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Acer 500 User Manual

Acer 500 User Manual

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  • Page 2 Extensa Notebook Computer Model___________Serial No._______________________________ Purchase Date_______________ Extensa is a trademark and a product of Acer Inc., developed with Texas Instruments Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective companies. Microsoft, MS-DOS, and Windows are...
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Notices......... v Preface .
  • Page 4 Table of Contents Traveling Internationally with the Computer ..63 Chapter 5 Software ......65 System Software .
  • Page 5: 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.
  • Page 6 Notices 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. 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...
  • Page 7: Important Safety Instructions

    Important Safety Instructions 1. Read these instructions carefully. Save these instructions for future reference. 2. Follow all warnings and instructions marked on the product. 3. Unplug this product from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not use liquid cleaners or aerosol cleaners. Use a damp cloth for cleaning.
  • Page 8 Notices 10.Never push objects of any kind into this product through 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.
  • Page 9 Notices 15.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 SPT-2, rated 7A 125V minimum, VDE approved or its equivalent. Maximum length is 15 feet (4.6 meters).
  • Page 10: Laser Compliance Statement

    Notices Laser Compliance Statement The CD-ROM drive in this computer is a laser product. The CD-ROM 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. APPAREIL A LASER DE CLASSE 1 PRODUIT LASERATTENTION: RADIATION DU FAISCEAU LASER INVISIBLE EN CAS D’OUVERTURE.
  • Page 11: Lithium Battery Statement

    Notices Lithium Battery Statement The following statement refers to the internal lithium battery that powers the computer’s clock. 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.
  • Page 12: Year 2000 Compliance Statement

    Notices Year 2000 Compliance Statement The Extensa 500 series notebook computer is Year 2000- compliant and carries the “NSTL Hardware Tested Year 2000 Compliant” logo. This model has been tested both by Acer’s internal test labs and NSTL using NSTL’s YMARK2000 certification test.
  • Page 13: Preface

    CardBus, 16-bit stereo audio, internal pointing device, Universal Serial Bus, and all-in- one media storage. The Extensa 500 Series also has unique compact disc (CD) player control features. This manual should answer most of the questions you have about the day-to-day operation of your Extensa notebook computer.
  • Page 14: Connecting The Computer

    Preface Connecting the Computer Connecting the computer is as easy as 1-2-3. 1. Insert the battery pack into the battery compartment, then slide the battery compartment cover in place. Note: When using a battery pack for the first time, fully recharge the battery, then disconnect the adapter to use up the battery before recharging again.
  • Page 15 3. Slide the display cover latch to the left to open the display. Slide the power switch towards the rear of the computer then release it to turn on the power. The POST (Power On Self-Test) routine executes and Windows begins loading. Note: To turn off the power, slide and hold the power switch for more than four seconds.
  • Page 16: Getting Help Online

    The online help is easy to navigate with hypertext and hypergraphics. Clear illustrations help describe notebook operation as well. Getting Online If you are connected to the Internet and have World Wide Web access, visit our home page ( and get the latest information about our products.
  • Page 17: Support Information

    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 18: Care And Maintenance

    Preface Care and Maintenance Taking Care of Your Computer Your computer will serve you well if you take care of it. Do not expose the computer to direct sunlight. Do not place near sources of heat, such as a radiator. Do not expose the computer to temperatures below 0ºC (32ºF) or above 50ºC (122ºF).
  • Page 19: Taking Care Of Your Battery Pack

    The total ampere ratings 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. 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.
  • Page 21: Chapter 1 Getting Familiar With Your Computer

    Getting Familiar with your Computer This computer combines high-performance, versatility, power management features and multimedia capabilities with a unique style and ergonomic design. Work with unmatched productivity and reliability with your new power computing partner. This chapter gives an in-depth "tour" of the computer’s many features.
  • Page 22: Features

    Features Features This computer was designed with the user in mind. Here are just a few of its many features: Performance Intel Pentium® processor with MMX™ technology 64-bit main memory and external (L2) cache memory Large LCD display and PCI local bus video with 128-bit graphics acceleration Internal CD-ROM drive Internal 3.5-inch floppy drive...
  • Page 23 Human-centric Design and Ergonomics Lightweight and slim Sleek, smooth and stylish design Full-sized keyboard Wide and curved palm rest Ergonomically-centered touchpad pointing device Compact disc player control Expansion CardBus PC card (formerly PCMCIA) slots (two type II/I or one type III) with ZV (Zoomed Video) port support Mini docking station option for one-step connect/ disconnect from peripherals Upgradeable memory and hard disk...
  • Page 24: Display

    Display Display The large graphics display offers excellent viewing, display quality and desktop performance graphics. The computer supports two different display configurations — High Performance Addressing (HPA) or Thin-Film Transistor (TFT). Video Performance PCI local bus video with 128-bit graphics acceleration and 2MB Extended Data Out (EDO) video RAM boost video performance.
  • Page 25 Opening and Closing the Display To open the display, slide the display cover latch to the left and lift up the cover. Then tilt it to a comfortable viewing position. The computer employs a microswitch that turns off the display (and enters standby mode) to conserve power when you close the display cover, and turns it back on when you open the display cover.
  • Page 26: Indicators

    Indicators Indicators The computer has six easy-to-read status indicators (LEDs) under the display screen. The Power and Standby indicators are visible even when you close the display cover so you can see the status of the computer while the cover is closed. Icon Function Description...
  • Page 27 Icon Chapter 1 Getting Familiar with your Computer Function Description Caps Lock Lights when Caps Lock is activated Num Lock Lights when Numeric Lock is activated Indicators...
  • Page 28: Keyboard

    Keyboard Keyboard The keyboard has full-sized keys and an embedded keypad, separate cursor keys, two Windows 98 keys and twelve function keys. Special Keys Lock Keys The keyboard has three lock keys which you can toggle on and off. Lock Key Caps Lock Num Lock (Fn-F11)
  • Page 29: Embedded Numeric Keypad

    Embedded Numeric 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 Number keys on embedded keypad...
  • Page 30: Windows 98 Keys

    Keyboard Windows 98 Keys The keyboard has two keys that perform Windows 98- specific functions. Windows logo key Application key Description Start button. Combinations with this key performs special functions. Below are a few examples:  + Tab (Activate next Taskbar button)  + E (Explore My Computer)  + F (Find Document)  + M (Minimize All)
  • Page 31: Hot Keys

    Hot Keys The computer employs hot keys or key combinations to access most of the computer’s controls like screen contrast and brightness, volume output and the BIOS setup utility. Hot Key Fn-F1 Fn-F2 Fn-F3 Chapter 1 Getting Familiar with your Computer Icon Function Hot key help...
  • Page 32 Keyboard Hot Key Fn-F4 Fn-F5 Fn-F6 Fn-F7 Fn-F8 Icon Function Hibernation Display toggle Screen blank Touchpad on/off Speaker on/ Contrast up Description Puts the computer in Hibernation mode (if Sleep Manager, the hibernation utility, is installed, valid and enabled). Press the power switch to resume.
  • Page 33: Keyboard Ergonomics

    Hot Key Activating Hot Keys When activating hot keys, press and hold the first key Fn before pressing the other key in the hot key combination. Keyboard Ergonomics Located below the keyboard, the wide and curved palm rest is ergonomically designed to provide you with a very comfortable place to rest your hands while you type.
  • Page 34: Touchpad

    Touchpad Touchpad The built-in touchpad is a PS/2-compatible pointing device that senses movement on its surface. This means the cursor responds as you move your finger on the surface of the touchpad. The central location on the palm rest provides optimum comfort and support. Note: When you connect an external PS/2 mouse, the computer automatically disables the internal touchpad.
  • Page 35 Function Executes Selects Drags Accesses context menu Note: Keep your fingers dry and clean when using the touchpad. Also keep the touchpad dry and clean. The touchpad is sensitive to finger movements. Hence, the lighter the touch, the better the response. Tapping too hard will not increase the touchpad’s responsiveness.
  • Page 36: Storage

    Storage Storage This computer supplies you with all-in-one media storage: High-capacity Enhanced-IDE hard disk Standard ultra-slim internal 3.5-inch floppy drive High-speed ultra-slim CD-ROM drive Hard Disk The hard disk can be upgraded when you need more storage space. Consult your dealer for details. Floppy Drive The ultra-slim internal floppy drive reads and writes on standard 3.5-inch diskettes.
  • Page 37: Cd-Rom Drive

    CD-ROM Drive A high-speed CD-ROM drive gives you portable multimedia access. Ejecting the CD-ROM Tray To eject the CD-ROM drive tray when the computer is turned on, press the CD-ROM eject button. Note: When power is off, you can eject the CD-ROM drive tray using the emergency eject hole (see page 98).
  • Page 38: Ports

    Ports Ports Ports allow you to connect peripheral devices to your computer as you would with a desktop PC. Note: See Chapter 3 on how to connect external devices to the computer. Front Ports The front panel contains ports for external audio connections.
  • Page 39: Rear Ports

    Rear Ports Icon Chapter 1 Getting Familiar with your Computer Port Connects to... DC-in jack AC adapter and power outlet PS/2 port PS/2-compatible device (e.g., PS/2 keyboard/mouse/ keypad) Serial port Serial device (e.g., serial mouse) Parallel port Parallel device (e.g., parallel printer) Port replicator Port replicator...
  • Page 40: Universal Serial Bus

    Ports Universal Serial Bus The Universal Serial Bus (USB) port is a high-speed serial bus which allows you to connect and daisy-chain USB peripherals without taking up precious system resources. Right Ports Icon PC Card Slots There are two type II/I or one type III CardBus PC Card slots found on the right panel of the computer.
  • Page 41 ZV (Zoomed Video) port support allows your computer to support hardware MPEG in the form of a ZV PC card. Note: Refer to your card’s manual for details on how to install and use the card and its functions. Inserting a Card Insert the card into the desired slot and make the proper connections (e.g., network cable), if necessary.
  • Page 42: Fax/Data Modem

    Ports Press the slot eject button once to pop it out; then press again to eject the PC Card. Fax/Data Modem The computer has a built-in fax/data modem (available in select countries). Caution: This modem port is not compatible with digital phone lines.
  • Page 43: Audio

    Audio The standard computer configuration includes 16-bit high- fidelity stereo audio with further enhancements that include 3D sound for true audio immersion. Front dual speakers direct sound towards you to further enhance sound output. A sensitive microphone is located above the display screen.
  • Page 44 Audio Playing Audio CDs This computer allows you to play audio (music) compact discs without turning on the computer. Front panel controls provide smooth and easy operation. Function Previous Track Volume Control Next Track Status LCD Play/Pause Stop/Eject Power Description Jumps to the previous track in the audio Adjusts the volume level Jumps to the next track in the audio CD...
  • Page 45 To play audio CDs without turning on the computer, follow these steps: 1. Slide the power switch and release it to turn on the audio CD player. The status LCD turns on. 2. Press the CD eject button to eject the CD-ROM drive tray.
  • Page 46: Securing Your Computer

    Securing your Computer Securing your Computer Security features include hardware and software locks — a security notch and a two-level password scheme. Security Notch A security notch located on the rear panel of the computer lets you connect a Kensington-compatible key-based computer security lock.
  • Page 47 See “BIOS Utility” on page 84 for details. Important: Do not forget your password! If you forget your password, you need to contact your dealer. Setting a Password You can set the password using: Notebook Manager -- go to page 78. BIOS Utility -- go to page 91.
  • Page 48 User’s Guide...
  • Page 49: Chapter 2 Operating On Battery Power

    Operating on Battery Power The computer operates on AC or battery power. This chapter contains the information you need to know to operate the computer on battery power. It also includes information on how your computer manages and saves power. Contents Battery Pack .
  • Page 50: Battery Pack

    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 The computer uses a Nickel-Metal Hydride battery pack which does not have the memory effect problem of Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) batteries.
  • Page 51: Installing And Removing The Battery Pack

    3. Disconnect the adapter to use up the battery before recharging again. You only need to do this once or twice with a new battery or with a battery that's been stored without being used for a long time. If the computer is to be stored for more than two weeks, we suggest you remove the battery pack.
  • Page 52: Charging The Battery

    Battery Pack Charging the Battery To charge the battery, place the battery pack inside the battery bay and plug the AC adapter into the computer and an electrical outlet. Charging Modes The adapter has three charging modes: Rapid mode The computer uses rapid charging when power is turned off and a powered AC adapter is connected to it.
  • Page 53: Checking The Battery Level

    Checking the Battery Level The computer features battery-low warning signals that are both audible and visible. When the battery pack is low, the computer emits warning beeps and the battery indicator flashes at regular intervals. Also, you can check the battery charge level using the Windows battery gauge.
  • Page 54: Battery-Low Warning

    Battery Pack Store the battery pack in a cool, dry place. The recommended storage temperature for battery packs ranges from 10 to 30 degrees C. The higher the storage temperature, the faster the battery pack self-discharges. The batteries can be recharged about 300 times when used as directed.
  • Page 55: Chapter 2 Operating On Battery Power

    Otherwise, the computer enters Standby mode. Warning: Connect the AC adapter to the computer as soon as possible. Data is lost when computer power is cut off during Standby mode. The following table shows the recommended course of action to take when you encounter a battery-low condition. Situation AC adapter and power...
  • Page 56: Power Management

    Power Management 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, floppy drive, hard disk, peripherals connected to the serial and parallel ports, and video memory.
  • Page 57: Hard Disk Standby Mode

    "Automatic Dim" Feature The computer has a unique "automatic dim" power-saving feature. When the computer is using AC power and you disconnect the AC adapter from the computer, it automatically dims the LCD backlight to save power. If you reconnect AC power to the computer, it automatically adjusts the LCD backlight to a brighter level.
  • Page 58: Hibernation Mode

    Power Management management system elapses without any system activity Closing the display cover When the computer is about to enter Hibernation mode (e.g., during a battery low condition), but the Hibernation file is invalid or not present Note: If the computer does not enter Standby mode after pressing the Standby hot key, it means the operating system will not allow the computer to enter the power- saving mode.
  • Page 59 There are two necessary conditions for the computer to enter Hibernation mode: The Hibernation file created by Sleep Manager must be present and valid. See “Sleep Manager” on page 67. Heuristic Power Management Mode must be set to [ENABLED]. In this situation, there are four ways to enter Hibernation mode: Pressing the Hibernation hot key Fn-F4 If the waiting time determined by the computer’s power...
  • Page 60: Advanced Power Management

    Power Management Advanced Power Management This computer supports the Windows APM standard designed to further reduce power consumption. APM is a power-management approach defined jointly by Microsoft and Intel. An increasing number of software packages support APM to take advantage of its power-saving features and allows greater system availability without degrading performance.
  • Page 61: Chapter 3 Peripherals And Options

    When connecting peripherals, read the manual included with the peripheral for operating instructions. You can purchase most of these and other options directly from Acer. This chapter also includes sections on how to upgrade key components. Key component upgradeability helps keep your computer in step with the latest technology.
  • Page 62: External Monitor

    External Monitor External Monitor To show graphical effects on a larger display, connect an external monitor to the CRT port. Read the monitor manual for additional instructions. Note: If an external monitor is not connected, closing the display cover puts the computer into standby mode. User’s Guide...
  • Page 63: External Keyboard

    External Keyboard This computer has a keyboard with full-sized keys and an embedded keypad. If you feel more comfortable using a desktop keyboard, you can install a PS/2-compatible external keyboard. To connect an external keyboard, plug the external keyboard into the PS/2 connector. Chapter 3 Peripherals and Options External Keyboard...
  • Page 64: External Keypad

    External Keypad External Keypad You can also use a 17-key numeric keypad for number- sensitive data entry applications. To connect the keypad, plug the keypad connector into the PS/2 port. User’s Guide...
  • Page 65: External Pointing Device

    External Pointing Device This computer accepts either a PS/2-compatible or serial mouse or similar pointing device. Note: When using an external mouse, you may choose to disable the internal touchpad by pressing Fn-F7. External PS/2 Mouse The built-in touchpad works alternately with an external PS/2 mouse which is hot-pluggable.
  • Page 66: External Serial Mouse

    External Pointing Device External Serial Mouse If you use a serial mouse, plug it into the serial port. To enable the serial mouse, use the Add New Hardware tool in the Windows 95 or Windows 98 Control Panel. User’s Guide...
  • Page 67: Printer

    Printer This computer supports both serial and parallel printers. For a serial printer, plug the printer cable into the serial port. For a parallel printer, plug the printer cable into the parallel port. See your printer manual for operating instructions. Note: If the printer does not function, enter Setup and verify that the parallel port is enabled.
  • Page 68: Audio Devices

    Audio Devices Audio Devices Audio devices are easy to connect with the audio ports accessible from the front of the computer. You can plug in an external microphone to the microphone-in jack, or audio line-in device to the audio line-in jack. Amplified speakers or headphones connect to the speaker/headphone-out jack.
  • Page 69: Port Replicator

    Port Replicator For one-step connection and disconnection from your peripherals, use the optional full-featured port replicator. This port replicator includes all the ports on your computer and adds a few more. With the port replicator, you can easily use external devices such as an external monitor, a printer, a keyboard, a mouse with your computer without connecting and disconnecting these devices to your computer.
  • Page 70: Pc Cards

    PC Cards PC Cards The computer has two CardBus PC card slots that accommodate two type I/II or one type III PC card(s). Please consult your dealer for PC card options available that you can purchase for your computer. User’s Guide...
  • Page 71: Usb Devices

    USB Devices The computer has a USB (Universal Serial Bus) port that allows you to connect peripherals without occupying too many resources. Common USB devices include the mouse and keyboard. Most USB devices also include a built-in USB port connector which allows you to daisy-chain other USB devices.
  • Page 72: Miscellaneous Options

    Miscellaneous Options Miscellaneous Options Additional Power Packs You can order spare batteries and an AC adapter. Battery Pack It is good practice to have a spare battery around, especially when you travel. The NiMH battery, coupled with heuristic power management features, supplies you with more power on-the-go.
  • Page 73: File Transfer Cable

    Connect the single connector end of the Y-bridge cable to the computer’s PS/2 port and the double connector ends to the two PS/2 devices. File Transfer Cable Besides using the infrared port, you can also transfer files between computers using a file transfer cable. Connect the file transfer cable between the parallel ports of the two computers and use your file transfer utility to perform the transfer.
  • Page 74: Key Component Upgrades

    Key Component Upgrades Key Component Upgrades Your computer delivers superior power and performance. However, some users and the applications they use may demand more. This computer allows you to upgrade key components when you need increased performance. Note: Contact your authorized dealer if you decide to perform a key component upgrade.
  • Page 75: Installing Memory

    Slot 1 16 MB 32 MB 32 MB 32 MB 32 MB 64 MB 64 MB 64 MB 64 MB Installing Memory Follow these steps to install memory: 1. Turn off the computer, unplug the AC adapter (if connected) and remove the battery pack. Then turn the computer over to access its base.
  • Page 76: Hard Disk Upgrade

    Key Component Upgrades 4. Replace the memory door and secure it with the screw. The computer automatically detects and reconfigures the total memory size. Hard Disk Upgrade You can upgrade your hard disk with a higher capacity drive when you need more storage space. The computer uses a 12.7mm or 9.5mm 2.5-inch Enhanced-IDE hard disk.
  • Page 77: Chapter 4 Moving With Your Computer

    Moving with your Computer This chapter gives you tips and hints on things to consider when moving around or traveling with your computer. Contents Disconnecting from the Desktop ....58 Moving Around .
  • Page 78: Disconnecting From The Desktop

    Disconnecting from the Desktop Disconnecting from the Desktop Follow these steps to disconnect your computer from external accessories: 1. Save your work in progress. 2. Shut down the operating system. 3. Turn off the computer. 4. Disconnect the cord from the AC adapter. 5.
  • Page 79: Moving Around

    Moving Around when you are just moving within short distances, for example, from your office desk to a meeting room Preparing the Computer Before moving the computer, close and latch the display cover to place it in standby mode. You can now safely take the computer anywhere you go within the building.
  • Page 80: Taking The Computer Home

    Taking the Computer Home Taking the Computer Home when you are moving from your office to your home or vice versa Preparing the Computer After disconnecting the computer from your desktop, follow these steps to prepare the computer for the trip home: 1.
  • Page 81: Setting Up A Home Office

    If you need to stop for an extended period of time and cannot bring the computer with you, leave the computer in the trunk of the car to avoid exposing the computer to excessive heat. Changes in temperature and humidity can cause condensation.
  • Page 82: Traveling With The Computer

    Traveling with the Computer Traveling with the Computer when you are moving within a larger distance, for instance, from your office building to a client’s office building or traveling locally Preparing the Computer Prepare the computer as if you were taking it home. Be sure the battery in the computer is charged.
  • Page 83: Traveling Internationally With The Computer

    Traveling Internationally with the Computer Traveling Internationally with the Computer when you are moving from country to country Preparing the Computer Prepare the computer as you would normally prepare it for traveling. What To Bring with You Bring the following items with you. AC adapter Power cords that are appropriate to the country to which you are traveling...
  • Page 84 Traveling Internationally with the Computer If you are using the modem, check if the modem and connector is compatible with the telecom system of the country you are traveling in. User’s Guide...
  • Page 85: Chapter 5 Software

    This chapter discusses the important system utilities bundled with your computer. Contents System Software ......66 Sleep Manager .
  • Page 86: System Software

    System Software System Software The computer comes preloaded with the following software: Windows 98 operating system DMI (Desktop Management Interface)-compliant hardware BIOS utility LDCM (LANDesk Client Manager) support System utilities, drivers and application software Note: To access Windows 98 software applications, click on the Start button and select the application folder.
  • Page 87: Sleep Manager

    Sleep Manager Most notebook computers feature built-in power-saving functions. This computer has two power management modes, standby and hibernation. While standby puts your computer into a light sleep state, hibernation shuts off all power after saving the current state of your computer. The next time you slide the power switch, the computer resumes from where you left off.
  • Page 88: Accessing The Sleep Manager

    Sleep Manager Accessing the Sleep Manager There are two ways to bring up the Sleep Manager. On the Taskbar The computer automatically loads Sleep Manager every time you start Windows 98. Sleep Manager resides in the background and the Sleep Manager status icon appears on the taskbar.
  • Page 89 Item Buttons Current Setting On Board Information Recommended Size Chapter 5 Software Sleep Manager Description Click to access the Sleep Manager functions Displays the drive and size of the current reserved space created by Sleep Manager. Displays the different areas of system memory and their respective sizes.
  • Page 90: Sleep Manager Functions

    Sleep Manager Item Enable Indicator on the Taskbar Sleep Manager Functions Create Sleep Manager automatically finds a contiguous area on your hard disk and creates the hibernation file in this space. You can also perform this function by clicking on the Create button.
  • Page 91 Sleep Manager Sleep Manager automatically checks the system configuration and displays the recommended size. The drive where the space will be created is defined by the system and will be the first available logical drive which has the requested contiguous free disk space on it. The recommended size is the minimum size needed to save the current system status.
  • Page 92: Remove

    Sleep Manager Another possible reason is that the hard disk has enough free space, but this free space exists as small fragments. The free disk space that Sleep Manager requires needs to be contiguous. To solve this problem, use tools such as Disk Defragmenter (Windows) to compact these free disk spaces.
  • Page 93 Sleep Manager Note: Do not deactivate (remove or exit) or uninstall Sleep Manager. Do not remove or delete the hibernation file. Hibernation will not work without Sleep Manager and the hibernation file. Chapter 5 Software...
  • Page 94: Notebook Manager

    Notebook Manager Notebook Manager The computer has a built-in system setup program called Notebook Manager. The Windows 98-based Notebook Manager allows you to set passwords, the startup sequence of the drives and power management settings. It also shows current hardware configurations. Note: Certain hot key functions are disabled when you access the notebook manager, because these functions are also found in the notebook manager.
  • Page 95: Information Viewer

    Information Viewer Information Viewer summarizes and lists information about the specifications and settings of the different components of your computer. Note: Items in this table may differ slightly from the ones onscreen. Item Total Memory Video RAM Hard Disk CD-ROM Serial Port 1 Chapter 5 Software Notebook Manager...
  • Page 96: Post

    Notebook Manager Item Parallel Port Internal Cache External Cache TouchPad Pointing Device POST POST defines how the computer behaves during the Power On Self-Test routines. This screen includes the following settings: Enable memory test during POST. Select to enable memory test at system startup. Description Resource settings of the parallel port Detects presence and total amount of internal...
  • Page 97: Boot Sequence

    Enabled Silent Boot. Select to hide POST startup messages, instead displaying the Extensa computer logo. Boot Sequence Boot Sequence defines the boot sequence to follow when your computer boots up. This screen includes the following settings: Set CD-ROM as a bootable device. Enable to tell the computer to search for a bootable CD-ROM in the CD- ROM drive and boot from there before following the boot sequence setting.
  • Page 98: Password

    Notebook Manager Drive C. The computer boots from the hard disk even if a bootable diskette is in the floppy drive. Drive C then A. The computer boots from the hard disk. If it cannot boot from the hard disk, it searches for a bootable diskette in the floppy drive and boot from there.
  • Page 99: Setting The Power-On Password

    Setting the Power-On Password To set the Power Password, follow these steps: 1. Click on the Change Power-On Password button. The following dialog box displays: 2. Click on the Enable Power-On Password checkbox. 3. Click in the New Password textbox and type in up to seven alphanumeric characters (A-Z, a-z, 0-9) which you want to be your Power-On Password.
  • Page 100: Setting The Setup Password

    Notebook Manager Setting the Setup Password To set the Setup Password, follow these steps: 1. Click on the Change Setup Password button. 2. Click on the Enable Setup Password checkbox. 3. Click in the New Password textbox and type in up to seven alphanumeric characters (A-Z, a-z, 0-9) which you want to be your Setup Password.
  • Page 101: Power Management

    Power Management Power Management is used to set various settings related to power management. This includes the following power-saving-related features: Enable Heuristic Power Management. Select to enable heuristic power management. See “Power Management Modes” on page 36 for more information on heuristic power management.
  • Page 102: Display Device

    Notebook Manager Enable sleep upon battery low. Select to allow the computer to enter standby or hibernation mode when the computer runs low on battery. Enable system resume timer. Select to allow the computer to wake-up from standby mode if the resume timer is set and matched.
  • Page 103 The items in this screen include: Boot Display Device. Sets the default display device on boot-up. Switching Display Device. Sets the current display device. Note: Make sure an external monitor is connected before External monitor is selected. Brightness for LCD Panel/Contrast for LCD Panel. Click and drag to set the LCD screen brightness and contrast levels.
  • Page 104: Bios Utility

    BIOS Utility BIOS Utility The BIOS Utility is a hardware configuration program built into your computer’s BIOS (Basic Input/Ouput System). 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 Setup.
  • Page 105: Basic System Settings

    Press the cursor left/right keys of a parameter. Press Esc while you are in any of the menu options to return to the main menu. Note: You can change the value of a parameter if it is enclosed in square brackets. Note: Navigation keys for a particular menu are shown on the bottom of the screen.
  • Page 106 BIOS Utility The following table describes the parameters in this screen. Settings in boldface are the default and suggested parameter settings. Parameter Date Time Floppy Drive A Hard Disk Note: We suggest you set Hard Disk to [Auto] for hassle- free and correct detection of the hard disk.
  • Page 107: Startup Configuration

    Startup Configuration The Startup Configuration screen contains parameters that are related to computer startup. The following table describes the parameters in this screen. Settings in boldface are the default and suggested parameter settings. Parameter Boot Display Memory Test Chapter 5 Software Description Sets the display on boot-up.
  • Page 108 BIOS Utility Parameter Silent Boot System Boot Drive Boot from CD-ROM Operating System USB Function Support Description When enabled, hides the computer startup messages on boot-up (the Extensa logo displays) Options: Enabled or Disabled Specifies the boot sequence (the order of drives that the computer will attempt to boot from).
  • Page 109: Onboard Devices Configuration

    Onboard Devices Configuration The Onboard Devices Configuration screen contains parameters settings for your hardware connection devices. Caution: The parameters in this screen are for advanced users only. You do not need to change the values in this screen because these values are already optimized.
  • Page 110: System Security

    BIOS Utility Parameter Parallel Port Base Address Operation Mode ECP DMA Channel System Security The System Security screen contains parameters that help safeguard and protect your computer from unauthorized use. Description Enables or disables the parallel port. Options: Enabled or Disabled Sets the I/O address of the parallel port.
  • Page 111: Setting A Password

    The following table describes the parameters in this screen. Settings in boldface are the default and suggested parameter settings. Parameter Disk Drive Control (Diskette Drive) Disk Drive Control (Hard Disk Drive) Setup Password Power-on Password Setting a Password Follow these steps: 1.
  • Page 112: Changing A Password

    BIOS Utility Important: Be very careful when typing your password because the characters do not appear on the screen. 3. Press Enter. The retype password box appears. 4. Retype the password to verify your first entry and press Enter. After setting the password, the computer automatically sets the chosen password parameter to Present.
  • Page 113: Power Management

    Power Management The Power Management screen contains parameters that are related to power-saving and power management. The following table describes the parameters in this screen. Settings in boldface are the default and suggested parameter settings. Parameter Heuristic Power Manage- ment Mode Display Always On...
  • Page 114: Load Default Settings

    BIOS Utility Parameter System Resume Timer Mode System Resume Date System Resume Time Battery- Warning Beep Sleep on Battery-low Load Default Settings When you select this menu item, the following dialog box displays: To load factory-default settings for all the parameters, select Yes and press Enter.
  • Page 115: Chapter 6 Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting This chapter instructs you on 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 by yourself. Contact your dealer or an authorized service center for assistance.
  • Page 116: Frequently-Asked Questions

    Frequently-Asked Questions Frequently-Asked Questions This is a list of possible situations that may arise during the use of your computer, and gives easy answers and solutions to these questions. I slid the power switch and opened the display, but the computer does not start or boot-up.
  • Page 117 If pressing a key does not turn the display back on, two things might be the cause: The contrast and/or brightness level might be too low. Press Fn- and Fn- to adjust the contrast level (only for models with HPA LCDs). Press Fn- adjust the brightness level.
  • Page 118 Frequently-Asked Questions If headphones, earphones or external speakers are connected to the line-out port on the computer’s front panel, the internal speakers automatically turn off. External microphone or audio line-in device does not work. Check the following: Make sure the external microphone is connected to the microphone-in jack and/or the audio line-in device is connected to the audio line-in jack on the computer’s front panel.
  • Page 119 The keyboard does not respond. Try attaching an external keyboard to the PS/2 connector on the computer’s rear. If it works, contact your dealer or an authorized service center as the internal keyboard cable may be loose. The serial mouse does not work. Check the following: Make sure that the serial cable is plugged securely into the serial port.
  • Page 120 Frequently-Asked Questions I want to set up my location to use the internal modem. To properly use your communications software (e.g., HyperTerminal), you need to set up your location: 1. Open the Windows 98 Control Panel and double-click on the Modems icon. 2.
  • Page 121: Error Messages

    Error Messages If you receive an error message, note the message and take the corrective action. The following table lists the error messages in alphabetical order together with the recommended course of action. Error Messages CMOS Battery Bad CMOS Checksum Error Disk Boot Failure Diskette Drive Controller Error or No...
  • Page 122 Error Messages Error Messages Insert system diskette and press <Enter> key to reboot Keyboard Error or No Keyboard Connected Keyboard Interface Error Memory Size Mismatch Missing operating system Non-system disk or disk error. Replace and strike any key when ready Pointing Device Error Pointing Device Interface Error...
  • Page 123 Error Messages RAM BIOS Bad RAM Parity Error Real-Time Clock Error Video RAM BIOS Bad 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 Setup Utility. See “BIOS Utility”...
  • Page 124 User’s Guide...
  • Page 125: Appendix A Specifications

    This appendix lists the general specifications of your computer. Microprocessor TCP (Tape Carrier Package) daughterboard module with: Intel Pentium® processor with MMX™ technology Integrated 512KB Level 2 cache memory Memory 16MB main memory expandable to 128 MB Two 144-pin soDIMM sockets (SDRAM - Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory) 64-bit dual memory banks 256KB Flash ROM BIOS...
  • Page 126 Specifications Audio 16-bit stereo audio 3-dimensional sound with built-in wavetable synthesizer Dual speakers Sound Blaster Pro- and Windows Sound System- compatible Separate audio ports for line-out, line-in and microphone-in devices Keyboard and Pointing Device 85-/86-/89-key Windows 95/Windows 98 keyboard Ergonomically-centered touchpad pointing device I/O Ports Two type II/I or one type III CardBus socket(s) One RJ-11 phone jack...
  • Page 127 Weight and Dimensions 3.1 kg (6.9 lb) 308 x 257 x 44.5 mm (12.12 x 10.11 x 1.75 in) Temperature Operating: 10°C ~ 35°C Non-operating: -20°C ~ 60°C Humidity (non-condensing) Operating: 20% ~ 80% RH Non-operating: 20% ~ 80% RH System Windows 98 operating system DMI-compliant...
  • Page 128 Specifications Options 16-/32-/64-MB SDRAM memory upgrade module Higher-capacity hard disk drive PS/2 Y-cable Full-function port replicator Additional AC adapter and battery pack User’s Guide...
  • Page 129: Index

    AC adapter , xviii caring for , xiv connecting Advanced Power , 40 Management APM. See Advanced Power Management , 23 audio connecting externally controlling volume , 97-98 troubleshooting audio CD , 25 playing battery , xiv installing battery pack battery-low warning , xix caring for...
  • Page 130 Index features , 75 information , 59 moving around on indicator power management , 26 security setting up a home office , 60 taking home traveling internationally traveling on local trips , 95 troubleshooting , xv turning on connections , xiv AC adapter , 48 audio...
  • Page 131 technical support Heuristic Power , 36 Management , 38-39 Hibernation mode , 39 conditions , 39 entering , 12 hot key , 39 resuming from , 67 utility , 11 hot keys HPM. See Heuristic Power Management indicator lights ITW. See warranty keyboard connecting externally embedded numeric...
  • Page 132 Index , 13 palm rest parallel port setting in BIOS Utility , 26 password changing in BIOS , 92 Utility checking during boot checking during , 91 resume removing in BIOS , 92 Utility setting in BIOS Utility setting in Notebook , 79-80 Manager , 26...
  • Page 133 service , xix when to call , 67 Sleep Manager software , 66 bundled speakers , 12 hot key , 97 troubleshooting , 105 specifications , 37-38 Standby mode , 37 condition , 37 entering , 11 hot key , 38 resuming from , 38 signals...
  • Page 134 User’s Guide...

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