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Acer B6 User Manual

Acer b6: user guide
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System Housing
This chapter describes the things to consider when setting up and
installing additional components to your system.
1.1
Front and Rear Panel Features
1.1.1
Front Panel Features
Most of the connectors on the computer are found at the rear of the
unit. A few connectors are found on the front for easy access. Let's
take a look at the front and rear of the unit before we make the
connections.
Figure 1-1
Front Panel Features
System Housing
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1-1

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  • Page 1 System Housing This chapter describes the things to consider when setting up and installing additional components to your system. Front and Rear Panel Features 1.1.1 Front Panel Features Most of the connectors on the computer are found at the rear of the unit.
  • Page 2 Table 1-1 Front Panel Features Item Floppy disk drive activity indicator Floppy disk drive Floppy disk drive eject button CD-ROM drive CD-ROM drive open/close button On/sleep button Power/suspend indicator Hard disk/message indicator Network active indicator Network link indicator Infrared receiver Game/MIDI port Microphone jack Earphone/headphone jack...
  • Page 3: Rear Panel Features

    1.1.2 Rear Panel Features Figure 1-2 Rear Panel Features Table 1-2 Rear Panel Features Item Description On/off switch Turns power on and off Power cord socket Connects a power cord External CRT port Connects an external monitor Parallel port Connects a printer or other parallel device Serial port Connect a serial mouse or other serial device PS/2 keyboard port...
  • Page 4 Finding a Suitable Area to Install the System This system has the following dimensions. Figure 1-3 System Dimensions Locate a suitable area to place the system. Allow ample space on all sides of the unit for cords and cable connections. The system should also be placed near the devices you will connect to it.
  • Page 5: Basic Connections

    Basic Connections These are the basic connections you need to get your system up and going. You can also connect options like a printer or the phone line, described in the following sections. 1.3.1 Connecting to a Monitor First you need to connect an output device to the computer such as a monitor.
  • Page 6: Connecting The Power Cord

    1.3.2 Connecting the Power Cord Connect the power cord to the power cord socket at the rear of the unit. Then connect the other end to a properly ground power outlet. Figure 1-5 Connecting the Power Cord These basic connections you’ve just made are all you need to get your system up and running.
  • Page 7: Connecting Options

    Connecting Options Other connections you make to your computer include the following: 1.4.1 Network Line You can connect the system to a network with the built-in 10BaseT (Ethernet) jack found at the rear of the unit. companies are connected on networks to facilitate the transfer of information.
  • Page 8 1.4.2 Printer A printer allows you to print out documents and other data from your computer to paper. Connect a printer to the parallel port found at the rear of the unit. Figure 1-7 Connecting the System to a Printer User’s Guide...
  • Page 9: Audio And Game Devices

    1.4.3 Audio and Game Devices You can connect various audio and game devices to your computer. Some of these ports are duplicated in the front of the unit for easy connection. At the rear of the unit: Figure 1-8 Rear Connector speakers connect to the speaker out jack microphone connects to the microphone jack System Housing...
  • Page 10 At the front of the unit: Figure 1-9 Front Connectors earphones or headphones connect to the earphone/ headphone jack microphone connects to the microphone jack joystick, game or MIDI device connects to the game/MIDI port 1-10 User’s Guide...
  • Page 11: External Keyboard

    1.4.4 External Keyboard There are two types of keyboards that you can use with the system: USB keyboard connects to any of the two USB ports PS/2 keyboard connects to the PS/2 keyboard port These ports are found on the rear of the unit. Figure 1-10 Connecting the Keyboard System Housing...
  • Page 12: External Mouse

    1.4.5 External Mouse There are three types of mice that you can use with the system: USB mouse connects to any of the two USB ports PS/2 mouse connects to the PS/2 mouse port Serial mouse connects to the serial port These ports are found on the rear of the unit.
  • Page 13: Component Installation

    Component Installation Observe the ESD Precautions before installing a system component. 1.5.1 ESD Precautions Always observe following precautions before installing a system component: Do not remove a component from its anti-static packaging until you are ready to install it. Wear a wrist grounding strap before handling electronic components.
  • Page 14: Opening The Housing

    1.5.2 Opening the Housing Use the screw driver to unscrew the cover of the housing, as shown below. Figure 1-12 Removing the Housing Screws Push open the cover then gently lift it up until it detaches from the body frame. Figure 1-13 Detaching the Top Cover 1-14...
  • Page 15 1.5.3 Removing the Disk Drive Metal Frame The metal frame gives additional support to the housing’s structure. You can install one 3.5-inch drive, one CD-ROM drive and one hard disk drive in the disk drive metal frame. To remove the disk drive metal frame: 1.
  • Page 16 Figure 1-15 Removing the Disk Frame 3. Unscrew the hard disk drive frame to detach as shown below. Figure 1-16 Removing the Hard Disk Drive Frame 1-16 User’s Guide...
  • Page 17 Installing a Hard Disk Drive Attach the hard disk drive to the hard disk drive frame with the necessary screws as shown below. Figure 1-17 Installing the Hard Disk into the Hard Disk Drive Frame 2. Reattached the hard disk drive frame to the disk frame. Figure 1-18 Reattaching the Hard Disk Drive Frame to the Disk Frame...
  • Page 18 Installing a 3.5-inch Diskette Drive Attach the 3.5-inch diskette drive to the 3.5-inch diskette drive with the necessary screws as shown below. Figure 1-19 Installing a 3.5-inch Disk Drive into 3.5-inch Drive Frame 1-18 User’s Guide...
  • Page 19 Installing a CD-ROM Drive 1. Attach the CD-ROM drive to the CD-ROM drive with the necessary screws as shown below. Figure 1-20 Installing a CD-ROM Drive System Housing 1-19...
  • Page 20: Installing A System Board

    1.5.4 Installing a System Board Installation Procedures 1. Align the board with the pegs on the housing frame. Figure 1-21 Installing the System Board 2. Gently press the board until it is properly seated. 3. Secure the board with the required screws. 1-20 User’s Guide...
  • Page 21 4. Attached the USB connector cable to the system board. Using a screw driver, secure the connector to the housing’s opening at the back. The USB connector opening is located on the lower-left side of the housing (at the back). Figure 1-22 Attaching the USB Connector Cable to the System Board...
  • Page 22 Figure 1-23 Installing the Front I/O Board 6. Attach the appropriate cables as shown below. Figure 1-24 Attaching the Front I/O Board Cables 1-22 User’s Guide...
  • Page 23: Installing The Power Supply

    1.5.5 Installing the Power Supply Before you attach the power supply, make sure that you have installed the system board. Connect the power supply cables into the onboard power connector. Install the power supply into the housing frame. To install, simply insert the frame tabs into the appropriate holes on the rear panel.
  • Page 24 Reinstalling the Disk Drive Metal Frame 1. Reinstall the drive frames with drive(s) to the housing. Secure the metal frame with the required screw. Figure 1-26 Reattaching the Disk Drive Metal Frame 2. Attach the power supply and drive cables. Make sure that the hard disk drive cable is connected to the IDE1 connector on the board.
  • Page 25: Installing Expansion Boards

    Installing Expansion Boards Observe the ESD Precautions (see section 1.5.1) before installing a system component. 1. Insert the Riser Card into the system board as shown below. Figure 1-27 Installing the Riser Card 2. Study the expansion board installation guide and configure any jumpers as directed.
  • Page 26 3. Remove a bracket from any empty expansion slot. screw to secure the new board. Keep the bracket for future use. Figure 1-28 Removing the Bracket from an Empty Slot 4. Gently insert the board into the expansion slot. Make sure that the board is properly inserted.
  • Page 27: Replacing The Cover

    screw for grounding. Replacing the Cover After you install the necessary system components into the housing, you must reinstall the cover. To install the cover: Reinstall the metal frame by gently sliding it in while pushing it down.. The metal frame should rest perfectly between the housing’s frame.
  • Page 28 Figure 1-31 Reinstalling the Cover Secure the cover with the appropriate screws. Figure 1-32 Securing the Screws to the Cover 1-28 User’s Guide...