Gateway M405 User Manual

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User Guide

Gateway M405 Notebook

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

Gateway Web site . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Using eSupport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Help and Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Searching for a topic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Using Your Computer guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Online help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

2 Checking Out Your Gateway Notebook. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Front . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Left Side . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Right Side . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Back . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Bottom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Keyboard area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Identifying your model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Gateway model and serial number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Gateway serial number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Internal wireless label . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Finding your specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

3 Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Connecting the AC adapter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Protecting from power source problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Starting your notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Waking up your notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Turning off your notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Restarting (rebooting) your notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Status indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Using the keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Key types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 System key combinations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Multi-function buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Using the EZ Pad touchpad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Using the touchpad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Adjusting the volume . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

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Turning your wireless network on or off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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

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Using the CD or DVD drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Identifying drive types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Inserting a CD or DVD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Playing a CD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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

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Creating CDs and DVDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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

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Using the optional memory card reader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Memory card types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Using a memory card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Adding and removing a PC Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Viewing the display on a projector or monitor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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5 Managing Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Monitoring the battery charge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Recharging the battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Recalibrating the battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Changing batteries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 Replacing the battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 Extending battery life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 Conserving battery power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 Using alternate power sources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Changing power modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63

6 Upgrading Your Notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Preventing static electricity discharge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Adding or replacing memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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

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7 Using the Optional Port Replicator. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75

Front . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 Left . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Back . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78 Connecting to the port replicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80 Attaching to the port replicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80 Disconnecting from the port replicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Securing your port replicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82

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8 Maintaining Your Notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

Caring for your notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Cleaning your notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Cleaning the exterior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Cleaning the keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Cleaning the notebook screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Cleaning CDs or DVDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Protecting your notebook from viruses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Updating Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 Restoring your system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90

9 Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91

Safety guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 First steps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Audio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 CD drives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Device installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Diskette drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 DVD drives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 File management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 Hard drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 Internet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Memory card reader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Modem (dial-up) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 Mouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107 Networks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 Passwords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 PC Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 Touchpad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 Telephone support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 Before calling Gateway Customer Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 Telephone numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

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A Safety, Regulatory, and Legal Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115

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

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Speaker

Battery

Power

LCD panel

Speaker

 

charge

indicator

release latch

 

 

indicator

 

 

 

Component

Icon

 

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speakers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Provide audio output when headphones or

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

amplified speakers are not plugged in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Battery charge indicator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The LED shows the battery activity and status.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LED green - battery is fully charged.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LED orange - battery is charging.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LED blinking red - battery charge is very low.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LED solid red - battery is malfunctioning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This LED only lights up when your notebook is

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

connected to AC power or the battery charge is

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

very low.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power indicator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The LED shows your notebook’s power status.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LED on - notebook is on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LED blinking - notebook is in Standby mode.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LED off - notebook is off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LCD panel release latch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Open the LCD panel by pressing the release

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

latch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Microphone jack

USB ports

PC Card slot

Diskette drive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

or memory

Headphone jack

 

 

card reader

Component

Icon

Description

 

 

 

 

Microphone jack

 

 

Plug a microphone into this jack.

 

 

 

 

Headphone jack

 

 

Plug amplified speakers or headphones into this jack.

 

 

 

The built-in speakers are turned off when speakers or

 

 

 

headphones are plugged into this jack.

 

 

 

 

USB ports

 

 

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

 

 

 

diskette drive, flash drive, Iomega™ Zip™ drive, printer,

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

PC Card slot

 

 

Insert one Type II or one Type III PC Card into this slot.

 

 

 

For more information, see “Adding and removing a

 

 

 

 

 

 

PC Card” on page 50.

 

 

 

 

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Component

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Description

 

 

 

Diskette drive or

 

Insert a standard 3.5-inch diskette into the optional

memory card

 

diskette drive. For more information, see “Using the

reader

 

optional diskette drive” on page 47.

 

 

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

 

 

PDA, or cellular telephone into the optional memory card

 

 

reader. For more information, see “Using the optional

 

 

memory card reader” on page 48.

 

 

Important: Your notebook comes with either a built-in

 

 

diskette drive or a built-in memory card reader. If your

 

 

notebook has a built-in memory card reader and you

 

 

need to use a diskette drive, Gateway recommends

 

 

purchasing a USB diskette drive. To order a USB diskette

 

 

drive, visit the Accessory Store at

 

 

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CD, DVD, or

Kensington

 

 

DVD/CD-RW drive

lock slot

 

 

 

 

Component

Icon

Description

 

CD, DVD, DVD/CD-RW, or recordable DVD drive

Insert CDs or DVDs into this drive. For more information, see “Using the CD or DVD drive” on page 44.

This drive may be a CD, DVD, combination DVD/CD-RW, or recordable DVD drive. To determine the type of drive in the notebook, examine the drive tray’s plastic cover and compare the logo to those listed in “Identifying drive types” on page 44.

Kensington™ lock slot

Secure your notebook to an object by connecting a

 

Kensington cable lock to this slot.

 

 

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Modem jack

 

 

Parallel

Monitor

Ventilation

 

 

 

 

port

port

fan

Ethernet jack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

connector

 

 

 

 

 

 

Component

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Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modem jack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plug a modem cable into this jack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ethernet jack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plug a 10/100 Ethernet network cable into this jack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power connector

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plug the AC adapter cable into this connector.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parallel port

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monitor port

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plug an analog VGA monitor or projector into this port.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information, see “Viewing the display on a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

projector or monitor” on page 53.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ventilation fan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helps cool internal components. Do not block or insert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

objects into these slots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Memory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bay cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Battery

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reset hole

 

 

 

 

 

 

bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Battery latch Hard drive bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Component

Icon

 

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memory bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Install as many as two memory modules into this bay. For

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

more information, see “Adding or replacing memory” on

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

page 67.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reset hole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Insert a straightened paper clip into this hole to manually

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

restart the notebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hard drive bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The hard drive is located in this bay. For more information,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

see “Replacing the hard drive kit” on page 70.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Battery latch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slide to release the battery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Battery bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Insert the battery into this bay. For more information, see

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Changing batteries” on page 60.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Component

Icon

Description

 

 

 

System label

 

Includes the product model number. For more information,

 

 

see “Identifying your model” on page 18.

 

 

 

Docking port

 

Connect the port replicator to this port.

 

 

Warning! Power is passed through this port. This docking

 

 

connection is certified to UL 1950 for use only with port

 

 

replicators designed for your Gateway notebook.

 

 

 

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Status indicators

Power button

Keyboard

Touchpad

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Keyboard area

 

 

 

Component

Icon

Description

 

 

 

Multi-function buttons

 

Press these buttons to open programs assigned to

 

 

them. These buttons are set to open your default

 

 

e-mail program, your default Web browser, online

 

 

help, and the My Computer window. For more

 

 

information, see “Multi-function buttons” on page 36.

 

 

 

Touchpad

 

Provides all the functionality of a mouse. For more

 

 

information, see “Using the EZ Pad touchpad” on

 

 

page 37.

 

 

 

Keyboard

 

Provides all the features of a full-sized, 86-key

 

 

keyboard. For more information, see “Using the

 

 

keyboard” on page 32.

 

 

 

Power button

 

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

 

 

configure the power button for Standby/Resume

 

 

mode. For more information, see “Starting your

 

 

notebook” on page 27.

 

 

 

Status indicators

 

Inform you when a drive is in use or when a button

 

 

has been pressed that affects how the keyboard is

 

 

used. For more information, see “Status indicators”

 

 

on page 30.

 

 

 

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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 three hours, the battery may need to be recalibrated. For information on recalibrating the battery, see “Recalibrating the battery” on page 59.

To connect the AC adapter:

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Caution Make sure that you use the AC adapter that came with your notebook or one of the same type purchased from Gateway.

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can cause serious injury or death. Contact Gateway about

 

returning defective AC adapters.

 

 

Important If the battery charge indicator does not turn green after three hours, contact Gateway Customer Care at support.gateway.com.

 

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For more information about changing the power button

 

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

 

then click Gateway Documentation.

 

 

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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 notebook:

1 !Start Turn Off Computer

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3Unplug the power cord and remove the battery for more than 10 seconds.

 

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Hard drive

Caps lock

Disc drive Scroll lock

Diskette drive

Pad lock

Indicator

Icon

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diskette drive

 

 

 

 

The diskette drive or the memory card reader is in use.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disc drive

 

 

 

 

The CD or DVD drive is in use.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hard drive

 

 

 

 

The hard drive is in use.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caps Lock

 

 

 

 

Caps Lock is turned on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Status indicators

 

 

 

 

 

Indicator

Icon

Description

 

 

 

 

 

Scroll Lock

 

 

 

Scroll Lock is turned on. For more information, see

 

 

 

 

“System key combinations” on page 34.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pad Lock

 

 

 

Numeric keypad is turned on. For more information, see

 

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“System key combinations” on page 34.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Function keys/System keys

Navigation keys/Volume keys

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

key Windows

Numeric

Application

Arrow keys/LCD

key

keypad

key

brightness keys

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Key type

Icon

 

Description

 

 

 

 

 

Function keys

 

 

 

Press these keys labeled to to perform actions

 

 

 

 

in programs. For example, pressing may open help.

 

 

 

 

Each program uses different function keys for different

 

 

 

 

purposes. See the program documentation to find out

 

 

 

 

more about the function key actions.

 

 

 

 

 

System keys

 

 

 

Press these colored keys in combination with the key

 

 

 

 

to perform specific actions. For more information, see

 

 

 

 

“System key combinations” on page 34.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Volume keys

 

 

 

Press these colored keys in combination with the key

 

 

 

 

to increase or decrease the volume or to turn off all

 

 

 

 

sound.

 

 

 

 

 

key

 

 

 

Press the key in combination with a colored system

 

 

 

 

key (such as , , or ) to perform

 

 

 

 

a specific action.

 

 

 

 

 

Windows key

 

 

 

Press this key to open the Windows Start menu. This

 

 

 

 

key can also be used in combination with other keys to

 

 

 

 

open utilities like (Search utility), (Run utility), and

 

 

 

 

(Explorer utility).

 

 

 

 

 

Application key

 

 

 

Press this key for quick access to shortcut menus and

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

help assistants in Windows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arrow keys

 

 

 

Press these keys to move the cursor up, down, right,

 

 

 

 

or left.

 

 

 

 

 

LCD brightness

 

 

 

Press these colored keys in combination with the key

keys

 

 

 

to control the screen brightness.

 

 

 

 

 

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Press and hold , then

To...

press this system key...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Display the power status box in the upper-left corner of

 

 

your display. The box shows the battery charge level, the

 

 

BIOS version, and whether the AC adapter is being

 

 

used. Press the key combination again to close this box.

 

 

 

 

 

Toggle your notebook’s display between the LCD, an

 

 

external monitor, or both displays at the same time. A

 

 

monitor must be plugged into the monitor port on your

 

 

notebook.

 

 

 

 

 

Enter Standby mode. Press the power button to leave

 

 

Standby mode. For more information, see “Changing

 

 

power modes” on page 63.

 

 

 

 

 

Turn on Pad Lock so you can use the numeric keypad.

 

 

Press this key combination again to turn off Pad Lock.

 

 

The Pad Lock status indicator appears when this

 

 

function is turned on.

 

 

 

 

 

Pause the text scrolling in a DOS screen. Press this key

 

 

combination again to continue scrolling. The Scroll Lock

 

 

status indicator appears when this function is turned on.

 

 

 

 

(This function is only available in some programs.)

 

 

 

 

 

Pause execution of a DOS program. (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.

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Press and hold , then

To...

press this system key...

 

 

Decrease the brightness of the display.

Home

Mute the sound. Press the key combination again to

restore the sound. For more information, see “Adjusting

 

the volume” on page 40.

PgUp

Increase volume. For more information, see “Adjusting

the volume” on page 40.

PgDn

Decrease volume. For more information, see “Adjusting

the volume” on page 40.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Internet

E-mail

My Computer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Button

Icon

Press to...

E-mail

 

Open your default e-mail program.

Internet

 

Open your default Web browser.

Help

 

Open online help.

My Computer

 

Open the My Computer window.

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Left touchpad

Rocker

Right touchpad

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switch

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For instructions on how to adjust the double-click speed,

 

pointer speed, right-hand or left-hand configuration, and

 

other touchpad settings, see “Changing the mouse or

 

touchpad 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.

 

 

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