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  • Page 1 TravelMate 430 series User’s guide...
  • Page 2 Serial number: ___________________________________ Purchase date: ___________________________________ Place of purchase: ________________________________ Acer and the Acer logo are registered trademarks of Acer Incorporated. Other company's product names or trademarks are used herein for identification purposes only and belong to their respective companies.
  • Page 3: Your Guides

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  • Page 4 Basic care and tips for using your computer Turning your computer on and off To turn on the computer, simply press the power button - the leftmost button above the keybaord of your TravelMate. See page 3 for the exact location of the power button. To turn the power off, do any of the following: •...
  • Page 5 • Do not expose the computer to rain or moisture. • Do not spill water or any liquid on the computer. • Do not subject the computer to heavy shock and vibration. • Do not expose the computer to dust and dirt. •...
  • Page 6 Use a soft cloth moistened with water. Do not use liquid or aerosol cleaners. To clean the display screen, use an LCD cleaning kit. If any of the following occurs: • The computer has been dropped or the body has been damaged. •...
  • Page 7: Table Of Contents

    First things first Your guides Basic care and tips for using your computer 1 Getting to know your TravelMate A TravelMate tour Front view Left view Right view Rear view Bottom view Features Indicators Using the keyboard Special keys Touchpad Touchpad basics Storage Hard disk...
  • Page 8 viii BIOS Utility 3 Troubleshooting my computer Frequently-asked questions Requesting service International Traveler’s Warranty (ITW) Before you call Appendix A Specifications Appendix B Notices Index...
  • Page 9: Getting To Know Your Travelmate

    1 Getting to know your TravelMate...
  • Page 10 Your TravelMate 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.
  • Page 11: A Travelmate Tour

    A TravelMate tour After setting up your computer as illustrated in the Just for Starters... poster, let us show you around your new TravelMate computer. Front view Item Display screen Power Button Speakers Description Also called LCD (liquid-crystal display), displays computer output. Turns on the computer power.
  • Page 12 Item Keyboard Touchpad Click buttons (left, center and right) Audio DJ controls and indicators Optical drive Optical drive indicator Emergency eject slot Eject button Infrared port Wireless networking / Bluetooth button Palmrest Status indicators Microphone Launch keys 1 Getting to know your TravelMate Description Inputs data into your computer.
  • Page 13: Left View

    Note: The positions of the Optical drive indicator, eject button and emergency eject hole may differ depending on the optical drive module installed. Left view Item Power jack Security keylock Description Connects to an AC adapter. Connects to a Kensington-compatible computer security lock.
  • Page 14: Right View

    Right view Item USB port Line-in/Mic-in jack Speaker/ Headphone-out jack Modem jack IEEE 1394 port PC card eject button PC card slots Network jack 1 Getting to know your TravelMate Description Connects to Universal Serial Bus devices (e.g.,USB mouse, USB camera). Accepts audio line-in devices (e.g., audio CD player, stereo walkman).
  • Page 15: Rear View

    Item Memory stick slot SD/MMC slot Rear view Item Expansion port External display port Parallel port S-video Description Accepts memory sticks. Accepts SD or MMC cards. Description I/O replicator or EasyPort expansion devices. Connects to a display device (e.g., external monitor, LCD projector).
  • Page 16: Bottom View

    Bottom view Item Battery bay Battery release latch Memory compartment Cooling fans AcerMedia drive bay release latch Hard disk bay 1 Getting to know your TravelMate Description Houses the computer's battery pack. Unlatches the battery to remove the battery pack. Houses the computer's main memory.
  • Page 17: Features

    Features Below is a brief summary of the computer’s many features: Performance • Intel® Desktop P4P CPU with packing mPGA 478 package • PC2100 DDR SDRAM, Maximum memory up 2GB (with two 1024MB SODIMM when available ) • Internal optical drive (swappable with optional drive) •...
  • Page 18 Bluetooth ready (specification varies depending on models) Human-centric design and ergonomics • 4-way scroll button • Sleek, smooth and stylish design • Acer FinTouch full-sized curved keyboard • Ergonomically-centered touchpad pointing device Expansion • One type II CardBus PC Card slots •...
  • Page 19: Indicators

    Indicators The computer has seven easy-to-read status icons below the display screen. Icon Function Power Sleep Battery charge Wireless communication Caps lock Num lock Media activity Description Lights green when the computer is on. Flashes when the computer is in low power. Flashes when the computer is entering Sleep mode.
  • Page 20: Using The Keyboard

    Using the keyboard The full-sized keyboard includes an embedded numeric keypad, separate cursor keys, two Windows keys and twelve function keys. Special 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 21 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 Num lock on Number keys on...
  • Page 22 Windows keys The keyboard has two keys that perform Windows-specific functions. Description Windows logo Start button. Combinations with this key perform shortcut functions. Below are a few examples: + Tab (Activates next taskbar button) + E (Explores My Computer) + F (Finds Document) + M (Minimizes All) Shift + + R (Displays the Run...
  • Page 23 Hot keys The computer employs hot keys or key combinations to access most of the computer’s controls like screen brightness, volume output. To activate hot keys, press and hold the Fn key before pressing the other key in the hot key combination. Hot key Icon Function...
  • Page 24 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 1 Getting to know your TravelMate Description Switches display output between the display screen, external monitor (if connected) and both the...
  • Page 25 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 26 Click on OK. To type the Euro symbol: Locate the Euro symbol on your keyboard. Open a text editor or word processor. Hold Alt Gr and press the Euro symbol. Note: Some fonts and software do not support the Euro symbol. Please refer to for more information.
  • Page 27 E-Mail Detection Click right button at the Launch Manager icon on the taskbar and click on E-Mail Detection. In this dialog box, you have the option to enable/ disable mail checking, set the time interval for mail checking, etc. If you already have an email account, you can fill in User Name, Password and POP3 Sever in the dialog box.
  • Page 28: Touchpad

    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 on the surface of the touchpad. The central location on the palmrest provides optimal comfort and support. Note: When using an external USB mouse, you can press Fn-F7 to disable the touchpad.
  • Page 29 pressing on the vertical and horizontal scroll bars of Windows applications. 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.
  • Page 30: Storage

    Storage This computer supplies you with the following media storage: • High-capacity Enhanced-IDE hard disk • Optical drive Hard disk The high-capacity hard disk is the answer to your storage needs. This is where your programs and data are stored. Optical drive The optical drive bay accepts a wide variety of optional media drive modules for use with your computer.
  • Page 31: Using Software

    Using software Playing DVD movies When the DVD-ROM drive module is installed in the optical drive bay, you can play DVD movies on your computer. Eject the DVD tray and insert a DVD movie disc; then close the DVD tray. Important! When you launch the DVD player for the first time, the program asks you to input the region code.
  • Page 32: Audio

    1 Getting to know your TravelMate Audio The computer comes with 18-bit high-fidelity AC’97 stereo audio, and includes a built-in sensitive microphone and dual stereo speakers. There are audio ports on the right side of the computer. See “Right view” on page 6 for more information on connecting external audio devices.
  • Page 33: Using The Audio Dj Feature

    Using the Audio DJ feature The Audio DJ feature allows you to control the playback of music CDs even with the computer turned off Item Power indicator Power Stop Play/pause Next track Previous track Volume down Volume up To playback an audio CD, do as follows: Press the Audio DJ power button (on the front panel of the computer) until the power indicator lights up to turn on the Audio DJ feature.
  • Page 34: Power Management

    You can now press the music playback buttons to begin music playback. Adjust the volume by using the volume buttons found at the left side of the front panel. Power management This computer has a built-in power management unit that monitors system activity.
  • Page 35: Moving Around With Your Travelmate

    Moving around with your TravelMate 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 your work in progress. Remove any media, diskette or compact disc, from the drive(s).
  • Page 36: Taking The Computer Home

    Click on Start, Turn off Computer (Windows XP). Hold "Shift" Click on Hibernation (Windows XP). Then close and latch the display. When you are ready to use the computer again, unlatch and open the display; then release the power button. Note: If the sleep indicator is off, the computer has entered Hibernation mode and turned off.
  • Page 37 • Check if you have removed all media, diskettes and compact discs, from the drive(s). Failure to remove the media can damage the drive head. • Pack the computer in a protective case that can prevent the computer from sliding around and cushion it if it should fall. Caution: Avoid packing items next to the top cover of the computer.
  • Page 38: Traveling With The Computer

    If you use your computer at home for significant periods of time, you might also want to add an external keyboard, monitor, or mouse. 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”...
  • Page 39 What to bring with you Bring the following items with you: • AC adapter • Power cords that are appropriate for the country to which you are traveling • Spare, fully-charged battery packs • Proof of purchase, in case you need to show it to Customs officials •...
  • Page 40: Securing Your Computer

    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 A security keylock notch located on the you connect a Kensington-compatible computer security lock.
  • Page 41 on boot-up and resume from hibernation for maximum security. • Hard Disk Password protects your data by preventing unauthorized access to your hard disk. Even if the hard disk is removed from the computer and moved to another computer, it cannot be accessed without the Hard Disk Password.
  • Page 42 1 Getting to know your TravelMate...
  • Page 43: Customizing My Computer

    2 Customizing my computer...
  • Page 44 After learning the basics of your TravelMate computer, let’s get acquainted with the advanced features of your computer. In this chapter, you will learn how to add options, upgrade components for better performance, and customize your computer.
  • Page 45: Expanding Through Options

    Expanding through options Your TravelMate 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. Fax/data modem Your computer have a built-in V.90/92 56Kbps AC’97 Link fax/data modem.
  • Page 46 2 Customizing my computer Built-in network feature The built-in network feature allows you to connect your computer to an Ethernet-based (10/100 Mbps) network. To use the network feature, connect an Ethernet cable from the network jack on the right side of the computer to a network jack or hub on your network.
  • Page 47 up precious system resources. Your computer has three USB 2.0 ports available. IEEE 1394 port The computer's IEEE 1394 port allows you to connect to an IEEE 1394 supported devices like a video camera or digital camera. See your video or digital camera's documentation for details. PC Card slot The type II CardBus PC Card slot found on the right side of the computer accepts credit-card-sized cards that enhance the usability...
  • Page 48 PC Cards (formerly PCMCIA) are add-on cards for portable computers, giving you expansion possibilities long afforded by desktop PCs. Popular PC cards include fax/data modem, LAN, wireless LAN and SCSI cards. CardBus improves on the 16-bit PC card technology by expanding the bandwidth to 32 bits.
  • Page 49: Upgrade Options

    Press the slot eject button to pop out the eject button (a); then press it again to eject the card (b). Upgrade options 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.
  • Page 50 Installing memory Follow these steps to install memory: Turn off the computer, unplug the AC adapter (if connected) and remove the battery pack. Then turn the computer over to access its base. Remove the screw from the memory cover (a); then lift up and remove the memory cover (b).
  • Page 51: Using System Utilities

    Using system utilities Notebook Manager The computer has a built-in system setup program called Notebook Manager. The Windows-based Notebook Manager allows you to set passwords, the startup sequence of the drives, and power management settings. It also shows current hardware configurations. To start the Notebook Manager, press Fn-F2 or follow these steps: Click on Start, Programs, then Notebook Manager.
  • Page 52: Launch Manager

    2 Customizing my computer Launch Manager Launch Manager allows you to set the four launch keys located above the keyboard. See “Launch Keys” on page 18 for the location of the launch key. You can access the Launch Manager by clicking on Start, All Programs, and then Launch Manager to start the application.
  • Page 53 To activate the BIOS Utility, press F2 during the POST (power-on self- test) while the TravelMate logo is being displayed. Move the cusor key to Advanced to promt the following screen for setting Hyperthreading Technology. Note: Hyperthreading Technology is enbaded in CPU with 3.06GHz and up.
  • Page 54 2 Customizing my computer...
  • Page 55: Troubleshooting My Computer

    3 Troubleshooting my computer...
  • Page 56 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 57: Frequently-Asked Questions

    If it is lit, check the following: • The operating system files may be damaged or missing. Insert the bootable Acer System CD into the optical drive to restart the system. This will diagnose your system and make necessary fixes.
  • Page 58 only). If you set the resolution lower than this, the screen expands to fill the computer display. Right-click on your Windows desktop and select Properties to bring up the Display Properties dialog box. Then click on the Settings tab to make sure that the resolution is set to the appropriate resolution.
  • Page 59 I want to eject the optical drive tray without turning on the power. I cannot eject the optical drive tray. There is a mechanical eject button on the optical drive. Simply insert the tip of a pen or paperclip and push to eject the tray. The keyboard does not respond.
  • Page 60: 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 61: Before You Call

    Before you call Please have the following information available when you call Acer for online service, and please be at your computer when you call. With your support, we can reduce the amount of time a call takes and help solve your problems efficiently.
  • Page 62 3 Troubleshooting my computer...
  • Page 63: Appendix A Specifications

    Appendix A Specifications...
  • Page 64 This appendix lists the general specifications of your computer.
  • Page 65 Microprocessor • Intel® Desktop P4P CPU with packing mPGA 478 package, 533 MHz FSB (front side bus) • Main memory expandable to 2 GB, dual 200-pin soDIMM sockets • DDR 266 (PC2100) DDR-SDRAM (Double Data Rate-Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory) support •...
  • Page 66 • Three USB ports • One IEEE 1394 port • One S-video TV-out (NTSC/PAL) port • 100-pin port replicator connector for Acer EasyPort • One SD/MMC slot • One memory stick slot Weight and dimensions • 327(W) x 269(D) x 35.9(F) x 39.9(R)mm; (12.9" x 10.6" x 1.4") for 14.1"/15.0"...
  • Page 67 256/512-MB memory upgrade modules (1024 MB will be available in the future) • Additional Li-Ion battery pack • Additional AC adapter • Bay floppy disc drive, DVD drive and DVD/CD-RW combo drive • Acer EasyPort • USB FDD(Bootable) • 2nd HDD(Bootable)
  • Page 68 Appendix A Specifications...
  • Page 69: Appendix B Notices

    Appendix B Notices...
  • Page 70 This appendix lists the general notices of your computer.
  • Page 71: Fcc Notice

    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 72: Important Safety Instructions

    Appendix B Notices Notice: Canadian users This Class B digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian Interference-Causing Equipment Regulations. Remarque à l’intention des utilisateurs canadiens Cet appareil numérique de la classe B respected toutes les exigences du Règlement sur le matériel brouilleur du Canada. Modem notices This equipment complies with Part 68 of the FCC rules.
  • Page 73 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. Do not use this product near water. Do not place this product on an unstable cart, stand, or table. The product may fall, causing serious damage to the product.
  • Page 74 If the product exhibits a distinct change in performance, indicating a need for service. Replace the battery with the same type as the product's battery we recommend. Use of another battery may present a risk of fire or explosion. Warning! Batteries may explode if not handled properly. Do not disassemble or dispose of them in fire.
  • Page 75 same or equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer. Dispose of used batteries according to local regulations. Recycle if at all possible. ADVARSEL! Lithiumbatteri - Eksplosionsfare ved fejlagtig håndtering. Udskiftning må kun ske med batteri af samme fabrikat og type. Léver det brugte batteri tilbage til leverandøren.
  • Page 76 Appendix B Notices A-Tick notice For safety reasons, only connect headsets with a telecommunications compliance label. This includes customer equipment previously labelled permitted or certified. The unit shall be connected to Telecommunication Network through a line cord which meets the requirements of ACA Technical Standard TS008. Australian approved mains cord set shall be used with the equipment.
  • Page 77: Index

    Index AC adapter caring for AcerMedia drive audio adjusting the volume troubleshooting battery pack caring for charging indicator BIOS utility brightness hotkeys caps lock on indicator care AC adapter battery pack computer CD-ROM ejecting ejecting manually troubleshooting cleaning computer computer bringing to meetings caring for cleaning...
  • Page 78 media access on indicator memory installing 42–?? upgrading modem network Notebook Manager hotkey notice DVD copyright protection num lock on indicator numeric keypad embedded num lock online services options memory upgrade password types PC Card ejecting inserting ports POST (power-on self-test) printer troubleshooting problems...
  • Page 79 Windows keys warranty International Traveler’s Warran-...