For Windows 8.1
For Windows 8.1
V13.4.00(W81)
Preface
Notice
The company reserves the right to revise this publication or to change its contents without notice. Information
contained herein is for reference only and does not constitute a commitment on the part of the manufacturer or
any subsequent vendor. They assume no responsibility or liability for any errors or inaccuracies that may appear
in this publication nor are they in anyway responsible for any loss or damage resulting from the use (or misuse)
of this publication.
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as an endorsement of that product or its manufacturer.
©October 2013
Trademarks
Intel and Intel Core are trademarks/registered trademarks of Intel Corporation.
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R&TTE Directive
This device is in compliance with the essential requirements and other relevant provisions of the R&TTE Directive 1999/5/EC.
This device will be sold in the following EEA countries: Austria, Italy, Belgium, Liechtenstein, Denmark, Luxembourg, Finland, Netherlands, France, Norway, Germany, Portugal, Greece, Spain, Iceland, Sweden, Ireland,
United Kingdom, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Slovakia, Poland, Slovenia.
ErP Off Mode Power Consumption Statement:
The figures below note the power consumption of this computer in compliance with European Commission (EC)
regulations on power consumption in off mode:
• Off Mode
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< 0.5W
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CE Marking
This device has been tested to and conforms to the regulatory requirements of the European Union and has attained CE Marking. The CE Mark is a conformity marking consisting of the letters “CE”. The CE Mark applies
to products regulated by certain European health, safety and environmental protection legislation. The CE Mark
is obligatory for products it applies to: the manufacturer affixes the marking in order to be allowed to sell his
product in the European market.
This product conforms to the essential requirements of the R&TTE directive 1999/5/EC in order to attain CE
Marking. A notified body has determined that this device has properly demonstrated that the requirements of the
directive have been met and has issued a favorable certificate of expert opinion. As such the device will bear the
notified body number 0560 after the CE mark.
The CE Marking is not a quality mark. Foremost, it refers to the safety rather than to the quality of a product.
Secondly, CE Marking is mandatory for the product it applies to, whereas most quality markings are voluntary.
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FCC Statement
(Federal Communications Commission)
You are cautioned that changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance
could void the user's authority to operate the equipment.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part
15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in
a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does
cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment
off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
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•
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Re orient or relocate the receiving antenna.
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
Consult the service representative or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
1.
This device may not cause interference.
And
2.
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This device must accept any interference, including interference that may cause undesired operation of the
device.
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FCC Statement
(Federal Communications Commission)
You are cautioned that changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance
could void the user's authority to operate the equipment.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part
15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in
a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does
cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment
off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
•
•
•
•
Re orient or relocate the receiving antenna.
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
Consult the service representative or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
1.
This device may not cause interference.
And
2.
This device must accept any interference, including interference that may cause undesired operation of the
device.
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FCC RF Radiation Exposure Statement:
1.
This Transmitter must not be co-located or operating in conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter.
2.
This equipment complies with FCC RF radiation exposure limits set forth for an uncontrolled environment. This
equipment should be installed and operated with a minimum distance of 20 centimeters between the radiator
and your body.
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Warning
Use only shielded cables to connect I/O devices to this equipment. You are cautioned that changes or modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer for compliance with the above standards could void your authority to operate the
equipment.
If your purchase option includes both Wireless LAN and 3G modules, then the appropriate antennas will be installed. Note
that In order to comply with FCC RF exposure compliance requirements, the antenna must not be co-located or operate in
conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter.
Important Notice - 3G & Bluetooth/Wireless LAN Modules
In order to comply with FCC regulations you should NOT operate the 3G module and the Bluetooth/Wireless LAN modules
at the same time as this may disrupt radio frequency, and cause interference. When the 3G module is powered on, make
sure that the Bluetooth/Wireless LAN modules are powered off.
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
Follow basic safety precautions, including those listed below, to reduce the risk of fire, electric shock, and injury
to persons when using any electrical equipment:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Do not use this product near water, for example near a bath tub, wash bowl, kitchen sink or laundry tub, in a wet
basement or near a swimming pool.
Avoid using this equipment with a telephone line (other than a cordless type) during an electrical storm. There
may be a remote risk of electrical shock from lightning.
Do not use the telephone to report a gas leak in the vicinity of the leak.
Use only the power cord and batteries indicated in this manual. Do not dispose of batteries in a fire. They may
explode. Check with local codes for possible special disposal instructions.
This product is intended to be supplied by a Listed Power Unit:
• Full Range AC/DC Adapter - AC Input 100 - 240V, 50 - 60Hz, DC Output 19.5V, 6.15A (120W) minimum.
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Instructions for Care and Operation
The notebook computer is quite rugged, but it can be damaged. To prevent this, follow these suggestions:
1.
Don’t drop it, or expose it to shock. If the computer falls, the case and the components could be damaged.
Do not expose the computer
to any shock or vibration.
2.
Do not place it on an unstable
surface.
Do not place anything heavy
on the computer.
Keep it dry, and don’t overheat it. Keep the computer and power supply away from any kind of heating element. This is an electrical appliance. If water or any other liquid gets into it, the computer could be badly damaged.
Do not expose it to excessive
heat or direct sunlight.
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Do not leave it in a place where
foreign matter or moisture may
affect the system.
Don’t use or store the computer
in a humid environment.
Do not place the computer on
any surface that will block the
Vents/Fan Intakes.
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Avoid interference. Keep the computer away from high capacity transformers, electric motors, and other
strong magnetic fields. These can hinder proper performance and damage your data.
4.
Follow the proper working procedures for the computer. Shut the computer down properly and don’t forget
to save your work. Remember to periodically save your data as data may be lost if the battery is depleted.
Do not turn off the power until
you properly shut down all programs.
5.
Do not turn off any peripheral
devices when the computer is
on.
Do not disassemble the computer by yourself.
Perform routine maintenance
on your computer.
Take care when using peripheral devices.
Use only approved brands of
peripherals.
Unplug the power cord before
attaching peripheral devices.
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Power Safety
The computer has specific power requirements:
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Power Safety
Warning
Before you undertake
any upgrade procedures, make sure that
you have turned off the
power, and disconnected all peripherals
and cables (including
telephone lines and
power cord).
You must also remove
your battery in order to
prevent
accidentally
turning the machine
on. Before removing
the battery disconnect
the
AC/DC
adapter from the
computer.
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•Only use a power adapter approved for use with this computer.
•Your AC/DC adapter may be designed for international travel but it still requires a steady,
uninterrupted power supply. If you are unsure of your local power specifications, consult
your service representative or local power company.
•The power adapter may have either a 2-prong or a 3-prong grounded plug. The third prong
is an important safety feature; do not defeat its purpose. If you do not have access to a compatible outlet, have a qualified electrician install one.
•When you want to unplug the power cord, be sure to disconnect it by the plug head, not by
its wire.
•Make sure the socket and any extension cord(s) you use can support the total current load
of all the connected devices.
•Before cleaning the computer, make sure it is disconnected from any external power supplies (i.e. AC/DC adapter or car adapter).
Do not plug in the power
cord if you are wet.
Do not use the power cord if
it is broken.
Do not place heavy objects
on the power cord.
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Polymer Battery Precautions
Note the following information which is specific to polymer batteries only, and where applicable, this overrides
the general battery precaution information overleaf.
• Polymer batteries may experience a slight expansion or swelling, however this is part of the battery’s safety mechanism and is not a cause for concern.
• Use proper handling procedures when using polymer batteries. Do not use polymer batteries in high ambient temperature environments, and do not store unused batteries for extended periods.
See also the general battery precautionary information overleaf for further information.
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General Battery Precautions
• Only use batteries designed for this computer. The wrong battery type may explode, leak or damage the computer.
• Do not remove any batteries from the computer while it is powered on.
• Do not continue to use a battery that has been dropped, or that appears damaged (e.g. bent or twisted) in any way. Even
if the computer continues to work with a damaged battery in place, it may cause circuit damage, which may possibly
result in fire.
• If you do not use the battery for an extended period, then remove the battery from the computer for storage.
• Recharge the batteries using the notebook’s system. Incorrect recharging may make the battery explode.
• Do not try to repair a battery pack. Refer any battery pack repair or replacement to your service representative or qualified service personnel.
• Keep children away from, and promptly dispose of a damaged battery. Always dispose of batteries carefully. Batteries
may explode or leak if exposed to fire, or improperly handled or discarded.
• Keep the battery away from metal appliances.
• Affix tape to the battery contacts before disposing of the battery.
• Do not touch the battery contacts with your hands or metal objects.
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Battery Disposal & Caution
The product that you have purchased contains a rechargeable battery. The battery is recyclable. At the end of its useful life,
under various state and local laws, it may be illegal to dispose of this battery into the municipal waste stream. Check with
your local solid waste officials for details in your area for recycling options or proper disposal.
Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the
manufacturer. Discard used battery according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
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Cleaning
Do not apply cleaner directly to the computer; use a soft clean cloth.
Do not use volatile (petroleum distillates) or abrasive cleaners on any part of the computer.
Servicing
Do not attempt to service the computer yourself. Doing so may violate your warranty and expose you and the
computer to electric shock. Refer all servicing to authorized service personnel. Unplug the computer from the
power supply. Then refer servicing to qualified service personnel under any of the following conditions:
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When the power cord or AC/DC adapter is damaged or frayed.
If the computer has been exposed to rain or other liquids.
If the computer does not work normally when you follow the operating instructions.
If the computer has been dropped or damaged (do not touch the poisonous liquid if the LCD panel breaks).
If there is an unusual odor, heat or smoke coming from your computer.
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Removal Warning
When removing any cover(s) and screw(s) for the purposes of device upgrade, remember to replace the cover(s) and
screw(s) before restoring power to the system.
Also note the following when the cover is removed:
•
•
Hazardous moving parts.
Keep away from moving fan blades.
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Travel Considerations
Packing
As you get ready for your trip, run through this list to make sure the system is ready to go:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Check that the battery pack and any spares are fully charged.
Power off the computer and peripherals.
Close the display panel and make sure it’s latched.
Disconnect the AC/DC adapter and cables. Stow them in the carrying bag.
The AC/DC adapter uses voltages from 100 to 240 volts so you won’t need a second voltage adapter. However,
check with your travel agent to see if you need any socket adapters.
Put the notebook in its carrying bag and secure it with the bag’s straps.
If you’re taking any peripherals (e.g. a printer, mouse or digital camera), pack them and those devices’ adapters
and/or cables.
Anticipate customs - Some jurisdictions may have import restrictions or require proof of ownership for both hardware and software. Make sure your “papers” are handy.
6.
7.
8.
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Power Off Before Traveling
Make sure that your notebook is completely powered off before putting it into a travel bag (or any such container). Putting a
notebook which is powered on in a travel bag may cause the Vents/Fan Intakes to be blocked. To prevent your computer
from overheating make sure nothing blocks the Vent/Fan Intakes while the computer is in use.
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On the Road
In addition to the general safety and maintenance suggestions in this preface, and Chapter 8: Troubleshooting,
keep these points in mind:
Hand-carry the notebook - For security, don’t let it out of your sight. In some areas, computer theft is very
common. Don’t check it with “normal” luggage. Baggage handlers may not be sufficiently careful. Avoid knocking the computer against hard objects.
Beware of Electromagnetic fields - Devices such as metal detectors & X-ray machines can damage the computer, hard disk, floppy disks, and other media. They may also destroy any stored data - Pass your computer and
disks around the devices. Ask security officials to hand-inspect them (you may be asked to turn it on). Note:
Some airports also scan luggage with these devices.
Fly safely - Most airlines have regulations about the use of computers and other electronic devices in flight.
These restrictions are for your safety, follow them. If you stow the notebook in an overhead compartment, make
sure it’s secure. Contents may shift and/or fall out when the compartment is opened.
Get power where you can - If an electrical outlet is available, use the AC/DC adapter and keep your battery(ies)
charged.
Keep it dry - If you move quickly from a cold to a warm location, water vapor can condense inside the computer.
Wait a few minutes before turning it on so that any moisture can evaporate.
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Developing Good Work Habits
Developing good work habits is important if you need to work in front of the computer for long periods of time.
Improper work habits can result in discomfort or serious injury from repetitive strain to your hands, wrists or
other joints. The following are some tips to reduce the strain:
•Adjust the height of the chair and/or desk so that the keyboard is at or slightly below the level
of your elbow. Keep your forearms, wrists, and hands in a relaxed position.
•Your knees should be slightly higher than your hips. Place your feet flat on the floor or on a
footrest if necessary.
•Use a chair with a back and adjust it to support your lower back comfortably.
•Sit straight so that your knees, hips and elbows form approximately 90-degree angles when
you are working.
•Take periodic breaks if you are using the computer for long periods of time.
Remember to:
•Alter your posture frequently.
•Stretch and exercise your body several times a day.
•Take periodic breaks when you work at the computer for long periods of time. Frequent and
short breaks are better than fewer and longer breaks.
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Lighting
Proper lighting and a comfortable viewing angle can reduce eye strain and shoulder and neck muscle fatigue.
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Position the display to avoid glare or reflections from overhead lighting or outside sources of light.
Keep the display screen clean and set the brightness and contrast to levels that allow you to see the screen clearly.
Position the display directly in front of you at a comfortable viewing distance.
Adjust the display-viewing angle to find the best position.
LCD Screen Care
To prevent image persistence on LCD monitors (caused by the continuous display of graphics on the screen for
an extended period of time) take the following precautions:
•
•
•
•
Set the Windows Power Plans to turn the screen off after a few minutes of screen idle time.
Use a rotating, moving or blank screen saver (this prevents an image from being displayed too long).
Rotate desktop background images every few days.
Turn the monitor off when the system is not in use.
LCD Electro-Plated Logos
Note that in computers featuring a raised LCD electro-plated logo, the logo is covered by a protective adhesive.
Due to general wear and tear, this adhesive may deteriorate over time and the exposed logo may develop sharp
edges. Be careful when handling the computer in this case, and avoid touching the raised LCD electro-plated
logo. Avoid placing any other items in the carrying bag which may rub against the top of the computer during
transport. If any such wear and tear develops contact your distributor/supplier.
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Contents
Notice .............................................................................................................................................................I
ErP Off Mode Power Consumption Statement: ........................................................................................... II
FCC Statement ............................................................................................................................................IV
FCC Statement ............................................................................................................................................. V
FCC RF Radiation Exposure Statement: ....................................................................................................VI
Instructions for Care and Operation ........................................................................................................ VIII
Power Safety ................................................................................................................................................ X
Polymer Battery Precautions ......................................................................................................................XI
General Battery Precautions ..................................................................................................................... XII
Cleaning ................................................................................................................................................... XIII
Servicing .................................................................................................................................................. XIII
Travel Considerations ..............................................................................................................................XIV
Quick Start Guide
Overview ....................................................................................................................................................1-1
Advanced Users .........................................................................................................................................1-2
Beginners and Not-So-Advanced Users ....................................................................................................1-2
Warning Boxes ..........................................................................................................................................1-2
Not Included ..............................................................................................................................................1-3
System Software ........................................................................................................................................1-4
System Startup ...........................................................................................................................................1-5
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System Map: LCD Panel Open ..................................................................................................................1-6
LED Indicators ...........................................................................................................................................1-7
Keyboard ....................................................................................................................................................1-8
Keyboard Shortcuts ...................................................................................................................................1-9
Function Keys & Visual Indicators .........................................................................................................1-10
Control Center .........................................................................................................................................1-11
System Map: Front & Left Views ...........................................................................................................1-12
System Map: Right & Rear Views ..........................................................................................................1-13
System Map: Bottom View .....................................................................................................................1-14
Windows 8.1 Control Panel .....................................................................................................................1-15
Windows 8.1 Start Screen & Desktop .....................................................................................................1-17
Apps & Tiles ............................................................................................................................................1-18
Desktop Application ................................................................................................................................1-19
The Charms Bar .......................................................................................................................................1-20
Windows 8.1 Control Panel .....................................................................................................................1-22
Windows 8.1 Taskbar ..............................................................................................................................1-25
Video Features .........................................................................................................................................1-26
NVIDIA® Optimus™ Technology .........................................................................................................1-26
Power Options .........................................................................................................................................1-30
Running Apps ..........................................................................................................................................1-31
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Storage Devices, Audio & Mouse
Overview ....................................................................................................................................................2-1
Hard Disk Drive .........................................................................................................................................2-2
Multi-in-1 Card Reader ..............................................................................................................................2-3
Audio Features ...........................................................................................................................................2-4
TouchPad and Buttons/Mouse ...................................................................................................................2-6
Gestures and Device Settings ....................................................................................................................2-8
Power Management
Overview ....................................................................................................................................................3-1
The Power Sources ....................................................................................................................................3-2
AC/DC Adapter .........................................................................................................................................3-2
Battery ........................................................................................................................................................3-2
Turning On the Computer ..........................................................................................................................3-3
Shutting the Computer Down ....................................................................................................................3-4
Power Plans ...............................................................................................................................................3-5
Power-Saving States ..................................................................................................................................3-7
Sleep ..........................................................................................................................................................3-7
Hibernate ....................................................................................................................................................3-8
Shut down ..................................................................................................................................................3-8
Configuring the Power Buttons .................................................................................................................3-9
Resuming Operation ................................................................................................................................3-11
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Power Conservation Modes .....................................................................................................................3-12
Battery Information .................................................................................................................................3-14
Battery Power ..........................................................................................................................................3-14
Conserving Battery Power .......................................................................................................................3-15
Battery Life ..............................................................................................................................................3-16
New Battery .............................................................................................................................................3-16
Recharging the Battery with the AC/DC Adapter ...................................................................................3-16
Proper handling of the Battery Pack ........................................................................................................3-17
Battery FAQ .............................................................................................................................................3-18
Drivers & Utilities
What to Install ............................................................................................................................................4-1
Module Driver Installation ........................................................................................................................4-1
Driver Installation ......................................................................................................................................4-2
Updating/Reinstalling Individual Drivers ..................................................................................................4-4
User Account Control ................................................................................................................................4-5
Windows Security Message .......................................................................................................................4-5
New Hardware Found ................................................................................................................................4-5
Driver Installation Procedure .....................................................................................................................4-6
Chipset .......................................................................................................................................................4-6
Video (VGA) .............................................................................................................................................4-6
NVIDIA Video (VGA) ..............................................................................................................................4-6
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LAN ...........................................................................................................................................................4-6
Card Reader ...............................................................................................................................................4-6
TouchPad ...................................................................................................................................................4-6
Airplane .....................................................................................................................................................4-7
Hot Key ......................................................................................................................................................4-7
MEI Driver .................................................................................................................................................4-7
Audio .........................................................................................................................................................4-7
Windows Experience Index .......................................................................................................................4-8
Optional Drivers ........................................................................................................................................4-9
BIOS Utilities
Overview ....................................................................................................................................................5-1
The Power-On Self Test (POST) ...............................................................................................................5-2
Failing the POST .......................................................................................................................................5-3
Fatal Errors ................................................................................................................................................5-3
Non-Fatal Errors ........................................................................................................................................5-3
The Setup Utility ........................................................................................................................................5-4
Entering Setup ...........................................................................................................................................5-4
Setup Screens .............................................................................................................................................5-5
Main Menu .................................................................................................................................................5-6
Advanced Menu .........................................................................................................................................5-8
Security Menu ..........................................................................................................................................5-12
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Boot Menu ...............................................................................................................................................5-14
Exit Menu ................................................................................................................................................5-16
Upgrading The Computer
Overview ....................................................................................................................................................6-1
When Not to Upgrade ................................................................................................................................6-2
Removing the Battery ................................................................................................................................6-4
Inserting the Battery ..................................................................................................................................6-5
Removing the Component Bay Cover .......................................................................................................6-6
Replacing the Component Bay Cover .......................................................................................................6-8
Upgrading the Hard Disk Drive(s) ............................................................................................................6-9
Upgrading the System Memory (RAM) ..................................................................................................6-12
Modules
Overview ....................................................................................................................................................7-1
Setting Up SATA RAID or AHCI Mode ..................................................................................................7-2
AHCI Mode ...............................................................................................................................................7-2
RAID ..........................................................................................................................................................7-2
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Application .........................................................................................7-2
SATA RAID Setup Procedure (Windows 8.1) ..........................................................................................7-4
IRST Driver Installation ..........................................................................................................................7-10
Deleting a RAID (Windows 8.1) .............................................................................................................7-11
PC Camera Module ..................................................................................................................................7-12
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PC Camera Audio Setup ..........................................................................................................................7-13
Camera App .............................................................................................................................................7-14
Camera Options .......................................................................................................................................7-15
Taking Pictures/Capturing Video ............................................................................................................7-16
Camera Roll .............................................................................................................................................7-17
Wireless LAN Module .............................................................................................................................7-21
3rd Party 802.11b/g/n Driver Installation ................................................................................................7-22
Intel® WLAN Driver Installation ............................................................................................................7-22
WLAN Configuration in Windows .........................................................................................................7-23
Bluetooth & WLAN Combo Module ......................................................................................................7-26
3rd Party Bluetooth (V4.0) Combo Driver Installation ...........................................................................7-27
Intel Bluetooth Combo Driver Installation ..............................................................................................7-27
Bluetooth Configuration in Windows ......................................................................................................7-28
Sound Blaster Cinema EQ .......................................................................................................................7-31
Sound Blaster Cinema EQ Installation ....................................................................................................7-31
Sound Blaster Cinema EQ Activation .....................................................................................................7-31
Sound Blaster Cinema Application .........................................................................................................7-32
Sound Blaster Cinema Controls ...............................................................................................................7-34
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology ...........................................................................................................7-36
IRST Driver Installation ..........................................................................................................................7-36
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology for RAID Systems ............................................................................7-37
RAID Volume Data Verification and Repair ..........................................................................................7-39
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Replacing and Reverting Recovery and Master Volumes .......................................................................7-39
Intel® Smart Response Technology ........................................................................................................7-41
Enabling Intel Smart Response Technology ............................................................................................7-42
Intel® Rapid Start Technology Driver ....................................................................................................7-45
Intel® Rapid Start Technology Configuration ........................................................................................7-46
Intel® Rapid Start Technology Driver Installation .................................................................................7-52
Wireless Display ......................................................................................................................................7-53
Wireless Display Configuration ..............................................................................................................7-54
3G Module ...............................................................................................................................................7-57
3G Configuration in Windows .................................................................................................................7-59
EM820W 3G Module PIN Code & Power-Saving ..................................................................................7-62
Troubleshooting
Overview ....................................................................................................................................................8-1
Basic Hints and Tips ..................................................................................................................................8-2
Backup and General Maintenance .............................................................................................................8-3
Viruses .......................................................................................................................................................8-4
Upgrading and Adding New Hardware/Software ......................................................................................8-5
Problems and Possible Solutions ...............................................................................................................8-7
EM820W 3G Module PIN Code & Power-Saving ..................................................................................8-15
Resolving the “Insert a SIM” issue with the 3G Module (Windows 8.1) ...............................................8-17
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Interface (Ports & Jacks)
Overview ...................................................................................................................................................A-1
Ports and Jacks ..........................................................................................................................................A-2
Control Center
Overview ...................................................................................................................................................B-1
Video Driver Controls
Video Driver Installation ..........................................................................................................................C-1
Video (VGA) ............................................................................................................................................C-1
NVIDIA Video (VGA) .............................................................................................................................C-1
NVIDIA® Optimus™ Technology ..........................................................................................................C-2
Intel® Dynamic Video Memory Technology ...........................................................................................C-4
Intel® Graphics & Media Control Panel ..................................................................................................C-5
Display Devices & Options ....................................................................................................................C-20
Attaching Other Displays .......................................................................................................................C-21
Attaching Other Displays - Devices (Charms Bar) ................................................................................C-23
Configuring an External Display In Windows .......................................................................................C-24
NVIDIA Control Panel ...........................................................................................................................C-26
Optimus™ Customization Options .........................................................................................................C-28
Set PhysX® Configuration .....................................................................................................................C-32
HDMI Audio Configuration ...................................................................................................................C-33
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Specifications
Processor ...................................................................................................................................................D-2
Core Logic ................................................................................................................................................D-2
Display ......................................................................................................................................................D-2
Memory .....................................................................................................................................................D-2
Video Adapter Options .............................................................................................................................D-2
Storage ......................................................................................................................................................D-2
Audio ........................................................................................................................................................D-2
Keyboard & Pointing Device ....................................................................................................................D-2
Interface ....................................................................................................................................................D-3
Card Reader ..............................................................................................................................................D-3
Slots ..........................................................................................................................................................D-3
Communication .........................................................................................................................................D-3
BIOS .........................................................................................................................................................D-3
Security .....................................................................................................................................................D-3
Operating System ......................................................................................................................................D-4
Features .....................................................................................................................................................D-4
Indicators ..................................................................................................................................................D-4
Power ........................................................................................................................................................D-4
Power Management ..................................................................................................................................D-4
Environmental Spec ..................................................................................................................................D-4
Physical Dimensions & Weight ................................................................................................................D-4
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Quick Start Guide
Chapter 1: Quick Start Guide
Overview
This Quick Start Guide is a brief introduction to the basic features of your computer, to navigating around the
computer and to getting your system started. The remainder of the manual covers the following:
• Chapter 2
• Chapter 3
• Chapter 4
• Chapter 5
• Chapter 6
• Chapter 7
• Chapter 8
• Appendix A
• Appendix B
• Appendix C
• Appendix D
A guide to using some of the main features of the computer e.g. the storage devices (hard disk,
optical device, card reader), TouchPad & Mouse & Audio Features.
The computer’s power management options.
The installation of the drivers and utilities essential to the operation or improvement of some of the
computer’s subsystems.
An outline of the computer’s built-in software or BIOS (Basic Input Output System).
Instructions for upgrading your computer.
A quick guide to the computer’s PC Camera, Wireless LAN, Fingerprint, Bluetooth & WLAN
Combo, Intel technology, Sound Blaster Audio and 3G modules (some of which may be optional
depending on your purchase configuration).
A troubleshooting guide.
Definitions of the interface, ports/jacks which allow your computer to communicate with external
devices.
Information on the Control Center.
Information on the Video driver controls.
The computer’s specification.
Overview 1 - 1
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Advanced Users
If you are an advanced user you may skip over most of this Quick Start Guide. However you may find it useful
to refer to “Drivers & Utilities” on page 4 - 1, “BIOS Utilities” on page 5 - 1 and “Upgrading The Computer”
on page 6 - 1 in the User’s Manual. You may also find the notes marked with a  of interest to you.

Notes
Check the light colored
boxes with the mark
above to find detailed
information about the
computer’s features.
Beginners and Not-So-Advanced Users
If you are new to computers (or do not have an advanced knowledge of them) then
the information contained in this Quick Start Guide should be enough to get you up
and running. Eventually you should try to look through all the documentation (more
detailed descriptions of the functions, setup and system controls are covered in the
remainder of the User’s Manual), but do not worry if you do not understand everything the first time. Keep this manual nearby and refer to it to learn as you go. You
may find it useful to refer to the notes marked with a  as indicated in the margin.
For a more detailed description of any of the interface ports and jacks see “Interface
(Ports & Jacks)” on page A - 1.
Warning Boxes
No matter what your level please pay careful attention to the warning and safety information indicated by the
 symbol. Also please note the safety and handling instructions as indicated in the Preface.
1 - 2 Overview
Quick Start Guide
Not Included
Operating Systems (e.g. Windows 8.1) and applications (e.g. word processing, spreadsheet and database programs) have their own manuals, so please consult the appropriate manuals.

Drivers
If you are installing new system software, or are re-configuring your computer for a different system, you will need to install
the appropriate drivers. Drivers are programs which act as an interface between the computer and a hardware component
e.g. a wireless network module. It is very important that you install the drivers in the order listed in Table 4 - 1, on page 4
- 3. You will be unable to use most advanced controls until the necessary drivers and utilities are properly installed. If your
system hasn’t been properly configured (your service representative may have already done that for you), refer to “Drivers
& Utilities” on page 4 - 1 for installation instructions.
You will need to attach an optical device drive to the computer in order to access the drivers on the Device Drivers &
Utilities + User’s Manual disc. This contains the drivers and utilities necessary for the proper operation of the computer.
Ports and Jacks
See “Ports and Jacks” on page A - 2 for a description of the interface (ports & jacks) which allow your computer to communicate with external devices, connect to the internet etc.
Overview 1 - 3
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System Software
Your computer may already come with system software pre-installed. Where this is not the case, or where you
are re-configuring your computer for a different system, you will find the Windows 8.1 operating system is supported.
Note: In order to run Windows without limitations or decreased performance, your computer requires a minimum 1GB of system memory (RAM).

Windows Versions
Note that the information included on the following pages is for Windows 8.1 only.
The Windows 8 interface is slightly different in appearance and in methods of navigation, and a separate manual is provided on the Device Drivers & Manual Disc for Windows 8.
Windows OS
In order to run Windows 8/8.1 (32 Bit) without limitations or decreased performance, your computer requires a minimum
1GB of system memory (RAM), however if you are running Windows 8/8.1 (64 bit) your computer requires a minimum
2GB of system memory (RAM).
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Quick Start Guide
System Startup
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Remove all packing materials and place the computer on a stable surface.
Securely attach any peripherals you want to use with the notebook (e.g. keyboard and mouse) to their ports.
Attach the AC/DC adapter to the DC-In jack on the right of the computer, then plug the AC power cord into an
outlet, and connect the AC power cord to the AC/DC adapter.
Use one hand to raise the lid/LCD to a comfortable viewing angle (do not exceed 130 degrees); use the other
hand (as illustrated in Figure 1 - 1 below) to support the base of the computer (Note: Never lift the computer by
the lid/LCD).
Press the power button on the top right of the computer for about 2 - 3 seconds to turn the computer “on” (note
that the power LED on the front of the computer will turn from orange to green when the computer powers
on).

Shutdown
130°
Note that you should always
shut your computer down by
choosing the Shut Down
command in Windows (see
page 1 - 30). This will help
prevent hard disk or system
problems.
Figure 1 - 1 - Opening the Lid/LCD & Computer with AC/DC Adapter Plugged-In
System Startup 1 - 5
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Figure 1 - 2
LCD Panel Open
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
Built-In PC Camera
PC Camera LED
Built-In
Microphone
LCD
Power Button
LED Indicators
Keyboard
Touchpad &
Buttons
LED Indicators
System Map: LCD Panel Open

2
1
3
Wireless Device
Operation Aboard
Aircraft
4
The use of any portable
electronic transmission
devices aboard aircraft
is usually prohibited.
Make sure the WLAN/
Bluetooth/3G modules
are OFF if you are using
the computer aboard aircraft.
5
6
Use the Airplane Mode
hot key combination to
toggle Airplane Mode
On/Off, and check the
LED indicator for the
power status.
7
8
9
1 - 6 System Map: LCD Panel Open
Quick Start Guide
LED Indicators
Icon
The LED indicators on the top case and front of the
computer display helpful information about the current status of the computer.
Icon
Color
Description
Number Lock is Activated (press Num Lk)
Blue
Caps Lock is Activated (press Caps Lock)
Blue
Scroll Lock is Activated (press Fn + Scr Lk)
Blue
Color
Description
Orange
AC/DC Power is Plugged In
Green
The Computer is On
Blinking
Green
The Computer is in Sleep Mode
Blinking
Orange
The Powered USB Port is On
(see “Powered USB 3.0 Port” on
page 1 - 13)
Orange
The Battery is Charging
Green
The Battery is Fully Charged
Blinking
Orange
The Battery Has Reached Critically
Low Power Status
Green
Airplane Mode is ON (the WLAN/
Bluetooth/3G Modules are OFF)
Green
Hard Disk Activity
Table 1 - 1 - Top Case LED Indicators
Table 1 - 2 - Front Case LED Indicators
LED Indicators 1 - 7
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
Other Keyboards
If your keyboard is damaged or you just want to
make a change, you can
use any standard USB
keyboard. The system will
detect and enable it automatically. However special
functions/hot-keys
unique to the system’s
regular keyboard may not
work.
Keyboard
The illuminated keyboard has an embedded numerical keypad for easy numeric data
input, and function keys to change operational features instantly. The keyboard illumination level may be adjusted, or turned off/on, by using the Fn + F12 keys.
Function Keys
NumLk &
ScrLk Keys
Play/Pause Key
Numerical
Keypad
Fn Key
Menu/Application Key
NumLk & ScrLk
Hold down the Fn Key
and either NumLk or
ScrLk to enable number
or scroll lock, and check
the LED indicator for status.
Windows Logo Key
Figure 1 - 3 - Keyboard

Special Characters
Some software applications allow the number-keys to be used with Alt to produce special characters.
These special characters can only be produced by using the numeric keypad. Regular number keys (in
the upper row of the keyboard) will not work. Make sure that NumLk is on.
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Quick Start Guide
Keyboard Shortcuts
The following Windows Logo Key (Winkey) keyboard shortcuts are useful for navigation/operation in Windows 8.1.
Windows Logo
Key +
Description
Tap Winkey
Toggle between the Start screen and the foremost running app or the
Windows Desktop
C
Display Charms menu
D
Switch to the Windows Desktop and toggle show Desktop
E
Switch to the Windows desktop and launch Windows Explorer with
Computer displayed
F
Display file Search
I
Open the Settings charm
K
Open the Connect charm
L
Lock the computer and display the Lock screen
P
Display the Second Screen menu (see Figure 1 - 20 on page 1 - 26)
R
Switch to the Windows Desktop and display the Run dialog box
Z
Access the Customize Bar (see Figure 1 - 11 on page 1 - 18)

Windows Logo
Keyboard Shortcut
Use the Windows logo
key
+ D key combination to switch between the Start screen
and Windows Desktop.
Menu/Application
Keyboard Shortcut
When the Desktop app
is running you can use
the Menu/Application
key
on the keyboard to display the
context menu as per a
mouse right-click. In
the Start screen this
function is useful to
quickly display the All
Apps icon.
Table 1 - 3 - Keyboard Shortcuts
Keyboard 1 - 9
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Function Keys & Visual Indicators
The function keys (F1 - F12 etc.) will act as hot keys when pressed while the Fn key is held down. Visual indicators (see the table below) are available when the Hot Key driver is installed.
Keys
Function/Visual Indicators
Keys
Function/Visual Indicators
Fn + ~
Play/Pause (in Audio/Video Programs)
Fn +F5/F6
Volume Decrease/Increase
Fn + Esc
Control Center Toggle (see over)
Fn + F7
Display Toggle
Brightness Decrease/Increase
Fn + 1
Fan Control Toggle - Toggle between Automatic
Fan Control / Full Power
Fn +F8/F9
Fn + F1
Touchpad Toggle
Fn + F10
PC Camera Power
Toggle
Fn + F2
Turn LCD Backlight Off
(Press a key to or use Touchpad to turn on)
Fn + F11
Airplane Mode
Toggle
Fn + F3
Mute Toggle
Fn + F12
Toggle Keyboard
Illumination/Adjust
Brightness Level
Fn + F4
Sleep Toggle
See also Table 1 - 1, on page 1 - 7 for Number Lock,
Caps Lock and Scroll Lock indicators
Table 1 - 4 - Function Keys & Visual Indicators
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Quick Start Guide
Control Center
When in the Windows Desktop app (not in the Start screen) press the Fn + Esc key combination, or doubleclick the icon in the notification area of the taskbar to toggle the Control Center on/off. The Control Center gives quick access to frequently used controls and enables you to quickly turn the camera/Touch Pad on/off
(see Appendix B for full details).

Control Center
Click on any button to turn any of the modules (e.g.
TouchPad, Camera) on/off.
Click on the power conservation modes to switch between Performance, Balanced or Energy Star modes.
To remove the Power Conservation Modes screen
just click in a blank area of the icon or press a key on
the keyboard.
Click on the buttons (or just click and hold the mouse
button) to adjust the slider for Brightness/Volume.
Click on Display Switch and click to choose a display
mode from the menu.
Figure 1 - 4 - Control Center
Control Center 1 - 11
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Figure 1 - 5
Front & Left Views
1. LED Indicators
2. Vent/Fan Intake
System Map: Front & Left Views
1
2
3
2
3. Multi-In-1 Card
Reader
4. USB 2.0 Port
5. Headphone-Out
Jack
6. Microphone-In
Jack
2
4
5
6

Multi-In-1 Card Reader
The card reader allows you to use the most popular digital storage card formats:

MMC (MultiMedia Card) / RS MMC
SD (Secure Digital) / Mini SD / SDHC / SDXC
Sound Blaster
Cinema Audio
The card reader features a push-in/push-out card insertion and ejection mechanism. Simply push the card to insert and eject it, however some cards may require an adapter.
Note that you will need
to install the Sound
Blaster audio application in order to get
maximum audio performance.
Optical Device Drives
To install applications and drivers etc. you will need to attach an external optical CD/DVD
device to the USB ports.
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Quick Start Guide
System Map: Right & Rear Views
1
2
2
3
4
5
Figure 1 - 6
Right & Rear Views
7
6
8

1. 1 * Powered (AC/
DC) USB 3.0 Port
2. 2 * USB 3.0 Ports
3. HDMI-Out Port
4. External Monitor
Port
5. RJ-45 LAN Jack
6. DC-In Jack
7. Security Lock Slot
8. Battery
USB 3.0 Port OR USB 2.0 Port
This model includes 1 * USB 2.0 port and 3 * USB 3.0 ports (including one AC/DC powered
USB 3.0 port). USB 3.0 ports are denoted by their blue color; USB 2.0 ports are colored
black.
Powered USB 3.0 Port
The powered USB 3.0 1 port can supply power (for charging devices only, not for operating devices) when the system is off but still powered by the AC/DC adapter plugged
into a working outlet, or powered by the battery with a capacity level above 20% (this may
not work with certain devices - see page 8 - 11). Toggle power to this port by using Fn +
power button.

HDMI Port
Note that the HDMI Port
supports video and audio
signals to attached external
displays. Note that Sound
Blaster audio will be disabled when you are connecting to an external
display through an HDMI
connection (see page 7 35).
System Map: Right & Rear Views 1 - 13
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Figure 1 - 7
Bottom View
1.
2.
3.
4.
Battery
Speakers
Fan Outlet/Intake
Component Bay
Cover
System Map: Bottom View
1
2
2
3
3
4

3
3
Battery Information
Always completely discharge,
then
fully
charge, a new battery
before using it. Completely discharge and
charge the battery at
least once every 30 days
or after about 20 partial
discharges. See “Battery Information” on
page 3 - 14 for full instructions.
3

CPU
The CPU is not a user serviceable part.
Overheating
To prevent your computer from overheating make sure nothing blocks the Vent/Fan Intake
while the computer is in use.
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Quick Start Guide
Windows 8.1 Control Panel
Throughout this manual you will see an instruction to open the Control Panel.
Right-click the lower left hot corner to bring up the context menu (or use the Windows Logo Key
+ X key combination) and select Control Panel in both the
Desktop app or Start screen.
Desktop app

Windows Versions
Note that the information included on the following pages is for
Windows 8.1 only.
The Windows 8 interface is slightly different
in appearance and in
methods of navigation,
and a separate manual
is provided on the Device Drivers & Manual
Disc with reference to
Windows 8.
Start Screen
Move the mouse to the bottom left
of the screen and right-click to
access the menu.
Figure 1 - 8 - Windows Context Menu
Windows 8.1 Control Panel 1 - 15
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
Display Most
Recently Used
Apps
Right-click the Start button in the Desktop app (or use the Windows Logo Key
+ X key combination) to bring up an advanced context menu of useful features
such as Control Panel, Programs and Features, Power Options, Task Manager,
Search, File Explorer, Command Prompt, Device Manager and Network Connections etc.
If you are in the Start
screen, Desktop or an
app you can move your
mouse to the upper left
corner of the screen to
get back to the most recently used app.
To view all the most recently used Apps hover
over the top left of the
screen and then move
the mouse down along
the left side of the
screen to display the
list.
Move the mouse to the bottom left of the screen
and right-click the Start button to access the menu.
Figure 1 - 9 - Advanced Context Menu (Right-Click Start Button)
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Quick Start Guide
Windows 8.1 Start Screen & Desktop
The Apps, control panels, utilities and programs within Windows are accessed from the Start screen and/or
Windows Desktop app. The Desktop (which runs as an app within the Start screen) can be accessed by clicking
the Desktop item in the Start screen (or by using the Windows Logo Key
+ D key combination). Click the
arrow at the bottom of the Start screen to access Apps.
Desktop App
Figure 1 - 10 - Windows Start Screen
Windows 8.1 Start Screen & Desktop 1 - 17
1
1
Quick Start Guide
Apps & Tiles
The Start screen will contain a number of apps, and many more will be installed as you add more applications
etc. Not all of these apps can fit on one screen so you will often need use the slider at the bottom of the screen
in order to view all the necessary Apps.
Accessing Pining/Unpinning All Apps
You can add and remove the tiles for apps and control panels in the Start screen. Right-click on a blank area
of the Start screen, and you will see the Customize icon. Click the Customize icon to display all the installed
applications etc. Right-click any icon to bring up the menu at the bottom of the screen and you can then click the
appropriate icon to pin the App to (or unpin from) the Start screen, or to the taskbar in the Desktop application (you can also open the app in a new window, run as administrator or open the file location).
Click the arrow at the bottom of the
screen to access All Apps
Figure 1 - 11 - Customize Apps
1 - 18 Windows 8.1 Start Screen & Desktop
Quick Start Guide
Desktop Application
When the Desktop app is running (click the app in the Start screen or use the Windows Logo Key
+ D key
combination) you can use lower left hot corner to switch between the Start screen and the Windows Desktop
app. To do so move your mouse to hover over the bottom left corner of the Desktop app and left-click.
When you move to the lower left hot corner in the Start screen it will take you back to your most recently used
app (if one is running).
Move the mouse to the bottom left of the screen and click to switch
back to the Start screen.
Figure 1 - 12 - Desktop
Windows 8.1 Start Screen & Desktop 1 - 19
1
1
Quick Start Guide
The Charms Bar
The right side of the screen displays the Charms Bar. The Charms Bar contains the Search, Share, Start, Devices and Settings menus. To access up the Charms Bar move the cursor to the upper or lower right corners of
the screen, and then hover over one of the items in the Charms Bar to activate it (the bar will be black when it
is active), or use the Windows Logo Key
+ C key combination.
Move the mouse to the top/lower right icons to activate the Charms Bar
Move the mouse over a Charms Bar icon to activate the menu
Move the mouse to the top/lower right icons to activate the Charms Bar
Figure 1 - 13 - Start Screen with Charms Bar
1 - 20 Windows 8.1 Start Screen & Desktop
Quick Start Guide
Charms Bar Items
• Search
results.
• Share
: You can search for any file, application, Apps and control panel settings with instantaneous
: This button is used to share information with people via mail or social networks.
• Start
: Click to bring up the Start screen (the same function as pressing the Windows Logo Key or clicking the bottom left of the screen).
• Devices
: Click this button to change connected peripheral device settings e.g. an external display.
• Settings
: This button gives instant access to the computer settings, such as Network, Audio, Notifications, Power and Keyboard (click Change PC Settings to activate the PC Settings menu).

Charms Bar - TouchPad Access
To quick access the Charms Bar using the TouchPad:
1.
2.
3.
Place your finger off the TouchPad (slightly to the right of the
pad resting on the computer).
Move your finger across to the left on to the TouchPad.
The Charms Bar will then pop-up.
Figure 1 - 14 - Settings Menu
Windows 8.1 Start Screen & Desktop 1 - 21
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1
Quick Start Guide
Windows 8.1 Control Panel
In many instances throughout this manual you will see an instruction to open the Control Panel. The Control
Panel can be accessed in a number of ways in Windows 8.1.
• Click Search in the Windows Charms Bar (see previous page) and the search pane will pop out. Type
Control Panel and select it from the results to the left.
Figure 1 - 15 - Search (Control Panel)
• Click on This PC (in Apps, or you can to pin This PC to the Start screen), click on Computer in the
top menu and select Open Control Panel from the ribbon.
Figure 1 - 16 - Open Control Panel (Computer)
1 - 22 Windows 8.1 Control Panel
Quick Start Guide
• When in the Desktop app (this does not apply to the Start screen) click on Settings in the Windows
Charms Bar and select Control Panel from the menu.
Figure 1 - 17 - Settings Charms Bar (Desktop App Only)
• Click the arrow at the bottom of the Start screen and click Control Panel in Apps (Windows System).
Figure 1 - 18 - All Apps - Control Panel
Windows 8.1 Control Panel 1 - 23
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1
Quick Start Guide
• Right-click the Start button bring up the menu and select Control Panel (see Figure 1 - 9 on page 1 16).

Keyboard Shortcut to Control Panel
You can also use keyboard shortcuts to access the Control Panel. Press the Windows logo key
and X to bring up
the context menu, and then press P to bring up the Control Panel. Alternatively press the Windows logo key
and R
to bring up the Run dialog box, and then type “Control Panel” and press Enter to access the Control Panel.
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Quick Start Guide
Windows 8.1 Taskbar
In many instances throughout this manual you will see an instruction to access the notification area of the taskbar (system tray). In Windows 8.1 the taskbar is accessed from the Desktop application; if you are in the Start
screen you will need to switch to the Desktop.
The taskbar is displayed at the bottom of the Desktop screen, and you can see the notification area (system
tray) of the taskbar in the bottom right of the screen. Some of the control panels and applications referred to
during the course of this manual can be accessed from here.
Figure 1 - 19 - Desktop Taskbar & Notification Area (System Tray)
You can pin/unpin apps to/from the taskbar in much the same way as you can to the Start screen (see “Accessing
Pining/Unpinning All Apps” on page 1 - 18).
Windows 8.1 Control Panel 1 - 25
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1
Quick Start Guide
Video Features
NVIDIA® Optimus™ Technology
NVIDIA® Optimus™ Technology is a seamless technology designed to get best performance from the graphics
system while allowing longer battery life, without having to manually change settings. The computer will automatically switch between the integrated UMA (Unified Memory Architecture) GPU (iGPU) and the discrete
GPU (dGPU) when required by the applications in use.
You can switch display devices, and configure display options, from the Display control panel (in Appearances
and Personalization) when running the Desktop app (see “Desktop Application” on page 1 - 19 and Appendix
C). It is possible to quickly configure external displays from the Devices menu item in the Charms Bar (see
“The Charms Bar” on page 1 - 20).
To Configure Displays from Devices (Charms Bar):
1.
2.
3.
4.
Attach your display to the appropriate port,
and turn it on.
Go the Charms Bar, select Devices.
Click Project (you may need to click Second
Screen).
Click on any one of the options from the
menu to select PC screen only, Duplicate,
Extend or Second screen only.
Figure 1 - 20 - Devices (Project)
1 - 26 Video Features
Quick Start Guide
To access Display (Control Panel) and Screen Resolution in Windows 8:
1.
2.
3.
Go to the Control Panel.
Click Display (icon) - In the Appearance and Personalization category.
Adjust resolution.

Right-Click Desktop App
2
1
3
1. You can right-click the
desktop and select
Screen resolution 1
(Figure 1 - 21).
2. Use the dropbox to
select the screen
Resolution 2 (Figure
1 - 21).
3. Click Advanced
settings 3 (Figure 1 21) to bring up the
Advanced properties
tabs.
Figure 1 - 21 - Screen Resolution
Video Features 1 - 27
1
1
Quick Start Guide
To access the Intel(R) Graphics Control Panel:
1.
2.
Click Advanced settings 3 (Figure 1 - 21 on page 1 - 27) in the Screen Resolution control panel in Windows.
Click the Intel(R)... tab and click Graphics Properties (button) 4 (Figure 1 - 22 on page 1 - 28) .
OR
3.
Right-click the desktop and select Graphics Properties from the menu.
OR
4.
Click the icon
in the notification area of the Desktop taskbar and select Graphics Properties from the menu.
4
Figure 1 - 22 - Intel HD Graphics Control Panel
1 - 28 Video Features
Quick Start Guide
To access the NVIDIA Control Panel:
1.
Right-click the desktop and select NVIDIA Control Panel 5 (Figure 1 - 23).
OR
2.
Double-click the icon
6 (Figure 1 - 23) in the Windows control panel.
5
6
Figure 1 - 23 - NVIDIA Control Panel
Video Features 1 - 29
1
1
Quick Start Guide
Power Options
Power Options (Hardware and Sound) can be accessed from the Control Panel. The Power Menu item in Settings in the Charms Bar in Windows 8.1 may be used to Shut down or Restart (you can also add Hibernate/
Sleep to the menu - see “Adding Hibernate/Sleep to the Power Menu” on page 3 - 10). You can also use the
context menu (Shut down or sign out) shut the computer down/restart etc.
Shut Down, Restart or Sleep (Charms Bar)
1.
2.
3.
Go to the Charms Bar and click Settings.
Click Power
.
Select Sleep, Shut Down or Restart.
Charms Bar
Desktop App
Figure 1 - 24 - Shut Down/Restart
1 - 30 Power Options
Start Screen
Quick Start Guide
Running Apps
To run apps in Windows 8.1 you will need to check that the Screen Resolution and User Account Control Settings are compatible with the system requirements.
Screen Resolution Settings
1.
2.
Switch to the Windows Desktop (click the app or use the Windows logo key
+ D key combination).
Right-click a blank area of the Windows Desktop and select Screen Resolution. Adjust the Resolution to
make sure that it is at least 1024 * 768, although preferably 1366 * 768 or above (see sidebar).

Screen Resolution for Apps
(Windows 8/8.1)
The minimum resolution in which Apps will run is 1024x768.
The minimum resolution required to support all the features of
Windows 8 (including multitasking with snap) is 1366x768.
These specs are the minimum screen resolution that supports
all the features of Windows 8.1 on a useful physical size.
Figure 1 - 25 - Screen Resolution
Running Apps 1 - 31
1
1
Quick Start Guide
User Account Control Settings
If your computer meets the minimum screen resolution requirements, and still you can't run apps, then that you
have to check the status of User Account Control (UAC). Apps may fail to open when the UAC is turned off.
To check whether the UAC is on or off, follow the instructions below.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Open the Control Panel.
Click on User Accounts and then click on Change User Account Control settings (or click System and
Security and click Change User Account Control Settings under Action Center).
If the slider is in the Never notify position, then the UAC is disabled.
To enable or turn on the UAC, move the slider to Always notify or Notify me when apps try to make changes
to my computer (default) position, and then click OK.
Figure 1 - 26 - User Account Control
1 - 32 Running Apps
Storage Devices, Audio & Mouse
Chapter 2: Storage Devices, Audio & Mouse
Overview
Read this chapter to learn more about the following main features and components
of the computer:
•
•
•
•
Hard Disk Drive
Multi-in-1 Card Reader
Audio Features
TouchPad and Buttons/Mouse
Overview 2 - 1
2
Storage Devices, Audio & Mouse
2

Power Safety
Before attempting to access any of the internal
components of your
computer please ensure
that the machine is not
connected to the AC
power, and that the machine is turned off. Also
ensure that all peripheral cables, including
phone lines, are disconnected from the computer.
Figure 2 - 1
Hard Disk Location
2 - 2 Hard Disk Drive
Hard Disk Drive
The hard disk drive(s) is(are) used to store your data in the computer. The hard
disk(s) can be taken out to accommodate other 2.5" serial (SATA) hard disk drives
with a height of 9.5 mm or 7mm. The hard disk is(are) accessible after removing the
component bay cover from the bottom of your computer as seen below.
Further details on removing and inserting the hard disk are available in “Upgrading
the Hard Disk Drive(s)” on page 6 - 9.

Warranty Warning
Please check with your
service representative
before undertaking any
upgrade procedures to
find out if this will VOID
your warranty.
Storage Devices, Audio & Mouse
Multi-in-1 Card Reader
The card reader allows you to use some of the latest digital storage cards. Push the
card into the slot and it will appear as a removable device, and can be accessed in
the same way as your hard disk (s). Make sure you install the Card Reader driver
(see “Card Reader” on page 4 - 6).
• MMC (MultiMedia Card) / RSMMC
• SD (Secure Digital) / Mini SD / SDHC / SDXC
Note: Some of these cards require PC adapters that are usually supplied with the
cards.
1

Card Reader Cover
Make sure you keep the
cover in the card reader
when not in use. This
will help prevent foreign
objects and/or dust getting in to the card reader.
Push-Push Card
Reader
The card reader features a push-in/push-out
card insertion and ejection mechanism. Simply
push the card to insert
and eject it, however Ms
Duo cards require an
adapter.
Figure 2 - 2
Left View
1.
Card Reader
Multi-in-1 Card Reader 2 - 3
2
Storage Devices, Audio & Mouse
2

Sound Volume
Adjustment
The sound volume level
is set using the volume
control within Windows
(and the volume function keys on the computer). Click the volume
icon in the taskbar to
check the setting.
Audio Features
You can configure the audio options on your computer from the Sound
control
panel in Windows, from the HD VDeck icon on the desktop
or VIA HD Audio
Deck control panel
.
The volume may also be adjusted by means of the Fn + F5/F6 key combination.
Click Expert Mode to access the Advanced menus
Figure 2 - 3
VIA HD Audio Deck
2 - 4 Audio Features
Storage Devices, Audio & Mouse
Expert Mode will allow you to access more advanced configuration menus for
Speaker, Microphone and Stereo Mix.

Syncing Left & Right
Volume
Balance
If you wish to adjust the left
and right channel volume
levels separately, you will
need to adjust this from the
VIA HD Audio Deck in Expert Mode.
Note that to adjust the Left & Right volume balance independently click the Sync

Sound Blaster Cinema Audio
Note that you will need to install the Sound Blaster Cinema audio application in order to get
maximum audio performance. See “Sound Blaster Cinema EQ” on page 7 - 31.
Click Speaker in VIA HD
Audio Deck (in Expert
Mode) and click the Sync
Left and Right volume
button (see left). You can
then adjust the volume sliders independently (this setting also controls the
Balance setting in the Windows Sound control panel).
Figure 2 - 4
VIA HD Audio Deck
(Expert Mode)
Audio Features 2 - 5
2
Storage Devices, Audio & Mouse
2

Mouse Driver
If you are using an external mouse your operating system may be
able to auto-configure
your mouse during its
installation or only enable its basic functions.
Be sure to check the
device’s user documentation for details.
TouchPad and Buttons/Mouse
The TouchPad is an alternative to the mouse; however, you can also add a mouse to
your computer through one of the USB ports. The TouchPad buttons function in
much the same way as a two-button mouse.
2 - 6 TouchPad and Buttons/Mouse
Storage Devices, Audio & Mouse
Once you have installed the TouchPad driver (see “TouchPad” on page 4 - 6) you
can configure the functions from the Mouse control panel in Windows, or by doubleclicking the TouchPad driver icon
in the notification area of the taskbar in the
Desktop app. You may then configure the TouchPad tapping, buttons, scrolling,
pointer motion and sensitivity options to your preferences. You will find further information at www.synaptics.com.

TouchPad Scrolling
This computer model series may feature different
TouchPad versions.
These TouchPads may
differ in their vertical
scrolling function in most
scrollable windows.
Some TouchPads require
sliding the finger up and
down on the right of the
TouchPad to scroll the
window. Other versions
require
tapping/holding
down the finger at the top
right or bottom right of the
TouchPad to scroll the
window.
Figure 2 - 5
Mouse Properties
TouchPad and Buttons/Mouse 2 - 7
2
Storage Devices, Audio & Mouse
2

Show Video
You can get a clearer
view of the gestures involved by clicking the
Show Video option for
each gesture item.
Select the gesture (Pinch
Zoom, Rotating, Three
Fingers
Down
and
Three Finger Flick) in the
Device Settings > Settings left tree menu
and click the Show Video
button to see the demonstration video.
Gestures and Device Settings
The Synaptics Gestures Suite application allows you to use a specific gesture (action) on the surface of the Touchpad to perform specific actions to manipulate documents, objects and applications.
You can configure the settings from the Device Settings tab in Mouse Properties:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Go to the Control Panel.
Click Mouse (Hardware and Sound).
Click Device Settings (tab) and click Settings.
Use the menu tree on the left to access the user configurable settings.
For more details on any of
the gestures see the help
in the lower part of the
right menu window.
Figure 2 - 6
Mouse Properties Device Settings
2 - 8 TouchPad and Buttons/Mouse
Storage Devices, Audio & Mouse
Disabling the Touchpad
If you need to disable the Touchpad for any reason (e.g. you may find that when using the computer’s internal keyboard you accidentally trigger the Touchpad when
resting your wrists or palms on it) you can do so by using Fn + F1 key combination.
2
You can also set the system to automatically disable the internal Touchpad when an
external USB point device (e.g a USB mouse) is attached.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Go to the Mouse Properties control panel.
Click to select Device Settings (tab).
Click to place a tick in the “Disable internal pointing device when external USB
pointing device is attached” tickbox.
Click OK to save the setting.
Figure 2 - 7
Mouse Properties
(Disable Touchpad)
TouchPad and Buttons/Mouse 2 - 9
Storage Devices, Audio & Mouse
Scrolling
The Two-Finger scrolling feature works in most scrollable windows and allows you
to scroll horizontally and vertically. Place two fingers, slightly separated, on the
TouchPad surface and slide both fingers in the direction required (in a straight continuous motion).
2
Figure 2 - 8
Scrolling Gesture
Zooming
The Pinch Zoom gesture can be used to perform the same function as a scroll wheel
in Windows applications that support CTRL + scroll wheel zoom functionality.
Place two fingers on the TouchPad (for best results use the tips of the fingers) and
slide them apart to zoom in, or closer together to zoom out.
Figure 2 - 9
Zooming Gesture
2 - 10 TouchPad and Buttons/Mouse
Storage Devices, Audio & Mouse
Rotating
Use the Pivot Rotate gesture to rotate objects (e.g. photos) in 90 degree increments.
Place a finger down on the left “target” zone and keep it stationary. Place another
finger near the middle of the TouchPad and slide it in a circular motion around the
stationary finger (clockwise or counterclockwise) to rotate the object.
2
Figure 2 - 10
Rotating Gesture
Three Finger-Flick/Three Fingers Down (Press)
The Three Finger-Flick gesture may be used to enhance navigation with a variety of
applications such as browsing the Internet or scrolling through a photo viewer. The
Three Fingers Down gesture may be used to launch user-selectable applications.
Figure 2 - 11
Flick/Press
Gesture
TouchPad and Buttons/Mouse 2 - 11
Storage Devices, Audio & Mouse
2
2 - 12
Power Management
Chapter 3: Power Management
Overview
To conserve power, especially when using the battery, your computer power management conserves power by controlling individual components of the computer
(the monitor and hard disk drive) or the whole system. This chapter covers:
•
•
•
•
•
•
The Power Sources
Turning On the Computer
Power Plans
Power-Saving States
Configuring the Power Buttons
Battery Information

OS Note
Power
management
functions will vary slightly depending on your
operating system. For
more information it is
best to refer to the user’s
manual of your operating system.
The computer uses enhanced power saving techniques to give the operating system
(OS) direct control over the power and thermal states of devices and processors. For
example, this enables the OS to set devices into low-power states based on user settings and information from applications.
Overview 3 - 1
3
Power Management

3
Forced Off
If the system “hangs”,
and the Ctrl + Alt + Del
key combination doesn’t
work, press the power
button for 4 seconds, or
longer, to force the system to turn itself off.
The Power Sources
The computer can be powered by either an AC/DC adapter or a battery pack.
AC/DC Adapter
Use only the AC/DC adapter that comes with your computer. The wrong type of AC/
DC adapter will damage the computer and its components.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Attach the AC/DC adapter to the DC-in jack on the right of the computer.
Plug the AC power cord into an outlet, and then connect the AC power cord to the
AC/DC adapter.
Raise the lid/LCD to a comfortable viewing angle.
Press the power button to turn “On”.
Battery
The battery allows you to use your computer while you are on the road or when an
electrical outlet is unavailable. Battery life varies depending on the applications and
the configuration you're using. To increase battery life, let the battery discharge
completely before recharging (see “Battery FAQ” on page 3 - 18).
We recommend that you do not remove the battery. For more information on the battery, please refer to “Battery Information” on page 3 - 14.
3 - 2 The Power Sources
Power Management
Turning On the Computer
Now you are ready to begin using your computer. To turn it on simply press the power button on the front panel.
When the computer is on, you can use the power button as a Stand by/Hibernate/
Shutdown hot-key button when it is pressed for less than 4 seconds (pressing and
holding the power button for longer than this will shut the computer down). Use
Power Options (Hardware and Sound) in the Windows control panel to configure
this feature.

Power Button as Stand by or Hibernate Button
You can use the OS’s “Power Options” control panel to set the power button to send the
system into Stand by or Hibernate mode (see your OS’s documentation, or “Configuring
the Power Buttons” on page 3 - 9 for details).
Turning On the Computer 3 - 3
3
Power Management
Shutting the Computer Down
Note that you should always shut your computer down by choosing the Shut down
command as this will help prevent hard disk or system problems. Use the Shut down
or sign out item in the Context Menu (right-click the lower left corner of the screen
to bring up the menu).
3
You can also use the Power Menu in Settings in the Windows 8.1 Charms Bar. If
you want to add Hibernate/Sleep to the Power Menu see “Adding Hibernate/Sleep
to the Power Menu” on page 3 - 10.
Charms Bar
Figure 3 - 1
Shut Down/Restart
3 - 4 Shutting the Computer Down
Desktop App
Start Screen
Power Management
Power Plans
The computer can be configured to conserve power by means of power plans. You
can use (or modify) an existing power plan, or create a new one.
The settings may be adjusted to set the display to turn off after a specified time, and
to send the computer into Sleep after a period of inactivity.
Click Change plan settings and then click Change advanced power settings to access further configuration options in Advanced Settings.

Resuming
Operation
See Table 3 - 1, on
page 3 - 11 for information on how to resume
from a power-saving
state.
Password
It is recommended that
you enable a password
on system resume in order to protect your data.
Figure 3 - 2
Power Plan
Advanced Settings
Power Plans 3 - 5
3
Power Management
Each Windows power plan will also adjust the processor performance of your machine in order to save power. This is worth bearing in mind if you are experiencing
any reduced performance (especially under DC/battery power).
3
Choose High performance (you may need to click Show additional plans to view
the High performance plan) for maximum performance when the computer is powered from an AC power source. Choose the Power saver (bear in mind that this
scheme may slow down the overall performance of the computer in order to save
power) for maximum power saving when the computer is battery (DC power) powered.
Figure 3 - 3
Power Plans
3 - 6 Power Plans
Click to Show/Hide
additional
power plans
Power Management
Power-Saving States
You can use power-saving states to stop the computer’s operation and restart where
you left off. Win 8.1 uses the Sleep, Hibernate and Shut Down power-saving
states.
Sleep
In Sleep all of your work, settings and preferences are saved to memory before the
system sleeps. When you are not using your computer for a certain length of time,
which you specify in the operating system, it will enter Sleep to save power.
The PC wakes from Sleep within seconds and will return you to where you last left
off (what was on your desktop) without reopening the application(s) and file(s) you
last used.
If your mobile PC in Sleep is running on battery power the system will use only a
minimum amount of power. After an extended period the system will save all the
information to the hard disk and shut the computer down before the battery becomes
depleted.

Wake On LAN
Support
Wake-On-LAN is only
supported from Sleep or
Hibernate states in
Windows.
If you require your computer to wake up from
network activity in Windows 8 then make sure
that the computer is either in Sleep or Hibernate.
Wake-On-LAN is not
supported from Shutdown states in Windows.
To add Sleep to the Power Menu see “Adding Hibernate/Sleep to the Power
Menu” on page 3 - 10.
Power-Saving States 3 - 7
3
Power Management
Hibernate
Hibernate uses the least amount of power of all the power-saving states and saves
all of your information on a part of the hard disk before it turns the system off. If a
power failure occurs the system can restore your work from the hard disk; if a power
failure occurs when work is saved only to memory, then the work will be lost. Hibernate will also return you to where you last left off within seconds. You should
put your mobile PC into Hibernate if you will not use the computer for a period of
time, and will not have the chance to charge the battery. To add Hibernate to the
Power Menu see “Adding Hibernate/Sleep to the Power Menu” on page 3 - 10.
3
Shut down
You should Shut down the computer if you plan to install new hardware (don’t forget to remove the battery and follow all the safety instructions in Chapter 6), plan
to be away from the computer for several days, or you do not need it to wake up and
run a scheduled task. Returning to full operation from Shut down takes longer than
from Sleep or Hibernate.
Figure 3 - 4
Power Menu
3 - 8 Power-Saving States
Power Management
Configuring the Power Buttons
The power/sleep button (Fn + F4 key combo) and closed lid may be set to send the
computer in to a power-saving state. Click Choose what the power buttons do on
the left menu in Power Options to bring up the menu.

Password
Protection
It is recommended that
you enable a password
on wake up in order to
protect your data.
However you can disable this setting from the
Power Options menu
by clicking Require a
password on wakeup
in the left menu, and selecting the options (click
Change settings that
are currently unavailable).
Figure 3 - 5
Power Options
Define Power
Buttons
Configuring the Power Buttons 3 - 9
3
Power Management
Adding Hibernate/Sleep to the Power Menu
Add Hibernate/Sleep to the Power Menu as follows.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
3
Go to the Power Options (Hardware and Sound) control panel.
Click “Change settings that are currently unavailable”
Click Choose what the power buttons do.
Click to put a tick in the Hibernate/Sleep box under Shutdown settings.
Click Save Changes and close the control panel.
Figure 3 - 6
Power Options
Define Power
Buttons - Shutdown
Settings
3 - 10 Configuring the Power Buttons
.
Power Management
Resuming Operation
You can resume operation from power-saving states by pressing the power button,
or in some cases pressing the sleep button (Fn + F4 key combo).
Power Status
Icon
3
To Resume
Color
Table 3 - 1
Power Off
Off
Press the Power Button
Press the Power Button
Sleep
Blinking Green
Resuming
Operation
Press the Sleep Button (Fn + F4 Key Combo)
Off (battery)
Hibernate
Orange (AC/DC
adapter)
Press the Power Button
Display Turned Off
Green
Press a Key or Move the Mouse/Touchpad


Power Button
Closing the Lid
When the computer is on, you can use the power button as a Sleep/Hibernate/Shut Down
hot key button when it is pressed for less than 4 seconds (pressing and holding the power
button for longer than this will force the computer to shut down).
If you have chosen to
send the computer to
Sleep when the lid is
closed, raising the lid
will wake the system up.
Configuring the Power Buttons 3 - 11
Power Management

3
Power Conservation
Modes
The Energy Star setting
will result in maximum
power saving, but with
the possible loss of
some performance.
Power Conservation Modes
This system supports Energy Star power management features that place computers (CPU, hard drive, etc.) into a low-power sleep modes after a designated period
of inactivity. Adjust Power Conservation Modes from the Control Center:
1.
2.
3.
Press the Fn + Esc key combination to toggle the Control Center on/off.
Click either the Performance, Balanced or Energy Star button.
Click in a blank area of the icon or press a key on the keyboard to exit Power
Conservation Mode without making any changes.
Setting the mode to Balance will give power
saving matched with
performance.
Performance will give
optimum computer performance but with less
power conservation.
Figure 3 - 7
Control Center
3 - 12 Configuring the Power Buttons
Power Management
Ctrl + Alt + Delete Key Combination
You can use the CTRL + ALT + DEL key combination from almost any of the Windows 8 interfaces/Apps to bring up a full-screen displaying Lock, Switch User, Log
off, Change a password and Task Manager options. If you click the Power icon
in the lower right corner of the screen a power management option menu appears to
display Sleep, Shut down, and Restart.
3
Figure 3 - 8
Ctrl + Alt + Delete
Menu
To fully control all the power options (including Hibernate mode) go to the Power
Options control panel and configure the power button, sleep button and lid to perform the function selected.
Configuring the Power Buttons 3 - 13
Power Management

3
Low Battery
Warning
When the battery is critically low, immediately
connect the AC/DC
adapter to the computer
or save your work, otherwise, the unsaved
data will be lost when
the power is depleted.
Battery Information
Follow these simple guidelines to get the best use out of your battery.
Battery Power
Your computer’s battery power is dependent upon many factors, including the programs you are running, and peripheral devices attached. You can set actions to be
taken (e.g. Shut down, Hibernate etc.), and set critical and low battery levels from
power plan Change plan settings > Change advanced power settings (see Figure
3 - 3 on page 3 - 6).
Click the battery icon
charge status.
Figure 3 - 9
Battery Icon
(Notification Area) &
Battery Advanced
Settings
3 - 14 Battery Information
in the notification area to see the current battery level and
Power Management
Conserving Battery Power
• Use a power plan that conserves power (e.g Power saver), however note that
this may have an affect on computer performance.
• Lower the brightness level of the LCD display. The system will decrease LCD
brightness slightly to save power when it is not powered by the AC/DC adapter.
• Reduce the amount of time before the display is turned off.
• Close wireless, Bluetooth, modem or communication applications when they are
not being used.
• Disconnect/remove any unnecessary external devices e.g. USB devices,
ExpressCards etc.

Windows Mobility
Center
The Windows Mobility
Center control panel
provides an easy point
of access for information
on battery status, power
plans used and wireless
device status etc.
Figure 3 - 10
Windows Mobility
Center
Battery Information 3 - 15
3
Power Management
Battery Life
3
Battery life may be shortened through improper maintenance. To optimize the life
and improve its performance, fully discharge and recharge the battery at least
once every 30 days.
We recommend that you do not remove the battery yourself. If you do need to remove the battery for any reason (e.g. long term storage) see “Removing the Battery”
on page 6 - 4.
New Battery
Always completely discharge, then fully charge, a new battery (see “Battery FAQ”
on page 3 - 18 for instructions on how to do this).
Recharging the Battery with the AC/DC Adapter
The battery pack automatically recharges when the AC/DC adapter is attached and
plugged into an electrical outlet. If the computer is powered on, and in use, it will
take several hours to fully recharge the battery. When the computer is turned off but
plugged into an electrical outlet, battery charge time is less. Refer to “LED Indicators” on page 1 - 7 for information on the battery charge status, and to “Battery Information” on page 3 - 14 for more information on how to maintain and properly
recharge the battery pack.
3 - 16 Battery Information
Power Management
Proper handling of the Battery Pack

• DO NOT disassemble the battery pack under any circumstances
• DO NOT expose the battery to fire or high temperatures, it may explode
• DO NOT connect the metal terminals (+, -) to each other
Caution
Danger of explosion if
battery is incorrectly replaced.

Damaged Battery Warning
Should you notice any physical defects (e.g. the battery is bent out of shape after being
dropped), or any unusual smells emanating from the notebook battery, shut your computer
down immediately and contact your distributor/supplier. If the battery has been dropped we
do not recommend using it any further, as even if the computer continues to work with a
damaged battery in place, it may cause circuit damage, which may possibly result in fire. It
is recommended that you replace your computer battery every two years.
Replace only with the
same or equivalent type
recommended by the
manufacturer. Discard
used battery according
to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Battery Information 3 - 17
3
Power Management
Battery FAQ
How do I completely discharge the battery?
Use the computer with battery power until it shuts down due to a low battery. Don’t
turn off the computer even if a message indicates the battery is critically low, just let
the computer use up all of the battery power and shut down on its own.
3
1.
2.
Save and close all files and applications.
Create a power plan for discharging the battery and set all the options to Never.
Figure 3 - 11
Power Plan Create
3 - 18 Battery Information
Power Management
3.
Click Change plan settings (after creating it) and click Change plan settings >
Change advanced power settings.
3
Figure 3 - 12
Change Plan
Settings / Change
Advanced Power
Settings
Battery Information 3 - 19
Power Management
4.
5.
Scroll down to Battery and click + to expand the battery options.
Choose the options below (click Yes if a warning appears):
3
Figure 3 - 13
Power Options
Advanced Settings Battery
•
•
•
•
•
Low battery levels = 0%
Critical battery Levels = 1%
Low battery action = Do Nothing
Critical battery action (On battery) = Shut Down
Critical battery action (Plugged in) = Do Nothing
3 - 20 Battery Information
Power Management
How do I fully charge the battery?
When charging the battery, don’t stop until the LED charging indicator light changes
from orange to green.
How do I maintain the battery?
Completely discharge and charge the battery at least once every 30 days or after
about 20 partial discharges.
Battery Information 3 - 21
3
Power Management
3
3 - 22
Drivers & Utilities
Chapter 4: Drivers & Utilities
This chapter deals with installing the drivers and utilities essential to the operation or
improvement of some of the computer’s subsystems. The system takes advantage of
some newer hardware components for which the latest versions of most available operating systems haven’t built in drivers and utilities. Thus, some of the system components won’t be auto-configured with an appropriate driver or utility during
operating system installation. Instead, you need to manually install some system-required drivers and utilities.
What to Install
You will need to attach an external DVD drive to install the drivers from the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc. Table 4 - 1, on page 4 - 3 lists what
you need to install and it is very important that the drivers are installed in the order indicated.
Note that the information included on the following pages is for Windows 8.1 only.
A separate manual and set of drivers are provided on the Device Drivers & Manual
Disc for Windows 8.
Module Driver Installation
The procedures for installing drivers for the PC Camera, WLAN and Combination
Bluetooth & WLAN modules (you should also install the Sound Blaster Cinema,
Intel Technology drivers) are provided in “Modules” in Chapter 7.

Driver Installation &
Power
When installing drivers make sure your
computer is powered
by the AC/DC adapter
connected to a working power source.
Some drivers draw a
significant amount of
power during the installation procedure, and if
the remaining battery
capacity is not adequate
this may cause the system to shut down and
cause system problems
(note that there is no
safety issue involved
here, and the battery will
be rechargeable within 1
minute).
What to Install 4 - 1
4
Drivers & Utilities
Driver Installation
1.
2.
4
3.
4.
Insert the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual
disc into an attached optical (DVD) drive.
Click the message “Tap to choose what happens
with this disc.”
Click Run autorun.exe.
Click Install Drivers (button), or Option Drivers
(button) to access the Optional driver menu.
Figure 4 - 1 - Drivers Installer Screen 1
4 - 2 Driver Installation
5.
6.
7.
Check the driver installation order from Table 4 - 1,
on page 4 - 3 (the drivers must be installed in this
order) which is the same as that listed in the Drivers
Installer menu below.
Click to select the driver you wish to install, (you
should note down the drivers as you install them).
Follow the instructions for each individual driver
installation procedure as listed on the following
pages.
Figure 4 - 2 - Install Drivers
Drivers & Utilities
Win 8.1 Driver
Page #
Win 8.1 - Optional Items
Page #
Chipset
Page 4 - 6
Setting Up SATA RAID or AHCI Mode
Page 7 - 2
Video (VGA)
Page 4 - 6
PC Camera Module (No driver required)
Page 7 - 12
NVIDIA Video (VGA)
Page 4 - 6
Wireless LAN Module
Page 7 - 21
LAN
Page 4 - 6
Bluetooth & WLAN Combo Module
Page 7 - 26
Card Reader
Page 4 - 6
Sound Blaster Cinema EQ
Page 7 - 31
TouchPad
Page 4 - 6
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology
(required for hard disks in AHCI mode)
Page 7 - 36
Airplane
Page 4 - 7
Intel® Rapid Start Technology Driver
Page 7 - 45
Hot Key
Page 4 - 7
Wireless Display (No driver required)
Page 7 - 53
MEI Driver
Page 4 - 7
3G Module (No driver required)
Page 7 - 57
Audio
Page 4 - 7
Table 4 - 1 - Driver Installation
All drivers provided are for the Windows 8.1 operating system.
Note that you need to install both the WLAN & Bluetooth drivers for the WLAN & Bluetooth Combo modules.
Driver Installation 4 - 3
4
Drivers & Utilities
Manual Driver Installation
Click Browse CD/DVD (button) in the Drivers Installer application and browse to the executable file in the
appropriate driver folder.
4
Windows Update
After installing all the drivers make sure you enable
Windows Update in order to get all the latest security
updates etc. (all updates will include the latest hotfixes
from Microsoft). See “Windows Update” on page 4 8 for instructions.
Updating/Reinstalling Individual Drivers
If you wish to update/reinstall individual drivers it
may be necessary to uninstall the original driver.To do
this go to the Control Panel in the Windows OS and
double-click the Programs and Features icon (Programs > Uninstall a program). Click to select the
driver (if it is not listed see below) and click Uninstall,
and then follow the on screen prompts (it may be necessary to restart the computer). Reinstall the driver as
outlined in this chapter.
If the driver is not listed in the Programs and Features menu:
1.
2.
3.
4.
4 - 4 Driver Installation
Go to the Control Panel).
Double-click Device Manager (Hardware and
Sound > Devices and Printers > Device
Manager).
Double-click the device you wish to update/reinstall
the driver for (you may need to click “+” to expand
the selection).
Click Driver (tab) and click the Update Driver or
Uninstall button and follow the on screen prompts.
Drivers & Utilities
User Account Control
If a User Account Control prompt appears as part of
the driver installation procedure, click Continue or
Allow, and follow the installation procedure as directed.
Windows Security Message
If you receive a Windows security message as part of
the driver installation process. Just click “Install this
driver software anyway” or “Install” to continue the
installation procedure.
You will receive this message in cases where the driver has been released after the version of Windows you
are currently using. All the drivers provided will have
already received certification for Windows.

Driver Installation General Guidelines
The driver installation procedure outlined in this Chapter
(and in Chapter 7 Options & Modules), are accurate at
the time of going to press.
Drivers are always subject to upgrade and revision so
the exact procedure for certain drivers may differ slightly. As a general guide follow the default on screen instructions for each driver (e.g. Next > Next > Finish)
unless you are an advanced user. In many cases a restart is required to install the driver.
Make sure any modules (e.g. WLAN or Bluetooth) are
ON (i.e. the system is not in Airplane Mode) before
installing the appropriate driver.
New Hardware Found
If you see the message “New Hardware Found” during the installation procedure (other than when outlined in the driver install procedure), click Cancel
to close the window, and follow the installation procedure.
Driver Installation 4 - 5
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Drivers & Utilities
Driver Installation Procedure
Insert the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual
disc into your attached CD/DVD drive and click Install Drivers (button).
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Chipset
1. Click 1.Install Chipset Driver > Yes.
2. Click Next > Yes > Next > Next.
3. Click Finish to restart the computer.
Video (VGA)
1. Click 2.Install VGA Driver > Yes.
2. Click Next > Yes > Next > Next.
3. Click Finish to restart the computer.
NVIDIA Video (VGA)
1. Click 3.Install NVIDIA VGA Driver > Yes.
2. Click AGREE AND CONTINUE (button) to
accept the terms of the license agreement.
3. Click Next.
4. Click Close to complete the installation.
4 - 6 Driver Installation
Note: After installing the video driver go to the Display/Display Settings control panel to adjust the video settings to the highest resolution.
LAN
1. Click 4.Install LAN Driver > Yes.
2. Click Next > Install.
3. Click Finish.
Card Reader
1. Click 5.Install Cardreader Driver > Yes.
2. Click Finish.
TouchPad
1. Click 6.Install Touchpad Driver > Yes.
2. Click Next.
3. Click the button to accept the license, and then
click Next.
4. Click Finish > Restart Now to restart the computer.
Drivers & Utilities
Airplane
Note: Do not use Update Driver in Device Manager to
install the Airplane Mode driver.
1. Click 7.Install Airplane AP > Yes.
2. Click Next.
3. Click Finish to restart the computer.
Hot Key
1. Click 8.Install Hotkey AP > Yes.
2. Click Next > Next.
3. Click Finish > Finish to restart your computer.
MEI Driver
1. Click 9.Install MEI Driver > Yes.
2. Click Next > Yes > Next.
3. Click Finish.
Audio
1. Click 10.Install Audio Driver > Yes.
2. Click Next.
3. Click the button to agree to the license and
click Next.
4. Click Next > Next > Next.
5. Click Finish to restart the computer.
After installing the audio driver the system will not return to the Drivers Installer screen. To install any of
the optional drivers, eject the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc and then reinsert it (or double-click the disc icon in My Computer), and click
Option Drivers (button) to access the optional driver
menu.
It is recommended that you install the Sound Blaster
Audio application for maximum audio performance
(see “Sound Blaster Cinema EQ” on page 7 - 31) and
Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver (see “Intel®
Rapid Storage Technology” on page 7 - 36 - required
for AHCI or RAID mode).
Driver Installation 4 - 7
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Drivers & Utilities
Windows Experience Index
4
After the drivers are installed follow this procedure to
ensure an accurate rating from the Windows Experience Index (make sure the AC/DC adapter is plugged
in):
1. Go to the Control Panel.
2. Click Performance Information and Tools
(System and Security > System > Windows
Experience Index).
3. Click “Rate this computer/Refresh Now/Rerun the assessment”.
4. The computer will take a few minutes to assess
the system performance.
5. Close the control panel.

Windows Update
After installing all the drivers make sure you enable Windows Update in order to get all the latest security updates etc. (all updates will include the latest hotfixes
from Microsoft).
To enable Windows Update make sure you are connected to the internet:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
4 - 8 Driver Installation
Go to the Control Panel.
Click Windows Update (System and Security/
Security).
Click Check for updates (button).
The computer will now check for updates (you
need to be connected to the internet).
Click Install now (button) to begin checking for the
updates.
Click Install updates (button) to install the
updates.
Drivers & Utilities
Optional Drivers
See the pages indicated in Table 4 - 1, on page 4 - 3 for the driver installation procedures for any modules included in your purchase option.
4
Models A & B
Figure 4 - 3 - Optional Drivers Installer Screen
Note that you need to install both the WLAN & Bluetooth drivers for all the Bluetooth Combo modules.
Driver Installation 4 - 9
Drivers & Utilities
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4 - 10
BIOS Utilities
Chapter 5: BIOS Utilities
Overview
This chapter gives a brief introduction to the computer’s built-in software:
Diagnostics: The POST (Power-On Self Test)
Configuration: The Setup utility
If your computer has never been set up, or you are making important changes to the
system (e.g. hard disk setup), then you should review this chapter first and note the
original settings found in Setup. Even if you are a beginner, keep a record of the settings you find and any changes you make. This information could be useful if your
system ever needs servicing.
There is one general rule: Don’t make any changes unless you are sure of what you
are doing. Many of the settings are required by the system, and changing them could
cause it to become unstable or worse. If you have any doubts, consult your service
representative.

BIOS Screens
Note that the BIOS
screens pictured on
these pages are intended for guidance in setting up your system’s
BIOS.
BIOS versions are subject to constant change
and revision, therefore
your computer’s actual
screens may appear
slightly different from
those pictured on these
pages.
Overview 5 - 1
5
BIOS Utilities
The Power-On Self Test (POST)
If you enable the Boot-time Diagnostic Screen in the Setup Utility, each time you
turn on the computer the system takes a few seconds to conduct a POST, including
a quick test of the on-board RAM (memory).
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As the POST proceeds, the computer will tell you if there is anything wrong. If there
is a problem that prevents the system from booting, it will display a system summary
and prompt you to run Setup.
If there are no problems, the Setup prompt will disappear and the system will load
the operating system. Once that starts, you can’t get into Setup without rebooting.
5 - 2 The Power-On Self Test (POST)
BIOS Utilities
Failing the POST
Errors can be detected during the POST. There are two categories, “fatal” and “nonfatal”.
Fatal Errors
These stop the boot process and usually indicate there is something seriously wrong
with your system. Take the computer to your service representative or authorized
distributor/supplier as soon as possible.
Non-Fatal Errors
This kind of error still allows you to boot. You will get a message identifying the
problem (make a note of this message!) and you can then press F7 (the F7 on screen
will be highlighted to illustrate that the system is processing the request) for boot options.
Press F2 (give the system a few seconds to enter Setup; the F2 on screen will be
highlighted to illustrate that the system is processing the request) to run the Setup
program and try to correct the problem. If you still get an error message after you
change the setting, or if the “cure” seems even worse, call for help.
The Power-On Self Test (POST) 5 - 3
5
BIOS Utilities

BIOS Settings
Warning
5
Incorrect settings can
cause your system to
malfunction. To correct
mistakes, return to Setup and restore the Previous
Values
with
<F2>, or Optimized Defaults with <F3>.
The Setup Utility
The Aptio Setup Utility tells the system how to configure itself and manage basic
features and subsystems (e.g. port configuration).
Entering Setup
To enter Setup, turn on the computer and press F2 (give the system a few seconds
to enter Setup; the F2 on screen will be highlighted to illustrate that the system is
processing the request) during the POST (or press F7 for boot options). If you get a
“Keyboard Error”, (usually because you pressed F2 too quickly) just press F2 again.
If the computer is already on, reboot using the Ctrl + Alt + Delete combination and
then hold down F2 when prompted. The Setup main menu will appear.
To see the boot options press F7.
5 - 4 The Setup Utility
BIOS Utilities
Setup Screens
The following pages contain additional advice on portions of the Setup. Along the
top of the screen is a menu bar with menu headings. When you select a heading, a
new screen appears. Scroll through the features listed on each screen to make changes to Setup.
Instructions on how to navigate each screen are in the box at the bottom right side of
the screen.

Setup Menus
The
Setup
menus
shown in this section are
for reference only. Your
computer’s menus will
indicate the configuration appropriate for your
model and options.
Figure 5 - 1
Navigation Menu
If these tools are confusing, press F1 to call up a General Help screen, and then use
the arrow keys to scroll up or down the page.
The Item Specific Help on the upper right side of each screen explains the highlighted item and has useful messages about its options.
If you see an arrow next to an item, press Enter to go to a sub-menu on that subject. The sub-menu screen that appears has a similar layout, but the Enter key may
execute a command.
The Setup Utility 5 - 5
5
BIOS Utilities
Main Menu
Figure 5 - 2
Main Menu
5
System Time & Date (Main Menu)
The hour setting uses the 24-hour system (i.e., ØØ = midnight; 13 = 1 pm). If you
can change the date and time settings in your operating system, you will also change
these settings. Some applications may also alter data files to reflect these changes.
5 - 6 Main Menu
BIOS Utilities
SATA Port # (Main Menu)
Pressing Enter opens the sub-menu to show the configuration of a optical Device/
HDD on the computer’s SATA Ports.
System/Extended Memory (Main Menu)
This item contains information on the system memory, and is not user configurable.
The system will auto detect the amount of memory installed.
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MB Series / BIOS Revision / KBC/EC Firmware Revision (Main Menu)
This item contains information on the BIOS version and video card etc., and is not
user configurable.
Main Menu 5 - 7
BIOS Utilities
Advanced Menu
Figure 5 - 3
Advanced Menu
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Advanced Chipset Control (Advanced Menu)
The sub-menu here allows you to adjust the Bluetooth Power Setting.
5 - 8 Advanced Menu
BIOS Utilities
Bluetooth Power Setting (Advanced Menu > Advanced Chipset Control)
You can adjust the Bluetooth module power setting to your preference. The default
setting (Disabled) will see the Bluetooth module powered off when the system is
started up or restarted. Enabling the power setting will have the module retain the
last power status (on or off) before any restart or shut down.
Intel(R) Rapid Start Technology (Advanced Menu)
Enable/disable Intel(R) Rapid Start Technology from this menu. The rapid start
hibernation mode can resume power within 5 to 6 seconds and can remember your
computer's state with zero power.
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Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology (Advanced Menu)
Enable/disable Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology from this menu to provide
high-performance SATA RAID capabilities for Windows 8. Note that this menu
item will be available if UEFI Boot is enabled (in the OS Select sub-menu) and the
SATA Mode (Advanced Menu) is set to RAID (see below). See “Setting Up SATA
RAID or AHCI Mode” on page 7 - 2.
Advanced Menu 5 - 9
BIOS Utilities

SATA Mode
Selection
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If you have installed the
Windows
operating
system with either IDE,
AHCI or RAID mode enabled, DO NOT disable
the set mode (if you wish
to disable the set mode
you will need to reinstall
the Windows OS).
Intel Anti-Theft Technology (Advanced Menu)
Anti-Theft Technology, which is built-in to the processor of the computer, allows
system administrators to render your computer useless to thieves by sending a poison pillencrypted SMS message over a 3G network etc. Administrators can also remotely unlock a recovered computer quickly, or direct the system to send location
information (GPS coordinates) back to a central server.
SATA Mode (Advanced Menu)
You can configure SATA (Serial ATA) control to operate in IDE (native/compatible), AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) or RAID (Redundant Array of Independent disks) modes from this menu. A RAID mode may be set if you have
included 2 * mSATA SSDs in your purchase configuration. The SATA Mode
should be set BEFORE installing an operating system, and after you have backed
up all necessary files and data (see sidebar). See “Setting Up SATA RAID or AHCI
Mode” on page 7 - 2 for details.
Make sure you install the Intel Rapid Storage Technology application if you have
set the SATA Mode to RAID or AHCI (see “Intel® Rapid Storage Technology”
on page 7 - 36).
5 - 10 Advanced Menu
BIOS Utilities
Boot Logo (Advanced Menu)
Use this menu item to enable/disable the Boot Logo screen at system startup if you
have not enabled UEFI Boot. If you disable the Boot Logo you will not see the F2
Enter Setup or F7 Boot Options prompts on the screen, however you can still press
these keys, while the boot screen is displayed, to perform the Enter Setup or Boot
Option functions.
When UEFI Boot is enabled, then the prompts to press F2 or F7 will not appear.
However you can still press F2 to enter the setup, or F7 to choose the preferred boot
device, if you press the key immediately the system boots up.
Power On Boot Beep (Advanced Menu)
Use this menu item to enable/disable the beep as the computer starts up.
Battery Low Alarm Beep (Advanced Menu)
Use this menu item to enable/disable the battery low alarm beep.
Advanced Menu 5 - 11
5
BIOS Utilities

Security Menu
Security Menu
5
The changes you make
here affect the access
to the Setup utility itself,
and also access to your
machine as it boots up
after you turn it on.
These settings do not
affect your machine or
network
passwords
which will be set in your
software OS.
Figure 5 - 4
Security Menu
Set Supervisor Password (Security Menu)
You can set a password for access to the Aptio Setup Utility. This will not affect
access to the computer OS (only the Aptio Setup Utility).
5 - 12 Security Menu
BIOS Utilities
Note: To clear existing passwords press Enter and type the existing password, then
press Enter for the new password (without typing any password entry) and Enter
again to confirm the password clearance.
Note: You can only set the user password after you have set the supervisor password.
Password on boot: (Security Menu)
Specify whether or not a password should be entered to boot the computer (you may
only set a password on boot if a supervisor password is enabled). If “Enabled”
is selected, only users who enter a correct password can boot the system (see the
warning in the sidebar). The default setting is “Disabled”.
Secure Boot (Security Menu)
Secure Boot prevents unauthorized operating systems and software from loading
during the startup process. Secure Boot is available as a menu option if you have
Windows 8 set as your operating system, and have enabled UEFI Boot (see “Boot
Menu” on page 5 - 14). Enabling Secure Boot will bring up the Secure Boot Mode
menu to enable you to configure Secure Boot as Standard (with a fixed secure boot
policy), or Custom (which enables you to make changes to the Image Execution
Policy and Key Management database).

Password Warning
If you set a boot password (Password on boot
is “Enabled“), NEVER
forget your password.
The consequences of
this could be serious. If
you cannot remember
your boot password you
must contact your vendor and you may lose all
of the information on
your hard disk.
Security Menu 5 - 13
5
BIOS Utilities
Boot Menu
Figure 5 - 5
Boot Menu
5

BIOS Screens
Note that the BIOS
screens pictured on
these pages are intended for guidance in setting up your system’s
BIOS.
BIOS versions are subject to constant change
and revision, therefore
your computer’s actual
screens may appear
slightly different from
those pictured on these
pages.
5 - 14 Boot Menu
When you turn the computer on it will look for an operating system (e.g. Windows
7) from the devices listed in this menu, and in this priority order. If it cannot find
the operating system on that device, it will try to load it from the next device in the
order specified in the Boot Option Priorities. Item specific help on the right is
available to help you move devices up and down the order.
BIOS Utilities
Boot Option Priorities (Boot Menu)
Use the arrow keys to move up and down the menu, and press enter to select a device
from the menu (the selected device will be highlighted in white).
UEFI Boot (Boot Menu > OS Select)
Enable/disable UEFI Boot from this menu. The Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) specification provides a clean interface between operating systems and
platform firmware at boot time. In contrast to BIOS, UEFI defines a set of standard
boot and runtime services. The Network Stack item will be enabled as an option under UEFI Boot.
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Boot Menu 5 - 15
BIOS Utilities
Exit Menu
Figure 5 - 6
Exit Menu
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Click Save Changes and Reset to save all changes made. Choosing to Discard
Changes, or Exit Discarding Changes, will wipe out any changes you have made
to the Setup. You can also choose to restore the original Setup defaults that will return the Setup to its original state, and erase any previous changes you have made in
a previous session.
5 - 16 Exit Menu
Upgrading The Computer
Chapter 6: Upgrading The Computer
Overview
This chapter contains information on upgrading the computer. Follow the steps outlined to make the desired upgrades. If you have any trouble or problems you can contact your service representative for further help. Before you begin you will need:
• A small crosshead or Phillips screwdriver
• A small regular slotted (flathead) screwdriver
• An antistatic wrist strap

Warranty Warning
Please check with your
service representative
before undertaking any
upgrade procedures to
find out if this will VOID
your warranty.
Before working with the internal components you will need to wear an antistatic
wrist strap to ground yourself because static electricity may damage the components.
The chapter includes:
•
•
•
•
Removing the Battery
Removing the Component Bay Cover
Upgrading the Hard Disk Drive(s)
Upgrading the System Memory (RAM)
Please make sure that you review each procedure before you perform it.
Overview 6 - 1
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Upgrading The Computer
When Not to Upgrade

Power Safety Warning
6
Before you undertake
any upgrade procedures, make sure that
you have turned off the
power, and disconnected all peripherals and
cables (including telephone lines).
You must also remove
your battery in order to
prevent
accidentally
turning the machine on.
Before removing the
battery disconnect the
AC/DC adapter from
the computer.
These procedures involve opening the system’s case, adding and sometimes replacing parts.You should not perform any of these upgrades if:
•
•
•
•
Your system is still under warranty or a service contract
You don’t have all the necessary equipment
You’re not in the correct environment
You doubt your abilities
Under any of these conditions, contact your service representative to purchase or replace the component(s).

Removal Warning
When removing any cover(s) and screw(s) for the purposes of device upgrade, remember
to replace the cover(s) and screw(s) before turning restoring power to the system.
Also note the following when the cover is removed:
•
•
6 - 2 Overview
Hazardous moving parts.
Keep away from moving fan blades.
Upgrading The Computer
Upgrading the Processor
If you want to upgrade your computer by replacing the existing processor with a faster/new one you will need to contact your customer service representative. We recommend that you do not do this yourself, since if it is done incorrectly you may
damage the processor or mainboard.
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Overview 6 - 3
Upgrading The Computer

Warranty Warning
Please check with your
service representative
before undertaking any
upgrade procedures to
find out if this will VOID
your warranty.
Removing the Battery
If you are confident in undertaking upgrade procedures yourself, for safety reasons
it is best to remove the battery. Before removing the battery disconnect the AC/
DC adapter from the computer first.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Turn the computer off, remove the AC/DC adapter and turn it over.
Slide the latch 1 in the direction of the arrow.
Slide the latch 2 in the direction of the arrow and hold it in place.
While holding latch 2 , slide the battery 3 out of the compartment.
6
2
1
Figure 6 - 1
Battery Unlock
2
6 - 4 Removing the Battery
1
3
Upgrading The Computer
Inserting the Battery
1.
2.
Slide the battery 1 straight into the compartment (note that there are grooves on
the side of the battery which should align up with the battery compartment).
Lock the battery in place by sliding the latches in the direction of arrows 2 & 3 .
1
6
Figure 6 - 2
Battery Insertion &
Lock
2
3
Removing the Battery 6 - 5
Upgrading The Computer
Removing the Component Bay Cover
1.
2.
Turn off the computer, and turn it over and remove the battery.
Locate the component bay cover and remove screws 1 - 3 .
Figure 6 - 3
6
3
Component Bay
Cover Screws
1
6 - 6 Removing the Component Bay Cover
2
Upgrading The Computer
3.
Lift the cover up at point 4 and remove the cover 5 the direction of arrow 6 .
4
5
Figure 6 - 4
6
Component Bay
Cover Removal

Removal Warning
When removing any cover(s) and screw(s) for the purposes of device upgrade, remember
to replace the cover(s) and screw(s) before turning restoring power to the system.
Also note the following when the cover is removed:
•
•
•
Hazardous moving parts.
Keep away from moving fan blades.
Do not touch the heat sink area as the parts may be hot.
Removing the Component Bay Cover 6 - 7
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Upgrading The Computer
Replacing the Component Bay Cover
1.
2.
6
Reinsert the component bay cover by placing it on the bottom case assembly and
aligning the three pins 1 - 3 with the slots in the case.
Angle the cover up to make sure that the cover pins fit in the slots, and then place
the cover down onto the computer and ensure that the fit is tight before replacing
the screws 1 - 3 (Figure 6 - 3 on page 6 - 6).
1
Figure 6 - 5
Component Bay
Cover Replacement
2
3
6 - 8 Removing the Component Bay Cover
Upgrading The Computer
Upgrading the Hard Disk Drive(s)
The hard disk Drive(s) can be taken out to accommodate up to one other 2.5" serial
(SATA) hard disk drives with a height of 9.5mm (h) / 7mm (h) (see “Storage” on
page D - 2). Follow your operating system’s installation instructions, and install all
necessary drivers and utilities (as outlined in “Drivers & Utilities” on page 4 - 1),
when setting up a new hard disk.

HDD System Warning
New HDD’s are blank. Before you begin make sure:
You have backed up any
data you want to keep from
your old HDD.
You have all the CD-ROMs
and FDDs required to install your operating system
and programs.
If you have access to the internet, download the latest
application and hardware
driver updates for the operating system you plan to install. Copy these to a
removable medium.
Upgrading the Hard Disk Drive(s) 6 - 9
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Upgrading The Computer
Removing the Hard Disk
1.
2.
3.
Turn off the computer, and turn it over and remove the battery and component bay
covers (see pages 6 - 4 & 6 - 6).
Slide the HDD cover in the direction of arrow 1 , and lift it out of the bay 2 .
Remove screws 3 & 4 and the cover 5 .
1
6
2
Figure 6 - 6
Primary HDD
Removal
4
5
3
6 - 10 Upgrading the Hard Disk Drive(s)
Upgrading The Computer
Reinserting the Hard Disk
1.
2.
3.
Reverse the process to install a new disk and do not forget to reinstall the cover
and screws (see Figure 6 - 6 on page 6 - 10).
Place the hard disk assembly into the bay and slide it in the direction of arrow 1
Replace the component bay cover (see page 6 - 8).
.
6
Figure 6 - 7
1
Inserting the Hard
Disk
5
Upgrading the Hard Disk Drive(s) 6 - 11
Upgrading The Computer
Upgrading the System Memory (RAM)
The computer has two memory sockets for 204 pin Small Outline Dual In-line (SODIMM) DDR3L type memory modules (see “Memory” on page D - 2). The total
memory size is automatically detected by the POST routine once you turn on your
computer.
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6 - 12 Upgrading the System Memory (RAM)
Upgrading The Computer
1.
2.
Turn off the computer, and turn it over and remove the battery and component bay
covers (see pages 6 - 4 & 6 - 6).
The memory sockets will be visible at point 1 on the mainboard.
Figure 6 - 8
RAM Module
Location

Contact Warning
1
3.
Gently pull the two release latches ( 2 & 3 ) on the sides of the memory sockets)
in the direction indicated below.
2
Be careful not to touch
the metal pins on the
module’s
connecting
edge. Even the cleanest
hands have oils which
can attract particles, and
degrade the module’s
performance.
3
Figure 6 - 9
RAM Module
Release Latches
Upgrading the System Memory (RAM) 6 - 13
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Upgrading The Computer
4.
The RAM module will 4 pop-up, and you can remove it.

Figure 6 - 10
Single Memory Module
Installation
RAM Module
Removal
If your computer has a single memory
module, then insert the module into the
Channel 0 (JDIMM1) socket. In this
case this is the lower memory socket
(the socket closest to the mainboard).

6
Contact Warning
Be careful not to touch
the metal pins on the
module’s
connecting
edge. Even the cleanest
hands have oils which
can attract particles, and
degrade the module’s
performance.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
4
Pull the latches to release the second module if necessary.
Insert a new module holding it at about a 30° angle and fit the connectors firmly
into the memory socket.
The module’s pin alignment will allow it to only fit one way. Make sure the module
is seated as far into the socket as it will go. DO NOT FORCE the module; it should
fit without much pressure.
Press the module in and down towards the mainboard until the socket levers click
into place to secure the module.
Replace the component bay cover (see page 6 - 8).
6 - 14 Upgrading the System Memory (RAM)
Modules
Chapter 7: Modules
Overview
This chapter contains the information on the various modules (some of which are
optional) which may come with your computer, depending on the configuration
purchased. If you are unsure please contact your service representative.
The chapter includes information on the following:
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Setting Up SATA RAID or AHCI Mode
PC Camera Module
Wireless LAN Module
Bluetooth & WLAN Combo Module
Sound Blaster Cinema EQ
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology
Intel® Rapid Start Technology Driver
Wireless Display
3G Module
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You will need to attach an optical device drive to the computer in order to access the
drivers on the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc.
Overview 7 - 1
Modules

RAID Solid State
Drives (SSDs)
All mSATA SSDs in a
RAID should be identical (the same size and
brand) in order to prevent unexpected system
behavior.
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SATA Mode
Selection
The SATA mode selection should be made before installing your
operating system.
DO NOT change your
selected SATA mode
unless you intend to reinstall your operating
system. Make sure you
have backed up all your
data before doing so.
Setting Up SATA RAID or AHCI Mode
AHCI Mode
Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) is an interface specification that allows
the storage driver to enable advanced serial ATA features such as Native Command
Queuing (for maximum hard disk efficiency and performance). Make sure you install the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology application if you have set up your hard
disk in AHCI mode (see “Intel® Rapid Storage Technology” on page 7 - 36)
RAID
To configure your RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) system in Striping (RAID 0), Mirroring (RAID 1) or Recovery modes (see Table 7 - 1, on page 7 3) you will require at least two identical (see sidebar) mSATA solid state drives
(SSDs). Note that you will need to install a driver from the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc at OS installation (see page 7 - 4).
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Application
Make sure you install the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology application if you
have set up your hard disk in AHCI mode or mSATA SSD’s in RAID mode (see
“Intel® Rapid Storage Technology” on page 7 - 36).
7 - 2 Setting Up SATA RAID or AHCI Mode
Modules
RAID Level
Description
Table 7 - 1
RAID 0
Identical drives reading and writing data in parallel to increase performance. RAID 0
implements a striped disk array and the data is broken into blocks and each block is
written to a separate disk drive.
RAID Levels
RAID 1
Identical drives in a mirrored configuration used to protect data. Should a drive that is
part of a mirrored array fail, the mirrored drive (which contains identical data) will
handle all the data. When a new replacement drive is installed, data to the new drive is
rebuilt from the mirrored drive to restore fault tolerance.
Recovery
Two Identical drives copying data between a master and a recovery disk. This provides
more control over how data is copied between the master and recovery drives, fast
volume updates and the ability to view the data in Windows Explorer.

SATA Mode Selection
The SATA mode selection should be made before installing your operating system.
DO NOT change your selected SATA mode unless you intend to reinstall your operating
system. Make sure you have backed up all your data before doing so.
RAID Solid State Drives (SSDs)
All mSATA SSDs in a RAID should be identical (the same size and brand) in order to prevent unexpected system behavior.

Array Types
A Mirrored Array
(RAID 1) provides full
data protection, as
data can simply be
copied from a healthy
disk to a replacement
for any failed disk.
A
Striped
Array
(RAID 0) is NOT faulttolerant. The failure of
one drive will result in
the loss of all data in
the array. It is designed to increase disk
performance
by
spreading the I/O load
across the channels
and drives.
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SATA RAID Setup Procedure (Windows 8.1)
To configure your RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) system in Striping (RAID 0) or Mirroring (RAID 1) modes (see Table 7 - 1, on page 7 - 3) you will
require at least two identical (see sidebar) mSATA solid state drives (SSDs) installed.
You need to setup a RAID before installing your Windows 8.1 operating system, and
you will need to prepare the following in order to do so.
1.
2.
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3.
4.
5.
6.
The Microsoft Windows 8.1 OS DVD.
Two (identical) mSATA solid state drives installed (note that hard disk drive will
be used for data storage only in a mSATA SSD RAID configuration).
You will need to attach an external DVD drive to install the drivers from the
Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc.
The Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc.
A USB flash drive.
An operable computer (to copy files from the Device Drivers & Utilities +
User’s Manual disc to the USB flash drive).
Before setting up the system you will need to copy a driver folder to a USB flash
drive or external USB hard disk. This driver folder is included on the Device Drivers
& Utilities + User’s Manual disc but you will need to go to an operable computer
and copy the folder to a USB Flash drive or external USB hard disk.
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1.
2.
3.
Go to the operable computer and insert a USB Flash drive or external USB hard
disk.
Insert the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc into the CD/DVD drive
of the operable computer.
Copy the f6flpy-x86 or f6flpy-x64 folder from the location below (D: denotes your
DVD drive) on the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc to the USB
flash drive or external USB hard disk.
• For Windows 8.1 32bit = D:\Options\RAID\f6flpy-x86
• For Windows 8.1 64bit = D:\Options\RAID\f6flpy-x64
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
Start-up your notebook computer and press <F2> to enter the BIOS.
Go to the Boot menu, select UEFI Setting and press <Enter> (see page 5 - 14).
Set UEFI Boot to “Enabled”.
Press <Esc> to exit the menu and go to the Advanced menu.
Select SATA Mode (see page 5 - 10), press <Enter> and select “RAID Mode”.
Press <F4> and <Yes> to “Save Changes and Reset”.
After computer restarts press <F2> to enter the BIOS again.
Go to Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology (in the Advanced menu) and press
<Enter>.
12. Select Create RAID Volume and press <Enter>.
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Figure 7 - 1
Create RAID Volume
(Advanced > Intel(R)
Rapid Storage
Technology
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13. You can now setup your RAID volume using any installed SSDs.
14. Go to Name: and press <Enter>.
15. Type a name of your choice for your RAID volume and press <Enter>.
Figure 7 - 2
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Name the RAID
Volume (Advanced
> Intel(R) Rapid
Storage
Technology)
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16. Go to RAID Level: and press <Enter>.
17. Choose the RAID Level required (see Table 7 - 1, on page 7 - 3 for details) and
press <Enter>.
• RAID0 (Stripe)
• RAID1 (Mirror)
• Recovery
18. Go to any of the disks listed under Select Disks: and select a drive name and
press <Enter>.
19. Move the cursor down (use the arrow keys) onto to X (o select the SSD drives
required and press <Enter>.
• If you have selected a Recovery level RAID then you need to select one drive to
be Master disk (M) and one disk to be the Recovery disk (R)
For Recovery
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Figure 7 - 3
Select Disks
(Advanced > Intel(R)
Rapid Storage
Technology)
For Stripe or Mirror
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20. You should select two identical mSATA SSDs to form your RAID volume.
21. If you have selected RAID0 (Stripe) then you can adjust the “Strip Size” to your
requirements.
22. If you have selected Recovery then you can adjust the Synchronization to “On
Request” or “Continuous”.
23. Go to Create Volume and press <Enter>.
24. The RAID volume will then be created and the RAID information will be displayed
under Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology (in the Advanced menu).
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Figure 7 - 4
Created RAID
Information
(Advanced > Intel(R)
Rapid Storage
Technology)
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25. Press <Esc> to exit the menu.
26. Go to the Boot menu and make sure your attached DVD drive is set as Boot
Option #1 in Boot Option Priorities.
Figure 7 - 5
Boot Option
Priorities (Set
Attached DVD Drive
as Option #1)
27. Press <F4> and <Yes> to “Save Changes and Reset”, however ensure that the
two conditions in the bulleted points below are met before doing so.
• Make sure the Windows 8.1 OS DVD is in the attached DVD drive. and as the
computer starts up it will automatically boot from the Windows 8.1 OS DVD
(you will be prompted to press a key to boot from the DVD).
• Make sure your USB Flash drive or external USB hard disk is attached to one of
the USB ports on the computer.
28. Press <F7> as the computer starts up to bring up the boot device menu.
29. Select the DVD drive containing the Windows 8.1 OS DVD and press <Enter>.
30. Press a key at system startup to begin installing Windows from your Microsoft
Windows 8.1 disc.
31. Click Next > Install Now to continue installing the operating system as normal
(see your Windows documentation if you need help on installing the Windows
OS).
32. A prompt will appear to ask you to Load Driver.
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33. Click Browse and browse to the location you copied the files to on your USB Flash
drive or external USB hard disk (X: denotes your USB Flash drive or external USB
hard disk):
• X:\f6flpy-x86 (for Windows 8.1 32bit)
• X:\f6flpy-x64 (for Windows 8.1 64bit)
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34. Click Next.
35. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the Windows 8.1 operating system.
36. Install the Windows drivers from the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual
disc as per Table 4 - 1, on page 4 - 3 (make sure you install the Intel Rapid
Storage Technology driver - see overleaf).
37. Run the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology application to manage your RAID
volume as instructed in “Intel® Rapid Storage Technology for RAID Systems”
on page 7 - 37.
IRST Driver Installation
1. Insert the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc into an attached
DVD drive.
2. Click Option Drivers (button).
3. Click 4.Install IRST Driver > Yes.
4. Click Next > Next.
5. Click the tickbox to accept the license and click Next.
6. Click Next > Next > Next.
7. Click Finish to restart the computer.
8. See “Intel® Rapid Storage Technology for RAID Systems” on page 7 - 37.
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Deleting a RAID (Windows 8.1)
If you wish to delete an existing RAID then follow the procedure below to do so. However backup up any necessary files and data before deleting a RAID, as doing so
will result in the loss of all data on the RAID volumes.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Start-up your notebook computer and press <F2> to enter the BIOS.
Go to Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology (in the Advanced menu) and press
<Enter>.
Go to the RAID (listed under RAID Volumes:) and press <Enter>.
Select Delete and press <Enter>.
Select “Yes” (note that al the data on the volumes will be lost) and press <Enter>.
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Figure 7 - 6
Delete RAID
(Advanced > Intel(R)
Rapid Storage
Technology)
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PC Camera Module
When the PC Camera application is run the LED indicator to the left of the camera
will be illuminated in red (see 2 Figure 1 - 2 on page 1 - 6). Note that you need to
use the Camera app in Windows 8.1 to take pictures and capture video. Use the Fn
+ F10 key combination (see “Function Keys & Visual Indicators” on page 1 - 10)
to toggle power to the PC Camera module.
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PC Camera Audio Setup
If you want to capture video & audio with your camera, it is necessary to setup the
audio recording options in Windows.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Go to the Control Panel.
Click Sound
(Hardware and Sound) and click Recording (tab).
Right-click hold and release Microphone (VIA High Definition Audio) and make
sure the item is not disabled.
Double-click Microphone (or select Properties from the right-click menu).
Click Levels (tab), and adjust the Microphone and Microphone Boost sliders to
the level required.
Click OK and close the control panels.
Figure 7 - 7
Audio Setup for PC
Camera
Right-click
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Camera App
1.
Figure 7 - 8
2.
Run the Camera app from the Start screen by clicking on the Camera app icon
.
The camera interface will display two buttons on the right side of the screen.
Camera App
Buttons

Exposure
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Use the slider to adjust
the Exposure level.
3.
4.
5.
The upper button
is used to record video, and the lower button
is used
to take still pictures.
Right-click on the screen to bring up menu buttons at the bottom of the screen.
These buttons enable you to access the camera roll (where captured pictures and
video are displayed), set the timer (the time period before capture begins; 3
seconds, 10 seconds or Off) and set the exposure level using the slider to obtain
the best results.
Figure 7 - 9
Camera Options
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Camera Options
The Camera Options settings may be accessed as follows:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Run the Camera app from the Start screen by clicking on the Camera app icon
.
While the camera app is running access the Charms Bar (e.g. click Use the
Windows logo key
+ D key combination).
Click Settings and then click Options.
You can adjust the Photo Aspect Ratio, select the Microphone, Hide/Show grid
lines and turn Location Info on or off from the Options panel.
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Figure 7 - 10
Camera Options
PC Camera Module 7 - 15
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Taking Pictures/Capturing Video
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Run the Camera app from the Start screen by clicking on the Camera app icon
.
Right-click the screen and select the timer if you require a countdown before
capture.
Click the appropriate icon to take a picture or start video capture (if video capture
begins a timer will appear in the bottom corner of the screen).
To stop video capture click the main window again (or click the stop icon
).
Captured photos and videos will be saved to a Camera Roll folder within the
Pictures folder.
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Figure 7 - 11
Pictures - Camera
Roll
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Camera Roll
1.
2.
3.
4.
Run the Camera app from the Start screen by clicking on the Camera app icon
.
Right-click on the screen to bring up menu buttons at the bottom of the screen.
Click Camera Roll.
Click the arrows
/
(on either side of the screen) to browse through the
captured photos/video, and back to the Camera app.
Editing Photos
1.
Clicking on a captured photo will bring up an app bar with a series of buttons.
Figure 7 - 12
Edit Buttons
(for Still Photos)
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2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
The Camera butt ton will take you back to the home screen of the camera app.
Click Delete to remove any photo from the camera roll (you will be asked to click
Delete again to confirm the deletion).
The Open With butt ton will allow you to select a program with which to open the
photo.
You can click Set as Lock screen to set the photo as the lock screen picture.
Clicking Slide Show will create a slide show of photos/video in the camera roll.
Click Rotate to rotate the picture through 90 degrees.
Use the handles to Crop any captured picture, and click Apply to make the
changes (you can change the Aspect ratio by clicking the button and selecting an
aspect ratio from the menu). You can Save a copy (create another copy of the
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photo with the edited changes), Update original (which changes the original
picture permanently) or Undo any changes.
9. Click the Edit button to bring up a full suite of tools to edit the photo.
10. Click on the menu headings on the left, and then click on the tool on the right to
edit the photo as required.
Edit Menu
Basic Fixes
Light
Color
Effects
Figure 7 - 13
Editing Tools
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11. After the editing process is completed right-click on the photo to Save a copy
(create another copy of the photo with the edited changes), Update original
(which changes the original picture permanently), Undo any changes or Cancel
the editing.
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Editing Photos
1.
Clicking on a captured video will bring up an app bar with a series of buttons.
Figure 7 - 14
Edit Buttons
(for Video)
2.
3.
4.
5.
Click Delete to remove any video from the camera roll (you will be asked to click
Delete again to confirm the deletion).
The Open With butt ton will allow you to select a program with which to run the
Video.
Clicking Slide Show will create a slide show of photos/video in the camera roll.
Click Trim to edit the video. Use the round buttons at either end of the slider to
adjust the video length and click Save a copy to save the changes made.
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Figure 7 - 15
Trim Video
(for Video Files)
Click to select and move the rounded buttons to edit the video.
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Video File Size
Note that capturing high resolution video files requires a substantial amount of disk
space for each file. After recording video, check the video file size (right-click the
file and select Properties) and the remaining free space on your hard disk (go to My
Computer, right-click the hard disk, and select Properties). If necessary you can
remove the recorded video file to a removable medium e.g. CD, DVD or USB Flash
drive.
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Note that the Windows 8.1 system requires a minimum of 16GB (32-bit) or 20GB
(64-bit) of free space on the C: drive system partition. In order to prevent system
problems it is recommended that you move any large sized captured video file to a
location other than the C: drive.
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Wireless LAN Module
If you have included an Intel® or 3rd Party WLAN module in your purchase option
make sure that the module is on (i.e. the system is not in Airplane Mode) before installing the driver.
Make sure you install the drivers in the order indicated in Table 4 - 1, on page 4 - 3.
Note that you need to install both the WLAN & Bluetooth drivers for the WLAN
& Bluetooth Combo modules.

Wireless Device
Operation Aboard
Aircraft
The use of any portable
electronic transmission
devices aboard aircraft
is usually prohibited.
Make sure the WLAN &
Bluetooth and 3G
module(s) are OFF if
you are using the computer aboard aircraft by
putting the system in to
Airplane Mode (see
Table 1 - 2, on page 1 7).
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3rd Party 802.11b/g/n Driver Installation
1. Make sure the system is not in Airplane Mode, and then insert the Device
Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc into an attached DVD drive.
2. Click Option Drivers (button).
3. Click 1.Install WLAN Driver > Yes.
4. Click Next.
5. Click Finish to restart the computer.
6. The operating system is the default setting for Wireless LAN control in
Windows (see page 7 - 23).
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Intel® WLAN Driver Installation
1. Make sure the system is not in Airplane Mode, and then insert the Device
Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc into an attached DVD drive.
2. Click Option Drivers (button).
3. Click 1.Install WLAN Driver > Yes.
4. Click in the tickbox to agree to the End User License Agreement and click
Install.
5. Click Finish.
6. The operating system is the default setting for Wireless LAN control in
Windows (see page 7 - 23).
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WLAN Configuration in Windows
You can configure a wireless connection using one of the following options, however make sure the Wireless LAN module is turned on (and not in Airplane Mode)
before configuration begins.
Charms Bar
1.
2.
3.
Go to the Charms Bar.
Select Settings and then click the WiFi icon (it should read Available under the
icon and Airplane mode should be Off).
A list of available access points will appear.
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Figure 7 - 16
WiFi Settings
(Charms Bar) &
Networks
Wireless LAN Module 7 - 23
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4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
Double-click an access point to connect to it (or click it and click Connect).
Enter a network security key (password) if required, and click Next.
You can choose to find other devices or not.
When you are connected to the network access point it will display Connected
.
Select any connected network and click Disconnect
to disconnect from a
connected access point.
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Figure 7 - 17
Networks
Connected /
Disconnect
9.
You can click the Airplane Mode button to turn the mode (including Bluetooth) On
or Off.
10. Alternatively you can click the WiFi button to turn just the WiFi On or Off.
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Desktop Mode
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Switch to the Windows Desktop (click the app or use the Windows logo key
D key combination).
Click the wireless icon
in the notification area of the taskbar.
A list of available access points will appear.
Double-click an access point to connect to it (or click it and click Connect).
Enter a network security key (password) if required, and click Next.
You can choose to find other devices or not.
Select any connected network and click Disconnect to disconnect from a
connected access point.
+
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Figure 7 - 18
Windows Desktop
Taskbar Notification
Area WLAN
Connection
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Bluetooth & WLAN Combo Module
If your purchase option includes the Combination Wireless LAN & Bluetooth
module (either Intel® or 3rd Party) then install the driver as instructed overleaf.
Make sure that the module is on (i.e. the system is not in Airplane Mode) before installing the driver.

Bluetooth Data Transfer
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Note that the transfer of data between the computer and a Bluetooth enabled device is supported
in one direction only (simultaneous data transfer is not supported). Therefore if you are copying
a file from your computer to a Bluetooth enabled device, you will not be able to copy a file from
the Bluetooth enabled device to your computer until the file transfer process from the computer
has been completed.
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3rd Party Bluetooth (V4.0) Combo Driver Installation
1. Make sure the system is not in Airplane Mode, and then insert the Device
Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc into an attached DVD drive.
2. Click Option Drivers (button).
3. Click 2.Install Combo BT Driver > Yes.
4. Click Next.
5. Click Finish to restart the computer.
6. See “Bluetooth Configuration in Windows” on page 7 - 28 for configuration instructions.
Intel Bluetooth Combo Driver Installation
1. Make sure the system is not in Airplane Mode, and then insert the Device
Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc into an attached DVD drive.
2. Click Option Drivers (button).
3. Click 2.Install Combo BT Driver > Yes.
4. Click Next > Next.
5. Click in the tickbox to accept the license and click Next.
6. Click Next > Finish.
7. See “Bluetooth Configuration in Windows” on page 7 - 28 for configuration instructions.

High Speed Bluetooth
Data Transfer
The Combination Wireless LAN & Bluetooth
module supports high
speed data transfer. However to achieve such
transfer speeds, both devices must support
high speed data transfer.
To obtain high speed
data transfer make sure
that both the WLAN and
Bluetooth modules are
powered on.
Check your Bluetooth
compatible device’s documentation to confirm it
supports high speed data
transfer.
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Bluetooth Configuration in Windows
You can configure a Bluetooth connection as below, however make sure the Bluetooth module is on (or the system is not in Airplane Mode) before configuration.
Desktop Mode
1.
\
2.
3.
Switch to the Windows Desktop (click the App or use the Windows logo key
D key combination).
Click the notification area of the taskbar and double-click the Bluetooth icon
click and select Show Bluetooth Devices).
The Bluetooth item in PC and Devices will appear.
OR
Charms Bar
1.
2.
3.
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Go to the Charms Bar.
Select Settings and then click Change PC Settings.
Select the Bluetooth item in PC and Devices.
Figure 7 - 19
Bluetooth Taskbar
Icon & Change PC
Settings (Charms
Bar -Settings)
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(or
Modules
4.
5.
Make sure that Bluetooth is turned on and a list of discovered devices will appear.
Double-click the device you want to pair with the computer and click Pair.
Figure 7 - 20
PC and Devices Bluetooth
6.
7
On first connection the computer will provide you with a pairing code to be entered
onto the device.
Figure 7 - 21
Enter the Passcode
7.
8.
Enter the code into your Bluetooth enabled device and click Yes on the computer
to complete the pairing.
Select a device and click Remove Device to disconnect from any device.
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To Make your Computer Discoverable to Bluetooth Devices
1.
2.
3.
4.
Switch to the Windows Desktop (click the app or use the Windows logo key
+
D key combination).
Click the notification area of the taskbar, click the Bluetooth icon
and click
Open Settings.
Click Options, and make sure that Allow Bluetooth devices to find this
computer check box (Discovery) has a tick inside it.
Make sure that the Alert me when a new Bluetooth device wants to connect
check box (Connections) has a tick inside it, if you want to be notified when a
Bluetooth device wants to connect.
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Figure 7 - 22
Bluetooth Settings
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Sound Blaster Cinema EQ
Install the Sound Blaster Cinema EQ to allow you to configure the audio settings
to your requirements for the best performance in games, music and movies.
Sound Blaster Cinema EQ Installation
1. Insert the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc into an attached
DVD drive.
2. Click Option Drivers (button).
3. Click 3.Install SB Cinema EQ > Yes.
4. Choose the setup language and click Next.
5. Click Yes to accept the license.
6. Click Next > Full Installation (button).
7. Click Next > Finish to restart the computer.

Creative Software
AutoUpdate
Run the application from
the shortcut in the Start
screen and make sure
you are connected to
the internet, then click
Next and follow the on
screen instructions to
update the software.
Sound Blaster Cinema EQ Activation
On the first run of Sound Blaster Cinema EQ you will may to activate the application.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
To activate the application you will need to be connected to the internet.
Double-click the Activate icon
on the desktop and click the Activate button.
The program will connect to the internet to verify the activation key.
Click Finish to complete the application activation.
Restart the computer after the process is complete.
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
Sound Blaster
Cinema & HDMI
Sound Blaster Cinema Application
Run the Sound Blaster Cinema control panel from the notification area of the taskbar (or from the item in the Start menu). Click on the tabs to access the any of the
control panel menus.
Note that the Sound
Blaster Cinema audio
effects do not apply to
audio
generated
through an HDMI connection.
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Figure 7 - 23
Sound Blaster
Cinema
(Taskbar
Notification Area
Icon & Menu)
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Power On/Off
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Sound Blaster Cinema Settings
Sound Blaster Cinema selects the built-in speakers by default and this setting may
cause some sound quality issues when using headphones. To adjust the settings for
headphones do the following:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Run the Sound Blaster Cinema application.
Select Settings from the menu.
Select Headphones from the drop-down menu (you can adjust the slider for
crossover frequency).
Click OK and close the application.
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Figure 7 - 24
Settings
Sound Blaster Cinema
Select Headphones
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
Settings
Sound Blaster Cinema Controls
Each control has an On/Off button to allow you to enable/disable the control, and
most controls feature a slider to adjust the levels.
You can use the drop
down menu to use presets for Music, Movie or
Games. Alternatively you
can use a Custom setting.
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Menu
Figure 7 - 25
Sound Blaster
Cinema Controls
•
•
•
•
Surround: Provides virtual sound channels to control the level of immersion.
Crystalizer: Enhances audio to make it sound livelier.
Bass: Enhances the bass level of the sound system.
Smart Volume: Minimizes sudden volume changes to avoid the need for constant adjustment.
• Dialog Plus: Enhances dialogue levels for movies etc.
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Sound Blaster Cinema & HDMI
1.
2.
3.
When you connect an HDMI display to the HDMI-Out port, the Sound Blaster Cinema controls will be disabled.
A warning box will pop-up and will prompt “...Do you want to select another
audio device now?”.
Click No to continue using the HDMI audio output from your external display (do
not attempt to select another audio device when connected to the external HDMI
display).
Menu
Figure 7 - 26
Sound Blaster
Cinema HDMI
Display Warning
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Intel® Rapid Storage Technology
The Intel Rapid Storage Technology application provides high-performance
SATA and SATA RAID capabilities. Install the Intel Rapid Storage Technology
application (after installing all necessary drivers in the correct order) to support
your RAID (if you have two mSATA SSDs installed) system or SATA drive if set
up in AHCI mode in the BIOS (see “SATA Mode (Advanced Menu)” on page 5 10).
See “Intel® Smart Response Technology” on page 7 - 41 for further information
on setting up Smart Response.
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IRST Driver Installation
1. Insert the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc into an attached
DVD drive.
2. Click Option Drivers (button).
3. Click 4.Install IRST Driver > Yes.
4. Click Next.
5. Click the tickbox to accept the license and click Next.
6. Click Next > Next > Next.
7. Click Finish to restart the computer.
See the following pages for more information if you have set your hard disks up in
a RAID configuration.
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Intel® Rapid Storage Technology for RAID Systems
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology application displays status information on your
RAID configuration. Run the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology application from
the item in the Start menu.
When the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology application is launched the system
will open the Status window. Here you can view the general health of the storage
system. Various volume creation and management options are available depending
on the system’s status.
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Figure 7 - 27
Intel® Rapid
Storage Technology
Status
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
Help
Click the Help (or press
F1) menu button at the
top of the Intel® Rapid
Storage Technology
application.
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Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Help
If a hard drive member of a RAID volume is reported as “Degraded” or “Failed” it
may be possible to recover the volume. If the volume cannot be restored then you
will need to recreate the RAID volume and restore the data from a back up. Click the
Help menu (or press F1) for instructions on how to recover or recreate RAID Volumes.
Click Contents to view
the general list of subjects covered, click Index or Search for a
more specific help topics on a particular item.
Click More help on this
page at the bottom of
any page for page specific help.
Figure 7 - 28
Intel® Rapid
Storage
Technology
Help
7 - 38 Intel® Rapid Storage Technology
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RAID Volume Data Verification and Repair
The RAID volume data verification process identifies any inconsistencies or bad
data on a RAID 0 or RAID 1 volume. The table outlines what occurs for each RAID
level:
RAID
Level
Verify
RAID 0
Bad blocks are identified.
Verify & Repair
Table 7 - 2
N/A
Bad blocks are reassigned.
Bad blocks are identified.
RAID 1
Data on the mirrored drive is compared to
data on the source drive.
If the data on the mirrored drive does not
match the data on the source drive, the
data on the mirrored drive is overwritten by
the data on the source.
RAID Level
Verification &
Repair Status
Replacing and Reverting Recovery and Master Volumes
If a master or recovery drive fails you will need to add a new identical drive and rebuild the recovery volume to the drive. You can also revert the master drive to the
state of the previous volume update. For details on how to do this see the help file
“Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Help” on page 7 - 38.
See over for details on how to verify and repair RAID volume data. Verification will
identify and repair data inconsistencies on the volume.
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology 7 - 39
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Modules
Verifying and Repairing RAID Volume Data
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Run the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology application.
Click to select the RAID in the pane on the right side of the window.
Click Manage and click Advanced.
Click Verify, then click Verify (button) to begin the process.
The completion percentage will be listed under Status (Verifying)
Click Close to complete the process.
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Figure 7 - 29
Intel® Rapid
Storage
Technology
Verify
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Intel® Smart Response Technology
Intel® Smart Response Technology is an Intel® Rapid Storage Technology
(RST) caching feature that accelerates computer system performance by using the
SSD as cache memory between the hard disk drive and system memory.
System Requirements to support Intel® Smart Response Technology:
• System BIOS with SATA mode set to RAID (see ““SATA Mode (Advanced
Menu)” on page 5 - 10).
• Intel Rapid Storage Technology software installed.
• A Solid State Drive (SSD) with a minimum capacity of 18.6GB (or with a partition on the drive formatted to more than 18.6GB e.g a 20GB partition set on the
SSD). Note that the SSD requires at least 5MB of free unpartitioned and unallocated space (if you have used all the disk space for the partition you will need to
shrink some of space for the cache memory’s use).
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Figure 7 - 30
Computer
Management - Disk
Management Unallocated SSD
Space
See overleaf for instructions on enabling Intel® Smart Response Technology.
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology 7 - 41
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Enabling Intel Smart Response Technology
1.
2.
Run the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology application.
Click Enable acceleration under Performance > Smart Response Technology
(note that you will at least 5MB of free unpartitioned and unallocated space on the SSD
otherwise the Smart Response Technology item will not appear).
3.
4.
Select the SSD to be used as a cache device.
Select the size from the SSD to be allocated for the cache memory (any remaining
space on the SSD can be used for data storage using the simple data single-disk
RAID 0 volume that is automatically created).
Figure 7 - 31
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Intel® Rapid
Storage
Technology Performance
Enable
Acceleration
7 - 42 Intel® Rapid Storage Technology
Modules
5.
6.
Select the HDD (or RAID volume) to be accelerated (it is highly recommended that
you accelerate the system volume or system disk for maximum performance).
Select the acceleration mode, and then click OK (Enhanced mode is selected by
default).
Note: Enhanced mode (default): Acceleration optimized for data protection.
Maximized mode: Acceleration optimized for input/output performance.
Figure 7 - 32
Enable
Acceleration
Options
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology 7 - 43
7
Modules
7.
The page will refresh and report the new configuration in under Performance >
Smart Response Technology.
Figure 7 - 33
7
Intel® Rapid
Storage
Technology Performance
(Smart Response
Technology)
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Intel® Rapid Start Technology Driver
Intel(R) Rapid Start Technology can resume power from Hibernation within 5 to
6 seconds and can remember your computer's previous state with zero power.
System Requirements to support Intel® Rapid Start Technology:
• Rapid Start Technology should be enabled in the BIOS (see ““Intel(R) Rapid
Start Technology (Advanced Menu)” on page 5 - 9).
• Intel Rapid Storage Technology software installed.
• A Solid State Drive (SSD) with a minimum capacity of 18.6GB.
• The Solid State Drive (not the HDD) must be configured as outlined on the following pages to support Rapid Start Technology.
• The Windows operating system must be installed on the system hard disk drive,
and not on the Solid State Drive (SSD).

Operating System Installation
Note that in order for Intel(R) Rapid Start Technology to function properly the Windows
operating system must be installed on the system hard disk drive (e.g. the “C:” drive), and
the SSD should be configured as outlined on the following pages. Rapid Start will not function if the operating system is installed on the SSD.
See overleaf for instructions on enabling Intel® Rapid Start Technology.
Intel® Rapid Start Technology Driver 7 - 45
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Modules
Intel® Rapid Start Technology Configuration
1.
2.
3.
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Enable/disable Intel(R) Rapid Start Technology from the BIOS (see “Intel(R)
Rapid Start Technology (Advanced Menu)” on page 5 - 9).
Go the Windows control panel and double-click Administrative Tools (System
and Security)> Computer Management > Storage > Disk Management
Right-click the SSD and select Shrink Volume from the menu.
Figure 7 - 34
Computer
Management
(Shrink SSD
Volume)
Shrink Volume
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Modules
4.
Enter the figure, which should be equal to amount of system memory (RAM)
in your computer, in “Enter the amount of space to shrink in MB”.
Figure 7 - 35
Shrink Volume
Size
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5.
Click Shrink (any unallocated file space may be formatted for storage use).

Memory Size (Amount of Space to Shrink)
The figure entered in the “Enter the amount of space to shrink in MB” field above should be equal
to the amount of system memory in your computer. In the example above the system memory is 4GB
(1024MB * 4 = 4096GB). If you are unsure of your total system memory (RAM) then go to System
control panel (System and Security) and check Installed memory (RAM). The memory size will be displayed in GB so convert by multiplying the GB figure by 1024 to get the total in MB (e.g. 8GB =
8192MB).
Intel® Rapid Start Technology Driver 7 - 47
Modules
6.
Run the Desktop app and right-click the lower left hot corner (or use the Windows
Logo Key
+ X key combination) and select Command Prompt (Admin).
7.
8.
Type “DISKPART”.
At the DISKPART command type “list disk”.
Figure 7 - 36
Search for CMD
Prompt
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Figure 7 - 37
Diskpart - List Disk
7 - 48 Intel® Rapid Start Technology Driver
Modules
9.
Type “select disk #” (# is disk number where you want to create the store
partition, so refer to the results obtained from "list disk" for exact disk number).
10. The message “Disk # is now the selected disk.” will appear.
Figure 7 - 38
Diskpart - Select
Disk #
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11. Type “create partition primary”.
12. A “DiskPart succeeded in creating the specified partition.” message should
appear.
Figure 7 - 39
Diskpart - Create
Partition
Intel® Rapid Start Technology Driver 7 - 49
Modules
13. Type “detail disk”.
Figure 7 - 40
Diskpart - Detail
Disk
14. Type “select Volume #” (# is volume of your storage partition so refer to results
obtained from "detail disk" for the exact volume number).
15. The message “Volume # is now the selected volume.” will appear.
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Figure 7 - 41
Diskpart - Select
Volume #
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Modules
16. Type the following, depending on the format of the SSD.
• For MBR formatted SSD’s: “set id=84 override” (the id must be set to 84).
• For GPT formatted SSD’s: “set id=D3BFE2DE-3DAF-11DF-BA40-E3A556D89593”.
Figure 7 - 42
Diskpart - Set id=
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17. The message “DiskPart successfully set the partition ID.” will appear.
18. Close the CMD window.
Intel® Rapid Start Technology Driver 7 - 51
Modules
19. Go the Windows control panel and double-click Administrative Tools (System
and Security)> Computer Management > Storage > Disk Management.
20. The disk partition should read Healthy Hibernation Partition.
Figure 7 - 43
Computer
Management
(Healthy
Hibernation
Partition)
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Healthy (Hibernation Partition)
21. Restart the computer.
22. Install the driver (see below).
Intel® Rapid Start Technology Driver Installation
1. Insert the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc into an attached
DVD drive.
2. Click Option Drivers (button).
3. Click 5.Install Rapid Start Driver > Yes.
4. Click Next > Next > Yes > Next > Next.
5. Click Finish to restart the computer.
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Wireless Display
Wireless Display uses your Wireless LAN module/WLAN Bluetooth Combo module (you need to make sure that your video adapter/display device is compatible with
your particular WLAN/Combo module) in conjunction with a compatible video
adapter/display device (purchased separately) to allow you to display the contents of
the notebook display on another display (e.g. HDTV), without the need to have cables stretching across a room.
You can use the wireless display to play games, browse the internet, display videos
or photo slide shows on your TV/external display without using HDMI or A/V cables.

Compatible
Adapters
For a list of compatible
display and audio adapters check the Intel website, or your distributor/
supplier.
Before configuring Wireless Display you will need to set up your compatible
adapter with your display/speakers. Connect the adapter using an HDMI or A/V cable and turn on the display (or in the case of speakers connect them to the wireless
speaker adapter with the cables provided with the adapter), and then set the display
to the appropriate input channel (see the documentation supplied with your compatible adapter/display for full details).
Note that no driver or application is required for wireless display in Windows 8.1.
Wireless Display 7 - 53
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Modules
Wireless Display Configuration
1.
2.
3.
4.
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Figure 7 - 44
Add a Wireless
Display
7 - 54 Wireless Display
Note that no driver or application is required for wireless display in Windows 8.1.
Go the Charms Bar, select Devices.
Click Project.
Click Add a wireless display.
Modules
5.
The system will then search for compatible display devices (this may take up to
60 seconds so allow time for this to complete).
Figure 7 - 45
Searching For
Devices
7
6.
7.
8.
Double-click any detected display device in the list.
You may then need to input a pin number for the device to which you are
connecting.
Click Next.
Figure 7 - 46
Enter PIN
Wireless Display 7 - 55
Modules
9.
The display will then connect (for specific settings for your display see the
documentation supplied with your compatible adapter/display for full details).
10. To disconnect from the display you can select it in PC and Devices > Devices and
click Remove Device > Yes; or go to the Project menu (Charms Bar > Devices)
and click Disconnect.
Figure 7 - 47
Remove Device/
Disconnect
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Modules
3G Module
If you have included an optional UMTS/HSPDA+ based 3G Module (Universal
Mobile Telecommunications System or High Speed Packet Access) module (see
“Communication” on page D - 3 for specification details) in your purchase option,
you do not require a driver/application installation for Windows 8.1. Follow the
instructions overleaf to install the USIM card (which will be provided by your service provider), and then use the Charms Bar Wireless icon to access the 3G network in the same manner as the WLAN (see page 7 - 59).

Important Notice
7
If your purchase option includes both Wireless LAN and 3G modules, then the appropriate
antennas will be installed. Note that In order to comply with FCC RF exposure compliance
requirements, the antenna must not be co-located or operate in conjunction with any other
antenna or transmitter.
Important Notice - 3G & Bluetooth/Wireless LAN Modules
In order to comply with FCC regulations you should NOT operate the 3G module and the
Bluetooth/Wireless LAN modules at the same time as this may disrupt radio frequency, and
cause interference. When the 3G module is powered on, make sure that the Bluetooth/
Wireless LAN modules are powered off.
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
Power Safety
Warning
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Before you undertake any
installation
procedures,
make sure that you have
turned off the power, and
disconnected all peripherals and cables (including
telephone lines). It is advisable to also remove your
battery in order to prevent
accidentally turning the machine on.
USIM Card Orientation
Note that the USIM card’s
readable side (with the
gold-colored
contacts)
should face upwards as illustrated.
Figure 7 - 48
USIM Card Insertion
7 - 58 3G Module
3G Module USIM Card Installation
Follow the instructions below to install the USIM card (which will be provided by
your service provider).
1.
2.
3.
Turn off the computer, and turn it over.
Remove the battery (see “Removing the Battery” on page 6 - 4).
Insert the USIM card (at the rear of the battery compartment) as illustrated below
until it clicks fully into position, and replace the battery.
Modules
3G Configuration in Windows
You can configure a 3G connection as below, however make sure the system is not
in Airplane Mode before configuration begins.
Charms Bar
1.
2.
3.
Go to the Charms Bar.
Select Settings and then click the WiFi icon (it should read Available under the
icon and Airplane mode should be Off).
A list of available access points will appear under Mobile Broadband.
\
Figure 7 - 49
Networks
Mobile Broadband
3G Module 7 - 59
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Modules
4.
5.
Any 3G service provider (connection information is usually stored on the USIM
card) will appear under Mobile Broadband.
Double-click any connection icon under Mobile Broadband (or click and then click
Connect).
Figure 7 - 50
Mobile Broadband
(Connect)
7
6.
7.
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The system will connect to your network.
A Connected will appear alongside the 3G connection (click the connection to
view the timer which indicates your connected time for the current session).
Modules
8.
9.
You can then access the internet, download e-mail etc. as per any internet
connection.
To disconnect you can select the connection and click Disconnect
.

Wireless Device
Operation Aboard
Aircraft
The use of any portable
electronic transmission
devices aboard aircraft
is usually prohibited.
Make sure the system is
in Airplane Mode if you
are using the computer
aboard aircraft.
Figure 7 - 51
10. You need to either use Airplane Mode, or to turn the Mobile Broadband module
off aboard aircraft.
Mobile Broadband
(Disconnect)
3G Module 7 - 61
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Modules
EM820W 3G Module PIN Code & Power-Saving
Note that there may be some issues when a PIN Code is set for the EM820W 3G
module (if you are unsure of your module version contact your distributor/supplier)
in Windows, if Mobile Broadband has been turned off, and the system has resumed
from a power-saving state. To prevent any issues it is recommended that you simply do not enable a PIN for the EM820W 3G module. The following provides instructions for disabling the PIN code; for specific instructions on resolving the issue
where “Insert a SIM” appears in the connection see “Resolving the “Insert a SIM”
issue with the 3G Module (Windows 8.1)” on page 8 - 17.
Disabling a PIN code for a 3G Module
7
1.
2.
Go to the Charms Bar.
Click Change PC Settings.
Figure 7 - 52
Change PC Settings
7 - 62 EM820W 3G Module PIN Code & Power-Saving
Modules
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Click Network.
Click the broadband connection under Mobile Broadband.
Scroll down to Security and click Remove PIN.
Enter the current PIN number and click OK.
It is recommended that you do not Enable a PIN for the EM820W 3G module.
Figure 7 - 53
Disable PIN
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Troubleshooting
Chapter 8: Troubleshooting
Overview
Should you have any problems with your computer, before consulting your service representative, you may want
to try to solve the problem yourself. This chapter lists some common problems and their possible solutions. This
can’t anticipate every problem, but you should check here before you panic. If you don’t find the answer in these
pages, make sure you have followed the instructions carefully and observed the safety precautions in the preface.
If all else fails, talk to your service representative. You should also make a record of what happened and what
remedies you tried.
Of course, if something goes wrong, it will happen at the most inconvenient time possible, so you should preview
this section just in case. If, after you’ve tried everything, and the system still won’t cooperate, try turning it off
for a few minutes and then rebooting. You will lose any unsaved data, but it may start working again. Then call
your service representative.
Overview 8 - 1
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Troubleshooting
Basic Hints and Tips
Many of the following may seem obvious but they are often the solution to a problem when your computer appears not to be working.
• Power - Is the computer actually plugged into a working electrical outlet? If plugged into a power strip,
make sure it is actually working. Check the LED Power Indicators (see “LED Indicators” on page 1 - 7)
to see the computer’s power status.
• Connections - Check all the cables to make sure that there are no loose connections anywhere.
• Power Savings - Make sure that the system is not in Hibernate or Sleep mode by pressing the keys configured in your Power Options (see “Configuring the Power Buttons” on page 3 - 9), the Fn + F4 key combination, or power button to wake-up the system.
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• Brightness - Check the brightness of the screen by pressing the Fn + F8 and F9 keys to adjust the brightness (see Table 1 - 4, on page 1 - 10).
• Display Choice - Press Fn + F7 to make sure the system is not set to “external only” display.
• Boot Drive - Make sure there are no optical media and/or USB storage devices in any connected drive
when you start up your machine (this is a common cause of the message “Invalid system disk - Replace the
disk, and then press any key” / “Remove disks or other media. Press any key to restart”).
8 - 2 Basic Hints and Tips
Troubleshooting
Backup and General Maintenance
• Always backup your important data, and keep copies of your OS and programs safe, but close to hand.
Don’t forget to note the serial numbers if you are storing them out of their original cases, e.g. in a CD wallet.
• Run maintenance programs on your hard disk and OS as often as you can. You may schedule these programs to run at times when you are not using your computer. You can use those that are provided free with
your OS, or buy the more powerful dedicated programs to do so.
• Write down your passwords and keep them safe (away from your computer). This is especially important if
you choose to use a Boot password for the SCU (see “Security Menu” on page 5 - 12).
• Keep copies of vital settings files such as network, dialup settings, mail settings etc. (even if just brief
notes).

Warranty
The CPU is not a user serviceable part. Opening this compartment, or accessing the CPU in any way, may violate your warranty.
Backup and General Maintenance 8 - 3
8
Troubleshooting
Viruses
• Install an Anti-Virus program and keep the definitions file (the file which tells your program which viruses
to look for) up to date. New computer viruses are discovered daily, and some of them may seriously harm
your computer and cause you to lose data. Anti-Virus programs are commercially available and the definitions file updates are usually downloadable directly from the internet.
• Be careful when opening e-mail from sources you don’t know. Viruses are often triggered from within email attachments so take care when opening any attached file. You can configure most Anti-Virus programs to check all e-mail attachments. Note: You should also beware of files from people you know as the
virus may have infected an address book and been automatically forwarded without the person’s knowledge.
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• Keep a “Bootable CD-ROM/DVD-ROM/USB storage device” (this CD/DVD/USB device provides basic
information which allows you to startup your computer) handy. You may refer to your OS’s documentation
for instructions on how to make one, and many Anti-Virus programs will also provide such a disk (or at
least instructions on how to make one).
8 - 4 Viruses
Troubleshooting
Upgrading and Adding New Hardware/Software
• Do not be tempted to make changes to your Windows Registry unless you are very sure of what you are
doing, otherwise you will risk severely damaging your system.
• Don’t open your computer or undertake any repair or upgrade work if you are not comfortable with what
you are doing.
• Read the documentation. We can assume, since you are reading this that you are looking at the computer’s
manual, but what about any new peripheral devices you have just purchased? Many problems are caused by
the installation of new hardware and/or software. Always refer to the documentation of any new hardware
and/or software, and pay particular attention to files entitled “READ ME” or “READ ME FIRST”.
• When installing a new device always make sure the device is powered on, and in many cases you will need
to restart the computer. Always check that all the cables are correctly connected.
• Make sure you have installed the drivers for any new hardware you have installed (latest driver files are
usually available to download from vendor’s websites).
• Thoroughly check any recent changes you made to your system as these changes may affect one or more
system components, or software programs. If possible, go back and undo the change you just made and see
if the problem still occurs.
Upgrading and Adding New Hardware/Software 8 - 5
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Troubleshooting
• Don’t over complicate things. The less you have to deal with then the easier the source of the problem may
be found; Example - if your computer has many devices plugged into its ports, and a number of programs
running, then it will be difficult to determine the cause of a problem. Try disconnecting all of the devices and
restarting the computer with all the peripheral devices unplugged. A process of elimination (adding and
removing devices and restarting where necessary) will often find the source of a problem, although this may
be time consuming.
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8 - 6 Upgrading and Adding New Hardware/Software
Troubleshooting
Problems and Possible Solutions
Problem
Possible Cause - Solution
You turned on the power but it doesn’t
work.
Battery missing / incorrectly installed. Check the battery bay, make sure the
battery is present and seated properly (the design of the battery only allows it to
go in one way). Make sure there’s nothing interfering with the battery contacts.
The battery LED power indicator
blinking orange.
, is
Low Battery. Plug in the DC power source. If the computer doesn’t start up
immediately, turn it off then on again.
You are losing battery power too quickly.
The system is using too much power. If your OS has a Power Options scheme
(see “Power Plans” on page 3 - 5) check its settings. You may also be using a
peripheral device/USB device that is drawing a lot of power.
Actual battery operating time is shorter
than expected.
The battery has not been fully discharged before being recharged. Make sure
the battery is fully discharged and recharge it completely before reusing (see
“Battery Information” on page 3 - 14).
Power Options have been disabled. Go to the Control Panel in Windows and
re-enable the options.
A peripheral device/USB device is consuming a lot of power. Turn off/remove
the unused device to save power.
Problems and Possible Solutions 8 - 7
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Troubleshooting
Problem
The computer feels too hot.
Possible Cause - Solution
Make sure the computer is properly ventilated and the Vent/Fan intakes are not
blocked. If this doesn’t cool it down, put the system into Hibernate mode or turn
it off for an hour. Make sure the computer isn’t sitting on a thermal surface (see
“Overheating” on page 1 - 14). Make sure you’re using the correct adapter.
Make sure that your notebook is completely powered off before putting it into a
travel bag (or any such container). Putting a notebook which is powered on in a
travel bag may cause the Vent/Fan intakes to be blocked.
Nothing appears on screen.
The system is in a power saving mode. Toggle the sleep/resume key
combination, Fn + F4 (see “Configuring the Power Buttons” on page 3 - 9).
The screen controls need to be adjusted. Toggle the screen control key
combinations Fn + F8/F9. If you’re connected to an external monitor, make sure
it’s plugged in and turned on. You should also check the monitor’s own
brightness and contrast controls.
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The computer is set for a different display. Toggle the screen display key
combination, Fn + F7. If an external monitor is connected, turn it on.
The screen saver is activated. Press any key or touch the TouchPad.
No image appears on the external
monitor I have plugged in and powered
on.
You haven’t installed the video driver and configured it appropriately from the
Control Panel. See Appendix C for instructions on installing and configuring
the video driver.
8 - 8 Problems and Possible Solutions
Troubleshooting
Problem
Possible Cause - Solution
You forget the boot password.
If you forget the password, you may have to discharge the battery of the CMOS.
Contact your service representative for help.

Password Warning
If you choose to set a boot password, NEVER forget your password. The consequences of this could be serious. If you cannot
remember your boot password you must contact your vendor and you may lose all of the information on your hard disk.
The sound cannot be heard or the volume
is very low.
Unwelcome
typing.
numbers
appear
when
The volume might be set too low. Check the volume control in the Volume
Control Panel in the Windows notification area, or use the key combination Fn
+ F5 and F6 (see “Function Keys & Visual Indicators” on page 1 - 10) to
adjust.
Num Lock is turned ON (see “LED Indicators” on page 1 - 7).

Other Keyboards
If your keyboard is damaged or you just want to make a change, you can use any standard USB keyboard. The system will
detect and enable it automatically. However special functions/hot keys unique to the regular keyboard may not work.
Problems and Possible Solutions 8 - 9
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Troubleshooting
8
Problem
Possible Cause - Solution
The system freezes or the screen goes
dark.
The system’s power saving features have timed-out. Use the AC/DC adapter,
press the sleep (Fn + F4) key combination, or press the power button if no LEDs
are lit.
The system never goes into a power
saving mode.
Power Options features are not enabled. Go to the Windows Power Options
menu and enable the features you prefer (see “Power-Saving States” on
page 3 - 7). Make sure you have enabled Hibernate mode.
The Wireless LAN/Bluetooth modules
cannot be detected.
The modules are off as the computer is in Airplane Mode. Check the LED
indicator
to see if it is in Airplane Mode (see “LED Indicators” on page 1 7). Use the Fn + F11 key combination to toggle Airplane Mode on/off (see
Table 1 - 4, on page 1 - 10).
The PC Camera module cannot be
detected.
The module is off. Press the Fn + F10 key combination in order to enable the
module (see “Function Keys & Visual Indicators” on page 1 - 10). Run the
camera application to view the camera picture.
The Wireless LAN/Bluetooth modules
cannot be configured.
The driver(s) for the module(s) have not been installed. Make sure you have
installed the driver for the appropriate module (see the instructions for the
appropriate module in “Wireless LAN Module” on page 7 - 21 and/or
“Bluetooth & WLAN Combo Module” on page 7 - 26).
A file cannot be copied
connected Bluetooth device.
The transfer of data between the computer and a Bluetooth enabled device is
supported in one direction only (simultaneous data transfer is not
supported). If you are copying a file from your computer to a Bluetooth enabled
device, you will not be able to copy a file from the Bluetooth enabled device to
your computer until the file transfer process has been completed
to/from
a
8 - 10 Problems and Possible Solutions
Troubleshooting
Problem
I cannot obtain high speed Bluetooth data
transfer.
The computer is off (or in Sleep Mode) but
powered by the AC/DC adapter plugged in
to a working outlet, or by battery with a
capacity above 20%. I have plugged a
device into the powered USB port in
order to charge it, but the device is not
charging.
Possible Cause - Solution
To obtain high speed Bluetooth data transfer take into account the following:
• To achieve high speed transfer speeds, both devices must support high
speed data transfer (i.e both the computer and the Bluetooth compatible device you are connecting to).
• Check your Bluetooth compatible device’s documentation to confirm it
supports high speed data transfer, and for configuration information.
The port is not powered on. Toggle power to the port using the Fn + power
button combination.
This function may not work with certain external USB compliant devices (check
your device’s documentation). If this is the case, power the computer on and
connect the external USB device in order to charge it.
Note that this function is designed to help charge USB compliant devices, but
is not designed to allow their operation.
No sound can be heard through an HDMI
connected display.
You have not configured the HDMI audio output. See “HDMI Audio
Configuration” on page C - 33.
The Sound Blaster audio controls don’t
work when the system is connected to an
external display through an HDMI
cable.
Note that Sound Blaster Audio will be disabled when you are connecting to an
external display through an HDMI connection. See “Sound Blaster Cinema EQ
& HDMI” on page C - 35.
Problems and Possible Solutions 8 - 11
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Troubleshooting
Problem
Possible Cause - Solution
I have connected a Bluetooth Mouse but
it loses the Bluetooth connection and
no longer responds after a short period of
inactivity.
This is an issue with this mouse model and the Intel Wireless 7260 WLAN and
Bluetooth combo module series. To resolve this issue do the following:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Go to the Device Manager control panel in Windows.
Click the arrow alongside Bluetooth to expand the menu if required.
Double-click Intel(R) Wireless Bluetooth(R) 4.0 + HS Adapter.
Click the Power Management tab.
Make sure that the tickbox alongside “allow the computer to turn
off this device to save power” doesn’t have a tick alongside it.
Click OK and close the control panel.
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Figure 8 - 1 - Device Manager (Bluetooth)
8 - 12 Problems and Possible Solutions
Troubleshooting
Problem
Possible Cause - Solution
I have used Update Driver in Device
Manager (Unknown device > Other
Devices) to try and install the Airplane
Mode driver. Windows encountered a
problem in attempting to update the driver,
and a yellow exclamation mark appears
in Device Manager against the Unknown
device.
It is very important that the drivers are installed in the order indicated in Chapter
4 (which is the numbered installation order on the Device Drivers & Utilities +
User’s Manual disc). This issue can occur when drivers are manually installed,
and not in the correct order.
If you have attempted to Update Driver from the Device Manager control panel
and have encountered problems, then use the method below to correct this:
To correct this problem:
7.
Go to the Programs and Features (Programs) control panel in
Windows.
8. Select any installed Airplane Mode driver item (e.g. Insyde Airplane
Mode HID Mini-Driver), and click Uninstall/Change to uninstall the
current driver.
9. Restart the computer.
10. Insert the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc and click
Install Drivers (button).
11. Double-click the Airplane AP item in the menu.
12. Follow the instructions to install the correct driver (you will need to
restart the computer as part of the installation process).
Problems and Possible Solutions 8 - 13
8
Troubleshooting
Problem
Possible Cause - Solution
When using a Bluetooth headset the
audio appears to be mono and not
stereo.
This is a common issue with Bluetooth headsets. To resolve this issue do the
following (you will need to repeat this procedure after every boot up, restart,
or when the system resumes from hibernation):
1.
2.
3.
Go to the Devices & Printers control panel in Windows.
Double-click the Bluetooth headset.
Click Connect to complete the stereo connection.
OR
1.
2.
3.
Go to the Sound control panel in Windows.
Right-click (in the Playback tab) the Bluetooth Stereo Audio device
(the default device is Headset).
Click Connect to complete the stereo connection.
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8 - 14 Problems and Possible Solutions
Troubleshooting
EM820W 3G Module PIN Code & Power-Saving
Note that there may be some issues when a PIN Code is set for the EM820W 3G module (if you are unsure of
your module version contact your distributor/supplier) in Windows, if Mobile Broadband has been turned off,
and the system has resumed from a power-saving state. To prevent any issues it is recommended that you
simply do not enable a PIN for the EM820W 3G module. The following provides instructions for disabling
the PIN code.
Disabling a PIN code for a 3G Module
1.
2.
Go to the Charms Bar.
Click Change PC Settings.
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Figure 8 - 2 - Change PC Settings
EM820W 3G Module PIN Code & Power-Saving 8 - 15
Troubleshooting
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Click Network.
Click the broadband connection under Mobile Broadband.
Scroll down to Security and click Remove PIN.
Enter the current PIN number and click OK.
It is recommended that you do not Enable a PIN for the EM820W 3G module.
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Figure 8 - 3 - Disable PIN
8 - 16 EM820W 3G Module PIN Code & Power-Saving
Troubleshooting
Resolving the “Insert a SIM” issue with the 3G Module (Windows 8.1)
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
If a PIN was set for the EM820W 3G module, you have then switched Mobile broadband off (or put the system
in Airplane Mode) in Networks, and the system has just resumed from a power-saving state the following error
may occur.
On resuming from the power-saving state the standard procedure would be to go to Networks in the Charms
Bar and turn on Mobile broadband.
Go to the Charms Bar.
Select Settings and you will then note that the WiFi icon will read Unavailable.
Standard procedure would be to click the connection and enter the PIN number to unlock the connection.
In this instance you will note that the Mobile broadband connection will read Insert a SIM.
In this case you will need to restart the computer.
After system restart you can then connect to the Mobile Broadband as normal.
To fully resolve this issue it is recommended that you do not Enable a PIN for the EM820W 3G module.
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EM820W 3G Module PIN Code & Power-Saving 8 - 17
Troubleshooting
8
8 - 18
Interface (Ports & Jacks)
Appendix A: Interface (Ports & Jacks)
Overview
The following chapter will give a quick description of the ports & jacks which allow your computer to communicate with external devices, connect to the internet etc.
A
Interface (Ports & Jacks) A - 1
Interface (Ports & Jacks)
Ports and Jacks
Item
Card Reader
Description
The card reader allows you to use the following digital storage cards:
MMC (MultiMedia Card) / RSMMC
SD (Secure Digital) / Mini SD / SDHC / SDXC
Push the card into the slot and it will appear as a removable device.
DC-In Jack
Plug the supplied AC/DC adapter into this jack to power your computer.
External Monitor Port
This port allows you to connect an external monitor, or Flat Panel Display, to get dual video or
simultaneous display on the LCD and external monitor/FPD.
HDMI-Out Port
The HDMI-Out (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port is an audio/video connector interface for
transmitting uncompressed digital streams. This allows you to connect an external monitor, TV or Flat Panel
Display etc. as a display device by means of a HDMI cable. Note that HDMI carries both audio and video
signals (see “HDMI Audio Configuration” on page C - 33).
Headphone-Out Jack
Headphones or speakers may be connected through this jack. Note: Set your system’s volume
to a reduced level before connecting to this jack.
A
Microphone-In Jack
Plug an external microphone in to this jack to record on your computer.
A - 2 Interface (Ports & Jacks)
Interface (Ports & Jacks)
Item
RJ-45 LAN Jack
Description
This port supports LAN (Network) functions.
Note: Broadband (e.g. ADSL) modems usually connect to the LAN port.
Security Lock Slot
To prevent possible theft, a Kensington-type lock can be attached to this slot. Locks can be
purchased at any computer store.
USB 2.0/1.1 Ports
These USB (Universal Serial Bus) 2.0 compatible ports (USB 2.0 is fully USB 1.1 compliant) are
for low-speed peripherals such as keyboards, mice or scanners, and for high-speed peripherals
such as external HDDs, digital video cameras or high-speed scanners etc. Devices can be
plugged into the computer, and unplugged from the computer, without the need to turn the system
off (if the power rating of your USB device is 500mA or above, make sure you use the power
supply which comes with the device).
USB 3.0 Port
3.0
Powered USB 3.0 Port
3.0
The USB 3.0 ports are denoted by their blue color (and is not operational under DOS); USB 2.0
ports are colored black. USB 3.0 will transfer data much faster than USB 2.0, and is backwardscompatible with USB 2.0.
Note: The powered USB 3.0 port (see Figure 1 - 5 on page 1 - 12) may be toggled on /off by
means of the Fn + Power Button key combination. When the powered USB port is on it will supply
power (for charging devices only, not for operating devices) when the system is off but still
powered by the AC/DC adapter plugged into a working outlet, or powered by the battery with a
capacity level above 20% (this may not work with certain devices - see page 8 - 11).
Note: This function is designed to help charge USB compliant devices, but is not designed to
allow their operation.
Interface (Ports & Jacks) A - 3
A
Interface (Ports & Jacks)
A
A - 4
Control Center
Appendix B: Control Center
Overview
The following chapter will give a quick description of the functions of the Control Center. The Control Center
gives quick access to frequently used controls, power management features and enables you to quickly turn modules on/off. Click the Control Center icons to toggle the appropriate function, or hold the mouse button down
and move the slider where applicable. Certain functions will automatically be adjusted when a power mode is
selected. The Control Center in Windows 8.1 works under the Desktop app and not under the Start screen.
B
Figure B - 1 - Control Center
Control Center B - 1
Control Center
Power Modes
You can set a Power Mode by clicking the appropriate icon at the top of the Control Center. Each power
mode will affect screen brightness, Touchpad and PC camera power etc.
You can click a Control Center icon to set an overall power mode and then click individual icons in the
Control Center to power on/off the Touchpad and PC camera.
Power
Saving
Entertainment
Quiet
Performance
Power Plan
Power Saver
Power Saving
Power Saving
High
Performance
Power Conservation
Mode
Energy Star
Energy Star
Energy Star
Performance
Brightness
10
100
40
100
PC Camera
OFF
OFF
ON
ON
TouchPad
ON
ON
ON
ON
Modes
User
Defined
Icon
Table B - 1- Power Modes
B - 2 Control Center
User Defined
B
Control Center
Power Status
The Power Status icon will show whether you are currently powered by the battery, or by the AC/DC adapter
plugged in to a working power outlet. The power status bar will show the current battery charge state.
Brightness
The Brightness icon will show the current screen brightness level. You can use the slider to adjust the screen
brightness or the Fn + F8/F9 key combinations, or use the Fn+ F2 key combination to turn off the LED backlight
(press any key to turn it on again). Note that screen brightness is also effected by the Power Mode selected (see
Table B - 1, on page B - 2).
Volume
The Volume icon will show the current volume level. You can use the slider to adjust the Volume or the Fn +
F5/F6 key combinations, or use the Fn+ F3 key combination to mute the volume.
Power Conservation
This system supports Energy Star power management features that place computers (CPU, hard drive, etc.) into
a low-power sleep modes after a designated period of inactivity (see “Power Conservation Modes” on page 3 12). Click either the Performance, Balanced or Energy Star button.
Control Center B - 3
B
Control Center
Sleep
Click the Sleep button to bring up the Hibernate
or Sleep
buttons, and click either button to have the
computer enter the appropriate power-saving mode (see “Power-Saving States” on page 3 - 7).
Display Switch
Click the Display Switch button to access the menu (or use the
priate attached display mode (see page C - 23).
+ P key combination) and select the appro-
Time Zone
Clicking the Time Zone button will access the Date and Time Windows control panel.
Desktop Background
Clicking the Desktop Background button will allow you to change the desktop background picture.
B
TouchPad/PC Camera
Click either of these buttons to toggle the TouchPad or camera module’s power status. A crossed out icon will
appear over the top left of the icon
when it is off. Note that the power status of the camera module is also
effected by the Power Mode selected (see Table B - 1, on page B - 2).
Caps Lock/Scroll Lock/ Number Lock
Click the button to toggle the appropriate lock mode.
Backlight Keyboard
Click to toggle the keyboard backlight illumination on/off and brightness level.
B - 4 Control Center
Video Driver Controls
Appendix C: Video Driver Controls
The basic settings for configuring the LCD are outlined in “Video Features” on
page 1 - 26.

Video Driver Installation
Video Card Options
Make sure you install the drivers in the order indicated in Table 4 - 1, on page 4 - 3.
Insert the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc and click Install Drivers
(button).
Note that card types,
specifications and drivers are subject to continual
updates
and
changes. Check with
your distributor/supplier
for the latest details on
video cards supported
(see “Video Adapter
Options” on page D 2).
Video (VGA)
1. Click 2.Install VGA Driver > Yes.
2. Click Next > Yes > Next > Next.
3. Click Finish to restart the computer.
NVIDIA Video (VGA)
1. Click 3.Install NVIDIA VGA Driver > Yes.
2. Click AGREE AND CONTINUE (button) to accept the terms of the
license agreement.
3. Click Next.
4. Click Close to complete the installation.
Video Driver Installation C - 1
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Video Driver Controls

NVIDIA® Optimus™ Technology
iGPU or dGPU
Most notebook computers come with either a discrete or integrated graphics solution.
Note the NVIDIA control
panel refers to Highperformance NVIDIA
processor (which is the
discrete GPU) and Integrated graphics (which
is the integrated GPU).
Discrete graphics solutions feature a dedicated Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)
which are capable of playing games, watching HD video or running GPU-based applications. However computers with discrete graphics solutions tend to be heavy in
power consumption, and slightly larger in size in order to incorporate the dedicated
discrete GPU.
Integrated graphics solutions usually feature memory sharing technology to help
save power consumption and allow for longer battery life. However computers with
integrated graphics solutions will not usually run games, HD video or GPU-based
applications without severe limitations.
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Nvidia® Optimus™ technology is a seamless technology designed to get best performance from the graphics system while allowing longer battery life, without having to manually change settings. Thus when an application is run that requires extra
performance or quality, then the system will run the discrete GPU (dGPU); when the
system does not require such enhanced performance it will let the integrated (iGPU)
handle it.
C - 2 NVIDIA® Optimus™ Technology
Video Driver Controls
How Optimus Technology works
When the system is powered up and is displaying just the desktop, the dGPU will be
powered off. In this case the system is running in the same way as a system without
a discrete graphics solution. However when an application that requires use of the
dGPU is run (e.g, a game or HD Video), the dGPu is powered on and takes over the
processing duties. If the program is closed, then the dGPU will be powered back
down again until required.

UMA Mode & Performance

Customization
Options
Although Optimus is
completely seamless to
the user, NVIDIA also
allow customization options within the control
panel (see “Optimus™
Customization
Options” on page C - 28).
UMA Mode is designed for maximum power saving, however this does have an affect on
the system’s overall video performance (as it is based on the Power saver power plan).
If you require better video performance then it is recommended that you use Optimus
Mode. Alternatively you may switch the UMA Mode power plan to Balanced (however power savings will be reduced in this case).
Note that when the power plan is set to UMA Mode the GPU LED indicators may no longer
display the correct status.
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NVIDIA® Optimus™ Technology C - 3
Video Driver Controls
Intel® Dynamic Video Memory Technology
Intel® DVMT automatically and dynamically allocates as much (up to 1748MB)
system memory (RAM) as needed to the integrated video system (the video driver
must be installed). DVMT returns whatever memory is no longer needed to the operating system.
C
C - 4 Intel® Dynamic Video Memory Technology
Video Driver Controls
Intel® Graphics & Media Control Panel
Advanced video configuration options are provided by the Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel. To access the control panel see below and overleaf:
1.
Click the Intel® Graphics and Media Control Panel icon in the Start screen.
Figure C - 1
Start Screen
Intel® G&M Control
Panel
C
(see over)
Intel® Graphics & Media Control Panel C - 5
Video Driver Controls
OR
2.
Right-click the Desktop and select Graphics Properties from the menu.
OR
3.
4.
5.
Click Advanced settings in the Screen Resolution control panel in Windows.
Click the Intel(R) HD Graphics Control Panel tab and click Graphics Properties
(button).
Double-click the Intel(R) HD Graphics control panel in the Windows Control
Panel.
Figure C - 2
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel
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C - 6 Intel® Graphics & Media Control Panel
Video Driver Controls
You may make changes to any of the graphics properties by clicking the appropriate
menu panel and adjusting the settings on the right.
Figure C - 3
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel
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Intel® Graphics & Media Control Panel C - 7
Video Driver Controls
Sub-Menus
Some of the menu panels will also have sub-menus (in the top left corner of the menu
alongside the icon ) to display further configuration options.
Figure C - 4
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel
Sub-Menus
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C - 8 Intel® Graphics & Media Control Panel
Video Driver Controls
Display
Click either Display Settings or Color to make display adjustments, including configuration for any attached external displays.

Multiple Display
At least one other display must be attached in
order to view multiple
display selection options.
Figure C - 5
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel
Display Settings
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Intel® Graphics & Media Control Panel C - 9
Video Driver Controls

Multiple Display
Click the Display menu at the top of the screen to display the sub-menus. The Multiple Displays menu allows you to configure the display mode of any attached displays (see “Attaching Other Displays” on page C - 21).
At least one other display must be attached in
order to view multiple
display selection options.
Figure C - 6
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel
Display Settings Multiple Displays
C
C - 10 Intel® Graphics & Media Control Panel
Video Driver Controls
The Audio sub-menu allows you to configure the capability mode of any attached
displays if applicable (i.e. the attached display supports audio). Enable Audio
Without Video to keep audio on when the display blanks out for power saving purposes.
Figure C - 7
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel
Display Settings Audio
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Intel® Graphics & Media Control Panel C - 11
Video Driver Controls
3D
This menu allows you to choose how 3D images are displayed. Quality displays the
most detail, Balanced provides better computer performance with good quality and
Custom allows you to configure the Anisotropic Filtering, Vertical Sync and
Anti-Aliasing features to your preferences. Click Apply to save changes.
Figure C - 8
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel 3D
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C - 12 Intel® Graphics & Media Control Panel
Video Driver Controls
Options
Options allows you to Customize Hot Keys (for opening the application, rotating
the display, scaling etc.,) to your preferences. Click Apply to save changes.
Figure C - 9
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel
Options
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Intel® Graphics & Media Control Panel C - 13
Video Driver Controls

Preferences
Click the Options menu at the top of the screen to display the sub-menus. The Information Center provides details on System Information, the Built-In Display
and any attached displays.
Go to the Preferences
sub-menu in Options to
configure the preferences for the Intel® HD
Graphics Control Panel.
Make sure you turn Tray
Icon On to display the
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel icon in the
notification area of the
taskbar (as below).
Figure C - 10
C
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel
Options Information Center
C - 14 Intel® Graphics & Media Control Panel
Video Driver Controls
Video
The Video Profiles menu allows you to brighten or darken movies, or to switch to
vivid colors. Click Basic or Advanced to adjust the video settings based on the Application Settings or Driver Settings. The Preview image will display a sample image using the current settings. You can Save Profile and name the Profile to recall
the settings at any time. Click Apply to save changes.
Figure C - 11
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel Video
(Basic - Driver
Settings)
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Intel® Graphics & Media Control Panel C - 15
Video Driver Controls
Click the Video menu at the top of the screen to display the sub-menus.The Image
Enhancement menu allows you to adjust the Sharpness, Skin Tone Enhancement, Noise Reduction etc.Click Apply to save changes.
Figure C - 12
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel Video
Image
Enhancement Basic
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C - 16 Intel® Graphics & Media Control Panel
Video Driver Controls
The Image Scaling and Gamut Mapping menus allow you to adjust these items.
Figure C - 13
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel Video
Image Scaling &
Gamut Mapping
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Intel® Graphics & Media Control Panel C - 17
Video Driver Controls
Power
Choose a Power Plan for when the computer is Plugged in or On battery. When
turned on, the Display Power Saving Technology (which adjusts the backlight intensity) battery settings may be adjusted by means of the slider towards Maximum
Quality or Maximum Battery. Click on Apply to save changes.
Figure C - 14
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel Power
(Battery Settings)
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C - 18 Intel® Graphics & Media Control Panel
Video Driver Controls
Support
Click Support and select an item from the menus to bring up the help and support
topics. You will need to be connected to the Internet to access the key resource links.
Figure C - 15
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel
Support
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Intel® Graphics & Media Control Panel C - 19
Video Driver Controls
Display Devices & Options
Note that you can use external displays connected to the HDMI-Out port and/or external monitor port. See your display device manual to see which formats are supported.

Attaching Displays
When you first attach an external display you may find that the desktop does not occupy
the full screen area. Use either the display’s auto adjust/configure controls, or the Intel(R)
HD Graphics Control Panel to configure the full screen display.
Display Mode
(Intel / Win8)
Table C - 1
Description
Single Display
One of the connected displays is used as the display device
(PC screen only or Second screen only).
Clone/Duplicate
Both connected displays output the same view and may be
configured independently
Extended / Extend
Both connected displays are treated as separate devices, and
act as a virtual desktop
Display Modes
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C - 20 Display Devices & Options
Video Driver Controls
Attaching Other Displays

To Clone Displays:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Attach your external display to the external monitor port/HDMI-Out port, and turn it on.
Go to the Intel(R) HD Graphics Control Panel control panel and click Display >
Multiple Displays (sub-menu).
Click Clone from the Select Multiple Display Mode menu.
Click Apply, and OK to confirm the settings change.
You can select the displays to be used from the Select Active Displays menu.
Multiple Display
At least one other display must be attached in
order to view Multiple
Display selection options.
Figure C - 16
Display > Multiple
Displays (Clone)
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Attaching Other Displays C - 21
Video Driver Controls
To Enable Extended Mode:

Display Settings
Extended Desktop
You can have different
Colors, Screen Area
and Monitor Refresh
Rates for each display
device provided your
monitor can support
them.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Attach your external display to the external monitor port/HDMI-Out port, and turn it on.
Go to the Intel(R) HD Graphics Control Panel control panel and click Display >
Multiple Displays (sub-menu).
Click Extended from the Select Multiple Display Mode menu.
Click Apply, and OK to confirm the settings change.
You can drag the monitor icons to match the
physical layout of your
displays. Icons and programs may also be
dragged between the
displays.
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Figure C - 17
Display > Multiple
Displays (Extended)
C - 22 Attaching Other Displays
Click the appropriate monitor icon
and drag it to match
the physical arrangement
you
wish to use (e.g. the
secondary display
may be extended
left/right/above/below the primary display).
Click Display Settings to make any
adjustments
required.
Video Driver Controls
Attaching Other Displays - Devices (Charms Bar)
You can configure attached displays from Devices (in the Charms Bar).
1.
2.
3.
4.
Attach your external display to the external monitor port/HDMI-Out port, and turn it on.
Go the Charms Bar, select Devices.
Click Project (you may need to click Second Screen).
Click on any one of the options from the menu to select PC screen only,
Duplicate, Extend or Second screen only.

Windows Logo Key
+ P Key
Combination
You can use the
+P
key combination
to
quickly bring up the Second Screen menu.
You can also use the
Display Switch
button in the Control Center to access the menu
and select the appropriate attached display
mode.
You can also use the Fn
+F7 key combination to
quickly access the Second Screen menu in
Windows 8.
Figure C - 18
Second Screen
(Devices)
Attaching Other Displays - Devices (Charms Bar) C - 23
C
Video Driver Controls
Configuring an External Display In Windows
1.
2.
3.
4.
Attach your external display to the external monitor port/HDMI-Out port, and turn it on.
Go to the Screen resolution control panel (see page 1 - 27) in the Desktop app.
Click the Detect button.
The computer will then detect any attached displays.
Figure C - 19
Screen Resolution
Multiple Displays
C
C - 24 Attaching Other Displays - Devices (Charms Bar)
Video Driver Controls
5.
You can configure the displays from the Multiple Displays menu.
Figure C - 20
Screen Resolution
Multiple Display
Options
• Duplicate these displays - Shows an exact copy of the main display desktop on
the other display(s)
• Extend these displays - Treats both connected displays as separate devices
• Show desktop only on 1/2 - Only one of your displays is used.
Attaching Other Displays - Devices (Charms Bar) C - 25
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Video Driver Controls

NVIDIA Control
Panel
To access the GeForce..... control panel
from the desktop; rightclick the desktop, then
click NVIDIA Control
Panel.
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NVIDIA Control Panel
More advanced video configuration options are provided in the NVIDIA Control
Panel tab.
1.
2.
Go to the Control Panel.
Double-click NVIDIA Control Panel (click to view the control panel in either Large
icons or Small icons if you are in Category view).
Figure C - 21
NVIDIA Control
Panel
C - 26 NVIDIA Control Panel
Video Driver Controls
The NVIDIA Control Panel provides additional video configuration controls and
tools which allow quick access to features such as image settings, 3D Settings and
video configuration.

Navigating the
Control Panel
Navigate through the
control panels in much
the same way as you
would a web page.
Click on the sub-heading tasks in the left
menu (and on the highlighted links) for information.
Use
the
buttons on the top left
to go back, forward
etc.
Figure C - 22
NVIDIA Control
Panel
NVIDIA Control Panel C - 27
C
Video Driver Controls

Display GPU
Activity Icon
Click to enable Display GPU Activity
Icon in the Notification Area to quickly
access the GPU Activity monitor from the
taskbar.
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Optimus™ Customization Options
One of the most important aspects of Nvidia® Optimus™ technology is that it will
switch between the integrated GPU and discrete GPU seamlessly and automatically,
and does not require any input from the user. However customization options are offered for users who prefer to set their own parameters for GPU usage.
Context Menu
One of the quickest ways to choose which GPU to use for a particular application is
by using the “Run with graphics processor” in the context menu.
1.
2.
Go to the NVIDIA Control Panel (see page C - 26).
Click Desktop from the top menu and select Add “Run with graphics
processor” to Context Menu (it should have a tick alongside it).
Figure C - 23
NVIDIA Control
Panel - Desktop
C - 28 Optimus™ Customization Options
Video Driver Controls
3.
4.
5.
6.
Close the NVIDIA Control Panel.
Find the executable file icon of the application you want to run.
Right-click the icon and select Run with graphics processor from the context
menu.
Select either High-performance NVIDIA processor (dGPU) or Integrated
graphics (iGPU) to run the program with the selected GPU.

iGPU or dGPU
Note the NVIDIA control panel refers to
High-performance
NVIDIA
processor
(which is the discrete
GPU) and Integrated
graphics (which is the
integrated GPU).
Figure C - 24
Context Menu with
Run with graphics
processor
Right-click the application executable file
Optimus™ Customization Options C - 29
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Video Driver Controls
Global Settings
Global settings allows you to set the preferred graphics processor for overall use.
Ideally this would be the iGPU for battery life, but this can be set to the dGPU if preferred.
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Go to the NVIDIA Control Panel (see page C - 26).
Click Manage 3D Settings (3D Settings) and select Global Settings (tab).
Select either Integrated graphics (iGPU) or High performance NVIDIA
Processor (dGPU) from the drop-down menu.
Click the Setting menu items to select any options required.
Click Apply to save the settings.
Figure C - 25
Global Settings
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Video Driver Controls
Program Settings
Program settings allows you to make specific adjustments for installed applications.
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Run the NVIDIA Control Panel (see page C - 26).
Click Manage 3D Settings (3D Settings) and select Program Settings (tab).
Select a program to customize from the drop-down menu, or click Add to add
any program that does not appear in the menu.
Select the preferred graphics processor for the program from the drop-down
menu.
Click the Setting menu items to select any options required.
Click Apply to save the settings.
Figure C - 26
Program Settings
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Video Driver Controls
Set PhysX® Configuration
NVIDIA® PhysX® is a physics engine that can use the GPU to accelerate game and
3D application performance. You can select the GeForce video card or CPU as a
PhysX® processor, or configure the computer to auto-select a PhysX® processor
(recommended default setting).
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3.
4.
Go to NVIDIA Control Panel (see page C - 26).
Click Set PhysX configuration.
Click to Select a PhysX processor from the menu; Auto-select (recommended) is
the default setting.
Click Apply to save the settings.
Figure C - 27
Set PhysX®
Configuration
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Video Driver Controls
HDMI Audio Configuration
HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) carries both audio and video signals.
In some cases it will be necessary to go to the Sound control panel and manually
configure the HDMI audio output as per the instructions below.
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3.
4.
Go to the Control Panel.
Click Sound
(Hardware and Sound) and click Playback (tab)
Depending on your display, the playback device may be selected, however in some
cases you may need to select the audio device and click Set Default (button).
Double-click the device to access the control panel tabs illustrated overleaf.
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Volume Adjustment
The sound volume level
can be set using the volume control in the Settings menu in the
Charms Bar.
Figure C - 28
Sound - HDMI
Device (set Default)
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6.
Adjust the HDMI settings from the control panel tabs.
Click OK to close the Sound
control panel.
Figure C - 29
HDMI Device
Properties
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Video Driver Controls
HDMI Notes
• Connect a device with HDMI support to the HDMI-Out port BEFORE attempting to play audio/video sources through the device.
• To play audio sources through your external display’s (TV or LCD) speakers
you will need to go to the audio configuration control panel on the display and
configure the audio input accordingly (see your display device manual).
HDMI Video Configuration
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4.
Connect an HDMI cable from the HDMI-Out port to your external display.
Configure your external display as per the instructions in “Attaching Other
Displays” on page C - 21.
Set up your external display (TV or LCD) for HDMI input (see your display device
manual).
You can now play video/audio sources through your external display.
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Other Applications
If you are using a third
party application to
play DVDs etc. from
any attached DVD device, you will need to
consult the application’s documentation
to see the appropriate
audio
configuration
(the application must
support digital to analog translation).
Sound Blaster Cinema EQ & HDMI
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3.
When you connect an HDMI display to the HDMI-Out port, the Sound Blaster Cinema EQ controls will be disabled.
A warning box will pop-up and will prompt “...Do you want to select another
audio device now?”.
Click No to continue using the HDMI audio output from your external display (do
not attempt to select another audio device when connected to the external HDMI
display.
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Specifications
Appendix D: Specifications
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Latest Specification Information
The specifications listed in this Appendix are correct at the time of going to press. Certain items (particularly processor types/
speeds and CD/DVD device types) may be changed, updated or delayed due to the manufacturer's release schedule. Check
with your distributor/supplier for details.
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Specifications
Processor
Memory
Intel® Core i7-4900MQ (2.8GHz)
Mobile Processor
8M L3 Cache, 22nm (22 Nanometer),
DDR3L-1600MHz, TDP 47W
Dual Channel DDR3L
Intel® Core i7-4800MQ (2.7GHz)
Mobile Processor
6M L3 Cache, 22nm (22 Nanometer),
DDR3L-1600MHz, TDP 47W
Intel® Core i7-4700MQ (2.4GHz)
Mobile Processor
6M L3 Cache, 22nm (22 Nanometer),
DDR3L-1600MHz, TDP 47W
Core Logic
Mobile Intel® HM87 Lynx Point Express
Chipset
Display
13.3" (33.78cm) HD+ (1600 * 900), 16:9,
2.85 - 3.1mm Thick Backlit Panel
13.3" (33.78cm) FHD (1920 * 1080),
16:9, 2.8mm Thick Backlit Panel
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*Three 204 Pin SO-DIMM Sockets
Supporting DDR3L 1600 MHz Memory
Modules (real operational frequency
depends on the FSB of the processor)
Memory Expandable up to 16GB
Compatible with 2GB, 4GB or 8GB Modules
Video Adapter Options
Intel® Integrated GPU and NVIDIA®
GeForce Video:
Supports NVIDIA® Optimus
Switchable GPU Technology between
iGPU and dGPU
Intel® HD Graphics (GPU Type
Depends on Processor)
Dynamic Frequency
Intel® Dynamic Video Memory
Technology Supporting Shared Memory
up to 1.7GB
Supports Microsoft DirectX® 11.1
nVIDIA® GeForce GTX 765M PCIe * 8
Video Chip
2GB GDDR5 Video RAM On Board
Supports Microsoft DirectX® 11.1
NVIDIA PhysX™
GeForce CUDA™ Technology
NVIDIA® Optimus™ Technology
Storage
One Changeable 2.5", 9.5 mm (h) / 7 mm
(h) SATA (Serial) Hard Disk
mSATA SSD (RAID 0/1) with SATA
Interface
Audio
High Definition Audio
Built-In Microphone
2 Built-In Speakers
Sound Blaster™ Cinema
Keyboard & Pointing Device
Isolated Illuminated Keyboard
Built-In TouchPad (with Multi Gesture and
Scrolling Functionality)
Specifications
Interface
Slots
One USB 2.0 Port
Three USB 3.0 Ports (Including one AC/
DC Powered USB 3.0 Port)
One HDMI™-Out (High-Definition
Multimedia Interface) Port (with HDCP)
One External Monitor Port
One Microphone-In Jack
One Headphone/Speaker-Out Jack
One RJ-45 LAN Jack
One DC-In Jack
Three Mini-Card Slots:
Card Reader
Embedded Multi-In-1 Push-Push Card
Reader
- MMC / RSMMC
- SD / Mini SD / SDHC / SDXC
Note: Some of these cards require PC
adapters that are usually supplied with
the cards.
Slot 1 for Half Size Mini-Card WLAN
Combo Module with PCIe & USB
Interfaces:
Slot 2 for Full Size Mini-Card mSATA
SSD (Solid State Drive) with SATA
Interface)
Slot 3 for Full Size Mini-Card mSATA
SSD (Solid State Drive) with SATA
Interface) OR Full Size Mini-Card 3G
Module with USB Interface (Factory
Option)
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260
(2*2 802.11 a/c) Half Mini-Card PCIe WLAN
+ Bluetooth Combo Module (Factory Option)
(802.11b/g/n) Half Mini-Card PCIe WLAN
+ Bluetooth V4.0+LE Combo Module
(Factory Option)
(802.11b/g/n) Half Mini-Card PCIe WLAN
Module (Factory Option)
Built-In 10/100/1000Mb Base-TX Ethernet
LAN
UMTS/HSPA+ based 3G Module with
Full Size Mini-Card Interface (Factory
Option)
Quad-band GSM/GPRS (850 MHz, 900
MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz)
UMTS WCDMA FDD (2100 MHz)
Note that UMTS modes CAN NOT be
used in North America
2.0M HD PC Video Camera Module
BIOS
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-N 7260 (2*2
802.11 a/g/n) Half Mini-Card PCIe WLAN
+ Bluetooth Combo Module (Factory
Option)
One 48Mb SPI Flash ROM
AMI BIOS
Intel® Wireless-N 7260 (2*2 802.11 b/g/n)
Half Mini-Card PCIe WLAN + Bluetooth
Combo Module (Factory Option)
Security (Kensington® Type) Lock Slot
BIOS Password
Communication
Security
Specifications D - 3
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Specifications
Operating System
Power Management
Windows® 8/Windows® 8.1
Supports Wake on LAN
Supports Wake on USB
Supports Wake on RTC Alarm (AC Mode
Only
Features
Painted Style for some designs
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology
Intel® Rapid Start Technology
Intel® Smart Response Technology
Environmental Spec
Indicators
Temperature
Operating:
5°C - 35°C
Non-Operating: -20°C - 60°C
LED Indicators - Power/Suspend,
Battery, HDD, Airplane Mode, Num Lock,
Caps Lock, Scroll Lock, Camera
Relative Humidity
Operating:
20% - 80%
Non-Operating: 10% - 90%
Power
Physical Dimensions & Weight
Full Range AC/DC Adapter – AC in 100 240V, 50 - 60Hz DC Output 19.5V, 6.15A
(120 Watts)
330mm (w) * 227mm (d) * 31.9mm (h)
2.0kg with Battery
Removable 6 Cell Smart Lithium Ion Battery
Pack 62.16WH
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