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Extensa™ 390 Series
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  • Page 1 Extensa™ 390 Series Notebook Computers User’s Guide 49.43A01.001 Printed in Taiwan...
  • Page 2 This is a product of Acer Incorporated developed to TI specifications. Texas Instruments, TI and the TI logo are registered trademarks of Texas Instruments Inc. Acer and the Acer logo are registered trademarks and Extensa is a trademark of Acer Incorporated and Acer America Corporation.
  • Page 3: Fcc Notice

    Notices 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. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This device generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio...
  • Page 4 Notices Only peripherals (input/output devices, terminals, printers, etc.) certified to comply with the Class B limits may be attached to this equipment. Operation with non-certified peripherals is likely to result in interference to radio and TV reception. Caution Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer could void the user’s authority, which is granted by the Federal Communications Commission, to operate this computer.
  • Page 5: Important Safety Instructions

    Notices Important Safety Instructions Read these instructions carefully. Save these instructions 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.
  • Page 6 Notices 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 7: Laser Compliance Statement

    Notices 13. Replace battery with the same type as the product's battery we recommend. Use of another battery may present a risk of fire or explosion. Refer battery replacement to a qualified serviceman. 14. Warning! Battery may explode if not handled properly. Do not disassemble or dispose of in fire.
  • Page 8: Lithium Battery Statement

    Notices Lithium Battery Statement CAUTION Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer. Discard used batteries according to the manufacturer’s instructions. ADVARSEL! Lithiumbatteri - Eksplosionsfare ved fejlagtig hå ndtering. Udskiftning må...
  • Page 9: Taking Care Of Your Computer

    Notices Taking Care of Your Computer Your computer will serve you well if you take care of it. Do not expose the notebook to direct sunlight. Do not place near sources of heat, such as a radiator. Do not expose to temperatures below 0ºC (32ºF) above 50ºC (122ºF).
  • Page 10 Notices Do not expose the notebook to rain or moisture. Do not spill water or any liquid on the notebook. Do not subject the computer to heavy shock and vibration. Do not expose the notebook to dust and dirt. Never place objects on top of the notebook to avoid damaging the notebook.
  • Page 11 Notices Never place the notebook on uneven surfaces. Taking Care of Your AC Adapter and Battery Pack Here are some ways of taking care of your AC adapter. q Do not connect the adapter to any other device. q Do not step on the power cord or place heavy objects on top of it.
  • Page 12: Cleaning And Servicing

    Notices Cleaning and Servicing When cleaning the notebook, follow these steps: Power off the notebook and remove the battery pack. Disconnect the AC adapter. Use a soft cloth moistened with water. Do not use liquid or aerosol cleaners. Contact your dealer or see your service technician if any of the following occurs: q Notebook has been dropped or the body has been damaged.
  • Page 13: Table Of Contents

    Contents Preface Chapter 1 Getting Familiar with Your Computer Features............1-2 Display............1-4 Indicators ............. 1-6 Keyboard............1-8 1.4.1 Special Keys ........1-8 1.4.2 Keyboard Ergonomics....1-14 Touchpad ........... 1-15 Storage............1-17 1.6.1 Hard Disk........1-17 1.6.2 Internal Drive ....... 1-17 Ports ............
  • Page 14 Contents Chapter 3 Options External Monitor .......... 3-2 External Keyboard ........3-3 External Keypad ........... 3-4 External Pointing Device....... 3-5 Printer............3-7 Audio Devices..........3-8 Port Replicator..........3-9 PC Cards ............ 3-10 USB Devices ..........3-11 3.10 Miscellaneous Options........ 3-12 3.10.1 Additional Power Packs ....
  • Page 15 Contents Traveling Internationally with the Computer ............. 4-8 4.5.1 Preparing the Computer ....4-8 4.5.2 What To Bring with You....4-8 4.5.3 Special Considerations ....4-9 Chapter 5 System Utilities Sleep Manager..........5-2 5.1.1 Accessing the Sleep Manager ..5-3 5.1.2 Sleep Manager Functions ....
  • Page 17: Preface

    Preface This manual describes features of the Extensa™ 390 Series notebook computers. The Extensa series computers incorporate such features as CardBus, 16-bit stereo audio, Fast Infrared and internal pointing device. This manual should answer most of the questions you have about the day-to-day operation of your Extensa notebook computer.
  • Page 18: Connecting The Notebook

    Preface Connecting the Notebook Connecting the computer is as easy is 1-2-3. 1. Insert the battery pack into the battery compartment and slide the battery compartment cover in place. The battery pack has a pull loop at the end for easy removal. Note: When using a battery pack for the first time, fully recharge the battery, then disconnect the adapter to use up the battery before recharging...
  • Page 19 Preface...
  • Page 20: Getting Help Online

    The online help is easy to navigate with hypertext and hypergraphics. Clear illustrations help describe notebook operation as well. Getting Online If you are connected to the Internet and have World Wide Web access, visit our home page ( and get the latest information about our products.
  • Page 21: Chapter 1 Getting Familiar With Your Computer

    Getting Familiar with your Computer This computer combines high-performance, versatility, power management features and multimedia capabilities with unique style and ergonomic design. Work with unmatched productivity and reliability with your new power computing partner. This chapter gives an in-depth “tour” of the computer’s many features.
  • Page 22: Features

    Getting Familiar with your Computer Features This computer was designed with the user in mind. Here are just a few of its many features: Performance Intel Pentium processor with MMX™ ® technology 64-bit main memory and external (L2) cache memory Large LCD display and PCI local bus video with graphics acceleration Internal CD-ROM drive and external 3.5-inch...
  • Page 23 Getting Familiar with your Computer Connectivity High-speed fax/data modem port (on some models) Fast infrared wireless communication USB (Universal Serial Bus) port Human-centric Design and Ergonomics Lightweight and slim Sleek, smooth and stylish design Full-sized keyboard Wide and curved palm rest Ergonomically-centered touchpad pointing device Expansion...
  • Page 24: Display

    Getting Familiar with your Computer Display The large graphics display offers excellent viewing, display quality and desktop performance graphics. The computer supports two different display configurations — DSTN or TFT. Video Performance PCI local bus video with graphics accelerator and 2MB EDO video RAM boost video performance.
  • Page 25 Getting Familiar with your Computer Opening and Closing the Display To open the display, slide the display lid latch to the left and lift up the lid. Then tilt it to a comfortable viewing position. The computer employs a microswitch that turns off the display (and enters standby mode) to conserve power when you close the display cover, and turns it back on when you open the display cover.
  • Page 26: Indicators

    Getting Familiar with your Computer Indicators The computer has six easy-to-read indicator lights (LEDs) near the display cover. Two of these LEDs, Power and Standby, are visible even when you close the display cover so you can see the status of the computer while the cover is closed.
  • Page 27 Getting Familiar with your Computer Icon Function Description Power Lights when the computer is Standby Lights when the computer enters Standby mode. Media Activity Lights when the floppy drive, hard disk or CD-ROM drive is active. Battery Charge Lights when the battery is being charged.
  • Page 28: Keyboard

    Getting Familiar with your Computer Keyboard The keyboard has full-sized keys that includes an embedded keypad, separate cursor keys, two Windows 95 keys and twelve function keys. 1.4.1 Special Keys Lock Keys The keyboard has three lock keys which you can toggle on and off.
  • Page 29: Embedded Keypad

    Getting Familiar with your Computer some applications. Embedded Keypad The embedded keypad functions like a desktop numeric keypad. It is indicated by small characters located on the upper right corner of the keycaps. To simplify the keyboard legend, cursor- control key symbols are not printed on the keys. Desired Access Num Lock On Num Lock Off...
  • Page 30: Windows 95 Keys

    Getting Familiar with your Computer Windows 95 Keys The keyboard has two keys that perform Windows 95-specific functions. Description Windows Start button. Combinations with this key logo key performs special functions. Below are a few examples: q Windows + Tab Activate next Taskbar button q Windows + E Explore My Computer q Windows + F Find Document...
  • Page 31: Hot Keys

    Getting Familiar with your Computer Hot Keys The computer employs hot keys or key combinations to access most of the computer’s controls like screen contrast and brightness, volume output and the BIOS setup utility. Hot Key Icon Function Description Fn-Esc Hotkey Exits the hotkey control.
  • Page 32 Getting Familiar with your Computer Hot Key Icon Function Description Fn-F3 Display Switches display between Toggle the following: • • • Both LCD and CRT • TV (if the computer is attached to the optional port replicator) Fn-F4 Battery Displays the battery gauge. Gauge Fn-F5 Volume...
  • Page 33 Getting Familiar with your Computer Hot Key Icon Function Description Fn-T Toggle Turns the internal Touchpad touchpad on and off. Note: If you want to use an external PS/2 mouse, first enable the touchpad, connect the external PS/2 mouse, then disable the touchpad if necessary.
  • Page 34: Keyboard Ergonomics

    Getting Familiar with your Computer 1.4.2 Keyboard Ergonomics Located below the keyboard, the wide and curved palm rest gives you a place to rest your hands while you type. 1-14...
  • Page 35: Touchpad

    Getting Familiar with your Computer Touchpad The built-in touchpad is a PS/2-compatible pointing device that senses movement on its surface. This means the cursor responds as you move your finger on the surface of the touchpad. The central location on the palm rest provides ample comfort and support.
  • Page 36 Getting Familiar with your Computer Press the left and right buttons located on the edge of the touchpad to do selection and execution functions. These two buttons are similar to the left and right buttons on a mouse. Tapping on the touchpad produces similar results.
  • Page 37: Storage

    Getting Familiar with your Computer Storage High-capacity storage comes in the form of a 2.5- inch Enhanced-IDE hard disk. The computer also has either an internal 3.5-inch, 1.44MB floppy drive or an internal high-speed CD-ROM drive. 1.6.1 Hard Disk The hard disk module can be upgraded when you need more storage space.
  • Page 38 Getting Familiar with your Computer Connecting an External Floppy Drive Connect the larger end of the floppy drive cable to the parallel port and the other end to the connector on the external floppy drive. Note: The external floppy drive is hot-pluggable. You do not need to turn off the computer to connect and use the floppy drive.
  • Page 39: Ports

    Getting Familiar with your Computer Ports Ports allow you to connect peripheral devices to your computer as you would with a desktop PC. The ports are found on the rear panel; PC card slots and audio ports are found on the left panel of the computer.
  • Page 40 Getting Familiar with your Computer Icon Port Connects to... Line-out Port Line-out device (e.g., speakers, headphones) Line-in Port Line-in device (e.g., audio CD player, stereo walkman) Microphone-in External 3.5mm minijack Port condenser microphone Fax/Data Modem Port (on some models) The computer has an optional built-in fax/data modem.
  • Page 41 Getting Familiar with your Computer PC Card Slots There are two type II/I or one type III CardBus PC Card slots found on the left panel of the computer. These slots accept credit-card-sized cards that enhances the usability and expandability of the computer.
  • Page 42 Getting Familiar with your Computer Inserting a Card Insert the card into the desired slot and make the proper connections (e.g., network cable), if necessary. See your card manual for details. For type III cards, insert card into the lower slot. Important: If the computer detects a PC I/O card (e.g., modem card, ZV card) installed in the PC card slots, the computer will not enter standby/...
  • Page 43: Rear Ports

    Getting Familiar with your Computer Then press the slot eject button to eject the card. 1.7.2 Rear Ports Icon Port Connects to... DC-in Port AC adapter and power outlet PS/2 Port PS/2-compatible device (e.g., PS/2 keyboard, keypad, mouse) 1-23...
  • Page 44 Getting Familiar with your Computer Icon Port Connects to... FIR Port Infrared devices (e.g., infrared printer, IR- aware computers) Serial Port Serial device (UART16550- (e.g., serial mouse) compatible) Parallel Port External floppy drive, (ECP-compliant) parallel device (e.g., parallel printer) Port Replicator Port replicator Port External CRT...
  • Page 45 Getting Familiar with your Computer To use FIR, position two IR-aware devices such that their IR ports are no more than one meter apart and offset no more than 15 degrees. When the two computers are in position, simply begin the data transfer as you normally world. See your file transfer software for details.
  • Page 46: Audio

    Getting Familiar with your Computer Audio Standard computer configuration includes 16-bit high-fidelity stereo audio with further enhancements that include 3D sound for true audio immersion. Dual speakers found on both sides of the display hinge direct sound towards you which allows for excellent sound output. Right Speaker Left...
  • Page 47: Securing Your Computer

    Getting Familiar with your Computer Securing your Computer Security features include hardware and software locks — a security notch and a two-level password scheme. 1.9.1 Security Notch A security notch located on the rear panel of the computer lets you connect a Kensington- compatible key-based computer security lock.
  • Page 48 Getting Familiar with your Computer There are two types of passwords you can set: Setup Password prevents unauthorized access to the Setup Utility. Once set, you must key- in this password the next time you want to enter the Setup Utility. Section 5.3 discusses this utility in detail.
  • Page 49 Getting Familiar with your Computer Important: Be very careful when typing your password because the characters do not appear on the screen. 5. Press Enter. A prompt asks you to retype the password to verify your first entry. 6. Retype the password then press Enter. After setting the password, the computer automatically sets the chosen password parameter to Enabled.
  • Page 50 Getting Familiar with your Computer Changing or Removing a Password Should you want to change or remove a password, do the following: 1. During POST (while the startup logo is being displayed), press F2 to enter the Setup Utility. 2. Select System Security and press Enter. 3.
  • Page 51: Chapter 2 Operating On Battery Power

    Operating on Battery Power The computer operates on AC or battery power. This chapter contains the information you need to know to operate the computer on battery power. It also includes information on how your computer manages and saves power.
  • Page 52: Battery Pack

    Operating on Battery Power Battery Pack The computer uses a battery pack that gives you long use between charges. 2.1.1 Battery Pack Characteristics The battery pack has the following characteristics: Employs Current Battery Technology Standards The computer uses either a Lithium-Ion or Nickel Metal-Hydride (NiMH) battery pack.
  • Page 53: Installing And Removing The Battery Pack

    Operating on Battery Power Note: When using a battery pack for the first time, fully recharge the battery, then disconnect the adapter to use up the battery before recharging again. You only need to do this once with a new battery or with a battery that’s been stored without being used for a long time.
  • Page 54: Charging The Battery

    Operating on Battery Power Press the battery compartment cover release button slide out the cover. Insert the battery pack into the battery compartment (connector side-up). To remove the battery pack, remove the battery compartment cover; then pull out the battery pack using the pull loop at the end.
  • Page 55: Charging Modes

    Operating on Battery Power Charging Modes The adapter has three charging modes: Rapid mode The computer uses rapid charging when power is turned off and a powered AC adapter is connected to it. In rapid mode, a fully depleted battery gets fully charged in approximately two hours.
  • Page 56: Checking The Battery Level

    Operating on Battery Power 2.1.4 Checking the Battery Level The computer features battery-low warning signals that are both audible and visible. When the battery pack is low, the computer emits warning beeps and the battery indicator flashes at regular intervals. Also, you can check the battery charge level using the onscreen battery gauge.
  • Page 57 Operating on Battery Power Use the AC adapter whenever possible so that the battery is reserved for on-the-go computing. Keep the battery pack in the computer powered by the AC adapter. The constant trickle charge maintains the battery level to eliminate the battery self-discharge effect.
  • Page 58: Battery-Low Warning

    Operating on Battery Power 2.1.6 Battery-low Warning You never have to worry about battery power as long as you are using the AC adapter. However, when you operate the computer on battery power, pay extra attention to the warning beeps and the indicator light on the display panel.
  • Page 59 Operating on Battery Power Warning: Connect the AC adapter to the computer as soon as possible. Data is lost when computer power is cut off during standby mode. The following table shows the recommended course of action to take when you encounter a battery-low condition.
  • Page 60 Operating on Battery Power Situation Recommended Action AC adapter 1. Connect the AC adapter to the computer. and power 2. Save all necessary files. outlet 3. Resume work. available Power off the computer if you wish to recharge the battery rapidly. An extra 1.
  • Page 61: Power Management

    Operating on Battery Power Power Management This computer has a built-in power management unit that monitors system activity. System activity refers to any activity involving one or more of the following devices: keyboard, mouse, floppy drive, hard disk, peripherals connected to the serial and parallel ports, and video memory.
  • Page 62: Power Management Modes

    Operating on Battery Power Note: We recommend you enable heuristic power management to prolong your battery life. 2.2.1 Power Management Modes Display Standby Mode Screen activity is determined by the keyboard, the built-in touchpad, and an external PS/2 pointing device. If these devices are idle for the period determined by the computer’s HPM unit, the display shuts off until you press a key or move the touchpad or external mouse.
  • Page 63: Hibernation Mode

    Operating on Battery Power Hibernation Mode In hibernation mode , all power shuts off (the computer does not consume any power). The computer saves all system information onto the hard disk before it enters hibernation mode. Once you turn on the power, the computer restores this information and resumes where you left off upon leaving hibernation mode.
  • Page 64: Standby Mode

    Operating on Battery Power Invoked by the operating system power saving modes Note: If the computer beeps but does not enter hibernation mode after pressing the sleep hot key, it means the operating system will not allow the computer to enter the power saving mode. To exit hibernation mode, press the power switch .
  • Page 65 Operating on Battery Power Heuristic Power Management Mode must be set to [ENABLED] System Sleep State must be set to [STANDBY] There are five ways to enter standby mode: Pressing the sleep hot key Fn-F7 ( ) If the waiting time determined by the computer’s HPM unit elapses without any system activity, the computer goes into standby mode.
  • Page 66 Operating on Battery Power The buzzer beeps The standby indicator lights Warning: Unstored data is lost when you turn off the computer power in standby mode or when the battery is drained. To leave standby mode and return to normal mode: Press any key Move the active pointing device (internal or...
  • Page 67: Advanced Power Management

    Operating on Battery Power 2.2.2 Advanced Power Management This computer supports the APM standard designed to further reduce power consumption. APM is a power-management approach defined jointly by Microsoft and Intel. An increasing number of software supports APM to take advantage of power saving features and allows greater system availability without degrading performance.
  • Page 68: Chapter 3 Options

    Options Your computer offers excellent expansion capabilities with its built-in ports and connectors. This chapter describes how to connect peripherals and hardware options that help you use your computer with ease. When connecting peripherals, read the manual included with the peripheral for operating instructions.
  • Page 69: External Monitor

    Options External Monitor To show graphical effects on a larger display, connect an external monitor to the CRT port Read the monitor manual for additional instructions. Note: If an external monitor is not connected, closing the display cover puts the computer into standby mode.
  • Page 70: External Keyboard

    Options External Keyboard This computer has a keyboard with full-sized keys and an embedded keypad. If you feel more comfortable using a desktop keyboard, you can install a PS/2-compatible external keyboard. To connect an external keyboard, plug the external keyboard into the PS/2 connector...
  • Page 71: External Keypad

    Options External Keypad You can also use a 17-key numeric keypad for number-sensitive data entry applications. To connect the keypad, plug in the keypad connector to the PS/2 port...
  • Page 72: External Pointing Device

    Options External Pointing Device This computer accepts either a PS/2-compatible or serial mouse or similar pointing device. Note: When using an external mouse, you may choose to disable the internal touchpad by pressing Fn-T. The built-in touchpad works alternately with an external PS/2 mouse which is hot-pluggable.
  • Page 73 Options If you use a serial mouse, plug it into the serial port . To enable the serial mouse, use the Add New Hardware tool in the Windows 95 Control Panel. External Serial Mouse...
  • Page 74: Printer

    Options Printer This computer supports both serial and parallel printers. For a serial printer, plug the printer cable into a serial port . For a parallel printer, plug the printer cable into the parallel port See your printer manual for operating instructions.
  • Page 75: Audio Devices

    Options Audio Devices Audio devices are easy to connect with the audio ports accessible from the left side of the computer. You can plug in amplified speakers or headphones, a line-in device and external microphone to the line-out , line-in microphone-in ports respectively.
  • Page 76: Port Replicator

    Options Port Replicator For one-step connection and disconnection from your peripherals, use the optional full-featured port replicator. This port replicator includes all the ports on your computer and adds a few more.
  • Page 77: Pc Cards

    Options PC Cards The computer has two CardBus PC card slots that accommodate two type I/II or one type III PC card(s). Please consult your dealer for PC card options available that you can purchase for your computer. 3-10...
  • Page 78: Usb Devices

    Options USB Devices The computer has a USB (Universal Serial Bus) port that allows you to connect peripherals without occupying too many resources. Common USB devices include the mouse and keyboard. Most USB devices also include a built-in USB port connector which allows you to daisy-chain other USB devices.
  • Page 79: Miscellaneous Options

    Options 3.10 Miscellaneous Options 3.10.1 Additional Power Packs You can order spare batteries and AC adapter. Battery Pack It is good practice to have a spare battery around, especially when you travel. The NiMH and Li-Ion batteries, coupled with power management features, supply you with more power on-the-go.
  • Page 80 Options PS/2 Y-Bridge Cable The PS/2 Y-bridge cable allows you to connect two PS/2 devices, mouse and keyboard, to your computer simultaneously. Note: The keyboard must be connected to the connector marked keyboard and the mouse must be connected to the connector marked mouse. Connect the single connector end of the Y-bridge cable to the...
  • Page 81: Key Component Upgrades

    Options 3.11 Key Component Upgrades The computer delivers superior power and performance. However, some users and the applications they use may demand more. This computer allows you to upgrade key components when you need increased performance. Note: Contact your authorized dealer if you decide to perform a key component upgrade.
  • Page 82 Options 4. Replace the memory door and secure it with the screws. ê ê ê ê The computer automatically detects and reconfigures the total memory size. 3-15...
  • Page 83: Hard Disk Upgrade

    Options 3.11.2 Hard Disk Upgrade You can upgrade your hard disk with a higher capacity drive when you need more storage space. The computer uses a 12.5mm, 2.5-inch Enhanced- IDE hard disk. Installing a Replacement Hard Disk Follow these steps to install a hard disk: 1.
  • Page 84 Moving with your Computer This chapter gives you tips and hints on things to consider when moving around or traveling with your computer. We have arranged these according to the following situations: Moving around — when you are just moving within short distances, for example, from your office desk to a meeting room.
  • Page 85: Disconnecting From The Desktop

    Moving with your Computer Disconnecting from the Desktop Follow these steps to disconnect your computer from external accessories. 1. Save your work in progress. 2. Shut down the operating system. 3. Turn off the computer. 4. Disconnect the cord from the AC adapter. 5.
  • Page 86: Moving Around

    Moving with your Computer Moving Around 4.2.1 Preparing the Computer Before moving the computer, close and latch the display cover to place it in standby mode. You can now safely take the computer anywhere you go within the building. To bring the computer out of standby mode, open the display.
  • Page 87: Taking The Computer Home

    Moving with your Computer Taking the Computer Home 4.3.1 Preparing the Computer After disconnecting the computer from your desktop, follow these steps to prepare the computer for the trip home. 1. Remove all media from the drives. Failure to remove the media can damage the drive head. 2.
  • Page 88: Setting Up A Home Office

    Moving with your Computer Minimize the effect of temperature changes by keeping the computer with you. If you need to stop for an extended period of time and cannot bring the computer with you, leave the computer in the trunk of the car to avoid exposing the computer to excessive heat.
  • Page 89: Traveling With The Computer

    Moving with your Computer Traveling with the Computer 4.4.1 Preparing the Computer Prepare the computer as if you were taking it home. Be sure the battery in the computer is charged. Airport security often requires you to turn on your computer when bringing it into the gate area.
  • Page 90 Moving with your Computer Have the computer inspected by hand. Do not put the computer through a security X- ray machine or a metal detector. Avoid exposing floppy disks to hand-held metal detectors.
  • Page 91: Traveling Internationally With The Computer

    Moving with your Computer Traveling Internationally with the Computer 4.5.1 Preparing the Computer Prepare the computer as you would normally prepare it for traveling. 4.5.2 What To Bring with You Bring the following items with you. AC adapter Power cords that are appropriate to the country to which you are traveling External floppy drive and cable (for CD-ROM models)
  • Page 92: Special Considerations

    Moving with your Computer 4.5.3 Special Considerations Follow the same special considerations as when traveling with the computer. In addition, these tips are useful when traveling internationally. When traveling in another country, check that the local AC voltage and the AC adapter power cord specifications are compatible.
  • Page 93: System Utilities

    System Utilities The computer comes preloaded with the following software: Windows 95 (or Windows NT) operating system System utilities, drivers and application software This chapter discusses the important system utilities bundled with your computer. Note: To access most of the software applications, click on the Start button and select the application folder.
  • Page 94: Sleep Manager

    System Utilities Sleep Manager Most notebook computers feature built-in power- saving functions. This computer has two power management modes, standby and hibernation. While standby puts your computer into a light sleep state, hibernation shuts off all power after saving the current state of your computer. The next time you press the power switch, the computer resumes from where you left off.
  • Page 95: Accessing The Sleep Manager

    System Utilities Sleep Manager can automatically create, recover, and reallocate space for the hibernation file. If the system memory size was changed or the hibernation file on the hard disk was corrupted, Sleep Manager reallocates the hard disk space for you automatically.
  • Page 96: Start Menu

    System Utilities Start menu 1. Click on the Start button. 2. Select Programs. 3. Select Sleep Manager. 4. Select the Sleep Manager program. The Sleep Manager displays below: Item Description Buttons Click to access the Sleep Manager functions Current Displays the drive and size of the current Setting reserved space created by Sleep Manager.
  • Page 97 System Utilities Item Description On Board Displays the different areas of system Information memory and their respective sizes. These system resources need to be stored before the computer can enter hibernation mode, so that the computer can resume successfully. These resources are the contents of: •...
  • Page 98: Sleep Manager Functions

    System Utilities 5.1.2 Sleep Manager Functions Create Sleep Manager automatically finds a contiguous area on your hard disk and creates the hibernation file in this space. You can also perform this function by clicking on the Create button. When you click on the Create button, a dialog box pops up: Select OK to automatically create the hibernation file.
  • Page 99 System Utilities Sleep Manager automatically checks the system configuration and displays the recommended size. The drive where the space will be created is defined by the system and will be the first available logical drive which has the requested contiguous free disk space on it. The recommended size is the minimum size needed to save the current system status.
  • Page 100 System Utilities One reason is that the size of the free disk space on your hard disk is less than the required size. For example, if the onboard memory is 16MB and the video memory is 2MB, the total free disk space required will be around 18~19MB.
  • Page 101 System Utilities Minimize Minimize Sleep Manager by selecting the Minimize button. If the Enable indicator on taskbar box is checked, Sleep Manager will switch to the background by locating itself on the taskbar. You can pop-up Sleep Manager again by double- clicking on this icon.
  • Page 102: Safeoff

    System Utilities SafeOff SafeOFF provides protection from accidental power off. If you accidentally press the power switch, a dialog box pops up for confirmation. If you select No, the dialog closes and the system does not power off. If you select Yes, SafeOFF will request Windows 95 to shutdown the computer.
  • Page 103: Setup Utility

    System Utilities Setup Utility The Setup Utility is a hardware configuration program built into your computer’s BIOS (Basic Input/Ouput System). 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 Setup.
  • Page 104 BIOS V3.0 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 016384 KB Memory Good Enter Setup, Press F2 Key ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ACR58000-M12-970324-R01-A0-EN Copyright © © Acer Incorporated 1990-1997. All Rights Reserved Pressing F2 brings up the main screen of the Setup Utility. SETUP Utility Basic System Settings Startup Configuration...
  • Page 105: Basic System Settings

    System Utilities 5.3.1 Basic System Settings The Basic System Settings screen contains parameter items involving basic computer settings. Basic System Settings Date -------------------------------- [Fri Feb 14, 1997] Time -------------------------------- [10:00:00] Floppy Disk A ------------------- [1.44 MB 3.5-inch] Floppy Disk B ------------------- [ None Cylinders Heads Sectors Size(MB) Hard Disk ------------------------- [Auto]...
  • Page 106 System Utilities Parameter Description Setting or Format Date Sets the computer’s Day of the Week- system date Month-Day-Year Time Sets the computer’s Hour:Min:Sec system time Floppy Disk A Selects the floppy 1.44 MB 3.5-inch disk drive type. None Floppy Disk B Selects the floppy None disk drive type.
  • Page 107: Startup Configuration

    System Utilities 5.3.2 Startup Configuration The Startup Configuration screen contains parameter items that are set-up when the computer starts up. Startup Configuration Boot Display ------------------------ [Auto] Memory Test ----------------------- [Enabled] Silent Boot -------------------------- [Enabled] System Boot Drive --------------- [Drive A Then C] Boot from CD-ROM --------------- [Enabled] Operating System ----------------- [Windows 95/DOS] USB Function Support ---------- [Disabled]...
  • Page 108 System Utilities Parameter Description Setting Boot Sets the display device Auto Display (computer LCD and/or Both external monitor) to use when the computer starts (boots) up. When set to Auto, the computer outputs to the external monitor if one is connected;...
  • Page 109 System Utilities Parameter Description Setting Operating Selects the operating Windows 95/DOS System system you are using. Windows NT Selects support for USB Disabled Function (Universal Serial Bus). Enabled Support Enable this parameter if you are connecting USB device(s) to the computer. 5-17...
  • Page 110: Onboard Devices Configuration

    System Utilities 5.3.3 Onboard Devices Configuration The Onboard Devices Configuration screen contains parameter items that are related to port devices on your computer. Onboard Devices Configuration Serial Port ------------------------- [Enabled] Base Address ------------------ [3F8h] IRQ -------------------------------- [4] IrDA FIR --------------------------- [Enabled] Base Address ------------------ [2F8h] IRQ -------------------------------- [3] DMA ------------------------------ [3]...
  • Page 111 System Utilities Parameter Description Setting Serial Port Enables or disables the Enabled serial port Disabled Base Address Sets the I/O base 3F8h address of the serial port 2F8h 3E8h 2E8h Sets the IRQ (interrupt request) channel of the serial port IrDA FIR Enables or disables the Enabled...
  • Page 112 System Utilities Parameter Description Setting Base Address Sets the I/O base 378h address of the parallel 278h port 3BCh Sets the interrupt request (IRQ) channel of the parallel port Operation Selects the operation Bi-directional Mode mode of the parallel port. Standard ECP (Extended Capabilities Port)
  • Page 113: System Security

    System Utilities 5.3.4 System Security The System Security screen contains parameter items that help safeguard and protect your computer from unauthorized use. System Security Disk Drive Control Diskette Drive ---------------- [Normal] Hard Disk Drive -------------- [Normal] Setup Password ------------------ [ None ] Power On Password ------------ [ None ] ↑...
  • Page 114 System Utilities Parameter Description Setting Diskette Sets the control level of the Normal Drive diskette drive. Disabled (Control) Write Protect All Sectors Write Protect Boot Sector Hard Disk Sets the control level of the Normal Drive diskette drive. Disabled (Control) Write Protect All Sectors Write Protect...
  • Page 115: Power Management Settings

    System Utilities 5.3.5 Power Management Settings The Power Management Settings screen contains parameter items related to power-saving and power management. Power Management Settings Heuristic Power Management Mode ---- [Enabled] Display Always On ---------------------------- [Disabled] System Sleep State -------------------------- [Hibernation] System Resume Timer Mode ------------- [Disabled] System Resume Date ----------------------- [--/--/----] System Resume Time ----------------------- [--/--/--] Modem Ring Resume On Indicator ----- [Enabled]...
  • Page 116 System Utilities Parameter Description Setting or Format Heuristic Power Enables or disables Enabled Management heuristic power Disabled Mode management mode. For more information on power management modes, see section 2.2.1. Display Always When enabled the Disabled computer does not enter Enabled display standby mode.
  • Page 117 System Utilities Parameter Description Setting or Format System Sets the time the hour/minute Resume Time computer resumes /second (wakes up) from if the system resume timer is enabled. Modem Ring When enabled, and an Enabled Resume On incoming modem ring is Disabled Indicator detected, the computer...
  • Page 118 System Utilities Pressing Fn-F6 during normal computer operation (after POST) also brings up the power management screen. An additional page, shown below, is added to this function which appears only via Fn-F6. System Information Reference Serial Number : 11111111117 System BIOS Version : V3.0 R01-A0-EN BIOS Release Date : 2/14/97 VGA BIOS Version...
  • Page 119: Load Default Settings

    System Utilities 5.3.6 Load Default Settings When you select the Load Default Settings item from the main screen, a dialog box appears asking you to confirm that you want to reset all settings to their factory defaults. Load Setup Default Settings Are you sure? [Yes] [No]...
  • Page 120: Chapter 6 Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting This chapter instructs you on 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 by yourself.
  • Page 121 Troubleshooting Q & A Q & A lists possible situations that may arise during the use of your computer, and gives easy answers and solutions to these questions. Questions Answers I pressed the Look at the Power indicator: power switch If it is not lit, no power is being opened the applied to the computer.
  • Page 122 Troubleshooting Questions Answers Nothing appears The computer’s power management on the screen. system automatically blanks the screen to save power. Press any key to turn the display back on. If pressing a key does not turn the display back on, two things might be the cause: q The contrast and/or brightness level might be too low.
  • Page 123 Troubleshooting Questions Answers No audio from the q The volume may be muted. In computer. Windows 95, look at the volume control icon on the taskbar. If it is crossed-out, click on the icon and de-select the Mute option. q The volume level may be too low. Press Fn-F5 to bring up the volume control pop-up icon.
  • Page 124 Troubleshooting Questions Answers The printer does q Make sure that the printer is not work. connected to a power outlet and it is turned on. q Make sure the printer cable is connected securely to the computer’s parallel port and the corresponding port on the printer.
  • Page 125 Troubleshooting Questions Answers I prefer using an To connect two PS/2-type devices to external keyboard the computer, you need to use a PS/2 and mouse, but Y-bridge connector. See section both have PS/2 3.10.2 for details. connectors and there is only one PS/2 port on the computer.
  • Page 126: Error Messages

    Troubleshooting Error Messages If you receive an error message, note the message and take the corrective action. The following table lists the error messages in alphabetical order together with the recommended course of action. Error Message Corrective Action CMOS Battery Bad Contact your dealer or an authorized service center.
  • Page 127 Troubleshooting Error Message Corrective Action Keyboard Interface Error Contact your dealer or an authorized service center. Memory Size Mismatch Enter and then exit the System Configuration Setup in the Setup utility (pressing F2 during POST). Missing operating system Correct the HDD type and reboot.
  • Page 128 Troubleshooting 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 Setup Utility discussed in section 5.3.
  • Page 129: Appendix A Specifications

    Specifications This appendix lists the general specifications of your computer. Microprocessor Intel Pentium processor with MMX™ ® technology Memory 16MB main memory (64-bit dual memory banks) expandable to 128 MB 256KB 2 level cache memory 256KB Flash ROM BIOS Data Storage One 2.5-inch, 12.7mm hard disk drive One 3.5-inch internal floppy disk drive (floppy drive model only)
  • Page 130 Specifications Display and Video 12.1-inch DualScan or TFT color LCD 800x600 SVGA resolution 2MB EDO video memory PCI local bus video with graphics accelerator Simultaneous LCD and CRT display Audio 16-bit stereo audio Dual speakers Sound Blaster Pro- and Windows Sound System-compatible Separate audio ports for line-in, line-out and microphone-in...
  • Page 131 Specifications I/O Ports Two type II/I or one type III CardBus socket(s) One RJ-11 phone jack (on some models) One DC-in jack (AC adapter) One FIR wireless communications port (IrDA-compliant) One RS-232 serial port (UART16550-compatible) One parallel port/external floppy drive port (ECP-compliant) One external monitor port (I C-compatible)
  • Page 132 Specifications Weight 2.95 kg (6.49 lb) for CD-ROM drive model 2.79 kg (6.13 lb) for floppy drive model Dimensions (round contour, main footprint) 304~310 x 237~245 x 45~46 mm (11.97~12.2 x 9.33~9.65 x 1.77~1.81 in) Temperature Operating: 10°C ~ 35°C Non-operating: -20°C ~ 60°C Humidity (non-condensing) Operating: 20% ~ 80% RH...
  • Page 133 Specifications AC Adapter 45-Watt Auto sensing 100~240Vac, 50~60Hz Options 8-/16-/32-/64-MB EDO or SDRAM memory upgrade module Higher-capacity hard disk drive PS/2 Y-cable Full-function compact port replicator Additional AC adapter and battery pack...
  • Page 134: Appendix B Where To Get Help

    Where to Get Help This appendix describes how to get in contact with our authorized service centers when you need support on our products or when you need get more information about our products. International Traveler’s Warranty Your notebook is backed by an International Traveler’s Warranty (ITW) that gives you security and peace of mind when traveling.
  • Page 135 Where to Get Help Worldwide Support 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. For technical assistance and support in the United States and Canada, you can call 1-800-816-2237.
  • Page 136 Index AC adapter display connecting, xvii automatic dim, 2-11 taking care of, xi opening and closing, 1-5 Advanced Power Management power management, 1-4 (APM), 2-16 simultaneous, 1-4 applications, accessing, 5-1 switching, 1-12 audio, 1-25 video performance, 1-4 audio devices, attaching, 3-8 embedded keypad, 1-9 battery pack error messages, 6-7...
  • Page 137 Index expansion, 1-3 multimedia, 1-2 operating system performance, 1-2 selecting in BIOS, 5-17 FIR, See fast infrared option communications additional memory, 3-14 audio, 3-8 external keyboard, 3-3 hard disk, 1-17 external keypad, 3-4 installing, 3-16 external pointing device, 3-5 help file transfer cable, 3-13 online, accessing, xix hard disk upgrade, 3-16...
  • Page 138 Index hard disk standby mode, exiting, 2-15 2-11 support hibernation mode, 2-12 worldwide, B-2 standby mode, 2-13 printer, attaching, 3-7 problems, See FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) reporting computer information, 5-26 SafeOff, 5-10 security passwords, 1-26 security notch, 1-26 service when to call, xii Setup Utility, 5-11 Basic System Settings, 5-13 Load Default Settings, 5-27...
  • Page 139 Index touchpad, 1-15 turning on and off, 1-13 using, 1-15 traveling disconnecting your computer, 4-2 moving around with your computer, 4-3 setting up a home office, 4-5 taking the computer home, traveling internationally with your computer, 4-8 traveling with your computer, 4-6 Universal Serial Bus, 3-11 enabling support, 5-17...

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