Gateway 1450 User Manual

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1 Checking Out Your Gateway Solo 1450 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Front . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Left side . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Right side . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Back . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Bottom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Keyboard area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Identifying your model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Gateway model number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Gateway serial number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Finding your specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

2 Getting Started. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Connecting the AC adapter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Protecting from power source problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Starting your notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Waking up your notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Turning off your notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Restarting (rebooting) your notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Status indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Using the keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Key types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 System key combinations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Multi-function buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Using the EZ Pad touchpad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Using the touchpad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Connecting the modem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Connecting to a wired Ethernet network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Broadband Internet connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Installing a printer, scanner, or other peripheral device . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

3 Getting Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

HelpSpot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Searching for a topic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 HelpSpot Videos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Online help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Gateway Web site . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

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4 Windows Basics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43

About the Windows environment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Using the desktop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Using the Start menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Identifying Window items . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Working with files and folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Viewing drives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Creating folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Copying and moving files and folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 Deleting files and folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Browsing for files and folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Searching for files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Using the Search utility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Adding icons to the desktop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 Working with documents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Creating a new document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Saving a document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Opening a document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 Printing a document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 Shortcuts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66

5 Using the Internet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67

Learning about the Internet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 Setting up an Internet account . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70 Accessing your Internet account . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70 Using the World Wide Web . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 Connecting to a Web site . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Downloading files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74 Using e-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Sending e-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Checking your e-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76

6 Using Multimedia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77

Using the diskette drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78 Using the CD or DVD drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Identifying drive types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Inserting a CD or DVD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80 Adjusting the volume . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Adjusting the volume in Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Adjusting the volume in Windows 2000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84 Listening to CDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 Listening to CDs in Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86

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Listening to CDs in Windows 2000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Recording and playing audio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Playing audio and video files with the Windows Media Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Playing a DVD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 Using MusicMatch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94

Playing CDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Creating MP3 music files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Editing track information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Building a music library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 Listening to Internet radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Using advanced features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102

Using a recordable drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Creating data CDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Creating music CDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107 Copying CDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111

7 Sending and Receiving Faxes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

Installing and configuring Fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 Installing Fax in Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 Configuring Fax in Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Configuring Fax in Windows 2000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 Sending a simple fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121 Setting up your cover page template . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 Faxing from programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 Faxing a scanned document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 Receiving and viewing a fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125 Canceling a fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125 Automatically retry sending a fax in Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126 Automatically cancelling a fax in Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127

8 Managing Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129

Monitoring the battery charge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130 Recharging the battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 Recalibrating the battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 Changing batteries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133 Extending battery life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135

Conserving battery power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 Using alternate power sources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 Changing power modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136 Changing power settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 Changing the power scheme . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 Changing alarm options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Changing advanced settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140

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Activating and Using Hibernate Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .142 Changing SpeedStep settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .143

9 Travel Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .147

Modem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .148 Radio frequency wireless connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .148 Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .149 Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .149 Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150

10 Customizing Your Notebook. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .151

Adjusting the screen and desktop settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .152 Adjusting the color depth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .152 Adjusting the screen resolution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .154 Applying a color scheme . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .156 Changing the desktop background . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .158 Selecting a screen saver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .161

Changing the touchpad settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .163 Programming the multi-function buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .165 Adding and modifying user accounts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .167

11 Using a Wireless Ethernet Network. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .169

Using a wireless network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Using wireless Ethernet in Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Setting up wireless Ethernet networking in Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Configuring Windows XP for wireless Ethernet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Creating a wireless Ethernet network in Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Connecting to a wireless Ethernet network in Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Turning your wireless Ethernet on or off in Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Checking network signal strength in Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Using wireless Ethernet in Windows 2000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Installing the ORiNOCO Client Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Configuring the ORiNOCO client manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Identifying this notebook on the network in Windows 2000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Configuring Windows 2000 for wireless Ethernet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Connecting to a wireless Ethernet network in Windows 2000 . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Turning your wireless Ethernet on or off in Windows 2000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Checking network signal strength in Windows 2000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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12 Moving From Your Old Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Using the Windows XP Files and Settings Transfer Wizard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .214 Transferring files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .215

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Finding your files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215 Transferring Internet settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217 Setting up your ISP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217 Transferring your e-mail and address book . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218 Transferring your Internet shortcuts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218 Installing your old printer or scanner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218 Installing a USB printer or scanner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218 Installing a parallel port printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219 Installing your old programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220

13 Maintaining Your Notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221

Caring for your computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222 Creating an emergency startup diskette . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224 Protecting your computer from viruses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 226 Managing hard drive space . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229 Checking hard drive space . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229 Using Disk Cleanup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 230 Checking the hard drive for errors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231 Defragmenting the hard drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233 Backing up files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235 Using the Scheduled Task Wizard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 236 Cleaning your computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237 Cleaning the exterior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237 Cleaning the keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 238 Cleaning the screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 238 Cleaning the mouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 238

14 Restoring Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241

Using the Restoration CDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 242 Reinstalling device drivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243 Updating device drivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245 Reinstalling programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 246 Reinstalling Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248

15 Upgrading Your Notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 251

Adding and removing a PC Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 252 Preventing static electricity discharge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 254 Adding or replacing memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255 Replacing the hard drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 259

16 Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 261

Safety guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 262

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First steps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .263 Software support tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .264 Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .265 CD, DVD, CD-RW, or DVD/CD-RW drives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .265 Device installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .267 Diskette drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .268 Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .269 File management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .270 Hard drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .270 Internet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .271 Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .273 Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .273 Modem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .274 Mouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .278 Networks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .279 Passwords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .279 PC Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .279 Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .279 Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .280 Sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .282 Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .283 Telephone support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .284 Before calling Gateway Technical Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .284 Telephone support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .285 Tutoring and training . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .286 Self-help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .286 Tutoring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .286 Training . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .287

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Checking Out

Your Gateway 1

Solo 1450

This chapter introduces you to the basic features of your notebook. Read this chapter to learn:

How to identify the features of your Gateway notebook

How to locate your notebook’s model and serial number

How to locate the Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity

How to locate the specifications for your notebook

What accessories are available for your notebook

Tips & Tricks To access the contents of this guide while you

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LCD panel release latch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaker

Battery

 

Speaker

 

charge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

indicator

Power

 

 

 

indicator

Component

Icon

 

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LCD panel release latch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Open the LCD panel by sliding the release latch to the right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speakers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Provide audio output. Speakers are turned off while

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

headphones are connected.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Battery charge indicator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The LED shows the battery activity and status.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LED green – battery is fully charged.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LED orange – battery is charging.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LED red – battery is low.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LED blinking and red – battery is very low.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This LED only lights up when your notebook is plugged in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power indicator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lights up when your notebook is turned on and shows the

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

notebook power status.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LED on – power is on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LED blinking – notebook is in Standby mode.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LED off – power is off or notebook is in Hibernate mode.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Left side

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modem jack

 

 

 

 

PC Card

PC Card

Diskette

Diskette drive

 

 

 

 

 

 

eject button

slot

drive

eject button

Ethernet jack

 

 

 

Headphone jack

 

 

 

 

 

 

Microphone jack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Component

Icon

Description

 

 

 

Modem jack

 

Plug a modem cable into this jack. For more information, see “Connecting

 

 

the modem” on page 31.

 

 

 

Ethernet jack

 

Plug a 10/100 Ethernet network cable into this jack. For more information,

 

 

see “Connecting to a wired Ethernet network” on page 32.

 

 

 

 

 

Microphone

 

Plug a microphone into this jack.

jack

 

 

 

 

 

Headphone

 

Plug amplified speakers or headphones into this jack. The built-in

jack

 

speakers are turned off when a device is plugged into this jack.

 

 

 

PC Card

 

Press this eject button to remove the PC Card from the PC Card slot. For

eject button

 

more information, see “Adding and removing a PC Card” on page 252.

 

 

 

PC Card slot

 

Insert one Type II or Type III PC Card into this slot. For more information,

 

 

see “Adding and removing a PC Card” on page 252.

 

 

 

 

 

Diskette drive

 

Insert a standard 3.5-inch diskette into this drive. For more information,

 

 

see “Using the diskette drive” on page 78.

 

 

 

Diskettedrive

 

Press the eject button to remove a diskette from the drive. For more

eject button

 

information, see “Using the diskette drive” on page 78.

 

 

 

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Right side

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Battery

CD/DVD/

Activity

Manual eject hole

 

 

Recordable drive

indicator

Eject button

 

 

 

 

 

 

Component

Icon

 

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Battery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The battery is located here. For more information, see

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Changing batteries” on page 133.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CD/DVD/Recordable drive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Insert CDs, CD-R/RWs, or DVDs into this drive. For

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

more information, see “Using the CD or DVD drive” on

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

page 79.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This drive may be a CD, DVD, CD-RW, or combination

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DVD/CD-RW drive. To determine the type of drive in

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

your notebook, examine the drive tray’s plastic cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and compare the logo to those listed in “Identifying drive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

types” on page 79.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activity indicator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lights up when your computer is accessing the CD,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DVD, or recordable drive. For more information, see

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Using the CD or DVD drive” on page 79.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eject button

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Press the eject button to open the disc tray. For more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

information, see “Using the CD or DVD drive” on

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

page 79.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manual eject hole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Insert a straightened paperclip into this hole to open the

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

drive tray if pressing the drive eject button fails to open

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the tray.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Back

Kensington

Power

USB

Monitor

Parallel

Ventilation

lock slot

connector

ports

port

port

fan

Component

Icon

 

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kensington™ lock slot

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secure your computer to an object by connecting a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kensington cable lock to this slot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power connector

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plug the AC adapter cable into this connector.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USB ports

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plug USB (Universal Serial Bus) devices (such as a USB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iomega™ Zip™ drive, printer, scanner, camera, keyboard,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

or mouse) into these ports.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monitor port

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plug an analog VGA monitor into this port.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parallel port

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plug a parallel device (such as a printer) into this port.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ventilation fan

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helps cool internal components. Do not block or insert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

objects into these slots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bottom

Hard drive

Memory

 

bay

Battery

Battery latch

Reset

hole

System label

Ventilation

fan

Component

Icon

 

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hard drive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The hard drive is located here. For more information, see “Replacing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the hard drive” on page 259.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Battery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The battery is located here. For more information, see “Changing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

batteries” on page 133.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Battery latch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slide to release the battery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

System label

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Includes the product model number. For more information, see

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Identifying your model” on page 10.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ventilation fan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helps cool internal components. Do not block or insert objects into

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

these slots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Component

Icon

Description

 

 

 

 

 

Reset hole

 

 

 

Insert a straightened paper clip into this hole to manually restart your

 

 

 

 

notebook.

 

 

 

 

 

Memory bay

 

 

 

Install as many as two memory modules into this bay. For more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

information, see “Adding or replacing memory” on page 255.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Keyboard area

Multi-function buttons

Power button

Status indicators

Keyboard

Touchpad

Component

Icon

Description

 

 

 

Power button

 

Press to turn your notebook on or off. You can also configure the

 

 

power button for Standby/Resume mode. For more information on

 

 

configuring the power button mode, see “Changing the power

 

 

scheme” on page 137.

 

 

 

Multi-function

 

Press these buttons to open programs you assign to them. By

buttons

 

default, these buttons are set to open your e-mail application, your

 

 

Web browser, online help, and another program that you assign.

 

 

For more information, see “Multi-function buttons” on page 27 and

 

 

“Programming the multi-function buttons” on page 165.

 

 

 

Status indicators

 

Inform you when a drive is in use or when a button has been

 

 

pressed that affects how the keyboard is used. For more

 

 

information, see “Status indicators” on page 22.

 

 

 

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Keyboard area

 

 

 

 

Component

Icon

Description

 

 

 

 

Touchpad

 

Provides all the functionality of a mouse. For more information,

 

 

see “Using the EZ Pad touchpad” on page 28 and “Changing the

 

 

touchpad settings” on page 163.

 

 

 

 

Keyboard

 

A full-sized 86-key keyboard. For more information, see “Using the

 

 

keyboard” on page 23.

 

 

 

 

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Identifying your model

Important The labels shown in this section are for informational purposes only. Label information varies by model, features ordered, and location.

Gateway model number

The label on the bottom of your notebook contains information that identifies your notebook model and its features. Gateway Technical Support will need this information if you call for assistance.

Gateway model number

Internal wireless devices

Gateway serial number

You can locate the Gateway serial number:

Printed on a white sticker on the bottom or back of your notebook.

Printed on the customer invoice that came with your notebook. The invoice will also contain your customer ID number.

Displayed in HelpSpot in Windows XP. Click Start, then click Help and Support. Click View product serial number.

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Identifying your model

Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity

The Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity label found on the bottom of your notebook includes the product key code for your operating system.

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Finding your specifications

For more information about your computer, such as memory size, memory type, and hard drive size, go to the My Computer Info link in HelpSpot or visit Gateway’s eSupport page at www.gateway.com/support. The eSupport page also has links to additional Gateway documentation and detailed specifications.

In Windows XP, view your computer’s serial number or check your specifications by clicking Start, Help and Support, then clicking

My Computer Info.

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Finding your specifications

You can also find out more about your computer at the Gateway eSupport site. Visit www.gateway.com/support.

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Accessories

Gateway offers accessories that can help you make the most of using your notebook.

Batteries and automobile/airplane power adapters

If you run your notebook on battery power for extended periods, you may want to buy an additional battery so that you can swap batteries when necessary. See “Changing batteries” on page 133 for more information about using an additional battery in your notebook.

With an automobile/airplane power adapter, you can save battery power by plugging your notebook into an automobile cigarette lighter or an airplane in-flight power receptacle.

Carrying cases

Gateway has large-capacity carrying cases if you need additional space for accessories or supplies.

Peripheral devices

You can attach devices such as a keyboard, mouse, printer, or monitor to your notebook.

Memory

Large programs, such as multimedia games or graphics programs, use a lot of memory. If your programs are running more slowly than you think they should, try adding more memory.

Printers

You can attach many types of printers to your notebook. The most common types are inkjet and laser printers, which print in color or black and white. See “Installing a printer, scanner, or other peripheral device” on page 33 for more information about attaching a printer to your notebook.

Inkjet printers and cartridges are relatively inexpensive, but usually they are slower than laser printers. Using an inkjet color printer, you can print pictures, banners, and greeting cards, as well as documents.

Laser printers and cartridges are more expensive, but usually they print much faster than inkjet printers. Laser printers are better than inkjet printers when you are printing large documents.

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This chapter provides basic information about your Gateway notebook. Read this chapter to find out how to:

Connect the AC adapter

Start and turn off your notebook

Identify the status indicators

Use the keyboard

Use the EZ Pad touchpad

Connect the modem

Connect to an Ethernet network

Install peripheral devices

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Connecting the AC adapter

You can run your notebook using an AC adapter or the notebook battery. The battery was shipped to you partially charged. You should use the AC adapter right away to fully charge the battery. Allow 24 hours for the battery to fully charge.

Important If the battery is not fully charged before you use your notebook on battery power for the first time, the battery life may be much shorter than you expect. If the battery life seems short even after being charged for 24 hours, the battery may need to be recalibrated. For information on recalibrating the battery, see “Recalibrating the battery” on page 132.

To connect the AC adapter:

1 Connect the power cord to the AC adapter.

Warning Replace the power cord if it becomes damaged. The replacement cord must be of the same type and voltage rating as the original cord or your notebook may be damaged.

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Connecting the AC adapter

2 Connect the AC adapter to your notebook’s power connector.

3 Plug the power cord into a wall outlet.

The battery charge indicator turns on (see “Front” on page 2 for the location of the battery charge indicator). If the battery charge indicator does not turn on, unplug the adapter from your notebook, then plug it back in.

4 When you finish using your notebook for the first time, turn your notebook off and leave your notebook connected to AC power for at least 24 hours. The battery charge indicator may not show a charge for several hours. For more information about the battery charge indicator on your model, see “Monitoring the battery charge” on page 130.

5 If the battery charge indicator does not show a full charge after 24 hours, contact Gateway Technical Support at www.gateway.com/support/contact.

Warning

Do not attempt to disassemble the AC adapter. The

 

AC adapter has no user-replaceable or user-serviceable

 

parts inside. The AC adapter has dangerous voltages that

 

can cause serious injury or death. Contact Gateway about

 

returning defective AC adapters.

 

 

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Protecting from power source problems

During a power surge, the voltage level of electricity coming into your computer can increase to far above normal levels and cause data loss or system damage. Protect your computer and peripheral devices by connecting them to a surge protector, which absorbs voltage surges and prevents them from reaching your computer.

Warning High voltages can enter your computer through both the power cord and the modem connection. Protect your computer by using a surge protector. If you have a telephone modem, use a surge protector that has a modem jack. If you have a cable modem, use a surge protector that has an antenna/cable TV jack. During an electrical storm, unplug both the surge protector and the modem.

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Starting your notebook

Starting your notebook

To start your notebook:

1 Open your notebook by sliding the latch on the front of your notebook to the right and lifting the LCD panel.

2 Press the power button located above the keyboard.

Power button

The power button is preset to On/Off mode. However, you can also set it to function in Standby/Resume mode. For instructions on changing the power button mode, see “Changing power settings” on page 137.

3 If you are starting your notebook for the first time, follow the on-screen instructions to set up your notebook.

Waking up your notebook

When you have not used your notebook for several minutes, it may enter a power-saving mode called Standby. While in Standby, the power indicator flashes.

If your notebook is in Standby mode, “wake” it up by pressing the power button. For more information on changing power-saving settings, see “Changing power settings” on page 137.

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Turning off your notebook

To turn off your notebook in Windows XP:

1 Click Start, then click Turn Off Computer. The Turn Off Computer dialog box opens.

2 Click Turn Off. Windows shuts down and turns off your notebook.

Important If for some reason you cannot use the Turn Off Computer option in Windows to turn off your notebook, press and hold the power button for about five seconds, then release it.

To turn off your notebook in Windows 2000:

1 Click Start, then click Shut Down. The Shut Down Windows dialog box opens.

2 Click the arrow button to open the What do you want your computer to do list, then click Shut down.

3 Click OK. Windows shuts down and turns off your notebook.

Important If for some reason you cannot use the Shut Down option in Windows to turn off your notebook, press and hold the power button for about five seconds, then release it.

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Restarting (rebooting) your notebook

Restarting (rebooting) your notebook

If your notebook does not respond to keyboard or touchpad input, you may have to close programs that are not responding. If closing unresponsive programs does not restore your notebook to normal operation, you may have to restart (reboot) your notebook.

To close unresponsive programs and restart your notebook:

1 Press CTRL+ALT+DEL. A window opens that lets you close a program that is not responding.

2

3

4

Click the program that is not responding.

Close the program by clicking End Task.

If your notebook does not respond, turn it off, wait ten seconds and turn it on again.

Important If your notebook does not turn off immediately, complete the following steps until the notebook turns off:

Press and hold the power button for about five seconds, then release it

Insert a straightened paper clip into the reset hole on the bottom of your notebook

Remove AC power and the battery for more than 10 seconds

As a part of the regular startup process, a program to check the disk status runs automatically. When the checks are finished, Windows starts.

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Status indicators

Status indicators inform you when a drive is being used or when a button has been pressed that affects how the keyboard is used.

 

 

 

 

Diskette drive

 

 

 

 

Scroll lock

 

 

Hard drive

 

 

Disc drive

Pad lock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caps lock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indicator

Icon

Description

Caps Lock

 

Caps Lock is turned on.

Pad Lock

 

The embedded numeric keypad is turned on.

 

1

 

Scroll Lock

 

Scroll Lock is turned on.

Diskette drive

 

The standard 1.44 MB diskette drive is in use.

Hard drive

 

The hard drive is in use.

Disc drive

 

The CD, DVD, or recordable drive is in use.

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Using the keyboard

Your notebook features a full-size keyboard that functions the same as a desktop computer keyboard. Many of the keys have been assigned alternate functions, including shortcut keys for Windows, function keys for specific system operations, and the Pad Lock keys for the numeric keypad.

You can attach an external keyboard to your notebook using a USB port. You do not need to shut down your notebook to connect a keyboard.

Function keys/ System keys

Navigation keys/ Volume keys

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FN key

 

Windows key

Numeric

Windows

 

Arrow keys

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

keypad

key

 

 

 

 

Application key

 

 

 

 

 

 

FN key

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Key types

The keyboard has several different types of keys. Some keys perform specific actions when pressed alone and other actions when pressed in combination with another key.

Key type

Icon

 

Description

 

 

 

 

 

Function keys

 

 

 

Press these keys labeled F1 to F12 to perform actions in

 

 

 

 

programs. For example, pressing F1 may open help.

 

 

 

 

Each program uses different function keys for different purposes.

 

 

 

 

Refer to the program documentation to find out more about the

 

 

 

 

function key actions.

 

 

 

 

 

System keys

 

 

 

Press these colored keys in combination with the FN key to

 

 

 

 

perform specific actions. For more information, see “System key

 

 

 

 

combinations” on page 25.

 

 

 

 

 

Navigation keys

 

 

 

Press these keys to move the cursor to the beginning of a line,

 

 

 

 

to the end of a line, up the page, down the page, to the beginning

 

 

 

 

of a document, or to the end of a document.

 

 

 

 

 

Volume keys

 

 

 

Press these colored keys in combination with the FN key to

 

 

 

 

increase or decrease the volume or to turn off all sound. For more

 

 

 

 

information, see “System key combinations” on page 25,

 

 

 

 

“Adjusting the volume” on page 81, and “Adjusting the volume

 

 

 

 

in Windows 2000” on page 84.

 

 

 

 

 

FN key

 

 

 

Press the FN key in combination with a colored system key (such

 

 

 

 

as STATUS, STANDBY, or PAUSE) to perform a specific action.

 

 

 

 

 

Application key

 

 

 

Press this key for quick access to shortcut menus and help

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

assistants in Windows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Windows key

 

 

 

Press this key to open the Windows Start menu. This key can

 

 

 

 

also be used in combination with other keys to open utilities like

 

 

 

 

F (Search utility), R (Run utility), and E (Explorer utility).

 

 

 

 

 

Numeric keypad

 

 

 

Use these keys to type numbers when the numeric keypad is

 

 

 

 

turned on. Press FN+PAD LOCK to turn on the numeric keypad.

 

 

 

 

 

Arrow keys

 

 

 

Press these keys to move the cursor up, down, right, or left.

 

 

 

 

 

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System key combinations

When you press an FN key and a system key at the same time, your notebook performs the action identified by the colored text or icon on the key.

Press and hold FN while

To...

pressing this system key...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Display the power status box in the upper-left corner of your

 

 

 

 

display. The box shows the battery charge level, the BIOS version,

 

 

 

 

and whether the AC adapter is being used. Press the key

 

 

 

 

combination again to close this box.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toggle the notebook display between the LCD, an external

 

 

 

 

monitor, or both displays at the same time. A monitor must be

 

 

 

 

plugged into the monitor port on your notebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enter Standby mode. Press the power button to leave Standby

 

 

 

 

mode. For more information, see “Changing power modes” on

 

 

 

 

page 136.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turn on Pad Lock so you can use the numeric keypad. Press this

 

 

 

 

key combination again to turn off Pad Lock. The Pad Lock status

 

 

 

 

indicator appears when this function is turned on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pause the text scrolling in a DOS screen. The Scroll Lock status

 

 

 

 

indicator appears when this function is turned on. Press the key

 

 

 

 

combination again to continue scrolling. (This function is only

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

available in some programs.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pause execution of a DOS program. (This function is only available

 

 

 

 

in some programs.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stop the currently running DOS program. (This function is only

 

 

 

 

available in some programs.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mute the sound. Press the key combination again to restore the

 

 

 

 

sound. For more information, see “Adjusting the volume” on

 

 

 

 

page 81, and “Adjusting the volume in Windows 2000” on

 

 

 

 

page 84.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Press and hold FN while

To...

pressing this system key...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Increase volume. For more information, see “Adjusting the

 

 

 

 

 

volume” on page 81, and “Adjusting the volume in Windows 2000”

 

 

 

 

 

on page 84.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decrease volume. For more information, see “Adjusting the

 

 

 

 

 

volume” on page 81, and “Adjusting the volume in Windows 2000”

 

 

 

 

 

on page 84.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Multi-function buttons

Multi-function buttons

Press the multi-function buttons to open programs you assign to them. These buttons can be assigned different functions than those listed. For more information, see “Programming the multi-function buttons” on page 165.

User-defined shortcut

Help

Internet

E-mail

Button

Icon

Press to...

E-mail

 

Open your e-mail program.

Internet

 

Open your Web browser.

Help

 

Open online help.

User-defined shortcut

 

Open the program you assign to this key.

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Using the EZ Pad touchpad

The EZ Pad™ consists of a touchpad, two buttons, and a rocker switch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left

 

 

Right

 

 

touchpad

 

 

touchpad

 

 

Rocker

Touchpad

button

button

 

 

 

 

switch

 

 

 

 

 

When you move your finger on the touchpad, the pointer (arrow) on the screen moves in the same direction.

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Using the EZ Pad touchpad

You can use the EZ-Pad left and right buttons below the touchpad to select objects.

You can assign a function to the rocker switch between the touchpad buttons. This function can be to scroll up or down, maximize or minimize the active window, or open and close the Start menu. For more information about programming the rocker switch, see “Changing the touchpad settings” on page 163.

Using the touchpad

To...

Do this...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Move the pointer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Move your finger around on the

on the screen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

touchpad. If you run out of space

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and need to move the pointer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

farther, lift your finger, move it to the

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

middle of the touchpad, then

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

continue moving your finger.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Select an object

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Position the pointer over the object.

on the screen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Press the left button below the

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

touchpad once. This action is

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

called clicking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start a program or open a file or folder.

Position the pointer over the object. Press the left button below the touchpad twice in rapid succession. This action is called double-clicking.

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To...

Do this...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Access a shortcut

 

 

 

 

Position the pointer over the object.

menu or find

 

 

 

 

Quickly press and release the right

 

 

 

 

more information

 

 

 

 

button once. This action is called

about an object

 

 

 

 

right-clicking.

on the screen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Move an object

 

Position the pointer over the object.

on the screen.

 

Press the left button and hold it

 

 

 

down, then use the touchpad to

 

 

 

move (drag) the object to the

 

 

 

 

 

 

appropriate part of the screen.

 

 

 

Release the button to drop the

 

 

 

object where you want it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Connecting the modem

Connecting the modem

Your notebook has a built-in 56K modem that you can use to connect it to a standard telephone line.

Caution To reduce the risk of fire, use only No. 26 AWG or larger telecommunications line cord.

To connect the modem:

1 Insert one end of the modem cable into the modem jack on the left side of your notebook.

2 Insert the other end of the modem cable into a telephone wall jack. The modem will not work with digital or PBX telephone lines.

3 Start your notebook, then start your communications program.

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Connecting to a wired Ethernet network

Your notebook has a network jack that you can use to connect it to a 10/100 wired Ethernet network.

Important Your notebook may be equipped with built-in wireless Ethernet or you may have a wireless Ethernet PC Card for networking. For information about connecting to a wireless Ethernet network, see “Using a Wireless Ethernet Network” on page 169. For information about installing a wireless Ethernet PC Card, see “Adding and removing a PC Card” on page 252.

To connect to a wired Ethernet network:

1 Insert one end of the network cable into the network jack

 

 

 

on the

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

left side of your notebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Insert the other end of the network cable into a network jack. Ask your network administrator to help you select the correct network jack.

Your notebook is now physically connected to the network. Your network administrator can help you log onto your network.

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Broadband Internet connections

You can use your notebook’s Ethernet jack for more than just networking. Many broadband Internet connections, such as cable modems and DSL modems, connect to your notebook’s Ethernet jack. For more information, see “Using the Internet” on page 67.

Installing a printer, scanner, or other peripheral device

Your computer has one or more of the following ports: Universal Serial Bus (USB) and parallel. These ports are used for connecting peripheral devices such as printers, scanners, and digital cameras to your computer. For more information about port locations, see “Checking Out Your Gateway Solo 1450” on page 1.

USB ports support plug-and-play and hot swapping, which means that your computer will usually recognize such a device whenever you plug it into the appropriate port. When you use a USB device for the first time, your computer will prompt you to install any software the device needs. After doing this, you can disconnect and reconnect the device at any time.

Parallel port devices are not plug-and-play. Refer to the device documentation for detailed information and installation instructions.

Help and For more information about installing peripheral devices in

Support Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.

Type the keyword installing devices in the HelpSpot

Search box , then click the arrow.

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Getting Help 3

This chapter tells you about additional information resources available to help you use your computer. Read this chapter to learn how to access:

HelpSpot

Online help

Gateway Web site

Chapter 3: Getting Help

HelpSpot

Your computer may include HelpSpot, an easily accessible collection of help information, troubleshooters, instructional videos, and automated support. Use HelpSpot to answer questions about Windows and to help you quickly discover and use the many features of your Gateway computer. HelpSpot also has an area called Contact Gateway that helps you find the right resource at Gateway to answer your questions or help solve your problems.

To start HelpSpot:

Click Start, then click Help and Support. HelpSpot opens.

If this is the first time you have started HelpSpot on your computer, you may experience a brief wait while HelpSpot builds the help database, then HelpSpot will display an introductory video.

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HelpSpot

You can find help information by clicking a link, performing a search, or browsing the index. To learn about using your Gateway computer, your touchpad, and other tasks, click the Using your computer link on the HelpSpot main page.

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Searching for a topic

To search for a topic in HelpSpot, type a word or phrase (keyword) in the Search box located at the top of any HelpSpot screen, then click the arrow button.

Search box

Search results header

Search results headers

For each search, you receive the following search result types:

Suggested Topics - These topics are located in HelpSpot and are relevant to your search topic

Full-text Search Matches - These topics are located in HelpSpot and contain the words you entered in the Search box

Microsoft Knowledge Base - These topics are located on the Microsoft.com Web site (you must be connected to the Internet to search for and access these topics) and contain the words you entered in the Search box

Gateway.com Search - These topics are located on the Gateway.com Web site (you must be connected to the Internet to search for and access these topics) and contain the words you entered in the Search box

To view a list of your search results, click the results header for the type of results you want to view.

To view a topic, click the topic name in the Search Results list.

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HelpSpot

HelpSpot Videos

HelpSpot contains several short videos to help introduce you to new concepts or show you how to perform various tasks.

To play a HelpSpot video:

To watch a video in HelpSpot, click Video Tutorials on the HelpSpot home page, then click a video title. The video plays.

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Online help

Many programs provide information online so you can research a topic or learn how to perform a task while you are using the program. Most online help information can be accessed by selecting a topic from a Help menu or by clicking a Help button.

You can search for information by viewing the help contents, checking the index, searching for a topic or keyword, or browsing through the online help.

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Gateway Web site

Gateway Web site

Gateway provides a variety of information on its Web site to help you use your computer.

Visit the Gateway Web site at www.gateway.com for:

Technical documentation and product guides

Technical tips and support, including online chat services

Hardware drivers

Order status

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

For more information about connecting to the Internet, see “Using the Internet” on page 67.

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Windows Basics 4

Read this chapter to learn on how to:

Use the Windows desktop

Manage files and folders

Work with documents

Use shortcuts

Chapter 4: Windows Basics

About the Windows environment

After your computer starts, the first screen you see is the Windows desktop. The desktop is like the top of a real desk. Think of the desktop as your personalized work space where you open programs and perform other tasks.

Your desktop may be different from the example shown below, depending on how your computer is set up.

Help and

For more information about the Windows XP desktop, click

Support

Start, then click Help and Support.

 

Type the keyword Windows desktop in the HelpSpot

 

Search box

, then click the arrow.

 

 

 

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