Aspire 5542/5242 Series Quick Guide Copyright © 2009. All Rights Reserved. Aspire 5542/5242 Series Quick Guide Original Issue: 08/2009 Aspire 5542/5242 Series Notebook PC Model number: __________________________________ Serial number: ___________________________________ Date of purchase: ________________________________ Place of purchase: ________________________________ 3 First things first We would like to thank you for making an Acer notebook your choice for meeting your mobile computing needs. Your guides To help you use your Acer notebook, we have designed a set of guides: First off, the Just for Starters... poster helps you get started with setting up your computer. The Aspire Series Generic User Guide contains useful information applying to all models in the Aspire product series. It covers basic topics such as Acer's Empowering Technology, using the keyboard, audio, etc. Please understand that due to its nature, the Generic User Guide as well as the AcerSystem User Guide mentioned below will occasionally refer to functions or features which are only contained in certain models of the series, but not necessarily in the model you purchased. Such instances are marked in the text with language such as "only for certain models". The Quick Guide introduces you to the basic features and functions of your new computer. For more on how your computer can help you to be more productive, please refer to the AcerSystem User Guide. This guide contains detailed information on such subjects as system utilities, data recovery, expansion options and troubleshooting. In addition it contains warranty information and the general regulations and safety notices for your notebook. It is available in Portable Document Format (PDF) and comes preloaded on your notebook. Follow these steps to access it: 1 Click on Start, All Programs, AcerSystem. 2 Click on AcerSystem User Guide. Note: Viewing the file requires Adobe Reader. If Adobe Reader is not installed on your computer, clicking on AcerSystem User Guide will run the Adobe Reader setup program first. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation. For instructions on how to use Adobe Reader, access the Help and Support menu. English 4 Your Acer notebook tour After setting up your computer as illustrated in the Just for Starters... poster, let us show you around your new Acer notebook. Top view # Icon Item Description 1 Acer Crystal Eye webcam Web camera for video communication. 2 Display screen Also called Liquid-Crystal Display (LCD), displays computer output (Configuration may vary by models). 3 Power button Turns the computer on and off. 5 Icon Item Description Wireless LAN communication button/indicator Enables/disables the wireless LAN function. Indicates the status of wireless LAN communication. Bluetooth communication button/indicator Enables/disables the Bluetooth function. Indicates the status of Bluetooth communication. (only for certain models) Backup key Launches Acer Backup Management for three-step data backup. HDD Indicates when the hard disk drive is active. Num Lock Lights up when Num Lock is activated. Caps Lock Lights up when Caps Lock is activated. 6 Keyboard For entering data into your computer. 7 Touchpad Touch-sensitive pointing device which functions like a computer mouse. 8 Click buttons (left, center* and right) The left and right buttons function like the left and right mouse buttons. *The center button serves as Acer BioProtection fingerprint reader supporting Acer FingerNav 4-way control function (only for certain models). 9 Power1 Indicates the computer's power status. Battery1 Indicates the computer's battery status. 1. Charging: The light shows amber when the battery is charging. 2. Fully charged: The light shows blue when in AC mode. 10 Palmrest Comfortable support area for your hands when you use the computer. 11 Touchpad toggle Turns the internal touchpad on and off. 12 Microphone Internal microphone for sound recording. 4 5 13 +/- Volume Up/ Volume Down Increase system volume/decrease system volume. 14 P Programmable key User-programmable. English # English 6 # Icon 15 Item Description Speakers Left and right speakers deliver stereo audio output. 1. The front panel indicators are visible even when the computer cover is closed up. Hotkeys The computer employs hotkeys or key combinations to access most of the computer's controls like screen brightness, volume output. To activate hotkeys, press and hold the <Fn> key before pressing the other key in the hotkey combination. Function Description <Fn> + <F2> Hotkey Icon System property Starts System Property for displaying system information. <Fn> + <F3> Bluetooth Enables/disables the Bluetooth function. <Fn> + <F4> Sleep Puts the computer in Sleep mode. <Fn> + <F5> Display toggle Switches display output between the display screen, external monitor (if connected) and both. <Fn> + <F6> Screen blank Turns the display screen backlight off to save power. Press any key to return. <Fn> + <F8> Speaker toggle Turns the speakers on and off. <Fn> + < > Brightness up Increases the screen brightness. <Fn> + < > Brightness down Decreases the screen brightness. <Fn> + < > Volume up Increases the sound volume. <Fn> + < > Volume down Decreases the sound volume. 7 # Icon 1 Item English Closed front view Description Multi-in-1 card reader Accepts Secure Digital (SD), MultiMediaCard (MMC), Memory Stick (MS), Memory Stick PRO (MS PRO), xD-Picture Card (xD). Note: Push to remove/install the card. Only one card can operate at any given time. 2 Latch Locks and releases the lid. Rear view # Item Description 1 Ventilation slots Enable the computer to stay cool, even after prolonged use. English 8 Left view # Item Description 1 DC-in jack Connects to an AC adapter. 2 Ethernet (RJ-45) port Connects to an Ethernet 10/100/1000based network. HDMI port Supports high definition digital video connections. 4 External display (VGA) port Connects to a display device (e.g., external monitor, LCD projector). 5 USB 2.0 port Connect to USB 2.0 devices (e.g., USB mouse, USB camera). 6 Line-in jack Accepts audio line-in devices (e.g., audio CD player, stereo walkman, mp3 player) Microphone-in jack Accepts inputs from external microphones. 3 Icon HDMI Headphones/speaker/ Connects to audio line-out devices (e.g., speakers, headphones). line-out jack with S/PDIF support 9 # Icon English Right view Item Description 1 USB 2.0 port Connects to USB 2.0 devices (e.g., USB mouse, USB camera). 2 Optical drive Internal optical drive; accepts CDs or DVDs. 3 Optical disk access indicator Lights up when the optical drive is active. 4 Optical drive eject button Ejects the optical disk from the drive. 5 Emergency eject hole Ejects the optical drive tray when the computer is turned off. Note: Insert a paper clip to the emergency eject hole to eject the optical drive tray when the computer is off. 6 Modem (RJ-11) port Connects to a phone line. 7 Kensington lock slot Connects to a Kensington-compatible computer security lock. English 10 Base view # Icon Item Description 1 Battery bay Houses the computer's battery pack. 2 Battery release latch Releases the battery for removal. 3 Battery lock Locks the battery in position. 4 Hard disk bay Houses the computer's hard disk (secured with screws). 5 Memory compartment Houses the computer's main memory. 6 Ventilation slots and cooling fan Enable the computer to stay cool, even after prolonged use. Note: Do not cover or obstruct the opening of the fan. 11 Operating system • Genuine Windows 7® Platform • AMD Turion™ II Ultra dual-core processor* • AMD Turion™ II dual-core processor* • AMD Athlon™ 64 II dual-core processor* • Mobile AMD Sempron™ processor* • AMD M880G Chipset • Acer InviLink™ Nplify™ 802.11b/g/Draft-N* • Acer InviLink™ 802.11b/g* System memory • • Dual-Channel SDRAM support Up to 2 GB of DDR2 667 MHz memory, upgradeable to 4 GB using two soDIMM modules Display • • 16:9 aspect ratio 15.6" HD 1366 x 768 Graphics • ATI Radeon™ HD 4200 Graphics* • ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4570* • • • Dolby®-optimized surround sound system with two built-in stereo speakers True5.1-channel surround sound output High-definition audio support S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface) support for digital speakers MS-Sound compatible Built-in microphone • • 2.5" hard disk drive Optical drive options: • Blu-ray Disc™/DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive* • DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive* Multi-in-1 card reader • • Integrated Acer Crystal Eye webcam* WLAN: Audio • • • Storage subsystem • Communication Privacy control • Acer InviLink™ Nplify™ 802.11b/g/Draft-N* • Acer InviLink™ 802.11b/g* • • • WPAN: Bluetooth® 2.1+Enhanced Data Rate (EDR)* LAN: Gigabit Ethernet; Wake-on-LAN ready Modem: 56K ITU V.92; Wake-on-Ring ready • • • Acer Bio-Protection fingerprint solution* BIOS user, supervisor, HDD passwords Kensington lock slot English Specifications English 12 Dimensions and weight Power subsystem • • 383 (W) x 250 (D) x 26/37 (H) mm (15.1 x 9.9 x 1.03/1.5 inches) 2.8 kg (6.16 lbs.) with 6-cell battery pack • • • • ACPI 3.0 48.8 W 4400 mAh 3-pin 65 W AC adapter* 3-pin 90 W AC adapter* • ENERGY STAR®* Special keys and controls • • 103-/104-/107-key keyboard Touchpad pointing device I/O interface • • • Acer Bio-Protection fingerprint reader* Multi-in-1 card reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO/xD) USB 2.0 port • • • • • • • • HDMI™ port with HDCP support External display (VGA) port Headphones/speaker/line-out jack with S/PDIF support Microphone-in jack Line-in jack Ethernet (RJ-45) port Modem (RJ-11) port DC-in jack for AC adapter • Temperature: • • Operating: 5 °C to 35 °C • Non-operating: -20 °C to 65 °C Humidity (non-condensing): Environment • • Operating: 20% to 80% Non-operating: 20% to 80% Note: * Only for certain models Note: The specifications listed above are for reference only. The exact configuration of your PC depends on the model purchased.