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PDF OCR Transcript: TravelMate 4520/4220 Series User's Guide Copyright © 2007. Acer Incorporated. All Rights Reserved. TravelMate 4520/4220 Series User's Guide Original Issue: 06/2007 Changes may be made periodically to the information in this publication without obligation to notify any person of such revisions or changes. Such changes will be incorporated in new editions of this manual or supplementary documents and publications. This company makes no representations or warranties, either expressed or implied, with respect to the contents hereof and specifically disclaims the implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Record the model number, serial number, purchase date and place of purchase information in the space provided below. The serial number and model number are recorded on the label affixed to your computer. All correspondence concerning your unit should include the serial number, model number and purchase information. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronically, mechanically, by photocopy, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of Acer Incorporated. TravelMate 4520/4220 Series Notebook PC Model number: __ Serial number: ___ Date of purchase: __ Place of purchase: __ Acer and the Acer logo are registered trademarks of Acer Incorporated. Other companies' product names or trademarks are used herein for identification purposes only and belong to their respective companies. iii Information for your safety and comfort Safety instructions Read these instructions carefully. Keep this document for future reference. Follow all warnings and instructions marked on the product. Turning the product off before cleaning Unplug this product from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not use liquid cleaners or aerosol cleaners. Use a damp cloth for cleaning. CAUTION for plug as disconnecting device Observe the following guidelines when connecting and disconnecting power to the power supply unit: Install the power supply unit before connecting the power cord to the AC power outlet. Unplug the power cord before removing the power supply unit from the computer. If the system has multiple sources of power, disconnect power from the system by unplugging all power cords from the power supplies. CAUTION for Accessibility Be sure that the power outlet you plug the power cord into is easily accessible and located as close to the equipment operator as possible. When you need to disconnect power to the equipment, be sure to unplug the power cord from the electrical outlet. CAUTION for Dummy Card of PCMCIA Slot Your computer shipped with plastic dummy installed in the PCMCIA slot. Dummy protect unused slot from dust, metal object, or other particles. Save the dummy for use when no PCMCIA Card is installed in the slot. CAUTION for Listening To protect your hearing, follow these instructions. • Increase the volume gradually until you can hear clearly and comfortably. • Do not increase the volume level after your ears have adjusted. • Do not listen to music at high volumes for extended periods. • Do not increase the volume to block out noisy surroundings. • Decrease the volume if you can't hear people speaking near you. ivWarnings • Do not use this product near water. • Do not place this product on an unstable cart, stand or table. If the product falls, it could be seriously damaged. • Slots and openings are provided for ventilation to ensure reliable operation of the product and to protect it from overheating. These openings must not be blocked or covered. The openings should never be blocked by placing the product on a bed, sofa, rug or other similar surface. This product should never be placed near or over a radiator or heat register, or in a built-in installation unless proper ventilation is provided. • Never push objects of any kind into this product through cabinet slots as they may touch dangerous voltage points or short-out parts that could result in a fire or electric shock. Never spill liquid of any kind onto or into the product. • To avoid damage of internal components and to prevent battery leakage, do not place the product on a vibrating surface. • Never use it under sporting, exercising, or any vibrating environment which will probably cause unexpected short current or damage rotor devices, HDD, Optical drive, and even exposure risk from lithium battery pack. Using electrical power • This product should be operated from the type of power indicated on the marking label. If you are not sure of the type of power available, consult your dealer or local power company. • Do not allow anything to rest on the power cord. Do not locate this product where people will walk on the cord. • 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. • Do not overload a power outlet, strip or receptacle by plugging in too many devices. The overall system load must not exceed 80% of the branch circuit rating. If power strips are used, the load should not exceed 80% of the power strip's input rating. • This product's AC adapter is equipped with a three-wire grounded plug. The plug only fits in a grounded power outlet. Make sure the power outlet is properly grounded before inserting the AC adapter plug. Do not insert the plug into a non-grounded power outlet. Contact your electrician for details.Warning! The grounding pin is a safety feature. Using a power outlet that is not properly grounded may result in electric shock and/or injury. v Note: The grounding pin also provides good protection from unexpected noise produced by other nearby electrical devices that may interfere with the performance of this product. • Use the product only with the supplied power supply cord set. If you need to replace the power cord set, make sure that the new power cord meets the following requirements: detachable type, UL listed/CSA certified, type SPT-2, rated 7 A 125 V minimum, VDE approved or its equivalent, 4.6 meters (15 feet) maximum length. Product servicing Do not attempt to service this product yourself, as opening or removing covers may expose you to dangerous voltage points or other risks. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Unplug this product from the wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified service personnel when: • the power cord or plug is damaged, cut or frayed • liquid was spilled into the product • the product was exposed to rain or water • the product has been dropped or the case has been damaged • the product exhibits a distinct change in performance, indicating a need for service • the product does not operate normally after following the operating instructions Note: 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. Guidelines for safe battery usage This notebook uses a Lithium-ion battery. Do not use it in a humid, wet or corrosive environment. Do not put, store or leave your product in or near a heat source, in a high temperature location, in strong direct sunlight, in a microwave oven or in a pressurized container, and do not expose it to temperatures over 60°C (140°F). Failure to follow these guidelines may cause the battery to leak acid, become hot, explode or ignite and cause injury and/or damage. Do not pierce, open or disassemble the battery. If the battery leaks and you come into contact with the leaked fluids, rinse thoroughly with water and seek medical attention immediately. For safety reasons, and to prolong the lifetime of the battery, charging will not occur at temperatures below 0°C (32°F) or above 40°C (104°F). The full performance of a new battery is achieved only after two or three complete charge and discharge cycles. The battery can be charged and vidischarged hundreds of times, but it will eventually wear out. When the operation time becomes noticeably shorter than normal, buy a new battery. Use only Acer approved batteries, and recharge your battery only with Acer approved chargers designated for this device. Use the battery only for its intended purpose. Never use any charger or battery that is damaged. Do not short-circuit the battery. Accidental short-circuiting can occur when a metallic object such as a coin, clip or pen causes direct connection of the positive (+) and negative (-) terminals of the battery. (These look like metal strips on the battery.) This might happen, for example, when you carry a spare battery in your pocket or purse. Short-circuiting the terminals may damage the battery or the connecting object. The capacity and lifetime of the battery will be reduced if the battery is left in hot or cold places, such as in a closed car in summer or winter. Always try to keep the battery between 15°C and 25°C (59°F and 77°F). A device with a hot or cold battery may not work temporarily, even when the battery is fully charged. Battery performance is especially limited in temperatures well below freezing. Do not dispose of batteries in a fire as they may explode. Batteries may also explode if damaged. Dispose of batteries according to local regulations. Please recycle when possible. Do not dispose as household waste. Wireless devices may be susceptible to interference from the battery, which could affect performance. Potentially explosive environments Switch off your device in any area with a potentially explosive atmosphere and obey all signs and instructions. Potentially explosive atmospheres include areas where you would normally be advised to turn off your vehicle engine. Sparks in such areas could cause an explosion or fire resulting in bodily injury or even death. Switch off the notebook near gas pumps at service stations. Observe restrictions on the use of radio equipment in fuel depots, storage and distribution areas; chemical plants; or where blasting operations are in progress. Areas with a potentially explosive atmosphere are often, but not always, marked. They include below deck on boats, chemical transfer or storage facilities, vehicles using liquefied petroleum gas (such as propane or butane), and areas where the air contains chemicals or particles such as grain, dust or metal powders. Do not switch the notebook on when wireless phone use is prohibited or when it may cause interference or danger. Replacing the battery pack The notebook uses lithium batteries. Replace the battery with the same type as that which came bundled with your product. Use of another battery may present a risk of fire or explosion. Warning! Batteries may explode if not handled properly. Do not disassemble or dispose of them in fire. Keep them away from children. Follow local regulations when disposing of used batteries. vii Telephone line safety • Disconnect all telephone lines from the equipment when not in use and/or before servicing. • To avoid the remote risk of electric shock from lightning, do not connect the telephone line to this equipment during lightning or thunderstorms. Warning! For safety reasons, do not use non-compliant parts when adding or changing components. Consult your reseller for purchase options. Additional safety information Your device and its enhancements may contain small parts. Keep them out of the reach of small children. Operating environment Warning! For safety reasons, turn off all wireless or radio transmitting devices when using your laptop under the following conditions. These devices may include, but are not limited to: wireless lan (WLAN), Bluetooth and/or 3G. Remember to follow any special regulations in force in any area, and always switch off your device when its use is prohibited or when it may cause interference or danger. Use the device only in its normal operating positions. This device meets RF exposure guidelines when used normally, and it and its antenna are positioned at least 1.5 centimeters (5/8 inches) away from your body (refer to the figure below). It should not contain metal and you should position the device the above-stated distance from your body. To successfully transmit data files or messages, this device requires a good quality connection to the network. In some cases, transmission of data files or messages may be delayed until such a connection is available. Ensure that the above separation distance instructions are followed until the transmission is completed. Parts of the device are magnetic. Metallic materials may be attracted to the device, and persons with hearing aids should not hold the device to the ear with the hearing aid. Do not place credit cards or other magnetic storage media near the device, because information stored on them may be erased. Medical devices Operation of any radio transmitting equipment, including wireless phones, may interfere with the functionality of inadequately protected medical devices. Consult a physician or the manufacturer of the medical device to determine if they are adequately shielded from external RF energy or if you have any questions. Switch off your device in health care facilities when any regulations posted in these areas instruct you to do so. Hospitals or health care facilities may be using equipment that could be sensitive to external RF transmissions.. viii Pacemakers. Pacemaker manufacturers recommend that a minimum separation of 15.3 centimeters (6 inches) be maintained between wireless devices and a pacemaker to avoid potential interference with the pacemaker. These recommendations are consistent with the independent research by and recommendations of Wireless Technology Research. Persons with pacemakers should do the following: • Always keep the device more than 15.3 centimeters (6 inches) from the pacemaker • Not carry the device near your pacemaker when the device is switched o. If you suspect interference, switch off your device, and move it. Hearing aids. Some digital wireless devices may interfere with some hearing aids. If interference occurs, consult your service provider. Vehicles RF signals may affect improperly installed or inadequately shielded electronic systems in motor vehicles such as electronic fuel injection systems, electronic antiskid (antilock) braking systems, electronic speed control systems, and air bag systems. For more information, check with the manufacturer, or its representative, of your vehicle or any equipment that has been added. Only qualified personnel should service the device, or install the device in a vehicle. Faulty installation or service may be dangerous and may invalidate any warranty that may apply to the device. Check regularly that all wireless equipment in your vehicle is mounted and operating properly. Do not store or carry flammable liquids, gases, or explosive materials in the same compartment as the device, its parts, or enhancements. For vehicles equipped with an air bag, remember that air bags inflate with great force. Do not place objects, including installed or portable wireless equipment in the area over the air bag or in the air bag deployment area. If in-vehicle wireless equipment is improperly installed, and the air bag inflates, serious injury could result. Using your device while flying in aircraft is prohibited. Switch off your device before boarding an aircraft. The use of wireless teledevices in an aircraft may be dangerous to the operation of the aircraft, disrupt the wireless telephone network, and may be illegal. Potentially explosive environments Switch off your device when in any area with a potentially explosive atmosphere and obey all signs and instructions. Potentially explosive atmospheres include areas where you would normally be advised to turn off your vehicle engine. Sparks in such areas could cause an explosion or fire resulting in bodily injury or even death. Switch off the device at refueling points such as near gas pumps at service stations. Observe restrictions on the use of radio equipment in fuel depots, storage, and distribution areas; chemical plants; or where blasting operations are in progress. Areas with a potentially explosive atmosphere are often, but not always, clearly marked. They include below deck on boats, chemical transfer or storage facilities, vehicles using liquefied petroleum gas (such as propane or butane), and areas where the air contains chemicals or particles such as grain, dust or metal powders. ix Emergency calls Warning: You cannot make emergency calls through this device. To make an emergency call you shall dial out through your mobile phone or other telephone call system. Disposal instructions Do not throw this electronic device into the trash when discarding. To minimize pollution and ensure utmost protection of the global environment, please recycle. For more information on the Waste from Electrical and Electronics Equipment (WEEE) regulations, visit Mercury advisory For projectors or electronic products containing an LCD/CRT monitor or display: Lamp(s) inside this product contain mercury and must be recycled or disposed of according to local, state or federal laws. For more information, contact the Electronic Industries Alliance at For lamp-specific disposal information, check xENERGY STAR is a government program (public/private partnership) that gives people the power to protect the environment in a cost effective way and without sacrificing quality or product features. Products that earn the ENERGY STAR prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Energy (DOE). In the average home, 75% of all electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off. ENERGY STAR qualified home electronic products in the off position use up to 50% less energy than conventional equipment. More information refers to and Note: The statement above is applicable only to Acer notebooks with an ENERGY STAR sticker located in the bottom right-hand corner of the palm rest. As an ENERGY STAR partner, Acer Inc. has determined that this product meets the ENERGY STAR guidelines for energy efficiency. This product has been shipped enabled for power management: • Activate display’ Sleep mode within 15 minutes of user inactivity. • Activate computer’s Sleep mode within 30 minutes of user inactivity. • Wake the computer from Sleep mode by pushing power button. • More power management settings can be done through Acer ePower Management. Tips and information for comfortable use Computer users may complain of eyestrain and headaches after prolonged use. Users are also at risk of physical injury after long hours of working in front of a computer. Long work periods, bad posture, poor work habits, stress, inadequate working conditions, personal health and other factors greatly increase the risk of physical injury. Incorrect computer usage may lead to carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, tenosynovitis or other musculoskeletal disorders. The following symptoms may appear in the hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, neck or back: • numbness, or a burning or tingling sensation • aching, soreness or tenderness • pain, swelling or throbbing • stiffness or tightness • coldness or weakness If you have these symptoms, or any other recurring or persistent discomfort and/or pain related to computer use, consult a physician immediately and inform your company's health and safety department. The following section provides tips for more comfortable computer use. xi Finding your comfort zone Find your comfort zone by adjusting the viewing angle of the monitor, using a footrest, or raising your sitting height to achieve maximum comfort. Observe the following tips: • refrain from staying too long in one fixed posture • avoid slouching forward and/or leaning backward • stand up and walk around regularly to remove the strain on your leg muscles • take short rests to relax your neck and shoulders • avoid tensing your muscles or shrugging your shoulders • install the external display, keyboard and mouse properly and within comfortable reach • if you view your monitor more than your documents, place the display at the center of your desk to minimize neck strain Taking care of your vision Long viewing hours, wearing incorrect glasses or contact lenses, glare, excessive room lighting, poorly focused screens, very small typefaces and low-contrast displays could stress your eyes. The following sections provide suggestions on how to reduce eyestrain. Eyes • Rest your eyes frequently. • Give your eyes regular breaks by looking away from the monitor and focusing on a distant point. • Blink frequently to keep your eyes from drying out. Display • Keep your display clean. • Keep your head at a higher level than the top edge of the display so your eyes point downward when looking at the middle of the display. • Adjust the display brightness and/or contrast to a comfortable level for enhanced text readability and graphics clarity. • Eliminate glare and reflections by: • placing your display in such a way that the side faces the window or any light source • minimizing room light by using drapes, shades or blinds • using a task light • changing the display's viewing angle • using a glare-reduction filter • using a display visor, such as a piece of cardboard extended from the display's top front edge • Avoid adjusting your display to an awkward viewing angle. • Avoid looking at bright light sources, such as open windows, for extended periods of time. xiiDeveloping good work habits Develop the following work habits to make your computer use more relaxing and productive: • Take short breaks regularly and often. • Perform some stretching exercises. • Breathe fresh air as often as possible. • Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy body. Warning! We do not recommend using the computer on a couch or bed. If this is unavoidable, work for only short periods, take breaks regularly, and do some stretching exercises. Note: For more information, please refer to "Regulations and safety notices" on page 66 in the AcerSystem User's Guide. xiii First things first We would like to thank you for making an Acer notebook your choice for meeting your mobile computing needs. Your guides To help you use your Acer notebook, we have designed a set of guides: First off, the Just for Starters... poster helps you get started with setting up your computer. The printed User's Guide introduces you to the basic features and functions of your new computer. For more on how your computer can help you to be more productive, please refer to the AcerSystem User's Guide. This guide contains detailed information on such subjects as system utilities, data recovery, expansion options and troubleshooting. In addition it contains warranty information and the general regulations and safety notices for your notebook. It is available in Portable Document Format (PDF) and comes preloaded on your notebook. Follow these steps to access it: 1 Click on Start, All Programs, AcerSystem. 2 Click on AcerSystem User's Guide. Note: Viewing the file requires Adobe Reader. If Adobe Reader is not installed on your computer, clicking on AcerSystem User's Guide will run the Adobe Reader setup program first. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation. For instructions on how to use Adobe Reader, access the Help and Support menu. 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 button below the LCD screen beside the easy-launch buttons. See "Front view" on page 15 for the location of the power button. xiv To turn the power off, do any of the following: • Use the Windows shutdown command Click on Start then click on Shut Down. • Use the power button You can also put the computer in sleep mode by pressing the sleep hotkey + . Note: If you cannot power off the computer normally, press and hold the power button for more than four seconds to shut down the computer. If you turn off the computer and want to turn it on again, wait at least two seconds before powering up. Taking care of your computer Your computer will serve you well if you take care of it. • Do not expose the computer to direct sunlight. Do not place it near sources of heat, such as a radiator. • Do not expose the computer to temperatures below 0 oC (32 oF) or above 50 oC (122 oF). • Do not subject the computer to magnetic fields. • Do not expose the computer to rain or moisture. • Do not spill water or any liquid on the computer. • Do not subject the computer to heavy shock or vibration. • Do not expose the computer to dust or dirt. • Never place objects on top of 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. • Do not step on the power cord or place heavy objects on top of it. Carefully route the power cord and any cables away from foot traffic. • When unplugging the power cord, do not pull on the cord itself but pull on the plug. • The total ampere ratings of the equipment plugged in should not exceed the ampere rating of the cord if you are using an extension cord. Also, the total current rating of all equipment plugged into a single wall outlet should not exceed the fuse rating. xv Taking care of your battery pack Here are some ways to take care of your battery pack: • Use only batteries of the same kind as replacements. Turn the power off before removing or replacing batteries. • Do not tamper with batteries. Keep them away from children. • Dispose of used batteries according to local regulations. Recycle if possible. Cleaning and servicing When cleaning the computer, follow these steps: 1 Turn off the computer and remove the battery pack. 2 Disconnect the AC adapter. 3 Use a soft, moist cloth. Do not use liquid or aerosol cleaners. If either of the following occurs: • the computer has been dropped or the body has been damaged; • the computer does not operate normally please refer to "Frequently asked questions" on page 42. xvi Information for your safety and comfort iii Safety instructions iii Additional safety information vii Operating environment vii Medical devices vii Vehicles viii Potentially explosive environments viii Emergency calls ix Disposal instructions ix Tips and information for comfortable use x First things first xiii Your guides xiii Basic care and tips for using your computer xiii Turning your computer on and off xiii Taking care of your computer xiv Taking care of your AC adapter xiv Taking care of your battery pack xv Cleaning and servicing xv Acer Empowering Technology 1 Empowering Technology password 1 Acer eNet Management 2 Acer ePower Management 4 Acer ePresentation Management 6 Acer eDataSecurity Management 7 Acer eLock Management 8 Acer eRecovery Management 10 Acer eSettings Management 12 Windows Mobility Center 13 Your Acer notebook tour 15 Closed front view 16 Left view 18 Right view 19 Rear view 19 Base view 20 Specifications 21 Indicators 25 Easy-launch buttons 26 Touchpad 28 Touchpad basics 28 Using the keyboard 30 Lock keys and embedded numeric keypad 30 Windows keys 31 Hotkeys 32 Special keys 34 Ejecting the optical (CD or DVD) drive tray 35 Using a computer security lock 36 Audio 37 Adjusting the volume 37 Using the system utilities 38 Acer GridVista (dual-display compatible) 38 Launch Manager 39 NTI Shadow 41 Frequently asked questions 42 Requesting service 45 International Travelers Warranty (ITW) 45 Before you call 45 Battery pack 46 Battery pack characteristics 46 Maximizing the battery's life 46 Installing and removing the battery pack 47 Charging the battery 48 Checking the battery level 48 Optimising battery life 48 Battery-low warning 49 Taking your notebook PC with you 50 Disconnecting from the desktop 50 Moving around 50 Preparing the computer 50 What to bring to meetings 51 Taking the computer home 51 Preparing the computer 51 What to take with you 51 Special considerations 52 Setting up a home office 52 Traveling with the computer 52 Preparing the computer 52 What to take with you 52 Special considerations 53 Traveling internationally with the computer 53 Preparing the computer 53 What to bring with you 53 Special considerations 53 Securing your computer 54 Using a computer security lock 54 Using passwords 54 Entering passwords 55 Setting passwords 55 Expanding through options 56 Connectivity options 56 Fax/data modem 56 Built-in network feature 57 Fast Infrared (FIR) 57 Universal Serial Bus (USB) 58 IEEE 1394 port 58 PC Card slot 59 Installing memory 60 BIOS utility 60 Boot sequence 60 Enable disk-to-disk recovery 61 Password 61 Using software 61 Playing DVD movies 61 Acer eRecovery Management 62 Create backup 62 Burn backup disc 63 Restore and recovery 63 Troubleshooting 64 Troubleshooting tips 64 Error messages 64 Regulations and safety notices 66 FCC notice 66 Modem notices 67 Laser compliance statement 70 LCD pixel statement 70 Macrovision copyright protection notice 70 Radio device regulatory notice 71 General 71 European Union (EU) 71 The FCC RF safety requirement 73 Canada — Low-power license-exempt radio communication devices (RSS-210) 74 LCD panel ergonomic specifications 75 Federal Communications Comission Declaration of Conformity 7677 Index 78 1 Acer Empowering Technology The Empowering Technology toolbar makes it easy for you to access frequently used functions and manage your new Acer system. Displayed by default in the upper half of your screen, it provides access to the following utilities: Note: All of the following content is for general reference only. Actual product specifications may vary. • Acer eNet Management hooks up to location-based networks intelligently. • Acer ePower Management optimizes battery usage via customizable power plans. • Acer ePresentation Management connects to a projector and adjusts display settings. • Acer eDataSecurity Management protects data with passwords and encryption (for selected models). • Acer eLock Management limits access to external storage media. • Acer eRecovery Management backs up and recovers data flexibly, reliably and completely. • Acer eSettings Management accesses system information and adjusts settings easily. For more information, right click on the Empowering Technology toolbar, then select the "Help" or "Tutorial" function. Empowering Technology password Before using Acer eLock Management and Acer eRecovery Management, you must initialize the Empowering Technology password. Right-click on the Empowering Technology toolbar and select "Password Setup" to do so. If you have not initialized the Empowering Technology password and run Acer eLock Management or Acer eRecovery Management, you will be asked to create it. Note: If you lose the Empowering Technology password, there is no way to reset it except by reformatting your system. Make sure to remember or write down your password! 2 Acer eNet Management Acer eNet Management helps you quickly connect to both wired and wireless networks in a variety of locations. To access this utility, select "Acer eNet Management" from the Empowering Technology toolbar or run the program from the Acer Empowering Technology program group in Start menu. You can also set Acer eNet Management to start automatically when you boot up your PC. Acer eNet Management automatically detects the best settings for a new location, while offering you the option to manually adjust the settings to match your needs. 3 Acer eNet Management can save network settings for a location to a profile, and automatically switch to the appropriate profile when you move from one location to another. Settings stored include network connection settings (IP and DNS settings, wireless AP details, etc.), as well as default printer settings. Security and safety concerns mean that Acer eNet Management does not store username and password information. 4 Empowering Technology Acer ePower Management Acer ePower Management features a straightforward user interface for configuring your power management options. To access this utility, select "Acer ePower Management" from the Empowering Technology toolbar, run the program from the Acer Empowering Technology program group in Start menu, or right-click the Windows power icon in the system tray and select "Acer ePower Management". Using power plans Acer ePower Management comes with three predefined power plans: Balanced, High performance and Power saver. You can also create customized power plans. You can create, switch between, edit, delete and restore power plans, as described below. View and adjust settings for On Battery and Plugged In modes by clicking the appropriate tabs. You can open Windows power options by clicking "More Power Options". Note: You cannot delete the predefined power plans. To create a new power plan: Creating customized power plans allows you to save and quickly switch to a personalized set of power options. 1 Click the Create Power Plan icon. 2 Enter a name for your new power plan. 3 Choose a predefined power plan to base your customized plan on. 4 If necessary, change the display and sleep settings you want your computer to use. 5 Click "OK" to save your new power plan. To switch between power plans: 1 Select the power plan you wish to switch to from the drop-down list. 2 Click "Apply". To edit a power plan: Editing a power plan allows you to adjust system settings like LCD brightness and CPU speed. You can also turn on/off system components to extend battery life. 1 Switch to the power plan you wish to edit 2 Adjust settings as required.

3 Click "Apply" to save your new settings. To delete a power plan: You cannot delete the power plan you are currently using. If you want to delete the active power plan, switch to another one first. 1 Select the power plan you wish to delete from the drop-down list. 2 Click the Delete Power Plan icon. Battery status For real-time battery life estimates based on current usage, refer to the panel in the upper half of the window. Click the to view estimated battery life in sleep and hibernate modes. 5 Empowering Technology

6 Acer ePresentation Management Acer ePresentation Management lets you project your computer's display to an external display device or projector using the hotkey: + . If auto- detection hardware is implemented in the system and the external display supports it, your system display will be automatically switched out when an external display is connected to the system. For projectors and external devices that are not auto-detected, launch Acer ePresentation Management to choose an appropriate display setting. Note: If the restored resolution is not correct after disconnecting a projector, or you need to use an external resolution that is not supported by Acer ePresentation Management, adjust your display settings using Display Properties or the utility provided by the graphics vendor. 7 Acer eDataSecurity Management (for selected models) Acer eDataSecurity Management is an encryption utility that protects your files from being accessed by unauthorized persons. It is conveniently integrated with Windows Explorer as a shell extension for quick data encryption/decryption and also supports on-the-fly file encryption for Lotus Notes and Microsoft Outlook. The Acer eDataSecurity Management setup wizard will prompt you for a supervisor password and default encryption password. This password will be used to encrypt files by default, or you can choose to enter your own password when encrypting a file. Note: The password used to encrypt a file is the unique key that the system needs to decrypt it. If you lose the password, the supervisor password is the only other key capable of decrypting the file. If you lose both passwords, there will be no way to decrypt your encrypted file! Be sure to safeguard all related passwords! 8 Acer eLock Management Acer eLock Management is simple yet effective utility that allows you to lock removable storage, optical and floppy drive devices to ensure that data can't be stolen while your system is unattended. • Removable Storage Devices — includes USB disk drives, USB pen drives, USB flash drives, USB MP3 drives, USB memory card readers, IEEE 1394 disk drives, and any other removable storage devices that can be mounted as a file system when plugged into the system. • Optical Drive Devices — includes any kind of CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, HD-DVD or Blu-ray drive devices. • Floppy Drive Devices — 3.5-inch floppy drives only. To use Acer eLock Management, the Empowering Technology password must be set first. Once set, you can apply locks to any of the devices types. Lock(s) will immediately be set without any reboot necessary, and will remain after rebooting, until removed. Note: If you lose the Empowering Technology password, there is no method to reset it except by reformatting your system. Make sure to remember or write down your password. 9 10 Acer eRecovery Management Acer eRecovery Management is a versatile backup utility. It allows you to create full or incremental backups, burn the factory default image to optical disc, and restore from previously created backups or reinstall applications and drivers. By default, user-created backups are stored to the D:\ drive. Acer eRecovery Management provides you with: • Password protection (Empowering Technology password) • Full and incremental backups to hard disk or optical disc • Creation of backups: • Factory default image • User backup image • Current system configuration • Application backup • Restore and recovery: • Factory default image • User backup image • From previously-created CD/DVD • Reinstall applications/drivers 11 For more information, please refer to "Acer eRecovery Management" on page 62 in the AcerSystem User's Guide. Note: If your computer did not come with a Recovery CD or System CD, please use Acer eRecovery Management's "System backup to optical disc" feature to burn a backup image to CD or DVD. To ensure the best results when recovering your system using a CD or Acer eRecovery Management, detach all peripherals (except the external Acer ODD, if your computer has one), including your Acer ezDock. 12 Acer eSettings Management Acer eSettings Management allows you to inspect hardware specifications, set BIOS passwords and modify boot options. Acer eSettings Management also: • Provides a simple graphical user interface for navigation. • Prints and saves hardware specifications. • Lets you set an asset tag for your system. 13 Windows Mobility Center (for Windows Vista only) The Windows Mobility Center collects key mobile-related system settings in one easy-to-find place, so you can quickly configure your Acer system to fit the situation as you change locations, networks or activities. Settings include display brightness, power plan, volume, wireless networking on/off, external display settings, display orientation and synchronization status. Windows Mobility Center also includes Acer-specific settings like Bluetooth Add Device (if applicable), sharing folders overview/sharing service on or off, and a shortcut to the Acer user guide, drivers and utilities. To launch Windows Mobility Center: • Use the shortcut key < > + • Start Windows Mobility Center from the Control panel • Start Windows Mobility Center from the Accessories program group in the Start menu 14 15 Your Acer notebook tour After setting up your computer as illustrated in the Just for Starters... poster, let us show you around your new Acer notebook. Front view

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1 Acer Crystal Eye Web camera for video communication (for selected models). 2 Microphone Internal microphone for sound recording. 16# Item Description 3 Display screen Also called Liquid-Crystal Display (LCD), displays computer output. 4 Status indicators Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) that light up to show the status of the computer's functions and components. 5 Keyboard For entering data into your computer. 6 Palmrest Comfortable support area for your hands when you use the computer. 7 Touchpad Touch-sensitive pointing device which functions like a computer mouse.

8 Click buttons (left, center and right) The left and right buttons function like the left and right mouse buttons; the center button serves as 4- way scroll button.

9 Status indicators Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) that light up to show the status of the computer's functions and components.

10 Easy-launch buttons Buttons for launching frequently used programs. See "Easy-launch buttons" on page 26 for more details.

11 Power button Turns the computer on and off. 12 Productivity keys Three productivity keys give users one-touch access to protection and manageability features for a more secure, smarter and easier way to work. See "Easy- launch buttons" on page 26 for more details. 13 Empowering key Launch Acer Empowering Technology 17 Closed front view

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1 Speakers Left and right speakers deliver stereo audio output. 2 IEEE 1394 port Connects to IEEE 1394 devices. 3 Infrared port Interfaces with infrared devices (e.g., infrared printer and IR-aware computer). 4 USB 2.0 port Connects to USB 2.0 devices (e.g., USB mouse, USB camera). 5 Line-in jack Accepts audio line-in devices (e.g., audio CD player, stereo walkman, mp3 player) 6 Microphone jack Accepts inputs from external microphones.

7 Headphones/ speaker/line-out jack Connects to audio line-out devices (e.g., speakers, headphones). 8 Bluetooth communication switch Enable/disable the Bluetooth function. (manufacturing option). 9 Wireless communication switch Enable/disable the wireless function. (manufacturing option).

10 Latch Locks and releases the lid. 18Left view

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1 Kensington lock slot Connects to a Kensington-compatible computer security lock.

2 Optical drive Internal optical drive; accepts CDs or DVDs (location depends on model)

3 Optical disk access indicator Lights up when the optical drive is active (location depends on model). 4 Optical drive eject button Ejects the optical disk from the drive (location depends on model). 5 Emergency eject hole Ejects the optical drive tray when the computer is turned off (location depends on model).

6 USB 2.0 port Connects to USB 2.0 devices (e.g., USB mouse, USB camera). 7 5-in-1 card reader Accepts Secure Digital (SD), MultiMediaCard (MMC), Memory Stick (MS), Memory Stick Pro (MS PRO), and xD-Picture Card. Note: Only one card can operate at any given time. 19 Right view

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1 PC Card slot eject button Rear view Ejects the PC Card from the slot.

2 PC Card slot Accepts one Type II PC Card.

3 Two USB 2.0 ports Connect to USB 2.0 devices (e.g., USB mouse, USB camera). 4 S-Video/TV-out (NTSC/PAL) port Connects to a television or display device with S-video input. 5 Ethernet (RJ-45) port Connects to an Ethernet 10/100/1000-based network. 6 External display (VGA) port Connects to a display device (e.g., external monitor, LCD projector).

7 DC-in jack Connects to an AC adapter.

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1 Ventilation slots Enable the computer to stay cool, even after prolonged use.

2 Modem (RJ-11) port Connects to a phone line.

20Base view Item Description 1 Battery bay Houses the computer's battery pack. 2 Battery lock Locks the battery in position.

3 Acer DASP (Disk Anti- Shock Protection) Protects the hard disk drive from shocks and bumps.

4 Hard disk bay Houses the computer’s hard disk (secured with screws) 5 Memory compartment Houses the computer's main memory. 6 Battery release latch Releases the battery to remove the battery pack. 21 Specifications Operating system • Windows VistaTM Business • Windows VistaTM Home Premium • Windows VistaTM Home Basic • Genuine Windows® XP Professional (Service Pack 2) Platform AMD Better By Design program, featuring: • AMD TurionTM 64 X2 dual-core mobile technology TL- 52 / TL-56 / TL-60 / TL-66 (1 MB L2 cache, 1.6/1.8/2.0/ 2.3 GHz, 1600 MHz HyperTransportTM bus) or TL-50 (512 KB L2 cache, 1.6 GHz) (for selected models) • Mobile AMD SempronTM 3400+ (512 KB L2 cache, 1.8 GHz, 1600 MHz HyperTransportTMbus) / 3500+ (512 KB L2 cache, 1.8 GHz, 1600 MHz HyperTransportTM bus) / 3600+ (256 KB L2 cache, 2.0 GHz, 1600 MHz HyperTransportTM bus) (for selected models) • ATI M690G chipset • Acer InviLinkTM 802.11b/g Wi-Fi CERTIFIED® solution, supporting Acer SignalUpTM wireless technology (for selected models) System memory Up to 2 GB of DDR2 667 MHz memory, upgradeable to 4 GB using two soDIMM modules (dual-channel support) Display and graphics • 14.1" WXGA TFT LCD, 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, supporting simultaneous multi-window viewing via Acer GridVistaTM • ATI Radeon® X1250 with up to 896 MB of HyperMemoryTM (256 MB of dedicated DDR2 VRAM, up to 640 MB of shared system memory), supporting Microsoft® DirectX® 9 • Dual independent display support • 16.7 million colors • MPEG-2/DVD hardware-assisted capability (acceleration) • WMV9 (VC-1) and H.264 (AVC) support (acceleration) • S-video/TV-out (NTSC/PAL) support 22Storage subsystem • 80/120/160 GB or larger hard disk drive with Acer DASP (Disk Anti-Shock Protection) enhancement • Optical drive options: • DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive • DVD/CD-RW combo drive • 5-in-1 card reader supporting Secure Digital (SD), MultiMediaCard (MMC), Memory Stick® (MS), Memory Stick PROTM (MS PRO), xD-Picture CardTM (xD) Dimensions and weight • 331 (W) x 248 (D) x 29.7/41.08 (H) mm (13.03 x 9.76 x 1.17/1.62 inches) 2.4 kg (5.29 lbs.) with 6-cell battery pack Power subsystem • ACPI 3.0 CPU power management standard: supports Standby and Hibernation power-saving modes • 44 W 4000 mAh Li-ion battery pack (6-cell) • 3-pin 65 W AC adaptor Input devices • 88-/89-key Acer FineTouchTM keyboard with 5-degree curve, inverted "T" cursor layout; 2.5mm (minimum) key travel • Seamless touchpad pointing device with 4-way scroll button • 12 function keys, four cursor keys, two Windows® keys, hotkey controls, embedded numeric keypad, international language support, independent Euro and US dollar sign keys • Empowering Key • Easy-launch buttons: email, Internet, user- progammable • Productivity keys: Lock, Presentation, Sync • Front-access communication switches: WLAN and Bluetooth® Audio • Two built-in Acer 3DSonic stereo speakers • High Definition Audio support • Built-in microphone • MS-Sound compatible 23 Communication • Acer Video Conference featuring: • Integrated Acer Crystal Eye webcam supporting enhanced Acer PrimaLiteTM technology (for selected models) • Optional Acer Bluetooth® VoIP phone • WLAN: Acer InviLinkTM 802.11b/g Wi-Fi CERTIFIED® solution, supporting Acer SignalUpTM wireless technology (for selected models) • WPAN: Bluetooth® 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) (for selected models) • LAN: Gigabit Ethernet; Wake-on-LAN ready • Modem: 56K ITU V.92 with PTT approval; Wake-on- Ring ready I/O interface • PC Card slot (one Type II) • 5-in-1 card reader (MS/MS PRO/MMC/SD/xD) • Four USB 2.0 ports • IEEE 1394 port • Fast Infrared (FIR) port • External display (VGA) port • S-video/TV-out (NTSC/PAL) port • Headphones/speaker/line-out jack • Line-in jack • Microphone jack • Ethernet (RJ-45) port • Modem (RJ-11) port • DC-in jack for AC adaptor Security • Enhancement Acer DASP (Disk Anti-Shock Protection) HDD protection technology • Kensington lock slot • BIOS user, supervisor, and HDD passwords 24 Software • Acer Empowering Technology (Acer eNet, ePower, ePresentation, eDataSecurity (for selected models), eLock, eRecovery, eSettings Management) • Acer Crystal Eye (for selected models) • Acer GridVistaTM • Acer Launch Manager • Acer Video Conference Manager (for selected models) • Adobe® Reader® • CyberLink® PowerDVD® • Microsoft® Office Reday 2007 • Norton Internet Security • NTI CD-MakerTM • NTI ShadowTM Note: Software listed above is for reference only. The exact configuration of your PC depends on the model purchased. Options and accessories • Acer Bluetooth® VoIP phone featuring Acer Video Conference Manager • 512 MB/1 GB/ 2 GB DDR2 667 MHz soDIMM modules • 9-cell 4800 mAh Li-ion battery pack • External USB floppy disk drive • 3-pin 65 W AC adaptor Environment • Temperature: • Operating: 5 °C to 35 °C • Non-operating: -20 °C to 65 °C • Humidity (non-condensing): • Operating: 20% to 80% • Non-operating: 20% to 80% System compliance • Wi-Fi® • ACPI 3.0 • Mobile PC 2002 • DMI 2.0 Warranty One-year International Travelers Warranty (ITW) Note: The specifications listed above are for reference only. The exact configuration of your PC depends on the model purchased. 25 Indicators The computer has serveral easy-to-read status indicators. The front panel indicators are visible even when the computer cover is closed up. Icon Function Description HDD Indicates when the hard disk drive is active. Num Lock Lights up when Num Lock is activated. Caps Lock Lights up when Caps Lock is activated. Power Indicates the computer's power status. Battery Indicates the computer's battery status. Bluetooth Indicates the status of Bluetooth communication. Wireless LAN Indicates the status of wireless LAN communication.

  1. Charging: The light shows amber when the battery is charging. 2. Fully charged: The light shows green when in AC mode. 26Easy-launch buttons There are several conveniently located easy-launch buttons. They are: mail, Web browser, Empowering Key < > and one user-programmable button. Press < > to run the Acer Empowering Technology. Please see "Acer Empowering Technology" on page 1. The mail and Web browser buttons are pre-set to email and Internet programs, but can be reset by users. To set the Web browser, mail and programmable buttons, run the Acer Launch Manager. See "Launch Manager" on page 39. Icon Easy-launch button Default application

Acer Empowering Technology Acer Empowering Technology (user- programmable)

Web browser Internet browser (user-programmable) Mail Email application (user-programmable) P Programmable key User-programmable 27 Three productivity keys give users one-touch access to protection and manageability features for a more secure, smarter and easier way to work. • Lock key - runs the Windows® lock function to lock the notebook when you step out. If the laptop is equipped with Acer Bio-Protection, you only need to swipe your finger to log into Windows® again. • Presentation key - minimizes open application windows and prepares the display for impressive presentations. • Sync key - instantly synchronizes your computer system to an external storage device, for convenient and secure backup. Icon Productivity key Default application Lock Launch Windows Lock function Presentation Minimizes your open windows and prepares your display for presenting Sync Launch NTI Shadow 28Touchpad The built-in touchpad is a pointing device that senses movement on its surface. This means the cursor responds as you move your finger across the surface of the touchpad. The central location on the palmrest provides optimum comfort and support. Touchpad basics The following items show you how to use the touchpad: • Move your finger across the touchpad (2) to move the cursor. • Press the left (1) and right (4) buttons located beneath the touchpad to perform selection and execution functions. These two buttons are similar 29 to the left and right buttons on a mouse. Tapping on the touchpad is the same as clicking the left button. • Use the 4-way scroll (3) button to scroll up or down and move left or right a page. This button mimics your cursor pressing on the right scroll bar of Windows applications. Function Left button (1) Note: When using the touchpad, keep it — and your fingers — dry and clean. The touchpad is sensitive to finger movement; hence, the lighter the touch, the better the response. Tapping harder will not increase the touchpad's responsiveness. Note: By default, vertical and horizontal scrolling is enabled on your touchpad. It can be disabled under Mouse settings in Windows Control Panel. Right button (4) Main touchpad (2) Center button (3) Execute Quickly click twice. Tap twice (at the same speed as double-clicking a mouse button). Select Click once. Tap once. Drag Click and hold, then use finger on the touchpad to drag the cursor. Tap twice (at the same speed as double-clicking a mouse button); rest your finger on the touchpad on the second tap and drag the cursor. Access context menu Click once. Scroll Click and hold to move up/down/left/ right. 30Using the keyboard The keyboard has full-sized keys and an embedded numeric keypad, separate cursor, lock, Windows, function and special keys. Lock keys and embedded numeric keypad The keyboard has three lock keys which you can toggle on and off. Lock key Description Caps Lock When Caps Lock is on, all alphabetic characters typed are in uppercase.

Num Lock + When Num Lock is on, the embedded keypad is in numeric mode. The keys function as a calculator (complete with the arithmetic operators +, -, *, and /). Use this mode when you need to do a lot of numeric data entry. A better solution would be to connect an external 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.

Scroll Lock + When Scroll Lock is on, the screen moves one line up or down when you press the up or down arrow keys respectively. Scroll Lock does not work with some applications.

Desired access Num Lock on Num Lock off

Number keys on embedded keypad Type numbers in a normal manner. Cursor-control keys on embedded keypad Hold while using cursor- control keys. Hold while using cursor-control keys. Hold while using cursor-control keys. Main keyboard keys Hold while typing letters on embedded keypad. Type the letters in a normal manner.