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  • Page 1 Aspire iDea User’s Guide...
  • Page 2 Copyright © 2006 Acer Incorporated All Rights Reserved. Aspire iDea User’s Guide Changes may be made periodically to the information in this publication without obligation to notify any person of such revision or changes. Such changes will be incorporated in new editions of this manual or supplementary documents and publications.
  • Page 3: Information For Your Safety And Comfort

    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 • Do not overload a power outlet, strip or receptacle by plugging in too many devices. The overall system load must not exceed 80% of the branch circuit rating. If power strips are used, the load should not exceed 80% of the power strip's input rating.
  • Page 5: Disposal Instructions

    For more information on the Waste from Electrical and Electronics Equipment (WEEE) regulations, visit Tips and information for comfortable use Computer users may complain of eyestrain and headaches after prolonged use.
  • Page 6 • avoid tensing your muscles or shrugging your shoulders • install the external display, keyboard and mouse properly and within comfortable reach • if you view your monitor more than your documents, place the display at the center of your desk to minimize neck strain Taking care of your vision Long viewing hours, wearing incorrect glasses or contact lenses, glare, excessive room lighting, poorly focused screens, very small typefaces and low-contrast...
  • Page 7: Table Of Contents

    Information for your safety and comfort Safety instructions Disposal instructions Tips and information for comfortable use 1 About Aspire iDea Features Getting support Package contents 2 Guide to components Front view Rear view Remote control Wireless keyboard 3 Setting up the system Before you start Connecting the power cable Connecting display devices...
  • Page 8 6 Managing your system Acer eDataSecurity Management Acer eRecovery Management Using Acer eRecovery Management Acer ePerformance Management Using Acer ePerformance Management 7 FAQs 8 Regulations and safety notices ENERGY STAR guidelines compliance FCC notice Laser compliance statement Digital audio output statement...
  • Page 9: About Aspire Idea

    About Aspire iDea The Aspire iDea is a convergence of digital recreation and personal computing technologies designed to give you an enjoyable and rewarding home entertainment experience. With powerful features, versatile connectivity and manageable applications, the Aspire iDea is sure to keep you ahead in the world of digital home leisure.
  • Page 10: Getting Support

    Getting support We are constantly upgrading, improving, and adding functions and features to Aspire iDea. Visit the Acer websites to retrieve the latest news and product updates. Country Website Switzerland Middle East Austria Benelux Belgium Luxembourg
  • Page 11: Package Contents

    Package contents Carefully unpack the carton and remove the contents. If any of the following items are missing or damaged, contact your dealer immediately: Aspire iDea unit Aspire iDea poster Media Center Wireless keyboard and remote control* 2 AA batteries and 2 AA batteries Video + Audio Stereo cable*...
  • Page 12 1 About Aspire iDea...
  • Page 13: Guide To Components

    Guide to components This chapter discusses the hardware features of the Aspire iDea. Front view Component Description Power button Press to power on or power off the system. RF (radio frequency) Receives radio frequency from wireless touchpad receiver keyboard. Drive eject button Ejects the optical disk.
  • Page 14 Component Description 8A - MCE (Media Center 8A Press the Back button to return to the previous view. Edition) navigation buttons I/O ports cover Press to open the I/O (Input/Output) ports cover. release button 4-pin IEEE 1394 port Connects to an IEEE 1394 device (e.g., digital video camcorder).
  • Page 15: Rear View

    Rear view Component Description Power connector Plug the power cable into this connector. SCART input connector Connects to a set-top box or other A/V devices such as VCR, V8 (a.k.a. digital video camcorders), video player, etc. The SCART input connector supports Video, S-video and Audio (L and R) input signals.
  • Page 16: Remote Control

    Component Description Component video Connects to a TV with YPbPr input. output jack DVI-I connector Connects to a TV or LCD with DVI input or use the DVI-to- VGA adapter to connect a TV or monitor with VGA (D- Sub) input. HDMI Connects to a TV with HDMI input.
  • Page 17 Component Description Navigation The following navigation buttons lets you access all Media buttons Center pages: • Arrow buttons — Navigates through the menu options. • OK — Selects an option in the Media Center menus and confirm your selection. • Back —...
  • Page 18: Wireless Keyboard

    Using the remote control The Media Center remote control complements the wireless keyboard. It includes control buttons that is commonly found on a DVD player, VCR or TV. Use the remote control to open the Media Center Edition program and navigate through menus and commands;...
  • Page 19 Component Description Status LED Displays the following functions: • • • Power switch Turns the keyboard on and off. Slide to the right to turn on the keyboard or slide to the left to power off the keyboard. Touchpad Pointing device that senses movement on its surface. Move your finger on the surface of the touchpad to move the cursor.
  • Page 20 2 Guide to components...
  • Page 21: Setting Up The System

    Setting up the system This chapter contains instructions on how to set up the Aspire iDea. Before you start For better performance and more enjoyable viewing, it is a plus to have the following: • Widescreen HD-ready display with 3D motion-adaptive de-interlacing for exquisite details up to 1080p with HDMI, DVI, VGA (D-sub), or component (YPbPr) connection.
  • Page 22: Connecting Display Devices

    3 Setting up the system Connecting display devices Refer to the illustrations below for the possible and recommended connection type for setting up your display device. You can also refer to the table on page 16 for recommended settings. Component (YPbPr) + stereo audio Video + stereo audio DVI + stereo audio* S-video + stereo audio...
  • Page 23 SCART* DVI to VGA using converter + stereo audio Notes: 1 Overscaling is a normal behavior on most TVs. We recommend using a TV that supports VGA or DVI connector, or enabling the dot-by-dot feature on your TV when connected with HDMI. 2 Aspire iDea supports a wide variety of connection for different types of display devices, but we still recommend to connect only one display device at a time.
  • Page 24 The table below identifies the possible and recommended connection type for the display device. Possible Display device type connection HD-ready devices: • DVI Plasma TV, LCD TV, • HDMI Projection TV (with • VGA DVI or HDMI input) • Component (YPbPr) •...
  • Page 25: Connecting To A Tv Antenna Or Cable

    Connecting to a TV antenna or cable Connecting an FM radio antenna Selecting an A/V input source After connecting a display device to the system, you can run Media Center to setup the display device’s input signal. Open Media Center. See “Opening Media Center” on page 27. Select My TV >...
  • Page 26: Connecting Audio Devices

    Connecting audio devices The following illustrations show the different audio devices you can connect to the Aspire iDea. Important! Depending on your audio system, you can connect the A/V receiver to a coaxial digital, optical digital, or analog audio output jack. Do not connect both analog audio out and digital audio out connectors.
  • Page 27: Configuring Audio Output Settings

    The table below identifies the hardware and software configuration for setting up and adjusting CD- or DVD-audio playback: Hardware Soundtrack type connection Audio CD (with Audio (stereo) stereo soundtrack) Digital DVD (with Dolby 7.1 or 5.1 Digital AC-3 channel audio soundtrack) Digital output 2 channel...
  • Page 28: Setting Up The Wireless Devices

    • Select DTS and enable DTS Neo:PC or DTS interactive. DTS consists of DTS Interactive and Neo:PC, for both multi-channel and stereo content. DTS Interactive encodes audio signals into a DTS- compatible bitstream for multi-channel playback through a surround sound system. Neo:PC transforms stereo content, such as MP3, WMA or CD audio, into 7.1-channel surround sound.
  • Page 29: Synchronizing The Keyboard

    Rotate the antenna clockwise until tight. Flip up the antenna (2). Synchronizing the keyboard Synchronize the keyboard when the Acer Logo appears or after the system enters Windows. Note: The wireless keyboard synchronizes best in distance of less than 50 cm from the system’s RF receiver.
  • Page 30: Turning On Your System For The First Time

    If the keyboard LED is flashing for a longer time, this indicates an unsuccessful sync. Turning on your system for the first time After making sure that you have set up the system properly and connected all the required cables, you can now power on your system. Press the power button on the front panel of the monitor or TV.
  • Page 31 Follow all onscreen instructions to complete registration by using the wireless keyboard and touchpad. After rebooting, the system will process the drivers and applications installation procedures. Installation may take about 30 minutes to complete. After installation, the system will reboot. Depending on region, the Media Center Setup Wizard may appear.
  • Page 32: Using The Vfd

    Using the VFD The VFD is a two-line by 12-character screen that displays the system status (including Media Center status), system date and time, and the media content title currently being played. Scenario Power-on WELCOME TO ASPIRE IDEA MCE Home Page MCE Home MCE Menu page Play DVD...
  • Page 33: Turn Off Your System

    The following table is a list of the status icons and their description. Icon Description Playing DVD video Recording a TV program Playback media with repeat setting Playing video clips Playing an audio CD Playing an audio file TV broadcast Stopped playing current content When you turn on the system for the first time, the VFD displays a date and...
  • Page 34 Shut down from the Media Center (see“Closing Media Center” on page 31) or Windows XP. To turn on, press the Power button on the front panel. The table below summarizes the different ways to turn off the system and a brief description of the modes, status and other relevant information.
  • Page 35: Using The Windows Xp Media Center

    Using the Windows XP Media Center Overview Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 is preinstalled on your system. Media Center is designed specially for home entertainment. All your entertainment experiences can be received and controlled from one place without the need for separate video or audio components. Media Center allows you to enjoy a wide variety of digital entertainment, such as TV, photos, music, home videos, radio, DVDs and other services, while sitting in front of your Aspire iDea with Windows desktop working in the background...
  • Page 36: Media Center Home Page

    • Press the Stop and Play/Pause buttons simultaneously on the front panel. • On the Windows taskbar, click Start > All Programs > Accessories > Media Center, then click Media Center. • On the Windows taskbar, click Start > Media Center. Media Center Home Page The Media Center Home Page displays whenever you open the Media Center.
  • Page 37: Media Playback Toolbar

    Component Description My TV Lets you watch or record live TV shows. Also allows you to pause and rewind up to 30 minutes of a live TV show. My Music Lets you browse, organize and play audio files or audio CDs. Radio Lets you listen to live radio programs.
  • Page 38 Component Icon Mute Volume up and down For details on how to use the Menu options in the Windows Media Center Home Page, refer to the Media Center Help. Configuring your set-top-box To configure Media Center to properly recognize a set-top-box: On the Media Center Home Page, select Setting.
  • Page 39: Closing Media Center

    Closing Media Center Press on the remote control to enter the Media Center Home Page. Use the remote control to navigate to the Shut Down button on the upper left corner of the screen, then press OK. The Media Center shut-down window appears. The options are Close Media Center, Log Off, Shut Down, Restart and Stand By.
  • Page 40 4 Using the Windows XP Media Center...
  • Page 41: Using Accessory Programs

    Using accessory programs This chapter provides information on how to use the accessory programs, PSD and PnR, with Media Center. Viewing the More Programs menu The More Programs menu gives you access to other programs available for your Media Center. Open Media Center.
  • Page 42: Adding Background Music

    Selecting the photos/images PSD automatically searches for photos/images in the My Pictures folder. Place all photos/images you want to include on the picture slide DVD in this folder. PSD supports the following picture formats: BMP (.bmp), GIF (.gif), JPEG (.jpg, .jpeg) and PNG (.png).
  • Page 43: Plug N Record

    Creating the picture slide DVD Enter the title of the DVD using the keyboard or remote control. Caution: The numeric keys (0 to 9) on the keyboard function in the same manner as the numeric buttons on the remote control. Select Next to view an information summary including the picture slide DVD length, name, menu and transition mode.
  • Page 44: Using Pnr

    Using PnR Note: While creating the DVD, you can click Hide to minimize PnR and work on other applications. Warning! DO NOT launch a DVD burning application or attempt to access the DVD drive until the process is complete. Doing so may damage the disk and/or drive.
  • Page 45 Click Next to continue. Creating the DVD Enter the title of the DVD using the keyboard or remote control. Click Next to view an information summary including the DVD length, name, menu and transition mode. Click Start to create the DVD. Customized Burn: Create Movie on Hard Disk Use Customized Burn: Create Movie on Hard Disk to create a MPEG-2 video file on your computer's hard drive that can be played in Windows Media Player...
  • Page 46 5 Using accessory programs...
  • Page 47: Managing Your System

    Managing your system This chapter describes how to use the Acer Empowering Technology utilities. Acer eDataSecurity Management (for selected models) Acer eDataSecurity Management is a handy file encryption utility that protects your files from being accessed by unauthorized persons. It is conveniently...
  • Page 48: Acer Erecovery Management

    Using Acer eRecovery Management Launching Acer eRecovery Management You can launch Acer eRecovery Management in three ways: • Click Start > All Programs > Acer Empowering Technology > Acer eRecovery Management. • Press <Alt> + <F10> on the keyboard. 6 Managing your system...
  • Page 49 • Press the Stop and Record buttons simultaneously on the front panel.
  • Page 50 • Click on the Acer eRecovery Management icon in the Empowering Technology toolbar on the desktop. The Acer eRecovery Management main page appears. Note: During initial launch, the Acer eRecovery Management prompts you to create a password for your backup files. Follow screen instructions to continue.
  • Page 51 The utility creates a backup disk containing the factory default settings. Select this option if you disabled copying the factory default settings image when you first launch the Acer eRecovery Management. Burn a backup disk using user's backup The utility copies the user's backup image to the optical disk. You can restore...
  • Page 52: Restoring The System

    Reinstall applications/drivers Allows you to reinstall a damaged application or device driver. Acer eRecovery Management extracts the data from the hidden hard disk drive partition. This process may take a few minutes and may disable the keyboard and mouse to ensure system stability.
  • Page 53 Restoring the system from WinPE environment If the system fails to boot, you can restore the system from WinPE environment. The system boots from the hidden hard disk drive partition to start recovery. Note: You are prompted to enter the password before system restore starts. Failure to enter the correct password three times reboots the computer to the operating system.
  • Page 54: Acer Eperformance Management

    Note: If you are restoring the system to its factory default settings saved in CDs/DVDs, Acer eRecovery Management prompts you to insert disk 2 to start. Acer ePerformance Management Note: Always close the Media Center Edition program before launching Acer ePerformance Management.
  • Page 55 Memory Usage Check When using your computer, you can check to see if a memory upgrade is advised by clicking Check. For the most accurate results, check memory usage when your computer is in a normal working setting — checking just after bootup, for example, will not yield an accurate report.
  • Page 56 6 Managing your system...
  • Page 57: Faqs

    The following contains specific problems that may arise during the use of your system. If you cannot correct the problem after performing the possible solutions in the table below, contact your local Acer representative or authorized dealer for assistance. Problems...
  • Page 58 Problems Possible solutions No sound comes out of Check the following: the analog audio • Make sure the speaker cables are properly connected to the output. amplifier. • Check the connection of the speakers to your system. See “Selecting an A/V input source” on page 17. •...
  • Page 59 TV 1.Exit Media Center. appears overscanned. 2.Using the wireless touchpad, right-click on a blank area on the (for Aspire iDea 510) Windows desktop. 3.Select NVIDIA Display > the current display device > nView Display Settings. 4.Click the Device Settings button and select HDTV Overscan Configuration.
  • Page 60 Problems Possible solutions How does Customized Customized Burn scans your DV tape for scene changes and divides Burn work? How does it them into chapters, so you can decide which scenes you want to divide scenes into include in your customized DVD. The program divides the scenes chapters? into chapters based on the individual timecodes included within each scene;...
  • Page 61: 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 62: Declaration Of Conformity For Eu Countries

    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 63: 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 64: 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 65: Fcc Rf Safety Requirement

    FCC RF safety requirement The radiated output power of the wireless LAN Card is far below the FCC radio frequency exposure limits. Nevertheless, the notebook PC series shall be used in such a manner that the potential for human contact during normal operation is minimized as follows: This device is restricted to indoor use due to its operation in the 5.15 to 5.25 GHz frequency range.
  • Page 66: Federal Communications Comission Declaration Of Conformity

    Name of responsible party: Address of responsible party: Contact person: Phone number: Fax number: 8 Regulations and safety notices Personal Computer Acer Aspire iDea 500 Acer America Corporation 2641 Orchard Parkway, San Jose, CA 95134, U.S.A. Mr. Young Kim 408-922-2909 408-922-2606...
  • Page 67: Declaration Of Conformity For Ce Marking

    Declaration of Conformity for CE Marking Name of manufacturer: Acer Computer (Shanghai) Limited Address of 3F, No. 168, xizang medium road, Huangpu District, manufacturer: Shanghai, China Contact person: Mr. Easy Lai Tel: 886-2-8691-3089 Fax: 886-2-8691-3000 E-mail: Declares that product:...
  • Page 68 8 Regulations and safety notices...

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