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Lecture Outline

I. Introduction

II. Portable System Components

A. Portable system boards

B. Installing portable memory

a. Not working at all

b. Giving beep-coded error messages

c. Producing soft memory errors

d. Producing short memory counts in the POST

e. Locking up while booting the OS

C. Portable display types

D. Liquid crystal displays

E. Keyboards

F. Trackballs

G. Touch pads

H. Portable drives

III. External Portable I/O

IV. Portable Peripherals

A. Peripheral storage devices

B. External drive units

C. External FDDs

D. External CD-ROM drives

E. External CD-RW and DVD-RW drives

F. Removable storage

G. Installing external storage devices

1. Configure device for operation.

a. Refer to the device's user manual regarding any configuration jumper or switch settings.

b. Record the device's default configuration settings.

c. -Set the device's configuration settings to operate at the default setting.

2. Install device's PCMCIA adapter card.

a. Install the PC card in the PCMCIA slot.

3. Make device's external connections.

a. Connect the device's signal cable to the appropriate connector on the notebook, or the PC card.

b. Connect the opposite end of the cable to the device.

c. Verify that the power switch or power supply is turned off.

d. Connect the power supply to the external storage unit.

4. Configure device's software

a. Turn on the system.

b. Check the CMOS setup to ensure that the port setting is correct.

c. Run the device's installation routine from the OEM disk or CD-ROM.

H. Portable power sources

a. Better battery design

b. Better power-consumption devices

c. Better power management

I. Power consumption

J. Power management

1. The hard disk will spin down after 3 minutes of inactivity.

2. After 2 additional minutes of inactivity, the system will enter the standby mode.

3. After 10 additional inactive minutes, the system will store the hibernation file on the hard drive and enter the suspend mode.

4. The video screen is turned off.

5. The CPU, DMA, clocks, and math coprocessor are powered down.

6. All controllable peripheral devices are shut down.

V. PC Cards

A. Cardbus

1. Insert cardbus card into system's PC card slot.

2. Check system BIOS setup.

3. Confirm correct version of Windows is installed.

B. PC card functions

a. Memory and disk-drive functions

b. Advanced I/O functions

c. Networking and communication functions

C. Advanced PC card memory

D. Advanced PC card I/O

E. Installing PC cards

F. Installing PC card support

a. The operating system recognizes card without restarting.

b. The operating system recognizes card, but needs to restart.

c. The operating system does not recognize the card.

VI. Networking Portables

A. Wireless networking with portables

B. Installing wireless networking in portables

VII. Expanding portable peripheral capabilities

A. Docking stations

B. Port replicators

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