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TravelMate 6000 series
User’s Guide
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TravelMate 6000 series User’s Guide
Original Issue: Feb 2004
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We would like to thank you for making the TravelMate series of
notebook computers your choice for your mobile computing needs.
We hope you will be happy with your TravelMate as much as we
enjoyed making it for you.
Your guides
To help you use your TravelMate, we have designed a set of guides:
First off, the Just for Starters... poster helps you get
started with setting up your computer.
This User’s guide introduces you to the many ways your
computer can help you be more productive. This guide
provides clear and concise information about the computer,
so read it thoroughly.
If you ever need to print out a copy, this User’s guide is also
available in PDF (Portable Document Format). Follow these
steps:
1 Click on Start, All Programs, Acer System.
2 Click on Acer System User’s guide.
Note: Viewing the file requires Adobe Acrobat Reader
installed. For instructions on how to use Adobe Acrobat
Reader, access the Help menu.
For more information about our products, services, and support
information, please visit our Web site (www.acer.com).
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First things first
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Basic care and tips for using your computer
Turning your computer on and off
To turn on the computer, simply press the power button on the left of
the launch keys found above your TravelMate’s standard keyboard. See
“Front open view” on page 3 for the location of the power button.
To turn the power off, do any of the following:
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Use the Windows shutdown command
For Windows® 2000: Click on Start, Shut Down..., and select
Shut down; then click on OK.
- or For Windows® XP: Click on Start, Turn off Computer; then click
Turn Off.
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Use the power button
Note: You can also use the power button to perform power
management functions. See Windows help for more information.
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Use the customized functions for power management
You can also shut down the computer by closing the display cover,
or by pressing the sleep hot key (Fn-F4). See the online guide for
details.
Note: If you cannot power off the computer normally, press and
hold the power button for more than four seconds to shut down
the computer. If you turn off the computer and want to turn it on
again, wait at least two seconds before powering up.
Taking care of your computer
Your computer will serve you well if you take care of it.
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Do not expose the computer to direct sunlight. Do not place it
near sources of heat, such as a radiator.
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Do not expose the computer to temperatures below 0ºC (32ºF) or
above 50ºC (122ºF).
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Do not subject the computer to magnetic fields.
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Do not expose the computer to rain or moisture.
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Do not spill water or any liquid on the computer.
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Do not subject the computer to heavy shock and vibration.
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Do not expose the computer to dust and dirt.
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Never place objects on top of the computer to avoid damaging the
computer.
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Do not slam the computer display when you close it.
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Never place the computer on uneven surfaces.
Taking care of your AC adapter
Here are some ways to take care of your AC adapter:
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Do not connect the adapter to any other device.
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Do not step on the power cord or place heavy objects on top of it.
Carefully route the power cord and any cables away from personal
traffic.
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When unplugging the power cord, do not pull on the cord itself
but pull on the plug.
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The total ampere ratings of the equipment plugged in should not
exceed the ampere rating of the cord if you are using an extension
cord. Also, the total current rating of all equipment plugged into
a single wall outlet should not exceed the fuse rating.
Taking care of your battery pack
Here are some ways to take care of your battery pack:
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Use only batteries of the same kind as replacements. Turn the
power off before removing or replacing batteries.
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Do not tamper with batteries. Keep them away from children.
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Dispose of used batteries according to local regulations. Recycle if
at all possible.
Cleaning and servicing
When cleaning the computer, follow these steps:
1
Power off the computer and remove the battery pack.
2
Disconnect the AC adapter.
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Use a soft cloth moistened with water. Do not use liquid or aerosol
cleaners.
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To clean the display screen, use an LCD cleaning kit.
If any of the following occurs:
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The computer has been dropped or the body has been damaged.
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Liquid has been spilled into the product.
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The computer does not operate normally.
Please refer to "Troubleshooting my computer" on page 59.
2 Customizing my computer
Expanding through options
Connectivity options
Upgrade options
Using system utilities
Notebook Manager
Launch Manager
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Contents
First things first
Your guides
Basic care and tips for using your computer
A TravelMate tour
Front open view
Front view
Left view
Right view
Rear view
Bottom view
Features
Indicators
Using the keyboard
Special keys
Launch Keys
Touchpad
Touchpad basics
Storage
Hard disk
AcerMedia bay
Using software
Audio
Adjusting the volume
DVI(Digital Visual Interface)
Power management
Moving around with your TravelMate
Disconnecting from the desktop
Moving around
Taking the computer home
Traveling with the computer
Traveling internationally with the computer
Securing your computer
Using a computer security lock
Using the Smart Card
Using passwords
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Contents
BIOS Utility
3 Troubleshooting my computer
Frequently-asked questions
Troubleshooting tips
Error messages
Requesting service
International Traveler’s Warranty (ITW)
Before you call
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Appendix A Specifications
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Appendix B Notices
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Index
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1 Getting to know
your TravelMate
Your TravelMate computer combines highperformance, versatility, power management
features and multimedia capabilities with a
unique style and ergonomic design. Work
with unmatched productivity and reliability
with your new power computing partner.
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After setting up your computer as illustrated in the Just for Starters...
poster, let us show you around your new TravelMate computer.
Front open view
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Item
Description
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Display screen
Also called LCD (liquid-crystal display),
displays computer output.
2
Power button
Turns on the computer.
3
Touchpad
Touch-sensitive pointing device which
functions like a computer mouse.
4
Click buttons (left,
center and right)
The left and right buttons function like the
left and right mouse buttons; the center
button serves as a 4-way scroll button.
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A TravelMate tour
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Item
Description
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Palmrest
Comfortable support area for your hands
when you use the computer.
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Keyboard
Inputs data into your computer.
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Status indicators
LEDs (light-emitting diode) that turn on and
off to show the status of the computer, its
functions and components.
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Microphone
Internal microphone for sound recording.
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Launch keys
Special keys for launching internet browser,
email program and frequently used
programs. See “Launch Keys” on page 22 for
more details.
Front view
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Item
Description
1
Speaker
Outputs sound.
2
4-in-1 card reader1
Reads cards from Smart Media, Memory
Stick, MultiMediaCard, and Secure Digital
cards.
3
4-in-1 card reader1
indicator
Displays activity of 4-in-1 card reader.
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Item
Description
4
Infrared port
Interfaces with infrared devices (e.g.,
infrared printer, IR-aware computer).
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Bluetooth button2
Enables or disables Bluetooth functionality.
6
Bluetooth indicator2
Indicates that (optional) Bluetooth is
enabled.
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InviLink button3
Enables or disables wireless LAN feature.
8
InviLink indicator3
Indicates status of wireless LAN
communication.
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Latch
Latch for opening and closing the laptop.
Notes:
1.Four-in-one card reader is a manufacturing option, subject to
configuration. Only one media card type can be used at any
given time. To avoid data loss or damage, do not shut down the
system while card reader is active.
2.Bluetooth button and indicator work on models with Bluetooth
only.
3.InviLink button and indicator work on models with wireless LAN
only.
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Left view
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Item
Description
1
Four USB 2.0 ports
Connect to Universal Serial Bus devices (e.g.,
USB mouse, USB camera).
2
IEEE 1394 port
Connects to IEEE 1394 devices.
3
Smart Card slot
Slot for Smart Card interface with pre-boot
authentication system.
4
Line-in jack
Accepts audio line-in devices (e.g., audio CD
player, stereo walkman).
5
Microphone jack
Accepts input from external microphones.
6
Headphone/
Speaker/ Line-out
jack
Connect to headphones or other line-out
audio devices (speakers).
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PC Card eject button
Ejects the PC Card from the slot.
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PC Card slot
Accepts one Type II 16-bit PC Card or 32-bit
CardBus PC Card.
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Right view
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Item
Description
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AcerMedia drive
Houses a removable media drive module.
2
AcerMedia indicator
Lights up when the AcerMedia drive is active.
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Eject button
Ejects the drive tray.
4
Emergency eject slot
Ejects the drive tray when the computer is
turned off. See page 63 for more details.
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Power jack
Connects to an AC adapter.
Note: The positions of the AcerMedia indicator, eject button and
emergency eject hole may differ depending on the optical drive
module installed.
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Rear view
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Item
Description
1
Modem jack
Connects to a phone line.
2
Network jack
Connects to an Ethernet 10/100/1000-based
network.
3
Expansion port
Connects to I/O port replicator or EasyPort
expansion devices.
4
DVI-digital port
DVI-digital(Digital visual interface) port
provides a better quality digital connection
between this computer and a display device .
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External display
port
Connects to a display device (e.g., external
monitor, LCD projector) and displays up to
16.7 million colors.
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S-video
Connects to a television or display device
with S-video input.
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Security keylock
Connects to a Kensington-compatible
computer security lock.
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Bottom view
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Item
Description
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AcerMedia bay
release latch
Unlatches the AcerMedia drive for
removing the optical drive.
2
AcerMedia bay
Houses an AcerMedia drive module.
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Battery bay
Houses the computer's battery pack.
4
Battery release latch
Unlatches the battery to remove the
battery pack.
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Battery lock
Locks the battery in place.
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Mini-PCI slot
Slot for adding mini-PCI cards.
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Hard disk protector
Acer’s patented Disc Anti-Shock Protection
(DASP) system.
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Hard disk bay
Houses the computer's hard disk (secured
by a screw).
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Memory
compartment
Houses the computer’s main memory.
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Cooling fan
Description
Helps keep the computer cool.
Note: Don’t cover or obstruct the opening
of the fan.
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Personal
identification slot
Insert a business card or similar-sized
identification card to personalize your
computer.
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Below is a brief summary of the computer’s many features:
Performance
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Intel® Pentium® M Processor at 1.4~1.7 GHz with 1MB L2 Cache or
1.5~2.0 GHz with 2MB L2 Cache.
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Intel® 855GME chipset
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Memory upgradeable up to 2 GB with 2 slots
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Internal removable optical drive (AcerMedia bay)
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High-capacity, Enhanced-IDE hard disk
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Li-ion main battery pack
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Power management system with ACPI (Advanced Configuration
Power Interface)
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Smart Card interface with pre-boot authentication system for
added security
Display
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Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) displaying 32bit high color up to 1024 x 768 eXtended Graphics Array (XGA)
resolution for 14.1” or 1400 x 1050 Super eXtended Graphics Array
+ (SXGA+) resolution for 15” models (specification varies
depending on the model)
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3D graphics engine
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Simultaneous LCD ,CRT monitor or other display device like
projector support
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S-video for output to a television or display device that supports Svideo input
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"Automatic LCD dim" feature that automatically decides the best
settings for your display and conserves power
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Dual indenpendent display
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DVI-Digital improves the quality to realistic display, the
transmitting via a digital means
Multimedia
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16-bit high-fidelity AC’97 stereo audio
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Built-in dual speakers
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Built-in microphone
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High-speed optical drive (AcerMedia bay)
Connectivity
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High-speed fax/data modem port
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10/100/1000 T-based Gigabit Ethernet port
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Fast infrared wireless communication
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Four USB 2.0 (Universal Serial Bus) ports
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IEEE 1394 port
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InviLink™ 802.11a/b or 802.11b/g wireless LAN (manufacturing
option)
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Bluetooth™ ready (manufacturing optional)
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SD/MMC/SM/MS memory slot (manufacturing option)
Human-centric design and ergonomics
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Internet 4-way scroll button
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Sleek, smooth and stylish design
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Acer FinTouch full-sized curved keyboard
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Ergonomically-centered touchpad pointing device
Expansion
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One type II CardBus PC Card slot
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Upgradeable memory
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Acer EasyPort
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The computer has three easy-to-read status indicators below the
display screen, and five on the front of the computer.
The Power and Battery status indicators are visible even when the
display is closed.
Icon
Function
Description
Caps lock
Lights when Caps Lock is activated.
Num lock
Lights when Num Lock is activated.
Media Activity
Lights when the disc or AcerMedia is
activated.
Power
Lights green when the power is on and
orange when the computer is in standby
mode.
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Icon
Function
Description
Battery
Lights orange when the battery is charging.
Four-in-one Card
Reader
Lights when card reader is activating
Bluetooth
Lights to indicate that Bluetooth™ is enabled
Wireless
Lights to indicate status of wireless LAN
communication
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The full-sized keyboard includes an embedded numeric keypad,
separate cursor keys, two Windows keys and twelve function keys.
Special keys
Lock keys
The keyboard has three lock keys which you can toggle on and off.
Lock key
Description
Caps Lock
When Caps Lock is on, all alphabetic characters typed are in
uppercase.
Num Lock
(Fn-F11)
When Num Lock is on, the embedded keypad is in numeric
mode. The keys function as a calculator (complete with the
arithmetic operators +, -, *, and /). Use this mode when you
need to do a lot of numeric data entry. A better solution
would be to connect an external keypad.
Scroll Lock
(Fn-F12)
When Scroll Lock is on, the screen moves one line up or down
when you press the up or down arrow keys respectively. Scroll
Lock does not work with some applications.
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Using the keyboard
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Embedded numeric keypad
Desired access
Num lock on
Num lock off
Number keys on
embedded keypad
Type numbers in a normal
manner.
Cursor-control keys
on embedded
keypad
Hold Shift while using
cursor-control keys.
Hold Fn while using
cursor-control keys.
Main keyboard keys
Hold Fn while typing letters
on embedded keypad.
Type the letters in a
normal manner.
Note: If an external keyboard or keypad is connected to the
computer, the Num Lock feature automatically shifts from the
internal keyboard to the external keyboard or keypad.
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The keyboard has two keys that perform Windows-specific functions.
Key
Description
Windows logo
key
Start button. Combinations with this key perform
shortcut functions. Below are a few examples:
+ Tab (Activates next taskbar button)
+ E (Explores My Computer)
+ F (Finds Document)
+ M (Minimizes All)
Shift +
+ M (Undoes Minimize All)
+ R (Displays the Run... dialog box)
Application key
Opens a context menu (same as a right-click).
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Windows keys
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Hot keys
The computer employs hot keys or key combinations to access most of
the computer’s controls like screen brightness, volume output and the
BIOS Utility.
To activate hot keys, press and hold the Fn key before pressing the
other key in the hot key combination.
Hot key
Icon
Function
Description
Fn-F1
Hot key help
Displays help on hot keys.
Fn-F2
Setup
Accesses the computer’s
configuration utility.
Fn-F3
Power
management
scheme toggle
Switches the power
management scheme used by
the computer (function
available if supported by
operating system).
See “Power management” on
page 31.
Fn-F4
Sleep
Puts the computer in Sleep
mode.
See“Power management” on
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Icon
Function
Description
Fn-F5
Display toggle
Switches display output
between the display screen,
external monitor (if
connected) and both the
display screen and external
monitor.
Fn-F6
Screen blank
Turns the display screen
backlight off to save power.
Press any key to return.
Fn-F7
Touchpad toggle
Turns the internal touchpad
enable and disable.
Fn-F8
Speaker toggle
Turns the speakers on and off.
Fn-↑
Volume up
Increases the speaker volume.
Fn-↓
Volume down
Decreases the speaker
volume.
Fn-→
Brightness up
Increases the screen
brightness.
Fn-←
Brightness down
Decreases the screen
brightness.
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Hot key
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The Euro symbol
If your keyboard layout is set to United States-International or United
Kingdom or if you have a keyboard with a European layout, you can
type the Euro symbol on your keyboard.
Note for US keyboard users: The keyboard layout is set when you
first set up Windows. For the Euro symbol to work, the keyboard
layout has to be set to United States-International.
To verify the keyboard type in Windows® Millennium Edition and
Windows® 2000, follow the steps below:
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Click on Start, Settings, Control Panel.
2
Double-click on Keyboard.
3
Click on the Language tab.
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Verify that the keyboard layout used for "En English (United
States)" is set to United States-International.
If not, select and click on Properties; then select United StatesInternational and click on OK.
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Click on OK.
To verify the keyboard type in Windows® XP, follow the steps below:
1
Click on Start, Control Panel.
2
Double-click on Regional and Language Options.
3
Click on the Language tab and click on Details.
4
Verify that the keyboard layout used for "En English (United
States)" is set to United States-International.
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Click on OK.
To type the Euro symbol:
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Locate the Euro symbol on your keyboard.
2
Open a text editor or word processor.
3
Hold Alt Gr and press the Euro symbol.
Note: Some fonts and software do not support the Euro symbol.
Please refer to www.microsoft.com/typography/faq/faq12.htm for
more information.
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If not, select and click on ADD; then select United StatesInternational and click on OK.
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Launch Keys
Located above the keyboard are five buttons. The left-most button is
the power button. To the right of the power button are the four
launch keys. They are designated as the mail button, the web browser
button, and two programmable buttons (P1 and P2).
Launch key
Default application
Mail
Email application(User-programmable)
Web browser
Internet browser application(User-programmable)
P1
User-programmable
P2
User-programmable
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Click right button at the Launch Manager icon on the taskbar and click
on E-Mail Detection. In this dialog box, you have the option to enable
disable mail checking, set the time interval for mail checking, etc. If
you already have an email account, you can fill in User Name, Password
and POP3 Sever in the dialog box. The POP3 Sever is the mail server
where you get your email.
Aside from the email checking function, there is a mail button that is
used to launch the email application. It is located above the keyboard
right below the LCD.
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E-Mail Detection
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Touchpad
The built-in touchpad is a pointing device that senses movement on its
surface. This means the cursor responds as you move your finger on the
surface of the touchpad. The central location on the palmrest provides
optimum comfort and support.
Note: When using an external USB mouse, you can press Fn-F7 to
disable the touchpad.
Touchpad basics
The following items teach you how to use the touchpad:
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Move your finger across the touchpad to move the cursor.
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Press the left (1) and right (3) buttons located on the edge of the
touchpad to do selection and execution functions. These two
buttons are similar to the left and right buttons on a mouse.
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Use the 4-way scroll (2) button (top/bottom/left and right) to scroll
a page up, down, left or right. This button mimics your cursor
pressing on the vertical and horizontal scroll bars of Windows
applications.
Right
button
Center
buttons
Function
Left button
Execute
Click twice
quickly
Tap twice (at the
same speed as
double-clicking a
mouse button)
Select
Click once
Tap once
Drag
Click and
hold, then
use finger to
drag the
cursor on the
touchpad
Tap twice (at the
same speed as
double-clicking a
mouse button)
then hold finger
to the touchpad
on the second tap
and drag the
cursor
Access
context
menu
Scroll
Tap
Click
once
Click and
hold the
button in
the desired
direction
(up/down/
left/right)
Note: Keep your fingers dry and clean when using the touchpad.
Also keep the touchpad dry and clean. The touchpad is sensitive to
finger movements. Hence, the lighter the touch, the better the
response. Tapping harder will not increase the touchpad’s
responsiveness.
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Tapping on the touchpad produces similar results.
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Storage
This computer supplies you with the following media storage:
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High-capacity Enhanced-IDE hard disk
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AcerMedia drive
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4-in-1 Card Reader (manufacuring option)
Hard disk
The high-capacity hard disk is the answer to your storage needs. This is
where your programs and data are stored.
AcerMedia bay
The AcerMedia bay accepts a wide variety of optional media drive
modules for use with your computer. These optional items include:
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DVD/CD-RW Combo drive
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DVD Dual drive
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DVD Super multi drive
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Second hard disk drive
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Second battery
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Weight saver module
Note: To swap AcerMedia drive modules, see “Swapping
AcerMedia drive modules” on page 55
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To eject the optical drive tray when the computer is turned on, press
the drive eject button.
When the power is off, you can eject the drive tray using the
emergency eject hole. See page 62.
Using software
Playing DVD movies
When the DVD drive module is installed in the AcerMedia bay, you can
play DVD movies on your computer.
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Eject the DVD tray and insert a DVD movie disc; then close the DVD
tray.
Important! When you launch the DVD player for the first time, the
program asks you to input the region code. DVD discs are divided
into 6 regions. Once your DVD drive is set to a region code, it will
play DVD discs of that region only. You can set the region code a
maximum of five times (including the first time), after which the
last region code set will remain permanent. Recovering your hard
disk does not reset the number of times the region code has been
set. Refer to the table below for DVD movie region code
information.
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Ejecting the optical (CD or DVD) drive tray
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The DVD movie will automatically play after a few seconds.
Region code
Country or region
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U.S.A., Canada
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Europe, Middle East, South Africa, Japan
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Southeast Asia, Taiwan, Korea (South)
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Latin America, Australia, New Zealand
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Former U.S.S.R., parts of Africa, India
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People's Republic of China
Note: To change the region code, insert a DVD movie of a
different region into the DVD drive. Please refer to the online
help for more information.
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The computer comes with 16-bit high-fidelity AC’97 stereo audio, and
includes a built-in sensitive microphone and dual stereo speakers.
There are audio ports on the left of the computer. See “Left view” on
page 6 for more information on connecting external audio devices.
Adjusting the volume
Adjusting the volume on the computer is as easy as pressing some
buttons. See “Hot keys” on page 18 for more informations on
adjusting the speaker volume.
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DVI(Digital Visual Interface)
The Digital Visual Interface (DVI) is designed to provide the industry
with a single, universal digital interface. The DVI interface has proven
to be extremely versatile. Its two connector styles provide
manufacturers with the flexibility to support digital devices while
remaining backwards compatible with analog devices.
DVI-Digital (DVI-D)
Supports digital-only connections between the host computer and
display.(System supports DVI-D only.)
DVI-Integrated (DVI-I)
Supports both analog and digital connections to the display.
Note:TravelMate 6000 only supports DVI-D , not DVI-I port.
Plugging the wrong connector will cause serious damages to the
display devices.
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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 video memory. If no
activity is detected for a period of time (called an inactivity timeout),
the computer stops some or all of these devices in order to conserve
energy.
This computer employs a power management scheme that supports
ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface), which allows for
maximum power conservation and maximum performance at the same
time. Windows handles all power-saving chores for your computer.
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Moving around with your
TravelMate
This section gives you tips and hints to consider when moving around
or traveling with your computer.
Disconnecting from the desktop
Follow these steps to disconnect your computer from external
accessories:
1
Save your work in progress.
2
Remove any media, diskette or compact disc, from the drive(s).
3
Shut down the computer.
4
Close the display cover.
5
Disconnect the cord from the AC adapter.
6
Disconnect the keyboard, pointing device, printer, external
monitor, and other external devices.
7
Disconnect the Kensington lock if you are using one to secure the
computer.
Moving around
“when you are just moving within short distances, for example, from
your office desk to a meeting room”
Preparing the computer
Before moving the computer, close and latch the display cover to place
it in Sleep mode. You can now safely take the computer anywhere you
go within the building. To bring the computer out of Sleep mode,
open the display; then slide and release the power button.
If you are taking the computer to a client's office or a different
building, you may choose to shut down the computer:
1
Click on Start, Shut Down... or Turn off Computer (Windows® XP).
2
Select Shut down and click on OK, or select Turn Off (Windows®
2000).
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you can put the computer in Sleep mode by pressing Fn-F4. Then close
and latch the display.
When you are ready to use the computer again, unlatch and open the
display; then slide and release the power button.
Note: If the sleep indicator is off, the computer has entered
Hibernation mode and turned off. If the power indicator is off but
the sleep indicator is on, the computer has entered Sleep mode. In
both cases, slide and release the power button to turn the
computer back on. Note that the computer may enter Hibernation
mode after it is in Sleep mode for a period of time.
What to bring to short meetings
A fully charged battery runs the computer for about 5.5 hours under
most circumstances. If your meeting is shorter than that, you probably
do not need to bring anything with you other than the computer.
What to bring to long meetings
If your meeting will last longer than 5.5 hours or if your battery is not
fully charged, you may want to bring the AC adapter with you to plug
in your computer in the meeting room.
If the meeting room does not have an electrical outlet, reduce the
drain on the battery by putting the computer in Sleep mode. Press FnF4 or close the display cover whenever you are not actively using the
computer. To resume, open the display (if closed); then slide and
release the power button.
Taking the computer home
“when you are moving from your office to your home or vice versa”
Preparing the computer
After disconnecting the computer from your desktop, follow these
steps to prepare the computer for the trip home:
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Check if you have removed all media, diskettes and compact discs,
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from the drive(s). Failure to remove the media can damage the
drive head.
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Pack the computer in a protective case that can prevent the
computer from sliding around and cushion it if it should fall.
Caution: Avoid packing items next to the top cover of the
computer. Pressure against the top cover can damage the screen
What to bring with you
Unless you already have some items at home, bring the following items
with you:
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AC adapter and power cord
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The printed user’s guide
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AcerMedia drive module(s)
Special considerations
Follow these guidelines to protect your computer while traveling to
and from work:
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Minimize the effect of temperature changes by keeping the
computer with you.
•
If you need to stop for an extended period of time and cannot
bring the computer with you, leave the computer in the trunk of
the car to avoid exposing the computer to excessive heat.
•
Changes in temperature and humidity can cause condensation.
Allow the computer to return to room temperature, and inspect
the screen for condensation before turning on the computer. If
the temperature change is greater than 18°F (10°C), allow the
computer to come to room temperature slowly. If possible, leave
the computer for 30 minutes in an environment with a
temperature between outside and room temperature.
Setting up a home office
If you frequently work on your computer at home, you may want to
purchase a second AC adapter for use at home. With a second AC
adapter, you can avoid transporting the extra weight to and from
home.
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Traveling with the computer
“when you are moving within a larger distance, for instance, from your
office building to a client’s office building or traveling locally”
Preparing the computer
Prepare the computer as if you were taking it home. Make sure that
the battery in the computer is charged. Airport security may require
you to turn on your computer when bringing it into the gate area.
What to bring with you
Bring the following items with you:
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AC adapter
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Spare, fully-charged battery pack(s)
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AcerMedia drive module(s)
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Additional printer driver files if you plan to use another printer
Special considerations
In addition to the guidelines for taking the computer home, follow
these guidelines to protect your computer while traveling:
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Always take the computer as carry-on luggage.
•
If possible, have the computer inspected by hand. Airport security
X-ray machines are safe, but do not put the computer through a
metal detector.
•
Avoid exposing floppy disks to hand-held metal detectors.
Traveling internationally with the computer
“when you are moving from country to country”
Preparing the computer
Prepare the computer as you would normally prepare it for traveling.
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If you use your computer at home for significant periods of time, you
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What to bring with you
Bring the following items with you:
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AC adapter
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Power cords that are appropriate for the country to which you are
traveling
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Spare, fully-charged battery packs
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AcerMedia drive module(s)
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Additional printer driver files if you plan to use another printer
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Proof of purchase, in case you need to show it to customs officials
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International Traveler’s Warranty passport
Special considerations
Follow the same special considerations as when traveling with the
computer. In addition, these tips are useful when traveling
internationally:
•
When traveling in another country, check that the local AC voltage
and the AC adapter power cord specifications are compatible. If
not, purchase a power cord that is compatible with the local AC
voltage. Do not use converter kits sold for appliances to power the
computer.
•
If you are using the modem, check if the modem and connector is
compatible with the telecommunications system of the country
you are traveling in.
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Your computer is a valuable investment that you need to take care of.
Learn how to protect and take care of your computer.
Security features include hardware and software locks — a security
notch, Smart Card and passwords.
Using a computer security lock
A security keylock notch located on the left panel of the computer lets
you connect a Kensington-compatible computer security lock.
Wrap a computer security lock cable around an immovable object such
as a table or locked drawer handle. Insert the lock into the notch and
turn the key to secure the lock. Some keyless models are also available.
Using the Smart Card
This software includes the following components: PlatinumPAS™,
PlatinumSecure™ and PlatinumKey™. Together, they provide you with
multiple levels of security.
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PlatinumPAS implements the first security measure at the BIOS
level and runs during the BIOS routine check when a computer is
powered up or rebooting. If no Smart Card or Emergency Card is
detected, the computer will stop booting up to prevent any illegal
access to the system.
•
PlatinumSecure enhances the secure logon procedure for your
Windows at the operating system level. It provides user
authentication through its encryption/decryption function using
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the Smart Card. If your Smart Card is unavailable, you can use the
Emergency Card as a temporary replacement card.
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PlatinumKey auto-authenticate and auto cache with one-click
logons to all password-required websites (patent pending),
eliminates the overhead costs associated with memorizing and
typing user IDs and passwords when surfing the Internet with
Microsoft® or Netscape web browsers.
A slot for your Smart Card is located on the left panel of the computer.
This new security feature helps you boot up your computer with all
your settings built right into your Smart Card. You don’t have to
remember your password to access your computer.
To remove the Smart Card first press the Smart Card (a) and remove the
Smart Card (b) as shown in the illustration below.
For more details consult your Smart Card documentation.
Registering your Smart Card
Important! Your Acer notebook is equipped with a Smart Card
security feature that protects the computer from unauthorized
access. If you enable this feature, please make sure that your
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If you have already bypassed the Smart Card registration, please
reinstall the application as follows:
1
Insert your System CD and reinstall from it.
2
Follow the onscreen instructions.
To enable the Smart Card security feature, please refer to your Smart
Card user manual.
Running PlatinumSecure
PlatinumSecure enhances the secure logon procedure for Windows®
2000 or XP at the operating system level. It provides user
authentication with an encryption/decryption function using the Smart
Card. If your Smart Card is unavailable, the Emergency Card can serve
as a temporary replacement for the Smart Card. After installation, the
PlatinumSecure icon appears on the Windows desktop.
Double-click on it or click the right mouse button, then select Open
from the pop-up menu (or launch it from the PlatinumSecret program
group). From the menu that appears, you can directly access three
operations: PlatinumSecure Options, Smart Card Manager, and Change
Password.
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warranty card is completed and sent back to Acer. This
information will be used by Acer service centers to confirm
ownership in case your Smart Card "key" is lost or damaged.
Registering your notebook with Acer's service center is extremely
important when replacing your lost Smart Card "key".
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PlatinumSecure Options
Click on the PlatinumSecure Options button to open the Smart Card
Options window. It provides great flexibility to meet the various
privacy protection needs of many different users.
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Disable Smart Card Authentication
When Disable PlatinumPAS is selected, the PlatinumPAS Preboot
Authentication System will be disabled.
When Disable PlatinumSecure is selected, the PlatinumSecure
Windows Logon Authentication with the Smart Card will be
disabled, which means that the protection of your notebook as
well as other options under System Lock Option and Password
Option will be disabled, too. The Smart Card password is required
for this selection.
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System Lock Option
When Lock system when the Smart Card is not in use
(default) is selected, if the Smart Card is removed, the
PlatinumSecure screensaver comes up and access to the system is
locked. When Never lock the system after bootup is selected,
there is no protection for the notebook after boot up, and
Password Option is disabled.
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Password Option
When Always enter password when the Smart Card is in use
(default) is selected, the password is required whenever you need
to regain access to the system while the Smart Card is inserted.
When Auto authenticate when Smart Card is in use is
selected, no password is required. All you need to do is insert the
Smart Card.
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The Multiple user support is implemented and managed in Smart Card
Manager. Please note that five users can be registered on one
notebook. If you registered as the Primary User, ONLY you can add/
remove other users. If you registered as a regular user, other registered
users could add/remove you. All registered users will be able to use the
View Smart Card users option.
Change Password
Click the Change Password button, fill in the three fields in the Change
Password dialog box, and then close the dialog box by clicking the OK
button to change the Smart Card password.
Encrypt/Decrypt
PlatinumSecure can also be used to encrypt/decrypt files except for
system files or files that are already encrypted with other applications.
Double-click on a file to automatically encrypt/decrypt it. However, if
the file is associated with an application, it will be opened with that
application instead of being encrypted. Note that the encryption is not
recursive, i.e., when you encrypt a folder, only the files immediately
under that folder are encrypted. Other files under subfolders are not.
To find the Encrypt/Decrypt commands:
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Right-click on the Start menu,
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Right-click on a folder or icon on your Windows desktop, or
•
In Windows Explorer, right-click on a selected folder, file, or group
of files.
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Running PlatinumKey
PlatinumKey provides one-click logon to all password-required
websites. With its unique Smart Card caching technology, you can
greatly extend the limited card memory size to unlimited use by
storing your private data in an encrypted file either on the Smart Card,
or on the 360 Degree Web secure website server.
Information in PlatinumKey like the one in My Info and Credit Cards,
can be transferred to other applications using the "drag-and-drop"
method: simply point the cursor to the field containing the
information, press and hold the left mouse button, then drag the
cursor to the application and drop the information there.
PlatinumKey also makes it convenient to change your password. There
is always a PWD button available, which is equivalent to the Change
Password button in PlatinumSecure.
Follow these steps to use PlatinumKey:
1
Open your browser to connect to the Internet.
2
Double-click on the PlatinumKey icon on your Windows desktop.
3
Enter your Smart Card password and click OK.
4
If PlatinumKey is being used for the very first time, it will ask
"Would you like to link to 360 Degree Web secure website server
to backup the information on your Smart Card?" The default
answer is Yes, and it will enable you to store your information
(excluding the Credit Cards) on the 360 Degree Web secure
website server for backup purposes in case the card is lost/stolen. If
you choose No, you will only be able to save My Info, Credit Cards
and 5 Websites on your Smart Card.
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Log in to a website where you are already registered.
6
PlatinumKey automatically stores your login data and asks for your
confirmation to automatically log you in the next time you access
the site. Click Yes and continue browsing.
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To close PlatinumKey when you are finished browsing, right-click
on the PlatinumKey icon on your Windows taskbar and select
Close PlatinumKey.
PlatinumKey provides a list of all the logon pages that you have stored.
To go directly to any site on the list either double-click it or select it
and click the Go button. Also, you can click the View button to view
the selected website information including Web Name, User Name,
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You can Edit and Delete the sites as well as other information, and
Save or Cancel the changes you made, by selecting the button
corresponding to each command.
Using passwords
Passwords protect your computer from unauthorized access. Setting
these passwords creates several different levels of protection for your
computer and data:
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Supervisor Password prevents unauthorized entry into the BIOS
Utility. Once set, you must key-in this password to gain access to
the BIOS Utility. See “BIOS Utility” on page 57.
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User Password secures your computer against unauthorized use.
Combine the use of this password with password checkpoints on
boot-up and resume from hibernation for maximum security.
•
Password on Boot secures your computer against unauthorized
use. Combine the use of this password with password checkpoints
on boot-up and resume from hibernation for maximum security.
•
Hard Disk Password protects your data by preventing
unauthorized access to your hard disk. Even if the hard disk is
removed from the computer and moved to another computer, it
cannot be accessed without the Hard Disk Password.
Important! Do not forget your Supervisor and Hard Disk
Password! If you forget your password, please get in touch with
your dealer or an authorized service center.
Entering passwords
When a password is set, a password prompt appears in the left-hand
corner of the display screen.
•
When the Supervisor Password is set, a prompt appears when you
press F2 to enter the BIOS Utility at boot-up.
•
Type the Supervisor Password and press Enter to access the BIOS
Utility. If you enter the password incorrectly, a warning message
appears. Try again and press Enter.
•
When the User Password is set and the Password on boot
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Password, and Web URL. Similarly, type the first letter(s) of a site on
the list, and the site will be searched and selected.
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parameter is enabled, a prompt appears at boot-up.
•
Type the User Password and press Enter to use the computer. If
you enter the password incorrectly, a warning message appears.
Try again and press Enter.
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When the Hard Disk Password is set, a prompt appears at boot-up.
•
Type the Hard Disk Password and press Enter to use the computer.
If you enter the password incorrectly, a warning message appears.
Try again and press Enter.
Important! You have three chances to enter a password. If you fail
to enter the password correctly after three tries, the system halts.
Slide and hold the power button for four seconds to shut down
the computer. Then turn on the computer again, and try again. If
you fail to enter the Hard Disk Password, please contact your
dealer or an authorized service center.
Setting passwords
You can set passwords using the BIOS Utility.
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After learning the basics of your TravelMate
computer, let’s get acquainted with the
advanced features of your computer. In this
chapter, you will learn how to add options,
upgrade components for better performance,
and customize your computer.
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Your TravelMate offers you a complete mobile computing experience.
Connectivity options
Ports allow you to connect peripheral devices to your computer as you
would with a desktop PC. For instructions on how to connect different
external devices to the computer, see your online guide for more
details.
Fax/data modem
Your computer has a built-in V.90/92 56Kbps AC’97 Link fax/data
modem.
Warning! This modem port is not compatible with digital phone
lines. Plugging this modem into a digital phone line will damage
the modem.
To use the fax/data modem port, connect a phone cable from the
modem port to a telephone jack.
Warning:Please use the delivered phone cable in the country of use.
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Built-in network feature
The built-in network feature allows you to connect your computer to
an Ethernet-based (10/100/1000 Mbps) network.
To use the network feature, connect an Ethernet cable from the
network jack on the rear of the computer to a network jack or hub on
your network.
Please reference page 52 "Port expansion devices" for more
information about Acer EasyPort connection.
Fast infrared
The computer’s fast infrared (FIR) port allows you to do wireless data
transfer with other IR-aware computers and peripherals such as PDAs
(personal digital assistants), mobile phones, and infrared printers. The
infrared port can transfer data at speeds of up to four megabits per
second (Mbps) at a distance of up to one meter.
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The Universal Serial Bus (USB 2.0) port is a high-speed serial bus which
allows you to connect and daisy-chain USB peripherals without taking
up precious system resources. Your computer has four ports available.
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IEEE 1394 port
The computer's IEEE 1394 port allows you to connect to an IEEE 1394
supported devices like a video camera or digital camera.
See your video or digital camera's documentation for details.
PC Card slot
The type II CardBus PC Card slot found on the left side of the computer
accepts credit-card-sized cards that enhance the usability and
expandability of the computer. These cards should have a PC Card logo
on them.
PC Cards (formerly PCMCIA) are add-on cards for portable computers,
giving you expansion possibilities long afforded by desktop PCs.
Popular PC cards include flash, fax/data modem, LAN, wireless LAN and
SCSI cards. CardBus improves on the 16-bit PC card technology by
expanding the bandwidth to 32 bits.
Note: Refer to your card’s manual for details on how to install and
use the card and its functions.
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Insert the card into the slot and make the proper connections (e.g.,
network cable), if necessary. See your card manual for details.
Ejecting a PC Card
Before ejecting a PC Card:
1
Exit the application using the card.
2
Left-click on the PC Card icon on the taskbar and stop the card
operation.
3
Press the slot eject button to pop out the eject button (a); then
press it again to eject the card (b).
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Port expansion devices
Two types of expansion devices are available for your computer:
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I/O replicator - adds PS/2, serial and parallel port connections to
your computer.
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Acer EasyPort - adds a host of ports for your computer, and allows
you to connect and disconnect peripherals from your computer in
one quick step.
Note:The LAN port on Acer EasyPort supports 10/100Mbps Fast
Ethernet. When connected, the computer’s onboard LAN port also
only supports 10/100Mbps. Acer EasyPort will disables the
computer’s onboard audio and S-Video ports when connected.
See your dealer for more information.
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Your computer delivers superior power and performance. However,
some users and the applications they use may demand more. This
computer allows you to upgrade key components when you need
increased performance.
Note: Contact your authorized dealer if you decide to perform a
key component upgrade.
Memory upgrade
Memory is expandable to 2 GB (only one slot for user accessible),
employing 256/512/1024-MB industry standard soDIMMs (Small Outline
Dual Inline Memory Modules). The computer supports DDR (Double
Data Rate) SDRAM.
There are two memory slots on your computer, one of which is
occupied by standard memory. You can upgrade memory by installing
a memory module into the one available slot.
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Installing memory
Follow these steps to install memory:
1
Turn off the computer, unplug the AC adapter (if connected) and
remove the battery pack. Then turn the computer over to access its
base.
2
Remove the screws from the memory cover (a); then lift up and
remove the memory cover (b).
3
Insert the memory module diagonally into the slot (a), then gently
press it down (b) until it clicks into place.
4
Replace the memory cover and secure it with the screw.
5
Reinstall the battery pack, and reconnect the AC adapter.
6
Turn on the computer.
The computer automatically detects and reconfigures the total
memory size.
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Note: The hard disk drive module is not hot-swappable. You have
to turn off your computer before you can swap the module.
You can swap the AcerMedia drive with any optional AcerMedia
modules. First slide the AcerMedia release latch as shown in the
illustration (a). Then remove the optical drive from the AcerMedia bay
(b).
Then insert the optional AcerMedia module into the AcerMedia bay
until the it click into place.
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Using system utilities
Notebook Manager
The computer has a built-in system setup program called Notebook
Manager. The Windows-based Notebook Manager allows you to set
passwords, the startup sequence of the drives, and power
management settings. It also shows current hardware configurations.
To start the Notebook Manager, press Fn-F2 or follow these steps:
1
Click on Start, Programs, then Notebook Manager.
2
Select the Notebook Manager application to run the program.
Click on Help for more information.
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Launch Manager allows you to set the four launch keys located above
the keyboard. See “Launch Keys” on page 22 for the location of the
launch key.
You can access the Launch Manager by clicking on Start, Programs, and
then Launch Manager to start the application.
BIOS Utility
The BIOS Utility is a hardware configuration program built into your
computer’s BIOS (basic input/output 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 it.
To activate the BIOS Utility, press F2 during the POST (power-on selftest) while the TravelMate logo is being displayed.
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3 Troubleshooting
my
computer
This chapter instructs you on how to deal with
common system problems. Read it before
calling a technician if a problem occurs.
Solutions to more serious problems require
opening up the computer. Do not attempt to
open the computer by yourself. Contact your
dealer or an authorized service center for
assistance.
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The following is a list of possible situations that may arise during the
use of your computer. Easy answers and solutions are provided for
each one.
I slid the power button and opened the display, but the
computer does not start or boot-up.
Look at the Power indicator:
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•
If it is not lit, no power is being applied to the computer. Check
the following:
•
If you are running on battery power, it may be low and unable
to power the computer. Connect the AC adapter to recharge
the battery pack.
•
Make sure that the AC adapter is plugged in properly to the
computer and to the power outlet.
If it is lit, check the following:
•
•
Is a non-bootable (non-system) diskette in the floppy drive?
Remove or replace it with a system diskette and press Ctrl-AltDel to restart the system.
The operating system files may be damaged or missing. Insert the
startup disk you created during Windows setup into the floppy
drive and press Ctrl-Alt-Del to restart the system. This will diagnose
your system and make necessary fixes.
Nothing appears on the screen.
The computer’s power management system automatically blanks the
screen to save power. Press any key to turn the display back on.
If pressing a key does not turn the display back on, two things might
be the cause:
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The brightness level might be too low. Press Fn-→ (increase) and
Fn-← (decrease) to adjust the brightness level.
•
The display device might be set to an external monitor. Press the
display toggle hot key Fn-F5 to toggle the display back to the
computer.
•
If the Sleep indicator is lit, the computer is in Sleep mode. Slide
and release the power button to resume.
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Image is not full-screen.
The computer display has a native resolution of 1024 x 768 (XGA) for
the 14.1” and 1400 x 1050 Super eXtended Graphics Array + (SXGA+)
resolution for 15” models . If you set the resolution lower than this, the
screen expands to fill the computer display. Right-click on your
Windows desktop and select Properties to bring up the Display
Properties dialog box. Then click on the Settings tab to make sure that
the resolution is set to the appropriate resolution. Resolutions lower
than the specified resolution are not full-screen on the computer or on
an external monitor.
No audio is heard from the computer.
Check the following:
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The volume may be muted. In Windows, look at the volume
control (speaker) icon on the taskbar. If it is crossed-out, click on
the icon and deselect the Mute option.
•
The speakers may be turned off. Press Fn-F8 to turn the speakers
on (this hot key also turns the speakers off).
•
The volume level may be too low. In Windows, look at the volume
control icon on the taskbar. You can also use the volume control
buttons to adjust the volume. See “Hot keys” on page 18 for more
detail.
•
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.
I want to eject the optical drive tray without turning on the
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There is a mechanical eject button on the optical drive. Simply insert
the tip of a pen or paperclip and push to eject the tray.
The keyboard does not respond.
Try attaching an external keyboard to the USB 2.0 connector on the
rear of the computer. If it works, contact your dealer or an authorized
service center as the internal keyboard cable may be loose.
The infrared port does not work.
Check the following:
•
Make sure that the infrared ports of the two devices are facing
each other (+/- 15 degrees) a maximum of 1 meter apart.
•
Make sure there is a clear path between the two infrared ports.
Nothing should be blocking the ports.
•
Make sure you have the appropriate software running on both
devices (for file transfers) or you have the appropriate drivers (for
printing to an infrared printer).
•
During the POST, press F2 to access the BIOS Utility and verify that
the infrared port is enabled.
•
Make sure both devices are IrDA-compliant.
The printer does not work.
Check the following:
•
Make sure that the printer is connected to a power outlet and that
it is turned on.
•
Make sure that the printer cable is connected securely to the
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computer’s parallel port and the corresponding port on the
printer.
•
During POST, press F2 to access the BIOS Utility and verify that the
parallel port is enabled.
I want to set up my location to use the internal modem.
To properly use your communications software (e.g., HyperTerminal),
you need to set up your location:
1
Click on Start, Settings, Control Panel.
2
Double-click on Modems.
3
Click on Dialing Properties and begin setting up your location.
Refer to the Windows manual.
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This notebook computer incorporates an advanced design that delivers
onscreen error message reports to help you solve problems.
If the system reports an error message or an error symptom occurs, see
“Error messages” on page 66. If the problem cannot be resolved,
contact your dealer. See “Requesting service” on page 67.
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Error messages
If you receive an error message, note the message and take the
corrective action. The following table lists the error messages in
alphabetical order together with the recommended course of action.
Error Messages
Corrective Action
CMOS Battery Bad
Contact your dealer or an authorized service
center.
CMOS Checksum Error
Contact your dealer or an authorized service
center.
Disk Boot Failure
Insert a system (bootable) diskette into the floppy
drive (A:), then press Enter to reboot.
Equipment
Configuration Error
Press F2 (during POST) to enter the BIOS Utility;
then press Esc to exit and reconfigure the
computer.
Hard Disk 0 Error
Contact your dealer or an authorized service
center.
Hard Disk 0 Extended
Type Error
Contact your dealer or an authorized service
center.
I/O Parity Error
Contact your dealer or an authorized service
center.
Keyboard Error or No
Keyboard Connected
Contact your dealer or an authorized service
center.
Keyboard Interface
Error
Contact your dealer or an authorized service
center.
Memory Size Mismatch
Press F2 (during POST) to enter the BIOS Utility;
then press Esc to exit and reconfigure the
computer.
If you still encounter problems after going through the corrective
measures, please contact your dealer or an authorized service center
for assistance. Some problems may be solved using the BIOS Utility.
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International Traveler’s Warranty (ITW)
Your computer is backed by an International Traveler’s Warranty (ITW)
that gives you security and peace of mind when traveling. Our
worldwide network of service centers are there to give you a helping
hand.
An ITW passport comes with your computer. This passport contains all
you need to know about the ITW program. A list of available,
authorized service centers is in this handy booklet. Read this passport
thoroughly.
Always have your ITW passport on hand, especially when you travel to
receive the benefits from our support centers. Place your proof-ofpurchase in the flap located inside the front cover of the ITW passport.
If the country you are traveling in does not have an Acer-authorized
ITW service site, you can still get in contact with our offices worldwide.
There are two ways to access Acer for technical support and
information:
•
Internet service worldwide (www.acersupport.com)
•
Technical support numbers in various countries
You can view a list of technical support numbers by following these
steps:
1
Click on Start, Settings, Control Panel.
2
Double-click on System.
3
Click on the Support Information button.
Before you call
Please have the following information available when you call Acer for
online service, and please be at your computer when you call. With
your support, we can reduce the amount of time a call takes and help
solve your problems efficiently.
If there are error messages or beeps reported by your computer, write
them down as they appear on the screen (or the number and sequence
in the case of beeps).
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Requesting service
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3 Troubleshooting my computer
You are required to provide the following information:
Name:________________________________________
Address:______________________________________
______________________________________________
Telephone number:____________________________
Machine and model type:_______________________
Serial number:_________________________________
Date of purchase:______________________________
Appendix A
Specification
This appendix lists the general specifications
of your computer.
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•
Intel® Pentium® M Processor at 1.4~1.7GHz with 1MB L2 Cache or
1.5~2.0GHz with 2MB L2 Cache
Memory
•
Main memory expandable up to 2 GB
•
Two DDR SODIMM slots
•
Support 256M, 512M & 1GB DDR SDRAM modules
•
512 KB Flash ROM BIOS
Data storage
•
One high-capacity, Enhanced-IDE hard disk
•
One 5.25-inch internal removable optical drive (AcerMedia bay)
•
4-in-1 Card Reader (manufacuring option)
Display and video
•
Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) displaying 32bit true color up to 1024 x 768 eXtended Graphics Array (XGA)
resolution for 14.1” or 1400 x 1050 Super eXtended Graphics Array
+ (SXGA+) resolution for 15” models (specification varies
depending on the model)
•
Simultaneous LCD ,CRT monitor or other display device like
projector support
•
Dual independent display
•
S-video for output to a television or display device that supports Svideo input
•
"Automatic LCD dim" feature that automatically decides the best
settings for your display and conserves power
•
DVI-Digital(DVI-D) Improving the quality to realistic display, the
transmitting via a degital means
Audio
•
16-bit AC’97 stereo audio
•
Dual speakers and one internal microphone
•
Separate audio ports for headphone-out, line-in and microphonein devices
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Microprocessor
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Keyboard and pointing device
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84-/85-/88-key Windows keyboard
•
Ergonomically-centered touchpad pointing device with 4-way
scroll button
I/O ports
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One type II CardBus PC Card slot
•
One RJ-45 jack (Ethernet 10/100/1000)
•
One RJ-11 phone jack (V.90/92)
•
One DC-in jack for AC adapter
•
One VGA port for external monitor
•
One DVI-digital port
•
One speaker/headphone-out jack (3.5mm mini jack)
•
One audio line-in jack (3.5mm mini jack)
•
One microphone-in jack (3.5mm mini jack)
•
One IEEE 1394 port
•
One S-video TV-out port
•
One 100-pin port replicator
•
Four USB 2.0 ports
•
One FIR port (IrDA)
•
One Smart Card slot
•
4-in-1 Card Reader
•
Acer Easyport support
Weight and dimensions
•
2.86kg (6.3 lbs) with DVD/CD-RW combo drive for 15” LCD model
•
331.5mm (W) x 280.7mm (D) x 33.2~29.5mm (H)
Environment
•
•
Temperature
•
Operating: 5°C ~ 35°C
•
Non-operating: -20°C ~ 65°C
Humidity (non-condensing)
•
Operating: 20% ~ 80% RH
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Non-operating: 20% ~ 80% RH
System
•
ACPI support
•
DMI 2.0-compliant
•
Microsoft® Windows® operating system
Power
•
•
Battery pack
•
65Wh Li-ion battery pack
•
3.5-hour charge-in-use
AC adapter
•
3-pin 65Watt with 19V DC output
•
Auto sensing 90~264Vac, 47~63Hz
Options
•
256MB/512MB/1GB memory upgrade modules
•
Additional Li-ion battery pack
•
Additional AC adapter
•
DVD/CD-RW combo (including DVD playback software)
•
DVD Dual/Super Multi drive
•
Acer EasyPort port replicator
•
Second HDD drive
•
USB Floppy drive
•
Second battery pack(6cell)
•
External battery charger
•
Acer Easyport
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Appendix A Specifications
Appendix B
Notices
This appendix lists the general notices
of your computer.
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This device has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B
digital device pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to
provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential
installation. This device generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy
and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause
harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular
installation. If this device does cause harmful interference to radio or television
reception, which can be determined by turning the device off and on, the user
is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following
measures:
•
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
•
Increase the separation between the device and receiver.
•
Connect the device into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which
the receiver is connected.
•
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/television technician for help.
Notice: Shielded cables
All connections to other computing devices must be made using shielded cables
to maintain compliance with FCC regulations.
Notice: Peripheral devices
Only peripherals (input/output devices, terminals, printers, etc.) certified to
comply with the Class B limits may be attached to this equipment. Operation
with non-certified peripherals is likely to result in interference to radio and TV
reception.
Caution
Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer could
void the user's authority, which is granted by the Federal Communications
Commission, to operate this computer.
Use conditions
Federal Communications Commission
Declaration of Conformity
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful; interference,
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FCC notice
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Appendix B Notices
and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference
that may cause undesired operation.
The following local Manufacturer/Importer is responsible for this declaration:
Product Name: Notebook Personal Computer
Model: TravelMate 6000; ZI66
SKU Number: TravelMate 600xxx; (“X” = 0~9, a ~ z, A ~ Z, or blank)
Name of Responsible Party: Acer America Corporation
Address of Responsible Party: 2641 Orchard Parkway, San Jose, CA 95134, U.S.A.
Contact Person: Young Kim
Phone No.: 408-922-2909
Fax No.: 408-922-2606
Notice: Canadian users
This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
Remarque à l’intention des utilisateurs canadiens
Cet appareil numerique de la classe B est conforme a la norme NMB-003 du
Canada.
Modem notices
FCC
This equipment complies with Part 68 of the FCC rules. Located on the bottom
side of the modem is a label that contains, among other information, the FCC
Registration Number and Ringer Equivalence Number (REN) for this equipment.
Upon request, you must provide this information to your telephone company.
If your telephone equipment causes harm to the telephone network, the
telephone company may discontinue your service temporarily. If possible, they
will notify you in advance. But, if advance notice is not practical, you will be
notified as soon as possible. You will also be informed of your right to file a
complaint with the FCC.
Your telephone company may make changes in its facilities, equipment,
operations, or procedures that could affect the proper functioning of your
equipment. If they do, you will be notified in advance to give you an
opportunity to maintain uninterrupted telephone service.
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CAUTION: To reduce the risk of fire, use only No. 26 AWG or larger UL Listed or
CSA Certified Telecommunication Line Cord.
TBR 21
This equipment has been approved [Council Decision 98/482/EC - "TBR 21"] for
single terminal connection to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN).
However, due to differences between the individual PSTNs provided in different
countries, the approval does not, of itself, give an unconditional assurance of
successful operation on every PSTN termination point. In the event of problems,
you should contact your equipment supplier in the first instance.
Declaration of Conformity
Hereby, Acer, declares that this TravelMate 6000 series is in compliance with the
essential requirements and other relevant provisions of Directive 1999/5/EC.
(Please visit http://global.acer.com/products/notebook/reg-nb/ for complete
documents.)
List of Applicable Countries
EU member states as of April 2003 are: Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece,
Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal,
Finland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Usage allowed in the countries of
European Union, as well as Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein.
This device must be used in strict accordance with the regulations and
constraints in the country of use. For further information, please contact local
office in the country of use.
Telecommunications notices
A-Tick notice
For safety reasons, only connect headsets with a telecommunications
compliance label. This includes customer equipment previously labelled
permitted or certified.
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If this equipment should fail to operate properly, disconnect the equipment
from the phone line to determine if it is causing the problem. If the problem is
with the equipment, discontinue use and contact your dealer or vendor.
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Appendix B Notices
Important safety instructions
Read these instructions carefully. Save them for future reference.
1
Follow all warnings and instructions marked on the product.
2
Unplug this product from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not use
liquid cleaners or aerosol cleaners. Use a damp cloth for cleaning.
3
Do not use this product near water.
4
Do not place this product on an unstable cart, stand, or table. The product
may fall, causing serious damage to the product.
5
Slots and openings are provided for ventilation; to ensure reliable
operation of the product and to protect it from overheating. These
openings must not be blocked or covered. The openings should never be
blocked by placing the product on a bed, sofa, rug, or other similar surface.
This product should never be placed near or over a radiator or heat
register, or in a built-in installation unless proper ventilation is provided.
6
This product should be operated from the type of power indicated on the
marking label. If you are not sure of the type of power available, consult
your dealer or local power company.
7
Do not allow anything to rest on the power cord. Do not locate this
product where persons will walk on the cord.
8
If an extension cord is used with this product, make sure that the total
ampere rating of the equipment plugged into the extension cord does not
exceed the extension cord ampere rating. Also, make sure that the total
rating of all products plugged into the wall outlet does not exceed the fuse
rating.
9
Never push objects of any kind into this product through cabinet slots as
they may touch dangerous voltage points or short out parts that could
result in a fire or electric shock. Never spill liquid of any kind on the
product.
10 Do not attempt to service this product yourself, as opening or removing
covers may expose you to dangerous voltage points or other risks. Refer all
servicing to qualified service personnel.
11 Unplug this product from the wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified
service personnel under the following conditions:
a
When the power cord or plug is damaged or frayed.
b
If liquid has been spilled into the product.
c
If the product has been exposed to rain or water.
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.
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If the product has been dropped or the case has been damaged.
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If the product exhibits a distinct change in performance, indicating a
need for service.
12 The TravelMate 6000 series uses the lithium battery, model SQ-1100 or
SQU-202. Replace the battery with the same type as the product's battery
we recommend. Use of another battery may present a risk of fire or
explosion.
13 Warning! Batteries may explode if not handled properly. Do not
disassemble or dispose of them in fire. Keep them away from children and
dispose of used batteries promptly.
14 Use only the proper type of power supply cord set (provided in your
accessories box) for this unit. It should be a detachable type: UL listed/CSA
certified, type SPT-2, rated 7A 125V minimum, VDE approved or its
equivalent. Maximum length is 15 feet (4.6 meters).
Laser compliance statement
The CD or DVD drive used with this computer is a laser product. The CD or DVD
drive's classification label (shown below) is located on the drive.
CLASS 1 LASER PRODUCT
CAUTION: INVISIBLE LASER RADIATION WHEN OPEN. AVOID EXPOSURE TO
BEAM.
APPAREIL A LASER DE CLASSE 1 PRODUIT
LASERATTENTION: RADIATION DU FAISCEAU LASER INVISIBLE EN CAS
D’OUVERTURE. EVITTER TOUTE EXPOSITION AUX RAYONS.
LUOKAN 1 LASERLAITE LASER KLASSE 1
VORSICHT: UNSICHTBARE LASERSTRAHLUNG, WENN ABDECKUNG GEÖFFNET
NICHT DEM STRAHLL AUSSETZEN
PRODUCTO LÁSER DE LA CLASE I
ADVERTENCIA: RADIACIÓN LÁSER INVISIBLE AL SER ABIERTO. EVITE
EXPONERSE A LOS RAYOS.
ADVARSEL: LASERSTRÅLING VEDÅBNING SE IKKE IND I STRÅLEN.
VARO! LAVATTAESSA OLET ALTTINA LASERSÅTEILYLLE.
VARNING: LASERSTRÅLNING NÅR DENNA DEL ÅR ÖPPNAD ÅLÅ TUIJOTA
SÅTEESEENSTIRRA EJ IN I STRÅLEN
VARNING: LASERSTRÅLNING NAR DENNA DEL ÅR ÖPPNADSTIRRA EJ IN I
STRÅLEN
ADVARSEL: LASERSTRÅLING NAR DEKSEL ÅPNESSTIRR IKKE INN I STRÅLEN
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Appendix B Notices
Lithium battery statement
The TravelMate 6000 series uses the lithium battery SQ-1100, SQU-202 (Main
Battery) and SQ-1100-A (Secondary Battery).
CAUTION
Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace only with the
same or equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer. Discard used
batteries according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
ADVARSEL!
Lithiumbatteri - Eksplosionsfare ved fejlagtig håndtering. Udskiftning må kun
ske med batteri af samme fabrikat og type. Léver det brugte batteri tilbage til
leverandøren.
ADVARSEL
Eksplosjonsfare ved feilaktig skifte av batteri. Benytt samme batteritype eller
en tilsvarende type anbefalt av apparatfabrikanten. Brukte batterier kasseres i
henhold til fabrikantens instruksjoner.
VARNING
Explosionsfara vid felaktigt batteribyte. Anvãnd samma batterityp eller en
ekvivalent typ som rekommenderas av apparattillverkaren. Kassera anvãnt
batteri enligt fabrikantens instruktion.
VAROITUS
Päristo voi räjähtää, jos se on virheellisesti asennettu. Vaihda paristo
ainoastaan laitevalmistajan suosittelemaan tyyppiin. Hävitä käytetty paristo
valmistajan ohjeiden mukaisesti.
VORSICHT!
Explosionsgefahr bei unsachgemäßen Austausch der Batterie Ersatz nur durch
denselben oder einem vom Hersteller empfohlenem ähnlichen Typ. Entsorgung
gebrauchter Batterien nach Angaben des Herstellers.
LCD pixel statement
The LCD unit is produced with high-precision manufacturing techniques.
Nevertheless, some pixels may occasionally misfire or appear as black or red
dots. This has no effect on the recorded image and does not constitute a
malfunction.
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This product incorporates copyright protection technology that is protected by
method claims of certain U.S. patents and other intellectual property rights
owned by Macrovision Corporation and other rights owners. Use of this
copyright protection technology must be authorized by Macrovision
Corporation, and is intended for home and other limited viewing uses only
unless otherwise authorized by Macrovision Corporation. Reverse engineering
or disassembly is prohibited.
Apparatus Claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 4,631,603, 4,577,216, 4,819,098, and
4,907,093 licensed for limited viewing uses only.
Note: Below regulatory information is for models with wireless
LAN and/or Bluetooth only.
Regulatory Notice
General
This product complies with the radio frequency and safety standards of any
country or region in which it has been approved for wireless use.
Depending on configurations, this product may or may not contain wireless
radio devices (such as wireless LAN and/or Bluetooth™ modules). Below
information is for products with such devices.
European Union (EU)
This device complies with the essential requirements of the European Council
Directives listed below:
73/23/EEC Low Voltage Directive
•
EN 60950
89/336/EEC Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Directive
•
•
•
EN 55022
EN 55024
EN 61000-3-2/-3
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Macrovision copyright protection notice
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Appendix B Notices
99/5/EC Radio & Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (R&TTE) Directive
•
•
•
•
Art.3.1a) EN 60950
Art.3.1b) EN 301 489 -1/-17
Art.3.2) EN 300 328-2
Art.3.2) EN 301 893
* applied to 5GHz only
* The applicable number varies according to the different Notified Body ID No.
applied to the wireless module installed in this product. These numbers are
subject to change without notice.
List of Applicable Countries
EU member states as of April 2003 are: Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece,
Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal,
Finland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Usage allowed in the countries of
European Union, as well as Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein.
This device must be used in strict accordance with the regulations and
constraints in the country of use. For further information, please contact local
office in the country of use.
Canada - Industry Canada (IC)
This device complies with RSS 210 of Industry Canada.
USA - Federal Communications Commission
(FCC)
This device complies with Part 15 of 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.
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The radiated output power of the wireless module is far below the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) radio frequency exposure limits.
Nevertheless, the wireless module shall be used in such a manner that the
potential for human contact during normal operation is minimized.
The transmitter and the antenna are permanently installed inside the
notebook, and are specific for this model (not for generic computer). For
compliance with FCC radiation exposure limits, it should be operated with a
separation distance of 20cm or more between the antenna and the body of
user, and the antenna should not be operated next to a nearby person.
FCC Caution: To assure continued compliance, any changes or modifications not
expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the
user's authority to operate this equipment.
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Caution: Exposure to Radio Frequency
Radiation
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Appendix B Notices
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English
Acer Incorporated
8F, 88, Sec. 1, Hsin Tai Wu Rd., Hsichih
Taipei Hsien 221, Taiwan, R.O.C.
Tel : 886-2-2696-1234
Fax : 886-2-2696-3535
www.acer.com
Declaration of Conformity for CE marking
We,
Acer Inc.
8F, 88, Sec. 1, Hsin Tai Wu Rd., Hsichih,
Taipei Hsien 221, Taiwan, R. O. C.
Contact Person: Mr. Easy Lai
Tel: 886-2-8691-3089 Fax: 886-2-8691-3000
E-mail: easy_lai@acer.com.tw
Hereby declare that:
Product:
Trade Name:
Model Number:
SKU Number:
Notebook PC
Acer
TravelMate 6000; ZI66
TravelMate 600xxx; (“x” = 0~9, a ~ z, A ~ Z, or blank)
Is in compliance with the essential requirements and other relevant provisions of the
following EC directives.
Reference No.
89/336/EEC
73/23/EEC
1999/5/EC
Title
Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC directive)
Low Voltage Directive (LVD)
Radio & Telecommunications Terminal Equipment Directive (R&TTE)
The product specified above was tested conforming to the applicable Rules under the most
accurate measurement standards possible, and that all the necessary steps have been taken
and are in force to assure that production units of the same product will continue comply with
the requirements.
--------------------------Easy Lai/ Director
Qualification Center
Product Assurance, Acer Inc.
2004/2/26
-----------------Date
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Index
connections
network 48
connectivity options
port expansion devices
A
AC adapter
caring for v
AcerMedia drive 26
audio 29
adjusting the volume
troubleshooting 62
52
D
29
B
battery pack
caring for v
BIOS utility 57
brightness
hotkeys 19
C
caps lock 15
on indicator 13
care
AC adapter v
battery pack v
computer iv
CD-ROM
ejecting 27
ejecting manually 63
troubleshooting 63
cleaning
computer v
computer
bringing to meetings 33
caring for iv
cleaning v
disconnecting 32
features 3, 11
indicators 13
keyboards 15
moving around 32
performance 11
security 37
setting up a home office 34
taking home 33
traveling internationally 35
traveling on local trips 35
troubleshooting 60
turning off iv
display
hotkeys 19
troubleshooting
DVD 27
DVD movies
playing 27
61,
62
E
error messages
Euro 20
66
F
FAQ. See frequently-asked questions
frequently-asked questions 61
front view 3
H
hard disk 26
help
online services
Hibernation mode
hotkey 18
hotkeys 18
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I
IEEE 1394 port 50
indicator lights 13
infrared 48
ITW. See warranty
K
keyboard 15
embedded numeric keypad
hotkeys 18
lock keys 15
troubleshooting 63
Windows keys 17
L
LEDs
13
M
memory
installing
54
16
90
upgrading
messages
error 66
modem 47
Index
53
N
network 48
Notebook Manager 56
hotkey 18
notice
DVD copyright protection
num lock 15
on indicator 13
numeric keypad
num lock 16
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O
online services 67
options
memory upgrade
53
P
password 43
types 43
PC Card 50
ejecting 51
inserting 51
ports 47
POST (power-on self-test) 57
printer
troubleshooting 63
problems 61
CD-ROM 63
display 61, 62
keyboard 63
printer 63
startup 61
troubleshooting 60
lithium battery 82
modem notices 78
scroll lock 15
security
keylock 37
passwords 43
smart card 37
service
when to call vi
SmartCard 37
PlatinumKey 38
PlatinumPAS 37
PlatinumSecure 37
PlatinumSecure options
speakers
hotkey 19
troubleshooting 62
specifications 70
Standby mode
hotkey 18
status indicators 13
storage 26
AcerMedia drive 26
hard disk 26
support
information 67
T
touchpad 24, 30
hotkey 19
using 24– 25, 30–??
travel
international flights 35
local trips 35
troubleshooting 60
tips 65
U
Q
universal serial bus
questions
setting location for modem use
64
V
S
safety
CD or DVD 81
FCC notice 77
general instructions
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view
left 4, 6
rear 8
right 7
volume
adjusting 29
49
40
91
W
warranty
International Traveler’s Warran-
ty
Windows keys
67
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