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Aspire 5110/5100/3100 Series
Copyright © 2006. Acer Incorporated. All Rights Reserved. Aspire 5110/5100/3100 Series User's Guide Original Issue: 03/2006 Changes may be made periodically to the information in this publication without obligation to notify any person of such revisions 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 an
iii Information for your safety and comfort Safety instructions Read these instructions carefully. Keep this document for future reference. Follow all warnings and instructions marked on the product. Turning the product off before cleaning Unplug this product from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not use liquid cleaners or aerosol cleaners. Use a damp cloth for cleaning. Warnings • Do not use this product near water. • Do not place this product on an unstable cart, stand or table. If the p
iv • This product's AC adapter is equipped with a three-wire grounded plug. The plug only fits in a grounded power outlet. Make sure the power outlet is properly grounded before inserting the AC adapter plug. Do not insert the plug into a non-grounded power outlet. Contact your electrician for details. Warning! The grounding pin is a safety feature. Using a power outlet that is not properly grounded may result in electric shock and/or injury. Note: The grounding pin also provides good prot
v Replacing the battery pack The notebook uses lithium batteries. Replace the battery with the same type as that which came bundled with your product. Use of another battery may present a risk of fire or explosion. Warning! Batteries may explode if not handled properly. Do not disassemble or dispose of them in fire. Keep them away from children. Follow local regulations when disposing of used batteries. Telephone line safety • Disconnect all telephone lines from the equipment when not in us
vi Tips and information for comfortable use Computer users may complain of eyestrain and headaches after prolonged use. Users are also at risk of physical injury after long hours of working in front of a computer. Long work periods, bad posture, poor work habits, stress, inadequate working conditions, personal health and other factors greatly increase the risk of physical injury. Incorrect computer usage may lead to carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, tenosynovitis or other musculoskeletal
vii Eyes • Rest your eyes frequently. • Give your eyes regular breaks by looking away from the monitor and focusing on a distant point. • Blink frequently to keep your eyes from drying out. Display • Keep your display clean. • Keep your head at a higher level than the top edge of the display so your eyes point downward when looking at the middle of the display. • Adjust the display brightness and/or contrast to a comfortable level for enhanced text readability and graphics clarity. • Elimina
viii First things first We would like to thank you for making an Acer notebook your choice for meeting your mobile computing needs. Your guides To help you use your Acer notebook, we have designed a set of guides: First off, the Just for Starters... poster helps you get started with setting up your computer. The printed User's Guide introduces you to the basic features and functions of your new computer. For more on how your computer can help you to be more productive, please refer to the A
ix 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 button You can also shut down the computer by closing the display cover, or by pressing the sleep hotkey
x Taking care of your battery pack Here are some ways to take care of your battery pack: • Use only batteries of the same kind as replacements. Turn the power off before removing or replacing batteries. • Do not tamper with batteries. Keep them away from children. • Dispose of used batteries according to local regulations. Recycle if possible. Cleaning and servicing When cleaning the computer, follow these steps: 1 Turn off the computer and remove the battery pack. 2 Disconnect the AC adapter.
Information for your safety and comfort iii Safety instructions iii Disposal instructions v Tips and information for comfortable use vi First things first viii Your guides viii Basic care and tips for using your computer viii Turning your computer on and off viii Taking care of your computer ix Taking care of your AC adapter ix Taking care of your battery pack x Cleaning and servicing x Acer Empowering Technology 1 Empowering Technology password 1 Acer eDataSecurity Management (for selected mod
Requesting service 42 International Travelers Warranty (ITW) 42 Before you call 42 Acer Arcade 43 48-button remote control 44 Remote functions 45 Finding and playing content 46 Settings 46 Arcade controls 47 Navigation controls 47 Player controls 47 Virtual keyboard 48 Background mode 48 Cinema 49 Settings 49 Album 50 Editing Pictures 50 Slide Show settings 50 Video 51 Playing a video file 51 Capturing video (TV models only) 51 Snapshot 51 Editing video 52 Music 52 TV (for selected models) 53 Ti
Special considerations 60 Traveling internationally with the computer 60 Preparing the computer 60 What to bring with you 60 Special considerations 60 Securing your computer 61 Using a computer security lock 61 Using passwords 61 Entering passwords 62 Setting passwords 62 Expanding through options 63 Connectivity options 63 Fax/data modem 63 Built-in network feature 64 Fast Infrared (FIR) 64 Universal Serial Bus (USB) 65 IEEE 1394 port 65 PC Card slot 66 ExpressCard 67 Installing memory 68 Conne
General 84 European Union (EU) 84 The FCC RF safety requirement 85 Canada — Low-power license-exempt radio communication devices (RSS-210) 86 Federal Communications Comission Declaration of Conformity 87 Declaration of Conformity for CE Marking 88 LCD panel ergonomic specifications 89 Index 90
Empowering Technology 1 Acer Empowering Technology Acer's innovative Empowering Technology toolbar makes it easy for you to access frequently used functions and manage your new Acer computer. Displayed by default in the upper-right corner of your screen, it features the following handy utilities: • Acer eDataSecurity Management protects data with passwords and advanced encryption algorithms (for selected models). • Acer eLock Management limits access to external storage media. • Acer ePerfor
2 Acer eDataSecurity Management (for selected models) Acer eDataSecurity Management is a handy file encryption utility that protects your files from being accessed by unauthorized persons. It is conveniently integrated with Windows Explorer as a shell extension for quick and easy data encryption/decryption and also supports on-the-fly file encryption for MSN Messenger and Microsoft Outlook. The Acer eDataSecurity Management setup wizard will prompt you for a supervisor password and defaul
Empowering Technology 3 Acer eLock Management Acer eLock Management is a security utility that allows you to lock your removable data, optical and floppy drives to ensure that data can't be stolen while your notebook is unattended. • Removable data devices — includes USB disk drives, USB pen drives, USB flash drives, USB MP3 drives, USB memory card readers, IEEE 1394 disk drives and any other removable disk drives that can be mounted as a file system when plugged into the system. • Optical
4 To activate Acer eLock Management, a password must be set first. Once set, you can apply locks to any of the devices types. Lock(s) will immediately be set without any reboot necessary, and will remain locked after rebooting, until unlocked. Note: If you lose your password, there is no method to reset it except by reformatting your notebook or taking your notebook to an Acer Customer Service Center. Be sure to remember or write down your password. Empowering Technology
Empowering Technology 5 Acer ePerformance Management Acer ePerformance Management is a system optimization tool that boosts the performance of your Acer computer. It provides an express optimization method to release unused memory and disk space quickly. The user can also enable advanced options for full control over the following options: • Memory optimization — releases unused memory and check usage. • Disk optimization — removes unneeded items and files. • Speed optimization — improves t
6 Acer eRecovery Management Acer eRecovery Management is a powerful utility that does away with the need for recovery disks provided by the manufacturer. The Acer eRecovery Management utility occupies space in a hidden partition on your system's hard drive. By default, user-created backups are stored on the D:\ drive. Acer eRecovery Management provides you with: • Password protection. • Recovery of applications and drivers. • Image/data backup: • Back up to HDD (set recovery point). • Back
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