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First printing: April 2005
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Notices
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:
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Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna
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Increase the separation between the device and receiver
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Connect the device into an outlet on a circuit different from that to
which the receiver is connected
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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.
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.
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 InterferenceCausing 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.
Important safety instructions
Read these instructions carefully and save them for future reference.
1.
Follow all warnings and instructions marked on the product.
2.
Unplug this product from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not use
liquid cleaners or aerosol cleaners. Use a damp cloth for cleaning.
3.
Do not use this product near water.
4.
Do not place this product on an unstable cart, stand or table. The
product may fall, causing serious damage to the product.
5.
Slots and openings in the housing and the back or bottom 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.
6.
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.
7.
Do not allow anything to rest on the power cord. Do not locate this
product where people will walk on the cord.
8.
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.
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Use conditions
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Never push objects of any kind into this product through the 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 on
the product.
10. 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.
11. Unplug this product from the wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified
service personnel under the following conditions:
a
When the power cord or plug is damaged or frayed.
b
If liquid has been spilled into the product.
c
If the product has been exposed to rain or water.
d
If the product does not operate normally when the operating
instructions are followed. 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.
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If the product has been dropped or the cabinet has been damaged.
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If the product exhibits a distinct change in performance, indicating a
need for service.
12. Replace the battery with the same type as the product's battery we
recommend. Use of another battery may present a risk of fire or
explosion. Refer battery replacement to a qualified serviceman.
13. Warning! Batteries may explode if not handled properly. Do not
disassemble or dispose of them in fire. Keep them away from children
and dispose of used batteries promptly.
14. Use only the proper type of power supply cord set (provided in your
accessories box) for this unit. It should be a detachable type: UL listed/
CSA certified, type SVT, rated 7A 125V minimum, VDE approved or its
equivalent. Maximum length is 15 feet (4.6 meters).
Laser compliance statement
The CD or DVD drive in this computer is a laser product. The CD or DVD drive's
classification label (shown below) is located on the drive.
CLASS 1 LASER PRODUCT
CAUTION: INVISIBLE LASER RADIATION WHEN OPEN. AVOID EXPOSURE TO BEAM.
CAUTION
Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace only with the same or
equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer. Discard used batteries according
to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Macrovision® statement
This product incorporates copyright protection technology that is protected by
method claims of certain U.S. patents and other intellectual property rights owned by
Macrovision Corporation and other rights owners. Use of this copyright protection
technology must be authorized by Macrovision Corporation, and is intended for home
and other limited viewing uses only unless otherwise authorized by Macrovision
Corporation. Reverse engineering or disassembly is prohibited.
Year 2000 compliance statement
Your computer carries the "Hardware NSTL Tested Year 2000 Compliant" logo, which
certifies that this model has been tested by NSTL using the YMark2000 test, and has
been found to meet NSTL's standards for Year 2000 hardware compliance.
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Lithium battery statement
Table of Contents
Notices
FCC notice
Important safety instructions
Laser compliance statement
Lithium battery statement
Macrovision® statement
Year 2000 compliance statement
Welcome
Major benefits
Before You Start
Safety instructions
Setting up the system
Placement tips
System Overview
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Computer rear view
Computer front view
Installing new components
Opening The Case
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Frequently asked questions
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Taking care of your computer
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Important tips
Cleaning and servicing
Asking for technical assistance
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Appendix A: Environmental Policy Declaration
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Congratulations on purchasing your new Aspire computer! You now have
the convenience and flexibility of a full-featured multimedia PC, offering
increased productivity combined with first-class digital entertainment.
Incorporating the latest Microsoft® Windows® XP operating system, your
Aspire offers a host of functions designed to improve your computing
experience.
Major benefits
Your new Aspire computer enables you to do the following:
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Use the latest Acer entertainment software to watch movies, share
photos and listen to your favorite song.
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Maximize your use of the Internet by downloading and playing exciting
new multimedia files.
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Enjoy your audio CDs, even when you are not using your computer for
other tasks.
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Delight in using a stylish new PC that offers convenient connections for
the latest peripherals.
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Welcome
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Before You Start
To ensure that you can use your computer safely and correctly, please read
this user guide carefully before you start. For future reference, keep this user
guide handy at all times.
Safety instructions
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Follow all warnings and instructions marked on your computer.
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Do not attempt to service your computer yourself. Refer servicing to
qualified personnel.
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Unplug your computer and monitor from the wall outlet before cleaning
or before opening the case.
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Clean your computer case and monitor with a damp cloth. Do not use
liquid or aerosol cleaners.
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Do not use your computer near water. Never spill liquid of any kind on
your computer.
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Do not place your computer on an unstable surface.
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Do not expose your computer to a heat source or leave it in direct
sunlight for a prolonged period of time.
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Do not cover or block any ventilation slots in the case. Also, ensure the
room has adequate ventilation.
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Never push objects of any kind into your computer.
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Do not allow anything to rest on the power cord. Do not locate your
computer where anyone will walk on the power cord.
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Your computer should be operated from the type of power indicated on
the marking label. If you are unsure of the type of power available,
consult your dealer or local power company.
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Your computer is designed for connection to a grounded (earthed)
outlet. Do not disable this important safety feature.
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If a power strip is used, make sure that the total ampere rating of the
equipment does not exceed the power strip ampere rating. Use a power
strip with surge protection.
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If your computer causes interference to radio or television reception, try
one or more of the following measures:
Reorient or relocate the radio or television antenna.
Increase the distance between your computer and the radio or
television receiver.
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Connect your computer into an outlet on a circuit different from
that to which the radio or television is connected.
Consult your dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for more
help.
Setting up the system
It only takes a few minutes to set up your new Aspire system. Start by
preparing your workspace. Make sure that the surface is stable, level and
clean.
Open the box carefully, ensuring that you do not damage the box or any of
the other packing materials. The box will be required if you ever have to
store or ship your computer. Unpack the box and set out the contents on
your work surface.
The package contains an Out Of Box Experience (OOBE) poster. Refer to the
OOBE poster for a step-by-step guide to setting up your computer system.
Placement tips
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For maximum viewing comfort, set up your monitor at arm’s length from
your seat, with the top third of the screen at eye level. Tilt and swivel the
display to find the optimum position.
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Place your mouse and keyboard side by side in front of the monitor.
Check that you are able to adopt a comfortable typing position.
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Choose a chair that can be adjusted for maximum comfort.
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Make sure your work area is well lit.
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Take a few moments to study your new Aspire computer system. Learn the
locations of the buttons, ports and other hardware features.
Computer rear view
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Description
Optical S/PDIF audio-out jack
Coaxial S/PDIF audio-out jack
PS/2 mouse port
PS/2 keyboard port
Serial port
Parallel port
VGA port
IEEE 1394 port
LAN port
USB ports
Audio jacks
Note: Configuration may vary by models
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System Overview
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Computer front view
E series
Description
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Optical drive
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Eject button for optical drive
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Power button
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USB ports
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Speaker/ Headphone jack
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Microphone-in jack
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Indicators
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FDD drive
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Media card readers*
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IEEE 1394 port
Caution : Please insert the media cards upside down to avoid damaging
your hardware.
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Installing new components
Make sure you only use components that are compatible with your Aspire
computer. Consult your dealer about the suitability of new components
before you purchase them.
To ensure correct installation, refer to the documentation that comes with
your new components before you start to add or replace components.
Possible upgrade options include the following:
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Replace the HDD with a higher capacity model, or add a second HDD.
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Install additional memory.
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Install a graphics card as a substitute for the embedded graphics
subsystem.
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Replace the CD drive with a DVD or CD-RW drive.
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Install an add-on card, such as a fax/modem card, in one of the empty PCI
slots.
Opening The Case
Before you open the case, turn your computer off and unplug the power
cord from the wall outlet.
a) Gently lay down the computer on a flat surface to access the side panel of
the unit.
b) Push the case lock to the right and pull the side panel toward you to
remove the side panel.
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The following questions are possible situations that may arise during the use
of your computer and each is followed by easy 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:
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Check if the voltage selector switch located on the rear panel of the
computer is set to the correct voltage.
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Check if you plugged the power cable properly into an electrical outlet.
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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:
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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.
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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 default factory
settings.
Note: For more information about recovering your system,
refers to the RCD instruction sheet.
Q: Nothing appears on the screen.
A: Your computer's power management function automatically blanks the
screen to save power. Just press any key to turn the display back on.
If pressing a key does not work, you can restart your computer. If restarting
your computer does not work, contact your dealer or the technical support
center for assistance.
Q: The printer does not work.
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A: Do the following:
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Make sure that the printer is connected to a power outlet and that it is
turned on.
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Make sure that the printer cable is connected securely to the system's
parallel port and the corresponding port on the printer.
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For additional information concerning the printer, refer to the printer's
documentation.
Q: No sound comes out from the computer.
A: Check the following:
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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 from mute to sound on.
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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:
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Make sure that you are using the correct type of disk.
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Make sure the CD or DVD is inserted into the drive correctly.
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Check if the CD or DVD is clean and not scratched.
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Check your drive by using a good (i.e., undamaged) disk. If your drive
cannot read the information on the good disc there may be a problem
with the drive. Contact your dealer or technical support center for
assistance.
Q: System cannot write data on the hard disk or writeable/re-writeable disk.
A: Check the following:
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Make sure the diskette or hard disk is not write-protected.
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Make sure that you are using the correct type of disk or diskette.
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Please read the important instructions listed in this section. Following these
instructions will help you maximize the durability of your computer.
Important tips
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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 0oC (32oF), or above
50oC (122oF).
Do not subject the computer to magnetic fields.
Do not expose the computer to rain or moisture.
Do not spill liquid 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.
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Cleaning and servicing
To clean your computer and keyboard
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Turn off the computer and unplug the power cord.
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 a regular mouse (with rubber ball)
1 Open the circular cover at the base of the mouse.
2 Take out the rubber ball and wipe it with a soft, damp cloth.
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Put the ball back and replace the cover.
To clean an 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.
When to contact a service technician
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If you dropped and damaged the computer
If liquid has been spilled into the computer
If the computer is not operating normally
If a computer problem persists even after you have checked and applied
the troubleshooting tips discussed in the "Frequently asked questions"
section on page 9
If your problem is not listed in the "Frequently asked questions" section
on page 9
If you want to replace or upgrade any of your computer's internal
components
Asking for technical assistance
For technical assistance, contact your local dealer or distributor. You may
also access the Web site (http://global.acer.com/support/index.htm) for
information on how and where to contact the service centers available in
your area.
Appendix A: Environmental Policy Declaration
Environmental Policy Declaration
To minimize pollution and ensure utmost protection of the global environment, all
applicable environmental regulatory requirements were met during the manufacture
of this device.
The manufacturing facilities and management meet the requirements of the ISO
14001 Environmental Management System (EMS).
Do not throw this electronic device into the trash when discarding. To reduce the
environmental impact of WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) and
minimize the volume of WEEE entering landfills, please reuse and recycle. Refer to
www.acer.com for further information regarding Acer's environmental protection
practices.
Environmental Labels:.
Do not throw this electronic device into the trash when discarding. To minimize
pollution and ensure utmost protection of the global environment, please reuse and
recycle.
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For electronic products containing an LCD/CRT monitor 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.
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