Acer 5000 User Manual

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Taking your notebook PC with you

This section gives you tips and hints to consider when moving around or traveling with your computer.

Disconnecting from the desktop

Follow these steps to disconnect your computer from external accessories:

1Save any open files.

2Remove any media, floppy disks or compact disks, from the drive(s).

3Shut down the computer.

4Close the display cover.

5Disconnect the cord from the AC adaptor.

6Disconnect the keyboard, pointing device, printer, external monitor, and other external devices.

7Disconnect the Kensington lock if you are using one to secure the computer.

Moving around

When you are just moving within short distances, for example, from your office desk to a meeting room.

Preparing the computer

Before moving the computer, close and latch the display cover to place it in Sleep mode. You can now safely take the computer anywhere you go within the building. To bring the computer out of Sleep mode, open the display; then press and release the power button.

If you are taking the computer to a client's office or a different building, you may choose to shut down the computer:

Click on Start, Turn Off Computer; then click on Turn Off (Windows XP).


you can put the computer in Sleep mode by pressing <Fn> + <F4>. Then close and latch the display.

When you are ready to use the computer again, unlatch and open the display; then press and release the power button.




Note: If the Sleep indicator is off, the computer has entered Hibernation mode and is turned off. If the power indicator is off but the Sleep indicator is on, the computer has entered Sleep mode. In both cases, press and release the power button to turn the computer back on. Note that the computer may enter Hibernation mode after being in Sleep mode for a period of time.

What to take to short meetings

A fully charged battery runs the computer for about 2.5 hours. If your meeting is shorter than that, you probably do not need to take anything with you other than the computer.

What to take to long meetings

If your meeting lasts longer than 2.5 hours, or if your battery is not fully charged, you may want to take the AC adaptor with you to plug in your computer while in the meeting room.

If the meeting room does not have an electrical outlet, reduce the drain on the battery by putting the computer in Sleep mode. Press <Fn> + <F4> or close the display cover whenever you are not actively using the computer. To resume, open the display (if closed); then press and release the power button.

Taking the computer home

When you are moving from your office to your home or vice versa.

Preparing the computer

After disconnecting the computer from your desktop, follow these steps to prepare the computer for the trip home:

Check that you have removed all media and compact disks from the drive(s). Failure to remove the media can damage the drive head.

Pack the computer in a protective case that can prevent the computer from sliding around and cushion it if it should fall.

Caution: Avoid packing items next to the top cover of the computer. Pressure against the top cover can damage the screen.


What to take with you

Unless you have some items at home, take the following items with you:

AC adaptor and power cord

The printed User's Guide

Special considerations

Follow these guidelines to protect your computer while traveling to and from work:

Minimize the effects of temperature changes by keeping the computer with you.

If you need to stop for an extended period of time and cannot carry the computer with you, leave the computer in the trunk of the car to avoid exposing the computer to excessive heat.

Changes in temperature and humidity can cause condensation. Allow the computer to return to room temperature, and inspect the screen for condensation before turning on the computer. If the temperature change is greater than 10 °C (18 °F), allow the computer to come to room temperature slowly. If possible, leave the computer for 30 minutes in an environment with a temperature between outside and room temperature.

Setting up a home office

If you frequently work on your computer at home, you may want to purchase a second AC adaptor for use at home. With a second AC adaptor, you can avoid carrying the extra weight to and from home.

If you use your computer at home for significant periods of time, you might also want to add an external keyboard, monitor, or mouse.

Traveling with the computer

When you are moving within a larger distance, for instance, from your office building to a client's office building or traveling locally.

Preparing the computer


Prepare the computer as if you were taking it home. Make sure that the battery in the computer is charged. Airport security may require you to turn on your computer when carrying it into the gate area.



What to take with you

Take the following items with you:

AC adaptor

Spare, fully-chargedbattery pack(s)

Additional printer driver files if you plan to use another printer

Special considerations

In addition to the guidelines for taking the computer home, follow these guidelines to protect your computer while traveling:

Always take the computer as carry-onluggage.

If possible, have the computer inspected by hand. Airport security X-raymachines are safe, but do not put the computer through a metal detector.

Avoid exposing floppy disks to hand-heldmetal detectors.

Traveling internationally with the computer

When you are moving from country to country.

Preparing the computer

Prepare the computer as you would normally prepare it for traveling.

What to bring with you

Bring the following items with you:

AC adaptor

Power cords that are appropriate for the country to which you are traveling

Spare, fully-chargedbattery packs

Additional printer driver files if you plan to use another printer

Proof of purchase, in case you need to show it to customs officials

International Travelers Warranty passport


Special considerations

Follow the same special considerations as when traveling with the computer. In addition, these tips are useful when traveling internationally:

When traveling in another country, check that the local AC voltage and the AC adaptor power cord specifications are compatible. If not, purchase a power cord that is compatible with the local AC voltage. Do not use converter kits sold for appliances to power

the computer.

If you are using the modem, check if the modem and connector is compatible with the telecommunications system of the country you are traveling in.




Securing your computer

Your computer is a valuable investment that you need to take care of. Learn how to protect and take care of your computer.

Security features include hardware and software locks — a security notch and passwords.

Using a computer security lock

A security keylock notch, located on the left hand side of the computer, lets you connect a Kensington-compatiblecomputer security lock.

Wrap a computer security lock cable around an immovable object such as a table or handle of a locked drawer. Insert the lock into the notch and turn the key to secure the lock. Some keyless models are also available.

Using passwords

Passwords protect your computer from unauthorized access. Setting these passwords creates several different levels of protection for your computer and data:

Supervisor Password prevents unauthorized entry into the BIOS utility. Once set, you must enter this password to gain access to the BIOS utility. See "BIOS utility" on page 55.

User Password secures your computer against unauthorized use. Combine the use of this password with password checkpoints on boot-upand resume from hibernation for maximum security.

Password on Boot secures your computer against unauthorized use. Combine the use of this password with password checkpoints on boot-upand resume from hibernation for maximum security.

Important! Do not forget your Supervisor Password! If you forget your password, please get in touch with your dealer or an authorized service center.


Entering passwords

When a password is set, a password prompt appears in the center of the display screen.

When the Supervisor Password is set, a prompt appears when you press <F2> to enter the BIOS utility at boot-up.

Type the Supervisor Password and press <Enter> to access the BIOS utility. If you enter the password incorrectly, a warning message appears. Try again and press <Enter>.

When the User Password is set and the password on boot parameter is enabled, a prompt appears at boot-up.

Type the User Password and press <Enter> to use the computer. If you enter the password incorrectly, a warning message appears. Try again and press <Enter>.

Important! You have three chances to enter a password. If you fail to enter the password correctly after three tries, the system halts. Press and hold the power button for four seconds to shut down the computer. Then turn on the computer again, and try again.

Setting passwords

You can set passwords using the BIOS utility.





Expanding through options

Your notebook PC offers you a complete mobile computing experience.

Connectivity options

Ports allow you to connect peripheral devices to your computer as you would with a desktop PC. For instructions on how to connect different external devices to the computer, read the following section.

Fax/Data modem

Your computer has a built-inV.92 56 Kbps fax/data modem.

Warning! This modem port is not compatible with digital phone lines. Plugging this modem into a digital phone line will damage the modem.

To use the fax/data modem port, connect a phone cable from the modem port to a telephone jack.

Warning: Please make sure that the cable you use is appropriate for the country in which you are working.




Built-innetwork feature

The built-innetwork feature allows you to connect your computer to anEthernet-basednetwork.

To use the network feature, connect an Ethernet cable from the network jack on the left hand side of the computer to a network jack or hub on your network.

Fast Infrared

The computer's Fast Infrared (FIR) port allows you to do wireless data transfer with other IR-awarecomputers and peripherals such as PDAs, mobile phones, and infrared printers. The infrared port can transfer data at speeds of up to 4 Mbps at a distance of up to one meter.