Aspire M3 Quick Guide Product registration When using your product for the first time, it is recommended that you immediately register it. This will give you access to some useful benefits, such as: • Faster service from our trained representatives. • Membership in the Acer community: receive promotions and participate in customer surveys. • The latest news from Acer. Hurry and register, as other advantages await you! How to register To register your Acer product, please visit www.acer.com. Select your country, click PRODUCT REGISTRATION and follow the simple instructions. You will also be asked to register your product during the setup process, or you can double-click the Registration icon on the desktop. After we receive your product registration, you will be sent a confirmation email with important data that you should keep in a safe place. Obtaining Acer accessories We are happy to inform you that Acer's warranty extension program and Notebook accessories are available online. Come and visit our online shop and find what you need at store.acer.com. The Acer store is being progressively rolled out, and, unfortunately may not be available in some regions. Please check back regularly to see when it will be available in your country. © 2012. All Rights Reserved. Aspire M3 Quick Guide This revision: 07/2012 Model number: __________________________________ Serial number: ___________________________________ Date of purchase: ________________________________ Place of purchase: ________________________________ Acer recommends... Productivity Software Work Great with Microsoft® Office 2010 - Express your ideas, solve problems and simplify everyday projects with Office 2010. Photo editing - Easily edit and print your photos with Windows Live Photo Gallery. Then share them on Facebook, YouTube or Windows Live. Search & Decide with Bing - Find and organize the answers you need using Bing™, so you can make faster, more informed decisions. 3 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 Setup Poster helps you get started with setting up your computer. 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 Aspire M3 User’s Manual. The Aspire M3 User’s Manual contains useful information applying to your new computer. It covers basic topics such as using the keyboard and audio, etc. 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. Follow these steps to access it: 1 Type "User" from Start. 2 Click on Acer User’s Manual. English First things first English 4 Your Acer notebook tour After setting up your computer as illustrated in the setup poster, let us show you around your new Acer notebook. Keyboard view 1 2 # 1 2 Icon Item Description Keyboard For entering data into your computer. Caution: Do not use a keyboard protector or similar cover as the keyboard includes ventilation intakes for cooling. Touchpad Touch-sensitive pointing device. The touchpad and selection buttons form a single surface. Press down firmly on the touchpad surface to perform a left click. Press down firmly on the lower right corner to perform a right click. 5 The computer employs hotkeys or key combinations to access most of the computer's controls like screen brightness and volume output. To activate hotkeys, press and hold the <Fn> key before pressing the other key in the hotkey combination.. Hotkey Icon Function Description <Fn> + <F3> Communication Enables/disables the computer’s communication devices. <Fn> + <F4> Sleep Puts the computer in Sleep mode. <Fn> + <F5> Display toggle Switches display output between the display screen, external monitor (if connected) and both. <Fn> + <F6> Screen blank Turns the display screen backlight off to save power. Press any key to return. <Fn> + <F7> Touchpad toggle Turns the internal touchpad on and off. <Fn> + <F8> Speaker toggle Turns the speakers on and off. <Fn> + < > 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. <Fn> + <Home> Play/Pause Play or pause a selected media file. <Fn> + <Pg Up> Stop Stop playing the selected media file. <Fn> + <Pg Dn> Previous Return to the previous media file. <Fn> + <End> Next Jump to the next media file. English Hotkeys English 6 Screen view 1 2 3 # Icon Item Description 1 Webcam Web camera for video communication. A light next to the webcam indicates that the webcam is active. 2 Microphone Internal microphone for sound recording. 3 Screen Displays computer output. Front view # 1 Icon Item Description Power button Turns the computer on and off. Power indicator Indicates the computer’s power status. Battery indicator Indicates battery status. Charging: The light is amber when the battery is charging. Fully charged: The light is blue. 2 7 # Icon English Rear view Item Description 1 Ventilation and cooling fan Allows the computer to stay cool. Do not cover or obstruct the openings. 2 Headset/speaker jack Connects to audio devices (e.g., speakers, headphones) or a headset with microphone. 3 USB ports Connects to USB devices. If a port is black it is USB 2.0 compatible, USB port with power-off if it is blue it is also USB 3.0 compatible charging (see below). 4 5 HDMI port Supports high-definition digital video connections. 6 Ethernet (RJ-45) port Connects to an Ethernet 10/100/1000based network. 7 DC-in jack Connects to an AC adapter. Information on USB 3.0 • Compatible with USB 3.0 and earlier devices. • For optimal performance, use USB 3.0-certified devices. • Defined by the USB 3.0 specification (SuperSpeed USB). Left view Item Description 1 # Icon Optical drive Internal optical drive; accepts CDs or DVDs. 2 Optical disk access indicator Lights up when the optical drive is active. 3 Optical drive eject button Ejects the optical disk from the drive. English 8 # Icon Item Description 4 Emergency eject hole Ejects the optical drive tray when the computer is turned off. Carefully insert a straightened paper clip to eject the optical drive tray. 5 2-in-1 card reader Accepts one Secure Digital (SD or SDHC) card or MultiMediaCard (MMC). Note: To remove the card, simply pull it from the slot. Right view # 1 Icon Item Description Kensington lock slot Connects to a Kensington-compatible computer security lock. Wrap the computer security lock cable around an immovable object such as a table or handle of a locked drawer. Insert the lock into the notch and turn the key to secure the lock. Keyless models are also available. 9 # Icon Item English Base view Description Ventilation and cooling Allows the computer to stay cool. fan Do not cover or obstruct the openings. 1 Hard disk bay Houses the computer's hard disk. Memory compartment Houses the computer's main memory. 2 3 4 Speakers Deliver stereo audio output. Battery reset pinhole Simulates removing and reinstalling the battery Insert a paperclip into the hole and press for four seconds to reset the computer. Environment • 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% English 10 Connecting to the Internet Your computer's wireless connection is turned on by default. Windows will detect and display a list of available networks during setup. Select your network and enter the password if required. Otherwise, open Internet Explorer and follow the instructions. Please also refer to your ISP or router documentation. Acer Instant Connect Instant Connect ensures a faster connection to any of the networks that your computer connects to most frequently. Power management This computer has a built-in power management unit that monitors system activity, such as 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, the computer stops some or all of these devices in order to conserve energy. Acer Green Instant On Note: For selected models only. The Acer Green Instant On feature allows your computer to wake up from Sleep mode in less than the time it takes to open the lid. When you close the lid, or leave your computer for a while, your computer enters Sleep mode. While the computer is in Sleep mode, the power indicator LED will flash orange. Open the lid or press any key to wake the computer from Sleep mode. After a certain amount of time in Sleep mode, the computer will automatically enter Deep Sleep to preserve battery life. When the computer is in Deep Sleep, the power indicator LED will be turned off. In this state, battery remains ready to use for many weeks. Press the power button to wake up from Deep Sleep. 11 Deep Sleep and Sleep mode work together to ensure that your computer saves as much power as possible while still enabling quick, instant on access. To save more power, your computer will typically enter and stay in Deep Sleep during times when it will not be frequently accessed, for example, during the middle of the night. To provide quicker access, your computer will enter and stay in Sleep mode during times when it will be frequently accessed, for example, during working hours. Part no.: NC.RY811.04C Ver.: 01.01.01 English Note: Once in Deep Sleep, your PC will consume significantly less power compared with Sleep mode, but it will take a little longer to wake up from Deep Sleep.
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