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TravelMate 240/250 series
Copyright © 2003. Acer Incorporated. All Rights Reserved. TravelMate 240/250 series User’s guide Original Issue: June 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 a
English iii First things first We would like to thank you for making the TravelMate series of notebook computers your choice for your mobile computing needs. We hope you will be happy with your TravelMate as much as we enjoyed making it for you. Your guides To help you use your TravelMate, we have designed a set of guides: First off, the Just for Starters... poster helps you get started with setting up your computer. This User’s guide introduces you to the many ways your computer can help
iv 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 Click on Start, Turn Off Computer; then click on Turn Off. Use the power switch Note: You can also use the power switch to perform power management funct
English v 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. 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 personal traffic. When unplugging the power cord
vi The computer does not operate normally. Please refer to "Troubleshooting my computer" on page 57. English
English vii First things first iii Your guides iii Basic care and tips for using your computer iv 1 Getting to know your TravelMate 1 A TravelMate tour 3 Front view 3 Left view 5 Right view 6 Rear view 7 Bottom view 8 Features 9 Indicators 11 Indicators in Cover 12 Using the keyboard 13 Special keys 13 Touchpad 20 Touchpad basics 20 Storage 22 Hard disk 22 Optical drive 22 Floppy drive 24 Audio 25 Power management 26 Moving around with your TravelMate 27 Disconnecting from the desktop 27 Moving
viii 3 Troubleshooting my computer 57 Frequently-asked questions 59 Requesting service 63 International Traveler’s Warranty (ITW) 63 Before you call 63 Appendix A Specifications 65 Appendix B Notices 71 Index 81 English
1 Getting to know your TravelMate
Your TravelMate 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.
English 3 A TravelMate tour After setting up your computer as illustrated in the Just for Starters... poster, let us show you around your new TravelMate computer. Front view # Item Description 1 Display screen Also called LCD (liquid-crystal display), displays computer output.
4 1 Getting to know your TravelMate # Item Description 2 Status indicators LEDs (light-emitting diodes) that turn on and off to show the status of the computer, its functions and components. 3 Launch Keys Buttons for launching frequently used programs. See“Launch Keys” on page 19 for more details. 4 Power switch Turns on the computer power. 5 Palmrest Comfortable support area for your hands when you use the computer. 6 Click buttons (left, The left and right buttons function like the cent
English 5 Left view # Item Description 1 PC Card slot Connects to two Type II 16-bit PC Card or 32-bit CardBus PC Card. 2 Eject button Ejects the PC Card from the slot. 3 Optical drive Internal optical drive; accepts CDs or DVDs depending on the optical drive type. 4 Infrared port Interfaces with infrared devices (e.g., infrared printer, IR-aware computer). 5 LED indicator Lights up when the optical drive is active. 6 Emergency eject button Ejects the optical drive tray when the
6 1 Getting to know your TravelMate Right view # Item Description 1 Speaker Delivers stereo audio output. 2 Floppy activity LED (light-emitting diode) that turns on and indicator off when the floppy is active. 3 Floppy drive Internal diskette drive; accepts 3.5-inch diskettes. 4 Floppy disk eject Push this button to eject the floppy disk. button 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 External display Connects to a display device (e.g., external port monitor, LCD projector) and displays up to 16M colors at 1024x768 resolution. 4 USB 2.0 ports (4) Connect to Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 devices (e.g., USB mouse, USB camera). 5 Network jack Connects to an Ethernet 10/100-based network. 6 Modem jack Connects to a
8 1 Getting to know your TravelMate Bottom view # Item Description 1 Battery bay Houses the computer's battery pack. 2 Battery release Unlatches the battery to remove the battery latch pack. 3Memory Houses the computer's main memory. compartment English
English 9 Features Below is a brief summary of the computer’s many features: Performance Mobile Intel® Pentium® 4 processor with 512 KB L2 cache or Intel® Celeron® processor with 128 KB L2 cache CD, DVD, DVD/CD-RW combo drive or DVD rewritable Built-in floppy drive High-capacity Enhanced-IDE hard disk High-capacity battery pack Advanced Configuration Power Interface (ACPI) power management system Display 14.1” or 15” Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) disp
10 1 Getting to know your TravelMate Connectivity High-speed fax/data modem port Ethernet/Fast Ethernet port USB (Universal Serial Bus) 2.0 ports 802.11a+g/802.11b wireless LAN option Bluetooth option Human-centric design and ergonomics All-in-one design (CD, DVD or combo drive, floppy drive, and hard disk) Sleek, smooth and stylish design Full-sized keyboard Ergonomically-centered touchpad pointing device Expansion Two Type II CardBus PC Card slots Upgradeable memory Eng
English 11 Indicators The computer has six easy-to-read status icons below the display screen. The Power and Sleep status icons are visible even when you close the display cover so you can see the status of the computer while the cover is closed. Icon Function Description Power Lights when the computer is on. Sleep Lights when the computer enters Standby mode and blinks when it enters into or resumes from hibernation mode. Media Activity Lights when the floppy drive, hard disk or optical d
12 1 Getting to know your TravelMate Icon Function Description Num Lock Lights when Num Lock is activated. Indicators in Cover When the cover of your computer is closed, 2 easy-to-read icons are shown, indicationg which state or feature is enabled or disabled. Icon Description Lights up when the computer is on. Lights when the computer enters Standby mode and blinks when it enters into or resumes from hibernation mode. English
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