Acer 710 Series User Manual

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1 Getting Familiar with your Computer

This computer combines high-performance,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.

This chapter gives an in-depth"tour" of the computer’s many features.

Contents

Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Special Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Lock Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Embedded Numeric Keypad . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Windows 98/Windows 95 Keys . . . . . . . . 11 Hot Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Keyboard Ergonomics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Touchpad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Touchpad Basics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Hard Disk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Floppy Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Media Bay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Ports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Left Ports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 S-Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Fast Infrared . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Rear Ports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Universal Serial Bus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Right Ports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Fax/Data Modem. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 PC Card Slots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Bottom Port. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Audio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

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Securing your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Security Notch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Passwords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

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Features

Features

This computer was designed with the user in mind. Here are just a few of its many features:

Performance

Intel Pentium® II processor or Intel Pentium® processor with MMX™ technology

64-bitmain memory and external (L2) cache memory

Large LCD display and PCI local bus video with 128-bitgraphics acceleration

Internal removable CD-ROMdrive (media bay)

Internal 3.5-inchfloppy drive

High-capacity,Enhanced-IDEremovable hard disk

Lithium-Ionbattery pack

Heuristic power management system with standby and hibernation power saving modes

Multimedia

PCI-based16-bithigh-fidelitystereo audio with3-Dsound and wavetable synthesizer

Built-indual speakers

S-videooutput

Ultra-slim,high-speedCD-ROMdrive

Connectivity

High-speedfax/data modem port

Fast infrared wireless communication

USB (Universal Serial Bus) port

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Features

Human-centricDesign and Ergonomics

Lightweight and slim

Sleek, smooth and stylish design

Full-sizedkeyboard

Wide and curved palm rest

Ergonomically-centeredtouchpad pointing device

Expansion

CardBus PC card (formerly PCMCIA) slots (two type II/I or one type III) with ZV (Zoomed Video) port support

Mini docking station option for one-stepconnect/ disconnect from peripherals

Upgradeable memory and hard disk

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Display

Display

The large graphics display offers excellent viewing, display quality and desktop performance graphics. The computer supports two different display configurations — Super Clear Color (SCC) or Thin-FilmTransistor (TFT).

Video Performance

PCI local bus video with 128-bitgraphics acceleration and 2MB Extended Data Out (EDO) video RAM boost video performance.

Simultaneous Display

The computer’s large display and multimedia capabilities are great for giving presentations. If you prefer, you can also connect an external monitor when giving presentations. This computer supports simultaneous LCD and CRT display. Simultaneous display allows you to control the presentation from your computer and at the same time face your audience. With the built-inS-videooutput jack, you can even connect other output display devices such as LCD projection panels forlarge-audiencepresentations.

Power Management

The power management system incorporates an "automatic LCD dim" feature that automatically decides the best settings for your display and at the same time conserves power. See “Heuristic Power Management” on page 39 for more information on power management features.

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Display

Opening and Closing the Display

To open the display, slide the display cover latch to the left and lift up the cover. Then tilt it to a comfortable viewing position. The computer employs a microswitch that turns off the display (and enters standby mode) to conserve power when you close the display cover, and turns it back on when you open the display cover.

Note: If an external monitor is connected, the computer turns off the display (but does not enter standby mode) when you close the display cover.

To close the display cover, fold it down gently until the display cover latch clicks into place.

Caution: To avoid damaging the display, do not slam it when you close it. Also, do not place any object on top of the computer when the display is closed.

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Indicators

Indicators

The computer has six easy-to-readstatus indicators (LEDs) under the display screen.

The Power and Standby indicators are visible even when you close the display cover so you can see the status of the computer while the cover is closed.

Icon

Function

Description

 

Power

Lights when the computer is on.

 

Standby

Lights when the computer enters

 

 

Standby mode.

 

Media Activity

Lights when the floppy drive, hard

 

 

disk or CD-ROMdrive (or other

 

 

media bay module) is active.

 

Battery Charge

Lights when the battery is being

 

 

charged.

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Indicators

Icon

Function

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caps Lock

Lights when Caps Lock is activated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Num Lock

Lights when Numeric Lock is

 

 

 

 

activated

 

 

 

 

 

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Keyboard

Keyboard

The keyboard has full-sizedkeys and an embedded keypad, separate cursor keys, two Windows 98/Windows 95 keys and twelve function keys.

Special Keys

Lock Keys

The keyboard has three lock keys which you can toggle on and off.

Lock Key

Description

 

 

Caps Lock

When Caps Lock is on, all alphabetic characters

 

typed are in uppercase.

 

 

Num Lock

When Num Lock is on, the embedded keypad is in

(Fn-F11)

numeric mode. The keys function as a calculator

 

(complete with the arithmetic operators +, -,*,

 

and /). Use this mode when you need to do a lot

 

of numeric data entry. A better solution would be

 

to connect an external keypad.

 

 

Scroll Lock

When Scroll Lock is on, the screen moves one line

(Fn-F12)

up or down when you press orrespectively.

 

Scroll Lock does not work with some applications.

 

 

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Keyboard

Embedded Numeric Keypad

The embedded numeric keypad functions like a desktop numeric keypad. It is indicated by small characters located on the upper right corner of the keycaps. To simplify the keyboard legend, cursor-controlkey symbols are not printed on the keys.

Desired Access

Num Lock On

Num Lock Off

 

 

 

Number keys on

Type numbers in a

 

embedded keypad

normal manner.

 

 

 

 

Cursor-controlkeys

Hold Shift while using

Hold Fn while

on embedded

cursor-controlkeys.

using cursor-

keypad

 

control keys.

 

 

 

Main keyboard keys

Hold Fn while typing

Type the letters

 

letters on embedded

in a normal

 

keypad.

manner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: If an external keyboard or keypad is connected to the computer, the numlock feature automatically shifts from the internal keyboard to the external keyboard or keypad.

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