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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.
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>...
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Acer eDataSecurity Management Acer eLock Management Acer ePerformance Management Acer eRecovery Management Acer eSettings Management Acer eNet Management Acer ePower Management Acer ePresentation Management Your Acer notebook tour Front view Closed front view Left view Right view Rear view Base view Specifications...
Acer Arcade (for selected models) Arcade hotkeys InstantOn Arcade mode Finding and playing content Settings Arcade controls Navigation controls Player controls Virtual keyboard Background mode Cinema Settings Album Editing Pictures Slide Show settings Video Playing a video file Capturing video (TV models only)
Installing memory BIOS utility Boot sequence Enable disk-to-disk recovery Password Using software Playing DVD movies Power management Acer eRecovery Management Create backup Restore from backup Create factory default image CD Re-install bundled software without CD Change password Troubleshooting Troubleshooting tips...
Acer Empowering Technology Acer's innovative Empowering Technology makes it easy for you to access frequently used functions and manage your new Acer notebook. It features the following handy utilities: Acer eDataSecurity Management protects data with passwords and • advanced encryption algorithms.
Technology menu, then click on the appropriate utility and select the Help function. Acer eDataSecurity Management Acer eDataSecurity Management is a handy file 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 and easy data encryption/decryption and also supports on-the-fly file encryption for MSN Messenger and Microsoft Outlook.
If you do not set a password, Acer eLock Management will reset back to the initial status with all locks removed. Note: If you lose your password, there is no method to reset it except by reformatting your notebook or taking your notebook to an Acer Customer Service Center.
Acer ePerformance Management Acer ePerformance Management is a system optimization tool that boosts the performance of your Acer notebook. It provides you with the following options to enhance overall system performance: Memory optimization — releases unused memory and check usage.
Acer eRecovery Management Acer eRecovery Management is a powerful utility that does away with the need for recovery disks provided by the manufacturer. The Acer eRecovery Management utility occupies space in a hidden partition on your system's HDD. User-created backups are stored on D:\ drive. Acer eRecovery Management provides you with: Password protection.
To access this utility, either click on the "Acer eNet Management" icon on your notebook, or start the program from the Start menu. You also have the option to set Acer eNet Management to start automatically when you boot up your PC.
Acer eNet Management can save network settings for a location to a profile, and automatically apply the appropriate profile when you move from one location to another. Settings stored include network connection settings (IP and DNS settings, wireless AP details, etc.), as well as default printer settings.
Acer ePower Management features a straightforward user interface. To launch it, select Acer ePower Management from the Empowering Technology interface, or double-click the Acer ePower Management icon in the task tray. AC mode The default setting is "Maximum Performance." You can adjust CPU speed, LCD...
Select what actions will be taken when the cover is closed, and set • passwords for accessing the system after Hibernation or Standby. View information about Acer ePower Management. • Acer ePresentation Management Acer ePresentation Management lets you select from two of the most common projector resolutions: XGA and SVGA.
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 Display screen Also called Liquid-Crystal Display (LCD), displays computer output.
Item Description Palmrest Comfortable support area for your hands when you use the computer. 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.
Left view Icon Item External display (VGA) port Ethernet (RJ-45) port Modem (RJ-11) port Two USB 2.0 ports PC Card slot PC Card slot eject button Right view Icon Item Optical drive Description Connects to a display device (e.g., external monitor, LCD projector).
Icon Item Optical disk access indicator Optical drive eject button Emergency eject hole Ventilation slots Kensington lock slot Rear view Icon Item Battery DC-in jack USB 2.0 port Description Lights up when the optical drive is active (for selected models). Ejects the optical disk from the drive (for selected models).
Base view Item Battery bay Battery lock Cooling fan Memory compartment Hard disk bay Battery release latch Description Houses the computer's battery pack. Locks the battery in position. Helps keep the computer cool. Note: Do not cover or obstruct the opening of the fan.
System memory 256/512 MB of DDR2 400/533 MHz memory, upgradeable to 2 GB using two soDIMM modules (dual-channel support) Display and 14.1" WXGA Acer CrystalBrite • graphics 800 pixel resolution, 16:10 viewing ratio, supporting simultaneous multi-window viewing on dual display via Acer GridVista 16.7 million colors...
Modem (RJ-11) port • DC-in jack for AC adapter • Security Kensington lock slot • BIOS user and supervisor passwords • AC'97 audio support ™ and MS Sound compatible ® PRO/Wireless 2200BG ™ solution, supporting Acer SignalUp ® ® ® ™...
Indicators The computer has seven easy-to-read status indicators, including 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. Num Lock Lights up when Num Lock is activated.
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 30.
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.
Windows applications. 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.
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...
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: <...
<Fn> + <→> Brightness up <Fn> + < ← > Brightness down 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...
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>...
Ejecting the optical (CD or DVD) drive tray (for selected models) Press the drive eject button to eject the optical drive tray when the computer is on. Insert a clip to the emergency eject hole to eject the optical drive tray when the computer is off.
Wrap the computer security lock cable around an immovable object such as a table or handle of a locked drawer. Insert the lock into the notch and turn the key to secure the lock. Some keyless models are also available. Audio The computer comes with 16-bit high-fidelity AC'97 stereo audio, and built-in stereo speakers.
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:...
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 2 to 3 GB in a hidden partition on your hard disk.
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.
Brightness down; decreases the screen brightness InstantOn Arcade mode With some Aspire models, it is possible to use Acer Arcade to watch TV, listen to music, and view photos without first switching on your PC. To do this, push the Arcade button located on the front panel of your notebook.
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. The Settings page is reached by the Advanced Settings button on the Home page.
Click Run Setup Wizard to change your original start-up 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. Arcade controls When watching video clips, movies or slide shows as full-screen visual content, two pop-up control panels are shown when you move the pointer.
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.
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.
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. Click on a folder to open it.
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.
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.
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.
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 first frame of each file.
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.
Acer Arcade media modes. Authoring CD/DVDs With Acer Arcade it is possible to create CD or DVDs directly from the main menu, or from whichever media mode you may be using. The burn DVD option can be found in the "Advanced" or "Main" menu of Video, Album and Music media modes.
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).
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.
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 •...
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 •...
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.
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. •...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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>...
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 tray and insert a DVD movie disk; then close the DVD tray. Important! When you launch the DVD player for the first time, the program asks you to enter the region code.
You can create and save backup images to hard disk, CD or DVD. Boot to Windows XP Press <Alt> + <F10> to open the Acer eRecovery Management utility. Enter the password to proceed. The default password is six zeros. In the Acer eRecovery Management window, select Recovery settings and click Next.
When the System CD and Recovery CD are not available, you can create them by using this feature. Boot to Windows XP. Press <Alt> + <F10> to open the Acer eRecovery Management utility. Enter the password to proceed. The default password is six zeros. In the Acer eRecovery Management window, select Recovery settings and click Next.
Change password Acer eRecovery Management and Acer disk-to-disk recovery are protected by a password that can be changed by the user. Follow the steps below to change the password in Acer eRecovery Management. Boot to Windows XP. Press <Alt> + <F10> to open the Acer eRecovery Management utility.
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.
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.
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.
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 http://global.acer.com/products/notebook/reg-nb/index.htm for complete documents.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Address of responsible party: Contact person: Tel: Fax: Notebook PC EFL50 Aspire 5500Z Aspire 5500Zxxx ("x" = 0 - 9, a - z, or A - Z) Acer America Corporation 2641 Orchard Parkway San Jose, CA 95134 Mr. Young Kim...
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: email@example.com...
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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 speakers hotkey troubleshooting support information touchpad...