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User’s Reference Guide

TravelMateTM 4000M

Notebook Computer

P/N 9793374-0001,Rev. A

August 1994

 

 

Contents

 

Preface

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 1 Using the Setup Programs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accessing the Setup Programs .................................

1-2

 

 

Date and Time Parameters .......................................

1-7

 

 

Disk Drive Parameters .............................................

1-8

 

 

Input/Output (I/O) Parameters................................

1-9

 

 

Keyboard Parameters ...............................................

1-12

 

Memory Parameters .................................................

1-13

 

 

Power Management Parameters ...............................

1-14

 

Power Savings ..........................................................

1-15

 

Activity Monitoring ...................................................

1-19

 

 

Screen Parameters ..................................................

1-21

 

System Configuration Parameters ...........................

1-23

 

Chapter 2 Installing and Using Applications

Guidelines for Installing Applications .......................

2-2

Setting Up a Password .............................................

2-11

Setting Up a Non MS-DOS Environment ..................

2-15

Restoring MS-DOS System Files...............................

2-16

Chapter 3 Custom Windows Utilities

Overview of Windows Utilities...................................

3-3

Information Utilities .................................................

3-4

Productivity Utilities.................................................

3-6

Video Utilities...........................................................

3-9

Drop N’ Go Utility.....................................................

3-10

Change Cursor Utility ..............................................

3-14

Super Shutdown Utility............................................

3-19

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Chapter 4

Laptop Manager

 

 

Laptop Manager Features.........................................

4-2

 

LM Main Menu.........................................................

4-3

 

Adding Applications to the Menu..............................

4-5

 

Adding Items to the Application Menu......................

4-14

 

Changing LM Menu Colors .......................................

4-15

 

LM_Setup.................................................................

4-16

Chapter 5 Power Saving Utilities

 

 

 

 

 

Optimizing Battery Operation...................................

5-2

 

SETPOWER Utility ...................................................

5-10

 

SMARTDRV.EXE Disk Caching Utility......................

5-11

 

SPEED Utility...........................................................

5-12

Chapter 6

Palette Utilities

 

 

 

 

 

Color Display Utilities ..............................................

6-2

 

PAL Utility................................................................

6-3

 

PALSET Utility .........................................................

6-11

Chapter 7 Laptop File Manager

 

 

 

 

 

Getting Started with LFM .........................................

7-3

 

Using the Main Menu...............................................

7-5

 

Function Key Commands .........................................

7-6

 

Character Key Commands........................................

7-15

 

Multiple File Operations ...........................................

7-28

 

Restoring Laptop File Manager .................................

7-30

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Chapter 8 VGA External Monitor Utilities

Capabilities ..............................................................

8-2

 

VGA Utility...............................................................

8-5

 

Advanced Monitor Operations ..................................

8-13

 

External Monitor Troubleshooting............................

8-17

 

Chapter 9 Other Utilities

 

 

 

 

 

ALARM Utility ..........................................................

9-2

 

GETSTAT Utility.......................................................

9-3

 

RAMDRIVE.SYS Device Driver..................................

9-6

 

SETCMOS Utility......................................................

9-7

 

SETKEY Utility.........................................................

9-10

 

Chapter 10 Sound

 

 

 

 

 

Features...................................................................

10-2

 

Pocket Recorder .......................................................

10-3

 

Pocket Mixer ..........................................................

10-7

 

Editing, Playing, and Recording................................

10-8

 

Pocket CD .............................................................

10-9

 

Chapter 11 TravelMate Options

 

 

 

 

 

List of Options..........................................................

11-2

 

Battery Options........................................................

11-4

 

PCMCIA Options ......................................................

11-5

 

RAM Expansion .......................................................

11-6

 

Using the AC Adapter...............................................

11-9

 

External Numeric Keypad.........................................

11-10

Carrying Cases.........................................................

11-11

Microphone/Headphone Kit .....................................

11-12

Other Options ..........................................................

11-13

External Monitor......................................................

11-14

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Chapter 12 Portable CD-ROM Docking System

Features...................................................................

12-2

Docking Your Notebook ............................................

12-6

Undocking the Notebook ..........................................

12-8

Using the Portable CD-ROM Docking System ...........

12-10

Options ....................................................................

12-15

Appendix A Specifications

Appendix B Character Sets

Appendix C Keyboard Layouts

Appendix D Diagnostics

Appendix E Power Consumption Values

Appendix F Configuring Memory

Appendix G Connector Pin Assignments

Appendix H Screen Standards

Appendix I Creating Help Displays

Glossary

Index

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Copyright (©) 1994 Texas Instruments Incorporated All Rights Reserved — Printed in U.S.A.

TravelMate 4000M Notebook

User’s Reference Guide

TI Part No. 9793374-0001,Rev. A

Original Issue: April 1994

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Preface

Your TravelMate 4000M computer comes with a variety of standard features and options that maximize system performance and ease of operation. This manual acts as a reference for software utilities and hardware included with your notebook.

Chapter 1- Shows you the basics of system setup using the supplied Setup programs.

Chapter 2 - Provides information on system software configuration and utility installation.

Chapter 3 - Describes custom Windows utilities.

Chapter 4 - Describes the functionality of Laptop Manager in managing your application programs.

Chapter 5 - Describes Power Saving utilities.

Chapter 6 - Describes utilities designed to enhance and customize your display.

Chapter 7 - Describes Laptop File Manager, a program that helps you manipulate files and directories stored on the hard disk.

Chapter 8 - Describes utilities that allow you to connect an external VGA to your system.

Chapter 9 - Describes miscellaneous utilities for configuration and system enhancement.

Chapter 10 - Describes the Sound utilities provided with your notebook.

Chapter 11 - Describes options you may purchase for your TM4000M computer.

Chapter 12 - Describes the optional PortableCD-ROMDocking System.

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Preface

Appendix A - Provides system specifications for the TM4000M.

Appendix B - Displays character sets used by the TM4000M.

Appendix C - Displays domestic and international keyboard layouts.

Appendix D - Describes diagnostics and error codes for your TM4000M.

Appendix E - Describes the power consumption values for your TM4000M.

Appendix F - Describes memory configuration for your TM4000M.

Appendix G - Describes connector pin assignments for the TM4000M and PortableCD-ROMDocking System.

Appendix H - Describes screen stardards supported by the TM4000M internal display adapter.

Appendix I - Describes how to custom design your own Help displays.

A glossary andindex are also provided for your reference.

1 Using the Setup Programs

This chapter explains:

How to access the Setup Programs

How to select and save parameters

Contents

Accessing the Setup Programs .........................................

1-2

Initial Startup Procedure .............................................

1-2

Startup Menu ..............................................................

1-3

Creating Backup System Diskettes ..............................

1-4

System Recovery Diskette ............................................

1-4

Accessing Disk-Based Setup........................................

1-5

Accessing ROM-Based Setup .......................................

1-6

Accessing Windows-Based Setup .................................

1-6

Defining Setup Parameters ..........................................

1-6

Date and Time Parameters...............................................

1-7

Disk Drive Parameters .....................................................

1-8

Input/Output (I/O) Parameters .......................................

1-9

Keyboard Parameters.....................................................

1-12

Memory Parameters.......................................................

1-13

Power Management Parameters ....................................

1-14

Power Savings................................................................

1-15

Activity Monitoring ........................................................

1-19

Screen Parameters ........................................................

1-21

System Configuration Parameters .................................

1-23

Using the Setup Programs 1-1

Accessing the Setup Programs

Your computer has three setup programs to assist you in selecting required hardware and software parameters:

Disk-basedSetup

ROM-basedSetup

Windows-basedSetup

Initial Startup Procedure

The first time you boot up your notebook, your system automatically runs Setup. The following questions are asked:

1.You are asked which country your keyboard is designed to support.

Once this information is provided, the Windows Setup program automatically runs.

2.You are prompted for your name and program serial number.

3.You are asked which printer you would like as a default printer.

You exit Windows. System files are automatically unzipped and the system build begins. When complete, a video greeting appears. After it runs, the following options appear:

No Change - keep the video and allow it to run each time you boot the computer

Remove - removes the video entry from the startup file so that you keep the video, but it does not run each time you boot the computer

1-2 Using the Setup Programs