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Aspire 1690 Series
Copyright © 2004. Acer Incorporated. All Rights Reserved. Aspire 1690 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 spe
English iii First things first We would like to thank you for making the Aspsire 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 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 computer, so
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 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. Carefully route the power cord and any cables away from pers
vi Cleaning and servicing When cleaning the computer, follow these steps: 1 Power off the computer and remove the battery pack. 2 Disconnect the AC adapter. 3 Use a soft cloth moistened with water. Do not use liquid or aerosol cleaners. 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 63. Caution Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the manuf
vii 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 vi An Aspire tour 1 Front view 1 Closed front view 3 Left view 5 Right view 6 Rear view 7 Bottom view 8 Specifications 9 Indicators 12 Using the keyboard 14 Lock keys 14 Embedded numeric keypad 15 Windows keys 16 Hot keys 17 The Euro Symbol 19 The US
viii Special considerations 31 Setting up a home office 32 Traveling with the computer 32 Preparing the computer 32 What to take with you 32 Special considerations 32 Traveling internationally with the computer 33 Preparing the computer 33 What to bring with you 33 Special considerations 33 Securing your computer 34 Using a computer security lock 34 Using passwords 34 Entering passwords 35 Setting passwords 35 Expanding through options 37 Connectivity options 37 Fax/Data modem 37 Built-in networ
ix Burner 54 Copy - backup your CD/DVD collection 54 Audio - create your own greatest hits CDs 55 Data - store files simply and easily 55 Video - your world in pictures 55 Acer eRecovery 56 Create backup 56 Restore from backup 57 Create factory default image CD 57 Re-install bundled software without CD 58 Change password 58 Acer disc-to-disc recovery 59 Multilingual operating system installation 59 Restore without a Recovery CD 59 Troubleshooting my computer 61 Frequently-asked questions 63
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), displaying computer output. 2 Microphone Internal microphone for sound recording.
2 # Item Description 3 Keyboard Inputs data into your computer. 4 Palmrest Comfortable support area for your hands when you use the computer. 5 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. 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 compu
English 3 Closed front view # Item Description 1 Speakers Left and right speakers deliver stereo audio output. 2 Infrared port Interfaces with infrared devices (e.g., infrared printer and IR-aware computer). 3 Power indicator Lights when the computer is on. 4 Battery indicator Lights when the battery is being charged. 5 Bluetooth Press to enable/disable Bluetooth function. communication Lights to indicate the status of Bluetooth button/indicator communications. (for selected models)
4 # Item Description 6 Wireless Press to enable/disable Wireless function. Lights communication to indicate the status of wireless LAN button/indicator communications. (manufacturing option) 7 Line-in jack Accepts audio line-in devices (e.g., audio CD player, stereo walkman). 8 Mic-in jack Accepts inputs from external microphone. 9 Speaker/Line-Out/ Connects to audio line-out devices (e.g., Headphone jack speakers, headphones). 10 USB 2.0 port Connects to Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 dev
English 5 Left view 5 # 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 Optical drive eject button Ejects the optical drive tray from the drive. Note: The positions of the AcerMedia indicator, eject button and emergency eject hole may differ depending on the optical drive m
6 Right view # Item Description 1 IEEE 1394 port Connects to IEEE 1394 devices. 2 PC Card slot eject button Ejects the PC Card from the slot. 3 PC Card slot Connects to one Type II CardBus PC Card. 4 4-in-1 card reader Accepts MS, MS PRO, MMC and SD card. (for selected models) Note: The 4-in-1 card reader is a manufacturing option, subject to configuration. Only one card can operate at any given time. 5 Two USB 2.0 ports Connect to Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 devices (e.g., USB mouse, USB
English 7 Rear view # Item Description 1 Power jack Connects to an AC adapter. 2 External display port Connects to a display device (e.g., external monitor, LCD projector). 3 Security keylock Connects to a Kensington-compatible computer security lock.
8 Bottom view # Item Description 1 Hard disk bay Houses the computer's hard disk (secured by a screw). 2 Battery release latch Unlatches the battery to remove the battery pack. 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 compartment Houses the computer's main memory and Mini PCI Card. English
English 9 Specifications Microprocessor Intel® Pentium® M Processor at 1.5 ~ 2.13 GHz or higher Intel® Celeron® M Processor at 1.3 ~ 1.6 GHz or higher Memory 256/512 MB of DDR333 SDRAM standard, upgradeable to 2048 MB with dual soDIMM modules 512 KB flash ROM BIOS Data storage One 40 GB and above E-IDE hard disk (2.5”, 9.5mm, UltraDMA-100) One internal optical drive 4-in-1 Card Reader (for selected models) Display and video Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) displaying at: - 15.0” XGA (
10 Audio 16-bit AC’97 stereo audio Dual speakers and one internal microphone Separate audio ports for headphone-out, line-in and microphone- in devices Keyboard and pointing device 88/89-key Windows keyboard Ergonomically-centered touchpad pointing device with scroll function I/O ports One Type II PC Card slot One RJ-11 phone jack (V.92, 56Kbps modem) One RJ-45 network jack One DC-in jack (AC adapter) One external monitor port One speaker/headphone-out jack One audio lin
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