Aspire Notebook Series 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 Notebook Series Quick Guide Original Issue: 03/2012 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. English 3 First things first We would like to thank you for making an Acer notebook your choice for meeting your mobile computing needs. Your guides To help you use your Acer notebook, we have designed a set of guides: First off, the 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 User’s Manual. The Aspire 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 Click on Start > All Programs > AcerSystem. 2 Click on AcerSystem User Guide. 4 After setting up your computer as illustrated in the setup poster, let us show you around your new Acer notebook. Screen view # Icon Item Description 1 Display screen Displays computer output. 2 Webcam Web camera for video communication. English Your Acer notebook tour English 5 Keyboard view # Item Description 1 Power button Turns the computer on and off. 2 Microphone Internal microphone for sound recording. Keyboard For entering data into your computer. Caution: Do not use a keyboard protector or similar cover as the keyboard design 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. 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. 3 4 Icon 5 6 # Item Description 1 DC-in jack Connects to an AC adapter. 2 HDMI port Supports high-definition digital video connections. USB ports Connects to USB devices. If a port is black it is USB 2.0 compatible, if it is blue it is also USB 3.0 compatible (see below). 3 Icon English Rear view Note: Small holes on the rear of the computer are part of the antenna assembly. Do not insert any object into the holes. 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). English 7 Left view # Icon 1 Item Description Headset/speaker jack Connects to audio devices (e.g., speakers, headphones) or a headset with microphone. Right view # 1 Icon Item Description 2-in-1 card reader Accepts one Secure Digital (SD or SDHC) card or one MultiMediaCard (MMC). Note: To remove the card, simply pull it from the slot. 8 # Icon English Base view Item Description 1 Battery reset pinhole Insert a paperclip into the hole and press for four seconds to reset the computer (simulates removing and reinstalling the battery). 2 Speakers Deliver stereo audio output. 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% Connecting to the Internet Your computer's wireless connection is turned on by default. English 9 Windows will detect and display a list of available networks during setup. Select your network and enter the password if required. To turn your computer's Bluetooth or wireless connections on or off, press <Fn+F3> to open Launch Manager. Note: Click On to enable the wireless/Bluetooth connection. Click Off to disable. Otherwise, open Internet Explorer and follow the instructions. Please 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. 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, the computer stops some or all of these devices in order to conserve energy. Acer Green Instant On 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 select Shut Down > Sleep from the Start menu, your computer enters Sleep mode. While the computer is in Sleep mode, the power indicator LED will flash orange. 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 life lasts up to 80 days. Open the lid or press any key to wake the computer from Deep Sleep or Sleep mode. 10 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 accessed more frequently, for example, during working hours. English Note: Once in Deep Sleep the system will comsume significantly less power compared with Sleep mode, but it will take a little longer to wake up from Deep Sleep.