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My Presario - Getting Started and Beyond

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    My Presario - Getting Started and Beyond...

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    Congratulations! As the owner of a new Compaq Internet PC, you have joined the world-wide community of Presario computer users. Once your computer is set up and connected to the Internet, you can explore vast regions of information, entertainment, and online services. This guide is designed to help you: Get acquainted with computer features you’ll want to try during the first few days or weeks.

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    This guide is designed for both beginners and experienced computer users. You can read from cover to cover to learn basic information about your computer or scan the guide for information on a specific topic. The Glossary, at the back of this guide, has brief definitions of computer terms in everyday...

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    Warnings and cautions are displayed to protect you from injury, your equipment from damage, and your files from data loss. The following words and symbols have special meaning in this guide: Caution: Failure to follow directions may result in damage to equipment or loss of data.

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    Information is available in several forms: printed documents, and the Compaq Web site. Use this guide as your first point of reference, and then refer to the following documents: Quick Set-Up poster Warranty Certificate Getting Started: Microsoft Windows manual The Compaq Web site is available worldwide.

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    Your computer is an electrical device. Treat it with care to avoid personal injury and damage to the equipment. To reduce the risk of electric shock and damage to the equipment, read the Safety and Comfort document before performing any procedures involving the internal components of your computer.

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    Your Internet PC is designed for complete ease of use—from setting up to upgrading new components. This chapter introduces you to the internal and external features of your computer. It also walks you through the process of registering your computer and setting up an Internet Service Provider (ISP) account.

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    Before you begin, you’ll want to become familiar with the components of your Compaq Presario 5000 series. Some components have colour-coded connectors that match the ports on the back of your computer. Always make sure that you follow the colour coding, connecting the same colour connector to the same colour port.

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    Before you begin, you’ll want to become familiar with the components of your Compaq Presario 7000 series. Some components have color-coded connectors that match the ports on the back of your computer. Select models offer TV Out functionality. The S-VHS connector is located next to the VGA monitor connector.

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    If a cable is disconnected or you move your computer to another location, this topic helps you to quickly set up again. The Quick Set-Up poster that came with your computer is a visual guide to setting up your computer. Note: Do not set up the printer until your computer has been set up.

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    The first time you turn on your computer, you will be guided through the registration process before accessing the Windows desktop. It is very important that you register Windows with Microsoft. Registration activates the warranties by entering your serial numbers in the manufacturers’...

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    After setting up and registering your computer, you are ready to set up your printer. A printer allows you to print any document from your e-mail, and Web sites. Most new computers have a Universal Serial Bus (USB) port for a new printer that uses the latest technology.

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    1. Connect the S-Video Cable to the TV Out Card on your PC and to the TV. 2. Close all applications and restart the unit. 3. Right click on the desktop and select Properties. 4. Select the Settings tab. 5. Click on Advanced. This will open Properties for NVIDA TNT2.

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    A network, in its simplest terms, is two or more computers connected to each other. Each computer must have a network adapter card installed. The adapter cards are then connected to each other with some form of communication cable. Networks are created so that one computer can use a device –...

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    The Network Neighbourhood icon will not appear on the Windows desktop until the network protocols are installed. A protocol is the language computers used to communicate over a network.

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    c. Select Microsoft. d. Click Add. e. Select Microsoft. f. Select TCP/IP. g. Click OK. 6. Select the Identification Tab in the Network window and complete the following steps: a. Type a name for the computer. This name must be unique –...

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    Mapping to a directory means making a permanent connection to another computer. Do this by clicking on Tools on the Windows Explorer taskbar, choose the option Map Network Drive. Map the drive to the path of your choice. For further instructions about drive mapping, refer to the Getting Started Microsoft Windows documentation that came with your computer.

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    To access a shared folder on another computer automatically each time you turn on your computer and log on to the network, you must map to the network drive first. To prevent others on the network from accessing sensitive files on your computer, you can set the access level of a folder by adjusting the shared files...

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    The Windows desktop is your personal workspace. On the Windows desktop, you give your computer instructions to perform tasks: Access files, copy files, connect to the Internet, read e-mail, and more.

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    Across the bottom of the desktop is a grey bar (called the Windows taskbar 3). The taskbar includes the Start button 5, the Quick Launch area (which provides easy access to Internet...

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    Documents Displays a recently accessed list of documents, which you can select to open again. Settings Allows you to modify Windows desktop or computer settings. Search Enables you to search for files or folders located on a drive that you specify.

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    Microsoft Windows includes online documentation to help answer your questions about how the computer operating system works. If you are not familiar with the features of Microsoft Windows, several tutorials are available through Microsoft’s online Help file. The Microsoft Web site, at, offers numerous tools and information on the following...

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    In this chapter, you learn about the following exciting, easy-to-use features of your computer: Keyboard—Become familiar with the keyboard and all its capabilities, including one-button access to the Internet! Scroll Mouse—See how easy it is to use the scroll mouse and learn shortcuts to save time.

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    The standard keys perform the following functions: Main keys are the typewriter-style keys. Function keys are the F1 to F12 keys. Two of these keys are active even without a program running. F1 allows you to get help on Windows-related topics.

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    Your keyboard is set to a language default. To change the language setting of your keyboard: 1. On the Windows taskbar, click on Start, Setting, Control Panel. 2. Double-click on the Keyboard icon. 3. Click on the Language tab and choose your language from the selection in the language window, or click on Add to choose a language setting of your choice.

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    The keyboard buttons make it easier and faster to get on the Internet, use your favourite software, or listen to your favourite CD. You might even want to watch a movie or send an e-mail. The CD/DVD control buttons provide a quick and easy way to play a CD or a DVD movie at the touch of a button.

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    With the press of a keyboard button, you can get on the Internet fast, read your e-mail, or check out the latest in entertainment. Depending on which Internet Service Provider (ISP) you have, the default options provided by the Internet Zone buttons may vary.

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    Windows and on all aspects of using your Internet Presario to help you get the most out of your computer. You can also reach the same folder by double-clicking the Compaq Help icon on the desktop. Description...

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    After you assign the My Program button settings, pressing the button automatically opens your selected software, Web site, or document. The Volume Control buttons allow you to control the volume of your computer. Or, if you want silence, press the Mute a button.

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    Web site. 1. From the Windows desktop, click the Start button. 2. Point to Settings and then Control Panel. The Control Panel is window is displayed. 3. Double-click the Configure ÿ...

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    1. From the Windows desktop, click the Start button. 2. Point to Settings and then Control Panel. The Control Panel is window is displayed. 3. Double-click the Easy Access Buttons Compaq Easy Access Button Settings window is displayed where your can select the button you would like to program.

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    If you’re going to be away from your computer but want to leave the power on, you can let your computer go to sleep. This process allows you to keep programs open while putting your computer into a low-power state, which saves energy.

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    The system lights on the keyboard provide a quick status of your computer and keyboard settings. Post Office Protocol (POP) is a commonly used messaging protocol. The most widely used implementation of this protocol is POP3. POP3 is a retrieval protocol, used to retrieve mail messages from a POP server.

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    Your computer comes with a cordless scroll mouse, which you will need to set up before use. The cordless mouse is not connected directly to the PC, so there is no struggling with mouse cords that catch, tangle, and limit your movement. Important safety information! Before using your mouse, please read the Comfort...

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    The scroll mouse directs a cursor on the Windows desktop. Use the mouse to move quickly and easily through a document or Web site. Instead of using the scroll bar to display pages, move the scroll wheel on your mouse forward or...

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    AutoScroll allows you to move forward and backward through a document without having to move the mouse or mouse wheel continuously. The scroll mouse can be customized for a left-handed user from the Mouse Properties dialog box. (Open the Control Panel and right-click the mouse icon) 1.

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    Speaker options depend on which model you purchase. The JBL Platinum Series are the standard speakers that come with most new Compaq Presario monitors. You can use the speakers freestanding or mount them to the side of the monitor. For more information, see the documentation that came with the speakers.

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    Your computer may have one or more drives depending on the model you purchased: Diskette drive Hard drive CD-ROM drive CD-RW drive DVD-ROM drive Each drive has different size capacities for storing information. The diskette drive uses a diskette to store files. Once information is copied onto a diskette, it remains there until you...

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    The CD-ROM drive allows you to read data from a CD or listen to a music CD. The CD-RW drive allows you to read and write data to disc(s) for storage. The DVD-ROM drive allows you to view your favourite movies, listen to music, or read information from CDs.

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    A CD-ROM drive reads CDs, CD-R, and CD-RW media. A DVD-ROM drive reads all CD media, plus DVD discs. To adjust the volume, refer to “Adjusting the Volume” in this chapter. If the CD-ROM or DVD- ROM drive can’t play a disc, check that the disc is inserted with the label face-up and properly seated in the drive.

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    DVD in its protective case. You can double-click the DVD Player icon on the Windows desktop to start playing a movie. 1. For best performance, close all running programs before inserting a DVD movie, and insert the DVD into the DVD-ROM drive.

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    The CD-RW drive allows you to create your own CDs. You can buy two types of media: CD-R and CD-RW. CD-R media can be played on most of the newer CD players, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM drives. CD-R media can be written to only once.

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    The Logitech QuickCam Internet Video Camera provides many useful features: Captures images at the touch of a button Sends photo and video e-mail as easily as text Allows video chatting for a face-to-face get-together with faraway friends and family Lets you save a video image, print it, or send the image over the Internet with easy-to-...

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    The Internet is one of the most fascinating developments in recent years. When people talk about “the Internet” it is basically the vast network of computers around the globe. In the last few years the Internet has become accessible (and affordable) for almost anybody.

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    The next stage is simply to press the Internet button on your keyboard. Or, you can click the Internet ISP on the desktop. This icon differs by country. This will start a setup wizard which will guide you through the ISP subscription process.

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    Your Internet PC is equipped with a 56K data/ fax modem. 1. From the Windows taskbar, click the Start button. The Start menu is displayed. 2. Point to Settings and then click Control Panel. The Control Panel window is displayed. 3.

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    These lights indicate that you are connected and that your phone line is open. Internet Explorer will open with a start page. You can click on the items on the page which will lead you to other pages.

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    One way to find what you’re looking for on the Web is to use a search engine. A search engine takes information that is scattered on Web sites all around the world and lists it for easy viewing and printing. The Internet has no owner.

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    The Internet provides you with access to a wide variety of information; however, some information may not be suitable for every viewer. With Content Advisor, you can: Control Internet access. Set up a password. Set up a list of Web sites that cannot be viewed by people who use your computer.

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    E-mail (electronic mail) is very similar to the mail the postal carrier delivers to your home or office – except much faster. You can send letters, pictures, postcards – even music and video clips – to friends, family, and co-workers in an instant. Outlook Express is an e-mail program that comes with your computer.

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    To send and receive e- mail, you need an e-mail address so that your Internet Service Provider (ISP) will know where to “pick up” and “deliver” mail. E-mail extensions identify the type of server where an organisation resides. Some of the most common e-mail extensions and their descriptions are as follows:...

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    Now that you’ve connected to an ISP, have set up Outlook Express, and have an Internet address, it’s time to write your first e-mail message. E-mail addresses are written in a very specific way. Be sure the e-mail address you enter contains no spaces and has a full stop after the server name.

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    E-mail is a great way to send files across the Internet, and the procedure is simple. Just follow these steps to attach a file to your e-mail. When you insert a file attachment into an e-mail, your computer creates a copy of the file.

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    You may receive e-mails with attached files. If an e-mail contains an attachment, a paperclip V icon is displayed next to the e-mail. While viewing an e-mail attachment, the e-mail message that contains the attachment is minimized on the Windows taskbar so that you can easily return to the message by clicking it.

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    On the right hand side of your keyboard there is an e-mail light to indicate when you have received new mail messages. With the Internet Time feature you can specify a time for your computer to connect to your Internet Service Provider (ISP) and check for new mail while you are away.

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    In this chapter, you learn how to perform some of the more common activities with your new Internet PC.

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    To print one or more pages from a document file or Web page, you have to connect your printer and install the necessary software. These procedures are detailed in the “Setting Up Your Computer” chapter in this guide. To see what the document will look like when printed, select the Print Preview option from the File menu.

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    Your new Internet PC is not only a powerful tool for surfing the Internet and running software, it can also allow you to play games. Your computer came with several Windows games preinstalled, and many more are available for purchase or by downloading from the Internet.

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    You may want to purchase and install additional software. Software can be installed from a CD, DVD, or diskette, and it can be downloaded from a Web site. You may want to determine the size of your hard drive and how much free space is remaining before you download or install software.

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    If you download software from a Web site, follow the installation instructions that are usually displayed on the Web page. If installation instructions are not available, complete the steps listed here. Before downloading files of any kind from the Internet, make sure that call-waiting is disabled and that your anti-virus utility is running.

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    Your Compaq Internet PC is easily upgradable. It is designed with an Easy Access panel to allow quick and easy access to the internal components. This chapter provides installation instructions for most hardware components. Note: If you would like to replace the system board or microprocessor, please contact the Compaq Product Information Center at the telephone number listed in your warranty.

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    Your Computer is constructed with an Easy Access panel. This design makes accessing the internal parts easy. Failure to disconnect the power from the computer may result in personal injury. Before working with the components inside the computer, you must ground yourself and the equipment to prevent static electricity from damaging the parts.

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    The CD-ROM, CD-RW, and DVD-ROM drives are often called optical drives because they use light to read and write information to a compact disc (CD) or DVD. These discs store massive amounts of information. Your CD-ROM drive allows you to read data from a CD.

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    The upper front panel door was designed with finger holes to make opening the door easy. The drive data cable has a colour pull tab to help you identify the cable. 5. Grasp under the bottom of the upper front panel door, lift up, and remove from the hooks.

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    The drive rails snap on and off the drive(s). Save the drive rails that came with your computer. They will be used on your new drive(s). 9. Pull the drive from the front of the computer. 10. Pull the drive rails from each side of the drive and replace the rails on the new drive.

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    Memory is the workspace for your computer. Data and instructions are stored temporarily in memory. The most powerful processor and the fastest hard drive won’t let you do much without the workroom to keep the program and data close at hand.

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    1. Double-click the My Computer icon on the Windows desktop. The My Computer window is displayed 2. Right-click the Hard Drive icon (drive C). 3. Select Properties from the pop-up menu.

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    The hard drive is used to store information permanently inside your computer. Before adding an additional hard drive, back up the important data files of your original hard drive for safekeeping on CD or diskette. Save the screw securing the hard drive for your replacement hard drive.

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    An expansion card is a circuit board that fits into a computer expansion slot to add a certain function: a modem, sound or audio card, Network Interface Card (NIC), or Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) adapter. This topic shows you how to upgrade or replace expansion and option cards in the computer.

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    This section provides information for identifying and fixing common problems that may occur with your computer. Without contacting a technician, you can easily diagnose and fix many computer problems.

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    You can find useful Compaq Help and Support telephone numbers in your Compaq Warranty Statement. For additional troubleshooting information related to your printer or monitor, see the documentation that came with your equipment. If you encounter problems with your computer, monitor, or software, review the following check list before taking further action: Check that the computer and monitor are plugged into a...

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    Everything added to the hard drive since you last backed up the system will be lost after you perform a factory restore. When you install new software or drivers, or if you have accidentally deleted important files from your operating system, you may find that your PC does not work properly anymore.

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    The “QuickRestore” tools on your hard drive, used in conjunction with the Recovery CD, can reinstall the software to the state it was in when you purchased the computer. You also have the option of restoring your computer to the way it was when you performed the last User Backup.

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    Before you perform any restore or backup tasks, create an Emergency Diskette. 1. Insert your Compaq Recovery CD into your CD-ROM, CD-RW, or DVD-ROM drive. 2. Turn off your computer by clicking the Start button; click on Shut Down. The Shut Down Windows pop-up box is displayed.

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    User Backup backs up all the information and files on your hard drive and stores them in a separate partition on your hard drive for later use. Complete a User Backup to protect your personal files and data. 1. Insert your Compaq Recovery CD into your CD-ROM, CD-RW, or DVD-ROM drive.

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    If the hard drive partition does not have enough space to store the User Backup, you may be prompted to increase the size of this partition. Caution: Increasing the size of your SystemSave partition may take several minutes to complete. Do not press any keys or turn off your computer while increasing the size of the partition.

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    User Restore restores your system to the configuration that was saved the last time you completed User Backup. The User Restore option is not used as often as User Backup, and should be performed only when you need to restore your system to its last User Backup condition.

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    Factory Restore returns your computer to its original, factory-installed software configuration. This option reformats your hard drive and removes all data from your computer. Caution: Factory Restore deletes all of the information and data stored on your computer’s hard drive. All added personal files, software, and other data will be lost.

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    After loading the Recovery CD, if you choose not to complete any of the options, it will be necessary to restart your computer. Perform the following steps to exit the Recovery CD: 1. From the Compaq Recovery CD Menu, select 5 (Exit) by pressing the number 5 key on your keyboard.

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    1. Double-click the Compaq Help and Support icon on the Windows Desktop. The Compaq Knowledge Center Web page is displayed. 2. Click on Restore My Presario in the right column of the screen. 3. Click on Item 2, Compaq Quick Restore. The Compaq QuickRestore screen is displayed.

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    If a solution does not fix your problem, try all the other solutions for the symptom, or try the solution a second time. Symptom No sound. Sound is too low. Information in this section is divided into three areas: Symptom, Problem, and Solution. The Symptom line describes the symptom or warning for the type of problem you are having.

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    Symptom Sound is distorted. ÷ Volume icon is missing from Windows taskbar. Audio CD or DVD does not play. Problem 1. Click the Volume ÷ icon on the Windows Volume is too high. taskbar. 2. Click the Volume slider bar and drag it down. Or press the Volume Down button on your Compaq Internet keyboard.

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    Symptom CD-ROM, CD-RW, or DVD-ROM drive cannot read a disc or takes too long to start. Recording audio CDs is difficult or impossible. CD does not eject after eject button is pushed. Problem CD has been inserted Properly reinsert the CD. incorrectly.

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    To format the diskette: diskette has been 1. Double-click the My Computer icon on the inserted. Windows desktop. 2. Select the diskette (A) drive. 3. Click File, and point to Format. 4. Select desired options, and click Start to begin formatting the diskette.

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    Diskette is not To format the diskette: formatted. 1. Double-click the My Computer icon on the Windows desktop. 2. Select the diskette (A) drive. 3. Click File, and point to Format. 4. Select the desired options, and click Start to begin formatting the diskette.

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    Problem To format the diskette: 1. Double-click the My Computer icon on the Windows desktop. 2. Select the diskette (A) drive. 3. Click File, and point to Format. 4. Select the desired options, and click Start to begin formatting the diskette.

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    3. Click the Settings tab. 4. Click the resolution slider for the Screen and drag it to the right. Repeat this step for the Desktop resolution slider. Increase the resolutions to the maximum allowable. 5. Click OK to accept the new settings.

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    Symptom Display is too faint. Resolution cannot be adjusted to desired setting. Problem Brightness and Adjust the brightness and contrast controls on contrast controls are your monitor. not set properly. 1. On the Windows taskbar, click Start, point to Windows does not Settings, and then click Control Panel.

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    Symptom Computer seems to be locked Hard drive error message is displayed. Hard drive fault protection error message is displayed. Problem Program in use has Attempt a normal Windows shutdown. If this stopped responding to fails, press the Reset button for four or more commands.

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    Symptom Hard drive has failed. Problem Check whether your hard drive has become defective using the Hard Drive Self-test which is part of your BIOS. See below. NOTE: Use the arrow keys to move between options and Enter key to select. 1.

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    Reset these settings if necessary. 5. Click OK to close the identification window. 6. Click Close to close the Modems Properties window. 7. Click The Close button in the upper right corner of the Control Panel window to return to the Windows desktop. Solution...

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    Symptom Keyboard commands and typing are not recognized by computer. Mouse does not respond to movement or is too slow. Mouse will only move vertically or horizontally. Problem 1. From the Windows taskbar, click the Start Keyboard connector is button, and then click Shut Down... The Shut not properly Down Windows dialog box is displayed.

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    Symptom The mouse does not work after installation, or is not detected. Problem The receiver may not Make sure you have connected the receiver be connected correctly. The receiver cable goes into the correctly. computer’s USB port or PS/2 mouse port. For optimal performance, place the receiver at least 8 inches or 20 centimetres away from other electrical devices, such as computer, the...

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    Symptom Insufficient memory message is displayed. Problem All memory in To avoid Windows automatically running computer is being unnecessary programs at startup: used by open 1. Click the Start button on the Windows programs, and taskbar. memory is needed for 2.

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    Symptom Computer will not turn on. “Illegal Operation has Occurred” error message is displayed. Computer will not start. Problem Line voltage selection Set the line voltage selection switch to the switch is not in the correct setting for your region, or call Compaq proper position for Technical Support for assistance.

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    Symptom “Non-system disk or disk error” message is displayed. Problem A diskette has been When drive activity stops, remove the diskette inserted in drive that and press the spacebar. Your computer will start does not contain the system files necessary to start your computer.

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    Symptom Printer prints in colors other than black. Printer seems to be printing, but no characters appear on the paper. Problems Printer cartridge is out Replace the printer cartridge. of black ink. Caution: Do not attempt to install a printer cartridge by moving the printer carriage manually.

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    Symptom Poor print quality. Problems Drivers are improperly Uninstall and reinstall the printer drivers: installed. 1. From the Windows taskbar, click the Start button, click Programs, point to your printer model, and then click Uninstall Drivers. 2. Follow the instructions on the screen. The program will uninstall your printer drivers.

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    Symptom Cartridge may be running out of ink. Cartridge nozzles may need cleaning. Cartridge needs to be aligned. Problems Replace the cartridge by following the directions in the “Printer cartridge is out of black ink” problem at the beginning of this section. 1.

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    Symptom Cannot send or receive faxes. Connection has failed. Problems Fax modem is not Reconnect the fax modem, verifying the connected properly. following connections: telephone line to telephone (for external phone sets) and telephone line to wall jack (from computer to wall).

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    6. Click close to close the Modems Properties window. 7. Click the Close button in the upper right corner of the Control Panel window to return to the Windows desktop. Third-party fax Close all programs except the fax software, and software is conflicting redial the fax number.

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    Symptom Game stops responding (locks up) frequently. Graphics are distorted or screen goes blank during game’s introduction. Problems Minimum hardware or Review the game documentation or packaging software requirements for minimum requirements. set by game manufacturer have not been met. Game was not set up Reinstall the program, noting any settings and properly when...

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    You turn on your computer and it won't start. 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! Computer problems can happen, but regular preventative maintenance will go a long way to help you avoid them.

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    Your car needs it, people need it, and so do computers. Regular preventative maintenance helps you avoid common computer problems. Preventative maintenance for your computer is easier than you might think. You don’t need any special tools or know-how. A few basic procedures will help keep your computer operating at its best.

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    You can use Microsoft Backup to back up files to the hard disk, diskettes, a Zip disk, CD-RW, or another computer on your network. If your original files are damaged or lost, you can restore them from the backup. It is a good idea to run Microsoft Backup before deleting files from the hard disk.

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    When in doubt, don’t delete a file. 1. Double click the My Computer icon on the Windows desktop. The My Computer window is displayed. 2. Right-click the disk you want to free space on, and then click Properties on the pop-up menu.

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    1. Double-click the Microsoft Internet Explorer icon on the Windows desktop. 2. From the Tools menu, click Internet Options. 3. Click Settings. 4. To increase the amount of space to store pages in, click the slider and move it to the right.

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    Deleting the Internet History File frees up disk space on your computer hard drive. 1. Double-click the Microsoft Internet Explorer icon on the Windows desktop. 2. On the Tools menu in Internet Explorer, click Internet Options. 3. Click the General tab.

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    1. Double-click the Recycle icon on the Windows desktop. Caution: Files that are emptied from the Recycle Bin cannot be retrieved. 2. Click individual files and press Delete. Or click the...

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    You can use ScanDisk to check your hard disk for technical errors and repair any damaged areas. ScanDisk and Disk Defragmenter take less time to complete when run on a regular basis. When you optimize the computer hard disk, you’re moving files closer together so that hard disk space is used more...

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    4. Select the Where & What tab. The C drive, your local hard disk, is the default. If you want to scan a different drive, click Browse and select another drive letter. 5. Click Scan Now. on the desktop.

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    New viruses are found every day, and sometimes there are several hundred viruses detected in a month. Get into the habit of updating your DAT files regularly and always do so if you see a warning about dangerous new viruses. To make sure your virus protection is up to date, you should regularly update VirusScan.

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    An important part of computer preventative maintenance is making sure you’re prepared for any possible emergencies. In this section you will create an Anti-Virus Emergency diskette. If your computer is infected with a virus, you may not be able to access the hard disk or start Windows.

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    Review the tools in this topic to find answers. Access the following support tools from the desktop and in the system tray: Icon Compaq Service This maintenance program keeps your computer in...

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    Compaq Diagnostics provides an easy way to perform system checks and diagnose problems. A progress bar is displayed on the Windows desktop while the application analyzes your computer for information about its components. After approximately one minute, a Summary window with the component information is displayed.

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    As technology advances, so does the way we store information. In the earlier years of personal computers, information could be stored on diskettes. Now this information can be stored on CD, which offer much higher capacity than diskettes. In fact, the audio CDs we play in our homes are physically identical to the data CDs we use with our computers.

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    Always handle a disc by holding the edges or the centre hole to prevent scratches to the surface. A CD-RW drive has the following attributes: Supports standard CDs, write-once CD-R, and rewritable CD-RW discs. Allows you to create your own CDs, share information, and save data for backups and other data storage...

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    You must close all other Windows programs before installing Adaptec Easy CD Creator. Internet Explorer 4.01 or higher must be installed on your system before you can install Easy CD Creator. If Internet Explorer is not found on your system, you are prompted to install Internet Explorer 5 before continuing with Easy CD Creator...

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    4. From the Adaptec Installation window, select Easy CD Creator and the desired language. Follow the installation instructions that are displayed on the screen. 5. After the installation is complete, click Finish. The Adaptec Installation window is displayed again (repeat steps 4-6 to install DirectCD).

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    It is a good idea to close all other applications before you start Easy CD Creator. There are two ways to start Easy CD Creator so you can begin creating your own CDs: from the Start menu or by using the Create CD menu.

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    Use Easy CD Creator to create an Audio CD (also known as a music CD) that can be played on your home or car stereo CD player, and on any computer that has a CD-Recorder or CD-ROM drive. Unlike a Data CD, an Audio CD is used for playing back music and not for data storage.

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    A normal CD contains 650 MB of data. That is more than 250,000 pages of text! If a book contains 200 pages, this would mean more than 1200 books... There are also ‘long’ CD’s on the market which can contain up to 700 MB data.

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    Every software uses its own drivers. If you decide to use your own CD-Burning software, make sure you de- install the Easy CD Creator Software to avoid driver conflicts. The most common reason for making a copy of a CD is to create a working copy of a CD and archive the original in a safe place.

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    You can do other tasks on your computer while the CD is being formatted. The DirectCD CD Ready window is displayed when CD formatting is complete. By formatting a disc within DirectCD, you can read and write files directly to your CD-R/CD-RW disc while within any software application that can read...

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    Note: Before you can write data to your CD-R or CD-RW, you must first format the CD-R or CD-RW disc. If the DirectCD CD Ready window is displayed, the disc is already formatted for DirectCD. 1. Insert a blank CD-R or CD-RW disc into the CD-RW drive. 2.

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    DirectCD provides a file system based on UDF v1.5 and writes data to a CD-R or CD-RW using packet writing technology. This file system gives you drive letter access to your CD-RW drive. Note: If your computer system has more than one CD-RW drive, the drive information window is displayed.

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    When you instruct DirectCD to eject a CD from your CD-RW drive, DirectCD gives you various formatting options, depending on the type of disc in the drive and how you want to use the disc. You must close or finalize the CD-R disc before ejecting it if you want to read the disc on another computer that has a...

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    CDs get easily scratched. Always store the CDs in a jewel case. A CD is made of high quality plastics. Used CDs can be recycled, please check your local facilities. Jewel Case Creator Use Jewel Case Creator to make custom jewel case inserts and CD labels to indicate the title and contents of your CD.

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    CD copying can violate the copyright rules. Please check the legislation in your country. Jewel Case Creator allows you to select from a variety of themes that come with the application. Themes contain both backgrounds, such as graphics, and text layouts designed for either audio or data CDs.

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    If you copy a CD and you experience a very long burning process or the CD does not work afterwards. 3. From the Current paper type drop-down list box, select the paper you want to print to. Jewel Case Creator lists the currently supported cover and label stocks.

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    The Internet gives a lot of information on burning CDs. Try a search for “CD- Recordable FAQ” using one of the popular search engines. Troubleshooting For problems with the Adaptec software, explanations of error messages, and more, refer to the software’s Online Help by clicking Help in the button bar.

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    Make sure the C: drive has plenty of free space. The recommended amount is about 1 ½ times the amount you want to record to CD. Try a different brand of recordable media. Blank disks with the green or blue dye coating are recommended. Use brand name media.

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    This section includes special notices and regulations that apply to Compaq products. Some are specific to individual countries.

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    This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation.

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    The FCC requires the user to be notified that any changes or modifications made to this device that are not expressly approved by Compaq Computer Corporation may void the user's authority to operate the equipment. This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause...

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    Products with the CE marking comply with the EMC Directive (89/336/EEC) and the Low Voltage Directive (73/23/EEC) issued by the Commission of the European Community and if this product has telecommunication functionality, the R&TTE Directive (1999/5/EC). Compliance with these directives implies conformity to the following European Norms (in parentheses are the equivalent international standards and regulations): EN 55022 (CISPR 22) –...

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    The following two icons and associated statements may be found on desktop and mini-tower computers. They are intended to communicate how to access the telecommunications regulatory approval information for your product.

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    This equipment complies with Part 68 of the FCC rules. Located on the bottom of the portable computers and on the modem in desktop computers is a label that contains, among other information, the FCC Registration Number and Ringer Equivalence Number (REN) for this equipment. Upon request, you must provide this information to your telephone company.

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    Your telephone company may make changes in its facilities, equipment, operations, or procedures that could affect the proper functioning of your equipment. If they do, you will be notified in advance to give you an opportunity to maintain uninterrupted telephone service. If you experience trouble with this telephone equipment, contact your local telephone company for information about obtaining service or repairs.

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    Safety is important when you are operating your computer. Follow the guidelines in this section to enjoy your computing experience. When using this device, basic safety precautions should always be followed to reduce the risk of fire, electric shock and injury to persons, including the following: 1.

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    This computer may contain a lithium-ion or nickel-metal- hydride battery pack. There is a risk of fire and chemical burn if the battery pack is handled improperly. Do not disassemble, crunch, puncture, or short external contacts, dispose of in water or fire, or expose to temperatures higher than 140°F (60°C).

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    Agency labels are on the computer. Compaq Internet PC products marked with the Energy Star Logo are compliant with Energy Star Computers Program 2.0 standard of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA Energy Star Logo does not imply endorsement by the EPA.

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    A very small portion of the population may experience epileptic seizures when viewing certain kinds of flashing lights or patterns that are commonly present in our daily environment. These persons may experience seizures while watching some kinds of television pictures or playing certain games, including games played on the Internet PC.

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    This Glossary defines commonly used terms to help new users understand computer concepts. A new type of connector for plugging in peripherals with extremely fast data transfer rates, such as video cameras. The 1394 standard synchronizes audio and video files by delivering data at the intended rate—in real time.

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    Defines a display space and the colour of each pixel or bit in the display space. A GIF and a JPEG are examples of graphic image file types that contain bitmaps. To start or restart the computer. During the start-up process, information necessary for the computer to operate is loaded into memory.

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    session. Additional characteristics are defined in the Blue Book standard. An alternative to mixed-mode for combining standard CD-DA audio, which can be played in a normal audio player, and a computer application, on a single CD. Media used in a CD-R drive to record or write data that cannot be erased.

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    (the default is 1). You can change the settings, and you can designate the new settings as the default. See Windows desktop. A personal computer designed to be set on a desk. It is not portable like a laptop or notebook computer.

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    To receive files from another computer on the Internet. A device that reads and sometimes writes to storage media. Examples are CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, Zip, diskette, and hard drives. Software that enables the operating system (OS) to recognize and operate devices installed in or attached to the computer, such as a printer.

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    A complete set of letters, numbers, punctuation marks, and symbols in a particular typeface. When you use a word processing program, you can choose from a long list of fonts to give your document personality. A connector on the back of the computer for plugging in a gamepad, joystick, or steering wheel.

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    This protocol commands the Web server to locate the Web site you requested and transmit the Web site to your computer. You communicate a request to your computer by using the keyboard or mouse. You type the Web site address (URL) in the address box of the browser, or click a hyperlink on a Web page.

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    A lever that moves in all directions to control the movement of a pointer or objects on the screen. It is used for computer games in which you drive, fly, or shoot objects displayed by the monitor. (pronounced J-peg). A file format for graphics, especially photographs, displayed on the Internet.

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    browser developed by the Microsoft Corporation. See browser. The most popular computer operating system in the world. It is characterized by the use of windows and icons. Each running program and open file has its own window. Instead of memorizing commands, you click icons to communicate with the computer.

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    what you play into a written score. Music software creates MIDI files. To move through a Web site or online document by clicking the hyperlinks. See hyperlink. A Web browser developed by the Netscape Communications Corporation. See browser. Two or more computers linked together to share resources, such as programs, files, and printers.

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    See peripheral. 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 right-click. A file (short for microprocessor). The brains of the computer.

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    product key. The technician matches it against the database to determine whether you qualify for support. You should keep a record of all product keys to protect your investment. They are comparable to the serial numbers on hardware. See software. See also hardware.

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    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 right-clicked.

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    an application for creating data files, a utility for making the computer run efficiently, or a game for entertainment. See OS, data file, and utility. To jump from place to place on the Internet, searching for topics of interest, by clicking hyperlinks.

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    See file extension. See World Wide Web. See browser. A framed area that displays on the Windows desktop after you select an item or open a program. See Microsoft Windows. The main screen you see when your computer completes startup.

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    programs on CD-ROMs have wizards to guide you through the installation process. A system of Internet servers that support documents formatted in HTML. See HTML. See also server. High-capacity, removable storage media made by Iomega Corporation. The drive that reads and writes to a Zip disk.

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    @ sign Adaptec Easy CD Creator 4-20, 10-6 creating CDs 6-4, 6-5 Add/Remove Programs anti-virus 9-11 emergency diskette 9-11 tools anti-virus emergency diskette 9-11 creating Application and Web buttons Help My Program arrow keys audio 4-18 playing a CD 2-2, 2-3 port audio CD 10-6...

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    Internet connector colour coding Content Advisor described password Control Panel copying a CD 8-14 data CD creating desktop features icons viewing diagnostics 2-2, 2-3 DirectCD 4-18 adding data creating ejecting a CD formatting naming CDs...

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    disk defragmenter using 8-15 disk error diskette 4-16 drive, using emergency printer setup 8-15 problem reformatting 4-18 removing diskette drive 8-15 disk error message downloading software drive 2-2, 2-3, 4-16, 4-17, 7-3 CD-ROM 2-2, 2-3, 4-16, 4-17, 7-3 CD-RW 4-16 diskette 2-2, 2-3, 4-16, 4-17, 7-3 DVD-ROM...

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    8-20 problems with 4-16 storing system files 4-16 using 4-15 headphone jack, described Help button Help and Support folder Windows desktop 9-12 Help and Support Help and Support folder Help button programming reassigning helpful hints list home networking described Hotmail...

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    Internet software virus protection Internet Video Camera 4-21 features inventory hard drive e-mail address problems with account server name setting up user name 4-20, 10-13 Jewel Case Creator keyboard arrow keys function keys F1 to F12 main keys numeric keys log off Logitech QuickCam Internet video camera 4-21...

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    2-10 name, user Netscape Navigator network Ethernet 2-9, 2-10 installing protocols setting up Network Neighbourhood icon networking 2-12 accessing files 2-10 entering user name 2-12 2-10 setting password non-system disk, error message notices 11-4 European Union 11-2 numeric keys online Help accessing operating system Outlook Express...

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    printing CD covers and CD labels documents options problems 8-12 audio driver 9-12 computer configuration files corrupted 10-16 copying CDs 10-16 creating CDs 9-13 diagnosing symptoms 8-15, 8-17 diskette 8-31 8-33 games 8-20 hard drive 8-21 hard drive failed 8-15, 8-27 hard drive failure 8-12 identifying...

  • Page 184

    searching Setup.exe 4-10 sleep mode sleep/hibernation mode 8-18 problem software 4-13 accessing with mouse downloading installing downloaded files speakers 2-3, 4-15 Audio In port 4-15 cassette player 4-15 CD player 4-15 MP3 player 4-15 playing audio through 4-15 turning on 4-15 volume control start a program...

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    11-9 warning, battery warranty accessing favourite sites browser downloading files searching storing favourite sites surfing Web browsers common features described 9-12 Web support Windows 3-1, 3-2 desktop operating system 9-12 tools for support Windows desktop, Network Neighbourhood 4-6, 5-5...

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