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Acer and the Acer logo are registered trademarks and Aspire is a trademark of Acer Inc. and Acer America Corporation.

Microsoft Windows and the Windows Logo are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Intel and Pentium are registered trademarks of Intel Corp. All other brands/product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

© 2003 by Acer Incorporated. All rights reserved.

Printed in China

First printing: May 2003

Table

of Contents

Welcome

1

Major Benefits

1

Before You Start

2

Safety Instructions

2

Setting Up The System

3

Placement Tips

3

System Overview

4

Computer Rear View

4

Computer Front View

6

Installing New Components

8

Opening The Case

8

Frequently asked questions

14

Taking care of your computer

15

Important tips

15

Cleaning and servicing

15

Asking for technical assistance

16

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Welcome

Congratulations on purchasing your new Aspire computer! You now have the convenience and flexibility of a full-featuredmultimedia PC, offering increased productivity combined with first class digital entertainment.

Incorporating the latest Microsoft® Windows® XP operating system, your Aspire offers a host of functions designed to improve your computing experience.

Major Benefits

Your new Aspire computer enables you to do the following:

Use the latest productivity software to perform a range of office tasks, such as word processing, working with financial spread sheets and creating presentations.

Maximize your use of the Internet by down loading and playing exciting new multimedia files.

Enjoy your audio CDs, even when you are not using your computer for other tasks.

Delight in using a stylish new PC that offers convenient connections for the latest peripherals.

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Before You Start

To ensure that you can use your computer safely and correctly, please read this user guide carefully before you start. For future reference, keep this user guide handy at all times.

Safety Instructions

Follow all warnings and instructions marked on your computer.

Do not attempt to service your computer yourself. Refer servicing to qualified personnel.

Unplug your computer and monitor from the wall outlet before cleaning or before opening the case.

Clean your computer case and monitor with a damp cloth. Do not use liquid or aerosol cleaners.

Do not use your computer near water. Never spill liquid of any kind on your computer.

Do not place your computer on an unstable surface.

Do not expose your computer to a heat source or leave it in direct sunlight for a prolonged period of time.

Do not cover or block any ventilation slots in the case. Also, ensure the room has adequate ventilation.

Never push objects of any kind into your computer.

Do not allow anything to rest on the power cord. Do not locate your computer where anyone will walk on the power cord.

Your computer should be operated from the type of power indicated on the marking label. If you are unsure of the type of power available, consult your dealer or local power company.

Your computer is designed for connection to a grounded (earthed) outlet. Do not disable this important safety feature.

If a power strip is used, make sure that the total ampere rating of the equipment does not exceed the power strip ampere rating. Use a power strip with surge protection.

If your computer causes interference to radio or television reception, try one or more of the following measures:

-Reorient or relocate the radio or television antenna.

-Increase the distance between your computer and the radio or television receiver.

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- Connect your computer into an outlet on a circuit different from

 

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that to which the radio or television is connected.

 

- Consult your dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for more

 

help.

 

 

 

Setting Up The System

It only takes a few minutes to set up your new Aspire system. Start by preparing your workspace. Make sure that the surface is stable, level and clean.

Open the box carefully, ensuring that you do not damage the box or any of the other packing materials. The box will be required if you ever have to store or ship your computer. Unpack the box and set out the contents on your work surface.

The package contains an Out Of Box Experience (OOBE) poster. Refer to the OOBE poster for a step-by-stepguide to setting up your computer system.

Placement Tips

For maximum viewing comfort, set up your monitor at arm’s length from your seat, with the top third of the screen at eye level. Tilt and swivel the display to find the optimum position.

Place your mouse and keyboard side by side in front of the monitor. Check that you are able to adopt a comfortable typing position.

Choose a chair that can be adjusted for maximum comfort.

Make sure your work area is well lit.

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System Overview

Take a few moments to study your new Aspire computer system. Learn the locations of the buttons, ports and other hardware features.

Computer Rear View

RC900

RC500

Description

 

 

 

1

5

Power supply

 

 

 

2

2

Case lock

 

 

 

3

1

Ventilation slot

 

 

 

4

4

Coaxial S/PDIF Audio-outJack

 

 

 

5

3

Optical S/PDIF Audio-outJack

 

 

 

6

18

Power cord socket

 

 

 

7

17

Voltage Selector Switch

 

 

 

8

6

PS/2 Mouse Port

 

 

 

9

7

PS/2 Keyboard Port

 

 

 

10

8

Serial Port

 

 

 

11

9

Parallel Port

 

 

 

12

10

VGA Port

 

 

 

13

11

1394 Port

 

 

 

14

12

USB Ports

 

 

 

15

13

Lan Port

 

 

 

16

14

Microphone-inJack

 

 

 

17

15

Audio-outJack

 

 

 

18

16

Audio-inJack

 

 

 

Aspire RC900

Aspire RC500

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Computer Front View

RC900

RC500

Description

 

 

 

1

2

Super Dial for selecting PC / Entertainment modes

 

 

 

2

1

Power Button

 

 

 

3

9

Eject button for Optical Drive

 

 

 

4

 

Eject button for Optical Drive

 

 

 

5

6

Speaker/ Headphone jack

 

 

 

6

5

Microphone-injack

 

 

 

7

4

1394 port

 

 

 

8

3

USB ports

 

 

 

9

 

LED Indicator

 

 

 

10

7

Mode Display

 

 

 

11

8

Media buttons

 

 

 

12

10

Optical Drive

 

 

 

13

 

Optical Drive

 

 

 

14

14

FDD Drive

 

 

 

15

16

FDD Indictor

 

 

 

16

15

FDD Eject button

 

 

 

17

17

MMC/SD Slot

 

 

 

18

18

MS Slot*.

 

 

 

19

13

SM/xD Slot

 

 

 

20

12

CFI/CFII Slot*.

 

 

 

21

11

CFI/CFII Eject button.

 

 

 

*Caution! Please insert these media upside down to avoid damaging your hardware.

Aspire RC900

Aspire RC500

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Installing New Components

Make sure you only use components that are compatible with your Aspire computer. Consult your dealer about the suitability of new components before you purchase them.

To ensure correct installation, refer to the documentation that comes with your new components before you start to add or replace components. Possible upgrade options include the following:

Replace the HDD with a higher capacity model, or add a second HDD.

Install additional memory.

Install a graphics card as a substitute for the embedded graphics subsystem.

Replace the CD drive with a DVD or CD-RWdrive.

Install an add-oncard, such as a fax/modem card, in one of the empty PCI slots.

Opening The Case

Before you open the case, turn your computer off and unplug the power cord from the wall outlet.

a)Gently lay down the computer on a flat surface as to access the side panel of the unit.

b)Press the Case Lock to the right and pull the side panel toward you to remove the side panel off.