Acer Aspire 1400 series
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Acer Aspire 1400 series Notebook computer Users guideOriginal Issue: March 2002First Revision: April 2002
Acer Aspire 1400 series Notebook computer
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First things first viiYour guides viiBasic care and tips for using your computer viii
Getting familiar with your computer 1A tour of your computer 3
Front view 3Left view 5Right view 6Rear view 7Bottom view 8
Features 9Display 11Indicators 12Keyboard 14
Special keys 14Keyboard ergonomics 18
Touchpad 19Touchpad basics 19
Launch keys 21Storage 22
Inserting and ejecting a diskette 22Ejecting the optical drive tray 23
Connectivity options 24Ethernet and LAN 24Fax/data modem 24
Audio 26Adjusting the volume 26Using the Audio DJ feature 27
Securing your computer 29Security notch 29Passwords 29
Operating on battery power 31Battery pack 33
Battery pack characteristics 33Installing and removing the battery pack 34Charging the battery 35Checking the battery level 36Optimizing battery life 36Battery-low warning 37
Power management 38
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Peripherals and options 39External display devices 41
External monitor 41External display with s-video input 42Using simultaneous display 42
External input devices 43External keyboard 43External keypad 43External pointing device 43
Printer 44Audio devices 45Expansion devices 46
PC Card slots 46USB 47
Miscellaneous options 48Battery pack 48AC adapter 48
Key component upgrades 49Memory upgrade 49Hard disk upgrade 50
Moving with your computer 51Disconnecting from the desktop 53Moving around 54
Preparing the computer 54What to bring to short meetings 54What to bring to long meetings 54
Taking the computer home 55Preparing the computer 55What to bring with you 55Special considerations 55Setting up a home office 56
Traveling with the computer 57Preparing the computer 57What to bring with you 57Special considerations 57
Traveling internationally with the computer 58Preparing the computer 58What to bring with you 58Special considerations 58
Software 59System software 61
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Easy Button 62BIOS Setup Utility 63
Main 64Advanced 65Security 66Others 69Boot 70Exit 71
Troubleshooting 73Frequently-asked questions 75Error messages 79
Appendix A Specifications 83
Appendix B Notices 89
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First things firstWe would like to thank you for making the Aspire series of notebook computers your choice for your mobile computing needs. We hope you will be happy with your Aspire as much as we enjoyed making it for you.
To help you use your Aspire, we have designed a set of guides:
For more information about our products, services, and support information, please visit our web site (global.acer.com).
First off, the Just for Starters... poster helps you get started with setting up your computer.
This Users guide introduces you to the many ways your computer can help you be more productive. This guide provides clear and concise information about the computer, so read it thoroughly.
Lastly, there may be a Read me first sheet included with your package which contains important reminders and updates. So, please read through it.
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Basic care and tips for using your computer
Turning your computer on and off
To turn on the computer, open the display cover, and press the power switch above the keyboard.
To turn the power off, do any of the following:
Use the Windows shutdown command
Click on Start, and select the Windows Turn Off command.
Use the power switch
If you set the power switch to Shut down in the Power Options control panel, you can use this button to turn off the computer. See Windows Help and Support for details.
Note: If you cannot power off the computer normally, press and hold the power switch for more than four seconds to shut down the computer. If you turn off the computer and want to turn it on again, wait at least two seconds before powering up.
Taking care of your computer
Your computer will serve you well if you take care of it.
Do not expose the computer to direct sunlight. Do not place it near sources of heat, such as a radiator.
Do not expose the computer to temperatures below 0C (32F) or above 50C (122F).
Do not subject the computer to magnetic fields.
Do not expose the computer to rain or moisture.
Do not spill water or any liquid on the computer.
Do not subject the computer to heavy shock and vibration.
Do not expose the computer to dust and dirt.
Never place objects on top of the computer to avoid damaging the computer.
Do not slam the computer display when you close it.
Never place the computer on uneven surfaces.
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Taking care of your AC adapter
Here are some ways to take care of your AC adapter:
Do not connect the adapter to any other device.
Do not step on the power cord or place heavy objects on top of it. Carefully route the power cord and any cables away from personal traffic.
When unplugging the power cord, do not pull on the cord itself but pull on the plug.
The total ampere ratings of the equipment plugged in should not exceed the ampere rating of the cord if you are using an extension cord. Also, the total current rating of all equipment plugged into a single wall outlet should not exceed the fuse rating.
Taking care of your battery pack
Here are some ways to take care of your battery pack:
Use only batteries of the same kind as replacements. Turn the power off before removing or replacing batteries.
Do not tamper with batteries. Keep them away from children.
Dispose of used batteries according to local regulations. Recycle if at all possible.
Cleaning and servicing
When cleaning the computer, follow these steps:
1 Power off the computer and remove the battery pack.
2 Disconnect the AC adapter.
3 Use a soft cloth moistened with water. Do not use liquid or aerosol cleaners.
If any of the following occurs:
The computer has been dropped or the body has been damaged.
Liquid has been spilled into the product.
The computer does not operate normally.
Please refer to "Troubleshooting my computer" on page 73.
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Getting familiar with your computer
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This computer combines high-performance, versatility, power management features and multimedia capabilities with a unique style and ergonomic design. Work with unmatched productivity and reliability with your new power computing partner.
This chapter gives an in-depth "tour" of the computers many features.
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A tour of your computerAfter setting up your computer as illustrated in the Just for Starters... poster, let us show you around your new notebook computer.
Getting familiar with your computer4
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# Item Description
1 Display screen Also called LCD (liquid-crystal display), displays computer output.
2 Power button Turns on the computer power.
3 Launch keys Buttons for launching frequently-used programs. See Launch keys on page 21 for more details.
4 Keyboard Inputs data into your comp