Nec S5600 series user Manual

NEC VERSA S5600

Series

Electronic User’s Guide

Table of Contents

Page

Notebook Care

5

Introducing Your NEC VERSA

7

Introducing BIOS Setup for Windows Vista®

23

Introducing BIOS Setup for Windows® XP

24

Windows Vista® Operating System Introduction (Only applicable to

25

Windows Vista®)

 

Windows® XP Operating System Introduction (Only applicable to Windows®

32

XP)

 

Notebook Components

45

Applications

46

Using Your NEC VERSA

59

Preparing for Travel

69

Using Peripheral Devices

71

Setting Up a Healthy Work Environment

75

Problem Checklist

81

Recovery Information for Windows Vista® only

83

Recovery Information for Windows® XP only

88

Frequently Asked Questions

91

Safety Notices

98

Glossary

105

License Agreement

106

Copyright

108

Trademarks

109

Official Name of the Software Used

110

2

About Your Electronic User’s Guide

The illustrations, colours and pictures shown are for descriptive purposes. They may vary slightly from country to country and the unit you purchase. Please refer to the finished product for final configurations. Specifications and model names are subject to change without notice.

Note

You may find that your notebook is not supplied with devices/accessories that can be used with your available slots/connections/ports. This is because the notebook you have purchased has been fitted with a wide range of slots/connections/ports, to allow you greater flexibility and options should you decide later on to use external or optional devices/accessories.

Text Setup

To make this document as easy to use as possible, additional texts will appear throughout. The following details the layout and meaning of these additional texts.

Note

Notes give particularly important information about an item being described.

CAUTION

Cautions indicate situations that can damage the notebook hardware or software.

WARNING

Warnings alert you to situations that could result in serious personal injury or even loss of life.

**For specific models only

Items marked with an asterisk (*) denotes optional items only supplied for specific models. If the items are not found in the packaging box, it means that they are not applicable to the notebook you have just purchased, hence they are not included for you in the notebook.

Electronic User’s Guide

This Electronic User’s Guide aims to help you familiarise yourself with your new notebook. It contains more information on your notebook, the devices and applications associated with it, setting up a healthy work environment, safety notices and Windows®.

Visit our website at www.nec-computers-ap.com regularly to download the most up-to-date Electronic User’s Guide and print it for your reference.

Note

We recommend that you print this documentation. It will then be easily accessible even when your notebook is shut down. To print the Electronic User’s Guide, click “File” on the top menubar, and then click “Print” from the dropdown menu. You must have a printer installed and connected to be able to print.

Print in small booklets using recycled paper. Make two-sided prints and copies using the “duplex” function, print multiple images/page per page, and print only the quantity you need at the time you need it. This gives you a handy way to store the booklet nearby and saves paper.

3

Basic Care and Handling Tips

Protect the notebook from extremely low or high temperatures. Let the notebook warm (or cool) to room temperature before using it.

Keep the notebook away from magnetised areas (some airline tray tables are magnetic; do not set your notebook on top of them). Doing so may damage the data on your hard drive.

Keep the notebook dry.

Do not wipe the notebook with a wet cloth or pour fluid onto it.

Protect the notebook from strong physical contact, such as being bumped or dropped.

Check the notebook for condensation.

If condensation is present, allow it to evaporate before switching on the notebook.

Keep the notebook away from dust, sand and dirt.

Note

For information on the specifications of your notebook, please refer to the System Configuration Label on the packaging box that comes with your system.

CAUTION

Before you connect or disconnect the power cords at the AC port of your notebook, please ensure that the power plug is disconnected from the AC power outlet.

WARNING

Do not place this notebook on your lap and/or allow it to be in contact with any part of your body while operating.

4

Notebook Care

Follow these guidelines to maintain the condition and performance of your notebook.

CAUTION

Immediately turn off and unplug the notebook under the following conditions:

The power cord has been damaged or frayed.

Liquid has spilled on or into the notebook.

The notebook has been dropped or its casing has been damaged.

Precautions for Notebook Use

Take these precautions when using your notebook and AC adaptor:

Be aware that your notebook may radiate heat when used for an extended period of time.

Avoid dropping or bumping the notebook, or the AC adaptor.

Do not stack heavy objects on the notebook, the AC adaptor, or the battery packs.

Do not place items near the notebook that could block its air vents and cause overheating.

Avoid moving the notebook during operation, especially while the hard disk, floppy disk, or optical disc drive is being accessed.

When using the AC adaptor, make sure the power source falls within the notebook's compatibility range. Never use the AC adaptor if the voltage falls outside this range. Watch for this when travelling to other countries.

Shut down the notebook before attaching or removing non-plug-and-play devices.

Disconnect the notebook from its AC power outlet if it is not going to be used for a long time. This will avoid damage from transient over-voltage.

Do not attempt to disassemble the notebook.

Do not push any foreign objects into the notebook bays, connectors or slots.

Keep the notebook away from magnetised areas (some airline tray tables are magnetic; do not set your notebook on top of them). Doing so may damage the data on your hard drive.

Avoid using the notebook or AC adaptor for extended periods under direct sunlight.

Do not use the notebook in humid or dusty environments.

Keep liquids and food away from the notebook.

Turn notebook power off before cleaning it.

Avoid exposing the notebook or AC adaptor to extreme changes in temperature or humidity. If it is unavoidable, allow your notebook to adjust to room temperature before use.

When cleaning the notebook, use a soft, clean, dry cloth. Avoid wiping the display surface with abrasive material, including rough fabric. Do not use a cleaning solution; this may damage the notebook's plastic surface.

If the AC adaptor becomes extremely hot, unplug the adaptor and let it cool.

Be sure to follow these power cord safety tips:

Unplug by gripping the plug only; do not pull on the cable.

Place the power cord such that it cannot be tripped or stepped on, and do not place items directly on the power cord.

Use an AC power outlet that is as close as possible to the notebook.

5

Storage Requirements

Store the notebook and AC adaptor in an environment that meets the following conditions:

Should the temperature of the notebook suddenly rise or fall (for example, when you move the notebook from a cold place to a warm place), vapour may condense inside the notebook. Turning on the notebook under such conditions can damage the internal notebook components.

Before turning on the notebook, wait until the notebook's internal temperature stabilises with the new environment and any internal moisture has evaporated.

Operate and store your notebook within the recommended temperatures and humidity levels.

For more information, please refer to: Safety Notices → Product Storage

Page

Environment Guidelines.

104

 

 

 

 

Keep the storage area free from vibration and magnetic fields.

Keep the notebook and its components away from organic solvents or corrosive gases.

Avoid leaving the notebook and its components under direct sunlight or near heat sources.

Routine Cleaning

CAUTION

Never use harsh solutions, household cleaners, or spray cleaners that contain caustic materials on the notebook. These cleaners are usually high in alkalinity, making them very corrosive. Using these cleaners can cause the notebook’s plastic surface to crack or discolour.

Clean or dust your notebook as follows:

LCD screen - carefully wipe the LCD screen with a soft cloth or special screen wipes designed for cleaning LCD screens. Special screen wipes are available from your local notebook dealer.

Notebook case - we recommend that you carefully wipe the case with a slightly damp, soft cloth.

6

Introducing Your NEC VERSA

Getting to Know Your Notebook

WARNING

Prolonged or improper use of a computer workstation may pose a risk of serious injury. To reduce your risk of injury, set up and use your notebook in the manner described in the section on “Setting Up a Healthy Work Environment”.

To get started, do the following:

Read the section on “Setting Up a Healthy Work Environment” for guidelines that help you use your notebook productively and safely. Information includes setting up and using your notebook while reducing your risk of developing nerve, muscle, or tendon disorders.

For more information, please refer to: Setting Up a Healthy Work

Page

Environment.

75

 

 

 

 

Read through this Electronic User’s Guide to familiarise yourself with the notebook.

NEC VERSA

The notebook offers you a portable system filled with exciting resources for home, business or travel.

To settle in comfortably with your notebook, read the following sections and take a tour around your notebook!

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The Front View of the Notebook

 

Item

Description

 

 

 

 

A

Integrated Camera

For video conferencing or taking pictures.

 

(For specific models

The CyberLink YouCam webcam application can be launched by

 

only)

double-clicking its icon

from the Windows® desktop.

 

 

B

Array Mic

For voice conferencing and voice recording.

 

 

 

C

LCD Panel

The notebook comes with a high resolution colour LCD display.

 

 

 

D

Speakers

Provides sound for your multimedia presentations or listening

 

 

pleasure.

 

 

 

 

E

Keyboard

Standard Qwerty - key layout (models purchased may be

 

 

shipped with country specific keyboard layouts).

 

 

 

F

Touchpad

Works like a standard computer mouse. Simply move your

 

 

fingertip over the touchpad to control the position of the

 

 

cursor.

 

 

 

 

 

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Item

 

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G

LEDs

 

A panel of several LEDs which indicate various system conditions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information, please refer to: Introducing Your

 

 

Page

 

 

 

 

 

NEC VERSA → LED Behaviour.

 

 

14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

H

ECO Button

 

Press the button to change the notebook into power saving mode.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I

YouCam

 

Press the button to launch the Cyberlink YouCam application.

 

 

 

Launch

 

The Cyberlink Youcam allows the end user to incorporate dynamic effects

 

 

Button

 

to live-instant message conversations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

J

WIFI/

 

Press to enable/disable WIFI/ Bluetooth® wireless technology.

 

 

 

Bluetooth®

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wireless

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

technology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Button

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

K

LEDs

 

A panel of several LEDs which indicate various system conditions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information, please refer to: Introducing Your

 

 

Page

 

 

 

 

 

NEC VERSA → LED Behaviour.

 

 

14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L

Power

 

Press the button to power on / off the system.

 

 

 

Button with

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item

Description

 

 

 

M

Array Mic

For voice conferencing and voice recording.

 

 

 

N

Microphone In Jack

Allows you to connect an external microphone.

 

 

 

O

Headphones Out

Lets you plug in headphones or external speakers.

 

Jack

 

 

 

 

9

The Back View of the Notebook

 

Item

Description

 

 

 

A

Battery Bay

Equipped with a rechargeable battery.

 

 

 

The Left Side View of the Notebook

 

Item

Description

 

 

 

A

Security Cable Slot

Allows you to attach an anti-theft device to your notebook.

 

 

 

B

VGA Port

Use this 15-pin port to attach an external monitor to your

 

 

notebook.

 

 

 

C

LAN Port

This port can be used to connect your computer to a network.

 

 

 

D

USB Port

Each Universal Serial Bus (USB) port allows you to connect

 

 

USB-equipped peripheral devices (such as printers, monitors,

 

 

scanners) to your notebook.

 

 

 

E

Optical Drive

This slot houses an optical drive. The optical drive that

 

 

comes with your system depends on the notebook

 

 

configurations you purchase.

 

 

 

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The Right Side View of the Notebook

 

Item

Description

 

 

 

A

Memory Card

This port allows you to access five different types of

 

Reader

memory card. (For SD, SDHC, MS, MS Pro, MMC)

 

 

 

B

ExpressCardSlot

Allows you to insert an ExpressCard™.

 

 

 

C

USB Port

Each Universal Serial Bus (USB) port allows you to connect

 

 

USB-equipped peripheral devices (such as printers, monitors,

 

 

scanners) to your notebook.

 

 

 

D

Modem Port

Use this port to connect the system to an analog telephone line

 

(For specific models

for access to the internet.

 

only)

 

 

 

 

E

USB Port

Each Universal Serial Bus (USB) port allows you to connect

 

 

USB-equipped peripheral devices (such as printers, monitors,

 

 

scanners) to your notebook.

 

 

 

F

High-Definition

The High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is designed

 

Multimedia

for transmitting digital television audiovisual signals from DVD

 

Interface

players, set-top boxes and other audiovisual sources to

 

 

television sets, projectors and other video displays.

 

 

HDMI can carry high quality multi-channel audio data and all

 

 

standard and high-definition consumer electronics video

 

 

formats. Content protection technology is available.

 

 

 

G

Ventilator

Allows your system to cool properly and maintain a safe

 

 

operating environment.

 

 

WARNING

 

 

Do not block the ventilator while the notebook is in use.

 

 

 

H

AC Power Port

Lets you attach notebook to the AC Power source using the AC

 

 

adapter that comes with your system. Keep the system

 

 

connected to AC power whenever possible.

 

 

 

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The Bottom View of the Notebook

Item

ABattery Release Latch

BBattery Security Lock

CBattery Bay

Description

 

Releases the battery from the battery bay.

 

For more information, please refer to: Introducing

Page

Your NEC VERSA → Replacing the Battery.

20

 

 

 

 

Secures the battery inside the battery bay.

 

For more information, please refer to: Introducing

Page

Your NEC VERSA → Replacing the Battery.

20

Equipped with a rechargeable Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery.

12

Keyboard

The keyboard is equipped with many features. However the outlook of the keyboard may be slightly different from your actual unit. These include:

Function Keys (A) - function keys are available on the notebook keyboard. These keys work together with the Fn key to activate special functions. Function keys are applicationdriven. For more information, please refer to the note on “Function Keys”.

Numeric Keypad (B) - pressing Fn+Num Lock on the keyboard activates the numeric keypad numbers and functions printed in blue at the bottom right corner of the keys. The keypad lets you type numbers and mathematical operators (+, -) as you would on a calculator. The keypad is ideal for entering long lists of numbers. When you press Fn+Num Lock again, the keys revert to their normal functions as typewriter keys.

Control keys (C) - Ctrl, Alt, Fn and Shift are controls used in conjunction with other keys to change their functions. To use control keys, press and hold down the control key while pressing another key. For example, "Press Ctrl+c" means to hold down the Ctrl key and press the c key. Key combinations are specific to the application you are running.

Windows® keys (D) - use the following two keys to facilitate your work.

Shortcut/Application key - provides quick access to shortcut menus. (This key acts like a mouse’s right-click button.)

Floating Windows® key - displays the Start menu. (The outlook of the Floating Windows® key depends on the notebook you purchase.)

Cursor Control keys (E) - cursor control keys let you position the cursor on the screen. On the screen, the cursor is a blinking underline, block, or vertical bar depending on the application. The cursor indicates where the next typed character/text will be inserted.

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LED Behaviour

 

Item

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Num Lock

Yellow

When Num Lock is activated.

 

LED Indicator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caps Lock

Yellow

When Caps Lock is activated.

 

LED

 

 

 

 

 

Indicator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scroll Lock

Yellow

When Scroll Lock is activated.

 

LED Indicator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power Button

Blue

When system is Powered On.

 

LED Indicator

 

 

 

 

 

Blinks Blue

When system is in Standby mode.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power Status

Green

When system is Powered On.

 

LED Indicator

 

 

 

 

 

Blinks

When system is in Standby mode.

 

 

Green

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Battery

Off

The battery is not charging.

 

Charge

 

 

 

 

 

Green

The battery is charging.

 

LED Indicator

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red

Battery capacity (low).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAUTION

 

 

 

 

Before you connect or disconnect the power cable at

 

 

 

 

the AC port of your notebook, please ensure that the

 

 

 

 

power plug is disconnected from the wall outlet .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note

 

 

 

 

 

Connect the AC adaptor cable into the power port on

 

 

 

 

the notebook when the battery is in warning or low

 

 

 

 

status.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WIFI/

Green

WIFI is enabled.

 

Bluetooth®

 

 

 

 

 

Blue

Bluetooth® wireless technology is enabled.

 

wireless

 

 

 

 

 

 

technology

 

 

 

 

 

LED Indicator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IDE Access

Blinks Red

When the notebook accesses the hard disk drive or

 

LED Indicator

 

 

optical disk drive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Function Keys

Function keys are available on the notebook keyboard. These keys work together with Fn key to activate special functions.

Function keys are application-driven.

The following function key combinations are pre-programmed for the notebook.

Function Key

Description

 

 

Fn + F2

Display toggle.

 

 

Fn + F3

Enables / Disables the touchpad.

 

 

Fn + F4

Brightness down.

 

 

Fn + F5

Brightness up.

 

 

Fn + F7

Volume down.

 

 

Fn + F8

Volume up.

 

 

Fn + F9

Sound mute.

 

 

Fn + F12

Sleep.

 

 

Power Button

Use the Power button in the following ways:

Press the Power button to power on.

Press the Power button to move from Standby mode and to proceed with normal operations.

Press and hold the Power button in place for 4 or more seconds to initiate power override (powers off the notebook). Only use this option if you cannot power off your notebook using the normal procedure.

Put the unit in Standby mode when you need to be away from your notebook for a short period of time and want to return to where you left off. Standby mode shuts down all devices in the notebook while retaining data and notebook status.

For more information, please refer to: Windows Vista® Operating System

Page

Introduction → Managing System Power.

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Optional Accessories

For more information on accessories, please refer to or contact to the local sales representative near you.

15

Using the Touchpad

The touchpad is an easy way to control the cursor with your finger. Lightly glide your finger across the touchpad and the cursor will replicate your movement on the screen.

To use the touchpad, you can:

Single tap the touchpad, or single click on the left button, equivalent to a single click of the primary mouse button.

Double tap the touchpad, or double click on the left button, equivalent to a double click of the primary mouse button.

Click the left button and hold, then drag your finger across the touchpad, equivalent to a click and drag of the primary mouse button.

 

Item

Description

 

 

 

A

Touchpad

This device replaces the mouse and is for positioning the cursor

 

 

on a notebook display screen.

 

 

 

B

Left Button

This is the primary button. Clicking it usually selects the item

 

 

your cursor is pointing at.

 

 

 

C

Right Button

Clicking this button usually opens a menu of options available for

 

 

the item currently selected.

 

 

 

If you find the double tap difficult to use, go to the next section for general directions about adjusting the touchpad properties.

Note

If you install another mouse driver over the shipping default, the double-tap capability may be lost.

Touchpad Tips

Follow these basic ergonomic tips while working:

Use a light touch on the touchpad surface.

Set up the notebook with your keyboard and touchpad at a comfortable height. Keep your forearms parallel to the floor. Your wrists should be relaxed and straight.

While using the keyboard and touchpad, keep your shoulders and arms as relaxed as possible.

Take regular breaks from the notebook to rest your eyes. Perform stretching exercises to relax your fingers, hands, wrists, forearms and shoulders.

16

Power Sources

The notebook can be powered using two different sources, making it a truly portable system. Operate your notebook just about anywhere using one of the following power sources:

The AC adaptor connected to an AC power outlet (usually on a wall).

The battery pack.

 

For more information, please refer to: Introducing Your NEC VERSA → Using

Page

 

the Battery.

18

Read the following sections for specific information about using the power sources.

 

AC Adaptor

Use the AC adaptor and power cable that come with your notebook to run your notebook on AC power, or to recharge the battery pack. Use the AC adaptor whenever an AC power outlet is nearby.

Keep the adaptor connected whenever possible. The AC adaptor charges the battery when it is connected, whether the notebook is powered on or off.

Note

The power cable may vary from country to country.

Note

Consult your dealer or the local electrical authorities if you are unsure of the type of power cord to use in your country. Failure to use the correct power cord/cable may result in electrical shock.

WARNING

Do not attempt to disassemble the AC adaptor. The AC adaptor has no userreplaceable or serviceable parts inside. Dangerous voltage in the AC adaptor can cause serious personal injury or death. The AC adaptor is intended for use with a notebook and must meet EN609050 standards.

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Connecting the AC Adaptor

Connect the AC adaptor as follows:

1.Connect the AC adaptor cable into the power port on the notebook.

2.Plug one AC adaptor cable into the adaptor.

3.Connect the AC adaptor cable to grounded 100or 240-volt, 50or 60-Hz AC power outlet.

CAUTION

Do not cover or place objects on the AC adaptor. Keeping the adaptor clear of objects lets the adaptor cool properly during use.

Only use the AC adaptor that comes with your notebook. Although other adaptors look similar, using them can damage your notebook.

Powering The Notebook On and Off

To power on, locate the power button (or switch) and press or switch it on.

CAUTION

This equipment uses an ungrounded power cable. Replace the cord if it becomes damaged. The cord must be rated for at least 250VAC at 10 amps, and must indicate international safety agency approval. The plug must be a type appropriate for the country where it is used. Check with your local dealer for HAR (Harmonisation certification mark) type 18 AWG (American Wire Gauge), 2 conductor cord, or better. Obtain replacement cords at an authorised service centre. The replacement must be of the same type and voltage rating as of the original cord.

Using the Battery

Note

Although the battery is fully charged at the factory, transit and shelf time may reduce the initial battery charge. We recommend that the first time you use your notebook, you connect it to AC power using the AC adaptor. This also recharges your battery.

When the battery capacity is low, always respond by immediately saving your data, and connecting your notebook to the AC adaptor. If an AC adaptor is not available, change the battery using the battery replacement procedure.

For more information, please refer to: Introducing Your NEC VERSA → Replacing

Page

the Battery.

20

 

 

 

 

If you do not take any action, the notebook will automatically go into Hibernation (Save To File) mode.

18

WARNING

To prevent accidental battery ignition or explosion, adhere to the following:

Keep the battery away from extreme heat.

Keep metal objects away from the battery terminals to prevent a short circuit.

Make sure the battery is properly installed in the battery bay.

Read the precautions printed on the battery (if any).

Remember to unplug the AC adaptor cable from the power port on the notebook and from the grounded AC power outlet after your notebook is fully charged, when your notebook is not in use or when you know that your notebook will be unattended for long hours.

Do not disassemble the battery.

Charging the Battery

Charge time depends on whether or not you are using the notebook.

For maximum battery performance, fully discharge the battery before recharging it. To do so, unplug the AC adaptor, turn off power management features (through BIOS Setup and Windows® power management), and turn on the notebook. Once the battery is fully discharged, plug in the AC adaptor and recharge the battery.

Precautions for Recharging the Battery

Adhere to the following precautions when recharging the battery.

Use only the battery charger designed for your notebook battery type. Different NEC VERSA models require different batteries and battery chargers.

Charge the battery for the specified charge time only.

During charging, keep the environmental temperature between 5°C and 35°C.

Read the instructions that come with the battery charger before charging the battery.

Low Battery Power

When battery power gets low, connect your notebook to the AC adaptor.

If no AC adaptor is available, change the battery using the battery replacement procedure.

For more information, please refer to: Introducing Your NEC VERSA → Replacing

Page

the Battery.

20

 

 

Conserving Battery Power

 

The battery performance is affected by the following conditions:

 

When it is new and fully charged.

 

When no peripherals are connected to your notebook.

 

When you have no options installed.

 

While on the road, it is important to be aware of the simple things you can do to extend the life of the notebook's main battery. For instance, turning down the screen brightness (specific function key) extends battery life.

Power Management Features

Enabling power management features increases battery life.

The Hibernate power management state, also known as Save-To-File (STF), saves the notebook's current working environment to the notebook's hard drive, then powers down the notebook to conserve battery power. You can configure your power management settings to enter hibernation when your notebook reaches a critical low battery stage.

For more information, please refer to: Windows Vista® Operating System

Page

Introduction → Managing System Power.

29

 

 

 

 

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Battery Precautions

To prevent accidental battery ignition, rupture, or explosion, adhere to the following precautions.

WARNING

There is a danger of explosion if the battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer. Discard used batteries according to the manufacturer's instructions.

To avoid personal injury and property damage, read these battery precautions on handling, charging and disposing batteries:

Keep the battery away from heat sources including direct sunlight, open fires, microwave ovens and high-voltage containers. Temperatures over 60ºC may cause damage.

Do not drop or impact the battery.

Do not solder the battery.

Do not puncture the battery.

Do not use a battery that appears damaged or deformed, has any rust on its casing, is discoloured, overheats, or emits a foul odour.

Keep the battery dry and away from water.

Keep metal objects away from battery terminals. Metal objects in contact with the connectors can cause a short circuit and subsequently damage the battery.

If the battery leaks:

If the battery leaks onto skin or clothing, wash the area immediately with clean running water. Battery fluid can cause skin rashes and damage fabric.

If battery fluid gets into the eyes, DO NOT RUB. Rinse with clean water immediately and seek professional medical assistance.

Take extra precautions to keep a leaking battery away from fire. There is a danger of ignition or explosion.

Replacing the Battery

This section describes how to remove and replace the primary battery.

WARNING

To prevent accidental battery ignition or explosion, strictly adhere to the following:

Keep the battery away from extreme heat.

Keep metal objects away from the battery terminals to prevent a short circuit.

Make sure the battery is properly installed in the battery bay.

Read the precautions printed on the battery (if any).

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Nec S5600 series user Manual

Removing the Battery in your Notebook

CAUTION

Be sure to save your data before replacing the battery pack or connecting the AC adaptor. Failure to do so can result in data loss.

 

1

Save your files, exit Windows®, and turn

 

off system power.

 

 

 

 

 

Close the LCD panel and turn the

 

2

system over.

 

CAUTION

 

 

Be extra careful to avoid damage to

 

 

your notebook

 

3

Unlock the battery security lock.

 

 

 

 

4

Hold the latch to the "Unlock" position.

 

 

 

 

5

Slide the battery outwards to remove

 

the battery.

 

 

 

Note

Place your notebook in this position and follow the steps stated to remove the battery.

Installing the Battery in your Notebook

Insert the new battery as follows:

 

 

Turn the notebook over.

 

1

CAUTION

 

Be extra careful to avoid damage

 

 

to your notebook.

 

2

Make sure you unlock the battery

 

security lock.

 

 

 

 

3

Align the battery with the battery

 

bay slot and connector.

 

 

 

 

4

Place the battery into the battery

 

bay. Carefully press and secure

 

 

the battery into the battery bay.

 

 

 

 

5

Make sure you lock the battery

 

security lock.

 

 

 

Note

Place your notebook in this position and follow the steps stated to install the battery.

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Handling the Battery

Review the following before handling the notebook battery.

CAUTION

Only use the type of battery specifically designed for the notebook. Using other NEC VERSA batteries, other manufacturer's batteries, or using a combination of very old and new batteries can cause battery and equipment performance to deteriorate.

Turn off the notebook power after use.

Clean the battery connectors with a dry cloth if they get dirty.

When not in use, store the battery in a cool dry area.

The following symptoms indicate that battery life is nearing an end. Discard batteries that display these symptoms:

Shorter work times.

Discolouration, warping.

Hot to the touch.

Strange odour.

Disposing of the Battery

Before disposing of the battery, put adhesive tape on the connectors. Contact your local waste management officials for information regarding environmentally sound collection, recycling and disposal of batteries.

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Introducing BIOS Setup for Windows Vista®

A hardware program called BIOS Setup allows you to view and set system parameters. BIOS Setup also allows you to set password features that protect your notebook from unauthorised use.

Use BIOS Setup to:

Set the current time and date.

Customise your operating system to reflect your notebook hardware.

Secure your notebook with a password.

Balance your performance needs with power conservation.

Entering BIOS Setup

The BIOS Setup can be accessed during the startup or booting of your notebook. Just press <F2> when the following prompt appears.

“Press <F2> to run CMOS Setup or <F12> to Boot on Network”

When you press <F2> to enter BIOS Setup, the system interrupts the Power-On Self-Test (POST) and displays the current complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) RAM settings.

If the system detects an error during POST, it prompts you with a double beep and the message: "Press <F1> to resume." If you press <F2>, the system enters BIOS Setup automatically. If you want to fix the error, carefully read the error message that appears above the prompt (taking notes if you want), and press <F2>. You will see this message if your system’s CMOS battery (which provides power to maintain system configuration settings) has become fully discharged.

BIOS Setup Menus

The BIOS Setup features five menus, which are listed on the menu bar at the top of the screen.

Main - use this menu for basic system configuration.

Advanced - use this menu to control system ports and components.

Security - use this menu to establish system passwords and protect the boot sector of the hard disk drive against infection by certain virus types.

Boot - use this menu to set the boot sequence.

Exit - use this menu to exit BIOS Setup with various save or discard options.

Use the keys listed in the legend bar on the bottom of the Setup menu to make the selections or exit the current menu.

The exact menu may be different from the notebook you purchase depending on the mainboard type.

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Introducing BIOS Setup for Windows® XP

A hardware program called BIOS Setup allows you to view and set system parameters. BIOS Setup also allows you to set password features that protect your notebook from unauthorised use.

Use BIOS Setup to:

Set the current time and date.

Customise your operating system to reflect your notebook hardware.

Secure your notebook with a password.

Balance your performance needs with power conservation.

Entering BIOS Setup

The BIOS Setup can be accessed during the startup or booting of your notebook. Just press <F2> when the following prompt appears.

“Press <F2> to Enter BIOS Setup - <F8> to Display Boot Order”

When you press <F2> to enter BIOS Setup, the system interrupts the Power-On Self-Test (POST) and displays the current CMOS RAM settings.

If the system detects an error during POST, it prompts you with a double beep and a message: "Press <F1> to resume." If you press <F2>, the system enters BIOS Setup automatically. If you want to fix the error, carefully read the error message that appears above the prompt (taking notes if you want), and press F2. You will see this message if your CMOS battery has become fully discharged.

BIOS Setup Menus

The BIOS Setup features five menus, which are listed on the menu bar at the top of the screen.

Main - use this menu for basic system configuration.

Advanced - use this menu to control system ports and components.

Security - use this menu to establish system passwords and protect the boot sector of the hard disk drive against infection by certain virus types.

Exit - use this menu to exit BIOS Setup with various save or discard options.

Use the keys listed in the legend bar on the bottom of the Setup menu to make the selections or exit the current menu.

The exact menu may be different from the notebook you purchase depending on the mainboard type.

Updating the BIOS

Please note that these settings are rarely changed by the common user as factory settings are usually updated, and should only be accessed or changed by an experienced user.

The BIOS is the code transmitted onto your notebook's Flash ROM. As indicated in this chapter, you use the BIOS Setup utility to configure your notebook's software and hardware features. Only update your notebook’s BIOS using the update files specific to your notebook’s model.

CAUTION

You only need to update the BIOS if significant improvements or fixes have been made to the current system BIOS. Your authorised dealer or Support Services representative can help you determine this.

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Windows Vista® Operating System Introduction

*Only applicable to Windows Vista®

The operating system is the most important program that runs on a computer. Every computer must have an operating system to run other programs. Operating systems perform basic tasks, such as recognising input from the keyboard, sending output to the display screen, keeping track of files and directories on the disk, and controlling peripheral devices such as disk drives and printers.

Your notebook comes pre-installed with a version of the Windows® operating system.

Windows Vista® Operating Systems

The Windows Vista® operating systems provide a means of running applications, navigating through your file structure, and using your notebook. Each operating system offers its own look and tools through an easy-to-use graphical interface.

Windows Vista® Operating System Setup

For Windows Vista® Operating system setup

When you switch on the notebook, the message “©Microsoft Corporation” will be displayed. Please wait a while for the First page of set up Windows® screen to be displayed.

Note

The procedure described below applies to systems featuring LAN capabilities. Some of these screens may otherwise not appear.

1: Initial Windows® setup screen.

Choose your appropriate Country or Region, Time and Currency, and Keyboard Layout. Then click the Next button at the lower right corner.

2: The End User License Agreement screen.

Carefully read the license agreement and click in the relevant check box to accept its terms. Click the Next button.

3: Username and picture selection screen.

Enter a username and password (optional) and also choose a picture at the bottom of the screen to represent your user account. Click the Next button.

4: Notebook name and desktop background selection screen.

Enter a notebook name then choose a desktop background from 6 options available at the bottom of the screen. Click the Next button.

5: Helping protect Windows® automatically screen.

There are 3 options available; read each description and click your preferred option.

6: Time and date settings screen.

Choose and set appropriate Time Zone, Date and Time. Click the Next button.

7: Notebook’s current location screen.

This page only appears if your notebook is connected to a network. There are 3 options available; read each description and click your preferred option.

8: Thank you! screen.

Click the Start button to complete the Windows Vista® operating system installation.

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Dual Boot (2 languages)

*For Hong Kong dual boot models only

There are 2 language versions of the Windows Vista® operating system available on this notebook, that is, in English and Traditional Chinese. When you start your notebook for the first time, you are required to choose either one of the operating system languages you prefer (please refer to the screen illustration below). Please select the language you prefer carefully as this can only be done once.

You will see the message "©Microsoft Corporation” displayed on your screen. Please wait for a moment while the initial Windows® setup screen loads.

For more information, please refer to: Windows Vista® Operating System

Page

Introduction → Windows Vista® Operating System Setup.

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IMPORTANT

Windows® Language Selection

*This option is applicable to Hong Kong dual boot models only.

CAUTION

Once you have selected the language you prefer, your operating system will be installed with the selected language permanently. You will not be able to change this selection for the operating system language.

Referring to the guide provided above, please follow the on screen instructions accordingly.

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Windows Vista® Operating System

Windows Vista® operating system features include a Desktop with room to manoeuvre, a taskbar for quick access to a variety of system functions, state-of-the-art plug and play support, powerful system utilities, enhanced entertainment features and a fully integrated Internet experience.

Among the new features are:

Windows® Explorer – Windows® Explorer has also had its functionality expanded. Explorer windows now are 3-paned, with extra information and functionality in the middle window. Preview Applet – For viewing and editing images. An enhanced Preview Applet is included that lets you view, zoom in and out, rotate, print, save (as), and delete images. This is supported by the Windows® Bitmap, JPEG, GIF, TIF and PNG formats.

Desktop Icons

With Windows Vista®, the following icons* are installed on your Desktop:

Recycle Bin – Gives you a container in which to put and discard unwanted files or allows you to restore these same files back to their original location.

Taskbar Icons

With Windows Vista®, a number of icons appears on the taskbar. Use the cursor to hover over the icon and display its function. Right-click on the icon to display its menu options, or doubleclick on the icon to launch it.

Right click an empty area of the taskbar and select Properties to recognise the taskbar.

For more information, please refer to: Windows Vista® Operating System

Page

Introduction → Tips for Using Windows Vista®.

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The quick launch on the left hand side of the taskbar can be hidden or active. The notification area on the right hand side of the taskbar can be easily configured, for instance, to hide icons that are not used frequently. Some hardware items or software titles will place a small icon in this area, allowing you to easily recognise and control their settings or status (examples are virus scanners, printers, PC cards).

The following icons* normally appear in the notification area:

Time Clock – Allows you to adjust the time and date, select your time zone, and offers the option to automatically synchronise the time with an internet time server.

For more information about the Desktop and taskbar icons, refer to the Windows Vista® online help. To do this, click on Start button, and select Help and Support.

Depending on the version of Windows Vista® installed on your notebook or if you have deactivated certain programs, the icons described here may differ slightly and/or may be accompanied by others.

Start Menu

The Start menu features a whole new look and feel. The Windows® Internet Explorer icon has a prominent place now. You will also notice that Windows Vista® places your frequently used programs in the white area of the Start menu. It is safe to remove an item from this list by right-clicking the icon and selecting Remove from this list, as the software program itself will not be deleted.

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You can access your installed software and other Windows® programs by selecting All Programs. Recently installed programs are highlighted.

Technical Support Information

Technical support information is available in Windows Vista®.

Click the Start button, right-click on Computer and select Properties.

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Managing System Power (Windows Vista® Operating System)

In the Windows Vista® operating system environment, your notebook manages its power resources using the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) while the notebook is powered on using AC or battery (DC) power. ACPI enables the operating system to manage the power given to each attached device and to turn off a device when not in use.

Take advantage of the opportunity to manage power on your notebook to:

Minimise battery drain.

Preserve the life of your notebook.

Save time. When you return from that urgent call or meeting, you don’t have to reboot, just press the Power button to resume notebook operation.

Windows Vista® Operating System Power Options Properties

In Windows Vista® operating system, most ACPI power management settings are controlled through Windows® Power Options, not through the BIOS Setup utility, unless otherwise noted.

To access Windows® Power Options, click the Start button, Control Panel, select

Performance and Maintenance, double click Power Options.

The Power Options Properties are broken down as follows:

Power Plan

Use the Power Schemes tab options to define the appropriate power scheme for your notebook, and to set timeouts for standby, monitor, and hard disk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parameter

 

Options

 

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power Plan

 

VERSA

 

Defines the most appropriate power

 

 

 

Balanced

 

scheme for your notebook.

 

 

 

Power Saver High Performance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turn off monitor

 

½/3/5/10/15/25/30/45

 

Selects the time delay before your

 

(plugged in)

 

minutes

 

LCD panel turns off.

 

 

 

½/3/4/5 hours

 

 

 

 

 

Never

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turn off monitor

 

½/3/10/15/20/25/30/45

 

Selects the time delay before your

 

(running on batteries)

 

minutes

 

LCD panel turns off.

 

 

 

½/3/4/5 hours

 

 

 

 

 

Never

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turn off hard disks

 

3/5/10/15/20/25/30/45

 

Selects the time delay before your

 

(plugged in)

 

minutes

 

hard disk(s) power down.

 

 

 

½/3/4/5 hours

 

 

 

 

 

Never

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turn off hard disks

 

3/5/10/15/20/25/30/45

 

Selects the time delay before your

 

(running on batteries)

 

minutes

 

hard disk(s) power down.

 

 

 

½/3/4/5 hours

 

 

 

 

 

Never

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

System Sleep (plugged

 

½/3/5/10/15/20/25/30/45

 

Selects the system sleep timeout

 

in)

 

minutes

 

period for your notebook when

 

 

 

2/3/4/5 hours

 

running under AC power.

 

 

 

Never

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

System Sleep (running

 

½/3/5/10//20/25/30/45

 

Selects the system sleep timeout

on batteries)

 

minutes

 

period for your notebook when

 

 

½/3/4/5 hours

 

running under DC power.

 

 

Never

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

System Hibernates

 

Never

 

Selects the system hibernation

(plugged in)

 

 

 

timeout period for your notebook

 

 

 

 

when running under AC power.

 

 

 

 

 

System Hibernates

 

Never

 

Selects the system hibernation

(running on batteries)

 

 

 

timeout period for your notebook

 

 

 

 

when running under DC power.

 

 

 

 

 

Default settings are shown in red.

Alarms

Use the Alarms tab to define the point at which the battery alarm activates. Define the alarm to either sound, display a warning message, or invoke Standby, Hibernate or Shutdown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parameter

 

Options

 

Description

 

 

Low battery alarm

 

10%

 

Allows you to define a low

 

 

 

 

0-100%

 

battery alarm percentage,

 

 

 

 

 

 

notification, and system

 

 

 

 

 

 

action.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notification

 

Display message

 

Allows you to define whether

 

 

 

 

Sound alarm

 

the alarm is visual or auditive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alarm Action

 

Sleep

 

Allows you to define which

 

 

 

 

Hibernate

 

action is taken by the

 

 

 

 

Shut down

 

notebook when the alarm goes

 

 

 

 

Do nothing

 

off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Critical battery alarm

 

3%

 

Allows you to define a critical

 

 

 

 

0-100%

 

battery alarm percentage,

 

 

 

 

 

 

notification, and system

 

 

 

 

 

 

action.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notification

 

Display message

 

Allows you to define whether

 

 

 

 

Sound alarm

 

the alarm is visual or auditive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alarm Action

 

Sleep

 

Allows you to define which

 

 

 

 

Hibernate

 

action is taken by the

 

 

 

 

Shut down

 

notebook when the alarm goes

 

 

 

 

 

 

off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Default settings are shown in red.

Advanced

The Advanced tab allows you to select the power-saving settings you want to use.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parameter

 

Options

 

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Always show icon on taskbar

 

Checked

 

Determines whether or not

 

 

 

Unchecked

 

the Power Meter icon displays

 

 

 

 

 

on the taskbar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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