Acer 6231 Laptop User Manual

TravelMate
6292/6291/6231 Series
User's Guide
Copyright © 2007. Acer Incorporated.
All Rights Reserved.
TravelMate 6292/6291/6231 Series User's Guide
Original Issue: 04/2007
Changes may be made periodically to the information in this publication without obligation
to notify any person of such revisions or changes. Such changes will be incorporated in new
editions of this manual or supplementary documents and publications. This company makes
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hereof and specifically disclaims the implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a
particular purpose.
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without the prior written permission of Acer Incorporated.
TravelMate 6292/6291/6231 Series Notebook PC
Model number: __________________________________
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Date of purchase: ________________________________
Place of purchase: ________________________________
Acer and the Acer logo are registered trademarks of Acer Incorporated. Other companies'
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Information for your safety and
comfort
Safety instructions
Read these instructions carefully. Keep this document for future reference.
Follow all warnings and instructions marked on the product.
Turning the product off before cleaning
Unplug this product from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not use liquid
cleaners or aerosol cleaners. Use a damp cloth for cleaning.
CAUTION for plug as disconnecting device
Observe the following guidelines when connecting and disconnecting power to
the power supply unit:
Install the power supply unit before connecting the power cord to the AC
power outlet.
Unplug the power cord before removing the power supply unit from the
computer.
If the system has multiple sources of power, disconnect power from the system
by unplugging all power cords from the power supplies.
CAUTION for Accessibility
Be sure that the power outlet you plug the power cord into is easily accessible
and located as close to the equipment operator as possible. When you need to
disconnect power to the equipment, be sure to unplug the power cord from the
electrical outlet.
CAUTION for Dummy Card of PCMCIA & Express Slot
Your computer shipped with plastic dummies installed in the PCMCIA & Express
slot. Dummies protect unused slots from dust, metal object, or other particles.
Save the dummy for use when no PCMCIA or Express Card is installed in the slot.
CAUTION for Listening
To protect your hearing, follow these instructions.
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Increase the volume gradually until you can hear clearly and comfortably.
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Do not increase the volume level after your ears have adjusted.
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Do not listen to music at high volumes for extended periods.
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Do not increase the volume to block out noisy surroundings.
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Decrease the volume if you can't hear people speaking near you.
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Warnings
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Do not use this product near water.
Do not place this product on an unstable cart, stand or table. If the product
falls, it could be seriously damaged.
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.
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 onto or into
the product.
To avoid damage of internal components and to prevent battery leakage,
do not place the product on a vibrating surface.
Never use it under sporting, exercising, or any vibrating environment
which will probably cause unexpected short current or damage rotor
devices, HDD, Optical drive, and even exposure risk from lithium battery
pack.
Using electrical power
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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.
Do not allow anything to rest on the power cord. Do not locate this
product where people will walk on the cord.
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.
Do not overload a power outlet, strip or receptacle by plugging in too
many devices. The overall system load must not exceed 80% of the branch
circuit rating. If power strips are used, the load should not exceed 80% of
the power strip's input rating.
This product's AC adapter is equipped with a three-wire grounded plug.
The plug only fits in a grounded power outlet. Make sure the power outlet
is properly grounded before inserting the AC adapter plug. Do not insert
the plug into a non-grounded power outlet. Contact your electrician for
details.
Warning! The grounding pin is a safety feature. Using a power
outlet that is not properly grounded may result in electric shock
and/or injury.
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Note: The grounding pin also provides good protection from
unexpected noise produced by other nearby electrical devices that
may interfere with the performance of this product.
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Use the product only with the supplied power supply cord set. If you need
to replace the power cord set, make sure that the new power cord meets
the following requirements: detachable type, UL listed/CSA certified, type
SPT-2, rated 7 A 125 V minimum, VDE approved or its equivalent, 4.6
meters (15 feet) maximum length.
Product servicing
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.
Unplug this product from the wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified service
personnel when:
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the power cord or plug is damaged, cut or frayed
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liquid was spilled into the product
the product was exposed to rain or water
the product has been dropped or the case has been damaged
the product exhibits a distinct change in performance, indicating a need
for service
the product does not operate normally after following the operating
instructions
Note: 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.
Replacing the battery pack
The notebook uses lithium batteries. Replace the battery with the same type as
that which came bundled with your product. Use of another battery may
present a risk of fire or explosion.
Warning! Batteries may explode if not handled properly. Do not
disassemble or dispose of them in fire. Keep them away from
children. Follow local regulations when disposing of used
batteries.
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Telephone line safety
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Disconnect all telephone lines from the equipment when not in use and/or
before servicing.
To avoid the remote risk of electric shock from lightning, do not connect
the telephone line to this equipment during lightning or thunderstorms.
Warning! For safety reasons, do not use non-compliant parts
when adding or changing components. Consult your reseller for
purchase options.
Additional safety information
Your device and its enhancements may contain small parts. Keep them out of
the reach of small children.
Operating environment
Warning! For safety reasons, turn off all wireless or radio
transmitting devices when using your laptop under the following
conditions. These devices may include, but are not limited to:
wireless lan (WLAN), Bluetooth and/or 3G.
Remember to follow any special regulations in force in any area, and always
switch off your device when its use is prohibited or when it may cause
interference or danger. Use the device only in its normal operating positions.
This device meets RF exposure guidelines when used normally, and it and its
antenna are positioned at least 1.5 centimeters (5/8 inches) away from your
body (refer to the figure below). It should not contain metal and you should
position the device the above-stated distance from your body. To successfully
transmit data files or messages, this device requires a good quality connection
to the network. In some cases, transmission of data files or messages may be
delayed until such a connection is available. Ensure that the above separation
distance instructions are followed until the transmission is completed. Parts of
the device are magnetic. Metallic materials may be attracted to the device, and
persons with hearing aids should not hold the device to the ear with the
hearing aid. Do not place credit cards or other magnetic storage media near the
device, because information stored on them may be erased.
Medical devices
Operation of any radio transmitting equipment, including wireless phones, may
interfere with the functionality of inadequately protected medical devices.
Consult a physician or the manufacturer of the medical device to determine if
they are adequately shielded from external RF energy or if you have any
questions. Switch off your device in health care facilities when any regulations
posted in these areas instruct you to do so. Hospitals or health care facilities
may be using equipment that could be sensitive to external RF transmissions..
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Pacemakers. Pacemaker manufacturers recommend that a minimum separation
of 15.3 centimeters (6 inches) be maintained between wireless devices and a
pacemaker to avoid potential interference with the pacemaker. These
recommendations are consistent with the independent research by and
recommendations of Wireless Technology Research. Persons with pacemakers
should do the following:
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Always keep the device more than 15.3 centimeters (6 inches) from the
pacemaker
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Not carry the device near your pacemaker when the device is switched o. If
you suspect interference, switch off your device, and move it.
Hearing aids. Some digital wireless devices may interfere with some hearing
aids. If interference occurs, consult your service provider.
Vehicles
RF signals may affect improperly installed or inadequately shielded electronic
systems in motor vehicles such as electronic fuel injection systems, electronic
antiskid (antilock) braking systems, electronic speed control systems, and air bag
systems. For more information, check with the manufacturer, or its
representative, of your vehicle or any equipment that has been added. Only
qualified personnel should service the device, or install the device in a vehicle.
Faulty installation or service may be dangerous and may invalidate any
warranty that may apply to the device. Check regularly that all wireless
equipment in your vehicle is mounted and operating properly. Do not store or
carry flammable liquids, gases, or explosive materials in the same compartment
as the device, its parts, or enhancements. For vehicles equipped with an air bag,
remember that air bags inflate with great force. Do not place objects, including
installed or portable wireless equipment in the area over the air bag or in the
air bag deployment area. If in-vehicle wireless equipment is improperly
installed, and the air bag inflates, serious injury could result. Using your device
while flying in aircraft is prohibited. Switch off your device before boarding an
aircraft. The use of wireless teledevices in an aircraft may be dangerous to the
operation of the aircraft, disrupt the wireless telephone network, and may be
illegal.
Potentially explosive environments
Switch off your device when in any area with a potentially explosive
atmosphere and obey all signs and instructions. Potentially explosive
atmospheres include areas where you would normally be advised to turn off
your vehicle engine. Sparks in such areas could cause an explosion or fire
resulting in bodily injury or even death. Switch off the device at refueling points
such as near gas pumps at service stations. Observe restrictions on the use of
radio equipment in fuel depots, storage, and distribution areas; chemical plants;
or where blasting operations are in progress. Areas with a potentially explosive
atmosphere are often, but not always, clearly marked. They include below deck
on boats, chemical transfer or storage facilities, vehicles using liquefied
petroleum gas (such as propane or butane), and areas where the air contains
chemicals or particles such as grain, dust or metal powders.
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Emergency calls
Warning: You cannot make emergency calls through this device. To make an
emergency call you shall dial out through your mobile phone or other
telephone call system.
Disposal instructions
Do not throw this electronic device into the trash when discarding.
To minimize pollution and ensure utmost protection of the global environment,
please recycle. For more information on the Waste from Electrical and
Electronics Equipment (WEEE) regulations, visit
http://global.acer.com/about/sustainability.htm
Mercury advisory
For projectors or electronic products containing an LCD/CRT monitor or display:
Lamp(s) inside this product contain mercury and must be recycled or disposed of
according to local, state or federal laws. For more information, contact the
Electronic Industries Alliance at www.eiae.org. For lamp-specific disposal
information, check www.lamprecycle.org.
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ENERGY STAR is a government program (public/private partnership) that gives
people the power to protect the environment in a cost effective way and
without sacrificing quality or product features. Products that earn the ENERGY
STAR prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy efficiency
guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US
Department of Energy (DOE). In the average home, 75% of all electricity used
to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off.
ENERGY STAR qualified home electronic products in the off position use up to
50% less energy than conventional equipment. More information refers to
http://www.energystar.gov and http://www.energystar.gov/powermangement.
As an ENERGY STAR partner, Acer Inc. has determined that this product meets
the ENERGY STAR guidelines for energy efficiency.
This product has been shipped enabled for power management:
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Activate display’ Sleep mode within 15 minutes of user inactivity.
Activate computer’s Sleep mode within 30 minutes of user inactivity.
Wake the computer from Sleep mode by pushing power button.
More power management settings can be done through Acer ePower
Management.
Note: TravelMate 6231 is not complied with Energy star
requirement.
Tips and information for comfortable use
Computer users may complain of eyestrain and headaches after prolonged use.
Users are also at risk of physical injury after long hours of working in front of a
computer. Long work periods, bad posture, poor work habits, stress,
inadequate working conditions, personal health and other factors greatly
increase the risk of physical injury.
Incorrect computer usage may lead to carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis,
tenosynovitis or other musculoskeletal disorders. The following symptoms may
appear in the hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, neck or back:
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numbness, or a burning or tingling sensation
aching, soreness or tenderness
pain, swelling or throbbing
stiffness or tightness
coldness or weakness
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If you have these symptoms, or any other recurring or persistent discomfort
and/or pain related to computer use, consult a physician immediately and
inform your company's health and safety department.
The following section provides tips for more comfortable computer use.
Finding your comfort zone
Find your comfort zone by adjusting the viewing angle of the monitor, using a
footrest, or raising your sitting height to achieve maximum comfort. Observe
the following tips:
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refrain from staying too long in one fixed posture
avoid slouching forward and/or leaning backward
stand up and walk around regularly to remove the strain on your leg
muscles
take short rests to relax your neck and shoulders
avoid tensing your muscles or shrugging your shoulders
install the external display, keyboard and mouse properly and within
comfortable reach
if you view your monitor more than your documents, place the display at
the center of your desk to minimize neck strain
Taking care of your vision
Long viewing hours, wearing incorrect glasses or contact lenses, glare, excessive
room lighting, poorly focused screens, very small typefaces and low-contrast
displays could stress your eyes. The following sections provide suggestions on
how to reduce eyestrain.
Eyes
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Rest your eyes frequently.
Give your eyes regular breaks by looking away from the monitor and
focusing on a distant point.
Blink frequently to keep your eyes from drying out.
Display
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Keep your display clean.
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Keep your head at a higher level than the top edge of the display so your
eyes point downward when looking at the middle of the display.
Adjust the display brightness and/or contrast to a comfortable level for
enhanced text readability and graphics clarity.
Eliminate glare and reflections by:
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placing your display in such a way that the side faces the window or
any light source
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minimizing room light by using drapes, shades or blinds
using a task light
changing the display's viewing angle
using a glare-reduction filter
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using a display visor, such as a piece of cardboard extended from the
display's top front edge
Avoid adjusting your display to an awkward viewing angle.
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periods of time.
Developing good work habits
Develop the following work habits to make your computer use more relaxing
and productive:
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Take short breaks regularly and often.
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Perform some stretching exercises.
Breathe fresh air as often as possible.
Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy body.
Warning! We do not recommend using the computer on a couch
or bed. If this is unavoidable, work for only short periods, take
breaks regularly, and do some stretching exercises.
Note: For more information, please refer to "Regulations and
safety notices" on page 64 in the AcerSystem User's Guide.
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First things first
We would like to thank you for making an Acer notebook your choice for
meeting your mobile computing needs.
Your guides
To help you use your Acer notebook, we have designed a set of guides:
First off, the Just for Starters... poster helps you get started with
setting up your computer.
The printed User's Guide introduces you to the basic features and
functions of your new computer. For more on how your computer
can help you to be more productive, please refer to the
AcerSystem User's Guide. This guide contains detailed
information on such subjects as system utilities, data recovery,
expansion options and troubleshooting. In addition it contains
warranty information and the general regulations and safety
notices for your notebook. It is available in Portable Document
Format (PDF) and comes preloaded on your notebook. Follow
these steps to access it:
1 Click on
Start, All Programs, AcerSystem.
2 Click on AcerSystem User's Guide.
Note: Viewing the file requires Adobe Reader. If Adobe Reader is
not installed on your computer, clicking on AcerSystem User's
Guide will run the Adobe Reader setup program first. Follow the
instructions on the screen to complete the installation. For
instructions on how to use Adobe Reader, access the Help and
Support menu.
Basic care and tips for using your computer
Turning your computer on and off
To turn on the computer, simply press and release the power button below the
LCD screen beside the easy-launch buttons. See "Front view" on page 14 for the
location of the power button.
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To turn the power off, do any of the following:
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Use the Windows shutdown command
Click on Start
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then click on Shut Down.
Use the power button
You can also put the computer in sleep mode by pressing the sleep hotkey
<Fn> + <F4>.
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 0 ºC (32 ºF) or above
50 ºC (122 ºF).
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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 or vibration.
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Do not expose the computer to dust or dirt.
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Never place objects on top of 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 foot 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.
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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 possible.
Cleaning and servicing
When cleaning the computer, follow these steps:
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Turn off the computer and remove the battery pack.
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Disconnect the AC adapter.
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Use a soft, moist cloth. Do not use liquid or aerosol cleaners.
If either of the following occurs:
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the computer has been dropped or the body has been damaged;
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the computer does not operate normally
please refer to "Frequently asked questions" on page 40.
Safety instructions
Additional safety information
Operating environment
Medical devices
Vehicles
Potentially explosive environments
Emergency calls
Disposal instructions
Tips and information for comfortable use
First things first
Your guides
Basic care and tips for using your computer
Turning your computer on and off
Taking care of your computer
Taking care of your AC adapter
Taking care of your battery pack
Cleaning and servicing
Acer Empowering Technology
Empowering Technology password
Acer eNet Management
Acer ePower Management
Acer ePresentation Management
Acer eDataSecurity Management
Acer eLock Management
Acer eRecovery Management
Acer eSettings Management
Windows Mobility Center
Your Acer notebook tour
Closed front view
Left view
Right view
Rear view
Base view
Specifications
Indicators
Easy-launch buttons
Touchpad
Touchpad basics
Using the keyboard
Lock keys and embedded numeric keypad
Windows keys
Hotkeys
Special keys
Ejecting the optical (CD or DVD) drive tray
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Information for your safety and comfort
Acer InviLink Nplify wireless technology
Using a computer security lock
Audio
Adjusting the volume
Acer PureZone
Using the system utilities
Acer Bio-Protection (for selected models)
Acer GridVista (dual-display compatible)
Launch Manager
Norton Internet Security
Frequently asked questions
Requesting service
International Travelers Warranty (ITW)
Before you call
Battery pack
Battery pack characteristics
Maximizing the battery's life
Installing and removing the battery pack
Charging the battery
Checking the battery level
Optimising battery life
Battery-low warning
Taking your notebook PC with you
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Preparing the computer
What to bring to meetings
Taking the computer home
Preparing the computer
What to take with you
Special considerations
Setting up a home office
Traveling with the computer
Preparing the computer
What to take with you
Special considerations
Traveling internationally with the computer
Preparing the computer
What to bring with you
Special considerations
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Securing your computer
Using a computer security lock
Using passwords
Entering passwords
Setting passwords
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Expanding through options
Connectivity options
Fax/data modem
Built-in network feature
Fast Infrared (FIR)
Universal Serial Bus (USB)
IEEE 1394 port
PC Card slot
Installing memory
BIOS utility
Boot sequence
Enable disk-to-disk recovery
Password
Using software
Playing DVD movies
Acer eRecovery Management
Create backup
Burn backup disc
Restore and recovery
Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting tips
Error messages
Regulations and safety notices
FCC notice
Modem notices
Laser compliance statement
LCD pixel statement
Macrovision copyright protection notice
Radio device regulatory notice
General
European Union (EU)
The FCC RF safety requirement
Canada — Low-power license-exempt radio
communication devices (RSS-210)
LCD panel ergonomic specifications
Federal Communications Comission
Declaration of Conformity
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Empowering Technology
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Acer Empowering Technology
The Empowering Technology toolbar makes it easy for you to access frequently
used functions and manage your new Acer system. Displayed by default in the
upper half of your screen, it provides access to the following utilities:
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Acer eNet Management hooks up to location-based networks intelligently.
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Acer ePower Management optimizes battery usage via customizable
power plans.
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Acer ePresentation Management connects to a projector and adjusts
display settings.
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Acer eDataSecurity Management protects data with passwords and
encryption.
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Acer eLock Management limits access to external storage media.
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Acer eRecovery Management backs up and recovers data flexibly, reliably
and completely.
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Acer eSettings Management accesses system information and adjusts
settings easily.
For more information, right click on the Empowering Technology toolbar, then
select the "Help" or "Tutorial" function.
Empowering Technology password
Before using Acer eLock Management and Acer eRecovery Management, you
must initialize the Empowering Technology password. Right-click on the
Empowering Technology toolbar and select "Password Setup" to do so. If you
have not initialized the Empowering Technology password and run Acer eLock
Management or Acer eRecovery Management, you will be asked to create it.
Note: If you lose the Empowering Technology password, there is
no way to reset it except by reformatting your system. Make sure
to remember or write down your password!
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Acer eNet Management helps you quickly connect to both wired and wireless
networks in a variety of locations. To access this utility, select "Acer eNet
Management" from the Empowering Technology toolbar or run the program
from the Acer Empowering Technology program group in Start menu. You can
also set Acer eNet Management to start automatically when you boot up your
PC.
Acer eNet Management automatically detects the best settings for a new
location, while offering you the option to manually adjust the settings to match
your needs.
Empowering Technology
Acer eNet Management
Empowering Technology
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Acer eNet Management can save network settings for a location to a profile,
and automatically switch to the appropriate profile when you move from one
location to another. Settings stored include network connection settings (IP and
DNS settings, wireless AP details, etc.), as well as default printer settings.
Security and safety concerns mean that Acer eNet Management does not store
username and password information.
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Acer ePower Management features a straightforward user interface for
configuring your power management options. To access this utility, select "Acer
ePower Management" from the Empowering Technology toolbar, run the
program from the Acer Empowering Technology program group in Start menu,
or right-click the Windows power icon in the system tray and select "Acer
ePower Management".
Using power plans
Acer ePower Management comes with three predefined power plans: Balanced,
High performance and Power saver. You can also create customized power
plans. You can create, switch between, edit, delete and restore power plans, as
described below.
View and adjust settings for On Battery and Plugged In modes by clicking the
appropriate tabs. You can open Windows power options by clicking "More
Power Options".
Note: You cannot delete the predefined power plans.
To create a new power plan:
Creating customized power plans allows you to save and quickly switch to a
personalized set of power options.
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Click the Create Power Plan icon.
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Enter a name for your new power plan.
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Choose a predefined power plan to base your customized plan on.
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If necessary, change the display and sleep settings you want your computer
to use.
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Click "OK" to save your new power plan.
To switch between power plans:
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Select the power plan you wish to switch to from the drop-down list.
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Click "Apply".
To edit a power plan:
Editing a power plan allows you to adjust system settings like LCD brightness
and CPU speed. You can also turn on/off system components to extend battery
life.
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Switch to the power plan you wish to edit
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Adjust settings as required.
Empowering Technology
Acer ePower Management
Empowering Technology
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Click "Apply" to save your new settings.
To delete a power plan:
You cannot delete the power plan you are currently using. If you want to delete
the active power plan, switch to another one first.
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Select the power plan you wish to delete from the drop-down list.
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Click the Delete Power Plan icon.
Battery status
For real-time battery life estimates based on current usage, refer to the panel in
the upper half of the window. Click the
sleep and hibernate modes.
to view estimated battery life in
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Acer ePresentation Management lets you project your computer's display to an
external display device or projector using the hotkey: <Fn> + <F5>. If autodetection hardware is implemented in the system and the external display
supports it, your system display will be automatically switched out when an
external display is connected to the system. For projectors and external devices
that are not auto-detected, launch Acer ePresentation Management to choose
an appropriate display setting.
Note: If the restored resolution is not correct after disconnecting a
projector, or you need to use an external resolution that is not
supported by Acer ePresentation Management, adjust your
display settings using Display Properties or the utility provided by
the graphics vendor.
Empowering Technology
Acer ePresentation Management
Empowering Technology
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Acer eDataSecurity Management
Acer eDataSecurity Management is an encryption utility that protects your files
from being accessed by unauthorized persons. It is conveniently integrated with
Windows Explorer as a shell extension for quick data encryption/decryption and
also supports on-the-fly file encryption for Lotus Notes and Microsoft Outlook.
The Acer eDataSecurity Management setup wizard will prompt you for a
supervisor password and default encryption password. This password will be
used to encrypt files by default, or you can choose to enter your own password
when encrypting a file.
Note: The password used to encrypt a file is the unique key that
the system needs to decrypt it. If you lose the password, the
supervisor password is the only other key capable of decrypting
the file. If you lose both passwords, there will be no way to
decrypt your encrypted file! Be sure to safeguard all related
passwords!
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Empowering Technology
Acer eLock Management
Acer eLock Management is simple yet effective utility that allows you to lock
removable storage, optical and floppy drive devices to ensure that data can't be
stolen while your system is unattended.
•
Removable Storage Devices — includes USB disk drives, USB pen drives, USB
flash drives, USB MP3 drives, USB memory card readers, IEEE 1394 disk
drives, and any other removable storage devices that can be mounted as a
file system when plugged into the system.
•
Optical Drive Devices — includes any kind of CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, HD-DVD
or Blu-ray drive devices.
•
Floppy Drive Devices — 3.5-inch floppy drives only.
To use Acer eLock Management, the Empowering Technology password must
be set first. Once set, you can apply locks to any of the devices types. Lock(s) will
immediately be set without any reboot necessary, and will remain after
rebooting, until removed.
Note: If you lose the Empowering Technology password, there is
no method to reset it except by reformatting your system. Make
sure to remember or write down your password.
Empowering Technology
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Acer eRecovery Management is a versatile backup utility. It allows you to create
full or incremental backups, burn the factory default image to optical disc, and
restore from previously created backups or reinstall applications and drivers. By
default, user-created backups are stored to the D:\ drive.
Acer eRecovery Management provides you with:
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Password protection (Empowering Technology password)
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Full and incremental backups to hard disk or optical disc
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Creation of backups:
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Factory default image
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User backup image
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Current system configuration
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Application backup
Restore and recovery:
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Factory default image
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User backup image
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From previously-created CD/DVD
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Reinstall applications/drivers
Empowering Technology
Acer eRecovery Management
Empowering Technology
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For more information, please refer to "Acer eRecovery Management" on page
60 in the AcerSystem User's Guide.
Note: If your computer did not come with a Recovery CD or
System CD, please use Acer eRecovery Management's "System
backup to optical disc" feature to burn a backup image to CD or
DVD. To ensure the best results when recovering your system
using a CD or Acer eRecovery Management, detach all peripherals
(except the external Acer ODD, if your computer has one),
including your Acer ezDock.
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Acer eSettings Management allows you to inspect hardware specifications, set
BIOS passwords and modify boot options.
Acer eSettings Management also:
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Provides a simple graphical user interface for navigation.
•
Prints and saves hardware specifications.
•
Lets you set an asset tag for your system.
Empowering Technology
Acer eSettings Management
Empowering Technology
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Windows Mobility Center
The Windows Mobility Center collects key mobile-related system settings in one
easy-to-find place, so you can quickly configure your Acer system to fit the
situation as you change locations, networks or activities. Settings include display
brightness, power plan, volume, wireless networking on/off, external display
settings, display orientation and synchronization status.
Windows Mobility Center also includes Acer-specific settings like Bluetooth Add
Device (if applicable), sharing folders overview/sharing service on or off, and a
shortcut to the Acer user guide, drivers and utilities.
To launch Windows Mobility Center:
•
Use the shortcut key <
> + <X>
•
Start Windows Mobility Center from the Control panel
•
Start Windows Mobility Center from the Accessories program group in the
Start menu
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After setting up your computer as illustrated in the Just for Starters... poster,
let us show you around your new Acer notebook.
Front view
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Item
Description
1
Acer PureZone
Two internal stereo microphones for sound recording.
2
Acer Crystal
Eye
Web camera for video communication.
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Your Acer notebook tour
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Item
Description
3
Display screen
Also called Liquid-Crystal Display (LCD), displays
computer output.
4
Status
indicators
Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) that light up to show the
status of the computer's functions and components.
5
Power button
Turns the computer on and off.
6
Empowering
key
Launch Acer Empowering Technology
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Keyboard
For entering data into your computer.
8
Touchpad
Touch-sensitive pointing device which functions like a
computer mouse.
9
Click buttons
(left, center*
and right)
The left and right buttons function like the left and
right mouse buttons.
10
Status
indicators
Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) that light up to show the
status of the computer's functions and components.
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Palmrest
Comfortable support area for your hands when you use
the computer.
12
Easy-launch
buttons
Buttons for launching frequently used programs. See
"Easy-launch buttons" on page 25 for more details.
*The center button serves as Acer Bio-Protection
fingerprint reader supporting Acer FingerNav 4-way
control function (for selected models) or a 4-way scroll
button (for selected models).
Closed front view
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Icon
Item
Description
1
Speakers
Left and right speakers deliver stereo
audio output.
2
Infrared port
Interfaces with infrared devices (e.g.,
infrared printer and IR-aware computer).
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Icon
Item
Description
3
Line-in jack
Accepts audio line-in devices (e.g., audio
CD player, stereo walkman, mp3 player)
3
Microphone jack
Accepts inputs from external microphones.
3
Headphones/
Connects to audio line-out devices
speaker/line-out jack (e.g., speakers, headphones).
4
IEEE 1394 port
Connects to IEEE 1394 devices.
Left view
Icon
Item
Description
1
Ethernet (RJ-45)
port
Connects to an Ethernet 10/100/1000-based
network.
2
Ventilation slots
Enable the computer to stay cool, even after
prolonged use.
3
USB 2.0 port
Connects to USB 2.0 devices (e.g., USB
mouse, USB camera).
4
PC Card slot
Accepts one Type II PC Card.
5
PC Card slot eject
button
Ejects the PC Card from the slot.
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Right view
#
Icon
1
Item
Description
5-in-1 card reader Accepts Secure Digital (SD), MultiMediaCard
(MMC), Memory Stick (MS), Memory Stick
Pro (MS PRO), and xD-Picture Card.
Note: Only one card can operate at any
given time.
2
Optical drive
Internal optical drive; accepts CDs or DVDs
3
Optical disk
access indicator
Lights up when the optical drive is active.
4
Optical drive
eject button
Ejects the optical disk from the drive.
5
Emergency eject
hole
Ejects the optical drive tray when the
computer is turned off.
6
Two USB 2.0
ports
Connect to USB 2.0 devices (e.g., USB
mouse, USB camera).
7
Modem (RJ-11)
port
Connects to a phone line.
8
Kensington lock
slot
Connects to a Kensington-compatible
computer security lock.
Rear view
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1
Icon
Item
Description
External display
(VGA) port
Connects to a display device (e.g., external
monitor, LCD projector).
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Icon
Item
Description
2
S-Video/TV-out
(NTSC/PAL) port
Connects to a television or display device
with S-video input.
3
DC-in jack
Connects to an AC adapter.
Base view
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6
5
3
4
#
Item
Description
1
Battery bay
Houses the computer's battery pack.
2
Battery lock
Locks the battery in position.
3
Optical drive / weight
saver bay
Houses the optical drive / weight saver (secured
with screw) (for selected models)
4
Hard disk bay
Houses the computer’s hard disk (secured with
screws)
5
Memory compartment Houses the computer's main memory.
6
Acer ezDock II/II+
connector
Connects to Acer ezDock II/II+.
7
Battery release latch
Releases the battery to remove the battery pack.
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Specifications
Operating system
Platform
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Windows® Vista™ Business
Windows® Vista™ Home Premium
Windows® Vista™ Home Basic
Genuine Windows® XP Professional (Service Pack 2)
Intel® Centrino® Duo mobile processor technology, featuring : (for
selected models)
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Intel® Core™2 Duo Mobile Processor T7300/T7500/T7700 (4
MB L2 cache, 2/2.2/2.4 GHz, 800 MHz FSB), or T7100 (2 MB L2
cache, 1.8 GHz, 800 MHz FSB), or higher, supporting Intel® 64
architecture (for selected models)
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Intel® Core™2 Duo Mobile Processor T7200/T7400/T7600 (4
MB L2 cache, 2/2.16/2.33 GHz, 667 MHz FSB), T5500/T5600 (2
MB L2 cache, 1.66/1.83 GHz, 667 MHz FSB), or higher,
supporting Intel® 64 architecture (for selected models)
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Intel® Celeron® M processor 520/530 (1 MB L2 cache, 1.6/1.73
GHz, 533 MHz FSB) or higher, supporting Intel® 64
architecture (for selected models)
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Intel® Celeron® M processor 430/440 (1 MB L2 cache, 1.86
GHz, 533 MHz FSB) or higher (for selected models)
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Mobile Intel® GM965 Express Chipset (for selected models)
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Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN (dual-band quad-mode
802.11a/b/g/Draft-N) network connection, supporting Acer
SignalUp™ with InviLink™ Nplify™ wireless technology (for
selected models), or
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Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG (dual-band tri-mode 802.11a/b/
Mobile Intel® 945GM/943GML Express Chipset (for selected
models)
g), or Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945BG (dual-mode 802.11b/g) WiFi CERTIFIED® network connection, supporting Acer
SignalUp™ wireless technology (for selected models)
System memory
Up to 2 GB of DDR2 667 MHz memory, upgradeable to 4 GB using
two soDIMM modules (dual-channel support)
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12.1" WXGA Acer CrystalBrite™ TFT LCD, 1280 x 800 pixel
resolution, supporting simultaneous multi-window viewing
via Acer GridVista™
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12.1" WXGA TFT LCD, 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, supporting
simultaneous multi-window viewing via Acer GridVista™
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Mobile Intel® GM965 Express Chipset with integrated 3D
graphics, featuring Intel® Graphic Media Accelerator (GMA)
X3100 with up to 358 MB of Intel® Dynamic Video Memory
Technology 4.0 (8MB of dedicated system memory, up to 358
MB of shared system memory), supporting Microsoft®
DirectX® 9 and DirectX® 10 (for selected models) or
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Mobile Intel® 945GM/943GML Express Chipset with
integrated 3D graphics, featuring Intel® Graphics Media
Accelerator (GMA) 950 with up to 224 MB of shared system
memory, supporting Microsoft® DirectX® 9 and PCI Express®
(for selected models)
Storage subsystem
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Dual independent display support
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S-video/TV-out (NTSC/PAL) support
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Optical drive options:
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DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive
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DVD/CD-RW combo drive
5-in-1 card reader supporting Secure Digital (SD),
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16.7 million colors
MPEG-2/DVD hardware-assisted capability (acceleration)
WMV9 (VC-1) and H.264 (AVC) support (acceleration)
(for selected models)
80/120/160 GB or larger hard disk drive with Acer Disk AntiShock Protection (DASP) enhancement
MultiMediaCard (MMC), Memory Stick® (MS), Memory Stick
PRO™ (MS PRO), xD-Picture Card™ (xD)
Dimensions and
weight
Power subsystem
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306 (W) x 227 (D) x 27.5/34.5 (H) mm
(12.05 x 8.94 x 1.08/1.36 inches)
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1.99 kg (4.38 lbs.) with 6-cell battery
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79 W 7200 mAh Li-ion battery pack (9-cell)
1.8 kg (3.96 lbs.) with weight saver module
ACPI 3.0 CPU power management standard: supports
Standby and Hibernation power-saving modes
53 W 4800 mAh Li-ion battery pack (6-cell)
2.5-hour rapid charge system-off
3.5-hour charge-in-use
3-pin 65 W AC adapter
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Display and
graphics
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Input devices
Audio
Communication
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84-/85-key keyboard with inverted "T" cursor layout, 2.5mm
(minimum) key travel
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Seamless touchpad pointing device with Acer Bio-Protection
fingerprint reader supporting Acer FingerNav 4-way control
function (manufacturing option)
•
Seamless touchpad pointing device with 4-way scroll button
(manufacturing option)
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12 function keys, four cursor keys, two Windows® keys,
hotkey controls, embedded numeric keypad, international
language support
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Empowering key
Easy-launch buttons: WLAN, Bluetooth®, email, Internet,
user-progammable
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Intel® High Definition audio support
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MS-Sound compatible
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Two built-in Acer 3DSonic stereo speakers
Acer PureZone technology with two built-in stereo
microphones featuring beam forming, echo cancellation, and
noise suppression technologies
Acer Video Conference featuring:
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Integrated Acer Crystal Eye webcam supporting
enhanced Acer PrimaLite™ technology
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Acer PureZone technology
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Optional Acer Bluetooth® VoIP phone
WLAN:
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•
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Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN (dual-band quadmode 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N) network connection,
supporting Acer SignalUp™ with InviLink™ Nplify™
wireless technology (for selected models), or
Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG (dual-band tri-mode
802.11a/b/g), or Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945BG (dualmode 802.11b/g) Wi-Fi CERTIFIED® network connection,
supporting Acer SignalUp™ wireless technology (for
selected models)
Acer InviLink™ 802.11b/g Wi-Fi CERTIFIED® solution,
supporting Acer SingalUp™ wireless technology (for
selected models)
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WPAN: Bluetooth® 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
•
Modem: 56K ITU V.92 with PTT approval; Wake-on-Ring
ready
LAN: Gigabit Ethernet, supporting Altert Standard Format
(ASF); Wake-on-LAN ready
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Security
Software
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Acer ezDock II/II+ connector
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Acer Bio-Protection fingerprint reader, supporting Pre-boot
Authentication (PBA), computer protection, Acer
FingerLaunch and Acer FingerNav (manufacturing option)
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Kensington lock slot
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PC Card slot (one Type II)
5-in-1 card reader (MS/MS PRO/MMC/SD/xD)
Three USB 2.0 ports
IEEE 1394 port
Fast Infrared (FIR) port
External display (VGA) port
S-video/TV-out (NTSC/PAL) port
Headphones/speaker/line-out jack
Line-in jack
Microphone jack
Ethernet (RJ-45) port
Modem (RJ-11) port
DC-in jack for AC adapter
Acer Disk Anti-Shock Protection (DASP) enhancement HDD
protection technology
BIOS user, supervisor, and HDD passwords
Acer Empowering Technology (Acer eNet, ePower,
ePresentation, eDataSecurity, eLock, eRecovery, eSettings
Management)
Acer Bio-Protection (manufacturing option)
Acer Crystal Eye (for selected models)
Acer GridVista™
Acer Launch Manager
Acer PureZone
Acer Video Conference Manager (for selected models)
Adobe® Reader®
CyberLink® PowerDVD®
Microsoft® Office Reday 2007
Norton Internet Security
NTI CD-Maker™
Note: Software listed above is for reference only.
The exact configuration of your PC depends on the
model purchased.
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I/O interface
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Options and
accessories
Environment
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System
compliance
Warranty
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Acer ezDock II
Acer ezDock II+
Acer Bluetooth® VoIP phone featuring Acer Video
Conference Manager
512 MB / 1 GB/ 2 GB DDR2 667 MHz soDIMM modules
100/120/160 GB hard disk drive
6-cell 4800 mAh Li-ion battery pack
9-cell 7200 mAh Li-ion battery pack
DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive
Weight saver module
External USB floppy disk drive
3-pin 65 W AC adaptor
Temperature:
•
Operating: 5 °C to 35 °C
•
Non-operating: -20 °C to 65 °C
Humidity (non-condensing):
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Operating: 20% to 80%
•
Non-operating: 20% to 80%
Wi-Fi®
ACPI
Mobile PC 2002
DMI 2.0
One-year International Travelers Warranty (ITW)
Note: The specifications listed above are for reference only. The exact
configuration of your PC depends on the model purchased.
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The computer has serveral easy-to-read status indicators.
The front panel indicators are visible even when the computer cover is closed
up.
Icon
Function
Description
HDD
Indicates when the hard disk drive is active.
Num Lock
Lights up when Num Lock is activated.
Caps Lock
Lights up when Caps Lock is activated.
Power
Indicates the computer's power status.
Battery
Indicates the computer's battery status.
1. Charging: The battery light shows amber when the battery is
charging.
2. Fully charged: The battery light shows green when in AC mode.
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Easy-launch buttons
There are several conveniently located easy-launch buttons. They are: mail, Web
browser, Empowering Key <
> and one user-programmable button.
Press <
> to run the Acer Empowering Technology. Please see "Acer
Empowering Technology" on page 1. The mail and Web browser buttons are
pre-set to email and Internet programs, but can be reset by users. To set the
Web browser, mail and programmable buttons, run the Acer Launch Manager.
See "Launch Manager" on page 38.
Icon
P
Easy-launch button
Default application
Acer Empowering
Technology
Acer Empowering Technology (userprogrammable)
Wireless
communication
button/indicator
Press to enable/disable the wireless function.
Indicates the status of wireless LAN
communication (manufacturing option).
Bluetooth
communication
button/indicator
Press to enable/disable the Bluetooth
function. Indicates the status of Bluetooth
communication (manufacturing option).
Web browser
Internet browser (user-programmable)
Mail
Email application (user-programmable)
launch application
User-programmable
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The built-in touchpad is a pointing device that senses movement on its surface.
This means the cursor responds as you move your finger across the surface of
the touchpad. The central location on the palmrest provides optimum comfort
and support.
Touchpad basics
The following items show you how to use the touchpad:
•
Move your finger across the touchpad (2) to move the cursor.
•
Press the left (1) and right (4) buttons located beneath the touchpad to
perform selection and execution functions. These two buttons are similar
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to the left and right buttons on a mouse. Tapping on the touchpad is the
same as clicking the left button.
•
Use the 4-way scroll (3) button (for selected models) or Acer Bio-Protection
fingerprint reader (3) supporting Acer FingerNav 4-way control function
(for selected models) to scroll up or down and move left or right a page.
This button or fingerprint reader mimics your cursor pressing on the right
scroll bar of Windows applications.
Function
Left
button (1)
Right
Main touchpad (2)
button (4)
Execute
Quickly click
twice.
Tap twice (at the
same speed as
double-clicking a
mouse button).
Select
Click once.
Tap once.
Drag
Click and
hold, then
use finger
on the
touchpad to
drag the
cursor.
Tap twice (at the
same speed as
double-clicking a
mouse button); rest
your finger on the
touchpad on the
second tap and drag
the cursor.
Access
context
menu
Scroll
Center button (3)
Click once.
Swipe up/down/left/
right using Acer
FingerNav 4-way
control function (for
selected models) or
click and hold to
move up/down/left/
right (for selected
models).
Note: When using the touchpad, keep it — and your fingers — dry
and clean. The touchpad is sensitive to finger movement; hence,
the lighter the touch, the better the response. Tapping harder will
not increase the touchpad's responsiveness.
Note: By default, vertical and horizontal scrolling is enabled on
your touchpad. It can be disabled under Mouse settings in
Windows Control Panel.
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The keyboard has full-sized keys and an embedded numeric keypad, separate
cursor, lock, Windows, function and special keys.
Lock keys and embedded numeric keypad
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.
The embedded numeric keypad functions like a desktop numeric keypad. It is
indicated by small characters located on the upper right corner of the keycaps.
To simplify the keyboard legend, cursor-control key symbols are not printed on
the keys.
Desired access
Num Lock on
Num Lock off
Number keys on
embedded keypad
Type numbers in a normal
manner.
Cursor-control keys on
embedded keypad
Hold <Shift> while using cursorcontrol keys.
Hold <Fn> while using
cursor-control keys.
Main keyboard keys
Hold <Fn> while typing letters on
embedded keypad.
Type the letters in a
normal manner.
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Using the keyboard
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Windows keys
The keyboard has two keys that perform Windows-specific functions.
Key
Description
Windows key
Pressed alone, this key has the same effect as clicking on the
Windows Start button; it launches the Start menu.
It can also be used with other keys to provide a variety of
functions:
<
> : Open or close the Start menu
<
> + <D>: Display the desktop
<
> + <E>: Open Windows Explore
<
> + <F>: Search for a file or folder
<
> + <G>: Cycle through Sidebar gadgets
<
> + <L>: Lock your computer (if you are connected to a
network domain), or switch users (if you're not connected to a
network domain)
<
> + <M>: Minimizes all windows
<
> + <R>: Open the Run dialog box
<
> + <T>: Cycle through programs on the taskbar
<
> + <U>: Open Ease of Access Center
<
> + <X>: Open Windows Mobility Center
<
> + <BREAK>: Display the System Properties dialog box
<
> + <SHIFT+M>: Restore minimized windows to the
desktop
<
> + <TAB>: Cycle through programs on the taskbar by
using Windows Flip 3-D
<
> + <SPACEBAR>: Bring all gadgets to the front and select
Windows Sidebar
<CTRL> + <
network)
> + <F>: Search for computers (if you are on a
<CTRL> + <
> + <TAB>: Use the arrow keys to cycle through
programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D
Note: Depending on your edition of Windows
Vista, some shortcuts may not function as
described.
Application
key
This key has the same effect as clicking the right mouse button;
it opens the application's context menu.
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The computer employs hotkeys or key combinations to access most of the
computer's controls like screen brightness, volume output and the BIOS utility.
To activate hotkeys, press and hold the <Fn> key before pressing the other key
in the hotkey combination.
Function
Description
<Fn> + <F1>
Hotkey
Icon
Hotkey help
Displays help on hotkeys.
<Fn> + <F2>
Acer eSettings
Launches Acer eSettings in Acer
Empowering Technology. See
"Acer Empowering
Technology" on page 1.
<Fn> + <F3>
Acer ePower
Management
Launches Acer ePower
Management in Acer
Empowering Technology. See
"Acer Empowering
Technology" on page 1.
<Fn> + <F4>
Sleep
Puts the computer in Sleep
mode.
<Fn> + <F5>
Display toggle
Switches display output
between the display screen,
external monitor (if connected)
and both.
<Fn> + <F6>
Screen blank
Turns the display screen
backlight off to save power.
Press any key to return.
<Fn> + <F7>
Touchpad toggle
Turns the internal touchpad on
and off.
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Hotkey
Function
Description
<Fn> + <F8>
Icon
Speaker toggle
Turns the speakers on and off.
<Fn> + <↑>
Volume up
Increases the sound volume.
<Fn> + <↓>
Volume down
Decreases the sound volume.
<Fn> + <→>
Brightness up
Increases the screen brightness.
<Fn> + <←>
Brightness down
Decreases the screen brightness.
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You can locate the Euro symbol and the US dollar sign at the upper-center
and/or bottom-right of your keyboard.
The Euro symbol
1
Open a text editor or word processor.
2
Hold <Alt Gr> and then press the <5> key at the upper-center of the
keyboard.
Note: Some fonts and software do not support the Euro symbol.
Please refer to www.microsoft.com/typography/faq/faq12.htm for
more information.
The US dollar sign
1
Open a text editor or word processor.
2
Hold <Shift> and then press the <4> key at the upper-center of the
keyboard.
Note: This function varies according to the language settings.
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Special keys
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Ejecting the optical (CD or DVD)
drive tray
Press the drive eject button to eject the optical drive tray when the computer
is on.
Insert a paper clip to the emergency eject hole to eject the optical drive tray
when the computer is off.
Acer InviLink Nplify wireless technology
Acer InviLink Nplify wireless technology uses multiple radios to create a robust
signal and deliver advanced wireless networking performance in addition to allin-one compatibility.Nplify supports Acer SignalUp technology and 802.11a/b/g
(dual-band tri-mode) access points.To enjoy Nplify performance, please refer to
the Access Point user manual to optimize your wireless channel settings.
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The notebook comes with a Kensington-compatible security slot for a security
lock.
Wrap the computer security lock cable around an immovable object such as a
table or handle of a locked drawer. Insert the lock into the notch and turn the
key to secure the lock. Some keyless models are also available.
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Audio
The system provides you whole new enthusiastic audio experience including
Acer PureZone with two built-in stereo microphones featuring beam forming
and echo cancellation technologies. The computer also comes with 32-bit Intel
High Definition (HD) Audio, and dual stereo speakers.
Adjusting the volume
Adjusting the volume on the computer is as easy as pressing some buttons. See
"Hotkeys" on page 30 for more information on adjusting the speaker volume.
Acer PureZone
Acer PureZone technology supports Acoustic Echo Cancellation, Beam Forming
and Noise Suppression for pure sound recording.
To set up your microphone, run the Realtek HD Audio Manager by doubleclicking the Realtek HD Audio Manager icon in the system tray of your Windows
system. The Realtek HD Audio Manager dialog box will pop up.
Click the Microphone tab, and then click the Microphone Effects tab. Select
Beam Forming and Acoustic Echo Canellation to set the microphone effect.
Note: Disable the beam forming to get the multi-sound source
input.
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Acer Bio-Protection (for selected models)
Acer Bio-Protection Fingerprint Solution is a multi-purpose fingerprint software
package integrated with the Microsoft® Windows® operating system. Utilizing
the uniqueness of one's fingerprint features, Acer Bio-Protection Fingerprint
Solution has incorporated protection against unauthorized access to your
computer with Pre-Boot Authentication (PBA), centralized password
management with Password Bank, and fast application/website launching and
login with Acer FingerLaunch.
Acer Bio-Protection Fingerprint Solution also allows you to navigate through
web browsers and documents using Acer FingerNav. With Acer Bio-Protection
Fingerprint Solution, you can now enjoy an extra layer of protection for your
personal computer, as well as the convenience of accessing your daily tasks with
a simple swipe of your finger!
For more information refer to the Acer Bio-Protection help files.
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Acer GridVista (dual-display compatible)
Note: This feature is only available on certain models.
To enable the dual display feature of your notebook, first ensure that a second
display is connected, then, open the Display Settings properties box using the
Control Panel or by right-clicking the Windows desktop and selecting
Personalize. Select the secondary monitor (2) icon in the display box and then
click the check box Extend the desktop onto this monitor. Finally, click Apply to
confirm the new settings and click OK to complete the process.
Acer GridVista is a handy utility that offers four pre-defined display settings so
you can view multiple windows on the same screen. To access this function,
please go to Start, All Programs and click on Acer GridVista. You may choose
any one of the four display settings indicated below:
1
2
1
2
1
3
2
3
1
3
2
4
Double (vertical), Triple (primary at left), Triple (primary at right), or Quad
Acer Gridvista is dual-display compatible, allowing two displays to be
partitioned independently.
Acer GridVista is simple to set up:
1
2
Run Acer GridVista and select your preferred screen configuration for each
display from the taskbar.
Drag and drop each window into the appropriate grid.
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Enjoy the convenience of a well-organized desktop.
Note: Please ensure that the resolution setting of your second
monitor is set to the manufacturer's recommended value.
Launch Manager
Launch Manager allows you to set the four easy-launch buttons located above
the keyboard. "Easy-launch buttons" on page 25 for the location of the easylaunch buttons.
You can access the Launch Manager by clicking on Start, All Programs, and then
Launch Manager to start the application.
Norton Internet Security
Norton Internet Security is an anti-virus utility that can protect against viruses,
keeping your data safe and secure.
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How do I check for viruses?
1
Double-click the Norton Internet Security icon on the Windows desktop.
2
Select Tasks & Scans.
3
Select Run Scan to scan your system.
4
When the scan is complete, review the results of the scan.
Note: For optimal security, run a Full System Scan when scanning
your computer for the first time.
You can schedule customized virus scans that run unattended on specific dates
and times or at periodic intervals. If you are using the computer when the
scheduled scan begins, it runs in the background so that you do not have to
stop working.
For more information refer to the Norton Internet Security help files.
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The following is a list of possible situations that may arise during the use of
your computer. Easy solutions are provided for each one.
I turned on the power, 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 supplied to the computer. Check the
following:
•
If you are using on the battery, 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 properly plugged into the computer
and to the power outlet.
If it is lit, check the following:
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Is a non-bootable (non-system) disk in the external USB floppy drive?
Remove or replace it with a system disk and press <Ctrl> + <Alt> +
<Del> to restart the system.
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, three things might be
the cause:
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The brightness level might be too low. Press <Fn> + <→> (increase) to
adjust the brightness level.
•
The display device might be set to an external monitor. Press the display
toggle hotkey <Fn> + <F5> to toggle the display back to the computer.
•
If the Sleep indicator is lit, the computer is in Sleep mode. Press and release
the power button to resume.
Image is not full-screen.
Each computer display has a different native resolution depending on the
screen. If you set the resolution lower than this native resoution, 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.
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No audio is heard from the computer.
Check the following:
•
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 all option.
•
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 "Hotkeys" on page 30 for more detail.
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If headphones, earphones or external speakers are connected to the lineout port on the computer, the internal speakers automatically turn off.
I want to eject the optical drive tray without turning on the
power.
There is a mechanical eject hole on the optical drive. Simply insert the tip of a
pen or paperclip into the hole and push to eject the tray. (If your computer's
optical drive is a slot-load model, it will not have an eject hole.)
The keyboard does not respond.
Try attaching an external keyboard to a USB port on 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:
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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 computer's
parallel port or a USB port and the corresponding port on the printer.
I want to set up my location to use the internal modem.
To properly use your communication software (e.g. HyperTerminal), you need
to set up your location:
1
Click on Start, Settings, Control Panel.
2
Double-click on Phone and Modem Options.
3
Click on Dialing Rules and begin setting up your location.
Refer to the Windows manual.
Note: Please note, on first booting your notebook, that you can
skip the Internet Connection setup, as it is not necessary to
complete the installation of your Operating System. After the
Operating System is set up, you can proceed with the Internet
Connection setup.
I want to restore my computer to its original settings without
recovery CDs.
Note: If your system is the multilingual version, the operating
system and language you choose when you first turn on the
system will be the only option for future recovery operations.
This recovery process helps you restore the C: drive with the original software
content that is installed when you purchase your notebook. Follow the steps
below to rebuild your C: drive. (Your C: drive will be reformatted and all data
will be erased.) It is important to back up all data files before using this option.
Before performing a restore operation, please check the BIOS settings.
1
Check to see if Acer disk-to-disk recovery is enabled or not.
2
Make sure the D2D Recovery setting in Main is Enabled.
3
Exit the BIOS utility and save changes. The system will reboot.
Note: To activate the BIOS utility, press <F2> during POST.
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To start the recovery process:
1
Restart the system.
2
While the Acer logo is showing, press <Alt> + <F10> at the same time to
enter the recovery process.
3
Refer to the onscreen instructions to perform system recovery.
Important! This feature occupies 10 GB in a hidden partition on
your hard disk.
Requesting service
International Travelers Warranty (ITW)
Your computer is backed by an International Travelers 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-of-purchase in the flap
located inside the front cover of the ITW passport.
If the country you are traveling in does not have an Acer-authorized ITW service
site, you can still get in contact with our offices worldwide. Please consult
http://global.acer.com.
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).
You are required to provide the following information:
Name: _____________________________________________
Address: ___________________________________________
Telephone number: _________________________________
Machine and model type: ____________________________
Serial number: ______________________________________
Date of purchase: ___________________________________
The computer uses a battery pack that gives you long use between
charges.
Battery pack characteristics
The battery pack has the following characteristics:
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Employs current battery technology standards.
•
Delivers a battery-low warning.
The battery is recharged whenever you connect the computer to the
AC adapter. Your computer supports charge-in-use, enabling you to
recharge the battery while you continue to operate the computer.
However, recharging with the computer turned off results in a
significantly faster charge time.
The battery will come in handy when you travel or during a power
failure. It is advisable to have an extra fully charged battery pack
available as backup. Contact your dealer for details on ordering a spare
battery pack.
Maximizing the battery's life
Like all other batteries, your computer's battery will degrade over
time. This means that the battery's performance will diminish with
time and use. To maximize your battery's life, you are advised to
adhere to the recommendations set out below.
Conditioning a new battery pack
Before you use a battery pack for the first time, there is a
"conditioning" process that you should follow:
1
Insert the new battery without turning the computer on.
2
Connect the AC adapter and fully charge the battery.
3
Disconnect the AC adapter.
4
Turn on the computer and operate using battery power.
5
Fully deplete the battery until the battery-low warning appears.
6
Reconnect the AC adapter and fully charge the battery again.
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Follow these steps again until the battery has been charged and
discharged three times.
Use this conditioning process for all new batteries, or if a battery hasn't
been used for a long time. If the computer is to be stored for more
than two weeks, you are advised to remove the battery pack from the
unit.
Warning: Do not expose battery packs to temperatures below 0°C
(32°F) or above 45°C (113°F). Extreme temperatures may adversely
affect the battery pack.
By following the battery conditioning process you condition your
battery to accept the maximum possible charge. Failure to follow this
procedure will prevent you from obtaining the maximum battery
charge, and will also shorten the effective lifespan of the battery.
In addition, the useful lifespan of the battery is adversely affected by
the following usage patterns:
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Using the computer on constant AC power with the battery
inserted. If you want to use constant AC power, you are advised to
remove the battery pack after it is fully charged.
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Not discharging and recharging the battery to its extremes, as
described above.
•
Frequent use; the more you use the battery, the faster it will reach
the end of its effective life. A standard computer battery has a life
span of about 300 charges.
Installing and removing the battery pack
Important! Before removing the battery from the unit, connect
the AC adapter if you want to continue using your computer.
Otherwise, turn off the computer first.
To install a battery pack:
1
Align the battery with the open battery bay; make sure that the
end with the contacts will enter first, and that the top surface of
the battery is facing up.
2
Slide the battery into the battery bay and gently push until the
battery locks in place.
1
Slide the battery release latch to release the battery.
2
Pull the battery from the battery bay.
Charging the battery
To charge the battery, first make sure that it is correctly installed in the
battery bay. Plug the AC adapter into the computer, and connect to a
mains power outlet. You can continue to operate your computer on AC
power while your battery is charging. However, charging the battery
with the computer turned off results in a significantly faster charge
time.
Note: You are advised to charge the battery before retiring for
the day. Charging the battery overnight before traveling enables
you to start the next day with a fully charged battery.
Checking the battery level
The Windows power meter indicates the current battery level. Rest the
cursor over the battery/power icon on the taskbar to see the battery's
present charge level.
Optimising battery life
Optimizing battery life helps you get the most out of battery
operation, prolonging the charge/recharge cycle and improving
recharging efficiency. You are advised to follow the suggestions set
out below:
•
Purchase an extra battery pack.
•
Use AC power whenever possible, reserving battery for on-the-go
use.
•
Eject a PC Card if it is not being used, as it will continue to draw
power (for selected model).
•
Store the battery pack in a cool, dry place. The recommended
temperature is 10°C to 30°C. Higher temperatures cause the
battery to self-discharge faster.
•
Excessive recharging decreases the battery life.
•
Look after your AC adapter and battery.
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Battery-low warning
When using battery power pay attention to the Windows power
meter.
Warning: Connect the AC adapter as soon as possible after the
battery-low warning appears. Data will be lost if the battery to
become fully depleted and the computer shuts down.
When the battery-low warning appears, the recommended course of
action depends on your situation:
Situation
Recommended Action
The AC adapter
and a power
outlet are
available.
1. Plug the AC adapter into the computer, and then
connect to the mains power supply.
An extra fully
charged battery
pack is available.
1. Save all necessary files.
2. Save all necessary files.
3. Resume work.
Turn off the computer if you want to recharge the
battery rapidly.
2. Close all applications.
3. Shut down the operating system to turn off the
computer.
4. Replace the battery pack.
5. Turn on the computer and resume work.
The AC adapter or
a power outlet is
unavailable. You
have no spare
battery pack.
1. Save all necessary files.
2. Close all applications.
3. Shut down the operating system to turn off the
computer.
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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 any open files.
2
Remove any media, floppy disks or compact disks 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
press 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:
Click on Start, Turn Off Computer, then click on Turn Off (Windows XP).
Or:
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 press and release the power button.
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Note: If the Sleep indicator is off, the computer has entered
Hibernation mode and is turned off. If the power indicator is off
but the Sleep indicator is on, the computer has entered Sleep
mode. In both cases, press and release the power button to turn
the computer back on. Note that the computer may enter
Hibernation mode after being in Sleep mode for a period of time.
What to bring to meetings
If your meeting is relatively short, you probably do not need to bring anything
with you other than your computer. If your meeting will be longer, 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 <Fn> + <F4> or close the
display cover whenever you are not actively using the computer. To resume,
open the display (if closed), then press 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:
•
Check that you have removed all media and compact disks from the
drive(s). Failure to remove the media can damage the drive head.
•
Pack the computer in a protective case that can prevent the computer from
sliding around and cushion it if it should fall.
Caution: Avoid packing items next to the top cover of the
computer. Pressure against the top cover can damage the screen.
What to take with you
Unless you have some items at home, take the following items with you:
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AC adapter and power cord
•
The printed User's Guide
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Follow these guidelines to protect your computer while traveling to and
from work:
•
Minimize the effects of temperature changes by keeping the computer
with you.
•
If you need to stop for an extended period of time and cannot carry 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 10 °C (18 °F), 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
carrying the extra weight to and from home.
If you use your computer at home for significant periods of time, you might also
want to add an external keyboard, monitor or mouse.
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 carrying it into the gate area.
What to take with you
Take the following items with you:
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AC adapter
•
Spare, fully-charged battery pack(s)
•
Additional printer driver files if you plan to use another printer
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Special considerations
In addition to the guidelines for taking the computer home, follow these
guidelines to protect your computer while traveling:
•
Always take the computer as carry-on luggage.
•
If possible, have the computer inspected by hand. Airport security X-ray
machines are safe, but do not put the computer through a metal detector.
•
Avoid exposing floppy disks to hand-held metal detectors.
Traveling internationally with the computer
When you are moving from country to country.
Preparing the computer
Prepare the computer as you would normally prepare it for traveling.
What to bring with you
Bring the following items with you:
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AC adapter
•
Power cords that are appropriate for the country to which you
are traveling
•
Spare, fully-charged battery packs
•
Additional printer driver files if you plan to use another printer
•
Proof of purchase, in case you need to show it to customs officials
•
International Travelers 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
and passwords.
Using a computer security lock
A security keylock notch, located on the chassis 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 handle of a locked drawer. Insert the lock into the notch and turn the
key to secure the lock. Some keyless models are also available.
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 enter this password to gain access to the BIOS utility.
See "BIOS utility" on page 58.
•
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.
Important! Do not forget your Supervisor Password! If you forget
your password, please get in touch with your dealer or an
authorized service center.
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Entering passwords
When a password is set, a password prompt appears in the center 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 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>.
Important! You have three chances to enter a password. If you fail
to enter the password correctly after three tries, the system halts.
Press and hold the power button for four seconds to shut down
the computer. Then turn on the computer again, and try again.
Setting passwords
You can set passwords using the BIOS utility.
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Your notebook PC 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, read the following section.
Fax/data modem
Your computer has a built-in V.92 56 Kbps 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 make sure that the cable you use is appropriate
for the country in which you are working.
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Built-in network feature
The built-in network feature allows you to connect your computer to an
Ethernet-based network.
To use the network feature, connect an Ethernet cable from the Ethernet
(RJ-45) port on the chassis of the computer to a network jack or hub on
your network.
Fast Infrared (FIR)
The computer's Fast Infrared (FIR) port allows you to do wireless data transfer
with other IR-aware computers and peripherals such as PDAs, mobile phones,
and infrared printers. The infrared port can transfer data at speeds of up to 4
Mbps at a distance of up to one meter.
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The USB 2.0 port is a high-speed serial bus which allows you to connect USB
peripherals without taking up precious system resources.
IEEE 1394 port
The computer's IEEE 1394 port allows you to connect to an IEEE 1394compatible device like a video camera or digital camera. See your video or
digital camera's documentation for details.
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PC Card slot
The Type II PC Card slot of the computer accepts PC 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, 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.
Inserting a PC Card
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; then press it again
to eject the card.
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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; then lift up and remove the
memory cover.
3
(a) Insert the memory module diagonally into the slot, then (b) gently press
it down 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.
Please consult a qualified technician or contact your local Acer dealer.
BIOS utility
The BIOS utility is a hardware configuration program built into your
computer's BIOS.
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; while the notebook PC
logo is being displayed.
Boot sequence
To set the boot sequence in the BIOS utility, activate the BIOS utility, then select
Boot from the categories listed at the top of the screen.
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Enable disk-to-disk recovery
To enable disk-to-disk recovery (hard disk recovery), activate the BIOS utility,
then select Main from the categories listed at the top of the screen. Find D2D
Recovery at the bottom of the screen and use the <F5> and <F6> keys to set this
value to Enabled.
Password
To set a password on boot, activate the BIOS utility, then select Security from
the categories listed at the top of the screen. Find Password on boot: and use
the <F5> and <F6> keys to enable this feature.
Using software
Playing DVD movies
When the DVD drive module is installed in the optical drive bay, you can play
DVD movies on your computer.
1
Eject the DVD tray and insert a DVD movie disk; then close the DVD tray.
Important! When you launch the DVD player for the first time, the
program asks you to enter the region code. DVD disks are divided
into 6 regions. Once your DVD drive is set to a region code, it will
play DVD disks 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.
2
The DVD movie will automatically play after a few seconds.
Region code
Country or region
1
USA, Canada
2
Europe, Middle East, South Africa, Japan
3
Southeast Asia, Taiwan, South Korea
4
Latin America, Australia, New Zealand
5
Former USSR, parts of Africa, India
6
People's Republic of China
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Acer eRecovery Management
Acer eRecovery Management is a tool to quickly backup and restore the system.
You can create and save a backup of the current system configuration to hard
disk, CD or DVD. You can also backup/restore the factory default image, and
reinstall applications and drivers.
Acer eRecovery Management consists of the following functions:
1
Create backup
2
Burn backup disc
3
Restore and recovery
This chapter will guide you through each process.
Note: This feature is only available on certain models. For systems
that do not have a built-in optical disc burner, plug in an external
optical disc burner before entering Acer eRecovery Management
for optical disc-related tasks.
When using Acer eRecovery Management, you may be prompted to enter the
Empowering Technology password to proceed. The Empowering Technology
password is set using the Empowering Technology toolbar or when first running
Acer eLock Management or Acer eRecovery Management.
Create backup
You can easily create full and fast (incremental) backup images of your system
configuration to hard disk from the main Acer eRecovery Management screen.
Note: Fast (incremental) Backup is only available after a Full
Backup is made.
1
Press <Alt> + <F10> or select Acer eRecovery Management from the
Empowering Technology toolbar to start Acer eRecovery Management.
2
In the Acer eRecovery Management window, select the type of backup you
want to create using Full or Fast.
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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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Follow the instructions on screen to complete the process.
Burn backup disc
Using the Burn Disc page of Acer eRecovery Management, you can burn the
factory default image, a user backup image, the current system configuration,
or an application backup image to CD or DVD.
1
Press <Alt> + <F10> or select Acer eRecovery Management from the
Empowering Technology toolbar to start Acer eRecovery Management.
2
Switch to the Burn Disc page by selecting the Burn Disc button.
3
Select the type of backup (factory default, user, current system,
application) you would like to burn to disc. Choosing to burn a user backup
will burn your most recently created backup image to disc.
4
Follow the instructions on screen to complete the process.
Note: Create a factory default image when you want to burn a
bootable disc that contains your computer's entire operating
system as it was delivered to you from the factory. If you wish to
have a disc that will allow you to browse the contents and install
selected drivers and applications, create an application backup
image instead — this disc will not be bootable.
Restore and recovery
The restore and recovery features allow you to restore or recover the system
from a factory default image, from a user created image, or from previously
created CD and DVD backups. You can also reinstall applications and drivers for
your Acer system.
1
Press <Alt> + <F10> or select Acer eRecovery Management from the
Empowering Technology toolbar to start Acer eRecovery Management.
2
Switch to the restore and recovery page by selecting the Restore button.
3
Select the backup point you would like to restore from. You can also
choose to recover the system from a factory default image, recover from a
previously created CD/DVD or reinstall applications and drivers.
4
Follow the instructions on screen to complete the process.
This chapter shows you 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 yourself; contact your dealer or authorized service center
for assistance.
Troubleshooting tips
This notebook PC 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" below. If the problem cannot be resolved, contact your dealer. See
"Requesting service" on page 43.
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) disk into the floppy drive
(A:), then press <Enter> to reboot.
Equipment
configuration error
Press <F2> (during POST) to enter the BIOS utility,
then press Exit in the BIOS utility to reboot.
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 Exit in the BIOS utility to reboot.
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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.
FCC notice
This device has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B
digital device pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC rules. These limits are designed to
provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential
installation. This device generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy
and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause
harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular
installation. If this device does cause harmful interference to radio or television
reception, which can be determined by turning the device off and on, the
user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the
following measures:
•
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
•
Increase the separation between the device and receiver.
•
Connect the device into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which
the receiver is connected.
•
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/television technician for help.
Notice: Shielded cables
All connections to other computing devices must be made using shielded cables
to maintain compliance with FCC regulations.
Notice: Peripheral devices
Only peripherals (input/output devices, terminals, printers, etc.) certified to
comply with the Class B limits may be attached to this equipment. Operation
with non-certified peripherals is likely to result in interference to radio and TV
reception.
Caution
Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer could
void the user's authority, which is granted by the Federal Communications
Commission, to operate this computer.
Operation conditions
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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and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference
that may cause undesired operation.
Notice: Canadian users
This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
Remarque à l'intention des utilisateurs canadiens
Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est conforme a la norme NMB-003 du
Canada.
Declaration of Conformity for EU countries
Hereby, Acer, declares that this notebook PC 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/index.htm for
complete documents.)
Compliant with Russian regulatory certification
Modem notices
Notice for USA
This equipment complies with Part 68 of the FCC rules. Located on 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.
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.
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.
List of applicable countries
EU member states as of May 2004 are: Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece,
Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal,
Finland, Sweden, United Kingdom Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Hungary,
Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Cyprus and Malta. 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.
Notice for Australia
For safety reasons, only connect headsets with a telecommunications
compliance label. This includes customer equipment previously labelled
permitted or certified.
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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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Notice for New Zealand
1
The grant of a Telepermit for any item of terminal equipment indicates
only that Telecom has accepted that the item complies with minimum
conditions for connection to its network. It indicates no endorsement of
the product by Telecom, nor does it provide any sort of warranty. Above
all, it provides no assurance that any item will work correctly in all respects
with another item of Telepermitted equipment of a different make or
model, nor does it imply that any product is compatible with all of
Telecom's network services.
2
This equipment is not capable, under all operating conditions, of correct
operation at the higher speeds for which it is designed. Telecom will accept
no responsibility should difficulties arise in such circumstances.
3
Some parameters required for compliance with Telecom's Telepermit
requirements are dependent on the equipment (PC) associated with this
device. The associated equipment shall be set to operate within the
following limits for compliance with Telecom's Specifications:
a
There shall be no more than 10 call attempts to the same number
within any 30 minute period for any single manual call initiation, and
b
The equipment shall go on-hook for a period of not less than 30
seconds between the end of one attempt and the beginning of the
next call attempt.
4
Some parameters required for compliance with Telecom's Telepermit
requirements are dependent on the equipment (PC) associated with this
device. In order to operate within the limits for compliance with Telecom's
specifications, the associated equipment shall be set to ensure that
automatic calls to different numbers are spaced such that there is not less
than 5 seconds between the end of one call attempt and the beginning
of another.
5
This equipment shall not be set up to make automatic calls to Telecom's
111 Emergency Service.
6
This device is equipped with pulse dialing while the Telecom standard is
DTMF tone dialing. There is no guarantee that Telecom lines will always
continue to support pulse dialing.
7
Use of pulse dialing, when this equipment is connected to the same line as
other equipment, may give rise to bell tinkle or noise and may also cause a
false answer condition. Should such problems occur, the user should NOT
contact the telecom Fault Service.
8
This equipment may not provide for the effective hand-over of a call to
another device connected to the same line.
9
Under power failure conditions this appliance may not operate. Please
ensure that a separate telephone, not dependent on local power, is
available for emergency use.
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
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.
Macrovision copyright protection notice
"U.S Patent Nos. 4,631,603; 4,819,098; 4,907,093; 5,315,448; and 6,516,132."
This product incorporates copyright protection technology that is protected by
U.S. patents and other intellectual property rights. Use of this copyright
protection technology must be authorized by Macrovision, and is intended for
home and other limited viewing uses only unless otherwise authorized by
Macrovision. Reverse engineering or disassembly is prohibited.
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Radio device regulatory notice
Note: Below regulatory information is for models with wireless
LAN and/or Bluetooth only.
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)
R&TTE Directive 1999/5/EC as attested by conformity with the following
harmonized standard:
•
•
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Article 3.1(a) Health and Safety
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EN60950-1:2001
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EN50371:2002
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EN50360:2002 (Applied to models with 3G function)
Article 3.1(b) EMC
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EN301 489-1 V1.4.1:2002
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EN301 489-17 V1.2.1:2002
•
EN301 489-3 V1.4.1:2002 (Applied to models with 27MHz
wireless mouse/keyboard)
•
EN301 489-7 V1.2.1:2002 (Applied to models with 3G
function)
•
EN301 489-24 V1.2.1:2002 (Applied to models with 3G
function)
Article 3.2 Spectrum Usages
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EN300 328 V1.5.1:2004
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EN301 893 V1.2.3:2003
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EN300 220-1 V1.3.1:2000 (Applied to models with 27MHz
wireless mouse/keyboard)
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EN300 220-3 V1.1.1:2000 (Applied to models with 27MHz
•
EN301 511 V9.0.2:2003 (Applied to models with 3G function)
•
EN301 908-1 V2.2.1:2003 (Applied to models with 3G
function).
•
EN301 908-2 V2.2.1:2003 (Applied to models with 3G
function).
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List of applicable countries
EU member states as of May 2004 are: Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece,
Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal,
Finland, Sweden, United Kingdom Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Hungary,
Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Cyprus and Malta. 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.
The FCC RF safety requirement
The radiated output power of the wireless LAN Mini PCI Card and Bluetooth
card is far below the FCC radio frequency exposure limits. Nevertheless, the
notebook PC series shall be used in such a manner that the potential for human
contact during normal operation is minimized as follows:
1
Users are requested to follow the RF safety instructions on wireless option
devices that are included in the user's manual of each RF option device.
Caution: To comply with FCC RF exposure compliance
requirements, a separation distance of at least 20 cm (8 inches)
must be maintained between the antenna for the integrated
wireless LAN Mini PCI Card built in to the screen section and all
persons.
Note: The Acer wireless Mini PCI adapter implements a
transmission diversity function. The function does not emit radio
frequencies simultaneously from both antennas. One of the
antennas is selected automatically or manually (by users) to ensure
good quality radiocommunication.
This device is restricted to indoor use due to its operation in the 5.15 to
5.25 GHz frequency range. FCC requires this product to be used indoors for
the frequency range 5.15 to 5.25 GHz to reduce the potential for harmful
interference to co-channel Mobile Satellite systems.
3
High power radar are allocated as primary users of the 5.25 to 5.35 GHz
and 5.65 to 5.85 GHz bands. These radar stations can cause interference
with and/or damage this device.
4
An improper installation or unauthorized use may cause harmful
interference to radio communications. Also any tampering of the internal
antenna will void the FCC certification and your warranty.
Canada — Low-power license-exempt radio
communication devices (RSS-210)
a
Common information
Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
1. This device may not cause interference, and
2. This device must accept any interference, including interference
that may cause undesired operation of the device.
b
Operation in 2.4 GHz band
To prevent radio interference to the licensed service, this device is
intended to be operated indoors and installation outdoors is subject
to licensing.
c
Operation in 5 GHz band
•
The device for the band 5150-5250 MHz is only for indoor usage to reduce
potential for harmful interference to co-channel Mobile Satellite systems.
•
High power radars are allocated as primary users (meaning they have
priority) of 5250-5350 MHz and 5650-5850 MHz and these radars could
cause interference and/or damage to LELAN (Licence-Exempt Local Area
Network) devices.
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LCD panel ergonomic specifications
Design viewing distance
500 mm
Design inclination angle
0.0°
Design azimuth angle
90.0°
Viewing direction range class
Class IV
Screen tilt angle
85.0°
Design screen illuminance
•
Reflection class of LCD panel
(positive and negative polarity)
•
Illuminance level:
[250 + (250cosα)] lx where α = 85°
Color: Source D65
•
Ordinary LCD: Class I
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Protective or Acer CrystalBrite™ LCD:
Class III
Image polarity
Both
Reference white:
Pre-setting of luminance and
color temperature @ 6500K
(tested under BM7)
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Pixel fault class
Class II
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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,
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 PC
Model number:
ZU1, ZU2
Machine type:
TravelMate 6292/6291/6231
SKU number:
TravelMate 6292/6291/6231-xxxx
("x" = 0 - 9, a - z, or A - Z)
Name of responsible party:
Acer America Corporation
Address of responsible party:
333 West San Carlos St.
San Jose, CA 95110
USA
Contact person:
Acer Representitive
Tel:
1-254-298-4000
Fax:
1-254-298-4147
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Federal Communications Comission
Declaration of Conformity
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We,
Acer Computer (Shanghai) Limited
3F, No. 168 Xizang medium road, Huangpu District,
Shanghai, China
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: Personal Computer
Trade Name: Acer
Model Number: ZU1, ZU2
Machine Type: TravelMate 6292/6291/6231
SKU Number: TravelMate 6292/6291/6231-xxxx ("x" = 0~9, a ~ z, or A ~ Z)
Is compliant with the essential requirements and other relevant provisions of
the following EC directives, 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.
EMC Directive 89/336/EEC as attested by conformity with the following
harmonized standards:
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EN55022:1998 + A1:2000 + A2:2003, AS/NZS CISPR22:2002, Class B
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EN55024:1998 + A1:2001 + A2:2003
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EN61000-3-2:2000, Class D
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EN61000-3-3:1995 + A1:2001
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EN55013:2001 + A1:2003 (applied to models with TV function)
•
EN55020:2002 + A1:2003 (applied to models with TV function)
Low Voltage Directive 73/23/EEC as attested by conformity with the following
harmonized standard:
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EN60950-1:2001
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EN60065:2002 (applied to models with TV function)
RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC on the Restriction of the Use of certain Hazardous
Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment
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Council Decision 98/482/EC (CTR21) for pan- European single terminal
connection to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN).
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Index
A
AC adapter
caring for xiii
audio 35
adjusting the volume
troubleshooting 41
35
B
battery pack
battery-low warning 47
caring for xiv
characteristics 44
charging 46
checking charge level 46
installing 45
low conditions 47
maximizing life 44
optimizing 46
removing 46
using the first time 44
BIOS utility 58
brightness
hotkeys 31
C
caps lock 28
on indicator 24
care
AC adapter xiii
battery pack xiv
computer xiii
CD-ROM
ejecting 33
ejecting manually 41
troubleshooting 41
charging
checking level 46
cleaning
computer xiv
computer
caring for xiii
cleaning xiv
disconnecting 48
features 14, 37
indicators 24
keyboards 28
moving around 48
on indicator 24
security 52
setting up a home office 50
taking home 49
traveling internationally 51
traveling on local trips 50
troubleshooting 62
turning off xiii
connections
network 55
D
display
hotkeys 30
troubleshooting
DVD 59
DVD movies
playing 59
40
E
error messages
Euro 32
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F
FAQ. See frequently-asked questions
frequently-asked questions 40
front view 15
H
Hibernation mode
hotkey 30
hotkeys 30
I
IEEE 1394 port
infrared 55
56
K
keyboard 28
embedded numeric keypad
hotkeys 30
lock keys 28
troubleshooting 41
Windows keys 29
L
left view
15
28
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S
media access
on indicator 24
memory
installing 58
messages
error 62
modem 54
safety
CD or DVD 68
modem notices 65
scroll lock 28
security
keylock 34, 52
passwords 52
speakers
hotkey 31
troubleshooting 41
support
information 43
N
network 55
Notebook Manager
hotkey 30
num lock 28
on indicator 24
numeric keypad
embedded 28
T
touchpad 26
hotkey 30
using 26– 27
travel
international flights
local trips 50
troubleshooting 62
tips 62
P
password 52
types 52
PC Card 57
ejecting 57
inserting 57
ports 54
printer
troubleshooting
problems 40
CD-ROM 41
display 40
keyboard 41
printer 41
startup 40
troubleshooting
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U
universal serial bus
41
V
view
62
Q
questions
setting location for modem use
42
front 16
left 16
rear 17
right 17
volume
adjusting 35
W
Windows keys
29
56
51