- •First things first
- •Your guides
- •Basic care and tips for using your computer
- •A tour of your computer
- •Open view
- •Front view
- •Top view
- •Left view
- •Right view
- •Rear view
- •Bottom view
- •Lock keys
- •Embedded numeric keypad
- •Windows keys
- •Function keys
- •Euro key
- •Touchpad basics
- •Launch keys
- •Ejecting an optical disc
- •Connectivity options
- •Ethernet and LAN
- •Fax/data modem
- •Aspire Media Console
- •Securing your computer
- •Security slot
- •Battery pack
- •Battery pack characteristics
- •Installing and removing the battery pack
- •Charging the battery
- •Checking the battery level
- •Optimizing battery life
- •Battery-low warning
- •Power management
- •External display devices
- •External input devices
- •External keyboard
- •External keypad
- •External pointing device
- •USB devices
- •IEEE 1394 Port
- •Audio devices
- •Expansion devices
- •PC Card
- •Key component upgrades
- •Memory upgrade
- •Hard disk upgrade
- •Disconnecting from the desktop
- •Moving around
- •Taking the computer home
- •Traveling with with computer
- •Traveling internationally with your computer
- •System software
- •Launch Manager
- •Aspire Arcade
- •Instant-on Arcade
- •Features and Benefits
- •Windows Arcade
- •Arcade Hot keys
- •Finding and playing content
- •Arcade controls
- •BIOS Setup Utility
- •Frequently asked questions
- •Energy Star Guidelines Compliance
- •FCC notice
- •Modem notices
- •Laser compliance statement
- •LCD pixel statement
- •Macrovision copyright protection notice
- •Radio Device Regulatory Notice
- •European Union (EU)
- •The FCC RF safety requirement
- •Canada - Low power license-exempt radiocommunication devices (RSS-210)
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First things first
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.
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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. See “A tour of your computer” on page 3 for the location of the power button.
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 change the Power Management settings in Control Panel. See Windows Help for more information.
Note: If the operating system freezes, or locks up, press and hold the power button for more than four seconds.
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 a power strip or wall outlet. Grasp and pull the plug instead.
•The total ampere rating for all equipment plugged into a power strip should not exceed the ampere rating of the 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.
•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:
•Turn off the computer and remove the battery.
•Disconnect the AC adapter.
•Clean with a soft cloth moistened with a little water. Do not use liquid or aerosol cleaners.
Refer to the chapter entitled “Frequently asked questions” on page 75 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.
First things first
Basic care and tips for using your computer Turning your computer on and off Taking care of your computer
Taking care of your AC adapter Taking care of your battery pack Cleaning and servicing
Getting familiar with your computer
A tour of your computer Open view
Front view Top view Left view Right view Rear view Bottom view
Display Indicators Keyboard
Embedded numeric keypad Windows keys
Function keys Euro key
Touchpad basics Launch keys
Ejecting an optical disc Connectivity options
Ethernet and LAN Fax/data modem
Aspire Media Console Securing your computer Security slot
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Operating on battery power
Battery pack characteristics
Maximizing battery life
Installing and removing the battery pack
Charging the battery
Checking the battery level
Optimizing battery life
Peripherals and options
External display devices
External input devices
External pointing device
IEEE 1394 Port
Key component upgrades
Hard disk upgrade
Moving with your computer
Disconnecting from the desktop
Taking the computer home
Setting up a home office
Traveling with with computer
Traveling internationally with your computer
Features and Benefits
Arcade Hot keys
Finding and playing content
Playing a video file
Editing a video file
Copy - backup your CD/DVD collection
Audio - create your own greatest hits CDs
Data - store files simply and easily
Video - your world in pictures
BIOS Setup Utility
Frequently asked questions
Appendix A Specifications
Appendix B Notices
Getting familiar with
Your Aspire notebook computer combines solid performance, versatility, multimedia capabilities and portability with stylish design. Increase your productivity by working wherever you are.
This chapter provides an