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  • Page 1 Aspire 8920 Series User's 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 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. Use the product only with the supplied power supply cord set. If you need •...
  • Page 6: Replacing The Battery Pack

    When the operation time becomes noticeably shorter than normal, buy a new battery. Use only Acer approved batteries, and recharge your battery only with Acer approved chargers designated for this device.
  • Page 7: Additional Safety Information

    Telephone line safety Disconnect all telephone lines from the equipment when not in use and/or • before servicing. To avoid the remote risk of electric shock from lightning, do not connect • the telephone line to this equipment during lightning or thunderstorms. Warning! For safety reasons, do not use non-compliant parts when adding or changing components.
  • Page 8: Vehicles

    viii Pacemakers. Pacemaker manufacturers recommend that a minimum separation of 15.3 centimeters (6 inches) be maintained between wireless devices and a pacemaker to avoid potential interference with the pacemaker. These recommendations are consistent with the independent research by and recommendations of Wireless Technology Research. Persons with pacemakers should do the following: Always keep the device more than 15.3 centimeters (6 inches) from the •...
  • Page 9: Emergency Calls

    To minimize pollution and ensure utmost protection of the global environment, please recycle. For more information on the Waste from Electrical and Electronics Equipment (WEEE) regulations, visit Mercury advisory For projectors or electronic products containing an LCD/CRT monitor or display: Lamp(s) inside this product contain mercury and must be recycled or disposed of according to local, state or federal laws.
  • Page 10: Tips And Information For Comfortable Use

    ENERGY STAR sticker located in the bottom right-hand corner of the palm rest. As an ENERGY STAR partner, Acer Inc. has determined that this product meets the ENERGY STAR guidelines for energy efficiency. This product has been shipped enabled for power management: Activate display’...
  • Page 11: Finding Your Comfort Zone

    If you have these symptoms, or any other recurring or persistent discomfort and/or pain related to computer use, consult a physician immediately and inform your company's health and safety department. The following section provides tips for more comfortable computer use. Finding your comfort zone Find your comfort zone by adjusting the viewing angle of the monitor, using a footrest, or raising your sitting height to achieve maximum comfort.
  • Page 12: Federal Communications Comission Declaration Of Conformity

    Tel: Fax: February 29, 2008 Notebook PC Aspire 8920 Aspire 8920-xxxxx ("x" = 0 - 9, a - z, or A - Z) Acer America Corporation 333 West San Carlos St. San Jose, CA 95110 USA Acer Representitive 1-254-298-4000 1-254-298-4147...
  • Page 13 Acer Computer (Shanghai) Limited 3F, No. 168 Xizang medium road, Huangpu District, Shanghai, China Contact Person: Mr. Easy Lai Tel: 886-2-8691-3089 Fax: 886-2-8691-3000 E-mail: Hereby declare that: Product: Notebook PC Trade Name: Acer Model Number: LE1 Machine Type: Aspire 8920 SKU Number: Aspire 8920-xxxxx ("x"...
  • Page 14: 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 poster helps you get started with setting up your computer.
  • Page 15: 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 16: 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

    Taking care of your computer Taking care of your AC adapter Taking care of your battery pack Cleaning and servicing Acer Empowering Technology Launching Acer Empowering Technology Empowering Technology password Acer eAudio Management Acer ePower Management Acer eDataSecurity Management (for selected models)
  • Page 18 Using Dolby Home Theater for surround/multi-channel sound Acer CineDash media console Video 16:9 display Using the system utilities Acer Bio-Protection (for selected models) Acer GridVista (dual-display compatible) Launch Manager Frequently asked questions Requesting service International Travelers Warranty (ITW) Before you call...
  • Page 19 Universal Serial Bus (USB) High-Definition Multimedia Interface ExpressCard Installing memory Connecting your TV and AV-in cables (for selected models) BIOS utility Boot sequence Enable disk-to-disk recovery Password Using software Playing DVD movies Power management Acer eRecovery Management Burn backup discs...
  • Page 20 Create a user backup Manage user backups Restore Troubleshooting Troubleshooting tips Error messages Regulations and safety notices FCC notice Modem notices Laser compliance statement LCD pixel statement Macrovision copyright protection notice Radio device regulatory notice General European Union (EU) The FCC RF safety requirement Canada —...
  • Page 21: Acer Empowering Technology

    To hide the toolbar, press the Empowering Key again or click the hide button on the toolbar. You may also launch Acer Empowering Technology by running the program from the Acer Empowering Technology program group in the Start menu, or by double-clicking the icon if you have created a desktop shortcut.
  • Page 22 The quick menu allows you to perform certain tasks simply and quickly. You may also run the application by selecting it from the Acer Empowering Technology program group in the Start menu. Note: You may also double-click or right-click eAudio Management, and right-click Management from the system tray.
  • Page 23: Empowering Technology Password

    Your password should have a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 12 characters. Enter a password hint that will help you remember your password. Make sure the box Use for Acer eRecovery Management is checked.
  • Page 24 Click OK to set the password.
  • Page 25: Acer Eaudio Management

    Acer eAudio Management Acer eAudio Management allows you to easily control the enhanced sound effects of Dolby Home Theater on your system. Select Movie or Game mode to experience the awesome realism of 5.1-channel audio output from the speakers fitted to your system via Dolby Surround sound technology. Music mode lets you enjoy your favorite tunes, in vivid detail.
  • Page 26: Acer Epower Management

    To access this utility, select Acer ePower Management from the Empowering Technology toolbar, run the program from the Acer Empowering Technology program group in Start menu, or right-click the Windows power icon in the system tray and select Acer ePower Management. Using power plans Acer ePower Management comes with three predefined power plans: Balanced, High performance and Power saver.
  • Page 27: Battery Status

    Battery status The quick menu shows the remaining battery life based on current usage. You can also launch the Acer ePower Management application and refer to the Battery status panel located just below the power plans.
  • Page 28 Click the Battery tab to view remaining battery life, battery status, and remaining battery life in standby and hibernate modes.
  • Page 29: Acer Edatasecurity Management (For Selected Models)

    Windows Explorer as a shell extension for quick data encryption/decryption and also supports on-the-fly file encryption for Lotus Notes and Microsoft Outlook. On first use, the Acer eDataSecurity Management setup wizard will prompt you to create the Master Password. You will use this password to access the Personal Secure Disk (PSD).
  • Page 31: Acer Erecovery Management

    Acer eRecovery Management Acer eRecovery Management is a versatile backup utility. It allows you to create full or incremental backups, burn the factory default image to optical disc, and restore from previously created backups or reinstall applications and drivers. By default, user-created backups are stored to the D:\ drive.
  • Page 32: Acer Esettings Management

    For more information, please refer to"Acer eRecovery Management" on page 74 in the Acer System User's Guide. Note: If your computer did not come with a Recovery CD or System CD, please use Acer eRecovery Management's Backup factory default to CD/DVD feature to burn a backup image to CD or DVD.
  • Page 33 Lets you set an asset tag for your system. •...
  • Page 34: Windows Mobility Center

    Windows Mobility Center The Windows Mobility Center collects key mobile-related system settings in one easy-to-find place, so you can quickly configure your Acer system to fit the situation as you change locations, networks or activities. Settings include display brightness, volume, power plan, wireless networking on/off, external display settings, synchronization status and presentation settings.
  • Page 35: Your Acer Notebook Tour

    Your Acer notebook tour After setting up your computer as illustrated in the poster, let us show you around your new Acer notebook. Top view...
  • Page 36 The left and right buttons function like the left and right mouse buttons. *The center button serves as Acer Bio-Protection fingerprint reader supporting Acer FingerNav 4-way control function (for selected models). Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) that light up to show the status of the computer's functions and components.
  • Page 37: Closed Front View

    Closed front view Icon Item Speakers 6-in-1 card reader CIR receiver Description Front left , center and front right speakers deliver stereo audio output. Accepts Secure Digital (SD), MultiMediaCard (MMC),MultiMediaCard Plus (MMCplus), Memory Stick (MS), Memory Stick PRO (MS PRO), xD-Picture Card (xD).
  • Page 38: Left View

    Left view Icon Item DC-in jack Modem (RJ-11) port Ethernet (RJ-45) port External display (VGA) port HDMI HDMI port 2 USB 2.0 ports Headphones/ speaker/line-out jack with S/PDIF support Microphone-in jack Line-in jack Description Connects to an AC adapter. Connects to a phone line. Connects to an Ethernet 10/100-based network.
  • Page 39: Right View

    Right view Icon Item ExpressCard/54 slot Optical drive Optical disk access indicator Optical drive eject button Emergency eject hole 2 USB 2.0 ports TV-in port Kensington lock slot Connects to a Kensington- Description Accepts one ExpressCard/54 module. Internal optical drive; accepts CDs or DVDs.
  • Page 40: Rear View

    Rear view Icon Item Tuba Ventilation slots Description The dedicated Tuba CineBass subwoofer pumps out earthshaking movie-house audio. Enable the computer to stay cool, even after prolonged use.
  • Page 41: Base View

    Base view Icon Item Hard disk bay Memory compartment Ventilation slots and cooling fan Battery bay Battery release latch Battery lock Description Houses the computer's hard disk (secured with screws). Houses the computer's main memory. Enable the computer to stay cool, even after prolonged use.
  • Page 42: Specifications

    ™ Blu-ray Disc (BD) drive DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive ® -certified surround sound system with five built-in Integrated Acer Crystal Eye webcam Acer PureZone technology Optional Acer Xpress VoIP phone ® Intel Wireless WiFi Link network connection or Intel PRO/Wireless network connection ®...
  • Page 43 Special keys and • 105-/106-key keyboard controls • Touchpad pointing device • Acer CineDash media console capacitive human interface device I/O interface • ExpressCard • 6-in-1 card reader (SD • USB 2.0 ports ™ • HDMI • Consumer infrared (CIR) port •...
  • Page 44: Indicators

    Indicators The computer has serveral easy-to-read status indicators. The front panel indicators are visible even when the computer cover is closed up. Icon Function Description Power Indicates the computer's power status. Battery Indicates the computer's batttery status. Indicates when the hard disk drive is active. Num Lock Lights up when Num Lock is activated.
  • Page 45: Easy-Launch Buttons

    The mail and Web browser buttons are pre-set to email and Internet programs, but can be reset by users. To set the Web browser, mail and programmable buttons, run the Acer Launch Manager.. See "Launch Manager" on page 41. Icon...
  • Page 46: Touchpad

    Touchpad The built-in seamless 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.
  • Page 47: Touchpad Basics

    Tapping on the touchpad is the same as clicking the left button. Use the 4-way scroll (3) button (for selected models) or Acer Bio-Protection • fingerprint reader (3) supporting Acer FingerNav 4-way control function (for selected models) to scroll up or down and move left or right a page.
  • Page 48 Note: By default, vertical and horizontal scrolling is enabled on your touchpad. It can be disabled under Mouse settings in Windows Control Panel. Center button (3) Main touchpad (2) Swipe up/down/left/ right using Acer FingerNav 4-way control function (for selected models) or click and hold to move up/down/left/ right (for selected models).
  • Page 49: Using The Keyboard

    Using the keyboard The keyboard has full-sized keys, a numeric keypad, cursor, lock, Windows, function and special keys. Lock keys and separate numeric keypad The keyboard has three lock keys which you can toggle on and off. Lock key Description Caps Lock When Caps Lock is on, all alphabetic characters typed are in uppercase.
  • Page 50: 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 51: Hotkeys

    Volume down <Fn> + <→> Brightness up Description Displays help on hotkeys. Launches Acer eSettings Management in Acer Empowering Technology. See "Acer Empowering Technology" on page 1. Launches Acer ePower Management in Acer Empowering Technology. See "Acer Empowering Technology" on page 1.
  • Page 52: Special Keys

    Hotkey Icon Function <Fn> + < ← > Brightness down Special keys You can locate the Euro symbol and the US dollar sign at the upper-center and/or bottom-right of your keyboard. The Euro symbol Open a text editor or word processor. Either press <...
  • Page 53: Ejecting The Optical (Cd Or Dvd) Drive Tray

    Ejecting the optical (CD or DVD) drive tray Press the drive eject button to eject the optical drive tray when the computer is Insert a paper clip to the emergency eject hole to eject the optical drive tray when the computer is off. Using a computer security lock The notebook comes with a Kensington-compatible security slot for a security lock.
  • Page 54: Audio

    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.
  • Page 55: Using Dolby Home Theater For Surround/Multi-Channel Sound

    Using Dolby Home Theater for surround/multi-channel sound Your Acer notebook comes with the Dolby Home Theater featuring Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby Digital Live, Dolby Headphone, Dolby Natural Bass and Dolby Sound Space Expander technologies to give you high- quality digital surround sound for enjoying movies, games and music in a realistic, multi-channel audio environment.
  • Page 56: Acer Cinedash Media Console

    Acer CineDash media console Acer CineDash media console is a touch-sensitive entertainment interface that features an ultra-smooth surface, inviting to the touch. Total media control - including instant access to Acer Arcade to launch and control entertainment. Functions are activated by simply tapping the function with your finger, while you can adjust volume by sliding your finger around the volume meter.
  • Page 57 Item Icon Album Hold Mute Arcade Back Enter 1. Function button: Perform selected function 2. View image fullscreen Slide Select next clockwise item from bottom Slide Select counter previous item clockwise from top Left Select arrow previous item Right Select next arrow item Play/...
  • Page 58: Video

    Video 16:9 display 16:9 display delivers Full HD movies at home like never before (for selected models). Sky- high color saturation guarantees an authentic HD viewing experience.16:9 quality means true home theater visuals have finally arrived for notebook entertainment enthusiasts.
  • Page 59: Using The System Utilities

    Solution has incorporated protection against unauthorized access to your computer with centralized password management with Password Bank, easy music player launching with Acer MusicLaunch, secure Internet favorites via Acer MyLaunch, and fast application/website launching and login with Acer FingerLaunch, while Acer ProfileLaunch can launch up to three applications/ websites from a single finger swipe.
  • Page 60: 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 61: Launch Manager

    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. Launch Manager Launch Manager allows you to set the easy-launch button located above the keyboard. "Easy-launch buttons" on page 25 for the location of the easy-launch buttons.
  • Page 62: 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 63 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 64: 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 65: 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
  • Page 66: 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 67: 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 68: 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 69: 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 70: Acer Arcade Deluxe

    Acer Arcade Deluxe 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. Cinema — watch DVDs, VCDs or Blu-Ray movies, and video clips •...
  • Page 71: 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 72: 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 73: Homemedia

    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 74 Use this page to set preferences for your slideshow when viewing photos. DVD: Acer Arcade Deluxe has several features and technologies to extend battery life while watching DVD movies. On this page, you can select whether you wish to turn the features off or not.
  • Page 75: Albums

    In each of the above sections, you can click Default to return the Acer Arcade Deluxe settings to their default values. Help: Click Help to view the Help file for detailed information on using Acer Arcade Deluxe. About: Click About to view the copyright and vendor information for Acer Arcade Deluxe.
  • Page 76: Editing Pictures

    Shuffle, Repeat All, Visualize volume and Menu. Visualize allows you to watch computer-generated visuals while you listen to music. Background mode With Acer Arcade you can continue listening to music while you perform certain other functions. Press the onscreen Stop button to stop the playback at anytime.
  • Page 77: 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 78: 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 79: 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 •...
  • Page 80: 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 •...
  • Page 81: 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 82: 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 83: 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 84: 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 85: 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. High-Definition Multimedia Interface 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 86: Expresscard

    ExpressCard The ExpressCard is the newest version of the PC Card. It is a smaller and faster interface that further enhances the usability and expandability of your computer. ExpressCards support a vast number of expansion options, including flash memory card adapters, TV-tuners, Bluetooth connectivity and IEEE 1394B adapters.
  • Page 87: Installing Memory

    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 88: Connecting Your Tv And Av-In Cables (For Selected Models)

    Connecting your TV and AV-in cables (for selected models) Follow the instructions below to set up the TV function of your Acer notebook. PAL/SECAM and NTSC systems Plug the PAL/SECAM cable’s RF plug into your notebook’s RF-in jack. Connect the other end to your TV antenna cable, using the NTSC converter if necessary.
  • Page 89 To set up the antenna: Push gently at the top until the bottom section pops out. Pull the bottom up until it is positioned at 90 degrees to the antenna body. To ensure good reception, the antenna can be positioned on top of your notebook display using the special clip, as shown below.
  • Page 90 AV-in cable The AV-in cable can be used to connect your notebook to a VHS player or camcorder for viewing, capturing and recording video clips. Plug the single end of the cable into the AV-in port of your notebook. Connect the other ends to the S-video or composite audio/video jacks on your VHS player, camcorder or other compatible device.
  • Page 91: 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 92: Using Software

    Using software Playing DVD movies 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 93: Power Management

    Power management This computer has a built-in power management unit that monitors system activity. System activity refers to any activity involving one or more of the following devices: keyboard, mouse, hard disk, peripherals connected to the computer, and video memory. If no activity is detected for a period of time (called an inactivity timeout), the computer stops some or all of these devices in order to conserve energy.
  • Page 94: Acer Erecovery Management

    Acer eRecovery Management Acer eRecovery Management is a tool to quickly back up and restore the system. You can create and save a backup of the entire C:\ drive to a hard disk, CDs or DVDs. You can also back up/restore the factory default image, and reinstall applications and drivers.
  • Page 95: Create A User Backup

    Create a user backup You can easily create full and fast (incremental) backup of the whole C:\ drive to a hard disk or optical discs from the Backup page of Acer eRecovery Management. Note: Fast (incremental) Backup is only available after a Full Backup is made.
  • Page 96: Restore

    The restore feature allows you to restore or recover the system from a factory default image, from a user-created image, or from previously created CD and DVD backups. You can also reinstall applications and drivers for your Acer system. Select Acer eRecovery Management from the Empowering Technology toolbar to start Acer eRecovery Management.
  • Page 97: 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 98 If you still encounter problems after going through the corrective measures, please contact your dealer or an authorized service center for assistance. Some problems may be solved using the BIOS utility.
  • Page 99: Regulations And Safety Notices

    Regulations and safety notices FCC notice 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 100: Modem Notices

    Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est conforme a la norme NMB-003 du Canada. 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. (Please visit for complete documents.)
  • Page 101: 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 102: 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 103: Laser Compliance Statement

    Laser compliance statement The CD or DVD drive used with this computer is a laser product. The CD or DVD drive's classification label (shown below) is located on the drive. CLASS 1 LASER PRODUCT CAUTION: INVISIBLE LASER RADIATION WHEN OPEN. AVOID EXPOSURE TO BEAM.
  • Page 104: Radio Device Regulatory Notice

    Radio device regulatory notice Note: Below regulatory information is for models with wireless LAN and / or Bluetooth only. General This product complies with the radio frequency and safety standards of any country or region in which it has been approved for wireless use. Depending on configurations, this product may or may not contain wireless radio devices (such as wireless LAN and/or Bluetooth modules).
  • Page 105: The Fcc Rf Safety Requirement

    LAN Mini PCI Card built in to the screen section and all persons. Note: The Acer wireless Mini PCI adapter implements a transmission diversity function. The function does not emit radio frequencies simultaneously from both antennas. One of the antennas is selected automatically or manually (by users) to ensure good quality radiocommunication.
  • Page 106: Canada - Low-Power License-Exempt Radio Communication Devices (Rss-210)

    This device is restricted to indoor use due to its operation in the 5.15 to 5.25 GHz frequency range. FCC requires this product to be used indoors for the frequency range 5.15 to 5.25 GHz to reduce the potential for harmful interference to co-channel Mobile Satellite systems.
  • Page 107: Lcd Panel Ergonomic Specifications

    Class IV 85.0° Illuminance level: • α [250 + (250cos )] lx where Color: Source D65 • Ordinary LCD: Class I • Protective or Acer CrystalBrite • Class III Both • • • Class II α = 85° ™ LCD:...
  • Page 108: Index

    Index AC adapter caring for audio troubleshooting battery pack battery-low warning caring for characteristics charging checking charge level installing low conditions maximizing life optimizing removing using the first time BIOS utility brightness hotkeys caps lock on indicator care AC adapter battery pack computer CD-ROM...
  • Page 109 network Notebook Manager hotkey num lock on indicator numeric keypad embedded password types ports printer troubleshooting problems CD-ROM display keyboard printer startup troubleshooting questions setting location for modem use safety CD or DVD modem notices scroll lock security keylock passwords speakers hotkey troubleshooting...