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Notebook PC
Hardware User's Manual
E2378 / Mar 2006

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  • Page 1 Notebook PC Hardware User’s Manual E2378 / Mar 2006...
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Contents 1. Introducing the Notebook PC ...5 About This User’s Manual ... 6 Notes For This Manual ... 6 Preparing your Notebook PC ... 9 2. Knowing the Parts ... 11 Top Side ... 12 Bottom Side ... 14 Left Side ... 16 Right Side ...
  • Page 3 4. Using the Notebook PC ... 35 Operating System ... 36 Support Software ... 36 Models with Sonoma chipset ... 36 Pointing Device ... 37 Using the Touchpad ... 37 Touchpad Usage Illustrations ... 38 Caring for the Touchpad ... 39 Storage Devices ...
  • Page 4 Contents...
  • Page 5: Introducing The Notebook Pc

    Introducing the Notebook PC 1. Introducing the Notebook PC About This User’s Manual Notes For This Manual Safety Precautions Preparing your Notebook PC...
  • Page 6: About This User's Manual

    Introducing the Notebook PC About This User’s Manual You are reading the Notebook PC User’s Manual. This User’s Manual provides information on the various components in the Notebook PC and how to use them. The following are major sections of this User’s Manuals: 1.
  • Page 7: Safety Precautions

    Safety Precautions The following safety precautions will increase the life of the Notebook PC. Follow all precautions and instructions. Except as described in this manual, refer all servicing to qualified personnel. Do not use damaged power cords, accessories, or other peripherals. Do not use strong solvents such as thinners, benzene, or other chemicals on or near the surface.
  • Page 8: Transportation Precautions

    Introducing the Notebook PC Transportation Precautions To prepare the Notebook PC for transport, you should turn it OFF and disconnect all external peripherals to prevent damage to the connectors. The hard disk drive’s head retracts when the power is turned OFF to prevent scratching of the hard disk surface during transport. Therefore, you should not transport the Notebook PC while the power is still ON.
  • Page 9: Preparing Your Notebook Pc

    Preparing your Notebook PC These are only quick instructions for using your Notebook PC. Read the later pages for detailed information on using your Notebook PC. 1. Install the battery pack 3. Open the Display Panel PUSH IMPORTANT! When opening, do not force the display panel down to the table or else the hinges may break! Never lift the Notebook PC by the display panel!
  • Page 10 Introducing the Notebook PC...
  • Page 11: Knowing The Parts

    2. Knowing the Parts Basic sides of the Notebook PC...
  • Page 12: Top Side

    Knowing the Parts Top Side Refer to the diagram below to identify the components on this side of the Notebook PC.
  • Page 13: Display Panel

    Camera (on selected models) The built-in camera allows picture taking or video recording. Can be used with video conferencing and other interactive applications. Display Panel The display panel functions the same as a desktop monitor. The Notebook PC uses an active matrix TFT LCD, which provides excellent viewing like that of desktop monitors.
  • Page 14: Bottom Side

    Knowing the Parts Bottom Side Refer to the diagram below to identify the components on this side of the Notebook PC. WARNING! The bottom of the Notebook PC can get very hot. Be careful when han- dling the Notebook PC while it is in operation or recently been in operation. High temperatures are normal during charging or operation.
  • Page 15: Battery Pack

    Memory (RAM) Compartment The memory compartment provides expansion capabilities for additional memory. Additional memory will increase application performance by decreasing hard disk access. The BIOS automatically detects the amount of memory in the system and configures CMOS accordingly during the POST (Power-On- Self-Test) process.
  • Page 16: Left Side

    Knowing the Parts Left Side Refer to the diagram below to identify the components on this side of the Notebook PC. Flash Memory Slot Normally a separate card reader must be purchased separately in order to use memory cards from devices such as digital cameras, MP3 players, mobile phones, and PDAs. This Notebook PC has a built-in memory card reader that can read many flash memory cards as specified later in this manual.
  • Page 17: Expresscard Slot

    IEEE1394 Port IEEE1394 is a high speed serial bus like SCSI but has simple connections and hot- plugging capabilities like USB. The interface IEEE1394 has a bandwidth of 100- 400 Mbits/sec and can handle up to 63 units on the same bus. IEEE1394 is also used in high-end digital equipment and should be marked “DV”...
  • Page 18: Right Side

    Knowing the Parts Right Side Refer to the diagram below to identify the components on this side of the Notebook PC. USB Port (2.0/1.1) The Universal Serial Bus is compatible with USB 2.0 or USB 1.1 devices such as keyboards, pointing devices, cameras, hard disk drives, printers, and scanners connected in a series up to 12Mbits/sec (USB 1.1) and 480Mbits/sec (USB 2.0).
  • Page 19: Front Side

    Front Side Refer to the diagram below to identify the components on the front side of the Notebook PC. Audio Speakers The built-in stereo speaker system allows you to hear audio without additional attachments. The multimedia sound system features an integrated digital audio controller that produces rich, vibrant sound (results improved with external stereo headphones or speakers).
  • Page 20: Rear Side

    ASUS Notebook PC and charges the internal battery pack. To prevent damage to the ASUS Notebook PC and battery pack, always use the supplied power adapter. CAUTION: MAY BECOME WARM TO HOT WHEN IN USE.
  • Page 21: Lan Port

    LAN Port The RJ-45 LAN port with eight pins is larger than the RJ-11 modem port and supports a standard Ethernet cable for connection to a local network. The built-in connector allows convenient use without additional adapters. Modem Port The RJ-11 modem port with two pins is smaller than the RJ-45 LAN port and supports a standard telephone cable.
  • Page 22 Knowing the Parts...
  • Page 23: Getting Started

    3. Getting Started Using AC Power Using Battery Power Powering ON the Notebook PC Checking Battery Power Restarting or Rebooting Powering OFF the Notebook PC Special Keyboard Functions Switches and Status Indicators...
  • Page 24: Power System

    Getting Started Power System Using AC Power The Notebook PC power is comprised of two parts, the power adapter and the battery power system. The power adapter converts AC power from a wall outlet to the DC power required by the Notebook PC.
  • Page 25 Using Battery Power The Notebook PC is designed to work with a removable battery pack. The battery pack consists of a set of battery cells housed together. A fully charged pack will provide several hours of battery life, which can be further extended by using power management features through the BIOS setup. Additional battery packs are optional and can be purchased separately through a Notebook PC retailer.
  • Page 26: Powering On The Notebook Pc

    Getting Started Powering ON the Notebook PC The Notebook PC’s power-ON message appears on the screen when you turn it ON. If necessary, you may adjust the brightness by using the hot keys. If you need to run the BIOS Setup to set or modify the system configuration, press [F2] upon bootup to enter the BIOS Setup.
  • Page 27: Checking Battery Power

    Checking Battery Power The battery system implements the Smart Battery standard under the Windows environment, which allows the battery to accurately report the amount of charge left in the battery. A fully-charged battery pack provides the Notebook PC a few hours of working power. But the actual figure varies depending on how you use the power saving features, your general work habits, the CPU, system memory size, and the size of the display panel.
  • Page 28: Restarting Or Rebooting

    Getting Started Restarting or Rebooting After making changes to your operating system, you may be prompted to restart the system. Some installation processes will provide a dialog box to allow restart. To restart the system manually, click Windows Start button and select Shut Down and then choose Restart.
  • Page 29: Special Keyboard Functions

    Special Keyboard Functions Colored Hot Keys The following defines the colored hot keys on the Notebook PC’s keyboard. The colored commands can only be accessed by first pressing and holding the function key while pressing a key with a colored command. NOTE: The Hot Key locations on the function keys may vary depending on model but the functions should remain the same.
  • Page 30: Microsoft Windows Keys

    Getting Started Microsoft Windows Keys There are two special Windows keys on the keyboard as described below. The key with the Windows Logo activates the Start menu located at the bottom left of the Windows desktop. The other key, that looks like a Windows menu with a small cursor, activates the properties menu and is equivalent to pressing the right mouse button on a Windows object.
  • Page 31: Switches And Status Indicators

    Switches and Status Indicators Switches PUSH Power4 Gear+ Key The Power4 Gear+ button toggles power savings between various power saving modes. The power saving modes control many aspects of the Notebook PC to maximize performance versus battery time. When you are using an AC power adapter, Power4 Gear+ will switch between modes in the AC power mode segment.
  • Page 32: Status Indicators

    Getting Started Status Indicators Top of keyboard PUSH Drive Activity Indicator Indicates that the Notebook PC is accessing one or more storage device(s) such as the hard disk. The light flashes proportional to the access time. Capital Lock Indicator Indicates that capital lock [Caps Lock] is activated when lighted. Capital lock allows some of the keyboard letters to type using capitalized letters (e.g.
  • Page 33: Power Indicator

    Status Indicators Front edge PUSH Power Indicator The power indicator lights when the Notebook PC is turned ON and blinks slowly when the Notebook PC is in the Suspend-to-RAM (Standby) mode. This indicator is OFF when the Notebook PC is turned OFF or in the Suspend-to-Disk (Hibernation) mode.
  • Page 34 Getting Started...
  • Page 35: Using The Notebook Pc

    4. Using the Notebook PC Operating System Pointing Device Storage Devices PC Card (PCMCIA) Socket Optical Drive Hard Disk Drive Connections Modem Connection Network Connection Wireless LAN Connection Bluetooth Wireless Connection Power Management Modes...
  • Page 36: Operating System

    Using the Notebook PC Operating System This Notebook PC may offer (depending on territory) its customers the choice of a pre-installed operating system such as Microsoft Windows XP. The choices and languages will depend on the territory. The levels of hardware and software support may vary depending on the installed operating system. The stability and compatibility of other operating systems cannot be guaranteed.
  • Page 37: Pointing Device

    Pointing Device The Notebook PC’s integrated touchpad pointing device is fully compatible with all two/three-button and scrolling knob PS/2 mice. The touchpad is pressure sensitive and contains no moving parts; therefore, mechanical failures can be avoided. A device driver is still required for working with some application software.
  • Page 38: Touchpad Usage Illustrations

    Using the Notebook PC Touchpad Usage Illustrations Clicking/Tapping - With the cursor over an item, press the left button or use your fingertip to touch the touchpad lightly, keeping your finger on the touchpad until the item is selected. The selected item will change color.
  • Page 39: Caring For The Touchpad

    Dragging - Dragging means to pick up an item and place it anywhere on the screen you wish. You can move the cursor over the item you select, and while keeping the left button depressed, moving the cursor to the desired location, then release the button. Or, you can simply double-tap on the item and hold while dragging the item with your fingertip.
  • Page 40: Storage Devices

    Using the Notebook PC Storage Devices Storage devices allow the Notebook PC to read or write documents, pictures, and other files to various data storage devices. This Notebook PC has the following storage devices: • ExpressCard • Optical drive • Flash memory reader •...
  • Page 41: Optical Drive

    Optical Drive Inserting an optical disc 1. While the Notebook PC’s power is ON, press the drive’s eject button and the tray will eject out partially. 3. Hold the disc by the edge and face the disc’s printed side up. Push down on both sides of the disc’s center until the disc snaps onto the hub.
  • Page 42: Listening To Audio Cd

    Using the Notebook PC Optical Drive (Cont’) Removing an optical disc Eject the tray and gently pry the edge of the disc upwards at an angle to remove the disc from the hub. Using the Optical Drive Optical discs and equipment must be handled with care because of the precise mechanics involved. Keep in mind the important safety instructions from your CD suppliers.
  • Page 43: Flash Memory Card Reader

    Flash Memory Card Reader Normally a PCMCIA memory card reader must be purchased separately in order to use memory cards from devices such as digital cameras, MP3 players, mobile phones, and PDAs. This Notebook PC has a single built-in memory card reader that can read flash memory cards as shown below. The built-in memory card reader is not only convenient, but also faster than most other forms of memory card readers because it utilizes the high-bandwidth PCI bus.
  • Page 44: Connections

    Using the Notebook PC Connections NOTE: The built-in modem and network cannot be installed later as an upgrade. After purchase, modem and/or network can be installed as a PC card (PCMCIA). Modem Connection The telephone wire used to connect the Notebook PC’s internal modem should have either two or four wires (only two wires (telephone line #1) is used by the modem) and should have an RJ- 11 connector on both ends.
  • Page 45: Network Connection

    Network Connection Connect a network cable, with RJ-45 connectors on each end, to the modem/network port on the Notebook PC and the other end to a hub or switch. For 100 BASE-TX / 1000 BASE-T speeds, your network cable must be category 5 or better (not category 3) with twisted-pair wiring. If you plan on running the interface at 100/1000Mbps, it must be connected to a 100 BASE-TX / 1000 BASE-T hub (not a BASE- T4 hub).
  • Page 46: Wireless Lan Connection (On Selected Models)

    Using the Notebook PC Wireless LAN Connection (on selected models) The optional built-in wireless LAN is a compact easy-to-use wireless Ethernet adapter. Implementing the IEEE 802.11 standard for wireless LAN (WLAN), the optional built-in wireless LAN is capable of fast data transmission rates using Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) and Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) technologies on 2.4 GHz frequencies.
  • Page 47: Bluetooth Wireless Connection (On Selected Models)

    Bluetooth Wireless Connection (on selected models) Notebook PCs with Bluetooth technology eliminates the need for cables for connecting Bluetooth- enabled devices. Examples of Bluetooth-enabled devices may be Notebook PCs, Desktop PCs, mobile phones, and PDAs. Note: If your Notebook PC did not come with built-in Bluetooth, you need to connect a USB or ExpressCard Bluetooth module in order to use Bluetooth.
  • Page 48: Power Management Modes

    Using the Notebook PC Power Management Modes The Notebook PC has a number of automatic or adjustable power saving features that you can use to maximize battery life and lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). You can control some of these features through the Power menu in the BIOS Setup.
  • Page 49: Power State Summary

    Power State Summary STATE ENTRY EVENT “Stand by” • “Stand by” through Windows Start button, • Timer as set though “Power Management” in Windows Control Panel (higher priority) STR (“Stand by”) • Hotkey [Fn][F1] (Suspend-to-RAM) STD (“Hibernate”) • Hotkey [Fn][F1] (Suspend-to-Disk) Soft OFF •...
  • Page 50: Stand By And Hibernate

    Using the Notebook PC Stand by and Hibernate Power management settings can be found in the Windows control panel. The following shows the power options properties in Windows. You can define “Stand By” or “Shut down” for closing the display panel, pressing the power button, or activating sleep mode. “Stand by” and “Hibernate” saves power when your Notebook PC is not in use by turning OFF certain components.
  • Page 51: Appendix

    Appendix Optional Accessories Optional Connections Glossary Declarations and Safety Statements Notebook PC Information...
  • Page 52: Optional Accessories

    Appendix Optional Accessories These items, if desired, come as optional items to complement your Notebook PC. USB Hub (Optional) Attaching an optional USB hub will increase your USB ports and allow you to quickly connect or disconnect many USB peripherals through a single cable.
  • Page 53: Wireless Lan Card

    These items, if desired, come as optional items to complement your Notebook PC. Wireless LAN Card The ASUS WLAN PC Card (WL-107g) is a wireless LAN adapter that fits into a PCMCIA Type II slot in a Notebook PC and creates a wireless network using the IEEE 802.11g/b wireless standards.
  • Page 54: Printer Connection

    Appendix Optional Connections (Cont.) These items, if desired, may be purchased from third-parties. Printer Connection One or more USB printers can be simultaneously used on any USB port or USB hub.
  • Page 55: Glossary

    Glossary ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Management Interface) Modern standard for reducing power usage in computers. APM (Advanced Power Management) Modern standard for reducing power usage in computers. AWG (American Wire Gauge) NOTE: This table is for general reference only and should not be used as a source of the American Wire Gauge standard as this table may not be current or complete.
  • Page 56 Appendix Byte (Binary Term) One byte is a group of eight contiguous bits. A byte is used to represent a single alphanumeric character, punctuation mark, or other symbol. Clock Throttling Chipset function which allows the processor’s clock to be stopped and started at a known duty cycle. Clock throttling is used for power savings, thermal management, and reducing processing speed.
  • Page 57 Kensington Locks ® ® Kensington locks (or compatible) allow the Notebok PC to be secured usually using a metal cable and lock that prevent the Notebok PC to be removed from a fixed object. Some security products may also include a motion detector to sound an alarm when moved. Laser Classifications As lasers became more numerous and more widely used, the need to warn users of laser hazards became apparent.
  • Page 58 Appendix POST (Power On Self Test) When you turn on the computer, it will first run through the POST, a series of software-controlled diagnostic tests. The POST checks system memory, the motherboard circuitry, the display, the key- board, the diskette drive, and other I/O devices. RAM (Random Access Memory) There are several different types of RAM such as DDR (Double Dynamic RAM), DRAM (Dynamic RAM), EDO DRAM (Extended Data Output DRAM), SDRAM (Synchronous DRAM).
  • Page 59: Declarations And Safety Statements

    Declarations and Safety Statements DVD-ROM Drive Information The Notebook PC comes with an optional DVD-ROM drive or a CD-ROM drive. In order to view DVD titles, you must install your own DVD viewer software. Optional DVD viewer software may be purchased with this Notebook PC.
  • Page 60: Internal Modem Compliancy

    Appendix Internal Modem Compliancy The Notebook PC with internal modem model complies with JATE (Japan), FCC (US, Canada, Korea, Taiwan), and CTR21. The internal modem has been approved in accordance with Council Decision 98/ 482/EC for pan-European single terminal connection to the public switched telephone network (PSTN). However due to differences between the individual PSTNs provided in different countries, the approval does not, of itself, give an unconditional assurance of successful operation on every PSTN network termination point.
  • Page 61 Internal Modem Compliancy (Cont.) This table shows the countries currently under the CTR21 standard. Country Applied Austria Belgium Czech Republic Denmark Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Italy Still Pending Israel Lichtenstein Luxemburg The Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Spain Sweden Switzerland United Kingdom...
  • Page 62: Federal Communications Commission Statement

    Appendix Federal Communications Commission Statement This device complies with FCC Rules Part 15. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: • This device may not cause harmful interference, and • This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules.
  • Page 63: Fcc Radio Frequency Interference Requirements

    FCC Radio Frequency Interference Requirements MPE Statement: Your device contains a low power transmitter. When device is transmitted it sends out Radio Frequency (RF) signal. This device is restricted to INDOOR USE due to its operation in the 5.15 to 5.25GHz frequency range. FCC requires this product to be used indoors for the frequency range 5.15 to 5.25GHz to reduce the potential for harmful interference to co-channel of the Mobile Satellite Systems.
  • Page 64: Wireless Operation Channel For Different Domains

    Appendix Wireless Operation Channel for Different Domains N. America 2.412-2.462 GHz Japan 2.412-2.484 GHz Europe ETSI 2.412-2.472 GHz France Restricted Wireless Frequency Bands Some areas of France have a restricted frequency band. The worst case maximum authorized power indoors are: •...
  • Page 65: Ul Safety Notices

    UL Safety Notices Required for UL 1459 covering telecommunications (telephone) equipment intended to be electrically connected to a telecommunication network that has an operating voltage to ground that does not exceed 200V peak, 300V peak-to-peak, and 105V rms, and installed or used in accordance with the National Electrical Code (NFPA 70).
  • Page 66 Appendix Nordic Cautions (for Notebook PC with Lithium-Ion Battery) CAUTION! Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer. Dispose of used batteries according to the manufacturer’s instructions. (English) ATTENZIONE! Rischio di esplosione della batteria se sostituita in modo errato.
  • Page 67: Optical Drive Safety Information

    Optical Drive Safety Information Laser Safety Information Internal or external optical drives sold with this Notebook PC contains a CLASS 1 LASER PRODUCT. Laser classifications can be found in the glossary at the end of this user’s manual. WARNING: Making adjustments or performing procedures other than those specified in the user’s manual may result in hazardous laser exposure.
  • Page 68 Appendix CTR 21 Approval (for Notebook PC with built-in Modem) Danish Dutch English Finnish French German Greek Italian Portuguese Spanish Swedish...
  • Page 69 Appendix...
  • Page 70: Notebook Pc Information

    Appendix Notebook PC Information This page is provided for recording information concerning your Notebook PC for future reference or for technical support. Keep this User’s Manual in a secured location if passwords are filled out. Owner’s Name: ____________________________ Owner’s Telephone: ______________ Manufacturer: _______________ Model: ___________ Serial Number: ______________ Display Size: ____________ Resolution: _____________ Memory Size: ______________ Retailer: _________________ Location: ___________ Purchase Date: ______________...
  • Page 71: Copyright Information

    ASUS will only be responsible for or indemnify you for loss, damages or claims based in contract, tort or infringement under this Warranty Statement. This limit also applies to ASUS’ suppliers and its reseller. It is the maximum for which ASUS, its sup- pliers, and your reseller are collectively responsible.