Acer 3690 User Manual

Acer 3690 User Manual

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  • Page 1 Aspire 5680/5650/5630/ 5610/5610Z/3690 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: Replacing The Battery Pack

    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: Additional Safety Information

    Operating environment Warning! For safety reasons, turn off all wireless or radio transmitting devices when using your laptop under the following conditions. These devices may include, but are not limited to: wireless lan (WLAN), Bluetooth and/or 3G.
  • Page 7: Vehicles

    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 8: 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:...
  • Page 9: Tips And Information For Comfortable Use

    50% less energy than conventional equipment. More information refers to and 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 10: Finding Your Comfort Zone

    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. Observe the following tips: refrain from staying too long in one fixed posture •...
  • Page 11 Developing good work habits Develop the following work habits to make your computer use more relaxing and productive: Take short breaks regularly and often. • Perform some stretching exercises. • Breathe fresh air as often as possible. • Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy body. •...
  • Page 12: 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 13: 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 shut down the computer by closing the display cover, or by pressing the sleep hotkey <Fn>...
  • Page 14: 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 15: Table Of Contents

    Acer eNet Management Acer ePower Management Acer ePresentation Management Acer eDataSecurity Management Acer eLock Management Acer eRecovery Management Acer eSettings Management Windows Mobility Center Your Acer notebook tour Front view Closed front view Left view Right view Rear view Base view Specifications...
  • Page 16 Maximizing the battery's life Installing and removing the battery pack Charging the battery Checking the battery level Optimising battery life Battery-low warning Acer Arcade (for selected models) Remote control Remote functions Finding and playing content Settings Arcade controls Navigation controls...
  • Page 17 Make DVDs Authoring CD/DVDs Acer Arcade Deluxe (for selected models) Remote control Remote functions Starting Acer Arcade Deluxe VideoMagician TV Joy (selected models only) SportsCap (selected models only) DV Wizard DVDivine Taking your notebook PC with you Disconnecting from the desktop...
  • Page 18 BIOS utility Boot sequence Enable disk-to-disk recovery Password Using software Playing DVD movies Power management Acer eRecovery Management Create backup Burn backup disc Restore and recovery Troubleshooting Troubleshooting tips Error messages Regulations and safety notices FCC notice Modem notices Laser compliance statement...
  • Page 19: Acer Empowering Technology

    Acer Empowering Technology The Empowering Technology toolbar makes it easy for you to access frequently used functions and manage your new Acer system. Displayed by default in the upper half of your screen, it provides access to the following utilities: Acer eNet Management hooks up to location-based networks intelligently.
  • Page 20: Acer Enet Management

    Acer eNet Management Acer eNet Management helps you quickly connect to both wired and wireless networks in a variety of locations. To access this utility, select "Acer eNet Management" from the Empowering Technology toolbar or run the program from the Acer Empowering Technology program group in Start menu. You can...
  • Page 21 Security and safety concerns mean that Acer eNet Management does not store username and password information.
  • Page 22: 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 23: Battery Status

    Click "Apply" to save your new settings. To delete a power plan: You cannot delete the power plan you are currently using. If you want to delete the active power plan, switch to another one first. Select the power plan you wish to delete from the drop-down list. Click the Delete Power Plan icon.
  • Page 24: Acer Epresentation Management

    Acer ePresentation Management Acer ePresentation Management lets you project your computer's display to an external display device or projector using the hotkey: <Fn> + <F5>. If auto- detection hardware is implemented in the system and the external display supports it, your system display will be automatically switched out when an external display is connected to the system.
  • Page 25: Acer Edatasecurity Management

    Acer eDataSecurity Management Acer eDataSecurity Management is an 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 data encryption/decryption and also supports on-the-fly file encryption for Lotus Notes and Microsoft Outlook.
  • Page 26: Acer Elock Management

    Acer eLock Management Acer eLock Management is simple yet effective utility that allows you to lock removable storage, optical and floppy drive devices to ensure that data can't be stolen while your system is unattended. Removable Storage Devices — includes USB disk drives, USB pen drives, USB •...
  • Page 28: Acer Erecovery Management

    Note: Models shipped with Windows Vista support 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 29 For more information, please refer to "Acer eRecovery Management" on page 88 in the AcerSystem User's Guide. Note: If your computer did not come with a Recovery CD or System CD, please use Acer eRecovery Management's "System backup to optical disc" feature to burn a backup image to CD or DVD.
  • Page 30: Acer Esettings Management

    Acer eSettings Management Acer eSettings Management allows you to inspect hardware specifications, set BIOS passwords and modify boot options. Acer eSettings Management also: Provides a simple graphical user interface for navigation. • Prints and saves hardware specifications. • Lets you set an asset tag for your system.
  • Page 31: 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, power plan, volume, wireless networking on/off, external display settings, display orientation and synchronization status.
  • Page 33: 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 Built-in camera 1.3 megapixel or 310,000 pixel web camera for video communication (for selected models).
  • Page 34: Closed Front View

    Comfortable support area for your hands when you use the computer. Microphone Internal microphone for sound recording. TV/media/ For use with Acer Arcade and other media playing volume programs (for selected models). buttons Easy-launch Buttons for launching frequently used programs.
  • Page 35 Icon Item Wireless communication button/indicator Power indicator Battery indicator CIR receiver Microphone-in jack Line-in jack Headphones/speaker/ line-out jack with S/PDIF support Latch Description Enables/disables the wireless function. Indicates the status of wireless LAN communication. Indicates the computer's power status. Indicates the computer's batttery status. Receives signals from a remote control (for selected models).
  • Page 36: Left View

    Left view Icon Item Kensington lock slot Ventilation slots Two USB 2.0 ports Ethernet (RJ-45) port Infrared port 5-in-1 card reader 4-pin IEEE 1394 port PC Card slot ExpressCard/34 slot PC Card slot eject button Description Connects to a Kensington-compatible computer security lock.
  • Page 37: Right View

    Right view Item Slot-load optical drive Optical disk access indicator Slot-load optical drive eject button Description Internal optical drive; accepts CDs or DVDs (slot-load or tray-load depending on model). Lights up when the optical drive is active. Ejects the optical disk from the drive.
  • Page 38: Rear View

    Rear view Icon Item Modem (RJ-11) port Connects to a phone line. Two USB 2.0 ports S-video-in (NTSC/PAL) port AV-in port DC-in jack S-video/TV-out (NTSC/PAL) port External display (VGA) port DVI-D port Ventilation slots Description Connect to USB 2.0 devices (e.g., USB mouse, USB camera).
  • Page 39: Base View

    Base view Item Battery lock Battery bay Hard disk bay Memory compartment Ventilation slots and cooling fan Description Locks the battery in position. Houses the computer's battery pack. 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 40: Specifications

    Intel • (2MB L2 cache, 1.6 GHz, 533 MHz FSB) Mobile Intel • Acer InviLink • supporting Acer SignalUp Aspire 3690 Series Intel • cache, 1.46/1.60/1.73 GHz, 533 MHz FSB) or higher Mobile Intel • Acer InviLink • supporting Acer SignalUp ™...
  • Page 41 System memory Aspire 5680/5650/5630/5610/5610Z/3690 Series Up to 2 GB of DDR2 533/667 MHz memory, • upgradeable to 4 GB using two soDIMM modules (dual-channel support) Aspire 3690 Series Up to 512 MB of DDR2 533 MHz memory, • upgradeable to 2 GB using two soDIMM modules...
  • Page 42 PowerMizer ® 945GM Express chipset with integrated ® Graphics Media ® (for Aspire 5630/5610 Series) ® 940/943/945GML Express chipset with ® 9.0 (for Aspire 5610Z/3690 Series) ™ technology (Acer Arcade) ™ optimization (Acer Arcade) ® ® ™ ® 9.0, ®...
  • Page 43 NTSC/PAL cable for digital/analog TV input, NTSC converter to convert port from PAL/SECAM to NTSC • Mini DIN cable: RCA jack and S-video port for audio/video input Acer DVB-T antenna (UHF/VHF reception) supports Acer ™ SignalUp Media keys TV key •...
  • Page 44 Acer eNet Management Acer ePower Management Acer ePresentation Management Acer eDataSecurity Management Acer eLock Management Acer eRecovery Management Acer eSettings Management Note: Models shipped with Windows Vista Starter Edition only support Acer eRecovery Management. ™ ™ ™ Deluxe* ™ ®...
  • Page 45 Communication Acer Video Conference featuring Voice and Video • over Internet Protocol (VVoIP) support via Acer OrbiCam Acer OrbiCam • pixel CMOS camera (for selected models), featuring : • 225 degree ergonomic rotation • Acer VisageON camera models only) •...
  • Page 46 I/O interface ExpressCard • PC Card slot (one Type II) • 5-in-1 card reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO/xD) • (for selected models) Four USB 2.0 ports • DVI-D port (for selected models) • IEEE 1394 port (for selected models) • Consumer infrared (CIR) port (for selected models) •...
  • Page 47: Indicators

    Indicators The computer has serveral easy-to-read status indicators: The front panel indicators are visible even when the computer cover is closed Icon Function Description Indicates when the hard disk drive is active. Caps Lock Lights up when Caps Lock is activated. Num Lock Lights up when Num Lock is activated.
  • Page 48: 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 41.
  • Page 49: 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: Move your finger across the touchpad (2) to move the cursor.
  • Page 50 Function Left button (1) Execute Quickly click twice. Select Click once. Drag Click and hold, then use finger on the touchpad to drag the cursor. Access context menu Scroll Note: When using the touchpad, keep it — and your fingers — dry and clean.
  • Page 51: 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 52: 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 53: Hotkeys

    <Fn> + <F4> Sleep <Fn> + <F5> Display toggle ™ Starter Edition, 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 Technology"...
  • Page 54 Hotkey Icon Function <Fn> + <F6> Screen blank <Fn> + <F7> Touchpad toggle <Fn> + <F8> Speaker toggle <Fn> + <↑> Volume up <Fn> + <↓> Volume down <Fn> + <→> Brightness up <Fn> + < ← > Brightness down Description Turns the display screen backlight off to save power.
  • Page 55: 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 56: Ejecting The Optical (Cd Or Dvd) Disk

    Ejecting the optical (CD or DVD) disk Press the drive eject button to eject the optical disk when the computer is on.
  • Page 57: 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 35 for more information on adjusting the speaker volume.
  • Page 58: Using The System Utilities

    Acer GridVista 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 59: Launch Manager

    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 60: Norton Internet Security

    Norton Internet Security Norton Internet Security is an anti-virus utility that can protect against viruses, keeping your data safe and secure. How do I check for viruses? Double-click the Norton Internet Security icon on the Windows desktop. Select Tasks & Scans. Select Run Scan to scan your system.
  • Page 61: 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 62 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 63: Recovery Cds

    It is important to back up all data files before using this option. Before performing a restore operation, please check the BIOS settings. Check to see if Acer disk-to-disk recovery is enabled or not. Make sure the D2D Recovery setting in Main is Enabled.
  • Page 64: Requesting Service

    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. Important! This feature occupies 10 GB in a hidden partition on your hard disk.
  • Page 65: 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 66: 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 67: 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 68: 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 69: Acer Arcade (For Selected Models)

    Acer Arcade (for selected models) Acer Arcade is an integrated player for music, photos, TV, 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 70: Remote Control

    Remote control If your Aspire is bundled with a TV-tuner card, a 48-button remote control is included for use with the Acer Arcade software. The table below explains the functions for this controller. Warning! The Arcade and Power buttons have different functions depending on the current mode.
  • Page 71: Remote Functions

    Launch TeleText*/ closed captions Color buttons Teletext shortcut functions* TV/AV Toggle between TV-in and AV-in Arcade Launch/quit Acer Arcade; return to Arcade main page Angle Toggle between different viewing angles** Subtitle Open subtitles menu** Stop Stop current playing or recording operation...
  • Page 72: Finding And Playing Content

    Arcade, please refer to the Arcade Help menu. This can be accessed from the 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. To access Settings, click on this icon located on the upper-right hand corner of the main page.
  • Page 73: Arcade Controls

    Virtual Surround Sound, in order to avoid damaging your speakers. Click Run Setup Wizard to change your original startup 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.
  • Page 74: Virtual Keyboard

    Background mode With Acer Arcade you can continue listening to music or watching Live TV while you perform certain other functions. TV, video and music will continue playing in a small window located in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen.
  • Page 75: 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 76: 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.
  • Page 77: Video

    To return to the Video page, click Stop. Capturing video (TV models only) Acer Arcade allows you to capture and record video clips from other external devices, such as a DVD player or camcorder. Click Capture Device on the video page and then select the source you are using for your video input.
  • Page 78: Editing Video

    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 79: Tv (For Selected Models)

    TV (for selected models) Arcade allows you to watch TV from your computer. Click the TV button on the home page to show the TV main page. The Live TV option plays TV on screen. Press Escape at any time to return to Arcade.
  • Page 80: Recorded Tv

    Note: Since the TV content you watch always lags slightly behind the live TV broadcast, going to the end of the instant replay recording is as close to watching live TV as Arcade permits. Recorded TV The "Recorded TV" page shows recorded TV files. A thumbnail image shows the...
  • Page 81: Using Teletext Functions

    Signal settings Click on Capture Device to select between an analog or digital input for your TV signal. Select TV Source to choose the source of the signal. The Region option allows you to select the country or region where your cable provider is located.
  • Page 83: Acer Arcade Deluxe (For Selected Models)

    Media Center. Acer Arcade Deluxe extends the capabilities of your Windows Media Center- equipped system with a set of Acer utilities designed to make it easy to manage your multimedia files, create your own customized content, and more. Arcade Deluxe includes the following utilities: VideoMagician •...
  • Page 84: Remote Control

    Remote control If your Aspire is bundled with a TV-tuner card, a remote control is included for use with the Arcade Deluxe software. The table below explains the functions for this controller.
  • Page 85: Remote Functions

    Remote functions Item Description Play Play selection Record Record TV Rewind Reverse playback or go to previous picture Skip Backward Skip a section backward Pause Pause playback Recorded TV Display Recorded TV page Guide Display the Guide Navigation/ Navigate and confirm selections OK buttons Mute Toggle audio on/off...
  • Page 86: Starting Acer Arcade Deluxe

    Starting Acer Arcade Deluxe You can run the Acer Arcade Deluxe utilities directly from Windows Media Center. To do this, scroll up/down from the Main page to view the Acer Arcade Deluxe utilities list and left/right to select a utility.
  • Page 87: Dv Wizard

    DV Wizard DV Wizard provides real-time preview and capture from DV camcorders and webcams to your computer's hard drive or directly burned to DVD. DV Wizard also supports the capture of High Definition video to your computer's hard disk in the DVD format. Attach your DV camcorder or web cam to your computer and then start DV Wizard to begin.
  • Page 88: 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 89: 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 90: 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 91: 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 92: 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 93: 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 94: 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 95: 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 96: Universal Serial Bus (Usb)

    Universal Serial Bus (USB) The USB 2.0 port is a high-speed serial bus which allows you to connect USB peripherals without taking up precious system resources. IEEE 1394 port The computer's IEEE 1394 port allows you to connect to an IEEE 1394- compatible device like a video camera or digital camera.
  • Page 97: 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 98: 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 99: 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 100: Connecting Your Tv And Av-In Cables

    Connecting your TV and AV-in cables 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 jack. Connect the other end to your TV antenna cable, using the NTSC converter if necessary.
  • Page 101 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 102 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-input 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 103: 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 104: 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 105: 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 106: Acer Erecovery 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. You can also backup/restore the factory default image, and reinstall applications and drivers.
  • Page 107: Burn Backup Disc

    Burn backup disc Using the Burn Disc page of Acer eRecovery Management, you can burn the factory default image, a user backup image, the current system configuration, or an application backup image to CD or DVD. Press <Alt> + <F10> or select Acer eRecovery Management from the Empowering Technology toolbar to start Acer eRecovery Management.
  • Page 108: 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 109 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 110: 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 111: 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 112: 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 113: 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 114: 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 115: 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 116 wireless mouse/keyboard) EN301 511 V9.0.2:2003 (Applied to models with 3G function) • EN301 908-1 V2.2.1:2003 (Applied to models with 3G • function). EN301 908-2 V2.2.1:2003 (Applied to models with 3G • function).
  • Page 117: 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 118 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 119: Declaration Of Conformity

    Name of responsible party: Address of responsible party: Contact person: Tel: Fax: Notebook PC BL50 Aspire 5680/5650/5630/5610/5610Z/3690 Aspire 568xxx/565 xxx/563xxx/561xxx/ 561xZxxx/369xxx ("x" = 0 - 9, a - z, or A - Z) Acer America Corporation 2641 Orchard Parkway San Jose, CA 95134 Mr.
  • Page 120 Hereby declare that: Product: Personal Computer Trade Name: Acer Model Number: BL50 Machine Type: Aspire 5680/5650/5630/5610/5610Z/3690 SKU Number: Aspire 568xxx/565 xxx/563xxx/561xxx/561xZxxx/369xxx ("x" = 0~9, a ~ z, or A ~ Z) Is compliant with the essential requirements and other relevant provisions of...
  • Page 121: 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 122 Index AC adapter caring for xiii audio adjusting the volume 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 xiii...
  • Page 123 on indicator memory installing messages error modem network Notebook Manager hotkey num lock on indicator numeric keypad embedded 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 modem notices...

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