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TravelMate 505 series
Copyright © 1999 Acer Incorporated All Rights Reserved TravelMate 505 Series Notebook Computer User’s Guide Part No.: 49.43F01.041 Original Issue: October 1999 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, w
FCC notice vii FCC modem notice viii Important safety instructions ix Laser compliance statement xi Battery statement xii Year 2000 compliance statement xiii Modem notice xiv Connecting the computer xvi Getting help and support xviii Accessing online help xviii Support information xviii Care and maintenance xx Taking care of your computer xx Taking care of your AC adapter xx Taking care of your battery pack xx Cleaning and servicing xxi xxii 1 Getting familiar with your computer 1 Features 3 Di
iv Audio 25 Securing your computer 26 Security notch 26 Passwords 26 2 Operating on battery power 29 Battery pack 31 Battery pack characteristics 31 Installing and removing the battery pack 32 Charging the battery 32 Charging modes 32 Checking the battery level 33 Using the Windows battery meter 33 Optimizing battery life 33 Battery-low warning 34 Power management 36 Advanced Configuration and Power Interface 36 Power management modes 36 Sleep mode (ACPI) 36 Display standby mode 37 Hard disk sta
v File transfer cable 52 Key component upgrades 53 Memory upgrade 53 Installing memory 53 Hard disk upgrade 54 4 Moving with your computer 55 Disconnecting from the desktop 57 Moving around 58 Preparing the computer 58 What to bring to short meetings 58 What to bring to long meetings 58 Taking the computer home 59 Preparing the computer 59 What to bring with you 59 Special considerations 59 Setting up a home office 60 Traveling with the computer 61 Preparing the computer 61 What to bring with yo
vi Display Device 78 BIOS Utility 79 Navigating the BIOS Utility 79 System Information 80 Basic System Configuration 81 Startup Configuration 82 Onboard Device Configuration 84 System Security 85 Setting a password 86 Changing a password 87 Removing a password 87 Password icons 87 Load Default Settings 88 6 Troubleshooting 89 Frequently-asked questions 91 Error messages 95 Troubleshooting tips 97 Using PC-Doctor 97 Online services 98 Before you call 98 A Specifications 101 Index 107
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. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This device generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that int
Use conditions This part 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. Notice: Canadian users This Class B digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian Interference- Causing Equipment Regulations. Remarque à l’intention des utilisateurs canadiens Cet appareil numér
ix Important safety instructions 1. Read these instructions carefully. Save these instructions for future reference. 2. Follow all warnings and instructions marked on the product. 3. Unplug this product from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not use liquid cleaners or aerosol cleaners. Use a damp cloth for cleaning. 4. Do not use this product near water. 5. Do not place this product on an unstable cart, stand, or table. The product may fall, causing serious damage to the product. 6. Slot
x d. 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. e. If the product has been dropped or the cabinet has been damaged f. If the product exhibits a distinct change in performance, indicating a need for servi
xi Laser compliance statement The CD-ROM drive in this computer is a laser product. The CD-ROM drive’s clas- sification label (shown below) is located on the drive. CLASS 1 LASER PRODUCT CAUTION: INVISIBLE LASER RADIATION WHEN OPEN. AVOID EXPO- SURE TO BEAM. APPAREIL A LASER DE CLASSE 1 PRODUIT LASERATTENTION: RADIATION DU FAISCEAU LASER INVISIBLE EN CAS D’OUVERTURE. EVITTER TOUTE EXPOSITION AUX RAYONS. LUOKAN 1 LASERLAITE LASER KLASSE 1 VORSICHT: UNSICHTBARE LASERSTRAHLUNG, WENN ABDECKUNG
xii Battery statement The following statement refers to the internal lithium-ion battery that powers the computer’s clock. CAUTION Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer. Discard used batteries ac- cording to the manufacturer’s instructions. ADVARSEL! Lithiumbatteri - Eksplosionsfare ved fejlagtig håndtering. Udskiftning må kun ske med batteri af samme fabrikat og type. Léver det brugte batteri
xiii Year 2000 compliance statement The TravelMate 505 notebook computer carries the "Hardware NSTL Tested Year 2000 Compliant" logo, which certifies that this model has been tested by NSTL using the YMark2000 test, and has been found to meet NSTL's standards for Year 2000 hardware compliance. For more details, check the Acer Year 2000 Resource Center at (www.acer.com.tw/ service/y2k/index.htm).
xiv Modem notice This equipment has been approved to Council Division 98/482/EC - “CTR 21” for pan-European single terminal connection to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN). However, due to differences between the individual PSTNs provided in different countries, the approval does not, of itself, give an unconditional assurance of successful operation on every PSTN termination point. In the event of problems, you should contact your equipment supplier in the first instance.
xv This manual describes features of the TravelMate 505 series notebook computers. The TravelMate series of computers incorporate such features as CardBus, 16-bit stereo audio, internal pointing device, Universal Serial Bus, and all-in-one media storage. This manual should answer most of the questions you have about the day-to-day operation of your TravelMate notebook computer. Use the Just for Starters… instructions that came with your computer to get your computer running for the first t
xvi Connecting the computer Connecting the computer is as easy as 1-2-3. 1. Insert the battery pack into the battery compartment, then slide the battery compartment cover in place. Note: When using a battery pack for the first time, fully recharge the battery, then disconnect the adapter to use up the battery before recharging again. Perform this action twice to condition the battery pack. 2. Connect one end of the AC adapter to the DC-in port on the computer’s rear panel and the oth
xvii The POST (power-on self-test) routine then executes and Windows begins loading. Note: To turn off the power, slide and hold the power switch for more than four seconds. If you are using Windows 98, we recommend that you use the Shut Down command to turn off the computer. If you turn off the computer and want to turn it on again, wait at least two seconds before powering up.
xviii Getting help and support This user’s guide provides clear and concise information about the computer, so read it thoroughly. To provide you with help when traveling, the computer also has a comprehensive online help. Accessing online help Follow these steps to access the online documentation: 1. Press the Windows logo button or click on the Start button. 2. Select Programs. 3. Click on TravelMate Online. The online help is easy to navigate with hypertext and hypergraphics. Clear illus
xix 3. Click on Support Information. Note: If you are connected to the Internet and have World Wide Web access, visit our home page (www.acer.com/) and get an updated list of our worldwide offices, as well as information about our products.
xx Care and maintenance 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 0ºC (32ºF) or above 50ºC (122ºF). • 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 sho
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