Acer 8471G Laptop User Manual

TravelMate Series
Generic User Guide
Copyright © 2009. Acer Incorporated.
All Rights Reserved.
TravelMate Series Notebook PC
Model number: __________________________________
Serial number: ___________________________________
Date of purchase: ________________________________
Place of purchase: ________________________________
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Information for your safety and
comfort
Safety instructions
Read these instructions carefully. Keep this document for future reference.
Follow all warnings and instructions marked on the product.
Turning the product off before cleaning
Unplug this product from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not use liquid
cleaners or aerosol cleaners. Use a damp cloth for cleaning.
CAUTION for plug as disconnecting device
Observe the following guidelines when connecting and disconnecting power to
the power supply unit:
Install the power supply unit before connecting the power cord to the AC
power outlet.
Unplug the power cord before removing the power supply unit from the
computer.
If the system has multiple sources of power, disconnect power from the system
by unplugging all power cords from the power supplies.
CAUTION for Accessibility
Be sure that the power outlet you plug the power cord into is easily accessible
and located as close to the equipment operator as possible. When you need to
disconnect power to the equipment, be sure to unplug the power cord from the
electrical outlet.
CAUTION for bundled dummy cards (only for certain models)
Your computer shipped with plastic dummies installed in the card slots.
Dummies protect unused slots from dust, metal objects or other particles. Save
the dummies for use when no cards are in the slots.
CAUTION for Listening
To protect your hearing, follow these instructions.
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Increase the volume gradually until you can hear clearly and comfortably.
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Do not increase the volume level after your ears have adjusted.
Do not listen to music at high volumes for extended periods.
Do not increase the volume to block out noisy surroundings.
Decrease the volume if you can't hear people speaking near you.
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Warnings
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Do not use this product near water.
Do not place this product on an unstable cart, stand or table. If the product
falls, it could be seriously damaged.
Slots and openings are provided for ventilation to ensure reliable
operation of the product and to protect it from overheating. These
openings must not be blocked or covered. The openings should never be
blocked by placing the product on a bed, sofa, rug or other similar surface.
This product should never be placed near or over a radiator or heat
register, or in a built-in installation unless proper ventilation is provided.
Never push objects of any kind into this product through cabinet slots as
they may touch dangerous voltage points or short-out parts that could
result in a fire or electric shock. Never spill liquid of any kind onto or into
the product.
To avoid damage of internal components and to prevent battery leakage,
do not place the product on a vibrating surface.
Never use it under sporting, exercising, or any vibrating environment
which will probably cause unexpected short current or damage rotor
devices, HDD, Optical drive, and even exposure risk from lithium battery
pack.
The bottom surface, areas around ventilation openings and AC adapter
may get hot. To avoid injury, ensure they do not come in contact with your
skin or body.
Your device and its enhancements may contain small parts. Keep them out
of the reach of small children.
Using electrical power
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This product should be operated from the type of power indicated on the
marking label. If you are not sure of the type of power available, consult
your dealer or local power company.
Do not allow anything to rest on the power cord. Do not locate this
product where people will walk on the cord.
If an extension cord is used with this product, make sure that the total
ampere rating of the equipment plugged into the extension cord does not
exceed the extension cord ampere rating. Also, make sure that the total
rating of all products plugged into the wall outlet does not exceed the fuse
rating.
Do not overload a power outlet, strip or receptacle by plugging in too
many devices. The overall system load must not exceed 80% of the branch
circuit rating. If power strips are used, the load should not exceed 80% of
the power strip's input rating.
This product's AC adapter is equipped with a three-wire grounded plug.
The plug only fits in a grounded power outlet. Make sure the power outlet
is properly grounded before inserting the AC adapter plug. Do not insert
the plug into a non-grounded power outlet. Contact your electrician for
details.
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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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The system can be powered using a wide range of voltages; 100 to 120 or
220 to 240 V AC. The power cord included with the system meets the
requirements for use in the country/region where the system was
purchased. Power cords for use in other countries/regions must meet the
requirements for that country/region. For more information on power cord
requirements, contact an authorized reseller or service provider.
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.
Guidelines for safe battery usage
This notebook uses a Lithium-ion battery. Do not use it in a humid, wet or
corrosive environment. Do not put, store or leave your product in or near a heat
source, in a high temperature location, in strong direct sunlight, in a microwave
oven or in a pressurized container, and do not expose it to temperatures over
60°C (140°F). Failure to follow these guidelines may cause the battery to leak
acid, become hot, explode or ignite and cause injury and/or damage. Do not
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pierce, open or disassemble the battery. If the battery leaks and you come into
contact with the leaked fluids, rinse thoroughly with water and seek medical
attention immediately. For safety reasons, and to prolong the lifetime of the
battery, charging will not occur at temperatures below 0°C (32°F) or above 40°C
(104°F).
The full performance of a new battery is achieved only after two or three
complete charge and discharge cycles. The battery can be charged and
discharged hundreds of times, but it will eventually wear out. When the
operation time becomes noticeably shorter than normal, buy a new battery. Use
only the approved batteries, and recharge your battery only with the approved
chargers designated for this device.
Use the battery only for its intended purpose. Never use any charger or battery
that is damaged. Do not short-circuit the battery. Accidental short-circuiting can
occur when a metallic object such as a coin, clip or pen causes direct connection
of the positive (+) and negative (-) terminals of the battery. (These look like
metal strips on the battery.) This might happen, for example, when you carry a
spare battery in your pocket or purse. Short-circuiting the terminals may
damage the battery or the connecting object.
The capacity and lifetime of the battery will be reduced if the battery is left in
hot or cold places, such as in a closed car in summer or winter. Always try to
keep the battery between 15°C and 25°C (59°F and 77°F). A device with a hot or
cold battery may not work temporarily, even when the battery is fully charged.
Battery performance is especially limited in temperatures well below freezing.
Do not dispose of batteries in a fire as they may explode. Batteries may also
explode if damaged. Dispose of batteries according to local regulations. Please
recycle when possible. Do not dispose as household waste.
Wireless devices may be susceptible to interference from the battery, which
could affect performance.
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.
Caution for Optical Drive Device
(only for certain models)
CAUTION: This appliance contains a laser system and is classified as a "CLASS 1
LASER PRODUCT." In case of any trouble with this device, please contact your
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nearest AUTHORIZED service station. To prevent direct exposure to the laser
beam, do not try to open the enclosure.
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
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.
Operating environment
Warning! For safety reasons, turn off all wireless or radio
transmitting devices when using your laptop under the following
conditions. These devices may include, but are not limited to:
wireless lan (WLAN), Bluetooth and/or 3G.
Remember to follow any special regulations in force in any area, and always
switch off your device when its use is prohibited or when it may cause
interference or danger. Use the device only in its normal operating positions.
This device meets RF exposure guidelines when used normally, and it and its
antenna are positioned at least 1.5 centimeters (5/8 inches) away from your
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body (refer to the figure below). It should not contain metal and you should
position the device the above-stated distance from your body. To successfully
transmit data files or messages, this device requires a good quality connection
to the network. In some cases, transmission of data files or messages may be
delayed until such a connection is available. Ensure that the above separation
distance instructions are followed until the transmission is completed. Parts of
the device are magnetic. Metallic materials may be attracted to the device, and
persons with hearing aids should not hold the device to the ear with the
hearing aid. Do not place credit cards or other magnetic storage media near the
device, because information stored on them may be erased.
Medical devices
Operation of any radio transmitting equipment, including wireless phones, may
interfere with the functionality of inadequately protected medical devices.
Consult a physician or the manufacturer of the medical device to determine if
they are adequately shielded from external RF energy or if you have any
questions. Switch off your device in health care facilities when any regulations
posted in these areas instruct you to do so. Hospitals or health care facilities
may be using equipment that could be sensitive to external RF transmissions.
Pacemakers. Pacemaker manufacturers recommend that a minimum separation
of 15.3 centimeters (6 inches) be maintained between wireless devices and a
pacemaker to avoid potential interference with the pacemaker. These
recommendations are consistent with the independent research by and
recommendations of Wireless Technology Research. Persons with pacemakers
should do the following:
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pacemaker
Not carry the device near your pacemaker when the device is switched o. If
you suspect interference, switch off your device, and move it.
Hearing aids. Some digital wireless devices may interfere with some hearing
aids. If interference occurs, consult your service provider.
Vehicles
RF signals may affect improperly installed or inadequately shielded electronic
systems in motor vehicles such as electronic fuel injection systems, electronic
antiskid (antilock) braking systems, electronic speed control systems, and air bag
systems. For more information, check with the manufacturer, or its
representative, of your vehicle or any equipment that has been added. Only
qualified personnel should service the device, or install the device in a vehicle.
Faulty installation or service may be dangerous and may invalidate any
warranty that may apply to the device. Check regularly that all wireless
equipment in your vehicle is mounted and operating properly. Do not store or
carry flammable liquids, gases, or explosive materials in the same compartment
as the device, its parts, or enhancements. For vehicles equipped with an air bag,
remember that air bags inflate with great force. Do not place objects, including
installed or portable wireless equipment in the area over the air bag or in the
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air bag deployment area. If in-vehicle wireless equipment is improperly
installed, and the air bag inflates, serious injury could result. Using your device
while flying in aircraft is prohibited. Switch off your device before boarding an
aircraft. The use of wireless teledevices in an aircraft may be dangerous to the
operation of the aircraft, disrupt the wireless telephone network, and may be
illegal.
Potentially explosive environments
Switch off your device when in any area with a potentially explosive
atmosphere and obey all signs and instructions. Potentially explosive
atmospheres include areas where you would normally be advised to turn off
your vehicle engine. Sparks in such areas could cause an explosion or fire
resulting in bodily injury or even death. Switch off the device at refueling points
such as near gas pumps at service stations. Observe restrictions on the use of
radio equipment in fuel depots, storage, and distribution areas; chemical plants;
or where blasting operations are in progress. Areas with a potentially explosive
atmosphere are often, but not always, clearly marked. They include below deck
on boats, chemical transfer or storage facilities, vehicles using liquefied
petroleum gas (such as propane or butane), and areas where the air contains
chemicals or particles such as grain, dust or metal powders. Do not switch the
notebook on when wireless phone use is prohibited or when it may cause
interference or danger.
Emergency calls
Warning: You cannot make emergency calls through this device. To make an
emergency call you shall dial out through your mobile phone or other
telephone call system.
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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://www.acer-group.com/public/Sustainability/
sustainability01.htm
Mercury advisory
For bulb-inside projectors or electronic products containing an nonLED-backlit-LCD/CRT monito 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.
ENERGY STAR
Acer's ENERGY STAR qualified products save your money by
reducing energy cost and protecting the environment without
sacrificing features or performance. Acer is proud to offer our
customers products with the ENERGY STAR mark.
What is ENERGY STAR?
Products that are ENERGY STAR qualified use less energy and
prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy efficiency guidelines
set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Acer is committed to offer
products and services worldwide that help customers save money, conserve
energy and improve the quality of our environment. The more energy we can
save through higher energy efficiency, the more we reduce greenhouse gases
and the risks of climate change. More information refers to http://
www.energystar.gov or http://www.energystar.gov/powermangement
Acer ENERGY STAR qualified products:
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Produce less heat and reduce cooling loads, and warmer climates.
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Automatically go into "display sleep" and "computer sleep" mode
after 15 and 30 minute of inactivity respectively.
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Wake the computer from sleep mode by pushing keyboard or moving
mouse.
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Computers will save more than 80% energy at "sleep" mode.
ENERGY STAR and the ENERGY STAR mark are registered U.S. marks
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,
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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.
Eyes
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Rest your eyes frequently.
Give your eyes regular breaks by looking away from the monitor and
focusing on a distant point.
Blink frequently to keep your eyes from drying out.
Display
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Keep your display clean.
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Keep your head at a higher level than the top edge of the display so your
eyes point downward when looking at the middle of the display.
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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 38.
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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 TravelMate Series Generic User Guide contains useful information
applying to all models in the TravelMate product series. It covers basic topics
such as Acer eRecovery Management, using the keyboard, 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 printed 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.
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. Please refre to "Quick Guide" for
the location of the power button.
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To turn the power off, do any of the following:
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Use the Windows shutdown command
Click on Start
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then click on Shut Down.
Use the power button
You can also put the computer in sleep mode by pressing the sleep hotkey
<Fn> + <F4>.
Note: If you cannot power off the computer normally, press and
hold the power button for more than four seconds to shut down
the computer. If you turn off the computer and want to turn it on
again, wait at least two seconds before powering up.
Taking care of your computer
Your computer will serve you well if you take care of it.
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Do not expose the computer to direct sunlight. Do not place it near sources
of heat, such as a radiator.
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Do not expose the computer to temperatures below 0 ºC (32 ºF) or above
50 ºC (122 ºF).
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Do not subject the computer to magnetic fields.
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Do not expose the computer to rain or moisture.
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Do not spill water or any liquid on the computer.
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Do not subject the computer to heavy shock or vibration.
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Do not expose the computer to dust or dirt.
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Never place objects on top of the computer.
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Do not slam the computer display when you close it.
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Never place the computer on uneven surfaces.
Taking care of your AC adapter
Here are some ways to take care of your AC adapter:
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Do not connect the adapter to any other device.
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Do not step on the pow er 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 33 .
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Safety instructions
Caution for Optical Drive Device
(only for certain models)
Operating environment
Medical devices
Vehicles
Potentially explosive environments
Emergency calls
Disposal instructions
Mercury advisory
ENERGY STAR
Tips and information for comfortable use
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First things first
Your guides
Basic care and tips for using your computer
Turning your computer on and off
Taking care of your computer
Taking care of your AC adapter
Taking care of your battery pack
Cleaning and servicing
Touchpad
Touchpad basics (with fingerprint reader)
Touchpad basics (with two-click buttons)
Using the keyboard
Lock keys and embedded numeric keypad*
Windows keys
Audio
Video
Acer PureZone (only for certain models)
16:9 display
Using the system utilities
Acer Bio-Protection (only for certain models)
Acer GridVista (dual-display compatible)
Acer Backup Manager
Power management
Acer eRecovery Management
Burn backup discs
Restore
Restore Windows from backup discs
Battery pack
Battery pack characteristics
Maximizing the battery's life
Installing and removing the battery pack
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Contents
Information for your safety and comfort
Charging the battery
Checking the battery level
Optimising battery life
Battery-low warning
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
Special considerations
Setting up a home office
Traveling with the computer
Preparing the computer
What to take with you
Special considerations
Traveling internationally with the computer
Preparing the computer
What to bring with you
Special considerations
Securing your computer
Using a computer security lock
Using passwords
Entering passwords
Setting passwords
Expanding through options
Connectivity options
Fax/data modem (only for certain models)
Built-in network feature
Universal Serial Bus (USB)
IEEE 1394 port (only for certain models)
High-Definition Multimedia Interface
(only for certain models)
ExpressCard (only for certain models)
Installing memory
BIOS utility
Boot sequence
Enable disk-to-disk recovery
Password
Using software
Playing DVD movies
Frequently asked questions
Requesting service
International Travelers Warranty (ITW)
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Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting tips
Error messages
Regulations and safety notices
FCC statement
Modem notices (only for certain models)
LCD pixel statement
Radio device regulatory notice
General
The FCC RF safety requirement
Canada — Low-power license-exempt radio
communication devices (RSS-210)
Exposure of humans to RF fields (RSS-102)
LCD panel ergonomic specifications
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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 (with fingerprint reader)
The following items show you how to use the
touchpad with Acer Bio-Protection fingerprint
reader.
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Move your finger across the touchpad (1)
to move the cursor.
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Press the left (2) 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
1 2
touchpad is the same as clicking the left button.
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Use Acer Bio-Protection fingerprint reader (3) supporting Acer FingerNav
4-way control function (only for certain models) to scroll up or down and
move left or right a page. This fingerprint reader or button mimics your
cursor pressing on the right scroll bar of Windows applications.
Function
Left
button (2)
Right
Main touchpad (1)
button (4)
Execute
Quickly click
twice.
Tap twice (at the
same speed as
double-clicking a
mouse button).
Select
Click once.
Tap once.
Drag
Click and
hold, then
use finger
on the
touchpad to
drag the
cursor.
Tap twice (at the
same speed as
double-clicking a
mouse button); rest
your finger on the
touchpad on the
second tap and drag
the cursor.
Access
context
menu
Scroll
Center button (3)
Click once.
Swipe up/down/left/
right using Acer
FingerNav 4-way
control function
(Manufacturing
option).
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The following items show you how to use the touchpad with two-click buttons.
•
Move your finger across the touchpad to move the cursor.
•
Press the left and right 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.
Right
button
Function
Left button
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
Main touchpad
Click once.
Note: Illustrations for reference only. The exact configuration of
your PC depends on the model purchased.
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 an embedded numeric keypad*, separate
cursor, lock, Windows, function and special keys.
Lock keys and embedded numeric keypad*
The keyboard has three lock keys which you can toggle on and off.
Lock key
Description
Caps Lock
When Caps Lock is on, all alphabetic characters typed are
in uppercase.
Num Lock
<Fn> + <F11>*
When Num Lock is on, the embedded keypad is in numeric mode.
The keys function as a calculator (complete with the arithmetic
operators +, -, *, and /). Use this mode when you need to do a lot of
numeric data entry. A better solution would be to connect an
external keypad.
Scroll Lock <Fn> 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
+ <F12>
not work with some applications.
The embedded numeric keypad functions like a desktop numeric keypad. It is
indicated by small characters located on the upper right corner of the keycaps.
To simplify the keyboard legend, cursor-control key symbols are not printed on
the keys.
Desired access
Num Lock on
Number keys on
embedded keypad
Type numbers in a normal
manner.
Num Lock off
Hold <Shift> while using cursorCursor-control keys
on embedded keypad control keys.
Hold <Fn> while using
cursor-control keys.
Main keyboard keys
Type the letters in a
normal manner.
Hold <Fn> while typing letters on
embedded keypad.
* only for certain models
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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:
<
> : Open or close the Start menu
<
> + <D>: Display the desktop
<
> + <E>: Open Windows Explore
<
> + <F>: Search for a file or folder
<
> + <G>: Cycle through Sidebar gadgets
<
> + <L>: Lock your computer (if you are connected to a
network domain), or switch users (if you're not connected to a
network domain)
<
> + <M>: Minimizes all windows
<
> + <R>: Open the Run dialog box
<
> + <T>: Cycle through programs on the taskbar
<
> + <U>: Open Ease of Access Center
<
> + <X>: Open Windows Mobility Center
<
> + <BREAK>: Display the System Properties dialog box
<
> + <SHIFT+M>: Restore minimized windows to the
desktop
<
> + <TAB>: Cycle through programs on the taskbar by
using Windows Flip 3-D
<
> + <SPACEBAR>: Bring all gadgets to the front and select
Windows Sidebar
<CTRL> + <
network)
> + <F>: Search for computers (if you are on a
<CTRL> + <
> + <TAB>: Use the arrow keys to cycle through
programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D
Note: Depending on your edition of Windows,
some shortcuts may not function as described.
Application
key
This key has the same effect as clicking the right mouse button;
it opens the application's context menu.
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Audio
The computer also comes with 32-bit High Definition (HD) Audio, and stereo
speakers.
Acer PureZone (only for certain models)
The system provides you whole new enthusiastic audio experience including
Acer PureZone with built-in stereo microphones featuring beam forming and
echo cancellation technologies. Acer PureZone technology supports Acoustic
Echo Cancellation, Beam Forming and Noise Suppression for pure sound
recording. To set up your microphone, run the Acer HD Audio Manager by
double-clicking the Acer HD Audio Manager icon in the system tray of your
Windows system. The Acer HD Audio Manager dialog box will pop up. Click the
Microphone tab, and then click the Microphone Effects tab. Select Beam
Forming and Acoustic Echo Canellation to set the microphone effect.
Note: Disable the beam forming to get the multi-sound source
input.
Video
16:9 display (only for certain models)
16:9 display delivers Full HD movies at home like never before. Sky-high color
saturation guarantees an authentic HD viewing experience.16:9 quality means
true home theater visuals have finally arrived for notebook entertainment
enthusiasts.
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Using the system utilities
Acer Bio-Protection (only for certain models)
Acer Bio-Protection Fingerprint Solution is a multi-purpose fingerprint software
package integrated with the Microsoft Windows operating system. Utilizing the
uniqueness of one's fingerprint, Acer Bio-Protection Fingerprint Solution
incorporates protection against unauthorized access to your computer with
centralized password management via Password Bank; easy music player
launching with Acer MusicLaunch*; secure Internet favorites via Acer
MyLaunch*; and fast application/website launching and login with Acer
FingerLaunch. Acer ProfileLaunch** can launch up to three applications/
websites with a single finger swipe.
Acer Bio-Protection Fingerprint Solution also allows you to navigate through
web browsers and documents using Acer FingerNav*. With Acer Bio-Protection
Fingerprint Solution, you can now enjoy an extra layer of protection for your
personal computer, as well as the convenience of accessing your daily tasks with
a simple swipe of your finger!
For more information, refer to the Acer Bio-Protection help files.
Notes:
* Acer ProfileLaunch, MusicLaunch, MyLaunch and FingerNav are
only available on select models.
** In models without Acer ProfileLaunch, Acer FingerLaunch can
be used to open applications in the Acer ProfileLaunch icons area;
a single finger swipe will launch only one application at a time.
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Acer GridVista (dual-display compatible)
Note: This feature is only available on certain models.
Acer GridVista is a handy utility that offers four pre-defined display settings so
you can view multiple windows on the same screen. To access this function,
please go to Start, All Programs and click on Acer GridVista. You may choose
any one of the four display settings indicated below:
1
2
1
2
1
3
2
3
1
3
2
4
Double (vertical), Triple (primary at left), Triple (primary at right), or Quad
Acer Gridvista is dual-display compatible, allowing two displays to be
partitioned independently.
Acer GridVista is simple to set up:
1
2
3
Run Acer GridVista and select your preferred screen configuration for each
display from the taskbar.
Drag and drop each window into the appropriate grid.
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.
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Acer Backup Manager
Note: This feature is only available on certain models.
Acer Backup Manager is a simple three-step process that allows you to create
backup copies of your entire system or selected files and folders according to a
schedule or as you need to.
To start Acer Backup Manager, press the Acer Backup Manager key above the
keyboard. Alternatively, you can go to Start > All Programs > Acer Backup
Manager > Acer Backup Manager. This will open the Welcome screen; from this
screen you will be taken through the three steps to setup scheduled back ups.
Click Continue to proceed to the following screen. Click the + button and follow
the onscreen instructions:
1
Select the content you want to back up. The less content you select, the
quicker the process will be, but it will increase your risks of losing data.
2
Select where you want the backup copies to be stored. You will need to
select an external drive or your D: drive; Acer Backup Manager cannot
store a backup on the source drive.
3
Select how often you want Acer Backup Manager to create back ups.
Once you have finished these three steps, backups will be created according to
the schedule. You can also create backups manually by pressing the Acer
Backup Manager key.
If you wish to change your settings at any time, run Acer Backup Manager from
the Start menu and go through the steps outlined above.
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This computer has a built-in power management unit that monitors system
activity. System activity refers to any activity involving one or more of the
following devices: keyboard, mouse, 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 PowerSmart key
Note: This feature is only available on certain models.
The Acer PowerSmart key uses the power-saving features of your computer's
graphics sub-system to reduce overall power consumption. When you press the
Acer PowerSmart key, the screen brightness is reduced and the graphics chip
switched to a lower speed; PCI and WLAN switch to power-saving modes. Press
the Acer PowerSmart key again to return to your previous settings.
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Acer eRecovery Management
Acer eRecovery Management is a tool to quickly restore the system. You can
back up/restore the factory default image, and reinstall applications and drivers.
Note: All of the following content is for general reference only.
Actual product specifications may vary.
Acer eRecovery Management consists of the following functions:
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2
Backup:
•
Create Factory Default Disc
•
Create Drivers and Applications Disc
Restore:
•
Completely Restore System to Factory Defaults
•
Restore Operating System and Retain User Data
•
Reinstall Drivers or Applications
This chapter will guide you through each process.
Note: This feature is only available on certain models. For systems
that do not have a built-in optical disc burner, plug in an external
optical disc burner before entering Acer eRecovery Management
for optical disc-related tasks.
To use the password protection feature of Acer eRecovery Management, you
must first set the password. The password is set by launching Acer eRecovery
Management and clicking Settings.
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From the Backup page of Acer eRecovery Management, you can burn the
factory default image or back up drivers and applications.
1
Click on Start > All Programs > Acer > Acer eRecovery Management.
2
Acer eRecovery Management opens to the Backup page.
3
Select the type of backup (factory default or drivers and applications) you
would like to burn to disc.
4
Follow the instructions on screen to complete the process.
Note: Create a factory default image when you want to burn a
bootable disc that contains your computer's entire operating
system as it was delivered to you from the factory. If you wish to
have a disc that will allow you to browse the contents and install
selected drivers and applications, create a drivers and application
backup instead — this disc will not be bootable.
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Restore
The restore feature allows you to restore or recover the system from a factory
default image or from previously created CD and DVD backups. You can also
reinstall applications and drivers for your Acer system.
1
Click on Start, All Programs, Acer, Acer eRecovery Management.
2
Switch to the Restore page by clicking Restore.
3
You can choose to restore the system from a factory default image or
reinstall applications and drivers.
4
Follow the instructions on screen to complete the process.
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Note: This feature is only available on certain models.
To restore Windows from your previously burned backup discs, you will need to
insert the first backup disc and enable the F12 Boot Menu via the BIOS Setup
Utility.
1
Turn on your computer and insert the first system recovery disc into the
optical disc drive. Restart your computer.
2
During startup when the Acer logo shows, press the F2 key to enter BIOS
Setup, where you can set system parameters.
3
Use the left and right arrow keys to select the Main submenu.
4
Use the up and down arrow keys to select F12 Boot Menu
5
Use the F5 or F6 key to change F12 Boot Menu to Enabled.
6
Press the ESC key to enter the Exit submenu, press the ENTER key to Exit
Saving Changes. Press the ENTER key again to select Yes. The system will
reboot.
7
After rebooting, when the Acer logo shows, press the F12 key to open the
Boot Menu. Here you can select which device to boot from.
8
Use the arrow keys to select the IDE1*, then press the ENTER key.
Windows will be installed from the recovery disc.
9
Insert the second recovery disc when prompted, then follow the onscreen
prompts to complete the restore.
10
Remove the recovery disc from the optical drive once the restore is
complete. Do this before rebooting your computer.
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If you prefer to set the boot priority for long-term use, you should select the
Boot submenu.
1
Turn on your computer and insert the first system recovery disc into the
optical disc drive. Restart your computer.
2
During startup when the Acer logo shows, press the F2 key to enter BIOS
Setup, where you can set system parameters.
3
Use the left and right arrow keys to select the Boot submenu.
4
Use the up and down arrow keys to select the IDE1* device.
5
Use the F6 key to move the IDE1* device to the highest boot priority, or
use the F5 key to move other devices to a lower boot priority. Ensure that
the IDE1* device is the highest priority.
6
Press the ESC key to enter the Exit submenu, press the ENTER key to Exit
Saving Changes. Press the ENTER key again to select Yes. The system will
reboot.
7
When you reboot, Windows will be installed from the recovery disc.
8
Insert the second recovery disc when prompted, then follow the onscreen
prompts to complete the restore.
9
Remove the recovery disc from the optical drive once the restore is
complete. Do this before rebooting your computer.
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The computer uses a battery pack that gives you long use between
charges.
Battery pack characteristics
The battery pack has the following characteristics:
•
Employs current battery technology standards.
•
Delivers a battery-low warning.
The battery is recharged whenever you connect the computer to the
AC adapter. Your computer supports charge-in-use, enabling you to
recharge the battery while you continue to operate the computer.
However, recharging with the computer turned off results in a
significantly faster charge time.
The battery will come in handy when you travel or during a power
failure. It is advisable to have an extra fully charged battery pack
available as backup. Contact your dealer for details on ordering a spare
battery pack.
Maximizing the battery's life
Like all other batteries, your computer's battery will degrade over
time. This means that the battery's performance will diminish with
time and use. To maximize your battery's life, you are advised to
adhere to the recommendations set out below.
Conditioning a new battery pack
Before you use a battery pack for the first time, there is a
"conditioning" process that you should follow:
1
Insert the new battery without turning the computer on.
2
Connect the AC adapter and fully charge the battery.
3
Disconnect the AC adapter.
4
Turn on the computer and operate using battery power.
5
Fully deplete the battery until the battery-low warning appears.
6
Reconnect the AC adapter and fully charge the battery again.
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Follow these steps again until the battery has been charged and
discharged three times.
Use this conditioning process for all new batteries, or if a battery hasn't
been used for a long time. If the computer is to be stored for more
than two weeks, you are advised to remove the battery pack from the
unit.
Warning: Do not expose battery packs to temperatures below 0°C
(32°F) or above 45°C (113°F). Extreme temperatures may adversely
affect the battery pack.
By following the battery conditioning process you condition your
battery to accept the maximum possible charge. Failure to follow this
procedure will prevent you from obtaining the maximum battery
charge, and will also shorten the effective lifespan of the battery.
In addition, the useful lifespan of the battery is adversely affected by
the following usage patterns:
•
Using the computer on constant AC power with the battery
inserted. If you want to use constant AC power, you are advised to
remove the battery pack after it is fully charged.
•
Not discharging and recharging the battery to its extremes, as
described above.
•
Frequent use; the more you use the battery, the faster it will reach
the end of its effective life. A standard computer battery has a life
span of about 300 charges.
Installing and removing the battery pack
Important! Before removing the battery from the unit, connect
the AC adapter if you want to continue using your computer.
Otherwise, turn off the computer first.
To install a battery pack:
1
Align the battery with the open battery bay; make sure that the
end with the contacts will enter first, and that the top surface of
the battery is facing up.
2
Slide the battery into the battery bay and gently push until the
battery locks in place.
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1
Slide the battery release latch to release the battery.
2
Pull the battery from the battery bay.
Charging the battery
To charge the battery, first make sure that it is correctly installed in the
battery bay. Plug the AC adapter into the computer, and connect to a
mains power outlet. You can continue to operate your computer on AC
power while your battery is charging. However, charging the battery
with the computer turned off results in a significantly faster charge
time.
Note: You are advised to charge the battery before retiring for
the day. Charging the battery overnight before traveling enables
you to start the next day with a fully charged battery.
Checking the battery level
The Windows power meter indicates the current battery level. Rest the
cursor over the battery/power icon on the taskbar to see the battery's
present charge level.
Optimising battery life
Optimizing battery life helps you get the most out of battery
operation, prolonging the charge/recharge cycle and improving
recharging efficiency. You are advised to follow the suggestions set
out below:
•
Purchase an extra battery pack.
•
Use AC power whenever possible, reserving battery for on-the-go
use.
•
Eject a PC Card if it is not being used, as it will continue to draw
power (for selected model).
•
Store the battery pack in a cool, dry place. The recommended
temperature is 10°C (50°F) to 30°C (86°F). Higher temperatures
cause the battery to self-discharge faster.
•
Excessive recharging decreases the battery life.
•
Look after your AC adapter and battery.
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Battery-low warning
When using battery power pay attention to the Windows power
meter.
Warning: Connect the AC adapter as soon as possible after the
battery-low warning appears. Data will be lost if the battery to
become fully depleted and the computer shuts down.
When the battery-low warning appears, the recommended course of
action depends on your situation:
Situation
Recommended Action
The AC adapter
and a power
outlet are
available.
1. Plug the AC adapter into the computer, and then
connect to the mains power supply.
An extra fully
charged battery
pack is available.
1. Save all necessary files.
2. Save all necessary files.
3. Resume work.
Turn off the computer if you want to recharge the
battery rapidly.
2. Close all applications.
3. Shut down the operating system to turn off the
computer.
4. Replace the battery pack.
5. Turn on the computer and resume work.
The AC adapter or
a power outlet is
unavailable. You
have no spare
battery pack.
1. Save all necessary files.
2. Close all applications.
3. Shut down the operating system to turn off the
computer.
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This section gives you tips and hints to consider when moving around or
traveling with your computer.
Disconnecting from the desktop
Follow these steps to disconnect your computer from external accessories:
1
Save any open files.
2
Remove any media, floppy disks or compact disks from the drive(s).
3
Shut down the computer.
4
Close the display cover.
5
Disconnect the cord from the AC adapter.
6
Disconnect the keyboard, pointing device, printer, external monitor and
other external devices.
7
Disconnect the Kensington lock if you are using one to secure the
computer.
Moving around
When you are just moving within short distances, for example, from your office
desk to a meeting room.
Preparing the computer
Before moving the computer, close and latch the display cover to place it in
Sleep mode. You can now safely take the computer anywhere you go within
the building. To bring the computer out of Sleep mode, open the display; then
press and release the power button.
If you are taking the computer to a client's office or a different building, you
may choose to shut down the computer:
Click on Start
then click on Shut Down.
Or:
You can put the computer in Sleep mode by pressing <Fn> + <F4>. Then close
and latch the display.
When you are ready to use the computer again, unlatch and open the display;
then press and release the power button.
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Note: If the Sleep indicator is off, the computer has entered
Hibernation mode and is turned off. If the power indicator is off
but the Sleep indicator is on, the computer has entered Sleep
mode. In both cases, press and release the power button to turn
the computer back on. Note that the computer may enter
Hibernation mode after being in Sleep mode for a period of time.
What to bring to meetings
If your meeting is relatively short, you probably do not need to bring anything
with you other than your computer. If your meeting will be longer, or if your
battery is not fully charged, you may want to bring the AC adapter with you to
plug in your computer in the meeting room.
If the meeting room does not have an electrical outlet, reduce the drain on the
battery by putting the computer in Sleep mode. Press <Fn> + <F4> or close the
display cover whenever you are not actively using the computer. To resume,
open the display (if closed), then press and release the power button.
Taking the computer home
When you are moving from your office to your home or vice versa.
Preparing the computer
After disconnecting the computer from your desktop, follow these steps to
prepare the computer for the trip home:
•
Check that you have removed all media and compact disks from the
drive(s). Failure to remove the media can damage the drive head.
•
Pack the computer in a protective case that can prevent the computer from
sliding around and cushion it if it should fall.
Caution: Avoid packing items next to the top cover of the
computer. Pressure against the top cover can damage the screen.
What to take with you
Unless you have some items at home, take the following items with you:
•
AC adapter and power cord
•
The printed Quick Guide
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Follow these guidelines to protect your computer while traveling to and
from work:
•
Minimize the effects of temperature changes by keeping the computer
with you.
•
If you need to stop for an extended period of time and cannot carry the
computer with you, leave the computer in the trunk of the car to avoid
exposing the computer to excessive heat.
•
Changes in temperature and humidity can cause condensation. Allow the
computer to return to room temperature, and inspect the screen for
condensation before turning on the computer. If the temperature change
is greater than 10 °C (18 °F), allow the computer to come to room
temperature slowly. If possible, leave the computer for 30 minutes in an
environment with a temperature between outside and room temperature.
Setting up a home office
If you frequently work on your computer at home, you may want to purchase a
second AC adapter for use at home. With a second AC adapter, you can avoid
carrying the extra weight to and from home.
If you use your computer at home for significant periods of time, you might also
want to add an external keyboard, monitor or mouse.
Traveling with the computer
When you are moving within a larger distance, for instance, from your office
building to a client's office building or traveling locally.
Preparing the computer
Prepare the computer as if you were taking it home. Make sure that the battery
in the computer is charged. Airport security may require you to turn on your
computer when carrying it into the gate area.
What to take with you
Take the following items with you:
•
AC adapter
•
Spare, fully-charged battery pack(s)
•
Additional printer driver files if you plan to use another printer
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Special considerations
In addition to the guidelines for taking the computer home, follow these
guidelines to protect your computer while traveling:
•
Always take the computer as carry-on luggage.
•
If possible, have the computer inspected by hand. Airport security X-ray
machines are safe, but do not put the computer through a metal detector.
•
Avoid exposing floppy disks to hand-held metal detectors.
Traveling internationally with the computer
When you are moving from country to country.
Preparing the computer
Prepare the computer as you would normally prepare it for traveling.
What to bring with you
Bring the following items with you:
•
AC adapter
•
Power cords that are appropriate for the country to which you
are traveling
•
Spare, fully-charged battery packs
•
Additional printer driver files if you plan to use another printer
•
Proof of purchase, in case you need to show it to customs officials
•
International Travelers Warranty passport
Special considerations
Follow the same special considerations as when traveling with the computer. In
addition, these tips are useful when traveling internationally:
•
When traveling in another country, check that the local AC voltage and the
AC adapter power cord specifications are compatible. If not, purchase a
power cord that is compatible with the local AC voltage. Do not use
converter kits sold for appliances to power the computer.
•
If you are using the modem, check if the modem and connector is
compatible with the telecommunications system of the country you are
traveling in.
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Your computer is a valuable investment that you need to take care of. Learn
how to protect and take care of your computer.
Security features include hardware and software locks — a security notch
and passwords.
Using a computer security lock
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 31.
•
User Password secures your computer against unauthorized use. Combine
the use of this password with password checkpoints on boot-up and
resume from Hibernation for maximum security.
•
Password on Boot secures your computer against unauthorized use.
Combine the use of this password with password checkpoints on boot-up
and resume from Hibernation for maximum security.
Important! Do not forget your Supervisor Password! If you forget
your password, please get in touch with your dealer or an
authorized service center.
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Entering passwords
When a password is set, a password prompt appears in the center of the
display screen.
•
When the Supervisor Password is set, a prompt appears when you press
<F2> to enter the BIOS utility at boot-up.
•
Type the Supervisor Password and press <Enter> to access the BIOS utility.
If you enter the password incorrectly, a warning message appears. Try
again and press <Enter>.
•
When the User Password is set and the password on boot parameter is
enabled, a prompt appears at boot-up.
•
Type the User Password and press <Enter> to use the computer. If you
enter the password incorrectly, a warning message appears. Try again and
press <Enter>.
Important! You have three chances to enter a password. If you fail
to enter the password correctly after three tries, the system halts.
Press and hold the power button for four seconds to shut down
the computer. Then turn on the computer again, and try again.
Setting passwords
You can set passwords using the BIOS utility.
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Your notebook PC offers you a complete mobile computing experience.
Connectivity options
Ports allow you to connect peripheral devices to your computer as you would
with a desktop PC. For instructions on how to connect different external devices
to the computer, read the following section.
Fax/data modem (only for certain models)
Your computer has a built-in V.92 56 Kbps fax/data modem.
(only for certain models)
Warning! This modem port is not compatible with digital phone
lines. Plugging this modem into a digital phone line will damage
the modem.
To use the fax/data modem port, connect a phone cable from the modem port
to a telephone jack.
Warning! Please make sure that the cable you use is appropriate
for the country in which you are working.
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Built-in network feature
The built-in network feature allows you to connect your computer to an
Ethernet-based network.
To use the network feature, connect an Ethernet cable from the Ethernet
(RJ-45) port on the chassis of the computer to a network jack or hub on
your network.
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.
High-Definition Multimedia Interface
(only for certain models)
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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IEEE 1394 port (only for certain models)
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ExpressCard (only for certain models)
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
Ejecting an ExpressCard
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.
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Follow these steps to install memory:
1
Turn off the computer, unplug the AC adapter (if connected) and remove
the battery pack. Then turn the computer over to access its base.
2
Remove the screws from the memory cover; then lift up and remove the
memory cover.
3
(a) Insert the memory module diagonally into the slot, then (b) gently press
it down until it clicks into place.
4
Replace the memory cover and secure it with the screw.
5
Reinstall the battery pack, and reconnect the AC adapter.
6
Turn on the computer.
The computer automatically detects and reconfigures the total memory size.
Please consult a qualified technician or contact your local Acer dealer.
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Installing memory
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BIOS utility
The BIOS utility is a hardware configuration program built into your
computer's BIOS.
Your computer is already properly configured and optimized, and you do not
need to run this utility. However, if you encounter configuration problems, you
may need to run it.
To activate the BIOS utility, press <F2> during the POST; while the notebook PC
logo is being displayed.
Boot sequence
To set the boot sequence in the BIOS utility, activate the BIOS utility, then select
Boot from the categories listed at the top of the screen.
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
Note: This feature is only available on certain models.
When the DVD drive module is installed in the optical drive bay, you can play
DVD movies on your computer.
1
Eject the DVD disk.
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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Using software
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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:
•
•
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:
•
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:
•
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.
No audio is heard from the computer.
Check the following:
•
The volume may be muted. In Windows, look at the volume control
(speaker) icon on the taskbar. If it is crossed-out, click on the icon and
deselect the Mute all option.
•
The volume level may be too low. In Windows, look at the volume control
icon on the taskbar. You can also use the volume control buttons to adjust
the volume.
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If headphones, earphones or external speakers are connected to the lineout port on the computer, the internal speakers automatically turn off.
I want to eject the optical drive tray without turning on the
power.
There is a mechanical eject hole on the optical drive. Simply insert the tip of a
pen or paperclip into the hole and push to eject the tray.
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 printer does not work.
Check the following:
•
Make sure that the printer is connected to a power outlet and that it is
turned on.
•
Make sure that the printer cable is connected securely to the computer's
parallel port or a USB port and the corresponding port on the printer.
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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.
To start the recovery process:
1
Restart the system.
2
While the Acer logo is showing, press <Alt> + <F10> at the same time to
enter the recovery process.
3
Refer to the onscreen instructions to perform system recovery.
Important! This feature occupies 15 GB in a hidden partition on
your hard disk
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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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Requesting service
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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 36.
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.
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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FCC statement
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.
Notice: Canadian users
This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
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Regulations and safety notices
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Remarque à l'intention des utilisateurs canadiens
Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est conforme a la norme NMB-003 du
Canada.
Compliant with Russian regulatory certification
Modem notices (only for certain models)
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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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. For more
information about applicable countries, please refer to ?$paratext>? on page
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Notice for Australia
For safety reasons, only connect headsets with a telecommunications
compliance label. This includes customer equipment previously labelled
permitted or certified.
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Your telephone company may make changes in its facilities, equipment,
operations, or procedures that could affect the proper functioning of your
equipment. If they do, you will be notified in advance to give you an
opportunity to maintain uninterrupted telephone service.
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Notice for New Zealand
1
The grant of a Telepermit for any item of terminal equipment indicates
only that Telecom has accepted that the item complies with minimum
conditions for connection to its network. It indicates no endorsement of
the product by Telecom, nor does it provide any sort of warranty. Above
all, it provides no assurance that any item will work correctly in all respects
with another item of Telepermitted equipment of a different make or
model, nor does it imply that any product is compatible with all of
Telecom's network services.
2
This equipment is not capable, under all operating conditions, of correct
operation at the higher speeds for which it is designed. Telecom will accept
no responsibility should difficulties arise in such circumstances.
3
Some parameters required for compliance with Telecom's Telepermit
requirements are dependent on the equipment (PC) associated with this
device. The associated equipment shall be set to operate within the
following limits for compliance with Telecom's Specifications:
a
There shall be no more than 10 call attempts to the same number
within any 30 minute period for any single manual call initiation, and
b
The equipment shall go on-hook for a period of not less than 30
seconds between the end of one attempt and the beginning of the
next call attempt.
4
Some parameters required for compliance with Telecom's Telepermit
requirements are dependent on the equipment (PC) associated with this
device. In order to operate within the limits for compliance with Telecom's
specifications, the associated equipment shall be set to ensure that
automatic calls to different numbers are spaced such that there is not less
than 5 seconds between the end of one call attempt and the beginning
of another.
5
This equipment shall not be set up to make automatic calls to Telecom's
111 Emergency Service.
6
This device is equipped with pulse dialing while the Telecom standard is
DTMF tone dialing. There is no guarantee that Telecom lines will always
continue to support pulse dialing.
7
Use of pulse dialing, when this equipment is connected to the same line as
other equipment, may give rise to bell tinkle or noise and may also cause a
false answer condition. Should such problems occur, the user should NOT
contact the telecom Fault Service.
8
This equipment may not provide for the effective hand-over of a call to
another device connected to the same line.
9
Under power failure conditions this appliance may not operate. Please
ensure that a separate telephone, not dependent on local power, is
available for emergency use.
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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.
Radio device regulatory notice
Note: Below regulatory information is for models with wireless
LAN and / or Bluetooth only.
General
This product complies with the radio frequency and safety standards of any
country or region in which it has been approved for wireless use. Depending on
configurations, this product may or may not contain wireless radio devices (such
as wireless LAN and/or Bluetooth modules). Below information is for products
with such devices.
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.
List of applicable countries
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. Please see http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/rtte/
implem.htm for the latest country list.
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.
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LCD pixel statement
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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 wireless Mini PCI adapter implements a transmission
diversity function. The function does not emit radio frequencies
simultaneously from both antennas. One of the antennas is
selected automatically or manually (by users) to ensure good
quality radiocommunication.
2
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.
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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.
LCD panel ergonomic specifications
Design viewing distance
500 mm
Design inclination angle
0.0°
Design azimuth angle
90.0°
Viewing direction range class
Class IV
Screen tilt angle
85.0°
Design screen illuminance
•
Reflection class of LCD panel
(positive and negative polarity)
•
Illuminance level:
[250 + (250cosα)] lx where α = 85°
Color: Source D65
•
•
Ordinary LCD: Class I
Protective LCD: Class III
Image polarity
Both
Reference white:
Pre-setting of luminance and
color temperature @ 6500K
(tested under BM7)
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•
•
Pixel fault class
Class II
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Canada — Low-power license-exempt radio
communication devices (RSS-210)