Acer Aspire 5517 User Manual

Acer Aspire 5517 User Manual

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  • Page 1 Aspire Series Generic User Guide...
  • Page 2 Serial number: ___________________________________ Date of purchase: ________________________________ Place of purchase: ________________________________ Acer and the Acer logo are registered trademarks of Acer Incorporated. Other companies' product names or trademarks are used herein for identification purposes only and belong to their respective companies.
  • Page 3: Safety Instructions

    Information for your safety and comfort Safety instructions Read these instructions carefully. Keep this document for future reference. Follow all warnings and instructions marked on the product. Turning the product off before cleaning Unplug this product from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not use liquid cleaners or aerosol cleaners.
  • Page 4: Using Electrical Power

    Warnings Do not use this product near water. • Do not place this product on an unstable cart, stand or table. If the product • falls, it could be seriously damaged. Slots and openings are provided for ventilation to ensure reliable •...
  • Page 5 Warning! The grounding pin is a safety feature. Using a power outlet that is not properly grounded may result in electric shock and/or injury. Note: The grounding pin also provides good protection from unexpected noise produced by other nearby electrical devices that may interfere with the performance of this product.
  • Page 6: Caution For Optical Drive Device (Only For Certain Models)

    pierce, open or disassemble the battery. If the battery leaks and you come into contact with the leaked fluids, rinse thoroughly with water and seek medical attention immediately. For safety reasons, and to prolong the lifetime of the battery, charging will not occur at temperatures below 0°C (32°F) or above 40°C (104°F).
  • Page 7: Operating Environment

    nearest AUTHORIZED service station. To prevent direct exposure to the laser beam, do not try to open the enclosure. 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 8: Medical Devices

    viii body (refer to the figure below). It should not contain metal and you should position the device the above-stated distance from your body. To successfully transmit data files or messages, this device requires a good quality connection to the network. In some cases, transmission of data files or messages may be delayed until such a connection is available.
  • Page 9: Potentially Explosive Environments

    air bag deployment area. If in-vehicle wireless equipment is improperly installed, and the air bag inflates, serious injury could result. Using your device while flying in aircraft is prohibited. Switch off your device before boarding an aircraft. The use of wireless teledevices in an aircraft may be dangerous to the operation of the aircraft, disrupt the wireless telephone network, and may be illegal.
  • Page 10: Disposal Instructions

    Products that are ENERGY STAR qualified use less energy and prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Acer is committed to offer products and services worldwide that help customers save money, conserve energy and improve the quality of our environment.
  • Page 11: Finding Your Comfort Zone

    inadequate working conditions, personal health and other factors greatly increase the risk of physical injury. Incorrect computer usage may lead to carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, tenosynovitis or other musculoskeletal disorders. The following symptoms may appear in the hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, neck or back: numbness, or a burning or tingling sensation •...
  • Page 12 Adjust the display brightness and/or contrast to a comfortable level for • enhanced text readability and graphics clarity. Eliminate glare and reflections by: • placing your display in such a way that the side faces the window or • any light source minimizing room light by using drapes, shades or blinds •...
  • Page 13: First Things First

    First things first We would like to thank you for making an Acer notebook your choice for meeting your mobile computing needs. Your guides To help you use your Acer notebook, we have designed a set of guides: First off, the Just for Starters...poster helps you get started with setting up your computer.
  • Page 14: Taking Care Of Your Computer

    To turn the power off, do any of the following: Use the Windows shutdown command • Click on Start then click on Shut Down. Use the power button • You can also put the computer in sleep mode by pressing the sleep hotkey <Fn>...
  • Page 15: Taking Care Of Your Battery Pack

    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. Turn the power off • before removing or replacing batteries. Do not tamper with batteries. Keep them away from children. •...
  • Page 17: Table Of Contents

    Touchpad basics (with two-click buttons) Using the keyboard Lock keys and embedded numeric keypad* Windows keys Audio Acer PureZone (only for certain models) Tuba (only for certain models) Using Dolby Home Theater for surround/multi-channel sound (on- ly for certain models) Video...
  • Page 18 General controls Navigation controls Player controls Cinema Play Movie : Videos: Playing a video file: Recent Videos: HomeMedia Advanced Live Update : Albums Editing Pictures Slideshow settings Music Online Media YouTube Flickr Battery pack Battery pack characteristics Maximizing the battery's life Installing and removing the battery pack Charging the battery Checking the battery level...
  • Page 19 Using passwords Entering passwords Setting passwords Expanding through options Connectivity options Fax/data modem (only for certain models) Built-in network feature Consumer Infrared (CIR) (only for certain models) Universal Serial Bus (USB) IEEE 1394 port (only for certain models) High-Definition Multimedia Interface (only for certain models) ExpressCard (only for certain models) Installing memory...
  • Page 20: Touchpad

    Tapping on the touchpad is the same as clicking the left button. Use Acer Bio-Protection fingerprint reader (3) supporting Acer FingerNav 4-way control function (only for certain models) to scroll up or down and move left or right a page. This fingerprint reader or button mimics your cursor pressing on the right scroll bar of Windows applications.
  • Page 21: Touchpad Basics (With Two-Click Buttons)

    Touchpad basics (with two-click buttons) The following items show you how to use the touchpad with two-click buttons. Move your finger across the touchpad to move the cursor. Press the left and right buttons located beneath the touchpad to perform selection and execution functions.
  • Page 22: Using The Keyboard

    Using the keyboard The keyboard has full-sized keys and an embedded numeric keypad*, separate cursor, lock, Windows, function and special keys. Lock keys and embedded numeric keypad* The keyboard has three lock keys which you can toggle on and off. Lock key Description Caps Lock...
  • Page 23: Windows Keys

    Windows keys The keyboard has two keys that perform 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: <...
  • Page 24: Audio

    To set up your microphone, run the Acer HD Audio Manager by double-clicking the Acer HD Audio Manager icon in the system tray of your Windows system. The Acer HD Audio Manager dialog box will pop up. Click the Microphone tab, and then click the Microphone Effects tab. Select Beam Forming and Acoustic Echo Canellation to set the microphone effect.
  • Page 25: Video

    Dolby Digital Live Dolby Digital Live converts any audio signal in real time from PCs or game consoles into Dolby Digital for easy connection to home theater systems through a single digital cable. Users can enjoy PC or game audio entertainment with exciting realism through home theater receivers or other devices equipped with Dolby Digital decoding technology.
  • Page 26: Using The System Utilities

    FingerLaunch. Acer ProfileLaunch** can launch up to three applications/ websites with a single finger swipe. Acer Bio-Protection Fingerprint Solution also allows you to navigate through web browsers and documents using Acer FingerNav*. With Acer Bio-Protection Fingerprint Solution, you can now enjoy an extra layer of protection for your...
  • Page 27: Acer Gridvista (Dual-Display Compatible)

    Acer GridVista is a handy utility that offers four pre-defined display settings so you can view multiple windows on the same screen. To access this function, please go to Start, All Programs and click on Acer GridVista. You may choose any one of the four display settings indicated below:...
  • Page 28 Enjoy the convenience of a well-organized desktop. Note: Please ensure that the resolution setting of your second monitor is set to the manufacturer's recommended value.
  • Page 29: Acer Backup Manager

    You can also create backups manually by pressing the Acer Backup Manager key. If you wish to change your settings at any time, run Acer Backup Manager from the Start menu and go through the steps outlined above.
  • Page 30: Power Management

    Acer PowerSmart key, the Windows graphics scheme will be changed to Windows Vista Basic, screen brightness reduced and the graphics chip will be switched to a lower speed. Press the Acer PowerSmart key again to return to your previous settings.
  • Page 31: Acer Erecovery Management

    Acer eRecovery Management Acer eRecovery Management is a tool to quickly restore the system. You can back up/restore the factory default image, and reinstall applications and drivers. Note: All of the following content is for general reference only. Actual product specifications may vary.
  • Page 32: Burn Backup Discs

    Burn backup discs From the Backup page of Acer eRecovery Management, you can burn the factory default image or back up drivers and applications. Click on Start > All Programs > Acer > Acer eRecovery Management. Acer eRecovery Management opens to the Backup page.
  • Page 33: Restore

    CD and DVD backups. You can also reinstall applications and drivers for your Acer system. Click on Start, All Programs, Acer, Acer eRecovery Management. Switch to the Restore page by clicking Restore. You can choose to restore the system from a factory default image or reinstall applications and drivers.
  • Page 34: Restore Windows Vista From Backup Discs

    Turn on your computer and insert the first system recovery disc into the optical disc drive. Restart your computer. During startup when the Acer logo shows, press the F2 key to enter BIOS Setup, where you can set system parameters.
  • Page 35 Turn on your computer and insert the first system recovery disc into the optical disc drive. Restart your computer. During startup when the Acer logo shows, press the F2 key to enter BIOS Setup, where you can set system parameters.
  • Page 36: Acer Arcade Deluxe

    Acer Arcade Deluxe Note: This feature is only available on certain models. Acer Arcade Deluxe is an integrated player for music, photos, DVD movies and videos. Use the MediaConsole, touchpad or arrow keys to select the media type you wish to enjoy.
  • Page 37: General Controls

    Blu-Ray discs, standard DVDs and video CDs (VCDs) with the Cinema function of Acer Arcade Deluxe. This player has the features and controls of a typical DVD player.
  • Page 38: Videos

    Subtitles Language Snapshot Angle If you move your mouse/cursor while you’re watching a movie, a menu bar will appear at the bottom of the screen. This contains buttons to control the movie playback, select subtitles, adjust volume, select soundtrack language and set advanced features.
  • Page 39: Homemedia

    Note: You will need to have your wireless adaptor active before you can use HomeMedia. Advanced This section contains the settings in Acer Arcade Deluxe that allow you to fine- tune its performance to suit your machine and your personal preferences. Live Update: Click Live Update to connect to the Internet to check for, and download, available updates to the software.
  • Page 40 Note: Turning on Extend Playback Time, will result in a small loss of playback performance. Flickr: Set your preferences for viewing and downloading images from Flickr. In each of the above sections, you can click Default to return the Acer Arcade Deluxe settings to their default values...
  • Page 41: Albums

    Click About to view the copyright and vendor information for Acer Arcade Deluxe. Albums Acer Arcade Deluxe lets you view digital photos individually or as a slideshow, from any available drive on your computer. Click Albums to open the main page.
  • Page 42: Online Media

    Shuffle, Repeat All, Visualize, Volume and Menu. Visualize allows you to watch computer-generated visuals while you listen to music. Online Media Online Media gives you easy access to photos and videos uploaded to the popular Flickr and YouTube websites. Note: You need to be connected to the Internet to use the Online Media function.
  • Page 43: 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 AC adapter.
  • Page 44: 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 45: 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 46: 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 47: Taking Your Notebook Pc With You

    Taking your notebook PC with you 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 any open files. Remove any media, floppy disks or compact disks from the drive(s).
  • Page 48: What To Bring To Meetings

    Note: If the Sleep indicator is off, the computer has entered Hibernation mode and is turned off. If the power indicator is off but the Sleep indicator is on, the computer has entered Sleep mode. In both cases, press and release the power button to turn the computer back on.
  • Page 49: Special Considerations

    Special considerations Follow these guidelines to protect your computer while traveling to and from work: Minimize the effects of temperature changes by keeping the computer with you. If you need to stop for an extended period of time and cannot carry the computer with you, leave the computer in the trunk of the car to avoid exposing the computer to excessive heat.
  • Page 50: Special Considerations

    Special considerations In addition to the guidelines for taking the computer home, follow these guidelines to protect your computer while traveling: Always take the computer as carry-on luggage. If possible, have the computer inspected by hand. Airport security X-ray machines are safe, but do not put the computer through a metal detector. Avoid exposing floppy disks to hand-held metal detectors.
  • Page 51: 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 The notebook comes with a Kensington-compatible security slot for a security lock.
  • Page 52: Entering Passwords

    Entering passwords When a password is set, a password prompt appears in the center of the display screen. When the Supervisor Password is set, a prompt appears when you press <F2> to enter the BIOS utility at boot-up. Type the Supervisor Password and press <Enter> to access the BIOS utility. If you enter the password incorrectly, a warning message appears.
  • Page 53: Expanding Through Options

    Expanding through options Your notebook PC 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. For instructions on how to connect different external devices to the computer, read the following section.
  • Page 54: Built-In Network Feature

    Built-in network feature The built-in network feature allows you to connect your computer to an Ethernet-based network. To use the network feature, connect an Ethernet cable from the Ethernet (RJ-45) port on the chassis of the computer to a network jack or hub on your network.
  • Page 55: Universal Serial Bus (Usb)

    Universal Serial Bus (USB) The USB 2.0 port is a high-speed serial bus which allows you to connect USB peripherals without taking up precious system resources. IEEE 1394 port (only for certain models) The computer's IEEE 1394 port allows you to connect to an IEEE 1394- compatible device like a video camera or digital camera.
  • Page 56: High-Definition Multimedia Interface (Only For Certain Models)

    High-Definition Multimedia Interface (only for certain models) HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is an industry-supported, uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface. HDMI provides an interface between any compatible digital audio/video source, such as a set-top box, DVD player, and A/V receiver and a compatible digital audio and/or video monitor, such as a digital television (DTV), over a single cable.
  • Page 57: Installing Memory

    Inserting an ExpressCard Insert the card into the slot and push gently until it clicks into position. Ejecting an ExpressCard Before ejecting an ExpressCard: Exit the application using the card. Left-click on the remove hardware icon on the taskbar and stop the card operation.
  • Page 58 Replace the memory cover and secure it with the screw. Reinstall the battery pack, and reconnect the AC adapter. Turn on the computer. The computer automatically detects and reconfigures the total memory size. Please consult a qualified technician or contact your local Acer dealer.
  • Page 59: Enjoying Tv With Windows Media Center

    Enjoying TV with Windows Media Center Note: This feature is only available on certain models. Computers that include Windows Media Center Edition or InstantOn Arcade may be used to watch TV and to access video content (via an audio/video connection to an external device, such as a video camera). Choose your input type The avdio/video connection may be either a DVB-T digital antenna (for selected models) or a PAL/SECAM or NTSC connector.
  • Page 60: Watching Tv With An External Antenna Or Cable Socket

    Note: Do not twist or loop the antenna cable. Extending the antenna cable up to 20 cm to improve signal quality. Watching TV with an external antenna or cable socket You may use conventional TV cables (connected to an external antenna or cable socket) to watch TV on your computer.
  • Page 61: Bios Utility

    BIOS utility The BIOS utility is a hardware configuration program built into your computer's BIOS. 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 it. To activate the BIOS utility, press <F2>...
  • Page 62: Using Software

    Using software Playing DVD movies Note: This feature is only available on certain models. When the DVD drive module is installed in the optical drive bay, you can play DVD movies on your computer. Eject the DVD disk. Important! When you launch the DVD player for the first time, the program asks you to enter the region code.
  • Page 63: Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently asked questions The following is a list of possible situations that may arise during the use of your computer. Easy solutions are provided for each one. I turned on the power, but the computer does not start or boot up. Look at the power indicator: If it is not lit, no power is being supplied to the computer.
  • Page 64 If headphones, earphones or external speakers are connected to the line- out port on the computer, the internal speakers automatically turn off. I want to eject the optical drive tray without turning on the power. There is a mechanical eject hole on the optical drive. Simply insert the tip of a pen or paperclip into the hole and push to eject the tray.
  • Page 65: Recovery Cds

    Note: To activate the BIOS utility, press <F2> during POST. To start the recovery process: Restart the system. While the Acer logo is showing, press <Alt> + <F10> at the same time to enter the recovery process. Refer to the onscreen instructions to perform system recovery.
  • Page 66: 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. Please consult http://global.acer.com.
  • Page 67: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting This chapter shows you 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 yourself; contact your dealer or authorized service center for assistance.
  • Page 68: Regulations And Safety Notices

    Regulations and safety notices FCC statement 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 69: Modem Notices (Only For Certain Models)

    Remarque à l'intention des utilisateurs canadiens Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est conforme a la norme NMB-003 du Canada. Compliant with Russian regulatory certification Modem notices (only for certain models) Notice for USA This equipment complies with Part 68 of the FCC rules. Located on the modem is a label that contains, among other information, the FCC Registration Number and Ringer Equivalence Number (REN) for this equipment.
  • Page 70: Notice For Australia

    Your telephone company may make changes in its facilities, equipment, operations, or procedures that could affect the proper functioning of your equipment. If they do, you will be notified in advance to give you an opportunity to maintain uninterrupted telephone service. If this equipment should fail to operate properly, disconnect the equipment from the phone line to determine if it is causing the problem.
  • Page 71: Notice For New Zealand

    Notice for New Zealand 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. Above all, it provides no assurance that any item will work correctly in all respects with another item of Telepermitted equipment of a different make or model, nor does it imply that any product is compatible with all of...
  • Page 72: Lcd Pixel Statement

    LAN and/or Bluetooth modules). Below information is for products with such devices. Declaration of Conformity for EU countries Hereby, Acer, declares that this notebook PC series is in compliance with the essential requirements and other relevant provisions of Directive 1999/5/EC. List of applicable countries This device must be used in strict accordance with the regulations and constraints in the country of use.
  • Page 73 Caution: To comply with FCC RF exposure compliance requirements, a separation distance of at least 20 cm (8 inches) must be maintained between the antenna for the integrated wireless LAN Mini PCI Card built in to the screen section and all persons.
  • Page 74: Canada - Low-Power License-Exempt Radio Communication Devices (Rss-210)

    Canada — Low-power license-exempt radio communication devices (RSS-210) Exposure of humans to RF fields (RSS-102) The notebook PC series employs low gain integral antennas that do not emit RF field in excess of Health Canada limits for the general population; consult Safety Code 6, obtainable from Health Canada's website at www.hc-sc.gc.ca/rpb.

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