Aspire 7738 Series Quick Guide Copyright © 2009. Acer Incorporated. All Rights Reserved. Aspire 7738 Series Quick Guide Original Issue: 03/2009 Changes may be made periodically to the information in this publication without obligation to notify any person of such revisions or changes. Such changes will be incorporated in new editions of this manual or supplementary documents and publications. Record the model number, serial number, purchase date and place of purchase information in the space provided below. The serial number and model number are recorded on the label affixed to your computer. All correspondence concerning your unit should include the serial number, model number and purchase information. This booklet has been reviewed for accuracy. Although Acer makes all reasonable attempts for this booklet to be printed in an accurate manner, Acer takes no responsibility for any inadvertent errors or misprints. Acer's liability with respect to this booklet is subject to any limitation of liability set out in the applicable product warranty. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronically, mechanically, by photocopy, recording or otherwise,without the prior written permission of Acer Incorporated. Aspire 7738 Series Notebook PC Model number: __________________________________ Serial number: ___________________________________ Date of purchase: ________________________________ Place of purchase: ________________________________ Acer and the Acer logo are registered trademarks of Acer Incorporated. Other companies' product names or trademarks are used herein for identification purposes only and belong to their respective companies. 3 First things first We would like to thank you for making an Acer notebook your choice for meeting your mobile computing needs. Your guides To help you use your Acer notebook, we have designed a set of guides: First off, the Just for Starters... poster helps you get started with setting up your computer. The Aspire Series Generic User Guide contains useful information applying to all models in the Aspire product series. It covers basic topics such as using the keyboard and audio, etc. Please understand that due to its nature, the Generic User Guide as well as the AcerSystem User Guide mentioned below will occasionally refer to functions or features which are only contained in certain models of the series, but not necessarily in the model you purchased. Such instances are marked in the text with language such as "only for certain models". The Quick Guide introduces you to the basic features and functions of your new computer. For more on how your computer can help you to be more productive, please refer to the AcerSystem User Guide. This guide contains detailed information on such subjects as system utilities, data recovery, expansion options and troubleshooting. In addition it contains warranty information and the general regulations and safety notices for your notebook. It is available in Portable Document Format (PDF) and comes preloaded on your notebook. Follow these steps to access it: 1 Click on Start, All Programs, AcerSystem. 2 Click on AcerSystem User Guide. Note: Viewing the file requires Adobe Reader. If Adobe Reader is not installed on your computer, clicking on AcerSystem User Guide will run the Adobe Reader setup program first. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation. For instructions on how to use Adobe Reader, access the Help and Support menu. English 4 Your Acer notebook tour After setting up your computer as illustrated in the Just for Starters... poster, let us show you around your new Acer notebook. Top view # Icon Item Description 1 Acer Crystal Eye webcam Web camera for video communication. (only for certain models) 2 Microphone Internal microphone for sound recording. 3 Display screen Also called Liquid-Crystal Display (LCD), displays computer output (Configuration may vary by models). 5 Item Description 4 Power button Turns the computer on and off. 5 HDD Indicates when the hard disk drive is active. Num Lock Lights up when Num Lock is activated. Caps Lock Lights up when Caps Lock is activated. Wireless LAN communication button/indicator Enables/disables the wireless LAN function. Indicates the status of wireless LAN communication. Bluetooth communication button/indicator Enables/disables the Bluetooth function. Indicates the status of Bluetooth communication. (only for certain models) Backup key Launches Acer Backup Management for three-step data backup. 7 Keyboard For entering data into your computer. 8 Touchpad Touch-sensitive pointing device which functions like a computer mouse. 9 Power1 Indicates the computer's power status. Battery1 Indicates the computer's battery status. 1. Charging: The light shows amber when the battery is charging. 2. Fully charged: The light shows blue when in AC mode. 10 Click buttons (left, center* and right) The left and right buttons function like the left and right mouse buttons. *The center button serves as Acer BioProtection fingerprint reader supporting Acer FingerNav 4-way control function (only for certain models). 11 Palmrest Comfortable support area for your hands when you use the computer. 12 Touchpad toggle Turns the internal touchpad on and off. 13 Acer MediaTouch Touch sensitive controls for Acer Arcade, volume (up/down) and media (play/pause, stop, previous, next); with mute and hold keys. 6 Icon English # English 6 # Icon Item Description 14 Acer PowerSmart key Puts your computer into power-saving mode. 15 Speakers Left and right speakers deliver stereo audio output. 1. The front panel indicators are visible even when the computer cover is closed up. Hotkeys The computer employs hotkeys or key combinations to access most of the computer's controls like screen brightness and volume output. To activate hotkeys, press and hold the <Fn> key before pressing the other key in the hotkey combination. Hotkey Function Description <Fn> + <F2> Icon System property Starts System Property for displaying system information. <Fn> + <F3> Bluetooth Enables/disables the Bluetooth function. (only for certain models) <Fn> + <F4> Sleep Puts the computer in Sleep mode. <Fn> + <F5> Display toggle Switches display output between the display screen, external monitor (if connected) and both. <Fn> + <F6> Screen blank Turns the display screen backlight off to save power. Press any key to return. <Fn> + <F8> Speaker toggle Turns the speakers on and off. <Fn> + < > Brightness up Increases the screen brightness. <Fn> + < > Brightness down Decreases the screen brightness. <Fn> + < > Volume up Increases the sound volume. <Fn> + < > Volume down Decreases the sound volume. 7 # Icon English Closed front view Item Description 1 CIR receiver Receives signals from a remote control. 2 5-in-1 card reader Accepts Secure Digital (SD), MultiMediaCard (MMC), Memory Stick (MS), Memory Stick PRO (MS PRO), xD-Picture Card (xD). Note: Push to remove/install the card. Only one card can operate at any given time. Rear view # Item Description 1 Tuba The dedicated Tuba CineBass subwoofer pumps out earthshaking movie-house audio. 2 Ventilation slots Enable the computer to stay cool, even after prolonged use. English 8 Left view # Item Description 1 DC-in jack Connects to an AC adapter. 2 Ethernet (RJ-45) port Connects to an Ethernet 10/100/1000based network. 3 External display (VGA) port Connects to a display device (e.g., external monitor, LCD projector). HDMI port Supports high definition digital video connections. 5 USB 2.0 port Connect to USB 2.0 devices (e.g., USB mouse, USB camera). 6 Line-in jack Accepts audio line-in devices (e.g., audio CD player, stereo walkman, mp3 player) Microphone-in jack Accepts inputs from external microphones. 4 Icon HDMI Headphones/speaker/ Connects to audio line-out devices (e.g., speakers, headphones). line-out jack with S/PDIF support 9 # Icon English Right view Item Description 1 USB 2.0 port Connects to USB 2.0 devices (e.g., USB mouse, USB camera). 2 Optical drive Internal optical drive; accepts CDs or DVDs. 3 Optical disk access indicator Lights up when the optical drive is active. 4 Optical drive eject button Ejects the optical disk from the drive. 5 Emergency eject hole Ejects the optical drive tray when the computer is turned off. Note: Insert a paper clip to the emergency eject hole to eject the optical drive tray when the computer is off. 6 RF-in port Accepts input signals from digital TVtuner devices. (only for certain models) 7 Modem (RJ-11) port Connects to a phone line. 8 Kensington lock slot Connects to a Kensington-compatible computer security lock. Note: Wrap the computer security lock cable around an immovable object such as a table or handle of a locked drawer. Insert the lock into the notch and turn the key to secure the lock. Some keyless models are also available. English 10 Base view # Icon Item Description 1 Battery bay Houses the computer's battery pack. 2 Battery release latch Releases the battery for removal. 3 Battery lock Locks the battery in position. 4 Hard disk baySecondary Houses the computer's hard disk (secured with screws) (only for certain models). 5 Hard disk bay-Main Houses the computer's hard disk (secured with screws). 6 Memory compartment Houses the computer's main memory. 7 Ventilation slots and cooling fan Enable the computer to stay cool, even after prolonged use. Note: Do not cover or obstruct the opening of the fan. 11 Operating system • Genuine Windows Vista® Platform • Intel® Centrino® 2 processor technology, featuring: • • • • Intel® Core™2 Extreme processor* Intel® Core™2 Duo processor* Mobile Intel® PM45/GM45 Express Chipset* Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 5100/5300 System memory • • Dual-Channel SDRAM support Up to 2 GB of DDR3 1066 MHz memory, upgradeable to 4 GB using two soDIMM modules Display • • • 16:9 aspect ratio 17.3" HD+ 1600 x 900 • • • Mobile Intel® GM45 Express Chipset* • Dolby®-optimized surround sound system with two built-in stereo speakers True5.1-channel surround sound output High-definition audio support S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface) support for digital speakers MS-Sound compatible Acer Purezone technology with two built-in stereo microphones TV-tuner Graphics Audio • • • • • Storage subsystem • • Digital TV-tuner supporting DVB-T* ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4570* NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 130M* 2.5" hard disk drive Optical drive options: • • • Communication Blu-ray Disc™/DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive* DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive* 5-in-1 card reader Acer Video Conference, featuring: • • • • • • Integrated Acer Crystal Eye webcam* Acer PureZone technology* WLAN: Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 5100/5300* WPAN: Bluetooth® 2.0+Enhanced Data Rate (EDR)* LAN: Gigabit Ethernet; Wake-on-LAN ready Modem: 56K ITU V.92; Wake-on-Ring ready English Specifications English 12 Privacy control Dimensions and weight Power subsystem Special keys and controls I/O interface Environment • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Acer Bio-Protection fingerprint solution* BIOS user, supervisor, HDD passwords Kensington lock slot 410 (W) x 286 (D) x 35/41.5 (H) mm (16.14 x 11.25 x 1.37/1.63 inches) 3.36 kg (7.4 lbs.) with one HDD and 8-cell battery pack 3.25 kg (7.1 lbs.) with one HDD and 6-cell battery pack ACPI 3.0 71 W 4800 mAh* 48.8 W 4400 mAh* 3-pin 65 W AC adapter* 3-pin 90 W AC adapter* 3-pin 120 W AC adapter* ENERGY STAR®* 103-/104-/107-key keyboard Touchpad pointing device Acer Bio-Protection fingerprint reader* 5-in-1 card reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO/xD) USB 2.0 port HDMI™ port with HDCP support External display (VGA) port Consumer infrared (CIR) port RF-in jack* Headphones/speaker/line-out jack with S/PDIF support Microphone-in jack Line-in jack Ethernet (RJ-45) port Modem (RJ-11) port DC-in jack for AC adapter Temperature: • • • Operating: 5 °C to 35 °C Non-operating: -20 °C to 65 °C Humidity (non-condensing): • • Operating: 20% to 80% Non-operating: 20% to 80% Note: * Only for certain models Note: The specifications listed above are for reference only. The exact configuration of your PC depends on the model purchased.