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? about my new ACER MINI NETBOOK

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i received the netbook today and i have a question...
can i download mozilla firefox onto it? is there anything i should know BEFORE i do it? i can do SKYPE also right?
also, how do i know when the battery is fully charged? is there an indicator light somewhere?
the instruction booklet is not all that instructional. maybe there is an acer mini netbook blog somewhere, anyone know?
 
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Yes you can download firefox no need to do anything first.

I have an Asus EEE901 similar but different so I can't tell you when it's charged or if there is a better manual except that there should be an Icon on the taskbar that shows battery status. If not you can go to control panel, power and find it. That will show you the charging status.
 

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There should be something in the system tray that indicates when it's running on battery, when it's charging and what percentage the battery is at. If it's not there, look at power options in the control panel.

Or Asus might provide their own power management application that's running in the system tray. If they do, it might have a way to show the battery meter.

-David
 

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There is a battery meter on the bottom right. It will refect the % and the time remaining (e.g., 49% 1:59).

I couldn't find it at first either so just left it plugged in overnight to be sure it got to 100%.
 

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You may have to place the cursor over the battery symbol in the tray (bottom right of the screen) to see the % and time of use left.

Another good open source software to download is Open Office(.org). It will do what MS Office does for free. Like Word, Excel, Power Point. Your shiny new Acer may already have an office suite, but if not or yours is a trial version, no need to pay for one.

Jim Ricks
 

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I'm assuming that by "ACER MINI NOTEBOOK" you mean Acer Aspire One. Aren't they great? I love mine. It's the first notebook I've ever had where the battery life approaches what was advertised. And I have the 6-cell model, so I actually get 4+ hours.

Skype works fine. Same with Firefox. Also OpenOffice.org. I haven't had trouble with anything yet.

We recently snagged an incredible deal on a 52" LCD TV. I got a cable from monoprice.com yesterday and connected the TV to the Aspire One. There is something very amusing about using such a tiny device to drive a screen that has 34 times as much display area.

You should check out http://www.aspireoneuser.com/ ... it's the TUG of the Aspire One world.
 

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Another Acer question

I got mine yesterday and think it is really neat.. great to travel with BUT it doesn't seem to offer a dial-up connection. It has ethernet and wireless.
What suggestion would anyone have when staying in a resort without either of these?
Thanks in advance
 

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I haven't been to a resort or hotel that didn't have wireless or wired ethernet in years.

I wouldn't worry about it.

But, you could always buy a usb modem if you are really worried about it. There's also cellular usb modems available, but they require a service plan with a cellular provider.

Here's an example of a usb modem: http://www.zoom.com/products/dial_up_external_usb.html

Here's one for $15: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16825164005
The Rosewill one looks pretty good. It's even got 2 status LEDs.

-David
 
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I haven't been to a resort or hotel that didn't have wireless or wired ethernet in years.

I wouldn't worry about it.

But, you could always buy a usb modem if you are really worried about it. There's also cellular usb modems available, but they require a service plan with a cellular provider.

Here's an example of a usb modem: http://www.zoom.com/products/dial_up_external_usb.html

Here's one for $15: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16825164005
The Rosewill one looks pretty good. It's even got 2 status LEDs.

-David


Thanks for getting back to me David.. All of that is Greek to me but I will look into it. I have stayed at a few resorts where I had to use dialup (unless I wanted to leave the unit and go to the business center).. Since I conduct a lot of business while I'm on "vacation", it is much more convenient to do it from my room
Thanks again
 
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