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Notice
The company reserves the right to revise this publication or to change its contents without notice. Information
contained herein is for reference only and does not constitute a commitment on the part of the manufacturer or
any subsequent vendor. They assume no responsibility or liability for any errors or inaccuracies that may appear
in this publication nor are they in anyway responsible for any loss or damage resulting from the use (or misuse)
of this publication.
This publication and any accompanying software may not, in whole or in part, be reproduced, translated, transmitted or reduced to any machine readable form without prior consent from the vendor, manufacturer or creators
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as an endorsement of that product or its manufacturer.
©July 2013
Trademarks
Intel and Intel Core are trademarks/registered trademarks of Intel Corporation.
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R&TTE Directive
This device is in compliance with the essential requirements and other relevant provisions of the R&TTE Directive 1999/5/EC.
This device will be sold in the following EEA countries: Austria, Italy, Belgium, Liechtenstein, Denmark, Luxembourg, Finland, Netherlands, France, Norway, Germany, Portugal, Greece, Spain, Iceland, Sweden, Ireland,
United Kingdom, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Slovakia, Poland, Slovenia.
ErP Off Mode Power Consumption Statement:
The figures below note the power consumption of this computer in compliance with European Commission (EC)
regulations on power consumption in off mode
• Off Mode
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< 0.5W
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CE Marking
This device has been tested to and conforms to the regulatory requirements of the European Union and has attained CE Marking. The CE Mark is a conformity marking consisting of the letters “CE”. The CE Mark applies
to products regulated by certain European health, safety and environmental protection legislation. The CE Mark
is obligatory for products it applies to: the manufacturer affixes the marking in order to be allowed to sell his
product in the European market.
This product conforms to the essential requirements of the R&TTE directive 1999/5/EC in order to attain CE
Marking. A notified body has determined that this device has properly demonstrated that the requirements of the
directive have been met and has issued a favorable certificate of expert opinion. As such the device will bear the
notified body number 0560 after the CE mark.
The CE Marking is not a quality mark. Foremost, it refers to the safety rather than to the quality of a product.
Secondly, CE Marking is mandatory for the product it applies to, whereas most quality markings are voluntary.
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FCC Statement
(Federal Communications Commission)
You are cautioned that changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance
could void the user's authority to operate the equipment.
This equipment 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 equipment 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 equipment does
cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment
off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
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Re orient or relocate the receiving antenna.
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
Consult the service representative or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
1.
This device may not cause interference.
And
2.
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This device must accept any interference, including interference that may cause undesired operation of the
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FCC RF Radiation Exposure Statement:
1.
This Transmitter must not be co-located or operating in conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter.
2.
This equipment complies with FCC RF radiation exposure limits set forth for an uncontrolled environment. This
equipment should be installed and operated with a minimum distance of 20 centimeters between the radiator
and your body.
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Warning
Use only shielded cables to connect I/O devices to this equipment. You are cautioned that changes or modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer for compliance with the above standards could void your authority to operate the
equipment.
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
Follow basic safety precautions, including those listed below, to reduce the risk of fire, electric shock, and injury
to persons when using any electrical equipment:
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5.
Do not use this product near water, for example near a bath tub, wash bowl, kitchen sink or laundry tub, in a wet
basement or near a swimming pool.
Avoid using this equipment with a telephone line (other than a cordless type) during an electrical storm. There
may be a remote risk of electrical shock from lightning.
Do not use the telephone to report a gas leak in the vicinity of the leak.
Use only the power cord and batteries indicated in this manual. Do not dispose of batteries in a fire. They may
explode. Check with local codes for possible special disposal instructions.
This product is intended to be supplied by a Listed Power Unit:
• Full Range AC/DC Adapter - AC Input 100 - 240V, 50 - 60Hz, DC Output 19.5V, 6.15A (120W) minimum.
This Computer’s Optical Device is a Laser Class 1 Product
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Instructions for Care and Operation
The notebook computer is quite rugged, but it can be damaged. To prevent this, follow these suggestions:
1.
Don’t drop it, or expose it to shock. If the computer falls, the case and the components could be damaged.
Do not expose the computer
to any shock or vibration.
2.
Do not place it on an unstable
surface.
Do not place anything heavy
on the computer.
Keep it dry, and don’t overheat it. Keep the computer and power supply away from any kind of heating element. This is an electrical appliance. If water or any other liquid gets into it, the computer could be badly damaged.
Do not expose it to excessive
heat or direct sunlight.
Do not leave it in a place where
foreign matter or moisture may
affect the system.
Don’t use or store the computer
in a humid environment.
Do not place the computer on
any surface that will block the
Vents/Fan Intakes.
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3.
Avoid interference. Keep the computer away from high capacity transformers, electric motors, and other
strong magnetic fields. These can hinder proper performance and damage your data.
4.
Follow the proper working procedures for the computer. Shut the computer down properly and don’t forget
to save your work. Remember to periodically save your data as data may be lost if the battery is depleted.
Do not turn off the power until
you properly shut down all programs.
5.
Do not turn off any peripheral
devices when the computer is
on.
Take care when using peripheral devices.
Use only approved brands of
peripherals.
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Do not disassemble the computer by yourself.
Unplug the power cord before
attaching peripheral devices.
Perform routine maintenance
on your computer.
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Power Safety
The computer has specific power requirements:
• Only use a power adapter approved for use with this computer.
• Your AC/DC adapter may be designed for international travel but it still requires a
steady, uninterrupted power supply. If you are unsure of your local power specifications,
consult your service representative or local power company.
• The power adapter may have either a 2-prong or a 3-prong grounded plug. The third
prong is an important safety feature; do not defeat its purpose. If you do not have access
to a compatible outlet, have a qualified electrician install one.
• When you want to unplug the power cord, be sure to disconnect it by the plug head, not
by its wire.
• Make sure the socket and any extension cord(s) you use can support the total current
load of all the connected devices.
• Before cleaning the computer, make sure it is disconnected from any external power
supplies (i.e. AC/DC adapter or car adapter).
Do not plug in the power
cord if you are wet.
Do not use the power cord if
it is broken.
Do not place heavy objects
on the power cord.
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Power Safety
Warning
Before you undertake
any upgrade procedures, make sure that
you have turned off the
power, and disconnected all peripherals
and cables (including
telephone lines and
power cord).
You must also remove
your battery in order to
prevent
accidentally
turning the machine
on. Before removing
the battery disconnect
the
AC/DC
adapter from the
computer.
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Polymer Battery Precautions
Note the following information which is specific to polymer batteries only, and where applicable, this overrides
the general battery precaution information overleaf.
• Polymer batteries may experience a slight expansion or swelling, however this is part of the battery’s safety mechanism and is not a cause for concern.
• Use proper handling procedures when using polymer batteries. Do not use polymer batteries in high ambient temperature environments, and do not store unused batteries for extended periods.
See also the general battery precautionary information overleaf for further information.
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General Battery Precautions
• Only use batteries designed for this computer. The wrong battery type may explode, leak or damage the computer.
• Do not remove any batteries from the computer while it is powered on.
• Do not continue to use a battery that has been dropped, or that appears damaged (e.g. bent or twisted) in any way. Even
if the computer continues to work with a damaged battery in place, it may cause circuit damage, which may possibly
result in fire.
• If you do not use the battery for an extended period, then remove the battery from the computer for storage.
• Recharge the batteries using the notebook’s system. Incorrect recharging may make the battery explode.
• Do not try to repair a battery pack. Refer any battery pack repair or replacement to your service representative or qualified service personnel.
• Keep children away from, and promptly dispose of a damaged battery. Always dispose of batteries carefully. Batteries
may explode or leak if exposed to fire, or improperly handled or discarded.
• Keep the battery away from metal appliances.
• Affix tape to the battery contacts before disposing of the battery.
• Do not touch the battery contacts with your hands or metal objects.
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Battery Disposal & Caution
The product that you have purchased contains a rechargeable battery. The battery is recyclable. At the end of its useful life,
under various state and local laws, it may be illegal to dispose of this battery into the municipal waste stream. Check with
your local solid waste officials for details in your area for recycling options or proper disposal.
Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the
manufacturer. Discard used battery according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
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Cleaning
Do not apply cleaner directly to the computer; use a soft clean cloth.
Do not use volatile (petroleum distillates) or abrasive cleaners on any part of the computer.
Servicing
Do not attempt to service the computer yourself. Doing so may violate your warranty and expose you and the
computer to electric shock. Refer all servicing to authorized service personnel. Unplug the computer from the
power supply. Then refer servicing to qualified service personnel under any of the following conditions:
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When the power cord or AC/DC adapter is damaged or frayed.
If the computer has been exposed to rain or other liquids.
If the computer does not work normally when you follow the operating instructions.
If the computer has been dropped or damaged (do not touch the poisonous liquid if the LCD panel breaks).
If there is an unusual odor, heat or smoke coming from your computer.
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Removal Warning
When removing any cover(s) and screw(s) for the purposes of device upgrade, remember to replace the cover(s) and
screw(s) before restoring power to the system.
Also note the following when the cover is removed:
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Hazardous moving parts.
Keep away from moving fan blades.
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Travel Considerations
Packing
As you get ready for your trip, run through this list to make sure the system is ready to go:
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Check that the battery pack and any spares are fully charged.
Power off the computer and peripherals.
Close the display panel and make sure it’s latched.
Disconnect the AC/DC adapter and cables. Stow them in the carrying bag.
The AC/DC adapter uses voltages from 100 to 240 volts so you won’t need a second voltage adapter. However,
check with your travel agent to see if you need any socket adapters.
Put the notebook in its carrying bag and secure it with the bag’s straps.
If you’re taking any peripherals (e.g. a printer, mouse or digital camera), pack them and those devices’ adapters
and/or cables.
Anticipate customs - Some jurisdictions may have import restrictions or require proof of ownership for both hardware and software. Make sure your “papers” are handy.
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Power Off Before Traveling
Make sure that your notebook is completely powered off before putting it into a travel bag (or any such container). Putting a
notebook which is powered on in a travel bag may cause the Vents/Fan Intakes to be blocked. To prevent your computer
from overheating make sure nothing blocks the Vent/Fan Intakes while the computer is in use.
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On the Road
In addition to the general safety and maintenance suggestions in this preface, and Chapter 8: Troubleshooting,
keep these points in mind:
Hand-carry the notebook - For security, don’t let it out of your sight. In some areas, computer theft is very
common. Don’t check it with “normal” luggage. Baggage handlers may not be sufficiently careful. Avoid knocking the computer against hard objects.
Beware of Electromagnetic fields - Devices such as metal detectors & X-ray machines can damage the computer, hard disk, floppy disks, and other media. They may also destroy any stored data - Pass your computer and
disks around the devices. Ask security officials to hand-inspect them (you may be asked to turn it on). Note:
Some airports also scan luggage with these devices.
Fly safely - Most airlines have regulations about the use of computers and other electronic devices in flight.
These restrictions are for your safety, follow them. If you stow the notebook in an overhead compartment, make
sure it’s secure. Contents may shift and/or fall out when the compartment is opened.
Get power where you can - If an electrical outlet is available, use the AC/DC adapter and keep your battery(ies)
charged.
Keep it dry - If you move quickly from a cold to a warm location, water vapor can condense inside the computer.
Wait a few minutes before turning it on so that any moisture can evaporate.
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Developing Good Work Habits
Developing good work habits is important if you need to work in front of the computer for long periods of time.
Improper work habits can result in discomfort or serious injury from repetitive strain to your hands, wrists or
other joints. The following are some tips to reduce the strain:
• Adjust the height of the chair and/or desk so that the keyboard is at or slightly below the
level of your elbow. Keep your forearms, wrists, and hands in a relaxed position.
• Your knees should be slightly higher than your hips. Place your feet flat on the floor or on
a footrest if necessary.
• Use a chair with a back and adjust it to support your lower back comfortably.
• Sit straight so that your knees, hips and elbows form approximately 90-degree angles
when you are working.
• Take periodic breaks if you are using the computer for long periods of time.
Remember to:
• Alter your posture frequently.
• Stretch and exercise your body several times a day.
• Take periodic breaks when you work at the computer for long periods of time. Frequent
and short breaks are better than fewer and longer breaks.
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Lighting
Proper lighting and a comfortable viewing angle can reduce eye strain and shoulder and neck muscle fatigue.
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Position the display to avoid glare or reflections from overhead lighting or outside sources of light.
Keep the display screen clean and set the brightness and contrast to levels that allow you to see the screen clearly.
Position the display directly in front of you at a comfortable viewing distance.
Adjust the display-viewing angle to find the best position.
LCD Screen Care
To prevent image persistence on LCD monitors (caused by the continuous display of graphics on the screen for
an extended period of time) take the following precautions:
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Set the Windows Power Plans to turn the screen off after a few minutes of screen idle time.
Use a rotating, moving or blank screen saver (this prevents an image from being displayed too long).
Rotate desktop background images every few days.
Turn the monitor off when the system is not in use.
LCD Electro-Plated Logos
Note that in computers featuring a raised LCD electro-plated logo, the logo is covered by a protective adhesive.
Due to general wear and tear, this adhesive may deteriorate over time and the exposed logo may develop sharp
edges. Be careful when handling the computer in this case, and avoid touching the raised LCD electro-plated
logo. Avoid placing any other items in the carrying bag which may rub against the top of the computer during
transport. If any such wear and tear develops contact your distributor/supplier.
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Contents
Notice .............................................................................................................................................................I
ErP Off Mode Power Consumption Statement: ........................................................................................... II
FCC Statement ............................................................................................................................................IV
FCC RF Radiation Exposure Statement: ..................................................................................................... V
Instructions for Care and Operation ......................................................................................................... VII
Power Safety ...............................................................................................................................................IX
Polymer Battery Precautions ....................................................................................................................... X
General Battery Precautions .......................................................................................................................XI
Cleaning .................................................................................................................................................... XII
Servicing ................................................................................................................................................... XII
Travel Considerations .............................................................................................................................. XIII
Quick Start Guide
Overview ....................................................................................................................................................1-1
Advanced Users .........................................................................................................................................1-2
Beginners and Not-So-Advanced Users ....................................................................................................1-2
Warning Boxes ..........................................................................................................................................1-2
Not Included ..............................................................................................................................................1-3
System Software ........................................................................................................................................1-4
Model Differences .....................................................................................................................................1-5
System Startup ...........................................................................................................................................1-6
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System Map: LCD Panel Open - Model A ................................................................................................1-7
System Map: LCD Panel Open - Model B ................................................................................................1-8
LED Indicators ...........................................................................................................................................1-9
Hot Key Buttons (Model B) ....................................................................................................................1-11
Keyboard ..................................................................................................................................................1-12
Keyboard Shortcuts .................................................................................................................................1-13
Function Keys & Visual Indicators .........................................................................................................1-14
Control Center .........................................................................................................................................1-15
System Map: Front & Left Views ...........................................................................................................1-16
System Map: Right & Rear Views ..........................................................................................................1-17
System Map: Bottom View - Model A ....................................................................................................1-18
System Map: Bottom View - Model B ....................................................................................................1-19
Windows Control Panel ...........................................................................................................................1-20
Windows 8 Start Screen & Desktop ........................................................................................................1-21
Windows 8 Charms Bar ...........................................................................................................................1-25
Windows 8 Control Panel ........................................................................................................................1-27
Windows 8 Taskbar .................................................................................................................................1-30
Video Features .........................................................................................................................................1-31
NVIDIA® Optimus™ Technology .........................................................................................................1-31
Video Features .........................................................................................................................................1-32
Power Options .........................................................................................................................................1-36
Running Apps ..........................................................................................................................................1-37
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Storage Devices, Audio & Mouse
Overview ....................................................................................................................................................2-1
Hard Disk Drive .........................................................................................................................................2-2
Optical Device ...........................................................................................................................................2-3
Loading Discs ............................................................................................................................................2-3
Handling CDs or DVDs .............................................................................................................................2-4
DVD Regional Codes ................................................................................................................................2-5
Multi-in-1 Card Reader ..............................................................................................................................2-6
Audio Features ...........................................................................................................................................2-7
TouchPad and Buttons/Mouse ...................................................................................................................2-9
Gestures and Device Settings ..................................................................................................................2-11
Power Management
Overview ....................................................................................................................................................3-1
The Power Sources ....................................................................................................................................3-2
AC/DC Adapter .........................................................................................................................................3-2
Battery ........................................................................................................................................................3-2
Turning On the Computer ..........................................................................................................................3-3
Power Plans ...............................................................................................................................................3-4
Power-Saving States ..................................................................................................................................3-6
Sleep ..........................................................................................................................................................3-6
Hibernate ....................................................................................................................................................3-7
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Shut down ..................................................................................................................................................3-7
Configuring the Power Buttons .................................................................................................................3-8
Resuming Operation ................................................................................................................................3-10
Power Conservation Modes .....................................................................................................................3-11
Battery Information .................................................................................................................................3-13
Battery Power ..........................................................................................................................................3-13
Conserving Battery Power .......................................................................................................................3-14
Battery Life ..............................................................................................................................................3-15
New Battery .............................................................................................................................................3-15
Recharging the Battery with the AC/DC Adapter ...................................................................................3-15
Proper handling of the Battery Pack ........................................................................................................3-16
Battery FAQ .............................................................................................................................................3-17
Drivers & Utilities
What to Install ............................................................................................................................................4-1
Module Driver Installation ........................................................................................................................4-1
Driver Installation ......................................................................................................................................4-2
Updating/Reinstalling Individual Drivers ..................................................................................................4-4
User Account Control ................................................................................................................................4-5
Windows Security Message .......................................................................................................................4-5
New Hardware Found ................................................................................................................................4-5
Driver Installation Procedure .....................................................................................................................4-6
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Chipset .......................................................................................................................................................4-6
Video (VGA) .............................................................................................................................................4-6
NVIDIA Video (VGA) ..............................................................................................................................4-6
LAN ...........................................................................................................................................................4-6
Card Reader ...............................................................................................................................................4-6
TouchPad ...................................................................................................................................................4-6
Airplane .....................................................................................................................................................4-7
Hot Key ......................................................................................................................................................4-7
MEI Driver .................................................................................................................................................4-7
Audio .........................................................................................................................................................4-7
Windows Experience Index .......................................................................................................................4-8
Optional Drivers ........................................................................................................................................4-9
BIOS Utilities
Overview ....................................................................................................................................................5-1
The Power-On Self Test (POST) ...............................................................................................................5-2
Failing the POST .......................................................................................................................................5-3
Fatal Errors ................................................................................................................................................5-3
Non-Fatal Errors ........................................................................................................................................5-3
The Setup Utility ........................................................................................................................................5-4
Entering Setup ...........................................................................................................................................5-4
Setup Screens .............................................................................................................................................5-5
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Main Menu .................................................................................................................................................5-6
System Time & Date (Main Menu) ...........................................................................................................5-6
SATA Port # (Main Menu) ........................................................................................................................5-7
System/Extended Memory (Main Menu) ..................................................................................................5-7
MB Series / BIOS Revision / KBC/EC Firmware Revision (Main Menu) ...............................................5-7
Advanced Menu .........................................................................................................................................5-8
Advanced Chipset Control (Advanced Menu) ..........................................................................................5-8
Bluetooth Power Setting (Advanced Menu > Advanced Chipset Control) ...............................................5-9
Intel(R) Rapid Start Technology (Advanced Menu) .................................................................................5-9
Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology (Advanced Menu) .............................................................................5-9
Intel Anti-Theft Technology (Advanced Menu) ......................................................................................5-10
SATA Mode (Advanced Menu) ..............................................................................................................5-10
Boot Logo (Advanced Menu) ..................................................................................................................5-11
Power On Boot Beep (Advanced Menu) .................................................................................................5-11
Battery Low Alarm Beep (Advanced Menu) ...........................................................................................5-11
Security Menu ..........................................................................................................................................5-12
Set Supervisor Password (Security Menu) ..............................................................................................5-12
Password on boot: (Security Menu) ........................................................................................................5-13
Secure Boot (Security Menu) ..................................................................................................................5-13
Boot Menu ...............................................................................................................................................5-14
Boot Option Priorities (Boot Menu) ........................................................................................................5-15
UEFI Boot (Boot Menu > OS Select) .....................................................................................................5-15
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Exit Menu ................................................................................................................................................5-16
Upgrading The Computer
Overview ....................................................................................................................................................6-1
When Not to Upgrade ................................................................................................................................6-2
Removing the Battery ................................................................................................................................6-4
Removing the Component Bay Cover .......................................................................................................6-5
Replacing the Component Bay Cover .......................................................................................................6-7
Upgrading the Hard Disk Drive(s) ............................................................................................................6-8
Upgrading the Optical (CD/DVD) Device ..............................................................................................6-13
Removing the Optical Device Drive for Model A Computers ................................................................6-14
Removing the Optical Device Drive for Model B Computers ................................................................6-15
Upgrading the System Memory (RAM) ..................................................................................................6-16
Modules
Overview ....................................................................................................................................................7-1
Setting Up SATA RAID or AHCI Mode ..................................................................................................7-2
AHCI Mode ...............................................................................................................................................7-2
RAID ..........................................................................................................................................................7-2
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Application .........................................................................................7-2
SATA RAID Setup Procedure (Windows 8) .............................................................................................7-4
IRST Driver Installation ..........................................................................................................................7-10
Deleting a RAID (Windows 8) ................................................................................................................7-10
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PC Camera Module ..................................................................................................................................7-11
PC Camera Audio Setup ..........................................................................................................................7-12
Camera App .............................................................................................................................................7-13
Taking Pictures/Capturing Video ............................................................................................................7-16
Wireless LAN Module .............................................................................................................................7-19
3rd Party 802.11b/g/n Driver Installation ................................................................................................7-20
Intel® WLAN Driver Installation ............................................................................................................7-20
WLAN Configuration in Windows 8 ......................................................................................................7-21
Fingerprint Reader Module ......................................................................................................................7-27
AuthenTec TrueSuite Fingerprint Reader Driver Installation .................................................................7-29
BioExcess Fingerprint Reader Driver Installation ...................................................................................7-29
AuthenTec TrueSuite Application ...........................................................................................................7-30
BioExcess Application .............................................................................................................................7-40
Bluetooth & WLAN Combo Module ......................................................................................................7-51
3rd Party Bluetooth (V4.0) Combo Driver Installation ...........................................................................7-52
Intel Bluetooth Combo Driver Installation ..............................................................................................7-52
Bluetooth Configuration in Windows 8 ...................................................................................................7-53
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology ...........................................................................................................7-57
IRST Driver Installation ..........................................................................................................................7-57
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology for RAID Systems ............................................................................7-58
RAID Volume Data Verification and Repair ..........................................................................................7-60
Replacing and Reverting Recovery and Master Volumes .......................................................................7-60
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Intel® Rapid Start Technology Driver ....................................................................................................7-63
Intel® Rapid Start Technology Configuration ........................................................................................7-64
Intel® Rapid Start Technology Driver Installation .................................................................................7-70
Intel® Wireless Display Application .......................................................................................................7-71
Intel® WiDi Application Installation ......................................................................................................7-72
Intel® WiDi Application Configuration ..................................................................................................7-73
Sound Blaster Cinema EQ .......................................................................................................................7-76
Sound Blaster Cinema EQ Installation ....................................................................................................7-76
Sound Blaster Cinema EQ Activation .....................................................................................................7-76
Sound Blaster Cinema Application .........................................................................................................7-77
Sound Blaster Cinema Controls ...............................................................................................................7-79
3G Module ...............................................................................................................................................7-81
3G Configuration in Windows 8 ..............................................................................................................7-83
EM820W 3G Module PIN Code & Power-Saving ..................................................................................7-86
Troubleshooting
Overview ....................................................................................................................................................8-1
Basic Hints and Tips ..................................................................................................................................8-2
Backup and General Maintenance .............................................................................................................8-3
Viruses .......................................................................................................................................................8-4
Upgrading and Adding New Hardware/Software ......................................................................................8-5
Problems and Possible Solutions ...............................................................................................................8-7
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Resolving the “Insert a SIM” issue with the 3G Module (Windows 8) ..................................................8-12
Interface (Ports & Jacks)
Overview ...................................................................................................................................................A-1
Ports and Jacks ..........................................................................................................................................A-2
Card Reader ..............................................................................................................................................A-2
DC-In Jack ................................................................................................................................................A-2
External Monitor (VGA) Port ...................................................................................................................A-2
e-SATA / USB 3.0 Combo Port ...............................................................................................................A-2
HDMI-Out Port .........................................................................................................................................A-3
Headphone-Out Jack .................................................................................................................................A-3
Microphone-In Jack ..................................................................................................................................A-3
RJ-45 LAN Jack .......................................................................................................................................A-3
S/PDIF-Out Jack .......................................................................................................................................A-3
Security Lock Slot ....................................................................................................................................A-3
USB 2.0/1.1 Ports .....................................................................................................................................A-4
USB 3.0 Port .............................................................................................................................................A-4
Control Center
Overview ...................................................................................................................................................B-1
Video Driver Controls
Video Driver Installation ..........................................................................................................................C-1
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Video (VGA) ............................................................................................................................................C-1
NVIDIA Video (VGA) .............................................................................................................................C-1
NVIDIA® Optimus™ Technology ..........................................................................................................C-2
Intel® Dynamic Video Memory Technology ...........................................................................................C-5
Intel® Graphics & Media Control Panel ..................................................................................................C-6
Display Devices & Options ....................................................................................................................C-21
Attaching Other Displays .......................................................................................................................C-22
Attaching Other Displays - Devices (Charms Bar) ................................................................................C-24
Configuring an External Display In Windows .......................................................................................C-25
NVIDIA Control Panel ...........................................................................................................................C-27
Optimus™ Customization Options .........................................................................................................C-29
Set PhysX® Configuration .....................................................................................................................C-33
Video Settings .........................................................................................................................................C-34
HDMI Audio Configuration ...................................................................................................................C-35
Specifications
Processor ...................................................................................................................................................D-2
Core Logic ................................................................................................................................................D-2
Display ......................................................................................................................................................D-2
Memory .....................................................................................................................................................D-2
Video Adapter Options .............................................................................................................................D-2
Storage ......................................................................................................................................................D-2
XXVII
Preface
Audio ........................................................................................................................................................D-2
Keyboard & Pointing Device ....................................................................................................................D-3
Interface ....................................................................................................................................................D-3
Card Reader ..............................................................................................................................................D-3
Slots ..........................................................................................................................................................D-3
Communication .........................................................................................................................................D-3
BIOS .........................................................................................................................................................D-4
Security .....................................................................................................................................................D-4
Operating System ......................................................................................................................................D-4
Features .....................................................................................................................................................D-4
Indicators ..................................................................................................................................................D-4
Power ........................................................................................................................................................D-4
Power Management ..................................................................................................................................D-4
Environmental Spec ..................................................................................................................................D-4
Physical Dimensions & Weight ................................................................................................................D-4
XXVIII
Quick Start Guide
Chapter 1: Quick Start Guide
Overview
This Quick Start Guide is a brief introduction to the basic features of your computer, to navigating around the
computer and to getting your system started. The remainder of the manual covers the following:
• Chapter 2
• Chapter 3
• Chapter 4
• Chapter 5
• Chapter 6
• Chapter 7
• Chapter 8
• Appendix A
• Appendix B
• Appendix C
• Appendix D
A guide to using some of the main features of the computer e.g. the storage devices (hard disk,
optical device, card reader), TouchPad & Mouse & Audio Features.
The computer’s power management options.
The installation of the drivers and utilities essential to the operation or improvement of some of the
computer’s subsystems.
An outline of the computer’s built-in software or BIOS (Basic Input Output System).
Instructions for upgrading your computer.
A quick guide to the computer’s PC Camera, Wireless LAN, Fingerprint, Bluetooth & WLAN
Combo, Intel technology, Sound Blaster Audio and 3G modules (some of which may be optional
depending on your purchase configuration).
A troubleshooting guide.
Definitions of the interface, ports/jacks which allow your computer to communicate with external
devices.
Information on the Control Center.
Information on the Video driver controls.
The computer’s specification.
Overview 1 - 1
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Advanced Users
If you are an advanced user you may skip over most of this Quick Start Guide. However you may find it useful
to refer to “Drivers & Utilities” on page 4 - 1, “BIOS Utilities” on page 5 - 1 and “Upgrading The Computer”
on page 6 - 1 in the User’s Manual. You may also find the notes marked with a  of interest to you.

Notes
Check the light colored
boxes with the mark
above to find detailed
information about the
computer’s features.
Beginners and Not-So-Advanced Users
If you are new to computers (or do not have an advanced knowledge of them) then
the information contained in this Quick Start Guide should be enough to get you up
and running. Eventually you should try to look through all the documentation (more
detailed descriptions of the functions, setup and system controls are covered in the
remainder of the User’s Manual), but do not worry if you do not understand everything the first time. Keep this manual nearby and refer to it to learn as you go. You
may find it useful to refer to the notes marked with a  as indicated in the margin.
For a more detailed description of any of the interface ports and jacks see “Interface
(Ports & Jacks)” on page A - 1.
Warning Boxes
No matter what your level please pay careful attention to the warning and safety information indicated by the
 symbol. Also please note the safety and handling instructions as indicated in the Preface.
1 - 2 Overview
Quick Start Guide
Not Included
Operating Systems (e.g. Windows 8) and applications (e.g. word processing, spreadsheet and database programs) have their own manuals, so please consult the appropriate manuals.

Drivers
If you are installing new system software, or are re-configuring your computer for a different system, you will need to install
the appropriate drivers. Drivers are programs which act as an interface between the computer and a hardware component
e.g. a wireless network module. It is very important that you install the drivers in the order listed in Table 4 - 1, on page 4
- 3. You will be unable to use most advanced controls until the necessary drivers and utilities are properly installed. If your
system hasn’t been properly configured (your service representative may have already done that for you), refer to “Drivers
& Utilities” on page 4 - 1 for installation instructions.
Ports and Jacks
See “Ports and Jacks” on page A - 2 for a description of the interface (ports & jacks) which allow your computer to communicate with external devices, connect to the internet etc.
Overview 1 - 3
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System Software
Your computer may already come with system software pre-installed. Where this is not the case, or where you
are re-configuring your computer for a different system, you will find the Windows 8 operating system is supported.
Note: In order to run Windows 8 without limitations or decreased performance, your computer requires a minimum 1GB of system memory (RAM).

Windows 8 OS
In order to run Windows 8 (32 Bit) without limitations or decreased performance, your computer requires a minimum 1GB
of system memory (RAM), however if you are running Windows 8 (64 bit) your computer requires a minimum 2GB of
system memory (RAM).
1 - 4 Overview
Quick Start Guide
Model Differences
This notebook series includes two different model types that mainly differ as indicated in the table below. Note that
your model may appear slightly different from those pictured in this manual.
Feature
Model A
Model B
Display Type Supported
15.6” (39.62cm) HD+ (1600 * 900) / FHD
(1920 * 1080) 16:9 LCD Panel
17.3” (43.94cm) HD+ (1600 * 900) / FHD
(1920 * 1080) 16:9 LCD Panel
3G Module
UMTS/HSPDA OR UMTS/HSPDA+ based
3G Module with Mini-Card Interface
(Factory Option)
N/A
Fingerprint Reader Module
Supported
Not Supported
Dimensions & Weight
374mm (w) * 250mm (d) * 16.3 - 42.7mm (h)
2.7kg with ODD and Battery
413mm (w) * 277.5mm (d) * 17.5 - 44mm (h)
3.2kg with ODD and Battery
Table 1 - 1 - Model Differences
Model Differences 1 - 5
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Quick Start Guide
System Startup
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Remove all packing materials and place the computer on a stable surface.
Securely attach any peripherals you want to use with the notebook (e.g. keyboard and mouse) to their ports.
Attach the AC/DC adapter to the DC-In jack at the rear of the computer, then plug the AC power cord into an
outlet, and connect the AC power cord to the AC/DC adapter.
Use one hand to raise the lid/LCD to a comfortable viewing angle (do not exceed 135 degrees); use the other
hand (as illustrated in Figure 1 - 1 below) to support the base of the computer (Note: Never lift the computer by
the lid/LCD).
Press the power button on the top right of the computer for about 2 - 3 seconds to turn the computer “on” (note
that the power LED on the front of the computer will turn from orange to green when the computer powers
on).

Shutdown
Note that you should always shut your
computer down by choosing the Shut
Down command from the Power item in
Settings in the Charms Bar (use the
Windows Logo Key + C key combination to access the Charms Bar) in Windows 8. This will help prevent hard disk
or system problems.
Figure 1 - 1 - Opening the Lid/LCD & Computer with AC/DC Adapter Plugged-In
1 - 6 System Startup
Quick Start Guide
System Map: LCD Panel Open - Model A
2
1
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
4
3
7
6
4
8
8
5
6
Figure 1 - 2
LCD Panel Open - Model A
7
9
Built-In PC Camera
PC Camera LED
LCD
Power Button
Top Case LED
Indicators
6. Airplane Mode
Button
7. GPU Button
8. Speakers
9. Keyboard
10. Built-In Microphone
11. Touchpad & Buttons
12. Fingerprint Reader
Sensor (Factory
Option)
12
10
11
12
Note that the Touchpad and
Buttons valid operational
area is that indicated within
the red dotted lines above.
System Map: LCD Panel Open - Model A 1 - 7
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Figure 1 - 3
LCD Panel Open Model B
System Map: LCD Panel Open - Model B
2
Built-In PC Camera
PC Camera LED
LCD
Power Button
GPU Button
Speakers
Top Case LED
Indicators
8. Hot Key Buttons
9. Keyboard
10. Built-In Microphone
11. Touchpad & Buttons
1
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
5
4
3
7
8
4
6
6
8
5
7
9
11
10
11
1 - 8 System Map: LCD Panel Open - Model B
Note that the Touchpad and
Buttons valid operational
area is that indicated within
the red dotted lines above.
Quick Start Guide
LED Indicators
The LED indicators on the computer display helpful information about the current status of the computer.
Icon
Color
Description
Icon
Color
Orange
AC/DC Power is Plugged In
Green
Green
The Computer is On
Green
Blinking
Green
The Computer is in Sleep Mode
Green
Orange
The Battery is Charging
Green
The Battery is Fully Charged
Blinking
Orange
The Battery Has Reached
Critically Low Power Status
Description
Number Lock is Activated (press Num Lk)
Caps Lock is Activated (press Caps Lock)
Scroll Lock is Activated (press Fn + Scr Lk)
Table 1 - 2 - Front Left LED Indicators
See overleaf for information on the Top Case LED indicators.
LED Indicators 1 - 9
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Quick Start Guide
Icon
Color
Description
Green
UMA Mode Activated (GPU Button)
Orange
Optimus Mode Activated (GPU Button)
Orange
NVIDIA Discrete GPU (dGPU) Activated
Green
Intel Integrated GPU (iGPU) Activated
White
Hard Disk/ODD Activity
Green
Airplane Mode is ON (the WLAN, Bluetooth & 3G Modules are OFF)
White
The Computer is Powered On
Table 1 - 3 - Top Case LED Indicators

Wireless Device Operation Aboard Aircraft
The use of any portable electronic transmission devices aboard aircraft is usually prohibited. Make sure the 3G/WLAN/
Bluetooth module(s) are OFF if you are using the computer aboard aircraft. Use Airplane Mode hot key to toggle Airplane
Mode On/Off, and check the LED indicator for the power status.
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Quick Start Guide
Hot Key Buttons (Model B)
Press the hot key buttons on the computer to toggle the appropriate function on/off.
Icon
Color
Description
Green
UMA Mode Activated (GPU Button)
Orange
Optimus Mode Activated (GPU Button)
1
1
Power On/Off the (optional) PC Camera
2
Mute On/Off
3
Turn On/Off Airplane Mode
2
3
Power the Computer On/Off
Table 1 - 4 - Hot Key Buttons
Note that Model A supports only the GPU
, Airplane Mode
Map: LCD Panel Open - Model A” on page 1 - 7).
& Power
hot key buttons (see “System
Hot Key Buttons (Model B) 1 - 11
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
Other Keyboards
If your keyboard is damaged or you just want to
make a change, you can
use any standard USB
keyboard. The system will
detect and enable it automatically. However special
functions/hot-keys
unique to the system’s
regular keyboard may not
work.
Keyboard
The keyboard has an embedded numerical keypad for easy numeric data input, and
features function keys to allow you to change operational features instantly.
Function Keys
Scr Lk
Num Lk
Play/Pause
Numerical Keypad
Fn Key / Windows Logo Key
Menu / Application Key
Num Lk & Scr Lk
Hold down the Fn Key
and either Num Lk or Scr
Lk to enable number or
scroll lock, and check the
LED indicator for status.

Special Characters
Some software applications allow the number-keys to be used with Alt to produce special
characters. These special characters can only be produced by using the numeric keypad.
Regular number keys (in the upper row of the keyboard) will not work. Make sure that Num
Lk is on.
Figure 1 - 4 - Keyboard
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Quick Start Guide
Keyboard Shortcuts
The following Windows Logo Key (Winkey) keyboard shortcuts are useful for navigation/operation in Windows 8.
Windows Logo
Key +
Description
Tap Winkey
Toggle between the Start screen and the foremost running app or the
Windows Desktop
C
Display Charms menu
D
Switch to the Windows Desktop and toggle show Desktop
E
Switch to the Windows desktop and launch Windows Explorer with
Computer displayed
F
Display file Search
I
Open the Settings charm
K
Open the Connect charm
L
Lock the computer and display the Lock screen
P
Display the Second Screen menu (see Figure 1 - 22 on page 1 - 32)
R
Switch to the Windows Desktop and display the Run dialog box
Z
Access the App Bar (see Figure 1 - 14 on page 1 - 24)

Windows Logo
Keyboard Shortcut
Use the Windows logo
key
+ D key combination to switch between the Start screen
and Windows Desktop.
Menu/Application
Keyboard Shortcut
When the Desktop app
is running you can use
the Menu/Application
key
on the keyboard to display the
context menu as per a
mouse right-click. In
the Start screen this
function is useful to
quickly display the All
Apps icon.
Table 1 - 5 - Keyboard Shortcuts
Keyboard 1 - 13
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Function Keys & Visual Indicators
The function keys (F1 - F12 etc.) will act as hot keys when pressed while the Fn key is held down. Visual indicators (see the table below) are available when the Hot Key driver is installed.
Keys
Function/Visual Indicators
Keys
Function/Visual Indicators
Fn + ~
Play/Pause (in Audio/Video Programs)
Fn +F5/F6
Volume Decrease/Increase
Fn + Esc
Control Center Toggle (see over)
Fn + F7
Display Toggle
Fn +F8/F9
Brightness Decrease/Increase
Fn + F1
Touchpad Toggle
Fn + F2
Turn LCD Backlight Off
(Press a key to or use Touchpad to turn on)
Fn + F10
PC Camera Power
Toggle
Fn + F3
Mute Toggle
Fn + F11
Airplane Mode
Toggle
Fn + F4
Sleep Toggle
See also Table 1 - 2, on page 1 - 9 for Number Lock, Caps Lock and Scroll Lock indicators
Table 1 - 6 - Function Keys & Visual Indicators
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Quick Start Guide
Control Center
When in the Windows Desktop app (not in the Start screen) press the Fn + Esc key combination, or doubleclick the icon in the notification area of the taskbar to toggle the Control Center on/off. The Control Center gives quick access to frequently used controls and enables you to quickly turn the camera/Touch Pad on/off
(see Appendix B for full details).

Control Center
Click on any button to turn any of the modules (e.g.
TouchPad, Camera) on/off.
Click on the power conservation modes to switch between Performance, Balanced or Energy Star modes
(see page 3 - 11). To remove the Power Conservation
Modes screen just click in a blank area of the icon or
press a key on the keyboard.
Click on the buttons (or just click and hold the mouse
button) to adjust the slider for Brightness/Volume.
Click on Display Switch and click to choose a display
mode from the menu (see page C - 24).
Figure 1 - 5 - Control Center
Control Center 1 - 15
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Figure 1 - 6
Front & Left Views
LED Indicators
Security Lock Slot
USB 2.0 Port
S/PDIF-Out Jack
Microphone-In
Jack
6. Headphone-Out
Jack
7. Optical Device
Drive Bay
System Map: Front & Left Views
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
1
1
2
3
4 5
6
7

CD/DVD Emergency Eject

Sound Blaster
Cinema Audio
Note that you will need
to install the Sound
Blaster audio application in order to get
maximum audio performance.
If you need to manually eject a CD/DVD (e.g. due to an unexpected power interruption)
you may push the end of a straightened paper clip into the emergency eject hole. Do not
use a sharpened pencil or any object that may break and become lodged in the hole.
Don’t try to remove a floppy disk/CD/DVD while the system is accessing it. This may
cause the system to “crash”.
Disk Eject Warning
Don’t try to eject a CD/DVD while the system is accessing it. This may cause the system
to “crash”. Stop the disk first then eject it, or press the stop button twice.
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Quick Start Guide
System Map: Right & Rear Views
1
6
2
Figure 1 - 7
Right & Rear Views
3
4
5
8
7

1. Multi-In-1 Card
Reader
2. 2 * USB 3.0 Ports
3. Combined eSATA/
USB 3.0 Port
4. HDMI-Out Port
5. RJ-45 LAN Jack
6. External Monitor Port
7. DC-In Jack
8. Vent/Fan Intake
Multi-In-1 Card Reader
The card reader allows you to use the most popular digital storage card formats:

HDMI Port
MMC (MultiMedia Card) / RS MMC
SD (Secure Digital) / Mini SD / SDHC / SDXC
MS (Memory Stick) / MS Pro / MS Duo
The card reader features a push-in/push-out card insertion and ejection mechanism. Simply push the card to insert and eject it, however Ms Duo cards require an adapter.
USB 3.0 Port OR USB 2.0 Port
This model includes 1 * USB 2.0 port and 3 * USB 3.0 ports (including one combo e-SATA/
USB 3.0 port). USB 3.0 ports are denoted by their blue color; USB 2.0 ports are colored
black.
Note that the HDMI Port
supports video and audio
signals to attached external
displays. Note that Sound
Blaster audio will be disabled when you are connecting to an external
display through an HDMI
connection (see page 7 80).
System Map: Right & Rear Views 1 - 17
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Figure 1 - 8
Bottom View
Model A
1.
2.
3.
4.
System Map: Bottom View - Model A
Component Bay
Cover
Battery
Primary HDD Bay
Fan Outlet/Intake
1
4
4

Battery Information
Always completely discharge,
then
fully
charge, a new battery
before using it. Completely discharge and
charge the battery at
least once every 30 days
or after about 20 partial
discharges. See “Battery Information” on
page 3 - 12 for full instructions.
3
2

CPU
The CPU is not a user serviceable part.
Overheating
To prevent your computer from overheating make sure nothing blocks the Vent/Fan Intake
while the computer is in use.
1 - 18 System Map: Bottom View - Model A
Quick Start Guide
System Map: Bottom View - Model B
1.
1
4
2.
3.
4.
4
2
Figure 1 - 9
Bottom View
Component Bay
Cover
Battery
Primary HDD Bay
Fan Outlet/Intake

3
Battery Information

CPU
The CPU is not a user serviceable part.
Overheating
To prevent your computer from overheating make sure nothing blocks the Vent/Fan Intake
while the computer is in use.
Always completely discharge,
then
fully
charge, a new battery
before using it. Completely discharge and
charge the battery at
least once every 30 days
or after about 20 partial
discharges. See “Battery Information” on
page 3 - 13 for full instructions.
System Map: Bottom View - Model B 1 - 19
1
1
Quick Start Guide
Windows Control Panel
Throughout this manual you will see an instruction to open the Control Panel. In Windows 8 right-click the
lower left hot corner to bring up the context menu (or use the Windows Logo Key
+ X key combination)
and select Control Panel.
Swipe a finger from the right of the Touchpad from the
Desktop (not the Start screen) to access the Charms Bar,
click Settings and click Control Panel.
Move the mouse to the
bottom left of the screen
and right-click to access
the menu.
Figure 1 - 10 - Windows 8 Context Menu & Charms Bar Settings (from Desktop App)
1 - 20 Windows Control Panel
Quick Start Guide
Windows 8 Start Screen & Desktop
The Apps, control panels, utilities and programs within Windows 8 are accessed from the Start screen and/or
Windows Desktop app. The Desktop (which runs as an app within the Start screen) can be accessed by clicking
the Desktop item in the Start screen (or by using the Windows Logo Key
+ D key combination).
Desktop App
Figure 1 - 11 - Windows Start Screen
Windows 8 Start Screen & Desktop 1 - 21
1
1
Quick Start Guide
Apps & Tiles
The Windows 8 Start screen will contain a number of apps, and many more will be installed as you add more
applications etc. Not all of these apps can fit on one screen so you will often need use the slider at the bottom of
the screen in order to view all the necessary Apps.
Accessing Pining/Unpinning All Apps
You can add and remove the tiles for apps and control panels in the Start screen. Right-click on a blank area
of the Start screen, and you will see the All Apps icon. Click the All Apps icon to display all the installed applications etc. Right-click any icon to bring up the menu at the bottom of the screen and you can then click the
appropriate icon to pin the App to (or unpin from) the Start screen, or to the taskbar in the Desktop application.
Right-click on a blank area of the
Start Screen and click All Apps (or swipe
a finger up or down on to the screen)
Figure 1 - 12 - All Apps
1 - 22 Windows 8 Start Screen & Desktop
Right-click (or swipe down on) an icon
to display the menu
Quick Start Guide
Desktop Application
When the Desktop app is running (click the app in the Start screen or use the Windows Logo Key
+ D key
combination) you can use lower left hot corner to switch between the Start screen and the Windows Desktop
app. To do so move your mouse to hover over the bottom left corner of the screen and click the pop-up.
When you move to the lower left hot corner in the Start screen itself it will take you back to your most recently
used app.
Move the mouse to the bottom left of the screen and click to switch
back to the Start screen.
Figure 1 - 13 - Desktop
Windows 8 Start Screen & Desktop 1 - 23
1
1
Quick Start Guide

Display Most
Recently Used
Apps
When the Desktop app is running you can right-click the lower left hot corner (or use
the Windows Logo Key
+ X key combination) to bring up an advanced context
menu of useful features such as Control Panel, Programs and Features, Power Options, Task Manager, Search, Windows Explorer, Command Prompt, Device Manager and Network Connections etc.
If you are in the Start
screen, Desktop or an
app you can move your
mouse to the upper left
corner of the screen to
get back to the most recently used app.
To view all the most recently used Apps hover
over the top left of the
screen and then move
the mouse down along
the left side of the
screen to display the
list.
Move the mouse to the bottom left of the screen
and right-click to access the menu.
Figure 1 - 14 - Advanced Context Menu (Right-Click lower left hot corner)
1 - 24 Windows 8 Start Screen & Desktop
Quick Start Guide
Windows 8 Charms Bar
The right side of the screen displays the Windows 8 Charms Bar. The Charms Bar contains the Search, Share,
Start, Devices and Settings menus. To access up the Charms Bar move the cursor to the upper or lower right
corners of the screen, and then hover over one of the items in the Charms Bar to activate it (the bar will be black
when it is active), or use the Windows Logo Key
+ C key combination.
Move the mouse to the top/lower right icons to activate the Charms Bar
Move the mouse over a Charms Bar icon to activate the menu
Move the mouse to the top/lower right icons to activate the Charms Bar
Figure 1 - 15 - Start Screen with Charms Bar
Windows 8 Start Screen & Desktop 1 - 25
1
1
Quick Start Guide
Charms Bar Items
• Search
results.
• Share
: You can search for any file, application, Apps and control panel settings with instantaneous
: This button is used to share information with people via mail or social networks.
• Start
: Click to bring up the Start Menu (the same function as pressing the Windows Logo Key or clicking the bottom left of the screen).
• Devices
: Click this button to change connected peripheral device settings e.g. an external display.
• Settings
: This button gives instant access to the computer settings, such as Network, Audio, Notifications, Power and Keyboard (click Change PC Settings to activate the PC Settings menu).

Charms Bar - TouchPad Access
To quick access the Charms Bar using the TouchPad:
1.
2.
3.
Place your finger off the TouchPad (slightly to the right of the
pad resting on the computer).
Move your finger across to the left on to the TouchPad.
The Charms Bar will then pop-up.
Figure 1 - 16 - Settings Menu
1 - 26 Windows 8 Start Screen & Desktop
Quick Start Guide
Windows 8 Control Panel
In many instances throughout this manual you will see an instruction to open the Control Panel. The Control
Panel can be accessed in a number of ways in Windows 8.
• Click/ Search in the Windows Charms Bar (see previous page) and the search pane will pop out. Type
Control Panel and select it from the results to the left.
Figure 1 - 17 - Search (Control Panel)
• Click on Computer (you may need to pin Computer to the Start screen) in the Start screen, click on
Computer in the top menu and select Open Control Panel from the ribbon.
Figure 1 - 18 - Open Control Panel (Computer)
Windows 8 Control Panel 1 - 27
1
1
Quick Start Guide
• When in the Desktop app (this does not apply to the Start screen) click on Settings in the Windows
Charms Bar and select Control Panel from the menu.
Figure 1 - 19 - Settings Charms Bar (Desktop App Only)
• Right-click on a blank area of the Start screen, or swipe a finger from the top or bottom of the touch
screen. Click the All Apps icon and click Control Panel.
Figure 1 - 20 - All Apps - Control Panel
1 - 28 Windows 8 Control Panel
Quick Start Guide
• Right-click the lower left hot corner to bring up the menu and select Control Panel (see Figure 1 - 14 on
page 1 - 24).

Keyboard Shortcut to Control Panel
You can also use keyboard shortcuts to access the Control Panel. Press the Windows logo key
and X to bring up
the context menu, and then press P to bring up the Control Panel. Alternatively press the Windows logo key
and R
to bring up the Run dialog box, and then type “Control Panel” and press Enter to access the Control Panel.
Windows 8 Control Panel 1 - 29
1
1
Quick Start Guide
Windows 8 Taskbar
In many instances throughout this manual you will see an instruction to access the notification area of the taskbar. In Windows 8 the taskbar is accessed from the Desktop application. If you are in the Start screen you will
need to click the Desktop app to switch to the Desktop.
The taskbar is displayed at the bottom of the desktop screen, and you can see the notification area of the taskbar
in the bottom right of the screen. Some of the Control Panels and applications referred to during the course of
this manual can be accessed from here.
Figure 1 - 21 - Desktop Taskbar
You can pin/unpin apps to/from the taskbar in much the same way as you can to the Start screen (see “Accessing
Pining/Unpinning All Apps” on page 1 - 22).
1 - 30 Windows 8 Control Panel
Quick Start Guide
Video Features
NVIDIA® Optimus™ Technology
NVIDIA® Optimus™ technology is a seamless technology designed to get best performance from the graphics
system while allowing longer battery life, without having to manually change settings. When the computer is in
Optimus Mode it will automatically switch between the integrated UMA (Unified Memory Architecture) GPU
(iGPU) and the discrete GPU (dGPU) when required by the applications in use. This switch is seamless to the
user and does not require any use of the GPU button (see “NVIDIA® Optimus™ Technology” on page C - 2).
The GPU button
allows you to switch between the Optimus Mode (where GPU switching is automatically
handled) and UMA Mode (for constant power-saving with the integrated GPU only).
Icon
Color
Description
Green
UMA Mode Activated
Orange
Optimus Mode Activated
Green
Integrated GPU (iGPU) Activated
Orange
Discrete GPU (dGPU) Activated
Note
The GPU LED indicators
will
display which GPU is currently in use
Table 1 - 7 - GPU Modes & GPU LED Indicators
Video Features 1 - 31
1
1
Quick Start Guide
Video Features
You can switch display devices, and configure display options, from the Display control panel (in Appearances
and Personalization) in Windows 8 when running the Desktop app (see “Desktop Application” on page 1 23). In Windows 8 it is possible to quickly configure external displays from the Devices menu item in the
Charms Bar (see “Windows 8 Charms Bar” on page 1 - 25).
To Configure Displays from Devices (Charms Bar):
1.
2.
3.
4.
Attach your display to the HDMI-Out port, and turn it on.
Go the Charms Bar and select Devices.
Click Second Screen.
Click on any one of the options from the menu to select Duplicate, Extend or a Single display
Figure 1 - 22 - Second Screen (Devices)
1 - 32 Video Features
Quick Start Guide
To access Display (Control Panel) and Screen Resolution in Windows 8:
1.
2.
3.
Go to the Control Panel.
Click Display (icon) - In the Appearance and Personalization category.
Adjust resolution.

Right-Click Desktop App
2
1
3
1. You can right-click the
desktop and select
Screen resolution 1
(Figure 1 - 23).
2. Use the dropbox to
select the screen
Resolution 2 (Figure
1 - 23).
3. Click Advanced
settings 3 (Figure 1 23) to bring up the
Advanced properties
tabs.
Figure 1 - 23 - Screen Resolution
Video Features 1 - 33
1
1
Quick Start Guide
To access the Intel(R) Graphics Control Panel:
1.
2.
Click Advanced settings 3 (Figure 1 - 23 on page 1 - 33) in the Screen Resolution control panel in Windows.
Click the Intel(R)... tab and click Graphics Properties (button) 4 (Figure 1 - 24 on page 1 - 34) .
OR
3.
Right-click the desktop and select Graphics Properties from the menu.
OR
4.
Click the icon
in the notification area of the Desktop taskbar and select Graphics Properties from the menu.
4
Figure 1 - 24 - Intel HD Graphics Control Panel
1 - 34 Video Features
Quick Start Guide
To access the NVIDIA Control Panel:
1.
Right-click the desktop and select NVIDIA Control Panel 5 (Figure 1 - 25).
OR
2.
Double-click the icon
6 (Figure 1 - 25) in the Windows control panel.
5
6
Figure 1 - 25 - NVIDIA Control Panel
Video Features 1 - 35
1
1
Quick Start Guide
Power Options
Power Options (Hardware and Sound) can be accessed from the Control Panel. The Power Menu item in Settings in the Charms Bar in Windows 8 may be used to Shut down or Restart (you can also add Hibernate/
Sleep to the menu - see “Adding Hibernate/Sleep to the Power Menu” on page 3 - 9).
Shut Down, Restart or Sleep
1.
2.
3.
Go to the Charms Bar and click Settings.
Click Power
.
Select Sleep, Shut Down or Restart.
Figure 1 - 26 - Power (Settings)
1 - 36 Power Options
Quick Start Guide
Running Apps
To run apps in Windows 8 you will need to check that the Screen Resolution and User Account Control Settings are compatible with the system requirements.
Screen Resolution Settings
1.
2.
Switch to the Windows Desktop (click the app or use the Windows logo key
+ D key combination).
Right-click a blank area of the Windows Desktop and select Screen Resolution. Adjust the Resolution to
make sure that it is at least 1024 * 768, although preferably 1366 * 768 or above (see sidebar).

Screen Resolution for Metro Style Apps (Windows 8)
The minimum resolution in which Metro style Apps will run is
1024x768.
The minimum resolution required to support all the features of
Windows 8 (including multitasking with snap) is 1366x768.
These specs are the minimum screen resolution that supports
all the features of Windows 8 on a useful physical size.
Figure 1 - 27 - Screen Resolution
Running Apps 1 - 37
1
1
Quick Start Guide
User Account Control Settings
If your computer meets the minimum screen resolution requirements, and still you can't run Metro apps, then
that you have to check the status of User Account Control (UAC). Metro apps may fail to open when the UAC
is turned off. To check whether the UAC is on or off, follow the instructions below.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Open the Control Panel.
Click on User Accounts and then click on Change User Account Control settings (or click System and
Security and click Change User Account Control Settings under Action Center).
If the slider is in the Never notify position, then the UAC is disabled.
To enable or turn on the UAC, move the slider to Always notify or Notify me when apps try to make changes
to my computer (default) position, and then click OK.
Figure 1 - 28 - User Account Control
1 - 38 Running Apps
Storage Devices, Audio & Mouse
Chapter 2: Storage Devices, Audio & Mouse
Overview
Read this chapter to learn more about the following main features and components
of the computer:
•
•
•
•
•
Hard Disk Drive
Optical Device
Multi-in-1 Card Reader
Audio Features
TouchPad and Buttons/Mouse
Overview 2 - 1
2
Storage Devices, Audio & Mouse
2

Power Safety
Before attempting to access any of the internal
components of your
computer please ensure
that the machine is not
connected to the AC
power, and that the machine is turned off. Also
ensure that all peripheral cables, including
phone lines, are disconnected from the computer.
Figure 2 - 1
Hard Disk Location
2 - 2 Hard Disk Drive
Hard Disk Drive
The hard disk drive(s) is(are) used to store your data in the computer. The hard
disk(s) can be taken out to accommodate other 2.5" serial (SATA) hard disk drives
with a height of 9.5 mm. The hard disk(s) is(are) accessible after removing the hard
disk bay cover (primary hard disk drive) or component bay cover (secondary
hard disk drive) from the bottom of your computer as seen below.
Further details on removing and inserting the hard disk are available in “Upgrading
the Hard Disk Drive(s)” on page 6 - 8.
Primary HDD
Secondary HDD
Storage Devices, Audio & Mouse
Optical Device
There is a bay for a 5.25" optical (CD/DVD) device (12.7mm height). The actual device will depend on the model you purchased (see “Storage” on page D - 2). The
optical device is usually labeled “Drive D:” and may be used as a boot device if
properly set in the BIOS (see “Boot Menu” on page 5 - 14).
Loading Discs
To insert a CD/DVD, press the open button 1 and carefully place a CD/DVD onto
the disc tray with label-side facing up (use just enough force for the disc to click onto
the tray’s spindle). Gently push the CD/DVD tray in until its lock “clicks” and you
are ready to start. The busy indicator 2 will light up while data is being accessed,
or while an audio/video CD, or DVD, is playing. If power is unexpectedly interrupted, insert an object such as a straightened paper clip into the emergency eject hole
3 to open the tray.

Sound Volume
Adjustment
How high the sound volume can be set depends
on the setting of the volume control within Windows. Click the Volume
icon on the taskbar to
check the setting (see
“Audio Features” on
page 2 - 7).
Figure 2 - 2
Optical Device
1
2
3
Optical Device 2 - 3
2
Storage Devices, Audio & Mouse
2
Handling CDs or DVDs

CD Emergency Eject
If you need to manually
eject a CD (e.g. due to
an unexpected power
interruption) you may
push the end of a
straightened paper clip
into the emergency eject
hole. However please
do NOT use a sharpened pencil or similar
object that may break
and become lodged in
the hole.
Disk Eject Warning
Don’t try to remove a
CD/DVD while the system is accessing it. This
may cause the system
to “crash”.
2 - 4 Optical Device
Proper handling of your CDs/DVDs will prevent them from being damaged. Please
follow the advice below to make sure that the data stored on your CDs/DVDs can be
accessed.
Note the following:
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Hold the CD or DVD by the edges; do not touch the surface of the disc.
Use a clean, soft, dry cloth to remove dust or fingerprints.
Do not write on the surface with a pen.
Do not attach paper or other materials to the surface of the disc.
Do not store or place the CD or DVD in high-temperature areas.
Do not use benzene, thinner, or other cleaners to clean the CD or DVD.
Do not bend the CD or DVD.
Do not drop or subject the CD or DVD to shock.
Storage Devices, Audio & Mouse
DVD Regional Codes

To change the DVD regional codes:
1.
2.
3.
Go to the Control Panel
Double-click Device Manager (Hardware and Sound), then click the + next to
DVD/CD-ROM drives.
Double-click on the DVD-ROM device to bring up the Properties dialog box, and
select the DVD Region (tab) to bring up the control panel to allow you to adjust the
regional code.
• Region 1 - USA & Canada
• Region 2 - Western Europe, Japan,
South Africa, Middle East & Egypt
• Region 3 - South-East Asia, Taiwan,
South Korea, The Philippines, Indonesia, Hong Kong
DVD Region Note
DVD region detection is
device dependent, not
OS-dependent. You can
select your module’s region code 5 times. The
fifth selection is permanent. This cannot be altered even if you change
your operating system
or you use the module in
another computer.
• Region 4 - South & Central America, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand
• Region 5 - N Korea, Russia, Eastern
Europe, India & Most of Africa
• Region 6 - China
Figure 2 - 3
DVD Region Codes
Optical Device 2 - 5
2
Storage Devices, Audio & Mouse
2

Card Reader Cover
Make sure you keep the
cover in the card reader
when not in use. This
will help prevent foreign
objects and/or dust getting in to the card reader.
Push-Push Card
Reader
Multi-in-1 Card Reader
The card reader allows you to use some of the latest digital storage cards. Push the
card into the slot and it will appear as a removable device, and can be accessed in
the same way as your hard disk (s). Make sure you install the Card Reader driver
(see “Card Reader” on page 4 - 6).
• MMC (MultiMedia Card) / RSMMC
• SD (Secure Digital) / Mini SD / SDHC / SDXC
• MS (Memory Stick) / MS Pro / MS Duo
Note: Some of these cards require PC adapters that are usually supplied with the
cards.
The card reader features a push-in/push-out
card insertion and ejection mechanism. Simply
push the card to insert
and eject it, however Ms
Duo cards require an
adapter.
Figure 2 - 4
Left View
1.
Card Reader
2 - 6 Multi-in-1 Card Reader
1
Storage Devices, Audio & Mouse
Audio Features
You can configure the audio options on your computer from the Sound control
panel in Windows, from the HD VDeck icon on the desktop
or VIA HD Audio
Deck control panel
.
The volume may also be adjusted by means of the Fn + F5/F6 key combination.

Sound Volume
Adjustment
The sound volume level
is set using the volume
control within Windows
(and the volume function keys on the computer). Click the volume
icon in the taskbar to
check the setting.
Click Expert Mode to access the Advanced menus
Figure 2 - 5
VIA HD Audio Deck
Audio Features 2 - 7
2
Storage Devices, Audio & Mouse
2

Expert Mode will allow you to access more advanced configuration menus for
Speaker, Microphone and Stereo Mix.
Syncing Left & Right
Volume
Balance
If you wish to adjust the left
and right channel volume
levels separately, you will
need to adjust this from the
VIA HD Audio Deck in Expert Mode.
Click Speaker in VIA HD
Audio Deck (in Expert
Mode) and click the Sync
Left and Right volume
button (see left). You can
then adjust the volume sliders independently (this setting also controls the
Balance setting in the Windows Sound control panel).
Figure 2 - 6
VIA HD Audio Deck
(Expert Mode)
2 - 8 Audio Features
Note that to adjust the Left & Right volume balance independently click the Sync
Left and Right Volume icon (it should be faded) and adjust the slider as required.

Sound Blaster Cinema Audio
Note that you will need to install the Sound Blaster Cinema audio application in order to get
maximum audio performance. See “Sound Blaster Cinema EQ” on page 7 - 24.
Storage Devices, Audio & Mouse
TouchPad and Buttons/Mouse
The TouchPad is an alternative to the mouse; however, you can also add a mouse to
your computer through one of the USB ports. The TouchPad buttons function in
much the same way as a two-button mouse.

Mouse Driver
If you are using an external mouse your operating system may be
able to auto-configure
your mouse during its
installation or only enable its basic functions.
Be sure to check the
device’s user documentation for details.
TouchPad and Buttons/Mouse 2 - 9
2
Storage Devices, Audio & Mouse
2

TouchPad Scrolling
This computer model series may feature different
TouchPad versions.
Once you have installed the TouchPad driver (see “TouchPad” on page 4 - 6) you
can configure the functions from the Mouse control panel in Windows, or by doubleclicking the TouchPad driver icon
in the notification area of the taskbar in the
Desktop app. You may then configure the TouchPad tapping, buttons, scrolling,
pointer motion and sensitivity options to your preferences. You will find further information at www.synaptics.com.
These TouchPads may
differ in their vertical
scrolling function in most
scrollable windows.
Some TouchPads require
sliding the finger up and
down on the right of the
TouchPad to scroll the
window. Other versions
require
tapping/holding
down the finger at the top
right or bottom right of the
TouchPad to scroll the
window.
Figure 2 - 7
Mouse Properties
2 - 10 TouchPad and Buttons/Mouse
Storage Devices, Audio & Mouse
Gestures and Device Settings
The Synaptics Gestures Suite application allows you to use a specific gesture (action) on the surface of the Touchpad to perform specific actions to manipulate documents, objects and applications.
You can configure the settings from the Device Settings tab in Mouse Properties:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Go to the Control Panel.
Click Mouse (Hardware and Sound).
Click Device Settings (tab) and click Settings.
Use the menu tree on the left to access the user configurable settings.

Show Video
You can get a clearer
view of the gestures involved by clicking the
Show Video option for
each gesture item.
Select the gesture (Pinch
Zoom, Rotating, Three
Fingers
Down
and
Three Finger Flick) in the
Device Settings > Settings left tree menu
and click the Show Video
button to see the demonstration video.
For more details on any of
the gestures see the help
in the lower part of the
right menu window.
Figure 2 - 8
Mouse Properties Device Settings
TouchPad and Buttons/Mouse 2 - 11
2
Storage Devices, Audio & Mouse
Disabling the Touchpad
If you need to disable the Touchpad for any reason (e.g. you may find that when using the computer’s internal keyboard you accidentally trigger the Touchpad when
resting your wrists or palms on it) you can do so by using Fn + F1 key combination.
2
You can also set the system to automatically disable the internal Touchpad when an
external USB point device (e.g a USB mouse) is attached.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Go to the Mouse Properties control panel.
Click to select Device Settings (tab).
Click to place a tick in the “Disable internal pointing device when external USB
pointing device is attached” tickbox.
Click OK to save the setting.
Figure 2 - 9
Mouse Properties
(Disable Touchpad)
2 - 12 TouchPad and Buttons/Mouse
Storage Devices, Audio & Mouse
Scrolling
The Two-Finger scrolling feature works in most scrollable windows and allows you
to scroll horizontally and vertically. Place two fingers, slightly separated, on the
TouchPad surface and slide both fingers in the direction required (in a straight continuous motion).
2
Figure 2 - 10
Scrolling Gesture
Zooming
The Pinch Zoom gesture can be used to perform the same function as a scroll wheel
in Windows applications that support CTRL + scroll wheel zoom functionality.
Place two fingers on the TouchPad (for best results use the tips of the fingers) and
slide them apart to zoom in, or closer together to zoom out.
Figure 2 - 11
Zooming Gesture
TouchPad and Buttons/Mouse 2 - 13
Storage Devices, Audio & Mouse
Rotating
Use the Pivot Rotate gesture to rotate objects (e.g. photos) in 90 degree increments.
Place a finger down on the left “target” zone and keep it stationary. Place another
finger near the middle of the TouchPad and slide it in a circular motion around the
stationary finger (clockwise or counterclockwise) to rotate the object.
2
Figure 2 - 12
Rotating Gesture
Three Finger-Flick/Three Fingers Down (Press)
The Three Finger-Flick gesture may be used to enhance navigation with a variety of
applications such as browsing the Internet or scrolling through a photo viewer. The
Three Fingers Down gesture may be used to launch user-selectable applications.
Figure 2 - 13
Flick/Press
Gesture
2 - 14 TouchPad and Buttons/Mouse
Power Management
Chapter 3: Power Management
Overview
To conserve power, especially when using the battery, your computer power management conserves power by controlling individual components of the computer
(the monitor and hard disk drive) or the whole system. This chapter covers:
•
•
•
•
•
•
The Power Sources
Turning On the Computer
Power Plans
Power-Saving States
Configuring the Power Buttons
Battery Information

OS Note
Power
management
functions will vary slightly depending on your
operating system. For
more information it is
best to refer to the user’s
manual of your operating system.
The computer uses enhanced power saving techniques to give the operating system
(OS) direct control over the power and thermal states of devices and processors. For
example, this enables the OS to set devices into low-power states based on user settings and information from applications.
Overview 3 - 1
3
Power Management

3
Forced Off
If the system “hangs”,
and the Ctrl + Alt + Del
key combination doesn’t
work, press the power
button for 4 seconds, or
longer, to force the system to turn itself off.
The Power Sources
The computer can be powered by either an AC/DC adapter or a battery pack.
AC/DC Adapter
Use only the AC/DC adapter that comes with your computer. The wrong type of AC/
DC adapter will damage the computer and its components.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Attach the AC/DC adapter to the DC-in jack on the left of the computer.
Plug the AC power cord into an outlet, and then connect the AC power cord to the
AC/DC adapter.
Raise the lid/LCD to a comfortable viewing angle.
Press the power button to turn “On”.
Battery
The battery allows you to use your computer while you are on the road or when an
electrical outlet is unavailable. Battery life varies depending on the applications and
the configuration you're using. To increase battery life, let the battery discharge
completely before recharging (see “Battery FAQ” on page 3 - 17).
We recommend that you do not remove the battery. For more information on the battery, please refer to “Battery Information” on page 3 - 13.
3 - 2 The Power Sources
Power Management
Turning On the Computer
Now you are ready to begin using your computer. To turn it on simply press the power button on the front panel.
When the computer is on, you can use the power button as a Stand by/Hibernate/
Shutdown hot-key button when it is pressed for less than 4 seconds (pressing and
holding the power button for longer than this will shut the computer down). Use
Power Options (Hardware and Sound) in the Windows control panel to configure
this feature.

Shut Down
Note that you should always shut your computer down by choosing the Shut Down
command from the Power Menu in the Settings menu in the Windows 8 Charms Bar.
This will help prevent hard disk or system
problems. If you want to add Hibernate/
Sleep to the Power Menu see “Adding Hibernate/Sleep to the Power Menu” on
page 3 - 9.

Power Button as
Stand by or
Hibernate Button
You can use the OS’s
“Power Options” control
panel to set the power
button to send the system into Stand by or Hibernate mode (see your
OS’s documentation, or
“Configuring the Power Buttons” on page 3
- 8 for details).
Figure 3 - 1
Power Menu
(Settings - Charms
Bar)
Turning On the Computer 3 - 3
3
Power Management

3
Resuming
Operation
See Table 3 - 1, on
page 3 - 10 for information on how to resume
from a power-saving
state.
Password
It is recommended that
you enable a password
on system resume in order to protect your data.
Figure 3 - 2
Power Plan
Advanced Settings
3 - 4 Power Plans
Power Plans
The computer can be configured to conserve power by means of power plans. You
can use (or modify) an existing power plan, or create a new one.
The settings may be adjusted to set the display to turn off after a specified time, and
to send the computer into Sleep after a period of inactivity.
Click Change plan settings and then click Change advanced power settings to access further configuration options in Advanced Settings.
Power Management
Each Windows power plan will also adjust the processor performance of your machine in order to save power. This is worth bearing in mind if you are experiencing
any reduced performance (especially under DC/battery power).
3
Choose High performance (you may need to click Show additional plans to view
the High performance plan) for maximum performance when the computer is powered from an AC power source. Choose the Power saver (bear in mind that this
scheme may slow down the overall performance of the computer in order to save
power) for maximum power saving when the computer is battery (DC power) powered.
Click to Show/Hide
additional
power plans
Figure 3 - 3
Power Plans
Power Plans 3 - 5
Power Management

3
Wake On LAN
Support
(Windows 8)
Wake-On-LAN is only
supported from Sleep or
Hibernate states in
Windows 8.
If you require your computer to wake up from
network activity in Windows 8 then make sure
that the computer is either in Sleep or Hibernate.
Wake-On-LAN is not
supported from Shutdown states in Windows 8.
Power-Saving States
You can use power-saving states to stop the computer’s operation and restart where
you left off. Win 7 uses the Sleep, Hibernate and Shut Down power-saving states.
Sleep
In Sleep all of your work, settings and preferences are saved to memory before the
system sleeps. When you are not using your computer for a certain length of time,
which you specify in the operating system, it will enter Sleep to save power.
The PC wakes from Sleep within seconds and will return you to where you last left
off (what was on your desktop) without reopening the application(s) and file(s) you
last used.
If your mobile PC in Sleep is running on battery power the system will use only a
minimum amount of power. After an extended period the system will save all the
information to the hard disk and shut the computer down before the battery becomes
depleted.
To add Sleep to the Power Menu see “Adding Hibernate/Sleep to the Power
Menu” on page 3 - 9.
3 - 6 Power-Saving States
Power Management
Hibernate
Hibernate uses the least amount of power of all the power-saving states and saves
all of your information on a part of the hard disk before it turns the system off. If a
power failure occurs the system can restore your work from the hard disk; if a power
failure occurs when work is saved only to memory, then the work will be lost. Hibernate will also return you to where you last left off within seconds. You should
put your mobile PC into Hibernate if you will not use the computer for a period of
time, and will not have the chance to charge the battery. To add Hibernate to the
Power Menu see “Adding Hibernate/Sleep to the Power Menu” on page 3 - 9.
3
Shut down
You should Shut down the computer if you plan to install new hardware (don’t forget to remove the battery and follow all the safety instructions in Chapter 6), plan
to be away from the computer for several days, or you do not need it to wake up and
run a scheduled task. Returning to full operation from Shut down takes longer than
from Sleep or Hibernate.
Figure 3 - 4
Power Menu
Power-Saving States 3 - 7
Power Management

3
Password
Protection
Configuring the Power Buttons
The power/sleep button (Fn + F4 key combo) and closed lid may be set to send the
computer in to a power-saving state. Click Choose what the power buttons do on
the left menu in Power Options to bring up the menu.
It is recommended that
you enable a password
on wake up in order to
protect your data.
However you can disable this setting from the
Power Options menu
by clicking Require a
password on wakeup
in the left menu, and selecting the options (click
Change settings that
are currently unavailable).
Figure 3 - 5
Power Options
Define Power
Buttons
3 - 8 Configuring the Power Buttons
Power Management
Adding Hibernate/Sleep to the Power Menu
Add Hibernate/Sleep to the Power Menu as follows.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Go to the Power Options (Hardware and Sound) control panel (see page 1 - 23).
Click “Change settings that are currently unavailable”
.
Click Choose what the power buttons do.
Click to put a tick in the Hibernate/Sleep box under Shutdown settings.
Click Save Changes and close the control panel.
3
Figure 3 - 6
Power Options
Define Power
Buttons - Shutdown
Settings
Configuring the Power Buttons 3 - 9
Power Management
Resuming Operation
You can resume operation from power-saving states by pressing the power button,
or in some cases pressing the sleep button (Fn + F4 key combo).
3
Power Status
Icon
To Resume
Color
Table 3 - 1
Resuming
Operation
Power Off
Off
Press the Power Button
Sleep
Blinking Green
Press the Power Button
Press the Sleep Button (Fn + F4 Key Combo)
Off (battery)
Hibernate
Press the Power Button
Orange (AC/DC adapter)
Display Turned Off
Green
Press a Key or Move the Mouse/Touchpad


Closing the Lid
If you have chosen to
send the computer to
Sleep when the lid is
closed, raising the lid
will wake the system up.
Power Button
When the computer is on, you can use the power button as a Sleep/Hibernate/Shut Down
hot key button when it is pressed for less than 4 seconds (pressing and holding the power
button for longer than this will force the computer to shut down).
3 - 10 Configuring the Power Buttons
Power Management
Power Conservation Modes
This system supports Energy Star power management features that place computers (CPU, hard drive, etc.) into a low-power sleep modes after a designated period
of inactivity. Adjust Power Conservation Modes from the Control Center:
1.
2.
3.
Press the Fn + Esc key combination to toggle the Control Center on/off.
Click either the Performance, Balanced or Energy Star button.
Click in a blank area of the icon or press a key on the keyboard to exit Power
Conservation Mode without making any changes.

Power Conservation
Modes
The Energy Star setting
will result in maximum
power saving, but with
the possible loss of
some performance.
Setting the mode to Balance will give power
saving matched with
performance.
Performance will give
optimum computer performance but with less
power conservation.
Figure 3 - 7
Control Center
Configuring the Power Buttons 3 - 11
3
Power Management
Ctrl + Alt + Delete Key Combination
You can use the CTRL + ALT + DEL key combination from almost any of the Windows 8 interfaces/Apps to bring up a full-screen displaying Lock, Switch User, Log
off, Change a password and Task Manager options. If you click the Power icon
in the lower right corner of the screen a power management option menu appears to
display Sleep, Shut down, and Restart.
3
Figure 3 - 8
Ctrl + Alt + Delete
Menu
To fully control all the power options (including Hibernate mode) go to the Power
Options control panel and configure the power button, sleep button and lid to perform the function selected.
3 - 12 Configuring the Power Buttons
Power Management
Battery Information

Follow these simple guidelines to get the best use out of your battery.
Low Battery
Warning
Battery Power
Your computer’s battery power is dependent upon many factors, including the programs you are running, and peripheral devices attached. You can set actions to be
taken (e.g. Shut down, Hibernate etc.), and set critical and low battery levels from
power plan Change plan settings > Change advanced power settings (see Figure
3 - 3 on page 3 - 5).
Click the battery icon
charge status.
in the notification area to see the current battery level and
When the battery is critically low, immediately
connect the AC/DC
adapter to the computer
or save your work, otherwise, the unsaved
data will be lost when
the power is depleted.
Figure 3 - 9
Battery Icon
(Notification Area) &
Battery Advanced
Settings
Battery Information 3 - 13
3
Power Management

3
Windows Mobility
Center
The Windows Mobility
Center control panel
provides an easy point
of access for information
on battery status, power
plans used and wireless
device status etc.
Conserving Battery Power
• Use a power plan that conserves power (e.g Power saver), however note that
this may have an affect on computer performance.
• Lower the brightness level of the LCD display. The system will decrease LCD
brightness slightly to save power when it is not powered by the AC/DC adapter.
• Reduce the amount of time before the display is turned off.
• Close wireless, Bluetooth, modem or communication applications when they are
not being used.
• Disconnect/remove any unnecessary external devices e.g. USB devices,
ExpressCards etc.
Figure 3 - 10
Windows Mobility
Center
3 - 14 Battery Information
Power Management
Battery Life
Battery life may be shortened through improper maintenance. To optimize the life
and improve its performance, fully discharge and recharge the battery at least
once every 30 days.
We recommend that you do not remove the battery yourself. If you do need to remove the battery for any reason (e.g. long term storage) see “Removing the Battery”
on page 6 - 4.
New Battery
Always completely discharge, then fully charge, a new battery (see “Battery FAQ”
on page 3 - 17 for instructions on how to do this).
Recharging the Battery with the AC/DC Adapter
The battery pack automatically recharges when the AC/DC adapter is attached and
plugged into an electrical outlet. If the computer is powered on, and in use, it will
take several hours to fully recharge the battery. When the computer is turned off but
plugged into an electrical outlet, battery charge time is less. Refer to “LED Indicators” on page 1 - 9 for information on the battery charge status, and to “Battery Information” on page 3 - 13 for more information on how to maintain and properly
recharge the battery pack.
Battery Information 3 - 15
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Power Management

3
Caution
Danger of explosion if
battery is incorrectly replaced.
Replace only with the
same or equivalent type
recommended by the
manufacturer. Discard
used battery according
to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Proper handling of the Battery Pack
• DO NOT disassemble the battery pack under any circumstances
• DO NOT expose the battery to fire or high temperatures, it may explode
• DO NOT connect the metal terminals (+, -) to each other

Damaged Battery Warning
Should you notice any physical defects (e.g. the battery is bent out of shape after being
dropped), or any unusual smells emanating from the notebook battery, shut your computer
down immediately and contact your distributor/supplier. If the battery has been dropped we
do not recommend using it any further, as even if the computer continues to work with a
damaged battery in place, it may cause circuit damage, which may possibly result in fire. It
is recommended that you replace your computer battery every two years.
3 - 16 Battery Information
Power Management
Battery FAQ
How do I completely discharge the battery?
Use the computer with battery power until it shuts down due to a low battery. Don’t
turn off the computer even if a message indicates the battery is critically low, just let
the computer use up all of the battery power and shut down on its own.
1.
2.
3
Save and close all files and applications.
Create a power plan for discharging the battery and set all the options to Never.
Figure 3 - 11
Power Plan Create
Battery Information 3 - 17
Power Management
3.
Click Change plan settings (after creating it) and click Change plan settings >
Change advanced power settings.
3
Figure 3 - 12
Change Plan
Settings / Change
Advanced Power
Settings
3 - 18 Battery Information
Power Management
4.
5.
Scroll down to Battery and click + to expand the battery options.
Choose the options below (click Yes if a warning appears):
3
Figure 3 - 13
Power Options
Advanced Settings Battery
•
•
•
•
•
Low battery levels = 0%
Critical battery Levels = 1%
Low battery action = Do Nothing
Critical battery action (On battery) = Shut Down
Critical battery action (Plugged in) = Do Nothing
Battery Information 3 - 19
Power Management
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How do I fully charge the battery?
When charging the battery, don’t stop until the LED charging indicator light changes
from orange to green.
How do I maintain the battery?
Completely discharge and charge the battery at least once every 30 days or after
about 20 partial discharges.
3 - 20 Battery Information
Drivers & Utilities
Chapter 4: Drivers & Utilities
This chapter deals with installing the drivers and utilities essential to the operation or
improvement of some of the computer’s subsystems. The system takes advantage of
some newer hardware components for which the latest versions of most available operating systems haven’t built in drivers and utilities. Thus, some of the system components won’t be auto-configured with an appropriate driver or utility during
operating system installation. Instead, you need to manually install some system-required drivers and utilities.
What to Install
The Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc contains the drivers and utilities necessary for the proper operation of the computer. Table 4 - 1, on page 4 - 3
lists what you need to install and it is very important that the drivers are installed
in the order indicated.
Module Driver Installation
The procedures for installing drivers for the PC Camera, WLAN and Combination
Bluetooth & WLAN modules (you should also install the Sound Blaster Cinema,
Intel Technology drivers as instructed in Chapter 7) are provided in “Modules” in
Chapter 7.

Driver Installation &
Power
When installing drivers make sure your
computer is powered
by the AC/DC adapter
connected to a working power source.
Some drivers draw a
significant amount of
power during the installation procedure, and if
the remaining battery
capacity is not adequate
this may cause the system to shut down and
cause system problems
(note that there is no
safety issue involved
here, and the battery will
be rechargeable within 1
minute).
What to Install 4 - 1
4
Drivers & Utilities
Driver Installation
1.
2.
4
3.
4.
Insert the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual
disc into the computer’s DVD drive.
Click the message “Tap to choose what happens
with this disc.”
Click Run autorun.exe.
Click Install Drivers (button), or Option Drivers
(button) to access the Optional driver menu.
Figure 4 - 1 - Drivers Installer Screen 1
4 - 2 Driver Installation
5.
6.
7.
Check the driver installation order from Table 4 - 1,
on page 4 - 3 (the drivers must be installed in this
order) which is the same as that listed in the Drivers
Installer menu below.
Click to select the driver you wish to install, (you
should note down the drivers as you install them).
Follow the instructions for each individual driver
installation procedure as listed on the following
pages.
Figure 4 - 2 - Install Drivers
Drivers & Utilities
Win 8 System Driver
Page #
Optional
Page #
Chipset
Page 4 - 6
Setting Up SATA RAID or AHCI Mode
Page 7 - 2
Video (VGA)
Page 4 - 6
PC Camera Module (No driver required)
Page 7 - 11
NVIDIA Video (VGA)
Page 4 - 6
Wireless LAN Module
Page 7 - 19
LAN
Page 4 - 6
Fingerprint Reader Module (Model A Computers Only)
Page 7 - 27
Card Reader
Page 4 - 6
Bluetooth & WLAN Combo Module
Page 7 - 51
TouchPad
Page 4 - 6
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology
(required for hard disks in AHCI mode)
Page 7 - 57
Airplane
Page 4 - 7
Intel® Rapid Start Technology Driver
Page 7 - 63
Hot Key
Page 4 - 7
Intel® Wireless Display Application
Page 7 - 71
MEI Driver
Page 4 - 7
Sound Blaster Cinema EQ
Page 7 - 76
Audio
Page 4 - 7
3G Module (Model A Computers Only - No driver required)
Page 7 - 81
Table 4 - 1 - Driver Installation
All drivers provided are for the Windows 8 operating system.
Note that you need to install both the WLAN & Bluetooth drivers for the WLAN & Bluetooth Combo modules.
Driver Installation 4 - 3
4
Drivers & Utilities
Manual Driver Installation
Click Browse CD/DVD (button) in the Drivers Installer application and browse to the executable file in the
appropriate driver folder.
4
Windows Update
After installing all the drivers make sure you enable
Windows Update in order to get all the latest security
updates etc. (all updates will include the latest hotfixes
from Microsoft). See “Windows Update” on page 4 8 for instructions.
Updating/Reinstalling Individual Drivers
If you wish to update/reinstall individual drivers it
may be necessary to uninstall the original driver.To do
this go to the Control Panel in the Windows OS and
double-click the Programs and Features icon (Programs > Uninstall a program). Click to select the
driver (if it is not listed see below) and click Uninstall,
and then follow the on screen prompts (it may be necessary to restart the computer). Reinstall the driver as
outlined in this chapter.
If the driver is not listed in the Programs and Features menu:
1.
2.
3.
4.
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Go to the Control Panel).
Double-click Device Manager (Hardware and
Sound > Devices and Printers > Device
Manager).
Double-click the device you wish to update/reinstall
the driver for (you may need to click “+” to expand
the selection).
Click Driver (tab) and click the Update Driver or
Uninstall button and follow the on screen prompts.
Drivers & Utilities
User Account Control
If a User Account Control prompt appears as part of
the driver installation procedure, click Continue or
Allow, and follow the installation procedure as directed.
Windows Security Message
If you receive a Windows security message as part of
the driver installation process. Just click “Install this
driver software anyway” or “Install” to continue the
installation procedure.
You will receive this message in cases where the driver has been released after the version of Windows you
are currently using. All the drivers provided will have
already received certification for Windows.

Driver Installation General Guidelines
The driver installation procedure outlined in this Chapter
(and in Chapter 7 Options & Modules), are accurate at
the time of going to press.
Drivers are always subject to upgrade and revision so
the exact procedure for certain drivers may differ slightly. As a general guide follow the default on screen instructions for each driver (e.g. Next > Next > Finish)
unless you are an advanced user. In many cases a restart is required to install the driver.
Make sure any modules (e.g. WLAN or Bluetooth) are
ON (i.e. the system is not in Airplane Mode) before
installing the appropriate driver.
New Hardware Found
If you see the message “New Hardware Found” during the installation procedure (other than when outlined in the driver install procedure), click Cancel
to close the window, and follow the installation procedure.
Driver Installation 4 - 5
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Drivers & Utilities
Driver Installation Procedure
Insert the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual
disc and click Install Drivers (button), or Option Drivers (button) to access the Optional driver menu.
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Chipset
1. Click 1.Install Chipset Driver > Yes.
2. Click Next > Yes > Next > Next.
3. Click Finish to restart the computer.
Video (VGA)
1. Click 2.Install VGA Driver > Yes.
2. Click Next > Yes > Next > Next.
3. Click Finish to restart the computer.
NVIDIA Video (VGA)
1. Click 3.Install NVIDIA VGA Driver > Yes.
2. Click AGREE AND CONTINUE (button) to
accept the terms of the license agreement.
3. Click Next.
4. Click Close to complete the installation.
4 - 6 Driver Installation
Note: After installing the video driver go to the Display/Display Settings control panel to adjust the video settings to the highest resolution.
LAN
1. Click 4.Install LAN Driver > Yes.
2. Click Next > Install.
3. Click Finish.
Card Reader
1. Click 5.Install Cardreader Driver > Yes.
2. Click Finish.
TouchPad
1. Click 6.Install Touchpad Driver > Yes.
2. Click Next.
3. Click the button to accept the license, and then
click Next.
4. Click Finish > Restart Now to restart the computer.
Drivers & Utilities
Airplane
1. Click 7.Install Airplane AP > Yes.
2. Click Next.
3. Click Finish to restart the computer.
Hot Key
1. Click 8.Install Hotkey AP > Yes.
2. Click Next > Next.
3. Click Finish > Finish to restart your computer.
MEI Driver
1. Click 9.Install MEI Driver > Yes.
2. Click Next > Yes > Next.
3. Click Finish.
Audio
1. Click 10.Install Audio Driver > Yes.
2. Click Next.
3. Click the button to agree to the license and
click Next.
4. Click Next > Next > Next.
5. Click Finish to restart the computer.
After installing the audio driver the system will not return to the Drivers Installer screen. To install any of
the optional drivers, eject the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc and then reinsert it (or double-click the disc icon in My Computer), and click
Option Drivers (button) to access the optional driver
menu.
It is recommended that you install the Sound Blaster
Audio application for maximum audio performance
(see “Sound Blaster Cinema EQ” on page 7 - 76) and
Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver (see “Intel®
Rapid Storage Technology” on page 7 - 57 - required
for AHCI or RAID mode).
Driver Installation 4 - 7
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Drivers & Utilities
Windows Experience Index
4
After the drivers are installed follow this procedure to
ensure an accurate rating from the Windows Experience Index (make sure the AC/DC adapter is plugged
in):
1. Go to the Control Panel.
2. Click Performance Information and Tools
(System and Security > System > Windows
Experience Index).
3. Click “Rate this computer/Refresh Now/Rerun the assessment”.
4. The computer will take a few minutes to assess
the system performance.
5. Close the control panel.

Windows Update
After installing all the drivers make sure you enable Windows Update in order to get all the latest security updates etc. (all updates will include the latest hotfixes
from Microsoft).
To enable Windows Update make sure you are connected to the internet:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
4 - 8 Driver Installation
Go to the Control Panel.
Click Windows Update (System and Security/
Security).
Click Check for updates (button).
The computer will now check for updates (you
need to be connected to the internet).
Click Install now (button) to begin checking for the
updates.
Click Install updates (button) to install the
updates.
Drivers & Utilities
Optional Drivers
See the pages indicated in Table 4 - 1, on page 4 - 3 for the driver installation procedures for any modules included in your purchase option.
4
Models A & B
Figure 4 - 3 - Optional Drivers Installer Screen
Note that you need to install both the WLAN & Bluetooth drivers for all the Bluetooth Combo modules.
Driver Installation 4 - 9
Drivers & Utilities
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4 - 10
BIOS Utilities
Chapter 5: BIOS Utilities
Overview
This chapter gives a brief introduction to the computer’s built-in software:
Diagnostics: The POST (Power-On Self Test)
Configuration: The Setup utility
If your computer has never been set up, or you are making important changes to the
system (e.g. hard disk setup), then you should review this chapter first and note the
original settings found in Setup. Even if you are a beginner, keep a record of the settings you find and any changes you make. This information could be useful if your
system ever needs servicing.
There is one general rule: Don’t make any changes unless you are sure of what you
are doing. Many of the settings are required by the system, and changing them could
cause it to become unstable or worse. If you have any doubts, consult your service
representative.

BIOS Screens
Note that the BIOS
screens pictured on
these pages are intended for guidance in setting up your system’s
BIOS.
BIOS versions are subject to constant change
and revision, therefore
your computer’s actual
screens may appear
slightly different from
those pictured on these
pages.
Overview 5 - 1
5
BIOS Utilities
The Power-On Self Test (POST)
If you enable the Boot-time Diagnostic Screen in the Setup Utility, each time you
turn on the computer the system takes a few seconds to conduct a POST, including
a quick test of the on-board RAM (memory).
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As the POST proceeds, the computer will tell you if there is anything wrong. If there
is a problem that prevents the system from booting, it will display a system summary
and prompt you to run Setup.
If there are no problems, the Setup prompt will disappear and the system will load
the operating system. Once that starts, you can’t get into Setup without rebooting.
5 - 2 The Power-On Self Test (POST)
BIOS Utilities
Failing the POST
Errors can be detected during the POST. There are two categories, “fatal” and “nonfatal”.
Fatal Errors
These stop the boot process and usually indicate there is something seriously wrong
with your system. Take the computer to your service representative or authorized
distributor/supplier as soon as possible.
Non-Fatal Errors
This kind of error still allows you to boot. You will get a message identifying the
problem (make a note of this message!) and you can then press F7 (the F7 on screen
will be highlighted to illustrate that the system is processing the request) for boot options.
Press F2 (give the system a few seconds to enter Setup; the F2 on screen will be
highlighted to illustrate that the system is processing the request) to run the Setup
program and try to correct the problem. If you still get an error message after you
change the setting, or if the “cure” seems even worse, call for help.
The Power-On Self Test (POST) 5 - 3
5
BIOS Utilities

BIOS Settings
Warning
5
Incorrect settings can
cause your system to
malfunction. To correct
mistakes, return to Setup and restore the Previous
Values
with
<F2>, or Optimized Defaults with <F3>.
The Setup Utility
The Aptio Setup Utility tells the system how to configure itself and manage basic
features and subsystems (e.g. port configuration).
Entering Setup
To enter Setup, turn on the computer and press F2 (give the system a few seconds
to enter Setup; the F2 on screen will be highlighted to illustrate that the system is
processing the request) during the POST (or press F7 for boot options). If you get a
“Keyboard Error”, (usually because you pressed F2 too quickly) just press F2 again.
If the computer is already on, reboot using the Ctrl + Alt + Delete combination and
then hold down F2 when prompted. The Setup main menu will appear.
To see the boot options press F7.
5 - 4 The Setup Utility
BIOS Utilities
Setup Screens
The following pages contain additional advice on portions of the Setup. Along the
top of the screen is a menu bar with menu headings. When you select a heading, a
new screen appears. Scroll through the features listed on each screen to make changes to Setup.
Instructions on how to navigate each screen are in the box at the bottom right side of
the screen.

Setup Menus
The
Setup
menus
shown in this section are
for reference only. Your
computer’s menus will
indicate the configuration appropriate for your
model and options.
Figure 5 - 1
Navigation Menu
If these tools are confusing, press F1 to call up a General Help screen, and then use
the arrow keys to scroll up or down the page.
The Item Specific Help on the upper right side of each screen explains the highlighted item and has useful messages about its options.
If you see an arrow next to an item, press Enter to go to a sub-menu on that subject. The sub-menu screen that appears has a similar layout, but the Enter key may
execute a command.
The Setup Utility 5 - 5
5
BIOS Utilities
Main Menu
Figure 5 - 2
Main Menu
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System Time & Date (Main Menu)
The hour setting uses the 24-hour system (i.e., ØØ = midnight; 13 = 1 pm). If you
can change the date and time settings in your operating system, you will also change
these settings. Some applications may also alter data files to reflect these changes.
5 - 6 Main Menu
BIOS Utilities
SATA Port # (Main Menu)
Pressing Enter opens the sub-menu to show the configuration of a optical Device/
HDD on the computer’s SATA Ports.
System/Extended Memory (Main Menu)
This item contains information on the system memory, and is not user configurable.
The system will auto detect the amount of memory installed.
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MB Series / BIOS Revision / KBC/EC Firmware Revision (Main Menu)
This item contains information on the BIOS version and video card etc., and is not
user configurable.
Main Menu 5 - 7
BIOS Utilities
Advanced Menu
Figure 5 - 3
Advanced Menu
5
Advanced Chipset Control (Advanced Menu)
The sub-menu here allows you to adjust the Bluetooth Power Setting.
5 - 8 Advanced Menu
BIOS Utilities
Bluetooth Power Setting (Advanced Menu > Advanced Chipset Control)
You can adjust the Bluetooth module power setting to your preference. The default
setting (Disabled) will see the Bluetooth module powered off when the system is
started up or restarted. Enabling the power setting will have the module retain the
last power status (on or off) before any restart or shut down.
Intel(R) Rapid Start Technology (Advanced Menu)
Enable/disable Intel(R) Rapid Start Technology from this menu. The rapid start
hibernation mode can resume power within 5 to 6 seconds and can remember your
computer's state with zero power.
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Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology (Advanced Menu)
Enable/disable Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology from this menu to provide
high-performance SATA RAID capabilities for Windows 8. Note that this menu
item will be available if UEFI Boot is enabled (in the OS Select sub-menu) and the
SATA Mode (Advanced Menu) is set to RAID (see below). See “Setting Up SATA
RAID or AHCI Mode” on page 7 - 2.
Advanced Menu 5 - 9
BIOS Utilities

SATA Mode
Selection
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If you have installed the
Windows
operating
system with either IDE,
AHCI or RAID mode enabled, DO NOT disable
the set mode (if you wish
to disable the set mode
you will need to reinstall
the Windows OS).
Intel Anti-Theft Technology (Advanced Menu)
Anti-Theft Technology, which is built-in to the processor of the computer, allows
system administrators to render your computer useless to thieves by sending a poison pillencrypted SMS message over a 3G network etc. Administrators can also remotely unlock a recovered computer quickly, or direct the system to send location
information (GPS coordinates) back to a central server.
SATA Mode (Advanced Menu)
You can configure SATA (Serial ATA) control to operate in IDE (native/compatible), AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) or RAID (Redundant Array of Independent disks) modes from this menu. The SATA Mode should be set BEFORE
installing an operating system, and after you have backed up all necessary files and
data (see sidebar). See “Setting Up SATA RAID or AHCI Mode” on page 7 - 2 for
details.
Make sure you install the Intel Rapid Storage Technology application if you have
set the SATA Mode to RAID or AHCI (see “Intel® Rapid Storage Technology”
on page 7 - 57).
5 - 10 Advanced Menu
BIOS Utilities
Boot Logo (Advanced Menu)
Use this menu item to enable/disable the Boot Logo screen at system startup if you
have not enabled UEFI Boot. If you disable the Boot Logo you will not see the F2
Enter Setup or F7 Boot Options prompts on the screen, however you can still press
these keys, while the boot screen is displayed, to perform the Enter Setup or Boot
Option functions.
When UEFI Boot is enabled, then the prompts to press F2 or F7 will not appear.
However you can still press F2 to enter the setup, or F7 to choose the preferred boot
device, if you press the key immediately the system boots up.
Power On Boot Beep (Advanced Menu)
Use this menu item to enable/disable the beep as the computer starts up.
Battery Low Alarm Beep (Advanced Menu)
Use this menu item to enable/disable the battery low alarm beep.
Advanced Menu 5 - 11
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BIOS Utilities

Security Menu
Security Menu
5
The changes you make
here affect the access
to the Setup utility itself,
and also access to your
machine as it boots up
after you turn it on.
These settings do not
affect your machine or
network
passwords
which will be set in your
software OS.
Figure 5 - 4
Security Menu
Set Supervisor Password (Security Menu)
You can set a password for access to the Aptio Setup Utility. This will not affect
access to the computer OS (only the Aptio Setup Utility).
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BIOS Utilities
Note: To clear existing passwords press Enter and type the existing password, then
press Enter for the new password (without typing any password entry) and Enter
again to confirm the password clearance.
Note: You can only set the user password after you have set the supervisor password.
Password on boot: (Security Menu)
Specify whether or not a password should be entered to boot the computer (you may
only set a password on boot if a supervisor password is enabled). If “Enabled”
is selected, only users who enter a correct password can boot the system (see the
warning in the sidebar). The default setting is “Disabled”.
Secure Boot (Security Menu)
Secure Boot prevents unauthorized operating systems and software from loading
during the startup process. Secure Boot is available as a menu option if you have
Windows 8 set as your operating system, and have enabled UEFI Boot (see “Boot
Menu” on page 5 - 14). Enabling Secure Boot will bring up the Secure Boot Mode
menu to enable you to configure Secure Boot as Standard (with a fixed secure boot
policy), or Custom (which enables you to make changes to the Image Execution
Policy and Key Management database).

Password Warning
If you set a boot password (Password on boot
is “Enabled“), NEVER
forget your password.
The consequences of
this could be serious. If
you cannot remember
your boot password you
must contact your vendor and you may lose all
of the information on
your hard disk.
Security Menu 5 - 13
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BIOS Utilities
Boot Menu
Figure 5 - 5
Boot Menu
5

BIOS Screens
Note that the BIOS
screens pictured on
these pages are intended for guidance in setting up your system’s
BIOS.
BIOS versions are subject to constant change
and revision, therefore
your computer’s actual
screens may appear
slightly different from
those pictured on these
pages.
5 - 14 Boot Menu
When you turn the computer on it will look for an operating system (e.g. Windows
7) from the devices listed in this menu, and in this priority order. If it cannot find
the operating system on that device, it will try to load it from the next device in the
order specified in the Boot Option Priorities. Item specific help on the right is
available to help you move devices up and down the order.
BIOS Utilities
Boot Option Priorities (Boot Menu)
Use the arrow keys to move up and down the menu, and press enter to select a device
from the menu (the selected device will be highlighted in white).
UEFI Boot (Boot Menu > OS Select)
Enable/disable UEFI Boot from this menu. The Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) specification provides a clean interface between operating systems and
platform firmware at boot time. In contrast to BIOS, UEFI defines a set of standard
boot and runtime services. The Network Stack item will be enabled as an option under UEFI Boot.
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Boot Menu 5 - 15
BIOS Utilities
Exit Menu
Figure 5 - 6
Exit Menu
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Click Save Changes and Reset to save all changes made. Choosing to Discard
Changes, or Exit Discarding Changes, will wipe out any changes you have made
to the Setup. You can also choose to restore the original Setup defaults that will return the Setup to its original state, and erase any previous changes you have made in
a previous session.
5 - 16 Exit Menu
Upgrading The Computer
Chapter 6: Upgrading The Computer
Overview
This chapter contains information on upgrading the computer. Follow the steps outlined to make the desired upgrades. If you have any trouble or problems you can contact your service representative for further help. Before you begin you will need:
• A small crosshead or Phillips screwdriver
• A small regular slotted (flathead) screwdriver
• An antistatic wrist strap

Warranty Warning
Please check with your
service representative
before undertaking any
upgrade procedures to
find out if this will VOID
your warranty.
Before working with the internal components you will need to wear an antistatic
wrist strap to ground yourself because static electricity may damage the components.
The chapter includes:
•
•
•
•
•
Removing the Battery
Removing the Component Bay Cover
Upgrading the Hard Disk Drive(s)
Upgrading the Optical (CD/DVD) Device
Upgrading the System Memory (RAM)
Please make sure that you review each procedure before you perform it.
Overview 6 - 1
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Upgrading The Computer
When Not to Upgrade

Power Safety Warning
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Before you undertake
any upgrade procedures, make sure that
you have turned off the
power, and disconnected all peripherals and
cables (including telephone lines).
You must also remove
your battery in order to
prevent
accidentally
turning the machine on.
Before removing the
battery disconnect the
AC/DC adapter from
the computer.
These procedures involve opening the system’s case, adding and sometimes replacing parts.You should not perform any of these upgrades if:
•
•
•
•
Your system is still under warranty or a service contract
You don’t have all the necessary equipment
You’re not in the correct environment
You doubt your abilities
Under any of these conditions, contact your service representative to purchase or replace the component(s).

Removal Warning
When removing any cover(s) and screw(s) for the purposes of device upgrade, remember
to replace the cover(s) and screw(s) before turning restoring power to the system.
Also note the following when the cover is removed:
•
•
6 - 2 Overview
Hazardous moving parts.
Keep away from moving fan blades.
Upgrading The Computer
Upgrading the Processor
If you want to upgrade your computer by replacing the existing processor with a faster/new one you will need to contact your customer service representative. We recommend that you do not do this yourself, since if it is done incorrectly you may
damage the processor or mainboard.
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Overview 6 - 3
Upgrading The Computer

Warranty Warning
Please check with your
service representative
before undertaking any
upgrade procedures to
find out if this will VOID
your warranty.
Removing the Battery
If you are confident in undertaking upgrade procedures yourself, for safety reasons
it is best to remove the battery. Before removing the battery disconnect the AC/
DC adapter from the computer first.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Turn the computer off, remove the AC/DC adapter and turn it over.
Slide the latch 1 in the direction of the arrow.
Slide the latch 2 in the direction of the arrow and the battery will pop up.
Lift the battery 3 out of the compartment.
Note that though only Model B
is pictured, the battery removal
procedure is identical for both
computer models.
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Figure 6 - 1
Battery Removal
1
2
3
6 - 4 Removing the Battery
Upgrading The Computer
Removing the Component Bay Cover
1.
2.
Turn off the computer, and turn it over and remove the battery.
Locate the component bay cover and remove screws 1 - 3 .
2
1
3
Figure 6 - 2
Component Bay
Cover Screws
Model A
1
2
3
Model B
Removing the Component Bay Cover 6 - 5
6
Upgrading The Computer
3.
4.
Slide the cover in the direction of arrow 4 , until the case markers 5 line up.
Remove the component bay cover 6 .
5
5
5
5
4
Figure 6 - 3
6
Component Bay
Cover Removal
Model A
6
6 - 6 Removing the Component Bay Cover
Model B
6
Upgrading The Computer
Replacing the Component Bay Cover
1.
2.
3.
Reinsert the component bay cover by placing it on the bottom case assembly and
sliding it on to the case in the direction of arrow 7 .
Make sure the case markers 8 line up.
Replace screws 1 - 3 (Figure 6 - 2 on page 6 - 5).
8
8
7
8
Figure 6 - 4
Component Bay
Cover Replacement
8
Removing the Component Bay Cover 6 - 7
6
Upgrading The Computer

HDD System Warning
6
New HDD’s are blank. Before you begin make sure:
You have backed up any
data you want to keep from
your old HDD.
You have all the CD-ROMs
and FDDs required to install your operating system
and programs.
If you have access to the internet, download the latest
application and hardware
driver updates for the operating system you plan to install. Copy these to a
removable medium.
Upgrading the Hard Disk Drive(s)
The hard disk Drive(s) can be taken out to accommodate up to two other 2.5" serial
(SATA) hard disk drives with a height of 9.5mm (h) (see “Storage” on page D - 2).
Follow your operating system’s installation instructions, and install all necessary
drivers and utilities (as outlined in “Drivers & Utilities” on page 4 - 1), when setting
up a new hard disk.
6 - 8 Upgrading the Hard Disk Drive(s)
Upgrading The Computer
Removing the Hard Disk from the Primary HDD Bay
1.
2.
3.
4.
Turn off the computer, and turn it over and remove the battery (see page 6 - 4).
Remove screw 1 .
Slide the HDD cover in the direction of arrow 2 until the case markers 3 line up.
Lift the HDD cover out of the computer 4 .
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Figure 6 - 5
1
Primary HDD Cover
Removal
2
3
4
Upgrading the Hard Disk Drive(s) 6 - 9
Upgrading The Computer
5.

HDD Insulation Plates
6
Note that the HDD insulation plates for the primary and secondary
hard disks, though similar in outward appearance,
are
NOT
interchangeable.
The
plates
are
clearly
marked 1ST HDD & 2nd
HDD.
6.
7.
8.
Slide the hard disk assembly 5 forward, and remove the assembly from the
computer.
Remove screws 6 & 7 and the primary HDD insulation plate 8 .
Reverse the process to install a new disk and do not forget to reinstall the
insulation plate.
Replace the component bay cover (see page 6 - 7).
7
8
Make sure you use the
appropriate insulation
plate for the HDD as the
sizes are slightly different
6
5
Figure 6 - 6
Primary Hard Disk
Insulation Plate
Removal
6 - 10 Upgrading the Hard Disk Drive(s)
Upgrading The Computer
Removing the Hard Disk from the Secondary HDD Bay
1.
2.
3.
4.
Turn off the computer, and turn it over and remove the battery and component bay
cover (see pages 6 - 4 & 6 - 5).
Remove screws 1 & 2 from the secondary HDD assembly.
Slide the HDD assembly in the direction of arrow 3 .
Lift the HDD assembly out of the computer 4 .
2
1
3

HDD Insulation Plates
Note that the HDD insulation plates for the primary and secondary
hard disks, though similar in outward appearance,
are
NOT
interchangeable.
The
plates
are
clearly
marked 1ST HDD & 2nd
HDD.
Make sure you use the
appropriate insulation
plate for the HDD as the
sizes are slightly different
4
Figure 6 - 7
Secondary HDD
Assembly Screws &
Removal
Upgrading the Hard Disk Drive(s) 6 - 11
6
Upgrading The Computer
5.
Remove screws 5 & 6 and separate the case bracket 7 and the insulation
plate 8 .
8
Figure 6 - 8
Secondary
Hard Disk Case
Bracket & Insulation
Plate Removal
6
6
7
5
6.
7.
8.
9.
Reverse the process to install a new disk (pay careful attention to the orientation of
the hard disk in the case bracket before tightening the screws).
Insert the new HDD into the case along with the insulation plate and replace the
crews.
Reinsert the HDD assembly back into the case and replace the screws 1 & 2
(Figure 6 - 7 on page 6 - 11).
Replace the component bay cover (see page 6 - 7).
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Upgrading The Computer
Upgrading the Optical (CD/DVD) Device
The procedure for removing the optical device will depend upon your particular
computer model:
• See “Removing the Optical Device Drive for Model A Computers” on page 6 - 14.
• See “Removing the Optical Device Drive for Model B Computers” on page 6 - 15.
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Upgrading the Optical (CD/DVD) Device 6 - 13
Upgrading The Computer
Removing the Optical Device Drive for Model A Computers
1.
2.
Turn off the computer, and turn it over and remove the battery and primary hard
disk bay cover (see pages 6 - 9 & 6 - 5).
Remove the screw at point 1 , and use a screwdriver to carefully push out the
optical device at point 2 .
Figure 6 - 9
6
1
Removing the
Optical Device
(Model A)
2
3.
4.
2
Reverse the process to install the new device.
Replace the component bay cover (see page 6 - 7).
6 - 14 Upgrading the Optical (CD/DVD) Device
Upgrading The Computer
Removing the Optical Device Drive for Model B Computers
1.
2.
Turn off the computer, and turn it over and remove the battery and component bay
cover (see pages 6 - 4 & 6 - 5).
Remove the screw at point 1 , and use a screwdriver to carefully push out the
optical device at point 2 .
2
2
Figure 6 - 10
Removing the
Optical Device
(Model B)
1
3.
4.
Reverse the process to install the new device.
Replace the component bay cover (see page 6 - 7).
Upgrading the Optical (CD/DVD) Device 6 - 15
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Upgrading The Computer
Upgrading the System Memory (RAM)
The computer has two memory sockets for 204 pin Small Outline Dual In-line (SODIMM) DDR III (DDR3) type memory modules (see “Memory” on page D - 2).
The total memory size is automatically detected by the POST routine once you turn
on your computer.
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Note that three SO-DIMMs are only supported by Quad-Core CPUs; Dual-Core
CPUs support two SO-DIMMs maximum (see “Memory” on page D - 2 for full
details).
Two primary memory sockets are located under component bay cover (the bottom case cover), and secondary memory socket is located under the keyboard
(and is not user upgradable). If you are installing only two RAM modules then
they should be installed in the primary memory sockets under the component
bay cover.
Note that the RAM located under the keyboard is not user upgradable. Contact your
distributor/supplier for more information if you wish to upgrade the memory in the
secondary memory sockets.
6 - 16 Upgrading the System Memory (RAM)
Upgrading The Computer
1.
2.
Turn off the computer, and turn it over and remove the battery and component bay
cover (see pages 6 - 4 & 6 - 5).
The memory sockets will be visible at point 1 on the mainboard.
Figure 6 - 11
RAM Module
Location

Contact Warning
1
3.
Gently pull the two release latches ( 2 & 3 ) on the sides of the memory sockets)
in the direction indicated below.
2
3
Be careful not to touch
the metal pins on the
module’s
connecting
edge. Even the cleanest
hands have oils which
can attract particles, and
degrade the module’s
performance.
Figure 6 - 12
RAM Module
Release Latches
Upgrading the System Memory (RAM) 6 - 17
6
Upgrading The Computer
4.

Figure 6 - 13
6
The RAM module will 4 pop-up, and you can remove it.
RAM Module
Removal
Single Memory Module
Installation

If your computer has a single memory
module, then insert the module into the
Channel 0 (JDIMM1) socket. In this
case this is the lower memory socket
(the socket closest to the mainboard).
Contact Warning
Be careful not to touch
the metal pins on the
module’s
connecting
edge. Even the cleanest
hands have oils which
can attract particles, and
degrade the module’s
performance.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
4
Pull the latches to release the second module if necessary.
Insert a new module holding it at about a 30° angle and fit the connectors firmly
into the memory socket.
The module’s pin alignment will allow it to only fit one way. Make sure the module
is seated as far into the socket as it will go. DO NOT FORCE the module; it should
fit without much pressure.
Press the module in and down towards the mainboard until the socket levers click
into place to secure the module.
Replace the component bay cover (see page 6 - 7).
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Modules
Chapter 7: Modules
Overview
This chapter contains the information on the various modules (some of which are
optional) which may come with your computer, depending on the configuration
purchased. If you are unsure please contact your service representative.
The chapter includes information on the following:
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Setting Up SATA RAID or AHCI Mode
PC Camera Module
Wireless LAN Module
Fingerprint Reader Module
Bluetooth & WLAN Combo Module
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology
Intel® Rapid Start Technology Driver
Intel® Wireless Display Application
Sound Blaster Cinema EQ
3G Module
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Overview 7 - 1
Modules

RAID Hard Disks
All hard disks in a RAID
should be identical (the
same size and brand) in
order to prevent unexpected system behavior.
SATA Mode
Selection
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The SATA mode selection should be made before installing your
operating system.
DO NOT change your
selected SATA mode
unless you intend to reinstall your operating
system. Make sure you
have backed up all your
data before doing so.
Setting Up SATA RAID or AHCI Mode
AHCI Mode
Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) is an interface specification that allows
the storage driver to enable advanced serial ATA features such as Native Command
Queuing (for maximum hard disk efficiency and performance). AHCI mode can be
supported by one or two hard disks. Make sure you install the Intel® Rapid Storage
Technology application if you have set up your hard disk(s) in AHCI mode (see
“Intel® Rapid Storage Technology” on page 7 - 57)
RAID
To configure your RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) system in Striping (RAID 0), Mirroring (RAID 1) or Recovery modes (see Table 7 - 1, on page 7 3) you will require at least two identical (see sidebar) hard disks. Note that you will
need to install a driver from the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc at
OS installation (see page 7 - 4).
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Application
Make sure you install the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology application if you
have set up your hard disk(s) in RAID mode (see “Intel® Rapid Storage Technology” on page 7 - 57).
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Modules
RAID Level
Description
Table 7 - 1
RAID 0
Identical drives reading and writing data in parallel to increase performance. RAID 0
implements a striped disk array and the data is broken into blocks and each block is
written to a separate disk drive.
RAID Levels
RAID 1
Identical drives in a mirrored configuration used to protect data. Should a drive that is
part of a mirrored array fail, the mirrored drive (which contains identical data) will
handle all the data. When a new replacement drive is installed, data to the new drive is
rebuilt from the mirrored drive to restore fault tolerance.
Recovery
Two Identical drives copying data between a master and a recovery disk. This provides
more control over how data is copied between the master and recovery drives, fast
volume updates and the ability to view the data in Windows Explorer.

SATA Mode Selection
The SATA mode selection should be made before installing your operating system.
DO NOT change your selected SATA mode unless you intend to reinstall your operating
system. Make sure you have backed up all your data before doing so.
RAID Hard Disks
All hard disks in a RAID should be identical (the same size and brand) in order to prevent
unexpected system behavior.

Array Types
A Mirrored Array
(RAID 1) provides full
data protection, as
data can simply be
copied from a healthy
disk to a replacement
for any failed disk.
A
Striped
Array
(RAID 0) is NOT faulttolerant. The failure of
one drive will result in
the loss of all data in
the array. It is designed to increase disk
performance
by
spreading the I/O load
across the channels
and drives.
Setting Up SATA RAID or AHCI Mode 7 - 3
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Modules
SATA RAID Setup Procedure (Windows 8)
To configure your RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) system in Striping (RAID 0) or Mirroring (RAID 1) modes (see Table 7 - 1, on page 7 - 3) you will
require at least two identical (see sidebar) hard disks.
Note that the RAID setup in Windows 8 differs from that outlined for Windows7.
You need to setup a RAID before installing your Windows 8 operating system, and
you will need to prepare the following in order to do so.
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1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
The Microsoft Windows 8 OS DVD.
A hard disk installed in the Primary HDD bay.
A second (identical) hard disk installed in the Secondary HDD bay.
The Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc.
A USB flash drive.
An operable computer (to copy files from the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s
Manual disc to the USB flash drive).
Before setting up the system you will need to copy a driver folder to a USB flash
drive or external USB hard disk. This driver folder is included on the Device Drivers
& Utilities + User’s Manual disc but you will need to go to an operable computer
and copy the folder to a USB Flash drive or external USB hard disk.
7 - 4 Setting Up SATA RAID or AHCI Mode
Modules
1.
2.
3.
Go to the operable computer and insert a USB Flash drive or external USB hard
disk.
Insert the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc into the CD/DVD drive
of the operable computer.
Copy the f6flpy-x86 or f6flpy-x64 folder from the location below (D: denotes your
DVD drive) on the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc to the USB
flash drive or external USB hard disk.
• For Windows 8 32bit = D:\Options\RAID\f6flpy-x86
• For Windows 8 64bit = D:\Options\RAID\f6flpy-x64
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
Start-up your notebook computer and press <F2> to enter the BIOS.
Go to the Boot menu, select OS Select and press <Enter> (see page 5 - 14).
Set OS Select to “Windows 8” and set UEFI Boot to “Enabled”.
Press <Esc> to exit the menu and go to the Advanced menu.
Select SATA Mode (see page 5 - 10), press <Enter> and select “RAID Mode”.
Press <F4> and <Yes> to “Save Changes and Reset”.
After computer restarts press <F2> to enter the BIOS again.
Go to Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology (in the Advanced menu) and press
<Enter>.
12. Select Create RAID Volume and press <Enter>.
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Figure 7 - 1
Create RAID Volume
(Advanced > Intel(R)
Rapid Storage
Technology
Setting Up SATA RAID or AHCI Mode 7 - 5
Modules
13. You can now setup your RAID volume using any two installed disks.
14. Go to Name: and press <Enter>.
15. Type a name of your choice for your RAID volume and press <Enter>.
Figure 7 - 2
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Name the RAID
Volume (Advanced
> Intel(R) Rapid
Storage
Technology)
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Modules
16. Go to RAID Level: and press <Enter>.
17. Choose the RAID Level required (see Table 7 - 1, on page 7 - 3 for details) and
press <Enter>.
• RAID0 (Stripe)
• RAID1 (Mirror)
• Recovery
18. Go to any of the disks listed under Select Disks: and select a disk name and
press <Enter>.
19. Move the cursor down (use the arrow keys) onto to X (o select the disk required
and press <Enter>.
• If you have selected a Recovery level RAID then you need to select one disk to
be Master disk (M) and one disk to be the Recovery disk (R)
For Recovery
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Figure 7 - 3
Select Disks
(Advanced > Intel(R)
Rapid Storage
Technology)
For Stripe or Mirror
Setting Up SATA RAID or AHCI Mode 7 - 7
Modules
20. You should select two identical disks to form your RAID volume.
21. If you have selected RAID0 (Stripe) then you can adjust the “Strip Size” to your
requirements.
22. If you have selected Recovery then you can adjust the Synchronization to “On
Request” or “Continuous”.
23. Go to Create Volume and press <Enter>.
24. The RAID volume will then be created and the RAID information will be displayed
under Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology (in the Advanced menu).
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Figure 7 - 4
Created RAID
Information
(Advanced > Intel(R)
Rapid Storage
Technology)
7 - 8 Setting Up SATA RAID or AHCI Mode
Modules
25. Press <Esc> to exit the menu.
26. Press <F4> and <Yes> to “Save Changes and Reset”, however ensure that the
two conditions in the bulleted points below are met before doing so.
• Make sure the Windows 8 OS DVD is in the DVD drive. and as the computer
starts up it will automatically boot from the Windows 8 OS DVD (you will be
prompted to press a key to boot from the DVD).
• Make sure your USB Flash drive or external USB hard disk is attached to one of
the USB ports on the computer.
27. Press <F7> as the computer starts up to bring up the boot device menu.
28. Select the DVD drive containing the Windows 8 OS DVD and press <Enter>.
29. Press a key at system startup to begin installing Windows from your Microsoft
Windows 8 disc.
30. Click Next > Install Now to continue installing the operating system as normal
(see your Windows documentation if you need help on installing the Windows
OS).
31. A prompt will appear to ask you to Load Driver.
32. Click Browse and browse to the location you copied the files to on your USB Flash
drive or external USB hard disk (X: denotes your USB Flash drive or external USB
hard disk):
• X:\f6flpy-x86 (for Windows 8 32bit)
• X:\f6flpy-x64 (for Windows 8 64bit)
33. Click Next.
34. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the Windows 8 operating system.
Setting Up SATA RAID or AHCI Mode 7 - 9
7
Modules
35. Install the Windows drivers from the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual
disc as per Table 4 - 1, on page 4 - 3 (make sure you install the Intel Rapid
Storage Technology driver - see overleaf).
36. Run the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology application to manage your RAID
volume as instructed in “Intel® Rapid Storage Technology for RAID Systems”
on page 7 - 58.
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IRST Driver Installation
1. Insert the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc into the DVD
drive.
2. Click Option Drivers (button).
3. Click 4.Install IRST Driver > Yes.
4. Click Next > Next.
5. Click the tickbox to accept the license and click Next.
6. Click Next > Next > Next.
7. Click Finish to restart the computer.
8. See “Intel® Rapid Storage Technology for RAID Systems” on page 7 58.
7 - 10 Setting Up SATA RAID or AHCI Mode
Modules
Deleting a RAID (Windows 8)
If you wish to delete an existing RAID then follow the procedure below to do so. However backup up any necessary files and data before deleting a RAID, as doing so
will result in the loss of all data on the RAID volumes.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Start-up your notebook computer and press <F2> to enter the BIOS.
Go to Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology (in the Advanced menu) and press
<Enter>.
Go to the RAID (listed under RAID Volumes:) and press <Enter>.
Select Delete and press <Enter>.
Select “Yes” (note that al the data on the volumes will be lost) and press <Enter>.
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Figure 7 - 5
Delete RAID
(Advanced > Intel(R)
Rapid Storage
Technology)
Setting Up SATA RAID or AHCI Mode 7 - 11
Modules
PC Camera Module
When the PC Camera application is run the LED indicator to the left of the camera
will be illuminated in red (see 2 Figure 1 - 2 on page 1 - 7/Figure 1 - 3 on page 1
- 8). Note that you need to use the Camera app in Windows 8 to take pictures and
capture video. Use the Fn + F10 key combination (see “Function Keys & Visual
Indicators” on page 1 - 14) to toggle power to the PC Camera module.
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7 - 12 PC Camera Module
Modules
PC Camera Audio Setup
If you want to capture video & audio with your camera, it is necessary to setup the
audio recording options in Windows.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Go to the Control Panel.
Click Sound
(Hardware and Sound) and click Recording (tab).
Right-click hold and release Microphone (VIA High Definition Audio) and make
sure the item is not disabled.
Double-click Microphone (or select Properties from the right-click menu).
Click Levels (tab), and adjust the Microphone and Microphone Boost sliders to
the level required.
Click OK and close the control panels.
Figure 7 - 6
Audio Setup for PC
Camera
Right-click
PC Camera Module 7 - 13
7
Modules
Camera App
1.
2.
3.
Make sure the camera is powered on (use the Fn + F10 key combination to toggle
power to the camera module).
Click the Camera app icon in the Start screen to run the Camera app
.
The camera interface is a translucent app bar with three buttons.
Figure 7 - 7
Camera App Bar
• Camera options:. Click this button to open a window with three main options:

7
Camera Options
Figure 7 - 8
Camera Options
• Resolution (determined by the
camera spec)
• Audio device (select microphone to use)
• Video Stabilization (a toggle
based on spec of the camera)
7 - 14 PC Camera Module
Modules
You can also click on More to adjust Brightness, Contrast and Flicker (if you
find that the video screen in the camera program is flickering, you can try to
adjust the setting here).

Eliminating Screen
Flicker
If you find that the video
screen in the camera program is flickering, you can
try to adjust the setting in
Flicker under More Options.
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Figure 7 - 9
More Camera
Options
• Timer: This button will start a three second countdown before the system takes
a still photo or video recording starts.
• Video Mode: This button toggles between still photo mode (transparent button
) and video recording mode (highlighted white button
).
PC Camera Module 7 - 15
Modules
Taking Pictures/Capturing Video
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Make sure the camera is powered on (use the Fn + F10 key combination to toggle
power to the camera module).
Click the Camera app icon in the Start screen to run the Camera app
.
Click to select the timer if you require a countdown before capture.
Click to select either photo or video modes.
Click in the main window to take a picture or start video capture (if video capture
begins a timer will appear in the bottom right corner of the screen).
To stop video capture click the main window again.
Captured photos and videos will be saved to a Camera Roll folder within the
Picture folder in Libraries.
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Figure 7 - 10
Libraries - Pictures
7 - 16 PC Camera Module
Modules
8.
A scroll arrow will appear on the left side of the screen after any pictures/videos
have been captured.
9. Click the arrows (on either side of the screen) to browse through the captured
photos/video, and back to the Camera app.
10. Clicking on a captured photo will bring up an app bar with Crop and Delete
buttons.
Figure 7 - 11
Crop & Delete
Buttons
(for Still Photos)
11. Use the handles to Crop any captured picture, and click OK to save the changes
made.
12. Click Delete to delete any captured photo (note that no prompt will appear to
confirm the delete).
13. Right-click any captured video to bring up app bar with Trim and Delete buttons.
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Figure 7 - 12
Trim & Delete
Buttons
(for Video Files)
14. Use the buttons at either end of the slider to adjust the video length and click OK to
save the changes made.
PC Camera Module 7 - 17
Modules
Reducing Video File Size
Note that capturing high resolution video files requires a substantial amount of disk
space for each file. After recording video, check the video file size (right-click the
file and select Properties) and the remaining free space on your hard disk (go to My
Computer, right-click the hard disk, and select Properties). If necessary you can
remove the recorded video file to a removable medium e.g. CD, DVD or USB Flash
drive.
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Note that the Windows 8 system requires a minimum of 16GB (32-bit) or 20GB (64bit) of free space on the C: drive system partition. In order to prevent system problems it is recommended that you move any large sized captured video file to a location other than the C: drive, or reduce video resolution (see below).
To Reduce Video Resolution Output Size:
1.
2.
3.
Run the Camera app.
Click the Video resolution dropbox and select a lower resolution size in order to
reduce the captured file size.
Note that reducing video resolution will affect the video quality.
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Modules
Wireless LAN Module
If you have included an Intel® or 3rd Party WLAN module in your purchase option
make sure that the module is on (i.e. the system is not in Airplane Mode) before installing the driver.
Make sure you install the drivers in the order indicated in Table 4 - 1, on page 4 - 3.
Note that you need to install both the WLAN & Bluetooth drivers for the WLAN
& Bluetooth Combo modules.

Wireless Device
Operation Aboard
Aircraft
The use of any portable
electronic transmission
devices aboard aircraft
is usually prohibited.
Make sure the WLAN &
Bluetooth module(s)
are OFF if you are using
the computer aboard
aircraft by putting the
system in to Airplane
Mode (see Table 1 - 4,
on page 1 - 11/Table 1
- 6, on page 1 - 14).
Wireless LAN Module 7 - 19
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Modules
3rd Party 802.11b/g/n Driver Installation
1. Make sure the system is not in Airplane Mode, and then insert the Device
Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc into the DVD drive.
2. Click Option Drivers (button).
3. Click 1.Install WLAN Driver > Yes.
4. Click Next.
5. Click Finish to restart the computer.
6. The operating system is the default setting for Wireless LAN control in
Windows (see page 7 - 21).
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Intel® WLAN Driver Installation
1. Make sure the system is not in Airplane Mode, and then insert the Device
Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc into the DVD drive.
2. Click Option Drivers (button).
3. Click 1.Install WLAN Driver > Yes.
4. Click in the tickbox to agree to the End User License Agreement and click
Install.
5. Click Finish.
6. The operating system is the default setting for Wireless LAN control in
Windows (see page 7 - 21).
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Modules
WLAN Configuration in Windows 8
You can configure a wireless connection using one of the following options, however make sure the Wireless LAN module is turned on (and not in Airplane Mode)
before configuration begins.
Charms Bar
1.
2.
3.
Go to the Charms Bar.
Select Settings and then click the WiFi icon (it should read Available under the
icon and Airplane mode should be Off).
A list of available access points will appear.
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Figure 7 - 13
WiFi Settings
(Charms Bar) &
Networks
Wireless LAN Module 7 - 21
Modules
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
Double-click an access point to connect to it (or click it and click Connect).
Enter a network security key (password) if required, and click Next.
You can choose to share or connect to devices or not.
When you are connected to the network access point it will display the Connected
icon
.
Select any connected network and click Disconnect
to disconnect from a
connected access point.
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Figure 7 - 14
Networks
Connected /
Disconnect
9. You can click the Airplane Mode button to turn the mode On or Off.
10. If you click on Change PC Settings (at the bottom of Settings in the Charms Bar)
you can turn Wireless or Airplane Mode On/Off (see over).
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Modules
11. You need to either use Airplane Mode, or to turn the WLAN module off aboard
aircraft.
Figure 7 - 15
PC Settings
(Wireless)
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Wireless LAN Module 7 - 23
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Desktop Mode
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Switch to the Windows Desktop (click the app or use the Windows logo key
D key combination).
Click the wireless icon
in the notification area of the taskbar.
A list of available access points will appear.
Double-click an access point to connect to it (or click it and click Connect).
Enter a network security key (password) if required, and click Next.
You can choose to share or connect to devices or not.
Select any connected network and click Disconnect to disconnect from a
connected access point.
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Figure 7 - 16
Windows Desktop
Taskbar Notification
Area WLAN
Connection
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+
Modules
Control Panel
If you are in Category View do the following (see over for Icon View):
1.
2.
3.
Open the Control Panel.
Click the Network and Internet control panel.
Click Connect to a network.
Figure 7 - 17
Network and
Internet Control
Panel
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
A list of available access points will appear.
Double-click an access point to connect to it (or click it and click Connect).
Enter a network security key (password) if required, and click Next.
You can choose to share or connect to devices or not.
Select any connected network and click Disconnect to disconnect from a
connected access point.
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Modules
If you are in Icon View do the following:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Open the Control Panel.
Click Network and Sharing Center.
Click Change Adapter Settings.
Double-click Wi-Fi.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
A list of available access points will appear.
Double-click an access point to connect to it (or click it and click Connect).
Enter a network security key (password) if required, and click Next.
You can choose to share or connect to devices or not.
Select any connected network and click Disconnect to disconnect from a
connected access point.
Figure 7 - 18
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Network and
Sharing Center
Control Panel
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Modules
Fingerprint Reader Module
(For Model A Computers Only)
The optional fingerprint reader application software provides a high level of security for your computer. Make sure you have administrator’s rights to your computer, and have a Windows password enabled for full security protection. A further
level of security and control is provided in the BIOS (see “Security Menu” on
page 5 - 12).
The fingerprint reader and application software allow you to:
• Access or Lock your computer
• Protect sensitive files
• Access frequently used websites using your fingerprint
If you have included the fingerprint reader in your purchase option you will need to
install the driver as per the instructions provided. Make sure you have administrator’s rights to your computer, and have a Windows password enabled for full security protection. Before beginning the enrollment process it is recommended that you
go through the fingerprint tutorial.

Password Warning
If you set passwords for
any of the security modules, NEVER forget your
password.
The consequences of
this could be serious. If
you cannot remember
your boot password you
must contact your vendor and you may lose all
of the information on
your hard disk.
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Modules
There are two fingerprint applications supplied with this model. Install the driver
from the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc and follow the appropriate instructions on the following pages.
• See overleaf for driver installation on the two applications.
• See pages 7 - 30 to 7 - 39 for information on the AuthenTec TrueSuite application.
• See pages 7 - 40 to 7 - 50 for information on the BioExcess application.
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Modules
AuthenTec TrueSuite Fingerprint Reader Driver Installation
1. Insert the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc into the CD/
DVD drive.
2. Click Option Drivers.
3. Click 2.Install Finger Print Driver > Yes.
4. Click Next.
5. Click Finish to restart the computer.
6. See “AuthenTec TrueSuite Application” on page 7 - 30 for more information.
BioExcess Fingerprint Reader Driver Installation
1. Insert the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc into the CD/
DVD drive.
2. Click Option Drivers.
3. Click 2.Install Fingerprint Driver > Yes.
4. Click Next (the system will take some time to install the application).
5. Click Finish to restart the computer.
6. See “BioExcess Application” on page 7 - 40 for more information.
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Modules

Fingerprint
Enrollment
Note that it is strongly recommended that you enroll
more than one finger in
case of injury etc.
AuthenTec TrueSuite Application
The AuthenTec TrueSuite application is used in conjunction with your fingerprint
reader to enroll fingerprints and manage settings etc.
User Enrollment
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
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Figure 7 - 19
6.
Run the AuthenTec TrueSuite application.
Click Yes when you have identified your fingerprint reader sensor ( 12 in
Figure 1 - 2 on page 1 - 7).
Click Yes when you are ready to enroll your fingerprints.
Click on the fingerprint diagram to select any finger to enroll.
You will be required to enter your Windows password (you will be prompted to
create a password if you have not already done so) at this point (click OK to
confirm the password entry).
Swipe the finger until the progress bar reaches 100% to enroll that finger.
Fingerprint
Enrollment
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7.
You will be prompted to select another finger for enrollment (it is recommended
that you enroll a number of fingers - see sidebar).
8. Click the button to continue once you have enrolled a number of fingerprints.
9. Enter the required information and click the button to register your software, or
click to register later.
10. Your fingerprints will now be enrolled (you may enroll any additional fingerprints at
any time).

Help
Click the Help
icon
and select a help topic
from
the
drop-down
menu. Get more help will
provide a more comprehensive list of help topics.
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Figure 7 - 20
AuthenTec
TrueSuite
AuthenTec TrueSuite Application 7 - 31
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Settings
Click the Settings
button on the menu bar to access the personalization settings
for AuthenTec TrueSuite. Here you can choose to enable/disable Website Log On,
QuickLaunch, Fast User Switching and the desktop icon. You can also select the
Theme and export/import identities. Click the Save button to save any changes
made.
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Figure 7 - 21
AuthenTec
TrueSuite - Settings
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Windows Log On
Windows log on allows you to gain access to your computer by swiping your finger
across the fingerprint reader sensor. Use the Biometric Devices control panel (in the
Hardware & Sound category) in Windows to turn Biometrics on/off when required. Access the Biometric Devices control panel and select Change biometric
settings to turn the biometrics on or off, or to allow users to log on to Windows using
fingerprints.
Figure 7 - 22
Biometric Devices
Control Panel
(Windows Hardware
& Sound)
When Biometrics is on, and “Allow users to log on to Windows using their fingerprints” is enabled, simple swipe you finger across the reader to log on to Windows.
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Modules
Website Log On
Use a fingerprint swipe to log on to websites to help you avoid having to remember
user names and passwords across multiple websites (browsers supported are Internet
Explorer, Firefox and Chrome).
Registering a Website
1.
2.
3.
4.
Use your web browser to navigate to the website required.
Enter your user name and password and sign in to the website.
An AuthenTec TrueStudio dialog box will pop-up.
Click Save Password to register the website.
5.
The website will now be registered (and your log on and password information will
be bolometrically stored) and you will be prompted to swipe a finger to log on to the
website in future.
Figure 7 - 23
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Save Password
Figure 7 - 24
Log On to Website
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QuickLaunch
QuickLaunch allows you to drag and drop icons (which represent websites, folders,
applications and/or computer actions) to any enrolled finger and then swipe your finger to launch the icons assigned to that finger.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Run the AuthenTec TrueSuite application.
Click Select Category
(button) to group icons if required.
Drag and drop an icon to an enrolled finger.
To launch the website, folder, application and/or action just swipe your finger
across the sensor.
If you have entered the log on information for the website then a single swipe will
launch the website(s), load the log on page and log on to your account.
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Figure 7 - 25
QuickLaunch
AuthenTec TrueSuite Application 7 - 35
Modules
Adding a Website to QuickLaunch
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
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Run the AuthenTec TrueSuite application.
Click the Add Website button on the menu bar and the dialog box will be displayed.
Enter the website URL, name, icon and category as required.
Click Save and an icon will be associated with the selected website.
To delete an icon right-click it and select Delete Icon and it will no longer be
associated with the finger.
Figure 7 - 26
QuickLaunch
Add Website
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Dock View
Dock View displays the website icons across the bottom of the screen. Each icon
wiLl have an associated web card which displays the website information, user name
and password etc. This information may be edited or deleted as required.
Figure 7 - 27
Dock View
Editing a Web Card
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Run the AuthenTec TrueSuite application.
Left-click a web card to bring up the associated information.
You can click the reveal/hide password button
to see or hide the password.
Make any changes required and click Save to confirm the changes.
To delete a web card left-click it and click the Delete icon.
Click Print to print and web card and the password will be shown in plain text.
You can Print all web cards from the menu bar button if required.
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Figure 7 - 28
QuickLaunch
Add Website
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Exporting and Importing Your Identity
You can export your identity to backup your information, or to move it to another
computer.
Exporting Your Identity
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7
Run the AuthenTec TrueSuite application.
Click the Settings button on the menu bar.
Click Export My Identity.
You will be required to enter and confirm a passphrase and click Next.
Browse to a location to Save the file.
Swipe a finger to confirm the export.
Importing Your Identity
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Run the AuthenTec TrueSuite application.
Click the Settings button on the menu bar.
Click Import My Identity.
Browse to the location where the file is saved.
Select the file and click Open.
Type your passphrase and click Next.
The information will then be imported.
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AuthenTec KeepSafe
The KeepSafe folder is an encrypted area assigned on your hard drive that allows
you to store files and folders to be protected by fingerprint protection. The folder
will appear on your desktop (if selected in the Personalization Settings) and in My
Computer, but will not be visible to other users of your computer.
To lock/unlock the KeepSafe folder right-click it to display the context menu and
select Unlock/Lock. You will be required to authenticate when unlocking the folder
using either a fingerprint swipe or Windows password.
To add files to KeepSafe folder just open the folder and drag and drop files into the
folder. You may also right-click any file to bring up the context menu and select Add
to KeepSafe (you can select whether or not to keep or delete the original file).
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Modules
BioExcess Application
The BioExcess application is used in conjunction with your fingerprint reader to enroll fingerprints and manage settings etc.
User Enrollment
1.
2.
3.
4.
Run the BioExcess application from the Start screen.
Identify your fingerprint sensor ( 11 Fingerprint Reader Module in Figure 1 - 2
on page 1 - 6).
Click Next when the Initial Wizard appears.
Swipe a finger to practice enrollment (click Next to skip this step).
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Figure 7 - 29
Enrollment Tutorial
7 - 40 BioExcess Application
Modules
5.
6.
7.
8.
Enter your Windows log on password, and then click Next.
Click on the fingerprint diagram to select any finger to enroll.
Swipe the finger until the finger is enrolled and then repeat for other fingers.
Click Next to continue once you have enrolled a number of fingerprints.

Fingerprint
Enrollment
Note that it is strongly
recommended that you
enroll more than one finger in case of injury etc.
See page 8 - 11 for further information on
scanning fingers
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Figure 7 - 30
Fingerprint
Enrollment
9.
Click Finish when the Initialization Successful message appears (if you have
selected Launch Control Center then it will be run on exiting the wizard).
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BioExcess Control Center
Run BioExcess application and swipe a registered finger to run the Control Center
(or swipe a finger across the fingerprint sensor and select Control Center from the
BioExcess Menu).
Figure 7 - 31
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BioExcess Menu &
Authentication
7 - 42 BioExcess Application
Modules
Use the Control Center to adjust all the BioExcess application settings. Click on
any of the menu headings to access the sub-menu to adjust functions or settings including Fingerprint Management, Data Protection, Online Accounts Management, General settings and Information.

Help
Click the Help
icon
and select a help topic
from
the
drop-down
menu. Select a topic from
the Contents menu or
Search for help on a specific area.
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Figure 7 - 32
Control Center
BioExcess Application 7 - 43
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Fingerprint Management
Fingerprint Enrollment: You can add or delete enrolled fingers by clicking in the
box above any of the fingers.
Application Launcher: Use any of your fingers to launch any chosen application,
website, online account or use Launch Express to launch functions such as Shut
Down, Windows Lock etc. Click OK to save any changes made to these settings.
• Click on any of the boxes above an enrolled finger and select the item from the
drop-down menu.
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Figure 7 - 33
Application
Launcher
7 - 44 BioExcess Application
Modules
• Simply drag and drop an executable file onto any enrolled fingers to launch an
application, or click and select Launch Application and then browse to the executable file.
• Select Launch Web Site and then input the URL to use a finger to go to any
website.
• Auto Login will prompt you to choose an account to select to login to when a
finger is swiped.
• Launch Express will allow you select one of a number of functions (e.g. shutting down the computer) when the appropriate finger is swiped.
Figure 7 - 34
Launch Express
BioExcess Application 7 - 45
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Modules
Data Protection
File Encryption/Decryption: Click Add or drag and drop any file for encryption/
decryption. Click Encrypt and you will be asked for a backup pass ow rd for the file.
You can right-click any file and select Decrypt/Encrypt File from the BioExcess
item in the menu. See the Help
file for further information.
Secure Drive Access: You can access your secure drive here. The secure drive is a
personal virtual drive that may only be open and closed by means of the authenticated fingerprint or password. Use the BioExcess Menu (swipe a finger across the sensor) or the click the icon in the notification area of the taskbar to open and close
(make sure you have saved any file data before closing) the secure drive. See page
7 - 48 for information on how to set the drive’s location and capacity.
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Figure 7 - 35
Taskbar Notification
Area Menu
(Open/Close Secure
Drive)
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Modules
Online Accounts Management
You can store user IDs and passwords for websites and/or applications and the software will then automatically fill in your log on and password information for you
when you swipe your finger. When you visit a registered website or program you
will see a BioExcess icon in the top left of the screen prompting you to swipe a finger
to log on. See Help
for more information on registering and managing online accounts.
Security Check will assess the password strength for any of your online accounts
by indicating if it is weak, medium or strong. If your password is assessed as weak
then it is suggested you change it.
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Figure 7 - 36
Control Center
Online Accounts
Management
BioExcess Application 7 - 47
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General Settings
User Settings: Fast User Switch enables multiple users to switch to their own Windows environment with the swipe of a finger. Use Pre-Boot Authentication to prevent the Windows OS from loading until the password has been confirmed.
Password Settings: You can change your backup password and Windows password
settings from this menu.
Secure Drive Settings: You can open/close, change drive location and change the
capacity of the secure drive from this menu.
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Figure 7 - 37
Control Center
Secure Drive
Settings
7 - 48 BioExcess Application
Modules
Data Backup Settings: Use this menu to set the location of the back up data (click
Browse and set location), manage the backup password and to select which items
are backed up (enrolled fingerprints and online accounts data).
Figure 7 - 38
Control Center
Data Backup
Settings
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Data Restore Settings: If you need to restore previously backed up data then do so
from this menu. Click Browse and go the location of the original backup, and input
the password.
BioExcess Application 7 - 49
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Information
These menu items provide online information on your software version, support and
any new features. You can also access the animated Tutorial on Online Accounts,
Swipe One and Secure Drive.
Figure 7 - 39
Control Center
Information
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Modules
Bluetooth & WLAN Combo Module
If your purchase option includes the Combination Wireless LAN & Bluetooth
module (either Intel® or 3rd Party) then install the driver as instructed overleaf.
Make sure that the module is on (i.e. the system is not in Airplane Mode) before installing the driver.

Bluetooth Data Transfer
Note that the transfer of data between the computer and a Bluetooth enabled device is supported
in one direction only (simultaneous data transfer is not supported). Therefore if you are copying
a file from your computer to a Bluetooth enabled device, you will not be able to copy a file from
the Bluetooth enabled device to your computer until the file transfer process from the computer
has been completed.
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Modules

High Speed Bluetooth
Data Transfer
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The Combination Wireless LAN & Bluetooth
module supports high
speed data transfer. However to achieve such
transfer speeds, both devices must support
high speed data transfer.
To obtain high speed
data transfer make sure
that both the WLAN and
Bluetooth modules are
powered on.
Check your Bluetooth
compatible device’s documentation to confirm it
supports high speed data
transfer.
3rd Party Bluetooth (V4.0) Combo Driver Installation
1. Make sure the system is not in Airplane Mode, and then insert the Device
Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc into the DVD drive.
2. Click Option Drivers (button).
3. Click 3.Install Combo BT Driver > Yes.
4. Click Next.
5. Click Finish to restart the computer.
6. See “Bluetooth Configuration in Windows 8” on page 7 - 53 for configuration instructions.
Intel Bluetooth Combo Driver Installation
1. Make sure the system is not in Airplane Mode, and then insert the Device
Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc into the DVD drive.
2. Click Option Drivers (button).
3. Click 3.Install Combo BT Driver > Yes.
4. Click Next > Next.
5. Click in the tickbox to accept the license and click Next.
6. Click Next > Finish.
7. See “Bluetooth Configuration in Windows 8” on page 7 - 53 for configuration instructions.
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Bluetooth Configuration in Windows 8
You can configure a Bluetooth connection as below, however make sure the Bluetooth module is on (i.e. not in Airplane Mode) before configuration begins.
Desktop Mode
1.
2.
3.
Switch to the Windows Desktop (click the App or use the Windows logo key
D key combination).
Click the notification area of the taskbar and double-click the Bluetooth icon
click and select Show Bluetooth Devices).
The Devices item in PC Settings will appear.
OR
+
(or
\
Charms Bar
1.
2.
3.
Go to the Charms Bar.
Select Settings and then click Change PC Settings.
The Devices item in PC Settings will appear.
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Figure 7 - 40
Bluetooth Taskbar
Icon & Change PC
Settings (Charms
Bar -Settings)
Bluetooth & WLAN Combo Module 7 - 53
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4.
5.
Click Add a Device.
Double-click the device you want to pair with the computer.
6.
On first connection the computer will provide you with a pairing code to be entered
onto the device.
7.
Enter the code into your Bluetooth enabled device and click Yes on the computer
to complete the pairing.
Figure 7 - 41
PC Settings
(Devices)
Add A Device
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Figure 7 - 42
Enter the Passcode
7 - 54 Bluetooth & WLAN Combo Module
Modules
8.
You need to either use Airplane Mode, or to turn the Bluetooth module off
aboard aircraft.
Figure 7 - 43
PC Settings
(Wireless)
Bluetooth & WLAN Combo Module 7 - 55
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Modules
To Make your Computer Discoverable to Bluetooth Devices
1.
2.
3.
4.
Switch to the Windows Desktop (click the app or use the Windows logo key
+
D key combination).
Click the notification area of the taskbar, click the Bluetooth icon
and click
Open Settings.
Click Options, and make sure that Allow Bluetooth devices to find this
computer check box (Discovery) has a tick inside it.
Make sure that the Alert me when a new Bluetooth device wants to connect
check box (Connections) has a tick inside it, if you want to be notified when a
Bluetooth device wants to connect.
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Figure 7 - 44
Bluetooth Settings
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Modules
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology
The Intel Rapid Storage Technology application provides high-performance
SATA and SATA RAID capabilities. Install the Intel Rapid Storage Technology
application (after installing all necessary drivers in the correct order) to support
your RAID system or SATA drive if set up in AHCI mode in the BIOS (see “SATA
Mode (Advanced Menu)” on page 5 - 10).
IRST Driver Installation
1. Insert the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc into the DVD
drive.
2. Click Option Drivers (button).
3. Click 4.Install IRST Driver > Yes.
4. Click Next > Next.
5. Click the tickbox to accept the license and click Next.
6. Click Next > Next > Next.
7. Click Finish to restart the computer.
See the following pages for more information if you have set your hard disks up in
a RAID configuration.
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Intel® Rapid Storage Technology for RAID Systems
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology application displays status information on your
RAID configuration. Run the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology application from
the item in the Start menu.
When the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology application is launched the system
will open the Status window. Here you can view the general health of the storage
system. Various volume creation and management options are available depending
on the system’s status.
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Figure 7 - 45
Intel® Rapid
Storage Technology
Status
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Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Help
If a hard drive member of a RAID volume is reported as “Degraded” or “Failed” it
may be possible to recover the volume. If the volume cannot be restored then you
will need to recreate the RAID volume and restore the data from a back up. Click the
Help menu (or press F1) for instructions on how to recover or recreate RAID Volumes.

Help
Click the Help (or press
F1) menu button at the
top of the Intel® Rapid
Storage Technology
application.
Click Contents to view
the general list of subjects covered, click Index or Search for a
more specific help topics on a particular item.
Click More help on this
page at the bottom of
any page for page specific help.
Figure 7 - 46
Intel® Rapid
Storage
Technology
Help
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology 7 - 59
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Modules
RAID Volume Data Verification and Repair
The RAID volume data verification process identifies any inconsistencies or bad
data on a RAID 0 or RAID 1 volume. The table outlines what occurs for each RAID
level:
Table 7 - 2
RAID Level
Verification &
Repair Status
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RAID
Level
Verify
RAID 0
Bad blocks are identified.
Verify & Repair
N/A
Bad blocks are reassigned.
Bad blocks are identified.
RAID 1
Data on the mirrored drive is compared to
data on the source drive.
If the data on the mirrored drive does not
match the data on the source drive, the
data on the mirrored drive is overwritten by
the data on the source.
Replacing and Reverting Recovery and Master Volumes
If a master or recovery drive fails you will need to add a new identical drive and rebuild the recovery volume to the drive. You can also revert the master drive to the
state of the previous volume update. For details on how to do this see the help file
“Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Help” on page 7 - 59.
See over for details on how to verify and repair RAID volume data. Verification will
identify and repair data inconsistencies on the volume.
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Verifying and Repairing RAID Volume Data
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Before verifying the volume data you will need to initialize the volume.
Run the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology application.
Click to select the RAID in the pane on the right side of the window.
Click Manage and click Advanced.
Click Initialize and click Yes (button) to begin the process.
The completion percentage will be listed under Status.
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Figure 7 - 47
Intel® Rapid
Storage
Technology
Initialize
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology 7 - 61
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7.
8.
7
Click Advanced and click Verify, then click Verify (button) to begin the process.
The completion percentage will be listed under Status (verifying and repairing).
Figure 7 - 48
Intel® Rapid
Storage
Technology
Verify
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Intel® Rapid Start Technology Driver
Intel(R) Rapid Start Technology can resume power from Hibernation within 5 to
6 seconds and can remember your computer's previous state with zero power.
System Requirements to support Intel® Rapid Start Technology:
• Rapid Start Technology should be enabled in the BIOS (see ““Intel(R) Rapid
Start Technology (Advanced Menu)” on page 5 - 9).
• Intel Rapid Storage Technology software installed.
• A Solid State Drive (SSD) with a minimum capacity of 18.6GB.
See overleaf for instructions on enabling Intel® Rapid Start Technology.
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Intel® Rapid Start Technology Configuration
1.
2.
3.
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Enable/disable Intel(R) Rapid Start Technology from the BIOS (see “Intel(R)
Rapid Start Technology (Advanced Menu)” on page 5 - 9).
Go the Windows control panel and double-click Administrative Tools (System
and Security)> Computer Management > Storage > Disk Management
Right-click the SSD and select Shrink Volume from the menu.
Figure 7 - 49
Computer
Management
(Shrink SSD
Volume)
Shrink Volume
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4.
Enter the figure, which should be equal to amount of system memory (RAM)
in your computer, in “Enter the amount of space to shrink in MB”.
Figure 7 - 50
Shrink Volume
Size
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5.
Click Shrink (any unallocated file space may be formatted for storage use).

Memory Size (Amount of Space to Shrink)
The figure entered in the “Enter the amount of space to shrink in MB” field above should be equal
to the amount of system memory in your computer. In the example above the system memory is 4GB
(1024MB * 4 = 4096GB). If you are unsure of your total system memory (RAM) then go to System
control panel (System and Security) and check Installed memory (RAM). The memory size will be displayed in GB so convert by multiplying the GB figure by 1024 to get the total in MB (e.g. 8GB =
8192MB).
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6.
Run the Desktop app and right-click the lower left hot corner (or use the Windows
Logo Key
+ X key combination) and select Command Prompt (Admin).
7.
8.
Type “DISKPART”.
At the DISKPART command type “list disk”.
Figure 7 - 51
Search for CMD
Prompt
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Figure 7 - 52
Diskpart - List Disk
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9.
Type “select disk #” (# is disk number where you want to create the store
partition, so refer to the results obtained from "list disk" for exact disk number).
10. The message “Disk # is now the selected disk.” will appear.
Figure 7 - 53
Diskpart - Select
Disk #
7
11. Type “create partition primary”.
12. A “DiskPart succeeded in creating the specified partition.” message should
appear.
Figure 7 - 54
Diskpart - Create
Partition
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13. Type “detail disk”.
Figure 7 - 55
Diskpart - Detail
Disk
14. Type “select Volume #” (# is volume of your storage partition so refer to results
obtained from "detail disk" for the exact volume number).
15. The message “Volume # is now the selected volume.” will appear.
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Figure 7 - 56
Diskpart - Select
Volume #
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16. Type the following, depending on the format of the SSD.
• For MBR formatted SSD’s: “set id=84 override” (the id must be set to 84).
• For GPT formatted SSD’s: “set id=D3BFE2DE-3DAF-11DF-BA40-E3A556D89593”.
Figure 7 - 57
Diskpart - Set id=
7
17. The message “DiskPart successfully set the partition ID.” will appear.
18. Close the CMD window.
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19. Go the Windows control panel and double-click Administrative Tools (System
and Security)> Computer Management > Storage > Disk Management.
20. The disk partition should read Healthy Hibernation Partition.
Figure 7 - 58
Computer
Management
(Healthy
Hibernation
Partition)
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Healthy (Hibernation Partition)
21. Restart the computer.
22. Install the driver (see below).
Intel® Rapid Start Technology Driver Installation
1. Insert the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc into the CD/
DVD drive.
2. Click Option Drivers (button).
3. Click 5.Install Rapid Start Driver > Yes.
4. Click Next > Next > Yes > Next > Next.
5. Click Finish to restart the computer.
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Intel® Wireless Display Application
The Intel® Wireless Display Application (requires Intel® Centrino WLAN/
Combo module), in conjunction with a compatible video adapter (purchased separately), allows you to display the contents of the notebook display on another display (e.g. HDTV) without the need to have cables stretching across a room. You can
then play games, browse the internet, display videos or photo slide shows on your
TV/external display without using HDMI or A/V cables.
Before configuring the Intel® WiDi application you will need to set up your compatible adapter with your display/speakers. Connect the adapter using an HDMI or
A/V cable and turn on the display (or in the case of speakers connect them to the
wireless speaker adapter with the cables provided with the adapter), and then set the
display to the appropriate input channel (see the documentation supplied with your
compatible adapter for full details).

Compatible
Adapters
For a list of compatible
display and audio adapters check the Intel website, or your distributor/
supplier.
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Intel® WiDi Application Installation
1. Insert the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc into the DVD
drive.
2. Click Option Drivers (button).
3. Click 7.Install Intel WiDi AP > Yes.
4. Click Next.
5. Click the button to accept the license and click Next.
6. Click Finish.
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Intel® WiDi Application Configuration
1.
2.
3.
Run Intel(R) Wireless Display
from the Start screen.
Click I agree to the terms of this license (button).
The application will scan for any connected compatible adapters (or you can click
the Scan for available adapters button to enable Intel My WiFi Technology).
Figure 7 - 59
Intel® WiDi Scan
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4.
5.
6.
Click to select and detected adapters, and click Connect.
The system will then prompt you to enter the 4-digit security code which will be
displayed on the external TV Screen (or press the connect button on the wireless
speaker adapter).
Enter the code for the video adapter and click Continue.
\
Figure 7 - 60
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Intel® WiDi Connect
& Enter Security
Code
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7.
8.
You will then be prompted to enter a name for the video adapter and click
Continue.
Click Finished to complete the setup.

Test Audio Adapter
To verify a successful
audio connection (for Intel® Wireless Music),
select the “Test your
audio connection” link
or select “Finished” to
bypass the test.
You can select “Play
Sample” to play an audio test sample from
your adapter to the connected speaker set.
Figure 7 - 61
Intel® WiDi
Connected
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Creative Software
AutoUpdate
7
Run the application from
the shortcut in the Start
screen and make sure
you are connected to
the internet, then click
Next and follow the on
screen instructions to
update the software.
Sound Blaster Cinema EQ
Install the Sound Blaster Cinema EQ to allow you to configure the audio settings
to your requirements for the best performance in games, music and movies.
Sound Blaster Cinema EQ Installation
1. Insert the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc into the CD/
DVD drive.
2. Click Option Drivers (button).
3. Click 8.Install SB Cinema EQ > Yes.
4. Click Yes to accept the license.
5. Click Next > Full Installation (button).
6. Click Next > Finish to restart the computer.
Sound Blaster Cinema EQ Activation
On the first run of Sound Blaster Cinema EQ you will need to activate the application.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
To activate the application you will need to be connected to the internet.
Double-click the Activate icon
on the desktop and click the Activate button.
The program will connect to the internet to verify the activation key.
Click Finish to complete the application activation.
Restart the computer after the process is complete.
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Sound Blaster Cinema Application
Run the Sound Blaster Cinema control panel from the notification area of the taskbar (or from the item in the Start menu). Click on the tabs to access the any of the
control panel menus.
Power On/Off

Sound Blaster
Cinema & HDMI
Note that the Sound
Blaster Cinema audio
effects do not apply to
audio
generated
through an HDMI connection.
Figure 7 - 62
Sound Blaster
Cinema
(Taskbar
Notification Area
Icon & Menu)
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Sound Blaster Cinema Settings
Sound Blaster Cinema selects the built-in speakers by default and this setting may
cause some sound quality issues when using headphones. To adjust the settings for
headphones do the following:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Run the Sound Blaster Cinema application.
Select Settings from the menu.
Select Headphones from the drop-down menu (you can adjust the slider for
crossover frequency).
Click OK and close the application.
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Figure 7 - 63
Sound Blaster Cinema
Select Headphones
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Settings
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Sound Blaster Cinema Controls
Each control has an On/Off button to allow you to enable/disable the control, and
most controls feature a slider to adjust the levels.

Settings
You can use the drop
down menu to use presets for Music, Movie or
Games. Alternatively you
can use a Custom setting.
Menu
Figure 7 - 64
Sound Blaster
Cinema Controls
•
•
•
•
Surround: Provides virtual sound channels to control the level of immersion.
Crystalizer: Enhances audio to make it sound livelier.
Bass: Enhances the bass level of the sound system.
Smart Volume: Minimizes sudden volume changes to avoid the need for constant adjustment.
• Dialog Plus: Enhances dialogue levels for movies etc.
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Sound Blaster Cinema & HDMI
1.
2.
3.
When you connect an HDMI display to the HDMI-Out port, the Sound Blaster Cinema controls will be disabled.
A warning box will pop-up and will prompt “...Do you want to select another
audio device now?”.
Click No to continue using the HDMI audio output from your external display (do
not attempt to select another audio device when connected to the external HDMI
display).
Figure 7 - 65
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Sound Blaster
Cinema HDMI
Display Warning
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Menu
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3G Module
If you have included an optional UMTS/HSPDA+ based 3G Module (Universal
Mobile Telecommunications System or High Speed Packet Access) module (see
“Communication” on page D - 4 for specification details) in your purchase option,
you do not require a driver/application installation for Windows 8. Follow the instructions overleaf to install the USIM card (which will be provided by your service
provider), and then use the Charms Bar Wireless icon to access the 3G network
in the same manner as the WLAN (see page 7 - 83).

Important Notice
7
If your purchase option includes both Wireless LAN and 3G modules, then the appropriate
antennas will be installed. Note that In order to comply with FCC RF exposure compliance
requirements, the antenna must not be co-located or operate in conjunction with any other
antenna or transmitter.
Important Notice - 3G & Bluetooth/Wireless LAN Modules
In order to comply with FCC regulations you should NOT operate the 3G module and the
Bluetooth/Wireless LAN modules at the same time as this may disrupt radio frequency, and
cause interference. When the 3G module is powered on, make sure that the Bluetooth/
Wireless LAN modules are powered off (use the PC Settings > Wireless control panel to
turn on/off individual modules - see Figure 7 - 70 on page 7 - 85).
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
Power Safety
Warning
7
Before you undertake any
installation
procedures,
make sure that you have
turned off the power, and
disconnected all peripherals and cables (including
telephone lines). It is advisable to also remove your
battery in order to prevent
accidentally turning the machine on.
USIM Card Orientation
Note that the USIM card’s
readable side (with the
gold-colored
contacts)
should face upwards as illustrated.
Figure 7 - 66
USIM Card Insertion
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3G Module USIM Card Installation
Follow the instructions below to install the USIM card (which will be provided by
your service provider).
1.
2.
3.
Turn off the computer, and turn it over.
Remove the battery (see “Removing the Battery” on page 6 - 4).
Insert the USIM card (at the rear of the battery compartment) as illustrated below
until it clicks fully into position, and replace the battery.
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3G Configuration in Windows 8
You can configure a 3G connection as below, however make sure the system is not
in Airplane Mode before configuration begins.
Charms Bar
1.
2.
3.
Go to the Charms Bar.
Select Settings and then click the WiFi icon (it should read Available under the
icon and Airplane mode should be Off).
A list of available access points will appear.
\
Figure 7 - 67
WiFi Settings
(Charms Bar) &
Networks (with
Mobile Broadband)
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4.
5.
Any 3G service provider (connection information is usually stored on the USIM
card) will appear under Mobile Broadband.
Double-click any connection icon under Mobile Broadband (or click and click
Connect).
Figure 7 - 68
Mobile Broadband
(Connect)
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6.
7.
Figure 7 - 69
Mobile Broadband
(Disconnect)
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The system will connect to your network.
A Connected will appear alongside the 3G connection (click the connection to
view the timer which indicates your connected time for the current session).
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8.
You can then access the internet, download e-mail etc. as per any internet
connection.
9. To disconnect you can select the connection and click Disconnect
.
10. You need to either use Airplane Mode, or to turn the Mobile Broadband module
off aboard aircraft.

Wireless Device
Operation Aboard
Aircraft
The use of any portable
electronic transmission
devices aboard aircraft
is usually prohibited.
Make sure the system is
in Airplane Mode if you
are using the computer
aboard aircraft.
Figure 7 - 70
PC Settings
(Wireless)
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EM820W 3G Module PIN Code & Power-Saving
Note that there may be some issues when a PIN Code is set for the EM820W 3G
module (if you are unsure of your module version contact your distributor/supplier)
in Windows 8, Mobile Broadband has been turned off, and the system has resumed
from a power-saving state. To prevent any issues it is recommended that you simply do not enable a PIN for the EM820W 3G module. The following provides instructions for disabling the PIN code; for specific instructions on resolving the issue
where “Insert a SIM” appears in the connection see “Resolving the “Insert a SIM”
issue with the 3G Module (Windows 8)” on page 8 - 19.
Disabling a PIN code for a 3G Module
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1.
2.
3.
Go to the Charms Bar.
Select Settings and then click the WiFi icon.
Right-click the 3G connection and select View connection properties.
Figure 7 - 71
WiFi Settings
(Charms Bar) &
Right-Click
Connection to View
Properties
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4.
5.
6.
Click Security (tab) and click Disable PIN.
Enter the PIN number and click Disable PIN and click OK to confirm.
It is recommended that you do not Enable a PIN for the EM820W 3G module.
Figure 7 - 72
Disable PIN
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Troubleshooting
Chapter 8: Troubleshooting
Overview
Should you have any problems with your computer, before consulting your service representative, you may want
to try to solve the problem yourself. This chapter lists some common problems and their possible solutions. This
can’t anticipate every problem, but you should check here before you panic. If you don’t find the answer in these
pages, make sure you have followed the instructions carefully and observed the safety precautions in the preface.
If all else fails, talk to your service representative. You should also make a record of what happened and what
remedies you tried.
Of course, if something goes wrong, it will happen at the most inconvenient time possible, so you should preview
this section just in case. If, after you’ve tried everything, and the system still won’t cooperate, try turning it off
for a few minutes and then rebooting. You will lose any unsaved data, but it may start working again. Then call
your service representative.
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Troubleshooting
Basic Hints and Tips
Many of the following may seem obvious but they are often the solution to a problem when your computer appears not to be working.
• Power - Is the computer actually plugged into a working electrical outlet? If plugged into a power strip,
make sure it is actually working. Check the LED Power Indicators (see “LED Indicators” on page 1 - 9)
to see the computer’s power status.
• Connections - Check all the cables to make sure that there are no loose connections anywhere.
• Power Savings - Make sure that the system is not in Hibernate or Sleep mode by pressing the keys configured in your Power Options (see “Configuring the Power Buttons” on page 3 - 8), the Fn + F4 key combination, or power button to wake-up the system.
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• Brightness - Check the brightness of the screen by pressing the Fn + F8 and F9 keys to adjust the brightness (see Table 1 - 6, on page 1 - 14).
• Display Choice - Press Fn + F7 to make sure the system is not set to “external only” display.
• Boot Drive - Make sure there are no optical media and/or USB storage devices in any connected drive
when you start up your machine (this is a common cause of the message “Invalid system disk - Replace the
disk, and then press any key” / “Remove disks or other media. Press any key to restart”).
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Troubleshooting
Backup and General Maintenance
• Always backup your important data, and keep copies of your OS and programs safe, but close to hand.
Don’t forget to note the serial numbers if you are storing them out of their original cases, e.g. in a CD wallet.
• Run maintenance programs on your hard disk and OS as often as you can. You may schedule these programs to run at times when you are not using your computer. You can use those that are provided free with
your OS, or buy the more powerful dedicated programs to do so.
• Write down your passwords and keep them safe (away from your computer). This is especially important if
you choose to use a Boot password for the SCU (see “Security Menu” on page 5 - 12).
• Keep copies of vital settings files such as network, dialup settings, mail settings etc. (even if just brief
notes).

Warranty
The CPU is not a user serviceable part. Opening this compartment, or accessing the CPU in any way, may violate your warranty.
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Troubleshooting
Viruses
• Install an Anti-Virus program and keep the definitions file (the file which tells your program which viruses
to look for) up to date. New computer viruses are discovered daily, and some of them may seriously harm
your computer and cause you to lose data. Anti-Virus programs are commercially available and the definitions file updates are usually downloadable directly from the internet.
• Be careful when opening e-mail from sources you don’t know. Viruses are often triggered from within email attachments so take care when opening any attached file. You can configure most Anti-Virus programs to check all e-mail attachments. Note: You should also beware of files from people you know as the
virus may have infected an address book and been automatically forwarded without the person’s knowledge.
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• Keep a “Bootable CD-ROM/DVD-ROM/USB storage device” (this CD/DVD/USB device provides basic
information which allows you to startup your computer) handy. You may refer to your OS’s documentation
for instructions on how to make one, and many Anti-Virus programs will also provide such a disk (or at
least instructions on how to make one).
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Troubleshooting
Upgrading and Adding New Hardware/Software
• Do not be tempted to make changes to your Windows Registry unless you are very sure of what you are
doing, otherwise you will risk severely damaging your system.
• Don’t open your computer or undertake any repair or upgrade work if you are not comfortable with what
you are doing.
• Read the documentation. We can assume, since you are reading this that you are looking at the computer’s
manual, but what about any new peripheral devices you have just purchased? Many problems are caused by
the installation of new hardware and/or software. Always refer to the documentation of any new hardware
and/or software, and pay particular attention to files entitled “READ ME” or “READ ME FIRST”.
• When installing a new device always make sure the device is powered on, and in many cases you will need
to restart the computer. Always check that all the cables are correctly connected.
• Make sure you have installed the drivers for any new hardware you have installed (latest driver files are
usually available to download from vendor’s websites).
• Thoroughly check any recent changes you made to your system as these changes may affect one or more
system components, or software programs. If possible, go back and undo the change you just made and see
if the problem still occurs.
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Troubleshooting
• Don’t over complicate things. The less you have to deal with then the easier the source of the problem may
be found; Example - if your computer has many devices plugged into its ports, and a number of programs
running, then it will be difficult to determine the cause of a problem. Try disconnecting all of the devices and
restarting the computer with all the peripheral devices unplugged. A process of elimination (adding and
removing devices and restarting where necessary) will often find the source of a problem, although this may
be time consuming.
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Troubleshooting
Problems and Possible Solutions
Problem
Possible Cause - Solution
You turned on the power but it doesn’t
work.
Battery missing / incorrectly installed. Check the battery bay, make sure the
battery is present and seated properly (the design of the battery only allows it to
go in one way). Make sure there’s nothing interfering with the battery contacts.
The battery LED power indicator
blinking orange.
, is
Low Battery. Plug in the DC power source. If the computer doesn’t start up
immediately, turn it off then on again.
You are losing battery power too quickly.
The system is using too much power. If your OS has a Power Options scheme
(see “Power Plans” on page 3 - 4) check its settings. You may also be using a
peripheral device/USB device that is drawing a lot of power.
Actual battery operating time is shorter
than expected.
The battery has not been fully discharged before being recharged. Make sure
the battery is fully discharged and recharge it completely before reusing (see
“Battery Information” on page 3 - 13).
Power Options have been disabled. Go to the Control Panel in Windows and
re-enable the options.
A peripheral device/USB device is consuming a lot of power. Turn off/remove
the unused device to save power.
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Problem
The computer feels too hot.
Possible Cause - Solution
Make sure the computer is properly ventilated and the Vent/Fan intakes are not
blocked. If this doesn’t cool it down, put the system into Hibernate mode or turn
it off for an hour. Make sure the computer isn’t sitting on a thermal surface (see
“Overheating” on page 1 - 18). Make sure you’re using the correct adapter.
Make sure that your notebook is completely powered off before putting it into a
travel bag (or any such container). Putting a notebook which is powered on in a
travel bag may cause the Vent/Fan intakes to be blocked.
Nothing appears on screen.
The system is in a power saving mode. Toggle the sleep/resume key
combination, Fn + F4 (see “Configuring the Power Buttons” on page 3 - 8).
The screen controls need to be adjusted. Toggle the screen control key
combinations Fn + F8/F9. If you’re connected to an external monitor, make sure
it’s plugged in and turned on. You should also check the monitor’s own
brightness and contrast controls.
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The computer is set for a different display. Toggle the screen display key
combination, Fn + F7. If an external monitor is connected, turn it on.
The screen saver is activated. Press any key or touch the TouchPad.
No image appears on the external
monitor I have plugged in and powered
on.
You haven’t installed the video driver and configured it appropriately from the
Control Panel. See Appendix C for instructions on installing and configuring
the video driver.
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Troubleshooting
Problem
Possible Cause - Solution
You forget the boot password.
If you forget the password, you may have to discharge the battery of the CMOS.
Contact your service representative for help.

Password Warning
If you choose to set a boot password, NEVER forget your password. The consequences of this could be serious. If you cannot
remember your boot password you must contact your vendor and you may lose all of the information on your hard disk.
The sound cannot be heard or the volume
is very low.
The volume might be set too low. Check the volume control in the Volume
Control Panel in the Windows notification area, or use the key combination Fn
+ F5 and F6 (see “Function Keys & Visual Indicators” on page 1 - 14) to
adjust.
The CD/DVD cannot be read.
The CD/DVD is dirty. Clean it with a CD/DVD cleaner kit.
The CD/DVD tray will not open when
there is a disc in the tray.
The CD/DVD is not correctly placed in the tray. Gently try to remove the disc
using the eject hole (see “Loading Discs” on page 2 - 3).
The DVD regional codes can no longer
be changed.
The code has been changed the maximum 5 times. See “DVD Regional
Codes” on page 2 - 5.
Unwelcome
typing.
Num Lock is turned ON (see “LED Indicators” on page 1 - 7).
numbers
appear
when
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Troubleshooting
Problem
Possible Cause - Solution

Other Keyboards
If your keyboard is damaged or you just want to make a change, you can use any standard USB keyboard. The system will
detect and enable it automatically. However special functions/hot keys unique to the system’s regular keyboard may not
work.
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The system freezes or the screen goes
dark.
The system’s power saving features have timed-out. Use the AC/DC adapter,
press the sleep (Fn + F4) key combination, or press the power button if no LEDs
are lit.
The system never goes into a power
saving mode.
Power Options features are not enabled. Go to the Windows Power Options
menu and enable the features you prefer (see “Power-Saving States” on
page 3 - 6). Make sure you have enabled Hibernate mode from the control
panel.
The Wireless LAN/Bluetooth modules
cannot be detected.
The modules are off as the computer is in Airplane Mode. Check the LED
indicator
to see if it is in Airplane Mode (see “LED Indicators” on page 1 9). Use the Fn + F11 key combination to toggle Airplane Mode on/off (see
Table 1 - 6, on page 1 - 14).
The PC Camera module cannot be
detected.
The module is off. Press the Fn + F10 key combination in order to enable the
module (see “Function Keys & Visual Indicators” on page 1 - 14). Run the
camera application to view the camera picture.
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Troubleshooting
Problem
Possible Cause - Solution
The Wireless LAN/Bluetooth modules
cannot be configured.
The driver(s) for the module(s) have not been installed. Make sure you have
installed the driver for the appropriate module (see the instructions for the
appropriate module in “Wireless LAN Module” on page 7 - 19 and/or
“Bluetooth & WLAN Combo Module” on page 7 - 51).
A file cannot be copied
connected Bluetooth device.
The transfer of data between the computer and a Bluetooth enabled device is
supported in one direction only (simultaneous data transfer is not
supported). If you are copying a file from your computer to a Bluetooth enabled
device, you will not be able to copy a file from the Bluetooth enabled device to
your computer until the file transfer process has been completed
to/from
a
I cannot obtain high speed Bluetooth data
transfer.
The fingerprint reader has problems
scanning fingers.
To obtain high speed Bluetooth data transfer take into account the following:
• To achieve high speed transfer speeds, both devices must support high
speed data transfer (i.e both the computer and the Bluetooth compatible device you are connecting to).
• Check your Bluetooth compatible device’s documentation to confirm it
supports high speed data transfer, and for configuration information.
When fingers are wet or sweaty the software application may have difficulty
reading a scanned finger. Make sure your fingers are clean and dry when
attempting to scan them across the sensor for detection.
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Troubleshooting
Resolving the “Insert a SIM” issue with the 3G Module (Windows 8)
1.
If a PIN was set for the EM820W 3G module, you have then switched Mobile broadband off (or put the system
in Airplane Mode) under Wireless in PC Settings, and the system has just resumed from a power-saving state
the following error may occur.
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Figure 8 - 1 - PC Settings (Charms Bar) - Wireless (Mobile Broadband Off)
2.
On resuming from the power-saving state the standard procedure would be to go to PC Settings in the Charms
Bar and turn on Mobile broadband under Wireless > Wireless Devices.
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Troubleshooting
3.
4.
5.
6.
Go to the Charms Bar.
Select Settings and you will then note that the WiFi icon will read Unavailable.
Standard procedure would be to click the connection and enter the PIN number to unlock the connection.
In this instance you will note that the Mobile broadband connection will read Insert a SIM.
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Figure 8 - 2 - Mobile Broadband (Insert a SIM)
7.
8.
9.
In this case you will need to restart the computer.
After system restart you can then connect to the Mobile Broadband as normal.
To fully resolve this issue it is recommended that you do not Enable a PIN for the EM820W 3G module.
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Interface (Ports & Jacks)
Appendix A: Interface (Ports & Jacks)
Overview
The following chapter will give a quick description of the ports & jacks which allow your computer to communicate with external devices, connect to the internet etc.
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Interface (Ports & Jacks)
Ports and Jacks
Item
Card Reader
Description
The card reader allows you to use the following digital storage cards:
MMC (MultiMedia Card) / RSMMC
SD (Secure Digital) / Mini SD / SDHC / SDXC
MS (Memory Stick) / MS Pro / MS Duo
Push the card into the slot and it will appear as a removable device.
DC-In Jack
Plug the supplied AC/DC adapter into this jack to power your computer.
External Monitor (VGA)
Port
This port allows you to connect an external monitor, or Flat Panel Display, to get dual video or
simultaneous display on the LCD and external monitor/FPD.
e-SATA / USB 3.0
Combo Port
This e-SATA (external Serial Advanced Technology Attachment) port allows you to plug-in
external Serial ATA hard drives. This port also serves as a USB 3.0 port.
A
3.0
/e-SATA
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Interface (Ports & Jacks)
Item
Description
HDMI-Out Port
The HDMI-Out (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port is an audio/video connector
interface for transmitting uncompressed digital streams. This allows you to connect an external
monitor, TV or Flat Panel Display etc. as a display device by means of a HDMI cable. Note that
HDMI carries both audio and video signals (see “HDMI Audio Configuration” on page C 35).
Headphone-Out Jack
Headphones or speakers may be connected through this jack. Note: Set your system’s volume
to a reduced level before connecting to this jack.
Microphone-In Jack
Plug an external microphone in to this jack to record on your computer.
RJ-45 LAN Jack
This port supports LAN (Network) functions.
Note: Broadband (e.g. ADSL) modems usually connect to the LAN port.
A
S/PDIF-Out Jack
This S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface Format) Out Port allows you to connect your DVDcapable PC to a Dolby AC-3 compatible receiver for “5.1” or ‘dts’ surround sound.
Security Lock Slot
To prevent possible theft, a Kensington-type lock can be attached to this slot. Locks can be
purchased at any computer store.
Interface (Ports & Jacks) A - 3
Interface (Ports & Jacks)
Item
Description
USB 2.0/1.1 Ports
These USB (Universal Serial Bus) 2.0 compatible ports (USB 2.0 is fully USB 1.1 compliant) are
for low-speed peripherals such as keyboards, mice or scanners, and for high-speed peripherals
such as external HDDs, digital video cameras or high-speed scanners etc. Devices can be
plugged into the computer, and unplugged from the computer, without the need to turn the system
off (if the power rating of your USB device is 500mA or above, make sure you use the power
supply which comes with the device).
USB 3.0 Port
3.0
The USB 3.0 ports are denoted by their blue color (and is not operational under DOS); USB 2.0
ports are colored black. USB 3.0 will transfer data much faster than USB 2.0, and is backwardscompatible with USB 2.0.
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A - 4 Interface (Ports & Jacks)
Control Center
Appendix B: Control Center
Overview
The following chapter will give a quick description of the functions of the Control Center. The Control Center
gives quick access to frequently used controls, power management features and enables you to quickly turn modules on/off. Click the Control Center icons to toggle the appropriate function, or hold the mouse button down
and move the slider where applicable. Certain functions will automatically be adjusted when a power mode is
selected. The Control Center in Windows 8 works under the Desktop app and not under the Start screen.
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Figure B - 1 - Control Center
Control Center B - 1
Control Center
Power Modes
You can set a Power Mode by clicking the appropriate icon at the top of the Control Center. Each power
mode will affect screen brightness, Touchpad and PC camera power etc.
You can click a Control Center icon to set an overall power mode and then click individual icons in the
Control Center to power on/off the Touchpad and PC camera.
Power
Saving
Entertainment
Quiet
Performance
Power Plan
Power Saver
Power Saving
Power Saving
High
Performance
Power Conservation
Mode
Energy Star
Energy Star
Energy Star
Performance
Brightness
10
100
40
100
PC Camera
OFF
OFF
ON
ON
TouchPad
ON
ON
ON
ON
Modes
User
Defined
Icon
Table B - 1- Power Modes
B - 2 Control Center
User Defined
B
Control Center
Power Status
The Power Status icon will show whether you are currently powered by the battery, or by the AC/DC adapter
plugged in to a working power outlet. The power status bar will show the current battery charge state.
Brightness
The Brightness icon will show the current screen brightness level. You can use the slider to adjust the screen
brightness or the Fn + F8/F9 key combinations, or use the Fn+ F2 key combination to turn off the LED backlight
(press any key to turn it on again). Note that screen brightness is also effected by the Power Mode selected (see
Table B - 1, on page B - 2).
Volume
The Volume icon will show the current volume level. You can use the slider to adjust the Volume or the Fn +
F5/F6 key combinations, or use the Fn+ F3 key combination to mute the volume.
Power Conservation
This system supports Energy Star power management features that place computers (CPU, hard drive, etc.) into
a low-power sleep modes after a designated period of inactivity (see “Power Conservation Modes” on page 3 11). Click either the Performance, Balanced or Energy Star button.
Control Center B - 3
B
Control Center
Sleep
Click the Sleep button to bring up the Hibernate
or Sleep
buttons, and click either button to have the
computer enter the appropriate power-saving mode (see “Power-Saving States” on page 3 - 6).
Display Switch
Click the Display Switch button to access the menu (or use the
priate attached display mode (see page C - 24).
+ P key combination) and select the appro-
Time Zone
Clicking the Time Zone button will access the Date and Time Windows control panel.
Desktop Background
Clicking the Desktop Background button will allow you to change the desktop background picture.
B
TouchPad/PC Camera
Click either of these buttons to toggle the TouchPad or camera module’s power status. A crossed out icon will
appear over the top left of the icon
when it is off. Note that the power status of the camera module is also
effected by the Power Mode selected (see Table B - 1, on page B - 2).
Caps Lock/Scroll Lock/ Number Lock
Click the button to toggle the appropriate lock mode.
B - 4 Control Center
Video Driver Controls
Appendix C: Video Driver Controls
The basic settings for configuring the LCD are outlined in “Video Features” on
page 1 - 32.

Video Driver Installation
Video Card Options
Make sure you install the drivers in the order indicated in Table 4 - 1, on page 4 - 3.
Insert the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc and click Install Drivers
(button).
Note that card types,
specifications and drivers are subject to continual
updates
and
changes. Check with
your distributor/supplier
for the latest details on
video cards supported
(see “Video Adapter
Options” on page D 2).
Video (VGA)
1. Click 2.Install VGA Driver > Yes.
2. Click Next > Yes > Next > Next.
3. Click Finish to restart the computer.
NVIDIA Video (VGA)
1. Click 3.Install NVIDIA VGA Driver > Yes.
2. Click AGREE AND CONTINUE (button) to accept the terms of the
license agreement.
3. Click Next.
4. Click Close to complete the installation.
Video Driver Installation C - 1
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Video Driver Controls
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NVIDIA® Optimus™ Technology
iGPU or dGPU
Most notebook computers come with either a discrete or integrated graphics solution.
Note the NVIDIA control
panel refers to Highperformance NVIDIA
processor (which is the
discrete GPU) and Integrated graphics (which
is the integrated GPU).
Discrete graphics solutions feature a dedicated Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)
which are capable of playing games, watching HD video or running GPU-based applications. However computers with discrete graphics solutions tend to be heavy in
power consumption, and slightly larger in size in order to incorporate the dedicated
discrete GPU.
Integrated graphics solutions usually feature memory sharing technology to help
save power consumption and allow for longer battery life. However computers with
integrated graphics solutions will not usually run games, HD video or GPU-based
applications without severe limitations.
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Nvidia® Optimus™ technology is a seamless technology designed to get best performance from the graphics system while allowing longer battery life, without having to manually change settings. Thus when an application is run that requires extra
performance or quality, then the system will run the discrete GPU (dGPU); when the
system does not require such enhanced performance it will let the integrated (iGPU)
handle it.
C - 2 NVIDIA® Optimus™ Technology
Video Driver Controls
How Optimus Technology works
When the system is powered up and is displaying just the desktop, the dGPU will be
powered off. In this case the system is running in the same way as a system without
a discrete graphics solution. However when an application that requires use of the
dGPU is run (e.g, a game or HD Video), the dGPu is powered on and takes over the
processing duties. If the program is closed, then the dGPU will be powered back
down again until required.
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UMA Mode & Performance
UMA Mode is designed for maximum power saving, however this does have an affect on
the system’s overall video performance (as it is based on the Power saver power plan).

Customization
Options
Although Optimus is
completely seamless to
the user, NVIDIA also
allow customization options within the control
panel (see “Optimus™
Customization
Options” on page C - 29).
If you require better video performance then it is recommended that you use Optimus
Mode. Alternatively you may switch the UMA Mode power plan to Balanced (however power savings will be reduced in this case).
Note that when the power plan is set to UMA Mode the GPU LED indicators may no longer
display the correct status.
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NVIDIA® Optimus™ Technology C - 3
Video Driver Controls
GPU Button
This computer also features a button
that allows the user to switch between Optimus Mode and UMA Mode (Unified Memory Architecture). UMA Mode will use
only the integrated GPU; Optimus Mode will allow the system to automatically determine whether the dGPU or iGPU is used. Thus the user can completely control
how the graphics system operates. Press the GPU button, and the button color will
indicate the current mode.
Icon
Table C - 1
Color
Description
Power Plan
Green
UMA Mode Activated - The system will use the
integrated GPU (iGPU) only
UMA Mode
Orange
Optimus Mode Activated - Optimus technology will
determine when to use the integrated GPU (iGPU) or
discrete (dGPU) automatically
Balanced
GPU Button Modes
The GPU LED indicators will display which GPU is currently in use.
Icon
Color
Description
Green
Integrated GPU (iGPU) Activated
Orange
Discrete GPU (dGPU) Activated
Table C - 2
GPU LED Indicators
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C - 4 NVIDIA® Optimus™ Technology
Video Driver Controls
Intel® Dynamic Video Memory Technology
Intel® DVMT automatically and dynamically allocates as much (up to 1748MB)
system memory (RAM) as needed to the integrated video system (the video driver
must be installed). DVMT returns whatever memory is no longer needed to the operating system.
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Intel® Dynamic Video Memory Technology C - 5
Video Driver Controls
Intel® Graphics & Media Control Panel
Advanced video configuration options are provided by the Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel. To access the control panel see below and overleaf:
1.
Click the Intel® Graphics and Media Control Panel icon in the Start screen.
Figure C - 1
Start Screen
Intel® G&M Control
Panel
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(see over)
C - 6 Intel® Graphics & Media Control Panel
Video Driver Controls
OR
2.
Right-click the Desktop and select Graphics Properties from the menu.
OR
3.
4.
5.
Click Advanced settings in the Screen Resolution control panel in Windows.
Click the Intel(R) HD Graphics Control Panel tab and click Graphics Properties
(button).
Double-click the Intel(R) HD Graphics control panel in the Windows Control
Panel.
Figure C - 2
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel
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Intel® Graphics & Media Control Panel C - 7
Video Driver Controls
You may make changes to any of the graphics properties by clicking the appropriate
menu panel and adjusting the settings on the right.
Figure C - 3
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel
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C - 8 Intel® Graphics & Media Control Panel
Video Driver Controls
Sub-Menus
Some of the menu panels will also have sub-menus (in the top left corner of the menu
alongside the icon ) to display further configuration options.
Figure C - 4
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel
Sub-Menus
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Intel® Graphics & Media Control Panel C - 9
Video Driver Controls

Multiple Display
Display
Click either Display Settings or Color to make display adjustments, including configuration for any attached external displays.
At least one other display must be attached in
order to view multiple
display selection options.
Figure C - 5
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel
Display Settings
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C - 10 Intel® Graphics & Media Control Panel
Video Driver Controls
Click the Display menu at the top of the screen to display the sub-menus. The Multiple Displays menu allows you to configure the display mode of any attached displays (see “Attaching Other Displays” on page C - 22).

Multiple Display
At least one other display must be attached in
order to view multiple
display selection options.
Figure C - 6
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel
Display Settings Multiple Displays
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Intel® Graphics & Media Control Panel C - 11
Video Driver Controls
The Audio sub-menu allows you to configure the capability mode of any attached
displays if applicable (i.e. the attached display supports audio). Enable Audio
Without Video to keep audio on when the display blanks out for power saving purposes.
Figure C - 7
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel
Display Settings Audio
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C - 12 Intel® Graphics & Media Control Panel
Video Driver Controls
3D
This menu allows you to choose how 3D images are displayed. Quality displays the
most detail, Balanced provides better computer performance with good quality and
Custom allows you to configure the Anisotropic Filtering, Vertical Sync and
Anti-Aliasing features to your preferences. Click Apply to save changes.
Figure C - 8
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel 3D
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Intel® Graphics & Media Control Panel C - 13
Video Driver Controls
Options
Options allows you to Customize Hot Keys (for opening the application, rotating
the display, scaling etc.,) to your preferences. Click Apply to save changes.
Figure C - 9
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel
Options
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C - 14 Intel® Graphics & Media Control Panel
Video Driver Controls
Click the Options menu at the top of the screen to display the sub-menus. The Information Center provides details on System Information, the Built-In Display
and any attached displays.

Preferences
Go to the Preferences
sub-menu in Options to
configure the preferences for the Intel® HD
Graphics Control Panel.
Make sure you turn Tray
Icon On to display the
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel icon in the
notification area of the
taskbar (as below).
Figure C - 10
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel
Options Information Center
Intel® Graphics & Media Control Panel C - 15
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Video Driver Controls
Video
The Video Profiles menu allows you to brighten or darken movies, or to switch to
vivid colors. Click Basic or Advanced to adjust the video settings based on the Application Settings or Driver Settings. The Preview image will display a sample image using the current settings. You can Save Profile and name the Profile to recall
the settings at any time. Click Apply to save changes.
Figure C - 11
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel Video
(Basic - Driver
Settings)
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C - 16 Intel® Graphics & Media Control Panel
Video Driver Controls
Click the Video menu at the top of the screen to display the sub-menus.The Image
Enhancement menu allows you to adjust the Sharpness, Skin Tone Enhancement, Noise Reduction etc.Click Apply to save changes.
Figure C - 12
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel Video
Image
Enhancement Basic
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Intel® Graphics & Media Control Panel C - 17
Video Driver Controls
The Image Scaling and Gamut Mapping menus allow you to adjust these items.
Figure C - 13
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel Video
Image Scaling &
Gamut Mapping
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C - 18 Intel® Graphics & Media Control Panel
Video Driver Controls
Power
Choose a Power Plan for when the computer is Plugged in or On battery. When
turned on, the Display Power Saving Technology (which adjusts the backlight intensity) battery settings may be adjusted by means of the slider towards Maximum
Quality or Maximum Battery. Click on Apply to save changes.
Figure C - 14
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel Power
(Battery Settings)
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Intel® Graphics & Media Control Panel C - 19
Video Driver Controls
Support
Click Support and select an item from the menus to bring up the help and support
topics. You will need to be connected to the Internet to access the key resource links.
Figure C - 15
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel
Support
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Video Driver Controls
Display Devices & Options
Note that you can use external displays connected to the HDMI-Out port and/or external monitor port. See your display device manual to see which formats are supported.

Attaching Displays
When you first attach an external display you may find that the desktop does not occupy
the full screen area. Use either the display’s auto adjust/configure controls, or the Intel(R)
HD Graphics Control Panel to configure the full screen display.
Display Mode
(Intel / Win8)
Single Display
Description
One of the connected displays is used as the display device
(PC screen only or Second screen only).
Clone/Duplicate
Both connected displays output the same view and may be
configured independently
Extended / Extend
Both connected displays are treated as separate devices, and
act as a virtual desktop
Table C - 3
Display Modes
Display Devices & Options C - 21
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
Multiple Display
At least one other display must be attached in
order to view Multiple
Display selection options.
Attaching Other Displays
To Clone Displays:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Attach your external display to the external monitor port/HDMI-Out port, and turn it on.
Go to the Intel(R) HD Graphics Control Panel control panel and click Display >
Multiple Displays (sub-menu).
Click Clone from the Select Multiple Display Mode menu.
Click Apply, and OK to confirm the settings change.
You can select the displays to be used from the Select Active Displays menu.
Figure C - 16
Display > Multiple
Displays (Clone)
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C - 22 Attaching Other Displays
Video Driver Controls
To Enable Extended Mode:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Attach your external display to the external monitor port/HDMI-Out port, and turn it on.
Go to the Intel(R) HD Graphics Control Panel control panel and click Display >
Multiple Displays (sub-menu).
Click Extended from the Select Multiple Display Mode menu.
Click Apply, and OK to confirm the settings change.
Click the appropriate monitor icon
and drag it to match
the physical arrangement
you
wish to use (e.g. the
secondary display
may be extended
left/right/above/below the primary display).
Click Display Settings to make any
adjustments
required.

Display Settings
Extended Desktop
You can have different
Colors, Screen Area
and Monitor Refresh
Rates for each display
device provided your
monitor can support
them.
You can drag the monitor icons to match the
physical layout of your
displays. Icons and programs may also be
dragged between the
displays.
Figure C - 17
Display > Multiple
Displays (Extended)
Attaching Other Displays C - 23
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
Windows Logo Key
+ P Key
Combination
You can use the
+P
key combination
to
quickly bring up the Second Screen menu.
Attaching Other Displays - Devices (Charms Bar)
You can configure attached displays from Devices (in the Windows 8 Charms Bar).
1.
2.
3.
4.
Attach your external display to the external monitor port/HDMI-Out port, and turn it on.
Go the Charms Bar and select Devices.
Click Second Screen.
Click on any one of the options from the menu to select Duplicate, Extend or a
Single (PC Screen only or Second Screen only) display.
You can also use the
Display Switch
button in the Control Center to access the menu
and select the appropriate attached display
mode.
You can also use the Fn
+F7 key combination to
quickly access the Second Screen menu in
Windows 8.
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Figure C - 18
Second Screen
(Devices)
C - 24 Attaching Other Displays - Devices (Charms Bar)
Video Driver Controls
Configuring an External Display In Windows
1.
2.
3.
4.
Attach your external display to the external monitor port/HDMI-Out port, and turn it on.
Go to the Screen resolution control panel (see page 1 - 32) in the Desktop app.
Click the Detect button.
The computer will then detect any attached displays.
Figure C - 19
Screen Resolution
Multiple Displays
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Attaching Other Displays - Devices (Charms Bar) C - 25
Video Driver Controls
5.
You can configure the displays from the Multiple Displays menu.
Figure C - 20
Screen Resolution
Multiple Display
Options
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• Duplicate these displays - Shows an exact copy of the main display desktop on
the other display(s)
• Extend these displays - Treats both connected displays as separate devices
• Show desktop only on 1/2 - Only one of your displays is used.
C - 26 Attaching Other Displays - Devices (Charms Bar)
Video Driver Controls
NVIDIA Control Panel
More advanced video configuration options are provided in the NVIDIA Control
Panel tab.
1.
2.
Go to the Control Panel.
Double-click NVIDIA Control Panel (click to view the control panel in either Large
icons or Small icons if you are in Category view).

NVIDIA Control
Panel
To access the GeForce..... control panel
from the desktop; rightclick the desktop, then
click NVIDIA Control
Panel.
Figure C - 21
NVIDIA Control
Panel
NVIDIA Control Panel C - 27
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
Navigating the
Control Panel
The NVIDIA Control Panel provides additional video configuration controls and
tools which allow quick access to features such as image settings, 3D Settings and
video configuration.
Navigate through the
control panels in much
the same way as you
would a web page.
Click on the sub-heading tasks in the left
menu (and on the highlighted links) for information.
Use
the
buttons on the top left
to go back, forward
etc.
Figure C - 22
C
NVIDIA Control
Panel
C - 28 NVIDIA Control Panel
Video Driver Controls
Optimus™ Customization Options
One of the most important aspects of Nvidia® Optimus™ technology is that it will
switch between the integrated GPU and discrete GPU seamlessly and automatically,
and does not require any input from the user. However customization options are offered for users who prefer to set their own parameters for GPU usage.
Context Menu
One of the quickest ways to choose which GPU to use for a particular application is
by using the “Run with graphics processor” in the context menu.
1.
2.
Go to the NVIDIA Control Panel (see page C - 27).
Click Desktop from the top menu and select Add “Run with graphics
processor” to Context Menu (it should have a tick alongside it).

Display GPU
Activity Icon
Click to enable Display GPU Activity
Icon in the Notification Area to quickly
access the GPU Activity monitor from the
taskbar.
Figure C - 23
NVIDIA Control
Panel - View
Optimus™ Customization Options C - 29
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Video Driver Controls

iGPU or dGPU
Note the NVIDIA control panel refers to
High-performance
NVIDIA
processor
(which is the discrete
GPU) and Integrated
graphics (which is the
integrated GPU).
3.
4.
5.
6.
Close the NVIDIA Control Panel.
Find the executable file icon of the application you want to run.
Right-click the icon and select Run with graphics processor from the context
menu.
Select either High-performance NVIDIA processor (dGPU) or Integrated
graphics (iGPU) to run the program with the selected GPU.
Figure C - 24
Context Menu with
Run with graphics
processor
C
Right-click the application executable file
C - 30 Optimus™ Customization Options
Video Driver Controls
Global Settings
Global settings allows you to set the preferred graphics processor for overall use.
Ideally this would be the iGPU for battery life, but this can be set to the dGPU if preferred.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Go to the NVIDIA Control Panel (see page C - 27).
Click Manage 3D Settings (3D Settings) and select Global Settings (tab).
Select either Integrated graphics (iGPU) or High performance NVIDIA
Processor (dGPU) from the drop-down menu.
Click the Setting menu items to select any options required.
Click Apply to save the settings.
Figure C - 25
Global Settings
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Optimus™ Customization Options C - 31
Video Driver Controls
Program Settings
Program settings allows you to make specific adjustments for installed applications.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Run the NVIDIA Control Panel (see page C - 27).
Click Manage 3D Settings (3D Settings) and select Program Settings (tab).
Select a program to customize from the drop-down menu, or click Add to add
any program that does not appear in the menu.
Select the preferred graphics processor for the program from the drop-down
menu.
Click the Setting menu items to select any options required.
Click Apply to save the settings.
Figure C - 26
Program Settings
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C - 32 Optimus™ Customization Options
Video Driver Controls
Set PhysX® Configuration
NVIDIA® PhysX® is a physics engine that can use the GPU to accelerate game and
3D application performance. You can select the GeForce video card or CPU as a
PhysX® processor, or configure the computer to auto-select a PhysX® processor
(recommended default setting).
1.
2.
3.
4.
Go to NVIDIA Control Panel (see page C - 27).
Click Set PhysX configuration.
Click to Select a PhysX processor from the menu; Auto-select (recommended) is
the default setting.
Click Apply to save the settings.
Figure C - 27
Set PhysX®
Configuration
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Set PhysX® Configuration C - 33
Video Driver Controls
Video Settings
Click the sub-menus under Video to adjust the video color or image settings.
Figure C - 28
Video Settings
C
C - 34 Video Settings
Video Driver Controls
HDMI Audio Configuration
HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) carries both audio and video signals.
In some cases it will be necessary to go to the Sound control panel and manually
configure the HDMI audio output as per the instructions below.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Go to the Control Panel.
Click Sound
(Hardware and Sound) and click Playback (tab)
Depending on your display, the playback device may be selected, however in some
cases you may need to select the audio device and click Set Default (button).
Double-click the device to access the control panel tabs illustrated overleaf.

Volume Adjustment
The sound volume level
can be set using the volume control in the Settings menu in the
Charms Bar.
Figure C - 29
Sound - HDMI
Device (set Default)
HDMI Audio Configuration C - 35
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5.
6.
Adjust the HDMI settings from the control panel tabs.
Click OK to close the Sound
control panel.
Figure C - 30
HDMI Device
Properties
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C - 36 HDMI Audio Configuration
Video Driver Controls
HDMI Notes
• Connect a device with HDMI support to the HDMI-Out port BEFORE attempting to play audio/video sources through the device.
• To play audio sources through your external display’s (TV or LCD) speakers
you will need to go to the audio configuration control panel on the display and
configure the audio input accordingly (see your display device manual).
HDMI Video Configuration
1.
2.
3.
4.
Connect an HDMI cable from the HDMI-Out port to your external display.
Configure your external display as per the instructions in “Attaching Other
Displays” on page C - 22.
Set up your external display (TV or LCD) for HDMI input (see your display device
manual).
You can now play video/audio sources through your external display.

Other Applications
If you are using a third
party application to
play DVDs etc. from
any attached DVD device, you will need to
consult the application’s documentation
to see the appropriate
audio
configuration
(the application must
support digital to analog translation).
Sound Blaster Cinema EQ & HDMI
1.
2.
3.
When you connect an HDMI display to the HDMI-Out port, the Sound Blaster Cinema EQ controls will be disabled.
A warning box will pop-up and will prompt “...Do you want to select another
audio device now?”.
Click No to continue using the HDMI audio output from your external display (do
not attempt to select another audio device when connected to the external HDMI
display.
HDMI Audio Configuration C - 37
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C - 38
Specifications
Appendix D: Specifications

Latest Specification Information
The specifications listed in this Appendix are correct at the time of going to press. Certain items (particularly processor types/
speeds and CD/DVD device types) may be changed, updated or delayed due to the manufacturer's release schedule. Check
with your distributor/supplier for details.
D
Specifications D - 1
Specifications
Processor
Memory
Intel® Core i7-4900MQ (2.8GHz)
Mobile Processor
8M L3 Cache, 22nm (22 Nanometer),
DDR3L-1600MHz, TDP 47W
Dual Channel DDR3L
Intel® Core i7-4800MQ (2.7GHz)
Mobile Processor
6M L3 Cache, 22nm (22 Nanometer),
DDR3L-1600MHz, TDP 47W
Intel® Core i7-4700MQ (2.4GHz)
Mobile Processor
6M L3 Cache, 22nm (22 Nanometer),
DDR3L-1600MHz, TDP 47W
Core Logic
Mobile Intel® HM87 Lynx Point Express
Chipset
Display
Model A:
15.6" (39.62cm) HD+ (1600 * 900) / FHD
(1920 * 1080), 16:9 Backlit Panel
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Model B:
17.3" (43.94cm) HD+ (1600 * 900) / FHD
(1920 * 1080), 16:9 Backlit Panel
D - 2 Specifications
*Three 204 Pin SO-DIMM Sockets
Supporting DDR3L 1600 MHz Memory
Modules (real operational frequency
depends on the FSB of the processor)
nVIDIA® GeForce GTX 765M PCIe * 8
Video Chip
2GB GDDR5 Video RAM On Board
Supports Microsoft DirectX® 11.0
NVIDIA PhysX™
GeForce CUDA™ Technology
NVIDIA® Optimus™ Technology
*Note: Two DIMMs per channel is only
supported by Quad-Core CPUs
Storage
Memory Expandable up to 24GB
Compatible with 2GB, 4GB or 8GB Modules
One 12.7 mm Super Multi/Blu-Ray
Combo/Blu-Ray Writer SATA Optical
Device Drive (Factory Option)
Video Adapter Options
Intel® Integrated GPU and NVIDIA®
GeForce Video:
Supports NVIDIA® Optimus
Switchable GPU Technology between
iGPU and dGPU
Intel® HD Graphics (GPU Type
Depends on Processor)
Dynamic Frequency
Intel® Dynamic Video Memory
Technology Supporting Shared Memory
up to 1.7GB
Supports Microsoft DirectX® 11.1
Up to Two (Factory Option) Changeable
2.5" 9.5 mm (h) SATA (Serial) Hard Disks
with RAID Level 0/1 Support
mSATA SSD with SATA Interface
Audio
High Definition Audio
S/PDIF Digital Output
Built-In Microphone
2 Built-In 2W Speakers
Sound Blaster™ Cinema
Specifications
Keyboard & Pointing Device
Card Reader
Communication
Full Size Isolated Winkey Keyboard with
Numeric Keypad
Built-In TouchPad (with Multi Gesture
Functionality)
GPU Mode Button (UMA/Optimus Mode)
Embedded Multi-In-1 Push-Push Card
Reader
- MMC / RSMMC
- SD / Mini SD / SDHC / SDXC
- MS / MS Pro / MS Duo
Built-In 10/100/1000Mb Base-TX Ethernet
LAN
Model A:
One Instant Button for Airplane Mode
Model B:
Three Instant Buttons for Airplane Mode,
Mute & Camera On/Off
Note: Some of these cards require PC
adapters that are usually supplied with
the cards.
Slots
Two Mini-Card Slots:
Interface
One USB 2.0 Port
Three USB 3.0 Ports
One eSATA Port (SATA/USB 3.0 Combo)
One External Monitor Port
One HDMI™-Out (High-Definition
Multimedia Interface) Port (with HDCP)
One Microphone-In Jack
One Headphone/Speaker-Out Jack
One S/PDIF Out Jack
One RJ-45 LAN Jack
One DC-In Jack
Slot 1 for Half Size Mini-Card WLAN
Combo Module with PCIe & USB
Interfaces:
Slot 2 for Full Size Mini-Card mSATA
SSD (Solid State Drive) with SATA
Interface (Factory Option)
OR
For Model A Only
Full Size Mini-Card 3G Module with USB
Interface (Factory Option)
Intel® Centrino Advanced-N 6235 2*2
(802.11 a/g/n) Half Mini-Card PCIe WLAN +
Bluetooth V4.0+HS Combo Module (Factory Option)
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2230 2*2
(802.11 b/g/n) Half Mini-Card PCIe WLAN +
Bluetooth V4.0+HS Combo Module (Factory Option)
(802.11b/g/n) Half Mini-Card PCIe WLAN
+ Bluetooth V4.0+LE Combo Module
(Factory Option)
(802.11a/c) Half Mini-Card PCIe WLAN +
Bluetooth V4.0+LE Combo Module
(Factory Option)
802.11b/g/n Half Mini-Card PCIe WLAN
Module with PCIe Interface (Factory
Option)
2.0M HD PC Video Camera Module
See Over
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Specifications D - 3
Specifications
For Model A Only:
UMTS/HSPA+ based 3G Module with
Full Size Mini-Card Interface (Factory
Option)
Quad-band GSM/GPRS (850 MHz, 900
MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz)
UMTS WCDMA FDD (2100 MHz)
Note that UMTS modes CAN NOT be
used in North America
BIOS
One 48Mb SPI Flash ROM
AMI BIOS
Security
Security (Kensington® Type) Lock Slot
BIOS Password
For Model A Only:
Fingerprint Reader Module (Factory
Option)
Operating System
Windows® 8
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D - 4 Specifications
Features
Power Management
IMR (Injected Molded Resin) LCD Back
Covers for some Model A designs
Supports Wake on LAN
Supports Wake on USB
Supports Wake on RTC Alarm (AC Mode
Only
Painted Style for some Model B designs
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology
Intel® Rapid Start Technology
Intel® Smart Response Technology
Indicators
Environmental Spec
Temperature
Operating:
5°C - 35°C
Non-Operating: -20°C - 60°C
LED Indicators - Power/Suspend,
Battery, HDD/ODD, Airplane Mode, Num
Lock, Caps Lock, Scroll Lock, Camera,
UMA/dGPU Working
Relative Humidity
Operating:
20% - 80%
Non-Operating: 10% - 90%
Power
Physical Dimensions & Weight
Full Range AC/DC Adapter – AC in 100 240V, 50 - 60Hz DC Output 19.5V, 6.15A
(120 Watts)
Model A
374mm (w) * 250mm (d) * 16.3 - 42.7mm (h)
2.7kg with ODD and Battery
Removable 8 Cell Smart Lithium Ion Battery
Pack 76.96WH
Model B:
413mm (w) * 277.5mm (d) * 17.5 - 44mm (h)
3.2kg with ODD and Battery