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Launch keys

Located at the top of the keyboard are six buttons. These buttons are called launch keys. They are designated as mail button, Web browser button, P1, P2, Bluetooth and Wireless buttons. The Wireless and Bluetooth buttons cannot be set by the user. To set the other four

launch keys, run the Acer Launch Manager.



Launch Key

Default Application






Launches your email application.





Web browser

Launches your Internet browser.


















Enables your Bluetooth.









Enables your 802.11b or 802.11g Wireless LAN.







Caution: It is important that the Bluetooth and Wireless LAN features are turned off before boarding an airplane.



Getting familiar with your computer


Your computer offers a variety of data storage options:

The high capacity Enhanced-IDEhard disk drive.

The hard drive is upgradeable, enabling you to increase your storage capacity in the future. Consult your dealer if you need to upgrade.

The high speed optical drive.

Depending on your model, you have a DVD/CD-RWCombo orDVD-Dualdrive. The optical drive provides increased storage capacity, as well as offering a host of multimedia possibilities.

See the section entitled “A tour of your computer” on page 3 for the locations of these drives.


Ejecting the optical drive tray

To eject the optical drive tray:

With the computer turned on, press the optical drive eject button.

The tray will be released, and partially popped open.

Gently pull the tray out to its limit.

To load an optical disc:

Place a CD or DVD on the open tray. Align the disc's center hole with the tray's spindle.

Gently push down on the disc until it clicks in place on the spindle.

Gently push in the tray until it clicks closed.

Emergency ejection of the optical drive tray

If you need to eject the optical drive tray when the computer is turned off, push a straightened paper clip into the optical drive emergency eject hole. The tray will be released, and partially popped open.




Getting familiar with your computer

Connectivity options

Your computer has built-inconnectivity options, enabling you to hook up to a network or communicate over a phone line.

Ethernet and LAN

The integrated network feature allows you to connect your computer to an Ethernet-based(10/100BASE-T)network.

To use the network feature, plug an Ethernet cable into your computer's network jack, and then connect the other end to a network jack or hub on your network.

See Windows Help and Support for information on setting up a network connection.


Fax/Data modem

Your computer features a built-infax/data modem, enabling you to communicate over a phone line. This means that you can connect to the Internet via a dialup account with an ISP, log in to your network from a remote location, or send faxes.

Warning: Your modem is not compatible with digital phone lines. Plugging the computer into a digital phone system will damage the modem.

To use the fax/data modem, plug a phone cable into your computer's modem jack, and then connect the other end to a telephone jack.

Warning: Please use the delivered phone cable in the country of use.




Getting familiar with your computer


Your computer includes an integrated stereo audio system.

Built-instereo speakers are located at the front on both sides of the unit.

Volume is adjusted using software, such as Volume Control in Windows, Volume Fn keys, or any other application that provides a volume adjustment control.

Two audio ports on the rear side of the computer enable external devices to be connected. See "A tour of your computer" for the location of the audio ports. For information on connecting external devices, see"Audio devices" in the section entitled,"Peripherals and options."


Securing your computer

Your computer features hardware and software security solutions, in the form of a slot for a Kensington lock and a password facility.

Security slot

A slot for a Kensington slot enables you to physically protect your computer from theft. Use this feature as follows:

Wrap a security lock cable around a heavy or immoveable object, such as a drawer handle on a file cabinet, or a table leg.

Insert the lock into the slot on the computer, turn it 90°, and then lock it in place.

Setting a password

Passwords protect your computer from unauthorized access. When set, no one can access the computer without entering the correct password.

There are three types of passwords you can set:

1Supervisor Password secures your computer against unauthorized entry to and use of the BIOS Utility.

2User Password secures your computer against unauthorized use.

3Hard Disk Password protects your data by preventing unauthorized access to your hard disk.

Important! Do not forget your Setup and Hard Disk passwords! If you forget your passwords, please get in touch with your dealer or an authorized service center.


You can set the passwords using the BIOS Utility.


Getting familiar with your computer


Operating on

battery power

Your Extensa 2000/2500 series notebook computer operates on battery or AC power.

This chapter provides information for operating on battery power, as well as information on how your computer manages and saves power.