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Compaq Notebook Series
Document Part Number: 272637-001
This guide explains how to set up your hardware and software,
begin using the notebook, troubleshoot problems, and contact
Compaq if you need assistance. The last chapter introduces you
to the exterior features of the notebook.
© 2002 Compaq Information Technologies Group, L.P. Compaq, the Compaq logo, Evo, and Presario are trademarks of Compaq Information Technologies Group, L.P. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Microsoft and Windows are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other product names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective companies. Compaq shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein. The information is prov
Using This Guide This preface explains how to interpret the symbols, text styles, and paths in your notebook documentation. Warnings, Cautions and Notes Warnings and cautions contain important information that can protect you, your work, and your system. Always read warnings and cautions. Notes contain additional information about a topic. Some notes provide basic information for inexperienced users. Others provide technical information for advanced users. The following icons identify warni
Using This Guide Text Styles Some text in your notebook documentation is styled typographically to help you interpret the information it contains. For example, keyboard keys are styled like this: shift key. Buttons that display on the screen are styled like this: Next button. The following table identifies and explains the text styles used in your notebook documentation. Style Explanation keys Identifies a key, such as the enter key, on the notebook keyboard or on an optional external keyb
Using This Guide Paths and Views Following a Path Many instructions in the documentation direct you to locations within the operating system, an application, or a utility where you can select settings. The greater than symbol (>) is used to direct you from destination to destination along the path to the settings. As you follow paths, do nothing at each destination along the way except select the next destination. The paths in your notebook documentation: ■ Explain whether to look for an ic
Using This Guide Choosing a View Mode This documentation is based on your notebook running either Windows XP Home or Windows XP Professional. These operating systems are similar and may be set to run in one of two view modes: ■ Category view (default mode) ■ Classic view (similar to Windows 2000 operating system view mode) As installed, Windows XP Home or Windows XP Professional runs in Category view. To compare Category view with Classic view or to select either view: 1. Right-click the S
Contents Using This Guide 1 Setting Up the Notebook Setting Up the Hardware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1–1 Installing the Battery Pack. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1–2 Connecting the Notebook to External Power . . . . . . 1–3 Opening the Notebook. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1–4 Turning On the Notebook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1–5 Setting Up the Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1–6 Turning Off
Is the Notebook in Standby or Hibernation? . . . . . . . 3–3 Is the Notebook Overheated? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3–4 Is the System Unresponsive?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3–4 Is an External Device Not Working?. . . . . . . . . . . . . 3–5 Are You Using All Available Documentation?. . . . . 3–5 Is Software Functioning Abnormally? . . . . . . . . . . . 3–6 Contacting Compaq . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3–7 Preparing to Call Technical Suppo
1 Setting Up the Notebook Setting Up the Hardware To set up the notebook for the first time, you will need the 1, the power cord 2, and the battery notebook, the AC Adapter 3. During the hardware setup, you will: install the battery pack pack, connect the computer to external power, open the display, and turn on the computer. Identifying the AC Adapter, the power cord, and the battery pack (AC Adapters and power cords vary by region.) Getting Started 1–1
Setting Up the Notebook Installing the Battery Pack To install the battery pack: 1. Place the notebook upside down on a flat surface, preferably on top of a clean cloth. 2. Slide the battery pack 1 into the battery compartment until it clicks into place. (The battery will install only one way.) Installing the battery pack 1–2 Getting Started
Setting Up the Notebook Connecting the Notebook to External Power To connect the notebook to external power: 1. Place the notebook on a flat surface near an electrical outlet. 2. Plug the AC Adapter cable into the DC power connector 1. 3. Plug the power cord into the AC Adapter 2 and into an electrical outlet 3. When the notebook receives AC power, the AC Adapter light4 turns on. Connecting the notebook to external power (AC Adapters, power cords, and electrical outlets vary by region) Getting
Setting Up the Notebook Opening the Notebook To open the notebook, briefly press the display release latch 1 as you raise the display 2. Opening the notebook 1–4 Getting Started
Setting Up the Notebook Turning On the Notebook To turn on the notebook, briefly press the power button1. When the notebook is on, the power/standby light 2 turns on, and you are prompted to begin software setup. If the notebook does not turn on, see Chapter 3, “Troubleshooting,” in this guide. Turning on the notebook Getting Started 1–5
Setting Up the Notebook Setting Up the Software A prompt to set up your software is displayed on the screen when the notebook is turned on for the first time. Before responding to the prompt and proceeding through the online instructions, read the following caution and other installation information. CAUTION: To prevent file corruption and be sure that the correct device drivers install, during software setup: Ä ■ Do not unplug the notebook from the electrical outlet. ■ Do not shut down the
Setting Up the Notebook Using the Notebook Safely To protect the notebook from the power surges that may be caused by an uncertain power supply or an electrical storm: ■ Plug the notebook power cord into an optional, high-quality surge protector. ■ Provide surge protection on the cable that connects the modem to the telephone line. ■ During an electrical storm, run the notebook on battery power or shut down the notebook and disconnect the power cord. Surge protectors are available from most
Setting Up the Notebook 1–8 Getting Started
2 Beginning to Use the Notebook Selecting Regional Settings Keyboard language and other regional preferences, such as time, date, and currency format, are set in the operating system. To access regional settings Windows XP Home or Windows XP Professional select Start > Control Panel > Date, Time, Language and Regional Options. For information about selecting regional settings, open the Regional Options window, then use context-sensitive Help. To use context-sensitive Help, select the quest
Beginning to Use the Notebook To change the screen resolution setting: 1. Press and hold down the left TouchPad button as you move the slider on the Settings tab. The image on the monitor illustrated above the slide bar changes as you move the slide bar. 2. When the image on the illustrated monitor is the image you would like to use on the notebook, select the OK button, then follow the instructions on the screen. For information about setting other screen preferences in the Display Prope
Beginning to Use the Notebook Installing Optional Software Step-by-step instructions for installing and using many of the applications and utilities included with the notebook are provided on the Documentation Library CD included with the notebook. Instructions for using the CD are provided next in this guide. If you prefer to install optional software now, without referring to the Documentation Library CD, the following information may be helpful: CAUTION: To prevent file corruption and to
Beginning to Use the Notebook Installing Software in Windows XP Home To install a preloaded Compaq utility in Windows XP Home: ■ If the Setup Compaq Software icon is displayed on the Desktop, select the icon, then follow the instructions on the screen. ■ If the Setup Up Compaq Software icon does not display on the Desktop, select Start > Run, then: ❏ On the command line type: c:\cpqapps\setup.exe preload programs /s The Setup Compaq Software icon is displayed in the All Programs menu. ❏ Sel
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