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Before using this information and the product it supports, please read the following general information.

  1. This Service Guide provides you with all technical information relating to the BASIC CONFIGURATION decided for Acer's "global" product offering. To better fit local market requirements and enhance product competitiveness, your regional office MAY have decided to extend the functionality of a machine (e.g. add-on card, modem, or extra memory capability). These LOCALIZED FEATURES will NOT be covered in this generic service guide. In such cases, please contact your regional offices or the responsible personnel/channel to provide you with further technical details.
  2. Please note WHEN ORDERING FRU PARTS, that you should check the most up-to-date information available on your regional web or channel. If, for whatever reason, a part number change is made, it will not be noted in the printed Service Guide. For ACER-AUTHORIZED SERVICE PROVIDERS, your Acer office may have a DIFFERENT part number code to those given in the FRU list of this printed Service Guide. You MUST use the list provided by your regional Acer office to order FRU parts for repair and service of customer machines.

Chapter 1 System Introduction 1

Features 1

System Block Diagram 3

Board Layout 4

Panel 6

Indicators 12

Keyboard 14

Hot Keys 16

Hardware Specifications and Configurations 20

BIOS Setup Utility 34

Chapter 2 System Utilities 34

Multi-Boot Menu 35

Boot Options 48

Exit Setup 49

BIOS Flash Utility 50

System Utility Diskette 51

Chapter 3 Machine Disassembly and Replacement 52

General Information 53

Disassembly Procedure Flowchart 54

Removing the Battery Pack 56

Removing the Optical Drive Module 57

Removing the Hard Disk Drive Module 58

Removing the Memory Module 59

Removing the Modem Board 60

Disassembling the LCD 61

Disassembling the Main Unit 67

Chapter 4 Troubleshooting 80

System Check Procedures 81

Power-On Self-Test (POST) Error Message 85

Index of Error Messages 86

Index of Symptom-to-FRU Error Message 89

Intermittent Problems 92

Undetermined Problems 93

Index of Phlash16 Error Message 94

Index of PQA Diagnostic Error Code, Message 96

Chapter 5 Jumper and Connector Locations 98

Top View 98

Bottom View 100

Chapter 6 FRU (Field Replaceable Unit) List 102

Exploded Diagram 103

Appendix A Model Definition and Configuration 114

Model Number Definition 114

Appendix B Test Compatible Components 116

Microsoft Windows XP Environment Test 117

Appendix C Online Support Information 120

Index 122

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