Acer 2000 Series User Manual

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Taking the computer home

When you move between your office and home you will need to prepare your computer for the short trip.

Preparing the computer

After disconnecting your computer from the desktop, prepare the unit as follows:

1Remove all media from the drives. Loaded media can damage the drive heads during transit.

2Pack the computer in a protective case that is padded to guard against knocks. Make sure that the unit cannot slide around inside the case.

Caution: Avoid packing items next to the top of the computer, as this could result in damage to the screen.

What to bring with you

If you don't have spare items at home, it is advisable to take along the AC adapter and this User's Guide.

Special considerations

To protect your computer in transit, it is advisable to pay attention to the following:

Minimize the effect of temperature changes. Keep your computer with you instead of placing it in storage holds.

Avoid leaving your computer in a hot car.

Changes in temperature and humidity can cause condensation to form within your computer. Before turning the computer on, allow it to return to room temperature, and then check the screen for signs of condensation. If the temperature change is greater than 10°C (18°F), allow the computer to come to room temperature slowly by placing it in a room with a temperature between the outside and room temperatures.

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Moving with your computer

Setting up a home office

If you frequently work on your computer at home, as well as at work, it may be worthwhile purchasing a second AC adapter. This will allow you to travel lighter, as you can keep an AC adapter in each location.

You might also find it worthwhile keeping a second set of peripherals at home, such as a keyboard, keypad, mouse and printer.

Traveling with the computer

Sometimes you might need to make longer trips with your computer.

Preparing the computer

Prepare the computer as you would for moving between your office and home. It is advisable to make sure that the battery is fully charged. If you are traveling by air, you might be required to turn on the computer during security checks.

What to take with you

It is advisable to take the following items with you:

AC adapter.

Spare, fully charged battery packs.

Additional printer driver files (if you plan to use another printer).

Phone and network cables (if you plan to use the computer's modem and network connections).

Special considerations

In addition to the considerations for taking your computer home, keep the following in mind:

Always take your computer as carry-onluggage.

If possible, have your computer manually inspected at security checks. Although the computer can pass safely through security X-raymachines, you should never expose it to a metal detector.

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Traveling internationally with your computer

Occasionally you might need to travel between countries with your computer.

Preparing the computer

Prepare the computer as you would for normal travel. Remember to take special precautions for air travel.

What to take with you

It is advisable to take the following items with you:

AC adapter.

Power cords that are appropriate for the countries you plan to visit.

Spare, fully charged battery packs.

Additional printer driver files (if you plan to use another printer).

Phone and network cables (if you plan to use the computer's modem and network connections). Check that your modem is suitable for the telephone system in the countries you plan to visit. You might have to use a PC Card modem in some locations.

Special considerations

In addition to the considerations for normal travel with your computer, keep the following in mind when traveling internationally:

Check that your power cord is suitable for the local power supply. If necessary, purchase a power cord that meets local requirements. Avoid using converter kits.

If you plan to connect over a phone line, check that the computer's modem and your phone cord are suitable for the local phone system. If necessary, purchase a PC Card modem that meets local requirements.

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Moving with your computer

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Software

Your Extensa 2000/2500 series notebook computer includes system utilities.

This chapter provides information on the important software that comes with your computer.

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System software

Your computer comes preloaded with the following software:

Microsoft® Windows® operating system

Hardware BIOS Setup Utility

System utilities, drivers and application software

Note: To run software applications in Windows, first click on the Start button. Next, select the appropriate folder, and then click on the application icon. To learn about the software and utility, make use of the online help provided by the software.

Launch Manager

Launch Manager allows you to set the four launch keys located above the keyboard. See “Launch keys” on page 21 for the location of the launch keys.

You can access the Launch Manager by clicking on Start, All Programs, and then Launch Manager to start the application.

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Software

BIOS Setup Utility

The Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) contains important information used to configure the hardware and system software settings. Your computer reads the BIOS when it first starts up, before it loads the operating system.

Your computer's BIOS includes a built-insetup utility called Phoenix Software System Configuration Utility (SCU). It can be started shortly after you turn the computer on, by pressing the F2 key duringPower-OnSelf Test (POST).

The BIOS Setup Utility displays summary information on your computer, its devices, processor and memory.

Your computer is already configured for optimal performance, and so you should not need to run this utility. However, you may need to change the BIOS settings if you encounter configuration problems in the future. Refer to “Frequently asked questions” on page 61 if a problem arises.

Troubleshooting

This chapter instructs you on how to deal with common system problems. Please read it before calling a technician.

Solutions to more serious problems may require opening the computer. Do not attempt to open and service the computer by yourself. Contact your dealer or an authorized service center for assistance.