Gateway SZSL95IN0XXXXXXXX User Manual

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Contents

Chapter 1: About This Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

About this guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Accessing your online User Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Gateway contact information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Chapter 2: Setting Up and Getting Started . . . 5

Checking out your computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Front . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Back . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Sides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Power module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10

Working safely and comfortably . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Reducing eye strain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Setting up your computer desk and chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Sitting at your computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Avoiding discomfort and injury from repetitive strain . .13

Preparing power connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Protecting from power source problems . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Connecting power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Connecting to a broadband modem or network . . . . . . . . . .16 Setting up the keyboard and mouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Installing keyboard batteries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Installing mouse batteries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Starting your computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Waking up your computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Turning off and restarting your computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Using the keyboard and mouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Syncing the keyboard and mouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Using the keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Using the mouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Using the remote control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Installing remote control batteries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Understanding the remote control buttons . . . . . . . . . . .28

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Storing the remote control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Using the DVD-RW drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Loading a disc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Ejecting an optical disc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Playing discs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Creating discs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Using the memory card reader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Memory card types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Using a memory card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Connecting peripheral devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Connecting the TV tuner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Connecting the Web cam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Installing a printer, scanner, or other device . . . . . . . . . 41 Connecting the dial-up modem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Adjusting the volume . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Chapter 3: Upgrading Your Computer. . . . . . . 45

Opening and closing the case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Installing memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Adding or replacing a hard drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Adding or replacing Mini PCI cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Replacing the DVD-RW drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Installing or replacing the graphics card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Changing the system battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

Chapter 4: Maintaining Your Computer . . . . . 59

Setting up a maintenance schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Caring for your computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Changing batteries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Cleaning your computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Cleaning the exterior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Cleaning the keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Cleaning the mouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Cleaning optical discs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Updating Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Using BigFix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Managing hard drive space . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

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Checking hard drive space . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 Deleting unnecessary files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 Checking the hard drive for errors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Defragmenting the hard drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 Backing up files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69

Scheduling maintenance tasks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Moving from your old computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Transferring files and settings automatically . . . . . . . . . .72 Transferring files and settings manually . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73

Chapter 5: Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75

Safety guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 First steps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Audio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 CD drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 DVD-RW drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78 Ethernet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 File management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Hard drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Internet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82 Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Media Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84 Memory card reader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Modem (cable or DSL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Modem (dial-up) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Mouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Networks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Passwords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90 Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90 Remote control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Recovering your system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92 Recovering pre-installed software and drivers . . . . . . . . 93

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Using Microsoft System Restore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Recovering your system to its factory condition . . . . . 101 Recovering your system using the Windows DVD . . . . 102 Telephone support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Before calling Gateway Customer Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Telephone numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 Self-help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 Tutoring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 Training . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105

Appendix A: Legal Notices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107

Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117

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CHAPTER1

About This Guide

About this guide

Accessing your online User Guide

Gateway contact information

Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity

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CHAPTER 1: About This Guide

About this guide

This guide includes information and maintenance instructions that are specific to your model of Gateway computer. Some illustrations in this guide may look different than your computer because hardware options may vary. For all other computer information, see your online User Guide.

For more information

For more information about your computer, visit Gateway’s Support page at www.gateway.com or the Web address shown on your computer’s label. The Support page also has links to additional Gateway documentation and detailed specifications.

Accessing your online User Guide

In addition to this guide, your User Guide has been included on your hard drive. Your User Guide is an in-depth, easy-to-read manual that includes information on the following topics:

Help and technical support

Using and customizing Windows and other software

Controlling audio and video settings

Using the Internet

Protecting your files

Playing and recording media

Networking

To access your User Guide:

Click (Start), All Programs, then click Gateway Documentation.

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Gateway contact information

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

S/N: SZSL95IN0XXXXXXXX

Serial number and Customer Care telephone number

Microsoft Certificate of

Authenticity

The Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity label found on the bottom of your computer includes the product key code for your operating system. If you ever reinstall Windows from the installation DVD, you will need to enter these numbers to activate Windows.

Microsoft Certificate of

Authenticity

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CHAPTER2

Setting Up and

Getting Started

Checking out your computer

Working safely and comfortably

Preparing power connections

Connecting to a broadband modem or network

Setting up the keyboard and mouse

Starting your computer

Turning off and restarting your computer

Using the keyboard and mouse

Using the remote control

Using the DVD-RW drive

Using the memory card reader

Connecting peripheral devices

Adjusting the volume

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Checking out your computer

Front

Web cam port

Display

IR sensor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IR activity/RF sync

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

indicator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DVD-RW drive

Data ports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power indicator

 

 

NXT SoundVu acoustic front panel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(replaces conventional speakers)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Component

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Web cam port

Connect the optional Web cam to this port.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IR sensor

Detects signals from the remote control. Do not block.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IR activity/RF sync

Indicates when the computer is receiving IR signals from the

indicator

remote control and when the computer is syncing with the

 

 

 

wireless (RF) keyboard and mouse.

Data ports

For more detail, see “Sides” on page 8.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Display

This 19-inch TFT display has 1400 × 900 resolution, displays

 

 

 

16.2 million colors, and has an 850:1 contrast ratio.

DVD-RW drive

For more detail, see “Sides” on page 8.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power indicator

The Gateway logo indicates when power is on (glowing) and

 

 

 

when power is on Standby (flashing).

NXT™ SoundVu™

This panel is advanced, patented technology developed by

acoustic front

Authentic using NXT technology. Because the panel itself

panel

vibrates and creates sound, no speakers are needed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Back

Web cam port

Power button

Slide-out

Cable lock slot

 

support stand

 

Component

Description

 

 

Web cam port

Connect the optional Web cam to this port.

 

 

Power button

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

 

configure the power button to operate in Standby/Resume

 

mode or Hibernate mode. For more information, see your

 

online User Guide.

 

 

Slide-out support

Supports your computer in an upright position and helps

stand

maintain the viewing angle. As you push the top of the

 

screen back or pull it forward, this support stand

 

automatically adjusts to maintain that angle. For more

 

information on adjusting the viewing angle, see “Setting up

 

your computer desk and chair” on page 13

Cable lock slot

Attach a cable lock to this slot, then attach the cable to a

 

solid object like a desk or table to prevent your computer

 

from being stolen or opened.

 

 

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Sides

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memory card reader

Power/data cable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IEEE 1394/FireWire™ port

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USB ports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slide-out support

 

stand

 

 

 

 

Headphone jack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Microphone jack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slot-load DVD-RW drive

Power/data cable

Power button

Slide-out support stand

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Component

Description

 

 

Power/data cable

Connects your computer to the power module. This cable

 

must be connected before you connect the module to

 

AC power. For more information, see “Connecting power”

 

on page 15.

Slide-out support

Supports your computer in an upright position and helps

stand

maintain the viewing angle. As you push the top of the

 

screen back or pull it forward, this support stand

 

automatically adjusts to maintain that angle. For more

 

information on adjusting the viewing angle, see “Reducing

 

eye strain” on page 12.

 

 

Memory card

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

reader

PDA, cellular telephone, or other device into the memory

 

card reader. For a complete list of supported memory cards,

 

see “Using the memory card reader” on page 32.

IEEE 1394 port

Plug IEEE 1394 (also known as Firewire) devices (such as a

 

digital camcorder) into this 6-pin IEEE 1394 port. For more

 

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

 

device” on page 41.

 

 

USB ports

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

 

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

 

ports. For more information, see “Installing a printer,

 

scanner, or other device” on page 41.

Headphone jack

Plug powered, analog front speakers, an external amplifier,

 

or headphones into this jack.

 

 

Microphone jack

Plug a microphone into this jack.

 

 

DVD-RW drive

Use this DVD-RW drive to listen to audio CDs, install games

 

and programs, watch DVDs, and write large files onto

 

recordable discs.

 

 

Power button

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

 

configure the power button to operate in Standby/Resume

 

mode or Hibernate mode.

 

 

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Power module

Ethernet network jack

IR blaster port

USB ports

Optical digital

Coaxial digital

audio out jack

audio out jack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USB ports

Power/data cable connector

 

 

Component

Description

 

 

Ethernet (network)

Plug an Ethernet network cable or a device (such as a DSL

jack

or cable modem for a broadband Internet connection)

 

into this jack. For more information, see “Learning about

 

the Internet” in your online User Guide.

IR blaster port

Plug the IR blaster into this port. The IR blaster lets you

 

position an IR emitter on your set-top box (tuner), so the

 

computer’s Media Center remote can change the tuner’s

 

channel for viewing and scheduled recording.

 

 

Optical digital audio

Plug an optical digital audio cable into this jack and into

out jack

an optical Audio In jack on an amplifier or

 

entertainment system for digital sound.

Coaxial digital audio

Plug a coaxial digital audio cable into this jack and into

out jack

a coaxial Audio In jack on an amplifier or entertainment

 

system for digital sound.

 

 

USB ports

Plug a USB device into these ports.

 

 

Power/data cable

Plug your computer’s power/data cable into this

connector

connector.

 

 

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Working safely and comfortably

Before using your computer, follow these general guidelines for setting up a safe and comfortable work area and avoiding discomfort and strain:

Keep hands and arms parallel to the floor.

Adjust the screen so it is perpendicular to your line of sight, and the top of the screen is no higher than eye level.

Place your feet flat on the floor or on a footrest.

Keep ventilation openings clear of obstructions.

Top of screen is not higher than eye level

Screen is perpendicular to your line of sight

Hands and arms are parallel to the floor

Feet are flat on the floor

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Reducing eye strain

Sunlight or bright indoor lighting should not reflect on the screen or shine directly into your eyes.

Position the computer desk and computer so you can avoid bright reflections and glare. Reduce glare by installing shades or curtains on windows, and by installing a glare screen filter.

Use soft, indirect lighting in your work area. Do not use your computer in a dark room.

Set paper holders at the same height and distance as the display.

Avoid focusing your eyes on your display for long periods of time. Every 10 or 15 minutes, look around the room, and try to focus on distant objects.

Stand up your computer so the slide-out support stand extends out the back for stability. Your computer is stable through a 10° range of motion, from nearly upright (leaning back 5°) to noticeably tilted (leaning back 15°).

The support stand helps maintain the viewing angle that you set. As you push the top of the screen back or pull it forward, the stand automatically adjusts to maintain that angle.

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Setting up your computer desk and chair

Follow these guidelines for good ergonomic workstation design:

When you are setting up your computer desk and chair, make sure that the desk is the appropriate height and the chair helps you maintain good posture.

Select a flat surface for your computer desk.

Adjust the chair height, adjust the forward tilt of the seat, or use a footrest to distribute your weight evenly on the chair and relieve pressure on the back of your thighs.

Adjust the height of the computer desk so your hands and arms are positioned parallel to the floor when you use the keyboard and touchpad. If the desk is not adjustable or is too tall, consider using an adjustable chair to control your arm’s height above the keyboard.

Use an adjustable chair that is comfortable, distributes your weight evenly, and keeps your body relaxed.

Position your chair so the keyboard is at or slightly below the level of your elbow. This position lets your shoulders relax while you type.

Adjust the back of the chair so it supports the lower curve of your spine. You can use a pillow or cushion to provide extra back support.

Sitting at your computer

Avoid bending, arching, or angling your wrists. Make sure that they are in a relaxed position when you type.

Do not slouch forward or lean far back. Sit with your back straight so your knees, hips, and elbows form right angles when you work.

Take breaks to stand and stretch your legs.

Avoid twisting your torso or neck.

Avoiding discomfort and injury from repetitive strain

Vary your activities to avoid excessive repetition.

Take breaks to change your position, stretch your muscles, and relieve your eyes.

Find ways to break up the work day, and schedule a variety of tasks.

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Preparing power connections

Protecting from power source problems

Warning

High voltages can enter your computer through both the power/data cable and the modem connection. Protect your computer by using a surge protector. If you have a telephone or DSL 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.

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

An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) supplies battery power to your computer during a power failure. Although you cannot run your computer for an extended period of time with a UPS, a UPS lets you run your computer long enough to save your work and shut down your computer normally.

Warning

The AC power module contains peripheral expansion components that need to connect to the system before to AC power is connected. Make sure that you connect power components in the following order:

Plug the power/data cable into the power module.

Plug the AC power cable into the power module and into an AC power outlet.

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Connecting power

To connect power:

1Plug your computer’s power/data cable into the power/data connector on the power module. Make sure that the cable’s clips lock into place.

2Plug the provided AC power cable into the power module, then plug the power cable into an AC power outlet. We recommend using a surge protector.

3To disconnect the power/data cable from the power module, press inward on the two connector latches, then pull the plug away from the module.

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Connecting to a broadband modem or network

Important

For information about setting up a wired or wireless Ethernet network, see your online User Guide.

You can connect your computer to a cable or DSL modem or to a wired Ethernet network.

To connect to a broadband modem or to an Ethernet network:

1Insert one end of the network cable into the Ethernet network jack on the power module.

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

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Setting up the keyboard and mouse

Installing keyboard batteries

Before using your wireless keyboard, you must install the two batteries that came with it.

Warning

Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer. Dispose of used batteries following the manufacturer’s instructions.

To install the keyboard batteries:

1 Turn the keyboard over, then open the battery cover.

2Insert two AA batteries according to the diagram inside the battery compartment, then close the battery cover.

3Your wireless keyboard is synced with your computer at the factory. However, if the keyboard does not work after installing new batteries, re-sync the keyboard with the computer by following the instructions in “Syncing the keyboard and mouse” on page 22.

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Installing mouse batteries

Before using your mouse, you must install the two batteries that came with it.

Warning

Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer. Dispose of used batteries following the manufacturer’s instructions.

To install the mouse batteries:

1Turn the mouse over and remove the battery cover (if installed) by prying it up using a thin object (such as your fingernail).

Pry up here

2Insert two AA batteries according to the diagram inside the battery compartment, then install the battery cover.

3Your wireless mouse is synced with your computer at the factory. However, if the mouse does not work after installing new batteries, re-sync the mouse with the computer by following the instructions in “Syncing the keyboard and mouse” on page 22.

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Starting your computer

To start your computer:

1Connect the power and network (if applicable) cables to your computer according to the setup poster and “Connecting power” on page 15.

2Press the power button on the back of your computer. If your computer does not turn on, check the power/data cable connection.

3If you are starting your computer for the first time, follow the on-screen instructions to select the language and time zone and to create your first user account.

Tip

If your computer and mouse do not work, see “Syncing the keyboard and mouse” on page 22.

4To open your computer’s Start menu, click (Start). From that menu, you can run programs and search for files. For more information on using your computer’s menus, see “Using Windows” and “Customizing Windows” in your online User Guide.

5After your computer has been set up, attach and turn on any USB or audio peripheral devices, such as printers, scanners, and speakers. See the documentation that came with each device for its setup instructions.

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Waking up your computer

Tip

For more information about changing the power button mode, see the “Customizing” chapter in your online User Guide.

When you have not used your computer for several minutes, it may enter a power-saving mode called Sleep. While in Sleep mode, the power indicator on the power button flashes.

If your computer is in Sleep mode, move the mouse, press a key on the keyboard, or press the power button to “wake” it up.

Turning off and restarting your computer

Turning off your computer

Warning

When you turn off your computer, certain components in the power supply and system board remain energized. In order to remove all electrical power from your computer, unplug the power module from the power outlet, then unplug the modem or network cable. We recommend disconnecting the power/data cable and modem and network cables when your computer will not be used for long periods of time.

Important

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

Putting your computer into Sleep mode is the easiest way to power down your computer. Although it does not turn your computer completely off, it does turn off or slow down most system operations to save power. It also saves your desktop layout so the next time you restore power, the programs are laid out just as you left them. Waking your computer from a Sleep state is much faster than turning on your computer after it has been turned completely off.

To put your computer to sleep:

1Click (Start), then click (power). The computer saves your session and partially shuts down to save power.

2To “wake” your computer, press a key on the keyboard or press the power button.

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To turn off your computer:

1Click (Start), click the arrow next to the lock icon, then click Shut Down. The computer turns off.

2To completely disconnect all power (such as for servicing internal components), also disconnect the power/data cord from the power module.

Restarting (rebooting) your computer

If your computer does not respond to any input, you may need to restart (reboot) your computer.

To restart your computer:

Click (Start), click the arrow next to the lock icon, then click Restart. Your computer turns off, then turns on again.

If your computer does not turn off, press and hold the power button until the computer turns off (about five seconds), then press it again to turn the computer back on.

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Using the keyboard and mouse

Syncing the keyboard and mouse

To sync your keyboard and mouse with your computer:

1Insert a stiff wire (such as a straightened paper clip) into the wireless sync button hole on the top of your computer (to the left of the Web cam’s mini USB port). The RF sync indicator (the red LED) above the Gateway logo on the front of your computer turns on.

Sync button hole

2Press the sync button on the bottom of your keyboard until your computer’s RF sync indicator flashes. Your keyboard is now synced with your computer.

Sync button (keyboard)

3Repeat Step 2, but with your mouse instead of the keyboard.

Sync button (mouse)

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Using the keyboard

Navigation keys

 

 

Function keys

System control keys

 

 

Multimedia controls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wrist rest Main keyboard Directional keys Numeric keypad

Feature

Description

 

 

Function keys

Press these keys to start program actions. Each program uses

 

different function keys for different purposes. See the

 

program documentation to find out more about the function

 

key actions.

System control

Press BRIGHT to adjust the screen brightness by cycling

keys

through the available brightness settings. Press SLEEP to put

 

your computer into the Sleep power-saving mode.

 

 

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.

Multimedia

Press these keys to play your audio files and to adjust the

controls

volume. Press MUTE and VOL to adjust volume, and press

 

EJECT to eject the disc from the slot-load DVD-RW drive.

 

 

Wrist rest

While typing, you can rest your wrist on this acrylic surface.

 

 

Main keyboard

Press these keys to type numbers and letters and to format

 

text.

 

 

Directional keys

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

 

 

Numeric keypad

Press these keys to type numbers when the numeric keypad

 

(NUM LOCK) is turned on.

 

 

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Storing your keyboard

You can move your keyboard out of the way by standing it upright and sliding it against your computer. Do not lean it against the screen.

Using the mouse

Mouse components

Scroll stripe

Right button

(functions as a scroll wheel)

Left button

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Controlling the mouse

The mouse is a device that controls the pointer movement on the computer display. This illustration shows the standard mouse.

As you move the mouse, the pointer (arrow) on the display moves in the same direction.

You can use the left and right buttons on the mouse to select objects on the display. You can use the scroll stripe (the stripe between the left and right mouse buttons) on the mouse to move through a document. This feature is not available in all programs.

To...

Do this...

 

 

 

 

 

Move the pointer

 

 

 

Move the mouse around. If you

 

 

on the computer

 

 

 

reach the edge of your mouse

display

 

 

 

pad and need to move the

 

 

 

 

mouse farther, lift the mouse

 

 

 

 

and place it in the middle of the

 

 

 

 

mouse pad, then continue

 

 

 

 

moving the mouse.

 

 

 

Select an object

 

 

 

Position the pointer over the

on the computer

 

 

 

object. Quickly press and

display

 

 

 

release the left mouse button.

 

 

 

 

This is called clicking.

 

 

 

 

 

Start a program

 

 

 

Position the pointer over the

 

 

or open a file or

 

 

 

object. Quickly press and

folder

 

 

 

release the left mouse button

 

 

 

 

twice. This is called

 

 

 

 

double-clicking.

 

 

 

Access a

 

 

 

Position the pointer over the

shortcut menu

 

 

 

object. Quickly press and

or find more

 

 

 

release the right mouse button

information

 

 

 

once. This is called

about an object

 

 

 

right-clicking.

on the display.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Move an object

 

 

 

Position the pointer over the

on the computer

 

 

 

object. Press the left mouse

display.

 

 

 

button and hold it down. Move

 

 

 

 

(drag) the object to the

 

 

 

 

appropriate part of the

 

 

 

 

computer display. Release the

 

 

 

 

button to drop the object

 

 

 

 

where you want it. This is called

 

 

 

 

clicking and dragging.

 

 

 

 

 

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For more information about how to adjust the double-click speed, pointer speed, right-hand or left-hand configuration, and other mouse settings, see the “Customizing” chapter in your online User Guide. For instructions on how to clean the mouse, see “Cleaning the mouse” on page 63.

Using the remote control

The Media Center remote control is an optional accessory.

Installing remote control batteries

Before using your remote control, you must install the two batteries that came with it.

Warning

Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer. Dispose of used batteries following the manufacturer’s instructions.

To install the remote control batteries:

1Turn the remote control over, then remove the battery cover.

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2Insert two AA batteries according to the diagram inside the battery compartment, then replace the battery cover.

Important

While loading the batteries into the remote control, do not press any buttons or the remote may not work. If the remote does not work with fresh batteries installed, remove a battery for five seconds, then re-insert the battery while making sure that no buttons are being pressed.

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Understanding the remote control buttons

Your Media Center remote control lets you record and play back media on your computer. It also lets you turn your computer on and off.

Power

Record

Rewind

Skip to previous

Media Center Home

back

Menu navigation

Volume

Play recorded TV

Play live TV

Pause

Stop

Fast forward

Skip to next

info

ok (Select)

mute

Channel

guide DVD menu

DVD subtitles

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Button

Description

 

 

Power

Puts the computer into Sleep mode, and “wakes” the

 

computer.

Record

Press for one-touch recording of the currently selected

 

video source.

 

 

Rewind

Rewinds the currently playing media.

 

 

Skip to previous

Skips to the start of the currently playing track or chapter,

 

then skips to the previous track or chapter.

 

 

Media Center Home

Opens Windows Vista Media Center.

 

 

back

In a setup menu, goes back one menu level.

 

 

Menu navigation

Moves up, down, left, and right through menus and

(arrows)

settings.

Volume

Changes volume.

 

 

Play recorded TV

Plays programs you have recorded using Media Center.

 

 

Play live TV

Plays live TV programs.

 

 

Pause

Pauses the currently playing media.

 

 

Stop

Stops the currently playing media.

 

 

Fast forward

Fast forwards the currently playing media.

 

 

Skip to next

Skips to the next track or chapter.

 

 

info

Displays the current track or chapter information.

 

 

ok

Selects the currently highlighted menu item.

 

 

mute

Mutes all sound.

 

 

guide

Opens the program guide, where you can select

 

programs to watch and record.

 

 

Channel

Changes channel.

 

 

DVD menu

Opens the DVD’s own main menu

 

 

DVD subtitles

Turns the DVD’s subtitles on and off.

 

 

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If your remote stops working, try the following:

Restart your computer.

Replace its batteries with new ones. For directions, see “Installing remote control batteries” on page 26.

Storing the remote control

Your remote control is designed so that you can store it upright, taking up less desk space.

Using the DVD-RW drive

Loading a disc

To load a disc:

Insert the disc partially into the disc slot. The drive pulls the disc in.

Important

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

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Ejecting an optical disc

To eject an optical disc:

Press the Eject key on the keyboard. - OR -

In Windows Explorer, right-click the optical drive icon, then click Eject.

- OR -

In your media playback software, click an equivalent “eject” command. For help, see the media playback software’s documentation or online help.

Playing discs

Playing a CD

Important

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

A standard compact disc (CD) can hold an entire album of digital songs and can be played on a CD player or your computer’s DVD-RW drive.

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

For more information about playing CDs, see your online User Guide.

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. DVDs can be played on a DVD player or your computer’s DVD-RW drive. For more information about playing DVDs, see your online User Guide.

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Creating discs

Recording to optical discs

You can use the disc burning program on your computer to copy tracks from a music CD to your hard drive, copy or create data discs, create music CDs, create video DVDs, and more. For more information about creating CDs and DVDs, see your online User Guide.

Creating audio and video files

You can create audio and music files, either from scratch or from music CDs. You can also create video files from home video. For more information, see your online User Guide.

Copying optical discs

You can copy optical discs to make backups of your data. For more information, see your online User Guide.

Using the memory card reader

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

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Memory card types

The memory card reader supports several memory card types:

xD-Picture Card™

Secure Digital™ (SD)

MultiMediaCard™ (MMC)

Memory Stick™ (MS) and MS Pro

Using a memory card

Caution

Before inserting a memory card into the slot, make sure that the slot is empty, or you could damage the card reader.

To insert and remove a memory card:

1Insert the memory card into the memory card slot.

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

3To remove a memory card, just pull it out of the slot.

Caution

Do not remove the memory card or turn off the computer while the memory card reader is writing files to or reading files from the card. You could lose data. Also, remove the memory card from the reader before you turn off the computer.

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Connecting peripheral devices

After your computer is set up and operating normally, connect and set up additional devices you want to use.

Connecting the TV tuner

The TV tuner is an optional accessory. You can connect the optional TV tuner to provide audio and video input and output to a television or video recording device.

 

 

 

S-VIDEO in

Composite video in

 

IR sensor

 

 

Left stereo in

 

 

Power on indicator

 

 

 

 

 

Right stereo in

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RF (antenna)

FM (antenna) mini USB (connect to

 

 

computer)

 

 

 

Component

Description

 

 

 

Power on indicator

Turns on when the mini USB port is receiving

 

power from the computer.

IR sensor

Receives signals from the Media Center remote

 

control. Do not block.

 

 

S-Video in jack

Connect an S-Video source to this jack to receive

 

an S-Video signal.

 

Composite video in

Connect a composite video source to this RCA jack

jack (A/V IN)

to receive a composite video signal.

 

 

Left/Right stereo in

Connect left and right stereo cables to these RCA

jacks (A/V IN)

jacks to receive two-channel stereo from your

 

video source.

 

 

 

 

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