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TravelMate C300 series
Copyright © 2003. Acer Incorporated. All Rights Reserved. TravelMate C300 series User’s guide Original Issue: October 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
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. We hope you will be happy with your TravelMate as much as we enjoyed making it for you. 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. This User’s guide introduces you to the many ways your computer can help
iv Basic care and tips for using your computer Turning your computer on and off To turn on the computer, simply slide and release the power switch on the left side of your TravelMate. See “Left view” on page 4 for the location of the power switch. 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 switch Note: You can also use the power switch to perform power management functions. Se
English v 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, do not pull on the cord itself but pull on the plug. The total ampere ratings of the equipment plugged in should not exceed the ampere rating of the cord if you are using an
First things first iii Your guides iii Basic care and tips for using your computer iv 1 Getting to know your TravelMate 1 A TravelMate tour 3 Front view 3 Left view 4 Right view 5 Rear view 6 Bottom view 8 Using your computer in tablet mode 9 Writing in the tablet mode 9 Features 12 Indicators 14 Understanding the icons 16 Using the keyboard 17 Special keys 17 Touchpad 24 Touchpad basics 24 Storage 26 Hard disk 26 Optical drive 26 Audio 28 Power management 29 Acer light sensor 30 Moving around w
3 Troubleshooting my computer 51 Frequently-asked questions 53 Requesting service 57 International Travelers Warranty (ITW) 57 Before you call 57 Appendix A Acer soft button 59 Appendix B Specifications 65 Appendix C Notices 71 Index 81
1 Getting to know your TravelMate
Your TravelMate computer combines high- performance, versatility, power management features and multimedia capabilities with a unique style and ergonomic design. Work with unmatched productivity and reliability with your new power computing partner.
English 3 A TravelMate tour After setting up your computer as illustrated in the Just for Starters... poster, let us show you around your new TravelMate computer. Front view # Item Description 1 EMR stylus Electromagnetic resonate (EMR) stylus is used to input data in tablet mode. Use only an EMR-compatible stylus to input data on the screen.
4 1 Getting to know your TravelMate # Item Description 2 Display screen Also called LCD (liquid-crystal display), displays computer output. 3 Tablet Keys Add enhanced functionality when operating in Tablet mode. 4 Launch Keys Buttons for launching frequently used programs. See“Launch Keys” on page 23 for more details. 5 Palmrest Comfortable support area for your hands when you use the computer. 6 Click buttons (left, The left and right buttons function like the center and right) left and
English 5 # Item Description 2 Power switch Turns on the computer power. 3 Ventilation slot Allows air to circulate through the computer chassis. 4 AcerMedia Bay For hot-swappable modules including DVD-ROM, DVD/CD-RW combo or DVD dual drive. 5 LED indicator Lights up when the optical drive is active. 6 Eject button Ejects the optical drive tray from the drive. 7 Emergency eject slot Ejects the optical drive tray when the computer is turned off. See page 54 for more details. 8 Pen slot
6 1 Getting to know your TravelMate # Item Description 3 PC Card eject button Ejects the PC Card from the slot. 4 PC Card slot Accepts one Type II 16-bit PC Card or 32-bit CardBus PC Card. Rear view # Item Description 1 Line-in/Mic-in jack Accepts audio line-in devices (e.g., audio CD player, stereo walkman). 2 Speaker/Line-out Connects to audio line-out devices (e.g., Headphone jack speakers, headphones). 3 IEEE 1394 port Connects to IEEE 1394 devices. 4 Expansion port Connects to an
English 7 # Item Description 7 Convertible hinge Hinges the LCD screen in place when switching from PC mode to tablet mode and vice versa. 8 External display Connects to a display device (e.g., external port monitor, LCD projector) . 9 S-video Connect to a television or display device with S-video input. 10 USB 2.0 ports (2) Connect to Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 devices (e.g., USB mouse, USB camera). 11 Power jack Connects to an AC adapter.
8 1 Getting to know your TravelMate Bottom view # Item Description 1AcerMedia bay Unlatches the AcerMedia drive for removal or release latch swapping. 2 AcerMedia bay Houses an AcerMedia drive module. 3 Cooling fan Helps keep the computer cool. Note: Don’t cover or obstruct the fan opening. 4Memory Houses the computer's main memory. compartment 5Hard disk Protects the hard disk from accidental dumps protector and vibration. 6 Hard disk bay Houses the computers Hard disk drive. 7 Battery Lock
English 9 Using your computer in tablet mode Your computer is designed for convenience, ergonomic use, and portability. Running the Windows XP Tablet PC edition operating system, your TravelMate utilizes an EMR stylus for pen-based input. Software developed specifically for the computer allows for both handwriting recognition converted to application text, or handwriting captured as rich digital ink for manipulation, editing, and formatting. Writing in the tablet mode To write in the table
10 1 Getting to know your TravelMate 2 Open the display screen to an angle of about 90 degrees. Rotate the display screen 180 degrees clockwise as shown in the illustration. Note: Do not rotate the display screen in any other angle. 3 With the screen facing away from the keyboard, close the display cover and slide the lock lever to properly secure the screen. English
English 11 4 Remove the EMR stylus from the pen slot to begin pen-based input.
12 1 Getting to know your TravelMate Features Below is a brief summary of the computer’s many features: Performance Intel® Pentium® M processor with 1MB L2 cache Intel® 855GM chipset CD ROM, DVD, DVD/CD-RW combo, DVD or DVD-dual drive High-capacity Enhanced-IDE hard disk High-capacity LI-ION battery Advanced Configuration Power Interface (ACPI) power management system Display 14.1” Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) supporting pen-based input, with 16M col
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