Congratulations! As the owner of a new Compaq Notebook computer, you have joined the worldwide community of mobile computer users. After your Notebook is set up and connected to the Internet, you can explore vast regions of information, entertainment, and services online. To help you access the information you need on your Notebook, this chapter covers the following main topics: Where Can I Find Information?, 1-2...
Introduction All the information you’ll need to use the basic features of your new Notebook is available in the documents included with your Notebook. Some of these documents are printed and some are provided on the Documentation Suite CD. Your new Notebook computer came with documentation containing helpful reference material.
Notebook maintenance Solutions for computer problems Compaq service and support tools Did you know... Safety and Comfort Guide are also available on the Compaq Web Site. See the “Online Help and Support” section in Chapter 8 for specific Web site information. This document explains how to protect your equipment from damage, protect yourself from injury, and ensure your comfort while using your Notebook.
Introduction documents on the Documentation Suite CD. You will also use Acrobat Reader to view and print some documents available on the Internet.) 4. For information about closing Acrobat Reader or using it to view or print a document on the Documentation Suite CD, click the Help button near the top of the Adobe Acrobat Reader window.
The following words and symbols have special meaning in this guide and in the electronic documentation: Å WARNING: Text set off in this manner indicates that failure to follow directions in the warning could result in bodily harm or loss of life. Ä...
Introduction Å WARNING: To reduce the risk of electric shock and damage to the equipment, read the Safety and Comfort Guide. Did you know... plug all power cords into a high-quality surge protector. If you have a dedicated telephone line for the modem, buy a surge protector with a telephone jack.
During an electrical storm, you should take the following precautions to protect your Notebook from damage. You should immediately disconnect your Notebook from the power source. After your Notebook is safely disconnected from AC power, you can run your Notebook on battery power. If you are not using a surge protector, unplug all power cords from the wall outlets.
Before you begin using your new Notebook computer, you’ll want to look at some of the basic components. To help you locate your Notebook’s components, this chapter covers the following main topics: Front of Your Notebook, 2-2 Left and Right Panels, 2-7 Back Panel, 2-9 Underside, 2-10 To open your new Notebook, push the Display Release Latch 1...
Your Notebook at a Glance Open your Notebook and take a look at these components. “Turning Your Notebook On and Off” in Chapter 3 of See also this guide to learn more about how to start and shut down your Notebook.
“Using Keyboard and Pointing Device” in Chapter 3 See also of this guide for more information on using the TouchPad. TouchPad Left TouchPad Button Mobile Internet PC User’s Guide Presario 700 Series Your Notebook at a Glance Easy Scroll Button Right TouchPad Button 2–3...
Your Notebook at a Glance 1 AC Adapter Light 2 Num Lock Light 3 Instant Internet Access Button 4 Instant E-Mail Button 5 Search Button 6 Power Button Pressing the volume down and volume up buttons at the same time mutes the sound. Repeat to un-mute the sound. 2–4 7 Digital Audio Button 8 Volume Down Button...
Button ∆ ƒ À Fn+F1 Fn+F2 Key combinations, such as the example Fn+F1 used in these solutions, mean that you should press and hold down the Fn key, press the F1 key, and then release both keys simultaneously. Mobile Internet PC User’s Guide Presario 700 Series Button Description...
Your Notebook at a Glance The following (FN+function) keys have already been assigned. Button 2–6 cad goes here Description Compaq Support Web site launch key Help launch key Switch between the display and external monitor in the following order: Display External monitor Display and external monitor Sleep...
Take a look at the left and right sides of your Notebook. The PC card slot and the removable floppy drive are located on the left side panel. The microphone jack, headphone jack, and optical drive are located on the right side panel. Did you know...
Your Notebook at a Glance Microphone Jack Headphone Jack Optical Drive 2–8 Optical Drive Activity Light Optical Drive Eject Button Manual Eject Hole Mobile Internet PC User’s Guide Presario 700 Series...
Take a look at the back of your Notebook. This is where you connect external hardware such as a printer or external monitor. “Installing Hardware Devices” in Chapter 4 of this See also guide for more information on attaching external devices. AC Adapter Connector 1394 Port (on select models) S-Video (TV Output) Port...
Your Notebook at a Glance The memory compartment, main battery, battery release switch, and the pop-up feet are located on the underside of your Notebook. Before contacting Compaq Customer Support, you will need the serial number from the underside of your Notebook. Pop-up Feet Expansion Memory Compartment...
Your Notebook computer is designed for easy setup, use, and upgrading. In this chapter, you’ll become familiar with your Notebook features. This chapter helps you to use your Notebook right out of the box, by covering the following main topics: Power On!, 3-2 Using Keyboard and Pointing Device, 3-9 Easy Access Buttons, 3-13...
Using Your Notebook This section helps you get your Notebook set up and running. Plugging and Unplugging AC Power Turning Your Notebook On and Off Using Battery Power Å WARNING: To reduce the risk of electrical shock, fire, or damage to the equipment, do not use converter kits sold for appliances to power your Notebook.
Ensure that you can reach the electrical outlet easily. Unplug the AC adapter from the electrical outlet when you want to disconnect AC power from your Notebook. When unplugging from the electrical outlet, grasp the cord by the plug. Do not leave the AC adapter plugged into the electrical outlet when it is not connected to your Notebook.
Using Your Notebook When you’re not on the go, you’ll want to use your Notebook’s AC adapter as your power source. This ensures that the battery is always charged. When your Notebook does not have a charged battery, you should save your work and turn off your Notebook before unplugging it from the AC power supply.
When your Notebook is on, pressing the Power your Notebook in Hibernation mode. Did you know... When your Notebook enters this mode, the contents of the memory are saved to the hard disk and your Notebook powers off. The settings for the Power Press and release the Power Hibernation mode.
Using Your Notebook Å WARNING: Your Notebook contains a lithium-ion battery pack. Improper handling of the battery pack can result in fire and chemical burns. Do not disassemble, crush, puncture, short external contacts, dispose of in water or fire, or expose it to temperatures higher than 140°...
4. Insert the battery, front-edge first, into the keyed battery compartment. 5. Gently push down on the battery door until it snaps into place. “Components on Underside” in Chapter 2 of this guide See also for help in locating the Battery Release Switch. To remove the battery, complete the following steps: 1.
Using Your Notebook “Battery Care” in Chapter 6 of this guide. See also To charge the battery, insert the battery in the battery compartment and connect your Notebook to AC power. Leave your Notebook plugged into the electrical outlet until the Battery Charge illuminated.
In this section you’ll learn how to select, click, and double-click with the TouchPad: Using the TouchPad Instead of a Mouse Tapping and Double-Tapping Edge Motion “External Care of Your Notebook” in Chapter 7 of this See also guide for tips on keeping your TouchPad clean. “Installing Hardware Devices”...
Using Your Notebook The Right TouchPad button works as the context menu or special drag button. Move the pointer over the item and press the Right TouchPad button to get context-sensitive options. The Easy Scroll button is the equivalent of the right, left, up, and down buttons of the scroll bars on the side and bottom of your screen.
2. Double-click the Mouse icon Properties dialog box. 3. Click the Touch tab. 4. Select Tap to Click to turn on the tapping feature. 5. Click OK to accept the changes and close the dialog box. Did you know... typing, drag the PalmCheck slider toward maximum. Mobile Internet PC User’s Guide Presario 700 Series to open the Mouse...
Using Your Notebook Edge Motion allows you to continue to scroll when your finger reaches the edge of the TouchPad. When this feature is turned on, the window continues to scroll until you lift your finger. To turn on Edge Motion, complete the following steps: 1.
The Easy Access buttons, located above your Notebook’s keyboard, automatically connect you to the Internet. These buttons give you one-touch access to Internet activities or to software applications. Until your Internet or network services are configured, all buttons launch the Internet Setup Wizard. After your Internet/network services are set up, each button opens your default Web browser and connects to pre-programmed applications.
Using Your Notebook Your Notebook stores your files and programs in the storage drives. This section helps you in the following area: Identifying Your Storage Drives Your floppy drive, hard drive, and CD, DVD, CD-RW, or DVD/CD-RW drive are designated with letters of the alphabet, as well as with icons.
To protect your files and programs, your Notebook provides several security features. This section will cover: Using the Security Slot Power-On Password To use the security slot found on the side of your Notebook, complete the following steps: 1. Insert a locking device (such as a Kensington lock) into the security slot.
Using Your Notebook To set the power-on password, complete the following steps: 1. Press the Power 2. After the Compaq logo is displayed, a cursor is shown in the upper right corner of the screen for a few seconds. While the cursor is visible, press the F10 key.
To remove a power-on password, complete the following steps: 1. Press the Power 2. Access F10 Setup as described in ‘Setting the Password’, type your current password, and press the Enter key. 3. From the Main option on the menu bar, use your arrow keys to move to the Security menu bar item.
Now that your Notebook computer is set up and running, you may want to explore and learn about some of the common tasks performed by your Notebook. To help you take advantage of your Notebook’s common features, this chapter covers the following main topics: S-Video Connection, 4-2 Software and Hardware, 4-5 Modem, 4-10...
Common Tasks With an S-Video connection, you can play games on a bigger screen or watch DVD movies on TV instead of on a Notebook display. This section helps you complete the following tasks: Switching Between Displays (Function Key method) Connecting and Enabling S-Video (Manual method) You can switch between your television and your display or external monitor by pressing Fn+F3.
Did you know... See your local electronics store dealer for an S-Video adapter. To connect your Notebook and your television, you need an S-Video cable to plug into your TV, VCR, or other device. These cables can be purchased from a retail TV store or a computer store.
Common Tasks 6. Click the TV icon to enable S-Video TV output. 7. Click Apply to accept the changes, then click OK to exit both dialog boxes. 8. If your Notebook asks you to restart Windows, click OK for the new settings to take effect. Did you know...
Discover how easy it is to add and remove software, attach new hardware devices, or reinstall deleted hardware drivers. With easy-to-follow instructions, you can completely and safely install or remove software programs and hardware devices with no worries. This section covers: Adding and Removing Software Installing Hardware Devices Software can be installed from a CD or a floppy disk or...
Common Tasks 5. Click the CD or Floppy button. 6. Insert the CD or floppy disk into the proper drive when prompted by Windows, and click the Next button. Windows finds the CD or floppy disk and begins the installation process.
You can easily upgrade your Notebook’s memory to take full advantage of the latest applications and games. Your Notebook can be upgraded to 384 MB of memory using PC 133 memory modules, available from any Compaq retailer. Ä CAUTION: Electrostatic discharge can damage many electronic components, including memory upgrade modules.
Common Tasks 5. Gently pry outward the tabs that hold the memory module in place. The memory module will dislodge and pop up at a 45° angle. 6. Grasp the edges of the memory module and remove it from its socket. 7.
Did you know... are keyed. When inserting the memory module into its socket, ensure that the module is correctly aligned with the socket. 8. Replace the memory compartment cover and secure it with the retaining screw. Press down on the dimples located at both edges of the cover (nearest the retaining screw) to snap it in place.
Common Tasks The physical connection of a computer to the Internet is typically through a telephone line. Your computer contains hardware called a modem that sends and receives information over a standard telephone line. On-screen instructions are provided that you must follow when you set up your modem.
Å WARNING: To reduce the risk of electrical shock, fire, or damage to the equipment, do not plug a telephone cable into the RJ-45 jack. 3. For international use, plug the modem cable into the country-specific modem adapter, as shown in the following figure.
Common Tasks A network cable has an 8-pin RJ-45 connector at each end: 1. Plug the network cable into the RJ-45 port on the computer. 2. Plug the other end of the cable into a network jack. 4–12 Mobile Internet PC User’s Guide Presario 700 Series...
Who would ever have thought that your home entertainment center could fit in your lap or on a desktop? Your Notebook computer allows you to listen to your favorite music and (on selected models) watch your favorite movies almost anywhere you go.
Using the CD or DVD Drive In this section, you will learn how to insert and remove CDs and DVDs. This section covers: Inserting a Disc Removing a Disc Manually Ejecting a Disc To load a disc into the disc drive, complete the following steps: Ä...
Ä CAUTION: Before closing the disc tray, ensure that the disc snaps onto the spindle in the center of the tray. You can damage the disc and your Notebook if the disc is not seated properly. 4. Push the tray back into the drive until the drive locks into place.
Using the CD or DVD Drive Did you know... able to eject a disc from the CD or DVD drive. To remove a disc without powering up your Notebook, you must eject the disc from the drive manually. If you need to eject a disc when the power is off, complete the following steps to eject the disc manually: 1.
In this section you’ll learn how to play audio and video discs with your Notebook. This section covers: Playing Audio CDs Playing Non-DVD Video Discs Did you know... audio CD. These keys are shown in “Function Key Combinations” in Chapter 2 of this guide. To play an audio CD, insert the disc into the CD or DVD drive.
Using the CD or DVD Drive To play a video disc, insert the disc into the CD or DVD drive. After a few seconds, the disc automatically starts playing. If disc play does not start automatically, complete the following steps: 1.
In this section you’ll learn how to play DVD discs with your Notebook. This section covers: Using the DVD Player On-Screen Controls Identifying Your DVD Region Setting Your Notebook’s DVD drive reserves the best seat in the house for you, so you can watch all your favorite movies anytime, anywhere.
Using the CD or DVD Drive After the WinDVD Player is launched and active, use the controls shown on the WinDVD Player panel to navigate through the DVD titles. The WinDVD Player controls are designed to look like controls on a stand-alone DVD player, so the controls may seem familiar.
2. Click the Properties player to open the Properties dialog box. 3. Click the General tab. 4. Select the desired region in the Current regions section. 5. Click OK to return to the WinDVD Player. Did you know... DVD drive five times. The fifth setting change you make becomes the permanent region on the player.
Using the CD or DVD Drive If your Notebook has a CD-RW drive and the Easy CD Creator Kit, you can create your own audio and data CDs. This section covers: Installing CD-RW Software Did you know... own CDs. You can buy two types of media: CD-RW and CD-R. CD-RW refers to compact discs (or drives) that are readable and writable.
Did you know... before installing CD-RW software. To install CD-RW Software, complete the following steps: 1. After the CD is inserted, the CD-RW software installation dialog box is displayed. Click the Next button to begin the installation process. 2. Select the Complete option to install CD-RW software. Click the Next button to continue the installation process.
When you’re on the go, AC wall outlets are not always available and sometimes you’ll want to use battery power. This chapter shows you how to maintain and recharge your battery properly so that your Notebook computer has the power necessary to continue running.
Caring for Your Battery When AC wall outlets are not available or convenient, the battery becomes the “lifeline” of your Notebook. In this section you will become familiar with the following: Using the Battery Storing the Battery Recycling the Battery Å...
To determine the amount of remaining battery power, double-click the Battery Status or Power Meter icon located on the right side of the Windows taskbar. Mobile Internet PC User’s Guide Presario 700 Series Caring for Your Battery 6–3...
Caring for Your Battery Your Notebook uses a Li-Ion (lithium-ion) battery. If you will not be using your Notebook for an extended period of time (2 weeks), you must take precautions to ensure that your battery is stored correctly. Use your Notebook until the battery is drained to 50 percent. Remove the battery and store it separately.
In North America, dispose of lithium-ion (Li-Ion) batteries by taking advantage of the Compaq battery recycling program. You will be provided with a postage-paid battery pack mailer pre-addressed to a reclamation facility where the metals are recycled. Do not dispose of batteries with general household waste.
Caring for Your Battery All batteries lose their charge if they have not been used for a long period of time. In this section you will become familiar with the following: Calibrating the Battery Maximizing Battery Operating Time Recalibrating the battery simply means recharging the battery to its maximum capacity and resetting the battery gauge to display the level of...
Options Properties dialog box. You can use your Notebook while the battery is draining or charging. 7. Click the Power Schemes tab and select the Portable/Laptop scheme. Mobile Internet PC User’s Guide Presario 700 Series Caring for Your Battery icon to display the Power...
Caring for Your Battery 8. From the Running on batteries column: a. In the Turn off monitor drop-down list, select Never. b. In the Turn off hard disks drop-down list, select Never. c. In the System standby drop-down list, select Never. d.
Select a screen saver that does not generate a lot of graphics or motion. Reduce audio volume or use headphones. Exit modem programs when you are not using them. Remove PC Cards when you are not using them. Remove CDs or DVDs when you are not using them. Use Sleep or Hibernation mode to turn off your Notebook when you are not using it.
Caring for Your Battery Did you know... protect your data and conserve battery and monitor life. This section explains the following main topics: Understanding Power Management Starting and Ending Power Modes Power management lets you reduce your Notebook power consumption. Your Notebook has two power management modes: Hibernation is an energy-saving feature and safeguard that saves information to the hard drive, then turns off your Notebook.
Did you know... takes longer than returning to information saved in Sleep but is faster than returning to your information manually after restarting your Notebook. Ä CAUTION: Although Sleep mode maintains system information and open files, you will lose any unsaved information if you turn off your Notebook before you end the Sleep mode.
Caring for Your Battery If you want to... Put your Notebook into Hibernation manually Wake your Notebook from Hibernation manually * This feature is not available on all operating system platforms. 6–12 Then... Press the ª Power button once. To use Windows to put your Notebook into Hibernation, click the...
If you will not be using your Notebook for an extended period of time, Compaq recommends that you unplug the electrical cord from the outlet and remove the battery while your Notebook is not in use. A low-battery condition exists when the battery has less than 10 percent of its power remaining.
Caring for Your Battery This solution allows you to continue working without being interrupted and simultaneously charges the drained battery. You don’t have to turn off your Notebook before connecting the AC adapter. Your Notebook automatically switches to AC power when you connect the AC adapter.
If you cannot plug in the AC adapter and you do not have a charged replacement battery, start Hibernation by pressing the ª Power button. When a power source (AC or battery) becomes available, press the Power and resume your work. Did you know...
Maintaining your Notebook by keeping it clean and keeping the vents free from dust promotes longevity and higher performance. If Notebook components are not cleaned periodically, the probability of system failure increases. The information in this chapter provides helpful instructions for the maintenance and care of your Notebook.
Preventive Maintenance This section covers: Cleaning the Exterior of your Notebook Cleaning the Keyboard Cleaning the Display Screen Cleaning the TouchPad Cleaning the External Mouse Caring for Your Notebook Ä CAUTION: When you shut down your Notebook, the power turns off.
You should clean the keyboard periodically to rid it of dust, lint, and any other foreign particles that may become trapped beneath the keys. Use a can of compressed air with a straw extension attached to blow air in and around the keys. Cleaning the keyboard prevents keys from sticking and jamming.
Preventive Maintenance The surface of your display screen may look fuzzy or smudged. You can use a soft, damp, lint-free cloth to wipe the screen clean. If the display screen requires any additional cleaning, use an antistatic screen cleaner or pre-moistened antistatic wipes. Ä...
Å WARNING: Always disconnect the power from your Notebook and disconnect any other peripherals before attempting to clean your Notebook or any of its components. Give your Notebook a safe home. If your Notebook is consistently exposed to direct sunlight, consider moving it. The heat from the sun shining on the display screen can reduce its performance and cause glare.
Preventive Maintenance Did you know... drawn in through the vents on the chassis and blown out through the exhaust fan. It is important to keep the vents on the chassis free of dust and debris. Brush any dust away from the vents with a damp cloth but do not attempt to dismantle the Notebook to clean dust from the inside of the Notebook.
Keep your Notebook away from extreme temperatures (for example, in parked cars, near heaters, or near open windows). Extreme temperatures can damage your Notebook or cause it to perform poorly. Use your Notebook only on a solid, flat surface and make sure that no walls or objects are close enough to the vents to reduce airflow.
You turn on your Notebook and it won’t start. You try to print and nothing happens. You get an error message that prevents you from getting your work done—and there’s no one around who knows what to do. Help! In this chapter you’ll learn easy ways to increase computer performance and solve some basic computer problems.
Solutions Before you consult our extensive list of common solutions, try these helpful hints. If you still need help, this section tells you how to quickly find the solution. In this section: Backup Utilities Compaq Help and Support Helpful Hints Finding Solutions Quickly To retrieve files that may have been lost or damaged, you should back up your files regularly with a backup utility.
Your Notebook is equipped with Compaq Help and Support, an integrated help and assistance tool from Microsoft and Compaq that provides the following services: Easy access to your Notebook’s built-in product information Preventive care and maintenance assistance for your Notebook Links to online support and technical assistance To access Compaq Help and Support, press Fn+F2 or double-click the Help and Support icon on your Windows Start...
Solutions If you are unable to resolve the problem on your Notebook using the troubleshooting and diagnostic features of Compaq Help and Support, additional assistance is available online. Compaq Help and Support provides integrated access to online assistance, allowing you to post questions or issues to the Compaq Customer Communities or to open a service request online for a Compaq support specialist.
If you require warranty support or technical assistance, you can open a service request online by clicking Open an online service event with a Compaq Support Specialist. When you are prompted to fill out the e-mail form, ensure that you include the following information before submitting the form: Product name and model Serial number...
Solutions To help you find a solution quickly, see the “Solution Tables” section. The information in the tables is divided into three columns: 1. Symptom — Describes the symptom or warning that indicates a problem. 2. Problem — Identifies one or more reasons why the symptom occurred.
In this section you will find information on: Audio and Video Battery and Power Mass-Storage Games and Internet Keyboard and TouchPad Memory and PC Cards Symptom No sound. Sound is too low. Mobile Internet PC User’s Guide Presario 700 Series Audio Problem Volume has been...
Solutions Symptom Sound is distorted. ÷ Volume icon is missing from the Windows taskbar. 8–8 Audio (Continued) Problem Volume is set too high. The Place volume control icon in the taskbar option has not been selected. Mobile Internet PC User’s Guide Solution ÷...
Symptom Screen is blank. Display only fills part of the screen. Mobile Internet PC User’s Guide Presario 700 Series Video or Display Problem Your Notebook is in Sleep mode. This is identified when the ª Power light is flashing. The external monitor display is selected.
Solutions Symptom Characters are garbled or the display flashes when your Notebook is connected to an external monitor. Symptom The digital camcorder or 1394 device is not working. 8–10 Video or Display (Continued) Problem The external monitor’s resolution is set too high for your Notebook.
Symptom Battery gauge is not accurate. Battery charging indicator does not display and battery does not charge. Battery charge does not last as long as expected. Battery charge does not last as long as expected. Mobile Internet PC User’s Guide Presario 700 Series Battery Problem...
Solutions Did you know... DVDs, DVD/CD-RWs, floppies, and the hard disk. Symptom CD/DVD drive cannot read a disc or takes too long to start. DVD player performance is poor when running other programs simultaneously. Display is corrupted when playing some DVD movies.
Symptom Floppy drive is continually active. Floppy drive cannot read a floppy. Mobile Internet PC User’s Guide Presario 700 Series Floppy Drive Problem The floppy disk is improperly inserted. Floppy diskette is not formatted. Solutions Solution Remove the floppy diskette and reinsert it as follows: 1.
Solutions Symptom Game frequently stops responding or locks up. Symptom Cannot connect to the Internet. 8–14 Games Problem Minimum hardware or software requirements set by manufacturer are not met. Game was not set up properly when installed. Internet Problem Internet service provider (ISP) account is not set up properly.
Symptom Mobile Internet PC User’s Guide Presario 700 Series Internet (Continued) Problem If no dial tone is found, another telephone handset on the same line is not on the receiver. Solutions Solution Verify that all telephone handsets on the same line are on the receiver.
Solutions Symptom Keyboard commands or keystrokes are not recognized by your Notebook. Fn+Num Lk or Shift+Num Lk does not turn the internal NumLock on. When typing, some of the letter keys return numbers to the screen. Cursor does not respond to Touchpad 8–16 Keyboard and TouchPad Problem...
Symptom Cursor does not respond to Touchpad Cursor does not respond. Mobile Internet PC User’s Guide Presario 700 Series Keyboard and TouchPad (Continued) Problem Program in use has stopped responding to commands. The TouchPad sensitivity settings may need adjustment. The PageUp, PageDown, Home, or End keys were accidentally pressed...
Solutions Symptom Insufficient memory message is displayed. Symptom Your Notebook does not recognize the PC Card. 8–18 Memory Problem All available memory is used by open programs and memory is needed for the desired task. PC Cards Problem PC Card is not fully inserted in the slot or is upside down.
This Glossary defines commonly used terms to help new users understand computer concepts. Some of these terms are used in this guide. 1394 port A type of connector for plugging in peripherals, such as digital camcorders, with extremely fast data-transfer rates.
Glossary boot To start or restart the computer. During the startup process, information necessary for the computer to operate is loaded into memory. See also main memory. browser Software that searches for, displays, and downloads text, graphics, sound, and video from the Internet.
CD Compact Disc. Media used in a CD-ROM drive. The disc is a circular piece of plastic that stores digital data on one side, using laser technology. CD-ROM A compact disc with read-only data. You cannot erase or record over the data. CD-RW A compact disc with rewritable data.
Glossary dedicated line A telephone line that is always connected to the modem (inside the computer) to provide constant access to the Internet. A separate telephone line is used for phone calls. See also modem. default The option that the software automatically chooses for you when you do not indicate a choice yourself.
floppy Low-capacity, removable storage media made of flexible plastic film encased in a hard plastic shell. Since the plastic film is flexible, the 3.5-inch diskette is sometimes referred to as a floppy diskette. floppy drive The drive that reads and writes to a diskette. double-click To push down and quickly release the left mouse button two times in rapid...
Glossary encrypt To translate data into a secret code. You must have access to a secret key or password to read an encrypted file. See also secure Web site. Ethernet The most widely installed local area network technology. An Ethernet LAN (local area network) typically uses coaxial cable or special upgrades of twisted pair wires.
game port A connector on the back of the computer for plugging in a joystick. See also joystick. GIF Pronounced “giff.” A file format for graphics displayed on the Internet. It is easily identified by the file extension .gif. See also JPEG. graphical interface Communication between a person and a computer by means...
Glossary HTML The standard language for documents designed for viewing on the Internet with a browser. Tags embedded in the documents mark the location of other electronic files—including text, graphics, audio, and video files. Click on the links to jump from one document to another.
Internet keyboard A keyboard that resembles a typewriter keyboard, but is equipped with special buttons programmed to connect to the Internet. Internet phone A video telephone that allows you to make long-distance calls over the Internet. ISP Internet Service Provider. A company that provides access to the Internet.
Glossary main memory Physical memory chips (RAM) inside the computer. Every program you launch and every file you open must be copied from a storage disk, disc, or floppy into main memory. The amount of main memory in your computer determines how many programs you can run and how much data you can process at one time.
MIDI Pronounced “middy.” Musical Instrument Digital Interface. An interface that allows the computer to record sounds created by a synthesizer and then manipulate the data to produce new sounds, such as changing the key of a composition. See also interface and digital.
Glossary MP3 The file extension for MPEG, audio layer 3, sound files. This format compresses sound data from a stereo music CD to one-half of its original size without sacrificing sound quality. Because of their small size, MP3 files can easily be transferred over the Internet.
news server A server that receives the Usenet news feed (all the individual messages collected from 100,000 news servers around the world). You access the news server through your Internet Service Provider. See also Usenet and newsgroup. NIC Network Interface Card. An expansion card or other device used to connect a computer to a local area network.
Glossary parallel port A connector on the back of the computer for plugging in a parallel cable attached to a parallel device, such as a printer. Data is transferred, one byte at a time, through eight data wires (one for each bit in the byte).
pop-up menu A list of options that pops up when you right-click an icon on the desktop or taskbar, the vacant part of the desktop, a selection in a document, or a file in Windows Explorer. See also right-click. processor Short for microprocessor.
Glossary RAM Random Access Memory. The main memory of the computer. It holds a copy of the operating system, any programs that are running on the computer, and any data that is being processed. RAM is temporary memory; turning off the computer clears RAM.
scroll mouse A mouse with a scroll wheel (between the two mouse buttons) for automatic scrolling through long documents or Web pages. search engine A program, accessed on the Internet, that allows you to search large databases for information, using keywords or phrases.
Glossary shortcut menu A menu that pops up when you right-click an icon on the Windows desktop or taskbar, the vacant part of the desktop, a selection in a document, or a file in Windows Explorer. The options on the pop-up menu are the most commonly used commands that relate to the item you...
taskbar See Windows taskbar. upload To send information to another computer on the Internet. UPS Uninterruptible Power Supply. A device that provides a short-term backup power supply, as well as surge protection. URL Uniform Resource Locator. The address of a Web site, such as: www.compaq.com Mobile Internet PC User’s Guide...
Glossary V.90 standard A standard adopted in 1998 to resolve two competing technologies for 56Kbps modems. (If your modem does not conform to the V.90 standard, you can visit the manufacturer’s Web site and download a software upgrade.) V.92 standard A standard adopted in 2000 to improve the V.90 standard in three ways: reduced startup time (time...
Windows desktop The main screen you see when your computer completes startup. The desktop displays icons (small pictures) that represent items in the operating system (such as My Computer and Recycle Bin), shortcuts to programs installed on your computer, and shortcuts to folders or files.
Glossary zipped file A file that has been squeezed to a smaller size by compression software, such as WinZip. An archive (group of related files that are zipped together) can be transmitted as an e-mail attachment much faster than individual files. An archive takes up less storage space on your disk.
1394, troubleshooting 8–10 AC adapter connecting 6–6 connector 2–9 plugging/unplugging 3–3 Air vent location 2–10 Audio features digital audio 2–4 troubleshooting 8–7 Back panel components 2–9 Backup procedure 8–2 Battery calibrating 6–6 care of 6–2 charging 3–8 4–3 checking 6–3 connecting AC adapter 6–14 draining 6–7 inserting 3–6...
Index keyboard 7–3 TouchPad 7–4 Compaq Help and Support 8–3 Components backpanel 2–9 display release latch 2–1 function keys 2–6 Internet Zone buttons and lights 2–4 left panel 2–7 lower front panel 2–3 right panel 2–8 Display cleaning 7–4 components 2–2 external monitor 2–6 hibernation 3–5 release latch 2–1...
Left panel components 2–7 Li-Ion battery storage 6–4 lock, Kensington. See Security Low battery condition 6–13 Lower front panel 2–3 Maintenance guidelines 7–1 Manual ejection 5–4 Mass-storage sources 3–14 Memory location 2–10 troubleshooting 8–18 upgrading 4–7 Microphone jack 2–7 Model and serial number 2–10 Mouse cleaning 7–5 Movies playing 5–7 Non-DVD video discs 5–6...