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HP OmniBook 800
Getting Started
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  • Page 1: Getting Started

    HP OmniBook 800 Getting Started For other Service and User Manuals, go to

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    Notice This manual and any examples contained herein are provided “as is” and are subject to change without notice. Hewlett-Packard Company makes no warranty of any kind with regard to this manual, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. Hewlett-Packard Co.

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    HP Software Product License Agreement The HP Software Product License Agreement and Product Limited Warranty shall govern all Software which is provided to you, the Customer, as part of the HP computer product. This HP Software Product Agreement and Product Limited...

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    4. Transfer of Rights in Software. Customer may transfer rights in the software to a third party only as part of the transfer of all rights and only if Customer obtains the prior agreement of the third party to be bound by the terms of this License Agreement.

  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Contents 1. Starting Out with Your OmniBook ... Setting Up ... 1. Install the battery pack..2. Connect the ac adapter and start charging ... 3. Open the OmniBook ... 4. Reset the OmniBook ... 5. Adjust the display ... 6.

  • Page 7: Starting Out With Your Omnibook

    Starting Out with Your OmniBook...

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    Starting Out with Your OmniBook 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-size keyboard, its own built-in mouse, and Microsoft Windows 95. In addition, your OmniBook has been specifically designed for ease of use on the road.

  • Page 9: Setting Up

    Setting Up To start working with your OmniBook the first time, you have to make the following preparations—they’re described in detail on the following pages: 1. Install the battery. 2. Connect the ac adapter and start charging the battery. 3. Open the OmniBook. 4.

  • Page 10: Connect The Ac Adapter And Start Charging

    Orange C A U T I O N 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.

  • Page 11: Open The Omnibook

    3. Open the OmniBook Press the center latch and lift the lid to open the OmniBook. 4. Reset the OmniBook Press the reset button: Insert a pen tip or bent paper clip into the small opening marked “RESET” on the right side of the computer. Press the red button for 1 to 2 seconds.

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    Starting Out with Your OmniBook Setting Up Pressing the reset button is similar to turning off a PC’s power, then turning it back on again. After this first time, you should not need to press the reset button often. If you have an OmniBook floppy drive attached when you reset the OmniBook, make sure there’s no disk in the drive (unless you set the option in the System Configuration Utility to boot only from the hard drive).

  • Page 13: Adjust The Display

    5. Adjust the display Brightness Contrast Some OmniBook models have just a brightness control, while others have both brightness and contrast controls. If there is only a brightness symbol: keyboard to adjust the brightness. If there is a gray contrast symbol and an orange brightness symbol: (orange) Note Keep in mind that a higher brightness setting gives a shorter battery operating...

  • Page 14: Pop Out The Mouse

    Starting Out with Your OmniBook Setting Up 6. Pop out the mouse 1. Press the round mouse-eject button in the upper-right corner of the keyboard. 2. Firmly pull the mouse out past the first resistance to its full extended position— about 3 inches (8 centimeters).

  • Page 15: Plug In The Floppy Drive

    7. Plug in the floppy drive 1. Find the floppy-drive cable included with the OmniBook. 2. Plug the larger plug (pinching its tabs) into the back of the floppy drive. 3. Plug the smaller plug into the floppy-drive port at the back of the OmniBook. Hint When possible, plug in the OmniBook ac adapter while you’re using the floppy drive.

  • Page 16: Set Up And Install The Operating System

    Starting Out with Your OmniBook Setting Up 8. Set up and install the operating system When your OmniBook starts up the first time, it takes you through a series of setup screens, including installation of the operating system. (If you have a docking system, you should not have it docked during the installation of the operating system.) This product offers a choice between two Microsoft operating systems:...

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    To install Windows for Workgroups (Windows 3.11) C A U T I O N When prompted to do so, it is important that you make back-up installation disks for MS-DOS and Windows for Workgroups. This will require 12 floppy disks for English. (The back-up program will format the disks.) You will need these installation disks to install certain drivers (such as printers and networks), as well as to recover your operating system in case of a failure.

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    Starting Out with Your OmniBook Setting Up 3. Choose the following option, then click OK: No, I want to install MS-DOS 6.22 and Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.1 4. When you are done with this installation, you should swap the icon-label strip that slips into place at the top of the keyboard above the are provided with your computer, but the one pre-inserted is for Windows 95.

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    If you do not have a CD-ROM drive, then copy the drivers you need from the Omnibook directory of the hard disk to a floppy disk. Alternatively, check our World-Wide Web site ( for the drivers. 1. Install your alternate operating system.

  • Page 20: Where To Go From Here

    For late-breaking information available after the manuals were completed, see OmniBook Notes in the online OmniBook Library (click Start, Programs, OmniBook Library). Visit Our Web site For updates to the BIOS and other technical information, connect to our World- Wide Web site on the Internet at 1-14...

  • Page 21: Special Features

    Special Features Instant On and power shut-down. Using the back panel. Using hot keys as shortcuts. Using the System Configuration Utility. Using the Recovery CD. Using a docking system. System resources. Replacing the hard-disk drive. Instant On and Power Shut-Down To turn the OmniBook on or off, press the blue On/Off key located at the upper right-hand corner of the keyboard.

  • Page 22: Using The Back Panel

    Starting Out with Your OmniBook Special Features Using the Back Panel When you open the panel on the back edge of the OmniBook, you will see these ports: VGA output Floppy- drive port Serial port Using Hot Keys as Shortcuts The following key sequences provide shortcuts to the given features.

  • Page 23: Using The System Configuration Utility

    Using the System Configuration Utility The System Configuration Utility (SCU) provides access to basic configuration settings. It is independent of the operating system. To run the System Configuration Utility 1. Close all programs and re-start the OmniBook: press the Reset button or press CTRL+ALT+DEL.

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    Starting Out with Your OmniBook Special Features The System Menu of the SCU Date and Time... Sets date and time for the OmniBook. Boot Devices... Boot Device “FDD First” is the typical PC boot, where drive A is searched first for an operating system, then drive C.

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    The Input/Output Menu of the SCU COM Port... Serial Port addresses and interrupts. LPT Ports... Printer Port addresses and interrupts. LPT Type... Standard AT (Centronics) or Bi-directional (PS/2). Keyboard Setup... “Key Delay”: How long a key must be held down before characters start repeating.

  • Page 26: Using The Recovery Cd

    Your OmniBook package includes a Recovery CD ROM and a Support Utilities floppy disk. These media have two main uses: Recovery . You can reinstall the Windows 95 operating system and/or original HP software (such as the Appointment Book and the online User’s Guide). See page 2-6. Installation of alternate operating systems software for another operating system, you will also need the HP OmniBook drivers.

  • Page 27: Using A Docking System

    If you will be setting up a desktop work area with your OmniBook, consider using an HP Docking System for the OmniBook 800. External devices, such as a larger display, a full-sized mouse, a printer, a floppy-disk drive, or a CD-ROM drive, can remain connected to the docking system for desktop use.

  • Page 28: System Resources

    Starting Out with Your OmniBook Special Features System Resources Interrupt Capabilities (IRQs) System timer Keyboard 2nd 8259 COM2 or COM4 serial port, PC Card* COM1 or COM3 serial port, PC Card* LPT2 parallel port, PC Card*, Audio Floppy drive LPT1 parallel port (default), PC Card*, Audio Real-time clock PC Card*, Audio PC Card*, SCSI (default), Audio...

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    I/O Addresses 60 and 64 Keyboard controller 70 and 71 RTC CMOS, bytes 0 to 127 74 and 76, RTC CMOS, bytes 128 to 255 re-mappable 220-22F or Sound 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...

  • Page 30: Replacing The Hard-disk Drive

    Starting Out with Your OmniBook Special Features Replacing the Hard-Disk Drive You normally don’t remove drive C, the main internal disk (also called the “hard- disk drive”). The two main reasons to replace drive C are for upgrade and for repair. C A U T I O N Back up your files before replacing the drive.

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    Starting Out with Your OmniBook Special Features 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. Keep the ribbon cables tucked in the case, otherwise you will need to tuck them back in with a paper clip.

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    Starting Out with Your OmniBook Special Features 5. CAUTION: handle the hard drive only by its edges to avoid damage from electrostatic discharge . Disengage the hard drive connectors by grasping the left flap of the plastic insulator and pulling to the right as shown. Lift up on the insulator sheet and remove the hard drive.

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    Starting Out with Your OmniBook Special Features If your new hard drive has screws in different positions from the old one, you will also need to adjust the insulator sheet. Compare the location of the screw- holes in the new hard drive with those in the insulator sheet. If there is no screw at position A, then unfold the flap at position A, and lay it flat before laying the hard drive down on the insulator.

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    Starting Out with Your OmniBook Special Features 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.

  • Page 35: Troubleshooting


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    Service booklet or OmniBook Support in the online OmniBook Library. Find technical information about the OmniBook on the Internet. Visit the World-Wide Web support site at If the OmniBook does run: See the online OmniBook User’s Guide—it’s your main source of information about using the OmniBook.

  • Page 37: Solving Basic Problems

    Solving Basic Problems If your OmniBook has a problem starting, find the symptom below that matches your situation. Try the suggestions one at a time. If the OmniBook turns off immediately after it turns on Battery power is probably extremely low. Plug in the ac adapter—or turn off the OmniBook and insert a fresh battery (see chapter 1).

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    Troubleshooting Solving Basic Problems If the OmniBook doesn’t reboot successfully (Windows 95) If your operating system is Windows 95 If no text is displayed during reboot, or if the system stops before you see “Starting Windows 95...”, the unit might require service. Try rebooting again. You can try to start the System Configuration Utility (press F2 during reboot), then select Factory Default Settings from the Defaults menu, and then select Save from the Exit menu.

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    If the OmniBook doesn’t reboot successfully (Windows for Workgroups) If your operating system is MS-DOS or Windows for Workgroups If no text is displayed, or if the system stops before you see any text about MS-DOS, the unit might require service. Try rebooting again. You can try to start the System Configuration Utility (press F2 during reboot), then select Factory Default Settings from the Defaults menu, and then select Save from the Exit menu.

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    OmniBook docked during most of this procedure. 1. Plug in the ac adapter to the OmniBook. Turn off the OmniBook. 2. Connect a SCSI CD-ROM drive (HP part number F1196A) to the OmniBook’s docking/SCSI port according to the CD ROM drive’s instructions. (This requires a special OmniBook-to-SCSI adapter cable, HP part number F1182A, unless you are using a docking system.) If you have a non-SCSI CD-ROM drive (parallel...

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    Install them after the rest of this installation is complete. The installation does not use all of the Windows disks. 4. Connect a SCSI CD-ROM drive (HP part number F1196A) to the OmniBook’s docking/SCSI port according to the CD ROM drive’s instructions. (This requires a special OmniBook-to-SCSI adapter cable, HP part number F1182A, unless you are using a docking system.) If you have a non-SCSI CD-ROM drive (parallel...

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    Troubleshooting Solving Basic Problems 8. Select the option Install Windows for Workgroups Drivers and HP Applications Software, which loads the special drivers you need with the OmniBook. It also loads OmniBook-specific software: the online User’s Guide, the Appointment Book, the Phone Book, the HP Calculator, OmniBook diagnostics, OmniBook Tools, and the icon-print routine for shortcut key assignments.

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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).

  • Page 45: Specifications, Regulatory, And Safety Information

    Specifications, Regulatory, and Safety Information...

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    Specifications, Regulatory, and Safety Information Your OmniBook is designed to provide trouble-free operation. The following suggestions can help you maintain its dependability: Observe the temperature limits and other specifications listed in the next section. Check out the tips about ergonomics and work habits. If you have problems, see the problem-solving suggestions in chapter 2 of this manual.

  • Page 47: Hardware Specifications

    Hardware Specifications Display Backlit liquid-crystal display (LCD). Color SVGA (800 × 600). Accelerated PCI-bus video controller. Keyboard Enhanced PC functionality with compact layout. Full-sized keyboard with embedded numeric keypad. FN key. Mouse PS/2-compatible mouse. Memory RAM: 16 MB built in, expandable to 40 or 48 MB maximum (depending on the model). Mass Storage IDE hard disk drive: 810 MB or 1.44GB.

  • Page 48: Safety Information

    To purchase a power cord (including one for a country not listed below) or a replacement ac adapter (HP part number F1044B), contact your local Hewlett-Packard dealer or Sales and Service office.

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    To avoid risk of fire, burns, or damage to your battery pack, do not allow a metal object to touch across the battery contacts. The battery pack is suitable for use only with an HP OmniBook 800 and, if desired, the HP F1063B battery charger.

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    Specifications, Regulatory, and Safety Information Safety Information Working in Comfort Ergonomics is the science that fits products to people. Its goal is to make products easy, enjoyable, safe, and efficient to use. However, with even the best designed equipment, how you use the product is very important. You can use your OmniBook virtually anywhere, anytime, so following the guidelines below can be a challenge—but your efforts will be worthwhile, and help ensure that your OmniBook is ergonomically effective for you.

  • Page 51: Regulatory Information

    Regulatory Information This section presents information that shows how the OmniBook complies with regulations in certain regions. Any modifications to the OmniBook not expressly approved by Hewlett-Packard could void the authority to operate the OmniBook in these regions. U.S.A. The OmniBook generates and uses radio frequency energy and may interfere with radio and television reception.

  • Page 52: Canada

    Specifications, Regulatory, and Safety Information Regulatory Information Canada This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise emissions from digital apparatus as set out in the radio interference regulations of the Canadian Department of Communications. Le présent appareil numérique n’émet pas de bruits radioélectriques dépassant les limites applicables aux appareils numériques de Classe B prescrites dans le règlement sur le brouillage radioélectrique édicté...

  • Page 53: Europe

    Information: 89/336/EEC and the Low Voltage Directive 73/23/EEC. The HP F1044B ac adapter used with this product is disconnected from the power by unplugging the power cord from the power outlet. Therefore, the power outlet should be located close to the product and be easily accessible.

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    Specifications, Regulatory, and Safety Information Regulatory Information...

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