Aleratec 1:3 DVD/CD LightScribe Duplicator SA User guide

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QUICK START GUIDE
1:3 DVD/CD LightScribe
Duplicator SA™
Part No. 260174
Welcome!
Congratulations on your purchase of an Aleratec 1:3 DVD/CD
LightScribe Duplicator SA, considered by industry experts to be one of
the finest DVD/CD Duplicators and LightScribe disc labelers available.
The entire Aleratec team is committed to providing you with courteous
service. Our knowledgeable staff will strive to make owning and
operating your new Aleratec 1:3 DVD/CD LightScribe Duplicator SA a
pleasant experience.
This Quick Start Guide will lead you step-by step through the basic
operation procedures of your 1:3 DVD/CD LightScribe Duplicator SA.
For more detailed information on configuring and applying your 1:3
DVD/CD LightScribe Duplicator SA, please refer to the “Help” tab in the
software included on the Installation CD.
We at Aleratec appreciate your selection of our product, and wish you
great success and enjoyment of your new 1:3 DVD/CD LightScribe
Duplicator SA.
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Product Features
The Aleratec 1:3 DVD/CD LightScribe Duplicator SA is a stand alone
LightScribe disc publishing system with the capability of simultaneously
producing up to three DVD/CD copies or clearly labeled discs, and no
computer is required.
•• Removable Hard Disk Drive to store disc images and label files.
•• Aleratec only USB fast key instantly connects Hard Drive to a PC.
•• BD/DVD-ROM drive for fast on the fly copies.
•• Laser burns disc labels.
•• Powerful Aleratec Disc Publishing Suite, DVD/CD Disc Creation and
LightScribe Labeling Software included.
Included Items
•• 1:3 DVD/CD LightScribe Duplicator SA
•• Power Cord
•• USB 2.0 Cable
•• Quick Start Guide (this document)
•• Installation CD
•• Nero Software
•• 2 Hard Drive Tray Keys
•• Aleratec Registration Card
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Key Items on the
1:3 DVD/CD LightScribe Duplicator SA
Control Panel
DVD ROM Drive
Removable
Hard Disc Drive
(see page 4)
DVD RW
LightScribe Drives
Warning: This product has
a manually switchable power
supply. Make sure that the
power supply is set to the
proper voltage for your region.
Note: Choose a Good Location
1. Allow adequate clearance for moving parts.
2. Do not place near heat sources such as radiators or air
ducts, or in a place subject to direct sunlight, excessive dust,
mechanical vibration or shock.
3. Good care will help assure maximum product life. Improper
operating environment and misuse may void the warranty.
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Introduction
LCD Front Panel
(View may vary from picture)
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Initialize
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Duplicator
ver: 0.96F
ESC
COPY
USB
PRINT
SOURCE
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ENT
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1.
Display shows all functions and messages.
2.
ESC button is used to cancel a selected function.
3.
ENT button is used to execute a selected function.
4.
COPY button will start the “Autocopy” menu function.
5.
USB button will take you directly to the USB On/Off mode option.
6.
PRINT button will take you directly to the print menu.
7.
SOURCE button will allow you to change the source drive that the duplicator
uses for loading master discs. The default for this option is the DVD-ROM drive.
8.
UP arrow is used to scroll up through functions or menus.
9.
DOWN arrow is used to scroll down through functions or menus.
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Removable hard Disk Drive (HDD)
Carriage Lever
Removable Hard Disk
Drive
Key in Lock
Your LightScribe Duplicator SA is equipped with a removable hard disk drive
(HDD) for storing images of frequently copied discs. Storing an image of a disc you
want to copy on an HDD improves duplication speed, and adds the convenience of
not having to look around for the actual source disc you want to copy.
Your removable HDD provides extra security, in that you can remove the drive
containing the disc images and put it in a safe place where no un-authorized users
can copy or view the data.
The removable HDD includes a keyed lock to protect the data on the drive from
being misused or stolen. The HDD is used in the copy process as described in the
user guide.
Note: The HDD will not work unless it is secured in position with the
carriage lever and locked with the key. Do not unlock the HDD during
operation, as you will destroy any copies you are making.
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Unpacking the Unit
Your system was shipped in one box and contains the 1:3 DVD/CD LightScribe
Duplicator SA and cables.
Carefully open the box and remove the top protective foam padding. Remove the
following:
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1:3 DVD/CD LightScribe Duplicator SA
1 Power Cord
1 USB 2.0 Cable
1 Quick Start Guide
1 Nero Software CD
2 Hard Drive Tray Keys
1 Installation CD
Note: It is important to keep the original shipping container and
packaging. In the event you misplace your packaging and need
to ship the 1:3 DVD/CD LightScribe Duplicator SA, you should first
contact technical support to purchase a new shipping container.
Shipping the 1:3 DVD/CD LightScribe Duplicator SA without proper
packaging will void your warranty.
Connect the Cables and Apply Power
Plug the power cord into the power supplys of the 1:3 DVD/CD LightScribe
Duplicator SA, also located on the rear side (make sure the red switch is set at 115
VAC). Plug into a standard 115 VAC outlet.
Plug the USB 2.0 Cable into the USB connector located on the center rear of the 1:3
DVD/CD LightScribe Duplicator SA. Connect the other end of the USB cable into
an available USB 2.0 port on your PC.
Note: Use only with a USB 2.0 port. This system cannot be used with
USB 1.1, as this will greatly affect system performance. If windows
displays a message that a fast USB device is detected on a slow USB
port, then you will need to upgrade your computer by adding a USB 2.0
port.
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LightScribe Software Installation
Minimum System Requirements: PC running Windows 2000, XP, or Vista
1.
Install the Aleratec File System Manager. First write down the key code
labeled “Product Key” on the front of the disc and then put the disc into your
PC. If Autorun does not begin, go to “My Computer” and explore the CD and
double-click “Setup” to begin the installer manually. Follow the prompts and
insert the key code that you wrote down where “Serial Number” is displayed
and restart your PC when the installer has finished. This manager allows
Windows to recognize the hard drive on the 1:3 duplicator.
Note: Your 1:3 LightScribe Duplicator SA should already have the
Hard Disc Drive (HDD) properly formatted. If it is not, while the
duplicator is not in USB mode, go to the Hard Drive Setup menu
option 11 and press ENT, and in the sub-menu choose 7. Format
Hard Drive and press ENT. Do not use Windows to format the hard
drive. This will result in the 1:3 LightScribe Duplicator SA being
unable to recognize the HDD.
2.
Install the LightScribe Software. Follow the prompts and complete the
installation procedure. There will be two programs that will be installed.
a.
LightScribe System Software
b.
LightScribe Template Labeler
In order to correctly burn LightScribe labels using your Aleratec
LightScribe Duplicator SA you first must correctly configure the
LightScribe Template Labeler Software.
During the LightScribe Template Labeler Setup you will be presented with
a list of Supported LightScribe Drives and a list of Your Selected Drives.
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Click Install to complete the installation.
3.
Connect the 1:3 to your PC with the USB cable.
4.
Make sure the 1:3 is in USB mode. Press the “USB” fastkey on the control
panel on the front of the 1:3. If the screensaver is on you may have to press the
button twice.
5.
You will see the LCD screen display the “USB Connection” menu. Below this
title you will see an “On” or “Off” listed. This is the current status of the USB
connection. To change the current status, use either the Up or Down arrow keys
to select the mode you want. Then, press the ENT key to confirm the selection.
You will be prompted to restart the system. For this guide make sure that the
USB mode is enabled.
Note: While in USB mode, the duplicator cannot access the hard
drive only the PC can.
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6.
After the 1:3 LightScribe Duplicator SA has rebooted, go to “My Computer”
in Windows and look to see if the HDD is there. It will be labeled as
“Duplicator”.
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If you open the drive location you will see three or four folders.
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a.
The “dup” folder is where “.iso” files can be put in for disc burning.
b.
The “label” folder is where “.lsi” files created by the LightScribe Template
Labeler program will be placed.
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Using the LightScribe Labeling Software
The following procedure demonstrates using the LightScribe Template Labeler to
generate the label files (.lsi) used by the Stand-Alone LightScribe Duplicator SA.
1.
Launch the LightScribe Template Labeler.
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Click the shortcut on your desktop, or go to: Start → All Programs→
LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling → LightScribe Template Labeler.
Note: Ignore the “LightScribe Disc Insertion” shown below by
pressing the OK button.
2.
Select a Template. You must choose a template before moving to the next step.
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3.
Insert Text and/or Pictures into the template. Depending on the template
chosen, you may have options to modify text box(es) or picture(s).
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To insert pictures, click on the dedicated area to select the picture you’d
like to use.
To insert text, click on the text field, and type the text you’d like use.
Note: Depending on the template chosen, you may enter
multiple lines of text.
4.
When you are satisfied with your disc design, click “Preview and Print”.
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Select the “Best” contrast mode for the darkest print.
Select the label surface color you wish to label onto.
Note: The “LightScribe Duplicator Label Writer” must be
selected in the drive menu.
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When you are satisfied with the preview, click “Print”.
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Using the LightScribe Labeling Software - continued
A menu will appear prompting you to save your file. Navigate to the “label”
folder located on the “Duplicator” drive. You may copy multiple files into this
folder.
Note: The 1:3 LightScribe Duplicator SA will only recognize label files
located in the main LABEL folder. Any file that is placed outside of
the main LABEL folder or in a subfolder will not be recognized as a
label.
Create a name for the file and click the “Save” button.
5.
The image writing process will begin.
When the image process has completed the file should now be located on the
“Duplicator” drive in the label folder.
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6.
Press the “USB” button on the duplicator and set the USB mode to “Off”.
Reboot the duplicator by turning it off and then on again. After the device has
completed the start up process, press the “Print” fast key (also menu option 2)
on the main menu of the duplicator and push the ENT key.
7.
The “Please Select Label” menu will appear. The newly created label file will
appear below this prompt within the “label” folder. If there are multiple files,
use the UP and DOWN arrow keys to make your selection. Press the ENT key.
8.
Next, the “Counter Selection” menu will prompt you to choose the number
of copies you want to make. You can select “No Counter” if you prefer to copy
continuously, or you can select “Specify Counter” to specify the number of
copies (1 to 9999).
When you are satisfied with the number press the ENT key one more time.
This will eject all of the drives.
9.
Load the drives with LightScribe discs, label side facing down. Close the drive
trays by pressing the drive tray button or lightly pushing the tray to close itself.
The printing process will begin automatically after all of the drives have been
retracted and the discs have been recognized.
Note: If you would like to manually start printing without waiting for
all of the discs to be recognized, or if you selected “No Counter”,
wait until the device recognizes at least one disc. The display will
prompt you to “Go”. Press the ENT button and the printing process
will begin.
10. When the disc printing is complete the drives will automatically eject. If you
are printing additional discs, reload the trays and close them manually to
continue.
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Making Disc-to-Disc Copies
This process copies a Master Disc to several blank discs simultaneously. Due to
the nature of simultaneous disc duplication, a good quality Master Disc and lower
recording speeds maybe necessary to ensure high success and quality duplications
rates.
Turn on the duplicator. After the duplicator has booted up, you will see the
following display:
DUPLICATOR
1. COPY
COPY
2.
TEST
PRINT
1.00
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1.
ESC
SOURCE
ENT
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Make sure the Source Drive is set to the DVD-ROM drive.
It is very important to make sure that your current Source Drive is the DVD-ROM
in order to avoid unnecessary error messages. To check the Source Drive, do the
following:
Use UP or DOWN arrow buttons to navigate to the following screen:
DUPLICATOR
9. Select Source
COPY
PRINT
ESC
SOURCE
ENT
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Press ENT to enter Select Source menu and you will see the following:
Drive 2 Port 2.1
DVD-ROM
COPY
TEST
PRINT
SOURCE
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b.
TEST
1.00
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a.
ESC
ENT
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Make sure it is located at “Drive 2 Port 2.1”. If not, press the UP or
DOWN navigation button to search for it.
c.
Go back to the “COPY” menu.
a.
Use UP or DOWN arrow button to navigate to the following screen:
DUPLICATOR
1. COPY
COPY
TEST
PRINT
1.00
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3.
Press ENT to submit your selection.
ESC
SOURCE
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4.
Start the Copy Process.
a.
Insert your Master Disc and blank discs into their corresponding tray(s) and
press the ENT button. You will see the following display:
Duplication Mode:
Load and Copy
b.
TEST
PRINT
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COPY
ESC
SOURCE
ENT

“Duplication Mode” offers three choices:
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Load and Copy
On the Fly
Prompt
Press UP or DOWN arrow button to display your desired mode. Press the
ENT button to confirm.
c.
“No Counter” can be used when you prefer to copy continuously with no
interruption. (It will still count the number of copies, but it will not notify
you when to stop.) To select the “No Counter”, press ENT when you see
the above screen. Then skip to step “d” on page 17 of this User Guide.
Counter:
No Counter
TEST

COPY
ESC
PRINT
SOURCE
ENT
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“Specify Counter” lets you to select the number of copies you want to
make. The duplicator will count the number of copies you’ve made and
prompt you when the desired number of copies has been completed.
Counter:
Specify Counter
TEST
PRINT
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COPY
ESC
SOURCE
ENT
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Press ENT button to select. Enter between 1 to 9999 copies.
Specify Counter:
[0 ] OK?
TEST
PRINT
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COPY
ESC
SOURCE
ENT
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Enter a 4-digit number to specify the number of copies you want to make.
To specify a number less than 4 digits, fill the leading spaces with “0”s
(any leading “0” will be skipped). For example, “0234” will give you two
hundred and thirty four copies, and “0010” will give you ten copies.
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Making Disc-to-Disc Copies - continued
Example:
To enter a value of 21 copies, do the following
Make sure the cursor is located at the first position:
COPY
i.
TEST
PRINT
SOURCE

Specify Counter:
[X ] OK?
ESC
ENT
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Press DOWN button consecutively until “0” is displayed.
ii. Press ENT button once to move the cursor to the next position.
iii. Press DOWN button consecutively until “0” is displayed.
iv. Press ENT button once to move the cursor to the next position.
v.
Press DOWN button consecutively until “2” is displayed.
vi. Press ENT button once to move the cursor to the next position.
vii. Press DOWN button consecutively until “1” is displayed.
viii. Now, “0021” is displayed, press ENT once and the cursor moved to OK.
ix. Then, press ENT once to submit your counter value.
Now you will see the following screen:
Preparing...
Waiting for Master
TEST
PRINT
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COPY
ESC
SOURCE
ENT
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OR
Preparing...
Waiting for Blanks
TEST
PRINT
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COPY
ESC
SOURCE
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Note: If either one of the PREVIOUS 2 screens are displayed for
more than 2 minutes, please check your Master Disc or blank
discs for quality.
Allow 5-10 seconds for the duplicator to detect both your Master Disc and
blank discs. After your Master Disc and blank discs have been recognized,
you will see the following display:
Preparing...
3 Disc Detected, Go?
COPY
TEST
PRINT
SOURCE
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d.
ESC
ENT
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Note: “3” indicates there are 3 discs recognized by the Writer
Tray. For this example, number of discs could be up to three.
Note: By default, the “Auto Start” setting is set to “Auto”. For
example, if your duplicator has detected 3 blank discs and
didn’t detect any additional blank discs within 30 seconds, the
duplication will start automatically.
When the number of blank discs inserted matches the number of discs
detected press ENT to confirm. You will see the following display:
Processing...
Please Wait
TEST
PRINT

COPY
ESC
SOURCE
ENT
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Note: Give the duplicator 10-15 seconds to recognize all the
blank discs. If the number of blank discs you inserted doesn’t
match the number of discs detected...
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Making Disc-to-Disc Copies - continued
2 or 3 seconds after copying begins the following “Copy Progress” screen
will appear:
Counter Specified
COPY
TEST
4012MB
481MB
PRINT
SOURCE
Copying...
0 12% 
Copying...
0/21 12% No Counter
ESC
ENT
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COPY
TEST
4012MB
481MB
PRINT
SOURCE
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e.
ESC
ENT
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“4012MB” indicates the capacity of the Master
Disc.
“4012MB” indicates the capacity of the Master
Disc.
“481MB” indicates the current progress of the
duplication in terms of MB.
“481MB” indicates the current progress of the
duplication in terms of MB.
“12%” indicates the current progress of the
duplication.
“12%” indicates the current progress of the
duplication.
“0/21” indicates you have a project size of 21
copies and you have made 0 copies so far.
“0” indicates that you have made 0 copies so
far.
Note: It is normal to see the progress indicator stay at 0-10% and at
100% for approximately 30 seconds during CD duplication. Additionally
it is normal to see the progress indicator stay at 0-10% and at 100% for
up to 1 minute during DVD duplication. There is a delay caused by the
initializing and finalizing stage of disc duplication. Due to this delay, it is
normal to see progress indicators stay at 100% for up to several minutes
before moving on. Once the disc duplication is completed, successful
copies will be ejected and you will see the following display:
COPY
TEST
PRINT
( 3)
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PASS 3 FAIL 0
Waiting for Blanks
ESC
SOURCE
ENT
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“PASS 3” indicates that you’ve just made 3
successful copies.
“FAIL 0” indicates that you have no failure in
this run.
“3” indicates that you’ve successfully copied 3
copies so far.
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To continue making additional copies, remove the successfully completed copies
from the ejected trays and replace with blank discs. To terminate your project and
return to the main menu, press ESC.
If you’ve specified a counter value you will see the following display when your
project is completed:
21 Disc Copied
Press OK to Finish
TEST
PRINT
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COPY
ESC
SOURCE
ENT
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If you see above message, you can press ENT to go back to main menu.
Note: If you enabled the counter and the number of blank discs you
have inserted is greater than the number you requested, you will
receive a message indicating you have inserted more discs than
what you need. You can continue to copy or you can eject the extras
discs.
Note: Failed discs will not be ejected automatically. You will need to
manually eject these.
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Recommended Media
Certified LightScribe media is required for burning direct-to disc LightScribe
labels. For best results, Aleratec Duplicator Grade LightScribe media is
recommended.
CD-R LightScribe V1.2 Duplicator Grade Media 100 Pack™ Part No. 110116
CD-R LightScribe V1.2 Duplicator Grade Media 600 Pack™ Part No. 110120
CD-R LightScribe V1.2 Duplicator Grade Rainbow 100 Pack™ Part No. 110117
DVD-R LightScribe V1.2 Duplicator Grade Media 100 Pack™ Part No. 230114
DVD-R LightScribe V1.2 Duplicator Grade Media 600 Pack™ Part No. 230117
DVD-R LightScribe V1.2 Duplicator Grade Rainbow 600 Pack™ Part No. 230115
DVD+R LightScribe V1.2 Duplicator Grade Media 100 Pack™ Part No. 300114
DVD+R LightScribe V1.2 Duplicator Grade Media 600 Pack™ Part No. 300115
DVD+R LightScribe V1.2 Duplicator Grade Rainbow 100 Pack™ Part No. 300116
Please visit www.aleratec.com/lightscribe-media.html for the most current
listing of available Aleratec Duplicator Grade LightScribe Media.
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Technical Support Addresses and Phone
Numbers
►► By e-mail: support@aleratec.com
►► By Telephone: 1-818-678-0484 – Skype: support.aleratec.com
Technical Support Group can be reached 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM,
Pacific Time, Monday through Friday, excluding U.S. holidays.
Please try to call from a phone near your computer system.
►► Access is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, via:
The World Wide Web at: www.aleratec.com
FAX at: 1-818-678-0483
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Document Number: 260174_ENG_Rev. D Specifications subject to change without notice. Copyright © 2013
Aleratec, Inc.
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