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  • Page 1: Table Of Contents

    HP OmniBook 800 User's Guide HP OMNIBOOK 800 USER’S GUIDE Using This Online Manual Finding More Information Notice 1 OPERATING THE OMNIBOOK Starting to Use Your OmniBook To use the OmniBook mouse To adjust the display To learn about Windows...

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    To set or change the default printer To view or change printer settings Making Serial Connections To connect a serial device To view or change serial port assignments System Resources Making Parallel Connections To connect a parallel device To view or change parallel port assignments Making Infrared Connections To set up an infrared link To print on an infrared printer...

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    Listing People in Phone Book To start Phone Book To add a person to the list To search for a person Getting Answers from HP Financial Calculator To start HP Calculator To perform a math function on one number To do simple arithmetic...

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    6 TROUBLESHOOTING Solving Problems Printing Problems Memory Problems Mouse Problems PC Card Problems PCI Board problems Drive problems Serial and Infrared Communications Problems Parallel Port Problems Sound Problems General Operating Problems Display Problems Keyboard Problems Power and Startup Problems Lockup Problems...

  • Page 5: Hp Omnibook 800 User's Guide

    HP OmniBook 800 User’s Guide This manual describes how to use the OmniBook 800 with the Microsoft® Windows®95 operating system. Using This Online Manual This online User’s Guide looks similar to a printed manual—and it works like a printed manual in many ways, too. But you can do several handy things you can’t do with a manual.

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    consequential damages in connection with the furnishing, performance, or use of this manual or the examples herein. Consumer transactions in Australia and the United Kingdom: The above disclaimers and limitations shall not apply to Consumer transactions in Australia and the United Kingdom and shall not affect the statutory rights of Consumers.

  • Page 7: Operating The Omnibook

    1 Operating the OmniBook Starting to Use Your OmniBook. Checking Status Information. Monitoring Power. Using Disk Drives. Using Sound. Congratulations! Your OmniBook sets a new standard in personal computing. Although it’s compact and easy to carry, the OmniBook is equipped with a full-sized keyboard, its own built-in mouse, and Microsoft Windows .

  • Page 8: To Use The Omnibook Mouse

    Infrared port (IrDA) Serial port connector 15 14 18 17 16 This section shows how to Use the mouse. Adjust the display. Use the special features of the OmniBook keyboard. Start an application using the FN key. Turn off the OmniBook. To use the OmniBook mouse The OmniBook mouse is PS/2-compatible.

  • Page 9: To Adjust The Display

    The mouse is extremely sturdy. Its flexibility allows it to withstand bending and accidental bumps without breaking. You use the OmniBook’s two-button mouse just as you do the mouse on your desktop PC: Move the pointer to the icon or menu you want, and click with the left mouse button for most operations.

  • Page 10: To Learn About Windows 10

    Brightness Contrast Some OmniBook models have just a brightness control, while others have both brightness and contrast controls. Check the symbols just left of the mouse button. If there is only a Brightness symbol: Press the the keyboard to adjust the brightness. If there is a gray Contrast symbol and an orange Brightness symbol: Press the contrast.

  • Page 11: To Start An Application With A Hot Key (fn+f1 Through Fn+f12)

    Fn+F1 Fn+F2 Start Explorer HP User Tools You can use the FN+function-key combination to start an application or switch to a running application at any time—even if you’re working in another application. Certain FN+function key combinations are predefined (but redefinable).

  • Page 12: To Turn Off The Omnibook

    You can set up shortcut access to programs (applications) and documents. (Refer to the Introducing Windows 95 book or the Windows online Help.) After you create a shortcut (an icon on your desktop), you can replace it with a shortcut key sequence of FN+F1 through FN+F12. This provides a shortcut that does not clutter your desktop.

  • Page 13: Checking Status Information

    This completely shuts off the computer and resets all components when you turn it back on, analogous to pressing the on/off switch on your desktop PC. A Word to the Wise You can turn off your OmniBook without saving the files you’re working on, and have everything there waiting when you come back.

  • Page 14: To View Or Hide The Status Panel

    The A, 1, and arrow labels appear if Caps Lock, Num Lock, and Scroll Lock are active. (Certain applications such as Word also show keyboard status in the application window.) Keyboard The shading of the battery symbol shows the approximate charge level of the battery relative to a full charge.

  • Page 15: Monitoring Power

    Monitoring Power The basic source of power for the OmniBook is its rechargeable battery pack. You can use the ac adapter to recharge the battery—or to run on ac power to preserve the battery. The OmniBook conserves power by using Advanced Power Management (APM), software that controls battery charging and power drain.

  • Page 16: To Recharge The Battery Or Run On Ac Power

    AC adapter Power cord Caution Use the ac adapter shipped with the OmniBook (HP part number F1044B or other Hewlett-Packard adapter intended for use with the OmniBook 800). Using any other adapter could damage the OmniBook and void your warranty. Always plug it into a grounded outlet. Note that the adapter plug has negative polarity—the inner contact is...

  • Page 17: To Respond To A Low-battery Or Bad-battery Warning

    The charging light turns on while the ac adapter is plugged in. OmniBook Charging Light Color Meaning for Battery Not charging (no power connection). Green Charged 90% - 100%. Orange Charging. Bad battery or missing battery. OmniBook Operating and Recharging Times Description Typical Time 2 to 3 hours maximum*...

  • Page 18: To Replace The Battery

    Low battery. Less than 2 minutes of battery life remain before automatic shut-down. Double beeps every 15 seconds remind you of this.Press ESC to acknowledge the message. Low Battery Bad battery: wrong type. Install a lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery, not a nickel-metal-hydride (NiMH) battery.

  • Page 19: To Change How Power Is Managed

    Control Panel. Another way is to use HP User Tools: 1. Click Start, HP User Tools, Settings tab, OmniBook Power Management button. (Or double-click the battery-power icon in the taskbar.) 2. Select the power-management settings you want to balance battery life and response time.

  • Page 20: Using Disk Drives

    If you choose the Custom option, you can change the individual time-out settings, such as the automatic turn-off time. The greater the idle time before turn off, the more battery power you will use. Using Disk Drives The small size and light weight of your OmniBook are made possible in part by advanced storage devices such as tiny plug-in cards and a miniaturized disk drive.

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    available. If you insert an I/O card into a card slot, the corresponding drive becomes unavailable. If you create another drive on your OmniBook—such as a RAM disk in memory using the RAMDRIVE driver—it may cause the card slots to have drive letters higher than drive D and E.

  • Page 22: Using Sound

    Replace the RAM card battery yearly. When you want to replace a RAM card battery, plug the card into the OmniBook and make sure the OmniBook stays turned on while you replace the battery. Otherwise, the data on the card will be lost. To use an SRAM card, you must first load drivers for it.

  • Page 23: To Record Sound

    Plug the microphone into the microphone jack—the built-in microphone turns off. Plug the stereo speakers or 8-ohm headphones into the output jack—the built-in speakers turn off (except for beeps). Plug a stereo input source into the input jack. Microphone Headphone output Line input Microphone input To record sound...

  • Page 24: To Play Back Sound

    To adjust the volume or mix of sounds while recording or playing, double- click the speaker symbol in the taskbar, then drag individual controls or select individual options. To play back sound To play back the sound you recorded in Sound Recorder, simply press the Rewind button, then press the Play button.

  • Page 25: Expanding Your Omnibook

    2 Expanding Your OmniBook Setting Up a Printer. Making Serial Connections. Making Parallel Connections. Making Infrared Connections. Linking Computers. Connecting a CD-ROM Drive and Other SCSI Devices. Adding PC Cards. Connecting an External Display. Connecting an External Mouse. Using the Docking System. Adding Memory to the OmniBook.

  • Page 26: To Set Or Change The Default Printer

    Installing a printer includes specifying the type of printer, specifying the port where the printer will be connected, and possibly defining other printer options. For infrared printing, the Infrared Monitor (click Start, then Infrared) provides visual status and helps you resolve communications problems. See also "Making Infrared Connections."...

  • Page 27: To View Or Change Serial Port Assignments

    Click OK and note the new name (such as COM2) assigned to this port. You can also view all port information in HP User Tools, Information, Resource Allocation. The changes you make to the advanced settings for a serial port should match your hardware settings.

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    Parallel port (default), PC Card*, Audio Real-time clock PC Card*, Audio PC Card*, SCSI/docking (default), Audio PC Card*, SCSI/docking, Wave 2 Pointing device Math co-processor Hard disk PC Card*, IrDA Wave 2, Docking/PCI slot The PC Card's IRQ depends on the card. The default for PC Card status is no IRQ.

  • Page 29: Making Parallel Connections

    240-24F or 250-25F and 300-301 or 310-311 or 320-321 or 330-331 and 388-38B 3F8-3FF Serial COM1 port 2F8-2FF Serial COM 2 port 3E8-3EF Serial COM3 port 2E8-2EF Serial COM4 port 3000-301F IrDA 378-37F Parallel LPT1 port 778-77A ECP mode on LPT1 port 278-27F Parallel LPT2 port 678-67A...

  • Page 30: To View Or Change Parallel Port Assignments

    2. From the Input/Output menu, choose LPT Port. Select the new port assignment and choose OK. From the Exit menu, choose Save and Reboot. You can also view all port information in HP User Tools, Information, Resource Allocation. The OmniBook uses standard addresses and interrupts for its parallel port names—you shouldn’t use different settings in any applications.

  • Page 31: To Print On An Infrared Printer

    Help.) To see the status of the Ir Monitor or to change its settings, double-click the Ir Monitor icon in the taskbar. You can also view all port information in HP User Tools, Information, Resource Allocation. Hint If you put a shortcut to the Ir Monitor in Windows\StartMenu\Programs\Startup, then the infrared link is restarted whenever Windows 95 reboots.

  • Page 32: To Start A Direct Connection

    Use Direct Cable Connection to link two PCs and share files, drives, and printers between them. You can set up a direct connection with a cable or via infrared: With a serial or null-modem cable (using the COM1 port). With a parallel cable (using the LPT1 port). With a wireless infrared connection (using the COM4 port, a "virtual"...

  • Page 33: To Prepare Scsi Hard-disk Drives

    (called either “Dock 1” or “Dock 2”) in System Properties, Device Manager (Control Panel, System). Highlight Built-in Infrared Port on Laptop, then click Properties. You can turn IR back on under Device Usage. (Look up “hardware profiles” in Help for instructions on editing the docked configuration.) Reboot after editing the hardware profile, and then the...

  • Page 34: To Insert A Pc Card

    Before turning the OmniBook off, you must close all files and applications that are open to a PC card. Otherwise, you can lose data. Caution Do not install Card Services or Socket Services software if it comes with your PC card. The OmniBook includes Card Services and Socket Services, which automatically notice and adapt to PC cards you install in the upper and lower card slots.

  • Page 35: To Remove A Pc Card

    1. Turn over the OmniBook, release the two latches on the bottom of the slot tray, and pull out the tray. 2. Lift or push the plastic spacer out of the tray. (Save the spacer in case you remove the card later—it keeps dust and dirt from getting inside the case.) 3.

  • Page 36: To View Or Change Pc Card Information

    1. You should "stop" a PC card before ejecting it. This protects your data. Click the PC Card indicator in the taskbar, then click the Stop command for the PC Card. (To restart a card, remove it, then insert it again.) 2.

  • Page 37: To Set Up An I/o Card

    For information about PC cards that operate with the OmniBook, contact Hewlett-Packard—see the Service and Support booklet or the OmniBook Support icon on the Information tab of HP User Tools. Hints Keep the following suggestions in mind while you’re working with PC I/O cards: Start a communications application only after you insert the I/O card—...

  • Page 38: Connecting An External Display

    Connecting an External Display You can connect an external display device to your OmniBook. For example, you can connect a VGA projection panel or a large VGA display. 1. Make sure the external display supports super VGA format. 2. Plug the VGA cable from the external display into the VGA output connector at the back of the OmniBook.

  • Page 39: Using The Docking System

    While you’re using an external mouse, you can’t use the built-in OmniBook mouse—unless you check the box for “Ignore external pointing device”, in the External Device Settings screen in User Tools (Windows95), or on the Input Devices tab in OmniBook Tools (Windows for Workgroups). Using the Docking System If you purchase a docking system, your OmniBook becomes even more convenient whenever you work at your desk.

  • Page 40: Docking Options

    In order to use FN with an OmniBook hot-key sequence (such as FN+UP ARROW and FN+ESC), the option Enable External FN Key must be enabled (click Start, HP User Tools, Settings, then OmniBook External Devices). Adding Memory to the OmniBook The OmniBook memory-expansion slot accommodates one memory- expansion board.

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    Print these instructions out so you can refer to them while doing this procedure. Caution Take precautions against damage from static electricity: Gather all the parts you need so you can complete the installation in one sitting. Don’t remove the memory-expansion board from its packaging until you’ve removed the slot cover from the OmniBook.

  • Page 42: Omnibook Configurations

    3 OmniBook Configurations Changing OmniBook Configurations. HP User Tools. Protecting Your OmniBook. Editing System Files. Changing OmniBook Configurations The Control Panel (Start, Settings, Control Panel) gives you access to the configuration settings; that is, the way Windows looks and operates.

  • Page 43: To Configure The Status Panel

    1. Click Start, Programs, OmniBook, MS-DOS Mode. 2. To return to Windows, type exit. HP User Tools HP User Tools (click Start, then User Tools) gives you access to some of the OmniBook's configuration settings; that is, the way the OmniBook looks and reset...

  • Page 44: Protecting Your Omnibook

    operates. (Other configuration settings are available through the Configuration Utility.) There are tabs for Settings: for external display, keyboard, and mouse; Status Panel; power management (including automatic time-outs). Library: to view online documentation. Information: to view license agreement, support information, version and memory, owner identification, password status, and port assignments.

  • Page 45: To Use Password Protection

    OmniBook as belonging to you. This information is always displayed when the computer is restarted (rebooted). To view your PC Identification, click Start, HP User Tools, Information tab, OmniBook PC Identification. To record and change the PC Identification, you must use the Configuration Utility.

  • Page 46: To Turn Off Password Protection

    The Password Options dialog box gives you the following options for password security: Admin Password required to save changes to PC Identification. You must enter the Admin password in order to change the PC Identification text. Turn ON, Always. You must enter the password every time you turn on the OmniBook—even if it turned itself off after a period of inactivity.

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    1. If your system doesn’t reboot successfully, see OmniBook”. 2. If you copied your system files before editing them, restore them from the copies you made. –or– If you back up your files periodically, retrieve the previous version of a system file from your most recent backup.

  • Page 48: Recovering And Restarting

    4 Recovering and Restarting Recovering OmniBook Files. Restarting the OmniBook . Upgrading the Hard Drive. Recovering OmniBook Files As you work with your OmniBook, you’ll probably want to protect the information on your disks from accidental damage. This section gives suggestions about how to Periodically back up your files.

  • Page 49: To Clean Up A Disk

    1. Plug in the ac adapter to the OmniBook. 2. Turn off the OmniBook. Set up and connect a SCSI-type CD-ROM drive (HP part number F1196A) to the docking/SCSI port of the OmniBook or to the SCSI port of the docking system. A direct SCSI connection to the OmniBook requires an OmniBook-to-SCSI adapter cable, HP part number F1182A.

  • Page 50: Restarting The Omnibook

    4. Select the disk drive to defragment. This speeds up disk access and saves space by consolidating file fragments into contiguous units. Restarting the OmniBook In certain situations you may want to restart the OmniBook. For example, you may have made a change in a system file and now want to make that change active—so you need to reboot the OmniBook.

  • Page 51: To Reset The Omnibook

    The power-management and message-management drivers are loaded. The PC card drivers aren’t loaded, so the card slots are not usable. Common MS-DOS disk commands are available, such as ScanDisk and EDIT. You can use them to examine drive C. After rebooting successfully from a floppy disk, determine what is wrong with drive C.

  • Page 52: To Replace The Hard Drive (drive C)

    Click Start and HP User Tools, then on the Information tab, click OmniBook System Information. To add memory to the OmniBook, see To replace the hard drive (drive C) You normally don’t remove drive C—that’s the main internal disk (also called the "hard-disk drive").

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    Keyboard screws 4. Remove the keyboard by inserting your fingertips between the top row of keys (the F keys) and the case and then lifting. Then fold the keyboard gently forward so that it lies upside down on the table. Do not pull up on the keyboard.

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    6. If your new hard drive is from a different manufacturer than the old one, it may have screws in different positions. Determine which mounting holes you need; then, if necessary, push out rubber screw-hole covers from the inside using a bent paper clip. (From the outside of the computer, insert the rubber covers into the holes you won't need.) If your new hard drive has screws in different positions from the old one, you will also need to adjust the Mylar sheet.

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    engage the computer's connectors, pull the hard drive back out and try again. Then fold the Mylar sheet back over the hard drive. 8. If the ribbon cables are no longer tucked into the frame, then push them back into the recessed openings with a paper clip, as shown below. Re- insert the keyboard by engaging the four front tabs on the keyboard into the four slots in the computer frame, pressing down on the keyboard as you insert the tabs.

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    9. Close the OmniBook, turn it over, and re-insert the five screws removed in step 3. Do not over-tighten the screws—screw just until you feel resistance. 10. Insert the battery. Connect the ac adapter. 11. Press the reset button. 12. Install Windows and the original software on the new drive C using the Recovery CD-ROM—check the README file for instructions.

  • Page 57: The Personal Information Applications

    Hewlett-Packard Financial Calculator HP Financial Calculator provides a complete set of tools that let you solve problems dealing with general arithmetic, technical math, business percentages, interest rate conversions, and time value of money—to mention just a few.

  • Page 58: To Start Appointment Book

    View your daily, weekly, or monthly calendar at a glance. Quickly add and delete appointments. Use your OmniBook to signal the next appointment. Keep detailed records of past appointments kept and tasks performed. Print a copy of your schedule for others. This section shows selected features of Appointment Book, and briefly illustrates how to make and delete an appointment.

  • Page 59: To Add A New Event

    2. Click the mouse on the line next to the desired time in the Appointment area. Double-click to open the Add Appointment/Event box. 3. Type a description of the appointment. 4. Press ENTER or click OK to create the appointment. (Click SAVE to save the appointment and create another one.) When the OmniBook signals an appointment, it displays a dialog box to signal the alarm, even if you have exited Appointment Book or are working...

  • Page 60: To Delete An Appointment Or Event

    To delete an appointment or event 1. Click the appointment or event to move the highlight there. 2. From the Edit menu, select Delete to delete the appointment or event. Appointment Book saves every change to your schedule for you as you make it.

  • Page 61: To Search For A Person

    3. Type information in the rest of the Add New Item box. See the hints below. 4. Click OK or press ENTER to enter the item into the list. –or– Click Save to enter the item into the list and open a new, blank item. This is a good way to add several items to the list, one after another.

  • Page 62: Getting Answers From Hp Financial Calculator

    Getting Answers from HP Financial Calculator HP Financial Calculator gives you all the power and convenience of a full- fledged Hewlett-Packard handheld calculator. It lets you quickly perform mathematical operations, as well as sophisticated financial and scientific calculations. Here’s a sample of what you can do with this handy OmniBook...

  • Page 63: To Do Simple Arithmetic

    HP Calculator “takes over” part of your OmniBook’s keyboard and reassigns functions to it. You can see these functions and the applicable keys on the display of calculator buttons—for example, pressing the Q key takes the square root of the number in the Calc line.

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    If you are entering a multi-step problem, intermediate results are calculated when you type the next arithmetic operator. You can also type parentheses to group different parts of a calculation.

  • Page 65: Troubleshooting

    6 Troubleshooting Solving Problems. If you run into problems using your OmniBook, you can use the suggestions in this chapter for getting back on track. Also check the contents and index for pointers to related information. Hints If you’re having a problem within one particular software application, check the manual for that application, too.

  • Page 66: Printing Problems

    Make sure the infrared printer is IrDA compatible. If you’re printing to an infrared printer, make sure its port is set to LPT3 or COM4. Check the printer’s property sheet. An HP Deskjet 600C or 680C needs to use COM4 (not LPT3).

  • Page 67: Mouse Problems

    Make sure you don’t have an external mouse connected. If you do, you can still return control to the OmniBook mouse by checking “Ignore external pointing device” in HP User Tools, OmniBook External Device Settings. If the mouse doesn’t work in MS-DOS “To run MS-DOS...

  • Page 68: Serial And Infrared Communications Problems

    If an infrared data connection doesn’t work, make sure you’re using the COM4 port (the “virtual” or “simulated” IR port). For printing, use the LPT3 port instead (as the virtual port), unless you are using an HP Deskjet 600C or 680C.

  • Page 69: Display Problems

    Check that Cache is enabled (in the System Configuration Utility, open the System menu and check Enable Cache). You might need to install more RAM. The memory-expansion boards are HP part numbers F1167A (8 MB), F1168A (16 MB), and F1169A (32 MB). If the Status Panel isn’t visible Press FN+ESC.

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    Check that Cache is enabled (in the System Configuration Utility, open the System menu and check Enable Cache). You might need to install more RAM. The memory-expansion boards are HP part numbers F1167A (8 MB), F1168A (16 MB), and F1169A (32 MB). If the battery runs down too fast Make sure you charge the battery until the Status Panel shows a full battery.

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    Insert a ball-point pen tip or other slender object into the reset-button hole in the right side of the case. Push in momentarily—the system should reset and reboot. If you get no response, remove the battery, ac adapter, and all external devices, and wait 1 minute—then install the battery or plug in the ac adapter and try resetting again.

  • Page 72: Lockup Problems

    Configuration Utility (press F2 at re-boot) and then setting Default Settings. If you see “Starting Windows 95...” during startup followed by error messages, reboot again—but when you see “Starting Windows 95...”, press F8 to get the startup menu. Choose a startup option that might help you discover or fix the problem.

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    —A— ac adapter affects turn-off, 16 connecting, 16 conserves battery, 15 negative polarity, 16 problems, 71 running on, 16 socket for, 8 uses, 15 adding appointments, 58 events, 59 phone entries, 60 addresses I/O, 28 serial ports, 27 adjusting the display, 10 administrator password, 45 Advanced Power Management, 15 advanced settings...

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    charging (battery) problems, 71 time needed, 17 charging light, 7, 16, 70 collapsing the mouse, 9 COM1 port, 26, 27, 32 COM2 port, 27 COM4 port, 32 components resetting, 12 computers linking, 32 CONFIG.SYS editing, 46 recovering, 47 configuration mouse, 42 power, 19 configuration number, 27 configuration settings, 42...

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    26 Hardware Profiles docked, 40 docked for SCSI, 33 headphones, 22 hiding Status Panel, 14 hotkeys, 12 HP Financial Calculator, 62 HP flash disks, 21 HP User Tools, 44 —I— I/O cards description, 33 initializing, 37 inserting, 34...

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    45 installing original software, 48 preventing turn-off, 16 rebooting, 50 resetting, 51 turning on and off, 12 OmniBook Library HP User Tools, 44 OmniBook Support, 65 OmniBook Tools Connections, 27 On/Off key, 12 location, 7 operation, 12 secure turn-off, 46 operating time on battery, 17 —P—...

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    at turn-on, 45 deleting, 45 for hard drive, 45 options, 45 setting, 45 to undock, 46 types of, 45 user, 45 password lock, 46 PC cards, 21 as I/O ports, 37 compatibility, 21, 37 data storage, 20 removing, 36 status of, 14, 36 stopping, 36 troubleshooting, 67 PC Identification, 45...

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    42 serial port names, 27 speaker volume, 22 turn-on password, 45 setting up printers, 25 settings HP User Tools, 44 Status Panel, 43 shortcut key sequences, 12 shutdown, automatic, 13, 18 simulated port, 26 slow application, 13...

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    resolutions, 42 video cards, 39 viewing appointments, 58 virtual infrared port, 26, 32 volume problems with, 68 volume (speaker), 22 Volume window, 22 —W— web site, 5 WIN.INI, 47 Windows not starting, 69 troubleshooting, 69 write-protection (cards), 35...

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