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TravelMate Series
User’s Manual
© Wednesday, July 31, 2013 All Rights Reserved.
TravelMate Series User’s Manual
This revision: 2013
Model number: __________________________________
Serial number: ___________________________________
Date of purchase: ________________________________
Place of purchase: ________________________________
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Safety instructions
Read these instructions carefully. Keep this document for future reference. Follow
all warnings and instructions marked on the product.
Turning the product off before cleaning
Unplug this product from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not use liquid cleaners
or aerosol cleaners. Use a damp cloth for cleaning.
Warnings
Accessing the power cord
Be sure that the power outlet you plug the power cord into is easily accessible and
located as close to the equipment operator as possible. When you need to
disconnect power to the equipment, be sure to unplug the power cord from the
electrical outlet.
Disconnecting the power source
Observe the following guidelines when connecting and disconnecting power to the
power supply unit:
Install the power supply unit before connecting the power cord to the AC power
outlet.
Unplug the power cord before removing the power supply unit from the computer.
If the system has multiple sources of power, disconnect power from the system by
unplugging all power cords from the power supplies.
Using electrical power
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This product should be operated from the type of power indicated on the
marking label. If you are not sure of the type of power available, consult your
dealer or local power company.
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Do not allow anything to rest on the power cord. Do not locate this product
where people will walk on the cord.
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If an extension cord is used with this product, make sure that the total ampere
rating of the equipment plugged into the extension cord does not exceed the
extension cord ampere rating. Also, make sure that the total rating of all
products plugged into the wall outlet does not exceed the fuse rating.
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Do not overload a power outlet, strip or receptacle by plugging in too many
devices. The overall system load must not exceed 80% of the branch circuit
rating. If power strips are used, the load should not exceed 80% of the power
strip's input rating.
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This product's AC adapter is equipped with a three-wire grounded plug. The
plug only fits in a grounded power outlet. Make sure the power outlet is
properly grounded before inserting the AC adapter plug. Do not insert the plug
into a non-grounded power outlet. Contact your electrician for details.
Warning! The grounding pin is a safety feature. Using a power outlet
that is not properly grounded may result in electric shock and/or
injury.
Note: The grounding pin also provides good protection from
unexpected noise produced by other nearby electrical devices that
may interfere with the performance of this product.
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The system can be powered using a wide range of voltages; 100 to 120 or 220
to 240 V AC. The power cord included with the system meets the requirements
for use in the country/region where the system was purchased. Power cords
for use in other countries/regions must meet the requirements for that country/
region. For more information on power cord requirements, contact an
authorized reseller or service provider.
Bundled dummy cards
Note: Information in this section may not apply to your computer.
Your computer shipped with plastic dummies installed in the card slots. Dummies
protect unused slots from dust, metal objects or other particles.
Save the dummies for use when no cards are in the slots.
General
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Do not use this product near water.
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Do not place this product on an unstable cart, stand or table. If the product
falls, it could be seriously damaged.
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Slots and openings are provided for ventilation to ensure reliable operation of
the product and to protect it from overheating. These openings must not be
blocked or covered. The openings should never be blocked by placing the
product on a bed, sofa, rug or other similar surface. This product should never
be placed near or over a radiator or heat register, or in a built-in installation
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Never push objects of any kind into this product through cabinet slots as they
may touch dangerous voltage points or short-out parts that could result in a
fire or electric shock. Never spill liquid of any kind onto or into the product.
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To avoid damage of internal components and to prevent battery leakage, do
not place the product on a vibrating surface.
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Never use it under sporting, exercising, or any vibrating environment which will
probably cause unexpected short current or damage rotor devices, HDD,
Optical drive, and even exposure risk from lithium battery pack.
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The bottom surface, areas around ventilation openings and AC adapter may
get hot. To avoid injury, ensure they do not come in contact with your skin or
body.
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Your device and its enhancements may contain small parts. Keep them out of
the reach of small children.
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The surface temperature of the base will rise during normal operation,
particularly when plugged in to AC power. Allowing sustained contact with
exposed skin can cause discomfort or burns.
Product servicing
Do not attempt to service this product yourself, as opening or removing covers may
expose you to dangerous voltage points or other risks. Refer all servicing to
qualified service personnel.
Unplug this product from the wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified service
personnel when:
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The power cord or plug is damaged, cut or frayed.
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Liquid was spilled into the product.
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The product was exposed to rain or water.
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The product has been dropped or the case has been damaged.
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The product exhibits a distinct change in performance, indicating a need for
service.
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The product does not operate normally after following the operating
instructions.
Note: Adjust only those controls that are covered by the operating
instructions, since improper adjustment of other controls may result
in damage and will often require extensive work by a qualified
technician to restore the product to normal condition.
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This notebook uses a Lithium-ion battery. Do not use it in a humid, wet or corrosive
environment. Do not put, store or leave your product in or near a heat source, in a
high temperature location, in strong direct sunlight, in a microwave oven or in a
pressurized container, and do not expose it to temperatures over 60° C (140° F).
Failure to follow these guidelines may cause the battery to leak acid, become hot,
explode or ignite and cause injury and/or damage. Do not pierce, open or
disassemble the battery. If the battery leaks and you come into contact with the
leaked fluids, rinse thoroughly with water and seek medical attention immediately.
For safety reasons, and to prolong the lifetime of the battery, charging will not occur
at temperatures below 0° C (32° F) or above 40° C (104° F).
The full performance of a new battery is achieved only after two or three complete
charge and discharge cycles. The battery can be charged and discharged hundreds
of times, but it will eventually wear out. When the operation time becomes
noticeably shorter than normal, buy a new battery.
Use only the approved batteries, and recharge your battery only with the approved
chargers designated for this device.
Use the battery only for its intended purpose. Never use any charger or battery that
is damaged. Do not short-circuit the battery. Accidental short-circuiting can occur
when a metallic object such as a coin, clip or pen causes direct connection of the
positive (+) and negative (-) terminals of the battery. (These look like metal strips on
the battery.) This might happen, for example, when you carry a spare battery in your
pocket or purse. Short-circuiting the terminals may damage the battery or the
connecting object.
The capacity and lifetime of the battery will be reduced if the battery is left in hot or
cold places, such as in a closed car in summer or winter. Always try to keep the
battery between 15°C and 25°C (59°F and 77°F). A device with a hot or cold battery
may not work temporarily, even when the battery is fully charged. Battery
performance is especially limited in temperatures well below freezing.
Do not dispose of batteries in a fire as they may explode. Batteries may also
explode if damaged. Dispose of batteries according to local regulations. Please
recycle when possible. Do not dispose as household waste.
Wireless devices may be susceptible to interference from the battery, which could
affect performance.
Note: Please refer to www.acer.com for battery shipping
documents.
Replacing the battery pack
The notebook uses lithium batteries. Replace the battery with the same type as that
which came bundled with your product. Use of another battery may present a risk
of fire or explosion.
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Caution for Optical Drive Device
Note: Information in this section may not apply to your computer.
CAUTION: This appliance contains a laser system and is classified as a "CLASS 1
LASER PRODUCT." In case of any trouble with this device, please contact your
nearest AUTHORIZED service station. To prevent direct exposure to the laser beam,
do not try to open the enclosure.
CLASS 1 LASER PRODUCT
CAUTION: INVISIBLE LASER RADIATION WHEN OPEN. AVOID EXPOSURE
TO BEAM.
APPAREIL A LASER DE CLASSE 1 PRODUIT
LASERATTENTION: RADIATION DU FAISCEAU LASER INVISIBLE EN CAS
D’OUVERTURE. EVITTER TOUTE EXPOSITION AUX RAYONS.
LUOKAN 1 LASERLAITE LASER KLASSE 1
VORSICHT: UNSICHTBARE LASERSTRAHLUNG, WENN ABDECKUNG
GEÖFFNET NICHT DEM STRAHLL AUSSETZEN
PRODUCTO LÁSER DE LA CLASE I
ADVERTENCIA: RADIACIÓN LÁSER INVISIBLE AL SER ABIERTO. EVITE
EXPONERSE A LOS RAYOS.
ADVARSEL: LASERSTRÅLING VEDÅBNING SE IKKE IND I STRÅLEN.
VARO! LAVATTAESSA OLET ALTTINA LASERSÅTEILYLLE.
VARNING: LASERSTRÅLNING NÅR DENNA DEL ÅR ÖPPNAD ÅLÅ TUIJOTA
SÅTEESEENSTIRRA EJ IN I STRÅLEN
VARNING: LASERSTRÅLNING NAR DENNA DEL ÅR ÖPPNADSTIRRA EJ IN I
STRÅLEN
ADVARSEL: LASERSTRÅLING NAR DEKSEL ÅPNESSTIRR IKKE INN I STRÅLEN
Telephone line safety
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Disconnect all telephone lines from the equipment when not in use and/or
before servicing.
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To avoid the remote risk of electric shock from lightning, do not connect the
telephone line to this equipment during lightning or thunderstorms.
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Warning! Batteries may explode if not handled properly. Do not
disassemble or dispose of them in fire. Keep them away from
children. Follow local regulations when disposing of used batteries.
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Radio frequency interference
Warning! For safety reasons, turn off all wireless or radio transmitting
devices when using your laptop under the following conditions.
These devices may include, but are not limited to: wireless LAN
(WLAN), Bluetooth and/or 3G.
Remember to follow any special regulations in force in any area, and always switch
off your device when its use is prohibited or when it may cause interference or
danger. Use the device only in its normal operating positions. This device meets RF
exposure guidelines when used normally. To successfully transmit data files or
messages, this device requires a good quality connection to the network. In some
cases, transmission of data files or messages may be delayed until such a
connection is available. Ensure that the above separation distance instructions are
followed until the transmission is completed. Parts of the device are magnetic.
Metallic materials may be attracted to the device, and persons with hearing aids
should not hold the device to the ear with the hearing aid. Do not place credit cards
or other magnetic storage media near the device, because information stored on
them may be erased.
Medical devices
Operation of any radio transmitting equipment, including wireless phones, may
interfere with the functionality of inadequately protected medical devices. Consult a
physician or the manufacturer of the medical device to determine if they are
adequately shielded from external RF energy or if you have any questions. Switch
off your device in health care facilities when any regulations posted in these areas
instruct you to do so. Hospitals or health care facilities may be using equipment that
could be sensitive to external RF transmissions.
Pacemakers. Pacemaker manufacturers recommend that a minimum separation of
15.3 centimeters (6 inches) be maintained between wireless devices and a
pacemaker to avoid potential interference with the pacemaker. These
recommendations are consistent with the independent research by and
recommendations of Wireless Technology Research. Persons with pacemakers
should do the following:
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Always keep the device more than 15.3 centimeters (6 inches) from the
pacemaker
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Warning! For safety reasons, do not use non-compliant parts when
adding or changing components. Consult your reseller for purchase
options.
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Not carry the device near your pacemaker when the device is switched on.
If you suspect interference, switch off your device, and move it.
Hearing aids. Some digital wireless devices may interfere with some hearing aids. If
interference occurs, consult your service provider.
Vehicles
RF signals may affect improperly installed or inadequately shielded electronic
systems in motor vehicles such as electronic fuel injection systems, electronic antiskid (anti-lock) braking systems, electronic speed control systems, and air bag
systems. For more information, check with the manufacturer, or its representative,
of your vehicle or any equipment that has been added. Only qualified personnel
should service the device, or install the device in a vehicle. Faulty installation or
service may be dangerous and may invalidate any warranty that may apply to the
device. Check regularly that all wireless equipment in your vehicle is mounted and
operating properly. Do not store or carry flammable liquids, gases, or explosive
materials in the same compartment as the device, its parts, or enhancements. For
vehicles equipped with an air bag, remember that air bags inflate with great force.
Do not place objects, including installed or portable wireless equipment in the area
over the air bag or in the air bag deployment area. If in-vehicle wireless equipment
is improperly installed, and the air bag inflates, serious injury could result. Using
your device while flying in aircraft is prohibited. Switch off your device before
boarding an aircraft. The use of wireless teledevices in an aircraft may be
dangerous to the operation of the aircraft, disrupt the wireless telephone network,
and may be illegal.
Potentially explosive environments
Switch off your device when in any area with a potentially explosive atmosphere
and obey all signs and instructions. Potentially explosive atmospheres include
areas where you would normally be advised to turn off your vehicle engine. Sparks
in such areas could cause an explosion or fire resulting in bodily injury or even
death. Switch off the device at refueling points such as near gas pumps at service
stations. Observe restrictions on the use of radio equipment in fuel depots, storage,
and distribution areas; chemical plants; or where blasting operations are in
progress. Areas with a potentially explosive atmosphere are often, but not always,
clearly marked. They include below deck on boats, chemical transfer or storage
facilities, vehicles using liquefied petroleum gas (such as propane or butane), and
areas where the air contains chemicals or particles such as grain, dust or metal
powders. Do not switch the notebook on when wireless phone use is prohibited or
when it may cause interference or danger.
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Warning: You cannot make emergency calls through this device. To make an
emergency call you shall dial out through your mobile phone or other telephone call
system.
Disposal instructions
Do not throw this electronic device into the trash when discarding.
To minimize pollution and ensure utmost protection of the global
environment, please recycle. For more information on the Waste from
Electrical and Electronics Equipment (WEEE) regulations, visit
www.acer-group.com/public/Sustainability/sustainability01.htm
ENERGY STAR
Note: Information in this section may not apply to your computer.
Acer's ENERGY STAR qualified products save your money by
reducing energy cost and protecting the environment without
sacrificing features or performance. Acer is proud to offer our
customers products with the ENERGY STAR mark.
What is ENERGY STAR?
Products that are ENERGY STAR qualified use less energy and
prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy efficiency guidelines
set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Acer is committed to offering
products and services worldwide that help customers save money, conserve energy
and improve the quality of our environment. The more energy we can save through
higher energy efficiency, the more we reduce greenhouse gases and the risks of
climate change. More information refers to www.energystar.gov or
www.energystar.gov/powermanagement.
Acer ENERGY STAR qualified products:
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Produce less heat and reduce cooling loads, and warmer
climates.
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Automatically go into "display sleep" and "computer sleep"
mode after 10 and 30 minutes of inactivity respectively.
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Wake the computer from sleep mode by pressing a key on the
keyboard or moving the mouse.
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Computers will save more than 80% energy at "sleep" mode.
ENERGY STAR and the ENERGY STAR mark are registered U.S. marks
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Emergency calls
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Computer users may complain of eyestrain and headaches after prolonged use.
Users are also at risk of physical injury after long hours of working in front of a
computer. Long work periods, bad posture, poor work habits, stress, inadequate
working conditions, personal health and other factors greatly increase the risk of
physical injury.
Incorrect computer usage may lead to carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis,
tenosynovitis or other musculoskeletal disorders. The following symptoms may
appear in the hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, neck or back:
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Numbness, or a burning or tingling sensation.
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Aching, soreness or tenderness.
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Pain, swelling or throbbing.
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Stiffness or tightness.
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Coldness or weakness.
If you have these symptoms, or any other recurring or persistent discomfort and/or
pain related to computer use, consult a physician immediately and inform your
company's health and safety department.
The following section provides tips for more comfortable computer use.
Finding your comfort zone
Find your comfort zone by adjusting the viewing angle of the monitor, using a
footrest, or raising your sitting height to achieve maximum comfort. Observe the
following tips:
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Refrain from staying too long in one fixed posture.
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Avoid slouching forward and/or leaning backward.
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Stand up and walk around regularly to remove the strain on your leg muscles.
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Take short rests to relax your neck and shoulders.
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Avoid tensing your muscles or shrugging your shoulders.
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Install the external display, keyboard and mouse properly and within
comfortable reach.
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If you view your monitor more than your documents, place the display at the
center of your desk to minimize neck strain.
Taking care of your vision
Long viewing hours, wearing incorrect glasses or contact lenses, glare, excessive
room lighting, poorly focused screens, very small typefaces and low-contrast
displays could stress your eyes. The following sections provide suggestions on how
to reduce eyestrain.
Eyes
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Rest your eyes frequently.
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Give your eyes regular breaks by looking away from the monitor and focusing
on a distant point.
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Blink frequently to keep your eyes from drying out.
Display
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Keep your display clean.
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Keep your head at a higher level than the top edge of the display so your eyes
point downward when looking at the middle of the display.
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Adjust the display brightness and/or contrast to a comfortable level for
enhanced text readability and graphics clarity.
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Eliminate glare and reflections by:
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placing your display in such a way that the side faces the window
or any light source
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minimizing room light by using drapes, shades or blinds
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using a task light
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changing the display's viewing angle
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using a glare-reduction filter
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using a display visor, such as a piece of cardboard extended from
the display's top front edge
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Avoid adjusting your display to an awkward viewing angle.
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Avoid looking at bright light sources for extended periods of time.
Developing good work habits
The following work habits make computer use more relaxing and productive:
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Take short breaks regularly and often.
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Perform some stretching exercises.
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Breathe fresh air as often as possible.
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Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy body.
Warning! We do not recommend using the computer on a couch or
bed. If this is unavoidable, work for only short periods, take breaks
regularly, and do some stretching exercises.
Note: For more information, please refer to ?$paratext>? on page
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We would like to thank you for making an Acer notebook your choice for meeting
your mobile computing needs.
Your guides
To help you use your Acer notebook, we have designed a set of guides:
First off, the setup poster helps you get started with setting up your computer.
The TravelMate Series User’s Manual contains useful information applying to all
models in the TravelMate Series. It covers basic topics such as using the keyboard
and audio, etc. Please understand that due to its nature, the User’s Manual will
occasionally refer to functions or features which are only contained in certain
models of the series, but not necessarily in the model you purchased. Such
instances are marked in the text with language such as "only for certain models."
The Quick Guide introduces you to the basic features and functions of your new
computer. For more on how your computer can help you to be more productive,
please refer to the TravelMate Series User’s Manual. This guide contains detailed
information on such subjects as system utilities, data recovery, expansion options
and troubleshooting. In addition it contains warranty information and the general
regulations and safety notices for your notebook. It is available in Portable
Document Format (PDF) and comes preloaded on your notebook.
Follow these steps to access it:
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Type ‘User’ from Start.
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Click on Acer User’s Manual.
Basic care and tips for using your computer
Turning your computer on and off
To turn on the computer, simply press and release the power button. Please refer to
the setup poster for the location of the power button.
To turn the power off, do any of the following:
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Use the Windows shutdown command: Press the Windows key + <C>, click
Settings > Power then click Shut Down.
If you need to power down the computer for a short while, but don’t want to
completely shut it down, you can put it into Hibernate by:
• Pressing the power button.
You can also put the computer in sleep mode by pressing the sleep hotkey <Fn> +
<F4>.
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First things first
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Taking care of your computer
Your computer will serve you well if you take care of it.
• Do not expose the computer to direct sunlight. Do not place it near sources of
heat, such as a radiator.
• Do not expose the computer to temperatures below 0º C (32º F) or above 50º C
(122º F).
• Do not subject the computer to magnetic fields.
• Do not expose the computer to rain or moisture.
• Do not spill water or any liquid on the computer.
• Do not subject the computer to heavy shock or vibration.
• Do not expose the computer to dust or dirt.
• Never place objects on top of the computer.
• Do not slam the computer display when you close it.
• Never place the computer on uneven surfaces.
Taking care of your AC adapter
Here are some ways to take care of your AC adapter:
• Do not connect the adapter to any other device.
• Do not step on the power cord or place heavy objects on top of it. Carefully
route the power cord and any cables away from foot traffic.
• When unplugging the power cord, do not pull on the cord itself but pull on the
plug.
• The total ampere ratings of the equipment plugged in should not exceed the
ampere rating of the cord if you are using an extension cord. Also, the total
current rating of all equipment plugged into a single wall outlet should not
exceed the fuse rating.
Taking care of your battery pack
Here are some ways to take care of your battery pack:
• Use only batteries of the same kind as replacements. Turn the power off before
removing or replacing batteries.
• Do not tamper with batteries. Keep them away from children.
• Dispose of used batteries according to local regulations. Recycle if possible.
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Note: If you cannot power off the computer normally, press and hold
the power button for more than four seconds to shut down the
computer. If you turn off the computer and want to turn it on again,
wait at least two seconds before powering up.
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When cleaning the computer, follow these steps:
1. Turn off the computer and remove the battery pack.
2. Disconnect the AC adapter.
3. Use a soft, moist cloth. Do not use liquid or aerosol cleaners.
If either of the following occurs:
• The computer has been dropped or the body has been damaged;
• The computer does not operate normally
Please refer to "Frequently asked questions" on page 62 .
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Touchpad basics
Touchpad gestures
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Using the keyboard
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Lock keys and embedded numeric keypad
Hotkeys
Windows keys
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Acer ProShield
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Overview
Setting up ProShield
Personal Secure Drive
Credential Manager
Fingerprint Registration*
Data Protection
Data Removal
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Acer Office Manager
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Acer Office Manager Console
Dashboard
Client manager
Policies
Assets
Task scheduler
Settings
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Recovery
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Creating a recovery backup
Creating a drivers and applications backup
Recovering your system
Reinstalling drivers and applications
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Information for your safety and comfort
Safety instructions
Caution for Optical Drive Device
Radio frequency interference
Medical devices
Vehicles
Potentially explosive environments
Emergency calls
Disposal instructions
Tips and information for comfortable use
First things first
Your guides
Basic care and tips for using your computer
Contents
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Changing to Windows 8 or Windows 7
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Changing to Windows 8
Changing to Windows 7
Changing BIOS settings
Changing between Windows 7 and 8 during startup
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Power management
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Saving power
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Battery pack
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Battery pack characteristics
Charging the battery
Optimizing battery life
Checking the battery level
Battery-low warning
Installing and removing the battery pack
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Traveling with your computer
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Disconnecting from the desktop
Moving around
Preparing the computer
What to bring to meetings
Taking the computer home
Preparing the computer
What to take with you
Special considerations
Setting up a home office
Traveling with the computer
Preparing the computer
What to take with you
Special considerations
Traveling internationally with the computer
Preparing the computer
What to bring with you
Special considerations
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Enabling NFC on your computer
Sending your contact information
Receiving information with NFC
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Returning to an earlier system snapshot
Returning your system to its factory condition
Recovering from Windows
Recovering from a recovery backup
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Connectivity options
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Connecting to a network
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Built-in network feature
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Wireless networks
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Connecting to the Internet
Wireless networks
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ExpressCard
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IEEE 1394 port
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HDMI
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Universal Serial Bus (USB)
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Playing DVD movies
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Upgrading memory
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BIOS utility
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Boot sequence
Setting passwords
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Frequently asked questions
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Requesting service
Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting tips
Error messages
Tips and hints for using Windows 8
Three concepts you might want to keep in mind
How do I access the charms?
How do I get to Start?
How do I jump between apps?
How do I turn off my computer?
Why is there a new interface?
How do I unlock my computer?
How do I personalize my computer?
I want to use Windows in the way that I'm used to give me my desktop back!
Where are my apps?
What is a Microsoft ID (account)?
How do I add a favorite to Internet Explorer?
How do I check for Windows updates?
Where can I get more information?
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Expanding through options
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Regulations and safety notices
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Touchpad basics
The touchpad controls the arrow (or 'cursor') on the screen. As you slide
your finger across the touchpad, the cursor will follow this movement.
Press the left or right side of the button located beneath the touchpad to
perform selection and execution functions. These two areas are similar to the
left and right buttons on a mouse. Tapping on the touchpad is the same as
clicking the left side of the button.
Note: The touchpad is sensitive to finger movement; the lighter the touch,
the better the response.
Please keep the touchpad and your fingers dry and clean.
The cursor is controlled by some basic gestures:
• Single-finger slide: Slide a finger across the touchpad to move
the cursor.
• Single-finger tap: Lightly tap the touchpad with your finger, to
perform a 'click', which will select or start an item. Quickly repeat
the tap to perform a double tap or 'double click'.
• Drag: Press and hold the left side of the selection button, or tap twice
anywhere on the touchtap, then slide a second finger across the touchpad to
select all items in an area.
Touchpad gestures
Windows 8 and many applications support touchpad gestures that use one or
more fingers.
Note: Support for touchpad gestures depends on the active application.
These allow you to control applications with a few simple gestures, such as:
• Swipe in from edge: Access Windows tools
by swiping into the center of the touchpad from
the right, top or left.
• Swipe in from right edge: Toggle the
charms.
• Swipe in from top edge: Toggle the app commands.
• Swipe in from left edge: Switch to the previous app.
• Two-finger slide: Swiftly scroll through web pages, documents
and playlists by placing two fingers on the touchpad and moving
both in any direction.
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• Two-finger pinch: Zoom in and out of photos, maps and
documents with a simple finger-and-thumb gesture.
Touchpad
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Note: Information in this section may not apply to your computer.
The keyboard has full-sized keys and an embedded numeric keypad, separate
cursor, lock, Windows, function and special keys.
Lock keys and embedded numeric keypad
The keyboard has three lock keys which you can toggle on and off.
Lock key
Description
Caps Lock
When Caps Lock is on, all alphabetic characters typed are in
uppercase.
Num Lock
<Fn> + <F11>
When Num Lock is on, the embedded keypad is in numeric mode.
The keys function as a calculator (complete with the arithmetic
operators +, -, *, and /). Use this mode when you need to do a lot of
numeric data entry. A better solution would be to connect an
external keypad.
Scroll Lock
<Fn> + <F12>
When Scroll Lock is on, the screen moves one line up or down
when you press the up or down arrow keys respectively. Scroll
Lock does not work with some applications.
The embedded numeric keypad functions like a desktop numeric keypad. It is
indicated by small characters located on the upper right corner of the keycaps.
To simplify the keyboard legend, cursor-control key symbols are not printed on
the keys.
Desired access
Num Lock on
Num Lock off
Number keys on
embedded keypad
Type numbers in a normal
manner.
Cursor-control keys on
embedded keypad
Hold <Shift> while using cursor- Hold <Fn> while using
control keys.
cursor-control keys.
Main keyboard keys
Hold <Fn> while typing letters
on embedded keypad.
Type the letters in a
normal manner.
Hotkeys
The computer employs hotkeys or key combinations to access most of the
computer's controls like screen brightness and volume output.
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Using the keyboard
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Using the keyboard
To activate hotkeys, press and hold the <Fn> key before pressing the other
key in the hotkey combination.
Hotkey
Icon
Function
Description
<Fn> + <F3>
Communication
key
Enables / disables the computer's
communication devices.
(Communication devices may vary
by configuration.)
<Fn> + <F4>
Sleep
Puts the computer in Sleep mode.
<Fn> + <F5>
Display toggle
Switches display output between the
display screen, external monitor (if
connected) and both.
<Fn> + <F6>
Display off
Turns the display screen backlight off
to save power. Press any key to
return.
<Fn> + <F7>
Touchpad toggle
Turns the built-in touchpad on and
off.
<Fn> + <F8>
Speaker toggle
Turns the speakers on and off.
<Fn> + <F11>
NumLk
Turns the embedded numeric
keypad on or off (only for certain
models).
<Fn> + < >
Brightness up
Increases the screen brightness.
<Fn> + < >
Brightness down
Decreases the screen brightness.
<Fn> + < >
Volume up
Increases the sound volume.
<Fn> + < >
Volume down
Decreases the sound volume.
<Fn> + <Home>
Play/Pause
Play or pause a selected media file.
<Fn> +
<Pg Up>
Stop
Stop playing the selected
media file.
<Fn> +
<Pg Dn>
Previous
Return to the previous media file.
<Fn> + <End>
Next
Jump to the next media file.
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The keyboard has two keys that perform Windows-specific functions.
Key
Description
Windows key
Pressed alone it returns to the Start screen.
It can also be used with other keys for special functions, please
check Windows Help.
Application key This key has the same effect as clicking the right mouse button;
it opens the application's context menu.
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Acer ProShield
Acer ProShield
Note: Only for selected models.
Overview
An all-in-one security solution, Acer ProShield provides an embedded security
solution to address the following points of vulnerability:
• Securing the device against unauthorized access
• Protecting local storage
• Securing the network
Acer ProShield includes five modules that will secure your device from
unauthorized access and intrusion.
• Credential Manager - Password, Fingerprint registration (if your PC has a
fingerprint scanner), Online accounts configuration
• Pre-Boot Authentication - Boot sequence and device security
• Data Protection - Personal secure drive, file and folder encryption
• Data Removal - File shredder
• Information - About this software
Setting up ProShield
The first time you run ProShield, you will be led through a setup wizard that
allows you to set up the parameters for ProShield. Click Start to begin. You
will be required to set a password, and can choose to create a Personal
Secure Drive.
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Once you have set a password, you can click Next to proceed to setting up a
Personal Secure Drive or click Finish to exit the wizard.
Personal Secure Drive
The Personal Secure Disk (PSD) is a secure section of your hard disk where
you can save files. You can only get access to the PSD via password or
fingerprint authentication.
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Note: Select a password that you will remember, but is difficult to guess.
Do not use words that can be found in a dictionary. It is advisable to use
a combination of letters and numbers.
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Acer ProShield
Once setup is finished, you can go to the ProShield Console to manage your
computer or make changes to the settings.
Use the menu in the left-hand pane to make changes.
Credential Manager
Here you can set and manage your credentials, including Pre-boot
authentication.
You can change your ProShield and Windows passwords, register fingerprints,
manage online account information, and back up or restore credential
information.
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* (only if your PC has a fingerprint scanner)
You can use a fingerprint scanner to secure your PC from unauthorized
access. Register two or more fingerprints that can then be used to access your
PC during start up, instead of your password.
Click Registration Tutorial for more information.
Data Protection
Here you can select files for encryption or decryption, and manage your
Personal Secure Drive.
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Fingerprint Registration*
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Data Removal
Here you can select files to be completely removed from the hard disk. The
File Shredder overwrites the data to make recovering the data impossible.
Warning: Make sure you select only the information you want to
shred. Once you have shredded a file or folder, it is impossible to
recover the data.
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Note: Only for selected models.
Acer Office Manager is a monitoring and assent management tool that allows
MIS staff to remotely manage and update computers. There are two
components to this software package: Acer Office Manager Console and Acer
Office Manager Client.
Acer Office Manager Console
The Console application allows you to manage connected clients from a single
computer. To start the Console in Windows 8, simply start typing "Office
Manager Console". Alternatively, in Desktop mode, select Acer Office
Manager Console.
The first time you run the Console, you will be asked to set up a password, and
an email address for notifications.
Note: The password should be from 8 to 31 characters long and must
include at least one digit, one capital letter and one lower-case letter.
Dashboard
Once you have completed the setup steps, you will be shown the Dashboard,
where you can view the total number of connected clients, the online clients
and offline clients. You can also add a client by selecting a client under New
client and clicking the Add button.
Tip: Select Client under New client to select all the found clients.
In the Notification area you can see any notifications received for the managed
clients, including information such as hardware or software being removed, if
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the.client has been in use, or if it has been off-line, for longer than the defined
time.
Client manager
On the Client manager page you can view all the clients being managed from
the Console. Double-click an icon to view the system information for that client.
You can also group clients together for easier management. For example, you
can create a group for admin staff and another for sales staff. To create a
group and add clients to the group, click the + symbol above the list of clients.
Note: Each client can only be assigned to one group.
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You can set policies to apply to selected clients or groups of clients. Click the +
symbol to add a new policy.
Tab
Item
Function
Wallpaper
Set a wallpaper that will be applied to all
clients.
Screen saver
Set a screen saver that will be applied to
all clients.
Homepage
Set which home page Internet Explorer will
open when launched.
Enable AutoPlay
Enable or disable AutoPlay for external
devices or CD- / DVD-ROMs
Enable IE security
settings
Define Internet Explorer security settings.
Enable user
account policy
Set policies for user passwords, such as
minimum password strength, password
validity, and lockout parameters.
General
Security
Power options
BIOS
Device
Define power settings.
BIOS Supervisor
password
Set a BIOS Supervisor password. If a
password already exists, you will need to
enter it before you can change it.
BIOS User
password
Set a BIOS User password. If a password
already exists, you will need to enter it or
the Supervisor password before you can
change the User password.
Change boot
sequence settings
Change the order of devices used to boot
the system.
Enable or disable devices on notebook
computers.
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Policies
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Note: The items in the Device tab are not supported for desktop
computers. If you set a policy that includes items in this tab, and deploy
the policy to a desktop computer, the settings will be ignored.
Assets
The Assets page gives you a quick overview of the managed clients and the
hardware and software for each system. You can also see which Hotfixes
have been applied to each system.
Select the system model from the Model drop-down menu. You can then
further refine the search by operating system via the OS drop-down menu. The
discovered clients will be listed.
If you wish to export the results as an Excel spreadsheet, click Export results
or the
icon. You will be asked where to save the file and for a file name.
Task scheduler
On the Task scheduler page, you can set a schedule to deploy selected
policies on a regular basis. Click the + symbol to add a new task.
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Settings
On the Settings page, you can change your settings as desired.
Tab
Administration
settings
Item
Function
Edit password
settings
Change your Acer Office Manager
Console password
Email settings
Set up an email account to receive email
notifications.
Preference
settings
Set up your program launch and lock
preferences.
Notification
settings
Set up what time-related notifications
should show on the Dashboard.
Data migration
Export your Acer Office Manager Console
settings for use on another machine.
Certificate
Create new
certificate
Create a certificate that you can import to
another machine. Certificates ensure that
the client can only be managed from a
single console.
Import certificate
Import a certificate from another machine.
This will allow the console to manage a
remote client that has a trusted
relationship with another console.
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You will need to enter a Task name, select the Frequency, Time, Date, Action,
the Policies to be deployed (if appropriate) and the group(s) or client(s).
Once you have entered the necessary information, click Save.
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Recovery
Recovery
If you are having trouble with your computer, and the frequently asked
questions in the User’s Manual do not help, you can 'recover' your computer i.e. return it to an earlier state.
This section describes the recovery tools available on your computer. Acer
provides Acer Recovery Management, which allows you to create a recovery
backup, a drivers and applications backup, and to start recovery options,
either using Windows tools, or the recovery backup.
Note: Acer Recovery Management is only available with a pre-installed
Windows operating system.
Important: We recommend that you create a Recovery Backup and
Drivers and Applications Backup and as soon as possible.
In certain situations a full recovery will require a USB recovery
backup.
Creating a recovery backup
To reinstall from a USB storage drive, you must first create a recovery backup.
The recovery backup includes the entire original contents of your computer’s
hard drive, including Windows and all factory-loaded software and drivers.
Using this backup will restore your computer to the same state as when you
purchased it, while giving you an option to retain all settings and personal
data.
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2. Click Create Factory Default Backup. The Recovery Drive window opens.
Make sure Copy contents from the recovery partition to the recovery
drive is selected. This provides the most complete and safest recovery
backup.
3. Plug in the USB drive then click Next.
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Note: Since the recovery backup requires at least 16 GB of storage after
formatting, it is recommended to use a USB drive with a capacity of 32 GB
or larger.
1. From Start, type 'Recovery' and then click Acer Recovery Management in
the list of apps.
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• Since the recovery backup requires at least 16 GB of storage after
formatting, it is recommended to use a USB drive with a capacity of 32
GB or larger.
4. You will be shown the backup progress on the screen.
5. Follow the process until it completes.
6. After creating the recovery backup, you can choose to delete the recovery
information on your computer. If you delete this information, you can only
use the USB recovery backup to restore your computer, if you lose or erase
the USB drive, you cannot restore your computer.
7. Unplug the USB drive and label it clearly.
Important: Write a unique, descriptive label on the backup, such as
'Windows Recovery Backup'. Make sure you keep the backup in a
safe place that you will remember.
Creating a drivers and applications backup
To create a Drivers and Applications Backup, that contains the factory-loaded
software and drivers needed by your computer, you may use either a USB
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2. Click Create Drivers and Applications Backup.
Plug in the USB drive or insert a blank DVD into the optical drive, then click
Next.
• If you are using a USB drive, make sure your USB drive has enough
capacity before continuing.
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storage drive or, if your computer features a DVD recorder, one or more blank
recordable DVDs.
1. From Start, type 'Recovery' and then click Acer Recovery Management in
the list of apps.
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• If using DVDs, it will also show the number of blank, recordable discs you
will need to complete the recovery discs. Make sure that you have the
required number of identical, blank discs.
3. Click Start to copy files.You will be shown the backup progress on the
screen.
4. Follow the process until it completes:
• If you are using optical discs, the drive ejects each disc as it completes
burning it. Remove the disc from the drive and mark it with a permanent
marker.
If multiple discs are required, insert a new disc when prompted, then click
OK. Continue until the process is complete.
• If you are using a USB drive, unplug the drive and label it clearly.
Important: Write a unique, descriptive label on each backup, such as
'Drivers and Applications Backup'. Make sure you keep the backup
in a safe place that you will remember.
Recovering your system
To recover your system:
1. Perform minor fixes.
If only one or two items of software or hardware have stopped working
correctly, the problem may be solved by reinstalling the software or the
device drivers.
To reinstall software and drivers that were pre-installed at the factory, see
"Reinstalling drivers and applications" on page 28.
For instructions on reinstalling software and drivers that were not preinstalled, see that product’s documentation or support Web site.
2. Revert to a previous system condition.
If reinstalling software or drivers does not help, then the problem may be
solved by returning your system to a previous state when everything was
working correctly.
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Reinstalling drivers and applications
As a troubleshooting step, you may need to reinstall the applications and
device drivers that came pre-installed on your computer from the factory. You
can reinstall using either your hard drive or the backup you have created.
• Other applications - If you need to reinstall software that did not come preinstalled on your computer, you need to follow that software’s installation
instructions.
• New device drivers - If you need to reinstall device drivers that did not come
pre-installed on your computer, follow the instructions provided with the
device.
If you are reinstalling using Windows and the recovery information stored on
your computer:
• From Start, type 'Recovery' and then click Acer Recovery Management
in the list of apps.
• Click Reinstall Drivers or Applications.
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For instructions, see "Returning to an earlier system snapshot" on page
30.
3. Reset your operating system.
If nothing else has solved the problem and you want to reset your system,
but keep your user information, see "Returning your system to its factory
condition" on page 30.
4. Reset your system to its factory condition.
If nothing else has solved the problem and you want to reset your system to
factory condition, see "Returning your system to its factory condition"
on page 30.
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• You should see the Contents section of the Acer Resource Center.
• Click the install icon for the item you want to install, then follow the
onscreen instructions to complete the installation. Repeat this step
for each item you want to reinstall.
If you are reinstalling from a Drivers and Applications Backup on a DVD or
USB drive:
1. Insert the Drivers and Applications Backup into the disc drive or connect
it to a free USB port.
• If you inserted a DVD wait for Acer Resource Center to start.
• If Acer Resource Center does not start automatically, press the
Windows key + <E>, then double-click on the optical drive icon.
• If you are using a USB drive, press the Windows key + <E>, then doubleclick on the drive that contains the backup. Double-click on
ResourceCenter.
2. You should see the Contents section of the Acer Resource Center.
3. Click the install icon for the item you want to install, then follow the
onscreen prompts to complete the installation. Repeat this step for
each item you want to reinstall.
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Microsoft System Restore periodically takes a 'snapshot' of your system
settings and saves them as restore points. In most cases of hard-to-resolve
software problems, you can return to one of these restore points to get your
system running again.
Windows automatically creates an additional restore point each day, and also
each time you install software or device drivers.
Note: For more information about using Microsoft System Restore, from
Start, type 'Help' and then click Help and Support in the list of apps. Type
'Windows system restore' in the Search Help box, then press Enter.
Returning to a restore point
1. From Start, type 'Control Panel' and then click Control Panel in the list of
apps.
2. Click System and Security > Action Center, then click Recovery at the
bottom of the window.
3. Click Open System Restore, then Next.
4. Click the latest restore point (at a time when your system worked correctly),
click Next, then Finish.
5. A confirmation window appears; click Yes. Your system is restored using the
restore point you specified. This process may take several minutes, and
may restart your computer.
Returning your system to its factory condition
If your computer experiences problems that are not recoverable by other
methods, you may need to reinstall everything to return your system to its
factory condition. You can recover from either your hard drive or the recovery
backup you have created.
• If you can still run Windows and have not deleted the recovery partition, see
"Recovering from Windows" on page 30.
• If you cannot run Windows, your original hard drive has been completely reformatted or you have installed a replacement hard drive, see "Recovering
from a recovery backup" on page 33.
Recovering from Windows
Start Acer Recovery Management:
• From Start, type 'Recovery' and then click Acer Recovery Management in
the list of apps.
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Returning to an earlier system snapshot
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Two options are available, Restore Factory Settings (Reset my PC) or
Customized Restore (Refresh my PC).
Restore Factory Settings deletes everything on your hard drive, then
reinstalls Windows and all software and drivers that were pre-installed on your
system. If you can access important files on your hard drive, back them up
now. See "Restore Factory Settings with Acer Recovery Management" on
page 31.
Customized Restore will attempt to retain your files (user data) but will
reinstall all software and drivers. Software installed since you purchased your
PC will be removed (except software installed from the Windows Store). See
"Customized Restore with Acer Recovery Management" on page 33.
Restore Factory Settings with Acer Recovery Management
1. Click Restore Factory Settings.
Caution: 'Restore Factory Settings' will erase all files on your hard
drive.
2. The Reset your PC window opens.
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Recovering from the hard drive during startup
1. Turn on your computer and press <Alt> + <F10> during startup. A screen
appears asking you to choose the keyboard layout.
2. Several options are now presented. Click Troubleshoot.
3. Click either Refresh your PC or Reset your PC.
Note: "Refresh your PC" enables you to restore your computer to the
default factory condition with files intact. "Reset your PC" completely
removes all your files and resets your computer to factory settings.
4. Click Next. The process will take several minutes.
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3. Click Next, then choose how to erase your files:
a. Just remove my files quickly erases all files before restoring your
computer and takes about 30 minutes.
b. Fully clean the drive completely cleans the drive after each file is
erased, so no files can be viewed after the recovery. Cleaning the drive
takes much longer, up to 5 hours, but is much more secure as old files are
completely removed.
4. Click Reset.
5. The recovery process begins by restarting your computer, then continues by
copying files to your hard drive.
6. After the recovery has finished, you can start using your computer by
repeating the first-start process.
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Customized Restore with Acer Recovery Management
1. Click Customized Restore (Retain User Data).
2. The Refresh your PC window opens.
3. Click Next, then Refresh.
4. The recovery process begins by restarting your computer, then continues by
copying files to your hard drive. This process takes about 30 minutes.
Recovering from a recovery backup
To recover from a recovery backup on a USB drive:
1. Find your recovery backup.
2. If your computer does not have a built-in keyboard, make sure a keyboard is
attached to your computer.
3. Plug in the USB drive and turn on your computer.
4. If it is not already enabled, you must enable the F12 Boot Menu:
a. Press <F2> when starting your computer.
b. Use the left or right arrow keys to select the Main menu.
c. Press the down key until F12 Boot Menu is selected, press <F5> to
change this setting to Enabled.
d. Use the left or right arrow keys to select the Exit menu.
e. Depending on the type of BIOS your computer uses, select Save
Changes and Exit or Exit Saving Changes and press Enter. Select OK
or Yes to confirm.
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Reset your PC from the recovery backup
Caution: Reset your PC will erase all files on your hard drive.
1. The Reset your PC window opens.
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2. Click Next.
3. Select the operating system to recover (normally only one option is
available).
4. Choose to keep any changes to the hard drive:
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f. Your computer will restart.
5. During startup, press <F12> to open the boot menu. The boot menu allows
you to select which device to start from, select the USB drive.
a. Use your arrow keys to select USB Device, then press Enter.
b. Windows starts from the recovery backup instead of the normal startup
process.
6. Select your keyboard type.
7. Select Troubleshoot and then choose the type of recovery to use:
a. Click Advanced then System Restore to start Microsoft System
Restore:
Microsoft System Restore periodically takes a 'snapshot' of your system
settings and saves them as restore points. In most cases of hard-toresolve software problems, you can return to one of these restore points
to get your system running again.
b. Click Reset your PC to start the reset process:
Reset your PC deletes everything on your hard drive, then reinstalls
Windows and all software and drivers that were pre-installed on your
system. If you can access important files on your hard drive, back them
up now. See "Reset your PC from the recovery backup" on page 34.
c. Click Refresh your PC to start the refresh process:
Refresh your PC will attempt to retain your files (user data) but will
reinstall all software and drivers. Software installed since you purchased
your PC will be removed (except software installed from the Windows
Store). See "Refresh your PC from the recovery backup" on page 35.
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a. If you have deleted the recovery partition or otherwise changed the
partitions on the hard drive and want to keep these changes, select No.
b. To completely restore your computer to Factory Settings, select Yes.
5. Choose how to erase your files:
a. Just remove my files quickly erases all files before restoring your
computer and takes about 30 minutes.
b. Fully clean the drive completely cleans the drive after each file is
erased, so no files can be viewed after the recovery. Cleaning the drive
takes much longer, up to 5 hours, but is much more secure as old files are
completely removed.
6. Click Reset.
7. After the recovery has finished, you can start using your computer by
repeating the first-start process.
Refresh your PC from the recovery backup
1. The Refresh your PC window opens.
2. Click Next.
3. Select the operating system to recover (normally only one option is
available).
4. Click Refresh.
5. The recovery process begins by restarting your computer, then continues by
copying files to your hard drive. This process takes about 30 minutes.
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Your computer is configured with two operating systems, Windows 7 and
Windows 8. When you first start your computer, Windows 7 will start. Please
follow the setup process.
Caution: Changing the OS will erase all data on your computer. Perform
a backup before changing.
Changing to Windows 8
To change to Windows 8, open Acer eRecovery Management (Start > All
programs > Acer).
1. Select Restore, then Restore Operating System to Factory Defaults.
2. Select Yes.
3. Select Windows 8, and then click OK and follow the instructions.
Windows will restart, replace Windows 7 with Windows 8, and then start the
Windows 8 setup process.
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Changing to Windows 8 or Windows 7
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Changing to Windows 8 or Windows 7
Note: After configuring Windows 8, enter the BIOS (press <F2> when
starting your computer) enter the Boot menu and change the Boot Mode
to UEFI.
Please refer to "Changing BIOS settings" on page 38.
Changing to Windows 7
To change back to Windows 7, you must change Boot Mode back to
Legacy BIOS. Windows 7 will not start if the BIOS Mode is set to UEFI.
Please refer to "Changing BIOS settings" on page 38.
Start Windows 8; from Start, type ‘recovery’ to open Acer Recovery
Management.
1. Select Restore Factory Settings.
2. Select Yes.
3. Windows 7, and then click OK and follow the instructions.
Windows will restart, replace Windows 8 with Windows 7, and then start the
Windows 7 setup process.
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To change your BIOS settings, press <F2> when you see the Acer logo during
boot up.
Use the arrow keys to select Boot > Boot Mode.
Press <Enter>, then use the arrow keys to select UEFI or Legacy BIOS.
Press <Enter> again.
Finally, press <F10> to save the settings and reboot.
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Changing BIOS settings
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Changing to Windows 8 or Windows 7
Changing between Windows 7 and 8 during
startup
1. Turn on your computer and press <Alt> + <F10> when you see the Acer
logo during boot up to launch Acer Recovery Management.
2. Select Restore Operating System to Factory Deafults.
3. Select which operating system to restore: Windows 7 or Windows 8.
4. Click OK and follow the instructions to complete the process and recover
your system to it’s factory-loaded condition.
Note: This process may take a few minutes; please plug in your
computer’s power adapter.
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This computer has a built-in power management unit that monitors system
activity. System activity refers to any activity involving one or more of the
following devices: keyboard, mouse, hard disk, peripherals connected to the
computer, and video memory. If no activity is detected for a period of time, the
computer stops some or all of these devices in order to conserve energy.
Saving power
Disable Fast startup
Your computer uses Fast startup to start quickly, but also uses a small amount
of power to check for signals to start. These checks will slowly drain your
computer’s battery.
If you prefer to reduce your computer’s power requirements and environmental
impact, turn off Fast startup:
Note: If Fast startup is off, your computer will take longer to start from
Sleep. If your computer features Acer Instant On it will also be turned off.
Your computer will also not start if it receives an instruction to start over a
network (Wake on LAN).
1. Open the Desktop.
2. Click Power Options in the Notification area.
3. Select More Power Options.
4. Select Choose what the power buttons do.
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5. To access Shutdown Settings, select Change settings that are currently
unavailable.
6. Scroll down and disable Turn on fast startup.
7. Select Save changes.
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The computer uses a battery pack that gives you long use between charges.
Battery pack characteristics
The battery pack has the following characteristics:
• Employs current battery technology standards.
• Delivers a battery-low warning.
The battery is recharged whenever you connect the computer to the AC
adapter. Your computer supports charge-in-use, enabling you to recharge the
battery while you continue to operate the computer. However, recharging with
the computer turned off results in a significantly faster charge time.
The battery will come in handy when you travel or during a power failure. It is
advisable to have an extra fully charged battery pack available as backup.
Contact your dealer for details on ordering a spare battery pack.
Charging the battery
To charge the battery, first make sure that it is correctly installed in the battery
bay. Plug the AC adapter into the computer, and connect to a mains power
outlet. You can continue to operate your computer on AC power while your
battery is charging. However, charging the battery with the computer turned off
results in a significantly faster charge time.
Note: You are advised to charge the battery before retiring for the day.
Charging the battery overnight before traveling enables you to start the
next day with a fully charged battery.
Conditioning a new battery pack
Before you use a battery pack for the first time, there is a conditioning process
that you should follow:
1. Insert the new battery without turning the computer on.
2. Connect the AC adapter and fully charge the battery.
3. Disconnect the AC adapter.
4. Turn on the computer and operate using battery power.
5. Fully deplete the battery until the battery-low warning appears.
6. Reconnect the AC adapter and fully charge the battery again.
Follow these steps again until the battery has been charged and discharged
three times.
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Battery pack
Use this conditioning process for all new batteries, or if a battery hasn't been
used for a long time. If the computer is to be stored for more than two weeks,
you are advised to remove the battery pack from the unit.
Warning! Do not expose battery packs to temperatures below 0° C
(32° F) or above 45° C (113° F). Extreme temperatures may adversely
affect the battery pack.
By following the battery conditioning process you condition your battery to
accept the maximum possible charge. Failure to follow this procedure will
prevent you from obtaining the maximum battery charge, and will also shorten
the effective lifespan of the battery.
In addition, the useful lifespan of the battery is adversely affected by the
following usage patterns:
• Using the computer on constant AC power with the battery inserted. If you
want to use constant AC power, you are advised to remove the battery pack
after it is fully charged.
• Not discharging and recharging the battery to its extremes, as described
above.
• Frequent use; the more you use the battery, the faster it will reach the end of
its effective life. A standard computer battery has a life span of about 300
charges.
Optimizing battery life
Optimizing battery life helps you get the most out of battery operation,
prolonging the charge/recharge cycle and improving recharging efficiency. You
are advised to follow the suggestions set out below:
• Purchase an extra battery pack.
• Use AC power whenever possible, reserving battery for on-the-go use.
• Eject a PC Card if it is not being used, as it will continue to draw power (for
selected models).
• Store the battery pack in a cool, dry place. The recommended temperature
is 10° C (50° F) to 30° C (86° F). Higher temperatures cause the battery to
self-discharge faster.
• Excessive recharging decreases the battery life.
• Look after your AC adapter and battery.
Checking the battery level
The Windows power meter indicates the current battery level. Rest the cursor
over the battery/power icon on the taskbar to see the battery's present charge
level.
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When using battery power pay attention to the Windows power meter.
Warning! Connect the AC adapter as soon as possible after the
battery-low warning appears. Data will be lost if the battery to
become fully depleted and the computer shuts down.
When the battery-low warning appears, the recommended course of action
depends on your situation:
Situation
Recommended Action
1. Plug the AC adapter into the computer, and then connect to
the mains power supply.
The AC adapter and a
2. Save all necessary files.
power outlet are
3. Resume work.
available.
Turn off the computer if you want to recharge the battery
rapidly.
An extra fully charged
battery pack is
available.
1. Save all necessary files.
2. Close all applications.
3. Turn off the computer.
4. Replace the battery pack.
5. Turn on the computer and resume work.
The AC adapter or a
1. Save all necessary files.
power outlet is
2. Close all applications.
unavailable. You have
3. Turn off the computer.
no spare battery pack.
Installing and removing the battery pack
Important: Before removing the battery from the unit, connect the AC
adapter if you want to continue using your computer. Otherwise,
turn off the computer first.
To install a battery pack:
1. Align the battery with the open battery bay; make sure that the end with the
contacts will enter first, and that the top surface of the battery is facing up.
2. Slide the battery into the battery bay and gently push until the battery locks
in place.
To remove a battery pack:
1. Slide the battery release latch to release the battery.
2. Pull the battery from the battery bay.
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Traveling with your computer
Traveling with your computer
This section gives you tips and hints to consider when moving around or
traveling with your computer.
Disconnecting from the desktop
Follow these steps to disconnect your computer from external accessories:
1. Save any open files.
2. Remove discs from optical drive(s).
3. Shut down the computer.
4. Close the display cover.
5. Disconnect the cord from the AC adapter.
6. Disconnect the keyboard, pointing device, printer, external monitor and
other external devices.
7. Disconnect the Kensington lock if you are using one to secure the computer.
Moving around
When you are just moving within short distances, for example, from your office
desk to a meeting room.
Preparing the computer
Before moving the computer, close and latch the display cover to place it in
Sleep mode. You can now safely take the computer anywhere you go within
the building. To bring the computer out of Sleep mode, open the display; then
press and release the power button.
If you are taking the computer to a client's office or a different building, you
may choose to shut down the computer:
Press the Windows key + <C>, click Settings > Power then click Shut Down
Or:
You can put the computer in Sleep mode by pressing <Fn> + <F4>. Then
close the display.
When you are ready to use the computer again, open the display; then press
and release the power button.
Note: The computer may enter Hibernation or Deep Sleep mode after
being in Sleep mode for a period of time.
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If your meeting is relatively short, you probably do not need to bring anything
with you other than your computer. If your meeting will be longer, or if your
battery is not fully charged, you may want to bring the AC adapter with you to
plug in your computer in the meeting room.
If the meeting room does not have an electrical outlet, reduce the drain on the
battery by putting the computer in Sleep mode. Press <Fn> + <F4> or close
the display cover whenever you are not actively using the computer.
Taking the computer home
When you are moving from your office to your home or vice versa.
Preparing the computer
After disconnecting the computer from your desktop, follow these steps to
prepare the computer for the trip home:
• Check that you have removed all media and compact discs from the
drive(s). Failure to remove the media can damage the drive head.
• Pack the computer in a protective case that can prevent the computer from
sliding around and cushion it if it should fall.
Caution: Avoid packing items next to the top cover of the computer.
Pressure against the top cover can damage the screen.
What to take with you
Unless you have some items at home, take the following items with you:
• AC adapter and power cord.
• The printed setup poster.
Special considerations
Follow these guidelines to protect your computer while traveling to and from
work:
• Minimize the effects of temperature changes by keeping the computer with
you.
• If you need to stop for an extended period of time and cannot carry the
computer with you, leave the computer in the trunk of the car to avoid
exposing the computer to excessive heat.
• Changes in temperature and humidity can cause condensation. Allow the
computer to return to room temperature, and inspect the screen for
condensation before turning on the computer. If the temperature change is
greater than 10° C (18° F), allow the computer to come to room temperature
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Traveling with your computer
slowly. If possible, leave the computer for 30 minutes in an environment with
a temperature between outside and room temperature.
Setting up a home office
If you frequently work on your computer at home, you may want to purchase a
second AC adapter for use at home. With a second AC adapter, you can avoid
carrying the extra weight to and from home.
If you use your computer at home for significant periods of time, you might
also want to add an external keyboard, monitor or mouse.
Traveling with the computer
When you are moving within a larger distance, for instance, from your office
building to a client's office building or traveling locally.
Preparing the computer
Prepare the computer as if you were taking it home. Make sure that the battery
in the computer is charged. Airport security may require you to turn on your
computer when carrying it into the gate area.
What to take with you
Take the following items with you:
• AC adapter
• Spare, fully-charged battery pack(s)
• Additional printer driver files if you plan to use another printer
Special considerations
In addition to the guidelines for taking the computer home, follow these
guidelines to protect your computer while traveling:
• Always take the computer as carry-on luggage.
• If possible, have the computer inspected by hand. Airport security X-ray
machines are safe, but do not put the computer through a metal detector.
Traveling internationally with the computer
When you are moving from country to country.
Preparing the computer
Prepare the computer as you would normally prepare it for traveling.
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Bring the following items with you:
• AC adapter.
• Power cords that are appropriate for the country to which you are traveling.
• Spare, fully-charged battery packs.
• Additional printer driver files if you plan to use another printer.
• Proof of purchase, in case you need to show it to customs officials.
• International Travelers Warranty passport.
Special considerations
Follow the same special considerations as when traveling with the computer.
In addition, these tips are useful when traveling internationally:
• When traveling in another country, check that the local AC voltage and the
AC adapter power cord specifications are compatible. If not, purchase a
power cord that is compatible with the local AC voltage. Do not use
converter kits sold for appliances to power the computer.
• If you are using the modem, check if the modem and connector are
compatible with the telecommunications system of the country you are
traveling in.
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Note: Information in this chapter may not apply to your computer.
Near Field Communication (NFC) enables your computer to wirelessly
communicate with other NFC devices across a short distance. Both devices
must have NFC enabled. An NFC transmitter is located under the touchpad on
your computer.
Note: We don’t recommend sending more than 1 MB of data at a time via
NFC.
Enabling NFC on your computer
To enable NFC on your computer, do the following:
1. press the Windows key + <C>
2. click Settings > Change PC settings > Wireless.
3. Confirm "NFC" is set to On.
Sending your contact information
One of the uses of NFC is to quickly exchange contact information with
colleagues, co-workers, and anyone you meet. Acer has created an
application that enables you to easily share your contact information. To do so,
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Near Field Communication (NFC)
press the Windows key and then type "NFCNameCard". Under the Acer
heading, click on NFCNameCard.
Place the other NFC device closer than 2 cm from your computer’s touchpad .
When a notification displays on the other device, your contact information has
transmitted and the other person can pull their device away. They can then
follow the prompts on their device for adding your info into their contacts list.
Receiving information with NFC
All it takes is a swipe for someone to share information with you.
Smartphones, tablets, and other devices can send information to your
computer via NFC. Depending upon the device sending the data, you may be
able to receive a variety of content. Much of the content NFC is able to send
opens in your web browser when transmitted; as such, you must have Internet
access to view it.
To share content, transmitting devices generally need to do the following:
Note: For specific instructions on transmitting content via NFC, see the
owner’s manual for the other device.
1. With NFC enabled, open the application you want to transmit information
from.
2. Navigate to the specific information you want to send (a person’s contact
details, a website, a Google map, etc.)
3. Place the device closer than 2 cm from your computer and follow any
onscreen instructions.
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Your computer offers you a complete mobile computing experience.
Connectivity options
Ports allow you to connect peripheral devices to your computer as you would
with a desktop PC. For instructions on how to connect different external
devices to the computer, read the following sections.
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Connecting to a network
Connecting to a network
Built-in network feature
The built-in network feature allows you to connect your computer to an
Ethernet-based network.
To use the network feature, connect an Ethernet cable from the Ethernet (RJ45) port on the chassis of the computer to a network jack or hub on your
network.
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Connecting to the Internet
Your computer's wireless connection is turned on by default.
Windows will detect and display a list of available networks during setup.
Select your network and enter the password if required.
Otherwise, open Internet Explorer and follow the instructions.
Please refer to your ISP or router documentation.
Wireless networks
A wireless LAN or WLAN is a wireless local area network, which may link two
or more computers without using wires. Setting up a wireless network is easy
and allows you to share files, peripheral devices and an Internet connection.
What are benefits of a wireless network?
Mobility
Wireless LAN systems allow you and other users of your home network to
share access to files and devices connected to the network, for example a
printer or scanner.
Also you can share an internet connection with other computers in your home.
Installation speed and simplicity
Installing a wireless LAN system can be fast and easy and eliminates the need
to pull cables through walls and ceilings.
Components of a wireless LAN
To set up your Wireless network at home you need to have the following:
Access point (router)
Access points (routers) are two-way transceivers that broadcast data into the
surrounding environment. Access points act as a mediator between wired and
wireless network. Most routers have a built-in DSL modem that will allow you
access to a high speed DSL internet connection. The ISP (Internet Service
Provider) you have chosen normally supplies a modem/router with the
subscription to their services. Read carefully the documentation supplied with
your Access point/router for detailed setup instructions.
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ExpressCard
ExpressCard
ExpressCards support a vast number of expansion options, including flash
memory card adapters, TV-tuners, Bluetooth connectivity and IEEE 1394b
adapters. ExpressCards support USB 2.0 and PCI Express applications.
Important: There are two types, ExpressCard/54 and ExpressCard/34
(54 mm and 34 mm), each with different functions. Not all
ExpressCard slots will support both types. Please refer to your
card’s manual for details on how to install and use the card, and its
functions.
Inserting an ExpressCard
Insert the card into the slot and push gently until it
clicks into position.
Ejecting an ExpressCard
Before ejecting an ExpressCard:
1. Exit the application using the card.
2. Left-click the remove hardware icon on the
taskbar and stop the card operation.
3. Push the card gently into the slot and release to
pop out the card. Then pull the card free from the
slot.
EXPRESS CARD
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The computer's IEEE 1394 port allows you to connect to an IEEE 1394compatible device like a video camera or digital camera. See your video or
digital camera's documentation for details.
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HDMI
HDMI
HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is an industry-supported,
uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface. HDMI provides an interface
between any compatible digital audio/video source, such as a set-top box,
DVD player, and A/V receiver and a compatible digital audio and/or video
monitor, such as a digital television (DTV), over a single cable.
Use the HDMI port on your computer to connect with high-end audio and video
equipment. Single cable implementation allows tidy setup and fast connection.
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The USB port is a high-speed serial bus which allows you to connect USB
peripherals without taking up system resources.
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Playing DVD movies
Playing DVD movies
When the DVD drive module is installed in the optical drive bay, you can play
DVD movies on your computer.
1. Insert a DVD.
2. The DVD movie will automatically play after a few seconds.
Important: When you launch the DVD player for the first time, the
program asks you to enter the region code. DVDs are available for 6
regions.
Region code
Country or region
1
USA, Canada
2
Europe, Middle East, South Africa, Japan
3
Southeast Asia, Taiwan, South Korea
4
Latin America, Australia, New Zealand
5
Former USSR, parts of Africa, India
6
People’s Republic of China
Note: To change the region code, insert a DVD movie of a different region
into the DVD drive.
Once your DVD drive is set to a region code, it will only play DVDs
for that region. You can set the region code a maximum of five times
(including the first time), after which the last region code set will
remain permanent.
Recovering your hard disk does not reset the number of times the
region code has been set.
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Follow these steps to install memory:
1. Turn off the computer, unplug the AC adapter (if connected) and remove the
battery pack. Then turn the computer over to access its base.
2. Remove the screws from the memory cover; then lift and remove the
memory cover.
3. (a) Insert the memory module diagonally into the slot, then (b) gently press it
down until it clicks into place.
4. Replace the memory cover and secure it with the screw.
5. Reinstall the battery pack, and reconnect the AC adapter.
6. Turn on the computer.
The computer automatically detects and reconfigures the total memory size.
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BIOS utility
BIOS utility
The BIOS utility is a hardware configuration program built into your computer's
BIOS.
Your computer is already properly configured and optimized, and you do not
need to run this utility. However, if you encounter configuration problems, you
may need to run it.
To activate the BIOS utility, press <F2> during the POST while the computer
logo is being displayed.
Boot sequence
To set the boot sequence in the BIOS utility, activate the BIOS utility, then
select Boot from the categories listed at the top of the screen.
Setting passwords
To set a password on boot, activate the BIOS utility, then select Security from
the categories listed at the top of the screen. Find Password on boot: and
use the <F5> and <F6> keys to enable this feature.
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The following is a list of possible situations that may arise during the use of
your computer. Easy solutions are provided for each one.
I turned on the power, but the computer does not start or boot up
Look at the power indicator:
• If it is not lit, no power is being supplied to the computer. Check the
following:
• If you are using on the battery, it may be low and unable to power the
computer. Connect the AC adapter to recharge the battery pack.
• Make sure that the AC adapter is properly plugged into the computer and
to the power outlet.
• If it is lit, check the following:
• Do you have a USB storage device (USB disk or smartphone) plugged
into your computer? Unplug it and press <Ctrl> + <Alt> + <Del> to restart
the system.
Nothing appears on the screen
The computer’s power management system automatically blanks the screen to
save power. Press any key to turn the display back on.
If pressing a key does not turn the display back on, three things might be
the cause:
• The brightness level might be too low. Press <Fn> + < > (increase) to
adjust the brightness level.
• The display device might be set to an external monitor. Press the display
toggle hotkey <Fn> + <F5> to toggle the display back to the computer.
• If the Sleep indicator is lit, the computer is in Sleep mode. Press and release
the power button to resume.
No audio is heard from the computer
Check the following:
• The volume may be muted. In Windows, look at the volume control
(speaker) icon on the taskbar. If it is crossed-out, click the icon and deselect
the Mute all option.
• The volume level may be too low. In Windows, look at the volume control
icon on the taskbar. You can also use the volume control buttons to adjust
the volume.
• If headphones, earphones or external speakers are connected to the lineout port on the computer, the internal speakers automatically turn off.
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The keyboard does not respond
Try attaching an external keyboard to a USB port on the computer. If it works,
contact your dealer or an authorized service center as the internal keyboard
cable may be loose.
The printer does not work
Check the following:
• Make sure that the printer is connected to a power outlet and that it is turned
on.
• Make sure that the printer cable is connected securely to a USB port and the
corresponding port on the printer.
Requesting service
International Travelers Warranty (ITW)
Your computer is backed by an International Travelers Warranty (ITW) that
gives you security and peace of mind when traveling. Our worldwide network
of service centers are there to give you a helping hand.
An ITW passport comes with your computer. This passport contains all you
need to know about the ITW program. A list of available, authorized service
centers is in this handy booklet. Read this passport thoroughly.
Always have your ITW passport on hand, especially when you travel, to
receive the benefits from our support centers. Place your proof-of-purchase in
the flap located inside the front cover of the ITW passport.
If the country you are traveling in does not have an Acer-authorized ITW
service site, you can still get in contact with our offices worldwide. Please visit
www.acer.com.
Before you call
Please have the following information available when you call Acer for online
service, and please be at your computer when you call. With your support, we
can reduce the amount of time a call takes and help solve your problems
efficiently. If there are error messages or beeps reported by your computer,
write them down as they appear on the screen (or the number and sequence
in the case of beeps).
You are required to provide the following information:
Name:
Address:
Telephone number:
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Machine and model type:
Serial number:
Date of purchase:
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Troubleshooting
This chapter shows you how to deal with common system problems.
Read it before calling a technician if a problem occurs. Solutions to more
serious problems require opening up the computer. Do not attempt to open the
computer yourself; contact your dealer or authorized service center for
assistance.
Troubleshooting tips
This computer incorporates an advanced design that delivers onscreen error
message reports to help you solve problems.
If the system reports an error message or an error symptom occurs, see "Error
messages" below. If the problem cannot be resolved, contact your dealer. See
"Requesting service" on page 63.
Error messages
If you receive an error message, note the message and take the corrective
action. The following table lists the error messages in alphabetical order
together with the recommended course of action.
Error messages
Corrective action
CMOS battery bad
Contact your dealer or an authorized service center.
CMOS checksum error
Contact your dealer or an authorized service center.
Disk boot failure
Insert a system (bootable) disk, then press <Enter> to
reboot.
Equipment configuration Press <F2> (during POST) to enter the BIOS utility, then
error
press Exit in the BIOS utility to reboot.
Hard disk 0 error
Contact your dealer or an authorized service center.
Hard disk 0 extended
type error
Contact your dealer or an authorized service center.
I/O parity error
Contact your dealer or an authorized service center.
Keyboard error or no
keyboard connected
Contact your dealer or an authorized service center.
Keyboard interface error Contact your dealer or an authorized service center.
Memory size mismatch
Press <F2> (during POST) to enter the BIOS utility, then
press Exit in the BIOS utility to reboot.
If you still encounter problems after going through the corrective measures,
please contact your dealer or an authorized service center for assistance.
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We know this is a new operating system that will take some getting used to, so
we've created a few pointers to help you get started.
Three concepts you might want to keep in mind
1. Start
The Start button is no longer available; you can launch apps from the Start
screen.
2. Tiles
Live tiles are similar to thumbnails of the apps.
3. Charms
Charms allow you to perform useful functions, such as sharing content, turning
off your PC or changing settings.
How do I access the charms?
Move the cursor to the upper or lower right-hand corner of the screen to
access the charms, or press the Windows key + <C>.
How do I get to Start?
Press the Windows key on the keyboard; press the Windows key + <C> and
click Start; or move the cursor to the lower left-hand corner of the screen and
click Start.
How do I jump between apps?
Move the cursor to the left-hand edge of the screen to view thumbnails of apps
that are currently running.
You may also press the Windows key + <Tab> to open and scroll through the
current apps.
How do I turn off my computer?
Press the Windows key + <C>, click Settings > Power and select the action
you'd like to take. Alternatively, from Desktop, click Acer Power Button and
select the action you'd like to take.
Why is there a new interface?
The new interface for Windows 8 is designed to work well with touch input.
Windows Store apps will automatically use the whole screen and don't require
closing in the traditional way. Windows Store apps will be displayed on Start
using live-tiles.
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Frequently asked questions
What are ’live tiles?’
Live tiles are similar to thumbnails of the apps that will be updated with new
content whenever you're connected to the Internet. So, for example, you can
view weather or stock updates without needing to open the app.
How do I unlock my computer?
Press the any key and click on a user account icon to unlock the computer. If
your account has a password set, you will need to enter the password to
continue.
How do I personalize my computer?
You can personalize Start with a different background image or by arranging
the tiles to suit your personal needs.
To change the background, press the Windows key + <C> and click Settings
> Change PC settings > Personalize. Click Start screen at the top of the
page and select a color and image.
How do I move tiles?
Click and hold a tile to select it, then drag it to the place on Start that you want
it to appear. Other tiles will be moved to accommodate the tile in its new
location.
Can I make tiles bigger or smaller?
Right-click on a tile, then select Smaller or Larger from the menu that appears
at the bottom of the screen.
How do I personalize the Lock screen?
You can personalize the lock screen with a different image or to show you
quick status and notifications to suit your personal needs.
To change the background, press the Windows key + <C> and click Settings
> Change PC settings > Personalize. Click Lock screen at the top of the
page and select the image and apps you would like to see on the lock screen.
So, how do I close an app?
Move the cursor to the top of the screen and click and drag the window
downwards to close the app.
You can close apps from the thumbnails on the left-hand edge of the screen
by right-clicking on a thumbnail and selecting Close.
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From Start, start typing ’Control Panel’ to open Search and display the results;
click Control Panel > Adjust screen resolution.
I want to use Windows in the way that I'm used to give me my desktop back!
From Start click the Desktop tile to see a traditional desktop. You can pin
apps you frequently use to the taskbar to easily open them.
If you click an app that is not a Windows Store app, Windows will automatically
open the app using Desktop.
Where are my apps?
From Start, simply start typing the name of the app you would like to open, and
Search will automatically open and list results.
To view the complete list of apps, press the space bar or the Menu key and
click All apps.
How do I make an app appear on Start?
If you're in All apps and you want to make an app appear on Start, you can
select the app and right-click on it. Select Pin to Start from the menu that
appears at the bottom of the screen.
How do I remove a tile from Start?
Right-click the tile and click Unpin from Start from the menu that appears at
the bottom of the screen.
How do I make an app appear on my taskbar in Desktop?
If you're in All apps and you want to make an app appear on the taskbar in
Desktop, you can select the app and right-click on it. Select Pin to taskbar
from the menu that appears at the bottom of the screen.
How do I install apps?
You can download Windows Store apps from Store. You will need to have a
Microsoft ID to purchase and download apps from Store.
I can't find apps like Notepad and Paint! Where are they?
From Start you can simply start typing the name of the app you're looking for
to open Search and list the results. Alternatively, open All apps and scroll to
’Windows Accessories’ to see the list of legacy programs.
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Frequently asked questions
What is a Microsoft ID (account)?
A Microsoft account is an email address and password that you use to sign in
to Windows. You can use any email address, but it is best if you choose the
one you already use to communicate with friends and sign in to your favorite
websites. When you sign in to your PC with a Microsoft account, you'll connect
your PC to the people, files, and devices you care about.
Do I need one?
You do not need a Microsoft ID to use Windows 8, but it makes life easier
because you can sync data across different machines you sign in to using a
Microsoft ID.
How do I get one?
If you've already installed Windows 8 and didn't sign in with a Microsoft
account or you don't have a Microsoft account and want to get one, press the
Windows key + <C> and click Settings > Change PC settings > Users >
Switch to a Microsoft account, and follow the onscreen instructions.
How do I add a favorite to Internet Explorer?
Internet Explorer 10 doesn't have traditional favorites, instead you can pin
shortcuts to Start. Once you have the page open, right-click anywhere on the
page to open the menu at the bottom of the screen. Click Pin to Start.
How do I check for Windows updates?
Press the Windows key + <C> and click Settings > Change PC settings >
Windows Updates. Click Check for updates now.
Where can I get more information?
For more information please visit:
• Windows 8 tutorials: www.acer.com/windows8-tutorial
• Support FAQs: www.acer.com/support
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FCC STATEMENT
This device 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 device 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 device
does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning
the device off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the
following measures:
- Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
- Increase the separation between the device and receiver.
- Connect the device into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is
connected.
- Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/television technician for help.
Notice: Shielded cables
All connections to other computing devices must be made using shielded cables to maintain
compliance with FCC regulations.
NOTICE: PERIPHERAL DEVICES
Only peripherals (input/output devices, terminals, printers, etc.) certified to comply with the Class B
limits may be attached to this equipment. Operation with non-certified peripherals is likely to result in
interference to radio and TV reception.
Caution: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer could void the user's
authority, which is granted by the Federal Communications Commission, to operate this computer.
NOTICE FOR CANADA
This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
Remarque à l'intention des utilisateurs canadiens
Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est conforme a la norme NMB-003 du Canada.
COMPLIANT WITH RUSSIAN REGULATORY CERTIFICATION
LCD PIXEL STATEMENT
The LCD unit is produced with high-precision manufacturing techniques. Nevertheless, some pixels
may occasionally misfire or appear as black or red dots. This has no effect on the recorded image and
does not constitute a malfunction.
RADIO DEVICE REGULATORY NOTICES
Note: Below regulatory information is for models with wireless LAN and / or Bluetooth only.
To prevent radio interference to the licensed service, this device is intended to be operated indoors.
This product complies with the radio frequency and safety standards of any country or region in which
it has been approved for wireless use. Depending on configurations, this product may or may not
contain wireless radio devices (such as wireless LAN and/or Bluetooth modules). Below information is
for products with such devices.
Declaration of Conformity for EU countries
Hereby, Acer, declares that this computer is in compliance with the essential requirements and other
relevant provisions of Directive 1999/5/EC.
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Regulations and safety notices
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Regulations and safety notices
Wireless operation channels for different domains
N. America
2.412-2.462 GHz
Ch01 through Ch11
Japan
2.412-2.484 GHz
Ch01 through Ch14
Europe ETSI
2.412-2.472 GHz
Ch01 through Ch13
France: Restricted wireless frequency bands
Some areas of France have a restricted frequency band. The worst case maximum authorized power
indoors is:
- 10 mW for the entire 2.4 GHz band (2400 MHz - 2483.5 MHz)
- 100 mW for frequencies between 2446.5 MHz and 2483.5 MHz
Note: Channels 10 through 13 inclusive operate in the band 2446.6 MHz to 2483.5 MHz.
There are few possibilities for outdoor use: On private property or on the private property of public
persons, use is subject to a preliminary authorization procedure by the Ministry of Defense, with
maximum authorized power of 100 mW in the 2446.5 - 2483.5 MHz band. Use outdoors on public
property is not permitted.
In the departments listed below, for the entire 2.4 GHz band:
- Maximum authorized power indoors is 100 mW
- Maximum authorized power outdoors is 10 mW
Departments in which the use of the 2400 - 2483.5 MHz band is permitted with an EIRP of less than
100 mW indoors and less than 10 mW outdoors:
01 Ain Orientales
02 Aisne
03 Allier
05 Hautes Alpes
08 Ardennes
09 Ariege
11 Aude
12 Aveyron
16 Charente
24 Dordogne
25 Doubs
26 Drome
32 Gers
36 Indre
37 Indre et Loire
41 Loir et Cher
45 Loret
50 Manche
55 Meuse
58 Nievre
59 Nord
60 Oise
61 Orne
63 Puy Du Dome
64 Pyrenees Atlantique
66 Pyrenees
67 Bas Rhin
68 Haut Rhin
70 Haute Saone
71 Saone et Loire
75 Paris
82 Tarn et Garonne
84 Vaucluse
88 Vosges
89 Yonne
90 Territoire de Belfort
94 Val de Marne
This requirement is likely to change over time, allowing you to use your wireless LAN card in more
areas within France.
Please check with ART for the latest information (www.art-telecom.fr).
Note: Your WLAN Card transmits less than 100 mW, but more than 10 mW.
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CANADA — LOW-POWER LICENSE-EXEMPT RADIO COMMUNICATION DEVICES (RSS-210)
Exposure of humans to RF fields (RSS-102)
The computer employs low gain integral antennas that do not emit RF field in excess of Health Canada
limits for the general population; consult Safety Code 6, obtainable from Health Canada's website at
www.hc-sc.gc.ca/rpb.
This device complies with RSS210 of Industry Canada.
This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003, Issue 4, and RSS-210, No 4 (Dec
2000) and No 5 (Nov 2001).
"To prevent radio interference to the licensed service, this device is intended to be operated indoors
and away from windows to provide maximum shielding. Equipment (or its transmit antenna) that is
installed outdoors is subject to licensing."
Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est conforme à la norme NMB-003, No. 4, et CNR-210, No 4
(Dec 2000) et No 5 (Nov 2001).
« Pour empêcher que cet appareil cause du brouillage au service faisant l'objet d'une licence, il doit
être utilisé a l'intérieur et devrait être placé loin des fenêtres afin de fournir un écran de blindage
maximal. Si le matériel (ou son antenne d'émission) est installé à l'extérieur, il doit faire l'objet d'une
licence.
Caution: When using IEEE 802.11a wireless LAN, this product is restricted to indoor use due to its
operation in the 5.15- to 5.25-GHz frequency range. Industry Canada requires this product to be used
indoors for the frequency range of 5.15 GHz to 5.25 GHz to reduce the potential for harmful
interference to co-channel mobile satellite systems. High power radar is allocated as the primary user
of the 5.25 to 5.35 GHz and 5.65 to 5.85-GHz bands. These radar stations can cause interference with
and/or damage to this device.
The maximum allowed antenna gain for use with this device is 6 dBi in order to comply with the E.I.R.P
limit for the 5.25- to 5.35 and 5.725 to 5.85 GHz frequency range in point-to-point operation.
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List of national codes
This equipment may be operated in the following countries:
Liechtenstein
DK
Country
Norway
EE
Switzerland
FI
Austria
Bulgaria
FR
Belgium
Romania
DE
Cyprus
Turkey
GR
Czech Republic
ISO 3166
HU
Denmark
2 letter code
IE
Estonia
MT
IT
Finland
NL
LV
France
PL
LT
Germany
PT
LU
Greece
SK
Country
Hungary
SL
Ireland
ES
Malta
Italy
SE
Netherlands
Latvia
GB
Poland
Lithuania
IS
Portugal
Luxembourg
LI
Slovakia
ISO 3166
NO
Slovenia
2 letter code
CH
Spain
AT
BG
Sweden
BE
RO
United Kingdom
CY
TR
Iceland
CZ
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The FCC RF safety requirement
The radiated output power of the wireless LAN Mini PCI Card and Bluetooth card is far below the FCC
radio frequency exposure limits. Nevertheless, the computer shall be used in such a manner that the
potential for human contact during normal operation is minimized as follows:
1. Users are requested to follow the RF safety instructions on wireless option devices that are
included in the user's manual of each RF option device.
Caution: To comply with FCC RF exposure
compliance requirements, a separation distance
of at least 20 cm (8 inches) must be maintained
between the antenna for the integrated wireless
LAN Mini PCI Card built in to the screen section
and all persons.
Note: The wireless Mini PCI adapter implements a
transmission diversity function. The function does
not emit radio frequencies simultaneously from both
antennas. One of the antennas is selected
automatically or manually (by users) to ensure good
quality radiocommunication.
1. This device is restricted to indoor use due to its
operation in the 5.15 to 5.25 GHz frequency
range. FCC requires this product to be used
indoors for the frequency range 5.15 to 5.25 GHz to reduce the potential for harmful interference
to co-channel Mobile Satellite systems.
2. High power radar is allocated as the primary user of the 5.25 to 5.35 GHz and 5.65 to 5.85 GHz
bands. These radar stations can cause interference with and/or damage this device.
3. An improper installation or unauthorized use may cause harmful interference to radio
communications. Also any tampering of the internal antenna will void the FCC certification and
your warranty.
CANADA — LOW-POWER LICENSE-EXEMPT RADIO COMMUNICATION DEVICES (RSS-210)
Exposure of humans to RF fields (RSS-102)
The computer employs low gain integral antennas that do not emit RF field in excess of Health Canada
limits for the general population; consult Safety Code 6, obtainable from Health Canada's website at
www.hc-sc.gc.ca/rpb.
This device complies with RSS210 of Industry Canada.
This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003, Issue 4, and RSS-210, No 4 (Dec
2000) and No 5 (Nov 2001).
"To prevent radio interference to the licensed service, this device is intended to be operated indoors
and away from windows to provide maximum shielding. Equipment (or its transmit antenna) that is
installed outdoors is subject to licensing."
Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est conforme à la norme NMB-003, No. 4, et CNR-210, No 4
(Dec 2000) et No 5 (Nov 2001).
« Pour empêcher que cet appareil cause du brouillage au service faisant l'objet d'une licence, il doit
être utilisé a l'intérieur et devrait être placé loin des fenêtres afin de fournir un écran de blindage
maximal. Si le matériel (ou son antenne d'émission) est installé à l'extérieur, il doit faire l'objet d'une
licence.
Caution: When using IEEE 802.11a wireless LAN, this product is restricted to indoor use due to its
operation in the 5.15- to 5.25-GHz frequency range. Industry Canada requires this product to be used
indoors for the frequency range of 5.15 GHz to 5.25 GHz to reduce the potential for harmful
interference to co-channel mobile satellite systems. High power radar is allocated as the primary user
of the 5.25 to 5.35 GHz and 5.65 to 5.85-GHz bands. These radar stations can cause interference with
and/or damage to this device.
The maximum allowed antenna gain for use with this device is 6 dBi in order to comply with the E.I.R.P
limit for the 5.25- to 5.35 and 5.725 to 5.85 GHz frequency range in point-to-point operation.
Ver.: 01.01.01
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