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Contents

 

Chapter 1: Checking Out Your Notebook ...............................

1

Keyboard and LCD Panel.......................................................................

2

System Status Indicators .........................................................................

4

Left side....................................................................................................

5

Back .........................................................................................................

6

Right Side ................................................................................................

8

Bottom .....................................................................................................

9

Chapter 2: Using Your System ..............................................

11

Connecting AC Power ..........................................................................

12

Starting Up.............................................................................................

13

LCD Panel .............................................................................................

14

Using the Keyboard...............................................................................

15

Function keys..................................................................................

16

Special keys ....................................................................................

18

Pad Lock keys.................................................................................

18

EZ Pad Pointing Device........................................................................

20

Customizing the EZ Pad ................................................................

21

Using an External Mouse or Keyboard ................................................

21

Swapping Option Bay Modules............................................................

22

Using the Audio.....................................................................................

25

Adjusting the volume.....................................................................

25

Making an Audio Recording .........................................................

26

Using Disc Media (CD-ROM) .............................................................

28

Playing an audio CD ......................................................................

28

Removing or Replacing the Hard Disk Drive ......................................

30

Using PC Cards .....................................................................................

32

About CardBus Cards ....................................................................

33

USB (Universal Serial Bus) Ports.........................................................

34

Using Fast IR Ports................................................................................

34

Using the Composite Video Ports.........................................................

35

Using the VidCap Demonstration Program ..................................

36

Chapter 3: Managing Power Consumption ..........................

39

Using the battery....................................................................................

40

Battery learning software...............................................................

40

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Battery status..................................................................................

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Swapping the battery ............................................................................

42

Maximizing the battery life ..................................................................

44

Managing power ...................................................................................

45

Windows 98 ...................................................................................

45

Windows 95 and Windows NT ....................................................

48

Modifying the power button mode................................................

49

Using the BIOS Setup Utility...............................................................

49

Using the Power Menu ..................................................................

50

Status display .................................................................................

52

Appendix A: Solo Notebook Accessories ..............................

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Accessories ...........................................................................................

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Appendix B: Contacting Gateway ..........................................

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Contacting Gateway..............................................................................

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Calling Gateway ............................................................................

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Index .......................................................................................

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Checking Out

Your Notebook

Keyboard and LCD Panel .......................................

2

System Status Indicators .........................................

4

Left side....................................................................

5

Back..........................................................................

6

Right Side.................................................................

8

Bottom......................................................................

9

Keyboard and LCD Panel

Component

Description

 

 

A. XGA Color Liquid Crystal

Provides sharp, crisp resolution with backlit

Display (LCD)

anti-glare screen.

 

 

B. Power button

Press to turn power ON or OFF. Can also be

 

configured to Suspend/Resume mode.

 

 

C. Keyboard

Provides full functionality of a desktop com-

 

puter keyboard. Many of these keys have

 

been assigned alternate functions, including

 

shortcut keys for Windows 95 and Windows

 

98, Status Display menus, and numeric key-

 

pad.

 

 

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Component

Description

 

 

D. Speakers

Provide high quality sound reproduction for

 

software and audio CDs.

 

 

E. CD-ROM drive/Diskette

The CD-ROM drive reads data CDs or audio

drive combination mod-

CDs. The diskette drive accepts 3.5-inch dis-

ule

kettes.

 

 

F. EZ Pad™ TouchPad

Controls the cursor movement on the screen.

 

Buttons below the pad function as left and

 

right mouse buttons for clicking.

 

 

G. Hard drive access cover

Opens to reveal and remove hard disk drive.

panel

 

 

 

H. Power LED

Indicates that the power status mode:

 

• Steady green light indicates power is on and

 

computer is in operation.

 

• Flashing green light indicates that the com-

 

puter is in standby or suspend mode.

 

• No LED indicates that the system power is

 

off.

 

 

I. Battery LED

Indicates the battery status mode:

Green light indicates that the battery is fully charged.

Yellow light indicates that the battery is charging.

Red light indicates that a battery malfunction.

No LED indicates that the system is running on the battery because the AC adapter is either not connected or is not providing power to the computer.

J.System status indicaIndicates that the system status modes. tors

(LCM - Liquid Crystal Module)

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System Status Indicators

Indicator

Icon Description

 

 

A. Hard drive

Indicates that the hard drive is in use.

access light

 

 

 

B. CD-ROM/Dis-

Indicates that the CD-ROM or the diskette

kette disk drive

drive is in use.

 

 

C. Caps lock

Indicates that the caps lock in on. When the

 

Caps lock light is on, you type in all capital

 

letters.

 

 

D. Pad lock

Indicates that the pad lock is on. When the

 

Pad lock light is on, you can access the

 

embedded numeric keypad.

 

 

E. Scroll lock

Indicates that the scroll lock is on. When

 

Scroll lock light is on, some programs allow

 

you to scroll through large volumes of text.

 

 

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Left side

Component

Icon Description

 

 

A. Volume wheel

Adjusts built-in speaker volume, external

 

speaker, and headphone volume. Other port

 

volume levels are controlled by multimedia soft-

 

ware.

 

 

B. PC Card slots

Accepts two Type II PC Cards or one Type II

 

Card.

 

 

C. Eject buttons

Ejects the PC Cards from the PC Card slots.

 

 

D. Speaker

Provides high quality sound reproduction for

 

software and audio CDs.

 

 

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Back

Port

Icon Description

 

 

A. Parallel port

Connect parallel device such as a printer to

(LPT1)

this port.

 

 

B. Joystick/MIDI

Connect a game joystick or an electronic

port

MIDI musical instrument this port. The port

 

provides both MIDI In and Out capabilities.

 

 

C. Fast IR (Infra-

Sends infrared signals between the notebook

red) port

and a remote device that uses infrared (for

 

example, another computer, printer, or other

 

peripheral). Place infrared devices up to 3

 

feet (1 meter) apart.

 

 

D. Mic

Connect an external microphone to this port.

 

Connecting an external microphone will dis-

 

able the built-in microphone.

 

 

E. Line in

Records from another computer, stereo

 

equipment, or a VCR.

 

 

F. Line out

Connect an amplified speaker to this port.

 

The Line out port is not capable of driving

 

unamplified speakers or headphones.

 

 

G. Speaker out/

Connect external speakers or headphones to

Headphone jack

this port. Supports small unamplified speak-

 

ers. (1/8-inch/3.5-mm jack.)

 

 

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Port

Icon Description

 

 

H. Composite

Lets you view your notebook’s display on a

Video Out port

TV screen by connecting the notebook to the

 

TV or VCR using a standard video cable.

 

 

I. Composite

Lets you display NTSC/PAL format video on

Video In port

your notebook’s screen from a VCR or video

 

camera using a standard video cable.

 

 

J. Reset switch

Restarts the notebook, if necessary. Insert a

 

paper clip to press switch.

 

 

K. Kensington lock

Attach Kensington lock to this port.

 

 

L. PS/2 port

Connect an external mouse or keyboard to

 

this port.

 

 

M.Serial port

Connect an optional serial device to this port.

 

 

N. VGA port

Connect a VGA monitor cable to this port.

 

 

O. Docking station

Connect an optional docking station to this

port

port.

 

 

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Right Side

Component

Icon Description

 

 

A. Speaker

Provides high quality sound reproduction for

 

software and audio CDs.

 

 

B. USB ports

Plug optional USB serial devices into these

 

ports.

 

 

C. Power connector

Connect an AC power adapter to this port.

 

 

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Bottom

Component

Description

 

 

A. Flip foot

Flips out to tilt the notebook.

 

 

B. Back ports cover (open

Flips open to reveal ports.

position)

 

 

 

C. System identification

Provides product model number, serial num-

label

ber, display type, and processor speed.

 

 

D. Memory bay

Open the memory bay cover to install or

 

remove SO-DIMM memory modules.

 

 

E. Battery pack bay

Slide battery pack into bay for battery power

 

and battery charging.

 

 

F. Battery release latch

Slide the latch to release the battery pack

 

from the battery pack bay.

 

 

G. Combination module

Slide the latch to release the combination

release latch

drive module from the bay.

 

 

H. Combination module

Pull here to remove combination module

 

after sliding the release latch.

 

 

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Using Your

 

System

 

Connecting AC Power...........................................

12

Starting Up.............................................................

13

LCD Panel..............................................................

14

Using the Keyboard...............................................

15

EZ Pad Pointing Device ........................................

20

Using an External Mouse or Keyboard ................

21

Swapping Option Bay Modules............................

22

Using the Audio.....................................................

25

Using Disc Media (CD-ROM)..............................

28

Removing or Replacing the Hard Disk Drive ......

30

Using PC Cards .....................................................

32

USB (Universal Serial Bus) Ports.........................

34

Using Fast IR Ports................................................

34

Using the Composite Video Ports.........................

35

Caution!

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

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 personal injury or death. Contact Gateway about returning defective AC adapters.

Connecting AC Power

Your notebook is powered by one of the longest-lasting batteries available and was shipped to you charged, ready to use. You might, however, want to use the AC adapter to provide a constant supply of power while you are checking out some of the features.

Connecting the AC adapter

1. Connect the power cord to the AC adapter.

2. Plug the AC adapter into your notebook’s power connector.

3. Plug the power cord into an electrical outlet.

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Starting Up

Slide the latch on the front face of your notebook to the right to release the cover and open up your notebook. To turn on your notebook, press the power button, located in the upper left corner on the notebook surface, close to the left LCD hinge.

The power button on your system is preset in On/Off mode. However, you can set it to function either in On/Off or Suspend/Resume mode using the setup screens (see “Using the BIOS Setup Utility” on page 49).

Power button

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Note:

This system ships with the “Auto dim with battery” feature enabled. Auto dim cuts LCD power 50% when your notebook is operating on battery power.

LCD Panel

Your notebook features a color LCD XGA panel providing sharp, crisp resolution and up to 256K (18 bits per pixel) color depth.

Tilt your notebook’s entire cover forward or backward to adjust the viewing angle. Press the FN key together with the up arrow and down arrow keys to control display brightness.

Some screens may have a small number of colored dots. This is normal and does not affect the overall screen image.

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Using the Keyboard

Your notebook features a full-size keyboard that has the full functionality of 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 pad lock keys for the numeric keypad.

Function keys for function key combinations

Function Key

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Function keys

Press the FN key together with one of the following keys (with blue letters) to get these “on-the-fly” functions:

Key Description

Combination

+

Displays the power status in the upper left corner of the Windows desktop. Press the key combination again to make the display disappear.

Toggles between the LCD display, external monitor, both displays at the same time, or TV display (NTSC or PAL format). See “LCD Panel” on Page 14.

Windows 95: LCD and Hard Drive shut off. Pressing any key will bring them back within a few seconds. Windows 98: System goes to sleep. Pressing the power button will bring the system out of sleep mode.

Makes temporary changes to the power management (PM) mode settings by toggling the setting options:

PM ON enables power management with AC or battery power.

PM DC enables power management when the notebook is using battery power only.

PM OFF disables power management.

The selected option is not saved when the system is turned off. The power management settings selected in the BIOS setup program take effect when the system is restarted.

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Key Description

Combination

+

Makes changes to the video source (VIDEOSRC) settings by toggling the settings from:

DVD, select if using your DVD drive (optional)

TV IN, select if using the Composite Video In port PCMCIA, select if using a zoomed video card in PCMCIA slot

DISABLED

After about 30 seconds, the display disappears.

Enables the Pad Lock function so you can use the numeric keypad.

The Pad Lock icon stays lit while this function is enabled. Press the key combination again to make the display disappear.

In some programs you can scroll through large volumes of text.

The Scroll Lock icon stays lit as long as this function is enabled.

In some programs this key combination pauses the display when text is scrolling quickly. Press any key to continue the text flow.

In some programs this key combination breaks text scrolling in a DOS screen.

Increases LCD brightness and displays the brightness meter for the Popup Status Display reflecting the changes. Use the FN+F2 key combination to make the display disappear

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Key Description

Combination

+

Decreases LCD brightness and displays the brightness meter for the Popup Status Display reflecting the changes. Use the FN+F2 key combination to make the display disappear.

Special keys

The following keys help you use shortcuts when working with some

software:

Key

Description

 

 

 

Use this key to display the Windows Start menu.

Use this key to provide quick access to shortcut menus and help assistants in Windows.

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