Acer 710 Series User Manual

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Ports allow you to connect peripheral devices to your computer as you would with a desktop PC.

Note: See Chapter 3 on how to connect external devices to the computer.

Left Ports



Connects to...














Television with S-videoinput jack













Infrared port

Infrared device (e.g., infrared







printer, IR-awarecomputers)













USB port

USB device (e.g., USB mouse)








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You can connect a television set with a s-videoinput jack to the computer, useful for large audience presentations and entertainment.

Fast Infrared

The computer’s fast infrared (FIR) port allows you to do wireless data transfer with other IR-awarecomputers and peripherals such as infrared printers. The infrared port can transfer data at speeds of up to four megabits per second (Mbps) at a distance of up to one meter.

To use FIR, position two IR-awaredevices such that their IR ports are no more than one meter apart and offset no more than 15 degrees.

When the two computers are in position, simply begin the data transfer as you normally would. See your file transfer software for details.

Universal Serial Bus

The Universal Serial Bus (USB) port is a high-speedserial bus which allows you to connect anddaisy-chainUSB peripherals without taking up precious system resources.


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Rear Ports



Connects to...
















Speakers or headphones
























Audio line-indevice with a 3.5mm








minijack (e.g., condenser







in jack

microphone, audio CD player,








stereo walkman).















Serial port

Serial device (e.g., serial mouse)















Modem jack

Phone line















Parallel port

Parallel device (e.g., parallel printer)
























































Display monitor (up to 1024x768







monitor port

resolution, 64K-colors)









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Connects to...


















AC adapter and power outlet

















Fax/Data Modem

The computer has a built-infax/data modem.

Caution: 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.

Start your communications software program. See your communications manual for instructions.


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Right Ports



Connects to...











PC Card slots

16-bitPC Cards and32-bit










CardBus PC Cards (ZVsupport)
















PS/2 port

PS/2-compatibledevice (e.g., PS/






2 keyboard/mouse/keypad).

PC Card Slots

There are two type II/I or one type III CardBus PC Card slots found on the right panel of the computer. These slots accept credit-card-sizedcards that enhance the usability and expandability of the computer.

PC Cards (formerly PCMCIA) are add-oncards for portable computers, giving you expansion possibilities long afforded by desktop PCs. Popular type II cards include flash memory, SRAM, fax/data modem, LAN and SCSI cards. Common type III cards are1.8-inchATA drives and cellular modems. CardBus improves on the16-bitPC card technology by expanding the bandwidth to 32 bits.

ZV (Zoomed Video) port support allows your computer to support hardware MPEG in the form of a ZV PC card.

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Note: Refer to your card’s manual for details on how to install and use the card and its functions.

Inserting a Card

Insert the card into the desired slot and make the proper connections (e.g., network cable), if necessary. See your card manual for details.

For type III cards, insert the card into the lower slot.

Ejecting a Card

Before ejecting a PC card:

Exit the application using the card.

Left-clickon the PC card icon on the taskbar and stop the card operation.


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Then press the slot eject button to eject the card.

Bottom Port

Docking Connector



Connects to...


Mini docking

Mini docking station




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The standard computer configuration includes 16-bithighfidelity stereo audio with further enhancements that include 3D sound for true audio immersion. Dual speakers located on each side of the display hinge direct sound towards to further enhance sound output. A sensitive microphone is located above the display screen.


Besides the built-inspeakers, there are audio ports on the left panel of the computer.See “Audio Devices” on page 52 for more information on connecting external audio devices.

Controlling Volume

Controlling volume on the computer is easy with a rotary volume control knob on the right panel. Turn the knob to the right to increase the volume; turn it to the left to decrease the volume.


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Securing your Computer

Securing your Computer

Security features include hardware and software locks — a security notch and a two-levelpassword scheme.

Security Notch

A security notch located on the rear panel of the computer lets you connect a Kensington-compatiblekey-basedcomputer security lock.

Wrap a computer security lock cable around an immovable object such as a table or locked drawer handle. Insert the lock into the notch and turn the key to secure the lock.


A two-levelpassword scheme protects your computer from unauthorized access. When set, no one can access the computer without entering the correct password.

There are two types of passwords you can set:

Supervisor Password secures your computer against unauthorized use and prevents unauthorized access to certain sections of the Setup Utility. Once set, you must key-inthis password to set certain parameters in the Setup Utility.See “Setup Utility” on page 83 for details.

User Password secures your computer against unauthorized use.

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Securing your Computer

Important: Do not forget your password! If you forget your password, you need to contact your dealer.

Note: You must set the supervisor password before you can set the user password.

Setting a Password

You can set the password using:

Notebook Manager --go topage 78.

Setup Utility --go topage 92.


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