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ZloyGlooMeR 7:57pm on Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 
Bought this computer around 2 months ago now. Compact None come to mind at moment. Bought this computer around 2 months ago now. ( Aug 05) It couldnt be easier using this pc. Easy to use. Not bulky.
pereeder 5:53am on Monday, April 12th, 2010 
I bought this computer a year ago and had no problems with it since. I bought this computer a year ago and had no problems with it since.

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Aspire T310

Users manual
Copyright 2003 Acer Incorporated All Rights Reserved Aspire T310 Users manual
Changes may be made periodically to the information in this publication without obligation to notify any person of such revision or changes. Such changes will be incorporated in new editions of this manual or supplementary documents and publications. This company makes no representations or warranties, either expressed or implied, with respect to the contents hereof and specifically disclaims the implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Record the model number, serial number, purchase date, and place of purchase information in the space provided below. The serial number and model number are recorded on the label affixed to your computer. All correspondense concerning your unit should include the serial number, model number, and purchase information. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of Acer Incorporated.
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FCC notice

This device has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This device generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this device does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the device off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures: Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna Increase the separation between the device and receiver Connect the device into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/television technician for help


Notice: Shielded cables All connections to other computing devices must be made using shielded cables to maintain compliance with FCC regulations. Notice: Peripheral devices Only peripherals (input/output devices, terminals, printers, etc.) certified to comply with the Class B limits may be attached to this equipment. Operation with noncertified peripherals is likely to result in interference to radio and TV reception. Use conditions This part complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. Notice: Canadian users This Class B digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian Interference-Causing Equipment Regulations.
Remarque lintention des utilisateurs canadiens Cet appareil numrique de la classe B respected toutes les exigences du Rglement sur le matriel brouilleur du Canada.
Macrovision copyright protection notice
This product incorporates copyright protection technology that is protected by method claims of certain U.S. patents and other intellectual property rights owned by Macrovision Corporation and other rights owners. Use of this copyright protection technology must be authorized by Macrovision Corporation, and is intended for home and other limited viewing uses only unless otherwise authorized by Macrovision Corporation. Reverse engineering or disassembly is prohibited. Apparatus Claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 4,631,603, 4,577,216, 4,819,098, and 4,907,093 licensed for limited viewing uses only.

Lithium battery statement
CAUTION Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer. Dispose of used batteries according to local regulations. Recycle if at all possible. ADVARSEL! Lithiumbatteri - Eksplosionsfare ved fejlagtig hndtering. Udskiftning m kun ske med batteri af samme fabrikat og type. Lver det brugte batteri tilbage til leverandren. ADVARSEL Eksplosjonsfare ved feilaktig skifte av batteri. Benytt samme batteritype eller en tilsvarende type anbefalt av apparatfabrikanten. Brukte batterier kasseres i henhold til fabrikantens instruksjoner. VARNING Explosionsfara vid felaktigt batteribyte. Anvnd samma batterityp eller en ekvivalent typ som rekommenderas av apparattillverkaren. Kassera anvnt batteri enligt fabrikantens instruktion. VAROITUS Pristo voi rjht, jos se on virheellisesti asennettu. Vaihda paristo
ainoastaan laitevalmistajan suosittelemaan tyyppiin. Hvit kytetty paristo valmistajan ohjeiden mukaisesti. VORSICHT! Explosionsgefahr bei unsachgemen Austausch der Batterie Ersatz nur durch denselben oder einem vom Hersteller empfohlenem hnlichen Typ. Entsorgung gebrauchter Batterien nach Angaben des Herstellers.
Laser compliance statement
The CD or DVD drive used with this computer is a laser product. The CD or DVD drives classification label (shown below) is located on the drive.
Macrovision copyright protection notice Lithium battery statement Laser compliance statement

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System Tour
Front panel Rear panel System Features Performance Multimedia Connectivity System peripherals Mouse(PS/2 or USB, manufacturing option) Keyboard(PS/2 or USB, manufacturing option) Speakers System upgrade Open the computer Set up new components

Setting up your computer

Necessary to know before Setup Select location Open package Connecting the peripherals Starting your computer Shutting down your computer
Troubleshooting Taking Care of your computer
Important tips Cleaning and servicing To clean your computer and keyboard To clean your pointing device To clean your optical mouse To clean your monitor When to contact a service technician Asking for technical assistance


Remark: All the drawings in the Guide are diagrams. About componentss quantity and style, substances shall take precedence.
Your computers front panel consists of the following:

Front panel

No. 1 3
Description Optical Drive 7-in-1 Card Reader (Manufacturing Option) Speaker or Headphone Jack USB Ports

No. 2 4

Description Floppy Drive Power button

Microphone Jack

Rear panel

No. 13

Description Power cord socket Fan Aperture PS/2 Mouse Connector Printer Connector USB Connectors Microphone Jack Line-in Jack

No. 14

Description Voltage selector switch PS/2 Keyboard Port Serial Connector Monitor Connector RJ-45 Ethernet Connector Line-out Jack Extension Card Slots

System Features

Your computer features:


Intel Pentium 4/Celeron CPU System Memory DDR 266/333/400, 2 DIMM Slots, expandable to 2GB Power management function 3.5 inch floppy drive CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, CD-RW (52X/24X), DVD/CD-RW combo or DVD writer High-capacity, Enhanced-IDE drive Support USB 2.0 high performance peripherals


3D quality audio system via onboard audio controller Audio-in/Line-in, Audio-out/Line-out, Headphone out and external Microphone in jacks
Note: the system has two Microphone-in Jacks (front and rear) However, you can not use both of them at the same time. By default, you system enables your microphone-in jack in front and disables the one at the back.


Two PS/2 ports for keyboard and mouse One serial port One Parallel port One VGA port Six USB 2.0 ports (two on the front, four on the rear panel) High speed V.92, 56K fax/Data modem (optional) 10 Base-T/100 Base-TX Ethernet Network

System peripherals

The Aspire T310 computer consists the system itself, and system peripherals, like a mouse, a keyboard and a set of speakers (optional). This section provides a brief description of basic system peripherals.
Mouse(PS/2 or USB, manufacturing option)
The included mouse is a standard two-button wheel mouse. Connect the mouse to the PS/2 mouse port or USB port on the back panel of the system.

Keyboard(PS/2 or USB, manufacturing option)
Connect the keyboard to the PS/2 keyboard port or USB port on the back panel of the system.


For systems bundled with speakers, before powering on the system, connect the speaker cable to the audio out (external speaker) port on the back panel of the system. For more detailed information about the speakers, please refer to the included operating instructions.
Note: speakers are optional and the appearance might be different depending on the actual product.

System upgrade

You can expand your Aspire T310 system quickly and easily by adding components. You can also upgrade the components of your Aspire T310 system.

Open the computer

Before removing any panels or covers, please make sure to shut off the computer and unplug the power cord from the outlet. Remove the two screws on the side panel. Slide the panel back and off.

Set up new components

You can only use components compatible with Aspire T310 computers. Before you choose new components, please ask your authorized Acer dealer whether the part will operate within your Aspire T310 system. In order to ensure proper setup and installation, please consult the instructions provided with your new components. Probable upgrades are: Upgrade to High Capacity HDD Expand high-level memory Upgrade from a CD-ROM drive to CD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD/CDRW combo, or DVD writer Install additional interface cards in empty PCI slots e.g., PCI fax/modem card
Aspire T310 is a versatile, high-power system, supporting Intel Socket 478 CPUs. The computer uses Peripheral Component Interface (PCI) and Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP) design. This improves system efficiency and helps the system support varied multimedia and software applications. Your Aspire T310 has standard I/O (Input/Output) interfaces such as a serial port, parallel port, PS/2 keyboard and mouse ports, the system includes six USB ports, two microphone ports and stereo line-out jacks (one at front and one at rear panel) and a stereo line-in Jack. The system can accommodate extra peripheral equipment through those I/ O ports. Your system can also support an optional high-speed fax/data modem or an additional LAN (local area network) card. Furthermore, the system is compatible with Windows XP Home, Windows XP Professional operating systems.
Necessary to know before Setup
Prior to setting up your Aspire T310 System: Select a location Open package

Select location

Selecting the optimum location for your computer: Don't place the system too close to other electrical equipment. Don't place the system in high traffic areas or where the power cord or other cords may be stepped on. Avoid placing the system in any location that is excessively dusty or damp.

Open package

Open the package carefully and keep all packing materials for later use.
Ensure that all items are present and in good condition. If any of the following items are missing or appear damaged, contact your dealer immediately. Aspire T310 Series PS/2 or USB keyboard (manufacturing option) PS/2 or USB mouse (manufacturing option) Spearkers ( for selected models only) User's Guide and Starter poster

Other user documentation and third party software.
Connecting the peripherals
Note: Don't connect system power cord before connecting all peripherals to the system.
After everything is connected, plug the power cord into the system and insert the other end into a power outlet.

Starting your computer

After connecting all the peripheral equipment, start your computer according to the below steps: Power on all peripheral equipment, such as monitor, printer, fax, speakers etc. Turn on the system. Once the start-up process is complete, you can begin to use the computer.
Shutting down your computer
From the "Start" Menu, select "Shut Down" and click OK. In the event of a system crash, press and hold the power button on the front of the system for four seconds. After the system has shut down, turn off all peripheral devices.


The following questions are possible situations that may arise during the use of your computer and each is followed by simple answers and solutions to the situation. Q: I pressed the power switch but the system did not boot up. A: Check the LED located above the power switch. If the LED is not lit, no power is being applied to the system. Do any of the following: Check if the voltage selector switch located on the rear panel of the computer is set to the correct voltage. Check if you properly plugged the power cable into an electrical outlet. If you are using a power strip or AVR, make sure that it is plugged in and turned on.
If the LED is lit, check the following: Is a non bootable (non system) diskette in the floppy drive? If yes, remove or replace it with a system diskette and press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart your computer.
Q: Nothing appears on the screen. A: Your computer's power management function automatically blanks the screen to save power. Press any key to turn the display back on. If pressing a key does not work, your computer. If restarting your computer does not work, contact your dealer or the technical support center for assistance. Q: The printer does not work. A: Do the following: Make sure that the printer is connected to a power outlet and that it is turned on. Make sure that the printer cable is connected securely to the system's parallel port and the corresponding port on the printer. For additional information concerning the printer, refer to the printer's documentation.

Q: No sound comes out from the speakers. A: Check the following: The volume may be muted. Look for the Volume icon on the taskbar. If it is crossed-out, click on the icon and deselect the Mute option. You can also press the volume control/mute knob on your USB keyboard to toggle the mute function. If headphones, earphones, or external speakers are connected to the line-out jack of your computer, the internal or built-in speakers are automatically turned off.
Q: System cannot read diskette, hard disk, CD or DVD information. A: Check the following: Make sure that you are using the correct type of media. Check if the diskette is formatted correctly. If not, format it again.
Caution: If you reformat a diskette, you will lose any data on it.
Make sure the diskette, CD or DVD is inserted into the drive correctly. Check if the CD or DVD is clean and not scratched. Check your drive by using a good (i.e., undamaged) diskette or a good disc. If your floppy drive, CD or DVD drive can not read the information on the good diskette, CD or DVD there may be a problem with the drive. Contact your dealer or technical support center for assistance.
Q: System cannot write diskette, hard disk or disc. A: Check the following: Make sure the media is not write-protected. Make sure that you are using the correct type of diskette. Check if the diskette is formatted correctly. If not, format it again.
Taking Care of your computer
Please read the important instructions listed in this section. Following these instructions will help you maximize the durability of your computer.

Important tips

Do not expose the computer to direct sunlight. Do not place it near sources of heat, such as a radiator. Do not subject the computer to magnetic fields. Do not expose the computer to rain or moisture. Do not spill water on the computer. Do not subject the computer to heavy shock or vibration. Do not expose the computer to dust and dirt. Never place the system on uneven surfaces. Do not step on the power cord or place heavy objects on top of it. Carefully route the power cord and any cables away from personal traffic. When unplugging the power cord, do not pull on the cord itself but pull on the plug. The total ampere rating of the equipment plugged in should not exceed the ampere rating of the cord if you are using an extension cord. Also, the total current rating of all equipment plugged into a single wall outlet should not exceed the fuse rating. Check the documentation that came with your software programs to see if you can select other combinations of resolution and color. These adjustments could make viewing the screen more comfortable.

Cleaning and servicing

To clean your computer and keyboard
Turn off the computer and unplug the power cord. Use a soft cloth moistened with water and gently wipe the exterior of the computer and the keyboard. Do not use liquid or aerosol cleaners.
To clean your pointing device
To clean your mouse (with rubber ball) 3 Open the circular cover underneath the mouse. Take out the rubber ball and wipe it with a soft, damp cloth. Put the ball back and replace the cover.
To clean your optical mouse
For users of an optical mouse, refer to the documentation that came with your mouse for maintenance instructions.

To clean your monitor

Make sure that you keep your screen clean. For cleaning instructions, refer to the documentation that came with your monitor.
When to contact a service technician
If you dropped and damaged the computer. If liquid has been spilled into the computer. If the computer is not operating normally.
Asking for technical assistance
For technical assistance, contact your local dealer or distributor. You may also access the Acer Web site ( for information on how and where to contact the service centers available in your area.


BIOS Item BIOS code programmer BIOS version BIOS ROM type BIOS ROM size BIOS ROM package Support protocol Boot from CD-ROM feature Support to LS-120 drive Support to BIOS boot block feature Award v6.0 Flash ROM 4MB 32-pin DIP package PCI 2.2, APM1.2, DMI 2.00.1, E-IDE, ACPI 1.0, ESCD 1.03, ANSI ATA 3.0, PnP 1a, Bootable CD-ROM 1.0, ATAPI Yes No No Specification
NOTE: The BIOS can be overwritten/upgraded by using the flash utility. BIOS Hotkey List Hotkey c Function Enter BIOS Setup Utility Description Press while the system is booting to enter BIOS Setup Utility.
This section has two table lists, system memory specification and the possible combinations of memory module. System Memory Item Memory socket number Support memory size per socket Support maximum memory size Support memory type Support memory speed Support memory voltage Support memory module package Support to parity check feature Support to Error Correction Code (ECC) feature Memory module combinations 2 sockets (4 banks) 64MB / 128MB / 256MB/ 512MB/1G 1G x2 DDR SDRAM DDR400/333/266 2.5 V 184-pin DIMM Yes No You can install memory modules in any combination as long as they match the above specifications. Specification
Memory Combinations Slot Slot 1 Slot 2 Memory Module 64, 128, 256, 512MB, 1G 64, 128, 256, 512MB, 1G Maximum System Memory Supported Cache Memory Item First-Level Cache Configurations Cache function control Second-Level Cache Configurations L2 Cache RAM type L2 Cache RAM size PBSRAM Celeron: 128K Intel P4: 256K/512K PreScoot: 1024K One-half the processor core clock frequency Enable/Disable by BIOS Setup Fixed in write-back Enable/Disable by BIOS Setup Specification Total Memory 64MB~1G 64MB~1G 2G
L2 Cache RAM speed L2 Cache RAM voltage L2 Cache function control L2 Cache scheme Video Memory Item Memory size
Specification 32 MB or above
This section has two table lists, the video interface specification and its supported display modes. Video Interface Item Video controller Video controller resident bus Video interface support 661FX AGP bus Video YUV texture in all texture formats H/W DVD accelerator Specification
Display Screen Resolution 640x480 640x480 640x480 640x480 640x480 800x600 800x600 800x600 800x600 800x600 800x600 800x600 800x600 1024x768 1024x768 1024x768 1280x1024 1280x1024 1280x1024 1600x1200 1600x1200 Audio Interface Item Audio controller Audio controller resident bus Audio function control Mono or stereo Resolution 85

Refresh Rate (Hz)

Hor. Scan (KHz) 31.5 37.4 37.5 43.3 63.7 35.2 37.8 48.0 46.9 53.7 62.5 76.1 101.9 56.5 60.0 79.0 50.0 64.0 91.2 76.2 106.2

Pixel Clock (MHz) 25.2 32.0 31.5 36.0 55.0 36.0 39.9 50.0 49.5 56.2 67.5 81.0 110.0 75.0 78.8 110.0 80.0 110.0 157.5 156.0 229.5
Specification SiS 964L AC97 Enable/disable by BIOS Setup Stereo 20 bits
Audio Interface Item Compatibility Specification Sound Blaster Pro/16 compatible Mixed digital and analog high performance chip Enhanced stereo full duplex operation High performance audio accelerator and AC97 support Full native DOS games compatibility Virtual FM enhances audio experience through real-time FM-toWavetable conversion MPU-401(UART mode) interface for wavetable synthesizers and MIDI devices Integrated dual game port Meets AC97and WHQL specifications Yes, internal FM synthesizer 48 KHz (max.) Yes Supported Supported
Music synthesizer Sampling rate MPU-401 UART support Microphone jack Headphone jack IDE Interface Item IDE controller IDE controller resident bus Number of IDE channel Support IDE interface Support bootable CD-ROM Floppy disk drive Interface Item Floppy disk drive controller Floppy disk drive controller resident bus Support FDD format
Specification SiS 964L PCI bus 2 E-IDE (up to PIO mode-4 and Ultra DMA 33/66), ANSIS ATA rev.3.0 ATAPI Yes
Specification ITE 8705 ISA bus 360KB, 720KB, 1.2MB, 1.44MB, 2.88MB
Parallel Port Item Parallel port controller Parallel port controller resident bus Number of parallel ports Support ECP/EPP Connector type Parallel port function control Optional ECP DMA channel (in BIOS Setup) Optional parallel port I/O address (via BIOS Setup) Optional parallel port IRQ (via BIOS Setup) Serial Port Item Serial port controller Serial port controller resident bus Number of serial port 16550 UART support Connector type Optional serial port I/O address (via BIOS Setup) Optional serial port IRQ (via BIOS Setup) ITE8705 ISA bus 2 Yes 9-pin D-type female connector COM1: 2F8h, 3E8h, 2E8h COM2: 3E8h, 3F8h, 2F8h COM1: IRQ 3, and 4 COM2: IRQ 4, and 3 Specification ITE8705 ISA bus 1 SPP / Bi-directional / ECP / EPP 25-pin D-type female connector Enable/disable by BIOS Setup DMA channel 1 DMA channel 3 378h 278h IRQ5 IRQ7 Specification

ACPI specification 1.0b. S0, S1, S3 and S5 sleep state support. On board device power management support. On board device configuration support.
Most systems are already configured by the manufacturer or the dealer. There is no need to run Setup when starting the computer unless you get a Run Setup message.
The Setup program loads configuration values into the battery-backed nonvolatile memory called CMOS RAM. This memory area is not part of the system RAM. NOTE: If you repeatedly receive Run Setup messages, the battery may be bad/flat. In this case, the system cannot retain configuration values in CMOS. Before you run Setup, make sure that you have saved all open files. The system reboots immediately after you exit Setup.

Entering Setup

Power on the computer abd the system will start POST (Power On Self Test)prosecc. When the message of Press DEL to enter SETUP appears on the screen, press the key of [Delete] to enter the setup menu. NOTE: If the message disappears before you respond and you still wish to enter Setup, restart the system by turning it OFF and On. You may also restart the system by simultaneously pressing [Ctrl+Alt+Delete]. The Setup Utility main menu then appears:
The command line at the bottom of the menu tells you how to move within a screen and from one screen to another. To select an option, move the highlight bar by pressing To change a parameter setting, press or or then press.
until the desired setting is found. again to
Press to return to the main menu. If you are already in the main menu, press exit Setup.
The parameters on the screens show default values. These values may not be the same as those in your system. The grayed items on the screens have fixed settings and are not user-configurable. NOTE: Due to the application of a new version of BIOS Setup program, you may find the BIOS menu is largely different from the former models. However, you will soon find out that this version is much more compact than the former ones.

Product Information

The screen below appears if you select Product Information from the main menu: The Product Information menu contains general data about the system, such as the product name, serial number, BIOS version, etc. These information is necessary for troubleshooting (maybe required when asking for technical support).

Hard Disk Boot Priority CPU L1 & L2 Cache Hyper-Threading Technology Quick Power On Self Test First / Second / Third Boot Device
Press [Enter] Enabled Disbaled Enabled Disbaled Enabled Disbaled Floppy, LS120, HDD-0, SCSI, CDROM, HDD-1, HDD-2, HDD-3, ZIP, LAN, Disabled (Disable this sequence ). The sequence following the order of HDD, Floppy and CD-ROM is recommended.

Boot Other Device

This parameter allows you to specify the system boot up search sequence.

Enabled Disbaled

Parameter Swap Floppy Drive Boot Up Floppy Seek Boot Up NumLock Status
Description Setting to Enabled will swap floppy drive a: and b:. Setting to Enabled will make BIOS seek floppy drive a: before booting the system. Sets the NumLock status when the system is powered on. Setting to On will turn on the NumLock key when the system is powered on. Setting to Off will allows users to use the arrow keys on the numeric keypad. This item is to set the Gate A20 status. A20 refers to the first 64KB of extended memory. When the default value Fast is selected, the Gate A20 is controlled by port 92 or chipset specific method resulting in faster system performance. When Normal is selected, A20 is controlled by a keyboard controller or chipset hardware. This item enables or disables the display of the ATA 66/100 IDE Cable Msg. This item is used to enable or disable the typematic rate setting including Typematic Rate and Typematic Deplay. After Typematic Rate Setting is enabled, this item allows you to set the rate (characters/ second) at which at keys are accelerated. This item allows you to select the delay between when the key was first pressed and when the acceleration begins Specifies the type of BIOS password protection that is implemented. Setup means that the password prompt appears only when end users try to run Setup. System means that a password prompt appears every time when the computer is powered on or when end users try to run Setup. This field is used to enable or disable the APIC (Advanced Programmable Interrupt Controller). Due to compliance with PC2001 design guide, the system is able to run in APIC mode. Enabling APIC mode will expand available IRQ resources from the system. This item is only required if you have installed more than 64MB of memory and you are running the OS/2 operating system. The S.M.A.R.T (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) system is a diagnostics technology that monitors and predicts device performance. This item determines whether the BIOS will be copied to RAM for faster execution. Enables or disables the display of the logo during boot. Enables or disables the configuration table. Enabled Disabled Enabled Disabled On Off

Gate A20 Option

Fast Normal
ATA 66/100 IDE Cable Msg. Typematic Rate Setting
Enabled Disbaled Enabled Disabled Settings: 6,8,10,12,15,20,24 and 30.

Typematic Rate

Primary Master UltraDMA

Auto Disables
Enabled Disabled Enabled Disabled

SIS OnChip PCI Device

Parameter USB Controller
Description This item enables the USB controller. Leave this at the default Enabled, if you want to connect USB devices to your computer. This item enables you to determine the number of USB ports. Enabled Disabled 6 Potrs 5 Potrs 4 Potrs 3 Potrs

USB Ports Number

USB 2.0 Support USB Legacy Support
Enable this item if the system supports USB 2.0 This item allows the BIOS to interact with a USB keyboard or mouse to work with MS-DOS based utilities and non-Windows modes. This item lets you enable or disable the USB mouse driver within the onboard BIOS. The keyboard driver simulates legacy mouse command and lets you use a USB mouse during POST or after boot if you do not have a USB driver in the operating system. This option allows you to control the onboard AC97 audio. Disable this item if you are going to install a PCI audio add-on card. This item allows you to control the SiS Serial ATA controller. This item allows you to change SiS Serial ATA mode.

USB Mouse Support

Enabled Disabled Enabled Disabled IDE RAID
SIS Serial ATA Controller SIS Serial ATA Mode

Onboard SuperIO Device

Parameter Onboard FDC Controller Onboard Serial Port 1
Description Enables or disables the onboard floppy disk drive controller. This option is used to assign the I/O address and interrupt request (IRQ) for onboard serial port 1 (COM1). This option is used to assign the I/O address and interrupt request (IRQ) for onboard serial port 1 (COM2). This option is used to assign the I/O address and interrupt request (IRQ) for the onboard parallel port. Enables you to set the data transfer protocol for your parallel port. SPP (Standard Parallel Port), EPP (Enhanced Parallel Port), ECP (Extended Capabilities Port) and ECP+EPP. Enabled Disabled
Disable, 3F8/IRQ4, 2F8/IRQ3, 3E8/IRQ4, 2E8/IRQ3, Auto Disable, 3F8/IRQ4, 2F8/IRQ3, 3E8/IRQ4, 2E8/IRQ3, Auto Disabled, 378/IRQ7, 278/IRQ5, 3BC/IRQ7 SPP, EPP, ECP, ECP+EPP

Onboard Serial Port 2

Onboard Parallel Port

Parallel Port Mode

ECP Mode Use DMA
When the onboard parallel port is set to ECP 3, 1 mode, the parallel port can use DMA 3 or DMA 1.

V/H SYNC+Blank Blank Screen DPMS Supported

Modem Use IRQ

This setting names the interrupt request (IRQ) line assigned to the modem (if any) on your system. Activity of selected IRQ always awakens the system. This option allows you to set the Hot Key functionality If HDD activity is not detected for the length of time specified in this field, the hard disk drive will be powered down while all other devices remain active. This feature allows users to configure the power button function.
3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, AUTO

Hot Key Function As

Disable Power Off Suspend Disabled 1~15 Mins

HDD Power Down

Soft-off by PWR-BTTN
Instant Off: The power button functions as a normal poweron/-off button. Delay 4 Sec: When you press the power button, the computer enters the suspend/ sleep mode, but if the button is pressed for more than four seconds, the computer will be turned off.

Aftrer PC Power Lose

This item specifies when your system reboot after a power failure or interrupt occurs. Enables you to set the delay time before the CPU enters auto thermal mode.
Off On Former-Sts None 1 Min, 2 Min, 4 Min, 8 Min, 16 Min, 32 Min, 64 Min

Delay Prior to Thermal

PM Wake Up Events
Parameter IRQ [3-7, 9-15], NMI
Description This option determines whether any activity for IRQ 3-7/9-15 will cause the system to wake from a power saving mode. Determines whether the system will monitor IRQ 8 activity and wake the system from a power saving mode when IRQ 8 is activated. An input signal on the serial Ring Indicator (RI) line (in other words, an incoming call on the modem) awakens the system from a soft off state. This item specifies whether the system will be awakened from power saving modes when activity or input signal of the specified hardware peripheral or component is detected. This option allows you to specify whether the system will be awakened from power saving modes when activity or input signal of the specified hardware peripheral or component is detected. This option allows you to set hot key combination to turn on the system by keyboard. This option allows you to set the mouse action to turn on the system. When set to Enabled, the following three fields become available: Month Alarm, Day of Month Alarm, and Time Alarm Upon arrival of the alarm time, it will instruct the system to wake up. Enabled Disabled Enabled Disabled Enabled Disabled

Connect the main ATX power connector to the motherboard as shown here.
Installing the Modem card, CD-ROM, Floppy and HDD
1. Insert the HDD to the bracket by following the instructions here.
Place the HDD module back to the original position.
Place the floppy drive back to the original position.
Place the CD-ROM drive back to the original position.
Connect the HDD power cable and IDE cable.
Connect the floppy cable and power cable.
Connect the CD-ROM power, IDE and CD-In cables.
Place the modem card back to one PCI slot. Then secure the modem card with the screw.

Installing the Cables

1. Connect the IDE1 and IDE2 cable to the motherboard.
Connect the floppy cable to the motherboard.
Connect the CD-In cable to the motherboard.
Connect the Aux-In cable to the motherboard.
Installing the Front Panel
1. Place the front bezel back to the original position.

Closing the System

1. Place the side door back to the original position.
Secure the side door with the two screws as shown here.

Chapter 4

This chapter provides troubleshooting information for the AcerT310/AcerPower F1: Power-On Self-Test (POST) Index of Error Messages Index of Error Codes and Error Beeps Index of Error Symptoms Undetermined Problems
Power-On Self-Test (POST)
Each time you turn on the system, the Power-on Self Test (POST) is initiated. Several items are tested during POST, but is for the most part transparent to the user. The Power-On Self Test (POST) is a BIOS procedure that boots the system, initializes and diagnoses the system components, and controls the operation of the power-on password option. If POST discovers errors in system operations at power-on, it displays error messages on screen, generates a check point code at port 80h or even halts the system if the error is fatal. The main components on the main board that must be diagnosed and/or initialized by POST to ensure system functionality are as follows: Microprocessor with built-in numeric co-processor and cache memory subsystem Direct Memory Access (DMA) controller Interrupt system Three programmable timers ROM subsystem RAM subsystem RTC RAM subsystem and real time clock/calendar with battery backup Onboard serial interface controller Onboard parallel interface controller Embedded hard disk interface and one diskette drive interface Keyboard and auxiliary device controllers I/O ports PS/2-compatible mouse port PS/2-compatible keyboard port Serial ports Parallel ports USB port

POST Check Points

When POST executes a task, it uses a series of preset numbers called check point to be latched at port 80h, indicating the stages it is currently running. This latch can be read and shown on a debug board. The following table describes the Acer common tasks carried out by POST. A unique check point number represents each task.

Checkpoint CFh C0h

Description Test CMOS R/W functionality Early chipset initialization: Disable shadow RAM Disable L2 Cache (socket 7 or below) Program basic chipset registers Auto-detection of DRAM size, type and ECC. Auto-detection of L2 cache (socket 7 or below)

Detect memory

C3h C5h 0h1 02h 03h 04h 05h 06h 07h 08h
Expand compressed BIOS code to DRAM Call chipset hook to copy BIOS back to E000 & F000 shadow RAM Expand the Xgroup codes locating in physical address 1000:0 Reserved Initial Superio_Early_Init switch Reserved 1. Blank out screen 2. Clear CMOS error flag Reserved 1. Clear 8042 interface 2. Initialize 8042 self-test 1. Test special keyboard controller for Winbond 977 series Super I/O chips 2. Enable keyboard interface Reserved 1. Disable PS/2 mouse interface (optional) 2. Auto detect ports for keyboard & mouse followed by a port & interface swap (optional) 3. Reset keyboard for Winbond 977 series Super I/O chips Reserved Reserved Reserved Test F000h segment shadow to see whether it is R/W-able or not. If test fails. keep beeping the speaker. Reserved Auto detect flash type to load appropriate flash R/W codes into the run time area in F000 for ESCD & DMI support. Reserved

09h 0Ah

0Bh 0Ch 0Dh 0Eh 0Fh 10h 11h

Checkpoint 12h

Description Use walking 1s algorithm to check out interface in CMOS circuitry. Also set real-time clock power status, and then check for override. Reserved Program chipset default values into chipset. Chipset default values are MODBINable by OEM customers. Reserved Initial onboard clock generator if Early_Init_Onboard_Generator is defined. See also POST 26h. Reserved Detect CPU information including brand, SMI type (Cyrix or Intel) and CPU level (586 or 686). Reserved Reserved Initial interrupts vector table. If no special specified, all H/W interrupts are directed to SPURIOUS_INT_HDLR & S/W interrupts to SPURIOUS_soft_HDLR. Reserved Initial EARLY_PM_INIT switch Reserved Load keyboard matrix (notebook platform) Reserved HPM Initialization (notebook platform) Reserved 1. Check validity of RTC value: e.g. a value of 5Ah is an invalid value for RTC minute. 2. Load CMOS settings into BIOS stack. If Smos checksum fails, use default value instead. Prepare BIOS resource map for PCI & PnP use. If ESCD is valid, take into consideration of the ESCDs legacy information. Early PCI Initialization: Enumerate PCI bus number Assign memory & I/O resource Search for a valid VGA device & VGA BIOS, and put it into C000:0

Checkpoint 8Bh 8Ch 8Dh 8Eh 8Fh 90h 91h 92h 93h 94h
Description 1. Invoke all ISA adapter ROMs 2. Invoke all PCI ROMs (except VGA) Reserved 1. Enable/Disable Parity Check according to CMOS setup. 2. APM Initialization Reserved Clear noise if IRQs Reserved Reserved Reserved Read HDD boot sector information for Trend Anti-Virus code 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Enable L2 cache Program Daylight Saving Program boot up speed Chipset final initialization Power management final initialization Clear screen & dispaly summary table Program K6 write allocation Program P6 class write combining Build MP table Build & update ESCD Set CMOS century to 20h or 19h Load CMOS time into DOS timer tick Build MSIRQ routing table

95h 96h

Update keyboard LED & typematic rate

Boot attempt (INT 19h)

POST Error Messages List
If you cannot run the diagnostics program tests but did receive a POST error message, use POST Error Messages List to diagnose system problems. If you did not receive any error message, look for a description of your error symptoms in Error Sympton List. NOTE: When you have deemed it necessary to replace an FRU, and have done so, you must run a total system check to ensure that no other activity has been affected by the change. This system check can be done through the diagnostics program. NOTE: Check all power supply voltages, switch, and jumper settings before you replace the main board. Also check the power supply voltages if you have a system no-power condition. NOTE: To diagnose a problem, first find the BIOS error messages in the left column. If directed to a check procedure, replace the FRU indicated in the check procedure. If no check procedure is indicated, the first Action/FRU listed in right column is the most likely cause.
BIOS Messages I/O Parity Error CPU Clock Mismatch 1. System board
Action/FRU 1. Enter BIOS Setup and load the default settings. 2. Ensure BIOS setting for processor is set correctly. 1. Enter BIOS Setup and load the default settings. 2. RTC Battery. 3. System Board. 1. Ensure the system configuration set in BIOS Setup is correct. 2. Enter BIOS Setup and load the default settings. 3. RTC battery. 4. System board. 1. Insert the memory modules in the DIMM sockets properly, then reboot the system. 2. Memory module. 3. System board. 1. Enter BIOS Setup to disable parity check. 2. Memory module 3. System board 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Re-connect PS/2 keyboard and mouse. Enter BIOS Setup and load the default settings. PS/2 keyboard PS/2 mouse System board

Error Symptom Processor / Processor Fan


NOTE: Normally, the processor fan should be operative, and the processor clock setting should be exactly set to match its speed requirement before diagnosing any processor problems. Processor fan does not run but power supply fan runs. 1. Ensure the system is not in power saving mode. See Power Management in chapter 2. 2. With the system power on, measure the voltage of processor fan connector. Its reading should be +12Vdc. 3. System board. 1. Processor 2. System board System Board and Memory NOTE: Ensure the memory modules are installed properly and the contact leads are clean before diagnosing any system problems. Memory test failed. Incorrect memory size shown or repeated during POST. 1. See "Memory" 2. System board 1. Insert the memory modules in the DIMM sockets properly, then reboot the system. 2. Memory module. 3. System board. 1. Enter BIOS Setup and load default settings. In Windows 98, check settings in Power Management Property of Control Panel. 2. Reload software from Recovery CD. 1. See "Index of Symptoms" 2. See "Undetermined Problems" 1. Execute a system test and set it to stop at Halt on Error to see the potential cause of the problem. 2. See Undetermined Problems. 1. 2. 3. 4. Diskette/IDE drive connection/cables Diskette/IDE disk drives See Undetermined Problems. System board

Processor test failed.

System works but fails to enter power saving mode when the Power Management Mode is set to Enabled, and power saving timer set in BIOS has elapsed. System hangs before system boot. System hangs after system boot.
Blinking cursor only; system does not work.
Diskette Drive NOTE: Ensure the diskette drive is configured correctly in BIOS Setup and its read/write head is clean before diagnosing any diskette drive problems. Media and drive are mismatched. 1. Ensure the diskette drive is configured correctly in the Disk Drives of BIOS Setup. 2. Ensure the diskette drive is correctly formatted. 3. Diskette drive connection/cable 4. Diskette drive 5. System board
Error Symptom Diskette drive does not work.

Action/FRU 1. Ensure the diskette drive is not set to None in the Disk Drives of BIOS Setup. 2. Diskette drive power 3. Diskette drive connection/cable 4. Diskette drive 5. System board 1. Diskette. 2. Ensure the diskette drive is not set to Write protect in the Security Options of BIOS Setup. 3. Diskette drive cable. 4. Diskette drive. 5. System board. 1. 2. 3. 4. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 1. 2. 3. 4. Diskette Diskette drive connection/cable Diskette drive System board Diskette Diskette drive power Diskette drive connection/cable Diskette drive System board Diskette Diskette drive Diskette drive cable System board
Diskette drive read/write error.
Diskette drive LED comes on for more than 2 minutes when reading data.
Diskette drive LED fails to light, and the drive is unable to access for more than 2 minutes.
Diskette drive test failed.
Hard Disk Drive NOTE: Ensure hard disk drive is configured correctly in BIOS Setup, cable/jumper are set correctly before diagnosing any hard disk drive problems. Hard disk drive test failed. 1. 2. 3. 4. 1. 2. 3. 4. Enter BIOS Setup and Load default settings. Hard disk drive cable. Hard disk drive. System board. Enter BIOS Setup and Load default settings. Hard disk drive cable. Hard disk drive. System board.
Hard disk drive cannot format completely.
Hard disk drive has write error. Hard disk drive LED fails to light, but system operates normally.
1. Enter BIOS Setup and Load default settings. 2. Hard disk drive. 1. With the system power on, measure the voltage of hard disk LED connector. 2. Hard drive LED cable. CD/DVD-ROM Drive
NOTE: Ensure CD/DVD-ROM drive is configured correctly in BIOS Setup, cable/jumper are set correctly and its laser beam is clean before diagnosing any CD/DVD-ROM drive problems. CD/DVD-ROM drive LED doesn't come on but works normally. 1. CD/DVD-ROM drive
Error Symptom CD/DVD-ROM drive LED flashes for more than 30 seconds before LED shutting off. Software asks to reinstall disc. Software displays a reading CD/DVD error. CD/DVD-ROM drive cannot load or eject when the system is turned on and its eject button is pressed and held.
Action/FRU 1. CD/DVD-ROM may have dirt or foreign material on it. Check with a known good disc. 2. CD/DVD-ROM is not inserted properly. 3. CD/DVD-ROM is damaged.
1. Disconnect all cables from CD/DVD-ROM drive except power cable, then press eject button to try to unload the disk. 2. CD/DVD-ROM drive power. 3. CD/DVD-ROM drive 1. CD may have dirt or foreign material on it. Check with a known good disc. 2. Ensure the CD/DVD-ROM driver is installed properly. 3. CD/DVD-ROM drive. 1. Ensure the headphone jack of the CD/DVD-ROM has an output. 2. Turn up the sound volume. 3. Speaker power/connection/cable. 4. CD/DVD-ROM drive. Real-Time Clock 1. Ensure the information in the Date and Time of BIOS Setup is set correctly. 2. RTC battery. 3. System board Audio 1. Speaker power/connection/cable. Modem

CD/DVD-ROM drive does not read and there are no messages are displayed.
CD/DVD-ROM drive can play audio CD but no sound output.
Real-time clock is inaccurate.
Audio software program invokes but no sound comes from speakers. Modem ring cannot wake up system from suspend mode.
1. Ensure the Modem Ring Indicator in BIOS Setup or Power Management is set to Enabled. 2. If PCI modem card is used, reinsert the modem card to PCI slot firmly or replace the modem card. 3. If ISA modem card is used, ensure the modem ring-in cable from the modem card to system board is connected properly. 4. In Win 98, ensure the telephone application is configured correctly for your modem and set to receive messages and/or fax. 1. Ensure the modem card is installed properly.
Data/fax modem software program invokes but cannot receive/send data/ fax Fax/voice modem software program invokes but has no sound output. (Data files are received normally; voice from modem cannot be produced, but system sound feature works normally.) Video memory test failed. Video adapter failed. Chapter 4
1. Ensure the modem voice-in cable from modem adapter card to system board
Video and Monitor 1. Remove all non-factory-installed cards. 2. Load default settings (if screen is readable). 3. System board 67
Error Symptom Display problem: - Incorrect colors No high intensity Missing, broken, or incorrect characters Blank monitor(dark) Blank monitor(bright) Distorted image Unreadable monitor Other monitor problems Display changing colors. 1. 2. 3. 4.
Action/FRU Monitor signal connection/cable. Monitor Video adapter card System board
1. Monitor signal connection/cable 2. Monitor 3. System board 1. Monitor". 2. Load default settings (if screen is readable). 3. System board
Display problem not listed above (including blank or illegible monitor).
Error Symptom Parallel/Serial Ports
Execute Load BIOS Default Settings in BIOS Setup to confirm ports presence before diagnosing any parallel/serial ports problems. Serial or parallel port loop-back test failed. 1. Make sure that the LPT# or COM# you test is the same as the setting in BIOS Setup. 2. Loop-back. 3. System board. 1. Ensure the printer driver is properly installed. Refer to the printer service manual. 2. Printer. 3. Printer cable. 4. System board. 1. Refer to the service manual for the printer. Keyboard Some or all keys on keyboard do not work. Pressing power switch does not turn off system. (Only unplugging the power cord from electrical outlet can turn off the system.) Pressing power switch does not turn on the system. 1. Keyboard Power Supply 1. Ensure the Power Switch < 4 sec. in BIOS Setup of Power Management is not set to Suspend. 2. Power switch cable assembly 1. Ensure the power override switch (situated at the back of the machine, just above the connector for the power cable) is not set to OFF. 2. Power switch cable assembly. 1. Load default settings. 2. Reload software from Recovery CD.

Function Front Panel USB Power Front Panel USB Power USB Port 0 Negative Signal USB Port 1 Negative Signal USB Port 0 Positive Signal USB Port 1Positive Signal Ground Ground No Pin Overcurrent Signal
NOTE: Please make sure that the USB cable has the same pin assignement as indicated above. A different pin assignment may cause damage or system hang-up.
COM2: Onboard Serial Port Connector
Connect a serial port extension bracket to this header to add a second serial port to your system.
Function Data Carry Detect Serial Data In Serial Data Out Data Terminal Ready Ground Data Set Ready Request to Send Clear to Send Ring Indicator Key

Chapter 6

FRU (Field Replaceable Unit) List
This chapter gives you the FRU (Field Replaceable Unit) listing in global configurations of AcerPower F1 / Aspire T310. Refer to this chapter whenever ordering for parts to repair or for RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization).
AcerPower F1 / Aspire T310 Exploded Diagram
NOTE: Due to the Aspire T310 (new black bezel) is smiliar with AcerPower F1 (white bezel); meanwhile, you will see some parts which are the same. NOTE: Please note WHEN ORDERING FRU PARTS, that you should check the most up-to-date information available on your regional web or channel (, if you do not own a specific account, you can still access the system with guest; guest). For whatever reasons 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 local FRU list provided by your regional Acer office to order FRU parts for repair and service of customer machines. NOTE: To scrap or to return the defective parts, you should follow the local government ordinance or regulations on how best to dispose it, or follow the rules set by your regional Acer office on how to return it.



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