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Aspire 3000/5000 Series
Copyright © 2005. Acer Incorporated. All Rights Reserved. Aspire 3000/5000 Series User's Guide Original Issue: March 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
iii First things first We would like to thank you for making the Aspire series of notebook computers your choice for 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
iv Note: You can also use the power button to perform power management functions. See "Moving around" on page 43 of the AcerSystem User's Guide. Use the customized functions for power management You can also shut down the computer by closing the display cover, or by pressing the sleep hot key
v 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 at all possible. Cleaning and servicing When cleaning the computer, follow these steps: 1 Power off the computer and remove the battery pack. 2 Disconnect the AC
First things first iii Your guides iii Basic care and tips for using your computer iii Turning your computer on and off iii Taking care of your computer iv Taking care of your AC adaptor iv Taking care of your battery pack v Cleaning and servicing v An Aspire tour 1 Front view 1 Closed front view 2 Left view 3 Right view 3 Rear view 4 Base view 5 Specifications 6 Indicators 9 Launch keys 10 Touchpad 11 Touchpad basics 11 Using the keyboard 13 Lock keys and embedded numeric keypad 13 Windows keys
Arcade hot keys 30 The Arcade remote control (for selected models)31 Finding and playing content 32 Advanced Settings 32 Arcade controls 32 Navigation controls 33 Player controls 33 Cinema 33 DVD settings 34 Album 35 Slideshow settings 36 Video 37 Playing a video file 37 Video Authoring 37 Music 38 Burner 38 Copy — backup your CD/DVD collection 38 Audio — create your own greatest hits CDs 38 Data — store files simply and easily 38 Video — your world in pictures 38 TV (for selected models) 39 Ins
Traveling internationally with the computer 46 Preparing the computer 46 What to bring with you 46 Special considerations 47 Securing your computer 48 Using a computer security lock 48 Using passwords 48 Entering passwords 49 Setting passwords 49 Expanding through options 51 Connectivity options 51 Fax/Data modem 51 Built-in network feature 52 Fast Infrared 52 Universal Serial Bus 53 IEEE 1394 port 53 PC Card slot 54 BIOS utility 55 Boot sequence 55 Enable Disk to disk recovery 56 Password 56 Us
English 1 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 Microphone Internal microphone for sound recording. 3 Keyboard For entering data into your computer. 4 Palmrest Comfortable support area for your hands when you use the computer.
2 # Item Description 5 Click buttons The left and right buttons function like the left and right mouse (Left, center and buttons; the center button serves as a 4-way scroll button. right) 6 Touchpad Touch-sensitive pointing device which functions like a computer mouse. 7 Status indicators Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) that turn on and off to show the status of the computer’s functions and components. 8 Launch keys Buttons for launching frequently used programs. See “Launch keys” on page 14
English 3 # Item Description 8 Speaker/Line-Out/ Connects to audio line-out devices Headphone jack (e.g., speakers, headphones). 9 USB 2.0 port Connects to Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 devices (e.g., USB mouse, USB camera). Left view # Item Description 1 Optical drive Internal optical drive; accepts CDs or DVDs depending on the optical drive type. 2 LED indicator Lights up when the optical drive is active. 3 Emergency eject hole Ejects the optical drive tray when the computer is turned off
4 # Item Description 3 Two USB 2.0 Connect to Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 devices ports (e.g., USB mouse, USB camera). 4 Network jack Connects to an Ethernet 10/100 based network. 5 Modem jack Connects to a phone line. 6 Ventilation slots Enable the computer to stay cool, even after prolonged use. Rear view # Item Description 1 Power jack Connects to an AC adaptor. 2 External display port Connects to a display device (e.g., external monitor, LCD projector). 3 Security keylock Connects to a
English 5 Base view # Item Description 1 Hard disk bay Houses the computer's hard disk (secured by a screw). 2 Battery release Releases the battery for removal. latch 3 Battery bay Houses the computer's battery pack. 4 Battery lock Locks the battery in place. 5 Cooling fan Helps keep the computer cool. Note: Do not cover or obstruct the opening of the fan. 6 Memory Houses the computer's main memory. compartment
6 Specifications Operating system ® ® Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition (Service Pack 2) ® ® Microsoft Windows XP Professional (Service Pack 2) Platform Mobile AMD Turion 64 processor ML-28/ML-30 or higher Mobile AMD Sempron processor 2600+ to 3000+ or higher System memory 256 or 512 MB of DDR333 memory, upgradeable to 1 GB using two soDIMM modules Display and 15" XGA color TFT LCD with 1024 x 768 pixel resolution graphics 15.4" WXGA color TFT LCD with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution 15.4" WXGA A
English 7 Communication Modem: 56K ITU V.92 modem with PTT approval; Wake-on-Ring ready LAN: 10/100 Mbps Fast Ethernet; Wake-on-LAN ready Wireless LAN (optional): integrated miniPCI 802.11b/g Wi-Fi CERTI- ™ FIED solution Acer SignalUp wireless technology support ® Wireless PAN (optional): integrated Bluetooth I/O interface Three USB 2.0 ports Ethernet (RJ-45) port Modem (RJ-11) port External display (VGA) port Microphone/line-in jack Headphones/speaker/line-out port Type II PC Card slot DC-in j
English 9 Indicators The computer has three easy-to-read status indicators on the upper-right above the keyboard, and four on the front panel. The power, battery, and wireless communication status indicators are visible even when the LCD display is closed. Icon Function Description Caps Lock Lights up when Caps Lock is activated. Num Lock Lights up when Num Lock is activated. Media activity Indicates when the hard disk or optical drive is active. Bluetooth Indicates the status of Blueto
10 Launch keys Located at the upper-right, above the keyboard are four buttons. These buttons are called launch keys. They are: mail, Web browser, Acer Empowering Key " ," and one user-programmable button. Press " " to run the Acer eManager. Please see "Acer eManager" on page 19. The mail and Web buttons are pre-set to email and Internet programs, but can be reset by users. To set the Web browser, mail and programmable keys, run the Acer Launch Manager. See "Launch Manager" on page 22. Laun
English 11 Touchpad The built-in touchpad is a pointing device that senses movement on its surface. This means the cursor responds as you move your finger across the surface of the touchpad. The central location on the palmrest provides optimum comfort and support. Touchpad basics The following items show you how to use the touchpad: Move your finger across the touchpad (2) to move the cursor. Press the left (1) and right (4) buttons located beneath the touchpad to perform selectio
12 Right Center Function Left button (1) Main touchpad (2) button (3) button (4) Execute Quickly click Tap twice (at the same twice. speed as double-clicking a mouse button). Select Click once. Tap once. Drag Click and hold, Tap twice (at the same then use speed as double-clicking finger on the a mouse button); rest touchpad to your finger on the drag the touchpad on the second cursor. tap and drag the cursor. Access Click once. context menu Scroll Click and hold to move up/down/ left
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