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  • Page 1 User’s Manual A200 Downloaded from Manuals...
  • Page 2 © 2007 by TOSHIBA Corporation. All rights reserved. Under copyright law, this manual cannot be reproduced in any form without the prior written permission of TOSHIBA. No patent liability is assumed, with respect to the use of the information contained herein.
  • Page 3: Safety Instructions

    A200 Other trademarks and registered trademarks not listed above may be used in this manual. Macrovision License of Notice This product incorporates copyright protection technology that is protected by methods and claims of certain U.S. patents and other intellectual rights owned by Macrovision Corporation, and other rights owners.
  • Page 4 A200 If you use an extension cable with your AC adapter, ensure that the total ampere rating of the products that are plugged into it do not exceed the ampere rating of the extension cable itself. To help avoid the potential hazard of electric shock, do not connect or disconnect any cables or perform maintenance or reconfiguration of this product during an electrical storm.
  • Page 5 Use of the wrong battery could damage your computer. TOSHIBA assumes no liability for any damage in such case. EU Declaration of Conformity TOSHIBA declares, that the product: A200 conforms to the following Standards: This product is labelled with the CE Mark in accordance with the related...
  • Page 6 Optical Disc Drive Safety Instruction A A200 computer is shipped with one of the following drives preinstalled: DVD-ROM, CD-RW/DVD-ROM, or DVD Super Multi (+-R DL) drive. The optical disc drive employs a laser system. To ensure proper use of this product, please read this instruction manual carefully and retain for future reference.
  • Page 7 A200 Manufacturer Type Toshiba Samsung CD-RW/DVD ROM TS-L-462D Teac CD-RW/DVD ROM DW-224E Pioneer DVD Super Multi (±R Double Layer) DVR-K17 Toshiba Samsung DVD Super Multi (±R Double Layer) TS-L632 Hitachi DVD Super Multi (±R Double Layer) GSA-T20N Panasonic DVD Super Multi (±R Double Layer)
  • Page 8: General Precautions

    General Precautions TOSHIBA computers are designed to optimize safety, minimize strain and withstand the rigors of portability. However, certain precautions should be observed to further reduce the risk of personal injury or damage to the computer.
  • Page 9: Instruction Manual For Safety And Comfort

    A200 Extreme heat, cold, or humidity. Liquids and corrosive chemicals. Stress injury Carefully read the Instruction Manual for Safety and Comfort. It contains information on the prevention of stress injuries to your hands and wrists that can be caused by extensive keyboard use. Chapter 3,...
  • Page 10: Table Of Contents

    Special features ......... . 1-7 TOSHIBA Value Added Package ......1-8 Utilities and Applications.
  • Page 11 TOSHIBA Disc Creator ........4-22...
  • Page 12 TOSHIBA support ........
  • Page 13: Manual Contents

    This manual tells how to set up and begin using your A200 computer. It also provides detailed information on configuring your computer, basic operations and care, using optional devices and troubleshooting.
  • Page 14 Chapter 6, Power and Power-Up Modes, gives details on the computer's power resources. Chapter 7, Setup, introduces you to the TOSHIBA Hardware Setup program. Chapter 8, Optional Devices, describes the optional hardware available. Chapter 9, Troubleshooting, provides helpful information on how to perform some diagnostic tests, and suggests courses of action if the computer doesn't seem to be working properly.
  • Page 15: Equipment Checklist

    Carefully unpack your computer. Save the box and packing materials for future use. Check to make sure you have all the following items: Hardware A200 Series Portable Personal Computer Universal AC Adapter and Power Cord USB Floppy Disk Drive (provided with some models)
  • Page 16 The system may not function properly if you use drivers that are not pre- installed or distributed by TOSHIBA. SD Memory Card Format Utility and other SD functions are packaged into TOSHIBA SD Memory Utilities. When uninstalling the SD utilities, click Start Control Panel Uninstall a program, and select TOSHIBA SD Memory Utilities.
  • Page 17: Chapter 1 A200 Features

    This chapter identifies the computer's special features, options and accessories. Some of the features described in this manual may not function properly if you use an operating system that was not pre-installed by TOSHIBA. Features Please visit your region's web site for the configuration details of the model that you have purchased.
  • Page 18 A200 Features Memory The graphics system in your computer may use part of the main system memory for graphics performance and therefore reduce the amount of system memory available for other computing activities. The amount of system memory allocated to support graphics may vary depending on the graphics system, applications utilized, system memory size and other factors.
  • Page 19 A200 Features Power Battery Pack 3-cell Lithium Ion smart battery pack with 10.8V*2000mAh* 6-cell Lithium Ion smart battery pack with 10.8V*4000mAh 9-cell Lithium Ion smart battery pack with 10.8V*6000mAh Approximately 12 hours or longer charging time to 100% battery capacity with system switched on.
  • Page 20 A200 Features TouchPad/Dual Mode Pad A TouchPad/Dual Mode Pad and control buttons in the palm rest enable control of the on-screen pointer. The Dual Mode Pad is a TouchPad that provides normal touchpad features in its default mode and switches to a DualMode interface when the upper right corner of the TouchPad is tapped.
  • Page 21 A200 Features Disclaimer (HDD Drive Capacity) For more information on the Disclaimer regarding HDD Drive Capacity, please refer to the Disclaimers section in Chapter 10. Computers in this series can be configured with multiple types of optical disc drive. For more information on the optical disc drives available, talk to your dealer.
  • Page 22: Security Lock Slot

    A200 Features ® Sound system The integrated Windows compatible sound system provides support for internal speakers as well as jacks for an external microphone and headphones. Headphone jack A standard 3.5mm stereo jack is provided for the connection of external headphones or speakers.
  • Page 23: Special Features

    A200 Features Special features The following features are either unique to TOSHIBA computers or are advanced features, which make the computer more convenient to use. TOSHIBA Value Key combinations that let you quickly modify the Added Package system configuration directly from the keyboard without running a system configuration program.
  • Page 24: Toshiba Value Added Package

    Do not remove the battery pack while the computer is in Sleep mode. Data in memory will be lost. TOSHIBA Value Added Package This section describes the TOSHIBA Component features pre-installed on the computer. TOSHIBA Power TOSHIBA Power Saver provides you with the...
  • Page 25: Utilities And Applications

    The DVD player is used to play DVD Video media through an on-screen interface and functions. TOSHIBA ConfigFree ConfigFree is a suite of utilities to allow easy control of communication devices and network connections. ConfigFree also allows you to find...
  • Page 26: Options

    Lock button at the bottom of the right pane in the start menu. TOSHIBA Assist: This can be used to open TOSHIBA Assist if it is already installed in your computer. Options You can add a number of options to make your computer even more powerful and convenient to use.
  • Page 27 A200 Features AC adapter If you use your computer at more than one site frequently, it may be convenient to purchase an additional AC adapter for each site so you will not have to carry the adapter with you. USB Floppy Disk...
  • Page 28: Chapter 2 The Grand Tour

    The Grand Tour Chapter 2 The Grand Tour This chapter identifies the various components of your computer. Become familiar with each component before you operate the computer. Certain types of notebook chassis are designed to accommodate all possible configurations for an entire product series. Your selected model may not have all the features and specifications corresponding to all of the icons or switches shown on the notebook chassis, unless you have selected all those features.
  • Page 29 The Grand Tour DC IN LED The DC IN LED indicates the computer is connected to the AC adapter and it is plugged into an AC power source. Power LED In normal operating mode, the Power LED is blue (depending on the model you purchased). If the system is in Sleep Mode the LED will flash amber, while the LED will be off when the computer is turned off or is in Hibernation Mode.
  • Page 30: Right Side

    The Grand Tour Headphone Jack The headphone jack lets you connect stereo headphones or other audio-output devices such as external speakers. Connecting headphones or other devices to this jack automatically disables the internal speakers. Volume Control Use this dial to adjust the volume of the stereo speakers or headphones.
  • Page 31: Left Side

    The Grand Tour Optical Disc Drive This indicator lets you know when the Optical Disc Drive is being accessed. Eject Button Opens the Optical Disc Drive. Emergency Eject Hole A back-up for the Eject Button. DC IN Jack The DC IN jack is where you plug in the AC adapter.
  • Page 32: Back Side

    The Grand Tour LAN Jack This jack lets you connect to a LAN. The adapter has built-in support for Ethernet LAN (10 Mbps, 10BASE-T), Fast Ethernet LAN (100 Mbps, 100BASE-TX). Two indicators built into the jack let you see the LAN status. Universal Serial Bus The Universal Serial Bus (USB 2.0 and 1.1 (USB) Ports...
  • Page 33: Underside

    The Grand Tour Underside The following figure shows the underside of the computer. Make sure the display is closed before turning over your computer. Expansion Memory Socket Battery Pack Latch HDD1 Fan Vent Battery Pack Lock HDD2 Battery Pack The bottom of the computer Expansion Memory Use this socket to install a memory module to Socket...
  • Page 34: Front With The Display Open

    The Grand Tour Fan Vent The fan vent helps prevent the CPU from overheating. To prevent possible overheating of the CPU, never block the fan vents. Front with the display open The following figure shows the front of the computer with the display open. To open the display, push the latch on the front of the display and lift it up.
  • Page 35 The Grand Tour To prolong the life of your display screen, use a screen saver when you're not using the computer and it is idle. Left and Right The computer provides two speakers for stereo Speakers sound reproduction. TouchPad/Dual Mode The TouchPad/Dual Mode Pad pointing device is located in the centre of the palm rest and is used to control the on-screen pointer.
  • Page 36: Keyboard Indicators

    The Grand Tour Next Button* Skips forward to the next track, chapter or digital file. Refer to Chapter 4, Operating Basics, for details. (The availability of this function depends on the model you purchased.) Web Camera Power Web Camera Power LED indicates Web Camera LED* is working or not.
  • Page 37: Optical Disc Drive

    China Writable discs This section describes the types of writable discs. Check the specifications for your drive to for the type of discs it can write. Use TOSHIBA Disc Creator to write compact discs. Refer to Chapter 4, Operating Basics.
  • Page 38: Ac Adapter

    The Grand Tour DVD Super Multi drive supporting ±R Double Layer The full-size DVD Super Multi drive supporting ±R Double Layer module lets you record data to rewritable discs as well as run either 12cm (4.72") or 8cm (3.15") discs without using an adapter. The read speed is slower at the centre of a disc and faster at the other edge.
  • Page 39 The Grand Tour AC Adapter (3-pin plug) Use of the wrong adapter could damage your computer. TOSHIBA assumes no liability for any damage in such case. The output rating for the computer is 19 volts DC. Please use only the AC Adapter supplied with the computer or an AC adapter certified by TOSHIBA.
  • Page 40: Chapter 3 Getting Started

    AC adapter to charge the battery pack, refer to Chapter 6, Power and Power-Up Modes. Use of the wrong adapter could damage your computer. TOSHIBA assumes no liability for any damage in such case. The output rating for the computer is 19 volts DC. Downloaded from Manuals...
  • Page 41: Opening The Display

    Getting Started 1. Connect the power cord to the AC adapter. Connecting the power cord to the AC adapter 2. Connect the DC output plug on the AC adapter to the DC IN input port on the back of the computer. Connecting the adapter to the computer 3.
  • Page 42: Turning On The Power

    Getting Started 2. Lift the panel up and adjust it to the best viewing angle for you. Use reasonable care when opening and closing the display panel. Opening it vigorously or slamming it shut could damage the computer. Turning on the power This section describes how to turn on the power.
  • Page 43: Turning Off The Power

    Getting Started Turning off the power The power can be turned off in one of three modes, either Shutdown (Boot) Mode, Hibernation Mode or Sleep Mode. Shut Down mode (Boot mode) When you turn off the power in Shut Down mode no data will be saved and the computer will boot to the operating system's main screen the next time it is turned on.
  • Page 44: Executing Sleep Mode

    Getting Started When the AC adaptor is connected, the computer will go into Sleep Mode according to the settings in the Power Options. To restore the operation from the computer from Sleep Mode, press the power button or press any key. Please be aware that this latter action only works on the internal keyboard if the.
  • Page 45: Hibernation Mode

    Getting Started 3. Press the power button. Please note that this feature must be enabled - please refer to the Power Options (to access it, click Start followed by Control Panel followed by System and Maintenance and then click the Power Options then select Choose what closing the lid does). When you turn the power back on, you can continue where you left when you shutdown the computer.
  • Page 46: Starting Hibernation Mode

    Getting Started Starting Hibernation Mode You can also enable Hibernation Mode by pressing Fn + F4 - please refer to Chapter 5, Keyboard, for further details. To enter Hibernation Mode, follow the steps below. 1. Click Start. 2. Click the arrow button ( ) in the power management buttons 3.
  • Page 47: System Recovery Options

    Getting Started 3. Press the power button and hold it down for five seconds. Once the computer has turned itself off, wait between ten and fifteen seconds before turning the power on again by pressing the power button. System Recovery Options About 1.5GB hidden partition is allocated on the hard disk drive for the System Recovery Options.This partition stores files which can be used to repair the system in the event of a problem.
  • Page 48: Restoring The Preinstalled Software From The Product Recovery Disc

    2. Switch on the computer and, when the In Touch with Tomorrow TOSHIBA prompt appears, press the F12 key to display the Boot Menu. 3. Use the up or down cursor key to select the CD-ROM/DVD drive in the display menu.
  • Page 49: Chapter 4 Operating Basics

    Operating Basics Chapter 4 Operating Basics This chapter gives information on basic operations including using the TouchPad/Dual Mode Pad, optical disc drives, the internal modem, LAN and wireless LAN. It also provides tips on caring for your computer and on heat dispersal.
  • Page 50: Dual Mode Pad Button Function (Dual Mode Pad Is Provided With Some Models)

    Operating Basics Do not press on the TouchPad/Dual Mode Pad too hard or press a sharp object such as a ball point pen against it. The TouchPad/Dual Mode Pad could be damaged. The TouchPad/Dual Mode Pad has similar functions to a two-button mouse with a scroll wheel.
  • Page 51: Using The Web Camera

    Operating Basics ConfigFree ConfigFree is a suite of utilities to allow easy control of communication devices and network connections. It also allows you to find communication problems and create profiles for easy switching between locations and communication networks. Windows Vista Photo Windows Vista Photo Gallery gives you many Gallery tools for your digital photos and videos.
  • Page 52: Using The Software

    Operating Basics Using the software The web camera software is pre-configured to start when you turn on Windows Vista; if you need to restart it go to Start Programs Camera Assistant Software Camera Assistant Software. Capture still images Display Window Video Recording Camera Resolution Audio Recording...
  • Page 53: Using The Internal Modem

    Operating Basics Settings Choose from the: Options tab to change the tool position; the Picture tab to select picture output options such as size, export file and saving location; the Video tab to choose output settings such as Frame Rate, Size, Compression and the file save path;...
  • Page 54: Region Selection

    1. Open the Modem Region Select application. It is located on the Programs menu at TOSHIBA Networking. Do not use the Country/Region Select function in the Modem setup utility in the Control Panel if the function is available.
  • Page 55: Modem Selection

    Operating Basics Settings You can enable or disable the following settings: AutoRun Mode Region Select Utility starts automatically when you start up the operating system. Open the Dialing Properties dialog box after selecting region. The dialing properties dialog box will be displayed automatically after you select the region.
  • Page 56: Lan

    Operating Basics 1. Plug one end of the modular cable into the modem jack. 2. Plug the other end of the modular cable into a telephone jack. Connecting the internal modem Do not pull on the cable or move the computer while the cable is connected.
  • Page 57: Wireless Lan

    Operating Basics Connecting the LAN cable The computer must be configured properly before connecting to a LAN. Logging onto a LAN using the computer's default settings could cause a malfunction in LAN operation. Check with your LAN administrator regarding set-up procedures. If you are using Ethernet LAN (10 Mbps, 10BASE-T), you can connect using either a CAT5 or a CAT3 cable.
  • Page 58 Internet is an open invitation for outsiders to abuse your ISP account and privileges. 2. TOSHIBA is not liable for the eavesdropping on your data due to the use of the wireless LAN connection and any damage that may occur thereof.
  • Page 59: Bluetooth Wireless Technology

    Please refer also to the electronic information which is included with each software. This Bluetooth™ Stack is based on Bluetooth™ Version 1.1/1.2/2.0+EDR specification. TOSHIBA cannot confirm compatibility between any PC products and/or other electronic devices that use Bluetooth™ other than TOSHIBA mobile PCs.
  • Page 60: Product Support

    Operating Basics Product Support: The latest information regarding Operating System support, Language Support or available upgrades can be found on our web site in Europe or in the United States. Wireless communication switch You can enable or disable the wireless LAN function with the on/off switch.
  • Page 61 Operating Basics Loading optical disc media To load a disc, follow the steps below. 1. Turn on the power. 2. a. Press the eject button to open the drawer slightly. Eject button Pressing the eject button b. Pressing the eject button will not open the drawer when the computer's power is off.
  • Page 62 Operating Basics 4. Lay the disc, label side up, in the drawer. Inserting a disc Be careful not to touch the lens or the area around it. Doing so could cause the drive to malfunction. 5. Press gently at the center of the disc until you feel it click into place. The disc should lie below the top of the spindle, flush with its base.
  • Page 63: Removing Compact Discs

    Operating Basics Removing compact discs To remove the disc, follow the steps below. Do not press the eject button while the computer is accessing the disc drive. Wait for the optical disc indicator to go out before you open the drawer.
  • Page 64: Writing Cds/Dvds On A Dvd Super Multi Drive Supporting Double Layer Disc Recording

    You can use the DVD Super Multi drive to write data to either CD-R/RW or DVD-R/-RW/+R/+RW/-RAM discs. The following applications for writing are preinstalled: ® TOSHIBA Disc Creator/ Direct Disc Writer. Ulead DVD MovieFactory TOSHIBA, which is a product of Ulead Systems, Inc. Important message Before you write or rewrite to CD-R/RW or DVD-R/-RW/+R/+RW/-RAM media, read and follow all set-up and operating instructions in this section.
  • Page 65: Before Writing Or Rewriting

    Based on TOSHIBA's limited compatibility testing, we suggest the following manufacturers of CD-R/RW and DVD-R/+R/-RW/+RW/-RAM media. However, in no event does TOSHIBA guarantee the operation, quality or performance of any disc. Disc quality can affect write or rewrite success rates.
  • Page 66 Operating Basics *DVD-RAM DVD Specifications for DVD-RAM Disc for Version 2.0, Version 2.1 or Version 2.2 Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. Hitachi Maxell Ltd. *DVD Multi drive and DVD Super Multi can use DVD-RAM. DVD+R MITSUBISHI CHEMICAL CORPORATION (Double Layer) DVD-R MITSUBISHI CHEMICAL COPRORATION (Dual Layer)
  • Page 67: When Writing Or Rewriting

    Write from the computer's hard disk drive to the CD. Do not try to write from shared devices such as a LAN server or any other network device. Writing with software other than TOSHIBA Disc Creator or Ulead DVD ®...
  • Page 68: When Using Ulead Dvd Moviefactory® For Toshiba

    1. Insert a Label Flash disc in DVD drive. Set printable surface for underside. 2. Click Start All Programs DVD MovieFactory for TOSHIBA Ulead DVD MovieFactory for TOSHIBA Launcher to launch DVD MovieFactory. 3. Click Print Disc Label Label Printing. Ulead Label@Onece is started.
  • Page 69: How To Learn More About Ulead Dvd Moviefactory

    Simplified steps for making a DVD-Video from adding a video source: 1. Click Start All Programs DVD MovieFactory for TOSHIBA Ulead DVD MovieFactory for TOSHIBA Launcher to launch DVD MovieFactory. 2. Click Video Disc New Project to invoke 2nd Launcher, choose your project type, then invoke DVD MovieFactory.
  • Page 70: Toshiba Disc Creator

    You cannot use the TOSHIBA Disc Ceator "Audio CD" function to record music to the DVD-R/-RW or DVD+R/+RW media. Do not use the "Disc Backup" function of TOSHIBA Disc Ceator to copy DVD-Video and DVD-ROM with copyright protection.DVD-RAM media cannot be backed up with the "Disc Backup" finction of TOSHIBA Disc Ceator Downloaded from Manuals...
  • Page 71: Data Verification

    DVD+R/+RW to CD-R/RW using TOSHIBA Disc Ceator TOSHIBA Disc Ceator cannot record in packet format. You might not be able to use the Disc Backup function of TOSHIBA Disc Ceator to backup a DVD-R/-RW or DVD+R/+RW disc that was made with other software on a different DVD-R/-RW or DVD+R/+RW recorder.
  • Page 72: Media Care

    Operating Basics Media Care This section provides tips on protecting data stored on your discs and disks. Handle your media with care. The following simple precautions will increase the lifetime of your media and protect the data stored on it: 1.
  • Page 73: Tv-Out

    Operating Basics TV-Out Use the TV-Out port to connect to a television. Be sure to use a 4 pin type S-video cable. For more details, see Appendix B, Display Modes. TV Out Port Setting up more than one display You can set up your computer to utilize more than one display, effectively spreading a single desktop screen across two monitors.
  • Page 74: Cleaning The Computer

    Operating Basics Cleaning the computer To help ensure long, trouble-free operation, keep the computer free of dust and use care with liquids around the computer. Be careful not to spill liquids into the computer. If the computer does get wet, turn the power off immediately and let the computer dry completely before you turn it on again.
  • Page 75: Chapter 5 The Keyboard

    The Keyboard Chapter 5 The Keyboard The computer's keyboard layouts are compatible with a 104/105-key enhanced keyboard. By pressing some keys in combination, all the 104/105-key keyboard functions can be executed on the computer. The number of keys on your keyboard depends on which country/region's keyboard layout your computer is configured with.
  • Page 76: Emulation Keys

    Soft keys: Fn key combinations The Fn (function) is unique to TOSHIBA computers and is used in combination with other keys to form soft keys. Soft keys are key combinations that enable, disable or configure specific features.
  • Page 77: Hotkeys

    The Keyboard Press Fn + Ctrl to simulate the enhanced keyboard's right Ctrl key. Hotkeys Fn + ESC Mute – Turns the volume on and off. Fn + F1 Lock – Enters "Lock computer" mode. To restore your desktop, you need to log on again. Fn + F2 Power Plan Mode –...
  • Page 78: Windows Special Keys

    The Keyboard Fn + 1 Zoom Out – To reduce the icon size on the desktop or the application window, press the 1 key while holding down the Fn key. Zoom In – To enlarge the icon size on the desktop or the Fn + 2 application window, press the 2 key while holding down the Fn key.
  • Page 79: Numeric Mode

    The Keyboard Numeric mode To turn on the Numeric mode, press Fn + F11 (Numeric mode indicator lights). Now try numeric data entry using the keys below. Press Fn + F11 again to turn off the overlay. The numeric keypad overlay (U.S.) Temporarily using normal keyboard (overlay on) While using the overlay, you can temporarily access the normal keyboard without turning off the overlay:...
  • Page 80: Temporarily Changing Modes

    The Keyboard Temporarily using overlay (overlay off) While using the normal keyboard, you can temporarily use the keypad overlay without turning it on: 1. Press and hold down Fn. 2. Check the keyboard indicators. Pressing Fn turns on the most recently used overlay.
  • Page 81: Chapter 6 Power And Power-Up Modes

    Power and Power-Up Modes Chapter 6 Power and Power-Up Modes The computer's power resources include the AC adapter and internal batteries. This chapter gives details on making the most effective use of these resources including charging and changing batteries, tips for saving battery power, and power up modes.
  • Page 82: Power Indicators

    DC IN off Computer goes into Battery capacity Hibernation or shuts down exhausted (depending on the TOSHIBA Power Saver setting) No battery • No operation installed • LED: Battery off DC IN off * The LED is dependent on the model you purchased.
  • Page 83: Dc In Indicator

    Power and Power-Up Modes DC IN indicator Check the DC IN indicator to determine the power status with the AC adapter connected: Blue Indicates the AC adapter is connected and is correctly supplying power to the computer. No light Indicates the AC adapter is not connected. Power indicator Check the Power indicator to determine the power status with the AC adapter connected:...
  • Page 84: Real Time Clock Battery

    Press <F1> to resume, <F2> to Setup. The computer's RTC battery is a lithium battery and should be replaced only by your dealer or by a TOSHIBA service representative. The battery can explode if not properly replaced, used, handled or disposed of.
  • Page 85: Safety Precautions

    Power and Power-Up Modes Safety precautions Mishandling of batteries can cause death, serious injury or property damage. Carefully observe the following advice: Danger: Indicates an imminently hazardous situation, which could result in death or serious injury, if you do not follow instructions. Warning: Indicates a potentially hazardous situation, which could result in death or serious injury, if you do not follow instructions.
  • Page 86 Never use the computer again until it has been checked by a TOSHIBA service provider. It might generate smoke or fire, or the battery pack might rupture. 3. Make sure the battery is securely installed in the computer before attempting to charge the battery pack.
  • Page 87: Charging The Batteries

    Power and Power-Up Modes Note 1. Never remove the battery pack while the Wake-up on LAN function is enabled. Data will be lost. Before you remove a battery pack, disable the Wake-up on LAN function. 2. To ensure the battery pack maintains maximum capacity, operate the computer on battery power once a week until the battery pack is fully discharged.
  • Page 88: Battery Charging Notice

    Power and Power-Up Modes The charging time when the computer is on is affected by ambient temperature, the temperature of the computer and how you use the computer. If you make heavy use of external devices the battery might scarcely charge at all during operation.
  • Page 89: Monitoring Battery Capacity

    Power and Power-Up Modes Monitoring battery capacity Remaining battery power can be monitored using the following methods. Clicking the battery icon on the task bar Via the Battery Stats in the Windows Mobility Center Window You should wait at least 16 seconds after turning on the computer before trying to monitor the remaining operating time.
  • Page 90: Extending Battery Life

    Power and Power-Up Modes Retaining data with power off (Sleep mode) When you turn off your computer with fully charged batteries, the batteries retain data/charge for the following approximate time periods: Battery Approximately 1.5 days (Sleep mode, 9-cell) Approximately 1 day (Sleep mode, 6-cell) Approximately 0.5 day (Sleep mode, 3-cell)* Approximately 1 month (Shut down mode, all type of battery packs)
  • Page 91 Power and Power-Up Modes 5. Unlock the Battery Pack Lock. Removing the battery pack-1 6. Slide the battery pack latch to the left, then pull the battery out of the battery bay. Removing the battery pack-2 Downloaded from Manuals User’s Manual 6-11...
  • Page 92: Toshiba Password Utility

    4. Gently slide the battery into the battery bay until the latch clicks into place. Installing the battery pack TOSHIBA Password Utility The TOSHIBA Supervisor Password Utility provides two levels of password security: User and Supervisor. Passwords set in TOSHIBA Supervisor Password Utility are different from ®...
  • Page 93: User Password

    Power and Power-Up Modes User Password To start the utility, point to or click the following items: Launch: TOSHIBA Assist SECURE User Password Registered Click to register a password of up to 8 characters. After a password is set, you will be prompted to enter it when you start the computer.
  • Page 94: Power-Up Modes

    This feature automatically turns off the system in Sleep or Hibernation mode if the computer is not used for a set duration. Refer to Special features, in Chapter 1, A200 Features for an explanation of how to set the duration. Downloaded from Manuals User’s Manual...
  • Page 95: Chapter 7 Hw Setup

    General, Password, Display, Boot Priority, Keyboard, CPU, LAN, and USB. Accessing HW Setup Click Start, point to All Programs, point to TOSHIBA, point to Utilities and click HWSetup HW Setup Window The HW Setup window contains the following tabs: General, Password, Display, Boot Priority, Keyboard, LAN, and USB.
  • Page 96: Boot Priority

    HW Setup Password This tab allows you to set or reset the user password for power on. Display This tab lets you customize your computer's display settings for either the internal LCD screen or for an external monitor. Power On Display This option allows you to select the display to be used when the computer is switched on.
  • Page 97 HW Setup To select the boot drive you want, follow the steps below. 1. Boot-up your computer and press F12 to enter the boot menu. 2. The boot select screen will be displayed: HDD1, HDD2, CD/DVD, and LAN. 3. Use the upper/lower cursor keys to highlight the boot device you want and press Enter.
  • Page 98 HW Setup Built-in LAN This feature enables or disables the Built-in LAN. Enabled Enables Built-in LAN function (Default). Disabled Disables Built-in LAN function. Downloaded from Manuals User’s Manual...
  • Page 99: Chapter 8 Optional Devices

    Optional Devices Optional devices can expand the computer's capabilities and its versatility. This chapter describes connection or installation of the following types of devices, which are available from your TOSHIBA dealer: Cards/Memory Express Card Support 54/34 Express Card SD (Secure Digital) / SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) /...
  • Page 100: Installing An Express Card

    Optional Devices Installing an Express Card One Express Card connector is located on the right side of the computer. The computer's hot-install feature lets you install Express Card while the computer's power is on. To install an Express Card, follow the steps below. 1.
  • Page 101: Sd/Sdhc/Mmc/Ms/Ms Pro/Xd Memory Cards

    Optional Devices SD/SDHC/MMC/MS/MS Pro/xD Memory cards The computer is equipped with a multiple digital media card slot that can accommodate SD/SDHC/MMC/MS/MS Pro/xD memory cards. These memory cards let you easily transfer data from devices, such as digital cameras and Personal Digital Assistants, which use flash-memory. Card Type Capacities up to 2GB...
  • Page 102: Installing A Memory Card

    Optional Devices Installing a memory card To install a memory card: 1. Insert the memory card. 2. Press gently to ensure a firm connection. Inserting a memory card Be sure the memory card is oriented properly before you insert it. ®...
  • Page 103: Memory Card Care

    Optional Devices Make sure the memory card indicator is out before you remove the card or turn off the computer's power. If you remove the card or turn off the power while the computer is accessing the card you may lose data or damage the card.
  • Page 104: Memory Expansion

    CAUTION: If you want to upgrade system memory, you should only use certified modules. Ask your vendor or check the TOSHIBA web site for a list of approved memory products. Insert the two memory modules of the same specifications and capacity into Slot A and Slot B respectively.
  • Page 105 Optional Devices 5. Slide your fingernail or a thin object under the cover and lift it off. Removing the memory module socket cover 6. Fit the module's connectors into the computer's connectors at about a 45 degree angle and press the module carefully to ensure a firm connection.
  • Page 106 Optional Devices 9. Replace the battery pack as described in Chapter 6, Power and Power- Modes. 10. Turn the power on and make sure the added memory is recognized. Removing Memory on Bottom Side If you use the computer for a long time, the memory modules will become hot.
  • Page 107: Additional Battery Pack

    Optional Devices Additional battery pack You can increase the portability of the computer with additional battery packs. If you're away from an AC power source and your battery runs low, you can replace it with a freshly charged battery. See Chapter 6, Power and Power-Up Modes.
  • Page 108 Optional Devices If a television is connected to the computer, set the TV type in Display Properties. Follow the steps below, based on the configuration of your computer: For Intel 1. Click Start Control Panel Appearance and Personalization> Personalization. 2. Choose Display Settings. Downloaded from Manuals User’s Manual 8-10...
  • Page 109 Optional Devices 3. Click the Advanced Setting button. The Generic PnP Monitor and ® Intel 945GM Express Chipset Family dialogue box opens. 4. Click the Graphics Properties button. Downloaded from Manuals User’s Manual 8-11...
  • Page 110 Optional Devices 5. In the subsequent dialogue box, click Display Devices and then set up your television and notebook displays. For nVidia 1. Click Start Control Panel Personalization. 2. Choose Display Settings. Downloaded from Manuals User’s Manual 8-12...
  • Page 111 Optional Devices 3. Click the Advanced Settings button. The Generic PnP Monitor and NVIDIA GeForce Go 7300 Properties dialogue box opens. 4. Click Start the NVIDIA Control Panel. Downloaded from Manuals User’s Manual 8-13...
  • Page 112 Optional Devices 5. Click Display item. 6. Click Change Display Configuration item. 7. Setup your television and notebook display. Downloaded from Manuals User’s Manual 8-14...
  • Page 113: (Ieee1394)

    Optional Devices i.LINK (IEEE1394) i.LINK (IEEE1394) is used for high-speed data transfer for a range of compatible devices such as: Digital video cameras Hard disk drives MO drives Optical disc drives i.LINK uses a four-pin connector, which does not carry electric current. External devices will need their own power supply.
  • Page 114: Security Lock

    Optional Devices Disconnecting 1. Click the Safely Remove Hardware icon on the Task Bar. 2. Point to i.LINK (IEEE1394) device and click. 3. Disconnect the cable from the computer then from the i.LINK device. Refer also to the documentation that came with your i.LINK device. Security lock A security lock enables you to anchor your computer to a desk or other heavy object to help prevent unauthorized removal of the computer.
  • Page 115: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting Chapter 9 Troubleshooting TOSHIBA designed the computer for durability. However, should problems occur, following the procedures in this chapter can help to determine the cause. All readers should become familiar with this chapter. Knowing what might go wrong can help prevent problems from occurring.
  • Page 116: Preliminary Checklist

    Troubleshooting Preliminary checklist Consider the simplest solution first. The items in this checklist are easy to fix and yet can cause what appears to be a serious problem. Make sure you turn on all peripheral devices before you turn on the computer.
  • Page 117: Hardware And System Checklist

    Troubleshooting Record your observations so you can describe them to your dealer. Software The problems may be caused by your software. If you cannot load a software package, the media may be damaged or the program might be corrupted. Try loading another copy of the software.
  • Page 118: Self Test

    If any of the following conditions are present, the self test failed: The computer stops and does not proceed to display information or messages except the TOSHIBA logo. Random characters appear on the screen, and the system does not function normally.
  • Page 119: Overheating Power Down

    Troubleshooting Power When the computer is not plugged into an AC outlet, the battery pack is the primary power source. However, your computer has a number of other power resources, including an intelligent power supply and Real Time Clock battery. These resources are interrelated and any one could affect apparent power problems.
  • Page 120 Troubleshooting Battery If you suspect a problem with the battery, check the DC IN indicator as well as the indicators for the battery. For information on indicators and battery operation see Chapter 6, Power and Power-Up Modes. Problem Procedure Battery doesn't power The battery may be discharged.
  • Page 121 Troubleshooting Keyboard Keyboard problems can be caused by your setup configuration. For more information refer to Chapter 5, Keyboard. Problem Procedure Some letter keys Check that the numeric keypad overlay is not produce numbers. selected. Press Fn + F10 and try typing again. Output to screen is Make sure the software you are using is not garbled.
  • Page 122 Troubleshooting Problem Procedure Slow performance Your files may be fragmented. Run SCANDISK and defragmenter to check the condition of your files and disk. Refer to your operating system documentation or online HELP for information on running SCANDISK and the defragmenter. Contact your dealer if the problems continue.
  • Page 123: Sound System

    Troubleshooting Monitor Refer also to Chapter 8, Optional Devices, and to your monitor’s documentation. Problem Procedure Monitor does not turn on Make sure that the external monitor's power switch is on. Confirm that the external monitor's power cable is plugged into a working power outlet.
  • Page 124: Pointing Device

    Troubleshooting Pointing device If you are using a USB mouse, also refer to the section in this chapter and to your mouse documentation. TouchPad/Dual Mode Pad Problem Procedure On-screen pointer does The system might be busy. If the pointer is not respond to Pad shaped as an hourglass, wait for it to resume its operation...
  • Page 125: Tv Output Signal

    Troubleshooting Problem Procedure The mouse pointer Try changing the speed setting in the mouse moves too fast or too control utility. slow 1. Open the Control Panel, select the Mouse icon and press Enter. 2. Click the Pointer Options tab. 3.
  • Page 126 Troubleshooting Problem Procedure Cannot access LAN or Check for a firm cable connection between the the Wake up on LAN LAN hub. feature does not work Make sure the AC adapter is connected. You cannot access a LAN using the computer's battery power.
  • Page 127 Troubleshooting Modem Problem Procedure Communication Make sure the computer's internal modem software can't initialize settings are correct. Refer to Phone and Modem the modem Options Properties in the Control Panel. You can hear a dial tone If the call is going through a PBX machine, make but can't make a call sure the communication application's tone dial detection feature is disabled.
  • Page 128 Troubleshooting CDVD Super Multi drive with double layer disc recording support For more information, refer to Chapter 4, Operating Basics. Problem Procedure You cannot access a Make sure the drive's drawer is securely closed. disc in the drive Press gently until it clicks into place. Open the drawer and make sure the disc is properly seated.
  • Page 129: Disk Drive

    DVD Super Multi drive. Cannot write correctly If you have trouble writing, make sure you are observing the following precautions: Use only media recommended by TOSHIBA. Do not use the mouse or keyboard during writing. Use only the software supplied with the computer for recording.
  • Page 130: Toshiba Support

    Setup. TOSHIBA support If you require any additional help using your computer or if you are having problems operating the computer, you may need to contact TOSHIBA for additional technical assistance. Before you call Some problems you experience may be related to software or the operating system, it is important to investigate other sources of assistance first.
  • Page 131: Disclaimers

    Disclaimers Chapter 10 Disclaimers This chapter states the Disclaimer(s) information applicable to TOSHIBA computers. Central Processing Unit ("CPU") Performance Disclaimer. CPU performance in your computer product may vary from specifications under the following conditions: use of certain external peripheral products...
  • Page 132: Memory (Main System)

    Published battery life numbers are achieved on select models and configurations tested by Toshiba at the time of publication. Recharge time varies depending on usage. Battery may not charge while computer is consuming full power.
  • Page 133: Lcd

    Disclaimers Over a period of time, and depending on the usage of the computer, the brightness of the LCD screen will deteriorate. This is an intrinsic characteristic of LCD technology. Maximum brightness is only available when operating in AC power mode. The screen will dim when the computer is operated on battery power and you will not be able to increase the brightness of the screen.
  • Page 134: Specifications

    Specifications Appendix A Specifications This appendix summarizes the computer's technical specifications. Dimensions 362mm (W) × 267.8mm (D) × 39.3mm (H. Max.) 267.8mm 39.3mm Weight Starting at 2.72kg / 5.99lbs* * Weight may vary depending on product configuration, vendor components, manufacturing variability and options selected. Downloaded from Manuals User’s Manual...
  • Page 135: Environmental Requirements

    Specifications Environmental Requirements Conditions Ambient temperature Relative humidity Operating 5°C to 35°C 20% to 80% Non-operating -20°C to 65°C Conditions Altitude (from sea level) Operating -30 to 10,000 feet Non-operating -30 to 40,000 feet Built-in Modem Network control unit (NCU) Type of NCU Type of line Telephone line (analog only)
  • Page 136 Specifications Communication Data transmission and reception Speed 300/1200/2400/4800/7200/9600/12000/14400/ 16800/19200/21600/24000/26400/28800/31200/ 33600 bps Data reception only with V.90/V.92 28000/29333/30666/32000/33333/34666/36000/ 37333/38666/40000/41333/42666/44000/45333/ 46666/48000/49333/50666/52000/53333/54666/ 56000 bps Fax: 2400/4800/7200/9600/12000/14400 bps Error correcting MNP class 4 and ITU-T V.42 Data compression MNP class 5 and ITU-T V.42bis Downloaded from Manuals User’s Manual...
  • Page 137: Display Modes

    Display Modes Appendix B Display Modes This appendix contains a table listing all the display modes when the display is set to an external monitor. If you are running some applications (for example a 3D application or video playback and so on), you may see some disturbance, flickering or frame dropping on your screen.
  • Page 138: Displaying Movies On A Tv Or Crt

    Display Modes Displaying movies on a TV or CRT This section describes how to set up your system to display movies simultaneously on your computer's LCD and on an external TV or CRT monitor. To connect a television, follow the steps below. 1.
  • Page 139 Display Modes 3. Click the Advanced Setting button. The Generic PnP Monitor and ® Mobile Intel 945GM Express Chipset Family dialogue box opens. 4. Click the Graphics Properties button. Downloaded from Manuals User’s Manual...
  • Page 140 Display Modes 5. In the subsequent dialogue box, click Display Devices and then set up your television and notebook displays. For nVidia 1. Click Start Control Panel Personalization. 2. Choose Display Settings. Downloaded from Manuals User’s Manual...
  • Page 141 Display Modes 3. Click the Advanced Settings button. The Generic PnP Monitor and NVIDIA GeForce Go 7300 Properties dialogue box opens. 4. Click Start the NVIDIA Control Panel. Downloaded from Manuals User’s Manual...
  • Page 142 Display Modes 5. Click Display item. 6. Click Change Display Configuration item. 7. Setup your television and notebook display. Downloaded from Manuals User’s Manual...
  • Page 143: Ac Power Cord And Connectors

    AC Power Cord and Connectors Appendix C AC Power Cord and Connectors The power cord's AC input plug must be compatible with the various international AC power outlets and the cord must meet the standards for the country/region in which it is used. All cords must meet the following specifications: Length: Minimum 1.7 meters...
  • Page 144 AC Power Cord and Connectors For the United States and Canada, two pin plug configuration must be a 2-15P (250V) or 1-15P (125V) and three pin plug coniguration must be 6-15P (250V) or 5-15P (125V) as designated in the U. S. National Electrical code handbook and the Canadian Electrical Code Part II.
  • Page 145: If Your Computer Is Stolen

    What is your address, phone, and fax number? To register the theft on paper, please follow these procedures: Fill in the TOSHIBA Theft Registration form (or a copy of it) below. Attach a copy of your receipt showing where your computer was purchased.
  • Page 146: Toshiba Theft Registration

    If your computer is stolen TOSHIBA Theft Registration Send to: TOSHIBA Europe GmbH Technical Service and Support Leibnizstr. 2 93055 Regensburg Germany Fax number: +49 (0) 941 7807 921 Country stolen: Machine type: (e.g. A200) Model number: (e.g. PSA30 YXT) Serial number: (e.g.
  • Page 147 Glossary Glossary The terms in this glossary cover topics related to this manual. Alternate naming is included for reference. Abbreviations AC: alternating current AGP: accelerated graphics port BIOS: basic input output system CD-ROM: Compact Disc-Read Only Memory CD-RW: Compact Disc-Read/Write CMOS: complementary metal-oxide semiconductor CPU: central processing unit CRT: cathode ray tube...
  • Page 148 Glossary ROM: read only memory RTC: real time clock SCSI: small computer system interface TFT: thin-film transistor USB: Universal Serial Bus VESA: Video Electronic Standards Association VGA: video graphics array WXGA: wide extended graphics array adaptor: A device that provides an interface between two dissimilar electronic devices.
  • Page 149 Glossary cache memory: High speed memory which stores data that increases processor speed and data transfer rate. When the CPU reads data from main memory, it stores a copy of this data in cache memory. The next time the CPU needs that same data, it looks for it in the cache memory rather than the main memory, which saves time.
  • Page 150 Glossary CRT: Cathode Ray Tube. A vacuum tube in which beams projected on a fluorescent screen-producing luminous spots. An example is the television set. cursor: A small, blinking rectangle or line that indicates the current position on the display screen. DC: Direct Current.
  • Page 151 Glossary format: The process of readying a blank disk for its first use. Formatting establishes the structure of the disk that the operating system expects before it writes files or programs onto the disk. function keys: The keys labeled F1 through F12 that tell the computer to perform certain functions.
  • Page 152 Glossary Light Emitting Diode (LED): A semiconductor device that emits light when a current is applied. Liquid Crystal Display (LCD): Liquid crystal sealed between two sheets of glass coated with transparent conducting material. The viewing-side coating is etched into character forming segments with leads that extend to the edge of the glass.
  • Page 153 Glossary parity: 1) The symmetrical relationship between two parameter values (integers) both of which are either on or off; odd or even; 0 or 1. 2) In serial communications, an error detection bit that is added to a group of data bits making the sum of the bits even or odd. Parity can be set to none, odd, or even.
  • Page 154 (TFT) to drive each cell. TouchPad/Dual Mode Pad: A pointing device integrated into the TOSHIBA computer palm rest. Universal Serial Bus: This serial interface lets you communicate with several devices connected in a chain to a single port on the computer.

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