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Acer Aspire 2020 Series

User’s Guide

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Acer Aspire 2020 Series Notebook Computer User's Guide

Original Issue: March 2004

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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.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. 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.

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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.

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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.

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First things first

Your guides

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

Features

Display Indicators Keyboard

Lock keys

Embedded numeric keypad Windows keys

Function keys Euro key

Touchpad

Touchpad basics Launch keys

Storage

Ejecting an optical disc Connectivity options

Ethernet and LAN Fax/data modem

Audio

Aspire Media Console Securing your computer Security slot

Passwords

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Contents

Operating on battery power

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Battery pack

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Battery pack characteristics

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Maximizing battery life

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Installing and removing the battery pack

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Charging the battery

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Checking the battery level

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Optimizing battery life

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Battery-low warning

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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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USB devices

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IEEE 1394 Port

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Printer

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Audio devices

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Expansion devices

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PC Card

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Key component upgrades

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Memory upgrade

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Installing memory

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Hard disk upgrade

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Moving with your computer

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Disconnecting from the desktop

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Moving around

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Taking the computer home

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Setting up a home office

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Traveling with with computer

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Traveling internationally with your computer

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Software

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System software

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Launch Manager

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Aspire Arcade

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Instant-on Arcade

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Features and Benefits

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Cinema

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Album

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Music

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Windows Arcade

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Arcade Hot keys

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Finding and playing content

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Advanced Settings

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Arcade controls

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Navigation controls

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Player controls

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Cinema

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DVD settings

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Album

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Video

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Playing a video file

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Editing a video file

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Music

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Burner

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Copy - backup your CD/DVD collection

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Audio - create your own greatest hits CDs

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Data - store files simply and easily

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Video - your world in pictures

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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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Getting familiar with

your computer

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 in-depth"tour" of your computer's features.