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  • Page 1 Aspire 3620 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: Disposal Instructions

    Disposal instructions Do not throw this electronic device into the trash when discarding. To minimize pollution and ensure utmost protection of the global environment, please recycle. For 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 4: 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 5: Taking Care Of Your Computer

    To turn the power off, do any of the following: Use the Windows shutdown command • Click on Start, Turn Off Computer, then click on Turn Off. Use the power button • You can also shut down the computer by closing the display cover, or by pressing the sleep hotkey <Fn>...
  • Page 6: Taking Care Of Your Battery Pack

    FCC certification and your warranty. To prevent radio interference to the licensed service, this device is intended to be operated indoors, and installation outdoors is subject to licensing. For more information about our products, services, and support information, please visit our website: http://global.acer.com.
  • Page 7: Table Of Contents

    Acer Empowering Technology Acer eDataSecurity Management Acer eLock Management Acer ePerformance Management Acer eRecovery Management Acer eSettings Management Acer ePower Management Acer ePresentation Management Your Acer notebook tour Front view Closed front view Left view Right view Rear view Base view Specifications...
  • Page 8 Audio Adjusting the volume Using the system utilities Acer GridVista (dual-display compatible) Launch Manager Norton AntiVirus Frequently asked questions Requesting service International Travelers Warranty (ITW) 33 Before you call Acer Arcade Finding and playing content Settings Arcade controls Navigation controls...
  • Page 9 Installing memory BIOS utility Boot sequence Enable disk-to-disk recovery Password Using software Playing DVD movies Power management Acer eRecovery Management Create backup Restore from backup Create factory default image CD Re-install bundled software without CD Change password Troubleshooting Troubleshooting tips...
  • Page 10 Regulations and safety notices ENERGY STAR guidelines compliance FCC notice Modem notices Important safety instructions Laser compliance statement LCD pixel statement Macrovision copyright protection notice Radio device regulatory notice General European Union (EU) The FCC RF safety requirement Canada — Low-power license-exempt radio communication devices (RSS-210) Federal Communications Comission Declaration of Conformity...
  • Page 11: Acer Empowering Technology

    Acer Empowering Technology Acer's innovative Empowering Technology makes it easy for you to access frequently used functions and manage your new Acer notebook. It features the following handy utilities: Acer eDataSecurity Management protects data with passwords and • advanced encryption algorithms.
  • Page 12: Acer Edatasecurity Management

    Technology menu, then click on the appropriate utility and select the Help function. Acer eDataSecurity Management Acer eDataSecurity Management is a handy file encryption utility that protects your files from being accessed by unauthorized persons. It is conveniently integrated with Windows Explorer as a shell extension for quick and easy data encryption/decryption and also supports on-the-fly file encryption for MSN Messenger and Microsoft Outlook.
  • Page 13: Acer Elock Management

    If you do not set a password, Acer eLock Management will reset back to the initial status with all locks removed. Note: If you lose your password, there is no method to reset it except by reformatting your notebook or taking your notebook to an Acer Customer Service Center.
  • Page 14: Acer Eperformance Management

    Acer ePerformance Management Acer ePerformance Management is a system optimization tool that boosts the performance of your Acer notebook. It provides you with the following options to enhance overall system performance: Memory optimization — releases unused memory and check usage.
  • Page 15: Acer Erecovery Management

    Acer eRecovery Management Acer eRecovery Management is a powerful utility that does away with the need for recovery disks provided by the manufacturer. The Acer eRecovery Management utility occupies space in a hidden partition on your system's HDD. User-created backups are stored on D:\ drive. Acer eRecovery Management provides you with: Password protection.
  • Page 16: Acer Esettings Management

    Acer eSettings Management Acer eSettings Management allows you to inspect hardware specifications and to monitor the system health status. Furthermore, Acer eSettings Management enables you to optimize your Windows operating system, so your computer runs faster, smoother and better. Acer eSettings Management also: Provides a simple graphical user interface for navigating through the •...
  • Page 17: Acer Epower Management

    Acer ePower Management features a straightforward user interface. To launch it, select Acer ePower Management from the Empowering Technology interface, or double-click the Acer ePower Management icon in the task tray. AC mode The default setting is "Maximum Performance." You can adjust CPU speed, LCD...
  • Page 18: Acer Epresentation Management

    Select what actions will be taken when the cover is closed, and set • passwords for accessing the system after Hibernation or Standby. View information about Acer ePower Management. • Acer ePresentation Management Acer ePresentation Management lets you select from two of the most common projector resolutions: XGA and SVGA.
  • Page 19: Your Acer Notebook Tour

    Your Acer notebook tour After setting up your computer as illustrated in the Just for Starters... poster, let us show you around your new Acer notebook. Front view Item Description Display screen Also called Liquid-Crystal Display (LCD), displays computer output.
  • Page 20: Closed Front View

    Item Description Touchpad Touch-sensitive pointing device which functions like a computer mouse. Click buttons The left and right buttons function like the left and (left, center right mouse buttons; the center button serves as a 4-way and right) scroll button. Palmrest Comfortable support area for your hands when you use the computer.
  • Page 21: Left View

    Icon Item Battery indicator Power indicator Latch Left view Icon Item Kensington lock slot Optical drive Optical disk access indicator Optical drive eject button Emergency eject hole PC Card slot eject button PC Card slot Description Indicates the computer's batttery status. Indicates the computer's power status.
  • Page 22: Right View

    Right view Icon Item Three USB 2.0 ports Connect to USB 2.0 devices Ventilation slots Modem (RJ-11) port Connects to a phone line. Ethernet (RJ-45) port Rear view Icon Item DC-in jack External display (VGA) port Battery Description (e.g., USB mouse, USB camera). Enable the computer to stay cool, even after prolonged use.
  • Page 23: Base View

    Base view Item Battery lock Cooling fan Hard disk bay Memory compartment Battery release latch Battery bay Description Locks the battery in position. Helps keep the computer cool. Note: Do not cover or obstruct the opening of the fan. Houses the computer's hard disk (secured with screws).
  • Page 24: Specifications

    GB using two soDIMM modules (dual-channel support) Display and 14.1" WXGA color TFT LCD, 1280 x 800 pixel • graphics resolution, supporting simultaneous multi-window viewing on dual displays via Acer GridVista 16.7 million colors • Intel • 128 MB of VRAM, supporting Microsoft...
  • Page 25 • Security Kensington lock slot • BIOS user and supervisor passwords • Software Acer Empowering Technology (Acer eDataSecurity • Management / eLock Management / ePerformance Management / eRecovery Management / eSettings Management / ePower Management / ePresentation Management) Acer Arcade •...
  • Page 26 System ACPI 1.0b • compliance DMI 2.0 • Mobile PC 2001 • Wi-Fi • Cisco Compatible Extensions (CCX) • Warranty One-year International Travelers Warranty (ITW) Note: The specifications listed above are for reference only. The exact configuration of your PC depends on the model purchased. ®...
  • Page 27: Indicators

    Indicators The computer has seven easy-to-read status indicators, including four on the front panel. The power, battery and wireless communication status indicators are visible even when the LCD display is closed. Icon Function Description Caps Lock Lights up when Caps Lock is activated. Num Lock Lights up when Num Lock is activated.
  • Page 28: Easy-launch Buttons

    Empowering Technology" on page 1. 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 28.
  • Page 29: Touchpad

    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 30 Move your finger across the touchpad (2) to move the cursor. • Press the left (1) and right (4) buttons located beneath the touchpad to • perform selection and execution functions. These two buttons are similar to the left and right buttons on a mouse. Tapping on the touchpad is the same as clicking the left button.
  • Page 31: 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 32: 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 33 <Fn> + <→> Brightness up <Fn> + < ← > Brightness down Description Displays help on hotkeys. Launches Acer eSettings in Acer Empowering Technology. See "Acer Empowering Technology" on page 1. Launches Acer ePower Management in Acer Empowering Technology. See "Acer Empowering...
  • Page 34: Special Keys

    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 < > at the bottom-right of the keyboard, or hold <Alt Gr> and then press the <5>...
  • Page 35: Ejecting The Optical (cd Or Dvd) Drive Tray (for Selected Models)

    Ejecting the optical (CD or DVD) drive tray (for selected models) Press the drive eject button to eject the optical drive tray when the computer is on. Insert a clip to the emergency eject hole to eject the optical drive tray when the computer is off.
  • Page 36: Audio

    Audio The computer comes with 32-bit Intel High-Definition audio, and built-in stereo speakers. Adjusting the volume Adjusting the volume on the computer is as easy as pressing some buttons. See "Hotkeys" on page 22 for more information on adjusting the speaker volume.
  • Page 37: Using The System Utilities

    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 38: Launch Manager

    Acer GridVista is simple to set up: Run Acer GridVista and select your preferred screen configuration for each display from the taskbar. Drag and drop each window into the appropriate grid. 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 39: Norton Antivirus

    You can access the Launch Manager by clicking on Start, All Programs, and then Launch Manager to start the application. Norton AntiVirus Norton AntiVirus is an anti-virus software that finds and repairs infected files, and protects against viruses to keep your computer data safe and secure. How do I check for viruses? A Full System Scan scans all files on your computer.
  • Page 40: 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 41 No audio is heard from the computer. Check the following: The volume may be muted. In Windows, look at the volume control • (speaker) icon on the taskbar. If it is crossed-out, click on the icon and deselect the Mute all option. The volume level may be too low.
  • Page 42: 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 43: 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 44: Acer Arcade

    Acer Arcade Acer Arcade is an integrated player for music, photos, DVD movies and videos. It can be operated using your pointing device or remote control. To watch or listen, click or select a content button (e.g., Music, Video, etc.) on the Arcade home page.
  • Page 45: Finding And Playing Content

    Arcade home page by selecting Help. Settings There are settings in Acer Arcade that allow you to fine-tune its performance to suit your machine and your personal preferences. The Settings page is reached by the Advanced Settings button on the Home page.
  • Page 46: Arcade Controls

    Click Run Setup Wizard to change your original start-up settings. Click About Acer Arcade to open a page with version and copyright information. Click Restore default settings to return the Acer Arcade settings to their default values. Arcade controls When watching video clips, movies or slide shows as full-screen visual content, two pop-up control panels are shown when you move the pointer.
  • Page 47: Cinema

    Cinema If your computer came with a DVD drive, you can play movies from DVDs and Video CDs (VCDs) with the Cinema function of Acer Arcade. This player has the features and controls of a typical DVD player. When you insert a disk into the DVD drive, the movie begins playing automatically.
  • Page 48: Album

    Album Acer Arcade lets you view digital photos individually or as a slide show, from any available drive on your computer. Click the Album button on the Arcade Home page to show the Album main page. The content area on the right shows both individual pictures and folders. Click on a folder to open it.
  • Page 49: Video

    The destination directory can be changed from the "Settings"menu. Editing video Acer Arcade offers the capability to edit captured video clips, photos and footage from a camcorder into a movie. You can also select a movie style, and add special transition effects and music to create the perfect home movie.
  • Page 50: Music

    Acer Arcade media modes. Authoring CD/DVDs With Acer Arcade it is possible to create CD or DVDs directly from the main menu, or from whichever media mode you may be using. The burn DVD option can be found in the "Advanced" or "Main" menu of Video, Album and Music media modes.
  • Page 51 With Arcade you can also turn digital photos into a slide show with background music, or film clips into an amateur movie. You can share any event with your friends and family for playback on most DVD players. You can even add customized theme menus and menu music.
  • Page 52: 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 53: 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 54: 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 55: 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 56: 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 57: 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 58: 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 59: 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 60: Pc Card Slot

    PC Card slot The Type II PC Card slot of the computer accepts PC Cards that enhance the usability and expandability of the computer. These cards should have a PC Card logo on them. PC Cards (formerly PCMCIA) are add-on cards for portable computers, giving you expansion possibilities long afforded by desktop PCs.
  • Page 61: Installing Memory

    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. BIOS utility The BIOS utility is a hardware configuration program built into your computer's BIOS.
  • Page 62: Enable Disk-to-disk Recovery

    Enable disk-to-disk recovery To enable disk-to-disk recovery (hard disk recovery), activate the BIOS utility, then select Main from the categories listed at the top of the screen. Find D2D Recovery at the bottom of the screen and use the <F5> and <F6> keys to set this value to Enabled.
  • Page 63: Power Management

    Acer eRecovery Management Acer eRecovery Management is a tool to quickly backup and restore the system. You can create and save a backup of the current system configuration to hard disk, CD or DVD.
  • Page 64: Create Backup

    You can create and save backup images to hard disk, CD or DVD. Boot to Windows XP Press <Alt> + <F10> to open the Acer eRecovery Management utility. Enter the password to proceed. The default password is six zeros. In the Acer eRecovery Management window, select Recovery settings and click Next.
  • Page 65: Create Factory Default Image Cd

    When the System CD and Recovery CD are not available, you can create them by using this feature. Boot to Windows XP. Press <Alt> + <F10> to open the Acer eRecovery Management utility. Enter the password to proceed. The default password is six zeros. In the Acer eRecovery Management window, select Recovery settings and click Next.
  • Page 66: Change Password

    Change password Acer eRecovery Management and Acer disk-to-disk recovery are protected by a password that can be changed by the user. Follow the steps below to change the password in Acer eRecovery Management. Boot to Windows XP. Press <Alt> + <F10> to open the Acer eRecovery Management utility.
  • 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 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 69: Regulations And Safety Notices

    Regulations and safety notices ENERGY STAR guidelines compliance As an ENERGY STAR partner, Acer Inc. has determined that this product meets the ENERGY STAR guidelines for energy efficiency. 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.
  • Page 70: 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 http://global.acer.com/products/notebook/reg-nb/index.htm for complete documents.)
  • Page 71: 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 72: Notice For New Zealand

    Notice for New Zealand For modem with approval number PTC 211/03/008 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.
  • Page 73: Important Safety Instructions

    This device is equipped with pulse dialing while the Telecom standard is DTMF tone dialing. There is no guarantee that Telecom lines will always continue to support pulse dialing. Use of pulse dialing, when this equipment is connected to the same line as other equipment, may give rise to bell tinkle or noise and may also cause a false answer condition.
  • Page 74 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 75: 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 76: 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 77: 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 78: 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 79: Federal Communications Comission Declaration Of Conformity

    Address of responsible party: Contact person: Tel: Fax: Notebook PC MS2180 Aspire 3620 Aspire 362xxx ("x" = 0 - 9, a - z, or A - Z) Acer America Corporation 2641 Orchard Parkway San Jose, CA 95134 Mr. Young Kim...
  • Page 80: Declaration Of Conformity For Ce Marking

    Declaration of Conformity for CE Marking Name of manufacturer: Beijing Acer Information Co., Ltd. Address of Huade Building, No.18, ChuangYe Rd. manufacturer: ShangDi Zone, HaiDian District Beijing PRCE marking Contact person: Mr. Easy Lai Tel: 886-2-8691-3089 Fax: 886-2-8691-3000 E-mail: easy_lai@acer.com.tw...
  • Page 81: Index

    Index AC adapter caring for audio adjusting the volume troubleshooting battery pack caring for BIOS utility brightness hotkeys caps lock on indicator care AC adapter battery pack computer CD-ROM ejecting manually troubleshooting cleaning computer computer caring for cleaning disconnecting features indicators keyboards moving around...
  • Page 82 password types PC Card ejecting inserting ports printer troubleshooting problems CD-ROM display keyboard printer startup troubleshooting questions setting location for modem use safety CD or DVD FCC notice general instructions modem notices scroll lock security keylock passwords speakers hotkey troubleshooting support information touchpad...

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