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Acer Aspire 3610 Series User Manual

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  • Page 1 Aspire 3610 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: First Things First

    First things first We would like to thank you for making the Aspire series of notebook PC your choice for meeting your mobile computing needs. Your guides To help you use your Aspire, we have designed a set of guides: First off, the Just for Starters...
  • Page 4: 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 5: 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:
  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    Ejecting the optical (CD or DVD) drive tray Using a computer security lock Audio Adjusting the volume Using the system utilities Acer eManager Acer GridVista (dual-display compatible) Launch Manager Norton AntiVirus Frequently asked questions Requesting service International Travelers Warranty (ITW)
  • Page 7 Acer Arcade Arcade hotkeys Finding and playing content Settings Arcade controls Navigation controls Player controls Cinema DVD settings Album Slideshow settings Video Playing a video file Video authoring Music Burner Copy — Back up your CD/DVD collection Audio — Create your own greatest hits CDs Data —...
  • Page 8 PC Card slot BIOS utility Boot sequence Enable disk-to-disk recovery Password Using software Playing DVD movies Power management Acer eRecovery Create backup Restore from backup Create factory default image CD Re-install bundled software without CD Change password Troubleshooting Troubleshooting tips...
  • Page 9 Canada — Low-power license-exempt radio communication devices (RSS-210) Environmental Policy Declaration Federal Communications Comission Declaration of Conformity Declaration of Conformity for CE Marking Index...
  • Page 11: An Aspire Tour

    An Aspire tour After setting up your computer as illustrated in the Just for Starters... poster, let us show you around your new Aspire computer. Front view Item Description Display screen Also called Liquid-Crystal Display (LCD), displays computer output. Power button Turns the computer on and off.
  • Page 12: 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. Easy-launch Buttons for launching frequently used programs.
  • Page 13: Left View

    Icon Item Power indicator Latch Left view Icon Item Three USB 2.0 ports PC Card slot PC Card slot eject button Right view Item Optical drive Optical drive eject button Emergency eject hole Description Lights when the computer is on. Locks and releases the lid.
  • Page 14: Rear View

    Rear view Icon Item Kensington lock slot Connects to a Kensington-compatible DC-in jack Ethernet (RJ-45) port Modem (RJ-11) port Connects to a phone line. USB 2.0 port External display (VGA) port Ventilation slots Description computer security lock. Connects to an AC adapter. Connects to a Fast Ethernet network.
  • Page 15: Base View

    Base view Item Description Memory bay Houses the computer's main memory. Battery lock Locks the battery in place. Battery release Releases the battery for removal. latch Battery bay Houses the computer's battery pack. Cooling fan Helps keep the computer cool. Note: Do not cover or obstruct the opening of the fan.
  • Page 16: Specifications

    Display and 15" XGA color TFT LCD, 1024 x 768 resolution graphics 15.4" WXGA color TFT LCD, 1280 x 800 resolution 15.4" WXGA Acer CrystalBrite color TFT LCD, 1280 x 800 resolution 16.7 million colors ® Intel...
  • Page 17 Communication Modem: 56K ITU V.92 with PTT approval; Wake-on-Ring ready LAN: 10/100 Mbps Fast Ethernet; Wake-on-LAN ready WLAN (manufacturing option): integrated Acer InviLink 802.11b/g Wi-Fi SignalUp technology WPAN (manufacturing option): integrated Bluetooth I/O interface Four USB 2.0 ports Ethernet (RJ-45) port...
  • Page 18: Indicators

    Indicators The computer has three easy-to-read status indicators on the upper-right above the keyboard, and 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.
  • Page 19: Easy-Launch Buttons

    > and one user-programmable button. Press < > to run the Acer eManager. Please see "Acer eManager" on page 18. 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.
  • Page 20: 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 21 Right Function Left button (1) button (4) Execute Quickly click twice. Select Click once. Drag Click and hold, then use finger on the touchpad to drag the cursor. Access Click context once. menu Scroll Note: When using the touchpad, keep it — and your fingers — dry and clean.
  • Page 22: 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 23: 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 24 <Fn> + <→> Brightness up <Fn> + < ← > Brightness down Description Displays help on hotkeys. Launches Acer eSettings in Acer eManager. See "Acer eManager" on page 18. Launches Acer ePowerManagement in Acer eManager. See "Acer eManager" on page 18.
  • Page 25: 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 26: Ejecting The Optical (Cd Or Dvd) Drive Tray

    Ejecting the optical (CD or DVD) drive tray To eject the optical drive tray when the computer is turned on, press the drive eject button. When the power is off, you can eject the drive tray by using the emergency eject hole.
  • Page 27: Audio

    Audio The computer comes with 16-bit high-fidelity AC'97 stereo audio, and dual stereo speakers. Adjusting the volume Adjusting the volume on the computer is as easy as pressing some buttons. See "Hotkeys" on page 13 for more information on adjusting the speaker volume.
  • Page 28: Using The System Utilities

    Using the system utilities Note: The system utilities work under Microsoft Windows XP only. Acer eManager The innovative Acer eManager software is designed for easy access to frequently used functions. Press < interface, which features four main settings: Acer ePowerManagement, Acer ePresentation, Acer eRecovery and Acer eSettings.
  • Page 29: Acer Gridvista (Dual-Display Compatible)

    Acer GridVista is a handy utility that offers four pre-defined display settings so you can view multiple windows on the same screen. To access this function, please go to Start, All Programs and click on Acer GridVista. You may choose any one of the four display settings indicated below:...
  • Page 30: Launch Manager

    Acer Gridvista is dual-display compatible, allowing two displays to be partitioned independently. 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.
  • Page 31: 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 32: 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 pressed the power button, but the computer does not start or boot up. Look at the power indicator: •...
  • Page 33 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. •...
  • Page 34: 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 35: Requesting Service

    Place your proof-of-purchase in the flap located inside the front cover of the ITW passport. If the country you are traveling in does not have an Acer-authorized ITW service site, you can still get in contact with our offices worldwide. Please consult
  • Page 36: Acer Arcade

    Acer Arcade Acer 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 •...
  • Page 37: Arcade Hotkeys

    Arcade hotkeys When running in the Windows environment, the key combinations listed below are available to control and fine-tune the features and settings of Acer Arcade. Hotkey Function <Fn> + <F1> Online help menu <Fn> + <F3> Acer ePowerManagement with battery information <Fn>...
  • Page 38: Finding And Playing Content

    Settings There are settings in Acer Arcade that allow you to fine tune its performance to your machine and your personal preferences. The Settings page is reached by the Advanced Settings button on the Home page.
  • Page 39: Navigation Controls

    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 40: Dvd Settings

    "Vivid," "Bright" and "Theater" add enhanced color to the video display. • Acer ClearVision is a video enhancement technology that detects video content and dynamically adjusts the brightness/contrast/saturation levels so that you do not need to change the color settings if the movie you are watching contains scenes that are overly dark or too bright.
  • Page 41: Album

    Album Acer Arcade lets you view digital photos individually or as a slideshow, 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...
  • Page 42: Slideshow Settings

    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.
  • Page 43: Video Authoring

    Video authoring Click the Video Authoring button to open the PowerProducer program, which allows you to finalize your digital video productions and burn them to disk. Before you produce your movie using PowerProducer, first gather (or create) its component parts: video clips, photos, and background music. You may collect raw footage yourself with a camcorder or other recording device, or you may simply use files that you have on hand;...
  • Page 44: Burner

    Burner NTI CD/DVD-Maker simplifies today's digital lifestyle by providing an easy and complete solution for recording data, audio, photos or video. Now you can burn and share anything on CD/DVD — your data, music, photos or videos — faster and easier than ever before. Copy Back up your CD/DVD collection —...
  • Page 45 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: Automatic media detection will only function under the main menu. Not supported DTS, Linear PCM, TruSurroundXT, SRS, DVD audio...
  • Page 46: 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 47: 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 48: 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 computer with you, leave the computer in the trunk of the car to avoid exposing the computer to excessive heat.
  • Page 49: 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 machines are safe, but do not put the computer through a metal detector.
  • Page 50: 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 A security keylock notch, located on the chassis of the computer, lets you connect a Kensington-compatible computer security lock.
  • Page 51: 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>...
  • Page 52: 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 53: 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 54: 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 55: Bios Utility

    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 56: 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 57: Power Management

    Windows handles all power-saving chores for your computer. Acer eRecovery Acer eRecovery 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 58: Create Backup

    Press <Alt> + <F10> to open the Acer eRecovery utility. Enter the password to proceed. The default password is six zeros. In the Acer eRecovery window, select Recovery settings and click Next. In the Recovery settings window, select Backup snapshot image and click Next.
  • Page 59: Re-Install Bundled Software Without Cd

    Next. Select the desired driver/application and follow the instructions on screen to re-install. At first launch, Acer eRecovery prepares all the needed software and may take few seconds to bring up the software content window. Change password Acer eRecovery and Acer disk-to-disk recovery are protected by a password that can be changed by the user.
  • Page 60: 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 61 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 62: 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 63: 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 64: 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 65: 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 66: 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 67 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 68: 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 69: General

    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). Below information is for products with such devices.
  • Page 70: 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 71: Canada — Low-Power License-Exempt Radio

    An improper installation or unauthorized use may cause harmful interference to radio communications. Also any tampering of the internal antenna will void the FCC certification and your warranty. Canada — Low-power license-exempt radio communication devices (RSS-210) Common information Operation is subject to the following two conditions: 1.
  • Page 72: Environmental Policy Declaration

    Do not throw this electronic device into the trash when discarding. To reduce the environmental impact of WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) and minimize the volume of WEEE entering landfills, please reuse and recycle. Refer to for further information regarding Acer's environmental protection practices. Environmental Labels: Do not throw this electronic device into the trash when discarding.
  • Page 73: Declaration Of Conformity

    Address of responsible party: Contact person: Tel: Fax: Notebook PC MS2177 Aspire 361xxx Aspire 361xxx ("x" = 0 - 9, a - z, or A - Z) Acer America Corporation 2641 Orchard Parkway San Jose, CA 95134 Mr. Young Kim 408-922-2909 408-922-2606...
  • Page 74: 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:
  • Page 75: 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 ejecting manually troubleshooting cleaning computer computer caring for cleaning disconnecting features indicators keyboards...
  • Page 76 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 FCC notice general instructions modem notices scroll lock security keylock passwords...

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