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    Mini User Guide...

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    This user guide describes features that are Bluetooth is a trademark owned by its common to most models. Some features proprietor and used by Hewlett-Packard may not be available on your computer. Company under license. Microsoft and To obtain the latest information in the Mini Windows are U.S.

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    Safety warning notice WARNING! To reduce the possibility of heat-related injuries or of overheating the computer, do not place the computer directly on your lap or obstruct the computer air vents. Use the computer only on a hard, flat surface. Do not allow another hard surface, such as an adjoining optional printer, or a soft surface, such as pillows or rugs or clothing, to block airflow.

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    Safety warning notice...

  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Table of contents 1 Getting started 2 Knowing the parts Identifying the hardware ........................2 Top components ........................2 TouchPad ......................2 Lights ........................3 Keys ........................4 Front components ........................ 4 Right-side components ......................5 Left-side components ......................6 Display components ......................

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    Resolving a low battery level when a charged battery is available ................... 19 Resolving a low battery level when no power source is available ................... 19 Resolving a low battery level when the computer cannot exit Hibernation ..................19 Calibrating a battery ......................19 Step 1: Fully charge the battery ................

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    Webcam ............................. 43 6 Security Protecting the computer ........................44 Using passwords ..........................44 Setting passwords in Windows ..................45 Passwords set in Setup Utility ................... 45 Administrator password ..................46 Managing an administrator password ..........46 Entering an administrator password ..........46 Power-on password ..................

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    Updating the BIOS ..........................68 Determining the BIOS version ................... 68 Downloading a BIOS update ..................... 68 Updating programs and drivers ......................70 13 Setup Utility Starting Setup Utility ........................... 71 Using Setup Utility ..........................71 Changing the language of Setup Utility ................71 Navigating and selecting in Setup Utility ................

  • Page 9: Getting Started

    Getting started Your HP computer's main operating system is Microsoft® Windows®. The Microsoft Windows operating system displays the desktop on the display and controls your HP computer's hardware, peripherals, and software programs.

  • Page 10: Knowing The Parts

    Knowing the parts Identifying the hardware Components included with the computer may vary by region and model. The illustrations in this chapter identify the standard features on most computer models. To see a list of hardware installed in the computer, follow these steps: Select Start >...

  • Page 11: Lights

    Component Description TouchPad* Moves the pointer and selects or activates items on the screen. Left TouchPad button* Functions like the left button on an external mouse. Right TouchPad button* Functions like the right button on an external mouse. *This table describes factory settings. To view or change pointing device preferences, select Start > Control Panel > Printers and Other Hardware >...

  • Page 12: Keys

    Keys Component Description Action keys Execute frequently used system functions. Executes frequently used system functions when pressed in combination with a function key or the key. NOTE: fn+esc key combination will display system information including the product name and serial number, saving you from removing the battery to see the service tag information.

  • Page 13: Right-side Components

    Right-side components Component Description Digital Media Slot Supports the following optional digital card formats: ● Memory Stick (MS) ● MS/Pro ● MultiMediaCard (MMC) ● Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Memory Card (standard and large size) ● xD-Picture card ● Power light White: The computer is on.

  • Page 14: Left-side Components

    Component Description NOTE: The security cable is designed to act as a deterrent, but it may not prevent the computer from being mishandled or stolen. Left-side components Component Description Power connector Connects an AC adapter. ● Battery light Off: The computer is running on battery power. ●...

  • Page 15: Display Components

    Display components Component Description Internal display switch Initiates Standby if the display is closed while the power is on. NOTE: The display switch is not visible from the outside of the computer. Webcam light On: The webcam is in use. Webcam Records video and captures still photographs.

  • Page 16: Bottom Components

    Bottom components Component Description Battery release latches (2) Release the battery from the battery bay. Battery bay Holds the battery. NOTE: For more information on removing the bottom panel, refer to the chapter, “Memory modules,” later in this guide. Chapter 2 Knowing the parts...

  • Page 17: Wireless Antennas

    Wireless antennas Component Description WWAN antennas (2) (select models only)* Send and receive wireless signals to communicate with wireless wide-area networks (WWANs). WLAN antennas (2) (select models only)* Send and receive wireless signals to communicate with wireless lan- area networks (WLANs). *The antennas are not visible from the outside of the computer.

  • Page 18: Additional Hardware Components

    Additional hardware components Component Description Power cord* Connects an AC adapter to an AC outlet. AC adapter Converts AC power to DC power. Battery* Powers the computer when the computer is not plugged into external power. *Batteries and power cords vary in appearance by region and country. Identifying the labels The labels affixed to the computer provide information you may need when you troubleshoot system problems or travel internationally with the computer.

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    Have this information available when you contact technical support. The service tag label is inside the battery bay of the computer. ● Microsoft® Certificate of Authenticity—Contains the Windows® Product Key. You may need the Product Key to update or troubleshoot the operating system. This certificate is located under the bottom panel of the computer.

  • Page 20: Power Management

    Power management Setting power options Using power-saving states The computer has two power-saving states enabled at the factory: Standby and Hibernation. When Standby is initiated, the power light blinks and the screen clears. Your work is saved to memory. Exiting Standby is faster than exiting Hibernation. If the computer is in the Standby state for an extended period or if the battery reaches a critical battery level while in the Standby state, the computer initiates Hibernation.

  • Page 21: Initiating And Exiting Hibernation

    Initiating and exiting Hibernation The system is set at the factory to initiate Hibernation after 30 minutes of inactivity when running on battery power or when the battery reaches a critical battery level. NOTE: The system will not initiate Hibernation when running on external power. NOTE: To reduce the risk of information loss, periodically save your work.

  • Page 22: Selecting A Different Power Scheme

    Selecting a different power scheme Click the Power Meter icon in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar, and then select ▲ a power scheme from the list. – or – Select Start > Control Panel > Performance and Maintenance > Power Options. Select a power scheme from the Power schemes list.

  • Page 23: Connecting The Ac Adapter

    When you disconnect external AC power, the following events occur: ● The computer switches to battery power. ● The display brightness is automatically decreased to save battery life. To increase display brightness, press the action key or reconnect the AC adapter. Connecting the AC adapter WARNING! To reduce the risk of electric shock or damage to the equipment:...

  • Page 24: Displaying The Remaining Battery Charge

    You can keep a battery in the computer or in storage, depending on how you work. Keeping the battery in the computer whenever the computer is plugged into AC power charges the battery and also protects your work in case of a power outage. However, a battery in the computer slowly discharges when the computer is off and unplugged from external power.

  • Page 25: Charging A Battery

    Align the tabs on the battery with the notches on the computer, and then insert the battery into the battery bay. The battery release latches automatically to lock the battery into place. To remove the battery: Turn the computer upside down on a flat surface. Slide the battery release latches (1) to release the battery, lift the battery (2), and then remove the battery.

  • Page 26: Maximizing Battery Discharge Time

    Charging may take longer if a battery is new, has been unused for 2 weeks or more, or is much warmer or cooler than room temperature. To prolong battery life and optimize the accuracy of battery charge displays, follow these recommendations: ●...

  • Page 27: Resolving A Low Battery Level

    Resolving a low battery level CAUTION: To reduce the risk of losing information when the computer reaches a critical battery level and has initiated Hibernation, do not restore power until the power lights turn off. Resolving a low battery level when external power is available Connect to an approved AC adapter.

  • Page 28: Step 2: Disable Hibernation And Standby

    To fully charge the battery: Insert the battery into the computer. Connect the computer to an AC adapter and then plug the adapter into external power. The battery light on the computer turns amber. Leave the computer plugged into external power until the battery is fully charged. The battery light on the computer turns white.

  • Page 29: Step 4: Fully Recharge The Battery

    Step 4: Fully recharge the battery To recharge the battery: Plug the computer into external power and maintain external power until the battery is fully recharged. When the battery is recharged, the battery light on the computer turns white. You can use the computer while the battery is recharging, but the battery will charge faster if the computer is off.

  • Page 30: Disposing Of A Used Battery

    Disposing of a used battery WARNING! To reduce the risk of fire or burns, do not disassemble, crush, or puncture; do not short external contacts; do not dispose of in fire or water. Refer to the Regulatory, Safety and Environmental Notices for battery disposal information. Shutting down the computer CAUTION: Unsaved information will be lost when the computer is shut down.

  • Page 31: Internet

    Internet Your computer supports the following types of Internet access: ● Wired—You can access the Internet by connecting to a broadband network using the RJ-45 (network) jack. ● Wireless—For mobile Internet access, you can use a wireless connection. To learn about setting up a wireless network or adding your computer to an existing network, refer to the “Connecting to a wireless network”...

  • Page 32: Connecting To A Wired Network

    Connecting to a wired network Connecting to a local area network (LAN) requires an 8-pin, RJ-45 network cable (purchased separately). If the network cable contains noise suppression circuitry (1), which prevents interference from TV and radio reception, orient the circuitry end of the cable (2) toward the computer. To connect the network cable: WARNING! To reduce the risk of electric shock, fire, or damage to the equipment, do not plug a modem...

  • Page 33: Connecting To A Wireless Network

    Connecting to a wireless network Using wireless devices Wireless technology transfers data across radio waves instead of wires. Your computer may be equipped with one or more of the following wireless devices: ● Wireless local area network (WLAN) device—Connects the computer to wireless local area networks (commonly referred to as Wi-Fi networks, wireless LANs, or WLANs) in corporate offices, your home, and public places such as airports, restaurants, coffee shops, hotels, and universities.

  • Page 34: Using The Wireless Controls

    Icon Name Description Network status (connected) Indicates that one or more of your LAN drivers are installed and one or more LAN devices are connected to the network. Network status (disconnected) Indicates that one or more of your LAN drivers are installed but no LAN devices are connected to the network.

  • Page 35: Using A Wlan

    NOTE: Enabling or turning on a wireless device does not automatically connect the computer to a network. To view the state of the wireless devices, position the mouse pointer over the wireless icon in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar. NOTE: To display the wireless icon, click the Show hidden icons icon (<...

  • Page 36: Setting Up A Wlan

    Setting up a WLAN To set up a WLAN and connect to the Internet, you need the following equipment: ● A broadband modem (either DSL or cable) (1) and high-speed Internet service purchased from an Internet service provider (ISP) ● A wireless router (purchased separately) (2) ●...

  • Page 37: Connecting To A Wlan

    ● Use wireless encryption A variety of sophisticated encryption protocols is available for your WLAN. Find the solution that works best for your network security: ◦ Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) is a wireless security protocol that encodes or encrypts all network data before it is transmitted using a WEP key.

  • Page 38: Roaming To Another Network

    More information about using a WLAN is available through the following resources: ● Information from your ISP and the user guides included with your wireless router and other WLAN equipment ● Information and Web site links provided in Help and Support For a list of public WLANs near you, contact your ISP or search the Web.

  • Page 39: Using Hp Mobile Broadband (select Models Only)

    Using HP Mobile Broadband (select models only) An HP Mobile Broadband Module is a wireless wide area network (WWAN) device that provides access to information wherever mobile network operator service is available. Using HP Mobile Broadband requires a network service provider (called a mobile network operator), which in most cases is a mobile phone network operator.

  • Page 40: Removing A Sim

    Remove the battery. NOTE: For more information, refer to the section “Inserting and removing the battery,” earlier in this guide. Insert the SIM into the SIM slot, and gently push the SIM into the slot until it is firmly seated. Replace the battery.

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    Press in on the SIM, and then remove it from the slot. Replace the battery and the back cover. NOTE: For more information on replacing the battery and the bottom panel, refer to the section “Removing the bottom panel,” earlier in this guide. Reconnect external power.

  • Page 42: Using Bluetooth Wireless Devices

    Using Bluetooth wireless devices A Bluetooth device provides short-range wireless communications that replace the physical cable connections that traditionally link electronic devices such as the following: ● Computers (desktop, notebook, PDA) ● Phones (cellular, smart phone) ● Imaging devices (printer, camera) ●...

  • Page 43: Multimedia

    Multimedia Multimedia features Your computer includes multimedia features that allow you to listen to music, watch movies, and view pictures. Your computer may include the following multimedia components: ● Integrated speakers for listening to music ● Integrated webcam that allows you to capture photographs and videos ●...

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    Component Description Webcam light On: The webcam is in use. Webcam Records video and captures still photographs. NOTE: To record videos, you need to install additional webcam software. Internal microphone Records sound. Speakers (2) Produce sound. volume mute action key (f11) Mutes speaker sound.

  • Page 45: Adjusting The Volume

    Component Description NOTE: When a device is connected to the jack, the computer speakers are disabled. The audio component must have a 4-conductor connector. Adjusting the volume You can adjust the volume using the following computer volume action keys: ● To decrease volume, press the volume down action key...

  • Page 46: Using The Media Activity Action Keys

    Volume can also be adjusted within some programs. Using the media activity action keys The media activity action keys control the play of an audio CD, or a DVD or BD that is inserted into an external optical drive (purchased separately). NOTE: The external optical drive must be connected to a USB port on the computer, not to a USB port on another external device, such as a hub or docking station.

  • Page 47: Using Other Preinstalled Multimedia Software

    Using other preinstalled multimedia software To locate other preinstalled multimedia software: Select Start > All Programs, and then open the multimedia program you want to use. For example, ▲ if you want to use Windows Media Player (select models only), click Windows Media Player. NOTE: Some programs may be located in subfolders.

  • Page 48: Audio

    Audio Your computer has a variety of audio features that allow you to: ● Play music using your computer speakers and/or connected external speakers. ● Record sound using the internal microphone or an optional external headset microphone. ● Download music from the Internet. ●...

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    NOTE: For best results when recording, speak directly into the microphone and record sound in a setting free of background noise. To confirm or change the audio settings on your computer, right-click the Volume icon on the ▲ taskbar, or select Start > Control Panel > Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices > Sounds and Audio Devices.

  • Page 50: Video

    Video Your computer enables you to use a variety of video features: ● Watch movies ● Play games over the Internet ● Edit pictures and video to create presentations ● Connect external video devices Connecting an external monitor or projector Use a VGA cable (purchased separately) to connect an external display, such as a monitor or projector, to the external monitor port on the computer.

  • Page 51: Webcam

    Webcam Your computer includes an integrated webcam located at the top of the display. The webcam is an input device that allows you to record video and capture still photographs. NOTE: To record videos, you need to install additional webcam software. To access the webcam: Click Start >...

  • Page 52: Security

    Security Protecting the computer Standard security features provided by the Windows operating system and the non-Windows Setup Utility can protect your personal settings and data from a variety of risks. Follow the procedures in this chapter to use the following features: ●...

  • Page 53: Setting Passwords In Windows

    You can use the same password for a Setup Utility feature and for a Windows security feature. You can also use the same password for more than one Setup Utility feature. Use the following guidelines when setting a password in Setup Utility: ●...

  • Page 54: Administrator Password

    Administrator password Your administrator password protects the configuration settings and system identification information in Setup Utility. After this password is set, you must enter it each time you access Setup Utility. Your administrator password is not interchangeable with an administrator password set in Windows, nor is it displayed as it is set, entered, changed, or deleted.

  • Page 55: Managing A Power-on Password

    Managing a power-on password To set, change, or delete this password, follow these steps: Open Setup Utility by turning on or restarting the computer, and then pressing while the “F10 = BIOS Setup Options” message is displayed in the lower-left corner of the screen. Use the arrow keys to select Security >...

  • Page 56: Using Antivirus Software

    Using antivirus software When you use the computer for e-mail or Internet access, you expose it to computer viruses that can disable the operating system, programs, or utilities or cause them to function abnormally. Antivirus software can detect most viruses, destroy them, and in most cases, repair damage they have caused.

  • Page 57: Using Firewall Software

    Using firewall software When you use the computer for e-mail, network, or Internet access, unauthorized persons may be able to gain access to the computer, your personal files, and information about you. Use the firewall software preinstalled on the computer to protect your privacy. Firewall features include logging and reporting of network activity, and automatic monitoring of all incoming and outgoing traffic.

  • Page 58: Installing Critical Updates

    Installing critical updates CAUTION: Microsoft sends alerts regarding critical updates. To protect the computer from security breaches and computer viruses, install all critical updates from Microsoft as soon as you receive an alert. Updates to the operating system and other software may have become available after the computer was shipped.

  • Page 59: Digital Cards

    Digital cards Optional digital cards provide secure data storage and convenient data sharing. These cards are often used with digital media–equipped cameras and PDAs as well as with other devices. The Digital Media Slot supports the following formats: ● Memory Stick (MS) ●...

  • Page 60: Stopping And Removing A Digital Card

    Stopping and removing a digital card CAUTION: To prevent loss of data or an unresponsive system, stop a digital card before removing it. Save your information and close all programs associated with the digital card. NOTE: To stop a data transfer, click Cancel in the operating system Copying window. Stop the digital card: Double-click the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar.

  • Page 61: Usb Devices

    USB devices Using a USB device Universal Serial Bus (USB) is a hardware interface that can be used to connect an optional external device, such as a USB keyboard, mouse, drive, printer, scanner, or hub. Devices can be connected to the system, an optional docking device, or an optional expansion product.

  • Page 62: Stopping And Removing A Usb Device

    Stopping and removing a USB device CAUTION: To prevent loss of information or an unresponsive system, stop a USB device before removing it. CAUTION: To prevent damage to a USB connector, do not pull on the cable to remove the USB device. To stop and remove a USB device: Double-click the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar.

  • Page 63: Pointing Devices And Keyboard

    Pointing devices and keyboard Setting pointing device preferences Use Mouse Properties in Windows® to customize settings for pointing devices, such as button configuration, click speed, and pointer options. To access Mouse Properties, select Start > Control Panel > Printers and Other Hardware > Mouse.

  • Page 64: Scrolling

    Scrolling Scrolling is useful for moving up or down on a page or image. To scroll, place two fingers on the TouchPad and drag them across the TouchPad in an up, down, left, or right motion. Pinching Pinching allows you to zoom in or out on items such as PDFs, images, and photos. To pinch: ●...

  • Page 65: Connecting An External Mouse

    Connecting an external mouse You can connect an external USB mouse to the computer using one of the USB ports on the computer. Using the keyboard Using the action keys Action keys are customized actions that are assigned to specific keys at the top of the keyboard. To use an action key, press this key to activate the assigned function.

  • Page 66: Using Hotkeys

    Icon Description Decreases the screen brightness level incrementally when you hold down this key. Decreases the screen brightness level incrementally when you hold down this key. Switches the screen image among display devices connected to the system. For example, if a monitor is connected to the computer, pressing this key alternates the screen image from computer display to monitor display to simultaneous display on both the computer and the monitor.

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    Function Hotkey Description Display system information. fn+esc Displays information about system hardware components and the system BIOS version number. To use a hotkey command on the computer keyboard, follow either of these steps: ● Briefly press the key, and then briefly press the second key of the hotkey command. –...

  • Page 68: 10 Drives

    10 Drives Identifying installed drives To view the drives installed on the computer, select Start > My Computer. Handling drives Drives are fragile computer components that must be handled with care. Refer to the following cautions before handling drives. Additional cautions are included with the procedures to which they apply. Chapter 10 Drives...

  • Page 69: Using External Drives

    CAUTION: To reduce the risk of damage to the computer, damage to a drive, or loss of information, observe these precautions: Before you move a computer that is connected to an external hard drive, initiate Standby and allow the screen to clear, or properly disconnect the external hard drive. Before handling a drive, discharge static electricity by touching the unpainted metal surface of the drive.

  • Page 70: Using Optional External Devices

    Using optional external devices NOTE: For more information about required software and drivers, or to learn which computer port to use, refer to the manufacturer's instructions. To connect an external device: CAUTION: To reduce the risk of damage to the equipment when connecting a powered device, be sure that the computer is turned off and the AC power cord is unplugged.

  • Page 71: 11 Memory Modules

    11 Memory modules The computer has one memory module compartment, which is located on the bottom of the computer, beneath the removable bottom panel. The memory capacity of the computer can be upgraded by replacing the existing memory module in the memory module slot. WARNING! To reduce the risk of electric shock and damage to the equipment, unplug the power cord and remove all batteries before installing a memory module.

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    Remove the existing memory module: Pull away the retention clips (1) on each side of the memory module. The memory module tilts up. CAUTION: To prevent damage to the memory module, hold the memory module by the edges only. Do not touch the components on the memory module. Grasp the edge of the memory module (2), and gently pull the module out of the memory module slot.

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    CAUTION: To prevent damage to the memory module, hold the memory module by the edges only. Do not touch the components on the memory module, and do not bend the memory module. Align the notch (1) in the memory module with the tab in the memory module slot. With the memory module at a 45-degree angle from the surface of the memory module compartment, press the module (2) into the memory module slot until it is seated.

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    Replace the battery (3). NOTE: For more information, refer to the section “Inserting and removing the battery,” earlier in this guide. Turn the computer right-side up, and then reconnect external power and external devices. Turn on the computer. Chapter 11 Memory modules...

  • Page 75: Updating Software

    12 Updating software Updated versions of the software provided with your computer may be available on the HP Web site. Most software and BIOS updates on the HP Web site are packaged in compressed files called SoftPaqs. Some download packages contain a file named Readme.txt, which contains information regarding installing and troubleshooting the file.

  • Page 76: Updating The Bios

    Updating the BIOS To update the BIOS, first determine what BIOS version you currently have and then download and install the new BIOS. Determining the BIOS version To determine whether available BIOS updates contain later BIOS versions than those currently installed on the computer, you need to know the version of the system BIOS currently installed.

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    Make a note of the path to the location on your hard drive where the BIOS update will be downloaded. You will need to access this path when you are ready to install the update. NOTE: If you connect your computer to a network, consult the network administrator before installing any software updates, especially system BIOS updates.

  • Page 78: Updating Programs And Drivers

    Updating programs and drivers To download and install software other than a BIOS update, follow these steps: Access the page on the HP Web site that provides software for your computer: Select Start > Help and Support, and then select the software and drivers update. Follow the instructions on the screen to find the software you want to update.

  • Page 79: 13 Setup Utility

    13 Setup Utility Starting Setup Utility Setup Utility is a ROM-based information and customization utility that can be used even when your Windows operating system is not working. The utility reports information about the computer and provides settings for startup, security, and other preferences.

  • Page 80: Displaying System Information

    ● To select an item, press enter. ● To close a text box or return to the menu display, press esc. ● To display additional navigation and selection information while Setup Utility is open, press f1. Displaying system information The following procedure explains how to display system information in Setup Utility. If Setup Utility is not open, begin at step 1.

  • Page 81: Setup Utility Menus

    Setup Utility menus The menu tables in this section provide an overview of Setup Utility options. NOTE: Some of the Setup Utility menu items listed in this chapter may not be supported by your computer. Main menu Select To do this System information ●...

  • Page 82: Diagnostics Menu

    Select To do this ◦ USB card reader ◦ Network adapter NOTE: Only the devices attached to the system will appear in the boot order menu. Diagnostics menu Select To do this Hard Disk Self Test (select models only) Run a comprehensive self-test on the hard drive. Memory Test Run a diagnostic test on the system memory.

  • Page 83: Index

    Index battery release latches 8, 16 digital card AC adapter battery temperature 21 inserting 51 connecting 15 bay, battery 8 removing 52 identifying 10 BIOS, updating 68 stopping 52 action key boot options 73 Digital Media Slot, identifying 5 volume down 36, 37 boot order 73 diskette drive 61 volume mute 36, 37...

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    latches, battery release 8 hard drive self test 74 left TouchPad button, passwords hard drive, external 61 identifying 3 administrator 46 hardware, identifying 2 lights power-on 46 headphone (audio-out) jack 6, caps lock 3 set in Setup Utility 45 mute 3 set in Windows 45 headphones 6, 36 TouchPad 3...

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    shut down 22 webcam light, identifying 7, 36 inserting 31 webcam, identifying 7, 36 removing 32 Windows applications key, software identifying 4 installing 39 Windows logo key, identifying 4 multimedia 39 Windows, passwords set in 45 Windows Media Player 39 wireless antennas 9 speakers 4 wireless controls...

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