Acer 365 Series Laptop User Manual

Extensa 365 Series
Notebook Computers
User’s Guide
49.40B05.011
Printed in Taiwan
Copyright © 1998 Acer Incorporated
All Rights Reserved — Printed in Taiwan
Extensa 365 Series Notebook Computer User’s Guide
Part No. 49.40B05.011
Original Issue: Feb 1998
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Extensa Notebook Computer
Model_______Serial No.____________Purchase Date________
Extensa is a trademark and a product of Acer Inc., developed with
Texas Instruments Inc. All other trademarks and registered
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Microsoft Corporation.
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:
n Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna
n Increase the separation between the device and receiver
n Connect the device into an outlet on a circuit different from
that to which the receiver is connected
n Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/television
technician for help
Notice: Shield Cables
All connections to other computing devices must be made using
shielded cables to maintain compliance with FCC regulations.
Notice: Peripheral Devices
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Notices
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.
Usage 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.
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Notices
Important Safety Instructions
1.
Read these instructions carefully. Save these instructions for
future reference.
2.
Follow all warnings and instructions marked on the product.
3.
Unplug this product from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do
not use liquid cleaners or aerosol cleaners. Use a damp cloth
for cleaning.
4.
Do not use this product near water.
5.
Do not place this product on an unstable cart, stand, or
table. The product may fall, causing serious damage to the
product.
6.
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.
7.
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.
8.
Do not allow anything to rest on the power cord. Do not
locate this product where persons will walk on the cord.
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Notices
9.
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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. Unplug this product from the wall outlet and refer servicing
to qualified service personnel under the following conditions:
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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
Notices
13. Replace 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.
14. Warning! The battery may explode if not handled properly.
Do not disassemble or dispose of it in fire. Keep it away from
children and dispose of any used battery promptly.
15. 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).
Laser Compliance Statement
The CD-ROM drive in this computer is a laser product. The
CD-ROM 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 LASER
ATTENTION:
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:
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Notices
RADIACIÓN LÁSER INVISIBLE AL SER ABIERTO. EVITE EXPONERSE A
LOS RAYOS.
ADVARSEL: LASERSTRÅLING VED ÅBNING SE IKKE IND I STRÅLEN.
VARO! AVATTAESSA OLET ALTTINA LASERSÄTEILYLLE
VARNING: LASERSTRÅLNING NÄR DENNA DEL ÄR ÖPPNAD
ÄLÄ TUIJOTA SÄTEESEEN
STIRRA EJ IN I STRÅLEN
VARNING: LASERSTRÅLNING NÄR DENNA DEL ÄR ÖPPNAD
STIRRA EJ IN I STRÅLEN
ADVARSEL: LASERSTRÅLING NÅR DEKSEL ÅPNES
STIRR IKKE INN I STRÅLEN
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.
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Notices
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.
Taking Care of Your Computer
Your computer will serve you well if you take care of it.
q
Do not expose the
notebook to direct
sunlight. Do not place it
near sources of heat, such
as a radiator.
q
Do not expose it to
temperatures below 0ºC
(32ºF)
or
q
above 50ºC (122ºF).
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Notices
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q
Do not subject the
notebook to magnetic
fields.
q
Do not expose the
notebook to rain or
moisture.
q
Do not spill water or any
liquid on the notebook.
q
Do not subject the
computer to heavy shock
and vibration.
q
Do not expose the
notebook to dust and dirt.
Notices
q
Never place objects on top
of the notebook to avoid
damaging the notebook.
q
Never place the notebook
on uneven surfaces.
Taking Care of Your AC Adapter and Battery Pack
Here are some ways of taking care of your AC adapter.
q Do not connect the adapter to any other device.
q 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.
q When unplugging the power cord, do not pull on the cord
itself but pull on the plug.
q The total ampere ratings of the equipment plugged in should
not exceed the ampere rating of the cord if you are using an
extension cord. Also, the total current rating of all equipment
plugged into a single wall outlet should not exceed the fuse
rating.
Here are some ways of taking care of your battery pack.
q Use only batteries of the same kind as replacements. Turn
the power off before removing or replacing batteries.
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Notices
q Do not tamper with batteries. Keep them away from children.
q Dispose of used batteries according to local regulations.
Recycle them if at all possible.
Cleaning and Servicing
When cleaning the notebook, follow these steps:
1. Power off the notebook 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:
q Notebook has been dropped or the body has been damaged.
q Liquid has been spilled into the product.
q The notebook does not operate normally.
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Contents
Preface
Chapter 1
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
1.5
1.6
1.7
1.8
1.9
Getting Familiar with your Computer
Features .......................................................1-2
Display .........................................................1-4
Indicators .....................................................1-6
Keyboard ......................................................1-8
1.4.1
Special Keys ...................................1-8
1.4.2
Keyboard Ergonomics ...................1-14
Touchpad ...................................................1-15
Storage .......................................................1-17
1.6.1
Hard Disk.....................................1-17
1.6.2
Internal Drive ...............................1-17
Ports...........................................................1-19
1.7.1
Left Ports ......................................1-19
1.7.2
Rear Ports.....................................1-23
Audio..........................................................1-25
Securing your Computer .............................1-26
1.9.1
Security Notch ..............................1-26
1.9.2
Passwords ....................................1-26
Chapter 2 Operating on Battery Power
2.1 Battery Pack .................................................2-2
2.1.1
Battery Pack Characteristics ...........2-2
2.1.2
Installing and Removing the
Battery Pack ...................................2-3
2.1.3
Charging the Battery ......................2-4
2.1.4
Checking the Battery Level .............2-6
2.1.5
Optimizing Battery Life ...................2-6
2.1.6
Battery-low Warning .......................2-8
2.2 Power Management.....................................2-10
2.2.1
Power Management Modes............2-11
2.2.2
Advanced Power Management .......2-17
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Chapter 3
3.1
3.2
3.3
3.4
3.5
3.6
3.7
3.8
3.9
Options
External Monitor...........................................3-2
External Keyboard ........................................3-3
External Keypad ...........................................3-4
External Pointing Device ...............................3-5
Printer ..........................................................3-7
Audio Devices ...............................................3-8
PC Cards ......................................................3-9
USB Devices ...............................................3-10
Miscellaneous Options ................................3-11
3.9.1
Additional Power Packs.................3-11
3.9.2
Cables ..........................................3-11
3.10 Key Component Upgrades ...........................3-14
3.10.1 Memory Upgrade ..........................3-14
3.10.2 Hard Disk Upgrade .......................3-16
Chapter 4 Moving with your Computer
4.1 Disconnecting from the Desktop ...................4-2
4.2 Moving Around .............................................4-3
4.2.1
Preparing the Computer..................4-3
4.2.2
What To Bring to Short Meetings ....4-3
4.2.3
What To Bring to Long Meetings......4-3
4.3 Taking the Computer Home ..........................4-4
4.3.1
Preparing the Computer..................4-4
4.3.2
What To Bring with You ..................4-4
4.3.3
Special Considerations....................4-4
4.3.4
Setting Up a Home Office ................4-5
4.4 Traveling with the Computer .........................4-6
4.4.1
Preparing the Computer..................4-6
4.4.2
What To Bring with You ..................4-6
4.4.3
Special Considerations....................4-6
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4.5
Traveling Internationally with the
Computer .....................................................4-8
4.5.1
Preparing the Computer..................4-8
4.5.2
What To Bring with You ..................4-8
4.5.3
Special Considerations....................4-9
Chapter 5 System Utilities
5.1 Sleep Manager ..............................................5-2
5.1.1
Accessing the Sleep Manager ..........5-3
5.1.2
Sleep Manager Functions................5-6
5.2 SafeOff........................................................5-10
5.3 Setup Utility ...............................................5-11
5.3.1
Basic System Settings...................5-13
5.3.2
Startup Configuration...................5-15
5.3.3
Onboard Devices Configuration.....5-18
5.3.4
System Security............................5-20
5.3.5
Power Management Settings .........5-22
5.3.6
Load Default Settings....................5-25
Chapter 6 Troubleshooting
6.1 Q & A ...........................................................6-2
6.2 Error Messages .............................................6-7
Appendix A Specifications
Specifications
Appendix B Where to Get Help
Index
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Preface
This manual describes features of the Extensa 365
Series notebook computer. The Extensa series of
computers incorporate such features as a
CardBus, 16-bit stereo audio, and internal
pointing device.
This manual should answer most of the questions
you have about the day-to-day operation of your
Extensa 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 are available with almost all of the
programs shipped with your computer.
We hope you enjoy your Extensa computer. With
proper care, your computer will provide you with
years of productive service.
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Connecting the Notebook
Connecting the computer is as easy is 1-2-3.
1. Insert the battery pack into the battery
compartment and slide the battery
compartment cover in place. The battery pack
has a pull loop at the end for easy removal.
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
port on the notebook’s rear panel and the other
end to a properly grounded power outlet.
3. Slide the display cover latch to the left to open
to
the display. Then press the power switch
turn on the power. The POST (Power-On SelfTest) 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 95, we recommend that you use
the Shutdown command to turn off the computer.
If you turn off the computer and want to turn it on
again, wait at least 2 seconds before powering up.
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2
3
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Getting Help Online
This user’s guide provides clear and concise
information about the notebook, so read it
thoroughly. To provide you with help when
traveling, the notebook has a comprehensive
online help.
Accessing Online Help
Follow these steps to access the online
documentation:
1. Press the Windows logo key or click on the
Start button.
2. Select Programs.
3. Click on Extensa Online.
The online help is easy to navigate with hypertext
and hypergraphics, so you can simply click on
highlighted items to learn more about them. Clear
illustrations help describe notebook operation as
well.
Getting Online
Online
If you are connected to the Internet and have
World Wide Web access, visit our home page
(http://www.acer.com/) and get the latest
information about our products.
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1
Getting Familiar with your
Computer
This computer combines high-performance,
versatility, power management features and
multimedia capabilities with 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.
1-1
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Computer
1.1
Features
This computer was designed with the user in
mind. Here are just a few of its many features:
Performance
q
Intel Pentium® processor with MMX
technology
q
64-bit main memory and external (L2) cache
memory
q
Large LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) and PCI
(Peripheral Component Interconnect) local
bus video with graphics acceleration
q
Internal CD-ROM drive and external 3.5-inch
floppy drive (CD-ROM drive model)
q
Internal 3.5-inch floppy drive (FDD model)
q
High-capacity, Enhanced-IDE (Integrated
Device Electronics) hard disk
q
Nickel Metal-Hydride battery pack
q
Power management system with standby and
hibernation power saving modes
Multimedia
1-2
q
16-bit high-fidelity stereo audio with 3-D
sound
q
Built-in dual speakers
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Computer
q
Ultra-slim, high-speed CD-ROM drive
Connectivity
q
High-speed fax/data modem port1 (on some
models)
q
USB (Universal Serial Bus) port
Human-centric Design and Ergonomics
q
Lightweight and slim
q
Sleek, smooth and stylish design
q
Full-sized keyboard
q
Wide and curved palm rest
q
Ergonomically-centered touchpad pointing
device
Expansion
1
q
CardBus PC card (formerly PCMCIA) slots
(two type II/I or one type III) with ZV (Zoomed
Video) port support on upper slot
q
User-upgradeable memory and hard disk
This feature is available only in the U.S., Canada, Japan and
Taiwan. For other regions, you can connect a PC Card modem.
Consult your dealer for details.
1-3
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Computer
1.2
Display
The large graphics display offers excellent viewing,
display quality and desktop performance graphics.
The computer supports two different display
configurations — high contrast DSTN or TFT.
Video Performance
PCI local bus video with graphics accelerator and
1.1MB EDO video RAM to boost video
performance.
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 even connect an
LCD projection panel 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 section 2.2
for more information on power management.
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Getting Familiar with your
Computer
Opening and Closing the Display
To open the display, slide the display lid latch to
the left and lift up the lid. 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.
To close the display cover, fold it down gently until
the display cover latch clicks into place.
!
Warning: To avoid damaging the display, do not
slam it when closing. Do not place any object
on top of the computer when the display is
closed.
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Computer
1.3
Indicators
The computer has six easy-to-read indicator lights
(LEDs) near the display cover.
1
2
3
4
5
6
Two of these LEDs, Power and Standby, are visible
even when you close the display cover so you can
see the status of the computer while the cover is
closed.
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Computer
#
Icon
Function
Description
1
Power
Lights when the computer is
on.
Flashes when the battery is
low.
2
Standby
Flashes when the computer
enters Standby mode.
3
Media Activity
Lights when the hard disk
or CD-ROM 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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Computer
1.4
Keyboard
The keyboard has full-sized keys and includes an
embedded keypad, separate cursor keys, two
Windows 95 keys and twelve function keys.
1.4.1 Special Keys
Lock Keys
The keyboard has three lock keys which you can
toggle on and off.
1-8
Lock Key
Description
Caps
Lock
When Caps Lock is on, all alphabetic
characters typed are in uppercase.
FnNumLk
When Num Lock is on, the embedded keypad is
in numeric mode. The keys function as a
calculator (complete with 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.
Fn-ScrLk
When Scroll Lock is on, the screen moves one
line up or down when you press ↑ or ↓
respectively. However, Scroll Lock does not
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Computer
work with some applications.
Embedded Keypad
The embedded 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, cursorcontrol key symbols are not printed on the keys.
Desired Access
Num Lock On
Num Lock Off
Number keys on
embedded
keypad
Type numbers in a
normal manner.
Cursor-control
keys on
embedded
keypad
Hold Shift while
using cursorcontrol keys.
Hold Fn while
using cursorcontrol 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 numlock feature
automatically shifts from the internal keyboard to
the external keyboard or keypad.
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Computer
Windows 95 Keys
The keyboard has two keys that perform Windows
95-specific functions.
Key
Description
Windows
logo key
Start button. Combinations with this key
perform special functions. Below are a few
examples:
q Windows + Tab Activates next Taskbar
button
q Windows + E Explore My Computer
q Windows + F Find Document
q Windows + M Minimize All
q Shift + Windows + M Undo Minimize All
q Windows + R Displays Run dialog box
Opens the application’s context menu (same
as right-click).
Application
key
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Computer
Hotkeys
The computer employs hotkeys or key
combinations to access most of the computer’s
controls like screen contrast and brightness,
volume output and the BIOS setup utility.
Hotkey
Icon
Fn-Esc
Fn-F1
Fn-F2
Function
Description
Esc
Hotkey
Escape
Exits the hotkey control.
?
Hotkey
Help
Displays the hotkey list
and help.
Brightness
Control
Toggles between brightness
control and contrast
control.
Contrast
Control
Press the scale hotkeys
(Fn-→
→, Fn-←
←) to increase
and decrease the
brightness or adjust the
contrast level.
Computers with TFT
displays do not show the
contrast control icon.
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Computer
Hotkey
Icon
Fn-F3
Description
Display
Toggle
Switches display between
the following:
•
LCD
•
CRT
•
Both LCD and CRT
Fn-F4
Battery
Gauge
Displays the battery gauge.
Fn-F5
Volume
Control
Press the scale hotkeys
(Fn-→
→, Fn-←
←) to increase
and decrease the output
level.
Fn-F6
Setup
Gains access to System
setup by invoking
Notebook Manager.
Fn-F7
Sleep
Enters hibernation mode if
the hibernation function
(Sleep Manager) is
installed, valid and
enabled; otherwise, the
computer enters standby
mode. See section 2.2.1 for
more about standby and
hibernation modes.
Fn-→
→
Scale
Increase
Increases the setting of the
current icon.
Fn-←
←
Scale
Decrease
Decreases the setting of
the current icon.
Toggle
Touchpad
Turns the internal
touchpad on and off.
Fn-T
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Function
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Computer
Note: If you want to use an external PS/2 mouse,
connect the external PS/2 mouse, then disable the
touchpad by pressing Fn-T.
Activating and Using Hotkeys
When activating hotkeys, press and hold the first
key Fn before pressing the other keys in the hot
key combination.
Some hotkeys pop-up an onscreen icon as shown
in the previous table. For hotkeys with pop-up
icons, press the scale hotkeys (Fn-→
→ and Fn-←
←) to
increase and decrease the setting of the icon.
Exiting Pop-up Icons and Screens
Press hot key escape (Fn-Esc) to exit a pop-up
icon resulting from a hot key. Press Esc to exit a
screen resulting from a hot key.
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Computer
1.4.2 Keyboard Ergonomics
Located below the keyboard, the wide and curved
palm rest gives you a place to rest your hands
while you type.
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Computer
1.5
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
ample comfort and support.
Note: When using an external PS/2 mouse, you
can press Fn-T 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.
Touchpad Basics
The following items teach you how to use the
touchpad:
q
Move your finger across the touchpad to move
the cursor.
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q
Press the left and right buttons located on the
edge of the touchpad to do selection and
execution functions. These two buttons are
similar to the left and right buttons on a
mouse. Tapping on the touchpad produces
similar results.
Function
Left
Button
Execution
Click
twice
quickly
Tap twice (at the same
speed as double-clicking
the mouse button)
Selection
Click
once
Tap once
Drag
Click and
hold to
drag the
cursor
Tap twice (at the same
speed as double-clicking
the mouse button) and
hold finger to the
touchpad on the second
tap to drag the cursor
Access
Context
Menu
Right
Button
Tap
Click
once
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 too hard will not increase the
touchpad’s responsiveness.
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1.6
Storage
High-capacity storage comes in the form of a 2.5inch Enhanced-IDE hard disk. The computer also
has either an internal 3.5-inch, 1.44MB floppy
drive or an internal high-speed CD-ROM drive.
1.6.1 Hard Disk
The hard disk module can be upgraded when you
need more storage space. See section 3.10.2.
1.6.2 Internal Drive
The computer comes with a built-in floppy drive or
CD-ROM drive. The CD-ROM drive gives you
portable multimedia access for models with builtin CD-ROM drives. An external floppy drive is
included.
Ejecting the CD-ROM Tray
To eject the CD-ROM
drive tray when the
computer is turned on,
press the CD-ROM
eject button .
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Connecting an External Floppy Drive
Connect the larger end
of the floppy drive
cable to the parallel
port and the other end
to the connector on the
external floppy drive.
Note: The external floppy drive is hot-pluggable.
You do not need to turn off the computer to
connect and use the floppy drive.
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1.7
Ports
Ports allow you to connect peripheral devices to
your computer as you would with a desktop PC.
The ports are found on the rear panel; PC card
slots and the modem jack are found on the left
panel of the computer.
Note: See Chapter 3 on how to connect external
devices to the computer.
1.7.1 Left Ports
1
#
Icon
2
Port
Connects to...
1
Modem Jack
Phone line
2
PC Card Slots
PC Cards
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Fax/Data Modem Port (on some models)
The computer has an optional built-in fax/data
modem.1
!
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.
PC Card Slots
There are two type II/I or one type III CardBus PC
Card slots found on the left panel of the computer.
These slots accept credit-card-sized cards that
enhance the usability and expandability of the
computer.
1
This feature is available only in the U.S., Canada, Japan and
Taiwan. For other regions, you can connect a PC Card modem.
Consult your dealer for details.
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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. Common
type III cards are 1.8-inch ATA (Advanced
Technology Attachment) drives and cellular
modems. CardBus improves on the 16-bit PC card
technology by expanding the bandwidth to 32 bits.
ZV (Zoomed Video) port support allows your
computer to support hardware MPEG in the form
of a ZV PC card (supported in the upper slot).
Note: Refer to your card’s user’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.
For type III cards, insert card into the lower slot.
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!
Important: If the computer detects a PC I/O card
(e.g., modem card, ZV card) installed in the PC
card slots, the computer will not enter standby/
hibernation mode but “sleeps” to maintain your
communication connection.
Ejecting a Card
Exit the application using the card, then follow
these steps:
If the PC Card eject
button (where the card
is inserted) is tucked
into its recessed area,
pull it out.
Then press the slot
eject button to eject
the card.
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1.7.2 Rear Ports
3
1
#
Icon
4
5
67
8
9
2
Port
Connects to...
1
DC-in Port
AC adapter and power
outlet
2
PS/2 Port
PS/2-compatible device
(e.g., PS/2 keyboard,
keypad, mouse)
3
Serial Port
(UART16550
-compatible)
Serial device
(e.g., serial mouse)
4
Parallel Port
(ECPcompliant)
External floppy drive,
parallel device (e.g.,
parallel printer)
5
Line-out Port
Line-out device (e.g.,
speakers, headphones)
6
Line-in Port
Line-in device (e.g.,
audio CD player, stereo
walkman)
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#
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Icon
Port
Connects to...
7
Microphonein Port
External 3.5mm
minijack condenser
microphone
8
External CRT
Port
Monitor (up to
1024x768, 256-colors )
9
USB Port
Any USB device
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1.8
Audio
Standard computer configuration includes 16-bit
high-fidelity stereo audio with further
enhancements that include 3D sound for true
audio immersion. Dual speakers, found near
both ends of the display hinge, direct sound
towards you to facilitate excellent stereo sound
output.
Right
Speaker
Left
Speaker
Besides the built-in speakers, there are audio
ports on the rear panel of the computer. See
section 3.6 for more information on connecting
external audio devices.
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1.9
Securing your Computer
Security features include hardware and software
locks — a security notch and a two-level password
scheme.
1.9.1 Security Notch
A security notch located on the rear panel of the
computer lets you connect a Kensingtoncompatible 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.
1.9.2 Passwords
A two-level password scheme protects your
computer from unauthorized access. When set, no
one can access the computer without entering the
correct password.
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There are two types of passwords you can set:
!
q
Setup Password prevents unauthorized access
to the Setup Utility. Once set, you must keyin this password the next time you want to
enter the Setup Utility. Section 5.3 discusses
this utility in detail.
q
Power-on Password secures your computer
against unauthorized use. Once set, you
have to type it whenever you boot the
computer.
Important: Do not forget your password! If you
forget your password, you need to contact your
dealer.
Setting a Password
Follow these steps:
1. During POST (while the startup logo is being
displayed), press F2 to enter the Setup Utility.
2. Press the ↑ or ↓ key to select System Security,
then press Enter.
3. Highlight a password parameter and press the
→ or ← key. The password prompt appears:
4. 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.
5. Press Enter. A prompt asks you to retype the
password to verify your first entry.
6. Retype the password then press Enter.
After setting the password, the computer
automatically sets the chosen password
parameter to Enabled.
7. Press Esc to exit the System Security screen
and return to the main menu.
8. Press Esc to exit the BIOS Utility. A dialog box
appears asking if you want to save the CMOS
data.
Do you want to save CMOS data?
[Yes] [No]
9. Select Yes to save the changes and reboot the
computer.
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Changing or Removing a Password
Should you want to change or remove a password,
do the following:
1. During POST (while the startup logo is being
displayed), press F2 to enter the Setup Utility.
2. Select System Security and press Enter.
3. Highlight the desired password parameter to
change or remove.
4. Press → or ← to display the password prompt
and key-in a new password, or
Press → or ← and select None to remove the
existing password.
5. Press Esc to exit the System Security screen
and return to the main menu.
6. Press Esc to exit the Setup Utility. A dialog box
appears asking if you want to save the CMOS
data.
Do you want to save CMOS data?
[Yes] [No]
7. Select Yes to save the changes.
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2
Operating on Battery Power
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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2.1
Battery Pack
The computer uses a battery pack that gives you
long use between charges.
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 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 that you remove the battery
pack. Battery power (from a fully charged battery
pack) depletes in roughly ten hours with the
computer in standby mode. When power is off,
battery power depletes in one month.
2.1.1 Battery Pack Characteristics
The battery pack has the following characteristics:
q
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Standards The computer uses a Nickel MetalHydride (NiMH) battery pack. This battery
type does not have the memory effect problem
of Nickel Cadmium (NiCd). NiMH consistently
provide the longest battery life and is the
most suitable for road warriors.
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q
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.
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 fully-charged battery pack available as
backup.
!
Warning: Do not expose battery packs to
temperatures below 0ºC (32ºF) or above 60ºC
(140ºF). This may adversely affect the battery
pack.
2.1.2 Installing and Removing the
Battery Pack
Before removing the battery pack, make sure that
you have an AC adapter connected to the
computer; otherwise turn off the computer. The
following figures illustrate how to install the
battery pack.
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Press the battery
compartment cover
release button
and
slide out the cover.
Insert the battery pack
into the battery
compartment
(connector side-down).
To remove the battery pack, remove the battery
compartment cover; then pull out the battery pack
using the pull loop at the end.
2.1.3 Charging the Battery
To charge the battery, place the battery pack
inside the battery compartment and plug the AC
adapter into the computer and an electrical outlet.
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Charging Modes
The adapter has three charging modes:
q
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
approximately two hours.
q
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 eight hours.
q
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.
Note: 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.
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2.1.4 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 onscreen battery gauge.
Using the Onscreen Battery Gauge
To access the onscreen battery gauge,
press Fn-F4. The battery level icon
displays onscreen.
The onscreen battery gauge indicates the present
battery level.
2.1.5 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:
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q
Purchase an extra battery pack.
q
Use the Sleep Manager utility to reserve hard
disk space for the hibernation function. See
section 5.1.
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q
Use the AC adapter whenever possible so that
the battery is reserved for on-the-go
computing.
q
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.
q
Disable the parallel and serial ports if no
devices are connected to these ports. You can
do this through the Setup Utility. See section
5.3.3.
q
Eject the PC card from the card slot when not
in use, since the PC card draws extra power.
q
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.
q
The batteries can be recharged about 500
times when used as directed. Excess
recharging decreases battery life.
q
Take care of your battery pack and AC
adapter. See the notices section found in the
front part of the user’s guide.
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2.1.6 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
indicator light on the display panel. The indicator
flashes when the battery power is low.
The following signals indicate a battery-low
condition:
q
The buzzer generates four short beeps every
minute, if you enabled the Battery-low
Warning Beep parameter in Setup
q
The status 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 Setup is enabled
and the following conditions exist:
q
The hibernation file created by Sleep Manager
is present and valid. See section 5.1.
q
There is enough battery power left to save
system information onto the hard disk.
Otherwise, the computer enters standby mode.
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!
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.
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Situation
Recommended 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.
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.
2.
3.
4.
AC adapter
or power
outlet not
available
Save all necessary files.
Enter hibernation mode.
Install the extra battery pack.
Resume from hibernation mode.
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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2.2
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 an innovative power
management technique called Heuristic Power
Management or HPM. HPM allows the computer
to provide maximum power conservation and
maximum performance at the same time.
Power management methods used by most
computers are timer-based. You set inactivity
time-out values for the display, hard disk, and
other devices. The computer then “sleeps” when
these time-outs elapse. The problem with this is
that no two users are alike. Each of us has his or
her own habits when using the computer, which
makes timer-based power management ineffective.
With HPM, your computer manages its power
according to the way you use your computer. This
means the computer delivers maximum power
when you need it, and saves power when you don’t
need the maximum — all without your
intervention. There are no timers to set, because
the HPM system figures out everything for you.
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Note: We recommend you enable heuristic power
management to prolong your battery life.
2.2.1 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
determined by the computer’s HPM unit, the
display shuts off until you press a key or move the
touchpad or external mouse.
“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.
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Hard Disk Standby Mode
The hard disk enters standby mode or light green
mode when there are no disk read/write
operations within the period of time determined by
the computer’s HPM unit. 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.
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 are two necessary conditions for the
computer to enter hibernation mode:
q
The hibernation file created by Sleep Manager
must be present and valid. See section 5.1.
q
Heuristic Power Management Mode must be
set to [ENABLED].
In this situation, there are four ways to enter
hibernation mode:
q
Pressing the sleep hot key Fn-F7 ( )
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q
If the waiting time determined by the
computer’s HPM unit elapses without any
system activity, the computer goes into
hibernation mode.
q
If a battery low condition takes place, the
computer enters hibernation mode in about
two minutes. The Sleep Upon Battery-low
parameter in Setup must be set to [ENABLED].
q
Invoked by the operating system power saving
modes
Note: If the computer beeps but does not enter
hibernation mode after pressing the sleep 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.
!
Important: If the computer detects a PC I/O card
installed in the PC card slots, it will not enter
hibernation mode. Instead it will enter light green
mode. Light green mode is similar to standby
mode. It consumes very low power while
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maintaining your communication connections.
Standby Mode
The computer consumes very low power in
standby mode. Data remains intact in the system
memory until the battery is drained.
There is one necessary condition for the computer
to enter standby mode:
q
Heuristic Power Management Mode must be
set to [ENABLED].
There are five ways to enter standby mode:
q
Pressing the sleep hot key Fn-F7 ( )
q
If the waiting time determined by the
computer’s HPM unit elapses without any
system activity, the computer goes into
standby mode.
q
Closing the display cover
q
If the computer is about to enter hibernation
mode, but the hibernation file is invalid or not
present.
q
Invoked by the operating system power saving
modes
Note: If the computer beeps but does not enter
standby mode after pressing the sleep hot key, it
means the operating system will not allow the
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computer to enter the power saving mode.
The following signals indicate that the computer is
in standby mode:
!
q
The buzzer beeps
q
The standby indicator flashes
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:
!
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q
Press any key
q
Move the active pointing device (internal or
external, PS/2 or serial)
q
Open the display cover
q
If the Resume Timer is set and matched, the
computer returns to normal mode
q
If an incoming modem event occurs and the
Modem Ring Resume On Indicator is enabled,
the computer returns to normal mode
Important: If the computer detects a PC I/O card
installed in the PC card slots, the computer will
not enter standby mode. Instead it will enter light
green mode. Light green mode is similar to
standby mode. It consumes very low power while
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maintaining your communication connections.
Light Green Mode
This mode applies if your computer detects a PC
I/O card installed in the PC card slots. The
computer consumes low power to maintain your
communication connection. Data remain intact in
the system until the battery is drained.
To enter light green mode:
q
Heuristic Power Management Mode must be
set to [ENABLED]
q
The PC I/O card should be configured and
one of the following conditions met:
q
The waiting time determined by the
computer’s HPM unit has elapsed
without any system activity
q
The display cover is closed
The following signals indicate that the computer is
in light green mode:
q
!
The buzzer beeps
Warning: Unstored data is lost when you turn
off the computer power in light green mode or
when the battery is drained.
To leave light green mode and return to normal
mode:
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q
Press any key
q
Move the active pointing device (internal or
external, PS/2 or serial)
q
Open the display cover
q
If the Resume Timer is set and matched, the
computer returns to normal mode
q
If an incoming modem event occurs and the
Modem Ring Resume On Indicator is enabled,
the computer returns to normal mode
2.2.2 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. More and more
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
95, refer to your Windows 95 user’s manual.
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Notes:
If you enable heuristic power management in
Setup without APM installed and enabled, the
system time and date do not display the correct
settings after the computer returns to normal
operation from standby or hibernation mode. To
update the time and date, reboot the computer.
APM should be enabled to avoid this problem.
Advanced Power Management greatly prolongs
battery life. Use APM whenever possible.
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3
Options
Your computer offers excellent expansion
capabilities with its built-in 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.
This chapter also includes sections on how to
upgrade key components. Key component
upgrades can help keep your computer in step
with the latest technology.
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3.1
External Monitor
To show graphical effects on a larger display,
connect an external monitor to the CRT 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.
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3.2
External Keyboard
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
.
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3.3
External Keypad
You can also use a 17-key numeric keypad for
number-sensitive data entry applications. To
connect the keypad, plug in the keypad connector
to the PS/2 port
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.
Options
3.4
External Pointing Device
This computer accepts either a PS/2-compatible or
serial mouse or similar pointing device.
Note: When using an external PS/2 mouse, you
may choose to disable the internal touchpad by
pressing Fn-T.
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 PS/2 Mouse
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Options
If you use a serial mouse, plug it into the serial
port
. To enable the serial mouse, use the Add
New Hardware tool in the Windows 95 Control
Panel.
External Serial Mouse
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3.5
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 Setup
and verify that the parallel port is enabled. Refer
to section 5.3.3 for assistance.
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3.6
Audio Devices
Audio devices are easy to connect with the audio
ports accessible from the rear side of the
computer. You can plug in amplified speakers or
headphones, a line-in device and external
microphone to the line-out
, line-in
and
ports respectively.
microphone-in
Note: The internal speakers are automatically
turned off when you insert headphones or external
speakers into the line-out port.
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3.7
PC Cards
The computer has two CardBus PC card slots that
can accommodate two type I/II or one type III PC
card(s) with ZV PC card supported in the upper
slot. Please consult your dealer for PC card
options available that you can purchase for your
computer.
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Options
3.8
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.
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3.9
Miscellaneous Options
3.9.1 Additional Power Packs
You can order spare batteries and an AC adapter.
Battery Pack
It is a good practice to keep a spare battery
around, especially when you travel. The NiMH
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.
3.9.2 Cables
Cables
Floppy Drive Cable
The floppy drive cable connects your floppy drive
to the computer. This cable is supplied along with
the floppy drive. Simply plug in the 25-pin (larger
end) of the floppy drive cable to the parallel port on
the rear of the computer, and the other end to the
external floppy drive.
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Options
PS/2 Y-Bridge Cable
The PS/2 Y-bridge cable allows you to connect two
PS/2 devices, mouse and 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.
Connect the single
connector end of the
PS/2 Y-bridge cable to
the computer’s PS/2
port and the double
connector ends to the
two PS/2 devices.
Parallel Cable
The Parallel cable allows you to connect a printer
and an external floppy drive to your computer
simultaneously. However, you can only use one
device at a time.
Connect the single
connector end of the
parallel cable to the
computer’s parallel
port and the double
connector ends to the
two devices.
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Options
File Transfer Cable
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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3.10 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.
3.10.1 Memory Upgrade
Memory is upgradeable from 16 to 80 MB,
employing 8-/16-/32-/64-MB 64-bit soDIMMs
(Small Outline Dual Inline Memory Modules).
Installing Memory
Follow these steps to install memory:
1. Turn off the computer, umplug the AC
adapter and remove the battery pack. Then
turn the computer over to access its base.
2. Remove the three 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 down until it clicks into
place.
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Options
4. Put the memory door back and secure it with
the screws.
ê
ê
The computer automatically detects and
reconfigures the total memory size.
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Options
3.10.2 Hard Disk Upgrade
You can upgrade your hard disk with a higher
capacity drive when you need more storage space.
The computer uses a 12.5/9.5mm, 2.5-inch
Enhanced-IDE hard disk.
Installing a Replacement Hard Disk
Follow these steps to install a hard disk:
1. Turn off the computer, unplug the AC
adapter and remove the battery pack. Then
turn the computer over to access its base.
2. Slide out the hard disk bay cover
.
3. Pull down the plastic strip attached to the end
of the hard disk and pull out the hard disk
using the plastic strip.
4. Insert a new hard disk into the hard disk bay
and slide back the cover.
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4
Moving with your Computer
This chapter gives you tips and hints on things to
consider when moving around or traveling with
your computer. We have arranged these according
to the following situations:
q
Moving Around — when you are just moving
within short distances, for example, from your
office desk to a meeting room.
q
Taking the Computer Home — when you are
moving from your office to your home or vice
versa.
q
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.
q
Traveling Internationally with the Computer —
when you are moving from country to
country.
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Moving with your Computer
4.1
Disconnecting from the
Desktop
Follow these steps to disconnect your computer
from external accessories.
1. Save your work in progress.
2. Shut down the operating system.
3. Turn off the computer.
4. Disconnect the cord from the AC adapter.
5. Disconnect the keyboard, pointing device,
printer, external monitor, and other external
devices.
6. Disconnect the Kensington lock if you are using
one to secure the computer.
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4.2
Moving Around
4.2.1 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.
4.2.2 What To Bring to Short Meetings
A fully charged battery runs the computer for 2-3
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.
4.2.3 What To Bring to Long Meetings
If your meeting will last longer than 3 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. Close the display
cover whenever you are not actively using the
computer.
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4.3
Taking the Computer Home
4.3.1 Preparing the Computer
Follow these steps to prepare the computer for the
trip home.
1. Remove all media from the drives. Failure to
remove the media can damage the drive head.
2. Pack the computer in a protective case or a
carry bag 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
4.3.2 What To Bring with You
Unless you already have some items at home,
bring the following items with you.
q
AC adapter and power cord
q
The printed user’s manual
4.3.3 Special Considerations
Follow these guidelines to protect your computer
while traveling to and from work.
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q
Minimize the effect of temperature changes by
keeping the computer with you.
q
If you need to stop for an extended period of
time and cannot bring the computer with you,
leave the computer in the trunk of the car to
avoid exposing the computer to excessive
heat.
q
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.
4.3.4 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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4.4
Traveling with the Computer
4.4.1 Preparing the Computer
Prepare the computer as if you were taking it
home. Be sure the battery in the computer is
charged. Airport security often requires you to
turn on your computer when bringing it into the
gate area.
4.4.2 What To Bring with You
Bring the following items with you.
q
AC adapter
q
External floppy drive and cable (for CD-ROM
models)
q
Spare, fully-charged battery packs
q
Additional printer driver files if you plan to
use another printer
4.4.3 Special Considerations
In addition to the guidelines for taking the
computer home, follow these guidelines to protect
your computer while traveling.
q
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Always take the computer as carry-on
luggage.
Moving with your Computer
q
Have the computer inspected by hand. Do
not put the computer through a security Xray machine or a metal detector.
q
Avoid exposing floppy disks to hand-held
metal detectors.
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4.5
Traveling Internationally with
the Computer
4.5.1 Preparing the Computer
Prepare the computer as you would normally
prepare it for traveling.
4.5.2 What To Bring with You
Bring the following items with you.
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q
AC adapter
q
Power cords that are appropriate to the
country to which you are traveling
q
External floppy drive and cable (for CD-ROM
models)
q
Spare, fully-charged battery packs
q
Additional printer driver files if you plan to
use another printer
q
Proof of purchase, in case you need to show it
to Customs officials
q
International Travelers Warranty passport
Moving with your Computer
4.5.3 Special Considerations
Follow the same special considerations as when
traveling with the computer. In addition, these
tips are useful when traveling internationally.
q
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.
q
If you are using a PC Card modem, check if
the PC card modem and connector used with
your computer is compatible with the telecom
system of the country you are traveling in.
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5
System Utilities
The computer comes preloaded with the following
software:
q
Windows 95 (or Windows NT) operating
system
q
System utilities, drivers and application
software
This chapter discusses the important system
utilities bundled with your computer.
Note: To access most of the 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.
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5.1
Sleep Manager
Most notebook computers feature built-in powersaving functions. This computer has three power
management modes: standby, hibernation, and
light-green.
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 press the power switch, the
computer resumes from where you left off.
Sleep Manager allows your computer to perform
this function.
Note: To understand how your computer saves
and manages power, see section 2.2.
Sleep Manager is a utility that works with your
computer’s BIOS and Windows APM (Advanced
Power Management) to manage the hibernation
operation. This includes:
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q
creating the hibernation file which contains
the current state of the computer
q
checking if the hibernation file is valid
q
saving and loading the contents of the
hibernation file when entering to and
resuming from hibernation
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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.
5.1.1 Accessing the Sleep Manager
There are two ways to bring up the Sleep Manager.
On the Taskbar
The computer automatically loads Sleep Manager
every time you start Windows 95. Sleep Manager
resides in the background and the Sleep Manager
status icon appears on the taskbar.
Double-click on the Sleep Manager status icon
( ) if enabled to bring up the main Sleep Manager
program.
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.
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This icon shows the current status of the
hibernation feature. The icon changes to tell you if
the feature is valid or not. Resting your cursor on
the icon also shows the status.
Start menu
1. Click on the Start button.
2. Select Programs.
3. Select Sleep Manager.
4. Select the Sleep Manager program.
The Sleep Manager displays below:
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Item
Description
Buttons
Click to access the Sleep Manager
functions
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Item
Description
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)
• 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.
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5.1.2 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:
Select OK to automatically create the hibernation
file. Sleep Manager displays the recommend size
based on onboard system information. You can
also choose Advance>>> to manually set the space
settings and size. The advanced screen shows
below.
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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.
Not Enough Space for Allocation
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.
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One reason is that the size of the free disk space
on your hard disk is less than the required size.
For example, if the onboard memory is 16MB and
the video memory is 2MB, the total free disk space
required will be around 18~19MB. If the total free
disk space is less than this, the user has to free up
space on his hard disk.
Another possible reason is that the hard disk has
enough free space, but this free space exists as
small fragments. The free disk space that Sleep
Manager requires needs to be contiguous. To solve
this problem, use tools such as Disk Defragmenter
(Windows 95) to compact these free disk spaces.
Then run Sleep Manager again to create the file.
One other factor that causes the error is when
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.
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.
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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 doubleclicking 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.
!
Important: 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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5.2
SafeOff
SafeOFF provides protection from accidental power
off. If you accidentally press the power switch, a
dialog box pops up for confirmation.
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q
If you select No, the dialog closes and the
system does not power off.
q
If you select Yes, SafeOFF will request
Windows 95 to shutdown the computer.
Opened files can be saved and closed safely.
q
If none of the alternatives is chosen, SafeOFF
waits for 30 seconds and shuts down the
computer.
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5.3
Setup Utility
The Setup 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 Setup. Please also refer to
Chapter 6, Troubleshooting when a problem
arises.
To activate the Setup Utility, press F2 after you
hear a beep while the Extensa logo is being
displayed.
When Silent Boot (described later in this chapter)
is disabled, a message displays telling you when
you can press F2 to run the Setup Utility.
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BIOS V3.0
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------016384 KB Memory Good
Enter Setup, Press F2 Key
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ACR58000-M12-970324-R01-A0-EN
Copyright  Acer Incorporated 1990-1997. All Rights Reserved
Pressing F2 brings up the main screen of the
Setup Utility.
SETUP Utility
Basic System Settings
Startup Configuration
Onboard Devices Configuration
System Security
Power Management
Load Default Settings
↑ ↓ → ← =Move Highlight Bar, ↵ =Select, Esc=Exit
Press the cursor keys (↑
↑↓→←) to move the
highlight bar, then press Enter to make a menu
selection.
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5.3.1 Basic System Settings
The Basic System Settings screen contains
parameter items involving basic computer settings.
Basic System Settings
Date -------------------------------- [Thu Jun. 11, 1998]
Time ------------------------------- [10:00:00]
Floppy Disk A ------------------- [1.44 MB 3.5-inch]
Floppy Disk B ------------------- [
None
]
Cylinders Heads Sectors Size(MB)
Hard Disk ------------------------ [Auto]
xxxx
xx
xx
xxxx
↑ ↓ =Move Highlight Bar, → ← =Change Setting, Esc=Exit
Press ↑ and ↓ to move the highlight bar; press →
and ← to change the setting of the highlighted
parameter. To exit this screen and return to the
main screen, press Esc.
The following table describes the parameters in
this screen. Settings in boldface are the default
and suggested parameter settings.
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Parameter
Description
Setting or Format
Date
Sets the computer’s
system date
Day of the WeekMonth-Day-Year
Time
Sets the computer’s
system time
Hour:Min:Sec
Floppy Disk A
Selects the floppy
disk drive type.
1.44 MB 3.5-inch
None
Floppy Disk B
Selects the floppy
disk drive type.
None
1.44 MB 3.5-inch
In most cases, you
only have need for
one floppy disk drive
(A), so this is
normally set to None.
Hard Disk
Selects the hard disk
drive type.
When set to User, you
need to specify the
Cylinder, Head and
Sector information.
For hassle-free and
correct drive
detection, this should
be set to Auto.
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Auto
User
None
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5.3.2 Startup Configuration
The Startup Configuration screen contains
parameter items that are set up when the
computer starts up.
Startup Configuration
Boot Display -----------------------Memory Test ----------------------Silent Boot -------------------------System Boot Drive --------------Boot from CD-ROM -------------CardBus Support -----------------USB Function Support ----------
[Auto]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Drive A Then C]
[Enabled]
[Enabled ]
[Disabled]
↑ ↓ =Move Highlight Bar, → ← =Change Setting, Esc=Exit
Press ↑ and ↓ to move the highlight bar; press →
and ← to change the setting of the highlighted
parameter. To exit this screen and return to the
main screen, press Esc.
The following table describes the parameters in
this screen. Settings in boldface are the default
and suggested parameter settings.
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Paramete
r
Description
Setting
Boot
Display
Sets the display device
(computer LCD and/or
external monitor) to use
when the computer starts
(boots) up.
Auto
Both
When set to Auto, the
computer outputs to the
external monitor if one is
connected; otherwise, the
computer outputs to the
LCD.
Memory
Test
Runs or skips the
memory test.
Enabled
Disabled
Silent
Boot
Hides or displays the
POST (Power-on SelfTest) screen messages.
Enabled
Disabled
System
Boot
Drive
Sets the startup (boot)
sequence of the drives in
your computer.
Drive A Then C
Drive C Then A
Drive C
Drive A
For example, when set to
Drive A Then C, the
computer searches for a
system (bootable)
diskette in drive A first
before proceeding with
drive C.
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Paramete
r
Description
Setting
Boot from
CD-ROM
Tells the computer to
search for a bootable disc
in the CD-ROM drive and
boot from that disc.
Disabled
Enabled
If the computer cannot
find a bootable disc, it
proceeds according to the
System Boot Drive
parameter setting.
CardBus
Support
Enables or disables
CardBus support.
Enabled
Disabled
For more information
concerning CardBus, see
section 3.7.
USB
Function
Support
Selects support for USB
(Universal Serial Bus).
Enable this parameter if
you are connecting USB
device(s) to the computer.
Disabled
Enabled
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5.3.3 Onboard Devices Configuration
The Onboard Devices Configuration screen
contains parameter items that are related to port
devices on your computer.
Onboard Devices Configuration
Serial Port ------------------------Base Address -----------------IRQ ------------------------------Parallel Port --------------------Base Address -----------------IRQ ------------------------------Operation Mode -------------ECP DMA Channel -----------
[Enabled]
[3F8h]
[4]
[Enabled]
[378h]
[7]
[Bi-directional]
[-]
↑ ↓ =Move Highlight Bar, → ← =Change Setting, Esc=Exit
Press ↑ and ↓ to move the highlight bar; press →
and ← to change the setting of the highlighted
parameter. To exit this screen and return to the
main screen, press Esc.
The following table describes the parameters in
this screen. Settings in boldface are the default
and suggested parameter settings.
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Parameter
Description
Setting
Serial Port
Enables or disables the
serial port
Enabled
Disabled
Base Address
Sets the I/O base
address of the serial port
3F8h
2F8h
3E8h
2E8h
IRQ
Sets the IRQ (interrupt
request) channel of the
serial port
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Enables or disables the
parallel port
Enabled
Disabled
Base Address
Sets the I/O base
address of the parallel
port
378h
278h
3BCh
IRQ
Sets the interrupt
request (IRQ) channel of
the parallel port
7
5
Operation
Mode
Selects the operation
mode of the parallel
port.
Bi-directional
ECP
Standard
Parallel Port
ECP (Extended
Capabilities Port)
supports a 16-byte FIFO
(first in, first out) which
can be accessed by host
DMA cycles and PIO
cycles, boosting I/O
bandwidth to meet the
demands of highperformance peripherals.
ECP DMA
Channel
Sets the DMA channel of
the parallel port when
the parallel operation
mode is set to ECP.
1
3
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5.3.4 System Security
The System Security screen contains parameter
items that help safeguard and protect your
computer from unauthorized use.
System Security
Disk Drive Control
Diskette Drive ---------------- [Normal]
Hard Disk Drive -------------- [Normal]
Setup Password ----------------- [ None ]
POST Password ------------------ [ None ]
↑ ↓ =Move Highlight Bar, → ← =Change Setting, Esc=Exit
Press ↑ and ↓ to move the highlight bar; press →
and ← to change the setting of the highlighted
parameter. To exit this screen and return to the
main screen, press Esc.
The following table describes the parameters in
this screen. Settings in boldface are the default
and suggested parameter settings.
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Paramete
r
Description
Setting
Diskette
Drive
(Control)
Sets the control level of the
diskette drive.
Normal
Disabled
Write Protect
All Sectors
Write Protect
Boot Sector
Hard Disk
Drive
(Control)
Sets the control level of the
diskette drive.
Normal
Disabled
Write Protect
All Sectors
Write Protect
Boot Sector
Setup
Password1
Sets (and enables) the setup
password.
None
Enabled
When set, this password
protects this Setup Utility
from unauthorized entry.
Before the computer allows
access to the Setup Utility,
you need to enter the setup
password.
Power On
Password1
Sets (and enables) the
power- on password.
None
Enabled
When set, this password
protects the computer from
unauthorized entry. At
startup, you need to enter
the power on password to
continue computer
operation.
1
To set passwords, see section 1.9.2.
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5.3.5 Power Management Settings
The Power Management Settings screen contains
parameter items related to power-saving and
power management.
Power Management Settings
Heuristic Power Management Mode ---- [Enabled]
Display Always On ---------------------------- [Disabled]
Hotkey Beep ------------------------------------ [Enabled]
Modem Ring Resume On Indicator ----- [Enabled]
Battery-low Warning Beep ----------------- [Enabled]
Sleep Upon Battery-low --------------------- [Enabled]
↑ ↓ =Move Highlight Bar, → ← =Change Setting, Esc=Exit
Press ↑ and ↓ to move the highlight bar; press →
and ← to change the setting of the highlighted
parameter. To exit this screen and return to the
main screen, press Esc.
The following table describes the parameters in
this screen. Settings in boldface are the default
and suggested parameter settings.
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Parameter
Description
Setting or
Format
Heuristic Power
Management
Mode
Enables or disables
heuristic power
management mode.
Enabled
Disabled
For more information on
power management
modes, see section
2.2.1.
Display Always
On
When enabled the
computer does not enter
display standby mode.
Disabled
Enabled
Note: Always enable this
parameter when playing
VCDs (Video Compact
Disc). If not, the system
will enter standby mode
after 30 minutes and the
screen will go blank.
Hotkey Beep
When enabled the
computer gives out a
“beep” sound every time
you use a hotkey.
Enabled
Disabled
For more information on
Hotkeys, see section
1.4.1.
Modem Ring
Resume On
Indicator
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When enabled, and an
incoming modem ring is
detected, the computer
wakes up from standby
mode. When the
computer is off or in
hibernation mode, the
computer will not
resume on a modem
ring.
Enabled
Disabled
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Parameter
Description
Setting or
Format
Battery-low
Warning Beep
Enables or disables
warning beeps during a
battery-low condition.
Enabled
Disabled
Sleep Upon
Battery-low
Enables or disables the
sleep function
(hibernation or standby)
during a battery-low
condition.
Enabled
Disabled
When the computer is
running very low on
battery power, the
computer will disregard
the system sleep state
setting and enter
hibernation mode if
Sleep Manager is
installed and the
hibernation file is valid
(see section 5.1).
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System Utilities
5.3.6 Load Default Settings
When you select the Load Default Settings item
from the main screen, a dialog box appears asking
you to confirm that you want to reset all settings
to their factory defaults.
Load Setup Default Settings
Are you sure?
[Yes]
[No]
Choose Yes to confirm or No to close the dialog
box and return to the main screen.
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6
Troubleshooting
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.
6-1
Troubleshooting
6.1
Q&A
Q & A lists possible situations that may arise
during the use of your computer, and gives easy
answers and solutions to these questions.
Questions
Answers
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:
q 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.
q Make sure the AC adapter is
plugged in properly to the
computer and to the power outlet.
If it is lit, check the following:
q If the Standby indicator is lit, the
computer is in standby mode.
Press any key or tap on the
touchpad to resume.
q 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 95 setup into the floppy
drive and press Ctrl-Alt-Del to restart
the system. This will diagnose your
system and make necessary fixes.
6-2
Troubleshooting
Questions
Answers
Nothing appears
on the screen.
The computer’s power management
system automatically blanks the
screen to save power. Press any key
to turn the display back on.
If pressing a key does not turn the
display back on, two things might be
the cause:
q The contrast and/or brightness
level might be too low. Press FnF2 ( / ) to bring up the
contrast/brightness pop-up icon.
Then press the scale increase hot
keys (Fn-→
→) to increase the
contrast/ brightness level.
q The display device might be set to
an external monitor. Press the
)
display toggle hot key Fn-F3 (
to toggle the display back to the
computer.
Image is not fullscreen.
Make sure the resolution is set to
800x600. Right-click on your
Windows 95 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 800x600.
640x480 resolution is not full-screen
on the computer or on an external
monitor.
6-3
Troubleshooting
Questions
Answers
No audio from the
computer.
q The volume may be muted. In
Windows 95, look at the volume
control icon on the taskbar. If it is
crossed-out, click on the icon and
de-select the Mute option.
q The volume level may be too low.
Press Fn-F5 to bring up the
volume control pop-up icon. Press
Fn-→
→ to increase the volume.
If headphones, earphones or external
speakers are connected to the line-out
port on the computer’s rear panel, the
internal speakers automatically turn
off.
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 printer does
not work.
q Make sure that the printer is
connected to a power outlet and it
is turned on.
q Make sure the printer cable is
connected securely to the
computer’s parallel port and the
corresponding port on the printer.
q Press Fn-F6 ( ) to enter Setup,
Check if the parallel port is
enabled.
If the parallel port is disabled, you
need to reboot the machine and
press F2 during POST, then access
System Security. Move the cursor
to the parallel port base address
parameter and change the setting.
See section 5.3.3 for details.
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Troubleshooting
Questions
Answers
I want to eject the
CD-ROM tray
without turning
on the power.
There is a mechanical eject button on
the CD-ROM drive. Simply insert the
tip of a pen or paperclip and push to
eject the CD-ROM tray.
I cannot eject the
CD-ROM drive
tray.
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 cable. See section 3.9.2 for
details.
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 StartÝSettingsÝControl
Panel.
2. Double-click on the Modems icon.
3. Click on Dialing Properties and
begin setting up your location.
I prefer to use an
external floppy
drive and a printer
simultaneously.
To connect an external floppy drive
and a printer at the same time, you
need to use a parallel cable. See
section 3.9.2 for details.
6-5
Troubleshooting
Questions
Answers
The serial mouse
does not work.
q Make sure that the serial cable is
plugged securely into the serial
port.
q Check if the device driver for the
serial mouse is installed. Click on
StartÝSettingsÝControl Panel;
then double click on System Ý
Device Manger in Windows for
more information.
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Troubleshooting
6.2
Error Messages
If you receive an error message, note the message
and take corrective action. The following table
lists the error messages in alphabetical order
together with the recommended course of action.
Error Message
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 disk in
drive A, then press Enter.
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
reconfigure the computer.
Equipment Configuration
Error
Press F2 (during POST) to
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.
Insert system diskette and
press <Enter> key to reboot
Insert a system disk in
drive A, then press Enter.
Keyboard Error or No
Keyboard Connected
Contact your dealer or an
authorized service center.
6-7
Troubleshooting
Error Message
Corrective Action
Keyboard Interface Error
Contact your dealer or an
authorized service center.
Memory Size Mismatch
Enter and then exit the
System Configuration
Setup in the Setup utility
(pressing F2 during
POST).
Missing operating system
Correct the HDD type and
reboot. See the
specification label
attached to the hard disk
drive.
We suggest you set the
HDD type to [Auto] for
hard disk drive autodetection.
6-8
Non-system disk or disk error.
Replace and strike any key
when ready
Insert a system disk in
drive A, then press Enter.
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
reconfigure the computer.
Video RAM BIOS Bad
Contact your dealer or an
authorized service center.
Troubleshooting
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 Setup Utility discussed in section 5.3.
6-9
A
Specifications
This appendix lists the general specifications of
your computer.
Microprocessor
q
Intel Pentium® processor with MMX™
technology
Memory
q
16MB on board memory (with one 64-bit
memory bank) expandable to 80 MB
q
256KB 2nd level cache memory
q
256KB Flash ROM BIOS
Data Storage
q
One 2.5-inch, 12.5mm/9.5mm hard disk
drive
q
One 3.5-inch internal floppy disk drive
(floppy drive model only)
q
One 3.5-inch external floppy disk drive
(CD-ROM model only)
q
One 5.25-inch internal CD-ROM drive
(CD-ROM model only)
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Specifications
Display and Video
q
12.1-inch high contrast DualScan or TFT
color LCD
q
800x600 SVGA resolution
q
1.1MB EDO video memory
q
PCI local bus video with graphics accelerator
q
Simultaneous LCD and CRT display
Audio
q
16-bit stereo audio
q
Dual speakers
q
Sound Blaster Pro- and Windows Sound
System-compatible
q
Separate audio ports for line-in, line-out and
microphone-in
Keyboard & Pointing Device
A-2
q
84-/85-/88-key Windows 95 keyboard
q
Ergonomically-centered touchpad pointing
device
Specifications
I/O Ports
1
q
Two type II/I or one type III CardBus socket(s)
q
One RJ-11 phone jack1 (on some models)
q
One DC-in jack (AC adapter)
q
One RS-232 serial port
(UART16550-compatible)
q
One parallel port/external floppy drive port
(ECP-compliant)
q
One external monitor port (I2C-compatible)
q
One keyboard/mouse port (PS/2-compatible)
q
One audio line-out jack (speaker/headphone-out jack)
q
One audio line-in jack
q
One microphone-in jack
q
One USB port
This feature is available only in the U.S., Canada, Japan and
Taiwan. For other regions, you can connect a PC Card modem.
Consult your dealer for details.
A-3
Specifications
Weight
q
2.9 kg (6.37 lbs.) including battery
Dimensions (round contour, main footprint)
q
310 x 245 x 46 mm
(12.2 x 9.65 x 1.81 in)
Temperature
q
Operating: 5°C ~ 35°C
q
Non-operating: -20°C ~ 60°C
Humidity (non-condensing)
q
Operating: 20% ~ 85% RH, non-condensing
q
Non-operating: 20% ~ 90% RH, noncondensing
Operating System
q
Windows 95 or Windows NT (optional)
Battery Pack
A-4
q
29.4-WattHour Nickel Metal-Hydride battery
pack
q
3-hour rapid charge for NiMH
Specifications
AC Adapter
q
45-Watt
q
Auto sensing 100~240Vac, 50~60Hz
Options
q
Additional NiMH battery pack
q
Additional AC adapter
q
8-/16-/32-/64-MB EDO memory upgrade
module
q
External FDD module
q
Higher-capacity hard disk drive
q
PS/2 Y-cable
q
Parallel cable
q
File Transfer cable
q
External numeric keypad
A-5
B
Where to Get Help
This appendix describes how to get in contact with
our authorized service centers when you need
support on our products or when you need get
more information about our products.
B.1
International Traveler’s
Warranty
Your notebook 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.
Note: Always have your ITW passport on hand,
especially when you travel to receive the benefits
from our support centers. Place your proof-ofpurchase in the flap located inside the front cover
of the ITW passport.
B-1
Where to Get Help
B.2
Worldwide Support
If the country you are traveling in does not have
an Acer-authorized ITW service site, you can still
get in contact with our offices worldwide.
For technical assistance and support in the United
States and Canada, you can call 1-800-816-2237.
You can also contact the local dealer or distributor
in the country you are traveling in for assistance.
Note: 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.
B-2
Index
A
AC adapter
connecting, xvii
taking care of, xi
Advanced Power Management
(APM), 2-17
applications, accessing, 5-1
audio, 1-25
audio devices, attaching, 3-8
B
battery pack
battery-low warning, 2-8
characteristics, 2-2
charging, 2-4
charging modes, 2-5
checking the charge level,
2-6
optimizing, 2-6
taking care of, xi
brightness
adjusting, 1-11
C
caring for your computer, ix
CD-ROM
booting from, 5-16
CD-ROM drive tray
ejecting, 1-17
cleaning your computer, xii
connecting your computer, xvii
contrast
adjusting, 1-11
D
display
automatic dim, 2-11
opening and closing, 1-5
power management, 1-4
simultaneous, 1-4
switching, 1-12
video performance, 1-4
E
embedded keypad, 1-9
error messages, 6-7
external floppy drive
connecting, 1-18
external keyboard, attaching,
3-3
external keypad, attaching,
3-4
external microphone,
attaching, 3-8
external pointing device,
attaching, 3-5
external speakers, attaching,
3-8
F
FAQ (Frequently Asked
Questions), 6-2
fax/data modem, 1-20
features, 1-2
connectivity, 1-3
design and ergonomics, 1-3
expansion, 1-3
multimedia, 1-2
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Index
performance, 1-2
H
hard disk, 1-17
installing, 3-16
help
online, accessing, xix
online, web, xix
hibernation mode
entering, 2-12
exiting, 2-13
hot keys, 1-11
activating and using, 1-13
exiting pop-up icons and
screens, 1-13
help, 1-11
I
indicator lights, 1-6
L
lock keys, 1-8
light green mode
entering, 2-16
exiting, 2-16
M
memory
installing, 3-14
modem
setting location, 6-5
monitor, attaching, 3-2
O
Index-2
option
additional memory, 3-14
audio, 3-8
external keyboard, 3-3
external keypad, 3-4
external pointing device, 3-5
file transfer cable, 3-13
hard disk upgrade, 3-16
monitor, 3-2
Parallel cable, 3-12
PC Cards, 3-9
printer, 3-7
PS/2 y-bridge cable, 3-12
Universal Serial Bus, 3-10
P
palm rest, 1-14
passwords
changing, 1-29
power on, 1-27
removing, 1-29
setting, 1-27
setup, 1-27
PC Cards, 1-20
ejecting, 1-22
removing, 1-22
inserting, 1-21
Ports
location, 1-19
power management
heuristic, 2-10
power management modes
display standby mode, 2-11
hard disk standby mode,
2-11
Index
hibernation mode, 2-12
light green mode, 2-16
standby mode, 2-14
printer, attaching, 3-7
problems, See FAQ
(Frequently Asked
Questions)
S
SafeOff, 5-10
security
passwords, 1-26
security notch, 1-26
service
when to call, xii
Setup Utility, 5-11
Basic System Settings, 5-13
Load Default Settings, 5-25
Onboard Devices
Configuration, 5-18
Power Management
Settings, 5-23
Startup Configuration, 5-15
System Security, 5-20
Sleep Manager, 5-2
functions, 5-6
taskbar icon, 5-3
troubleshooting space
allocation, 5-7
specifications, A-1
standby mode
entering, 2-14
exiting, 2-15
support
worldwide, B-2
T
touchpad, 1-15
turning on and off, 1-12
using, 1-15
traveling
disconnecting your
computer, 4-2
moving around with your
computer, 4-3
setting up a home office, 4-5
taking the computer home,
4-4
traveling internationally
with your computer, 4-8
traveling with your
computer, 4-6
U
Universal Serial Bus, 3-10
enabling support, 5-17
V
volume
adjusting, 1-12
W
warranty
International Traveler’s
Warranty (ITW), B-1
Windows 95 keys, 1-10
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