You are advised to read it thoroughly and keep it handy for future reference. For more information on our products, services, and support, please visit our web site: www.acer.com. Basic care and tips for using your computer Turning your computer on and off To turn on your computer, open the lid and press the power button above the keyboard.
Note: If the operating system freezes, or locks up, press and hold the power button for more than four seconds. Taking care of your computer Your computer will serve you well if you take care of it. • Do not expose the computer to direct sunlight. Do not place it near sources of heat, such as a radiator.
Taking care of your battery pack It is also important that you look after your computer's battery pack. • Use the correct battery model for your computer. Do not use other kinds of batteries. • Turn the power off before removing or replacing the battery. •...
First things first Your guides Basic care and tips for using your computer Turning your computer on and off Taking care of your computer Taking care of your AC adapter Taking care of your battery pack Cleaning and servicing Getting familiar with your computer A tour of your computer Front view...
Hard disk upgrade Moving with your computer Disconnecting from the desktop Moving around Taking the computer home Setting up a home office Traveling with with computer Traveling internationally with your computer Software System utility Acer eManager Launch Manager Aspire Arcade Instant-on Arcade...
Features and Benefits Cinema Album Music Windows Arcade Arcade Hot keys Arcade remote controller Finding and playing content Advanced Settings Arcade controls Navigation controls Player controls Cinema DVD settings Album Video Playing a video file Editing a video file Music TV(Optional) Burner Copy - backup your CD/DVD collection...
Your Aspire notebook computer combines solid performance, versatility, multimedia capabilities and portability with stylish design. Increase your productivity by working wherever you are. This chapter provides an in-depth "tour" of your computer's features.
A tour of your computer After setting up your new Aspire notebook computer, as illustrated in the Just for starters… poster, take a few minutes to explore your sytem. Open view Item Screen Status Indicators Description Wide screen display provides visual output.
Item Launch keys Keyboard Built-in Microphone Touchpad Click buttons and 4-way scroll key Palm rest Power Button Getting familiar with your computer Description Buttons that can be programmed to start frequently used applications. Full-size keyboard for inputting typed data. For recording audio on the computer Touch sensitive pad that functions like a computer mouse.
Front view Item Description Stereo Speakers Produce stereo sound InviLink™ Enables Wireless LAN connectivity (manufacturing Button option) Bluetooth® Enables Bluetooth® functionality (manufacturing Button option) Console display Media status display Remote sensor Receive the signal from the remote control Arcade button Multimedia button Stop Press to stop playing the audio track or video file...
Left view Item USB ports Headphone-in jack Microphone-in jack Optical drive Optical disc read indicator Optical drive eject button Optical drive emergency eject hole 5 in 1 Card Reader Getting familiar with your computer Description USB 2.0 ports Connects headphones for analog audio output and digital S/PDIF output Connects an external microphone for audio input...
Right view Item PC card eject button PC card slot IEEE 1394 port USB ports Infrared port Description Press the eject button to remove a PC card from the PC card slot. Type II PC card supports PCMCIA or CardBus. Connects IEEE 1394 devices.
Rear view Item S-video out port Network jack Modem jack External display port Ventilation slot Kensington lock slot DC-in jack Getting familiar with your computer Description Connects to a television or display device supporting S-video input. Connects the computer to the 10/100/ 1000 Ethernet network.
Bottom view Item Mini-PCI Slot Memory compartment Battery release latch Battery pack Hard disk bay Sub-Woofer Description Slot for adding mini-PCI cards Removable cover provides access to the memory slots for upgrading the computer's memory. Unlatches the battery to remove the battery pack.
• Four universal serial bus (USB 2.0) ports • One IEEE 1394 port • InviLink™ 802.11b/g Wireless LAN, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ with WPA support; supporting Acer SignalUp™ wireless technology and Bluetooth® (manufacturing options) Human-centric design • Rugged, portable construction • Stylish appearance...
• Standard 103 key desktop keyboard with four programmable launch keys • Comfortable palm rest area with well-positioned touchpad Expansion • PC card slot enables a range of add-on options • Upgradeable hard disk and memory modules...
Display • The 17.0” display panel provides a large viewing area for maximum efficiency and ease-of-use. • ATI MOBILITY™ RADEON™ X600 with 64/128MB DDR VGA Memory • Supports simultaneous display on external LCD or CRT • S-video for output to a television or display device that supports S-video input •...
Indicators Your computer provides three indicators located above the keyboard, in addition to two indicators positioned at the front panel. These indi- cators show the status of the computer and its components. The three indicators located above the keyboard provide the following status information: Icon Function...
In addition, there are two indicators at the front panel. Even when the cover is closed, the state or features can still be seen. Icon Function Power Battery state Getting familiar with your computer Description Lights green when the computer is on and lights orange when the computer is in standby mode and lights flashing orange when the computer is in hibernation.
Keyboard The keyboard features full-size keys with an embedded keypad, sepa- rate cursor control keys, two Windows keys, and 13 function keys. Lock keys The computer features three lock keys, each with its own status indica- tor light. Lock Key Description Caps Lock When Caps Lock is on, all alphabetic characters are typed in...
Windows keys The keyboard features two keys that provide Windows-specific func- tions. 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: + Tab activates the next Taskbar button + F1...
Function keys Using the Fn key with another key creates a hot key, providing a quick and convenient method for controlling various functions. To use a hot key, first hold down the Fn key. Next, press the second key in the combination. Finally, release both keys. Your computer provides the following hot keys: HotKey Function...
HotKey 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 Euro key Your computer supports the new Euro currency character. First, hold down the Alt Gr key, and then press the Euro key.
Touchpad The built-in touchpad is a PS/2- compatible pointing device that senses movement on its surface. The cursor responds to your finger move- ments on the touchpad. The two click buttons function like mouse but- tons. The scroll key enables up and down and side to side scrolling in documents and web pages.
Function Left Button Execute Click twice quickly Select Click once Drag Click and hold. Then, slide your finger across the touchpad to drag the cursor over the selection. Access content menu Scroll Note: Keep your fingers, as well as the surface of the touchpad, clean and dry.
They are designated as the mail, Web browser, Empowering and programmable keys. Press the Acer Empowering Key to run the Acer eManager. Please see “Acer eManager” on page 55. The mail and Web browser are default for Email and Internet programs, but can be reset by users.
Bluetooth®. However, the Wireless and Bluetooth keys cannot be reset by users. Description Wireless communications Bluetooth® communications Getting familiar with your computer Default Application Lights to indicate the status of wireless LAN (optional) communications. Lights to indicate the status of Bluetooth® (optional) communications.
Storage This computer supplies you with the following media storage: Hard disk The high-capacity hard disk is the answer to your storage needs. This is where your data files and applications are stored. Optical drive Your computer comes equipped with an optical drive which may be one of the following: •...
Getting familiar with your computer Connectivity options Your computer has built-in connectivity options, enabling you to hook up to a network or communicate over a phone line. Ethernet and LAN The integrated network feature allows you to connect your computer to an Gigabit LAN (10/100/1000Mbps) network.
Warning: Your modem is not compatible with digital phone lines. Plugging the computer into a digital phone system will damage the modem. To use the fax/data modem, plug a phone cable into your computer's modem jack, and then connect the other end to a telephone jack.
Audio Your computer includes an integrated stereo audio system. The built in sub-woofer provides tight and precise bass performance for low frequency audio. Note: When an external device (headphones or a microphone) is connected, the system speakers will be disabled. Getting familiar with your computer...
Aspire Media Console The Acer Aspire 1800 notebook computer features a convenient Media Console that includes (from left to right): • the Arcade button for instant-on multimedia • a LED console display for system information such as: Arcade mode media type/status...
Securing your computer Your computer features hardware and software security solutions, in the form of a slot for a Kensington lock and system password function- ality. Security slot A slot for a Kensington lock enables you to physically protect your computer from theft.
Your Aspire 1800 series notebook computer operates on battery or AC power. This chapter provides information for operating on battery power, as well as information on how your computer manages and saves power.
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 an external power supply.
Follow these steps again until the battery has been charged and dis- charged 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.
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.
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 is fully depleted causing the computer to shut down. When the battery-low warning appears, the recommended course of action depends on your situation: Situation...
Power management Your computer features built-in power management features that con- stantly monitor system activity. System activity refers to any activity involving one or more of the following devices: keyboard, touchpad/ mouse, hard disk drive, optical drive, peripherals connected to the computer, and video memory.
Your Aspire 1800 series notebook computer offers good expansion capabilities. This chapter provides information on connecting peripherals to expand your system. It also describes how to upgrade key components to enhance system performance and keep your computer in step with the latest technology.
External display devices You can connect an external (VGA) monitor or projector to your com- puter's external display port. Use the Fn + F5 key combinatiom to tog- gle the display setting between the computer's LCD panel and an external display device. See “Function keys” on page 17 for more infor- mation.
Peripherals and options USB devices Your computer features four USB (Universal Serial Bus) 2.0 ports for connecting a range of USB peripherals. See “External input devices” on page 39 and “Printer” on page 42 for information on connecting a USB keyboard, keypad, mouse or printer.
IEEE 1394 Port The computer’s IEEE 1394 port allows you to connect to an IEEE 1394 supported device like a digital video camera. See the documentation provided with your IEEE 1394 enable device for more information.
Printer Refer to the printer's manual for information on: • Setting up the hardware • Installing the necessary drivers in Windows • Operating instructions To use a USB printer, simply connect the device to one of your com- puter's USB ports, and then wait for Windows to detect the new hard- ware.
Expansion devices PC Card Your computer features a PC card slot that supports a standard Type II PC card (PCMCIA or CardBus). This greatly increases your computer's usability and expandability. A variety of PC cards are available, such as flash memory, fax/data modem, LAN, and SCSI cards. Consult your dealer for information on PC card options.
To remove a PC card Close the applications (if any) using the PC card. Double click on the PC card icon on the taskbar, and then select the option to safely remove the card. Wait for the message telling you that it is now safe to remove the card. Press the PC card eject button (a) to partially eject the card.
Key component upgrades Your computer is designed to deliver solid performance. However, in time, you might find that your applications demand even more com- puting power. For this reason, you are able to upgrade key compo- nents. Note: Contact your authorized dealer if you decide to perform a key component upgrade.
Insert the memory module diagonally in the slot (a), and then press down gently until it clicks in place (b). Replace the memory compartment cover, and fasten the screw. The computer automatically detects the new module and reconfigures the system memory. Hard disk upgrade It is possible to replace your hard disk with a higher capacity drive when you need more storage space.
Disconnecting from the desktop Before moving with your computer, you must turn it off and disconnect all peripherals: Save your work and close all applications. Shut down Windows to turn off your computer. Unplug the AC adapter and disconnect it from the computer. Disconnect any external devices, such as a keyboard, mouse, or printer, that are attached to your computer.
Taking the computer home When you move between your office and home you will need to pre- pare your computer for the short trip. Preparing the computer After disconnecting your computer from the desktop, prepare the unit as follows: Remove all media from the drives. Loaded media can damage the drive heads during transit.
You might also find it worthwhile keeping a second set of peripherals at home, such as a keyboard, keypad, mouse and printer. Traveling with with computer Sometimes you might need to make longer trips with your computer. Preparing the computer Prepare the computer as you would for moving between your office and home.
Traveling internationally with your computer Occasionally you might need to travel between countries with your computer. Preparing the computer Prepare the computer as you would for normal travel. Remember to take special precautions for air travel. What to take with you It is advisable to take the following items with you: •...
Acer eManager Acer eManager is an innovative sofware designed for frequently used functions. At the press of the Acer Empowering Key, the Acer eMan- ager user interface appears, featuring three main settings -- Acer eSetting, Acer ePresentation and Acer ePowerManagement (selected models).
Software Launch Manager Launch Manager allows you to set the four launch keys located above the keyboard. See “Launch keys” on page 21 for the location of the launch keys. You can access the Launch Manager by clicking on Start, All Programs, and then Launch Manager, or by pressing an unassigned launch key.
Aspire Arcade Instant-on Arcade Instant-on Arcade is state-of-the-art software, integrating the best digital media in one convenient and easy to use application. The Arcade includes Cinema, Album and Music modes. With a press of the Aspire Media Console’s Arcade button you can enjoy your multimedia collection without waiting for the Windows operating system to boot up.
Software Album Aspire Arcade lets you view digital photos individually or as a slide- show, from any available drive on your computer. Click the Album but- ton on the Home page to show the Album main page. To view a slideshow, open the folder containing the pictures you wish to view - then click the Play slideshow button.
File type compatibility Mode Supported Audio Cinema DVD/VCD Music MP3, CD audio Album JPEG(Only) Others Note: The track pad is not functional under Instant-on Arcade. Nor are any power managment features available under instant-on Arcade. Not Supported Liner PCM DVD navigator SVCD DVD audio format GIF, TIF, EPS, PSD...
Windows Arcade Aspire Arcade is an integrated player for music, photos, DVD movies, and videos. To watch or listen, click a content button (e.g. Music, Video, etc...) on the Arcade home page. • Cinema - watch DVDs or VCDs • Album - view photos stored on your hard drive or any removable media •...
Arcade Hot keys When running in the Windows environment, the key combinations listed below are available to control and fine-tune the features and settings of Aspire Arcade. Hot key Fn+F1 Fn+F3 Fn+F5 Fn+F6 Fn+F8 Fn + ↑ Fn + ↓ Fn + →...
Software Arcade remote controller The system provides a convenient way to control the Arcade mode. Arcade Main Page Arcade DVD Menu Ch + / Stop Vol + Ch - Vol - The Image above, and those on the following pages show which but- tons on the remote contol function in the different Arcade modes.
Album Mode Arcade Ch + Ch - Video Mode Arcade Ch + Ch - DVD Menu / Stop Vol + Vol - DVD Menu / Stop Vol + Vol -...
Music Mode Arcade Ch + Ch - TV Mode Arcade Ch + Ch - DVD Menu / Stop Vol + Vol - DVD Menu / Stop Vol + Vol - Software...
Finding and playing content Clicking a button on the Arcade home page opens the corresponding feature’s home page. The content pages have buttons on the left and a content browsing area on the right. If a button shows one of several choices, such as sort order, the current setting is shown by a brightly coloured ball on the left side.
Arcade controls When watching video clips, movies, or slideshows as full-screen visual content two pop-up control panels are shown when you move the mouse. They automatically disappear after several seconds. The “Navi- gation controls” panel appears at the top and the “Player controls” panel appears at the bottom of the screen.
Cinema If your computer came with a DVD drive, you can play movies from DVDs and Video CDs (VCDs) with the Cinema function of Aspire Arcade. This player has the features and controls of a typical living room DVD player. When you insert a disc into the DVD drive, the movie begins playing automatically.
• The Letterbox option displays complete widescreen movie content in its original aspect ratio and adds black bars at the top and bottom of the screen. • The Pan & Scan feature is for DVD titles with a widescreen aspect ratio.
Album Aspire Arcade lets you view digital photos individually or as a slide- show, from any available drive on your computer. Click Album button on the Arcade Home page to show the Album main page. The content area on the right shows both individual pictures and fold- ers.
Software To view a slideshow, open the folder containing the pictures you wish to view - then click Play slideshow. The slideshow is played full-screen. Use the pop-up control panel to control the slideshow. To rotate a picture in full-screen, click Rotate right or Rotate left. You can also view a single picture by clicking on it.
Video To open the Video function, click Video on the Arcade Home page, to open the Video Home page. Note: The Video feature is designed for video file playback of MPEG1, MPEG2 (if a DVD drive is installed), AVI, WMV, and ASF formats.
adjust the sharpness, contrast, and/or color of a video clip add transition effects between video clips preview your production burn your production to a VCD or DVD For help with editing video, refer to PowerDirector’s online help sys- tem. Music For convenient access to you music collection, click the Music on the Arcade Home page, to open the Music Home page.
Audio - create your own greatest hits CDs Create better sounding music in a snap. Burn your favourite songs to CD so you can listen to them on any CD player. Convert songs from your music collection to MP3 and other popular audio formats. Even create MP3 CDs with over 100 of your favourite songs and listen to them on you PC or MP3 CD player.
File type compatibility Mode Supported Cinema DVD/ SVCD VCD/MiniDVD Video ASF/WMV/AVI MPEG1/2 DivX (requires codec) Album BMP, JPG, PNG Music MP3, WMA, WAV, CDA(Audio CD) Note:Auto media detection will only function under main menu. Software Not Supported Liner PCM TruSurroundXT DVD audio DVD navigator SVCD...
BIOS Setup Utility The BIOS (basic input/output system) contains important information used to configure the hardware and system software settings. Your computer reads the BIOS when it first starts up, before it loads the operating system. Your computer's BIOS includes a built-in setup utility called Insyde Soft- ware SCU (system configuration utility).
This chapter instructs you on how to deal with common system problems. Please read it before calling a technician. Solutions to more serious problems may require opening the computer. Do not attempt to open and service the computer by yourself. Contact your dealer or an authorized service center for assistance.
Frequently asked questions This section suggests solutions to commonly encountered problems. I press the power button, but my computer does not start or boot-up. Look at the Power status indicator: • If it is not lit, no power is being delivered to the computer. Check the following: If you are running on battery power, the battery may be low and unable to power the computer.
There is no audio coming from my computer. Check the following: • The volume may be muted. In Windows, look at the volume control icon on the taskbar. If it is crossed-out, click on the icon and deselect the Mute option. •...
port, restart the computer. Windows needs to find the new hardware and install the necessary drivers. I want to set up my location to use the internal modem. Follow these steps: • Click on Start, and then click on Control Panel. •...
I/O ports • One type II PC Card slot (PCMCIA and CardBus) • One IEEE 1394 port • One RJ-11 modem jack (V.92, 56K) • One RJ-45 network jack (Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000) • One DC-in jack • One parallel port •...
This appendix lists the general notices for your computer.
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.
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 Aspire notebook computer is in compliance with the essential requirements and other relevant provisions of Directive 1999/5/EC. (Please visit www.acer.com/about/ certificates/nb for complete documents.)
the problem is with the equipment, discontinue use and contact your dealer or vendor. Caution: To reduce the risk of fire, use only No. 26 AWG or larger UL Listed or CSA Certified Telecommunication Line Cord. TBR 21 This equipment has been approved [Council Decision 98/482/EC - "TBR 21"] for single terminal connection to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN).
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.
For Modem with approval number PTC 211/01/030 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.
Important safety instructions Read these instructions carefully. Save them for future reference. Follow all warnings and instructions marked on the product. Unplug this product from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not use liquid cleaners or aerosol cleaners. Use a damp cloth for cleaning.
If the product does not operate normally when the operating instructions are followed. Adjust only those controls that are covered by the operating instructions since improper adjustment of other controls may result in damage and will often require extensive work by a qualified technician to restore the product to normal condition.
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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).
Users are requested to follow the RF safety instructions on wireless option devices that are included in the user’s guide of each RF option device. Note: Acer Dual-Band 11b/g Wireless Mini PCI Adapter implements 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 have good quality of radiocommunication.
Aspire 1800 SKU Number: Aspire 18xxx (“x” = 0~9, a ~ z, or A ~ Z) Name of Responsible Party: Acer America Corporation Address of Responsible Party: 2641 Orchard Parkway, San Jose CA 95134, U. S. A. Contact Person: Mr. Young Kim Phone No.:...
Declaration of Conformity for CE marking Acer Inc. 8F, 88, Sec. 1, Hsin Tai Wu Rd., Hsichih, Taipei Hsien 221, Taiwan, R. O. C. Contact Person: Mr. Easy Lai Tel: 886-2-8691-3089 Fax: 886-2-8691-3000 E-mail: email@example.com Hereby declare that: Product: Notebook PC...
Index ACPI audio connecting externally 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 Setup Utility entering caps lock on indicator care battery pack computer troubleshooting CD-ROM ejecting...
microphone troubleshooting modem setting location mouse connecting externally notice DVD copyright protection num lock on indicator optical drive options hard disk upgrade memory upgrade PC Cards password PC Card inserting removing power management printer troubleshooting problems audio display keyboard printer startup right view safety...