Toshiba P25 Laptop User Manual

Toshiba P25 Laptop User Manual
®
Satellite P25 Series
User’s Guide
If you need assistance:
❖
Toshiba Global Support Centre
Calling within the United States (800) 457-7777
Calling from outside the United States (949) 859-4273
For more information, see “If Something Goes Wrong” on
page 207 in this guide.
Handling the cord on this product will expose you to lead, a
chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects
or other reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling.
C6671-0304M2
03/04
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Model: Satellite P25 Series
ReWritable CD/DVD Drives
The computer system you purchased may include a ReWritable CD and/or
DVD drive(s), among the most advanced data storage technologies
available. As with any new technology, you must read and follow all set-up
and usage instructions in the applicable user guides and/or manuals
enclosed. If you fail to do so, this product may not function properly and
you may lose data or suffer other damage. TOSHIBA AMERICA
INFORMATION SYSTEMS (“TOSHIBA”), ITS AFFILIATES AND
SUPPLIERS DO NOT WARRANT THAT OPERATION OF THE
PRODUCT WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR FREE. YOU
AGREE THAT TOSHIBA, ITS AFFILIATES AND SUPPLIERS
SHALL HAVE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR DAMAGE TO OR LOSS
OF ANY BUSINESS, PROFITS, PROGRAMS, DATA OR
REMOVABLE STORAGE MEDIA ARISING OUT OF OR
RESULTING FROM THE USE OF THE PRODUCT, EVEN IF
ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY THEREOF.
Protection of Stored Data
For your important data, please make periodic back-up copies of all the
data stored on the hard disk or other storage devices as a precaution against
possible failures, alteration, or loss of the data. IF YOUR DATA IS
ALTERED OR LOST DUE TO ANY TROUBLE, FAILURE OR
MALFUNCTION OF THE HARD DISK DRIVE OR OTHER
STORAGE DEVICES AND THE DATA CANNOT BE RECOVERED,
TOSHIBA SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGE OR LOSS
OF DATA, OR ANY OTHER DAMAGE RESULTING
THEREFROM. WHEN COPYING OR TRANSFERRING YOUR
DATA, PLEASE BE SURE TO CONFIRM WHETHER THE DATA
HAS BEEN SUCCESSFULLY COPIED OR TRANSFERRED.
TOSHIBA DISCLAIMS ANY LIABILITY FOR THE FAILURE TO
COPY OR TRANSFER THE DATA CORRECTLY.
Critical Applications
The computer you have purchased is not designed for any “critical
applications.” “Critical applications” means life support systems, medical
applications, connections to implanted medical devices, commercial
transportation, nuclear facilities or systems or any other applications where
product failure could lead to injury to persons or loss of life or catastrophic
property damage. ACCORDINGLY, TOSHIBA, ITS AFFILIATES
AND SUPPLIERS DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY
ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF THE COMPUTER PRODUCTS IN
ANY CRITICAL APPLICATIONS. IF YOU USE THE COMPUTER
PRODUCTS IN A CRITICAL APPLICATION, YOU, AND NOT
TOSHIBA, ASSUME FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR SUCH USE.
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FCC Notice
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a
Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC rules. These limits
are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference
in a residential installation.
This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and,
if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, it may cause
harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no
guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this
equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception,
which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is
encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the
following measures:
❖
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
❖
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
❖
Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to
which the receiver is connected.
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Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
NOTE
Only Peripherals complying with the FCC Class B limits may be attached to
this equipment. Operation with noncompliant peripherals or peripherals not
recommended by Toshiba is likely to result in interference to radio and TV
reception. Shielded cables must be used between the external devices and
the computer's or expansion unit's serial port, monitor port, USB port, PS/2
port®, i.LINK® port, and microphone jack. Changes or modifications made
to this equipment not expressly approved by Toshiba or parties authorized
by Toshiba could void the user's authority to operate the equipment.
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to
the following two conditions:
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This device may not cause harmful interference.
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This device must accept any interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired operation.
Contact:
Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc.
9740 Irvine Blvd.
Irvine, CA 92618-1697
(949) 583-3000
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Industry Canada Requirement
This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est conformé à la norme NMB-003
du Canada.
FCC Requirements
The following information is pursuant to FCC CFR 47, Part 68 and refers
to internal modems.
This equipment complies with Part 68 of the FCC rules. On the bottom of
this equipment is a label that contains, among other information, the FCC
registration number and ringer equivalence number (REN) for this
equipment. If requested, the information must be provided to the telephone
company.
The modem connects to the telephone line by means of a standard jack
called the USOC RJ11C.
A plug and jack used to connect this equipment to the premises wiring and
telephone network must comply with the applicable FCC part 68 rules and
requirements adopted by the ACTA. A compliant telephone cord and modular
plug is provided with this product. It is designed to be connected to a compatible
modular jack that is also compliant.
The REN is used to determine the number of devices that may be
connected to a telephone line. Excessive RENs on a telephone line may
result in the devices not ringing in response to an incoming call. In most but
not all 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. For products approved
after July 23, 2001, the REN for this product is part of the product identifier
that has the format US:AAAEQ##TXXXX. The digits represented by the
## are the REN without a decimal point (e.g., 03 is a REN of 0.3). For
earlier products, the REN is separately shown on the label.
Connection to party line service is subject to state tariffs. Contact the state public
utility commission, public service commission or corporation commission for
information.
Telephone Company Procedures
The goal of the telephone company is to provide you with the best service it
can. In order to do this, it may occasionally be necessary for them to make
changes in their equipment, operations or procedures. If these changes
might affect your service or the operation of your equipment, the telephone
company will give you notice, in writing, to allow you to make any changes
necessary to maintain uninterrupted service.
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If Problems Arise
If this equipment causes harm to the telephone network, the telephone
company will notify you in advance that temporary discontinuance of
service may be required. But if advanced notice is not practical, the
telephone company will notify the customer as soon as possible. Also, you
will be advised of your right to file a complaint with the FCC if you believe
it is necessary.
If trouble is experienced with this equipment, for repair or warranty
information, please contact Toshiba Corporation, Toshiba America
Information Systems, Inc. or an authorized representative of Toshiba, or the
Toshiba Support Centre within the United States at (800) 457-7777 or
Outside the United States at (949) 859-4273. If the equipment is causing
harm to the telephone network, the telephone company may request that
you disconnect the equipment until the problem is resolved.
Disconnection
If you should ever decide to permanently disconnect your modem from its
present line, please call the telephone company and let them know of this
change.
Fax Branding
The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 makes it unlawful for any
person to use a computer or other electronic device, including Fax
machines, to send any message unless such message clearly contains in a
margin at the top or bottom of each transmitted page or on the first page of
the transmission, the date and time it is sent and an identification of the
business or other entity, or other individual sending the message and the
telephone number of the sending machine or such business, other entity, or
individual. (The telephone number provided may not be a 900 number or
any other number for which charges exceed local or long-distance
transmission charges.)
In order to program this information into your fax transmission, refer to the
fax software instructions installed on this computer.
Alarm Equipment
If your home has specially wired alarm equipment connected to the
telephone line, ensure the installation of this equipment does not disable
your alarm equipment. If you have questions about what will disable alarm
equipment, consult your telephone company or a qualified installer.
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Instructions for IC CS-03 Certified Equipment
1
NOTICE: The Industry Canada label identifies certified equipment.
This certification means that the equipment meets certain
telecommunications network protective, operational and safety
requirements as prescribed in the appropriate Terminal Equipment
Technical Requirements document(s). The Department does not
guarantee the equipment will operate to the user’s satisfaction.
Before installing this equipment, users should ensure that it is
permissible to be connected to the facilities of the local
telecommunications company. The equipment must also be installed
using an acceptable method of connection. The customer should be
aware that compliance with the above conditions may not prevent
degradation of service in some situations.
Repairs to certified equipment should be coordinated by a
representative designated by the supplier. Any repairs or alterations
made by the user to this equipment, or equipment malfunctions, may
give the telecommunications company cause to request the user to
disconnect the equipment.
Users should ensure for their own protection that the electrical ground
connections of the power utility, telephone lines and internal metallic
water pipe system, if present, are connected together. This precaution
may be particularly important in rural areas.
Caution: Users should not attempt to make such connections
themselves, but should contact the appropriate electric inspection
authority, or electrician, as appropriate.
2
The user manual of analog equipment must contain the equipment’s
Ringer Equivalence Number (REN) and an explanation notice similar
to the following:
The Ringer Equivalence Number (REN) of this device can be found
on the label affixed to your computer.
NOTICE: The Ringer Equivalence Number (REN) assigned to each
terminal device provides an indication of the maximum number of
terminals allowed to be connected to a telephone interface. The
termination on an interface may consist of any combination of devices
subject only to the requirement that the sum of the Ringer Equivalence
Numbers of all the devices does not exceed 5.
3
The standard connecting arrangement (telephone jack type) for this
equipment is jack type(s): USOC RJ11C.
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Wireless Interoperability
The TOSHIBA Wireless LAN Mini PCI Card products are designed to be
interoperable with any wireless LAN product that is based on Direct
Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) radio technology, and is compliant to:
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The IEEE 802.11 Standard on Wireless LANs (Revision A/B), as
defined and approved by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Engineers.
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The Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) certification as defined by the WECA
Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance.
Bluetooth™ and Wireless LAN devices operate within the same radio
frequency range and may interfere with one another. If you use Bluetooth™
and Wireless LAN devices simultaneously, you may occasionally experience
a less than optimal network performance or even lose your network
connection.
If you should experience any such problem, immediately turn off your
Bluetooth™ or Wireless LAN.
Please contact Toshiba PC product support on Web site http://www.toshibaeurope.com/computers/tnt/bluetooth.htm in Europe or
http://www.pcsupport.global.toshiba.com in the United States for more information.
This device is restricted to indoor use due to its operation in the 5.15 GHz to
5.85 GHz frequency range.
Wireless LAN and your Health
Wireless LAN products, like other radio devices, emit radio frequency
electromagnetic energy. The level of energy emitted by Wireless LAN
devices however is far much less than the electromagnetic energy emitted
by wireless devices like for example mobile phones.
Because Wireless LAN products operate within the guidelines found in
radio frequency safety standards and recommendations, TOSHIBA
believes Wireless LAN is safe for use by consumers. These standards and
recommendations reflect the consensus of the scientific community and
result from deliberations of panels and committees of scientists who
continually review and interpret the extensive research literature.
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In some situations or environments, the use of Wireless LAN may be
restricted by the proprietor of the building or responsible representatives of
the organization. These situations may for example include:
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Using the Wireless LAN equipment on board of airplanes, or
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In any other environment where the risk of interference to other
devices or services is perceived or identified as harmful.
If you are uncertain of the policy that applies on the use of wireless devices
in a specific organization or environment (e.g. airports), you are
encouraged to ask for authorization to use the Wireless LAN device prior to
turning on the equipment.
Regulatory Information
The TOSHIBA Wireless LAN Mini PCI Card must be installed and used in
strict accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions as described in the
user documentation that comes with the product. This device complies with
the following radio frequency and safety standards.
Canada – Industry Canada (IC)
This device complies with RSS 210 of Industry Canada.
The installer of this radio equipment must ensure that the antenna is located
or pointed such that it does not emit RF field in excess of Health Canada
limits for the general population; consult Safety Code 6, obtainable from
Health Canada’s Web site www.hc-sc.gc.ca/rpb. The RF device shall not be
co-located with any other transmitter that has not been tested with this
device.
Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may
not cause interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference,
including interference that may cause undesired operation of this device.
L’utilisation de ce dispositif est autorisée seulement aux conditions
suivantes: (1) il ne doit pas produire de brouillage et (2) l’utilisateur du
dispositif doit étre prêt à accepter tout brouillage radioélectrique reçu,
même si ce brouillage est susceptible de compromettre le fonctionnement
du dispositif.
The term “IC” before the equipment certification number only signifies that
the Industry Canada technical specifications were met.
To prevent radio interference to the licensed service, this device is intended
to be operated indoors and away from windows to provide maximum
shielding. Equipment (or its transmit antenna) that is installed outdoors is
subject to licensing.
Pour empecher que cet appareil cause du brouillage au service faisant
l'objet d'une licence, il doit etre utilize a l'interieur et devrait etre place loin
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des fenetres afin de Fournier un ecram de blindage maximal. Si le matriel
(ou son antenne d'emission) est installe a l'exterieur, il doit faire l'objet
d'une licence.
Europe – EU Declaration of Conformity
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This device complies with the essential requirements of the R&TTE
Directive 1999/5/EC with essential test suites as per standards:
EN 60950 Safety of Information Technology equipment
ETS 300 328 Technical requirements for radio equipment
ETS 300 826 General EMC requirements for radio equipment.
België/
Belgique:
For outdoor usage only channel 10 (2457 MHz) and 11 (2462 MHz) is
allowed.
For private usage outside buildings across public grounds over less than
300m no special registration with IBPT/BIPT is required. Registration
to IBPT/BIPT is required for private usage outside buildings across
public grounds over more than 300m. An IBPT/BIPT license is
required for public usage outside building. For registration and license
please contact IBPT/BIPT.
Gebruik buiten gebouw alleen op kanalen 10 (2457 MHz) en 11 (2462
MHz). Voor privé-gebruik buiten gebouw over publieke groud over
afstand kleiner dan 300m geen registratie bij BIPT/IBPT nodig; voor
gebruik over afstand groter dan 300m is wel registratie bij BIPT/IBPT
nodig. Voor publiek gebruik buiten gebouwen is licentie van BIPT/
IBPT verplicht. Voor registratie of licentie kunt u contact opnemen met
BIPT.
L’utilisation en extérieur est autorisé sur le canal 10 (2457 MHz) et 11
(2462 MHz). Dans le cas d’une utilisation privée, a l’extérieur d’un
bâtiment, audessus d’un espace public, aucun enregistrement n’est
nécessaire pour une distance de moins de 300m. Pour une distance
supérieure à 300m un enregistrement auprés de I’IBPT est requise.
Pour une utilisation publique à I’extérieur de bâtiments, une licence de
I’IBPT est requise. Pour les enregistrements et licences, veuillez
contacter I’IBPT.
Deutschland:
License required for outdoor installations. Check with reseller for procedure to follow.
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Anmeldung im Outdoor-Bereich notwendig, aber nicht genehmigungspflichtig. Bitte mit Händler die Vorgehensweise abstimmen.
France:
Restricted frequency band: only channels 10 and 11 (2457 MHz and
2462 MHz respectively) may be used in France. License required for
every installation, indoor and outdoor installations. Please contact ART
for procedure to follow.
Bande de fréquence restreinte: seuls les canaux 10 à 11 (2457 MHz et
2462 MHz respectivement) doivent être utilisés en France. Toute utilisation, qu’elle soit intérieure ou extérieure, est soumise à autorisation.
Vous pouvez contacter I’Autorité de Régulation des Télécommuniations (http://www.art-telecom.fr) pour la procédure à suivre.
Italia:
License required for indoor use. Use with outdoor installations not
allowed.
E’necessaria la concessione ministeriale anche per l’uso interno. Verificare con i rivenditori la procedura da seguire. L’uso per installazione in
esterni non e’ permessa.
Nederland:
License required for outdoor installations. Check with reseller for procedure to follow.
Licentie verplicht voor gebruik met buitenantennes. Neem contact op
met verkoper voor juiste procedure.
USA – Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
This device complies with Part 15 of FCC Rules. Operation of the devices
in a Wireless LAN System is subject to the following two conditions:
❖
This device may not cause harmful interference.
❖
This device must accept any interference that may cause undesired
operation.
TOSHIBA is not responsible for any radio or television interference caused
by unauthorized modification of the devices included with this TOSHIBA
Wireless LAN Mini PCI Card, or the substitution or attachment of
connecting cables and equipment other than specified by TOSHIBA.
The correction of interference caused by such unauthorized modification,
substitution or attachment will be the responsibility of the user.
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Caution: Exposure to Radio Frequency Radiation
The Toshiba Wireless LAN Mini PCI Card will be installed with one of two
types of antennas. The both of antenna types, when installed are located at
the upper edge of the LCD screen.
For both antennas, the radiated output power of the TOSHIBA Wireless
LAN Mini PCI Card is far below the FCC radio frequency exposure limits.
Nevertheless, the TOSHIBA Wireless LAN Mini PCI Card shall be used in
such a manner that the potential for human contact during normal operation
is minimized. In normal operating configuration, the LCD in the upright
position, the distance between the antenna and the user should not be less
than 20 cm. The antenna(s) used for this transmitter must not be co-located
or operating in conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter.
Antenna(s) used in 5.15 GHz to 5.25 GHz frequency band must be integral
antenna which provide no access to the end user.
Refer to the Regulatory Statements as identified in the documentation that
comes with those products for additional information.
Caution: Radio Frequency Interference Requirements
This device is restricted to indoor use due to its operation in the 5.15 GHz
to 5.25 GHz frequency range. FCC requires this product to be used indoors
for frequency range 5.15 GHz to 5.25 GHz to reduce the potential for
harmful interference to co-channel Mobile Satellite systems.
High power radars are allocated as primary users of the 5.25 GHz to
5.35 GHz and 5.65 GHz to 5.85 GHz bands. These radar stations can cause
interference with and/or damage this device.
NOTE
The above Caution information applies to products that operate with an
802.11a device.
Taiwan
Article 14
Unless approved, for any model accredited low power radio frequency
electric machinery, any company, trader or user shall not change the
frequency, increase the power or change the features and functions of
the original design.
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Article 17
Any use of low power radio frequency electric machinery shall not
affect the aviation safety and interfere with legal communications. In
event that any interference is found, the use of such electric machinery
shall be stopped immediately, and reusing of such products can be
resumed until no interference occurs after improvement.
The legal communications mentioned in the above item refer to radio
communications operated in accordance with telecommunication laws and
regulations.
Low power radio frequency electric machinery shall resist against
interference from legal communications or from industrial, scientific and
medical radio emission electric machinery.
Using this Equipment in Japan
In Japan, the frequency bandwidth of 2,400 MHz to 2,483.5 MHz for
second generation low-power data communication systems such as this
equipment overlaps that of mobile object identification systems (premises
radio station and specified low-power radio station).
1. Sticker
Please put the following sticker on devices incorporating this product.
2. Indication
The indication shown below appears on this equipment.
1
2.4: This equipment uses a frequency of 2.4 GHz.
2
3
4
DS: This equipment uses DS-SS modulation.
The interference range of this equipment is less than 40m.
This equipment uses a frequency bandwidth from 2,400 MHz to
2,483.5 MHz.
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It is possible to avoid the band of mobile object identification systems.
3. TOSHIBA Direct PC
Monday – Friday: 10:00 – 17:00
Toll Free Tel: 0120-13-1100
Direct Dial: 03-3457-5916
Fax: 03-5444-9450
Device Authorization
This device obtains the Technical Regulation Conformity Certification and
the Technical Conditions Compliance Approval, and it belongs to the
device class of radio equipment of low-power data communication system
radio station stipulated in the Radio Law and the Telecommunications
Business Law of Japan.
The Name of the radio equipment: MPC13A-20/R
JAPAN APPROVALS INSTITUTE FOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS
EQUIPMENT
Approval Number: D01-1128JP
TELECOM ENGINEERING CENTER Approval Number: 03NY.A0018,
03GZDA0017
The following restrictions apply:
❖
Do not disassemble or modify the device.
❖
Do not install the embedded wireless module into other device.
Interference Statement
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a
Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits
are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference
in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate
radio frequency energy. If not installed and used in accordance with the
instructions, it may cause harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a
particular installation.
If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television
reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on,
the user is encouraged to try and correct the interference by one or more of
the following measures:
❖
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
❖
Increase the distance between the equipment and the receiver.
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❖
Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to
which the receiver is connected.
❖
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Toshiba is not responsible for any radio or television interference caused by
unauthorized modification of the devices included with this Toshiba
Wireless LAN Mini PCI Card, or the substitution or attachment of
connecting cables and equipment other than specified by Toshiba.
The correction of interference caused by such unauthorized modification,
substitution or attachment will be the responsibility of the user.
NOTE
The following information is dependent on what type of wireless device is in
your computer.
Approved Countries/Regions for use for the Atheros AR5001X
Mini PCI Wireless network adapter
This equipment is approved to the radio standard by the countries/regions
in the following table.
Do not use this equipment except in the countries/regions in the following
table.
NOTE
This device works on passive scan only.
A peer-to-peer mode is not available in 802.11a and Turbo Mode.
802.11b (2.4 GHz)
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Canada
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Ireland
Italy
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Portugal
Sweden
Switzerland
UK
USA
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802.11a (5 GHz)
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Canada
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Ireland
Italy
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Portugal
Sweden
Switzerland
UK
USA
Turbo Mode (5 GHz)
Canada
USA
Approved Countries/Regions for use for the Intel® PRO/
Wireless LAN 2100 3B Mini PCI Adapter
This equipment is approved to the radio standard by the countries/regions
in the following table.
Do not use this equipment except in the countries/regions in the following
table.
Argentina
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Brazil
Canada
Chile
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Mexico
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Peru
Portugal
Singapore
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
UK
Uruguay
USA
Venezuela
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Approved Countries/Regions for use for the Toshiba Mini PCI
Wireless LAN Card
This equipment is approved to the radio standard by the countries/regions
in the following table.
Do not use this equipment except in the countries/regions in the following
table.
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Canada
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hong Kong
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Malaysia
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Philippines
Portugal
Singapore
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Thailand
UK
USA
Bluetooth wireless technology Interoperability
Bluetooth™ Cards from TOSHIBA are designed to be interoperable with
any product with Bluetooth wireless technology that is based on Frequency
Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) radio technology, and is compliant to:
❖
Bluetooth Specification Ver.1.1, as defined and approved by The
Bluetooth Special Interest Group.
❖
Logo certification with Bluetooth wireless technology as defined by
The Bluetooth Special interest Group.
Bluetooth wireless technology is a new innovative technology, and TOSHIBA
has not confirmed compatibility of its Bluetooth™ products with all PCs and/
or equipment using Bluetooth wireless technology other than TOSHIBA
portable computers.
Always use Bluetooth™ cards from TOSHIBA in order to enable wireless
networks over two or more (up to a total of seven) TOSHIBA portable
computers using these cards. Please contact TOSHIBA PC product support
on Web site http://www.toshiba-europe.com/computers/tnt/bluetooth.htm in
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Europe or http://www.pcsupport.global.toshiba.com in the United States for
more information.
When you use Bluetooth™ cards from TOSHIBA close to 2.4 GHz Wireless
LAN devices, Bluetooth transmissions might slow down or cause errors. If
you detect certain interference while you use Bluetooth™ cards from
TOSHIBA, always change the frequency, move your PC to the area outside of
the interference range of 2.4 GHz Wireless LAN devices (40 meters/43.74
yards or more) or stop transmitting from your PC. Please contact TOSHIBA
PC product support on Web site http://www.toshiba-europe.com/computers/
tnt/bluetooth.htm in Europe or http://www.pcsupport.global.toshiba.com in
the United States for more information.
Bluetooth™ and Wireless LAN devices operate within the same radio frequency
range and may interfere with one another. If you use Bluetooth™ and Wireless LAN
devices simultaneously, you may occasionally experience a less than optimal
network performance or even lose your network connection. If you should
experience any such problem, immediately turn off either one of your Bluetooth™ or
Wireless LAN. Please contact Toshiba PC product support on Web site http://
www.toshiba-europe.com/computers/tnt/bluetooth.htm in Europe or http://
www.pcsupport.global.toshiba.com in the United States for more information.
Bluetooth wireless technology and your Health
The products with Bluetooth wireless technology, like other radio devices,
emit radio frequency electromagnetic energy. The level of energy emitted
by devices with Bluetooth wireless technology however is far much less
than the electromagnetic energy emitted by wireless devices like for
example mobile phones.
Because products with Bluetooth wireless technology operate within the
guidelines found in radio frequency safety standards and recommendations,
TOSHIBA believes Bluetooth wireless technology is safe for use by
consumers. These standards and recommendations reflect the consensus of
the scientific community and result from deliberations of panels and
committees of scientists who continually review and interpret the extensive
research literature.
In some situations or environments, the use of Bluetooth wireless
technology may be restricted by the proprietor of the building or
responsible representatives of the organization. These situations may for
example include:
❖
Using the equipment with Bluetooth wireless technology on board of
airplanes, or
❖
In any other environment where the risk of interference to other
devices or services is perceived or identified as harmful.
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If you are uncertain of the policy that applies on the use of wireless devices
in a specific organization or environment (e.g. airports), you are
encouraged to ask for authorization to use the device with Bluetooth
wireless technology prior to turning on the equipment.
Regulatory statements
This product complies with any mandatory product specification in any
country/ region where the product is sold. In addition, the product complies
with the following:
European Union (EU) and EFTA
This equipment complies with the R&TTE directive 1999/5/EC and has
been provided with the CE mark accordingly.
Canada-Industry Canada (IC)
This device complies with RSS 210 of Industry Canada.
Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may
not cause interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference,
including interference that may cause undesired operation of this device.”
L’utilisation de ce dispositif est autorisée seulement aux conditions
suivantes: (1) il ne doit pas produire de brouillage et (2) l’utilisateur du
dispositif doit étre prét à accepter tout brouillage radioélectrique reçu,
même si ce brouillage est susceptible de compromettre le fonctionnement
du dispositif.
The term “IC” before the equipment certification number only signifies that
the Industry Canada technical specifications were met.
Caution: FCC Interference Statement
This device complies with part15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to
the following two conditions:
❖
This device may not cause harmful interference, and
❖
This device must accept any interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired operation.
Note that any changes or modifications to this equipment not expressly
approved by the manufacturer may void the authorization to operate this
equipment.
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Caution: Exposure to Radio Frequency Radiation
The radiated output power of the Bluetooth™ Card from TOSHIBA is far
below the FCC radio frequency exposure limits. Nevertheless, the
Bluetooth™ Card from TOSHIBA shall be used in such a manner that the
potential for human contact during normal operation is minimized.
In order to comply with FCC radio-frequency radiation exposure
guidelines for an uncontrolled environment, the Bluetooth™ Card from
TOSHIBA has to be operated while maintaining a minimum body to
antenna which are located on top of LCD distance of 20 cm.
Refer to the Regulatory Statements as identified in the documentation that
comes with those products for additional information.
The Bluetooth™ Card from TOSHIBA is far below the FCC radio
frequency exposure limits.
Nevertheless, it is advised to use the Bluetooth™ Card from TOSHIBA in
such a manner that human contact during normal operation is minimized.
NOTE
Changes or modifications made to this equipment not expressly approved by
TOSHIBA or parties authorized by TOSHIBA could void the user’s authority
to operate the equipment.
Taiwan
Article 14
Unless approved, for any model accredited low power radio frequency
electric machinery, any company, trader or user shall not change the
frequency, increase the power or change the features and functions of
the original design.
Article 17
Any use of low power radio frequency electric machinery shall not
affect the aviation safety and interfere with legal communications. In
event that any interference is found, the use of such electric machinery
shall be stopped immediately, and reusing of such products can be
resumed until no interference occurs after improvement.
The legal communications mentioned in the above item refer to radio
communications operated in accordance with telecommunication laws and
regulations.
Low power radio frequency electric machinery shall resist against
interference from legal communications or from industrial, scientific and
medical radio emission electric machinery.
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Using this equipment in Japan
In Japan, the frequency bandwidth of 2,400 MHz to 2,483.5 MHz for
second generation low-power data communication systems such as this
equipment overlaps that of mobile object identification systems (premises
radio station and specified low-power radio station).
1. Sticker
Please put the following sticker on devices incorporating this product.
2. Indication
The indication shown below appears on this equipment.
(1)
(2) (3)
2.4FH1
(4)
1
2.4: This equipment uses a frequency of 2.4 GHz.
2
FH: This equipment uses FH-SS modulation.
3
The interference range of this equipment is less than 10m.
4
This equipment uses a frequency bandwidth from 2,400 MHz to
2,483.5 MHz. It is impossible to avoid the band of mobile object
identification systems.
3. TOSHIBA Direct PC
Monday – Friday: 10:00 – 17:00
Toll Free Tel: 0120-13-1100
Direct Dial: 03-3457-5916
Fax: 03-5444-9450
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Device Authorization
This device obtains the Technical Regulation Conformity Certification, and
it belongs to the device class of radio equipment of low-power data
communication system radio station stipulated in the Radio Law of Japan.
The Name of the radio equipment: EYXF2CS
TELECOM ENGINEERING CENTER
Approval Number: 01NYDA1305
The following restrictions apply:
❖
Do not disassemble or modify the device.
❖
Do not install the embedded wireless module into other device.
DVD-ROM, multi-function drive safety instructions
The DVD-ROM and multi-function drives employ a laser system. To ensure
proper use of this product, please read this instruction manual carefully and
retain for future reference. Should the unit ever require maintenance,
contact an authorized service location.
Use of controls, adjustments or the performance of procedures other than those
specified may result in hazardous radiation exposure.
To prevent direct exposure to the laser beam, do not try to open the enclosure.
Location of the required label
(Sample shown below. Location of the label and manufacturing
information may vary.)
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This appliance contains a laser system and is classified as a “CLASS 1 LASER
PRODUCT.” To use this model properly, read the instruction manual carefully and
keep it for your future reference. In case of any trouble with this model, please
contact your nearest “AUTHORIZED service station.” To prevent direct exposure to
the laser beam, do not try to open the enclosure.
Use of controls or adjustments or performance of procedures other than those
specified in the owner’s manual may result in hazardous radiation exposure.
Copyright
This guide is copyrighted by Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc.
with all rights reserved. Under the copyright laws, this guide cannot be
reproduced in any form without the prior written permission of Toshiba. No
patent liability is assumed, however, with respect to the use of the
information contained herein.
©2004 by Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. All rights reserved.
Export Administration Regulation
This document contains technical data that may be controlled under the
U.S. Export Administration Regulations, and may be subject to the
approval of the U.S. Department of Commerce prior to export. Any export,
directly or indirectly, in contravention of the U.S. Export Administration
Regulations is prohibited.
Notice
The information contained in this manual, including but not limited to any
product specifications, is subject to change without notice.
TOSHIBA CORPORATION AND TOSHIBA AMERICA
INFORMATION SYSTEMS, INC. (TOSHIBA) PROVIDES NO
WARRANTY WITH REGARD TO THIS MANUAL OR ANY OTHER
INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN AND HEREBY EXPRESSLY
DISCLAIMS ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY
OR FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE WITH REGARD TO
ANY OF THE FOREGOING. TOSHIBA ASSUMES NO LIABILITY
FOR ANY DAMAGES INCURRED DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY
FROM ANY TECHNICAL OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS OR
OMISSIONS CONTAINED HEREIN OR FOR DISCREPANCIES
BETWEEN THE PRODUCT AND THE MANUAL. IN NO EVENT
SHALL TOSHIBA BE LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL,
CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES,
WHETHER BASED ON TORT, CONTRACT OR OTHERWISE,
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ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THIS MANUAL OR
ANY OTHER INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN OR THE USE
THEREOF.
Trademarks
Tecra, AccuPoint II, Fn-esse, Noteworthy, and Slim SelectBay are registered
trademarks, SelectServ, ConfigFree, and Ask IRIS Online are trademarks of
Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. and/or Toshiba Corporation.
IBM and Wake on LAN are registered trademarks of IBM Corporation.
Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in
the United States and/or other countries.
Intel and Pentium are registered trademarks and SpeedStep is a trademark of Intel
Corporation.
LapLink is a registered trademark of Traveling Software, Inc.
Sound Blaster Pro is a registered trademark of Creative Labs, Inc.
Wi-Fi® and the Wi-Fi logo are registered trademarks of the Wi-Fi Alliance.
Dolby - Manufactured by Toshiba under license from Dolby Laboratories/Dolby
and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
Bluetooth is a trademark owned by its proprietor and used by Toshiba under
license.
All other brand and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of
their respective companies.
Computer Disposal Information
This product contains mercury. Disposal of this material may be regulated
due to environmental considerations. For disposal, reuse or recycling
information, please contact your local government or the Electronic
Industries Alliance at www.eiae.org.
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Introduction............................................................................... 33
This guide ..................................................................34
Safety icons ...............................................................34
Other icons used..................................................35
Other documentation .................................................36
Service options ..........................................................36
Chapter 1: Getting Started........................................................ 37
Selecting a place to work ...........................................37
Creating a computer-friendly environment...........37
Keeping yourself comfortable ..............................38
Precautions..........................................................41
Setting up your computer ..........................................43
Setting up your software......................................43
Registering your computer with Toshiba .............45
Adding external devices .......................................45
Connecting the AC adapter.........................................46
Charging the main battery..........................................48
Using the computer for the first time .........................49
Opening the display panel....................................49
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Turning on the power...........................................50
Using the TouchPad™..........................................51
Control buttons....................................................51
Disabling or enabling the TouchPad ....................52
Installing additional memory (optional) .....................53
Removing a memory module...............................56
Connecting a mouse ..................................................57
Connecting a printer ..................................................57
Setting up a printer ..............................................58
Using the Add Printer Wizard...............................58
Turning off the computer ...........................................61
Caring for your computer...........................................62
Cleaning the computer.........................................62
Moving the computer...........................................63
Using a computer lock .........................................63
Chapter 2: Learning the Basics................................................ 65
Computing tips ..........................................................65
Using the keyboard ....................................................66
Character keys .....................................................67
Ctrl, Fn, and Alt keys ............................................67
Function keys.......................................................67
Windows® special keys........................................68
Overlay keys.........................................................68
Starting a program.....................................................70
Saving your work .......................................................70
Printing your work .....................................................71
Backing up your files .................................................72
Using the DVD-ROM or Multifunction drive ...............72
Drive components and control buttons................73
DVD-ROM drive components...............................74
CD/DVD control buttons ......................................75
CD/DVD control and digital audio modes.............76
Inserting a disc ....................................................77
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Playing an audio CD.............................................79
Viewing the contents of a CD or DVD...................81
Removing a disc with the computer on................81
Removing a disc with the computer off ...............82
Caring for CDs and DVDs.....................................82
Setting up for communications..................................83
Connecting the modem to a phone line................83
Connecting your computer to a network..............83
Powering down the computer ....................................84
Using Shut Down .......................................................85
Hibernation command .........................................85
Stand By command..............................................86
Turning off more quickly......................................87
Starting again after Shut down ............................88
Using Hibernation ......................................................88
Starting again from Hibernation mode .................90
Using Stand By ..........................................................91
Going into Stand By mode more quickly..............91
Starting again from Stand By...............................92
Toshiba’s online resources ........................................92
Chapter 3: Mobile Computing.................................................. 93
Toshiba’s energy-saver design...................................93
Running the computer on battery power ...................93
Power management .............................................95
Charging the battery ..................................................95
Charging the RTC battery.....................................96
Monitoring battery power ..........................................97
Determining remaining battery power..................98
Conserving battery power ....................................99
What to do when the battery runs low .................99
Setting battery alarms........................................100
Changing the main battery .......................................101
Removing the battery from the computer ..........101
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Taking care of your battery ......................................103
Maximizing battery life.......................................104
Disposing of used batteries safely ...........................105
Traveling tips ...........................................................105
Chapter 4: Getting to Know the Windows ® XP
Operating System................................................................... 107
Lesson 1: Exploring the desktop ..............................108
Finding your way around the desktop ................108
Windows® XP file system ..................................110
Lesson 2: Using the TouchPad and control
buttons together .....................................................111
Lesson 3: Learning about the Internet .....................114
Lesson 4: Creating a new document ........................115
Lesson 5: Creating a new folder...............................116
Lesson 6: Starting programs ...................................117
Lesson 7: Resizing, repositioning, and
hiding windows........................................................118
Using the taskbar...............................................119
Minimizing and maximizing windows ................119
Resizing and moving windows...........................120
Lesson 8: Closing programs ...................................122
Lesson 9: Creating shortcuts ...................................122
Creating a shortcut to the Calculator..................122
Creating a shortcut to the Character Map ..........123
Lesson 10: Changing the screen saver.....................125
Lesson 11: Setting the date and time.......................127
Lesson 12: Removing objects from the desktop ......128
Lesson 13: Using System Restore ...........................130
Lesson 14: If I am lost, what do I do? .....................131
Windows® XP Help and Support Center ............131
Using the online tours and tutorials ...................133
Lesson 15: Turning off your computer ....................134
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Chapter 5: Getting to Know the Windows® XP
Media Center Edition............................................................... 135
Media Center Setup..................................................136
Connecting to a Television .................................136
Connecting the TV Signal Source When
You Have an Existing Setup............................137
Connecting the External Remote Sensor............138
Connecting the VCR or Set Top Box to
the Computer .................................................139
Starting the Media Center ........................................140
Remote Control For Media Center......................143
Watching Television Programs ................................150
Selecting a Program from the TV Guide.............152
Watching a Recorded TV Program.....................153
Searching for a TV Program ..............................154
Recording TV ...........................................................155
Recording TV tips ..............................................156
Recording from the Guide..................................157
Recording from Search......................................157
Recording Manually ...........................................158
Changing Your Settings .....................................159
Changing recording priorities ............................160
Listening to Music ...................................................160
Creating Your Music Library Using
Windows Media Player ...................................161
Adding Music from Your Hard Drive to
Windows Media Player Library.......................163
Playing Digital Music Files .................................164
Finding Music Files in My Music ........................165
Playing a Song...................................................165
Setting Up an Automatic Disc Jockey ................166
Finding and Playing an Album............................166
Creating a Playlist ..............................................167
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Displaying Your Pictures..........................................168
Viewing a Slide Show.........................................170
Sorting your Pictures.........................................170
Watching Your Digital Movies..................................170
Organizing Your Videos .....................................171
Playing Digital Videos ........................................172
Playing a Video in Full Screen Mode ..................173
Sorting Videos ...................................................173
Watching a DVD.......................................................173
Stopping a DVD Movie.......................................174
Playing a DVD movie already in your drive ........175
Changing the Media Center Settings ........................175
Chapter 6: Exploring Your Options........................................ 184
Windows® XP special features .................................184
Personalizing your desktop......................................185
Customizing the taskbar ....................................185
Bringing the world to your desktop....................186
Changing desktop and browsing style ...............187
Personalizing individual windows ......................189
Customizing window toolbars............................189
Displaying information about each folder ..........190
Using your computer at the office............................191
Setting up for communications..........................192
Connecting the modem to a telephone line ........192
Setting up a dial-up connection .........................192
Exchanging data with another computer..................193
Getting started ...................................................193
Getting help transferring files.............................193
Connecting to the Internet .......................................193
An overview of using the Internet ............................194
The Internet .......................................................194
The World Wide Web .........................................195
Internet Service Providers..................................195
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Signing up with an Internet Service Provider ....195
Surfing the Internet............................................196
Internet features.................................................196
Uploading and downloading files on the Internet.....
197
Exploring video features...........................................197
Changing the display properties setting ...................198
Display settings hot key ....................................199
Exploring audio features ..........................................199
Recording sounds..............................................199
Using a microphone...........................................199
Adjusting recording settings ..............................200
Using external speakers or headphones ............201
Connecting a monitor, keyboard and mouse............201
Using the Modular Bay.............................................202
Removing a module from the Modular Bay........202
Inserting a module into the Modular Bay ...........203
Using PC Cards........................................................203
PC Card supporting software .............................204
Inserting PC Cards.............................................204
Removing PC Cards...........................................205
Hot swapping.....................................................206
Chapter 7: If Something Goes Wrong................................... 207
Problems when you turn on the computer...............209
The Windows® operating system is not working .....210
Using Startup options to fix problems ...............211
Internet problems ..............................................212
The Windows® XP operating system can
help you .........................................................212
Resolving a hardware conflict ..................................213
A plan of action..................................................213
Resolving hardware conflicts on your own ........214
Fixing a problem with Device Manager ..............215
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Memory card problems......................................217
Power and the batteries .....................................218
Keyboard problems............................................219
Display problems ...............................................220
Disk drive problems...........................................222
DVD-ROM or multifunction drive problems .......223
Sound system problems ....................................225
PC Card problems..............................................225
Printer problems................................................229
Modem problems...............................................230
Develop good computing habits ..............................230
If you need further assistance..................................232
Before you call ...................................................232
Contacting Toshiba ............................................233
Other Toshiba Internet Web sites ............................234
Toshiba’s worldwide offices ....................................234
Appendix A: Hot Keys...............................................238
Instant password security........................................238
Without a password...........................................238
With a password ................................................238
Maintaining security when the battery
is not fully charged........................................239
Sound ......................................................................240
Power usage mode .................................................240
Stand By mode ........................................................241
Hibernation mode ...................................................242
Display modes .........................................................243
Display modes .........................................................243
Enabling a wireless device .......................................244
Disabling or enabling the TouchPad ........................244
Keyboard hot keys ...................................................244
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Appendix B: Power Cable Connectors...................... 245
Appendix C: Using ConfigFree™ with your
Toshiba Computer............................... 246
Getting Started.........................................................247
ConfigFree Main Screen.....................................247
Starting ConfigFree ............................................248
Configuring ConfigFree ......................................248
ConfigFree Utilities...................................................249
Connectivity Doctor ...........................................249
Device Settings ..................................................250
Profile Settings ..................................................252
Quick Connect....................................................253
Using Auto Switch ...................................................254
Auto Switch (Cable Disconnect).........................255
Auto Switch (SSID)............................................255
Glossary................................................................................... 256
Index......................................................................................... 270
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Introduction
Welcome to the world of powerful and portable multimedia
computers! With your new Toshiba notebook computer, your
access to information can accompany you wherever you go.
Your system comes with the Microsoft® Windows® XP
Media Center Edition (MCE) operating system. Your
operating system offers exciting features and easy Internet
access.
This guide contains information about your operating system
and how it functions with your Toshiba computer. For
specific information on the software, see the Microsoft
booklet that shipped with your computer.
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This guide
NOTE
The product specifications and configuration information are
designed for a product Series. Your particular model may not
have all the features and specifications listed or illustrated. For
more detailed information about the features and
specifications on your particular model, please visit Toshiba's
Web site at pcsupport.toshiba.com.
While Toshiba has made every effort at the time of publication
to ensure the accuracy of the information provided herein,
product specifications, configurations, prices, system/
component/options availability are all subject to change
without notice. For the most up-to-date product information
about your computer, or to stay current with the various
computer software or hardware options, visit Toshiba's Web
site at pcsupport.toshiba.com.
This guide
This guide introduces the computer’s features. You can:
❖
Read the entire guide from beginning to end.
❖
Skim through and stop when a topic interests you.
❖
Use the table of contents and the index to find specific
information.
If you are new to computers, or have not used a notebook
computer before, read through the first couple of chapters to
familiarize yourself with the components of the computer and
how to turn it on. After that, seek out whatever interests you
most.
Safety icons
This manual contains safety instructions that must be
observed in order to avoid potential hazards that could result
in personal injuries, damage to your equipment, or loss of
data. These safety cautions have been classified according to
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the seriousness of the risk, and the icons highlight these
instructions as follows:
Indicates an imminently hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, will result in death or serious injury.
Indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
Indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, may result in minor or moderate injury.
Indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, may result in property damage.
NOTE
Provides important information.
Other icons used
Additional icons highlight other helpful or educational
information:
TECHNICAL NOTE: This icon highlights technical information
about the computer.
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Other documentation
HINT: This icon denotes helpful hints and tips.
DEFINITION: This icon indicates the definition of a term used
in the text.
Other documentation
Your computer comes with the following documentation:
❖
This electronic user’s guide. Look for the user’s guide
icon on your desktop or in the DOCS folder on the C:
drive.
❖
Guides for other programs that may come preinstalled on
your computer or that are available for installation on
your Recovery media.
❖
For accessory information, visit Toshiba's Web site at
toshiba.com.
❖
The Microsoft® Windows® operating system
documentation which explains the features of the
operating system.
Service options
Toshiba offers a full line of service options built around its
SelectServTM limited warranty programs. To stay current on
the most recent software and hardware options for your
computer, and for other product information, be sure to
regularly check the Toshiba Web site at
pcsupport.toshiba.com.
If you have a problem or need to contact Toshiba, see “If
Something Goes Wrong” on page 207.
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Chapter 1
Getting Started
This chapter provides tips for working comfortably, describes
how to connect components, and explains what to do the first
time you use your notebook computer.
Selecting a place to work
Your computer is portable and designed to be used in a
variety of circumstances and locations.
Creating a computer-friendly environment
Place the computer on a flat surface which is large enough for
the computer and any other items you need to use, such as a
printer. Leave enough space around the computer and other
equipment to provide adequate ventilation and prevent
overheating.
To keep your computer in prime operating condition, protect
your work area from:
❖
Dust, moisture, and direct sunlight.
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❖
Equipment that generates a strong electromagnetic field,
such as stereo speakers (other than speakers that are
connected to the computer) or speakerphones.
❖
Rapid changes in temperature or humidity and sources of
temperature change such as air conditioner vents or
heaters.
❖
Extreme heat, cold, or humidity.
❖
Liquids and corrosive chemicals.
If you spill liquid into the computer, turn it off, unplug it from
the AC power source, and let it dry out completely before
turning it on again.
If the computer does not operate correctly after you turn it back
on, contact a Toshiba Authorized Service Provider.
Keeping yourself comfortable
Strain and stress injuries are becoming more common as
people spend more time using their computers. With a little
care and proper use of the equipment, you can work
comfortably throughout the day.
This section provides hints on avoiding strain and stress
injuries. For more information, consult books on ergonomics,
repetitive-strain injury, and repetitive-stress syndrome.
Placement of the computer
Proper placement of the computer and external devices is
important to avoid stress-related injuries.
❖
Place the computer on a flat surface at a comfortable
height and distance. You should be able to type without
twisting your torso or neck, and look at the screen
without slouching.
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❖
If you are using an external monitor, the top of the
display should be no higher than eye level.
❖
If you use a paper holder, set it at about the same height
and distance as the screen.
Seating and posture
When using your computer, maintain good posture with your
body relaxed and your weight distributed evenly. Proper
seating is a primary factor in reducing work strain. Some
people find a backless chair more comfortable than a
conventional chair.
Below eye level
Approximately
90-degree angles
Footrest
Correct posture and positioning of the computer
Whichever type you choose, use the following guidelines to
adjust your chair for maximum computing comfort.
❖
Position your chair so that the keyboard is at or slightly
below the level of your elbow. You should be able to type
comfortably with your shoulders relaxed and your
forearms parallel to the floor.
If you are using a conventional chair:
❖
Your knees should be slightly higher than your hips. If
necessary, use a footrest to raise the level of your knees
and ease the pressure on the back of your thighs.
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❖
Adjust the back of your chair so that it supports the lower
curve of your spine. If necessary, use a cushion to provide
extra back support. Lower-back-support cushions are
available at many office supply stores.
❖
Sit with your back straight so that your knees, hips, and
elbows form approximately 90-degree angles when you
work. Do not slump forward or lean back too far.
Lighting
Proper lighting can improve the visibility of the display and
reduce eyestrain.
❖
Position the display panel or external monitor so that
sunlight or bright indoor lighting does not reflect off the
screen. Use tinted windows or shades to reduce glare.
❖
Avoid placing your computer in front of a bright light that
could shine directly in your eyes.
❖
If possible, use soft, indirect lighting in your computer
work area.
Arms and wrists
❖
Avoid bending, arching, or twisting your wrists. Keep
them in a relaxed, neutral position while typing.
❖
Exercise your hands, wrists, and arms to improve
circulation.
Using the computer keyboard incorrectly may result in
discomfort and possible injury. If your hands, wrists, and/or
arms bother you while typing, stop using the computer and
rest. If the discomfort persists, consult a physician.
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Work habits
The key to avoiding discomfort or injury from strain is to
vary your activities. If possible, schedule a variety of tasks
into your working day. Finding ways to break up the routine
can reduce stress and improve your efficiency.
❖
Take frequent breaks to change position, stretch your
muscles, and relieve your eyes. A break of two or three
minutes every half hour is more effective than a long
break after several hours.
❖
Avoid performing repetitive activities for long periods.
Intersperse such activities with other tasks.
❖
Focusing your eyes on your computer screen for long
periods can cause eyestrain. Look away from the
computer frequently and focus your eyes on a distant
object for at least 30 seconds.
Precautions
Your notebook computer is designed to provide optimum
safety and ease of use, and to withstand the rigors of travel.
You should observe certain precautions to further reduce the
risk of personal injury or damage to the computer.
❖
Avoid prolonged physical contact with the underside of
the computer.
If the computer is used for long periods, its case can
become very warm. While the temperature may not feel
too hot to the touch, if you maintain physical contact with
the computer for a long time (if you rest the computer on
your lap, for example), your skin might suffer low-heat
injury.
❖
Never apply heavy pressure to the computer or subject it
to sharp impacts. Excessive pressure or impact can
damage computer components or otherwise cause your
computer to malfunction.
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❖
Some PC Cards can become hot with prolonged use. If
two cards are installed, both can become hot even if only
one is being used. Overheating of a PC Card can result in
errors or instability in its operation.
Be careful when you remove a PC Card that has been
used for a long period.
❖
Avoid spilling liquids into the computer’s keyboard.
If you do spill a liquid that gets into the keyboard, turn
off the computer immediately. Leave the computer turned
off overnight to let it dry out before you use it again.
❖
Never turn off the computer if a drive light indicates a
drive is active.
Turning off the computer while it is reading from or
writing to a disk may damage the disk, the drive, or both.
❖
Keep the computer and disks away from objects that
generate strong magnetic fields, such as large stereo
speakers.
Information on disks is stored magnetically. Placing a
magnet too close to a disk can erase important files.
❖
Scan all new files for viruses.
This precaution is especially important for files you
receive via email or download from the Internet.
Occasionally, even new programs you buy from a
supplier may contain a computer virus. You will need a
special program to check for viruses. Ask your dealer to
help you.
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Setting up your computer
TECHNICAL NOTE: You must complete all set up steps up to
“Setting up your software” on page 43 before adding external
or internal components to your computer. These components
include, but are not limited to, a mouse, keyboard, printer,
memory, and PC cards.
Your computer contains a rechargeable high-capacity battery
that needs to be charged before you can use it.
To use external power or to charge the battery, you must
attach the AC adapter. See Connecting the AC adapter for
more information.
Setting up your software
The first time you turn on your computer, the Setup Wizard
guides you through steps to set up your software.
1
From the welcome screen, click Next to enter the Setup
Wizard.
2
Confirm acceptance of Microsoft’s End User License
Agreement and click Next.
3
Enter the computer name and description and click Next
or Skip.
The computer will pause for a moment while checking
for an internet connection, and you will see the screen
“Checking your internet connectivity.”
A window will display the message: “How will this
computer connect to the internet?” The system displays
three selections: Telephone modem, Digital subscriber
line (DSL) or cable, or Local Area Network (LAN).
4
Click Skip to exit the process or Next to continue.
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NOTE
To register online, your computer must be connected to the
Internet via a voice-grade telephone line or a Local-AreaNetwork (LAN).
A window will display asking if you wish to register with
Toshiba and Microsoft.
5
NOTE
6
Click Yes to register or No to exit the process.
If you click No, you may register with Toshiba by clicking the
Register with Toshiba icon on the desktop.
If you selected Yes in step 5, enter your personal
information in the registration window.
A window will display the message, “Who will use this
computer?”
7
Enter your name and click Next to complete the process.
A window will display the message, “Thank you.”
8
Click Finish to continue.
Your computer restarts automatically.
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Registering your computer with Toshiba
Product registration is strongly recommended, and allows
Toshiba to send Customer periodic updates, announcements,
and special offers applicable to the product. Product
registration can be completed during the initial start up
process of your computer. If you opt not to register at that
time, you can either double-click the icon on your desktop or
go to the Toshiba web site at www.register.toshiba.com.
Customer failure to complete Product Registration will not
diminish Customer rights under this limited Warranty.
NOTE
To register online, your computer must be connected to the
Internet via a voice-grade telephone line or a Local-AreaNetwork (LAN).
Adding external devices
NOTE
Before adding external devices, Toshiba recommends setting
up your software first. See “Setting up your software” on
page 43.
Before starting to use your computer, you may also want to:
❖
Add more memory (see “Installing additional memory
(optional)” on page 53)
❖
Connect a mouse (see “Connecting a mouse” on page 57)
❖
Connect a local printer (see “Connecting a printer” on
page 57)
❖
Install PC Cards (see “Using PC Cards” on page 203)
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Connecting the AC adapter
Your computer requires power to operate. Use the power
cable and AC adapter to connect the computer to a live
electrical outlet, or to charge the computer’s battery.
AC adapter
Power cable
Power cable and AC adapter
Hold the power cable by its plug when you connect/disconnect
it. Do NOT pull the cable itself. Doing so may damage the
power cable and result in a short circuit or electric shock.
When you connect the AC adapter to the computer, always
follow the steps in the exact order as described in the User's
Guide. Connecting the power cable to a live electrical outlet
should be the last step otherwise the adapter DC output plug
could hold an electrical charge and cause an electrical shock
or minor bodily injury when touched. As a general safety
precaution, avoid touching any metal parts.
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Use only the AC adapter supplied with your computer or an
equivalent adapter that is compatible. Use of any incompatible
adapter could damage your computer. Toshiba assumes no
liability for any damage caused by use of an incompatible
adapter.
Handling the cord on this product will expose you to lead, a
chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects
or other reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling.
To connect AC power to the computer:
1
Connect the power cable to the AC adapter.
Connecting the power cable to the AC adapter
2
Plug the AC adapter into the DC-IN on the back of the
computer.
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Connecting the AC adapter to the computer
3
Connect the power cable to a live electrical outlet.
The AC power and battery lights glow.
Damaged power cables can cause fire or electric shock. Never
modify, forcibly bend, place heavy objects on top of, or apply
heat to the power cable.
If the power cable becomes damaged or the plug overheats,
discontinue use. There is a risk of electric shock.
Never remove the power plug from the outlet with wet hands.
Doing so may cause an electric shock.
Charging the main battery
To charge the main battery, plug the computer into a live wall
outlet. It takes several hours to charge the battery with the
computer off. It takes much longer to charge the battery while
the computer is on. For more information on battery use, see
“Running the computer on battery power” on page 93.
TECHNICAL NOTE: The battery does not charge while the
computer is consuming full power.
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Once the battery is charged for the first time, avoid leaving the
computer plugged in and turned off for more than a few hours
at a time. Continuing to charge a fully charged battery can
damage the battery.
NOTE
Battery life and charge time may vary depending on the
applications, power management settings, and features used.
Using the computer for the first time
Opening the display panel
Slide the display latch to the right and lift the display panel.
Opening the display panel
To avoid damaging the display panel, do not force it beyond
the point where it moves easily.
Never lift or move the computer using the display panel.
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Small bright dots may appear on your TFT display when you
turn on your computer. Your display contains an extremely
large number of thin-film transistors (TFT) and is
manufactured using high-precision technology. Any small
bright dots that may appear on your display are an intrinsic
characteristic of the TFT manufacturing technology.
Turning on the power
1
Check that any drives on the computer are empty.
2
Turn on the computer by pressing and releasing the
power button located on the top of the keyboard.
When you turn on the computer for the first time, do not turn
off the power again until the operating system has loaded
completely.
NOTE
The AC power indicator glows when the computer is
connected to an external power source.
The battery light:
❖
Glows amber while the battery is being charged.
❖
Glows green when the battery is fully charged.
❖
Is unlit when the computer is not connected to an
external power source. For information on
determining battery power, see “Monitoring battery
power” on page 97.
The hard disk drive indicator flashes to indicate that the
hard disk drive is currently in use.
The disc activity indicator flashes while the modular bay
is being accessed.
Never turn off the computer while any drive is in use.
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Using the TouchPad™
The TouchPad, the small, smooth square cutout located in
front of the keyboard, is sensitive to touch and enables you to
move the cursor with the stroke of a finger. Simply move
your finger on the TouchPad in the direction you would like
to move the cursor:
❖
To move the cursor to the top of the page, push your
finger forward on the TouchPad.
❖
To move the cursor to the bottom of the page, drag your
finger toward yourself.
❖
To move the cursor to the right side of the page, slide
your finger across the TouchPad from left to right.
❖
To move it to the left side, slide your finger from right to
left.
NOTE
Because the TouchPad is much smaller than the display
screen, moving your cursor across the screen often means
having to move your finger several times across the TouchPad
in the preferred direction.
Once you have positioned your cursor, you can either click it
into place by double-tapping the TouchPad or clicking the
control buttons. For more on the TouchPad, see “Lesson 2:
Using the TouchPad and control buttons together” on
page 111.
Control buttons
When a step instructs you to click or choose an item, move
the cursor to the item, then press and release the primary
(left-hand) button. To double-click, press the primary button
twice in rapid succession. The primary button usually
corresponds to the left mouse button.
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The function of the secondary (right-hand) button depends on
the program you are using. It usually corresponds to the right
mouse button. Check your program’s documentation to find
whether it uses the right mouse button.
Disabling or enabling the TouchPad
The TouchPad is enabled by default. To change the enable/
disable TouchPad setting:
1
Click Start, and then Control Panel.
The Control Panel window appears.
2
Click Printers and Other Hardware.
3
Click Mouse or press the Fn + F9 hot keys.
The Mouse Properties window appears.
4
Click the TouchPAD ON/OFF tab.
The TouchPAD ON/OFF tab view window appears.
5
Select Disable or Enable, whichever is appropriate.
6
Click Apply.
7
Click OK.
The Mouse Properties window closes.
8
Close the Printers and Other Hardware window.
9
Close the Control Panel window.
NOTE
The Fn + F9 shortcut can be used to enable or disable the
TouchPad (see “Hot Keys” on page 238).
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Installing additional memory (optional)
Before you install or remove a memory module, turn off the
computer using the Start menu. If you install or remove a
memory module while the computer is in Stand by or
Hibernation mode, data will be lost.
Your computer comes with enough memory to run most of
today’s popular applications. You may want to increase the
computer’s memory if you use complex software or process
large amounts of data.
Additional memory comes in various capacities (to stay
current on the most recent software and hardware options for
your computer, and for other product information, be sure to
regularly check the Toshiba Web site at
pcsupport.toshiba.com). There are two memory slots. Your
system may have both slots occupied.
If you use the computer for a long time, the memory modules
will become hot. If this happens, let the modules cool to room
temperature before you replace them.
You need a standard Phillips no. 1 screwdriver to install a
memory module.
To avoid damaging the computer’s screws, use a standard
Phillips no. 1 screwdriver that is in good condition.
If you are adding memory after you have started to use the
computer, begin at step 1, otherwise skip to step 2.
1
Turn off the computer via the Start menu.
See “Using Shut Down” on page 85.
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The operating system turns off the computer.
2
Unplug and remove any cables connected to the
computer.
3
Close the display panel and turn the computer upside
down to locate the expansion memory slot cover.
Memory slot cover
Base of a Satellite P25 series computer
4
Using a standard Phillips no. 1 screwdriver, unscrew the
two screws that secure the expansion memory slot cover,
then remove the memory slot cover.
Removing the memory slot cover
5
Put the screws and the cover in a safe place so that you
can retrieve them later.
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Static electricity can damage the memory module. Before you
handle the module, touch a grounded metal surface to
discharge any static electricity you may have built up.
To avoid damaging the memory module, be careful not to
touch its gold connector bar (on the side you insert into the
computer).
6
Remove the memory module from its antistatic
packaging.
7
Holding the memory module by its edges so that the gold
connector bar faces the slot, fit the module into the
socket.
8
Gently put the memory module connector down at an
angle and press down until the clips snap into place.
Do not force the module into position. The memory
module should be level when secured in place.
Inserting the memory module
Avoid touching the connectors on the memory module or on
the computer. Grease or dust on the connectors may cause
memory access problems.
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9
Replace the expansion memory slot cover.
10 Replace the screws and tighten them.
11 Turn the computer over and reconnect any cables you
removed.
12 Turn on the computer.
To verify that the computer correctly recognizes the
memory, click Start, Control Panel and click
Performance and Maintenance. Click System to view
the recognized memory.
13 If the computer does not recognize the memory, shut
down the computer, remove the memory slot cover, and
make sure the memory module is seated properly, as
described in step 8.
Removing a memory module
1
Follow steps 1 through 6 in “Installing additional
memory (optional)” on page 53.
2
Gently push the memory locks outward until the memory
module pops up.
Removing the memory module
3
Gently pull the memory module diagonally to pull it out
of the slot.
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Complete the procedure by following steps 10 through 12
in “Installing additional memory (optional)” on page 53.
Connecting a mouse
You may want to use a mouse instead of the TouchPad, the
computer’s built-in pointing device.
To connect a USB mouse, plug the mouse cable into one of
the USB ports.
Connecting a printer
NOTE
Read the documentation that came with your printer. Follow
the manufacturer’s instructions when connecting a local
printer.
Your printer documentation may require you to install the
printer software before physically connecting the printer to
your computer. If you do not install the software as instructed
by the printer manufacturer, the printer may not function
correctly.
Never connect the printer cable while the computer’s power is
on. Doing so may damage the printer, the computer, or both.
You can connect a USB-compatible printer to your computer
through the USB ports. To determine if the printer is USBcompatible, check its documentation.
To achieve the connection, you need a suitable USB cable,
which may come with your printer. You can purchase one
from a computer or electronics store.
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To connect a USB printer:
1
Plug the USB connector into one of the USB ports on
your computer
2
Plug the printer’s power cable into a live AC outlet.
See your printer documentation for additional configuration
steps, or see “Setting up a printer,” below.
Setting up a printer
If you started your computer with a printer connected and
turned on, it may have been detected automatically (Plug and
Play). If this is not the case, then you must install the printer
driver for the model of printer that is connected to your
computer. You install the printer driver either by following
the instructions indicated in your printer manual or by using
the operating system Add Printer Wizard.
If you plan to set up a printer later, click Cancel.
Using the Add Printer Wizard
To set up a printer with the Add Printer Wizard:
1
Click Start, Control Panel, and then Printers and
Other Hardware.
2
Select Printers and Faxes.
The Printers and Faxes window appears.
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3
Click Add Printer.
The Add Printer Wizard starts.
Sample Add Printer Wizard
4
Click Next.
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The Add Printer Wizard asks you to select your printer.
TECHNICAL NOTE: If your printer is Plug and Play, the
operating system recognizes it automatically. You can ignore
the remainder of this section. See your printer manual.
5
If the printer you are setting up:
❖
Is not connected to a network, select Local printer
attached to this computer.
If you select Local printer, select the Automatically
detect and install my Plug and Play printer option
❖
6
Is connected to a network, select Network printer,
or a printer attached to another computer.
Click Next.
The Add Printer Wizard prompts you to select your
printer.
7
From the list of manufacturers and printers, select your
printer, then click Next.
8
Select the port settings according to the instructions in
your printer’s documentation and the port to which your
printer is connected, then click Next.
The Add Printer Wizard prompts you to enter a printer
name.
9
Enter a name for your printer.
HINT: If you are using more than one printer, make sure the
name is descriptive enough to help you tell the difference.
10 To set up the printer to be the default printer for the
operating system, click Yes.
11 Click Next.
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The operating system prompts you to print a test page.
12 If your printer is connected and turned on, click Next.
To complete the setup procedure without printing a test
page, click No, and then click Next.
13 Click Finish.
You are now ready to print.
Depending on your program, you may see various
messages indicating the status of your print job.
Turning off the computer
It is a good idea to turn off your computer when you are not
using it for a while.
If you are using the computer for the first time, leave the
computer plugged into a power source (even though the
computer is off) to fully charge the main battery. With the
computer off, it may take up to three hours to recharge the
main battery.
When you power down the computer, you have three options
to choose from: Turn Off (or Shut down), Hibernate and
Stand By. Each option has its advantages.
❖
Use the Turn Off command if you are using the
Windows® XP Media Center Edition (MCE) operating
system when not connected to a domain server.
❖
Use the Shut down command if you are using the
Windows® XP Media Center Edition (MCE) operating
system and connected to a domain server.
❖
If you have work in progress and are not connected to a
network, use the Windows® Stand By or Hibernate
commands to save your system settings to memory so
that, when you turn on the computer again, you will
automatically return to where you left off.
❖
To leave the computer off for a longer period, you can use
the Windows® Turn Off command when not connected to
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a domain server or the Shut Down when connected to a
domain server instead.
Never turn off the computer while any drive is in use. Doing so
may damage the media in use and result in loss of data.
For more information, see “Powering down the computer” on
page 84.
Caring for your computer
This section gives tips on cleaning and moving your
computer, and explains how to fit an antitheft lock. For
information about taking care of your computer’s battery, see
“Running the computer on battery power” on page 93.
Cleaning the computer
To keep your computer clean, gently wipe the display panel
and exterior case with a lightly dampened cloth. Ask your
Toshiba dealer for suggestions for appropriate cleaning
products.
Keep liquid, including cleaning fluid, out of the computer’s
keyboard, speaker grille, and other openings. Never spray
cleaner directly onto the computer. Never use harsh or caustic
chemical products to clean the computer.
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Moving the computer
Before moving your computer, even across the room, make
sure all disk activity has ended (the disk activity lights stop
glowing) and all external peripheral cables are disconnected.
Never pick up the computer by its display panel or by the back
(where the ports are located).
Although your notebook computer is built to withstand
reasonable shock and vibration, transport it in a carrying case
for long trips. To stay current on the most recent software and
hardware options for your computer, and for other product
information, be sure to regularly check the Toshiba Web site
at pcsupport.toshiba.com.
Using a computer lock
You may want to secure your computer to a heavy object such
as your desk. The easiest way to do this is to purchase an
optional PORT-Noteworthy® computer lock cable.
PORT-Noteworthy® computer lock cable
To secure the computer:
1
Loop the cable through or around some part of a heavy
object.
Make sure there is no way for a potential thief to slip the
cable off the object.
2
Pass the locking end through the loop.
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3
Insert the cable’s locking end into the security lock slot,
then rotate the key a quarter turn and remove it.
The computer is now securely locked to deter computer
theft.
Locking the computer
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This chapter lists some computing tips and provides
important information about basic features.
Computing tips
❖
Save your work frequently.
Your work temporarily stays in the computer’s memory
until you save it to the disk. You will lose all unsaved
work, if, for example, a system error occurs and you must
restart your computer, or your battery runs out of charge
while you are working. Your computer can be configured
to warn you when the battery is running low. See “Power
management” on page 95.
HINT: Some programs have an automatic save feature which
you can turn on. This feature saves your file to the hard disk at
preset intervals. See your software documentation for details.
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❖
Back up your files to storage media on a regular basis.
Label the backup copies clearly and store them in a safe
place.
If your hard disk suddenly fails, you may lose all the data
on it unless you have a separate backup copy.
❖
Use Error-Checking and Disk Defragmenter regularly to
conserve disk space and help your computer perform at
its optimal level. Consult your Windows® XP operating
system documentation for more information on these and
other utilities.
❖
Always use the proper procedure to turn off the
computer. (See “Powering down the computer” on
page 84.)
NOTE
The operating system records information, such as your
desktop setup, during its shut down procedure. If you do not
let the operating system shut down normally, details such as
new icon positions may be lost.
Using the keyboard
Keyboard
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Character keys
Typing with the character keys is very much like typing on a
typewriter, except that:
❖
The spacebar creates a space character instead of just
passing over an area of the page.
❖
The lowercase l (el) and the number 1 are not
interchangeable.
❖
The uppercase letter O and the number 0 are not
interchangeable.
❖
The Caps Lock key changes only the alphabet keys to upper
case — the number and symbol keys are not affected.
The caps lock light on the keyboard indicator panel
illuminates when you press the Caps Lock key.
Ctrl, Fn, and Alt keys
Ctrl
Fn
Alt
.
Ctrl, Fn, and Alt keys
The Ctrl, Fn, and Alt keys do different things depending on the
program you are using. For more information, see your
program documentation.
Function keys
The function keys (not to be confused with the Fn key) are the
12 keys at the top of the keyboard.
Function keys
through F12 are called function keys because they run
programmed functions when you press them. Used in
combination with the Fn key, function keys marked with icons
run specific functions on the computer.
F1
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Windows® special keys
Application key
Windows logo key
®
Windows special keys
The keyboard provides two keys that have special functions
in the operating system:
❖
The Windows® logo key opens the Start menu.
❖
The Application key has the same function as the
secondary TouchPad control button (or secondary mouse
button).
Overlay keys
Keyboard overlay keys
The keys with numbers and symbols on the front of them
form the numeric and cursor overlay. This overlay lets you
enter numeric data or control the cursor as you would using
the ten-key keypad on a desktop computer’s keyboard.
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Using the numeric keypad overlay
To turn on the numeric keypad overlay, press Fn and F11
simultaneously. The numeric mode light on the keyboard
indicator panel glows when the numeric overlay is on.
You can still use the overlay keys to type alphabetic
characters while the numeric overlay is on. To do so:
❖
For lowercase letters, hold down Fn while you type the
letters.
❖
For uppercase letters, hold down both Fn and Shift while
you type the letters.
To use the cursor control overlay when the numeric overlay is
on, press and hold down Shift while you use the cursor control
keys. To return to the numeric overlay, release Shift.
To turn off the numeric keypad overlay, hold down the Fn key
and press F11 again. The numeric mode light on the keyboard
indicator panel goes out.
Using the cursor control overlay
To turn on the cursor control overlay, press Fn and F10
simultaneously. The cursor control mode light on the
keyboard indicator panel glows when the cursor control
overlay is on.
To type alphabetic characters while the overlay is on:
❖
For lowercase letters, hold down Fn while you type the
letters.
❖
For uppercase letters, hold down both Fn and Shift while
you type the letters.
To use the numeric keypad overlay when the cursor control
overlay is on, hold down Shift while you use the numeric
overlay keys. To return to the cursor control overlay, release
Shift.
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Starting a program
To turn off the cursor control overlay, hold down the Fn key
and press F10 again. The cursor control mode light on the
keyboard indicator panel goes out.
Starting a program
The easiest way to start a program is to double-click the name
of the file that contains the information you want to work on.
To find the file, use My Computer or Windows Explorer.
If you prefer to open the program first, you have four options:
❖
Double-click the icon for the program on your desktop
❖
Use the Start menu
❖
Use Windows Explorer to locate the program file
❖
Use the Run dialog box
The Windows® XP operating system tutorial chapter gives
step-by-step instructions for starting a program from the Start
menu. See “Lesson 6: Starting programs” on page 117.
Saving your work
Before you turn off the computer, save your work to the hard
disk drive.
NOTE
Always save your data even when you are using the Stand by. If
your battery fully discharges, your information will be lost.
Your computer can be configured to warn you when the battery
is running low, see “Power management” on page 95.
Many programs offer a feature that saves documents at
regular intervals, such as every 15 minutes. Check your
programs’ documentation to see whether they have an
automatic save feature.
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To save:
❖
A file you are updating, open the program’s File menu
and click Save.
❖
A new file, choose Save As from the File menu, type a
name for the file, and click OK.
HINT: To make another copy of the file you are currently
working with, choose Save As from the File menu and give the
new file a different name.
For information on how to name a file, see “Windows® XP
file system” on page 110.
Printing your work
Verify that the Windows® XP operating system is set up for
your printer as described in “Setting up a printer” on page 58.
TECHNICAL NOTE: You only need to set up the printer the first
time you connect it. If you use more than one printer or are
changing printers, you will need to set up the operating system
to run with the additional printer(s).
To print a file:
1
If your printer is not on, turn it on now.
2
In the File menu of your program, click Print.
The program displays a Print dialog box.
3
Click OK to print.
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Backing up your files
Backing up your files means copying individual files to
media, such as CD, or copying entire sections of your hard
disk to another device, such as a tape drive.
For those systems with a floppy disk drive, you may back up
file to a floppy disk as follows:
1
To back up to a CD or other media, insert the media into
the diskette appropriate drive.
2
Click Start, then click My Computer.
3
Click the drive that contains the file you want to copy.
4
Double-click the folder that contains the file, then click
the file you want to copy.
HINT: You can use the Ctrl or Shift keys to select more than one
file.
5
Click File, then click Send To.
Using the DVD-ROM or Multifunction drive
Optical storage has become the preferred medium for
software, music, and video. Digital versatile discs (DVDs)
provide a significant increase in data storage and support
features that are not available on any other video platform.
These features include wide-screen movies, multiple
language tracks, digital surround sound, multiple camera
angles, and interactive menus.
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If a DVD-ROM drive or Multifunction drive is not currently
installed in the modular bay, follow the instructions in “Using
the Modular Bay” on page 202.
TECHNICAL NOTE: Your DVD-ROM or multi-function drive is
set to play region 1 (North America) DVD-ROMs. If you play a
DVD disc from another region, the drive will automatically
change to play in the format of the other region. The drive will
allow you to change regions four times. On the fourth change,
the region will be “locked in.” That is, the drive will only play
DVDs from that last region. Note that changing from region 1
to region 2 and back to region 1 is counted as two changes.
NOTE
For optimum DVD performance, it is recommended that you
play DVDs while running the computer on AC power.
You use CD-ROMs to load and run software, and to access
reference material such as catalogs, as well as listen to music.
A special feature allows you to play audio CDs even when the
computer is turned off. For more information, see “CD/DVD
control buttons” on page 75.
Drive components and control buttons
The DVD-ROM or multifunction drive resides in the Modular
Bay on the bottom-right side of the computer. The CD/DVD
control buttons are located at the front edge of the computer
and can be accessed when the display panel is closed or open.
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DVD-ROM drive components
Your DVD-ROM drive may look like this:
Eject button
Manual eject hole
Sample DVD-ROM drive
Never press the eject button or turn off the computer while the
drive-in-use indicator light is glowing. Doing so could
damage the disc or the drive.
The eject button requires power to operate. The manual eject
button does not require power.
Never use a pencil to press the manual eject button. Pencil
lead can break off inside the computer and damage it. Instead,
use a slim object such as a straightened paper clip.
HINT: When the computer is off and the DVD-ROM drive is on,
press the stop/eject control button on the top of the computer
to eject a disc.
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CD/DVD control buttons
The control buttons on the front edge of the computer allow
you to play audio CDs when the computer is off. You can also
use them to play CDs and DVDs when the computer is on.
Stop/eject
Mode
Play/pause
Next track
CD mode light
digital mode light
Previous track
CD/DVD control buttons in front of the computer
The mode button switches between the CD/DVD and digital
audio modes. You can lock the mode to its current setting by
pressing and holding the mode button for four seconds. When
the mode button is locked, you cannot switch between the
CD/DVD and digital audio modes. To unlock the mode
button, press and hold it for four seconds.
The previous track button returns to the preceding track on
the disc.
The next track button skips to the following track on the
disc.
The play/pause button starts playing the disc or makes it
pause if currently playing.
The stop/eject button stops a disc that is currently playing.
You can eject a disc by pressing the stop/eject button twice.
Use this method to eject a disc when the computer is turned
off and the sound subsystem is turned on.
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CD/DVD control and digital audio modes
The following chart describes CD/DVD control and digital
audio mode.
Power is off and you
press Play/Pause
CD/DVD Mode
Digital Audio Mode
If a CD is in the
drive, the system
enters CD player
mode and operates as
a stand-alone CD
player.
The operating system starts, the Media
Player starts and the
digital audio file
begins to play.
If a DVD is in the
drive, the operating
system starts and the
DVD player starts.
While in CD/DVD
mode, you press the
mode button
DVD-ROM drive
power turns off.
Operating system is
running and you
press Play/Pause
If a CD is in the
drive, the Media
Media Player starts
and the digital audio
file begins to play.
If a DVD is in the
drive, the DVD
player software starts
and the movie begins
to play.
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Inserting a disc
Before playing an audio CD, turn the volume down. Playing
the compact disc at maximum volume could damage your
ears. To turn the volume down, use the Volume Control switch
or access the Volume Control program (click Start, All
Programs, Accessories, Entertainment, and then Volume
Control).
1
If the computer is turned on, press the eject button on the
DVD-ROM drive.
The disc tray partially opens.
To avoid damaging a disc or losing data, check that the disc
activity light is off before opening the disc tray.
2
Grasp the disc tray and pull it fully open.
3
Hold the disc by its edges and check that it is clean and
free of dust.
Handle discs carefully. Avoid touching the surface of the disc.
Grasp it by its center hole and edge. If you handle the disc
incorrectly, you could lose data.
4
Carefully place the disc in the empty tray with its label
facing up.
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Inserting a disc
Be careful not to touch the drive’s lens (located underneath the
drive’s spindle) or the area around it. Doing so could cause the
drive to malfunction.
5
Gently press the center of the disc onto the spindle until it
locks into place.
Spindle
Correct position
Disc
Incorrect position
Incorrect position
Positioning the disc on the spindle
Make sure the disc is properly positioned on the spindle. If
you position the disc incorrectly, it can jam the disc tray.
6
Close the disc tray by pressing gently on the center of the
tray until it clicks indicating that it is locked.
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Playing an audio CD
Insert an audio CD and close the disc tray.
The computer automatically detects a disc in the drive and
opens the Audio CD window. To play an audio CD, select the
Play Audio CD using Windows Media Player option and
click OK.
Sample Audio CD window
The Windows Media Player window appears.
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Rewind
Play
Fast forward
Stop
Volume control
Previous track
Next track
Mute
Sample Windows Media™ Player screen
The Windows MediaTM Player control panel works much like
an ordinary compact disc player:
❖
To play the CD or to pause, click the Play/Pause button
on the CD Player control panel.
❖
To stop the CD, click the Stop button.
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Viewing the contents of a CD or DVD
CDs and DVDs contain files just like the hard disk. CDs are
often used to install software or store files that require lots of
space, such as photographs and large presentation files. You
can use Explorer or My Computer to view the contents of any
CD or DVD.
Removing a disc with the computer on
Never press the eject button or turn off the computer while the
drive-in-use light is glowing. Doing so could damage the disk
or the drive.
1
Locate and press the eject button.
The disc tray partially opens.
2
Grasp the sides of the disc tray and pull it fully open.
3
Remove the disc from the disc tray and place it in its
protective cover.
If the disc is spinning when you open the disc tray, wait for the
disc to stop before removing it.
4
Close the disc tray by pressing gently on the center of the
tray until it clicks indicating that it is locked.
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Removing a disc with the computer off
1
Insert a slender object, such as a straightened paper clip,
into the manual eject button access hole.
Never use a pencil to press the manual eject button. Pencil
lead can break off inside the computer and damage it.
2
Pull the tray fully open, remove the disc and place it in its
protective cover.
3
Close the disc tray by pressing gently on the center of the
tray until it clicks indicating that it is locked.
Caring for CDs and DVDs
❖
Store your discs in their original containers to protect
them from scratches and keep them clean.
❖
Never bend a disc or place heavy objects on top of it.
❖
Hold a disc by its outside edge. Fingerprints on the
surface of a compact disc can prevent the drive from
reading the data properly.
❖
Avoid exposing discs to direct sunlight or extreme heat or
cold.
❖
To clean a disc, wipe it from the center outwards (not in a
circle) with a clean, dry cloth. If necessary, moisten the
cloth with water or a neutral cleaner (not benzine or
rubbing alcohol). Let the disc dry completely before
inserting it in the drive.
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Setting up for communications
To communicate across the telephone lines with another
computer, you need:
❖
The computer’s modem
❖
A telephone line
❖
An Internet Service Provider (ISP)
To connect to the Internet, you need a Web browser, such as
Microsoft® Internet Explorer.
To stay current on the most recent software and hardware
options for your computer, and for other product information,
be sure to regularly check the Toshiba Web site at
pcsupport.toshiba.com.
Connecting the modem to a phone line
Your computer comes with a built-in modem. To use the
modem, you must connect it to a standard voice-grade RJ-11
telephone line. To stay current on the most recent software
and hardware options for your computer, and for other
product information, be sure to regularly check the Toshiba
Web site at pcsupport.toshiba.com.
1
Attach one end of a standard RJ-11 telephone cable to the
modem port.
2
Plug the other end of the RJ-11 telephone cable into the
modular jack of a standard voice-grade telephone line.
Connecting your computer to a network
You can connect your computer to a network remotely, using
the built-in modem and a dial-up connection. For specific
information about connecting to the local area network
(LAN) or wide area network (WAN), consult your network
administrator.
To use a dial-up connection, have your network administrator
configure your computer for the network and supply you with
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the telephone number for the dial-up connection. To set up
the network connection, use the Dial-Up Networking Wizard:
1
Click Start and point to All Programs.
2
Point to Accessories, then to Communications.
3
Click Network Setup Wizard or Network
Connections.
4
Enter the phone number of your network connection and
let the program dial the number.
The computer connects with the network.
Powering down the computer
Pushing the power button before shutting down the Windows®
operating system could cause you to lose your work. Make
sure the system indicator panel’s disk light and the drive-inuse light are off. If you turn off the power while a disk is being
accessed, you may lose data or damage the disk and/or drive.
When you power down the computer, you have three options
to choose from: Turn Off, Stand By, and Hibernation.
You can set the computer to turn on automatically at a time
you designate. This option is helpful for transferring files by
modem at night. You can set the computer to turn on and send
or receive the files while you are asleep. This option is called
Auto Power On.
TECHNICAL NOTES: Before using any of these options to
power down your computer, save your files and make sure the
disk activity lights are off.
If you change your mind and decide to continue working after
all, wait a few seconds before turning the computer on again.
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Using Shut Down
For the Windows® XP Media Center (MCE), follow these
steps to shut down the computer:
1
Click the Start button, then Shut Down.
The Shut Down Windows dialog box appears.
2
Select Shut Down from the drop-down list.
3
Click OK.
The computer shuts down completely.
NOTE
Holding the Shift key while the Turn Off computer Windows
dialog box is open, changes the Stand By button to Hibernate.
For more information about setting up hibernation
“Hibernation command” on page 85 and “Using Hibernation”
on page 88.
Hibernation command
The Hibernation command shuts the computer down
completely, but it first saves the current state of the computer
to the hard disk. Since Hibernation mode does not require
power to maintain the saved information, the system settings
are retained indefinitely. Restoring information from the hard
disk takes longer than restoring it from memory. When you
start up again, the computer runs a self-test, loads the
operating system, and then returns to the state in which you
left it.
Factors when choosing Hibernation mode:
❖
While in Hibernation mode, the computer uses no battery
power.
❖
Because the state of the system is held on the hard disk,
no data is lost if the battery discharges.
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❖
Restarting from Hibernation mode uses less time and
battery power than restarting from Shut Down.
❖
Restarting from Hibernation mode uses a little more time
and battery power than restarting from Stand By because
information is being retrieved from the hard disk instead
of memory.
❖
When starting up again, the computer returns to the state
in which you left it, including all open programs and files
you were using.
For more information about the Hibernation command, see
“Using Hibernation” on page 88. For information about
going into Hibernation mode more quickly, see “Going into
Hibernation mode more quickly” on page 89.
Stand By command
The Stand By command puts the computer into a powersaving mode. Stand By holds the current state of the
computer in memory so that, when you restart the computer,
you can continue working from where you left off.
Factors when choosing Stand By:
❖
While in Stand By mode, the computer uses some battery
power. The battery will eventually discharge in Stand By
mode. If the battery discharges, your data will be lost if
you do not save your work before entering Stand By
mode.
❖
Restarting from Stand By mode uses less time and
battery power than restarting from Shut Down or
Hibernation mode.
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When starting up again, the computer returns to the mode
in which you left it, including all open programs and files
you were using.
If you power down using Stand By and the battery discharges
fully, your information will be lost. Be sure to save your work
first.
For more information about Stand By, see “Using Stand By”
on page 91. For information about going into Stand By mode
more quickly, see “Going into Stand By mode more quickly”
on page 91.
Turning off more quickly
You can also turn off the computer by pressing the power
button or closing the display panel.
To use either of these methods, you first need to turn on the
feature in the Toshiba Power Management Utility.
1
Click Start, Control Panel, then Performance and
Maintenance.
2
Double-click the Toshiba Power Management icon.
The Power Options Properties dialog box appears.
3
Click the Advanced tab, and select the options you want.
❖
When I close the lid of my portable computer
Set this option to Power Off to have the computer
shut down when you close the display panel.
❖
When I press the power button on my computer
Set this option to Power Off to have the computer
shut down when you press the power button.
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Sample Toshiba Power Management Advanced tab
4
Click Apply.
5
Click OK, then close the Control Panel.
Starting again after Shut down
To start the computer up again, press and release the power
button. The on/off light turns on.
Using Hibernation
Follow these steps to power down the computer using
Hibernation:
1
Click Start, select Shut down computer.
The Turn off computer dialog box appears.
2
Hold down the Shift key.
The Stand By option changes to the Hibernation option.
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Sample Shut down computer dialog box
3
Click Hibernate.
The computer saves the mode of the system, including all
open programs and files, to the hard disk, and then powers
down completely.
Going into Hibernation mode more quickly
You can also put the computer into Hibernation mode by
pressing the power button or closing the display panel.
1
Click Start, Control Panel, then Performance and
Maintenance.
2
Double-click the Toshiba Power Management icon.
3
Click the Advanced tab, and select the options you want.
❖
When I press the power button
Set this option to Hibernation for the computer to go
into Hibernation mode when you press the power
button.
❖
When I close the lid
Set this option to Hibernation for the computer to go
into Hibernation mode when you close the display
panel.
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Sample Toshiba Power Management Advanced tab
4
Click Apply.
5
Click OK, then close the Control Panel.
Starting again from Hibernation mode
To start the computer from Hibernation mode, press and
release the power button. The computer returns to the screen
you were using.
If you put the computer in Hibernation mode by closing the
display panel, you can start it again by opening the display
panel.
NOTE
If your computer is running on batteries, you cannot start it
again by opening the display panel. To turn the system back
on, then press the Power button.
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Using Stand By
Follow these steps to power down the computer using Stand
By:
1
Click Start, select Shut down computer.
The Turn off computer box appears.
2
Click Stand By.
Sample Shut down computer dialog box
The computer saves the status of all open programs and files
to memory, turns off the display, and goes into a low-power
mode. The on/off light blinks to indicate the machine is in
Stand By mode.
NOTE
If you power down using Stand By and the battery discharges
fully, your information will be lost. Be sure to save your work
first.
Going into Stand By mode more quickly
In addition, you can put the computer into Stand By mode by
either pressing the power button or closing the display panel.
You can also specify an amount of time after which the
computer automatically goes into Stand By mode.
To use any of these methods, you first need to enable them in
Toshiba’s Power Saver utility.
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1
Open the Start menu, then click Control Panel.
2
Click the Performance and Maintenance icon, and then
click the Toshiba Power Management icon.
3
Click the Advanced tab.
4
Select Stand By for the options you want.
When I press the power button
Set this option to Stand By to put the computer into
Stand By mode when you press the power button.
When I close the lid
Set this option to Stand By to put the computer into
Stand By mode when you close the display panel.
5
Click OK.
6
Close the Control Panel.
Starting again from Stand By
To start the computer from Stand By mode, press the power
button. The computer returns to the screen you were using.
If you put the computer in Stand By mode by closing the
display panel, you can start it again by opening the display
panel.
Toshiba’s online resources
Toshiba maintains a number of online sites to which you can
connect. These sites provide information about Toshiba
products, give help with technical questions, and keep you up
to date with future upgrades. For more information, see
“Contacting Toshiba” on page 233.
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Mobile Computing
This chapter covers all aspects of using your computer while
traveling.
Toshiba’s energy-saver design
Your computer enters a low power, Stand By mode when it is
not being used, thereby conserving energy and saving money
in the process. It has a number of other features that enhance
its energy efficiency.
Many of these energy-saving features have been set by
Toshiba. We recommend you leave these features active,
allowing your computer to operate at its maximum energy
efficiency, so that you can use it for longer periods while
traveling.
Running the computer on battery power
The computer contains a removable Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
high-capacity battery that provides power when you are away
from an AC outlet. You can recharge it many times.
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Battery Notice
Battery life may vary depending on applications, power
management settings and features utilized. Recharge time
varies depending on usage. The battery may not charge while
the computer is consuming full power.
After a period of time, the battery will lose its ability to
perform at maximum capacity and will need to be replaced.
This is normal for all batteries. To purchase a new battery
pack, see your accessories information that shipped with your
computer.To stay current on the most recent software and
hardware options for your computer, and for other product
information, be sure to regularly check the Toshiba Web site
at pcsupport.toshiba.com.
To ensure that the battery maintains its maximum capacity,
operate the computer on battery power at least once a month
until the battery is fully discharged. Please see “Maximizing
battery life” on page 104 for procedures. If the computer is
continuously operated on AC power, either through an AC
adapter or a docking station (if applicable to your system), for
an extended period (more than a month) the battery may fail
to retain a charge. This may shorten the life of the battery, and
the battery light may not indicate a low-battery condition.
NOTE
For optimum DVD performance, Toshiba recommends that you
play DVDs while running on AC power rather than on battery
power.
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Power management
Your computer ships with the power management options
preset to a configuration that will provide the most stable
operating environment and optimum system performance for
both AC power and battery modes.
Changes to these settings may result in system performance
or stability issues. Users who are not completely familiar with
the power management component of the system should use
the preset configuration. For assistance with setup changes,
contact Toshiba’s Global Support Centre.
Charging the battery
NOTE
Battery charge time may vary depending on the applications,
power management settings, and features used.
The battery needs to be charged before you can use it to
power the computer.
To charge the battery, plug the computer into a live wall
outlet. It takes several hours to charge the battery with the
computer off. It takes much longer to charge the battery while
the computer is on.
TECHNICAL NOTE: The battery does not charge while the
computer is consuming full power.
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The battery may not start charging immediately if:
❖
The battery is extremely hot or cold.
To ensure that the battery charges to its full capacity, wait
until it reaches room temperature (50 degrees to 80
degrees Fahrenheit, 10 degrees to 26 degrees Celsius).
❖
The battery is almost completely discharged.
Leave the power connected, and the battery should begin
charging after a few minutes.
HINT: Once the battery is fully charged, we recommend that
you operate your computer on battery power until the battery
discharges completely. Doing this extends battery life and
helps ensure accurate monitoring of battery capacity.
Charging the RTC battery
Your computer has an internal real-time clock (RTC) battery.
The RTC battery powers the System Time Clock and BIOS
memory used to store your computer’s configuration settings.
When fully charged it maintains this information for up to a
month when the computer is powered off.
The RTC battery may have become completely discharged
while your computer was shipped, resulting in the following
error message during startup:
BAD RTC BATTERY
BAD CHECKSUM (CMOS)
CHECK SYSTEM
To recharge the RTC battery, connect the computer and leave
it powered on for 24 hours.
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The above error message may vary by computer model.
The RTC battery does not charge while the computer is turned
off even when the AC adapter is charging the computer.
If the RTC battery is low, the real-time clock and calendar
may display the incorrect time and date, or stop working.
NOTE
It is seldom necessary to charge the RTC battery because it
charges while the computer is on. If the RTC battery is low, the
real-time clock and calendar may display the incorrect time
and date or stop working.
When Hibernation mode is enabled and the RTC battery is
completely discharged, a warning prompts you to reset the
real-time clock.
The computer can be used while the RTC battery is being
charged, although the charging status of the RTC battery
cannot be monitored.
Monitoring battery power
The battery light indicates the battery’s current charge. It:
❖
Glows green when the battery is fully charged
❖
Glows amber while the battery is being charged
❖
Does not glow if the external power source is
disconnected or if the battery is completely discharged
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Determining remaining battery power
NOTE
Wait at least 16 seconds after turning on the computer before
trying to monitor the remaining battery power. The computer
needs this time to check the battery’s remaining capacity and
perform its calculations.
1
Click Start, Control Panel, and then Performance and
Maintenance.
2
Double-click the Toshiba Power Management icon.
The current power source and battery power remaining
section displays the current charge state of the battery.
The value displays as a percentage of remaining battery
charge.
3
Click the Battery Power Meter tab.
Sample Toshiba Power Management Battery Power Meter tab
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TECHNICAL NOTE: The computer drains the battery faster at
low temperatures. Check your remaining charge frequently if
you are working in temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
The computer calculates the remaining battery charge based
on your current rate of power use and other factors such as the
age of the battery.
Conserving battery power
How long a fully charged battery lasts when you are using the
computer depends on a number of factors, such as:
❖
How the computer is configured
❖
How much you use the display panel instead of an
external monitor
❖
How much you use the hard disk and other drives
❖
Whether you use any optional devices to which the
battery supplies power, such as a PC Card
❖
Where you are working—since operating time decreases
at low temperatures
Toshiba’s power-saving options greatly increase the length of
time you can use the computer before it becomes necessary to
recharge the battery.
Toshiba has combined these options into preset power usage
modes.
What to do when the battery runs low
When the battery runs low you can:
❖
Plug the computer into an external power source and
recharge the battery.
❖
Put the computer in Hibernate mode and replace the
battery with a charged spare.
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Monitoring battery power
Save your work and turn off the computer.
If you do not manage to do any of these things before the
battery completely runs out of power, the computer
automatically enters Hibernate mode and turns itself off.
Hibernate mode keeps track of where you were so, when you
turn on the power again, you can continue where you left off.
The computer stores the information on what you were doing
until the battery runs out of power. If you have Hibernate
mode enabled (the default), the computer copies the details of
your open programs and files to the hard disk before shutting
down.
Setting battery alarms
Your computer can be configured to warn you when the
battery is running low.
You can set multiple alarms. Each alarm can be set to alert
you when a specified percentage of remaining battery power
haw been reached. You can set how the warning occurs:
sound an alarm, display a message, both, or none. You can
also set the computer to enter Stand By mode or Hibernate
mode or to completely power down when the alarm goes off.
To set an alarm:
1
Click Start, Control Panel, and then Performance and
Maintenance.
2
Double-click the Toshiba Power Management icon.
3
Click the Alarm tab and set the alarm, as desired.
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Sample Toshiba Power Management Alarm tab
Changing the main battery
When your battery power is running low, you have two
options—connect the computer to an AC power source or
install a charged battery.
When handling a battery, be careful not to drop it or shortcircuit its terminals.
Removing the battery from the computer
1
Save your work.
2
Turn off the computer via the Start menu or place it in
Hibernate mode according to the instructions in “Using
Hibernation” on page 88.
3
Remove all cables connected to the computer.
4
Close the display panel and turn the computer upside
down with the front side of the computer facing you.
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5
Slide the battery lock forward to unlock the battery pack.
6
Push and hold the battery release latch.
Releasing the battery
7
While still holding the release latch in the open position,
gently slide the battery pack out of the computer.
Removing the battery
If the battery is leaking or its case is cracked, put on protective
gloves to handle it, and discard it immediately following the
advice in “Disposing of used batteries safely” on page 105.
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Taking care of your battery
The following sections offer tips on how to take care of your
battery and prolong its life.
Safety precautions
❖
If the battery pack produces an odor, overheats or
changes color or shape while it is being used or charged,
turn off the computer’s power immediately and
disconnect the power cord from the power socket.
Carefully remove the battery pack from the computer.
❖
Do not try to disassemble a battery pack.
❖
Do not overcharge or reverse charge a battery.
Overcharging will shorten its life, and reverse charging
could damage it.
❖
Avoid touching the metal terminals of the battery with
another metal object. Short-circuiting the battery can
cause it to overheat and may cause damage to the battery
or the computer.
❖
Do not incinerate a spent battery, as this could cause it to
explode and release toxic materials.
❖
If a battery is leaking or damaged, replace it immediately.
Use protective gloves when handling a damaged battery.
❖
To replace the main battery, use an identical battery that
you can purchase through toshiba.com.
❖
Reverse Polarity should be avoided with all batteries. The
main battery is designed so that it cannot be installed in
reverse polarity.
❖
Charge the battery pack only in the computer.
❖
When you install the battery pack, you should hear a
click when it is inserted properly.
❖
Do not expose the battery pack to fire. The battery pack
could explode.
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Maximizing battery life
To maximize the life of your battery pack:
❖
At least once a month, disconnect the computer from a
power source and operate it on battery power until the
battery pack fully discharges. Before doing so, follow the
steps below:
1
Turn off the computer’s power.
2
Disconnect the AC adapter and turn on the computer’s
power. If it does not turn on, go to step 4.
3
Operate the computer on battery power for five minutes.
If the battery pack has at least five minutes of operating
time, continue operating until the battery pack is fully
discharged. If the battery light LED flashes or there is
some other warning to indicate a low battery, go to step 4.
4
Connect the AC adapter to the computer and the power
cord to a power outlet. The DC-IN or AC power-light
LED should glow green, and the Battery LED should
glow amber to indicate that the battery pack is being
charged. If the DC-IN or AC power-light indicator does
not glow, power is not being supplied. Check the
connections for the AC adapter and power cord.
5
Charge the battery pack until the Battery LED glows
green.
❖
If you have extra battery packs, rotate their use.
❖
If you will not be using the system for an extended
period, more than one month, remove the battery
pack.
❖
Disconnect the AC adapter when the battery is fully
charged. Overcharging makes the battery hot and
shortens life.
❖
If you are not going to use the computer for more
than eight hours, disconnect the AC adapter.
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Store spare battery packs in a cool dry place out of
direct sunlight.
Disposing of used batteries safely
The life of a battery pack should last for years. When the
battery pack needs replacing, the main battery light flashes
amber shortly after you have fully recharged the battery.
You must discard a battery if it becomes damaged.
The computer’s main battery is a Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) battery,
which can explode if not properly replaced, used, handled, or
disposed of. Putting spent batteries in the trash is not only
irresponsible, it may be illegal. Dispose of the battery as
required by local ordinances or regulations.
Use only batteries recommended by Toshiba.
After repeated use, the batteries will finally lose their ability
to hold a charge and you will need to replace them. Under
federal, state and local laws, it may be illegal to dispose of
old batteries by placing them in the trash.
Please be kind to our shared environment. Check with your
local government authority for details regarding where to
recycle old batteries or how to dispose of them properly. If
you cannot find the information you need elsewhere, call
Toshiba at: 1 (800) 457-7777.
Traveling tips
The environmental precautions listed in “Selecting a place to
work” on page 37, also apply while traveling.
❖
Never leave your computer on a sunny ledge or in a place
where it could get wet or covered in dust.
❖
Always travel with the computer in a carrying case.
Toshiba offers a choice of carrying cases for the
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computer. They all provide plenty of extra space for
manuals, power cables, and compact discs. Contact your
authorized Toshiba representative for more information.
TECHNICAL NOTE: When traveling by air, you may be required
to pass your notebook through airport security equipment. The
X-ray equipment will not harm your computer.
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Getting to Know the
®
Windows XP Operating
System
This chapter introduces the Windows® XP operating system
by guiding you through a few basic tasks.
If you have used a Windows® operating system before, you
will find the Windows® XP operating system familiar.
Whether you have used a Windows®operating system or not,
the skill and confidence you will gain from this chapter will
more than offset the short amount of time spent going
through these lessons.
As you explore your computer’s operating system further,
you will often discover alternative ways of accomplishing a
particular task.
For more detailed information on your operating system,
refer to the Microsoft® Windows® XP operating system
documentation that came with your computer.
HINT: The illustrated examples in this guide may appear
slightly different from the screens displayed by your system.
However, the differences are not significant and do not indicate
any change in the functionality of your system.
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Lesson 1: Exploring the desktop
Lesson 1: Exploring the desktop
The desktop is the launching pad for everything you can do in
the Windows® XP operating system. You use its features to
start programs, find documents, set up system components,
and perform most other computing tasks.
Finding your way around the desktop
Your computer’s desktop includes several standard features:
icons, Start button, shortcut tray, taskbar, system tray, and
background pattern.
Icons
Start button
Taskbar
Sample Desktop
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Icons
An icon represents a folder, file, or program that can be
quickly activated by double-clicking on it.
You can create a new desktop icon for any folder, file, or
program by dragging the element’s icon from its location in a
window to the desktop area.
The icons initially displayed on your system desktop include:
Toshiba Access—Opens a window with links to software
updates, services and support, and other important benefits.
Recycle Bin—Holds files you have deleted using the
Windows Explorer. You may retrieve these files until you
empty the Recycle Bin.
Your desktop may contain other icons depending on your
®
configuration. See Windows XP online Help and Support
for more specific information on each icon and how to use it.
Start button
You use the Start button to:
❖
Start programs
❖
Access Microsoft® Windows® XP operating system
update information
❖
Open recently accessed documents
❖
Adjust system settings
❖
Search for files
❖
Access Windows Help and Support Center
❖
Run programs
❖
Suspend system activity and shut down the computer
For more information on starting programs, see “Lesson 6:
Starting programs” on page 117.
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Taskbar
Each time you open a program, a button associated with that
program appears on the taskbar. With some programs, a
button appears on the taskbar for each document or window
you open. You can use these buttons to quickly switch
between the programs or windows.
To make a program or window the active one, click the
program’s or window’s button on the taskbar.
System tray
The System tray displays icons of tasks or programs that run
continuously in the background. To learn more about each
task, position the cursor over the icon for a few moments and
a short description of the task appears.
Typical tasks in the System tray are Current time, Power
usage mode, and speaker volume.
To activate a specific task, double-click the appropriate
System tray icon.
Windows® XP file system
All files on your computer are organized for accessibility
using a hierarchal file system.
Programs, documents, and other data are held in files. These
files can be grouped together in folders, and folders can be
grouped inside other folders for convenient organizing. All
the files and folders reside in your computer on a storage
device, such as a disk drive.
You can think of your computer storage system in terms of
office equipment. You have a file cabinet (device), that
contains folders, and each folder may contain documents.
Your office may have more than one file cabinet, just as your
computer may have more than one disk drive.
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Computers can be connected together to form a network, so
that programs, documents and other data can be quickly and
easily shared between computers.
You can use the My Computer feature on the Start menu to
access any file in the Windows® file system.
For more information, read the Microsoft documentation that
comes with your computer.
Lesson 2: Using the TouchPad and control
buttons together
The “Getting Started” chapter introduced you to the
TouchPad, which is your basic tool for moving around the
screen. This lesson lets you practice using the TouchPad and
control buttons in tandem.
1
NOTE
Using the TouchPad, move the pointer to the Start
button, then click the primary button (usually the left) to
open the Start menu.
In this guide, the term “click” refers to the primary button,
which is usually the left-hand button. You can also double-tap
the touch pad surface to perform the same function.
Instructions requiring the secondary button specifically
mention that button. For example, “click the secondary
button.”
2
Click an empty area of the desktop to close the Start
menu.
3
With the pointer in an empty area of the desktop, click
the secondary button (the right-hand button) to open the
desktop shortcut menu.
As the name implies, shortcut menus provide quick
access to many operating system features.
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Sample desktop shortcut menu
4
Click an empty area to close the shortcut menu.
5
Use the TouchPad to move the pointer to the Start
button. Click Start, and select My Computer.
The My Computer window appears.
Sample My Computer window
6
Click the Close button in the upper-right corner of this
window.
The operating system closes the My Computer window.
NOTE
If the taskbar is locked, you need to unlock it. To unlock the
taskbar, place the cursor on the taskbar and click the
secondary button. Clear “Lock the Taskbar” check box.
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Click an empty area of the taskbar at the bottom of the
screen and, while holding down the primary button, use
the TouchPad to drag the pointer to the right edge of the
desktop, then release the primary button. (This process is
known as “clicking and dragging.”)
The taskbar moves from the bottom to the right edge of
the desktop.
Taskbar
Sample desktop with the taskbar on the right
HINT: You can move the taskbar to any of the desktop’s four
edges.
8
Click the taskbar once again and drag it back to the
bottom of the desktop.
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Lesson 3: Learning about the Internet
Lesson 3: Learning about the Internet
This lesson demonstrates how to access a Web page from a
window and from the taskbar.
The lesson assumes you have an account with an Internet
Service Provider (ISP).
Opening a Web page from a window
The most common way to open a Web page is by typing a
Web address in the address line of the Web browser itself. But
you can also type a Web address in the My Computer
window.
1
Click Start, then double-click My Computer.
The My Computer window appears.
2
On the View menu, point to Toolbars, then click
Address Bar if it is not checked.
The operating system displays the address bar. It
indicates that you are in “My Computer.” You can also
type a Web address in the address line.
Sample My Computer window
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Lesson 4: Creating a new document
This lesson teaches you how to create a text file without
having to first open a program.
1
Move the pointer to an empty area of the desktop, then
click the secondary button.
The operating system displays a shortcut menu of
commands applicable to the desktop.
2
Click New, then click Text Document.
The operating system creates an icon on the desktop
called New Text Document with the icon name
highlighted.
3
To give your document a meaningful name, type My New
Doc.txt and press Enter.
4
Double-click the My New Doc icon.
The operating system opens the new document in
Notepad—the text editor built into the operating system.
Notice that when the document opens, there is a new
button on the taskbar that reads My New Doc- Notepad
(the name may be too long to fit into the taskbar space
but, if you point to the name, the complete name is
visible). By displaying buttons like this one, the taskbar
helps you keep track of the programs and files you
currently have open.
To learn more about Notepad, click Help or open the
Help menu by pressing F1. For now, leave Notepad open
and go on to the next lesson.
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Lesson 5: Creating a new folder
Lesson 5: Creating a new folder
DEFINITION: A folder is an area where you can store
documents and other types of files. It is analogous to a file
folder stored in a file cabinet. In this case, a disk drive in the
computer is the file cabinet.
The operating system stores documents and programs in
folders. It even stores other folders in folders. In this lesson,
you will create a folder in which to store your new document.
1
Move the pointer to an empty area of the desktop, then
click the secondary button.
The operating system displays the desktop shortcut
menu.
2
Click New, then click Folder.
The operating system creates an icon on the desktop
called New Folder with the icon name highlighted.
3
Type a name for the folder, such as My Folder, then
press Enter.
4
Close the Notepad document you just created by clicking
the Close button on the right side of the Notepad title bar.
The operating system displays the document as an icon
on the desktop.
5
Click the document icon and drag it toward your New
Folder icon. Position the document icon over the New
Folder icon until it changes color, then release the
primary button.
The outline of the document icon moves across the
desktop and disappears into the folder.
6
To see your document, double-click the folder icon.
A window opens and displays the contents of the folder.
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Close the window by clicking its Close button and
continue with the next lesson to learn how to start
programs.
Lesson 6: Starting programs
Usually, you will know which program you want to use for a
particular task.
This lesson teaches you how to launch programs from the
Start menu, using two of the programs that are built into the
Windows® XP operating system: Paint and Windows
Explorer.
1
Click Start, then point to All Programs.
The operating system displays a list of program folders.
2
Point to Accessories, then click Paint.
The operating system opens Paint—a basic drawing
program.
Sample Paint window
3
To open the second program, click Start, then click All
Programs.
4
Point to Accessories, then click Windows Explorer.
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Lesson 7: Resizing, repositioning, and hiding windows
The operating system opens Windows Explorer, which
provides access to all your computer’s resources. For
example, it lets you see all the files in a particular folder
on the computer’s hard disk.
Sample Windows Explorer window
Notice the taskbar now has two buttons on it—one for
Paint and one for Windows Explorer.
5
Click the Paint button on the taskbar.
The operating system displays the Paint program.
The operating system places the active window on top of
other windows on the desktop unless you have selected a
different display option. You can move back and forth
between the two programs by alternately clicking each
button.
Lesson 7: Resizing, repositioning, and hiding
windows
If you have followed the lessons in this chapter, you now have
a screen with several program windows open. You can
organize these windows by resizing and repositioning
windows so that you can see more than one of them at a time.
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You can also hide windows by removing them from the
desktop without actually closing your document or program.
This lesson introduces several ways to adjust the size, shape,
and position of windows open on the desktop.
Using the taskbar
If you have applications open on the desktop, you can
rearrange them by pointing to the taskbar using the TouchPad
and clicking the secondary button. The Windows® XP
operating system provides these options:
❖
Move windows
❖
Size windows
❖
Minimize all windows—display only the taskbar buttons
❖
Maximize windows
❖
Close windows
Choose your option depending on how you wish to set up
your desktop.
Minimizing and maximizing windows
1
To make the Windows Explorer window the active
window, click the Windows Explorer button on the
taskbar.
The operating system highlights the Windows Explorer
title bar to show that Windows Explorer is the active
window.
2
Click the Minimize button at the top-right of the
Explorer window to hide the window.
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Windows Explorer disappears from the desktop.
However, it is still open, as you can see from the taskbar.
HINT: Minimizing program windows is a good way to clean up
the desktop without actually closing programs.
3
Click the Maximize button in the top-right corner of the
Paint window.
The Paint window expands to fill the screen, hiding
everything except the taskbar. Notice that the Maximize
button has changed. It is now called the Restore Down
button.
HINT: Maximizing a program is a good way to work when you
are only using that program and do not want any distractions
on the screen.
Resizing and moving windows
1
Click the Restore Down button in the top-right corner of
the Paint window.
Paint returns to its previous size and location. Notice that
the Restore Down button has changed back into the
Maximize button.
For the next few steps assume that you want to be able to
see both Paint and Windows Explorer at the same time.
2
Move the pointer to the right-hand edge of the Paint
window.
The pointer changes to a two-headed arrow.
3
Click and drag the edge of the window until it takes up
just less than half the width of the desktop.
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Click the title bar of the Paint window and drag it to the
left side of the desktop.
You can move any window by clicking its title bar and
dragging it.
5
Click Windows Explorer button on the taskbar.
6
Repeat steps 3 and 4 to change the size and position of
Windows Explorer, placing it on the right side of the
desktop.
Now that the windows are side by side, you can see how
you could refer to one window while working in the
other.
Resizing and moving windows allows you to rearrange the
desktop to suit your needs. Experiment with different sizes
and placements of windows to find the best arrangement for
your work.
Sample Windows Explorer windows
At this point you have two programs open on the desktop.
The next lesson shows you how to close them.
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Lesson 8: Closing programs
Once you are finished working with a document or program,
it is a good idea to close it. While you can run several
programs at the same time, having a large number of
programs and documents open simultaneously can slow
down your computer.
This lesson teaches you how to close the programs you
opened earlier in this tutorial.
To close the programs:
1
Click the Close button at the top-right of the Explorer
window.
Windows Explorer closes, removing the Explorer button
from the taskbar as well.
2
Close Paint and the My Computer window (assuming it is
still open) by clicking the Close buttons for each
program.
HINT: Always save your work before you close a program.
Lesson 9: Creating shortcuts
By adding shortcuts to your desktop, you can open programs
or files with the click of a button. You will probably want to
create shortcuts for the programs you use most frequently.
This lesson explains how to create shortcuts using two
Windows® accessories, Calculator and Character Map, as
examples.
Creating a shortcut to the Calculator
Use this method when you know the name and location of the
program file to which you would like to create a shortcut.
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Move the pointer to an empty area of the desktop, then
click the secondary button.
The operating system displays the desktop shortcut
menu.
2
Click New, then click Shortcut.
The operating system displays the Create Shortcut dialog
box.
Sample Create Shortcut dialog box
3
In the Command line box, type c:\windows\system32\calc.exe
and click Next.
The operating system prompts you to select a name for
the shortcut.
4
Type Calculator and click Finish.
The operating system displays the new shortcut on your
desktop.
Creating a shortcut to the Character Map
Use this method when you do not know the name and
location of the program file.
1
Click Start, then point to Search.
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Sample Search options on the Start menu
2
Click All Files and Folders.
The operating system displays the Search Results dialog
box.
Sample Search Results dialog box
HINT: Search also allows you to perform searches on the
Internet.
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Type char in the All or part of the file name: text box,
and then click Search.
The operating system displays a list of all the files with
“char” in their names.
4
Click the Character Map file with the secondary button
and drag it to the desktop.
A shortcut menu appears.
5
Click Create Shortcut here.
A shortcut to the Character Map appears on your desktop.
Clicking a shortcut icon opens the program or folder
immediately. You can place as many shortcuts on your
desktop as you find useful.
HINT: The Character Map is a useful tool when you want to add
a special character to a document.
Lesson 10: Changing the screen saver
You can personalize the background area of your desktop
with pictures, patterns, or colors. The background is
considered a “property” of your desktop. This lesson will not
only teach you how to change the background, but will also
introduce you to properties.
The operating system treats all windows, icons, programs,
drives, etc. as self-contained objects, each with its own set of
properties (such as size, position on-screen, and color). Many
of these properties can be customized to meet your particular
needs and tastes.
DEFINITION: An object is an independent block of data, text, or
graphics that was created by an individual application.
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Lesson 10: Changing the screen saver
This lesson introduces object properties by showing you how
to change one of the properties of the desktop—the screen
saver. This is a continuously changing pattern that appears on
the screen during pauses in your work.
1
Move the pointer to an empty area of the desktop, then
click the secondary button.
The operating system displays the desktop shortcut
menu.
2
Click Properties.
The operating system opens the Display Properties dialog
box.
Sample Display Properties dialog box
3
Click the Screen Saver tab.
4
Click the arrow beside the current option to open the
screen saver list box.
5
Scroll through the screen saver options by clicking the
scroll arrows in the list box.
6
Try a screen saver pattern by clicking a name in the list
box.
The operating system displays your selection in the
monitor above the list box. Try several patterns.
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To apply a pattern to your desktop, click Apply.
8
After you have chosen a screen saver pattern and applied
it to your desktop, click OK.
The operating system returns you to the desktop.
You can view any object’s properties by clicking the object
with the secondary button, then choosing Properties from the
shortcut menu that appears.
The next lesson explains how to set two other properties—the
date and time.
Lesson 11: Setting the date and time
You initially set the computer’s date and time properties
when you turned the computer on for the first time and set up
the operating system.
To change the date and time settings:
1
Click Start, then click Control Panel.
2
Click the Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options
icon.
3
Click the Date and Time icon.
The operating system displays the Date and Time
Properties dialog box.
Sample Date and Time Properties dialog box
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HINT: To open the Date and Time Properties dialog box more
quickly, either click the time display on the taskbar with the
secondary button, then click Adjust Date and Time, or doubleclick the time display.
4
Click the Date & Time tab and set the correct month,
year, day, and time.
5
Click the Time zone tab, then the drop-down list box and
set your time zone.
6
Click OK.
There is a third tab, Internet Time, which when selected
allows you to have Windows® XP automatically synchronize
your time. However, you need to be connected to the Internet
for this function to work.
Continue with the next lesson to finish cleaning up the
desktop.
Lesson 12: Removing objects from the desktop
Earlier in this tutorial, you created a new icon on the desktop.
Since everything you have done to this point has been just
practice, you may want to return the desktop back to its
original uncluttered state. This lesson explains how to remove
objects from the desktop and introduces the Recycle Bin.
1
Click the New Folder icon you created, drag it until it is
over the Recycle Bin icon and it changes color, then
release the primary button.
The icon disappears. But it is not really gone. It is merely
set aside in the Recycle Bin so that you can restore or
delete it later.
2
Repeat step 1 for any other icons you created during this
tutorial.
Each icon disappears as you drop it on the Recycle Bin.
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Double-click the Recycle Bin icon.
The operating system opens the Recycle Bin window.
Notice that all the icons you dropped on the Recycle Bin
are listed.
Sample Recycle Bin open on the desktop
4
To completely remove an object, select it, and then click
File, Delete.
The object is permanently deleted from the Recycle Bin.
Later on—in your real work, not in this tutorial—you will use
the Recycle Bin to delete other objects such as folders,
documents, and sometimes even programs. Still, the process
is the same. Just drag an object’s icon to the Recycle Bin.
If you change your mind and want to restore an object you
sent to the Recycle Bin, select the object with the secondary
button and click Restore Down. The operating system
restores the object to the place from which it was deleted.
When you are absolutely certain that you never want to see it
again, delete it from the Recycle Bin.
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To delete everything from the Recycle Bin at once, choose
Empty Recycle Bin from the File menu. Click Yes to
confirm that you are sure.
HINT: Empty the Recycle Bin periodically. Even though an item
is moved to the Recycle Bin, it still uses valuable space on the
hard disk drive until it is deleted from the Recycle Bin.
Lesson 13: Using System Restore
The System Restore feature allows you to return your
computer to the way it was configured on a specific date or
time, a “restore point.” This is useful if you are reconfiguring
your computer for new hardware or software. In the event that
your hardware or software causes your computer to
malfunction, you can remove the offending item(s) and
restore the system to the state it was in at the preset time.
To get to System Restore, click Start, point to All Programs,
Accessories, System Tools and click System Restore.
The System Restore Welcome screen appears.
Sample System Restore Welcome screen
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The operating system guides you through the process of
storing your system settings for future use. It also guides you
through restoring your system to the selected date or time.
Lesson 14: If I am lost, what do I do?
This lesson teaches you how to use some of the Help and
Support features in Windows® XP operating system.
Windows® XP Help and Support Center
®
The Windows XP operating system has a Help and Support
facility. If you cannot figure out how to do something, the
answer is probably only a few clicks away.
Assume that you want to draw a picture, but do not know
how.
1
Click Start, then click Help and Support.
The operating system opens the Help and Support Center
window.
2
If you do not see the index, click the Index button on the
top of the screen.
Help and Support Center displays the Index.
Sample Help and Support Center Index
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The left side of the screen contains the index. The text
box above the index, where the cursor is flashing, lets
you type in a topic you want to find in the index.
3
Type pictures in the Type in the keyword to find: text
box.
Notice as you type that the index moves to locate what
you typed. When you type the letter p, the topic list
moves to the first entry that begins with P, and so on.
There are a number of topics listed under Picture. One of
them, Creating pictures using Paint, looks promising.
4
Double-click Creating pictures using Paint.
Help opens a topic screen that gives a brief description of
how to draw pictures, including an icon to start the Paint
program.
Sample Drawing help window
5
Click the Paint link.
The operating system opens the Paint program.
Not every Help topic contains a hot link to start the
program it is talking about. However, when you do
encounter one, it provides a convenient way to start the
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program to look at it while you read about the program in
the Help topic.
Using the online tours and tutorials
Whether you are new to computers or you have some
experience, the Windows® XP Tours and Tutorials collection
is a good place to start.
If you are not familiar with the Windows® XP operating
system, start with “Windows XP Preview.”
“Learning about the benefits of Windows XP features” is a
helpful introduction to the new features in the Windows® XP
operating system.
Sample Windows® XP Tours and tutorials window
To start a Windows® XP tour or tutorial:
1
Click Start, and then Help and Support.
2
Click What’s new in Windows XP.
3
Click Taking a tour or tutorial.
4
On the right pane, click Take the Windows XP tour.
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Lesson 15: Turning off your computer
It is very important that you let the Windows® XP operating
system shut down your computer. As it shuts down, the
operating system performs a number of tasks that ensure that
everything is in place the next time you turn on the computer.
This lesson teaches you how to shut down the operating
system and turn off your computer.
To let the operating system shut down your computer:
1
Click Start, and then click Shut down.
The Turn off computer dialog box appears.
2
Click Shut Down.
The computer shuts down.
There are other ways to shut down your computer. For more
information, see “Powering down the computer” on page 84.
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Getting to Know the
®
Windows XP Media
Center Edition
This section introduces you to the Windows Media Center
Edition, a complete multimedia center where you can play
your entire library of audio, video, and picture media on your
computer, using either your computer’s keyboard, mouse, or
the remote control. With the Media Center, you can:
❖
Watch TV or a DVD movie.
❖
Automatically record TV shows.
❖
Pause, rewind, and fast forward TV programs using the
Media Center time shifting feature.
❖
Watch an instant replay.
❖
Play back your digital videos.
❖
View your digital pictures, or play them as a slide show.
❖
Browse, select, and play music CDs and DVD movies.
❖
Update the Television Program Guide from the Internet.
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Media Center Setup
This section shows you how to set up your computer to use
the Media Center.
Connecting to a Television
Your computer has TV-out capability, meaning you can
connect it to a television and view the computer image on the
television.
To connect a TV to the computer:
1
Turn off the computer.
2
Connect the S-Video cable (not shipped with your
computer or system) from the TV’s video connection to
the S-Video connector on the right side of your computer.
3
Connect an audio cable (not shipped with your computer
or system) from the TV’s audio connection to the
headphone jack on the left side of your computer.
4
Turn on the TV, and then turn on the computer.
5
To send the display signal to the TV, press the “Instant
TV Out” button to the right of the keyboard (or press
FN+F5), and then toggle to the TV icon.
NOTE
This step must be taken before launching the Media Center or
the InterVideo DVD Player.
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Connecting the TV Signal Source When You Have an
Existing Setup
This section describes how to connect the signal source from
the wall to a VCR to a TV using coaxial cable.
1
Remove the coaxial cable from the VCR input, and
connect it to the input of a coaxial cable signal splitter
(not shipped with your computer or system).
2
Connect two coaxial cables to the splitter outputs.
3
Connect one of the coaxial cables to the VCR input, and
the other end to the coax port on the front side of the
computer.
4
Connect the coaxial cable.
NOTE
To connect your computer to a TV, you need a video/AV cable.
The type of cable depends on your TV.
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Existing setup
Add the notebook with a splitter
Wall
Wall
Cable
Cable
Coaxial
cable
Set-top box/
satellite In
Remote
sensor
Set-top box/
satellite In
Remote sensor
control cable
IR receiver
Set-top box/
satellite Out
Set-top box/
satellite Out
Composite port cable
Splitter In
Splitter Out
Coaxial
cable
Coaxial cable
TV (in) on front
of notebook
VCR In
VCR In
VCR Out
VCR Out
Coaxial
cable
TV In
Composite port cable
TV In
Sample wall-to-VCR-to-TV setup
Connecting the External Remote Sensor
The external IR remote sensor is a small device that connects
to the computer and allows the remote control to work with
the Media Center programs.
If you have a cable TV set-top box, satellite, or other set-top
box that controls your TV signal, connect the remote sensor
control cable to the remote sensor and position the end of it
over the remote receiver on your cable box.
1
Connect the IR receiver cable USB connector to an
available USB port on your computer.
2
Connect the IR remote sensor cable 3.5 mm connector to
the port on the IR receiver.
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Sample IR receiver with cables attached
3
Position the end of the IR receiver cable over the remote
IR receiver window on your cable TV set-top box or
VCR.
4
Peel off the adhesive backing on the IR remote sensor
and mount the sensor within 5 inches of the set top box or
VCR.
5
Install batteries in the Windows Media Center remote
control.
NOTE
For information on configuring the Media Center and the
Remote Sensor, refer to your Electronic User’s Guide.
Connecting the VCR or Set Top Box to the Computer
Connect the AV composite cable from the VCR or Set top
box to the AV composite port on the front of the computer; or,
connect a coaxial cable from the VCR or Set top box to the
TV-IN on the front of the computer.
NOTE
For information on configuring the Media Center and the
Remote Sensor, refer to your User Guide.
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Starting the Media Center
To start the Media Center:
❖
Click Start, and then click Media Center. You can also
point the remote control at the remote sensor and press
the Start button.
Media Center opens in full screen mode.
NOTE
The first time you open Media Center, a setup wizard displays.
From here, you can test your remote control and configure
your Internet connection, TV signal, and Television Program
Guide.
To complete the setup procedure you need to:
Be logged on as an administrator. For more information, refer
to your Microsoft Help.
Have an Internet connection to download your television service provider’s program guide.
Know your ZIP Code.
Provide the name of your television service provider, if you
subscribe to either cable or satellite TV.
Provide the brand of your set-top box, if you use one.
If you have questions on using the setup wizard, click the Help
button.
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Media Center Setup Wizard
To complete the Media Center Setup, follow the wizard onscreen prompts. When the wizard finishes, the Media Center
main window displays.
NOTE
You can run Media Center side by side with other Windows
software programs. It is possible to browse through your
pictures, watch videos, play music, and even record TV while
using other Windows programs. Simply resize the Media
Center windows as you would any other window. For more
information, refer to your Windows Help.
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Sample Media Center main window
The Media Center main window is the central point for
controlling all Media Center features. With a quick click of
the mouse or using your remote control, you can:
❖
Watch or record TV programs
❖
Listen to music
❖
Display your digital photos
❖
Watch your own digital movies
❖
Watch a DVD movie
❖
Change your Media Center Settings
When enjoying the Media Center, use the icons on the Title
Bar to return to the Media Center main screen, go back to the
previous screen, or to display the Media Center’s online help.
Home screen
Back
Sample Title Bar Icons
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Use the Media Playback controls at the bottom of the screen
to control your movies, music, and photo displays.
Channel up and down
Play
Replay, Rewind (Previous)
Stop
Record
Skip, Fast Forward (Next)
Mute
Volume up and down
Media Playback controls
Navigating Media Center
In the Media Center windows, a selected item, such as a
folder, file, or menu item is outlined with a green border.
To select items, use the arrow buttons on the remote control,
and then the OK button to enter your selection.
If you have media playing, such as music or a television
program, it displays in an inset window in the lower left
corner. To switch from watching your media in the inset
window to watching it in full screen mode, use the arrows on
the remote control to select it and then press OK.
Remote Control For Media Center
You can use your remote control with Media Center to play
CDs, DVDs and videos; to view pictures; and to watch and
record television programs.
The remote control helps you navigate the Media Center
windows on your computer just as a cable TV remote control
navigates cable TV options or controls the playback of a
movie in a VCR or DVD player.
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Using the remote control, you can:
❖
Navigate and control all Media Center windows.
❖
Control the video or live TV display.
❖
Place the computer in and out of Stand By mode.
The remote control can send a strong signal to the remote
sensor from within a range of about 26 feet and from an angle
of about 45 degrees.
Remote Control Buttons Overview
Stand By
Play
Record
Stop
REW
FWD
Replay
Skip
Start
Pause
Back
Guide
OK
Arrow buttons
More Info
Live TV
My Music
My TV
My Video
My Pictures
Mute
Volume
Channel/Page Up
0 to 9
DVD Menu
Clear
Enter
The Remote Control
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The remote control has the following buttons/functions:
Stand By — Puts the computer into a power reduced Stand
By state.
Record — Records the selected television program and
stores it on your hard disk.
Stop — Stops the media currently playing.
REW (Rewind) — Moves the media (video, DVD, music,
and so on) backwards.
Play — Plays the selected media.
FWD (Fast forward) — Moves media forward.
Replay — Moves media backward (seven seconds for videos
and live TV, one music track or one DVD chapter at a time).
Pause — Pauses an audio or video track, and live or recorded
TV programs.
Skip — Moves media forward (30 seconds for videos and
live TV, one music track or one DVD chapter).
Start — Opens Media Center to the main window.
Back — Displays the previous window.
Guide — Opens the Television Program Guide to display
available TV channels and programs to watch and record.
Arrow buttons — Moves the cursor to navigate within
Media Center windows.
OK — Selects the desired action or window option. It acts
like the Enter key. If watching TV in full screen mode,
pressing OK switches back to the previous viewed channel.
Press again to toggle back. It acts the same way as a Jump
button on some TV remote controls.
Live TV — A shortcut to the full screen view. It also takes
you to the current point in a live TV program after pausing
live TV.
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More Info — The button provides more details on a TV
program that is listed in the Guide.
My Videos — Opens the My Videos window.
My Music — Opens the My Music window.
My TV — Opens the My TV window.
My Pictures — Opens the My Pictures window.
Volume — Increases (+) or decreases (-) sound.
Mute — Turns your computer sound off.
Channel/Page up (+) and down (-) — Changes the TV
channel or moves a page up and down, depending on the
available options.
DVD Menu — Opens the main menu on a DVD movie, if
available.
0 to 9 — Changes channels or enters text into a Media Center
search or text box.
Clear — Deletes the current selection and acts like a
backspace key on a keyboard.
Enter — Selects the desired action or window option.
Remote Control Button Groups
Use your remote control to navigate all the Media Center
windows. Your remote control includes four major groups of
controls.
❖
Stand By and Direct Access — The Stand By button
places the computer in and out of Stand By (reduced
power) mode. The direct access buttons open specific
windows within Media Center.
❖
Media playback — The media playback buttons control
the playback of music, DVD movies, videos, recorded
and live TV programs, and picture slide shows.
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Navigation and other direct access — The navigation
buttons move the cursor around Media Center windows
and select desired actions, much like a mouse does.
The other direct access buttons open specific windows within
the Media Center, such as the Television Program Guide, a
DVD main menu, and live TV in full screen mode.
❖
Audio and Video — The audio and video buttons control
sound and channel selection, display details, and allows
you to enter text.
Direct Access Buttons
The direct access buttons open the main Media Center
windows.
❖
TV opens the My TV window where you can watch and
record TV and access other My TV features.
❖
Recorded TV opens the Recorded TV window where all
your recorded TV programs are stored. From this
window, you can search for and play back a recorded
show.
❖
Music opens the My Music window where you can play
music CDs and your music files.
❖
Pictures opens the My Pictures window where you can
search for, sort, and view pictures and slide shows that
are stored in the My Pictures or the Shared Pictures
folder in Windows Explorer.
❖
Video opens the My Videos window where you can
search for, sort, and play back your recorded video files
that are stored in the My Videos or the Shared Videos
folder in Windows Explorer.
Media Playback Buttons
These buttons allow you to play back picture slide shows,
music files, playlists, music CDs, DVD movies, home videos,
and live TV, from within the Media Center program.
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Use Pause to pause selected media. Press Pause and then
FWD repeatedly to play media frame by frame in slow
motion. To continue slow motion, you must press the FWD
button more than once.
Use Play to play selected media.
Use FWD to move selected video or picture media forward.
Press FWD up to three times to increase the fast fowarding
speed. Pressing the FWD button:
❖
Moves pictures forward to the next picture.
❖
Moves a video forward.
❖
Moves a TV program (that has been paused or stopped)
forward to the current moment in live TV, and then
begins playing.
Use REW to rewind selected video or picture media. Press
REW again to increase the rewinding speed. Pressing the
REW button:
❖
Moves the picture slide show backward to the previous
picture.
❖
Moves the video backward.
❖
Moves live TV program to the beginning of the 30minute pause buffer.
Use Record to record TV programs. The Record button
works only when My TV is used to play a TV show. It is
inactive when other media is playing.
❖
While watching live TV or in the Guide, you can press
the Record button once to record a TV show.
❖
In the Guide, you can press Record twice to record a TV
series.
❖
In the Guide, press Record three times to cancel
recording.
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Use Stop to stop selected media from playing. When this is
pressed while you are watching TV, the Media Center pause
buffer continues to record in the background.
Use Skip to move forward in the selected audio or video file.
❖
For music, Skip moves to the next track.
❖
For DVDs, Skip moves to the next chapter.
❖
For videos and live TV and videos, Skip moves ahead 30
seconds.
Use Replay to move backward second seconds in the
selected audio or video file.
❖
For music, Replay moves to the previous track.
❖
For DVDs, Replay moves to the previous chapter.
❖
For videos and live TV and videos, Replay moves back 7
seconds.
Using the Media Center Remote Control
To begin using your remote control:
1
Point the remote control at the remote sensor. The remote
sensor should be located near your monitor or in a
convenient place. Make sure there is nothing blocking the
path between your remote control and the remote sensor.
2
Press the Start button to start the Media Center and to
open the Media Center main window.
Use the arrow keys on the remote control to select an
item, and then press OK to select an option and begin
using the Media Center.
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Watching Television Programs
NOTE
Before you can watch TV using Media Center, make sure your
computer is set up correctly for your TV signal source and that
you have completed the Media Center setup wizard.
In My TV you can:
❖
Watch your favorite television programs in full screen
mode or in an inset window.
❖
Pause, stop, rewind, and fast forward live TV, similar to
the way you would control a DVD from a DVD player.
❖
Record a single TV show or an entire series. My TV will
manage the recordings for you and give advanced
warning if there are any recording conflicts.
❖
Create a recorded TV library.
❖
Search for TV shows to watch or record using the
Television Program Guide.
❖
Quickly check which TV shows you have scheduled to
record.
❖
Search for TV shows by title, keyword, or category.
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Sample MY TV screen
To watch a television program:
1
Press the TV button on the remote control.
The last channel selected or the first channel available
begins playing next to the My TV menu.
2
Select a channel by using the Channel/Page (+ or -)
buttons or by using the numeric buttons on the remote
control.
The channel number displays in the window.
3
Using the arrow buttons, select the TV viewing window,
and then press OK to maximize the TV window to full
screen mode. You can also press the Live TV button to
watch TV in full screen mode.
4
Press Back on the remote control to exit full screen mode
and return to the previous window.
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Selecting a Program from the TV Guide
In the TV Guide, you can scroll through a list of the current
television programs and channels available from your
television service provider. The TV Guide displays the
channel and network, as well as the show title and scheduled
time block. The number of days displayed depends on your
television service provider. By selecting a program title, a
detailed description of the program appears at the bottom of
the window.
❖
NOTE
You can have Media Center automatically connect to the
Internet and update your Guide.
Not all Internet Service Providers support this feature.
❖
You can manually update the TV Guide in the Media
Center Settings window at any time, even if you have
automatic updates set up.
❖
If the TV Guide has not been downloaded from the
Internet because there is no Internet connection, the
message ‘No data available’ displays next to each
channel.
❖
The number of channels and calendar days of TV listings
depends on your television service provider.
❖
The TV Guide does not display past TV listings.
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Sample TV Guide screen
❖
Use the arrows at the top of the screen to display
programs for later or earlier in the day.
❖
Use the arrows at the bottom of the screen to display
additional channels available for viewing.
❖
Use the remote control CH/PG keys to scroll the listing
❖
To view a program, double-click it, or select it with the
remote control and click OK. If the desired program is
currently playing, the inset window will maximize and
the program will play.
Watching a Recorded TV Program
Recorded TV is the storage place for all your recorded
programs. In the Recorded TV window, you can sort your
shows by name, date, or status. You can also delete a recorded
program or series of programs and check for any recording
errors.
❖
To watch a previously recorded TV program, on the My
TV screen, click Recorded TV. On the remote control,
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click Start, and then My TV, and then select Recorded
TV.
❖
All of your recorded TV programs display on the
Recorded TV screen. You can sort your programs by
Date, Category, or Name by clicking the desired sort
option.
❖
Select Scheduled to view a list of all programs scheduled
to be recorded. You can also resolve any recording
conflicts in this window. Use the arrow buttons to move
through the list, select a program, and then press OK on
the remote control. Select the option to change, and then
press OK again.
❖
Using the arrow buttons, select the recorded program you
want to watch, and then press the OK button on the
remote control to begin watching the program.
Searching for a TV Program
You can search the TV Guide to find a TV program by
entering a title, keyword, or by selecting a category using
your remote control.
To search for a TV show:
1
Press the Start button on the remote control, select My
TV, and then select Search.
2
Do one of the following:
3
❖
Select Title. Use the numeric buttons on your remote
control to enter a program title word, and then press
OK on the remote control.
❖
Select Keyword. Use the numeric buttons on your
remote control to enter a descriptive word that would
appear in a program title or program description, and
then press OK on the remote control.
Use the arrow buttons to scroll through the search results,
select a show, and then press OK. If multiple times for
the show are displayed, select a time and press OK.
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Select Play in the window, and then press OK on the
remote control to begin watching the program in full
screen mode.
If the show is not currently playing, select Record Show
or Record Series, and then press OK.
Sample Searching for a TV program screen
Recording TV
The Media Center allows you to record TV programs for later
viewing. You can record the show you are watching, or you
can record another or future show or series from the Guide,
the Search, or the Settings window in My TV.
To record a TV show you are currently watching, just press
the Record button on the remote control once. The Record
icon appears in the Guide next to the program being recorded
or the program to be recorded.
If a show is currently being recorded, the Record icon also
appears in the taskbar on the desktop. If you move your
mouse over the icon, the Media Center displays which show
is currently being recorded. You can right-click the icon to
open Media Center and stop recording.
Media Center automatically records until the show is
scheduled to be over as listed in the TV Guide. To make sure
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your show is being recorded, you can select TV Guide. The
Record icon should appear next to the show in the TV Guide
while you are recording. The Record icon disappears when
the recording is complete.
If there is a recording conflict or error, the Record Conflict
icon appears next to the show in the TV Guide. This means
the show will not be recorded unless the conflict is resolved.
Recording TV tips
❖
If you are watching live TV during a scheduled recording
time, you can watch only the show being recorded. If you
change channels, the recording stops.
❖
If you go to another area in the Media Center, the TV
channel you last selected will be displayed in the inset
window at the bottom of the window.
❖
When scheduling a recording in the TV Guide, you can
press the Record button once to record a show, twice to
record a series, or three times to cancel a scheduled
recording you just selected.
❖
When you press the Record button to record a show you
are watching, the recording automatically stops at the end
of the show’s regularly scheduled end time.
❖
Some channels can be shared by two or more networks,
depending on the time of day. The Guide may display
only one network’s programming. This may cause
recording options to be unavailable. You may need to
manually update the Guide before scheduling a
recording.
NOTE
If you turn off (shut down) your computer, the Media Center
will not record a scheduled program. Your computer must be
turned on or in Stand By mode to record a TV program. The
computer will not automatically go into Stand By mode if the
Media Center is open.
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Recording from the Guide
To record a current or future show or series from the Guide:
1
Press the Start button on the remote control, select My
TV, and then select Guide.
2
Use the arrow buttons on the remote control to find the
show you want to record, select the show, and then press
OK.
You can also press the numeric buttons on the remote
control to go directly to a channel. Press the right arrow
button in the Guide to select a show that will be broadcast
in the future.
3
Select Record in the window and press OK on the
remote control to record the show. The Record icon
appears next to the show in Guide.
You can also select Record Series and press OK on the
remote control to record the entire series.
The Record Series icon is displayed to indicate a series.
4
Press Back on the remote control to return to the
previous window.
If there is a recording conflict, Media Center displays a
message and allows you to select which show you want
to record.
Recording from Search
To record a current or future show or series using Search:
1
Press the Start button on the remote control, select My
TV, and then select Search.
2
Select Title, Keyword, or Categories. For Title and
Keyword searches, enter your descriptive search words.
The Media Center starts searching from the first letter
you type into the text box. For a Categories search, select
the category you want and press OK.
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Use the arrow buttons to scroll through the search results
to select the show you want to record, select the show,
and then press OK.
4
Select Record or Record Series in the window, and then
press OK. The recording icon for a single program or the
recording icon for a series appears next to the show in the
Guide.
5
Press Back on the remote control to return to the
previous window.
If there is a recording conflict, the Media Center displays
a message and allows you to select which show you want
to record.
Recording Manually
Recording a program manually allows you to select a specific
date, channel, and recording time period. For some programs,
you may want to begin recording before the scheduled
beginning and after the scheduled ending of the program.
To manually record a show or series:
1
Press the Start button on the remote control, and then
select My TV.
2
Select Recorded TV.
3
Select Add Recording.
4
Enter the channel number using the numeric buttons on
the remote control.
5
Under the Create a custom recording with area, select
Channel and time. Use the arrow buttons on the remote
and +/- buttons on the screen to bring the selections into
focus.
6
Select Add title if you would like to name the manual
recording. Enter letters by using the numeric keypad on
the remote to name the recording, and then select Save.
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Select Record to schedule the manual TV recording and
return to the Recorded TV menu.
Changing Your Settings
The Media Center Settings option allows you to:
❖
Change settings for your television service provider.
❖
Change settings for your Internet Service Provider.
❖
Manually update the My TV Television Program Guide.
❖
Check your remote control.
❖
Change your ZIP Code to receive the correct Television
Program Guide for your area.
To change settings, on the My TV screen, click Settings.
Sample TV Settings screen
This window allows you to change several settings that
control how Media Center plays and records TV programs, as
well as how it plays DVDs. In particular, you can change
settings for:
❖
Recording a TV program, including manually recording
❖
The TV Guide
❖
The TV Signal
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Adjust display settings
❖
Audio settings
To make a change, click on the desired setting.
Changing recording priorities
If Media Center encounters a recording conflict between two
series, then Media Center uses the series priorities list to
decide which show to record. You can place the series you
most want recorded high on the series priorities list to help
ensure it is successfully recorded in the case of conflicts.
When you schedule a new series it is added to the bottom of
the list and has the lowest priority.
1
Press the Start button on the remote, and then select My
TV.
2
Select Recorded TV.
3
Select Scheduled.
4
Select Series.
5
Select Change priorities.
6
Use the up or down arrow on the screen to move a
scheduled series up or down in the list of series priorities.
7
Select Done to save changes and return to the Schedule
Series page.
Listening to Music
The My Music window in the Media Center works with
Windows Media Player to find and play your music files and
CDs. You can use Windows Media Player to create your
music library and then use Media Center to find and play
your music using your remote control.
You can store your music files in the My Music folder or in
other folders on your hard drive, however, you need to add
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those files to the Windows Media Player Library for Media
Center to be able to find and play them.
In My Music, you can:
❖
Play music CDs. You can skip, shuffle, or repeat songs or
albums.
❖
Play digital music files from a music library you create
and organize using Windows Media Player.
❖
Search for music files by the following categories: album,
artist, playlist, song, or genre.
❖
View music CD details such as artist name, song title,
length of song, and album cover art.
❖
Play a music playlist with a slide show.
Sample My Music screen
Creating Your Music Library Using Windows Media Player
Each time you add music files outside of Windows Media
Player, you must use the Tools menu to add music files to
your Windows Media Player Library for Media Center to find
them.
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To add music files:
1
Click Start on the taskbar, and then click Windows
Media Player.
2
Click the Media Library tab on the side of the window.
The first time you select Media Library, a message tells
you that Windows Media Player needs to search your
computer for your music files.
3
Click Yes. Windows Media Player searches for all
available audio media and places them in the Media
Library.
4
To add files from a CD to your Media Library, insert the
CD, select Copy from CD, and then select Copy Music
in the toolbar. You can select to copy your music files as
MPEG Audio Layer 3 (.mp3) or Windows Media Audio
(.wma) files.
5
Click the Media Library tab to see where your new
audio files have been placed. You can rename files by
selecting the file and typing a new name or genre over the
old one. The way you label your music files determines
the category in which they are placed.
Your added music files can now be found and played back
using My Music in Media Center.You may need to close and
open Media Center for the added music files to appear in My
Music.
For more information about adding music files to the Media
Library, use the Windows Media Player Help menu.
Deleting Music Files
To delete a file from the Windows Media Player Library,
select the music file, right-click the mouse, and then select
Delete from Library.
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Adding Music from Your Hard Drive to Windows Media
Player Library
You can place all your music files into the My Music folder
or into other folders on your hard drive, however, you need to
add those files to the Windows Media Player Library for
Media Center to be able to find and play them.
You may have already copied and organized your music files
on your hard drive. If so, you need to add them to the
Windows Media Player Library to access them with the
Media Center.
To add music files that are stored in your My Music or Shared
Music folder on your hard drive:
1
Click Start on the taskbar, and then click Windows
Media Player.
2
Move the mouse to view the Windows Media Player
toolbar, and then click Tools.
3
Select Search for Media Files.
4
Select Search to search all drives or select Browse to
search through a specific drive.
5
Select the desired drive and then click OK. Windows
Media Player searches the selected drives for all
supported audio files and adds them to the Media Library.
If Windows Media Player does not recognize all of your
audio files, try copying the files directly into Windows
Media Player. Refer to Windows Media Player Help for
more information.
Your music files can now be found and played in My Music
window in the Media Center. You may need to close and open
Media Center for the added music files to appear in My
Music.
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Playing Digital Music Files
When you first open the Media Center and open the My
Music window, you may not find any music files listed unless
there is a music CD in your CD drive or unless you have
already added audio files to your Windows Media Player
Library.
If you do not have any music files listed, you need to add
music files to the Windows Media Player Library, and then
restart Media Center to play your music files in Media
Center.
When you copy music files using Windows Media Player and
your computer is connected to the Internet, the CD
information is copied and displayed in Media Center and in
the Windows Media Player Library.
To play a music CD using Media Center:
1
If you insert a CD when Media Center is not open, a
message appears asking what you want to do. You can
select Windows Media Player as your default audio
player. If you have another program set as the default
audio player, Windows opens this program and begins
playing the CD.
2
Press the Start button on the remote control.
3
Insert a CD into the CD drive — the CD plays
automatically in Media Center. If you have other media
such as live TV already playing when you insert the CD,
Media Center asks you if you want to play the CD. Select
Yes to begin playing the CD.
NOTE
Media Center cannot be used to record music files. Use
Windows Media Player to record music files.
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Finding Music Files in My Music
After you have added and organized files in Windows Media
Player Library, you can browse through your music files in
the My Music window. You can search for music files by
album title, artist, song title, or music genre. You can also use
the search feature to quickly find a specific song, album, or
artist.
To find a music file:
1
In the My Music window, select Albums, Artists,
Playlists, View Songs, or Genres to display a list of all
items in that category. In these windows, you will have
other options, depending on the category you select.
or
Select Search. Use the numeric buttons on the remote
control to enter a descriptive word, song title, or artist
name and display a list of all the titles that match your
entry.
2
NOTE
Use the arrow keys to select a music file, and then press
the Play button on the remote control to begin playing
that music file.
If you back up music files from a CD using Windows Media
Player 9, you must log the files into the media player’s play list
before you can play them using the Media Center. To log the
files into the play list, open Windows Media Player 9, press F3
and log the files in the dialog box.
Playing a Song
You can play a song from anywhere in My Music. You can
select it from the View Song list, or from the Album, Artist,
and Genre lists.
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You can also play a single song from a playlist as follows:
1
In the My Music window, select View Songs. The list
displays all the songs in your media library.
2
Use the arrow buttons to select a song, and then press OK
or Play on the remote control to play it.
3
Use the controls at the bottom of the screen to stop or
pause the song, advance to another song, or increase or
decrease the volume.
Setting Up an Automatic Disc Jockey
You can select to have Media Center randomly play all the
available songs in one genre:
1
In the My Music window, select Genres.
The list displays all the genres available in your Media
Library.
2
Use the arrow buttons to select a genre, and then press
OK on the remote control.
3
Use the arrow buttons to select Shuffle, and then press
OK on the remote control.
All songs in that genre are randomly played.
Finding and Playing an Album
1
In the Media Center Start menu, select My Music, and
then select Albums.
2
In the Albums window, select View by list or View by
cover to organize all of the albums available.
3
Use the arrow buttons to select an album, and then press
OK on the remote control.
You can also select:
❖
Shuffle to rearrange the music tracks on the album.
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Play to play the album selected. The Now Playing
window opens, and the album starts playing.
In the Play window, select a song and press OK on the
remote control. You can also select:
❖
View Song to view cover art and play one track.
❖
View Tracks to view a list of all tracks on the album.
❖
Shuffle to rearrange the play order.
❖
Repeat to play the album again.
❖
Buy Music to connect to the Internet, find CD
information, and buy music CDs. To go back to
Media Center, press Start on the remote control.
Press Back on the remote control to return to the
previous window.
Creating a Playlist
A playlist is a customized list of digital music files. Using
playlists, you can group various digital music files together
and determine the order in which you want the files to play.
You can create a playlist that includes several tracks from
various CDs or even a playlist that contains background
music for a slide show.
Use Windows Media Player to create playlists and then play
them back using Media Center.
To create a playlist:
1
Click Start on the taskbar and select Windows Media
Player.
2
Select Media Library.
3
Click New playlist in the toolbar, type in a name for your
playlist, and then click OK. Your new playlist should
appear under the My Playlists area of the Media Player
window.
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In the Media Library, select the music file that you want
to add to your playlist.
5
Click Add to playlist in the toolbar, and then select your
playlist from the drop-down menu. Repeat this step until
all of your files are added.
6
Select your playlist to check your added music files.
7
Close Media Center, if open, and then press the Start
button on the remote control. Your playlist will not
appear in My Music unless you close and open Media
Center.
You can now play your playlist in Media Center.
Displaying Your Pictures
In My Pictures, you can:
❖
View pictures individually or as a slide show.
❖
Change transition time and display order of the pictures
in your slide show.
❖
Sort pictures by name or date.
❖
View and scroll through pictures that are in the My
Pictures folder by using your remote control or your
keyboard and mouse.
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Sample My Pictures screen
After you organize your pictures in the My Pictures folder in
Windows Explorer, open Media Center to view your pictures:
1
Press the Start button on the remote control to open the
Media Center Start menu.
2
Select My Pictures. The right side of the window shows
a small picture image (thumbnail) and, if you have
organized your pictures into folders, folder icons.
Your pictures are displayed just as you organized them in
the My Pictures folder in Windows Explorer.
3
Use the arrow buttons on the remote control to move
through your picture files and folder files and select a
picture.
4
Press OK to select a picture or folder to view. The
selected picture opens in full screen mode.
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Viewing a Slide Show
To view pictures as a slide show
1
Press the Start button on the remote control to open the
Media Center Start menu.
2
Select My Pictures.
3
Use the arrow buttons on the remote control to select the
folder of pictures you want to view as a slide show, and
then press OK.
4
Use the left and right arrow buttons on the remote control
to go to the next or the previous picture manually or use
the arrow buttons to select Play slide show, and then
press OK to display your pictures automatically.
If you do not select the pictures you want to view as a slide
show, Media Center uses the first folder listed. If you have
picture files that are not stored in folders you created, Media
Center plays all files stored in the My Pictures folder.
Sorting your Pictures
To organize your pictures by date or by name:
1
Select My Pictures on the Media Center Start menu.
2
Select Sort by date or select Sort by name.
Watching Your Digital Movies
The My Videos window in the Media Center makes it easy to
play home video files you created or video files you
downloaded from the Internet.
In My Videos you can:
❖
Browse through and play back all of your digital video
files using the remote control or the keyboard and mouse.
❖
Sort videos by name or date.
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View your videos in full screen mode or from an inset
window in Media Center.
Sample My Videos screen
Organizing Your Videos
When you attach a digital video camera to your PC, Windows
asks you how you want to capture your video. You can
choose from various software programs to capture and then
edit your video file.
Most programs automatically save your file to the My Videos
folder in Windows Explorer.
If not, move your videos into the My Videos or Shared
Videos folder in Windows Explorer for Media Center to be
able to find and play them.
Once you have placed all your videos into the My Videos or
Shared Videos folder, you can rename, add, delete, and
organize them into folders.
To organize and store your videos, click Start on the taskbar,
click My Documents, and then double-click the My Videos
folder.
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If you want to share your videos with others, place them in
the Shared Video folder. To do this, click Start on the
taskbar, click My Documents, click the Shared Documents
folder under Other Places, and then double-click the Shared
Video folder.
You can add, delete, edit, rename, and organize your video
files into folders you create in the Shared Video folder.
Your videos can now be played in Media Center.
Playing Digital Videos
After you organize your videos in the My Videos or Shared
Videos folder in Windows Explorer, open Media Center to
watch your videos.
1
Press the Start button on the remote control to open the
Media Center Start menu.
2
Select My Videos. The right side of the window shows
small images of your video files and folder icons, if you
have organized your videos into folders.
3
Use the arrow buttons on the remote control to move
through and select your video or video folder.
4
Press the OK button on the remote control.
The selected video plays in full screen mode, or the
folder opens displaying a list of video files. Use the
mouse to resize the window if you want to watch your
video while doing something else on your desktop.
5
When the video is finished, select Restart and then press
OK to replay the video. You can also select Done and
press OK to close the file and return to the My Videos
window.
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Playing a Video in Full Screen Mode
1
On the Media Center Start menu, select My Videos.
2
On the My Videos menu, select My Videos or Shared
Video.
3
Use the arrow buttons to select the folder you want, and
then press OK. Select the video file and press OK again.
Your video plays in full screen mode.
4
Press Back on the remote control to exit full screen mode
and return to the previous window.
Sorting Videos
To organize your videos by date or by name:
1
On the Media Center Start menu, select My Videos or
Shared Video.
2
If your videos are organized within other folders, use the
arrow buttons to select the folder you want to sort, and
then press OK. If you do not select a folder, the Media
Center sorts all the files and folders.
3
Select Sort by date or Sort by name.
Watching a DVD
Watching DVDs in the Media Center allows you to control
the playback with your remote control. If you select to play
your DVD in another program, the use of some of the remote
control buttons is not supported.
To play a DVD movie in Media Center
1
Insert the DVD into the drive. If you have other media
playing, Media Center asks if you want to play the DVD.
Select Yes or No. If you do not select an option, the DVD
automatically plays in full screen mode after a few
seconds.
2
Press the Start button on the remote control.
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If a DVD menu appears, use the remote control or the
mouse to select the DVD menu items and control the
DVD movie playback.
4
Press Stop on the remote control to stop playing the
DVD.
5
To change the window size, move the mouse and click
the Resize button on the taskbar of the DVD window.
Sample Play DVD screen
Stopping a DVD Movie
1
Press the Stop button on the remote control to stop the
movie.
2
Use the arrow buttons on the remote control to select an
item on the Stopped menu, and then press OK.
❖
Select Resume to begin playing the DVD where you left
off.
❖
Select Restart to begin playing the DVD at the
beginning.
❖
Select Title Menu to go to the DVD main menu, if
available.
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❖
Select DVD Languages to change the language for the
DVD soundtrack, subtitles, and menu.
❖
Select Eject to open the disc tray.
Playing a DVD movie already in your drive
If you already have a DVD movie in your drive, but you have
been doing other things in Media Center or in other programs
from your desktop, you can play the DVD by:
1
Press the Start button on the remote control.
2
Select Play DVD. The DVD movie begins playing in full
screen mode.
Changing the Media Center Settings
In the Media Center Settings window, you can change
settings for watching television, for viewing your pictures
and slide shows, and for controlling sound and the display of
all the Media Center windows.
Sample Media Center Settings screen
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Administrator Controlled Settings
Some settings apply to all Media Center windows for all
users and must be set up by the administrator. These settings
are:
❖
Parental Control sets up rating permissions for TV
viewing. This setting requires the administrator to use a
separate password. This option may not be available with
your model.
❖
Set up Internet connection sets up Internet connection.
❖
Guide sets up channel mapping for the Television
Program Guide, which enables your computer to
download the correct guide from the Internet.
❖
Setup TV signal sets up your TV or cable connection.
User Controlled Settings
Some settings can be selected by each person using the PC.
These settings are:
❖
Sounds, Appearance, and Audio sets sound and display
settings.
❖
DVD sets language and audio settings for playing DVD
movies.
❖
Pictures determines slide transition time and selects
which pictures to display in a slide show.
Changing General Settings
General settings affect each user’s experience in Media
Center and can be changed only by the administrator of the
computer.
1
In the Media Center Start menu, select Settings. You may
need to select the scroll arrows in the Start menu to view
Settings.
2
In the Settings window, select General.
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In the General window, do one of the following:
❖
Select Appearance to turn transition animations or
notifications on or off. Use the arrow buttons to select the
item to change, and then press OK on the remote control.
Select OK in the window, and then press OK again.
❖
Select Media Center Sounds to turn the sound on or
off. Use the arrow buttons to select an option, and then
press OK on the remote control. Select OK in the
window, and then press OK again.
❖
Select Notifications to turn on or off taskbar
notifications. When on you receive a notification when
you are low on disk space, when there is no TV signal, or
when there is no Guide data.
❖
Select Autoplay to set autoplay options.
❖
Select Parental Control to set passwords, movie
ratings, and other controls.
❖
Select Set up Internet connection to open the Internet
Connection wizard. This allows you to set up your
connection. Follow the on-screen instructions.
❖
Select Set up Remote Control to make sure your
remote control is working with the remote sensor. Follow
the on-screen instructions.
❖
Select Privacy to change settings for how the computer
retrieves and stores media information.
❖
Select Data Credits to find information about your
version of Media Center.
Press the Back button on the remote control to return to
the main Settings window.
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Changing TV Recorder Settings
The TV Recorder settings allow you to control your
recording priorities and options in Media Center.
1
In the Media Center Start menu, select Settings.
2
Select TV.
3
Select Recorder.
❖
Select History to check a list of scheduled recordings,
delete scheduled recordings, resolve recording conflicts,
and to change recording priorities for the programs you
scheduled to record.
❖
Select Recording storage to check the amount of
recording space on your hard disk. Also, you can change
the settings that affect the recording storage space.
❖
Select Recording defaults to change the general
recording default settings that affect how and when your
programs are recorded.
4
To change the TV/DVD settings, use the arrow buttons to
select an option, and then press OK on the remote
control. Select OK in the window and then press OK on
the remote control again to enter the changes.
5
Press the Back button on the remote control to return to
the main Settings menu.
About Recorded TV Storage Space Settings
The space available for recording TV programs depends on
your hard disk allocation, drive size, and default recording
quality selections. Your PC requires a certain amount of
space to run your Windows XP operating system, run
software programs, and store data files. If your hard disk
becomes full, it may affect the PC speed and performance.
You may need to free up storage space to record more
programs or to optimize the PC’s performance.
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To increase disk space, you can:
❖
Delete recorded shows from the Recorded TV window.
For more information, refer to the My TV chapter.
❖
Increase the percentage of hard disk space available for
recorded TV shows in Default Settings. Select between 5
percent and 90 percent. The default is set at 75 percent.
❖
Record TV programs to the largest drive. Media Center
does not support removable drives, network drives, or
drives with less than 5 MB of disk space.
❖
Archive TV programs to a DVD+RW or DVD+R if your
PC has a DVD writer drive. You can play archived
programs recorded on DVDs only from the PC that you
recorded the TV program from.
❖
In the Recorder Defaults window, select Fair as the
default recording quality. The better the quality of the
recording, the more space the file takes.
❖
In the Recorder Defaults window, select Until I watch as
the Keep setting for each recorded show.
Change TV Guide Settings
In the Guide Settings, you can select which channels to
display and you can manually update your Guide from the
Internet.
TV Guide settings are the same for each user and can be
changed only by the administrator of the computer.
To change the TV Guide settings:
1
In the Media Center Start menu, select Settings. You may
need to select the scroll arrows on the Start menu to view
Settings.
2
In the Settings window, select TV.
3
In the TV settings menu, select Guide.
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Select Customize to show or hide channels that appear
in the Guide. To show a channel, select the channel check
box. To hide a channel, clear the check box.
❖
Select Change lineup to change the network and
Guide information for channels to display correctly.
❖
Select Get Guide data to manually update the Television
Program Guide from the Internet. Media Center connects
to the Internet. This may take a few minutes to update.
❖
Select About Guide data to find out general Guide
information and the date range of your current Television
Program Guide.
4
Use the arrow buttons to select an option, and then press
OK on the remote control.
5
Press the Back button on the remote control to return to
the TV Settings window.
Changing Parental Controls for TV Viewing
Only the administrator of the computer can change the
Parental Control setting. This feature may not be available on
your PC.
1
In the Media Center Start menu, select Settings. You may
need to select the scroll arrows on the Start menu to view
Settings.
2
In the Settings window, select General.
3
In the General menu, select Parental control. The first
time you select Parental control, Media Center asks you
to create a password. Use the numeric keys on the remote
control to enter your password.
4
Select DVD Ratings.
5
Use the arrow buttons to select Turn on movie blocking,
and then press OK.
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6
Use the arrow buttons to select Block unrated movies,
and then press OK.
7
Use the arrow buttons to select the + or - area. Press the
OK button on the remote control to scroll through the
movie rating levels. When you find the one you want, use
the arrow buttons to select OK in the window, and then
press OK on the remote control to enter settings and
return to the DVD settings window.
8
Press the Back button on the remote control to return to
the main Settings window.
Changing DVD Movie Language
To select DVD language settings for subtitles, closed
captioning, and viewing the DVD:
1
In the Media Center Start menu, select Settings.
2
In the Settings window, select DVD.
3
In the DVD Settings window, select DVD, and then select
Language.
4
Use the arrow buttons to select the + or - buttons. Press
the OK button on the remote control to scroll through the
languages available. When you find the one you want,
use the arrow buttons to select OK in the window, and
then press OK on the remote control.
5
Press the Back button on the remote control to return to
the main Settings window.
Selecting Closed Captioning
The audio settings window allows you to select closed
captioning. Closed captioning displays the TV’s spoken
audio in text format for those who are unable to hear the
audio.
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To select closed captioning:
1
In the Media Center Start menu, select My TV.
2
Select Settings.
3
Select Audio.
4
Use the arrow buttons to select the + or - buttons. Press
OK on the remote control to scroll through the choices
available.
❖
Audio: If you select Secondary Audio Program (SAP)
instead of stereo, Media Center allows a simultaneous
broadcast of a primary and secondary audio program. It
could contain and additional voice track such as a voiceover commentary or a foreign language interpretation.
❖
Caption Display: You can select to turn Closed
Captioning on, off, or on when mute.
5
Use the arrow buttons to select OK in the window, and
then press OK on the remote control.
6
After you make your changes, press the Back button to
return to the main Settings menu.
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Changing Picture Settings
Each user can set his or her own picture settings.
1
In the Media Center Start menu, select Settings. You may
need to select the scroll arrows on the Start menu to view
Settings.
2
In the Settings window, select Pictures.
3
Use the arrow buttons on the remote control to select an
option.
❖
Select the + or - button and then press the OK button on
the remote control to increase or decrease the transition
time. Select OK in the Settings window and then press
OK on the remote control to enter the setting and go back
to the Settings window.
❖
Select the check icon and then press the OK button
on the remote control to show pictures within folders
or in random order. Select OK in the Settings
window and then press OK on the remote control to
enter the setting and go back to the Settings window.
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Exploring Your Options
In this chapter, you will explore other features of your
notebook computer.
Windows® XP special features
The Windows® XP operating system offers you several new
features and enhancements, including:
❖
New system file protection
❖
A system restore function, allowing you to rollback the
system to its previous mode
❖
An improved help center, support automation, and
automatic Windows® operating system update
❖
Wizards to simplify setting up your home network
❖
Ability to share one Internet connection among multiple
PCs
❖
An automatic discovery feature that allows your
computer to detect new and intelligent devices
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Personalizing your desktop
Your desktop is your virtual workspace. This section explains
how to customize its features for the way you like to work.
You can customize the following aspects of the desktop:
❖
Taskbar—which resources to display for quick access
❖
Active Desktop® interface—what information from the
Internet to always display
❖
Desktop style—how windows are displayed and how to
browse folders and files
❖
Toolbars—what information appears at the top of each
window
Customizing the taskbar
As you work, the taskbar changes to reflect what you are
doing. Its icons provide shortcuts to programs, documents,
files, folders, system features, and components. Open
applications also have Forward and Backward buttons to
allow navigation through folders, documents, and Web sites.
For example, you can personalize the taskbar to include
Quick Launch icons, and also your favorite URL addresses or
local folders and programs.
DEFINITION: URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator, which
is the address that defines the route to a file on the Web or any
other Internet facility. Generically, it is known as the World
Wide Web site address.
Having a list of favorite URLs handy saves time. Using it
bypasses the need for you to launch your browser first.
To customize your taskbar settings, point to an empty space
in the taskbar and click the secondary button, then click
Properties.
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Bringing the world to your desktop
With the Windows® XP operating system, you can set up
your desktop with complete World Wide Web integration at a
single click.
Turning on the Web content interface
The first step to bring active content to your desktop is to turn
on the Web content interface:
1
Point to an empty space on the desktop and click the
secondary button.
2
Click Properties.
The Display Properties window appears.
3
Click the Desktop tab, and then the Customize Desktop
button.
4
Click the Web tab.
5
Follow the instructions to set up your desktop.
Adding components to the Web content interface
1
Point to an empty space on the desktop and click the
secondary button.
2
Click Properties.
The Display Properties window appears.
3
Click the Desktop tab, and then the Customize Desktop
button.
4
Click the Web tab.
The operating system displays a list of items to add to the
desktop.
5
To view additional components, click New.
The New Desktop Item dialog box appears.
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To browse the Gallery for more components to add, click
Visit Gallery.
In order to browse, an active Internet connection must be
established.
7
To select some other Web site, type the address of the
Web site you want or click Browse to locate it.
You can configure the Web content interface in several other
ways. For further information, see your operating system
documentation or access Windows® Help by clicking Start,
Help and Support.
Changing desktop and browsing style
The operating system enables you to customize the way you
view your desktop and browse the files and folders on your
local computer or network file server.
You can make it so that:
❖
Items that normally require a double-click will open with
a single click.
❖
Folders will open in their own window instead of in the
same window.
❖
Folders are accompanied by a list of common tasks
instead of displayed alone.
The options you choose determines how you browse in the
operating system, regardless of whether you start from the
desktop, My Computer, Windows Explorer, or Internet
Explorer.
For more information about changing your desktop style,
enter desktop in the Help and Support Index.
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Choosing a style
To select desktop and browsing style options:
1
Click Start, then click My Computer.
The My Computer window appears.
2
Select the Tools menu, then click Folder Options.
The Folder Options dialog box appears.
Sample Folder Options dialog box
3
Click the preferred options.
4
Click Apply, then OK.
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Personalizing individual windows
Just as you can display a Web page on your desktop, you can
also display a Web page in an individual window. If you
subscribe to the Web page, it can be automatically updated on
a regular basis. For example, using this Web integration
feature you can monitor weather, game scores, stock prices,
or headlines—all in the window of your choice.
Customizing window toolbars
You can display one or more customizable toolbars at the top
of a window. As you browse, the operating system detects the
kind of information presented in the window and
automatically displays the appropriate toolbar buttons and
menus.
You can also add these toolbars to the taskbar.
Address bar
Standard buttons
Sample toolbar locations
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The elements you can add to the top of the window are:
Toolbar element
Description
Address Bar
Opens Web pages, programs, folders, or
documents. By default, the address bar
shows your current location, and whether
it is a folder or a Web page. You can
browse to another location by typing an
address — a URL, a path, or even a program name.
If you start typing a previously typed
address, the AutoComplete feature finishes the address for you.
Standard buttons Displays buttons for commonly used
commands, such as copying, pasting,
deleting items, changing views, and
browsing backward and forward.
Displaying a toolbar in a window
1
Click Start, then click My Computer.
The My Computer window appears.
2
On the View menu, point to Toolbars, then click the
name of the toolbar you want to display.
The toolbar appears below the menu bar of the current
window.
Displaying information about each folder
In addition to displaying the contents of each window, you
might find it helpful to have the operating system display the
name of the folder and brief information about how to use the
folder. This means displaying an individual window as a Web
page.
1
Click Start, then click My Computer.
The My Computer window appears.
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2
Open the folder you want to view as a Web page.
3
In the Tools menu, select Folder Options.
4
In the Tasks section, click the button for Show common
tasks in folders.
5
Click Apply, then OK.
Sample Control Panel window as a Web page
The addition of the name of the folder and instructions for
how to use the folder on the left give the window the
appearance of a Web page.
Using your computer at the office
By connecting an external monitor, external full-size
keyboard, an external mouse, and an external diskette drive,
you can work with your notebook as if it were a standard
office computer.
An external monitor connects to the RGB (monitor) port.
An external mouse, keyboard, and diskette drive connect to
the USB ports.
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Setting up for communications
To connect to the Internet, use an online service, or
communicate across the telephone lines with another
computer, you need:
❖
A modem (one comes with your computer)
❖
A telephone line
❖
A browser or communications program
❖
An Internet Service Provider (ISP) or online service if
you plan to use the Internet
Connecting the modem to a telephone line
Before you can use the modem, you must connect it to a
standard voice-grade telephone line.
Setting up a dial-up connection
To set up a dial-up connection, use the Dial-Up Networking
Wizard:
1
Click Start and point to All Programs.
2
Point to Accessories, then to Communications, and
click New Connection Wizard.
3
Click Next.
4
Select the type of connection you want to make.
5
❖
Connect to the Internet
❖
Connect to the Network at My Workplace
❖
Set up a home or small office network
❖
Set up an advanced connection
Click Next and follow the directions on the screen.
The computer connects to the network.
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Exchanging data with another computer
To transfer a large amount of information between
computers, you need a physical connection and a
synchronization program such as Windows® XP Briefcase.
Getting started
1
Connect your computer to another computer.
2
Load the synchronization program on both computers.
3
Set any specific options.
4
Start the transfer.
5
When you have finished transferring files, close the
programs on both computers.
Getting help transferring files
1
Click Start, and then Help and Support.
The Help and Support window appears.
2
Click the Index button.
3
In the dialog box, type direct cable connections.
4
Follow the online guide instructions.
Connecting to the Internet
To connect to the Internet you may need:
❖
A modem (one comes with your computer)
❖
A telephone line, DSL, a cable connection, or a satellite
link
❖
A browser or communications program
❖
An Internet Service Provider (ISP)
Once you have established an ISP account, you can access the
Internet.
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An overview of using the Internet
Connect to the Internet by using a telephone and modem or
through other higher-speed communication methods, such as
Digital Subscriber Lines (DSL), cable or a satellite link.
After your Internet connection has been made, start your Web
browser.
If you are using your computer at the office, then you
probably connect to the Internet through your company’s
network. See your network administrator about connecting to
the Internet.
An overview of using the Internet
The following sections give a quick introduction to the
Internet and some of its exciting features, under these
headings:
❖
The Internet
❖
The World Wide Web
❖
Signing up with an Internet Service Provider
❖
Getting started
❖
Surfing the Internet
❖
Internet features
❖
Uploading and downloading files from the Internet
For more information about the Internet, see “Lesson 3:
Learning about the Internet” on page 114.
The Internet
The Internet is an association of thousands of networks and
millions of computers around the world connected by
communications lines. They all work together to share
information.
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The World Wide Web
The World Wide Web (or ‘Web’) is a subset of the Internet —
a collection of interlinked documents (located on computers
connected to the Internet) that work together using a specific
Internet protocol called Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP).
The World Wide Web offers information as text, images,
audio, or video to be referenced from anywhere in the world.
Special programs called Web browsers are specifically
designed to work with HTTP. They make it easier to connect
to a particular network address and send and receive
information.
Internet Service Providers
To connect a computer directly to the Internet, many people
and businesses use an Internet Service Provider (ISP). An ISP
is a company that has the equipment and the
telecommunication lines necessary to maintain an Internet
connection.
You can connect to the Internet by using a telephone and
modem or through other higher-speed communication
methods such as Digital Subscriber Lines (DSL), cable, and
satellite links.
Signing up with an Internet Service Provider
Microsoft’s Web browser, Internet Explorer, which is
preinstalled on your system, is automatically configured so
that when you first start it, it guides you through signing up
for a new ISP account, or assists you in setting up your
computer to work with your existing ISP.
Once you have established an ISP account, you can access the
Internet.
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Surfing the Internet
Once connected to the Internet, the Web browser displays a
home page, for example, your ISP’s home page on the
Internet or your company’s Web site home page.
To visit a desired Web site, type in the Web address. The Web
address, or Uniform Resource Locator (URL), is a unique
identifier for that computer system linked to the Internet. Web
addresses can also appear within a Web page’s text, and are
known as links. Clicking a link automatically transfers your
Web browser to that site.
You can also use a Search Engine, a Web site specifically
designed to help you look for information.
Internet features
The Internet offers many types of communication tools to
help you perform many tasks.
❖
Internet email
To send and receive email of your own, you need a
mailbox on the Web, or an email address.
If you have an account with an ISP, you can probably set
up an email address at the same time as you sign up for
the service.
❖
Internet chat rooms
A chat room is a Web site that offers a place where
people with similar interests and ideas can communicate
in real-time, one-on-one or in groups, by typing messages
which are instantly viewed by others on their computer
screens.
❖
Internet news groups
A news group is similar to a chat room, but instead of
using a dedicated site to converse about a specialized
subject with others in real-time, it uses a Web site as a
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clearinghouse where all the messages are placed, like a
gigantic bulletin board.
❖
Online shopping
Many Web sites offer products and services for sale.
Uploading and downloading files on the Internet
Transferring files from one computer to another is termed
uploading (transferring data from your computer to a site on
the Web), or downloading (transferring data from a site on the
Web to your computer).
There are several ways to upload or download data. It can be
as simple as attaching a file or document to an email, or you
can use the HTTP features of your Web browser to transfer
large amounts of data. You can also use the File Transfer
Protocol (FTP) supported by a separate software program.
Exploring video features
Your computer’s video features provide the viewing of
presentations or DVD movies on the computer screen.
TECHNICAL NOTE: Video CD playback capability is not
enabled on all systems.
HINT: There are no menus for Video CD 1.0 titles.
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Changing the display properties setting
Changing the display properties setting
1
Right-click anywhere on your desktop and select
Properties.
The Display Properties dialog box appears.
Sample Display Properties dialog box
2
Click the Settings tab.
3
Slide the Screen area slider bar toward Less until the
setting reads 800 x 600, then click Apply.
The screen blinks momentarily while the settings are
adjusted.
4
The Monitor Settings window appears and asks if you
want to keep the settings.
5
Click Yes.
6
To change the settings back, repeat steps 2 through 5.
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Display settings hot key
Using the Fn + F5 keys, you can set your system’s display to
view DVD movies or presentations on an external device. For
more information, see “Display modes” on page 243.
Exploring audio features
You can use your computer to record sounds using an
external microphone. You can play .wav sound files or audio
CDs using the built-in speakers, headphones or external
speakers.
Recording sounds
You can make audio recordings and save them as .wav files
by connecting an external microphone or other sound source
to the microphone jack and using the Sound Recorder feature
in the operating system.
DEFINITION: A .wav (pronounced “wave”) file is a format for
storing sound in files.
TECHNICAL NOTE: If you record MP3 files, you will only be
able to play them on a device capable of playing MP3 files.
Using a microphone
1
Connect an external microphone to the computer.
2
Click Start, point to All Programs, Accessories,
Entertainment, and then click Sound Recorder.
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Positioning
bar
Record
Stop
Play
Skip forward
Skip backward
Sample Sound Recorder screen
3
NOTE
Click the Record button and speak normally into the
microphone.
You can only record 60 seconds at a time.
4
When you have finished recording, click the Stop button.
5
To hear what you just recorded, click the Play button.
6
To save the file, select Save from the File menu.
Adjusting recording settings
The better the quality of the recording, the more disk space
the sound file requires. Experiment to find a balance that fits
your needs.
1
Open Sound Recorder, if necessary (click Start, point to
All Programs, Accessories, Entertainment, and then
click Sound Recorder).
2
In the Sound Recorder window, click Edit, then click
Audio Properties.
3
In the Audio Properties dialog box, adjust the Recording
Volume and Preferred device.
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Click OK.
Your new settings take effect the next time you record.
Using external speakers or headphones
Your computer is equipped with a full stereo sound system
with internal speakers. Instead of using the internal speakers,
you can connect headphones or a pair of external stereo
speakers.
TECHNICAL NOTE: Use amplified speakers that require an
external power source. Other types of speakers will be
inadequate to produce sound from the computer.
To play back sound files through external speakers or
headphones:
1
Locate the headphone jack on the left side of the
computer.
2
Using any necessary adapters, plug the cable from the
headphones or external speakers into the headphone jack.
The headphone jack requires a 16-ohm stereo mini-jack.
Connecting a monitor, keyboard and mouse
By connecting an external monitor, external full-size
keyboard and a mouse, you can work with your notebook as
if it were a standard office desktop computer.
You can connect an external monitor to the RGB (monitor)
port.
You can connect an external USB-compatible keyboard and a
USB-compatible mouse to one of the three USB ports. For
more information about connecting a mouse, see
“Connecting a mouse” on page 57.
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Using the Modular Bay
The Modular Bay gives you additional flexibility. By
inserting and removing optical drive modules, you can
configure your computer for the task at hand without having
to carry unnecessary components with you when you travel.
HINT: Items from this list that did not come with your computer
can be purchased separately. See the accessories information
packaged with your system or visit toshibaaccessories.com.
Removing a module from the Modular Bay
Use caution when lifting or turning your computer. Failure to
do so may result in damage to components, such as cables,
attached to your computer, or to the computer itself.
1
Turn off the computer.
You can also hot swap a module in the Modular Bay. Stop
the module by clicking the Safely Remove Hardware
icon on the System tray. After the module is stopped, it is
safe to remove.
2
Slide the Modular Bay ejection bar towards the front of
the computer.
Never swap modules when the computer is in Hibernation or
Stand By mode. This is known as “warm swapping” and is not
supported with this computer. For more information on
Hibernation and Stand By modes, see “Hibernation command”
on page 85 and “Stand By command” on page 86.
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Unlatching the Modular Bay
3
Slide the module out of the computer.
Sliding the module out
Inserting a module into the Modular Bay
To install a module into the Modular Bay, simply slide the
module all the way into the Modular Bay.
Using PC Cards
PC Cards expand your computer’s capabilities and
usefulness. You can purchase additional PC Cards from your
dealer. Most PC Cards conform to the PCMCIA (Personal
Computer Memory Card International Association) standard.
Your computer has two stacked PC Card slots and supports
three types of PC Cards:
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❖
Two Type I and Type II cards.
❖
One Type III card.
Check the documentation that came with the PC Card to see
if it conforms to the PCMCIA 2.1 standard, or later. Other
cards may work with your computer, but are likely to be
much more difficult to set up and use.
PC Card supporting software
PC Cards require Card and Socket Services software — a set
of programs that acts as a translator between the PC Card and
the computer, and that makes hot swapping (switching cards
while the computer is on) possible.
The operating system provides the Card and Socket Services
for your PC Card. Even if your PC Card comes with its own
version of Card and Socket Services, you should use the files
included in the operating system.
Inserting PC Cards
Use caution when lifting or turning your computer. Failure to
do so may result in damage to components, such as cables,
attached to your computer, or to the computer itself.
Before you insert a PC Card, refer to the documentation that
comes with the card to see if you need to do anything before
you insert it.
To insert a PC Card:
1
Turn off the computer.
You may also hot swap a PC Card. Stop the PC Card by
clicking the Safely Remove Hardware icon on the System
tray. After the Safe to Remove Hardware message appears, it
is safe to remove the PC Card.
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Align the card connectors with an available PC Card slot
and carefully slide the card into the slot until it locks into
place.
Inserting a PC Card
NOTE
If you have a Type III card, insert the connector into the lower
slot. If you have a Type I or Type II card, you can insert it into
either the upper or the lower slot.
There are two eject buttons, one per slot.
To avoid damaging the PC Card or the computer, do not force
the card into the PC Card slot.
Removing PC Cards
1
Stop the PC Card by clicking the Safely Remove Hardware
icon on the System tray.
After the Safe to Remove Hardware message appears, it
is safe to remove the PC Card.
2
To remove the PC Card, press the slot’s eject button once.
3
Remove the PC Card and store it properly.
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Removing a PC Card
Hot swapping
One of the great things about PC Cards is that you can
replace one PC Card with another while the computer is on.
This is called “hot swapping.”
Hot swapping precautions
Although you can insert a PC Card at any time, to avoid data
loss never remove a card while it is in use. For example:
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Never remove a hard disk card while the system is
accessing it.
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Never remove a network card while you are connected to
a network.
Before removing a PC Card, stop it by clicking the Safely
Remove Hardware icon on the System tray. Once the PC Card
has stopped, you can safely remove it. See “Removing PC
Cards” on page 205.
Never swap modules when the computer is in Hibernation or
Stand By mode. This is known as “warm swapping” and is not
supported with this computer. For more information on
Hibernation and Stand By modes, see “Hibernation command”
on page 85 and “Stand By command” on page 86.
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Some problems you may encounter when using your
notebook computer are relatively easy to identify and solve.
Others may require help from your dealer or the manufacturer
of a software program.
This chapter aims to help you solve many problems by
yourself. It covers the problems you are most likely to
encounter.
If all else fails, contact Toshiba. You will find information on
Toshiba’s support services at the end of this chapter.
Your program stops responding.
If you are working with a program that suddenly freezes all
operations, chances are the program has stopped responding.
You can exit the failed program without shutting down the
operating system or closing other programs.
To close a program that has stopped responding in the
Windows® XP operating system:
1
Press Ctrl, Alt, and Del simultaneously.
2
The Windows Task Manager appears.
3
Click the Applications tab.
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If a program has stopped responding, the words “not
responding” appear beside its name in the list.
Windows Task Manager Applications tab
4
Select the program you want to close, then click End
Task.
Closing the failed program should allow you to continue
working. If it does not, continue with step 3.
5
Close the remaining programs one by one by selecting
the program name, then End Task.
6
Select the Shut Down menu, then click Shut down.
Windows Task Manager Shut Down menu, Turn Off option
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The computer shuts down.
Your program performs an illegal operation.
If you receive the message, “Your program has performed an illegal
operation,” you should record the details of the message and
consult the software manufacturer.
To record the details:
1
Click the Details button and select the text the operating
system displays.
The Details button displays information that the software
manufacturer needs to help you solve your problem.
2
Press Ctrl and c simultaneously to copy the text to the
clipboard.
3
Open Notepad (click Start, point to All Programs, then
point to Accessories and click Notepad).
4
Press Ctrl and v simultaneously to paste the details into
Notepad.
5
Add a paragraph break and type some notes describing
what you were doing when you received the message.
6
Save the file and refer to it when you contact the software
manufacturer.
Problems when you turn on the computer
These problems may occur when you turn on the power.
The computer will not start.
Make sure you attached the AC adapter and power cable
properly or installed a charged battery.
Press and hold down the power button for a few seconds.
If you are using the AC adapter, check that the wall outlet is
working by plugging in another device, such as a lamp.
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The Windows® operating system is not working
The computer starts but, when you press a key, nothing
happens.
You are probably in Stand By mode and have a software or
resource conflict. When this happens, turning the power on
returns you to the problem instead of restarting the system.
To clear the condition, press the power button until it turns off
the computer.
Clearing the condition may get the computer running, but it
will not solve a resource conflict. Read the documentation
that came with the conflicting device and “Resolving a
hardware conflict” on page 213.
The computer displays the WARNING RESUME FAILURE
message.
The computer was placed in Stand By mode and the battery
has discharged. Data stored in the computer’s memory has
been lost. Press Enter to continue booting.
To charge the battery, leave the computer plugged into a live
wall outlet for several hours. For more information, see
“Power and the batteries” on page 218.
The computer displays the Non-System disk or disk error message.
Press any key. If this does not resolve then problem, press Ctrl,
Alt, and Del to restart the computer.
The Windows® operating system is not
working
Once you are familiar with the desktop and used to the way
the operating system responds to your work routine, you can
easily detect if the operating system is not working correctly.
For example:
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The operating system fails to start after the Starting
Windows XP message appears.
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The operating system takes a long time to start.
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The operating system responds differently from the
normal routine.
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The screen does not look right.
Unless a hardware device has failed, problems usually occur
when you change the system in some way such as installing a
new program or adding a device.
If you experience any of these problems, use the options in
the Startup menu to fix the problem.
Using Startup options to fix problems
If the operating system fails to start properly, you may have to
change your system’s configuration or verify the startup
procedure to fix the problem. To do this, use the options in
the Startup menu.
To open the Startup menu:
1
Restart your computer.
2
Press F8 when your computer starts.
The Windows® Advanced Options menu displays these
options:
❖
Safe Mode
❖
Safe Mode (with Networking)
❖
Safe Mode (with Command Prompt)
❖
Enable Boot Logging
❖
Enable VGA Mode
❖
Last known good configuration (your most recent
settings that worked)
❖
Directory services restore mode (Windows® domain
controllers only)
❖
Debugging Mode
❖
Start Windows® normally
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Reboot
For detailed information, refer to your operating system’s
documentation.
Internet problems
My Internet connection is very slow.
Many factors contribute to the speed with which you can surf
the Internet. They include: modem speed, time of day (when
everyone else is surfing, your access can be slow) and
popularity of the site. If accessing a particular site is very
slow, try later.
My browser can not find the URL address I typed in.
Make sure you separated the domain names of the address
with the forward slash (/). Check the spelling of each name
and the syntax of the address carefully. A single incorrect
letter or missed character, comma instead of period (“dot”) or
other mistake makes it impossible for your browser to locate
the site.
My browser can not find a site I bookmarked.
The World Wide Web is constantly changing. A site you
bookmarked yesterday may not be available today or its
server may be down for temporary repair. Try again later.
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The Windows XP operating system can help you
If the operating system has started properly, but you still have
a problem using your computer, the online Help can assist
you in troubleshooting the problem.
To access Windows® XP Help and Support:
1
Click Start, then click Help and Support.
The Help and Support window appears.
2
Then do one or both of the following:
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In the search field, type in the topic of the problem with
which you need help and follow the on-screen
instructions.
❖
Click a problem you would like help with from the
listings and follow the on-screen instructions.
Resolving a hardware conflict
If you receive an error message telling you there is a device
driver conflict or a general hardware problem, try using
Windows® Help and Support to troubleshoot the problem
first.
For help on hardware conflicts:
1
Click Start, then click Help and Support.
2
Click the Hardware link in the window.
A list of category links appear.
3
Click the Fixing a hardware problem or other
appropriate link.
4
Choose from specific topics and follow the steps.
If there is still a problem, the operating system should display
a message that explains what the conflict is.
A plan of action
The smooth operation of the system depends on the
interaction of all devices, programs, and features. If the
system or one of its attached devices is not working,
resolving the problem can be time-consuming and frustrating.
The recommended procedure for getting multiple devices to
work together is to add and set up one device at a time. After
you add each device, test it to make sure it and all previously
connected devices work.
The device most recently connected to the system is the one
most likely to be causing a hardware conflict.
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Resolving hardware conflicts on your own
Computer components need resources to accomplish a task.
A device, such as a disk drive or a modem, needs a channel to
the computer’s Central Processing Unit (CPU). It also needs a
direct channel to the computer’s memory to store information
as it works. These channels of communication are commonly
referred to as system resources.
Direct Memory Access
Similarly, the data required by the device is stored in a
specific place or address in memory called the Direct
Memory Access (DMA). The DMA provides a dedicated
channel for adapter cards to bypass the microprocessor and
access memory directly. If two or more devices use the same
DMA, the data required by one device overwrites the data
required by the other. That may cause a hardware conflict.
Plug and Play
With Plug and Play and the Windows® XP operating system,
avoiding hardware conflicts is easy. Plug and Play is a
computer standard that helps the system BIOS (basic input/
output system) and the operating system to automatically
assign resources to Plug and Play-compliant devices. In
theory, if every device connected to the computer is Plug and
Play-compliant, no two devices will compete for the same
system resources. Simply plug in the device and turn on your
computer. The operating system automatically sets up your
system to accommodate the new device.
If you install an older (legacy) device that the operating
system cannot recognize, the operating system may have
difficulty assigning resources to it. As a result, a hardware
conflict can occur. To see what resources the operating
system has assigned to the device, see “Checking device
properties” on page 216.
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Resolving conflicts
There are three things you can do to resolve hardware
conflicts:
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Disable the device.
For an older device, remove it from the computer. For a
Plug and Play device.
❖
Disable another system component and use its resources
for the new device.
❖
Reconfigure the device so that its requirements do not
conflict. Refer to the device’s documentation for
instructions about changing settings on the device.
Fixing a problem with Device Manager
Device Manager provides a way to check and change the
configuration of a device.
Changing the default settings using Device Manager can
cause other conflicts that make one or more devices unusable.
Device Manager is a configuration tool for advanced users
who understand configuration parameters and the
ramifications of changing them.
Disabling or enabling a device
1
Click Start, click the My Computer icon with the
secondary button, then click Properties.
The System Properties dialog box appears.
2
Click the Hardware tab.
3
Click the Device Manager button.
4
Select the specific device from the device category.
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To enable a device, look at the far right of the toolbar.
Look for an icon of a monitor with a strike mark through
a circle on the front. When you mouse over the small
icon, the status of Disabled displays.
To disable a device, look at the far right of the toolbar.
Look for an icon of a monitor with a blue check mark on
it. When you mouse over the small icon, the status of
Enabled displays.
6
Click the icon.
You are given the option of disabling or enabling the
device.
7
Click yes or no, whichever is appropriate.
Checking device properties
Device Manager provides a way to view the properties of a
device. Properties include the name of the manufacturer, the
type of device, the drivers installed, and the system resources
assigned to the device.
To check a device’s properties:
1
Click Start.
2
Click My Computer with the secondary button, then
click Properties.
The System Properties dialog box appears.
3
Click the Hardware tab.
4
Click the Device Manager button.
5
To view the device(s) installed, double-click the device
type.
6
To view the properties, double-click the device.
The operating system displays the Device Properties
dialog box, which provides an array of tabs. They
include:
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The General tab, which provides basic information
about the device.
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The Resource tab, which lists resources assigned to
the monitor, DVD-ROM, and other power-using
functions.
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The Drivers tab, which displays the drivers being
used by the device.
A Troubleshooting button is also present.
Click troubleshooting.
A Help and Support window for that device appears.
For more information about Device Manager, refer to
Windows® XP online help.
Memory card problems
Incorrectly connected or faulty memory modules may cause
errors that seem to be device-related. It is worthwhile
checking for these first:
1
Turn off the computer via the Start menu.
2
Remove the memory module.
3
Reinstall the memory module, following the instructions
in “Using the computer for the first time” on page 49, and
making sure it is seated properly.
4
Check for the error again.
5
If the error recurs, remove the memory module entirely
and check for the error again.
If removing the memory module eliminates the error, the
memory module may be faulty. If the error recurs without
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the memory module installed, the error is not caused by
the memory module.
NOTE
Toshiba recommends using only memory approved by
Toshiba.
Power and the batteries
Your computer receives its power through the AC adapter and
power cable or from the system batteries (main battery and
optional secondary battery). Power problems are interrelated.
For example, a faulty AC adapter or power cable will neither
power the computer nor recharge the batteries.
Here are some typical problems and how to solve them:
The AC power light does not come on when you plug in
the AC adapter and power cable.
Make sure the AC adapter and power cable are firmly
plugged into both the wall outlet and the computer.
If the AC power light still does not come on, check that the
wall outlet is working properly by plugging in a lamp or other
appliance.
The AC adapter and power cable work correctly, but the
battery will not charge.
The battery does not charge while the computer is consuming
full power. Try turning off the computer.
The main battery may not be inserted correctly in the
computer. Turn off the computer, remove and replace the
battery.
The battery may be too hot or too cold to charge properly. If
you think this is the probable cause, let the battery reach
room temperature and try again.
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If the battery has completely discharged, it will not begin
charging immediately. Leave the AC adapter and power cable
connected, wait 20 minutes and see if the battery is charging.
If the battery light is glowing after 20 minutes, let the
computer continue charging the battery for at least another 20
minutes before you turn on the computer.
If the battery light does not glow after 20 minutes, the battery
may have reached the end of its useful life. Try replacing it.
The battery appears not to power the computer for as
long as it usually does.
If you frequently recharge a partially charged battery, it may
not charge fully. Let the battery discharge completely, then
try charging it again.
Check the power options using the Toshiba Power
Management Utility. Have you added a device, such as a PC
Card or memory module, that takes its power from the
battery? Is your software using the hard disk more? Is the
display power set to turn off automatically? Was the battery
fully charged to begin with? All these conditions affect how
long the charge lasts.
For more information on maximizing battery power, see
“Charging the battery” on page 95.
Keyboard problems
If, when you type, strange things happen or nothing happens,
the problem may be related to the keyboard itself.
The keyboard produces unexpected characters.
A keypad overlay may be on. If the numeric keypad or cursor
control light is on, press Fn and F10 simultaneously to turn off
the cursor control light or press Fn and F11 simultaneously to
turn off the numeric keypad light.
If the problem occurs when both the keypad overlays are off,
make sure the software you are using is not remapping the
keyboard. Refer to the software’s documentation and check
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that the program does not assign different meanings to any of
the keys.
You have connected an external keyboard and the
operating system displays one or more keyboard error
messages.
If you have a second keyboard, try it. If it works, the first
keyboard may be defective or incompatible with your
computer.
Display problems
Here are some typical display problems and their solutions:
The display is blank.
Display Auto Off may have gone into effect. Press any key to
activate the screen.
You may have activated the instant password feature by
pressing Fn and F1 simultaneously. If you have registered a
password, press the Enter key, type the password and press Enter.
If no password is registered, press Enter. The screen reactivates
and allows you to continue working.
If you are using the built-in screen, make sure the display
priority is not set for an external monitor. To do this, press Fn
and F5 simultaneously (once). If this does not correct the
problem, press Fn and F5 simultaneously again to return the
display priority to its previous setting.
If you are using an external monitor:
❖
Check that the monitor is turned on.
❖
Check that the monitor’s power cable is firmly plugged
into a working power outlet.
❖
Check that the cable connecting the external monitor to
the computer is firmly attached.
❖
Try adjusting the contrast and brightness controls on the
external monitor.
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Press Fn and F5 simultaneously to make sure the display
priority is not set for the built-in screen.
The screen does not look right.
You can change the display settings by clicking a blank area
of the desktop with the secondary control button, then
clicking Properties. This opens the Display Properties dialog
box. The Appearance tab of this dialog box allows you to
choose the colors for the screen. The Settings tab allows you
to choose the screen resolution.
The built-in screen flickers.
Some flickering is a normal result of the way the screen
produces colors. To reduce the amount of flickering, try using
fewer colors.
To change the number of colors displayed:
1
Point at the desktop and click with the secondary button.
2
Click Properties, and then the Settings tab.
3
Choose a lower quality color option and click OK.
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For more information, see Windows Help.
A message tells you that there is a problem with your
display settings and that the adapter type is incorrect or
the current settings do not work with your hardware.
Reduce the size of the color palette to one that is supported by
the computer’s internal display.
To change the display properties:
1
Point at the desktop and click with the secondary button.
The Display Properties window appears.
2
Click Properties, then click the Settings tab.
3
Adjust the screen resolution and/or color quality.
4
Click OK.
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The display mode is set to Simultaneous and the external
display device does not work.
Make sure the external monitor is capable of displaying at
resolutions of 800 x 600 or higher. Devices that do not
support this resolution will only work in Internal/External
mode.
Small bright dots appear on your TFT display when you
turn on your computer.
Your display contains an extremely large number of thin-film
transistors (TFT) and is manufactured using high-precision
technology. The small bright dots that appear on your display
are an intrinsic characteristic of the TFT manufacturing
technology.
Disk drive problems
Problems with the hard disk usually show up as an inability to
access the disk or as sector errors. Sometimes a disk problem
may cause one or more files to appear to have garbage in
them. Typical disk problems are:
You are having trouble accessing a disk, or one or more
files appear to be missing.
Make sure you are identifying the drive by its correct name
(for example, C:).
Error-checking
Run Error-checking, which analyzes the directories, files and
NT file system (NTFS) on the disk and repairs any damage it
finds:
To run Error-checking:
1
Click Start, then click My Computer.
2
Right-click the drive you want to check.
The drive’s properties box appears.
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Click on Properties.
4
Click the Tools tab.
5
Click the Check now button.
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The Check Disk box appears (for example, Check Disk
C).
6
You can choose one or both options:
❖
Automatically fix file system errors
❖
Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors
❖
Click Start.
Error-checking runs the test.
Your hard disk seems very slow.
If you have been using your computer for some time, your
files may have become fragmented. Run Disk Defragmenter.
To do this, click Start, point to All Programs, Accessories,
System Tools, and click Disk Defragmenter.
Your data files are damaged or corrupted.
Refer to your software documentation for file recovery
procedures. Many software packages automatically create
backup files.
You may also be able to recover lost data using utility
software, which is available from your dealer.
Some programs run correctly but others do not.
This is probably a configuration problem. If a program does
not run properly, refer to its documentation and check that the
hardware configuration meets its needs.
DVD-ROM or multifunction drive problems
You cannot access a disc in the drive.
Make sure the drive tray has closed properly. Press gently
until it clicks into place.
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Open the drive tray and remove the disc. Make sure the drive
tray is clean. Any dirt or foreign object can interfere with the
laser beam.
Examine the disc to see whether it is dirty. If necessary, wipe
it with a clean cloth dipped in water or a neutral cleaner.
Replace the disc in the tray. Make sure it is lying flat, label
side uppermost. Press the disc down until it locks on the
spindle. Close the drive tray carefully, making sure it has shut
completely.
You press the disc eject button, but the drive tray does
not slide out.
Make sure the computer is connected to a power source and
turned on. The modular bay drive eject mechanism requires
power to operate.
To remove a disc without turning on the computer, use a
narrow object, such as a straightened paper clip, to press the
manual eject button. This button is in the small hole next to
the disc eject button on the right side of the computer.
Never use a pencil to press the manual eject button. Pencil
lead can break off inside the computer and damage it.
Pull the tray fully open, remove the disc and place it in its
Some discs run correctly, but others do not.
If the problem is with an application CD-ROM, refer to the
software’s documentation and check that the hardware
configuration meets the program’s needs.
The color of the materials used to make the disc can affect its
reliability. Silver-colored CD-ROMs are the most reliable,
followed by gold-colored CD-ROM. Green-colored CDROMs are the least reliable.
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Sound system problems
You do not hear any sound from the computer.
Adjust the volume control.
If you are using external headphones or speakers, check that
they are securely connected to your computer.
The computer emits a loud, high-pitched noise.
This is feedback between the microphone and the speakers. It
occurs in any sound system when input from a microphone is
fed to the speakers and the speaker volume is too loud. Adjust
the volume control.
Changing the settings for the Record Monitor feature in the
Recording Control Utility (default Off), or the Mute feature
in the Mixer Utility (default Enabled), may cause feedback.
Revert to the default settings.
PC Card problems
PC Cards (PCMCIA-compatible) include many types of
devices, such as a removable hard disk, additional memory,
or a pager.
Most PC Card problems occur during installation and setup
of new cards. If you are having trouble getting one or more of
these devices to work together, several sections in this chapter
may apply. Verify with the PC Card documentation that it is
compatible with Windows® XP.
Resource conflicts can cause problems when using PC Cards.
See “Resolving a hardware conflict” on page 213.
Card Information Structure
When you insert a PC Card into a slot, the computer attempts
to determine the type of card and the resources it requires by
reading its Card Information Structure (CIS). Sometimes the
CIS contains enough information for you to use the card
immediately.
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Other cards must be set up before you can use them. Use the
Windows® XP PC Card (PCMCIA) Wizard to set up the card.
Refer to your Microsoft® documentation for more
information, or refer to the documentation that came with the
PC Card.
Some card manufacturers use special software called
enablers to support their cards. Enablers result in
nonstandard configurations that can cause problems when
installing the PC Card.
If your system does not have built-in drivers for your PC Card
and the card did not come with an operating system driver, it
may not work under the operating system. Contact the
manufacturer of the PC Card for information about using the
card under the operating system.
PC Card checklist
❖
Make sure the card is inserted properly into the slot.
See “Inserting PC Cards” on page 204 for how to insert
PC Cards.
❖
Make sure all cables are securely connected.
❖
Make sure the computer is loading only one version of
Card and Socket Services.
❖
Occasionally a defective PC Card slips through quality
control. If another PCMCIA-equipped computer is
available, try the card in that machine. If the card
malfunctions again, it may be defective.
Resolving PC Card problems
Here are some common problems and their solutions:
The slots appear to be dead. PC Cards that used to work
no longer work.
Check the PC Card status:
1
Click Start.
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Click My Computer icon with the secondary button,
then click Properties.
The System Properties dialog box appears.
3
Click the Hardware tab.
4
Click the Device Manager button.
5
Double-click the category listed as PCMCIA adapter.
The operating system displays your PC Card’s Properties
dialog box, which contains information about your PC
Card configuration and status.
The computer stops working (hangs) when you insert a
PC Card.
The problem may be caused by an I/O (input/output) conflict
between the PCMCIA socket and another device in the
system. Use Device Manager to make sure each device has its
own I/O base address. See “Fixing a problem with Device
Manager” on page 215 for more information.
Since all PC Cards share the same socket, each card is not
required to have its own address.
Hot swapping (removing one PC Card and inserting
another without turning the computer off) fails.
Follow this procedure before you remove a PC Card:
1
Click the PC Card icon in the system tray.
2
Click Stop xxxx, where xxxx is the identifier for your PC
Card.
The operating system displays a message that you may
safely remove the card.
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Remove the card from the slot.
Never swap modules when the computer is in Hibernation or
Stand By mode. This is known as “warm swapping” and is not
supported with this computer. For more information on
Hibernation and Stand By modes, see “Hibernation command”
on page 85 and “Stand By command” on page 86.
The system does not recognize your PC Card or
PCMCIA socket controller.
1
Make sure the computer is not in Stand By mode. For
more information, see “Using Stand By” on page 91.
2
Turn off the computer.
3
Connect the AC adapter and power cable.
4
Keep the computer plugged in for about three hours with
the power turned off.
The problem may also be caused by a conflict with any
additional memory in your system.
Removing a malfunctioning card and reinstalling it can
correct many problems. For more information, see “Inserting
PC Cards” on page 204.
A PC Card error occurs.
Reinsert the card to make sure it is properly connected.
If the card is attached to an external device, check that the
connection is secure.
Refer to the card’s documentation, which should contain a
troubleshooting section.
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Printer problems
This section lists some of the most common printer problems:
The printer will not print.
Check that the printer is connected to a working power outlet,
turned on and ready (on line).
Check that the printer has plenty of paper. Some printers will
not start printing when there are just two or three sheets of
paper left in the tray.
Make sure the USB printer cable is firmly attached to the
computer and the printer.
Run the printer’s self-test to check for any problem with the
printer itself.
Make sure you installed the proper printer drivers, as shown
in “Setting up a printer” on page 58.
You may have connected the printer while the computer is on.
Disable Stand By mode, turn off the computer, and turn off
the printer. Turn the printer back on, make sure it is on line,
then turn the computer back on.
Try printing another file. For example, you could create and
attempt to print a short test file using Notepad. If a Notepad
file prints correctly, the problem may be in your original file.
If you cannot resolve the problem, contact the printer’s
manufacturer.
The printer will not print what you see on the screen.
Many programs display information on the screen differently
from the way they print it. See if your program has a print
preview mode. This mode lets you see your work exactly as it
will print. Contact the software manufacturer for more
information.
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Develop good computing habits
Modem problems
This section lists common modem problems:
The modem will not receive or transmit properly.
Make sure the cable from the modem to the telephone line is
firmly connected to the computer’s modem port and the
telephone line jack.
Check the communications parameters (baud rate, parity, data
length and stop bits) specified in the communications
program. It should be set up to transmit at 300, 1200, 2400,
4800, 9600, 14400, 28800, 33600 bps (bits per second) or
higher. Refer to the program’s documentation and the modem
manual for information on how to change these settings.
The modem is on, set up properly and still will not
transmit or receive data.
Make sure the line has a dial tone. Connect a telephone
handset to the line to check this.
The other system may be busy or off line. Try making a test
transmission to someone else.
Develop good computing habits
Make sure you are prepared.
Save your work frequently.
You can never predict when your computer will lock, forcing
you to close a program and lose unsaved changes. Many
software programs build in an automatic backup, but you
should not rely solely on this feature. Save your work! See
“Computing tips” on page 65 for instructions.
On a regular basis, back up the information stored on
your hard disk.
Here are some ways you can do this:
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❖
Copy files to a CD or other media, following the steps in
“Saving your work” on page 70.
❖
Connect a tape drive to the system and use specialized
software to copy everything on the hard disk to a tape.
Some people use a combination of these methods, backing up
all files to tape weekly and copying critical files to media,
such as a CD, on a daily basis.
If you have installed your own programs, you should back up
these programs as well as your data files. If something goes
wrong that requires you to reformat your hard disk and start
again, reloading all your programs and data files from a
backup source will save time.
Read the user’s guides.
It is very difficult to provide a fail-safe set of steps you can
follow every time you experience a problem with the
computer. Your ability to solve problems will improve as you
learn about how the computer and its software work together.
Get familiar with all the user’s guides provided with your
computer, as well as the manuals that come with the
programs and devices you purchase.
Your local computer store or book store sells a variety of selfhelp books you can use to supplement the information in the
manuals.
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If you need further assistance
If you need further assistance
If you have followed the recommendations in this chapter and
are still having problems, you may need additional technical
assistance. This section contains the steps to take to ask for
help.
Before you call
Since some problems may be related to the operating system
or the program you are using, it is important to investigate
other sources of assistance first.
Try the following before contacting Toshiba:
❖
Review the troubleshooting information in your
Windows® XP documentation.
❖
If the problem occurs while you are running a program,
consult the program’s documentation for troubleshooting
suggestions. Contact the software company’s technical
support group for their assistance.
❖
Consult the dealer from whom you purchased your
computer and/or program. Your dealer is your best source
for current information.
Detailed system specifications are available at
www.ts.toshiba.com by selecting your particular product and
model number, clicking GO, and then clicking the Detailed
Specs link from the menu on the left, or just refer to the
computer documentation shipped with your product.
For the number of a Toshiba dealer near you in the United
States, call: (800) 457-7777.
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Contacting Toshiba
If you still need help and suspect that the problem is
hardware-related, Toshiba offers a variety of resources to help
you. You can access Toshiba on the Internet using any
Internet browser by typing support.toshiba.com
Toshiba voice contact
Before calling Toshiba, make sure you have:
❖
Your computer’s serial number.
❖
The computer and any optional devices related to the
problem.
❖
The recovery media that came with your system.
❖
Name and version of the program involved in the
problem along with its installation CD-ROM.
❖
Information about what you were doing when the
problem occurred.
❖
Exact error messages and when they occurred.
For technical support, call the Toshiba Global Support
Centre:
Within the United States at (800) 457-7777
Outside the United States at (949) 859-4273
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Other Toshiba Internet Web sites
Other Toshiba Internet Web sites
toshiba.com
Worldwide Toshiba corporate
site
computers.toshiba.com
Marketing and product information in the USA
www.toshiba.ca
Canada
www.toshiba-Europe.com
Europe
www.toshiba.co.jp/
index.htm
Japan
http://servicio.toshiba.com
Mexico and all of Latin
America
Toshiba’s worldwide offices
Australia
Toshiba (Australia) Pty. Limited
84-92 Talavera Road
North Ryde NSW 2113
Sydney
Australia
Austria
Toshiba Europe GmbH
Handelskai 388
1020 Wien, Austria
Belgium
Toshiba Information Systems
Benelux (Belgium) B.V.
Excelsiorlaan 40
B-1930 Zaventem
Belgium
Canada
Toshiba Canada Ltd.
191 McNabb Street
Markham, Ontario
L3R - 8H2
Canada
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Czech Republic
CHG Toshiba, s.r.o.
Hnevkovskeho 65
61700 Brno
Denmark
Scribona Danmark A/S
Naverland 27
DK2600 Glostrup
Denmark
Finland
Scribona TPC OY
Sinimäentie 14
P.O. Box 83
02630 ESPOO
Finland
France
Toshiba Systèmes (France) S.A.
7, Rue Ampère
92804 Puteaux Cédex
France
Germany
Toshiba Europe GmbH
Leibnizstraße 2
D-93055 Regensburg
Germany
Greece
Ideal Electronics S.A.
109 Syngrou Avenue
176 71 Kalithea
Athens
Greece
Hungary
Technotrade Kft.
Szerencs utca 202
1147 Budapest
Hungary
Ireland
Toshiba Information Systems
(U.K) Ltd.
Toshiba Court
Weybridge Business Park
Addlestone Road
Weybridge KT15 2UL
United Kingdom
Italy
Progetto Elettronica 92 s.r.l.
Viale Certosa 138,
20156 Milano
Italy
Japan
Toshiba Corporation, PCO-IO
1-1, Shibaura 1-Chome
Minato-Ku, Tokyo, 105-8001
Japan
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Toshiba’s worldwide offices
Latin America and Caribbean
Toshiba America Information
Systems, Inc.
9740 Irvine Boulevard
Irvine, California 92618
United States
Luxembourg
Toshiba Information Systems
Benelux B.V.
Rivium Boulevard 41
2909 LK, Capelle a/d IJssel
The Netherlands
800-457-7777 (within the US)
949-859-4276 (outside the US this call may incur long distance
charges)
Mexico
Toshiba de México S.A. de C.V.
Sierra Candela No.111, 6to. Piso
Col. Lomas de Chapultepec.
CP 11000 Mexico, DF.
Morocco
C.B.I.
22 Rue de Béthune
Casablanca
Morocco
Tel: 5249-6500
The Netherlands
Toshiba Information Systems
Benelux B.V.
Rivium Boulevard 41
2909 LK, Capelle a/d IJssel
The Netherlands
Norway
Scribona Norge A/S
Toshiba PC Service
Stalfjaera 20
P.O. Box 51
Kalbakken
0901 OSLO 9
Norway
Papua New Guinea
Fujitsu (PNG) Pty. Ltd.
P.O. Box 4952 Boroko
NCD, Papua
New Guinea
Poland
TECHMEX S.A.
ul. Partyzantów 71,
43-316 Bielsko-Biala
01-059 Warszawa
Poland
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Toshiba’s worldwide offices
Portugal
Quinta Grande Assisténcia Técnica
Informática, Lda.
Av. Moinhos no. 15A
Ur. Quinta Grande
2720 Alfragide
Portugal
Singapore
Toshiba Singapore Pte. Ltd.
438B Alexandra Rd. # 06-01
Alexandra Technopark
Singapore 119968
Slovakia
HTC a.s.
Dobrovicova 8
81109 Bratislava
Slovakia
Slovenia
Inea d.o.o.
Ljubljanska 80
61230 Domzale
Slovenia
Spain
Toshiba Information Systems
(España) S.A.
Parque Empresarial San Fernando
Edificio Europa, 1a Planta
Escalera A
28831 (Madrid) San Fernando de
Henares
Spain
Sweden
Scribona PC AB
Sundbybergsväegen 1
Box 1374
171 27 Solna
Sweden
Switzerland
Ozalid AG
Herostrasse 7
8048 Zürich
Switzerland
United Kingdom
Toshiba Information Systems
(U.K) Ltd.
Toshiba Court
Weybridge Business Park
Addlestone Road
Weybridge KT15 2UL
United Kingdom
United States
Toshiba America Information
Systems, Inc.
9740 Irvine Boulevard
Irvine, California 92618
United States
The Rest of Europe
Toshiba Europe (I.E.) GmbH
Hammfelddamm 8
D-4-1460 Neuss
Germany
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Appendix A
Hot Keys
Hot keys are keys that, when pressed in combination with the
Fn key, turn system functions on and off. Hot keys have a
legend on or above the key indicating the option or feature the
key controls.
Instant password security
F1
Fn
+
This hot key blanks the display.
Without a password
The Fn + F1 key combination turns off the display and
activates instant security. Using the pointing device or any
key will make the display’s content reappear, if no password
is set for the current user.
With a password
The Fn + F1 key combination turns off the display and
activates instant security.
If you set a blank screen saver, pressing the Fn + F1 key
combination to activate instant security will cause the screen
to go blank. Using the pointing device or any key will make
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the display’s content reappear. The Windows® operating
system log-on screen will appear, prompting you for a
password. After typing in the password for the current user,
press Enter.
To activate the password feature:
1
Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
2
Click Appearances and Themes.
3
Click one of the following:
❖
Choose a screen saver in the “Pick a task” section.
❖
Display in the “or pick a Control Panel icon” section.
The Display Properties window appears.
4
If you clicked Choose a screen saver, the Screen Saver
tab has already been selected. If it is not selected, click
the Screen Saver tab.
5
Select the On resume, password protected check box.
6
Click OK.
Maintaining security when the battery is not fully charged
When the battery is not fully charged (even if the computer is
operating on AC power) your display may reappear
automatically after a short time. To protect your desktop, you
must set up a screen saver with a password before activating
the password feature.
To set up a password with a screen saver, go to Windows XP
help for instructions:
1
Click Start, and then click Help and Support.
2
In the Search field, type password screen saver.
3
Press Enter.
4
Click the Protect your files with a screen saver
password link located under the suggested topics.
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Sound
Follow the steps listed in the Windows help to set up your
password-protected screen saver.
To ensure the password protection is activated after pressing
Fn + F1 (to activate instant security), wait ten seconds before
walking away from the computer.
Sound
Fn +
This hot key cycles through the different alarm
volume levels.
The alarm volume options are:
Off, Low, Medium, and High.
Off is always first.
Power usage mode
Fn +
This hot key displays the power usage pop-up window and
cycles through the battery save modes.
The power usage modes in the operating system under battery
power are:
Long Life, Normal, and High Power; DVD Playback,
Presentation and Super Long Life
Sample power usage modes
®
The power usage mode in the Windows operating system
under AC power is Full Power only.
The properties of each mode are set in the Toshiba Power
Management utility.
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Stand By mode
Fn +
This hot key puts the computer into Stand By mode.
❖
A message box is displayed by default
to confirm that the computer is going
into Stand By mode. This message box
can be set so it does not display.
Sample Stand By confirmation box
❖
For more information about Stand By
mode, please see “Using Stand By” on
page 91.
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Hibernation mode
Hibernation mode
Fn +
This hot key puts the computer into Hibernation mode.
❖
If Hibernation mode is enabled (the
default) a message box is displayed by
default to confirm the computer is
going into Hibernation mode. The
message box can be set so it does not
display.
Sample Hibernation confirmation box
❖
If Hibernation mode is disabled, this
hot key will not respond. For more
information on Hibernation mode, see
“Using Hibernation” on page 88.
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Display modes
Fn +
This hot key cycles through the power-on display options.
The display modes are:
❖
Built-in display panel only
❖
Built-in display panel and external
monitor simultaneously
❖
External monitor only
❖
Built-in display panel and external
video device simultaneously
❖
External video device only
Sample display options window
In order to use a simultaneous mode, you must set the
resolution of the internal display panel to match the resolution
of the external display device.
Display modes
Fn +
This hot key cycles through the power-on
display mode options.
The display mode options are:
Built-in display panel only, Built-in display panel and
external monitor simultaneously, External monitor only.
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Enabling a wireless device
Enabling a wireless device
Fn +
This hot key enables/disables the optional wireless devices in
™
your computer (for systems with Wi-Fi only).
The wireless modes are:
Wi-Fi enabled—This enables the Wi-Fi module.
Wi-Fi disabled—This disables the Wi-Fi module.
Disabling or enabling the TouchPad
Fn +
This hot key enables/disables the TouchPad.
To use the TouchPad, see “Disabling or enabling the
TouchPad” on page 52.
Sample disable and enable TouchPad windows
Keyboard hot keys
F10
+
and off.
Fn
+
off.
Fn
F11
This hot key turns the cursor control overlay on
This hot key turns the numeric overlay on and
F12
+
off.
Fn
This hot key turns the scroll lock feature on and
For more information, see “Overlay keys” on page 68.
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Power Cable Connectors
Your notebook computer features a universal power supply
you can use worldwide. This appendix shows the shapes of
the typical AC power cable connectors for various parts of the
world.
USA and Canada
United Kingdom
UL approved
CSA approved
BS approved
Australia
Europe
AS approved
VDA approved
NEMKO approved
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Appendix C
Using ConfigFree™ with
your Toshiba Computer
ConfigFree™ is a set of utilities used for configuring
networks that use both wired and wireless network devices.
These utilities include the following:
❖
Connectivity Doctor—The Connectivity Doctor utility is
used to help fix networking problems with your notebook
computer. For more information, see “Connectivity
Doctor” on page 249.
❖
Device Settings—The Device Settings utility is used to
enable and disable any of the wired, wireless, and
infrared (for systems with infrared) network devices. You
can also change the device properties of your wired and
wireless local area network (LAN), and specify settings
to automatically switch between wired and wireless
LAN. For more information, see “Device Settings” on
page 250.
❖
Profile Settings—The Profiles utility is used to enable a
faster and more efficient network configuration. Multiple
profiles can be created for various network
configurations. For more information, see “Profile
Settings” on page 252.
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247
Quick Connect—The Quick Connect utility is used to
configure a wireless LAN connection (ad hoc
connection) between a personal computer and a Toshiba
Wireless Projector. The Toshiba Wireless Projector utility
must be installed in order to enable Quick Connect. For
more information, see “Quick Connect” on page 253.
Getting Started
This section contains information about the ConfigFree main
screen, and how to start and configure ConfigFree.
ConfigFree Main Screen
Sample ConfigFree main screen
❖
Stay on the task tray—Select this check box to display
the ConfigFree icon in the taskbar.
❖
Options—Use to configure options in ConfigFree. For
more information, see “Configuring ConfigFree” on
page 248.
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❖
Create LOG—Creates and displays a log file containing
diagnostic information about devices connected to the
network.
❖
About—Displays version information about ConfigFree.
❖
Help—Displays the online help file.
Starting ConfigFree
To start ConfigFree, do any of the following:
❖
(Microsoft® Windows® XP users) Click the Start button,
and then point to All Programs. Point to the TOSHIBA
folder, the Networking, and then click ConfigFree.
❖
Double-click the ConfigFree icon
❖
Click the ConfigFree icon
click the desired utility.
❖
Press the TOSHIBA Console button (if applicable to
your system) to open the TOSHIBA Console, and then
click the ConfigFree icon.
on the taskbar.
on the taskbar, and then
Configuring ConfigFree
The ConfigFree Option dialog box is used to specify various
options, such as whether certain warning messages should
display and what information should be captured when
creating a profile. You can also enable and disable sounds
from this dialog box.
To access the ConfigFree Option dialog box, do one of the
following:
❖
Open ConfigFree, and then click Options.
❖
Right-click the ConfigFree icon on the taskbar, and then
click Options.
For more information on configuring ConfigFree, see the
online help.
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ConfigFree Utilities
Connectivity Doctor
The Connectivity Doctor displays the connection
configuration and the status of all wired and wireless LAN
devices that are connected to the network. For wireless
network devices, the signal strength and WEP (Wired
Equivalent Privacy) key settings (if applicable) also display.
NOTE
Infrared (for systems with infrared) and dial-up devices are not
tested by the Connectivity Doctor.
If a problem, or potential problem, is detected, an
exclamation point displays in the Connectivity Doctor screen
at the relevant location. You can then view a possible cause
and solution for the problem by clicking on the exclamation
point.
For example, if the connection to a wireless network cannot
be established because the wireless communication switch is
turned off, an exclamation point displays next to the wireless
communication switch. Upon clicking the exclamation point,
a description of the problem and a solution displays.
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Sample Connectivity Doctor screen
The Connectivity Doctor screen automatically refreshes.
However, you can also use the Refresh button to refresh the
screen.
Device Settings
The Device Settings screen displays a list of all wired,
wireless, and infrared (for systems with infrared) devices that
are connected to the network. Detailed information about
each device, such as the driver version number and the status,
are also displayed.
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Viewing the sample Device Settings screen
❖
Network Connections—Displays the Network
Connection window, which contains detailed information
about the network connection.
❖
Enable/Disable—You can easily enable or disable any of
the listed devices simply by selecting the desired device,
and then clicking the Enable/Disable button. Each time a
device is enabled or disabled, the status of the device will
change.
❖
Enable Wireless when cable disconnect occurs—
Select this check box to enable the Auto Switch feature.
For more information, see “Using Auto Switch” on
page 254.
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Profile Settings
The Profile Settings utility displays a list of all the registered
profiles in ConfigFree. You can also add, modify, and delete
profiles; switch the profile being used; and view specific
details about each profile.
Viewing the sample Profile Settings screen
❖
Details—The Details button displays the ConfigFree
Details screen. This screen displays detailed information
for each profile and can be used to view the various
settings for each registered profile.
❖
Auto Switch—The Auto Switch button accesses the
Auto Switch feature. For more information, see “Using
Auto Switch” on page 254.
❖
Internet Options—The Internet Options button opens
the Microsoft® Windows® Internet Options dialog box.
See your Microsoft® Windows® documentation for more
information.
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Add, Modify, and Delete a Profile
❖
To add a new profile to ConfigFree, click the Add button
in the Profile Settings screen. To overwrite an existing
profile, select the profile to be overwritten, and then click
Add.
❖
To modify an existing profile, select the profile you want
to modify, and then click Modify.
❖
To delete an existing profile, select the profile to be
deleted, and then click Delete. A message box displays
confirming that you want to delete the profile.
Switch Profiles
To switch the profile that is being used, select the profile you want
to switch to, and then click Switch.
Quick Connect
The Quick Connect feature switches the Wireless LAN
connection to connect to the Toshiba Wireless Projector.
As a result, you will not be able to use the network to connect
to a Toshiba Wireless Projector when the wireless LAN
Configuration is set to Ad hoc. If you are connected to an
access point, the connection will be broken and later reestablished.
If the Toshiba Wireless Projector setting has been changed
from the default, change the connection setting by using
Quick Connect-Setup menu.
NOTE
The connection will be made in Ad hoc mode, therefore, if the
setting on the Toshiba Wireless Projector is in Infrastructure
mode, it will not connect.
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Using Auto Switch
If the wireless mode for the wireless setting is set for 5 GHz
(802.11a), Quick Connect will change this mode to 2.4 GHz
(802.11b), and then connect to the projector.
The wireless LAN configuration will return to the default
settings under the following conditions:
❖
If the Toshiba Wireless Projector utility is closed.
❖
If you select Toshiba Wireless Projector (DPJ) from the
ConfigFree tray menu (this will disconnect the wireless
LAN connection).
❖
If you select a profile from the ConfigFree tray menu or
when you disable a wireless device.
❖
If you close ConfigFree.
Using Auto Switch
The Auto Switch feature contains options for automatically
switching network devices and profiles if a network
connection should fail.
❖
Auto Switch (Cable Disconnect)—This option
automatically switches network devices if a wired
network cable is disconnected. For more information, see
“Auto Switch (Cable Disconnect)” on page 255.
❖
Auto Switch (SSID)—If your notebook computer is
connected to a wireless LAN network, ConfigFree
automatically switches profiles if a network failure
occurs. For more information, see “Auto Switch (SSID)”
on page 255.
A message displays each time the Auto Switch feature is
applied. You then have the option of disabling the Auto
Switch option for future use.
You can access the Auto Switch feature in any of the
following ways:
❖
From the taskbar, right-click the Config Free icon, and
then click Auto Switch.
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From the Profile Settings screen, you can click the Auto
Switch button.
Auto Switch (Cable Disconnect)
If a wired network cable is disconnected from the network,
the Auto Switch (Cable Disconnect) option will
automatically switch to another network device.
❖
Enable Wireless when cable disconnect occurs—If
your notebook computer is connected to multiple wired
LAN devices, and the physical connection to all of these
devices is disconnected, ConfigFree switches to a
wireless LAN device.
However, if the cable connection to only one wired LAN
device is disconnected, ConfigFree will not switch to a
wireless device.
Auto Switch (SSID)
The Auto Switch (SSID) option automatically switches to a
different profile if your notebook computer is connected to a
wireless LAN network and a network failure occurs.
ConfigFree detects the Service Set Identifier (SSID) of the
wireless network that you are connected to. If the SSID
matches the Wireless Network SSID specified in Auto
Switch, the ConfigFree switches to the corresponding profile.
NOTE
If your notebook computer is connected to multiple wireless
LAN devices, the Auto Switch (SSID) feature is disabled. To
enable this feature, only one wireless LAN device can be used.
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Glossary
TECHNICAL NOTE: Some features defined in this glossary
may not be available on your computer.
Acronyms
The following acronyms may appear in this user’s guide.
AC
alternating current
BIOS
basic input/output system
bps
bits per second
CD
compact disc
CD-ROM
compact disc read-only memory
CD-RW
compact disc rewrite memory
CMOS
complementary metal-oxide semiconductor
CPU
central processing unit
DC
direct current
DMA
direct memory access
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Glossary
DIMM
dual inline memory module
DOS
disk operating system
DPI
dots per inch
DVD
digital versatile (or video) disc
DVD-ROM digital versatile (or video) disc read-only memory
ECP
enhanced capabilities port
EPROM
erasable programmable read-only memory
FAT
file allocation table
FCC
Federal Communications Commission
FIR
fast infrared
GB
gigabyte
HDD
hard disk drive
HTML
Hypertext Markup Language
IEEE
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
I/O
input/output
IRQ
interrupt request
ISP
Internet service provider
KB
kilobyte
LAN
local area network
LCD
liquid crystal display
LSI
large-scale integration
MB
megabyte
PC
personal computer
PCI
Peripheral Component Interconnect
PCMCIA
Personal Computer Memory Card International
Association
RAM
random access memory
RFI
radio frequency interference
ROM
read-only memory
RTC
real-time clock
SCSI
small computer system interface
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SDRAM
synchronous dynamic random access memory
SRAM
static random access memory
SVGA
super video graphics adapter
TFT
thin film transistor
USB
universal serial bus
URL
uniform resource locator
WAN
wide area network
www
World Wide Web
Terms
The following terms may appear in this user’s guide.
A
active-matrix display — A liquid crystal display (LCD) made from an
array of liquid crystal cells using active-matrix technology. Also
known as a “TFT display,” in its simplest form there is one thin film
transistor (TFT) for each cell. This type of display works well with
notebook computers because of its shallow depth and high-quality
color. Active-matrix displays are viewable from wider angles than
most passive-matrix displays.
adapter — A device that provides a compatible connection between two
units. For example, the computer’s internal display adapter receives
information from the software and translates it into images on the
screen. An adapter can take a number of forms, from a
microprocessor to a simple connector. An intelligent adapter (one
that is capable of doing some processing) may also be called a
controller.
alternating current (AC) — The type of power usually supplied to
residential and commercial wall outlets. AC reverses its direction at
regular intervals. Compare direct current (DC).
application — A computer program that you use to perform tasks of a
specific type. Applications include word processors, spreadsheets,
and database management systems. See also program.
B
backup — A copy of a file, usually on a removable disk, kept in case the
original file is lost or damaged.
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Glossary
basic input/output system (BIOS) — See BIOS.
baud rate — The speed at which a communication device, such as a
printer or modem, transmits information. Baud rate is the number of
signal changes per second (not necessarily the same as bits per
second). See also bits per second.
BIOS (basic input/output system) — Basic instructions, stored in readonly memory (ROM), containing the information the computer
needs in order to check hardware and load the operating system
when you start up the computer.
bit: — Short for “binary digit.” A bit is the smallest unit of information
used by a computer. A group of eight bits is a byte. See also byte.
bits per second (bps) — A way of measuring the speed at which
information is passed between two devices. The basic measure used
in modem communications, bps is similar, but not identical, to the
baud rate. See also baud rate.
boot — To start the computer. The term “boot” originates from bootstrap
program (as in “pulling itself up by its bootstraps”), a program that
loads and initializes the operating system. See also reboot.
boot disk — See system disk.
boot priority (startup sequence) — The order in which the computer
accesses its disk drives to locate the startup files. Under the default
startup sequence, the computer looks for the startup files in the
diskette drive before checking the hard disk.
bus — An electrical circuit that connects the central processing unit
(CPU) with other parts of the computer, such as the video adapter,
disk drives, and ports. It is the pathway through which data flows
from one device to another. See also bus speed, frontside bus.
bus speed — The speed at which the central processing unit (CPU)
communicates with the other parts of the computer.
byte — A sequence of eight bits. A byte is the smallest addressable unit
of data. See also bit, gigabyte, kilobyte, megabyte.
C
cache — A section of very fast memory in which frequently used
information is duplicated for quick access. Accessing data from
cache is faster than accessing it from the computer’s main memory.
See also CPU cache, L1 cache, L2 cache.
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CD — An individual compact disc. See also CD-ROM.
CD-ROM (compact disc read-only memory) — A form of highcapacity storage that uses laser optics instead of magnetic means for
reading data. See also CD. Compare DVD-ROM.
central processing unit (CPU) — The chip that functions as the “brain”
of the computer. It takes information from outside sources, such as
memory or keyboard input, processes the information, and sends the
results to another device that uses the information.
character — Any letter, number, or symbol you can use on the
computer. Some characters are non-printing characters, such as a
paragraph break in a word-processing program. A character
occupies one byte of computer storage.
chip — A small piece of silicon containing computer logic and circuits
for processing, memory, input/output, and/or control functions.
Chips are mounted on printed circuit boards.
click — To press and release the TouchPad control button or mouse
button without moving the cursor or mouse. In the Windows®
operating system, this refers to the left mouse button or primary
TouchPad control button, unless otherwise stated. See also doubleclick.
color palette — A set of specified colors that establishes the colors that
can be displayed on the screen at a particular time.
compatibility — The extent to which computers, programs, or devices
can work together harmoniously, using the same commands,
formats, or language as another.
configuration — (1) The collection of components that make up a single
computer system. (2) How parts of the system are set up (that is,
configured).
controller — A device that controls the transfer of data from a computer
to a peripheral device and vice versa. For example, disk drives,
monitors, keyboards, and printers all require controllers.
CPU — See central processing unit (CPU).
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Glossary
CPU cache — A section of very fast memory residing between the CPU
and the computer’s main memory that temporarily stores data and
instructions the CPU will need to execute commands and programs.
See also cache, L1 cache, L2 cache.
cursor — A symbol that indicates the current position on the screen. The
shape of the cursor varies, depending on the program you are using
and what you are doing.
D
default — The setting selected by a program when the user does not
specify an alternative setting.
device — A component attached to the computer. Devices may be
external (outside the computer’s case) or internal (inside the
computer’s case). Printers, disk drives, and modems are examples of
devices.
device driver — A program (called a “driver”) that permits a computer
to communicate with a device.
dialog box — An on-screen window displayed by the operating system
or a program giving a direction or requesting input from the user.
direct current (DC) — The type of power usually supplied by batteries.
DC flows in one direction. Compare alternating current (AC).
direct memory access (DMA) — A dedicated channel, bypassing the
CPU, that enables direct data transfer between memory and a
device.
directory — See folder.
disable — To turn a computer option off. See also enable.
disc — A round, flat piece of metal, designed to be read from and written
to by optical (laser) technology, and used in the production of optical
discs, such as CDs and DVDs. Compare disk.
disk — A round, flat piece of material that can be magnetically
influenced to hold information in digital form, and used in the
production of magnetic disks, such as diskettes and hard disks.
Compare disc. See also diskette, hard disk.
disk drive — The device that reads and writes information and programs
on a diskette or hard disk. It rotates the disk at high speed past one or
more read/write heads.
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diskette — A thin, flexible disk in a protective jacket that stores
magnetically encoded data. Diskettes can be removed from the
computer and come in two sizes: 5.25-inch and 3.5-inch. Your
computer uses 3.5-inch diskettes. See also double-density diskette,
high-density diskette.
document — Any file created with an application and, if saved to disk,
given a name by which it can be retrieved. See also file.
double-click — To press the TouchPad control button or mouse button
rapidly twice without moving the cursor or mouse. In the Windows®
operating system, this refers to the primary TouchPad control button
or left mouse button, unless otherwise stated.
download — (1) In communications, to receive a file from another
computer through a modem or network. (2) To send font data from
the computer to a printer. See also upload.
drag — To hold down the TouchPad control button or mouse button
while moving the cursor to drag a selected object. In the Windows®
operating system, this refers to the primary TouchPad control button
or left mouse button, unless otherwise stated.
driver — See device driver.
DVD — An individual digital versatile (or video) disc. See also DVDROM.
DVD-ROM (digital versatile [or video] disc read-only memory) — A
very high-capacity storage medium that uses laser optics for reading
data. Each DVD-ROM can hold as much data as several CD-ROMs.
Compare CD-ROM.
E
emulation — A technique in which a device or program imitates another
device or program.
enable — To turn on a computer option. See also disable.
executable file — A computer program that is ready to run. Application
programs and batch files are examples of executable files. Names of
executable files usually end with a .bat or .exe extension.
extension — See file extension.
external device — See device.
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F
Glossary
file — A collection of related information, saved on disk with a unique
name. A file may be a program, information used by a program, or a
document. See also document.
file allocation table (FAT) — The section of a disk that keeps track of
the location of files stored on the disk.
file name — A set of characters that uniquely identifies a file within a
particular folder. It consists of two parts: the actual name and the file
name extension. See also file extension.
file extension — The three characters following the period (pronounced
“dot”) at the end of a file name. The extension indicates the type of
file. Examples are .exe for program files and .hlp for help files. See
also file name.
folder — Also called directory. A container for organizing files saved to
a disk. A folder is symbolized on screen by a graphical image (icon)
of a file folder. A folder can contain files and other folders.
format — (verb) To prepare a blank disk for use with the computer’s
operating system. Formatting creates a structure on the disk so the
operating system can write information to the disk or read
information from it.
frontside bus — The primary pathway (bus) between the CPU and the
computer’s main memory. Also called “system bus.” See also bus.
function keys — The keys labeled F1 through F12, typically located on
the keyboard. Their function is determined by the operating system
and/or individual programs.
G
gigabyte (GB) — A unit of data equal to 1,073,741,824 bytes (1024 x
1024 x 1024 bytes). See also byte.
ground — A conductor to which all components of an electric circuit are
connected. It has a potential of zero (0) volts, is connected to the
earth, and is the point of reference for voltages in the circuit.
H
hard disk — A storage device composed of a rigid platter or platters that
can be magnetically coded with data. Hard disks hold much more
information than diskettes and are used for long-term storage of
programs and data. The primary (or only) hard disk in a computer is
usually fixed, but some computers have secondary hard disks that
are removable. By default, the hard disk is referred to as drive C.
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hardware — The physical components of a computer system. Compare
software.
Hibernate — A feature of many Toshiba notebook computers that saves
to the hard disk the current state of your work, including all open
files and programs, when you turn the computer off. When you turn
on the computer again, your work is returned to the same state it was
when the computer was turned off. See also Stand By, Suspend.
high-density diskette — A 3.5-inch diskette that holds 1.44 MB of data.
See also diskette.
hot key — (1) A feature in which certain keys in combination with the Fn
key can set system options or control system parameters, such as the
battery save mode. (2) A key or combination of keys that activates a
memory resident program.
hot swapping — The ability to add or remove devices from a computer
while the computer is running and have the operating system
automatically recognize the change.
I
icon — A small image displayed on the screen that represents a function,
file, or program.
interlaced — A method of refreshing a computer screen, in which only
every other line of pixels is refreshed. Interlaced monitors take two
passes to create a complete screen image. Compare non-interlaced.
internal device — See device.
Internet — The decentralized, world-wide network of computers that
provides electronic mail, the World Wide Web, and other services.
See also World Wide Web.
K
keyboard shortcut — A key or combination of keys that you use to
perform a task instead of using a pointing device such as the
TouchPad.
kilobyte (KB) — A unit of data equal to 1024 bytes. See also byte.
L
L1 (level one) cache — Memory cache built into the processor to help
improve processing speed. See also cache, CPU cache, L2 cache.
L2 (level two) cache — Memory cache installed on the motherboard to
help improve processing speed. It is slower than L1 cache and faster
than main memory. See also cache, CPU cache, L1 cache.
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LAN (local area network) — A group of computers or other devices
dispersed over a relatively limited area and connected by a
communications link that enables any device to interact with any
other on the network.
liquid crystal display (LCD) — A type of display that uses a liquid
substance between two transparent electrode panels. When an
electric current passes through the electrodes, the molecules in the
liquid form a crystalline pattern that polarizes the light passing
through it. A filter over the electrodes permits only non-polarized
light to pass to the surface of the display, creating light and dark
pixels.
load — To move information from a storage device (such as a hard disk)
into memory for processing.
local area network — See LAN.
logical drive — A section of a disk that is recognized by the operating
system as a separate disk drive. A system’s logical drives may differ
from its physical drives. For example, a single hard disk drive may
be partitioned into two or more logical drives.
M
megabyte (MB) — A unit of data equal to 1,048,576 bytes (1024 x 1024
bytes). See also bytes.
memory — Typically refers to the computer’s main memory, where
programs are run and data is temporarily stored and processed.
Memory can be volatile and hold data temporarily, such as RAM, or
it can be nonvolatile and hold data permanently, such as ROM. A
computer’s main memory is RAM. See RAM, ROM.
microprocessor — See central processing unit (CPU).
modem — Short for “modulator/demodulator.” A device that converts
information from digital to analog and back to digital, enabling
information to pass back and forth between digital computers and
analog telephone lines.
motherboard — The main circuit board in the computer. It contains the
processor, memory, and other primary components.
MS-DOS prompt — See system prompt.
multifunction drive — A DVD drive that can read and write to CD and
DVD media.
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multimedia — A combination of two or more media, such as sound,
animation, and video in a computer program or presentation.
Musical Instrument Digital Interface — See MIDI.
N
network — A collection of computers and associated devices that are
connected by communications facilities. A network allows you to
share data and peripheral devices, such as printers, with other users
and to exchange electronic mail.
non-interlaced — A method of refreshing a computer screen, in which
each pixel of every line is refreshed as the electron beam scans
across and down the screen. Compare interlaced.
non-system disk — A disk for storing programs and data that cannot be
used to start the computer. Compare system disk.
O
online — Available through the computer. Online may refer to
information being read from your own computer’s hard disk, such
as online documentation or online help, or to information coming
from another company on a company network or the Internet.
operating system — A set of programs that controls how the computer
works. Examples of operating systems are Windows® 98 Second
Edition and Windows® 2000 operating systems.
P
palette — See color palette.
password — A unique string of characters entered by a user to verify his
or her identity to the computer or the network.
PC Card — A credit-card-sized expansion card designed to increase the
capabilities of notebook computers. PC Cards provide functions
such as modem, fax/modem, hard disk drive, network adapter,
sound card, or SCSI adapter.
peripheral — Any device, such as a printer or joystick, that is attached
to the computer and controlled by the computer’s CPU.
pixel — Short for “picture element.” The smallest dot that can be
produced on a screen or printer.
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Plug and Play — Generally, refers to the computer’s ability to
automatically configure itself to work with peripheral devices.
When capitalized, refers to a standard that, when followed by a
device manufacturer, allows a PC to configure itself automatically to
work with the device.
pointing device — Any device, such as the TouchPad or a mouse, that
enables you to move the cursor on the screen.
port — A socket on the computer where you plug in a cable for
connection to a network or a peripheral device.
processor — See central processing unit (CPU).
program — A set of instructions that can be executed by a computer.
The general classes of programs (also called software) are operating
system, application, and utility. See also operating system,
application, utility.
properties — The attributes of an object or device. For example, the
properties of a file include the file’s type, size, and creation date.
R
RAM (random access memory) — Volatile memory that can be
written to as well as read. By volatile, we mean that information in
RAM is lost when you turn off your computer. This type of memory
is used for your computer’s main memory. See also memory.
Compare ROM.
random access memory — See RAM.
read-only memory — See ROM.
reboot — See boot, restart.
removable disk — A disk that can be removed from a disk drive. A
diskette is one example of a removable disk.
resolution — A measure of the sharpness of the images that can be
produced by a printer or displayed on a screen. For a printer,
resolution is expressed in dots per inch (dpi). For a screen, it is
expressed as the number of pixels available horizontally and
vertically.
restart — Synonymous with reboot. To reset the computer by reloading
the operating system without turning the computer off. See also
boot.
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268
RJ-11 — A modular connector used on most U.S. telephone systems
and direct-connect modems. The RJ-11 connector is a 6-wire
connector.
RJ-45 — A connector used to attach computers to LANS (local area
networks) and to link ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network)
devices to NT-1 (Network Terminator devices). Also called.
ROM (read-only memory) — Non-volatile memory that can be read
but not written to. By non-volatile, we mean that information in
ROM remains whether or not the computer is receiving power. This
type of memory is used to store your computer’s BIOS, which is
essential instructions the computer reads when you start it up. See
also BIOS, memory. Compare RAM.
S
select — To highlight or otherwise specify text, data, or graphics with the
intent to perform some operation on it.
serial — Processes that occur one at a time. In communications, it means
the transmission of one bit at a time sequentially over a single
channel. On your computer, the serial port provides a serial interface
between the computer and an appropriate device.
shortcut — See keyboard shortcut.
software — See program. Compare hardware.
Stand By — A feature of some Windows® operating systems that allows
you to turn off the computer without exiting your open applications
and to continue from where you left off when you turn the computer
on again.
Suspend — A feature of some Windows® operating systems that allows
you to turn off the computer without exiting your open applications
and to continue from where you left off when you turn the computer
on again.
system disk — A diskette that contains the operating system files needed
to start the computer. Any diskette can be formatted as a system
disk. A system disk is also called a “bootable disk” or a “startup
disk.” Compare non-system disk.
system prompt — The symbol (in the MS-DOS® operating system,
generally a drive letter followed by a “greater than” sign) indicating
where users are to enter commands.
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T
U
Glossary
TFT display — See active-matrix display.
universal serial bus (USB) — A serial bus that supports a data transfer
rate of up to 12 Mbps (12 million bits per second). USB can connect
up to 127 peripheral devices through a single all-purpose USB port.
USB allows hot swapping of peripherals. See also bus, hot
swapping, serial.
upload — To send a file to another computer through a modem or
network. See also download.
USB — See universal serial bus (USB).
utility — A computer program designed to perform a narrowly focused
operation or solve a specific problem. Utilities are often related to
computer system management.
W
Web — See World Wide Web.
World Wide Web (www) — The worldwide network of Web sites
linked together over the Internet. A user of the Web can jump from site
to site regardless of the location of the computer hosting the site. See
also Internet.
Index
A
AC power light 50
Accessories programs 117, 130
audio features 199
avoiding injury 38
B
battery
caring for 103
changing 101
charge not lasting 219
charging 61, 95
conserving power 99
disposal 105
installing 101
light 50, 97
monitoring power 97
not charging 218
power usage mode 240
removing 101
RTC (real-time clock) 96
buttons
CD Player 80
DVD-ROM or multifunction
drive eject 74
Start 109
C
calculator 122
Card and Socket Services 204
CD and DVDs
caring for 82
viewing contents 81
CD Player control panel 80
CD/DVD control and digital audio
modes 76
CDs
inserting 77
problem solving 224
channels
DMA 214
Character Map 123
charging
main battery 95
checking device properties 216
cleaning
CD or DVDs 82
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Index
computer 62
click 51
closing programs 122
comfort
chair 39
lighting 40
work habits 41
commands
Hibernate 85
powering down 84
Stand By 86
communications
programs 83
setting up 83
system resources 214
via modem 83
compact discs
inserting 77
problem solving 224
removing 81
computer
cleaning 62
lock 63
moving 63
non-system disk or disk error
message 210
placement 38
protection 37
running on battery power 93
setting up 43, 53
transferring information 193
turning off 89, 91, 134
turning on 50
using at the office 191, 201
warning resume failure message
210
work area 37
computing tips 65
connecting
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271
external monitor 191
external speakers 201
modem 83
mouse 57
power cable 48
to a network 83
USB mouse 57
conserving battery power 99
Contents
CDs 81
DVDs 81
control buttons 51
control buttons for DVD-ROM or
multifunction drive 75
customizing
taskbar 185
D
date and time
setting 127
DC-IN 47
desktop 108
browsing style 187
creating new icon 109
creating shortcuts 122
major features 108
properties 126
shortcut menu 112
Start button 109
system tray 110
taskbar 110, 119
Device Manager 215
checking properties 216
disabling a device 215
dial-up connection 84
Dial-Up Networking Wizard 84
Digital Subscriber Lines (DSL) 194,
195
Disk Defragmenter 223
disk drive
272
Index
corrupted/damaged data files 223
missing files/trouble accessing a
disk 222
running slow 223
diskettes
copying files to 72
display
doesn’t look normal/flickers 221
external monitor not working 222
latch 49
properties 126
screen is blank 220
display modes
changing 243
display panel
opening 49
Display settings
hot key 199
displaying folder information 190
disposing of used batteries 105
DMA (Direct Memory Access) 214
double-click 51
downloading 197
DVD-ROM or multifunction drive
can’t access disc 223
control buttons 75
eject button 74
inserting a disc 77
inserting discs 77
removing 81
removing a disc 81
E
email 196
energy saving features 93
environmental considerations 38, 39
ergonomics
lighting 40
posture 39
seating guidelines 39
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work habits 41
error messages
device driver conflict 213
general hardware problem 213
non-system disk or disk error 210
problem with display settings/
current settings not working
with hardware 221
program has performed an illegal
operation 209
warning resume failure 210
expansion memory slot 54
external monitor
connecting 191
not working 222
external speakers 201
F
FAT (File Allocation Table) 222
files 110
backing up 66, 72
copying to diskette 72
printing 71
saving 65, 70
folders 110
displaying information 190
function keys 67
H
hard disk drive
light 50
hardware conflicts 213
resolving 215
Help 131, 212
Hibernate
restarting 90
using 88
Hibernation 85
Hibernation mode 62, 84
hiding windows 118
Index
hot key
display modes 243
display settings 199
power usage mode 240
Stand By mode 241
wireless mode 244
hot keys
display modes 243
instant password 238
keyboard functions 244
sound 240
hot swapping 204
precautions 206
Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP)
195
I
i.LINK
FCC 3
icon 109
desktop 109
moving to desktop 109
naming 116
safety 35
inserting
CDs and DVDs 77
PC Cards 204
installing
main battery 101
Internal/External mode 222
Internet 194
bookmarked site not found 212
chat rooms 196
connecting to 193
news groups 196
overview 194
slow connection 212
URL address not found 212
Internet Service Provider (ISP) 195
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K
keyboard
character keys 67
Ctrl, Fn, and Alt keys 67
cursor control overlay 69
function keys 67
hot keys 244
not working 210, 220
numeric keypad overlay 69
overlay keys 68
unexpected characters 219
Windows special keys 68
L
lights
AC power 50
battery 50, 97
hard disk drive 50
M
main battery
changing 101
removing 101
memory
problem solving 217
removing 56
removing expansion slot cover 54
memory module
inserting 55
removing 56
Microsoft Internet Explorer 83
Microsoft Windows XP 107
minimizing 119
modem
port 83
problem solving 230
modem, using 83
Modular Bay 202
monitor
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Index
connecting 191
not working 220
mouse
connecting 57
moving the computer 63
My Computer 111, 112
N
network
connecting to 83
dial-up connection 84
New Folder icon 116
new text document 115
Notepad 115
O
object properties 126
online tours 133
P
Paint 117
password
instant 238
PC Card
Card and Socket Services 204
checklist 226
CIS (Card Information Structure)
225
computer stops working 227
errors 228
hot swapping fails 227
inserting 204
not recognized 228
problem solving 225, 226
removing 205
replacing 206
using 203
PCMCIA (Personal Computer
Memory Card International
Association) 203
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Plug and Play 214
power
cable 48
cable connectors 245
computer will not start 209
monitoring 97
problem solving 218
taking care of your battery 103
power down options
Turn Off 89, 91
Power Management
powering down 84
power usage mode 99
powering off 84
precautions 41, 48
primary button 51
printer
Add Printer Wizard 58
problem solving 229
printing a file 71
problem solving
AC power 218
battery charge doesn’t last 219
battery not charging 218
can’t access disc 223
changing display properties 221
checking device properties 216
compact discs not running
correctly 224
computer hangs when PC Card
inserted 227
computer will not power up 209
contacting Toshiba 232, 233
corrupted/damaged data files 223
Device Manager 215
disabling a device 215
disk drive is slow 223
display is blank 220
DVD-ROM or multifunction
Index
drive
drive tray doesn’t eject 224
external display not working 222
external keyboard not working
220
external monitor 220
faulty memory 217
hardware conflict 213, 214
hardware conflict caused by
legacy device 214
Help 212
high-pitched noise 225
illegal operation 209
Internet bookmarked site not
found 212
Internet connection is slow 212
keyboard
not responding 210
keyboard produces unexpected
characters 219
missing files/trouble accessing a
disk 222
modem not receiving or
transmitting 230
no sound 225
non-system disk or disk error 210
PC Card 225
checklist 226
error occurs 228
hot swapping fails 227
not recognized 228
slots appear dead 226
Plug and Play 214
power and batteries 218
printer 229
program not responding 207
program not working properly
223
screen does not look right/flickers
221
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275
system resources 214
Touchpad
not responding 210
trouble prevention 230
URL address not found 212
using Startup options 211
warning resume failure 210
Windows XP not working 210
programs
closing 122
not running correctly 223
starting 70
Web browsers 195
properties 126
R
recharging
main battery 95
recording
adjusting quality 200
sounds 199
Recovery CD 36
Recycle Bin 109, 128
removing
CDs and DVDs 81
main battery 101
PC Cards 205
resizing windows 118, 120
restarting from Hibernate 90
restarting from Stand By 92
restarting from Turn Off 88
RTC (real-time clock) battery 96
running the computer on battery power
93
S
safety
computer 105
disposing of batteries 105
icons 35
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Index
precautions 41
saving your work 70
ScanDisk 222
screen
blank 220
doesn’t look normal/flickers 221
Screen Saver tab 126
Search Engine 196
secondary button 52
security
fitting a computer lock cable 63
instant password 238
SelectServ 36
setting up
communications 83
computer 37, 43, 53
date and time 127
printer 58
shortcut
creating 122
menu 112
shut down 62
sound
.wav files 199
problem solving 225
speakers
external 201
Stand By 84, 86
low battery 100
restarting 92
using 91
Stand By mode
hot key 241
Start button 109
starting a program 70
starting up the computer
from Stand By 92
Startup menu
problem solving 211
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support for Windows 109
System Restore 130
System Tools 130
system tray 110
T
taskbar 110, 119
customizing 185
telephone line
connecting the modem 83
text file 115
toolbars
displaying in a window 190
Toshiba
Forum 233
Internet Web sites 234
online services 233
Toshiba Accessories
information 36, 53, 63, 83, 94
TouchPad
using 111
using with control buttons 111
transferring information between
computers 193
traveling tips 105
Turn Off
restarting from 88
using 89, 91
turning computer on/off 50, 89, 91
turning off the computer 84
tutorials 114, 133
U
Uniform Resource Locator (URL)
185, 196
uploading 197
URL (Uniform Resource Locator)
185, 196
USB
FCC 3
Index
USB mouse
connecting 57
using
Hibernate 88
modem 83
PC Cards 203
Stand By 91
V
video features
exploring 197
volume, adjusting alarm 240
W
warranty
SelectServ 36
Web address 196
Web browsers 195
Web content interface 186
Web sites 233
Web sites,Toshiba 234
windows
hiding 118
repositioning 118
resizing 118, 120
Windows Explorer 117
Windows Help 109
Windows Media Player 79
Windows Stand By 61
Windows XP
change date and time settings 127
changing the screen saver 125
closing programs 122
creating a new folder 116
creating a text file 115
creating shortcuts 122
desktop 108
Help 131, 212
problem solving 210
Recycle Bin 128
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277
removing objects 128
resizing or moving windows 119,
120
special features 184
starting programs 117
System Restore 130
tours and tutorials 133
Turn Off 134
Web Tutorial 114
wireless interoperability 6
wireless mode hot key 244
Wizards
Add Printer 58
Windows PC Card 226
World Wide Web 195
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