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TravelMate 8100 Series
Copyright © 2004. Acer Incorporated. All Rights Reserved. TravelMate 8100 Series User’s Guide Original Issue: December 2004 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 and
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. 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. The User's guide introduces you to the many ways your computer can help you be more productive. This guide provides clear and concise information about the comput
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 button below the LCD screen beside the launch keys. See “Front view” on page 1 for the location of the power button. 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 Note: You can also use the power button to perform power management functio
English v 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. Carefully route the power cord and any cables away from personal traffic. When unplugging the power cord
vi If any of the following occurs: The computer has been dropped or the body has been damaged. The computer does not operate normally. Please refer to “Frequently-asked questions” on page 55. Caution Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer could void the user's authority, which is granted by the Federal Communications Commission, to operate this computer. Operation conditions This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the follow
First things first iii Your guides iii Basic care and tips for using your computer iv Turning your computer on and off iv Taking care of your computer iv Taking care of your AC adapter v Taking care of your battery pack v Cleaning and servicing v A TravelMate tour 1 Front view 1 Closed front view 2 Left view 4 Right view 5 Rear view 6 Bottom view 7 Specifications 8 Indicators 11 Using the keyboard 12 Lock keys 12 Embedded numeric keypad 13 Windows keys 14 Hot keys 15 The Euro symbol 17 Laun
Setting up a home office 30 Traveling with the computer 30 Preparing the computer 30 What to take with you 30 Special considerations 30 Traveling internationally with the computer 31 Preparing the computer 31 What to bring with you 31 Special considerations 31 Securing your computer 32 Using a computer security lock 32 Using the Smart Card 32 Registering your Smart Card 33 Running PlatinumSecure 33 Running PlatinumKey 36 Using passwords 37 Entering passwords 38 Setting passwords 38 Expanding thr
Troubleshooting my computer 53 Frequently-asked questions 55 Troubleshooting tips 58 Error messages 58 Requesting service 59 International Traveler’s Warranty (ITW) 59 Before you call 60 Appendix A Regulation & safety notices 61
English 1 A TravelMate tour After setting up your computer as illustrated on the Just for Starters... poster, let us show you around your new TravelMate computer. Front view # Item Description 1 Display screen Liquid-Crystal Display (LCD), displays computer output. 2 Power button Turns the computer on and off. 3 Status indicators Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) that turn on and off to show the status of the computer’s functions and components. 4 Keyboard Inputs data into your computer.
2 # Item Description 6 Click buttons The left and right buttons function like the (Left, center and right) left and right mouse buttons; the center button serves as a 4-way scroll button. 7 Launch keys Buttons for launching frequently used programs. See “Launch keys” on page 19 for more details. 8 Touchpad Touch-sensitive pointing device which functions like a computer mouse. See “Touchpad basics” on page 20 for more details. Closed front view # Item Description 1 Speakers Left and right
English 3 # Item Description 5 Power indicator Lights when the computer is on. 6 Battery Lights when the battery is being charged. indicator 7 Speaker/Line- Connects to audio line-out devices (e.g., Out/Headphone speakers, headphones). jack 8 Line-in/Mic-in Accepts audio line-in devices (e.g., audio jack CD player, stereo walkman). 9 Bluetooth Press to enable/disable Bluetooth function. communication Lights to indicate the status of Bluetooth button/ communications. indicator 10 Wireless Pre
4 Left view # Item Description 1 External display Connects to a display device (e.g., external port monitor, LCD projector). 2 Ventilation Slots Enable the TravelMate to stay cool. 3 Network LAN Jack Connects to an Ethernet 10/100/1000 - based network. 4 RJ-11 Modem Jack Connects to a phone line 5 One USB 2.0 port Connect to Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 devices (e.g., USB mouse, USB camera) 6 IEEE 1394 port Connects to IEEE 1394 devices. 7 Smart Card Slot Accepts Smart Cards for added secur
English 5 Right view # Item Description 1 Three USB 2.0 Connect to Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 ports devices (e.g., USB mouse, USB camera). 2 Optical drive Internal optical drive; accepts CDs or DVDs depending on the optical drive type. 3 LED indicator Lights up when the optical drive is active. 4 Optical drive eject button Ejects the optical drive tray. 5 Emergency eject hole Ejects the optical drive tray when the computer is turned off. 6 Power jack Connects to an AC adapter. 7 Security
6 Rear view # Item Description 1 DVI-D port Supports digital video connections 2 S-video port Connects to a television or display device with S-video input. 3 124-pin Connects to the Acer ezDock. ezDock connector English
English 7 Bottom view # Item Description 1 Battery lock latches Lock the battery in place. 2AcerMedia bay Unlatches the AcerMedia drive for release latch removal of drive (optional). 3 Cooling fan Helps keep the computer cool. Note: Do not cover or obstruct the opening of the fan. 4 AcerMedia bay Houses an AcerMedia drive module. 5 Wireless LAN bay Houses the computer’s wireless LAN. 6 Hard disk bay Houses the computer's hard disk (secured by a screw). 7 Battery bay Houses the computer's b
8 Specifications Operating System ® ® Microsoft Windows XP Home/Professional Service Pack 2 Edition Microprocessor ® ® ® Intel Pentium M Processor with Intel Centrino™ mobile technology at 1.6 ~ 2.13 GHz Memory 256/512 MB of DDR2 533 SDRAM standard, upgradeable to 2 GB with dual soDIMM modules Data storage One 60/80 (4200rpm), or 80/100 GB PATA hard disk (5400rpm) One internal optical drive, (DVD-8X Super Multi Double Layer or DVD/CD-RW combo) 5-in-1 Card Reader supports Secure
English 9 solution with Acer SignalUp wireless technology ® Bluetooth enabled Audio ® 16-bit AC’97 stereo audio, Intel high-definition audio compliant ® Sound Blaster Pro and MS-Sound compatible Dual speakers and one internal microphone Keyboard and pointing device Acer FineTouch™ keyboard with 5-degree curve, 88/89-key Windows keyboard with 12 function and embedded numeric keypad 4 easy-launch buttons (1 user-programmable) Ergonomically-centered touchpad pointing device with scr
10 Dimensions 363 (W) x 265.7 (D) x 30.5 (H) front, 34.3 mm rear Environment • Temperature: - Operating: 5°C ~ 35°C, Non-operating: -20°C ~ 65°C • Humidity (non-condensing): - Operating: 20% ~ 80% RH, Non-operating: 20% ~ 80% RH System ACPI 1.0b support, DMI 2.0 compliant, CCX 3 compliant Power 71W Li-ion battery pack (14.8V, 4800mAh) with optional 42W Li- ion second battery pack (11.1V, 3800mAh) 3-pin 65W AC adapter (Input 100-240V, 1.6A, 50-60Hz, Output 19V, 3.42A) Options/Accessories
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