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Acer Aspire 1500 series
Copyright © 2003 All Rights Reserved Acer Aspire 1500 Series Notebook Computer User's Guide Original Issue: December 2003 Changes may be made periodically to the information in this publication without obligation to notify any person of such revision 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
English iii First things first Your guides A set of guides is provided to help you set up and use your Aspire computer: The Just for starters… poster shows you how to set up your computer. This User's Guide provides clear and concise information on using your computer productively. You are advised to read it thoroughly and keep it handy for future reference. For more information on Acer’s products, services, and support, please visit the web site: http://www.acer.com. Basic care and tips fo
iv Note: If you are unable to shut down the computer in the usual way, press and hold the power button for more than four seconds. You should then wait at least two seconds before turning the computer on again. 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°C (32°F), or above 50°C (122°F). Do
English v Taking care of your battery pack It is also important that you look after your computer's battery pack. Use the correct battery model for your computer. Do not use other kinds of batteries. Turn the power off before removing or replacing the battery. Do not tamper with the battery. Keep the battery away from children. Dispose of batteries according to local regulations. Recycle if possible. Cleaning and servicing When cleaning your computer, it is important that you follow t
First things first iii Your guides iii Basic care and tips for using your computer iii Getting familiar with your computer 1 A tour of your computer 3 Front view 3 Left view 5 Right view 6 Rear view 7 Bottom view 8 Features 9 Indicators 11 Keyboard 13 Special keys 13 Touchpad 19 Touchpad basics 19 Launch keys 21 Storage 22 Inserting and ejecting a diskette 22 Ejecting the optical drive tray 23 Emergency ejection of the optical drive tray 23 Connectivity options 24 Ethernet and LAN 24 Fax/data mo
External keyboard 39 External keypad 39 External pointing device 39 USB devices 40 IEEE 1394 Port 41 Printer 42 Audio devices 42 Expansion devices 43 PC Card 43 Miscellaneous options 45 Battery pack 45 AC adapter 45 Key component upgrades 46 Memory upgrade 46 Hard disk upgrade 47 Moving with your computer 49 Disconnecting from the desktop 51 Moving around 52 Preparing the computer 52 What to bring to short meetings 52 What to bring to long meetings 52 Taking the computer home 53 Preparing the co
Troubleshooting 61 Frequently asked questions 63 Requesting service 66 International Traveler’s Warranty (ITW) 66 Before you call 66 Appendix A Specifications 67 Appendix B Notices 73 Index 83 English
Getting familiar with your computer
Your Aspire 1500 series notebook computer combines solid performance, versatility, multimedia capabilities and portability with a stylish design. Increase your productivity by working wherever you are. This chapter provides an in-depth "tour" of your computer's features.
English 3 A tour of your computer After setting up your new Aspire notebook computer, as illustrated in the Just for starters… poster, take a few minutes to explore the unit. Front view # Item Description 1 Display screen Liquid-crystal display (LCD) provides visual output. 2 Status indicators Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that turn on and off to show the status of the computer, its functions and components. English
4 Getting familiar with your computer # Item Description 3 Launch keys Buttons for launching frequently used programs. See“Launch keys” on page 21 for more details. 4 Power button Turns the computer on and off. 5 Palmrest Comfortable support area for your hands when you use the computer. 6 Click buttons & The left and right buttons function like 4-way scroll key the left and right mouse buttons; the 4-way scroll key scrolls the contents of a window up, down, left and right. 7 Touchpad Touc
English 5 Left view # Item Description 1 PC Card slots Support two Type II or one Type III CardBus PC Card(s). 2 Eject buttons Ejects the PC Card(s) from the slots. 3 3-in-1 card reader Supports Secure Digital (SD), MultiMedia Card (MMC) and Memory Stick (MS) formats. 4 IEEE 1394 port Connects to IEEE 1394 devices. 5 Infrared port Interfaces with infrared devices (e.g., infrared printer and IR-aware computer). 6 LED indicator Lights up when the optical drive is active. 7 Eject button Ejec
6 Getting familiar with your computer Right view # Item Description 1 Speaker Delivers stereo audio output. 2 Floppy activity indicator Lights up when the floppy is active. 3 Floppy drive Internal diskette drive; accepts a 3.5-inch diskette. 4 Floppy disk eject button Push to eject the floppy disk. 5 Security keylock Connects to a Kensington-compatible computer security lock. English
English 7 Rear view # Item Description 1 Power jack Connects to an AC adapter. 2 Parallel port Connects to a parallel device (e.g., parallel printer). 3 S-video port Connects to a television or display device with S-video input. 4 External display port Connects to a display device (e.g., external VGA monitor and LCD projector). 5 Four USB 2.0 ports Connect to Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 devices (e.g., USB mouse and USB camera). 6 Network jack Connects to an Ethernet Gigabit LAN network.
8 Getting familiar with your computer Bottom view # Item Description 1 Battery bay Houses the computer's battery pack. 2 Battery release latch Unlatches to remove the battery pack. 3 Memory compartment Houses the computer's main memory. English
English 9 Features Performance TM The AMD Athlon 64 processor 3000+ ~ 3400+. AMD Hyper Transport technology. Two memory slots supporting 333 MHz DDR, upgradeable to 2GB (Memory modules are strictly required to be JEDEC compliant). High-capacity, Enhanced-IDE hard disk. Display The 14.1” XGA (1024x768 resolution), or 15.0” SXGA+ (1400x1050 resolution) TFT LCD panel provides a large viewing area for maximum efficiency and ease-of-use. 3D graphics support. Supports simultaneous dis
10 Getting familiar with your computer Human-centric design All-in-one design (incorporating hard drive, optical drive and floppy disk drive). Rugged, yet extremely portable, construction. Stylish appearance. Full-size keyboard with four programmable launch keys. Comfortable palm rest area with well-positioned touchpad. Expansion PC card slot enables a range of add-on options. Upgradeable hard disk and memory modules. English
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