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Contents 2 Contents Setting up your computer and getting started............................ 4 Your computer’s TFT display .................................................... 13 Inserting a PC Card.................................................................. 13 Removing a PC Card................................................................ 14 Using SD cards ........................................................................ 14 Learning the basics....................................
3 Welcome to the world of powerful and portable multimedia computers! With your new Toshiba notebook computer, your access to information can accompany you wherever you go. ® ® You will find that the Microsoft Windows XP operating system is already installed on your computer. It offers exciting features and easy Internet access. This guide This guide offers important information about your computer, including solutions to the most common problems, and features and specifications. For more
Setting up your computer and getting started 4 HINT: This icon denotes helpful hints and tips. DEFINITION: This icon indicates the definition of a term used in the text. Other documentation Your computer comes with all or some of the following documentation in addition to this resource guide: ❖ Electronic user’s guide installed on your system. ❖ Guides for other software that may come preinstalled. ® ® ❖ Microsoft Windows XP operating system documentation. ❖ For accessory information, visit To
Setting up your computer and getting started 5 Seating and posture When using your computer, maintain good posture with your body relaxed and your weight distributed evenly. Proper seating is a primary factor in reducing work strain. Precautions Your notebook computer is designed to provide optimum safety and ease of use, and to withstand the rigors of travel. You should observe certain precautions to further reduce the risk of personal injury or damage to the computer. Never apply heavy p
Setting up your computer and getting started 6 Hold the power cable by its plug when you connect/disconnect it. Do NOT DANGER pull the cable itself. Doing so may damage the power cable and result in a short circuit or electric shock. The power cord on this product contains lead, a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling. To connect AC power to the computer: 1 Connect the power cable to the AC adapter. 2 Plug the A
Setting up your computer and getting started 7 Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for connecting a parallel printer to your computer. Installing additional memory (optional) Before you install or remove a memory module, turn off the computer using the Start menu. If you install or remove a memory module while the computer is in Standby or Hibernation mode, data will be lost. A memory module must be installed in slot A. Do not try to operate the computer with a memory module in slot B on
Setting up your computer and getting started 8 You will need a standard Phillips No.1 screwdriver and a small flat head screwdriver to install a memory module. To avoid damaging the computer’s screws, use a standard Phillips screwdriver that is in good condition. 1 If the computer is on, turn it off. See “Turn Off or Shut down command” in your electronic user’s guide. 2 Unplug and remove any cables connected to the computer. 3 Open the display panel and remove the panel above the keyboard th
Setting up your computer and getting started 9 The two-inch-long, propeller-shaped brace sits in the center of the area exposed when the panel is removed. Observe how the propeller-shaped keyboard retaining brace is positioned before you remove it. Store the brace with the screws for safekeeping. Removing the right keyboard screw 5 Lift the keyboard and gently place it face down on the palm rest of the computer. Lifting the keyboard Removing the keyboard exposes the two memory slots, which ar
Setting up your computer and getting started 10 6 Lift (but do not detach) the plastic sheet to expose the memory slots. Lifting the plastic covering the memory slots 7 Remove the new memory module from its antistatic packaging. Static electricity can damage the memory module. Before you handle the module, touch a grounded metal surface to discharge any static electricity you may have built up. To avoid damaging the memory module, be careful not to touch its pin connector (on the side you ins
Setting up your computer and getting started 11 12 Replace the panel above the keyboard by doing the following: ❖ Fit the tabs at the bottom of the panel into corresponding slots at the top of the keyboard. ❖ Fit the tabs at the top of the panel into corresponding slots at the base of the display and gently push down. When the panel is properly positioned, it will snap down into place. 13 Reconnect any cables you removed. 14 Turn on the computer. To verify that the computer correctly recogniz
Setting up your computer and getting started 12 Pulling the clips away from the memory module 3 Carefully remove the module from the slot. Static electricity can damage the memory module. Before you handle the module, touch a grounded metal surface to discharge any static electricity you may have built up. To avoid damaging the memory module, be careful not to touch its pin connector (on the side you insert into the computer). Avoid touching the connectors on the memory module or on the comp
Your computer’s TFT display 13 3 Click System. 4 The General tab view automatically appears and shows the recognized memory. 5 If the computer does not recognize the memory, turn off the computer, remove the memory slot cover, and make sure the memory module is seated properly, as described in “Installing additional memory (optional)” on page 7. Your computer’s TFT display Small bright dots may appear on your TFT display when you turn on your computer. Your display contains an extremely lar
Removing a PC Card 14 Removing a PC Card 1 Click the Safely Remove Hardware icon on the System tray. 2 Click Safely remove xxxx, where xxxx is the identifier for your PC Card. The operating system advises you that you may safely remove the Card. 3 Press the PC Card eject button next to the PC Card slot to extend the button. Ejecting the PC Card 4 Press the extended eject button so the PC Card pops out slightly. 5 Remove the PC Card and store it properly. Hot swapping a PC Card One of the gre
Learning the basics 15 Inserting an SD card MMC cards (multimedia cards) do not work in this slot. 1 Turn the card so that the metal contacts are face down. 2 Push the card into the slot until it locks in place. Inserting an SD card Removing an SD card 1 Click the Safely Remove Hardware icon on the System tray. 2 Click Safely remove xxxx, where xxxx is the identifier for your SD card. 3 Press the card inward to release it. The card pops out slightly. 4 Lift the side of the computer where the ca
Playing a CD or DVD 16 ❖ Scan all new files for viruses. ❖ Never turn off the computer if a drive indicator light indicates a drive is active. ® The Windows XP operating system records information, such as your desktop setup, during its shutdown procedure. If you do not let the operating system shut down normally, details such as new icon positions may be lost. TM Using the TouchPad The TouchPad, the touch-sensitive cutout in front of the keyboard, enables you to move the cursor by brushin
Playing a CD or DVD 17 For optimum DVD performance, it is recommended that you play DVDs while running the computer on AC power. Drive components and control buttons The DVD-ROM or multi-function drive is located on the side of the computer. The CD/DVD control buttons are located at the front edge of the computer and can be accessed when the display panel is closed or open. Components Manual eject button Eject button Sample DVD-ROM or multi-function drive shown Use the eject button to releas
Playing a CD or DVD 18 2 Grasp the disc tray and pull it fully open. 3 Hold the disc by its edges and check that it is clean and free of dust. Handle discs carefully. Avoid touching the surface of the disc. Grasp it by its center hole and edge. If you handle the disc incorrectly, you could lose data. 4 Carefully place the disc in the empty tray with its label facing up. Inserting a disc Be careful not to touch the drive’s lens (located underneath the drive’s spindle) or the area around it. Doi
Moving the computer 19 Removing a disc with the computer off 1 Insert a slender object, such as a straightened paper clip, into the manual eject button access hole. Never use a pencil to press the manual eject button. Pencil lead can break off inside the computer and damage it. 2 Pull the tray fully open, remove the disc and place it in its protective cover. 3 Close the disc tray by pressing gently on the center of the tray until it clicks indicating it is locked. Moving the computer Before
Mobile computing 20 ❖ Does not glow if the external power source is disconnected or if the battery is completely discharged TECHNICAL NOTE: The computer drains the battery faster at low temperatures. Check your remaining charge frequently if you are working in temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The computer calculates the remaining battery charge based on your current rate of power use and other factors such as the age of the battery. Setting battery alarms Your computer can be config
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