Gateway TM 5150 User Manual

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Contents

 

Chapter 1: Checking Out Your Notebook ...............................

1

Keyboard and LCD Panel .......................................................................

2

System Status Indicators (LEDs)............................................................

4

Back .........................................................................................................

5

Right Side ................................................................................................

6

Left Side...................................................................................................

6

Bottom .....................................................................................................

8

Chapter 2: Getting Started ......................................................

9

Installing the battery pack .....................................................................

10

Connecting the AC power.....................................................................

12

Starting up your notebook.....................................................................

14

Chapter 3: Using Your Notebook ..........................................

15

Using the keyboard................................................................................

16

Function keys..................................................................................

17

Special keys ....................................................................................

19

Pad lock keys..................................................................................

19

Using the video system .........................................................................

20

Setting up the composite video out port .......................................

20

Setting up an external computer monitor ......................................

21

Using the EZ Pad Plus Touchpad .........................................................

23

Mouse and TouchPad action equivalents......................................

24

Mouse wheel and rocker switch equivalents.................................

25

Changing touchpad properties .......................................................

25

Using an external mouse or keyboard ...........................................

26

Using the audio......................................................................................

27

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

27

Making an Audio Recording .........................................................

28

Using disc media ...................................................................................

30

Playing an audio disc......................................................................

31

Swapping drive modules.......................................................................

32

Using the diskette disk drive externally.........................................

34

Swapping hard disk drives ....................................................................

35

Using PC Cards .....................................................................................

38

Using the IR port ...................................................................................

40

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Using the USB ports .............................................................................

41

Using McAfee VirusScan.....................................................................

42

Updating McAfee VirusScan........................................................

43

Chapter 4: Managing Power Use ..........................................

45

Using the battery ...................................................................................

46

Charging the battery pack..............................................................

46

Swapping the battery pack.............................................................

47

Monitoring the battery status.........................................................

49

Managing power ...................................................................................

51

Windows 98 ...................................................................................

51

Windows 95 and Windows NT ....................................................

55

Modifying the power button mode................................................

56

Maximizing the battery life ...........................................................

56

Appendix A: Using the BIOS Setup Program .......................

57

Introduction...........................................................................................

58

Using the BIOS Setup Utility........................................................

58

Using the Power menu...................................................................

61

Appendix B: Solo Notebook Accessories ..............................

63

Accessories ...........................................................................................

64

Appendix C: Contacting Gateway .........................................

67

Contacting Gateway..............................................................................

68

Calling Gateway ............................................................................

68

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

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Checking Out

Your Notebook

Keyboard and LCD Panel .......................................

2

System Status Indicators (LEDs)............................

4

Back..........................................................................

5

Right Side.................................................................

6

Left Side...................................................................

6

Bottom......................................................................

8

Keyboard and LCD Panel

G

F

A

B

C

D E

Component

Icon Description

 

 

A. System status

LED lights that indicate the status of various

indicators

system functions. See “System Status Indi-

(LEDs)

cators (LEDs)” on Page 4.

 

 

B. EZ Pad™ Plus

Controls the cursor movement on the screen.

pointing device

 

with scroll switch

 

 

 

C. Mouse buttons

Use the left mouse button for left-click func-

and rocker

tionality. Use the right mouse button for right-

switch for

click functionality. The rocker switch provides

scrolling

scrolling capability in software applications

capability

that support it.

 

 

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Component

Icon Description

 

 

 

 

D. Modular option

 

 

Accepts the following devices: CD-ROM

bay

 

 

drive, DVD drive, diskette drive, or LS-120

 

 

 

drive. The devices shipped with your system

 

 

 

depend on your customized order.

 

 

 

 

E. Built-in speakers

 

 

Provides high-quality stereo sound

 

 

 

reproduction for software and audio CDs.

 

 

 

 

F. Power button

 

 

Press to turn power ON or OFF. Can also be

 

 

 

 

 

configured to Suspend/Resume mode.

 

 

 

 

G. Color Liquid

 

 

Backlit anti-glare screen.

Crystal Display

 

 

 

(LCD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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System Status Indicators (LEDs)

A B C D E F G

Indicator

Description

 

 

A. Power indicator

Indicates that the system is on.

 

Green means the central processing unit on the

 

system board (CPU) is being used.

 

Flashing green means the system is in suspend

 

mode.

 

Yellow mean the CPU utilization is low.

 

Red means a problem with the CPU. A red LED is

 

highly unusual. If it remains red after restarting the

 

system, contact technical support.

 

 

B. Hard drive

Indicates that the hard drive is in use.

 

 

C. Modular option bay

Indicates that the device installed in the modular

access indicator

option bay is in use.

 

 

D. Caps lock

Indicates that the caps lock is on. When the caps

 

lock light is on, you type in all capital letters.

 

 

E. Pad lock

Indicates that the pad lock is on. See “Pad lock

 

keys” on Page 19.

 

 

F. Scroll lock

Indicates that the scroll lock is on.

 

 

G. Battery charge

This indicator has four modes of indication:

indicator

Green means the battery is fully charged.

 

Yellow indicates the battery is charging.

 

Red indicates a battery charging problem.

 

No LED means the AC adapter is not connected.

 

 

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Back

A B C D E F

Port

Icon Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

A. Power connector

 

 

 

 

Connect the AC power adapter to this port.

 

 

 

 

 

 

B. Parallel port

 

 

 

 

Connect a parallel port device such as a

(LPT1)

 

 

 

 

printer to this port.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C. Docking port

 

 

 

 

Connect a docking station to this port.

 

 

 

 

 

 

D. Serial port

 

 

 

 

Connect a serial device to this port.

 

 

 

 

 

 

E. VGA port

 

 

 

 

Connect a VGA monitor cable to this port.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F. Composite

 

 

 

 

Connect a cable from this port to a Video In

video out

 

 

 

 

connector on an external video device such

 

 

 

 

 

as a TV or VCR to display the notebook

 

 

 

 

 

screen on the external video device.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Right Side

A B C

Component

Icon Description

 

 

A. Fast IR (Infra-

Supports an optional external infrared device

red) port

such as a printer.

 

 

B. Reset switch

Restarts the notebook if necessary. Insert a

 

paper clip to press switch.

 

 

C. PS/2 port

Connect a keyboard, mouse, numeric key-

 

pad, or other external device to this port.

 

 

Left Side

A B C D E F G H I

Component

Icon Description

 

 

A. USB (Universal

Plug USB supported devices into these

Serial Bus) ports

ports.

 

 

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Component

Icon Description

 

 

 

 

 

B. PC Card slots

 

 

 

Accepts two Type I or Type II PC Cards or

 

 

 

 

one Type III PC Card. Install Type III PC Card

 

 

 

 

in the bottom slot. Install one Zoomed Video

 

 

 

 

card in either slot.

 

 

 

 

 

C. PC Card eject

 

 

 

Push in to eject the PC Card. If the button is

buttons

 

 

 

in the stored position, fold it out and press to

 

 

 

 

 

 

eject the PC Card.

 

 

 

 

 

D. Kensington lock

 

 

 

Attach Kensington lock into this slot.

slot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E. Mic in

 

 

 

Connect an external microphone to this port

 

 

 

 

to record audio. (1/8-inch/3.5 mm jack.)

 

 

 

 

 

F. Line in

 

 

 

Connect an external audio input source

 

 

 

 

(computer, stereo, VCR, etc.) to this port to

 

 

 

 

record or play audio through the notebook

 

 

 

 

speakers (1/8-inch/3.5 mm jack.)

 

 

 

 

 

G. Line out

 

 

 

Connect amplified speakers to this port to

 

 

 

 

play audio from the notebook (1/8-inch/3.5

 

 

 

 

mm jack.)

 

 

 

 

 

H. Speaker out/

 

 

 

Connect external speakers or headphones to

Headphone jack

 

 

 

this port. Supports small unamplified speak-

 

 

 

 

ers. (1/8-inch/3.5 mm jack.)

 

 

 

 

 

I. Volume wheel

 

 

 

Adjust built-in speaker volume, external

 

 

 

 

speaker, and headphone volume. Other port

 

 

 

 

volume levels are controlled by multimedia

 

 

 

 

software.

 

 

 

 

 

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Bottom

A

B C D E

Component

Icon Description

 

 

A. Battery release

Slide the latch to release the battery pack

latch

from the battery pack bay.

 

 

B. Battery pack bay

Slide a battery pack into bay for battery

 

power and battery charging.

 

 

C. Modular option

Slide the latch to release the modular option

bay release

device so it can be swapped.

latch

 

 

 

D. Memory bay

Open the memory bay cover to install/

 

remove SO-DIMM memory modules.

 

 

E. Hard drive bay

Contains the hard drive assembly.

 

 

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Getting

Started

Installing the battery pack .....................................

10

Connecting the AC power.....................................

12

Starting up your notebook.....................................

14

Note:

Battery life varies depending on configuration, power management settings, and features used.

Installing the battery pack

Your notebook is powered by a long-lasting battery, shipped to you partially charged. When you first get started, you may want to use the AC adapter to fully charge the battery and provide a constant supply of power while you are checking out some of the notebook features.

If your battery is not installed, you need to install the battery pack and charge it. You can charge the battery:

When you are using your notebook with the AC adapter

When the system is attached to AC power and in standby or suspend mode

When the system is attached to AC power and the system is turned off

The notebook can run on a fully charged battery for approximately 3.5 hours. Use the battery gauge icon in the taskbar to track the available battery power. See “Monitoring the battery status” on Page 49 to learn more about tracking battery status.

Battery life is affected by how much you use the system components such as the hard drive, CD-ROM drive, and LCD display, in addition to other components such as PC Cards. Other factors such as the power management settings also affect battery life. See Chapter 4, “Managing Power Use” for more information about power management and monitoring the battery status.

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To install the battery pack

1.Turn the notebook over.

2.Place the battery pack into the battery bay, pushing downward until it snaps into place.

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Caution!

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

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 personal injury or death. Contact Gateway about returning defective AC adapters.

Connecting the AC power

Your AC adapter comes in two parts: the power cord and the AC power adapter.

To connect the AC adapter

1. Connect the power cord to the AC power adapter.

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2.Plug the AC power adapter into the notebook power connector on the left side at the back of the notebook.

3. Plug the power cord into an electrical outlet.

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Starting up your notebook

Once the battery is installed and the AC power adapter is plugged in, you are ready to start up your notebook.

To start up your notebook

1.Press in on the LCD panel latch to release and open the LCD panel.

2.Tilt the LCD panel to adjust for the proper viewing angle.

3.Press the power button.

A

The power button is preset to On/Off mode. You can set it to function either in On/Off or Standby/Resume mode using the BIOS setup program. See “Modifying the power button mode” on Page 56 for more information about changing power button modes.

4.Press FN+− or FN+↓ to change display brightness. Press the arrow key repeatedly to get the desired brightness.

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Using Your

 

Notebook

 

Using the keyboard................................................

16

Using the video system..........................................

20

Using the EZ Pad Plus Touchpad .........................

23

Using the audio ......................................................

27

Using disc media ...................................................

30

Swapping drive modules.......................................

32

Swapping hard disk drives ....................................

35

Using PC Cards .....................................................

38

Using the IR port....................................................

40

Using the USB ports..............................................

41

Using McAfee VirusScan .....................................

42

Using the keyboard

Your notebook features a full-size keyboard that has the full functionality of a desktop computer keyboard. Many of the keys have been assigned alternate functions, including shortcut keys for Windows 98, function keys for system operations, and pad lock keys for the numeric keypad.

A

D

C

B

Key

Action

 

 

A. Fn (function)

Press FN key plus one of the Fn Combination keys

Combination

(blue) to perform a function. For example, FN+F2

keys

shows the Pop-up status display.

 

 

B. Fn (function)

Press FN key plus another Fn Combination key (such

keys

as F2, F3, F4, etc.) to perform a specific function.

 

 

C. Windows logo

Press to activate the Windows Start button menu.

key

 

 

 

D. Numeric keypad

Press FN+F9 to activate the numeric keypad.

 

 

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Function keys

Press the FN key together with one of the following keys (with blue letters) to get these “on-the-fly” functions:

Key Description

Combination

+

Displays the power status display for the Pop-up Status Display program in the upper left corner of the desktop. Press the key combination again to make the display disappear. See “Pop-up status display” on Page 49.

Toggles between the LCD display, external monitor, both displays at the same time, or TV display (NTSC or PAL format) as the active display. See “Using the video system” on Page 20.

Places the system in Standby mode. See “Using Suspend mode in Windows 95 and Windows NT” on Page 55 for more information about the Standby mode.

Enables the Pad Lock function so you can use the numeric keypad.

The Pad Lock LED stays lit while this function is enabled. Press the key combination again to disable Pad Lock.

In some programs you can scroll through large volumes of text.

The Scroll Lock LED stays lit as long as this function is enabled.

In some programs this key combination pauses the display when text is scrolling very quickly. Press any key to continue the text flow.

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Key Description

Combination

+

In some programs this key combination pauses scrolling text in a DOS screen.

Prints the screen if a printer is connected to your notebook (DOS only). In Windows, this key combination puts the screen content into the clipboard. You can then paste it into a program such as Paint to display or print it.

SysRq (System Request) is reserved for certain applications such as in some DOS programs.

Increases LCD brightness.

Decreases LCD brightness.

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FN+F9

Special keys

The following keys help you use shortcuts when working with some software:

Key

Description

 

 

 

Use this key to display the Windows Start menu.

Use this key to provide quick access to application shortcut menus and help assistants in Windows.

Pad lock keys

Press FN+F9 (PAD LOCK) keys to activate the keypad. The keypad section of the keyboard will function like a numeric keypad. Press to put the keyboard back into standard mode.

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Note:

TV screen display resolution will not be as clear as an external monitor because of the TV screen display limitations.

Using the video system

Your notebook features a built-in, backlit, color liquid crystal display (LCD). The LCD uses a thin-film transistor (TFT) technology that provides sharp resolution and brilliant colors. See the table below for the resolution your configuration provides:

Setting

14.1 TFT

 

 

Maximum resolution setting

1024 x 768

(pixel column x pixel row)

 

 

 

Maximum color depth setting

24-bit

 

 

In addition to using your LCD panel for display, you can also attach an external monitor for presentations and other multimedia purposes. See the next sections to learn about setting up external displays.

Setting up the composite video out port

The composite video out port lets you view your notebook's display on a TV screen or record to a VCR. This option is typically used with largescreen TVs to give presentations and for other multimedia needs.

To setup and connect the computer to a TV or VCR

1.Click Start, Settings, then Control Panel. Double-click the Display icon and click the Settings tab in the Display Properties window.

2.Change the desktop area (display resolution) by sliding the Desktop area slider to adjust pixel resolution to 640 x 480.

3.Change the font size to Large Font.

4.Click Apply, then OK. Windows changes the display settings.

5.Next, connect one end of a video cable to the composite video (TV) out port on the left side of the notebook and the other end to the video in connector on the television or VCR.

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6.Press FN+F3 to change the active display to LCD display, external monitor, or both displays at the same time as the active display.

Setting up an external computer monitor

You can connect an external computer monitor to your notebook through the VGA port on the back of your notebook. If you are using an optional docking station, you can also connect an external computer monitor to the docking station VGA port.

To connect the computer to an external monitor

1.Connect one end of a VGA cable to the VGA port on the back of the notebook and the other end to the video connector on the monitor.

2.Press FN+F3 to change the active display from LCD only, to LCD and monitor, or monitor only. Continue changing the display options until you get the desired display.

Depending upon the external monitor you are using, you may have to lower the video resolution to 640 x 480. Refer to your monitor manual for its display resolution capabilities.

To change the display resolution for an external monitor

1.Right-click the Monitor icon in the taskbar tray (right bottom corner).

2.Select the desired resolution. The screen resolution changes.

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If the Monitor icon does not appear on the taskbar and you want to have it appear there, follow these steps:

1.Right-click on the desktop, and select Properties from the menu. The Display Properties dialog box opens.

2.Click the Settings tab.

3.Click Show settings icon on taskbar.

The Monitor icon appears in the status area of the taskbar.

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