Toshiba Tecra M7 Series Resource Manual

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Toshiba's Support Web site
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Calling within the United States (800) 457-7777
Calling from outside the United States (949) 859-4273
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M7 Series

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    Resource Guide Keep this guide in a convenient place to access important information about your computer. If you need assistance: Toshiba’s Support Web site Toshiba Global Support Centre Calling within the United States (800) 457-7777 Calling from outside the United States (949) 859-4273...

  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Contents Introduction ... 25 Setting up your computer and getting started... 26 Your computer’s TFT display ... 31 Inserting a PC Card... 31 Removing a PC Card... 32 Learning the basics... 32 Using the TouchPad™ ... 33 Using the optical drive ... 34 Moving the computer...

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    Only Peripherals complying with the FCC Class B limits may be attached to this equipment. Operation with noncompliant peripherals or peripherals not recommended by Toshiba is likely to result in interference to radio and TV reception. Shielded cables must be used between the external devices and the computer's parallel port, monitor port, USB port, PS/2 port port and microphone jack.

  • Page 5: Industry Canada Requirement, Fcc Requirements

    This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. Contact either: Toshiba’s Support Web site at Or call the Toshiba Global Support Centre: Within the United States at (800) 457-7777 Outside the United States at (949) 859-4273 Industry Canada Requirement This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.

  • Page 6: Telephone Company Procedures, If Problems Arise, Fax Branding

    If trouble is experienced with this equipment, for repair or limited warranty information, please contact Toshiba Corporation, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. or an authorized representative of Toshiba, or the Toshiba Support Centre within the United States at (800) 457-7777 or Outside the United States at (949) 859-4273.

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    any other number for which charges exceed local or long-distance transmission charges.) In order to program this information into your fax transmission, refer to the fax software instructions installed on this computer. Alarm Equipment If your home has specially wired alarm equipment connected to the telephone line, ensure the installation of this equipment does not disable your alarm equipment.

  • Page 8: Wireless Interoperability, Wireless Lan And Your Health

    USOC RJ11C. Wireless Interoperability The TOSHIBA Wireless LAN Mini PCI Card products are designed to be interoperable with any wireless LAN product that is based on Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) radio technology, and is compliant to: The IEEE 802.11 Standard on Wireless LANs (Revision A/B/G), as...

  • Page 9: Regulatory Information

    The radiated output power of the TOSHIBA Wireless LAN Mini PCI Card is far below the FCC radio frequency exposure limits. Nevertheless, the TOSHIBA Wireless LAN Mini PCI Card shall be used in such a manner that the potential for human contact during normal operation is minimized. In normal operating configuration, the LCD in the upright position, the dis- tance between the antenna and the user should not be less than 20 cm.

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    5.65 GHz to 5.85 GHz bands. These radar stations can cause interference with and/or damage this device. EU Declaration of Conformity TOSHIBA declares, that this product conforms to the following Standards: This product is carrying the CE-Mark in accordance with the related European Directives. Responsible for CE-Marking is TOSHIBA Europe, Hammfelddamm 8, 41460 Neuss, Germany.

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    VCCI Class B Information Modem Warning Notice Conformity Statement The equipment has been approved to [Commission Decision “CTR-21”] 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/regions the approval does not, of itself, give an unconditional assurance of successful operation on every PSTN network termination point.

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    2. If this equipment causes RF interference to other radio stations, promptly change the frequency being used, change the location of use, or turn off the source of emissions. 3. Contact TOSHIBA Direct PC if you have problems with interference caused by this product to Other Radio Stations. 2. Indication The indication shown below appears on this equipment.

  • Page 13: Device Authorization, Radio Approvals For Wireless Devices

    Device Authorization This device obtains the Technical Regulation Conformity Certification and the Technical Conditions Compliance Approval, and it belongs to the device class of radio equipment of low-power data communication system radio station stipulated in the Radio Law and the Telecommunications Business Law of Japan.

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    Luxembourg Norway Switzerland Europe - Restrictions for use of 2.4 GHz Frequencies in European Community Countries België/ For private usage outside buildings across public grounds over less than Belgique: 300m no special registration with IBPT/BIPT is required. Registration to IBPT/BIPT is required for private usage outside buildings across public grounds over more than 300m.

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    802.11a (5 GHz) Australia Canada France Ireland Luxembourg Norway Switzerland Turbo Mode (5 GHz) Canada Europe - Restrictions for Use of 5 GHz Frequencies in European Community Countries European Community Countries Austria Belgium, France, Switzerland/Lichtenstein Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, UK...

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    This device must be used with Access Points that have employed and activated a radar detection feature required for European Community operation in the 5 GHz bands. This device will operate under the control of the Access Point in order to avoid operating on a channel occupied by any radar system in the area.

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    Mexico Norway Singapore Switzerland Approved Countries/Regions for use for the Toshiba Mini PCI Wireless LAN Card This equipment is approved to the radio standard by the countries/regions in the following table. Do not use this equipment except in the countries/regions in the following table.

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    TOSHIBA portable computers. Always use Bluetooth cards from TOSHIBA in order to enable wireless net- works over two or more (up to a total of seven) TOSHIBA portable comput- ers using these cards. Please contact TOSHIBA PC product support on Web site in...

  • Page 19: Bluetooth Wireless Technology And Your Health

    The radiated output power of the Bluetooth Card from TOSHIBA is far below the FCC radio frequency exposure limits. Nevertheless, the Bluetooth Card from TOSHIBA shall be used in such a manner that the potential for human contact during normal operation is minimized.

  • Page 20: Regulatory Statements

    Regulatory statements This product complies with any mandatory product specification in any country/region where the product is sold. In addition, the product complies with the following: European Union (EU) and EFTA This equipment complies with the R&TTE directive 1999/5/EC and has been provided with the CE mark accordingly.

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    2. If this equipment causes RF interference to other radio stations, promptly change the frequency being used, change the location of use, or turn off the source of emissions. 3. Contact TOSHIBA Direct PC if you have problems with interference caused by this product to Other Radio Stations. 2. Indication The indication shown below appears on this equipment.

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    CD-RW drive, Multi-drive or any other optical drive. You could damage the drive. You would also be exposed to laser light or other safety hazards, resulting in serious injury. Always contact an authorized Toshiba service provider, if any repair or adjustment is required.

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    This guide is copyrighted by Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. with all rights reserved. Under the copyright laws, this guide cannot be reproduced in any form without the prior written permission of Toshiba. No patent liability is assumed, however, with respect to the use of the information contained herein.

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    TouchPad is a trademark of Synaptics, Inc. Bluetooth word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Toshiba is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.

  • Page 25: Introduction

    For more detailed information, descriptions of other features, and more extensive troubleshooting guidelines, see the electronic user’s guide preinstalled on your system. It is also available on the Web at Safety icons This guide contains safety instructions that must be observed in order to avoid potential hazards that could result in personal injuries, damage to your equipment, or loss of data.

  • Page 26: Setting Up Your Computer And Getting Started

    For accessory information, visit Toshiba’s Web site at Setting up your computer and getting started The Toshiba Instruction Manual for Safety and Comfort, that shipped with your computer, contains helpful information for setting up your work environment and tips for working comfortably throughout the day.

  • Page 27: On Your Computer

    Never allow any liquids to spill into any part of your computer, and never expose the computer to rain, water, seawater or moisture. Exposure to liquid or moisture can cause electric shock or fire, resulting in damage or serious injury. If any of these eventualities should accidentally occur, immediately: 1.

  • Page 28: Connecting To A Power Source

    TOSHIBA Battery Charger (that may have been provided with your PC), or use the AC adaptors and battery chargers specified by TOSHIBA to avoid any risk of fire or other damage to the PC. Use of an incompatible AC adaptor or battery charger could cause fire or damage to the PC, possibly resulting in serious injury.

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    To connect AC power to the computer: Connect the power cord/cable to the AC adaptor. (Sample Illustration) Connecting the power cord/cable to the AC adaptor Handling the cord on this product will expose you to lead, a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.

  • Page 30: Connecting A Printer

    Setting up your computer and getting started Connecting a printer Your printer documentation may require you to install the printer software before physically connecting the printer to your computer. If you do not install the software as instructed by the printer manufacturer, the printer may not function correctly.

  • Page 31: Your Computer's Tft Display, Inserting A Pc Card

    Toshiba authorized service provider. If you are a technically advanced user, visit for information. Toshiba will not be responsible for any product damage, data loss, service or part replacement made necessary by improper installation of a memory module.

  • Page 32: Removing A Pc Card, Learning The Basics

    Removing a PC Card Insert the PC Card into the slot. (Sample Illustration) Inserting a PC Card When the card is almost all the way into the slot, push firmly but gently to ensure a firm connection with the computer. Do not force the card into position. Removing a PC Card Prepare the card for removal by right-clicking on the Safely Remove Hardware icon on the system tray and then...

  • Page 33: Using The Touchpad

    HINT: Some programs have an automatic save feature that you can turn on. This feature saves your file to the hard disk at preset intervals. See your software documentation for details. Back up your files to a removable storage media on a regular basis.

  • Page 34: Using The Optical Drive

    Using the optical drive Scrolling with the TouchPad There are two active regions on the TouchPad to scroll as you would with any wheel device on a mouse or trackball. To scroll vertically, run your finger up or down along the right edge of the TouchPad.

  • Page 35: Inserting A Compact Disc

    For optimum DVD performance, it is recommended that you play DVDs while running the computer on AC power. Your optical drive may look like this: Drive in-use indicator light Eject button Manual eject hole (Sample Illustration) Optical drive Drive in-use indicator light—Indicates when the drive is in use.

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    If you insert the disc incorrectly, it may jam the drive. If this happens, contact Toshiba support for assistance. Push the disc tray in by pressing gently on the center of the tray until it clicks into place.

  • Page 37: Moving The Computer

    Removing a disc with the computer on To remove a compact disc (CD or DVD) with the computer turned on: Press the eject button on the drive. Do not press the eject button while the in-use indicator light is glowing. Doing so could damage the disc or the drive. Also, if the disc is still spinning when you open the disc tray, wait for it to stop spinning before you remove it.

  • Page 38: Mobile Computing

    Published battery life numbers are achieved on select models and configurations tested by Toshiba at the time of publication. Recharge time varies depending on usage. Battery may not charge while the computer is consuming full power.

  • Page 39: Monitoring Main Battery Power, Setting Battery Alarms

    Monitoring main battery power The computer’s main battery light gives you an indication of the main battery’s current charge: Glows amber while the main battery is being charged (AC adaptor connected) Glows green when the main battery is fully charged Is unlit when the battery has discharged, the battery is not charging, or the AC adaptor is not plugged into the computer or AC outlet...

  • Page 40: Changing The Main Battery, Save Your Work

    Mobile computing Changing the main battery When your main battery has run out of power, you have two options: plug in the AC adaptor or install a fresh main battery. Never short circuit the battery pack by either accidentally or intentionally bringing the battery terminals in contact with another conductive object.

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    Slide the battery release lock to the unlocked position. (Sample Illustration) Unlocking the battery release lock Slide the battery release latch to release the battery. Pull the discharged battery out of the computer. (Sample Illustration) Removing the battery If the battery is leaking or its case is cracked, put on protective gloves to handle it, and discard it immediately.

  • Page 42: Taking Care Of Your Battery

    Taking care of your battery Inserting a charged battery To insert a battery: Wipe the terminals of the charged battery with a clean cloth to ensure a good connection. Insert the charged battery into the slot until the latch clicks. The battery has been designed so that you cannot install it with reverse polarity.

  • Page 43: Maximizing Battery Life

    If a battery is leaking or damaged, replace it immediately. Use protective gloves when handling a damaged battery. To replace the main battery, use an identical battery that you can purchase through the Toshiba Web site at A reverse polarity condition should be avoided with all batteries.

  • Page 44: Disposing Of Used Batteries

    Taking care of your battery Charge the battery pack until the battery light glows green. If you have extra battery packs, rotate their use. If you will not be using the system for an extended period, more than one month, remove the battery pack. Disconnect the AC adaptor when the battery is fully charged.

  • Page 45: If Something Goes Wrong

    If you cannot find the information you need elsewhere, call Toshiba at: (800) 457-7777. If something goes wrong Problems that are easy to fix Your program stops responding.

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    If something goes wrong If you are connected to a domain server: Click Start, Shut down. The Shut Down window appears. Click Shut down from the drop-down list. Click OK. The computer shuts down completely. Your program performs an illegal operation. If you receive the message, “...

  • Page 47: Display Problems

    If something goes wrong If you are using the AC adaptor, check that the wall outlet is working by plugging in another device, such as a lamp. Verify that the computer is on by looking at the on/off indicator. If the indicator is glowing, the computer is on. If you are using an AC adaptor, verify that the computer is receiving power from the external power source by looking at the AC power light.

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    If something goes wrong You may have activated the instant password feature by pressing password, press any key, type the password and press no password is registered, press any key. The screen reactivates and allows you to continue working. If you are using the built-in screen, make sure the display priority is not set for an external monitor.

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    PC Card problems PC Card checklist Make sure the card is inserted properly into the slot. See “Using PC Cards” in the electronic user’s guide for information about how to insert PC Cards. Make sure all cables are securely connected. Occasionally a defective PC Card slips through quality control.

  • Page 50: If You Need Further Assistance

    If the problem occurs while you are running a program, consult the program’s documentation for troubleshooting suggestions. Contact the software company’s technical support group for their assistance. For the number of a Toshiba dealer near you, see “Toshiba voice contact” in this section.

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    Contacting Toshiba If you still need help and suspect that the problem is hardware-related, Toshiba offers a variety of resources to help you. Toshiba’s Technical Support Web site For technical support, or to stay current on the most recent software and hardware options for your computer, and for other product information, be sure to regularly check the Toshiba Web site at

  • Page 52: Power Cord/cable Connectors, Features And Specifications

    (UL and CSA approved) Features and specifications For the complete detailed specifications for your computer, visit Go to the Tech Support Center, select your particular model from the list and go to the Detailed Specifications for that model. Australia...

  • Page 53: Index

    Index AC adaptor AC power light alarms low battery backing up files battery alarms changing installing 40, 42 real-time clock (RTC) removing buttons eject, optical drive TouchPad control CD/DVD inserting changing main battery computer moving computing tips connecting AC adaptor power cord/cable printer control buttons...

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    TouchPad printer connecting problem solving computer hangs when PC Card inserted computer will not start contacting Toshiba display is blank external monitor illegal operation keyboard not responding keyboard produces unexpected characters PC Card checklist PC Card slot appears dead...

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