Acer 710 Series User Manual

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Heuristic Power Management

There is one necessary condition for the computer to enter Standby mode:

Heuristic Power Management must be set to [ENABLED].

There are four ways to enter Standby mode:

Pressing the Standby hot key Fn-F3

If the waiting time determined by the computer’s HPM unit elapses without any system activity

Closing the display cover

When the computer is about to enter Hibernation mode (e.g., during a battery low condition), but the Hibernation file is invalid or not present

Note: If the computer beeps but does not enter Standby mode after pressing the Standby hot key, it means the operating system will not allow the computer to enter thepower-savingmode.

The following signals indicate that the computer is in Standby mode:

The buzzer beeps

The Standby indicator lights

Warning: Unstored data is lost when you turn off the computer power in Standby mode or when the battery is drained.

To leave Standby mode and return to normal mode:

Press any key

Move the active pointing device (internal or external, PS/ 2 or serial)

Have the Resume Timer set and let it be matched

Open the display cover

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Experience an incoming PC card modem event

Hibernation Mode

In Hibernation mode, all power shuts off (the computer does not consume any power). The computer saves all system information onto the hard disk before it enters Hibernation mode. Once you turn on the power, the computer restores this information and resumes where you left off upon leaving Hibernation mode.

There are two necessary conditions for the computer to enter Hibernation mode:

The Hibernation file created by PhDISK must be present and valid. See “PhDISK” on page 73.

Heuristic Power Management must be set to [ENABLED].

In this situation, there are four ways to enter Hibernation mode:

Pressing the Hibernation hot key Fn-F4

If the waiting time determined by the computer’s HPM unit elapses without any system activity

If a battery low condition occurs and the Battery Low Suspend parameter in Setup is set to [ENABLED].

Invoked by the operating system power saving modes

Note: If the computer beeps but does not enter Hibernation mode after pressing the Hibernation hot key, it means the operating system will not allow the computer to enter thepower-savingmode.

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Heuristic Power Management

To exit Hibernation mode, press the power switch. The computer also resumes from Hibernation mode if the resume timer is set and matched. The computer also resumes via the network if the Wake On LAN parameter is enabled.

Warning: Do not change any devices (such as add memory or swap hard disks) when the computer is in Hibernation mode.

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Advanced Power Management

This computer supports the APM standard designed to further reduce power consumption. APM is a powermanagement approach defined jointly by Microsoft and Intel. An increasing number of software packages support APM to take advantage of its power-savingfeatures and allows greater system availability without degrading performance.

For more information about APM under Windows 98 or Windows 95, refer to your Windows 98 or Windows 95 user’s manual.

Note: If you enable heuristic power management in Setup without APM installed and enabled (true by default), the system time and date do not display the correct settings after the computer returns to normal operation from Standby or Hibernation mode. To update the time and date, reboot the computer. APM should be enabled to avoid this problem. Advanced Power Management greatly prolongs battery life. Use APM whenever possible.

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3 Peripherals and Options

Your computer offers excellent expansion capabilities with its built-inports and connectors. This chapter describes how to connect peripherals and hardware options that help you use your computer with ease. When connecting peripherals, read the manual included with the peripheral for operating instructions. You can purchase most of these and other options directly from Acer.

This chapter also includes sections on how to upgrade key components. Key component upgradeability helps keep your computer in step with the latest technology.

Contents

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

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

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

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

External PS/2 Mouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

External Serial Mouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

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

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

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

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

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

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

Additional Power Packs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

Battery Pack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

AC Adapter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

Cables. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

PS/2 Y-Bridge Cable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

File Transfer Cable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

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

Memory Upgrade. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

Memory Configurations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

Installing Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

Hard Disk Upgrade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

Installing a Replacement Hard Disk . . . . . 61

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External Monitor

External Monitor

To show graphical effects on a larger display, connect an external monitor to the CRT port. Read the monitor manual for additional instructions.

Note: If an external monitor is not connected, closing the display cover puts the computer into standby mode.

You can also choose to connect other output display devices to the computer via its S-videooutput jack. Useful for presentations and entertainment, you can display your computer output to a television monitor or LCD projector.

To enable the display to output to display devices with S- video, follow these steps:

1.Click on Start, Settings..., then Control Panel.

2.Double-clickon Display.

3.Click on the Neomagic tab.

4.Click on Display Options and select TV.

5.Click on OK and exit.

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External Keyboard

External Keyboard

This computer has a keyboard with full-sizedkeys and an embedded keypad. If you feel more comfortable using a desktop keyboard, you can install aPS/2-compatibleexternal keyboard.

To connect an external keyboard, plug the external keyboard into the PS/2 connector.

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External Keypad

External Keypad

You can also use a 17-keynumeric keypad for numbersensitive data entry applications. To connect the keypad, plug the keypad connector into the PS/2 port.

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External Pointing Device

External Pointing Device

This computer accepts either a PS/2-compatibleor serial mouse or similar pointing device.

Note: When using an external mouse, you may choose to disable the internal touchpad by pressingFn-F7.

External PS/2 Mouse

The built-intouchpad works alternately with an external PS/2 mouse which ishot-pluggable.To use a PS/2- compatible mouse, simply plug it into the PS/2 port.

Note: Enable the touchpad before connecting the PS/2 mouse.

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External Pointing Device

External Serial Mouse

If you use a serial mouse, plug it into the serial port.

To enable the serial mouse, use the Add New Hardware tool in the Windows 98/Windows 95 Control Panel.

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