Acer 330 Series Laptop User Manual

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TravelMate 330 Series
Notebook Computer
User’s Guide
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Copyright 1999 Acer Incorporated
All Rights Reserved. Printed in Taiwa
TravelMate 330 Series Notebook Computer User’s Guide
Part No.: 49.40C01.151
Original Release: March 1999
Changes may be made periodically to the information in this publication without
obligation to notify any person of such revision or changes. Such changes will be
incorporated in new editions of this manual or supplementary documents and
publications. This company makes no representations or warranties, either expressed or
implied, with respect to the contents hereof and specifically disclaims the implied
warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
Record the model number, serial number, purchase date, and place of purchase
information in the space provided below. The serial number and model number are
recorded on the label affixed to your computer. All correspondense concerning your
unit should include the serial number, model number, and purchase information.
No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or
transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording,
or otherwise, without the prior written permission of Acer Incorporated.
TravelMate 330 Series Notebook Computer
Model Number : _________________________________
Serial Number: __________________________________
Purchase Date: __________________________________
Place of Purchase: ________________________________
Acer, the Acer logo and TravelMate are registered trademarks of Acer Incorporated. Intel
and Pentium are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation. Microsoft and Windows are
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Table of Contents
Notices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vii
Preface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xiii
Connecting the Computer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xiv
Getting Help Online . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xvi
Support Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xvii
Care and Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xviii
Chapter 1 Getting Familiar with your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Special Keys. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Lock Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Embedded Numeric Keypad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Windows Keys. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Hot Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Keyboard Ergonomics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Touchpad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Touchpad Basics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Customizing the Center Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Storage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Hard Disk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
EasyLink™ Combo Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Connecting and Disconnecting the EasyLink™ Combo Drive. . . . 18
Ejecting Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Playing DVD Movies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Ports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Left Port. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Rear Ports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Fax/Data Modem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Fast Infrared . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Universal Serial Bus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Right Ports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
PC Card Slot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Audio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Adjusting the Volume. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Enabling the 3D Effect Feature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
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Securing your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Security Notch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Passwords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Setting a Password . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Chapter 2 Operating on Battery Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Battery Pack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Battery Pack Characteristics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Using a Battery Pack for the First Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Replacing the Battery Pack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Charging the Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Charging Modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Checking the Battery Level. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Using the Windows Battery Meter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Optimizing Battery Life. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Battery-low Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Power Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Power Management Modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Display Standby Mode. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Hard Disk Standby Mode. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Standby Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Hibernation Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Sleep Mode (ACPI) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Advanced Power Management. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Advanced Configuration and Power Interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Chapter 3 Peripherals and Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
External Monitor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Setting Up Dual Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
External Pointing Device. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
External PS/2 Mouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
External Serial Mouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
External USB Mouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
External Keyboard and Keypad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Audio Devices. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
PC Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
USB Devices. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Miscellaneous Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Additional Power Packs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
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Battery Pack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
AC Adapter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
External Battery Charger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Cables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
PS/2 Y-Bridge Cable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
File Transfer Cable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Key Component Upgrades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Memory Upgrade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Installing Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Hard Disk Upgrade. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
Installing a Replacement Hard Disk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Chapter 4 Moving with your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Disconnecting from the Desktop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Moving Around. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Preparing the Computer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
What To Bring to Short Meetings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
What To Bring to Long Meetings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Taking the Computer Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Preparing the Computer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
What To Bring with You. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Special Considerations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Setting Up a Home Office. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Traveling with the Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Preparing the Computer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
What To Bring with You. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Special Considerations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Traveling Internationally with the Computer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Preparing the Computer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
What To Bring with You. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Special Considerations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Chapter 5 Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Sleep Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Accessing the Sleep Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Sleep Manager Functions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Create . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Remove . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
Minimize . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
Exit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
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Notebook Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
Information Viewer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
POST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
Boot Sequence. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
Password. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Setting the Power-On Password . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Setting the Setup Password . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Power Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
Setting Advanced Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Display Device . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
BIOS Utility. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Using the BIOS Utility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
System Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Basic System Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
Startup Configuration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Setting the Boot Drive Sequence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
Onboard Devices Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
System Security. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
Setting a Password . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
Removing a Password. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Changing a Password . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Power Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
Load Default Settings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102
Chapter 6 Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103
Frequently-Asked Questions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
Troubleshooting Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
Using PC-Doctor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
Online Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
Before you call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
Error Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
Appendix A Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .117
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118
Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
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Notices
FCC Notice
This device has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class
B digital device pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are
designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a
residential installation. This device generates, uses, and can radiate radio
frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the
instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a
particular installation. If this device does cause harmful interference to
radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the
device off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference
by one or more of the following measures:
❑
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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Notices
Use Conditions
This part complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to
the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful
interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesired operation.
Notice: Canadian Users
This Class B digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian
Interference-Causing Equipment Regulations.
Remarque à l’intention des utilisateurs canadiens
Cet appareil numérique de la classe B respected toutes les exigences du
Règlement sur le matériel brouilleur du Canada.
Modem Notices
FCC
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 the problem is with the equipment, discontinue use and contact your
dealer or vendor.
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CTR 21
This equipment has been approved [Council Decision 98/482/EC - “CTR
21”] for pan-European 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.
Important Safety Instructions
Read these instructions carefully. Save these instructions 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 in the cabinet and the back or bottom 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.
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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
d.
If the product does not operate normally when the operating
instructions are followed. Adjust only those controls that are
covered by the operating instructions since improper
adjustment of other controls may result in damage and will
often require extensive work by a qualified technician to
restore the product to normal condition.
e.
If the product has been dropped or the cabinet has been
damaged
f.
If the product exhibits a distinct change in performance,
indicating a need for service.
12.
Replace the battery with the same type as the product's battery we
recommend. Use of another battery may present a risk of fire or
explosion. Refer battery replacement to a qualified serviceman.
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).
Year 2000 Compliance Statement
The TravelMate 330 series notebook computer is Year 2000-compliant
and carries the “NSTL Hardware Tested Year 2000 Compliant” logo. This
model has been tested both by Acer’s internal test labs and NSTL using
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NSTL’s YMARK2000 certification test. These tests certify that this model
will successfully make the year 2000 transition.
For more details, check the Acer Year 2000 Resource Center at
http://www.acer.com.tw/service/y2k/
Laser Compliance Statement
The CD-ROM drive in this computer is a laser product. The CDROM 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
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
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Lithium Battery Statement
CAUTION
Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace only with
the same or equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer. Discard
used batteries according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
ADVARSEL!
Lithiumbatteri - Eksplosionsfare ved fejlagtig håndtering. Udskiftning må
kun ske med batteri af samme fabrikat og type. Léver det brugte batteri
tilbage til leverandøren.
ADVARSEL
Eksplosjonsfare ved feilaktig skifte av batteri. Benytt samme batteritype
eller en tilsvarende type anbefalt av apparatfabrikanten. Brukte batterier
kasseres i henhold til fabrikantens instruksjoner.
VARNING
Explosionsfara vid felaktigt batteribyte. Anvãnd samma batterityp eller en
ekvivalent typ som rekommenderas av apparattillverkaren. Kassera
anvãnt batteri enligt fabrikantens instruktion.
VAROITUS
Päristo voi räjähtää, jos se on virheellisesti asennettu. Vaihda paristo
ainoastaan laitevalmistajan suosittelemaan tyyppiin. Hävitä käytetty
paristo valmistajan ohjeiden mukaisesti.
VORSICHT!
Explosionsgefahr bei unsachgemäßen Austausch der Batterie Ersatz nur
durch denselben oder einem vom Hersteller empfohlenem ähnlichen
Typ. Entsorgung gebrauchter Batterien nach Angaben des Herstellers.
Macrovision Copyright Protection Notice
The copyright protection technology included in this product is protected
by specific U.S. patents method claims as well as various other
intellectual property rights of Macrovision Corporation and other rights
owners. This copyright protection technology may not be used without
the expressed written permission of Macrovision Corporation and, unless
otherwise authorized by Macrovision Corporation, is intended only for
home and other limited viewing uses. Any reverse engineering or
disassembly is strictly forbidden.
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This manual describes features of the TravelMate 330 series
notebook computers. This series of ultra-slim computers
incorporate such features as CardBus, 16-bit PCI stereo 3D audio,
Fast Infrared, internal 56K modem, internal pointing device with
scroll function, Universal Serial Bus, and Accelerated Graphics
Port.
This manual should answer most of the questions you have
about the day-to-day operation of your TravelMate notebook
computer.
Use the Just for Starters… instructions that came with your
computer to get your computer running for the first time.
You should also take advantage of the online help files that ar
available with almost all of the programs shipped with your
computer.
We hope you enjoy your TravelMate computer. With proper
care, your computer will provide you with years of productive
service.
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Connecting the Computer
Connecting the computer is as easy as 1-2-3.
1.
Gently insert the battery into the battery bay by following
the guide symbols on both the battery and the bottom of
the computer; then slide the battery in until it clicks into
place. The battery release latch locks.
Note: When using a battery pack for the first time, fully recharge the battery,
then disconnect the adapter to use up the battery before recharging again. You
only need to do this once with a new battery
2.
Connect one end of the AC adapter to the DC-in jack on the
rear of the computer and the other end to a power outlet.
3.
Slide the display cover latch to the left to open the display.
Slide the power switch towards the rear of the computer
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then release it to turn on the power. The POST (Power On
Self-Test) routine executes and Windows begins loading.
Note: To turn off the power, press the power switch for more than four
seconds. If you are using Windows, we recommend that you use the Shut
Down command to turn off the computer. If you turn off the computer and
want to turn it on again, wait at least two seconds before powering up.
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Getting Help Online
This user’s guide provides clear and concise information about
the computer, so read it thoroughly. To provide you with help
when traveling, the computer also has a comprehensive online
help.
Accessing Online Help
To access the online documentation, locate and double-click on
the TravelMate Online icon on the Windows desktop, or follow
these steps:
1.
Press the Windows logo button or click on the Start button.
2.
Select Programs.
3.
Click on TravelMate Online.
The online help is easy to navigate with hypertext and
hypergraphics. Clear illustrations help describe notebook
operation as well.
Getting Online
If you are connected to the Internet and have World Wide Web
access, visit our home page at:
http://www.acer.com/
and get the latest information about our products.
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Support Information
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 are 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-of-purchase in the flap located inside the front cover
of the ITW passport.
If the country you are traveling in does not have an Acerauthorized ITW service site, you can still get in contact with our
offices worldwide.
For technical assistance and support in the United States and
Canada, you can call 1-800-816-2237. You can also contact a
local dealer or distributor in the country you are traveling in for
assistance.
Note: For more information, see “Online Services” on page 112.
If you are connected to the Internet and have World Wide Web
access, visit our home page (http://www.acer.com/) and get an
updated list of our worldwide offices, as well as information
about our products.
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Care and Maintenance
Taking Care of Your Computer
Your computer will serve you well if you take care of it.
❑
Do not expose the computer to direct sunlight. Do not
place near sources of heat, such as a radiator.
❑
Do not expose the computer to temperatures below 0ºC
(32ºF) or above 50ºC (122ºF).
❑
Do not subject the computer to magnetic fields.
❑
Do not expose the computer to rain or moisture.
❑
Do not spill water or any liquid on the computer.
❑
Do not subject the computer to heavy shock and vibration.
❑
Do not expose the computer to dust and dirt.
❑
Never place objects on top of the computer to avoid
damaging the computer
❑
Never place the computer on uneven surfaces.
These care and maintenance tips also apply to the EasyLink™
Combo Drive.
Taking Care of your AC Adapter
Here are some ways to take care of your AC adapter:
❑
Do not connect the adapter to any other device.
❑
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.
❑
When unplugging the power cord, do not pull on the cord
itself but pull on the plug.
❑
The total ampere ratings of the equipment plugged in
should not exceed the ampere rating of the cord if you are
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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:
❑
Use only batteries of the same kind as replacements
(Model# CGP-E/618AE). Turn the power off before
removing or replacing batteries.
❑
Do not tamper with batteries. Keep them away from
children.
❑
Dispose of used batteries according to local regulations.
Recycle if at all possible.
Cleaning and Servicing
When cleaning the computer, follow these steps:
1.
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.
Contact your dealer or see your service technician if any of the
following occurs:
❑
The computer has been dropped or the body has been
damaged.
❑
Liquid has been spilled into the product.
❑
The computer does not operate normally.
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Getting Familiar with
your Computer
Chapter 1
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This computer combines high-performance, 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.
This chapter gives an in-depth "tour" of the computer’s many
features.
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Features
This computer was designed with the user in mind. Here are just
a few of its many features:
Performance
❑
Intel Pentium® II processor
❑
64-bit main memory and L2 cache memory
❑
Large and vibrant Thin-Film-Transistor (TFT) SVGA Liquid
Crystal Display (LCD)
❑
64-bit PCI/AGP graphics acceleration with 2.5MB graphics
memory
❑
High-capacity, Enhanced-IDE removable hard disk
❑
External EasyLink™ Combo Drive (floppy drive + CD-ROM
or DVD-ROM drive)
❑
Lithium-Ion battery pack
❑
Power management system with APM (Advanced Power
Management) or ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power
Interface) support
Multimedia
❑
16-bit high-fidelity PCI stereo audio with 3D sound and
wavetable synthesizer
❑
Built-in speaker
❑
EasyLink™ Combo Drive (CD-ROM or DVD-ROM)
❑
Dual display capability
❑
DVD playback capability (with DVD-equipped EasyLink™
DVD Combo Drive)
Connectivity
❑
High-speed fax/data PCI modem
❑
Fast infrared (FIR) wireless communication
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❑
Universal Serial Bus (USB) port
Human-centric Design and Ergonomics
❑
Ultra-slim, sleek, smooth and stylish design
❑
Full-sized keyboard
❑
Wide and curved palm rest
❑
Ergonomically-centered touchpad pointing device with
scroll function
Expansion
❑
CardBus PC Card (formerly PCMCIA) slot (one type II/I)
with Zoomed Video (ZV) support
❑
Upgradeable memory and hard disk
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Display
The large graphics display offers excellent viewing, display
quality and desktop performance graphics. The computer
supports a Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD)
displaying 32-bit true-color at 800x600 Super Video Graphics
Array (SVGA) resolution.
Video Performance
PCI local bus video with 64-bit graphics acceleration and 2.5MB
high-speed Synchonous Graphics Random Access Memory
(SGRAM) boost video performance. The video also includes 3D
capabilities such as Goraud shading, and Z-buffering, as well as
DVD playback support.
Simultaneous Display
The computer’s large display and multimedia capabilities are
great for giving presentations. If you prefer, you can also
connect an external monitor when giving presentations. This
computer supports simultaneous LCD and CRT display.
Simultaneous display allows you to control the presentation from
your computer and at the same time face your audience. You
can also connect other output display devices such as LCD
projection panels for large-audience presentations.
Power Management
The power management system incorporates an "automatic LCD
dim" feature that automatically decides the best settings for your
display and at the same time conserves power. See “Power
Management” on page 42 for more information on power
management features.
Dual Display
The computer’s video chip takes advantage of Windows 98’s
multi-display capability, allowing you to extend your desktop to
an external display device, such as an external monitor or
projector. With this feature enabled, you can move program
windows to and from the computer LCD and external display
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device. For more information, see “Setting Up Dual Display” on
page 49.
Opening and Closing the Display
To open the display, slide the display cover latch to the left and
lift up the cover. Then tilt it to a comfortable viewing position.
The computer employs a microswitch that turns off the display
(and enters Standby mode) to conserve power when you close
the display cover, and turns it back on when you open the
display cover
Note: If an external monitor is connected, the computer turns off the display
(but does not enter standby mode) when you close the display cover.
To close the display cover, fold it down gently until the display
cover latch clicks into place.
Caution: To avoid damaging the display, do not slam it when you close it.
Also, do not place any object on top of the computer when the display is
closed.
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Indicators
The computer has six easy-to-read status icons on the right of the
display screen.
The Power and Standby status icons are visible even when you
close the display cover so you can see the status of the computer
while the cover is closed.
#
Icon
Icon
Fun
Function
Desc
Descr
scription
1
Power
Lights when the computer is on.
2
Standby
Lights when the computer enters
Standby mode.
3
Media Activity
Lights when the floppy drive, hard disk
or EasyLink™ Combo Drive is active.
4
Battery Charge
Lights when the battery is being
charged.
5
Caps Lock
Lights when Caps Lock is activated.
6
Num Lock
Lights when Num Lock is activated.
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Keyboard
The keyboard has full-sized keys and an embedded keypad,
separate cursor keys, two Windows keys and twelve function
keys.
Special Keys
Lock Keys
The keyboard has three lock keys which you can toggle on and
off.
Lock Key
Key
Desc
Descr
script
iption
ion
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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Embedded Numeric Keypad
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.
Des
Desired Acce
Access
cess
Num Lock On
Num
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.
Note: If an external keyboard or keypad is connected to the computer, the
Num Lock feature automatically shifts from the internal keyboard to the
external keyboard or keypad.
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Windows Keys
The keyboard has two keys that perform Windows-specific
functions.
Key
Key
Desc
Descr
script
iption
Windows logo key
Start button. Combinations with this key perform
shortcut functions. Below are a few examples:
+ Tab (Activates next taskbar button)
+ E (Explores My Computer)
+ F (Finds Document)
+ M (Minimizes All)
Shift + + M (Undoes Minimize All)
+ R (Displays the Run... dialog box)
Application key
Opens a context menu (same as a right-click).
Hot Keys
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.
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To activate hot keys, press and hold the Fn key before pressing
the other key in the hot key combination.
Hot
Hot Key
Icon
Func
Function
Desc
Descr
script
iption
Fn-F1
Hot Key Help
Displays help on hot keys.
Fn-F2
Setup
Accesses the computer’s
configuration utility.
Fn-F3
Standby
Puts the computer in Standby
mode. Press any key to resume.
See “Standby Mode” on page 43.
Fn-F4
Hibernation
or Sleep
Puts the computer in Hibernation
Mode (if Sleep Manager is
installed, valid and enabled).
Press the power switch to
resume. Otherwise, the
computer enters Standby mode.
See “Hibernation Mode” on page
44.
Note: If ACPI support is enabled,
pressing this key puts the
computer in Sleep mode. See
“Sleep Mode (ACPI)” on page 45
for more about ACPI Sleep mode.
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Hot
Hot Key
Key
Icon
Funct
Function
Desc
Descr
scription
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-left
arrow
Brightness
Down
Decreases the screen brightness.
Fn-right
arrow
Brightness
Up
Increases the screen brightness.
Fn-up
arrow
Volume Up
Increases the volume.
Fn-down
arrow
Volume
Down
Decreases the volume.
Alt Gr
Euro
Euro
Types the euro symbol.
The Euro Symbol
If your keyboard layout is set to United States-International or
United Kingdom, you can type the Euro symbol on your
keyboard.
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Important! (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:
1.
Click on Start, Settings, Control Panel.
2.
Double-click on Keyboard.
3.
Click on the Language tab.
4.
Verify that the keyboard layout used for "En English (United
States)" is set to United States-International.
If not, select and click on Properties; then select United
States-International and click on OK.
5.
Click on OK.
To type the Euro symbol:
1.
Locate the Euro symbol on your keyboard.
2.
Open a text editor or word processor.
3.
Hold Alt Gr and press the Euro symbol.
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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Keyboard Ergonomics
Located below the keyboard, the wide and curved palm rest is
ergonomically designed to provide you with a very comfortable
place to rest your hands while you type.
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Touchpad
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 palm rest provides optimum comfort and
support.
Note: When using an external mouse, you can press Fn-F7 to disable the
internal touchpad. If you want to use an external PS/2 mouse, first enable the
touchpad, connect the external PS/2 mouse, then disable the touchpad if
necessary.
The touchpad also has scroll functions with the center buttons.
Touchpad Basics
The following items teach you how to use the touchpad:
❑
Move your finger across the touchpad to move the cursor.
❑
Press the left (1) and right (3) buttons located on the edge
of the touchpad to do selection and execution functions.
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These two buttons are similar to the left and right buttons
on a mouse. Tapping on the touchpad produces similar
results.
❑
Use the center (2) buttons (top and bottom) to scroll up or
down a page. This button mimics your cursor pressing on
the right scroll bar of Windows applications.
Funct
Function
Left
Left
Butt
Butto
tto
Right
ight
Button
Cente
Center
ter
Butt
Buttons
ttons
Tap
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
Click
once
Click (and
hold) the
up/down
buttons
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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Customizing the Center Button
You can customize the function of the center button as follows:
1.
Click on Start, Settings, Control Panel.
2.
Double-click on Mouse.
3.
Click on the Button Actions tab.
4.
Customize the settings for Rocker Switch.
5.
Click on OK.
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Storage
This computer supplies you with all-in-one media storage:
❑
High-capacity Enhanced-IDE hard disk
❑
External EasyLink™ Combo Drive
■
Standard 3.5-inch floppy drive.
■
High-speed CD-ROM drive or DVD-ROM drive
(EasyLink™ DVD Combo Drive)
Hard Disk
The removable hard disk module can be upgraded when you
need more storage space. See “Hard Disk Upgrade” on page 61.
EasyLink™ Combo Drive
The EasyLink™ Combo Drive is a two-in-one floppy/CD-ROM or
floppy /DVD-ROM “combo” drive that connects externally to the
computer.
The floppy drive reads and writes standard 3.5-inch diskettes.
The CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive provides the latest in
multimedia in a mobile world.
Connecting and Disconnecting the EasyLink™ Combo Drive
To connect the EasyLink™ Combo Drive:
1.
Pull out the EasyLink™ Combo Drive cable connector from
its storage slot.
2.
Open the EasyLink™ Combo Drive connector door on the
computer.
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3.
Firmly connect the EasyLink™ Combo Drive (connector to
connector) to the computer.
To disconnect the EasyLink™ Combo Drive:
1.
Click on the HotIDE icon on the Windows taskbar.
2.
Select the stop operation.
3.
Click on OK.
4.
Disconnect the EasyLink™ Combo Drive.
5.
Tuck in the EasyLink™ Combo Drive cable connector into
its storage slot.
Ejecting Media
Ejecting a Floppy Disk
Press the floppy disk eject button to eject a floppy disk from the
floppy drive.
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Ejecting the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM Tray
To eject the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM tray when the computer is
turned on, press the CD-ROM eject button. When the power is
off, you can eject the CD-ROM drive tray using the emergency
eject hole. See page 106.
Playing DVD Movies
Some models come standard with a DVD-equipped EasyLink™
DVD Combo Drive. To play DVD movies on your computer,
follow these steps:
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 computer is set to a region code, it will play DVD discs of that region
only. It is important that the first DVD disc that you insert into the drive be
of the region you want to set. Take note that region code selection is final
and can only be done once. Refer to the table later in this section for DVD
movie region code information.
1.
Insert a DVD movie of the desired region into the DVDROM drive.
2.
Click on Start, Programs, Mediamatics DVDExpress.
3.
Click on Mediamatics DVD Player.
Regio
Region
ion Code
Count
Country or
or Region
Region
1
U.S.A., Canada
2
Europe, Middle East, South Africa,Japan
3
Southeast Asia, Taiwan, Korea (South)
4
Latin America, Australia, New Zealand
5
Former U.S.S.R., parts of Africa, India
6
People's Republic of China
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Ports
Ports allow you to connect peripheral devices to your computer
as you would with a desktop PC. For instructions on how to
connect different external devices to the computer, see
“Peripherals and Options” on page 47.
Left Port
#
Port
Port
Connect
Connects to...
to...
1
EasyLink™ Combo
Drive connector
EasyLink™ Combo Drive.
See “EasyLink™ Combo Drive” on page 18 for
details.
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Rear Ports
#
Icon
Port
Port
Connect
Connects to...
to...
1
Modem jack
Phone line
2
Power jack
AC adapter and power outlet
3
PS/2 port
PS/2-compatible device (e.g., PS/2
keyboard/mouse/keypad)
4
Infrared port
Infrared device (e.g., infrared
printer, IR-aware computers)
5
USB jack
Universal Serial Bus device (e.g.,
USB mouse, USB camera)
6
Parallel port
Parallel device (e.g., parallel printer)
7
Serial port
Serial device (e.g., serial mouse)
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Icon
Icon
8
Port
Port
Connec
Connect
ects to...
to...
External display
port
Display device (e.g., external
monitor, LCD projector) up to
1280x1024 resolution at 64K-colors
Fax/Data Modem
Some models have a built-in V.90 56Kbps PCI fax/data 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 fax/data modem port, connect a phone cable from the
modem port to a telephone jack.
Start your communications software program. See your
communications manual for instructions.
Fast Infrared
The computer’s fast infrared (FIR) port allows you to do wireless
data transfer with other IR-aware computers and peripherals such
as infrared printers. The infrared port can transfer data at speeds
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of up to four megabits per second (Mbps) at a distance of up to
one meter.
To use FIR, position two IR-aware devices such that their IR ports
are no more than one meter apart and offset no more than 15
degrees.
When the two computers are in position, simply begin the data
transfer as you normally would. See your file transfer software
for details.
Universal Serial Bus
The Universal Serial Bus (USB) port is a high-speed serial bus
which allows you to connect and daisy-chain USB peripherals
without taking up precious system resources.
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Right Ports
#
Icon
Icon
Port
Port
Connect
Connects to...
to...
1
PC Card slot
One 16-bit PC Card or 32-bit CardBus
PC Card (Zoomed Video supported)
2
Microphone-in
jack
Mono condenser microphone
3
Line-in jack
Audio line-in device (e.g., audio CD
player, stereo walkman)
4
Line-out jack
Audio line-out device (e.g., speakers,
headphones)
PC Card Slot
There is a type II/I CardBus PC Card slot found on the right panel
of the computer. This slot accepts a credit-card-sized card that
enhances the usability and expandability of the computer.
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PC Cards (formerly PCMCIA) are add-on cards for portable
computers, giving you expansion possibilities long afforded by
desktop PCs. Popular type II cards include flash memory, SRAM,
fax/data modem, LAN and SCSI cards. CardBus improves on the
16-bit PC card technology by expanding the bandwidth to 32 bits.
ZV (Zoomed Video) support allows your computer to support
hardware MPEG in the form of a ZV PC card.
Note: Refer to your card’s manual for details on how to install and use the
card and its functions.
Inserting a Card
Insert the card into the desired slot and make the proper
connections (e.g., network cable), if necessary. See your card
manual for details.
Ejecting a Card
Before ejecting a PC Card:
1.
Exit the application using the card.
2.
Left-click on the PC Card icon on the taskbar and stop the
card operation.
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3.
Press the slot eject button (1) to pop out the eject button
(2); then press it again to eject the card (3).
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Audio
The computer comes with 16-bit high-fidelity PCI stereo audio
with further enhancements that include 3D sound for true audio
immersion.
There are audio ports on the right panel of the computer. See
“Audio Devices” on page 55 for more information on connecting
external audio devices.
Adjusting the Volume
To adjust the volume, double-click on the volume (speaker) icon
on the Windows taskbar, then drag the slider to the desired
volume level. You can also hold Fn and press the up/down
arrow keys.
Enabling the 3D Effect Feature
You can enable or disable the 3D effect feature by doing the
following:
1.
Double-click on the volume (speaker) icon on the Windows
taskbar.
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If the speaker icon is not displayed on the taskbar, enable
this feature (show volume control on the taskbar) via the
Multimedia icon in the Control Panel.
2.
Click on the Options menu and select Advanced
Controls.
3.
Click on the Advanced button that now appears in the
Master Volume Balance column.
4.
Click 3D Effect to enable the 3D effect feature.
5.
Click on OK.
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Securing your Computer
Security features include hardware and software locks — a
security notch and passwords.
Security Notch
A security notch located on the rear panel of the computer lets
you connect a Kensington-compatible key-based 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.
Passwords
Three password types protect your computer from unauthorized
access. Setting these passwords creates several different levels
of protection for your computer and data:
❑
Setup Password prevents unauthorized entry to the BIOS
Utility. Once set, you must key-in this password to gain
access to the BIOS Utility. See “BIOS Utility” on page 90 for
details.
❑
Power-On Password secures your computer against
unauthorized use. Combine the use of this password with
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password checkpoints on boot-up and resume from
hibernation for maximum security.
❑
Hard Disk Password protects your data by preventing
unauthorized access to your hard disk. Even if the hard
disk is removed from the computer and moved to another
computer, it cannot be accessed without the Hard Disk
Password.
Important! Do not forget your Setup and Hard Disk Password! If you forget
your password, you may need to reformat your hard disk or update your
computer’s BIOS.
Setting a Password
You can set passwords using:
❑
Notebook Manager - go to page 85.
❑
BIOS Utility - go to page 97.
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Power
Chapter 2
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The computer operates on AC or battery power. This chapter
contains the information you need to know to operate the computer
on battery power. It also includes information on how your
computer manages and saves power.
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Battery Pack
The computer uses a battery pack that gives you long use
between charges.
Battery Pack Characteristics
The battery pack has the following characteristics:
❑
Employs Current Battery Technology Standards
The computer uses a Lithium-Ion battery pack which does
not have the memory effect problem of Nickel Cadmium
(NiCd) batteries. Li-Ion batteries consistently provide the
longest battery life, best-suited for road warriors.
❑
Battery-low Warning
When the battery charge level becomes low, the computer
gives off warning beeps and the status indicator flashes at
regular intervals. This tells the user that the battery power
is critically low. You can correct this situation by recharging
the battery pack.
Note: Whenever possible, use the AC adapter. The battery will come in handy
when you travel or during a power failure. It is advisable to have an extra fullycharged battery pack available as backup.
Using a Battery Pack for the First Time
When using a battery pack for the first time, follow these steps:
1.
Disable the Sleep Upon Battery-low parameter in the BIOS
Utility or uncheck the Enable sleep upon battery-low in the
Power Management screen of Notebook Manager. See
page 100 and page 87 respectively.
2.
Connect the AC adapter to a power source and to the
computer and fully recharge the battery.
3.
Disconnect the adapter to use up the battery before
recharging again.
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You only need to do this once with a new battery or with a
battery that's been stored without being used for a long time. If
the computer is to be stored for more than two weeks, we
suggest you remove the battery pack. Battery power from a fully
charged battery pack depletes in roughly a day with the
computer in Standby mode, or a month in Hibernation mode or
when the power is off.
Warning! Do not expose battery packs to temperatures below 0ºC (32ºF) or
above 60ºC (140ºF). This may adversely affect the battery pack.
Replacing the Battery Pack
Note: Before removing the battery pack, make sure that you have an AC
adapter connected to the computer; otherwise, turn off the computer.
To replace the battery pack, follow these steps:
1.
Slide and hold the battery bay release latch and slide the
battery out slightly.
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2.
Lift up the battery pack to remove it from the battery bay.
3.
Insert a replacement battery pack into the battery bay by
following the figures below.
Charging the Battery
To charge the battery, place the battery pack inside the battery
bay and plug the AC adapter into the computer and an electrical
outlet.
Charging Modes
The adapter has three charging modes:
Rapid mode
The computer uses rapid charging when power is turned off and
a powered AC adapter is connected to it. In rapid mode, a fully
depleted battery gets fully charged in two to three hours.
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Charge-in-use mode
When the computer is in use with the AC adapter plugged in, the
computer also charges the battery pack if installed. This mode
will take longer to fully charge a battery than rapid mode. In
charge-in-use mode, a fully depleted battery gets fully charged in
approximately six to seven hours.
Trickle mode
When the battery is fully charged, the adapter changes to trickle
mode to maintain the battery charge level. This prevents the
battery from draining while the computer is in use.
Tip! We suggest that you charge the battery pack before retiring for the day,
letting it charge overnight before traveling. This ensures a fully charged
battery for use the next day.
Checking the Battery Level
The computer features battery-low warning signals that are both
audible and visible. When the battery pack is low, the computer
emits warning beeps and the battery indicator flashes at regular
intervals. Also, you can check the battery charge level using the
Windows battery meter.
Using the Windows Battery Meter
The Windows battery meter indicates the present battery level.
Simply rest your cursor on the battery meter (or AC plug) icon on
the taskbar to see the present charge level of your battery.
Optimizing Battery Life
This section helps you get the most out of battery operation.
Optimizing battery life prolongs the charge/recharge cycle and
improves recharge efficiency. Follow these suggestions to
optimize and maximize battery power:
❑
Purchase an extra battery pack.
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❑
Use Sleep Manager to reserve hard disk space for the
Hibernation function. Keep it running in the background to
automatically adjust the Hibernation file size. See “Sleep
Manager” on page 76.
❑
Use the AC adapter whenever possible so that the battery is
reserved for on-the-go computing.
❑
Keep the battery pack in the computer powered by the AC
adapter. The constant trickle charge maintains the battery
level to eliminate the battery self-discharge effect. The
charge-in-use function also charges the battery pack.
❑
Disable the parallel and serial ports if no devices are
connected to these ports. You can do this through the
BIOS Utility. See “Onboard Devices Configuration” on page
96.
❑
Eject the PC card from the card slot when not in use, since
the PC card draws extra power.
❑
Store the battery pack in a cool, dry place. The
recommended storage temperature for battery packs ranges
from 10 to 30 degrees C. The higher the storage
temperature, the faster the battery pack self-discharges.
❑
The batteries can be recharged about 300 times when used
as directed. Excessive recharging decreases battery life.
❑
Take care of your battery pack and AC adapter. See “Care
and Maintenance” on page xviii of the preface.
Battery-low Warning
You never have to worry about battery power as long as you are
using the AC adapter. However, when you operate the computer
on battery power, pay extra attention to the warning beeps and
the power indicator on the display panel.
The following signals indicate a battery-low condition:
❑
The buzzer generates four short beeps every minute, if you
enabled the Battery-low Warning Beep parameter in the
BIOS Utility.
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❑
The power indicator flashes at regular intervals until battery
power is depleted.
When you receive a battery-low warning, you have around two
minutes to save your work. If you do not connect the AC
adapter within this period, the computer enters Hibernation
mode if the Sleep Upon Battery-low parameter in BIOS Utility is
enabled and the following conditions exist:
❑
The Hibernation file created by Sleep Manager is present
and valid. See “Sleep Manager” on page 76.
❑
There is enough battery power left to save system
information onto the hard disk.
Otherwise, the computer enters Standby mode.
Warning! Connect the AC adapter to the computer as soon as possible. Data
is lost when computer power is cut off during Standby mode.
The following table shows the recommended course of action to
take when you encounter a battery-low condition.
Situat
tuation
Recom
Recommended
mended Act
Action
AC adapter and
power outlet
available
1. Connect the AC adapter to the computer.
2. Save all necessary files.
3. Resume work.
Power off the computer if you wish to recharge the
battery rapidly.
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tuation
Recomm
Recommended
mmended Action
An extra fullycharged battery
pack available
1. Save all necessary files.
2. Exit the application.
3. Power off the computer.
4. Replace the battery pack.
5. Power on the computer and resume work.
or
1. Save all necessary files.
2. Enter Hibernation mode.
3. Replace the battery pack.
4. Resume from Hibernation mode.
AC adapter or
power outlet not
available
1. Save all necessary files.
2. Exit the application.
3. Power off the computer.
or
1. Save all necessary files.
2. Enter Hibernation mode.
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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, floppy drive, 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 time-out), the
computer stops some or all of these devices in order to conserve
energy.
This computer employs a power management scheme that
supports APM (Advanced Power Management) or ACPI
(Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) which allows for
maximum power conservation and maximum performance at the
same time.
If your computer is set for APM, you can set timeout values for
your computer’s devices before power-saving methods are
applied to these devices. If your computer is set for ACPI,
Windows handles all power-saving chores for your computer.
Note: Power management (APM or ACPI) greately prolongs your battery life.
See “Advanced Power Management” on page 46 and “Advanced Configuration
and Power Interface” on page 46 for more information.
Power Management Modes
Display Standby Mode
Screen activity is determined by the keyboard, the built-in
touchpad, and an external PS/2 pointing device. If these devices
are idle for the period specified by the Turn Off Display value,
the display shuts off until you press a key or move the touchpad
or external mouse.
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"Automatic Dim" Feature
The computer has a unique "automatic dim" power-saving
feature. When the computer is using AC power and you
disconnect the AC adapter from the computer, it automatically
dims the LCD backlight to save power. If you reconnect AC
power to the computer, it automatically adjusts the LCD backlight
to a brighter level.
Hard Disk Standby Mode
The hard disk enters standby mode when there are no disk read/
write operations within the period of time specified by the Turn
Off Hard Disk value. In this state, the power supplied to the
hard disk is reduced to a minimum. The hard disk returns to
normal once the computer accesses it.
Standby Mode
The computer consumes very low power in Standby mode. Data
remains intact in the system memory until the battery is drained.
There are six ways to enter Standby mode:
❑
Pressing the Standby hot key Fn-F3
❑
If the waiting time specified by the System Standby value or
the operating system elapses without any system activity
❑
Closing the display cover
❑
When the computer is about to enter Hibernation mode
(e.g., during a battery-low condition), but the Hibernation
file is invalid or not present
❑
When the advanced power button function(s) in the
Notebook Manager program is/are set to Standby mode
❑
Invoked by the operating system power-saving modes
Note: If the computer beeps but does not enter Standby mode after pressing
the Standby hot key, it means the operating system will not allow the computer
to enter the power-saving mode.
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The following signals indicate that the computer is in Standby
mode:
❑
The buzzer beeps
❑
The Standby indicator lights
Warning! Unstored data is lost when you turn off the computer power in
Standby mode or when the battery is drained.
To leave Standby mode and return to normal mode:
❑
Press any key
❑
Move the active pointing device (internal or external PS/2)
❑
Have the resume timer set and let it be matched
❑
Open the display cover
❑
Experience an incoming PC card modem event
Hibernation Mode
In Hibernation mode, all power shuts off (the computer does not
consume any power). The computer saves all system
information onto the hard disk before it enters Hibernation
mode. Once you turn on the power, the computer restores this
information and resumes where you left off upon leaving
Hibernation mode.
There is one necessary conditions for the computer to enter
Hibernation mode:
❑
The Hibernation file created by Sleep Manager must be
present and valid. See “Sleep Manager” on page 76.
In this situation, there are five ways to enter Hibernation mode:
❑
Pressing the Hibernation hot key Fn-F4
❑
If the waiting time specified by the System Hibernation
value elapses without any system activity
❑
If a battery low condition occurs and the Sleep Upon
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Battery-low parameter in the BIOS Utility is enabled
❑
When the advanced power button function(s) in the
Notebook Manager program is/are set to Hibernation mode
❑
Invoked by the operating system power-saving modes
Note: If the computer beeps but does not enter Hibernation mode after
pressing the Hibernation hot key, it means the operating system will not allow
the computer to enter the power-saving mode.
To exit Hibernation mode, press the power switch. The
computer also resumes from Hibernation mode if the resume
timer is set and matched.
Warning! Do not change any devices (such as add memory or swap hard
disks) when the computer is in Hibernation mode.
Sleep Mode (ACPI)
If ACPI is installed, all power management functions are handled
by the Windows operating system. In this set-up, you do not
need to set timeout values for devices before they enter a power
saving mode. For more information on ACPI, see “Advanced
Configuration and Power Interface” on page 46.
Sleep mode may be one of three computer power saving modes:
standby, hibernation or power off. Windows automatically
determines which of these modes to enter in.
To enter Sleep mode under ACPI:
❑
Press the Sleep hot key Fn-F4.
❑
Idle times for devices and the computer determined by
Windows 98 elapses
Exiting sleep mode depends on which power saving mode the
computer is currently in.
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Advanced Power Management
This computer supports the APM standard designed to further
reduce power consumption. APM is a power-management
approach defined jointly by Microsoft and Intel. An increasing
number of software packages support APM to take advantage of
its power-saving features and allow greater system availability
without degrading performance.
For more information about APM under Windows, refer to your
Windows user’s manual.
Advanced Configuration and Power Interface
Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) is a power
management specification jointly developed by Intel, Microsoft,
and Toshiba. ACPI enables Windows 98 to control the amount of
power given to each device attached to the computer. With
ACPI, Windows 98 can turn off peripheral devices when they are
not in use, thereby saving power.
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Peripherals and
Options
Chapter 3
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Your computer offers excellent expansion capabilities with its builtin ports and connectors. This chapter describes how to connect
peripherals and hardware options that help you use your computer
with ease. When connecting peripherals, read the manual included
with the peripheral for operating instructions. You can purchase
most of these and other options directly from Acer.
This chapter also includes sections on how to upgrade key
components. Key component upgradeability helps keep your
computer in step with the latest technology.
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External Monitor
To show graphical effects on a larger display, connect an external
monitor to the external display port. Read the monitor manual
for additional instructions.
Note: If an external monitor is not connected, closing the display cover puts
the computer into standby mode.
Setting Up Dual Display
Dual display allows you to expand your desktop to an external
display device, giving you more desktop space to work on.
To use dual display:
1.
Connect an external display device to the external display
port of the computer.
2.
Enable and set dual display options:
a.
Click on Start, Settings, Control Panel.
b.
Double-click on Display.
c.
Click on the Settings tab.
d.
Click on 2 (the second monitor icon).
e.
Click on Yes.
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f.
Set the colors and screen area parameters for the
second display device.
g.
Click on Advanced... and click on the Monitor tab.
h.
Click on Change... and follow the instructions on the
screen.
i.
Click on OK.
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Printer
This computer supports both serial and parallel printers. For a
serial printer, plug the printer cable into a serial port. For a
parallel printer, plug the printer cable into the parallel port. See
your printer manual for operating instructions.
Note: If the printer does not function, enter the BIOS Utility and verify that the
parallel port is enabled. See “Onboard Devices Configuration” on page 96 for
assistance.
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External Pointing Device
This computer accepts a PS/2-compatible, serial or USB mouse or
similar pointing device.
Note: When using an external mouse, you may choose to disable the internal
touchpad by pressing Fn-F7.
External PS/2 Mouse
The built-in touchpad works alternately with an external PS/2
mouse which is hot-pluggable. To use a PS/2-compatible mouse,
simply plug it into the PS/2 port.
External Serial Mouse
If you use a serial mouse, plug it into the serial port. Then use
the Add New Hardware tool in the Windows Control Panel to
enable the serial mouse.
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External USB Mouse
Plug the USB mouse into the USB port. See “USB Devices” on
page 57 for more information.
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External Keyboard and Keypad
This computer has a keyboard with full-sized keys and an
embedded keypad. If you feel more comfortable using a desktop
keyboard, you can install a PS/2-compatible external keyboard.
To connect an external keyboard, plug the external keyboard
into the PS/2 connector.
You can also use a 17-key numeric keypad for number-sensitive
data-entry applications. To connect the keypad, plug the keypad
connector into the PS/2 port.
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Audio Devices
Audio devices are easy to connect with the audio ports accessible
from the right side of the computer. You can plug in an external
microphone to the microphone-in jack, an audio line-in device to
the line-in jack, and amplified speakers or headphones to the
line-out jack.
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PC Cards
The computer has one CardBus PC card slot that accommodates
one type I/II PC card. Please consult your dealer for PC card
options available that you can purchase for your computer.
Note: For more information on how to use a PC Card with the computer, see
“PC Card Slot” on page 25.
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USB Devices
The computer has a USB (Universal Serial Bus) port that allows
you to connect peripherals without occupying too many
resources. Common USB devices include the mouse and
keyboard.
Most USB devices also include a built-in USB port connector
which allows you to daisy-chain other USB devices.
Note: The USB feature must be enabled in BIOS Setup for your USB device to
work. See “Startup Configuration” on page 94.
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Miscellaneous Options
Additional Power Packs
You can order spare batteries and an AC adapter.
Battery Pack
It is good practice to have a spare battery around, especially
when you travel. The Lithium-Ion battery, coupled with power
management features, supplies you with more power on-the-go.
AC Adapter
The compact AC adapter charges your battery pack and supplies
power to your computer. You can order a spare AC adapter so
you do not need to carry it from the office to your home or
destination.
External Battery Charger
The external battery charger charges your battery pack when it is
not installed in your computer - practical for charging spare
battery packs.
Cables
PS/2 Y-Bridge Cable
The PS/2 Y-bridge cable allows you to connect two PS/2 devices,
a mouse and a keyboard, to your computer simultaneously.
Note: The keyboard must be connected to the connector marked keyboard
and the mouse must be connected to the connector marked mouse.
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Connect the single connector end of the Y-bridge cable to the
computer’s PS/2 port and the double connector ends to the two
PS/2 devices.
File Transfer Cable
Besides using the infrared port, you can also transfer files
between computers using a file transfer cable. Connect the file
transfer cable between the parallel ports of the two computers
and use your file transfer utility to perform the transfer.
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Key Component Upgrades
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 256 MB, employing 32-/64-/128-MB 64bit industry standard soDIMMs (Small Outline Dual Inline
Memory Modules). The computer supports SDRAM
(Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory).
There are two memory slots on your computer, one of which is
user-upgradeable.
Note: If you need to upgrade the main memory slot, please contact your
dealer.
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.
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2.
Remove the screws from the memory door; then lift up and
remove the memory door
3.
Insert the memory module diagonally into the slot, then
gently press it down until it clicks into place.
4.
Replace the memory door and secure it with the screw.
The computer automatically detects and reconfigures the total
memory size.
Hard Disk Upgrade
You can upgrade your hard disk with a higher capacity drive
when you need more storage space. The computer uses a
9.5mm, 2.5-inch Enhanced-IDE hard disk.
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Installing a Replacement Hard Disk
Follow these steps to install a hard disk:
1.
Turn off the computer, unplug the AC adapter (if
connected) and remove the battery pack. Turn the
computer over to access its base.
2.
Locate the hard disk bay. Remove the hard disk bay screw.
3.
Pull out the hard disk.
4.
Insert a new hard disk module into the hard disk bay and
tighten the hard disk bay screw.
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Chapter 4
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This chapter gives you tips and hints on things to consider when
moving around or traveling with your computer.
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Disconnecting from the Desktop
Follow these steps to disconnect your computer from external
accessories:
1.
Save your work in progress.
2.
Remove any media, diskette and compact disc, from the
EasyLink™ Combo Drive.
3.
Shut down the operating system.
4.
Turn off the computer.
5.
Disconnect the EasyLink™ Combo Drive from the
computer, if necessary.
6.
Disconnect the cord from the AC adapter.
7.
Disconnect the keyboard, pointing device, printer, external
monitor, and other external devices.
8.
Disconnect the Kensington lock if you are using one to
secure the computer.
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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 Standby mode. You can now safely take the computer
anywhere you go within the building.
To bring the computer out of standby mode, open the display.
What To Bring to Short Meetings
A fully charged battery runs the computer for about three and a
half 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 will last longer three and a half 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 Standby mode.
Press Fn-F3 or close the display cover whenever you are not
actively using the computer. Then tap any key or open the
display to resume.
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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:
❑
Check if you have removed all media, diskette and compact
disc, from the EasyLink™ Combo Drive. 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.
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:
❑
AC adapter and power cord
❑
The printed user’s manual
❑
EasyLink™ Combo Drive
Special Considerations
Follow these guidelines to protect your computer while traveling
to and from work:
❑
Minimize the effect of temperature changes by keeping the
computer with you.
❑
If you need to stop for an extended period of time and
cannot bring the computer with you, leave the computer in
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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, it may be
worthwhile purchasing 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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Traveling with the Computer
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. Be sure 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:
❑
AC adapter
❑
Spare, fully-charged battery packs
❑
EasyLink™ Combo Drive
❑
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:
❑
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.
❑
Avoid exposing floppy disks to hand-held metal detectors.
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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.
What To Bring with You
Bring the following items with you:
❑
AC adapter
❑
Power cords that are appropriate to the country to which
you are traveling
❑
EasyLink™ Combo Drive
❑
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.
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❑
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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Chapter 5
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This chapter discusses the important system utilities bundled with
your computer.
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The computer comes preloaded with the following software:
❑
Windows 98 or Windows NT operating system
❑
BIOS Utility
❑
System utilities, drivers and application software
Note: To access Windows software applications, click on the Start button and
select the application folder. Then click on the application icon to run the
selected application. To learn about the software and utility, make use of the
online help provided by the software.
Your computer is also compliant with or supports the following:
❑
ADM (Advanced Desktop Manager)
❑
DMI (Desktop Management Interface) 2.1
❑
APM (Advanced Power Management) or ACPI (Advanced
Configuration and Power Interface)
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Sleep Manager
Most notebook computers feature built-in power-saving
functions. This computer has two power management modes,
Standby and Hibernation.
While Standby puts your computer into a light sleep state,
Hibernation shuts off all power after saving the current state of
your computer. The next time you slide the power switch, the
computer resumes from where you left off.
Sleep Manager allows your computer to perform these functions.
Note: See “Power Management” on page 42 to understand how your
computer saves and manages power.
Sleep Manager is a utility that works with your computer’s BIOS
and Windows APM (Advanced Power Management) or ACPI
(Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) to manage the
Hibernation operation. This includes:
❑
creating the Hibernation file which contains the current
state of the computer
❑
checking if the Hibernation file is valid
❑
saving and loading the contents of the Hibernation file
when entering to and resuming from Hibernation mode
The Hibernation file resides in a contiguous area on your hard
disk.
Sleep Manager can automatically create, recover, and reallocate
space for the Hibernation file. If the system memory size was
changed or the Hibernation file on the hard disk was corrupted,
Sleep Manager reallocates the hard disk space for you
automatically.
Accessing the Sleep Manager
There are two ways to bring up the Sleep Manager.
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On the Taskbar
The computer automatically loads Sleep Manager every
time you start Windows. Sleep Manager resides in the
background and appears as an icon on the taskbar.
Double-click on the Sleep Manager status icon if enabled to
bring up the main Sleep Manager program. The icon also
shows the current status of the Hibernation feature, and
changes to tell you if the feature is valid or not. Resting
your cursor on the icon also shows the status.
The Sleep Manager icon may or may not appear on the
taskbar. A checkbox in the Sleep Manager main screen
determines whether to enable or disable the icon on the
taskbar.
❑
Start menu
a.
Click on Start, Programs, Sleep Manage .
b.
Select the Sleep Manager program.
The Sleep Manager displays below:
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Item
tem
Desc
Descr
scription
Buttons
Click to access the Sleep Manager functions.
Current Setting
Displays the drive and size of the current reserved space
created by Sleep Manager.
On Board
Information
Displays the different areas of system memory and their
respective sizes. These system resources need to be
stored before the computer can enter Hibernation mode,
so that the computer can resume successfully.
These resources are the contents of: Onboard memory
(DRAM or dynamic memory), Video RAM (VRAM or
video memory), SMRAM (static memory), and Others.
The total size of these resources shows as the
recommended size in the dialog box.
Recommended
Size
Displays the minimum size of the contiguous space you
need for the Hibernation feature. The actual size may be
a little bit more due to file system alignment.
Enable Indicator
on the Taskbar
When this checkbox is checked, the Sleep Manager
status appears on the taskbar. Double-click on the Sleep
Manager status icon on the taskbar to bring up the main
program, or simply rest your cursor on the icon to
display the current status.
Sleep Manager Functions
Create
Sleep Manager automatically finds a contiguous area on your
hard disk and creates the Hibernation file in this space. You can
also perform this function by clicking on the Create button.
When you click on the Create button, a dialog box pops up:
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Select OK to automatically create the Hibernation file. Sleep
Manager displays the recommend size based on onboard syste
information. You can also choose Advanced>> to manually set
the space settings and size. The advanced screen shows below.
Sleep Manager automatically checks the system configuration and
displays the recommended size. The drive where the space will
be created is defined by the system and will be the first available
logical drive which has the requested contiguous free disk space
on it. The recommended size is the minimum size needed to
save the current system status.
If the program cannot find the required space on the hard disk
during the space creation process, it shows a message box to
inform the user.
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Remove
If you want to use or take back the reserved space, click on the
Remove button. This will disable the Hibernation feature.
Instead, the computer will only be able to enter Standby mode.
Minimize
Minimize Sleep Manager by selecting the Minimize button. If
the Enable indicator on taskbar box is checked, Sleep Manager
will switch to the background by locating itself on the taskbar.
You can pop-up Sleep Manager again by double-clicking on this
icon.
Exit
Exit Sleep Manager by selecting the Exit button. Sleep Manager
will quit and disable the capability of auto-adjusting the reserved
space size. Exiting Sleep Manager is NOT recommended.
Caution: Do not deactivate (remove or exit) or uninstall Sleep Manager. Do not
remove or delete the Hibernation file. Hibernation will not work without Sleep
Manager and the Hibernation file.
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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.
Note: Certain hot key functions are disabled when you access the Notebook
Manager, because these functions are also found in the Notebook Manager.
To start the Notebook Manager, press Fn-F2 or follow these
steps:
1.
Click on Start, Programs, Notebook Manage .
2.
Select the Notebook Manager application to run the
program.
Note: Changes made to most settings in the Notebook Manager take effect the
next time the computer restarts. Changes made in the Power Management
and Display Device screens take effect immediately.
Notebook Manager consists of six sections:
❑
Information Viewer
❑
POST
❑
Boot Sequence
❑
Password
❑
Power Management
❑
Display Device
To select a section, click on the tab of the section you want to
view.
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Information Viewer
Information Viewer summarizes and lists information about the
specifications and settings of the different components of your
computer.
Note: Items in this table may differ from the ones onscreen.
Item
tem
Desc
Descr
scription
CPU
Brand, type and clock speed of the CPU (Central
Processing Unit)
Total Memory
Total amount of main memory (in megabytes)
Video RAM
Total amount of video memory (in megabytes)
Hard Disk
Size of hard disk (in megabytes)
Serial Port 1
Resource settings of serial port 1
Serial Port 2
Resource settings of serial port 2
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Item
Desc
Descr
script
iption
Parallel Port
Resource settings of the parallel port
External Cache
Total amount of external cache memory (in kilobytes)
Touchpad
Setting of the internal pointing device
Pointing Device
Type(s) of the pointing device(s) detected, internal and
external
The current version of the computer’s BIOS shows before the
Device-Configuration table.
POST
POST (Power On Self-Test) defines how your computer behaves
when starting up.
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There are items in this screen include:
Item
tem
Desc
Descr
script
iption
Enable ACPI OS
Fast POST
When your operating system is set to ACPI, this
feature allows your computer to boot up and resume
from Hibernation mode faster. The operating system
and the BIOS communicates information about Plugand-Play resources and previous boot-ups.
Enable Quiet Boot
Select to hide POST messages and display the
TravelMate logo startup screen
Enable hotkey beep
Select to allow the computer to give off beeps when a
hotkey is pressed
Boot Sequence
Boot Sequence defines the boot sequence to follow when your
computer boots up.
The Boot Sequence screen displays the bootable devices in your
computer and the order in which the booting sequence will
occur. The devices include the following:
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Floppy Drive
❑
IDE Hard Drive
❑
CD-ROM/DVD-ROM Drive
Simply drag and drop the devices to change the booting order.
Click on Apply to accept.
Password
Password is used to set, modify or delete the password(s) for
your computer.
There are two passwords you can set using the Notebook
Manager:
❑
Setup Password prevents unauthorized access to the
Notebook Manager and BIOS Utility.
❑
Power-On Password prevents unauthorized access to your
computer at system startup and at resume from Standby/
Hibernation or Sleep mode.
The Hard Disk Password is set using the BIOS Utility. See “System Security”
on page 97.
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Setting the Power-On Password
To set the Power-On Password, follow these steps:
1.
Click on the Change Power-On Password button.
2.
Click on the Enable Power-On Password checkbox.
3.
Click in the New Password textbox and type in up to seven
alphanumeric characters (A-Z, a-z, 0-9) which you want to
be your Power-On Password.
4.
Click in the Confirm Password textbox and retype the
password.
5.
Click on OK.
Setting the Setup Password
To set the Setup Password, follow these steps:
1.
Click on the Change Setup Password button. The
following dialog box displays:
2.
Click on the Enable Setup Password checkbox.
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3.
Click in the New Password textbox and type in up to seven
alphanumeric characters (A-Z, a-z, 0-9) which you want to
be your Setup Password.
4.
Click in the Confirm Password textbox and retype the
password.
5.
Click on OK.
Note: To change a password, follow the same steps used to set a password.
To remove a password, follow the same steps used to set a password but leave
both fields blank.
Power Management
Power Management is used to set various settings related to
power management.
This includes the following power-saving-related features:
Item
Descr
script
iption
Enable battery low
warning beep
Select to allow the computer to give off warning
beeps when the computer runs low on battery.
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Item
tem
Desc
Descr
script
iption
Enable sleep upon
battery low
Select to allow the computer to enter Standby or
Hibernation mode when the computer runs low on
battery.
Advanced
Click on set advanced features
Setting Advanced Features
To set advanced features, do the following:
1.
Click on the Advanced button.
2.
Set the advanced features.
The settings in this screen determine how the computer
behaves when you (a) close the display, (b) press the
power switch, and (c) press the Sleep button Fn-F4.
Options include the following:
3.
■
Standby - the computer enters Standby mode
■
Hibernate - the computer enters Hibernation mode
■
Shutdown - the computer closes all programs and shuts
down
Click on OK.
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Display Device
Display Device is used to control various settings related to
display device(s), such as the display brightness level.
The items in this screen include:
Item
Desc
Descr
script
iption
Boot Display Device
Sets the default display device on boot-up.
Switching Display Device
Sets the current display device.
Make sure an external monitor is connected
before External monitor is selected.
Brightness for LCD Panel
Click and drag to set the LCD screen brightness
levels.
Click on the radio button of the desired item, then click on
Apply. To modify the brightness level, click and hold the slider
control and move to the right to increase, or move to the left to
decrease the setting. You can also click on the item, and use the
cursor keys to set the desired level.
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BIOS Utility
The BIOS Utility is a hardware configuration program built into
your computer’s BIOS (Basic Input/Ouput System).
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 this
program. Please also refer to “Troubleshooting” on page 103
when a problem arises.
Using the BIOS Utility
To start the BIOS Utility, follow these steps:
1.
Save your work and restart the computer.
A BIOS Utility entry reminder appears near the bottom of
the screen.
2.
Press F2 to enter the BIOS Utility. The BIOS Utility main
screen appears.
There are seven menu options. Use the cursor up/down keys to
select a menu item, then press Enter. After you enter a submenu, you can:
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use the cursor up/down keys to move between the
parameters
❑
use the cursor left/right keys to change the value of a
parameter
You can change the value of a parameter if it is enclosed in
square brackets.
❑
press Esc to exit the current sub-menu
At the main menu, press Esc to exit the BIOS Utility. If you make
any changes, the following dialog box displays:
If you would like to keep the changes you made, use the cursor
left/right keys to select Yes; then press Enter. Choose No if
you want to discard the changes you made.
System Information
The System Information sub-menu displays basic and important
information about your computer.
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The following table describes the information in this sub-menu.
Note: “x” may refer to a series of numbers and/or characters or a combination
of both.
Parameter
Description
Format
CPU Type & Speed
Shows the type and speed in
Megahertz of the Central
Processing Unit (CPU).
Floppy Disk Drive
Shows the floppy disk drive
type.
Hard Disk Drive
Shows the size or capacity of
the hard disk.
HDD Serial Number
Shows the serial number of
the hard disk.
System with
Shows the EasyLink™ Combo
Drive type, CD-ROM or DVDROM.
System BIOS
Version
Shows the version number of
the BIOS.
Vx Rx (version and
release numbers)
VGA BIOS Version
Shows the version number of
the VGA display BIOS.
Vx Rx (version and
release numbers)
Serial Number
Shows the serial number of
the computer.
Asset Tag Number
Shows the asset number of
the computer.
Product Name
Shows the product name of
the computer.
Manufacturer
Name
Shows the manufacturer of
the computer.
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Parameter
Description
Format
UUID
Shows the universally unique
indentifier of your computer.
The items in this sub-menu are important and vital information
about your computer. If you experience computer problems and
need to contact technical support, this data helps our service
personnel know more about your computer.
Basic System Settings
The Basic System Settings sub-menu allows you to set the system
date and time.
The following table describes the parameters in this sub-menu.
Para
Parame
ramete
meter
ter
Desc
Descr
scription
For
Format
mat
Date
Sets the system date.
DDD MMM DD, YYYY
(day-of-the-week month day, year)
Time
Sets the system time.
HH:MM:SS (hour:minute:second)
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Startup Configuration
The Startup Configuration sub-menu contains parameter values
that define how your computer behaves on system startup.
The following table describes the parameters in this sub-menu.
Settings in boldface are the default and suggested parameter
settings.
Para
Parame
ramete
meter
ter
Boot Display
Desc
Descr
script
iption
ion
Opt
Options
ions
Sets the display on boot-up.
Auto or Both
When set to Auto, the computer
automatically determines the
display device when the computer
starts up. If an external display
device (e.g., monitor) is connected,
it becomes the boot display;
otherwise, the computer LCD is the
boot display. When set to Both, the
computer outputs to both the
computer LCD and an external
display device if one is connected.
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Para
Parame
ramete
meter
ter
Desc
Descr
script
iption
Opt
Option
ions
USB Function
Support
Enables or disables the Universal
Serial Bus (USB) port.
Disabled or
Enabled
Hotkey Beep
Enables or disables a system beep
when a hotkey or key combination is
pressed.
Enabled or
Disabled
ACPI OS Fast
Post
ACPI OS Fast Post allows your
computer to boot up and resume
from Standby/Hibernation/Sleep
mode faster. When enabled, allows
the operating system (with ACPI)
and BIOS to communicate
information about Plug-and-Play
resources and previous boot-ups.
Disabled or
Enabled
Quiet Boot
Hides the POST messages and
displays the TravelMate logo startup
screen.
Enabled or
Disabled
PnP OS
With Simple Boot FLAG disabled,
enables or disables Plug-and-Play
operating system settings.
Enabled or
Disabled
Boot Drive
Sequence
Specifies the order in which the
computer starts up from. See the
section below.
1st: Floppy Disk,
2nd: Hard Disk,
3rd: CD-ROM
Setting the Boot Drive Sequence
The Boot Drive Sequence section lists boot priorities (1st, 2nd
and 3rd) for bootable drives in your computer
For example, the default value (1st:Floppy Disk, 2nd:Hard Disk,
and 3rd:CD-ROM) tells the computer to first search for a bootable
floppy disk in the floppy drive. If it finds one present, it boots
up from that floppy disk. If not, the computer continues by
booting up from the hard disk. If it cannot boot up from the
hard disk, it continues to search for a bootable CD-ROM in the
CD-ROM drive.
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To set the boot drive sequence, use the cursor up/down keys to
select a priority level (1st, 2nd, or 3rd); then use the cursor left/
right keys to select the device for that priority level.
Onboard Devices Configuration
The parameters in this screen are for advanced users only. You
do not need to change the values in this screen because these
values are already optimized.
The Onboard Devices Configuration sub-menu assigns resources
to basic computer communication hardware.
The following table describes the parameters in this sub-menu.
Settings in boldface are the default and suggested parameter
settings.
Para
Parame
ramete
meter
ter
Desc
Descr
script
iption
Opt
Options
ions
Serial Port
Enables or disabled the serial port.
Enabled or
Disable
When enabled, you can set the base I/O
address and interrupt request (IRQ) of
the serial port.
3F8h, 3E8h, 2F8h
or 2E8h
4 or 11
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Para
Parame
ramete
meter
ter
Desc
Descr
scription
Opt
Option
ions
IrDA Port
Enables or disables the infrared port.
Enabled or
Disabled
When enabled, you can set the base I/O
address, interrupt request (IRQ) and
direct memory access (DMA) channel
of the infrared port.
Parallel
Port
Enables or disables the parallel port.
When enabled, you can set the base I/O
address, interrupt request (IRQ) and
operation mode of the parallel port.
If operation mode is set to ECP, the
direct memory access (DMA) channel
of the parallel port is set to 1.
2F8h, 3E8h, 3F8h,
or 2E8h
3 or 10
Enabled or
Disabled
378h, 278h, or
3BCh
7 or 5
ECP, Standard, or
Bi-directional
System Security
The System Security sub-menu allows you to safeguard your
computer and data with passwords and other security measures.
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The following table describes the parameters in this screen.
Settings in boldface are the default and suggested parameter
settings.
Parameter
Description
Options
Setu
Password
When set, this password protects the
computer and this BIOS Utility from
unauthorized entry. See the following
section for instructions on how to set a
password.
Disabled or
Enabled
Power-on
Password
When set, this password protects the
computer from unauthorized entry. See
the following section for instructions on
how to set a password.
When Password Check on Boot and/or
Password Check During Resume is
enabled, you need to enter this password
to continue operation.
Disabled or
Enabled
Hard Disk
Password
When set, this password protects the
hard disk from unauthorized access. See
the following section for instructions on
how to set a password.
Disabled or
Enabled
Disk Drive
Control
When Floppy Drive Lockout is enabled,
the floppy drive connection is stopped
and disabled.
Disabled or
Enabled
Setting a Password
Follow these steps:
1.
Use the cursor up/down keys to highlight a Password
parameter (Setup, Power-on or Hard Disk) and press the
Enter key. The password box appears:
2.
Type a password. The password may consist of up to
seven characters (A-Z, a-z, 0-9).
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Important! Be very careful when typing your password because the characters
do not appear on the screen.
3.
Press Enter. Retype the password to verify your first entry
and press Enter.
After setting the password, the computer automatically sets the
chosen password parameter to Present.
Removing a Password
Should you decide to remove a password, do the following:
1.
Use the cursor up/down keys to highlight a Password
parameter (Setup, Power-on or Hard Disk).
2.
Use the cursor left or cursor right key to remove the
password.
Changing a Password
To change a password, follow these steps:
1.
Remove the current password. See “Removing a Password”
on page 99.
2.
Set a new password. See “Setting a Password” on page 98.
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Power Management
The Power Management screen contains parameters that are
related to power-saving and power management.
The following table describes the parameters in this screen.
Settings in boldface are the default and suggested parameter
settings.
Note: If your system has ACPI, all power management functions are taken care
of by Windows.
Para
Parame
ramete
meter
ter
Desc
Descr
scription
Opt
Options
ions or
or For
Format
mat
Advanced Power
Management
Mode
Enables or disables Advanced
Power Management (APM)
mode.
Disabled or Enabled
Turn Off Display
Sets the timeout value before
the display enters powersaving mode.
Disabled or time
values
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Para
Parame
ramete
meter
ter
Desc
Descr
script
iption
Opt
Options
ions or
or Fo
Format
mat
Turn Off Hard
Disk
Sets the timeout value before
the hard disk enters power
saving mode.
Disabled or time
values
System Standby
Sets the timeout value before
the computer enters Standby
mode.
Disabled or time
values
System
Hibernate After
Standby
Sets the timeout value before
the computer enters
Hibernation mode.
Disabled or time
values
System Resume
Timer Mode
When enabled and the system
resume date and time are
valid, the computer resumes
(wakes up) at the set time and
date.
Disabled or Enabled
MMM DD,YYYY
(day/month/year)
HH:MM:SS
(hour:minute:second)
Battery-low
Warning Beep
Enables or disables warning
beeps during a battery-low
condition.
Enabled or Disabled
Sleep Upon
Battery-low
Enables or disables the
Hibernation function during a
battery-low condition
Enabled or Disabled
When the computer is very
low on battery power, the
computer will enter
Hibernation mode if Sleep
Manager is installed, active
and the Hibernation file is
valid. See “Sleep Manager”
on page 76.
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Load Default Settings
If you want to restore all parameter settings to their default
values, select this menu item and press Enter. The following
dialog box displays:
If you would like to load default settings for all parameters, use
the cursor left/right keys to select Yes; then press Enter.
Otherwise, choose No.
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Chapter 6
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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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Frequently-Asked Questions
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 the AC adapter is plugged in properly to the
computer and to the power outlet.
If it is lit, check the following:
■
If the Standby indicator is lit, the computer is in
Standby mode. Press any key or tap on the touchpad
to resume.
■
Is a non-bootable (non-system) diskette in the floppy
drive? Remove or replace it with a system diskette and
press Ctrl-Alt-Del to restart the system.
■
The operating system files may be damaged or missing.
Insert the startup disk you created during Windows
setup into the floppy drive and press Ctrl-Alt-Del to
restart the system. This will diagnose your system and
make necessary fixes.
Nothing appears on the screen.
The computer’s power management system automatically blanks
the screen to save power. Press any key to turn the display back
on.
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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-<cursor
right> and Fn-<cursor left> to adjust 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
Image is not full-screen.
Make sure the resolution is set to 800x600. 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 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 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. Click on the icon and
adjust the level, or press the Fn-<cursor up> key.
❑
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-ROM or DVD-ROM tray without turning on the
power. I cannot eject the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM tray.
There is a mechanical eject button on the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM
drive. Simply insert the tip of a pen or paperclip and push to
eject the tray.
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The keyboard does not respond.
Try attaching an external keyboard to the PS/2 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 serial mouse does not work.
Check the following:
❑
Make sure that the serial cable is plugged securely into the
serial port.
❑
During POST, press F2 to access the BIOS Utility and verify
that the serial port is enabled. See “Onboard Devices
Configuration” on page 96 for details.
I prefer using an external keyboard and mouse, but both have PS/2
connectors and there is only one PS/2 port on the computer
To connect two PS/2-type devices to the computer, you need to
use a PS/2 Y-bridge connector. See “PS/2 Y-Bridge Cable” on
page 58 for details.
The printer does not work.
Check the following:
❑
Make sure that the printer is connected to a power outlet
and it is turned on.
❑
Make sure the printer cable is connected securely to the
computer’s parallel port and the corresponding port on the
printer.
❑
During POST, press F2 to access the BIOS Utility and verify
that the parallel port is enabled. See “Onboard Devices
Configuration” on page 96 for details.
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
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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 POST, press F2 to access the BIOS Utility and verify
that the infrared port is enabled. See “Onboard Devices
Configuration” on page 96 for details.
❑
Make sure both devices are IrDA-compliant.
I want to set up my location to use the internal modem.
To properly use your communications software (e.g.,
HyperTerminal), you need to set up your location:
1.
Click on Start, Settings, Control Panel.
1.
Double-click on Modems.
2.
Click on Dialing Properties and begin setting up your
location.
Refer to the Windows manual.
I get a “Not Enough Space for Allocation” error message from the
Sleep Manager program.
This is an error message that may appear when Sleep Manager is
creating the Hibernation file. There are several different reasons
that may cause this error:
❑
The size of the free disk space on your hard disk is less
than the required size.
For example, if the onboard memory is 32MB and the video
memory is 2MB, the total free disk space required will be
around 34MB. If the total free disk space is less than this,
you have to free up space on the hard disk.
❑
The hard disk has enough free space, but this free space
exists as small fragments.
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The free disk space that Sleep Manager requires needs to be
contiguous. To solve this problem, use tools such as Disk
Defragmenter (Windows) to compact these free disk
spaces. Then run Sleep Manager again to create the file.
❑
Disk compression utilities are used.
Sleep Manager can work with most compression software.
However, Sleep Manager can only create the space on a
host drive. A host drive stores original file information and
cannot be compressed. The free space on the host drive is
usually very small, so the compression software needs to be
run again to enlarge the size of the host (uncompressed)
drive for Sleep Manager.
For more information, see “Sleep Manager” on page 76.
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Troubleshooting Tips
This notebook computer incorporates an advanced design that
delivers onscreen error message reports to help you solve
problems. In addition, this series of notebook computers ship
with PC-Doctor, a powerful diagnostic tool, that helps you
determine hardware configuration and clarify hardware or
software problems.
❑
If the system reports an error message or an error symptom
occurs, see “Error Messages” on page 114.
❑
If you suspect the system has a problem, run PC-Doctor to
diagnose it. See the following section.
Using PC-Doctor
Before running the program, take note of the following actions
you may need to take:
1.
Disconnect any external devices (i.e., PC Cards, external
mouse).
2.
Open System Properties to check and make sure the
components you diagnose are enabled.
To open the System Properties window:
3.
a.
Click on Start, Settings, Control Panel.
b.
Double-click on System.
c.
Click on the Device Manager tab.
Close all application programs (i.e., fax or communication
programs) if you plan to diagnose the modem.
To run PC-Doctor, simply double-click on the PC-Doctor icon
located on the Windows desktop. You can also access PC-Doctor
by following these steps:
1.
Click on Start, Programs, PC-Doctor.
2.
Click on the PC-Doctor program.
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If PC-Doctor does not report a system error, reinstall the software
driver from the Recovery CD for the component you suspect has
a problem. If you still have problems, you can access our online
and Internet technical support services. Please see the following
section for details.
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Online Services
There are three ways to access Acer for technical support and
information:
❑
Internet service worldwide, visit http://www.acer.com/
❑
Online service in the United States and Canada, call 1-800816-2237
❑
Technical support numbers in various countries
You can view a list of technical support numbers by following
these steps:
1.
Click on Start, Settings, Control Panel.
2.
Double-click on System.
3.
Click on the Support Information button.
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).
If you are able to run the PC-Doctor diagnostic tests, locate the
log file by selecting Windows, Test Log in the PC-Doctor menu
bar.
If you haven’t registered your notebook computer, you will be
required to register during your first call to Acer.
You are required to provide the following information:
Name:_________________________________________
Address:_______________________________________
_______________________________________________
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Telephone number:_____________________________
Machine and model type:_______________________
Serial number:_________________________________
Date of purchase:______________________________
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Error Messages
If you receive an error message, note the message and take the
corrective action. The following table lists the error messages in
alphabetical order together with the recommended course of
action.
Error Messages
Corrective Action
CMOS Battery Bad
Contact your dealer or an authorized
service center.
CMOS Checksum Error
Contact your dealer or an authorized
service center.
Disk Boot Failure
Insert a system (bootable) diskette in the
floppy drive (A:), then press Enter to
reboot.
Diskette Drive Controller Error
or No Controller Present
Contact your dealer or an authorized
service center.
Diskette Drive Error
Contact your dealer or an authorized
service center.
Diskette Drive Type Mismatch
Press F2 (during POST) to enter the BIOS
Utility; then press Esc to exit and
reconfigure the computer.
Equipment Configuration Error
Press F2 (during POST) to enter the BIOS
Utility; then press Esc to exit and
reconfigure the computer.
Hard Disk 0 Error
Contact your dealer or an authorized
service center.
Hard Disk 0 Extended Type
Error
Contact your dealer or an authorized
service center.
I/O Parity Error
Contact your dealer or an authorized
service center.
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Error Messages
Corrective Action
Insert system diskette and
press <Enter> key to reboot
Insert a system (bootable) diskette in the
floppy drive (A:), then press Enter to
reboot.
Keyboard Error or No
Keyboard Connected
Contact your dealer or an authorized
service center.
Keyboard Interface Error
Contact your dealer or an authorized
service center.
Memory Size Mismatch
Press F2 (during POST) to enter the BIOS
Utility; then press Esc to exit and
reconfigure the computer.
Missing operating system
Press F2 (during POST) to enter the BIOS
Utility; then press Esc to exit and
reconfigure the computer.
Non-system disk or disk error.
Replace and strike any key
when ready.
Insert a system (bootable) diskette in the
floppy drive (A:), then press Enter to
reboot.
Pointing Device Error
Contact your dealer or an authorized
service center.
Pointing Device Interface Error
Contact your dealer or an authorized
service center.
Protected Mode Test Fail
Contact your dealer or an authorized
service center.
RAM BIOS Bad
Contact your dealer or an authorized
service center.
RAM Parity Error
Contact your dealer or an authorized
service center.
Real-Time Clock Error
Press F2 (during POST) to enter the BIOS
Utility; then press Esc to exit and
reconfigure the computer.
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Corrective Action
Video RAM BIOS Bad
Contact your dealer or an authorized
service center.
If you still encounter problems after going through the corrective
measures, please contact your dealer or an authorized service
center for assistance. Some problems may be solved using the
BIOS Utility. See “BIOS Utility” on page 90.
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Appendix A
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This appendix lists the general specifications of your computer.
Microprocessor
Intel Pentium® II processor with 256KB L2 cache memory
Memory
❑
Main memory expandable to 256MB Synchronous Dynamic
Random Access Memory (SDRAM)
❑
Two 144-pin industry-standard soDIMM sockets
❑
64-bit dual memory banks
❑
512KB Flash ROM BIOS
Data Storage
❑
One 2.5-inch, 9.5mm removable hard disk
❑
One external EasyLink™ Combo Drive (floppy drive + CDROM or DVD-ROM drive)
Display and Video
❑
12.1-inch Thin Film Transistor LCD displaying 32-bit truecolor at 800x600 SVGA resolution
❑
64-bit PCI/AGP graphics accelerator with 2.5MB
Synchronous Graphics Random Access Memory (SGRAM)
❑
3D features such as Goraud shading and Z-buffering
❑
Simultaneous LCD and CRT display
❑
Dual display capability
❑
DVD playback capability (with DVD-equipped EasyLink™
DVD Combo Drive)
Audio
❑
16-bit PCI stereo audio with 3D sound and built-in
wavetable synthesizer
❑
Internal speaker
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❑
Sound Blaster Pro- (DOS Emulation) and Windows Sound
System-compatible
❑
Separate audio ports for line-out, line-in and microphone-in
devices
Keyboard and Pointing Device
❑
85-/89-key Windows keyboard
❑
Ergonomically-centered touchpad pointing device with
scroll function
I/O Ports
❑
One type II/I CardBus socket
❑
One RJ-11 modem jack (V.90-compliant 56Kbps)
❑
One power jack (DC-in)
❑
One FIR wireless communications port (IrDA-compliant)
❑
One 9-pin RS-232 serial port (UART16550-compatible)
❑
One 25-pin parallel port (ECP-compliant)
❑
One 15-pin external monitor port (DDC 2.0-compliant)
❑
One 6-pin keyboard/mouse port (PS/2-compatible)
❑
One 3.5mm line-out minijack
❑
One 3.5mm line-in minijack
❑
One 3.5mm microphone-in minijack
❑
One USB jack
Weight and Dimensions
❑
1.8 kg (3.98 lbs)
❑
289 x 219 x 23.5 mm (11.38 x 8.62 x 0.92 in)
Temperature
❑
Operating: 10°C ~ 35°C
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❑
Non-operating: -20°C ~ 60°C
Humidity (non-condensing)
❑
Operating: 20% ~ 80% RH
❑
Non-operating: 20% ~ 80% RH
System
❑
Windows 98 or Windows NT (option) operating system
with APM or ACPI
❑
DMI 2.1-compliant
❑
ADM support
Battery Pack
❑
30WattHour Lithium-Ion
❑
Smart battery management technology
❑
2~3-hour rapid charge/6~7-hour charge-in-use
AC Adapter
❑
45-Watt
❑
Auto sensing 100~240Vac, 50~60Hz
Options
❑
32-/64-/128-MB memory upgrade module
❑
Higher-capacity hard disk drive
❑
EasyLink™ DVD Combo Drive (floppy drive + DVD-ROM
drive)
❑
PS/2 Y-cable
❑
Additional AC adapter and battery pack
❑
External battery charger
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Index
Numerics
3D enhanced function
enabling 28
A
AC adapter
caring for xviii
connecting xiv
AcerMedia Drive 18
ACPI. See Advanced Configuration and
Power Interface
Advanced Configuration and Power Interface 46
Advanced Power Management 46
APM. See Advanced Power Management
audio 28
connecting externally 55
troubleshooting 106
B
battery
installing xiv
battery pack
battery-low warning 39
caring for xix
characteristics 35
charging 37
charging indicator 7
charging modes 37
checking charge level 38
installing 36
low conditions 40
optimizing 38
removing 36
replacing 36
using the first time 35
BIOS Utility 90–102
Basic System Settings sub-menu 93
Load Default Settings sub-menu
102
Onboard
Devices Configuration
sub-menu 96
Power Management sub-menu 100
starting 90
Startup Configuration sub-menu 94
System Information sub-menu 91
System Security sub-menu 97
boot display device
setting in BIOS Utility 94
boot drive sequence
setting in BIOS Utility 95
boot order
setting in Notebook Manager 84
brightness
hot keys 12
setting in Notebook Manager 89
C
caps lock 8
on indicator 7
care
AC adapter xviii
battery pack xix
computer xviii
CD-ROM
ejecting 20
ejecting manually 106
troubleshooting 106
charging
checking level 38
modes 37
cleaning
computer xix
computer
bringing to meetings 66
caring for xviii
cleaning xix
connecting xiv
disconnecting 65
display 5
features 3
indicators 7
information 82
keyboards 8
moving around 66
on indicator 7
performance 3
power management 42
security 30
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setting up a home office 68
taking home 67
traveling internationally 70
traveling on local trips 69
troubleshooting 104
turning on xiv
connections
AC adapter xiv
audio 55
computer xiv
file transfer cable 59
keyboard, external 54
keypad, external 54
monitor 49
mouse 52
mouse, PS/2 52
mouse, serial 52
printer 51
PS/2 y-bridge cable 58
USB 57
contrast
setting in Notebook Manager 89
D
date
setting in Setup Utility 93
diagnostics 110
diskette
ejecting 19
diskette drive 18
display 5
auto-dim feature 43
computer 5
hot keys 12
opening and closing 6
performance 5
power management 5, 42
setting boot device in Notebook
Manager 89
setting in Notebook Manager 89
simultaneous 5
switching device in Notebook Manager 89
troubleshooting 105, 106
E
error messages 114
Euro 12
F
FAQ. See frequently-asked questions
Fast Infrared. See infrared
file transfer cable
connecting 59
FIR. See infrared
floppy disk
ejecting 19
floppy drive 18
frequently-asked questions 105
H
hard disk 18
installing 62
power management 43
upgrading 61
help
Internet home page xvi
online manual xvi
online services 112
technical support xvii
web page xvi
Hibernation mode 44–45
conditions 44
entering 44
hot key 11
resuming from 45
utility 76
hot keys 10
I
indicator lights 7
infrared 23
setting in BIOS Utility 97
troubleshooting 107
ITW. See warranty
K
keyboard 8
connecting externally 54
embedded numeric keypad 9
hot keys 10
lock keys 8
troubleshooting 107
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Windows keys 10
keyboard ergonomics 14
keypad
connecting externally 54
L
LEDs 7
M
media access
on indicator 7
memory
installing 60–61
upgrading 60
messages
error 114
modem 23
monitor
connecting 49
mouse
connecting externally 52
troubleshooting 107
N
Notebook Manager 81–89
Boot Sequence 84
Display Device 89
hot key 11
Information Viewer 82
Password 85
POST 83
Power Management 87
starting 81
notice
copyright protection xii
year 2000 compliance x
num lock 8
on indicator 7
numeric keypad
embedded 9
num lock 9
O
online services 112
options
cables 58
hard disk upgrade 61
memory upgrade 60
PC Cards 56
spare AC adapter 58
spare battery 58
P
palm rest 14
parallel port
setting in BIOS Utility 97
password 30
changing in Setup Utility 99
removing in Setup Utility 99
setting in Notebook Manager 86–
87
setting in Setup Utility 98
types 30
PC Card 25
ejecting 26
inserting 26
ports 21
left 21
rear 22
right 25
power
managing in BIOS Utility 100
managing in Notebook Manager 87
turning on xiv
power management 42
ACPI 46
advanced 46
power management modes
display standby mode 42
hard disk standby mode 43
Hibernation mode 44–45
sleep mode (ACPI) 45
Standby mode 43–44
printer
connecting 51
troubleshooting 107
problems 105
CD-ROM 106
display 105, 106
infrared 107
keyboard 107
printer 107
serial mouse 107
Sleep Manager 108
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startup 105
troubleshooting 104
PS/2 mouse
connecting 52
PS/2 y-bridge cable
connecting 58
AcerMedia Drive 18
floppy drive 18
hard disk 18
support
information xvii
Q
time
questions
multiple PS/2 devices 107
setting location for modem use 108
setting in Setup Utility 93
touchpad 15
hot key 12
using 15–16
travel
international flights 70
local trips 69
troubleshooting 104
tips 110
S
safety
CD-ROM xi
FCC notice vii
general instructions ix
lithium battery xii
modem notices viii
scroll lock 8
security
keylock 30
passwords 30
serial mouse
connecting 52
serial port
setting in BIOS Utility 96
service
when to call xix
Sleep Manager 76
troubleshooting 108
sleep mode 45
software
bundled 75
speakers
hot key 12
troubleshooting 106
specifications 119
Standby mode 43–44
entering 43
hot key 11
resuming from 44
signals 44
status indicator 7
status indicators 7
storage 18
T
U
Universal Serial Bus 24
USB
connecting 57
USB. See Universal Serial Bus
utility
BIOS 90–102
Notebook Manager 81–89
Sleep Manager 76
V
volume
hot keys 12
W
warranty
International Traveler’s Warranty
xvii
Windows keys 10