Acer 2010 Laptop User Manual

Acer Aspire 2010 Series
User’s Guide
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Acer Aspire 2010 Series Notebook Computer User's Guide
Original Issue: March 2004
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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.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. See “A tour of your computer” on page 3 for the
location of the power button.
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.
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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.
Note: If you are unable to shut down the computer in the usual
way, press and hold the power button 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.
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Do not subject the computer to heavy shock or vibration.
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Do not expose the computer to dust or dirt.
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Do not place objects on top of the computer.
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Do not slam the lid shut. Close the computer gently.
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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.
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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.
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Do not pull on the power cord when disconnecting from a power
strip or wall outlet. Grasp and pull the plug instead.
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Taking care of your battery pack
It is also important that you look after your computer's battery pack.
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Use the correct battery model for your computer. Do not use other
kinds of batteries.
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Turn the power off before removing or replacing the battery.
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Do not tamper with the battery. Keep the battery away from
children.
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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:
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Turn off the computer and remove the battery.
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Disconnect the AC adapter.
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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 73
if any of the following occurs:
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You drop the computer or damage the case.
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You spill liquid on the computer.
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The computer does not operate normally.
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The total ampere ratings of equipment plugged into a power strip
should not exceed the ampere rating for that power strip.
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A tour of your computer
Open view
Front view
Top view
Left view
Right view
Rear view
Bottom view
Features
Display
Indicators
Keyboard
Lock keys
Embedded numeric keypad
Windows keys
Hot keys
Euro key
Touchpad
Touchpad basics
Launch keys
Storage
Ejecting the optical disc
Emergency ejection of the optical drive tray
Connectivity options
Ethernet and LAN
Fax/data modem
Audio
Securing your computer
Security slot
Passwords
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Your guides
Basic care and tips for using your computer
Turning your computer on and off
Taking care of your computer
Taking care of your AC adapter
Taking care of your battery pack
Cleaning and servicing
Contents
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Battery pack
Battery pack characteristics
Maximizing the battery's life
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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Peripherals and options
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External display devices
External input devices
External keyboard
External keypad
External pointing device
USB devices
IEEE 1394 Port
Printer
Audio devices
Expansion devices
PC Card
To insert a PC card:
To remove a PC card:
Key component upgrades
Memory upgrade
Installing memory:
Hard disk upgrade
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Disconnecting from the desktop
Moving around
Taking the computer home
Setting up a home office
Traveling with with computer
Traveling internationally with your computer
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Software
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System software
Launch Manager
Windows Arcade
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Troubleshooting
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Frequently asked questions
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Appendix A Specifications
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Appendix B Notices
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Index
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Arcade Hot keys
Finding and playing content
Advanced Settings
Arcade controls
Navigation controls
Player controls
Cinema
DVD settings
Album
Video
Playing a video file
Editing a video file
Music
Burner
Copy - backup your CD/DVD collection
Audio - create your own greatest hits CDs
Data - store files simply and easily
Video - your world in pictures
BIOS Setup Utility
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Getting familiar with
your computer
Your Aspire 2010 notebook computer
combines solid performance, versatility,
multimedia capabilities and portability with
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 notebook computer, as illustrated in
the Just for starters… poster, take a few minutes to explore the your
sytem.
Open view
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Item
Description
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Screen
Wide screen display provides visual
output.
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Power Button
Turns the computer on or off.
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Description
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Launch keys
Buttons that can be programmed to
start frequently used applications.
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Stereo Speakers
Produce stereo sound
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Touchpad
Touch sensitive pad that functions like
a computer mouse.
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Click buttons and 4-way
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, as well as right and left.
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Item
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Headphone-in jack
Connects headphones for audio output
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Microphone-in jack
Connects an external microphone for
audio input
4 in 1 Card Reader
(for models with
Discrete VGA only)
Supports:
- MemoryStick
- MultiMediaCard
- SecureDigital
- SmartMedia
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Latch
Locks and releases the lid
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Bluetooth Button
(optional)
Starts Bluetooth functionality
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Wireless Button
(optional)
Turns an internal wireless device on or off
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Top view
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Description
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Built-in Microphone
For recording audio on the computer
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Status Indicator
LEDs that turn on and off to show the
system status.
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Item
Description
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PC card slot
Type II PC card slot, supports PCMCIA or
CardBus.
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PC card eject button
Press the eject button to remove a PC
card from the PC card slot.
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LED indicator
Lights up when the optical drive in
active.
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Eject button
Ejects optical drive tray.
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Emergency eject hole
Ejects optical drive tray when the
computer is turned off. See page 25 for
more detail.
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Right view
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Item
Description
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Infrared port
Interfaces with infrared devices (e.g.
infrared printer, IR-aware computer, etc...)
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DC-in jack
Connect the AC power adapter
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Kensington lock slot
For attaching a security device.
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Ventilation Slot
Enables the computer to stay cool, even
after prolonged use.
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Description
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S-video
Connects to a television or display device
with S-video input.
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External display port
Connects an external (VGA) display monitor.
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USB ports
USB 2.0 ports.
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Network jack
Connects the computer to an Ethernet
network.
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Modem jack
Connects the built-in fax/data modem to a
phone line.
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Parallel port
Connects a parallel device, such as a printer.
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IEEE 1394 port
Connects IEEE 1394 devices.
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Mini-PCI Slot
Slot for adding mini-PCI cards
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Hard disk bay
Removable cover provides access to the
computer's hard drive.
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Memory compartment
Removable cover provides access to the
memory slots for upgrading the
computer's memory.
Battery release latch
Unlatches the battery to remove the
battery pack.
Battery pack
The computer's removable battery.
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Features
Performance
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Intel® Pentium® M Processor at 1.4 GHz or higher
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2 memory slots supporting 333 MHz DDR, upgradeable to 2GB
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30GB and up Enhanced-IDE hard disk drive
Multimedia
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Built-in optical drive (DVD/CD-RW Combo or DVD-Dual Drive)
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15.4” TFT Color LCD,1280x800 (WXGA) panel
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2.1 channel speaker
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Audio input and output jacks
Connectivity
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Integrated 10/100Mbps Ethernet connection
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Built-in 56Kbps fax/data modem
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Three universal serial bus (USB 2.0) ports
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One IEEE 1394 port
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802.11b and 802.11b/g Wireless LAN and Bluetooth
(manufacturing options)
Human-centric design
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Rugged, portable construction
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Stylish appearance
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Standard 85 keys keyboard with four programmable launch keys
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Comfortable palm rest area with well-positioned touchpad
Expansion
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PC card slot enables a range of add-on options
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Upgradeable hard disk and memory modules
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The 15.4” display panel provides a large viewing area for
maximum efficiency and ease-of-use
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Intel® Extreme Graphics Technology (for model with UMA
only)
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ATI Radeon 9700 with 64MB DDR VGA Memory (for model with
Discrete VGA only)
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Supports simultaneous display on external LCD or CRT
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S-video for output to a television or display device that supports
S-video input
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DualViewTM support
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Indicators
Your computer provides three indicators located above the keyboard,
in addition to five indicators positioned at the front of the palm rest
area. These indicators show the status of the computer and its components.
The three indicators located above the keyboard provide the following
status information when lit:
Icon
Description
Caps Lock
Caps Lock activie.
NumLk
Num Lock active
Note: The keypad lock must be turned on to use
the embedded numeric keypad.
Scr Lk
Scroll Lock active.
Icon
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Power mode
Description
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Steady green -- power on
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Orange -- standby mode
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Flashing orange -- hibernation
mode
Hard disc activity
indicator
Hard disc drive is reading or writing
data.
Battery mode
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Blue -- fully charged
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Orange -- being charged
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Flashing orange -- low on power
Bluetooth mode
(optional)
Bluetooth wireless connection is
enabled.
Wireless LAN mode
(optional)
Wireless LAN communication is
enabled.
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The five indicators located at the front of the unit provide the
following status information when lit:
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Keyboard
The keyboard features full-size keys with an embedded keypad,
separate cursor control keys, two Windows keys, and 13 function 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/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/off by pressing the Fn + F11 keys
combination.
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/off
by pressing the Fn + F12 keys combination.
The embedded keypad functions like a desktop numeric keypad. It is
indicated by small blue numbers and characters on the keys, as shown
below:
To use the embedded numeric keys, toggle the Num Lk on by pressing
the Fn + F11 keys simultaneously.
With the embedded keypad turned on, the following actions are
possible:
Desired Access
Num lock On
Num lock Off
Number keys on
embedded keypad
Type numbers using
embedded keypad in
the normal way.
Cursor control keys on
embedded keypad
Hold down the Shift
key while using the
cursor keys on the
embedded keypad.
Hold Fn key while
using cursor-control
keys.
Main keyboard keys
Hold down the Fn key
while typing letters
using the embedded
keypad keys.
Simultaneously press
the Shift key for capital
letters.
Type letters in the
normal way.
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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 Taskbar 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.
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
Description
Fn + F1
Hot key help
Displays help on hot keys.
Fn + F2
Setup
Accesses the computer’s
configuration utility.
Fn + F3
Power
management
Switches the power management
scheme used by the computer
(function available if supported by
operating system).
See “Power management” on page 37.
Fn + F4
Sleep
Puts the computer in Sleep mode.
See “Power management” on page 37.
Fn + F5
Display toggle
Switches display output between
the display screen, external
monitor (if connected) or both the
display screen and external
monitor.
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Function
Description
Fn + F6
Screen blank
Turns the display backlight off to
save power. Press any key to return.
Fn + F7
Touchpad toggle
Turns the build-in touchpad on and
off.
Fn + F8
Speaker toggle
Turns the speakers on and off.
Fn + ↑
Volume up
Increases the speaker volume.
Fn + ↓
Volume down
Decreases the speaker volume.
Fn + →
Brightness up
Increases the screen brightness.
Fn + ←
Brightness down
Decreases the screen brightness.
Euro key
Your computer supports the new Euro currency character. First, hold
down the Alt Gr key, and then press the Euro key.
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. The two click buttons function likemouse buttons. The scroll key enables up and down and side to side 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 as you would use the
buttons on a computer mouse.
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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; left to scroll left, and right to scroll right.
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Right
Button
4-Way
Scroll Key
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
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your finger
across the
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drag the cursor
over the
selection.
Access
content
menu
Scroll
Tap
Click
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Click and
hold to scroll
up/down/left/
right
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.
Located at the top of the keyboard are four buttons, in addition to the
power button. These buttons are called launch keys. They are designated as key 1, key 2, key 3 and key 4, from right to left. By default, key
1 is used to launch the E-mail application and key 2 is used to launch
the Internet browser. Keys 3 and 4 start the Launch Manager
application, and can be programmed to provide quick access to frequently used applications. To set the launch keys, run the Acer Launch
Manager.
Launch key
Default application
E-mail
Launches your E-mail application
Web browser
Launches your Internet browser
P2
User-programmable
P1
User-programmable
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Storage
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 the model you purchased, you have a Tray-in 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--“Getting familiar with your computer” on
page 1-for the locations of these drives.
Ejecting the optical disc
To eject an optical disc:
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With the computer turned on, press the optical drive eject button.
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The tray will be released, and partially pop open.
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Gently pull the tray out to its limit.
To load an optical disc:
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.
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Connectivity options
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 (10/100Mbps) 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.
Your computer features a built-in fax/data modem, 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.
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Audio
Your computer includes an integrated stereo audio system.
Once the external device (Ex: headphone, microphone) is connected,
the embedded speakers would be disable.
Your computer features hardware and software security solutions, in
the form of a slot for a Kensington lock and system password functionality.
Security slot
A slot for a Kensington lock enables you to physically protect your
computer from theft. Use this feature as follows:
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Wrap a security lock cable around a heavy or immoveable object,
such as a drawer handle on a file cabinet, or a table leg.
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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.
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First, open User Accounts in Windows Control Panel and select
your account.
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Click Create a Password, and then set your desired password.
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Click Performance and Maintenance, Power Options in
Control Panel.
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On the Advanced tab, select the option to prompt for password
when computer resumes from standby.
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To cancel password protection, reset the password with a blank
password.
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Operating on
battery power
Your Aspire 2010 series notebook 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.
The computer uses a battery pack that gives you long use between
charges.
Battery pack characteristics
The battery pack has the following characteristics:
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Employs current battery technology standards.
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Delivers a battery-low warning.
The battery is recharged whenever you connect the computer to an
external 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:
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Insert the new battery without turning the computer on.
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Connect the AC adapter and fully charge the battery.
3
Disconnect the AC adapter.
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Turn on the computer and operate using battery power.
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Fully deplete the battery until the battery-low warning appears.
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Reconnect the AC adapter and fully charge the battery again.
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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 lifespan of the battery.
In addition, the useful lifespan 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
Align the battery with the open battery bay; make sure that the
end with the contacts will enter first, and that the top surface of
the battery is facing up.
2
Slide the battery into the battery bay and gently push until the
battery locks in place.
To remove a battery pack:
Slide the battery release latch to release the battery.
2
Pull the battery from the battery bay.
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
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 taskbar 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 PC card, when not in use.
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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.
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Battery-low warning
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 is fully depleted causing the computer to shut
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
outlet are
available.
1. Plug the AC adapter into the computer, and then
connect to an external power supply.
2. Save all necessary files.
3. Resume work.
Turn off the computer if you want to recharge the
battery rapidly.
An extra fully
charged battery
pack is available.
1. Save all necessary files.
2. Close all applications.
3. Shut down the operating system to turn off the
computer.
4. Replace the battery pack.
5. Turn on the computer and resume work.
An AC adapter or
a power outlet is
unavailable. You
have no spare
battery pack.
1. Save all necessary files.
2. Close all applications.
3. Shut down the operating system to turn off the
computer.
Your computer features built-in power management that constantly
monitors system activity. System activity refers to any activity involving
one or more of the following devices: keyboard, touchpad/mouse,
hard disk drive, optical drive, peripherals connected to the computer,
and video memory. 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.
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Peripherals and
options
Your Aspire 2010 series notebook computer
offers good expansion capabilities.
This chapter provides information on
connecting peripherals to expand your
system. It also describes how to upgrade 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.
Use the Fn + F5 hot key combination to toggle between the computer's LCD panel and the external display device. See “Hot keys” on
page 19 for more information.
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” on page 45 for more information on connecting USB devices.
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 entering data on your notebook computer.
External keypad
Your computer features an embedded keypad that, when combined
with the Num Lock feature, enables you to easily input 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 without interfering with your use of the computer's
keyboard for typing text.
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.
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USB devices
Your computer features three USB (Universal Serial Bus) 2.0 ports for
connecting a range of USB peripherals. See “External input devices” on
page 41 and “Printer” on page 44 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.
An added advantage of USB is the ability to use USB hubs. This means
that several devices can share a USB port simultaneously.
The computer’s IEEE 1394 port allows you to connect to an IEEE 1394
supported device like a digital video camera.
See the provided documentation provided with your IEEE 1394
enabled device for more information.
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Printer
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 detect 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 detect the new hardware.
Audio devices
Your notebook computer has built-in stereo speakers. See the section
entitled “Audio devices” on page 44 for more information on these
features. However, in addition to the integrated devices, the two audio
ports on the front 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.
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 notebook computer.
Note: Refer to the PC Card documentation for details on how to
install and use the card.
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 side up. Many cards are marked with an arrow to help
you insert them correctly.
2
Slide the card into the slot, and 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
The operating system will automatically detect the card's presence.
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To remove a PC card:
1
Close the applications (if any) using the PC card.
2
Double click on the PC card icon on the taskbar, 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 (a) to partially eject the card.
4
Pull the card from the slot (b).
Your computer is designed to deliver solid performance. However, in
time, you might find that your applications demand even more computing power. For this reason, you are able to upgrade key components.
Note: Contact your authorized dealer if you decide to perform a
key component upgrade.
Memory upgrade
Memory is expandable to 2GB, employing 256/512 MB or 1 GB industry
standard soDIMMs (Small Outline Dual Inline Memory Modules). The
computer supports DDR (Double Data Rate) SDRAM.
There are two memory slots on your computer, one of which is occupied by standard memory. You can upgrade memory by installing a
memory module into the other available slot.
Installing memory:
1
Turn off the computer. Make sure that the AC adapter is
disconnected, and then remove the battery pack.
2
Turn the computer over to access the memory compartment on the
bottom of the unit. Remove the screw from the memory
compartment door (a), and then lift the cover off (b).
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Insert the memory module diagonally in the slot (a), and then
press down gently until it clicks in place (b).
4 Replace the memory compartment cover, and fasten the screw.
The system automatically detects the new module and reconfigures the
system memory.
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 9.5mm 2.5inch Enhanced-IDE hard disk. Consult your dealer if you need to perform a hard disk upgrade.
Moving with your
computer
Your Aspire 2010 series notebook 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 and 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.
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 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 AC power
or 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.
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Taking the computer home
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, 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:
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Minimize the effect of temperature changes. Keep your computer
with you instead of placing it in storage holds.
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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.
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.
Traveling with with computer
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:
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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
X-ray 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.
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)
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Phone and network cables (if you plan to use the computer's
modem and network connections)
Caution! Check that your modem is suitable for the telephone
system in the countries you plan to visit. You may 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.
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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.
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If carried separately, avoid exposing floppy disks to hand-held
metal detectors.
Software
Your Aspire 2010 series notebook 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 23 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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Windows Arcade
Aspire Arcade is an integrated player for music, photos, DVD movies,
and videos. To watch or listen, click a content button (e.g. Music,
Video, etc...) on the Arcade home page.
Cinema - watch DVDs or VCDs
Album - view photos stored on your hard drive or any removable media
Video- watch and/or edit video clips
Music - listen to music files in a variety of formats
Burner - create CDs and/or DVDs to share or archive data
Advanced Settings - adjust Aspire Arcade according to yorpreferences
Note: While watching videos, DVDs, or slide shows your
screensaver and power-saving features are unavailable. These
functions are enabled when you listen to music.
When running in the Windows environment, the key combinations
listed below are available to control and fine-tune the features and
settings of Aspire Arcade.
Hot key
Function
Fn+F1
On- line help menu
Fn+F3
Battery info
Fn+F5
Display toggle
Fn+F6
Screen blank
Fn+F8
Speaker toggle
Fn + ↑
Volume up Increases the speaker volume.
Fn + ↓
Volume down Decreases the speaker
volume
Fn + →
Brightness up Increases the screen
brightness
Fn + ←
Brightness down Decreases the screen
brightness
↑
Volume up
↓
Volume down
→
Next Chapter
←
Previous Chapter
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Finding and playing content
Clicking a button on the Arcade home page opens the corresponding
feature’s home page. The content pages have buttons on the left and a
content browsing area on the right. If a button shows one of several
choices, such as sort order, the current setting is shown by a brightly
coloured ball on the left side.
To pick content, click and item in the content area. When there is more
than one CD or DVD drive, all drives will be shown. Pictures and videos
are shown as files (with thumbnails) and organized into folders.
To browse a folder, click to open it. To go back up to the folder above
it, click the Up one level button. If there is more content than will fit
on a page, use the buttons at the lower right to scroll through the
pages.
Advanced Settings
There are settings in the Aspire Arcade that allow you to fine tune its
performance to your machine and your personal preferences. The Settings page is reached by the Advanced Settings button on the Home
page.
Use the "Screen ratio" setting to choose between standard (4:3) or
widescreen (16:9) display.
Note: If your speakers are not capable of outputting low
frequency signals, it is recommended that you do not select this
option in order to avoid damaging your speakers.
"Audio output" should be set to" Stereo" if you are listening to speakers, or "Virtual surround sound" if you are using headphones.
Click About Aspire Arcade to open a page with version and copyright information.
Click Restore to factory settings to return the Aspire Arcade settings
to their default values.
When watching video clips, movies, or slideshows as full-screen visual
content two pop-up control panels are shown when you move the
mouse. They automatically disappear after several seconds. The “Navigation controls” panel appears at the top and the “Player controls”
panel appears at the bottom of the screen.
Navigation controls
To return to the Arcade home page, click the Home button in the
upper left corner of the window. To go up one folder level while
searching for content, click Up one level. To return to a previous
screen, click Return. The buttons in the upper right (Minimize, Maximize, and Close) have standard PC behaviours.
To quit Aspire Arcade, click the Close button in the upper right corner
of the window. You can also click To PC.
Player controls
At the bottom of the window, the player controls - used for video,
slideshows, movies and music - are shown. The group on the left provides standard playback controls (play, pause, stop, etc...). The group
on the right controls volume (mute and volume up/down).
Note: when playing DVDs, there are additional controls added to
the right of the volume controls. These are discussed in more
detail in the Cinema section of this guide.
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Cinema
If your computer came with a DVD drive, you can play movies from
DVDs and Video CDs (VCDs) with the Cinema function of Aspire
Arcade. This player has the features and controls of a typical living
room DVD player.
When you insert a disc into the DVD drive, the movie begins playing
automatically. To control the movie, the pop-up player control panel
appears at the bottom of the window when you move the mouse.
If more than one optical drive contains a playable disc, click the
Cinema button on the Home page to open the Cinema content page then select the disc from the list on the right you’d like to watch.
When viewing DVDs, the following special controls are added to the
pop-up panel:
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DVD Menu
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Subtitle
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Language
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Angle
The currently playing disc will be shown in the area above the list of
drives. This page is also displayed when you press the “Stop” button
during a movie. The buttons on the left side allow you to resume the
movie from the point it was stopped, restart the movie from the beginning, jump to the DVD menu, eject the disc, or go to the DVD Settings
page.
DVD settings
There are two types of DVD settings - “Video” and “Language.” Click
the appropriate button to open its settings page.
Video
The Video settings control the video output of DVDs/VCDs.
“Use hardware acceleration” takes advantage of the special processing
power in some graphics cards to reduce CPU loading when playing
back DVDs and some video files. If you have problems with video quality, try turning this option “Off.”
Select an output type:
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4:3 Standard or 16:9 Widescreen according to your display
preferences
The Letterbox option displays complete widescreen movie
content in its original aspect ratio and adds black bars at the top
and bottom of the screen.
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The Pan & Scan feature is for DVD titles with a widescreen aspect
ratio.
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Cinema vision is a nonlinear video stretching technology that
produces minimal distortion in the centre of the picture.
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Stretch stretches the video display to the size of the display
screen.
The “Colour profile” option allows you to select from a list of colour
configurations to change the overall colour of the video content during playback. “Original” uses the colour scheme of the disc you are
watching, while “Vivid,” “Bright,” and “Theatre” add enhanced colour
to the video display.
“Clear vision” is a video enhancement technology that detects video
content and dynamically adjusts the brightness/contrast/saturation levels so that you do not need to change the colour settings if the movie
you are watching contains scenes that are overly dark or too bright.
Click Restore to factory settings to return the settings to their
default values.
Language
The Language settings control the audio and subtitle output of DVDs/
VCDs.
“Subtitle” selects the default subtitle language for DVDs when available. The factory setting is “Off.”
“Closed caption” turns on the closed captions on DVDs. This function
displays captions encoded in the video signal that describe on screen
action and dialogue for the hearing impaired. the factory setting is
“Off.”
“Audio” selects the default language for DVD titles.
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Album
Aspire Arcade lets you view digital photos individually or as a slideshow, from any available drive on your computer. Click Album button
on the Arcade Home page to show the Album main page.
The content area on the right shows both individual pictures and folders. Click on a folder to open it
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To view a slideshow, open the folder containing the pictures you wish
to view - then click Play slideshow. The slideshow is played fullscreen. Use the pop-up control panel to control the slideshow.
To rotate a picture in full-screen, click Rotate right or Rotate left.
You can also view a single picture by clicking on it. This opens the picture full-screen.
Slideshow settings
To change slideshow settings click the Settings button on the Album
page.
The “Slide duration” setting determines how long each slide is shown
before automatically advancing to the next picture in the slideshow.
The “Transition effects” setting sets the style of transition used
between pictures.
To add background music to a slideshow, set the “Play music during
slideshow “option to “Yes.” The select music page asks you to choose
music from your personal music library.
Click Restore to factory settings to return your settings to their
default values.
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Video
To open the Video function, click Video on the Arcade Home page, to
open the Video Home page.
Note: The Video feature is designed for video file playback of
MPEG1, MPEG2 (if a DVD drive is installed), AVI, WMV, and ASF
formats. If you want to watch a DVD or VCD use the Cinema
function.
Two options are shown on the Video page - “Video Play” or “Video
Edit.”
Playing a video file
Click Video Play to watch video files. The Video page shows the video
files in the content area on the right side. They are organized by folders and a thumbnail image shows the first frame of the video.
To play a video file, click on it. the video will play full-screen. The popup control panel will appear at the bottom of the screen when you
move the mouse. To return to the Video page, click “Stop.”
Editing a video file
Click the Video Edit to open the PowerDirector program.
PowerDirector is a digital video editing program that can help you create professional looking movies - complete with music, special effects
and transition effects. PowerDirector provides home users with a simple tool to help them do something a little more creative with their
home videos. You don’t have to be a video professional to enjoy using
PowerDirector.
The digital movie production process involves a combination of artistry
and technology, beginning with raw video footage and ending with a
movie.
Before you edit your movie using PowerDirector, you must first create
(or gather) it’s component parts - video clips, photos, and music.
When you have your raw footage on hand, you can use PowerDirector
to perform the following tasks:
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acquire video and audio content
trim video and audio content to desired length
add a special effect to a video clip
adjust the sharpness, contrast, and/or color of a video clip
add transition effects between video clips
preview your production
burn your production to a VCD or DVD
For help with editing video, refer to PowerDirector’s online help system.
Music
For convenient access to you music collection, click the Music on the
Arcade Home page, to open the Music Home page.
Select the folder that contains the music you want to listen to. Click
“Play” to listen to the entire CD from the beginning, or select the song
that you want to hear from the list in the content area.
The songs in the folder are shown in the content area, while the left
side has controls for “Play”, “Random”, and “Repeat all.” The Visualize
option allows you to watch computer generated visualizations while
you listen to music. When playing music, the control panel at the bottom of the page makes it easy to adjust the volume and control playback.
To rip music from a CD, click Rip CD. In the page that opens, select the
songs you would like to rip (or click “Select”/”Clear all”) - then click
“Rip now”.
Burner
NTI CD/DVD-Maker simplifies today’s digital lifestyle by providing and
easy and complete solution for recording data, audio, photos or video.
Now you can burn and share anything on CD/DVD - your music just the
way you like it, your photos, your videos. Even copy your critical data
faster and easier than ever before.
Copy - backup your CD/DVD collection
Make backup copies of (non-copy protected) CDs in just a few clicks of
your mouse. Copy non-copy protected DVDs too!
Audio - create your own greatest hits CDs
Create better sounding music in a snap. Burn your favourite songs to
CD so you can listen to them on any CD player. Convert songs from
your music collection to MP3 and other popular audio formats.
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Even create MP3 CDs with over 100 of your favourite songs and listen
to them on you PC or MP3 CD player.
Data - store files simply and easily
Copy your computer’s hard drive files for easy recovery in the event of
a crash. archiving your data on CD/DVD eliminates the need for extra
hard drives.
Video - your world in pictures
Turn digital photos into a Slideshow VCD with background music that
can be played by most DVD players. Bring new life to your video clips
and share any event with your friends and family for playback on most
DVD players. You can even add customized menus to Video CDs and
Super Video CDs.
For Specific details about each of these options, consult the User’s
Guide or click the Help button to open NTI CD/DVD-Maker’s help
menu.
File type compatibility
Mode
Cinema
Supported
Not Supported
DVD/ SVCD
DTS
VCD/MiniDVD
Liner PCM
TruSurroundXT
SRS
DVD audio
Video
ASF/WMV/AVI
DVD navigator
MPEG1/2
SVCD
DivX (requires
codec)
M2V, MOV, Flash
Album
BMP, JPG, PNG
GIF, TIF, PSD, ICO
Music
MP3, WMA, WAV,
CDA(Audio CD)
DVD audio, SACD
Note:Auto media detection will only function under main menu.
The BIOS (basic input/output system) contains important information
used to configure the hardware and system software settings. Your
computer reads the BIOS when it first starts up, before it loads the
operating system.
Your computer's BIOS includes a built-in setup utility called Insyde Software SCU (system configuration utility). It can be started shortly after
you turn the computer on, by pressing the F2 key during POST.
The BIOS setup utility displays summary information on your computer,
its devices, processor and memory.
Your computer is already configured for optimal performance, so you
should not need to run this utility. However, you may need to change
the BIOS settings if you encounter configuration problems in the
future. Refer to “Frequently asked questions” on page 73.
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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 button, but my computer does not start or boot-up.
Look at the Power status indicator:
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If it is not lit, no power is being delivered to the computer. Check
the following:
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 AC power, make sure that the AC
adapter is properly plugged in to the computer and to the
power outlet.
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:
•
The brightness level might be too low. Press the Fn and → keys to
increase the screen brightness level.
•
The display device might be set to an external monitor. Press the
Fn and F5 keys to toggle the display setting.
•
The system may be in standby mode. Try pressing the power
button to resume.
The image is not full-screen.
Make sure that the resolution is set to a resolution your system supports:
•
Right click on your Windows desktop and select Properties to bring
up the Display Properties dialog box. Or click on the Display icon in
Control Panel.
•
Click on the Settings tab to check the resolution setting.
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There is no audio coming from my computer.
Check the following:
•
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:
•
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.
The keyboard does not respond.
Try attaching an external USB keyboard to one of your computer's USB
ports. If it works, the internal keyboard might have become disconnected. Contact your dealer or an authorized service center.
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 DVD drive, it can read CDs and DVDs.
•
Make sure that the disc is free of 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.
•
Make sure that the printer is connected to a power outlet and is
turned on.
•
Check that the cable is properly connected to the 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.
I want to set up my location to use the internal modem.
Follow these steps:
•
Click on Start, and then click on Control Panel.
•
Double-click on Phone and Modem Options.
•
In the Dialing 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.
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Appendix A
Specifications
This appendix lists the general specifications
of your computer.
Microprocessor
Intel® Pentium® M Porcessor at 1.4 GHz or higher
Memory
•
DDR333 256MB/2GB(Max).
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Dual 200-pin soDIMM sockets
•
PC2100 / PC2700 DDR SDRAM (Double Date Rate-Synchronous
Dynamic Random Access Memory) support
•
512 KB flash ROM BIOS; shadow RAM support
Data storage
•
4-in-1 card reader (for models with Discrete VGA only)
•
9.5mm 30GB and up Enhanced-IDE hard disk drive
•
One internal optical drive
Display and Video
•
15.4” 16:10 Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) displaying at 1280 x
800(WXGA),16.7M Colors
•
ATI Radeon 9700 with 64MB DDR VGA Memory (for models with
Discrete VGA only)
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Intel® Extreme Graphics Technology (for model with UMA only)
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Simultaneous LCD and CRT display support
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DualViewTM support
•
S-video for output to a television or display device that support
S-video input
Audio
•
2.1 Channel Speaker
•
MS-Sound compatible
•
Audio ports for microphone-in and headphones
Keyboard and pointing device
•
85/86-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 IEEE 1394 port
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One RJ-11 modem jack (V.92, 56K)
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One RJ-45 network jack (Ethernet 100/1000)
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One DC-in jack
•
One parallel port
•
One S-video port (NTSC/PAL)
•
One external monitor port
•
One microphone-/line-in jack
•
One headphone-/speaker-/line out jack
•
Infrared (FIR) port
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Three USB 2.0 ports
•
4 in 1 Card Reader (for models with Discrete VGA only)
Weight and dimensions
•
15.4”-display model:
3.0 kg (6.6 lbs).
360(W) x 273(D) x 28/33.49(H) mm
(14.2”x10.7”x1.1”~1.32”)
Environment
•
Temperature:
Operating: 5°C ~ 35°C
Non-operating: -20°C ~ 65°C
•
Humidity (non-condensing):
Operating: 20% ~ 80% RH
Non-operating: 20% ~ 80% RH
Operating system
•
Microsoft Windows XP Edition
Power
•
8-cell or 4-cell Li-Ion battery pack
•
65W AC adapter.
Options
Additional AC adapter
•
Additional Li-Ion battery pack
•
Additional SODIMMs (256/512MB/1GB)
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Appendix B
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.
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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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 complies with Canadian ICES-003.
Remarque à l’intention des utilisateurs canadiens
Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est conforme a la norme NMB003 du Canada.
Declaration of Conformity for EU countries
Hereby, Acer, declares that this Aspire Notebook Computer 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
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.
If this equipment should fail to operate properly, disconnect the equipment from the phone line to determine if it is causing the problem. If
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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dealer or vendor.
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Notice for New Zealand
For Modem with approval number PTC 211/03/008
1
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.
3
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:
a
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
b
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.
5
This equipment shall not be set up to make automatic calls to
Telecom's 111 Emergency Service.
1
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.
3
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.
4
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.
5
This equipment may not provide for the effective hand-over of a
call to another device connected to the same line.
6
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.
7
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, the associated equipment shall be set to
ensure that calls are answered between 3 and 30 seconds of
receipt of ringing.
8
This equipment shall not be set up to make automatic calls to
Telecom's 111 Emergency Service.
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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.
c
If the product has been exposed to rain or water.
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 This Aspire Notebook Computer uses a lithium battery.
Replace the battery with the same type recommended in the
product specification list. 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
servicing 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.
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.
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,
4,907,093, and 6,516,132 licensed for limited viewing uses only.
Radio Device Regulatory Notice
Note: Below regulatory information is for models with wireless LAN
and/or Bluetooth™ only.
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
Note: 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.
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.
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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 notebook computer 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 guide of each RF
option device.
Note: Acer Dual-Band 11b/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
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 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.
Exposure of humans to RF fields (RSS-102)
Aspire notebook computer 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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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:
Notebook Personal Computer
Model Number:
Machine Type:
SKU Number:
CL32
Aspire 2010
Aspire 201xx
(“x” = 0~9, a ~ z, or A ~ Z)
Name of Responsible Party:
Acer America Corporation
Address of Responsible Party:
2641 Orchard Parkway, San Jose
CA 95134, U. S. A.
Contact Person:
Mr. Young Kim
Phone No.:
408-922-2909
Fax No.:
408-922-2606
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Appendix B Notices
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 for CE marking
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:
Machine Type:
SKU Number:
Notebook PC
Acer
CL32
Aspire 2010
Aspire 201xxx
(“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 to comply
with the requirements.
--------------------------Easy Lai/ Director
Qualification Center
Product Assurance, Acer Inc.
2004/3/5
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A
ACPI 37
audio 29
connecting externally
troubleshooting 79
44
B
battery bay 11
battery pack
battery-low warning 36
caring for v
characteristics 33
charging 35
checking charge level 35
installing 34
low conditions 36
maximizing life 33
optimizing 35
removing 35
using the first time 33
BIOS Setup Utility 75
entering 75
C
caps lock 16
on indicator 14
care
battery pack v
computer iv
CD
troubleshooting 80
charging
checking level 35
cleaning
computer v
computer
bringing to meetings 54
caring for iv
cleaning v
disconnecting 53
features 12
moving around 54
security 30
setting up a home office 56
taking home 55
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traveling internationally 58
traveling on local trips 57
turning off iii
connections
audio 44
external display devices 41
external input devices 41
keyboard, external 41
keypad, external 41
mouse 41
printer 44
USB 42
connectivity options 27
Ethernet 27
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display 13
troubleshooting
DVD
troubleshooting
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E
Ethernet connection
27
F
FAQ. See frequently-asked questions
frequently-asked questions 79
front view 3
G
guide
iii
H
hard disk 25
upgrading
help iii
hotkeys 20
50
K
keyboard 16
connecting externally 41
embedded numeric keypad
hotkeys 20
lock keys 16
troubleshooting 80
Windows keys 19
keypad
connecting externally 41
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launch keys
DVD 80
keyboard 80
printer 81
startup 79
24
M
memory
installing 48– 49
upgrading 48
microphone
troubleshooting 80
modem
setting location 81
mouse
connecting externally
R
right view
41
notice
DVD copyright protection
num lock 16
on indicator 14
numeric keypad
embedded 17
optical drive 25
options
hard disk upgrade 50
memory upgrade 48
PC Cards 45
spare AC adapter 47
spare battery 47
P
password 30
PC Card
inserting 45
removing 46
ports
external display 9
parallel 10
USB 9
power management 37
printer
connecting 44
troubleshooting 81
problems 79
audio 79
CD 80
display 79
8
S
N
O
5,
97
safety
CD or DVD 95
FCC notice 91
general instructions 94
lithium battery 96
modem notices 92
security
password 30
slot 30
service
when to call v
software
bundled 61
speakers
troubleshooting 79
Standby mode
hotkey 20
status indicators 14
status LCD 14
storage 25
hard disk 25
optical drive 25
T
touchpad 22
using 22– 23
travel
international flights
local trips 57
U
USB
connecting
utility
BIOS Setup
42
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W
Windows 63
Windows keys
19
58