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eMachines D520 User Manual

Emachines notebook user guide (all series).

 
eMachines Series
Generic User Guide

Summary of Contents

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    Series Generic User Guide...

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    Serial number: ___________________________________ Date of purchase: ________________________________ Place of purchase: ________________________________ eMachines and the eMachines logo are registered trademarks of Acer Incorporated. Other companies' product names or trademarks are used herein for identification purposes only and belong to their respective companies.

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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.

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    Warnings • 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.

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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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    When the operation time becomes noticeably shorter than normal, buy a new battery. Use only eMachines approved batteries, and recharge your battery only with eMachines approved chargers designated for this device.

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    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.

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    viii 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.

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    50% less energy than conventional equipment. More information refers to http:// www.energystar.gov and http://www.energystar.gov/powermanagement. Note: The statement above is applicable only to eMachines notebooks with an ENERGY STAR sticker located in the bottom right-hand corner of the palm rest.

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    This product has been shipped enabled for power management: • Activate display's Sleep mode within 15 minutes of user inactivity. • Activate computer's Sleep mode within 30 minutes of user inactivity. • Wake the computer from Sleep mode by pushing power button. •...

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    displays could stress your eyes. The following sections provide suggestions on how to reduce eyestrain. Eyes • 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.

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    First things first We would like to thank you for making an eMachines notebook your choice for meeting your mobile computing needs. Your guides To help you use your eMachines notebook, we have designed a set of guides: First off, the Just for Starters... poster helps you get started with setting up your computer.

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    xiii To turn the power off, do any of the following: • Use the Windows shutdown command Click on Start then click on Shut Down. • Use the power button You can also put the computer in sleep mode by pressing the sleep hotkey <Fn>...

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    Taking care of your battery pack Here are some ways to take care of your battery pack: • Use only batteries of the same kind as replacements. Turn the power off before removing or replacing batteries. • Do not tamper with batteries. Keep them away from children. •...

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    Information for your safety and comfort Safety instructions Operating environment Medical devices Vehicles viii Potentially explosive environments viii Emergency calls viii Disposal instructions Mercury advisory Rechargeable Recycling Program in US and Canada ENERGY STAR Tips and information for comfortable use First things first Your guides Basic care and tips for using your computer...

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    Installing memory BIOS utility Boot sequence Enable disk-to-disk recovery Password Using software Playing DVD movies Power management eMachines Recovery Management Burn backup discs Restore Restore Windows Vista from backup discs Troubleshooting Troubleshooting tips Error messages Regulations and safety notices FCC statement...

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    Index...

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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 two-click buttons) The following items show you how to use the touchpad with two-click buttons.

  • Page 19: Lock Keys And Embedded Numeric Keypad

    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...

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    Windows keys The keyboard has two keys that perform Windows-specific functions. 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: <...

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    Hotkeys The computer employs hotkeys or key combinations to access most of the computer's controls like screen brightness, volume output and the BIOS utility. To activate hotkeys, press and hold the <Fn> key before pressing the other key in the hotkey combination. Hotkey Icon Function...

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    Special keys You can locate the Euro symbol and the US dollar sign at the upper-center and/or bottom-right of your keyboard. The Euro symbol Open a text editor or word processor. Hold <Alt Gr> and then press the <5> key at the upper-center of the keyboard.

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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: •...

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    It is important to back up all data files before using this option. Before performing a restore operation, please check the BIOS settings. Check to see if eMachines Disk-to-disk recovery is enabled or not. Make sure the D2D Recovery setting in Main is Enabled.

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    To start the recovery process: Restart the system. While the eMachines logo is showing, press <Alt> + <F10> at the same time to enter the recovery process. Refer to the onscreen instructions to perform system recovery. Important! This feature occupies 15 GB in a hidden partition on...

  • Page 26: Battery Pack, Battery Pack Characteristics, Maximizing The Battery's Life

    Battery pack 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.

  • Page 27: Installing And Removing The Battery Pack

    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.

  • Page 28: Charging The Battery, Checking The Battery Level, Optimising Battery Life

    To remove a battery pack: Slide the battery release latch to release the battery. 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.

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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...

  • Page 30: Disconnecting From The Desktop, Moving Around, Preparing The Computer

    Taking your notebook PC with you 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: Save any open files. Remove any media, floppy disks or compact disks from the drive(s).

  • Page 31: What To Bring To Meetings, Taking The Computer Home, Preparing The Computer

    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.

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    Special considerations 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.

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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.

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    Securing your computer 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.

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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>...

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    Expanding through options 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.

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    Replace the memory cover and secure it with the screw. Reinstall the battery pack, and reconnect the AC adapter. Turn on the computer. The computer automatically detects and reconfigures the total memory size. Please consult a qualified technician or contact your local eMachines dealer.

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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>...

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    Using software Playing DVD movies When the DVD drive module is installed in the optical drive bay, you can play DVD movies on your computer. Eject the DVD disk. Important! When you launch the DVD player for the first time, the program asks you to enter the region code.

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    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 (called an inactivity timeout), the computer stops some or all of these devices in order to conserve energy.

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    Recovery Management eMachines Recovery Management is a tool to quickly restore the system. You can also 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.

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    Burn backup discs From the Backup page of eMachines Recovery Management, you can burn the factory default image or back up drivers and applications. Click on Start, All Programs, eMachines. eMachines Recovery Management opens to the Backup page. Select the type of backup (factory default or drivers and applications) you would like to burn to disc.

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    You can also reinstall applications and drivers for your eMachines system. Click on Start, All Programs, eMachines. Switch to the restore page by selecting the Restore button. You can choose to restore the system from a factory default image or reinstall applications and drivers.

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    Turn on your computer and insert the first system recovery disc into the optical disc drive. Restart your computer. The system will reboot. After rebooting, when the eMachines logo shows, press the F10 key to open the BOOT Menu. Here you can select which device to boot from.

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    Turn on your computer and insert the first system recovery disc into the optical disc drive. Restart your computer. During startup when the eMachines logo shows, press the F2 key to enter BIOS Setup, where you can set system parameters.

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    Use the up and down arrow keys to select the IDE1* device. 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.

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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.

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    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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    Regulations and safety notices 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.

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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 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.

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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. If this equipment should fail to operate properly, disconnect the equipment from the phone line to determine if it is causing the problem.

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    Notice for New Zealand 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...

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    Laser compliance statement The CD or DVD drive used with 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.

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    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).

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    LAN Mini PCI Card built in to the screen section and all persons. Note: The eMachines 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.

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    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 Illuminance level: • α α [250 + (250cos )] lx where = 85°...

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    Index traveling on local trips troubleshooting turning off xiii connections AC adapter network caring for xiii audio troubleshooting display hotkeys troubleshooting battery pack battery-low warning DVD movies caring for playing characteristics charging checking charge level error messages installing Euro low conditions maximizing life FAQ.

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    ports speakers printer hotkey troubleshooting troubleshooting problems CD-ROM touchpad display hotkey keyboard using 1–?? printer travel startup international flights troubleshooting local trips troubleshooting safety tips CD or DVD modem notices universal serial bus scroll lock security keylock Windows keys passwords...

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