Questions & Answers – Cruiser

Is my Cruiser Notebook year 2000 compliant?
- Yes.

How do I access the BIOS and what are the default factory settings?
- Press the DEL when the Sigma is booting up
- Follow our on-line BIOS sheet

How long does a standard battery last on my Cruiser?
- A Cruiser battery lasts around 1˝ -2hr depending on the use of the machine.
- Re-chargeable batteries will operate most effectively if properly care for and regularly charged in the correct manner

How long does the battery take to fully recharge?
- The battery takes about 8hrs to fully recharge with the machine being on, and about 4hrs with the machine being off.

How do I know when the main battery is fully charged?
- Check the Icon on Task Bar

My battery life is getting shorter, what should I do?
- The problem is caused by re-charging a battery by giving short burst of charge to top-up a battery. As the battery gets older they loose their life and need replacing after about 500 cycles.
- View our battery maintenance information

My modem doesn’t connect at 56Kbps, what should I do ?
- It is not necessary that the modems have to connect at 56Kbps that is maximum connection speed and may vary depending on the quality of the telephone line.
- See our Modem Diagnostic sheet

My modem comes up with error message “no dial tone”
- Follow our Modem Diagnostic information

I cannot get my Infrared to work?
- View Our Sorting out IR problems Under Windows 98 document

How do I create a boot disk in windows 98 in case my machine fails to boot from (C) drive?
- Easiest way to create a boot disk is to follow the instructions below:
- Double click my computer
- Right click (A) drive and click on format then format a new floppy disk
- Place a tick in Copy System Files Only and wait for summary

My Video display is not working correctly?
- Check your settings and set-up the video driver with the
- Windows 95 on-line installation manual
- Windows 98 on-line installation manual
- Windows NT4 Workstation on-line installation manual

I have no sound coming from my notebook?
- Check the volume control speaker icon on taskbar
- Check your settings and set-up the sound card with the
- Windows 95 on-line installation manual
- Windows 98 on-line installation manual
- Windows NT4 Workstation on-line installation manual

Is there a Port Replicator available for the Sigma?
- No

How do I get a display on an external monitor?
- Press and hold the Function [Fn] key and at the same time press the F5 key to toggle between the different displays
- Or go to Control Panel, Display Settings, Advanced

Does the Cruiser support SAVE-TO-DISK function during low Battery State?
- Yes, ensure "save to" is set to disk in power section of Bios Power Management

How to use the hot key for brightness control adjustment?
- To adjust the display brightness, you must press and HOLD the hot key ([Fn]+[F6] or [Fn]+[F7]) simultaneously and release the hot keys after getting the desired display clarity

Have you any Windows NT4 drivers for my Cruiser?
- Yes, they are supplied on the Drivers CD with the machine or
- Use the REQUEST form to get this and let us know which version

How do I get an external mouse to work?
- Plug in a PS/2 mouse with power switched off then boot into windows

Why does the cooling fan only work sometimes?
- The CPU cooling fan assembly is equipped with temperature sensor and will start to run only if the CPU temperature rises above 60oC and will automatically turn-off if the temperature drops below 60oC

Can I install Windows NT and Windows98 on the same machine (dual boot)?
- Unfortunately we don’t support dual boot on any of our machines

My Cruiser seems to run very slow when booting and in windows, what can I do?
- If your machine seems to operate slower than it use to, it is recommended that you run Scan Disk and Defrag mentation from System tools
- Follow the instructions below:

- Click Start in windows and left click on Programs
- Select Accessories and System tools
- If running Scan Disk select Scan disk and choose the appropriate drive
- Place a Dot next to thorough and a tick next to Automatically fix errors and click start

- If you want to run defrag mentation that rearranges files on the hard drive to minimise loss of disk place
- Follow the instructions below:

- Click Start in Windows and left click Programs
- Select Accessories and then System Tools
- Chose Defrag mentation and Select drive ( C ) “Physical Drive” and click Ok
- After windows have finished defragging the drive restart the machine

What PCMCIA cards have been tested with the Cruiser?
- See our approval list on the main support page