System Utilities

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 F2 during POST (while the TravelMate logo is being displayed). System Information Basic System...

Special keys Lock keys

Launch Manager Acer

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...

Navigating the BIOS Utility

There are six menu options System Information, Basic System Settings, Startup Configuration, Onboard Device Configuration, System Security and Loading Default Settings. To enter a menu, highlight the item using the cursor up down keys, then press Enter. Within a menu, navigate through the BIOS Utility by following these instructions Press the cursor up down keys to move between the parameters. Press the cursor left right keys to change the value of a parameter. Press the Esc key while you are...

Executing Flash Program

IMPORTANT If this diskette is not bootable, do the following actions before you use it 2. Copy all AFlash files into this bootable diskette. 3. Put the bootable disk into TravelMate 520 series module, then reboot. IMPORTANT Never turn off the system power while Flash BIOS is programming. This will damage your system. 4. After Flash BIOS is done, reboot the system. NOTE If there are any problems occurred during BIOS update, see Index of PQA Diagnostic Error Code, Message on page 81 for...

Left Panel

Kensington-compatible key-based computer security lock. Two Type I II or one Type III 16-bit PC card or 32bit CardBus PC Card. Interfaces with Infrared devices e.g., infrared printer, IR-aware computers . Audio line-out devices e.g., speakers, headphones Accepts audio line-in devices e.g., audio CD player, stereo walkman . Accepts a mono-stereo condenser microphone. Controls the volume of the speakers. Accepts the video capture kit option on the left side of the computer.

Onboard Device Configuration

The parameters in this screen are for advanced users only. You do not need to change the values in this screen because these values are already optimized. The Onboard Device Configuration screen assigns resources to basic computer communication hardware. lEnabled Fflh J I FK IW QMJ ltoi- ycwhghl Tl bcr. Change-srltn PI Hefc The following table describes the parameters in this screen. Settings in boldface are the default and suggested parameter settings. Enables or disables the serial port. When...

Load Default Settings

If you want to restore all parameter settings to their default values, select this menu item and press Enter. The following dialog box displays. Do you want to load default settings Yes No If you would like to load default settings for all parameters, use the cursor left right keys to select Yes then press Enter. Choose No if otherwise. The BIOS flash memory update is required for the following conditions New versions of system programs New features or options Use the AFlash utility to update...

Bottom Panel

Acer Travelmate 520 Remove Hard Drive

Protects your hard disk against shocks. Insert a business card or similar-sized identification card to personalize your computer. Unlatches the AcerMedia drive for removal or swapping. Unlatches the battery to remove the battery pack. Houses the computer's hard disk secured by a screw . The computer has six easy-to-read status icons below the display screen. The Power and Sleep status icons are visible even when you close the display cover so you can see the status of the computer while the...

Startup Configuration

Acer 520 Configuration

The Startup Configuration screen contains parameter values that define how your computer behaves on system startup. The following table describes the parameters in this screen. Settings in boldface are the default and suggested parameter settings. Sets the display device on boot-up. When set to Auto, the computer automatically determines the display device when the computer starts up. If an external display device e.g., monitor is connected, it becomes the boot display otherwise, the computer's...

System Security

The System Security screen contains parameters that help safeguard and protect your computer from unauthorized use. The following table describes the parameters in this screen. Settings in boldface are the default and suggested parameter settings. When set, this password protects the computer and the BIOS Utility from unauthorized entry. See the following section for instructions on how to set a password. When set, this password protects the computer from unauthorized entry. See the following...

Hardware Specifications and Configurations

Intel Mobile Pentium III Celeron 500 500 MHz with 256KB 128KB on-die cache ACPI 1.0b, APM 1.2, PC Card 95, SM BIOS 2.3, EPP IEEE 1284, ECP IEEE 1284 1.7 amp 1.9, IrDA, PCI 2.1, PnP 1.0a, PS 2 keyboard and mouse, USB, VESA VGA BIOS, DDC-2B, CD-ROM bootable, Windows keyboard Microsoft Simple Boot Flag You can install memory modules in any combinations as long as they match the above specifications. Above table lists some system memory configurations. You may combine DIMMs with various capacities...

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 Flat-bladed screw driver or plastic stick 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...

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 System Specifications 1 1 6 10 11 15 BIOS Setup BIOS Flash System Utility System Diagnostic Chapter 3 Machine Disassembly and Replacement 43 General Disassembly Procedure Removing the Battery Removing the CD-ROM Drive Removing the Hard Disk Drive Removing the Extended Memory Removing the Modem Disassembling the Disassembling the Upper Disassembling the Lower System Check Index of Error Index of Symptom-to-FRU Error Message Intermittent Undetermined Index of AFlash BIOS Error Index of...

System Diagnostic Diskette

IMPORTANT 1The diagnostics program here that we used is called PQA Product Quality Assurance and is provided by Acer Headquarters. You can utilize it as a basic diagnostic tool. To get this program, either download it from http csd.acer.com.tw or find it in the TravelMate 520 service CD kit. To better fit local service requirements, your regional office MAY have other diagnostic program. Please contact your regional offices or the responsible personnel channel to provide you with further...