Gateway 8510, 8550, M-68, MX8520, MX8530 Owner's Manual

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Gateway Notebook
User Guide

Contents

Gateway Web site . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Using Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Help and Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Searching for a topic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
BigFix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Using Your Computer guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Online help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
2 Checking Out Your Gateway Notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Front . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Left . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Right . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Back . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Bottom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Keyboard area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Identifying your model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Gateway model and serial number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Finding your specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
3Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Installing the battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Connecting the AC adapter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Protecting from power source problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Connecting the dial-up modem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Connecting to a cable or DSL modem or to an Ethernet ne twork . . . . . . 24
Starting your notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Waking up your notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Turning off your notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Restarting (rebooting) your notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Status indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Using the keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Key types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
System key combinations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Using the EZ Pad touchpad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Using the touchpad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
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Adjusting the volume . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37
Turning your wireless radio on or off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38
4 Using Drives and Ports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39
Using the DVD drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40
Identifying drive types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40
Inserting a CD or DVD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41
Playing a CD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42
Playing a DVD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42
Creating CDs and DVDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42
Using the memory card reader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43
Memory card types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43
Inserting a memory card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43
Using a memory card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43
Removing a memory card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44
Adding and removing a PC Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44
Viewing the display on a projector or monitor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47
Viewing the display on a television . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49
Modifying television settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52
Connecting a video camera to your notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53
5 Managing Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55
Monitoring the battery charge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56
Recharging the battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57
Recalibrating the battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57
Changing batteries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58
Extending battery life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60
Conserving battery power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60
Using alternate power sources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61
Changing power modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62
6 Upgrading Your Notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63
Preventing static electricity discharge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64
Adding or replacing memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65
Replacing the hard drive kit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68
7 Using the Optional Port Replicator. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73
Front . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74
Back . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75
Connecting to the port replicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76
Attaching to the port replicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76
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Disconnecting from the port replicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Securing your port replicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
8 Maintaining Your Notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
Caring for your notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
Cleaning your notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
Cleaning the exterior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
Cleaning the keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
Cleaning the notebook screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
Cleaning CDs or DVDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
Protecting your notebook from viruses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Updating Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Restoring your system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Microsoft System Restore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Reinstalling programs and drivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Restoring your notebook to the original configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
9 Troubleshooting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Safety guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
First steps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Audio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
CD drives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Device installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
DVD drives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
File management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Hard drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Internet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102
Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102
Memory card reader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
Modem (dial-up) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
Mouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
Networks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
Passwords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108
PC Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108
Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
Sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
Touchpad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
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Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113
Telephone support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .114
Before calling Gateway Customer Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .114
Telephone numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115
Self-help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .116
Tutoring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .116
Training . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .116
A Safety, Regulatory, and Legal Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .117
Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
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Chapter 1

Getting Help

Using the Gatewa y We b site
Using Help and Support
•Using BigFix
Using Your Co mputer guide
Using online help
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Thank y ou for purchasing our notebook!
Y ou have made an excellent decision choosing Gateway. We are sure that you will be pleased with the outstanding quality, reliability, and performance of your new notebook. Each and every Gateway notebook uses the latest technology and passes through the m ost strin gent qual ity control tests to ensure that you are provided with the best product possible.
Your new Gateway notebook is designed to provide an exceptional balance of performance and portability. Your notebook uses the latest chipset and mobile processor technologies to manage the processor speed and power consumption for a greater battery life experience. This design provides you with maximum performance when plugged into AC power balanced with optimized battery life when on battery power.
Please read this manual carefully to familiarize yourself with our range of services and support. We have highlighted some basic care and safety information to help you keep your notebook in good operating condition.
Gateway stands behind our value propo sition to our customers — to provide best-of-class service and support in addition to high-quality, brand-name components at affordable prices. If you ever have a problem, our knowledgeable, dedicated customer service department will provide you with fast, considerate service.
We sincerely hope that you will receive the utmost satisfaction and enjoyment from your new Gateway notebook for years to come.
Thank you again, from all of us at Gateway.
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Gateway Web site

Gatewa y W eb site
Gateway's online support is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week and provides the most current drivers, product specifications, tutorials, and personalized information about your notebook. Visit the Gateway Support Web site at support.gateway.com
.

Using Support

The Support site is divided into seven major areas:
Support Home
Product Support
Downloads
Customer Ser vice
Upgrade Center
Resources
Contact Us
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Support Home
Click Su pport Home, then click Computers. T o view support documents for your notebook, type your serial number in the click
Submit.
Serial Number box, then
Click the arrow button to open the click
Notebook Computers to access product documentation,
specifications, and guides for all Gateway notebooks.
Select Y our Compute r Product box, then
Product Support
Click Product Support to view a list of all the products that Gateway supports.
Downloads
Click Downloads to ge t the lat est softw are upda tes for BI OS and dr iver upgrades. By entering your serial number you get drivers specific to your notebook. Click wizard to locate your drive rs.
Browse All Downloads to walk through a step-by-step
Customer Service
Click Customer Service to view information about your account and general information about warranties and special offers.
Upgrade Cent er
Click Upgrade Center to view and purchase upgrades for your notebook.
Resources
Click Resources to access utilities to help you manage your notebook.
Contact Us
Click Contact Us to access links to customer care with a live technician, including chat and e-mail. Click numbers for both sales and support. For more information, see
“Telephone support” on page 114.
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Call Us to get a list of Gateway telephone
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Help and Support

Help and Support
Your notebook includes Help and Support , an easily accessible collection of help information, troubleshooters, and aut omated supp ort. Use He lp and Support to answer questions about W indows and to help you quickly discover and use the many features of your Gateway notebook.
To start Help and Support:
Click Start, then click Help and Support. Help and Support opens.
You can find help information by clicking a link, performing a search, or browsing the index.
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Searching for a topic

To search for a topic in Help and Support, type a word or phrase (keyword) in the
Search box located at the top of any Help and Support screen, then
click the arrow button. For each search, you receive the following search result types:
Suggested Topics - These topics are located in Help and Support and
are relevant to your search to pic.
Full-text Search Matches - These topics are located in Help and
Support and contain the words you entered in the
Microsoft Knowledge Base - These topics are located on the Microsoft
We b site and contain the words you entered in the must be connected to the Internet to search for and access these topics.
To view a list of your search results, click the results header for the type of results you want to view.
Search box.
Search box. You
To view a topic, clic k the top ic name in the
Search Result s list.

BigFix

Your notebook may include BigFix. BigFix monitors your notebook for problems and conflicts. It automatically gathers information about the latest bugs, security alerts, and updates from BigFix sites on the Internet. Whenever BigFix detects a problem, it alerts you by flashing the blue taskbar icon. To fix the problem, click on that icon to open BigFix.
To start BigFix:
Click Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, then cli c k BigFix.
To learn more about using BigFix:
From the BigFix program, click Help, then click Tutorial.
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Using Your Computer gu ide

Using Your Comput er guide
In addition to this guide, the Using Y our Comp uter guide has been included on your hard drive. The Using Your Computer guide includes information on using Windows, using the Internet, sending a fax, and changing power-saving settings as well as other topics.
To acces s the Using Your Computer guide:
Click Start, All Programs, then click Gateway Documentation.

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. You can access most online help information by selecting a topic from a menu or by clicking a
Help button.
Help
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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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Chapter 2
Checking Out Your Gateway Notebook
Identifying f eatures
Locating your notebook’ s model an d serial number
Locating the Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity
Locating the specifications f or yo ur notebook
Purchasing accessories
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Front

Speaker
Microphone
Headphone jack
jack
Memory card reader
Battery
charge
indicator
LCD panel r elease la tch
Speaker
Power indicator
Component Icon Description
Speakers Provide audio output when headphones or amplified speak ers
are not plugged in.
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Memory card reader
Battery charge indicator
Plug a microphone into this jack.
Plug ampli fied spea kers or headp hones int o this jack . The built-in speakers are turned off when speakers or headphones are plugged into this jack.
Insert a memory card from a digital camera, MP3 play e r, PDA, or cellular telephone into the memory card reader. For more information, see “Using the memory card reader” on page 43. The memory card reader supports Memory Stick Stick Pro
®
, MultiMediaCard™, and Secure Digital™.
LED blue - battery is fully charged. LED purple - battery is charging. LED blinking red - battery charge is very low. LED solid red - battery is malfunctioning.
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, Memory
Power indicator
LCD panel release latch
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LED on - notebook is on.
LED blinking - notebook is in Standby mode.
LED off - notebook is off.
Open the LCD panel by sliding the release latch.
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Left

USB ports
Kensington lock slot
S-Video out jack
Component Icon Description
Ventilation fan
Left
IEEE 1394 port PC Card slot
Kensington™ lock slot
USB ports Plug USB devices (such as a diskette drive, flash drive,
S-Video out jack
Ventilation fan Helps cool internal components.
Secure your notebook to an object by connecting a Kensington cable lock to this slot.
printer, scann er, camera, keyboard, or mouse) int o these ports.
Plug an S-Video device, such as a television, into this jack. For more inf ormation, see “Vie wing the displa y on a television”
on page 49.
Warning: Do not work for long periods with the notebook resting on your lap. If the air vents are blocked, the notebook may become hot enough to harm your skin.
Caution: Do not block or inse rt ob jects int o these sl ots. If these slots are b locked, y our notebook ma y ove rheat resulting in unexpected shutdown or permanent damage to the notebook.
Caution: Provide adequate space around your notebook so air vents are not obstr ucted. Do not use t he noteb ook on a bed, sofa, rug, or other similar surface.
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Component Icon Description
IEEE 1394 por t Plug an IEEE 1394 (also known as Firewire® or i.Link®)
device (s uch as a dig ital camc order) into th is 4-pin I EEE 1394 port.
PC Card slot Insert one T ype II PC Card into this slot. F or more information,
see “Adding and removing a PC Card” on page 44.

Right

DVD d ri v e
USB ports
Component Icon Description
DVD/CD-RW or multi-format DV D ± R W d r iv e
USB por ts Plug USB devices ( such as a d iskette dr ive, flash dr ive,
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Insert CDs or DVDs into this drive. For more information, see “Using the DVD drive” on page 40. This drive may be a combination DVD/CD-R W or multi-format D VD±RW drive . T o determine the type of d rive in the no tebook, e xamine th e drive tray’s plastic cover and compare the logo to those listed in “Identifying drive types” on page 40.
printer, scanner, camera, keyboard, or mouse) into these ports.
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Back
Ethernet jack
Modem jack
Monitor port
Power connector
Component Icon Description
Ethernet jack Plug a 10/100/1000 Eth ernet netw ork cable into this ja ck. The
other end of the cable can be plugged into a cable modem, DSL modem, or an Ethernet network jack. For more information, see “Connecti ng to a cable or DSL mo dem or t o
an Ethernet network” on page 24.
Modem jack Plug a modem cable into this jack. For more information, see
“Connecting the dial-up modem” on page 23.
Monitor port Plug an analog VGA monitor or projector into this port. For
more information, see “Viewing the display on a projector or
monitor” on page47.
Power connector
Plug the AC adapter cable into this connector.
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B
k

Bottom

attery loc
Battery
latch
System
label Hard
drive
bay
Docking port
Battery
Component Icon Description
Docking port Connect the port replicator to this port.
Warning: Power is passed through this port. This docking conn ect ion is c ertified to UL 1950 for use only with port replicators designed for your Gateway notebook.
Battery Provides pow er wh en the notebook is not plugg ed into
AC power.
Memory bay
Battery lock Slide to unlock the battery. For more information, see
“Changing batteries” on page 54.
Memory bay Install a memory module into this bay. For more
information, see “Adding or replacing memory” on
page 65.
Hard drive bay The hard drive is located in this bay. For more
information, see “Replacing the hard drive kit” on
page 68.
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Keyboard area

Component Icon Description
System label Includes the product model number. For more
information, see “Identifying your model” on page 16.
Battery latch Slide to release the battery. For more information, see
“Changing batteries” on page 54.
Ke yboard area
Power button
Keyboard
Touchpad
Status indicators
Component Icon Description
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-Saving Settings” in which has been included on your hard drive. To access this guide, click Start, All Programs, then click Gateway Documentation.
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Component Icon Description
Keyboard Provides all the features of a full-sized computer keyboard. For
more information, see “Using the keyboard” on page 29.
T ouchp ad Provides all the f unctionality of a m ouse. F or more inf ormation,
see “Using the EZ Pad touchpad” on page34.
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 28.

Identifying your model

Important The label s shown in t his sectio n are for infor mationa l
purposes only. Label information v aries by model, f eatures ordered, and location.

Gatewa y model and serial number

The label on the bottom of your notebook contains information that identifies your notebook model and its features. Gateway Customer Care will need this information if you call for assistance.
Online Support: support.gateway.com
Tech Support Phone: Hours: Model:
S/No:
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Finding your specif ications

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.
Finding y our specifications
For more information about your notebook, such as memory size, memory type, and hard drive size, visit Gateway’s Support site at
support.gateway.com
Gateway documentation and detailed specifications. For more information, see “Gateway Web site” on page 3.
. The Support site also has links to additional

Accessories

T o order accessories, visit the Accessory Store at accessories.gateway.com.
Batteries
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 58 for m ore information about using an additional battery.
Carrying cases
Gateway has large-capacity c arrying cases if you need ad ditional space for accessories or supplies.
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Memory
Large programs, such as multimedia games or graphic s 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 65 for more information.
Port replicators
Although you can attach devices directly to your notebook, a port replicator lets you make all of those connections at one time. When you travel with your notebook, you merely disconnect from the port replicator instead of unplugging all the devices.
A port replicator also provides addition al ports and other expansion features not included with your notebook. See “Using the Optional Port
Replicator” on page 73 for more information about using a port replicator
with your notebook.
Printers
You can attach almost any type of printer to your notebo ok. The most common types are inkjet and laser printers, which print in color or black and white.
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.
USB flash drive
Use a USB flash drive for storing files or transferring files to another computer.
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Chapter 3

Getting Started

Installing the battery
Connecting the AC adapter
Connecting the dial- up modem
Connecting to a cable or DSL modem or to an Ethernet network
Turning your notebook on and off
Using the status indicators
Using the keyboard and the EZ Pad touchpad
Adjusting the v olume
Connecting to a wireless network
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Installing the battery

To install the battery:
1 Close the LCD panel. 2 Turn your notebook over so the bottom is facing up. 3 Hold the battery label-side down and slide it into the open battery
slot until the battery clicks into place.
4 Slide the battery lock to the locked position.
Connecting the A Cadapter
You can run your notebook using an AC adapter or your notebook’s battery . The battery was shipped to you partially charged. You should use the AC adapter right away to fully charge the battery. Allow three hours for the battery to fully charge.
Important If the battery is not fully charged before you use your
notebook on battery pow er f or the first time , the ba ttery life may be much shorter than you expect. If the battery life seems short even after being charged for three hours, the battery may need to be recalibrated. For information on recalibrating the ba ttery , see “Recalibrati ng the battery” on
page 57.
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Connecting the AC a dapter
To connect the AC adapter:
1 Connect the power cord to the AC adapter.
Caution Make sure that you us e the AC adapter tha t came with your
notebook or one of the same type purchased from Gateway.
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.
2 Connect the AC adapter to your notebook’s power connector.
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3 Plug the power cord into a wall outlet. The battery charge indicator
turns on (see “Front” on page 10 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 off your
notebook and leave your notebook connected to AC power until the battery charge indicator turns blue.
Warning Do not attempt to disassemble the AC adapter. The
AC adapter has no user-replaceable or user-serviceable parts inside. The ACadapter has dangerous v olta ges th at can cause serious inju ry or death. Contact Gate wa y abo ut returning defective AC adapters.
Important If the battery charge indicator does not turn blue after
three hours, contact Gateway Customer Care at
support.gateway.com
.

Protecting from pow er source pr oblems

During a power surge, the voltage level of electricity coming into your notebook can increase to levels far above normal levels and cause data loss or system damage. Protect your n ot ebook and peripheral devices by connecting them to a surge prote ctor, 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. To protect your notebook and av oid electrical shoc k, use a surge pro tector. If you hav e a telephon e modem, use a s urge protector th at has a modem jack . If you hav e a cable m odem, 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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Connecting the dial -up modem

Connecting the dial-up modem
Your notebook has a built-in 56K modem that you can use to connect to a standard telephon e line.
Warning 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
back 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 cable or DSL modem or to an Ethernet network

Your notebook has a network jack that you can use to connect to a cable or DSL modem or to an Ethernet network.
To connect to a c able or DSL modem or to an Ethernet network:
1 Insert one end of the network cable into the network ja ck on
the back of your notebook.
2 Insert the other end of the network cable into a cable modem, DSL
modem, or Ethernet network jack.
3 Start your notebook.
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