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Acer Aspire 1300 series

User’s guide

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Copyright © 2002

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Acer Aspire 1300 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 warranties, either expressed or implied, with respect to the contents hereof and specifically disclaims the implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

Record the model number, serial number, purchase date, and place of purchase information in the space provided below. The serial number and model number are recorded on the label affixed to your computer. All correspondense concerning your unit should include the serial number, model number, and purchase information.

No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of Acer Incorporated.

Acer Aspire 1300 series Notebook computer

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First things first

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Your guides

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Basic care and tips for using your computer

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Getting familiar with your computer

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A tour of your computer

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Front view

3

Left view

5

Right view

6

Rear view

7

Bottom view

8

Features

9

Display

10

Indicators

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Keyboard

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Special keys

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Keyboard ergonomics

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Touchpad

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Touchpad basics

18

Launch keys

20

Storage

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Inserting and ejecting a diskette

21

Ejecting the optical drive tray

21

Emergency ejection of the optical drive tray

22

Connectivity options

23

Ethernet and LAN

23

Fax/data modem

23

Audio

25

Securing your computer

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Security slot

26

Passwords

26

Operating on battery power

27

Battery pack

29

Battery pack characteristics

29

Installing and removing the battery pack

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Charging the battery

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Checking the battery level

31

Optimizing battery life

31

Battery-lowwarning

31

Power management

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Peripherals and options

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External display devices

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External input devices

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External keyboard

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External keypad

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External pointing device

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Printer

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Audio devices

41

Expansion devices

42

PC Card

42

USB devices

44

Miscellaneous options

45

Battery pack

45

AC adapter

45

Key component upgrades

46

Memory upgrade

46

Hard disk upgrade

47

Moving with your computer

49

Disconnecting from the desktop

51

Moving around

52

Preparing the computer

52

What to bring to short meetings

52

What to bring to long meetings

52

Taking the computer home

53

Preparing the computer

53

What to bring with you

53

Special considerations

53

Setting up a home office

54

Traveling with the computer

55

Preparing the computer

55

What to take with you

55

Special considerations

55

Traveling internationally with your computer

56

Preparing the computer

56

What to take with you

56

Special considerations

56

Software

57

System software

59

Launch Manager

59

BIOS Setup Utility

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Troubleshooting

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Frequently asked questions

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Appendix A Specifications

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Appendix B Notices

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Index

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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 our products, services, and support, please visit our web site www.global.acer.com.

Basic care and tips for using your computer

Turning your computer on and off

To turn on your computer, open the lid and press the power button above the keyboard.

To turn the power off, you can do any of the following:

Click on the Start button in Windows, and then select Shut Down on the popup menu.

Push the power button.

To use this method, you must first click on the Power Management icon in Windows Control Panel, and then check that the power button is set to shut down the computer when pressed. See Windows Help for more information.

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Note: if you are unable to shut down the computer in the usual way, press and hold the power switch 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 not expose the computer to magnetic fields.

Do not expose the computer to rain or moisture.

Do not spill water or any liquid on the computer.

Do not subject the computer to heavy shock or vibration.

Do not expose the computer to dust or dirt.

Do not place objects on top of the computer.

Do not slam the lid shut. Close the computer gently.

Do not place the computer on unstable or uneven surfaces.

Taking care of your AC adapter

It is important that you look after your AC adapter.

Do not connect the adapter to any other device.

Do not step on the power cord or place heavy objects on it. Route the power cord away from areas where people might walk on it or trip over it.

Do not pull on the power cord when disconnecting from the mains power socket. Grasp and pull the plug instead.

The total ampere ratings of equipment plugged into a power strip should not exceed the ampere rating for that power strip.

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.

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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 these steps:

1Turn off the computer and remove the battery.

2Disconnect the AC adapter.

3Clean with a soft cloth moistened with a little water. Do not use liquid or aerosol cleaners.

Refer to the chapter entitled Troubleshooting my computer if any of the following occurs:

You drop the computer or damage the case.

You spill liquid on the computer.

The computer does not operate normally.

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