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Using Your new PC

Turning the System On and Off
Connecting to the Internet
Checking Your E-Mail
Sending E-Mail
Browsing the Internet
Disconnecting from the Internet
Sending a Fax
Saving your Work
Learn to use Windows Explorer
Working with Floppy Disks
Using the CD-ROM Drive

 

Turning the System On and Off

Always follow the procedures outlined below to turn your system on and off! Incorrect power on and power off procedures can cause serious system malfunctions.

To Turn the System On, press the Power button on the printer first, then turn one the monitor b pressing the power button in the lower right hand corner, finally turn on the CPU by pressing and releasing the large oval shaped button on the case to the right of the floppy drive.

To Turn the System Off, close all open programs then click the Start button, select Shut Down, be sure the Shut Down option is selected in the menu that appears and click Ok. The CPU will power down automatically. Finally, press the power buttons on the monitor and printer to shut them off.

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Connecting to the Internet

  1. Double click the Dial Up Networking icon similar to the one shown above in the Internet folder on your desktop. (The name of the icon may vary, depending upon who your ISP is, BICnet, Ultranet, Net1Plus etc...)

  2. Be sure your username, password and number to dial are correct in the Connect To dialogue box that appears. These items should be automatically filled in, if they are not or have incorrect information in them type in your correct username and password.

  3. Click the Connect button to dial into your ISP's (Internet Service Providers) server. You will hear a series of tones and a dialogue box will appear indicating the status of the connection. In a few moment the dialogue box should disappear and a small icon showing two computers should appear in the lower right hand corner of your screen on the Windows 95 or 98 Taskbar.
    Tip: moving your mouse cursor over the small icon of the two computers on the Task Bar will cause a box to pop up and display the speed at which you initially connected to your ISP's server. The higher the number, the faster your connection.

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Checking Your E-Mail

You must be connected to the Internet in order to check your e-mail. Follow the procedure above to connect. Once you have established a connection simply double click your e-mail icon in the Internet folder located on your desktop. Eudora Light should load and your username and password should be automatically entered. Eudora will then proceed to login and download any new messages from the server to your computer. If you have new mail a dialogue box will appear indicating this. Click Ok.

To read new messages double click on the message you wish to read in the in box. Once you have read the message you may print it by clicking the File menu then click Print. Close the message when you are finished reading it. Messages will remain in the Inbox and may be read and printed again until they are deleted. It is a good idea to purge old unwanted messages to free up space on your hard drive.

When you are finished close Eudora by clicking the File menu, then click Exit.

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Sending E-Mail

You must be connected to the Internet in order to send e-mail, however when composing a large message you may wish to remain off-line until you are ready to send it. The reason for this is that when your Internet connection remains idle (no information is being sent or received) for several minutes, your connection may be lost. This is a safeguard to prevent people from accidentally forgetting to disconnect from the Internet when they are done sending e-mail or browsing the web. It also frees up the line on the ISP's server for another user to log in to. You may also encounter this time out disconnect when you are browsing the Internet and sit idle on one page for a long period of time without clicking on any new links.

Eudora Light is the default e-mail program on the system. To send an e-mail message start Eudora Light by double clicking on your e-mail icon in the Internet folder on the desktop. To compose a new message click the Message menu at the top of the screen and select New Message. A new e-mail document appears. Enter the persons e-mail address in the To: field of the message header. Your return address should already be present in the From: field. Enter a subject in the Subject: field. Use the TAB key to move between the fields. Press the TAB key a few more times to place the cursor in the body area of the e-mail message. Type your message.

When you are finished composing your e-mail message click the Send button to send your message. If you composed your message off-line connect to the Internet by following the procedure above before clicking the Send button. You can review your sent messages by double clicking on the message in your Outbox.

When you are finished close Eudora by clicking the File menu, then click Exit.

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Browsing the Internet

To Browse the Internet you must be connected to the Internet. Follow the procedure above to connect. Once you have established a connection simply double click the Internet Explorer 4.0 icon in the Internet folder on your desktop. This will launch your web browser. A web browser allows you to view HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) files and navigate to different websites by entering in a specific URL (Uniform Resource Locator), a fancy name for a website address such as www.usatoday.com.

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Disconnecting from the Internet

Close all open Internet applications such as the Eudora E-Mail program or the Internet Explorer web browser before disconnecting from the Internet. When you are connected to the Internet you will see a small icon with two computers located on the bottom right of the Windows 95 or 98 Taskbar (the gray bar that runs along the bottom of the screen with the Start button on it.) Whenever this icon is present you are connected to the Internet and your phone line will be busy. When you are done browsing the Internet and checking your e-mail you must disconnect from your ISP's server. To disconnect simply double click on the small icon with the two computers showing on the Taskbar. A small dialogue box will appear indicating the status of your connection. Click the Disconnect button in this dialogue box to hang up from the Internet and free up your phone line. In a few seconds you will here a small click and the dialogue box and icon on the Taskbar will disappear.

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Sending a Fax

Generally you can fax any document you create on the computer as long as you can print from the program you used to create it. Faxing is similar to printing. The fax modem acts as a printer, but instead of directing the output to your printer the information is sent to the fax modem. When this occurs a dialogue box will pop up requesting the phone number and other information regarding where you wish to send the fax. You can even save information about fax recipients in a phone book so that the information does not need to be re-entered the next time you fax to the same person.

Below is the general procedure for faxing a word processing document:

  1. Start your Word Processor by double clicking its icon.

  2. Create a new document or open an existing one that you wish to fax.

  3. When you are finished editing the document and are ready to fax it click once on the File menu then select Print. The Print dialogue box appears. Click on the drop down arrow next to the printer name as shown in the diagram below and click the Quick Link Message Center III printer driver to select it.

  4. Click the Ok button

  5. The Send Fax dialogue box appears. Enter the name and phone number of the person you wish to send the fax to and any other pertinent information. At this point you may add the recipients information to your phone book by clicking the Add to Phone Book button. When you are ready click the Send Fax button to send the fax.

  6. Remember to switch the printer driver back to the real printer the next time you print a document. It is good practice to always check the printer driver selected before clicking the Ok button in the Print dialogue box.

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Saving your Work

A special folder exists on your hard drive called My Documents. This is where you should save any documents you create with the system. You can use Windows Explorer (the Windows 95 and 98 equivalent of File Manager) to create additional subfolders of the My Documents folder to further organize your work. This method of saving and organizing your documents is extremely important. It allows your computer to operate more efficiently, helps you keep track of your work, and makes backing up and restoring your data much easier in the event of a hard drive failure.

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Learn to use Windows Explorer

Windows Explorer is an essential tool for managing the documents and folders on your hard drive. Not to be confused with Internet Explorer the web browser, Windows Explorer is used to create new folders to store your data in, back up your data, and to copy, move, rename and delete files and folders on your hard drive. Learning to use this file management tool effectively gives you the ability to organize your documents in a way that makes them easy to find when you need them. To run Windows Explorer double click its icon on the Windows 95 or 98 desktop, or click Start, point to Programs, click on Windows Explorer.

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Working with Floppy Disks

Insert floppy disks in the floppy drive with the silver protective sleeve facing in and the label side up. The round opening in the center of the diskette should be face down. Never insert or remove a floppy disk from the drive when the green indicator light is lit! Damage to the floppy drive may occur.

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Using the CD-ROM Drive

To open the CD-ROM drive drawer press the rectangular button on the bottom right hand corner of the CD-ROM drive. The drawer will eject. Always place CD-ROM discs in the drive with the printed side up and the blank side down. To close the drawer press the rectangular button you used to open the drawer again. Do not push in on the drawer itself to close it! Damage to the ejecting mechanism may occur if the drawer is closed in this manner. Once the drawer is closed with your CD-ROM disc in it, wait several seconds for the light to stop flashing before trying to access the disc.

Many program discs will automatically launch setup program that will install the software. If a music disc is inserted in the drive and your system is equipped with a sound card and speakers the disc should begin playing automatically several seconds after the drawer is closed.

To remove your CD-ROM disc from the drive, press the eject button on the CD-ROM drive, remove your disc, press the eject button again to close the drawer.

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