Traveling with Your Notebook. Gateway TC73, TC78

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CHAPTER 6

Traveling with Your

Notebook

Packing your notebook

Traveling by air

Dial-up modem

Radio frequency wireless connections

Security

Power

Additional tips

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CHAPTER 6: Traveling with Your Notebook

Packing your notebook

Remove all discs, express cards, peripheral devices, and cables. Remember to pack those you will need while traveling.

Pack your notebook securely into a briefcase or hand-carried luggage, and keep it separate from toiletries, liquids, and food. Do not pack it in checked luggage.

Keep your notebook stable during travel. Secure it to prevent it from sliding around in overhead bins and car trunks.

Traveling by air

Do not check your notebook as luggage.

Charge the battery in case airport security asks you to start your notebook.

Have your notebook hand-inspected or sent through the X-ray scanner, but never carry it through the metal detector.

Turn off you notebook for takeoff and landing.

Turn off all wireless devices while in the aircraft.

Dial-up modem

Take a telephone cord to connect the modem to telephone jacks. If you are traveling internationally, take telephone jack adapters or an acoustic handset coupler.

Take a telephone line protector.

Take a telephone line tester to check for unsafe lines, especially if you are traveling internationally.

Take remote access information with you so you can connect to your ISP while outside of your usual calling area. A list of country dialing codes may be especially useful if you are traveling internationally.

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Radio frequency wireless connections

Important

If your notebook came equipped with an internal embedded wireless device, see

“Legal Information” on page 121 for general

wireless regulatory guidelines.

Every country has different restrictions on the use of wireless devices. If your notebook is equipped with a wireless device, check with the local radio approval authorities prior to your trip for any restrictions on the use of a wireless device in the destination country.

Wireless communication can interfere with equipment on commercial aircraft. Current aviation regulations require wireless devices to be turned off while traveling in an airplane.

IEEE 802.11 and Bluetooth communication devices are examples of devices which use wireless to communicate.

Tip

For more information about turning your wireless

device on or off, see “Turning your wireless radio on or off” on page 41 .

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Security

Get a locking cable for your notebook so you can attach a cable lock and leave your notebook in your hotel room while you are away.

Always keep your notebook with you while waiting in airports, train stations, or bus terminals. Be ready to claim your notebook as soon as it passes through the X-ray machine in security checkpoints.

Write down your notebook model number and serial number (located on the bottom of your notebook) in case of theft or loss, and keep the information in a safe place. Also, tape your business card or an address label to your notebook and accessories.

Whoever sits next to you or behind you can see your notebook display. Avoid working with confidential files until you can be sure of privacy.

Use a startup password to restrict access to your notebook. The startup password is set using the

BIOS utility.

Caution

Use a password that you can remember, but that is difficult for someone else to guess. The password feature is very secure, with no easy way to recover a forgotten password. If you forget your password, you must return your notebook to Gateway for service.

To create a startup password:

1 Restart your notebook. As soon as you see a startup screen, press F2. The BIOS Setup utility opens.

2 Open the Security menu, highlight Set

Supervisor Password, then press E

NTER

and follow the instructions. You must set the supervisor password in order to set the user

(startup) password.

Important

You must enter the Supervisor Password each time you use the BIOS Setup utility.

3 Highlight Set User Password, then press E

NTER and follow the instructions. This is the password you need to enter at startup.

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Important

You must enter the User Password each time you turn on your notebook if it was turned off or put in hibernate mode. You do not need to enter the User

Password if your notebook was put in Sleep mode.

4 Highlight Password on boot, then press E

NTER

.

5 Highlight Enabled, then press E

NTER

.

6 Open the Exit menu, highlight Exit Saving

Changes, then press E

NTER

.

7 When you start your computer, you are prompted to enter the user password you set in step

3

.

Review the information in “Protecting your notebook” in your online

User Guide

.

Power

Take your AC power adapter to recharge the battery. If you are traveling internationally, take power plug adapters.

Take a portable surge protector to protect your notebook from power surges.

To get the best performance from your notebook, avoid using the battery whenever possible, monitor the battery charge, and use the most efficient power management settings. For information on conserving battery power, using alternate power sources, and monitoring the battery charge, see

“Managing Power” on page 59

.

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Additional tips

If you plan to use several USB peripheral devices, take a portable USB hub to provide additional

USB ports.

Take a network cable if you need to connect to a network. Some hotels provide Internet connectivity only through their networks.

If your notebook has been exposed to cold temperatures, let it warm to room temperature before turning it on.

Carry proof of ownership or a merchandise passport when traveling internationally.

Consult your insurance company and credit card company to learn about emergency travel assistance if your notebook is lost or damaged.

Take your recovery discs in case you need to install an additional driver or software.

Tip

You can create a

Drivers and Applications Recovery using the Gateway Recovery Management.

disc

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