Acer 1710 Series Laptop User Manual

Acer Aspire 1710 Series
User’s Guide
Copyright © 2004
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Acer Aspire 1710 Series Notebook Computer User's Guide
Original Issue: February 2004
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Getting familiar with your computer
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A tour of your computer
Opened front view
Closed front view
Left view
Right view
Rear view
Bottom view
Features
Display
Indicators
Keyboard
Special keys
Keyboard ergonomics
Touchpad
Touchpad basics
Launch keys
Storage
Ejecting the optical drive tray
Emergency ejection of the optical drive tray
Connectivity options
Ethernet and LAN
Fax/data modem
Audio
Audio DJ
Securing your computer
Security slot
Passwords
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Operating on battery power
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Battery pack (optional)
Battery pack characteristics
Installing and removing the battery pack
Charging the battery
Checking the battery level
Optimizing battery life
Battery-low warning
Power management
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Contents
First things first
Your guides
Basic care and tips for using your computer
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Peripherals and options
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External display devices
External keyboard
External keypad
External pointing device
Printer
Audio devices
Expansion devices
PC Card
USB devices
Miscellaneous options
Installing new components
Opening the case
CPU upgrade
Hard disk upgrade
Memory upgrade
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Disconnecting from the desktop
Moving around
Preparing the computer
What to bring to short meetings
What to bring to long meetings
Taking the computer home
Preparing the computer
What to bring with you
Special considerations
Setting up a home office
Traveling with the computer
Preparing the computer
What to take with you
Special considerations
Traveling internationally with your computer
Preparing the computer
What to take with you
Special considerations
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Software
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System software
Launch Manager
BIOS setup utility
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Frequently asked questions
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Appendix A Specifications
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Appendix B Regulation & safety notices
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Index
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Your guides
A set of guides is provided to help you set up and use your Aspire
computer.:
The Just for starters… poster shows you how to set up your
computer.
This User's Guide provides clear and concise information on
using your computer productively. You are advised to read
it thoroughly and keep it handy for future reference.
For more information on our products, services, and support, please
visit our web site www.global.acer.com.
Basic care and tips for using your computer
Turning your computer on and off
To turn on your computer, open the lid and press the power button
above the keyboard.
To turn the power off, you can do any of the following:
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Click on the Start button in Windows, and then select Shut Down
on the popup menu.
•
Push the power button.
To use this method, you must first click on the Power Management
icon in Windows Control Panel, and then check that the power
button is set to shut down the computer when pressed. See
Windows Help for more information.
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Note: If you are unable to shut down the computer in the usual
way, press and hold the power switch for more than four seconds.
You should then wait at least two seconds before turning the
computer on again.
Taking care of your computer
Your computer will serve you well if you take care of it.
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Do not expose the computer to direct sunlight. Do not place it
near sources of heat, such as a radiator.
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Do not expose the computer to temperatures below 0°C (32°F), or
above 50°C (122°F).
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Do not expose the computer to magnetic fields.
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Do not expose the computer to rain or moisture.
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Do not spill water or any liquid on the computer.
•
Do not subject the computer to heavy shock or vibration.
•
Do not expose the computer to dust or dirt.
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Do not place objects on top of the computer.
•
Do not slam the lid shut. Close the computer gently.
•
Do not place the computer on unstable or uneven surfaces.
Taking care of your AC adapter
It is important that you look after your AC adapter.
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Do not connect the adapter to any other device.
•
Do not step on the power cord or place heavy objects on it. Route
the power cord away from areas where people might walk on it or
trip over it.
•
Do not pull on the power cord when disconnecting from the mains
power socket. Grasp and pull the plug instead.
•
The total ampere ratings of equipment plugged into a power strip
should not exceed the ampere rating for that power strip.
It is also important that you look after your computer's battery pack.
•
Use the correct battery model for your computer. Do not use other
kinds of batteries.
•
Turn the power off before removing or replacing the battery.
•
Do not tamper with the battery. Keep the battery away from
children.
•
Dispose of batteries according to local regulations. Recycle if
possible.
Cleaning and servicing
When cleaning your computer, it is important that you follow these
steps:
1
Turn off the computer and remove the battery.
2
Disconnect the AC adapter.
3
Clean with a soft cloth moistened with a little water. Do not use
liquid or aerosol cleaners.
Refer to the chapter entitled “Frequently asked questions” on page 69
if any of the following occurs:
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You drop the computer or damage the case.
•
You spill liquid on the computer.
•
The computer does not operate normally.
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Taking care of your battery pack (optional)
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Getting familiar with
your computer
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Your Aspire 1710 series computer combines
solid performance, versatility, multimedia
capabilities and portability with a stylish
design. Increase your productivity by
working wherever you are.
This chapter provides an in-depth "tour" of
your computer's features.
After setting up your new Aspire computer, as illustrated in the Just for
starters… poster, take a few minutes to explore the unit.
Opened front view
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Item
Description
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Display
Large liquid crystal display (LCD) provides visual
output.
2
Power button
Turns the computer on and off.
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Keyboard
Full-size keyboard for inputting typed data.
4
Touchpad
Touch sensitive pad that functions like a
computer mouse.
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Description
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Click buttons &
scroll key
Right and left buttons that provide the same
functions as the buttons on a computer mouse.
The scroll key scrolls the contents of a window up
and down.
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Audio DJ
controls and
indicator
Button and indicators for the Audio DJ function.
For more information, see “Audio” on page 27.
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Palm rest
Provides a comfortable platform for your hands
when typing on the keyboard.
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Launch keys
1 switch button for wired/wireless LAN, or
Bluetooth (optional)
1 e-mail launch button
1 launch button for Internet browser
2 programmable buttons
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Status
indicators
Light emitting diodes (LEDs) that show the status
of the computer and its components.
Note: This wireless communication button works for models with
802.11g & 802.11a/g wireless LAN only.
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Closed front view
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Item
Description
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Speakers
Left and right speakers deliver stereo audio
output.
2
Wireless
communication
indicator
Lights when the Wireless LAN, or Bluetooth,
capability is enabled.
3
Power indicator
Lights when the computer is on.
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Left view
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Item
Description
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Optical drive
Depending on your model, the optical
drive is one of the following:
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DVD/CD-RW combo drive for
reading CDs and DVDs, and writing
to CD-Rs and CD-RWs.
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DVD Dual
2
Optical disc read
indicator
Light emitting diode (LED) that
indicates when an optical disc is being
read.
3
Optical drive eject button
Press the eject button to remove a disc
from the optical drive.
4
Optical drive emergency
eject hole
Used to eject an optical disc when the
computer is turned off.
5
Left latch
Locks and releases the lid (one on the
right and one on the left).
6
Floppy drive/Card reader
Accepts a 3.5 inch floppy disk, or a 6-in1 card reader (optional).
7
PC card eject button
Press the eject button to remove a PC
card from the PC card slot.
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PC card slot
The slot supports a standard Type II PC
card (PCMCIA and CardBus).
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Item
Description
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Right latch
Locks and releases the lid (one on the right
and one on the left).
2
Speaker/Headphoneout jack
Connects to audio line-out devices (e.g.,
speakers, headphones).
3
Line-in/Mic-in jack
Accepts audio line-in devices (e.g., audio
CD player, stereo walkman). Selection is
through the OS Windows mixer.
4
IEEE 1394 port
Connects to an IEEE 1394 device.
5
IEEE 1394 port
Connects to an IEEE 1394 device.
6
Two USB ports
Connects USB 2.0 devices.
7
DC-in jack
Connects the AC adapter.
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Rear view
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Item
Description
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Two USB ports
Connects USB 2.0 devices.
2
Modem jack
Connects the built-in fax/data modem to a
phone line.
3
S-video
Connects to a television or display device
with S-video input.
4
External display port
Connects an external (VGA) display devices
monitor.
5
COM port
Connects to other serial interface devices.
6
Network jack
Connects to an Ethernet 10/100/1000-based
network.
7
Parallel port
Connects a parallel device, such as a printer.
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PS2 port
Connects to a PS2 mouse.
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Kensington lock slot
Attaches a security connector.
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Bottom view
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Item
Description
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Battery cover
Protects the battery bay.
2
Sub-woofer
Enhances the audio quality.
3
Ventilation slots
Enable the computer to stay cool, even
after prolonged use.
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Features
Performance
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Intel® Pentium® 4 FSB 800 processor
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L2 cache 1MB
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Intel 865G with ICH-5, support 800MHz Front Side Bus , dual
channel and HTT support
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80 GB or higher-capacity Desktop 5400rpm, 7200rpm HDD
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Microsoft® Windows® XP Home/Pro operating system
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Optional 6-in-1 Multimedia memory card reader module
Multimedia
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DVD/CD-RW combo
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DVD Dual drive
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Audio input and output jacks
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Optional 6-in-1 Multimedia memory card reader module
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Hardware 3D graphic engine
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Two stereo speakers + one sub-woofer
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17" Desktop SXGA LCD, 1280x1024, 16M colors
Connectivity
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Modem: Software Modem V.92 56Kbps (MDC)
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10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet LAN
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Optional Mini-PCI 802.11g or 802.11 a/g
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One switch to enable or disable wireless function
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Keyboard and pointing device
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Four universal serial bus (USB) ports 2.0
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Two IEEE 1394 ports
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Bluetooth ready (manufacturing option)
Human-centric design and ergonomics
All-in-one design (incorporating hard drive, optical drive and
floppy disk drive)
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Rugged and space saving
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Full-size desktop keyboard
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No need to turn on the system for playing CD or MP3
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Large & comfortable palm rest area with well-positioned touchpad
Expansion
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PC card slot enableing a range of add-on options
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Upgradeable CPU, hard disk and memory modules
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Display
The 17” display panel provides a large viewing area for maximum
efficiency and ease-of-use. The liquid crystal display (LCD) supports
SXGA resolution with16 million colors at 1280 x 1024 .
Video performance
Your Aspire 1710 series computer features an accelerated graphics port
(AGP) video system with Intel 865G embedded VGA engine and 64MB
UMA RAM, and nVIDIA NV-34M/NV-36M series (64MB/128MB AGP
card) as an option. This provides a robust solution, while enabling high
quality video output.
Simultaneous display
Your computer's large display, combined with its multimedia
capabilities, makes it ideally suited to delivering presentations.
You can also connect an external monitor or projector, and then
choose to use the computer's LCD panel only, the external device only,
or the LCD panel and external device simultaneously.
Simultaneous display allows you to manage a presentation on your
computer, while your audience watches the monitor or projector
screen.
Your computer provides an array of five indicators located above the
keyboard, in addition to two indicators positioned at the top right
hand corner of the LCD panel. These indicators show the status of the
computer and its components.
The five indicators located above the keyboard provide the following
status information:
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Description
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Hard disk drive activity
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Battery charge:
Green--the AC adapter is connected and the battery is fully
charged.
Amber--the AC adapter is connected and the battery is
charging.
Off--the AC adapter is not connected, or the battery is not
installed.
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Caps Lock activity
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Num Lock activity
Note: The keypad lock must be turned on to use the
embedded numeric keypad.
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Scroll Lock activity
The two indicators located at the front of the unit provide the
following status information:
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Description
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Power mode:
Steady green--the computer is on (even if the display is turned
off).
Steady orange--the computer is in standby mode.
Off--the computer is turned off, or in the hibernation mode.
2
InviLink indicator:
Indicates status of wireless or Bluetooth (optional)
communications.
Orange--WLAN
Blue--Bluetooth
The keyboard features full-size keys with an embedded keypad,
separate cursor control keys, two Windows keys, and twelve function
keys (hot keys).
Special keys
Lock keys
The computer features three lock keys, each with its own status
indicator light.
Lock Key
Description
Caps Lock
When Caps Lock is on, all alphabetic characters are typed in
uppercase. Toggle on and off by pressing the Caps Lock key
on the left side of the keyboard.
Num Lock
When Num Lock is on, the embedded numeric keypad can be
used. Toggle on and off by pressing the Num Lock Key.
Scroll Lock
When Scroll Lock is on, the screen toggles up or down one
line at a time when the up and down cursor control keys are
pressed.
Note: Scroll Lock doesn't work in all applications. Toggle on
and off by pressing the Scroll Lock Key.
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Windows keys
The keyboard features two keys that provide Windows-specific
functions.
Key
Description
Windows key
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:
+ Tab activates the next Task bar button.
+E
opens the My Computer window.
+ F1
opens Help and Support.
+F
opens the Find: All Files dialog box.
+M
minimizes all windows.
Shift +
+ M undoes the minimize all windows (
M) action.
+R
Application key
opens the Run dialog box.
This key has the same effect as clicking the right mouse
button; it opens the application's context menu.
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Using the Fn key with another key creates a hot key, providing a quick
and convenient method for controlling various functions.
To use a hot key, first hold down the Fn key. Next, press the second key
in the combination. Finally, release both keys.
Your computer provides the following hot keys:
HotKey
Function
Fn + F1
Hot key
help
Displays the help file.
Fn + F2
Device
Manager
Accesses Windows Device Manager.
Fn + F3
Power
scheme
toggle
Selects suitable power scheme to the system.
Fn + F4
Sleep
Puts the computer in Sleep Mode, which can
be defined via the advanced section of the
Power Management Properties in the
Windows Control Panel.
Fn + F5
Display
toggle
Switches display output between the system
LCD, an external monitor and both the system
LCD and external monitor.
Note: UMA sku should use Ctrl+Alt+F1 Intel
international hot key, when LCD monitor is
hot plugged.
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HotKey
Function
Fn + F6
Screen
blank
Turns the LCD backlight off to save power;
press any key to resume.
Fn + F7
Touchpad
on/off
Turns the internal touchpad on and off.
Fn + F8
Speaker
on/off
Turns the speakers on and off.
Fn + F9
Audio DJ
on/off
Turns the Audio DJ function on and off within
Windows.
Fn + →
Brightness
up
Increases the screen brightness.
Fn + ←
Brightness
down
Decreases the screen brightness.
Fn + ↑
Volume up
Increases the volume.
Fn + ↓
Volume
down
Decreases the volume.
Fn + Pg Up
Home
Moves the cursor to the beginning of a
sentence.
Fn + Pg Dn
End
Moves the cursor to the end of a sentence.
Your computer supports the new Euro currency character. First, hold
down the Alt Gr key, and then press the Euro key.
Keyboard ergonomics
The wide palm rest area provides a comfortable platform for your
hands when typing on the keyboard. The ergonomic design enables
you to adopt a relaxed, yet very efficient, typing style.
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Touchpad
The built-in touchpad is a PS/2- compatible pointing device that senses
movement on its surface. The cursor responds to your finger
movements on the touchpad. In addition, the two click buttons
provide the same functionality as a computer mouse, while the scroll
key enables easy up and down scrolling in documents and web pages.
The touchpad is located in the middle of the palm rest area, providing
maximum comfort and efficiency.
Touchpad basics
Use the touchpad as follows:
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Slide your finger over the surface of the touchpad to control the
movement of the cursor. Tap the touchpad to perform selection
and execution functions.
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Press the left (1) and right (3) click buttons to perform selection
and execution functions, just as you would use the buttons on a
computer mouse.
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Right
Button
Function
Left Button
Execute
Click twice
quickly.
Tap twice quickly.
Select
Click once.
Tap once.
Drag
Click and hold.
Then, slide your
finger across
the touchpad to
drag the cursor
over the
selection.
Tap twice quickly. On the
second tap, slide your finger
across the touchpad to drag
the cursor over the selection.
Access
content
menu
Tap
Click
once.
Note: Keep your fingers, as well as the surface of the touchpad,
clean and dry. The touchpad is sensitive to your finger
movements: the lighter your touch, the better the response.
Tapping hard will not increase the touchpad's responsiveness.
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Use the scroll key (2) to scroll through long documents and web
pages. Press the top of the key to scroll up, and the bottom to
scroll down.
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Launch keys
Located at the top of the keyboard are five buttons. These buttons are
called launch keys. They are designated as key 1, key 2, key 3, key 4
and key 5. By default, key 1 is used to launch wireless LAN, key 2 is
used to launch the E-mail application, and key 3 is used to launch the
Internet browser. Keys 4 and 5 start the Launch Manager application.
All five launch keys can be set by the user. To set the launch keys, run
the Acer Launch Manager.
Launch key
Default application
InviLink button
Enables or disables wireless or Bluetooth (optional)
connectivity.
E-mail
Launches your E-mail application.
Web browser
Launches your Internet browser.
P1
User-programmable
P2
User-programmable
Your computer's all-in-one design offers a variety of data storage
options:
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The high capacity Enhanced-IDE hard disk drive.
The hard drive is upgradeable, enabling you to increase your
storage capacity in the future. Consult your dealer if you need to
upgrade.
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The high speed optical drive.
Depending on your model, you have a DVD/CD-RW combo drive or
DVD dual drive. The optical drive provides increased storage
capacity, as well as offering a host of multimedia possibilities.
See the section entitled, "A tour of your computer," for the locations
of these drives.
Ejecting the optical drive tray
To eject the optical drive tray:
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With the computer turned on, press the optical drive eject button.
•
The tray will be released, and partially pop open.
•
Gently pull the tray out to its limit.
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To load an optical disc:
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Place a CD or DVD on the open tray. Align the disc's center hole
with the tray's spindle.
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Gently push down on the disc until it clicks in place on the spindle.
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Gently push in the tray until it clicks closed.
Emergency ejection of the optical drive tray
If you need to eject the optical drive tray when the computer is turned
off, push a straightened paper clip into the optical drive emergency
eject hole. The tray will be released, and partially pop open.
Your computer has built-in connectivity options, enabling you to hook
up to a network or communicate over a phone line.
Ethernet and LAN
The integrated network feature allows you to connect your computer
to an Ethernet-based (10/100/1000 Mbps) network.
To use the network feature, plug an Ethernet cable into your
computer's network jack, and then connect the other end to a network
jack or hub on your network.
See Windows Help for information on setting up a network
connection.
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Fax/data modem
Your computer features a software modem (V.92 56Kbps), enabling you
to communicate over a phone line. This means that you can connect to
the Internet via a dialup account with an ISP, log in to your network from
a remote location, or send faxes.
Warning: Your modem is not compatible with digital phone lines.
Plugging the computer into a digital phone system will damage the
modem.
To use the fax/data modem, plug a phone cable into your computer's
modem jack, and then connect the other end to a telephone jack.
Your computer includes an integrated stereo audio system. Built-in
stereo speakers and a sub woofer are located at the front of the unit.
Volume is adjusted using software, such as Volume Control in
Windows, or any other application that provides a volume adjustment
control.
Two audio ports on the right side of the computer enable external
devices to be connected. See “A tour of your computer” on page 3 for
the location of the audio ports. For information on connecting
external devices, See “Audio devices” on page 45.
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Audio DJ
Audio DJ offers all the convenience of an audio CD/MP3 player,
enabling you to play your favorite music CDs or “My MP3” folder from
the HDD even when your computer is in power-off mode.
Operate Audio DJ as follows:
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Press “Play” button to turn on the audio function.
•
Press both “Volume Up” & “Volume Down” buttons at the same
time to select the “My MP3” folder from HDD.
•
Press the Stop/Eject button, and then load a CD into the CD/DVD
drive. Push the drawer to close it.
•
Press the Play/Pause button to start playing the CD or the selected
MP3.
•
Use the other buttons to control the playback of the CD or MP3.
•
Audio DJ can be shut down by:
•
pressing the system power button, or
•
pressing the Stop/Eject button to end playback; when inactive
for 5 minutes, the system will power down automatically
Audio DJ features the following control buttons
No.
Description
1
Volume Down
2
Volume Up
3
Previous Track
4
Next Track
5
Stop/Eject
6
Play/Pause
7
Shuffle On/Shuffle Off
Your computer features hardware and software security solutions, in
the form of a slot for a Kensington lock and a password facility.
Security slot
A slot for a Kensington slot enables you to physically protect your
computer from theft. Use this feature as follows:
•
Wrap a security lock cable around a heavy or immoveable object,
such as a drawer handle on a file cabinet, or a table leg.
•
Insert the lock into the slot on the computer, turn it 90°, and then
lock it in place.
Passwords
You can protect your computer from unauthorized access by setting
Windows password protection. The user must enter the password
before beginning a Windows session.
•
First, open User Accounts in Windows Control Panel and select
your account.
•
Click Create a Password, and then set your desired password.
•
Click Performance and Maintenance, Power Options in Control
Panel.
•
On the Advanced tab, select the option to prompt for a password
when your computer resumes from stand by.
To cancel password protection, reset the password with a blank
password.
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Operating on
battery power
Your Aspire 1710 series computer operates on
battery or AC power.
This chapter provides information for
operating on battery power, as well as
information on how your computer manages
and saves power.
Your computer uses a re-chargeable 12-cell Li-ion 2.2Ah battery pack.
Battery pack characteristics
The battery pack has the following characteristics:
•
Employs current battery technology standards.
•
Delivers a battery-low warning.
A Li-ion battery can be recharged at any time.
The battery is recharged whenever you connect the computer to the
mains power supply. Your computer supports charge-in-use, enabling
you to recharge the battery while you continue to operate the
computer. However, recharging with the computer turned off results
in a significantly faster charge time.
The battery will come in handy when you travel or during a power
failure. It is advisable to have an extra fully charged battery pack
available as backup. Contact your dealer for details on ordering a spare
battery pack.
Maximizing the battery's life
Like all other batteries, your computer's battery will degrade over
time. This means that the battery's performance will diminish with
time and use. To maximize your battery's life, you are advised to
adhere to the recommendations set out below.
Conditioning a new battery pack
Before you use a battery pack for the first time, there is a
"conditioning" process that you should follow:
1
Insert the new battery in the computer. Do not turn the computer
on.
2
Connect the AC adapter and fully charge the battery.
3
Disconnect the AC adapter.
4
Turn on the computer and operate using battery power.
5
Fully deplete the battery until the battery-low warning appears.
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Reconnect the AC adapter and fully charge the battery again.
Follow these steps again until the battery has been charged and
discharged three times.
Use this conditioning process for all new batteries, or if a battery hasn't
been used for a long time. If the computer is to be stored for more
than two weeks, you are advised to remove the battery pack from the
unit.
Warning: Do not expose battery packs to temperatures below 0°C
(32°F) or above 60°C (140°F). Extreme temperatures may adversely
affect the battery pack.
By following the battery conditioning process you condition your
battery to accept the maximum possible charge. Failure to follow this
procedure will prevent you from obtaining the maximum battery
charge, and will also shorten the effective life span of the battery.
In addition, the useful life span of the battery is adversely affected by
the following usage patterns:
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Using the computer on constant AC power with the battery
inserted. If you want to use constant AC power, you are advised to
remove the battery pack after it is fully charged.
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Not discharging and recharging the battery to its extremes, as
described above.
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Frequent use; the more you use the battery, the faster it will reach
the end of its effective life. A standard computer battery has a life
span of about 500 charges.
Installing and removing the battery pack
Important! Before removing the battery from the unit, connect
the AC adapter if you want to continue using your computer.
Otherwise, turn off the computer first.
To install a battery pack:
1
Loosen the screws on the battery cover and remove it from the
battery bay.
2
Align the battery to the battery bay and tighten the screws.
To remove a battery pack:
1
Refer to “Opening the case” on page 49.
2
Loosen the battery screws.
3
Pull the battery from the battery bay.
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Charging the battery
To charge the battery, first make sure that it is correctly installed in the
battery bay. Plug the AC adapter into the computer, and connect to a
mains power outlet. You can continue to operate your computer on AC
power while your battery is charging. However, charging the battery
with the computer turned off results in a significantly faster charge
time.
Note: You are advised to charge the battery before retiring for
the day. Allowing the battery to charge overnight before
traveling enables you to start the next day with a fully charged
battery.
Checking the battery level
The Windows Power Meter indicates the current battery level. Rest the
cursor over the battery/power icon on the task bar to see the battery's
present charge level.
Optimizing battery life
Optimizing battery life helps you get the most out of battery
operation, prolonging the charge/recharge cycle and improving
recharging efficiency. You are advised to follow the suggestions set
out below:
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Purchase an extra battery pack.
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Use AC power whenever possible, reserving your battery for onthe-go use.
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Eject a PC card if it is not being used, as it will continue to draw
power.
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Store the battery pack in a cool, dry place. The recommended
temperature is 10°C to 30°C. Higher temperatures cause the
battery to self-discharge faster.
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Excessive recharging decreases the battery life.
•
Look after your AC adapter and battery. See, "Taking care of your
AC adapter".
When using battery power pay attention to the Windows Power
Meter.
Warning: Connect the AC adapter as soon as possible after the
battery-low warning appears. Data will be lost if the battery to
become fully depleted and the computer shuts down.
When the battery-low warning appears, the recommended course of
action depends on your situation:
Situation
Recommended Action
The AC adapter
and a power
1. Plug the AC adapter into the computer, and then
connect to the mains power supply.
outlet are
2. Save all necessary files.
available.
3. Resume work.
Turn off the computer if you want to recharge the
battery rapidly.
An extra fully
1. Save all necessary files.
charged battery
2. Close all applications.
pack is available.
3. Shut down the operating system to turn off the
computer.
4. Replace the battery pack.
5. Turn on the computer and resume work.
The AC adapter or
1. Save all necessary files.
a power outlet is
2. Close all applications.
unavailable.
3. Shut down the operating system to turn off the
computer.
You have no spare
battery pack.
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Power management
Your computer features a built-in power management unit that
constantly monitors system activity. System activity refers to any
activity involving one or more of the following devices: keyboard,
touchpad/mouse, floppy disk drive, hard disk drive, optical drive,
peripherals connected to the computer. If no activity is detected for a
period of time (the settings are controlled in Windows Power
Management), the computer turns off some, or all, of these devices in
order to conserve power.
Your computer employs a power management scheme that supports
ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface), enabling
maximum power conservation without compromising system
performance. ACPI allows Windows to control the amount of power
given to each device attached to the computer. In this way, Windows
handles all power-saving chores for your computer. Refer to Windows
Help for more information.
Peripherals and
options
Your Aspire 1710 series an expandable desktop
replacement.
This chapter provides information on connecting
peripherals to expand your system and upgrading
key components to enhance system performance
and keep your computer in step with the latest
technology.
You are advised to consult your dealer for
information on peripherals. In addition, make
sure that you read the manuals and other
documentation provided with new hardware.
You can connect an external (VGA) monitor or projector to your
computer's external display port. See the section entitled "Display" for
information on using the computer's simultaneous display and multidisplay features.
Use the Fn + F5 hot key to toggle the display setting between the
computer's LCD panel and the external display device. See "Hotkeys"
for more information.
Note: UMA sku should use Ctrl+Alt+F1 Intel international hot key,
when LCD monitor is hot plugged.
External input devices
You can connect a variety of input devices to your computer's USB
ports, providing increased functionality and greater ease-of-use. In
addition, the USB ports can be used to connect many other peripheral
devices, such as digital cameras, printers and scanners. See "Expansion
devices" for more information on connecting USB devices.
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External keyboard
Your computer features a full-size keyboard. However, if you prefer,
you can connect an external keyboard to one of your computer's USB
ports. This enables you to enjoy the comfort and added features of a
full-size desktop system keyboard when inputting typed data on your
computer.
External keypad
Your computer features an embedded keypad that, when combined
with the Num Lock feature, enables you to easily input typed numeric
data. Alternatively, you can connect a 17-key numeric keypad to one of
your computer's USB ports. This enables you to enjoy the benefits of a
numeric keypad while leaving your keyboard configured for text entry.
External pointing device
Your computer features a sensitive touchpad pointing device with two
click buttons and a scroll key. However, if you prefer to use a
conventional mouse or other pointing device, you can connect it to
one of your computer's USB ports.
Your computer supports both parallel and USB printers.
Refer to the printer's manual for information on:
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Setting up the hardware
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Installing the necessary drivers in Windows
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Operating instructions
To use a USB printer, simply connect the device to one of your
computer's USB ports, and then wait for Windows to find the new
hardware.
To connect a parallel printer, first shut down the operating system.
Connect the printer to the parallel port, and then restart the computer.
Wait for Windows to find the new hardware.
Audio devices
Your computer offers built-in stereo speakers. See the section entitled
"Audio" for more information on these features. However, in addition
to the integrated devices, the two audio ports on the right side of the
unit enable you to connect external audio input and output devices.
You can plug an external microphone into your computer's
microphone-in jack. This offers the convenience of greater freedom of
movement, as well as improved audio input quality.
Connect headphones to the headphone jack for private listening and
improved audio output quality.
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Expansion devices
PC Card
Your computer features a PC card slot that supports a standard Type II
PC card (PCMCIA or CardBus). This greatly increases your computer's
usability and expandability. A variety of PC cards are available, such as
flash memory, fax/data modem, LAN, and SCSI cards. Consult your
dealer for information on PC card options for your computer.
Note: Refer to the documentation provided with your PC card for
details about installation and use.
To insert a PC card:
1
Align the card with your computer's PC card slot. Make sure that
the edge with the connectors is facing the slot, and that the card is
the right (label) side up. Most cards are marked with an arrow to
help you insert them correctly.
2
Slide the card into the slot, and then push gently until the card
connects.
3
If necessary, connect the card's cable to the jack on the outer edge
of the card.
4
Windows will automatically detect the card's presence.
To remove a PC card:
Close any applications using the PC card.
2
Double click on the PC card icon on the task bar, and then select
the option to safely remove the card. Wait for the message telling
you that it is now safe to remove the card.
3
Press the PC card eject button to partially eject the card from the
slot.
4
Remove the card from the slot.
USB devices
Your computer features four USB (Universal Serial Bus) ports for
connecting a range of USB peripherals. See "External display devices"
and "Printer" for information on connecting a USB keyboard, keypad,
mouse or printer. Other common USB devices include digital cameras,
scanners, and external storage devices.
USB is plug and play, which means that you can connect and start using
a USB device without having to restart your computer. You can also
disconnect the device at any time.
A further advantage of USB is the ability to use USB hubs. This means
that several devices can share a USB port simultaneously.
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Miscellaneous options
Battery pack
It is a good idea to have a battery, especially when you travel with your
computer. This greatly increases your productive range when you are
on the move.
AC adapter
Having a spare AC adapter allows you to keep one in two different
places. For example, you could have one AC adapter at home and
another at work. This means that you don't have to carry an AC
adapter when traveling between your two base locations.
Make sure you only use components that are compatible with your
Aspire computer. Consult your dealer regarding compatibility of new
components before you purchase them.
To ensure proper installation, refer to the documentation provided
with new components before you start to add or replace components.
Possible upgrade options include the following:
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Replace the HDD with a higher capacity model.
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Install additional memory.
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CPU upgrade.
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Replace the CD drive with the optical drives.
Opening the case
Before you open the case, turn your computer off and unplug the
power cord from the wall outlet or the battery.
a) Turn the computer over to access the panel on the bottom of the
unit. Loosen the seven screws on the bottom panel.
b) Lift the bottom panel off.
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CPU upgrade
Caution! A microprocessor and heat sink may be hot if the system
has been running. Also, there may be sharp pins and edges on
some board and chassis parts. Contact should be made with care.
Consider wearing protective gloves.
After removing the bottom panel:
a) Loosen the four screws in the air baffle/heat sink assembly.
b) Unplug the air baffle power connector from the system main board
and remove the air baffle/heat sink assembly to expose the CPU socket.
1
Raise the locking bar on the socket.
2
Align the processor with the socket.
3
Orient the processor so that the triangle on the corner of the
processor aligns with the triangle on the corner of the socket.
4
Insert the processor into the socket.
Caution: Do not force the processor into the socket.
Hard disk upgrade
It is possible to replace your hard disk with a higher capacity drive
when you need more storage space. Your computer uses a 3.5 inch
Enhanced-IDE hard disk. Consult your dealer if you need to perform a
hard disk upgrade.
Refer to “Opening the case” on page 49.
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a) Remove the four screws that hold the hard disk.
b) Lift up the hard disk, and detach the power and hard disk cables
from the hard disk.
c) Detach the hard disk from the main board.
Memory upgrade
Your computer features two memory slots that accept DT DDR 333/400
DIMMs (Dual Inline Memory Modules). The memory slots support 256MB, 512-MB and 1GB DDR SDRAM.
The memory slots are easily accessible, allowing you to upgrade your
computer's memory.
Refer to “Opening the case” on page 49 and locate the DDR DIMM
socket on the main board.
a) Align the DDR DIMM with the socket and press the DDR DIMM into
the socket.
b) Press the holding clips on both sides of the DDR DIMM socket inward
to lock the DDR DIMM.
Your computer automatically detects the amount of memory installed.
Run the BIOS utility to view the new value for total system memory
and make a note of it.
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Moving with your
computer
Your Aspire 1710 series computer is ideal
for taking with you when you move
around.
This chapter provides tips on things to
consider when traveling with your
computer.
Before moving with your computer, you must turn it off and
disconnect all peripherals:
1
Save your work and close all applications.
2
Shut down Windows to turn off your computer.
3
Unplug the AC adapter from the mains outlet, and then
disconnect it from the computer.
4
Disconnect any external devices, such as a keyboard, mouse, or
printer, that are attached to your computer.
5
If you are using a security lock cable, disconnect the lock from the
computer.
6
Pack your computer in a strong, waterproof bag or case.
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Moving around
Sometimes you might need to move your computer a short distance.
For example, you might need to move from your office desk to a
meeting room. In these situations, you don't have to shut down the
operating system.
Preparing the computer
First, disconnect any peripherals that you don't want to take with you.
Next close the lid, placing your computer in Standby mode. You can
now safely carry it around the building with you.
When you are ready to use your computer again, open the lid and then
press the power button to bring it out of Standby mode.
What to bring to short meetings
If your battery is fully charged, you probably won't need to take
anything else with you to the meeting.
What to bring to long meetings
For longer meetings, take along the AC adapter. You can use mains
power throughout the meeting, or you can run down your battery
first, and then connect the AC adapter after receiving the battery-low
warning.
If the meeting room does not have an available power outlet, reduce
your computer's power consumption by putting it in Standby mode
during long periods of inactivity. It is advisable to take along a spare
battery if you have one.
When you move between your office and home you will need to
prepare your computer for the short trip.
Preparing the computer
After disconnecting your computer from the desktop (see
"Disconnecting from the desktop"), prepare the unit as follows:
1
Remove all media from the drives. Loaded media can damage the
drive heads during transit.
2
Pack the computer in a protective case that is padded to guard
against knocks. Make sure that the unit cannot slide around inside
the case.
Caution: Avoid packing items next to the top of the computer, as
this could result in damage to the screen.
What to bring with you
If you don't have spare items at home, it is advisable to take along the
AC adapter and this User's Guide.
Special considerations
To protect your computer in transit, it is advisable to pay attention to
the following:
•
Minimize the effect of temperature changes. Keep your computer
with you instead of placing it in storage holds.
•
Avoid leaving your computer in a hot car.
•
Changes in temperature and humidity can cause condensation to
form in your computer. Before turning the computer on, allow it
to return to room temperature, and then check the screen for
signs of condensation. If the temperature change is greater than
10°C (18°F), allow the computer to come to room temperature
slowly by placing it in a room with a temperature between the
outside and room temperatures.
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Setting up a home office
If you frequently work on your computer at home, as well as at work, it
may be worthwhile purchasing a second AC adapter. This will allow
you to travel lighter, as you can keep an AC adapter in each location.
You might also find it worthwhile keeping a second set of peripherals
at home, such as a keyboard, keypad, mouse and printer.
Sometimes you might need to make longer trips with your computer.
Preparing the computer
Prepare the computer as you would for moving between your office
and home. It is advisable to make sure that the battery is fully charged.
If you are traveling by air, you might be required to turn on the
computer during security checks.
What to take with you
It is advisable to take the following items with you:
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AC adapter
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Spare, fully charged battery packs
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Additional printer driver files (if you plan to use another printer)
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Phone and network cables (if you plan to use the computer's
modem and network connections)
Special considerations
In addition to the considerations for taking your computer home, keep
the following in mind:
•
Always take your computer as carry-on luggage.
•
If possible, have your computer manually inspected at security
checks. Although the computer can pass safely through security Xray machines, you should never expose it to a metal detector.
•
If carried separately, avoid exposing floppy disks to hand-held
metal detectors.
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Traveling internationally with your computer
Occasionally you might need to travel between countries with your
computer.
Preparing the computer
Prepare the computer as you would for normal travel. Remember to
take special precautions for air travel (see "“Traveling with the
computer” on page 61").
What to take with you
It is advisable to take the following items with you:
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AC adapter
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Power cords that are appropriate for the countries you plan to visit
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Spare, fully charged battery packs
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Additional printer driver files, if you plan to use another printer.
•
Phone and network cables (if you plan to use the computer's
modem and network connections). Check that your modem is
suitable for the telephone system in the countries you plan to visit.
You might have to use a PC card modem in some locations.
Special considerations
In addition to the considerations for normal travel with your computer,
keep the following in mind when traveling internationally:
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Check that your power cord is suitable for the local power supply.
If necessary, purchase a power cord that meets local requirements.
Avoid using converter kits.
•
If you plan to connect over a phone line, check that the computer's
modem and your phone cord are suitable for the local phone
system. If necessary, purchase a PC card modem that meets local
requirements.
•
If carried separately, avoid exposing floppy disks to hand-held
metal detectors.
Software
Your Aspire 1710 series computer includes
system utilities.
This chapter provides information on the
important software that comes with your
computer.
Your computer comes preloaded with the following software:
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Microsoft® Windows® operating system
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Hardware BIOS setup utility
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System utilities, drivers and application software
Note: To run software applications in Windows, first click on the
Start button. Next, select the appropriate folder, and then click on
the application icon. To learn about the software and utility,
make use of the online help provided by the software.
Launch Manager
Launch Manager allows you to set the four launch keys located above
the keyboard. See “Launch keys” on page 22 for the location of the
launch keys.
You can access the Launch Manager by clicking on Start, All Programs,
and then Launch Manager to start the application.
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BIOS setup utility
The BIOS Utility is a hardware configuration program built into your
computer’s BIOS (basic input/output system).
Your computer is already properly configured and optimized, and you
do not need to run this utility. However, if you encounter
configuration problem, you may need to run it.
To activate the BIOS Utility, press F2 during the POST (Power-On-SelfTest) while the Aspire logo is being displayed.
Troubleshooting
This chapter instructs you on how to deal
with common system problems. Please read
it before calling a technician.
Solutions to more serious problems may
require opening the computer. Do not
attempt to open and service the computer
by yourself. Contact your dealer or an
authorized service center for assistance.
This section suggests solutions to commonly encountered problems.
I press the power switch, but my computer does not start or
boot-up.
Look at the Power status indicator:
•
•
If it is not lit, no power is being delivered to the computer. Check
the following:
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If you are running on battery power, the battery may be low
and unable to power the computer. Connect the AC adapter
to recharge the battery pack.
•
If you are running on mains power, make sure that the AC
adapter is properly plugged in to the computer and to the
power outlet.
If it is lit, check the following:
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Make sure that there is not a non-bootable (non-system)
diskette in the floppy disk drive. If so, remove the diskette or
replace it with a system diskette, and then press Ctrl-Alt-Del to
restart the system.
•
The operating system files may be damaged or missing. Insert
the Windows startup disk, and then press Ctrl-Alt-Del to
restart the system. Windows will diagnose your system and
make necessary fixes.
Nothing appears on the screen.
The computer's power management system automatically blanks the
screen to save power. Press any key to turn the display back on.
If pressing a key does not turn the display back on, check the
following:
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The brightness level might be too low. Press Fn + → hot key to
increase the screen brightness level.
•
The display device might be set to an external monitor. Press the
Fn + ← hot key to toggle the display setting.
•
The system may be in standby mode. Try pressing the power switch
to resume.
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The image is not full-screen.
Make sure that the resolution is set to a resolution your system
supports:
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Right click on your Windows desktop and select Properties to bring
up the Display Properties dialog box. Alternatively, click on the
Display icon in Control Panel.
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Click on the Settings tab to check the resolution setting.
Resolutions lower than the specified resolution result in a display
that is less than full-screen.
There is no audio coming from my computer.
Check the following:
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The volume may be muted. In Windows, look at the volume
control icon on the taskbar. If it is crossed-out, click on the icon
and deselect the Mute option.
•
The volume level may be too low. In Windows, click on the volume
control icon on the taskbar, and then use the slider control to
increase the volume level.
•
If headphones are connected to the headphone jack on the
computer, your computer's built-in speakers will be turned off.
My external microphone does not work.
Check the following:
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Make sure that the external microphone is properly plugged into
the microphone-in jack on the computer.
•
Make sure that the volume is not muted or set too low (see the
problem, "There is no audio coming from my computer").
I can't eject the optical drive tray with my computer turned off.
The computer needs to be turned on for the optical drive eject button
to function. If you need to eject the optical drive tray when the
computer is turned off, push a straightened paper clip into the optical
drive emergency eject hole. See “Emergency ejection of the optical
drive tray” on page 24 for more information.
The keyboard does not respond.
The floppy disk drive cannot read a diskette.
Check the following:
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Make sure that the diskette is properly inserted in the floppy disk
drive.
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Make sure that the diskette is formatted.
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Try to read a second diskette. If this works, then the first diskette
might have a problem.
•
If the diskette is not the cause of the problem, then the drive head
might be dirty. Clean it using a drive head cleaning kit.
The optical drive cannot read a disc.
Check the following:
•
Make sure that the disc is supported by the drive. If your computer
has a CD-ROM drive, it can read CDs but cannot read DVDs. If your
computer has a DVD drive, it can read CDs and DVDs.
•
When placing a disc in the drive tray, make sure that it is secure on
the spindle of the drive tray.
•
Make sure that the disc is free from scratches or smudges. If the
disc is dirty, clean it using a disc cleaning kit.
•
If the disc is OK, the drive head might be dirty. Clean it using a
drive head cleaning kit.
The printer does not work.
Check the following:
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Make sure that the printer is connected to a power outlet and it is
turned on.
•
Check that the cable is properly connected to the appropriate
ports on both the computer and the printer.
•
If you are using a printer connected to your computer's parallel
port, restart the computer. Windows needs to find the new
hardware and install the necessary drivers.
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ports. If it works, the internal keyboard might have become
disconnected. Contact your dealer or an authorized service center.
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I want to set up my location to use the internal modem.
Follow these steps:
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Click on Start, and then click on Control Panel.
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Double-click on Phone and Modem Options.
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In the Dialling Rules tab, begin setting up your location.
Refer to Windows Help for more information.
When the battery is 95-99% full, it won't charge to 100%
capacity.
To preserve the life of the battery, the system only lets you charge the
battery when its capacity falls below 95%. It is recommended that you
run down the battery, and then fully recharge it.
Appendix A
Specifications
This appendix lists the general
specifications of your computer.
Microprocessor
Intel® Pentium® 4 2.6G ~ 3.4G or higher processor
Memory
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Desktop 256-MB/512-MB/1-GB DDR SDRAM, upgradeable to 2-GB
with 2 slots
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Two user-upgradeable 184-pin industry-standard DIMM slots
(DDR-333/400)
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4MB Flash ROM BIOS
Data storage
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One internal floppy disk drive (3.5", 1.44 MB) (optional)
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One E-IDE hard disk (Desktop 3.5", UltraDMA-100) (optional)
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One internal optical drive
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One 6 in 1 Multimedia memory card reader (optional)
Display and video
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17” Desktop liquid-crystal display (LCD) at 1280 x 1024 Super
Graphics Array (SXGA) resolution
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Simultaneous LCD and CRT display
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Dual independent display support
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Hardware 3D graphic engine
Audio
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16-bit stereo audio (AC'97)
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Two built-in stereo speakers
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Audio ports for microphone-in and headphones
Keyboard and pointing device
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103-/105-/107-/109-key Windows keyboard
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Ergonomically-centered touchpad pointing device
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I/O ports
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One type II PC Card slot (PCMCIA and CardBus)
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One RJ-11 modem jack (V.92, 56K)
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One RJ-45 network jack (Gigabit Ethernet)
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One DC-in jack
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One parallel port (ECP/EPP)
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One external monitor port
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Two IEEE 1394 ports
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One PS/2 port
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One microphone-in jack (3.5 mm mini jack)
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One headphone jack (3.5 mm mini jack)
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Four Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports
Weight and dimensions
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17”-display model:
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6.4 kg with combo drive
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7.1 kg with combo drive and battery
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378(W) x 320(D) x 55(H) mm
Environment
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Temperature:
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Operating: 5°C ~ 35°C
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Non-operating: -20°C ~ 65°C
Humidity (non-condensing):
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Operating: 20% ~ 80% RH
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Non-operating: 10% ~ 90% RH
Operating system
Microsoft® Windows® XP Home/Pro
Power
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12-cell Li-ion smart battery pack (optional)
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180-Watt AC adapter, auto sensing 100~240V AC, 50~60Hz
Options
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256-MB/512-MB/1-GB DDR SDRAM memory upgrade module
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Additional AC adapter
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Additional battery pack
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Appendix B
Regulation &
safety notices
This appendix lists the general notices for
your computer.
As an Energy Star Partner, Acer Inc. has determined that this product
meets the Energy Star guidelines for energy efficiency.
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:
•
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
•
Increase the separation between the device and receiver.
•
Connect the device into an outlet on a circuit different from that
to which the receiver is connected.
•
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.
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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.
Operation conditions
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 meets all requirements of the Canadian
Interference-Causing Equipment Regulations.
Remarque à l’intention des utilisateurs canadiens
Cet appareil numérique de la classe B respected toutes les exigences du
Règlement sur le materiel brouilleur du Canada.
Declaration of Conformity for EU countries
Hereby, Acer, declares that this Aspire 1710 series is in compliance with
the essential requirements and other relevant provisions of Directive
1999/5/EC. (Please visit www.acer.com/about/certificates/nb for
complete documents.)
Modem notices
Notice for USA
This equipment complies with Part 68 of the FCC rules. Located on the
bottom side of 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
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.
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 April 2003 are: Belgium, Denmark, Germany,
Greece, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands,
Austria, Portugal, Finland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. 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.
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practical, you will be notified as soon as possible. You will also be
informed of your right to file a complaint with the FCC.
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Important safety instructions
Read these instructions carefully. Save them for future reference.
1
Follow all warnings and instructions marked on the product.
2
Unplug this product from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not
use liquid cleaners or aerosol cleaners. Use a damp cloth for
cleaning.
3
Do not use this product near water.
4
Do not place this product on an unstable cart, stand, or table. The
product may fall, causing serious damage to the product.
5
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.
6
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.
7
Do not allow anything to rest on the power cord. Do not locate
this product where persons will walk on the cord.
8
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.
9
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 on the product.
10
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.
11
Unplug this product from the wall outlet and refer servicing to
qualified service personnel under the following conditions:
a
When the power cord or plug is damaged or frayed.
b
If liquid has been spilled into the product.
If the product has been exposed to rain or water.
d
If the product does not operate normally when the operating
instructions are followed. 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.
e
If the product has been dropped or the case has been
damaged.
f
If the product exhibits a distinct change in performance,
indicating a need for service.
12
The Aspire 1710 series uses the lithium battery, model SQU-207.
Replace the battery with the same type as the product's battery we
recommend. Use of another battery may present a risk of fire or
explosion.
13
Warning! Batteries may explode if not handled properly. Do not
disassemble or dispose of them in fire. Keep them away from
children and dispose of used batteries promptly.
14
Use only the proper type of power supply cord set (provided in
your accessories box) for this unit. It should be a detachable type:
UL listed/CSA certified, type SPT-2, rated 7A 125V minimum, VDE
approved or its equivalent. Maximum length is 15 feet (4.6
meters).
15
Always disconnect all telephone lines from the wall outlet before
serving or disassembling this equipment.
16
Avoid using a telephone (other than a cordless type) during an
electrical storm. There may be a remote risk of electric shock from
lightning.
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.
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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
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.
Macrovision copyright protection notice
This product incorporates copyright protection technology that is
protected by method claims of certain U.S. patents and other
intellectual property rights owned by Macrovision Corporation and
other rights owners. Use of this copyright protection technology must
be authorized by Macrovision Corporation, and is intended for home
and other limited viewing uses only unless otherwise authorized by
Macrovision Corporation. Reverse engineering or disassembly is
prohibited.
Apparatus Claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 4,631,603, 4,577,216, 4,819,098,
and 4,907,093 licensed for limited viewing uses only.
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)
This device complies with the essential requirements of the European
Council Directives listed below:
73/23/EEC Low Voltage Directive
•
EN 60950
89/336/EEC Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Directive
•
•
•
EN 55022
EN 55024
EN 61000-3-2/-3
99/5/EC Radio & Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (R&TTE)
Directive
•
Art.3.1a) EN 60950
Art.3.1b) EN 301 489 -1/-17
Art.3.2) EN 300 328-2
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Art.3.2) EN 301 893 (applied to 5GHz device only)
•
•
* The applicable number varies according to the different Notified
Body ID No. applied to the wireless module installed in this product.
These numbers are subject to change without notice.
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List of Applicable Countries
EU member states as of April 2003 are: Belgium, Denmark, Germany,
Greece, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands,
Austria, Portugal, Finland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. 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.
The FCC RF safety requirement
The radiated output power of Wireless LAN Mini-PCI Card and
Bluetooth card is far below the FCC radio frequency exposure limits.
Nevertheless, the Aspire 1710 series shall be used in such a manner that
the potential for human contact during normal operation is minimized
as follows.
1
Users are requested to follow the RF safety instructions on wireless
option devices that are included in the user’s manual of each RF
option device.
Caution: To comply with FCC RF exposure compliance
requirements, a separation distance of at least 20 cm (8 inches)
must be maintained between the antenna for the integrated
Wireless LAN Mini-PCI Card built in to the screen section and all
persons.
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Note: Acer Dual-Band 11a/g Wireless Mini PCI Adapter implements
transmission diversity function. The function does not emit radio
frequencies simultaneously from both antennas. One of the
antennas is selected automatically or manually (by users) to have
good quality of radiocommunication.
2
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.
3
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.
4
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.
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Note: The antenna of Acer Integrated Bluetooth with 56K Modem
is located on the upper left-hand side, above the keyboard.
Transmitted energy from the Bluetooth device is very low
compared to other RF devices. Therefore, a 20 cm separation from
the Bluetooth antenna is not required.
Canada - Low power license-exempt radiocommunication
devices (RSS-210)
a. Common information
Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
1. This device may not cause interference, and
2. this device must accept any interference, including interference that
may cause undesired operation of the device.
b. Operation in 2.4 GHz band
To prevent radio interference to the licensed service, this device is
intended to be operated indoors and installed outdoors is subject to
licensing.
c. Operation in 5 GHz band
•
•
The device for the band 5150-5250 MHz is only for indoor usage to
reduce potential for harmful interference to co-channel Mobile
Satellite systems.
High power radars are allocated as primary users (meaning they
Exposure of humans to RF fields (RSS-102)
Aspire 1710 series employs low gain integral antennas that do not emit
RF field in excess of Health Canada limits for the general population;
consult Safety Code 6, obtainable from Health Canada’s Web site at
www.hc-sc.gc.ca/rpb.
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have priority) of 5250-5350 MHz and 5650-5850 MHz and these
radars could cause interference and/or damage to LELAN (LicenceExempt Local Area Network) devices.
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Acer Incorporated
8F, 88, Sec. 1, Hsin Tai Wu Rd., Hsichih
Taipei Hsien 221, Taiwan, R.O.C.
Tel : 886-2-2696-1234
Fax : 886-2-2696-3535
www.acer.com
Declaration of Conformity
We,
Acer Inc.
8F, 88, Sec. 1, Hsin Tai Wu Rd., Hsichih,
Taipei Hsien 221, Taiwan, R. O. C.
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:
Trade Name:
Model Number:
SKU Number:
Notebook PC
Acer
Aspire 1710; DT3
Aspire 1710xx (“x” = 0~9, a ~ z, or A ~ Z)
Is in compliance with the essential requirements and other relevant provisions of the
following EC directives.
Reference No.
89/336/EEC
73/23/EEC
1999/5/EC
Title
Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC directive)
Low Voltage Directive (LVD)
Radio & Telecommunications Terminal Equipment Directive (R&TTE)
The product specified above was tested conforming to the applicable Rules under the most
accurate measurement standards possible, 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.
--------------------------Easy Lai/ Director
Qualification Center
Product Assurance, Acer Inc.
2003/12/22
-----------------Date
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Federal Communications Commission
Declaration of Conformity
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 Name:
Notebook Personal Computer
Model:
Aspire 1710; DT3
Name of Responsible Party:
Acer America Corporation
Address of Responsible Party:
2641 Orchard Parkway, San Jose
CA 95134, U. S. A.
Contact Person:
Young Kim
Phone No.:
408-922-2909
Fax No.:
408-922-2606
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Index
A
ACPI 40
audio 27
connecting externally 45
controlling volume 27
troubleshooting 70
B
battery bay 9
battery pack
battery-low warning 39
caring for ix
characteristics 35
charging 38
checking charge level 38
installing 37
low conditions 39
maximizing life 35
optimizing 38
removing 38
using the first time 35
BIOS Setup Utility 66
entering 66
brightness
hotkeys 17, 18
C
caps lock 15
on indicator 13, 14
care
battery pack ix
computer viii
CD
troubleshooting 71
charging
checking level 38
cleaning
computer ix
computer
bringing to meetings 58
caring for viii
cleaning ix
disconnecting 57
features 10
moving around 58
security 30
setting up a home office 60
taking home 59
traveling internationally 62
traveling on local trips 61
turning off vii
connections
audio 45
external display devices 43
external input devices 43
keyboard, external 44
keypad, external 44
mouse 44
printer 45
USB 47
connectivity options 25
Ethernet 25
D
display 12
hotkeys 17
performance 12
simultaneous 12
troubleshooting 69,
DVD
troubleshooting 71
70
E
Ethernet connection
25
F
FAQ. See frequently-asked questions
floppy drive
troubleshooting 71
frequently-asked questions 69
front view 3, 5
G
guide
vii
H
hard disk 23
upgrading
help vii
hotkeys 17
51
K
keyboard 15
connecting externally
44
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hotkeys 17
lock keys 15
troubleshooting 71
Windows keys 16
keypad
connecting externally
power management 40
printer
connecting 45
troubleshooting 71
problems 69
audio 70
CD 71
diskette 71
display 69, 70
DVD 71
floppy drive 71
keyboard 71
printer 71
startup 69
44
L
launch keys 22
left view 5
M
memory
installing 53
upgrading 52
microphone
troubleshooting 70
modem
setting location 72
mouse
connecting externally
mute
hotkeys 18
R
rear view 8
right view 7
S
44
N
notice
DVD copyright protection
num lock 15
on indicator 14
O
optical drive 23
options
hard disk upgrade 51
memory upgrade 52
PC Cards 46
spare AC adapter 48
spare battery 48
P
palm rest 19
password 31
PC Card
inserting 46
removing 47
ports
external display
parallel 8
USB 7, 8
86
safety
CD or DVD 85
FCC notice 81
general instructions 83
modem notices 82
scroll lock
on indicator 14
security
password 31
slot 30
service
when to call ix
software
bundled 65
speakers
troubleshooting 70
status indicators 13
status LCD 13
storage 23
hard disk 23
optical drive 23
T
8
touchpad 20
using 20
travel
international flights
local trips 61
62
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U
V
USB
connecting
utility
BIOS Setup
47
volume
adjusting
66
W
Windows keys
27
16
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