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  • Brand: Acer
  • Product: Keyboard
  • Model/name: EM-7T HM50/70
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Table of Contents

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Aspire 5517
Service Guide
PRINTED IN TAIWAN
Service guide files and updates are available
on the ACER/CSD web; for more information,
please refer to http://csd.acer.com.tw
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Revision History
Please refer to the table below for the updates made on Aspire 5517 service guides.
Date Chapter Updates
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Copyright
Copyright © 2009 by Acer Incorporated. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced,
transmitted, transcribed, stored in a retrieval system, or translated into any language or computer language, in
any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, magnetic, optical, chemical, manual or otherwise, without
the prior written permission of Acer Incorporated.
Disclaimer
The information in this guide is subject to change without notice.
Acer Incorporated makes no representations or warranties, either expressed or implied, with respect to the
contents hereof and specifically disclaims any warranties of merchantability or fitness for any particular
purpose. Any Acer Incorporated software described in this manual is sold or licensed "as is". Should the
programs prove defective following their purchase, the buyer (and not Acer Incorporated, its distributor, or its
dealer) assumes the entire cost of all necessary servicing, repair, and any incidental or consequential
damages resulting from any defect in the software.
Acer is a registered trademark of Acer Corporation.
Intel is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation.
Pentium and Pentium II/III are trademarks of Intel Corporation.
Other brand and product names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
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Conventions
The following conventions are used in this manual:
SCREEN MESSAGES Denotes actual messages that appear
on screen.
NOTE Gives bits and pieces of additional
information related to the current
topic.
WARNING Alerts you to any damage that might
result from doing or not doing specific
actions.
CAUTION Gives precautionary measures to
avoid possible hardware or software
problems.
IMPORTANT Reminds you to do specific actions
relevant to the accomplishment of
procedures.
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Preface
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.
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System Specifications 1
Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
System Block Diagram . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Your Acer Notebook tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Front View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Closed Front View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Rear View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
Left View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
Right View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
Bottom View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
TouchPad Basics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
Using the Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
Lock Keys and embedded numeric keypad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
Windows Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
Hot Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
Special Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
Using the System Utilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
Acer GridVista (dual-display compatible) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
Hardware Specifications and Configurations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17
System Utilities 25
BIOS Setup Utility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25
Navigating the BIOS Utility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25
Aspire 5517 BIOS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26
Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26
Main . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27
Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28
Boot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31
Exit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32
BIOS Flash Utilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33
DOS Flash Utility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34
WinFlash Utility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35
Remove HDD/BIOS Password Utilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36
Machine Disassembly and Replacement 41
Disassembly Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41
Pre-disassembly Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42
Disassembly Process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42
External Module Disassembly Process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43
External Modules Disassembly Flowchart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43
Removing the Battery Pack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44
Removing the SD Dummy Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45
Removing the Lower Covers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46
Removing the Optical Drive Module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47
Removing the DIMM Modules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49
Removing the WLAN Module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50
Removing the Hard Disk Drive Module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52
Main Unit Disassembly Process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54
Main Unit Disassembly Flowchart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54
Removing the Switch Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55
Removing the Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56
Removing the LCD Module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57
Removing the Upper Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61
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Removing the Power Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65
Removing the Left Speaker Module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66
Removing the Right Speaker Module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68
Removing the TouchPad Bracket . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70
Removing the Mainboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72
Removing the RTC Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73
Removing the Thermal Module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74
Removing the CPU Fan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76
Removing the CPU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78
LCD Module Disassembly Process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79
LCD Module Disassembly Flowchart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79
Removing the LCD Bezel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80
Removing the Camera Module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81
Removing the LCD Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82
Removing the LCD Brackets and FPC Cable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84
Removing the Antennas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86
LCD Module Reassembly Procedure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89
Replacing the Antennas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89
Replacing the LCD Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92
Replacing the Camera Module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94
Replacing the LCD Bezel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95
Main Module Reassembly Procedure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97
Replacing the CPU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97
Replacing the CPU Fan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .98
Replacing the Thermal Module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .98
Replacing the Mainboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99
Replacing the TouchPad Bracket . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100
Replacing the Right Speaker Module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .102
Replacing the Left Speaker Module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103
Replacing the Power Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104
Replacing the Upper Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104
Replacing the LCD Module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .108
Replacing the Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113
Replacing the Switch Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .114
Replacing the Hard Disk Drive Module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .114
Replacing the WLAN Module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .116
Replacing the DIMM Modules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .116
Replacing the ODD Module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .117
Replacing the Lower Covers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .117
Replacing the SD Dummy Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .118
Replacing the Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119
Troubleshooting 121
Common Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121
Power On Issue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .122
No Display Issue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123
Random Loss of BIOS Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .124
LCD Failure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125
Built-In Keyboard Failure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125
TouchPad Failure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .126
Internal Speaker Failure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .126
HDD Not Operating Correctly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .128
ODD Failure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .129
Wireless Function Failure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .132
Thermal Unit Failure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .132
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External Mouse Failure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .133
Other Failures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .133
Intermittent Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .134
Undetermined Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .134
Post Codes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .135
Jumper and Connector Locations 139
Top View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .139
Bottom View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .140
Power Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .141
Clearing Password Check and BIOS Recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .142
Clearing Password Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .142
Clear CMOS Jumper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .142
BIOS Recovery by Crisis Disk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .143
FRU (Field Replaceable Unit) List 145
Aspire 5517 Exploded Diagrams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .146
Main Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .146
Base Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .148
Rear Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .149
Aspire 5517 FRU List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150
Model Definition and Configuration 160
Test Compatible Components 163
Microsoft® Windows® Vista Environment Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .164
Online Support Information 167
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System Specifications
Features
Below is a brief summary of the computer’s many features:
Operating System
• Genuine Windows® Vista™
Platform
• AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 dual-core processor
• AMD Athlon™ 64 single-core processor
• AMD M780G Chipset
System Memory
• Low-latency, high-bandwidth
• 128-bit DDR2 SDRAM controller operating at up to 333 MHz
• On-board memory with up to 2 unbuffered SO-DIMM slots supporting DDR II 667/800.
• Adjustable Maximum 128MB UMA VGA memory shared from North Bridge
• Maximum memory: 2GB per slot; 4GB total
• On-board cache up to 1MB
Display
• 15.6" WXGA, HD 720p, 1366x768
Graphics
• ATI Radeon™ HD 3200 Graphics
Storage subsystem
• 2.5" hard disk drive
• Multi-in-1 card-reader
Optical Drive
• DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive
Audio
• Realtek ALC272X-GR for High Definition Audio Codec with Dolby Digital Live
• Internal speakers x2 (2W)
• Mic-in jack
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• Headphone/Line out jack
Dimensions and Weight
• 372.3mm x 246.5mm x 26.8mm/40.6mm with ID
• Weight < than 3100g (15.6" LCD/6-cell battery/super-multi ODD)
Communication
• Wireless
• 802.11b/g/n WLAN/WiMax
• Mini PCIE Wireless LAN module with with mini card slot
• Dual-Band built-in Antenna for Wireless LAN
• LAN
• Atheros AR8132L for 10/100 LAN
• PCI-E 10/100M LAN
• WOL (AC mode S5) support
• Modem
• External USB 2.0 modem
• Support Wake on Ring (S3)
Privacy control
• BIOS user, supervisor, HDD passwords
• Kensington lock slot
Power subsystem
• 65W
• Universal jack for adapter
• Battery: 6-cell AS2009A
Special keys and controls
• 99-/100-/103-key keyboard
• Supports Application keys for Windows XP/Linux version
• Support for Home key and Application keys for Windows XP/Linux version
• Multi-language support
I/O interface
• VGA port, 15 pins
• DC-IN port for adapter
• RJ-45 Ethernet port for LAN
• 2 USB port
• Headphone out / Line-out
• Microphone-in
• Multi-in-1 card reader (SD™, MMC, MS, MS PRO, xD
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• Kensington Lock (7.5mm)
Environment
• Temperature:
• Operating: 5 °C to 35 °C
• Non-operating: -20 °C to 65 °C
• Humidity (non-condensing):
• Operating: 20% to 80%
• Non-operating: 20% to 80%
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Chapter 1 5
Your Acer Notebook tour
After knowing your computer features, let us show you around your new computer.
Front View
No. Icon Item Description
1 Integrated
webcam
Web camera for video communication
(for selected models).
2 Display screen Also called Liquid-Crystal Display (LCD),
displays computer output.
3 Touchpad toggle Turns the internal touchpad on and off.
Power button Turns the computer on and off.
Wireless LAN
communication
button/indicator
Enables/disables the wireless LAN function.
Indicates the status of wireless LAN
communication.
4 Speaker Left and right speakers deliver stereo audio
output.
5 Keyboard For entering data into your computer.
6 TouchPad Touch-sensitive pointing device which functions
like a computer mouse.
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Closed Front View
NOTE: 1 The front panel indicators are visible even when the computer cover is closed
7 Click buttons (left
and right)
The left and right buttons function like the left
and right mouse buttons.
8 Palmrest Comfortable support area for your hands when
you use the computer.
9 HDD Indicates when the hard disk drive is active.
Num Lock Lights up when Num Lock is activated.
Caps Lock Lights up when Caps Lock is activated.
No. Icon Item Description
1 Power1 Indicates the computer's power status.
Battery1 Indicates the computer's battery status.
1. Charging: The light shows amber when the
battery is charging.
2. Fully charged: The light shows green when
in AC mode.
2 Multi-in-1 card
reader
Accepts Secure Digital (SD), MultiMediaCard
(MMC), Memory Stick (MS), Memory Stick
PRO (MS PRO), xD-Picture Card (xD).
NOTE: Push to remove/install the card.
Only one card can operate at any
given time.
No. Icon Item Description
1 2
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Chapter 1 7
Rear View
Left View
No. Icon Item Description
1 Ventilation slots Enable the computer to stay cool, even after
prolonged use.
No. Icon Item Description
1 DC-in jack Connects to an AC adapter
2 Ethernet (RJ-45)
port
Connects to an Ethernet 10/100-based
network.
2 External display
(VGA) port
Connects to a display device
(e.g. external monitor, LCD projector).
4 USB 2.0 ports Connect to USB 2.0 devices (e.g. USB mouse,
USB camera).
5 Microphone-in
jack
Accepts input from external microphones.
Headphones/
speaker/line-out
jack
Connects to audio line-out devices
(e.g. speakers, headphones).
1
1 2 3 4 5
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8 Chapter 1
Right View
Bottom View
No. Item Description
1 Optical drive Internal optical drive; accepts CDs or DVDs.
2 Optical disk access
indicator
Lights up when the optical drive is active.
3 Optical drive eject button Ejects the optical disk from the drive.
4 Emergency eject hole Ejects the optical drive tray when the computer is turned
off.
Note: Insert a paper clip into the emergency eject hole to
eject the optical drive tray when the computer is off.
5 Kensington lock slot Connects to a Kensington-compatible computer security
lock.
Note: Wrap the computer security lock cable around an
immovable object such as a table or handle of a locked
drawer. Insert the lock into the notch and turn the key to
secure the lock. Some keyless models are also available.
No. Icon Item Description
1 Battery bay Houses the computer's battery pack.
2 Battery release
latch
Releases the battery for removal.
1 2 3 4 5
1
2
3
4
5
6
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Chapter 1 9
3 Battery lock Locks the battery in position.
4 Hard disk bay Houses the computer's hard disk (secured with
screws).
5 Memory
compartment
Houses the computer's main memory.
5 Ventilation slots
and cooling fan
Enable the computer to stay cool, even after
prolonged use.
Note: Do not cover or obstruct the fan opening.
No. Icon Item Description
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10 Chapter 1
Indicators
The computer has several easy-to-read status indicators. The front panel indicators are visible even when the
computer cover is closed.
NOTE: 1. Charging: The light shows amber when the battery is charging. 2. Fully charged: The light shows
green when in AC mode.
Icon Function Description
Power Indicates the computer's power status.
Battery Indicates the computer's battery status.
HDD Indicates when the hard disk drive is active.
Num Lock Lights up when Num Lock is activated.
Caps Lock Lights up when Caps Lock is activated.
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Chapter 1 11
TouchPad Basics
The following items show you how to use the TouchPad:
• Move your finger across the TouchPad (1) to move the cursor.
• Press the left (2) and right (3) 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.
NOTE: When using the TouchPad, keep it - and your fingers - dry and clean. The TouchPad is sensitive to
finger movement; hence, the lighter the touch, the better the response. Tapping too hard will not
increase the TouchPad’s responsiveness.
Function Left Button (2) Right Button (3) Main TouchPad (1)
Execute Quickly click twice. Tap twice (at the same speed
as double-clicking a mouse
button).
Select Click once. Tap once.
Drag Click and hold, then use
finger on the TouchPad to
drag the cursor.
Tap twice (at the same speed
as double-clicking a mouse
button); rest your finger on
the TouchPad on the second
tap and drag the cursor.
Access
context menu
Click once.
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12 Chapter 1
Using the Keyboard
The keyboard has full-sized keys and an embedded numeric keypad, separate cursor, lock, Windows, function
and special keys.
Lock Keys and embedded numeric keypad
The keyboard has three lock keys which you can toggle on and off.
The embedded numeric keypad functions like a desktop numeric keypad. It is indicated by small characters
located on the upper right corner of the keycaps. To simplify the keyboard legend, cursor-control key symbols
are not printed on the keys.
Lock key Description
Caps Lock When Caps Lock is on, all alphabetic characters typed are in uppercase.
Num Lock
<Fn> + <F11>
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.
Scroll Lock <Fn> +
<F12>
When Scroll Lock is on, the screen moves one line up or down when you press
the up or down arrow keys respectively. Scroll Lock does not work with some
applications.
Desired access Num Lock on Num Lock off
Number keys on
embedded keypad
Type numbers in a normal manner.
Cursor-control keys on
embedded keypad
Hold <Shift> while using cursor-
control keys.
Hold <Fn> while using cursor-
control keys.
Main keyboard keys Hold <Fn> while typing letters on
embedded keypad.
Type the letters in a normal
manner.
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Chapter 1 13
Windows Keys
The keyboard has two keys that perform Windows-specific functions.
Key Description
Windows key 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
functions:
< >: Open or close the Start menu
< > + <D>: Display the desktop
< > + <E>: Open Windows Explore
< > + <F>: Search for a file or folder
< > + <G>: Cycle through Sidebar gadgets
< > + <L>: Lock your computer (if you are connected to a network domain), or
switch users (if you're not connected to a network domain)
< > + <M>: Minimizes all windows
< > + <R>: Open the Run dialog box
< > + <T>: Cycle through programs on the taskbar
< > + <U>: Open Ease of Access Center
< > + <X>: Open Windows Mobility Center
< > + <BREAK>: Display the System Properties dialog box
< > + <SHIFT+M>: Restore minimized windows to the desktop
< > + <TAB>: Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D
< > + <SPACEBAR>: Bring all gadgets to the front and select Windows Sidebar
<CTRL> + < > + <F>: Search for computers (if you are on a network)
<CTRL> + < > + <TAB>: Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the
taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D
Note: Depending on your edition of Windows Vista, some shortcuts may not function
as described.
Application
key
This key has the same effect as clicking the right mouse button; it opens the
application's context menu.
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14 Chapter 1
Hot Keys
The computer employs hotkeys or key combinations to access most of the computer’s controls like screen
brightness, volume output and the BIOS utility.
To activate hot keys, press and hold the <Fn> key before pressing the other key in the hotkey combination.
Hotkey Icon Function Description
<Fn> + <F1> Hotkey help Displays help on hotkeys.
<Fn> + <F2> Acer eSettings
Management
Launches Acer eSettings Management in Acer
Empowering Technology.
<Fn> + <F3> Acer ePower
Management
Launches Acer ePower Management in Acer
Empowering Technology.
<Fn> + <F4> Sleep Puts the computer in Sleep mode.
<Fn> + <F5> Display toggle Switches display output between the display
screen, external monitor (if connected) and
both.
<Fn> + <F6> Screen blank Turns the display screen backlight off to save
power. Press any key to return.
<Fn> + <F7> TouchPad toggle Turns the internal TouchPad on and off.
<Fn> + <F8> Speaker toggle Turns the speakers on and off.
<Fn> + < > Brightness up Increases the screen brightness.
<Fn> + < > Brightness down Decreases the screen brightness.
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Chapter 1 15
Special Key
You can locate the Euro symbol and the US dollar sign at the upper-center and/or bottom-right of your
keyboard.
The Euro symbol
1. Open a text editor or word processor.
2. Hold <Alt Gr> and then press the <5> key at the upper-center of the keyboard.
NOTE: Note: Some fonts and software do not support the Euro symbol. Please refer to www.microsoft.com/
typography/faq/faq12.htm for more information.
The US dollar sign
1. Open a text editor or word processor.
2. Hold <Shift> and then press the <4> key at the upper-center of the keyboard.
NOTE: This function varies by the operating system version.
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Using the System Utilities
Acer GridVista (dual-display 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 pre-defined display settings so you can view multiple windows
on the same screen. To access this function, please go to Start´ All Programs and click on Acer GridVista.
You may choose any one of the four display settings indicated below:
Double (vertical), Triple (primary at left), Triple (primary at right), or Quad Acer Gridvista is dual-display
compatible, allowing two displays to be partitioned independently.
Acer Gridvista is dual-display compatible, allowing two displays to be partitioned independently.
AcerGridVista is simple to set up:
1. Run Acer GridVista and select your preferred screen configuration for each display from the task bar.
2. Drag and drop each window into the appropriate grid.
3. Enjoy the convenience of a well-organized desktop.
NOTE: Please ensure that the resolution setting of the second monitor is set to the manufacturer's
recommended value.
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Chapter 1 17
Hardware Specifications and Configurations
Processor
Processor Specifications
CPU Fan True Value Table
• Throttling 50%: On=90°C, Off=80°C
• OS Shutdown: 95°C
• H/W Shutdown: 92°C
Northbridge
Southbridge
BIOS
Item Specification
CPU • AMD Athlon64 Dual-Core Process, Cache 1MB, TK42
• AMD Athlon64 Process, 2.2GHz, Cache 256KB, TF38
• AMD Athlon64 Process, 2.0GHz, Cache 256KB, TF36
• AMD Athlon64 Process, 1.6GHz, Cache 512KB, TF20
Type AMD Athlon64 Dual-Core Mobile CPU
Core Logic • AMDRS780MN
• AMDSB710
• Integrated VGA solution
CPU Package Micro uPGA-638 Package
Power 45W
On-die Cache Up to 1MB L2 cache
Front Side Bus 667/800/1066MHz
Item
CPU
Speed
Cores
Bus
Speed
Mfg
Tech
Cache
Size
Package
Core
Voltage
Acer P/N
AATF20 1.6GHz 1 638 MHz 512K TF20
PGA
15W KC.ATF02.200
AATK42 1.6GHz 2 638 MHz 65 nm 1M TK42 20W KC.ATK02.420
Fan On Temp (°C) Fan Speed (rpm) SPL Spec (dBA)
55 3000 28
60 3300 31
65 3700 34
75 4100 37
80 4500 40
Item Specification
Chipset ATI RS780MN
Package 465 BGA
Item Specification
Chipset ATI SB710
Package 549 BGA
Item Specification
BIOS vendor Phoenix BIOS
BIOS Version V0.11T04
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18 Chapter 1
System Memory
Memory Combinations
NOTE: Above table lists some system memory configurations. You may combine DIMMs with various
BIOS ROM type Flash
Features • Flash ROM 1MB
• Supports ISIPP
• Supports Acer UI
• Supports multi-boot
• Suspend to RAM (S3)/Disk (S4)
• Various hot-keys for system control
• Supports SMBUS 2.0, PCI2.3
• ACPI 2.0 compliance with Intel Speed Step support C1, C2,
C3, C4 and S3, S4 for mobile CPU
• DMI utility for BIOS serial number configurable/asset tag
• Supports PXE
• Supports Y2K solution
• Supports Win Flash Wake on LAN from S3
• Wake on LAN form S4 in AC mode
• System information
Item Specification
Memory controller ATI RS780MN + ATI SB710
Memory size 4GB maximum
DIMM socket number 2
Supports memory size per socket 2GB
Supports maximum memory size 4GB (total)
Supports DIMM type 200-pin +1.8V DDRII
Supports DIMM Speed 667/800 MHz
Supports DIMM voltage 1.8V
Cache Upto 1MB L2 Cache on CPU
Slot 1 Slot 2 Total Memory
0MB 512MB 512MB
0MB 1024MB 1024MB
0MB 2048MB 2048MB
512MB 512MB 1024MB
512MB 1024MB 1536MB
512MB 2048MB 2560MB
1024MB 0MB 1024MB
1024MB 512MB 1536MB
1024MB 1024MB 2048MB
1024MB 2048MB 3072MB
2048MB 0MB 2048MB
2048MB 512MB 2560MB
2048MB 1024MB 3072MB
2048MB 2048MB 4096MB
Item Specification
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Chapter 1 19
capacities to form other combinations. On above table, the configuration of slot 1 and slot 2 could be
reversed.
LAN Interface
Wireless Module 802.11b/g/n
Hard Disk Drive Interface
Item Specification
LAN Chipset Atheros AR8132L
Package
LAN connector type
LAN connector location
Feature
Interface
Item Specification
Manufacturer Foxconn
Model Atheros xb63 Broadcom 4312
802.11g • •
Radio Technology
Operating Frequency
Modulation Schemes
Channel Numbers
Data Rate
Media Access Protocol
Transmitter Output Power
802.11b
Radio Technology
Operating Frequency
Modulation Schemes
Channel Numbers
Data Rate
Media Access Protocol
Transmitter Output Power
Item Specification
Vendor & Model
Name
Seagate
ST9160310AS
ST9160314AS
ST9250315AS
ST9320320AS
ST9320325AS
Seagate
ST9320320AS
ST9160310AS
Toshiba
MK1655GSX
MK1655GSX
MK3255GSX
MK3263GSX
WD
WD1600BEVT
WD2500BEVT
WD3200BEVT
WD5000BEVT
Capacity (MB) 500, 250 320, 160 320, 250, 160 500, 320, 250,
160
Bytes per sector 512 512 512 512
Data heads 4, 2 4, 2 4, 2, 2 4, 4, 3, 2
Drive Format
Disks 2, 1 2 or 1, 1 2, 1, 1 2, 2, 2, 1
Spindle speed
(RPM)
5400 5400 5400 5400
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20 Chapter 1
Super-Multi Drive
Performance Specifications
Buffer size 8 MB 8 MB 8 MB 8 MB
Interface SATA SATA SATA SATA
Internal transfer
rate (Mbits/sec,
max)
352 395~952
(typical)
850 Mbits/s
maximum
I/O data transfer
rate
(Mbytes/sec
max)
150 300 300 maximum
DC Power Requirements
Voltage
tolerance
5V ±5% 5V ±5% 5V ±5% 5V ±5%
Item Specification
Vendor & model name HLDS GT20N Sony AD7580S
Performance
Specification
With CD Diskette With DVD Diskette With CD Diskette With DVD Diskette
Transfer rate (MB/sec) Sustained:
3,600 KB/s (24x) max.
Sustained:
11.08 Mbytes/s (8x)
max.
Sustained:
1,571 (typical)
Sustained:
10,993 (typical)
Buffer Memory 2 MB
Interface SATA
Item Specification
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Chapter 1 21
Audio Interface
Audio Amplifier
Speakers
Applicable disc formats • DVD-ROM:
• 4.7GB (Single Layer)
• 8.5GB (Dual Layer)
• DVD-R:
• 3.95GB (Ver. 1.0: read only)
• 4.7GB (Ver. 2.0 for Authoring: read
only)
• 4.7GB (Ver. 2.1 for General: read &
write)
• (DL) 8.5GB (Ver. 3.0)
• DVD-RW:
• 4.7GB (Ver. 1.2/ Rev 1.0, 2.0, 3.0)
• DVD-RAM: 1.46GB/side, 4.7GB/side (Ver.
2.2)
• DVD+R: 4.7GB (Ver. 1.3)
• (DL) 8.5GB (Ver. 1.1)
• DVD+RW:
• 4.7GB (Vol.1 Ver.1.3)
• CD-ROM Mode-1 data disc
• CD-ROM Mode-2 data disc
• CD-ROM XA, CD-I, Photo-CD Multi-
Session, Video CD
• CD-Audio Disc
• Mixed mode CD-ROM disc (data and
audio)
• CD-Extra
• CD-Text
• CD-R (Conforming to “Orange Book Part
2”: read & write)
• CD-RW (Conforming to “Orange Book Part
3”: read & write)
DVD Read:
DVD-ROM (DVD-5, DVD-9, DVD-10, DVD-18),
DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, SACD (Hybrid),
UDF DVD, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-R 3.95 GB,
DVD-R Authoring, DVD-R Multi-Border,
DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+R Multi-
Session, DVD+RW, DVD-RAM V1.0, DVDRAM
V2.0 & 2.1 &2.2.
CD Read:
CD-DA, CD-ROM Mode-1, CD-ROM/XA Mode-2
Form-1 and Mode-2 Form-2, CD-i, CD-i
Bridge, Video-CD (MPEG-1), Karaoke CD, Photo-
CD, Enhanced CD, CD Plus, CD Extra, itrax
CD, CD-Text, UDF CD, CD-R, and CD-RW
DVD Write:
DVD Data & Video
CD Read:
CD-DA, CD-ROM Mode-1, CD-ROM/XA Mode-2
Form-1 and Mode-2 Form-2, CD-i, Video-
CD, CD-Text
Loading mechanism Drawer (Solenoid Open)
Tact SW (Open)
Emergency Release (draw open hole)
Power Requirement
Input Voltage DC 5 V +/- 5%
Item Specification
Chipset Realtek ALC272X-GR
Package 48-pin LQFP ‘Green’
Features High Definition Audio Codec with Dolby Digital Live
Item Specification
Model
Package
Features •
Item Specification
Vendor and Model
Item Specification
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Microphone
Power and Keyboard Controller
Battery
LCD 15.6”
Dimensions
Weight
Nominal Impedance 4Ohm
Power Rating 2W
Output Sound Pressure
Level
Frequency Range
Distortion
Item Specification
Vendor and Model
Directivity
Current Consumption
S/N Ratio
Frequency
Item Specification
Controller EM-7T
Package
Features • Touchpad pointing device
Supply Current
Total number of keypads 99-/100-/103-key keyboard
Windows logo key Yes
Hotkeys See “Hot Keys” on page 14.
Item
Specification
6 Cell
Vendor & model name SANYO/SONY/PANASONIC/SIMPLO AS2009A
Battery Type Li-ion
Pack capacity 4400 mAh
Normal Voltage 2.2 Ah
Package configuration 3S2P
Item Specification
Vendor/model name CMO N156B3-L02
Screen Diagonal (mm) 396.2
Display Area (mm) 344.23 x 193.54
Display resolution (pixels) 1366 x 768
Pixel Pitch 0.252
Display Mode Normal (white)
Typical White Luminance (cd/m2
)
(also called Brightness)
220
Item Specification
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Chapter 1 23
Card Reader
Contrast Ratio 500:1
Response Time (Optical Rise
Time/Fall Time) msec
8
Input Voltage
Typical Power Consumption
(watt)
5.75
Weight (with inverter) 500
Physical Size (mm) 359.3 x 209.5 x 5.9
Electrical Interface LVDS
Support Color 262K
Viewing Angle (up/down/right/
left)
20/45/45/45°
Temperature Range (°C)
Operating
Storage (shipping)
0 to +50
-20 to +60
Item Specification
Part Name 5-in1 card reader
Package Built-in
General Features • PCI-E interface
• Push-push type
• Dummy card
Item Specification
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Chapter 2 25
System Utilities
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 F2 during POST (when “Press <F2> to enter Setup” message is prompted
on the bottom of screen).
Press F2 to enter setup. The default parameter of F12 Boot Menu is set to “disabled”. If you want to change
boot device without entering BIOS Setup Utility, please set the parameter to “enabled”.
Press <F12> during POST to enter multi-boot menu. In this menu, user can change boot device without
entering BIOS SETUP Utility.
Navigating the BIOS Utility
There are six menu options: Information, Main, Advanced, Security, Boot, and Exit.
Follow these instructions:
• To choose a menu, use the left and right arrow keys.
• To choose an item, use the up and down arrow keys.
• To change the value of a parameter, press F5 or F6.
• A plus sign (+) indicates the item has sub-items. Press Enter to expand this item.
• Press Esc 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 F9. You can also press F10 to save any
changes made and exit the BIOS Setup Utility.
NOTE: You can change the value of a parameter if it is enclosed in square brackets. Navigation keys for a
particular menu are shown on the bottom of the screen. Help for parameters are found in the Item
Specific Help part of the screen. Read this carefully when making changes to parameter values. Please
note that system information is subject to different models.
Chapter 2
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26 Chapter 2
Aspire 5517 BIOS
Information
The Information screen displays a summary of your computer hardware information.
NOTE: The screen above is for your reference only. Actual values may differ according to model.
The table below describes the parameters in this screen.
Parameter Description
CPU Type This field shows the CPU type and speed of the system.
CPU Speed This field shows the speed of the CPU.
HDD Model Name This field shows the model name of HDD installed on primary IDE
master.
HDD Serial Number This field displays the serial number of HDD installed on primary IDE
master.
ATAPI Model Name This field shows the model name of the Optical device installed in
the system.
System BIOS Version Displays system BIOS version.
VGA BIOS Version This field displays the VGA firmware version of the system.
Serial Number This field displays the serial number of this unit.
Asset Tag Number This field displays the asset tag number of the system.
Product Name This field shows product name of the system.
Manufacturer Name This field displays the manufacturer of this system.
UUID Number Universally Unique Identifier (UUID) is an identifier standard used in
software construction, standardized by the Open Software
Foundation (OSF) as part of the Distributed Computing Environment
(DCE).
PhoenixBIOS Setup Utility
F1
Esc
Help
Exit
Select Item
Select Menu
Change Values
Select Sub-Menu
Enter
F9
F10
Setup Defaults
Save and Exit
AMD Athlon(tm) X2
ZM-84 2300 Mhz
ST960821A-(PM)
3LF005DB
MATSHITADVD
V1.00
ATI M92 V008.050I.0-26.00
Aspire 5517
Acer
39353164386665643635001EECE1D377
AMD Athlon(tm) X2
ZM-84 2300 Mhz
ST960821A-(PM)
3LF005DB
MATSHITADVD
V1.00
ATI M92 V008.050I.0-26.00
Aspire 5517
Acer
39353164386665643635001EECE1D377
CPU Type
CPU Speed
HDD Model Name:
HDD Serial Number:
ATAPI Model Name:
System BIOS Version:
VGA BIOS Version:
Serial Number:
Asset Tag Number:
Product Name:
Manufacturer Name:
UUID:
CPU Type
CPU Speed
HDD Model Name:
HDD Serial Number:
ATAPI Model Name:
System BIOS Version:
VGA BIOS Version:
Serial Number:
Asset Tag Number:
Product Name:
Manufacturer Name:
UUID:
F5/F6
Main Boot Exit
Security
Information
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Chapter 2 27
Main
The Main screen allows the user to set the system time and date as well as enable and disable boot option
and recovery.
NOTE: The screen above is for your reference only. Actual values may differ.
The table below describes the parameters in this screen.
Parameter Description Format/Option
System Time Sets the system time. The hours are displayed with 24-
hour format.
Format: HH:MM:SS
(hour:minute:second)
System Date Sets the system date. Format MM/DD/YYYY
(month/day/year)
System Memory This field reports the memory size of the system. N/A
Extended Memory This field reports the Extended Memory size. N/A
Video Memory This field shows the memory allocated for the video
graphics.
N/A
Quiet Boot Allows startup to skip certain tests while booting,
decreasing the time needed to boot the system.
Option: Enabled or
Disabled
Network Boot Enables, disables the system boot from LAN (remote
server).
Option: Enabled or
Disabled
F12 Boot Menu Enables, disables Boot Menu during POST. Option: Enabled or Enabled
D2D Recovery Enables, disables D2D Recovery function. The function
allows the user to create a hidden partition on hard disc
drive to store operation system and restore the system
to factory defaults.
Option: Enabled or
Disabled
SATA Mode Control the mode in which the SATA controller should
operate.
Option: AHCI or IDE
PhoenixBIOS Setup Utility
Item Specific Help
<Tab>, <Shift-Tab>, or
<Enter> selects field.
F1
Esc
Help
Exit
Select Item
Select Menu
Change Values
Select Sub-Menu
Enter
F9
F10
Setup Defaults
Save and Exit
[09:00:00]
[12/12/2008]
634 KB
1790 MB
[256MB]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[IDE AHCI]
[09:00:00]
[12/12/2008]
634 KB
1790 MB
[256MB]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[IDE AHCI]
System Time:
System Date:
System Memory:
Extended Memory:
Video Memory:
Quiet Boot:
Network Boot:
F12 Boot Menu:
D2D Recovery:
SATA Mode:
System Time:
System Date:
System Memory:
Extended Memory:
Video Memory:
Quiet Boot:
Network Boot:
F12 Boot Menu:
D2D Recovery:
SATA Mode:
F5/F6
Main Boot Exit
Security
Information
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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.
NOTE: When you are prompted to enter a password, you have three tries before the system halts. Don’t forget
your password. If you forget your password, you may have to return your notebook computer to your
dealer to reset it.
Parameter Description Option
Supervisor Password Is Shows the setting of the Supervisor password Clear or Set
User Password Is Shows the setting of the user password. Clear or Set
HDD0 Password Shows the setting of the hard disk password. Clear or Set
Set Supervisor Password Press Enter to set the supervisor password. When set,
this password protects the BIOS Setup Utility from
unauthorized access. The user can not either enter the
Setup menu nor change the value of parameters.
N/A
Set User Password Press Enter to set the user password. When user
password is set, this password protects the BIOS Setup
Utility from unauthorized access. The user can enter
Setup menu only and does not have right to change the
value of parameters.
N/A
Set SATA Port0 HDD
Password
Enter HDD Password. N/A
Password on Boot Defines whether a password is required or not while the
events defined in this group happened. The following
sub-options are all requires the Supervisor password
for changes and should be grayed out if the user
password was used to enter setup.
Disabled or
Enabled
PhoenixBIOS Setup Utility
Item Specific Help
Supervisor Password
controls access to the
setup utility. It can
be used to boot up when
Pawword on boot is
enabled.
F1
Esc
Help
Exit
Select Item
Select Menu
Change Values
Select Sub-Menu
Enter
F9
F10
Setup Defaults
Save and Exit
Clear
Clear
Supervisor Password Is:
Supervisor Password Is:
Clear
Clear
User Password Is:
User Password Is:
[Enter]
[Enter]
Set Supervisor Password
Set Supervisor Password
[Enter]
[Enter]
Set User Password
Set User Password
F5/F6
Main Boot Exit
Security
Information
HDD0 Password Is:
HDD0 Password Is: Clear
Clear
[Enter]
[Enter]
Set SATA Port 0 HDD Password
Set SATA Port 0 HDD Password
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
Password on Boot:
Password on Boot:
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Setting a Password
Follow these steps as you set the user or the supervisor password:
1. Use the ↑ and ↓ keys to highlight the Set Supervisor Password parameter and press the Enter key. The
Set Supervisor Password box appears:
2. Type a password in the “Enter New Password” field. The password length can not exceed 8 alphanumeric
characters (A-Z, a-z, 0-9, not case sensitive). Retype the password in the “Confirm New Password” field.
IMPORTANT:Be very careful when typing your password because the characters do not appear on the screen.
3. Press Enter. After setting the password, the computer sets the User Password parameter to “Set”.
4. If desired, you can opt to enable the Password on boot parameter.
5. When you are done, press F10 to save the changes and exit the BIOS Setup Utility.
Removing a Password
Follow these steps:
1. Use the ↑ and ↓ keys to highlight the Set Supervisor Password parameter and press the Enter key. The
Set Password box appears:
2. Type the current password in the Enter Current Password field and press Enter.
3. Press Enter 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 u to save the changes and exit the BIOS Setup Utility.
Set Supervisor Password
Enter New Password [ ]
[ ]
Confirm New Password [ ]
Set Supervisor Password
Enter Current Password [ ]
[ ]
Enter New Password [ ]
Confirm New Password [ ]
[ ]
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Changing a Password
1. Use the ↑ and ↓ keys to highlight the Set Supervisor Password parameter and press the Enter key. The
Set Password box appears.
2. Type the current password in the Enter Current Password field and press Enter.
3. Type a password in the Enter New Password field. Retype the password in the Confirm New Password
field.
4. Press Enter. After setting the password, the computer sets the User Password parameter to “Set”.
5. If desired, you can enable the Password on boot parameter.
6. When you are done, press F10 to save the changes and exit the BIOS Setup Utility.
If the verification is OK, the screen will display as following.
The password setting is complete after the user presses Enter.
If the current password entered does not match the actual current password, the screen will show you the
Setup Warning.
If the new password and confirm new password strings do not match, the screen will display the following
message.
Set Supervisor Password
Enter Current Password [ ]
[ ]
Enter New Password [ ]
Confirm New Password [ ]
[ ]
Setup Notice
Changes have been saved.
[Continue]
[Continue]
Setup Warning
Invalid Password.
[Continue]
[Continue]
Setup Warning
Passwords do not match.
Re-enter password.
[Continue]
[Continue]
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Boot
This menu allows the user to decide the order of boot devices to load the operating system. Bootable devices
includes the USB diskette drives, the onboard hard disk drive and the DVD drive in the module bay.
Select Boot Devices to select specific devices to support boot.
PhoenixBIOS Setup Utility
Item Specific Help
Use < > or < > to
select a device, then
press <F6> to move it
up the List, or <F5>
to move it down the
list. Press <Esc> to
escape the menu.
F1
Esc
Help
Exit
Select Item
Select Menu
Change Values
Select Sub-Menu
Enter
F9
F10
Setup Defaults
Save and Exit
Boot priority order:
1: IDE0: ST960821A
2: IDE1: MATSHITADVD
3: USB FDD:
4: Network boot: Realtek Boot Agent
5: USB HDD: xxxx USB
6: USB CDROM:
Boot priority order:
1: IDE0: ST960821A
2: IDE1: MATSHITADVD
3: USB FDD:
4: Network boot: Realtek Boot Agent
5: USB HDD: xxxx USB
6: USB CDROM:
F5/F6
Main Boot Exit
Security
Information
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Exit
The Exit screen allows you to save or discard any changes you made and quit the BIOS Utility.
The table below describes the parameters in this screen.
Parameter Description
Exit Saving Changes Exit System Setup and save your changes to CMOS.
Exit Discarding
Changes
Exit utility without saving setup data to CMOS.
Load Setup Default Load default values for all SETUP item.
Discard Changes Load previous values from CMOS for all SETUP items.
Save Changes Save Setup Data to CMOS.
PhoenixBIOS Setup Utility
Item Specific Help
Exit System Setup and
save your changes to
CMOS.
F1
Esc
Help
Exit
Select Item
Select Menu
Change Values
Select Sub-Menu
Enter
F9
F10
Setup Defaults
Save and Exit
[Enter]
[Enter]
[Enter]
[Enter]
[Enter]
[Enter]
[Enter]
[Enter]
[Enter]
[Enter]
Exit Saving Changes
Exit Discarding Changes
Load Setup Defaults
Discard Changes
Save Changes
Exit Saving Changes
Exit Discarding Changes
Load Setup Defaults
Discard Changes
Save Changes
F5/F6
Main Boot Exit
Security
Information
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BIOS Flash Utilities
The BIOS flash memory update is required for the following conditions:
• New versions of system programs
• New features or options
• 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 adaptor power supply when you run the Phlash utility. If the battery pack does not
contain enough power to finish BIOS flash, you may not boot the system because the BIOS is not
completely loaded.
Fellow the steps below to run the Phlash.
1. Prepare a bootable diskette.
2. Copy the flash utilities to the bootable diskette.
3. Then boot the system from the bootable diskette. The flash utility has auto-execution function.
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DOS Flash Utility
Perform the following steps to use the DOS Flash Utility:
1. Press F2 during boot to enter the Setup Menu.
2. Select Boot Menu to modify the boot priority order, for example, if using USB HDD to Update BIOS, move
USB HDD to position 1.
3. Execute the FLASH.BAT batch file to update BIOS in DOS mode.
The flash process begins as shown.
PhoenixBIOS Setup Utility
Item Specific Help
Use < > or < > to
select a device, then
press <F6> to move it
up the List, or <F5>
to move it down the
list. Press <Esc> to
escape the menu.
F1
Esc
Help
Exit
Select Item
Select Menu
Change Values
Select Sub-Menu
Enter
F9
F10
Setup Defaults
Save and Exit
Boot priority order:
1: IDE0: ST960821A
2: IDE1: MATSHITADVD
3: USB FDD:
4: Network boot: Realtek Boot Agent
5: USB HDD: xxxx USB
6: USB CDROM:
Boot priority order:
1: IDE0: ST960821A
2: IDE1: MATSHITADVD
3: USB FDD:
4: Network boot: Realtek Boot Agent
5: USB HDD: xxxx USB
6: USB CDROM:
F5/F6
Main Boot Exit
Security
Information
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4. In flash BIOS, the message Please do not remove AC Power Source displays.
Plug in the AC power to continue.
5. Flash is complete when the message Flash programming complete displays.
WinFlash Utility
Perform the following steps to use the WinFlash Utility:
1. Double-click the WinFlash executable.
2. Click OK to begin the update. WinFlash closes all applications and shuts down the system.
NOTE: Place only one *.wph file with flash32.exe in the same folder when executing this procedure.
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Remove HDD/BIOS Password Utilities
This section provides you with details about removing HDD/BIOS password:
Remove HDD Password:
If you key in the wrong HDD password three times, an error is generated.
To reset the HDD password, perform the following steps:
1. An error code is generated for unlocking the HDD. Note down this code.
2. Execute the UnlockHD.EXE file to create the unlock code in DOS Mode using the format UnlockHD
[Encode code] with the code noted in the previous step, as follows:
UnlockHD 76943488
3. Select 2 to obtain the password. This password which can be used for unlocking the HDD.
Password :46548274
4. Shut down the computer by pressing down the Power button for 4 seconds.
5. Turn on the computer and key in the password to unlock the HDD.
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Removing BIOS Passwords:
To clear the User or Supervisor passwords through hardware, open the WLAN door and use a metal
instrument to short the J1 jumper.
Cleaning BIOS Passwords
To clean the User or Supervisor passwords using software utilites, perform the following steps:
1. From a DOS prompt, execute clnpwd.exe
2. Press 1 or 2 to clean the desired password shown on the screen.
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The onscreen message determines whether the function is successful or not.
Using Boot Sequence Selector
The Boot Sequence Selector allows the boot order to be changed without accessing the BIOS. To use Boot
Sequence Selector, perform the following steps:
1. Enter into DOS.
2. Execute BS.exe to display the usage screen.
3. Select the desired boot sequence by entering the corresponding sequence. For example, enter BS2 to
change the boot sequence to HDD | CD ROM | LAN | Floppy.
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Using DMITools
The DMI (Desktop Management Interface) Tool copies BIOS information to EEPROM to be used in the DMI
pool for hardware management.
When the BIOS displays Verifying DMI pool data it is checking that the table correlates with the hardware
before sending to the operating system (Windows, etc.).
To update the DMI Pool, perform the following steps:
1. Boot into DOS.
2. Execute dmitools. The following messages report to screen to confirm completion:
• dmitools /r ==> Read dmi string from bios
• dmitools /wm xxxx ==> Write manufacturer name to eeprom (max. 16 characters)
• dmitools /wp xxxx ==> Write product name to eeprom (max. 16 characters)
• dmitools /ws xxxx ==> Write serial number to eeprom (max. 22 characters)
• dmitools /wu xxxx ==> Write uuid to eeprom
• dmitools /wa xxxx ==> Write asset tag to eeprom (max. 32 characters)
The following examples show the commands and the corresponding output information.
Read DMI Information from Memory
Input:
dmitools /r
Output:
Manufacturer (Type1, Offset04h): Acer
Product Name (Type1, Offset05h): TravelMate xxxxx
Serial Number (Type1, Offset07h): 01234567890123456789
UUID String (Type1, Offset08h): xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
Asset Tag (Type3, Offset04h): Acet Asstag
Write Product Name to EEPROM
Input:
dmitools /wp Acer
Write Serial Number to EEPROM
Input:
dmitools /ws 01234567890123456789
4 ). Write UUID to EEPROM ( Create UUID from Intel WFM20.pdf )
Input:
dmitools /wu
5). Write Asset Tag to EEPROM
Input:
dmitools /wa Acer Asstag
NOTE: When using any of the Write options, restart the system to make the new DMI data effective.
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Using the LAN MAC EEPROM Utility
You can use the MAC.BAT utility to write the MAC.CFG file to the EEPROM under DOS mode.
1. Use a text editor (for example: Notepad) to open the MAC.CFG file. You can see the MAC.CFG contents
as below:
2. In DOS mode, run the MAC.BAT file to write MAC values to eeprom.
WriteData = ‘001122334455' MAC value
StartAddr=7A MAC address
WriteLeng=6 MAC value length
KeepByte=0 don’t care
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Machine Disassembly and Replacement
IMPORTANT: The outside housing and color may vary from the mass produced model.
This chapter contains step-by-step procedures on how to disassemble the notebook computer for
maintenance and troubleshooting.
Disassembly Requirements
To disassemble the computer, you need the following tools:
• Wrist grounding strap and conductive mat for preventing electrostatic discharge
• Flat screwdriver
• Philips screwdriver
• Plastic flat screwdriver
• Plastic tweezers
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.
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Pre-disassembly Instructions
Before proceeding with the disassembly procedure, make sure that you do the following:
1. Turn off the power to the system and all peripherals.
2. Unplug the AC adapter and all power and signal cables from the system.
3. Place the system on a flat, stable surface.
4. Remove the battery pack.
Disassembly Process
IMPORTANT: The LCD Module cannot be disassembled outside of factory conditions. If any part of the LCD
Module is faulty, such as the camera, antenna or LCD panel, the whole module must be replaced.
The disassembly process is divided into the following stages:
• External module disassembly
• Main unit disassembly
• LCD module disassembly
The flowcharts provided in the succeeding disassembly sections illustrate the entire disassembly sequence.
Observe the order of the sequence to avoid damage to any of the hardware components. For example, if you
want to remove the mainboard, you must first remove the keyboard, then disassemble the inside assembly
frame in that order.
Main Screw List
Screw Quantity Part Number
SCREW M2.5*4 1 86.N2802.001
SCREW M2.5*6 10 86.N2802.002
SCREW M2.5*8 30 86.N2802.003
SCREW M2*3 17 86.N2802.004
SCREW M3*3 4 86.N2802.005

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