Aspire 5538 Series Quick Guide Copyright © 2009. Acer Incorporated. All Rights Reserved. Aspire 5538 Series Quick Guide Original Issue: 06/2009 Changes may be made periodically to the information in this publication without obligation to notify any person of such revisions or changes. Such changes will be incorporated in new editions of this manual or supplementary documents and publications. Record the model number, serial number, purchase date and place of purchase information in the space provided below. The serial number and model number are recorded on the label affixed to your computer. All correspondence concerning your unit should include the serial number, model number and purchase information. This booklet has been reviewed for accuracy. Although Acer makes all reasonable attempts for this booklet to be printed in an accurate manner, Acer takes no responsibility for any inadvertent errors or misprints. Acer's liability with respect to this booklet is subject to any limitation of liability set out in the applicable product warranty. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronically, mechanically, by photocopy, recording or otherwise,without the prior written permission of Acer Incorporated. Aspire 5538 Series Notebook PC Model number: __________________________________ Serial number: ___________________________________ Date of purchase: ________________________________ Place of purchase: ________________________________ Acer and the Acer logo are registered trademarks of Acer Incorporated. Other companies' product names or trademarks are used herein for identification purposes only and belong to their respective companies. 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 using the keyboard and 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 # Item Description 1 Icon Acer Crystal Eye webcam Web camera for video communication. 2 Microphone Internal microphone for sound recording. 5 Icon Item Description 3 Display screen Also called Liquid-Crystal Display (LCD), displays computer output (Configuration may vary by models). 4 Power button / indicator Turns the computer on and off. / Indicates the computer's power status. 5 Keyboard For entering data into your computer. 6 Touchpad Touch-sensitive pointing device which functions like a computer mouse. 7 Click buttons (left and right) The left and right buttons function like the left and right mouse buttons. 8 Palmrest Comfortable support area for your hands when you use the computer. 9 Touchpad toggle Turns the internal touchpad on and off. 10 Communication key Enables / disables the WLAN function. Backup key Launches Acer Backup Management for three-step data backup. HDD Indicates when the hard disk drive is active. 11 Eject button Presses to eject the optical disk from the drive. 12 Speakers Left and right speakers deliver stereo audio output. Hotkeys The computer employs hotkeys or key combinations to access most of the computer's controls like screen brightness and volume output. To activate hotkeys, press and hold the <Fn> key before pressing the other key in the hotkey combination. Hotkey Function Description <Fn> + <F2> Icon System property Starts System Property for displaying system information. <Fn> + <F3> Bluetooth Enables/disables the Bluetooth function. (only for certain models) <Fn> + <F4> Sleep Puts the computer in Sleep mode. English # English 6 Hotkey Function Description <Fn> + <F5> Icon 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 English Closed front view Item Description 1 Battery 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. 2 5-in-1 card reader Accepts Secure Digital (SD), MultiMediaCard (MMC), Memory Stick (MS), Memory Stick PRO (MS PRO), xDPicture Card (xD). Note: Push to remove/install the card. Only one card can operate at any given time. Rear view # 1 Icon Item Description Battery bay Houses the computer's battery pack. English 8 Left view # Icon 1 Item Description Kensington lock slot Connects to a Kensington-compatible computer security lock. Note: Wrap the computer security lock cable around an immovable object such as a table or handle of a locked drawer. Insert the lock into the notch and turn the key to secure the lock. Some keyless models are also available. 2 Ventilation slots Enable the computer to stay cool, even after prolonged use. 3 External display (VGA) port Connects to a display device (e.g., external monitor, LCD projector). HDMI port Supports high definition digital video connections. 5 USB 2.0 port Connect to USB 2.0 devices (e.g., USB mouse, USB camera). 6 Microphone-in jack Accepts inputs from external microphones. 4 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 Optical drive Internal optical drive; accepts CDs or DVDs. 2 Optical disk access indicator Lights up when the optical drive is active. 3 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. 4 USB 2.0 port Connects to USB 2.0 devices (e.g., USB mouse, USB camera). 5 Ethernet (RJ-45) port Connects to an Ethernet 10/100/1000based network. 6 DC-in jack Connects to an AC adapter. English 10 Base view # Icon Item Description 1 Battery bay Houses the computer's battery pack. 2 Battery lock Locks the battery in position. 3 Memory compartment Houses the computer's main memory. 4 Hard disk bay Houses the computer's hard disk (secured with screws). 5 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. 6 Battery release latch Releases the battery for removal. 11 Operating system • Genuine Windows Vista® Platform • AMD Better By Design Program, featuring: System memory • AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 dual-core processor* • • AMD Athlon™ 64 processor* AMD M780G Chipset • Acer InviLink™ Nplify™ 802.11b/g/Draft-N* • Acer InviLink™ 802.11b/g* • • Dual-Channel SDRAM support Display • 16:9 aspect ratio 15.6" HD 1366 x 768 Graphics • • ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4330* Audio • • • S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface) support for digital speakers • MS-Sound compatible • • Built-in microphone • DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive • • 5-in-1 card reader • WLAN: Storage subsystem Communication Privacy control Dimensions and weight Up to 2 GB of DDR2 667 MHz memory, upgradeable to 4 GB using two soDIMM modules* ATI Radeon™ HD 3200 Graphics* High-definition audio support 2.5" hard disk drive Integrated Acer Crystal Eye webcam • 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 • • Kensington lock slot • 2.4 kg (5.3 lbs.) with 6-cell battery pack BIOS user, supervisor, HDD passwords 380 (W) x 259 (D) x 26.4/30.8 (H) mm (14.82 x 10.1 x 1.02/1.2 inches) English Specifications English 12 Power subsystem Special keys and controls I/O interface Environment • ACPI 3.0 • 48.84 W 4400 mAh • 3-pin 65 W AC adapter • • ENERGY STAR®* • • Touchpad pointing device • 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 • Ethernet (RJ-45) port • • DC-in jack for AC adapter 103-/104-/107-key keyboard 5-in-1 card reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO/xD) Temperature: • • • Operating: 5 °C to 35 °C Non-operating: -20 °C to 65 °C Humidity (non-condensing): • • 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.