Gateway M460 User Manual 2

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Gateway Notebook

User Guide

Contents

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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Back . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Bottom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Keyboard area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Identifying your model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Gateway model and serial number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Finding your specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

3 Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Installing the battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Connecting the AC adapter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Protecting from power source problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Connecting the dial-up modem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Connecting to a cable or DSL modem or to an Ethernet network . . . . . . 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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Key types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 System key combinations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Using the EZ Pad touchpad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Using the touchpad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Using the optional EZ Point pointing device . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

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Replacing the EZ Point pointing device cap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Turning the touchpad or pointing device on or off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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

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Turning your wireless radio on or off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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

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Changing modules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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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 memory card reader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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

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Inserting 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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Viewing the display on a television . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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

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Monitoring the battery charge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 Recharging the battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Recalibrating the batteries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Changing batteries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 Replacing the main battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 Installing a secondary battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Extending battery life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Conserving battery power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Using alternate power sources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 Changing power modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69

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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81

Front . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82 Back . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Connecting to the port replicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84

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Attaching to the port replicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Disconnecting from the port replicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Securing your port replicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87

8 Maintaining Your Notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89

Caring for your notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 Cleaning your notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Cleaning the exterior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Cleaning the keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 Cleaning the notebook screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 Cleaning CDs or DVDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 Protecting your computer from viruses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Updating Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Restoring your system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

9 Troubleshooting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

Safety guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 First steps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Audio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 CD drives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Device installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Diskette drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 DVD drives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 File management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 Hard drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 Internet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 Memory card reader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 Modem (dial-up) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 Mouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Networks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Passwords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 PC Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Pointing device . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 Sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Touchpad or pointing device . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119

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Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .120 Telephone support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Before calling Gateway Customer Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Telephone numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .122 Self-help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123 Tutoring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123 Training . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123

A Safety, Regulatory, and Legal Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125

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

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Chapter 1

Getting Help

Using the Gateway Web site

Using Help and Support

Using Your Computer guide

Using online help

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Thank you for purchasing our notebook!

You have made an excellent decision choosing Gateway. We are sure that you will be pleased with the outstanding quality, reliability, and performance of your new notebook. Each and every Gateway notebook uses the latest technology and passes through the most stringent quality control tests to ensure that you are provided with the best product possible.

Your new Gateway notebook is designed to provide an exceptional balance of performance and portability. Your notebook uses the latest chipset and mobile processor technologies to manage the processor speed and power consumption for a greater battery life experience. This design provides you with maximum performance when plugged into AC power balanced with optimized battery life when on battery power.

Please read this manual carefully to familiarize yourself with our range of services and support. We have highlighted some basic care and safety information to help you keep your notebook in good operating condition.

Gateway stands behind our value proposition to our customers — to provide best-of-class service and support in addition to high-quality, brand-name components at affordable prices. If you ever have a problem, our knowledgeable, dedicated customer service department will provide you with fast, considerate service.

We sincerely hope that you will receive the utmost satisfaction and enjoyment from your new Gateway notebook for years to come.

Thank you again, from all of us at Gateway.

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Gateway Web site

Gateway Web site

Gateway's online support is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week and provides the most current drivers, product specifications, tutorials, and personalized information about your notebook. Visit the Gateway eSupport Web site at support.gateway.com.

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Using eSupport

The eSupport site is divided into five major areas:

Support Home

Product Support

Downloads

Contact Us

PC Tools

Support Home

Click Support Home, then click All Support Documents to access product documentation, specifications, and guides. You can also browse through the reference area to locate an article specific to the question you have.

Click Support Home, then click General Tutorials to access an extensive library of how-to articles and videos on topics, such as making audio CDs and installing a hard drive.

Product Support

Click Product Support to view a list of all the products that Gateway supports.

Downloads

Click Downloads, then click My Downloads to get the latest software updates for BIOS and driver upgrades. By entering your serial number you get drivers specific to your notebook. Click All Downloads to walk through a step-by-step wizard to locate your drivers.

Contact Us

Click Contact Us to access links to customer care with a live technician, including chat and e-mail. Click Call Us to get a list of Gateway telephone numbers for both sales and support. For more information, see “Telephone support” on page 121.

PC Tools

Click PC Tools to access utilities to help you manage your notebook.

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Help and Support

Help and Support

Your notebook 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 notebook.

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. The Using Your Computer 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

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.

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Chapter 2

Checking Out Your

Gateway Notebook

Identifying features

Locating your notebook’s model and serial number

Locating the Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity

Locating the specifications for your notebook

Purchasing accessories

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Front

Speaker LCD panel

Battery

Headphone jack Speaker

release

charge

Microphone jack

latch

indicator

Power indicator

Component

Icon

Description

 

 

 

Speakers

 

Provide audio output when headphones or amplified

 

 

speakers are not plugged in.

 

 

 

LCD panel release

 

Open the LCD panel by sliding the release latch.

latch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Battery charge

 

LED blue - battery is fully charged.

indicator

 

LED purple - battery is charging.

 

 

LED blinking red - battery charge is very low.

 

 

LED solid red - battery is malfunctioning.

 

 

 

Power indicator

 

LED on - notebook is on.

 

 

LED blinking - notebook is in Standby mode.

 

 

LED off - notebook is off.

 

 

 

Microphone jack

 

Plug a microphone into this jack. The built-in

 

 

microphone is turned off when a microphone is

 

 

plugged into this jack. For the location of your built-in

 

 

microphone, see “Keyboard area” on page 15.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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Left side

Left side

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kensington lock slot

Ventilation fan

Modular bay

S-Video out jack

 

 

Component

Icon

Description

 

 

 

Kensington™

 

Secure your notebook to an object by connecting a

lock slot

 

Kensington cable lock to this slot.

 

 

 

S-Video out

 

Plug a standard S-Video cable into this jack. For more

jack

 

information, see “Viewing the display on a television” on

 

 

page 57.

 

 

 

Ventilation fan

 

Helps cool internal components.

 

 

Warning: Do not work for long periods with the notebook

 

 

resting on your lap. If the air vents are blocked, the notebook

 

 

may become hot enough to harm your skin.

 

 

Caution: Do not block or insert objects into these slots. If

 

 

these slots are blocked, your notebook may overheat resulting

 

 

in unexpected shutdown or permanent damage to the

 

 

notebook.

 

 

Caution: Provide adequate space around your notebook so

 

 

air vents are not obstructed. Do not use the notebook on a

 

 

bed, sofa, rug, or other similar surface.

 

 

 

Modular bay

 

Use this bay for a secondary battery, a CD drive, DVD/CD-RW

 

 

drive, recordable DVD drive, a diskette drive, or a second hard

 

 

drive. For more information, see “Changing modules” on

 

 

page 46. To determine the type of drive in the modular bay,

 

 

examine the drive tray’s plastic cover and compare the logo

 

 

to those listed in “Identifying drive types” on page 48.

 

 

 

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Right side

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PC Card slot

 

Memory

USB ports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

card reader

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IEEE 1394 port

Ethernet jack

USB ports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modem jack

Component

Icon

Description

 

 

 

PC Card slot

 

Insert one Type II PC Card into this slot. For more

 

 

information, see “Adding and removing a PC Card” on

 

 

page 52.

 

 

 

IEEE 1394 port

 

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

 

 

device (such as a digital camcorder) into this 4-pin

 

 

IEEE 1394 port.

 

 

 

Memory card

 

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

reader

 

PDA, or cellular telephone into the memory card reader. For

 

 

more information, see “Using the memory card reader” on

 

 

page 51. The memory card reader supports Memory

 

 

Stick®, Memory Stick Pro®, MultiMediaCard™, and Secure

 

 

Digital™.

 

 

 

USB ports

 

Plug USB devices (such as a diskette drive, flash drive,

 

 

printer, scanner, camera, keyboard, or mouse) into these

 

 

ports.

 

 

 

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Back

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Component

Icon

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ethernet jack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plug a 10/100/1000 Ethernet network cable into this jack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The other end of the cable can be plugged into a cable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

modem, DSL modem, or an Ethernet network jack. For

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

more information, see “Connecting to a cable or DSL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

modem or to an Ethernet network” on page 26.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modem jack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plug a modem cable into this jack. For more information,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

see “Connecting the dial-up modem” on page 25.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back

Power connector Monitor port

Component

Icon

 

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plug the AC adapter cable into this connector.

 

 

 

 

 

 

connector

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monitor port

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plug an analog VGA monitor or projector into this port.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bottom

Docking port Battery

Battery

latch

Website:

Online Support:

Tech Support Phone:

Hours:

Model:

S/No:

Hard drive bay

Battery lock

Memory bay

System label

Modular bay latch

Component

Description

 

 

Battery

Provides power when the notebook is not plugged into AC power.

 

 

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.

 

 

Battery latch

Slide to release the battery. For more information, see “Changing

 

batteries” on page 65.

 

 

Hard drive bay

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

 

“Replacing the hard drive kit” on page 77.

 

 

Modular bay

Slide this latch to release the bay module.

latch

 

 

 

System label

Includes the product model number. For more information, see

 

“Identifying your model” on page 17.

 

 

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Keyboard area

 

 

Component

Description

 

 

Memory bay

Install a memory module into this bay. For more information, see

 

“Adding or replacing memory” on page 73.

 

 

Battery lock

Slide to unlock the battery. For more information, see “Changing

 

batteries” on page 65.

 

 

Keyboard area

Power button

Keyboard

Optional

EZ Point

pointing Microphone

device

Optional EZ Point pointing device buttons

Status Touchpad indicators

Component

Icon

Description

 

 

 

Power button

 

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

 

 

power button for Standby/Resume mode. For more

 

 

information on configuring 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.

 

 

 

Keyboard

 

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

 

 

more information, see “Using the keyboard” on page 31.

 

 

 

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Component

Icon

Description

 

 

 

Microphone

 

Record audio through this microphone. The built-in

 

 

microphone is turned off while an external microphone is

 

 

connected. For the location of your microphone jack, see

 

 

“Front” on page 10 and “Back” on page 100.

 

 

 

EZ PointTM

 

Provides all the functionality of mouse buttons. For more

pointing

 

information, see “Using the optional EZ Point pointing device”

device

 

on page 38.

buttons

 

 

(optional)

 

 

 

 

 

Touchpad

 

Provides all the functionality of a mouse. For more information,

 

 

see “Using the EZ Pad touchpad” on page 35.

 

 

 

Status

 

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

indicators

 

pressed that affects how the keyboard is used. For more

 

 

information, see “Status indicators” on page 30.

 

 

 

EZ PointTM

 

Provides all the functionality of a mouse. For more information,

pointing

 

see “Using the optional EZ Point pointing device” on page 38.

device

 

 

(optional)

 

 

 

 

 

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Identifying your model

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

Gateway model and serial number

The label on the bottom of your notebook contains information that identifies your notebook model and its features. Gateway Customer Care will need this information if you call for assistance.

Website:

 

 

www.gateway.com

Online Support:

 

 

www.gateway.com/support

Tech Support Phone:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hours:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Model:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

S/No:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity

The Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity label found on the bottom of your notebook includes the product key code for your operating system.

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Finding your specifications

For more information about your notebook, 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. For more information, see “Gateway Web site” on page 3.

Accessories

To order accessories, visit the Accessory Store at accessories.gateway.com.

Batteries

If you run your notebook on battery power for extended periods, you may want to buy an additional battery so you can swap batteries when necessary. See “Changing batteries” on page 65 for more information about using an additional main battery and a secondary battery in your notebook.

Carrying cases

Gateway has large-capacity carrying cases if you need additional space for accessories or supplies.

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. See “Adding or replacing memory” on page 73 for more information.

Port replicators

Although you can attach devices directly to your notebook, a port replicator lets you make all of those connections at one time. When you travel with your notebook, you merely disconnect from the port replicator instead of unplugging all the devices.

A port replicator also provides additional ports and other expansion features not included with your notebook. See “Using the Optional Port Replicator” on page 81 for more information about using a port replicator with your notebook.

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Accessories

Printers

You can attach almost any type of printer to your notebook. The most common types are inkjet and laser printers, which print in color or black and white.

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.

USB flash drive

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

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Getting Started

Installing the battery

Connecting the AC adapter

Connecting the dial-up modem

Connecting to a cable or DSL modem or to an Ethernet network

Turning your notebook on and off

Using the status indicators

Using the keyboard, the EZ Pad touchpad, and the optional EZ Point pointing device

Adjusting the volume

Connecting to a wireless network

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Installing the battery

To install the battery:

1

2

3

Close the LCD panel.

Turn your notebook over so the bottom is facing up.

Hold the battery label-side down and slide it into the open battery slot until the battery clicks into place.

4 Slide the battery lock to the locked position.

Connecting the AC adapter

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

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 batteries” on page 63.

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Connecting the AC adapter

To connect the AC adapter:

1 Connect the power cord to the AC adapter.

Caution

Make sure that you use the AC adapter that came with your

 

notebook or one of the same type purchased from

 

Gateway.

Replace the power cord if it becomes damaged. The replacement cord must be of the same type and voltage rating as the original cord or your notebook may be damaged.

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

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3 Plug the power cord into a wall outlet.

The power indicator turns on (see “Front” on page 10 for the location of the power indicator). If the power indicator does not turn on, unplug the adapter from your notebook, then plug it back in.

4 When you finish using your notebook for the first time, turn off your notebook and leave your notebook connected to AC power until the battery charge indicator turns blue.

 

Warning

 

Do not attempt to disassemble the AC adapter. The

 

 

 

AC adapter has no user-replaceable or user-serviceable

 

 

 

parts inside. The AC adapter has dangerous voltages that

 

 

 

can cause serious injury or death. Contact Gateway about

 

 

 

returning defective AC adapters.

 

Important

 

If the battery charge indicator does not turn blue after

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

three hours, contact Gateway Customer Care at

 

 

 

support.gateway.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Protecting from power source problems

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

Warning High voltages can enter your notebook through both the power cord and the modem connection. To protect your notebook and avoid electrical shock, use 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.

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Connecting the dial-up modem

Connecting the dial-up modem

Your notebook 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

right side of your notebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 notebook, then start your communications program.

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Connecting to a cable or DSL modem or to an Ethernet network

Your notebook has a network jack that you can use to connect to a cable or DSL modem or to an Ethernet network.

To connect to a cable or DSL modem or to an Ethernet network:

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

 

 

 

on

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the right side of your notebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Insert the other end of the network cable into a cable modem, DSL modem, or an Ethernet network jack.

3 Start your notebook.

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Starting your notebook

Starting your notebook

To start your notebook:

1 Slide the latch on the front of your notebook, then lift the LCD panel.

2 Press the power button located above the keyboard.

The power button is preset to On/Off mode. However, you can also set it to function in Standby/Resume mode.

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.

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

 

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Warning Do not work for long periods with the notebook resting on your lap. If the air vents are blocked, the notebook may become hot enough to harm your skin.

Caution

Provide adequate space around your notebook so air vents

 

are not obstructed. Do not use the notebook on a bed,

 

sofa, rug, or other similar surface.

 

 

Waking up your notebook

When you have not used your notebook for several minutes or if you close the LCD panel without turning off your notebook, it may enter a power-saving mode called Standby. While in Standby, the power indicator flashes.

If your notebook is in Standby mode, 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 notebook

To turn off your notebook:

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

2 Click Turn Off. Windows shuts down and turns off your notebook.

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

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2
3
4
5

Restarting (rebooting) your notebook

Restarting (rebooting) your notebook

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

To close unresponsive programs and restart your notebook:

Press CTRL+ALT+DEL. The Windows Security dialog box opens. Click Task Manager. The Windows Task Manager dialog box opens. Click the program that is not responding.

Click End Task.

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

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

Important If your notebook does not turn off immediately, complete the following steps until the notebook turns off:

1Press and hold the power button for about five seconds, then release it.

2Unplug the power cord and remove the battery for more than 10 seconds.

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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Status indicators

Status indicators inform you when a drive is being used or when a button has been pressed that affects how the keyboard is used.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wireless network

 

Num lock

 

Hard drive

 

 

Caps lock

 

Module

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indicator

 

Icon

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wireless network (optional)

LED on - Wireless radio is turned on.

 

 

 

 

LED off - Wireless radio is turned off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caps lock

 

 

 

LED on - Caps lock is turned on.

 

 

A

LED off - Caps lock is turned off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Num lock

1

LED on - Numeric keypad is turned on.

 

LED off - Numeric keypad is turned off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Module

 

 

 

Indicator blueThe module is in use.

 

 

 

 

Indicator solid purple - The module is ready

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

to swap.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indicator flashing purple - The module is not

 

 

 

 

 

installed in the notebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hard drive

 

 

 

LED blinking - The hard drive is in use.

 

 

 

 

LED off - The hard drive is not in use.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Using the keyboard

Your notebook features a full-size keyboard that functions the same as a desktop computer keyboard. Many of the keys have been assigned alternate functions, including shortcut keys for Windows, function keys for specific system operations, and the Num Lock keys for the numeric keypad.

You can attach an external keyboard to the notebook or port replicator using a USB port. You do not need to shut down the notebook to connect a USB keyboard.

Function keys/System keys

Numeric

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

keypad

 

 

 

 

Navigation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FN key

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

keys

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arrow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

keys

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Windows key

Application key

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Key types

The keyboard has several different types of keys. Some keys perform specific actions when pressed alone and other actions when pressed in combination with another key.

Key type

Icon

 

Description

 

 

 

 

 

Function keys

 

 

 

Press these keys labeled F1 to F12 to perform actions

 

 

 

 

in programs. For example, pressing F1 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 FN key

 

 

 

 

to perform specific actions. For more information, see

 

 

 

 

“System key combinations” on page 33.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Arrow keys

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

left.

 

 

 

 

 

Application key

 

 

 

Press this key for quick access to shortcut menus and

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

help assistants in Windows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 F (Search utility), R (Run utility), and

 

 

 

 

E (Explorer utility).

 

 

 

 

 

FN key

 

 

 

Press the FN key in combination with a colored system

 

 

 

 

key to perform a specific action.

 

 

 

 

 

Numeric keypad

 

 

 

Use these keys to type numbers when the numeric

 

 

 

 

keypad is turned on. Press FN+NUM LOCK to turn on

 

 

 

 

the numeric keypad.

 

 

 

 

 

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System key combinations

When you press the FN key and a system key at the same time, your notebook performs the action identified by the text or icon on the key.

Press and hold FN, then

To...

press this system key...

 

 

 

 

 

Turn the optional wireless network on or off. For more

 

information, see the printed network guide that came

 

with your notebook.

 

Warning: Radio frequency wireless communication can

 

interfere with equipment on commercial aircraft. Current

 

aviation regulations require wireless devices to be turned

 

off while traveling in an airplane. 802.11G (also known

 

as wireless Ethernet or Wifi) communication devices are

 

examples of devices that provide wireless

 

communication.

 

Important: Your notebook came to you with the optional

 

wireless network turned off.

 

 

 

Enter Standby mode. Press the power button to leave

 

Standby mode. For more information, 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.

 

 

 

Toggle the notebook display in the following order:

 

The LCD

 

An external monitor or projector (a monitor or projector

 

 

must be plugged into the monitor port on your

notebook)

Both displays at the same time

For more information, see “Viewing the display on a projector or monitor” on page 55.

Play or Pause the CD or DVD.

Stop playing the CD or DVD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Press and hold FN, then

To...

press this system key...

 

 

 

 

Skip back one CD song or DVD track.

Skip ahead one CD song or DVD track.

Turn on Num Lock so you can use the numeric keypad. Press this key combination again to turn off Num Lock. The Num Lock status indicator appears when this function is turned on.

Increase the brightness of the display.

Decrease the brightness of the display.

Mute the sound. Press the key combination again to restore the sound. For more information, see “Adjusting the volume” on page 42.

Increase volume. For more information, see “Adjusting the volume” on page 42.

Decrease volume. For more information, see “Adjusting the volume” on page 42.

 

 

 

 

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Using the EZ Pad touchpad

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

Touchpad

Scroll zone

Left button

Right button

When you move your finger on the touchpad, the pointer (arrow) on the screen moves in the same direction.

You can use the EZ-Pad left and right buttons below the touchpad to select objects.

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Tips & Tricks

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.

Using the touchpad

To...

Do this...

Move the pointer on

 

Move your finger

the screen.

 

around on the

 

 

touchpad. If you run

 

 

out of space and

 

 

need to move the

 

 

pointer farther, lift

 

 

your finger, move it to

 

 

the middle of the

 

 

touchpad, then

 

 

continue moving your

 

 

finger.

Select an object on

 

Position the pointer

the screen.

 

over the object.

 

 

Quickly press and

 

 

release the left

 

 

button once. This

 

 

action is called

 

 

clicking.

Start a program or

 

Position the pointer

open a file or folder.

 

over the object.

 

 

Press the left button

 

 

twice in rapid

 

 

succession. This

 

 

action is called

 

 

double-clicking.

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Using the EZ Pad touchpad

To...

Do this...

Access a shortcut

 

Position the pointer

menu or find more

 

over the object.

information about

 

Quickly press and

an object on the

 

release the right

screen.

 

button once. This

 

 

action is called

 

 

right-clicking.

Move an object on

 

Position the pointer

the screen.

 

over the object.

 

 

Press the left button

 

 

and hold it down,

 

 

then use the

 

 

touchpad to move

 

 

(drag) the object to

 

 

the appropriate part

 

 

of the screen.

 

 

Release the button to

 

 

drop the object

 

 

where you want it.

Tips & Tricks

You received your notebook with the EZ Pad touchpad set

 

 

to only accept clicking by using the touchpad buttons. You

 

 

can change this feature to allow tapping on the touchpad

 

 

to simulate clicking the left button. For more information,

 

 

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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Using the optional EZ Point pointing device

The EZ Point™ consists of a pointing device and two buttons.

Important Your notebook was sent from Gateway with the pointing device turned on. For instructions on how to turn the pointing device on or off, see “Turning the touchpad or pointing device on or off” on page 40.

Pointing

device

Left button

 

 

 

Right button

Button

Function

 

 

 

Pointing device

Move the pointer (arrow) on the screen or scroll a

 

 

document on the screen (see Scroll).

 

Tap to select an item.

 

Double tap to open an item or start a program.

 

Tap and hold, then move the device to move an item.

 

 

 

Left

Click to select an item.

 

Double click to open an item or start a program.

 

Click and hold, then move the device to move an item.

 

 

 

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Using the optional EZ Point pointing device

 

 

 

Button

Function

 

 

 

Right

Access a shortcut menu or find more information about an

 

object on the screen.

 

 

 

Tips & Tricks For instructions on how to adjust the double-click speed, pointer speed, right-hand or left-hand configuration, and other pointing device 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.

Replacing the EZ Point pointing device cap

The cap on the pointing device is removable. If the cap becomes worn or damaged, remove the cap from the stick and replace it with one of the spares included with your notebook. If you need to purchase additional caps, visit the Accessory Store at accessories.gateway.com.

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Turning the touchpad or pointing device on or off

You can turn on or turn off the touchpad and optional pointing device, depending on which device you prefer to use.

To turn the touchpad or optional pointing device on or off:

1 Click Start, then click Control Panel. The Control Panel window opens. If your Control Panel is in Category View, click Printers and Other Hardware.

2 Click/Double-click the Mouse icon. The Mouse Properties dialog box opens.

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3 Click the Device Settings tab.

4 Select the device you want to turn on or turn off, then click Enable or Disable.

 

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Adjusting the volume

You can use the volume control to adjust the overall volume of your notebook.

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. For more information, see “System key combinations” on page 33.

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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Turning your wireless radio on or off

Turning your wireless radio on or off

Warning Radio frequency wireless communication can interfere with equipment on commercial aircraft. Current aviation regulations require wireless devices to be turned off while traveling in an airplane. IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, and IEEE 802.11g communication devices are examples of devices that provide wireless communication.

Warning In environments where the risk of interference to other devices or services is harmful or perceived as harmful, the option to use a wireless device may be restricted or eliminated. Airports, hospitals, and oxygen or flammable gas laden atmospheres are limited examples where use of wireless devices may be restricted or eliminated. When in environments where you are uncertain of the sanction to use wireless devices, ask the applicable authority for authorization prior to use or turning on the wireless device.

Your Gateway notebook may have wireless networking built-in. Your notebook was shipped to you with the wireless radio turned off.

To turn the wireless radio on or off:

Press FN + F2.

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Using Drives and Ports

Changing modules

Using CD and DVD drives

Using the media card reader

Using a PC Card

Viewing the display on a monitor or projector

Viewing the display on a television

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Changing modules

Your notebook’s modular bay supports different bay modules, such as a CD drive, combination DVD/CD-RW drive, recordable DVD drive, a second hard drive, a diskette drive, or a secondary battery.

Modular bay

Modular bay

latch

Security screw (optional)

To change bay modules:

1 If you are removing a disc or diskette drive, make sure that the module is empty.

2 Click the remove hardware icon in the taskbar, the drive you are removing, then click Stop.

-OR-

Turn off your notebook (do not place it in Standby or Hibernate mode).

Important If the remove hardware icon does not appear on the taskbar, click the show hidden icons button.

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3 Close the LCD panel.

4 Disconnect your notebook from the optional port replicator (see “Disconnecting from the port replicator” on page 86).

5 Turn your notebook over so the bottom is facing up.

6 Remove the security screw if your notebook has one.

7 Slide the bay module release latch. The module moves out slightly.

8 Slide the bay module out.

9 Firmly push the new bay module straight into the bay until the latches click into place.

10 Reinstall the security screw if your notebook has one.

11 Turn your notebook over.

12 Reconnect the optional port replicator.

13 Open the LCD panel.

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14 If your notebook is on, click OK to continue working on your notebook.

- OR -

If your notebook is off, turn it on.

Using the CD or DVD drive

You can use your notebook to enjoy a wide variety of multimedia features.

Identifying drive types

Your Gateway notebook may contain one of the following drive types. Look on the front of the drive for one or more of the following logos:

If your drive has this logo... This is your drive type...

Use your drive for...

 

 

CD drive

Installing programs,

 

playing audio CDs, and

 

accessing data. You

 

cannot use this drive to

 

create CDs or DVDs or

 

play DVDs.

Combination DVD/CD-RW drive

Installing programs, playing audio CDs, playing DVDs, accessing data, and recording music and data to recordable CDs. You cannot use this drive to create DVDs.

Recordable DVD Drive

Installing programs,

 

playing audio CDs,

 

playing DVDs, accessing

 

data, recording music and

 

data to recordable CDs,

 

and recording video and

 

data to recordable DVDs.

 

 

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Using the CD or DVD drive

Inserting a CD or DVD

Eject button

Manual eject hole

Important Some music CDs have copy protection software. You may not be able to play these CDs on your notebook.

To insert a CD or DVD:

1 Press the eject button on the CD or DVD drive. After the tray opens slightly, pull the disc tray completely open.

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

Important When you place a single-sided disc in the tray, make sure that the label side is facing up. If the disc has two playable sides, place the disc so the name of the side you want to play is facing up.

3 Push the tray in until it is closed.

 

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Playing a CD

Use a music program or Windows Media Player on your computer to:

Play music CDs

Create MP3 music files from your music CDs

Edit music track information

Use your music files to build a music library

Tips & Tricks For more information about playing CDs, see “Playing

CDs” in Using Your Computer which has been included on your hard drive. To access this guide, click Start,

All Programs, then click Gateway Documentation.

Playing a DVD

A Digital Versatile Disc (DVD) is similar to a standard CD but has greater data capacity. Because of this increased capacity, full-length movies, several albums of music, or several gigabytes of data can fit on a single disc. You can play DVDs with a DVD program or Windows Media Player.

Tips & Tricks For more information about playing DVDs, see “Playing

DVDs” in Using Your Computer which has been included on your hard drive. To access this guide, click Start,

All Programs, then click Gateway Documentation.

Creating CDs and DVDs

You can use a CD and DVD burning program, Windows XP,

Windows Media Player, or Windows Movie Maker to copy or create data CDs and DVDs, create music CDs, create video DVDs, and more.

Tips & Tricks For more information about creating CDs and DVDs, see

“Creating CDs and DVDs” 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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Using the memory card reader

Using the memory card reader

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

Memory card types

The memory card reader supports Memory Stick®, Memory Stick Pro®, MultiMediaCard™, and Secure Digital™.

Inserting a memory card

To use a memory card:

1 Remove the protector from the memory card slot. For the location of the memory card slot, see “Right side” on page 12.

2 Insert the memory card into the memory card slot with the label facing up and the arrow on the label pointing towards the notebook.

3 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:

1 Push the memory card into the notebook. The memory card pops out slightly.

2 Pull the memory card out of the notebook.

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

3 Insert the protector into the memory card slot.

Adding and removing a PC Card

Your notebook has a PC Card slot (also known as a PCMCIA card slot). This slot accepts one Type II card. You do not need to restart your notebook when changing most cards because your notebook supports hot-swapping. Hot-swapping means that you can insert a PC Card while your notebook is running. If your PC Card does not work after hot-swapping, see the PC Card manufacturer’s documentation for further information.

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Adding and removing a PC Card

To insert a PC Card:

Push the card firmly into the PC Card slot label-side up until the outer edge of the card is flush with the side of your notebook.

To remove a PC Card:

1 Click the remove hardware icon in the taskbar, the PC Card name, then click Stop.

-OR-

Turn off your notebook.

Important If the remove hardware icon does not appear on the taskbar, click the show hidden icons button.

2 Release the eject button by pressing the PC Card eject button once.

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3 Eject the PC Card by pressing the eject button again.

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Viewing the display on a projector or monitor

Viewing the display on a projector or monitor

You can use your notebook for giving presentations by connecting an external monitor or projector to your monitor (VGA) port. Your notebook supports simultaneous LCD and CRT display. Simultaneous display lets you control the presentation from your notebook and at the same time face your audience.

To use a projector or external monitor:

1

2

3

4

Turn off your notebook.

Plug the projector or monitor cable into the VGA port on your notebook. For the location of the VGA port, see “Back” on page 13.

Turn on your notebook.

Plug the projector’s or monitor’s power cord into an AC power source and turn it on. Windows recognizes the new hardware and searches for its driver. You may need to install the driver from the disc supplied by the manufacturer or download the driver from the manufacturer’s Web site.

5 After the driver is installed, right-click any empty space on the desktop, then click Properties. The Display Properties dialog box opens.

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6 Click the Settings tab.

7

8

9

10

Right-click the second monitor icon (labeled 2), then click Attached.

Click Apply.

Adjust properties such as Screen Resolution or Color Quality if necessary.

Click OK.

Important Press FN+F4 to switch between viewing the display on the LCD panel and viewing the display on the projector or monitor.

Important If an external monitor or projector is connected and you close the LCD panel, your notebook may turn off the LCD panel, but will not enter Standby mode.

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Viewing the display on a television

The S-Video out jack on your notebook or port replicator lets you view your notebook display on a television screen using a standard S-Video cable.

Important To turn on external video by default, connect the television (or other external video device) before starting your notebook.

Important Audio is not transmitted through the S-Video out jack. Use the built-in speakers or a set of headphones or external powered speakers, or connect your notebook to a stereo system using the headphone jack to hear sound while playing a DVD. DVD playback to a VCR will be scrambled by copyright protection software.

To view your notebook display on a television:

1 With your notebook off, connect one end of a standard S-Video cable to the S-Video out jack on your notebook or optional port replicator. For the location of the S-Video out jack on your notebook see “Left side” on page 11. For the location of the S-Video out jack on your port replicator, see “Back” on page 98.

2 Connect the other end of the cable to the Video in jack on your television or VCR.

3

4

5

Turn on the television or VCR.

Start your notebook.

Click Start, then click Control Panel. The Control Panel window opens. If your Control Panel is in Category View, click Appearance and Themes.

6 Click/Double-click the Display icon. The Display Properties dialog box opens.

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7 Click the Settings tab.

8 Click Advanced. The Multiple Monitors and ATI Mobility Radeon X600 Properties dialog box opens.

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Viewing the display on a television

9 Click the Displays tab.

Enable TV

TV

10 Click the Enable TV button if it is not already enabled, then click

Apply.

Important If the Enable TV and TV buttons are grayed out, your notebook has not detected the television. Make sure that the television is turned on and connected correctly.

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11 Click TV to make any adjustments to the TV settings.

Important If you are traveling internationally, you may need to change the video standard. For example, many televisions in Asia use PAL instead of NTSC.

12 Click Apply.

13 Click OK to close the Multiple Monitors and ATI Mobility Radeon X600 Properties dialog box.

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Chapter 5

Managing Power

Checking and recharging the battery

Recalibrating the battery

Changing batteries

Extending the life of the battery

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Monitoring the battery charge

Your new Gateway notebook is designed to provide an exceptional balance of performance and portability. Your notebook uses the latest chipset and mobile processor technologies to manage the processor speed and power consumption for a greater battery life experience. This design provides you with maximum performance when plugged into AC power balanced with optimized battery life when on battery power.

Closely monitor the battery charge. When the battery charge gets low, change the battery or connect to AC power immediately to prevent losing any unsaved work. To monitor the battery charge:

Double-click the power cord icon or battery icon in the taskbar. The Power Meter dialog box opens.

Important If the power cord or battery icon does not appear on the taskbar, click the show hidden icons button. If the icon still does not appear, make sure that Always show icon on the taskbar is checked on the Power Options Properties Advance tab.

For more information, see “Changing notebook power 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.

Look at the battery charge indicator (see “Front” on page 10:

LED blue - main and optional secondary battery are fully charged.

LED purple - main or optional secondary battery is charging.

LED blinking red - main and optional secondary battery charge are very low.

LED solid red - battery is malfunctioning.

Wait for a Low Battery warning message to appear.

If your battery charge indicator displays what looks like an inaccurate charge, you may need to recalibrate the battery. For more information, see “Recalibrating the batteries” on page 63.

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Recharging the battery

Recharging the battery

The main and optional secondary batteries recharge while they are installed and your notebook is connected to AC power. While the batteries are recharging, the battery charge indicator turns purple and the power cord icon in the taskbar has a lightning bolt .

Important If the power cord or battery icon does not appear on the taskbar, click the show hidden icons button. If the icon still does not appear, make sure that Always show icon on the taskbar is checked on the Power Options Properties Advance tab.

For more information, see “Changing notebook power 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.

Recalibrating the batteries

If your notebook unexpectedly goes into Standby mode while you are using it but the battery charge is not low, you may need to recalibrate your main and optional secondary battery. You should also recalibrate the batteries periodically to maintain the accuracy of the battery gauge.

To recalibrate the batteries:

1 Close all open files and programs.

2 Connect your notebook to AC power and allow the battery to completely charge.

3 Disconnect the AC power and restart your notebook.

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4 Completely discharge the batteries by doing the following:

a From the desktop, right-click the power icon, then select Adjust Power Properties.

b Click the Power Schemes tab.

c Click the arrow button to open the Power Schemes list, then click

Always On.

d Click the Alarms tab.

e Click to deselect the Low battery alarm and Critical battery alarm check boxes. Let the batteries drain until your notebook automatically turns off.

Important Do not use your notebook during the recalibration process. Do not connect the AC adapter to your notebook during this process, or you will interrupt the recalibration process and will have to start again.

5 After the batteries are completely drained, reconnect your notebook to AC power.

6 Charge the batteries completely until the battery status indicator turns blue.

7 When you are ready to use your notebook again, do the following:

a From the desktop, right-click the power icon, then select Adjust Power Properties.

b Click the Power Schemes tab.

c Click the arrow button to open the Power Schemes list, then click

Portable/Laptop.

d Click the Alarms tab.

e Click to select the Low battery alarm and Critical battery alarm check boxes.

f Click OK.

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Changing batteries

Changing batteries

If your notebook is connected to AC power or if it has a charged secondary battery installed, you can change the main battery while the notebook is turned on. If your notebook has only one battery and it is not plugged into an AC outlet, you must turn the notebook off while changing the battery.

Warning Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced.

Replace only with a battery specifically manufactured for your Gateway notebook. Discard used batteries according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

The battery used in this device may present a fire or chemical burn hazard if mishandled. Do not disassemble, heat above 212°F (100°C), or incinerate. Dispose of used battery promptly. Keep away from children.

Replacing the main battery

To replace the main battery:

1 If your notebook is on and is connected to AC power or has a charged secondary battery installed, go to Step 2.

2

3

4

-OR-

If your notebook is on, is not plugged into an AC outlet, and does not have a charged secondary battery installed, save your work and turn off the notebook.

Close the LCD panel.

Disconnect your notebook from the optional port replicator (see “Disconnecting from the port replicator” on page 86).

Turn your notebook over so the bottom is facing up.

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5 Slide the battery lock to the unlocked position.

6 Slide the battery release latch, then slide the battery out of the notebook.

7

8

9

10

11

Slide a recharged battery into the notebook until it snaps into place. Slide the battery lock to the locked position.

Turn your notebook over.

Reattach the optional port replicator.

Open the LCD panel and press the power button.

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Extending battery life

Installing a secondary battery

Your notebook’s modular bay accepts a secondary battery. The secondary battery charges when the notebook is connected to AC power.

Warning Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced.

Replace only with a battery specifically manufactured for your Gateway notebook. Discard used batteries according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

The battery used in this device may present a fire or chemical burn hazard if mishandled. Do not disassemble, heat above 212°F (100°C), or incinerate. Dispose of used battery promptly. Keep away from children.

To install a secondary battery:

Swap the secondary battery for a bay module by following the instructions in “Changing modules” on page 46.

Extending battery life

Conserving battery power

To conserve power while using the battery to power your notebook:

Dim the display as low as is comfortable.

Remove PC Cards when you do not need them. Many PC Cards use a small amount of power while inserted, even if they are not being used.

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Modify the power management settings for maximum power savings.

Tips & Tricks

For more information about using power management

 

settings, 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.

 

 

Close the LCD panel to turn off the display while you are not using your notebook. The display stays off until you open the panel again.

Use Hibernate mode for maximum power savings while your notebook is not in use.

Tips & Tricks For more information about using Hibernate mode, see

“Changing notebook power 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.

Use the DVD drive only when necessary. These drives use a large amount of power.

Recharge the battery often, take an extra battery, and fully recharge the batteries before traveling. For more information, see “Recharging the battery” on page 63 and “Changing batteries” on page 65.

Using alternate power sources

To extend battery life, use alternate power sources whenever possible.

If traveling internationally, take electrical adapters. Save the battery for times when you cannot use a power adapter. If you plan on taking your AC power adapter, also take a single-plug surge protector.

If you will have access to an EmPower™ in-flight power receptacle or an automobile cigarette lighter, use a power inverter. Save the battery for times when you cannot use a power adapter.

To find AC power outlets in airports, look for them next to support pillars, in large areas such as boarding gates, and under banks of telephones.

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Extending battery life

Changing power modes

You can use the following power modes to lengthen the life of your notebook’s battery:

Standby - while your notebook is in Standby, it switches to a low power state where devices, such as the display and drives, turn off.

Hibernate - (also called save to disk) writes all current memory (RAM) information to the hard drive, then turns your notebook completely off. The next time you turn on your notebook, it reads the memory information from the hard drive and opens the programs and documents that were open when you activated Hibernate mode.

Using power saving modes

Always save your work before using Standby mode. In Standby mode, your notebook reduces or turns off the power to most devices except memory. However, the information in memory is not saved to the hard drive. If power is interrupted, the information is lost.

When in Hibernate mode, your notebook saves all memory information to the hard drive, then turns the power completely off.

If your notebook is...

...and you want to...

...then

 

 

 

On

Enter Standby mode

Press FN+F3.

 

 

 

On

Enter Hibernate

Click Start, then click

 

mode (must be

Turn Off Computer. Press and hold

 

activated)

SHIFT, then click Hibernate.

 

 

 

In Standby or

Exit Standby or

Press the power button.

Hibernate mode

Hibernate mode

 

 

 

 

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Upgrading Your Notebook

Adding and replacing memory

Replacing the hard drive

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Preventing static electricity discharge

Important Before installing memory or replacing the hard drive, you should read and understand the information in this section.

The components inside your notebook are extremely sensitive to static electricity, also known as electrostatic discharge (ESD).

Warning To avoid exposure to dangerous electrical voltages and moving parts, turn off your notebook and unplug the power cord, modem cable, and network cable before opening the case.

Warning To prevent risk of electric shock, do not insert any object into the vent holes of the notebook.

Before installing memory or replacing the hard drive, follow these guidelines:

Avoid static-causing surfaces such as carpeted floors, plastic, and packing foam.

Remove components from their antistatic bags only when you are ready to use them. Do not lay components on the outside of antistatic bags because only the inside of the bags provide electrostatic protection.

Always hold components by their edges. Avoid touching the edge connectors. Never slide components over any surface.

Wear a grounding wrist strap (available at most electronics stores) and attach it to a bare metal part of your workbench or other grounded connection.

Touch a bare metal surface on your workbench or other grounded object.

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Adding or replacing memory

Adding or replacing memory

Your notebook uses memory modules called SO-DIMMs (Small Outline Dual Inline Memory Modules). The modules are available in various capacities and any module can be placed in the slot. Use only memory modules designed for your Gateway notebook for upgrading your memory.

Memory bay

To add or replace memory modules:

1 Follow the guidelines under “Preventing static electricity discharge” on page 72.

2

3

4

5

6

Turn off your notebook.

Disconnect the AC adapter, modem cable, and network cable.

Disconnect all peripheral devices and remove any PC cards.

Disconnect your notebook from the optional port replicator (see “Disconnecting from the port replicator” on page 86).

Turn your notebook over so the bottom is facing up.

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7 Remove the main and secondary batteries. For more information, see “Changing batteries” on page 65.

8 Loosen the five memory bay cover screws.

9 Remove the memory bay cover.

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Adding or replacing memory

10 If you are removing a module, gently press outward on the clip at each end of the memory module until the module tilts upward.

11 Pull the memory module out of the slot.

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12 Hold the new or replacement module at a 30-degree angle and press it into the empty memory slot. This module is keyed so it can only be inserted in one direction. If the module does not fit, make sure that the notch in the module lines up with the tab in the memory bay.

Important Use only memory modules designed for your

Gateway notebook.

13 Gently push the module down until it clicks in place.

14 Replace the memory bay cover, then tighten the cover screws.

15 Insert the batteries, then turn your notebook over.

16 Reconnect the optional port replicator.

17 Connect the power adapter, modem cable, and network cable, then turn on your notebook.

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Replacing the hard drive kit

Replacing the hard drive kit

If you would like more hard drive capacity, you can replace your original drive with a higher-capacity drive.

Hard

drive

To replace the hard drive kit:

1 Back up any data you want to transfer to the new hard drive. For more information, see “Backing up files” in Using Your Computer which has been included on your hard drive. To access this guide, click Start, All Programs, then click Gateway Documentation.

2 Follow the guidelines under “Preventing static electricity discharge” on page 72.

3

4

5

6

7

Turn off your notebook.

Disconnect the AC adapter, modem cable, and network cable.

Disconnect all peripheral devices and remove any PC cards.

Disconnect your notebook from the optional port replicator (see “Disconnecting from the port replicator” on page 86).

Turn your notebook over so the bottom is facing up.

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8 Remove the main and secondary batteries. For more information, see “Changing batteries” on page 65.

9 Remove the hard drive bay cover screws, slide the hard drive bay cover, then remove it. The hard drive is attached to the back of the cover.

10 If your new hard drive already includes the hard drive cover, go to Step 15.

-OR-

If you need to move the hard drive cover from your old hard drive to your new hard drive, go to Step 11.

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17

Replacing the hard drive kit

11 Remove the screws that secure the hard drive to the hard drive cover.

Screws

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screws

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 Remove the cover from the old drive.

13 Insert the new drive onto the cover so the screw holes line up.

14 Replace the screws that secure the cover to the drive.

15 Slide the new hard drive kit into your notebook, then replace the cover screws.

Insert the batteries, then turn your notebook over.

Reconnect the optional port replicator.

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18 Connect the power adapter, modem cable, and network cable, then turn on your notebook.

19 For instructions on installing Windows, your drivers, and your applications, see the instructions in the restore booklet that came with your notebook.

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Chapter 7

Using the Optional Port

Replicator

Identifying features

Connecting and disconnecting the port replicator

Securing the port replicator with a locking cable

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Front

Docking release latch

Power button

Kensington lock ring

 

 

Docking port

 

 

 

Component

Icon

Description

 

 

 

Power button

 

Press to turn the power on or off.

 

 

 

Docking release latch

 

Press the release latch to release the notebook.

 

 

 

Kensington™

 

Secure your port replicator and notebook to an

lock ring

 

object by running a Kensington cable through this

 

 

ring and locking it to the slot on the notebook.

 

 

 

Docking port

 

Connect the notebook to this port.

 

 

Warning: Power is passed through this port. This

 

 

docking connection is certified to UL 1950 for use

 

 

only with notebooks designed for your Gateway port

 

 

replicator.

 

 

 

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S-Video out jack

Headphone jack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IEEE 1394 port

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USB ports

 

 

Modem jack

Parallel

Serial

Microphone Power

Ethernet jack

Monitor port port

port USB ports jack connector

Component

Icon

 

 

 

 

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

S-Video out jack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plug a standard S-Video device into this jack. For more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

information, see “Viewing the display on a television” on

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

page 57.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IEEE 1394 port

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

device (such as a digital camcorder) into this 4-pin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IEEE 1394 port.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modem jack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plug a modem cable into this jack. For more information,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

see “Connecting the dial-up modem” on page 25.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ethernet jack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

other end of the cable can be plugged into a cable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

modem, DSL modem, or an Ethernet network jack. For

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

more information, see “Connecting to a cable or DSL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

modem or to an Ethernet network” on page 26.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USB ports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plug USB devices (such as a diskette drive, flash drive,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

printer, scanner, camera, keyboard, or mouse) into these

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ports.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Component

Icon

 

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monitor port

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plug an analog VGA monitor or projector into this port.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parallel port

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Serial port

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

port.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Microphone jack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plug a microphone into this jack. The built-in microphone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

is turned off when a microphone is plugged into this jack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the location of your built-in microphone, see

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Keyboard area” on page 15.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power connector

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plug the AC adapter cable into this connector.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connecting to the port replicator

You can attach your notebook to the port replicator while your notebook is off, on, or in Standby mode.

Attaching to the port replicator

To attach your notebook to the port replicator:

1 Connect external devices to the ports on the port replicator.

2 Rest the front edge of the notebook on your desktop, then align the mark on the left hinge cover with the corresponding mark on the port replicator.

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Connecting to the port replicator

3 Press down on the notebook until it snaps into place.

Caution Press down on the outside edges of the notebook. Do not press in the middle or you may damage the LCD screen.

Important The notebook may detect additional devices and add drivers after being attached to the port replicator. This process must be completed for components to work correctly. Follow any on-screen instructions, if necessary.

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Disconnecting from the port replicator

You can separate your notebook from the port replicator while your notebook is off or on (not in Standby or Hibernate mode).

To separate your notebook from the port replicator:

1 If your notebook is off, go to Step 2.

-OR-

If your notebook is on, click Start, then click Undock Computer. The Undock Computer menu item appears in the Start menu only while the notebook is docked.

2 Press down on the docking release latch. The notebook will spring up slightly.

3 Lift the notebook off of the port replicator.

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Securing your port replicator

Securing your port replicator

You can secure your notebook and port replicator to an object by using the security ring located on the left side of the port replicator and the Kensington lock slot located on the left side of your notebook.

To secure your notebook and port replicator:

1

2

Open the security ring on the port replicator.

Attach your notebook to the port replicator.

3 Secure one end of the Kensington cable to a solid object, then run the other end of the cable through the security ring and lock it into the slot provided on the left side of your notebook.

 

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Chapter 8

Maintaining Your Notebook

Caring for your notebook

Cleaning your notebook

Protecting your notebook from viruses

Updating Windows

Restoring your system

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Caring for your notebook

To extend the life of your notebook:

Be careful not to bump or drop your notebook, and do not put any objects on top of it. The case, although strong, is not made to support extra weight.

When transporting your notebook, we recommend that you put it in a carrying case.

Keep your notebook away from magnetic fields. Magnetic fields can erase data on hard drives.

Never turn off your notebook when the drive indicator is on because data on the hard drive could be lost or corrupted.

Avoid subjecting your notebook to extreme temperature changes. The case (and LCD panel) can become brittle and easy to break in cold temperatures and can melt or warp in high temperatures.

Damage due to either extreme is not covered by your warranty. As a general rule, your notebook is safest at temperatures that are comfortable for you.

Keep all liquids away from your notebook. When spilled onto computer components, almost any liquid can result in extremely expensive repairs that are not covered under your warranty.

Avoid dusty or dirty work environments. Dust and dirt can clog the internal mechanisms and can lead to permanent damage to the notebook.

Do not block the ventilation fan slots. If these slots are blocked, your notebook may overheat resulting in unexpected shutdown or permanent damage to the notebook.

When storing your notebook for an extended period of time, unplug AC power and remove the battery after discharging it partway.

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Cleaning your notebook

Cleaning your notebook

Keeping your notebook clean and the vents free from dust helps keep your notebook performing at its best. You may want to gather these items and put together a notebook cleaning kit:

A soft, lint-free cloth

An aerosol can of air that has a narrow, straw-like extension

Cotton swabs

A DVD drive cleaning kit

Cleaning the exterior

Warning When you shut down your notebook, the power turns off, but some electrical current still flows through your notebook. To avoid possible injury from electrical shock, unplug the power cord, modem cable, and network cable from the wall outlets.

Always turn off your notebook and other peripherals before cleaning any components. Also, remove the battery before cleaning any components.

Use a damp, lint-free cloth to clean your notebook and other parts of your system. Do not use household abrasive or solvent cleaners because they can damage the finish on components.

Your notebook is cooled by air circulated through the vents on the case, so keep the vents free of dust. With your notebook turned off and unplugged, brush the dust away from the vents with a damp cloth. Be careful not to drip any water into the vents. Do not attempt to clean dust from the inside of your notebook.

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Cleaning the keyboard

You should clean the keyboard occasionally by using an aerosol can of air with a narrow, straw-like extension to remove dust and lint trapped under the keys.

If you spill liquid on the keyboard, turn off your notebook and turn the notebook upside down. Let the liquid drain, then let the keyboard dry before trying to use it again. If the keyboard does not work after it dries, you may need to replace it.

Cleaning the notebook screen

To clean a notebook LCD screen, use a soft cloth and water to clean the LCD screen. Squirt a little water on the cloth (never directly on the screen), and wipe the screen with the cloth.

Caution A notebook LCD screen is made of specially coated glass and can be scratched or damaged by abrasive or ammonia-based glass cleaners.

Cleaning CDs or DVDs

Wipe from the center to the edge, not around in a circle, using a product made especially for the purpose.

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Protecting your computer from viruses

Protecting your computer from viruses

A virus is a program that attaches itself to a file on a computer, then spreads from one computer to another. Viruses can damage data or cause your computer to malfunction. Some viruses go undetected for a period of time because they are activated on a certain date.

Protect your computer from a virus by:

Registering your copy of Norton AntiVirus and subscribing to the virus definition update service. You received a free limited time subscription to the Norton AntiVirus service when you purchased your notebook.

Using the Norton® AntiVirus program to check files and programs that are attached to e-mail messages or downloaded from the Internet.

Checking all programs for viruses before installing them.

Disabling macros on suspicious Microsoft Word and Excel files. These programs will warn you if a document that you are opening contains a macro that might have a virus.

Periodically updating the Norton AntiVirus program to protect against the latest viruses.

Making sure the Windows Security Center is configured to provide you with the highest level of protection.

Tips & Tricks For more information about modifying security settings, see “Modifying Security 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.

Help and For more information about protecting your computer Support against viruses, click Start, then click Help and Support.

Type the keyword viruses in the Search box , then click the arrow.

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To scan for viruses:

1 Click Start, All Programs, Norton AntiVirus, then click Norton AntiVirus 2005. Norton AntiVirus opens.

2 Click Scan for Viruses.

3 Click the type of scan you want to make in the Scan for Viruses area.

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