To save your changes in Windows XP, click OK, then click Yes.
- OR To save your changes in Windows 2000, click OK, then click OK again.
Help and
Support
For more information about adjusting display settings in
Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword changing display settings in the
HelpSpot Search box
, then click
the arrow.
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Adjusting the screen resolution
You can increase the screen resolution to fit more icons on your desktop, or
you can decrease the resolution to make reading the display easier. The higher
the resolution, the smaller individual components of the screen (such as icons
and menu bars) appear.
To adjust the screen resolution:
1
In Windows XP, click Start, then click Control Panel. The Control Panel
window opens. If your Control Panel is in Category View, click
Appearance and Themes.
- OR In Windows 2000, click Start, Settings, then click Control Panel. The
Control Panel window opens.
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2
Click/Double-click the Display icon. The Display Properties dialog box
opens.
3
Click the Settings tab.
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4
5
Drag the Screen resolution or Screen area slider to the size you prefer.
To save your changes in Windows XP, click OK, then click Yes.
- OR To save your changes in Windows 2000, click OK, then click OK again.
Help and
Support
For more information about adjusting screen resolution in
Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword changing screen resolution in the
HelpSpot Search box
, then click
the arrow.
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Applying a color scheme
A color scheme is a set of colors that you can apply to your Windows
environment. For example, you can change the appearance of such things as
the desktop, windows, and dialog boxes. You can select an existing scheme
or create your own.
To select a color scheme in Windows XP:
1
Click Start, then click Control Panel. The Control Panel window opens. If
your Control Panel is in Category View, click Appearance and Themes.
2
Click/Double-click the Display icon, then click the Appearance tab.
3
Click the arrow button to open the Color Scheme list, click the color
scheme you want, then click OK.
Help and
Support
For more information about changing color schemes in
Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword changing colors in the HelpSpot
Search box
, then click the arrow.
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To select a color scheme in Windows 2000:
1
Click Start, Settings, then click Control Panel. The Control Panel window
opens.
2
3
Double-click the Display icon. The Display Properties window opens.
4
If you want to apply one of Windows’ color schemes, click the arrow
button to open the Scheme list, click the scheme you want, then click OK.
The new scheme appears on your desktop.
Click the Appearance tab.
- OR If you want to create a new scheme:
a
Click the arrow button to open the Item list, then click the item
you want to change.
b
c
d
Change the color or font settings for the item.
Click Save As, type a name for the new scheme, then click OK.
Click OK again. The new scheme appears on your desktop.
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Changing the desktop background
In Windows XP, you can change the Windows desktop background picture.
Windows provides several alternative backgrounds, or you can use pictures
that you have created or retrieved from other sources.
In Windows 2000, you can change the Windows desktop background to either
a picture or an HTML document. Windows provides several background
pictures. You can also use pictures or HTML documents that you have created
or retrieved from other sources.
To change the desktop background in Windows XP:
1
Click Start, then click Control Panel. The Control Panel window opens. If
your Control Panel is in Category View, click Appearance and Themes.
2
Click/Double-click the Display icon, then click the Desktop tab.
3
In the Background list, click a background picture.
- OR Select a background picture from another location by clicking Browse.
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4
If you want the picture you chose to cover the entire screen, click the
arrow button to open the Position list, then click Stretch or Tile.
5
If the picture you chose does not cover the entire screen and you did
not choose to stretch or tile the image in Step 4, you can change the solid
color behind the picture by clicking the arrow button to open the Color
list, then clicking a color.
6
Click OK.
Help and
Support
For more information about changing the desktop
background in Windows XP, click Start, then click Help
and Support.
Type the keyword changing desktop background in the
HelpSpot Search box
, then click
the arrow.
To change the desktop background in Windows 2000:
1
Click Start, Settings, then click Control Panel. The Control Panel window
opens.
2
Double-click the Display icon. The Display Properties dialog box opens.
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Click the Background tab.
4
Click a picture name on the Select a background picture or HTML document
as Wallpaper list.
- OR Select a background picture from another location by clicking Browse.
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5
If you want the picture you chose to cover the entire screen, click the
arrow button to open the Picture Display list, then click Tile.
6
If the picture you chose does not cover the entire screen and you did
not choose to tile the image in Step 5, you can change the solid color
behind the picture by clicking Pattern, clicking a pattern on the Pattern
list, then clicking OK.
7
Click OK.
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Selecting a screen saver
You can use a screen saver to keep others from viewing your display while
you are away from your computer. Windows supplies a variety of screen savers
that you can choose from, and many more are available from the Internet
and as commercial products.
To select a screen saver:
1
In Windows XP, click Start, then click Control Panel. The Control Panel
window opens. If your Control Panel is in Category View, click
Appearance and Themes.
- OR In Windows 2000, click Start, Settings, then click Control Panel. The
Control Panel window opens.
2
Click/Double-click the Display icon. The Display Properties dialog box
opens.
3
Click the Screen Saver tab.
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4
Click the arrow button to open the Screen Saver list, then click the screen
saver you want. Windows previews the screen saver.
5
If you want to customize the screen saver, click Settings, then make your
changes. If the Settings button is not available, you cannot customize the
screen saver you selected.
6
In Windows XP, if you want to display the Welcome (Login) screen
whenever you close the screen saver, click the On resume, display Welcome
screen check box.
7
If you want to change the time before the screen saver is activated, click
the up or down arrows next to the Wait box.
8
Click OK.
Help and
Support
For more information about selecting a screen saver in
Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword screen savers in the HelpSpot Search
box
, then click the arrow.
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Changing the touchpad settings
You can adjust the double-click speed, pointer speed, left-hand or right-hand
configuration, and other touchpad settings.
To change the touchpad settings:
1
In Windows XP, click Start, then click Control Panel. The Control Panel
window opens. If your Control Panel is in Category View, click Printers
and Other Hardware.
- OR In Windows 2000, click Start, Settings, then click Control Panel. The
Control Panel window opens.
2
Click/Double-click the Mouse icon. The Mouse Properties dialog box opens.
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Click one of the tabs to change the touchpad settings:
■
Motion lets you customize the speed the pointer moves across the
screen and the use of autojump.
■
Orientation lets you set the direction the pointer moves across the
screen relative to the direction your finger moves across the
touchpad.
■
Tapping lets you customize the tap response and sensitivity of the
touchpad.
■
Gestures lets you assign specific actions to zones on the touchpad.
■
Others lets you control sound feedback and other special features
of the touchpad.
4
To assign a function to the rocker switch, click the Buttons tab. Click the
arrow button to open the Up Button list, then click the action you want.
Click the arrow button to open the Down Button list, then click the action
you want.
5
Click OK to save changes.
Help and
Support
For more information about changing touchpad settings in
Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword mouse settings in the HelpSpot Search
box
, then click the arrow.
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Programming the multi-function buttons
Programming the multi-function
buttons
The Multi-function Keyboard Utility lets you change the actions of the
multi-function buttons. For a description of the buttons, see “Multi-function
buttons” on page 27.
To program the multi-function buttons:
1
In Windows XP, click Start, then click Control Panel. The Control Panel
window opens. If your Control Panel is in Category View, click Switch to
Classic View.
- OR In Windows 2000, click Start, Settings, then click Control Panel. The
Control Panel window opens.
2
Click/Double-click the Multi-function Keyboard icon. The Gateway
Multi-function Keyboard Utility dialog box opens.
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Click the tab corresponding to the multi-function button you want to
program. To see which button each tab corresponds to, see
“Multi-function buttons” on page 27.
4
Click a program in the list.
- OR Click Browse to select a program not in the list.
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Click OK to change the function, then click OK again.
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Adding and modifying user accounts
Adding and modifying user
accounts
In Windows XP, you can create and customize a user account for each person
who uses your computer. You can also switch (change) user accounts without
turning off your computer.
User account tips
■
If you want to create an account for someone, but you do not want that
user to have full access to your computer, be sure to make that account
limited. Remember that limited accounts may not be able to install some
older programs.
■
If a program or peripheral device is installed in one account, it may not
be available in other accounts. If this happens, install the program or
device in the accounts that need it.
■
Files created in one account are not accessible from other accounts unless
the files are stored in the Shared Documents folder. The Shared Documents
folder is accessible from all accounts on that computer and from other
computers on the network.
To add, delete, or modify user accounts in Windows XP:
1
Click Start, Control Panel, then click/double-click User Accounts. The User
Accounts window opens.
2
Follow the on-screen instructions to add, delete, or modify a user account.
Help and
Support
For more information about changing user accounts in
Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword user accounts in the HelpSpot Search
box
, then click the arrow.
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1
Click Start, then click Log Off. The Log Off Windows dialog box opens.
2
3
Click Switch User. The Windows Welcome screen opens.
Click the user account that you want to use. When you switch between
users, any programs that were running for the previous user continue to
run.
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Using a Wireless
Ethernet Network
This chapter provides the information you need to set up
and use a wireless Ethernet network. Read this chapter to
find out how to:
■
Set up or install wireless Ethernet on your notebook
■
Configure the ORiNOCO client manager
(Windows 2000 only)
■
Configure Windows for wireless Ethernet networking
■
Connect to a wireless Ethernet network
■
Turn your wireless Ethernet on and off
■
Check the wireless Ethernet signal strength
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Using a wireless network
Your notebook may have wireless Ethernet networking built-in. The
information in this section tells you how to set up and access a wireless
network. If your notebook does not have wireless networking built-in and you
would like to purchase a wireless network PC Card, contact Gateway’s Add-on
Sales department or visit our Web site at www.gateway.com.
Warning
Radio frequency wireless communication can interfere
with equipment on commercial aircraft. Current aviation
regulations require wireless devices to be turned off while
traveling in an airplane. IEEE 802.11b (also known as
wireless Ethernet or WiFi) communication devices are
examples of devices that provide wireless communication.
For instructions to turn wireless Ethernet on and off, see
“Turning your wireless Ethernet on or off in Windows XP”
on page 194 and “Turning your wireless Ethernet on or off
in Windows 2000” on page 210.
Important
If your system came equipped with an internal radio
frequency wireless device, see “Safety, Regulatory, and
Legal Information” on page 289 for general wireless
regulatory and safety guidelines. To find out if your system
has an internal wireless device, check the label (see
“Identifying your model” on page 10).
Help and
Support
For more information about creating or joining a network
in Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword networking in the HelpSpot Search
box
, then click the arrow.
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Using wireless Ethernet in
Windows XP
If your system does not use Windows XP, follow the instructions under “Using
wireless Ethernet in Windows 2000” on page 196.
Setting up wireless Ethernet networking in
Windows XP
If you have wireless Ethernet, the first time you start your notebook, your
system automatically installs the wireless Ethernet drivers. Immediately
following the initial startup, you may be instructed to run the Network Setup
Wizard.
Important
The network setup procedure uses the Windows XP
Network Setup Wizard. The example screens show those
screens that typically appear in the course of using the
wizard. If your network situation differs from that used in
this example, you may encounter additional screens or
screens with different selections. Make sure that you read
each screen in the wizard and make your selections based
on your particular network situation.
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To run the Windows XP Network Setup Wizard:
1
Click on the Network Setup Wizard icon
The Network Setup Wizard opens.
on the Windows XP taskbar.
-ORClick Start, All Programs, Accessories, Communications, then click Network
Setup Wizard. The Network Setup Wizard opens.
2
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3
Click Next. The wizard found disconnected network hardware screen opens.
4
Click to select the Ignore disconnected network hardware check box, then
click Next. The Select a connection method screen opens.
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Click the method that your notebook uses to access the Internet, then
click Next. The Your computer has multiple connections screen opens.
-ORClick Other, then click Next for a list of additional methods. Make a
selection, then click Next. The Your computer has multiple connections screen
opens.
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6
Click Let me choose the connections to my network, then click Next. The
Select the connections to bridge screen opens.
7
Click to select the wireless network connection check box, then click Next.
The Give this computer a description and name screen opens.
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Type a description of your notebook in the Computer description box. This
description lets other network users identify who this notebook belongs
to.
9
Type a unique computer name in the Computer name box. This name
identifies this notebook on the network.
10
Click Next. The Name your network screen opens.
11
Type the name of the workgroup this notebook belongs to in the
Workgroup name box. This name is usually assigned by the network
administrator and identifies which group of computers this notebook is
most likely to communicate with.
12
Click Next. The Ready to apply network settings screen opens.
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13
Click Next to apply the network settings. The You’re almost done screen
opens.
14
If you are setting up a wireless Ethernet network on other computers, you
may want to use the Network Setup Wizard to do so. Click a method for
installing and configuring the network on your other computers, then
click Next.
15
Click Finish.
Help and
Support
For more information about using the Network Setup
Wizard in Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and
Support.
Type the keyword Network Setup Wizard in the
HelpSpot Search box
, then click
the arrow.
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Configuring Windows XP for wireless Ethernet
To configure Windows XP to use the wireless Ethernet network:
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1
Click Start, then click Control Panel. The Control Panel window opens. If
your Control Panel is in Category View, click Network and Internet
Connections. The Network and Internet Connections window opens.
2
Click/Double-click Network Connections. The Network Connections window
opens.
3
Right-click Wireless Network Connection, then click Properties. The Wireless
Network Connection Properties dialog box opens.
4
Click the General tab.
5
Click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) in the This connection uses the following
items list. If you do not see Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), drag the scroll
bar to see more choices.
6
Click Properties. The Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties dialog box opens.
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Click the General tab.
8
If you are using a DHCP server, click Obtain an IP address automatically.
- OR If you are not using a DHCP server, click Use the following IP address, then
type the IP address in the IP address box and Subnet mask in the Subnet
mask box.
Important
9
10
11
If you are required to type an IP Address and Subnet Mask,
ask your network administrator for the correct values.
Click OK to close the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties dialog box.
Click OK to close the Wireless Network Connection Properties dialog box.
Click X to close the Network Connections window.
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Help and
Support
For more information about configuring a wireless network
in Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword wireless network in the HelpSpot
Search box
, then click the arrow.
Creating a wireless Ethernet network in
Windows XP
After you have turned on wireless Ethernet networks, you may want to create
a new wireless Ethernet network. You can create either an access point or
peer-to-peer wireless Ethernet network.
Access Point
An access point is a device that allows you to join a wireless network and access
a wired network at the same time. You can create an access point wireless
network if you purchased an RG1000 or equivalent access point. This
illustration shows an example of an access point network.
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To create an access point wireless Ethernet network:
1
Click Start, then click Control Panel. The Control Panel window opens. If
your Control Panel is in Category View, click Network and Internet
Connections. The Network and Internet Connections window opens.
2
Click/Double-click Network Connections. The Network Connections window
opens.
3
Right-click Wireless Network Connection, then click View Available Wireless
Networks. The Connect to Wireless Network dialog box opens.
4
Click Advanced. The Wireless Network Connection Properties dialog box
opens.
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Click the Wireless Networks tab.
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Click Add. The Wireless Network Properties dialog box opens.
7
Type the name of the network in the Network name (SSID) box. For an
access point network, we recommend using the name of the access point
device followed by the SSID name found on the back of the access point.
Example: RG1000 1ff60a.
8
9
10
11
Click the Data encryption (WEP enabled) check box.
Click to clear the The key is provided for me automatically check box.
Type the network key in the Network key box. This key must be the last
five digits of the network name, for example ff60a.
Click the arrow button to open the Key format list, then click ASCII
characters.
12
Click the arrow button to open the Key length list, then click 40 bits (5
characters).
13
Click the up or down arrow button next to Key index (advanced) to select 0.
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14
Make sure that the Network Authentication (Shared mode) check box is not
selected.
15
Make sure that the This is a computer-to-computer (ad hoc) network check
box is not selected.
16
17
Click OK to close the Wireless Network Properties dialog box.
18
Click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) in the This connection uses the following
items list. If you do not see Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), drag the scroll
bar to see more choices.
19
Click Properties. The Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties dialog box opens.
Click the General tab.
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Click the General tab.
21
If you are using a DHCP server, click Obtain an IP address automatically.
- OR If you are not using a DHCP server, click Use the following IP address, then
type the IP address in the IP address box and Subnet mask in the Subnet
mask box.
Important
22
23
24
If you are required to type an IP Address and Subnet Mask,
ask your network administrator for the correct values.
Click OK to close the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties dialog box.
Click OK to close the Wireless Network Connection Properties dialog box.
Click X to close the Network Connections window.
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Help and
Support
For more information about configuring a wireless network
in Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword wireless network in the HelpSpot
Search box
, then click the arrow.
Peer-to-peer (ad hoc)
Use a peer-to-peer (ad hoc) network if you are setting up or joining a
temporary or permanent computer-to-computer network for sharing files and
peripheral devices. This type of network does not include an access point into
a wired network.
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To create a peer-to-peer wireless Ethernet network:
1
Click Start, then click Control Panel. The Control Panel window opens. If
your Control Panel is in Category View, click Network and Internet
Connections. The Network and Internet Connections window opens.
2
Click/Double-click Network Connections. The Network Connections window
opens.
3
Right-click Wireless Network Connection, then click View Available Wireless
Networks. The Connect to Wireless Network dialog box opens.
4
Click Advanced. The Wireless Network Connection Properties dialog box
opens.
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Click the Wireless Networks tab.
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Click Add. The Wireless Network Properties dialog box opens.
7
Type the name of the network in the Network (SSID) box. For a peer-to-peer
network, this can be any network name not already in use, for example
Adhoc.
8
9
Click the This is a computer-to-computer (ad hoc) network check box.
If an encryption key has been agreed to by the other members of your
network, go to Step 10.
-ORIf your network is not using an encryption key, go to Step 16.
10
11
12
13
Click the Data encryption (WEP enabled) check box.
Click to clear the The key is provided for me automatically check box.
Type the network key in the Network key box.
Click the arrow button to open the Key format list, then click the key
format you have agreed to.
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14
Click the arrow button to open the Key length list, then click the key
length you have agreed to.
15
Click the up or down arrow button next to Key index (advanced) to select
the key index you have agreed to.
16
17
Click OK to close the Wireless Network Properties dialog box.
18
Click to select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) in the This connection uses the
following items list. If you do not see Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), drag the
scroll bar to see more choices.
19
Click Properties. The Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties dialog box opens.
Click the General tab.
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Click the General tab.
21
Click Use the following IP address.
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Type an IP Address value in the IP Address box and a Subnet Mask value
in the Subnet Mask box for each wireless computer on your ad hoc
network. The IP Address for computer 1 should end with a 1 and the IP
Address for computer 2 should end with a 2.
Example IP address
and subnet mask for
wireless computer 1
23
24
25
Example IP address
and subnet mask for
wireless computer 2
Click OK to close the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties dialog box.
Click OK to close the Wireless Network Connection Properties dialog box.
Click X to close the Network Connections window.
Help and
Support
For more information about configuring a wireless network
in Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword wireless network in the HelpSpot
Search box
, then click the arrow.
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Connecting to a wireless Ethernet network in
Windows XP
To connect to an existing wireless Ethernet network:
1
Click Start, then click Control Panel. The Control Panel window opens. If
your Control Panel is in Category View, click Network and Internet
Connections. The Network and Internet Connections window opens.
2
Click/Double-click Network Connections. The Network Connections window
opens.
3
Right-click Wireless Network Connection, then click View Available Wireless
Networks. The Connect to Wireless Network dialog box opens.
4
Click the network you want to connect to, then click Connect.
Help and
Support
For more information about connecting to a wireless
network in Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and
Support.
Type the keyword connecting to wireless network in the
HelpSpot Search box
, then click
the arrow.
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Turning your wireless Ethernet on or off in
Windows XP
There are times, such as when you are flying in an aircraft, when you should
turn off your wireless Ethernet network. You can also turn off wireless Ethernet
to conserve the battery charge on your notebook.
To turn wireless Ethernet on or off:
1
Click Start, then click Control Panel. The Control Panel window opens. If
your Control Panel is in Category View, click Network and Internet
Connections. The Network and Internet Connections window opens.
2
Click/Double-click Network Connections. The Network Connections window
opens.
3
Right-click Wireless Network Connection, then click Enable to turn on
wireless Ethernet or click Disable to turn off wireless Ethernet.
Checking network signal strength in
Windows XP
If your wireless Ethernet network is running slower than you expect, you
should check your network signal strength. If you find the signal strength is
low, try moving to a new location to increase the signal strength.
To check the signal strength of your wireless Ethernet network:
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1
Click Start, then click Control Panel. The Control Panel window opens. If
your Control Panel is in Category View, click Network and Internet
Connections. The Network and Internet Connections window opens.
2
Click/Double-click Network Connections. The Network Connections window
opens.
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Right-click Wireless Network Connection, then click Status. The Wireless
Network Connection Status dialog box opens. The meter shows the signal
strength for wireless Ethernet on your notebook if other computers with
the same network name are within range of your notebook.
Important
Signal strength is affected by the distance between your
wireless network devices, by radio interference, and by
interference from natural obstructions such as walls, floors,
and doors.
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Using wireless Ethernet in
Windows 2000
If your system uses Windows XP, use the instructions under “Using wireless
Ethernet in Windows XP” on page 171.
Installing the ORiNOCO Client Manager
If you have wireless Ethernet, the first time you start your notebook, your
system automatically installs the wireless Ethernet drivers. Immediately
following the initial startup, you may be asked to install the ORiNOCO Client
Manager. You may also need to install the ORiNOCO Client Manager if it has
not already been installed on your computer.
To see if the ORiNOCO Client Manager is installed:
■
Click Start, Programs, then click ORiNOCO. If Client Manager is not listed
in the submenu, you will need to install it.
To install the ORiNOCO Client Manager:
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Complete the instructions in “Reinstalling programs” on page 246.
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Configuring the ORiNOCO client manager
To use your wireless Ethernet, you need to configure your network settings.
To configure the ORiNOCO Client Manager:
1
Click Start, Programs, ORiNOCO, then click Client Manager. The ORiNOCO
Client Manager window opens.
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Click Actions, then click Add/Edit Configuration Profile. The Add/Edit
Configuration Profile dialog box opens.
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Click Add to add a new profile. The Edit Configuration wizard opens to
the Select Profile screen.
4
Type the name of the profile you are creating in the Profile Name box.
When you create the first profile, you should rename the Default profile
to the name of your profile. For example, if you will be using your
computer on two different networks, such as at home and at work, you
may want to name one profile Home and the other one Work.
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Click the arrow to open the Network Type list, then click the type of
network associated with this profile. Your options include:
■
Access Point - Use this network type if you are joining a wireless
network and accessing a wired network through an access point.
Contact your network administrator or refer to the access point
documentation for more information about using this network
type.
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Residential Gateway - Use this network type if you are setting up
or joining a wireless network that is using a residential gateway to
access the Internet.
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Peer-to-Peer Group - Use this network type if you are setting up or
joining a temporary or permanent computer-to-computer network
for sharing files and peripheral devices. This type of network does
not include an access point into a wired network.
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Click Next. The Identify Your Network screen opens.
7
Type the name of the network in the Network Name box.
■
For an access point or residential gateway network, we recommend
using the name of the access point device followed by the SSID
name found on the back of the access point, for example,
RG1000 1ff60a.
-ORType Any to connect to the first access point available.
-ORClick Scan to scan for all access points that are within range of your
notebook. Click to select a network name from the list that appears,
then click OK.
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For a peer-to-peer network, type any network name that has been
agreed upon by the other members of the network, for example,
Adhoc. This name cannot used by another network.
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Important
All computers on your network must have the same
network name and encryption key. For help, ask your
network administrator.
8
Click Next. The Set Security screen opens.
9
10
Click the Enable Data Security check box.
Click Use Alphanumeric Characters or Use Hexadecimal.
■
For an access point or residential gateway, this type must
correspond to the security used by the access point.
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For a peer-to-peer network, this type must be the same type that
has been agreed upon by the other members of the network.
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Type the network key in the Key 1 box.
■
For an access point or residential gateway, this key must be the last
five digits of the network name, for example, ff60a.
■
For a peer-to-peer network, this key must be the same key that has
been agreed upon by the other members of the network.
Click the arrow to open the Encrypt data with list, then click Key 1.
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All computers on your network must have the same
network name and encryption key. For help, ask your
network administrator.
13
Click Next. The Power Management screen opens.
14
Click the type of power management you want to use.
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Click Next. The TCP/IP Behavior screen opens.
16
Click the check box if you are using this notebook on more than one
network. This will force your notebook to renew the TCP/IP address each
time you change profiles.
17
Click Finish to close the Edit Configuration wizard.
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Identifying this notebook on the network in
Windows 2000
If this is the first time you have used networking on your notebook, you need
to provide Windows with the name of your notebook and the workgroup to
which it belongs.
To identify this notebook on the network:
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Click Start, Settings, then click Control Panel. The Control Panel window
opens.
2
3
Double-click the Network icon. The Network dialog box opens.
4
Type a unique computer name in the Computer name box. This name
identifies this notebook on the network.
5
Type the name of the workgroup this notebook belongs to in the
Workgroup box. This name is usually assigned by the network
administrator and identifies which group of computers this notebook is
most likely to communicate with.
Click the Identification tab.
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Type a description of your notebook in the Computer description box. This
description lets other network users identify who this notebook belongs
to.
7
Click OK.
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Configuring Windows 2000 for wireless
Ethernet
To configure Windows to use the wireless Ethernet network:
1
Click Start, Settings, then click Control Panel. The Control Panel window
opens.
2
Double-click the Network icon. The Network dialog box opens.
3
Click TCP/IP -> ORiNOCO Mini PCI Card in the The following network
components are installed items list. If you do not see Internet Protocol
(TCP/IP), drag the scroll bar to see more choices.
4
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Click Properties. The TCP/IP Properties dialog box opens.
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Click the IP Address tab.
6
If you are using a DHCP server, click Obtain an IP address automatically.
- OR If you are not using a DHCP server, click Specify an IP address, then type
the IP address in the IP address box and the Subnet mask in the Subnet
mask box.
Important
If you are required to type an IP Address and Subnet Mask,
ask your network administrator for the correct values.
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8
Click OK to close the TCP/IP Properties dialog box.
Click OK to close the Network dialog box.
Connecting to a wireless Ethernet network in
Windows 2000
After you have set up your profiles for all the possible wireless Ethernet
networks you may want to connect to, you can select which network to access.
To connect to a wireless Ethernet network:
1
2
Right-click the ORiNOCO Client Manager icon
on the taskbar.
Click Configuration Profile, then click the profile for the network you want
to access.
Turning your wireless Ethernet on or off in
Windows 2000
There are times, such as when you are flying in an aircraft, when you should
turn off your wireless Ethernet network. You can also turn off wireless Ethernet
to conserve the battery charge on your notebook.
To turn wireless Ethernet on or off using the Client Manager:
1
2
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Right-click the ORiNOCO Client Manager icon
on the taskbar.
Click Enable Radio to turn on wireless Ethernet or Disable Radio to turn
off wireless Ethernet.
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Checking network signal strength in
Windows 2000
If your wireless Ethernet network is running slower than you expect, you
should check your network signal strength. If you find the signal strength is
low, try moving to a new location to increase the signal strength.
To check the signal strength of your wireless Ethernet network:
■
Click Start, Programs, ORiNOCO, then click Client Manager. The ORiNOCO
Client Manager window opens.
The meter on the left side shows the signal strength for wireless Ethernet
on your notebook if other computers with the same network name are
within range of your notebook. The status box in the middle provides
status and error messages.
Important
Signal strength is affected by the distance between your
wireless network devices, by radio interference, and by
interference due to natural obstructions such as walls,
floors, and doors.
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Your Old
Computer
If your new notebook is replacing an old computer, you
may have personal data files, Internet settings, a printer
or other peripheral devices, and other unique computer
settings that you want to move from your old computer
to your new one. Read this chapter to learn about:
■
Using the Windows XP Files and Settings Transfer
Wizard
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Transferring Files
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Transferring Internet Settings
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Installing your old printer or scanner
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Installing your old programs
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Using the Windows XP Files and
Settings Transfer Wizard
If your new computer is running Windows XP, you can move your data files
and personal settings, such as display, Internet, and e-mail settings, from your
old computer to your new one by using the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard.
The wizard also moves specific files or entire folders, such as My Documents,
My Pictures, and Favorites.
To open the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard:
■
Click Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, then click Files and
Settings Transfer Wizard.
Help and
Support
For more information about using the Files and Settings
Transfer Wizard in Windows XP, click Start, then click
Help and Support.
Type the keyword using transfer wizard in the HelpSpot
Search box
, then click the arrow.
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Transferring files
You can manually transfer your personal data files by copying them to
removable media, such as a diskette, CD, or Zip disk, or by using a home
network. For more information, see “Creating data CDs” on page 103,
“Connecting to a wired Ethernet network” on page 32, and “Using a Wireless
Ethernet Network” on page 169.
Finding your files
Many programs automatically save your personal data files in the
My Documents folder. Look in your old computer’s My Documents folder for
personal data files. Use Windows Find or Search to locate other personal data
files.
To find files in the My Documents folder:
1
In Windows XP, click Start, then click My Documents. The My Documents
window opens and displays many of your saved personal data files. Go
to Step 4.
- OR In Windows 98 or Windows 2000, double-click the My Computer icon on
the desktop. Go to the next step.
2
3
4
Double-click the C:\ drive icon.
Double-click the My Documents folder. The My Documents window opens
and displays many of your saved personal data files.
Copy your personal data files to removable media or to another computer
on your network.
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You can often identify different data file types by looking at the file’s extension
(the part of the file name following the last period). For example, a document
file might have a .DOC extension and a spreadsheet file might have an .XLS
extension.
File type
File usually ends in...
Documents
.DOC, .TXT, .RTF, .HTM, .HTML, .DOT
Spreadsheets
.XLS, .XLT, .TXT
Pictures
.JPG, .BMP, .GIF, .PDF, .PCT, .TIF, .PNG, .EPS
Movies
.MPEG, .MPG, .AVI, .GIF, .MOV
Sound and Music
.WAV, .CDA, .MP3, .MID, .MIDI, .WMA
To find files using Find or Search:
1
Click Start, Find or Search, then click All Files or Folders or For Files or
Folders. The Search Results window opens.
2
Use Windows Search to locate data files by file name or file type. For help
on finding files, click Help, then click Help and Support Center or Help
Topics.
Help and
Support
For more information about finding files in Windows XP,
click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword searching for files in the HelpSpot
Search box
, click the arrow, then
click the Full-text Search Matches button.
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Transferring Internet settings
You can use different methods to transfer your Internet account from your
old computer to your new one.
Setting up your ISP
■
If your current Internet Service Provider (ISP) software came preinstalled
on your new computer, run that setup program. If it asks to set up a new
account or an existing one, choose to reconnect to an existing account.
■
If your current ISP software is not preinstalled on your new computer,
locate the original Internet setup program provided by your local ISP, or
contact your ISP to see if they have an updated version of their software,
and install it on your new computer.
■
If you use MSN as your ISP, or if you know your ISP settings, use the
Windows Internet Connection Wizard.
To use the Internet Connection Wizard:
1
Click Start, All Programs, Accessories, Communications, then click New
Connection Wizard. The New Connection Wizard window opens.
2
Configure your Internet settings by following the on-screen instructions.
Help and
Support
For more information about setting up an Internet
connection in Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and
Support.
Type the keyword Internet connection in the HelpSpot
Search box
, then click the arrow.
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Transferring your e-mail and address book
Refer to your old e-mail program’s online help for information on exporting
and importing e-mail messages and the address book. You can often export all
of your old e-mail messages or address book to a diskette, then import them
from the diskette into your new computer’s e-mail program. Alternatively, you
may want to consider simply printing the old information or use your old
computer to send the e-mail messages to yourself, then use your new
computer to retrieve the e-mail messages.
Transferring your Internet shortcuts
You can export and import your old Netscape Navigator bookmarks or
Microsoft Internet Explorer favorites. For more information, refer to your
Internet browser program’s online help.
Installing your old printer or
scanner
Windows may have built-in support for older printers, scanners, or other
peripheral devices. This means you do not need any additional software.
Newer devices, however, usually require your original software installation
CDs or diskettes.
Installing a USB printer or scanner
USB devices may have special installation instructions. Refer to your USB
device’s installation guide.
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Installing a parallel port printer
You can usually install parallel port printers by following these steps.
To install your old printer:
1
2
3
4
Shut down and turn off your computer.
Connect your parallel port printer.
Turn on your printer, then your computer.
If Windows detects your printer, install your printer by following the
on-screen instructions. You are finished.
- OR If Windows does not detect the printer, go to the next step.
5
In Windows XP, click Start, then click Control Panel. The Control Panel
window opens. If your Control Panel is in Category View, click Printers
and Other Hardware.
- OR In Windows 2000, click Start, Settings, then click Control Panel. The
Control Panel window opens.
6
Click/Double-click the Printers and Faxes or Printers icon, then click Add
a printer or Add Printer. The Add Printer Wizard window opens.
7
Install your printer by following the on-screen instructions.
Help and
Support
For more information about installing a printer in
Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword installing a printer in the HelpSpot
Search box
, then click the arrow.
Refer to your peripheral device’s user guide for installation information and
tips. Because most installation software is periodically updated, you should
also check the manufacturer’s Web site for driver updates.
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Installing your old programs
You probably use some programs that did not come installed on your new
computer, such as personal finance software, graphics programs, or games.
Spend some time going through your old computer’s Start and Programs
menus, making note of any programs you want to install on your new
computer. Locate your original program installation CDs and installation
guides. Your original CDs and guides should contain any serial numbers or
product ID keys that may be required for program installation and
registration. Remember to check the manufacturer’s Web site for important
program updates.
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If your new computer comes with a newer version of a
program, it is usually best to use the newer version than
to install the old one.
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Notebook
This chapter provides basic information about
maintaining your notebook hardware and software. Read
this chapter to learn how to:
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Care for your notebook
■
Create an emergency startup diskette
■
Protect your computer from viruses
■
Manage hard drive space
■
Back up files
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Clean your notebook
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Caring for your computer
To extend the life of your system:
■
Be careful not to bump or drop your computer, and do not put any objects
on top of it. The case, although strong, is not made to support extra
weight.
■
When transporting your computer, we recommend that you put it in a
carrying case.
■
Keep diskettes, modular drives, and your computer away from magnetic
fields. Magnetic fields can erase data on both diskettes and hard drives.
■
Never turn off your computer when the hard drive light is on because
data on the hard drive could be lost or corrupted.
■
Avoid subjecting your computer to extreme temperature changes. The
case and LCD panel can become very brittle and easy to break in cold
temperatures and can melt or warp in high temperatures. Damage due
to either extreme is not covered by your warranty. As a general rule, your
computer is safest at temperatures that are comfortable for you.
■
Keep all liquids away from your computer. When spilled onto computer
components, almost any liquid can result in extremely expensive repairs
that are not covered under your warranty.
■
Avoid dusty or dirty work environments. Dust and dirt can clog the
internal mechanisms.
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Set up a regular maintenance schedule according to the following table
to keep your computer running at its best.
Maintenance task
Immediately
after purchase
Create an emergency diskette
X
Check for viruses
Monthly
When needed
See...
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X
Manage hard drive space
X
page 226
X
page 229
Clean up hard drives
X
X
page 230
Scan hard drive for errors
X
X
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Defragment hard drive
X
X
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Maintenance task
Monthly
When needed
See...
X
X
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Recalibrate the battery
X
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Clean computer case
X
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Clean keyboard
X
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Clean screen
X
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Clean mouse
X
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Back up files
Immediately
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Creating an emergency startup
diskette
An emergency startup diskette is a diskette that contains critical information that
you need to start your computer if Windows fails to start. You should create
a startup diskette as soon as you get your computer.
To create an emergency startup diskette in Windows XP:
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2
3
Place a blank diskette labeled Startup into the diskette drive.
4
Click to select the Create an MS-DOS startup disk check box, then click Start.
A message warns you that any information on the diskette will be erased.
Click Start, then click My Computer. The My Computer window opens.
Right-click 3½ Floppy (A:), then click Format. The Format 3½ Floppy (A:)
dialog box opens.
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When you see the warning message, click OK. Windows copies files to
the emergency startup diskette.
6
When Windows finishes copying files, remove the diskette from the
diskette drive.
7
To prevent the diskette from being erased or infected by viruses, you
should write-protect it by sliding the write-protect tab up.
Not writeprotected
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Writeprotected
Store your emergency startup diskette in a safe place with your other
backup software media.
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Protecting your computer from
viruses
A virus is a program that attaches itself to a file on a computer, then spreads
from one computer to another. Viruses can damage data or cause your
computer to malfunction. Some viruses go undetected for a period of time,
because they are activated on a certain date.
Protect your computer from a virus by:
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Using your Norton® AntiVirus program to check files and programs that
are on diskettes, attached to e-mail messages, or downloaded from the
Internet.
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Checking all programs for viruses before installing them.
■
Disabling macros on suspicious Microsoft Word and Excel files. These
programs will warn you if a document that you are opening contains a
macro that might have a virus.
■
Periodically updating your Norton AntiVirus program to protect against
the latest viruses.
Help and
Support
For more information about protecting your computer
against viruses in Windows XP, click Start, then click Help
and Support.
Type the keyword viruses in the HelpSpot Search box
, then click the arrow.
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To scan for viruses:
1
Click Start, All Programs, Norton AntiVirus, then click Norton AntiVirus 2002.
Norton AntiVirus opens.
Scan for
viruses
2
Click Scan for Viruses.
Scan
3
Click the type of scan you want to make in the Scan area, then under
Actions, click Scan.
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To remove a virus:
1
2
3
Find and remove the virus immediately using Norton AntiVirus.
Turn off your computer and leave it off for at least 30 seconds.
Turn on your computer and rescan for the virus.
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Click Start, All Programs, Norton AntiVirus, then click LiveUpdate - Norton
AntiVirus. The LiveUpdate wizard opens.
2
Follow the on-screen instructions to update your Norton AntiVirus
program with the latest virus protection files.
3
When the program has finished, click Finish.
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Managing hard drive space
Windows provides several utilities you can use to manage your hard drive.
Checking hard drive space
To check hard drive space:
1
In Windows XP, click Start, then click My Computer.
- OR In Windows 2000, double-click the My Computer icon.
2
Right-click the drive that you want to check for available file space, then
click Properties. Drive space information appears.
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Using Disk Cleanup
Delete unneeded files, such as temporary Windows files, to free hard drive
space.
To use the Windows Disk Cleanup program:
1
In Windows XP, click Start, then click My Computer.
- OR In Windows 2000, double-click the My Computer icon.
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Right-click the hard drive that you want to delete files from, for example
Local Disk (C:), then click Properties. The Properties dialog box opens at
the General tab.
3
Click Disk Cleanup. The Disk Cleanup dialog box opens.
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Make sure that the check box beside each file type you want to delete is
selected. For more information about file types you can delete, read the
descriptions in the Disk Cleanup dialog box.
5
Click OK, then click Yes.
Help and
Support
For more information about keeping the hard drive space
free of unnecessary files in Windows XP, click Start, then
click Help and Support.
Type the keyword disk cleanup in the HelpSpot Search
box
, then click the arrow.
Checking the hard drive for errors
The Error-checking program examines the hard drive for physical flaws and
file and folder problems. This program corrects file and folder problems and
marks flawed areas on the hard drive so that Windows does not use them.
If you use your computer several hours every day, you probably want to run
Error-checking once a week. If you use your computer less frequently, once
a month may be adequate. Also use Error-checking if you encounter hard drive
problems.
To check the hard drive for errors:
1
In Windows XP, click Start, then click My Computer.
- OR In Windows 2000, double-click the My Computer icon.
2
Right-click the hard drive that you want to check for errors, for example
Local Disk (C:), then click Properties. The Properties dialog box opens.
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Click the Tools tab.
4
5
Click Check Now.
Click the options to use, then click Start. For help, press F1. Windows
checks the drive for errors. This process may take several minutes.
6
Correct any problems that are found by following the on-screen
instructions. After Windows has finished checking the drive for errors,
it provides a summary of the problems that it found.
7
Click OK.
Help and
Support
For more information about checking the hard drive for
errors in Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and
Support.
Type the keyword checking for disk errors in the
HelpSpot Search box
, then click
the arrow.
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Defragmenting the hard drive
When working with files, sometimes Windows divides the file information
into pieces and stores them in different places on the hard drive. This is called
fragmentation, and it is normal. In order for your computer to use a file,
Windows must search for the pieces of the file and put them back together.
This process slows the hard drive performance.
The Disk Defragmenter program organizes the data on the drive so that each
file is stored as one unit rather than as multiple pieces scattered across
different areas of the drive. Defragmenting the information stored on the drive
can improve hard drive performance.
While the Disk Defragmenter program is running, do not use your keyboard
or mouse because using them may continuously stop and restart the
defragmenting process. Also, if you are connected to a network, log off before
starting Disk Defragmenter. Network communication may stop the
defragmentation process and cause it to start over.
To run Disk Defragmenter:
1
In Windows XP, click Start, then click My Computer.
- OR In Windows 2000, double-click the My Computer icon.
2
Right-click the hard drive that you want to defragment, for example Local
Disk (C:), then click Properties. The Properties dialog box opens.
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Click the Tools tab.
4
5
Click Defragment Now.
If Disk Defragmenter does not start automatically, click Start or
Defragment.
Disk Defragmenter shows its progress on the screen. When finished, Disk
Defragmenter asks if you want to quit the program.
6
Click Close or Yes.
Help and
Support
For more information about defragmenting the hard drive
in Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword defragmenting in the HelpSpot Search
box
, then click the arrow.
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Backing up files
Backing up files and removing them from the hard drive frees space for new
files on the hard drive. It also protects you from losing important information
if the hard drive fails or you accidentally delete files.
You should back up your files regularly to a writable CD (if you have a
recordable drive) or to diskettes. Use a backup device, such as a recordable
drive or Zip drive, to do a complete hard drive backup (see “Using a recordable
drive” on page 103). If you do not have a high-capacity backup device and
you want to purchase one, you can contact Gateway’s Add-on Sales
department or visit our Web site at www.gateway.com.
Help and
Support
For more information about backing up files in
Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword saving files in the HelpSpot Search box
, then click the arrow.
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Using the Scheduled Task Wizard
The Scheduled Task Wizard lets you schedule maintenance tasks such as
running Disk Defragmenter and Error-checking.
To start the Scheduled Task Wizard:
1
Click Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, then click Scheduled
Tasks. The Scheduled Tasks window opens.
2
Double-click Add Scheduled Task. The Scheduled Task Wizard window
opens.
3
Click Next, then click the task or program you want to schedule and
follow the on-screen instructions to customize the task.
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Help and
Support
For more information about using the Scheduled Task
Wizard in Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and
Support.
Type the keyword Scheduled Task Wizard in the
HelpSpot Search box
, then click
the arrow.
Cleaning your computer
Keeping your computer clean and the vents free from dust helps keep your
system performing at its best. You may want to gather these items and put
together a computer cleaning kit:
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A soft, lint-free cloth
■
An aerosol can of air that has a narrow, straw-like extension
■
Isopropyl alcohol
■
Cotton swabs
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A CD/DVD drive cleaning kit
Cleaning the exterior
Warning
When you shut down your computer, the power turns off,
but some electrical current still flows through your
computer. To avoid possible injury from electrical shock,
unplug the power cord and modem cable from the wall
outlets.
Always turn off your computer and other peripherals and remove the battery
before cleaning any components
Use a damp, lint-free cloth to clean your computer and other parts of your
system. Do not use abrasive or solvent cleaners because they can damage the
finish on components.
Your computer is cooled by air circulated through the vents on the case, so
keep the vents free of dust. With your computer turned off and unplugged,
brush the dust away from the vents with a damp cloth. Be careful not to drip
any water into the vents. Do not attempt to clean dust from the inside of
your computer.
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Cleaning the keyboard
You should clean the keyboard occasionally by using an aerosol can of air with
a narrow, straw-like extension to remove dust and lint trapped under the keys.
If you spill liquid on the keyboard, turn off your computer and turn the unit
upside down. Let the liquid drain, then let the keyboard dry before trying to
use it again. If the keyboard does not work after it dries, you may need to
replace it.
Cleaning the screen
Use a soft cloth and water to clean the screen. Squirt a little water on the
cloth (never directly on the screen), and wipe the screen with the cloth.
Caution
An LCD screen is made of specially coated glass and can
be scratched or damaged by abrasive or ammonia-based
window cleaners.
Cleaning the mouse
If you have a mouse and the mouse pointer begins moving erratically across
the screen or becomes difficult to control precisely, then cleaning the mouse
will likely improve its accuracy.
If you have an optical mouse, clean the mouse by wiping the bottom of the
mouse with a cleaning cloth.
To clean your trackball mouse:
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2
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Turn the mouse upside down.
Rotate the retaining ring on the bottom of the mouse counter-clockwise.
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Remove the retaining ring and mouse ball.
4
5
Remove any dust, lint, or dirt from the mouse ball with a soft cloth.
6
Replace the mouse ball and lock the retaining ring into place.
Clean the mouse rollers with a cotton swab dipped in isopropyl alcohol.
Help and
Support
For a video tutorial about cleaning the mouse, click Start,
Help and Support, Video tutorials, Maintaining your
computer, then click Cleaning the mouse.
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Software
Read this chapter to learn how to:
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Reinstall device drivers
■
Update device drivers
■
Reinstall programs
■
Reinstall Windows
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Using the Restoration CDs
Use the Gateway Restoration CDs to reinstall device drivers, your operating
system, and other programs that were preinstalled at the factory.
Important
Before you try to fix a problem by reinstalling software from
your Gateway Restoration CDs, make sure that you have
tried these steps first:
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■
Use the diagnostics and troubleshooting tools found in
HelpSpot. For more information about diagnostics and
troubleshooting tools in Windows XP, click Start, then
click Help and Support.
Type the keyword troubleshooting in the HelpSpot
Search box
, then click the arrow.
Refer to the Troubleshooting section of this guide.
If these steps do not resolve the problem, use the Gateway
Restoration CDs to reinstall device drivers or programs.
If reinstalling device drivers or programs does not resolve
the problem, reinstall Windows.
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Reinstalling device drivers
Device drivers are programs that control devices such as monitors, CD and
DVD drives, and modems. Drivers translate information between computer
devices and programs.
Drivers for your original computer hardware are installed at Gateway. If you
install a new device, you need to install the drivers provided by the device
manufacturer.
You should reinstall device drivers:
■
If directed to do so while troubleshooting
■
If you have reinstalled Windows 2000
■
If you see a message indicating that there is a problem with a device driver
If you need to reinstall device drivers because you are directed to do so while
troubleshooting or if a message tells you that there is a problem with a device
driver, reinstall the device drivers by following the steps in “To reinstall device
drivers:” on page 243.
If you just reinstalled Windows XP, the device drivers were automatically
reinstalled. If you just reinstalled Windows 2000, reinstall the device drivers
by following the steps in “To reinstall device drivers:” on page 243.
If you are not comfortable with the procedures covered in this section, seek
help from a more experienced computer user or a computer service technician.
To reinstall device drivers:
1
Insert the red Gateway CD into your CD or DVD drive. The System
Restoration Kit program starts. Go to Step 5.
- OR If the program does not start automatically, go to Step 2.
2
3
Click Start, then click Run. The Run dialog box opens.
In the Open text box, type d:\runmenu.exe (where d is the drive letter
of your CD or DVD drive).
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5
Click OK. The System Restoration Kit program starts.
If the Welcome to the System Restoration Kit window opens, close it by
clicking OK.
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7
Click the Reinstall Drivers and Applications tab.
8
Click Manual Installation, then select a single device driver to reinstall.
If you do not see the driver you want to reinstall, click the Find More
button at the bottom of the window to complete the list of available
device drivers.
- OR Click Automatic Installation, then select multiple device drivers to reinstall.
(Grayed out drivers are not available for Automatic Installation. To select
these drivers, click Manual Installation.)
9
10
Click Install.
Follow any additional on-screen instructions. Depending on the device
driver you are reinstalling, you may only need to restart your computer
to complete the installation. However, if a setup wizard opens when you
restart your computer, follow the on-screen instructions.
Help and
Support
For more information about reinstalling device drivers in
Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword drivers in the HelpSpot Search box
, then click the arrow.
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Updating device drivers
Updating device drivers
The Restoration CDs contain a device driver update utility that works over the
Internet. If you do not have an Internet Service Provider, the update utility
works by direct-dialing the device driver update service.
Important
If your system came equipped with a wireless device, only
use the drivers approved for the country the device will be
used in. See the red Gateway CD or the Gateway Technical
Support Web site (www.gateway.com/support).
If your system came equipped with an internal embedded
wireless device, see “Safety, Regulatory, and Legal
Information” on page 289 for general wireless regulatory
and safety guidelines.To find out if your system has an
internal wireless device, check the label (see “Identifying
your model” on page 10).
To update device drivers:
1
Insert the red Gateway CD into your CD or DVD drive. The System
Restoration Kit program starts. Go to Step 5.
- OR If the program does not start automatically, go to Step 2.
2
3
4
5
6
7
Click Start, then click Run. The Run dialog box opens.
In the Open text box, type d:\runmenu.exe (where d is the drive letter
of your CD or DVD drive).
Click OK. The System Restoration Kit program starts.
If the Welcome to the System Restoration Kit window opens, close it by
clicking OK.
Click the Update tab.
Click Check Now. The Connect window opens.
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Install available updated device drivers by following the on-screen
instructions. Depending on the device driver you are updating, you may
only need to restart your computer to complete the installation. However,
if a setup wizard opens when you restart your computer, follow the
on-screen instructions.
Help and
Support
For more information about updating device drivers in
Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword updating drivers in the HelpSpot
Search box
, then click the arrow.
Reinstalling programs
If you have problems running a program or if you have reinstalled your
operating system, you can reinstall programs from the red Gateway CD and
the program CDs. Follow the installation instructions on each CD.
To reinstall programs from the red Gateway CD:
1
Insert the red Gateway CD into your CD or DVD drive. The System
Restoration Kit program starts. Go to Step 5.
- OR If the program does not start automatically, go to Step 2.
2
3
4
5
6
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Click Start, then click Run. The Run dialog box opens.
In the Open text box, type d:\runmenu.exe (where d is the drive letter
of your CD or DVD drive).
Click OK. The System Restoration Kit program starts.
If the Welcome to the System Restoration Kit window opens, close it by
clicking OK.
Click the Reinstall Drivers and Applications tab.
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Click Manual Installation, then select a single program to reinstall.
- OR Click Automatic Installation, then select multiple programs to reinstall.
(Grayed out programs are not available for Automatic Installation. To
select these programs, click Manual Installation.)
8
9
Click Install.
Follow any additional on-screen instructions. Depending on the
programs you are reinstalling, you may only need to restart your
computer to complete the installation. However, if a setup wizard opens
when you restart your computer, follow the on-screen instructions.
Help and
Support
For more information about reinstalling programs in
Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword installing programs in the HelpSpot
Search box
, then click the arrow.
To reinstall Works Suite (including Word), games, or other programs from
a CD:
1
If you just reinstalled Windows, go to Step 4. Otherwise, go to the next
step.
2
In Windows XP, uninstall the program you want to reinstall by clicking
Start, Control Panel, then click Add or Remove Programs.
- OR In Windows 2000, uninstall the program you want to reinstall by clicking
Start, Settings, Control Panel, then click Add or Remove Programs.
3
In the Currently Installed Programs list, click the program you want to
uninstall, then click Change/Remove and follow the on-screen
instructions.
4
5
Insert the program CD into your CD or DVD drive.
Complete the program reinstallation by following the instructions
included with the program CD.
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Reinstalling Windows
If your computer is not working properly, try the following options to correct
the problem:
■
Troubleshooting. For more information, see “Troubleshooting” on
page 261.
■
Reinstalling device drivers. For more information, see “Reinstalling device
drivers” on page 243.
If the options above do not correct the problem, you can use the Restoration
CDs to reinstall Windows and other software.
The Restoration CDs step you through reinstalling Windows XP or
Windows 2000. If you are reinstalling Windows XP, the Restoration CDs
automatically reinstall the hardware device drivers and some programs as well.
If you are reinstalling Windows 2000, you need to install the hardware device
drivers and your programs. To reinstall the device drivers, follow the
instructions in “Reinstalling device drivers” on page 243.
To reinstall your programs, follow the instructions in “Reinstalling programs”
on page 246. You can install any remaining programs by using the program
CDs that came with your computer.
To reinstall Windows XP and the device drivers:
Warning
Back up your personal files before you reinstall Windows.
All files on your computer will be deleted!
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2
3
4
5
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Insert the red Gateway CD into your CD or DVD drive.
Restart your computer.
Select Option 2. Boot from CD-ROM.
Select Option 1. Delete all files.
Select Option 1. Continue deleting all files and restart.
When prompted, press any key to continue.
Select Option 2. Boot from CD-ROM.
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9
10
11
Select Option 2. Automatic installation of Windows XP.
Remove the red Gateway CD and insert the blue Operating System CD into
your CD or DVD drive, then press any key to continue.
Wait while the setup program copies files to your hard drive. When the
computer restarts, do NOT press any key to boot from CD.
When prompted, accept the License Agreement by clicking I accept the
agreement, then click Next to continue.
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When prompted, insert the red Gateway CD, then click Continue. The
Gateway Application Loader automatically installs your drivers and
programs. Your computer restarts several times during this process. Do
not press any keys or buttons during this process unless prompted to do
so.
13
When the Gateway Application Loader has finished, go to the Windows
desktop by clicking OK.
14
Install additional programs by following the instructions in “To reinstall
programs from the red Gateway CD:” on page 246.
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Install other software, such as Microsoft Works Suite and gaming
software, by following the instructions in “To reinstall Works Suite
(including Word), games, or other programs from a CD:” on page 247.
To reinstall Windows 2000 and the device drivers:
1
2
3
4
Insert the red Gateway CD into the CD or DVD drive.
5
Reinstall your device drivers by following the instructions in “Reinstalling
device drivers” on page 243.
6
Reinstall your programs by following the instructions in “Reinstalling
programs” on page 246.
Restart your computer.
Select Option 2. Boot from CD-ROM.
Follow the on-screen instructions. The on-screen instructions step you
through the operating system installation.
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Notebook
This chapter provides information about adding hardware
devices to your notebook. Read this chapter to learn how
to:
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Add and remove PC Cards
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Add and replace memory
■
Replace the hard drive
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Adding and removing a PC Card
Your notebook has a PC Card slot (also known as a PCMCIA card slot). This
slot accepts a single Type II or Type III card.
You do not need to restart your notebook when changing most cards because
your notebook supports hot-swapping. Hot-swapping means that you can
insert a PC Card while your notebook is running. If your PC Card does not
work after hot-swapping, refer to the PC Card manufacturer’s documentation
for further information.
To insert a PC Card:
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Push the card firmly into the lower part of the PC Card slot label-side
up until the outer edge of the card is flush with the side of your notebook.
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To remove a PC Card:
1
Click the remove hardware
icon in the taskbar, then select the
PC Card name and click Stop.
-ORTurn off your notebook.
Important
2
3
If the remove hardware icon does not appear on the
taskbar, click the show hidden icons
button.
Release the eject button by pressing the PC Card eject button once.
Eject the PC Card by pressing the eject button again.
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Preventing static electricity
discharge
The components inside your computer are extremely sensitive to static
electricity, also known as electrostatic discharge (ESD).
Caution
ESD can permanently damage electrostatic
discharge-sensitive components in your computer. Prevent
ESD damage by following ESD guidelines every time you
open the computer case.
Warning
To avoid exposure to dangerous electrical voltages and
moving parts, turn off your computer and unplug the power
cord and modem and network cables before opening the
case.
Before installing memory or replacing the hard drive, follow these guidelines:
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Turn off the computer power.
■
Wear a grounding wrist strap (available at most electronics stores) and
attach it to a bare metal part of your computer.
Warning
To prevent risk of electric shock, do not insert any object
into the vent holes of your notebook.
■
Touch a bare metal surface on the back of your computer.
■
Unplug the power cord and modem and network cables.
■
Remove the battery.
Before working with computer components, follow these guidelines:
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Avoid static-causing surfaces such as carpeted floors, plastic, and packing
foam.
■
Remove components from their antistatic bags only when you are ready
to use them. Do not lay components on the outside of antistatic bags
because only the inside of the bags provide electrostatic protection.
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Adding or replacing memory
Your notebook uses memory modules called SO-DIMMs (Small Outline Dual
Inline Memory Modules). The modules are available in various capacities and
any module can be placed in any available slot. Use only memory modules
designed for the Gateway Solo 1450 for upgrading your memory.
To add or replace memory modules:
1
Follow the instructions under “Preventing static electricity discharge” on
page 254.
2
Shut down your notebook, then disconnect the power adapter and
modem and network cables.
3
Turn your notebook over, then remove the battery. For more information,
see “Changing batteries” on page 133.
Warning
Disconnect the power adapter, disconnect the modem and
network cables, and remove the battery before you remove
the memory bay cover. Replace the cover before you
restore power or reconnect the modem and network
cables.
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Remove the memory bay cover screw, then remove the memory bay
cover.
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If you are removing a module, gently press outward on the clip at each
end of the memory module until the module tilts upward. Pull the
memory module out of the slot.
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Hold the new or replacement module at a 30-degree angle and press it
into the empty memory slot. This module is keyed so that it can only
be inserted in one direction. If the module does not fit, make sure that
the notch in the module lines up with the tab in the memory bay.
Important
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Use only memory modules designed for the Gateway
Solo 1450.
Gently push the module down until it clicks in place.
Replace the memory bay cover and cover screw, insert the battery,
connect the power adapter and modem and network cables, and turn on
your notebook.
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Replacing the hard drive
If you would like more hard drive capacity, you can replace your original drive
with a higher-capacity drive.
To replace the hard drive:
1
Follow the instructions under “Preventing static electricity discharge” on
page 254 for important precautions.
2
Shut down your notebook, then disconnect the power adapter and
modem and network cables.
3
Turn your notebook over, then remove the battery. For more information,
see “Changing batteries” on page 133.
Warning
Disconnect the power adapter, disconnect the modem and
network cables, and remove the battery before you remove
the hard drive. Replace the hard drive before you restore
power or reconnect the modem and network cables.
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4
Remove the hard drive screws, then pull the drive kit straight out from
your notebook.
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6
7
Slide the new hard drive kit into the bay.
Replace the screws that secure the hard drive kit to your notebook.
Insert the battery, then connect the AC adapter, modem, and network
cables, and turn on your notebook.
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This chapter provides some solutions to common
computer problems. Read this chapter to learn how to:
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Troubleshoot typical hardware and software issues
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Get telephone support
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Use automated troubleshooting systems
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Get tutoring and training
If the suggestions in this chapter do not correct the
problem, see “Getting Help” on page 35 for more
information about how to get help.
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Safety guidelines
While troubleshooting your computer, follow these safety guidelines:
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Never remove the memory bay cover or hard drive while your computer
is turned on, while the battery is installed, and while the modem cable,
network cable, and AC power adapter are connected.
■
Make sure that you are correctly grounded before accessing internal
components. For more information about preventing damage from static
electricity, see “Preventing static electricity discharge” on page 254.
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After you complete any maintenance tasks where you remove the
memory bay cover or hard drive, make sure that you replace the cover
or hard drive, reinstall any screws, then replace the battery before you
start your notebook.
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Do not try to troubleshoot your problem if power cords or
plugs are damaged, if your computer was dropped, or if
the cabinet was damaged. Instead, unplug your computer
and contact a qualified computer technician.
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First steps
If you have problems with your computer, try these things first:
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Make sure that the AC power adapter is connected to your computer and
an AC outlet and that the AC outlet is supplying power.
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If you use a power strip or surge protector, make sure that it is turned on.
■
If a peripheral device (such as a keyboard or mouse) does not work, make
sure that all connections are secure.
■
Make sure that your hard drive is not full.
■
If an error message appears on the screen, write down the exact message.
The message may help Gateway Technical Support in diagnosing and
fixing the problem.
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If you added or removed modules or peripheral devices, review the
installation procedures you performed and make sure that you followed
each instruction.
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If an error occurs in a program, consult the program’s printed
documentation or the online help.
Help and
Support
For more information about troubleshooting in
Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword troubleshooting in the HelpSpot
Search box
, then click the arrow.
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Software support tools
Your system may include the following support tool to help you diagnose and
fix problems:
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PC Doctor is a comprehensive hardware diagnostic and system
information tool that can test your computer and determine its
configuration. PC Doctor provides 85 professional diagnostic tests
directly from your computer.
This support tool is available from HelpSpot or by clicking Start, All Programs,
then clicking Gateway Utilities.
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CD, DVD, CD-RW, or DVD/CD-RW drives
Your computer does not recognize a disc or the drive
■
The disc may not be correctly seated in the tray. When you place a disc
on the tray, make sure that you press the disc firmly onto the spindle so
that the retainers hold the disc in place.
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Make sure that the disc label is facing up.
■
Try a different disc. Occasionally discs are flawed and cannot be read by
the drive.
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Clean the disc. For more information, see “To clean a CD or DVD:” on
page 266.
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Your computer may be experiencing some temporary memory problems.
Shut down and restart your computer.
An audio CD does not produce sound
■
Make sure that the CD label is facing up.
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Make sure that the volume control on your notebook is turned up. For
more information, see “System key combinations” on page 25.
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Make sure that the Windows volume control is turned up. For more
information, see “Adjusting the volume” on page 81 or “Adjusting the
volume in Windows 2000” on page 84.
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Make sure that Mute is not selected. For more information, see “System
key combinations” on page 25, “Adjusting the volume” on page 81, or
“Adjusting the volume in Windows 2000” on page 84.
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Clean the CD. For more information, see “To clean a CD or DVD:” on
page 266.
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Your computer may be experiencing some temporary memory problems.
Shut down and restart your computer.
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Reinstall the audio device drivers. For more information, see “Reinstalling
device drivers” on page 243.
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A DVD movie will not play
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Make sure that the label or side you want to play is facing up.
■
Shut down and restart your computer.
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The DVD’s regional code and your computer’s regional code may not
match. Regional codes help control DVD title exports and help reduce
illegal disc distribution. To be able to play a DVD, the regional code on
the disc and the regional code for the DVD drive must match.
The regional code on your DVD drive is determined by delivery address
for your computer. The regional code for the disc is on the disc, disc
documentation, or packaging.
To clean a CD or DVD:
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Wipe from the center to the edge, not around in a circle, using a
product made especially for the purpose.
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Device installation
You have computer problems after adding a new device
Sometimes a new device, such as a PC Card, can cause a system resource (IRQ)
conflict. Check IRQ usage to determine if there is an IRQ conflict.
To check IRQ usage in Windows XP:
1
Click Start, then click Control Panel. The Control Panel window
opens. If your Control Panel is in Category View, click Performance
and Maintenance.
2
Click/Double-click System, click the Hardware tab, then click Device
Manager. The Device Manager window opens.
3
Click View, Resources by type, then double-click Interrupt request
(IRQ). All IRQs and their hardware assignments are displayed.
Help and
Support
For more information about IRQs in Windows XP, click
Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword IRQs in the HelpSpot Search box
, then click the arrow.
To check IRQ usage in Windows 2000:
1
Click Start, Settings, then click Control Panel. The Control Panel
window opens.
2
Double-click System, click the Hardware tab, then click Device
Manager. The Device Manager window opens.
3
Click View, Resources by type, then double-click Interrupt request
(IRQ). All IRQs and their hardware assignments are displayed.
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To free IRQ resources for the new device:
1
In the Device Manager window, check the device list for a resource
conflict. A resource conflict appears as a black exclamation point
in a yellow circle.
2
Remove the device you are trying to install, then determine which
one of the existing devices or ports you can disable.
3
Right-click the device or port you want to disable, then click
Disable. The device or port is disabled.
Diskette drive
The diskette drive is not recognized
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Shut down and restart your computer.
You receive a “Access Denied” or “Write protect” error message
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Move the write-protection tab in the upper-right corner of the diskette
down (unprotected).
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The diskette may be full. Delete unnecessary files on the diskette and try
again.
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Not all diskettes are IBM-compatible. make sure that the diskette you are
using is IBM-compatible.
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Try a different diskette. Occasionally diskettes are flawed and cannot be
read by the diskette drive.
You receive a “Disk is full” error message
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Delete unnecessary files on the diskette.
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Try a different diskette. Occasionally diskettes are flawed and cannot be
read by the diskette drive.
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Run Error checking on the diskette. For more information, see “Checking
the hard drive for errors” on page 231. If errors are detected and corrected,
try using the diskette again.
You receive a “Non-system disk” or “Disk error” error message
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Eject the diskette from the diskette drive, then press ENTER.
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Make sure that the diskette you are using is IBM-compatible.
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The light on the diskette drive is lit continuously
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Remove the diskette from the drive. If the light stays on, try restarting
your computer.
Display
The screen resolution is not correct
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Change the screen resolution and color depth from the Display Properties
dialog box. For more information, see “Adjusting the color depth” on
page 152 and “Adjusting the screen resolution” on page 154.
Help and
Support
For more information about changing the screen resolution
in Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword screen resolution in the HelpSpot
Search box
, then click the arrow.
The text on the display is dim or difficult to read
■
Move your computer away from sources of electrical interference such
as televisions, unshielded speakers, microwaves, fluorescent lights, and
metal beams or shelves.
■
Change the display settings. For more information, see “Adjusting the
screen and desktop settings” on page 152.
Help and
Support
For more information about changing the display settings
in Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword display settings in the HelpSpot
Search box
, then click the arrow.
The display has pixels that are always dark or too bright
■
This condition is normal and inherent in the TFT technology used in
active-matrix LCD screens. Gateway’s inspection standards keep these to
a minimum. If you feel these pixels are unacceptably numerous or dense
on your display, contact Gateway Technical Support to identify whether
a repair or replacement is justified based on the number of pixels affected.
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File management
A file was accidentally deleted
To restore deleted files:
1
2
Double-click the Recycle Bin icon.
Right-click the file you want to restore, then click Restore. The file
is restored to the place where it was originally deleted from.
If the Recycle Bin was emptied before you tried to restore a file,
the file cannot be recovered.
Help and
Support
For more information about restoring deleted files in
Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword System Restore in the HelpSpot Search
box
, then click the arrow.
Hard drive
You receive an “Insufficient disk space” error message
■
Delete unnecessary files from the hard drive using Disk Cleanup. For
more information, see “Using Disk Cleanup” on page 230.
■
Empty the Recycle Bin by right-clicking the Recycle Bin icon and clicking
Empty Recycle Bin.
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All deleted files will be lost when you empty the Recycle
Bin.
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If possible, save your files to a diskette or another drive.
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If the hard drive is full, copy any files not regularly used to diskettes or
other backup media, then delete them from the hard drive.
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Help and
Support
For more information about file management in
Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword file management in the HelpSpot
Search box
, then click the arrow.
You receive a “Data error” message
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This may be the result of a defective area on the hard drive. To fix hard
drive problems, run the Error checking program. For more information,
see “Checking the hard drive for errors” on page 231
The hard drive cannot be accessed, or you receive a “General failure
reading drive C” error message
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If a diskette is in the diskette drive, eject it and restart your computer.
■
Make sure that the hard drive is correctly installed. Remove it, firmly
reinsert it, then restart your computer. For more information, see
“Replacing the hard drive” on page 259.
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If your computer has been subjected to static electricity or physical shock,
you may need to reinstall the operating system.
Internet
You cannot connect to the Internet
■
Make sure that the modem cable is plugged into the modem jack and
not the Ethernet network jack. See “Left side” on page 3 to make sure
that the connections have been made correctly.
■
Make sure that your computer is connected to the telephone line and
the telephone line has a dial tone.
■
If you have the call waiting feature on your telephone line, make sure
that it is disabled.
■
Make sure that your account with your Internet Service Provider (ISP) is
set up correctly. Contact your ISP technical support for help.
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Make sure that you do not have a problem with your modem. For
information about solving modem problems, see “Modem” on page 274.
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Help and
Support
For more information about troubleshooting Internet
connections in Windows XP, click Start, then click Help
and Support.
Type the keyword troubleshooting connections in the
HelpSpot Search box
, then click
the arrow.
You receive an “Unable to locate host” message and are unable to
browse the Internet
This problem can occur when you have typed a URL (Web address) incorrectly,
you have lost your Internet connection, or your ISP is having technical
difficulties.
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Double-check the URL or try a different URL.
■
If the error message still appears, disconnect from the ISP connection and
close your browser, then reconnect and open the browser. If you still get
the error, your ISP may be having technical difficulties.
Connecting to a Web site takes too long
Many factors can affect Internet performance:
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The condition of the telephone lines in your residence or at your local
telephone company
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The condition of the Internet computers to which you connect and
the number of users accessing those computers
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The complexity of graphics and multimedia on Web pages
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Having multiple Web browsers open, performing multiple downloads,
and having multiple programs open on your computer
People are sending you e-mail messages, but you have not received
any mail
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Click the receive button in your e-mail program.
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Make sure that your account with your Internet Service Provider (ISP) is
set up correctly. Contact your ISP technical support for help.
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Keyboard
The external keyboard does not work
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Make sure that the keyboard cable is plugged in correctly.
■
Try a keyboard that you know works to make sure that the keyboard port
works.
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If you spilled liquid in the keyboard, turn off your computer and unplug
the keyboard. Clean the keyboard and turn it upside down to drain it.
Let the keyboard dry before using it again.
A keyboard character keeps repeating or you receive a “Keyboard
stuck” or “Key failure” error message
■
Make sure that nothing is resting on the keyboard.
■
Make sure that a key is not stuck. Press each key to loosen a key that
might be stuck, then restart your computer.
Memory
You receive a “Memory error” message
■
Make sure that the memory modules are inserted correctly in the memory
bay slot. For more information, see “Adding or replacing memory” on
page 255.
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Use diagnostic programs to help determine if a memory module is failing.
For more information, see “Adding or replacing memory” on page 255.
You receive a “Not enough memory” error message
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Close all programs, then restart your computer.
Help and
Support
For more information about handling memory errors in
Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword memory error in the HelpSpot Search
box
, then click the arrow.
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Modem
Your modem does not dial or does not connect
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Make sure that the modem cable is plugged into the modem jack and
not the Ethernet network jack. See “Left side” on page 3 to make sure
that the connections have been made correctly.
■
Make sure that your computer is connected to the telephone line and
the telephone line has a dial tone.
■
Make sure that the modem cable is less than 6 feet (1.8 meters) long.
■
Remove any line splitters or surge protectors from your telephone line,
then check for a dial tone by plugging a working telephone into the
telephone wall jack.
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If you have additional telephone services such as call waiting, call
messaging, or voice mail, make sure that all messages are cleared and call
waiting is disabled before using the modem. Contact your telephone
service to get the correct code to temporarily disable the service. Also
make sure that the modem dialing properties are set appropriately.
To check the dialing properties:
1
In Windows XP, click Start, then click Control Panel. The Control
Panel window opens. If your Control Panel is in Category View,
click Printers and Other Hardware.
- OR In Windows 2000, click Start, Settings, then click Control Panel. The
Control Panel window opens.
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Click/Double-click the Phone and Modem Options icon, then click
the Dialing Rules tab.
3
Select the name of the location from which you are dialing, then
click Edit.
4
Make sure that all settings are correct.
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Help and
Support
For more information about dialing settings in Windows XP,
click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword dialing in the HelpSpot Search box
, then click the arrow.
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Disconnect any answering machine, fax machine, or printer that is on
the same line as the modem. You should not have these devices plugged
into the same telephone line as the modem.
■
Make sure that you are not using a digital, rollover, or PBX line. These
lines do not work with your modem.
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Check for line noise (scratchy, crackling, or popping sounds). Line noise
is a common problem that can cause the modem to connect at a slower
rate, abort downloads, or even disconnect. The faster the modem, the
less line noise it can tolerate and still work correctly.
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Listen to the line using your telephone. Dial a single number (such as 1).
When the dial tone stops, listen for line noise. Wiggle the modem cable
to see if that makes a difference. Make sure that the connectors are free
from corrosion and all screws in the wall or telephone wall jack are secure.
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You can also call your telephone service and have the telephone line
checked for noise or low line levels.
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Try another telephone line (either a different telephone number in your
house or a telephone line at a different location). If you can connect on
this line, call your telephone service.
■
Try connecting with the modem at a lower connection speed. If reducing
the connect speed lets you connect, contact your telephone service. The
telephone line may be too noisy.
You cannot connect to the Internet
■
The ISP may be having technical difficulties. Contact your ISP technical
support for help.
■
See if the modem works with a different communications program. The
problem may be with just one program.
Your 56K modem does not connect at 56K
Current FCC regulations restrict actual data transfer rates over public
telephone lines to 53K. Other factors, such as line noise, telephone service
provider equipment, or ISP limitations, may lower the speed even further.
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If your system has a v.90 modem, the speed at which you can upload (send)
data is limited to 33.6K. If your system has a v.92 modem, the speed at which
you can upload data is limited to 48K. Your ISP may not support 48K uploads.
You can check modem connection speeds and dial-up network (DUN)
connections by accessing the gateway.your.way dial-up server. The server also
contains drivers, patches, and updates for current Gateway hardware and
software.
The server provides a secure connection and is a stand-alone server. You
cannot use it to access the Internet. The server cannot be accessed Mondays
from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CST.
To access the gateway.your.way dial-up server:
1
2
3
Insert the red Gateway CD of the System Restoration Kit.
Click Help, then click Support Web Site.
To check your modem connection speed, select the Direct Dial
option. After your modem connects, move the mouse pointer over
the Dial-Up Networking icon (located next to the clock on your
Taskbar), your modem connection speed appears.
Your fax communications program only sends and receives faxes at
14,400 bps when you have a 56K modem
Current fax technology only supports a maximum send and receive rate of
14,400 bps.
The modem is not recognized by your computer
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Make sure that the line connected to the modem is working and plugged
into the appropriate port on the modem. See “Left side” on page 3 to
make sure that the connections have been made correctly.
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If the modem shares the telephone line with another device, make sure
that the telephone line is not in use (for example, someone is on the
telephone, or another modem is in use).
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Use the modem cable that came with your computer. Some telephone
cables do not meet required cable standards and may cause problems with
the modem connection.
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Shut down and restart your computer.
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Run Windows modem diagnostics.
To run modem diagnostics:
1
2
Close all open programs.
In Windows XP, click Start, then click Control Panel. The Control
Panel window opens. If your Control Panel is in Category View,
click Printers and Other Hardware.
- OR In Windows 2000, click Start, Settings, then click Control Panel. The
Control Panel window opens.
3
Click/Double-click the Phone and Modem Options icon, then click
the Modems tab.
4
Click to select your modem, then click Properties. The Modem
Properties window opens.
5
Click the Diagnostic tab, then click Query Modem. If information
about the modem appears, the modem passed diagnostics. If no
modem information is available, a white screen appears with no
data, or if you get an error such as port already open or the modem
has failed to respond, the modem did not pass diagnostics.
Help and
Support
For more information about modem troubleshooting in
Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword modem troubleshooting in the
HelpSpot Search box
, then click
the arrow.
The modem is noisy when it dials and connects
When your modem tries to connect to another modem, it begins handshaking.
Handshaking is a digital “getting acquainted” conversation between the two
modems that establishes connection speeds and communication protocols.
You may hear unusual handshaking sounds when the modems first connect.
If the handshaking sounds are too loud, you can turn down the modem
volume.
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To turn down the modem volume:
1
In Windows XP, click Start, then click Control Panel. The Control
Panel window opens. If your Control Panel is in Category View,
click Printers and Other Hardware.
- OR In Windows 2000, click Start, Settings, then click Control Panel. The
Control Panel window opens.
2
Click/Double-click the Phone and Modem Options or Modems icon,
then click the Modems tab.
3
4
5
Select the modem you want to adjust, then click Properties.
Click the Modem tab, then adjust the Speaker volume control.
Click OK twice to exit Phone and Modem Options.
Mouse
The external mouse does not work
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Make sure that the mouse cable is plugged in correctly.
■
Try a mouse you know is working to make sure that the mouse port works.
■
Shut down and restart your computer.
The external mouse works erratically
■
Clean the mouse. For more information, see “Cleaning the mouse” on
page 238.
Help and
Support
For a video tutorial about cleaning the mouse, click Start,
then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword mouse troubleshooting in the
HelpSpot Search box
, then click
the arrow.
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Networks
You cannot connect to your company network
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Every network is unique. Contact your company computer department
or network administrator for help.
Help and
Support
For more information about network troubleshooting in
Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword network troubleshooting in the
HelpSpot Search box
, then click
the arrow.
Passwords
Your computer does not accept your password
■
Make sure that CAPS
password.
LOCK
and PAD
LOCK
are turned off, then retype the
You forgot your startup password
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The password feature (which is set in the BIOS Setup utility) is very secure,
with no easy way to recover a forgotten password. You must return your
computer for repair. Call Gateway Technical Support for instructions.
PC Cards
You installed a PC Card and now your computer is having problems
■
Make sure that you have correctly installed required software for the
PC Card. For more information, see your PC Card’s documentation.
■
Make sure that the PC Card you installed is not causing a system resource
conflict. For more information on resource conflicts, see “Device
installation” on page 267.
Power
Your computer is not working on AC power
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Make sure that your AC power adapter is connected correctly to your
computer. For more information, see “Connecting the AC adapter” on
page 16.
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If your system is plugged into a surge protector, make sure that the surge
protector is connected securely to an electrical outlet, turned on, and
working correctly. To test the outlet, plug a working device, such as a
lamp, into the outlet and turn it on.
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Make sure that the AC power adapter cables are free from cuts or damage.
Replace any damaged cables.
Your computer is not working on battery power
■
Make sure that the battery is installed correctly. For more information,
see “Changing batteries” on page 133.
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Make sure that the battery is fully recharged. For more information, see
“Recharging the battery” on page 131.
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Make sure that the battery is calibrated correctly. For more information,
see “Recalibrating the battery” on page 132.
Your computer will not turn off, even after pressing the power button
for five seconds
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If your system has “frozen,” and pressing the power button for five
seconds does not turn it off, insert a straightened paper clip into the reset
hole on the bottom of your notebook. For the location of the reset hole,
see “Bottom” on page 6.
Printer
The printer will not turn on
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Make sure that the printer is online. Many printers have an online/offline
button that you may need to press.
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Make sure that the power cable is plugged into an AC power source.
The printer is on but will not print
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Check the cable between the printer and your computer. Make sure that
it is connected to the correct port.
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Most printers have an online/offline button that you may need to press
so the printer can start printing. Press the button to put the printer
online.
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Check the connector and cable for bent or broken pins.
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If the printer you want to print to is not the default printer, make sure
that you have selected it in the printer setup.
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To set a default printer in Windows XP:
1
Click Start, then click Control Panel. The Control Panel window
opens. If your Control Panel is in Category View, click Printers and
Other Hardware.
2
Click/Double-click the Printers and Faxes icon. The Printers and
Faxes window opens.
3
Right-click the name of the printer you want to be the default
printer, then click Set as Default Printer.
To set a default printer in Windows 2000:
1
2
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Click Start, Settings, then click Printers.
Right-click on the name of the printer you want to be the default
printer, then click Set as Default.
Reinstall the printer driver. Use the manual that came with your printer
for instructions on installing the printer driver.
You receive a “Printer queue is full” error message
■
Make sure that the printer is not set to work offline.
To make sure that the printer is not set to work offline in
Windows XP:
1
Click Start, then click Control Panel. The Control Panel window
opens. If your Control Panel is in Category View, click Printers and
Other Hardware.
2
Click/Double-click the Printers and Faxes icon. The Printers and
Faxes window opens.
3
Right-click the name of the printer you want to use. If the menu
shows a check mark next to Use Printer Offline, click Use Printer
Offline to clear the check mark.
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Help and
Support
For more information about printer troubleshooting in
Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword printer troubleshooter in the HelpSpot
Search box
, then click the arrow.
To make sure that the printer is not set to work offline in
Windows 2000:
1
2
Click Start, Settings, then click Printers.
Right-click the name of the printer you want to use. If the menu
shows a check mark next to Use Printer Offline, click Use Printer
Offline to clear the check mark.
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Wait until files have been printed before sending additional files to the
printer.
■
If you print large files or many files at one time, you may want to add
additional memory to the printer. Consult the printer documentation for
instructions for adding additional memory.
You receive a “Printer is out of paper” error message
■
After adding paper, make sure that the printer is online. Most printers
have an online/offline button that you need to press after adding paper.
Sound
You are not getting sound from the built-in speakers
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Make sure that headphones are not plugged into the headphone jack.
For the location of the headphone jack, see “Left side” on page 3.
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Make sure that the volume control on your notebook is turned up. For
more information, see “System key combinations” on page 25.
■
Make sure that the Windows volume control is turned up. For more
information, see “Adjusting the volume” on page 81 or “Adjusting the
volume in Windows 2000” on page 84.
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Make sure that Mute is not selected. For more information, see “System
key combinations” on page 25, “Adjusting the volume” on page 81, or
“Adjusting the volume in Windows 2000” on page 84.
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Help and
Support
For more information about troubleshooting sound issues
in Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword sound troubleshooter in the HelpSpot
Search box
, then click the arrow.
Video
The external monitor is not working
■
Make sure that you have pressed FN+LCD/CRT to activate the external
monitor option.
■
Make sure that the monitor power is turned on and that the video cable
is correctly connected.
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Telephone support
Before calling Gateway Technical Support
If you have a technical problem with your computer, follow these
recommendations before contacting Gateway Technical Support:
■
Make sure that your computer is connected correctly to a grounded
AC outlet that is supplying power. If you use a surge protector, make sure
that it is turned on.
■
If a peripheral device, such as a keyboard or mouse does not appear to
work, make sure that all cables are plugged in securely.
■
If you have recently installed hardware or software, make sure that you
have installed it according to the instructions provided with it. If you
did not purchase the hardware or software from Gateway, refer to the
manufacturer’s documentation and technical support resources.
■
If you have “how to” questions about using a program, consult:
■
■
Online Help
■
Printed documentation
■
The Microsoft Windows documentation
■
The software publisher’s Web site
Consult the troubleshooting section of this chapter.
Warning
To avoid bodily injury, do not attempt to troubleshoot your
computer problem if:
Power cords or plugs are damaged
Liquid has been spilled into your computer
■
Your computer was dropped
■ The case was damaged
Instead, unplug your computer and contact a qualified
computer technician.
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Have your customer ID, serial number, and order number available, along
with a detailed description of your issue, including the exact text of any
error messages, and the steps you have taken.
■
Make sure that your computer is nearby at the time of your call. The
technician may have you follow troubleshooting steps while on the line.
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Telephone support
Telephone support
Gateway offers a wide range of customer service, technical support, and
information services.
Automated troubleshooting system
Service description
How to reach
Use an automated menu system and your telephone
keypad to find answers to common problems.
800-846-2118 (US)
877-709-2945 (Canada)
Telephone numbers
You can access the following services through your telephone to get answers
to your questions:
Resource
Service description
How to reach
Fax on demand
support
Order a catalog of documents on common
problems, then order documents by document
numbers. The documents will be faxed to you.
800-846-4526 (US)
877-709-2951 (Canada)
Gateway’s
fee-based
software tutorial
service
Get tutorial assistance for software issues
billed by the minute.
800-229-1103 (charged to
your credit card)
900-555-4695 (charged to
your telephone bill)
Gateway
Technical Support
Talk to a Gateway Technical Support
representative about a non-tutorial technical
support question. (Refer to “Before calling
Gateway Technical Support” on page 284
before calling.)
800-846-2301 (US)
800-846-3609 (Canada
and Puerto Rico)
605-232-2191 (all other
countries)
TDD Technical Support (for hearing impaired)
is available:
800-846-1778 (TDD)
Weekdays 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Central Time
Weekends 6:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Central Time
America Online
Get support for your America Online ISP
account
800-827-6364 (US)
CompuServe
Get support for your CompuServe ISP account
800-848-8990 (US)
Sales,
accounting, and
warranty
Get information about available systems,
pricing, orders, billing statements, warranty
service, or other non-technical issues.
800-846-2000 (US)
888-888-2037 (Canada)
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Tutoring and training
Gateway's Technical Support professionals cannot provide hardware and
software training or tutorial services. Instead, Gateway recommends the
following tutoring and training resources.
Self-help
If you have how-to questions about using your Gateway-supplied hardware or
software, consult the following resources:
■
The printed or online documentation that came with your hardware or
software. In many cases, additional product information and online
documentation for Gateway-supplied hardware can be found in our Web
site's Documentation Library
■
This user's guide
■
The software publisher's Web site
Help and
Support
For more how-to information about Windows XP, click
Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword practice in the HelpSpot Search box
, then click the arrow.
Tutoring
For help on using hardware or software that came with your Gateway
computer, contact Gateway's fee-based tutorial hotline:
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800-229-1103 (rate charged per minute; charged to a major credit card)
■
900-555-4695 (rate charged per minute; charged to your telephone bill)
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Tutoring and training
Training
Gateway provides the following in-person and computerized training:
Resource
Service description
For more information
In-Store Training at
Gateway Country
stores
Our friendly and knowledgeable software
trainers can teach you how to use the
Internet and the most popular software
programs, including Microsoft Word, Excel,
and PowerPoint.
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Gateway Learning
Libraries
A variety of courses and tutorials are
available on CD. Select from several
easy-to-use learning libraries.
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Online Training
from
Learn@Gateway
More than 450 online courses are available
from Learn@Gateway. All you have to do is
go online and log in. You select the subject
matter, and the learning format (self-paced
tutorials or virtual classrooms), all from the
comfort of your computer.
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Safety,
Regulatory, and
Legal Information
Important safety
information
Your Gateway system is designed and tested to meet the latest standards
for safety of information technology equipment. However, to ensure safe
use of this product, it is important that the safety instructions marked
on the product and in the documentation are followed.
Warning
Always follow these instructions to help
guard against personal injury and damage to
your Gateway system.
Setting up your system
■
Read and follow all instructions marked on the product and in the
documentation before you operate your system. Retain all safety and
operating instructions for future use.
■
Do not use this product near water or a heat source such as a radiator.
■
Set up the system on a stable work surface.
■
The product should be operated only from the type of power source
indicated on the rating label.
■
If your computer has a voltage selector switch, make sure that the
switch is in the proper position for your area. The voltage selector
switch is set at the factory to the correct voltage.
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Openings in the computer case are provided for ventilation. Do not block or cover these
openings. Make sure you provide adequate space, at least 6 inches (15 cm), around the system
for ventilation when you set up your work area. Never insert objects of any kind into the
computer ventilation openings.
■
Some products are equipped with a three-wire power cord to make sure that the product is
properly grounded when in use. The plug on this cord will fit only into a grounding-type
outlet. This is a safety feature. If you are unable to insert the plug into an outlet, contact an
electrician to install the appropriate outlet.
■
If you use an extension cord with this system, make sure that the total ampere rating on the
products plugged into the extension cord does not exceed the extension cord ampere rating.
■
If your system is fitted with a TV Tuner, cable, or satellite receiver card, make sure that the
antenna or cable system is electrically grounded to provide some protection against voltage
surges and buildup of static charges.
Care during use
■
Do not walk on the power cord or allow anything to rest on it.
■
Do not spill anything on the system. The best way to avoid spills is to avoid eating and
drinking near your system.
■
Some products have a replaceable CMOS battery on the system board. There is a danger of
explosion if the CMOS battery is replaced incorrectly. Replace the battery with the same or
equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer. Dispose of batteries according to the
manufacturer’s instructions.
■
When the computer is turned off, a small amount of electrical current still flows through the
computer. To avoid electrical shock, always unplug all power cables and modem cables from
the wall outlets before cleaning the system.
■
Unplug the system from the wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified personnel if:
■
The power cord or plug is damaged.
■
Liquid has been spilled into the system.
■
The system does not operate properly when the operating instructions are followed.
■
The system was dropped or the cabinet is damaged.
■
The system performance changes.
Replacement parts and accessories
Use only replacement parts and accessories recommended by Gateway.
Important
Caution
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Do not use Gateway products in areas classified as
hazardous locations. Such areas include patient care
areas of medical and dental facilities, oxygen-laden
environments, or industrial facilities.
To reduce the risk of fire, use only No. 26 AWG or larger
telecommunications line cord.
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Regulatory compliance statements
Regulatory compliance statements
Wireless Guidance
Low power, Radio LAN type devices (radio frequency (RF) wireless communication devices),
operating in the 2.4 GHz Band, may be present (embedded) in your notebook system. The
following section is a general overview of considerations while operating a wireless device.
Additional limitations, cautions, and concerns for specific countries are listed in the specific
country sections (or country group sections). The wireless devices in your system are only
qualified for use in the countries identified by the Radio Approval Marks on the system rating
label. If the country you will be using the wireless device in, is not listed, please contact your
local Radio Approval agency for requirements. Wireless devices are closely regulated and use may
not be allowed.
The power output of the wireless device or devices that may be embedded in your notebook is
well below the RF exposure limits as known at this time. Because the wireless devices (which may
be embedded into your notebook) emit less energy than is allowed in radio frequency safety
standards and recommendations, Gateway believes these devices are safe for use. Regardless of
the power levels, care should be taken to minimize human contact during normal operation.
As a general guideline, a separation of 20 cm (8 inches) between the wireless device and the
body, for use of a wireless device near the body (this does not include extremities) is typical. This
device should be used more than 20 cm (8 inches) from the body when wireless devices are on
and transmitting.
Some circumstances require restrictions on wireless devices. Examples of common restrictions
are listed below:
Warning
Radio frequency wireless communication can interfere
with equipment on commercial aircraft. Current aviation
regulations require wireless devices to be turned off while
traveling in an airplane. 802.11B (also known as wireless
Ethernet or Wifi) and Bluetooth communication devices are
examples of devices that provide wireless communication.
Warning
In environments where the risk of interference to other
devices or services is harmful or perceived as harmful, the
option to use a wireless device may be restricted or
eliminated. Airports, Hospitals, and Oxygen or flammable
gas laden atmospheres are limited examples where use
of wireless devices may be restricted or eliminated. When
in environments where you are uncertain of the sanction
to use wireless devices, ask the applicable authority for
authorization prior to use or turning on the wireless device.
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Warning
Every country has different restrictions on the use of
wireless devices. Since your system is equipped with a
wireless device, when traveling between countries with
your system, check with the local Radio Approval
authorities prior to any move or trip for any restrictions on
the use of a wireless device in the destination country.
Warning
If your system came equipped with an internal embedded
wireless device, do not operate the wireless device unless
all covers and shields are in place and the system is fully
assembled.
Warning
Wireless devices are not user serviceable. Do not modify
them in any way. Modification to a wireless device will void
the authorization to use it. Please contact Gateway for
service.
Warning
Only use drivers approved for the country in which the
device will be used. See the Gateway System Restoration
Kit, or contact Gateway Technical Support for additional
information.
Warning
In order to comply with FCC requirements this transmitter
must not be operated (or co-located) in conjunction with
any other transmitter or antenna installed in the notebook.
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Regulatory compliance statements
United States of America
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Intentional emitter per FCC Part 15
Low power, Radio LAN type devices (radio frequency (RF) wireless communication devices),
operating in the 2.4 GHz Band, may be present (embedded) in your notebook system. This
section is only applicable if these devices are present. Refer to the system label to verify the
presence of wireless devices.
Wireless devices that may be in your system are only qualified for use in the United States of
America if an FCC ID number is on the system label.
The FCC has set a general guideline of 20 cm (8 inches) separation between the device and the
body, for use of a wireless device near the body (this does not include extremities). This device
should be used more than 20 cm (8 inches) from the body when wireless devices are on. The
power output of the wireless device (or devices), which may be embedded in your notebook, is
well below the RF exposure limits as set by the FCC.
Operation of this device is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause
harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired operation of the device.
Warning
Wireless devices are not user serviceable. Do not modify
them in any way. Modification to a wireless device will void
the authorization to use it. Contact Gateway for service.
Unintentional emitter per FCC Part 15
This device has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device,
pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection
against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and
can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the
instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio or television reception. However, there is
no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does
cause interference to radio and 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:
■
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna
■
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver
■
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is
connected
■
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Compliance Accessories: The accessories associated with this equipment are: shielded video
cable when an external monitor is connected. These accessories are required to be used in order
to ensure compliance with FCC rules.
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FCC declaration of conformity
Responsible party:
Gateway Companies, Inc.
610 Gateway Drive, North Sioux City, SD 57049
(605) 232-2000 Fax: (605) 232-2023
Product:
■
Solo 1450
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation of this product is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device
must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired
operation.
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Changes or modifications not expressly approved by
Gateway could void the FCC compliance and negate your
authority to operate the product.
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Regulatory compliance statements
Telecommunications per FCC part 68
(applicable to products fitted with USA modems)
Your modem complies with Part 68 of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules. On
the computer or modem card is a label that contains the FCC registration number and Ringer
Equivalence Number (REN) for this device. If requested, this information must be provided to the
telephone company.
An FCC-compliant telephone line cord with a modular plug is required for use with this device.
The modem is designed to be connected to the telephone network or premises wiring using a
compatible modular jack which is Part 68-compliant. See installation instructions for details.
The Ringer Equivalence Number (REN) is used to determine the number of devices which may be
connected to the telephone line. Excessive RENs on a telephone line may result in the devices
not ringing in response to an incoming call. In most areas, the sum of RENs should not exceed
five (5.0). To be certain of the number of devices that may be connected to a line, as determined
by the total RENs, contact the local telephone company.
If this device causes harm to the telephone network, the telephone company will notify you in
advance that temporary discontinuance of service may be required. The telephone company may
request that you disconnect the equipment until the problem is resolved.
The telephone company may make changes in its facilities, equipment, operations, or procedures
that could affect the operation of this equipment. If this happens, the telephone company will
provide advance notice in order for you to make necessary modifications to maintain
uninterrupted service.
This equipment cannot be used on telephone company-provided coin service. Connection to
party line service is subject to state tariffs. Contact the state public utility commission or public
service commission for information.
When programming or making test calls to emergency numbers:
■
Remain on the line and briefly explain to the dispatcher the reason for the call.
■
Perform such activities in the off-peak hours such as early morning or late evenings.
The United States Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 makes it unlawful for any person
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, an identification of the
business, other entity, or other individual sending the message, and the telephone number of the
sending machine or such business, other entity, or individual. Refer to your fax communication
software documentation for details on how to comply with the fax-branding requirement.
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Industry Canada (IC)
Intentional emitter per RSS 210
Low power, Radio LAN type devices (radio frequency (RF) wireless communication devices),
operating in the 2.4 GHz Band, may be present (embedded) in your notebook system. This
section is only applicable if these devices are present. Refer to the system label to verify the
presence of wireless devices.
Wireless devices that may be in your system are only qualified for use in Canada if an Industry
Canada ID number is on the system label.
As a general guideline, a separation of 20 cm (8 inches) between the wireless device and the
body, for use of a wireless device near the body (this does not include extremities) is typical. This
device should be used more than 20 cm (8 inches) from the body when wireless devices are on.
The power output of the wireless device (or devices), which may be embedded in your notebook,
is well below the RF exposure limits as set by Industry Canada.
Operation of this device is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause
harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired operation of the device.
Warning
To prevent radio interference to licensed service, this
device is intended to be operated indoors and away from
windows to provide maximum shielding. Equipment (or its
transmit antenna) that is installed outdoors is subject to
licensing.
Warning
Wireless devices are not user serviceable. Do not modify
them in any way. Modification to a wireless device will void
the authorization to use it. Contact Gateway for service.
Unintentional emitter per ICES-003
This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise emissions from digital
apparatus as set out in the radio interference regulations of Industry Canada.
Le présent appareil numérique n’émet pas de bruits radioélectriques dépassant les limites
applicables aux appareils numériques de Classe B prescrites dans le règlement sur le brouillage
radioélectrique édicté par Industrie Canada.
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Telecommunications per DOC notice
(for products fitted with an IC-compliant modem)
The Industry Canada label identifies certified equipment. This certification means that the
equipment meets certain telecommunications network protective, operation, and safety
requirements. The Department does not guarantee the equipment will operate to the users’
satisfaction.
Before installing this equipment, users should make sure that it is permissible to be connected to
the facilities of the local telecommunications company. The equipment must also be installed
using an acceptable method of connection. In some cases, the inside wiring associated with a
single-line individual service may be extended by means of a certified connector assembly. The
customer should be aware that compliance with the above conditions may not prevent
degradation of service in some situations.
Repairs to certified equipment should be made by an authorized Canadian maintenance facility
designated by the supplier. Any repairs or alterations made by the user to this equipment, or
equipment malfunctions, may give the telecommunications company cause to request the user
to disconnect the equipment.
Users should make sure, 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.
Warning
To avoid electrical shock or equipment malfunction do not
attempt to make electrical ground connections by yourself.
Contact the appropriate inspection authority or an
electrician, as appropriate.
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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Mexico
Intentional emitter
Low power, Radio LAN type devices (radio frequency (RF) wireless communication devices),
operating in the 2.4 GHz Band, may be present (embedded) in your notebook system. This
section is only applicable if these devices are present. Refer to the system label to verify the
presence of wireless devices.
Wireless devices that may be in your system are only qualified for use in Mexico if a SCT ID is on
the system label.
As a general guideline, a separation of 20 cm (8 inches) between the wireless device and the
body, for use of a wireless device near the body (this does not include extremities) is typical. This
device should be used more than 20 cm (8 inches) from the body when wireless devices are on.
The power output of the wireless device (or devices), which may be embedded in your notebook,
is well below the RF exposure limits as set by SCT.
Unintentional emitter
At this time there are no mandatory requirements for Unintentional Emitters. However, this
device does comply with multiple requirements for other countries and regions as listed on the
system label and in the user’s manual.
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Laser safety statement
Laser safety statement
All Gateway systems equipped with CD and DVD drives comply with the appropriate safety
standards, including IEC 825. The laser devices in these components are classified as “Class 1
Laser Products” under a US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Radiation
Performance Standard. Should the unit ever need servicing, contact an authorized service
location.
Warning
Use of controls or adjustments or performance of
procedures other than those specified in this manual may
result in hazardous radiation exposure. To prevent
exposure to laser beams, do not try to open the enclosure
of a CD or DVD drive.
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Notices
Copyright © 2002 Gateway, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
14303 Gateway Place
Poway, CA 92064 USA
All Rights Reserved
This publication is protected by copyright and all rights are reserved. No part of it may be reproduced or
transmitted by any means or in any form, without prior consent in writing from Gateway.
The information in this manual has been carefully checked and is believed to be accurate. However, changes are
made periodically. These changes are incorporated in newer publication editions. Gateway may improve and/or
change products described in this publication at any time. Due to continuing system improvements, Gateway is
not responsible for inaccurate information which may appear in this manual. For the latest product updates,
consult the Gateway Web site at www.gateway.com. In no event will Gateway be liable for direct, indirect,
special, exemplary, incidental, or consequential damages resulting from any defect or omission in this manual,
even if advised of the possibility of such damages.
In the interest of continued product development, Gateway reserves the right to make improvements in this
manual and the products it describes at any time, without notices or obligation.
Trademark Acknowledgments
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EZ Pad, EZ Point, Field Mouse, Gateway 2000, Gateway Country, gateway.net, Gateway stylized logo, Perfect
Scholar, Solo, TelePath, Vivitron, stylized “G” design, and “You’ve got a friend in the business” slogan are
registered trademarks and black-and-white spotted box logo, GATEWAY, Gateway Astro, Gateway@Work,
Gateway Connected touch pad, Gateway Connected music player, Gateway Cyber:)Ware, Gateway
Education:)Ware, Gateway Flex Case, Gateway Gaming:)Ware, Gateway GoBack, Gateway Gold, Gateway
Learning:)Ware, Gateway Magazine, Gateway Micro Server, Gateway Money:)Ware, Gateway Music:)Ware,
Gateway Networking Solutions, Gateway Online Network (O.N.) solution, Gateway Photo:)Ware, Gateway
Professional PCs, Gateway Profile, Gateway Solo, green stylized GATEWAY, green stylized Gateway logo,
Gateway Teacher:)Ware, Gateway Video:)Ware, HelpSpot, InforManager, Just click it!, Learn@Gateway, Kids
BackPack, SERVE-TO-ORDER, Server Watchdog, SpotShop, Spotshop.com, and Your:)Ware are trademarks
of Gateway, Inc. Intel, Intel Inside logo, and Pentium are registered trademarks and MMX is a trademark of Intel
Corporation. Microsoft, MS, MS-DOS, and Windows are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft
Corporation. All other product names mentioned herein are used for identification purposes only, and may be the
trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
Macrovision statement
If your computer has a DVD drive and an analog TV Out port, the following paragraph applies:
This product incorporates copyright protection technology that is protected by method claims of certain U.S.
patents and other intellectual property rights owned by Macrovision Corporation and other rights owners. Use of
this copyright protection technology must be authorized by Macrovision Corporation, and is intended for home
and other limited viewing uses only unless otherwise authorized by Macrovision Corporation. Reverse
engineering or disassembly is prohibited.
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Index
A
B
AC adapter
connecting 16
connector 5
damaged 16
defective 17
international adapters 135
access point 180, 200
accessories 14
safety precautions 290
accounts
America Online 70
ISP 70
user 167
ad hoc networking 186, 201
airplane power adapter 14, 135
alarms 137, 139
America Online 70
application key 24
arrow keys 24
AU file 91
audio
headphone jack 3
microphone jack 3
muting 25, 81, 84
playing 86, 88, 89, 91, 94, 95
recording 89
troubleshooting 282
audio CD
adding tracks to your library 99
cleaning 266
copying 111
creating music CD 107
editing track information 98
inserting 80
playing 86, 88, 94, 95
playing with MusicMatch 94
automobile power adapter 14, 135
AVI file 91
background 158
backing up files 235
battery 4, 6, 14
alarm options 137, 139
bay 134
changing 133
charge indicator 2, 17, 130
charge status 130
conserving power 135
installing 133
managing power 135
monitoring charge 130
recalibrating 132
recharging 16, 131
release latch 6
bays
battery 133, 134
hard drive 260
memory 7, 256
break key 25
broadband Internet connection 33
C
cable lock
notebook 5
using while traveling 149
cable modem 33, 68
Caps Lock indicator 22
cards
adding PC Card 252
eject button 3, 253
inserting PC Card 252
installing 252
reinstalling 252
removing PC Card 253
slot 3, 252
troubleshooting 279
carrying case 14
CD
301
activity indicator 4, 80
adding tracks to your library 99
cleaning 266
copying 111
creating data CD 103
creating music CD 107
drive 4, 79, 135
editing track information 98
eject button 4, 80
identifying drive 79
inserting 80
manual eject hole 4, 80
playing music 86, 88, 94
status indicator 22
troubleshooting 265
using 79
CD Player 88
CD-RW
activity indicator 4, 80
copying CDs 111
creating data CD 103
creating music CD 107
drive 4, 79, 135
eject button 4, 80
identifying drive 79
inserting 80
manual eject hole 4, 80
status indicator 22
troubleshooting 265
using 79
Certificate of Authenticity 11
cleaning
audio CD 266
case 237
CD 266
component exteriors 237
DVD 266
keyboard 238
mouse 238
screen 238
clicking 29
close button 48
color
302
changing depth 152
changing number of 152
changing scheme 156, 157
connecting
AC adapter 16
digital camera 33
external keyboard 23
keyboard 23
modem 31
printer 33
scanner 33
to Ethernet 32
to Internet 33, 70
to network 32
connections
audio 3
digital camera 5, 33
Ethernet 3, 32
external audio 3
headphone 3
keyboard 5, 33
microphone 3
modem 3, 31
monitor (VGA) 5
mouse 5, 33
network 3, 32
parallel 5
power 5, 16
printer 5, 33
scanner 5, 33
speaker 3
USB 5, 33
Zip drive 5, 33
copying
CDs 111
files and folders 52, 66
text and graphics 66
copyright notice 300
creating
data CDs 103
documents 61
folders 51
music CDs 107
music files 96
Customer Service 284
Accounting 285
Sales 285
Warranty 285
customizing 151
cutting
files and folders 52, 66
text and graphics 66
D
default printer 280
defragmenting hard drive 233
deleting files and folders 45, 54, 66,
230
desktop 44
adding icons 60
adding shortcuts 60
adjusting settings 152
changing background 158
changing color depth 152
changing color scheme 156, 157
changing number of colors 152
device drivers
reinstalling 243
updating 245
devices 14, 33
dialing codes 148
digital camera 5, 33
Disk Cleanup 230
Disk Defragmenter 233
diskette
drive 3, 78
eject button 3, 78
inserting 78
slot 78
status indicator 22, 78
troubleshooting 268
write-protect 225
display
switching 25
troubleshooting 269
documentation
Gateway Web site 41
help 36
HelpSpot 36
online help 40
documents
creating 61
opening 64
printing 65
saving 63
double-clicking 29
downloading 74
dragging 30
drivers 243
reinstalling 243
updating 245
drives 49
CD 4, 79, 135
CD-RW 4, 79, 135
diskette 3, 78
DVD 4, 79, 135
DVD/CD-RW 4, 79, 135
hard drive 6, 259
identifying drive types 79
replacing hard drive 259
status indicators 22
troubleshooting 265, 268, 270
types 79
viewing contents 49
viewing files and folders 50
DSL modem 33, 68
DVD
activity indicator 4, 80
cleaning 266
drive 4, 79, 135
eject button 4, 80
identifying drive 79
inserting 80
manual eject hole 4, 80
playing 92
status indicator 22
troubleshooting 265
using 79
DVD/CD-RW
303
activity indicator 4, 80
copying CDs 111
creating data CD 103
creating music CD 107
drive 4, 79, 135
eject button 4, 80
identifying drive 79
manual eject hole 4, 80
status indicator 22
troubleshooting 265
using 79
E
electrostatic discharge (ESD) 254
e-mail 69, 75
address 75
button 8, 27
checking for messages 76
programming button 165
sending 75
transferring settings 214
emergency startup diskette 224
EmPower power adapter 135
Error-checking 231
eSupport 12, 13
Ethernet
connecting 32
jack 3, 32
wireless 169, 171, 196
external monitor 25
EZ Pad touchpad 9, 28
F
fan 5, 6
faxes 115
automatically canceling 126
canceling 125
configuring Fax 117, 120
installing Fax 116
receiving and viewing 125
retrying 126
sending 121
sending a scanned image 124
304
sending from a program 124
setting up cover page template 123
troubleshooting 276
files 49, 51
backing up 235
copying 52, 66
cutting 66
deleting 54, 66, 230
finding 55, 57
moving 52, 215
opening 29
pasting 66
recovering 54
renaming 66
searching for 55, 57
transferring 149, 215
troubleshooting 270
viewing list 50
Files and Settings Transfer Wizard 214
finding
files and folders 55, 57
HelpSpot topics 38
specifications 12
Fn key 24, 25
folders 49, 51
copying 52, 66
creating 51
cutting 66
deleting 54, 66
finding 55, 57
moving 52
opening 29
pasting 66
recovering 54
renaming 66
searching for 55, 57
viewing list 50
fragmentation 233
function keys 24
G
Gateway
model number 6, 10
serial number 10, 12
Web address 41
Web site 41
gateway.your.way dial-up server 276
H
hard drive 6
backing up files 235
bay 260
checking for errors on 231
checking for free space 229
defragmenting 233
indicator 22
replacing 259
scanning for errors on 231
scheduling tasks 236
troubleshooting 270
headphone jack 3
help
button 8, 27, 165
online 40
programming button 165
using 36
HelpSpot 36
playing a video 39
searching 38
starting 36
Using your computer link 37
Hibernate mode 135, 136, 142, 143
hyperlinks 72
I
IEEE 802.11b 169
using while traveling 148
indicators
battery charge 2, 17, 130
Caps Lock 22
CD 22
CD-RW 22
diskette drive 22
drive activity 4, 22, 80
DVD 22
DVD/CD-RW 22
hard drive 22
numeric keypad 22, 25
Pad Lock 22, 25
power 2
Scroll Lock 22, 25
status 8, 22
inkjet printer 14
installing
battery 133
device drivers 243
devices 33, 218
drivers 243
hard drive 259
memory 255
PC Card 252
peripheral devices 33, 218
printer 33, 218
programs 220, 246
scanner 33, 218
software 220, 246
Windows 248
Internal wireless label 10
Internet 68
account 70
button 8, 27
connecting to 70
programming button 165
requirements to access 69
transferring settings 217
troubleshooting 271
Internet connection
broadband 33
troubleshooting 271, 275
Internet radio 101
Internet service provider (ISP) 69
connecting to 70
disconnecting from 71
setting up an account 70, 217
IRQ conflicts 267
J
jacks
audio 3
305
Ethernet 3, 32
headphone 3
microphone 3
modem 3, 31
network 3, 32
speaker 3
K
Kensington cable lock
lock slot 5
using while traveling 149
key combinations 25
keyboard 9, 23
cleaning 238
connecting 23
port 5, 33
programming buttons 165
shortcuts 66
troubleshooting 273
keys
application 24
arrow 24
battery status 25
Break 25
Fn 24, 25
function 24
LCD/CRT 25
navigation 24
numeric 24
Pad Lock 25
Pause 25
power status 25
Scroll Lock 25
Standby 25
Status 25
system 24
system key combinations 25
toggle display 25
volume control 24
Windows 24
L
label
306
internal wireless 10
Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity
11
model number 6, 10
serial number 10
system identification 6
wireless networking 10
laser printer 14
LCD panel release latch 2
LCD/CRT key 25
lights
battery charge 2
power 2
line protector 148
line tester 148
lock
Kensington cable 5, 149
M
maintenance
backing up files 235
checking drive for errors 231
cleaning component exteriors 237
cleaning the case 237
cleaning the keyboard 238
cleaning the mouse 238
cleaning the screen 238
defragmenting 233
suggested schedule 222
using Scheduled Task Wizard 236
maximize button 47
Media Player 86, 91
memory 14
bay 7
installing 255
removing 257
replacing 255
troubleshooting 273
menu bar 48
messages
checking e-mail 76
sending e-mail 75
microphone jack 3
Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity 11
MIDI file 91
minimize button 47
model number 6, 10, 149
modem 69
cable 33, 68
connecting 31
DSL 33, 68
international adapter 148
jack 3, 31
protecting from power surge 18
troubleshooting 274
monitor (VGA) port 5
switching display 25
mouse
changing settings 163
cleaning 238
port 5, 33
troubleshooting 278
moving
files 215
Internet settings 217
pointer 29
screen objects 30
MP3 file
creating 96
editing track information 98
playing 91
MPEG file 91
multi-function buttons 8, 27
customizing 165
multimedia
playing audio CD 86, 88
playing DVD 92
recording audio 89
using Windows Media Player 86, 91
music library
building 99
changing settings 100
MusicMatch
building a music library 99
creating music files 96
editing track information 98
listening to Internet radio 101
playing audio CD 94
muting 25, 81, 84
N
navigation keys 24
network
jack 3, 32
troubleshooting 279
Network Setup Wizard 172
networking
access point 180, 200
ad hoc networking 186, 201
checking wireless Ethernet signal
strength 194, 211
configuring ORiNOCO Client
Manager 197
configuring Windows 2000 for
wireless Ethernet 208
configuring Windows XP for wireless
Ethernet 178
connecting to wireless Ethernet 193,
210
creating wireless Ethernet network
180, 197
installing ORiNOCO Client Manager
196
internal wireless label 10
peer-to-peer networking 186, 201
residential gateway 200
setting up wireless Ethernet 171,
196
signal strength 194, 211
turning off wireless Ethernet 194,
210
turning on wireless Ethernet 194,
210
using a wireless Ethernet 169
using while traveling 148
Windows XP Network Setup Wizard
172
non-technical support
Accounting 285
307
Sales 285
Warranty 285
Norton AntiVirus 226, 227
numeric keypad 24
numeric keypad indicator 22
O
online help 36, 40
button 8, 27, 165
opening
documents 64
files 29
folders 29
LCD panel 2
notebook 2
programs 29, 45
shortcut menu 30
ORiNOCO Client Manager
configuring 197
installing 196
P
Pad Lock
indicator 22, 25
system key 25
parallel port 5, 33
password 149, 279
pasting
files and folders 52, 66
text and graphics 66
pause text scrolling 25
PC Card
adding 252
eject button 3, 252
inserting 252
installing 252
removing 253
slot 3, 252
troubleshooting 279
PC Doctor 264
PCMCIA slot 3, 252
peer-to-peer networking 186, 201
peripheral devices 14, 33
308
playing
audio CD 86, 88
audio CD with MusicMatch 94
audio file 90
DVD 92
multimedia files 91
music CD 86, 88, 94
Windows Media Player file 91
Plug and Play devices
USB support for 33
pointer 28
moving 29
ports
digital camera 5, 33
keyboard 5, 33
monitor (VGA) 5
mouse 5, 33
parallel 5, 33
printer 5, 33
scanner 5, 33
USB 5, 33
Zip drive 5, 33
power
AC adapter 16, 135
advanced settings 137, 140
alarms 137, 139
automobile/airplane adapter 135
battery 4, 6, 21, 130, 131, 132,
133, 135
button 8, 19, 25, 137
changing modes 136
changing settings 137
charge indicator 2
connector 5
conserving battery 150
damaged cord 16, 17
EmPower adapter 135
Hibernate mode 136, 142, 143
international adapter 150
management 135, 150
schemes 137
SpeedStep settings 143
Standby/Resume 19, 25, 136
status indicator 2
status pop-up menu 25
surge protector 18
troubleshooting 279
turning on notebook 19
printer 14
default 280
inkjet 14
installing 33, 218
laser 14
parallel port 5
port 5, 33
troubleshooting 280
USB port 5, 33
printing documents 65
programs
closing 66
installing 220, 246
opening 29, 45
reinstalling 220, 246
R
radio
listening with MusicMatch 101
radio approval authorities 148
radio frequency wireless connections
148
RAM 255, 257
reboot 21
recalibrating the battery 132
recharging the battery 131
recordable drive 4, 79, 135
activity indicator 4, 80
copying CDs 111
creating data CD 103
creating music CD 107
eject button 4, 80
identifying drive 79
manual eject hole 4, 80
status indicator 22
troubleshooting 265
using 79
recording
audio file 89
CD tracks 96
recovering files and folders 54
Recycle Bin 45
deleting files and folders 54
emptying 55
recovering files and folders 54
reinstalling
battery 133
device drivers 243
devices 218
drivers 243
hard drive 259
memory 255
PC Card 252
peripheral devices 218
printer 218
programs 220, 246
scanner 218
software 220, 246
Windows 248
removing files and folders 54, 66, 230
renaming files and folders 66
replacing
battery 133
hard drive 259
memory 255
PC Card 252
reset hole 7
resetting the computer 21
residential gateway 200
resolution
changing 154
restart 21
restoration CDs 242
right-clicking 30
rocker switch 28
changing settings 164
Roxio Easy CD Creator 103, 107, 111
S
safety
general precautions 289
309
guidelines for troubleshooting 262
static electricity 254
saving documents 63
scanner
installing 33
scanning drive
for errors 231
for viruses 227
Scheduled Tasks Wizard 236
screen
adjusting settings 152
changing color depth 152
changing number of colors 152
changing resolution 154
saver 161
troubleshooting 269, 283
screen objects
getting information 30
moving 30
selecting 29
screen saver 161
Scroll Lock
status indicator 22, 25
system key 25
Search utility 58
searching
for files and folders 55, 57
in HelpSpot 38
security features
Kensington cable lock 5, 149
security while travelling 149
serial number 10, 12, 149
setting up
safety precautions 289
shortcut menus
accessing 30
shortcuts
adding to desktop 60
buttons 8, 27, 165
closing programs 66
closing windows 66
copying 66
cutting 66
310
deleting files and folders 66
keyboard 66
opening menu 30
pasting 66
programming buttons 165
renaming files and folders 66
selecting items in a list 66
shutting down computer 20
signal strength 194, 211
SO-DIMM 255
software
closing 66
installing 220, 246
opening 29, 45
reinstalling 220, 246
sound
adjusting 26, 81, 84
controls 24, 81, 84
muting 25, 81, 84
troubleshooting 282
Sound Recorder
making audio recordings 89
playing file 90
speakers
built-in 2
jack 3
specifications 12
SpeedStep technology 143
Standby mode 19, 25, 136
Start button 45
Start menu 45
starting
notebook 19
programs 29, 45
startup diskette 224
static electricity 254
status indicators 8, 22
battery charge 2, 130
Caps Lock 22
CD 22
CD-RW 22
diskette drive 22
DVD 22
DVD/CD-RW 22
hard drive 22
numeric keypad 22, 25
Pad Lock 22, 25
power 2
Scroll Lock 22, 25
support tool
PC Doctor 264
surge protector 18
Suspend 25
system identification label 6, 10
system key combinations 25
system keys 24
T
taskbar 45
Technical Support 285
technical support
automated troubleshooting 285
eSupport 12, 13
FaxBack support 285
resources 284
Technical Support 285
tips before contacting 284
tutorial service 285
telephone
automatically canceling a fax 126
canceling a fax 125
configuring Fax 117, 120
installing Fax 116
line protector 148
line tester 148
receiving and viewing faxes 125
retrying a fax 126
sending a fax 121
sending a scanned image fax 124
sending faxes from a program 124
setting up fax cover page template
123
telephone support 284
title bar 47
touchpad 9, 28
buttons 28, 29
changing settings 163
clicking 29
double-clicking 29
dragging objects 30
moving pointer 28, 29
moving screen objects 30
opening files, folders, and programs
29
opening shortcut menu 30
right-clicking 30
rocker switch 28, 29
selecting screen objects 29
training
CD 287
classroom 287
Learn@Gateway 287
Learning Libraries 287
transferring
files 215
Internet settings 217
travel tips 147
troubleshooting
audio 282
automated system 285
CD drive 265
CD-RW drive 265
cleaning CD 266
cleaning DVD 266
device installation 267
diskette drive 268
display 269
DVD drive 265
DVD/CD-RW drive 265
Error-checking 231
faxed answers 285
faxes 276
files 270
gateway.your.way dial-up server 276
general guidelines 263
hard drive 270
Internet connection 271, 275
IRQ conflict 267
keyboard 273
311
LCD panel 269
memory 273
modem 274
mouse 278
network 279
passwords 279
PC Cards 279
PC Doctor 264
power 279
printer 280
safety guidelines 262
screen 269, 283
screen area 269
screen resolution 269
sound 282
support tool 264
video 283
Web site connection speed 272
turning off notebook 20
turning on notebook 19, 21
tutoring
fee-based 286
U
upgrading 251
device drivers 245
Norton AntiVirus 228
USB port 5, 33
user accounts
adding in Windows XP 167
switching in Windows XP 168
user-defined shortcut button 8, 27
programming button 165
V
video
playing 91, 92
troubleshooting 283
virus 226
protecting against 74, 226
removing with Norton AntiVirus
227
volume
312
adjusting 26, 81, 84
adjusting modem 277
controls 24, 81, 84
keys 26
muting 25, 81, 84
W
waking up your notebook 19
WAV file 91
Web browser 69, 72
button 8, 27, 165
Web page 72
Web site 72
connecting to 73
Gateway 41
window 47
close button 48
closing 66
maximize button 47
menu bar 48
minimize button 47
title bar 47
Windows
desktop 44
installing 248
Product Key Code 11
reinstalling 248
reinstalling device drivers 243
resetting the computer 21
updating device drivers 245
Windows key 24
Windows Media Player 86, 91
wireless connections
using while traveling 148
wireless Ethernet
access point 180, 200
ad hoc networking 186, 201
checking signal strength 194, 211
configuring Windows 2000 208
configuring Windows XP 178
connecting to 193, 210
creating network 197
label 10
peer-to-peer networking 186, 201
residential gateway 200
setting up 171, 196
signal strength 194, 211
turning off 194, 210
turning on 194, 210
using while traveling 148
World Wide Web (WWW) 72
downloading files 74
write-protection for diskettes 225
Z
Zip drive port 5, 33
313
314