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Pay attention, please! Your Acer Aspire computer comes with an extraordinary multimedia software package, designed to guide you through what you can do with your computer. This manual is your computer’s reference guide. (If you are reading this manual, it's probably because you are experiencing problems with your computer. To solve your problem(s), refer to the "Need Help?" Chapter in the following pages.) Copyright Notice Acer and the Acer logo are registered tr
Table of Contents Welcome ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4 Your Aspire Computer: an Overview ---------------------------------- 7 Using the Audio System at its Best------------------------------------ 20 Adding Options to your Aspire Computer----------------------------- 22 Need Help? -------------------------------------------------------------- 25 Technical Support------------------------------------------------------- 28
Welcome, and thanks for buying an Acer Aspire computer. Now you own a multimedia system. Your system has been designed to improve your way of working, and to meet current and future needs of any kind of user. Before you start… Read this section carefully, to be able to place your system in the best location. In this section you'll find also important instructions about using, maintaining, and taking care of your computer security. Take into account these instructions, to be abl
Unplug your system from the outlet, and contact qualified service personnel, if one (or more) of the following conditions occur(s): a The power cord or power plug is damaged or worn out. b Liquid of any kind has been spilled or poured on the product. c The product has been exposed to rain or water. d The product does not work properly, although all instructions and indications have been followed. Adjust only those controls referred to in your product instructions. Improper a
How to Place and Install your System at its Best It is important that you place your computer taking into account ergonomic and security issues. Here you can find some hints to make your working environment safer, handier, and more pleasant. Your Monitor. Place your monitor at 50-60 cm from the operator's eyes, and in a position so that the upper part of its frame is at the same level of the operator's eyes. These precautions will prevent eyes and neck strain. To further reduce eyes s
Your Aspire Computer: an Overview The system: Aspire Microtower Device Slot Door System LEDs and Hard Disk Activity LEDs Opening Notch Power Switch 7
Installing your Aspire Computer Refer to the Easy Installation step by step supplied with your computer for quick installation instructions. Switching your Computer On and Off You can switch your computer on by pressing the on button, while you have to complete the shutdown procedure (described in the following pages) before switching your computer off. Note: Check that the main CA power switch on the back of your system is set to ON. Leave this switch to ON, unless you need to ha
Your Mouse Your Mouse Maintenance The screen pointing Your mouse uses a cursor called pointer. Pointers may have different device movements are shapes, generally they assume the shape of an arrow. controlled by a rolling ball Your mouse has a rolling device, and two buttons: placed underneath your a left button, and a right button. mouse. Quickly depressing and releasing one of these buttons, is called clicking. Using a mouse pad helps Sometimes you might need to double click,
Your Keyboard Your keyboard has been designed to simplify your computer operations. Some keys directly take you to frequently used applications, while a special knob allows you to adjust the audio volume or to activate the Mute function. Some of the keys may act in different ways according to the application program you are using. (To see the keys layout, refer to the two following pictures). Esc Key Exits the current screen or program, or interrupts the operation that is being execut
End Key Takes you to the end of a line. Page Up / Page Down Keys Takes you one screen up or down. Backspace Key Similar to the Canc key, deletes the characters to the cursor's left one by one. Alt and Ctrl Keys Alone or in combination with other keys, may perform different functions, according to the software program. Num Lock Key, and Numeric Keypad When the Num Lock key is active, the numeric keypad may be used to enter digits. When it is not active, these keys become
Your Monitor Refer to the documentation provided with your monitor, for more information about your monitor characteristics and usage. Computer Unit Whether it's dealing with one of your personal letters or with a software program you bought from your reseller, your computer is capable of elaborating data in an electronic format, and storing them on its drives (hard disk, floppy disc, etc.). To save data (write) or to recall them (read), your computer uses one of the following drives:
Bay for 3 1/2" Drives Bay for 5 1/4" Drive Protection Door Using Your Floppy Disk Drive Floppy disks are used to copy data on a computer or to copy data from it. They are a useful and cheap way of handling small files. 1 Insert a floppy disk in your floppy disk drive as shown, its round metal part in the center facing down. 2 Push it gently until it clicks. 3 When you have finished using your floppy disk, remove it from the floppy disk drive by gently pre
Formatting a Floppy Disk How to Write Protect a Floppy A floppy disk is a flexible support covered with a magnetic substance, similar Disk to a magnetic tape, on which you can store data in electronic formats. Floppy disks are protected by a rigid plastic case. When the write Before using a floppy disk, you have to format it, to make it able to receive protecting tag is your computer information. open, you cannot write (save) data on your floppy Note: Most of the floppy
Using your CD-ROM/ CD-RW Drive CD and DVD Unlike floppy disks, CD-ROM/DVD-ROM can be used only to transfer Maintenance data to your computer. Your Acer computer can use two types of CD-ROMs: audio disks, A CD/DVD has two sides: and data disks. The title side, which specifies the CD/DVD Data CDs can contain a lot of information, and big programs. A CD content. can contain more information than 450 floppy disks. The data side, on which data are stored. Press the ejec
Data Modem/Fax Your data modem/fax allows your computer to send and receive data, images, and information all over the world, provided that a phone line and Internet access are available. After connecting your computer to the phone line, you can: Have access to the Internet* Send and receive faxes Send and receive email messages Accessing the Internet Your Aspire computer is ready to be connected to the Internet. Once y
Connecting an Optional Printer To use your system at its best, you should connect a printer to it. Using a printer will allow you to generate paper copies of your documents and work. Color printers have become quite inexpensive lately, and using one of them will allow you to get excellent quality graphics: letters, photos, etc.. 1 Ensure that your computer has been switched off, and that the power cord has been unplugged. 2 Connect the printer cable to the printer, and to the prin
Connecting an Optional Serial Device Serial devices are also available on the market, and your computer can handle also a serial interface. The following lines explain how to install a serial device. 1 Ensure that your computer has been switched off, and that the power cord has been disconnected from the plug. 2 Connect the serial cable to the serial device, and to the serial port located on your computer rear panel. The serial cable is usually sold together with the serial devic
Connecting a Joystick or an Optional MIDI Device The Games/MIDI port transforms your Aspire computer into an exciting equipment for entertainment and games. Here are the steps you have to follow to connect the game or MIDI device to your system. 1 Ensure that your computer has been switched off, and that the power cord has been disconnected from the plug. 2 Locate the Game/MIDI port on the rear panel of your computer. 3 Connect the joystick cable or the MIDI cable to this port.
Using the Audio System at its Best Listening to an Audio CD If you want to listen to some music while working on your system, insert an audio CD in the CD-ROM drive, wait from ten to twenty seconds, till your computer automatically detects your audio CD format, and starts to play the CD. Adjusting the Volume You can adjust an audio CD volume in three different ways: 1 Rotate the volume knob on your keyboard, to turn the volume up or down. Note: To deactivate sounds, press the
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