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Aspire 8942 Series
Quick Guide
© 2009 All Rights Reserved.
Aspire 8942 Series Quick Guide
Original Issue: 11/2009
Aspire 8942 Series Notebook PC
Model number: __________________________________
Serial number: ___________________________________
Date of purchase: ________________________________
Place of purchase: ________________________________
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First things first
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 Just for Starters... poster helps you get started with setting up your
computer.
The Aspire Series Generic User Guide contains useful information applying to all
models in the Aspire product series. It covers basic topics such as using the
keyboard and audio, etc. Please understand that due to its nature, the Generic
User Guide as well as the AcerSystem User Guide mentioned below will
occasionally refer to functions or features which are only contained in certain
models of the series, but not necessarily in the model you purchased. Such
instances are marked in the text with language such as "only for certain
models".
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 AcerSystem User Guide. This guide contains detailed
information on such subjects as system utilities, data recovery, expansion
options and troubleshooting. In addition it contains warranty information and
the general regulations and safety notices for your notebook. It is available in
Portable Document Format (PDF) and comes preloaded on your notebook.
Follow these steps to access it:
1 Click on
Start > All Programs > AcerSystem.
2 Click on AcerSystem User Guide.
Note: Viewing the file requires Adobe Reader. If Adobe Reader is not
installed on your computer, clicking on AcerSystem User Guide will run the
Adobe Reader setup program first. Follow the instructions on the screen to
complete the installation. For instructions on how to use Adobe Reader,
access the Help and Support menu.
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Your Acer notebook tour
After setting up your computer as illustrated in the Just for Starters... poster,
let us show you around your new Acer notebook.
Top view
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Item
Description
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Icon
Acer Crystal Eye
webcam
Web camera for video communication.
(only for certain models)
2
Microphone
Internal microphone for sound recording.
3
Display screen
Also called Liquid-Crystal Display (LCD),
displays computer output (Configuration
may vary by models).
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Icon
Item
Description
4
Power button
Turns the computer on and off.
5
Backup key
Launches Acer Backup Management for
three-step data backup.
Bluetooth
communication
button/indicator
Enables/disables the Bluetooth function.
Indicates the status of Bluetooth
communication. (only for certain models)
Wireless LAN
communication
button/indicator
Enables/disables the wireless LAN
function. Indicates the status of wireless
LAN communication.
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Keyboard
For entering data into your computer.
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Touchpad
Touch-sensitive pointing device which
functions like a computer mouse.
8
HDD
Indicates when the hard disk drive is
active.
Num Lock
Lights up when Num Lock is activated.
Caps Lock
Lights up when Caps Lock is activated.
Power1
Indicates the computer's power status.
Battery1
Indicates the computer's battery status.
1. Charging: The light shows amber when
the battery is charging.
2. Fully charged: The light shows blue
when in AC mode.
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Click buttons (left,
center* and right)
The left and right buttons function like
the left and right mouse buttons. *The
center button serves as Acer BioProtection fingerprint reader supporting
Acer FingerNav 4-way control function
(only for certain models).
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Palmrest
Comfortable support area for your hands
when you use the computer.
11
Touchpad toggle
Turns the internal touchpad on and off.
12
Acer MediaTouch
Touch sensitive controls for Acer Arcade,
volume (up/down) and media (play/pause,
stop, previous, next); with mute and hold
keys.
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Icon
Item
Description
Acer PowerSmart
key
Puts your computer into power-saving
mode.
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Speakers
Deliver stereo audio output.
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Screen blank
Turns the display screen backlight off to
save power. Press any key to return.
(only for certain models)
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1. The front panel indicators are visible even when the computer cover is closed
up.
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
Function
Description
<Fn> + <F2>
Icon
System
property
Starts System Property for displaying
system information.
<Fn> + <F4>
Sleep
Puts the computer in Sleep mode.
<Fn> + <F5>
Display toggle
Switches display output between the
display screen, external monitor (if
connected) and both.
<Fn> + <F6>
Screen blank
Turns the display screen backlight off
to save power. Press any key to return.
<Fn> + <F8>
Speaker
toggle
Turns the speakers on and off.
<Fn> + <F9>
Keyboard
backlight
toggle
Turns the keyboard backlight on or
off.
<Fn> + < >
Brightness up
Increases the screen brightness.
<Fn> + < >
Brightness
down
Decreases the screen brightness.
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Icon
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Item
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Closed front view
Description
Multi-in-1 card reader Accepts Secure Digital (SD),
MultiMediaCard (MMC), Memory
Stick (MS), Memory Stick PRO (MS
PRO), xD-Picture Card (xD).
Note: Push to remove/install the
card. Only one card can operate at
any given time.
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CIR receiver
Receives signals from a remote
control.
3
Speakers
Deliver stereo audio output.
Rear view
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Item
Description
1
Tuba
Tuba CineBass subwoofer for low-frequency audio
output.
2
Ventilation slots
Enable the computer to stay cool, even after
prolonged use.
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Left view
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Item
Description
1
Icon
DC-in jack
Connects to an AC adapter.
2
Ethernet (RJ-45) port
Connects to an Ethernet 10/100/
1000-based network.
3
External display
(VGA) port
Connects to a display device (e.g.,
external monitor, LCD projector).
4
DISPLAY
DISPLAY port
Supports high definition digital
video connections.
5
HDMI
HDMI port
Supports high definition digital
video connections.
6
e SATA port
Connects to eSATA devices (only for
certain models).
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USB 2.0 port
Connects to USB 2.0 devices (e.g.,
USB mouse, USB camera).
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4-pin IEEE 1394 port
Connects to IEEE 1394 devices.
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Line-in jack
Accepts audio line-in devices (e.g.,
audio CD player, stereo walkman,
mp3 player)
Microphone-in jack
Accepts inputs from external
microphones.
Headphones/speaker/ Connects to audio line-out devices
(e.g., speakers, headphones).
line-out jack with
S/PDIF support
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ExpressCard/54 slot
Accepts one ExpressCard/54
module.
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Icon
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Right view
Item
Description
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USB 2.0 port
Connects to USB 2.0 devices
(e.g., USB mouse, USB camera).
2
Optical drive
Internal optical drive; accepts CDs or
DVDs.
3
Optical disk access
indicator
Lights up when the optical drive is
active.
4
Optical drive eject
button
Ejects the optical disk from the drive.
5
Emergency eject
hole
Ejects the optical drive tray when the
computer is turned off.
Note: Insert a paper clip to the
emergency eject hole to eject the
optical drive tray when the computer
is off.
6
USB 2.0 port
Connects to USB 2.0 devices (e.g., USB
mouse, USB camera).
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RF-in port
Accepts input signals from digital TVtuner devices.
(only for certain models)
8
Kensington lock slot Connects to a Kensington-compatible
computer security lock.
Note: 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. Some keyless models are also
available.
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Base view
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Icon Item
Description
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Battery bay
Houses the computer's battery pack.
2
Battery release latch
Releases the battery for removal.
3
Battery lock
Locks the battery in position.
4
Hard disk baySecondary
Houses the computer's hard disk (secured
with screws) (for certain models only).
5
Hard disk bay-Main
Houses the computer's hard disk (secured
with screws).
6
Memory compartment
Houses the computer's main memory.
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Ventilation slots and
cooling fan
Enable the computer to stay cool, even
after prolonged use.
Note: Do not cover or obstruct the
opening of the fan.
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Operating
system
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Genuine Windows® 7
CPU/chipset
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Intel® Core™ i7 processor*
Display
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16:9 aspect ratio
18.4" Full HD 1920 x 1080
TV-tuner
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Digital TV-tuner supporting DVB-T*
Graphics
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ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5850*
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Dolby®-optimized surround sound system with five
built-in stereo speakers and one subwoofer
True5.1-channel surround sound output
High-definition audio support
S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface) support for
digital speakers
MS-Sound compatible
Acer Purezone technology with two built-in stereo
microphones
System memory
Audio
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Storage
subsystem
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Intel® Core™ i5 processor*
Intel® Core™ i3 processor*
Intel® HM55 Express Chipset
Dual-Channel SDRAM support
Up to 4 GB of DDR3 1066 MHz memory, upgradeable
to 8 GB using two soDIMM modules
ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5650*
2.5" hard disk drive
Optical drive options:
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Blu-ray Disc™ Writer/DVD-Super Multi doublelayer drive*
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Blu-ray Disc™/DVD-Super Multi double-layer
drive*
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DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive*
Multi-in-1 card reader
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Specifications
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Communication
Acer Video Conference, featuring:
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Dimensions
and weight
Power
subsystem
Special keys
and controls
I/O interface
Acer PureZone technology*
WLAN:
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Privacy control
Integrated Acer Crystal Eye webcam*
Intel® Centrino® Ultimate-N 6300 802.11a/g/n*
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6200 802.11a/g/n*
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1000 802.11b/g/n*
Acer InviLink™ Nplify™ 802.11b/g/n*
Acer InviLink™ 802.11b/g*
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WPAN: Bluetooth® 2.1+Enhanced Data Rate (EDR)*
LAN: Gigabit Ethernet; Wake-on-LAN ready
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Acer Bio-Protection fingerprint solution*
BIOS user, supervisor, HDD passwords
Kensington lock slot
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440 (W) x 295 (D) x 31/43.8 (H) mm
(17.34 x 11.62 x 1.22/1.73 inches)
4.6 kg (10.1 lbs.) with 8-cell battery
ACPI 3.0
71 W 4800 mAh battery
3-pin 120 W AC adapter
ENERGY STAR®*
103-/104-/107-key keyboard
Touchpad pointing device
ExpressCard®/54 slot
Acer Bio-Protection fingerprint reader*
Multi-in-1 card reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO/xD)
USB 2.0 port
IEEE 1394 port
HDMI™ port with HDCP support
DISPLAY port
eSATA port
External display (VGA) port
Consumer infrared (CIR) port
RF-in jack*
Headphones/speaker/line-out jack with S/PDIF
support
Microphone-in jack
Line-in jack
Ethernet (RJ-45) port
DC-in jack for AC adapter
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Temperature:
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Operating: 5 °C to 35 °C
Non-operating: -20 °C to 65 °C
Humidity (non-condensing):
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Operating: 20% to 80%
Non-operating: 20% to 80%
Note: * Only for certain models
Note: The specifications listed above are for reference only. The
exact configuration of your PC depends on the model purchased.
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Environment
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What you need to enjoy TV
(only for certain models)
Note: The following content is for general reference only. Actual product
specifications may vary.
If your computer has a TV-tuner, it includes a complete set of cables, NTSC
converter, optional DVB-T antenna (only for certain models), and a remote
control for use with the Windows Media Center.
These include:
1
Antenna connector and cable
converter
2
Optional DVB-T (digital TV) antenna, VHF and UHF compatible (only for
certain models)
3
Remote control
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To prevent illegal distribution, some digital media files are secured with a
license. This license specifies how you may use the file and the duration of the
license. For example, a license can specify whether you can copy the file to a
portable device or play it on another computer.
The terms of the license are specified by the person or company that provided
the file, or the TV broadcaster that provided the content. Windows Media
Center cannot play protected files unless you acquire a license for that content.
There are many different ways you may acquire licensed files; the most common
is to download them from content providers (such as a record company). The
content provider may issue a license when you download the file. Otherwise,
when you play a file for which you have no license, Windows Media Center
attempts to acquire one automatically or prompts you to acquire one.
Additionally, some TV content might be marked as protected by the TV content
owner, broadcaster, or originator. The terms of the content protection are
specified by the content provider and transmitted with the TV show. If the show
is recorded, the content protection terms are stored with the recorded TV file
and enforced upon playback. Some shows or portions of a recorded show might
be restricted to play on the PC that it was recorded on. If you attempt to play
the recorded TV file on another computer, you are notified that it is restricted
content and you cannot play it.
In addition, some protected media files or portions of files might have a license
that expires after a specified amount of time. If you try to access the media file
after the license expires, you are notified that the media file is no longer
available.
Note: Not all display adapters and associated drivers support restricted
content. If support for restricted content is added, you may need to update
the driver for your video adapter. For more information, contact your
hardware manufacturer.
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Copy-protected media files
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Enjoying TV with Windows Media Center
Computers that include Windows Media Center Edition or InstantOn Arcade
may be used to watch TV and to access video content (via an audio/video
connection to an external device, such as a video camera).
Choose your input type
The avdio/video connection may be either a DVB-T digital antenna (only for
certain models) or a PAL/SECAM or NTSC connector. Please refer to the
appropriate section:
Watching TV using the optional DVB-T
(digital TV) antenna (only for certain models)
DVB-T digital TV is an international standard that is used to transmit terrestrial
television services in digital format. It is gradually replacing analog broadcasts
in many countries. The DVB-T digital antenna can be used with Windows Media
Center to watch local DVB-T digital TV broadcasts on your notebook PC.
To connect the digital antenna
1
Plug the antenna cable into the RF jack of your computer.
Notebook
RF
Note: Do not twist or loop the antenna cable. Extending the antenna cable
up to 20 cm to improve signal quality.
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You may use conventional TV cables (connected to an external antenna or cable
socket) to watch TV on your computer.
Connecting antenna cables
To connect your cables:
1
Plug the antenna connector into the RF jack of your computer.
2
Connect the other end to your TV cable, using the cable converter if
necessary.
Important! Please ensure you use the correct cable system for your
region before attempting to connect the antenna cable.
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Watching TV with an external antenna or
cable socket
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Running the Windows Media Center Setup wizard
To watch TV on your computer, you need to run the Windows Media Center TV
Setup Wizard. Follow these steps to complete the TV function setup:
1
Open Windows Media Center from the Start, All Programs menu. This will
open the Windows Media Center welcome screen.
2
Click Tasks, settings, TV, followed by Set Up TV Signal to begin the TV
setup process.
3
If you have already configured some settings, Windows Media Center will
warn you that changing your settings may affect any current/scheduled
recordings. Click Yes, followed by Next to begin the setup.
4
Windows Media Center will automatically detect your region. If the
default choice is correct, select Yes, followed by Next. If incorrect, first
select No, followed by Next, before choosing your correct region. Select
Next to continue.
5
Next, you will be presented with a choice of TV signals. Select Antenna,
then select DVB-T.
6
You will then be asked if you have a set-top box. Select No, then press OK
to continue.
7
Windows Media Center will then scan for available TV services. Click Start
Scan to continue.
8
Next, select whether you want to use the TV guide service. Choose Yes or
No, before clicking Next to continue. If you select Yes, you will be directed
to the TV guide agreement and enter-postcode pages.
9
When complete, you will be prompted to save the scan results. Click Finish
to save the results and exit.
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You are now ready to begin watching TV.
Note: For more details on how to set up TV channels, please refer to the
Windows Media Center help file.
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To begin watching TV, you need to open Windows Media Center:
1
Click Start, All Programs, and Windows Media Center. This will open the
Windows Media Center main page.
2
Select TV from the main page
3
Click on Live TV to begin watching.
If you have not started your computer, you may use InstantOn Arcade (only for
certain models):
1
Push the InstantOn button on your computer.
2
Push the Live TV button on your remote.
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Begin watching TV
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Remote control
If your computer is bundled with a remote control for use with Windows Media
Center, the table below explains the functions.
When using Windows, pushing the POWER button will put your computer
into Standby mode; push it again to resume. When using InstantOn Arcade,
push the POWER button to shut down your computer.
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Item
Description
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Play
Play selection
2
Record
Record TV
3
Rewind
Reverse playback or go to previous picture
4
Skip Backward Skip a section backward
5
Pause
Pause playback
6
Recorded TV
Display Recorded TV page
7
Guide
Display the Guide
8
Navigation/
OK buttons
Navigate and confirm selection
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Mute
Toggle audio on/off
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Back
Return to an earlier screen
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Volume + / -
Increase or decrease the audio playback level
12
Start
Open or close Windows Media Center
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Color buttons
Teletext shortcut functions*
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TeleText*
Turn teletext on or off
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Enter
Activate the current selection
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Power
Enter or wake from Standby mode
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DVD Menu
Display DVD menu
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Stop
Stop current playing or recording operation
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Fast Forward
Speed up playback or go to next picture
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Skip Forward
Skip a section forward
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Live TV
Show live TV
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Information
Provide information about the current selection
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Channel + / -
Change the channel
24
0-9 buttons
Enter TV channel or other input
25
Clear
Clear current input
*TeleText regions only.
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Remote functions
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