Summary of Contents for Acer Aspire iDea 500 Series
Acer Aspire iDea 500/510 Series Service Guide Service guide files and updates are available on the ACER/CSD web. For more information, please refer to http:// csd.acer.com.tw PRINTED IN TAIWAN...
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Conventions The following conventions are used in this manual: SCREEN MESSAGES Denotes actual messages that appear on screen. NOTE Gives bits and pieces of additional information related to the current topic. WARNING Alerts you to any damage that might result from doing or not doing specific actions.
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• Wireless keyboard: internal 2.4GHz RF wireless keyboard receiver with auto-pairing technology TV Tuner Subsystem • Support up to two hybrid mini-PCI TV tuner cards for simultaneous TV viewing and recording (2x Analog or 2x DVB-T • 3D Y-C comb filter support •...
• One DVI-I: HDCP support, using DVI to VGA adapter for VGA output • One set of component (Y Pb Pr) (RCA) • One S-Video out • One Composite video out (RCA) • Audio/Video input • Two S-Video in (non-EMEA SKU) •...
Description Description CPU socket North bridge South bridge Azalia codec: Realtek ALC883DD Super I/O controller: ITE8716F USB hub: GL850A IEEE 1394: Ti TSB43AB22A Transmitter for HDMI: Silicon Image 1390 Transmitter for DVI-I: Chrontel 7313A Mini PCI 1 slot for TV tuner card 1 Mini PCI 2 slot for TV tuner card 2 Mini PCI 3 slot for WLAN card YPbPr to main board connector...
Front Panel View Component Description Power button Press to power on or power off the system. RF (radio frequency) receiver Receives radio frequency from wireless touchpad keyboard. Drive eject button Ejects the optical disk. Multi writable DVD drive Use to access and record data on compact disks (CDs) and digital video disks (DVDs) IR (Infrared) receiver Receives IR signals from the remote control.
Component Description 4-pin IEEE 1394 port Connects to an IEEE 1394 device (e.g., digital video camcorder). XD/SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO slot Accepts an XD (eXtreme Digital), SD (Secure Digital), MMC (MultiMediaCard), MS (Memory Stick) or MS PRO (Memory Stick PRO) card. Warning! If you want to read contents from small form factor memory cards, such as mini-SD, RS-MMC, or MS PRO, you should...
Rear Panel View Component Description Power connector Plug the power cable into this connector. SCART input connector Connects to a set-top box or another A/V device. The SCART input connector supports Video, S- Video and Audio (L and R) input signals. SCART input/output connector Connects to a TV or a set-top box.
Remote Control Component Description Power LED Indicates that a command button is pressed. Sleep Press to turn system to standby (sleep) mode. While in standby (sleep) mode, press the button again to wake up or activate the system. Playback controls Lets you play, record, pause, stop, forward, rewind, skip or replay a song, slide show, movie or a TV program.
Component Description Navigation buttons The following navigation buttons let you access all Media Center pages: • Arrow buttons: navigates through the menu options. • OK: selects an option in the Media Center menus and confirm your selection. • Back: Moves back to the previous screen. Start Press the Start button to launch the Media Center Home Page.
Wireless Keyboard The wireless keyboard with built-in touch pad combines mouse control with touch typing. It has full-sized keys that include shortcut keys, status LED, power switch, touch pad, left and right buttons, arrow keys, one Windows key, left and right mouse keys, and 12 function keys. Component Description Shortcut keys...
Component Description Left and right buttons Press the left and right buttons to select and execute functions. These two buttons are similar to the left and right buttons on a mouse. Tapping on the touch pad produces similar results to clicking the left button. Arrow keys Moves the pointer around the Media Center menus.
Connecting Display Devices Please refer to the illustrations below for the possible and recommended connection type for setting up your display device. Component (YPbPr) + stereo audio Video + stereo audio DVI + stereo audio* S-video + stereo audio Note: *Please use an extension cable to connect the Y cable to the display device’s speaker input. Chapter 1...
SCART* HDMI DVI to VGA using converter + stereo audio Note: 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. Chapter 1...
The table below identifies the possible and recommended connection type for the display device. Suggested connection Display device type Possible connection Video + Audio HD-ready devices: • DVI • DVI • Y cable Plasma TV, LCD TV, • HDMI • HDMI Projection TV (with DVI •...
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. 1. Open Media Center. See “Opening Media Center”. 2.
Connecting Audio Devices The following illustrations show the different audio devices you can connect to the Aspire iDea. Two Speakers Stereo front L + R 5.1 Audio System and 7.1 Audio System 5.1 audio system 7.1 audio system Digital Digital Analog Analog Note: After you connect a 5.1 or 7.1 audio system, you must configure Media Center for multi-channel audio...
Hardware Audio output Sound track type Remark connection setting (DVD) DVD (with Dolby Digital 7.1 or 5.1 channel Eight or six Configure the Realtek HD AC-3 sound track) audio speakers Audio in Media Center. Set up audio output for eight or six speakers.
Installing the WLAN Antenna 1. Install antenna to the system by fastening the threaded end of the antenna into the WLAN antenna connector on the rear side of the system (1). 2. Rotate the antenna clockwise until it gets tight. 3.
Windows XP Media Center Opening Media Center After turning on the system, system will launch Media Center. When working within a Windows XP program, you can revert to Media Center by doing any of the following: 1. Press on the remote control. 2.
Configuring Your Set-Top Box To configure Media Center to properly recognize a set-top box: 1. On the Media Center Home Page, select Setting. 2. Select TV > Set up TV signal in Media Center. 3. On the TV signal screen, select Next. 4.
1. Click Start > All Programs > Acer Empowering Technology > Acer eRecovery Management. 2. Press <Alt> + <F10> on the keyboard. 3. Click on the Acer eRecovery Management icon in the Empowering Technology tool bar on the desktop. Then Acer eRecovery Management main page will appear.
Burning a Backup Disk using Factory Default 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. Burning a Backup Disk using User’s Backup The utility copies the user’s backup image to the optical disk.
The utility prompts you to insert the backup disk, if not loaded in the optical drive. Reinstalling Applications/Drivers This 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.
The utility then restores the system from the backup image in the CD/DVD. 3. Insert the other disks when prompted. 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 offers you a simple-to-use tool to maximize your PC’s performance. Acer ePerformance Management enables you to optimize your PC’s memory, check memory usage to see if an upgrade is needed, optimize your HDD, and perform other functions to enhance the computer’s bootup, shutdown and network performance.
BIOS Hotkey Hotkey Function Description Access to BIOS Setup Utility Press while the system is booting to enter BIOS Setup Utility. AC’97 Audio Codec ALC883DD Item Description Feature High performance DACs with 95Db S/N ratio Meets performance requirements for audio on PC2001 systems Eight channels of DAC support 16/20/24bit PCM format for 7.1 audio solution...
IDE Interface Item Specification Controller Intel ICH7M-DH with PATA and SATA controller 40-pin PATA slot Quantity: one Device type support: HDD / CD-ROM / CD-RW / DVD- ROM / Combo, DVD burner Transfer rate support: PIO 0/1/2/3/4 ATA mode: 33/66/100 SATA IDE slot Quantity: one Max.
ODD Interface Item Specification Vendor and Model name Panasonic UJ-845 Performance Specification Transfer rate (MB/s.) READ WRITE DVD-ROM (single layer) 3.3X to 8X CAV 4.3 MB/s. to 10.5 MB/s. DVD-ROM (dual layer) 2.5X to 6X CAV 3.3 MB/s. to 7.9 MB/s. DVD-R 4.7GB 2.5X to 6X CAV 2X to 8X Z-CLV...
USB Interface Item Specification Controller Intel ICH7M-DH Universal HCI USB 2.0 Location and quantity From ICH7M-DH: • Two-port stack USB connector on rear side • Two-port stack USB port connector on front panel • One USB port for Card reader (ND3266) •...
Power Management Function (ACPI Support Function) Device Standby Mode • Independent power management timer for hard disk drive devices (zero to 15 minutes, time step = one minute). • Hard disk drive goes into Standby mode (for ATA standard interface). •...
Chapter 2 Setup Utility About the Setup Utility The computer uses the Phoenix-Award BIOS (Basic Input and Output System) with support for Windows Plug and Play. The CMOS chip on the main board contains the ROM setup instructions for configuring the main board BIOS. The BIOS Setup Utility displays the system’s configuration status and provides you with options to set system parameters.
Entering the Setup Utility When you power on the system, BIOS enters the Power-On Self Test (POST) routines. POST is a series of built-in diagnostics performed by the BIOS. After the POST routines are completed, the following message will appear: Press DEL to enter SETUP Press the delete key to enter the BIOS Setup Utility.
Standard CMOS Features This option displays basic information about the system. Date and Time The Date and Time items show the current date and time set on the computer. If you are running a Windows OS, these items are automatically updated whenever you make changes to the Windows Date and Time Properties utility.
Advanced BIOS Features This option defines advanced information about your system. Hard Disk Boot Priority Scroll to this item and press <Enter> to view the following screen. First / Second / Third Boot Device Use this three items to select the priority and order of the devices that your system searches for an operating system at start-up time.
Security Option If you have installed password protection, this item defines if the password is required at system start up, or if it is only required when a user tries to enter the Setup Utility. Silent Boot This item enables or disables the Silent Boot function. Small Logo (EPA) Show This item enables or disables the display of the EPA logo during boot.
Advanced Chipset Features These items define critical timing parameters of the main board. You should set these items for their default values unless you are very familiar with the technical specification of your system hardware. If you change the values incorrectly, you may introduce fatal errors or recurring instability into your system.
Integrated Peripherals These options display items that define the operation of peripheral components on the system’s input/output ports. USB Controller You can enable or disable the onboard USB controller. We recommend users to keep the default value. Disabling it might cause the USB devices not to work properly. USB 2.0 Controller This item enables or disables the onboard USB 2.0.
Onboard LAN Controller This item allows users to enable or disable the onboard LAN Controller function. Onboard 1394 Controller This item allows users to enable or disable the onboard 1394 Controller function. Chapter 2...
Power Management Setup The system has various power-saving modes including powering down the hard disk, turning off the video, suspending to RAM, and software power down that allows the system to be automatically resumed by certain events. The power-saving modes can be controlled by time-outs. If the system is inactive for a while, the time-outs begin counting.
button causes a software power down. If the item is set for Delay four Sec., then you have to hold the power button down for four seconds to cause a software power down. Energy Lake Function This item enables or disables the Energy Lake Function. Resume by PCI PME This item specifies whether the system will be awakened from power-saving modes when activity or input signal of the specified hardware peripheral or component is detected.
PnP/PCI Configuration It configures how PnP (Plug and Play) and PCI expansion cards operate in your system. Both the ISA and PCI buses on the main board use system IRQs (interrupt requests) and DMAs (direct memory access). You must set up the IRQ and DMA assignments correctly through the PnP/PCI Configurations Setup Utility for the main board to work properly.
PCI/VGA Palette Snoop This item is designed to overcome problems that can be caused by some non-standard VGA cards. This board includes a built-in VGA system that does not require palette snooping so you must leave this item disabled. INT Pin 1-8 Assignment It identifies the interrupt request (IRQ) line assigned to a device connected to the PCI interface of your system.
PC Health Status On the main board that supports hardware monitoring, you can monitor the parameters of critical voltage, temperature and fan speed. CPU and System Smart Fan Control This item incorporates linear control metrics to provide optimal cooling. Under normal condition, Smart Fan keeps the fan speed low, minimizing acoustic noise.
Frequency/Voltage Control It enables you to set the clock speed and system bus for your system. The clock speed and system bus are determined by the processor you have installed in your system. CPU Speed This item displays the current CPU speed. Users can not make any changes. Auto Detect PCI Clk When it is enabled, BIOS will disable the clock signal of free DIMM and PCI slots.
Load Default Settings This option opens a dialog box that lets you install optimized defaults for all appropriate items in the Setup Utility. Press <OK> and then <Enter> to install the defaults. Press <Cancel> and then <Enter> to not install the defaults. If you only want to install setup defaults for a specific option, select and display that option, and then press <F9>.
Set Supervisor/User Password When this function is selected, the following message appears at the center of the screen to assist you in creating a password. Enter Password Type the password, up to eight characters, and press <Enter>. The password typed now will clear any previously entered password from CMOS memory.
Save and Exit Setup You can highlight this item and press <Enter> to save the changes that you have made in the Setup Utility and exit the Setup Utility. When the Save and Exit dialog box appears, press <OK> to save and exit, or press <Cancel> to return to the main menu.
Chapter 3 Machine Disassembly and Replacement General Information This chapter contains step-by-step procedures on how to disassemble the Acer Aspire iDea desktop for maintenance and troubleshooting. To disassemble the computer, you need the tools below: • Wrist ground strap and conductive mat for preventing electrostatic discharge •...
Disassembly Procedure This section tells you how to disassemble the system when you need to perform system maintenance or troubleshooting. Note: Before you begin, make sure you have turned off the system and remove all peripherals connected to it. Removing the Memory 1.
Removing the ODD Module 1. Pull and disconnect the IDE cable. 2. Release the three screws holding the ODD module bracket then remove the ODD module. 3. Release the two screws holding the IDE board then remove the IDE board. 4.
Removing the HDD Module 1. Release the four screws securing the HDD module and detach the HDD module. 2. Disconnect the serial ATA cable and the power cable and remove the HDD module. 3. Release the four screws securing the HDD module brackets and remove the brackets. Removing the System Power Supply 1.
Removing the RCA Board 1. When you do the assembly, please refer to this picture for connecting the three RCA board cables properly. 2. Carefully disconnect the three RCA board cables. 3. Release the three screws holding the RCA board and detach the RCA board. 4.
Removing the Add-on Cards 1. When you do the assembly, please refer to this picture for connecting the add-on cards cables properly. Chapter 3...
2. Pull the latches of TV card 1 as shown and the card will pop up. Slightly detach the TV card 1 from the slot and disconnect the card cable. 3. Repeat the step 2 to detach the TV card 2 and disconnect the card cable. 4.
Removing the MXM Card 1. Disconnec the MXM card fan cable and the MXM card heat sensor cable. 2. Release the four screws holding the MXM card fan module then remove the MXM card fan module. 3. Release the two screws fastening the MXM card and the MXM card will pop up. 4.
Removing the VFD Board 1. On the main board, there are five connectors as shown. They are A) power launch cable connector, B) VFD board cable connector, C) CPU fan cable connector, D) wireless keyboard module cable connector and E) bluetooth module cable connector.
Removing the Wireless Keyboard Module and the Bluetooth Module 1. As long as remove the front panel, you can approach the wireless keyboard module and the bluetooth module. Please refer to the anterior page for the removal of front panel. 2.
Removing the Card Reader Board 1. Release the screw securing the card reader as shown. 2. Carefully detach the card reader from the main board. 3. When you do the assembly, please attach the card reader board on the main board properly. Chapter 3...
Removing the Main Board and the Split Board 1. Release those screws marked in yellow. 2. While you release those screws, please hold the back side of the I/O jacks as shown. 3. After releasing those screws, 1) slide the main board to the front panel side and 2) lift the main board as shown.
Chapter 4 Troubleshooting Please refer to generic troubleshooting guide in the service guide database for information with respect to following topics: • Power-On Self-Test (POST) • POST Check Points • POST Error Messages List • Error Symptoms List Chapter 4...
Lower Side of Main Board Description Description CPU socket North bridge South bridge Azalia codec: Realtek ALC883DD Super I/O controller: ITE8716F USB hub: GL850A IEEE 1394: Ti TSB43AB22A Transmitter for HDMI: Silicon Image 1390 Transmitter for DVI-I: Chrontel 7313A Mini PCI 1 slot for TV tuner card 1 Chapter 5...
Description Description Mini PCI 2 slot for TV tuner card 2 Mini PCI 3 slot for WLAN card YPbPr to main board connector SCART to main board connector Battery MXM connector (optional) System fan connector SATA connector 14-pin power connector Jumper connector PATA connector Card reader connector...
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Parts CATEGORY PART NAME DESCRIPTION ACER PART NO. REMOTE CONTROL REMOTE CONTROLER REMOTE CTRL RT.MCE08.001 RC1534509/00B PAL FOR RC1534509/00B PAL EUROPE REMOTE CONTROLER REMOTE CTRL RT.MCE08.003 RC1534031/00B NTSC FOR RC1534031/00B NTSC BOARD WIRELESS LAN BOARD WLAN 802.11BG FOX 54.A74V1.002 802.11BG FOXCONN...
CATEGORY PART NAME DESCRIPTION ACER PART NO. POWER CORD SVT 10A125V CORD SVT 27.01818.071 18AWG*3C 10A125V(USA) POWER CORD 10A 250V CORD H05VV-F 10A/ 27.02718.401 EUROPE 250V(EUROPE) POWER CORD 13A 250V UK CORD H05VV-F 27.02718.381 5A250V (UK) POWER CORD 250V 10A CORD 250V 10A 27.01518.251...
CATEGORY PART NAME DESCRIPTION ACER PART NO. SCART CABLE 2CONNECTOR C.A. SCART 2C 50.S50V1.018 1800MM 1800MM HD304 RCA CABLE 2TO2 1800MM C.A. RCA 2 TO 2 50.S50V1.019 1800MM HD304 RCA CABLE 1800MM C.A. RCA 3 TO 3 50.S50V1.020 1800MM HD304...
CATEGORY PART NAME DESCRIPTION ACER PART NO. CPU DC YONAH T2300 IC CPU DC YONAH KC.23001.DTP 1.66GMHZ INTEL T2300 1.66G PGA CPU DC YONAH T2600 IC CPU DC YONAH KC.26001.DTP 2.17GMHZ INTEL T2600 2.17G PGA CPU DC YONAH T2500 IC CPU DC YONAH KC.25001.DTP...