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Acer Aspire ELD User Manual

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Did you know your Acer Aspire comes with incredible
multimedia software that was designed to show you all the
cool stuff your computer can do? This book is your handy
desktop reference for your Acer Aspire. For more
information, access the online guide.
If you're reading this because you're having trouble with your
computer, check the "Need Help?" section in this book.)



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  • Page 1 Hey! Wait a minute Did you know your Acer Aspire comes with incredible multimedia software that was designed to show you all the cool stuff your computer can do? This book is your handy desktop reference for your Acer Aspire. For more information, access the online guide.
  • Page 2 Copyright Acer and the Acer logo are registered trademarks and Aspire is a trademark of Acer Inc. and Acer America Corporation. Microsoft Windows and the Windows Logo are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Intel and Pentium are registered trademarks of Intel Corp. All other brands/product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Connecting an Optional Joystick or MIDI Device Getting the most from your Aspire Audio System Playing an Audio CD Adjusting the Volume Adding Options to your Aspire Opening/Closing Your Aspire Connecting USB Devices Need Help? Troubleshooting - General Troubleshooting - Error Messages Additional Acer Services Notices...
  • Page 5: Welcome

    Welcome thank you purchasing an Aspire computer. You are now the owner of a multimedia computer system! Already installed on your system and ready to go are software programs designed to enable you to: • Create personal documents • Access the Internet and send and receive emails •...
  • Page 6: Before You Start

    Before You Start . . . Make sure you read this section carefully for proper placement and important Safety Instructions on the use and care of your new computer. Please save these instructions for future reference. Safety Instructions • • •...
  • Page 7 Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Service by persons other than Acer authorized service providers may void your warranty. • Unplug this product from the wall outlet and refer...
  • Page 8 viii • • • • Warning! Battery may explode if not handled properly. Do not recharge, disassemble or dispose of in fire. Keep away from children and dispose of used battery promptly. Use only the proper type of power supply cord set (provided in your keyboard/manual accessories box) for this unit.
  • Page 9: Proper Setup And Placement Tips

    Proper Setup and Placement Tips It’s important that your computer be set up correctly and according to your own comfort and ergonomic needs. The following tips should make your workstation a comfortable and healthy place: Monitor Level. Position your computer so that it is at arm’s length away and the top third of the monitor viewing area is at eye level.
  • Page 10 Task Lighting. When room lighting is dimmed, there may be insufficient light on documents or reference materials for comfortable reading. A well-lit room or a few directional, adjustable task lights will allow you to see your monitor screen and other materials clearly, and with the least amount of strain.
  • Page 11: Introducing Your Aspire

    ROM/CD activity indicator ROM/DVD ROM/CD emergency eject hole ROM/DVD ROM/CD Stop/Eject button Acer GoTo drive bay keylock Acer GoTo drive activity indicator Acer GoTo drive (optional) Power indicator LAN activity indicator Hard disk activity indicator out port RW drive RW drive...
  • Page 12: Setting Up Your Aspire

    Setting Up Your Aspire Refer to the Aspire Easy Setup poster included in your system box for details on how to set up your computer. Turning on your Aspire Description Power button inch floppy drive eject button inch floppy drive inch floppy drive activity indicator CD/DVD compartment Front USB ports...
  • Page 13 On the front panel of your computer, press the power button. When the computer finishes booting, it is now ready for use.
  • Page 14 Turning off your Aspire Option 1: Quickstart OFF. Your Aspire will continue to run in the Quickstart OFF condition. It will appear that it is OFF. When you press the power button to switch your Aspire to the fully ON condition, it will do so in only a few seconds. Option 2: Traditional OFF.
  • Page 15: The Mouse

    The Mouse The mouse uses a cursor called a pointer. Pointers come in many different shapes but are most commonly shaped like an arrow. Your mouse has two buttons: a left button and a right button. Quickly pressing and releasing one of these buttons is called clicking.
  • Page 16: The Keyboard

    The Keyboard The way keys are used varies from program to program. Here are some of the most common uses: Component Function Function keys Numbered F1 through F12, each will perform a specific F12) and well should an application use them.
  • Page 17 Component Palm rest (detachable) Num Lock Scroll Lock Volume control/ Mute knob Audio controls Function Provides a comfortable place to rest your hands while typing. When the Num Lock/Num Pad key is on, the keys on the numeric key pad can be used for entering numbers.
  • Page 18 Component Function Internet/Suspend Consist of three buttons: keys Email email program Web Connection starts up the Internet browser. Suspend computer into sleep mode. Programmable Launches assigned keys programs. starts up the puts your...
  • Page 19 Below are other keyboard keys which can help you perform your tasks: • Esc key. Exits the current action, screen, or program. • Tab key. Moves the cursor over a set number of spaces in word processing software. In other types of programs, it moves the cursor from one field (an area on the screen where data can be entered) to the next.
  • Page 20: The Monitor

    The Monitor Connect a monitor by simply plugging the monitor cable into the monitor/VGA port located on the back of your computer. Note: Refer to the manual that came with your Aspire monitor for more information on the monitor features.
  • Page 21: The Speakers

    The Speakers Your system comes with a set of speakers. Connect it to your system either through the front or rear audio-out/ line-out port of your computer. Note: Please refer to the manual that came with your speakers for more information. For users opting for the model E the installation leaflet enclosed with your speakers for installation procedures.
  • Page 22: Drives On Your Computer

    There are different ways to store data, and each different type of data storage has a specific drive. Three different types of drives come with your Aspire computer: CD/DVD Drive Acer GoTo Drive (option) Floppy Drive Hard Drive The Hard Drive Your fixed or hard drive is located inside your computer.
  • Page 23: Using Your Floppy Drive

    Using Your Floppy Drive Floppy disks are used for putting data into your computer or for taking it out. Insert the floppy disk into the drive, as shown. (The metal circle on the disk’s underside should be facing down.) Push it in gently until it pops into place. Remove the floppy disk by pressing the eject button.
  • Page 24 Write Protecting a Floppy Diskette When the write protect notch is open (1), data cannot be written to (saved on) the disk. The notch must be closed (2) for data to be written to (copied on) the disk. Write protecting diskettes is a good way to keep them safe from viruses, should you use them in a different computer.
  • Page 25 CD-ROMs which means that DVD players can play not only DVD-ROMs, but CD-ROMs, CD-I discs, video CDs, and CD-R discs as well. DVD uses MPEG-2 to compress video data. Using Your CD/DVD Drive Unlike floppy disks, CD/DVD discs can be used only for putting data into your computer.
  • Page 26 Rewritable can be rewritten. The Acer GoTo Drive (option) The Acer GoTo Drive is a removable drive easily accessible from the front of your Aspire computer. You can install a second hard disk into the Acer GoTo Drive. For more information, see the online guide.
  • Page 27: Your Data/Fax Modem

    Your Data/Fax Modem Your data/fax modem makes it possible for you to communicate electronically around the globe. Once you’ve plugged your telephone line into your Acer computer, you can: • Access the Internet • Send and receive faxes • Send and receive emails...
  • Page 28: Connecting An Optional Printer

    Connecting an Optional Printer Printer Driver Installation To print from your Aspire, you need a printer driver - a program that tells your computer what kind of printer it is printing to. Windows has automatic detection for all of the more popular printers.
  • Page 29: Connecting An Optional Serial Device

    Connecting an Optional Serial Device Before you proceed, make sure your computer is completely turned off (see page 4). Locate the serial port on the back of your computer. Plug your serial device cable into this port.
  • Page 30: Connecting An Optional Joystick Or Midi Device

    Connecting an Optional Joystick or MIDI Device Before you proceed, make sure your computer is completely turned off (see page 4). Locate the Game/MIDI port on the back of your computer. Plug your joystick or MIDI device cable into this port.
  • Page 31: Getting The Most From Your Aspire Audio System

    Getting the Most from your Aspire Audio Sytem Playing an Audio CD Would you like to play a little music while you work? Pop your favorite audio CD into the CD-ROM drive, wait ten to twenty seconds and, voila! Music! Adjusting the Volume There are three ways you can adjust the volume on your audio CD:...
  • Page 32: The Electronic Mixing Board

    • The Electronic Mixing Board Your Aspire computer comes with an electronic mixing board that enables the experienced audiophile to make the most of the stereo sound system. Double-click on the Volume icon electronic mixing board. Double-click on the Volume icon the bottom of your screen.
  • Page 33: Adding Options To Your Aspire

    Adding Options to your Aspire You can add hard drives, memory, expansion cards, and other options to your Aspire computer. For directions on upgrading and how to disassemble the computer chassis, refer to the online guide. You can find information regarding your motherboard jumper settings by referring to the panel inside your Aspire chassis.
  • Page 34 Gently push the computer’s side panel slightly backward (a), then pull it upward to remove it from the chassis (b).
  • Page 35 Replacing the Left Panel Cover After you install the system components into the housing, you must replace the left panel cover. Align the side panel to the housing frame (a), gently push it in (b), then slide it forward into place (c). Use the thumbscrew you have previously removed, turning it clockwise, to secure the side panel.
  • Page 36: Connecting Usb Devices

    Connecting USB Devices The Universal Serial Bus (USB) on your Aspire allows for easy and convenient expansion options. With it, installing devices such as digital cameras, scanners, and joysticks is a breeze. Two USB connectors are located on the back of your computer while another two are located inside the multimedia port bay in front of your computer.
  • Page 37: Need Help

    Need Help? Acer is dedicated to bringing you a reliable and easy to maintain computer. We realize, though, that problems can arise unexpectedly. Please refer to the troubleshooting tips in this section to help diagnose and solve your problems. Troubleshooting - General...
  • Page 38 My monitor will not turn on. My mouse movement is erratic. Clean your mouse: If the problem persists, call Acer Technical Support. Check to see if the phone lines (in and out) are properly connected. Sometimes the line to the phone and the line to the wall jacks are reversed.
  • Page 39 Use a lint-free cloth or a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to clean all moving parts. Insert the ball back into the mouse and replace the ring, making sure to turn the ring clockwise until it is securely back in place. My sound is bad or uneven or my system has no sound.
  • Page 40: Troubleshooting - Error Messages

    Restore Default Settings to restore the original CMOS values. CMOS Battery Error Call Acer Technical Support. CMOS Checksum Error Press the Ctrl + Alt + Esc keys, after the beep during the boot process, then select Restore Default Settings to restore the original CMOS values.
  • Page 41 Hard disk 0 Error Call Acer Technical Support. Hard disk 1 Error Call Acer Technical Support. Keyboard Error, No Keyboard Connected or Keyboard Interface Error Check that the keyboard is securely plugged into the correct port on the back of the computer.
  • Page 42: Additional Acer Services

    Acer Technical Support provides help for warranty related issues, such as a hardware problem. Before you contact Acer, please take a few minutes to write down a description of the problem. This will help us provide you with better quality support.
  • Page 43: Notices

    Acer computer systems which is duly licensed by the legitimate proprietors and produced with quality. Acer commits itself and urges all its customers to join the fight against intellectual property piracy wherever it may occur. Acer will pursue the enforcement of intellectual property rights and...
  • Page 44: Standard End User License Agreement

  • Page 46: System Warranty Information

    • • • Limited Product Warranty Acer, in an effort to provide computers of the highest quality and reliability, subjects all its computers and components to extensive testing and inspection procedures. Acer’s manufacturing facilities have been certified to ISO Before a component can be eligible for installation in an Acer computer offered for sale, it must first pass stringent quality, inspection and testing procedures.
  • Page 47 Product. B. Registration To register, please call the available customer technical support center in your country. Refer to Shop Acer for a complete list of contact information. If your product comes with a warranty registration card, please refer to the instructions on the card.
  • Page 48 Acer Authorized Reseller or Distributor or by calling Acer Technical Support. Acer is not responsible for damage to or loss of any programs, data or removable storage media. You are responsible for saving (backing up) any programs, data or removable storage media.
  • Page 49: Fcc Statement

    FCC Statement FCC Class B Radio Frequency Interference Statement Note: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation.
  • Page 50 If your telephone equipment causes harm to the telephone network, the Telephone Company may discontinue your service temporarily. If possible, they will notify in advance. But, if advance notice isn’t practical, you will be notified as soon as possible. You will be informed of your right to file a complaint with the FCC.
  • Page 51: Acer Year 2000 Compliance Statement

    This product is Year 2000-compliant and carries the “NSTL Hardware Tested Year 2000 Compliant” logo. This product has been tested both by Acer’s internal test labs and NSTL using NSTL’s YMARK2000 certification test. These tests certify that the product will successfully make the year 2000 transition.
  • Page 52: Caution On Lithium Batteries

    Caution on Lithium Batteries 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. ADVARSEL! Lithiumbatteri-Eksplosionsfare ved fejlagtig håndtering. Udskiftning må kun ske med batteri af samme fabrikat og type.