User`s Guide Gateway desktop series

User`s Guide Gateway desktop series
User’s Guide
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T A B L E O F C ON TE N TS
Starting your computer
Registration.......................................................
Software installation ........................................
Recovery ............................................................
Having trouble? ................................................
4 Upgrading your computer
4 Expanding through options ..........................
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Connectivity options...............................
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Software
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Using Windows and your software...............
Computer Basics
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Welcome Center .....................................
Internet security offer ............................
Safety and comfort ........................................... 7
Productivity software .............................
Safety precautions ..................................... 7
Gateway Recovery Management...........
Health precautions .................................. 10
Playing multimedia files .........................
Setting up your computer
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Playing DVD movies................................
Arranging a comfortable work area ............. 12
Internet
Adjusting your chair ................................ 12
Positioning your PC ................................. 13 First steps on the net......................................
Protecting your computer ......................
Positioning your monitor ........................ 14
Choose an Internet Service Provider......
Positioning your keyboard...................... 14
Network connections..............................
Positioning your mouse........................... 14
Surf the Net! ...........................................
Using your computer
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Security ....................................................
Connecting the computer .............................. 16
Connect your mouse and keyboard ....... 16 Helpdesk
Connect a monitor................................... 17 Safe computing ..............................................
Maintenance ...........................................
Connect to a broadband network.......... 17
Updates ...................................................
Connect to power.................................... 17
Windows Remote Assistance..................
Turning on your computer ............................. 18
Turning off your computer ............................ 18
Frequently
asked questions
Using the optical drive ................................... 18
To insert a disc into your computer's
Recovery
optical drive: ............................................ 19
Gateway Recovery Management ..................
Taking care of your optical discs ........... 19
Creating recovery discs ...........................
Recovering your system .................................
Types of recovery ....................................
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Regulatory information
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Environment
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Software license
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Index
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Gateway desktop series user’s guide
Original Issue: 10 February 2011
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S T A R T I N G YOUR C OMPUTER
Thank you for purchasing this Gateway computer!
This guide has been designed to introduce you to the features of your
computer and assist in your computing experience.
After setting up and starting your computer, as shown in the setup
instructions, it will ask you questions that will help you connect to the
Internet. Your computer will then configure installed software.
REGISTRATION
When using your computer for the first time, it is recommended that
you register it. This gives you access to some useful benefits, such as:
• Faster service from our trained representatives.
• Membership in the Gateway community: receive promotions and
participate in customer surveys.
• The latest news from Gateway.
How to register
During the initial startup of your computer, a window will invite you
to register. Please fill in the information and click Next. The second
window you'll see contains optional fields that will help us to provide
you with a more personable customer service experience.
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Another option
Another way to register your Gateway product is to visit our website
at registration.gateway.com. Choose your country and follow the
simple instructions.
After registering, you will be sent a confirmation email with
important information that you should keep in a safe place.
SOFTWARE INSTALLATION
Your computer will automatically install software and prepare your
computer for use. This may take some time, please do not turn off
your computer; wait until the installation has finished.
RECOVERY
You should create recovery discs as soon as you are able. The Gateway
Recovery Management program allow you to create recovery discs
and then to restore or reinstall applications and drivers provided by
Gateway. You will need a pack of writable DVDs.
See page 67 for more information about recovery.
HAVING TROUBLE?
Gateway provides several options to support your purchase.
Gateway support
Make sure you write down your computer serial number, date and
place of purchase and model name on the area provided in this guide;
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save your proof of purchase. Before you call us, please write down any
error message that accompanies the problem, and have the computer
in front of you and switched on if possible. Having these items to
hand when contacting us will ensure better and quicker service.
Gateway website
Remember to visit www.gateway.com - Check out the support section
for up-to-date information, help, drivers and downloads.
Warranty and contact information
You can find information about the warranty for your computer and
how to contact technical support in your computer’s Warranty.
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C OM P U T E R B A S I C S
SAFETY AND COMFORT
Safety precautions
Please follow the guidelines below to use your computer comfortably
and to avoid health problems.
Computer environment
Make sure that the computer:
• Is used on a stable surface, stand or table. A fall can seriously
damage the computer.
• Is not used on a surface that vibrates, or used when taking part in
sport, exercise or other activities in a dynamic environment.
Vibration or movement can loosen fastenings, damage internal
components and even cause battery leakage.
• Is away from direct sunlight and sources of heat.
• Is away from magnetic fields or any device generating static
electricity.
• Is kept at least 30 centimetres (one foot) away from a mobile phone.
• Is not in a dusty or damp environment.
• Is not used near water. Never spill liquids of any kind on or into your
computer.
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• Is not placed on a carpet or any other surface that may have an
electrical charge.
Cables
Make sure that:
• Cables are not strained and that there is no risk of people walking
or tripping over them.
• Other devices do not crush the cables.
• The power cable is connected to the computer before connecting
the power cable to the AC power outlet.
• The power cable is unplugged from the power outlet before
disconnecting the power cable from the computer.
• Three-pin power cords are connected to a grounded power outlet.
• The power outlet is easily accessible and as close to the computer as
possible (do not overload it with too many adapters).
If your computer uses an external AC adapter:
• Do not cover or place objects on the AC adapter. Allow the adapter
to cool properly during use by keeping it clear of objects.
• Only use the AC adapter that is supplied with your computer.
Although other adapters may look similar, using them can damage
your computer. If a replacement is required, use only parts certified
for use with your computer.
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Cleaning your computer
• Always unplug your computer from the power outlet before
cleaning it.
• Do not use liquid or aerosol cleaners, use a damp cloth instead.
• Never spray cleaning product directly on the screen.
• If dust has accumulated inside your computer, do not use a vacuum
cleaner to remove it.
• If you spill liquid on your computer or any device attached to it,
switch it off immediately, unplug the power cord and make sure it is
completely dry before switching it on again. Wait overnight if
necessary.
Note: If your computer includes slots for memory cards or
expansion devices, plastic ’dummies’ may be installed in the card
slots. Dummies protect unused slots from dust, metal objects or
other particles. Save the dummies for use when no cards are in the
slots.
Servicing your computer
Do not attempt to service your computer yourself, as opening or
removing covers may expose you to dangerous voltage or other risks.
Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.
Unplug your computer from the wall outlet and refer servicing to
qualified service personnel when:
• the power cord or plug is damaged, cut or frayed,
• liquid was spilled into the product,
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• the product was exposed to rain or water,
• the product has been dropped or the case has been damaged
• the product exhibits a distinct change in performance, indicating a
need for service
• the product does not operate normally after following the
operating instructions
Note: Adjust only those controls that are covered by the operating
instructions, since improper adjustment of other controls may
result in damage and will often require extensive work by a
qualified technician to restore the product to normal condition.
Health precautions
• The computer and accessories may contain small parts. Keep them
out of the reach of small children.
• If you work or play for hours at a time, then make sure you take
regular breaks. Look away from the computer's screen once in a
while. Do not use your computer if you are tired.
• To protect your hearing, when using speakers or headphones,
increase volume gradually until you can hear clearly and
comfortably; do not increase the volume level after your ears have
adjusted. Do not listen to high volumes for extended periods. Do
not increase the volume to block out noisy surroundings; decrease
the volume if you cannot hear people speaking near you.
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• Ensure that the computer’s ventilation slots and openings are never
obstructed or covered. Do not place the computer on a soft surface
(such as a carpet, chair or bed) that may block ventilation slots.
• Do not push objects of any kind into ventilation or case slots as they
may touch dangerous voltage points or short-out parts that may
result in a fire or electric shock.
• Some disorders of the hands, wrists, arms, neck, shoulders, legs and
back may be associated with, or aggravated by certain repetitive
actions. To reduce your risk of developing these disorders, type with
your wrists straight and your hands and wrists floating above the
keyboard. If you experience periods of pain, tingling, numbness or
other discomfort, please contact your doctor.
• We advise that parents monitor the use of games by their children.
If you or your child experience any of the following symptoms:
dizziness, blurred vision, eye or muscle twitches, loss of
consciousness, disorientation, any involuntary movement or
convulsion, IMMEDIATELY discontinue use and consult your doctor.
This may happen even if the person has no medical history of
epilepsy.
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S E T T I N G U P YOUR C OMPUTER
ARRANGING A COMFORTABLE WORK AREA
Working safely and comfortably begins with the arrangement of your
work space and the proper use of equipment. For this reason, it is very
important to take time and think about how you are going to arrange
your work area. Refer to the diagram on the following page as you set
up your system.
Here are some points to consider:
Adjusting your chair
Having the right kind of chair does not necessarily mean you'll be
properly supported. It is necessary to adjust your chair to fit your
body. Proper body posture will make you more comfortable and
productive.
• Avoid tilting your chair. If you have a chair that tilts, lock the tilt
knobs so that your chair will not tilt forward or backward while you
are using your computer.
• Adjust your chair height in such a way that you can sit on it with
your thighs parallel to the floor and your feet resting flat on the
floor.
• Rest your body on the chair back. Your torso works harder to
maintain balance if you do not rest your body on the chair back.
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Positioning your PC
Take note of the following when selecting a location for your
computer:
• Do not put your computer near any equipment that might cause
electromagnetic or radio frequency interference, such as radio
transmitters, televisions, copy machines or heating and airconditioning equipment.
• Avoid dusty areas and extremes of temperature and humidity.
• You may place your computer beside your desk or under your table,
as long as it does not block the space you need for working and
moving.
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Positioning your monitor
Place your monitor at a comfortable viewing distance, usually 50 to 60
cm away. Adjust the display in such a way that the top of the screen is
at or slightly below eye level.
Positioning your keyboard
The location of the keyboard is a very important factor for your
posture. Placing it too far away will make your body lean forward,
forcing you to sit in an unnatural position. Placing it too high will add
tension to your shoulder muscles.
• The keyboard should be placed just above your lap. Adjust the
keyboard height by flipping the folding stands located under the
keyboard.
• Keep your lower arms parallel to the floor as you type. Your upper
arms and shoulders should be relaxed. Then try typing with a light
touch. If you feel any shoulder or neck strain, stop for a while and
check your posture.
• Position your keyboard in front of your monitor. Putting your
keyboard beside your monitor will make you turn your head while
you type which could add tension to your neck muscles.
Positioning your mouse
• The mouse should be placed on the same surface as your keyboard
so that you can reach it with ease.
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• Adjust its position to allow enough space for movement without
making you stretch or lean over.
• Use your arm to move the mouse. Do not rest your wrist on the
table when moving the mouse.
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U SING YOUR C O M P U T E R
CONNECTING THE COMPUTER
Setting up your computer is easy. For the most part, you only have
four things to connect: the mouse, the keyboard, the monitor, and the
power cable.
Note: The peripherals shown in the connections below are for
your reference only. Actual device models may vary.
Please follow the instructions provided on the setup guide.
Connect your mouse and keyboard
PS/2 interface
Plug the PS/2 mouse and keyboard cable into the PS/2 keyboard port
(purple port) and mouse port (green port) located on the rear panel of
your computer.
USB interface
You can also plug a USB mouse or a USB keyboard cable into any of
the USB ports located on the front and rear panels of your computer.
Wireless
Certain computers include a wireless mouse and keyboard. Please
follow the instructions provided on the setup guide.
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Connect a monitor
To connect a monitor, simply plug the monitor cable into the
appropriate port located on the rear panel of your computer.
Note: The type of connection can vary. Use a cable that matches
both your monitor and your computer. Refer to the monitor
manual for additional instructions and information.
Connect to a broadband network
Individual network configuration
Connect one end of the network cable on the network port on the
rear of the computer, then connect the other end of the network
cable into the cable modem or network jack or hub on your network.
Note: Consult your operating system help files for information on
how to configure your network setup.
Connect to power
1. Plug the power cable into the power cable socket located on the
rear panel of your computer.
2. Plug the other end of the power cable into a power outlet.
Caution: Before you proceed, check the voltage range in your
area. Make sure that it matches your computer's voltage setting.
If they don't match, change your computer's voltage setting
according to your area's voltage range.
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TURNING ON YOUR COMPUTER
After making sure that you have properly set up the system, applied
power, and connected all the necessary peripherals, you can now
power on the system.
Important: Make sure that the power cable is properly plugged
into an electrical outlet. If you are using a power strip or an AVR
(Auto-Voltage Regulator), make sure that it is plugged in and
turned on.
TURNING OFF YOUR COMPUTER
1. On the Windows taskbar, click on the Start button, then click Shut
Down.
2. Turn off all peripherals connected to your computer.
If you cannot shut down your computer normally, press and hold the
power button for at least four seconds. Quickly pressing the button
may put the computer in suspend mode only.
USING THE OPTICAL DRIVE
Your computer may come with an optical drive. This drive is located
on the front panel of your computer. The drive allows you to play all
common CD, DVDs, and optionally Blu-ray discs. You may also save
information and create your own CDs or DVDs with appropriate
software and special writable discs (e.g by using a CD-R, CD-RW, DVDR or DVD-RW).
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Optical discs are compact, lightweight and easy to carry around.
However, they are delicate and must be handled with care.
To insert a disc into your computer's optical drive:
1. Press the optical drive’s eject button.
2. When the disc tray slides open, place the disc gently on the tray.
Make sure that the label or title side of the disc is facing upward.
When holding a disc, hold it by the edges to avoid leaving smudges
or fingerprints.
3. Push the tray and it will close automatically or press the eject/load
button.
Taking care of your optical discs
• Keep your disc in its case when not in use to avoid scratches or other
damage. Any kind of dirt or damage can affect the data on the disc,
impair the disc lens reader on the optical drive, or stop the
computer from successfully reading the disc.
• When handling discs, always hold them by the edges to avoid
smudges or fingerprints.
• When cleaning discs, use a clean, dust-free cloth and wipe in a
straight line from the center to the edge. Do not wipe in a circular
motion.
• Clean you optical drive periodically with a cleaning kit; cleaning kits
may be purchased at any computer or electronics shop.
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U P G R A D I N G YOUR COMPUTER
EXPANDING THROUGH OPTIONS
Your computer offers you many options for a complete computing
experience.
Connectivity options
Ports allow you to connect peripheral devices to your computer. For
instructions on how to connect different external devices to the
computer, read the following section.
Memory card reader
Memory cards are used in a wide selection of
digital cameras, PDAs, MP3 players and mobile
phones.
Inserting a memory card
1. Align the card so that the connector points
towards the port, with the connectors facing
down.
2. Carefully slide the card into the port. If you find you need to use any
force to insert the card, try reorientating the card slightly.
3. Push the card until it clicks into place. A few millimetres of the card
will extend from beyond the slot.
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If the card contains some files, the Windows Auto Play window may
appear (this depends on the contents of the card) and ask you if you
wish to use a program to access the contents of the card. Select an
option here if it is appropriate, otherwise select Cancel. If the card
contains no files, or unknown files, a window will open showing the
contents of the card.
Removing a card from an memory card reader
1. Click on the Safely Remove
Hardware
icon
in
the
Notification Area (next to the
clock).
2. Click on Eject SD Card (or the
name of the device).
3. Wait until a Safe to Remove
Hardware message is displayed.
4. Remove the card.
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Built-in networking
The built-in networking allows you to connect your computer to
an Ethernet-based network.
Connect an Ethernet cable from the Ethernet (RJ-45) port on the
chassis of the computer to a network jack or hub on your
network.
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Universal Serial Bus (USB)
The USB port is a high-speed serial bus which allows you to connect
USB peripherals without taking up system resources.
Certain computers may include one or more USB 3.0 ports. These
resemble standard USB ports, except they include additional internal
connections and are blue. You may use USB 3.0 compatible devices
with these ports to benefit from faster transfer speeds.
Video port
Connect to a monitor with a VGA or DVI port (the type of connection
supported depends on your computer’s configuration). The
appropriate cable is usually included with the monitor.
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Follow these steps to connect an monitor to your computer:
1. Check that the computer is powered off and the monitor power
switch is turned off.
2. Attach the video cable to the monitor port on the computer. Secure
the cable connection with the screws provided.
3. Connect the monitor power cable and plug it into a properly
grounded wall outlet.
4. Follow any setup instructions in the monitor's user's guide.
5. Turn on power to the monitor, then the computer.
6. Make sure that the current resolution and refresh rate do not
exceed the specifications of the monitor. If necessary change the
display settings used by the computer.
Note: To access the display controls: Click on Start, Control Panel,
Appearance and Personalization. Click on the Display category,
then select Change Display Settings.
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High-Definition Multimedia Interface (only for certain models)
HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is an
industry-supported, uncompressed, all-digital audio/
video interface. HDMI provides an interface between any
compatible digital audio/video source, such as a set-top
box, DVD player, and A/V receiver and a compatible
digital audio and/or video monitor, such as a digital
television (DTV), over a single cable.
Use the HDMI port on your computer to connect with
high-end audio and video equipment. Single cable
implementation allows tidy setup and fast connection.
Headphones and microphone
These two ports allow you to connect audio devices. Use the
headphone port to plug in stereo headphones or powered speakers.
Plugging an audio device to the headphone port disables the built-in
speakers. Use the microphone port to connect an external microphone
for mono recording; plugging in an external microphone disables the
built-in microphone.
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SOFTWARE
USING WINDOWS AND YOUR SOFTWARE
Gateway computers include software to help you use your computer;
the programs and categories available on your computer depend on
the model purchased. Most of this software is ’pre-installed’ and ready
to be used; however some software may be provided on a CD or DVD
and must first be installed if you wish to use it. To do so, insert the
installation CD or DVD. An installation wizard will start automatically
and all you have to do is follow the instructions on the screen.
Welcome Center
The first time you turn on your computer, the Welcome Center
window opens. The Welcome Center introduces you to the new
features and tools of Windows. You can access the Welcome Center
later by clicking Start
> Getting Started.
Internet security offer
It is vital to protect your computer from viruses and attacks over the
Internet (see Security on page 40). An comprehensive Internet security
suite, including a free trial subscription period, is offered when you
first start your computer. You should activate this protection before
connecting to the Internet. This security suite protects your computer
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from the most recent online threats and protects your personal data
(bank account credentials, credit card numbers, passwords, and more).
Productivity software
Work Great with Microsoft® Office 2010 - Express your ideas, solve
problems and simplify everyday projects with Office 2010.
Photo editing - Easily edit and print your photos with Windows Live
Photo Gallery. Then share them on Facebook, YouTube™ or Windows
Live.
Search & Decide with Bing™ - Find and organize the answers you
need using Bing™, so you can make faster, more informed decisions.
Gateway Recovery Management
To prepare your computer for system recovery options, you should
create a set of recovery discs as soon as possible. See page 67 for more
information.
Playing multimedia files
You may use the media software on your computer to play music,
films or photo slide-shows and watch television (if your computer has
a TV tuner). Other options allow you to create CDs or DVDs.
One or more media programs are installed on your computer,
Windows Media Player and optionally Windows Media Center are
provided by Microsoft. Other media programs may have been
installed by Gateway to provide an improved media experience.
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Windows Media Player
Windows Media Player may be used to play MP3 or WMA audio files,
CDs or most video files.
Note: It is not recommended that you use Windows Media Player
to play DVD movies. Other media players (such as Windows Media
Center) provide additional playback options.
Windows Media Center (optional)
Certain computers include allin-one media ‘centers’ such as
Windows Media Center. These
programs can handle a variety
of
multimedia
content,
presented with simple menus
that may be easily controlled
with a remote control. You
may watch live or recorded TV
(if your computer has a TV
tuner), listen to digital music, view pictures and personal videos,
create CDs and DVDs, or access content from online services.
To start the media program installed on your computer, click on Start
> Windows Media Center.
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Setup
Caution: If your computer includes a remote control or TV tuner
they must be connected and active before starting the media
program for the first time.
The first time you start the media program, it will start a setup wizard,
which will configure some basic settings. If available, select the
Express setup option, you may then configure additional options as
needed.
Note: If you have an Internet connection, the Guide (Electronic
Program Guide) allows you to view a list of current TV shows. This
shows channel and network information, as well as the title,
description and scheduled broadcast time of shows.
Cyberlink PowerDVD (optional)
If your computer does not include Windows Media Center, or it is
equipped with a Blu-ray drive, you may watch movies with PowerDVD.
You may start PowerDVD by inserting a disc and waiting for the
program to start automatically.
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AutoPlay
The Windows AutoPlay function allows
you to choose the way Windows
handles media files on devices with
removable storage (digital camera, CD,
DVD, etc).
If you have inserted a disk that contains
files (such as a DVD, USB key or memory
card), Windows will display a dialog box
and ask you to choose how you want to
open the files.
For example, if you have inserted an audio CD or a DVD movie,
Windows will automatically display a dialog box and ask you to
choose how you want to play it. If Windows asks you to select a DVD
player, we recommend that you always choose the DVD player
included with your software collection (e.g. PowerDVD or Windows
Media Player).
Playing downloaded files
Downloaded files may work with the media programs installed on
your computer, or may require specific programs. Files that include
DRM functions may only play in specific programs (e.g. iTunes,
Windows Media Player) or only on devices certified for use with the
each type of file. Other formats may require a specific audio or video
codec that may not have been installed on your computer.
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Codecs
A codec is software that is used to compress or decompress a digital
media file, such as a song or video. Windows Media Player and other
programs use codecs to play and create digital media files.
For example, when you rip a song from an audio CD to your
computer, the player uses the Windows Media Audio codec to
compress the song into a compact WMA file. When you play that
WMA file (or any WMA file that might be streamed from a Web site),
the media player uses the Windows Media Audio codec to decompress
the file so the music can be played through your speakers.
Why do I get a message that says my computer is missing a codec?
If you get a message that says that your computer is missing a codec, it
may be because you are using a file that was compressed using a codec
that Windows or the media player does not include by default. In many
cases, you can download and install the missing codec by clicking on
the Web Help button in the error message.
Please also see Windows Help and Support for more information.
Playing DVD movies
You can play DVD movies on your computer.
1. Insert the DVD.
Important! When you launch the DVD player for the first time, the
program asks you to enter the region code. DVD content is coded
with one of six regions. Please refer to the table below for DVD
movie region code information.
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Once your DVD drive is set to a region code, it will play DVD discs
of that region only. You can set the region code a maximum of
five times (including the first time), after which the last region
code set will remain permanent. Recovering your hard disk does
not reset the number of times the region code has been set.
2. The DVD movie will automatically play after a few seconds.
Region code
Country or region
1
USA, Canada
2
Europe, Middle East, South Africa, Japan
3
Southeast Asia, Taiwan, South Korea
4
Latin America, Australia, New Zealand
5
Former USSR, parts of Africa, India
6
People's Republic of China
Note: To change the region code, insert a DVD movie of a
different region into the DVD drive. Please refer to the online help
for more information.
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INTERNET
FIRST STEPS ON THE NET
Protecting your computer
It is vital to protect your computer from viruses and attacks over the
Internet (see Internet security offer on page 25 and Security on page
40). A comprehensive Internet security program is offered when you
first start your computer. You should activate this protection as soon
as possible, certainly before you connect to the Internet.
Choose an Internet Service Provider
Using the Internet has become a natural part of daily
computing. Just a few simple steps can connect you
to a vast collection of knowledge and communication
tools. To accomplish these steps you should first select
an Internet Service Provider (ISP), which supplies the
connection between your computer and the Internet.
You should research the ISPs available in your region,
not forgetting to talk to friends and family about their experiences or
to check reviews and consumer reports. The ISP you select will provide
instructions on how to connect to the Internet (you may need
additional software or a special ‘box’ that connects to your phone
line).
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Connection types
Depending on your computer model, your location and your
communication needs, you have several ways to connect to the Internet.
Dial-up
Some computers include a telephone dial-up (‘modem’) connector.
This allows you to connect to the Internet using your telephone line.
With a dial-up connection, you cannot use the modem and the
telephone simultaneously on a single phone line. This type of
connection is recommended only if you have limited use of the
Internet as the connection speed is low and connection time is
typically charged per hour.
DSL (e.g. ADSL)
DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) is an ‘always-on’ connection that runs
over the phone line. As DSL and phone do not use the same
frequencies, you can use your telephone at the same time you are
connected to the Internet (this requires a ‘micro-filter’ on each
telephone socket to avoid interference). To be eligible for DSL, you
must be located near an DSL-equipped phone exchange (service is
sometimes unavailable in rural areas). Connection speeds vary
depending on your location, but DSL generally provides very fast and
reliable Internet connection. As the connection is always-on, it is
generally charged at fixed monthly rates.
Note: A DSL connection requires an appropriate modem. A modem
is usually provided by the ISP when you register. Many of these
modems include an ‘router’ that provides network and wi-fi access.
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Cable
A cable connection provides fast and always-on Internet service via a
cable television line. This service is generally available in large cities.
You can use your telephone and watch cable TV at the same time you
are connected to the Internet.
Network connections
A LAN (Local Area Network) is a group of computers (for example,
within an office building or home) that share a common
communications line and resources. When you set up a network, you
can share files, peripheral devices (such as a printer) and an Internet
connection. You can set up a LAN using wired technologies (such as
Ethernet) or wireless technologies (such as WiFi or Bluetooth).
Wireless networks
A wireless LAN or WLAN is a wireless local area network, which may
link two or more computers without using wires. Setting up a wireless
network is easy and allows you to share files, peripheral devices and
an Internet connection.
What are benefits of a wireless network?
Mobility
Wireless LAN systems allow you and other users of your home
network to share access to files and devices connected to the network,
for example a printer or scanner.
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Also you can share an internet connection with other computers in
your home.
Installation speed and simplicity
Installing a wireless LAN system can be fast and easy and eliminates
the need to pull cables through walls and ceilings.
Components of a wireless LAN
To set up your Wireless network at home you need to have the
following:
Access point (router)
Access points (routers) are two-way transceivers that broadcast data
into the surrounding environment. Access points act as a mediator
between wired and wireless network. Most routers have a built-in DSL
modem that will allow you access to a high speed DSL internet
connection. The ISP (Internet Service Provider) you have chosen
normally supplies a modem/router with the subscription to their
services. Read carefully the documentation supplied with your Access
point/router for detailed setup instructions.
Network cable (RJ45)
A network cable (also called RJ45 cable) is used to connect the host
computer to the access point (see illustration below); this type of cable
may also be used to connect peripheral devices to the access point.
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Wireless adapter
This is connected to the computer that
you wish to connect to your network,
there are different types of wireless
adapter available, the most common
are:
USB WiFi adapter: Connects to a free
USB port on your computer.
Wireless Expansion Card: This card is installed inside your computer in
an available expansion slot.
Diagram of a working network
1. Access point/router
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3. Modem
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6. PDA/Smartphone
7. Network
(RJ45)
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Turning on/off a wireless network connection
If your computer has wireless access, but does not feature a
Communication button, you may turn your wireless network on or off,
or control what is shared over the network with the network
management options. Click on Start
> Control Panel > Network
and Internet > Network and Sharing Center.
Surf the Net!
To surf the Internet, you need a program called an
Internet browser. Internet Explorer provides an easy
and secure web browsing experience. As soon as you
have your Internet access installed and you are
connected, click on the Internet Explorer shortcut
located on the Windows desktop and take your
Internet experience to a new level!
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Internet Explorer features
The image below shows the Internet Explorer browser’s start page. A
brief description of some key aspects of the browser are listed below.
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1. Quick tabs: Select and navigate through open tabs by displaying
thumbnails of them all in a single window.
2. Favorites Center: Manage your favorite websites, your browsing
history and your RSS Feed subscriptions in just a few clicks.
3. Bing Bar: Search the web and use Bing tools to alert you of news, fill
forms automatically, stay safe online and more.
4. Back and Forward buttons: Navigate through pages you have
already visited.
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5. Address bar: Type in an Internet address (e.g. www.gateway.com)
and press the Enter key on your keyboard, this will take you directly
to the address you typed.
6. Tabs: View multiple sites in a single browser window by switching
from one site to another through tabs at the top of the browser
frame.
7. RSS feeds: Allow you to keep up with your favorite websites in an
automated manner. An icon on the toolbar indicates that the site
offers a subscription feed that will notify you when content is
updated. Your browser delivers the information to your Favorites
Center. Now you can read news headlines, sports scores, etc. as soon
as they arrive.
8. Reduce, maximize or close the window.
9. Instant Search Box: Search the web without having to open a search
provider page. You can customize your search by setting your
favorite search provider as the default. Use the dropdown list to
choose a provider.
10.Link to the Help menu: click to access the Internet Explorer Help
section. There you can find information about Internet Explorer and
take the Internet Explorer Tour. You may also press F1 on your
keyboard.
Caution: Internet Explorer includes a Phishing Filter that warns
you about and helps to protect you from potential or known
fraudulent websites (sites that look legitimate but actually are
designed to capture your personal information). The address bar
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will turn yellow and a warning message will be displayed if you
visit a suspected phishing site.
Gateway website
To get you started why not visit our website, www.gateway.com.
Gateway is dedicated to provide you with on-going personalized
support. Check out our Support section to get help tailored to your
needs.
www.gateway.com is your portal to a world of online activities and
services: visit us regularly for the latest information and downloads!
Security
You are probably eager to explore everything the Internet has to
offer. In order for you to be safe online, Gateway has pre-installed
Symantec’s award-winning Norton Internet Security™ on your
computer.
Norton Internet Security runs quietly in the background to block
today’s complex threats and protect your identity when you shop,
bank, or browse online.
Norton Internet Security blocks online identity theft, detects and
eliminates spyware, removes viruses and Internet worms, protects
against hackers.
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Definitions
What is a virus?
Malicious software, typically called ‘viruses’, are programs designed to
infect and damage computers. Most viruses are transmitted over the
Internet, emails or malicious Web sites. A typical virus will replicate
and pass itself undetected to multiple computers. Other forms of
nuisance, such as Trojan horses, worms or spam can infect your
computer in various ways, using up resources or clogging up a
network.
Note: Gateway guarantees that your computer was 100% virus
free at the time of purchase and does not cover damages due to
viruses.
What is spyware?
Spyware refers to generally unwanted programs that are downloaded
onto your computer while connected to the Internet, often without
you knowing it. Once it has infected your computer, it can snoop on
your browsing activity, collect personal information, cause pop-up ads
to appear, or even change the configuration of your computer.
Spyware consumes resources on your computer; it can slow down your
Internet connection or entire computer system, and even cause
crashes.
Spyware is sometimes used by unscrupulous companies to monitor
and track the sites you visit on the Internet so as to determine your
web-surfing habits and display targeted pop-up ads on your screen.
However, some kinds of spyware go beyond simple tracking and
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actually monitor keystrokes and capture passwords, posing a serious
security risk.
What is malware?
Malicious software, also known as malware, is software designed to
deliberately harm your computer. For example, viruses, worms, and
Trojan horses are malicious software. To help protect your computer
against malware, make sure it is using up-to-date antivirus and antimalware software.
What is a personal firewall?
A personal firewall is a software program designed to prevent
unauthorized access to or from a private network. It acts as a shield to
protect your Internet connection from unwanted connections, some
of which may attempt to take control of your computer to install or
re-distribute viruses or malicious programs. Each connection to your
computer is monitored - programs that attempt to receive
information without your permission are detected and the firewall
will display an alert. You can then decide if you will allow the
connection, if the connection is to a program you are currently using
then normally you would allow it (i.e. a game connecting to a multiplayer server or an encyclopaedia making a content update).
How to protect your computer
Cybercrime prevention can be straight-forward - when armed with a
little technical advice and common sense, many attacks can be
avoided. In general, online criminals are trying to make their money
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as quickly and easily as possible. The more difficult you make their job,
the more likely they are to leave you alone and move on to an easier
target. The tips below provide basic information on how you can
prevent online fraud.
Keep your computer current with the latest patches and updates
One of the best ways to keep attackers away from your computer is to
apply patches and other software fixes when they become available.
By regularly updating your computer, you block attackers from being
able to take advantage of software flaws (vulnerabilities) that they
could otherwise use to break into your system.
While keeping your computer up-to-date will not protect you from all
attacks, it makes it much more difficult for hackers to gain access to
your system, blocks many basic and automated attacks completely,
and might be enough to discourage less-determined attackers, so they
will give up and look for a more vulnerable computer elsewhere.
More recent versions of Microsoft Windows and other popular
software can be configured to download and apply updates
automatically so that you do not have to remember to check for the
latest software. Taking advantage of auto-update features in your
software is a great start toward keeping yourself safe online.
Protect your computer with security software
Several types of security software are necessary for basic online
security. Security software essentials include firewall and antivirus
programs. A firewall is usually your computer's first line of defense-it
controls who and what can communicate with your computer online.
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You could think of a firewall as a sort of "policeman" that watches all
the data attempting to flow in and out of your computer on the
Internet, allowing communications that it knows are safe and
blocking "bad" traffic such as attacks from ever reaching your
computer.
The next line of defense many times is your antivirus software, which
monitors all online activities such as email messages and Web
browsing and protects an individual from viruses, worms, Trojan horse
and other types of malicious programs. Your antivirus and
antispyware software should be configured to update itself, and it
should do so every time you connect to the Internet.
Integrated security suites such as Norton Internet Security, which
combine firewall, antivirus, antispyware with other features such as
antispam and parental controls, have become popular as they offer all
the security software needed for online protection in a single
package. Many people find using a comprehensive security suite an
attractive alternative to installing, configuring and updating several
different types of security software.
A complete version of Norton Internet Security™ is pre-installed on
your Gateway system. It includes a free trial subscription to protection
updates. Make sure you Activate it!
Choose strong passwords and keep them safe
Passwords are a fact of life on the Internet today; we use them for
everything from ordering flowers and online banking to logging into
our favorite airline Web site to see how many miles we have
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accumulated. The following tips can help make your online
experiences secure:
• Selecting a password that cannot be easily guessed is the first step
toward keeping passwords secure and out of the wrong hands.
Strong passwords have eight characters or more and use a
combination of letters, numbers and symbols (e.g., # $ % ! ?). Avoid
using any of the following as your password: your login name,
anything based on your personal information such as your last
name, and words that can be found in the dictionary, especially
"password". Try to select especially strong, unique passwords for
protecting activities like online banking.
• Keep your passwords in a safe place and try not to use the same
password for every service you use online.
• Change passwords on a regular basis, at least every 90 days. This can
limit the damage caused by someone who has already gained access
to your account. If you notice something suspicious with one of your
online accounts, one of the first steps you can take is to change your
password.
Protect your personal information
Exercise caution when sharing personal information such as your
name, home address, phone number, and email address online. To
take advantage of many online services, you will inevitably have to
provide personal information in order to handle billing and shipping
of purchased goods. Since not divulging any personal information is
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rarely possible, the following list contains some advice for how to
share personal information safely online:
• Keep an eye out for phony email messages. Things that indicate a
message may be fraudulent are misspellings, poor grammar, odd
phrasings, Web site addresses with strange extensions, Web site
addresses that are entirely numbers where there are normally
words, and anything else out of the ordinary. Additionally, phishing
messages will often tell you that you have to act quickly to keep
your account open, update your security, or urge you to provide
information immediately or else something bad will happen. Don't
take the bait.
• Don't respond to email messages that ask for personal information.
Legitimate companies will not use email messages to ask for your
personal information. When in doubt, contact the company by
phone or by typing in the company Web address into your Web
browser. Don't click on the links in these messages as they make
take you to fraudulent, malicious Web sites.
• Steer clear of fraudulent Web sites used to steal personal
information. When visiting a Web site, type the address (URL)
directly into the Web browser rather than following a link within an
email or instant message. Fraudsters often forge these links to make
them look convincing.
A shopping, banking or any other Web site where sensitive
information should have an "S" after the letters "http" (i.e. https://
www.yourbank.com not http://www.yourbank.com). The "s" stands
for secure and should appear when you are in an area requesting
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you to login or provide other sensitive data. Another sign that you
have a secure connection is the small lock icon in the bottom of your
web browser (usually the right-hand corner).
• Pay attention to privacy policies on Web sites and in software. It is
important to understand how an organization might collect and use
your personal information before you share it with them.
• Guard your email address. Spammers and "phishers" sometimes
send millions of messages to email addresses that may or may not
exist in hopes of finding a potential victim. Responding to these
messages or even downloading images ensures you will be added to
their lists for more of the same messages in the future. Also be
careful when posting your email address online in newsgroups,
blogs or online communities.
Online offers that look too good to be true usually are
The old saying "there's no such thing as a free lunch" still rings true
today. Supposedly "free" software such as screen savers or smileys,
secret investment tricks sure to make you untold fortunes, and
contests that you've surprisingly won without entering are the
enticing hooks used by companies to grab your attention.
While you may not directly pay for the software or service with
money, the free software or service you asked for may have been
bundled with advertising software ("adware") that tracks your
behavior and displays unwanted advertisements. You may have to
divulge personal information or purchase something else in order to
claim your supposed content winnings. If an offer looks so good it's
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hard to believe, ask for someone else's opinion, read the fine print, or
even better, simply ignore it.
Review bank and credit card statements regularly
The impact of identity theft and online crimes can be greatly reduced
if you can catch it shortly after your data is stolen or when the first use
of your information is attempted. One of the easiest ways to get the
tip-off that something has gone wrong is by reviewing the monthly
statements provided by your bank and credit card companies for
anything out of the ordinary.
Additionally, many banks and services use fraud prevention systems
that call out unusual purchasing behavior (i.e. if you live in Texas and
all of the sudden start buying refrigerators in Budapest). In order to
confirm these out of the ordinary purchases, they might call you and
ask you to confirm them. Don't take these calls lightly; this is your hint
that something bad may have happened and you should take
necessary action.
Protect your computer with Windows security tools
Windows provides a variety of protection applications.
Windows Action Center
Windows provides a central area from where you can control the
security settings of your computer, helping you to protect it from
Internet attacks and ensuring that the latest security updates have
been downloaded and installed on your computer.
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To open the Action Center, click on Start
and Security > Action Center.
> Control Panel > System
Alternatively, if a security alert
has been reported (in the
Notification Area, next to the
clock) then you can click on the
notification balloon or doubleclick on the small Security Alert
icon.
The Action Center indicates the
status and settings used for
important applications that
protect your computer. In
addition Windows Firewall, Windows Defender and Windows
Automatic Updates are provided by Microsoft as part of a
comprenhesive system to defend your computer. The antivirus
application varies according to the program installed on your
computer.
Windows Firewall
Windows has a firewall that protects your computer when connected
to the Internet. It stops programs from accessing the Internet without
your permission.
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Certain programs need access
to the Internet to function
properly, or even to function
at all. If this is the case, you
will usually be asked to allow
access when you install a
program, or the first time you
use it. To check firewall
settings, click on Start
>
Control Panel > System and
Security > Windows Firewall.
Note: When you first start to use a Firewall it is in a ‘Learning
mode’, you may see pop-up windows alerting you that certain
programs you know and trust wish to access the internet. After a
period of time the Firewall will know your list of trusted programs
and won’t ask for permission the next time the program tries to
connect to the internet. The Firewall also protects your computer
from programs from the internet trying to access your computer;
this sometimes is necessary to allow access for program updates,
downloads, etc.
Caution: Please note that most security software suites provide
similar functionality and will disable Windows Firewall in order to
improve system performance.
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Windows Updates
If you have an active Internet connection, Windows can check for
important updates for your computer and install them automatically.
These updates include security patches and program updates that can
improve your computing experience and help protect your computer
against new viruses and attacks.
Windows Defender
Windows
Defender
helps
protect your computer against
malicious
and
unwanted
software, such as spyware and
adware. Windows Defender is
installed and turned on by
default.
To help protect your privacy
and your computer, Windows
Defender includes real-time
protection options. Real-time
protection alerts you when
spyware and other potentially unwanted software attempt to install
themselves or run on your computer. You are also alerted if programs
attempt to change important Windows settings.
Note: Windows Defender works with your Windows Update
settings to automatically install the latest definitions.
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Caution: Please note that most security software suites provide
similar functionality and will disable Windows Defender in order
to improve system performance.
User Account Control
The User Accounts control panel can help prevent unauthorized
changes to your computer. User Accounts will ask you for permission
or an administrator password before performing actions that could
potentially affect your computer's operation or that change settings
that affect other users. When you see a User Account message, read it
carefully, and then make sure the name of the action or program
that's about to start is one that you intended to start.
By verifying these actions before they start, User Account settings can
help prevent malicious software (malware) and spyware from
installing or making changes to your computer without permission.
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To access User Account settings, click on Start
User Accounts and Family Safety > User Accounts.
> Control Panel >
Note: You may turn off the User Account Control Messages (not
recommended) in the User Account Control settings window.
Internet Explorer security settings
Internet sites use small files called cookies to keep track of user
preferences and information. You can adjust your Internet browser's
security settings to determine how much -or how little- information
you are willing to accept from a Web site.
To access Internet Explorer security settings:
1. In Internet Explorer, click on Tools > Internet Options.
2. In the Privacy tab, move the slider up or down to select a setting.
How do I know when my computer is at risk?
If the Action Center reports an alert, or if your computer behaves
erratically, crashes unexpectedly or if some of your programs do not
work correctly, your computer may be infected by malicious software.
However, do not blame every computer problem on a virus! If you
suspect your computer is infected, the first thing to do is update, if
you have not already done so, and run your antivirus and antispyware software.
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HELPDESK
SAFE COMPUTING
To make the most of your new computer and ensure it runs smoothly
for a long time, you should use the programs below and regularly
perform the actions described in this guide.
Maintenance
Recommended maintenance tasks
There are several tasks you should perform periodically (about once
per month) to ensure your computer stays in good health:
Error checking
Using the Check Disk tool regularly prevents your system from getting
unreliable and information getting lost. It checks and repairs two
types of errors:
• file system errors, such as fragmented files that were not deleted
and files with invalid sizes or dates;
• physical errors, which may occur on your hard disk as it wears out
over time.
1. Click on Start
> Computer. Right-click on the Gateway (C:) icon
and select Properties.
2. Click on Tools and Check Now in the Error-checking section.
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3. Tick Automatically fix file system errors in the options area. If you
tick Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors, your computer
will carry out the physical error checking when you next restart your
computer. Click on Start to proceed.
Disk Cleanup
The Disk Cleanup Wizard helps
free up space on your disk drive.
It searches your drive and displays
unused files, such as temporary
Internet files, files in the Recycle
Bin and other temporary files
that you may safely delete.
1. Click on Start
> Computer.
Right-click on the Gateway icon
and select Properties.
2. Select the General tab and click
on the Disk Cleanup button
(next to the diagram of the disk
drive.
3. Tick each category in the Files
to delete area you wish to
delete and click on OK.
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Disk Defragmenter
With the creation and deletion of files over time, scattering occurs all
over the hard disk area and affects performance. The Disk
Defragmenter helps you rearrange the items stored on your hard
drive to make your computer run faster and more efficiently.
Running the Disk Defragmenter once a month (depending on
computer usage) will decrease wear and tear on your hard drive and
thus decrease the chance of a fault developing at a later date.
1. Perform a Disk Cleanup and
close all open programs.
2. Click on Start
> Computer.
Right-click on the Gateway
icon and select Properties.
3. Click on Tools and Defragment
now....
4. Click on the volume you want
to defragment and click on
Defragment to start. The
whole process may take
several hours to complete. It is best not to use your computer while
running the Disk Defragmenter as any changes on your system may
cause the process to restart. If your hard disk is divided into several
partitions you should perform the same action for each partition.
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Manage your hard disk drive (HDD)
Check the remaining free space on your hard disk drive
1. Click on Start
> Computer.
2. Right-click on the Gateway icon and select
Properties.
3. The Hard Disk Properties window displays the
amount of used space and free space on your
hard disk. If your hard disk is almost full (less
than 200 MB remaining), you should consider
freeing some space.
To see easily how much space is used and how
much is left, simply place your pointer over the
hard disk drive icon. The information will
automatically appear.
Free some Space on your hard disk drive
1. Empty the Recycle Bin: When you delete a file
from your computer, Windows places it in the
Recycle Bin. All the deleted files remain there
until you decide to permanently delete them
from your computer or to restore them to their
original location. Double-click on the Recycle
Bin on the Windows desktop and click on Empty
Recycle Bin or select only the items you want to delete. Items
deleted from external devices, such as memory cards, do not go to
the Recycle Bin, they are permanently deleted.
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2. Uninstall the programs you no longer use:
Click on Start
Features.
> Control Panel > Programs > Programs and
3. Archive files on an external hard disk drive, recordable CDs or DVDs
(if your computer is equipped with a CD or DVD writer) and delete
them from the hard disk.
Run Windows System Tools
Windows includes some convenient tools to keep your computer in
good shape. Use these tools on a regular basis to maintain a reliable
and speedy system! To make it easier, System Tools includes a
Scheduled Tasks utility, which you can customize to run specific tasks
regularly.
To access the list of System Tools, click Start
> All Programs, then the
Accessories folder in the list of programs and finally select System Tools.
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Windows System Restore.
System Restore monitors changes to your computer and automatically
creates restore points that store your computer’s configuration each
time a major change occurs (such as installing programs). It can undo
harmful changes to your computer and restore settings and
performance without removing your personal data files (such as
documents, browsing history, photos, favorites, or emails).
Note: If you only need to uninstall a program, do not use System
Restore. To uninstall a program use Programs and Features in the
Control Panel.
To start System Restore from the Windows desktop:
Click Start
Restore.
> All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System
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If you cannot access the Windows desktop:
1. Press the Alt+F10 key upon start-up when the Gateway logo
appears. This will open the Recovery Program.
2. Select Windows System Restore and click Next. Your computer will
automatically restart and open System Restore.
System Restore options
Restore your computer to an earlier time
This option will return to your computer to how it was on an earlier
date, without affecting your personal documents or emails (it will not
restore lost documents either). By default Windows saves snapshots of
itself when major changes are made to the Operating System (e.g.
driver installations or specific software). This is useful when a driver
installation failed, or when you changed a system setting, and it did
not work.
1. Click Next.
2. Select from the list the date when the restore point was created and
click Next.
3. In the confirmation screen, click on Finish to restore the computer to
the selected date and time.
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Create a Restore Point
Windows creates restore points automatically at regularly scheduled
times or before certain programs or drivers are installed. This option
allows you to create your own restore points when you need to.
1. Click Start
> Control Panel > System and Security > System. Click
on System protection in the sidebar and then click the Create...
button.
2. Enter a description to identify this restore point. System Restore
automatically adds the date and time to this name.
3. To finish, click on Create.
Undo the last restoration
If the system fails after restoring the computer to a certain date, you
can use this option to undo the restoration.
Alternately, you can use Last Known Good Configuration to restore
the system to your most recent settings that worked.
1. Restart the computer, press F8 to access advanced startup options.
2. Use the arrow keys to highlight Last Known Good Configuration
and press Enter.
Updates
As new viruses, worms, and other threats are discovered every day,
keeping your security applications and operating system up-to-date is
crucial.
To keep your computer safe and reliable:
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• Perform updates when prompted by Windows Action Center.
• Use Microsoft Windows Automatic Updates.
• Run Windows Update.
Internet security
Norton Internet Security, combined with other security applications
can protect your computer from Internet attacks and ensure that the
latest security updates have been downloaded and installed on your
computer. Norton Internet Security performs automatic updates
through Live Update. You can also start a manual update from the
main interface of Norton Internet Security and the Live Update link.
Operating system, software and drivers
Windows Update can help you
keep your computer up-to-date.
It allows you to choose and
download updates for your
computer's operating system,
software, and hardware.
New content is added to
Windows Update regularly, so
you can always get the most
recent updates and solutions to
protect your computer and keep it running smoothly.
• Start
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> Control Panel > System and Security > Windows Update.
Windows Remote Assistance
Remote Assistance allows a Windows user to temporarily take over a
remote Windows computer over a network or the internet to resolve
issues. Remote Assistance makes it possible to diagnose and repair
problems with a computer without personally visiting it.
You can access Remote Assistance by clicking on Start
> All
Programs > Maintenance > Windows Remote Assistance. Upon
launching Remote Assistance, you will see a screen giving you the
choice of either inviting someone to help you or offering to help
someone.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The following questions indicate possible situations that may arise
during the use of your computer and each is followed by easy answers
and solutions.
I pressed the power button but the system did not boot up.
Check the LED on the power button.
If the LED is not lit, no power is being applied to the system. Try the
following:
• Check if you properly plugged the power cable into an electrical
outlet.
• If you are using a power strip, make sure it is plugged in and turned
on.
If the LED is lit, check the following:
• The operating system files may be damaged or missing. Insert the
startup disc you created during Windows setup into the ODD and
press <Ctrl> + <Alt> + <Del> to restart your computer. This will
automatically diagnose your system and make necessary fixes.
However, if the diagnostic utility still reports a problem, then you
may have to perform the recovery process to restore your system to
its original default factory settings.
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Nothing appears on the screen.
Your computer's power management function automatically blanks the
screen to save power. Press any key to turn the display back on.
If pressing a key does not work, you can restart your computer.
If there is still nothing on the screen, check cables and connections:
• Make sure the monitor is connected to a power outlet and that it is
turned on.
• Make sure that the monitor is correctly connected to the computer.
If these steps do not work, contact your dealer or technical support
center for assistance.
The printer does not work.
Do the following:
• Make sure the printer is connected to a power outlet and that it is
turned on.
• Make sure the printer is correctly connected to the computer.
• For additional information concerning the printer, refer to the
printer's documentation.
No sound comes out from the computer.
Check the following:
• The volume may be muted. Look for the Volume icon on the
taskbar. If it is crossed-out, click on the icon and deselect the Mute
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option. You can also press the volume control/mute knob on your
USB keyboard to toggle from mute to sound on.
• If headphones, earphones or external speakers are connected to the
line-out jack of your computer, the internal or built-in speakers are
automatically turned off.
System cannot read hard disk or optical disc drive information.
Check the following:
• Make sure you are using the correct type of disk.
• Make sure the disc is inserted into the drive correctly.
• Check if the disc is clean and unscratched.
• Check your drive by using a good (undamaged) disc. If your drive
can not read the information on the good disc there may be a
problem with the drive. Contact your dealer or technical support
center for assistance.
System cannot write data on the hard disk or disc.
Check the following:
Make sure the disk is not write-protected.
Make sure you are using the correct type of disc.
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R E C OV E R Y
GATEWAY RECOVERY MANAGEMENT
If your computer experiences problems that are not recoverable by
other methods, you may need to reinstall the Windows operating
system and factory-loaded software and drivers. To ensure you can
recover your computer when needed, you should create a recovery
backup as soon as possible.
Creating recovery discs
To reinstall using discs, you must create a set of recovery discs
beforehand. Throughout the process, you will be guided by on-screen
instructions. Please read them carefully!
1. Click on Start
> All Programs > Gateway, then click on Gateway
Recovery Management.
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2. To create recovery discs for the hard drive’s entire original contents,
including Windows and all factory-loaded software and drivers, click
Create Factory Default Disc.
- OR To create recovery discs for only the factory-loaded software and
drivers, click Create Drivers and Applications Backup Disc.
Important: We recommend that you create each type of recovery
disc as soon as possible.
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The Create Factory Default Backup dialog box opens.
This dialog box tells you the number of blank, recordable discs you
will need to complete the recovery discs. Make sure that you have the
required number of identical, blank discs ready before continuing.
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3. Insert a blank disc into the drive indicated in the Backup to list, then
click Next. You will be shown the backup progress on the screen.
The drive ejects each disc as it completes burning it.
4. Remove the disc from the drive and mark it with a permanent
marker.
Important: Write a unique, descriptive label on each disc, such as
‘Windows Recovery Disc 1 of 2’ or ‘Apps/Drivers Recovery disc’.
Make sure you keep the discs in a safe place that you will
remember.
5. If multiple discs are required, insert a new disc when prompted,
then click OK. Continue until the process is complete.
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RECOVERING YOUR SYSTEM
If Gateway support did not help fix your problem, you can use the
Gateway Recovery Management program. This will restore your
computer to the same state as when you purchased it, while giving
you an option to retain all settings and personal data for later
retrieval.
To recover your system:
1. Perform minor fixes.
If only one or two items of software or hardware have stopped
working correctly, the problem may be solved by reinstalling the
software or the device drivers.
To recover software and drivers that were pre-installed at the
factory, see “Recovering pre-installed software and drivers” on page
72.
For instructions on reinstalling software and drivers that were not
pre-installed, see that product’s documentation or technical support
Web site.
2. Revert to a previous system condition.
If reinstalling software or drivers does not help, then the problem
may be solved by returning your system to a previous state when
everything was working correctly.
For instructions, see “Returning to a previous system condition” on
page 73.
3. Reset your system to its factory condition.
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If nothing else has solved the problem and you want to reset your
system to factory condition, see “Returning your system to its factory
condition” on page 74.
Types of recovery
Recovering pre-installed software and drivers
As a troubleshooting step, you may need to reinstall the software and
device drivers that came pre-installed on your computer from the
factory. You can recover using either your hard drive or the backup
you have created.
• New software - If you need to recover software that did not come
pre-installed on your computer, you need to follow that software’s
installation instructions.
• New device drivers - If you need to recover device drivers that did
not come pre-installed on your computer, follow the instructions
provided with the device.
To recover your pre-installed software and drivers:
1. Click on Start
> All Programs > Gateway, then click on Gateway
Recovery Management. Gateway Recovery Management opens.
- OR If you are recovering from your driver and application recovery
backup, insert it into the disc drive, then go to Step 3 after the
Gateway Application Recovery main menu opens.
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2. Click on the Restore tab, then click Reinstall Drivers or Applications.
The Gateway Application Recovery main menu opens.
3. Click on Contents. A list of software and device drivers opens.
4. Click on the install icon for the item you want to install, then follow
the on-screen prompts to complete the installation. Repeat this step
for each item you want to reinstall.
Returning to a previous system condition
Microsoft System Restore periodically takes ’snapshots’ of your system
settings and saves them as restore points. In most cases of hard-toresolve software problems, you can return to one of these restore
points to get your system running again.
Windows automatically creates an additional restore point each day,
and also each time you install software or device drivers.
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Help: For more information about using Microsoft System Restore,
click Start, then click Help and Support. Type windows system
restore in the Search Help box, then press Enter.
To return to a restore point:
1. Click on Start
> Control Panel > System and Security > Action
Center, then click on Recovery.
2. Click on Open System Restore, then Next.
3. Click on he restore point you want, click on Next, then Finish. A
confirmation message box appears.
4. Click on Yes. Your system is restored using the restore point you
specified. This process may take several minutes, and may restart
your computer.
Returning your system to its factory condition
If your computer experiences problems that are not recoverable by
other methods, you may need to reinstall everything to return your
system to its factory condition. You can reinstall using either your
hard drive or the recovery discs you have created.
Caution: This complete recovery deletes everything on your hard
drive, then reinstalls Windows and all software and drivers that
were pre-installed on your system. If you can access important files
on your hard drive, back them up now.
• If you can still run Windows, see “Recovering from within Windows”
below.
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• If you cannot run Windows and your original hard drive is still
working, see “Recovering from the hard drive during startup” on
page 76.
• If you cannot run Windows and your original hard drive has been
completely re-formatted or you have installed a replacement hard
drive, see “Recovering from your recovery discs” on page 76.
Recovering from within Windows
To reinstall Windows and all pre-installed software and drivers:
1. Click on Start
> All Programs > Gateway, then click on Gateway
Recovery Management. Gateway Recovery Management opens.
2. Click on the Restore tab, then Restore system to factory default. The
Confirm Restoration dialog box opens.
3. Click on Yes, then Start. A dialog box displays information about the
hard drive that the operating system will be recovered to.
Caution: Continuing the process will erase all files on your hard
drive.
4. Click on OK. The recovery process begins by restarting your
computer, then continues by copying files to your hard drive. This
process may take a while, but a Gateway Recovery Management
screen shows you its progress.
When the recovery has finished, a dialog box prompts you to restart
your computer.
5. Click on OK. Your computer restarts.
6. Follow the on-screen prompts for first-time system setup.
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Recovering from the hard drive during startup
To reinstall Windows and all pre-installed software and drivers:
1. Turn on your computer, then press Alt+F10 during startup. Gateway
Recovery Management opens.
2. Click on Restore system from factory default.
Caution: Continuing the process will erase all files on your hard
drive.
3. Click on Next. Your hard drive’s original, factory-loaded contents
are recovered. This process will take several minutes.
Recovering from your recovery discs
To reinstall Windows and all pre-installed software and drivers:
1. Turn on your computer, insert the first system recovery disc into
your optical disc drive, then restart your computer.
Caution: Continuing the process will erase all files on your hard
drive.
2. If it is not already enabled, you must enable the F12 Boot Menu:
1. Press F2 when starting your computer.
2. Use the left or right arrow keys to select the Main menu.
3. Press the down key until F12 Boot Menu is selected, press F5 to
change this setting to Enabled.
4. Use the left or right arrow keys to select the Exit menu.
5. Select Save Changes and Exit and press Enter. Select OK to
confirm.
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6. Your computer will restart.
3. During startup, press F12 to open the boot menu. The boot menu
allows you to select which device to start from, such as the hard
drive or an optical disc.
4. Use your arrow keys to select the line CDROM/DVD (this line may
start with ’IDE 1...’), then press Enter. Windows installs from the
recovery disc you inserted.
5. Insert the second recovery disc when prompted, then follow the onscreen prompts to complete the recovery.
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REGULATORY INFORMATION
WIRELESS DEVICES
Caution: Wireless devices are not user-serviceable. Do not modify them in any
way. Modification to a wireless device will void the authorization to use it.
Contact Gateway for service information.
Caution: The transmitting device embedded in this computer may not be used
with any antenna other than the one provided with the computer.
Warning: Using wireless devices while flying in aircraft is prohibited. Switch off
all devices before boarding an aircraft; they may be dangerous to the
operation of the aircraft, disrupt communications, and even be illegal.
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC) INTENTIONAL EMITTER PER FCC PART 15
Low power, Radio transmitter type devices (radio frequency (RF) wireless
communication devices), operating in the 2.4 GHz band and/or 5.15 – 5.35 GHz band,
may be present (embedded) in your computer system. This section is only applicable
if these devices are present. Refer to the system label to verify the presence of
wireless devices.
Wireless devices that may be in your system are only qualified for use in the United
States of America if an FCC ID number is on the system label.
Operation of this device is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device
may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference
received, including interference that may cause undesired operation of the device.
UNINTENTIONAL EMITTER PER FCC PART 15
This device has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC rules. These limits are designed to provide
reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This
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equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not
installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful
interference to radio or television reception. However, there is no guarantee that
interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause
interference to radio and television reception, which can be determined by turning
the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference
by one or more of the following measures:
− Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
− Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
− Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which
the receiver is connected.
− Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Compliance accessories
The accessories associated with this equipment are: shielded video cable when an
external monitor is connected. These accessories are required to be used in order to
ensure compliance with FCC rules.
CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65 WARNING
This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer,
birth defects, and/or other reproductive harm. For additional information regarding
this product warning, go to www.gateway.com/prop65.
MERCURY WARNING
THE LAMP IN THIS DISPLAY CONTAINS MERCURY. DISPOSE ACCORDING TO
LOCAL, STATE, AND FEDERAL LAW.
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TELECOMMUNICATIONS PER PART 68 OF THE CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS (CFR 47)
(APPLICABLE TO PRODUCTS FITTED WITH USA MODEMS)
Your modem complies with Part 68 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR 47) rules.
On the computer or modem card is a label that contains the FCC registration number
and Ringer Equivalence Number (REN) for this device. If requested, this information
must be provided to the telephone company.
A telephone line cord with a modular plug is required for use with this device. The
modem is designed to be connected to the telephone network or premises wiring
using a compatible modular jack which is Part 68-compliant. See installation
instructions for details.
The Ringer Equivalence Number (REN) is used to determine the number of devices
which may be connected to the telephone line. Excessive RENs on a telephone line
may result in the devices not ringing in response to an incoming call. In most areas,
the sum of RENs should not exceed five (5). To be certain of the number of devices
that may be connected to a line, as determined by the total RENs, contact the local
telephone company.
If this device causes harm to the telephone network, the telephone company will
notify you in advance that temporary discontinuance of service may be required. The
telephone company may request that you disconnect the equipment until the
problem is resolved.
The telephone company may make changes in its facilities, equipment, operations,
or procedures that could affect the operation of this equipment. If this happens, the
telephone company will provide advance notice in order for you to make necessary
modifications to maintain uninterrupted service.
This equipment cannot be used on telephone company-provided coin service.
Connection to party line service is subject to state tariffs. Contact the state public
utility commission or public service commission for information.
When programming or making test calls to emergency numbers:
− Remain on the line and briefly explain to the dispatcher the reason for the call.
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− Perform such activities in the off-peak hours such as early morning or late
evenings.
The United States Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 makes it unlawful for
any person to use a computer or other electronic device to send any message via a
telephone fax machine unless such message clearly contains, in a margin at the top
or bottom of each transmitted page or on the first page of the transmission, the date
and time it is sent, an identification of the business, other entity, or other individual
sending the message, and the telephone number of the sending machine or such
business, other entity, or individual. Refer to your fax communication software
documentation for details on how to comply with the fax-branding requirement.
INDUSTRY CANADA (IC) INTENTIONAL EMITTER PER RSS 210
Caution: To prevent radio interference to licensed service or co-channel
Mobile Satellite systems, 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.
Low power, Radio transmitter type devices (radio frequency (RF) wireless
communication devices), operating in the 2.4 GHz band and/or 5.15 – 5.35 GHz band,
may be present (embedded) in your computer system. This section is only applicable
if these devices are present. Refer to the system label to verify the presence of
wireless devices.
Wireless devices that may be in your system are only qualified for use in Canada if an
Industry Canada ID number is on the system label.
Operation of this device is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device
may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference
received, including interference that may cause undesired operation of the device.
UNINTENTIONAL EMITTER PER ICES-003
This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise emissions
from digital apparatus as set out in the radio interference regulations of Industry
Canada.
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Le présent appareil numérique n’émet pas de bruits radioélectriques dépassant les
limites applicables aux appareils numériques de Classe B prescrites dans le règlement
sur le brouillage radioélectrique édicté par Industrie Canada.
TELECOMMUNICATIONS PER INDUSTRY CANADA CS-03 (FOR PRODUCTS FITTED WITH AN ICCOMPLIANT MODEM)
The Industry Canada label identifies certified equipment. This certification means
that the equipment meets certain telecommunications network protective,
operation, and safety requirements. The Department does not guarantee the
equipment will operate to the users’ satisfaction.
Before installing this equipment, users should make sure that it is permissible to be
connected to the facilities of the local telecommunications company. The equipment
must also be installed using an acceptable method of connection. In some cases, the
inside wiring associated with a single-line individual service may be extended by
means of a certified connector assembly. The customer should be aware that
compliance with the above conditions may not prevent degradation of service in
some situations.
Repairs to certified equipment should be made by an authorized Canadian
maintenance facility designated by the supplier. Any repairs or alterations made by
the user to this equipment, or equipment malfunctions, may give the
telecommunications company cause to request the user to disconnect the
equipment.
Warning: To avoid electrical shock or equipment malfunction do not attempt
to make electrical ground connections by yourself. Contact the appropriate
inspection authority or an electrician, as appropriate.
Users should make sure, for their own protection, that the electrical ground
connections of the power utility, telephone lines, and internal metallic water pipe
system, if present, are connected together. This precaution may be particularly
important in rural areas.
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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.
日本 (JAPAN)
本装置は、第二種情報装置(住宅地域またはその隣接した地域において使用されるべき
情報装置)デ住宅地域での電波障害防止を目的とした情報装置等電波障害自主規制協議
会(VCCI)基準に適合しております。
しかし、本装置をラジオ、テレビジョン受信機に、近接してご使用になると、受信障害
の原因となることがあります。本書の説明にしたがって正しい取り扱いをしてくださ
い。
Japanese modem notice
本製品を日本で使用する場合は必ず日本国モードでご使用ください。他国のモードをご
使用になると電気通信事業法(技術基準)に違反す行為となります。なお、ご購入時は
初期値が日本国モードとなっておりますので、そのままご利用ください。
CE COMPLIANCE REQUIREMENT
Products with the CE marking comply with both the Electromagnetic
Compatibility Directive (2004/108/EC) and the Low Voltage Directive
(2006/95/EC) issued by the Council of the European Communities.
Compliance with these directives implies conformity to the following European
Standards:
EN55022: Radio disturbance characteristics
EN55024: Immunity characteristics
EN61000-3-2: Limitation of harmonic current emissions
EN61000-3-3: Limitation of voltage fluctuation and flicker in low-voltage supply
system
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EN60950-1: Product Safety. If your computer includes a telecommunication network
board, the input/output socket is classified as Telecommunication Network Voltage
(TNV-3).
Note for computers equipped with wireless controllers and wired modems:
Hereby, Gateway, declares that the wireless devices provided with
this computer include a low power radio transmitter in full
compliance with the essential requirements and other relevant
provisions of Directive 1999/05/EC for Low Voltage, EMC and RF of the R&TTE.
List of applicable countries
This product must be used in strict accordance with the regulations and constraints
in the country of use. For further information, contact the local office in the country
of use. Please see http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/rtte/implem.htm for the latest
country list.
MODIFICATIONS TO THE PRODUCT
CE Marking
Gateway cannot be held responsible for unauthorized modifications made by the
user and the consequences thereof, which may alter the conformity of the product
with the CE Marking.
Radio frequency interference
The manufacturer is not responsible for any radio or TV interference caused by
unauthorised modifications to this equipment.
CONNECTIONS AND REMOTE EARTHS
PELV (Protected Extra Low Voltage)
To ensure the extra-low voltage integrity of the equipment, only connect equipment
with mains-protected electrically-compatible circuits to the external ports.
SELV (Safety Extra Low Voltage)
Every input and output of this product is classified as Safety Extra Low Voltage.
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Remote earths
To prevent electrical shock, connect all local (individual office) computers and
computer support equipment to the same electrical circuit of the building wiring. If
you are unsure, check the building wiring to avoid remote earth conditions.
Building supply
Only connect the equipment to a building supply that is in accordance with current
wiring regulations in your country. In the U.K., these are the IEE regulations.
POWER SUPPLY AND CABLES
Power supply
The power supply socket-inlet and socket-outlet (if equipped) are classified as
Hazardous Voltage.
You must unplug the power supply cord to disconnect the equipment from the
power supply. In that aim, the socket-outlet should be installed near to the
equipment and should be easily accessible.
Under no circumstances should the user attempt to disassemble the power supply.
The power supply has no user-replaceable parts. Inside the power supply are
hazardous voltages that can cause serious personal injury.
A defective power supply must be returned to your dealer.
Power cables and plug
This Product requires a three-wire grounded power cord and plug. The plug only fits
in a grounded power outlet. Make sure the power outlet is properly grounded
before inserting the plug. Do not insert the plug into a non-grounded power outlet.
Contact your electrician for details.
The cord length must not exceed 2.5 metres. To prevent electrical hazards, do not
remove or disable the ground contact on the power cord. Replace the power cord if
it gets damaged. Contact your dealer for an exact replacement. In Europe, the plug
must be rated for 250 VAC, 10 amp minimum. The plug must display an international
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agency approval marking. The cord must be suitable for use in the end-user country.
Consult your dealer or the local electrical authorities if you are unsure of the type of
power cord to use in your country.
Cables
For cables which are not delivered with the Product in the computer's packaging:
The EMC performance of the system is guaranteed only if the cable and interface use
efficient shielding.
The use of shielded interface cable is required for USB, IEEE1394, serial, printer,
game, analog or digital audio/ video, PS2, TV or FM antennas, and generally all highspeed cable interfaces.
Use only UL Listed No. 26AWG or larger telecommunication cords.
Only Ethernet LAN or RTC modem cable can have length exceeding 3 metres.
Gateway recommends that you add a ferrite core round clip to each cable connecting
your computer to a hardware device that was not included with your computer.
− Ferrite reference: 28A-2029 from Steward (two loops)
During product certification, Gateway used the following cable quality:
− USB2.0 Certified Cables from Hama 46778
− IEEE1394 shielded FireWire from Hama 50011
− RCA-RCA shielded Audio/Video Cables from Thomson KHC001M, KHC012M,
KHC028M
− Stereo Jack shielded Audio cables from Hama 43330H, 42714H
CHASSIS COVER REMOVAL AND REPLACEMENT
Before removing the chassis cover to service or modify the equipment, you must
disconnect all power and modem cords.
Caution: Some components inside the computer can become hot after
prolonged use.
You then must close the chassis before you plug in and switch on the equipment.
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LASER COMPLIANCE STATEMENT
The optical devices are tested and certified to be compliant with International
Electrotechnical Commission IEC60825-1 and European EN60825-1 standards for
Class 1 laser products.
Class 1 laser products are not considered hazardous. The optical devices are designed
such that there is never human access to laser radiation above a Class 1 level during
normal operation or prescribed maintenance conditions.
The optical devices installed in your computer are designed for use solely as
components of such electronic product and therefore do not comply with the
appropriate requirements of Code of Federal Regulation Sec. 1040.10 and Sec.
1040.11 for COMPLETE laser products.
Because exposure to laser radiation is extremely hazardous, under no circumstances
should the user attempt to disassemble the laser device.
PACKAGING
The packaging of this product is compliant with the European Environmental
Directive 94/62/EC from December 20 th 1994 and its equivalent in the French
Legislation by the Decree 98-638 from july 20 th 1998.
COMPLIANT WITH RUSSIAN REGULATORY CERTIFICATION
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ENVIRONMENT
OUR COMMITMENT TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
Environment has been at the heart of our products.
Gateway is committed to limit the environmental impact of its products during
product lifecycle.
Starting at design phase, with a very strict procurement policy, maximum attention
is given to electronic components in order to limit their weight in heavy metals such
as lead, cadmium, chromium, mercury, etc. Suppliers are asked, for each part of any
product, to respect all regulations.
As far as end-of-life products are concerned, measures have been taken to anticipate
and facilitate the recycling of all our products. Thus, all plastic parts heavier than 25
grams used in Gateway products are labelled ISO 11469. This label allows a quick
recognition of the material and eases its valorisation. Likewise, desktop computers
are designed to be easily dismantled, with screws being replaced by clips.
PRODUCT DISPOSAL
The 2002/96/EC Directive, known as Waste Electrical and Electronic
Equipment (WEEE) Directive, requires that used electrical and
electronic products must be disposed of separately from normal
household waste in order to promote reuse, recycling and other forms
of recovery and to reduce the quantity of waste to be eliminated with
a view to reducing landfill and incineration. The crossed-out dustbin
logo is there to remind you that these products must be sorted
separately for disposal. These rules concern all Gateway products and also all
accessories, such as keyboard, mouse, speakers, remote control, etc. When you have
to dispose of such products, make sure that they are correctly recycled by checking
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with your local authority, or by returning your old equipment to your retailer if you
are replacing it. For information, visit www.gateway.com/about/corp_responsibility/
environment.php.
Battery disposal (when applicable)
Before disposing of your equipment ensure that you have removed any batteries
that may be fitted in the equipment. European law states that batteries must be
collected for disposal separately from household waste. Do not throw your used
batteries in the dustbin. Dispose of your used batteries via a battery collection
scheme where available, or ask your distributor or local authority what
infrastructures you can use. Your efforts will enable the safe collection, recycling and
destruction of used batteries and will help protect the environment and reduce
health hazards.
Caution: Risk of explosion if battery is replaced by an incorrect type. Dispose
of used batteries according to the instructions.
Mercury advisory
For electronic products containing a non-LED-backlit LCD/CRT monitor or
display: Lamp(s) inside this product contain mercury and must be recycled
or disposed of according to local, state or federal laws. For mor
information, contact the Electronic Industries Alliance at www.eiae.org. for
lamp-specific disposal information, check www.lamprecycle.org.
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S O F T W A R E L IC E NS E
Note: Most of the software applications are already preinstalled on your
Gateway computer. They are ready to use or to set up. However, some titles
require a CD or DVD to run. You will find these discs in your computer's
packaging.
Gateway License Agreement (CD and/or DVD Products). This copy of the original is
your proof of license. Please treat it as valuable property.
Important!
Read carefully before installing the software.
The following License Agreement applies to you. This is a legal agreement between
you (either individual or an entity) and Gateway By installing the software you are
agreeing to be bound by the terms of this Agreement. If you do not agree to the
terms of this Agreement, promptly return your entire computer system, the
unopened software packet(s), if any, as well as the accompanying terms (including
written materials or other container(s)) in the place you obtained them for a full
refund.
GATEWAY SOFTWARE LICENSE
1. Grant of License
This Gateway License Agreement (“License”) permits you to use one copy of the
specified version of the Gateway SOFTWARE identified above (which may include at
least one CD or DVD disc) on any single computer, provided the SOFTWARE is in use
on only one computer at any time. If you have multiple Licenses for the SOFTWARE,
then at any time you may have as many copies of the SOFTWARE in use as you have
Licenses. The SOFTWARE is “in use” on a computer when it is loaded into the
temporary memory (i.e. RAM) or installed in the permanent memory (e.g. hard disk,
CD and/or DVD, or other storage device of that computer, except that a copy
installed on a network server for the sole purpose of distribution of other computer
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is not “in use.” If the anticipated number of users of the SOFTWARE will exceed the
number of applicable Licenses, then you must have a reasonable mechanism or
process in place to assure that the number of persons using the SOFTWARE
concurrently does no exceed the number of Licenses. If the SOFTWARE is
permanently installed on the hard disk or the storage device of a computer (other
than a network server) and one person uses that computer more than 80% of the
time it is in use, then that person may also use the SOFTWARE on a portable or home
computer.
2. Copyright
The SOFTWARE is owned by Gateway or its suppliers and is protected by United
States copyright laws and international treaty provision. Therefore, you must treat
the SOFTWARE like any other copyrighted material (e.g. a book or musical recording)
except that you may transfer the CD and/or DVD disc portion of the SOFTWARE, if
any, to a single hard disk provided you keep the original solely for backup or archival
purposes. You may not copy the CD and/or DVD disc portion of the SOFTWARE or the
written materials accompanying the SOFTWARE.
3. Other restrictions
You may not rent or lease the SOFTWARE, but you may transfer the SOFTWARE and
accompanying written materials on a permanent basis provided you retain no copies
and the recipient agrees to the terms of this Agreement. You may not reverse
engineer, decompile or disassemble the SOFTWARE. Any transfer of the SOFTWARE
must include the most recent update and all prior versions.
THIRD PARTY SOFTWARE OR FREE SOFTWARE LICENSE INFORMATION
Software pre-loaded, embedded or otherwise distributed with the products
provided by Gateway does contain free or third party software programs (the “Free
Software”), which are licensed under the terms GNU General Public License (the
“GPL”). The Free Software is marked as such. Your copying, distribution and/or
modification of the Free Software shall be subject to the terms of the GPL.
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The Free Software is distributed in the hope that, but it will be useful WITHOUT ANY
WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS
FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. The provisions of the GNU General Public License shall
always apply. You may access http://www.gnu.org directly to obtain a copy of the
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I NDEX
A
Audio CDs .............................................................. 27 Autoplay .................................................................. 29
B
Batteries .................................................................. 89 Blu-ray ....................................................................... 28
battery disposal .................................................. 89 Browser .................................................................... 37
C
Cables ................................................................... 8, 85 Computer environment.................................... 7
Cleaning your computer .................................. 9 connections
network ........................................................... 21
Codec ........................................................................ 30
D
Disk Cleanup.........................................................
Disk Defragmenter ...........................................
disk drives
taking care of discs ..................................
Download ..............................................................
Drives
Memory card reader ................................ 20
55
56 DSL .............................................................................. 33
DVD ............................................................................ 30
19 DVD movies
playing ............................................................. 30
29
E
Electronic Program Guide ............................ 28 Epilepsy warning ................................................ 11
Environment ......................................................... 88 Error checking ...................................................... 54
F
Firewall .............................................................. 42, 49
Frequently-asked questions ........................ 64
blank screen ................................................. 65
no audio ......................................................... 65
no sound ......................................................... 65
printer not working ................................. 65
system cannot read disk ........................ 66
system cannot write to disk ................ 66
Index - 93
system did not boot up ......................... 64
H
Health precautions ............................................ 10
HDD (Hard Disk Drive)
Free space ...................................................... 55 Helpdesk .................................................................. 54
Management ............................................... 57
I
Firewall ..................................................... 42, 49
Interference .......................................................... 84
Internet
Internet Service Provider (ISP) .................... 32
Connection ............................................. 32, 33
L
LAN (Local Area Network) ........................... 34 Last Known Good Configuration ............. 61
M
Memory card reader......................................... 20
Maintenance
HDD management ................................... 57 Modem ..................................................................... 33
System tools ................................................. 58 Multimedia files .................................................. 26
Malware .................................................................. 42
N
network ................................................................... 21 Norton Internet Security ......................... 40, 44
Network connections ...................................... 34
O
optical drive .......................................................... 18
optical drives
inserting a disc ............................................ 19
P
ports .......................................................................... 20 PowerDVD .............................................................. 28
Power cords ............................................................. 8
94
R
Removing hardware ......................................... 21
Recovery
System Restore ........................................... 59 Removing software ........................................... 57
Regulatory Information........................... 78, 88 Restore points ...................................................... 60
Removable media devices ............................ 21
S
Safe Computing.................................................. 54
Safety precautions ............................................... 7
Security
Antivirus ......................................................... 42
Updates ..................................................... 51, 61
Windows Action Center .................. 49, 61
setting up computer ........................................ 12
area ................................................................... 12
broadband network ................................ 17
chair .................................................................. 12
keyboard ........................................................ 14
monitor ........................................................... 14
mouse ............................................................... 14
power cable .................................................. 17
Software
Removing software .................................. 57
Software License ........................................ 90
Spyware ................................................................... 41
System Restore ..................................................... 59
System tools
Disk Cleanup ................................................. 55
Disk Defragmenter ................................... 56
Error checking ............................................. 54
Windows System Restore ...................... 59
T
turning off computer ......................................
software shutdown .................................
suspend mode .............................................
turning on computer ......................................
power button............................................... 18
18
power switch ................................................ 18
18
18 TV tuner ................................................................... 26
18
U
Windows automatic updates ...... 51, 62
Uninstalling hardware.................................... 21
universal serial bus ........................................... 22 User Account Control ...................................... 52
Update
Index - 95
W
Warranty.................................................................... 6
Welcome Center ................................................ 25
WiFi ............................................................................ 34
Windows
System Restore ........................................... 59
Using Windows .......................................... 25
Welcome Center ........................................ 25
96
Windows Action Center .......... 48, 49, 61
Windows automatic updates ...... 51, 62
Windows Defender .................................. 51
Windows Media Center .................. 26, 27
Windows Media Player ................... 26, 27
Windows Remote Assistance .............. 63
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