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Aspire RevoView User Guide
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Aspire RevoViewUser Guide

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Model number: __________________________________

Serial number: ___________________________________

Date of purchase: ________________________________

Place of purchase: ________________________________

© 2010. All Rights Reserved.

Aspire RevoView User GuideThis revision: 07/2010

Aspire RevoView

Acer and the Acer logo are registered trademarks of Acer Incorporated. Other companies' product names or trademarks are used herein for identification purposes only and belong to their respective companies.

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Information for your safety and comfort

Safety instructionsRead these instructions carefully. Keep this document for future reference. Follow all warnings and instructions marked on the product.

Turning the product off before cleaningUnplug this product from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not use liquid cleaners or aerosol cleaners. Use a damp cloth for cleaning.

When disconnecting the deviceObserve the following guidelines when connecting and disconnecting power to the power supply unit:

Install the power supply unit before connecting the power cord to the AC power outlet.

Unplug the power cord before removing the power supply unit from the computer.

If the system has multiple sources of power, disconnect power from the system by unplugging all power cords from the power supplies.

AccessibilityBe sure that the power outlet you plug the power cord into is easily accessible and located as close to the equipment operator as possible. When you need to disconnect power to the equipment, be sure to unplug the power cord from the electrical outlet.

Bundled dummy cards (only for certain models)Your device may be shipped with plastic dummies installed in the card slots. Dummies protect unused slots from dust, metal objects or other particles. Save the dummies for use when no cards are in the slots.

Protecting your hearingTo protect your hearing, follow these instructions.• Increase the volume gradually until you can hear clearly and comfortably.

• Do not increase the volume level after your ears have adjusted.

• Do not listen to music at high volumes for extended periods.

• Do not increase the volume to block out noisy surroundings.

• Decrease the volume if you can't hear people speaking near you.

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Warnings• Do not use this product near water.

• Do not place this product on an unstable cart, stand or table. If the product falls, it could be seriously damaged.

• Slots and openings are provided for ventilation to ensure reliable operation of the product and to protect it from overheating. These openings must not be blocked or covered. The openings should never be blocked by placing the product on a bed, sofa, rug or other similar surface. This product should never be placed near or over a radiator or heat register, or in a built-in installation unless proper ventilation is provided.

• Never push objects of any kind into this product through cabinet slots as they may touch dangerous voltage points or short-out parts that could result in a fire or electric shock. Never spill liquid of any kind onto or into the product.

• To avoid damage of internal components and to prevent battery leakage, do not place the product on a vibrating surface.

• Never use it under sporting, exercising, or any vibrating environment which will probably cause unexpected short current or damage rotor devices, HDD, Optical drive, and even exposure risk from lithium battery pack.

• The bottom surface, areas around ventilation openings and AC adapter may get hot. To avoid injury, ensure they do not come in contact with your skin or body.

• Your device and its enhancements may contain small parts. Keep them out of the reach of small children.

Using electrical power• This product should be operated from the type of power indicated on the

marking label. If you are not sure of the type of power available, consult your dealer or local power company.

• Do not allow anything to rest on the power cord. Do not locate this product where people will walk on the cord.

• If an extension cord is used with this product, make sure that the total ampere rating of the equipment plugged into the extension cord does not exceed the extension cord ampere rating. Also, make sure that the total rating of all products plugged into the wall outlet does not exceed the fuse rating.

• Do not overload a power outlet, strip or receptacle by plugging in too many devices. The overall system load must not exceed 80% of the branch circuit rating. If power strips are used, the load should not exceed 80% of the power strip's input rating.

• This product's AC adapter is equipped with a three-wire grounded plug. The plug only fits in a grounded power outlet. Make sure the power outlet is properly grounded before inserting the AC adapter plug. Do not insert the plug into a non-grounded power outlet. Contact your electrician for details.

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Warning! The grounding pin is a safety feature. Using a power outlet that is not properly grounded may result in electric shock and/or injury.

Note: The grounding pin also provides good protection from unexpected noise produced by other nearby electrical devices that may interfere with the performance of this product.

• The system can be powered using a wide range of voltages; 100 to 120 or 220 to 240 V AC. The power cord included with the system meets the requirements for use in the country/region where the system was purchased. Power cords for use in other countries/regions must meet the requirements for that country/region. For more information on power cord requirements, contact an authorized reseller or service provider.

Product servicingDo not attempt to service this product yourself, as opening or removing covers may expose you to dangerous voltage points or other risks. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.

Unplug this product from the wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified service personnel in the following instances.• The power cord or plug is damaged, cut or frayed.

• Liquid was spilled into the product.

• The product was exposed to rain or water.

• The product has been dropped or the case has been damaged.

• The product exhibits a distinct change in performance, indicating a need for service.

• The product does not operate normally after following the operating instructions.

Note: Adjust only those controls that are covered by the operating instructions, since improper adjustment of other controls may result in damage and will often require extensive work by a qualified technician to restore the product to normal condition.

Replacing the remote batteriesReplace any batteries with the same type as that which came bundled with your product. Use of another battery may present a risk of fire or explosion.

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Warning! Batteries may explode if not handled properly. Do not disassemble or dispose of them in fire. Keep them away from children. Follow local regulations when disposing of used batteries.

Disposal instructionsDo not throw this electronic device into the trash when discarding. To minimize pollution and ensure utmost protection of the global environment, please recycle. For more information on the Waste from Electrical and Electronics Equipment (WEEE) regulations, visit www.acer-group.com/public/Sustainability/sustainability01.htm

ENERGY STARAcer's ENERGY STAR qualified products save money by reducing energy cost and protecting the environment without sacrificing features or performance. Acer is proud to offer our customers products with the ENERGY STAR mark.

Products that are ENERGY STAR qualified use less energy and prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection

Agency. Acer is committed to offer products and services worldwide that help customers save money, conserve energy and improve the quality of our environment. The more energy we can save through higher energy efficiency, the more we reduce greenhouse gases and the risks of climate change. More information refers to http://www.energystar.gov or http://www.energystar.gov/powermangement

Acer ENERGY STAR qualified products: • Produce less heat and reduce cooling loads, and warmer climates.

• Automatically go into "display sleep" and "computer sleep" mode after 15 and 30 minute of inactivity respectively.

• Wake the computer from sleep mode by pushing keyboard or moving mouse.

• Computers will save more than 80% energy at "sleep" mode.

ENERGY STAR and the ENERGY STAR mark are registered U.S. marks

Note: For more information, please refer to "Regulations and safety notices" on page 46.

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Information for your safety and comfort iiiSafety instructions iiiReplacing the remote batteries vDisposal instructions vi

ENERGY STAR viGetting started 1

In the box 1Product overview 2

LED indicator 3Installation requirements 4

Setting up 5Transferring content to your Aspire RevoView 5

Using a direct connection 5Using external storage 6Connecting the power cable 7

Connecting to a TV 7Choosing the best connection 8Connecting using an HDMI cable 8Connecting using component video and audio 9Connecting using composite A/V connection 9

Connecting to the Internet 9Wired network connection 9

Operating the Aspire RevoView 10Using the remote control 10Using the Aspire RevoView menu 12

Media Library compilation 13Searching for a media file 13Browsing Folders 13

Watching video 14Video playback controls 15

Video toolbar 16Repeating a video 16

Add File to Favorites 17Viewing pictures 20

Digital camera support 20Slideshow options 21

Rotating a picture 21Zooming a picture 21Slide timing 21Slide transition effects 22Continuous play 22Shuffle 22Add File to Favorites 22Playing music during a slideshow 22

Playing music 24




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Music playback options 25Displaying album cover art 25Add File to Favorites 25

Using Internet services 26Managing devices 27

Copy, move and delete 28Adding a hard disk drive 29

Formatting a new HDD 32Adding a hard disk drive from an AcerAspire easyStore Home Server 35

Adjusting settings 35Choosing a menu language 36Configuring the Aspire RevoView 36

System setup 36Play To support for Windows 7 36Audio setup 38Video setup 39Network setup 39Firmware upgrade 42

Frequently asked questions 44Supported file formats 45

Regulations and safety notices 46FCC statement 46Radio device regulatory notice 47General 47

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Getting startedThe Aspire RevoView allows you to play HD media from your own collection or from the web on your big-screen TV. It supports a wide variety of file types and delivers direct access to a huge selection of video, photos, and music from popular internet sites like Flickr and Picasa.

In the boxYour Aspire RevoView is packed in a box with the following accessories. If any of them is missing or damaged, please contact the store you bought the device from.

* Note: Snap-in plugs supplied vary according to your region. Illustrations are for reference only. Actual product may vary.

Aspire RevoView Power adapter and

snap-in plugs*Composite cable

Component cable Remote control Ethernet cable

Quick Guide Companion CD Warranty card

HDMI cable (optional)

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Product overview

Item Component Description

1 Hard disk tray Supports a 3.5" HDD for local


2 Multi-in-1 card reader Supports SD/MMC/XD/MS/MS Pro memory cards.

3 Power Puts the Aspire RevoView into Standby or wakes it up.

4 USB ports Connects to external devices such as digital cameras and media players.

5 DC-in jack Connects to the AC adapter.

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*Note: Some models are shipped without a pre-installed HDD. You may install your own HDD, use an external HDD or use other external storage.

LED indicatorThe LED indicator will change color to notify you of the power status.

6 HDMI port Connects to a TV’s HDMI port.

7 Ethernet (RJ-45) jack Connects to a LAN cable for Internet access.

8 Mini USB port Connects to external storage for transferring files.

9 Composite jack Connects to a TV’s analog audio and video.

10 Component jack Connects to a TV’s component (YPbPr) terminals.

11 Optical audio output Connects to an A/V receiver.

LED color Power Status

Blue Turned on

Red Standby

Item Component Description

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Installation requirements

To use the Aspire RevoView, you will need:

• A standard- or high-definition TV with composite (standard A/V), component (YPbPr), HDMI or S/PDIF input.

• USB storage device or memory cards.

• A valid wired Internet connection.

Other items that you may use to enhance your multimedia playback are:

• A TV, stereo or A/V receiver with an optical digital or stereo audio input jack (audio playback only).

• Ethernet cable.

Important: Approximately one percent of the total storage capacity will be used for Media Library support.

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Setting upTo view media from the Aspire RevoView, you need to do the following:

1 Transfer content from your computer to built-in HDD*, USB storage media or a memory card.

2 Connect the Aspire RevoView to your TV or entertainment unit through the desired interface option.

3 Connect the power cable.

4 Insert the batteries into the remote control.

5 Download the media files from the external storage or transfer files from your computer over a network.

*Note: Some models are shipped without an installed HDD. You may install your own HDD, use an external HDD or use other external storage.

Transferring content to your Aspire RevoViewThe Aspire RevoView can play content from a variety of media. You will need to transfer the content from your computer to the Aspire RevoView in one of the following ways.

Using a direct connectionYou may transfer content either directly to the built-in HDD (if fitted) using a USB cable.

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Important: You may only use a direct connection if there is a HDD fitted to the Aspire RevoView HD bay.

1 Plug a USB cable into the mini USB port on the Aspire RevoView. Plug the other end of the cable into a USB port on your computer.

2 Your operating system should detect the Aspire RevoView as external storage and install drivers automatically.

3 Use your file browser to copy files to the Aspire RevoView.

Using external storageAlternatively, you may use an external HDD (illustrated) or memory card, which you then plug into the Aspire RevoView.

1 Transfer your content from your computer to your preferred external storage.

2 If you are using an external HD, connect the USB cable to one of the USB ports on the Aspire RevoView.

3 If you are using a memory card, insert it into the multi-in-1 card reader.

The Aspire RevoView will scan the external storage for media files.

Note: Scanning is enabled by default.

Scanning may take several minutes, depending on the storage capacity of the external storage and the number of available media files.

Important: Unlock your USB drive if there is password protection before you connect the USB drive.

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Connecting the power cable You Aspire RevoView is shipped with a power adapter and one or more snap-in plugs, depending on your region. Select the appropriate snap-in plug and clip it onto the adapter.

Plug the power cord into the DC-in jack on your Aspire RevoView and into the wall socket. Press the power button to turn on the Aspire RevoView.

Wait a few seconds for your TV to detect the media player. If it is not detected, you may need to change the input source on your TV to HDMI or composite, depending on your connection. Check your TV’s user documentation for more information.

Once the media player is detected, the splash screen displays to indicate system bootup, then the home screen of the user interface opens.

Connecting to a TVYou may connect your Aspire RevoView to a TV in a variety of ways. The standard connection uses the included composite/compound-to-mini A/V cables.

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Note: HDMI and Toslink (optical) cables are sold separately.

Important: Remember to configure the Aspire RevoView audio and video settings depending on the type of connection you choose.

Choosing the best connection Your TV and the connection chosen will affect picture quality.

Connecting using an HDMI cable1 Plug an HDMI cable into the HDMI connector on your Aspire RevoView.

2 Plug the other end of the cable into the HDMI port on your TV or audio/video system.

For higher quality multi-channel audio you may:

1 Plug an optical audio cable into the S/PDIF (optical digital) connector on the media player.

2 Plug the other end of the cable into the optical digital port on your receiver or home theater system.

Note: HDMI and optical cables are sold separately.

3 Select the appropriate TV input source(s).

Connection Quality Description

HDMI Best Combines high-definition video, multi-channel audio and inter-component control in a single digital cable. Provides resolution of up to 1080p.

Component Better Provides video connection only. You will also need to connect audio cables to provide sound. Provides video resolution of up to 1080i.

Composite Good Provides standard-definition audio and video.

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Connecting using component video and audio 1 Plug cable into the component connector on the media player using the

mini connector.

2 Plug the other ends into the component ports on your TV or audio/video system, ensuring colors match.

3 For audio, plug the composite-to-mini connector into the composite port on the media player.

4 Plug the audio connectors on the opposite end of the cable into the composite audio input ports on your TV, red to red and white to white.

5 Wait a few seconds for your TV to detect the media player. If the media player is not detected, you may need to change the input source on your TV to component or composite, depending on your connection. Check your TV user documentation for more information.

Connecting using composite A/V connection1 Plug cable into the component connector on the media player using the

mini connector.

2 Plug the other ends into the component ports on your TV or audio/video system, ensuring colors match.

3 Wait a few seconds for your TV to detect the media player. If the media player is not detected, you may need to change the input source on your TV to component or composite, depending on your connection. Check your TV user documentation for more information.

Connecting to the Internet The Aspire RevoView can access streaming video and online media content from the Internet using a wired or wireless network connection.

Wired network connection To connect to a home network using an Ethernet cable:

1 Plug an Ethernet cable (sold separately) into the Ethernet connector on the media player.

2 Plug the other end of the Ethernet cable directly into a LAN port on a router or network switch.

For detailed instructions on wireless and wired network connections and configuration, please refer to “Network setup” on page 39.

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Operating the Aspire RevoView

Using the remote controlThe remote control lets you navigate the Home screen, browse for media files, enable playback options, and customize the system settings.

Important: The remote control uses IR technology, which requires an unobstructed, line-of-sight connection to work.

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No Function Description

1 Power Press to OK Standby mode.

2 Home Open the Home screen.

3 Video hotkey Jump to video mode.

4 Photo hotkey Jump to photo mode.

5 Music hotkey Jump to music mode.

6 Navigation buttons

Navigate through Home screen options, menu screens, media libraries, onscreen keyboard and toolbars.

7 OK / Play / Pause

Display media directories and the Settings screens; select the current, highlighted option. Play or pause current playback.Turn the information bar on or off.

8 Back Return to the previous screen.

9 Menu Displays the toolbar for additional options during media playback.

10 Previous Go to the start of the current file in the folder/playlist; go to the previous page in menus.Press twice: open the previous file in the folder/playlist.During fast forward: Skip forward 10 minutes.

11 Next Go to the next file in the folder/playlist; go to the next page in menus.During rewind: Skip back 10 minutes

12 Rewind Scan backwards during audio/video playback. Supports the following speeds: 1.5x, 2×, 4×, 8×, 16×, 32x.

13 Stop Stops playback.

14 Fast forward Scan forward through the audio/video playback. Supports the following speeds: 1.5x, 2×, 4×, 8×, 16×, 32x.

15 Mute Mute the volume.

16 Volume down Decrease the volume.

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Using the Aspire RevoView menu The Home screen is displayed when you press the home key on the remote control. The icons on this screen let you browse your Media Library and configure the media player’s settings.

The Video, Pictures and Music icons represent folders for the different media types. Media contents will be displayed either as files or file folders in a USB drive directory or as a Media Library compilation list based on metadata information.

When there is a network connection, links to a variety of Internet services are displayed.

Settings lets you customize the way you use the media player and set preferences for media playback. For more information, please see “Adjusting settings” on page 35.

Help provides troubleshooting hints to solve some problems.

Use the navigation keys to browse menu screens.

17 Volume up Increase the volume.

18 Repeat Repeat the current file.

19 Zoom in Zoom in to the current photo/video.

20 Zoom out Zoom out from the current photo/video.

21 Subtitle Switch subtitles while in Video mode.

22 Audio Switch audio channels while in Video mode.

23 Slideshow with music

Enable background music while displaying a slideshow in Photo mode.

Button Function

Up/Down Select a media type (photos, video, or music) or settings.

Left/Right Browse within a category.

OK Open the selected file or perform the selected operation.

No Function Description

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Media Library compilation The Aspire RevoView can scan and consolidate the media content of USB drives, the embedded HDD and inserted memory card into one comprehensive database so that you can easily browse and locate media files based on metadata information.

The following conditions will prevent Media Library compilation:

• If the HDD, USB external drive or memory card have read-only protection.

• There is not enough hard disk space on the storage device.

Searching for a media file Use the Search option in the Video, Pictures or Music menu to find a particular movie, picture or music file.

1 Press Menu on the remote to display the menu, select Search and press OK.

2 Use the onscreen keyboard and the remote to enter the name or part of the name of a movie, picture or music track.

3 Select Done on the keyboard to view the results. If the screen is blank, no files with that name were found.

4 Select one of the files to play or start a new search.

Note: The bottom left key on the search keyboard is labeled English. Select this key if your menu language is not English, but you want to enter English characters in your search. The key has no effect if your menu language is already English.

Browsing FoldersThe media player indexes all the media files available on the external drives connected to your media player and creates a database that you can search and display in a variety of ways.

If you prefer to view your files and folders as they're stored on your drives, you can do that.

• Select Browse on the Video, Pictures, or Music menu and navigate through the files and folders stored on all devices connected to the media player.

• Select Devices on the main menu and navigate through the Devices screen options to view your media files and folders. Please see “Managing devices” on page 27 for further information.

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Watching video

You can watch videos on your TV using the media player.

Browse to the Videos category to view available video files and video folders. The display will either be in thumbnail (default), list mode or video preview, depending on your Browser Display settings. To play back a file, highlight the file, and then press OK.

Press the Menu key to display a sub-menu for additional options.

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Video playback controls

Button Function

Play / Pause Play or pause current playback.Turn the information bar on or off.

Menu Displays the toolbar for additional options during media playback.

Previous Go to the start of the current file in the folder/playlist; go to the previous page in menus.Press twice to go to the previous file in the folder/playlist.During fast forward: Skip back 10 seconds.

Next Go to the next file in the folder/playlist; go to the next page in menus.During rewind: Skip forward 10 seconds.

Rewind Scan backwards during audio/video playback. Supports the following speeds: 1.5x, 2×, 4×, 8×, 16×, 32x.

Stop Stops playback.

Fast forward Scan forward through the audio/video playback. Supports the following speeds: 1.5x, 2×, 4×, 8×, 16×, 32x.

Mute Mute the volume.

Volume up Increase the volume.

Volume down Decrease the volume.

Audio Switch audio channels while in Video mode.

Subtitle Switch subtitles while in Video mode.

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Video toolbar

Press the Menu key on your remote to open the Video toolbar. This has two commands to change the Subtitles or Audio Channels. Press the Back key to close the toolbar.

Repeating a videoUse this option to repeat the video currently playing.

During video playback, press the Repeat key until the repeat mode icon you want is displayed. Options are:

• Normal: When the current video finishes, the previous screen will be displayed.

• Repeat One: The current video is played repeatedly until you press Stop or Back.

• Repeat All: All the files in the current video folder/playlist are played in sequence, and repeatedly, until you press Stop or Back.

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Add File to FavoritesWhile in the Videos menu, press Menu on your remote to bring up the sub-menu. Select Add files To Favorites and press OK.

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You can select up to 8 files at once. When you are finished, press Menu again

and select Start Adding, then press OK.

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After adding files to the Favorites, they will be marked with a star.

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Viewing pictures

You can view your digital photo album in the comfort of your living room.

Browse to the Pictures category to view available picture files and picture folders. The display will either be in thumbnail (default) or list mode, depending on your Browser Display settings. To view a file, highlight the file, and then press OK.

Digital camera support You can attach your digital camera to the Aspire RevoView via a USB port and view supported image files stored in the camera’s memory card.

1 Attach your digital camera to the media player via the USB port.

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Note: The Aspire RevoView can only read from camera memory cards.

2 Enter the Devices category and select USB device to select the camera. Press the OK key to view stored pictures.

Slideshow optionsOnce you have started a slideshow or have opened a picture, use the Pictures slideshow menu to set up your slideshow preferences. Your preferences remain in effect until you change them.

While a slideshow is playing or a picture is displayed, press the Menu key on the remote to open the slideshow menu.

Rotating a pictureYou can rotate an image through 90 degrees to the left or right.

1 When the picture you want to rotate is displayed, press the Play/Pause key on the remote to stop the slideshow.

2 Press Menu on the remote to display the slideshow menu.

3 Select Rotate Right 90 or Rotate Left 90 on the menu to rotate the image.

4 Press Play/Pause to resume the slideshow.

Important: The image rotation is not saved. To permanently rotate an image, you must open the folder on your computer, rotate the image and save it to the drive.

Zooming a pictureYou can zoom in on a picture: 2x, 4x, 8x.

Slide timingYou can choose how long to display each image in the slideshow before displaying the next image.

• 2 seconds

• 5 seconds

• 10 seconds

• 30 seconds

• 1 minute

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• 2 minutes

Slide transition effectsYou can choose how to move from one image to the next during a slideshow.

• Cross Fade

• Left to Right

• Top to Bottom

• Waterfall

• Snake

• Dissolve

• Strip Left Down

• All Effect Shuffle

Continuous playAllows you to play your pictures sequentially from first to last, then start from the beginning again.

ShuffleDisplays your pictures in random order.

Add File to FavoritesPlease refer to “Add File to Favorites” on page 17.

Playing music during a slideshowYou can prepare the music and pictures for a slideshow on your computer before transferring the slideshow folder to your media player.

1 On your computer, create a music playlist in the folder containing the pictures you want to play in your slideshow.

2 Transfer the folder to your Aspire RevoView. Please see “Transferring content to your Aspire RevoView” on page 5.

3 Use the remote control buttons and media player menus to navigate to and select the folder.

4 Press the Slideshow with music key on the remote to start both the music and the slideshow.

Alternatively you may:

1 Use the remote control buttons and media player menus to navigate to and start playing the music.

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2 Navigate to the pictures you want to play and press Play/Pause on the remote to start the slideshow.

Note: You can start music with slideshow from the Music or Pictures folders.

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Playing music

You can copy your music library to a USB device and listen to it from your entertainment unit using the media player.

Browse to the Music category to see available music files and music folders. You can find music on your Aspire RevoView by browsing through your music lists or searching for music by title. Once you have found the music you want to play, use the Music menu to select your Play options.

1 Press Music key on the remote to display the Music menu if you want to change how music files are displayed.

2 Use the arrow buttons on the remote to select an album or music track to play and press Play/Pause on the remote.

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Music playback optionsWhile playing a music track, press the Menu key on the remote to display the Music playback menu options.

• Normal: Play all music once.

• Repeat One: Repeat the current track until you choose a different option.

• Continuous Play: Repeat all the music in the order it's listed.

• Shuffle Loop: Play the music continuously in random order.

Press the Volume keys on the remote to adjust the sound.

Press Stop to stop the music and Back to return to the Music window.

Displaying album cover artYou can display an image of the album cover art in the thumbnail view of a music folder.

1 On your computer, find the album art.

2 Copy the image into the music album folder.

3 Copy the music folder onto an external device and transfer it to the Aspire RevoView.

Add File to FavoritesPlease refer to “Add File to Favorites” on page 17.

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Using Internet services

The Internet service provides links to various media services. Services are regularly added and updated, so be sure to visit the Internet screen often to see new services.

Select Internet from the home screen or the menu. The Internet screen displays the names of Internet media services to which your media player has links.

Use the arrow buttons on the remote to highlight the service you want to connect to and press OK on the remote.

To return to the media player screens:

Press the Home key on the remote to display the media player menu and select another media player feature.

Press the Home key again to display the media player home screen.

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Managing devices When you use a USB drive with the Aspire RevoView, you can view your searchable media files from any media screen (Video, Pictures, or Music). If you use another external device (another USB drive or memory card), the only way to view the media files stored on it is via the Devices screen.

The Devices screen allows you to access all external devices connected to the Aspire RevoView and browse through the media files stored on them in a traditional file/folder view. Supported devices include USB drives, memory cards or installed HDD.

1 Press Home on the remote to display the menu.

2 Use the arrow buttons on the remote to highlight Devices in the menu and press OK on the remote.

3 If more than one device is displayed, use the arrow buttons on the remote to select one and press OK to view its files and folders.

4 Press the Menu key again to display the Devices menu.

Use this menu to decide how to display the media on this device (Thumbnails or List) and which kinds of media files to display (Movies, Pictures, Music, or All).

5 When you have found the video, music or pictures you want to play, press Play on the remote.

Note: Using the Devices menu is the only way to browse through the folders on a device and view media files within their folders. You can access the Devices menu either by selecting Devices from the menu or by selecting Browse Folders on the Video, Pictures or Music menus.

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Copy, move and delete

When you are browsing for files in the Device screen, you can select files to copy, move and delete.

Press Menu on the remote to bring up a sub-menu.

Select Copy Files from the sub-menu and press OK.

Select up to 8 files you would like to copy by pressing OK.

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Press Menu on the remote and select Select Destination.

When the destination is selected, press Menu to Paste.

Note: It is recommended to use a PC to transfer files over 1 GB.

Adding a hard disk driveYou may install a HDD if one is not already installed.


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1 Open the HDD door of the Aspire RevoView.

2 Remove the HDD carrier by pressing the HDD carrier latch.

3 Pull the lever and slide the HDD carrier out of the chassis.

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4 Insert the new drive into the right side of the carrier aligning the pins with the HDD mounting holes.

5 Gently open out the left rail and insert the pins into the HDD mounting holes.

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6 With the lever still extended, slide the carrier all the way into the drive bay.

Do not push on the lever until it begins to close by itself.

7 Use the lever to push the carrier until it is properly seated, then close the lever.

Note: If the HDD is not already formatted, you can connect your Aspire RevoView to a computer using the USB cable and format the disk.

Warning: Make sure the Aspire RevoView is disconnected from a power source while you are installing the HDD. If the Aspire RevoView is powered, you risk personal injury, data loss or damage to the Aspire RevoView and its components.

Formatting a new HDDInsert the new HDD as described above.

Connect your Aspire RevoView to a PC using the USB cable and to the AC adapter as described in “Using a direct connection” on page 5 and “Connecting the power cable” on page 7.

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Open your computer’s Control Panel and open System and Security > Administrative Tools > Computer Management.

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Select Disk Management to enter initialize disk mode.

Right-click the new disk and select New Simple Volume.

Once complete, you will be able to see the new HDD.

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Adding a hard disk drive from an AcerAspire easyStore Home ServerYou may install the Server Backup HDD from an Acer Aspire easyStore Home Server and use it with the Aspire RevoView.

1 Safely remove the Server Backup HDD from your Acer Aspire easyStore Home Server.

2 Pull out the HDD from your home server.

3 Insert the HDD along with its HDD tray inside the Aspire RevoView. You can play the media content now.

Adjusting settingsThe Aspire RevoView is ready for use as soon as you plug it in. However, you can adjust the system, audio, video, network and firmware upgrade settings for optimal use with your TV.

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Choosing a menu language

The first time you connect your Aspire RevoView to your TV, a language selection screen asks you to select your menu language from a list of available languages. You can change your language selection at any time by going to System Setup > Menu Language.

Configuring the Aspire RevoViewUse the Settings menu to configure the system, audio, video, network, and firmware settings for your Aspire RevoView.

1 Press the arrow buttons on the remote to select Settings from the main menu, then press OK on the remote.

2 Select the feature you want to adjust the settings for and press OK on the remote.

3 To close the Settings menu, press Menu.

Once you have opened one of the Settings screens, you can navigate through them using the left and right arrow buttons on the remote.

System setupMenu Language: Select the language to be used in all media player menus.

Text Encoding: Select the language to be used for media information.

Time: Manually set the date and time.

Version Information: View the software version currently installed on your Aspire RevoView.

MAC Address: View the network ID assigned to the media player.

IP Address: Set your Network IP or Wireless IP.

Factory Default: Reset all setup menu functions to the factory defaults and display the initial language selection screen.

Screen saver: Set how long the system idles before starting the screen saver.

Play To support for Windows 7Play To is a new feature in Windows 7. It allows you to play music and videos on other networked PCs, TVs, or stereos.

1 Select Settings from the main menu, then press OK on the remote.

2 Navigate to System and then to Play To support for Win7 and select On.

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3 On a networked Windows 7 PC, open Windows Media Player.

4 Select more streaming options... and allow the Aspire RevoView to be a streaming media device

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5 In Windows Media Player, right-click on a file you would like to play and

select Play To > Acer Aspire RevoView

6 A playlist will appear on the PC with files that will be played through the Acer Aspire RevoView

Audio setupNight mode

• Off: Default setting

• On: The bass output is automatically lowered so that others are not disturbed when you use the media player at night.

• Comfort: High and low volume levels are automatically adjusted to moderate levels among all media so that the volume does not become too loud or too soft to be heard when you change from one device or media format to another.

Digital output

• S/PDIF LPCM: Converts multi-channel audio output into stereo.

• S/PDIF RAW: Plays the digital audio without decoding.

• HDMI LPCM 2CH: Encodes multiple audio channels into only a left and a right channel; select when only two speakers are available.

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• HDMI LPCM Multi CH: Contains multiple audio channels; select for surround sound when multiple speakers are available.

• HDMI RAW: Not decoded by the media player. You must connect the media player to a receiver with decoding capabilities.

Video setupAspect ratio

Standard definition TVs display in a 4:3 aspect ratio; high definition TVs display in a 16:9 aspect ratio.

• Pan scan: The standard definition broadcast television format. If you watch a standard DVD in 4:3 on a 16:9 monitor, you see a black bar on the left and right sides of the screen.

• Letter box: Transfers a wide screen film to a 16:9 video display while maintaining the film's original aspect ratio.

• 16:9: The same viewing ratio as a movie theater screen.

Brightness: Adjust the picture brightness to the desired level.

Contrast: Adjust the picture contrast to the desired level.

TV system

• NTSC: American television standard.

• PAL: European television standard.

Video resolution

The media player transmits an analog video signal in both standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD) resolutions for American NTSC- and European PAL-compatible televisions.

You have five video resolution options.

• SD Interlace (composite)

• SD Progressive (component hookup)

• 720p (HD)

• 1080i (HD)

• 1080p (HD)

Network setupWired LAN setup

• Cancel: No wired LAN

• DHCP IP (AUTO): Automatically receive an assigned IP address from a router or server on the local network (suggested).

• STATIC IP (MANUAL): Manually configure the IP address (for advanced users only).

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Wireless LAN setup

Aspire RevoView supports wireless LAN via a USB Wi-Fi dongle (available separately)

• DHCP IP (AUTO): Automatically receive an assigned IP address from a router or server on the local network (suggested).

• STATIC IP (MANUAL): Manually configure the IP address (for advanced users only).

Note: Wi-Fi dongles not authorized by Acer are not supported.

Note: For high-definition video streaming, a wired connection is recommended.

1 Plug the Wi-Fi dongle into an available USB port before powering on the Acer RevoView. Power on the Acer RevoView.

2 Enter the Settings page and select Network > Wireless Setup.

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3 You will then see a list of available wireless connections. Select your wireless network and enter a password if required.

4 If you have successfully connected you will see the following:

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Ad-hoc Connections

If no access points are available, you can set up an ad-hoc network.

In this mode, you may be instructed to enter a SSID.

WPS (AP)Select the PIN to enter the PIN code of the selected access point. Alternatively, you can select PBC and press the WPS button on the access point to build a connection.

Note: You will need to press the WPS button on the Wi-Fi dongle and WPS button on the router.

Firmware upgradeIf your media player is connected to the Internet you can select Online Upgrade.

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The media player checks for upgrades and displays a prompt for any available.

Follow the directions on the prompt to download the firmware upgrade.

If your media player is not connected to a network, you will need to use a USB device to perform the upgrade.

• Using your computer, go to your local Acer website and select your language. Go to the support section.

• Download the firmware upgrade to your computer.

• Copy the upgrade onto an external USB storage device.

• Connect the USB storage device to your Aspire RevoView.

The Aspire RevoView will recognize the upgrade file and automatically install it.

Note: Firmware upgrade may take up to an hour to complete.

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lish Frequently asked questions

Why can’t I hear anything? Why is the sound quality so poor?

Make sure that the audio cable is correctly connected to the Aspire RevoView.

Ensure the sound is not muted or the volume set too low.

Why can’t I see anything?

Make sure that the video cable is correctly connected to the Aspire RevoView.

Make sure that the video mode is set correctly and your TV is on the correct channel for A/V input.

Why can’t I play my selected file?

Make sure the file format is supported. Please refer to “Supported file formats” on page 45.

Why can’t I access my USB device?

The Aspire RevoView only supports USB mass storage mode. Make sure that the USB device is configured as a mass storage device.

Make sure the USB device’s file system issupported (NTFS, FAT/FAT32, or HFS+).

Why doesn’t the remote control work?

Press only one key at a time.

Make sure the batteries are properly inserted. The batteries may be flat; replace batteries with new ones.

Make sure that the path between the remote control and the media player is clear and unobstructed.

Why can’t I see the subtitles?

Make sure the file format is supported. Please refer to “Supported file formats” on page 45.

The subtitle file must have the same name and be in the same directory as the movie file. I.e "movie.avi" and "movie.srt".

The subtitle file must be in Unicode format. To check this, open the .sub or .srt file with notepad, select Save As and choose Unicode from the encoding combo box.

Why can’t I compile a Media Library?

Exernal devices need to have write protection disabled to compile a Media Library.

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Supported file formats

Video formatsAVI (Xvid, AVC, MPEG1/2/4, DTS, VC-1)



MKV (h.264, x.264, AVC, MPEG1/2/4)

TS / TP / M2T (MPEG1/2/4, AVC, VC-1)

DAT / MP4 / MOV (MPEG4, h.264)


WMV9 (VC-1)



Image formatsGIF (animated GIFs are not supported)

BMP (non-compressed)

JPEG (grayscale, RGB, YCbCy) (does not support CMYK or YCCK)

TIF/TIFF (RGB) (does not support CMYK, YMC, YMCK, or KCMY)

PNG (Non-alpha channel only)

Audio formatsMP3








Dolby Digital


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Regulations and safety notices

FCC statementThis 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 cablesAll connections to other computing devices must be made using shielded cables to maintain compliance with FCC regulations.

Notice: Peripheral devicesOnly peripherals (input/output devices, terminals, printers, etc.) certified to comply with the Class B limits may be attached to this equipment. Operation with non-certified peripherals is likely to result in interference to radio and TV reception.

CautionChanges or modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer could void the user's authority, which is granted by the Federal Communications Commission, to operate this computer.

Notice: Canadian usersThis Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.

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Remarque à l'intention des utilisateurs canadiensCet appareil numérique de la classe B est conforme a la norme NMB-003 du Canada.

Radio device regulatory notice

Note: Below regulatory information is for models with wireless LAN and / or Bluetooth only.

GeneralThis product complies with the radio frequency and safety standards of any country or region in which it has been approved for wireless use. Depending on configurations, this product may or may not contain wireless radio devices (such as wireless LAN and/or Bluetooth modules). Below information is for products with such devices.

Declaration of conformity for EU countriesHereby, Acer, declares that this notebook PC series is in compliance with the essential requirements and other relevant provisions of Directive 1999/5/EC.

List of applicable countriesThis device must be used in strict accordance with the regulations and constraints in the country of use. For further information, please contact local office in the country of use. Please see http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/rtte/implem.htm for the latest country list.