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TravelMate 505 series User’s guide

Copyright © 1999 Acer Incorporated

All Rights Reserved

TravelMate 505 Series Notebook Computer User’s Guide

Part No.: 49.43F01.041

Original Issue: October 1999

Changes may be made periodically to the information in this publication without obligation to notify any person of such revision 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.

No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of Acer Incorporated.

TravelMate Notebook Computer

Model Number : 1901-______________________________

Serial Number:____________________________________

Purchase Date: ___________________________________

Place of Purchase: ________________________________

FCC notice

vii

FCC modem notice

viii

Important safety instructions

ix

Laser compliance statement

xi

Battery statement

xii

Year 2000 compliance statement

xiii

Modem notice

xiv

Connecting the computer

xvi

Getting help and support

xviii

Accessing online help

xviii

Support information

xviii

Care and maintenance

xx

Taking care of your computer

xx

Taking care of your AC adapter

xx

Taking care of your battery pack

xx

Cleaning and servicing

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1 Getting familiar with your computer

1

Features

3

Display

5

Indicators

7

Keyboard

9

Special keys

9

Lock keys

9

Embedded numeric keypad

10

Windows keys

11

The Euro symbol

11

Hotkeys

13

Keyboard ergonomics

15

Touchpad

16

Touchpad basics

16

Storage

18

Hard disk

18

Floppy drive

18

CD-ROM drive

18

Ports

20

Front ports

20

Rear ports

21

Universal Serial Bus

21

Right ports

22

PC card slot

22

Fax/data modem

23

Contents

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Audio

25

Securing your computer

26

Security notch

26

Passwords

26

2 Operating on battery power

29

Battery pack

31

Battery pack characteristics

31

Installing and removing the battery pack

32

Charging the battery

32

Charging modes

32

Checking the battery level

33

Using the Windows battery meter

33

Optimizing battery life

33

Battery-low warning

34

Power management

36

Advanced Configuration and Power Interface

36

Power management modes

36

Sleep mode (ACPI)

36

Display standby mode

37

Hard disk standby mode

37

Standby mode

37

Hibernation mode

38

3 Peripherals and options

41

External monitor

43

Using simultaneous display

43

Enabling simultaneous display

43

External keyboard

44

External keypad

45

External pointing device

46

External PS/2 mouse

46

External serial mouse

46

Printer

47

Audio devices

48

PC cards

49

USB devices

50

Miscellaneous options

51

Additional power packs

51

Battery pack

51

AC adapter

51

Cables

51

PS/2 Y-bridge cable

51

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File transfer cable

52

Key component upgrades

53

Memory upgrade

53

Installing memory

53

Hard disk upgrade

54

4 Moving with your computer

55

Disconnecting from the desktop

57

Moving around

58

Preparing the computer

58

What to bring to short meetings

58

What to bring to long meetings

58

Taking the computer home

59

Preparing the computer

59

What to bring with you

59

Special considerations

59

Setting up a home office

60

Traveling with the computer

61

Preparing the computer

61

What to bring with you

61

Special considerations

61

Traveling internationally with the computer

62

Preparing the computer

62

What to bring with you

62

Special considerations

62

5 Software

63

System software

65

Sleep Manager

66

Accessing the Sleep Manager

66

Sleep Manager functions

68

Create

68

Remove

70

Minimize

70

Exit

70

Notebook Manager

71

Information viewer

72

POST

73

Boot Sequence

74

Password

75

Setting the Power-On Password

75

Setting the Setup Password

76

Power Management

77

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Display Device

78

BIOS Utility

79

Navigating the BIOS Utility

79

System Information

80

Basic System Configuration

81

Startup Configuration

82

Onboard Device Configuration

84

System Security

85

Setting a password

86

Changing a password

87

Removing a password

87

Password icons

87

Load Default Settings

88

6 Troubleshooting

89

Frequently-asked questions

91

Error messages

95

Troubleshooting tips

97

Using PC-Doctor

97

Online services

98

Before you call

98

A Specifications

101

Index

107

FCC notice

This device has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This device generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications.

However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this device does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the device off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

1.Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna

2.Increase the separation between the device and receiver

3.Connect the device into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected

4.Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/television technician for help

Notice: shield cables

All connections to other computing devices must be made using shielded cables to maintain compliance with FCC regulations.

Notice: peripheral devices

Only peripherals (input/output devices, terminals, printers, etc.) certified to comply with the Class B limits may be attached to this equipment. Operation with non-certifiedperipherals is likely to result in interference to radio and TV reception.

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.

Use conditions

This part 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.

Notice: Canadian users

This Class B digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian InterferenceCausing Equipment Regulations.

Remarque à l’intention des utilisateurs canadiens

Cet appareil numérique de la classe B respected toutes les exigences du Règlement sur le matériel brouilleur du Canada.

FCC modem notice

This equipment complies with Part 68 of the FCC Rules. Located on the bottom side of the modem is a label that contains, among other information, the FCC Registration Number and Ringer Equivalence Number (REN) for this equipment. Upon request, you must provide this information to your telephone company.

If your telephone equipment causes harm to the telephone network, the telephone company may discontinue your service temporarily. If possible, they will notify you in advance. But, if advance notice is not practical, you will be notified as soon as possible. You will also be informed of your right to file a complaint with the FCC.

Your telephone company may make changes in its facilities, equipment, operations, or procedures that could affect the proper functioning of your equipment. If they do, you will be notified in advance to give you an opportunity to maintain uninterrupted telephone service.

If this equipment should fail to operate properly, disconnect the equipment from the phone line to determine if it is causing the problem. If the problem is with the equipment, discontinue use and contact your dealer or vendor.

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Important safety instructions

1.Read these instructions carefully. Save these instructions for future reference.

2.Follow all warnings and instructions marked on the product.

3.Unplug this product from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not use liquid cleaners or aerosol cleaners. Use a damp cloth for cleaning.

4.Do not use this product near water.

5.Do not place this product on an unstable cart, stand, or table. The product may fall, causing serious damage to the product.

6.Slots and openings in the cabinet and the back or bottom are provided for ventilation; to ensure reliable operation of the product and to protect it from overheating, these openings must not be blocked or covered. The openings should never be blocked by placing the product on a bed, sofa, rug, or other similar surface. This product should never be placed near or over a radiator or heat register, or in a built-ininstallation unless proper ventilation is provided.

7.This product should be operated from the type of power indicated on the marking label. If you are not sure of the type of power available, consult your dealer or local power company.

8.Do not allow anything to rest on the power cord. Do not locate this product where persons will walk on the cord.

9.If an extension cord is used with this product, make sure that the total ampere rating of the equipment plugged into the extension cord does not exceed the extension cord ampere rating. Also, make sure that the total rating of all products plugged into the wall outlet does not exceed the fuse rating.

10.Never push objects of any kind into this product through cabinet slots as they may touch dangerous voltage points or short out parts that could result in a fire or electric shock. Never spill liquid of any kind on the product.

11.Do not attempt to service this product yourself, as opening or removing covers may expose you to dangerous voltage points or other risks. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.

12.Unplug this product from the wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified service personnel under the following conditions:

a.When the power cord or plug is damaged or frayed

b.If liquid has been spilled into the product

c.If the product has been exposed to rain or water

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d.If the product does not operate normally when the operating instructions are followed. Adjust only those controls that are covered by the operating instructions since improper adjustment of other controls may result in damage and will often require extensive work by a qualified technician to restore the product to normal condition.

e.If the product has been dropped or the cabinet has been damaged

f.If the product exhibits a distinct change in performance, indicating a need for service.

13.Replace the battery with the same type as the product's battery we recommend. Use of another battery may present a risk of fire or explosion. Refer battery replacement to a qualified serviceman.

14.Warning! Batteries may explode if not handled properly. Do not disassemble or dispose of them in fire. Keep them away from children and dispose of used batteries promptly.

15.Use only the proper type of power supply cord set (provided in your accessories box) for this unit. It should be a detachable type: UL listed/CSA certified, type SPT-2,rated 7A 125V minimum, VDE approved or its equivalent. Maximum length is 15 feet (4.6 meters).

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Laser compliance statement

The CD-ROMdrive in this computer is a laser product. TheCD-ROMdrive’s classification label (shown below) is located on the drive.

CLASS 1 LASER PRODUCT

CAUTION: INVISIBLE LASER RADIATION WHEN OPEN. AVOID EXPOSURE TO BEAM.

APPAREIL A LASER DE CLASSE 1 PRODUIT

LASERATTENTION: RADIATION DU FAISCEAU LASER INVISIBLE EN CAS D’OUVERTURE. EVITTER TOUTE EXPOSITION AUX RAYONS.

LUOKAN 1 LASERLAITE LASER KLASSE 1

VORSICHT: UNSICHTBARE LASERSTRAHLUNG, WENN ABDECKUNG GEÖFFNET NICHT DEM STRAHLL AUSSETZEN

PRODUCTO LÁSER DE LA CLASE I

ADVERTENCIA: RADIACIÓN LÁSER INVISIBLE AL SER ABIERTO. EVITE EXPONERSE A LOS RAYOS.

ADVARSEL: LASERSTRÅLING VEDÅBNING SE IKKE IND I STRÅLEN.

VARO! LAVATTAESSA OLET ALTTINA LASERSÅTEILYLLE. VARNING: LASERSTRÅLNING NÅR DENNA DEL ÅR ÖPPNAD ÅLÅ TUIJOTA SÅTEESEENSTIRRA EJ IN I STRÅLEN

VARNING: LASERSTRÅLNING NAR DENNA DEL ÅR ÖPPNADSTIRRA EJ IN I STRÅLEN

ADVARSEL: LASERSTRÅLING NAR DEKSEL ÅPNESSTIRR IKKE INN I STRÅLEN

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Battery statement

The following statement refers to the internal lithium-ionbattery that powers the computer’s clock.

CAUTION

Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer. Discard used batteries according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

ADVARSEL!

Lithiumbatteri - Eksplosionsfare ved fejlagtig håndtering. Udskiftning må kun ske med batteri af samme fabrikat og type. Léver det brugte batteri tilbage til leverandøren.

ADVARSEL

Eksplosjonsfare ved feilaktig skifte av batteri. Benytt samme batteritype eller en tilsvarende type anbefalt av apparatfabrikanten. Brukte batterier kasseres i henhold til fabrikantens instruksjoner.

VARNING

Explosionsfara vid felaktigt batteribyte. Anvãnd samma batterityp eller en ekvivalent typ som rekommenderas av apparattillverkaren. Kassera anvãnt batteri enligt fabrikantens instruktion.

VAROITUS

Päristo voi räjähtää, jos se on virheellisesti asennettu. Vaihda paristo ainoastaan laitevalmistajan suosittelemaan tyyppiin. Hävitä käytetty paristo valmistajan ohjeiden mukaisesti.

VORSICHT!

Explosionsgefahr bei unsachgemäßen Austausch der Batterie Ersatz nur durch denselben oder einem vom Hersteller empfohlenem ähnlichen Typ. Entsorgung gebrauchter Batterien nach Angaben des Herstellers.

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Year 2000 compliance statement

The TravelMate 505 notebook computer carries the "Hardware NSTL Tested Year 2000 Compliant" logo, which certifies that this model has been tested by NSTL using the YMark2000 test, and has been found to meet NSTL's standards for Year 2000 hardware compliance.

For more details, check the Acer Year 2000 Resource Center at (www.acer.com.tw/ service/y2k/index.htm).

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Modem notice

This equipment has been approved to Council Division 98/482/EC - “CTR 21” for pan-Europeansingle terminal connection to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN). However, due to differences between the individual PSTNs provided in different countries, the approval does not, of itself, give an unconditional assurance of successful operation on every PSTN termination point. In the event of problems, you should contact your equipment supplier in the first instance.

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This manual describes features of the TravelMate 505 series notebook computers. The TravelMate series of computers incorporate such features as CardBus, 16-bit stereo audio, internal pointing device, Universal Serial Bus, and all-in-one media storage.

This manual should answer most of the questions you have about the day-to-dayoperation of your TravelMate notebook computer.

Use the Just for Starters… instructions that came with your computer to get your computer running for the first time.

You should also take advantage of the online help files that are available with almost all of the programs shipped with your computer.

We hope you enjoy your TravelMate computer. With proper care, your computer will provide you with years of productive service.

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Connecting the computer

Connecting the computer is as easy as 1-2-3.

1.Insert the battery pack into the battery compartment, then slide the battery compartment cover in place.

Note: When using a battery pack for the first time, fully recharge the battery, then disconnect the adapter to use up the battery before recharging again. Perform this action twice to condition the battery pack.

2.Connect one end of the AC adapter to the DC-inport on the computer’s rear panel and the other end to a properly grounded power outlet.

3.Slide the display cover latch to the left to open the display. Slide the power switch towards the rear of the computer then release it to turn on the power.

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The POST (power-onself-test)routine then executes and Windows begins loading.

Note: To turn off the power, slide and hold the power switch for more than four seconds. If you are using Windows 98, we recommend that you use the Shut Down command to turn off the computer. If you turn off the computer and want to turn it on again, wait at least two seconds before powering up.