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TM420-e.book Page i Wednesday, August 14, 2002 1:24 AM
TravelMate 420 series
TM420-e.book Page ii Wednesday, August 14, 2002 1:24 AM Copyright © 2002 Acer Incorporated. All Rights Reserved. TravelMate 420 Series Notebook Computer User's Guide Original Issue: May 2002 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 warranti
English TM420-e.book Page iii Wednesday, August 14, 2002 1:24 AM 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 Gu
TM420-e.book Page iv Wednesday, August 14, 2002 1:24 AM iv Basic care and tips for using your computer Turning your computer on and off To turn on the computer, simply press the power button on the top left of your TravelMate. See page 3 for the location of the power button. To turn the power off, do any of the following: • Use the Windows shutdown command For Windows 2000: Click on Start, Shut Down..., and select Shut down; then click on OK. - or - For Windows XP: Click on Start, Turn of
English TM420-e.book Page v Wednesday, August 14, 2002 1:24 AM v • Do not spill water or any liquid on the computer. • Do not subject the computer to heavy shock and vibration. • 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 co
TM420-e.book Page vi Wednesday, August 14, 2002 1:24 AM vi 3 Use a soft cloth moistened with water. Do not use liquid or aerosol cleaners. 4 To clean the display screen, use an LCD cleaning kit. If any of the following occurs: • The computer has been dropped or the body has been damaged. • Liquid has been spilled into the product. • The computer does not operate normally. Please refer to "Troubleshooting my computer" on page 45. English
TM420-e.book Page vii Wednesday, August 14, 2002 1:24 AM 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 5 Right view 6 Rear view 7 Bottom view 8 Features 9 Indicators 11 Using the keyboard 12 Special keys 12 Touchpad 20 Touchpad basics 20 Storage 22 Hard disk 22 Optical drive 22 Using software 23 Audio 24 Adjusting the volume 24 Using the Audio DJ feature 25 Power management 2
TM420-e.book Page viii Wednesday, August 14, 2002 1:24 AM viii 3 Troubleshooting my computer 45 Frequently-asked questions 47 Requesting service 50 International Traveler’s Warranty (ITW) 50 Before you call 51 Appendix A Specifications 53 Appendix B Notices 59 Index 67 English
TM420-e.book Page 1 Wednesday, August 14, 2002 1:24 AM 1 Getting to know your TravelMate
TM420-e.book Page 2 Wednesday, August 14, 2002 1:24 AM 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 TM420-e.book Page 3 Wednesday, August 14, 2002 1:24 AM 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 Display screen Also called LCD (liquid-crystal display), displays computer output. 2 Power Button Turns on the computer power. 3 Speakers Outputs sound.
TM420-e.book Page 4 Wednesday, August 14, 2002 1:24 AM 4 1 Getting to know your TravelMate # Item Description 4 Keyboard Inputs data into your computer. 5 Touchpad Touch-sensitive pointing device which functions like a computer mouse. 6 Click buttons (left, The left and right buttons function like the left and right mouse buttons; the center center and right) button serves as a 4-way scroll button. 7 Audio DJ controls Button and indicators for the Audio DJ and indicators function. For more
English TM420-e.book Page 5 Wednesday, August 14, 2002 1:24 AM 5 Note: The positions of the Optical drive indicator, eject button and emergency eject hole may differ depending on the optical drive module installed. Left view # Item Description 1 Power jack Connects to an AC adapter. 2 Security keylock Connects to a Kensington-compatible computer security lock. K
TM420-e.book Page 6 Wednesday, August 14, 2002 1:24 AM 6 1 Getting to know your TravelMate Right view # Item Description 1 USB port Connects to Universal Serial Bus devices (e.g.,USB mouse, USB camera). 2 Line-in/Mic-in jack Accepts audio line-in devices (e.g., audio CD player, stereo walkman). Selection is through the OS Windows mixer. 3 Speaker/ Connects to audio line-out devices Headphone-out jack (e.g.,speakers, headphones). 4 Modem jack Connects to a phone line. 5 IEEE 1394 port Co
English TM420-e.book Page 7 Wednesday, August 14, 2002 1:24 AM 7 # Item Description 9 Memory stick slot Accepts memory sticks. 10 SD/MMC slot Accepts SD or MMC cards. Rear view # Item Description 1 Expansion port I/O replicator or EasyPort expansion devices. 2 External display Connects to a display device (e.g., external port monitor, LCD projector). 3 Parallel port Connects to a parallel device (e.g., parallel printer). 4 S-video Connects to a television or display device with S-video inpu
TM420-e.book Page 8 Wednesday, August 14, 2002 1:24 AM 8 1 Getting to know your TravelMate Bottom view # Item Description 1 Battery bay Houses the computer's battery pack. 2 Battery release latch Unlatches the battery to remove the battery pack. 3Memory Houses the computer's main memory. compartment 4 Cooling fans Helps keep the computer cool. Note: Don't cover or obstruct the opening of the fan. 5 AcerMedia drive bay Unlatches the AcerMedia bay to remove release latch the optical diskette
English TM420-e.book Page 9 Wednesday, August 14, 2002 1:24 AM 9 Features Below is a brief summary of the computer’s many features: Performance • Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor with 512 KB level 2 cache • DDR 266 (PC2100) SDRAM, memory expandable up to 1 GB • Internal optical drive • High-capacity, Enhanced-IDE hard disk • Li-lon battery pack • Power management system with ACPI (Advanced Configuration Power Interface) Display • Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) displaying
TM420-e.book Page 10 Wednesday, August 14, 2002 1:24 AM 10 1 Getting to know your TravelMate Connectivity • High-speed fax/data modem port • Ethernet/Fast Ethernet port • 3 USB (Universal Serial Bus) ports • IEEE 1394 port • SD/MMC memory slot • Memory stick slot • Acer EasyPort port replicator • Bluetooth ready (optional) Human-centric design and ergonomics • 4-way scroll button • Sleek, smooth and stylish design • Acer FinTouch full-sized curved keyboard • Ergonomically-centered touchpad po
English TM420-e.book Page 11 Wednesday, August 14, 2002 1:24 AM 11 Indicators The computer has seven easy-to-read status icons below the display screen. Icon Function Description Power Lights green when the computer is on. Flashes when the computer is in low power. Sleep Flashes when the computer enters Sleep mode. Lights when the computer is in Sleep mode. Battery charge Lights when the battery is being charged. Wireless Lights when the Wireless LAN or Bluetooth communication capabilit
TM420-e.book Page 12 Wednesday, August 14, 2002 1:24 AM 12 1 Getting to know your TravelMate Using the keyboard The full-sized keyboard includes an embedded numeric keypad, separate cursor keys, two Windows keys and twelve function keys. Special keys Lock keys The keyboard has three lock keys which you can toggle on and off. Lock key Description Caps Lock When Caps Lock is on, all alphabetic characters typed are in uppercase. Num Lock When Num Lock is on, the embedded keypad is in numeric
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