Navigating the BIOS Utility

There are six menu options Info., Main, System Devices, Security, Boot, and Exit. Follow these instructions To choose a menu, use the cursor left right keys (00). To choose a parameter, use the cursor up down keys (00). To change the value of a parameter, press 0or 0. A plus sign (+) indicates the item has sub-items. Press to expand this item. Press while you are in any of the menu options to go to the Exit menu. In any menu, you can load default settings by pressing 0. You can also press 0 to...

Windows Keys

The keyboard has one key that performs Windows-specific functions. Pressed alone, this key has the same effect as clicking on the Windows Start button it launches the Start menu. It can also be used with other keys to provide a variety of function + < Tab> Activates next taskbar button. + < E> Opens the My Computer window + < F1> Opens Help and Support. + < F> Opens the Search All Files dialog box. + < R> Opens the Run dialog box. < Shift> + + < M> Undoes the...

Chapter

This chapter gives you the FRU (Field Replaceable Unit) listing in global configurations of Aspire Nettling. Refer to this chapter whenever ordering for parts to repair or for RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization). Please note that WHEN ORDERING FRU PARTS, you should check the most up-to-date information available on your regional web or channel. For whatever reasons a part number change is made, it will not be noted on the printed Service Guide. For ACER AUTHORIZED SERVICE PROVIDERS, your...

Intermittent Problems

Intermittent system hang problems can be caused by a variety of reasons that have nothing to do with a hardware defect, such as cosmic radiation, electrostatic discharge, or software errors. FRU replacement should be considered only when a recurring problem exists. When analyzing an intermittent problem, do the following 1. Run the advanced diagnostic test for the system board in loop mode at least 10 times. 2. If no error is detected, do not replace any FRU. 3. If any error is detected,...

Closed Front View

Indicates the computer's power status. Indicates the computer's battery status. Accepts audio line-in devices (e.g., audio CD player, stereo walkman). Accepts input from external microphones. Headphones speaker line-out jack with S PDIF support Connects to audio line-out devices (e.g., speakers, headphones). Interfaces with infrared devices (e.g. infrared printer and IR-aware computer).

Removing the System Fan Thermal ModulesVGA Board and CPU

Disconnect the fan cable from the main board. 2. Remove the three screws holding the system fan. 3. Remove the four spring screws holding the CPU thermal module. 4. Then detach the CPU thermal module as shown. 5. Remove the four spring screws holding the VGA thermal module. 6. Then detach the VGA thermal module as shown. 7. Remove the two screws fastening the VGA board then remove it. 8. Use a flat screwdriver to release the CPU lock (Turn counter clock-wire). 9. Remove the CPU from the CPU...

Removing the Wireless LAN Card Modem Card and TV Tuner Card

Disconnect the three antennae from the wireless LAN card. 2. Remove the two screws fastening the wireless LAN card. 3. Then take out the wireless LAN card from the main unit. 4. Remove the screw fastening the modem card and detach the modem card from the main board. 5. Disconnect the RJ-11 cable and remove the modem card. 6. Disconnect the RF cable from the TV tuner card. 7. Remove the two screws fastening the TV tuner card. 8. Then take out the TV tuner card from the main unit. NOTE TV tuner...

Acer eSettings Management

Acer eSettings Management allows you to inspect hardware specifications and to monitor the system health status. Furthermore, Acer eSettings Management enables you to optimize your Windows operating system, so your computer runs faster, smoother and better. Provides a simple graphical user interface for navigating. Displays general system status and advanced monitoring for power users. To launch the Acer OrbiCam, double click on the Acer OrbiCam icon on the screen. OR Click Start > All...

Check the Power Adapter

Unplug the power adapter cable from the computer and measure the output voltage at the plug of the power adapter cable. See the following figure 1. If the voltage is not correct, replace the power adapter. 2. If the voltage is within the range, do the following If the problem is not corrected, see Undetermined Problems on page 88. If the voltage is not correct, go to the next step. NOTE An audible noise from the power adapter does not always indicate a defect. 3. If the power-on indicator does...

Acer eLock Management

Acer eLock Management is a security utility that allows you to lock your removable data, optical and floppy drives to ensure that data cannot be stolen while your notebook is unattended. Removable data devices - includes USB disk drives, USB pen drives, USB flash drives, USB MP3 drives, USB memory card readers, IEEE 1394 disk drives and any other removable disk drives that can be mounted as a file system when plugged into the system. Optical drive devices - includes any kind of CD-ROM or...

Acer Grid Vista dualdisplay compatible

NOTE This feature is only available on certain models. To enable the dual monitor feature of the notebook, first ensure that the second monitor is connected, then select Start, Control Panel, Display and click on Settings. Select the secondary monitor (2) icon in the display box and then click the check box Extend my windows desktop onto this monitor. Finally, click Apply to confirm the new settings and click OK to complete the process. Acer GridVista is a handy utility that offers four...

Easy Launch Buttons

Acer Laptop Internet Button

To the top of the keyboard there are four easy-launch buttons Web browser, mail, arcade buttons and an Empowering Key . Press to run the Acer Empowering Technology. The mail and Web browser buttons are pre-set to email and Internet programs, but can be reset by users. To set the Web browser and mail buttons, run the Launch Manager. Acer Empowering Technology (user-programmable) Internet browser (user-programmable) Email application (user-programmable)

Check the Battery Pack

To check the battery pack, do the following From Software 1. Check out the Power Management in Control Panel 2. In Power Meter, confirm that if the parameters shown in the screen for Current Power Source and Total Battery Power Remaining are correct. 3. Repeat the steps 1 and 2, for both battery and adapter. 4. This helps you identify first the problem is on recharging or discharging. From Hardware 2. Remove the battery pack and measure the voltage between battery terminals 1(+) and 6(ground)....

Power System Check

To verify the symptom of the problem, power on the computer using each of the following power sources 2. Connect the power adapter and check that power is supplied. 3. Disconnect the power adapter and install the charged battery pack then check that power is supplied by the battery pack. If you suspect a power problem, see the appropriate power supply check in the following list Check the Power Adapter on page 74 Check the Battery Pack on page 75

Your Acer Notebook Tour

Acer Aspire 5720 Where Built Mic

After knowing your computer features, let us show you around your new Aspire computer. Front View 0.3 megapixel web camera for video communication. Buttons for launching frequently used programs. Wireless communication button indicator Enables disables the wireless function. Indicates the status of wireless LAN communication. Enables disables the Bluetooth function. Indicates the status of Bluetooth communication. For entering data into your computer. Touch-sensitive pointing device which...

Removing the Keyboard and LCD Module

Remove the two screws securing the strip cover from the bottom of the notebook. 3. Detach the strip cover from the front side and remove it. 4. Gently pull up the keyboard to release it from the four snaps as shown. 5. Turn over the keyboard as the image shows. Then disconnect the keyboard cable from the main board. 6. Remove the keyboard from the main unit. 7. Disconnect the LCD cable and microphone cable from the main board. 8. Pull out the wireless LAN antennas free from the main unit as...

Index of SymptomtoFRU Error Message

LCD backlight doesn't work LCD is too dark LCD brightness cannot be adjusted LCD contrast cannot be adjusted Enter BIOS Utility to execute Load Setup Default Settings, then reboot system. Keyboard if contrast and brightness function key doesn't work . Unreadable LCD screen Missing pels in characters Abnormal screen Wrong color displayed LCD has extra horizontal or vertical lines displayed. LCD inverter ID LCD inverter LCD cable LCD Indicator incorrectly remains off or on, but system runs...

Undetermined Problems

Mini Card Tuner Para Aspire 5520g

The diagnostic problems does not identify which adapter or device failed, which installed devices are incorrect, whether a short circuit is suspected, or whether the system is inoperative. Follow these procedures to isolate the failing FRU do not isolate non-defective FRU . NOTE Verify that all attached devices are supported by the computer. NOTE Verify that the power supply being used at the time of the failure is operating correctly. See Power System Check on page 73. 2. Visually check them...

Removing a Password

Use the Q and Q keys to highlight the Set Supervisor Password parameter and press the key. The Set Supervisor Password box appears 2. Type the current password in the Enter Current Password field and press . 3. Press twice without typing anything in the Enter New Password and Confirm New Password fields. The computer then sets the Supervisor Password parameter to Clear. 4. When you have changed the settings, press g to save the changes and exit the BIOS Setup Utility.

Separate the Main Unit Into the Upper and the Lower Case Assembly

Remove the screw fastening the ODD from the bottom of the notebook. 2. Push the ODD module outwards and gently pull it out as shown. 3. Press and release the PC dummy card from the PC slot as shown. 4. Then press the release the memory dummy card from the 5-in-1 card reader slot as shown. 5. Remove the ten screws fastening the upper case and the lower case assembly on the bottom. 6. Remove the eight screws fastening the upper case assembly and the lower case assembly on the front side. 7....

Machine Disassembly and Replacement

This chapter contains step-by-step procedures on how to disassemble the notebook computer for maintenance and troubleshooting. To disassemble the computer, you need the following tools Wrist grounding strap and conductive mat for preventing electrostatic discharge Plastic flat head screw driver NOTE The screws for the different components vary in size. During the disassembly process, group the screws with the corresponding components to avoid mismatch when putting back the components. When you...

External Diskette Drive Check

Do the following to isolate the problem to a controller, driver, or diskette. A write-enabled, diagnostic diskette is required. NOTE Make sure that the diskette does not have more than one label attached to it. Multiple labels can cause damage to the drive or cause the drive to fail. Do the following to select the test device 1. Boot from the diagnostics diskette and start the diagnostics program. 2. See if FDD Test is passed as the program runs to FDD Test. 3. Follow the instructions in the...

Acer eData Security Management LJ

Acer eDataSecurity Management is handy file encryption utility that protects your files from being accessed by unauthorized persons. It is conveniently integrated with Windows explorer as a shell extension for quick and easy data encryption decryption and also supports on-the-fly file encryption for MSN Messenger and Microsoft Outlook. The Acer eDataSecurity Management setup wizard will prompt you for a supervisor password and default encryption. This encryption will be used to encrypt files by...

Acer ePower Management

Acer ePower Management features a straightforward user interface. To launch it, select Acer ePower Management from the Empowering Technology interface. The default setting is Maximum Performance. You can adjust CPU speed, LCD brightness and other settings, or click on buttons to turn the following functions on off Wireless LAN, Bluetooth, CardBus, FireWire 1394 , Wired LAN and Optical Device if supported. There are three pre-defined profiles - Balanced, Power Saver, and High Performance. You...

Security

The Security screen contains parameters that help safeguard and protect your computer from unauthorized use. The table below describes the parameters in this screen. Settings in boldface are the default and suggested parameter settings. Shows the setting of the Supervisor password Shows the setting of the user password. Shows the setting of the hard disk password. Press Enter to set the supervisor password. When set, this password protects the BIOS Setup Utility from unauthorized access. The...

Keyboard or Auxiliary Input Device Check

Remove the external keyboard if the internal keyboard is to be tested. If the internal keyboard does not work or an unexpected character appears, make sure that the flexible cable extending from the keyboard is correctly seated in the connector on the system board. If the keyboard cable connection is correct, run the Keyboard Test. If the tests detect a keyboard problem, do the following one at a time to correct the problem. Do not replace a non-defective FRU 1. Reconnect the keyboard cables....

BIOS Flash Utility

The BIOS flash memory update is required for the following conditions New versions of system programs Restore a BIOS when it becomes corrupted. Use the Phlash utility to update the system BIOS flash ROM. NOTE If you do not have a crisis recovery diskette at hand, then you should create a Crisis Recovery Diskette before you use the Phlash utility. NOTE Do not install memory-related drivers XMS, EMS, DPMI when you use the Phlash. NOTE Please use the AC adapter power supply when you run the Phlash...

Acer eRecovery Management Ll

Acer eRecovery Management is a powerful utility that does away with the need for recovery disks provided by the manufacturer. The Acer eRecovery Management utility occupies space in a hidden partition on your system's HDD. User-created backups are stored on D drive. Acer eRecovery Management provides you with Recovery of applications and drivers. Back up to HDD set recovery point . Recover from a hidden partition factory defaults . Recover from the HDD most recent user-defined recovery point ....

Disassembling the Lower Case Assembly

Disconnect the USB cable from the main board. 2. Remove the screw fastening the USB board and take out the board and its cable from the lower case. 3. Then detach the USB cable from the USB board. 4. Disconnect the Bluetooth cable from the main board. 5. Take out the Bluetooth module and its cable from the lower case as shown. 6. Then detach the Bluetooth cable from the Bluetooth module. 7. Disconnect the right speaker cable from the main board. 8. Remove the two screws fastening the right...

Lock Keys and embedded numeric keypad

The keyboard has three lock keys which you can toggle on and off. When Caps Lock is on, all alphabetic characters typed are in uppercase. When Num Lock is on, the embedded keypad is in numeric mode. The keys function as a calculator complete with the arithmetic operators , -, , and . Use this mode when you need to do a lot of numeric data entry. A better solution would be to connect an external keypad. When Scroll Lock is on, the screen moves one line up or down when you press the up or down...

Acer Empowering Technology

Acer's innovative Empowering Technology makes it easy for you to access frequently used functions and manage your new Acer notebook. It features the following handy utilities Acer eNet Management hooks up to location-based networks intelligently. Acer ePower Management extends battery power via versatile usage profiles. Acer ePresentation Management connects to a projector and adjusts display settings conveniently. Acer eDataSecurity Management protects data with passwords and advanced...

Troubleshooting

Use the following procedure as a guide for computer problems. NOTE The diagnostic tests are intended to test only Acer products. Non-Acer products, prototype cards, or modified options can give false errors and invalid system responses. 1. Obtain the failing symptoms in as much detail as possible. 2. Verify the symptoms by attempting to re-create the failure by running the diagnostic test or by repeating the same operation. 3. Use the following table with the verified symptom to determine which...

Index of Error Messages

Equipment Configuration Error Causes 1. CPU BIOS Update Code Mismatch 2. IDE Primary Channel Master Drive Error THe causes will be shown before Equipment Configuration Error Memory Error at xxxx xxxx xxxxh R xxxxh, W xxxxh In this situation BIOS will issue 4 short beeps then shut down system, no message will show. In this situation BIOS will shut down system, not show message. Reconnect hard disk drive connector. Load Default Settings in BIOS Setup Utility. Hard disk drive System board see...

Hot Keys

The computer employs hotkeys or key combinations to access most of the computer's brightness, volume output, and the BIOS utility. To activate hot keys, press and hold the lt Fn gt key before pressing the other key in the Launches the Acer eSettings in Acer eManager. Launches the Acer ePower Management in Acer Empowering Technology. See Acer Empowering Technology on page 18. Switches display output between the display screen, external monitor if connected and both. Turns the display screen...

Disassembling the LCD Module

Remove the four screw rubbers as shown. 2. Then remove the four screws fastening the LCD bezel. 3. Detach the LCD bezel from the LCD module carefully. 4. Remove the four screws holding the LCD to the LCD panel. 5. Detach the CCD cable connector from the CCD board. 6. Take out the CCD module from the LCD panel. 7. Remove the screw fastening the CCD board to the CCD bracket. 8. Lift out the LCD from the LCD panel as shown. 9. Detach the two inverter cable connectors from the inverter board....

External Cdrom Drive Check

Do the following to isolate the problem to a controller, drive, or CD-ROM. Make sure that the CD-ROM does not have any label attached to it. The label can cause damage to the drive or can cause the drive to fail. Do the following to select the test device 1. Boot from the diagnostics diskette and start the diagnostics program. 2. See if CD-ROM Test is passed when the program runs to CD-ROM Test. 3. Follow the instructions in the message window. If an error occurs, reconnect the connector on the...

InsydeHO Setup Utility

The table below describes the parameters in this screen. Settings in boldface are the default and suggested parameter settings. Enables the Auto wake on S5 by day of month or fixed time of every day, or disables this feature. Disabled, By Every Day, or By Day of Month Enables, disables Calistoga Enhanced Power Management mode.

Special

You can locate the Euro symbol and US dollar sign at the upper-center and or bottom-right of your keyboard. To type 1. Open a text editor or word processor. 2. Either directly press the lt gt symbol at the bottom-right of the keyboard, or hold lt Alt Gr gt and then press the lt 5 gt symbol at the upper-center of the keyboard. NOTE Some fonts and software do not support the Euro symbol. Please refer to www.microsoft.com typography faq faq 12.htm for more information. 1. Open a text editor or...

Touchpad Basics

The following teaches you how to use the touchpad Move your finger across the touchpad 2 to move the cursor. Press the left 1 and right 4 buttons located beneath the touchpad to perform selection and execution functions. These two buttons are similar to the left and right buttons on a mouse. Tapping on the touchpad is the same as clicking the left button. The center 3 button to mimics your cursor pressing on the right scroll bar of Windows applications. Tap twice at the same speed as...

Acer Aspire 5720 Setting Vga Memory

The Main screen displays a summary of your computer hardware information, and also includes basic setup parameters. It allows the user to specify standard IBM PC AT system parameters. This is the help for the hour field. Valid range is from 0 , to 23. NOTE The screen above is for your reference only. Actual values may differ. The table below describes the parameters in this screen. Settings in boldface are the default and suggested parameter settings. Sets the system time. The hours are...

Phoenix BIOS Beep Codes

Disable Non-Maskable Interrupt NMI Initialize chipset with initial POST values Initialize caches to initial POST values Load alternate registers with initial POST values Restore CPU control word during warm boot Initialize PCI Bus Mastering devices Initialize cache before memory autosize Reset Programmable Interrupt Controller RAM failure on data bits xxxx of low byte of memory bus Enable cache before system BIOS shadow RAM failure on data bits xxxx of high byte of memory bus Advanced...

Acer eNet Management

Acer eNet Management helps you to quickly and easily connect to both wired and wireless networks in a variety of locations. To access this utility, either click on the Acer eNet Management icon on your notebook, or start the program from the Start menu. You also have the option to set Acer eNet Management to start automatically when you boot up your PC. Acer eNet Management automatically detects the best settings for a new location, while offering you the freedom to manually adjust the settings...

Disassembling the Upper Case Assembly

Remove the two screws fastening the button board. 3. Detach the button board with FFC from the upper case as shown. 4. Remove the two screws fastening the LED board. 5. Detach the LED board with FFC from the upper case as shown. 6. Remove the two screws fastening the left speaker. 7. Remove the left speaker from the upper case as shown.

Features

Acer Aspire 9420 Hardware Upgrade

Below is a brief summary of the computer s many features Genuine Windows Vista Capable Genuine Windows VistaTM Home Basic Home Premium Ultimate Business Edition Genuine Windows XP Home Professional Edition Service Pack 2 Genuine Windows XP Media Center Tablet Edition Genuine Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 NOTE Windows VistaTM Capable PCs come with Windows XP installed, and can be upgraded to Windows Vista . For more information on Windows Vista and how to upgrade, go to Microsoft.com windowsvista....

BIOS Setup Utility

The BIOS Setup Utility is a hardware configuration program built into your computer s BIOS Basic Input Output System . Your computer is already properly configured and optimized, and you do not need to run this utility. However, if you encounter configuration problems, you may need to run Setup. Please also refer to Chapter 4 Troubleshooting when problem arises. To activate the BIOS Utility, press m during POST when Press lt F2 gt to enter Setup message is prompted on the bottom of screen ....

Hardware Specifications and Configurations

Intel CoreTM2 Duo processor T7300 T7500 T7700 4MB, L2 cache 2.0 2.2 2.4, 800 MHz FSB or higher Intel Core 2 Duo processor T5450 T7100 2MB, L2 cache 1.66 1.8, 667 800 MHz FSB or higher Intel 965PM 965GM Express chipset ICH8M TEST Condition 35W Ambient 35 degree C ACPI 1.0b 2.0 3.0, PCI 2.2, System HDD Password Security Control, INT 13h Extensions, PnP BIOS 1.0a, SMBIOS 2.4, Simple Boot Flag 1.0, Boot Block, PCI Bus Power Management Interface Specification, USB1.1 2.0, IEEE 1394 1.0, USB 1394...