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  • Page 1 Acer Aspire S3 Series User's Manual...
  • Page 2 © 2011 All Rights Reserved. Acer Aspire S3 Series User's Manual Original Issue: 09/2011 Model number: Serial number: Date of purchase: Place of purchase:...
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Send media content... 45 Search media ... 46 Block and unblock devices ... 46 Media sharing settings ... 46 Power management Acer Green Instant On ... 47 Battery pack Battery pack characteristics... 48 Charging the battery ... 48 Optimizing battery life ... 50 Checking the battery level ...
  • Page 4 Securing your computer Using passwords ... 58 Entering passwords ... 59 Wireless networks Connecting to the Internet ... 60 Acer Instant Connect ... 60 Wireless networks ... 60 HDMI Universal Serial Bus (USB) BIOS utility Boot sequence... 64 4 - Table of contents Enable disk-to-disk recovery ...
  • Page 5: Safety And Comfort

    A F E T Y AND COMFORT AFETY 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 6 ­ If an extension cord is used with this product, make sure that the total ampere rating of the equipment plugged into the extension cord does not exceed the extension cord ampere rating. Also, make sure that the total rating of all products plugged into the wall outlet does not exceed the fuse rating.
  • Page 7 ­ Do not increase the volume to block out noisy surroundings. ­ Decrease the volume if you can't hear people speaking near you. Bundled dummy cards ­ Note: Information in this section may not apply to your computer. Your computer shipped with plastic dummies installed in the card slots. Dummies protect unused slots from dust, metal objects or other particles.
  • Page 8 Product servicing Do not attempt to service this product yourself, as opening or removing covers may expose you to dangerous voltage points or other risks. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Unplug this product from the wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified service personnel when: ­...
  • Page 9 Wireless devices may be susceptible to interference from the battery, which could affect performance. ­ Note: Please refer to for battery shipping documents. Warning! Batteries may explode if not handled properly. Do not disassemble or dis- pose of them in fire. Keep them away from children. Follow local regulations when disposing of used batteries.
  • Page 10 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. Ensure that the above separation distance instructions are followed until the transmission is completed.
  • Page 11 information, check with the manufacturer, or its representative, of your vehicle or any equipment that has been added. Only qualified personnel should service the device, or install the device in a vehicle. Faulty installation or service may be dangerous and may invalidate any warranty that may apply to the device.
  • Page 12 ENERGY STAR Acer's ENERGY STAR qualified products save your money by reducing energy cost and protecting the environment without sacrificing features or performance. Acer is proud to offer our customers products with the ENERGY STAR mark. What is ENERGY STAR? 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.
  • Page 13 ­ wake from "Sleep" mode if the keyboard is pressed or mouse is moved. ­ save more than 80% energy when in "Sleep" mode. ENERGY STAR and the ENERGY STAR mark are registered U.S. marks. IPS AND INFORMATION FOR COMFORTABLE USE Computer users may complain of eyestrain and headaches after prolonged use.
  • Page 14 ­ Avoid tensing your muscles or shrugging your shoulders. ­ Install the external display, keyboard and mouse properly and within comfortable reach. ­ If you view your monitor more than your documents, place the display at the center of your desk to minimize neck strain. Taking care of your vision Long viewing hours, wearing incorrect glasses or contact lenses, glare, excessive room lighting, poorly focused screens, very small typefaces and low-contrast displays could...
  • Page 15 using a glare-reduction filter, using a display visor, such as a piece of cardboard extended from the display's top front edge. ­ Avoid adjusting your display to an awkward viewing angle. ­ Avoid looking at bright light sources for extended periods of time. Developing good work habits The following work habits make computer use more relaxing and productive: ­...
  • Page 16: First Things First

    I R S T 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 setup poster helps you get started with setting up your computer.
  • Page 17: Taking Care Of Your Computer

    • Use the Windows shutdown command: click Start then Click Shut Down. • Use the power button. • You can also put the computer in Sleep mode by pressing the Sleep hotkey <Fn> + <F4>. Note: If you cannot power off the computer normally, press and hold the power button for more than four seconds to shut down the computer.
  • Page 18: Taking Care Of Your Ac Adapter

    • Never place the computer on uneven surfaces. Taking care of your AC adapter Here are some ways to take care of your AC adapter: • Do not connect the adapter to any other device. • Do not step on the power cord or place heavy objects on top of it. Carefully route the power cord and any cables away from foot traffic.
  • Page 19: Your Acer Notebook Tour

    CER NOTEBOOK T OU R After setting up your computer as illustrated in the setup poster, let us show you around your new Acer computer. Acer Aspire S3 Series Your Acer notebook tour - 19...
  • Page 20: Top View

    Top view 20 - Your Acer notebook tour...
  • Page 21 Indicates the computer’s power status. Indicates battery status. Charging: The light is amber when the battery is charging. Fully charged: The light is blue. Web camera for video communication. Your Acer notebook tour - 21...
  • Page 22: Rear View

    USB 2.0 ports Note: Small holes on the rear of the computer are part of the antenna assembly. Do not insert any object into the holes. 22 - Your Acer notebook tour Description Connects to an AC adapter. Supports high-definition digital video connections.
  • Page 23: Left View

    Connects to audio devices (e.g., speakers, headphones) or a headset with microphone. Description Accepts one Secure Digital (SD or SDHC) card or one MultiMediaCard (MMC). Note: To remove the card, simply pull it from the slot. Your Acer notebook tour - 23...
  • Page 24: Base View

    Base view # Icon Item Battery reset pinhole Speakers 24 - Your Acer notebook tour Description Insert a paperclip into the hole and press for four seconds to reset the computer (simulates removing and reinstalling the battery). Deliver stereo audio output.
  • Page 25: 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 across the surface of the touchpad. The central location on the palmrest provides optimum comfort and support. Touchpad basics The following items show you how to use the touchpad.
  • Page 26 Bottom left Function corner Open Quickly press twice Select Press once Drag Press and hold, then use finger on the touchpad to drag the cursor Access context menu Note: When using the touchpad, keep it — and your fingers — dry and clean.
  • Page 27: Using The Keyboard

    SING 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 Note: Information in this section may not apply to your computer. The keyboard has three lock keys which you can toggle on and off. Lock key Description Caps Lock...
  • Page 28: Hotkeys

    keycaps. To simplify the keyboard legend, cursor-control key symbols are not printed on the keys. Desired access Number keys on embedded keypad Cursor-control keys on embedded keypad Main keyboard keys Hold <Fn> while typing Hotkeys The computer employs hotkeys or key combinations to access most of the computer's controls like screen brightness and volume output.
  • Page 29 Hotkey Icon <Fn> + <F4> <Fn> + <F5> <Fn> + <F6> <Fn> + <F7> <Fn> + <F8> <Fn> + <F11> <Fn> + < > <Fn> + < > <Fn> + < > <Fn> + < > Function Description Sleep Puts the computer in Sleep mode.
  • Page 30: Windows Keys

    Windows keys The keyboard has two keys that perform Windows-specific functions. Description Windows key Pressed alone it launches the Start menu. It can also be used with other keys for special functions, please check Windows Help. Application This key has the same effect as clicking the right mouse button;...
  • Page 31: Recovery

    Acer eRecovery Management Note: Acer eRecovery Management is only available with a preinstalled Windows operating system. If your computer experiences problems that are not recoverable by other methods, you may need to reinstall the Windows operating system and factory-loaded software and drivers. To ensure you can recover your computer when needed, you should create a recovery backup as soon as possible.
  • Page 32: Creating Recovery Discs

    To use the password protection feature of Acer eRecovery Management, you must first set the password. The password is set by launching Acer eRecovery Management and clicking Settings. Creating recovery discs To reinstall using discs, you must create a set of recovery discs beforehand.
  • Page 33 To create recovery discs for only the factory-loaded software and drivers, click Create Drivers and Applications Backup. Important: We recommend that you create each type of recovery disc as soon as possible. > All Programs > Acer, then click on Acer Recovery - 33...
  • Page 34 The Create Factory Default Backup dialog box opens. This dialog box tells you the estimated size of the backup file. • If you are using optical discs, it will also show the number of blank, recordable discs you will need to complete the recovery discs. Make sure that you have the required number of identical, blank discs.
  • Page 35 3. Plug in the USB disk or insert a blank disc into the drive indicated in the Backup to list, then click Next. You will be shown the backup progress on the screen. 4. Follow the process until it completes: •...
  • Page 36: Recovering Your System

    Recovering your system If Acer support did not help fix your problem, you can use the Acer eRecovery Management program. This will restore your computer to the same state as when you purchased it, while giving you an option to retain all settings and personal data for later retrieval.
  • Page 37: Types Of Recovery

    If nothing else has solved the problem and you want to reset your system to factory condition, see “Returning your system to its factory condition” on page 40. Types of recovery Returning to a previous system condition Microsoft System Restore periodically takes ’snapshots’ of your system settings and saves them as restore points.
  • Page 38 • Click on Start eRecovery Management. Acer eRecovery Management opens. • Click on the Restore tab, then click Reinstall Drivers or Applications. The Acer Application Recovery main menu opens. 38 - Recovery > All Programs > Acer, then click on Acer...
  • Page 39 If you are recovering from a driver and application recovery backup on optical discs: • Insert the driver and application recovery backup disc (’Apps/ Drivers Recovery Backup’) into the disc drive. • Restart your computer and wait for the program to start, then go to "Reinstall drivers or applications: Click Contents.
  • Page 40 • Click Reinstall Drivers or Application from a USB device. • Reinstall drivers or applications: Click Contents. A list of software and device drivers opens. • Click the install icon for the item you want to install, then follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation.
  • Page 41 4. Click on OK. The recovery process begins by restarting your computer, then continues by copying files to your hard drive. This process may take a while, but a Acer eRecovery Management screen shows you its progress. > All Programs > Acer, then click on Acer Recovery...
  • Page 42 6. Follow the on-screen prompts for first-time system setup. Recovering from the hard drive during startup To reinstall Windows and all pre-installed software and drivers: 1. Turn on your computer, then press Alt+F10 during startup. Acer eRecovery Management opens. 2. Click on Restore system from factory default.
  • Page 43 2. If it is not already enabled, you must enable the F12 Boot Menu: 1. Press F2 when starting your computer. 2. Use the left or right arrow keys to select the Main menu. 3. Press the down key until F12 Boot Menu is selected, press F5 to change this setting to Enabled.
  • Page 44: Acer

    CE R CLEAR Acer is a home media database viewer and controller. It allows you to browse media contents on devices that are on the same subnet. Media content types When you launch Acer, you can choose the media content type.
  • Page 45: Display Media Content

    1. Choose the media content. 2. Select Play to. 3. Select the remote device. Acer will open a dialog to display the status. You can play, pause or stop the media content, and adjust the volume.
  • Page 46: Search Media

    Search media If you want to search your media content, you need to choose the media type first; then enter a keyword in the search bar. Acer will list the media content that matches the keyword. Block and unblock devices If you want to block a device, you can right-click it, and select Block from the menu.
  • Page 47: Power Management

    Acer Green Instant On The Acer Green Instant On feature allows your computer to wake up from Sleep mode in less than the time it takes to open the lid. When you close the lid, or select Shut Down > Sleep from the Start menu, your computer enters Sleep mode.
  • Page 48: Battery Pack

    ATTERY 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 49 Note: You are advised to charge the battery before retiring for the day. Charging the battery overnight before traveling enables you to start the next day with a fully charged battery. Conditioning a new battery pack Before you use a battery pack for the first time, there is a conditioning process that you should follow: 1.
  • Page 50: Optimizing Battery Life

    In addition, the useful lifespan of the battery is adversely affected by the following usage patterns: • Using the computer on constant AC power with the battery inserted. If you want to use constant AC power, you are advised to remove the battery pack after it is fully charged.
  • Page 51: Checking The Battery Level

    Checking the battery level The Windows power meter indicates the current battery level. Rest the cursor over the battery/power icon on the taskbar to see the battery's present charge level. 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.
  • Page 52: Traveling With Your Computer

    RAVELING W I T H YOUR COMPUTER 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: 1. Save any open files. 2.
  • Page 53: Preparing The Computer

    Preparing the computer Before moving the computer, close and latch the display cover to place it in Sleep mode. You can now safely take the computer anywhere you go within the building. To bring the computer out of Sleep mode, open the display;...
  • Page 54: Taking The Computer Home

    <F4> or close the display cover whenever you are not actively using the computer. 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: •...
  • Page 55: 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 56: 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. Make sure that the battery in the computer is charged.
  • Page 57: Preparing The Computer

    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 for the country to which you are traveling.
  • Page 58: Securing Your Computer

    ECURING YOUR C O M P U T E R Your computer is a valuable investment that you need to take care of. Learn how to protect and take care of your computer. Using passwords Passwords protect your computer from unauthorized access. Setting these passwords creates several different levels of protection for your computer and data: •...
  • Page 59: 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.
  • Page 60: Wireless Networks

    Otherwise, open Internet Explorer and follow the instructions. Please refer to your ISP or router documentation. Acer Instant Connect Instant Connect ensures a faster connection to any of the networks that your computer connects to most frequently. Wireless networks A wireless LAN or WLAN is a wireless local area network, which may link two or more computers without using wires.
  • Page 61 What are benefits of a wireless network? Mobility Wireless LAN systems allow you and other users of your home network to share access to files and devices connected to the network, for example a printer or scanner. Also you can share an internet connection with other computers in your home.
  • Page 62: Hdmi

    HDMI 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 63: Universal Serial Bus (usb)

    (USB) NIVERSAL ERIAL The USB 2.0 port is a high-speed serial bus which allows you to connect USB peripherals without taking up system resources. Universal Serial Bus (USB) - 63...
  • Page 64: 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 65: Frequently Asked Questions

    REQUENTLY A SK E D 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: •...
  • Page 66 If pressing a key does not turn the display back on, three things might be the cause: • The brightness level might be too low. Press <Fn> + < > (increase) to adjust the brightness level. • The display device might be set to an external monitor. Press the display toggle hotkey <Fn>...
  • Page 67 Before performing a restore operation, please check the BIOS settings. 1. Check to see if Acer disk-to-disk recovery is enabled or not. 2. Make sure the D2D Recovery setting in Main is Enabled. Frequently asked questions - 67...
  • Page 68: Requesting Service

    Note: To activate the BIOS utility, press <F2> during POST. To start the recovery process: 1. Restart the system. 2. While the Acer logo is showing, press <Alt> + <F10> at the same time to enter the recovery process. 3. Refer to the onscreen instructions to perform system recovery.
  • Page 69 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 70: 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 71 Error messages Disk boot failure Equipment configuration error Hard disk 0 error Hard disk 0 extended type error I/O parity error Keyboard error or no keyboard connected Keyboard interface error Memory size mismatch If you still encounter problems after going through the corrective measures, please contact your dealer or an authorized service center for assistance.
  • Page 72: 72 - Regulations And Safety Notices

    EGULATIONS A ND S A F E T Y 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 73 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. OTICE FOR ANADA This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003. Remarque à l'intention des utilisateurs canadiens Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est conforme a la norme NMB-003 du Canada.
  • Page 74 Declaration of Conformity for EU countries Hereby, Acer, declares that this computer is in compliance with the essential requirements and other relevant provisions of Directive 1999/5/EC. Wireless operation channels for different domains N. America 2.412-2.462 GHz Japan 2.412-2.484 GHz Europe ETSI 2.412-2.472 GHz...
  • Page 75 Departments in which the use of the 2400 - 2483.5 MHz band is permitted with an EIRP of less than 100 mW indoors and less than 10 mW outdoors: 01 Ain Orientales 25 Doubs 02 Aisne 26 Drome 03 Allier 32 Gers 05 Hautes Alpes 36 Indre...
  • Page 76 List of national codes This equipment may be operated in the following countries: Country ISO 3166 2 letter code Austria Belgium Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Ireland Italy Latvia Lithuania Luxembourg — L ANADA POWER LICENSE Exposure of humans to RF fields (RSS-102) The computer employs low gain integral antennas that do not emit RF field in excess of Health Canada limits for the general population;...
  • Page 77 This device complies with RSS210 of Industry Canada. This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003, Issue 4, and RSS-210, No 4 (Dec 2000) and No 5 (Nov 2001). "To prevent radio interference to the licensed service, this device is intended to be operated indoors and away from windows to provide maximum shielding.
  • Page 78 The FCC RF safety requirement The radiated output power of the wireless LAN Mini PCI Card and Bluetooth card is far below the FCC radio frequency exposure limits. Nevertheless, the computer shall be used in such a manner that the potential for human contact during normal operation is minimized as follows: 1.

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