Acer 3240 User Manual

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TravelMate 3240/3280 Series

User's Guide

Copyright © 2005. Acer Incorporated.

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TravelMate 3240/3280 Series User's Guide

Original Issue: 12, 2005

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Disposal instructions

Do not throw this electronic device into the trash when discarding. To minimize pollution and ensure utmost protection of the global environment, please recycle.


For electronic products containing an LCD/CRT monitor or display:

Lamp(s) inside this product contain mercury and must be recycled or disposed of according to local, state or federal laws. For more information, contact the Electronic Industries Alliance at Forlamp-specificdisposal information,


First things first

We would like to thank you for making an Acer notebook your choice for meeting your mobile computing needs.

Your guides

To help you use your Acer notebook, we have designed a set of guides:

First off, the Just for Starters... poster helps you get started with setting up your computer.

The printed User's Guide introduces you to the basic features and functions of your new computer. For more on how your computer can help you to be more productive, please refer to the AcerSystem User's Guide. This guide contains detailed information on such subjects as system utilities, data recovery, expansion options and troubleshooting. In addition it contains warranty information and the general regulations and safety notices for your notebook. It is available in Portable Document Format (PDF) and comes preloaded on your notebook. Follow these steps to access it:

1Click on Start, All Programs, AcerSystem.

2Click on AcerSystem User's Guide.

Note: Viewing the file requires Adobe Reader. If Adobe Reader is not installed on your computer, clicking on AcerSystem User's Guide will run the Adobe Reader setup program first. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation. For instructions on how to use Adobe Reader, access the Help and Support menu.

Basic care and tips for using your computer

Turning your computer on and off

To turn on the computer, simply press and release the power button below the LCD screen beside the easy-launchbuttons. See"Front view" on page 11 for the location of the power button.


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

Use the Windows shutdown command

Click on Start, Turn Off Computer, then click on Turn Off.

Use the power button

You can also shut down the computer by closing the display cover, or by pressing the sleep hotkey <Fn> + <F4>.

Note: If you cannot power off the computer normally, press and hold the power button for more than four seconds to shut down the computer. If you turn off the computer and want to turn it on again, wait at least two seconds before powering up.

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 ºC (32 ºF) or above 50 ºC (122 ºF).

Do not subject 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.

Never place objects on top of the computer.

Do not slam the computer display when you close it.

Never place the computer on uneven surfaces.

Taking care of your AC adapter

Here are some ways to take care of your AC adapter:

Do not connect the adapter to any other device.

Do not step on the power cord or place heavy objects on top of it. Carefully route the power cord and any cables away from foot traffic.

When unplugging the power cord, do not pull on the cord itself but pull on the plug.

The total ampere ratings of the equipment plugged in should not exceed the ampere rating of the cord if you are using an extension cord. Also, the total current rating of all equipment plugged into a single wall outlet should not exceed the fuse rating.


Taking care of your battery pack

Here are some ways to take care of your battery pack:

Use only batteries of the same kind as replacements. Turn the power off before removing or replacing batteries.

Do not tamper with batteries. Keep them away from children.

Dispose of used batteries according to local regulations. Recycle if possible.

Cleaning and servicing

When cleaning the computer, follow these steps:

1Turn off the computer and remove the battery pack.

2Disconnect the AC adapter.

3Use a soft, moist cloth. Do not use liquid or aerosol cleaners.

If either of the following occurs:

the computer has been dropped or the body has been damaged;

the computer does not operate normally

please refer to "Frequently asked questions" on page 37.


Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer could void the user's authority, which is granted by the Federal Communications Commission, to operate this computer.

Operation conditions

This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

Users are requested to follow the RF safety instructions for wireless option devices that are included in the user's manual of each RF option device.

An improper installation or unauthorized use may cause harmful interference to radio communications. Also, any tampering of the internal antenna will void the FCC certification and your warranty.

To prevent radio interference to the licensed service, this device is intended to be operated indoors, and installation outdoors is subject to licensing.

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Disposal instructions 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

Acer Empowering Technology

Acer eDataSecurity Management Acer eLock Management

Acer ePerformance Management Acer eRecovery Management Acer eSettings Management Acer eNet Management

Acer ePower Management

Acer ePresentation Management Your Acer notebook tour

Front view Closed front view Left view

Right view Rear view Base view

Specifications Indicators Easy-launch buttons Touchpad

Touchpad basics Using the keyboard

Lock keys and embedded numeric keypad Windows keys

Hotkeys Special key

Ejecting the optical (CD or DVD) drive tray Using a computer security lock


Adjusting the volume Using the system utilities

Acer GridVista (dual-display compatible) Launch Manager

Norton AntiVirus Frequently asked questions

Requesting service

International Travelers Warranty (ITW) Before you call

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Taking your notebook PC with you


Disconnecting from the desktop


Moving around


Preparing the computer


What to bring to meetings


Taking the computer home


Preparing the computer


What to take with you


Special considerations


Setting up a home office


Traveling with the computer


Preparing the computer


What to take with you


Special considerations


Traveling internationally with the computer


Preparing the computer


What to bring with you


Special considerations


Securing your computer


Using a computer security lock


Using passwords


Entering passwords


Setting passwords


Expanding through options


Connectivity options


Fax/data modem


Built-in network feature


Fast Infrared (FIR) (for selected models)


Universal Serial Bus (USB)


IEEE 1394 port (for selected models)


PC Card slot


ExpressCard (for selected models)


Installing memory


BIOS utility


Boot sequence


Enable disk-to-disk recovery




Using software


Playing DVD movies


Power management


Acer eRecovery Management


Create backup


Restore from backup


Create factory default image CD


Re-install bundled software without CD


Change password




Troubleshooting tips


Error messages


Regulations and safety notices


ENERGY STAR guidelines compliance


FCC notice


Modem notices


Important safety instructions


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 radio


communication devices (RSS-210)


Federal Communications Comission


Declaration of Conformity


Declaration of Conformity for CE Marking