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Copyright © 1998 Acer Incorporated

All Rights Reserved — Printed in Taiwan

Extensa 700/710 Series Notebook Computer User’s Guide

Part No.: 49.47A01.001

Original Issue: April 1998

First Revision: May 1998

Second Revision: July 1998

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

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.

Extensa Notebook Computer

Model___________Serial No.____________Purchase Date_______________

Extensa is a trademark and a product of Acer Inc., developed with Texas Instruments Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective companies. Microsoft, MS-DOS,and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.

Table of Contents

Notices. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . v

Preface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xiii

Connecting the Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xiv Getting Help Online . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xvii Support Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xviii Care and Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xix

Chapter 1 Getting Familiar with your Computer . . . . . . . 1

Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Touchpad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Ports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Audio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Securing your Computer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29

Chapter 2 Operating on Battery Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Battery Pack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Heuristic Power Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39

Chapter 3 Peripherals and Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

External Monitor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46

External Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47

External Keypad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48

External Pointing Device . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49

Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51

Audio Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52

Mini Docking Station . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53

PC Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54

USB Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55

Miscellaneous Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56

Key Component Upgrades. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58

Chapter 4 Moving with your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

Disconnecting from the Desktop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 Moving Around . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 Taking the Computer Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 Traveling with the Computer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68

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Traveling Internationally with the Computer . . . . . . 69

Chapter 5 Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

System Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72

PhDISK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

Notebook Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74

Setup Utility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

Chapter 6 Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

Frequently-Asked Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98

Error Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103

Appendix A Specifications. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107

Index. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111

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Notices

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.

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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 Interference-CausingEquipment 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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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, typeSPT-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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