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Getting the Notebook Running


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Getting Started

This chapter introduces the features and components of the notebook and tells you how to get the notebook up and running.


Congratulations on purchasing the notebook. Your notebook incorporates desktop computer capabilities into a compact notebook-sized package.

Among the distinguished features are:

Intel Celeron 300A/333/366/400 series microprocessor
Your notebook is equipped with one of the most advanced central processors for excellent ability of code execution.

Built-in PCI audio system
With your notebook’s audio capabilities, you can experience fantastic 3D audio sensations and realistic acoustic effects.

PCMCIA slots with CardBus and ZV port support
CardBus and ZV port standards satisfy the need for high-speed data transmission, such as required by full-motion video, video capture, and networking.

IR port support
With the IR port, wireless communications are possible between your notebook and an IR device.

USB port support
The Universal Serial Bus standard gives you the benefits of having one single interface for multiple interfaces when low-to-medium speed peripherals are concerned.

Power Management
You can conserve power automatically and manually by setting up the Power Management capabilities of your notebook.

Fax/Modem/Voice Card (optional)
This option allows your notebook to transmit data over the phone lines.

BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) that supports the years beyond 2000

Other basic components of your notebook system are:

3.5-inch, 1.44MB (Megabytes) floppy disk drive

ATA3 IDE hard disk drive, Ultra DMA/33 supported

CD-ROM drive (or DVD-ROM drive as an option)

32MB SDRAM on board, one SO-DIMM socket supported, providing up to 160MB SDRAM upgrade capability (with 32MB on board)

128KB on-die L2 cache memory

4MB video RAM

TFT LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) with XGA/SVGA resolution

Notebook keyboard

Touchpad pointing device

Microphone and stereo speaker set

I/O connectors for external expansion

AC adapter

NiMH or Li-ion rechargeable battery pack

Taking a Look at the Notebook

Right-Side View

Figure 1-1. Right-Side View

1. Hard Disk Drive
Inside is the hard disk drive of your notebook, referred to as. (See “Hard Disk Drive” in Chapter 2 for more information.)

2. IR Port
This infrared port complies with IrDA 1.0, IrDA 1.1 (FIR), and ASK standards, which allow you to connect your notebook to an IR device wirelessly. (See “Connecting an IR Device” in Chapter 4 for important notes.)

This is the CD-ROM/DVD-ROM drive of your notebook, often configured as drive D. (See “CD-ROM/DVD-ROM Drive” in Chapter 2 for more information.)

4. Volume Control ( )
This controls the volume of the sound coming from the notebook.

Left-Side View

Figure 1-2. Left-Side View

1. Kensington Lock Anchor ( )
This rectangular hole can be used as an anchor point for a Kensington-type security cable. You can use this cable to lock your notebook to an appropriate location for security.

2. Power Button ( )
Pressing this button turns the notebook power ON or OFF.

3. Phone Line Connector () (optional)
This option allows you to transfer data over the telephone line.

1. Never install telephone wiring during a lightning storm.
2. Never install telephone jacks in wet locations unless the jack is
specifically designed for wet locations.
3. Never touch uninsulated telephone wires or terminals unless the
telephone line has been disconnected at the network interface.
4. Use caution when installing or modifying telephone lines.
5. Avoid using the telephone function during an electrical storm. There
may be a remote risk of electric shock from lightning.
6. Do not use the telephone function to report a gas leak in the vicinity
of the leak.

4. PC Card Slots
Open the cover to access the slots. Each of the two PC card slots is for installing a PC card, or called PCMCIA card. (See “Installing a PC Card” in Chapter 4 for more information.)

5. Battery Pack
Inside is the battery pack, which supplies power to your notebook when external power is not connected. (See Chapter 3 for more information.)

Rear View

Figure 1-3. Rear View

1. Microphone Connector ( )
This can be connected to an external microphone for use in place of the notebook's built-in microphone.

2. Audio Output Connector ( )
This can be connected to a set of headphones, external speakers with amplifier or an audio recording device.

3. USB Port ()
The 4-pin Universal Serial Bus port is for connecting an USB device. (See “Connecting an USB Device” in Chapter 4 for more information.)

4. Parallel Port ( )
This 25-pin port is for connecting a parallel device such as a parallel printer or pocket LAN. (See “Connecting a Serial or Parallel Device” in Chapter 4 for more information.)

5. Serial Port ( )
This 9-pin port is for connecting a serial device such as a serial mouse, modem, or printer. (See “Connecting a Serial or Parallel Device” in Chapter 4 for more information.)

6. VGA Port ( )
This 15-pin analog port is for connecting an external monitor.

7. PS/2 Mouse/Keyboard Port ( )
This 6-pin mini-DIN port is for connecting a PS/2 keyboard or mouse.

8. Power Connector ( )
This is for connecting the AC adapter.

Front View

Figure 1-4. Front View

1. Top Cover Latch
This cover latch keeps the top cover firmly closed.

2. Floppy Disk Drive
This is the 3.5-inch floppy disk drive of your notebook, often referred as drive A. (See “Floppy Disk Drive” in Chapter 2 for more information.)

Top-Open View

To open the cover, press the cover latch toward the right and then lift the cover.

Figure 1-5. Opening the Cover

Figure 1-6. Top-Open View

1. LCD Display
This is the liquid crystal display of your notebook.

CAUTION: Do not place heavy objects on top of the notebook when it is closed as this can damage the display.

2. Indicators Panel
These are the indicators that show the status of your notebook.

AC Power Indicator
Glows when the notebook is using AC power.
Blinks when the notebook, using AC power, is in Suspend-to-RAM
mode. (See “Introducing Power Management” in Chapter 2 for
information on Suspend-to-RAM mode.)

Battery Power Indicator
Glows when the notebook is using battery power.
Blinks when the notebook, using battery power, is in Suspend-to-
RAM mode. (See “Introducing Power Management” in Chapter 2 for
information on Suspend-to-RAM mode.)

Battery Charge Indicator
Glows green when the battery is fully charged with AC adapter
Glows orange when the battery is being charged.
Blinks red when the battery is low.

CD-ROM Drive In-use Indicator glows when the notebook is accessing the CD-ROM drive.

Hard Disk Drive In-use Indicator glows when the notebook is accessing the hard disk drive.

Floppy Disk Drive In-use Indicator glows when the notebook is accessing the floppy disk drive.

Num Lock Indicator glows when the Num Lock function is activated.

Caps Lock Indicator glows when the Caps Lock function is activated.

Scroll Lock Indicator glows when the Scroll Lock function is activated.

3. Stereo Speaker Set
This is the built-in speaker set of your notebook.

4. Keyboard
This keyboard provides all the functions of a full-size 101/102-key keyboard. (See “Keyboard” in Chapter 2 for information.)

5. Touchpad
This is the pointing device of your notebook. (See “Touchpad” in Chapter 2 for information.)

6. Microphone
This is the built-in microphone of your notebook.

NOTE: If your notebook is equipped with a 12.1-inch LCD, the microphone will be located on the upper right side of the LCD panel.

Getting the Notebook Running

Connecting to AC Power

1. Plug the DC cord of the AC adapter to the power connector on the rear of the notebook.

2. Plug the female end of the AC cord to the AC adapter and the male end an electrical outlet.

Figure 1-7. Connecting the AC Adapter

When the AC adapter is connected, the indicator on the AC adapter lights up, indicating that power is being supplied from the electrical outlet to the AC adapter and onto your notebook. When the Battery Charge Indicator ( ) on the notebook glows orange, it means that the AC adapter is charging the battery.

3. To fully charge the battery, leave the notebook power off, and wait until the Battery Charge Indicator glows green.

CAUTION: Whenever you disconnect the AC adapter, always unplug from the electrical outlet first before you unplug from the notebook. A reverse procedure may damage the AC adapter or notebook.

When the AC adapter is not connected, you can operate the notebook using battery power only.

Using Battery Power

When the AC adapter is not connected, you can use battery power. To assure optimum battery life, fully charge and discharge the battery at least once and then fully charge the battery before you first use battery power. (For more information on using battery power, see Chapter 3.)

Starting Up

A computer starts up with an operating system existing on the hard disk, a CD, or a diskette. The computer will automatically load the operating system after you turn it on. This process is called booting.

The notebook comes to you ready for use. This means the hard disk is pre-formatted and contains the files necessary for booting.

1. Open the top cover by sliding the cover latch toward the right and lifting up the cover.

2. Turn on the notebook by pressing the Power Button (Figure 1-2 #2) on the left side of the notebook.

3. Tilt the cover forward or backward to a comfortable viewing position.

You can also adjust the brightness of the display to attain display clarity. To
adjust brightness, press [Fn]+[F6] or [Fn]+[F7].

4. Each time the notebook is turned on, it performs a Power-On Self Test (POST). This checks the status of major computer devices including the system board, memory, video, keyboard, and disk drive. Some status messages from POST will appear on the screen.

If the POST has detected a mismatch between the actual hardware configuration and the configuration information stored in CMOS RAM, you will see error message(s) telling you to run the SCU program. (See Chapter 5 for instructions on running SCU.)

NOTE: The SCU program allows you to enter the configuration information and store it in CMOS RAM. The configuration information is needed by the notebook to identify the installed devices. Under SCU, you can also activate certain features such as Power Saving and Security.

5. When POST successfully completes its check, the notebook first tries to boot from drive A, C, or CD-ROM depending on the “Boot Sequence” setting in the SCU program.

NOTE: To avoid viruses brought in by diskettes, it is advised that you boot the system from the hard disk instead of a diskette. If you must boot up from drive A, make sure the booting diskette is clean.

Installing Software

A CD is supplied with your notebook that contains software drivers you need to install for using the special features of your notebook. (See Chapter 6 for information on the drivers.)

Turning Off the Notebook

CAUTION: Never turn off the notebook when the Disk Drive In-use Indicator is on. You may lose your data by doing so.

1. If you are using a program, save your data and exit the program.

2. First make sure all disk drive in-use indicators are off, then remove any diskette or CD from the drive.

3. If you are using an operating system such as Windows 95 and OS/2 that has the “Shut Down” command, simply select the command and the computer will turn off automatically.

Otherwise, turn off the notebook by pressing the Power Button.

4. Turn off the power of any connected external devices.

5. To close the top cover, tilt down the cover until the cover latch clicks into place.

CAUTION: If you have to turn the notebook on again immediately after turning it off, wait for at least five seconds. Turning the notebook off and on rapidly may damage the system circuit.

6. To disconnect the AC adapter, unplug from the electrical outlet first; then unplug from the notebook.


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