Gateway M505 User Manual

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Gateway M505 Notebook

user'sguide

Customizing Troubleshooting

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1 Checking Out Your Gateway M505 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Front . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Left side . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Right side . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Back . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Bottom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Keyboard area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Identifying your model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Gateway model number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Gateway serial number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Finding your specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

2 Getting Started. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Safety instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 General tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Using the battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Using the AC adapter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Basic safety precautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Connecting the AC adapter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Protecting from power source problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Starting your notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Waking up your notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Turning off your notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Restarting (rebooting) your notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Status indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Keyboard status indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 LCD panel status indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Using the keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Key types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 System key combinations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Multi-function buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Using the EZ Pad touchpad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Using the touchpad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Connecting the modem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Connecting to a wired Ethernet network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Broadband Internet connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Installing a printer, scanner, or other peripheral device . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

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Using fast infrared . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38

3 Getting Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39

Help and Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Searching for a topic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Do More With Gateway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41

Online help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Gateway Web site . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Using eSupport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43

4 Windows Basics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45

About the Windows environment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Using the desktop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Using the Start menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Adding icons to the desktop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Identifying window items . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Working with files and folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Viewing drives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Creating folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 Copying and moving files and folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Deleting files and folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Browsing for files and folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Searching for files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Using the Windows Search utility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Working with documents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Creating a new document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Saving a document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 Opening a document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Printing a document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 Shortcuts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65

5 Using the Internet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67

Learning about the Internet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 Setting up an Internet account . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Accessing your Internet account . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70 Using the World Wide Web . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Connecting to a Web site . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 Downloading files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Using e-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74 Sending e-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74 Checking your e-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75

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6 Sending and Receiving Faxes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

Installing and configuring Fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Installing Fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Configuring Fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Sending a simple fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Setting up your cover page template . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Faxing from programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Faxing a scanned document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Receiving and viewing a fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Canceling a fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Automatically retry sending a fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Automatically cancelling a fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87

7 Using Multimedia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89

Adjusting the volume . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 Recording and playing audio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Playing audio and video files with the Windows Media Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Using the audio/video controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Locating the controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Understanding the AV controls LCD panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 Using the subwoofer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Using the Gateway M505 Music Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Using the DVD/CD-RW or DVD-RW/CD-RW drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Identifying drive types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Inserting a CD or DVD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 Listening to CDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 Using MUSICMATCH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 Playing CDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 Creating MP3 music files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 Editing track information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 Building a music library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 Changing the music library display settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Listening to Internet radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Using advanced features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Playing a DVD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 Creating CDs and DVDs using Nero Express . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Creating a data CD or DVD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Copying a CD or DVD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122 Copying music tracks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125 Creating a music CD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128 Advanced features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 Using the optional diskette drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132

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Using the SD memory card reader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .134 Using an SD memory card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .134 Connecting a digital camera . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .135 Connecting a digital video camera . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .137 Editing videos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .138 Viewing the display on a projector or monitor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .139 Viewing the display on a television . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .141

8 Managing Power. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .145

Monitoring the battery charge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .146 Recharging the battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .146 Changing batteries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .147 Replacing the battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .148 Extending battery life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150 Conserving battery power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150 Using alternate power sources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150 Changing power modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .151 Changing power settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .152 Changing the power scheme . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .153 Changing alarm options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .154 Changing advanced settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .155 Activating and using Hibernate mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .156

9 Traveling with Your Gateway M505 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .159

Packing your notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .160 Traveling by air . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .160 Modem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .160 Radio frequency wireless connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .161 Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .161 Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .162 Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .163 Additional tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .163

10 Customizing Your Gateway M505 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .165

Adjusting the screen and desktop settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .166 Adjusting the color depth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .166 Adjusting the screen resolution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .168 Changing the colors on your Windows desktop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .169 Changing the desktop background . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .170 Selecting a screen saver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .172

Changing the touchpad settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .174 Programming the multi-function buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .176

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Adding and modifying user accounts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177

11 Networking Your Gateway M505 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179

Benefits of networking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180 Sharing a single Internet connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180 Sharing drives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180 Sharing peripheral devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181 Streaming audio and video files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181 Playing multi-player games . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181

Selecting a network connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182 Wired Ethernet network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182 Wireless Ethernet network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182 Using a wired Ethernet network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183 Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, or Gigabit Ethernet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183 Example wired Ethernet network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184 Equipment you need for a wired Ethernet network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185 Using a wireless Ethernet network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186 Wireless Ethernet speed and frequency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187 Example access point wireless Ethernet network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188 Equipment you need for an access point wireless Ethernet network . . . . . . 189 Example peer-to-peer wireless Ethernet network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190 Equipment you need for a peer-to-peer wireless Ethernet network . . . . . . . 191 For more information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191 Using your notebook on a network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192 Installing and configuring your notebook for Ethernet networking . . . . . . . . . 192 Turning your wireless Ethernet emitter on or off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192

12 Moving From Your Old Computer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193

Using the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194 Transferring files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194 Finding your files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194 Transferring Internet settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196 Setting up your ISP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196 Transferring your e-mail and address book . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197 Transferring your Internet shortcuts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197 Installing your old printer or scanner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197 Installing a USB printer or scanner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198 Installing a parallel port printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198 Installing your old programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199

13 Maintaining Your Gateway M505 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201

Caring for your notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202

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Maintenance schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .203 Protecting your notebook from viruses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .204 Managing hard drive space . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .207 Checking hard drive space . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .207 Using Disk Cleanup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .208 Checking the hard drive for errors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .209 Defragmenting the hard drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .211 Backing up files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .213 Using the Scheduled Task Wizard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .213 Cleaning your notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .215 Cleaning the exterior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .215 Cleaning the keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .216 Cleaning the notebook screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .216 Cleaning the mouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .216

14 Restoring Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .219

Using the Restoration CDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .220 Reinstalling device drivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .220 Updating device drivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .222 Reinstalling programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .223 Reinstalling Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .225

15 Upgrading Your Gateway M505 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .229

Adding and removing a PC Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .230 Preventing static electricity discharge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .232 Adding or replacing memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .234 Replacing the hard drive kit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .238

16 Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .243

Safety guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .244 First steps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .245 Software support tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .245 Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .246 Audio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .246 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .246 Device installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .246 Diskette drive (external) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .247 Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .248 DVD/CD-RW or DVD-RW/CD-RW drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .249 File management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .251 Hard drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .252 Interface/Ports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .253

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Internet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 253 Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 254 Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255 Memory card reader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255 Modem (dial-up) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 256 Mouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 260 Networks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 260 Operating system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 260 Passwords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 261 PC Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 261 Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 262 Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 263 Sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 265 Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 265

Telephone support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 267 Before calling Gateway Technical Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 267 Telephone numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 268 Tutoring and training . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 269 Self-help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 269 Tutoring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 269 Training . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 270

A Safety, Regulatory, and Legal Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 271

Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 285

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Checking Out

Gateway M505Your 1

This chapter introduces you to the basic features of your notebook. Read this chapter to learn:

How to identify the features of your Gateway notebook

How to locate your notebook’s model and serial number

How to locate the Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity

How to locate the specifications for your notebook

What accessories are available for your notebook

Tips & Tricks You can download an electronic copy of this

guide from support.gateway.com/support/manlib/.

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Front

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LCD panel

 

Subwoofer bay

 

 

 

 

release latch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DVD/CD-RW or

IR sensor

DVD-RW/CD-RW drive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Component

Icon

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DVD/CD-RW or

 

 

Insert CDs or DVDs into this drive. For more information,

DVD-RW/CD-RW drive

 

 

see “Using the DVD/CD-RW or DVD-RW/CD-RW drive”

 

 

 

on page 103.

 

 

 

 

 

 

To determine the type of drive, examine the drive tray’s

 

 

 

plastic cover and compare the logo to those listed in

 

 

 

“Identifying drive types” on page 103.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LCD panel release latch

 

 

Open the LCD panel by sliding the release latch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IR sensor

 

 

Sends and receives data in conjunction with an IR

 

 

 

(infrared) device, such as a PDA or IR printer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subwoofer bay

 

 

The subwoofer is located in this bay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Left side

Left side

PC Card slot

 

SD memory

Kensington

 

 

card reader

lock slot

 

 

 

 

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 230.

 

 

 

 

SD memory card reader

SD

Insert an SD (Secure Digital) memory card from a digital

 

 

camera, MP3 player, PDA, or cellular telephone into this

 

 

memory card reader. For more information, see “Using

 

 

the SD memory card reader” on page 134.

 

 

 

Kensington™ lock slot

 

Secure your notebook to an object by connecting a

 

 

Kensington cable lock to this slot.

 

 

 

 

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Right side

 

USB ports

Ventilation fan

 

 

 

 

Component

Icon

Description

 

 

 

 

USB ports

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

Ventilation fan

 

Helps cool internal components. Do not block or insert

 

 

objects into these slots.

 

 

 

 

 

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Back

Back

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power

Monitor

S-Video

 

 

 

 

USB Parallel port

IEEE 1394

connector

port

out jack

 

 

 

 

port

 

port (6-pin)

 

 

 

 

Modem jack

 

 

Headphone jack

IEEE 1394

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

port (4-pin)

 

 

 

 

Ethernet jack

Line in jack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Microphone jack

Component

Icon

 

 

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power connector

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plug the AC adapter cable into this connector.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monitor port

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plug an analog VGA monitor into this port.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

S-Video out jack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plug a standard S-Video cable into this jack and the jack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

on an S-Video device (such as a television or VCR). For

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

more information, see “Viewing the display on a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

television” on page 141.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modem jack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

see “Connecting the modem” on page 35.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ethernet jack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

more information, see “Connecting to a wired Ethernet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

network” on page 36 and “Networking Your

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gateway M505” on page 179.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Microphone jack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plug a microphone into this jack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Line in jack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connect an external audio input source (such as a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

stereo) to this jack so that you can record sound on your

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

notebook or play sound through the notebook speakers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Component

Icon

 

 

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Headphone jack

 

 

 

 

 

Plug amplified speakers or headphones into this jack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The built-in speakers are turned off when speakers or

 

 

 

 

 

 

headphones are plugged into this jack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USB port

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

scanner, camera, keyboard, or mouse) into this port.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parallel port

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IEEE 1394 ports

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

device (such as a digital camcorder, Iomega™ Zip™

 

 

 

 

 

 

drive, or MP3 player) into the 4-pin or 6-pin IEEE 1394

 

 

 

 

 

 

port. For more information, see “Connecting a digital

 

 

 

 

 

 

video camera” on page 137.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bottom

Bottom

Memory bay cover

Hard drive protector

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hard drive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Battery bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Battery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

release

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

latch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Battery lock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

latch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Component

Icon

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memory bay cover

 

 

 

 

 

Open this cover to install memory modules. For more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

information, see “Adding or replacing memory” on

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

page 234.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hard drive protector

 

 

 

 

 

Protects the hard drive from accidental bumps and

 

 

 

 

 

 

vibrations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hard drive bay

 

 

 

 

 

The hard drive is located in this bay. For more

 

 

 

 

 

 

information, see “Replacing the hard drive kit” on

 

 

 

 

 

 

page 238.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Battery bay

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Changing batteries” on page 147.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Battery release latch

 

 

 

 

 

Slide to release the battery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Battery lock latch

 

 

 

 

 

Slide to unlock the battery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Keyboard area

For information on using your keyboard, see “Using the keyboard” on page 28.

Keyboard

Status indicators

Power button

Multi-function Audio buttons

controls

Speaker

 

Touchpad

Speaker

 

 

 

 

Component

Icon

Description

 

 

 

 

Keyboard

 

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

 

 

For more information, see “Using the keyboard” on

 

 

page 28.

 

 

 

 

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 settings” on page 152.

 

 

 

 

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Keyboard area

 

 

 

 

Component

Icon

Description

 

 

 

 

Multi-function buttons

 

Press these buttons to open programs you assign to

 

 

them. These buttons are set to turn on your wireless

 

 

Ethernet emitter, open your e-mail application and your

 

 

Web browser, and open two other programs that you

 

 

assign. For more information, see “Multi-function

 

 

buttons” on page 31 and

 

 

 

 

Speakers

 

Provide audio output when headphones or amplified

 

 

speakers are not plugged in.

 

 

 

 

Touchpad

 

Provides all the functionality of a mouse. For more

 

 

information, see “Using the EZ Pad touchpad” on

 

 

page 32.

 

 

 

 

Audio controls

 

The volume buttons control the volume level of the

 

 

built-in speakers and headphones plugged into the

 

 

headphone jack. The play/pause, back, next, and stop

 

 

buttons may control multimedia programs such as

 

 

Windows Media Player, Windows CD Player,

 

 

MusicMatch, and the DVD Player. For more information,

 

 

see “Using the audio/video controls” on page 97.

 

 

 

 

Status indicators

 

Inform you of the power status, when a drive is being

 

 

used, or when a button has been pressed that affects

 

 

how the keyboard is used. For more information, see

 

 

“Status indicators” on page 25.

 

 

 

 

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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 number

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

Gateway model number

Gateway serial number

You can locate the Gateway serial number:

Printed on a white sticker on the bottom or back of your notebook.

Printed on the customer invoice that came with your notebook. The invoice also contains your customer ID number.

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Identifying your model

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 “Using eSupport” on page 43.

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Accessories

Accessories

Gateway offers accessories that can help you make the most of using your notebook. 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 147 for more information.

Carrying cases

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

Drives

Use a diskette drive or USB flash drive for storing files or transferring files to another computer. See “Using the optional diskette drive” on page 132.

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 234 for more information.

Peripheral devices

You can attach devices (such as a keyboard, mouse, printer, or monitor) to your notebook.

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. See “Installing a printer, scanner, or other peripheral device” on page 37 for more information about attaching a printer to your notebook.

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.

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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.

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Getting Started 2

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

Connect the AC adapter

Start and turn off your notebook

Identify the status indicators

Use the keyboard

Use the EZ Pad touchpad

Connect the modem

Connect to an Ethernet network

Install peripheral devices

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Safety instructions

Certain precautions should be observed to further reduce the risk of personal injury or damage to your notebook.

General tips

When setting up your notebook for work, place it on a level surface.

Before you clean your notebook, turn if off, unplug it from its power source, and remove the battery. For more information, see “Cleaning your notebook” on page 215.

Do not push objects into air vents or openings of your notebook. Doing so can cause fire or electric shock by shorting out interior components.

When you disconnect a cable, pull on its connector, not on the cable itself. As you pull out the connector, keep it evenly aligned to avoid bending any connector pins. Also, before you connect a cable make sure both connectors are correctly oriented and aligned.

Use of mobile phones can interfere with the sound system. Your notebook operation is not impaired but we recommend that a distance of 12 inches (30 cm) be maintained between your notebook and the mobile phone.

When you move your notebook between environments with very different humidity or temperature ranges, condensation may form on or within your notebook. To avoid damaging your notebook, allow sufficient time for the moisture to evaporate before using your notebook.

When traveling, do not check your notebook as baggage. You can put your notebook through an X-ray security machine, but never put your notebook through a metal detector. If you have your notebook checked by hand, be sure to have a charged battery available in case you are asked to turn on your notebook. For more information, see “Traveling with Your Gateway M505” on page 159.

When traveling, do not place your notebook in overhead storage compartments where it could slide around. For more information, see “Traveling with Your Gateway M505” on page 159.

Do not drop your notebook or subject it to other physical shocks.

To completely turn off all notebook power, turn your notebook off, remove the battery, and disconnect the AC adapter from the electrical outlet.

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Safety instructions

The bottom of your notebook can become warm with use.

Do not apply heavy pressure to your notebook or subject it to strong impact. Excessive pressure or impact can cause damage to notebook components or otherwise cause malfunctions.

Some PC Cards can become hot with prolonged use. Overheating of a PC Card can result in errors or instability in the card’s operation. Be careful when you remove a PC Card that has been used for extended periods.

Using the battery

Do not carry a battery in your pocket, purse, or other container where metal objects (such as car keys) could short-circuit the battery terminals. The resulting excessive current flow can cause extremely high temperatures and may result in heat damage.

Protect your notebook, battery, and hard drive from environmental hazards such as dirt, dust, food, liquids, temperature extremes, and overexposure to sunlight.

Replace only with a Gateway M505 battery to avoid risk of fire or explosion. For more information, see “Changing batteries” on page 147.

Dispose of used batteries according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Do not dispose of batteries in a fire. They may explode. For more information, see “Changing batteries” on page 147.

Using the AC adapter

Place the adapter in a ventilated area, such as a desktop or on the floor, when you use it to run your notebook or to charge the battery. Do not cover the adapter with papers or other items that will reduce cooling, and do not use the adapter while it is inside a carrying case.

Make sure that nothing rests on your adapter's power cable and that the cable is not located where it can be tripped over or stepped on.

Use only the adapter and power cord approved for use with this notebook. Use of another type of adapter may create a risk of fire or explosion.

If you use an extension cable with your adapter, ensure that the total ampere rating of the products plugged in to the extension cable does not exceed the ampere rating of the extension cable.

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Basic safety precautions

When using your notebook and peripheral devices, basic safety precautions should always be followed to reduce the risk of fire, electric shock, and injury to persons, including the following:

Do not use your notebook near water. For example, do not use it near a bathtub or kitchen sink.

Avoid using the wired modem or LAN during an electrical storm. There may be a remote risk of electric shock from lightning.

The cable used with the modem should be manufactured with a minimum wire size of 26 American wire gauge (AWG) and an FCC-compliant RJ-11 modular plug.

To help avoid the potential hazard of electric shock, do not connect or disconnect any cables or perform maintenance or reconfiguration of your notebook during an electrical storm.

Warning When working with peripheral devices or replacing memory modules, always follow installation instructions closely. Except for replacing memory or the hard drive, do not attempt to service your notebook yourself. (See “Using eSupport” on page 43 and “Telephone support” on

page 267 for service information.)

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 24 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.

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Connecting the AC adapter

To connect the AC adapter:

1 If the battery is not installed, turn your notebook over so the bottom is facing up.

-OR-

If the battery is installed, go to Step 4.

2 Place the battery into the battery bay and press down until it snaps into place.

3 Slide the battery lock into the locked position.

4 Connect the power cord to the AC adapter.

Warning

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.

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5

6

7

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

Plug the power cord into a wall outlet.

The battery charge indicator turns on (see “Keyboard area” on page 8 for the location of the battery charge indicator). If the battery charge indicator does not turn on, unplug the adapter from your notebook, then plug it back in.

When you finish using your notebook for the first time, turn your notebook off and leave your notebook connected to AC power for at least 24 hours.

8 If the battery charge indicator does not show a full charge after 24 hours, contact Gateway Technical Support at support.gateway.com/support/ask_gateway.asp.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Connecting the AC adapter

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

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Starting your notebook

To start your notebook:

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

2 Press the power button located to the right of the keyboard.

Power button

The power button is preset to On/Off mode. However, you can also set it to function in Standby/Resume mode. For instructions on changing the power button mode, see “Changing power settings” on page 152.

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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Turning off your notebook

Waking up your notebook

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

If your notebook is in Standby mode, pressing the power button to “wake” it up. For more information on changing power-saving settings, see “Changing power settings” on page 152.

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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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:

1 Press CTRL+ALT+DEL. A window opens that lets you close a program that is not responding.

2

3

4

Click the program that is not responding.

Click End Task.

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

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

Keyboard status indicators

Status indicators inform you of the status of the wireless Ethernet emitter, the current power status, when a drive is being used, and when a button has been pressed that affects how the keyboard is used.

Hard drive

 

 

Standby

Battery charge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power

 

 

Caps lock

Wireless

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pad lock

Ethernet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indicator

Icon

Description

 

 

 

Wireless

 

The wireless Ethernet emitter is turned on.

Ethernet

 

 

 

 

 

Power

 

The LED shows your notebook’s power status.

LED on - notebook is on.

LED blinking - battery charge is very low.

LED off - notebook is off.

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Indicator

Icon

Description

 

 

 

Standby

 

The notebook is in Standby or Hibernate mode.

 

 

 

Media activity

 

The hard drive, DVD/CD-RW, or DVD-RW/CD-RW drive is in use.

 

 

 

Battery charge

 

The battery is charging.

 

 

 

Caps Lock

 

Caps Lock is turned on.

 

 

 

Pad Lock

 

Numeric keypad is turned on. For more information, see “System

 

 

key combinations” on page 30.

 

 

 

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Status indicators

LCD panel status indicators

Status indicators inform you of the current power status and the status of the wireless Ethernet emitter.

Wireless

Power

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ethernet

 

Standby

 

 

 

 

 

Indicator

Icon

Description

 

 

 

Wireless

 

The wireless Ethernet emitter is turned on.

Ethernet

 

 

 

 

 

Power

 

The LED shows your notebook’s power status.

LED on - notebook is on.

LED blinking - battery charge is very low.

LED off - notebook is off.

Standby

The notebook is in Standby or Hibernate mode.

 

 

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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 Pad Lock keys for the numeric keypad.

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

Function keys/System keys

Navigation keys

FN key Windows

Numeric

Application

Arrow keys/LCD

key

keypad

key

brightness keys

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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 keys in combination with the FN key to perform

 

 

 

 

specific actions. For more information, see “System key

 

 

 

 

combinations” on page 30.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

FN key

 

 

 

Press the FN key in combination with a system key (such as

 

 

 

 

MUTE, STANDBY, or NUMLK) to perform a specific action.

 

 

 

 

 

Windows key

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Numeric keypad

 

 

 

Use these keys to type numbers when the numeric keypad is

 

 

 

 

turned on. Press FN+NUMLK to turn on the numeric keypad.

 

 

 

 

 

Application key

 

 

 

Press this key for quick access to shortcut menus and help

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

assistants in Windows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arrow keys

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

LCD brightness

 

 

 

Press these colored keys in combination with the FN key to

keys

 

 

 

control the screen brightness.

 

 

 

 

 

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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 colored text or icon on the key.

Press and hold FN, then

To...

press this system key...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enter Standby mode. Press the power button to leave Standby

 

 

 

 

mode. For more information, see “Changing power modes” on

 

 

 

 

page 151.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toggle your notebook’s display between the LCD, an external

 

 

 

 

monitor, or both displays at the same time. A monitor must be

 

 

 

 

plugged into the monitor port on your notebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turns the LCD panel backlight off to save power. Press any key

 

 

 

 

to turn the LCD panel backlight on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mute the sound. Press the key combination again to restore the

 

 

 

 

sound. For more information, see “Adjusting the volume” on

 

 

 

 

page 90.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

NumLk

 

 

 

key combination again to turn off Pad Lock. The Pad Lock status

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

indicator appears when this function is turned on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Scr Lk

 

 

 

combination again to continue scrolling. The Scroll Lock status

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

indicator appears when this function is turned on. (This function

 

 

 

 

is only available in some programs.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Move the cursor to the beginning of a line or document.

 

Home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Move the cursor to the end of a line or document.

 

End

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Increase the brightness of the display.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decrease the brightness of the display.

 

 

 

 

 

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Multi-function buttons

Multi-function buttons

Press the multi-function buttons to open the programs associated with them.

Wireless

Ethernet

E-mail

Internet

P1

P2

Button

Icon

Press to...

 

 

 

Wireless Ethernet

 

Turn the wireless Ethernet emitter on or off. For more

 

 

information, see “Turning your wireless Ethernet emitter on or

 

 

off” on page 192.

 

 

 

E-mail

 

Open your default e-mail program.

 

 

 

Internet

 

Open your default Web browser.

 

 

 

P1

 

This button is user-programmable. For more information about

 

 

programming the buttons, see “Programming the multi-function

 

 

buttons” on page 176.

 

 

 

P2

 

This button is user-programmable. For more information about

 

 

programming the buttons, see “Programming the multi-function

 

 

buttons” on page 176.

 

 

 

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Using the EZ Pad touchpad

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

Left touchpad

Right touchpad

Touchpad

button

button

 

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

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Using the EZ Pad touchpad

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

Using the touchpad

To...

Do this...

Move the pointer

Move your finger around on the

on the screen.

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

Position the pointer over the

on the screen.

object. Quickly press and release

 

the left button once. This action is

 

called clicking.

Start a program or open a file or folder.

Position the pointer over the object. Press the left button twice in rapid succession. This action is called double-clicking.

Access a shortcut

Position the pointer over the

menu or find

object. Quickly press and release

more information

the right button once. This action

about an object

is called right-clicking.

on the screen.

 

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To...

Do this...

Move an object

Position the pointer over the

on the screen.

object. Press the left button and

 

hold it down, then use the

 

touchpad to move (drag) the

 

object to the appropriate part of

 

the screen. Release the button to

 

drop the object where you want it.

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 touchpad settings” on page 174.

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Connecting the modem

Connecting the modem

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

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

To connect the modem:

1 Insert one end of the modem cable into the modem jack on the back of your 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 wired Ethernet network

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

Important Your notebook is equipped with built-in wireless Ethernet. For information about connecting to a wired or wireless Ethernet network, see “Networking Your Gateway M505” on page 179.

To connect to a wired Ethernet network:

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

 

 

 

on the back

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

of your notebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Insert the other end of the network cable into a network jack. Ask your network administrator to help you select the correct network jack.

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Broadband Internet connections

You can use your notebook’s Ethernet jack for more than just networking. Many broadband Internet connections, such as cable modems and DSL modems, connect to your notebook’s Ethernet jack. For more information, see “Using the Internet” on page 67 and “Networking Your Gateway M505” on page 179.

Installing a printer, scanner, or other peripheral device

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

Your notebook has one or more of the following ports: IEEE 1394 (also known as Firewire® or i.Link®), Universal Serial Bus (USB), and parallel. You use these ports to connect peripheral devices such as printers, scanners, and digital cameras to your notebook. For more information about port locations, see “Checking Out Your Gateway M505” on page 1.

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

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

Help and For more information about installing peripheral devices in

Support Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.

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

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Using fast infrared

Your notebook’s fast infrared (FIR) port allows you to transfer data with other IR-equipped computers, peripheral devices, PDAs, and cellular telephones.

To use FIR:

1 Position the two IR-equipped devices so their IR ports are no more than one meter (three feet) apart and the ports are pointed at each other.

Fast infrared port

2 Use your file transfer software to transfer data between the two devices.

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Getting Help 3

This chapter tells you about additional information resources available to help you use your notebook. Read this chapter to learn how to access:

Help and Support

Do More With Gateway

Online help

Gateway Web site

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Help and Support

Your notebook includes Help and Support, an easily accessible collection of help information, troubleshooters, instructional videos, and automated support. Use Help and Support to answer questions about Windows.

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.

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.

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