Getting your system running
To get the computer started, you'll need to install the battery pack, connect to AC power, open the LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) panel, and turn on the power.
Your notebook is shipped to you with the battery partially charged. When you first get started, you may want to use the AC adapter to fully charge the battery and provide a constant supply of power while you are checking out some of your notebook's features.
If your battery is not installed, you need to install the battery pack and charge it. The battery charges whenever your notebook is connected to AC power.
The notebook can run on a fully charged battery for about 2.5 to 3 hours, but battery life varies depending on configuration, power management settings, and features used. Click the battery gauge icon in the taskbar to track the available battery power.
Battery life is affected by how much you use the system components such as the hard drive, CD/DVD drive, LCD display, and other components. Other factors such as the power management settings also affect battery life.
Your AC adapter comes in two parts, the power cord and the AC power adapter.
Replace the power cord if it becomes damaged. The replacement cord must be of the same type and voltage rating as the original cord.
The AC adapter has dangerous voltages that can cause serious personal injury or death. Do not attempt to disassemble the AC adapter. The AC adapter has no user-replaceable or user-serviceable parts inside. Contact Gateway about returning defective AC adapters.
You can turn on the power after the battery is installed and the AC power adapter is plugged in.
The power button is preset to On/Off mode. You can set it to function either in On/Off or Standby/Resume mode using the BIOS setup program.
This system ships with the "Auto dim with battery" feature enabled. Auto dim cuts LCD power 50% when your notebook is operating on battery power.
For more information about how to use Windows, see your Microsoft Windows manual.
The software for your computer has been installed at the factory. Use your software CDs or diskettes only when re-installing a program or if a program prompts you to use it.