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About Your Notebook. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Front . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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

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Right side . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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

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

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Getting Started. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Connecting the AC adapter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

10

 

Protecting from power source problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

12

 

Starting your notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

13

 

Waking up your notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

14

 

Turning off your notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

15

 

System status indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

16

 

Power and battery indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Using the keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Adjusting the keyboard angle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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

19

 

Multi-function buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

21

 

Using the EZ Pad touchpad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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3

Windows Basics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

25

 

About the Windows environment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

26

 

Desktop components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

27

 

Window components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

29

 

Using the Start menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

31

 

Working with files and folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

32

 

About drives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

32

 

About folders and files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Copying and moving files and folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Deleting files and folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

35

 

Browsing for files and folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Searching for files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

38

 

Using the Windows Me Search utility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Using the Windows 98 Find utility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Shortcuts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Customizing Your Notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Adjusting the screen and desktop settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Adjusting the color depth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Adjusting the screen area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Changing the font size . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Applying a color scheme . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Changing the desktop background . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Selecting a screen saver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52

Customizing the multi-function buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54

5 Working with Documents. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55

Creating a new document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Saving a document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Opening a document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Printing a document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59

6 Using Multimedia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61

Using diskettes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 Using the CD/DVD drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Inserting a CD/DVD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Adjusting the volume . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 Playing CDs and DVDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 Listening to music CDs in Windows Me . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 Listening to music CDs in Windows 98 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 Playing a DVD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Recording and playing audio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 Using the Media Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Using MusicMatch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70 Playing CDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70 Creating music files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Building a music library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 Changing the music library display settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Editing track information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74 Listening to Internet Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Using composite video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 Using MGI VideoWave III . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Changing the audio source . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78

7 Using the Internet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79

Learning about the Internet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80 Setting up an Internet account . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Accessing your Internet account . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Using the World Wide Web . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82 Connecting to a Web site . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83

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Downloading files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Using e-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Sending e-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Checking your e-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86

8 Sending and Receiving Faxes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87

Creating a cover page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Sending a fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 Receiving a fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92

9 Managing Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93

Maintaining battery power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Checking battery status . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Conserving battery power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Changing batteries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Installing a second battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Charging batteries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Recalibrating the battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 Changing power settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Changing settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Disabling the backlight dimmer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 Changing SpeedStep settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

10 Upgrading Your Notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109

Installing a printer, scanner, or other peripheral device . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 Connecting the modem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 Adding PC Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 Changing bay modules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Preventing static electricity discharge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Installing memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Replacing the main hard drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121

11 Travel Tips and Accessories. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125

Travel tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126 Modem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126 Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126 Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127 Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128

Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129

12 Using the Solo Port Replicator. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131

Front . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132

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Left side . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .133 Back . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .134 Right side . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .136 Attaching to the replicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .137 Using composite video or S-Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .139

13 Using the Solo Docking Station . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .141

Front . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .142 Left side . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .143 Back . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .144 Right side . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .146 Docking your notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .148 Adjusting audio settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150 Using composite video or S-Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .153 Installing a PCI card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .155

14 Getting Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .159

For more information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .160 HelpSpot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .160 QuickANSWERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .161 Online help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .162 Gateway Web site . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .163

Before calling for technical support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .164 Technical support resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .165

A Safety, Regulatory, and Legal Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .167

Index. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177

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About Your

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Notebook

This chapter provides basic information about your Gateway notebook. Read this chapter to find out where components and connections are located.

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Front

A

 

 

B

C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Component

 

Icon

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A

Speakers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Provide sound output.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B

Lock switch for

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slide the switch to lock or unlock the CD/DVD

 

CD/DVD player

 

 

 

 

 

 

player control buttons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

control buttons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C

CD/DVD player

 

 

 

 

 

 

Control the CD/DVD player software when

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

control buttons

 

 

 

 

 

 

playing an audio CD or a DVD. Icons from top

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

to bottom: Rewind, Play/Pause, Stop, Forward.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 About Your Notebook

Left side

A

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C

 

 

 

Component

Icon

Description

 

 

 

 

A

Kensington™ lock slot

 

Secure your notebook to an object by

 

 

 

connecting a Kensington cable lock to this

 

 

 

slot.

 

 

 

 

B

CD/DVD drive bay

 

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

 

 

 

drive.

 

 

 

 

C

Modular bay

 

Use this bay for a 3.5-inch diskette drive,

 

 

 

LS-120 SuperDisk drive, second hard drive,

 

 

 

or second battery.

 

 

 

 

Left side

3

Right side

A

B

C

D

E F G

H

Component

Icon

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A

Speaker Out/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plug external speakers or headphones into

 

Headphone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

this connection.

 

connection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B

External audio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connect an external audio source (such as a

 

connection (Line

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

stereo) to this connection so you can record

 

In)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sound on your notebook or play sound

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

through the notebook speakers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C

External

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plug a microphone into this connection. While

 

microphone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the external microphone is connected, the

 

connection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

built-in microphone is disabled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D

Modem connection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plug a modem cable into this connection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(optional)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E

USB connections

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plug a USB device (such as a USB scanner)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

into this connection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F

IEEE1394 serial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plug an IEEE1394-equipped device into this

 

connection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

connection.

 

(optional)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G

PC Card eject

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Press one of the eject buttons to remove a

 

buttons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PC Card from a PC Card slot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

H

PC Card slots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Insert Type I, II, and III PC Cards into these

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

slots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 About Your Notebook

Back

Flip each back panel door down to view the connections. The icons identifying the connections are located on the inside of the panel doors.

A

B

C

 

 

 

 

 

D

E

F G

H

I

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Component

 

Icon

 

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A

PS/2 device

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plug a PS/2 device (such as a keyboard or

 

 

 

connection

 

 

 

 

 

 

mouse) into this connection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B

Parallel device

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plug a parallel device (such as a printer) into

 

 

 

connection

 

 

 

 

 

 

this connection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C

Serial device

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plug a serial device (such as a digital camera)

 

 

 

connection

 

 

 

 

 

 

into this connection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D

Docking

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connect the optional port replicator or

 

 

 

 

connection

 

 

 

 

 

 

docking station to this connection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warning! Power passes through this

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

connection. This docking connection is UL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

certified for use only with Solo 9300 docking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

station devices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E

Composite Video

 

 

 

 

 

Plug a standard RCA cable into this

 

 

 

 

Out (TV Out)

 

 

 

 

 

 

connection and the Video In connection on a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

connection

 

 

 

 

 

 

TV or VCR so you can view your notebook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

screen on a TV.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F

Composite Video In

 

 

 

 

 

Plug a standard RCA cable into this

 

 

 

 

(TV In) connection

 

 

 

 

 

connection and the Video Out connection on

 

 

 

(optional)

 

 

 

 

 

 

a TV, VCR, or camcorder so you can record

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

video or capture an image on your notebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G

VGA (Monitor)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plug an external monitor into this connection.

 

 

 

connection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back 5

Component

Icon

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

H

S/PDIF digital

 

 

 

 

 

Plug a standard RCA cable into this

 

audio output

 

 

 

 

 

connection and the connection on a digital

 

connection

 

 

 

 

 

audio device.

 

(optional)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I

Power connection

 

 

 

 

 

Plug the AC power adapter into this

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

connection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bottom

A B A

I

H

G

F

C D E

Bottom 7

Component

Icon

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A

Elevating feet

 

 

 

 

Extend these feet to tilt the

 

 

 

 

 

 

notebook forward and to provide

 

 

 

 

 

 

a more natural typing position.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B

Memory bay

 

 

 

 

Install up to two SO-DIMM

 

 

 

 

 

 

memory modules in the slots

 

 

 

 

 

 

held within this bay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C

Main battery bay

 

 

 

 

Insert the main battery into this

 

 

 

 

 

 

bay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D

Battery release latch

 

 

 

 

Slide to release the battery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E

Modular bay

 

 

 

 

Insert either a diskette drive,

 

 

 

 

 

 

LS-120 SuperDisk drive, second

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

hard drive, or second battery into

 

 

 

 

 

 

this bay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F

Modular bay release latch

 

 

 

 

Slide to release the module.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G

System identification label

 

 

 

 

Find the product model number

 

 

 

 

 

 

and serial number on this label.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on the

 

 

 

 

 

 

label, see “Identifying your

 

 

 

 

 

 

model” in the Maintaining and

 

 

 

 

 

 

Troubleshooting guide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

H

CD/DVD drive bay

 

 

 

 

Insert either a DVD, CD, CD-R, or

 

 

 

 

 

 

CD-RW drive into this bay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I

Release latch for CD/DVD

 

 

 

 

Slide to release the drive.

 

disc drive bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 About Your Notebook

Getting Started

2

This chapter provides basic information about your Gateway notebook. Read this chapter to find out:

How to connect the AC power adapter

How to start and turn off your notebook

What the status indicator lights and icons mean

How to use the keyboard and touchpad

9

Connecting the AC adapter

You can run your notebook using an AC adapter or the notebook battery. The battery was shipped to you partially charged. You should use the AC adapter right away to fully charge the battery.

Important If the battery is not fully charged before you use your notebook on battery power for the first time, the battery life may be much shorter than you expect. If the battery life seems short even after being charged for 24 hours, the battery may need to be recalibrated. For information on recalibrating the battery, see “Recalibrating the battery” on page 99.

To connect the AC adapter:

1Connect the power cord to the AC adapter, then plug it in to a wall power outlet.

Warning 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 the notebook may be damaged.

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

The battery charging indicator light turns on. If the battery charging indicator light does not turn on, disconnect the adapter from your notebook and repeat Step 2.

Battery charging indicator

You can use the notebook while the adapter is connected to AC power.

3When you finish using your notebook, turn the notebook off and leave the notebook connected to AC power for at least 24 hours. The battery charge meters may not show a charge for several hours. For the location of the battery meters, see “Checking battery status” on page 94.

Connecting the AC adapter

11

4If the battery meters do not show a full charge after 24 hours, recalibrate the battery. For information on recalibrating the battery, see “Recalibrating the battery” on page 99.

Warning

Do not attempt to disassemble the AC adapter. The

 

AC adapter has no user-replaceable or user-serviceable

 

parts inside. The AC adapter has dangerous voltages that

 

can cause serious injury or death. Contact Gateway about

 

returning defective AC adapters.

 

 

Protecting from power source problems

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

Warning High voltages can enter your notebook through the power cable and the telephone line that is connected to the modem. Protect your notebook by using a surge protector with a telephone connection. During an electrical storm, unplug both the surge protector and the telephone line.

12 Getting Started

Starting your notebook

To start the notebook:

1Open your notebook by sliding the latch on the front of your notebook to the right and lifting the LCD panel.

2Press the power button located above the keyboard.

Power button

The power button is preset to On/Off mode. However, you can also set it to function in Standby/Resume mode. For instructions on changing the power button mode, see “To change advanced power management settings:” on page 103.

3To adjust the viewing angle of the display, tilt the display panel forward or backward.

4To control display brightness, press the FN key together with the up arrow or down arrow key.

This notebook is shipped with the backlight dimmer feature enabled. The dimmer cuts display power 50% when your notebook is operating on battery power. To learn how to disable this feature, see “Disabling the backlight dimmer” on page 105.

5If you are starting your notebook for the first time, follow the on-screen instructions to set up your notebook.

Starting your notebook

13

Waking up your notebook

When you have not used your notebook for several minutes, it will go into a power-saving mode called Standby. While in Standby, the notebook screen darkens and the power indicator light changes to orange. When you are ready to use your notebook, “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 100.

14 Getting Started

Turning off your notebook

To turn off your notebook:

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

2Select Shut Down.

3Click OK. Windows shuts down and turns off your notebook.

Important If for some reason you cannot use the Shut Down option in Windows to turn off your notebook, press and hold the power button for about five seconds.

Turning off your notebook

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System status indicators

A C E

B D F

This light turns on... When...

A

 

 

 

 

 

The notebook is accessing the hard drive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B

 

 

 

 

 

The notebook is accessing the CD/ DVD drive

 

 

 

 

 

 

or LS-120 SuperDisk drive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C

 

 

 

 

 

The notebook is accessing the diskette drive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D

 

 

 

 

 

Caps Lock is enabled.

 

 

A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E

1

 

Pad Lock is enabled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F

 

 

 

 

 

Scroll Lock is enabled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Power and battery indicators

A B

 

 

 

 

 

C

D

 

 

 

 

 

Component

Icon

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A

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 the battery is malfunctioning.

 

 

 

 

No light indicates that the system is running on the

 

 

 

 

 

battery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B

Power LED

 

 

Indicates the power status mode:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steady green light indicates that power is on and the

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

notebook is in operation.

 

 

 

 

 

Flashing green light indicates that the notebook is in

 

 

 

 

 

standby mode.

 

 

 

 

 

Yellow light indicates that the notebook is in a power

 

 

 

 

 

saving mode.

 

 

 

 

 

No light indicates that the notebook is off.

 

 

 

 

 

C

Reset switch

 

 

Insert a paper clip to press the switch and reset the

 

 

 

 

notebook when you need to shut down your system and

 

 

 

 

you cannot use the operating system shut down

 

 

 

 

procedure. Use this method only if you have first tried

 

 

 

 

pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL or holding down the power

 

 

 

 

button for 4-5 seconds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

D

Power

 

 

Press to turn the power on or off. You can also configure

 

 

 

button

 

 

the button to operate in Standby/Resume mode or

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hibernate mode. For more information on configuring

 

 

 

 

the power button mode, see “To change advanced

 

 

 

 

power management settings:” on page 103.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power and battery indicators

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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.

Adjusting the keyboard angle

The two elevating feet under your notebook give the notebook a comfortable angle for typing.

To extend the elevating feet:

1Close the LCD panel and turn your notebook over.

2Slide each foot toward the side of the notebook until the foot opens.

3Turn the notebook over. The keyboard is now angled toward you.

4To close the feet, press them down until they click into place.

18 Getting Started

Gateway 9300 schematic

Function keys

A

B C

AFN keys

BNumeric keypad

CFunction keys

Using the keyboard

19

Function key combinations

By pressing an FN key and a Function key, the notebook performs the action identified by the green text on the key.

Press FN and this Function To...

key...

Display the power status box in the upper left corner of your screen. The menu shows the battery charge level, the BIOS version, and whether the AC power adapter is being used.

Press the key combination again to close this box.

Toggle the notebook screen between the LCD, an external monitor, both displays at the same time, or TV display (NTSC or PAL format).

Enable Standby mode on your notebook. Press the power button to exit Standby mode.

Enable Pad Lock so you can use the numeric keypad. Press this key combination again to disable Pad Lock. The Pad Lock status indicator appears while this function is enabled.

Pause the text scrolling in a DOS screen. (This function is only available in some programs.) The Scroll Lock status indicator appears when this function is enabled. Press the key combination again to continue scrolling.

Pause text scrolling. Press any key to continue scrolling. (This function is only available in some programs.)

Stop the currently running DOS program. (This function is only available in some programs.)

Increase the brightness of the display.

Decrease the brightness of the display.

20 Getting Started

Multi-function buttons

A

B C D E

Component

Icon Description

AVolume control buttons

Left button decreases volume.

Middle button increases volume.

Right button mutes sound. Press again to hear sound.

B

E-mail button

Opens your e-mail program.

C

Web browser

Opens your Web browser.

 

button

 

D

Help button

Opens an online help file.

E

Shortcut button

Opens a program you assign to this key. For

 

 

information on customizing the multi-function

 

 

buttons, see “Customizing the multi-function

 

 

buttons” on page 54.

Multi-function buttons

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Using the EZ Pad touchpad

The EZ Pad™ consists of a touchpad and two buttons.

A B

AEZ Pad™ buttons (mouse buttons)

BEZ Pad touchpad

When you move your finger on the touchpad, the pointer (arrow) on the screen moves in the same direction. You can use the EZ-Pad left and right buttons below the touchpad to select objects.

Important The touchpad is disabled when an external mouse is connected.

22 Getting Started

To...

Do this...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Move the pointer

 

 

 

 

Move your finger around on the

on the screen.

 

 

 

 

touchpad. If you run out of space

 

 

 

 

 

on your touchpad and need to

 

 

 

 

 

move the pointer farther, lift your

 

 

 

 

 

finger, move it to the middle of

 

 

 

 

 

the touchpad, then continue

 

 

 

 

 

moving your finger.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Select an object

Position the pointer over the

on the screen.

object. Quickly tap your finger on

 

the touchpad once. This action is

 

called clicking.

Start a program or open a file or folder.

Position the pointer over the object. Quickly tap your finger on the touchpad twice. This action is called double-clicking.

Access a shortcut

Position the pointer over the

menu or find

object. Quickly press and

more information

release the right button once.

about an object

This action is called

on the screen.

right-clicking.

Using the EZ Pad touchpad

23

To...

Do this...

Move an object

Position the pointer over the

on the screen.

object. Press the left button and

 

hold it down, then use the

 

touchpad to move (drag) the

 

object to the appropriate part of

 

the screen. Release the button.

24 Getting Started

Windows

3

Basics

Read this chapter to get basic information on how to:

Work on the Windows desktop

Work with document and program windows

Manage files and folders

Use shortcuts

For more detailed information about Windows, see your Microsoft Windows documentation and online help.

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