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TravelMate 540 series

User’s guide

Copyright © 2003 Acer Incorporated.

All Rights Reserved.

TravelMate 540 series User’s guide

Original Issue: July 2003

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.

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First things first

We would like to thank you for making the TravelMate series of notebook computers your choice for your mobile computing needs. We hope you will be happy with your TravelMate as much as we enjoyed making it for you.

Your guides

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

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

This User’s Guide introduces you to the many ways your computer can help you be more productive. This guide provides clear and concise information about the computer, so read it thoroughly.

If you ever need to print out a copy, this User’s guide is also available in PDF (Portable Document Format). Follow these steps:

1Click on Start, All Programs, AcerSystem.

2Click on AcerSystem User’s Guide.

Note: Viewing the file requires Adobe Acrobat Reader installed. For instructions on how to use Adobe Acrobat Reader, access theHelp menu.

For more information about our products, services, and support information, please visit our Web site (global.acer.com).

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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 on the top left of your TravelMate. See page 3 for the location of the power button.

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

Use the Windows shutdown command

For Windows 2000: Click onStart,Shut Down..., and selectShut down; then click onOK.

- or -

For Windows XP: Click onStart,Turn off Computer; then clickTurn Off.

Use the power button

Note: You can also use the power button to perform power management functions. See Windows help for more information.

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).

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 0C (32F) or above 50C (122F).

Do not subject the computer to magnetic fields.

Do not expose the computer to rain or moisture.

 

 

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Do not spill water or any other liquid on the computer.

 

 

 

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Do not expose the computer to dust and dirt.

 

Do not subject the computer to heavy shock and vibration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never place objects on top of the computer to avoid damaging 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 personal 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 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 adapter.

 

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Use a soft cloth moistened with water. Do not use liquid or aerosol

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cleaners.

 

 

 

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To clean the display screen, use an LCD cleaning kit.

 

If any of the following occurs:

 

 

The computer has been dropped or the body has been damaged.

 

Liquid has been spilled into the product.

 

The computer does not operate normally.

 

Please refer to "Troubleshooting my computer" on page 49.

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Your guides

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Basic care and tips for using your computer

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1 Getting to know your TravelMate

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A TravelMate tour

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Front view

3

Left view

5

Right view

6

Rear view

7

Bottom view

9

Features

10

Indicators

12

Using the keyboard

14

Special keys

14

Touchpad

22

Touchpad basics

22

Storage

24

Hard Disk

24

Optical drive

24

Using software

25

Audio

26

Adjusting the volume

26

Power management

27

Moving around with your TravelMate

28

Disconnecting from the desktop

28

Moving around

28

Taking the computer home

29

Traveling with the computer

31

Traveling internationally with the computer

31

Securing your computer

33

Using a computer security lock

33

Using passwords

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2 Customizing my computer

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Expanding through options

39

Connectivity options

39

Connecting to Acer EasyPort replicator

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Using system utilities

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Notebook Manager

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Launch Manager

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BIOS Utility

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3 Troubleshooting my computer

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Frequently-asked questions

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Requesting service

54

International Traveler’s Warranty (ITW)

54

Before you call

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Appendix A Specifications

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Appendix B Notices

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Index

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1 Getting to know your

TravelMate

Your TravelMate computer combines highperformance, versatility, power management features and multimedia capabilities with a unique style and ergonomic design. Work with unmatched productivity and reliability with your new power computing partner.