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Frequently asked questions

This section suggests solutions to commonly encountered problems.

I press the power button, but my computer does not start or boot-up.

Look at the Power status indicator. If it is not lit, no power is being delivered to the computer. Check the following:

If you are running on battery power, the battery may be low and unable to power the computer. Connect the AC adapter to recharge the battery pack.

If you are running on mains power, make sure that the AC adapter is properly plugged in to the computer and to the power outlet.

Nothing appears on the screen.

The computer's power management system automatically blanks the screen to save power. Press any key to turn the display back on.

If pressing a key does not turn the display back on, check the following:

The brightness level might be too low. Press Fn + hot key to increase the screen brightness level.

The display device might be set to an external monitor. Press the Fn + F5 hot key to toggle the display setting.

The system may be in standby mode. Try pressing the power button to resume.

The image is not full-screen.

Make sure that the resolution is set to a resolution your system supports:

Right click on your Windows desktop and select Properties to bring up the Display Properties dialog box. Alternatively, click on the Display icon in Control Panel.

Click on the Settings tab to check the resolution setting. Resolutions lower than the specified resolution result in a display that is less than full-screen.





There is no audio coming from my computer.

Check the following:

The volume may be muted. In Windows, look at the volume control icon on the taskbar. If it is crossed-out,click on the icon and deselect the Mute option.

The volume level may be too low. In Windows, click on the volume control icon on the taskbar, and then use the slider control to increase the volume level.

If headphones are connected to the headphone jack on the computer, your computer's built-inspeakers will be turned off.

My external microphone does not work.

Check the following:

Make sure that the external microphone is properly plugged into the microphone-injack on the computer.

Make sure that the volume is not muted or set too low.

I can't eject the optical drive tray with my computer turned off.

The computer needs to be turned on for the optical drive eject button to function. 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. See “Emergency ejection of the optical drive tray” on page 23 for more information.

The keyboard does not respond.

Try attaching an external USB keyboard to one of your computer's USB ports. If it works, the internal keyboard might have become disconnected. Contact your dealer or an authorized service center.

The optical drive cannot read a disc.

Check the following:

Make sure that the disc is supported by the drive. If your computer has a CD-ROMdrive, it can read CDs but cannot read DVDs. If your computer has a DVD drive, it can read both CDs and DVDs.

When placing a disc in the drive tray, make sure that it is secure on the spindle of the drive tray.

Make sure that the disc is free from scratches or smudges. If the disc is dirty, clean it using a disc cleaning kit.

If the disc is OK, the drive head might be dirty. Clean it using a drive head cleaning kit.


The printer does not work.

Check the following:

Make sure that the printer is connected to a power outlet and it is turned on.

Check that the cable is properly connected to the appropriate ports on both the computer and the printer.

If you are using a printer connected to your computer's parallel port, restart the computer. Windows needs to find the new hardware and install the necessary drivers.

I want to set up my location to use the internal modem.

Follow these steps:

Click on Start, and then click on Control Panel.

Double-clickon Phone and Modem Options.

In the Dialing Rules tab, begin setting up your location. Refer to Windows Help and Support for more information.

When the battery is 95-99%full, it won't charge to 100% capacity.

To preserve the life of the battery, the system only lets you charge the battery when its capacity falls below 95%. It is recommended that you run down the battery, and then fully recharge it.





Requesting service

International Traveler’s Warranty (ITW)

Your computer is backed by an International Traveler’s Warranty (ITW) that gives you security and peace of mind when traveling. Our worldwide network of service centers are there to give you a helping hand.

An ITW passport comes with your computer. This passport contains all you need to know about the ITW program. A list of available, authorized service centers is in this handy booklet. Read this passport thoroughly.

Always have your ITW passport on hand, especially when you travel to receive the benefits from our support centers. Place your proof-of-purchase in the flap located inside the front cover of the ITW passport.

If the country you are traveling in does not have an Acer-authorizedITW service site, you can still get in contact with our offices worldwide.

Please consult

Before you call

Please have the following information available when you call Acer for online service, and please be at your computer when you call. With your support, we can reduce the amount of time a call takes and help solve your problems efficiently.

If there are error messages or beeps reported by your computer, write them down as they appear on the screen (or the number and sequence in the case of beeps).

You are required to provide the following information: Name:________________________________________



Telephone number:____________________________

Machine and model type:_______________________

Serial number:_________________________________

Date of purchase:______________________________

Appendix A


This appendix lists the general specifications of your computer.



Intel® Pentium® 4 and Intel® Celeron® processors, 2.80 GHz and above


256/512 MB of DDR333 SDRAM standard, upgradeable to 2048 MB with dual soDIMM modules

512 KB flash ROM BIOS

Data storage

One 30 GB and above E-IDEhard disk (2.5", 9.5mm,UltraDMA-100)

One internal optical drive

Display and video

14.1”/15.0” Thin-FilmTransistor (TFT) displaying at 1024 x 768 XGA

ATI MOBILITY™ Radeon 9000 IGP chipset shared with 64 MB of system memory, as video RAM

Simultaneous LCD and CRT display support

DualView™ support

“Automatic LCD dim” feature, automatically selecting the best setting for the display in order to conserve power


Integrated 10/100 Mbps Fast Ethernet connection

Built-in56Kbps fax/data modem

IEEE 802.11b or IEEE 802.11g Wireless LAN (manufacturing option)

Bluetooth (manufacturing option)




Appendix A Specifications


Two built-instereo speakers

MS DirectSound compatible

Audio ports for microphone-inand headphones

Keyboard and pointing device

84/85/88-keyWindows keyboard

Ergonomically-centeredtouchpad pointing device

I/O ports

One Type III or two Type II PC CardBus (PCMCIA) slots

One RJ-11modem jack (V.92, 56Kbps modem)

One RJ-45network jack (Ethernet 10/100Base-T)

One DC-injack

One parallel port (ECP/EPP compliant)

One external monitor port

One microphone-injack (3.5mm mini jack)

One headphone jack (3.5mm mini jack)

One Infrared (FIR) port

Four USB 2.0 ports

Weight and dimensions

14.1” display model:

-3.3 kg (7.32 lbs)

-326(W) x 290(D) x 43.6(max. H) mm

15.0”display model:

-3.4 kg (7.50 lbs)

-326(W) x 290(D) x 43.6(max. H) mm



-Operating: 5°C ~ 35°C

-Non-operating:-20°C~ 65°C

Humidity (non-condensing):

-Operating: 20% ~ 80% RH

-Non-operating:20% ~ 80% RH

Operating system

Microsoft® Windows® XP Home/Pro operating system

ACPI 1.0b support

DMI 2.0-compliant


8-cellLi-ionbattery pack

135W AC adapter 19V


256MB/512MB/1G memory upgrade module

Additional 135W AC adapter

Additional Li-ionbattery pack




Appendix A Specifications