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Aspire 9500 Series
Copyright © 2005. Acer Incorporated. All Rights Reserved. Aspire 9500 Series User's Guide Original Issue: July 2005 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 and specif
iii Disposal instructions Do not throw this electronic device into the trash when discarding. To minimize pollution and ensure utmost protection of the global environment, please recycle. USA For electronic products containing an LCD/CRT monitor or display: Lamp(s) inside this product contain mercury and must be recycled or disposed of according to local, state or federal laws. For more information, contact the Electronic Industries Alliance at www.eiae.org. For lamp-specific disposal infor
iv First things first We would like to thank you for making the Aspire series of notebook PC your choice for meeting your mobile computing needs. Your guides To help you use your Aspire, 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
v 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
vi 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.
Disposal instructions iii First things first iv Your guides iv Basic care and tips for using your computer iv Turning your computer on and off iv Taking care of your computer v Taking care of your AC adapter v Taking care of your battery pack vi Cleaning and servicing vi Acer Empowering Technology 1 Acer eDataSecurity Management 2 Acer eLock Management 3 Acer ePerformance Management 4 Acer eRecovery Management 5 Acer eSettings Management 6 Acer eNet Management 6 Acer ePower Management 8 Acer ePr
Acer Arcade (for selected models) 37 Arcade hotkeys 38 InstantOn Arcade mode 38 48-button remote control 39 Remote functions 40 Mini remote control 41 Finding and playing content 42 Settings 42 Arcade controls 43 Navigation controls 43 Player controls 43 Virtual keyboard 44 Background mode 44 Cinema 45 Settings 45 Album 46 Editing Pictures 46 Slide Show settings 46 Video 47 Playing a video file 47 Capturing video (TV models only) 47 Snapshot 47 Editing video 48 Music 48 TV (for selected models)
Traveling internationally with the computer 56 Preparing the computer 56 What to bring with you 56 Special considerations 56 Securing your computer 57 Using a computer security lock 57 Using passwords 57 Entering passwords 57 Setting passwords 58 Expanding through options 59 Connectivity options 59 Fax/data modem 59 Built-in network feature 60 Fast Infrared (FIR) 60 Universal Serial Bus (USB) 61 IEEE 1394 port 61 PC Card slot 62 ExpressCard 63 Installing memory 64 Connecting your TV and AV-in ca
European Union (EU) 82 The FCC RF safety requirement 83 Canada — Low-power license-exempt radio communication devices (RSS-210) 84 Federal Communications Comission Declaration of Conformity 85 Declaration of Conformity for CE Marking 86 Index 87
Empowering Technology 1 Acer Empowering Technology Acer's innovative Empowering Technology makes it easy for you to access frequently used functions and manage your new Acer notebook. It features eight handy utilities: • Acer eDataSecurity Management protects data with passwords and advanced encryption algorithms. • Acer eLock Management limits access to external storage media. • Acer ePerformance Management improves system performance by optimizing disk space, memory and registry settings.
2 For more information, press the < > key to launch the Empowering Technology menu, then click on the appropriate utility and select the Help function. Acer eDataSecurity Management 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 Messe
Empowering Technology 3 Acer eLock Management Acer eLock Management is a security utility that allows you to lock up 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. • Optic
4 Acer ePerformance Management Acer ePerformance Management is a system optimization tool that boosts the performance of your Acer notebook. It provides you with the following options to enhance overall system performance: • Memory optimization — release unused memory and check usage. • Disk optimization — remove unneeded items and files. • Speed optimization — improve the usability and performance of your Windows XP system. Empowering Technology
Empowering Technology 5 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 HDD. User-created backups are stored on D:\ drive. Acer eRecovery Management provides you with: • Password protection. • Recovery of applications and drivers. • Image/data backup: • Backup to HDD (set recovery point). • Backup t
6 Acer eSettings Management Acer eSettings Management allows you to inspect hardware specifications and to monitor the system health status. Furthermore, Acer eSettings Management enables you to optimize your Windows operating system, so your computer runs faster, smoother and better. Acer eSettings Management also: • Provides a simple graphical user interface for navigating through the program effortlessly. • Displays general system status and advanced monitoring for power users. • Logs whe
Empowering Technology 7 Acer eNet Management can save network settings for a location to a profile, and automatically apply the appropriate profile when you move from one location to another. Settings stored include network connection settings (IP and DNS settings, wireless AP details, etc.), as well as default printer settings. Security and safety concerns mean that Acer eNet Management does not store username and password information.
8 Acer ePower Management Acer ePower Management features a straightforward user interface. To launch it, select Acer ePower Management from the Empowering Technology interface, or double-click the Acer ePower Management icon in the task tray. AC mode The default setting is "Maximum Performance." You can adjust CPU speed, LCD brightness and other settings, or click on buttons to turn the following functions on/off: Wireless LAN, Bluetooth, CardBus, Memory Card, Audio, and Wired LAN. DC mode
Empowering Technology 9 You can also click "Advanced Settings" to: • Set alarms. • Re-load factory defaults. • Select what actions will be taken when the cover is closed, and set passwords for accessing the system after Hibernation or Standby. • View information about Acer ePower Management. Acer ePresentation Management Acer ePresentation Management lets you select from two of the most common projector resolutions: XGA and SVGA.
10 An Aspire tour After setting up your computer as illustrated in the Just for Starters... poster, let us show you around your new Aspire computer. Front view # Item Description 1 Display screen Also called Liquid-Crystal Display (LCD), displays computer output. 2 Status Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) that light up to show the indicators status of the computer's functions and components. 3 Easy-launch Buttons for launching frequently used programs. buttons See "Easy-launch buttons" on p
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