User Guide
Copyright © 2008. Acer Incorporated.
All Rights Reserved.
Aspire G7710 Series User's Guide
Original Issue: 11 / 2008
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. This company makes
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without the prior written permission of Acer Incorporated.
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their respective companies.
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Information for your safety and
comfort
Safety instructions
Read these instructions carefully. Keep this document for future reference.
Follow all warnings and instructions marked on the product.
Turning the product off before cleaning
Unplug this product from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not use liquid
cleaners or aerosol cleaners. Use a damp cloth for cleaning.
Warnings
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Do not use this product near water.
Do not place this product on an unstable cart, stand or table. If the product
falls, it could be seriously damaged.
Slots and openings are provided for ventilation to ensure reliable
operation of the product and to protect it from overheating. These
openings must not be blocked or covered. The openings should never be
blocked by placing the product on a bed, sofa, rug or other similar surface.
This product should never be placed near or over a radiator or heat
register, or in a built-in installation unless proper ventilation is provided.
Never push objects of any kind into this product through cabinet slots as
they may touch dangerous voltage points or short-out parts that could
result in a fire or electric shock. Never spill liquid of any kind onto or into
the product.
To avoid damage of internal components and to prevent battery leakage,
do not place the product on a vibrating surface.
Using electrical power
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This product should be operated from the type of power indicated on the
marking label. If you are not sure of the type of power available, consult
your dealer or local power company.
Do not allow anything to rest on the power cord. Do not locate this
product where people will walk on the cord.
If an extension cord is used with this product, make sure that the total
ampere rating of the equipment plugged into the extension cord does not
exceed the extension cord ampere rating. Also, make sure that the total
rating of all products plugged into the wall outlet does not exceed the fuse
rating.
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Do not overload a power outlet, strip or receptacle by plugging in too
many devices. The overall system load must not exceed 80% of the branch
circuit rating. If power strips are used, the load should not exceed 80% of
the power strip's input rating.
This product's AC adapter is equipped with a three-wire grounded plug.
The plug only fits in a grounded power outlet. Make sure the power outlet
is properly grounded before inserting the AC adapter plug. Do not insert
the plug into a non-grounded power outlet. Contact your electrician for
details.
Warning! The grounding pin is a safety feature. Using a power
outlet that is not properly grounded may result in electric shock
and/or injury.
Note: The grounding pin also provides good protection from
unexpected noise produced by other nearby electrical devices that
may interfere with the performance of this product.
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Use the product only with the supplied power supply cord set. If you need
to replace the power cord set, make sure that the new power cord meets
the following requirements: detachable type, UL listed/CSA certified, type
SPT-2, rated 7 A 125 V minimum, VDE approved or its equivalent, 4.6
meters (15 feet) maximum length.
Product servicing
Do not attempt to service this product yourself, as opening or removing covers
may expose you to dangerous voltage points or other risks. Refer all servicing to
qualified service personnel.
Unplug this product from the wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified service
personnel when:
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The power cord or plug is damaged, cut or frayed
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Liquid was spilled into the product
The product was exposed to rain or water
The product has been dropped or the case has been damaged
The product exhibits a distinct change in performance, indicating a need
for service
The product does not operate normally after following the operating
instructions
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Note: Adjust only those controls that are covered by the operating
instructions, since improper adjustment of other controls may
result in damage and will often require extensive work by a
qualified technician to restore the product to normal condition.
CAUTION: Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced.
Replace only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the
manufacturer. Dispose of used batteries according to the
manufacturer’s instructions.
Telephone line safety
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Disconnect all telephone lines from the equipment when not in use and/or
before servicing.
To avoid the remote risk of electric shock from lightning, do not connect
the telephone line to this equipment during lightning or thunderstorms.
Disposal instructions
Do not throw this electronic device into the trash when discarding.
To minimize pollution and ensure utmost protection of the global environment,
please recycle. For more information on the Waste from Electrical and
Electronics Equipment (WEEE) regulations, visit
http://global.acer.com/about/sustainability.htm.
Mercury advisory
For projectors or electronic products containing an LCD/CRT monitor or display:
Lamp(s) inside this product contain mercury and must be recycled or disposed of
according to local, state or federal laws. For more information, contact the
Electronic Industries Alliance at www.eiae.org. For lamp-specific disposal
information, check www.lamprecycle.org.
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Tips and information for comfortable use
Computer users may complain of eyestrain and headaches after prolonged use.
Users are also at risk of physical injury after long hours of working in front of a
computer. Long work periods, bad posture, poor work habits, stress,
inadequate working conditions, personal health and other factors greatly
increase the risk of physical injury.
Incorrect computer usage may lead to carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis,
tenosynovitis or other musculoskeletal disorders. The following symptoms may
appear in the hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, neck or back:
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numbness, or a burning or tingling sensation
aching, soreness or tenderness
pain, swelling or throbbing
stiffness or tightness
coldness or weakness
If you have these symptoms, or any other recurring or persistent discomfort
and/or pain related to computer use, consult a physician immediately and
inform your company's health and safety department.
The following section provides tips for more comfortable computer use.
Finding your comfort zone
Find your comfort zone by adjusting the viewing angle of the monitor, using a
footrest, or raising your sitting height to achieve maximum comfort. Observe
the following tips:
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refrain from staying too long in one fixed posture
avoid slouching forward and/or leaning backward
stand up and walk around regularly to remove the strain on your leg
muscles
take short rests to relax your neck and shoulders
avoid tensing your muscles or shrugging your shoulders
install the external display, keyboard and mouse properly and within
comfortable reach
if you view your monitor more than your documents, place the display at
the center of your desk to minimize neck strain
Taking care of your vision
Long viewing hours, wearing incorrect glasses or contact lenses, glare, excessive
room lighting, poorly focused screens, very small typefaces and low-contrast
displays could stress your eyes. The following sections provide suggestions on
how to reduce eyestrain.
Eyes
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Rest your eyes frequently.
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Give your eyes regular breaks by looking away from the monitor and
focusing on a distant point.
Blink frequently to keep your eyes from drying out.
Display
Keep your display clean.
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Keep your head at a higher level than the top edge of the display so your
eyes point downward when looking at the middle of the display.
Adjust the display brightness and/or contrast to a comfortable level for
enhanced text readability and graphics clarity.
Eliminate glare and reflections by:
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placing your display in such a way that the side faces the window or
any light source
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minimizing room light by using drapes, shades or blinds
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using a task light
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changing the display's viewing angle
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using a glare-reduction filter
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using a display visor, such as a piece of cardboard extended from the
display's top front edge
Avoid adjusting your display to an awkward viewing angle.
Avoid looking at bright light sources, such as open windows, for extended
periods of time.
Developing good work habits
Develop the following work habits to make your computer use more relaxing
and productive:
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Take short breaks regularly and often.
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Perform some stretching exercises.
Breathe fresh air as often as possible.
Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy body.
Warning! We do not recommend using the computer on a couch
or bed. If this is unavoidable, work for only short periods, take
breaks regularly, and do some stretching exercises.
Note: For more information, please refer to “FCC notice” on page
78.
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Safety instructions
Disposal instructions
Tips and information for comfortable use
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1 First things first
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Specifications
Package contents
Accessing the User Guide
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2 System tour
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External and internal structure
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Closed front panel
Front panel
Using the memory card reader
Rear panel
System board
Mainboard
System board switches and connectors
IDE connector (for selected models)
Serial ATA connector: SATA1~6
Fan power connectors
Front panel connectors
Serial port connector (for selected models)
System LED indicators
Front and rear panel LED indicators
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Arranging a comfortable work area
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Adjusting your chair
Positioning your PC
Positioning your monitor
Positioning your keyboard
Positioning your mouse
Connecting the computer
Connect your mouse and keyboard
PS/2 interface
Connect a monitor
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Contents
Information for your safety and comfort
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Connect to a broadband network
Individual network configuration
Connect to power
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Turning on your computer
Turning off your computer
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4 Using your desktop
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Using the keyboard(optional)
Using the mouse(optional)
Using the optical drive
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Taking care of your optical disks
Connecting options
Printer
IEEE 1394 devices
eSATA devices
Audio devices
USB devices
Connecting a video game console
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6 Upgrading your computer
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Installation precautions
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ESD precautions
Preinstallation instructions
Post-installation instructions
Opening your Aspire G7710
Removing and installing the bezel door
Removing and installing the side panel
Removing and installing a hard drive
Removing and installing an optical drive
Upgrading the system memory
System memory interface
System memory configuration guidelines
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Installing an expansion card
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PCI bus slots interface
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5 Acer Empowering Technology
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Acer Empowering Technology
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Empowering Technology password
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Acer eRecovery Management
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7 Frequently asked questions
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Frequently asked questions
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Recovering your system
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8 Regulations and safety notices
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Regulations and safety notices
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FCC notice
Modem notices
Laser compliance statement
LCD pixel statement
Radio device regulatory notice
General
European Union (EU)
The FCC RF safety requirement
Canada — Low-power license-exempt radio
communication devices (RSS-210)
Federal Communications Commission
Declaration of Conformity
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1 First things
first
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1 First things first
Specifications
Operating
system
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium (64-bit)
Processor
Intel® CoreTM i7 processor Extreme Edition (up to 1600 MHz
FSB)
Intel® CoreTM i7 processor
Chipset
North Bridge: Intel® X58 chipset
South Bridge: Intel® ICH10R chipset
System memory
Up to 12 GB of DDR3 1066 MHz SDRAM (three-channel
support on six DIMMs)
Hard drives
Up to four Serial ATA hard disks, each up to 1 TB
Four 3.5" easy-swap HDD bays
Optical drive
Two 5.25" drive bays
Optical drive options:
Card reader
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BD + SuperMulti burner
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BD/HD DVD reader + SuperMulti burner
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SuperMulti with Labelflash? technology
Multi-in-one card reader, supporting:
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CompactFlash® (Type I and II)
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CF+™ Microdrive
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MultiMediaCard (MMC)
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MMCmobile™
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Reduced-Size MultiMediaCard (RS-MMC)
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Secure Digital™ (SD) Card
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miniSD™ Card
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xD-Picture Card™
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Memory Stick®
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Memory Stick PRO™
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Memory Stick Duo™
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Memory Stick PRO Duo™
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USB 2.0 and IEEE 1394 port
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Enabled ATI CrossFireXTM:
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Two ATI RadeonTM HD 4870 X2 graphics cards
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Two ATI RadeonTM HD 4870 graphics cards
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Two ATI RadeonTM HD 4850 graphics cards
3x PCI Express® 2.0 x16 graphics card support
Audio
2nd Generation Dolby® Home Theater® audio enhancement,
featuring Dolby® Digital, Dolby® Pro Logic® IIx, Dolby®
Headphone, Dolby® Sound Space Expander and Dolby®
Digital Live technologies
Embedded high-definition audio with 7.1-channel and
EAX® 4.0 audio support
Creative® Sound Blaster® X-Fi Titanium sound card with
EAX® 5.0 audio support
S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface) support
Networking
I/O ports
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Gigabit Ethernet, Wake-on-LAN ready (dual LAN
support)
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Modem: 56K ITU V.92, Wake-on-Ring ready
Front I/O ports:
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Five USB 2.0 ports
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Multi-in-one card reader
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Headphone and microphone jacks
Rear I/O ports:
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Six USB 2.0 ports
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IEEE 1394 port (6-pin)
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PS/2 keyboard and mouse ports
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Two Ethernet (RJ-45) ports
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Two eSATA ports
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Five audio jacks
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S/PDIF jack
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Clear CMOS button
Graphics card I/O ports (each card):
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Two DVI-D ports
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TV-out port
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Graphics
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I/O expansion
Three PCI Express® x16 slots (one full x16 slot, two x8
refitted to x16 size)
Two PCI Express® x1 slots
PCI Express® x8 slot
PCI 2.3 5 V slot
Software
Acer Empowering Technology (Acer eRecovery
Management)
Acer GameZone
Acer Arcade™ Live
McAfee® Internet Security Suite 2008
Adobe® Reader®
eSobi™
NTI MediaMaker™
Dimensions
490 (L) x 430 (H) x 190 (W) mm
BIOS
AMI PnP BIOS compatible with SMBIOS 2.4
Power supply
750W ~ 1000W
System
compliance
PC 2001
Certification
FCC, CE, BSMI, CCC, C-tick, Nemko (CB & Bauart), UL, VCCI
Optional
accessories
Logitech® gaming keyboard and gaming mouse
Acer G series LCD monitor
Note: The specifications listed above are for reference only. The exact
configuration of your PC depends on the model purchased.
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Before you unpack your computer, make sure that you have enough space to
set up your computer.
Carefully unpack the carton and remove the contents. If any of the following
items are missing or damaged, contact your dealer immediately:
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Aspire G7710
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Items contained in the accessory box
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USB keyboard
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USB mouse
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User's Guide and installation poster
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Other user documentation and third-party software
Accessing the User Guide
This User Guide is also available on your computer as an Adobe Acrobat
PDF file.
To access the User Guide
1
On the Windows Vista taskbar, click on the Start button then select All
Programs.
2
Double-click AcerSystem User Guide.
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Package contents
English
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1 First things first
2 System tour
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2 System tour
External and internal structure
Closed front panel
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Component
1
Hinge screws x 4
2
Door hinges x 4
3
Bezel door
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No
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Front panel
2 System tour
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Icon
Component
1
USB 2.0 ports
2
Microphone/line-in jack
3
Headphone/line-out jack
4
Power button/power indicator
5
Optical disk drives
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XD (eXtreme Digital) slot
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USB 2.0 port
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IEEE 1394 port (4-pin)
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CF I/II (CompactFlash Type I/II) slot
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Drive bay door
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Easy-swap hard disk cartridge (1~4)
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MS/MS Pro (Memory Stick/Memory Stick Pro Duo) slot
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SD/MMC (SecureDigital/MultimediaCard) slot
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Optical disk drive eject buttons
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No
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2 System tour
Using the memory card reader
Your computer supports multi-media card slots.
These slots are useful for transferring data to and from the following memory
cards to your computer.
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CompactFlash® (Type I and II)
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CF+™ Microdrive
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MultiMediaCard (MMC)
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MMCmobile™
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Reduced-Size MultiMediaCard (RS-MMC)
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Secure Digital™ (SD) Card
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miniSD™ Card
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xD-Picture Card™
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Memory Stick®
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Memory Stick PRO™
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Memory Stick Duo™
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Memory Stick PRO Duo™
Memory cards are used in a variety of digital devices such as digital camera,
digital camcorders, handheld game consoles, and mobile phones.
To insert a memory card:
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Hold the card label-side up with the card facing the computer.
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Slide the card into the slot until it is seated.
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Before ejecting a card:
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Exit the application using the card.
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Left-click on the Safely Remove Hardware icon on the Windows
taskbar and stop the card operation.
2
Gently press the card further into the slot to pop it out.
3
Pull out the card from the slot.
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To remove a memory card:
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Rear panel
2 System tour
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Icon
Component
1
Power supply
2
PS/2 mouse port
3
System fan
4
Network ports
5
Headphone/line-out/front speaker jack
6
Audio-in/line-in jack
7
Expansion slot locks
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S-video port
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DVI port
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Rear speaker jack
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Center speaker/subwoofer jack
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Microphone/line-in jack
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S/PDIF jack
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USB ports
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IEEE 1394 port (6-pin)
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eSATA (External Serial Advanced Technology
Attachment) ports
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Clear CMOS button
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No
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No
2 System tour
Icon
Component
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PS/2 keyboard port
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Power connector
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Main power switch
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Mainboard
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System board
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2 System tour
Code
Component
PWR1
Power connector
CPUFAN1
Processor fan cable connector
DIMM1~6
System memory slots
JPWR1
24-pin ATX power connector
SATA1~6
SATA data cable connectors
SYSFAN1~5
System fan cable connector
F_PANEL1
Front panel connector
JUSB1~3
Front USB connectors
J1394_1
IEEE 1394 connector
JAUD1
Front panel audio connectors
PCI1
PCI slots
PCI E1~5
PCI Express slots
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Back panel I/O
Code
Color
Component
Mouse
Green
PS/2 mouse port
Keyboard
Purple
PS/2 keyboard port
CLR_CMOS
Clear CMOS button
eSATA
eSATA ports
1394
IEEE 1394 port (6-pin)
LAN
Network ports
USB ports
USB ports
CS-Out
Orange
Center speaker/subwoofer jack (in 5.1/7.1
channel mode)
RS-Out
Black
Rear speaker/surround out jack (in 4/5.1/7.1
channel mode)
S/PDIF
Line-In
S/PDIF jack
Blue
Audio-in/line-in/side-surround out jack (in 7.1
channel mode)
This jack connects to an external CD player,
tape player, or other audio devices.
Line-Out
Green
Headphone/line-out/front speaker jack
This jack connects to speakers or headphones.
Mic
Pink
Microphone/line-in jack
This jack connects to a microphone.
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2 System tour
System board switches and
connectors
The System board switches are easy to turn off or reset the computer when user
testing the system.
IDE connector (for selected models)
The IDE connector supports IDE hard disk drives, optical disk drives, and other
IDE devices.
Important: If you install two IDE devices on the same cable, you must
configure the drives separately to master / slave mode by setting jumpers.
Refer to IDE device's documentation supplied by the vendors for jumper
setting instructions.
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The six serial ATA connectors (SATA1-6) is a high-speed Serial ATA interface
port. Each connector can connect to one Serial ATA device.
Important: Please do not fold the Serial ATA cable into 90-degree angle.
Otherwise, data loss may occur during transmission.
Fan power connectors
The fan power connectors (CPUFAN and SYSFAN1-5) support system cooling fan
with +12V. When connecting the wire to the connectors, always note that the
red wire is the positive and should be connected to the +12V; the black wire is
ground and should be connected to GND.
Important: CPUFAN supports fan control. You can install Dual Core Center
utility that will automatically control the these fan speed according to the
actual CPU and system temperature. Fan/heat sink with 3 or 4 pins are both
available for CPUFAN.
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Serial ATA connector: SATA1~6
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2 System tour
Front panel connectors
The front panel connectors (F_PANEL1) are for electrical connection to the front
panel switches and LEDs.
F_PANEL1 front panel pin definition
PIN
SIGNAL
1
Storage_LED +
DESCRIPTION
Hard disk LED pull-up
2
FP PWR/SLP
MSG LED pull-up
3
Storage_LED -
Hard disk active LED
4
FP PWR/SLP
MSG LED pull-up
5
RST_SW -
Reset Switch low reference pull-down to GND
6
PWR_SW+
Power Switch low reference pull-up
7
RST_SW +
Reset Switch high reference pull-up
8
PWR_SW-
Power Switch high reference pull-down to GND
9
RSVD_DNU
Reserved. Do not use
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None
No pin
Serial port connector (for selected models)
The serial port connector (JCOM1) is a 16550A high speed communication port
that sends/receives 16 bytes FIFOs and connects to a serial device.
Serial port pin definition
Pin
Signal
1
DCD
Description
Data Carry Detect
2
SIN
Serial In or Receive Data
3
SOUT
Serial Out or Transmit Data
4
DTR
Data Terminal Ready
5
GND
Ground
6
DSR
Data Set Ready
7
RTS
Request To Send
8
CTS
Clear To Send
9
RI
Ring Indicate
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Front and rear panel LED indicators
Indicator
Location
Color
Status
Description
Power
Front panel
(Power
button)
Blue
On
System has AC power
and is powered on
Blinking
System is in standby
mode
Green
Blinking
Ongoing HDD activity
Amber
On
Easy-swap HDD
failure
Green/
Amber
Flashing
HDD is rebuilding
Orange
Off
Off-line network
On
Active network link
Blinking
Ongoing network
data activity.
Off
10 Mbps link network
access
On
100 Mbps link
network access
On
1000 Mbps link
network access
HDD
Network
activity
Network
link
Front panel
(Easy-swap
HDD)
Rear panel
(Network
port)
Rear panel
(Network
port)
Green
Orange
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System LED indicators
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3 Setting up your
computer
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3 Setting up your computer
Arranging a comfortable work area
Working safely and comfortably begins with the arrangement of your work
space and the proper use of equipment. For this reason, it is very important to
take time and think about how you are going to arrange your work area. Refer
to the diagram on the following page as you set up your system.
Here are some points to consider:
Adjusting your chair
Having the right kind of chair does not necessarily mean you'll be properly
supported. It is necessary to adjust your chair to fit your body. Proper body
posture will make you more comfortable and productive.
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Avoid tilting your chair. If you have a chair that tilts, lock the tilt knobs so
that your chair will not tilt forward or backward while you are using your
computer.
•
Adjust your chair height in such a way that you can sit on it with your
thighs parallel to the floor and your feet resting flat on the floor.
•
Rest your body on the chair back. Your torso works harder to maintain
balance if you do not rest your body on the chair back.
Positioning your PC
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Do not put your computer near any equipment that might cause
electromagnetic or radio frequency interference, such as radio
transmitters, televisions, copy machines or heating and air-conditioning
equipment.
•
Avoid dusty areas and extremes of temperature and humidity.
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You may place your computer beside your desk or under your table, as
long as it does not block the space you need for working and moving.
Positioning your monitor
Place your monitor at a comfortable viewing distance, usually 50 to 60 cm away.
Adjust the display in such a way that the top of the screen is at or slightly below
eye level.
Positioning your keyboard
The location of the keyboard is a very important factor for your posture.
Placing it too far away will make your body lean forward, forcing you to sit
in an unnatural position. Placing it too high will add tension to your
shoulder muscles.
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The keyboard should be placed just above your lap. Adjust the keyboard
height by flipping the folding stands located under the keyboard.
•
Keep your lower arms parallel to the floor as you type. Your upper arms
and shoulders should be relaxed. Then try typing with a light touch. If you
feel any shoulder or neck strain, stop for a while and check your posture.
•
Position your keyboard in front of your monitor. Putting your keyboard
beside your monitor will make you turn your head while you type which
could add tension to your neck muscles.
Positioning your mouse
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The mouse should be placed on the same surface as your keyboard so that
you can reach it with ease.
•
Adjust its position to allow enough space for movement without making
you stretch or lean over.
•
Use your arm to move the mouse. Do not rest your wrist on the table when
moving the mouse.
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Take note of the following when selecting a location for your computer:
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3 Setting up your computer
Connecting the computer
Setting up your computer is easy. For the most part, you only have four things
to connect: the mouse, the keyboard, the monitor, and the power cable.
Note: The peripherals shown in the connections below are for your
reference only. Actual device models may vary in select countries.
Connect your mouse and keyboard
PS/2 interface
Plug the PS/2 mouse and keyboard cable into the PS/2 keyboard port (purple
port) and mouse port (green port) located on the rear panel of your computer.
USB interface
You can also plug a USB mouse or a USB keyboard cable into any of the USB
ports
located on the front and rear panels of your computer.
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To connect a monitor, simply plug the monitor cable into the DVI port
located on the rear panel of your computer. If you have a monitor that supports
S-video, plug the monitor cable to the S-video port located on the rear panel of
your computer.
Note: Refer to the monitor manual for additional instructions
and information.
Connect to a broadband network
The Gigabit Ethernet port on the rear of the computer can be used individually,
combined, or configured in a number of ways depending on your needs. With
the system’s onboard NVIDIA nForce chipset and DualNet technology, you can
combine the network port to work as one. It also allows your computer to serve
as a home gateway and it provides advanced networking features including
teaming, load balancing, fail-over, and TCP/IP acceleration.
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Individual network configuration
Connect one end of the network cable on the network port on the rear of the
computer, then connect the other end of the network cable into the cable
modem or network jack or hub on your network.
Note: Consult your network system administrator or operating system
manual for information on how to configure your network setup.
Connect to power
Caution: Before you proceed, check the voltage range in your area. Make
sure that it matches your computer's voltage setting. If they don't match,
change your computer's voltage setting according to your area's voltage
range.
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Plug the power cable into the power cable socket located on the rear panel
of your computer.
2
Plug the other end of the power cable into a power outlet.
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Turning on your computer
After making sure that you have properly set up the system, applied power, and
connected all the necessary peripherals, you can now power on the system.
Follow the procedure below.
1
Turn on the main power switch located on the rear of the computer.
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Press the power button.
Important: Make sure that the power cable is properly plugged into an
electrical outlet. If you are using a power strip or an AVR (Auto-Voltage
Regulator), make sure that it is plugged in and turned on.
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Turning off your computer
The software procedure below applies to system running a Windows OS. For
other OS shutdown procedures, refer to the related user documentation.
1
On the Windows Vista taskbar, click on the Start button, and click
then click Shut Down.
2
Turn off all peripherals connected to your computer.
If you cannot shut down your computer normally, press and hold the power
button for at least four seconds. Quickly pressing the button may put the
computer in suspend mode only.
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Using the keyboard(optional)
The gaming keyboard has several types of keys and buttons. It features bluebacklit characters on every key, 18 programmable G keys, convenient media
control buttons, Macro button, separate cursor keys, and 12 function keys that
takes care of your everyday keyboarding and gaming requirements.
1
12
2
11
3
4
5
10
6
7
8
9
No.
Item
Description
1
USB ports
Plug USB gaming devices to these ports.
2
Multimedia keys
Allow you to conveniently play, pause, stop,
advance or rewind a song or movie using your
keyboard.
A volume control dial allows you to increase or
decrease the volume.
3
Backlight key
Toggles the backlight key on or off.
4
Indicators
Show if the Num Lock, Caps Lock, or Scroll lock
keys are activated. Press the corresponding keys
to activate the function.
5
Function keys
(F1 - F12)
Lets you perform specific functions, depending
on the application that uses them.
6
Numeric keypad
Press these keys to type numbers when Num
Lock is turned on.
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Cursor keys
Also called the arrow keys, let you move the
cursor around the screen. They serve the same
function as the arrow keys on the numeric
keypad when the Num Lock is toggled off.
8
Application/Shortcut
key
This key has the same effect as clicking the right
mouse button; it opens the application's
context menu.
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Item
Description
9
Windows logo
Pressed alone, this key has the same effect as
clicking on the Windows Start button; it
launches the Start menu. It can also be used
with other keys to provide a variety of
functions:
key
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<
> + <Tab> — Activates the next
Taskbar button.
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<
> + <E> — Opens the My Computer
window.
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<
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<
> + <F> — Opens the Find: All Files
dialogue box.
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<
> + <R> — Opens the Run dialogue
box.
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<
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<Shift> + <
> + <M> — Undoes the
minimize all windows action.
> + <F1> — Opens Help and Support.
> + <M> — Minimizes all windows.
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Programmable
G keys
Execute complex macros with a single keypress.
Allows you to set 54 custom programmed keys
per game.
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Macro keys
Creates and saves new macros while playing a
game.
12
Game mode switch
Puts the keyboard in normal computer or
gaming mode.
When in gaming mode, the Start and
Application/Shortcut keys are disabled. All
other keys in the keyboard will function
normally.
When in normal mode, the Start and
Application/Shortcut keys are enabled.
For more information on how to use the Logitech keyboard, refer to the
Logitech help files.
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Using the mouse(optional)
The mouse controls the pointer movement on the computer display.
No.
Item
Description
1
Tilt wheel
Push wheel to either side to scroll horizontally.
Program wheel to mimic keyboard commands.
2
In-game dpi
increase
Press button to increase dpi (tracking sensitivity).
3
In-game dpi
decrease
Press button to decrease dpi (tracking sensitivity).
4
dpi LEDs1
Activated by dpi buttons.
5
Programmable
side buttons
Launch Logitech SetPoint2 to customize button
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Programmable
left and right
mouse buttons
Launch Logitech SetPoint2 to customise button
and tilt wheel assignments.
1 The dpi LEDs show dpi settings of mouse when dpi buttons are used. For more
information about the dpi LEDs refer to the documentation that came with the
mouse.
2 Refer to the software help system to learn more about the SetPoint software.
For more information on how to use the gaming mouse, refer to the Logitech
help files.
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Your computer may come with a Blu-ray/HD reader + SuperMulti burner. This
drive is located on the front panel of your computer. The BD and HD drive
allows you to play not only old CD-ROMs, CD-I disks, and video CDs, DVD-RAM/RW, DVD-ROMs, DVD+R/-R disks, but play BD disks and HD DVD disk as well.
CDs, DVDs, BDs, HD DVDs are also compact, lightweight and easy to carry
around. However, they are more delicate and must be handled with extra care.
To insert a disk into your computer's optical drive:
1.
Press the optical drive’s eject button located on the front panel.
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2.
When the disk tray slides open, place the disk gently on the tray. Make
sure that the label or title side of the disk is facing upward.
When holding a disk, hold it by the edges to avoid leaving smudges
or fingerprints.
3.
Push the tray and it will close automatically or press the eject/load button.
Taking care of your optical disks
•
Keep your disk in its case when not in use to avoid scratches or other
damage. Any kind of dirt or damage can affect the data on the disk, impair
the disk lens reader on the optical drive, or stop the computer from
successfully reading the disk.
•
When handling disks, always hold them by the edges to avoid smudges
or fingerprints.
•
When cleaning disks, use a clean, dust-free cloth and wipe in a straight line
from the center to the edge. Do not wipe in a circular motion.
•
Clean you optical drive periodically with a cleaning kit; cleaning kits may
be purchased at any computer or electronics shop.
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Your computer offers excellent expansion capabilities with its built-in ports and
connectors. This section describes how to make connections through various
options. When connecting peripherals, read the manual included with the
peripheral for operating instructions.
Printer
You can connect a USB printer to an available USB port
manual for operating instructions.
. See your printer
IEEE 1394 devices
You can connect IEEE 1394 supported devices like a digital video camera,
external storage devices, or external optical drives to the 4-pin and 6-pin fast
IEEE 1394 located on the front and rear panel of your computer.
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eSATA devices
The computer’s eSATA (External Serial ATA) port allows you to connect
external SATA device.
Audio devices
Note: The audio devices shown below are for reference only. Actual device
models may vary in select countries.
Audio devices are easy to connect with the audio ports accessible from the front
and rear of the computer.
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Microphone — Plug an external microphone (or an audio line-in device)
into the microphone/line-in jack (pink jack) located on the front and rear
of the computer.
•
Amplified stereo speakers, headset, or headphone — Plug amplified
speakers, headset, or headphone to the headphone/line-out/front speaker
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USB devices
Universal Serial Bus (USB) is a serial bus design capable of cascading peripherals
such as a digital camera, keyboard, mouse, scanner, printer, modem, flash
drives, VoIP phones, and gaming devices (such as joystick, steering wheels,
rumble pads, or foot pedals). With USB, complex cable connections can be
eliminated.
Your computer comes with several external USB ports: one on the multi-media
card slot, four on the front and four on the rear panel. These ports support USB
2.0 high-performance external devices such as webcams and digital still
cameras. They also allow you to connect additional USB devices to your
computer without using up its resources.
To connect a USB device, simply plug the device cable into any of the USB ports
located on the front and rear panels of your computer.
Note: The USB devices shown below are for reference only. Actual device
models may vary by geographic region.
Note: Some USB devices have a built-in USB port which permits you to
connect more USB devices.
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To connect and share Internet connection with a video game
console:
1.
Before connecting any cables, turn off your computer and video game
console.
2.
Connect the computer to the network. See page 29 for detailed
instructions.
3.
Connect one end of the network cable on the network port on the rear of
the computer, then connect the other end of the network cable to the
network jack on the rear of the video game console.
4.
Turn on your computer.
5.
Refer to the help documentation of your operating system for more
information.
Note: Refer to the documentation that came with your video game console
for detailed connection and configuration information.
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6 Upgrading your computer
Installation precautions
Before you install any computer component, we recommend that you read the
following sections. These sections contain important ESD precautions along
with preinstallation and post-installation instructions.
ESD precautions
Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can damage your processor, disk drives, expansion
boards, and other components. Always observe the following precautions
before you install a computer component:
1
Do not remove a component from its protective packaging until you are
ready to install it.
2
Wear a wrist grounding strap and attach it to a metal part of the computer
before handling components. If a wrist strap is not available, maintain
contact with the computer throughout any procedure requiring ESD
protection.
Preinstallation instructions
Always observe the following before you install any component:
1
Turn off your computer and all the peripherals connected to it before
opening it. Then unplug all cables from the power outlets.
2
Open your computer according to the instructions on page 50.
3
Follow the ESD precautions described above before handling a
computer component.
4
Remove any expansion boards or peripherals that block access to the
DIMM sockets or component connectors.
5
See the following sections for specific instructions on the component you
wish to install.
Warning! Not turning off the computer properly before you start installing
the components may cause serious damage. Do not attempt the procedures
described in the following sections unless you are a qualified service
technician.
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Observe the following after installing a computer component:
1
See to it that the components are installed according to the step-by-step
instructions in their respective sections.
2
Replace any expansion boards or peripherals that you removed earlier.
3
Replace the side panel.
4
Replace the bezel door.
5
Connect the necessary cables.
6
Turn on your computer.
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Opening your Aspire G7710
Caution: Before you proceed, make sure that you have turned off your
computer and all peripherals connected to it. Read the “Preinstallation
instructions” on page 48.
You need to open your computer before you can install upgrade components.
The side panel is removable to allow access to the computer’s internal
components. Refer to the following section for instructions.
Removing and installing the bezel door
To remove the bezel door:
1
Turn off your computer and unplug all cables.
2
Remove the four screws that hold the door hinges to the side panels.
3
Detach the bezel door and hinges from the system.
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1
Perform the preinstallation instructions described on page 48.
2
Align the door hinges to the screw holes on the side panels.
3
Secure the hinges on the panels with the four screws you removed earlier.
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Removing and installing the side panel
To remove the side panel:
1
Remove the bezel door. Refer to the previous section for instructions.
2
Remove the side panel.
a
Release the locks on the rear side
b
Hold the rear edge of the panel with both hands then slide the panel
towards the rear of the chassis.
c
Lift the panel upward to detach it.
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1
Perform the preinstallation instructions described on page 48.
2
Align the tabs on the panel with the slots on the chassis.
3
Slide the panel toward the front of the chassis until it is fully closed.
4
Lock the side panel.
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Removing and installing a hard
drive
The computer supports up to four easy-swap hard disk drives. Each hard disk is
mounted in a carrier that holds a standard 3.5-inch Serial ATA hard drive and
connects to a SATA interface on the disk cage backplane.
Aspire G7710’s EasySwap technology allows you to replace hard drives without
powering down the system. Easy-swap technology shortens system downtime
for changing the hard disk or performing an upgrade.
To remove a hard drive:
1
Observe the ESD precautions described on page 48.
2
Open the drive bay door.
3
Press the HDD carrier latch, then pull the lever and slide the carrier from
the chassis.
4
Place the HDD carrier on a clean, static-free network surface.
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If you are replacing a hard disk, remove the four screws that secure the
hard disk to the carrier (1), then remove the disk from the carrier (2).
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Keep the screws for later installation.
To install a new hard drive to an empty carrier:
1
Perform steps 1 through 5 of the previous section.
2
Remove the four screws. Save the screws for later use.
3
Remove the new HDD from its protective packaging.
4
Install the new hard disk into the HDD carrier. Secure it with the four
screws you removed.
5
Install the new hard drive into the drive bay.
a
Slide the drive into the bay with the carrier handle still extended.
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b
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Make sure that the drive is properly inserted before pushing the
handle back until it clicks into place.
Set up the new hard drive’s RAID configuration.
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The system supports a variety of storage devices for additional storage capacity
and scalability.
To remove an optical drive:
1
Perform the preinstallation instructions described on page 48.
2
Remove the front bazel.
3
Disconnect the power and data cables from rear of the old drive.
4
Move the release slider of the selected drive to the unlock position.
5
Pull the drive out of the device bay.
6
Observe the post-installation instructions described on page 49.
To install a new optical drive:
1
Perform steps 1 through 5 of the previous section.
2
Remove the new optical drive from its protective packaging.
3
Slide the new optical drive into the empty drive bay.
4
Move the release slider into the lock position.
5
Connect the power and data cables to the rear of the new drive.
6
Observe the post-installation instructions described on page 49.
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Upgrading the system memory
This section explains the procedures for removing and installing a memory
module.
System memory interface
The six 240-pin sockets on the mainboard support Double Data Rate 2 (DDR2)
Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory (SDRAM)-type DIMMs. You may
install 1 GB or 2 GB DIMMs for a maximum memory capacity of 12 GB.
The DDR2 DIMMs require 1.8 volts. You can install PC2 6400/DDR2 800 modules
in the DDR2 DIMM slots.
The mainboard has six DDR2 DIMM slots divided into three channels. Each
channel is made up of two slots.
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Channel A - DIMM 1 and DIMM 2
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Channel B - DIMM 3 and DIMM 4
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Channel C - DIMM 5 and DIMM 6
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To ensure data integrity, use only Acer-approved modules in 1 GB or 2 GB
capacities.
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Use identical modules — same specification for size, speed, and
organization.
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In minimum configuration, the FDB should be installed in DIMM 2 slot.
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Install memory pair upgrades in the following sequence:
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First pair: DIMM 2, DIMM 4 and DIMM 6
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Upgrade 1: DIMM 1, 3 and 5
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Upgrade 2: DIMM 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
Observe the population sequence illustrated in the table below when
installing a memory module.
Channel A
DIMM 1
DIMM 2
Channel B
DIMM 3
DIMM 4
Channel C
DIMM 5
DIMM 6
1 GB
1 GB
1 GB
1 GB
1 GB
1 GB
1 GB
1 GB
1 GB
1 GB
1 GB
1 GB
1 GB
1 GB
1 GB
1 GB
1 GB
1 GB
1 GB
1 GB
1 GB
1 GB
1 GB
1 GB
1 GB
1 GB
1 GB
1 GB
1 GB
1 GB
2 GB
2 GB
2 GB
2 GB
2 GB
2 GB
2 GB
2 GB
2 GB
2 GB
2 GB
2 GB
2 GB
2 GB
2 GB
2 GB
2 GB
2 GB
2 GB
2 GB
2 GB
2 GB
2 GB
2 GB
2 GB
2 GB
2 GB
2 GB
2 GB
2 GB
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To remove a memory module:
1
Observe the ESD precautions described on page 48.
2
Lay the system on its side (components showing).
3
Press the holding clips on both sides of the DIMM slot outward to release
the DIMM (1).
4
Gently pull the DIMM upward to remove it from the DIMM slot (2).
5
If you intend to install a new memory module, proceed to the next section
for related procedure, then observe the post-installation instructions
described on page 49.
To install a memory module:
Note: DIMM slots on the mainboard must be installed only in certain
configurations. Numbers next to DIMM slots correspond to installation
sequence. DIMMs may be installed in pairs and in the correct order. See the
population sequence table on page 59.
1
Perform steps 1 and 2 of the previous section.
2
Select an empty DIMM slot.
3
Open the holding clips on the DIMM slot.
If you are replacing an existing DIMM, install the new DIMM in the same
slot where you removed the DIMM.
If you are adding a new DIMM, note that the system supports dual channel
configuration. The total size of the DIMMs installed in the channel A slots
must match the total size of the DIMMs in channel B slots.
4
Remove the new DIMM from its protective packaging, handling it by the
edges.
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Align the DIMM so that the notch on the slot fits the keyed edge of the
module, then press the module at both ends to seat it fully into the slot (1).
If you insert a DIMM but it does not fit easily into the slot, you have
inserted it incorrectly. Reverse the orientation of the module and insert it
again.
6
Firmly press the holding clips inward to lock the DIMM in place (2).
If the holding clips do not close, the DIMM is not properly inserted.
7
Observe the post-installation instructions described on page 49.
The system automatically detects the amount of memory installed. Run the
BIOS setup to view the new value for total system memory and make a
note of it.
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Installing an expansion card
This section explains how to install an expansion card and a second CrossFireReady graphic card.
PCI bus slots interface
3 PCI Express x16 slots compatible with PCIE 2.0 specification, supports CrossFire
mode.
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The mazarine PCIE x16 (PCI_EX1, 3, 5) slot supports PCIE x16 speed
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The blue PCIE x16 (PCI_EX2, 4) slot supports PCIE x8 speed
•
If you intend to install three expansion cards into PCIE x16 slots, these two
PCIE x16 lanes will auto arrange from x16/ x0 to x8/ x8
•
If you intend to install only one expansion card, make sure thatthe
expansion card is installed on the mazarine PCIE x16 slot(PCI_EX1)
To install an expansion card:
1
Perform the preinstallation instructions described on page 48.
2
If necessary, remove any cables that prevent access to the processor
sockets.
3
Locate an empty expansion slot that is compatible with the specification of
the card you intend to install.
4
Press the release latch of the slot cover opposite the selected expansion
slot.
5
Pull out the slot cover and store it for reassembly later.
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6
Remove the expansion card from its protective packaging, handling it by
the edges.
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Insert the card into the selected slot.
8
Make sure that the card is properly seated.
9
Press the release latch to secure the card in place.
10
Connect the necessary cables to the expansion card as required.
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Observe the post-installation instructions described on page 49.
When you turn on the system, the BIOS setup automatically detects and
assigns resources to the new device (applicable only to Plug-and-Play
expansion cards).
To install a second CrossFire graphic card:
Note: Make sure the second graphic card supports CrossFire technology and
are of the same brand and GPU (graphics processing unit) specifications.
1
Perform the preinstallation instructions described on page 48.
2
If necessary, remove any cables that prevent access to the processor
sockets.
3
Locate an empty expansion slot that is compatible with the specification of
the card you intend to install.
4
Press the release latch of the slot cover opposite the selected expansion
slot.
5
Pull out the slot cover and store it for reassembly later.
Caution: Do not discard the slot cover. If the expansion card is removed in
the future, the slot cover must be reinstalled to maintain proper system
cooling.
6
Remove the expansion card from its protective packaging, handling it by
the edges.
7
Insert the card into the selected slot.
When installing the card, ensure that the gold "fingers" on the card line
up with the slot on your motherboard.
While lining up your gold "fingers" with the PCI Express slot, also make
sure that you line up the back plate (the part of the graphics card that your
monitor plugs into) in between the edge of the motherboard and the back
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Caution: Do not discard the slot cover. If the expansion card is removed in
the future, the slot cover must be reinstalled to maintain proper system
cooling.
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of the case. This back plate will go where the tabs used to be.
8
Press the release latch to secure the card in place.
9
Locate the second PCI Express power cord from the CrossFire-Ready power
supply and plug it in to the second graphic card.
10
Attach the CrossFire connector to connect the two graphic cards.
The system comes with an CrossFire connector designed to work with that
mainboard.
Note: When you power up the PC, you'll want to ensure that the video
connector (to your monitor) is plugged into the graphic card.
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Observe the post-installation instructions described on page 49.
When you turn on the system, you will be greeted with a "pop up" bubble
in the lower right hand corner, telling you that you have an CrossFireenabled PC.
Note: Illustrations are for reference only. Actual product specifications may
vary.
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Acer Empowering Technology
The Empowering Technology toolbar makes it easy for you to access frequently
used functions and manage your new Acer system. Displayed by default in the
upper half of your screen, it provides access to the following utility:
Acer eRecovery Management backs up and recovers data flexibly, reliably
and completely.
For more information, right click on the Empowering Technology toolbar, then
select the Help or Tutorial function.
Empowering Technology password
Before using Acer eRecovery Management, you must initialize the Empowering
Technology password. Right-click on the Empowering Technology toolbar and
select Password Setup to do so. If you have not initialized the Empowering
Technology password and run Acer eRecovery Management, you will be asked
to create it.
Note: If you lose the Empowering Technology password, there is no way to
reset it except by reformatting your system. Make sure to remember or
write down your password!
Acer eRecovery Management
Acer eRecovery Management is a versatile backup utility. It allows you to create
full or incremental backups, burn the factory default image to optical disc, and
restore from previously created backups or reinstall applications and drivers. By
default, user-created backups are stored to the D:\ drive.
Acer eRecovery Management provides you with:
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Password protection (Empowering Technology password)
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Full and incremental backups to hard disk or optical disc
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Creating of backups
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Factory default image
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User backup image
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Current system configuration
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Application backup
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Factory default image
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User backup image
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From previously-created CD/DVD
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Reinstall applications/drivers
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Frequently asked questions
The following questions indicate possible situations that may arise during the
use of your computer and each is followed by easy answers and solutions.
I pressed the power button but the system did not boot up.
Check the LED on the power button.
If the LED is not lit, no power is being applied to the system. Try the following:
•
Check if you properly plugged the power cable into an electrical outlet.
•
If you are using a power strip, make sure it is plugged in and
turned on.
If the LED is lit, check the following:
•
The operating system files may be damaged or missing. Insert the startup
disk you created during Windows setup into the ODD and press <Ctrl> +
<Alt> + <Del> to restart your computer. This will automatically diagnose
your system and make necessary fixes. However, if the diagnostic utility still
reports a problem, then you may have to perform the recovery process to
restore your system to its original default factory settings.
Note: For more information about recovering your system,
see “Acer eRecovery Management” on page 66.
Nothing appears on the screen.
Your computer's power management function automatically blanks the screen
to save power. Just press any key to turn the display back on.
If pressing a key does not work, you can restart your computer. If restarting
your computer does not work, contact your dealer or technical support center
for assistance.
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Do the following:
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Make sure the printer is connected to a power outlet and that it is
turned on.
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For additional information concerning the printer, refer to the printer's
documentation.
No sound comes out from the computer.
Check the following:
•
The volume may be muted. Look for the Volume icon on the taskbar. If it is
crossed-out, click on the icon and deselect the Mute option. You can also
press the volume control/mute knob on your USB keyboard to toggle from
mute to sound on.
•
If headphones, earphones or external speakers are connected to the lineout jack of your computer, the internal or built-in speakers are
automatically turned off.
System cannot read hard disk or optical disk drive information.
Check the following:
•
Make sure you are using the correct type of disk.
•
Make sure the disk is inserted into the drive correctly.
•
Check if the disk is clean and unscratched.
•
Check your drive by using a good (undamaged) disk. If your drive can not
read the information on the good disk there may be a problem with the
drive. Contact your dealer or technical support center for assistance.
System cannot write data on the hard disk or disk.
Check the following:
•
Make sure the hard disk is not write-protected.
•
Make sure you are using the correct type of disk.
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Recovering your system
If your operating system files are lost or damaged, the recovery process will
restore your system's original factory default settings or last system backup.
There are two modes to recovery your system. One is from system’s original
settings and another is from system backup. You can press Alt + F10 after the
BIOS finishes running the Power On Self Test (POST).
Warning: Initiating the recovery operation while the operating system is
running will result in abnormal shutdown and may make your current OS
unstable or unusable.
After the POST runs, Press Alt + F10 combine key during BIOS to enter hidden
partition. This utility has same password protection with Acer eRecovery. Follow
all onscreen instructions.
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Click the eRecovery icon in the Empowering Technology toolbar. You can
change the password in Acer eRecovery.
a
If you have not yet backed-up your system.
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You can also follow the steps below:
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If you have previously backed-up your system.
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Select “Recover to Default Settings” to restore your system to the default
factory settings. Select “Recover data from last backup” to restore your
system to the last system backup.
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If you chose the recovery option, you should see the following screen. Click
OK to continue.
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After 15 seconds the system will reboot and initiate the restore operation.
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After the recovery operation finishes the system will reboot. You will be
required to go through the setup process again.
Caution! Running the Recovery operation will erase all files previously
saved in your computer so make sure to back up your important files before
starting the recovery process.
Note: This feature occupies 10 GB in a hidden partition on your hard drive.
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8 Regulations
and safety
notices
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Regulations and safety notices
FCC notice
This device has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B
digital device pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC rules. These limits are designed to
provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential
installation. This device generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy
and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause
harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular
installation. If this device does cause harmful interference to radio or television
reception, which can be determined by turning the device off and on, the
user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the
following measures:
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Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
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Increase the separation between the device and receiver.
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Connect the device into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which
the receiver is connected.
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Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/television technician for help.
Notice: Shielded cables
All connections to other computing devices must be made using shielded cables
to maintain compliance with FCC regulations.
Notice: Peripheral devices
Only peripherals (input/output devices, terminals, printers, etc.) certified to
comply with the Class B limits may be attached to this equipment. Operation
with non-certified peripherals is likely to result in interference to radio and TV
reception.
Caution
Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer could
void the user's authority, which is granted by the Federal Communications
Commission, to operate this computer.
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This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference,
and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference
that may cause undesired operation.
Notice: Canadian users
This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
Remarque à l'intention des utilisateurs canadiens
Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est conforme a la norme NMB-003 du
Canada.
Declaration of Conformity for EU countries
Hereby, Acer, declares that this PC series is in compliance with the essential
requirements and other relevant provisions of Directive 1999/5/EC. (Please visit
http://global.acer.com/support/certificate.htm for complete documents.)
Compliant with Russian regulatory certification
Modem notices
Notice for USA
This equipment complies with Part 68 of the FCC rules. Located on the modem is
a label that contains, among other information, the FCC Registration Number
and Ringer Equivalence Number (REN) for this equipment. Upon request, you
must provide this information to your telephone company.
If your telephone equipment causes harm to the telephone network, the
telephone company may discontinue your service temporarily. If possible, they
will notify you in advance. But, if advance notice is not practical, you will be
notified as soon as possible. You will also be informed of your right to file a
complaint with the FCC.
Your telephone company may make changes in its facilities, equipment,
operations, or procedures that could affect the proper functioning of your
equipment. If they do, you will be notified in advance to give you an
opportunity to maintain uninterrupted telephone service.
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Operation conditions
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If this equipment should fail to operate properly, disconnect the equipment
from the phone line to determine if it is causing the problem. If the problem is
with the equipment, discontinue use and contact your dealer or vendor.
Caution: To reduce the risk of fire, use only No. 26 AWG or larger UL Listed
or CSA Certified Telecommunication Line Cord.
TBR 21
This equipment has been approved [Council Decision 98/482/EC - "TBR 21"] for
single terminal connection to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN).
However, due to differences between the individual PSTNs provided in different
countries, the approval does not, of itself, give an unconditional assurance of
successful operation on every PSTN termination point. In the event of problems,
you should contact your equipment supplier in the first instance.
List of applicable countries
EU member states as of May 2004 are: Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece,
Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal,
Finland, Sweden, United Kingdom Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Hungary,
Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Cyprus and Malta. Usage allowed in
the countries of European Union, as well as Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and
Liechtenstein. This device must be used in strict accordance with the regulations
and constraints in the country of use. For further information, please contact
local office in the country of use.
Notice for Australia
For safety reasons, only connect headsets with a telecommunications
compliance label. This includes customer equipment previously labelled
permitted or certified.
Notice for New Zealand
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The grant of a Telepermit for any item of terminal equipment indicates
only that Telecom has accepted that the item complies with minimum
conditions for connection to its network. It indicates no endorsement of
the product by Telecom, nor does it provide any sort of warranty. Above
all, it provides no assurance that any item will work correctly in all respects
with another item of Telepermitted equipment of a different make or
model, nor does it imply that any product is compatible with all of
Telecom's network services.
2
This equipment is not capable, under all operating conditions, of correct
operation at the higher speeds for which it is designed. Telecom will accept
no responsibility should difficulties arise in such circumstances.
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Some parameters required for compliance with Telecom's Telepermit
requirements are dependent on the equipment (PC) associated with this
device. The associated equipment shall be set to operate within the
following limits for compliance with Telecom's Specifications:
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There shall be no more than 10 call attempts to the same number
within any 30 minute period for any single manual call initiation, and
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The equipment shall go on-hook for a period of not less than 30
seconds between the end of one attempt and the beginning of the
next call attempt.
4
Some parameters required for compliance with Telecom's Telepermit
requirements are dependent on the equipment (PC) associated with this
device. In order to operate within the limits for compliance with Telecom's
specifications, the associated equipment shall be set to ensure that
automatic calls to different numbers are spaced such that there is not less
than 5 seconds between the end of one call attempt and the beginning
of another.
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This equipment shall not be set up to make automatic calls to Telecom's
111 Emergency Service.
6
This device is equipped with pulse dialing while the Telecom standard is
DTMF tone dialing. There is no guarantee that Telecom lines will always
continue to support pulse dialing.
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Use of pulse dialing, when this equipment is connected to the same line as
other equipment, may give rise to bell tinkle or noise and may also cause a
false answer condition. Should such problems occur, the user should NOT
contact the telecom Fault Service.
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This equipment may not provide for the effective hand-over of a call to
another device connected to the same line.
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Under power failure conditions this appliance may not operate. Please
ensure that a separate telephone, not dependent on local power, is
available for emergency use.
Laser compliance statement
The CD or DVD drive used with this computer is a laser product.
The CD or DVD drive's classification label (shown below) is located on the drive.
CLASS 1 LASER PRODUCT
CAUTION: INVISIBLE LASER RADIATION WHEN OPEN. AVOID EXPOSURE
TO BEAM.
APPAREIL A LASER DE CLASSE 1 PRODUIT
LASERATTENTION: RADIATION DU FAISCEAU LASER INVISIBLE EN CAS
D’OUVERTURE. EVITTER TOUTE EXPOSITION AUX RAYONS.
LUOKAN 1 LASERLAITE LASER KLASSE 1
VORSICHT: UNSICHTBARE LASERSTRAHLUNG, WENN ABDECKUNG GEÖFFNET
NICHT DEM STRAHLL AUSSETZEN
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PRODUCTO LÁSER DE LA CLASE I
ADVERTENCIA: RADIACIÓN LÁSER INVISIBLE AL SER ABIERTO. EVITE EXPONERSE
A LOS RAYOS.
ADVARSEL: LASERSTRÅLING VEDÅBNING SE IKKE IND I STRÅLEN.
VARO! LAVATTAESSA OLET ALTTINA LASERSÅTEILYLLE.
VARNING: LASERSTRÅLNING NÅR DENNA DEL ÅR ÖPPNAD ÅLÅ TUIJOTA
SÅTEESEENSTIRRA EJ IN I STRÅLEN
VARNING: LASERSTRÅLNING NAR DENNA DEL ÅR ÖPPNADSTIRRA EJ IN I
STRÅLEN
ADVARSEL: LASERSTRÅLING NAR DEKSEL ÅPNESSTIRR IKKE INN I STRÅLEN
LCD pixel statement
The LCD unit is produced with high-precision manufacturing techniques.
Nevertheless, some pixels may occasionally misfire or appear as black or
red dots. This has no effect on the recorded image and does not constitute
a malfunction.
Radio device regulatory notice
Note: Below regulatory information is for models with wireless LAN and/or
Bluetooth only.
General
This product complies with the radio frequency and safety standards of any
country or region in which it has been approved for wireless use. Depending on
configurations, this product may or may not contain wireless radio devices (such
as wireless LAN and/or Bluetooth modules). Below information is for products
with such devices.
European Union (EU)
R&TTE Directive 1999/5/EC as attested by conformity with the following
harmonized standard:
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Article 3.1(a) Health and Safety
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EN60950-1:2001
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EN50371:2002
Article 3.1(b) EMC
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EN301 489-1 V1.4.1:2002
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EN301 489-17 V1.2.1:2002
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EN301 489-3 V1.4.1:2002 (Applied to models with 27MHz wireless
mouse/keyboard)
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EN301 489-7 V1.2.1:2002 (Applied to models with 3G function)
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EN301 489-24 V1.2.1:2002 (Applied to models with 3G function)
Article 3.2 Spectrum Usages
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EN300 328 V1.5.1:2004
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EN301 893 V1.2.3:2003
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EN300 220-1 V1.3.1:2000 (Applied to models with 27MHz wireless
mouse/keyboard)
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EN300 220-3 V1.1.1:2000 (Applied to models with 27MHz wireless
mouse/keyboard)
List of applicable countries
EU member states as of May 2004 are: Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece,
Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal,
Finland, Sweden, United Kingdom Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Hungary,
Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Cyprus and Malta. Usage allowed in
the countries of European Union, as well as Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and
Liechtenstein. This device must be used in strict accordance with the regulations
and constraints in the country of use. For further information, please contact
local office in the country of use.
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The FCC RF safety requirement
The radiated output power of the wireless LAN Card and Bluetooth card is far
below the FCC radio frequency exposure limits. Nevertheless, the PC series shall
be used in such a manner that the potential for human contact during normal
operation is minimized as follows:
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This device is restricted to indoor use due to its operation in the 5.15 to
5.25 GHz frequency range. FCC requires this product to be used indoors for
the frequency range 5.15 to 5.25 GHz to reduce the potential for harmful
interference to co-channel Mobile Satellite systems.
2
High power radar are allocated as primary users of the 5.25 to 5.35 GHz
and 5.65 to 5.85 GHz bands. These radar stations can cause interference
with and/or damage this device.
3
An improper installation or unauthorized use may cause harmful
interference to radio communications. Also any tampering of the internal
antenna will void the FCC certification and your warranty.
Canada — Low-power license-exempt radio
communication devices (RSS-210)
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Common information
Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
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This device may not cause interference, and
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This device must accept any interference, including interference that
may cause undesired operation of the device.
Operation in 2.4 GHz band
To prevent radio interference to the licensed service, this device is intended
to be operated indoors and installation outdoors is subject to licensing.
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Operation in 5 GHz band
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This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference,
and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference
that may cause undesired operation.
The following local Manufacturer/Importer is responsible for this declaration:
Product:
Personal Computer
Model number:
Aspire G Series
Name of responsible party:
Acer America Corporation
Address of responsible party:
333 West San Carlos St.
San Jose, CA 95110
U. S. A.
Contact person:
Acer Representative
Tel:
254-298-4000
Fax:
254-298-4147
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Federal Communications Commission
Declaration of Conformity
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Declaration of Conformity
We,
Acer Computer (Shanghai) Limited
3F, No. 168 Xizang medium road, Huangpu District,
Shanghai, China
Contact Person: Mr. Easy Lai
Tel: 886-2-8691-3089 Fax: 886-2-8691-3000
E-mail: easy_lai@acer.com.tw
Hereby declare that:
Product: Personal Computer
Trade Name: Acer
Model Number: Aspire G Series
Is compliant with the essential requirements and other relevant provisions of
the following EC directives, and that all the necessary steps have been taken
and are in force to assure that production units of the same product will
continue comply with the requirements.
EMC Directive 2004/108/EC, amended by 92/31/EEC and 93/68/EEC as attested by
conformity with the following harmonized standards:
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EN55022:1998 + A1:2000 + A2:2003, AS/NZS CISPR22:2002, Class B
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EN55024:1998 + A1:2001 + A2:2003
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EN55013:2001 + A1:2003 (for AV product)
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EN55020:2002 + A1:2003 (for AV product)
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EN61000-3-2:2000 + A2:2005, Class D
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EN61000-3-3:1995 + A1:2001
Low Voltage Directive 2006/95/EC as attested by conformity with the following
harmonized standard:
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EN60950-1:2001 + A11:2004
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EN60065:2002 for AV product
Council Decision 98/482/EC (CTR21) for pan- European single terminal
connection to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN).
RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC on the Restriction of the Use of certain Hazardous
Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment.
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Article 3.1(a) Health and Safety
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EN50371:2002 (SAR, general RF device)
EN50360:2001 (SAR, for mobile phone)
Article 3.1(b) EMC
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EN60950-1:2001
EN301 489-1 V1.4.1 (Common technical requirements)
EN301 489-3 V1.4.1 (For Short-Range Devices)
EN301 489-7 V1.2.1 (For GSM and DCS)
EN301 489-17 V1.2.1 (For Wideband Data and HIPERLAN Equipment)
EN301 489-24 V1.2.1 (For UMTS band)
Article 3.2 Spectrum Usages
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EN300 220-1 V1.3.1 (For short range device, 25~1000MHz, part 1).
EN300 220-2 V2.1.1 (For short range device, 25~1000MHz, part 3).
EN 300 440-2 V1.1.2 (For short range device, 1G~20GHz, part 2).
EN300 328 V1.6.1 (For Data transmission equipment operating in the
2,4 GHz ISM band).
EN301 511 V9.0.2 (For GSM and DCS).
EN301 893 V1.2.3 (5GHz high performance RLAN).
EN301 908-1 V2.2.1 (For UMTS band, introduction and common
requirements).
EN301 908-2 V2.2.1 (Harmonized EN for IMT-2000,CDMA Direct
Spread (UTRA FDD)
EN300 220-3 V2.1.1 (Short range device, 25~1000MHz, part 3.)
EN300 328 V1.6.1 (Data transmission equipment operating in the 2.4
GHz ISM band)
EN301 893 V1.2.3 (5GHz high performance RLAN)
Nov. 2008
Easy Lai, Director
Acer Computer (Shanghai) Limited
Date
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R&TTE Directive 1999/5/EC as attested by conformity with the following
harmonized standard:
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A
accessing the online User’s Guide 5
Acer Empowering Technology
password setup 66
Acer eRecovery Management 66
B
bezel door
install 51
remove 50
C
connecting options
1394 device 41
audio devices 42
analog speakers 42
external speakers 42
microphone 42
eSATA devices 42
network 41
printer 41
USB devices 44
D
disk drives
CD-ROM/DVD-ROM/CD-RW/BD/
HD-DVD drive
taking care CDs/DVDs/BDs/
HD-DVDs 40
F
Frequently-asked questions 70
blank screen 70
no audio 71
no sound 71
printer not working 71
system cannot read disk 71
system cannot write to disk 71
system did not boot up 70
H
hard drive
install 55
remove 54
K
keyboard
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L
LED indicators
HDD 23
network port
power 23
23
M
memory card
insert 12
remove 13
memory card reader 41
CF+ Microdrive 12
CompactFlash 12
Memory Stick 12
Memory Stick Duo 12
Memory Stick PRO 12
Memory Stick PRO Duo 12
miniSD 12
MMCmobile 12
MultiMediaCard 12
Reduced-Size MultiMediaCard
12
SD 12
xD-Picture 12
mouse 38
O
optical drive 39
install 57
remove 57
optical drives
CD-ROM/DVD-ROM/CD-RW/BD/
HD-DVD drive
inserting CDs/DVDs/BDs/HDDVDs 39
R
rear panel 14
recovering your system 72
remove computer cover
bezel door 50
side panel 52
S
safety
CD or DVD
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modem notices 79
setting up computer 26, 28
area 26
chair 26
connect
broadband network 29
external monitor 29
keyboard 28
mouse 28
connecting
power cable 30
keyboard 27
monitor 27
mouse 27
side panel
install 53
remove 53
system board
audio card 20
connectors 20
mainboard 17
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switches 20
system memory
install 60
T
turning off computer 34
software shutdown 34
suspend mode 34
turning on computer 32
power button 32
power switch 32
U
upgrade
computer 58
installation precautions
post-installation 49
open computer 50
remove computer cover 50
replace components
memory 58