Pocket PC quick start guide

The BCAB Pocket PC lets you use any Windows computer, no matter where you are!

Ever wanted to borrow a sighted friend's computer? Ever been in an office where hot-desking was popular? Ever been stuck because there wasn't a screen reader available on a computer you needed to use? With your Pocket PC you can do all these things and more!

With the Pocket PC you can do all the things you’d expect from a Windows computer:

  • Browse the web, and store your settings, history and bookmarks on the Pocket PC.
  • Send and receive emails, and keep your correspondence and contacts on the Pocket PC.
  • Listen to internet radio and podcasts, or music that you’ve loaded onto the Pocket PC.
  • Text and voice chat with friends and family, and store your chat history and contacts on the Pocket PC.
  • Safely store usernames, passwords and account information on the Pocket PC.

Starting your Pocket PC

With the Pocket PC you can get started in a few easy steps.

Starting your Pocket PC with Windows XP

  1. Plug the Pocket PC into the USB port of the computer you want to access, and wait for 15 to 20 seconds.
  2. Press Windows e, then Tab, to open Windows Explorer.
  3. Press 1, then Enter, to open the Pocket PC.
  4. Press 2, then Enter, to start the NVDA screen reader.

Starting your Pocket PC with Windows 7 or 8

  1. Plug the Pocket PC into the USB port of the computer you want to access, and wait for 15 to 20 seconds.
  2. Press Windows e, to open Windows Explorer.
  3. Press 1, then Enter, to open the Pocket PC.
  4. Press 2, then Enter, to start the NVDA screen reader.

Important: Until NVDA starts there is no speech feedback available. Once NVDA starts you can use your Pocket PC and all the features of the Windows computer your Pocket PC is plugged into.

Removing your Pocket PC

When you want to remove your Pocket PC from the Windows computer it is plugged into, please follow these steps. Do not remove your Pocket PC without doing so, as it may result in permanent damage to your Pocket PC.

Removing the Pocket PC with Windows XP

  1. Save your files and close all programmes on your Pocket PC, except for NVDA.
  2. Press Windows e, then Tab, to open Windows Explorer.
  3. Press 1, to locate the Pocket PC.
  4. Press Alt f, to open the File menu, then j, to safely prepare your Pocket PC for removal.
  5. Windows will tell you there are files in use (this is NVDA running and can safely be ignored), press Continue.
  6. Windows will tell you that your Pocket PC can now be safely removed, remove the Pocket PC from the USB port of the computer.

Removing the Pocket PC with Windows 7 or 8

  1. Save your files and close all programmes on your Pocket PC, except for NVDA.
  2. Press Windows e, then Tab, to open Windows Explorer.
  3. Press 1, to locate the Pocket PC.
  4. Press Alt f, to open the File menu, then j, to safely prepare your Pocket PC for removal.
  5. Windows will tell you there are files in use (this is NVDA running and can safely be ignored), press Continue.
  6. Windows will tell you that your Pocket PC can now be safely removed, remove the Pocket PC from the USB port of the computer.

Important: Please do not remove your Pocket PC without safely ejecting it from the Windows computer it is plugged into. BCAB cannot provide technical support or replace your Pocket PC if it is damaged due to incorrect removal.

Exploring your Pocket PC

Your Pocket PC contains the following folders:

  • Advanced tools: Additional programmes and utilities for advanced computer users.
  • Help: Help for NVDA, Firefox, Thunderbird, Skype, WinAmp and Juice.
  • My documents: Suggested place for storing files on your Pocket PC.
  • My media: Suggested place for storing music, podcasts and other media on your Pocket PC.
  • System configuration: Configuration and settings for your Pocket PC.

Important: Please do not change the system configuration files. We cannot offer technical support or replace your Pocket PC because of problems caused by changes made to the system configuration folder.

Starting Pocket PC programmes

Your Pocket PC also contains the following programme files. Use the Enter key to open the programme you want to use.

  • 2NVDA Your Screen Reader.exe
  • Juice for downloading podcasts.exe
  • Mozilla Firefox For browsing the web.exe
  • Mozilla Thunderbird for emails.exe
  • passkeeper a password manager.exe
  • Skype for voice, video, and text chat.exe
  • Winamp for media playback.exe

Important: The 2 at the start of the NVDA programme file is there to make it easy to start NVDA and use your Pocket PC in a few easy steps.

NVDA quick tips

When NVDA starts you should check that the keyboard numpad is turned off. To do this press the numlock key (at the top left of the numpad) until NVDA says “Numlock off”.

NVDA uses a modifier key. It is the insert key (at the bottom left corner of the numpad). You use this key in conjunction with other keys to control NVDA. It is known as the “NVDA key”.

When NVDA starts it opens a dialogue to ask whether you want to use the capslock key as the NVDA key. If your Pocket PC is plugged into a Windows laptop there may not be a numpad on the keyboard, so you should select this checkbox.

Additional help for using NVDA can be found in the Help folder of your Pocket PC, or by pressing the NVDA key n whilst NVDA is running.

Getting help with your Pocket PC

Pocket PC owners can ask questions, and share tips and advice through the Pocket PC forum. You will be subscribed to the forum automatically when you purchase your Pocket PC.

To ask a question in the forum, send an email to PocketPC@lists.bcab.org.uk, and reply to any emails if you think you can help another user. Emails to the forum are easy to spot because they have "PPC" in the subject line.

For help using NVDA, Firefox, Thunderbird, Skype, WinAmp and Juice, please use the information in the Help folder on your Pocket PC.

Important: BCAB is unable to provide telephone technical support or training for the Pocket PC, or technical support for the applications included.