Gateway E-4100 User Manual

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User Guide
Gateway E-4100

Contents

1Getting Help. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Searching for a topic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Using Your Computer guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Gateway contact information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
2 Checking Out Your Gateway Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Front . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Back . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Mid Tower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Front . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Back . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Desktop to tower conversion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Locating your serial number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Finding your specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
3Getting Started. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Working safely . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Reducing eye strain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Setting up your computer desk and chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Setting up your computer and computer accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Sitting at your computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Avoiding discomfort and injury from repetitive strain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Protecting from power source problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Checking the voltage selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Starting your computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Waking up your computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Turning off your computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Restarting (rebooting) your computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Using the keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Standard keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Multifunction keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Adjusting the volume . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Connecting the modem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Connecting to a wired Ethernet network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Installing a printer, scanner, or other peripheral device . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
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4 Using Drives and Ports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Using the diskette drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 6
Using the Zip drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Using the memory card reader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Memory card types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Inserting a memory card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Using the CD or DVD drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Identifying drive types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Inserting a CD or DVD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Playing a CD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Playing a DVD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Creating CDs and DVDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
5 Maintaining Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Caring for your computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Updating Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Protecting your computer from viruses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Cleaning your computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Cleaning the exterior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Cleaning the keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Cleaning the monitor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Cleaning the mouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Cleaning CDs or DVDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Restoring your system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Preventing static electricity discharge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
Maintaining the Micro Tower case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Opening the case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Closing the case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Installing memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Replacing the system battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Maintaining the Mid Tower case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Opening the case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Closing the case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
Removing the front bezel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Installing memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Replacing the system battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
6 Troubleshooting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Safety guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
First steps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Add-in cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Audio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
CD or DVD drives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
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Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Diskette drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
DVD drives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
File management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Hard drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Internet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Memory card reader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Modem (dial-up) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Monitor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Mouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
Networks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
Passwords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
Sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
7 Networking Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Introduction to networking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Using a network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Selecting a network connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
Creating an Ethernet network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Installing Ethernet cards and drivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Making sure your broadband connection works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
Naming the computers and the workgroup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
Configuring the TCP/IP protocol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Setting up a wireless Ethernet network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Setting up a wired Ethernet network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
Configuring your router . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108
Testing your network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
Sharing your resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
Sharing an Internet connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
Sharing drives and printers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
Using the network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
Connecting to hotspots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118
Troubleshooting Your Ethernet network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
Wired Ethernet network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
Wireless Ethernet network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
A Safety, Regulatory, and Legal Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
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Chapter 1

Getting Help

Using the Gateway W eb site
Using Help and Support
Using Y our Computer guide
Using Do More With Ga teway
Using online help
Contacting Gateway
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Help and Support

Your computer 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 computer.
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 He lp an d Supp ort, ty pe a word or phra se ( keywor d) in th e 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 locate d 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
Microsoft Knowledge Base - These topics are located on the Microsoft Web site and
contain the words you entered in the Internet to search for and acces s these topics.
To view a list of your search results, click the results header for the type of results you want to view.
Search box.
Search box. You must be connected to the
To view a topic, click the topic name in the
Search Result s list.

Using Your Computer guide

In addition to this guide, the Using Your Computer guide has been included on your hard drive. This 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.
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Online help

Many programs provide information online so you can research a topic or learn ho w to perform a task while you are using the program. You can access most online help information by selecting a topic from a
Y ou can search for information by viewing the help contents, checking the index, searching for a topic or keyword, or browsing through the online help.
Help menu or by clicking a Help button.

Gateway c ontact information

For Technical Support, see the Gateway Business Service Plans guide that came with your system.
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Chapter 2
Checking Out Your
Gateway Computer
Identifying features
Locating your compu ter serial number
Locating the Microsoft Certificate of
Authenticity
Locating the specifications for your
computer
Purchasing accessories
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Micro To wer

Front

Your computer includes the following components.
CD/DVD eject button
CD/DVD/Recordable drive
Power button/ power indicator
Zip drive eject button
Zip drive/memory
card reader
(optional)
Diskette drive
(optional)
Diskette eject button
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USB ports
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Component Icon Description
CD/DVD/Recordable drive
Pow er b u tt o n/ power indicator
Diskette drive (optional)
Zip drive (optional) Use this drive to store larger files on Zip disks. For more information,
Memory card reader (optional)
USB ports Plug a USB (Universal Serial Bus) device (such as a printer, scanner,
Microphone jack (red or pink)
Use this drive to liste n to audio CDs , insta ll game s and prog ra ms , w atch DVDs, and store large files onto recordable discs (depending on drive type).
This drive may be a CD, recordable CD, DVD, or recordable DVD drive. To identify your drive type and for more information about your drive, see “Identifying drive types” on page41.
Press this button to turn the power on or off. You can also configure the power button to operate in Standby/Resume mode or Hibernate mode.
The button lights when the computer is turned on. Insert a standard 3.5-inch diskette into the optional diskette drive. For
more information, see “Using the dis kette dr ive” on page 36.
see “Using the Zip drive” on page 38. Insert a memory card from a digital camera, MP3 player, PDA, cellular
telephone, or other devices into the memory card reader. For more information, see “Using the memory card reader” on page39.
camera, keyboar d, or mouse) into th is por t. For more in formation, see
“Installing a printer, scanner, or other peripheral device” on page33.
Plug a microphone into this jack.
Headphone jack (green)
Plug powered, analog front speakers, an external amplifier, or headphones into this jack.
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Back

Your computer includes the following components:
PS/2 keyboard por t
USB ports
Serial p ort
Monitor port
USB ports
Microphone jack
PS/2 mouse port
Kensington lock slot
Case cover shipping thumbscrew
Parallel port
Ethernet (network) jack
Audio input (line in) jack
Headphone/speakers (line out) jack
Power connector
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Voltage switch
Component Icon Description
PS/2 keyboard port Plug a Personal System/2® (PS/2) keyboar d into th is por t.
USB ports Plug USB (UniversalSerial Bus) devices (such as a printer,
scanner, camera, keyboard, or mouse) into these ports. For more information, see “Installing a printer, scanner, or other
periphe ral device” on p age 33.
Serial port Plug a serial device (such as a digital camera) into this port.
For more inf ormation, see “Installi ng a printer , scanner , or oth er
periphe ral device” on p age 33.
Monitor port Plug a monitor into this port.
Microphone jack (red or pink)
Power connector Plug the power cord into this connector. PS/2 mouse port Plug a PS/2 mouse into this port.
Kensington™ lock slot
Case cover shipping thumbscrew
Paralle l port Plug a parallel d evice (suc h as a printer) into t his port. For more
Etherne t (n etwor k) jack
Plug a microphone into this jack.
Secure your comp uter to an object b y connec ting a K ensington cable lock to this slot.
Remove this screw before opening the case.
information, see “Installing a printer, scanner, or other
periphe ral device” on p age 33.
Plug a 10/100 Ethernet network cable or a device (such as a DSL or cable modem f or a broadba nd Internet con nection) into this jack.
For more information, see “Networking Your Computer” on
page 85 or see “Learning about the Internet” in
Computer
access this guide, click Start, All Programs, then click Gateway Documentation.
which has been included on your hard drive. To
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Audio input (li ne in) jack (blue)
Plug an external audio input s ource (such as a stereo) into this jack so you can record sound on your computer.
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Component Icon Description
Headphone/ speakers jack (line out) jack (green)
Voltage switch Before turning on your computer, make sure that this switch is
Plug powered speakers, an external amplifier, or headphones into this jack.
in the correct position fo r the correct power available. The switch is pres et at t he fact ory with t h e co r re ct volt age for your area.
In the United States, the utility power is supplied at a nominal 115 volts at 60 Hz. The power supply should always be set to this when your computer is operating in the United States. In other areas of the world, such as Europe, the utility power is supplied at 230 volts at 50 Hz. If your computer is operating in an environment such as this, the voltage switch should be moved to 230.
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Mid Tow er

Front
Your computer includes the following components.
Recordable dr ive
CD/DVD/
Optional CD/DVD/
Recordable dr ive
Power button/
power indicator
Diskette drive/Zip drive/memory card reader (optional)
Diskette eject button
USB ports
Microphone jac k Headphone jack
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Component Icon Description
CD/DVD/Recordable drive
Power button / power indicator
Diskette drive (optional)
Zip drive (optional) Use this drive to store larger files on Zip disks. For more information,
Memory card reader (optional)
USB ports Plug a USB (Universal Ser ial Bus) device (such as a printer, scanner,
Microphone jack (pink or red)
Use this drive to liste n to audio CDs , insta ll game s and prog ra ms , w atch DVDs, and store large files onto recordable discs (depending on drive type).
This drive may be a CD, recordable CD, DVD, or recordable DVD drive. To identify your drive type and for more information about your drive, see “Identifying drive types” on page41.
Press this button to turn the power on or off. You can also configure the power button to operate in Standby/Resume mode or Hibernate mode.
The button lights when the computer is turned on. Insert a standard 3.5-inch diskette into the optional diskette drive. For
more information, see “Using the dis kette dr ive” on page 36.
see “Using the Zip drive” on page 38. Insert a memory card from a digital camera, MP3 player, PDA, cellular
telephone, or other devices into the memory card reader. For more information, see “Using the memory card reader” on page39.
camera, keyboar d, or mouse) into th is por t. For more in formation, see
“Installing a printer, scanner, or other peripheral device” on page33.
Plug a microphone into this jack.
Headphone jack (green)
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Plug powered, analog front speakers, an external amplifier, or headphones into this jack.
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Back

Your computer includes the following components:
Power connector
Voltage switch
PS/2 mouse port
PS/2 keyboard port
Microphone jack
Speakers jack
S-Video out jack
Telephone jack
USB ports
Serial port
Monitor port
USB ports
Headphone/
(optional)
(optional)
Thumbscrew
Kensington lock sl ot
Parallel port
Ethernet (network) jack
Audio input jack Add-in monit or
port (optional) Thumbscrew
Modem jack (optional)
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Component Icon Description
Power connector Plug the power cord into this connector. Voltage switch Before turning on your computer, make sure that this switch is
in the correct position fo r the correct power available. The switch is pres et at t he fact ory with t h e co r re ct volt age for your area.
In the United States, the utility power is supplied at a nominal 115 volts at 60 Hz. The power supply should always be set to this when your computer is operating in the United States. In other areas of the world, such as Europe, the utility power is supplied at 230 volts at 50 Hz. If your computer is operating in an environment such as this, the voltage switch should be moved to 230.
®
PS/2 keyboard port Plug a Personal System/2
Serial port Plug a serial device (such as a digital camera) into this port.
For more inf ormation, see “Ins talling a printer , scann er, o r other
periphe ral device” on p age 33.
Monitor port Plug a monitor into this port if you do not have an add-in monitor
port.
(PS/2) keyboar d into th is por t.
Microphone jack (red or pink)
Headphone/ speakers jack (line out) jack (green)
USB ports Plug USB (UniversalSerial Bus) devices (such as a printer,
S-Video out jack (optional)
Telephone jack (optional)
Case cover shipping thumbscrews
Plug a microphone into this jack.
Plug powered speakers, an external amplifier, or headphones into this jack.
scanner, camera, keyboard, or mouse) into these ports. For more information, see “Installing a printer, scanner, or other
periphe ral device” on p age 33.
Plug a standard S-Video cable into this optional jack. Plug the other end of the cable into an S-Video jack on a television.
If your modem has a telephone jack, plug the cable for a telephone into this jack.
Remove these screws before opening the case.
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Component Icon Description
PS/2 mouse port Plug a PS/2 mouse into this port.
Kensington™ lock slot
Paralle l port Plug a parallel d evice (suc h as a printer) into t his port. For more
Etherne t (n etwor k) jack
Audio input (li ne in) jack (blue)
Add-in monitor port (optional)
Modem jack (optional)
Secure your comp uter to an object b y connec ting a K ensington cable lock to this slot.
information, see “Installing a printer, scanner, or other
periphe ral device” on p age 33.
Plug a 10/100 Ethernet network cable or a device (such as a DSL or cable modem f or a broadba nd Internet con nection) into this jack.
For more information, see “Networking Your Computer” on
page 85 or see “Learning about the Internet” in
Computer
access this guide, click Start, All Programs, then click Gateway Documentation.
Plug an external audio input s ource (such as a stereo) into this jack so you can record sound on your computer.
If available, plug your monitor into this port.
Plug a modem cable into this jack.
which has been included on your hard drive. To
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Desktop to tower conversion

You can convert your case from desktop to tower configuration using the rotating foot included with your system.
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Locating y our serial number

The label on the side of your computer case contains information that identifies your computer serial number. Ga teway Technical Support will need this information if you call for assistance.
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Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity

The Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity label found on the back or side of your computer includes the product key code for your operating system.

Finding y our specifications

For more information abo ut your computer, such as memory size, memory type, and hard drive size, visit Gateway’s eSupport page at support.gateway.com has links to additional Gateway documentation and detailed specifications.
. The eSupport page also
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Accessories

To order accessories, visit the Accessory Store at accessories.gateway.com.
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.
Printers
You can attach almost any type of printer to your computer. The most common types are inkjet and laser printers, which print in color or black and white. See “Installing a printer,
scanner, or other peripheral device” on page 33 for more information about attaching a
printer. Inkjet printers and cartridges are relatively inexpensive, but they are slower than laser
printers. Using an inkjet color prin ter, you can print pictures, banners, and greeting cards, as well as documents.
Laser printers and cartridges are more expens ive, but they print much faster than inkjet printers. Laser printers are better than inkjet printers when you are printing large documents.
Storage Devices
If you need additional storage space or you want to back up your files, you can add storage devices to you computer.
With a recordable CD or DVD drive, you can free up hard drive space by backing up files, then removing them from your hard drive. Writable CDs can hold as much as 700 MB of data. Single layer writable DVD s can hold as much as 4700 MB of data. Dual layer writable DVDs hold as much as 8500MB of data. For more information about using recordable drives, see “Creating CDs and DVDs” on page 43.
If you need to back up your entire system, you probably need a tape backup (TBU) drive. TBU drives, like tape recorders, use magnetic tape cartridges to store data. Tape drive cartridges can store 2 GB, 20 GB, 40 GB, 130 GB, or more of data.
If you want to increase your internal storage space, try replacing your existing hard drive with a larger drive.
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USB flash drive
Use a USB flash drive for storing files or transferring files to another computer.
Uninterruptible power supplies
A standby, uninterruptible power supply (UPS) protects your computer from data loss during a total power failure. A UPS uses a battery to keep your computer running temporarily during a power failure so you can save your work and shut down your computer correctly. A UPS may also provide protection from power surges.
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Chapter 3

Getting Started

Using your computer safely
Protecting your computer from power
source problems
T urning your computer on and off
Adjusting the volume
Connecting the modem and network
Installing peripheral devices
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W orking safely

Before using your computer , read the following recommendations for setting up a safe and comfortable work area and avoiding discomfor t and strain.
Top of screen is not higher than eye level
Screen is perpen dicular to
Hands and
arms ar e
parallel to
the floor
Feet are flat on the floor
your line of sight

Reducing eye strain

Sunlight or bright indoor lighting should not reflect on the monitor screen or shine directly into your eyes.
Position the computer desk and monitor so you can avoid glare on your screen and
light shining directly into your eyes. Reduce glare by installing shades or curtains on windows, and by installing a glare screen filter on your monitor.
Use soft, indirect lighting in yo ur work area. Do not use your computer in a dark ro om.
Avoid focusing your eyes on your computer screen for long periods of time. Look away
from your computer occasionally, and try to focus on distant objects.
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Setting up your computer desk and chair

When you are setting up your computer desk and chair, make sure that the desk is the appropriate height and the chair helps you maintain good posture.
Select a flat surface for your computer desk.
Adjust the height of the computer desk so your hands and arms are positioned parallel
to the floor when you use the keyboard and mouse. If the desk is not adjustable or is too tall, consider using a keyboard drawer.
Use an adjustable chair that is comfortable, distributes your weight evenly , and keeps
your body relaxed.
Position your chair so the keyboard is at or slightly below the level of your elbow.
This position lets your shoulders relax while you type.
Adjust the chair height, adjust the forward tilt of the s eat, or use a footrest to distribute
your weight evenly on the chair and relieve pressure on the back of your thighs.
Adjust the back of the chair so it supports the lower curve of your spine. You can use
a pillow or cushion to provide extra back support.

Setting up your computer and computer accessories

Set up the monitor so the top is no higher than eye level, the m onitor controls are
within reach, and the screen is tilted to be perpendicular to your line of sight.
Place your keyboard and mouse at a comfortable distance. You should be able to reach
them without stretching.
Set paper holders at the same height and distance as the monitor.

Sitting at your computer

Avoid bending, arching, or angling your wrists. Make sure that they are in a relaxed
position when you type.
Do not slouch forward or lean far back. Sit with your back straight so your knees,
hips, and elbows form right angles when you work.
Take breaks to stand and stretch your legs.
Avoid twisting your torso or neck.
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A voiding discomfort and injury from repetitive strain

Vary your acti vities to a void exces sive repe tition.
Take breaks to change your position, stretch your muscles, and relieve your eyes.
Find ways to break up the work day, and schedule a variety of tasks.

Protecting from pow er source pr oblems

During a power surge, the voltage level of electricity coming into your computer can increase to far above normal levels and cause data loss or system damage. Protect yo ur computer and peripheral devices by connecting them to a surge protector, which absorbs voltage surges and prevents them from reaching your computer.
Warning High voltages can enter your computer through both the power cord
and the modem connection. Protect your computer by using a surge protector . If you ha v e a telep hone mod em, us e a su rge prot ector th at has a modem jac k. If y ou ha ve a c able modem, u se a surge pro tector that has an antenn a/cable TV jack. During an electrical storm, unplug both the surge protector and the modem.
An uninterruptible power su pply (UPS) supplies battery power to your computer during a power failure. Although you cannot run your computer for an extended period of time with a UPS, a UPS lets you run your computer long enough to save your work and shut down your computer normally.

Checking the voltage selection

A power supply is integrated into your computer to provide power to the system board, add-in cards, and peripheral devices. The voltage selection for your location is typically set at the factory. Use the power selection switch on the back of your computer to set the power supply to 115V or 230V. To verify that your system has the correct setting for your environment, check the voltage selection switch.
Caution If you set the voltage selection switch inco rrec tly, your system w il l be
damaged. Make sure this switch is set correctly for your location before turning on your computer.
In the United States, the utility power is supplied at a nominal 115 volts at 60 Hz. The power supply should always be set to this when your computer is oper atin g in the U nited Sta tes . In other a reas of the world, such as Europe, the utility power is supplied at 230 volts at 50 Hz. If your computer is operating in an environment such as this, the voltage switch should be moved to 230.
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