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Chapter 20. Notebooks, Tablet PCs, and PDAs. You Will Learn…. How to support, upgrade, and add peripheral devices to notebooks About technologies relating to personal digital assistants (PDAs). Notebook Computers. Notebook Computers ( continued ).

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Chapter 20

Notebooks, Tablet PCs, and PDAs


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You Will Learn…

  • How to support, upgrade, and add peripheral devices to notebooks

  • About technologies relating to personal digital assistants (PDAs)

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Notebook Computers

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Notebook Computers (continued)

  • Same technology as PCs, with modifications for space, portability, and power conservation

    • Thin LCD panels (active matrix and passive matrix)

    • Compact hard drives

    • Small memory modules

    • CPUs that require less power

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Notebooks versus PCs

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Windows Notebook Features

  • Multilink Channel Aggregation

  • ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface)

  • Power management

  • Support for PC Cards

  • Windows 9x Briefcase

  • Windows 2000/XP Offline Files and Folders

  • Folder redirection under Windows 2000/XP

  • Hardware profiles under Windows 2000/XP

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Power Management

  • Power sources

    • Battery

    • DC adapter

    • AC adapter

  • Types of batteries

    • Lithium ion

    • NiMH

    • Fuel cell

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Power Management (continued)

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Power Management

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Power Management (continued)

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Power Management (continued)

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Power Management (continued)

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Ports on the notebook

PC Card slot with lock switch and eject button

Headphone jack

Microphone jack

Infrared port

Secure Digital (SD) card slot

CompactFlash Card slot

Wireless antenna on/off switch

Serial port

Connecting Peripheral Devices to Notebooks

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Ports on a Notebook

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Connecting Peripheral Devices to Notebooks (continued)

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Connecting Peripheral Devices to Notebooks (continued)

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Dell Notebook Computer on FIRE

This is a bad thing!

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Connecting Peripheral Devices to Notebooks (continued)

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PC Card Slots

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PC Card Slots (continued)

  • Used by many devices

  • Connect to the 16-bit PCMCIA I/O bus on notebook motherboard

  • Might contain a data cable to an external drive, or might be self-contained

  • Can interface with a network

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PC Card Slot Standards

  • CardBus (latest spec)

    • Improves I/O speed

    • Increases bus width to 32 bits

    • Supports lower-voltage PC Cards while maintaining backward compatibility

  • Three other types (Type I, Type II, Type III), which vary in thickness

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PC Cards

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PC Cards (continued)

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Using a PC Card to Interface with a Network

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Using PC Card Slots and Other Slots

  • OS must provide two services

    • Socket service

      • Establishes communication between card and notebook when the card is first inserted

      • Disconnects communication when card is removed

    • Card service

      • Provides device driver to interface with the card once socket is created

  • Can be hot-swapped

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Hot-Swapping

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Types of Memory Used by Notebooks

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Upgrading Memory

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Upgrading Memory (continued)

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Upgrading Memory (continued)

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Hard drive

LCD panel

Motherboard

CPU

Keyboard

PC Card socket assembly

Optical drive

Floppy drive

Sound card

Pointing device

AC adapter

Battery pack

DC controller

Other FRUs for Notebooks

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Hard Drive Comparison

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Replacing a Hard Drive

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Installing a Mini-PCI Card

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Resources for Troubleshooting Notebooks

  • Apply same troubleshooting guidelines as for desktop PCs

  • Be especially conscious of warranty issues

  • Loaded OS and hardware configuration are specific; see documentation for details

  • Support CDs bundled with notebook include device drivers for all embedded devices

  • Download additional or updated drivers from manufacturer’s Web site

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Tablet PCs

  • Type of notebook computer that is smaller, more graphical, more user friendly, and more portable

  • Has a touch screen

  • Cost about the same as notebooks

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Locked up again! Darn…

A Tablet PC

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Three Tablet Form Factors

  • Convertible tablet PC

  • Slate model tablet PC

  • Tablet PC with a docking station

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Convertible Tablet PC

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Features of a Tablet PC

  • Functioning Windows XP computer with the power of a full-sized notebook

  • Input can be by handwriting, voice, hardware keyboard, or on-screen keyboard

  • Built-in support for wireless, wired, and dial-up networking

  • AC power adapter and rechargeable battery

  • Windows XP Tablet PC Edition

  • PC Card, USB ports, and VGA port for peripheral devices

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Writing on a Tablet PC

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PDAs

  • Provide more portability than a notebook or tablet PC

  • Include a stylus

  • Powered using an AC adapter or battery

  • Use either a grayscale or color active matrix or dual-scan passive matrix display

  • Can interface with a desktop or notebook computer to transfer files and applications

  • Synchronize with PCs through a USB, serial, or wireless port

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A PDA

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Optional PDA Accessories

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Considerations When Purchasing a PDA

  • Applications that are included or can be added later

  • Ease of use; thoroughness of documentation

  • Ease of synchronization

  • Availability of manufacturer support

  • Type of batteries and anticipated battery life

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Considerations When Purchasing a PDA (continued)

  • Ability to use e-mail and the Web without needing extra hardware or software

  • Availability of additional devices

  • Ease of use of OS

  • Warranty and price

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Battery Life on a PDA

  • Varies by model

  • Short battery life is the largest complaint;

    • Risk of losing data and applications if battery runs all the way down

  • Use cradle and adapter

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Variety of Ways Applications Are Provided on a PDA

  • All application software preinstalled

  • Require user to download applications at additional cost

  • Support only preinstalled applications and cannot download others

  • Allow downloading email or Web site content

  • Access Internet directly by way of a modem or wireless connection

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Connecting a PDA to a PC

  • Synchronization

    • Process by which PDA and PC “talk” to each other through universal cradle, cable, and USB or serial connection – and occasionally, wireless technology

    • Capabilities

      • Backup information from PDA to PC

      • Work with PDA files on PC and download applications from Web

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PDA Manufacturers and Operating Systems

  • Windows Mobile by Microsoft

    • More versatile

    • Better for downloading and running applications similar to Windows

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PDA Manufacturers and Operating Systems (continued)

  • Palm OS by PalmSource

    • Less complex

    • Easier to use

    • Better choice when PDA is used for simple tasks

  • Principal difference between the two OSs is in the applications they support

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Summary

  • Portable devices and how to support them

    • Notebook computers

    • Tablet PCs

    • Personal digital assistants (PDAs)

    • Personal mentally challenged assistant

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