Texas Instruments 6100 User Manual
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User’s Guide

TravelMate® 6100 Series

Notebook Computers

Copyright © 1997 Texas Instruments

All Rights Reserved

TravelMate 6100 Series Notebook Computers

User's Guide

TI Part No. 9814483-0001

Original Issue: January 1997

Changes may be made periodically to the information in this publication. Such changes will be incorporated in new editions of this manual.

No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of Texas Instruments.

Record the serial number, purchase date, and model number in the spaces provided below. The serial number and model number are recorded on the label affixed to the case. All correspondence concerning your unit should include the serial number, model number, and date of purchase.

Model Number

Serial Number

Purchase Date

TravelMate is a registered trademark and DockMate, BatteryPro, livegear and ThunderLAN are trademarks of Texas Instruments. The icons in the TravelMate Notebook Center and Startup groups are copyrighted by Texas Instruments.

Ethernet is a registered trademark of Xerox Corporation.

Microsoft, MS-DOS,and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Pentium is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation.

PS/2 is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation. Sound Blaster is a trademark of Creative Technology Ltd.

Kensington is a registered trademark of Kensington Microware, Inc. SCSI is a registered trademark of Security Control Systems, Inc. Centronics is a trademark of the Centronics Corporation. AudioRack is a trademark of ESS Technology, Inc.

Avatar is a registered trademark of Avatar Technologies, Inc. UNIX is a registered trademark of Novell, Inc.


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 device 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 communications.

However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this device does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the device 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 device and receiver

Connect the device into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected

Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/television technician for help

Notice: Shielded Cables

All connections to other computing devices must be made using shielded cables to maintain compliance with FCC regulations.

Notice: Peripheral Devices

Only peripherals (input/output devices, terminals, printers, etc.) certified to comply with the Class B limits may be attached to this equipment. Operation with non-certifiedperipherals is likely to result in interference to radio and TV reception.


Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer could void the user's authority, which is granted by the Federal Communications Commission, to operate this computer.


Use Conditions

This part complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules.Operation 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.

Notice: Canadian Users

This Class B digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian Interference-CausingEquipment Regulations.

Remarque à l'intention des utilisateurs canadiens

Cet appareil numérique de la classe B respecte toutes les exigences du Règlement sur le matériel brouilleur du Canada.


This equipment complies with Part 68 of the FCC rules. The following regulations apply to modems used within the United States and Canada:

For USA Users:

FCC Regulations

An FCC compliant telephone cord and modular plug are provided with this equipment.

The equipment is designed to be connected to the telephone network or premises wiring using a compatible modular jack that is Part 68 compliant. Do not use this equipment on a party line or coin line.

Malfunctioning equipment may damage the telephone network. If this device is not functioning properly, disconnect it until the problem has been determined and the device has been reparied. Otherwise, phone service may be temporarily disconnected. If advance notice isn’t practical, the telephone company will notify you as soon as possible. The telephone company may also request that you disconnect the equipment until the problem is resolved. Be advised of your right to file a complaint with the FCC if you believe it is necessary.

Modem repair is done by Texas Instruments or authorized third-partyservice providers. For information on repair, dial1-800-TI-TEXAS.

If you experience any problems with your phone after installing any new device, disconnect it from the telephone line to see if the device is the source of the problem.

The telephone company may change technical operations and procedures. If these changes affect compatibility or use of this device, the telephone company is required to provide adequate notice of the changes.

Phone Company Requests

If the telephone company requests information about the equipment connected to their lines, inform them of:

The phone number to which the device is connected.

The Ringer Equivalence Number (REN). The REN is used to determine


the quantity of devices that may be connected to the telephone line. Excessive RENs on the telephone line may result in the devices not ringing in response to an incoming call. In most (but not all) areas, the sum of RENs should not exceed five. To be certain of the number of devices that may be connected to a line, contact the local telephone company. See the bottom of your computer for the REN.

The USOC telephone jack required. This equipment uses the RJ11C USOC jack.

The FCC registration number found on the FCC-68sticker attached to the device.

Connecting to the Telephone Company

It is not necessary to notify the telephone company before using the modem. However, the telephone company may request the telephone number(s) to which the modem is connected and the FCC information printed on this page.

Be sure that the telephone line you are connecting the modem to is a standard analog line and not a digital (PBX), party, or coin telephone line.

If the modem is malfunctioning, it may affect the telephone lines. In this case, disconnect the modem until the source of difficulty is traced.

Fax Branding

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 makes it unlawful for any person to use a computer or other electronic device, including fax machines, to send any message unless such message clearly contains in a margin at the top or bottom of each transmitted page or on the first page of the transmission, the date and time it is sent, an identification of the business or other entity, or other individual sending the message, and the telephone number of the sending machine or of such business, or other entity, or individual. (The telephone number provided may not be a 900 number or any other number for which charges exceed local or longdistance transmission charges.)

In order to program this information into your modem, refer to the manual for the communications software that shipped with your computer.


For Canadian Modem Users:

The Industry Canada (IC) label identifies certified equipment. This certification means the equipment meets certain telecommunications network protective, operational, and safety requirements. The department does not guarantee the equipment will operate to the user’s satisfaction.

Before using the modem, users should ensure that it is permissible to be connected to the facilities of the local telecommunications company. The equipment must also be installed using an acceptable method of connection. In some cases, the company’s inside wiring associated with a single-line,individual service may be extended by means of a certified connector assembly (telephone extension cord). The customer should be aware that compliance with the above conditions may not prevent degradation of service in some situations. Currently, telecommunications companies do not allow users to connect their equipment to jacks except in precise situations that are spelled out in tariffing arrangements with those companies.

Repairs to certified equipment should be made by SHL Technical Services at 905-458-9800or another 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.

For your own protection, make sure 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.


Do not attempt to make such connections yourself.


Contact the appropriate electric inspection authority,


or electrician.

To prevent overloading, a Ringer Equivalence Number (REN) has been assigned to each terminal device to denote the percentage of the total load to be connected to a telephone loop that is used by the device. The termination on a loop may consist of any combination of devices subject only to the requirement that the total REN of the devices not exceed five. The IC-CS03label and REN label are located on the bottom of your computer.