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Whether you’re a teacher, student, or parent in HCPS, you need to know how to take care of
a laptop. Proper care of these expensive machines is everyone’s responsibility. This guide will
give you tips on taking care of the iBook.
First, let’s take a look at the outside
of the iBook.
The iBook battery is located on the
bottom of the iBook. Do not remove
this battery. You can check the
power by pressing the button. Four
lights indicate full power. It is the
responsibility of every student to
bring a fully charged iBook to
The charger port is located on the
right of the iBook. To charge, plug
in the charger until it lights up. If it
does not light up, it is not charging.
It is safe to leave the iBook
plugged in overnight.
Always plug in the iBook near an
outlet and do not stretch the cord.
Stretching the cord increases the
chance that someone will trip over
it and break the tip of the charger in
the computer. This repair can take
Take special care of your charger.
Wind it up when not in use and
never leave it unattended.
The CD/DVD tray is located next to
the charger port. Insert with the
shiny side down. If a CD or DVD
gets stuck in the computer, try
holding down the mouse when the
computer restarts. If this does not
work, do not attempt to pry it
open or stick objects into the tray.
This will cause permanent
damage to the laser in your CD
The iBook is equipped with several
ports on the left hand side. The
included ports are a modem,
Ethernet, firewire, 2 USB ports,
video port, and a headphone jack.
To open the iBook, press on the
silver button and gently lift the
screen. Do not push the screen
back too far as it will cause the
hinge to break and your screen to
Special care should be taken when
moving the laptop. Picking it up
from the screen will cause the
hinge to break and will cause the
screen to stop working. Walking
with the laptop open is a disaster
waiting to happen. Always close
your laptop when walking.
Should your screen ever get dirty, you can clean it with water and a soft tissue ONLY.
Never use cleaners on the iBook screen or case!
To turn on the laptop, press the
power button located in the upper
right hand corner.
The laptop will come to a blue
screen and then to your login
screen. Teachers and students
should change computer
passwords upon receiving the
To operate the mouse, it is best to
use one hand and make an “L”
shape. The iBook is also capable
of two-finger scrolling.