Acer 2100 Laptop User Manual

TravelMate 2100/2600 Series
User’s Guide
Copyright © 2004. Acer Incorporated.
All Rights Reserved.
TravelMate 2100/2600 Series User’s Guide
Original Issue: July 2004
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We would like to thank you for making the TravelMate series of
notebook computers your choice for your mobile computing needs.
We hope you will be happy with your TravelMate as much as we
enjoyed making it for you.
Your guides
To help you use your TravelMate, we have designed a set of guides:
First off, the Just for starters... poster helps you get started
with setting up your computer.
This User’s guide introduces you to the many ways your
computer can help you be more productive. This guide
provides clear and concise information about the computer,
so read it thoroughly.
If you ever need to print out a copy, this User’s guide is also
available in Portable Document Format (PDF). Follow these
steps:
1 Click on Start, All Programs, AcerSystem.
2 Click on AcerSystem User’s guide.
Note: Viewing the file requires Adobe Acrobat Reader
installed. If Adobe Acrobat Reader is not installed on your
computer, clicking on TravelMate User’s guide will run the
Acrobat Reader setup program first. Follow the instructions
on the screen to complete the installation. For instructions
on how to use Adobe Acrobat Reader, access the Help and
Support menu.
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First things first
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Basic care and tips for using your computer
Turning your computer on and off
To turn on the computer, simply press and release the power switch
below the LCD screen beside the Launch keys. See “Front view” on
page 3 for the location of the power switch.
To turn the power off, do any of the following:
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Use the Windows shutdown command
Click on Start, Turn Off Computer; then click on Turn Off.
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Use the power switch
Note: You can also use the power switch to perform power
management functions. See “Power management” on page 23.
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Use the customized functions for power management
You can also shut down the computer by closing the display cover,
or by pressing the sleep hot key (Fn-F4). See “Power management”
on page 23.
Note: If you cannot power off the computer normally, press and
hold the power switch for more than four seconds to shut down
the computer. If you turn off the computer and want to turn it on
again, wait at least two seconds before powering up.
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 0ºC (32ºF) or
above 50ºC (122ºF).
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Do not subject 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 and vibration.
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Do not expose the computer to dust and dirt.
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Never place objects on top of the computer to avoid damaging the
computer.
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Do not slam the computer display when you close it.
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Never place the computer on uneven surfaces.
Taking care of your AC adapter
Here are some ways to take care of 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 top of it.
Carefully route the power cord and any cables away from personal
traffic.
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When unplugging the power cord, do not pull on the cord itself
but pull on the plug.
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The total ampere ratings of the equipment plugged in should not
exceed the ampere rating of the cord if you are using an extension
cord. Also, the total current rating of all equipment plugged into a
single wall outlet should not exceed the fuse rating.
Taking care of your battery pack
Here are some ways to take care of your battery pack:
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Use only batteries of the same kind as replacements. Turn the
power off before removing or replacing batteries.
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Do not tamper with batteries. Keep them away from children.
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Dispose of used batteries according to local regulations. Recycle if
at all possible.
Cleaning and servicing
When cleaning the computer, follow these steps:
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Power off the computer and remove the battery pack.
2
Disconnect the AC adapter.
3
Use a soft cloth moistened with water. Do not use liquid or
aerosol cleaners.
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If any of the following occurs:
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The computer has been dropped or the body has been damaged.
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Liquid has been spilled into the product.
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The computer does not operate normally.
Please refer to "Troubleshooting my computer" on page 43.
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A TravelMate tour
Front view
Left view
Right view
Rear view
Bottom view
Features
Indicators
Using the keyboard
Lock keys
Embedded numeric keypad
Windows keys
Hot keys
The Euro symbol
Launch keys
Touchpad
Touchpad basics
Storage
Hard disk
Optical drive
Audio
Power management
Moving around with your TravelMate
Disconnecting from the desktop
Moving around
Taking the computer home
Traveling with the computer
Traveling internationally with the computer
Securing your computer
Using a computer security lock
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Contents
First things first
Your guides
Basic care and tips for using your computer
2 Customizing my computer
Expanding through options
Connectivity options
Upgrade options
Using system utilities
Notebook Manager
Launch Manager
BIOS Utility
D to D Recovery (Disc to Disc)
Multilingual operating system installation
Restore without a Recovery CD
Setup password and exit
3 Troubleshooting my computer
Frequently-asked questions
Requesting service
International Traveler’s Warranty (ITW)
Before you call
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Appendix A Specifications
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Appendix B Regulation & safety notices
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Index
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TravelMate
Your TravelMate computer combines highperformance, versatility, power management
features and multimedia capabilities with a
unique style and ergonomic design. Work with
unmatched productivity and reliability with
your new power computing partner.
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After setting up your computer as illustrated in the Just for starters...
poster, let us show you around your new TravelMate computer.
Front view
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Item
Description
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Display screen
Also called Liquid-Crystal Display (LCD),
displays computer output.
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Item
Description
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Status indicators
Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) that turn on
and off to show the status of the
computer, its functions and components.
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Power button
Turns on the computer power.
4
Launch Keys
Buttons for launching frequently used
programs. See“Launch keys” on page 18
for more details.
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Palmrest
Comfortable support area for your hands
when you use the computer.
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Click buttons
(left, center and right)
The left and right buttons function like the
left and right mouse buttons; the center
button serves as a 4-way scroll button.
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Touchpad
Touch-sensitive pointing device which
functions like a computer mouse.
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Keyboard
Inputs data into your computer.
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Ventilation slot
Enables the computer to stay cool, even
after prolonged use.
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Left view
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Item
Description
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PC Card slots
Connects to one Type III or
two Type II CardBus PC Card(s).
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Eject buttons
Eject the PC Cards from the slots.
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Optical drive
Internal optical drive; accepts CDs or
DVDs depending on the optical drive
type.
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Infrared port
Interfaces with infrared devices (e.g.,
infrared printer, IR-aware computer).
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LED indicator
Lights up when the optical drive is
active.
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Eject button
Ejects the optical drive tray from the
drive.
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Emergency eject hole
Ejects the optical drive tray when the
computer is turned off. See page 46
for more details.
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Speaker
Delivers stereo audio output.
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Right view
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Item
Description
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Speaker
Delivers stereo audio output.
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Security keylock
Connects to a Kensington-compatible
computer security lock.
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Ventilation slots
Enable the computer to stay cool, even after
prolonged use.
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Rear view
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Item
Description
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Power jack
Connects to an AC adapter.
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Parallel port
Connects to a parallel device (e.g., parallel
printer).
3
Ventilation slot
Enables the computer to stay cool, even after
prolonged use.
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External display
port
Connects to a display device (e.g., external
monitor, LCD projector) and displays up to
16M colors at 1024x768 resolution.
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Four USB 2.0 ports
Connect to Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0
devices (e.g., USB mouse, USB camera).
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Network jack
Connects to an Ethernet 10/100-based
network.
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Modem jack
Connects to a phone line.
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Item
Description
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Speaker/Line-Out/
Headphone jack
Connects to audio line-out devices (e.g.,
speakers, headphones).
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Line-in/Mic-in jack
Accepts audio line-in devices (e.g., audio CD
player, stereo walkman).
Bottom view
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Item
Description
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Battery bay
Houses the computer's battery pack.
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Battery release
latch
Unlatches the battery to remove the battery
pack.
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Memory
compartment
Houses the computer's main memory.
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Below is a brief summary of the computer’s many features:
Performance
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Intel® Pentium® 4 processors, 2.8 GHz and above
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Intel® Celeron® processors, 2.6 GHz and above
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256/512 MB of DDR333 SDRAM standard, upgradeable to 2048 MB
with dual soDIMM modules
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30 GB and above high-capacity, Enhanced-IDE hard disk
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Advanced Configuration Power Interface (ACPI) power
management system
Display
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The 15.4” WXGA (1280x800 resolution) TFT LCD panel providing a
large viewing area for maximum efficiency and ease-of-use
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ATI MOBILITY ™ RADEON™ 9000 IGP chipset shared with 64 MB of
system memory, as video RAM
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3D graphics support
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Simultaneous LCD and CRT display support
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"Automatic LCD dim" feature that automatically deciding the best
settings for your display and conserves power
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DualView™ support
Multimedia
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High-speed drive:
DVD-ROM, DVD/CD-RW Combo, DVD Dual or DVD-Super Multi
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MS DirectSound compatible
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Built-in dual speakers
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Connectivity
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Integrated 10/100 Mbps Fast Ethernet connection
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Built-in 56Kbps fax/data modem
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Four Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 ports
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InviLink™ 802.11b/g Wireless LAN (manufacturing option)
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Bluetooth® (manufacturing option)
Human-centric design and ergonomics
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Rugged, yet extremely portable design
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Stylish appearance
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Full-size keyboard with four programmable launch keys
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Comfortable palm rest area with well-positioned touchpad
Expansion
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One Tpye III or two Type II CardBus PC Card slots
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Upgradeable memory modules
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The computer has seven easy-to-read status icons below the display
screen.
Icon
Function
Description
Wireless
communications
Lights when the Wireless LAN capability is
enabled.
Power
Lights when the computer is on.
Sleep
Lights when the computer enters Standby
mode and blinks when it enters into or
resumes from hibernation mode.
Media activity
Lights when the hard disk or optical drive is
active.
Battery charge
Lights when the battery is being charged.
Caps Lock
Lights when Caps Lock is activated.
Num Lock
Lights when Num Lock is activated.
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Using the keyboard
The keyboard has full-sized keys and an embedded keypad, separate
cursor keys, two Windows keys and twelve function keys.
Lock keys
The keyboard has three lock keys which you can toggle on and off.
Lock Key
Description
Caps Lock
When Caps Lock is on, all alphabetic characters typed are in
uppercase.
Num Lock
(Fn-F11)
When Num Lock is on, the embedded keypad is in numeric
mode. The keys function as a calculator (complete with the
arithmetic operators +, -, *, and /). Use this mode when you
need to do a lot of numeric data entry. A better solution
would be to connect an external keypad.
Scroll Lock
(Fn-F12)
When Scroll Lock is on, the screen moves one line up or down
when you press the up or down arrow keys respectively.
Scroll Lock does not work with some applications.
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The embedded numeric keypad functions like a desktop numeric
keypad. It is indicated by small characters located on the upper right
corner of the keycaps. To simplify the keyboard legend, cursor-control
key symbols are not printed on the keys.
Desired Access
Num Lock On
Num Lock Off
Number keys on
embedded keypad
Type numbers in a normal
manner.
Cursor-control keys
on embedded
keypad
Hold Shift while using
cursor-control keys.
Hold Fn while using
cursor-control keys.
Main keyboard keys
Hold Fn while typing letters
on embedded keypad.
Type the letters in a
normal manner.
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Embedded numeric keypad
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Windows keys
The keyboard has two keys that perform 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
+M
Shift +
Opens the Find: All Files dialog box.
Minimizes all windows.
+ M Undoes the minimize all windows
(
+R
Application key
+ M) action.
Opens the Run dialog box.
This key has the same effect as clicking the right mouse
button; it opens the application's context menu.
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The computer employs hot keys or key combinations to access most of
the computer’s controls like screen brightness, volume output and the
BIOS Utility.
To activate hot keys, press and hold the Fn key before pressing the
other key in the hot key combination.
Hot Key
Icon
Function
Description
Fn-F1
Hot key help
Displays help on hot keys.
Fn-F2
Setup
Launches the Notebook
Manager.
Fn-F3
Power
Management
Scheme toggle
Switches the power
management scheme used by
the computer (function
available if supported by
operating system).
Fn-F4
Sleep
Puts the computer in Sleep
mode.
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Icon
Function
Description
Fn-F5
Display toggle
Switches display output
between the display screen,
external monitor (if
connected) and both the
display screen and external
monitor.
Fn-F6
Screen blank
Turns the display screen
backlight off to save power.
Press any key to return.
Fn-F7
Touchpad toggle
Turns the internal touchpad
on and off.
Fn-F8
Speaker toggle
Turns the speakers on and off.
Fn-↑
Volume up
Increases the sound volume.
Fn-↓
Volume down
Decreases the sound volume.
Fn-→
Brightness up
Increases the screen
brightness.
Fn-←
Brightness down
Decreases the screen
brightness.
Fn-Pg Up
Home
Functions as the Home key.
Fn-Pg Dn
End
Functions as the End key.
Alt GrEuro
Euro
Types the Euro symbol.
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If your keyboard layout is set to United States-International or United
Kingdom or if you have a keyboard with a European layout, you can
type the Euro symbol on your keyboard.
Note for US keyboard users: The keyboard layout is set when you
first set up Windows. For the Euro symbol to work, the keyboard
layout has to be set to United States-International.
To verify the keyboard type:
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Click on Start, Control Panel.
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Double-click on Regional and Language Options.
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Click on the Language tab and click on Details.
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Verify that the keyboard layout used for "En English (United
States)" is set to United States-International.
If not, select and click on ADD; then select United StatesInternational and click on OK.
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Click on OK.
To type the Euro symbol:
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Locate the Euro symbol on your keyboard.
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Open a text editor or word processor.
3
Hold Alt Gr and press the Euro symbol.
Note: Some fonts and software do not support the Euro symbol.
Please refer to http://www.microsoft.com/typography/faq/
faq12.htm for more information.
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Launch keys
Located at the top of the keyboard are six buttons. These buttons are
called launch keys. They are designated as the mail, Web broswer, P1,
P2 , Wireless and Bluetooth buttons. The Wireless and Bluetooth
buttons cannot be set by the user. To set the other four launch keys,
run the Acer Launch Manager.
Description
Default Application
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Mail
Email application
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Web browser
Internet browser application
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P1
User-programmable
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P2
User-programmable
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Bluetooth
(optional)
Bluetooth communications.
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Wireless
(optional)
InviLink™ 802.11b/g Wireless LAN
communications.
Caution: It is important that Bluetooth and Wireless LAN are
turned off before boarding an airplane.
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The built-in touchpad is a PS/2-compatible pointing device that senses
movement on its surface. This means the cursor responds as you move
your finger on the surface of the touchpad. The central location on the
palmrest provides optimum comfort and support.
Note: When using an external USB or serial mouse, you can press
Fn-F7 to disable the touchpad.
Touchpad basics
The following items teach you how to use the touchpad:
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Move your finger across the touchpad to move the cursor.
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Press the left (1) and right (3) buttons located on the edge of the
touchpad to do selection and execution functions. These two
buttons are similar to the left and right buttons on a mouse.
Tapping on the touchpad produces similar results.
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Use the 4-way scroll (2) button to scroll up or down and move left
or right a page. This button mimics your cursor pressing on the
right scroll bar of Windows applications.
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Right
Button
Center
Button
Function
Left Button
Execute
Click twice
quickly.
Tap twice (at the
same speed as
double-clicking a
mouse button).
Select
Click once.
Tap once.
Drag
Click and
hold, then
use finger to
drag the
cursor on the
touchpad.
Tap twice (at the
same speed as
double-clicking a
mouse button) then
hold finger to the
touchpad on the
second tap and drag
the cursor.
Access
context
menu
Scroll
Tap
Click
once.
Click
and
hold the
up/
down/
left/
right.
Note: Keep your fingers dry and clean when using the touchpad.
Also keep the touchpad dry and clean. The touchpad is sensitive to
finger movements. Hence, the lighter the touch, the better the
response. Tapping harder will not increase the touchpad’s
responsiveness.
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This computer supplies you with the following media storage:
Hard disk
The high-capacity hard disk is the answer to your storage needs. This is
where your data files and applications are stored.
Optical drive
Your computer comes equipped with an optical drive which may be
one of the following:
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DVD-ROM
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DVD/CD-RW Combo
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DVD-Dual
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DVD-Super Multi
Ejecting the DVD tray
To eject the DVD tray when the computer is turned on, press the drive
eject button; then pull out the tray.
When the power is off, you can eject the drive tray using the
emergency eject hole. See page 46.
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Playing DVD movies
When the DVD drive module is installed in the optical drive bay, you
can play DVD movies on your computer.
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Eject the DVD tray and insert a DVD movie disc; then close the DVD
tray.
Important! When you launch the DVD player for the first time, the
program asks you to input the region code. DVD discs are divided
into 6 regions. Once your DVD drive is set to a region code, it will
play DVD discs of that region only. You can set the region code a
maximum of five times (including the first time), after which the
last region code set will remain permanent. Recovering your hard
disk does not reset the number of times the region code has been
set. Refer to the table later in this section for DVD movie region
code information.
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The DVD movie will automatically play after a few seconds.
Region Code
Country or Region
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U.S.A., Canada
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Europe, Middle East, South Africa, Japan
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Southeast Asia, Taiwan, South Korea
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Latin America, Australia, New Zealand
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Former U.S.S.R., parts of Africa, India
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People's Republic of China
Note: To change the region code, insert a DVD movie of a
different region into the DVD drive.
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The computer comes with 16-bit high-fidelity AC’97 stereo audio. The
built-in dual stereo speakers are easy to access.
There are audio ports on the rear panel of the computer. See “Rear
view” on page 7 for more information on external audio devices.
Power management
This computer has a built-in power management unit that monitors
system activity. System activity refers to any activity involving one or
more of the following devices: keyboard, mouse, hard disk, peripherals
connected to the serial and parallel ports, and video memory. If no
activity is detected for a period of time (called an inactivity timeout),
the computer stops some or all of these devices in order to conserve
energy.
This computer employs a power management scheme that supports
Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI), which allows for
maximum power conservation and maximum performance at the same
time. Windows handles all power-saving chores for your computer.
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Moving around with your
TravelMate
This section gives you tips and hints on things to consider when moving
around or traveling with your computer.
Disconnecting from the desktop
Follow these steps to disconnect your computer from external
accessories:
1
Save your work in progress.
2
Remove any media or compact disc from the drive(s).
3
Shut down the operating system.
4
Turn off the computer.
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Close the display cover.
6
Disconnect the cord from the AC adapter.
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Disconnect the keyboard, pointing device, printer, external
monitor, and other external devices.
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Disconnect the Kensington lock if you are using one to secure the
computer.
Moving around
“when you are just moving within short distances, for example, from
your office desk to a meeting room”
Preparing the computer
Before moving the computer, close and latch the display cover to place
it in Sleep mode. You can now safely take the computer anywhere you
go within the building. To bring the computer out of Sleep mode,
open the display.
If you are taking the computer to a client's office or a different
building, you may choose to shut down the computer:
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Click on Start, Turn Off Computer.
2
Click on Turn Off.
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you can put the computer in Sleep mode by pressing Fn-F4. Then close
and latch the display.
When you are ready to use the computer again, unlatch and open the
display, and press and release the power switch. If the power indicator
is off, the computer has entered Hibernation mode and turned off.
Press and release the power switch to turn the computer back on.
Note that the computer may enter Hibernation mode after a period of
time it is in Sleep mode. Turn the power on to wake up the computer
from Hibernation mode.
What to bring to short meetings
A fully charged battery runs the computer for about two hours under
most circumstances. If your meeting is shorter than that, you probably
do not need to bring anything with you other than the computer.
What to bring to long meetings
If your meeting lasts longer than two hours or if your battery is not
fully charged, you may want to bring the AC adapter with you to plug
in your computer in the meeting room.
If the meeting room does not have an electrical outlet, reduce the
drain on the battery by putting the computer in Sleep mode. Press FnF4 or close the display cover whenever you are not actively using the
computer. Then tap any key or open the display to resume.
Taking the computer home
“when you are moving from your office to your home or vice versa”
Preparing the computer
After disconnecting the computer from your desktop, follow these
steps to prepare the computer for the trip home:
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Check if you have removed all media and compact discs from the
drive(s). Failure to remove the media can damage the drive head.
•
Pack the computer in a protective case that can prevent the
computer from sliding around and cushion it if it should fall.
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Caution: Avoid packing items next to the top cover of the
computer. Pressure against the top cover can damage the screen
What to bring with you
Unless you already have some items at home, bring the following items
with you:
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AC adapter and power cord
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The printed user’s guide
Special considerations
Follow these guidelines to protect your computer while traveling to
and from work:
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Minimize the effect of temperature changes by keeping the
computer with you.
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If you need to stop for an extended period of time and cannot
bring the computer with you, leave the computer in the trunk of
the car to avoid exposing the computer to excessive heat.
•
Changes in temperature and humidity can cause condensation.
Allow the computer to return to room temperature, and inspect
the screen for condensation before turning on the computer. If
the temperature change is greater than 18°F (10°C), allow the
computer to come to room temperature slowly. If possible, leave
the computer for 30 minutes in an environment with a
temperature between outside and room temperature.
Setting up a home office
If you frequently work on your computer at home, you may want to
purchase a second AC adapter for use at home. With a second AC
adapter, you can avoid transporting the extra weight to and from
home.
If you use your computer at home for significant periods of time, you
might also want to add an external keyboard, monitor, or mouse.
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“when you are moving within a larger distance, for instance, from your
office building to a client’s office building or traveling locally”
Preparing the computer
Prepare the computer as if you were taking it home. Make sure that
the battery in the computer is charged. Airport security may require
you to turn on your computer when bringing it into the gate area.
What to bring with you
Bring the following items with you:
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AC adapter
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Spare, fully-charged battery pack(s)
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Additional printer driver files if you plan to use another printer
Special considerations
In addition to the guidelines for taking the computer home, follow
these guidelines to protect your computer while traveling:
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Always take the computer as carry-on luggage.
•
If possible, have the computer inspected by hand. Airport security
X-ray machines are safe, but do not put the computer through a
metal detector.
Traveling internationally with the computer
“when you are moving from country to country”
Preparing the computer
Prepare the computer as you would normally prepare it for traveling.
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Traveling with the computer
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1 Getting to know your TravelMate
What to bring with you
Bring the following items with you:
•
AC adapter
•
Power cords that are appropriate for the country to which you are
traveling
•
Spare, fully-charged battery packs
•
Additional printer driver files if you plan to use another printer
•
Proof of purchase, in case you need to show it to customs officials
•
International Traveler’s Warranty passport
Special considerations
Follow the same special considerations as when traveling with the
computer. In addition, these tips are useful when traveling
internationally:
•
When traveling in another country, check that the local AC voltage
and the AC adapter power cord specifications are compatible. If
not, purchase a power cord that is compatible with the local AC
voltage. Do not use converter kits sold for appliances to power the
computer.
•
If you are using the modem, check if the modem and connector is
compatible with the telecommunications system of the country
you are traveling in.
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Your computer is a valuable investment that you need to take care of.
Learn how to protect and take care of your computer.
Security features include hardware and software locks — a security
lock and passwords.
Using a computer security lock
A security keylock notch located on the right panel of the computer
lets you connect a Kensington-compatible computer security lock.
Wrap a computer security lock cable around an immovable object such
as a table or locked drawer handle. Insert the lock into the notch and
turn the key to secure the lock. Some keyless models are also available.
Setting a password
Passwords protect your computer from unauthorized access. When set,
no one can access the computer without entering the correct
password.
There are three types of passwords you can set:
1
Supervisor Password secures your computer against unauthorized
entry to and use of the BIOS Utility.
2
User Password secures your computer against unauthorized use.
3
Hard Disk Password protects your data by preventing
unauthorized access to your hard disk.
Important! Do not forget your Setup and Hard Disk passwords! If
you forget your passwords, please get in touch with your dealer
or an authorized service center.
You can set the passwords using the BIOS Utility.
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Securing your computer
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1 Getting to know your TravelMate
2 Customizing my
computer
After learning the basics of your TravelMate
computer, let’s get acquainted with the
advanced features of your computer. In this
chapter, you will learn how to add options,
upgrade components for better performance,
and customize your computer.
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Your TravelMate offers you a complete mobile computing experience.
Connectivity options
Ports allow you to connect peripheral devices to your computer as you
would with a desktop PC.
Modem
Your computer has a built-in V.92 56Kbps AC’97 Link modem.
Warning! This modem port is not compatible with digital phone
lines. Plugging this modem into a digital phone line will damage
the modem.
To use the modem, connect a phone cable from the modem jack to a
phone line jack.
See your communications manual for instructions to start the program.
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Expanding through options
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2 Customizing my computer
Network
Your computer has built-in Ethernet/Fast Ethernet capabilities. To use
the network feature, connect an Ethernet cable from the network jack
to an network jack or hub. Consult your network administrator for
details.
Universal Serial Bus
The Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 port is a high-speed serial bus which
allows you to connect and daisy-chain USB peripherals without taking
up precious system resources. Your computer has four ports available.
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There are one Type III or two Type II CardBus PC Card slots found on
the left side of the computer. The slots accept credit-card-sized cards
that enhance the usability and expandability of the computer. These
cards should have a PC Card logo on them.
PC Cards (formerly PCMCIA) are add-on cards for portable computers,
giving you expansion possibilities long afforded by desktop PCs.
CardBus improves on the 16-bit PC card technology by expanding the
bandwidth to 32 bits.
Note: Refer to your card manual for details on how to install and
use the card and its functions.
Inserting a PC Card
Insert the card into the lower slot and make the proper connections
(e.g., network cable), if necessary. See your card manual for details.
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PC Card slot
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2 Customizing my computer
Ejecting a PC Card
Before ejecting a PC Card:
1
Exit the application using the card.
2
Left-click on the Safely Remove Hardware icon on the taskbar and
click on the PC Card item. Click OK to confirm.
3
Press the slot eject button (1) to pop out the eject button; then
press it again to eject the card (2).
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Your computer delivers superior power and performance. However,
some users and the applications they use may demand more. This
computer allows you to upgrade key components when you need
increased performance.
Note: Contact your authorized dealer if you decide to perform a
key component upgrade.
Memory upgrade
Memory is expandable to 2 GB, employing DDR 266/333 256MB/512MB/
1GB SDRAM modules. The computer supports shadow RAM.
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 available slot, or replacing the standard
memory with a higher-capacity memory module.
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Upgrade options
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2 Customizing my computer
Installing memory
Follow these steps to install memory:
1
Turn off the computer, unplug the AC adapter (if connected) and
remove the battery pack. Then turn the computer over to access its
base.
2
Remove the screw from the memory cover (1), then lift up and
remove the memory cover (2).
3
Insert the memory module diagonally into the slot (1), then gently
press it down until it clicks into place (2).
4
Replace the memory cover and secure it with the screw.
The computer automatically detects and reconfigures the total
memory size.
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Notebook Manager
The computer has a built-in system setup program called Notebook
Manager. The Windows-based Notebook Manager allows you to set
passwords, the startup sequence of the drives, and power
management settings. It also shows current hardware configurations.
To start the Notebook Manager, press Fn-F2 or follow these steps:
1
Click on Start, All Programs, then Notebook Manager.
2
Select the Notebook Manager application to run the program.
Click on Help and Support for more information.
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Using system utilities
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2 Customizing my computer
Launch Manager
There are six Launch Keys located above the keyboard. The Wireless
and Bluetooth buttons are not programmable. Launch Manager only
allows you to set the other four Launch Keys. See “Launch keys” on
page 18 for more information.
You can access the Launch Manager by clicking on Start, All Programs,
and then Launch Manager to start the application.
BIOS Utility
The BIOS Utility is a hardware configuration program built into your
computer’s Basic Input/Output System (BIOS).
Your computer is already properly configured and optimized, and you
do not need to run this utility. However, if you encounter
configuration problems, you may need to run it.
To activate the BIOS Utility, press F2 during the Power-On Self Test
(POST) while the TravelMate logo is being displayed.
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Note: This feature is only available on certain models.
Multilingual operating system installation
Follow the instructions to choose the operating system and language
you use when you first power-on the system.
1
Turn on the system.
2
Acer multilingual operating system selection menu will pop-up
automatically.
3
Use the arrow keys to scroll to the language version you want.
Press Enter to confirm your selection.
4
The operating system and language you choose now will be the
only option for future recovery operations.
5
The system will install the operating system and language you
choose.
Restore without a Recovery CD
This recovery process helps you restore the C: drive with the original
software content that is installed when you purchase your notebook.
Follow the steps below to rebuild your C: drive. (Your C: drive will be
reformatted and all data will be erased.) It is important to back up all
data files before you use this option.
Before performing a restore operation, please check the BIOS settings.
a
Check to see if "Hard Disk Recovery" function is enabled or not.
b
Make sure the [Hard Disk Recovery] setting in [Advanced] is [Enabled].
c
Exit the BIOS Setup Utility and save changes. The system will reboot.
Note: To activate BIOS Setup Utility, press <F2> during POST.
1
Restart the system.
2
The instruction "Press <F2> to Enter BIOS" is shown at the bottom
of the screen, during POST.
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D to D Recovery (Disc to Disc)
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2 Customizing my computer
3
Press <Alt> + <F10> at the same time to enter the recovery process.
4
The message "The system has password protection. Please enter
000000:" is displayed.
5
Enter six 0s and continue.
6
"Acer Self-Configuration Preload" window appears.
7
Use the arrow keys to scroll through the items (operating system
versions) and press "Enter" to select.
Setup password and exit
Press "F3" to setup password or press "F5" to exit the system recovery
process when "Acer Self-Configuration Preload" window appears.
If "F3" is pressed, the next screen shows "Please enter new password:"
enter one to eight alphanumeric characters. You will be asked to
reenter your password for confirmation before continuing.
The screen will display "Password has been created. Press any key to
reboot...", hit any key to reboot your system.
If "F5" is pressed, the recovery process will be terminated and the
system will reboot and start normally.
Important: This feature occupies 2 GB in a hidden partition on
your hard drive.
3 Troubleshooting
my computer
This chapter instructs you on how to deal with
common system problems. Read it before
calling a technician if a problem occurs.
Solutions to more serious problems require
opening up the computer. Do not attempt to
open the computer by yourself. Contact your
dealer or an authorized service center for
assistance.
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The following is a list of possible situations that may arise during the
use of your computer. Easy answers and solutions are provided for
each one.
I pressed the power switch and opened the display, but the
computer does not start or boot-up.
Look at the Power indicator:
•
•
If it is not lit, no power is being applied to the computer. Check
the following:
•
If you are running on battery power, it may be low and unable
to power the computer. Connect the AC adapter to recharge
the battery pack.
•
Make sure that the AC adapter is plugged in properly to the
computer and to the power outlet.
If it is lit, check the following:
•
If the Sleep indicator is lit, the computer is in Sleep mode.
Press any key or tap on the touchpad to resume.
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, two things might
be the cause:
•
The brightness level might be too low. Press Fn-→ to increase the
brightness level.
•
The display device might be set to an external monitor. Press the
display toggle hot key Fn-F5 to toggle the display back to the
computer.
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Frequently-asked questions
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Image is not full-screen.
Make sure that the resolution is set to 1024x768. This is the native
resolution of your computer display. Right-click on your Windows
desktop and select Properties to bring up the Display Properties dialog
box. Then click on the Settings tab to make sure that the resolution is
set to the appropriate resolution. Resolutions lower than the specified
resolution are not full-screen on the computer or on an external
monitor.
No audio is heard from the computer.
Check the following:
•
The volume may be muted. In Windows, look at the volume
control (speaker) icon on the taskbar. If it is crossed-out, click on
the icon and deselect the Mute option.
•
The speakers may be turned off. Press Fn-F8 to turn the speakers
on (this hot key also turns the speakers off).
•
The volume level may be too low. In Windows, look at the volume
control icon on the taskbar.
•
If headphones, earphones or external speakers are connected to
the line-out port on the computer’s right panel, the internal
speakers automatically turn off.
I want to eject the CD or DVD tray without turning on the
power. I cannot eject the CD or DVD tray.
There is a mechanical eject button on the optical drive. Simply insert
the tip of a pen or paperclip and push to eject the tray.
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Check the following:
•
Make sure the disc is supported by the drive. If your computer has
a CD-ROM drive, it can read CDs but cannot read DVDs. If your
computer has a DVD drive, it can read DVDs in addition to CDs.
•
When placing the CD or DVD in the drive tray, make sure it is
secure in the spindle on the drive tray.
•
Make sure the CD or DVD is free from scratches or smudges. If the
CD or DVD is dirty, clean it using a disc cleaning kit. Remember to
follow the instructions included with the kit.
•
If the problem does not lie with the disc, your CD or DVD drive
may be dirty. Clean it using a drive cleaning kit. Follow the
instructions included with the kit.
The keyboard does not respond.
Try attaching an external keyboard to the USB connector on the
computer’s rear. If it works, contact your dealer or an authorized
service center as the internal keyboard cable may be loose.
The infrared port does not work.
Check the following:
•
Make sure that the infrared ports of the two devices are facing
each other (+/- 15 degrees) a maximum of 1 meter apart.
•
Make sure there is a clear path between the two infrared ports.
Nothing should be blocking the ports.
•
Make sure you have the appropriate software running on both
devices (for file transfers) or you have the appropriate drivers (for
printing to an infrared printer).
•
During the POST, press F2 to access the BIOS Utility and verify that
the infrared port is enabled.
•
Make sure both devices are IrDA-compliant.
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The CD or DVD drive cannot access a disc.
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The printer does not work.
Check the following:
•
Make sure that the printer is connected to a power outlet and that
it is turned on.
•
Depending on your connection (USB or parallel), make sure that
the printer cable is connected securely to the appropriate port on
your computer and the corresponding port on the printer.
•
During POST, press F2 to access the BIOS Utility and verify that the
parallel port is enabled if you use a parallel printer.
I want to set up my location to use the internal modem.
To properly use your communications software, you need to set up
your location:
1
Click on Start, Control Panel.
2
Double-click on Phone and Modem Options.
3
Click on the Dialing Rules tab and begin setting up your location.
Refer to Windows Help and Support.
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International Traveler’s Warranty (ITW)
Your computer is backed by an International Traveler’s Warranty (ITW)
that gives you security and peace of mind when traveling. Our
worldwide network of service centers are there to give you a helping
hand.
An ITW passport comes with your computer. This passport contains all
you need to know about the ITW program. A list of available,
authorized service centers is in this handy booklet. Read this passport
thoroughly.
Always have your ITW passport on hand, especially when you travel to
receive the benefits from our support centers. Place your proof-ofpurchase in the flap located inside the front cover of the ITW passport.
If the country you are traveling in does not have an Acer-authorized
ITW service site, you can still get in contact with our offices worldwide.
Please consult http://www.acersupport.com.
Before you call
Please have the following information available when you call Acer for
online service, and please be at your computer when you call. With
your support, we can reduce the amount of time a call takes and help
solve your problems efficiently.
If there are error messages or beeps reported by your computer, write
them down as they appear on the screen (or the number and sequence
in the case of beeps).
You are required to provide the following information:
Name:________________________________________
Address:______________________________________
______________________________________________
Telephone number:____________________________
Machine and model type:_______________________
Serial number:_________________________________
Date of purchase:______________________________
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Requesting service
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Appendix A
Specifications
This appendix lists the general specifications
of your computer.
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Intel® Pentium® 4 processors, 2.8 GHz and above
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Intel® Celeron® processors, 2.6 GHz and above
Memory
•
256/512 MB of DDR333 SDRAM standard, upgradeable to 2048 MB
with dual soDIMM modules
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512 KB flash ROM BIOS
Data storage
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One 30 GB and above E-IDE hard disk (2.5”, 9.5mm, UltraDMA-100)
•
One internal optical drive
Display and video
•
15.4” Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) displaying at 1280x800 WXGA
resolution
•
ATI MOBILITY™ RADEON™ 9000 IGP chipset shared with 64 MB of
system memory, as video RAM
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Simultaneous LCD and CRT display support
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DualView™ support
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"Automatic LCD dim" feature that automatically deciding the best
settings for your display and conserves power
Connectivity
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Integrated 10/100 Mbps Fast Ethernet connection
•
Built-in 56Kbps fax/data modem
•
Four Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 ports
•
InviLink™ 802.11b/g Wireless LAN (manufacturing option)
•
Bluetooth® (manufacturing option)
Audio
•
Two built-in stereo speakers
•
MS DirectSound compatible
•
Audio ports for line-out, line-in devices
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Microprocessor
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Appendix A Specifications
Keyboard and pointing device
•
84/85/88-key Windows keyboard
•
Ergonomically-centered touchpad pointing device with scroll
function
I/O ports
•
One Type III or two type II PC Card slots
•
One RJ-11 phone jack (V.92, 56Kbps modem)
•
One RJ-45 network jack (Ethernet 10/100 Base-T)
•
One DC-in jack (AC adapter)
•
One parallel port (ECP/EPP compliant)
•
One external monitor port
•
One line-out jack (3.5mm minijack)
•
One line-in jack (3.5mm minijack)
•
One Infrared (FIR) port
•
Four USB 2.0 ports
Weight and dimensions
•
15.4”display model:
3.6 kg (7.9 lbs)
361(W) x 292.5(D) x 47.3(H) mm
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
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Microsoft® Windows® XP Home/Pro
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ACPI 1.0b support
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DMI 2.0-compliant
Power
•
8-cell Li-ion battery pack
•
135W AC adapter 19V
Options
•
256MB/512MB/1GB memory upgrade module
•
Additional 135W AC adapter
•
Addition Li-ion battery pack
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System
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Appendix A Specifications
Appendix B
Regulation &
safety notices
This appendix lists the general notices for
your computer.
As an Energy Star Partner, Acer Inc. has determined that this product
meets the Energy Star guidelines for energy efficiency.
FCC notice
This device has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a
Class B digital device pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits
are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful
interference in a residential installation. This device generates, uses,
and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used
in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to
radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a
particular installation. If this device does cause harmful interference to
radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the
device off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the following measures:
•
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
•
Increase the separation between the device and receiver.
•
Connect the device into an outlet on a circuit different from that
to which the receiver is connected.
•
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/television technician
for help.
Notice: Shielded cables
All connections to other computing devices must be made using
shielded cables to maintain compliance with FCC regulations.
Notice: Peripheral devices
Only peripherals (input/output devices, terminals, printers, etc.)
certified to comply with the Class B limits may be attached to this
equipment. Operation with non-certified peripherals is likely to result
in interference to radio and TV reception.
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Energy Star Guidelines Compliance
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Appendix B Regulation & safety notices
Caution
Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer
could void the user's authority, which is granted by the Federal
Communications Commission, to operate this computer.
Operation conditions
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject
to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful
interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesired operation.
Notice: Canadian users
This Class B digital apparatus 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 TravelMate 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.
If this equipment should fail to operate properly, disconnect the
equipment from the phone line to determine if it is causing the
problem. If the problem is with the equipment, discontinue use and
contact your dealer or vendor.
Caution: To reduce the risk of fire, use only No. 26 AWG or larger
UL Listed or CSA Certified Telecommunication Line Cord.
TBR 21
This equipment has been approved [Council Decision 98/482/EC - "TBR
21"] for single terminal connection to the Public Switched Telephone
Network (PSTN). However, due to differences between the individual
PSTNs provided in different countries, the approval does not, of itself,
give an unconditional assurance of successful operation on every PSTN
termination point. In the event of problems, you should contact your
equipment supplier in the first instance.
List of Applicable Countries
EU member states as of April 2003 are: Belgium, Denmark, Germany,
Greece, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands,
Austria, Portugal, Finland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Usage
allowed in the countries of European Union, as well as Norway,
Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein. This device must be used in
strict accordance with the regulations and constraints in the country of
use. For further information, please contact local office in the country
of use.
Notice for Australia
For safety reasons, only connect headsets with a telecommunications
compliance label. This includes customer equipment previously labelled
permitted or certified.
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Your telephone company may make changes in its facilities,
equipment, operations, or procedures that could affect the proper
functioning of your equipment. If they do, you will be notified in
advance to give you an opportunity to maintain uninterrupted
telephone service.
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Appendix B Regulation & safety notices
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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For Modem with approval number PTC 211/01/030
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Appendix B Regulation & safety notices
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 The TravelMate series uses the lithium battery.
Replace the battery with the same type as the product's battery we
recommend 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
serving or disassembling this equipment.
16 Avoid using a telephone (other than a cordless type) during an
electrical storm. There may be a remote risk of electric shock from
lightning.
Laser compliance statement
The CD or DVD drive used with this computer is a laser product. The CD
or DVD drive's classification label (shown below) is located on the
drive.
CLASS 1 LASER PRODUCT
CAUTION: INVISIBLE LASER RADIATION WHEN OPEN. AVOID
EXPOSURE TO BEAM.
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 May 2004 are: Belgium, Denmark, Germany,
Greece, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands,
Austria, Portugal, Finland, Sweden, United Kingdom Estonia, Latvia,
Lithuania, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Slovenia,
Cyprus and Malta. Usage allowed in the countries of European Union,
as well as Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein. This device
must be used in strict accordance with the regulations and constraints
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in the country of use. For further information, please contact local
office in the country of use.
The FCC RF safety requirement
The radiated output power of Wireless LAN Mini-PCI Card and
Bluetooth card is far below the FCC radio frequency exposure limits.
Nevertheless, the TravelMate series shall be used in such a manner that
the potential for human contact during normal operation is minimized
as follows.
1
Users are requested to follow the RF safety instructions on wireless
option devices that are included in the user’s guide of each RF
option device.
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)
The TravelMate series employs low gain integral antennas that do not
emit RF field in excess of Health Canada limits for the general
population; consult Safety Code 6, obtainable from Health Canada’s
Web site at www.hc-sc.gc.ca/rpb.
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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:
MS2154W
TravelMate 2100; TravelMate 2600
TravelMate 210xxx; TravelMate 260xxx
(“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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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
MS2154W
TravelMate 2100; TravelMate 2600
TravelMate 210xxx; TravelMate 260xxx
(“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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Index
traveling on local trips
troubleshooting 44
turning off iv
A
AC adapter
caring for v
audio 23
troubleshooting
D
46
B
battery pack
caring for v
charging indicator
BIOS Utility 40
BIOS utility 40
brightness
hotkeys 16
27
11
C
caps lock 12
on indicator 11
care
AC adapter v
battery pack v
computer iv
CD
troubleshooting 47
CD-ROM
ejecting 21
ejecting manually 46
troubleshooting 46
cleaning
computer v
computer
bringing to meetings 25
caring for iv
cleaning v
disconnecting 24
features 3, 9
indicators 11
keyboards 12
moving around 24
on indicator 11
performance 9
security 29
setting up a home office 26
taking home 25
traveling internationally 27
display
hotkeys 16
troubleshooting
DVD 22
troubleshooting
DVD movies
playing 22
45,
46
47
E
Ethernet 34
Euro 16, 17
F
FAQ. See frequently-asked questions
frequently-asked questions 45
front view 3
H
hard disk 21
Hibernation mode
hotkey 15
hotkeys 15
I
indicator lights 11
ITW. See warranty
K
keyboard 12
embedded numeric keypad
hotkeys 15
lock keys 12
troubleshooting 47
Windows keys 14
L
LEDs
11
M
media access
on indicator 11
memory
installing 38
upgrading 37
modem 33
13
72
N
network 34
Notebook Manager 39
hotkey 15
notice
DVD copyright protection
num lock 12
on indicator 11
numeric keypad
embedded 13
num lock 13
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O
optical drive 21
options
memory upgrade
37
P
PC Card 35
ejecting 36
inserting 35
ports 33
Power-On Self Test (POST)
printer
troubleshooting 48
problems 45
CD 47
CD-ROM 46
display 45, 46
DVD 47
keyboard 47
printer 48
startup 45
troubleshooting 44
scroll lock 12
security
keylock 29
service
when to call vi
speakers
hotkey 16
troubleshooting 46
specifications 52
Standby mode
hotkey 15
status indicator 11
status indicators 11
storage 21
CD, DVD, or DVD/CD-RW
Combo drive 21
hard disk 21
support
information 49
T
40
Q
touchpad 19
hotkey 16
using 19– 20
travel
international flights
local trips 27
troubleshooting 44
U
universal serial bus 34
utility
BIOS Setup 40
V
view
front 5
left 5
rear 7
right 6
questions
setting location for modem use
48
S
safety
CD or DVD 65
FCC notice 59
general instructions 62
modem notices 60
27
W
warranty
International Traveler’s
Warranty 49
Windows keys 14