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TravelMate 240P/250P series
Copyright © 2003. Acer Incorporated. All Rights Reserved. TravelMate 240P/250P series User’s guide Original Issue: June 2003 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
English 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
iv Basic care and tips for using your computer Turning your computer on and off To turn on the computer, simply press and release the power switch below the LCD screen beside the Launch keys. See “Front view” on page 3 for the location of the power switch. 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 switch Note: You can also use the power switch to perform power management funct
English v 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 cord or place heavy objects on top of it.
vi 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 61. English
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 7 Features 9 Indicators 11 Understanding the icons 12 Using the keyboard 13 Special keys 13 Touchpad 20 Touchpad basics 20 Storage 22 Hard disk 22 Optical drive 22 Floppy drive 24 Audio 25 Adjusting the volume 25 Power management 26 Moving around with your TravelMate 27 Disconnecting from the de
viii Contents 3 Troubleshooting my computer 59 Frequently-asked questions 61 Error messages 65 Requesting service 69 International Traveler’s Warranty (ITW) 69 Before you call 69 Appendix A Specifications 71 Appendix B Notices 77 Index 85 English
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.
English 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.
4 1 Getting to know your TravelMate # Item Description 2 Status indicators LEDs (light-emitting diodes) that turn on and off to show the status of the computer, its functions and components. 3 Launch Keys Buttons for launching frequently used programs. See“Launch Keys” on page 23 for more details. 4 Power switch Turns on the computer power. 5 Palmrest Comfortable support area for your hands when you use the computer. 6 Click buttons (left, The left and right buttons function like the cent
English 5 # Item Description 2 Eject button Ejects the PC Card from the slot. 3 Optical drive Internal optical drive; accepts CDs or DVDs depending on the optical drive type. 4 Infrared port Interfaces with infrared devices (e.g., infrared printer, IR-aware computer). 5 LED indicator Lights up when the optical drive is active. 6 Emergency eject button Ejects the optical drive tray when the computer is turned off. See page 64 for more details. 7 Eject button Ejects the optical drive tray
6 1 Getting to know your TravelMate # Item Description Floppy drive Internal diskette drive; accepts 3.5-inch 3 diskettes. Floppy disk eject Push this button to eject the floppy disk. 4 button 5 Security keylock Connects to a Kensington-compatible computer security lock. 6 Tablet Input Panel A folding support to facilitate writing on the Support (TIPS) screen. Rear view # Item Description 1 Power jack Connects to an AC adapter. 2 Parallel port Connects to a parallel device (e.g., para
English 7 # Item Description 5 Network jack Connects to an Ethernet 10/100-based network. 6 Modem jack Connects to a phone line. 7 Speaker/Line-out Connects to audio line-out devices (e.g., Headphone jack speakers, headphones). 8 Line-in/Mic-in jack Accepts audio line-in devices (e.g., audio CD player, stereo walkman).
8 1 Getting to know your TravelMate Bottom view # Item Description 1 Battery bay Houses the computer's battery pack. 2 Battery release Unlatches the battery to remove the battery latch pack. Memory Houses the computer's main memory. 3 compartment English
English 9 Using your computer in tablet mode Your computer is designed for convenience, ergonomic use, and portability. Running the Windows XP Tablet PC edition operating system, your TravelMate utilizes an EMR stylus for pen-based input. Software developed specifically for the computer allows for both handwriting recognition converted to application text, or handwriting captured as rich digital ink for manipulation, editing, and formatting. “Tablet Input Panel Support” (TIPS) located on t
10 1 Getting to know your TravelMate 2 Push the display screen in the direction as shown in the illustration below until the "TIPS" stands firmly. 3 Adjust "TIPS" to the angle where you desire. (Suggested angle :125~150 degrees) English
English 11 4 Begin to write in the tablet mode. 5 When you finish writing in the tablet mode, close the display screen and store “TIPS” back to the “TIPS” slot in the illustration below.
12 1 Getting to know your TravelMate Warning: “TIPS” is not a handle ! Do NOT use the "TIPS" to lift the computer ! Do NOT store"TIPS" to rear side ! Avoid “TIPS” placing pressure on rear cables ! English
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