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  • Page 1 Extensa 2000/2500 Series User’s Guide...
  • Page 2 No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of Acer Incorporated. Extensa 2000/2500 Series Notebook Computer...
  • Page 3: First Things First

    You are advised to read it thoroughly and keep it handy for future reference. For more information on Acer’s products, services, and support, please visit the web site: Basic care and tips for using your computer...
  • Page 4: Taking Care Of Your Computer

    Note: If you are unable to shut down the computer in the usual way, press and hold the power button for more than four seconds. You should then wait at least two seconds before turning the computer on again. Taking care of your computer Your computer will serve you well if you take care of it.
  • Page 5: Taking Care Of Your Battery Pack

    Taking care of your battery pack It is also important that you look after your computer's battery pack. • Use the correct battery model for your computer. Do not use other kinds of batteries. • Turn the power off before removing or replacing the battery. •...
  • Page 7: Table Of Contents

    First things first Your guides Basic care and tips for using your computer Getting familiar with your computer A tour of your computer Front view Left view Right view Rear view Bottom view Features Indicators Indicators on cover Keyboard Lock keys Embedded keypad Windows keys Hot keys...
  • Page 8 Peripherals and options External display devices External input devices External keyboard External keypad External pointing device USB devices Printer Audio devices Expansion devices PC Card Miscellaneous options Battery pack AC adapter Key component upgrades Memory upgrade Hard disk upgrade Moving with your computer Disconnecting from the desktop Moving around Preparing the computer...
  • Page 9 Troubleshooting Frequently asked questions Requesting service International Traveler’s Warranty (ITW) Before you call Appendix A Specifications Appendix B Regulation & safety notices Index...
  • Page 11: Getting Familiar With Your Computer

    Getting familiar with your computer...
  • Page 12 Your Extensa 2000/2500 series notebook computer combines solid performance, versatility, multimedia capabilities and portability with a stylish design. Increase your productivity by working wherever you are. This chapter provides an in-depth "tour" of your computer's features.
  • Page 13: A Tour Of Your Computer

    A tour of your computer After setting up your new Extensa notebook computer, as illustrated in Just for starters… poster, take a few minutes to explore the unit. Front view Item Display screen Description Liquid-Crystal Display (LCD) provides visual output.
  • Page 14 Item Status indicators Power button Launch keys Palmrest Click buttons & 4-way scroll key Touchpad Keyboard Ventilation slot Getting familiar with your computer Description Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) that turn on and off to show the status of the computer, its functions and components.
  • Page 15: Left View

    Left view Item PC Card slots Eject buttons Optical drive Infrared port LED indicator Eject button Emergency eject hole Speaker Description Support one Type III or two Type II CardBus PC Card(s). Ejects the PC Card(s) from the slots. Internal optical drive; accepts CDs or DVDs depending on the optical drive type.
  • Page 16: Right View

    Right view Item Speaker Ventilation slots Security keylock Getting familiar with your computer Description Delivers stereo audio output. Enable the computer to stay cool, even after prolonged use. Connects to a Kensington-compatible computer security lock.
  • Page 17: Rear View

    Rear view Item Power jack Parallel port Ventilation slot External display port Four USB 2.0 ports Network jack Modem jack Description Connects to an AC adapter. Connects to a parallel device (e.g., parallel printer). Enables the computer to stay cool, even after prolonged use.
  • Page 18: Bottom View

    Item Speaker/Line-Out/ Headphone jack Line-in/Mic-in jack Bottom view Item Battery bay Battery release latch Memory compartment Getting familiar with your computer Description Connects to audio line-out devices (e.g., speakers, headphones). Accepts audio line-in devices (e.g., audio CD player, stereo walkman). Description Houses the computer's battery pack.
  • Page 19: Features

    Features Performance • Intel® Pentium® 4 and Intel® Celeron® processors, 2.80 GHz and above • 256/512 MB of DDR333 SDRAM standard, upgradeable to 2048 MB with dual soDIMM modules • 30 GB and above high-capacity, Enhanced-IDE hard disk • Advanced Configuration Power Interface (ACPI) power management system Display •...
  • Page 20 Connectivity • Integrated 10/100 Mbps Fast Ethernet connection • Built-in 56Kbps fax/data modem • Four Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 ports • IEEE 802.11b or IEEE 802.11g Wireless LAN (manufacturing option) • Bluetooth (manufacturing option) Human-centric design • Rugged, yet extremely portable design •...
  • Page 21: Indicators

    Indicators Your computer provides an array of seven indicators located below the display screen, showing the status of the computer and its components. Icon Function Wireless communications Power Sleep Media activity Battery charge Caps Lock Num Lock Description Indicates status of wireless or Bluetooth (optional) communications.
  • Page 22: Indicators On Cover

    Indicators on cover When the cover of your computer is closed, two easy-to-read icons are shown, indicating which state or feature is enabled or disabled. Icon Description Lights up when the computer is on. Lights when the computer enters Standby mode, and blinks when it enters into or resumes from hibernation mode.
  • Page 23: Keyboard

    Keyboard The keyboard features full-size keys with an embedded keypad, separate cursor control keys, two Windows keys, and twelve function keys (hot keys). Lock keys The keyboard has three lock keys which you can toggle on and off. Lock Key Description Caps Lock When Caps Lock is on, all alphabetic characters typed are in...
  • Page 24: Embedded Keypad

    Embedded keypad The embedded numeric keypad functions like a desktop numeric keypad. It is indicated by small characters located on the upper right corner of the keycaps. To simplify the keyboard legend, cursor-control key symbols are not printed on the keys. Desired Access Num Lock On Number keys on...
  • Page 25: Windows Keys

    Windows keys The keyboard features two keys that provide 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: + Tab + F1...
  • Page 26: Hot Keys

    Hot keys Using the Fn key with another key creates a hot key, providing a quick and convenient method for controlling various functions. To use a hot key, first hold down the Fn key. Next, press the second key in the combination. Finally, release both keys. Your computer provides the following hot keys: Hot Key Icon...
  • Page 27 Hot Key Icon Function Fn-F5 Display toggle Fn-F6 Screen blank Fn-F7 Touchpad toggle Fn-F8 Speaker toggle Fn-↑ Volume up Fn-↓ Volume down Fn-→ Brightness up Fn- ← Brightness down Fn-Pg Up Home Fn-Pg Dn Alt Gr- Euro Euro Description Switches display output between the display screen, external monitor (if connected) and both the...
  • Page 28: The Euro Symbol

    The Euro symbol If your keyboard layout is set to United States-International or United Kingdom or if you have a keyboard with a European layout, you can type the Euro symbol on your keyboard. Note for US keyboard users: The keyboard layout is set when you first set up Windows.
  • Page 29: Touchpad

    Touchpad The built-in touchpad is a PS/2- compatible pointing device that senses movement on its surface. The cursor responds to your finger movements on the touchpad. In addition, the two click buttons provide the same functionality as a computer mouse, while the scroll key enables easy 4-way scrolling in documents and web pages.
  • Page 30 Function Left Button Execute Click twice quickly. Select Click once. Drag Click and hold. Then, slide your finger across the touchpad to drag the cursor over the selection. Access content menu Scroll Note: Keep your fingers, as well as the surface of the touchpad, clean and dry.
  • Page 31: Launch Keys

    They are designated as mail button, Web browser button, P1, P2, Bluetooth and Wireless buttons. The Wireless and Bluetooth buttons cannot be set by the user. To set the other four launch keys, run the Acer Launch Manager. Launch Key Default Application Email Launches your email application.
  • Page 32: Storage

    Storage Your computer offers a variety of data storage options: • The high capacity Enhanced-IDE hard disk drive. The hard drive is upgradeable, enabling you to increase your storage capacity in the future. Consult your dealer if you need to upgrade.
  • Page 33: Ejecting The Optical Drive Tray

    Ejecting the optical drive tray To eject the optical drive tray: • With the computer turned on, press the optical drive eject button. • The tray will be released, and partially popped open. • Gently pull the tray out to its limit. To load an optical disc: •...
  • Page 34: Connectivity Options

    Getting familiar with your computer Connectivity options Your computer has built-in connectivity options, enabling you to hook up to a network or communicate over a phone line. Ethernet and LAN The integrated network feature allows you to connect your computer to an Ethernet-based (10/100 BASE-T) network.
  • Page 35: Fax/Data Modem

    Fax/Data modem Your computer features a built-in fax/data modem, enabling you to communicate over a phone line. This means that you can connect to the Internet via a dialup account with an ISP, log in to your network from a remote location, or send faxes. Warning: Your modem is not compatible with digital phone lines.
  • Page 36: Audio

    Getting familiar with your computer Audio Your computer includes an integrated stereo audio system. Built-in stereo speakers are located at the front on both sides of the unit. Volume is adjusted using software, such as Volume Control in Windows, Volume Fn keys, or any other application that provides a volume adjustment control.
  • Page 37: Securing Your Computer

    Securing your computer Your computer features hardware and software security solutions, in the form of a slot for a Kensington lock and a password facility. Security slot A slot for a Kensington slot enables you to physically protect your computer from theft. Use this feature as follows: •...
  • Page 38 Getting familiar with your computer...
  • Page 39: Operating On Battery Power

    Operating on battery power...
  • Page 40 Your Extensa 2000/2500 series notebook computer operates on battery or AC power. This chapter provides information for operating on battery power, as well as information on how your computer manages and saves power.
  • Page 41: Battery Pack

    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 mains power supply.
  • Page 42: 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 43: Charging The Battery

    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.
  • Page 44: Battery-Low Warning

    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 45: Power Management

    Power management Your computer features a built-in power management unit that constantly monitors system activity. System activity refers to any activity involving one or more of the following devices: keyboard, touchpad/mouse, hard disk drive, optical drive, peripherals connected to the computer, and video memory. If no activity is detected for a period of time (the settings are controlled in Windows Power Management), the computer turns off some, or all, of these devices in order to conserve power.
  • Page 46 Operating on battery power...
  • Page 47: Peripherals And Options

    Peripherals and options...
  • Page 48 Your Extensa 2000/2500 series notebook computer offers good expansion capabilities. This chapter provides information on connecting peripherals to expand your system. It also describes how to upgrade key components to enhance system performance and keep your computer in step with the latest technology.
  • Page 49: External Display Devices

    External display devices You can connect an external (VGA) monitor or projector to your computer's external display port. Use the Fn + F5 hot key to toggle the display setting between the computer's LCD panel and the external display device. See “Hot keys” on page 16 for more information.
  • Page 50: Usb Devices

    Peripherals and options USB devices Your computer features four Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 ports for connecting a range of USB peripherals. See “External input devices” on page 39, and “Printer” on page 41 for information on connecting a USB keyboard, keypad, mouse or printer. Other common USB devices include digital cameras, scanners, and external storage devices.
  • Page 51: Printer

    Printer Your computer supports both parallel and USB printers. Refer to the printer's manual for information on: • Setting up the hardware • Installing the necessary drivers in Windows • Operating instructions To use a USB printer, simply connect the device to one of your computer's USB ports, and then wait for Windows to find the new hardware.
  • Page 52: Expansion Devices

    Expansion devices PC Card Your computer features two PC Card slots that support two standard Type II or one Type III CardBus (PCMCIA). This greatly increases your computer's usability and expandability. A variety of PC Cards are available, such as flash memory, SRAM, fax/data modem, LAN, and SCSI Cards.
  • Page 53: Miscellaneous Options

    To remove a PC Card: Close the application that is using the PC Card. Double click on the PC Card icon on the taskbar, and then select the option to safely remove the card. Wait for the message telling you that it is now safe to remove the card. Press the PC Card eject button to partially eject the card (1).
  • Page 54: Key Component Upgrades

    Key component upgrades Your computer is designed to deliver solid performance. However, in time, you might find that your applications demand even more computing power. For this reason, you are able to upgrade key components. Note: Contact your authorized dealer if you decide to perform a key component upgrade.
  • Page 55: Hard Disk Upgrade

    Insert the memory module diagonally in the slot (1), and then press down gently until it clicks in place (2). Replace the memory compartment door, and fasten the screw. The computer automatically detects the new module and reconfigures the memory. Hard disk upgrade It is possible to replace your hard disk with a higher capacity drive when you need more storage space.
  • Page 56 Peripherals and options...
  • Page 57: Moving With Your Computer

    Moving with your computer...
  • Page 58 Your Extensa 2000/2500 series notebook computer is ideal for taking with you when you move around. This chapter provides tips on things to consider when traveling with your computer.
  • Page 59: Disconnecting From The Desktop

    Disconnecting from the desktop Before moving with your computer, you must turn it off and disconnect all peripherals: Save your work and close all applications. Shut down Windows to turn off your computer. Unplug the AC adapter from the mains outlet, and then disconnect it from the computer.
  • Page 60: Moving Around

    Moving with your computer Moving around Sometimes you might need to move your computer a short distance. For example, you might need to move from your office desk to a meeting room. In these situations, you don't have to shut down the operating system.
  • Page 61: Taking The Computer Home

    Taking the computer home When you move between your office and home you will need to prepare your computer for the short trip. Preparing the computer After disconnecting your computer from the desktop, prepare the unit as follows: Remove all media from the drives. Loaded media can damage the drive heads during transit.
  • Page 62: Setting Up A Home Office

    Setting up a home office If you frequently work on your computer at home, as well as at work, it may be worthwhile purchasing a second AC adapter. This will allow you to travel lighter, as you can keep an AC adapter in each location. You might also find it worthwhile keeping a second set of peripherals at home, such as a keyboard, keypad, mouse and printer.
  • Page 63: Traveling Internationally With Your Computer

    Traveling internationally with your computer Occasionally you might need to travel between countries with your computer. Preparing the computer Prepare the computer as you would for normal travel. Remember to take special precautions for air travel. What to take with you It is advisable to take the following items with you: •...
  • Page 64 Moving with your computer...
  • Page 65: Software

  • Page 66 Your Extensa 2000/2500 series notebook computer includes system utilities. This chapter provides information on the important software that comes with your computer.
  • Page 67: System Software

    System software Your computer comes preloaded with the following software: • Microsoft® Windows® operating system • Hardware BIOS Setup Utility • System utilities, drivers and application software Note: To run software applications in Windows, first click on the Start button. Next, select the appropriate folder, and then click on the application icon.
  • Page 68: Bios Setup Utility

    Software BIOS Setup Utility The Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) contains important information used to configure the hardware and system software settings. Your computer reads the BIOS when it first starts up, before it loads the operating system. Your computer's BIOS includes a built-in setup utility called Phoenix Software System Configuration Utility (SCU).
  • Page 69: Troubleshooting

  • Page 70 This chapter instructs you on how to deal with common system problems. Please read it before calling a technician. Solutions to more serious problems may require opening the computer. Do not attempt to open and service the computer by yourself. Contact your dealer or an authorized service center for assistance.
  • Page 71: Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently asked questions This section suggests solutions to commonly encountered problems. I press the power button, but my computer does not start or boot-up. Look at the Power status indicator. If it is not lit, no power is being delivered to the computer. Check the following: •...
  • Page 72 There is no audio coming from my computer. Check the following: • The volume may be muted. In Windows, look at the volume control icon on the taskbar. If it is crossed-out, click on the icon and deselect the Mute option. •...
  • Page 73 The printer does not work. Check the following: • Make sure that the printer is connected to a power outlet and it is turned on. • Check that the cable is properly connected to the appropriate ports on both the computer and the printer. •...
  • Page 74: Requesting Service

    Place your proof-of- purchase in the flap located inside the front cover of the ITW passport. If the country you are traveling in does not have an Acer-authorized ITW service site, you can still get in contact with our offices worldwide.
  • Page 75: Appendix A Specifications

    Appendix A Specifications...
  • Page 76 This appendix lists the general specifications of your computer.
  • Page 77 Microprocessor • Intel® Pentium® 4 and Intel® Celeron® processors, 2.80 GHz and above Memory • 256/512 MB of DDR333 SDRAM standard, upgradeable to 2048 MB with dual soDIMM modules • 512 KB flash ROM BIOS Data storage • One 30 GB and above E-IDE hard disk (2.5", 9.5mm, UltraDMA-100) •...
  • Page 78 Audio • Two built-in stereo speakers • MS DirectSound compatible • Audio ports for microphone-in and headphones Keyboard and pointing device • 84/85/88-key Windows keyboard • Ergonomically-centered touchpad pointing device I/O ports • One Type III or two Type II PC CardBus (PCMCIA) slots •...
  • Page 79 Environment • Temperature: Operating: 5°C ~ 35°C Non-operating: -20°C ~ 65°C • Humidity (non-condensing): Operating: 20% ~ 80% RH Non-operating: 20% ~ 80% RH Operating system • Microsoft® Windows® XP Home/Pro operating system • ACPI 1.0b support • DMI 2.0-compliant Power •...
  • Page 80 Appendix A Specifications...
  • Page 81: Appendix B Regulation & Safety Notices

    Appendix B Regulation & safety notices...
  • Page 82 This appendix lists the general notices for your computer.
  • Page 83: Energy Star Guidelines Compliance

    Energy Star Guidelines Compliance As an Energy Star Partner, Acer Inc. has determined that this product meets the Energy Star guidelines for energy efficiency. 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.
  • Page 84: Declaration Of Conformity For Eu Countries

    Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est conforme a la norme NMB- 003 du Canada. Declaration of Conformity for EU countries Hereby, Acer, declares that this Extensa notebook computer is in compliance with the essential requirements and other relevant provisions of Directive 1999/5/EC. (Please visit certificates/nb for complete documents.)
  • Page 85: Notice For Australia

    the problem is with the equipment, discontinue use and contact your dealer or vendor. Caution: To reduce the risk of fire, use only No. 26 AWG or larger UL Listed or CSA Certified Telecommunication Line Cord. TBR 21 This equipment has been approved [Council Decision 98/482/EC - "TBR 21"] for single terminal connection to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN).
  • Page 86: Notice For New Zealand

    Notice for New Zealand For Modem with approval number PTC 211/03/008 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.
  • Page 87: Important Safety Instructions

    Important safety instructions Read these instructions carefully. Save them for future reference. Follow all warnings and instructions marked on the product. Unplug this product from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not use liquid cleaners or aerosol cleaners. Use a damp cloth for cleaning.
  • Page 88: Laser Compliance Statement

    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.
  • Page 89: Lcd Pixel Statement

  • Page 90 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).
  • Page 91: The Fcc Rf Safety Requirement

    The FCC RF safety requirement The radiated output power of Wireless LAN Mini-PCI Card and Blue- tooth Card is far below the FCC radio frequency exposure limits. Never- theless, the Extensa notebook computer shall be used in such a manner that the potential for human contact during normal operation is mini- mized as follows.
  • Page 92 Notebook Personal Computer MS2154 Extensa 2000; Extensa 2500 Extensa 200xxx; Extensa 250xxx (“x” = 0~9, a ~ z, or A ~ Z) Acer America Corporation 2641 Orchard Parkway, San Jose CA 95134, U. S. A. Mr. Young Kim 408-922-2909 408-922-2606...
  • Page 93 --------------------------- Easy Lai/ Director Qualification Center Product Assurance, Acer Inc. Acer Incorporated 8F, 88, Sec. 1, Hsin Tai Wu Rd., Hsichih Taipei Hsien 221, Taiwan, R.O.C. Tel : 886-2-2696-1234...
  • Page 94 Appendix B Regulation & safety notices...
  • Page 95: Index

    Index audio connecting externally controlling volume troubleshooting battery pack battery-low warning caring for characteristics charging charging indicator checking charge level installing low conditions maximizing life optimizing removing using the first time BIOS Setup Utility entering brightness hotkeys caps lock on indicator care battery pack computer...
  • Page 96 connecting externally hotkeys lock keys troubleshooting Windows keys keypad connecting externally launch keys left view media access on indicator memory installing upgrading microphone troubleshooting modem setting location mouse connecting externally Notebook Manager hotkey notice DVD copyright protection num lock on indicator optical drive options hard disk upgrade...
  • Page 97 connecting utility BIOS Setup volume adjusting warranty International Traveler’s Warranty Windows keys...

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