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Aspire 9510/9520 Series
User's Guide
Copyright © 2006. Acer Incorporated.
All Rights Reserved.
Aspire 9510/9520 Series User's Guide
Original Issue: May 2006
Changes may be made periodically to the information in this publication without obligation
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makes no representations or warranties, either express or implied, with respect to the
contents hereof and specifically disclaims any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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/environmental.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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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
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.
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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
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
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.
Avoid looking at bright light sources, such as open windows, for extended
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 94 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 15 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, Turn Off Computer, then click on Turn Off.
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Use the power button
You can also shut down the computer by closing the display cover, or 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 54.
Contents
Information for your safety and comfort
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Safety instructions
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Disposal instructions
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Tips and information for comfortable use
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First things first
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Your guides
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Basic care and tips for using your computer viii
Turning your computer on and off
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Taking care of your computer
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Taking care of your AC adapter
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Taking care of your battery pack
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Cleaning and servicing
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Acer Empowering Technology
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Empowering Technology password
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Acer eNet Management
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Acer ePower Management
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Acer ePresentation Management
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Acer eDataSecurity Management
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Acer eLock Management
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Acer eRecovery Management
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Acer eSettings Management
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Acer ePerformance Management
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Your Acer notebook tour
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Front view
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Closed front view
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Left view
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Right view
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Rear view
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Base view
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Specifications
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Indicators
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Easy-launch buttons
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Touchpad
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Touchpad basics
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Using the keyboard
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Lock keys and numeric keypad
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Windows keys
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Hotkeys
Special keys
Ejecting the optical (CD or DVD) disk
Using a computer security lock
Audio
Adjusting the volume
Using surround/multi-channel sound
Dolby Digital Live
DTS Connect
Using RAID
What is RAID?
RAID 0
RAID 1
Intel Matrix RAID
Which version of RAID do you need?
When to use RAID 0
When to use RAID 1
When to use Matrix RAID
Before enabling RAID on your system
Enabling RAID on your system
After enabling RAID on your system
Acer OrbiCam
Launching the Acer OrbiCam
Changing the Acer OrbiCam settings
Capturing photos/videos
Using the Acer OrbiCam as webcam
Enabling the Acer VisageON
Using the system utilities
Acer GridVista (dual-display compatible)
Launch Manager
Norton AntiVirus
Frequently asked questions
Requesting service
International Travelers Warranty (ITW)
Before you call
Acer Arcade
48-button remote control
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Remote functions
Finding and playing content
Settings
Arcade controls
Navigation controls
Player controls
Virtual keyboard
Background mode
Cinema
Settings
Album
Editing Pictures
Slide Show settings
Video
Playing a video file
Capturing video (TV models only)
Snapshot
Editing video
Music
TV (for selected models)
Time-shift functionality
Recorded TV
Scheduling recordings
Program guide
Find program
TV settings
Using TeleText functions
Make DVDs
Authoring CD/DVDs
Taking your notebook PC with you
Disconnecting from the desktop
Moving around
Preparing the computer
What to bring to meetings
Taking the computer home
Preparing the computer
What to take with you
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Special considerations
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Setting up a home office
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Traveling with the computer
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Preparing the computer
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What to take with you
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Special considerations
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Traveling internationally with the computer75
Preparing the computer
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What to bring with you
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Special considerations
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Securing your computer
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Using a computer security lock
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Using passwords
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Entering passwords
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Setting passwords
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Expanding through options
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Connectivity options
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Fax/data modem
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Built-in network feature
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Consumer Infrared (CIR)
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Fast Infrared (FIR)
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Universal Serial Bus (USB)
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IEEE 1394 port
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Digital Video Interface (DVI-D)
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High-Definition Multimedia Interface 82
PC Card slot
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ExpressCard
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Installing memory
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BIOS utility
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Boot sequence
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Enable disk-to-disk recovery
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Password
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Using software
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Playing DVD movies
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Power management
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Acer eRecovery Management
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Create backup
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Restore from backup
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Create factory default image CD
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Re-install bundled software without CD
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Change password
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Troubleshooting
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Troubleshooting tips
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Error messages
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Regulations and safety notices
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ENERGY STAR guidelines compliance
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FCC notice
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Modem notices
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Important safety instructions
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Laser compliance statement
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LCD pixel statement
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Macrovision copyright protection notice 100
Radio device regulatory notice
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General
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European Union (EU)
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The FCC RF safety requirement
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Canada — Low-power license-exempt radio
communication devices (RSS-210)
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Federal Communications Comission
Declaration of Conformity
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Declaration of Conformity for CE Marking 105
Index
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Acer's innovative Empowering Technology toolbar makes it easy for you to
access frequently used functions and manage your new Acer computer.
Displayed by default in the upper-right corner of your screen, it features the
following handy utilities:
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Acer eNet Management hooks up to location-based networks intelligently.
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Acer ePower Management extends battery power via versatile usage
profiles.
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Acer ePresentation Management connects to a projector and adjusts
display settings conveniently.
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Acer eDataSecurity Management protects data with passwords and
advanced encryption algorithms.
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Acer eLock Management limits access to external storage media and
interfaces.
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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
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Acer ePerformance Management improves system performance by
optimizing disk space, memory and registry settings..
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
do not initialize the Empowering Technology password, you will be prompted
to do so when running Acer eLock Management or Acer eRecovery
Management for the first time.
If you lose your password, there is no method to reset it except by
reformatting your notebook or taking your notebook
to an Acer Customer Service Center. Be sure to remember or write
down your password.
Empowering Technology
Acer Empowering Technology
Empowering Technology
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Acer eNet Management
Acer eNet Management helps you to quickly and easily connect to both wired
and wireless networks in a variety of locations. To access this utility, either click
on the "Acer eNet Management" icon on your notebook, or start the program
from the Start menu. You also have the option to 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 freedom to manually adjust the settings to
match your needs.
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.
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Empowering Technology
Security and safety concerns mean that Acer eNet Management does not store
username and password information.
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Acer ePower Management
Acer ePower Management features a straightforward user interface. To launch
it, select Acer ePower Management from the Empowering Technology
interface.
AC mode (Adapter mode)
The default setting is "Maximum Performance." You can adjust CPU speed, LCD
brightness and other settings, or click on buttons to turn the following
functions on/off: Wireless LAN, Bluetooth, CardBus, FireWire(1394), Wired LAN
and Optical Device if supported.
DC mode (Battery mode)
There are four pre-defined profiles — Entertainment, Presentation, Word
Processing, and Battery Life. You can also define up to three of your own.
To create a new power profile:
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Change power settings as desired.
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Click "Save as ..." to save to a new power profile.
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Name the newly created profile.
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Select whether this profile is for Adapter or Battery mode, then click OK.
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The new profile will appear in the profile list.
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For real-time battery life estimates based on current usage, refer to the panel in
the upper half of the window..
For additional options, click "Settings" to:
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Set alarms.
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Re-load factory defaults.
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Select what actions to be taken when the cover is closed or the power
button is pressed.
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Set passwords for accessing the system after Hibernation or Standby.
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View information about Acer ePower Management.
Empowering Technology
Battery status
Empowering Technology
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Acer ePresentation Management lets you project your computer's display to an
external device or projector using the hot key: Fn + F5. If auto-detection
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.
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.
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Acer ePresentation Management
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Acer eDataSecurity Management
Acer eDataSecurity Management is a handy file 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 and easy data
encryption/decryption and also supports on-the-fly file encryption for MSN
Messenger and Microsoft Outlook.
The Acer eDataSecurity Management setup wizard will prompt you for a
supervisor password and default encryption. This encryption will be used to
encrypt files by default, or you can choose to enter your own file-specific
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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Acer eLock Management
Acer eLock Management is a security utility that allows you to lock your
removable data, optical and floppy drives to ensure that data can't be stolen
while your notebook is unattended.
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Removable data 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 disk drives that can be mounted as a file
system when plugged into the system.
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Optical drive devices — includes any kind of CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drives.
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Floppy disk drives — 3.5-inch disks only.
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Interfaces — includes serial port, parallel port, infrared (IR), and Bluetooth.
To activate Acer eLock Management, a 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 locked after rebooting,
until unlocked.
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Note: If you lose your password, there is no method to reset it
except by reformatting your notebook or taking your notebook
to an Acer Customer Service Center. Be sure to remember or write
down your password.
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Acer eRecovery Management is a powerful utility that does away with the need
for recovery disks provided by the manufacturer. The Acer eRecovery
Management utility occupies space in a hidden partition on your system's hard
drive. By default, user-created backups are stored on the D:\ drive.
Acer eRecovery Management provides you with:
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Password protection.
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Recovery of applications and drivers.
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Image/data backup:
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Back up to HDD (set recovery point).
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Back up to CD/DVD.
Image/data recovery tools:
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Recover from a hidden partition (factory defaults).
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Recover from the HDD (most recent user-defined recovery point).
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Recover from CD/DVD.
Empowering Technology
Acer eRecovery Management
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For more information, please refer to "Acer eRecovery Management" on page
88 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 disk" 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,
change BIOS passwords or other Windows settings, and to monitor the system
health status.
Acer eSettings Management also:
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Provides a simple graphical user interface for navigation.
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Displays general system status and advanced monitoring for power users
on Acer computer.
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Acer eSettings Management
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Acer ePerformance Management
Acer ePerformance Management is a system optimization tool that boosts the
performance of your Acer computer. It provides an express optimization
method to release unused memory and disk space quickly. The user can also
enable advanced options for full control over the following options:
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Memory optimization — releases unused memory and check usage.
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Disk optimization — removes unneeded items and files.
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Speed optimization — improves the usability and performance of your
Windows XP system.
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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
Item
Description
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Icon
Built-in camera
1.3 megapixel web camera for video
communication.
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Display screen
Also called Liquid-Crystal Display (LCD),
displays computer output.
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Your Acer notebook tour
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Icon
Item
Description
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Status indicators
Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) that light up to
show the status of the computer's functions
and components.
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Wireless
communication
button/indicator
Enables/disables the wireless function.
Indicates the status of wireless LAN
communication.
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Bluetooth
communication
button/indicator
Enables/disables the Bluetooth function.
Indicates the status of Bluetooth
communication.
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Microphones
Internal microphones for sound recording.
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Touchpad
Touch-sensitive pointing device which
functions like a computer mouse.
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Click buttons
(left, center and
right)
The left and right buttons function like the
left and right mouse buttons; the center
button serves as a
4-way scroll button.
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Arcade/media
buttons
For use with Acer Arcade and other media
playing programs.
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Palmrest
Comfortable support area for your hands
when you use the computer.
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Keyboard
For entering data into your computer.
12
Power button
Turns the computer on and off.
13
Easy-launch
buttons
Buttons for launching frequently used
programs. See "Easy-launch buttons" on page
29 for more details.
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Closed front view
Item
Description
1
Latch
Locks and releases the lid.
2
Speakers
Left and right speakers deliver stereo
audio output.
3
Power indicator
Indicates the computer's power status.
4
Battery indicator
Indicates the computer's batttery status.
5
Bluetooth
communication
indicator
Indicates the status of Bluetooth
communication.
6
Wireless
communication
indicator
Indicates the status of wireless LAN
communication.
7
Line-in jack
Accepts audio line-in devices
(e.g., audio CD player, stereo walkman).
8
Microphone-in jack
Accepts input from external
microphones.
9
Headphones/speaker/
line-out jack with
S/PDIF support
Connects to audio line-out devices
(e.g., speakers, headphones).
10
Infrared port
Receives signals from a remote control .
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5-in-1 card reader
Accepts Memory Stick (MS), Memory
Stick PRO (MS PRO), MultiMediaCard
(MMC), Secure Digital (SD) and
xD-Picture Card (xD) .
Note: Only one card can operate at any
given time.
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Icon
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Item
Description
IEEE 1394 port
Connects to IEEE 1394 devices.
Left view
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Item
Description
1
Icon
Kensington lock
slot
Connects to a Kensington-compatible
computer security lock.
2
Modem (RJ-11)
port
Connects to a phone line.
3
Optical drive
Internal optical drive; accepts CDs or DVDs
4
Optical disk access
indicator
Lights up when the optical drive is active.
5
Optical drive eject
button
Ejects the optical disk from the drive.
6
Emergency eject
hole
Ejects the optical drive tray when the
computer is turned off.
7
USB 2.0 ports
Connect to USB 2.0 devices
(e.g., USB mouse, USB camera).
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Right view
Item
Description
1
PC Card slot eject
button
Ejects the PC Card from the slot.
2
PC Card slot
Accepts one Type II PC Card.
3
ExpressCard/34 slot Accepts one ExpressCard/34 module
.
4
USB 2.0 port
Connect to USB 2.0 devices
(e.g., USB mouse, USB camera).
5
S-video/TV-out
(NTSC/PAL) port
Connects to a television or display device
with S-video input .
6
External display
(VGA) port
Connects to a display device
(e.g., external monitor, LCD projector).
7
Ventilation slots
Enable the computer to stay cool, even after
prolonged use.
8
DC-in jack
Connects to an AC adapter.
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Rear view
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Icon
Item
Description
Ethernet (RJ-45)
port
Connects to an Ethernet 10/100/1000based network.
HDMI port
Supports high definition digital video
connections.
3
DVI-D port
Supports digital video connections.
4
AV-in port
Accepts input signals from audio/visual
(AV) devices (for selected models).
5
RF-in port
Connects to a PAL/SECAM cable or DVB-T
antenna.
6
Battery
Powers the computer.
1
2
HDMI
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Base view
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Item
Description
1
Battery bay
Houses the computer's battery pack.
2
Battery release latch
Releases the battery for removal.
3
Cooling fan
Helps keep the computer cool.
Note: Do not cover or obstruct the opening
of the fan.
4
Memory compartment
Houses the computer's main memory.
5
Sub woofer
Emits low frequency sound output..
6
Hard disk bay
Houses the computer's hard disk (secured
with screws).
7
Battery lock
Locks the battery in position.
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Specifications
Operating
system
Platform
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Genuine Windows® XP Home Edition (Service Pack 2)
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Intel® Centrino® Duo mobile technology, featuring:
Genuine Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005
Genuine Windows® XP Professional (Service Pack 2)
Genuine Windows® XP Professional x64 Edition
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Intel® Core™ Duo processor T2300/T2400/T2500/
T2600/T2700 (2 MB L2 cache, 1.66/1.83/2/2.16/
2.33 GHz, 667 MHz FSB)
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Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor T5500/T5600 (2 MB
L2 cache, 1.66/1.83 GHz, 667 MHz FSB),
supporting Intel® Extended Memory 64
Technology (Intel® EM64T)
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Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor T7200/T7400/T7600
(4MB L2 cache, 2/2.16/2.33 GHz, 667 MHz FSB),
supporting Intel® Extended Memory 64
Technology (Intel® EM64T)
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Mobile Intel® 945PM Express chipset
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Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG network
connection (dual-band tri-mode 802.11a/b/g)
Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ solution, supporting
Acer SignalUp™ wireless technology
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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Acer TV-tuner options:
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Analog TV-tuner supporting hardware MPEG-2
stream encoding
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Digital and analog hybrid TV-tuner supporting
hardware MPEG-2 stream encoding
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Digital and analog hybrid TV-tuner supporting
software MPEG-2 stream encoding
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Analog TV-tuner supporting international analog TV
standards (NTSC/PAL/SECAM)
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Digital TV-tuner supporting DVB-T (Digital Video
Broadcasting-Terrestrial) standard (6 MHz to 8 MHz)
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TV-tuner I/O:
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RF-in jack for digital/analog TV antenna cable
input
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AV-in port for composite/S-video/line-in audio/
video input
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TV-tuner cables:
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PAL cable for digital/analog TV input, PAL/
SECAM to NTSC port converter
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Mini DIN cable: RCA jack and S-video port for
audio/video input
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Acer DVB-T antenna (UHF/VHF reception) supporting
Acer SignalUp™ wireless technology
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TV-tuner
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Display and
graphics
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Storage
subsystem
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17" WXGA+ 400-nit high color gamut (72%) and high
contrast (500:1) dual lamp Acer CrystalBrite™ TFT
LCD, 1440 x 900 pixel resolution, supporting
simultaneous multi-window viewing on dual displays
via Acer GridVista™
17" WXGA+ 200-nit Acer CrystalBrite™ TFT LCD, 1440
x 900 pixel resolution, supporting simultaneous multiwindow viewing on dual displays via Acer GridVista™
NVIDIA® GeForce® Go 7900 GS with 512 MB of
external GDDR3 VRAM, supporting dual independent
display, Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0, Shader Model 3.0,
OpenEXR High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology,
NVIDIA® PowerMizer™ 6.0, PCI Express®
NVIDIA® GeForce® Go 7600 with 256 MB of external
GDDR2 VRAM, supporting dual independent display,
Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0, Shader Model 3.0, OpenEXR
High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology, NVIDIA®
PowerMizer™ 6.0, PCI Express®
16.7 million colors
Up to 2048 x 1536 resolution via non-interlaced
CRT display
MPEG-2/DVD hardware-assisted capability
S-video/TV-out (NTSC/PAL) support
DVI-D (true digital video interface) with HDCP (Highbandwidth Digital Content Protection) support
HDMI™ (High Definition Multimedia Interface)
support
Acer CinemaVision™ technology (Acer Arcade™)
Acer ClearVision™ technology (Acer Arcade™)
One or two 80/100/120/160 GB (or larger) Serial ATA
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hard disk drives , supporting RAID 0, 1 and Intel®
Matrix RAID
Optical drive options:
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1X HD-DVD drive
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8X slot-load DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive
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5-in-1 card reader, supporting Memory Stick® (MS),
Memory Stick PRO™ (MS PRO), MultiMediaCard
(MMC), Secure Digital (SD), xD-Picture Card™ (xD)
Dimensions
and weight
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400 (W) x 297 (D) x 33.5/47.2 (H) mm
(15.76 x 11.70 x 1.32/1.86 inches)
3.98 kg (8.77 lbs.) with TV-tuner , 2nd HDD
3.95 kg (8.71 lbs.) with 2nd HDD, without TV-tuner
3.88 kg (8.55 lbs.) with TV-tuner, without 2nd HDD
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Input devices
Audio
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ACPI 2.0 CPU power management standard: supports
Standby and Hibernation power-saving modes
71 W 4800 mAh 8-cell Li-ion battery pack
Acer QuicCharge™ technology:
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80% charge in 1 hour
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2-hour rapid charge system-off
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2.5-hour charge-in-use
90 W AC adapter
105-/106-key keyboard
Touchpad with 4-way scroll button
Four easy-launch buttons
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Nine media keys (Acer Arcade™, movie, TV, music,
record, play/pause, stop, previous, next)
Two LED buttons: WLAN, Bluetooth®
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Acer remote controls:
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Acer Arcade™ (48 keys)
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Windows® Media Center Edition (uses an
external USB CIR receiver)
Audio system with two built-in Acer 3DSonic (1.5W)
stereo speakers and one Acer BasSonic (3W)
subwoofer
Intel® High-Definition audio support
Dolby Digital Live support
DTS CONNECT™ support featuring DTS
INTERACTIVE™ and DTS NEO:PC™ technologies
SoundBlaster Pro™ and MS Sound compatible
S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface) support for
digital speakers
Two built-in microphones for stereo recording
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Communication
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I/O interface
Security
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Modem: 56K ITU V.92 with PTT approval;
Wake-on-Ring ready
LAN: gigabit Ethernet; Wake-on-LAN ready
WLAN: Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG network
connection (dual-band tri-mode 802.11a/b/g) Wi-Fi
CERTIFIED™ solution, supporting Acer SignalUp™
wireless technology
WPAN: Bluetooth® 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
Acer Video Conference featuring Voice and Video
over Internet Protocol (VVoIP) support via Acer
OrbiCam™ and optional Acer Bluetooth® VoIP phone
Acer Orbicam™ 1.3 megapixel CMOS camera
featuring:
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225-degree ergonomic rotation
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Acer VisageOn™ technology
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Acer PrimaLite™ technology
ExpressCard™/34 slot
PC Card slot (one Type II)
5-in-1 card reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO/xD)
HDMI™ output port
Four USB 2.0 ports
DVI-D port with HDCP support
IEEE 1394 port
Fast Infrared (FIR) port / consumer infrared (CIR) port
External display (VGA) port
RF-in jack for digital and analog TV input
AV-in port
S-video/TV-out (NTSC/PAL) port
Headphones/speaker/line-out jack with S/PDIF
support
Microphone-in jack
Line-in jack
Ethernet (RJ-45) port
Modem (RJ-11) port
DC-in jack for AC adapter
Kensington lock slot
BIOS user and supervisor passwords
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Options and
accessories
Environment
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System
compliance
Warranty
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Acer Empowering Technology (eDataSecurity / eLock /
ePerformance / eRecovery / eSettings / eNet / ePower /
ePresentation Management)
Acer Arcade™
CyberLink® PowerDVD™
Acer GridVista™
Acer Launch Manager
Adobe® Reader®
CyberLink® PowerProducer™
Norton AntiVirus™
NTI CD-Maker™
Acer Bluetooth® VoIP phone
8-cell Li-ion battery pack
90 W AC adapter
512 MB, 1 or 2 GB DDR2 667 MHz soDIMM modules
External USB floppy disk drive
Temperature:
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Operating: 5 °C to 35 °C
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Non-operating: -20 °C to 65 °C
Humidity (non-condensing):
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Operating: 20% to 80%
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Non-operating: 20% to 80%
ACPI
DMI 2.0
Mobile PC 2002
Wi-Fi®
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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Software
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Indicators
The computer has seven easy-to-read status indicators, including four on the
front panel.
The power, battery and wireless communication status indicators are visible
even when the LCD display is closed.
Icon
Function
Description
HDD
Indicates when the hard disk drive is active.
Caps Lock
Lights up when Caps Lock is activated.
Num Lock
Lights up when Num Lock is activated.
Power
Indicates the computer's power status.
Battery
Indicates the computer's batttery status.
Bluetooth
Indicates the status of Bluetooth communication.
Wireless LAN
Indicates the status of wireless LAN communication.
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Easy-launch buttons
Located above the keyboard are four buttons. These buttons are called
easy-launch buttons. They are: mail, Web browser, Empowering Key <
one user-programmable button.
> and
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 52.
Easy-launch button
Default application
Acer Empowering Technology (user-programmable)
Email application (user-programmable)
Internet browser (user-programmable)
P
User-programmable
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1. Charging: The light shows amber when the battery is charging.
2. Fully charged: The light shows green when in AC mode.
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Touchpad
The built-in touchpad is a pointing device that senses movement on its surface.
This means the cursor responds as you move your finger 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:
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Move your finger across the touchpad (2) to move the cursor.
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Press the left (1) and right (4) buttons located beneath the touchpad to
perform selection and execution functions. These two buttons are similar
to the left and right buttons on a mouse. Tapping on the touchpad is the
same as clicking the left button.
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Use the 4-way scroll (3) button to scroll up or down and move left or right
a page. This button mimics your cursor pressing on the right scroll bar of
Windows applications.
Right
button (4)
Function
Left button (1)
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
Main touchpad (2)
Center
button (3)
Click
once.
Click and
hold to
move up/
down/left/
right.
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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Using the keyboard
The keyboard has full-sized keys and a numeric keypad, separate cursor, lock,
Windows, function and special keys.
Lock keys and 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
When Num Lock is on, the right hand side numeric keypad is
in numeric mode. The keys function as a calculator (complete
with the arithmetic operators +, -, *, and /). When Num Lock
is off, the keys assume cursor and other shortcut functions.
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 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
Number keys on
keypad
Type numbers in a normal
manner.
Num Lock off
Cursor-control keys
on keypad
Hold <Shift> while using
cursor-control keys.
Hold <Fn> while using
cursor-control keys.
Main keyboard keys
Hold <Fn> while typing
letters on keypad.
Type the letters in a
normal manner.
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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:
<
> + <Tab>: Activates the next Taskbar button.
<
> + <E>: Opens the My Computer window.
<
> + <F1>: Opens Help and Support Center.
<
> + <F>: Opens the Search Results window.
<
> + <R>: Opens the Run dialog box.
<
> + <M>: Minimizes all windows.
<Shift> + <
> + <M>: Undoes the minimize all
windows action.
Application
key
This key has the same effect as clicking the right mouse
button; it opens the application's context menu.
Hotkeys
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.
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Hotkey
Function
Description
<Fn> + <F1>
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.
<Fn> + <F8>
Speaker toggle
Turns the speakers on and off.
<Fn> + <F10>
Media keys toggle
Enable/disable 9 media keys.
<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
Either press <
> at the bottom-right of the keyboard, or 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
Either press <
> at the bottom-right of the keyboard, or 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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Ejecting the optical (CD or DVD)
disk
Press the drive eject button to eject the optical disk when the computer is on.
Insert a clip to the emergency eject hole to eject the optical drive tray when the
computer is off.
Using a computer security lock
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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The computer comes with 32-bit Intel High-Definition audio, and built-in stereo
speakers.
Adjusting the volume
Adjusting the volume on the computer is as easy as pressing some buttons. See
"Hotkeys" on page 33 for more information on adjusting the speaker volume.
Using surround/multi-channel sound
For high-quality digital surround sound so you can enjoy your movies, games
and music in a realistic, multi-channel audio environment, your Acer notebook
comes with:
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Dolby Digital Live
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DTS Connect
To set up surround sound, run the Realtek HD Sound Effect Manager by doubleclicking the Realtek HD Audio Manger icon
in the system tray of your
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Windows system. If the icon is not visible, access the Sound Manager through
Control Panel > Realtek HD Sound Effect Manager.
Dolby Digital Live
Dolby Digital Live encodes audio signals into a Dolby Digital 5.1 bitstream for
multi-channel playback through a surround sound system.
To take advantage of Dolby Digital Live, you need a Dolby Digital-equipped
audio/video receiver or digital speaker system.
1
Connect your computer to your audio system using a S/PDIF cable via the S/
PDIF-out port
2
Open the Realtek HD Sound Effect Manager
3
Click the Dolby Digital Live icon
to convert audio signals into Dolby
Digital bitstream and begin Dolby Digital output
Note: When Dolby Digital Live icon is enabled, only the digital
audio (S/PDIF) port of your computer will be active. You will not
hear any sound from the computer's built-in speakers. To use your
computer's built-in speakers, disable Dolby Digital Live by clicking
the Dolby Digital Live icon.
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DTS Connect consists of DTS Interactive and Neo:PC, for both multi-channel and
stereo content. DTS Interactive encodes audio signals into a DTS-compatible
bitstream for multi-channel playback through a surround sound system. Neo:PC
transforms stereo content, such as MP3, WMA or CD audio, into 7.1-channel
surround sound.
To take advantage of DTS Connect, you need a DTS-equipped audio/video
receiver or digital speaker system.
1
Connect your computer to your audio system using a S/PDIF cable via the S/
PDIF-out port
2
Open the Realtek HD Sound Effect Manager
3
Click the DTS Neo:PC icon
channel format
4
Click the DTS Interactive icon
to convert audio signals into multichannel DTS Digital Surround® and begin DTS output
to transform stereo content into multi-
Note: When DTS Interactive is enabled, only the digital audio (S/
PDIF) port of your computer will be active. You will not hear any
sound from the computer's built-in speakers. To use your
computer's built-in speakers, disable DTS Interactive by clicking
the DTS Interactive icon.
Note:"DTS CONNECT", "DTS INTERACTIVE", and "DTS NEO:PC"
are trademarks of DTS, Inc. "DTS" is a registered trademark of
DTS, Inc.
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Using RAID
What is RAID?
RAID stands for Redundant Array of Independent Disks, a system in which
multiple hard disk drives share or replicate data among the drives. Depending
on the version of RAID you choose to use, benefits include enhanced data
integrity (backup), better throughput (speed) or increased storage (capacity),
compared to single drives.
Your Acer computer with two Serial ATA hard disk drives supports RAID 0, RAID
1 and Intel Matrix RAID.
RAID 0
RAID 0 (also known as a striped set) splits data evenly across two or more disks
with no parity information for redundancy. RAID 0 is normally used to increase
performance, although it can also be used as a way to create a small number of
large virtual disks out of a large number of small physical ones. A RAID 0 can be
created with disks of differing sizes, but the storage space added to the array by
each disk is limited to the size of the smallest disk — for example, if a 120 GB
disk is striped together with a 100 GB disk, the size of the array will be 200 GB.
RAID 0 is useful for increasing performance for systems in which there is a high
amount of disk usage, such as those involved in intensive database work. It is
also a popular choice for gaming systems where performance is desired.
However, since data is shared between drives without redundancy, hard drives
cannot be swapped out as all disks are dependent upon each other.
RAID 1
RAID 1 creates an exact copy (or mirror) of a set of data on two or more disks.
The array can only be as big as the smallest member disk, however. A classic
RAID 1 mirrored pair contains two disks, which increases reliability by a factor of
two over a single disk, but it is possible to have many more than two copies.
Since each member can be addressed independently if the other fails, reliability
is a linear multiple of the number of members.
Intel Matrix RAID
Intel Matrix RAID utilizes two physical hard disk drives. It assigns part of each
disk to a RAID 0 array, and the other part to a RAID 1 array, allowing users to
enjoy the advantages of both RAID levels. Matrix RAID provides users with a
safe area (RAID 1) for documents and other important data that must be
protected, as well as a faster area (RAID 0) for the operating system and other
applications.
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When to use RAID 0
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You want increased performance of your applications
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You primarily use your computer for games and entertainment
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You have many large video or graphics files
When to use RAID 1
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You work with important data that must be protected
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You primarily use your computer for work-related applications
When to use Matrix RAID
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You use your computer for both work and entertainment
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You want to enjoy both the benefits of increased performance
and enhanced data integrity
Before enabling RAID on your system
Before enabling RAID on your system, please read the following warnings and
reminders:
1
If you plan to enable RAID 0 or Matrix RAID on your system, you
cannot return your system to a non-RAID state without
reformatting your system.
2
If you plan to use a hot-swappable hard disk drive to enable RAID
(via the Acer MediaBay), contact an Acer Customer Service Center
to make sure that you are using a compatible hot-swappable hard
disk drive. Do not remove your hot-swappable hard disk drive
while enabling RAID on your system.
3
If you use a hot-swappable hard disk drive with RAID 0, or a Matrix
RAID configuration that includes RAID 0, do not remove your hotswappable hard disk drive at any time or your data will be lost.
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Enabling RAID on your system is a time-intensive process and it is
important that your computer stay on during the whole process,
or you will be at risk for data loss. Disable your screen saver and
power management options such as auto-shutdown, autohibernate and auto-standby. Plug your system into an AC adapter
before attempting to enable RAID on your system.
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Which version of RAID do you need?
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5
If your system supports Acer GraviSense, disable it before enabling
RAID.
6
Before enabling RAID on your system, back up important data and
applications using Acer eRecovery Management or another
appropriate backup tool.
7
Enabling RAID may change how your hard disk drives are ordered,
and Acer eRecovery Management may not function properly if
your system does not have the needed drive ordering.
8
You cannot use Acer eRecovery Management to revert your system
to a non-RAID configuration after enabling RAID.
9
The HDD password feature will not function once RAID has been
enabled.
10 Using the Intel Matrix Storage Manager option ROM (accessed by
pressing Ctrl-I when starting your computer) is not recommended.
Use the Intel Matrix Storage Console in Windows for most RAID
functions.
11 Please contact an Acer Customer Service Center if you have further
questions about enabling RAID on your Acer computer.
Enabling RAID on your system
To enable RAID 0, 1 or Intel Matrix RAID on your system:
1
Install the Intel Matrix Storage Console from the software CD that
comes with your Acer computer. Insert the CD and the installation
program will automatically launch. If AutoRun is disabled, run the
installation program manually by opening the CD/DVD drive from
My Computer and clicking on the Setup icon.
2
Follow the onscreen instructions to install the Intel Matrix Storage
Console.
3
Run the Intel Matrix Storage Console from Start > Programs > Intel
Matrix Storage Manager.
4
Select Advanced from the View menu. This will display a list of the
hard disk drives installed on your system.
5
Select the hard disk drive you want to enable RAID on.
6
Select Create RAID Volume from Existing Hard Drive from the
Actions menu.
7
The Create RAID Volume from Existing Hard Drive wizard will
start.
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Follow the onscreen instructions to create a RAID 0, RAID 1 or
Matrix RAID array.
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After the process is complete, you will need to reboot your system.
10 Congratulations! You have successfully enabled RAID on your
system.
After enabling RAID on your system
After enabling RAID on your system, use your computer as you normally would,
but enjoy the benefits of increased performance, enhanced reliability, or a
combination of both, depending on the version of RAID that you chose to
implement.
The Intel Matrix Storage Manager option ROM
After you have enabled RAID, you will see a new option when you boot up your
computer. This is the Intel Matrix Storage Manager option ROM.
Press Ctrl-I to enter this program when booting up your system. Otherwise, wait
or press ESC to continue your normal boot process.
Warning: Acer is not responsible for the loss of data resulting
from the misuse of the Intel Matrix Storage Manager option ROM.
To view or create a RAID volume, use the Intel Matrix Storage
Console from Windows.
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Acer OrbiCam
The Acer OrbiCam is a 1.3 megapixel CMOS camera appropriately mounted on
top of the LCD panel. The camera's 225-degree ergonomic rotation allows you
to capture high-resolution photos or videos up front or at the back of the LCD
panel. The Acer OrbiCam fully supports the Acer Video Conference technology
so you transmit the best video conference quality over an Instant Messenger
service.
Getting to know your Acer OrbiCam
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Item
1
Lens
2
Power indicator
3
Rubber grip
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Rotating the Acer OrbiCam
The Acer OrbiCam rotates 225 degrees counterclockwise to achieve the desired
angle. Refer to the illustrations below.
Note: DO NOT rotate the camera clockwise to prevent damage to
the device.
For your convenience, the camera snaps to 45 degrees to match the position of
your face in front or at the back of the LCD panel.
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To launch the Acer OrbiCam, double-click on the Acer OrbiCam logo in the
desktop.
OR
Click Start > All Programs > Acer > Acer OrbiCam. The Acer OrbiCam capture
window appears.
Changing the Acer OrbiCam settings
Resolution
To change the capture resolution, click the displayed resolution at the bottom
right corner of the capture window, then select the desired resolution.
Note: Setting the camera resolution to 640 x 480 or larger does
not change the capture window size.
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Launching the Acer OrbiCam
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Options
Click Options to display the Window, Preview, and Folder tabs. Use the options
to change the capture window size, preview settings, and the folder for
captured photos or videos.
Camera Settings
Basic settings
Click the Camera Settings icon on the bottom right corner of the capture
display, then select Camera Settings from the pop-up menu. You can adjust the
Video, Audio, and Zoom/Face tracking options from this window.
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From the Camera Settings window, click the Driver Settings button. The
Properties window appears.
Device Settings allows you to change the camera brightness, contrast, hue,
saturation, sharpness, etc.
Advanced Settings allows you to activate gain control, implement image mirror,
select image enhancements and anti-flicker settings, and turn on/off the camera
indicator.
Zoom/Face Track Settings allows you to adjust the zoom level and turn the
face-tracking feature on or off.
Capturing photos/videos
To capture a photo or a video clip, rotate the Acer OrbiCam to get the desired
angle, then click the Take a Picture or Record a Video button. The Windows
Picture and Fax Viewer or the Windows Media Player automatically launches to
display/play a preview of the photo/video clip.
Note: By default, all photos and videos are saved in the My
Pictures and My Videos folder.
Using the Acer OrbiCam as webcam
The Acer OrbiCam is automatically selected as the capture device of any Instant
Messenger (IM) application. To use the Acer OrbiCam as a webcam, open the IM
service, then select the video/webcam feature. You can now broadcast from
your location to an IM partner anywhere in the world.
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Enabling the Acer VisageON
The Acer VisageON technology comes with two features: Face tracking and
Video effects. The face tracking feature tracks your head movement and
automatically centers your face in the capture window. The video effects
feature allows you to select and apply an effect to your video transmissions.
Note: The face tracking feature is not capable of centering your
face beyond the capture window frame. Minimal head
movements are tracked more efficiently.
To enable the Acer VisageON:
1
Right-click on this icon, then select VisageON from the pop-up menu.
The VisageON window appears.
2
Select and apply a video effect from the left section of the VisageON
window. Change the face tracking settings and options from the right
section.
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To use the face tracking feature:
1
Click the left icon down arrow button, then select Single User or Multiple
Users from the pop-up menu. For multiple users, the face tracking feature
automatically centers all the users' face in the capture window, otherwise
the utility centers the face of the user closest to the camera.
2
Click the right icon to zoom in/out or reset the current view.
3
Click VisageON to display a pop-menu that allows configuration of the
camera, face tracking and video effects settings.
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Using the face tracking feature
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Using video effects (selected models only)
The Video Settings section allows you to select an avatar or accessory video
effect from the list. To select an effect:
1
Click the encircled icon to display the available video effects. The Video
Effect Selection window appears.
2
Click on a video effect to use. The selected effect appears in the video
effects section of the VisageON window.
Notes:
1. When using avatars, you may have to calibrate the face points
to achieve better tracking. Follow screen instructions from the
VisageON window to continue.
2. You may use video effects when using the camera for IM chat/
video sessions or call conferences.
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Using the system utilities
Note: The system utilities work under Microsoft Windows XP only.
Acer GridVista (dual-display compatible)
Note: This feature is only available on certain models.
To enable the dual monitor feature of your notebook, first ensure that the
second monitor is connected, then, select Start, Control Panel, Display and click
on Settings. Select the secondary monitor (2) icon in the display box and then
click the check box Extend my Windows 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.
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Acer GridVista is simple to set up:
1
Run Acer GridVista and select your preferred screen configuration for each
display from the taskbar.
2
Drag and drop each window into the appropriate grid.
3
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 29 for the location of the easylaunch buttons.
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Norton AntiVirus
Norton AntiVirus is an anti-virus software that finds and repairs infected files,
and protects against viruses to keep your computer data safe and secure.
How do I check for viruses?
A Full System Scan scans all files on your computer. To perform a system scan:
1
Start Norton AntiVirus.
Double click on the Norton AntiVirus Icon on the desktop or click on the
Start menu in the Windows taskbar, highlight Programs, and select
Norton AntiVirus.
2
In the Norton AntiVirus main window, click Scans.
3
In the Scans panel, click Run Full System Scan.
4
When the scan is complete, a scan summary appears. Click Finished.
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 AntiVirus Help menu.
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You can access the Launch Manager by clicking on Start, All Programs, and then
Launch Manager to start the application.
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Frequently asked questions
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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Check the following:
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The volume may be muted. In Windows, look at the volume control
(speaker) icon on the taskbar. If it is crossed-out, click on the icon and
deselect the Mute 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 33 for more detail.
•
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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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 4 to 5 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: ___________________________________
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To start the recovery process:
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Acer Arcade
Acer Arcade is an integrated player for music, photos, TV, DVD movies and
videos. It can be operated using your pointing device or remote control.
To watch or listen, click or select a content button (e.g., Music, Video, etc.)
on the Arcade home page.
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Music — listen to music files in a variety of formats
•
TV — watch and record digital or analog TV programs (for selected
models)
•
Cinema — watch DVDs or VCDs
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Video — watch and/or edit video clips
•
Album — view photos stored on your hard disk or removable media
Note: While watching videos, DVDs or slide shows, your
screensaver and power-saving features are unavailable.
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If your Aspire is bundled with a TV-tuner card, a 48-button remote control is
included for use with the Acer Arcade software. The table below explains the
functions for this controller.
Warning! The Arcade and Power buttons have different functions
depending on the current mode. See below for details. Button
functions may change depending on your power option settings.
To access Arcade in Windows mode, push the Arcade button to start Arcade.
Push it again at any time to return to the main menu. Pushing the Arcade
button again will close Arcade mode. Pushing the Power button will put your
notebook into Standby mode. Push it again to resume.
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48-button remote control
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Remote functions
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Item
Description
1
Live TV
Launch Live TV mode
2
Power
Turn off; sleep (depending on mode)
3
Menu
Launch DVD menu screen
4
Language
Open DVD language menu**
5
Record
Record TV
6
Rewind
Rewind through media
7
Play
Play selection
8
Previous
Skip back one music track, DVD chapter, or photo
9
Pause
Pause audio, video, slide shows, live or recorded TV
10
SAP
Toggle between sound modes (mono, stereo, etc.)
11
Full Screen
Toggle between full screen and window view
12
Back
Back to previous page
13
Navigation/
OK buttons
Navigate between selections and menu items, OK to
select option, enter, play and pause.
14
Mute
Toggle audio on/off
15
VOL + / -
Increase or decrease the audio playback level
16
0-9 buttons
Enter TV channel numbers
17
TeleText/CC
Launch TeleText*/ closed captions
18
Color buttons
Teletext shortcut functions*
19
TV/AV
Toggle between TV-in and AV-in
20
Arcade
Launch/quit Acer Arcade; return to Arcade main page
21
Angle
Toggle between different viewing angles**
22
Subtitle
Open subtitles menu**
23
Stop
Stop current playing or recording operation
24
Fast Forward
Fast forward through media
25
Next
Skip ahead one music track, DVD chapter, or photo
26
Capture
Capture the current TV/Video screen
27
Info/EPG
Show DVD or TV listings information
28
Last Ch
Return to previous channel
29
Channel
Change channels up and down
30
Ch scan
Shortcut to scan channel page; scan TV channels
*TeleText regions only.
**Dependent on individual DVD content.
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Clicking a button on the Arcade home page opens the corresponding feature's
home page. The content pages have buttons on the left and a content browsing
area on the right. If a button shows one of several choices, such as sort order,
the current setting is shown by a brightly colored ball on the button.
To pick content, click an item in the content area. When there is more than one
CD or DVD drive, all drives will be shown. Pictures and videos are shown as files
(with thumbnails) and organized into folders.
To browse a folder, click to open it. To go back up to the folder above it, click
the Up one level button. If there is more content than will fit on a page, use the
buttons at the lower right to scroll through the pages.
Note: For more detailed information on the features of Acer
Arcade, please refer to the Arcade Help menu. This can be
accessed from the Arcade home page by selecting Help
.
Settings
There are settings in Acer Arcade that allow you to fine-tune its performance to
suit your machine and your personal preferences. To access Settings, click on
this icon
located on the upper-right hand corner of the main page.
Click Acer Arcade Help for comprehensive help on each Arcade mode.
In Display Settings:
Use the "Screen Ratio" option to choose between standard (4:3) or
widescreen (16:9) display when watching movies.
The "4:3 Movie Display Type" option allows you to select between
"CinemaVision™" or "Letterbox" mode.
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Acer CinemaVision™ is a nonlinear video stretching technology that
produces minimal distortion in the center of the picture.
•
The Letterbox option displays widescreen movie content in its original
aspect ratio and adds black bars at the top and bottom of the screen.
"Color profile" allows you to choose between "Original" or "ClearVision™."
•
Acer ClearVision™ is a video enhancement technology that detects video
content and dynamically adjusts the brightness/contrast/saturation levels
so that you do not need to change the color settings if the movie you are
watching contains scenes that are overly dark or too bright.
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In Audio Settings:
Use "Speaker Environment" to choose between "Headphones," "SPDIF," "2" or
more speakers depending on your audio equipment.
"Output Mode" should be set to "Stereo" if you are listening to speakers,
"Dolby Surround," or "Virtual Surround Sound" if you are using headphones.
Note: If your speakers are not capable of outputting
low-frequency signals, it is recommended that you do not select
Virtual Surround Sound, in order to avoid damaging your
speakers.
Click Run Setup Wizard to change your original startup settings.
Click About Acer Arcade to open a page with version and copyright
information.
Click Restore Default Settings to return the Acer Arcade settings to their
default values.
Arcade controls
When watching video clips, movies or slide shows at full screen, two pop-up
control panels are shown when you move the pointer. They automatically
disappear after several seconds. The "Navigation Controls" panel appears at the
top and the "Player Controls" panel appears at the bottom of the screen.
Navigation controls
To return to the Arcade home page, click the Home button in the upper-left
corner of the window. To go up one folder level while searching for content,
click Up one level. To return to the previous screen, click the red arrow. The
buttons in the upper right (minimize, maximize, close) have standard PC
behaviors.
To quit Arcade, click the Close button in the upper right corner of the window.
Player controls
At the bottom of the window, the player controls — used for video, slide shows,
TV, movies and music — are shown. The group on the left provides standard
playback controls (play, pause, stop, etc.). The group on the right controls
volume (mute and volume up/down).
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Virtual keyboard
Whenever you are required to enter search information, or name a file, DVD or
folder, you can use the onscreen virtual keyboard. You can quickly enter the
information you need using the mouse, cursor keys or keyboard.
Background mode
With Acer Arcade you can continue listening to music or watching Live TV
while you perform certain other functions. TV, video and music will continue
playing in a small window located in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen.
You can press the stop button on the remote or click the onscreen stop icon to
stop the playback at anytime.
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Note: When playing DVDs and watching TV, there are additional
controls added to the right of the volume controls. These are
discussed in more detail in the Cinema and TV sections of this
guide.
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Cinema
If your computer came with a DVD drive, you can play movies from DVDs and
video CDs (VCDs) with the Cinema function of Acer Arcade. This player has the
features and controls of a typical DVD player.
When you insert a disk into the DVD drive, the movie begins playing
automatically. To control the movie, the pop-up player control panel appears at
the bottom of the window when you move the pointer.
If more than one optical drive contains a playable disk, click the Cinema button
on the Home page to open the Cinema content page, then select the disk you'd
like to watch from the list on the right.
When viewing DVDs, the following special controls are added to the pop-up
panel:
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DVD Menu
•
Subtitles
•
Language
•
Snapshot
•
Angle
The disk currently playing will be shown in the area above the list of drives. This
page is also displayed when you press the Stop button during a movie. The
buttons on the left side allow you to resume the movie from the point it was
stopped, restart the movie from the beginning, jump to the DVD menu, eject
the disk, or go to the "DVD Settings" page.
Settings
To access the settings for Cinema, first click the "Settings" button on the main
menu, and then click on Cinema. This allows you to change "Video" and
"Language"settings.
The "Settings" control the audio and subtitle output of DVDs.
"Subtitles" selects the default subtitle language for DVDs when available. The
factory setting is "Off."
"Closed Captions" turns on the closed captions on DVDs. This function displays
captions encoded in the video signal that describe onscreen action and dialog
for the hearing impaired. The factory setting is "Off."
"Audio" selects the default language for DVD titles.
"Display Upon Mute" lets you choose whether to turn on the subtitles or
captions when you mute the sound for any reason.
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Acer Arcade lets you view digital photos individually or as a slide show, from
any available drive on your computer. Click the Album button on the Arcade
Home page to show the Album main page.
The content area on the right shows both individual pictures and folders.
Click on a folder to open it.
To view a slide show, open the folder containing the pictures you wish to view,
then click Play Slide Show. The slide show is played at full screen. Use the
pop-up control panel to control the slide show.
You can also view a single picture by clicking on it. This opens the picture at
full screen.
You can then use the onscreen player controls to zoom in and out, and to pan
in four directions.
Editing Pictures
Choose "Edit," and you can "Rotate," "Remove Red Eye," and "Auto Fix"
(optimize the brightness and contrast) pictures to improve the appearance of
your images.
Slide Show settings
To change Slide Show settings, click the Advanced button on the Album page
and select "Settings."
"Slide Duration" determines how long each slide is shown before automatically
advancing to the next picture in the slide show.
"Slide Show Transition" sets the style of transition used between pictures; you
can choose between Motion, Cell, Fade, Random, Wipe, Slide, Page and None
modes.
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To add background music to a slide show, click on the "Slide Show Music"
option. The Slide Show Music page will ask you to choose music from your
personal music library.
Click Load Default Settings to return your settings to their default values.
Video
To open the Video function, click Video on the Arcade Home page.
Note: The Video feature is designed to play back many different
kinds of video formats. Refer to the Video help section for a full
list of compatible formats. If you want to watch a DVD or VCD, use
the "Cinema" function.
Playing a video file
Click Play to watch video files. The Video page shows the video files in the
content area on the right side. They are organized by folders and a thumbnail
image shows the first frame of each video.
To play a video file, click on it. The video will play at full screen. The pop-up
control panel will appear at the bottom of the screen when you move the
mouse. To return to the Video page, click Stop.
Capturing video (TV models only)
Acer Arcade allows you to capture and record video clips from other external
devices, such as a DVD player or camcorder.
Click Capture Device on the video page and then select the source you are using
for your video input. There is a choice between "S-video" and "Composite."
To capture a video clip, you then need to click the red record button in the
onscreen controls.
The destination folder can be set from the "Settings" menu.
Clicking on Advanced and selecting Settings allows you to set the quality of the
video captured. You can choose from "Good," "Better" or "Best." Selecting a
higher quality results in a larger file when capturing video clips.
Snapshot
Snapshot mode is available in Cinema, Video and TV modes. This function can
be used to capture the onscreen image at any time.
A single frame image will be captured and stored in a user designated directory.
The destination directory can be changed from the "Settings"menu.
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Acer Arcade offers the capability to edit captured video clips, photos and
footage from a camcorder into a movie. You can also select a movie style, and
add special transition effects and music to create the perfect home movie.
To edit a movie, click Advanced, and then select "Edit Video." Then select the
clips you wish to edit from your folders. To complete your movie, you may also
choose a "Movie Style," "Background Music," the perfect ratio of music and
audio, as well as the length of the movie.
"Select Scenes" can be used to include your favorite or the most important
scenes, or the editing decisions can be left to the editing program.
Once compiled, the final movie can then be burned to disk to share with family
and friends.
Note: For more details on editing video and all the associated
features, please refer to the Acer Arcade help menu.
Music
For convenient access to your music collection, click Music on the Arcade
homepage to open the Music homepage.
Select the folder, CD or category that contains the music you want to listen to.
Click Play to listen to the entire content from the beginning, or select the song
that you want to hear from the list in the content area.
The songs in the folder are shown in the content area, while the left side has
controls for "Play," "Shuffle" and "Repeat All." The "Visualize" option allows
you to watch computer-generated visuals while you listen to music. When
playing music, the control panel at the bottom of the page makes it easy to
adjust the volume and control playback.
To rip music from an audio CD, after you have inserted the CD, click Rip CD. In
the page that opens, select the songs you would like to rip (or click Select or
Clear All), then click Start Ripping.
The progress of the ripping operation will be displayed on screen.
You can change the file quality of the ripped tracks by clicking Settings.
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TV (for selected models)
Arcade allows you to watch TV from your computer. Click the TV button on the
home page to show the TV main page.
The Live TV option plays TV on screen. Press Escape at any time to return to
Arcade.
When you watch TV, additional buttons appear on the playback controls:
Channel Up (switches up one channel), Channel Down (switches down one
channel), Snapshot (takes a snapshot of the current frame of video), TeleText
(opens the TeleText function), and Record (records TV content as a video file).
The Recorded TV option allows you to view files that you have recorded from
the TV. See Recorded TV.
The Schedule option lets you set TV recording schedules for later viewing. See
Scheduling Recordings.
The Program Guide option lets you view program information for all channels.
See Program Guide.
The Find Program option enables you to search for a specific kind of program.
The Settings button opens a page containing TV settings. See TV settings for
more information.
Note: For information on setting up and operating the TV mode
of Arcade please refer to the separate TV booklet.
Time-shift functionality
Arcade also has a time-shift function that can be enabled. To create an instant
replay, Arcade records the TV broadcast as a file, creating a slight lag between
the live broadcast and the TV content that you watch. (The instant replay file
cannot be saved, however, and you cannot watch this file in the Recorded TV
window.) You can navigate forward and backward within the file to create an
instant replay or to skip over commercials.
Note: One of your local drives must contain at least 2 GB of free
space in order to enable the instant replay function.
Click "
" to pause playback or "
rewind or "
" to continue watching. Click "
" to fast forward. Click "
replay recording or click "
" to
" to go to the start of the instant
" to go to the end of the instant replay recording.
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Recorded TV
The "Recorded TV" page shows recorded TV files. A thumbnail image shows the
first frame of each file. To play a recorded TV file, click it. The video will play at
full screen. To return to the TV page, click Stop.
For a description of the options on this page, see Videos.
Scheduling recordings
To set a TV recording schedule, click Schedule, then New Schedule. In the page
that opens, select the Channel you want to record and the scheduling Interval.
Set the Starting Date, Starting Time, and Ending Time of the program you want
to record. Click Confirm Schedule to activate the recording schedule, or Cancel
to quit without accepting the schedule. Select Delete Schedule to remove a
recording schedule you have previously created.
Click an existing recording schedule to open it for modification. To change the
order in which schedules are displayed, click Sort by Channel or Sort by Date.
Program guide
Click the Program Guide button to view program listing details for each
channel. These listings and information are provided by the Electronic Program
Guide.
Find program
Clicking the Find Program button allows you to search for programs by channel
number or category.
TV settings
To change picture settings, click the TV button on the "Settings" page or the
Settings button on the main TV page. There are four types of TV settings:
"Signal," "Channel," "Recording" and "Guide" settings.
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Note: Since the TV content you watch always lags slightly behind
the live TV broadcast, going to the end of the instant replay
recording is as close to watching live TV as Arcade permits.
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Signal settings
Click on Capture Device to select between an analog or digital input for your TV
signal.
Select TV Source to choose the source of the signal.
The Region option allows you to select the country or region where your cable
provider is located.
You can also enable and disable the time-shift function.
Channel settings
If no channel list exists, click Scan Channels. Your computer will scan and list the
available TV channels. Click Scan Channels to rescan and replace your existing
channel line-up.
Recording settings
The Recording Quality option allows you to set the quality of video recorded
from the TV. Selecting a higher quality results in a larger recorded file when
recording TV shows.
You can also select the destination for any recorded TV.
Guide settings
Click on EPG Source to select the source for your EPG program listings. This will
differ depending on your region.
Click Restore Default Settings to return your settings to their default values.
Using TeleText functions
For regions with the TeleText service, TeleText can be activated by using the
onscreen controller or the remote control.
Pressing the TeleText button on the remote will bring up TeleText; press again
to bring up transparent mode (the text will have TV pictures in the
background), and press once more to return to TV only.
To navigate within the TeleText function, you can:
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Click the color buttons to follow the onscreen color shortcuts.
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Click an onscreen page number to jump to that page.
•
Use the number buttons to enter a page number directly.
•
Use the up/down buttons on the remote to navigate page numbers,
followed by OK to select.
•
Use the left and right buttons to browse sub-pages.
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Make DVDs
Acer Arcade provides an easy and complete solution for recording data, audio,
photos or videos. You can burn and share any combination of data, music,
photos or videos onto a CD or DVD — direct from Make DVD mode or some of
the other Acer Arcade media modes.
Authoring CD/DVDs
With Acer Arcade it is possible to create CD or DVDs directly from the main
menu, or from whichever media mode you may be using. The burn DVD option
can be found in the "Advanced" or "Main" menu of Video, Album and Music
media modes.
You can burn your favorite songs to a CD or convert songs from your music
collection to MP3 and other popular audio formats. You can even create MP3
CDs with over 100 of your favorite songs and listen to them on your PC or MP3
CD player.
With Arcade, you can also turn digital photos into a slide show with
background music, or burn TV and film clips into an amateur movie. You can
share any event with your friends and family for playback on most DVD players.
You can even add customized theme menus and menu music.
It is also possible to burn combo CD/DVDs with music, photos, film and TV clips
all in one. The possibilities are endless!
For specific details about each of these options, click the Help button to open
the Arcade help menu.
File type compatibility
For details on file compatibility, please refer to the first page of the Arcade
online help menu for each media mode.
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Taking your notebook PC with you
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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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:
•
AC adapter and power cord
•
The printed User's Guide
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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.
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Special considerations
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:
•
AC adapter
•
Spare, fully-charged battery pack(s)
•
Additional printer driver files if you plan to use another printer
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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:
•
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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Securing your computer
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
The notebook comes with a Kensington-compatible security slot for a 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:
•
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 85.
•
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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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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Expanding through options
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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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.
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Consumer Infrared (CIR)
The computer’s Consumer Infrared (CIR) port is used to receive signals from your
remote control, or other devices with CIR capability.
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.
Universal Serial Bus (USB)
The USB 2.0 port is a high-speed serial bus which allows you to connect USB
peripherals without taking up precious system resources.
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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.
OR
The computer's IEEE 1394 port allows you to connect to an IEEE 1394 supported
devices like a DVD/CD-RW combo or DVD-Dual drive.
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IEEE 1394 port
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Digital Video Interface (DVI-D)
DVI (Digital Video Interface) is an interface for video signal transmission
designed to maximize the visual quality of digital devices. DVI-D is True Digital
Video, used for direct digital connections between source (your computer) and
destination devices (LCD monitors and LCD TVs for example). DVI-D provides
much better visual quality than traditional VGA and S-Video connections.
For high quality display, use the DVI-D port on your computer to connect to LCD
monitors or LCD TVs that support DVI-D input.
High-Definition Multimedia Interface
HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is an industry-supported,
uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface. HDMI provides an interface
between any compatible digital audio/video source, such as a set-top box, DVD
player, and A/V receiver and a compatible digital audio and/or video monitor,
such as a digital television (DTV), over a single cable.
Use the HDMI port on your computer to connect with high-end audio and video
equipment. Single cable implementation allows tidy setup and fast connection.
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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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ExpressCard
The ExpressCard is the newest version of the PC Card. It is a smaller and faster
interface that further enhances the usability and expandability of your
computer.
ExpressCards support a vast number of expansion options, including flash
memory card adapters, TV-tuners, Bluetooth connectivity and IEEE 1394B
adapters. ExpressCards support USB 2.0 and PCI Express applications.
Important! There are two types, ExpressCard/54 and ExpressCard/
34 (54mm and 34mm), each with different functions. Not all
ExpressCard slots will support both types. Please refer to your
card's manual for details on how to install and use the card, and
its functions.
Inserting an ExpressCard
Insert the card into the slot and push gently until it clicks into position.
EXPRESS CARD
OR
EXPRESS CARD
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Before ejecting an ExpressCard:
1
Exit the application using the card.
2
Left-click on the remove hardware icon on the taskbar and stop the card
operation.
3
Push the card gently into the slot and release to pop out the card. Then
pull the card free from the slot.
Installing memory
Follow these steps to install memory:
1
Turn off the computer, unplug the AC adapter (if connected) and remove
the battery pack. Then turn the computer over to access its base.
2
Remove the screws from the memory cover; 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.
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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.
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.
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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
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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Power management
This computer has a built-in power management unit that monitors system
activity. System activity refers to any activity involving one or more of the
following devices: keyboard, mouse, hard disk, peripherals connected to the
computer, and video memory. If no activity is detected for a period of time
(called an inactivity timeout), the computer stops some or all of these devices in
order to conserve energy.
This computer employs a power management scheme that supports the
advanced configuration and power interface (ACPI), which allows for maximum
power conservation and maximum performance at the same time. Windows
handles all power-saving chores for your computer.
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.
Acer eRecovery Management consists of the following functions:
1
Create backup
2
Restore from backup
3
Create factory default image CD, or burn bundled software to an
application CD
4
Re-install bundled software without CD
5
Change Acer eRecovery Management password
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 disk burner, plug in an external
USB or IEEE 1394-compatible optical disk burner before entering
Acer eRecovery Management for optical disk-related tasks.
Acer eRecovery Management requires a specific hard disk
partitioning structure to function. If the system detects that the
hard disk does not use this structure, Acer eRecovery Management
functionality will be disabled.
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You can create and save backup images to hard disk, CD or DVD.
1
Boot to Windows XP
2
Press <Alt> + <F10> to open the Acer eRecovery Management utility.
3
Enter the password to proceed. The default password is six zeros.
4
In the Acer eRecovery Management window, select Recovery settings and
click Next.
5
In the Recovery settings window, select Backup snapshot image and
click Next.
6
Select the backup method.
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a
Use Backup to HDD to store the backup disk image on drive D:.
b
Backup to optical device to store the backup image on CD or DVD.
After choosing the backup method, click Next.
Follow the instructions on screen to complete the process.
Restore from backup
You can restore backups previously created (as stated in the Create backup
section) from hard disk, CD or DVD.
1
Boot to Windows XP.
2
Press <Alt> + <F10> to open the Acer eRecovery Management utility.
3
Enter the password to proceed. The default password is six zeros.
4
In the Acer eRecovery Management window, select Recovery actions and
click Next.
5
Select the desired restore action and follow the onscreen instructions to
complete the restore process.
Note: The "Restore C:" item is enabled only if there is a user
backup stored on the hard disk (D:\). Please refer to the Create
backup section.
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Create factory default image CD
When the System CD and Recovery CD are not available, you can create them by
using this feature.
1
Boot to Windows XP.
2
Press <Alt> + <F10> to open the Acer eRecovery Management utility.
3
Enter the password to proceed. The default password is six zeros.
4
In the Acer eRecovery Management window, select Recovery settings and
click Next.
5
In the Recovery settings window, select Burn image to disk and click Next.
6
In the Burn image to disk window, select 1. Factory default image or
2. Application CD and click Next.
7
Follow the instructions on screen to complete the process.
Note: Select 1. Factory default image when you want to burn a
bootable disk that contains your computer's entire operating
system as it was delivered to you from the factory. If you wish to
have a disk that will allow you to browse the contents and install
selected drivers and applications, select 2. Application CD — this
disk will not be bootable.
Re-install bundled software without CD
Acer eRecovery Management stores pre-loaded software internally for easy
driver and application re-installation.
1
Boot to Windows XP.
2
Press <Alt> + <F10> to open the Acer eRecovery Management utility.
3
Enter the password to proceed. The default password is six zeros.
4
In the Acer eRecovery Management window, select Recovery actions and
click Next.
5
In the Recovery settings window, select Reinstall applications/drivers and
click Next.
6
Select the desired driver/application and follow the instructions on screen
to re-install.
At first launch, Acer eRecovery Management prepares all the needed software
and may take few seconds to bring up the software content window.
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Acer eRecovery Management and Acer disk-to-disk recovery are protected by a
password that can be changed by the user. Follow the steps below to change
the password in Acer eRecovery Management.
1
Boot to Windows XP.
2
Press <Alt> + <F10> to open the Acer eRecovery Management utility.
3
Enter the password to proceed. The default password is six zeros.
4
In the Acer eRecovery Management window, select Recovery settings and
click Next.
5
In the Recovery settings window, select Password: Change Acer eRecovery
Management password and click Next.
6
Follow the instructions on screen to complete the process.
Note: If the system crashes, and will not boot to Windows, you can
run Acer disk-to-disk recovery to restore the factory default image
under DOS mode.
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Troubleshooting
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 57.
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.
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Regulations and safety notices
ENERGY STAR guidelines compliance
As an ENERGY STAR partner, Acer Inc. has determined that this product meets
the ENERGY STAR guidelines for energy efficiency.
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.
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.
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.
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Operation conditions
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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.
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.
For modem with approval number PTC 211/03/008
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.
For modem with approval number PTC 211/01/030
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.
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Notice for New Zealand
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3
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.
4
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.
5
This equipment may not provide for the effective hand-over of a call to
another device connected to the same line.
6
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.
7
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, the
associated equipment shall be set to ensure that calls are answered
between 3 and 30 seconds of receipt of ringing.
8
This equipment shall not be set up to make automatic calls to Telecom's
111 Emergency Service.
Important safety instructions
Read these instructions carefully. Save them for future reference.
1
Follow all warnings and instructions marked on the product.
2
Unplug this product from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not
use liquid cleaners or aerosol cleaners. Use a water-moistened cloth
for cleaning.
3
Do not use this product near water.
4
Do not place this product on an unstable cart, stand or table. If the product
falls, it could be seriously damaged.
5
Slots and openings are provided for ventilation; to ensure reliable
operation of the product and to protect it from overheating. These
openings must not be blocked or covered. The openings should never be
blocked by placing the product on a bed, sofa, rug or other similar surface.
This product should never be placed near or over a radiator or heat
register, or in a built-in installation unless proper ventilation is provided.
6
This product should be operated from the type of power indicated on the
marking label. If you are not sure of the type of power available, consult
your dealer or local power company.
7
Do not allow anything to rest on the power cord. Do not locate this
product where 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.
9
Never push objects of any kind into this product through cabinet slots as
they may touch dangerous voltage points or short-out parts that could
result in a fire or electric shock. Never spill liquid of any kind onto or into
the product.
10
Do not attempt to service this product yourself, as opening or removing
covers may expose you to dangerous voltage points or other risks. Refer all
servicing to qualified service personnel.
11
Unplug this product from the wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified
service personnel under the following conditions:
a
When the power cord or plug is damaged or frayed.
b
If liquid has been spilled into the product.
c
If the product has been exposed to rain or water.
d
If the product does not operate normally when the operating
instructions are followed. Adjust only those controls that are covered
by the operating instructions, since improper adjustment of other
controls may result in damage and will often require extensive work
by a qualified technician to restore the product to normal condition.
e
If the product has been dropped or the case has been damaged.
f
If the product exhibits a distinct change in performance, indicating a
need for service.
12
The notebook PC series uses lithium batteries.
Replace the battery with the same type as the product's battery we
recommend in the product specification list. Use of another battery may
present a risk of fire or explosion.
13
Warning! Batteries may explode if not handled properly. Do not
disassemble or dispose of them in fire. Keep them away from children and
dispose of used batteries promptly.
14
To avoid hazard of unexpected electrical shock, use the AC adapter only
when the wall socket is properly grounded.
15
Use only the proper type of power supply cord set (provided in your
accessories box) for this unit. It should be a detachable type: UL listed/CSA
certified, type SPT-2, rated 7 A 125 V minimum, VDE approved or its
equivalent. Maximum length is 4.6 meters (15 feet).
16
Always disconnect all telephone lines from the wall outlet before serving
or disassembling this equipment.
17
Avoid using a telephone (other than a cordless type) during an electrical
storm. There may be a remote risk of electric shock from lightning.
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Laser compliance statement
The CD or DVD drive used with this computer is a laser product.
The CD or DVD drive's classification label (shown below) is located on the drive.
CLASS 1 LASER PRODUCT
CAUTION: INVISIBLE LASER RADIATION WHEN OPEN. AVOID EXPOSURE
TO BEAM.
APPAREIL A LASER DE CLASSE 1 PRODUIT
LASERATTENTION: RADIATION DU FAISCEAU LASER INVISIBLE EN CAS
D’OUVERTURE. EVITTER TOUTE EXPOSITION AUX RAYONS.
LUOKAN 1 LASERLAITE LASER KLASSE 1
VORSICHT: UNSICHTBARE LASERSTRAHLUNG, WENN ABDECKUNG GEÖFFNET
NICHT DEM STRAHLL AUSSETZEN
PRODUCTO LÁSER DE LA CLASE I
ADVERTENCIA: RADIACIÓN LÁSER INVISIBLE AL SER ABIERTO. EVITE EXPONERSE
A LOS RAYOS.
ADVARSEL: LASERSTRÅLING VEDÅBNING SE IKKE IND I STRÅLEN.
VARO! LAVATTAESSA OLET ALTTINA LASERSÅTEILYLLE.
VARNING: LASERSTRÅLNING NÅR DENNA DEL ÅR ÖPPNAD ÅLÅ TUIJOTA
SÅTEESEENSTIRRA EJ IN I STRÅLEN
VARNING: LASERSTRÅLNING NAR DENNA DEL ÅR ÖPPNADSTIRRA EJ IN I
STRÅLEN
ADVARSEL: LASERSTRÅLING NAR DEKSEL ÅPNESSTIRR IKKE INN I STRÅLEN
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
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.
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)
This device complies with the essential requirements of the European Council
Directives listed below:
73/23/EEC Low Voltage Directive
•
EN 60950
89/336/EEC Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Directive
•
EN 55022
•
EN 55024
•
EN 61000-3-2/-3
99/5/EC Radio & Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (R&TTE) Directive
•
Art.3.1a) EN 60950
•
Art.3.1b) EN 301 489 -1/-17
•
Art.3.2) EN 300 328-2
•
Art.3.2) EN 301 893 *applies to 5 GHz only
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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 radio communication.
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.
Exposure of humans to RF fields (RSS-102)
The notebook PC series employs low gain integral antennas that do not emit RF
field in excess of Health Canada limits for the general population; consult Safety
Code 6, obtainable from Health Canada's website at www.hc-sc.gc.ca/rpb.
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Federal Communications Comission
Declaration of Conformity
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference,
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:
MS2196
Machine type:
Aspire 9510 and Aspire 9520
SKU number:
Aspire 951xxx and Aspire 952xxx
("x" = 0 - 9, a - z, or A - Z)
Name of responsible party:
Acer America Corporation
Address of responsible party:
2641 Orchard Parkway
San Jose, CA 95134
USA
Contact person:
Mr. Young Kim
Tel:
408-922-2909
Fax:
408-922-2606
Name of manufacturer: Beijing Acer Information Co., Ltd.
Address of
manufacturer:
Huade Building, No.18, ChuangYe Rd.
ShangDi Zone, HaiDian District Beijing PRCE marking
Contact person:
Mr. Easy Lai
Tel:
886-2-8691-3089
Fax:
886-2-8691-3000
E-mail:
easy_lai@acer.com.tw
Declares that product:
Notebook PC
Trade name:
Acer
Model number:
MS2196
Machine type:
Aspire 9510 and Aspire 9520
SKU number:
Aspire 951xxx and Aspire 952xxx
("x" = 0 - 9, a - z, or A - Z)
Is in compliance with the essential requirements and other relevant provisions
of the following EC directives.
Reference no.
Title
89/336/EEC
Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC directive)
73/23/EEC
Low Voltage Directive (LVD)
1999/5/EC
Radio & Telecommunications Terminal Equipment
Directive (R&TTE)
The product specified above was tested conforming to the applicable Rules
under the most accurate measurement standards possible, and all the necessary
steps have been taken and are in force to assure that production units of the
same product will continue to comply with these requirements.
May 1, 2006
Easy Lai, Director
Regulation Center
Environment & Safety
Date
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Index
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A
AC adapter
caring for ix
audio 37
adjusting the volume
troubleshooting 55
37
B
battery pack
caring for x
BIOS utility 47, 85
brightness
hotkeys 34
C
caps lock 32
on indicator 28
care
AC adapter ix
battery pack x
computer ix
CD-ROM
ejecting 36
ejecting manually 55
troubleshooting 55
cleaning
computer x
computer
caring for ix
cleaning x
disconnecting 72
features 15, 51
indicators 28
keyboards 32
moving around 72
on indicator 16, 17, 28
security 76
setting up a home office 74
taking home 73
traveling internationally 75
traveling on local trips 74
troubleshooting 92
turning off ix
connections
network 79
display
hotkeys 34
troubleshooting
DVD 87
DVD movies
playing 87
54
E
error messages
Euro 35
92
F
FAQ. See frequently-asked questions
frequently-asked questions 54
front view 17
H
Hibernation mode
hotkey 34
hotkeys 33
I
IEEE 1394 port
infrared 80
81
K
keyboard 32
embedded numeric keypad
hotkeys 33
lock keys 32
troubleshooting 55
Windows keys 33
L
left view
17
M
media access
on indicator 28
memory
installing 85
messages
error 92
modem 78
N
network 79
Notebook Manager
hotkey 34
32
107
P
password 76
types 76
PC Card 83
ejecting 83
inserting 83
ports 78
printer
troubleshooting
problems 54
CD-ROM 55
display 54
keyboard 55
printer 55
startup 54
troubleshooting
T
55
touchpad 30
hotkey 34
using 30– 31, ??– 31
travel
international flights 75
local trips 74
troubleshooting 92
tips 92
U
92
Q
questions
setting location for modem use
56
S
safety
CD or DVD 100
FCC notice 94
general instructions 98
modem notices 95
scroll lock 32
universal serial bus
V
view
front 18
left 18
rear 20
right 19
volume
adjusting 37
W
Windows keys
33
80
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security
keylock 36, 76
passwords 76
speakers
hotkey 34
troubleshooting 55
support
information 57
num lock 32
on indicator 28
numeric keypad
embedded 32
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