ASUS Desktop PC
M12AD and M52AD
User Guide
M12AD
M52AD
E9559
First Edition
July 2014
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Contents
Notices ................................................................................................................................................. 5
Safety information............................................................................................................................ 8
Conventions used in this guide................................................................................................... 9
Where to find more information.................................................................................................. 9
Package contents............................................................................................................................10
Chapter 1
Getting started
Welcome!............................................................................................................................................11
Getting to know your computer................................................................................................11
Setting up your computer...........................................................................................................16
Turning your computer ON.........................................................................................................19
Chapter 2
Connecting devices to your computer
Connecting a USB storage device.............................................................................................21
Connecting microphone and speakers...................................................................................22
Connecting multiple external displays...................................................................................25
Connecting an HDTV.....................................................................................................................26
Chapter 3
Using your computer
Proper posture when using your Desktop PC.......................................................................27
Using the memory card reader..................................................................................................28
Using the optical drive..................................................................................................................29
Chapter 4
Connecting to the Internet
Wired connection............................................................................................................................31
Wireless connection (on selected models only)..................................................................33
Chapter 5
Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting..............................................................................................................................35
Appendix
Windows® 8.1 User Manual
Starting for the first time..............................................................................................................49
Windows® 8.1 lock screen..............................................................................................................49
Using the Windows® UI..................................................................................................................50
Working with Windows® apps.....................................................................................................53
Other keyboard shortcuts............................................................................................................58
Turning your Desktop PC OFF....................................................................................................59
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Putting your Desktop PC to sleep.............................................................................................59
Entering the BIOS Setup...............................................................................................................60
Recovering your system................................................................................................................61
ASUS contact information
ASUS contact information............................................................................................................64
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Notices
ASUS Recycling/Takeback Services
ASUS recycling and takeback programs come from our commitment to the highest standards for
protecting our environment. We believe in providing solutions for you to be able to responsibly
recycle our products, batteries, other components, as well as the packaging materials. Please go to
http://csr.asus.com/english/Takeback.htm for the detailed recycling information in different regions.
REACH
Complying with the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of Chemicals)
regulatory framework, we published the chemical substances in our products at ASUS REACH
website at http://csr.asus.com/english/REACH.htm
Federal Communications Commission Statement
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions:
• This device may not cause harmful interference; and
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This device must accept any interference received including interference that may cause
undesired operation.
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 manufacturer’s
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:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
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Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
•
Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is
connected.
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Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
The use of shielded cables for connection of the monitor to the graphics card is required to
assure compliance with FCC regulations. Changes or modifications to this unit not expressly
approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate this
equipment.
Lithium-Ion Battery Warning
CAUTION: Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace only with the same
or equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer. Dispose of used batteries according
to the manufacturer’s instructions.
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Avertissement relatif aux batteries Lithium-Ion
MISE EN GARDE: Danger d’explosion si la pile n’est pas remplacée correctement.
Remplacer uniquement avec une pile de type semblable ou équivalent, recommandée
par le fabricant. Mettez au rebut les batteries usagées conformément aux instructions
du fabricant.
IC: Canadian Compliance Statement
Complies with the Canadian ICES-003 Class B specifications. This device complies with RSS 210
of Industry Canada. This Class B device meets all the requirements of the Canadian interferencecausing equipment regulations.
This device complies with Industry Canada license exempt RSS standard(s). Operation is subject
to the following two conditions: this device may not cause interference, and (2) this device must
accept any interference, including interference that may cause undesired operation of the device.
Cut appareil numérique de la Classe B est conforme à la norme NMB-003 du Canada. Cet appareil
numérique de la Classe B respecte toutes les exigences du Règlement sur le matériel brouilleur du
Canada.
Cet appareil est conforme aux normes CNR exemptes de licence d’Industrie Canada. Le
fonctionnement est soumis aux deux conditions suivantes.
(1) cet appareil ne doit par provoquer d’interférences et
(2) cet appareil doit accepter toute interférence, y compris celles susceptibles de provoquer un
fonctionnement non souhaité de l’appareil.
Canadian Department of Communications Statement
This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise emissions from digital
apparatus set out in the Radio Interference Regulations of the Canadian Department of
Communications.
This class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
VCCI: Japan Compliance Statement
VCCI Class B Statement
KC: Korea Warning Statement
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RF Equipment Notices
CE: European Community Compliance Statement
The equipment complies with the RF Exposure Requirement 1999/519/EC, Council
Recommendation of 12 July 1999 on the limitation of exposure of the general public to
electromagnetic fields (0–300 GHz). This wireless device complies with the R&TTE Directive.
Wireless Radio Use
This device is restricted to indoor use when operating in the 5.15 to 5.25 GHz frequency band.
Exposure to Radio Frequency Energy
The radiated output power of the Wi-Fi technology is below the FCC radio frequency exposure
limits. Nevertheless, it is advised to use the wireless equipment in such a manner that the potential
for human contact during normal operation is minimized.
FCC Bluetooth Wireless Compliance
The antenna used with this transmitter must not be colocated or operated in conjunction with any
other antenna or transmitter subject to the conditions of the FCC Grant.
Bluetooth Industry Canada Statement
This Class B device meets all requirements of the Canadian interference-causing equipment
regulations.
Cet appareil numérique de la Class B respecte toutes les exigences du Règlement sur le matériel
brouilleur du Canada.
BSMI: Taiwan Wireless Statement
Japan RF Equipment Statement
KC (RF Equipment)
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Safety information
Disconnect the AC power and peripherals before cleaning. Wipe the Desktop PC using a clean
cellulose sponge or chamois cloth dampened with solution of nonabrasive detergent and a few
drops of warm water then remove any extra moisture with a dry cloth.
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DO NOT place on uneven or unstable work surfaces. Seek servicing if the casing has been
damaged.
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DO NOT expose to dirty or dusty environments. DO NOT operate during a gas leak.
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DO NOT place or drop objects on top and do not shove any foreign objects into the Desktop
PC.
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DO NOT expose to strong magnetic or electrical fields.
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DO NOT expose to or use near liquids, rain, or moisture. DO NOT use the modem during
electrical storms.
•
Battery safety warning: DO NOT throw the battery in fire. DO NOT short circuit the contacts.
DO NOT disassemble the battery.
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Use this product in environments with ambient temperatures between 0˚C (32̊F)and 35˚C
(95̊F).
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DO NOT cover the vents on the Desktop PC to prevent the system from getting overheated.
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DO NOT use damaged power cords, accessories, or other peripherals.
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To prevent electrical shock hazard, disconnect the power cable from the electrical outlet
before relocating the system.
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Seek professional assistance before using an adapter or extension cord. These devices could
interrupt the grounding circuit.
•
Ensure that your power supply is set to the correct voltage in your area. If you are not sure
about the voltage of the electrical outlet you are using, contact your local power company.
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If the power supply is broken, do not try to fix it by yourself. Contact a qualified service
technician or your retailer.
Conventions used in this guide
To ensure that you perform certain tasks properly, take note of the following symbols used
throughout this manual.
DANGER/WARNING: Information to prevent injury to yourself when trying to
complete a task.
CAUTION: Information to prevent damage to the components when trying to
complete a task.
IMPORTANT: Instructions that you MUST follow to complete a task.
NOTE: Tips and additional information to help you complete a task.
Where to find more information
Refer to the following sources for additional information and for product and software updates.
ASUS websites
The ASUS website provides updated information on ASUS hardware and software products.
Refer to the ASUS website www.asus.com.
ASUS Local Technical Support
Visit ASUS website at http://support.asus.com/contact for the contact information of local
Technical Support Engineer.
• The User Guide is located in the following folder in your Desktop PC:
• C:\Program Files(X86)\ASUS\eManual
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Package contents
ASUS Desktop PC
Mouse x1
Keyboard x1
Power cord x1
Dipole antenna x1 (optional) / Antenna x 1
(optional)
DVD/SDVD/RDVD x1 (optional)
Installation Guide
Installation Guide x1
Warranty card x1
• If any of the above items is damaged or missing, contact your retailer.
• The illustrated items above are for reference only. Actual product specifications may vary with
different models.
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Chapter 1
Getting started
Welcome!
Thank you for purchasing the ASUS M12AD / M52AD Desktop PC!
ASUS M12AD / M52AD Desktop PC provides cutting-edge performance, uncompromised reliability,
and user-centric utilities. All these values are encapsulated in a stunningly futuristic and stylish
system casing.
Read the ASUS Warranty Card before setting up your ASUS Desktop PC.
Getting to know your computer
Illustrations are for reference only. The ports and their locations, and the chassis color vary with
different models.
Front panel
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USB 3.0 ports. These Universal Serial Bus 3.0 (USB 3.0) ports connect to USB 3.0 devices
such as a mouse, printer, scanner, camera, PDA, and others.
• DO NOT connect a keyboard / mouse to any USB 3.0 port when installing Windows®
operating system.
• Due to USB 3.0 controller limitation, USB 3.0 devices can only be used under Windows® OS
environment and after the USB 3.0 driver installation.
• USB 3.0 devices can only be used as data storage only.
• We strongly recommend that you connect USB 3.0 devices to USB 3.0 ports for faster and
better performance for your USB 3.0 devices.
xD-Picture (XD) / Secure Digital™ (SD) / Memory Stick™ (MS) card slot. Insert a
supported memory card into this slot.
Headphone port. This port connects to a headphone or speaker. Supported by ASUS
Audio Wizard.
Microphone port. This port connects to a microphone.
Power button. Press this button to turn on your computer.
Optical disk drive eject button. Press this button to eject the optical disk drive tray.
Optical disk drive bay. There is an optical disk drive in this bay.
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Rear panel
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Voltage selector. Use this switch to select the appropriate system input voltage
according to the voltage supply in your area. If the voltage supply in your area is
100-127V, set the switch to 115V. If the voltage supply in your area is 200-240V, set the
switch to 230V.
Setting the switch to 115V in a 230V environment or 230V in a 115V environment will seriously
damage the system!
Power connector. Plug the power cord to this connector.
Depending on local regulations, your Desktop PC has the following power ratings:
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• 220-240Vac, 3.0A, 50Hz (China)
• 220-240Vac, 3.0A, 50Hz (Europe)
• 110-120Vac/220-240Vac, 7.0A/4.0A, 50Hz-60Hz (Taiwan)
• 110-120Vac/220-240Vac, 6.0A/3.0A, 50Hz-60Hz (North America)
• 110-120Vac/220-240Vac, 6.0A/3.0A, 50Hz-60Hz ; 220-240Vac, 3.0A, 50Hz (Asia Pacific)
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USB 2.0 ports. These Universal Serial Bus 2.0 (USB 2.0) ports connect to USB 2.0 devices
such as a mouse, printer, scanner, camera, PDA, and others.
HDMI port. This port is for a High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) connector,
and is HDCP compliant allowing playback of HD DVD, Blu-ray, and other protected
content.
VGA port. This port is for VGA-compatible devices such as a VGA monitor.
Side Speaker Out port (gray). This port connects to the side speakers in a 4.1, 5.1, and
7.1-channel audio configuration.
Rear Speaker Out port (black). This port connects to the rear speakers in a 4.1, 5.1, and
7.1-channel audio configuration.
Center/Subwoofer port (orange). This port connects to the center/subwoofer
speakers.
Microphone port (pink). This port connects to a microphone.
Line Out port (lime). This port connects to a headphone or speaker. In a 4.1, 5.1, or
7.1-channel configuration, the function of this port becomes Front Speaker Out.
Line In port (light blue). This port connects to a tape, CD, DVD player, or other audio
sources.
Refer to the audio configuration table for the function of the audio ports in a 2.1, 4.1, 5.1, or
7.1-channel configuration.
Audio 2.1, 4.1, 5.1, or 7.1-channel configuration
Port
Headset
2.1-channel
4.1-channel
5.1-channel
Light Blue
Line In
Line In
Line In
Line In
Lime
Line Out
Front Speaker Out
Front Speaker Out
Front Speaker Out
7.1-channel
Pink
Mic In
Mic In
Mic In
Mic In
Orange
–
–
Center/Subwoofer
Center/Subwoofer
Black
–
Rear Speaker Out
Rear Speaker Out
Rear Speaker Out
Gray
–
–
–
Side Speaker Out
ASUS WLAN Card (on selected models only). This optional WLAN card allows your
computer to connect to a wireless network.
Expansion slot brackets. Remove the expansion slot bracket when installing an
expansion card.
ASUS Graphics Card (on selected models only). The display output ports on this
optional ASUS Graphics Card may vary with different models.
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LAN (RJ-45) port. This port allows Gigabit connection to a Local Area Network (LAN)
through a network hub.
LAN port LED indications
Activity/Link LED
Speed LED
Status
Description
Status
Description
OFF
No link
OFF
10Mbps connection
ORANGE
Linked
ORANGE
100Mbps connection
BLINKING
Data activity
GREEN
1Gbps connection
ACT/LINK SPEED
LED
LED
LAN port
Air vents. These vents allow air ventilation.
DO NOT block the air vents on the chassis. Always provide proper ventilation for your
computer.
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Setting up your computer
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This section guides you through connecting the main hardware devices, such as the external
monitor, keyboard, mouse, and power cord, to your computer.
Connecting an external monitor
Using the ASUS Graphics Card (on selected models only)
Connect your monitor to the display output port on the discrete ASUS Graphics Card.
To connect an external monitor using the ASUS Graphics Card:
1.
Connect a monitor to a display output port on the ASUS Graphics Card.
2.
Plug the monitor to a power source.
The display output ports on the ASUS Graphics Card may vary with different models.
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Using the onboard display output ports
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Connect your monitor to the onboard display output port.
To connect an external monitor using the onboard display output ports:
1.
Connect a VGA monitor to the VGA port, or a DVI-D monitor to the DVI-D port, or an HDMI
monitor to the HDMI port on the rear panel of your computer.
2.
Plug the monitor to a power source.
• If your computer comes with an ASUS Graphics Card, the graphics card is set as the primary
display device in the BIOS. Hence, connect your monitor to a display output port on the
graphics card.
• To connect multiple external monitors to your computer, refer to Connecting multiple
external displays in Chapter 2 of this User Guide for details.
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Connecting a USB keyboard and a USB mouse
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Connect a USB keyboard and a USB mouse to the USB ports on the rear panel of your computer.
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Connect your USB keyboard and USB mouse to the USB 2.0 ports.
Connecting the power cord
Connect one end of the power cord to the power connector on the rear panel of your computer
and the other end to a power source.
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Turning your computer ON
This section describes how to turn on your computer after setting up your computer.
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Turning your computer ON
To turn your computer ON:
1.
Turn your monitor ON.
2.
Press the power button on your computer.
Power button
3.
Power button
Wait until the operating system loads automatically.
For details on shutting down your Desktop PC, refer to the Windows® 8.1 User Guide, which can
be found in this manual.
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Connecting devices to your computer
Connecting a USB storage device
This desktop PC provides USB 2.0/1.1 and USB 3.0 ports on the front and rear panels. The USB ports
allow you to connect USB devices such as storage devices.
To connect a USB storage device:
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Insert the USB storage device to your computer.
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For details, refer to the section Removing a USB storage device in the Windows® 8.1 User
Guide, which can be found in this manual.
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Connecting microphone and speakers
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This desktop PC comes with microphone ports and speaker ports on both the front and rear panels.
The audio I/O ports located on the rear panel allow you to connect 2.1-channel, 4.1-channel, 5.1channel, and 7.1-channel stereo speakers.
Connecting Headphone and Mic
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Connecting 2.1-channel Speakers
Connecting 4.1-channel Speakers
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Connecting 5.1-channel Speakers
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Connecting 7.1-channel Speakers
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Connecting multiple external displays
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Your desktop PC may come with VGA, HDMI, or DVI ports and allows you to connect multiple
external displays.
When a graphics card is installed in your computer, connect the monitors on the output ports of
the graphics card.
Setting up multiple displays
When using multiple monitors, you are allowed to set display modes. You can use the additional
monitor as a duplicate of your main display, or as an extension to enlarge your Windows desktop.
To set up multiple displays:
1.
Turn off your computer.
2.
Connect the two monitors to your computer and connect the power cords to the monitors.
Refer to Setting up your computer section in Chapter 1 for details on how to connect a
monitor to your computer.
For some graphic cards, only the monitor that is set to be the primary display has display during
POST. The dual display function works only under Windows.
3.
Turn on your computer.
4.
Configure the Screen Resolution settings.
For details, refer to the section Configuring the Screen Resolution settings in the Windows® 8.1
User Guide, which can be found in this manual.
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Connecting an HDTV
Connect a High Definition TV (HDTV) to the HDMI port of your computer.
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• You need an HDMI cable to connect the HDTV and the computer. The HDMI cable is purchased
separately.
• To get the best display performance, ensure that your HDMI cable is less than 15 meters.
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Using your computer
Proper posture when using your Desktop PC
When using your Desktop PC, maintaining the proper posture is necessary to prevent strain to your
wrists, hands, and other joints or muscles. This section provides you with tips on avoiding physical
discomfort and possible injury while using and fully enjoying your Desktop PC.
Eye level to the top of
the monitor screen
Foot rest
90˚ angles
To maintain the proper posture:
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Position your computer chair to make sure that your elbows are at or slightly above the
keyboard to get a comfortable typing position.
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Adjust the height of your chair to make sure that your knees are slightly higher than your
hips to relax the backs of your thighs. If necessary, use a footrest to raise the level of your
knees.
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Adjust the back of your chair so that the base of your spine is firmly supported and angled
slightly backward.
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Sit upright with your knees, elbows and hips at an approximately 90º angle when you are at
the PC.
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Place the monitor directly in front of you, and turn the top of the monitor screen even with
your eye level so that your eyes look slightly downward.
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Keep the mouse close to the keyboard, and if necessary, use a wrist rest for support to reduce the pressure on your wrists while typing.
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Use your Desktop PC in a comfortably-lit area, and keep it away from sources of glare such as
windows and straight sunlight.
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Take regular mini-breaks from using your Desktop PC.
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Using the memory card reader
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Digital cameras and other digital
imaging devices use memory cards to
store digital picture or media files. The
built-in memory card reader on the front
panel of your system allows you to read
from and write to different memory card
drives.
To use the memory card:
1.
Insert the memory card into the card slot.
• A memory card is keyed so that it fits in only one direction. DO NOT force a card into a slot to
avoid damaging the card.
• You can place media in one or more of the card slots and use each media independently. Place
only one memory card in a slot at one time.
2.
Select a program from the AutoPlay window to access your files.
• On Windows® 8.1, if AutoPlay is NOT enabled in your computer, hover your mouse pointer over
the lower left corner of Windows® desktop then right-click on the Start screen’s thumbnail.
From the popup menu, click File Explorer, and then double-click the memory card icon to
access the data on it.
• Each card slot has its own drive icon which is displayed on the Computer screen.
3.
When finished, right-click the memory card drive icon on the Computer screen, click Eject,
and then remove the card.
On Windows® 8.1, hover your mouse pointer over the lower left corner of Windows® desktop then
right-click on the Start screen’s thumbnail. From the popup menu, click File Explorer to open the
Computer screen.
Never remove cards while or immediately after reading, copying, formatting, or deleting data on
the card or else data loss may occur.
To prevent data loss, use “Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media” in the Windows® notification
area before removing the memory card.
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Using the optical drive
Inserting an optical disc
To insert an optical disc:
1.
While your system is on, press the eject button below the drive bay cover to open the tray.
2.
Place the disc to the optical drive with the label side facing up.
3.
Push the tray to close it.
4.
Select a program from the AutoPlay window to access your files.
If AutoPlay is NOT enabled in your computer, to access the data on an optical disc:
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n Windows® 8.1, hover your mouse pointer over the lower left corner of Windows®
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desktop then right-click on the Start screen’s thumbnail. From the popup menu, click
File Explorer, and then double-click the CD/DVD drive icon.
Removing an optical disc
To remove an optical disc:
1.
While the system is on, do either of the following to eject the tray:
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Press the eject button below the drive bay cover.
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Right-click the CD/DVD drive icon on the Computer screen, and click Eject.
To open the Computer screen on Windows® 8.1, hover your mouse pointer over the lower left
corner of Windows® desktop then right-click on the Start screen’s thumbnail. From the popup
menu, click File Explorer to open the Computer screen.
2.
Remove the disc from the disc tray.
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Connecting to the Internet
Wired connection
Use an RJ-45 cable to connect your computer to a DSL/cable modem or a local area network (LAN).
Connecting via a DSL/cable modem
To connect via a DSL/cable modem:
1.
Set up your DSL/cable modem.
Refer to the documentation that came with your DSL/cable modem.
2.
Connect one end of an RJ-45 cable to the LAN (RJ-45) port on the rear panel of your
computer and the other end to a DSL/cable modem.
Modem
RJ-45 cable
3.
Turn on the DSL/cable modem and your computer.
4.
Configure the necessary Internet connection settings.
• Contact your network administrator for details or assistance in setting up your Internet
connection.
• For details, refer to the section Configuring the Internet connection settings in the
Windows® 8.1 User Guide, which can be found in this manual.
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To connect via a LAN:
1.
Connect one end of an RJ-45 cable to the LAN (RJ-45) port on the rear panel of your
computer and the other end to your LAN.
RJ-45 cable
2.
Turn on your computer.
3.
Configure the necessary Internet connection settings.
LAN
• Contact your network administrator for details or assistance in setting up your Internet
connection.
• For details, refer to the section Configuring the Internet connection settings in the
Windows® 8.1 User Guide, which can be found in this manual.
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Wireless connection (on selected models only)
Connect your computer to the Internet through a wireless connection.
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To establish a wireless connection, you need to connect to a wireless access point (AP).
Wireless AP
Modem
• To increase the range and sensitivity of the wireless radio signal, connect the external
antennas to the antenna connectors on the ASUS WLAN Card.
• Place the antennas on the top of your computer for the best wireless performance.
• The external antennas are optional items.
• For details, refer to the section Configuring the Internet connection settings in the
Windows® 8.1 User Guide, which can be found in this manual.
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Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting
This chapter presents some problems you might encounter and the possible solutions.
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My computer cannot be powered on and the power LED on the front
panel does not light up.
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Check if your computer is properly connected.
•
Check if the wall outlet is functioning.
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Check if the Power Supply Unit is switched on. Refer to the section Turning your
computer ON in Chapter 1.
My computer hangs.
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Do the following to close the programs that are not responding:
1.Simultaneously press <Alt> + <Ctrl> + <Delete> keys on the keyboard, then
click Task Manager.
2.
Do the following based on the operating system:
On Windows® 8.1:
Under Task Manager in the Processes tab, select the program that is not
responding, then click End Task.
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If the keyboard is not responding, press and hold the Power button until the
computer shuts down. Then press the Power button to turn it on.
I cannot connect to a wireless network using the ASUS WLAN Card
(on selected models only)?
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Ensure that you enter the correct network security key for the wireless network you
want to connect to.
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Connect the external antennas (optional) to the antenna connectors on the ASUS
WLAN Card and place the antennas on top of your computer chassis for the best
wireless performance.
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The arrow keys on the number key pad are not working.
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Check if the Number Lock LED is off. When the Number Lock LED is on, the keys on
the number key pad are used to input numbers only. Press the Number Lock key to
turn the LED off if you want to use the arrow keys on the number key pad.
No display on the monitor.
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Check if the monitor is powered on.
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Ensure that your monitor is properly connected to the video output port on your
computer.
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If your computer comes with a discrete graphics card, ensure that you connect your
monitor to a video output port on the discrete graphics card.
•
Check if any of the pins on the monitor video connector is bent. If you discover bent
pins, replace the monitor video connector cable.
•
Check if your monitor is plugged to a power source properly.
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Refer to the documentation that came with your monitor for more troubleshooting
information.
When using multiple monitors, only one monitor has display.
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Ensure that the both monitors are powered on.
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During POST, only the monitor connected to the VGA port has display. The dual
display function works only under Windows.
•
When a graphics card is installed on your computer, ensure that you connect the
monitors to the output port on the graphics card.
•
Check if the multiple displays settings are correct.
My computer cannot detect my USB storage device.
•
The first time you connect your USB storage device to your computer, Windows
automatically installs a driver for it. Wait for a while and go to My Computer to
check if the USB storage device is detected.
•
Connect your USB storage device to another computer to test if the USB storage
device is broken or malfunctions.
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I want to restore or undo changes to my computer’s system settings
without affecting my personal files or data.
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On Windows® 8.1:
You can use Windows® 8.1 Refresh everything without affecting your files
recovery option to restore or undo changes to your computer’s system settings
without affecting your personal data such as documents or photos. To use this
recovery option, click Settings > PC Settings > Update and recovery > Recovery
from the Charms bar, select Refresh everything without affecting your files, and
click Get Started.
The picture on the HDTV is distorted.
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It is caused by the different resolutions of your monitor and your HDTV. Adjust the
screen resolution to fit your HDTV. To change the screen resolution:
On Windows® 8.1:
Do any of the following to open the Screen Resolution setting screen:
From the Start screen
a)Launch the All Apps screen and pin Control Panel on the Start screen.
For details, refer to Pinning an app on the Start screen from the section Working
with Windows® apps.
b) From the Control Panel, click Adjust screen resolution under Appearance
and Personalization.
From the Desktop Mode screen
a) Launch the Desktop Mode from the Start screen.
b) Right click anywhere on your Desktop Mode screen. When the pop-up menu
appears, click Personalize > Display > Change display settings.
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My speakers produce no sound.
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Ensure that you connect your speakers to the Line out port (lime) on the front panel
or the rear panel.
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Check if your speak is connected to an electrical source and turned on.
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Adjust your speakers’ volume.
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Ensure that your computer’s system sounds are not Muted.
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If it is muted, the volume icon is displayed as
. To enable the system
sounds, click
from the Windows notification area, then click
.
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Connect your speakers to another computer to test if the speakers arer working
properly.
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If it is not muted, click
The DVD drive cannot read a disc.
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Check if the disc is placed with the label side facing up.
•
Check if the disc is centered in the tray, especially for the discs with
non-standard size or shape.
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Check if the disc is scratched or damaged.
The DVD drive eject button is not responding.
1.
On Windows® 8.1, hover your mouse pointer over the lower left corner of Windows®
desktop then right-click on the Start Screen’s thumbnail. From the popup menu,
click File Explorer to open the Computer screen.
2.Right-click
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and drag the slider to adjust the volume.
, then click Eject from the menu.
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Problem
No power
(The power
indicator is off)
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Action
Incorrect power voltage
• Set your computer’s power voltage
switch to your area’s power
requirements.
• Adjust the voltage settings. Ensure that
the power cord is unplugged from the
power outlet.
Your computer is not turned
on.
Press the power key on the front panel to
ensure that your computer is turned on.
Your computer’s power cord
is not properly connected.
• Ensure that the power cord is properly
connected.
• Use other compatible power cord.
PSU (Power supply unit)
problems
Contact the ASUS Service Center about
installing another PSU on your computer.
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Display
Problem
No display output
after turning the
computer on
(Black screen)
Possible Cause
Action
The signal cable is not
connected to the correct
VGA port on your computer.
• Connect the signal cable to the correct
display port (onboard VGA or discrete
VGA port).
• If you are using a discrete VGA card,
connect the signal cable to the discrete
VGA port.
Signal cable problems
Try connecting to another monitor.
Possible Cause
Action
The LAN cable is not
connected.
Connect the LAN cable to your
computer.
LAN cable problems
Ensure the LAN LED is on. If not, try
another LAN cable. If it still does not
work, contact the ASUS service center.
Your computer is not
properly connected to a
router or hub.
Ensure that your computer is properly
connected to a router or hub.
Network settings
Contact your Internet Service Provider
(ISP) for the correct LAN settings.
Problems caused by the antivirus software
Close the anti-virus software.
Driver problems
Reinstall the LAN driver
LAN
Problem
Cannot access the
Internet
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Problem
No Audio
Possible Cause
Action
Speaker or headphone is
connected to the wrong port.
• Refer to your computer’s User Guide
for the correct port.
• Disconnect and reconnect the speaker
to your computer.
Speaker or headphone does
not work.
Try using another speaker or
headphone.
The front and back audio
ports do not work.
Try both the front and back audio ports.
If one port failed, check if the port is set
to multi-channel.
Driver problems
Reinstall the audio driver
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Audio
System
Problem
System speed is
too slow
The system often
hangs or freezes.
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Action
Too many programs are
running.
Close some of the programs.
Computer virus attack
• Use an anti-virus software to scan for
viruses and repair your computer.
• Reinstall the operating system.
Hard disk drive failure
• Send the damaged hard disk drive to
ASUS Service Center for servicing.
• Replace with a new hard disk drive.
Memory module problems
• Replace with compatible memory
modules.
• Remove the extra memory modules
that you have installed, then try again.
• Contact the ASUS Service Center for
assistance.
There is not enough
air ventilation for your
computer.
Move your computer to an area with
better air flow.
Incompatible softwares are
installed.
Reinstall the OS and reinstall
compatible softwares.
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Problem
Too noisy right
after turning on the
computer.
Possible Cause
Action
Your computer is booting up.
It is normal. The fan runs on its full
speed when the computer is powering
on. The fan slows down after entering
the OS.
The BIOS settings have been
changed.
Restore the BIOS to its default settings.
Old BIOS version
Update the BIOS to the latest version.
Visit the ASUS Support site at http://
support.asus.com to download the
latest BIOS versions.
The CPU fan has been
replaced.
Ensure that you are using a compatible
or ASUS-recommended CPU fan.
There is not enough air
ventilation for the computer.
Ensure that your computer is working
in an area with good air flow.
The system temperature is
too high.
• Update the BIOS.
• If you know how to reinstall the
motherboard, try to clean the inner
space of the chassis.
• Contact the ASUS Service Center for
assistance.
Computer is too
noisy when in use.
If the problem still persists, refer to your Desktop PC’s warranty card and contact the ASUS Service
Center. Visit the ASUS Support site at http://support.asus.com for the service center information.
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Windows® 8.1
User Manual
Appendix
Windows® 8.1 User Manual
E8607
First Edition
August 2013
Copyright © ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
All Rights Reserved
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Starting for the first time
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When you start your computer for the first time, a series of screens appear to guide you in
configuring the basic settings of your Windows® 8.1 operating system.
To start your Desktop PC for the first time:
1.
Press the power button on your Desktop PC. Wait for a few minutes until the setup screen
appears.
2.
From the setup screen, pick a language to use on your Desktop PC. As other settings appear,
select your country or region, app language, keyboard layout, and time zone then tap Next.
3.
Carefully read the License Terms, then tap I Accept.
4.
Follow the onscreen instructions to configure the following basic items:
5.
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Personalize
•
Connect
•
Settings
•
Your account
After configuring the basic items, the Windows®8.1 tutorial appears. Watch this to learn more
about Windows®8.1 functionalities.
Windows® 8.1 lock screen
The Windows®8.1 lock screen may appear when your Desktop PC enters the Windows®8.1 operating
system. To proceed, tap on the lock screen or press any key on your Desktop PC's keyboard.
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Using the Windows® UI
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The Windows® User Interface (UI) is the tile-based display used in Windows® 8.1. It includes the
following features you can use while working on your Desktop PC.
Start screen
The Start screen appears after successfully signing in to your user account. It helps organize all the
programs and applications you need in just one place.
You can press the Windows key
live tiles
to launch the Start screen from any apps.
User account
Windows® apps
These are apps pinned on the Start screen and displayed on tiled-format for easy access.
Some apps require signing in to your Microsoft account before they are fully launched.
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Onscreen hotspots allow you to launch programs and access the settings of your Desktop PC. The
functions in these hotspots can be activated using your mouse.
Hotspots on a running app
Hotspots on the Start screen
Refer to the next page for the Hotspots’ functions.
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Hotspot
upper left corner
Action
Hover your mouse pointer then click on the recent app’s
thumbnail to go back to that app.
Move your mouse pointer down to display all the running
apps.
lower left corner
From a running app screen:
Hover your mouse pointer on the lower left corner then
tap
to go back to the Start screen.
NOTE: You can also press the Windows key
keyboard to go back to the Start screen.
on your
From the Start screen:
Hover your mouse pointer on the lower left corner then
tap
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to go back to that app.
top
Hover your mouse pointer until it changes to a hand icon.
Drag then drop the app to a new location.
NOTE: This hotspot function only works on a running
app or when you want to use the Snap feature. For more
details, refer to Snap feature under Working with
Windows® apps.
upper and lower right corner
Hover your mouse pointer to launch the Charms bar.
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Working with Windows® apps
Use your Desktop PC’s keyboard or mouse to launch and customize your apps.
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Position your mouse pointer on an app then left-click once to launch it.
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Press <Tab> twice then use the arrow keys to browse through the apps. Press <Enter> to
launch your selected app.
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Launching apps
Customizing apps
You can move, resize, or unpin apps from the Start screen using the following steps.
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To move an app, drag and drop the app to a new location.
Resizing apps
Right-click the app to activate its settings bar, then tap
and select an app tile size.
Unpinning apps
To unpin an app from the Start screen, right-click on the app to activate its settings bar then click
Unpin from Start.
Closing apps
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Move your mouse pointer on the top side of the launched app then wait for the pointer to
change to a hand icon.
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Drag then drop the app to the bottom of the screen to close it.
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From the running app’s screen, press <Alt> + <F4>.
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Accessing the All Apps screen
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From the All Apps screen, you can configure an apps settings or pin an app to the Start screen or to
the Desktop mode taskbar.
Launching the All Apps screen
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On the Start screen, click
.
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From the Start screen, press <Tab>, then press <Enter> on your keyboard.
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1.
Launch the All Apps screen.
2.
From the All Apps screen, right-click an app to display its settings bar.
3.
From the settings bar, click Pin to Start.
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The Charms bar is a toolbar that can be triggered on the right side of your screen. It consists of
several tools that allow you to share applications and provide quick access for customizing the
settings of your Desktop PC.
Charms bar
Launching the Charms bar
When called out, the Charms bar initially appears as a set of white icons. The image above shows
how the Charms bar looks like once activated.
Use your Desktop PC’s mouse or keyboard to launch the Charms bar.
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Move your mouse pointer on the upper or lower right corner of the screen.
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Press
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Inside the Charms bar
Search
This charm allows you to look for files, applications, or programs in your
Desktop PC.
Share
This charm allows you to share applications via social networking sites or
email.
Start
This charm reverts the display back to the Start screen. From the Start screen,
you can also use this to revert back to a recently opened app.
Devices
This charm allows you to access and share files with the devices attached to
your Desktop PC such as an external display or printer.
Settings
This charm allows you to access the PC settings of your Desktop PC.
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The Snap feature displays two apps side-by-side, allowing you to work or switch between apps.
Ensure that your Desktop PC’s screen resolution is set to 1366 x 768 pixels or higher before using
the Snap feature.
Snap bar
Using Snap
To use Snap:
1.
Use your Desktop PC’s mouse or keyboard to activate Snap onscreen.
Using your mouse
a) Click on an app to launch it.
b) Hover the mouse pointer on the top side of your screen.
c) Once the pointer changes to a hand icon, drag and drop the app to the right or left side
of the display panel.
Using your keyboard
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Launch an app then press
+ < . > + left or right key to place the first app on the left
or right side of the display panel.
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Other keyboard shortcuts
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Using your keyboard, you can also use the following shortcuts to help you launch applications and
navigate Windows® 8.1.
Switches between the Start screen and the last running app.
+ <D>
+ <E>
+ <F>
+ <H>
+ <I>
+ <K>
+ <L>
+ <M>
+ <P>
+ <Q>
+ <R>
+ <U>
+ <W>
+ <X>
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Launches the desktop.
Launches the Computer window on the desktop.
Opens the File search pane.
Opens the Share pane.
Opens the Settings pane.
Opens the Devices pane.
Activates the Lock screen.
Minimizes all currently active screens.
Opens the Second screen pane.
Opens the Everywhere search pane.
Opens the Run window.
Opens Ease of Access Center.
Opens the Settings search pane.
Opens a menu box of Windows tools
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+ <->
+ <Enter>
Launches the magnifier and zooms in your screen.
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+ <+>
Zooms out your screen.
Opens the Narrator Settings.
Turning your Desktop PC OFF
To turn your Desktop PC OFF:
Do any of the following to shut down your Desktop PC:
• From the Charms bar, click Settings > Power > Shut down to do a normal shutdown.
•
From the login screen, click Power > Shutdown.
•
If your Desktop PC is unresponsive, press and hold the power button for at least four (4)
seconds until your Desktop PC turns off.
Putting your Desktop PC to sleep
To put your Desktop PC on Sleep mode, press the Power button once.
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Entering the BIOS Setup
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BIOS (Basic Input and Output System) stores system hardware settings that are needed for system
startup in the Desktop PC.
In normal circumstances, the default BIOS settings apply to most conditions to ensure optimal
performance. Do not change the default BIOS settings except in the following circumstances:
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An error message appears on the screen during the system bootup and requests you to run
the BIOS Setup.
•
You have installed a new system component that requires further BIOS settings or update.
Inappropriate BIOS settings may result to instability or boot failure. We strongly recommend that
you change the BIOS settings only with the help of a trained service personnel.
Quickly enter the BIOS
Windows® 8.1 boot time is quite fast, so we developed the following ways for you to quickly access
the BIOS:
• Press the power button for at least four seconds to shut down your Desktop PC, then press the
power button again to turn your Desktop PC back on, and press <Del> during POST.
•
When your Desktop PC is off, disconnect the power cord from your Desktop PC’s power
connector. Reconnect the power cord and press the power button to turn on your Desktop PC.
Press <Del> during POST.
POST (Power-On Self Test) is a series of software controlled diagnostic tests that run when you
turn on your Desktop PC.
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Recovering your system
Resetting your PC
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The Reset your PC option restores your PC to its factory default settings.
Back up all your data before using this option.
To reset your PC:
1.
Press <F9> during bootup.
2.
From the screen, click Troubleshoot.
3.
Select Reset your PC.
4.
Click Next.
5.
Select Only the drive where the Windows is installed.
6.
Select Just remove my files.
7.
Click Reset.
Recovering from a system image file
You can create a USB recovery drive and use this to recover your PC’s settings.
Creating a USB recovery drive
The USB storage device must have at least 16 GB available space.
All files on your USB storage device will be permanently deleted during the process. Before you
proceed, ensure that you back up all your important data.
To create a USB recovery drive:
1.
Launch the Control Panel from the All Apps screen.
For details, refer to Launching the All Apps screen under Working with Windows® apps.
2.
From the Control Panel’s System and Security, click Find and fix problems.
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3.
Click Recovery > Create a recovery
drive.
4.
Click Copy the recovery partition
from the PC to the recovery drive and
then click Next.
5.
Select the USB storage device where
you want to copy the recovery files.
6.
Click Next.
7.
Click Create. Wait for a while for the
process to complete.
8.
When the process is completed, click
Finish.
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Restoring your PC to its original factory settings can be done using the Remove everything and
reinstall options in PC Settings. Refer to the steps below to use this option.
Back up all your data before using this option.
This process may take a while to complete.
1.
Launch the Charm bar.
2.
Click Settings > PC Settings > Update and recovery > Recovery.
3.
Scroll down to view the Remove everything and reinstall Windows option. Under this option,
click Get Started.
4.
Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the reinstallation and reset process.
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ASUS contact information
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ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
Address
Telephone Fax E-mail
Web site
15 Li-Te Road, Peitou, Taipei, Taiwan 11259
+886-2-2894-3447
+886-2-2890-7798
info@asus.com.tw
www.asus.com.tw
Technical Support
Telephone Online support
+86-21-38429911
support.asus.com
ASUS COMPUTER INTERNATIONAL (America)
Address
Telephone Fax Web site
800 Corporate Way, Fremont, CA 94539, USA
+1-510-739-3777
+1-510-608-4555
usa.asus.com
Technical Support
Telephone Support fax
Online support
+1-812-282-2787
+1-812-284-0883
support.asus.com
ASUS COMPUTER GmbH (Germany and Austria)
Address
Fax Web site
Online contact
Harkort Str. 21-23, D-40880 Ratingen, Germany
+49-2102-959931
asus.com/de
eu-rma.asus.com/sales
Technical Support
Telephone (Component)
+49-2102-5789555
Telephone Germany (System/Notebook/Eee/LCD)
+49-2102-5789557
Telephone Austria (System/Notebook/Eee/LCD) +43-820-240513
Support Fax
+49-2102-959911
Online supportsupport.asus.com
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