Acer 2500 Series, 2000 Series User Manual

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Printer

Your computer supports both parallel and USB printers. Refer to the printer's manual for information on:

Setting up the hardware

Installing the necessary drivers in Windows

Operating instructions

To use a USB printer, simply connect the device to one of your computer's USB ports, and then wait for Windows to find the new hardware.

To connect a parallel printer, first shut down the operating system. Connect the printer to the parallel port, and then restart the computer. Wait for Windows to find the new hardware.

Audio devices

Your computer offers built-instereo speakers. See the section entitled“Audio” on page 26 for more information on these features. However, in addition to the integrated devices, the two audio ports on the rear side of the unit enable you to connect external audio input and output devices.

You can plug an external microphone into your computer's microphone-injack. This offers the convenience of greater freedom of movement, as well as improved audio input quality.

Connect headphones to the headphone jack for private listening and improved audio output quality.

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Peripherals and options

Expansion devices

PC Card

Your computer features two PC Card slots that support two standard Type II or one Type III CardBus (PCMCIA). This greatly increases your computer's usability and expandability. A variety of PC Cards are available, such as flash memory, SRAM, fax/data modem, LAN, and SCSI Cards. Consult your dealer for information on PC Card options for your computer.

Note: Refer to your card's manual for details on how to install and use the card.

To insert a PC Card:

1Align the card with your computer's PC Card slot. Make sure that the edge with the connectors is facing the slot, and that the card is the right way up. Many cards are marked with an arrow to help you insert them correctly.

2Slide the card into the slot, and push gently until the card connects.

3If necessary, connect the card's cable to the jack on the outer edge of the card.

4Windows will automatically detect the card's presence.

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To remove a PC Card:

1Close the application that is using the PC Card.

2Double click on the PC Card icon on the taskbar, and then select the option to safely remove the card. Wait for the message telling you that it is now safe to remove the card.

3Press the PC Card eject button to partially eject the card (1).

4Pull the card from the slot (2).

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Miscellaneous options

Battery pack

It is a good idea to have a spare battery, especially when you travel with your computer. This greatly increases your productive range when you are on the move.

AC adapter

Having a spare AC adapter allows you to keep one in two different places. For example, you could have one AC adapter at home and another at work. This means that you don't have to carry an AC adapter when traveling between your two base locations.

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Peripherals and options

Key component upgrades

Your computer is designed to deliver solid performance. However, in time, you might find that your applications demand even more computing power. For this reason, you are able to upgrade key components.

Note: Contact your authorized dealer if you decide to perform a key component upgrade.

Memory upgrade

Memory is expandable to 2GB, employing 256/512/1024 MB dual industry standard small outline Dual Inline Memory Modules (soDIMM). The computer supports Double Data Rate (DDR) SDRAM.

There are two memory slots on your computer. You can upgrade memory by installing a memory module into the other available slot, or replacing the standard memory with a higher-capacitymemory module.

Installing memory:

1Turn off the computer. Make sure that the AC adapter is disconnected, and then remove the battery pack.

2Turn the computer over to access the memory compartment on the bottom of the unit. Remove all screws (1) from the memory compartment door, and then lift the door off (2).

 

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3 Insert the memory module diagonally in the slot (1), and then

 

 

 

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press down gently until it clicks in place (2).

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 Replace the memory compartment door, and fasten the screw.

The computer automatically detects the new module and reconfigures the memory.

Hard disk upgrade

It is possible to replace your hard disk with a higher capacity drive when you need more storage space. Your computer uses a 9.5mm 2.5- inch Enhanced-IDEhard disk. Consult your dealer if you need to perform a hard disk upgrade.

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Moving with your

computer

Your Extensa 2000/2500 series notebook computer is ideal for taking with you when you move around.

This chapter provides tips on things to consider when traveling with your computer.

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Disconnecting from the desktop

Before moving with your computer, you must turn it off and disconnect all peripherals:

1Save your work and close all applications.

2Shut down Windows to turn off your computer.

3Unplug the AC adapter from the mains outlet, and then disconnect it from the computer.

4Disconnect any external devices, such as a keyboard, mouse, or printer, that are attached to your computer.

5If you are using a security lock cable, disconnect the lock from the computer.

6Pack your computer in a strong, waterproof bag or case.

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Moving with your computer

Moving around

Sometimes you might need to move your computer a short distance. For example, you might need to move from your office desk to a meeting room. In these situations, you don't have to shut down the operating system.

Preparing the computer

First, disconnect any peripherals that you don't want to take with you. Next close the lid, placing your computer in Standby mode. You can now safely carry it around the building with you.

When you are ready to use your computer again, open the lid and then press the power button to bring it out of Standby mode.

What to bring to short meetings

If your battery is fully charged, you probably won't need to take anything else with you to the meeting.

What to bring to long meetings

For longer meetings, take along the AC adapter. You can use mains power throughout the meeting, or you can run down your battery first, and then connect the AC adapter after receiving the battery-lowwarning.

If the meeting room does not have an available power outlet, reduce your computer's power consumption by putting it in Standby mode during long periods of inactivity. It is advisable to take along a spare battery if you have one.