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First things first We would like to thank you for making the Aspire series of notebook computers your choice for your mobile computing needs. We hope you will be happy with your Aspire as much as we enjoyed making it for you.
Basic care and tips for using your computer Turning your computer on and off To turn on the computer, simply press and release the power switch below the LCD screen beside the launch keys. See “Front view” on page 3 for the location of the power switch. To turn the power off, do any of the following: Use the Windows shutdown command •...
Never place objects on top of the computer to avoid damaging the • computer. Do not slam the computer display when you close it. • Never place the computer on uneven surfaces. • Taking care of your AC adapter Here are some ways to take care of your AC adapter: Do not connect the adapter to any other device.
If any of the following occurs: The computer has been dropped or the body has been damaged. • Liquid has been spilled into the product. • The computer does not operate normally. Please refer to "Troubleshooting my computer" on page 53.
First things first Your guides Basic care and tips for using your computer 1 Getting to know your Aspire A Aspire tour Front view Closed front view Left view Right view Rear view Bottom view Features Indicators Using the keyboard Lock keys Embedded numeric keypad Windows keys...
2 Customizing my computer Expanding through options Connectivity options Upgrade options Using system utilities Acer eManager Launch Manager BIOS Utility Aspire Arcade Instant-on Arcade Features and Benefits Windows Arcade Arcade Hot keys Finding and playing content Arcade controls Cinema Album Video Music Burner...
Your Aspire computer combines high- performance, versatility, power management features and multimedia capabilities with a unique style and ergonomic design. Work with unmatched productivity and reliability with your new power computing partner.
A Aspire tour After setting up your computer as illustrated in the Just for starters... poster, let us show you around your new Aspire computer. Front view Item Display screen Microphone Keyboard Description Also called Liquid-Crystal Display (LCD), displaying computer output. Internal microphone for sound recording.
Item Palmrest Click buttons (Left, center and right) Touchpad Status indicators Launch keys Power button 1 Getting to know your Aspire Description Comfortable support area for your hands when you use the computer. The left and right buttons function like the left and right mouse buttons;...
Closed front view Item Speakers Infrared port (Manufacturing option) Power indicator Battery indicator Bluetooth communications Wireless communications Description Left and right speakers deliver stereo audio output. Interfaces with infrared devices (e.g., infrared printer and IR-aware computer). Lights when the computer is on. Lights when the battery is being charged.
Item Line-in/Mic-in jack Line-in/Mic-in jack Speaker/Line-Out/ Headphone jack USB 2.0 port Latch Note: The Bluetooth and Wireless buttons and indicators only work on models with Bluetooth and Wireless features, respectively. 1 Getting to know your Aspire Description Accepts audio line-in devices (e.g., audio CD player, stereo walkman).
Left view Item Optical drive LED indicator Optical drive eject button Emergency eject hole Description Internal optical drive; accepts CDs or DVDs depending on the optical drive type. Lights up when the optical drive is active. Ejects the optical drive tray from the drive.
Right view Item IEEE 1394 port (Manufacturing option) PC Card slot eject button PC Card slot 3-in-1 card reader Two USB 2.0 ports S-video port (Manufacturing option) Network jack Modem jack Ventilation slots 1 Getting to know your Aspire Description Connects to IEEE 1394 devices.
Rear view Item Power jack External display port Security keylock Description Connects to an AC adapter. Connects to a display device (e.g., external monitor, LCD projector). Connects to a Kensington-compatible computer security lock.
Bottom view Item Cooling fan Battery lock Memory compartment Hard disk bay Battery release latch Battery bay 1 Getting to know your Aspire Description Helps keep the computer cool. Note: Do not cover or obstruct the opening of the fan. Locks the battery in place.
Features Below is a brief summary of the computer’s many features: Performance • Intel® Pentium® M Processor 705, 715, 725, 735, 745, 755, or Intel® Celeron® M Processor 320, 330 • Intel® 855GME or 852GM chipset (manufacturing option) • 256/512 MB of DDR333 SDRAM standard, upgradeable to 2048 MB with dual soDIMM modules •...
Connectivity • Integrated 10/100/1000 Mbps Fast Ethernet connection (manufacturing option) • Built-in 56Kbps fax/data modem • Fast Infrared wireless communication (manufacturing option) • IEEE 1394 port (manufacturing option) • Three Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 ports • InviLink™ 802.11b/g dual-band Wireless LAN (manufacturing option) •...
Indicators The computer has three easy-to-read status icons on the upper-right above the keyboard. Icon Function Description Caps Lock Lights when Caps Lock is activated. Num Lock Lights when Num Lock is activated. Media activity Lights when the hard disk or optical drive is active.
In addition, there are two indicators at the front panel. Even when the cover is closed, the state or features can still be seen. Icon Function Power Battery indicator 1 Getting to know your Aspire Description Lights when the computer is on. Lights when the battery is being charged.
Using the keyboard The keyboard has full-sized keys and an embedded keypad, separate cursor keys, two Windows keys and twelve function keys. Lock keys The keyboard has three lock keys which you can toggle on and off. Lock Key Description Caps Lock When Caps Lock is on, all alphabetic characters typed are in uppercase.
Embedded numeric keypad The embedded numeric 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 Number keys on...
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: + Tab + F1...
Hot keys The computer employs hot keys or key combinations to access most of the computer’s controls like screen brightness, volume output and the BIOS Utility. To activate hot keys, press and hold the Fn key before pressing the other key in the hot key combination. Hot Key Icon Function...
Hot Key Icon Function Fn-F5 Display toggle Fn-F6 Screen blank Fn-F7 Touchpad toggle Fn-F8 Speaker toggle Fn-↑ Volume up Fn-↓ Volume down Fn-→ Brightness up Fn- ← Brightness down Play/Pause Home Stop Pg Up Backwards Pg Dn Fn-End Forward Description Switches display output between the display screen, external monitor (if connected)
Hot Key Icon Function Alt Gr-$ US dollar Alt Gr- Euro Euro Special Key You can locate the Euro symbol and US dollar sign at the upper-center and/or bottom-right of your keyboard. To type: The Euro symbol Open a text editor or word processor. Either directly press the Euro symbol at the bottom-right of the keyboard, or hold Alt Gr and then press the Euro symbol at the upper-center of the keyboard.
Launch keys Located at the upper-right above the keyboard are four buttons. These buttons are called launch keys. They are designated as the mail, Web browser, Empowering and programmable keys. Press the Acer Empowering Key to run the Acer eManager. Please see “Acer eManager”...
In addition, there are two launch keys at the front panet. Even when the cover is closed, you can easily access the features of Wireless and Bluetooth®. However, the Wireless and Bluetooth keys cannot be reset by users. Description Bluetooth communications Wireless communications...
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 palmrest provides optimum comfort and support. Note: When using an external USB or serial mouse, you can press Fn-F7 to disable the touchpad.
Function Left Button Execute Click twice quickly. Select Click once. Drag Click and hold, then use finger to drag the cursor on the touchpad. Access context menu Scroll Note: Keep your fingers dry and clean when using the touchpad. Also keep the touchpad dry and clean. The touchpad is sensitive to finger movements.
Storage This computer supplies you with the following media storage: Hard disk The high-capacity hard disk is the answer to your storage needs. This is where your data files and applications are stored. Optical drive Your computer comes equipped with an optical drive which may be one of the following: •...
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 disc; then close the DVD tray. Important! When you launch the DVD player for the first time, the program asks you to input the region code.
Audio The computer comes with 16-bit high-fidelity AC’97 stereo audio and microphone. The built-in dual stereo speakers are easy to access. There are audio ports on the front panel of the computer. See “Closed front view” on page 5 for more information on external audio devices. Adjusting the volume Adjusting the volume on the computer is as easy as pressing some but- tons.
Moving around with your Aspire This section gives you tips and hints on things 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 your work in progress. Remove any media or compact disc from the drive(s).
you can put the computer in Sleep mode by pressing Fn-F4. Then close and latch the display. When you are ready to use the computer again, unlatch and open the display, and press and release the power switch. If the power indicator is off, the computer has entered Hibernation mode and turned off.
What to bring with you Unless you already have some items at home, bring the following items with you: • AC adapter and power cord • The printed user’s guide Special considerations Follow these guidelines to protect your computer while traveling to and from work: •...
Traveling with the computer “when you are moving within a larger distance, for instance, from your office building to a client’s office building or traveling locally” Preparing the computer Prepare the computer as if you were taking it home. Make sure that the battery in the computer is charged.
Traveling internationally with the computer “when you are moving from country to country” Preparing the computer Prepare the computer as you would normally prepare it for traveling. What to bring with you Bring the following items with you: • AC adapter •...
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 lock and passwords. Using a computer security lock A security keylock notch located on the rear panel of the computer lets you connect a Kensington-compatible computer security lock.
After learning the basics of your Aspire computer, let’s get acquainted with the advanced features of your computer. In this chapter, you will learn how to add options, upgrade components for better performance, and customize your computer.
Expanding through options Your Aspire 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. Modem Your computer has a built-in V.92 56Kbps AC’97 Link modem. Warning! This modem port is not compatible with digital phone lines.
2 Customizing my computer Network Your computer has built-in Ethernet/Fast Ethernet capabilities. To use the network feature, connect an Ethernet cable from the network jack to an network jack or hub. Consult your network administrator for details. Fast infrared The computer’s fast infrared (FIR) port allows you to do wireless data transfer with other IR-aware computers and peripherals such as PDAs (personal digital assistants), mobile phones, and infrared printers.
Universal Serial Bus The Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 port is a high-speed serial bus which allows you to connect and daisy-chain USB peripherals without taking up precious system resources. Your computer has three ports available. IEEE 1394 port The computer's IEEE 1394 port allows you to connect to an IEEE 1394 supported devices like a video camera or digital camera.
2 Customizing my computer PC Card slot There is one Type II CardBus PC Card slot found on the right side of the computer. The slot accepts credit-card-sized cards that enhance the usability and expandability of the computer. These cards should have a PC Card logo on them.
Ejecting a PC Card Before ejecting a PC Card: Exit the application using the card. Left-click on the Safely Remove Hardware icon on the taskbar and click on the PC Card item. Click OK to confirm. Press the slot eject button (1) to pop out the eject button; then press it again to eject the card (2).
Upgrade options Your computer delivers superior power and performance. However, some users and the applications they use may demand more. This com- puter 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.
Insert the memory module diagonally into the slot (1), then gently press it down until it clicks into place (2). Replace the memory cover and secure it with the screw. The computer automatically detects and reconfigures the total mem- ory size.
2 Customizing my computer Using system utilities Acer eManager Acer eManager is an innovative sofware designed for frequently used functions. At the press of the Acer Empowering Key, the Acer eMan- ager user interface appears, featuring three main settings -- Acer eSetting, Acer ePresentation and Acer ePowerManagement (selected models).
Launch Manager The Acer Launch Manager allows you to set the programmable launch keys, including the default mail and Web browswer keys, as well as the Empowering and P keys. The Wireless and Bluetooth keys cannot be set by users. See “Launch keys” on page 21 for more information. You can access the Launch Manager by clicking on Start, All Programs, and then Launch Manager to start the application.
2 Customizing my computer Aspire Arcade Instant-on Arcade Instant-on Arcade is state-of-the-art software, integrating the best digital media in one convenient and easy to use application. The Arcade includes Cinema, Album and Music modes. With a press of the Aspire Media Console’s Arcade button, you can enjoy your multimedia collection without waiting for the Windows operating system to boot up.
Album Aspire Arcade lets you view digital photos individually or as a slide- show, from any available drive on your computer. Click the Album but- ton on the Home page to show the Album main page. To view a slideshow, open the folder containing the pictures you wish to view - then click the Play slideshow button.
File type compatibility Mode Supported Audio Cinema DVD/VCD Music MP3, CD audio Album JPEG(Only) Others Note: The track pad is not functional under Instant-on Arcade. Nor are any power managment features available under Instant-on Arcade. 2 Customizing my computer Not Supported Liner PCM DVD navigator SVCD...
Windows Arcade Aspire Arcade is an integrated player for music, photos, DVD movies, and videos. To watch or listen, click a content button (e.g. Music, Video, etc...) on the Arcade home page. Cinema - watch DVDs or VCDs Album - view photos stored on your hard drive or any removable media Video- watch and/or edit video clips Music - listen to music files in a variety of formats...
Arcade Hot keys When running in the Windows environment, the key combinations listed below are available to control and fine-tune the features and settings of Aspire Arcade. Hot key Fn+F1 Fn+F3 Fn+F5 Fn+F6 Fn+F8 Fn + ↑ Fn + ↓ Fn + →...
Finding and playing content Clicking a button on the Arcade home page opens the corresponding feature’s home page. The content pages have buttons on the left and a content browsing area on the right. If a button shows one of several choices, such as sort order, the current setting is shown by a brightly coloured ball on the left side.
Arcade controls When watching video clips, movies, or slideshows as full-screen visual content two pop-up control panels are shown when you move the mouse. They automatically disappear after several seconds. The “Navi- gation controls” panel appears at the top and the “Player controls” panel appears at the bottom 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 Aspire Arcade. This player has the features and controls of a typical living room DVD player. When you insert a disc into the DVD drive, the movie begins playing automatically.
Select an output type: • 4:3 Standard or 16:9 Widescreen according to your display preferences • The Letterbox option displays complete widescreen movie content in its original aspect ratio and adds black bars at the top and bottom of the screen. •...
Album Aspire Arcade lets you view digital photos individually or as a slide- show, from any available drive on your computer. Click Album button on the Arcade Home page to show the Album main page. The content area on the right shows both individual pictures and fold- ers.
2 Customizing my computer To view a slideshow, open the folder containing the pictures you wish to view - then click Play slideshow. The slideshow is played full-screen. Use the pop-up control panel to control the slideshow. To rotate a picture in full-screen, click Rotate right or Rotate left. You can also view a single picture by clicking on it.
Video To open the Video function, click Video on the Arcade Home page, to open the Video Home page. Note: The Video feature is designed for video file playback of MPEG1, MPEG2 (if a DVD drive is installed), AVI, WMV, and ASF formats.
When you have your raw footage on hand, you can use PowerDirector to perform the following tasks: acquire video and audio content trim video and audio content to desired length add a special effect to a video clip adjust the sharpness, contrast, and/or color of a video clip add transition effects between video clips preview your production burn your production to a VCD or DVD...
Audio - create your own greatest hits CDs Create better sounding music in a snap. Burn your favourite songs to CD so you can listen to them on any CD player. Convert songs from your music collection to MP3 and other popular audio formats. Even create MP3 CDs with over 100 of your favourite songs and listen to them on you PC or MP3 CD player.
Acer Disc to Disc Recovery Note: This feature is only available on certain models. Multilingual operating system installation Follow the instructions to choose the operating system and language you use when you first power-on the system. Turn on the system. Acer multilingual operating system selection menu will pop-up automatically.
Restart the system. The instruction "Press <F2> to Enter BIOS" is shown at the bottom of the screen, during POST. Press <Alt> + <F10> at the same time to enter the recovery process. The message "The system has password protection. Please enter 000000:"...
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. Contact your dealer or an authorized service center for assistance.
Frequently-asked questions The following is a list of possible situations that may arise during the use of your computer. Easy answers and solutions are provided for each one. I pressed the power switch and opened the display, but the computer does not start or boot-up.
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 option. •...
The CD or DVD drive cannot access a disc. Check the following: • Make sure the disc is supported by the drive. If your computer connects to a CD-ROM drive, it can read CDs but cannot read DVDs. If your computer has a DVD drive, it can read DVDs in addition to CDs.
The printer does not work. Check the following: • Make sure that the printer is connected to a power outlet and that it is turned on. • Depending on your connection (USB or parallel), make sure that the printer cable is connected securely to the appropriate port on your computer and the corresponding port on the printer.
Error messages If you receive an error message, note the message and take the correc- tive action. The following table lists the error messages in alphabetical order together with the recommended course of action. Error Messages Corrective Action CMOS Battery Bad Contact your dealer or an authorized service center.
Requesting service Your computer is backed by an International Traveler’s Warranty (ITW) that gives you security and peace of mind when traveling. Our world- wide network of service centers are there to give you a helping hand. An ITW passport comes with your computer. This passport contains all you need to know about the ITW program.
Before you call Please have the following information available when you call Acer for online service, and please be at your computer when you call. With your support, we can reduce the amount of time a call takes and help solve your problems efficiently.
This appendix lists the general specifications of your computer.
Microprocessor • Intel® Pentium® M Processor 705, 715, 725, 735, 745, 755, or Intel® Celeron® M Processor 320, 330 Memory • 256/512 MB of DDR333 SDRAM standard, upgradeable to 2048 MB with dual soDIMM modules • 512 KB flash ROM BIOS Data storage •...
Audio • 16-bit AC’97 stereo audio • Dual speakers and one internal microphone • Separate audio ports for headphone-out, line-in and microphone- in devices Keyboard and pointing device • 88/89-key Windows keyboard • Ergonomically-centered touchpad pointing device with scroll function I/O ports •...
Dimensions 364.0(W) x 279.0(D) x 38.9(max. H) mm, w/ battery 364.0(W) x 275.0(D) x 33.9(max. H) mm, w/o battery Environment • Temperature: Operating: 5°C ~ 35°C Non-operating: -20°C ~ 65°C • Humidity (non-condensing): Operating: 20% ~ 80% RH Non-operating: 20% ~ 80% RH System •...
This appendix lists the general notices for your computer.
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.
Appendix B Regulation & safety notices Operation conditions This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
If this equipment should fail to operate properly, disconnect the equip- ment from the phone line to determine if it is causing the problem. If the problem is with the equipment, discontinue use and contact your dealer or vendor. Caution: To reduce the risk of fire, use only No. 26 AWG or larger UL Listed or CSA Certified Telecommunication Line Cord.
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.
For Modem with approval number PTC 211/01/030 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.
Important safety instructions Read these instructions carefully. Save them 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.
If the product does not operate normally when the operating instructions are followed. Adjust only those controls that are covered by the operating instructions since improper adjustment of other controls may result in damage and will often require extensive work by a qualified technician to restore the product to normal condition.
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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).
The FCC RF safety requirement The radiated output power of Wireless LAN Mini-PCI Card and Blue- tooth card is far below the FCC radio frequency exposure limits. Never- theless, the Aspire series shall be used in such a manner that the potential for human contact during normal operation is minimized as follows Users are requested to follow the RF safety instructions on wireless...
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.
Trade Name: Acer Model Number: Machine Type: Aspire 1680; Aspire 1410 SKU Number: Aspire 168xxx; Aspire 141xxx (“x” = 0~9, a ~ z, or A ~ Z) Is in compliance with the essential requirements and other relevant provisions of the following EC directives.
Address of Responsible Party: Contact Person: Phone No.: Fax No.: Notebook Personal Computer Aspire 1680; Aspire 1410 Aspire 168xxx; Aspire 141xxx (“x” = 0~9, a ~ z, or A ~ Z) Acer America Corporation 2641 Orchard Parkway, San Jose CA 95134, U. S. A.
Appendix B Regulation & safety notices...
Index AC adapter caring for audio adjusting the volume troubleshooting battery pack caring for BIOS Utility BIOS utility brightness hotkeys caps lock on indicator care AC adapter battery pack computer troubleshooting CD-ROM ejecting ejecting manually troubleshooting cleaning computer computer bringing to meetings caring for cleaning disconnecting...
media access on indicator memory installing upgrading messages error modem network Notebook Manager hotkey notice DVD copyright protection num lock on indicator numeric keypad embedded num lock online services optical drive options memory upgrade PC Card ejecting inserting ports Power-On Self Test (POST) printer troubleshooting problems...
warranty International Traveler’s Warranty Windows Windows keys...