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Table Welcome Major Benefits Before You Start Safety Instructions Setting Up The System Placement Tips System Overview Computer Front View Computer Rear View System Components System Components The Mouse The Keyboard The Speakers The Monitor Audio DJ CD Storage Unit 3-in-1 Flash Card Readers TV Tuner (Optional) Upgrading Your System...
Welcome Congratulations on purchasing your new Aspire computer! You now have the convenience and flexibility of a full-featured multimedia PC, offering increased productivity combined with first class digital entertainment. Incorporating the latest Microsoft Aspire offers a host of functions designed to improve your computing experience.
Before You Start To ensure that you can use your computer safely and correctly, please read this user guide carefully before you start. For future reference, keep this user guide handy at all times. Safety Instructions • Follow all warnings and instructions marked on your computer. •...
that to which the radio or television is connected. Consult your dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for more help. Setting Up The System It only takes a few minutes to set up your new Aspire system. Start by preparing your workspace. Make sure that the surface is stable, level and clean.
Audio DJ Drive Door* CD-ROM/DVD/CD-RW Drive FDD Drive Front Port Bay Door* Front Port Bay Memory Stick Reader SD/MMC Reader* Microphone-in Port Speaker/ Headphone Port USB Port 1394 Port Power Button Wireless Connect Button* * Only applies to Aspire G600P.
Computer Rear View Description Power Jack Voltage Selector Switch PS/2 Keyboard Port PS/2 Mouse Port USB Port Lan Port Serial Port Ventilation slot Parallel Port VGA Port Audio Ports 1394 Port Game Port PCI Card slots...
System Components Your Aspire computer system is made up of several components. These include the computer itself, the monitor, keyboard, mouse and speakers. This section provides a brief description of the main component features. The Mouse The pointing device included in your Aspire computer system is an optical mouse.
Corded Mouse If your Aspire computer system includes a corded mouse, you should connect the cord to one of the computer’s USB ports. See the OOBE poster for guidance. Cordless Mouse A cordless mouse provides the freedom to change your work position without having to cope with an obstructed or tangled cord.
1: If you bought Aspire G600P, press the connect button of the computer; If you bought Aspire M500P, press the connect button on the receiver. step 2: Press the connect button on the mouse. Note: When your cordless mouse is running out of batteries, a pop-up window will remind you to recharge it.
The multimedia keys provide the following functions: Description Suspend Multimedia control Programmable Keys The programmable hot keys can be set to open any website or any application on your computer. When you purchase your Aspire, the hot keys will have the following default settings: Home - opens your Internet home page.
If your Aspire computer system includes a corded keyboard, you should connect the cord to the PS/2 keyboard port at the back of the computer before starting Windows. See the OOBE poster for guidance... Cordless Keyboard A cordless keyboard allows greater freedom of movement. This means you can easily reposition your keyboard to suit your changing workspace arrangement.
1: If you bought Aspire G600P, press the connect button of the computer; If you bought Aspire M500P, press the connect button on the receiver. step 2: Press the connect button on the keyboard. Note: When your cordless keyboard is running out of batteries, a pop-up window will remind you to recharge it.
to the OOBE poster for more guidance with connecting the speakers. For more information on using your speakers, refer to the included manual. The Monitor Your Aspire computer system includes a monitor designed to provide high quality visual images. The size and type of monitor included in your system depends on the system model you purchased.
guidance with connecting the monitor. For more information on using your monitor, refer to the included manual..
Audio DJ Audio DJ offers all the convenience of an audio CD player, enabling you to play your favorite music CDs even when your computer is in power-off mode. Operate Audio DJ as follows: • Press any of the six buttons to turn the unit on. If a CD is already loaded, the number of tracks will be displayed on the display panel.
CD Storage Unit Your Aspire computer provides a useful CD storage unit, allowing you to keep your most frequently used CDs handy for quick loading. • Open and close the unit by gently sliding the cover on its tracks. • Stack your CDs (without their jewel cases) on the spindle.
SD Card SD (Secure Digital) Card provides secure storage for handheld devices such as cell phones and PDAs. It has the same form factor as the Multimedia Card, but is slightly thicker (2.1mm). Although its encryption capability supports security and content protection applications, its fast data transfer rate (10Mbytes/sec) has made it ideally suited for regular flash memory storage.
TV Tuner (Optional) Some models include a TV Tuner card, located in one of the PCI card slots at the back of the computer. The TV Tuner enables you to connect a standard television cable to your computer, allowing you to receive a television signal. The included PowerVCR software allows you to watch TV and record programs, with the added benefit of time-shifting playback.
period after which recording will stop automatically. After recording, the playlist will appear, allowing you to save the file. To schedule recording for a time when you will be away from the computer, switch to the Recording Scheduler mode. The scheduling wizard will appear, guiding you through the selection of settings required to set up the scheduler.
Upgrading Your System You can quickly and easily expand your Aspire computer system by adding additional components. Alternatively, you can upgrade existing components to provide enhanced performance. Opening The Case Before you open the case, turn your computer off and unplug the power cord from the wall outlet.
Installing New Components Make sure you only use components that are compatible with your Aspire computer. Consult your dealer about the suitability of new components before you purchase them. To ensure correct installation, refer to the documentation that comes with your new components before you start to add or replace components.Possible upgrade options include the following: •...
BIOS Settings The BIOS Setup utility is a hardware configuration program built into your computer's Basic Input/Output System (BIOS). Since most computers are already properly configured and optimized, there is no need to run this utility. However, if you encounter configuration problems and get the "Run Setup"...
The parameters on the screens show default values. These values may not be the same as those in your system. The grayed out items on the screens have fixed settings and are not user- configurable. Product Information This screen displays information about your system, like the product name, serial number, mainboard ID, mainboard serial number, BIOS version, etc.
The following table describes the parameters found on this submenu. The settings in boldface are the default and suggested settings. Para- Description meter Date Lets you set the date following the weekday- month-day-year format. Time Lets you set the time following the hour- minute-second format.
Drive B Allows you to configure floppy drive B (if one is present). Floppy 3 Allows your floppy drive(s) to run in three Mode Support modes including 2.88 MB mode. Video Specifies the type of video card in use. The default setting is EGA/VGA.
IDE Primary Master/Slave and IDE Secondary Master/Slave Setup The following table describes the parameters found on this submenu. The settings in boldface are the default and suggested settings. Item Description IDE HDD Auto-detects your hard disk. Auto-Detec- tion IDE Primary Displays the device type.
Advanced BIOS Features The following screen appears if you select Advanced BIOS Features from the Main menu: The following table describes the parameters found on this submenu. The settings in boldface are the default and suggested settings. Parameter Description Virus Warn- Allows you to choose the Virus warning feature for the IDE hard disk boot sector protection.
Boot Other Allows you to specify the other device in the system Device boot up search sequence. Security Use this option to set the access limit to the System Option and Setup utility or just to the Setup utility. System. Password prompt will occur both during boot up (User Password) and when all attempt to enter the Setup utility (Supervisor Password) is made.
Advanced Chipset Features The following screen appears if you select Advanced Chipset Features from the Main menu: The following table describes the parameters found on this submenu. The settings in boldface are the default and suggested settings. Parameter Description Memory Hole Lets you reserve system memory area for special at 15M-16M ISA cards.
Integrated Peripherals The following screen appears if you select Integrated Peripherals from the Main menu: The following table describes the parameters found on this submenu. The settings in boldface are the default and suggested parameter settings. Parameter Description Internal PCI/IDE These parameters let you enable or disable the IDE devices connected to the primary and secondary IDE connectors.
IDE Primary These four UDMA (Ultra Direct Memory Access) fields Master UDMA let you set the UDMA mode supported by the hard disk IDE Primary connected to your primary and secondary IDE connec- Slave UDMA tors. IDE Secondary Master UDMA IDE Secondary Slave UDMA IEEE1394 Con-...
Use this option to select an address and corresponding Onboard Serial interrupt for the second serial port. Port 2 This item controls the address and corresponding Onboard Paral- interrupt of the onboard parallel port. lel Port Note: If you are using an I/O card with a parallel port, make sure that the addresses and IRQs do not conflict.
Settings in boldface are the default and suggested settings. Parameter Description Power Man- Allows you to set the default parameters for power- agement saving modes. Set it to Disable to turn off the power management function. Set it to User Define to choose your own parameters.
Allows you to set the date and time for your com- Resume by puter to boot up. Alarm Date (of month) Alarm - Indicate month when sys- tem will boot up. Set to 0 if you want to boot every- day.
Resources Setting this parameter to Manual allows you to indi- Controlled By vidually assign the IRQs and DMAs to the ISA and PCI devices. Set this parameter to Auto enables the auto- configuration function. If your ISA card is not PnP-compatible and requires a Resources special IRQ to support its function, set the selected IRQ3 (COM2)
Load Default Settings Selecting the Load Default Settings option on the Main menu will display the following dialog box: Choosing Y enables BIOS to restore the default factory settings. Choosing N returns you to the Main menu without loading the default settings.
3. You will be prompted to confirm the password. Retype the password then press Enter. After the password entry, the screen automatically reverts to the Main menu. When a password is enabled, you can also have the BIOS request a password each time the system is booted.
3. You will be prompted to confirm the password. Retype the password then press Enter. After the password entry, the screen automatically reverts to the Main menu. When a password is enabled, you can also have BIOS to request a password each time the system is booted.
Save and Exit Setup When you want to quit from the Setup utility and save the changes you have made, select Save & Exit Setup from the Main menu. The dialog box below will appear: Pressing Y will allow you to quit from the Setup utility and save the changes before exiting.
Pressing N will allow you to return to the Main menu.
Questions & Troubleshooting This section attempts to answer some frequently asked questions regarding your Aspire computer system, as well as offering tips for troubleshooting problems. General System Problems Refer to the online help file for additional information about your Aspire computer system.
Q: My floppy drive (FDD) is unable to read my diskette? A: First, eject the disk, and then reinsert it before trying to read it again. If you are still unable to read the diskette, check that it is a disk drive problem by inserting and attempting to read other diskettes.
A: If you are unable to solve a problem after reading these troubleshooting tips, take your computer to qualified personnel for servicing. Do not attempt to service your computer yourself. Cordless Keyboard/Mouse Problems Q: What type of batteries should I use? A: Use only alkaline batteries, regardless of brand.
A: First, establish radio communication by pressing the connect button on the front of the computer, and then pressing the connect button on your mouse. Next, check the quality of the batteries. With healthy batteries you should be able to use your cordless mouse and keyboard at least 1 meter/4 feet from the receiver.
To avoid possible interference, try to keep systems at least 3 meters/10 feet apart. Also, try moving the mouse closer or further away from the computer to improve the radio communication. Finally, press and hold the connect button on the front of the computer for ten seconds to reset the connection information.