Gateway E-6300 User Manual

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User Guide

Gateway E-6300

Contents

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

Help and Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Searching for a topic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Using Your Computer guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Online help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Gateway contact information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Identifying your computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

2 Checking Out Your Gateway Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Front . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Back . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Locating your serial number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Finding your specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

3 Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Working safely . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Reducing eye strain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Setting up your computer desk and chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Setting up your computer and computer accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Sitting at your computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Avoiding discomfort and injury from repetitive strain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Protecting from power source problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Checking the voltage selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Starting your computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Waking up your computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Turning off your computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Restarting (rebooting) your computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Using the keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Standard keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Multifunction keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Adjusting the volume . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Configuring the audio jacks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Connecting the modem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Connecting to a wired Ethernet network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Installing a printer, scanner, or other peripheral device . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

4 Using Drives and Ports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Using the diskette drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Using the Zip drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Using the memory card reader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Memory card types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Inserting a memory card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Using the CD or DVD drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Identifying drive types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Inserting a CD or DVD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Playing a CD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Playing a DVD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Creating CDs and DVDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

5 Maintaining Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Caring for your computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Updating Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Protecting your computer from viruses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Cleaning your computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Cleaning the exterior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Cleaning the keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Cleaning the monitor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Cleaning the mouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Cleaning CDs or DVDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Restoring your system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Preventing static electricity discharge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Opening the case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Removing the side panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Removing the front bezel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Closing the case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Replacing the side panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Replacing the front bezel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Installing memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Replacing the system battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

6 Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

Safety guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 First steps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Add-in cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Audio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 CD or DVD drives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Diskette drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 DVD drives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 File management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Hard drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Internet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

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Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Memory card reader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Modem (dial-up) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Monitor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Mouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Networks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Passwords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

7 Networking Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75

Introduction to networking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Using a network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Selecting a network connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Creating an Ethernet network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Installing Ethernet cards and drivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Making sure your broadband connection works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Naming the computers and the workgroup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Configuring the TCP/IP protocol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Setting up a wireless Ethernet network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Setting up a wired Ethernet network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Configuring your router . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Testing your network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 Sharing your resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Sharing an Internet connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Sharing drives and printers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Using the network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 Connecting to hotspots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 Troubleshooting Your Ethernet network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Wired Ethernet network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Wireless Ethernet network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110

A Safety, Regulatory, and Legal Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121

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Chapter 1

Getting Help

Using the Gateway Web site

Using Help and Support

Using Your Computer guide

Using Do More With Gateway

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 Help and Support, type a word or phrase (keyword) in the Search box located at the top of any Help and Support screen, then click the arrow button.

For each search, you receive the following search result types:

Suggested Topics - These topics are located in Help and Support and are relevant to your search topic.

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

Microsoft Knowledge Base - These topics are located on the Microsoft Web site and contain the words you entered in the Search box. You must be connected to the Internet to search for and access these topics.

To view a list of your search results, click the results header for the type of results you want to view.

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

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 how to perform a task while you are using the program. You can access most online help information by selecting a topic from a Help menu or by clicking a Help button.

You can search for information by viewing the help contents, checking the index, searching for a topic or keyword, or browsing through the online help.

Gateway contact information

For Technical Support, see the Gateway Business Service Plans guide that came with your system.

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Identifying your computer

You can find your computer’s serial number on a label on the side of the computer case.

 

 

 

 

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Chapter 2

Checking Out Your

Gateway Computer

Identifying features

Locating your computer model and serial number

Locating the Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity

Locating the specifications for your computer

Purchasing accessories

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Front

Your computer includes the following components.

DVD/CD drive

DVD/CD drive (optional)

Zip drive or memory card reader (optional)

Diskette drive (optional)

Power button/

Power indicator

USB or IEEE 1394 ports (optional)

Headphone jack

Microphone jack

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Component

Icon

Description

 

 

 

DVD/CD drive

 

Use this drive to listen to audio CDs, install games and programs, watch

 

 

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 page 36.

 

 

 

Power button /

 

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

Power indicator

 

power button to operate in Standby/Resume mode or Hibernate mode.

 

 

The button lights when the computer is turned on.

 

 

 

USB ports

 

Plug a USB (Universal Serial Bus) device (such as a printer, scanner,

 

 

camera, keyboard, or mouse) into this port. For more information, see

 

 

“Installing a printer, scanner, or other peripheral device” on page 30.

 

 

 

IEEE 1394 ports

 

Plug an IEEE 1394 (also known as Firewire® or i.Link®) device (such

(optional)

 

as a digital camcorder) into these 4-pin IEEE 1394 ports. For more

 

 

information, see “Installing a printer, scanner, or other peripheral device”

 

 

on page 30.

 

 

 

Zip drive

 

Use this drive to store larger files on Zip disks. For more information,

 

 

see “Using the Zip drive” on page 33.

 

 

 

Memory card reader

 

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

(optional)

 

telephone, or other devices into the memory card reader. For more

 

 

information, see “Using the memory card reader” on page 34.

 

 

 

Diskette drive

 

Insert a standard 3.5-inch diskette into the optional diskette drive. For

(optional)

 

more information, see “Using the diskette drive” on page 32.

 

 

 

Headphone jack

 

Plug powered, analog front speakers, an external amplifier, or

 

 

headphones into this jack. This jack is color-coded orange.

 

 

 

Microphone jack

 

Plug a microphone into this jack. This jack is color-coded red or pink.

 

 

 

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Back

Your computer includes the following components:

Cover release lever

Voltage switch

Case cover thumbscrew

Rear speaker jack (optional)

Ethernet (network) jack

Parallel port

PS/2 keyboard port

S-Video out jack (optional)

Telephone jack (optional)

Power connector

Audio in/side speaker jack Headphone/front speaker jack

Microphone jack Center/subwoofer jack

(optional) USB ports

Monitor port

Serial port

PS/2 mouse port

Monitor port (optional)

Modem jack (optional)

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Component

Icon

Description

 

 

 

 

Cover release lever

 

 

Lift this lever to open the computer cover.

 

 

 

 

Voltage switch

 

 

Before turning on your computer, make sure that this switch is

 

 

 

in the correct position for the correct power available. The

 

 

 

switch is preset at the factory with the correct voltage 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.

 

 

 

 

Case cover

 

 

Remove this screw before opening the case.

thumbscrew

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rear speaker jack

 

 

Plug your rear right and left speaker into this optional jack. For

(black) (optional)

 

 

information on configuring this jack, see “Configuring the audio

 

 

 

jacks” on page 28.

 

 

 

 

Ethernet (network)

 

 

Plug a 10/100 Ethernet network cable or a device (such as a

jack

 

 

DSL or cable modem for a broadband Internet connection) into

 

 

 

this jack.

 

 

 

For more information, see “Learning about the Internet” in

 

 

 

Using Your Computer which has been included on your hard

 

 

 

drive. To access this guide, click Start, All Programs, then click

 

 

 

Gateway Documentation.

 

 

 

 

Parallel port

 

 

Plug a parallel device (such as a printer) into this port. For more

 

 

 

information, see “Installing a printer, scanner, or other

 

 

 

peripheral device” on page 30.

 

 

 

 

PS/2 keyboard port

 

 

Plug a Personal System/2® (PS/2) keyboard into this port.

 

 

 

 

S-Video out jack

 

 

Plug a standard S-Video cable into this optional jack. Plug the

(optional)

 

 

other end of the cable into an S-Video jack on a television.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Telephone jack

 

 

Plug a telephone cable into this jack.

(optional)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power connector

 

 

Plug the power cord into this connector.

 

 

 

 

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Component

Icon

Description

 

 

 

Audio input (Line

 

If the back of your computer has five audio jacks, this jack is

in) jack (blue)

 

user configurable for one of the following:

-OR-

 

Stereo in: plug an external audio input source (such as a

Side speaker jack

 

 

stereo) into this jack so you can record sound on your

 

 

computer (Default).

 

 

 

 

 

Stereo out: plug your side left and right speakers into this

 

 

 

jack.

 

 

If the back of your computer has three audio jacks, this jack is

 

 

the audio input (line in) jack. Plug an external audio input

 

 

source (such as a stereo) into this jack so you can record sound

 

 

on your computer. For information on configuring this jack, see

 

 

“Configuring the audio jacks” on page 28.

 

 

 

Headphone/analog

 

If the back of your computer has five audio jacks, this jack is

speakers jack

 

user configurable for one of the following:

(green)

 

Headphone: plug headphones or amplified speakers into this

-OR-

 

 

jack (Default).

Front speakers jack

 

Stereo out: plug your front left and right speakers into this

 

 

jack.

 

 

 

 

 

If the back of your computer has three audio jacks, this jack is

 

 

the headphone/analog speaker (line out) jack. Plug powered

 

 

speakers, an external amplifier, or headphones into this jack.

 

 

For information on configuring this jack, see “Configuring the

 

 

audio jacks” on page 28.

 

 

 

Microphone jack

 

Plug a microphone into this jack.

(red or pink)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Center/subwoofer

 

Plug your center speaker and subwoofer into this optional jack.

jack

 

For information on configuring this jack, see “Configuring the

(orange) (optional)

 

audio jacks” on page 28.

 

 

 

USB ports

 

Plug USB (Universal Serial Bus) devices (such as a printer,

 

 

scanner, camera, keyboard, or mouse) into these ports. For

 

 

more information, see “Installing a printer, scanner, or other

 

 

peripheral device” on page 30.

 

 

 

Monitor port

 

Plug a monitor into this port.

 

 

 

Serial port

 

Plug a serial device (such as a digital camera) into this port.

 

 

For more information, see “Installing a printer, scanner, or other

 

 

peripheral device” on page 30.

 

 

 

 

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Component

Icon

Description

 

 

 

PS/2 mouse port

 

Plug a PS/2 mouse into this port.

 

 

 

Modem jack

 

Plug a modem cable into this jack.

(optional)

 

 

 

 

 

Locating your serial number

Important The labels shown in this section are for informational purposes only. Label information varies by model, features ordered, and location.

The label on the side of your computer case contains information that identifies your computer serial number. Gateway 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 your specifications

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

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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 30 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 printer, you can print pictures, banners, and greeting cards, as well as documents.

Laser printers and cartridges are more expensive, but they print much faster than inkjet printers. Laser printers are better than inkjet printers when you are printing large documents.

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 DVDs can hold as much as 4700 MB of data. Dual layer writable DVDs hold as much as 8500 MB of data. For more information about using recordable drives, see “Creating CDs and DVDs” on page 38.

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.

USB flash drive

Use a USB flash drive for storing files or transferring files to another computer.

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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

Turning your computer on and off

Adjusting the volume

Configuring audio jacks

Connecting the modem and network

Installing peripheral devices

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Working safely

Before using your computer, read the following recommendations for setting up a safe and comfortable work area and avoiding discomfort and strain.

Hands and arms are parallel to the floor

Top of screen is not higher than eye level

Screen is perpendicular to your line of sight

Feet are flat on the floor

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 your work area. Do not use your computer in a dark room.

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 seat, 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 monitor 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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Avoiding discomfort and injury from repetitive strain

Vary your activities to avoid excessive repetition.

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 power source problems

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 your 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 have a telephone modem, use a surge protector that has a modem jack. If you have a cable modem, use a surge protector that has an antenna/cable TV jack. During an electrical storm, unplug both the surge protector and the modem.

An uninterruptible power supply (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 incorrectly, your system will 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 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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To set the voltage selection switch:

Use a tool such as an opened paper clip to slide the voltage selection switch to the correct voltage position.

Voltage selection switch

Starting your computer

To start your computer:

1

2

3

Connect the cables to your computer. See the setup poster for setup instructions.

Turn on your computer.

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

Important Your computer has a built-in variable speed fan. In addition, your computer uses a powerful processor which produces heat. Both the system fan and processor can run at different speeds at times to ensure proper system cooling. You may notice an increase in the fan noise when the fan is running at high speed and a decrease in the fan noise when it switches to normal speed.

4 Turn on any peripheral devices, such as printers or scanners, and see the documentation that came with the device for setup instructions.

 

 

 

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Waking up your computer

When you have not used your computer for several minutes or have not turned off your computer, it may enter a power-saving mode called Standby. While in Standby, the power indicator flashes.

If your computer is in Standby mode, move the mouse or press the power button to “wake” it up.

Tips & Tricks For more information about changing the power button mode, see “Changing Power-Saving Settings” in Using Your Computer which has

been included on your hard drive. To access this guide, click Start,

All Programs, then click Gateway Documentation.

Turning off your computer

Warning When you turn off your computer, certain components in the power supply and system board remain energized. In order to remove all electrical power from your computer, unplug the power cord and modem cable from the wall outlets. We recommend disconnecting the power cord and modem cable when your computer will not be used for long periods.

For more information about changing the power button mode, see “Changing Power-Saving Settings” in Using Your Computer which has been included on your hard drive. To access this guide, click Start,

All Programs, then click Gateway Documentation.

To turn off your computer:

1

2

Click Start, then click Turn Off Computer. The Turn Off Computer dialog box opens.

Click Turn Off. Windows shuts down and turns off your computer.

Important If for some reason you cannot use the Turn Off Computer option in Windows to turn off your computer, press and hold the power button for about five seconds, then release it.

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Restarting (rebooting) your computer

If your computer does not respond to keyboard or mouse input, you may have to close programs that are not responding. If closing unresponsive programs does not restore your computer to normal operation, you may have to restart (reboot) your computer.

To close unresponsive programs and restart your computer:

1

2

3

4

5

Press CTRL+ALT+DEL. The Task Manager window opens.

Click the Applications tab, then click the program that is not responding.

Click End Task.

Click X in the top-right corner of the Windows Task Manager dialog box.

If your computer does not respond, turn it off, wait ten seconds, then turn it on again.

Important If your computer does not turn off, press and hold the power button for about five seconds, then release it.

As a part of the regular startup process, a program to check the disk status runs automatically. When the checks are finished, Windows starts.

 

 

 

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Using the keyboard

Standard keyboard

This keyboard is the basic model of keyboard available with your computer.

Function keys

Navigation keys Indicators

Windows keys

Application

Directional

Numeric

 

key

keys

keypad

Press these keys...

To...

 

 

Function keys

Start program actions. Each program uses different function keys for

 

different purposes. See the program documentation to find out more

 

about the function key actions.

 

 

Navigation keys

Press these keys to move the cursor to the beginning of a line, to the

 

end of a line, up the page, down the page, to the beginning of a

 

document, or to the end of a document.

 

 

Indicators

Show if your NUM LOCK, CAPS LOCK, or SCROLL LOCK keys are

 

activated. Press the corresponding key to activate the function.

 

 

Windows keys

Press one of these keys to open the Windows Start menu. These keys

 

can also be used in combination with other keys to open utilities like

 

F (Search utility), R (Run utility), and E (Explorer utility).

 

 

Application key

Access shortcut menus and help assistants in Windows.

 

 

Directional keys

Move the cursor up, down, right, or left.

 

 

Numeric keypad

Use these keys to type numbers when the numeric keypad (NUM LOCK)

 

is turned on.

 

 

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Multifunction keyboard

This keyboard is the full-featured model available with your computer.

Function keys

Navigation keys Indicators

Windows keys

Application

Directional

Numeric

 

key

keys

keypad

Press these

To...

keys...

 

 

 

Function keys

Start program actions. Each program uses different function keys for different

 

purposes. See the program’s help to learn more about function key actions.

 

 

Navigation keys

Press these keys to move the cursor to the beginning of a line, to the end

 

of a line, up the page, down the page, to the beginning of a document, or

 

to the end of a document.

 

 

Indicators

Show if your NUM LOCK, CAPS LOCK, or SCROLL LOCK keys are activated.

 

Press the corresponding key to activate the function.

 

 

Windows keys

Press this key to open the Windows Start menu. This key can also be used

 

in combination with other keys to open utilities like F (Search utility), R (Run

 

utility), and E (Explorer utility).

 

 

Application key

Access shortcut menus and help assistants in Windows.

 

 

Directional keys

Move the cursor up, down, right, or left.

 

 

Numeric keypad

Use these keys to type numbers when the numeric keypad (NUM LOCK) is

 

turned on.

 

 

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Special-function buttons

Previous Stop

Play/Pause Next

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volume down

 

 

 

Mute

 

Help

 

 

Search

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volume up

 

My Documents

E-mail

 

Internet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special-function buttons Icons

Press to...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Previous

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return to the previous CD track or DVD chapter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Play/Pause

Start or pause the play of the CD or DVD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stop

 

 

 

 

Stop the play of CD or DVD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next

 

 

Move to the next CD track or DVD chapter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volume down

Decrease the volume.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volume up

Increase the volume.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mute

Turn off all sound.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Documents

Opens the My Documents folder. You can customize this

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

button to open another program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Help

Open online help. You can customize this button to open

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

another program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E-mail

Open your e-mail program. You can customize this

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

button to open another program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Search

Open online search. You can customize this button to

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

open another program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Internet

Open your Web browser. You can customize this button

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

to open another program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 the overall volume level using hardware controls:

If you are using external speakers, turn the knob on the front of the speakers. -OR-

Use the mute and volume control buttons on the keyboard.

Tips & Tricks For instructions on how to adjust the volume in Windows, see “Adjusting the Volume” in Using Your Computer which has been

included on your hard drive. To access this guide, click Start,

All Programs, then click Gateway Documentation.

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Configuring the audio jacks

If the back of your computer has five audio jacks, they are universal jacks. This means that they can be used for more than one purpose. For example, the blue jack on the computer can be a stereo in jack or a stereo out jack. For more information on how each jack can be used, see “Back” on page 10. To use the audio jacks for something other than the default audio device, you need to configure the audio jacks.

To configure the audio jacks:

1 Connect your audio device(s) to the computer audio jack(s).

2 Click Start, then click Control Panel. The Control Panel window opens. If your Control Panel is in Category View, click Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices. Click/Double-click Sounds and Audio Devices, then click Advanced under Speaker Settings. The Advanced Audio Properties dialog box opens.

-OR-

If your computer has the Realtek Sound Effect Manager installed, double-click the Sound Effect Manager icon on the taskbar. The Realtek dialog box opens.

3 Configure the audio jacks for your speaker setup.

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Connecting the modem

Your computer has a built-in 56K modem that you can use to connect to a standard telephone line.

Warning To reduce the risk of fire, use only No. 26 AWG or larger telecommunications line cord.

To connect the modem:

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

on the back of your

computer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Insert the other end of the modem cable into a telephone wall jack. The modem will not work with digital or PBX telephone lines.

3 Start your computer, then start your communications program.

Connecting to a wired Ethernet network

Your computer has a network jack that you can use to connect to a 10/100 wired Ethernet network.

Important Your computer is equipped with a built-in Ethernet port.

For information about setting up a wired or wireless Ethernet network, see “Networking Your Computer” on page 75.

To connect to a wired Ethernet network:

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

 

 

 

on the back of your

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

computer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Insert the other end of the network cable into a network jack.

 

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Tips & Tricks You can use your computer’s Ethernet jack for more than just networking. Many broadband Internet connections, such as cable

modems and DSL modems, connect to your computer’s Ethernet jack. For more information, see “Using the Internet” in Using Your Computer which has been included on your hard drive. To access this guide, click Start, All Programs, then click Gateway

Documentation.

Installing a printer, scanner, or other peripheral device

Important Before you install a printer, scanner, or other peripheral device, see the device documentation and installation instructions.

Your computer has one or more of the following ports: IEEE 1394 (also known as Firewire® or i.Link®), Universal Serial Bus (USB), serial, and parallel. You use these ports to connect peripheral devices such as printers, scanners, and digital cameras to your computer. For more information about port locations, “Checking Out Your Gateway Computer” on page 7.

IEEE 1394 and USB ports support plug-and-play and hot-swapping, which means that your computer will usually recognize such a device whenever you plug it into the appropriate port. When you use an IEEE 1394 or USB device for the first time, your computer will prompt you to install any software the device needs. After doing this, you can disconnect and reconnect the device at any time.

Parallel and serial port devices are not plug-and-play. See the device documentation for detailed information and installation instructions.

Help and For more information about installing peripheral devices, click Start,

Support then click Help and Support.

Type the keyword installing devices in the Search box , then click the arrow.

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Using Drives and Ports

Using the diskette drive

Using the Zip drive

Using the memory card reader

Using CD or DVD drives

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Using the diskette drive

The optional diskette drive uses 3.5-inch diskettes (sometimes called floppy disks). Diskettes are useful for storing files or transferring files to another computer.

Drive

Diskette slot

Eject button

activity light

 

 

To use a diskette:

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

2 To access a file on the diskette, click Start, then click My Computer. Double-click the drive letter (for example, the A: drive), then double-click the file name.

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

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Using the Zip drive

Iomega Zip drives, like diskette drives, use disks to store data. Zip disks can store 100 MB, 250 MB, or 750 MB of data. You can use a Zip drive to back up files you do not use so you can remove them from your hard drive. Zip drives also provide an easy way to transfer files between computers (if both computers have internal Zip drives or if you have one external, portable Zip drive).

Zip disk slot

Eject button

To use a Zip disk:

1 Insert the Zip disk into the Zip drive with the label facing up.

2 To access a file on the Zip disk, click Start, then click My Computer. Double-click the drive letter (for example, the B: drive), then double-click the file name.

3 To remove the Zip disk, press the eject button.

 

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Using the memory card reader

You can use the optional memory card reader to transfer pictures from a digital camera to your computer. You can also use the memory card reader to transfer data between your computer and a device that uses memory cards, such as a PDA, MP3 player, or cellular phone.

Memory card types

The memory card reader supports the following card types:

Card Type

Slot

Insert

 

 

 

Secure Digital

left

Label facing up

MultiMediaCard

left

Label facing up

SM (SmartMedia)

left

Label facing down (gold

 

 

contact area facing up)

 

 

 

Memory Stick®

left

Label facing up

Memory Stick PRO

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CompactFlash®

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Label facing up

IBM Microdrive

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Label facing up

Each slot is assigned a different drive letter (for example, the E: and F: drives) so data can be transferred from one media type to another.

Inserting a memory card

Caution To avoid memory card damage or errors while using a memory card, insert only one memory card in a slot at a time.

To use a memory card:

1 Insert the memory card into the memory card slot as indicated in the previous table.

2 To access a file on the memory card, click Start, then click My Computer. Double-click the drive letter (for example, the E: drive), then double-click the file name.

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To remove a memory card:

Wait for the media reader access indicator to stop blinking, then pull the card out of the slot.

Caution

Do not remove the card or turn off the computer while the card reader

 

 

 

access indicator is blinking. You could lose data. Also, remove the

 

 

 

 

 

 

card from the reader before you turn off the computer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important Do not use the remove hardware icon in the taskbar to remove the memory card. If you use the remove hardware icon, your computer will not recognize your memory card reader until you restart the computer.

 

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