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Contents

1 Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Connecting AC power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Starting your computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Waking up your computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Turning off your computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Using the keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Using function key combinations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Using the EZ Pad touchpad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Using an external mouse or keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 System status indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Multi-function buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Front . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Back . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Right side . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Left side . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Bottom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

2 Using Your Notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Adjusting the LCD panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Customizing the multi-function buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Using diskettes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

21

Using the CD/DVD drive and multimedia features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

22

Inserting a CD/DVD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

22

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

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Listening to audio CDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Recording and playing audio files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Using the Media Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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

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

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Connecting the network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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

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Using the USB port . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Changing batteries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Changing option bay modules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Upgrading memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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

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3 Travel Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41

Modem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42

Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43

Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43

Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44

Changing power settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45

4 Using the Internet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53

Learning about the Internet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Setting up an Internet account . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Accessing your Internet account . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Using the World Wide Web . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Connecting to a Web site . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Downloading files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Using e-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Sending e-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Checking your e-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60

5 Getting Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61

For more information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 Microsoft Windows guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 Discover Windows 98 tutorial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 Online help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 QuickANSWERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 Gateway Web site . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65

Before calling for technical support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 Technical support resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67

6 Safety, Regulatory, and Notices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69

American users . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 Canadian users . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74 European users . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Japanese users . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 Australia and New Zealand users . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77

Index. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81

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Getting Started

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This chapter provides basic information about your Gateway computer hardware and software. Read this chapter to:

Learn how to connect power, start the notebook, and turn off the notebook

Learn how to operate the pointing device and keyboard

Understand indicators

Identify all ports, connectors, and buttons

Learn about available accessories

1

Connecting AC power

Your notebook battery was shipped to you partially charged and ready to use. You may want to use the AC adapter to complete charging the battery while you are checking out some of the features.

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.

 

 

To connect the AC adapter:

1 Connect the power cord to the AC adapter.

2 Getting Started

2 Plug the AC adapter into the notebook power connector.

3 Plug the power cord into an electrical outlet.

Connecting AC power

3

Starting your computer

To start your computer:

1 Slide the latches on the front of your notebook outward and lift the cover.

2Press the power button.

The power button is preset to On/Off mode. You can also set it to function in either Standby/Resume mode or Hibernate mode. For more information on changing the power button mode, see “Changing settings in Windows 98” on page 45.

3The first time you turn on your computer, follow the on-screen instructions to complete the software setup. For information on signing up for an Internet Service Provider (ISP) account, see “Setting up an Internet account” on page 55.

Waking up your computer

When you have not used your computer for several minutes, it will go into a power-saving mode called Standby. While in Standby, the computer screen darkens and the power indicator light blinks every two seconds. When you are ready to use your computer, “wake” it up by pressing a button or key on the keyboard. For more information on changing power-saving settings, see “Changing power settings” on page 45.

4 Getting Started

Turning off your computer

To turn off your notebook:

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

2Select Shut down, then click OK. Windows shuts down your computer.

If your computer does not respond to keyboard or mouse commands and you are unable to use the Shut Down option, press and hold the power button for at least four seconds.

Turning off your computer

5

Using the keyboard

Your notebook features a keyboard that has the same functionality as a desktop computer keyboard. Many of the keys have been assigned alternate functions, including shortcut keys for Windows, function keys for system operations, and a Pad Lock key that enables the embedded numeric keypad.

A

D C B

AFn combination keys

BNumeric keypad

CWindows key

DFn (function) key

6 Getting Started

Using function key combinations

Press the FN key together with one of the following keys to perform the function:

+ = Function

Combination

key

Combination Key Function

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

Toggles between the LCD display, external monitor, or both displays at the same time.

Activates Standby mode in Windows 98 and Suspend mode in Windows 95 and Windows NT. Press the power button to bring the notebook out of Standby/Suspend mode.

Activates Pad Lock so you can use the embedded numeric keypad. The Pad Lock status indicator stays lit while this function is enabled.

Activates Scroll Lock so you can scroll through large volumes of text in some applications. The Scroll Lock status indicator stays lit while this function is enabled.

Increases LCD brightness.

Decreases LCD brightness.

Using the keyboard

7

Using the EZ Pad touchpad

Like a mouse, the EZ Pad® touchpad pointing device controls the pointer movements on the display. You can also use an external mouse.

A B C

AEZ Pad touchpad

BLeft EZ Pad button (for left mouse clicks)

CRight EZ Pad button (for right mouse clicks)

8 Getting Started

Mouse and touchpad action equivalents

This touchpad uses one surface for both mouse and wheel actions, which means you can perform all of the wheel mouse actions without using the buttons on the notebook.

When your finger reaches the edges of the touchpad, you can continue to move the pointer and drag objects. You can also move horizontally and vertically without being constrained by the size of the touchpad. This is especially useful when dragging objects and selecting text because there is no need to remove your finger until the action is complete.

To...

...do this:

 

 

Move pointer

Slide finger.

Left button click

Tap one finger.

Left button

Double-tap one finger.

double-click

 

Left button drag

Double-tap and drag.

 

 

Using the keyboard

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To...

...do this:

 

 

Use smart Edges

Double-tap and drag.

 

When your finger stops

 

at an edge of the

 

touchpad, the pointer

 

continues moving

 

across the screen.

 

 

Scroll up and down

Place finger on right

 

edge of the touchpad

 

and move up/down.

Changing touchpad properties

Use the following procedure to change EZ Pad properties including pointer size, button assignments, pointer speed and acceleration, scrolling speed, and edge motion.

To customize the EZ Pad touchpad:

1Double-click on the taskbar. The Mouse Properties window opens.

2Click a tab in the Mouse Properties window, then customize the touchpad functions.

To find more help about using the touchpad, click on the taskbar, then select Help.

Using an external mouse or keyboard

You can attach an external mouse or keyboard to the notebook using the PS/2, USB, or serial port. You do not need to shut down the notebook before connecting to an external PS/2 mouse or keyboard.

10 Getting Started

System status indicators

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A C E

This light...

turns on when...

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The hard disk is accessed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

B

 

 

 

 

The diskette drive, ZIP drive, or CD/DVD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

drive is accessed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

C

A

The Caps Lock is enabled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D

1

 

 

The Pad Lock is enabled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E

 

 

 

 

The Scroll Lock is enabled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using the keyboard

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Multi-function buttons

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Button

Icon

Description

 

 

 

 

 

A

Volume controls

 

 

Adjust volume. Left button increases volume. Right

 

 

 

 

button decreases volume.

 

 

 

 

 

B

Mute

 

 

Turns off all sound. Press again to turn sound on.

 

 

 

 

 

C

E-mail

 

 

Launches an e-mail program.

 

 

 

 

 

D

Web browser

 

 

Launches your Web browser.

 

 

 

 

 

E

Help

 

 

Launches Help.

 

 

 

 

 

F

Shortcut

 

 

Launches a program you specify. To program this button

 

 

 

 

to launch a specific program, see “Customizing the

 

 

 

 

multi-function buttons” on page 20.

 

 

 

 

 

G

Power

 

 

Turns power on and off. Can also be configured to

 

 

 

 

 

 

Standby/Resume mode or Hibernate mode. For more

information on mapping the power button to power saving modes, see “To change advanced power management settings:” on page 48.

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Component

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Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A

Release latches

 

 

 

Release the LCD panel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B

Speakers

 

 

 

Provide stereo output.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C

Battery indicator light

 

 

 

Indicates battery charge status:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green – Battery is fully charged.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orange – Battery is charging.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D

Power indicator light

 

 

 

Indicates notebook power status:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steady – Power is on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blinking – Notebook is in Standby mode.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Off – Power is off or system is in Hibernate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(save to disk) mode.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Component

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Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A

Network jack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Provides an Ethernet 10/100 connection to a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

network.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B

Modem jack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connects the built-in modem to an analog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

phone system using a standard telephone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C

Keyboard or mouse port

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connects your notebook to an external PS/2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

keyboard or mouse. With a PS/2 Y-splitter,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

you can connect an external mouse and

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

keyboard at the same time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D

Parallel port

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connects your notebook to a parallel device,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

such as a printer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E

Serial port

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connects your notebook to a serial device,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

such as a serial mouse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F

External monitor port

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connects your notebook to an external VGA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

monitor using an analog video cable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G

USB port

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connects your notebook to a USB device,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

such as a USB scanner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

H

Power connector

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connects your notebook to the Gateway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solo 2150 AC adapter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I

Cooling fan outlet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helps cool internal components.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Component

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A

Diskette drive

 

 

 

 

Accepts standard 3.5-inch diskettes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B

Diskette activity light

 

 

Indicates diskette activity. While this light is

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

on, do not eject the diskette.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C

Diskette eject button

 

 

Ejects a diskette from the drive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D

CD/DVD or ZIP drive

 

 

The CD/DVD drive accepts all CDs. The

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DVD drive also accepts DVDs. The ZIP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

drive accepts only ZIP disks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E

CD/DVD activity light

 

 

Indicates CD/DVD activity. While this light

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

is on, do not open the drive tray.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F

CD/DVD eject button

 

 

Ejects the CD/DVD drive tray.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G

CD/DVD manual tray

 

 

Lets you open the CD/DVD drive tray

 

release

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

manually using a straightened paper clip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

H

Hard drive face plate

 

 

Provides access to the hard drive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I

Microphone In

 

 

 

 

Connects your notebook to an external

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

microphone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

J

Speaker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connects your notebook to external

 

Out/Headphone jack

 

 

speakers or headphones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Right side

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Left side

A B C D

Component

Icon

Description

 

 

 

 

 

A

Kensington lock slot

 

 

Used with a Kensington cable lock to secure your

 

 

 

 

notebook to a heavy or immovable object.

 

 

 

 

 

B

PC Card slots

 

 

Accept one Type III PC Card or two Type I or II PC Cards.

 

 

 

 

For more information, see “Using PC Cards” on page 30.

 

 

 

 

 

C

PC Card eject

 

 

Eject PC Cards from PC card slots.

 

 

 

buttons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D

Battery bay

 

 

Contains the battery for power and for charging.

 

 

 

 

 

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Bottom

A G B

C F

D E

Component

Icon

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A

Hard drive face plate

 

 

 

 

 

Provides access to the hard drive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B

Memory bay

 

 

 

 

 

Memory bay contains one SO-DIMM memory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

module slot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C

Modular bay latch

 

 

 

 

 

Releases the CD/DVD or ZIP drive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D

Modular bay

 

 

 

 

 

Contains a CD/DVD drive or ZIP drive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E

Battery bay

 

 

 

 

 

Holds the battery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F

Battery release latch

 

 

 

 

 

Releases the battery so you can swap it for

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a fully charged battery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G

System label

 

 

 

 

 

Provides system information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Accessories

Gateway offers many accessories that can help you make the most of using your Solo notebook:

Batteries

Automobile/airplane power adapters

Memory modules and hard drives

External keyboards and speakers

Modem and network cards

Tape backup units

Carrying cases

Printers

Software

Important For more information on these or other Gateway accessories for your notebook, visit the Gateway Web site at www.gateway.com or call 800-846-2000.

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Using Your

2

Notebook

This chapter provides information on using your Gateway computer. Read this chapter to find out how to:

Adjust the display panel angle and brightness

Use and program the multifunction buttons

Use the diskette and CD/DVD drives

Record and play audio files

View video files

Connect the modem

Install PC Cards

Replace the battery

Swap drive modules

Replace the hard drive

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Adjusting the LCD panel

Your notebook features a color LCD TFT panel that provides sharp resolution and up to 16 million colors.

To adjust the viewing angle of the display:

Tilt the display panel forward or backward.

To control display brightness:

Press the FN key together with the up arrow or down arrow key.

This notebook is shipped with the “Auto dim with battery” feature enabled. Auto dim cuts LCD power 50% when your notebook is operating on battery power. To learn how to disable this feature, see “Changing power settings” on page 45.

Customizing the multi-function buttons

The Multi-function Keyboard utility lets you change the actions of some of the multi-function buttons. For a description of the buttons, see “Multi-function buttons” on page 12.

To program the multi-function buttons:

1Click Start, then select Settings, then Control Panel.

2Double-click the Multi-function Keyboard icon. The Gateway Multi-function Keyboard utility window opens.

3Click the tab for the button to change which program each button starts.

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Using diskettes

The diskette drive uses 3.5-inch diskettes (sometimes called floppies or floppy disks). Diskettes are useful for saving files for archive purposes or to use on another computer.

Warning Do not expose diskettes to water or magnetic fields.

Exposure could damage the data on the diskette.

To use a diskette:

1Insert the diskette into the diskette drive with the label facing up.

2To access a file on the diskette, use a program to view the drive A: contents, then locate and open the file.

3To remove the diskette, make sure the drive activity light is off, then press the diskette eject button. The diskette is ejected from the drive.

Using diskettes

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Using the CD/DVD drive and multimedia features

You can use your computer to enjoy a wide variety of multimedia (audio and video) features, such as making recordings, listening to audio CDs, and watching DVD movies.

Inserting a CD/DVD

To insert a CD/DVD:

1Press the eject button on the CD/DVD drive, then pull the disc tray completely open.

2Place the CD/DVD in the tray with the label side up, then press down carefully on the disc until it snaps into place.

3Push the tray in until it closes.

Adjusting the volume

You can use the volume controls to adjust the overall volume and the volume of specific sound devices in your computer.

To adjust overall volume level:

Click the volume control icon on the taskbar, then drag the slider to change the volume or select the Mute check box to turn off all sound.

- OR -

On the keyboard, press the volume buttons to change the volume, or press the mute button to turn off all sound.

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To adjust specific volume levels:

1Double-click the volume control icon on the taskbar. The SB AudioPCI 64V Mixer dialog box opens.

2Drag the volume level and balance sliders for the device you want to adjust, then close the window. For more information about the volume controls, select Help in the Volume Control dialog box.

Using the CD/DVD drive and multimedia features

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Listening to audio CDs

Use the CD/DVD drive and the Windows CD Player to play, pause, fast-forward, rewind, or go to the next or previous track on any audio CD.

To play a CD:

Insert an audio CD into the CD/DVD drive. The CD Player opens and the CD plays.

If the CD Player does not open automatically when you insert the CD, open it from the Start menu by clicking Start, then selecting Programs,

Accessories, Entertainment or Multimedia, then CD Player. When the CD Player opens, click the (play) button.

If you do not hear the audio or you want to increase or decrease the volume, see “Adjusting the volume” on page 22.

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