Aspire 8730/8730Z Series Quick Guide Copyright © 2008. Acer Incorporated. All Rights Reserved. Aspire 8730/8730Z Series Quick Guide Original Issue: 11/2008 This company makes no representations or warranties, either express or implied, with respect to the contents hereof and specifically disclaims the implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Although care has been taken to ensure accuracy, this company shall not be liable for any errors (including, but not limited to, typos, factual errors, etc.) contained in this publication. Changes may be made periodically to the information in this publication without obligation to notify any person of such revisions or changes. Such changes will be incorporated in new editions of this manual or supplementary documents and publications. 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Aspire 8730/8730Z Series Notebook PC Model number: __________________________________ Serial number: ___________________________________ Date of purchase: ________________________________ Place of purchase: ________________________________ Acer and the Acer logo are registered trademarks of Acer Incorporated. Other companies' product names or trademarks are used herein for identification purposes only and belong to their respective companies. 3 First things first We would like to thank you for making an Acer notebook your choice for meeting your mobile computing needs. Your guides To help you use your Acer notebook, we have designed a set of guides: First off, the Just for Starters... poster helps you get started with setting up your computer. The Aspire Series Generic User Guide contains useful information applying to all models in the Aspire product series. It covers basic topics such as Acer's Empowering Technology, using the keyboard, audio, etc. Please understand that due to its nature, the Generic User Guide as well as the AcerSystem User Guide mentioned below will occasionally refer to functions or features which are only contained in certain models of the series, but not necessarily in the model you purchased. Such instances are marked in the text with language such as "only for certain models". The Quick Guide introduces you to the basic features and functions of your new computer. For more on how your computer can help you to be more productive, please refer to the AcerSystem User Guide. This guide contains detailed information on such subjects as system utilities, data recovery, expansion options and troubleshooting. In addition it contains warranty information and the general regulations and safety notices for your notebook. It is available in Portable Document Format (PDF) and comes preloaded on your notebook. Follow these steps to access it: 1 Click on Start, All Programs, AcerSystem. 2 Click on AcerSystem User Guide. Note: Viewing the file requires Adobe Reader. If Adobe Reader is not installed on your computer, clicking on AcerSystem User Guide will run the Adobe Reader setup program first. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation. For instructions on how to use Adobe Reader, access the Help and Support menu. English 4 Your Acer notebook tour After setting up your computer as illustrated in the Just for Starters... poster, let us show you around your new Acer notebook. Top view # 1 Icon Item Description Acer Crystal Eye webcam Web camera for video communication. 5 Item Description 2 Microphone Internal microphone for sound recording. 3 Display screen Also called Liquid-Crystal Display (LCD), displays computer output (Configuration may vary by models). 4 Power button Turns the computer on and off. 5/11 Status indicators Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) that light up to show the status of the computer's functions and components. Please refer to the Generic User Guide for more details. 6 Easy-launch buttons Buttons for launching frequently used programs. Please refer to the Generic User Guide for more details. 7 Keyboard For entering data into your computer. 8 Palmrest Comfortable support area for your hands when you use the computer. 9 Touchpad Touch-sensitive pointing device which functions like a computer mouse. 10 Click buttons (left, center* and right) The left and right buttons function like the left and right mouse buttons. *The center button serves as Acer BioProtection fingerprint reader supporting Acer FingerNav 4-way control function (only for certain models). Volume Up/ Volume Down Increase system volume/decrease system volume. 12.2 Acer MediaTouch keys For use with Acer Arcade and other media playing programs. 13 Empowering key Launch Acer Empowering Technology 14 Speakers Left and right speakers deliver stereo audio output. 12.1 Icon VOL+/ VOL- English # English 6 Closed front view # Icon 1 Item Description 6-in-1 card reader Accepts Secure Digital (SD), MultiMediaCard (MMC),MultiMediaCardplus (MMCplus™), Memory Stick (MS), Memory Stick PRO (MS PRO), xDPicture Card (xD). Note: Push to remove/install the card. Only one card can operate at any given time. 2 CIR receiver Receives signals from a remote control. Rear view # Item Description 1 Ventilation slots Enable the computer to stay cool, even after prolonged use. 7 # Icon English Left view Item Description DC-in jack Connects to an AC adapter. HDMI port Supports high definition digital video connections. 3 External display (VGA) port Connects to a display device (e.g., external monitor, LCD projector). 4 Ethernet (RJ-45) port Connects to an Ethernet 10/100/1000based network. 5 USB 2.0 port Connect to USB 2.0 devices (e.g., USB mouse, USB camera). 6 Line-in jack Accepts audio line-in devices (e.g., audio CD player, stereo walkman, mp3 player) Microphone jack Accepts inputs from external microphones. Headphones/ speaker/line-out jack with S/PDIF support Connects to audio line-out devices (e.g., speakers, headphones). ExpressCard/54 slot Accepts one ExpressCard/54 module. 1 2 7 HDMI English 8 Right view # Item Description 1 Icon USB 2.0 port Connects to USB 2.0 devices (e.g., USB mouse, USB camera). 2 Optical drive Internal optical drive; accepts CDs or DVDs. 3 Optical disk access indicator Lights up when the optical drive is active. 4 Optical drive eject button Ejects the optical disk from the drive. 5 Emergency eject hole Ejects the optical drive tray when the computer is turned off. Note: Insert a paper clip to the emergency eject hole to eject the optical drive tray when the computer is off. 6 Modem (RJ-11) port Connects to a phone line. 7 RF-in port Accepts input signals from digital TVtuner devices. (only for certain models) 8 Kensington lock slot Connects to a Kensington-compatible computer security lock. 9 # Icon Item English Base view Description 1 Battery bay Houses the computer's battery pack. 2 Battery lock Locks the battery in position. 3 Battery release latch Releases the battery for removal. 4 Hard disk baySecondary Houses the computer's hard disk (secured with screws) (only for certain models). 5 Subwoofer Emits low frequency sound output. 6 Hard disk bay-Main Houses the computer's hard disk (secured with screws). 7 Memory compartment Houses the computer's main memory. 8 Ventilation slots and cooling fan Enable the computer to stay cool, even after prolonged use. Note: Do not cover or obstruct the opening of the fan. English 10 Specifications Operating system • Genuine Windows Vista® Platform • Intel® Centrino® 2 processor technology, featuring: System memory Display TV-tuner Graphics Audio Intel® Core™2 Duo processor • Mobile Intel® PM45/GM45 Express Chipset* • Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 5100/5300* • Intel® Pentium® dual-core processor* • Mobile Intel® PM45/GM45 Express Chipset* • Acer InviLink™ Nplify™ 802.11b/g/Draft-N* • Acer InviLink™ 802.11b/g* • • Dual-Channel SDRAM support • • • • 16:9 aspect ratio • • • Mobile Intel® GM45 Express Chipset* • • • Dolby®-optimized surround sound system with two built-in stereo speakers and one subwoofer* supporting low-frequency effects True5.1-channel surround sound output High-definition audio support S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface) support for digital speakers MS-Sound compatible Built-in microphone • • 2.5" hard disk drive Optical drive options: • • • Storage subsystem • Up to 2 GB of DDR2 667 MHz memory, upgradeable to 4 GB using two soDIMM modules 18.4" Full HD 1920 x 1080* 18.4" HD+ 1680 x 945* Digital TV-tuner supporting DVB-T* NVIDIA® GeForce® 9300M GS* NVIDIA® GeForce® 9600M GT* Blu-ray Disc™/DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive* • DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive* 6-in-1 card reader • • 11 Acer Video Conference, featuring: • Privacy control Dimensions and weight Power subsystem Special keys and controls I/O interface • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Integrated Acer Crystal Eye webcam* • Optional Acer Xpress VoIP phone* WLAN: • Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 5100/5300* • Acer InviLink™ Nplify™ 802.11b/g/Draft-N* • Acer InviLink™ 802.11b/g* WPAN: Bluetooth® 2.0+Enhanced Data Rate (EDR)* LAN: Gigabit Ethernet; Wake-on-LAN ready Modem: 56K ITU V.92; Wake-on-Ring ready Acer Bio-Protection fingerprint solution* BIOS user, supervisor, HDD passwords Kensington lock slot 440.5 (W) x 298.5 (D) x 40.2/44.2 (H) mm (17.3 x 11.7 x 1.6/1.7 inches) 4.1 kg (9.04 lbs.) with 2 HDDs and 8-cell battery pack ACPI 3.0 71 W 4800 mAh 3-pin 90 W AC adapter ENERGY STAR® 4.0* 105/106-key keyboard Touchpad pointing device ExpressCard™/54 slot Acer Bio-Protection fingerprint reader* 6-in-1 card reader (SD/MMC/MMCplus™/MS/MS PRO/xD) USB 2.0 port HDMI™ port with HDCP support External display (VGA) port Consumer infrared (CIR) port RF-in jack* Headphones/speaker/line-out jack with S/PDIF support Microphone-in jack Line-in jack Ethernet (RJ-45) port Modem (RJ-11) port DC-in jack for AC adapter English Communication English 12 Environment • Temperature: • • Operating: 5 °C to 35 °C • Non-operating: -20 °C to 65 °C Humidity (non-condensing): • • Operating: 20% to 80% Non-operating: 20% to 80% Note: * Only for certain models Note: The specifications listed above are for reference only. The exact configuration of your PC depends on the model purchased.