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Acer Extensa 390 Features Manual

Acer extensa 390: user guide.
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Getting Familiar with your Computer

This computer combines high-performance,
versatility, power management features and
multimedia capabilities with unique style and
ergonomic design. Work with unmatched
productivity and reliability with your new power
computing partner.
This chapter gives an in-depth "tour" of the
computer's many features.
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  • Page 1: Getting Familiar With Your Computer

    Getting Familiar with your Computer This computer combines high-performance, versatility, power management features and multimedia capabilities with unique style and ergonomic design. Work with unmatched productivity and reliability with your new power computing partner. This chapter gives an in-depth “tour” of the computer’s many features.
  • Page 2 Getting Familiar with your Computer Features This computer was designed with the user in mind. Here are just a few of its many features: Performance Intel Pentium technology 64-bit main memory and external (L2) cache memory Large LCD display and PCI local bus video with graphics acceleration Internal CD-ROM drive and external 3.5-inch floppy drive, or internal 3.5-inch floppy drive...
  • Page 3 Getting Familiar with your Computer Connectivity High-speed fax/data modem port models) Fast infrared wireless communication USB (Universal Serial Bus) port Human-centric Design and Ergonomics Lightweight and slim Sleek, smooth and stylish design Full-sized keyboard Wide and curved palm rest Ergonomically-centered touchpad pointing device Expansion CardBus PC card (formerly PCMCIA) slots...
  • Page 4: Video Performance

    Getting Familiar with your Computer Display The large graphics display offers excellent viewing, display quality and desktop performance graphics. The computer supports two different display configurations — DSTN or TFT. Video Performance PCI local bus video with graphics accelerator and 2MB EDO video RAM boost video performance.
  • Page 5: Opening And Closing The Display

    Getting Familiar with your Computer Opening and Closing the Display To open the display, slide the display lid latch to the left and lift up the lid. Then tilt it to a comfortable viewing position. The computer employs a microswitch that turns off the display (and enters standby mode) to conserve power when you close the display cover, and turns it back on when you open the display cover.
  • Page 6 Getting Familiar with your Computer Indicators The computer has six easy-to-read indicator lights (LEDs) near the display cover. Two of these LEDs, Power and Standby, are visible even when you close the display cover so you can see the status of the computer while the cover is closed.
  • Page 7 Getting Familiar with your Computer Icon Function Power Standby Media Activity Battery Charge Caps Lock Num Lock Description Lights when the computer is Lights when the computer enters Standby mode. Lights when the floppy drive, hard disk or CD-ROM drive is active.
  • Page 8: Special Keys

    Getting Familiar with your Computer Keyboard The keyboard has full-sized keys that includes an embedded keypad, separate cursor keys, two Windows 95 keys and twelve function keys. 1.4.1 Special Keys Lock Keys The keyboard has three lock keys which you can toggle on and off.
  • Page 9: Embedded Keypad

    Getting Familiar with your Computer Embedded Keypad The embedded 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 Number keys on embedded keypad...
  • Page 10: Windows 95 Keys

    Getting Familiar with your Computer Windows 95 Keys The keyboard has two keys that perform Windows 95-specific functions. Description Windows Start button. Combinations with this key logo key performs special functions. Below are a few examples: Application Opens the application’s context menu (same as right-click).
  • Page 11: Hot Keys

    Getting Familiar with your Computer Hot Keys The computer employs hot keys or key combinations to access most of the computer’s controls like screen contrast and brightness, volume output and the BIOS setup utility. Hot Key Icon Fn-Esc Fn-F1 Fn-F2 Function Description Hotkey...
  • Page 12 Getting Familiar with your Computer Hot Key Icon Fn-F3 Fn-F4 Fn-F5 Fn-F6 Fn-F7 1-12 Function Description Display Switches display between Toggle the following: Both LCD and CRT TV (if the computer is attached to the optional port replicator) Battery Displays the battery gauge. Gauge Volume Press the scale hotkeys (Fn-...
  • Page 13 Getting Familiar with your Computer Hot Key Icon Fn-T Note: If you want to use an external PS/2 mouse, first enable the touchpad, connect the external PS/2 mouse, then disable the touchpad if necessary. Activating and Using Hot Keys When activating hot keys, press and hold the first key Fn before pressing the other keys in the hot key combination.
  • Page 14: Keyboard Ergonomics

    Getting Familiar with your Computer 1.4.2 Keyboard Ergonomics Located below the keyboard, the wide and curved palm rest gives you a place to rest your hands while you type. 1-14...
  • Page 15: Touchpad Basics

    Getting Familiar with your Computer Touchpad The built-in touchpad is a PS/2-compatible 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 palm rest provides ample comfort and support.
  • Page 16 Getting Familiar with your Computer Press the left and right buttons located on the edge of the touchpad to do selection and execution functions. These two buttons are similar to the left and right buttons on a mouse. Tapping on the touchpad produces similar results.
  • Page 17: Internal Drive

    Getting Familiar with your Computer Storage High-capacity storage comes in the form of a 2.5- inch Enhanced-IDE hard disk. The computer also has either an internal 3.5-inch, 1.44MB floppy drive or an internal high-speed CD-ROM drive. 1.6.1 Hard Disk The hard disk module can be upgraded when you need more storage space.
  • Page 18: Connecting An External Floppy Drive

    Getting Familiar with your Computer Connecting an External Floppy Drive Note: The external floppy drive is hot-pluggable. You do not need to turn off the computer to connect and use the floppy drive. 1-18 Connect the larger end of the floppy drive cable to the parallel port and the other end to the connector on the...
  • Page 19: Left Ports

    Getting Familiar with your Computer Ports Ports allow you to connect peripheral devices to your computer as you would with a desktop PC. The ports are found on the rear panel; PC card slots and audio ports are found on the left panel of the computer.
  • Page 20 Getting Familiar with your Computer Icon Port Line-out Port Line-in Port Microphone-in Port Fax/Data Modem Port (on some models) The computer has an optional built-in fax/data modem. Warning: This modem port is not compatible with digital phone lines. Plugging this modem into a digital phone line will damage the modem.
  • Page 21 Getting Familiar with your Computer PC Card Slots There are two type II/I or one type III CardBus PC Card slots found on the left panel of the computer. These slots accept credit-card-sized cards that enhances the usability and expandability of the computer.
  • Page 22 Getting Familiar with your Computer Inserting a Card For type III cards, insert card into the lower slot. Important: If the computer detects a PC I/O card (e.g., modem card, ZV card) installed in the PC card slots, the computer will not enter standby/ hibernation mode but “sleeps”...
  • Page 23: Rear Ports

    Getting Familiar with your Computer 1.7.2 Rear Ports Icon Then press the slot eject button to eject the card. Port Connects to... DC-in Port AC adapter and power outlet PS/2 Port PS/2-compatible device (e.g., PS/2 keyboard, keypad, mouse) 1-23...
  • Page 24: Fast Infrared Port

    Getting Familiar with your Computer Icon Fast Infrared Port The computer’s fast infrared (FIR) port allows you to do wireless data transfer with other IR-aware computers and peripherals such as infrared printers. The infrared port can transfer data at speeds of up to four megabits per second (Mbps) at a distance of up to one meter.
  • Page 25 Getting Familiar with your Computer When the two computers are in position, simply begin the data transfer as you normally world. See your file transfer software for details. To use FIR, position two IR-aware devices such that their IR ports are no more than one meter apart and offset no more than...
  • Page 26 Getting Familiar with your Computer Audio Standard computer configuration includes 16-bit high-fidelity stereo audio with further enhancements that include 3D sound for true audio immersion. Dual speakers found on both sides of the display hinge direct sound towards you which allows for excellent sound output. Left Speaker Besides the built-in speakers, there are audio...
  • Page 27: Securing Your Computer

    Getting Familiar with your Computer Securing your Computer Security features include hardware and software locks — a security notch and a two-level password scheme. 1.9.1 Security Notch A security notch computer lets you connect a Kensington- compatible key-based computer security lock. 1.9.2 Passwords A two-level password scheme protects your computer from unauthorized access.
  • Page 28: Setting A Password

    Getting Familiar with your Computer There are two types of passwords you can set: Setup Password prevents unauthorized access to the Setup Utility. Once set, you must key-in this password the next time you want to enter the Setup Utility. Section 5.3 discusses this utility in detail.
  • Page 29 Getting Familiar with your Computer Important: Be very careful when typing your password because the characters do not appear on the screen. 5. Press Enter. A prompt asks you to retype the password to verify your first entry. 6. Retype the password then press Enter. After setting the password, the computer automatically sets the chosen password parameter to Enabled.
  • Page 30: Changing Or Removing A Password

    Getting Familiar with your Computer Changing or Removing a Password Should you want to change or remove a password, do the following: 1. During POST (while the startup logo is being displayed), press F2 to enter the Setup Utility. 2. Select System Security and press Enter. 3.

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