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TravelMate 270 series
Copyright © 2002 Acer Incorporated. All Rights Reserved. TravelMate 270 series User’s guide Original Issue: May 2002 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 spe
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 you be m
iv Basic care and tips for using your computer Turning your computer on and off To turn on the computer, simply slide and then release the power switch on the right side of your TravelMate. See page 3 for the location of the power switch. To turn the power off, do any of the following: • Use the Windows shutdown command For Windows 2000: Click on Start, Shut Down..., and select Shut down; then click on OK. - or - For Windows XP: Click on Start, Turn off Computer; then click Turn Off. Us
v Do not spill water or any liquid on the computer. Do not subject the computer to heavy shock and vibration. Do not expose the computer to dust and dirt. 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
vi 3 Use a soft cloth moistened with water. Do not use liquid or aerosol cleaners. 4 To clean the display screen, use an LCD cleaning kit. 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 45.
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 4 Right view 5 Rear view 6 Bottom view 8 Features 9 Indicators 11 Using the keyboard 12 Special keys 12 Touchpad 20 Touchpad basics 20 Storage 22 Hard disk 22 Optical drive 22 Using software 23 Audio 24 Adjusting the volume 24 Power management 25 Moving around with your TravelMate 26 Disconnecting from the desktop 26 Moving around 26
viii 3 Troubleshooting my computer 45 Frequently-asked questions 47 Requesting service 50 International Traveler’s Warranty (ITW) 50 Before you call 50 Appendix A Specifications 53 Appendix B Notices 59 Index 67
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.
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. 2 Launch keys Special keys for launching internet browser, email program and frequently used programs. See “Launch Keys” on page 18 for more details. 3 Power Switch Turns on the computer power. 4 Touchpad Touch-sensitive p
4 1 Getting to know your TravelMate # Item Description 5 Click buttons (left, The left and right buttons function like the center and right) left and right mouse buttons; the center button serves as a 4-way scroll button. 6 Floppy disk drive (or Reads/writes data from/to the media. card reader if installed) 7 Floppy eject button Ejects floppy disk. 8 Speakers Outputs sound. 9 Palmrest Comfortable support area for your hands when you use the computer. 10 Keyboard Inputs data into your compute
5 # Item Description 4 Emergency eject slot Ejects the drive tray when the computer is turned off. See page 48 for more details. Note: The positions of the Optical drive indicator, eject button and emergency eject hole may differ depending on the optical drive module installed. Right view # Item Description 1 Microphone/Line-in Accepts audio line-in devices(e.g., jack microphone, audio CD player, stereo walkman). 2 Headphone/ Connects to audio line-out devices(e.g., Speaker/Line-out hea
6 1 Getting to know your TravelMate # Item Description 4 PC card slots Accepts two type II or one type III PC cards. 5 Modem jack Connects to a phone line. 6 Network jack Connects to an Ethernet 10/100-based network. 7 PS/2 port Connects to a PS/2 keyboard or mouse. Rear view # Item Description 1 Security keylock Connects to a Kensington-compatible computer security lock. 2 Power jack Connects to an AC adapter.
7 # Item Description 3 External display Connects to a display device (e.g., external port monitor, LCD projector). 4 Parallel port Connects to a parallel device (e.g., parallel printer). 5 Serial port Connects to a serial device (e.g., serial mouse). 6 S-video Connects to a television or display device with S-video input. 7 IEEE 1394 port Connects to an IEEE 1394 device. 8 USB port Connects to Universal Serial Bus devices (e.g., USB mouse, USB camera).
8 1 Getting to know your TravelMate Bottom view # Item Description 1 Cooling fan Helps keep the computer cool. Note: Don’t cover or obstruct the opening of the fan. 2 Battery bay Houses the computer's battery pack. 3 Battery release Unlatches the battery to remove the latches battery pack. 4 Hard disk bay Houses the computer's hard disk. 5Memory Houses the computer's main memory. compartment
9 Features Below is a brief summary of the computer’s many features: Performance Mobile Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor-M with 512 KB level 2 cache featuring the new Enhanced Intel® SpeedStep™ technology or Mobile Intel® Celeron® processor with 256KB level 2 cache Memory expandable up to 1 GB Internal optical drive High-capacity, Enhanced-IDE hard disk Li-lon battery pack Power management system with ACPI (Advanced Configuration Power Interface) Display Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) l
10 1 Getting to know your TravelMate Connectivity High-speed fax/data modem port Ethernet/Fast Ethernet port USB (Universal Serial Bus) ports IEEE 1394 port Optional Invilink 802.11b wireless LAN Human-centric design and ergonomics 4-way scroll button Sleek, smooth and stylish design Full-sized keyboard Ergonomically-centered touchpad pointing device Expansion Two type II or one type III CardBus PC Card slots Upgradeable memory
11 Indicators The computer has seven easy-to-read status icons below the display screen. Icon Function Description Power Lights green when the computer is on and lights orange when the computer is in Standby mode. Media activity Lights when the hard disk is active. Battery charge Lights green when the battery is being charged. Lights orange when the battery power is low and is being charged. Wireless Lights when the Wireless LAN capabilities are communication enabled. Caps lock Lights whe
12 1 Getting to know your TravelMate Using the keyboard The full-sized keyboard includes an embedded numeric keypad, separate cursor keys, two Windows keys and twelve function keys. Special 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. Num Lock When Num Lock is on, the embedded keypad is in numeric (Fn-F11) mode. The keys function as a calculator (compl
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