By using common sense and by
following these handling tips, you will get the most use and enjoyment out of your
computer for a long time to come.
This section provides tips for handling notebook computers in general.
Some descriptions might not suit your situation. Check your shipping checklist to confirm the items
you get with your computer.
Notebook computers are precision machines that require careful handling.
Though your computer is designed and tested to be
a durable notebook computer that functions reliably in normal work
environments, you need to use some common sense in handling it.
- Do not subject your computer to physical punishment, such as dropping
- Do not place heavy objects on your computer.
- Do not spill or allow liquids into your computer.
- Do not use your computer in or near water (to avoid the danger of
- Do not pack your computer in a tightly packed suitcase or bag.
Your LCD might be damaged.
A scratchlike marking on your LCD
might be a stain transferred from the keyboard (including
from the TrackPoint stick)
when the cover was pressed from the outside.
Wipe such a stain gently with a dry soft cloth.
If the stain remains, moisten the cloth with LCD cleaner and wipe the stain again.
Be sure to dry the LCD before closing it.
- Do not disassemble your computer. Only an authorized IBM ThinkPad
repair technician should disassemble and repair your computer.
- Do not scratch, twist, hit, or push the surface of your computer
- Do not place any objects between the display and the keyboard
or under the keyboard.
- Do not pick up or hold your computer by the display. When
picking up your
open computer, hold it by the bottom (keyboard) half.
- Do not modify or tape the latches to keep the display open or closed.
- Do not turn your computer over while the AC Adapter is plugged in.
This could break the adapter plug.
- Do not move the computer when the hard disk drive is
accessing data (when the indicator is blinking).
- Do not use or store your computer where the temperature is below
5° C or above 35° C (41° F and 95° F).
- Do not place your computer closer than 13 cm (5 in.) from any
electrical appliance that generates a strong magnetic field, such as a
motor, a magnet, a TV, a refrigerator, or large audio speakers.
- Do not put an operating cellular phone on the computer.
The phone might cause a computer system malfunction.
- Do not hard-mount your computer in a vehicle or anywhere that it is
subject to strong vibration.
- Do not crush, drop, or physically punish
the external or removable hard disk, diskette, or CD-ROM drive when
it is outside your computer.
- Do not press on the middle part of the diskette drive
or the CD-ROM drive.
- Do not insert a diskette at an angle. Not inserting the diskette
straight into the drive can damage the drive.
- Do not place more than one label on a diskette,
and do not allow the label to be loose.
Multiple or loose
labels can detach or tear and then lodge in the drive.
- Do not touch the lens on the CD-ROM tray.
- Do not close the CD-ROM tray until you hear the CD-ROM
click into the center pivot of the CD-ROM drive.
- Do not touch the surface of a compact disc; handle the compact
disc only by its edges.
- Do not connect the modem to
a PBX (private branch exchange) or other digital
telephone extension line.
Your computer can use only a public-switched telephone
network (PSTN). Use of a phone line
other than PSTN can damage your modem.
If you are not sure which kind of phone line
you are using, contact your telephone company. Many hotels or office
buildings use digital telephone extension lines, so check before
connecting the telephone cable in such places.
- Do not leave the base of your computer in contact
with your lap
or any part of your body for an extended period when the computer is
functioning or when the battery is charging.
Your computer dissipates some heat during normal operation.
This heat is a function of the level of system activity and battery charge level.
Extended contact with your body, even through clothing,
could cause discomfort or, eventually, a skin burn.
Treat your computer like precision electronic machinery.
- When installing your hard disk, diskette, or CD-ROM drive,
follow the instructions in this online book and apply pressure only where needed on the device.
- When installing the CD-ROM or diskette drive into the
UltraslimBay, make sure the AC Adapter is disconnected from your computer.
- If you exchange drives in your computer, reinstall the plastic bezel faces (if supplied).
- Store your external and removable hard disk, diskette,
and CD-ROM drives in the appropriate container or packaging when they are not being used.
- Choose a quality carrying case that will protect your computer.
- Store packing materials safely out of reach of
children to prevent the risk of suffocation from plastic bags.
- Register your ThinkPad products with IBM (refer to the Setup Guide).
This can help authorities return your computer to you if it is lost or stolen. Registering your
computer also enables IBM to notify you about possible upgrades.
- Check the IBM Web pages (http://www.ibm.com/thinkpad/) periodically to get
current information about your computer.
Occasionally clean your computer as follows:
- Use a soft cloth moistened with nonalkaline detergent to wipe the
exterior of the computer.
- Don't spray cleaner directly on the display or keyboard.
- Gently wipe the LCD with a dry, soft cloth.
When carrying your computer, follow these instructions to prevent
possible damage to your computer and data:
- Remove any media from the CD-ROM drive or diskette drive.
- Turn off all attached devices.
- Power off the computer, or enter suspend or hibernation mode;
then close the LCD. Make sure the suspend indicator is on
when the computer is in suspend mode, or the power indicator is off
when it is powered off or in hibernation mode.
- Unplug all external cables and cords connected to your computer.
- Make sure all computer doors and covers are closed.
- Use a quality carrying case that provides adequate cushion and
Do not move the computer when the hard disk drive is
accessing data--that is, when the indicator is blinking.
Make sure the indicator is off before you carry the computer.
The amount of battery power consumed by your computer
depends on such conditions as the frequency of use,
the operating temperature, and the period in storage (if unused).
The following tips can help you to extend the life of your
- Do not charge the battery pack until all of its power is used.
Recharging a battery pack that is not completely discharged can shorten battery life.
- Once you start charging the battery pack, do not use it until it is fully charged.
- Whenever possible, use the ThinkPad battery power-saving modes:
For more information
Online User's Guide.
- Decrease the LCD brightness.
- Use Advanced Power Management (APM).
Each operating system comes with its own power management.
- If the internal serial devices--the modem, the serial port, and the infrared port--are not in use,
stop the supply of power to them.
- If you will not be using the computer for a long period, remove the battery pack and keep it in a cool place.