- Login Procedure
Double click the icon titled Login Here (middle of the screen; see image at right).
Type username, then click OK.
Type password, then hit enter. NOTE: Nothing will appear when the password is typed.
To verify that you are logged in, double click on "My Computer" to see if your P: drive appears.
- Sleep Mode
The sleep mode is a good option to use during the school day. Sleep mode puts the computer in a very efficient, low-power mode that consumes only a minimal amount of battery. Netbooks will automatically "go to sleep" if the machine isn't used for a set period of time. They can be purposefully put into sleep mode by either shutting the screen or tapping the power switch once. To wake up the netbook, just press a few keys or hit the power button again. It may take 8-10 seconds for the machine to wake up. The netbooks can be in sleep mode when re-charging during lunch. It is easy to identify a netbook that is in sleep mode as a small, blinking blue light will show on the front of the machine (see information on Netbook Lights, below). IMPORTANT! It is recommended that any files be saved before putting the computer into sleep mode.
- Shutdown Mode
Netbooks should be completely shutdown when leaving school for the day. It is important that students select START -- SHUT DOWN and then wait until the power goes off before closing the netbook. If the netbook is closed before it is completely turned off, it will often instead go into a sleep mode.
- Netbook Lights
On the right side of the mousepad are a set of lights. They are described below.
- The first light looks like a lightbulb and indicates if the netbook is turned on (light) or off (no light).
- The second light is the battery light. If it turns orange, the battery is getting low.
- The third light is for the hard drive. When this light is on or blinking it means the hard drive is being accessed.
- The fourth light represents the wireless connection. If it is lit, wireless access is available.
- Troubleshooting Internet Connection
If only one person (or a few) cannot connect to the Internet, check the student's wifi signal. To check the wifi signal, see if the wifi light on the front of the netbook is lit. If not, hold down the blue Fn (function) key and tap the F2 key. If this does not enable the blue light on the front of the netbook, take the netbook to the tech department. NOTE: If none of the netbooks in your classroom connect to the Internet, call the tech office at 11305.
- Thaw Space
The netbooks have a thaw space where students can save their work and files. The thaw space is an area on the actual netbook and is identified by the drive letter U (which stands for unfrozen). The rest of the computer is "frozen," meaning students will not be able to change settings or delete files. It is recommended that students save their work to the U: drive instead of USB or flash drives. For lengthy or important files, students should also save to their P: drives on the network. The network is backed up every night. If the server should crash (shudder), files can still be retrieved. If a student netbook crashes, there is no backup of those files.