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HP Compaq NC6400 Getting Started Manual

Hp compaq nc6400: user guide.

 
Getting Started
HP Compaq Notebook Series
Document Part Number: 406846-001
May 2006
This guide explains how to set up your hardware and software,
and begin using the computer in Microsoft
Windows
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Summary of Contents

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    Getting Started HP Compaq Notebook Series Document Part Number: 406846-001 May 2006 This guide explains how to set up your hardware and software, and begin using the computer in Microsoft Windows ® ®...

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    Hewlett-Packard Company under license. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. The only warranties for HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.

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    1 First-time setup Identify required hardware ......1–1 Set up the computer ......1–3 Step 1: Insert the battery .

  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Contents 3 Troubleshooting Troubleshooting resources ......3–1 Quick troubleshooting ......3–2 The computer is unable to start up.

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    C Backup and recovery Safeguard your data ......C–1 Back up the system......C–1 Back up specific files or folders .

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    1 First-time setup Identify required hardware To set up the computer for the first time, you will need the computer, AC adapter, power cord, and the primary battery. ✎ Components included with the computer may vary by region and by model. Getting Started 1–1...

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    First-time setup Component Power cord HP Smart AC Adapter Primary battery ✎ Use only the included AC adapter or one approved for this computer. ✎ Unless you use dial-up networking, the modem cable is optional for setup. 1–2 Country-specific modem adapter...

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    Set up the computer To set up the computer, you will 1. Insert the battery into the computer. 2. Connect the computer to external power. ✎ The battery begins to charge. 3. Turn on the computer. 4. Set up the software. 5.

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    First-time setup Step 1: Insert the battery To insert a primary battery: 1. Turn the computer upside down on a flat surface, with the battery bay toward you. 2. Slide the battery 1 into the battery bay until it is seated. The battery release latch 2 automatically locks the battery into place.

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    Step 2: Connect the computer to external power ✎ Power cords and AC outlets vary in appearance by region and country. To connect the computer to external AC power: 1. Plug the AC adapter into the power connector 1 on the computer.

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    First-time setup When the computer receives AC power, the battery begins to charge and the battery light (on the front of the computer) is turned on. When the battery is fully charged, the battery light is turned off. Leave the computer connected to external power until the battery is fully charged and the battery light is turned off.

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    First-time setup Step 3: Turn on the computer To open the computer: 1. Slide the display release latch 1 to the right to release the display. 2. Raise the display 2. Getting Started 1–7...

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    First-time setup 3. Press the power button 1. The power light next to the power button 2 and the power light on the front of the computer 3 are turned on, and you are prompted to begin software setup. 1–8 Getting Started...

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    Step 4: Set up the software After the computer is turned on, it will go through a brief software setup. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up the software. Note the following: After you respond to the setup prompt, you must complete ■...

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    (recommended) After setting up the computer for the first time, you can create a set of recovery discs of your full factory image using HP Backup and Recovery Manager. The recovery discs are used to start up (boot) the computer and restore the operating system and software applications to factory settings in case of system failure or instability.

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    Install additional hardware and software Identify and install hardware To see a list of hardware installed on the computer: 1. Select Start > My Computer. 2. In the left pane of the System Tasks window, select View system information. 3. Select Hardware tab > Device Manager. You can also add hardware or modify your device configurations using Device Manager.

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    Next steps Locate and install software The computer includes software that may be Preinstalled on your hard drive. To see a list of the ■ ready-to-use software preinstalled on the computer: 1. Click Start > All Programs. 2. Double-click the program you want to open. Provided on a CD or DVD.

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    For more information about computer viruses, type Search field in the Help and Support Center. Protect your system files The HP Backup and Recovery Manager provides several ways to back up the system and to recover optimal system functionality. Refer to Appendix C, information.

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    Next steps Protect your privacy When you use the computer for e-mail, network, or Internet access, it is possible for unauthorized persons to obtain information about you or the computer. To optimize the privacy protection features included with the computer: Keep the operating system and software updated.

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    The Safety and Comfort Guide also provides important electrical and mechanical safety information. This guide is available on the Web at http://www.hp.com/ergo the Help and Support Center, select Start > Help and Support > User Guides.

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    AC adapter or battery provided by HP, or a compatible AC adapter or battery purchased as an accessory from HP should be used with the computer. For more safety and regulatory information, and for battery disposal information, refer to Regulatory, Safety, and Environmental Notices located in the Help and Support Center.

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    ✎ The computer display must be open before you can connect to a wireless network. For information on connecting to a WWAN, refer to the HP Broadband Wireless Getting Started guide, included with the computer. If the computer has a Bluetooth device, you can create a personal...

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    Next steps Update your software Most software, including the operating system, is updated frequently by the manufacturer or provider. Important updates to the software included with the computer may have been released since the computer left the factory. Some updates may affect the way the computer responds to optional software or external devices.

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    Turn off the computer correctly Whenever possible, turn off the computer by using the standard shutdown procedure: 1. Save your work and close all open applications. 2. Shut down the computer through the operating system by selecting Start > Turn Off Computer > Turn Off. ✎...

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    Troubleshooting resources If you experience computer problems, follow the troubleshooting steps below: 1. Refer to 2. Access additional information about the computer and Web site links through the Help and Support Center. Select Start > Help and Support. ✎ Although many checkup and repair tools require an Internet connection, other tools can help you fix a problem when the computer is offline.

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    Troubleshooting Quick troubleshooting The computer is unable to start up To turn on the computer, press the power button. When the computer is turned on, the power light is turned on. If the computer and the power light are not turned on when you press the power button, adequate power may not be available to the computer.

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    The computer screen is blank If the computer is on but the screen is blank, the computer may be in standby or hibernation, may not be set to display the image on the computer screen, or the display switch may not be functioning properly.

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    Troubleshooting Software is functioning abnormally If the software becomes unresponsive or responds abnormally: Restart the computer: ■ In Windows XP Home, select Start > Turn Off ❏ Computer > Restart. In Windows XP Professional, select Start > Turn Off ❏ Computer >...

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    The computer is turned on but not responding If the computer is turned on, but not responding to software or keyboard commands, turn off the computer by using the standard shutdown procedure: 1. Save your work and close all open applications. 2.

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    Troubleshooting The computer is unusually warm It is normal for the computer to feel warm to the touch while it is in use. But if the computer feels unusually warm, it may be overheating because a vent is blocked. If you suspect that the computer is overheating, allow the computer to cool to room temperature.

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    An external device is not working If an external device does not function as expected: Turn on the device as instructed in the device user guide. ■ Some devices may not be powered by the computer, and must be turned on before the computer is turned on. Be sure that ■...

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    ✎ For information on setting up a home wireless network connection, visit (English only). ✎ For information on connecting to a WWAN, refer to the HP Broadband Wireless Getting Started guide, included with the computer. 3–8 http://www.hp.com/go/techcenter/wireless Getting Started...

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    Help and Support Center If the preceding questions and solutions did not address your problem, access the Help and Support Center by selecting Start > Help and Support. In addition to providing information about your operating system, the Help and Support Center provides Information about the computer, such as model and serial ■...

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    The service tag label is on the bottom of the computer. ❏ To display the service tag information on the computer ❏ screen, select Start > Help and Support > My HP Computer. Date the computer was purchased. ■ Conditions under which the problem occurred.

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    Contact Customer Care by e-mail or telephone If the computer is connected to the Internet, select Start > Help and Support to get help by e-mail or to access the Customer Care telephone numbers. Getting Started Troubleshooting 3–11...

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    A Notebook tour ✎ Components included with the computer may vary by region and model. The illustrations in this appendix identify the standard features included on most computer models. Getting Started A–1...

  • Page 40: Top Components

    Notebook tour Top components Component Power light Power button Info Center button Wireless button Presentation button Caps lock light A–2 Num lock light Volume mute button Volume down button Volume up button Fingerprint reader Getting Started...

  • Page 41: Keys

    Keys Component Windows logo key Getting Started Windows applications key Embedded numeric keypad Function keys Notebook tour A–3...

  • Page 42: Pointing Devices

    Notebook tour Pointing devices Component Pointing stick Left pointing stick button TouchPad A–4 Left TouchPad button Right TouchPad button Right pointing stick button Getting Started...

  • Page 43: Front Components

    Front components Component Display release latch Wireless light Power light Battery light Getting Started Drive light Speakers Infrared Port Digital Media Slot Notebook tour A–5...

  • Page 44: Rear Components, Right-side Components

    Notebook tour Rear components Component Security cable slot Power connector Right-side components Component Smart card reader Optical drive USB port A–6 S-Video-out jack External monitor port RJ-45 (network) jack RJ-11 (modem) jack Getting Started...

  • Page 45: Left-side Components

    Left-side components Component Vent USB ports (2) Audio-in (microphone) jack Getting Started Audio-out (headphone) jack PC Card Slot Notebook tour A–7...

  • Page 46: Bottom Components

    Notebook tour Bottom components Component Bluetooth compartment Vents (4) Mini Card compartment Primary battery release latches (2) Primary battery bay A–8 Docking connector Accessory battery connector Expansion memory module compartment Hard drive bay Getting Started...

  • Page 47: Display Components

    Display components Component Internal display switch WLAN antennae Getting Started WWAN antenna Notebook tour A–9...

  • Page 49: Choose An Isp

    Connect to the Internet from The computer includes hardware and software that allows you to connect to the Internet. Before you can access the Internet, you must Choose an Internet Service Provider (ISP). ■ Choose the type of Internet connection you want, such as ■...

  • Page 50: Use The New Connection Wizard

    Connect to the Internet from your home Use the New Connection Wizard You can use the New Connection Wizard to connect to the Internet If you already have an account with an ISP. ■ If you have a disc from an ISP. ■...

  • Page 51: Choose The Type Of Internet Connection

    (purchased separately). To learn about setting up wireless access, visit http://www.hp.com/go/techcenter/wireless about connecting to a WWAN, refer to the HP Broadband Wireless Getting Started guide, included with the computer. Dial-up: You can access the Internet by dialing in to a service ■...

  • Page 53: Safeguard Your Data, Back Up The System

    ✎ HP installed drivers, utilities, and applications can be copied to a CD or to a DVD using the HP Backup and Recovery Manager. Safeguard your data Software or devices added to the computer can cause your system to become unstable.

  • Page 54: Back Up Specific Files Or Folders

    To back up specific files or folders: 1. Select Start > All Programs > HP Backup and Recovery > HP Backup and Recovery Manager. The HP Backup and Recovery Manager opens.

  • Page 55: Back Up The Entire System

    To back up the entire system: 1. Select Start > All Programs > HP Backup and Recovery > HP Backup and Recovery Manager. The HP Backup and Recovery Manager opens.

  • Page 56: Back Up Modifications Made To The System

    Subsequent recovery points make a copy of changes made after that time. HP recommends that you create recovery points Before you add or extensively modify software or hardware. ■ Periodically, whenever the system is performing optimally.

  • Page 57: Schedule Backups

    To create and schedule a system recovery point: 1. Select Start > All Programs > HP Backup & Recovery > HP Backup and Recovery Manager. The HP Backup and Recovery manager opens. 2. Click Expert Mode. 3. Click Create or manage your recovery points, and then click Next.

  • Page 58: Recover The System, Create Recovery Discs (recommended), Perform A Recovery

    Backup and recovery Recover the system HP Backup and Recovery Manager analyzes the hard drive and creates a dedicated hard drive recovery partition on the hard drive large enough to store a copy of the full factory image. You choose whether you want to store that copy on the recovery partition, on another drive, or on external recovery discs.

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    Create recovery discs (recommended) After setting up the computer for the first time, you can create a set of recovery discs of your full factory image using HP Backup and Recovery Manager. The recovery discs are used to start up...

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    Backup and recovery To create a set of recovery discs: 1. Select Start > All Programs > HP Backup & Recovery > HP Backup and Recovery Manager. The HP Backup and Recovery Manager opens. 2. Click Next. 3. Click Create recovery CDs and DVDs to recover the system (recommended).

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    Start the full system recovery from either the Start button or 1. From the Start menu: a. Select Start > All Programs > HP Backup and Recovery > HP Backup and Recovery Manager. The HP Backup and Recovery Manager opens.

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    Backup and recovery 2. Choose one of the following options: Recover PC to a specific point in time: Allows you to ❏ recover from a previous recovery point. ❏ Recover PC’s original factory installation and backup data: Backs up your information and then performs a full system recovery.

  • Page 63: Operating Environment

    The following sections provide information on the computer operating environment specifications and power specifications. Operating environment The operating environment information in the following table may be helpful if you plan to use or transport the computer in extreme environments. Factor Temperature Operating (not writing to optical disc) Operating (writing to optical disc)

  • Page 64: Rated Input Power

    DC power source, it should be powered only with an AC adapter or a DC power source supplied and approved by HP for use with this HP computer. The computer is capable of accepting DC power within the following specifications.

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    AC adapter connecting 1–5 identifying 1–2 altitude specifications D–1 antennae WLAN A–9 WWAN A–9 antivirus software 3–4 audio-out (headphone) jack, identifying A–7 battery charging 1–6 indentifying 1–2 inserting 1–4 battery bay, identifying A–8 battery light identifying A–5 on, off 1–6 battery release latch A–8 bays battery A–8...

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    A–3 function keys, identifying A–3 hard drive bay, identifying A–8 Help and Support Center 3–9 hibernation 3–3 HP Smart AC adapter 1–2 humidity specifications D–1 identifying compartment A–8 IEC 60950 compliance 2–6 image, switching among display devices 3–3 Info Center button, identifying A–2...

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    keys embedded numeric keypad A–3 A–3 A–3 function A–3 Windows applications A–3 Windows logo A–3 labels, service tag 3–10 LAN (local area network) 2–7 latches battery release A–8 display release A–5 left pointing stick button, identifying A–4 left TouchPad button, identifying A–4 lights battery 1–6...

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    Index power lights identifying A–2 on, off 1–8 power lights, identifying A–5 power surge 2–4 Presentation button, identifying A–2 printer 3–7 Product Id 3–10 rated input power specifications D–2 registration number, operating system 3–10 regulatory information notices 2–6 Regulatory, Safety, and Envi- ronmental Notices 2–6 right pointing stick button, identifying A–4...

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    software problems 3–4 virus problems 3–4 wireless network problems 3–8 turn off computer 2–9 turn on computer 1–7 update, software 2–8 USB ports, identifying A–6 A–7 user guides 2–8 vents identifying A–7 keeping free from obstructions 3–6 viruses antivirus software 2–3 computer 3–4 volume down button, identifying A–2...

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