Acer 710 Series User Manual

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Keyboard

Windows 98/Windows 95 Keys

The keyboard has two keys that perform Windows 98-/Windows95-specificfunctions.

Key

Description

 

 

Windows logo key

Start button. Combinations with this key

 

performs special functions. Below are a

 

few examples:

 

á + Tab (Activate next Taskbar button)

 

á + E (Explore My Computer)

 

á + F (Find Document)

 

á + M (Minimize All)

 

Shift + á + M (Undo Minimize All)

 

á + R (Display Run dialog box)

 

 

Application key

Opens the application’s context menu

 

(same as right-click).

 

 

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Keyboard

Hot Keys

The computer employs hot keys or key combinations to access most of the computer’s controls like screen contrast and brightness, volume output and the BIOS setup utility.

Hot Key

Icon

Function

Description

 

 

 

 

Fn-F1

 

Hot key help

Displays a list of the hotkeys

 

 

 

and their functions.

 

 

 

 

Fn-F2

 

Setup

Accesses the notebook

 

 

 

configuration utility. See

 

 

 

“Notebook Manager” on

 

 

 

page 74.

 

 

 

 

Fn-F3

 

Standby

Puts the computer in

 

 

 

Standby mode. Press any

 

 

 

key to return.

 

 

 

See “Standby Mode” on

 

 

 

page 40 to learn more

 

 

 

about Standby mode.

 

 

 

 

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Hot Key

Icon

Function

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fn-F4

 

 

Hibernation

Puts the computer in

 

 

 

 

 

Hibernation mode (if

 

 

 

 

 

PHDISK, the hibernation

 

 

 

 

 

utility, is installed, valid and

 

 

 

 

 

enabled). Press the power

 

 

 

 

 

switch to resume.

 

 

 

 

 

Otherwise, the computer

 

 

 

 

 

enters Standby mode. See

 

 

 

 

 

“Hibernation Mode” on

 

 

 

 

 

page 42 for more about

 

 

 

 

 

Hibernation mode.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fn-F5

 

 

Display

Switches display output

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

toggle

between the display

 

 

 

 

 

screen, external monitor (if

 

 

 

 

 

connected) and both the

 

 

 

 

 

display screen and

 

 

 

 

 

external monitor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fn-F6

 

 

Screen blank

Turns the display screen

 

 

 

 

 

backlight off to save

 

 

 

 

 

power. Press any key to

 

 

 

 

 

return.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fn-F7

 

 

Touchpad

Turns the internal

 

 

 

 

on/off

touchpad on and off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fn-F8

 

 

Speaker on/

Turns the speakers on and

 

 

 

 

off

off; mutes the sound.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fn-

 

 

Contrast up

Increases the screen

 

 

 

 

 

contrast (available only for

 

 

 

 

 

models with SCC displays).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fn-

 

 

Contrast

Decreases the screen

 

 

 

 

down

contrast (available only for

 

 

 

 

 

models with SCC displays).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Keyboard

Hot Key

Icon

Function

Description

Fn-

 

Brightness up

Increases the screen

 

 

 

brightness.

 

Brightness

Decreases the screen

Fn-

 

 

 

down

brightness.

Fn-H

 

Turbo mode

Toggles turbo mode on

 

 

on/off

and off. With turbo mode

 

 

 

off, power management is

 

 

 

maximized.

Note: If you want to use an external PS/2 mouse, first enable the touchpad, connect the external PS/2 mouse, then disable the touchpad if necessary.

Activating Hot Keys

When activating hot keys, press and hold the first key Fn before pressing the other key in the hot key combination.

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Keyboard Ergonomics

Located below the keyboard, the wide and curved palm rest is ergonomically designed to provide you with a very comfortable place to rest your hands while you type.

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Touchpad

Touchpad

The built-intouchpad is aPS/2-compatiblepointing device that senses movement on its surface. This means the cursor responds as you move your finger on the surface of the touchpad. The central location on the palm rest provides optimum comfort and support.

Note: When using an external mouse, you can pressFnF7 to disable the internal touchpad. If you want to use an external PS/2 mouse, first enable the touchpad, connect the external PS/2 mouse, then disable the touchpad if necessary.

Touchpad Basics

The following items teach you how to use the touchpad:

Move your finger across the touchpad to move the cursor.

Press the left and right buttons located on the edge of the touchpad to do selection and execution functions. These two buttons are similar to the left and right buttons on a mouse. Tapping on the touchpad produces similar results.

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Touchpad

Function

Left Button

Right

Tap

Button

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Execution

Click

 

Tap twice (at the same

 

twice

 

speed as double-

 

quickly

 

clicking the mouse

 

 

 

button)

 

 

 

 

Selection

Click once

 

Tap once

 

 

 

 

Drag

Click and

 

Tap twice (at the same

 

hold, then

 

speed as double-

 

use finger

 

clicking the mouse

 

to drag

 

button) and hold finger

 

the cursor

 

to the touchpad on the

 

on the

 

second tap to drag the

 

touchpad

 

cursor

 

 

 

 

Access

 

Click

 

context

 

once

 

menu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: Keep your fingers dry and clean when using the touchpad. Also keep the touchpad dry and clean. The touchpad is sensitive to finger movements. Hence, the lighter the touch, the better the response. Tapping too hard will not increase the touchpad’s responsiveness.

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Storage

Storage

This computer supplies you with all-in-onemedia storage:

High-capacityEnhanced-IDEhard disk

Standard ultra-sliminternal3.5-inchfloppy drive

High-speedCD-ROMdrive (swaps with other highcapacity media modules)

Hard Disk

The removable hard disk module can be upgraded when you need more storage space. See “Hard Disk Upgrade” on page 61.

Floppy Drive

The ultra-sliminternal floppy drive reads and writes on standard3.5-inchdiskettes.

Ejecting a Floppy Disk

Press the floppy disk eject button to eject a floppy disk from the floppy drive.

Media Bay

A high-speedCD-ROMdrive module sits in the media bay on the right side of the computer. TheCD-ROMdrive gives you portable multimedia access.

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Ejecting the CD-ROMTray

To eject the CD-ROMdrive tray when the computer is turned on, press theCD-ROMeject button.

Note: When power is off, you can eject theCD-ROMdrive tray using the emergency eject hole. Seepage 100.

Swapping Modules

The flexible media bay allows you to swap the standard CDROM drive with other high-capacitymedia modules such as aDVD-ROMdrive, anLS-120drive or a second hard disk.

Follow these steps:

1.Shutdown the computer.

2.Locate the media bay release latch; then slide the latch towards the media bay and hold.

3.Grasp the media bay release grip area and pull the module out of the media bay; then release the media bay release latch.

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4.Insert a module into the media bay until it clicks in place.

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