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Acer Aspire 1620 Series
Copyright © 2004 All Rights Reserved Acer Aspire 1620 Series Notebook Computer User's Guide Original Issue: March 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 spec
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 Acer’s products, services, and support, please visit the web site: http://www.acer.com. Basic care and tips f
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 view 3 Left view 5 Right view 6 Rear view 7 Bottom view 8 Features 9 Indicators 11 Indicators on cover 12 Keyboard 13 Special keys 13 Touchpad 19 Touchpad basics 19 Launch keys 21 Storage 22 Ejecting the optical drive tray 23 Emergency ejection of the optical drive tray 23 Connectivity options 24 Ethernet and LAN 24 Fax/Data modem 25 Audio 2
External keyboard 39 External keypad 39 External pointing device 39 USB devices 40 IEEE 1394 Port 41 Printer 42 Audio devices 42 Expansion devices 43 PC Card 43 44 Miscellaneous options 44 Battery pack 44 AC adapter 44 Key component upgrades 45 Memory upgrade 45 Hard disk upgrade 46 Moving with your computer 47 Disconnecting from the desktop 49 Moving around 50 Preparing the computer 50 What to bring to short meetings 50 What to bring to long meetings 50 Taking the computer home 51 Preparing the
Troubleshooting 59 Frequently asked questions 61 Requesting service 64 International Traveler’s Warranty (ITW) 64 Before you call 64 Appendix A Specifications 65 Appendix B Regulation & safety notices 71 Index 85 English
Getting familiar with your computer
Your Aspire 1620 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 view # Item Description 1 Display screen Liquid-Crystal Display (LCD) provides visual output. 2 Status indicators Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) that turn on and off to show the status of the computer, its functions and components. English
4 Getting familiar with your computer # Item Description 3 Power button Turns the computer on and off. 4 Launch keys Buttons for launching frequently used programs. See“Launch keys” on page 21 for more details. 5 Palmrest Comfortable support area for your hands when you use the computer. 6 Click buttons & The left and right buttons function like 4-way scroll key the left and right mouse buttons; the 4- way scroll key scrolls the contents of a window up, down, left and right. 7 Touchpad Touc
English 5 Left view # Item Description 1 PC Card slots Support one Type III or two Type II CardBus PC Card(s). 2 Eject buttons Ejects the PC Card(s) from the slots. 3 Optical drive Internal optical drive; accepts CDs or DVDs depending on the optical drive type. 4 IEEE 1394 port Connects to IEEE 1394 devices. 5 Infrared port Interfaces with infrared devices (e.g., infrared printer and IR-aware computer). 6 LED indicator Lights up when the optical drive is active. 7 Emergency eject slot Eje
6 Getting familiar with your computer Right view # Item Description 1 Speaker Delivers stereo audio output. 2 Ventilation slots Enable the computer to stay cool, even after prolonged use. 3 Security keylock Connects to a Kensington-compatible computer security lock. English
English 7 Rear view # Item Description 1 Power jack Connects to an AC adapter. 2 Parallel port Connects to a parallel device (e.g., parallel printer). 3 Ventilation slots Enable the computer to stay cool, even after prolonged use. 4 S-video port Connects to a television or display device with S-video input. 5 External display port Connects to a display device (e.g., external VGA monitor and LCD projector). 6 Four USB 2.0 ports Connect to Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 devices (e.g., USB mou
8 Getting familiar with your computer Bottom view # Item Description 1 Battery bay Houses the computer's battery pack. 2 Battery release latch Unlatches to remove the battery pack. 3 Memory compartment Houses the computer's main memory. English
English 9 Features Performance • Intel® Pentium® 4 processors 2.80 GHz and above • 256/512 MB of DDR333 SDRAM, upgradeable to 2048 MB with dual soDIMM modules • 30 GB and above high-capacity, Enhanced-IDE hard disk • Advanced Configuration Power Interface (ACPI) power management system Display • The 15.0” XGA (1024x768 resolution) or SXGA+ (1400x1050 resolution) TFT LCD panel providing a large viewing area for maximum efficiency and ease-of-use • ATI MOBILITY™ Radeon 9700 with external 64/12
10 Getting familiar with your computer Connectivity • Integrated 10/100 Mbps Fast Ethernet connection • Built-in 56Kbps fax/data modem • Four Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 ports • One IEEE 1394 port • IEEE 802.11b or IEEE 802.11g Wireless LAN (manufacturing option) • Bluetooth (manufacturing option) Human-centric design • Rugged, yet extremely portable design • Stylish appearance • Full-size keyboard with four programmable launch keys • Comfortable palm rest area with well-positioned touchpad E
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