Gateway 200 User Manual

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1 Checking Out Your Gateway 200. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Front . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Left side . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Right side . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Back . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Bottom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Keyboard area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Identifying your model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

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

2 Checking Out Your Gateway 200 Docking Station . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Top . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Front . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Left Side . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Right Side . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Back . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Bottom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

3 Getting Started. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Connecting the AC adapter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Protecting from power source problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Starting your notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Waking up your notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Turning off your notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Restarting (rebooting) your notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Connecting to the docking station . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Separating from the docking station . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Status indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Using the keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Key types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 System key combinations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Internet button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Using the EZ Pad touchpad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Using the touchpad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

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Connecting the modem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Connecting to a wired Ethernet network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Broadband Internet connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Installing a printer, scanner, or other peripheral device . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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4 Getting Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49

HelpSpot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Searching for a topic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 HelpSpot videos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Online help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Gateway Web site . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Using eSupport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56

5 Windows Basics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57

About the Windows environment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Using the desktop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Using the Start menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Adding icons to the desktop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Identifying window items . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 Working with files and folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 Viewing drives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 Creating folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 Copying and moving files and folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Deleting files and folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Browsing for files and folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70 Searching for files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 Using the Windows Search utility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Working with documents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Creating a new document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Saving a document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 Opening a document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Printing a document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78 Shortcuts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79

6 Using the Internet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81

Learning about the Internet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82 Setting up an Internet account . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Accessing your Internet account . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84 Using the World Wide Web . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Connecting to a Web site . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 Downloading files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Using e-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88

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Sending e-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Checking your e-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89

7 Using Multimedia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91

Using drives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 Using the diskette drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Using the DVD or recordable CD drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Changing drives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Adjusting the volume . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Adjusting the volume in Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Adjusting the volume in Windows 2000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Listening to CDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Listening to CDs in Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Listening to CDs in Windows 2000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 Recording and playing audio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 Playing audio and video files with the Windows Media Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 Using MusicMatch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 Playing CDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 Creating MP3 music files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 Editing track information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Building a music library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 Changing the music library display settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Listening to Internet radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Using advanced features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 Using a recordable CD drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 Creating data CDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 Creating music CDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 Copying CDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127 Playing a DVD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130 Capturing video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132

8 Sending and Receiving Faxes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Installing and configuring Fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Installing Fax in Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Configuring Fax in Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Configuring Fax in Windows 2000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Sending a simple fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Setting up your cover page template . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Faxing from programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Faxing a scanned document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Receiving and viewing a fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Canceling a fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Automatically retry sending a fax in Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Automatically cancelling a fax in Windows XP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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9 Managing Power. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .147

Monitoring the battery charge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .148 Recharging the battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .149 Recalibrating the battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150 Changing batteries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .151 Extending battery life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .153

Conserving battery power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .153 Using alternate power sources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .153 Changing power modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .154 Changing power settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .155 Changing the power scheme . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .155 Changing alarm options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .157 Changing advanced settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .158 Activating and using Hibernate mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .159 Changing SpeedStep settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .161

10 Travel Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .165

Modem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .166 Radio frequency wireless connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .166 Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .167 Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .167 Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .168 Additional tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .169

11 Customizing Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .171

Adjusting the screen and desktop settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .172 Adjusting the color depth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .172 Adjusting the screen resolution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .174 Changing the colors on your Windows desktop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .175 Changing the desktop background . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .178 Selecting a screen saver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .181

Changing the touchpad settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .183 Adding and modifying user accounts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .184

12 Networking Your Computer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .187

Benefits of networking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .188 Sharing a single Internet connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .188 Sharing drives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .188 Sharing peripheral devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .189 Streaming audio and video files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .189

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Playing multi-player games . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189 Selecting a network connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190 Wired Ethernet network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190 Wireless Ethernet network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190 Using a wired Ethernet network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191 Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, or Gigabit Ethernet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191 Example wired Ethernet network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192 Equipment you need for a wired Ethernet network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193 Using a wireless Ethernet network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194 Example access point wireless Ethernet network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195 Equipment you need for an access point wireless Ethernet network . . . . . . 196 Example peer-to-peer wireless Ethernet network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197 Equipment you need for a peer-to-peer wireless Ethernet network . . . . . . . 198 For more information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198 Using your notebook on a network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199 Installing and configuring your notebook for Ethernet networking . . . . . . . . . 199 Turning your wireless Ethernet on or off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199

13 Moving from Your Old Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Using the Windows XP Files and Settings Transfer Wizard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Transferring files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Finding your files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

203

Transferring Internet settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

205

Setting up your ISP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Transferring your e-mail and address book . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Transferring your Internet shortcuts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

206

Installing your old printer or scanner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

206

Installing a USB printer or scanner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

206

Installing a parallel port printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

207

Installing your old programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

208

14 Maintaining Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209

Caring for your computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210 Creating an emergency startup diskette . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 212 Protecting your computer from viruses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 214 Managing hard drive space . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217 Checking hard drive space . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217 Using Disk Cleanup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218 Checking the hard drive for errors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219 Defragmenting the hard drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221 Backing up files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223 Using the Scheduled Task Wizard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224 Cleaning your computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 226

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Cleaning the exterior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .226 Cleaning the keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .227 Cleaning the computer screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .227 Cleaning the mouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .227

15 Restoring Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .229

Using the Restoration CDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .230 Reinstalling device drivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .231 Updating device drivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .233 Reinstalling programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .235 Reinstalling Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .238

16 Upgrading Your Notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .241

Adding and removing a PC Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .242 Preventing static electricity discharge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .244 Adding or replacing memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .246

17 Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .249

Safety guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .250 First steps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .251 Software support tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .251 Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .252 CD, DVD, or recordable CD drives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .252 Cleaning CDs or DVDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .254 Device installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .254 Diskette drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .255 Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .256 File management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .257 Hard drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .257 Internet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .258 Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .260 Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .260 Modem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .261 Mouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .266 Networks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .267 Passwords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .267 PC Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .268 Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .268 Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .269 Sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .271 Touchpad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .271 Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .271

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Telephone support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 273 Before calling Gateway Technical Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 273 Telephone numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 274 Tutoring and training . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 275 Self-help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 275 Tutoring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 275 Training . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 276

A Safety, Regulatory, and Legal Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 277

Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 289

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Checking Out 1

Your Gateway 200

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

 

are traveling, click Start, All Programs, then

 

click Gateway Utilities. You can also

 

download an electronic copy from

 

support.gateway.com/support/manlib/.

 

 

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Front

 

LCD panel release latch

 

 

Component

Description

 

 

LCD panel release latch

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

 

 

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Left side

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modem jack

 

 

USB

IEEE

 

 

 

 

PC card

PC card slot

 

 

 

 

port

1394

 

 

 

 

eject button

 

 

Ethernet jack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

port

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power

 

connector

Microphone

 

 

 

 

Headphone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jack

jack

 

 

Component

Icon

 

 

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modem jack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Connecting the modem” on page 46.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ethernet jack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

information, see “Connecting to a wired Ethernet network” on

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

page 47 and “Networking Your Computer” on page 187.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power connector

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plug the AC adapter cable into this connector.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USB port

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mouse) into this port.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IEEE 1394 port

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plug an IEEE 1394 (also known as Firewire® or i.Link® ) device

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(such as a digital camcorder) into this 6-pin IEEE 1394 port.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Microphone jack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plug a microphone into this jack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Headphone jack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

speakers and docking station speakers are turned off when

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

speakers or headphones are plugged into this jack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Component

Icon

Description

 

 

 

PC Card eject

 

Press the eject button to remove the PC Card from the PC Card

button

 

slot. For more information, see “Adding and removing a PC Card”

 

 

on page 242.

 

 

 

PC Card slot

 

Insert one Type I or Type II PC Card into this slot. For more

 

 

information, see “Adding and removing a PC Card” on page 242.

 

 

 

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Right side

Right side

Ventilation fan USB port Monitor port

Component

Icon

Description

 

 

 

Ventilation fan

 

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

 

 

these slots.

 

 

 

USB port

 

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

 

 

Zip™ drive, printer, scanner, camera, keyboard, or mouse) into this

 

 

port.

 

 

 

Monitor port

 

Plug an analog VGA monitor into this port.

 

 

 

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Back

 

 

Kensington

 

 

lock slot

 

 

 

Component

Icon

Description

 

 

 

Kensington™

 

Secure your computer to an object by connecting a Kensington

lock slot

 

cable lock to this slot.

 

 

 

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Bottom

Bottom

Battery latch

 

 

 

 

 

 

Battery bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

Battery latch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memory bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

Docking port

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mini PCI bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

System identification label

Component

Icon

Description

 

 

 

Battery latch

 

Slide to release the battery.

 

 

 

Memory bay

 

Install a memory module into this bay. For more information, see

 

 

“Adding or replacing memory” on page 246.

 

 

 

Battery bay

 

Insert the battery into this bay. For more information, see

 

 

“Changing batteries” on page 151.

 

 

 

Docking port

 

Connect the docking station to this port.

 

 

Warning! Power is passed through this connection. This docking

 

 

connection is certified to UL 1950 for use only with Gateway 200

 

 

docking stations.

 

 

 

Mini PCI bay

 

The optional wireless Ethernet mini PCI card is located in this bay.

 

 

 

System

 

Includes the product model number. For more information, see

identification

 

“Identifying your model” on page 10.

label

 

 

 

 

 

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Keyboard area

For information on using your keyboard, see “Using the keyboard” on page 37.

Power

button Internet button

Keyboard

 

Speakers

Touchpad Status indicators

 

 

 

Component

Icon

Description

 

 

 

Internet button

 

Press this button to open your Web browser. For more

 

 

information, see “Internet button” on page 41.

 

 

 

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 35.

 

 

 

Touchpad

 

Provides all the functionality of a mouse. For more

 

 

information, see “Using the EZ Pad touchpad” on

 

 

page 43.

 

 

 

Speakers

 

Provide audio output when headphones or amplified

 

 

speakers are not plugged in.

 

 

 

 

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Keyboard area

 

 

 

 

Component

Icon

Description

 

 

 

 

Keyboard

 

Provides all the features of a full-sized 82-key keyboard.

 

 

For more information, see “Using the keyboard” on

 

 

page 37.

 

 

 

 

Power button

 

Press to turn the power 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 power settings” on page 155.

 

 

 

 

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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

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 also contains your customer ID number.

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

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Identifying your model

Internal wireless label

A label similar to the following indicates your computer contains a wireless communications device. The label is located on the bottom of your notebook.

IEEE 802.11b RLAN Approvals:

FCC ID HFS9550015318

CANADA ID 1787104509A

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 support.gateway.com. The eSupport page also has links to additional Gateway documentation and detailed specifications.

In Windows XP, view your computer’s serial number by clicking Start, Help and Support, then clicking View system serial number. Check your specifications by clicking Start, Help and Support, then clicking See your PC’s configuration.

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Finding your specifications

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

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Accessories

Gateway offers accessories that can help you make the most of using your notebook. To order accessories, visit the Accessory Store at accessories.gateway.com.

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 you can swap batteries when necessary. See “Changing batteries” on page 151 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.

Docking station

Although you can attach devices directly to your notebook, a docking station lets you make all of those connections at one time. When you travel with your notebook, you merely disconnect from the docking station instead of unplugging all the devices.

A docking station also provides additional ports and other expansion features not included with your notebook. See “Checking Out Your Gateway 200 Docking Station” on page 17 for more information about using a docking station with your notebook.

Peripheral devices

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

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. See “Adding or replacing memory” on page 246 for more information.

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Accessories

Printers

You can attach almost any type of printer 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 48 for more information about attaching a printer to your notebook.

Inkjet printers and cartridges are relatively inexpensive, but 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 they print much faster than inkjet printers. Laser printers are better than inkjet printers when you are printing large documents.

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Your Gateway 200 2

Docking Station

The docking station gives you access to additional drives and ports not found on your notebook.

The docking station also gives you a convenient way to attach external devices such as a monitor or a full-size keyboard. Although devices can be attached directly to the ports on your notebook, the docking station lets you make all of those connections in one step.

Read this chapter to learn how to identify the features of your docking station.

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Top

Docking connector

5.25-inch

 

 

 

 

3.5-inch

module bay

 

 

 

 

module bay

release latch

 

 

 

 

release latch

Component

Description

 

 

Docking connector

Connect your notebook to this connector.

 

Warning! Power is passed through this connection. This

 

docking connection is certified to UL 1950 for use only

 

with Gateway 200 notebooks.

 

 

3.5-inch module bay release latch

Slide to release the module.

 

 

5.25-inch module bay release latch

Slide to release the module.

 

 

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Front

5.25-inch

Undock

3.5-inch

modular bay

button

modular bay

Component

Description

 

 

5.25-inch modular bay

Use this bay for a DVD, CD-RW, or combination

 

DVD/CD-RW drive. For more information, see “Changing

 

drives” on page 96.

 

To determine the type of drive in the modular bay,

 

examine the drive tray’s plastic cover and compare the

 

logo to those listed in “Identifying drive types” on

 

page 94.

 

 

Undock button

Press this button to prepare your notebook to be

 

undocked while your notebook is turned on. For more

 

information, see “Separating from the docking station” on

 

page 33.

 

 

3.5-inch modular bay

Use this bay for a diskette drive. For more information,

 

see “Changing drives” on page 96.

 

 

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Left Side

Docking

S/PDIF digital

Speaker

release lever

audio jack

 

Component

Icon

Description

 

 

 

Docking release lever

 

Pull to release your notebook from the docking station.

 

 

For more information, see “Separating from the docking

 

 

station” on page 33.

 

 

 

S/PDIF digital audio jack

 

Plug a digital audio cable into this jack.

 

 

 

Speaker

 

Provides audio output when headphones or amplified

 

 

speakers are not plugged in.

 

 

 

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Right Side

Speaker

Docking

 

release lever

Component

Description

 

 

Speaker

Provides audio output when headphones or amplified speakers are

 

not plugged in.

 

 

Docking release lever

Pull to release your notebook from the docking station. For more

 

information, see “Separating from the docking station” on page 33.

 

 

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Back

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kensington

 

 

Serial

Parallel

Monitor

 

 

 

 

lock slide

 

 

port

port

port

 

 

 

 

 

PS/2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ethernet

 

Kensington

 

port

 

 

 

 

 

 

jack

 

lock slot

 

 

USB

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connector

 

 

ports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IEEE 1394 port

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Component

Icon

 

 

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kensington™ lock slide

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slide to the left to open the Kensington lock slot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PS/2 port

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plug a Personal System/2 (PS/2) keyboard or mouse into

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

this port. Attaching a PS/2 mouse to your docking station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

may deactivate the touchpad. Attaching a PS/2 keyboard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

to your docking station may deactivate the built-in

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

keyboard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USB ports

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

keyboard, or mouse) into these ports.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IEEE 1394 port

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plug an IEEE 1394 (also known as Firewire® or i.Link® )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

device (such as a digital camcorder) into this 4-pin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IEEE 1394 port.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Serial port

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plug a serial device (such as a digital camera) into this

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

port.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parallel port

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monitor port

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plug an analog VGA monitor into this port.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Component

Icon

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ethernet jack

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

more information, see “Connecting to a wired Ethernet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

network” on page 47 and “Networking Your Computer”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

on page 187.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power connector

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plug the AC adapter cable into this connector.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kensington™ lock slot

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secure your computer to an object by connecting a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kensington cable lock to this slot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bottom

Docking release lever

3.5-inch

5.25-inch

module bay

module bay

Docking release lever

System identification label

Component

Description

 

 

Docking release lever

Pull to release your notebook from the docking station. For more

 

information, see “Separating from the docking station” on page 33.

 

 

System identification

Includes the product model number. For more information, see

label

“Identifying your model” on page 10.

 

 

5.25-inch modular bay

Use this bay for a DVD, CD-RW, or combination DVD/CD-RW drive. For

 

more information, see “Changing drives” on page 96.

 

To determine the type of drive in the modular bay, examine the drive

 

tray’s plastic cover and compare the logo to those listed in “Identifying

 

drive types” on page 94.

 

 

3.5-inch modular bay

Use this bay for a diskette drive. For more information, see “Changing

 

drives” on page 96.

 

 

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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

Connect and separate from the docking station

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, see “Recalibrating the battery” on page 150.

To connect the AC adapter:

1 Connect the power cord to the AC adapter.

Warning Make sure that you use the AC adapter that came with your notebook.

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

-OR-

Connect the AC adapter to the docking station if the docking station is installed.

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3 Plug the power cord into a wall outlet. The battery charge indicator turns on (see “Status indicators” on page 35 for the location of the battery charge indicator). If the battery charge indicator does not turn on, unplug the adapter from your notebook or docking station, 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 meters may not show a charge for several hours. For more information about the battery charge meter, see “Monitoring the battery charge” on page 148.

5 If the battery charge meters do not show a full charge after 24 hours, contact Gateway Technical Support at support.gateway.com.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Protecting from power source problems

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

Warning High voltages can enter your notebook through both the power cord and the modem connection. Protect your notebook 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 155.

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

 

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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 155.

Turning off your notebook

Important If for some reason you cannot use the Turn Off Computer or Shut Down 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 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.

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.

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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 your notebook turns off:

1Press and hold the power button for about five seconds, then release it.

2Remove 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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Connecting to the docking station

You can dock your notebook while your notebook is on or off.

To attach your notebook to the docking station:

1 Connect external devices to the ports and jacks on the docking station.

2

3

Warning Unplug the network and monitor (VGA) cables from your notebook before attaching your notebook to the docking station. Failure to unplug these cables may result in damage to your notebook or connectors.

Connect the AC adapter to the docking station.

Place the front part of your notebook on the two docking station hooks.

4 Press the back part of your notebook down until it clicks fully into the docking station.

Warning

Press down on the outside edges of your notebook. Do not

 

press in the middle or you may damage the LCD screen.

 

 

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Separating from the docking station

Important After the docking station is connected correctly, the “Dock Change” message may appear on your display. You can use your notebook after this message disappears.

Separating from the docking station

You can separate your notebook from the docking station while your notebook is on or off.

To separate your notebook from the docking station:

1 If your notebook is turned on, press the Undock button on front of the docking station for one second. The “Dock Change” message appears on the screen.

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If your notebook is turned on, in Windows XP, click Start, then click Undock Computer. The Undock Computer menu item appears in the Start menu only while your notebook is docked. The “Dock Change” message appears on the screen.

-OR-

If your notebook is turned on, in Windows 2000, click Start, then click Eject PC. The Eject PC menu item appears in the Start menu only while your notebook is docked. The “Dock Change” message appears on the screen.

-OR-

If your notebook is turned off, go to Step 2.

2 Pull out the two docking release levers until they click. Your notebook pops up slightly.

3

4

5

6

Tilt the back of your notebook up.

Lift your notebook off of the docking station.

Disconnect the AC adapter from the docking station.

Connect the AC adapter to your notebook.

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Status indicators

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pad lock

 

 

Power

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caps lock

 

Hard drive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scroll lock

Battery

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Indicator

Icon

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pad Lock

 

 

 

 

 

Numeric keypad is turned on. For more information, see “System

 

1

key combinations” on page 39.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caps Lock

 

 

 

 

 

Caps Lock is turned on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scroll Lock

 

 

 

 

 

Scroll Lock is turned on. For more information, see “System key

 

 

 

 

 

 

combinations” on page 39.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power

 

 

 

 

 

This indicator shows your notebook power status:

 

 

 

 

 

 

LED on - power is on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LED blinking - power is in Standby mode.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LED off - power is off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hard drive

 

 

 

 

 

The hard drive is in use.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Battery

 

 

 

 

 

This indicator shows your battery status:

 

 

 

 

 

 

LED green - battery is fully charged

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LED amber - battery is charging

 

 

 

 

 

 

LED off - notebook is running on battery only

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 or docking station using a USB or PS/2 port. You do not need to shut down your notebook to connect a USB keyboard. We recommend you shut down your notebook before connecting a PS/2 keyboard.

Function keys/System keys

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FN/Application key

Windows key

Numeric keypad

Arrow/Navigation keys

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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.

 

 

 

 

See 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Arrow keys

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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).

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 or docking station.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enter Standby mode. Press the power button to leave Standby

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

page 154.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

sound. For more information, see “Adjusting the volume in

 

 

 

 

Windows XP” on page 98 and “Adjusting the volume in

 

 

 

 

Windows 2000” on page 101.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decrease volume. For more information, see “Adjusting the

 

 

 

 

volume in Windows XP” on page 98 and “Adjusting the volume in

 

 

 

 

Windows 2000” on page 101.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Increase volume. For more information, see “Adjusting the volume

 

 

 

 

in Windows XP” on page 98 and “Adjusting the volume in

 

 

 

 

Windows 2000” on page 101.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. Press this key

 

 

 

 

combination again to continue scrolling. The Scroll Lock status

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

indicator appears when this function is turned on. (This function

 

 

 

 

is only available in some programs.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

available in some programs.)

 

 

 

 

 

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Press and hold FN while

To...

pressing this system key...

 

 

 

 

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

 

available in some programs.)

 

 

 

Perform an action specified by the currently running program.

 

(This function is only available in some programs.)

 

 

 

Move the cursor up one screen. (This function is only available

 

in some programs.)

 

 

 

Decrease the brightness of the display.

 

 

PgDn

Move the cursor down one screen. (This function is only available

in some programs.)

 

 

 

Increase the brightness of the display.

 

 

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