Acer 5000 User Manual

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Universal Serial Bus

The USB 2.0 port is a high-speedserial bus which allows you to connect USB peripherals without taking up precious system resources.

IEEE 1394 port (optional)

The computer's IEEE 1394 port allows you to connect to an IEEE 1394compatible device like a video camera or digital camera.

See your video or digital camera's documentation for details.

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PC Card slot

The Type II PC Card slot of the computer accepts PC Cards that enhance the usability and expandability of the computer. These cards should have a PC Card logo on them.

PC Cards (formerly PCMCIA) are add-oncards for portable computers, giving you expansion possibilities long afforded by desktop PCs. Popular PC Cards include flash, fax/data modem, wireless LAN and SCSI cards. CardBus improves on the16-bitPC card technology by expanding the bandwidth to 32 bits.

Note: Refer to your card's manual for details on how to install and use the card, and its functions.

Inserting a PC Card

Insert the card into the slot and make the proper connections (e.g., network cable), if necessary. See your card manual for details.

Ejecting a PC Card

Before ejecting a PC Card:

1Exit the application using the card.

2Left-clickon the PC Card icon on the taskbar and stop the card operation.

3Press the slot eject button to pop out the eject button; then press it again to eject the card.

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Installing memory

Follow these steps to install memory:

1Turn off the computer, unplug the AC adaptor (if connected) and remove the battery pack. Then turn the computer over to access its base.

2Remove the screws from the memory cover; then lift up and remove the memory cover.

3(a) Insert the memory module diagonally into the slot, then (b) gently press it down until it clicks into place.

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4Replace the memory cover and secure it with the screw.

5Reinstall the battery pack, and reconnect the AC adaptor.

6Turn on the computer.

The computer automatically detects and reconfigures the total memory size. Please consult a qualified technician or contact your local Acer dealer.

BIOS utility

The BIOS utility is a hardware configuration program built into your computer's BIOS.

Your computer is already properly configured and optimized, and you do not need to run this utility. However, if you encounter configuration problems, you may need to run it.

To activate the BIOS utility, press <F2> during the POST; while the notebook PC logo is being displayed.

Boot sequence

To set the boot sequence in the BIOS utility, activate the BIOS utility, then select Boot from the categories listed at the top of the screen.

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Enable Disk to disk recovery

To enable disk to disk recovery (hard disk recovery), activate the BIOS utility, then select Main from the categories listed at the top of the screen. Find D2D Recovery at the bottom of the screen and use the <F5> and <F6> keys to set this value to Enabled.

Password

To set a password on boot, activate the BIOS utility, then select Security from the categories listed at the top of the screen. Find Password on boot: and use the <F5> and <F6> keys to enable this feature.

Using software

Playing DVD movies

When the DVD drive module is installed in the optical drive bay, you can play DVD movies on your computer.

1Eject the DVD tray and insert a DVD movie disk; then close the DVD tray.

Important! When you launch the DVD player for the first time, the program asks you to enter the region code. DVD disks are divided into 6 regions. Once your DVD drive is set to a region code, it will play DVD disks of that region only. You can set the region code a maximum of five times (including the first time), after which the last region code set will remain permanent. Recovering your hard disk does not reset the number of times the region code has been set. Refer to the table below for DVD movie region code information.

2 The DVD movie will automatically play after a few seconds.

Region code

Country or region

 

 

1U.S.A., Canada

2Europe, Middle East, South Africa, Japan

3Southeast Asia, Taiwan, Korea (South)

4Latin America, Australia, New Zealand

5Former U.S.S.R., parts of Africa, India

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Region code

Country or region

6

People's Republic of China

 

 

Note: To change the region code, insert a DVD movie of a different region into the DVD drive. Please refer to the online help for more information.

Power management

This computer has a built-inpower management unit that monitors system activity. System activity refers to any activity involving one or more of the following devices: keyboard, mouse, floppy drive, hard disk, peripherals connected to the serial and parallel ports, and video memory. If no activity is detected for a period of time (called an inactivity timeout), the computer stops some or all of these devices in order to conserve energy.

This computer employs a power management scheme that supports the advanced configuration and power interface (ACPI), which allows for maximum power conservation and maximum performance at the same time. Windows handles all power-savingchores for your computer.

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Acer eRecovery

Acer eRecovery is a tool to quickly backup and restore the system. You can create and save a backup of the current system configuration to hard drive, CD, or DVD.

Acer eRecovery consists of the following functions:

1Create backup

2Restore from backup

3Create factory default image CD

4Re-installbundled software without CD

5Change Acer eRecovery password

This chapter will guide you through each process.

Note: This feature is only available on certain models. For systems that do not have a built-inoptical disk burner, plug in an external USB or IEEE1394-compatibleoptical disk burner before entering Acer eRecovery for optical disk related tasks.

Create backup

You can create and save backup images to hard drive, CD, or DVD.

1Boot to Windows XP

2Press <Alt> + <F10> to open the Acer eRecovery utility.

3Enter the password to proceed. The default password is six zeros.

4In the Acer eRecovery window, select Recovery settings and click Next.

5In the Recovery settings window, select Backup snapshot image and click Next.

6Select the backup method.

a Use Backup to HDD to store the backup disk image on drive D:.

b Backup to optical device to store the backup image on CD or DVD.

7After choosing the backup method, click Next.

Follow the instructions on screen to complete the process.

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Restore from backup

You can restore backups previously created (as stated in the Create backup section) from hard drive, CD, or DVD.

1Boot to Windows XP.

2Press <Alt> + <F10> to open the Acer eRecovery utility.

3Enter the password to proceed. The default password is six zeros.

4In the Acer eRecovery window, select Recovery actions and click Next.

5Select the desired restore action and follow the onscreen instructions to complete the restore process.

Note: The "Restore C:" item is enabled only if there is a user backup stored on the hard drive (D:\). Please refer to the Create backup section.

Create factory default image CD

When the System CD and Recovery CD are not available, you can create them by using this feature.

1Boot to Windows XP.

2Press <Alt> + <F10> to open the Acer eRecovery utility.

3Enter the password to proceed. The default password is six zeros.

4In the Acer eRecovery window, select Recovery settings and click Next.

5In the Recovery settings window, select Burn image to disk and click Next.

6In the Burn image to disk window, select 01. Factory default image and click Next.

7Follow the instructions on screen to complete the process.

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Re-installbundled software without CD

Acer eRecovery stores pre-loadedsoftware internally for easy driver and applicationre-installation.

1Boot to Windows XP.

2Press <Alt> + <F10> to open the Acer eRecovery utility.

3Enter the password to proceed. The default password is six zeros.

4In the Acer eRecovery window, select Recovery actions and click Next.

5In the Recovery settings window, select Reinstall applications/drivers and click Next.

6Select the desired driver/application and follow the instructions on screen to re-install.

At first launch, Acer eRecovery prepares all the needed software and may take few seconds to bring up the software content window.

Change password

Acer eRecovery and Acer disk-to-diskrecovery are protected by a password that can be changed by the user. Follow the steps below to change the password in Acer eRecovery.

1Boot to Windows XP.

2Press <Alt> + <F10> to open the Acer eRecovery utility.

3Enter the password to proceed. The default password is six zeros.

4In the Acer eRecovery window, select Recovery settings and click Next.

5In the Recovery settings window, select Password: Change Acer eRecovery password and click Next.

6Follow the instructions on screen to complete the process.

Note: If the system crashes, and will not boot to Windows, you can run Acer disk-to-diskrecovery to restore the factory default image under DOS mode.

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Troubleshooting

This chapter shows you how to deal with common system problems. Read it before calling a technician if a problem occurs. Solutions to more serious problems require opening up the computer. Do not attempt to open the computer yourself; contact your dealer or authorized service center for assistance.

Troubleshooting tips

This notebook computer incorporates an advanced design that delivers onscreen error message reports to help you solve problems.

If the system reports an error message or an error symptom occurs, see "Error messages" below. If the problem cannot be resolved, contact your dealer. See "Requesting service" on page 27.

Error messages

If you receive an error message, note the message and take the corrective action. The following table lists the error messages in alphabetical order together with the recommended course of action.

Error messages

Corrective action

 

 

CMOS battery bad

Contact your dealer or an authorized service center.

 

 

CMOS checksum error

Contact your dealer or an authorized service center.

 

 

Disk boot failure

Insert a system (bootable) disk into the floppy drive

 

(A:), then press <Enter> to reboot.

 

 

Equipment

Press <F2> (during POST) to enter the BIOS utility;

configuration error

then press Exit in the BIOS utility to reboot.

 

 

Hard disk 0 error

Contact your dealer or an authorized service center.

 

 

Hard disk 0 extended

Contact your dealer or an authorized service center.

type error

 

 

 

I/O parity error

Contact your dealer or an authorized service center.

 

 

Keyboard error or no

Contact your dealer or an authorized service center.

keyboard connected

 

 

 

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Error messages

Corrective action

 

 

Keyboard interface

Contact your dealer or an authorized service center.

error

 

 

 

Memory size

Press <F2> (during POST) to enter the BIOS utility;

mismatch

then press Exit in the BIOS utility to reboot.

 

 

If you still encounter problems after going through the corrective measures, please contact your dealer or an authorized service center for assistance. Some problems may be solved using the BIOS utility.