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5 Software

This chapter discusses the important system utilities bundled with your computer.

Contents

System Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72

PhDISK. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

Notebook Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74

Information Viewer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75

Boot Sequence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76

Password . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

Setting the Supervisor Password . . . . . . . 78

Setting the User Password . . . . . . . . . . . . 79

Power Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80

Display Device. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81

Line-in/Microphone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82

Setup Utility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

Navigating the Setup Utility . . . . . . . . . . . 83

Main . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84

Hard Disk 0 Submenu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86

CD-ROM/ATAPI Devices Submenu . . . . . 87

Boot Device Priority Submenu . . . . . . . . . 88

Advanced . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89

Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90

Setting a Password . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92

Removing a Password . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92

Power Saving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93

Exit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95

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System Software

The computer comes preloaded with the following software:

Windows 98, Windows 95 (or Windows NT) operating system

DMI-complianthardware BIOS utility

Support for LDCM (LANDesk Client Manager)

System utilities, drivers and application software

Note: To access Windows 98, Windows 95 or Windows NT software applications, click on the Start button and select the application folder. Then click on the application icon to run the selected application. To learn about the software and utility, make use of the online help provided by the software.

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PhDISK

PhDISK

The PhDISK utility allows your computer to enter hibernation mode. Before entering hibernation mode, your computer saves all necessary inforcomputermation into a file or partition created by PhDISK, then shuts off power to all system components. On the next startup, the computer reloads the information from the PhDISK file or partition and resumes from where you left off.

Note: By default, this program is automatically loaded and set up on your computer so you do not need to run this program by yourself. You only need to run this if you upgrade your memory. You can find PhDISK in the \windows\command\ directory.

The program accepts the following parameters:

Syntax

PHDISK [options]

where options:

/CREATE (/FILE or /PARTITION) creates the hibernation file or partition

/DELETE (/FILE or /PARTITION) deletes the hibernation file or partition

/INFO displays information on the hibernation file or partition

/REFORMAT PARTITION reformats the existing hibernation file or partition

Caution: The Hibernation file is a hidden file named SAVE2DSK.BIN; DO NOT delete or alter this file in any way except by using the PHDISK utility. Improper deletion or alteration of this file could cause you to lose all access to your computer.

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Notebook Manager

Notebook Manager

The computer has a built-insystem setup program called Notebook Manager. The Windows98-/Windows95-basedNotebook Manager allows you to set passwords, the startup sequence of the drives and power management settings. It also shows current hardware configurations.

Note: Certain hot key functions are disabled when you access the notebook manager, because these functions are also found in the notebook manager.

To start the Notebook Manager, press Fn-F2 or follow these steps:

1.Click on Start, Programs, then Notebook Manager.

2.Select the Notebook Manager application to run the program.

Note: Changes made to most settings in the Notebook Manager take effect the next time the computer restarts. If you make changes in the Power Management, Display Device andLine-in/Microphonescreen, these changes take effect immediately.

Notebook Manager consists of six sections:

Information Viewer

Boot Sequence

Password

Power Management

Display Device

Line-in/Microphone

To select a section, click on the tab of the section you want to view.

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Notebook Manager

Information Viewer

Information Viewer summarizes and lists information about the specifications and settings of the different components of your computer.

Note: Items in this table may differ slightly from the ones onscreen.

Item

Description

 

 

CPU

Brand, type and clock speed of the CPU

 

(Central Processing Unit)

 

 

Total Memory

Total amount of main memory (in megabytes)

 

 

Video RAM

Total amount of video memory (in megabytes)

 

 

Hard Disk

Size of hard disk (in megabytes)

 

 

Serial Port 1

Resource settings of serial port 1

 

 

Serial Port 2

Resource settings of serial port 2

 

 

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Item

Description

 

 

Parallel Port

Resource settings of the parallel port

 

 

External

Total amount of external cache memory (in

Cache

kilobytes)

 

 

Touchpad

Setting of the internal pointing device

 

 

Pointing

Type(s) of the pointing device(s) detected,

Device

internal and external

The current version of the computer’s BIOS shows before the Device-Configurationtable.

Boot Sequence

Boot Sequence defines the boot sequence to follow when your computer boots up.

The Boot Sequence screen displays the bootable devices in your computer and the order in which the booting sequence will occur. The devices include the following:

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Notebook Manager

Floppy Drive

IDE Hard Drive

CD-ROMDrive (or other bootable media bay module)

Simply drag and drop the devices the change the booting order. Click on Apply to accept.

Password

Password is used to set, modify or delete the password(s) for your computer.

There are two passwords used in the system:

Supervisor Password. The supervisor password prevents unauthorized access to sensitive parameters in the Notebook Manager and BIOS Utility. It also prevents unauthorized access to your computer at system startup and at resume from standby/hibernation mode.

User Password. The user password prevents unauthorized access to your computer at system startup and at resume from standby/hibernation mode.

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Notebook Manager

Setting the Supervisor Password

Note: Before you can set the User Password, you need to set the Supervisor Password.

To set the Supervisor Password, follow these steps:

1.Click on the Change Supervisor Password button. The following dialog box displays:

2.Click on the Enable Supervisor Password checkbox.

3.Click in the New Password textbox and type in up to seven alphanumeric characters (A-Z,a-z,0-9)which you want to be your Supervisor Password.

4.Click in the Confirm Password textbox and retype the password.

5.Click on OK to accept.

Note: To change a password, follow the same steps used to set a password. To remove a password, follow the same steps used to set a password but leave both fields blank.

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Notebook Manager

Setting the User Password

To set the User Password, follow these steps:

1. Click on the Change User Password button.

2.Click on the Enable User Password checkbox.

3.Click in the New Password textbox and type in up to seven alphanumeric characters (A-Z,a-z,0-9)which you want to be your User Password.

4.Click in the Confirm Password textbox and retype the password.

5.Click on OK to accept.

Note: To change a password, follow the same steps used to set a password. To remove a password, follow the same steps used to set a password but leave both fields blank.

You can also set password checks when the computer boots up and/or when the computer resumes from standby/ hibernation mode. Simply click on the desired checkbox(es) and click on Apply.

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Power Management

Power Management is used to set various settings related to power management.

This includes the following power-saving-relatedfeatures:

Enable Heuristic Power Management. Select to enable heuristic power management. See “Power Management Modes” on page 40 for more information on heuristic power management.

Enabled display always on. Select to leave your display always turned on, useful when you need to make presentations on your computer.

Enable modem ring resume on indicator. Select to allow the computer to wake-upfrom standby mode when an incoming modem ring is detected.

Enable battery low warning beep. Select to allow the computer to give off warning beeps when the computer runs low on battery.

Enable sleep upon battery low. Select to allow the computer to enter standby or hibernation mode when the computer runs low on battery.

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