AcerPower SP
User’s manual
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AcerPower SP
User’s Manual
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FCC notice
This device has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device
pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection
against harmful interference in a residential installation. This device generates, uses, and can
radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions,
may cause harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this
device does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined
by turning the device off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one
or more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna
• Increase the separation between the device and receiver
• Connect the device into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is
connected
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/television technician for help
Notice: Shielded cables
All connections to other computing devices must be made using shielded cables to maintain
compliance with FCC regulations.
Notice: Peripheral devices
Only peripherals (input/output devices, terminals, printers, etc.) certified to comply with the Class
B limits may be attached to this equipment. Operation with noncertified peripherals is likely to
result in interference to radio and TV reception.
Use conditions
This part complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any
interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
Notice: Canadian users
This Class B digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian Interference-Causing
Equipment Regulations.
Remarque à l’intention des utilisateurs canadiens
Cet appareil numérique de la classe B respected toutes les exigences du
Règlement sur le matériel brouilleur du Canada.
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Table Of Content
FCC notice .................................................................................................2
1.System Tour ...................................................................................................5
1.1 Front panel ..........................................................................................5
1.2 Rear panel............................................................................................5
1.3 System Features ...................................................................................6
Performance .......................................................................................6
Multimedia .........................................................................................6
Connectivity........................................................................................6
1.4 System peripherals ...............................................................................6
Mouse ................................................................................................7
Keyboard ............................................................................................7
Speakers .............................................................................................7
1.5 System upgrade ...................................................................................8
Open the computer.............................................................................8
Set up new components .....................................................................8
2. Setting up your computer..............................................................................9
2.1. Necessary to know before Setup .........................................................9
Select location ....................................................................................9
Open package ..................................................................................10
2.2. Connecting the peripherals ...............................................................10
2.3. Starting your computer .....................................................................11
Shutting down your computer ..........................................................11
3. Upgrading your computer ...........................................................................12
3.1 Installation Precautions.......................................................................12
Reminder for guarding against static electricity..................................12
ESD Guard ........................................................................................12
Pre-installation Instructions................................................................12
Post-installation Instructions ..............................................................13
3.2 Opening your Computer ....................................................................13
Remove the side panel ......................................................................13
Replace the side panel.......................................................................13
3.2. Replacing the HDD ............................................................................13
Upgrade the HDD .............................................................................13
3.3. Installing PCI cards ............................................................................14
Install PCI card ..................................................................................14
Remove PCI card...............................................................................14
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3.4. Installing additional memory..............................................................14
Install DDR DIMM .............................................................................14
Remove DDR DIMM ..........................................................................14
To reconfigure your computer...........................................................14
3.5. Upgrading CPU .................................................................................15
Remove CPU.....................................................................................15
Install and upgrade CPU....................................................................16
4. Troubleshooting ..........................................................................................17
5. Taking Care of your computer .....................................................................19
5.1 Important tips ....................................................................................19
5.2 Cleaning and servicing .......................................................................19
To clean your computer and keyboard...............................................19
To clean your pointing device............................................................19
To clean your optical mouse..............................................................20
To clean your monitor .......................................................................20
5.3 When to contact a service technician..................................................20
Asking for technical assistance ..........................................................20
Remark: All the drawings in the Guide are diagrams. About components’
quantity and style, substances shall take precedence.
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1.System Tour
Your computer’s front panel consists of the following:
1.1 Front panel
1.Optical Drive
2.Floppy Drive
3.Power button
4.Universal Serial Bus (USB) Ports
5.Microphone Jack
6.Speaker or Headphone Jack
1.2 Rear panel
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
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Power cord socket
Voltage selector switch
PS/2 Keyboard Port
Serial Connector
Monitor Connector
Headphone Jack
Speaker Jack
Microphone Jack
USB Connector
PCI Card Slot
Fan Aperture
PS/2 Mouse Connector
Printer Connector
Game/MIDI Port
RJ-45 Ethernet Connector
1.3 System Features
Your computer features:
Performance
Intel Pentium 4/Celeron CPU
Intel 845GL/ICH4
System Memory DDR-SDRAM 266, 2 DIMM Slots, expandable to 2GB
Power management function
3.5 inch floppy drive
CD-ROM, DVD-ROM or CD-RW(52X/24X) drive
High-capacity, Enhanced-IDE drive
Support USB 2.0 high performance peripherals
Multimedia
3D quality audio system via onboard audio controller
Audio-in/Line-in, Audio-out/Line-out, Headphone out and external
Microphone in jacks
Note the system has two Microphone-in Jacks (front and rear)
However, you can not use both of them at the same time. By
default, you system enables your microphone-in jack in front and
disables the one at the back.
Connectivity
Two PS2 ports for keyboard and mouse
One serial port
One Parallel port
One VGA port
Four USB 2.0 ports (two on the front, two on the rear panel)
High speed V92, 56K fax/Data modem (optional)
10Base-T/100Base-TX Ethernet Network support with “wake on LAN”
1.4 System peripherals
The AcerPower SP computer consists the system itself, and system peripherals,
like a mouse, a keyboard and a set of speakers (optional). This section provides a
brief description of basic system peripherals.
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Mouse
The included mouse is a standard
two-button wheel mouse. Connect the
mouse to the PS2 mouse port on the
back panel of the system.
Keyboard
Connect the keyboard to the PS2
keyboard port on the back panel of the
system.
Speakers
For systems bundled with speakers,
before powering on the system, connect
the speaker cable to the audio out
(external speaker) port on the back
panel of the system.
For more detailed information about the
speakers, please refer to the included
operating instructions.
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1.5 System upgrade
You can expand your AcerPower SP system quickly and easily by adding
components. You can also upgrade the components of your AcerPower SP
system.
Open the computer
Before removing any panels or covers, please make sure to shut off the computer
and unplug the power cord from the outlet
Remove the two screws on the side panel.
Slide the panel back and off.
Set up new components
You can only use components compatible with AcerPower SP computers.
Before you choose new components, please ask your authorized Acer dealer
whether the part will operate within your AcerPower SP system.
In order to ensure proper setup and installation, please consult the instructions
provided with your new components.
Probable upgrades are:
Upgrade to High Capacity HDD
Expand high-level memory
Upgrade from a CD-ROM drive to CD-RW, DVD-ROM, or DVD-RW
Install additional interface cards in empty PCI slots e.g., PCI fax/modem
card
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2. Setting up your computer
AcerPower SP is a versatile, high-power system, supporting Intel Socket 478 CPUs.
The computer uses Peripheral Component Interface (PCI) and Accelerated
Graphics Port (AGP) design. This improves system efficiency and helps the system
support varied multimedia and software applications.
Your AcerPower SP has standard I/O (Input/Output) interfaces such as a serial port,
parallel port, PS/2 keyboard and mouse ports, the system includes four USB ports,
two microphone ports (one at front and one at rear panel), a stereo line-in Jack, a
stereo line-out jack and a Game/ Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) port.
The system can accommodate extra peripheral equipment through those I/O
ports.
Your system can also support an optional high-speed fax/data modem or an
additional LAN (local area network) card.
Furthermore, the system is compatible with Windows XP Home、Windows XP
Professional operating systems.
2.1. Necessary to know before Setup
Prior to setting up your AcerPower SP System:
•
Select a location
•
Open package
Select location
Selecting the optimum location for your computer:
•
Don’t place the system too close to other electrical equipment.
•
Don’t place the system in high traffic areas or where the power cord or
other cords may be stepped on.
•
Avoid placing the system in any location that is excessively dusty or damp.
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Open package
Open the package carefully and keep all packing materials for later use.
Ensure that all items are present and in good condition. If any of the following
items are missing or appear damaged, contact your dealer immediately.
• Acer Power SP Series
• PS2 keyboard
• PS2 mouse
• Spearkers ( for selected models only)
• User’s Guide and Starter poster
Other user documentation and third party software.
2.2. Connecting the peripherals
Notice: Don’t connect system power cord before connecting all peripherals to the
system.
After everything is connected, plug the power cord into the system and insert the
other end into a power outlet.
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2.3. Starting your computer
After connecting all the peripheral equipment, start your computer according to
the below steps:
1. Power on all peripheral equipment, such as monitor, printer, fax, speakers
etc.
2. Turn on the system. Once the start-up process is complete, you can begin to
use the computer.
Shutting down your computer
From the “Start” Menu, select “Shut Down” and click OK.
In the event of a system crash, press and hold the power button on the front of
the system for four seconds. After the system has shut down, turn off all
peripheral devices.
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3. Upgrading your computer
3.1 Installation Precautions
Reminder for guarding against static electricity
Protect your system from power surges, read following section before installing
any components. This section contains important ESD (Electrostatic discharge)
precautions.
ESD Guard
ESD can damage the CPU, drives, expansion circuit boards and the other
components. Before you install components, please observe the following
precautions:
1. Do not remove new components from their protective packaging until you
are ready to install them into the system.
2. Wear a wrist grounding strap and touch it to a metal part of the computer
before installing the components. If a wrist grounding strap is not available,
please maintain contact with the system case throughout any procedure
requiring ESD protection.
Pre-installation Instructions
Always observe the following before you install any component:
1. Turn off your computer and any peripheral devices connected to it and
unplug all cords from the system before you install any component into
computer.
2. Open your computer system according to instruction setup manual.
3. Follow ESD precautions described above before handling any computer
components.
4. Remove any expansion boards or peripherals that block to the DIMM sockets
or component connectors.
Warning! If the system is not properly shut down before you start to install
components, your system may be damaged.
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Certain components of your computer are upgradeable such as the memory, the
hard disk, the CPU and the expansion card. However, for safety purpose we do
not recommend performing these upgrades yourself. If you want to replace or
upgrade any of the components, contact your dealer or a qualified service
technician.
Post-installation Instructions
After installing or upgrading any component:
1. Check whether all the components had been installed following the step by
step instructions in their respective sections.
2. Replace any other components previously removed to allow access.
3. Replace the external panels.
4. Reconnect all peripheral cables and turn on the system power.
3.2 Opening your Computer
This chapter introduces how to open the external panels when you need to install
or upgrade components.
Remove the side panel
1.
2.
3.
4.
Turn off your computer and unplug all peripheral devices.
Place the system on a flat, steady surface.
Remove the two screws on the side panel.
Slide the panel towards the back of the system and gently remove it.
Replace the side panel
1.
2.
Put the cover back on the system.
Lock the panel with previously removed screws.
3.3. Replacing the HDD
Upgrade the HDD
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Remove all the HDD wires from the system’s mainboard.
Remove the 4 screws fixing HDD to the chassis.
Gently remove the HDD from the drive bay.
Reinstall the HDD:
a. Insert the HDD into the bay
b. Replace the 4 screws to secure the drive.
Connect the cables to the mainboard.
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3.4. Installing PCI cards
Install PCI card
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Find an empty PCI slot on the motherboard.
Remove the screw holding the bracket to back panel and remove the bracket.
Take the new PCI card from its protective bag.
Position the PCI card in the slot and gently press to insert it.
Secure the card to your computer with the screw removed earlier.
When you restart the system, BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) will automatically
detect and allocate the resources to the new PCI device.
Remove PCI card
To remove PCI card, you only need to open the computer and remove the
undesired card.
3.5. Installing additional memory
Memory can be upgraded to a maximum of 2 GB. This can be done by adding the
additional 128MB, 256MB, 512MB or 1GB PC 2100 DDR DIMM to two of the
184-pin DDR sockets locate on the motherboard. See below.
Install DDR DIMM
1. Align the DDR DIMM with the socket.
2. Push the DDR DIMM into the socket until the clips lock onto the DDR
DIMM.
Remark: The DDR DIMM sockets are slotted to ensure proper installation. If you
insert a DDR DIMM but it does not fit easily into socket, you may have inserted it
incorrectly. Turn the DDR around and try to insert it again.
Remove DDR DIMM
1. Press the holding clips on both sides of the DDR socket outward to release the
DDR.
2. Gently pull the DDR out from the socket.
To reconfigure your computer
The system will automatically detect the amount of memory installed. Run the
BIOS utility to view the new value for total system memory and make a note of it.
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3.6. Upgrading CPU
Remove CPU
Remark: Please follow the pre-installation instructions to guard against static
electricity while installing or removing any system parts.
To remove the CPU from the motherboard:
1. Find the CPU on the motherboard
2. Disjoin the connectors attached to the fan and the heat sink.
3. Remove the fan and the heat sink.
4. Unlock the socket lever to release the CPU.
5. Gently pull the CPU from the socket.
6. Install and upgrade CPU
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Install and upgrade CPU
To install or upgrade the CPU, complete the following steps:
1. Unlock the socket lever.
2. Install the CPU chip into socket.
3. Return the lever to locked position.
4. Attach the fan/heat sink on top of the CPU.
5. Attach the fan/heat sink connectors to the connectors with marked with
“CPU FAN”.
Warning! The CPU and heat sink may be hot if the system has been running.
Also, there might be sharp pins and edges on some boards and/or chassis parts.
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4. Troubleshooting
The following questions are possible situations that may arise during the use of
your computer and each is followed by simple answers and solutions to the
situation.
Q:
I pressed the power switch but the system did not boot up.
A:
Check the LED located above the power switch.
If the LED is not lit, no power is being applied to the system. Do any of the
following:
•
Check if the voltage selector switch located on the rear panel of the
computer is set to the correct voltage.
•
Check if you properly plugged the power cable into an electrical outlet.
•
If you are using a power strip or AVR, make sure that it is plugged in and
turned on.
If the LED is lit, check the following:
Q:
•
Is a non bootable (non system) diskette in the floppy drive? If yes, remove
or replace it with a system diskette and press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart
your computer.
•
The operating system files may be damaged or missing. Insert the startup
disk you created during Windows setup into the floppy drive and press Ctrl
+ Alt + Del to restart your computer. This will automatically diagnose your
system and make necessary fixes. However, if the diagnostic utility still
reports a problem, then you may have to perform the recovery process to
restore your system to its original factory default settings.
Nothing appears on the screen.
A: Your computer’s power management function automatically blanks the
screen to save power. Press any key to turn the display back on.
If pressing a key does not work, your computer. If restarting your computer does
not work, contact your dealer or the technical support center for assistance.
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Q:
The printer does not work.
A:
Do 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 system’s
parallel port and the corresponding port on the printer.
•
For additional information concerning the printer, refer to the printer’s
documentation.
Q: No sound comes out from the speakers.
A:
Check the following:
•
The volume may be muted. Look for the Volume icon on the taskbar. If it
is crossed-out, click on the icon and deselect the Mute option. You can
also press the volume control/mute knob on your USB keyboard to toggle
the mute function.
•
If headphones, earphones, or external speakers are connected to the
line-out jack of your computer, the internal or built-in speakers are
automatically turned off.
Q:
System cannot read diskette, hard disk, CD or DVD information.
A:
Check the following:
•
Make sure that you are using the correct type of media.
•
Check if the diskette is formatted correctly. If not, format it again.
Caution: If you reformat a diskette, you will lose any data on it.
Make sure the diskette, CD or DVD is inserted into the drive correctly.
•
Check if the CD or DVD is clean and not scratched.
•
Check your drive by using a good (i.e., undamaged) diskette or a good
disc. If your floppy drive, CD or DVD drive can not read the information on
the good diskette, CD or DVD there may be a problem with the drive.
Contact your dealer or technical support center for assistance.
Q:
System cannot write diskette, hard disk or disc.
A:
Check the following:
•
Make sure the media is not write-protected.
•
Make sure that you are using the correct type of diskette. Check if the
diskette is formatted correctly. If not, format it again.
Caution: If you reformat a diskette, you will lose any data on it.
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5. Taking Care of your computer
Please read the important instructions listed in this section. Following these
instructions will help you maximize the durability of your computer.
5.1 Important tips
Do not expose the computer to direct sunlight. Do not place it near
sources of heat, such as a radiator.
Do not subject the computer to magnetic fields.
Do not expose the computer to rain or moisture.
Do not spill water on the computer.
Do not subject the computer to heavy shock or vibration.
Do not expose the computer to dust and dirt.
Never place the system on uneven surfaces.
Do not step on the power cord or place heavy objects on top of it.
Carefully route the power cord and any cables away from personal
traffic.
When unplugging the power cord, do not pull on the cord itself but pull
on the plug.
The total ampere rating 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.
Check the documentation that came with your software programs to
see if you can select other combinations of resolution and color. These
adjustments could make viewing the screen more comfortable.
5.2 Cleaning and servicing
To clean your computer and keyboard
1) Turn off the computer and unplug the power cord.
2) Use a soft cloth moistened with water and gently wipe the exterior of the
computer and the keyboard. Do not use liquid or aerosol cleaners.
To clean your pointing device
To clean your mouse (with rubber ball)
1) Open the circular cover underneath the mouse.
2) Take out the rubber ball and wipe it with a soft, damp cloth.
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3) Put the ball back and replace the cover.
To clean your optical mouse
For users of an optical mouse, refer to the documentation that came with your
mouse for maintenance instructions.
To clean your monitor
Make sure that you keep your screen clean. For cleaning instructions, refer to the
documentation that came with your monitor.
5.3 When to contact a service technician
If you dropped and damaged the computer.
If liquid has been spilled into the computer.
If the computer is not operating normally.
Asking for technical assistance
For technical assistance, contact your local dealer or distributor. You may also
access the Acer Web site (www.acersupport.com) for information on how and
where to contact the service centers available in your area.
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