Gateway E-2300 Personal Computer User Manual

User Guide
Gateway E-2300
Contents
1 Getting Help. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Help and Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Searching for a topic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using Your Computer guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Online help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Gateway contact information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Front . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Back . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Desktop to tower conversion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Locating your serial number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Finding your specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
3 Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Working safely . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Reducing eye strain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Setting up your computer desk and chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Setting up your computer and computer accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Sitting at your computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Avoiding discomfort and injury from repetitive strain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Protecting from power source problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Checking the voltage selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Starting your computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Waking up your computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Turning off your computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Restarting (rebooting) your computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using the keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Standard keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Multifunction keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Adjusting the volume . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting the modem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting to a wired Ethernet network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Installing a printer, scanner, or other peripheral device . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4 Using Drives and Ports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Using the diskette drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Using the Zip drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Using the memory card reader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
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Memory card types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Inserting a memory card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using the CD or DVD drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Identifying drive types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Inserting a CD or DVD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Playing a CD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Playing a DVD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Creating CDs and DVDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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5 Maintaining Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Caring for your computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Updating Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Protecting your computer from viruses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cleaning your computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cleaning the exterior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cleaning the keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cleaning the monitor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cleaning the mouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cleaning CDs or DVDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Restoring your system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Preventing static electricity discharge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Opening the case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Closing the case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Installing memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Replacing the system battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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6 Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Safety guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
First steps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Add-in cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Audio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
CD or DVD drives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Diskette drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
DVD drives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
File management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Hard drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Internet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Memory card reader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Modem (dial-up) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Monitor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Mouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Networks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Passwords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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7 Networking Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Introduction to networking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Using a network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Selecting a network connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Creating an Ethernet network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
Installing Ethernet cards and drivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
Making sure your broadband connection works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Naming the computers and the workgroup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Configuring the TCP/IP protocol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Setting up a wireless Ethernet network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Setting up a wired Ethernet network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Configuring your router . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
Testing your network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Sharing your resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
Sharing an Internet connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
Sharing drives and printers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
Using the network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
Connecting to hotspots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108
Troubleshooting Your Ethernet network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
Wired Ethernet network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
Wireless Ethernet network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
A Safety, Regulatory, and Legal Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
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Chapter 1
Getting Help
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Using the Gateway Web site
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Using Help and Support
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Using Your Computer guide
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Using Do More With Gateway
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Using online help
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Contacting Gateway
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Help and Support
Your computer includes Help and Support, an easily accessible collection of help
information, troubleshooters, and automated support. Use Help and Support to answer
questions about Windows and to help you quickly discover and use the many features of
your Gateway computer.
To start Help and Support:
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Click Start, then click Help and Support. Help and Support opens.
You can find help information by clicking a link, performing a search, or browsing the
index.
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Searching for a topic
To search for a topic in Help and Support, type a word or phrase (keyword) in the Search
box located at the top of any Help and Support screen, then click the arrow
button.
For each search, you receive the following search result types:
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Suggested Topics - These topics are located in Help and Support and are relevant to
your search topic.
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Full-text Search Matches - These topics are located in Help and Support and contain
the words you entered in the Search box.
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Microsoft Knowledge Base - These topics are located on the Microsoft Web site and
contain the words you entered in the Search box. You must be connected to the
Internet to search for and access these topics.
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.
Using Your Computer guide
In addition to this guide, the Using Your Computer guide has been included on your hard
drive. This guide includes information on using Windows, using the Internet, sending a
fax, and changing power-saving settings as well as other topics.
To access the Using Your Computer guide:
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Click Start, All Programs, then click Gateway Documentation.
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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. You can access most online help
information 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.
Gateway contact information
For Technical Support, see the Gateway Business Service Plans guide that came with your
system.
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Chapter 2
Checking Out Your
Gateway Computer
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Identifying features
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Locating your computer serial number
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Locating the Microsoft Certificate of
Authenticity
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Locating the specifications for your
computer
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Purchasing accessories
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Front
Your computer includes the following components.
Power button/
power indicator
CD/DVD eject button
CD/DVD/Recordable drive
Zip drive eject button
Zip drive or
memory card
reader (optional)
USB ports
Microphone
jack
Headphone
jack
Diskette drive
Diskette eject button
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Component
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Description
CD/DVD eject button
Press this button to open the CD or DVD drive tray. For more information,
see “Using the CD or DVD drive” on page 34.
CD/DVD/Recordable
drive
Use this drive to listen to audio CDs, install games and programs, watch
DVDs, and store large files onto recordable discs (depending on drive
type).
This drive may be a CD, recordable CD, DVD, or recordable DVD drive.
To identify your drive type and for more information about your drive, see
“Identifying drive types” on page 34.
Zip drive eject button
Press this button to eject an inserted Zip disk.
Zip drive (optional)
Use this drive to store larger files on Zip disks. For more information,
see “Using the Zip drive” on page 31.
Memory card reader
(optional)
Insert a memory card from a digital camera, MP3 player, PDA, cellular
telephone, or other devices into the memory card reader. For more
information, see “Using the memory card reader” on page 32.
Diskette drive
Insert a standard 3.5-inch diskette into the optional diskette drive. For
more information, see “Using the diskette drive” on page 30.
Diskette eject button
Press this button to eject an inserted diskette. For more information, see
“Using the diskette drive” on page 30.
Power button/
Power indicator
Press this button to turn the power on or off. You can also configure the
power button to operate in Standby/Resume mode or Hibernate mode.
The button lights when the computer is turned on.
USB ports
Plug a USB (Universal Serial Bus) device (such as a printer, scanner,
camera, keyboard, or mouse) into this port. For more information, see
“Installing a printer, scanner, or other peripheral device” on page 27.
Microphone jack
(red or pink)
Plug a microphone into this jack.
Headphone jack
(green)
Plug powered, analog front speakers, an external amplifier, or
headphones into this jack.
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Back
Your computer includes the following components:
PS/2 keyboard port
PS/2 mouse port
USB ports
Kensington
lock slot
Serial port
Case cover shipping
thumbscrew
Parallel port
Monitor port
Ethernet
(Network) jack
USB ports
Audio input
(Line in) jack
Microphone jack
Headphone/Speakers
(Line out) jack
Monitor port
(optional)
Telephone jack
(optional)
Modem jack
(optional)
Power connector
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Voltage switch
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Component
Icon
Description
PS/2 keyboard port
Plug a Personal System/2® (PS/2) keyboard into this port.
USB ports
Plug USB (Universal Serial Bus) devices (such as a printer,
scanner, camera, keyboard, or mouse) into these ports. For
more information, see “Installing a printer, scanner, or other
peripheral device” on page 27.
Serial port
Plug a serial device (such as a digital camera) into this port.
For more information, see “Installing a printer, scanner, or other
peripheral device” on page 27.
Monitor port
Plug a monitor into this port.
Microphone jack
(red or pink)
Plug a microphone into this jack.
Telephone jack
(optional)
If your modem has a telephone jack, plug the cable for a
telephone into this jack.
Power connector
Plug the power cord into this connector.
PS/2 mouse port
Plug a PS/2 mouse into this port.
Kensington™
lock slot
Secure your computer to an object by connecting a Kensington
cable lock to this slot.
Case cover
shipping
thumbscrew
Remove this screw before opening the case.
Parallel port
Plug a parallel device (such as a printer) into this port. For more
information, see “Installing a printer, scanner, or other
peripheral device” on page 27.
Ethernet (network)
jack
Plug a 10/100 Ethernet network cable or a device (such as a
DSL or cable modem for a broadband Internet connection) into
this jack.
For more information, see “Networking Your Computer” on
page 75, or see “Learning about the Internet” in Using Your
Computer which has been included on your hard drive. To
access this guide, click Start, All Programs, then click
Gateway Documentation.
Audio input (Line
in) jack (blue)
Plug an external audio input source (such as a stereo) into this
jack so you can record sound on your computer.
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Headphone/
speakers (line out)
jack (green)
Plug powered speakers, an external amplifier, or headphones
into this jack.
Modem jack
(optional)
Plug a modem cable into this jack.
Voltage switch
Before turning on your computer, make sure that this switch is
in the correct position for the correct power available. The
switch is preset at the factory with the correct voltage for your
area.
In the United States, the utility power is supplied at a nominal
115 volts at 60 Hz. The power supply should always be set to
this when your computer is operating in the United States. In
other areas of the world, such as Europe, the utility power is
supplied at 230 volts at 50 Hz. If your computer is operating
in an environment such as this, the voltage switch should be
moved to 230.
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Desktop to tower conversion
You can convert your case from desktop to tower configuration using the rotating foot
included with your system.
Locating your serial number
The label on the side of your computer case contains information that identifies your
computer serial number. Gateway Technical Support will need this information if you
call for assistance.
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Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity
The Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity label found on the back or side of your computer
includes the product key code for your operating system.
Finding your specifications
For more information about your computer, such as memory size, memory type, and hard
drive size, visit Gateway’s eSupport page at support.gateway.com. The eSupport page also
has links to additional Gateway documentation and detailed specifications.
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Accessories
To order accessories, visit the Accessory Store at accessories.gateway.com.
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 almost any type of printer to your computer. 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 27 for more information about attaching a
printer.
Inkjet printers and cartridges are relatively inexpensive, but 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 they print much faster than inkjet
printers. Laser printers are better than inkjet printers when you are printing large
documents.
Storage Devices
If you need additional storage space or you want to back up your files, you can add storage
devices to you computer.
With a recordable CD or DVD drive, you can free up hard drive space by backing up files,
then removing them from your hard drive. Writable CDs can hold as much as 700 MB of
data. Single layer writable DVDs can hold as much as 4700 MB of data. Dual layer writable
DVDs hold as much as 8500 MB of data. For more information about using recordable
drives, see “Creating CDs and DVDs” on page 36.
If you need to back up your entire system, you probably need a tape backup (TBU) drive.
TBU drives, like tape recorders, use magnetic tape cartridges to store data. Tape drive
cartridges can store 2 GB, 20 GB, 40 GB, 130 GB, or more of data.
If you want to increase your internal storage space, try replacing your existing hard drive
with a larger drive.
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USB flash drive
Use a USB flash drive for storing files or transferring files to another computer.
Uninterruptible power supplies
A standby, uninterruptible power supply (UPS) protects your computer from data loss
during a total power failure. A UPS uses a battery to keep your computer running
temporarily during a power failure so you can save your work and shut down your
computer correctly. A UPS may also provide protection from power surges.
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Chapter 3
Getting Started
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Using your computer safely
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Protecting your computer from power
source problems
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Turning your computer on and off
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Adjusting the volume
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Connecting the modem and network
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Installing peripheral devices
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Working safely
Before using your computer, read the following recommendations for setting up a safe and
comfortable work area and avoiding discomfort and strain.
Top of screen is not
higher than eye level
Screen is
perpendicular to
your line of sight
Hands and
arms are
parallel to
the floor
Feet are flat on the floor
Reducing eye strain
Sunlight or bright indoor lighting should not reflect on the monitor screen or shine directly
into your eyes.
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Position the computer desk and monitor so you can avoid glare on your screen and
light shining directly into your eyes. Reduce glare by installing shades or curtains on
windows, and by installing a glare screen filter on your monitor.
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Use soft, indirect lighting in your work area. Do not use your computer in a dark room.
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Avoid focusing your eyes on your computer screen for long periods of time. Look away
from your computer occasionally, and try to focus on distant objects.
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Setting up your computer desk and chair
When you are setting up your computer desk and chair, make sure that the desk is the
appropriate height and the chair helps you maintain good posture.
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Select a flat surface for your computer desk.
■
Adjust the height of the computer desk so your hands and arms are positioned parallel
to the floor when you use the keyboard and mouse. If the desk is not adjustable or
is too tall, consider using a keyboard drawer.
■
Use an adjustable chair that is comfortable, distributes your weight evenly, and keeps
your body relaxed.
■
Position your chair so the keyboard is at or slightly below the level of your elbow.
This position lets your shoulders relax while you type.
■
Adjust the chair height, adjust the forward tilt of the seat, or use a footrest to distribute
your weight evenly on the chair and relieve pressure on the back of your thighs.
■
Adjust the back of the chair so it supports the lower curve of your spine. You can use
a pillow or cushion to provide extra back support.
Setting up your computer and computer accessories
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Set up the monitor so the top is no higher than eye level, the monitor controls are
within reach, and the screen is tilted to be perpendicular to your line of sight.
■
Place your keyboard and mouse at a comfortable distance. You should be able to reach
them without stretching.
■
Set paper holders at the same height and distance as the monitor.
Sitting at your computer
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Avoid bending, arching, or angling your wrists. Make sure that they are in a relaxed
position when you type.
■
Do not slouch forward or lean far back. Sit with your back straight so your knees,
hips, and elbows form right angles when you work.
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Take breaks to stand and stretch your legs.
■
Avoid twisting your torso or neck.
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Avoiding discomfort and injury from repetitive strain
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Vary your activities to avoid excessive repetition.
■
Take breaks to change your position, stretch your muscles, and relieve your eyes.
■
Find ways to break up the work day, and schedule a variety of tasks.
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
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.
An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) supplies battery power to your computer during a
power failure. Although you cannot run your computer for an extended period of time
with a UPS, a UPS lets you run your computer long enough to save your work and shut
down your computer normally.
Checking the voltage selection
A power supply is integrated into your computer to provide power to the system board,
add-in cards, and peripheral devices. The voltage selection for your location is typically
set at the factory. Use the power selection switch on the back of your computer to set the
power supply to 115V or 230V. To verify that your system has the correct setting for your
environment, check the voltage selection switch.
Caution
If you set the voltage selection switch incorrectly, your system will be
damaged. Make sure this switch is set correctly for your location
before turning on your computer.
In the United States, the utility power is supplied at a nominal 115
volts at 60 Hz. The power supply should always be set to this when
your computer is operating in the United States. In other areas of the
world, such as Europe, the utility power is supplied at 230 volts at
50 Hz. If your computer is operating in an environment such as this,
the voltage switch should be moved to 230.
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To set the voltage selection switch:
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Use a tool such as an opened paper clip to slide the voltage selection switch to the
correct voltage position.
Voltage switch
Starting your computer
To start your computer:
1
2
3
Connect the cables to your computer. See the setup poster for setup instructions.
Turn on your computer.
If you are starting your computer for the first time, follow the on-screen instructions
to set up your computer.
Important
4
Your computer has a built-in variable speed fan. In addition, your
computer uses a powerful processor which produces heat. Both the
system fan and processor can run at different speeds at times to
ensure proper system cooling. You may notice an increase in the fan
noise when the fan is running at high speed and a decrease in the
fan noise when it switches to normal speed.
Turn on any peripheral devices, such as printers or scanners, and see the
documentation that came with the device for setup instructions.
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Waking up your computer
When you have not used your computer for several minutes or have not turned off your
computer, it may enter a power-saving mode called Standby. While in Standby, the power
indicator flashes.
If your computer is in Standby mode, move the mouse or press the power button to “wake”
it up.
Tips & Tricks
For more information about changing the power button mode, see
“Changing Power-Saving Settings” in Using Your Computer which has
been included on your hard drive. To access this guide, click Start,
All Programs, then click Gateway Documentation.
Turning off your computer
Warning
When you turn off your computer, certain components in the power
supply and system board remain energized. In order to remove all
electrical power from your computer, unplug the power cord and
modem cable from the wall outlets. We recommend disconnecting the
power cord and modem cable when your computer will not be used
for long periods.
For more information about changing the power button mode, see
“Changing Power-Saving Settings” in Using Your Computer which has
been included on your hard drive. To access this guide, click Start,
All Programs, then click Gateway Documentation.
To turn off your computer:
1
2
Click Start, then click Turn Off Computer. The Turn Off Computer dialog box opens.
Click Turn Off. Windows shuts down and turns off your computer.
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If for some reason you cannot use the Turn Off Computer option in
Windows to turn off your computer, press and hold the power button
for about five seconds, then release it.
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Restarting (rebooting) your computer
If your computer does not respond to keyboard or mouse input, you may have to close
programs that are not responding. If closing unresponsive programs does not restore your
computer to normal operation, you may have to restart (reboot) your computer.
To close unresponsive programs and restart your computer:
1
2
3
4
5
Press CTRL+ALT+DEL. The Task Manager window opens.
Click the Applications tab, then click the program that is not responding.
Click End Task.
Click X in the top-right corner of the Windows Task Manager dialog box.
If your computer does not respond, turn it off, wait ten seconds, then turn it on again.
Important
If your computer does not turn off, press and hold the power button
for about five seconds, then release it.
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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Using the keyboard
Standard keyboard
This keyboard is the basic model of keyboard available with your computer.
Function keys
Windows keys
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Navigation keys
Application
key
Directional
keys
Indicators
Numeric
keypad
Press these keys...
To...
Function keys
Start program actions. Each program uses different function keys for
different purposes. See the program documentation to find out more
about the function key actions.
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.
Indicators
Show if your NUM LOCK, CAPS LOCK, or SCROLL LOCK keys are
activated. Press the corresponding key to activate the function.
Windows keys
Press one of these keys to open the Windows Start menu. These keys
can also be used in combination with other keys to open utilities like
F (Search utility), R (Run utility), and E (Explorer utility).
Application key
Access shortcut menus and help assistants in Windows.
Directional keys
Move the cursor up, down, right, or left.
Numeric keypad
Use these keys to type numbers when the numeric keypad (NUM LOCK)
is turned on.
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Multifunction keyboard
This keyboard is the full-featured model available with your computer.
Function keys
Windows keys
Navigation keys
Application
key
Directional
keys
Indicators
Numeric
keypad
Press these
keys...
To...
Function keys
Start program actions. Each program uses different function keys for different
purposes. See the program’s help to learn more about function key actions.
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.
Indicators
Show if your NUM LOCK, CAPS LOCK, or SCROLL LOCK keys are activated.
Press the corresponding key to activate the function.
Windows keys
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).
Application key
Access shortcut menus and help assistants in Windows.
Directional keys
Move the cursor up, down, right, or left.
Numeric keypad
Use these keys to type numbers when the numeric keypad (NUM LOCK) is
turned on.
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Special-function buttons
Previous
Stop
Play/Pause
Next
Volume down
Volume up
Special-function buttons
Icons
Help
Mute
My Documents
Search
E-mail
Internet
Press to...
Previous
Return to the previous CD track or DVD chapter.
Play/Pause
Start or pause the play of the CD or DVD.
Stop
Stop the play of CD or DVD.
Next
Move to the next CD track or DVD chapter.
Volume down
Decrease the volume.
Volume up
Increase the volume.
Mute
Turn off all sound.
My Documents
Opens the My Documents folder. You can customize this
button to open another program.
Help
Open online help. You can customize this button to open
another program.
E-mail
Open your e-mail program. You can customize this
button to open another program.
Search
Open online search. You can customize this button to
open another program.
Internet
Open your Web browser. You can customize this button
to open another program.
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Adjusting the volume
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:
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If you are using external speakers, turn the knob on the front of the speakers.
-ORUse the mute and volume control buttons on the keyboard.
Tips & Tricks
For instructions on how to adjust the volume in Windows, see
“Adjusting the Volume” in Using Your Computer which has been
included on your hard drive. To access this guide, click Start,
All Programs, then click Gateway Documentation.
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Connecting the modem
Your computer may have an optional 56K modem that you can use to connect to a standard
telephone line.
Warning
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
computer.
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 computer, then start your communications program.
on the back of your
Connecting to a wired Ethernet network
Your computer has a network jack that you can use to connect to a 10/100 wired Ethernet
network.
Important
Your computer is equipped with a built-in Ethernet port.
For information about setting up a wired or wireless Ethernet network,
see “Networking Your Computer” on page 75.
To connect to a wired Ethernet network:
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1
Insert one end of the network cable into the network jack
computer.
2
Insert the other end of the network cable into a network jack.
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Tips & Tricks
You can use your computer’s Ethernet jack for more than just
networking. Many broadband Internet connections, such as cable
modems and DSL modems, connect to your computer’s Ethernet
jack. For more information, see “Using the Internet” in Using Your
Computer which has been included on your hard drive. To access this
guide, click Start, All Programs, then click Gateway
Documentation.
Installing a printer, scanner, or other
peripheral device
Important
Before you install a printer, scanner, or other peripheral device, see
the device documentation and installation instructions.
Your computer has one or more of the following ports: Universal Serial Bus (USB), serial,
and parallel. You use these ports to connect peripheral devices such as printers, scanners,
and digital cameras to your computer. For more information about port locations,
“Checking Out Your Gateway Computer” on page 5.
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 and serial port devices are not plug-and-play. See the device documentation for
detailed information and installation instructions.
Help and
Support
For more information about installing peripheral devices, click Start,
then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword installing devices in the Search box
, then click the arrow.
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Using Drives and Ports
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Using the diskette drive
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Using the Zip drive
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Using the memory card reader
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Using CD or DVD drives
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Using the diskette drive
The optional diskette drive uses 3.5-inch diskettes (sometimes called floppy disks).
Diskettes are useful for storing files or transferring files to another computer.
Eject button
Activity indicator
Diskette slot
To use a diskette:
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1
2
Insert the diskette into the diskette drive with the label facing up.
3
To remove the diskette, make sure that the drive activity light is off, then press the
diskette eject button.
To access a file on the diskette, click Start, then click My Computer. Double-click the
drive letter (for example, the A: drive), then double-click the file name.
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Using the Zip drive
Iomega Zip drives, like diskette drives, use disks to store data. Zip disks can store 100 MB,
250 MB, or 750 MB of data. You can use a Zip drive to back up files you do not use so
you can remove them from your hard drive. Zip drives also provide an easy way to transfer
files between computers (if both computers have internal Zip drives or if you have one
external, portable Zip drive).
Eject button
Disk slot
To use a Zip disk:
1
2
3
Insert the Zip disk into the Zip drive with the label facing up.
To access a file on the Zip disk, click Start, then click My Computer. Double-click the
drive letter (for example, the B: drive), then double-click the file name.
To remove the Zip disk, press the eject button.
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Using the memory card reader
You can use the optional memory card reader to transfer pictures from a digital camera
to your computer. You can also use the memory card reader to transfer data between your
computer and a device that uses memory cards, such as a PDA, MP3 player, or cellular
phone. Each slot is assigned a different drive letter (for example, the E: and F: drives) so
data can be transferred from one media type to another.
See the additional documentation that came with your computer for specific information
on supported memory card types.
Memory card types
The optional memory card reader supports some or all of the following card types:
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Secure Digital™
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MultiMediaCard™
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SM (SmartMedia™)
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Memory Stick®
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Memory Stick PRO™
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CompactFlash®
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IBM Microdrive™
Inserting a memory card
Caution
To avoid memory card damage or errors while using a memory card,
insert only one memory card in a slot at a time.
To use a memory card:
1
2
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Insert the memory card into the appropriate memory card slot.
To access a file on the memory card, click Start, then click My Computer. Double-click
the drive letter (for example, the E: drive), then double-click the file name.
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Wait for the media reader access indicator to stop blinking, then pull the card out of
the slot.
Caution
Do not remove the card or turn off the computer while the card reader
access indicator is blinking. You could lose data. Also, remove the
card from the reader before you turn off the computer.
Important
Do not use the remove hardware
icon in the taskbar to remove
the memory card. If you use the remove hardware icon, your
computer will not recognize your memory card reader until you restart
the computer.
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Using the CD or DVD drive
You can use your computer to enjoy a wide variety of multimedia features.
Identifying drive types
Your Gateway computer may contain one of the following drive types. Look on the front
of the drive for one or more of the following logos:
If your drive has this logo...
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This is your drive type...
Use your drive for...
CD drive
Installing programs,
playing audio CDs, and
accessing data.
CD-RW drive
Installing programs,
playing audio CDs,
accessing data, and
creating CDs.
DVD/CD-RW drive
Installing programs,
playing audio CDs,
accessing data, creating
CDs, and playing DVDs.
DVD drive
Installing programs,
playing audio CDs,
playing DVDs, and
accessing data.
DVD+RW
Installing programs,
playing audio CDs,
playing DVDs, accessing
data, and recording video
and data to DVD+R or
DVD+RW discs.
DVD R/RW drive
Installing programs,
playing audio CDs,
playing DVDs, accessing
data, and recording video
and data to DVD+R,
DVD+RW, DVD-R, and
DVD-RW discs.
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Inserting a CD or DVD
Disc tray
Important
Eject
button
Some music CDs have copy protection software. You may not be able
to play these CDs on your computer.
To insert a CD or DVD:
1
2
Press the eject button on the CD or DVD drive.
Place the disc in the tray with the label facing up.
Important
3
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 the name of the side you want to play is facing up.
Press the eject button to close the tray.
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Playing a CD
Use the music program or Windows Media Player on your computer to:
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Play music CDs
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Create MP3 music files from your music CDs
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Edit music track information
■
Use your music files to build a music library
■
Listen to Internet Radio
Tips & Tricks
For more information about playing CDs, see “Playing CDs” in Using
Your Computer which has been included on your hard drive. To
access this guide, click Start, All Programs, then click Gateway
Documentation.
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. You can play DVDs with the DVD program or
Windows Media Player on your computer.
Tips & Tricks
For more information about playing DVDs, see “Playing DVDs” in
Using Your Computer which has been included on your hard drive.
To access this guide, click Start, All Programs, then click Gateway
Documentation.
Creating CDs and DVDs
You can use the CD and DVD burning program on your computer to copy tracks from a
music CD to your hard drive, copy or create data CDs and DVDs, create music CDs, create
video DVDs, and more.
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For more information about creating CDs and DVDs, see “Creating
CDs and DVDs” in Using Your Computer which has been included
on your hard drive. To access this guide, click Start, All Programs,
then click Gateway Documentation.
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Maintaining Your Computer
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Caring for your computer
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Updating Windows
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Protecting your computer from viruses
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Cleaning your computer
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Restoring your system
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Opening the computer case
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Adding memory and replacing the
battery
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Caring for your computer
To extend the life of your computer:
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When transporting your computer, we recommend that you put it in the original
packaging materials.
■
Keep diskettes and your computer away from magnetic fields. Magnetic fields can erase
data on both diskettes and hard drives.
■
Avoid subjecting your computer to extreme temperature changes.
■
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.
■
Do not block the ventilation fan.
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When storing your computer for an extended period of time, unplug AC power.
Updating Windows
Windows Update is the online extension of Windows that helps you to keep your computer
up-to-date. Use Windows Update to choose updates for your computer’s operating system,
software, and hardware. New content is added to the site regularly, so you can always get
the most recent updates and fixes to protect your computer and keep it running smoothly.
Windows Update scans your computer and provides you with a tailored selection of
updates that apply only to the software and hardware on your computer.
To run Windows Update:
1
2
3
Connect to the Internet.
Click Start, All Programs, then click Windows Update.
Click Scan for Available Updates.
Help and
Support
For more information about Windows Update, click Start, then click
Help and Support.
Type the keyword Windows Update in the HelpSpot Search box
, then click the arrow.
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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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Registering and subscribing to Norton AntiVirus. You received a free, limited-time
subscription to the Norton AntiVirus service when you purchased your computer.
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Using the 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.
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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.
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Periodically updating the Norton AntiVirus program to protect against the latest
viruses.
Help and
Support
For more information about protecting your computer against viruses,
click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword viruses in the Search box
then click the arrow.
,
To scan for viruses:
1
Click Start, All Programs, Norton AntiVirus, then click Norton AntiVirus 2004. Norton
AntiVirus opens.
Scan for
viruses
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2
Click Scan for Viruses.
Scan
3
Click the type of scan you want to make in the Scan for Viruses area, then under
Actions, click Scan.
To remove a virus:
1
2
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If Norton AntiVirus finds a virus, follow all on-screen instructions to remove the virus.
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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Tips & Tricks
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2
You received a free, limited-time subscription to the Norton AntiVirus
service when you purchased your computer. To update Norton
AntiVirus after the free subscription period, you must extend your
subscription.
Make sure that you are connected to the Internet.
Click Start, All Programs, Norton AntiVirus, then click LiveUpdate - Norton AntiVirus. The
LiveUpdate wizard opens.
3
Follow the on-screen instructions to update your Norton AntiVirus program with the
latest virus protection files.
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When the program has finished, click Finish.
Cleaning your computer
Keeping your computer clean and the vents free from dust helps keep your computer
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
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An aerosol can of air that has a narrow, straw-like extension
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Cotton swabs
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A CD or 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 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.
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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.
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 keyboard 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 monitor
To clean an LCD or flat panel display monitor, use a soft cloth and water to clean the
LCD screen. Squirt a little water on the cloth (never directly on the screen), and wipe the
screen with the cloth.
Caution
A flat panel display or LCD screen is made of specially coated glass
and can be scratched or damaged by abrasive or ammonia-based
glass cleaners.
To clean a CRT monitor, use a soft cloth and glass cleaner to clean the monitor screen.
Squirt a little cleaner on the cloth (never directly on the screen), and wipe the screen with
the cloth.
Cleaning the mouse
If the mouse pointer begins moving erratically across the computer screen or becomes
difficult to control precisely, cleaning the mouse will likely improve its accuracy.
To clean your optical mouse:
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Wipe the bottom of the mouse with a damp lint-free cloth
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2
Turn the mouse upside down.
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4
Remove any dust, lint, or dirt from the mouse ball with a soft cloth.
Rotate the retaining ring on the bottom of the mouse counter-clockwise, then remove
the retaining ring and mouse ball.
Clean the mouse rollers with a cotton swab dipped in isopropyl alcohol.
Mouse rollers
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Replace the mouse ball and lock the retaining ring into place.
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Cleaning CDs or DVDs
Wipe from the center to the edge, not around in a circle, using a product made especially
for the purpose.
Restoring your system
All programs that were preinstalled on your computer are available on the backup Restore
CDs or DVDs that you created, the Restore CDs or DVD that shipped with your computer,
or they are available on the hard drive. If you need to restore your computer to the original
configuration, you can restore from the backup Restore CDs or DVDs or you can restore
from the backup files located on the hard drive.
The instructions to use the Restore CDs or DVDs or hard drive backup files are included
with the blank CDs or DVDs that came with your computer.
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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).
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.
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.
Before opening the computer case, follow these guidelines:
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Turn off your computer.
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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 the power supply.
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Touch a bare metal surface on the back of the computer.
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Unplug the power cord and the modem and network cables.
Before working with computer components, follow these guidelines:
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Avoid static-causing surfaces such as carpeted floors, plastic, and packing foam.
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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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Always hold expansion cards by their edges or their metal mounting brackets. Avoid
touching the edge connectors and components on the cards. Never slide expansion
cards or components over any surface.
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Opening the case
Warning
To avoid exposure to dangerous electrical voltages and moving parts,
turn off your computer, then unplug the power cord and modem cable
before opening the case.
To open the case:
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2
Follow the instructions in “Preventing static electricity discharge” on page 45.
3
4
Press the power button to drain any residual power from your computer.
5
For more stability, place your computer on its side with the rubber feet resting on
your workspace.
6
Pull up on the cover release handle.
Shut down your computer, then disconnect the power cord and modem, network,
and all peripheral device cables.
If your case cover has a case cover shipping screw installed on the back of the case,
remove the screw. For information about the location of the screw, see “Back” on
page 8.
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Lift the side panel up.
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Lift the side panel away from the case.
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Closing the case
To close the case:
1
Make sure that all of the internal cables are arranged inside the case so they will not
be pinched when you close the case.
2
Align the door tabs into the case notches.
Case notches
3
4
5
Swing the side panel toward the case until the release handle locks.
If you removed the case cover shipping screw, replace the screw.
Reconnect the cables and power cord.
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Installing memory
When you upgrade the computer memory, make sure that you install the correct type of
memory module for your computer. Your computer uses DIMM memory.
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To install or replace DIMM memory:
1
2
Open the case by following the instructions in “Opening the case” on page 46.
3
If you are removing a DIMM from the memory module bank, gently pull the plastic
tabs away from the sides of the memory module and remove it.
Find the memory module banks on your system board.
- OR If you are adding a DIMM to an empty memory module bank, gently pull the plastic
tabs away from the sides of the memory module bank.
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If your system board has single-channel memory, fill the DIMM 0 memory slot first.
When adding memory, fill the DIMM 1 memory slot.
DIMM 0
DIMM 1
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If your system board has dual-channel memory, fill both the Channel A/DIMM 0
memory slot and the Channel B/DIMM 0 memory slot with matching DIMMs.
Matching DIMMs are the same size, density, and technology. When adding memory,
fill both the Channel A/DIMM 1 memory slot and the Channel B/DIMM 1 memory
slot with matching DIMMs.
Channel A/DIMM 0
Channel A/DIMM 1
Channel B/DIMM 0
Channel B/DIMM 1
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Align the notches on the new DIMM with the notches on the memory module bank
and press the module firmly into the bank. The tabs on the sides of the memory
module should secure the memory module automatically. When the module is secure,
you hear a click.
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Close the case by following the instructions in “Closing the case” on page 49.
Reconnect the cables and the power cord.
Turn on your computer. Windows starts and the Windows desktop appears.
Click Start, Control Panel, then click Performance and Maintenance (if in Category view).
Click/Double-click System. The amount of memory in your computer is shown at the
bottom of the System Properties dialog box in the General tab.
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Replacing the system battery
If the computer clock does not keep time or the settings in the BIOS Setup utility are not
saved when you turn off your computer, replace the system battery. Use a battery of the
same size and voltage as the original battery that was in your computer.
Warning
Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced.
Replace only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the
manufacturer. Dispose of used batteries following the manufacturer’s
instructions.
To replace the battery:
1
2
3
Shut down your computer.
4
While pushing down on the battery release tab, place the edge of a small flat-head
screwdriver under the battery and lift the battery up until it pops out of the socket.
Open the case by following the instructions in “Opening the case” on page 46.
Locate the old battery on the system board and note its orientation. You will need
to install the new battery the same way.
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Make sure that the positive (+) side of the new battery is facing up, then press the
battery into the socket until it snaps into place.
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7
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Close the case by following the instructions in “Closing the case” on page 49.
Reconnect all external cables and the power cord.
Turn on your computer.
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Troubleshooting
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Troubleshooting typical hardware and
software problems
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Safety guidelines
While troubleshooting your computer, follow these safety guidelines:
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Never remove your computer case cover while your computer is turned on and while
the modem cable and the power cord are connected.
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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 45.
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
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The case 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.
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If a peripheral device (such as a keyboard or mouse) does not work, make sure that
all connections are secure.
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Make sure that your hard drive is not full.
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If an error message appears on the screen, write down the exact message. The message
may help Gateway Customer Care in diagnosing and fixing the problem.
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If you added or removed 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, see the program’s printed documentation or the online
help.
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Troubleshooting
Add-in cards
The computer does not recognize an add-in card
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Shut down and restart your computer.
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Make sure that you have installed the required software. For more information, see
the documentation that came with your add-in card.
Audio
See “Sound” on page 73.
Battery
See “Power” on page 71.
CD or DVD drives
The computer does not recognize a disc or the CD or DVD drive
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Make sure that the disc label is facing up, then try again.
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Try a different disc. Occasionally discs are flawed or become scratched and cannot be
read by the CD or DVD drive.
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If you are trying to play a DVD, make sure that you have a DVD drive. To identify
your drive type, see “Identifying drive types” on page 34.
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Your computer may be experiencing some temporary memory problems. Shut down
and restart your computer.
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Some music CDs have copy protection software. You may not be able to play these
CDs on your computer.
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Clean the disc. For more information, see “Cleaning CDs or DVDs” on page 44.
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Make sure that the drive is configured correctly by following the instructions in the
drive documentation.
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Reinstall the device driver.
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Audio CD does not produce sound
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Make sure that the disc label is facing up, then try again.
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Some music CDs have copy protection software. You may not be able to play these
CDs on your computer.
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Make sure that the volume controls are turned up. For more information, see
“Adjusting the volume” on page 25.
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Make sure that the mute controls are turned off. For more information, see “Adjusting
the volume” on page 25.
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Make sure that the speaker cables are connected correctly and securely.
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Shut down and restart your computer.
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Clean the disc. For more information, see “Cleaning CDs or DVDs” on page 44.
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Reinstall the audio device drivers.
A DVD movie will not play
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Make sure that you have a DVD drive. To identify your drive type, see “Identifying
drive types” on page 34.
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Make sure that the disc label is facing up, then try again.
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Try a different disc. Occasionally discs are flawed or become scratched and cannot be
read by the DVD drive.
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Shut down and restart your computer.
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Clean the disc. For more information, see “Cleaning CDs or DVDs” on page 44.
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Reinstall the device driver.
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Make sure that the DVD program has been installed on your computer.
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DVDs and DVD drives contain regional codes that help control DVD title exports and
help reduce illegal disc distribution. To be able to play a DVD, the disc’s regional code
and your DVD drive’s regional code must match.
The regional code on your DVD drive is determined by your computer’s delivery
address. The regional code for the United States and Canada is 1. The regional code
for Mexico is 4. Your DVD drive’s regional code must match the regional code for the
disc. The regional code for the disc is on the disc, disc documentation, or disc
packaging.
If the DVD movie does not play, the disc’s regional code and your DVD drive’s regional
code may not match.
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Computer
The computer will not start
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Make sure that the power cord is connected to an AC power source and your computer
is turned on.
Diskette drive
The diskette drive is not recognized
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Shut down and restart your computer.
You cannot save a file to diskette or you see the message “disk is full or
write-protected”
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Make sure that the write-protection tab on the upper-right corner of the diskette is
down (unprotected).
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Delete unnecessary files on the diskette and try again.
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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.
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Run Error-checking on the diskette. For more information, see “Checking the hard
drive for errors” in Using Your Computer which has been included on your hard drive.
To access this guide, click Start, All Programs, then click Gateway Documentation.
If errors are detected and corrected, try using the diskette again.
You see 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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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 see 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” in Using Your Computer which has been included on your hard drive.
To access this guide, click Start, All Programs, then click Gateway Documentation.
You see 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.
The diskette drive LED is lit continuously
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Remove the diskette from the drive. If the light stays on, try restarting your computer.
DVD drives
See “CD or DVD drives” on page 59.
File management
A file was accidentally deleted
If a file was deleted while holding down the SHIFT key, the file cannot be restored.
To restore deleted files:
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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 try to restore a file, the file cannot be
restored.
Help and
Support
For more information about restoring deleted files, click Start, then
click Help and Support.
Type the keyword System Restore in the Search box
, then click the arrow.
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Hard drive
You see an “Insufficient disk space” error message
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Delete unnecessary files from the hard drive using Disk Cleanup. For instructions on
deleting unnecessary files, see “Using Disk Cleanup” in Using Your Computer which
has been included on your hard drive. To access this guide, click Start, All Programs,
then click Gateway Documentation.
Empty the Recycle Bin by right-clicking the Recycle Bin icon, then clicking Empty
Recycle Bin.
Caution
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All deleted files will be lost when you empty the Recycle Bin.
Save your files to another drive. If the hard drive is full, copy any files not regularly
used to backup media, then delete them from the hard drive.
Help and
Support
For more information about file management, click Start, then click
Help and Support.
Type the keyword file management in the Search box
, then click the arrow.
You see a “Data error” message
This may be the result of a defective area on the hard drive. To fix hard drive problems,
run the Error checking program. For instructions on fixing hard drive problems, see
“Checking the hard drive for errors” in Using Your Computer which has been included on
your hard drive. To access this guide, click Start, All Programs, then click Gateway
Documentation.
The hard drive cannot be accessed, or you see 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.
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Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart your computer.
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If your computer has been subjected to static electricity or physical shock, you may
need to reinstall the operating system.
You see 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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Internet
You cannot connect to the Internet
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If you are using a dial-up modem, make sure that the modem cable is plugged into
the modem jack and not the Ethernet network jack. See “Back” on page 8 to make
sure that the connections have been made correctly.
- OR If you are using a cable or DSL modem, make sure that the modem cable is plugged
into the Ethernet network jack and not the modem jack. See “Back” on page 8 to make
sure that the connections have been made correctly.
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Make sure that you do not have a problem with your modem. For more information,
“Modem (dial-up)” on page 66.
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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.
Help and
Support
For more information about troubleshooting Internet connections,
click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword troubleshooting connections in the Search box
, then click the arrow.
You see 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.
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
service
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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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Make sure that your account with your Internet service provider (ISP) is set up
correctly. Contact your ISP for technical support.
Keyboard
The keyboard does not work
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Make sure that the keyboard cable is plugged in correctly. For more information, see
the poster that came with your computer.
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Remove all extension cables and switch boxes.
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Clean the keyboard by using an aerosol can of air with a narrow, straw-like extension
to remove dust and lint trapped under the keys.
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Try a keyboard that you know works to make sure that the keyboard port works.
■
Reinstall the keyboard device driver.
A keyboard character keeps repeating or you see a “keyboard stuck” or “key failure”
error message
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Make sure that nothing is resting on the keyboard.
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Make sure that a key is not stuck. Press each key to loosen a key that might be stuck,
then restart your computer.
Liquid spilled in the keyboard
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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. If the keyboard does not work after it dries, you may need to replace it.
Memory
You see a “Memory error” message
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Use a third-party diagnostic program to help determine if a memory module is failing.
You see a “Not enough memory” error message
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Close all programs, then restart your computer.
Help and
Support
For more information about troubleshooting memory errors, click
Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword memory error in the Search box
, then click the arrow.
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Memory card reader
Drive letters for the memory card slots do not appear in the My Computer window
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Reboot your computer.
Modem (dial-up)
Your modem does not dial or does not connect
■
Make sure that the modem cable is plugged into the modem jack and not the Ethernet
network jack. See “Back” on page 8 to make sure that the connections have been made
correctly.
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Make sure that your computer is connected to the telephone line and the telephone
line has a dial tone.
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Make sure that the modem cable is less than 6 feet (1.8 meters) long.
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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 correctly.
To check the dialing properties:
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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 Phone and Modem Options icon, then click the Dialing Rules
tab.
3
4
Click the location from which you are dialing, then click Edit.
Make sure that all settings are correct.
Help and
Support
For more information about dialing properties, click Start, then click
Help and Support.
Type the keyword dialing in the 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. Do not connect these devices to the same telephone line as the modem.
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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.
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.
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.
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Try connecting with the modem at a lower connection speed. If reducing the connect
speed lets you connect, call your telephone service. The telephone line may be too
noisy.
You cannot connect to the Internet
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The ISP may be having technical difficulties. Contact your ISP for technical support.
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See if the modem works with a different communications program. The problem may
be with just one program.
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Review the troubleshooting information under “Internet” on page 64.
Your 56K modem does not connect at 56K
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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.
If your computer has a v.90 modem, the speed at which you can upload (send) data
is limited to 33.6K. If your computer has a v.92 modem, the speed at which you can
upload data is limited to 48K. Your ISP may not support 48K uploads.
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 your computer. See “Back” on page 8 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:
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2
3
4
5
Close all open programs.
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/Double-click the Phone and Modem Options icon, then click the Modems tab.
Click your modem, then click Properties. The Modem Properties dialog box opens.
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, click Start, then
click Help and Support.
Type the keyword modem troubleshooting in the 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.
To turn down the modem volume:
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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 Phone and Modem Options icon, then click the Modems tab.
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4
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Click the modem you want to adjust, then click Properties.
Click the Modem tab, then adjust the Speaker volume control.
Click OK twice to close the Phone and Modem Options dialog box.
Monitor
The screen resolution is not correct
Change the screen resolution from the Display Properties dialog box.
Tips & Tricks
Help and
Support
For more information, see “Adjusting the color depth” in Using Your
Computer which has been included on your hard drive. To access this
guide, click Start, All Programs, then click Gateway
Documentation.
For more information about changing the screen resolution, click
Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword screen resolution in the Search box
, then click the arrow.
The computer is running but there is no picture
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Make sure that the monitor is plugged in and turned on. If the monitor is turned on,
the power LED should be lit.
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Adjust the brightness and contrast controls to the center position.
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Make sure that the monitor cable is connected to the video port on the back of your
computer.
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Check the cable for bent or damaged pins.
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Reinstall the device driver.
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Connect a monitor that you know works to your computer.
The color is not uniform
Make sure that the monitor warms up for at least 30 minutes before making a final
judgment about color uniformity.
Make sure that:
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Non-shielded speakers are not placed too close to the monitor.
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The monitor is not positioned too close to another monitor, electric fan, fluorescent
light, metal shelf, or laser printer.
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You demagnetize the screen using the monitor’s degauss feature. For more information
on degauss, see your monitor’s documentation.
Why is there a horizontal line or wire visible across the monitor screen?
Your monitor may use a thin damper wire, located approximately 1/3 of the way down
from the upper screen edge and 1/3 of the way up from the lower screen edge, to stabilize
the internal aperture grille. These wires are most obvious when the monitor displays a
white background. The aperture grille allows more light to pass through the screen for
brighter colors and greater luminescence. The damper wire is a critical part of the overall
monitor design and does not negatively affect the monitor's function.
The text on the display is dim or difficult to read
■
Adjust the brightness and contrast controls.
■
Use the monitor degauss feature (see your monitor documentation) or turn off your
computer and monitor, leave them off for at least a half hour, then restart your
computer.
■
Change the display settings.
Tips & Tricks
■
For more information, see “Adjusting the screen and desktop settings”
in Using Your Computer which has been included on your hard drive.
To access this guide, click Start, All Programs, then click Gateway
Documentation.
Move the monitor away from sources of electrical interference, such as televisions,
unshielded speakers, microwaves, fluorescent lights, and metal beams or shelves.
For more information about display types, see your monitor and video card
documentation.
Mouse
The mouse does not work
■
Make sure that the mouse cable is plugged in correctly.
■
Shut down and restart your computer.
■
Remove all extension cables and switch boxes.
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Try a mouse you know is working to make sure that the mouse port works.
The mouse works erratically
If the mouse pointer begins moving erratically across the computer display or becomes
difficult to control precisely, cleaning the mouse will likely improve its accuracy.
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If you have an optical mouse, clean the mouse by wiping the bottom with a clean, damp
cloth. Make sure that the optical sensor is clean and free of debris.
If you have a trackball mouse, see “Cleaning the mouse” on page 42.
Networks
You cannot connect to your company network
Every network is unique. Contact your company computer department or network
administrator for help. For more information about setting up a network in your home,
see “Networking Your Computer” on page 75, or see “Troubleshooting Your Ethernet
network” on page 109.
Help and
Support
For more information about network troubleshooting, click Start, then
click Help and Support.
Type the keyword network troubleshooting in the Search box
, then click the arrow.
Passwords
Your computer does not accept your password
Make sure that CAPS
LOCK
is turned off, then retype the password.
Power
Your computer will not turn on
■
Make sure that your power cord is connected correctly to your computer.
■
If your computer 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.
■
Make sure that the power cord is free from cuts or damage. Replace any damaged
cables.
Printer
The printer will not turn on
■
Make sure that the printer is online. Many printers have an online/offline button that
you may need to press.
■
Make sure that the power cable is plugged into an AC power source.
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The printer is on but will not print
■
Check the cable between the printer and your computer. Make sure that it is connected
to the correct port.
■
Make sure that the printer is online. Many 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.
■
Check the cable for bent or broken pins.
■
If the printer you want to print to is not the default printer, make sure that you have
selected it in the printer setup.
To set a default printer:
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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 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.
Reinstall the printer driver. See the guide that came with your printer for instructions
on installing the printer driver.
You see 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:
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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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Support
For more information about printer troubleshooting, click Start, then
click Help and Support.
Type the keyword printer troubleshooter in the Search box
, then click the arrow.
■
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. See the printer documentation for instructions for adding
additional memory.
You see 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 speakers
■
Make sure that the speakers are turned on.
■
Make sure that the volume controls are turned up. For more information, see
“Adjusting the volume” on page 25.
■
Make sure that mute controls are turned off. For more information, see “Adjusting
the volume” on page 25.
■
If you are using external speakers, see the speaker setup poster to check your speaker
connections.
Help and
Support
For more information about sound troubleshooting, click Start, then
click Help and Support.
Type the keyword sound troubleshooter in the Search box
, then click the arrow.
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Networking Your Computer
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Introducing networking
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Creating an Ethernet network
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Testing your network
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Sharing your resources
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Troubleshooting your Ethernet network
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Introduction to networking
A network is a collection of computers and other devices that communicate with each
other.
Using a network
A network lets you:
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Share a single Internet connection
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Share computer drives
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Share peripheral devices
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Stream audio and video files
■
Play multi-player games
Sharing a single Internet connection
Each computer connected to the network can share the same broadband connection or
modem and telephone line to access the Internet at the same time. This saves on the cost
of installing another telephone line for your second computer and paying for a second
Internet service provider (ISP) account.
Sharing drives
With a network, you can copy files from computer to computer by copying and pasting
or dragging and dropping. You will no longer waste your time transferring files by using
recordable media. In addition, you can map a drive on a networked computer to another
computer, and access the files as if they were located on the hard drive of the computer
you are using.
Sharing peripheral devices
Each computer that is connected to the network can share the same peripheral devices,
such as a printer. Select print from the computer you are currently using and your file is
automatically printed on your printer no matter where it is located on your network.
Streaming audio and video files
With a network, you can store audio files (such as the popular .MP3 files) and video files
on any networked computer, then play them on any of the other computers or devices
connected to your network. This process is called streaming.
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Playing multi-player games
With a home network, you can play multi-player games. Load a game like Microsoft Racing
Madness 2 on your computers, and in minutes, you and your friends can race in competing
cars or on competing motorcycles.
Help and
Support
For more information about using a network, click Start, then click
Help and Support.
Type one of these keywords in the Search box
, then click the arrow:
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■
■
■
internet sharing
sharing network drives
streaming
network games
Selecting a network connection
The biggest decision you need to make when creating your network is what type of
connection you will use. Gateway products support wired and wireless Ethernet networks.
Use the following criteria as a guide when selecting a network connection.
Wireless Ethernet network
A wireless Ethernet network is created by using radio emitters that may be embedded into
your computer or plugged into it. Create a wireless Ethernet (IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b,
or IEEE 802.11g) network if:
■
You are looking for an alternative to installing cable for connectivity
■
The ability to move about with your computer is as important as network speed
■
Your computer has wireless Ethernet for networking
Using a wireless Ethernet network
A wireless Ethernet network is ideal for creating a home or office network or adding
mobility to an existing wired Ethernet network. A wireless Ethernet network lets you move
about your home or office with your notebook or tablet PC. For example, you can take
your notebook or tablet PC from your home office to your patio without having an
Ethernet jack available.
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 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, and IEEE 802.11g communication
devices are examples of devices that provide wireless
communication.
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Important
If your computer came equipped with an internal radio frequency
wireless device, see “Safety, Regulatory, and Legal Information” in
your user’s guide for general wireless regulatory and safety
guidelines. To find out if your computer has an internal wireless
device, check the device manager. For more information, see
“Determining if wireless Ethernet is already installed on your
computers” on page 81.
Important
Note any antenna placement constraints in the user guide of each
type of wireless device in your network.
Wireless Ethernet speed and frequency
Wireless Ethernet is available at two different speeds and at two different frequencies. The
following table compares the various wireless Ethernet network types.
Network Type
Speed
Frequency
Advantages
Disadvantages
IEEE 802.11a
54 Mbps
5 GHz
Less possible
interference than
IEEE 802.11b and
IEEE 802.11g
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IEEE 802.11b
11 Mbps
2.4 GHz
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Large number of
access points
already exist in
airports, college
campuses, and
businesses
Compatible with
IEEE 802.11g
networks
Longer range (100
to 150 feet) than
IEEE 802.11a
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Shorter range (25
to 75 feet) than
IEEE 802.11b and
IEEE 802.11g
Not compatible
with
IEEE 802.11b or
IEEE 802.11g
networks
Possible
interference from
cordless
telephones and
microwaves
Not compatible
with
IEEE 802.11a
networks
Network Type
Speed
Frequency
Advantages
IEEE 802.11g
54 Mbps
2.4 GHz
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■
Important
Compatible with
IEEE 802.11b
networks
Longer range (100
to 150 feet) than
IEEE 802.11a
Disadvantages
■
■
Possible
interference from
cordless
telephones and
microwaves
Not compatible
with
IEEE 802.11a
networks
The speed of a wireless network is related to signal strength. 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.
The most common way to set up a wireless Ethernet network is Dynamic Host Control
Protocol (DHCP) using a wireless access point router. A DHCP network configuration uses
an access point router to automatically assign IP addresses to each computer or network
device.
Example access point router wireless Ethernet network
By using an access point, you can join a wireless Ethernet network and access a wired
Ethernet network.
The following is an example of an access point wireless Ethernet network that shows how
an access point also lets you access the Internet. The network is made up of an access point,
a cable or DSL modem, and your computers. The access point is the central control point
for the network. Attached to the access point is the cable or DSL modem that provides
access to the Internet. Each of the computers or Ethernet-ready devices communicate with
the access point using radio waves. If your computer does not have a built-in wireless
Ethernet emitter, you need to add a wireless PCI card (desktop), PC card (notebook), or
USB adapter.
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Cable/DSL
modem
Access point
USB wireless
adapter
Tips & Tricks
To add the ability to access a wired Ethernet network to your wireless
Ethernet network, connect an access point to the router or use a
router that has a built-in access point, such as the Linksys wireless
access point router with 4-port switch. For more information about
accessing a wired Ethernet, see “Using a wired Ethernet network”
on page 82.
Equipment you need for an access point wireless Ethernet network
For an access point wireless Ethernet network you need:
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Two or more computers with wireless Ethernet emitters
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One access point
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One broadband Internet connection (optional)
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Important
IEEE 802.11b and IEEE 802.11g use the same radio frequency.
IEEE 802.11a uses a different radio frequency than IEEE 802.11b
and IEEE 802.11g. All wireless Ethernet components must use the
same frequency. A combination of IEEE 802.11a and IEEE 802.11b
or IEEE 802.11a and IEEE 802.11g components will not work. Some
wireless devices can broadcast and receive signals on both
frequencies.
A mixture of IEEE 802.11b and IEEE 802.11g components will result
in your network running at the speed of the slower IEEE 802.11b
components.
Tips & Tricks
When buying your access point, be sure the model includes
everything your network needs, including:
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■
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802.11g support - for next-generation, high-speed wireless
communications
Internet security features - such as a firewall to protect your network
from unwanted intruders
Wireless security features - such as 128-bit WEP encryption
4-port switch - to eliminate the need for additional network hardware
DHCP server/dynamic IP address assignment - to automatically
configure network and IP addresses
Determining if wireless Ethernet is already installed on your computers
To determine if wireless Ethernet is already installed on your computer:
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 the plus (+) in front of Network adapters. The wireless Ethernet device installed
in your computer is listed. If one is not listed, you must install one.
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Wired Ethernet network
Create a wired Ethernet network by using special wires to connect all the computers and
devices on your network. Wired Ethernet networks are typically faster than other network
types. Create a wired Ethernet network if:
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You are building a new home or your existing home already has Ethernet cable
installed in each room that has a device you want to connect
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You are creating a network in an office or business where network speed is more
important than moving about with your computer
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Your computer has an Ethernet jack for connecting to the network
Using a wired Ethernet network
A wired Ethernet network consists of two or more computers connected together through
an Ethernet cable. This connection type is commonly used in offices around the world
and can be used to build computer networks in the home.
Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, or Gigabit Ethernet
Ethernet is available at three different speeds. Standard Ethernet runs at 10 Mbps, Fast
Ethernet runs at 100 Mbps, and Gigabit Ethernet runs at 1000 Mbps. Most home networks
are built using Standard or Fast Ethernet components. Business networks are typically built
using Fast or Gigabit Ethernet components.
To create a wired Ethernet network, you or your electrician must install special Ethernet
cables in your home or office.
Important
Check local code requirements before installing Ethernet cable or
other wiring in your home or office. Your municipality may require you
to obtain a permit and hire a licensed installer.
The most common way to set up a wired Ethernet network is Dynamic Host Control
Protocol (DHCP) using a router. A DHCP network configuration uses a router to
automatically assign IP addresses to each computer or network device.
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Example router-based wired Ethernet network
The following is an example of a wired Ethernet network. The network is made up of a
router, a cable or DSL modem, your computers, and cables connecting each of these
components. The router is the central control point for the network. Attached to the router
are all of your computers or Ethernet-ready devices. Also connected to the router is a cable
or DSL modem that provides access to the Internet.
Cable/DSL
modem
Router
Tips & Tricks
To add the ability to access a wireless Ethernet network to your wired
Ethernet network, connect an access point to the router or use a
router that has a built-in access point, such as the Linksys wireless
access point router with 4-port switch. For more information about
accessing a wireless Ethernet, see “Using a wireless Ethernet
network” on page 77.
Equipment you need for a router-based wired Ethernet network
For a wired Ethernet network you need:
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Two or more computers with Ethernet jacks
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One router
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One broadband Internet connection (optional)
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Ethernet cables connecting all of the network equipment
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Important
For best results, all Ethernet components should be either standard
Ethernet (10 Mbps), Fast Ethernet (100 Mbps or 10/100), or Gigabit
Ethernet (1000 Mbps or 10/100/1000). A mixture of components rated
at different speeds will result in your network running at the speed
of the slowest rated component.
Tips & Tricks
When buying your router, be sure the model includes everything your
network needs, including:
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■
■
Internet security features - such as a firewall to protect your network
from unwanted intruders
4-port switch - to eliminate the need for additional network hardware
DHCP server/dynamic IP address assignment - to automatically
configure network and IP addresses
Determining if wired Ethernet is already installed on your computers
To determine if wired Ethernet is already installed on your computer:
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 the plus (+) in front of Network adapters. The wired Ethernet device installed in
your computer is listed. If one is not listed, you must install one.
Creating an Ethernet network
Installing Ethernet cards and drivers
After you have determined the type of Ethernet you are using for your network, you need
to install Ethernet cards and drivers on the computers that do not have Ethernet already
installed. To order wired or wireless Ethernet PCI or PC cards, visit the Accessories Store
at accessories.gateway.com.
Use the documentation that comes with your Ethernet cards for instructions on installing
the card and any required drivers.
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Making sure your broadband connection works
Before you change anything about your home setup, make sure that your broadband
connection is working correctly. To test the connection, log onto the Internet using your
current setup. If the connection is not working, contact your Internet service provider.
Important
If you do not have a broadband connection already installed, make
the necessary arrangements with your ISP. Be sure to find out how
soon after the installation the line will be activated.
Important
Broadband Internet settings will differ from ISP to ISP. Before you
begin setting up your network, you should contact your ISP for any
specific instructions they have for setting up a network.
Naming the computers and the workgroup
Important
You must give each computer on the network a unique Computer
Name and the same Workgroup Name.
To identify this computer on the network:
1
Click Start, then click Control Panel. The Control Panel window opens. If your Control
Panel is in Category View, click Performance and Maintenance. The Performance and
Maintenance window opens.
2
3
4
5
Click/Double-click System. The System Properties dialog box opens.
6
Type a name for your workgroup in the Workgroup box. Use a workgroup name of up
to 15 characters with no blank spaces. The workgroup name must be the same for
all computers in your network workgroup, and the name must be different than any
computer name on your network.
7
Click OK to close the Computer Name Changes dialog box.
Click Computer Name.
Click Change. The Computer Name Changes dialog box opens.
Type a unique computer name in the Computer name box. This name identifies the
computer to other users on the network. Use a computer name of up to 15 characters
with no blank spaces. Each computer name must be unique on your network.
All-numeric computer names are not allowed. Names must contain some letters.
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Configuring the TCP/IP protocol
A networking protocol is a language computers use to talk to each other. One of several
available protocols must be set up on each computer you plan to use on your network.
We recommend you use the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP),
which is widely accepted and compatible for local area networks (LANs), as well as for
Internet communications.
When networking is set up in Windows XP, TCP/IP is automatically installed as the default
protocol.
Terms you should know
DHCP - Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) lets a router temporarily assign an
IP address to a computer on the network.
IP Address - Internet Protocol (IP) address is a number that uniquely identifies a computer
on the network.
Subnet Mask - Subnet mask is a number that identifies what subnetwork the computer
is located on. This number will be the same on all computers on a home network.
Using a DHCP server
In order to use the TCP/IP protocol on each computer with a router or access point router,
you must set the protocol to “Obtain an IP address from a DHCP server.”
To use a DHCP server
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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 Local Area Connection, then click Properties. The Local Area Connection
Properties dialog box opens.
- OR If you do not have a LAN connection setup, click Create a new connection and follow
the instructions in the New Connection Wizard.
4
Click to select the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) check box in the This connection uses the
following items list. If you do not see TCP/IP, drag the scroll bar to see more choices.
5
Click Properties. The Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties dialog box opens.
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6
7
8
9
10
11
Click the General tab.
Click Obtain an IP address automatically.
Click OK to close the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties dialog box.
Click OK to close the Local Area Connection Properties dialog box.
Click X to close the Network Connections window.
Repeat this procedure for every computer on your network.
Where to go from here
If you are setting up a wireless Ethernet, go to “Setting up a wireless Ethernet network”
on page 89.
-ORIf you are setting up a wired Ethernet, go to “Setting up a wired Ethernet network” on
page 96.
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Setting up a wireless Ethernet network
See the instructions that came with your access point or wireless access point router for
initial setup. How you set up your access point varies depending on the features of the
access point and your networking situation.
Mounting the access point
When selecting a place to mount your access point, consider the following guidelines:
■
Mount your access point as high as possible (to avoid interference from natural
obstacles and appliances).
■
Mount your access point in a location where you can run an Ethernet cable from the
access point to either your wired Ethernet network or your cable or DSL modem.
Configuring the access point
Important
The following configuration information applies to the Linksys wireless
access point router with 4-port switch. For any other brand or model
of access point, see the manufacturer’s documentation, which may
accompany the access point or be available from the manufacturer’s
Web site.
To configure the Linksys wireless access point router with 4-port switch:
1
If you are connecting any wired devices to your wireless access point router, follow
the instructions in “Setting up a network using a router” on page 96, then go to Step 7.
-ORIf you are not connecting any wired devices to your wireless access point router, go
to Step 2.
2
Plug one end of a straight-through cable into the WAN port on the wireless access
point router and the other end into the DSL or cable modem.
3
Plug one end of the power adapter into the AC connector on the router and the other
end into a grounded, 110V electrical outlet.
4
5
6
Turn on the DSL or cable modem.
7
From one of the computers plugged into your wireless access point router, open your
Web browser.
Press the reset button on the wireless access point router.
Temporarily connect a computer to the wireless access point router using a
straight-through cable and turn the computer on.
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9
10
In the browser’s Address box, type http://192.168.1.1, then press ENTER.
When prompted for a username and password, leave the username box empty and
type admin in the password box, then click OK. The setup page opens.
Enter the following values in the appropriate fields:
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■
Host Name and Domain Name - Check with your ISP to see if entries are required in
these fields and, if so, what entries are required.
Enable/Disable wireless - Click Enable to turn on the wireless functions of your access
point router.
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SSID - Type a unique name for your wireless access point.
■
Allow Broadcast SSID to associate - Clicking Yes lets you automatically see the SSID
in the Available Networks list (see “Connecting to an access point network” on
page 91). Clicking No means that you will need to manually add the access point
(see “Adding an access point” on page 94). Clicking No makes your wireless network
more secure because intruders will not be able to connect to your network without
knowing the name of your access point.
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If you live in an apartment building or dormitory, you may want to click
No to prevent your neighbors from discovering and accessing your
network.
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Channel - In the United States, you can specify any channel between 1 and 11.
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WEP - To use WEP (wired equivalent privacy) encryption, select Mandatory. If you
use WEP encryption, all computers on your network must use the same WEP
encryption. See the documentation that came with your access point on how to
use WEP encryption.
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WAN Connection Type - If your ISP assigns you a different IP address each time you
log on, click Obtain an IP Address Automatically. If your ISP requires a fixed IP address,
click Static IP, then type the values provided by your ISP.
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12
Click Apply, then click Continue to save the settings.
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14
15
Reset the power on your cable or DSL modem.
If you temporarily connected a computer to the access point router in Step 6,
disconnect it.
Restart all of your computers on the network.
To connect to the access point, see “Connecting to an access point network” on
page 91.
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Connecting to an access point network
After you have set up your wireless access point, you need to set up the network connection
on your computers.
To connect to an access point wireless Ethernet network:
1
Before connecting to an access point, you must turn on the wireless Ethernet emitter
by clicking Start, then clicking 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
3
Click/Double-click Network Connections. The Network Connections window opens.
4
Click the network you created in the Choose a wireless network list, then click Connect.
Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the wireless network connection.
Right-click the Wireless Network Connection icon, then click View available wireless
networks. The Choose a wireless network window opens.
-ORIf you are unable to connect to the network in the Choose a wireless network list,
click the Learn about wireless networking topic located in the Related Tasks area.
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Help and
Support
For more information about connecting to a wireless network, click
Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword connecting to wireless network in the Search
box
, then click the arrow.
Configuring computer settings for an access point
If you are unable to connect to an access point in the Choose a wireless network list, the
most likely cause is that the access point is using WEP security. You need to configure your
network settings to use the same WEP security settings as those used by the access point.
To configure computer settings with WEP security for an access point wireless Ethernet
network:
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1
With the Wireless Network Connection window open, click Change advanced settings.
The Wireless Network Connection Properties dialog box opens.
2
Click the Wireless Networks tab.
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Click to select the access point network in the Preferred networks box, then click
Properties. The network properties dialog box opens. The name of the network already
appears in the Network name (SSID) box.
4
5
Click the arrow button to open the Data encryption list, then click WEP.
If the WEP network key is not provided automatically, click to clear The key is provided
for me automatically check box, then type the network key settings in the Network key
and Confirm network key boxes to match those set on the access point.
- OR If the WEP network key is provided automatically, then leave the check mark selected
in The key is provided for me automatically check box.
6
Make sure that the This is a computer-to-computer (ad hoc) network; wireless access points
are not used check box is not selected.
7
Click OK to close the Wireless Network Properties dialog box. Your network should be
running. Go to “Testing your network” on page 99.
Help and
Support
For more information about configuring a wireless network, click
Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword wireless network in the Search box
, then click the arrow.
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Adding an access point
If an access point does not appear in the Available networks list, and you know the access
point is turned on, you need to add it manually. This typically happens when you set the
access point’s Allow Broadcast SSID to associate to No. For more information, see
“Configuring the access point” on page 89.
To manually add an access point wireless Ethernet network:
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With the Wireless Network Connection window open, click Change order of preferred
networks. The Wireless Network Connection Properties dialog box opens.
2
Click the Wireless Networks tab.
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Click Add. The network properties dialog box opens.
4
5
Type the name of the network in the Network name (SSID) box.
6
If this is a security-enabled network, click the arrow button to open the Data encryption
list, then click WEP.
7
If the WEP network key is not provided automatically, click to clear The key is provided
for me automatically check box, then type the network key settings in the Network key
and Confirm network key boxes to match those set on the access point.
Click the arrow button to open the Network Authentication list, then click the network
authentication option you want.
- OR If the WEP network key is provided automatically, then leave the check mark selected
in The key is provided for me automatically check box.
8
Make sure that the This is a computer-to-computer (ad hoc) network; wireless access points
are not used check box is not selected.
9
Click OK to close the Wireless Network Properties dialog box. Your network should be
running. Go to “Testing your network” on page 99.
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Help and
Support
For more information about configuring a wireless network, click
Start, then click Help and Support.
Type the keyword wireless network in the Search box
, then click the arrow.
Setting up a wired Ethernet network
We recommend using category 5, unshielded, twisted-pair cable (approximately 1/4” in
diameter with a thin outer-jacket, containing eight color-coded wires), and equipment
compatible with this type of cable. This type of cable is equipped with RJ-45 connectors
(like a large telephone jack connector, but with eight pins) on each end.
Important
Category 5 cables are available in two different types; straight-through
cables, used to connect computers to a router, and crossover cables,
used to connect two computers.
To determine which type of cable you have, hold both ends of the
cable with the connectors facing away from you and with the spring
clip on the bottom. For straight-through cable, the wires on both
connectors are attached to copper pins in the same order (same
colors, left to right). For a crossover cable, the wires on each
connector are attached to the copper pins in a different order (different
colors, left to right).
Setting up a network using a router
If you are setting up a network for more than two computers and you will be connecting
your network to a high-speed Broadband Internet connection (cable or DSL modem), we
recommend the use of a router. A router lets you access the Internet connection from any
network computer. The router can assign IP addresses to the computers on the network
and can provide firewall protection for your network as well.
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In addition to a router, you need a straight-through cable for each computer you want to
connect to the network.
Cable/DSL
modem
Router
WAN port
To set up a network using a router:
1
Plug one end of the power adapter into the AC connector on the router and the other
end into a grounded, 110V electrical outlet.
2
3
Turn on your computers.
4
Repeat Step 3 for each computer on the network.
Plug one end of a straight-through network cable into any numbered port on the
router (except the WAN port). The WAN port is used to connect the router to the DSL
or cable modem, and is identified by a label or a switch. Plug the other end of the
cable into the network connector on the computer. As each computer is connected
to the router, the corresponding green indicator should light on the front of the router,
indicating a good connection.
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For an Internet connection, plug a straight-through cable into the WAN port on the
router and the other end into the Ethernet jack on the DSL or cable modem.
Configuring your router
After you have named your computers and set up TCP/IP on them, you can configure your
router using your Web browser. For these instructions, we assume that you are using the
router to connect your network to a high-speed Broadband Internet connection through
an Internet service provider (ISP) and that you are configuring it as a DHCP server.
Important
The following configuration information applies to the Linksys®
EtherFast Cable/DSL routers. For any other brand or model of router,
see the manufacturer’s documentation, which may accompany the
router or be available from the manufacturer’s Web site.
To configure the Linksys EtherFast Cable/DSL router:
1
From one of the computers connected to the network, open your Web browser, type
http://192.168.1.1 in the browser’s address box, then press ENTER.
2
When prompted for a username and password, leave the username box empty and
type admin in the password box, then click OK. The Setup page opens.
3
Enter the following values in the appropriate fields:
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Router Name and Domain Name - Check with your ISP to see if entries are required
in these fields and, if so, what entries are required. Normally, leaving the fields
blank will work.
4
5
6
7
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LAN IP Address - We recommend that you accept the defaults.
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WAN IP Address - If your ISP assigns you a different IP address each time you log
on, click Obtain an IP Address Automatically. If your ISP requires a fixed IP address,
click Specify an IP Address, then type the values provided by your ISP.
When you are finished entering information on the Setup page, click Apply.
Click the DHCP tab on the top of the screen.
Click the Enable checkbox, then click Apply.
Press the reset button on your cable or DSL modem, then restart the computer. Your
network should be running. Go to “Testing your network” on page 99.
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Testing your network
Now that your home network is set up, log onto one of your computers and access a favorite
Internet Web site.
If you are unable to connect to the Internet:
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Run the New Connection Wizard (see “Sharing an Internet connection” on page 100)
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Check all physical cable connections
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Compare the status lights on the front of the router or access point with the patterns
described in the router or access point literature
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Temporarily turn off any firewall software on your desktop computer
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Turn off all of the devices, then power them back on
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Refer to your router’s or access point’s troubleshooting information
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Contact your Internet service provider
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Sharing your resources
Sharing an Internet connection
Internet sharing lets all computers on the network access the Internet at the same time
using one Internet service provider (ISP) connection.
Important
The Internet setup procedure uses the Windows XP New Connection
Wizard and Internet Explorer. The example screens show those
screens that typically appear in the course of using the wizard. If your
Internet connection 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 Internet connection situation.
If you use a browser other than Internet Explorer, see the help
provided with that browser for configuring it for use on a network.
Important
If you are using a dial-up modem instead of a broadband connection,
see the documentation that came with your router or access point
for the correct procedure.
To set up Internet Explorer on each computer on your Ethernet network:
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Make sure that the router or access point is turned on and configured as instructed
by your cable or DSL provider.
2
Click Start, right-click Internet, then click Internet Properties. The Internet Properties
dialog box opens.
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Click the Connections tab.
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5
Click Setup. The New Connection Wizard opens.
Click Next. The Network Connection Type screen opens.
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Click Connect to the Internet, then click Next. The Getting Ready screen opens.
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Click Set up my connection manually, then click Next. The Internet Connection screen
opens.
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Click the type of Internet connection you are setting up, then click Next.
Click Finish.
Repeat this procedure for each computer on your network. Go to “Accessing the
Internet” on page 103.
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Accessing the Internet
To access the Internet from your computer:
1
2
Make sure that the router or access point is turned on.
Open Internet Explorer and browse the Internet.
Sharing drives and printers
With a network, you can share drives (for example hard drives, diskette drives, and CD or
DVD drives) and printers among the computers connected to the network.
After the drives and printers on each network computer are shared, you can access them
as though they were attached directly to your computer. Then you can:
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View a network drive
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Open and copy files stored on other network computers
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Print documents on network printers
Important
To share a printer among the network computers, each computer
must have the shared printer’s drivers installed. Follow the
instructions included with your printer to install the printer drivers on
each computer.
Sharing drives or folders
If you want to share a drive or folder, use the following instructions.
To share drives or folders:
1
Make sure that each computer on your network has Windows file and printer sharing
turned on by following the steps in “Sharing drives or folders” on page 103.
2
In My Computer or Windows Explorer, right-click the drive or folder that you want
to share, then click Sharing and Security. The folder properties dialog box opens.
If you share a drive, the entire contents of that drive will be available to everyone
on your network. If you share a folder, only the contents of that folder will be available
to everyone on the network.
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Click the Sharing tab.
4
If this is the first time you have shared a drive or folder, click Network Setup Wizard
to enable remote access, then follow the on-screen instructions.
- OR If you have previously enabled remote file access and you want to share a drive or
folder with others on the network (network sharing), click to select the Share this folder
on the network check box, type a shared name in the Shared name box. To let other
users have full permissions to read and write to the shared drive or folder, click to
select the Allow network users to change my files check box.
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Un-sharing drives, folders, and files
To un-share drives or folders:
1
In My Computer or Windows Explorer, right-click the drive or folder that you want
to un-share, then click Sharing and Security.
2
3
Make sure that the Share this folder on the network check box is not selected.
Click OK.
Sharing printers
To share printers:
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
3
4
5
Click/Double-click the Printers and Faxes icon. The Printers and Faxes window opens.
Right-click the name of the printer you want to share, then click Sharing.
Click Share this printer.
Click OK.
Using the network
After the drives and printers on each network computer are shared, you can:
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View shared drives and folders
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Map a network drive
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Open and copy files stored on other network computers
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Print documents on network printers
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Viewing shared drives and folders
To view shared drives and folders:
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2
Click Start, then click My Network Places. The My Network Places window opens.
3
4
Double-click Microsoft Windows Network.
5
Double-click the name of the computer containing the drive or folder you want to
view. All shared drives and folders are listed.
Click/Double-click Entire Network. The Entire Network window opens. If you do not see
the contents of the network after you double-click Entire Network, click entire contents.
Double-click the name of your workgroup. The names of each of the computers in
your workgroup are listed. For more information about workgroups, see “Naming the
computers and the workgroup” on page 85.
Mapping a network drive
After a drive or folder on one computer is mapped as a drive on another computer, the
contents of the drive or folder can be accessed as if the drive were attached directly to the
computer.
For example, the My Documents folder on computer 1 is mapped as the Z drive on
computer 2. To access the My Documents folder on computer 1 from computer 2,
double-click the Z drive.
To map a network drive:
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Locate the drive or folder by completing the steps in “Viewing shared drives and
folders” on page 106.
2
Right-click the drive or folder, then click Map Network Drive. The Map Network Drive
wizard opens.
3
Click the arrow button to open the Drive list, then click the drive letter you want to
map this drive or folder to.
4
Click Reconnect at Logon if you want to reconnect to this drive or folder each time
you log on to the network.
5
Click Finish.
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Opening files across the network
To open files across the network:
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2
3
4
Start the program for the file you want to open.
Click File, then click Open.
Browse to the network drive that contains the file you want to open.
Double-click the folder containing the file, then double-click the file.
Copying files across the network
To copy files across the network:
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2
3
4
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7
Click Start, then click My Computer. The My Computer window opens.
Browse to the network drive that contains the file you want to copy.
Browse to the file you want to copy.
Click the file.
Click Edit, then click Copy.
Double-click the folder where you want to copy the file to.
Click Edit, then click Paste.
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Printing files across the network
Important
Before you can print a file across the network, you must install the
driver for the printer on the computer you are sending the file from.
You can obtain the printer driver and installation instructions from the
CD that shipped with your printer or from the manufacturer’s Web site.
To print files across the network:
1
2
3
4
Open the file you want to print.
Click File, then click Print.
Click the arrow button to open the printer name list, then click the network printer.
Click OK.
Connecting to hotspots
A hotspot is a high-speed wireless Internet access point available in public locations such
as airports, airline clubs, libraries, book shops, and coffee houses.
While you are away from your home office, hotspots let you send and receive e-mail, surf
Web sites, or access your company’s network.
Important
If you want to access your company’s network through a hotspot,
contact your network administrator for setup information. You will
probably be routed through a VPN connection for maximum security.
You usually need to sign up to get access through hotspot connections. During the sign-up
process, the vendor will provide you with the necessary connection information.
To access any new network, obtain information about the network (such as the SSID,
password key, and security settings to use) and enter that information. See “Configuring
computer settings for an access point” on page 92 for instructions.
Caution
Because hotspots typically do not enable any security measures, the
data that you are sending and receiving may be vulnerable.
Any of the files on your computer that are marked for sharing may
be accessible to other users on the network.
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Troubleshooting Your Ethernet network
Wired Ethernet network
You cannot see the other computers on your network
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Make sure that your Ethernet cable is plugged into the Ethernet jack on your computer.
Make sure that the other end is plugged into a router.
■
Make sure that all computers are plugged into a powered electrical outlet and turned
on.
■
Make sure that the router is plugged into a powered electrical outlet and turned on.
Most routers have lights that indicate they are working. For more information, see
the documentation that came with your router.
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Make sure that all computers on your network have the same workgroup name.
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Make sure that all computers are using the same Subnet Mask.
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If you assigned IP addresses to the computers, make sure that all computers have
different IP addresses. For home networks, IP addresses should be 192.168.N.N where
N is a number you assign between 0 and 254. The first N should be the same for all
computers on your network and the second N should be different for all computers
on your network.
The computer does not recognize an add-in Ethernet card
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Shut down and restart your computer.
■
Make sure that you have installed the required software. For more information, see
the documentation that came with your Ethernet card.
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Reseat the card. For more information, about opening your computer case, see
“Opening the case” on page 46. For more information about your Ethernet card, see
the documentation that came with your Ethernet card.
Your wired Ethernet network is running slower than you expect
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If your wired Ethernet network is running slower than you expect, check the speed
of each Ethernet component. For best results, all Ethernet components should be
standard Ethernet (10 Mbps), Fast Ethernet (100 Mbps or 10/100 Mbps), or Gigabit
Ethernet (1000 Mbps or 10/100/1000 Mbps). A mixture of Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, and
Gigabit Ethernet components will result in your network running at the slowest
component speed.
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Wireless Ethernet network
You turned the wireless on, but it takes a while to connect.
■
When the wireless emitter is turned on, it automatically scans for available
connections, which can take approximately 30 seconds to complete.
Your connection on the network seems intermittent.
■
In addition to other factors, the strength of a wireless connection is determined by
the distance from the access point and structural material that the signal must travel
through (such as walls, cabinets, ceilings, and floors.)
If you cannot relocate, see if you can improve the connection by changing the channel
of the access point.
Your wireless Ethernet network is running slower than you expect
■
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.
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.
To check the signal strength of your wireless Ethernet network:
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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 networking on your computer if other computers with the same
network name are within range of your computer.
You are in a wireless network, you can see the network, but cannot communicate, send
files, print, or get to the Web.
■
If WEP is used by your access point, go to the Windows XP Wireless Networking
Properties window and make sure that both the WAP and the WLAN in the computer
have matching WEP keys.
You are in a wireless network, but no available networks are listed in the Windows XP
Wireless Networking utility.
■
If the network you are attempting to access does not broadcast its SSID, you need to
request the SSID from the administrator and add that network’s information into the
wireless utility. For more information, see “Adding an access point” on page 94.
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You may want to try entering ANY as the SSID, which will make the computer try
to auto-detect the network.
Your wireless network is listed as a preferred network, but it has an “x” on it.
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An x means your preferred network is not currently available or you are not currently
in range to connect.
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Appendix A
Safety, Regulatory, and Legal
Information
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Safety information
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Regulatory statements
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Notices
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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
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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.
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Do not use this product near water or a heat source such as a radiator.
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Set up the system on a stable work surface.
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The product should be operated only from the type of power source indicated on the rating label.
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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.
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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.
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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
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Do not walk on the power cord or allow anything to rest on it.
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Do not spill anything on the system. The best way to avoid spills is to avoid eating and drinking near your
system.
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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.
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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.
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Unplug the system from the wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified personnel if:
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The power cord or plug is damaged.
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Liquid has been spilled into the system.
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The system does not operate properly when the operating instructions are followed.
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The system was dropped or the cabinet is damaged.
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The system performance changes.
Replacement parts and accessories
Use only replacement parts and accessories recommended by Gateway.
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Warning
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.
Warning
To reduce the risk of fire, use only No. 26 AWG or larger
telecommunications line cord.
Regulatory compliance statements
United States of America
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 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:
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Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna
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Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver
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Connect the equipment to an outlet on a different circuit from that to which the receiver is connected
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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.
FCC declaration of conformity
Responsible party:
Gateway Companies, Inc.
610 Gateway Drive, North Sioux City, SD 57049
(605) 232-2000Fax: (605) 232-2023
Product:
Gateway E-2300
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.
Caution
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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California Proposition 65 Warning
Warning
This product contains chemicals, including lead, known to the State
of California to cause cancer, birth defects or reproductive harm.
Telecommunications per Part 68 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR 47) (applicable to products
fitted with USA modems)
Your modem complies with Part 68 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR 47) 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.
A 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:
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Remain on the line and briefly explain to the dispatcher the reason for the call.
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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.
Canada
Industry Canada (IC) 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 Industry Canada CS-03 (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.
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 © 2004 Gateway, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
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Poway, CA 92064 USA
All Rights Reserved
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Index
A
C
AC power connector 9
access point
adding 94
configuring 89, 92
connecting to 91
mounting 89
accessing
Internet 103
shared drives 106
shared files 107
shared folders 106
accessories 13
safety precautions 114
activity indicators
See indicators
adding
access point 94
application key 22, 23
arrow keys 22, 23
audio
audio in jack 9
front speaker jack 10
headphone jack 10
line in jack 9
line out jack 10
microphone jack 7, 9
muting 24, 25
side speaker jack 9
streaming 76
audio CD
See CD
audio file
streaming 76
audio in jack 9
cable lock 9
cable modem 27, 79, 83, 89, 96
connecting 9
Caps Lock indicator 22, 23
cards
inserting memory card 32
removing memory card 32
troubleshooting add-in card 59
troubleshooting memory card 66
types of memory cards supported 32
case
opening 46
CD
cleaning 44
controlling play with keyboard 24
eject button 7
inserting 35
playing audio 36
recording 36
troubleshooting 59
CD drive
eject button 7
identifying 34
locating drive 7
troubleshooting 59
using 34
cellular phone
memory cards 32
Certificate of Authenticity 12
cleaning
audio CD 44
case 41
CD 44
computer exterior 41
computer screen 42
DVD 44
keyboard 42
mouse 42
screen 42
closing
computer case 49
unresponsive program 21
B
battery
replacing 55
broadband connection 27, 76, 85
connecting 9
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computers
naming 85
configuring
access point 89, 92
router 98
TCP/IP protocol 86
connecting
modem 26
PS/2 keyboard 9
PS/2 mouse 9
to access point 91
to Ethernet network 9, 26
to hotspots 108
to Internet 9, 27
to network 9, 26
connections
audio in 9
digital camera 7, 9, 27
Ethernet 9, 26
external audio 9, 10
external speakers 10
front speaker 10
headphone 10
keyboard 7, 9
line in 9, 10
line out 10
microphone 7, 9
modem 10, 26
monitor 9
mouse 7, 9
network 9, 26
parallel 9
power 9
power cord 9
printer 7, 9
PS/2 keyboard 9
PS/2 mouse 9
scanner 7, 9
serial 9
side speaker 9
telephone 9
USB 7, 9
copying files across network 107
D
default printer 72
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DHCP 86
digital camera
locating serial port 9
locating USB port 7, 9
DIMM
See memory
directional keys 22, 23
diskette
eject button 7
troubleshooting 61
diskette drive
eject button 7
identifying 30
troubleshooting 61
using 30
display
troubleshooting 62
documentation
help 2
Help and Support 2
online help 4
Using Your Computer 3
domain name 90, 98
drives
CD 7, 34
diskette 30
DVD 7, 34
identifying drive types 34
mapping network 106
recordable CD 7, 34
recordable DVD 7, 34
sharing 76, 103
troubleshooting 59, 61, 62, 63
types 34
Zip 7, 31
DSL modem 27, 79, 83, 89, 96
connecting 9
DVD
cleaning 44
controlling play with keyboard 23
drive 34
eject button 7
inserting 35
playing 36
recording 36
troubleshooting 59
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DVD drive
eject button 7
identifying 34
locating drive 7
troubleshooting 59, 62
using 34
Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol 86
E
eject button
CD 7
diskette 7
DVD 7
electrostatic discharge (ESD) 45
e-mail
button 24
entering
IP address 86
subnet mask 86
ergonomics 16
eSupport 12
Ethernet
connecting 26
installing cards 84
installing drivers 84
jack 26
Ethernet jack 9
Ethernet network
creating 84
external audio jack 9, 10
F
Fast Ethernet 82
faxes
troubleshooting 67
files
opening shared 107
troubleshooting 62
finding
Help and Support topics 3
specifications 12
folders
sharing 103
function keys 22, 23
G
game
multi-player 77
Gateway
eSupport 12
serial number 12
Gateway contact information 4
Gigabit Ethernet 82
H
hard drive
troubleshooting 63
headphone jack 7, 10
help
button 24
online 4
using 2
Help and Support 2
searching 3
starting 2
Hibernate mode 7
hotspots
connecting to 108
I
indicators
Caps Lock 22, 23
CD drive 35
diskette drive 30
DVD drive 35
Num Lock 22, 23
numeric keypad 22, 23
Pad Lock 22, 23
power 7
Scroll Lock 22, 23
inkjet printer 13
installing
battery 55
devices 27
digital camera 27
digital video camera 27
memory 50
memory card 32
peripheral devices 27
printer 27
scanner 27
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line in jack 9, 10
line out jack 10
lock slot
Kensington cable 9
system battery 55
Internet
accessing 103
broadband connection 27
button 24
sharing access 76, 100
troubleshooting 64, 67
IP address
entering 86
LAN 98
WAN 90, 98
M
J
jacks
See connections
K
Kensington cable lock
lock slot 9
keyboard
buttons 22, 24
cleaning 42
features 22
Multifunction keyboard features 23
PS/2 port 9
troubleshooting 65
USB port 7, 9
keys
application 22, 23
arrow 22, 23
directional 22, 23
function 22, 23
Multifunction keyboard 23
navigation 22, 23
numeric 22, 23
Windows 22, 23
L
label
Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity 12
LAN IP Address 98
laser printer 13
LCD panel
troubleshooting 62, 69
lights
See indicators
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maintenance
cleaning case 41
cleaning component exteriors 41
cleaning computer display 42
cleaning computer screen 42
cleaning keyboard 42
cleaning mouse 42
protecting from viruses 39
mapping network drives 106
memory 32
adding 50
installing 50
purchasing 13
replacing 50
troubleshooting 65
memory card reader
memory card types supported 32
using 32
microphone jack 7, 9
Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity 12
modem
cable 27, 79, 83, 89, 96
connecting 26
DSL 27, 79, 83, 89, 96
jack 10, 26
protecting from power surge 18
troubleshooting 66
monitor
cleaning 42
port 9
troubleshooting 69
mouse
cleaning 42
PS/2 port 9
troubleshooting 70
USB port 7, 9
MP3 file
streaming 76
MP3 player
memory cards 32
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Multifunction keyboard 23
features 24
multimedia
adjusting volume 25
playing DVD 36
using DVD drive 34
using Windows Media Player 36
multi-player game
playing 77
muting sound 24, 25
My Documents button 24
N
name
computer 85
domain 90, 98
router 90, 98
workgroup 85
naming
computers 85
workgroup 85
navigation keys 22, 23
network
jack 26
testing 99
troubleshooting 71, 109
using 105
network connection
selecting 77
network jack 9
networking
games 77
sharing devices 76
sharing drives 76
sharing Internet connections 76
sharing printers 76
streaming audio 76
streaming video 76
New Connection Wizard 100
next button 24
Norton Antivirus 39
numeric keypad 22, 23
indicator 22, 23
O
online help 2, 4
button 24
online search
button 24
opening
computer case 46
files across network 107
P
Pad Lock indicator 22, 23
parallel port 9
password 71
PDA
memory cards 32
peripheral devices 27
play button 24
playing
audio CD 36
DVD 36
multi-player games 77
Plug and Play devices
USB support for 27
ports
See connections
power
button 7
connector 9
Hibernate mode 7
indicator 7
source problems 18
Standby/Resume 7
troubleshooting 71
turning off computer 20
turning on computer 19
power button 7
previous button 24
printer
default 72
inkjet 13
installing 27
laser 13
parallel port 9
sharing 76, 103, 105
troubleshooting 71
USB port 7, 9
printing files across network 108
programming
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My Documents button 24
shortcut buttons 24
programs
closing unresponsive 21
PS/2 port
keyboard 9
mouse 9
R
RAM
See memory
rebooting computer 21
recordable drive 7, 13
eject button 7
locating 7
troubleshooting 59
recording
CDs 36
DVDs 36
resetting computer 21
resources
sharing 100
restarting computer 21
Resume mode 7
router
configuring 98
name 90, 98
S
safety
avoiding repetitive strain 18
caring for computer 38
general precautions 114
guidelines for troubleshooting 58
posture 17
reducing eye strain 16
setting up computer 17
static electricity 45
scanner
installing 27
screen
cleaning 42
troubleshooting 69
Scroll Lock indicator 22, 23
search button 24
searching in Help and Support 3
124
security features
Kensington cable lock 9
serial number 12
serial port 9
service plan 4
setting up
safety precautions 114
sharing
devices 76
drives 76, 103
Internet connection 76, 100
printer 76, 103, 105
resources 100
shutting down computer 20, 21
sound
adjusting 24, 25
controls 24, 25
muting 24, 25
speaker jack 10
special-function buttons 24
specifications 12
Standby mode 7
starting computer 7, 19
static electricity 45
stop button 24
streaming audio and video 76
subnet mask
entering 86
surge protector 18
system battery
replacing 55
T
tape backup drive 13
TCP/IP protocol
configuring 86
technical support 12
telephone jack 9
testing network 99
troubleshooting
add-in cards 59
cards 59
CD drive 59
cleaning CD 44
cleaning DVD 44
computer startup 61
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diskette drive 61
display 62
DVD drive 59
DVD/CD drive 59
Ethernet network 109
faxes 67
files 62
general guidelines 58
hard drive 63
Internet connection 64, 67
keyboard 65
LCD panel 62, 69
memory 65
memory card reader 66
modem 66
monitor 69
mouse 70
network 71
passwords 71
power 71
printer 71
safety guidelines 58
screen 69
screen resolution 69
Web site connection speed 64
turning off computer 7, 20, 21
turning on computer 7, 19
removing with Norton AntiVirus 39
voltage switch 10, 19
volume
adjusting 24, 25
adjusting modem 68
buttons 24
controls 24, 25
muting 24, 25
troubleshooting 73
W
U
uninterruptible power supply (UPS) 14, 18
updating
device drivers 38
Norton AntiVirus 39
Windows 38
UPS 14, 18
USB port 7, 9, 27
WAN IP Address 90, 98
Web browser
button 24
Windows
file and printer sharing 103
New Connection Wizard 100
Product Key Code 12
Windows key 22, 23
Windows Media Player 36
Windows Update 38
wired Ethernet
equipment needed 83
example 83
setting up 96
troubleshooting 109
using 82
wireless Ethernet
equipment needed 80
example 79
frequency 78
speed 78
troubleshooting 110
using 77
workgroup
naming 85
working safely 16
V
video
playing 36
streaming 76
video file
streaming 76
viewing shared drives and folders 106
virus
protecting against 39
Z
Zip drive 13
identifying 31
using 31
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