TravelMate 8371/8331 Series Quick Guide © 2009 All Rights Reserved. TravelMate 8371/8331 Series Quick Guide Original Issue: 11/2009 TravelMate 8371/8331 Series Notebook PC Model number: __________________________________ Serial number: ___________________________________ Date of purchase: ________________________________ Place of purchase: ________________________________ 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 TravelMate Series Generic User Guide contains useful information applying to all models in the TravelMate 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 # 1 Icon Item Description Acer Crystal Eye webcam Web camera for video communication. 5 Item Description 2 Microphone Internal microphone for sound recording. 3 Display screen Also called Liquid-Crystal Display (LCD), displays computer output (Configuration may vary by models). 4 Speakers Left and right speakers deliver stereo audio output. 5 Keyboard For entering data into your computer. 6 Touchpad Touch-sensitive pointing device which functions like a computer mouse. 7 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). 8 Palmrest Comfortable support area for your hands when you use the computer. 9 Touchpad toggle Turns the internal touchpad on and off. 10 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. Communication key Enables / disables the WLAN / 3G functions. Backup key Launches Acer Backup Management for three-step data backup. Acer PowerSmart key Puts your computer into power-saving mode. Power button / indicator Turns the computer on and off. / Indicates the computer's power status. 11 12 Icon English # English 6 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. Function Description <Fn> + <F2> Hotkey 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 1 English Closed front view Item Description Battery Indicates the computer's battery status. 1. Charging: The light shows amber when the battery is charging. 2. Fully charged: The light shows blue when in AC mode. Rear view # 1 Icon Item Description Battery bay Houses the computer's battery pack. English 8 Left view # 1 Icon Item Description Kensington lock slot Connects to a Kensington-compatible computer security lock. Note: Wrap the computer security lock cable around an immovable object such as a table or handle of a locked drawer. Insert the lock into the notch and turn the key to secure the lock. Some keyless models are also available. 2 External display (VGA) port Connects to a display device (e.g., external monitor, LCD projector). 3 Ventilation slots Enable the computer to stay cool, even after prolonged use. 4 USB 2.0 port Connect to USB 2.0 devices (e.g., USB mouse, USB camera). 5 Microphone-in jack Accepts inputs from external microphones. Headphones/speaker/ Connects to audio line-out devices line-out jack (e.g., speakers, headphones). 9 # 1 Icon English Right view Item Description 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. 2 USB 2.0 port Connects to USB 2.0 devices (e.g., USB mouse, USB camera). 3 Ethernet (RJ-45) port Connects to an Ethernet 10/100/1000based network. 4 Acer EasyPort IV connector Connects to Acer EasyPort IV. 5 DC-in jack Connects to an AC adapter. English 10 Base view # Icon Item Description 1 Battery bay Houses the computer's battery pack. 2 Battery lock Locks the battery in position. 3 Memory compartment Houses the computer's main memory. 4 Hard disk bay Houses the computer's hard disk (secured with screws). 5 Ventilation slots and cooling fan Enable the computer to stay cool, even after prolonged use. Note: Do not cover or obstruct the opening of the fan. 6 Battery release latch Releases the battery for removal. 11 Operating system • • Genuine Windows Vista®* Platform • • • • • • • • • Intel® Core™2 Duo processor* System memory • Genuine Windows® 7* Intel® Core™2 Solo processor* Intel® Celeron® mobile processor* Mobile Intel® GS45 Express Chipset Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 5100* Acer InviLink™ Nplify™ 802.11b/g/Draft-N* Acer InviLink™ 802.11b/g* Dual-Channel SDRAM support Up to 2 GB of DDR3 1066 MHz memory, upgradeable to 4 GB using two soDIMM modules* Up to 4 GB of DDR3 1066 MHz memory, upgradeable to 8 GB using two soDIMM modules* Display • • 16:9 aspect ratio 13.3" HD 1366 x 768 Graphics • • • • Mobile Intel® GS45 Express Chipset* ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4330* Communication Integrated Acer Crystal Eye webcam WLAN: • • • • • Audio Storage subsystem Privacy control • • • • • • • • • • • Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 5100* Acer InviLink™ Nplify™ 802.11b/g/Draft-N* Acer InviLink™ 802.11b/g* WPAN: Bluetooth® 2.1+Enhanced Data Rate (EDR)* WWAN: UMTS/HSPA at 850/900/1900/2100 MHz and quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) LAN: Gigabit Ethernet; Wake-on-LAN ready High-definition audio support MS-Sound compatible Built-in microphone 2.5" hard disk drive, with enhanced Acer DASP (Disk Anti-Shock Protection)* Solid state drive* 5-in-1 card reader Enhanced Acer DASP (Disk Anti-Shock Protection) Acer Bio-Protection fingerprint solution* BIOS user, supervisor, HDD passwords Kensington lock slot English Specifications English 12 Dimensions and weight Power subsystem Special keys and controls I/O interface Environment • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 323.6 (W) x 228 (D) x 26/29.4 (H) mm (12.74 x 8.97 x 1.02/1.10 inches) 1.65 kg (3.583 lbs.) with 6-cell battery pack* 1.89 kg (4.13 lbs.) with 9-cell battery pack* ACPI 3.0 48 W 4400 mAh* 62.16 W 5600 mAh* 63 W 5600 mAh* 94 W 8700 mAh* 3-pin 65 W AC adapter ENERGY STAR®* 88-/89-/93- key keyboard Touchpad pointing device Acer EasyPort IV connector Acer Bio-Protection fingerprint reader 5-in-1 card reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO/xD) USB 2.0 port External display (VGA) port Headphones/speaker/line-out jack Microphone-in jack Ethernet (RJ-45) 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.