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@@@@For more information please visit the AcerCloud website: www.acer.com/acercloud Model number: Serial number: Date of purchase: Place of
purchase: T ABLE O F CONTENTS Safety and comfort First things first 5 17 Your guides ........
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........ 87 87 87 89 89 89 89 90 90 90 90 91 92 92 94 94 95 95 96 4 - Table of contents S AFETY AND COMFORT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS Read these
instructions carefully. Keep this document for future reference.
Follow all warnings and instructions marked on the product. Turning the product off before cleaning Unplug this product from the wall outlet before
cleaning. Do not use liquid cleaners or aerosol cleaners. Use a damp cloth for cleaning. WARNINGS Accessing the power cord Be sure that the power outlet
you plug the power cord into is easily accessible and located as close to the equipment operator as possible.
When you need to disconnect power to the equipment, be sure to unplug the power cord from the electrical outlet. Disconnecting the power source Observe
the following guidelines when connecting and disconnecting power to the power supply unit: Install the power supply unit before connecting the power cord
to the AC power outlet. Unplug the power cord before removing the power supply unit from the computer. If the system has multiple sources of power,
disconnect power from the system by unplugging all power cords from the power supplies. Using electrical power - This product should be operated from the
type of power indicated on the marking label.
If you are not sure of the type of power available, consult your dealer or local power company. - Do not allow anything to rest on the power cord. Do not
locate this product where people will walk on the cord. Safety and comfort - 5 - If an extension cord is used with this product, make sure that the total ampere
rating of the equipment plugged into the extension cord does not exceed the extension cord ampere rating. Also, make sure that the total rating of all products
plugged into the wall outlet does not exceed the fuse rating. - Do not overload a power outlet, strip or receptacle by plugging in too many devices. The overall
system load must not exceed 80% of the branch circuit rating. If power strips are used, the load should not exceed 80% of the power strip's input rating. - This
product's AC adapter is equipped with a three-wire grounded plug. The plug only fits in a grounded power outlet.
Make sure the power outlet is properly grounded before inserting the AC adapter plug. Do not insert the plug into a non-grounded power outlet. Contact your
electrician for details. - Warning! The grounding pin is a safety feature. Using a power outlet that is not properly grounded may result in electric shock
and/or injury. - Note: The grounding pin also provides good protection from unexpected noise produced by other nearby electrical devices that may interfere
with the performance of this product. - The system can be powered using a wide range of voltages; 100 to 120 or 220 to 240 V AC. The power cord included
with the system meets the requirements for use in the country/region where the system was purchased. Power cords for use in other countries/regions must
meet the requirements for that country/region. For more information on power cord requirements, contact an authorized reseller or service provider.
Protecting your hearing - Warning! Permanent hearing loss may occur if earphones or headphones are used at high volume for prolonged periods of time. To
protect your hearing, follow these instructions. - Increase the volume gradually until you can hear clearly and comfortably. - Do not increase the volume level
after your ears have adjusted. - Do not listen to music at high volumes for extended periods.
6 - Safety and comfort - Do not increase the volume to block out noisy surroundings. - Decrease the volume if you can't hear people speaking near you.
Bundled dummy cards - Note: Information in this section may not apply to your computer. Your computer shipped with plastic dummies installed in the card
slots. Dummies protect unused slots from dust, metal objects or other particles.
Save the dummies for use when no cards are in the slots. General - Do not use this product near water. - Do not place this product on an unstable cart, stand
or table. If the product falls, it could be seriously damaged. - Slots and openings are provided for ventilation to ensure reliable operation of the product and
to protect it from overheating. These openings must not be blocked or covered. The openings should never be blocked by placing the product on a bed, sofa,
rug or other similar surface.
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This product should never be placed near or over a radiator or heat register, or in a built-in installation unless proper ventilation is provided. - Never push
objects of any kind into this product through cabinet slots as they may touch dangerous voltage points or short-out parts that could result in a fire or electric
shock. Never spill liquid of any kind onto or into the product.
- To avoid damage of internal components and to prevent battery leakage, do not place the product on a vibrating surface. - Never use it under sporting,
exercising, or any vibrating environment which will probably cause unexpected short current or damage rotor devices, HDD, Optical drive, and even
exposure risk from lithium battery pack. - The bottom surface, areas around ventilation openings and AC adapter may get hot. To avoid injury, ensure they do
not come in contact with your skin or body. Safety and comfort - 7 - Your device and its enhancements may contain small parts. Keep them out of the reach of
small children. Product servicing Do not attempt to service this product yourself, as opening or removing covers may expose you to dangerous voltage points
or other risks. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Unplug this product from the wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified service personnel
when: - The power cord or plug is damaged, cut or frayed. - Liquid was spilled into the product.
- The product was exposed to rain or water. - The product has been dropped or the case has been damaged. - The product exhibits a distinct change in
performance, indicating a need for service. - The product does not operate normally after following the operating instructions. - Note: Adjust only those
controls that are covered by the operating instructions, since improper adjustment of other controls may result in damage and will often require extensive
work by a qualified technician to restore the product to normal condition.
Guidelines for safe battery usage This computer uses a Lithium-ion or Lithium-polymer battery. Do not use it in a humid, wet or corrosive environment. Do
not put, store or leave your product in or near a heat source, in a high temperature location, in strong direct sunlight, in a microwave oven or in a pressurized
container, and do not expose it to temperatures over 60° C (140° F). Failure to follow these guidelines may cause the battery to leak acid, become hot,
explode or ignite and cause injury and/or damage. Do not pierce, open or disassemble the battery.
If the battery leaks and you come into contact with the leaked fluids, rinse thoroughly with water and seek medical attention immediately. 8 - Safety and
comfort For safety reasons, and to prolong the lifetime of the battery, charging will not occur at temperaturring aids. Some digital wireless devices may
interfere with some hearing aids. If interference occurs, consult your service provider. 10 - Safety and comfort VEHICLES RF signals may affect improperly
installed or inadequately shielded electronic systems in motor vehicles such as electronic fuel injection systems, electronic anti-skid (anti-lock) braking
systems, electronic speed control systems, and air bag systems. For more information, check with the manufacturerde. ENERGY STAR and the ENERGY
STAR mark are registered U.S. marks. TIPS AND INFORMATION FOR COMFORTABLE USE Computer users may complain of eyestrain and headaches
after prolonged use.
Users are also at risk of physical injury after long hours of working in front of a computer. Long work periods, bad posture, poor work habits, stress,
inadequate working conditions, personal health and other factors greatly increase the risk of physical injury. Incorrect computer usage may lead to carpal
tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, tenosynovitis or other musculoskeletal disorders. The following symptoms may appear in the hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, neck
or back: - Numbness, or a burning or tingling sensation. - Aching, soreness or tenderness. - Pain, swelling or throbbing. - Stiffness or tightness. - Coldness or
weakness. If you have these symptoms, or any other recurring or persistent discomfort and/or pain related to computer use, consult a physician immediately
and inform your company's health and safety department. The following section provides tips for more comfortable computer use.
Finding your comfort zone Find your comfort zone by adjusting the viewing angle of the monitor, using a footrest, or raising your sitting height to achieve
maximum comfort. Observe the following tips: - Refrain from staying too long in one fixed posture. - Avoid slouching forward and/or leaning backward. Stand up and walk around regularly to remove the strain on your leg muscles. - Take short rests to relax your neck and shoulders.
Safety and comfort - 13 - Avoid tensing your muscles or shrugging your shoulders. - Install the external display, keyboard and mouse properly and within
comfortable reach. - If you view your monitor more than your documents, place the display at the center of your desk to minimize neck strain. Taking care of
your vision Long viewing hours, wearing incorrect glasses or contact lenses, glare, excessive room lighting, poorly focused screens, very small typefaces and
low-contrast displays could stress your eyes. The following sections provide suggestions on how to reduce eyestrain.
Eyes - Rest your eyes frequently. - Give your eyes regular breaks by looking away from the monitor and focusing on a distant point. - Blink frequently to keep
your eyes from drying out. Display - Keep your display clean. - Keep your head at a higher level than the top edge of the display so your eyes point downward
when looking at the middle of the display. - Adjust the display brightness and/or contrast to a comfortable level for enhanced text readability and graphics
clarity. - Eliminate glare and reflections by: placing your display in such a way that the side faces the window or any light source, minimizing room light
by using drapes, shades or blinds, using a task light, changing the display's viewing angle, using a glare-reduction filter, using a display visor, such as
a piece of cardboard extended from the display's top front edge. 14 - Safety and comfort - Avoid adjusting your display to an awkward viewing angle. - Avoid
looking at bright light sources for extended periods of time. Developing good work habits The following work habits make computer use more relaxing and
productive: - Take short breaks regularly and often.
- Perform some stretching exercises. - Breathe fresh air as often as possible. - Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy body. - Warning! We do not
recommend using the computer on a couch or bed. If this is unavoidable, work for only short periods, take breaks regularly, and do some stretching exercises.
- Note: For more information, please refer to "Regulations and safety notices" on page 96. Safety and comfort - 15 CAUTION FOR OPTICAL DRIVE
DEVICE - Note: Information in this section may not apply to your computer.
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CAUTION: This appliance contains a laser system and is classified as a "CLASS 1 LASER PRODUCT." In case of any trouble with this device, please
contact your nearest AUTHORIZED service station. To prevent direct exposure to the laser beam, do not try to open the enclosure.
CLASS 1 LASER PRODUCT CAUTION: INVISIBLE LASER RADIATION WHEN OPEN. AVOID EXPOSURE TO BEAM. APPAREIL A LASER DE
CLASSE 1 PRODUIT LASERATTENTION: RADIATION DU FAISCEAU LASER INVISIBLE EN CAS D’OUVERTURE. EVITTER TOUTE EXPOSITION
AUX RAYONS. LUOKAN 1 LASERLAITE LASER KLASSE 1 VORSICHT: UNSICHTBARE LASERSTRAHLUNG, WENN ABDECKUNG GEÖFFNET
NICHT DEM STRAHLL AUSSETZEN PRODUCTO LÁSER DE LA CLASE I ADVERTENCIA: RADIACIÓN LÁSER EXPONERSE A LOS RAYOS.
INVISIBLE AL SER ABIERTO. EVITE ADVARSEL: LASERSTRÅLING VEDÅBNING SE IKKE IND I STRÅLEN. VARO! LAVATTAESSA OLET ALTTINA
LASERSÅTEILYLLE. VARNING: LASERSTRÅLNING NÅR DENNA DEL ÅR ÖPPNAD ÅLÅ TUIJOTA SÅTEESEENSTIRRA EJ IN I STRÅLEN VARNING:
LASERSTRÅLNING NAR DENNA DEL ÅR ÖPPNADSTIRRA EJ IN I STRÅLEN ADVARSEL: LASERSTRÅLING NAR DEKSEL ÅPNESSTIRR IKKE INN I
STRÅLEN - Warning! For safety reasons, do not use non-compliant parts when adding or changing components. Consult your reseller for purchase options.
16 - F IRST THINGS F I R S T We would like to thank you for making an Acer notebook your choice for meeting your mobile computing needs. Your guides
To help you use your Acer notebook, we have designed a set of guides: First off, the Setup Guide helps you get started with setting up your computer. The
Quick Guide introduces you to the basic features and functions of your new computer. For more on how your computer can help you to be more productive,
please refer to the User’s Manual. This guide contains detailed information on such subjects as system utilities, data recovery, expansion options and
troubleshooting. In addition it contains general regulations and safety notices for your notebook. It is available from Desktop; double-click the Help icon and
click User’s Manual in the menu that opens. Basic care and tips for using your computer Turning your computer on and off To turn the power off, do any of
the following: • Use the Windows shutdown command: Press the Windows key + <C>, click Settings > Power then click Shut Down. First things first - 17 If
you need to power down the computer for a short while, but don’t want to completely shut it down, you can put it into Hibernate by pressing the power button.
You can also put the computer in sleep mode by pressing the sleep hotkey <Fn> + <F4>.
Note: If you cannot power off the computer normally, press and hold the power button for more than four seconds to shut down the computer. If you turn off
the computer and want to turn it on again, wait at least two seconds before powering up. Taking care of your computer Your computer will serve you well if
you take care of it. • Do not expose the computer to direct sunlight. Do not place it near sources of heat, such as a radiator. • Do not expose the computer to
temperatures below 0º C (32º F) or above 50º C (122º F). • Do not subject the computer to magnetic fields. • Do not expose the computer to rain or moisture.
• Do not spill water or any liquid on the computer. • Do not subject the computer to heavy shock or vibration.
• Do not expose the computer to dust or dirt. • Never place objects on top of the computer. • Do not slam the computer display when you close it. 18 - First
things first • Never place the computer on uneven surfaces. Taking care of your AC adapter Here are some ways to take care of your AC adapter: • Do not
connect the adapter to any other device.
• Do not step on the power cord or place heavy objects on top of it. Carefully route the power cord and any cables away from foot traffic. • When unplugging
the power cord, do not pull on the cord itself but pull on the plug. • The total ampere ratings of the equipment plugged in should not exceed the ampere rating
of the cord if you are using an extension cord. Also, the total current rating of all equipment plugged into a single wall outlet should not exceed the fuse
rating.
Cleaning and servicing When cleaning the computer, follow these steps: 1. Turn off the computer. 2. Disconnect the AC adapter. 3. Use a soft, moist cloth. Do
not use liquid or aerosol cleaners. If either of the following occurs: • The computer has been dropped or the body has been damaged; • The computer does not
operate normally Please refer to "Frequently asked questions" on page 83. First things first - 19 Y OU R A CER N OT E B O OK TOUR After setting up your
computer as illustrated in the Setup Guide, let us show you around your new Acer computer. Aspire V5-132P/V5-122P 20 - Your Acer notebook tour Screen
view 1 2 # 1 2 Icon Item Webcam Touchscreen Description Web camera for video communication.
 A light next to the webcam indicates that the webcam is active. Displays computer output. Supports multi-touch input. Your Acer notebook tour - 21
Keyboard view 1 4 2 3 # Icon Item Power indicator Description Indicates the computer's power status. Indicates the computer's battery status. Charging: The
light is amber when the battery is charging. Fully charged: The light is blue when plugged in. 1 Battery indicator 22 - Your Acer notebook tour # Icon Item 2
Keyboard 3 Touchpad 4 Microphone Description For entering data into your computer. See "Using the keyboard" on page 29. Caution: Do not use a
keyboard protector or similar cover as the keyboard includes ventilation intakes for cooling.
Touch-sensitive pointing device which functions like a computer mouse. The touchpad and selection buttons form a single surface. Press down firmly on the
touchpad surface to perform a left click. Press down firmly on the lower right corner to perform a right click. Internal microphone for sound recording.
Your Acer notebook tour - 23 Left view 1 # Icon Item 2 3 4 5 Kensington lock slot 1 2 3 Ventilation and cooling fan USB port Description Connects to a
Kensington-compatible computer security lock. Wrap the computer security lock cable around an immovable object such as a table or handle of a locked
drawer.  Insert the lock into the notch and turn the key to secure the lock.  Keyless models are also available. Allows the computer to stay cool.
Do not cover or obstruct the openings. Connects to USB devices. 24 - Your Acer notebook tour # Icon Item 4 Acer Converter Port 5 SD card reader
Description Connects to the Acer Converter cable, allowing for easy connection to a LAN, an external display or an additional USB device. Note: There are
different cables available. Please check with your retailer to see which are compatible with your computer.
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Accepts one Secure Digital (SD or SDHC) card. Note: To remove the card, simply pull it from the slot. Information on USB 3.0 • USB 3.0 compatible ports
are blue.
• Compatible with USB 3.0 and earlier devices. • For optimal performance, use USB 3.0-certified devices. • Defined by the USB 3.0 specification (SuperSpeed
USB). Your Acer notebook tour - 25 Right view 1 2 # 1 2 3 4 Icon Item Power button Headset/speaker jack USB port DC-in jack Description 3 4 Turns the
computer on and off. Connects to audio devices (e.g., speakers, headphones) or a headset with microphone.
Connects to USB devices. Connects to an AC adapter. 26 - Your Acer notebook tour Base view 1 5 2 4 3 # 1 2 3 Icon Item Screw holes Ventilation and cooling
fan Speakers Description Screw holes for attaching the optional second battery. Allows the computer to stay cool. Do not cover or obstruct the openings.
Deliver stereo audio output. Your Acer notebook tour - 27 # 4 Icon Item Battery reset pinhole Second battery connector 5 Description Insert a paperclip into
the hole and press for four seconds to reset the computer (simulates removing and reinstalling the battery). Connects to the second battery to provide power
and charge the second battery. 28 - Your Acer notebook tour U SING TH E KEYBOARD The keyboard has full-sized keys and an embedded numeric keypad,
separate cursor, lock, Windows, function and special keys. Lock keys and embedded numeric keypad Note: Information in this section may not apply to your
computer.
The keyboard has three lock keys which you can toggle on and off. Description When Caps Lock is on, all alphabetic characters typed Caps Lock are in
uppercase. When Num Lock is on, the embedded keypad is in numeric mode. The keys function as a calculator Num Lock (complete with the arithmetic
operators +, -, *, and /). <Fn> + <F11> Use this mode when you need to do a lot of numeric data entry. When Scroll Lock is on, the screen moves one line
up or Scroll Lock down when you press the up or down arrow keys <Fn> + <F12> respectively. Scroll Lock does not work with some applications. The
embedded numeric keypad functions like a desktop numeric keypad. It is indicated by small characters located on the upper right corner of the Lock key Using
the keyboard - 29 keycaps. To simplify the keyboard legend, cursor-control key symbols are not printed on the keys.
Desired access Number keys on embedded keypad Cursor-control keys on embedded keypad Num Lock on Type numbers in a normal manner. Hold <Shift>
while using cursor-control keys. Num Lock off Hold <Fn> while using cursor-control keys. Type the letters in a normal manner. Hold <Fn> while typing
Main keyboard keys letters on embedded keypad. Hotkeys The computer employs hotkeys or key combinations to access most of the computer's controls like
screen brightness and volume output. To activate hotkeys, press and hold the <Fn> key before pressing the other key in the hotkey combination. Hotkey <Fn>
+ <F3> <Fn> + <F4> Icon Function Description Turns on / off the computer's Airplane mode network devices. Puts the computer in Sleep Sleep mode. 30 Using the keyboard Hotkey <Fn> + <F5> Icon Function Display toggle <Fn> + <F6> <Fn> + <F7> <Fn> + <F8> <Fn> + <F9> Display off Touchpad
toggle Description Switches display output between the display screen, external monitor (if connected) and both.
Turns the display screen backlight off to save power. Press any key to return. Turns the built-in touchpad on and off. Speaker toggle Turns the speakers on
and off. Keyboard backlight Turns the keyboard backlight on and off.
Selected models only. Turns the embedded numeric keypad on or off. Turns Scroll Lock on or off. Increases the screen brightness. Decreases the screen
brightness.
Increases the sound volume. Decreases the sound volume. Using the keyboard - 31 <Fn> + <F11> NumLk Number Lock <Fn> + <F12> Scr Lk Scroll Lock
<Fn> + < > <Fn> + < > <Fn> + < > <Fn> + < > Brightness up Brightness down Volume up Volume down Windows keys The keyboard has two keys that
perform Windows-specific functions. Key Description Pressed alone it returns to the Start screen.  Windows key It can also be used with other keys for
special functions, please check Windows Help. This key has the same effect as clicking the right Application mouse button; it opens the application's context
key menu. 32 - Using the keyboard T OUCHPAD Touchpad basics The touchpad controls the arrow (or 'cursor') on the screen. As you slide your finger
across the touchpad, the cursor will follow this movement. Note: The touchpad is sensitive to finger movement; the lighter the touch, the better the response. 
Please keep the touchpad and your fingers dry and clean.
The cursor is controlled by some basic gestures: • Single-finger slide: Slide a finger across the touchpad to move the cursor. • Single-finger press or tap:
Press the touchpad down, or lightly tap the touchpad with your finger, to perform a 'click', which will select or start an item. Quickly repeat the tap to perform
a double tap or 'double click'. • Single-finger press in the bottom-right corner: Press the bottom right corner of the touchpad to perform a 'right click'. In the
Start screen, this will toggle the app commands, in most apps this will open a context menu related to the selected item. • Drag: Press and hold the bottom left
corner of the touchpad, or tap twice anywhere on the touchtap, then slide a second finger across the Touchpad - 33 touchpad to select all items in an area.
Touchpad gestures Windows 8 and many applications support touchpad gestures that use one or more fingers. Note: Support for touchpad gestures depends
on the active application. This allows you to control applications with a few simple gestures, such as: • Swipe in from edge: Access Windows tools by swiping
into the center of the touchpad from the right, top or left. • Swipe in from right edge: Toggle the charms.
• Swipe in from top edge: Toggle the app commands. • Swipe in from left edge: Switch to the previous app. • Two-finger slide: Swiftly scroll through web
pages, documents and playlists by placing two fingers on the touchpad and moving both in any direction. • Two-finger pinch: Zoom in and out of photos, maps
and documents with a simple finger-and-thumb gesture. 34 - Touchpad R ECOVERY If you are having trouble with your computer, and the frequently asked
questions (see page 83) do not help, you can 'recover' your computer - i.
e. return it to an earlier state. This section describes the recovery tools available on your computer. Acer provides Acer Recovery Management, which allows
you to create a recovery backup, a drivers and applications backup, and to start recovery options, either using Windows tools, or the recovery backup.
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Note: Acer Recovery Management is only available with a preinstalled Windows operating system.
Important: We recommend that you create a Recovery Backup and Drivers and Applications Backup and as soon as possible.  In certain situations a full
recovery will require a USB recovery backup. Creating a recovery backup To reinstall from a USB storage drive, you must first create a recovery backup. The
recovery backup includes the entire original contents of your computer’s hard drive, including Windows and all factory-loaded software and drivers. Using
this backup will restore your computer to the same state as when you purchased it, while giving you an option to retain all settings and personal data.
Recovery - 35 Note: Make sure you have a USB drive with a capacity of at least 16 GB. 1. From Start, type 'Recovery' and then click Acer Recovery
Management in the list of apps. 2. Click Create Factory Default Backup.
The Recovery Drive window 36 - Recovery opens. Make sure Copy contents from the recovery partition to the recovery drive is selected. This provides the
most complete and safest recovery backup. 3. Plug in the USB drive then click Next. Recovery - 37 • Make sure your USB drive has enough capacity before
continuing. The recovery backup requires at least 16 GB of storage 4. You will be shown the backup progress on the screen. 5. Follow the process until it
completes.
6. After creating the recovery backup, you can choose to delete the recovery information on your computer. If you delete this information, you can only use the
USB recovery backup to restore your computer, if you lose or erase the USB drive, you cannot restore your computer. 38 - Recovery 7. Unplug the USB drive
and label it clearly.
Important: Write a unique, descriptive label on the backup, such as 'Windows Recovery Backup'. Make sure you keep the backup in a safe place that you will
remember. Creating a drivers and applications backup To create a Drivers and Applications Backup, that contains the factoryloaded software and drivers
needed by your computer, you may use either Recovery - 39 a USB storage drive or, if your computer features a DVD recorder, one or more blank recordable
DVDs. 1. From Start, type 'Recovery' Management in the list of apps.
and then click Acer Recovery 2. Click Create Drivers and Applications Backup. Plug in the USB drive or insert a blank DVD into the optical drive, then click
Next. 40 - Recovery • If you are using a USB drive, make sure your USB drive has enough capacity before continuing. • If using DVDs, it will also show the
number of blank, recordable discs you will need to complete the recovery discs. Make sure that you have the required number of identical, blank discs.
Recovery - 41 3. Click Start to copy files.You will be shown the backup progress on the screen. 4.
Follow the process until it completes: • If you are using optical discs, the drive ejects each disc as it completes burning it. Remove the disc from the drive and
mark it with a permanent marker. If multiple discs are required, insert a new disc when prompted, then click OK. Continue until the process is complete. • If
you are using a USB drive, unplug the drive and label it clearly. Important: Write a unique, descriptive label on each backup, such as 'Drivers and
Applications Backup'. Make sure you keep the backup in a safe place that you will remember. Recovering your system To recover your system: 1. Perform
minor fixes. If only one or two items of software or hardware have stopped working correctly, the problem may be solved by reinstalling the software or the
device drivers.
 To reinstall software and drivers that were pre-installed at the factory, see "Reinstalling drivers and applications" on page 43.  For instructions on
reinstalling software and drivers that were not preinstalled, see that product’s documentation or support Web site. 2. Revert to a previous system condition.
If reinstalling software or drivers does not help, then the problem may be 42 - Recovery solved by returning your system to a previous state when everything
was working correctly.
 For instructions, see "Returning to an earlier system snapshot" on page 46. 3. Reset your operating system. If nothing else has solved the problem and
you want to reset your system, but keep your user information, see "Returning your system to its factory condition" on page 47. 4.
Reset your system to its factory condition. If nothing else has solved the problem and you want to reset your system to factory condition, see "Returning your
system to its factory condition" on page 47. Reinstalling drivers and applications As a troubleshooting step, you may need to reinstall the applications and
device drivers that came pre-installed on your computer from the factory. You can reinstall using either your hard drive or the backup you have created. •
Other applications - If you need to reinstall software that did not come pre-installed on your computer, you need to follow that software’s installation
instructions. • New device drivers - If you need to reinstall device drivers that did not come pre-installed on your computer, follow the instructions provided
with the device. Recovery - 43 If you are reinstalling using Windows and the recovery information stored on your computer: • From Start, type 'Recovery' and
then click Acer Recovery Management in the list of apps. • Click Reinstall Drivers or Applications. 44 - Recovery • You should see the Contents section of the
Acer Resource Center. • Click the install icon for the item you want to install, then follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation.
Repeat this step for each item you want to reinstall. If you are reinstalling from a Drivers and Applications Backup on a DVD or USB drive: 1. Insert the
Drivers and Applications Backup into the disc drive or connect it to a free USB port. • If you inserted a DVD wait for Acer Resource Center to start. • If Acer
Resource Center does not start automatically, press the Windows key + <E>, then double-click on the optical drive icon. • If you are using a USB drive, press
the Windows key + <E>, then double-click on the drive that contains the backup. Double-click on ResourceCenter. Recovery - 45 2. You should see the
Contents section of the Acer Resource Center. 3.
Click the install icon for the item you want to install, then follow the onscreen prompts to complete the installation. Repeat this step for each item you want to
reinstall. Returning to an earlier system snapshot Microsoft System Restore periodically takes a 'snapshot' of your system settings and saves them as restore
points. In most cases of hard-toresolve software problems, you can return to one of these restore points to get your system running again. Windows
automatically creates an additional restore point each day, and also each time you install software or device drivers.
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Note: For more information about using Microsoft System Restore, from Start, type 'Help' and then click Help and Support in the list of 46 - Recovery apps.
Type 'Windows system restore' in the Search Help box, then press Enter. Returning to a restore point 1. From Start, type 'Control Panel' and then click
Control Panel in the list of apps. 2.
Click System and Security > Action Center, then click Recovery at the bottom of the window. 3. Click Open System Restore, then Next. 4. Click the latest
restore point (at a time when your system worked correctly), click Next, then Finish. 5. A confirmation window appears; click Yes. Your system is restored
using the restore point you specified. This process may take several minutes, and may restart your computer. Returning your system to its factory condition If
your computer experiences problems that are not recoverable by other methods, you may need to reinstall everything to return your system to its factory
condition.
You can recover from either your hard drive or the recovery backup you have created. • If you can still run Windows and have not deleted the recovery
partition, see "Recovering from Windows" on page 48. @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@2. The Reset your PC window opens. Images for reference only. 3.
Click Next, then choose how to erase your files: Recovery - 49 a. @@b. @@@@4. Click Reset.
5. @@6. @@Recovering from the hard drive during startup 1. @@A screen appears asking you to choose the keyboard layout. 2.
Several options are now presented. Click Troubleshoot. 3. Click either Refresh your PC or Reset your PC. @@@@4.
Click Next. @@Click Customized Restore (Retain User Data). 2. The Refresh your PC window opens. 3. Click Next, then Refresh. 4. @@@@Find your
recovery backup. 2. @@3.
Plug in the USB drive and turn on your computer. 4. If it is not already enabled, you must enable the F12 Boot Menu: a. Press <F2> when starting your
computer. b. Use the left or right arrow keys to select the Main menu. c. @@d. Use the left or right arrow keys to select the Exit menu. e.
@@Select OK or Yes to confirm. f. Your computer will restart. 5. During startup, press <F12> to open the boot menu.
@@a. Use your arrow keys to select USB Device, then press Enter. b. @@6. Select your keyboard type.
52 - Recovery 7. Select Troubleshoot and then choose the type of recovery to use: a. @@@@b. @@@@See "Reset your PC from the recovery backup" on
page 54. c. @@@@@@1. The Reset your PC window opens. Images for reference only. 2. Click Next.
3. @@4. Choose to keep any changes to the hard drive: a. @@b. To completely restore your computer to Factory Settings, select Yes. 5. Choose how to erase
your files: a. @@b. @@@@6. Click Reset.
7. @@Refresh your PC from the recovery backup 1. The Refresh your PC window opens. 2. Click Next.
3. @@4. Click Refresh. 5. @@@@System activity refers to any activity involving one or more of the following devices: keyboard, mouse, hard disk,
peripherals connected to the computer, and video memory.
If no activity is detected for a period of time, the computer stops some or all of these devices in order to conserve energy. Disable Fast startup Your computer
uses Fast startup to start quickly, but also uses a small amount of power to check for signals to start. These checks will slowly drain your computer’s battery.
If you prefer to reduce your computer’s power requirements and environmental impact, turn off Fast startup: Note: If Fast startup is off, your computer will
take longer to start from Sleep. Your computer will also not start if it receives an instruction to 56 - Power management start over a network (Wake on LAN).
1. Open the Desktop. 2. Click Power Options in the Notification area. 3.
Select More Power Options.    4. Select Choose what the power buttons do. 5. To access Shutdown Settings, select Change settings that are currently
unavailable. Power management - 57 6. Scroll down and disable Turn on fast startup. 7. Select Save changes. 58 - Power management B ATTERY PACK The
computer uses an embedded battery pack that gives you long use between charges.
Battery pack characteristics The battery is recharged whenever you connect the computer to the AC adapter. Your computer supports charge-in-use, enabling
you to recharge the battery while you continue to operate the computer. However, recharging with the computer turned off results in a significantly faster
charge time. Charging the battery Plug the AC adapter into the computer, and connect to a mains power outlet. You can continue to operate your computer
on AC power while your battery is charging.
However, charging the battery with the computer turned off results in a significantly faster charge time. Note: You are advised to charge the battery before
retiring for the day. Charging the battery overnight before traveling enables you to start the next day with a fully charged battery. Conditioning a new battery
pack Before you use a battery pack for the first time, there is a conditioning process that you should follow: Battery pack - 59 1. Connect the AC adapter and
fully charge the battery.
2. Disconnect the AC adapter. 3. Turn on the computer and operate using battery power. 4. Fully deplete the battery until the battery-low warning appears. 5.
Reconnect the AC adapter and fully charge the battery again. Follow these steps again until the battery has been charged and discharged three times. Use
this conditioning process for all new batteries, or if a battery hasn't been used for a long time.
Warning! Do not expose battery packs to temperatures below 0° C (32° F) or above 45° C (113° F). Extreme temperatures may adversely affect the battery
pack. By following the battery conditioning process you condition your battery to accept the maximum possible charge. Failure to follow this procedure will
prevent you from obtaining the maximum battery charge, and will also shorten the effective lifespan of the battery. In addition, the useful lifespan of the
battery is adversely affected by the following usage patterns: • Using the computer on constant AC power. • Not discharging and recharging the battery to its
extremes, as described above. 60 - Battery pack • Frequent use; the more you use the battery, the faster it will reach the end of its effective life. A standard
computer battery has a life span of about 300 charges. Optimizing battery life Optimizing battery life helps you get the most out of battery operation,
prolonging the charge/recharge cycle and improving recharging efficiency. You are advised to follow the suggestions set out below: • Use AC power
whenever possible, reserving battery for mobile use.
• Remove accessories that are not being used (e.g. a USB disk drive), as they can continue to draw power. • Store your PC in a cool, dry place. @@Higher
temperatures cause the battery to self-discharge faster.
• Excessive recharging decreases the battery life. @@@@@@@@@@@@The AC adapter 2. Save all necessary files. and a power outlet 3. Resume work.
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 are available. Turn off the computer if you want to recharge the battery rapidly. The AC adapter or 1. Save all necessary files. a power outlet is 2. Close all
applications. unavailable. 3. Turn off the computer. @@Save any open files.
2. Remove discs from optical drive(s). 3. Shut down the computer. 4. Close the display cover. 5. Disconnect the cord from the AC adapter. 6. @@7.
@@@@To bring the computer out of Sleep mode, open the display; then press and release the power button. If you are taking the computer to a client's
office or a different building, you may choose to shut down the computer: Press the Windows key + <C>, click Settings > Power then click Shut Down Or:
You can put the computer in Sleep mode by pressing <Fn> + <F4>. Then close the display. When you are ready to use the computer again, open the display;
then press and release the power button. Note: The computer may enter Hibernation or Deep Sleep mode after being in Sleep mode for a period of time.
What to bring to meetings If your meeting is relatively short, you probably do not need to bring anything with you other than your computer. If your meeting
will be longer, or if your battery is not fully charged, you may want to bring the AC adapter with you to plug in your computer in the meeting room. If the
meeting room does not have an electrical outlet, reduce the drain on the battery by putting the computer in Sleep mode. Press <Fn> + <F4> or 64 Traveling with your computer close the display cover whenever you are not actively using the computer. Taking the computer home When you are moving
from your office to your home or vice versa.
Preparing the computer After disconnecting the computer from your desktop, follow these steps to prepare the computer for the trip home: • Check that you
have removed all media and compact discs from the drive(s). Failure to remove the media can damage the drive head. • Pack the computer in a protective
case that can prevent the computer from sliding around and cushion it if it should fall. Caution: Avoid packing items next to the top cover of the computer.
Pressure against the top cover can damage the screen. What to take with you Unless you have some items at home, take the following items with you: • AC
adapter and power cord. • The printed Setup Guide. Traveling with your computer - 65 Special considerations Follow these guidelines to protect your
computer while traveling to and from work: • Minimize the effects of temperature changes by keeping the computer with you. • If you need to stop for an
extended period of time and cannot carry the computer with you, leave the computer in the trunk of the car to avoid exposing the computer to excessive heat. •
Changes in temperature and humidity can cause condensation.
Allow the computer to return to room temperature, and inspect the screen for condensation before turning on the computer. If the temperature change is
greater than 10° C (18° F), allow the computer to come to room temperature slowly. If possible, leave the computer for 30 minutes in an environment with a
temperature between outside and room temperature. Setting up a home office If you frequently work on your computer at home, you may want to purchase a
second AC adapter for use at home. With a second AC adapter, you can avoid carrying the extra weight to and from home. If you use your computer at home
for significant periods of time, you might also want to add an external keyboard, monitor or mouse. 66 - Traveling with your computer Traveling with the
computer When you are moving within a larger distance, for instance, from your office building to a client's office building or traveling locally. Preparing the
computer Prepare the computer as if you were taking it home. Make sure that the battery in the computer is charged. Airport security may require you to turn
on your computer when carrying it into the gate area.
What to take with you Take the following items with you: • AC adapter • Additional printer driver files if you plan to use another printer Special
considerations In addition to the guidelines for taking the computer home, follow these guidelines to protect your computer while traveling: • Always take the
computer as carry-on luggage. • If possible, have the computer inspected by hand. Airport security X-ray machines are safe, but do not put the computer
through a metal detector. Traveling internationally with the computer When you are moving from country to country. Traveling with your computer - 67
Preparing the computer Prepare the computer as you would normally prepare it for traveling.
What to bring with you Bring the following items with you: • AC adapter. • Power cords that are appropriate for the country to which you are traveling. •
Additional printer driver files if you plan to use another printer. • Proof of purchase, in case you need to show it to customs officials. • International Travelers
Warranty passport.
Special considerations Follow the same special considerations as when traveling with the computer. In addition, these tips are useful when traveling
internationally: • When traveling in another country, check that the local AC voltage and the AC adapter power cord specifications are compatible. If not,
purchase a power cord that is compatible with the local AC voltage. Do not use converter kits sold for appliances to power the computer. • If you are using
the modem, check if the modem and connector are compatible with the telecommunications system of the country you are traveling in. 68 - Traveling with
your computer S ECURING Y O U R COMPUTER Your computer is a valuable investment that you need to take care of. Learn how to protect and take care
of your computer. Security features include hardware and software locks — a security notch  and passwords. Using a computer security lock The computer
comes with a Kensington-compatible security slot for a security lock. Wrap a computer security lock cable around an immovable object such as a table or
handle of a locked drawer.
Insert the lock into the notch and turn the key to secure the lock. Some keyless models are also available. Using passwords Passwords protect your computer
from unauthorized access. Setting these passwords creates several different levels of protection for your computer and data: • Supervisor Password prevents
unauthorized entry into the BIOS utility. Once set, you must enter this password to gain access to the BIOS utility. See "BIOS utility" on page 82. • User
Password secures your computer against unauthorized use. Combine the use of this password with password checkpoints on bootup and resume from
Hibernation (if available) for maximum security. Securing your computer - 69 • Password on Boot secures your computer against unauthorized use. Combine
the use of this password with password checkpoints on bootup and resume from Hibernation (if available) for maximum security.
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Important: Do not forget your Supervisor Password! If you forget your password, please get in touch with your dealer or an authorized service center.
Entering passwords When a password is set, a password prompt appears in the center of the  display screen. • When the Supervisor Password is set, a
prompt appears when you the BIOS utility. • Type the Supervisor Password and press <Enter> to access the BIOS utility. If you enter the password
incorrectly, a warning message appears.
Try again and press <Enter>. • When the User Password is set and the password on boot parameter is enabled, a prompt appears at boot-up. • Type the User
Password and press <Enter> to use the computer. If you enter the password incorrectly, a warning message appears. Try again and press <Enter>.
Important: You have three chances to enter a password. If you fail to enter the password correctly after three tries, the system halts. Press and hold the power
button for four seconds to shut down the computer. Then turn on the computer again, and try again. 70 - Securing your computer W IRELESS N E TW ORK S
Connecting to the Internet Your computer's wireless connection is turned on by default. Windows will detect and display a list of available networks during
setup. Select your network and enter the password if required. To turn your computer's wireless connections on or off, press Fn+F3. Otherwise, open Internet
Explorer and follow the instructions. Please refer to your ISP or router documentation.
Wireless networks A wireless LAN or WLAN is a wireless local area network, which may link two or more computers without using wires. Setting up a
wireless network is easy and allows you to share files, peripheral devices and an Internet connection. What are benefits of a wireless network? Mobility
Wireless LAN systems allow you and other users of your home network to share access to files and devices connected to the network, for example a printer or
scanner. Also you can share an internet connection with other computers in your home. Wireless networks - 71 Installation speed and simplicity Installing a
wireless LAN system can be fast and easy and eliminates the need to pull cables through walls and ceilings. Components of a wireless LAN To set up your
Wireless network at home you need to have the following: Access point (router) Access points (routers) are two-way transceivers that broadcast data into the
surrounding environment. Access points act as a mediator between wired and wireless network. Most routers have a built-in DSL modem that will allow you
access to a high speed DSL internet connection. The ISP (Internet Service Provider) you have chosen normally supplies a modem/ router with the subscription
to their services. Read carefully the documentation supplied with your Access point/router for detailed setup instructions.
72 - Wireless networks U S I N G A B LUETOOTH C O N N E C T I O N Bluetooth is a technology enabling you to transfer data wirelessly over short
distances between many different types of devices. Bluetoothenabled devices include computers, cell phones, tablets, wireless headsets, and keyboards. To use
Bluetooth, you must ensure the following: 1. Bluetooth is enabled on both devices. 2.
Your devices are "paired" (or connected). Enabling and disabling Bluetooth The Bluetooth adapter must be enabled on both devices. For your computer, this
may be an external switch, a software setting, or a separate Bluetooth dongle plugged into the computer’s USB port (if no internal Bluetooth adapter is
available). Note: Please check your devices owner’s manual to determine how to turn on its Bluetooth adapter. Using a Bluetooth connection - 73 Enabling
Bluetooth from Windows 8 Bluetooth on your computer is disabled by default.
To enable your computer’s Bluetooth adapter, do the following: 1. Open the Charms and select Settings > Change PC Settings > Wireless, or press the
Windows key + <W> and then type ’Wireless’; in the results, click on Wireless. 2. Click the toggle next to Bluetooth to enable/disable it. 3. Then, from the
Desktop notification area, click the Bluetooth icon, and select Open Settings. 74 - Using a Bluetooth connection 4. Select the Allow Bluetooth devices to find
this computer check box, click Apply, and then click OK. Adding a Bluetooth device Every new device must first be "paired" with your computer’s Bluetooth
adapter. This means it must first be authenticated for security purposes.
You only need to pair once. After that, simply turning on the Bluetooth adapter of both devices will connect them. Using a Bluetooth connection - 75 From the
notification area, click the Bluetooth icon, and select Add a Bluetooth Device. Click on the device you want to add. 76 - Using a Bluetooth connection A code
displays on your computer, which should match the code displayed on your device. Select Yes. Then, accept the pairing from your device. Note: Some devices
using older versions of the Bluetooth technology require both devices to enter a PIN. In the case of one of the devices not having any inputs (as in a headset),
the passcode is hardcoded into the device (usually "0000" or "1234"). Consult your device’s user manual for more information.
Your device will show up in the list of devices if it was successfully paired. Open the Control Panel and under Hardware and Sound click on View Using a
Bluetooth connection - 77 devices and printers. Right click on your device and select Advanced Operations > Connect to operation window. 78 - Using a
Bluetooth connection The operation window enables you to play music and audio from your device through your computer, send files to your device and
change Bluetooth settings. Using a Bluetooth connection - 79 A C E R C ONVERTER P OR T Note: There are different cables available.
Please check with your retailer to see which are compatible with your computer. The Acer Converter Port is a proprietary port that allows you to extend the
connectivity options of your computer using a single cable. The Acer Converter Port supports one or more of the following through a dedicated cable: A LAN
connection, an external display (VGA) port and an additional USB port. You may connect more than one peripheral to the Acer Converter cable that is
compatible with your computer. 80 - Acer Converter Port U N I V E R S A L S E R I A L B US (USB) The USB port is a high-speed serial bus which allows
you to connect USB peripherals without taking up system resources.
Universal Serial Bus (USB) - 81 BIOS UTILITY The BIOS utility is a hardware configuration program built into your computer's BIOS. Your computer is
already properly configured and optimized, and you do not need to run this utility. However, if you encounter configuration problems, you may need to run it.
To activate the BIOS utility, press <F2> during the POST while the computer logo is being displayed.
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Boot sequence To set the boot sequence in the BIOS utility, activate the BIOS utility, then select Boot from the categories listed at the top of the screen.
Setting passwords To set a password on boot, activate the BIOS utility, then select Security from the categories listed at the top of the screen. Find Password
on boot: and use the <F5> and <F6> keys to enable this feature. 82 - BIOS utility F REQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS The following is a list of possible
situations that may arise during the use of your computer. Easy solutions are provided for each one. I turned on the power, but the computer does not start or
boot up Look at the power indicator: • If it is not lit, no power is being supplied to the computer.
Check the following: • If you are using on the battery, it may be low and unable to power the computer. Connect the AC adapter to recharge the battery pack.
• Make sure that the AC adapter is properly plugged into the computer and to the power outlet. • If it is lit, check the following: • Do you have a USB storage
device (USB disk or smartphone) plugged into your computer? Unplug it and press <Ctrl> + <Alt> + <Del> to restart the system. Nothing appears on the
screen The computer’s power management system automatically blanks the screen to save power. Press any key to turn the display back on. If pressing a key
does not turn the display back on, three things might be  the cause: Frequently asked questions - 83 • The brightness level might be too low. Press <Fn> +
< > (increase) to adjust the brightness level. • The display device might be set to an external monitor. Press the display toggle hotkey <Fn> + <F5> to toggle
the display back to the computer.
• If the Sleep indicator is lit, the computer is in Sleep mode. Press and release the power button to resume. No audio is heard from the computer Check the
following: • The volume may be muted. In Windows, look at the volume control (speaker) icon on the taskbar. If it is crossed-out, click the icon and deselect
the Mute all option.
• The volume level may be too low. In Windows, look at the volume control icon on the taskbar. You can also use the volume control buttons to adjust the
volume. • If headphones, earphones or external speakers are connected to the line-out port on the computer, the internal speakers automatically turn off. The
keyboard does not respond Try attaching an external keyboard to a USB port on the computer.
If it works, contact your dealer or an authorized service center as the internal keyboard cable may be loose. 84 - Frequently asked questions The printer does
not work Check the following: • Make sure that the printer is connected to a power outlet and that it is turned on. • Make sure that the printer cable is
connected securely to a USB port and the corresponding port on the printer. Requesting service International Travelers Warranty (ITW) Your computer is
backed by an International Travelers Warranty (ITW) that gives you security and peace of mind when traveling. Our worldwide network of service centers are
there to give you a helping hand. An ITW passport comes with your computer. This passport contains all you need to know about the ITW program. A list of
available, authorized service centers is in this handy booklet. Read this passport thoroughly. Always have your ITW passport on hand, especially when you
travel, to receive the benefits from our support centers.
Place your proof-ofpurchase in the flap located inside the front cover of the ITW passport. If the country you are traveling in does not have an Acerauthorized ITW service site, you can still get in contact with our offices worldwide. Please visit www.acer.com. Frequently asked questions - 85 Before you
call Please have the following information available when you call Acer for online service, and please be at your computer when you call. With your support,
we can reduce the amount of time a call takes and help solve your problems efficiently. If there are error messages or beeps reported by your computer, write
them down as they appear on the screen (or the number and sequence in the case of beeps). You are required to provide the following information: Name: 
Address:  Telephone number:  Machine and model type:  Serial number:  Date of purchase: 86 - Frequently asked questions Troubleshooting This
chapter shows you how to deal with common system problems.  Read it before calling a technician if a problem occurs.
Solutions to more serious problems require opening up the computer. Do not attempt to open the computer yourself; contact your dealer or authorized service
center for assistance. Troubleshooting tips This computer incorporates an advanced design that delivers onscreen error message reports to help you solve
problems. If the system reports an error message or an error symptom occurs, see "Error messages" below. If the problem cannot be resolved, contact your
dealer.
See "Requesting service" on page 85. Error messages If you receive an error message, note the message and take the corrective action. The following table
lists the error messages in alphabetical order together with the recommended course of action. Error messages CMOS battery bad CMOS checksum error
Corrective action Contact your dealer or an authorized service center. Contact your dealer or an authorized service center.
- 87 Corrective action Insert a system (bootable) disk, then press Disk boot failure <Enter> to reboot. Press <F2> (during POST) to enter the BIOS
Equipment utility, then press Exit in the BIOS utility to configuration error reboot. Contact your dealer or an authorized service Hard disk 0 error center.
Hard disk 0 extended Contact your dealer or an authorized service type error center. Contact your dealer or an authorized service I/O parity error center.
Keyboard error or no Contact your dealer or an authorized service keyboard connected center. Keyboard interface Contact your dealer or an authorized
service error center. Press <F2> (during POST) to enter the BIOS Memory size utility, then press Exit in the BIOS utility to mismatch reboot. If you still
encounter problems after going through the corrective measures, please contact your dealer or an authorized service center for assistance. Error messages 88
- Tips and hints for using Windows 8 We know this is a new operating system that will take some getting used to, so we've created a few pointers to help you
get started.
Three concepts you might want to keep in mind 1. Start The Start button is no longer available; you can launch apps from the Start screen. 2. Tiles Live tiles
are similar to thumbnails of the apps. 3. Charms Charms allow you to perform useful functions, such as sharing content, turning off your PC or changing
settings. How do I access the charms? Swipe the right-hand edge of the screen inwards. How do I get to Start? Press the Windows key; or swipe the righthand edge of the screen inwards and tap the Start charm.
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