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Aspire 3000/5000 Series

User's Guide

Copyright © 2005. Acer Incorporated.

All Rights Reserved.

Aspire 3000/5000 Series User's Guide

Original Issue: March 2005

Changes may be made periodically to the information in this publication without obligation to notify any person of such revisions or changes. Such changes will be incorporated in new editions of this manual or supplementary documents and publications. This company makes no representations or warranties, either expressed or implied, with respect to the contents hereof and specifically disclaims the implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

Record the model number, serial number, purchase date, and place of purchase information in the space provided below. The serial number and model number are recorded on the label affixed to your computer. All correspondence concerning your unit should include the serial number, model number, and purchase information.

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Aspire 3000/5000 Series Notebook Computer

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First things first

We would like to thank you for making the Aspire series of notebook computers your choice for your mobile computing needs.

Your guides

To help you use your Aspire, 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 Acrobat Reader. If Adobe Acrobat Reader is not installed on your computer, clicking on AcerSystem User's Guide will run the Acrobat Reader setup program first. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation. For instructions on how to use Adobe Acrobat 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 launch keys. See "Front view" on page 1 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

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Note: You can also use the power button to perform power management functions. See "Moving around" on page 43 of the AcerSystem User's Guide.

Use the customized functions for power management

You can also shut down the computer by closing the display cover, or by pressing the sleep hot key <Fn> + <F4>. See "Moving around" on page 43 of the AcerSystem User's Guide.

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 and 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 adaptor

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

Do not connect the adaptor 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.

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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 at all possible.

Cleaning and servicing

When cleaning the computer, follow these steps:

1Power off the computer and remove the battery pack.

2Disconnect the AC adaptor.

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 23.

Caution

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 on 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.

For more information about our products, services, and support information, please visit our website: http://global.acer.com.

Contents

First things first

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Your guides

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Basic care and tips for using your computer

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Turning your computer on and off

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Taking care of your computer

iv

Taking care of your AC adaptor

iv

Taking care of your battery pack

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Cleaning and servicing

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An Aspire tour

1

Front view

1

Closed front view

2

Left view

3

Right view

3

Rear view

4

Base view

5

Specifications

6

Indicators

9

Launch keys

10

Touchpad

11

Touchpad basics

11

Using the keyboard

13

Lock keys and embedded numeric keypad

13

Windows keys

14

Hot keys

14

Special keys

16

Ejecting the optical (CD or DVD) drive tray

17

Using a computer security lock

17

Audio

18

Adjusting the volume

18

Using the system utilities

19

Acer eManager

19

Acer GridVista (dual-display compatible)

20

Launch Manager

22

Frequently asked questions

23

Requesting service

27

International Travelers Warranty (ITW)

27

Before you call

27

Arcade (for selected models)

29

Arcade hot keys

30

The Arcade remote control (for selected models)31

Finding and playing content

32

Advanced Settings

32

Arcade controls

32

Navigation controls

33

Player controls

33

Cinema

33

DVD settings

34

Album

35

Slideshow settings

36

Video

37

Playing a video file

37

Video Authoring

37

Music

38

Burner

38

Copy — backup your CD/DVD collection

38

Audio — create your own greatest hits CDs

38

Data — store files simply and easily

38

Video — your world in pictures

38

TV (for selected models)

39

Instant Replay

39

Recorded TV

40

Scheduling Recordings

40

TV Preview

40

Using TeleText Functions

40

TV Settings

41

Taking your notebook PC with you

43

Disconnecting from the desktop

43

Moving around

43

Preparing the computer

43

What to take to short meetings

44

What to take to long meetings

44

Taking the computer home

44

Preparing the computer

44

What to take with you

45

Special considerations

45

Setting up a home office

45

Traveling with the computer

45

Preparing the computer

45

What to take with you

46

Special considerations

46

Traveling internationally with the computer

46

Preparing the computer

46

What to bring with you

46

Special considerations

47

Securing your computer

48

Using a computer security lock

48

Using passwords

48

Entering passwords

49

Setting passwords

49

Expanding through options

51

Connectivity options

51

Fax/Data modem

51

Built-in network feature

52

Fast Infrared

52

Universal Serial Bus

53

IEEE 1394 port

53

PC Card slot

54

BIOS utility

55

Boot sequence

55

Enable Disk to disk recovery

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Password

56

Using software

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Playing DVD movies

56

Power management

57

Acer eRecovery

58

Create backup

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Restore from backup

59

Create factory default image CD

59

Re-install bundled software without CD

60

Change password

60

Troubleshooting

61

Troubleshooting tips

61

Error messages

61

Regulations and safety notices

63

Energy Star Guidelines Compliance

63

FCC notice

63

Modem notices

65

Important safety instructions

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An Aspire tour

After setting up your computer as illustrated in the Just for Starters... poster, let us show you around your new Aspire computer.

Front view

English

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Item

Description

1

Display screen

Also called Liquid-CrystalDisplay (LCD), displays computer

 

 

output.

 

 

 

2

Microphone

Internal microphone for sound recording.

 

 

 

3

Keyboard

For entering data into your computer.

4

Palmrest

Comfortable support area for your hands when you use the

 

 

computer.

 

 

 

English

2

#

Item

Description

5

Click buttons

The left and right buttons function like the left and right mouse

 

(Left, center and

buttons; the center button serves as a 4-wayscroll button.

 

right)

 

 

 

 

6

Touchpad

Touch-sensitivepointing device which functions like a computer

 

 

mouse.

 

 

 

7

Status indicators

Light-EmittingDiodes (LEDs) that turn on and off to show the

 

 

status of the computer’s functions and components.

 

 

 

8

Launch keys

Buttons for launching frequently used programs. See “Launch

 

 

keys” on page 14 for more details.

 

 

 

9

Power button

Turns the computer on and off.

 

 

 

Closed front view

#

Item

Description

1

Speakers

Left and right speakers deliver stereo audio

 

 

output.

2

Power indicator

Lights up when the computer is on.

3

Battery indicator

Lights up when the battery is being charged.

4

Bluetooth communication

Press to enable/disable the Bluetooth

 

button/indicator (for

function. Indicates the status of Bluetooth

 

selected models)

communication (optional).

5

Wireless communication

Press to enable/disable the wireless function.

 

button/indicator

Indicates the status of wireless LAN

 

 

communication (optional).

6

Line-injack

Accepts audio line-indevices (e.g., audio CD

 

 

player, stereo walkman).

7

Mic-injack

Accepts inputs from external microphones.