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Acer Aspire 1450 series
Copyright © 2003 All Rights Reserved Acer Aspire 1450 Series Notebook Computer User's Guide Original Issue: September 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 an
English iii First things first Your guides A set of guides is provided to help you set up and use your Aspire computer.: The Just for starters… poster shows you how to set up your computer. This User's Guide provides clear and concise information on using your computer productively. You are advised to read it thoroughly and keep it handy for future reference. For more information on our products, services, and support, please visit our web site: www.global.acer.com. Basic care and tips for
iv Note: If you are unable to shut down the computer in the usual way, press and hold the power button for more than four seconds. You should then wait at least two seconds before turning the computer on again. 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 0°C (32°F), or above 50°C (122°F). Do
English v Taking care of your battery pack It is also important that you look after your computer's battery pack. Use the correct battery model for your computer. Do not use other kinds of batteries. Turn the power off before removing or replacing the battery. Do not tamper with the battery. Keep the battery away from children. Dispose of batteries according to local regulations. Recycle if possible. Cleaning and servicing When cleaning your computer, it is important that you follow t
First things first iii Your guides iii Basic care and tips for using your computer iii Getting familiar with your computer 1 A tour of your computer 3 Front open view 3 Front view 4 Left view 6 Right view 7 Rear view 8 Bottom view 9 Features 11 Indicators 13 Using the Keyboard 14 Special keys 14 Touchpad 21 Touchpad basics 21 Launch Keys 23 24 Storage 25 Hard disk 25 Optical drive 25 Emergency ejection of the optical drive tray 26 Audio 27 Adjusting the volume 27 Connectivity options 28 Etherne
Optimizing battery life 37 Battery-low warning 38 Power management 39 Peripherals and options 41 External display devices 43 External input devices 43 External keyboard 43 External keypad 43 External pointing device 43 USB devices 44 IEEE 1394 Port 45 Printer 46 Audio devices 46 Expansion devices 47 PC Card 47 Miscellaneous options 49 Battery pack 49 AC adapter 49 Key component upgrades 50 Memory upgrade 50 Hard disk upgrade 51 Moving with your computer 53 Disconnecting from the desktop 55 Movin
Software 61 System software 63 Launch Manager 63 BIOS Setup Utility 64 Troubleshooting 65 Frequently asked questions 67 Requesting service 70 International Travelers Warranty (ITW) 70 Before you call 70 72 Appendix A Specifications 73 Appendix B Notices 79 Index 87 English
Getting familiar with your computer
Your Aspire 1450 series notebook computer combines solid performance, versatility, multimedia capabilities and portability with a stylish design. Increase your productivity by working wherever you are. This chapter provides an in-depth "tour" of your computer's features.
English 3 A tour of your computer After setting up your new Aspire notebook computer, as illustrated in the Just for starters… poster, take a few minutes to explore the unit. Front open view # Item Description 1 Display screen Also called LCD (liquid-crystal display), displays computer output. 2 Power button Turns on the computer. 3 Touchpad Touch-sensitive pointing device which functions like a computer mouse. English
4 Getting familiar with your computer # Item Description 4 Click buttons (left, center The left and right buttons function like and right) the left and right mouse buttons; the center button serves as a 4-way scroll button. 5 Palmrest Comfortable support area for your hands when you use the computer. 6 Keyboard Inputs data into your computer. 7 Status indicators LEDs (light-emitting diode) that turn on and off to show the status of the computer, its functions and components. 8 Microphon
English 5 # Item Description 1 2 Reads cards from Smart Media, 4-in-1 card reader Memory Stick, MultiMedia, and Secure Digital cards. 1 3 Displays activity of 4-in-1 card reader. 4-in-1 card reader indicator 4 Infrared port Interfaces with infrared devices (e.g., infrared printer, IR-aware computer). 2 5 Enables or disables Bluetooth Bluetooth button functionality. 6 Indicates that (optional) Bluetooth is enabled. 2 Bluetooth indicator 3 7 Enables or disables wireless LAN InviLink butto
6 Getting familiar with your computer Left view # Item Description 1 Four USB 2.0 ports Connect to Universal Serial Bus devices (e.g., USB mouse, USB camera). 2 IEEE 1394 port Connects to IEEE 1394 devices. 3 PC Card slot The slot supports a standard Type II CardBus PC Card. 4 PC Card eject button Ejects the PC Card from the slot. 5 Line-in jack Accepts audio line-in devices (e.g., audio CD player, stereo walkman). 6 Accepts input from external microphones. Microphone jack 7 Headphone/ Spe
English 7 Right view # Item Description 1 Optical drive Depending on your model, the optical drive is one of the following: DVD-ROM drive for reading CDs and DVDs. DVD/CD-RW combo drive for reading CDs and DVDs and writing to CD-RWs. DVD dual for reading both DVD+/- RWs and writing to DVD+/-RWs. 2 Optical disc access LED that indicates when an optical disc is indicator being read or written. 3 Optical drive eject Press the eject button to remove a disc button from the optical drive.
8 Getting familiar with your computer Rear view # Item Description 1 Modem jack Connects to a phone line. 2 Network jack Connects to an Ethernet 10/100-based network. 3 Parallel port Connects to a parallel device (e.g., parallel printer). 4 External display port Connects to a display device (e.g., external monitor, LCD projector) . 5 S-video Connects to a television or display device with S-video input. 6 Security keylock Connects to a Kensington-compatible computer security lock. English
English 9 Bottom view # Item Description 1 Battery bay Houses the computer's battery pack. 2 Battery release latch Unlatches the battery to remove the battery pack. 3 Battery lock Locks the battery in place. 4 Mini-PCI slot Slot for adding mini-PCI cards. 5 Hard disk protector Protects the hard disk from accidental bumps and vibration. 6 Hard disk bay Houses the computer's hard disk (secured by a screw). 7 Memory compartment Houses the computer’s main memory. English
10 Getting familiar with your computer # Item Description 8 Cooling fan Helps keep the computer cool. Note: Don’t cover or obstruct the opening of the fan. 9 Personal identification Insert a business card or similar-sized slot identification card to personalize your computer. English
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