Gateway 8510GH, 8550GB, 8515GZ Manual

Gateway Notebook

User Guide

Contents

1 Getting Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

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

3 Getting 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 network . . . . . . 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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Using the DVD drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Identifying drive types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Inserting a CD or DVD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Playing a CD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Playing a DVD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Creating CDs and DVDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Using the memory card reader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Memory card types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Inserting a memory card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Using a memory card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Removing a memory card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Adding and removing a PC Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Viewing the display on a projector or monitor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Viewing the display on a television . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Modifying television settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Connecting a video camera to your notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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5 Managing Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Preventing static electricity discharge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Adding or replacing memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Replacing the hard drive kit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Caring for your notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Cleaning your notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Cleaning the exterior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Cleaning the keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Cleaning the notebook screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Cleaning CDs or DVDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Protecting your notebook from viruses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Updating Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Restoring your system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Microsoft System Restore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Reinstalling programs and drivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Restoring your notebook to the original configuration . . . . . . . . . . . .

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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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Chapter 1

Getting Help

Using the Gateway Web site

Using Help and Support

Using BigFix

Using Your Computer guide

Using online help

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Thank you for purchasing our notebook!

You 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 most stringent quality 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 proposition 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

Gateway Web 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 Service

Upgrade Center

Resources

Contact Us

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Support Home

Click Support Home, then click Computers. To view support documents for your notebook, type your serial number in the Serial Number box, then click Submit.

Click the arrow button to open the Select Your Computer Product box, then click Notebook Computers to access product documentation, specifications, and guides for all Gateway notebooks.

Product Support

Click Product Support to view a list of all the products that Gateway supports.

Downloads

Click Downloads to get the latest software updates for BIOS and driver upgrades. By entering your serial number you get drivers specific to your notebook. Click Browse All Downloads to walk through a step-by-step wizard to locate your drivers.

Customer Service

Click Customer Service to view information about your account and general information about warranties and special offers.

Upgrade Center

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 Call Us to get a list of Gateway telephone numbers for both sales and support. For more information, see “Telephone support” on page 114.

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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 automated support. Use Help and Support to answer questions about Windows 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 topic.

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

Microsoft Knowledge Base - These topics are located on the Microsoft Web site and contain the words you entered in the Search box. You 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.

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

To learn more about using BigFix:

From the BigFix program, click Help, then click Tutorial.

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Using Your Computer guide

Using Your Computer guide

In addition to this guide, the Using Your Computer 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 access 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 Help menu or by clicking a Help button.

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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 features

Locating your notebook’s model and serial number

Locating the Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity

Locating the specifications for your notebook

Purchasing accessories

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Front

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaker Microphone

Memory

 

Speaker

 

jack

card

 

 

LCD panel release latch

 

 

 

reader

 

 

 

 

 

 

Headphone jack Battery charge

indicator Powerindicator

Component Icon

 

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speakers

 

Provide audio output when headphones or amplified speakers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

are not plugged in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Microphone

 

Plug a microphone into this jack.

jack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Headphone

 

Plug amplified speakers or headphones into this jack. The

jack

 

built-in speakers are turned off when speakers or headphones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

are plugged into this jack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memory

 

Insert a memory card from a digital camera, MP3 player, PDA,

card reader

 

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®, Memory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stick Pro®, MultiMediaCard™, and Secure Digital™.

Battery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LED blue - battery is fully charged.

charge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LED purple - battery is charging.

indicator

 

LED blinking red - battery charge is very low.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LED solid red - battery is malfunctioning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power

 

LED on - notebook is on.

indicator

 

LED blinking - notebook is in Standby mode.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LED off - notebook is off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LCD panel

 

Open the LCD panel by sliding the release latch.

release

 

 

 

latch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Left

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USB ports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kensington

S-Video

Ventilation

IEEE 1394 port

PC Card slot

lock slot

out jack

fan

 

 

 

 

Component

Icon

Description

 

 

 

Kensington™

 

Secure your notebook to an object by connecting a

lock slot

 

Kensington cable lock to this slot.

 

 

 

USB ports

 

Plug USB devices (such as a diskette drive, flash drive,

 

 

printer, scanner, camera, keyboard, or mouse) into these

 

 

ports.

 

 

 

S-Video out

 

Plug an S-Video device, such as a television, into this jack.

jack

 

For more information, see “Viewing the display on a television”

 

 

on page 49.

 

 

 

Ventilation fan

 

Helps cool internal components.

 

 

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 insert objects into these slots. If

 

 

these slots are blocked, your notebook may overheat resulting

 

 

in unexpected shutdown or permanent damage to the

 

 

notebook.

 

 

Caution: Provide adequate space around your notebook so

 

 

air vents are not obstructed. Do not use the notebook on a

 

 

bed, sofa, rug, or other similar surface.

 

 

 

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Component

Icon

Description

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

PC Card slot

 

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

 

 

see “Adding and removing a PC Card” on page 44.

 

 

 

Right

DVD drive

USB ports

Component

Icon

Description

DVD/CD-RW or multi-format DVD±RW drive

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-RW or multi-format DVD±RW drive. To determine the type of drive in the notebook, examine the drive tray’s plastic cover and compare the logo to those listed in “Identifying drive types” on page 40.

USB ports

Plug USB devices (such as a diskette drive, flash drive,

 

printer, scanner, camera, keyboard, or mouse) into these

 

ports.

 

 

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Back

Back

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ethernet jack

 

Monitor port

 

Modem jack

Power connector

 

 

 

Component

Icon

 

 

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ethernet jack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plug a 10/100/1000 Ethernet network cable into this jack. The

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

other end of the cable can be plugged into a cable modem,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DSL modem, or an Ethernet network jack. For more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

information, see “Connecting to a cable or DSL modem or to

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 page 47.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plug the AC adapter cable into this connector.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

connector

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bottom

Docking port

Battery

Battery lock

Battery

latch

Memory bay

System

label

Hard drive bay

Component

Icon

 

 

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Docking port

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connect the port replicator to this port.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warning: Power is passed through this port. This

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

docking connection is certified to UL 1950 for use only

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

with port replicators designed for your Gateway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

notebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Battery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Provides power when the notebook is not plugged into

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AC power.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keyboard 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 Using Your Computer

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Touchpad

 

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

 

 

see “Using the EZ Pad touchpad” on page 34.

 

 

 

Status

 

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

indicators

 

pressed that affects how the keyboard is used. For more

 

 

information, see “Status indicators” on page 28.

 

 

 

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 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 specifications

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 your 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. The Support site also has links to additional Gateway documentation and detailed specifications. For more information, see “Gateway Web site” on page 3.

Accessories

To 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 more information about using an additional battery.

Carrying cases

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

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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 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 additional 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 notebook. 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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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 volume

Connecting to a wireless network

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Installing the battery

To install the battery:

1

2

3

Close the LCD panel.

Turn your notebook over so the bottom is facing up.

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 AC adapter

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 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 three hours, the battery may need to be recalibrated. For information on recalibrating the battery, see “Recalibrating the battery” on page 57.

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Connecting the AC adapter

To connect the AC adapter:

1 Connect the power cord to the AC adapter.

Caution

Make sure that you use the AC adapter that 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 AC adapter has dangerous voltages that

 

 

 

can cause serious injury or death. Contact Gateway about

 

 

 

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 power source problems

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 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. To protect your notebook and avoid electrical shock, use 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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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 telephone 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 cable or DSL modem or to an Ethernet network:

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

 

 

 

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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