User`s Manual
V16.5.00
Preface
Notice
The company reserves the right to revise this publication or to change its contents without notice. Information
contained herein is for reference only and does not constitute a commitment on the part of the manufacturer or
any subsequent vendor. They assume no responsibility or liability for any errors or inaccuracies that may appear
in this publication nor are they in anyway responsible for any loss or damage resulting from the use (or misuse)
of this publication.
This publication and any accompanying software may not, in whole or in part, be reproduced, translated, transmitted or reduced to any machine readable form without prior consent from the vendor, manufacturer or creators
of this publication, except for copies kept by the user for backup purposes.
Brand and product names mentioned in this publication may or may not be copyrights and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. They are mentioned for identification purposes only and are not intended
as an endorsement of that product or its manufacturer.
©August 2016
Trademarks
Intel, Pentium and Intel Core are trademarks/registered trademarks of Intel Corporation.
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R&TTE Directive
This device is in compliance with the essential requirements and other relevant provisions of the R&TTE Directive 1999/5/EC.
This device will be sold in the following EEA countries: Austria, Italy, Belgium, Liechtenstein, Denmark, Luxembourg, Finland, Netherlands, France, Norway, Germany, Portugal, Greece, Spain, Iceland, Sweden, Ireland,
United Kingdom, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Slovakia, Poland, Slovenia.
ErP Off Mode Power Consumption Statement:
The figures below note the power consumption of this computer in compliance with European Commission (EC)
regulations on power consumption in off mode:
• Off Mode
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< 0.5W
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CE Marking
This device has been tested to and conforms to the regulatory requirements of the European Union and has attained CE Marking. The CE Mark is a conformity marking consisting of the letters “CE”. The CE Mark applies
to products regulated by certain European health, safety and environmental protection legislation. The CE Mark
is obligatory for products it applies to: the manufacturer affixes the marking in order to be allowed to sell his
product in the European market.
This product conforms to the essential requirements of the R&TTE directive 1999/5/EC in order to attain CE
Marking. A notified body has determined that this device has properly demonstrated that the requirements of the
directive have been met and has issued a favorable certificate of expert opinion. As such the device will bear the
notified body number 0560 after the CE mark.
The CE Marking is not a quality mark. Foremost, it refers to the safety rather than to the quality of a product.
Secondly, CE Marking is mandatory for the product it applies to, whereas most quality markings are voluntary.
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FCC Statement
(Federal Communications Commission)
You are cautioned that changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance
could void the user's authority to operate the equipment.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part
15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in
a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does
cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment
off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
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Re orient or relocate the receiving antenna.
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
Consult the service representative or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
1.
This device may not cause interference.
And
2.
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This device must accept any interference, including interference that may cause undesired operation of the
device.
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FCC RF Radiation Exposure Statement:
1.
This Transmitter must not be co-located or operating in conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter.
2.
This equipment complies with FCC RF radiation exposure limits set forth for an uncontrolled environment. This
equipment should be installed and operated with a minimum distance of 20 centimeters between the radiator
and your body.
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Warning
Use only shielded cables to connect I/O devices to this equipment. You are cautioned that changes or modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer for compliance with the above standards could void your authority to operate the
equipment.
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
Follow basic safety precautions, including those listed below, to reduce the risk of fire, electric shock, and injury
to persons when using any electrical equipment:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Do not use this product near water, for example near a bath tub, wash bowl, kitchen sink or laundry tub, in a wet
basement or near a swimming pool.
Avoid using this equipment with a telephone line (other than a cordless type) during an electrical storm. There
may be a remote risk of electrical shock from lightning.
Do not use the telephone to report a gas leak in the vicinity of the leak.
Use only the power cord and batteries indicated in this manual. Do not dispose of batteries in a fire. They may
explode. Check with local codes for possible special disposal instructions.
This product is intended to be supplied by a Listed Power Unit as follows:
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For Design I Series - AC Input of 100 - 240V, 50 - 60Hz, DC Output of 19.5V, 11.8A (230 Watts) minimum AC/DC Adapter.
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For Design II Series - AC Input of 100 - 240V, 50 - 60Hz, DC Output of 19V, 10.5A (200 Watts) minimum AC/DC Adapter.
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Instructions for Care and Operation
The notebook computer is quite rugged, but it can be damaged. To prevent this, follow these suggestions:
1.
Don’t drop it, or expose it to shock. If the computer falls, the case and the components could be damaged.
Do not expose the computer
to any shock or vibration.
2.
Do not place it on an unstable
surface.
Do not place anything heavy
on the computer.
Keep it dry, and don’t overheat it. Keep the computer and power supply away from any kind of heating element. This is an electrical appliance. If water or any other liquid gets into it, the computer could be badly damaged.
Do not expose it to excessive
heat or direct sunlight.
Do not leave it in a place
where foreign matter or moisture may affect the system.
Don’t use or store the computer in a humid environment.
Do not place the computer on
any surface that will block the
Vents/Fan Intakes.
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3.
Avoid interference. Keep the computer away from high capacity transformers, electric motors, and other
strong magnetic fields. These can hinder proper performance and damage your data.
4.
Follow the proper working procedures for the computer. Shut the computer down properly and don’t forget
to save your work. Remember to periodically save your data as data may be lost if the battery is depleted.
Do not turn off the power
until you properly shut down
all programs.
5.
Do not turn off any peripheral
devices when the computer is
on.
Take care when using peripheral devices.
Use only approved brands of
peripherals.
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Do not disassemble the computer by yourself.
Unplug the power cord before
attaching peripheral devices.
Perform routine maintenance
on your computer.
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Servicing
Do not attempt to service the computer yourself. Doing so may violate your warranty and may expose you and
the computer to electric shock. Refer all servicing to authorized service personnel. Unplug the computer from
the power supply. Then refer servicing to qualified service personnel under any of the following conditions:
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When the power cord or AC/DC adapter is damaged or frayed.
If the computer has been exposed to rain or other liquids.
If the computer does not work normally when you follow the operating instructions.
If the computer has been dropped or damaged (do not touch the poisonous liquid if the LCD panel breaks).
If there is an unusual odor, heat or smoke coming from your computer.
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Bottom Cover Removal Warning
Users should not remove any cover(s) and /or screw(s) for the purposes of device upgrade as this may violate the terms of
your warranty. If you need to replace/remove the hard disk/RAM/optical device etc., for any reason, please contact your distributor/supplier for further information.
Removal Warning
When removing any cover(s) and screw(s) for the purposes of device upgrade, remember to replace the cover(s) and
screw(s) before restoring power to the system.
Also note the following when the cover is removed:
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Hazardous moving parts.
Keep away from moving fan blades.
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Power Safety
The computer has specific power requirements:
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Power Safety Warning
Before you undertake
any upgrade procedures, make sure that
you have turned off the
power, and disconnected all peripherals and
cables (including telephone lines and power
cord).
You must also remove
your battery in order to
prevent
accidentally
turning the machine on.
Before removing the
battery disconnect the
AC/DC adapter from
the computer.
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• Only use a power adapter approved for use with this computer.
• Your AC/DC adapter may be designed for international travel but it still requires a
steady, uninterrupted power supply. If you are unsure of your local power specifications, consult your service representative or local power company.
• The power adapter may have either a 2-prong or a 3-prong grounded plug. The third
prong is an important safety feature; do not defeat its purpose. If you do not have access
to a compatible outlet, have a qualified electrician install one.
• When you want to unplug the power cord, be sure to disconnect it by the plug head, not
by its wire.
• Make sure the socket and any extension cord(s) you use can support the total current
load of all the connected devices.
• Before cleaning the computer, make sure it is disconnected from any external power
supplies (i.e. AC/DC adapter or car adapter).
Do not plug in the power
cord if you are wet.
Do not use the power cord if
it is broken.
Do not place heavy objects
on the power cord.
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Polymer Battery Precautions
Note the following information which is specific to polymer batteries only, and where applicable, this overrides
the general battery precaution information overleaf.
• Polymer batteries may experience a slight expansion or swelling, however this is part of the battery’s safety mechanism and is not a cause for concern.
• Use proper handling procedures when using polymer batteries. Do not use polymer batteries in high ambient temperature environments, and do not store unused batteries for extended periods.
See also the general battery precautionary information overleaf for further information.
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General Battery Precautions
• Only use batteries designed for this computer. The wrong battery type may explode, leak or damage the computer.
• Do not remove any batteries from the computer while it is powered on.
• Do not continue to use a battery that has been dropped, or that appears damaged (e.g. bent or twisted) in any way. Even
if the computer continues to work with a damaged battery in place, it may cause circuit damage, which may possibly
result in fire.
• If you do not use the battery for an extended period, then remove the battery from the computer for storage.
• Recharge the batteries using the notebook’s system. Incorrect recharging may make the battery explode.
• Do not try to repair a battery pack. Refer any battery pack repair or replacement to your service representative or qualified service personnel.
• Keep children away from, and promptly dispose of a damaged battery. Always dispose of batteries carefully. Batteries
may explode or leak if exposed to fire, or improperly handled or discarded.
• Keep the battery away from metal appliances.
• Affix tape to the battery contacts before disposing of the battery.
• Do not touch the battery contacts with your hands or metal objects.
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Battery Disposal & Caution
The product that you have purchased contains a rechargeable battery. The battery is recyclable. At the end of its useful life,
under various state and local laws, it may be illegal to dispose of this battery into the municipal waste stream. Check with
your local solid waste officials for details in your area for recycling options or proper disposal.
Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the
manufacturer. Discard used battery according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
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Cleaning
Do not apply cleaner directly to the computer; use a soft clean cloth.
Do not use volatile (petroleum distillates) or abrasive cleaners on any part of the computer.
Cleaning Instructions
(For Computer Models Supplied with Light Blue Cleaning Cloth)
Some computer models in this series come supplied with a light blue cleaning cloth. To clean the computer case
with this cloth follow the instructions below:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Power off the computer and peripherals.
Disconnect the AC/DC adapter from the computer.
Use a little water to dampen the cloth slightly.
Clean the computer case with the cloth.
Dry the computer with a dry cloth, or allow it time to dry before turning on.
Reconnect the AC/DC adapter and turn the computer on.
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Travel Considerations
As you get ready for your trip, run through this list to make sure the system is ready to go:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Check that the battery pack and any spares are fully charged.
Power off the computer and peripherals.
Close the display panel and make sure it’s latched.
Disconnect the AC/DC adapter and cables. Stow them in the carrying bag.
The AC/DC adapter uses voltages from 100 to 240 volts so you won’t need a second voltage adapter. However,
check with your travel agent to see if you need any socket adapters.
Put the notebook in its carrying bag and secure it with the bag’s straps.
If you’re taking any peripherals (e.g. a printer, mouse or digital camera), pack them and those devices’ adapters
and/or cables.
Anticipate customs - Some jurisdictions may have import restrictions or require proof of ownership for both hardware and software. Make sure your “papers” are handy.
6.
7.
8.
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Power Off Before Traveling
Make sure that your notebook is completely powered off before putting it into a travel bag (or any such container). Putting a
notebook which is powered on in a travel bag may cause the Vents/Fan Intakes to be blocked. To prevent your computer
from overheating make sure nothing blocks the Vent/Fan Intakes while the computer is in use.
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On the Road
In addition to the general safety and maintenance suggestions in this preface, and Chapter 8: Troubleshooting,
keep these points in mind:
Hand-carry the notebook - For security, don’t let it out of your sight. In some areas, computer theft is very
common. Don’t check it with normal luggage. Baggage handlers may not be sufficiently careful. Avoid knocking the computer against hard objects.
Beware of Electromagnetic fields - Devices such as metal detectors & X-ray machines can damage the computer, hard disk, floppy disks, and other media. They may also destroy any stored data - Pass your computer and
disks around the devices. Ask security officials to hand-inspect them (you may be asked to turn it on). Note:
Some airports also scan luggage with these devices.
Fly safely - Most airlines have regulations about the use of computers and other electronic devices in flight.
These restrictions are for your safety, follow them. If you stow the notebook in an overhead compartment, make
sure it’s secure. Contents may shift and/or fall out when the compartment is opened.
Get power where you can - If an electrical outlet is available, use the AC/DC adapter and keep your battery(ies)
charged.
Keep it dry - If you move quickly from a cold to a warm location, water vapor can condense inside the computer.
Wait a few minutes before turning it on so that any moisture can evaporate.
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Developing Good Work Habits
Developing good work habits is important if you need to work in front of the computer for long periods of time.
Improper work habits can result in discomfort or serious injury from repetitive strain to your hands, wrists or
other joints. The following are some tips to reduce the strain:
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Adjust the height of the chair and/or desk so that the keyboard is at or slightly below the
level of your elbow. Keep your forearms, wrists, and hands in a relaxed position.
Your knees should be slightly higher than your hips. Place your feet flat on the floor or on
a footrest if necessary.
Use a chair with a back and adjust it to support your lower back comfortably.
Sit straight so that your knees, hips and elbows form approximately 90-degree angles
when you are working.
Take periodic breaks if you are using the computer for long periods of time.
Remember to:
•
Alter your posture frequently.
•
Stretch and exercise your body several times a day.
•
Take periodic breaks when you work at the computer for long periods of time. Frequent
and short breaks are better than fewer and longer breaks.
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Lighting
Proper lighting and comfortable display viewing angle can reduce eye strain and muscle fatigue in your neck and
shoulders.
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Position the display to avoid glare or reflections from overhead lighting or outside sources of light.
Keep the display screen clean and set the brightness and contrast to levels that allow you to see the screen clearly.
Position the display directly in front of you at a comfortable viewing distance.
Adjust the display-viewing angle to find the best position.
LCD Screen Care
To prevent image persistence on LCD monitors (caused by the continuous display of graphics on the screen for
an extended period of time) take the following precautions:
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Set the Windows Power Plans to turn the screen off after a few minutes of screen idle time.
Use a rotating, moving or blank screen saver (this prevents an image from being displayed too long).
Rotate desktop background images every few days.
Turn the monitor off when the system is not in use.
LCD Electro-Plated Logos
Note that in computers featuring a raised LCD electro-plated logo, the logo is covered by a protective adhesive.
Due to general wear and tear, this adhesive may deteriorate over time and the exposed logo may develop sharp
edges. Be careful when handling the computer in this case, and avoid touching the raised LCD electro-plated
logo. Avoid placing any other items in the carrying bag which may rub against the top of the computer during
transport. If any such wear and tear develops contact your distributor/supplier.
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Contents
Notice .............................................................................................................................................................I
ErP Off Mode Power Consumption Statement: ........................................................................................... II
FCC Statement ............................................................................................................................................IV
FCC RF Radiation Exposure Statement: ..................................................................................................... V
Instructions for Care and Operation ......................................................................................................... VII
Servicing .....................................................................................................................................................IX
Power Safety ................................................................................................................................................ X
Polymer Battery Precautions ......................................................................................................................XI
General Battery Precautions ..................................................................................................................... XII
Cleaning ................................................................................................................................................... XIII
Cleaning Instructions ............................................................................................................................... XIII
Travel Considerations ..............................................................................................................................XIV
Quick Start Guide
Overview ....................................................................................................................................................1-1
Advanced Users .........................................................................................................................................1-2
Beginners and Not-So-Advanced Users ....................................................................................................1-2
Warning Boxes ..........................................................................................................................................1-2
Not Included ..............................................................................................................................................1-3
System Software ........................................................................................................................................1-4
System Startup ...........................................................................................................................................1-5
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Model Differences .....................................................................................................................................1-6
LCD Panel Open - Model A ......................................................................................................................1-7
LCD Panel Open - Model B ......................................................................................................................1-8
LED Indicators ...........................................................................................................................................1-9
Illuminated Colored LED Keyboard .......................................................................................................1-10
Illuminated White LED Keyboard ...........................................................................................................1-11
Keyboard Shortcuts .................................................................................................................................1-12
Control Center .........................................................................................................................................1-13
Keyboard Backlight LED ........................................................................................................................1-14
Flexikey® Application ............................................................................................................................1-20
Flexikey® Application Features: .............................................................................................................1-21
Function Keys & Visual Indicators .........................................................................................................1-22
Front & Rear Views - Model A ...............................................................................................................1-23
Front & Rear Views - Model B ...............................................................................................................1-24
Right View - Model A .............................................................................................................................1-25
Right View - Model B .............................................................................................................................1-27
Left View - Model A ...............................................................................................................................1-28
Left View - Model B ................................................................................................................................1-29
Bottom View - Model A - Design I .........................................................................................................1-30
Bottom View - Model A - Design II ........................................................................................................1-31
Bottom View - Model B ..........................................................................................................................1-32
Windows 10 Start Menu ..........................................................................................................................1-33
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Right-Clicking the Windows Logo In Start Menu ..................................................................................1-34
Start Menu Apps & Tiles .........................................................................................................................1-35
Windows 10 Control Panel ......................................................................................................................1-37
Settings ....................................................................................................................................................1-38
Windows 10 Taskbar ...............................................................................................................................1-39
Video Features .........................................................................................................................................1-40
Microsoft Hybrid Graphics Or Discrete Graphics Mode ........................................................................1-41
Power Options .........................................................................................................................................1-46
Storage Devices, Mouse, & Audio
Overview ....................................................................................................................................................2-1
Hard Disk Drive/Solid State Drive ............................................................................................................2-2
Multi-in-1 Card Reader ..............................................................................................................................2-3
Audio Features ...........................................................................................................................................2-4
Setup for 5.1Surround Sound ....................................................................................................................2-5
Setup for Audio Recording ........................................................................................................................2-7
Setup for Headphones/Speakers - Line-Out Jack ......................................................................................2-8
Touchpad and Buttons/Mouse ...................................................................................................................2-9
Touchpad Sensitivity .................................................................................................................................2-9
Mouse Properties Control Panel ..............................................................................................................2-10
Mouse & Touchpad Devices ...................................................................................................................2-12
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Power Management
Overview ....................................................................................................................................................3-1
The Power Sources ....................................................................................................................................3-2
AC/DC Adapter .........................................................................................................................................3-2
Battery ........................................................................................................................................................3-2
Turning On the Computer ..........................................................................................................................3-3
Shutting the Computer Down ....................................................................................................................3-4
Power Plans ...............................................................................................................................................3-5
Power-Saving States ..................................................................................................................................3-7
Sleep ..........................................................................................................................................................3-7
Hibernate ....................................................................................................................................................3-8
Shut down ..................................................................................................................................................3-8
Configuring the Power Buttons .................................................................................................................3-9
Resuming Operation ................................................................................................................................3-11
Power Conservation Modes .....................................................................................................................3-12
Settings Menu Power Controls ................................................................................................................3-14
Battery Information .................................................................................................................................3-17
Battery Power ..........................................................................................................................................3-17
Conserving Battery Power .......................................................................................................................3-18
Battery Life ..............................................................................................................................................3-19
New Battery .............................................................................................................................................3-19
Recharging the Battery with the AC/DC Adapter ...................................................................................3-19
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Proper handling of the Battery Pack ........................................................................................................3-20
Battery FAQ .............................................................................................................................................3-21
Drivers & Utilities
What to Install ............................................................................................................................................4-1
Module Driver Installation ........................................................................................................................4-1
Driver Installation ......................................................................................................................................4-2
Updating/Reinstalling Individual Drivers ..................................................................................................4-5
User Account Control ................................................................................................................................4-6
Windows Security Message .......................................................................................................................4-6
New Hardware Found ................................................................................................................................4-6
Driver Installation Procedure .....................................................................................................................4-7
Chipset .......................................................................................................................................................4-7
Video (VGA) .............................................................................................................................................4-7
NVIDIA Video (VGA) ..............................................................................................................................4-7
LAN ...........................................................................................................................................................4-8
Card Reader ...............................................................................................................................................4-8
Touchpad ...................................................................................................................................................4-8
Control Center ...........................................................................................................................................4-8
Airplane .....................................................................................................................................................4-8
MEI Driver .................................................................................................................................................4-8
Audio .........................................................................................................................................................4-9
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Optional Drivers ......................................................................................................................................4-10
BIOS Utilities
Overview ....................................................................................................................................................5-1
The Power-On Self Test (POST) ...............................................................................................................5-2
Failing the POST .......................................................................................................................................5-3
Fatal Errors ................................................................................................................................................5-3
Non-Fatal Errors ........................................................................................................................................5-3
The Setup Utility ........................................................................................................................................5-4
Entering Setup ...........................................................................................................................................5-4
Setup Screens .............................................................................................................................................5-5
Main Menu .................................................................................................................................................5-6
System Time & Date (Main Menu) ...........................................................................................................5-6
SATA Port # (Main Menu) ........................................................................................................................5-7
OffBoard SATA/NVme Controller Configuration (Main Menu) .............................................................5-7
System/Extended Memory (Main Menu) ..................................................................................................5-7
MB Series/BIOS Revision/KBC/EC firmware Revision/VGA Card /VBIOS Revision/VBIOS Build Date/
Mac Address (Main Menu) ........................................................................................................................5-7
Advanced Menu .........................................................................................................................................5-8
Advanced Chipset Control (Advanced Menu) ..........................................................................................5-8
FlexiCharger (Advanced Menu > Advanced Chipset Control) .................................................................5-9
MSHybrid or DISCRETE Switch (Advanced Menu > Advanced Chipset Control) ...............................5-10
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GPU Performance Scaling (Advanced Menu > Advanced Chipset Control) ..........................................5-10
VT-d (Advanced Menu > Advanced Chipset Control) ............................................................................5-10
Overclocking Performance Menu (Advanced Menu) ..............................................................................5-11
SATA Mode (Advanced Menu) ..............................................................................................................5-12
Boot Logo (Advanced Menu) ..................................................................................................................5-13
Power On Boot Beep (Advanced Menu) .................................................................................................5-13
Battery Low Alarm Beep (Advanced Menu) ...........................................................................................5-13
Security Menu ..........................................................................................................................................5-14
Set Supervisor Password (Security Menu) ..............................................................................................5-14
Set User Password (Security Menu) ........................................................................................................5-15
Password on boot: (Security Menu) ........................................................................................................5-15
Secure Boot Control (Security Menu) .....................................................................................................5-16
TPM Configuration (Security Menu) ......................................................................................................5-17
Boot Menu ...............................................................................................................................................5-18
Boot Option Priorities (Boot Menu) ........................................................................................................5-19
UEFI Boot (Boot Menu) ..........................................................................................................................5-19
Exit Menu ................................................................................................................................................5-20
Modules
Overview ....................................................................................................................................................6-1
Setting Up SATA RAID or AHCI Mode ..................................................................................................6-2
AHCI Mode ...............................................................................................................................................6-2
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RAID ..........................................................................................................................................................6-2
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Application .........................................................................................6-2
RAID Setup Procedure ..............................................................................................................................6-4
RAID Setup - UEFI Enabled .....................................................................................................................6-5
RAID Setup (2 * PCIE SSDs) - UEFI Enabled .......................................................................................6-10
RAID Setup - UEFI Disabled ..................................................................................................................6-16
Deleting a RAID (Windows 10) ..............................................................................................................6-20
Wireless LAN Module .............................................................................................................................6-21
Intel® WLAN Driver Installation ............................................................................................................6-22
Qualcomm Atheros WLAN Combo Driver Installation ..........................................................................6-22
Qualcomm WLAN AC/AD Combo Driver Installation ..........................................................................6-23
WLAN Configuration in Windows 10 ....................................................................................................6-24
Fingerprint Reader Module ......................................................................................................................6-27
Fingerprint Reader Driver Installation .....................................................................................................6-28
Fingerprint Module Configuration ..........................................................................................................6-29
Bluetooth & WLAN Combo Module ......................................................................................................6-31
Intel Bluetooth Combo Driver Installation ..............................................................................................6-32
Qualcomm Atheros Bluetooth Combo Driver Installation ......................................................................6-32
Bluetooth Configuration in Windows ......................................................................................................6-33
To Make your Computer Discoverable to Bluetooth Devices .................................................................6-35
Sound Blaster Audio ................................................................................................................................6-36
Sound Blaster X-Fi MB-5 Audio AP Installation ....................................................................................6-36
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Intel® Rapid Storage Technology ...........................................................................................................6-46
IRST Driver Installation ..........................................................................................................................6-46
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology for RAID Systems ............................................................................6-47
RAID Volume Data Verification and Repair ..........................................................................................6-49
Replacing and Reverting Recovery and Master Volumes .......................................................................6-49
PC Camera ...............................................................................................................................................6-52
Camera App .............................................................................................................................................6-53
Taking Pictures/Capturing Video ............................................................................................................6-55
Trusted Platform Module .........................................................................................................................6-57
Enabling & Managing TPM ....................................................................................................................6-58
TPM Management in Windows ...............................................................................................................6-59
TPM Actions ............................................................................................................................................6-61
3G/4G Module .........................................................................................................................................6-63
3G/4G Configuration in Windows 10 ......................................................................................................6-65
Troubleshooting
Overview ....................................................................................................................................................7-1
Basic Hints and Tips ..................................................................................................................................7-2
Backup and General Maintenance .............................................................................................................7-3
Viruses .......................................................................................................................................................7-4
Upgrading and Adding New Hardware/Software ......................................................................................7-5
Problems and Possible Solutions ...............................................................................................................7-7
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Resolving the “Can’t connect to this network” issue with the 3G/4G Module .......................................7-18
Interface (Ports & Jacks)
Overview ...................................................................................................................................................A-1
Ports and Jacks ..........................................................................................................................................A-2
2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone-Out & S/PDIF-Out Jack) ........................................................................A-2
Card Reader ..............................................................................................................................................A-2
DC-In Jack ................................................................................................................................................A-2
HDMI-Out Port .........................................................................................................................................A-2
Line-Out Jack ............................................................................................................................................A-2
Microphone-In Jack ..................................................................................................................................A-3
Mini DisplayPort 1.3 ................................................................................................................................A-3
RJ-45 LAN Jack .......................................................................................................................................A-3
Security Lock Slot ....................................................................................................................................A-3
USB 3.1 (USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C) Port ....................................................................................................A-4
USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type A) Port ....................................................................................................A-4
Powered USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type A) Port .....................................................................................A-4
Control Center & Flexikey®
Overview ...................................................................................................................................................B-1
Control Center ..........................................................................................................................................B-1
Flexikey® .................................................................................................................................................B-1
Power Modes ............................................................................................................................................B-3
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Control Center Menus ...............................................................................................................................B-4
Power Status (System Program) .............................................................................................................B-5
Brightness (System Program) ..................................................................................................................B-5
Volume (System Program) .......................................................................................................................B-5
Fan Speed (System Program) ...................................................................................................................B-5
This system supports Power Saving power
.........................................................................................B-6
Sleep Button (System Program) ..............................................................................................................B-6
Desktop Background (System Program) .................................................................................................B-6
Display Switch (System Program) ...........................................................................................................B-6
Time Zone (System Program) .................................................................................................................B-6
Display Utility (System Program for High Definition displays only) .....................................................B-6
TouchPad/Camera (Device) .....................................................................................................................B-7
FlexiAccess (Device) ...............................................................................................................................B-7
Caps Lock/Scroll Lock/ Number Lock/Airplane Mode ...........................................................................B-7
Left Windows Key (Gaming) ..................................................................................................................B-7
GPU Switch (Gaming) .............................................................................................................................B-8
Headphone (Gaming) ...............................................................................................................................B-8
Headphone Impedance (Gaming) ............................................................................................................B-8
Flexikey® (Gaming) .................................................................................................................................B-8
Display Utility (System Program for High Definition displays only) ......................................................B-9
CPU / Memory Overclocking Support ...................................................................................................B-12
CPU Overclocking ..................................................................................................................................B-14
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Memory Overclocking ............................................................................................................................B-15
GPU Overclocking ..................................................................................................................................B-16
GPU Overclocking ..................................................................................................................................B-17
Flexikey® Application ...........................................................................................................................B-20
Language Interface .................................................................................................................................B-21
Keyboard Settings - Express Key ...........................................................................................................B-25
Enabling Time Record ............................................................................................................................B-27
Keyboard Settings - Launch App ...........................................................................................................B-29
Keyboard Settings - Express Text ..........................................................................................................B-31
Keyboard Settings - Disable ...................................................................................................................B-33
Mouse Settings - Express Key ................................................................................................................B-34
Enabling Time Record for Mouse Settings ............................................................................................B-35
Mouse Settings - Launch App ................................................................................................................B-36
Mouse Settings - Express Text ...............................................................................................................B-38
Mouse Settings - Disable ........................................................................................................................B-40
Statistics ..................................................................................................................................................B-41
Video Driver Controls
Overview ...................................................................................................................................................C-1
Microsoft Hybrid Graphics Or Discrete Graphics Mode .........................................................................C-2
Microsoft Hybrid Graphics .......................................................................................................................C-3
Video Driver Installation ..........................................................................................................................C-5
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Video (VGA) ............................................................................................................................................C-5
NVIDIA Video (VGA) .............................................................................................................................C-5
NVIDIA GeForce Experience ..................................................................................................................C-6
NVIDIA GeForce Experience - BatteryBoost ..........................................................................................C-8
NVIDIA GeForce Experience - ShadowPlay ...........................................................................................C-9
Configure Other Displays Using Project ................................................................................................C-10
You can configure attached displays from Project. ................................................................................C-10
Configuring an External Display In Windows .......................................................................................C-11
HDMI Audio Configuration ...................................................................................................................C-14
Wireless Display .....................................................................................................................................C-17
Wireless Display Configuration .............................................................................................................C-18
Display Devices & Options ....................................................................................................................C-20
NVIDIA Control Panel ...........................................................................................................................C-21
Customization Options ...........................................................................................................................C-25
Change Resolution ..................................................................................................................................C-29
Display Devices - NVIDIA CP ...............................................................................................................C-30
Configuring an External Display (NVIDIA) ..........................................................................................C-31
HDCP Status ...........................................................................................................................................C-35
Adjust Video Settings .............................................................................................................................C-36
Configure Surround, PhysX® .................................................................................................................C-37
G-SYNC .................................................................................................................................................C-38
Set Digital Audio ....................................................................................................................................C-40
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Intel® HD Graphics Control Panel .........................................................................................................C-41
Attaching Other Displays - Intel HDCP .................................................................................................C-55
Specifications
Note ...........................................................................................................................................................D-2
Core Logic ................................................................................................................................................D-2
Display ......................................................................................................................................................D-2
Memory .....................................................................................................................................................D-2
Storage ......................................................................................................................................................D-2
Audio ........................................................................................................................................................D-2
Keyboard & Pointing Device ....................................................................................................................D-3
Interface ....................................................................................................................................................D-3
Card Reader ..............................................................................................................................................D-3
Card Slots ..................................................................................................................................................D-3
Communication .........................................................................................................................................D-4
Power & Battery .......................................................................................................................................D-4
Power Management ..................................................................................................................................D-4
Indicators ..................................................................................................................................................D-4
BIOS .........................................................................................................................................................D-4
Operating System ......................................................................................................................................D-4
Security .....................................................................................................................................................D-4
Features .....................................................................................................................................................D-4
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Environmental Spec ..................................................................................................................................D-5
Dimensions & Weight ..............................................................................................................................D-5
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Quick Start Guide
Chapter 1: Quick Start Guide
Overview
This Quick Start Guide is a brief introduction to the basic features of your computer, to navigating around the
computer and to getting your system started. The remainder of the manual covers the following:
• Chapter 2
• Chapter 3
• Chapter 4
• Chapter 5
• Chapter 6
• Chapter 7
• Appendix A
• Appendix B
• Appendix C
• Appendix D
A guide to using some of the main features of the computer e.g. the storage devices (hard disk and
card reader), TouchPad & Mouse and Audio Features.
The computer’s power management options.
The installation of the drivers and utilities essential to the operation or improvement of some of the
computer’s subsystems.
An outline of the computer’s built-in software or BIOS (Basic Input Output System).
A quick guide to the computer’s PC Camera, Wireless LAN, Fingerprint, Bluetooth & WLAN
Combo, Sound Blaster Audio and Intel modules (some of which may be optional depending on
your purchase configuration).
A troubleshooting guide.
Definitions of the interface, ports/jacks which allow your computer to communicate with external
devices.
Information on the Control Center. and Flexikey® Application.
Information on the Video driver controls.
The computer’s specification.
Overview 1 - 1
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Advanced Users
If you are an advanced user you may skip over most of this Quick Start Guide. However you may find it useful
to refer to “Drivers & Utilities” on page 4 - 1 and “BIOS Utilities” on page 5 - 1 in the User’s Manual. You
may also find the notes marked with a  of interest to you.

Notes
Check the light colored
boxes with the mark
above to find detailed
information about the
computer’s features.
Beginners and Not-So-Advanced Users
If you are new to computers (or do not have an advanced knowledge of them) then
the information contained in this Quick Start Guide should be enough to get you up
and running. Eventually you should try to look through all the documentation (more
detailed descriptions of the functions, setup and system controls are covered in the
remainder of the User’s Manual), but do not worry if you do not understand everything the first time. Keep this manual nearby and refer to it to learn as you go. You
may find it useful to refer to the notes marked with a  as indicated in the margin.
For a more detailed description of any of the interface ports and jacks see “Interface
(Ports & Jacks)” on page A - 1.
Warning Boxes
No matter what your level please pay careful attention to the warning and safety information indicated by the
 symbol. Also please note the safety and handling instructions as indicated in the Preface.
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Quick Start Guide
Not Included
Operating Systems (e.g. Windows 10) and applications (e.g. word processing, spreadsheet and database programs) have their own manuals, so please consult the appropriate manuals.

Drivers
If you are installing new system software, or are re-configuring your computer for a different system, you will need to install
the appropriate drivers. Drivers are programs which act as an interface between the computer and a hardware component
e.g. a wireless network module. It is very important that you install the drivers in the order listed in Table 4 - 1, on page 4
- 4. You will be unable to use most advanced controls until the necessary drivers and utilities are properly installed. If your
system hasn’t been properly configured (your service representative may have already done that for you), refer to “Drivers
& Utilities” on page 4 - 1 for installation instructions.
Ports and Jacks
See “Ports and Jacks” on page A - 2 for a description of the interface (ports & jacks) which allow your computer to communicate with external devices, connect to the internet etc.
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System Software
Your computer may already come with system software pre-installed. Where this is not the case, or where you
are re-configuring your computer for a different system, you will find the Windows 10 (64-bit) operating system
is supported.

Windows OS
Note that the information included on the following pages is for Windows 10 only.
In order to run Windows 10 (64-bit) your computer requires a minimum 8GB of system memory (RAM).
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System Startup
1. Remove all packing materials, and place the computer on a stable surface, and securely attach any peripherals
you want to use with the notebook (e.g. keyboard and mouse) to their ports.
2. Attach the AC/DC adapter to the DC-In jack at the rear of the computer, then plug the AC power cord into an
outlet, and connect the AC power cord to the AC/DC adapter (make sure you use the adapter when first
setting up the computer, as to safeguard the computer during shipping, the battery will be locked to not power
the system until first connected to the AC/DC adapter).
3. Use one hand to raise the lid/LCD to a comfortable viewing angle (it is preferable not to exceed 135 degrees); use
the other hand to support the base of the computer (Note: Never lift the computer by the lid/LCD).
4. Press the power button on the top of the computer for about 2 - 3 seconds to turn the computer “on” (note that
the power LED on the front of the computer will turn from orange to green when the computer powers on).

Shutdown
135°
Note that you should always
shut your computer down by
choosing the Shut Down
command in Windows (see
page 1 - 42). This will help
prevent hard disk or system
problems.
Figure 1 - 1 - Computer with AC/DC Adapter Plugged-In/Opening the Lid/LCD
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Model Differences
This notebook series includes two different model types, and different design styles within each model series. These
models and design styles mainly differ as indicated in the table below. Note that your model may appear slightly different from those pictured in this manual.
Feature
Model A
Design I
Model B
Design II
Design I
Design II
Display Type
15.6" (39.62cm) QFHD (3840 * 2160) / FHD (1920 *
1080) 3.5mm 16:9 Backlit Panel
(Note the some models only support FHD (1920 * 1080)
panels
3G/4G Module
LTE/UTMS/HSPA+ M.2 3042 3G or 4G Module Card
(optional) with USB Interface
Not Supported
Subwoofer Speaker
Not Supported
One Built-In Subwoofer Speaker
AC/DC Adapter
AC Input of 100 - 240V, 50 60Hz, DC Output of 19.5V,
11.8A (230 Watts) minimum
AC/DC Adapter
AC Input of 100 - 240V, 50 60Hz, DC Output of 19V,
10.5A (200 Watts) minimum
AC/DC Adapter
17.3" (43.94cm) FHD (1920 * 1080) 6.2mm, 16:9 Backlit
Panel
AC Input of 100 - 240V, 50 60Hz, DC Output of 19.5V,
11.8A (230 Watts) minimum
AC/DC Adapter
AC Input of 100 - 240V, 50 60Hz, DC Output of 19V,
10.5A (200 Watts) minimum
AC/DC Adapter
Dimensions & Weight
See “Dimensions & Weight” on page A - 5 for details of the dimensions and weight for each model and design.
Note
Model A had two distinct design styles with the ports in different locations on the computer, depending on the design style.
However the number of ports etc in each design style are identical.
Table 1 - 1 - Model Differences
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Quick Start Guide
LCD Panel Open - Model A
3
2
1
Figure 1 - 2
LCD Panel Open
Model A

3
The use of any portable electronic transmission devices
(e.g. WLAN, Bluetooth or
3G/4G) aboard aircraft is
usually prohibited. Make
sure any wireless modules
are OFF (i.e. the system is in
Airplane Mode) if you are
using the computer aboard
aircraft.
1. Built-In PC Camera
2. PC Camera LED
3. Built-In Array
Microphone
4. LCD
5. Speakers
6. Power Button
7. Illuminated LED
Keyboard
8. TouchPad & Buttons
9. Fingerprint Reader
Sensor (Optional)
Use Fn + F11 Airplane
Mode key combination to
toggle Airplane Mode On/
Off, and check the LED indicator for the power status.
9
Wireless Device
Operation Aboard
Aircraft
4
5
5
6
7
9
8
Note that the Touchpad/
Clickpad and Buttons has a
valid operational area indicated within the dotted lines
above.
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Figure 1 - 3
LCD Panel Open
Model B
LCD Panel Open - Model B
1. Built-In PC Camera
2. PC Camera LED
3. Built-In Array
Microphone
4. LCD
5. Speakers
6. Power Button
7. Illuminated LED
Keyboard
8. TouchPad & Buttons
9. Fingerprint Reader
Sensor (Optional)
3
2
1

3
Wireless Device
Operation Aboard
Aircraft
4
5
The use of any portable electronic transmission devices
(e.g. WLAN, Bluetooth or
3G/4G) aboard aircraft is
usually prohibited. Make
sure any wireless modules
are OFF (i.e. the system is in
Airplane Mode) if you are
using the computer aboard
aircraft.
5
6
7
9
Note that the Touchpad/
Clickpad and Buttons has a
valid operational area indicated within the dotted lines
above.
1 - 8 LCD Panel Open - Model B
8
9
Use Fn + F11 Airplane
Mode key combination to
toggle Airplane Mode On/
Off, and check the LED indicator for the power status.
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LED Indicators
The LED indicators display helpful information about the current status of the computer.
Icon
Color
Description
Icon
Color
Description
Orange
The Battery is Charging
Blinking Orange
The Battery has Reached Critically Low
Power Status
Green
The Battery is Fully Charged
Number Lock is Activated
Green
Caps Lock is Activated
Green
Scroll Lock is Activated
Green
Green
Hard Disk Activity
Orange
AC/DC Power is Plugged In
Green
Airplane Mode is ON (the WLAN, Bluetooth
& 3G/4G Modules are OFF)
Blinking Orange*
The Powered USB Port is On
(see “Powered USB 3.0 Port” on page 1 - 28)
Off
MSHYBRID Mode
Green
The Computer is On
Green
Discrete Mode
Blinking Green
The Computer is in Sleep Mode
Table 1 - 2 - LED Indicators
LCD Panel Open - Model B 1 - 9
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
Other Keyboards
If your keyboard is damaged or you just want to
make a change, you can
use any standard USB
keyboard. The system will
detect and enable it automatically. However special
functions/hot-keys
unique to the system’s
regular keyboard may not
work.
Scr Lk
Hold down the Fn Key
and Scr Lk to enable
scroll lock and check the
LED indicator for status.
Illuminated Colored LED Keyboard
The illuminated colored keyboard has an embedded numerical keypad for easy numeric data input, and features function keys to allow you to change operational features instantly. See Table 1 - 6, on page 1 - 22 for full function key combination
details.
Function Keys
Scr Lk Key
Play/Pause Key
Num Lk Key
Game Control Keys
Windows Logo Key
Menu/Application Key
Fn Key
Numerical
Keypad
Figure 1 - 4 - Illuminated LED Keyboard

Special Characters
Some software applications allow the number-keys to be used with Alt to produce special characters.
These special characters can only be produced by using the numeric keypad. Regular number keys (in
the upper row of the keyboard) will not work. Make sure that NumLk is on.
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Quick Start Guide
Illuminated White LED Keyboard
(For some Design II Series Models)
The illuminated white keyboard has an embedded numerical keypad for easy numeric data input, and features function keys to allow you to change operational features
instantly. See Table 1 - 6, on page 1 - 22 for full function key combination details.
Function Keys
Scr Lk Key
Play/Pause Key
Num Lk Key
Game Control Keys
Menu/Application Key
Numerical
Keypad

Other Keyboards
If your keyboard is damaged or you just want to
make a change, you can
use any standard USB
keyboard. The system will
detect and enable it automatically. However special
functions/hot-keys
unique to the system’s
regular keyboard may not
work.
Scr Lk
Fn Key
Windows Logo Key
Hold down the Fn Key
and Scr Lk to enable
scroll lock, and check the
LED indicator for status.
Figure 1 - 5 - Illuminated LED Keyboard

Special Characters
Some software applications allow the number-keys to be used with Alt to produce special characters.
These special characters can only be produced by using the numeric keypad. Regular number keys (in
the upper row of the keyboard) will not work. Make sure that NumLk is on.
Illuminated White LED Keyboard 1 - 11
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
Windows Logo
Keyboard Shortcut
Use the Windows logo
key
+ D key combination to switch between the Start screen
and Windows Desktop.
Menu/Application
Keyboard Shortcut
When the Desktop app
is running you can use
the Menu/Application
key
on the keyboard to display the
context menu as per a
mouse right-click.
Keyboard Shortcuts
The following Windows Logo Key (Winkey) keyboard shortcuts are useful for navigation/operation in Windows 10.
Windows Logo
Key +
Description
Tap Winkey
Toggle the Start menu
A
Open the Action Center
B
Select the Taskbar Notification Area
C
Launch Cortana (in listening mode)
D
Toggle the Desktop
E
Launch File Explorer (Quick Access tab)
+ Number (1, 2, etc)
Launch an application from the taskbar (numbered from left to right)
1 - 12 Illuminated White LED Keyboard
Table 1 - 3 - Keyboard Shortcuts
Quick Start Guide
Control Center
When in the Windows Desktop application (not in the Start screen) press the Fn + Esc key combination, or
double-click the icon
in the notification area of the taskbar to toggle the Control Center on/off. The Control Center gives quick access to frequently used controls and enables you to quickly turn the camera/Touch
Pad on/off (see Appendix B for full details).

Control Center Access
To run the
Control Center press the
Fn + Esc key
combination,
or
doubleclick the icon
in the notification area
of the taskbar.
Close the Control Center by clicking
the
close icon in the top right of the
panel (move the cursor onto the top
right corner of the panel to highlight it).
Figure 1 - 6 - Control Center
Control Center 1 - 13
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Keyboard Backlight LED
(For Illuminated Colored Keyboards Only)
2 key to toggle the keyboard LED on/off. The keyboard LED may be configured using
Press Fn plus the
1 key to launch the
the Fn + key combination outlined in the table below. In addition press Fn plus the
keyboard backlight application to configure the settings (see overleaf).
Main Keyboard Colored LED Function key Combinations
Fn +
1 Launch the Keyboard Backlight Application
1
2
3
2 Toggle the Keyboard Backlight LED On/Off
Fn +
4
3 Keyboard Backlight LED Low
Fn +
4 Keyboard Backlight LED High
Fn +
Table 1 - 4 - Main Keyboard LEDs
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Quick Start Guide
Keyboard Backlight Application (for Illuminated Colored Keyboards)
The Keyboard Backlight application can be accessed by pressing the Fn plus
key (or by clicking the
Flexikey button in the Gaming section of the Control Center, and then clicking the Backlight tab).
Help Butt
Effects Buttons
Keyboard Sections
Color Swatches
Figure 1 - 7 - Keyboard Backlight Application
Keyboard Backlight LED 1 - 15
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Brightness
Click on any of the numbers (0 - 3) on the brightness bar to set the brightness level of the keyboard backlight.
Color Swatch
The color swatch in the top right of the screen allows you to select a range of colors for your keyboard backlight
by clicking on the color required. You can choose to display the swatch either in Full Color or as a 256 Color
Scheme. Click the Custom mode button to select any colors from the swatch and to apply your chosen colors
to parts of the keyboard (and Top Case Logo LED if applicable).
Full Color Swatch
256 Color Scheme Swatch
Figure 1 - 8 - Keyboard Backlight Color Swatches
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Modes
The buttons surrounding the swatch allow you to alter the effects of the keyboard backlight. Click on any of the
buttons to view the effects on the keyboard. Click Save when exiting the application to retain the setting.
Mode Buttons
Random Color
Wave Up/Down
Custom - Display & Configure
Keyboard Sections & Colors
Dancing Effect
Breathe (All Colors)
Tempo Beat
Cycle Colors
Flashing

Illumination Keys
Note that the keyboard illumination (increase/decrease)
keys may be used to configure the keyboard LED in Custom Mode only.
Table 1 - 5 - Mode Buttons
Keyboard Backlight LED 1 - 17
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Preview
The bottom left section of the application allows you to preview setting changes made to colors on the keyboard.
Keyboard LED Sections
The bottom right section of the application allows you to select partial areas, or all, of the keyboard on which to
apply the color changes and effects.
Figure 1 - 9 - Preview & Keyboard LED Sections
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Sets
The application allows you to save up to 3 sets of color and effect combinations. Click Save when exiting the
application to retain the settings.
Figure 1 - 10 - Sets
Save & Exit
Click Exit to quit the application without saving, or Save to exit and retain the settings.
Figure 1 - 11 - Save & Exit
Keyboard Backlight LED 1 - 19
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Flexikey® Application
The Flexikey® application is a quick hotkey configuration application, which allows you to assign a single key
to launch multiple key combinations, or to launch programs and applications, to create text macros and to
disable certain keys. The application can also be used to configure the mouse buttons to create hotkeys for
gaming etc. All the configuration settings are retained under (up to12) profiles to which the settings are applied.
Click Flexikey® in the Gaming section of the Control Center, or the click the icon
in the notification
area of the taskbar, to launch the application (see Appendix B for full details).
Flexikey® Enabled
Flexikey® Disabled
Figure 1 - 12 - Flexikey® Hotkey Application
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Quick Start Guide
Flexikey® Application Features:
For full details see “Flexikey® Application” on page B - 20.
• EXPRESS KEY - This feature allows you to configure a single key (or mouse click) to send multiple key
combinations, or to create more useful shortcut keys This is useful in gaming or when using applications
which have a complex set of keyboard shortcuts.
• LAUNCH APP - This simply assigns single keys (or mouse clicks) to launch any program’s or application’s
executable file.
• EXPRESS TEXT - With this you can assign single keys (or mouse clicks) to send commonly used strings
of text.
• DISABLE - Use this function to disable any keyboard keys or mouse buttons.
• STATISTICS - Use this to quickly record keys in use in any application, and to disable unused keys.
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Function Keys & Visual Indicators
The function keys (F1 - F12 etc.) will act as hot keys when pressed while the Fn key is held down.
Keys
Fn +
Fn +
Fn +
Fn +
Fn +
Fn +
Fn + Power Button
Function/Visual Indicators
Keys
* Fan Control Toggle
Automatic / Full
Power
Play/Pause (in Audio/Video Programs)
Touchpad Toggle
Mute Toggle
Backlight Keyboard
Toggle Off/High/Low
(White Illuminated
Keyboards Designs
Volume Decrease/Increase
Powered USB 3.0 Port Power Toggle
Function/Visual Indicators
Control Center Toggle (see over)
Fn +
Fn +
Display Toggle
Fn +
Brightness Decrease/Increase
Fn +
PC Camera
Power Toggle
Fn +
Airplane
Mode Toggle
Fn +
Fn + Backspace
Sleep Toggle
Flexikey® Enable/Disable
Table 1 - 6 - Function Keys & Visual Indicators
*Note: It is recommended that you use Maximum fan speed when playing games (use Fn + 1).
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Front & Rear Views - Model A
Figure 1 - 13
Front & Rear Views
Model A
1
1. LED Power Indicators
2. Vent/Fan Intake
3. DC-In Jack
4. HDMI-Out Port Design I Only
5. Mini DisplayPort Design I Only
6. USB 3.0 Port (USB
3.1 Gen 1) - Design
II Only
1
2
Design I
5
3 4
Design II
L
3
6

USB Ports
Note that the connections to the
USB ports only fit one way, do
not force them.

HDMI Port / Mini Display Port
Overheating
Note that the HDMI Port and Mini Display ports support video and audio signals to attached
external displays (see “HDMI Audio Configuration” on page C - 14).
To prevent your computer from
overheating make sure nothing
blocks the vent(s)/fan intake(s)
while the computer is in use.
Front & Rear Views - Model A 1 - 23
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Figure 1 - 14
Front & Rear Views
Model B
Front & Rear Views - Model B
1
1. LED Power Indicators
2. Vent/Fan Intake
3. DC-In Jack
4. HDMI-Out Port
5. Mini DisplayPort 1
1
2

5
3 4

USB Ports
HDMI Port / Mini Display Port
Note that the connections to
the USB ports only fit one
way, do not force them.
Note that the HDMI Port and Mini Display ports support video and audio signals to attached
external displays (see “HDMI Audio Configuration” on page C - 14).
Overheating
To prevent your computer
from overheating make sure
nothing blocks the vent(s)/
fan intake(s) while the computer is in use.
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Right View - Model A
Figure 1 - 15
Right View
Model A
Design I
1
2
3
4
6
5
1. 2-In-Audio Jack
(Headphone /
S/PDIF-Out Jack)
2. Microphone Jack
3. Line-Out Jack
4. SIM Card Reader
(for 3G/4G USIM
Cards - see over)
5. Multi-in-1 Card
Reader
6. USB 3.0 Port (USB
3.1 Gen 1)
7. RJ-45 LAN Jack
8. Security Lock Slot
9. 2 * USB 3.1 Gen 2
(Type C) Ports Design II Only
8
7
Design II
1
2
3
4
5
9
9
6
7
8

Multi-in-1 Card Reader
The card reader allows you to use the most popular digital storage card formats:
MMC (MultiMedia Card) / RSMMC
SD (Secure Digital) / Mini SD / SDHC / SDXC

USB 3.1 Gen 2 Port Speed
Note that when a single USB device is plugged in to a USB 3.1 (Gen 2) port the data transfer
speed will be 10Gbps, however when two devices are plugged in to both USB 3.1 (Gen 2)
ports, this bandwidth will be shared between the ports.
Right View - Model A 1 - 25
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Quick Start Guide

USIM Card Orientation
Note that the USIM
card’s readable side
(with the gold-colored
contacts) should face
upwards as illustrated.
3G/4G Module USIM Card Installation
(For Model A Computers Only)
Insert the USIM card 1 as illustrated below (pay careful attention to the orientation
of the card as the gold contact side of the card should face upwards) until it clicks
fully into position. To eject the card simply press it until it ejects, but do not attempt
to eject the card while connected to a 3G/4G network (see below).
1
Figure 1 - 16
USIM Card Insertion

USIM Card Ejection
Simply press on the USIM card to eject it, however do not do this while a connection is in
progress.
If you do eject the card while a 3G/4G connection is ongoing, you will need to shut down
the system, reinsert the USIM card, restart the system and then reestablish the 3G/4G connection.
If you wish to change USIM cards then you will need to shut the system down, reinsert the
USIM card, restart the system and then reestablish the 3G/4G connection.
1 - 26 Right View - Model A
Quick Start Guide
Right View - Model B
1
2
3
4
Figure 1 - 17
Right View
Model B
5
6
7

Multi-in-1 Card Reader
The card reader allows you to use the most popular digital storage card formats:
MMC (MultiMedia Card) / RSMMC
SD (Secure Digital) / Mini SD / SDHC / SDXC
1. 2-In-Audio Jack
(Headphone /
S/PDIF-Out Jack)
2. Microphone Jack
3. Line-Out Jack
4. Multi-in-1 Card
Reader
5. USB 3.0 Port
(USB 3.1 Gen 1)
6. RJ-45 LAN Jack
7. Security Lock Slot

USB Ports
Note that the connections to the USB ports
only fit one way, do not
force them.
Right View - Model B 1 - 27
1
1
Quick Start Guide
Figure 1 - 18
Left View - Model A
Left View - Model A
Design I
1. Vent/Fan Intake
2. Mini DisplayPort
3. 2 * USB 3.1 Gen 2
(Type C) Ports Design I Only
4. USB 3.0 Port (USB
3.1 Gen 1)
5. 1 * Powered USB
3.0 Port (USB 3.1
Gen 1)
6. HDMI-Out Port Design II Only

USB 3.1 Gen 2
Port Speed
Note that when a single
USB device is plugged in to
a USB 3.1 (Gen 2) port the
data transfer speed will be
10Gbps, however when two
devices are plugged in to
both USB 3.1 (Gen 2) ports,
this bandwidth will be
shared between the ports.
1
2
3
3
4
5
Design II
1
6
5
2
2

Powered USB 3.0 Port
Note that the USB 3.0 port is not operational under DOS and does not support wake on
USB. The powered USB 3.0 ( 5 in Figure 1 - 18 on page 1 - 28) port can supply power
(for charging devices only, not for operating devices) when the system is off but still
powered by the AC/DC adapter plugged into a working outlet, or powered by the battery
with a capacity level above 20% (this may not work with certain devices - see page 7 - 11).
Toggle power to this port by using Fn + power button.
HDMI Port / Mini Display Port 1.3
Note that the HDMI Port and Mini Display ports support video and audio signals to attached
external displays (see “HDMI Audio Configuration” on page C - 14).
Note that Sound Blaster X-Fi MB5 audio will be disabled when you are connecting to an
external display through an HDMI or Mini Display port connection.
1 - 28 Left View - Model A
Quick Start Guide
Left View - Model B
1
2
Figure 1 - 19
Left View - Model B
3
3
4
5

Powered USB 3.0 Port
Note that the USB 3.0 port is not operational under DOS and does not support wake on
USB. The powered USB 3.0 ( 5 in Figure 1 - 18 on page 1 - 28) port can supply power
(for charging devices only, not for operating devices) when the system is off but still
powered by the AC/DC adapter plugged into a working outlet, or powered by the battery
with a capacity level above 20% (this may not work with certain devices - see page 7 - 11).
Toggle power to this port by using Fn + power button.
HDMI Port / Mini Display Port 1.3
Note that the HDMI Port and Mini Display ports support video and audio signals to attached
external displays (see “HDMI Audio Configuration” on page C - 14).
Note that Sound Blaster X-Fi MB5 audio will be disabled when you are connecting to an
external display through an HDMI or Mini Display port connection.
1. Vent/Fan Intake
2. Mini DisplayPort
3. 2 * USB 3.1 Gen 2
(Type C) Port
4. USB 3.0 Port
(USB 3.1 Gen 1)
5. 1 * Powered USB
3.0 Port (USB 3.1
Gen 1)

USB 3.1 Gen 2
Port Speed
Note that when a single
USB device is plugged in to
a USB 3.1 (Gen 2) port the
data transfer speed will be
10Gbps, however when two
devices are plugged in to
both USB 3.1 (Gen 2) ports,
this bandwidth will be
shared between the ports.
Left View - Model B 1 - 29
1
1
Quick Start Guide
Figure 1 - 20
Bottom View
Model A - Design I
Bottom View - Model A - Design I
1
1. Fan Outlet/Intake
1
1

Overheating
1
To prevent your computer
from overheating make sure
nothing blocks the vent(s)/
fan intake(s) while the computer is in use.
1
Bottom Cover Removal
Warning
Do not remove any cover(s)
and /or screw(s) for the purposes of device upgrade as
this may violate the terms of
your warranty.
If you need to replace/remove the hard disk/RAM/
optical device etc., for any
reason, please contact your
distributor/supplier for further information.

Battery Information
Always completely discharge, then fully charge, a new battery before using it. Completely
discharge and charge the battery at least once every 30 days or after about 20 partial discharges. See “Battery Information” on page 3 - 17 for full instructions.
1 - 30 Bottom View - Model A - Design I
Quick Start Guide
Bottom View - Model A - Design II
Figure 1 - 21
Bottom View
Model A - Design II
1
1
1
1. Fan Outlet/Intake

Overheating
To prevent your computer
from overheating make sure
nothing blocks the vent(s)/
fan intake(s) while the computer is in use.
1
1
Bottom Cover Removal
Warning
Do not remove any cover(s)
and /or screw(s) for the purposes of device upgrade as
this may violate the terms of
your warranty.

Battery Information
Always completely discharge, then fully charge, a new battery before using it. Completely
discharge and charge the battery at least once every 30 days or after about 20 partial discharges. See “Battery Information” on page 3 - 17 for full instructions.
If you need to replace/remove the hard disk/RAM/
optical device etc., for any
reason, please contact your
distributor/supplier for further information.
Bottom View - Model A - Design II 1 - 31
1
1
Quick Start Guide
Figure 1 - 22
Bottom View - Model B
Bottom View - Model B
1. Fan Outlet/Intake
2. Subwoofer Speaker
1
1
1

Overheating
2
To prevent your computer
from overheating make sure
nothing blocks the vent(s)/
fan intake(s) while the computer is in use.
1
1
Bottom Cover Removal
Warning
Do not remove any cover(s)
and /or screw(s) for the purposes of device upgrade as
this may violate the terms of
your warranty.
If you need to replace/remove the hard disk/RAM/
optical device etc., for any
reason, please contact your
distributor/supplier for further information.

Battery Information
Always completely discharge, then fully charge, a new battery before using it. Completely
discharge and charge the battery at least once every 30 days or after about 20 partial discharges. See “Battery Information” on page 3 - 17 for full instructions.
1 - 32 Bottom View - Model B
Quick Start Guide
Windows 10 Start Menu
Most of the apps, control panels, utilities and programs within Windows 10 can be accessed from the Start
Menu by clicking the icon
in the taskbar in the lower left corner of the screen (or by pressing the Windows
Logo Key
on the keyboard).
Desktop
Figure 1 - 23 - Windows Start Menu
Windows 10 Start Menu 1 - 33
1
1
Quick Start Guide
Right-Clicking the Windows Logo In Start Menu
Right-click the Start Menu
icon (or use the Windows Logo Key
+ X key combination) to bring up an
advanced Context Menu of useful features such as Control Panel, Programs and Features, Power Options, Task
Manager, Search, File Explorer, Command Prompt, Device Manager and Network Connections etc.
Right-Click Icon
Figure 1 - 24 - Right-Click Windows Logo in Start Menu
1 - 34 Windows 10 Start Menu
Quick Start Guide
Start Menu Apps & Tiles
The Windows 10 Start Menu will contain a number of apps, and many more will be installed as you add more
applications etc. Not all of these apps can fit on the screen so may need click and drag the handles at the edge of
the screen to expand the menu in order to view all the apps (you can use the scroll bar to move up and down the
screen).
Figure 1 - 25 - Expanding the Start Menu
Windows 10 Start Menu 1 - 35
1
1
Quick Start Guide
Pining/Unpinning Apps & Programs to/from the Start Menu
To make things easy to find you can add and remove tiles for apps and programs to the Start Menu. Right-Click
on a program’s icon and select Pin to Start from the drop-down menu. To remove an app or program from the
Start Menu right-click the icon and select Unpin from Start. You can use the same method to pin apps/programs to/from the taskbar (select pin to taskbar/unpin this program from the taskbar).
Figure 1 - 26 - Pin to Start/Unpin from Start
1 - 36 Windows 10 Start Menu
Quick Start Guide
Windows 10 Control Panel
In many instances throughout this manual you will see an instruction to open the Control Panel. The Control
Panel can be accessed in a number of ways in Windows 10.
• Right-click the Start Menu icon
in the taskbar in the lower left
corner of the screen and select
Control Panel from the menu.
• Press the Windows logo key
on your keyboard and X to bring
up the context menu, and then
press P to bring up the Control
Panel.
• Type Control Panel into the
Search box in the taskbar and
click on the icon when it pops up.
Figure 1 - 27 - Windows 10 Control Panel Access
Windows 10 Control Panel 1 - 37
1
1
Quick Start Guide
Settings
The Settings item in the Start Menu (and also as an App) gives you quick access to a number of system settings
control panels allowing you to adjust settings for System, Devices, Network & internet, Personalization, Accounts, Time & language, Ease of Access, Privacy and Update & security.
Figure 1 - 28 - Settings
1 - 38 Windows 10 Control Panel
Quick Start Guide
Windows 10 Taskbar
In many instances throughout this manual you will see an instruction to access the notification area of the taskbar. The notification area of the taskbar in the bottom right of the screen. Some of the Control Panels and applications referred to throughout the course of this manual can be accessed from here.
Taskbar
Taskbar - Pinned Programs and Apps
Notification Area
Figure 1 - 29 - Taskbar
You can pin/unpin apps to/from the taskbar in much the same way as you can to the Start screen (see “Pining/
Unpinning Apps & Programs to/from the Start Menu” on page 1 - 36).
Windows 10 Control Panel 1 - 39
1
1
Quick Start Guide
Video Features
You can switch display devices, and configure display options, from the Display control panel (in Appearance
and Personalization). Click Adjust resolution to make changes to the appearance of the display and to detect
and configure any attached displays. In Windows 10 it is possible to quickly configure external displays from
the Project menu (press the Windows logo key
on your keyboard and the P key).
To Configure Displays Using Project
1.
2.
3.
4.
Attach your display to the appropriate port, and turn it on.
Press the
+ P key combination.
Click on any one of the options from the menu to select PC screen only,
Duplicate, Extend or Second screen only.
You can also click Connect to a wireless display at the bottom of the
Project screen and follow the steps to connect to any wireless enabled
display.

Intel/NVIDIA Video Driver Controls
More detailed video controls are provided by the Intel/NVIDIA Control Panel (for
more detailed information see Appendix C).
You can also access the control panel by right-clicking the desktop and selecting
Graphics Properties/NVIDIA Control Panel (Figure on page 1 - 45).
Figure 1 - 30 - Project (Devices)
1 - 40 Video Features
Quick Start Guide
Microsoft Hybrid Graphics Or Discrete Graphics Mode
Your computer features a dedicated Discrete Graphics Mode, and a Microsoft Hybrid Graphics Mode featuring switchable graphics technology.
Microsoft Hybrid Graphics Mode - This seamless technology is designed to get best performance from the
graphics system while allowing longer battery life, without having to manually change settings. The computer’s
operating system (and some applications) will automatically switch between the integrated GPU and the discrete GPU when required by the applications in use. This switch is seamless to the user (see Appendix C).
MSHybrid mode is selected by default. To configure displays in Hybrid mode use the Intel HD Graphics Control Panel (see page C - 41).
Discrete Graphics Mode - Discrete Graphics Mode will use the dedicated Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)
which is more powerful, and therefore more suitable for playing games, watching HD video or running GPUbased applications. To configure displays in Discrete mode use the NVIDIA Control Panel (see page C - 5).
Icon
Color
Graphics Mode
Off
MSHYBRID Mode
Green
Discrete Mode
GPU Switch Button (Control Center)
Table 1 - 7 - GPU Mode LED Indicator
You can choose either Discrete Mode or MSHybrid mode by selecting the appropriate option from GPU
Switch in the Control Center, or in the BIOS (see page B - 8 or page 5 - 9). You will need to restart the system
after making changes to the selected graphics mode.
Video Features 1 - 41
1
1
Quick Start Guide
To access Display (Control Panel) and Screen Resolution in Windows:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Go to the Control Panel.
Click Display (icon) and Adjust Resolution - In the Appearance and Personalization category.
Make and changes required from the Display, Resolution, Orientation or Multiple display menus.
Click Apply to save the settings.

Screen Resolution
1.
2.
1
3.
2
Figure 1 - 31 - Screen Resolution
1 - 42 Video Features
Use the dropbox to select
the screen Resolution 1
(Figure 1 - 31).
Click Advanced settings
2 (Figure 1 - 31) to bring
up the Advanced properties
tabs.
Click Apply to save any
changes made.
Quick Start Guide
Display Settings:
1.
2.
3.
You can quickly adjust the display by right-clicking the desktop and selecting Display Settings 1 (Figure 1 32).
Adjust the settings using the sliders in the menu or click Advanced display settings 2 (Figure 1 - 32) to
change resolution.
Click Apply to save any changes made to resolution.
1
2
Figure 1 - 32 - Display Settings
Video Features 1 - 43
1
1
Quick Start Guide
To access the Intel(R) HD Graphics Control Panel:
1.
2.
Click Advanced settings 3 (Figure 1 - 31 on page 1 - 42) in the Screen Resolution control panel in Windows.
Click the Intel(R)... tab and click Graphics Properties (button) 4 (Figure on page 1 - 44) .
OR
3.
Right-click the desktop and select Graphics Properties from the menu.
OR
4.
5.
Click the icon
in the notification area of the Desktop taskbar and select Graphics Properties from the menu.
To configure displays in Hybrid mode use the Intel HD Graphics Control Panel (see page C - 41).
4
Figure 1 - 33 - Intel Graphics Control Panel
1 - 44 Video Features
Quick Start Guide
To access the NVIDIA Control Panel:
1.
Right-click the desktop and select NVIDIA Control Panel 1 (Figure ).
OR
2.
3.
2 (Figure ) in the Windows control panel.
Double-click the icon
To configure displays in Discrete mode use the NVIDIA Control Panel (see page C - 21).
1
2
Figure 1 - 34 - NVIDIA Control Panel
Video Features 1 - 45
1
1
Quick Start Guide
Power Options
Power Options (Hardware and Sound) can be accessed from the Control Panel. The Power button item in
Start Menu (or the context menu) may be used to Shut down or Restart (you can also add Hibernate/Sleep to
the menu - see page 1 - 47). To fully control all the power options (including Hibernate mode) go to the Power
Options control panel and configure the power button, sleep button and lid to perform the function selected.
Using the Power Button
1.
2.
3.
Go to the Start Menu.
Click the Power button
.
Select the power state required
from the menu.
Figure 1 - 35 - Shut Down/Restart
1 - 46 Power Options
Quick Start Guide
You can also use the context menu (right-click the Start Menu
icon or press the Windows logo
combination) to Sign out, Sleep, Hibernate, Shut down, and Restart.
+ X key

Adding Hibernate/Sleep to the Power Men
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Go to the Power Options (Hardware and Sound)
control panel.
Click Choose what the power buttons do.
Click “Change settings that are currently
unavailable”
.
Click to put a check in the Hibernate/Sleep box
under Shutdown settings.
Click Save Changes and close the control panel.
Figure 1 - 36 - Context Menu Shut Down or sign out
Ctrl + Alt + Delete Key Combination
You can use the CTRL + ALT + DEL key combination to bring up a full-screen displaying Lock, Sign out,
Change a password, Task Manager and Switch User. If you click the Power icon in the lower right corner of
the screen a power management option menu appears to display Sleep, Hibernate, Shut down, and Restart.
Power Options 1 - 47
1
1
Quick Start Guide
Minimum Screen Resolution Settings
1.
2.
3.
Windows 10 has minimum screen resolution requirements.
Right-click a blank area of the Desktop and select Screen Resolution (or go to the Display control panel).
Adjust the Resolution to make sure that it is at least 1024 * 768, although preferably 1366 * 768 or above.
Figure 1 - 37 - Screen Resolution
1 - 48 Power Options
Storage Devices, Mouse, & Audio
Chapter 2: Storage Devices, Mouse, & Audio
Overview
Read this chapter to learn more about the following main features and components
of the computer:
•
•
•
•
Hard Disk Drive/Solid State Drive
Multi-in-1 Card Reader
Audio Features
Touchpad and Buttons/Mouse
Overview 2 - 1
2
Storage Devices, Mouse, & Audio
2

Bottom Cover
Removal Warning
Do not remove any cover(s) and /or screw(s) for
the purposes of device
upgrade as this may violate the terms of your
warranty.
Hard Disk Drive/Solid State Drive
The hard disk drive (HDD) and/or solid state drive (SSD) is used to store your data
in the computer. The hard disk can be taken out to accommodate other serial (SATA)
hard disk drives (see “Storage” on page D - 2 for specification information), however you will need to contact your distributor/supplier to do this in order to avoid
violating the terms of your warranty.
If you need to replace/
remove the hard disk for
any reason, please contact your distributor/supplier
for
further
information.
2 - 2 Hard Disk Drive/Solid State Drive
Storage Devices, Mouse, & Audio
Multi-in-1 Card Reader
The card reader allows you to use some of the latest digital storage cards. Push the
card into the slot and it will appear as a removable device, and can be accessed in
the same way as your hard disk (s). Make sure you install the Card Reader driver
(see “Card Reader” on page 4 - 8).
• MMC (MultiMedia Card) / RSMMC
• SD (Secure Digital) / Mini SD / SDHC / SDXC
*Note: Some of these cards require PC adapters that are usually supplied with the cards.

Push-Push Card
Reader
The card reader features a push-in/push-out
card insertion and ejection mechanism. Simply
push the card to insert
and eject it, however Ms
Duo cards require an
adapter.
Multi-in-1 Card Reader 2 - 3
2
Storage Devices, Mouse, & Audio
2

Volume Adjustment
The sound volume level
can be clicking using the
volume control icon
in the notification area
of the taskbar.
Figure 2 - 1
Realtek Audio
Manager
Audio Features
You can configure the audio options on your computer from the Sound
control
panel in Windows, or from the Realtek HD Audio Manager icon in the notification area/control panel (right-click the notification area icon to bring up an audio menu and select Sound Manager). The volume may also be adjusted by means
of the Fn + F5/F6 key combination (see Table 1 - 6, on page 1 - 22).
Right-click the icon
to access the menu above, and then
select Sound Manager.
See “HDMI Audio Configuration” on page C - 14 for a description of the audio configuration
when connecting an HDMI supported display device.
See “Sound Blaster Audio & HDMI/Display Port” on page 6 - 44 for more information on
the Sound Blaster X-Fi MB-5 Audio setup.
2 - 4 Audio Features
Storage Devices, Mouse, & Audio
Setup for 5.1Surround Sound
To setup your system for 5.1 surround sound you will need to connect the audio cables to the 2-In-1Audio, Microphone-In and Line-Out jacks.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Click Start, and click Control Panel (or point to Settings and click Control Panel)
and make sure you are in Classic View.
Click Realtek HD Audio Manager (or right-click the notification area icon
and
select Sound Manager).
Click Speakers (tab) and click Speaker Configuration (tab).
Select 5.1 Speaker from the Speaker Configuration pull-down menu.
Connector Settings


Volume Adjustment
The sound volume level
is set using the volume
control within Windows
(and the volume function keys on the computer). Click the volume
icon in the notification
area to check the setting.
Auto Popup Dialog
Headphone
Configuration
You should enable the
auto popup dialog to automatically detect when a
device
has
been
plugged-in. If disabled,
double-click connector
settings
and click the
box to enable the auto
popup
detection
of
plugged-n devices.
It is recommended that
you set the Speaker
Configuration to Stereo (not to 5.1 Speaker)
when listening through
headphones in order to
maximize audio quality.
Figure 2 - 2
Realtek Audio
Manager - Speakers
Audio Features 2 - 5
2
Storage Devices, Mouse, & Audio
5.
2
Plug in the speaker cables (you may require an adapter to connect each cable to
the appropriate jack e.g a stereo mini to dual RCA adapter) from your speakers
into the jacks as follows:
• 2-In-1 Audio Jack (Headphone & S/PDIF Combo) = Side Speaker Out
• Microphone-In Jack = Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out
• Line-Out Jack = Front Speaker Out
6.
7.
8.
2 - 6 Audio Features
As you plug in each cable a dialog box will pop u.
Click to put a check in the appropriate box according to the speaker plugged-in
(e.g. Rear Speaker Out), and then click OK to save the setting.
Click OK to exit Realtek HD Audio Manager.
Storage Devices, Mouse, & Audio
Setup for Audio Recording
2
To record audio sources on your computer at optimum quality follow the instructions below:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Click Control Panel and make sure you are in Classic View.
Click Realtek HD Audio Manager (or right-click the notification area icon
and
select Sound Manager).
Click Microphone Effects (tab) in Microphone (tab), and then click to select
Noise Suppression (button), or adjust the Recording Volume level to around 60,
to obtain the optimum recording quality.
Click OK to close the control panel and save the settings.
Figure 2 - 3
Realtek Audio
Manager Recording Setup
Audio Features 2 - 7
Storage Devices, Mouse, & Audio
2

Auto Pop-Up Dialog
You should enable the
auto pop-up dialog to
automatically
detect
when a device has been
plugged-in. If disabled,
double-click connector
settings
and click
the box to enable the
auto pop-up detection of
plugged-n devices.
Figure 2 - 4
Pop-Up Menu for
Audio Devices
2 - 8 Audio Features
Setup for Headphones/Speakers - Line-Out Jack
To connect either headphones or speakers to the Line-Out jack follow the instructions below:
1.
2.
3.
Plug either the headphones or speakers in to the Line-Out jack.
When the pop-up menu appears make sure you select Line-Out by putting a check
in the box alongside it and clicking OK (failure to do so may result in sound coming
through the connected headphones/speakers and the internal speakers at the
same time).
To make sure the pop-up menu appears see sidebar.
Storage Devices, Mouse, & Audio
Touchpad and Buttons/Mouse
The Touchpad is an alternative to the mouse; however, you can also add a mouse to
your computer through one of the USB ports. The Touchpad buttons function in
much the same way as a two-button mouse. Make sure you have installed the TouchPad driver (see “Touchpad” on page 4 - 8).
Touchpad Sensitivity
The mouse button zones at the bottom of the pad measure about 15mm from the
bottom of the pad, and the left and right buttons are divided roughly down the middle. Press the left button zone for a left click, and right button zone for a right click
action.

Mouse Driver
If you are using an external
mouse your operating system
may be able to auto-configure
your mouse during its installation or only enable its basic
functions. Be sure to check
the device’s user documentation for details.

Touchpad Cleaning
In order to improve pad
performance it is necessary to keep the surface
clean and free of fingerprints and marks etc.
Use a soft dry cleaning
cloth to keep the pad
surface clean.
Disabling the Pad
Use the Fn + F1 or Control Center button to disable the Touchpad.
Figure 2 - 5
Touchpad
Sensitivity
Touchpad and Buttons/Mouse 2 - 9
2
Storage Devices, Mouse, & Audio
2

Disabling the
Touchpad
If you need to disable
the Touchpad for any
reason (e.g. you may
find that when using
the computer’s internal
keyboard you accidentally trigger the Touchpad when resting your
wrists or palms on it)
you can do so by using
Fn + F1 key combination.
Mouse Properties Control Panel
You can configure the functions from the Mouse control panel in Windows as follows.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Right-click the Start Menu
icon.
Select Control Panel.
Click Mouse (Hardware and Sound > Devices and Printers).
Click the menu headings tabs to adjust your mouse preferences.
Figure 2 - 6
Mouse Properties
Control Panel Buttons
2 - 10 Mouse Properties Control Panel
Storage Devices, Mouse, & Audio
2
Figure 2 - 7
Mouse Properties
Control Panels
Mouse Properties Control Panel 2 - 11
Storage Devices, Mouse, & Audio
2

Disabling the
Touchpad
Mouse & Touchpad Devices
You can also configure the functions from the Mouse & touchpad control panel in
Devices in the Settings control panel as follows.
1.
If you need to disable
the Touchpad for any
reason (e.g. you may
find that when using
the computer’s internal
keyboard you accidentally trigger the Touchpad when resting your
wrists or palms on it)
you can do so by using
Fn + F1 key combination.
2.
3.
Click the Settings item in the Start Menu (this is also as an App or All Settings in
the Action Center).
Click Devices.
Click Mouse & touchpad.
Figure 2 - 8
Settings > Mouse &
touchpad
2 - 12 Mouse & Touchpad Devices
Storage Devices, Mouse, & Audio
Touchpad Settings
You can disable the Touchpad by clicking the Touchpad button to turn it off.
2
You can set the system to automatically disable the internal Touchpad when an external USB point device (e.g a USB mouse) is attached. Click “Leave touchpad on
when a mouse is connected” to off.
Figure 2 - 9
Mouse & Touchpad
(Touchpad turned off
when mouse
connected)
Mouse & Touchpad Devices 2 - 13
Storage Devices, Mouse, & Audio
Touchapd Taps
Make sure “Allow taps on the touchpad” is on if you want to use the tap feature.
2
The Delay feature helps prevent recognizing taps on the pad by accident, by recognizing when your palm is resting on it or brushing its surface while you are typing.
Use the drop-down menu to either turn of any delay, or to adjust the delay to your
preference.
Figure 2 - 10
Mouse & Touchpad
Adjust Delay
2 - 14 Mouse & Touchpad Devices
Storage Devices, Mouse, & Audio
You to use a specific gesture or taps on the surface of the pad to perform specific
actions to manipulate documents, objects and applications, and these may be enabled or disabled by clicking on the appropriate button.
2
Figure 2 - 11
Mouse & Touchpad
Taps and Gestures
Mouse & Touchpad Devices 2 - 15
Storage Devices, Mouse, & Audio
The two-finger tap acts as a right-click mouse action and can bring up context
menus etc.
2
The two-finger scrolling feature works in most scrollable windows and allows you
to scroll horizontally and vertically. Place two fingers, slightly separated, on the
Touchpad surface and slide both fingers in the direction required (in a straight continuous motion).
Figure 2 - 12
Scrolling Gesture
The two-finger pinch to zoom gesture can be used to perform the same function as
a scroll wheel in Windows applications that support CTRL + scroll wheel zoom
functionality. Place two fingers on the pad (for best results use the tips of the fingers)
and slide them apart to zoom in, or closer together to zoom out.
Figure 2 - 13
Zooming Gesture
2 - 16 Mouse & Touchpad Devices
Storage Devices, Mouse, & Audio
The three and four-finger taps may be configured may be used to trigger Cortana
Search or the Action Center.
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Figure 2 - 14
Mouse & Touchpad
Select Actions
The three finger-drags & slides gesture may be used to enhance navigation with a
variety of applications such as browsing the Internet or scrolling through a photo
viewer.
Figure 2 - 15
Slide Gesture
Mouse & Touchpad Devices 2 - 17
Storage Devices, Mouse, & Audio
The following is an overview of the main gestures you can use with your Touchpad.
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Figure 2 - 16
Touchpad
Gestures
2 - 18 Mouse & Touchpad Devices
Power Management
Chapter 3: Power Management
Overview
To conserve power, especially when using the battery, your computer power management conserves power by controlling individual components of the computer
(the monitor and hard disk drive) or the whole system. This chapter covers:
•
•
•
•
•
•
The Power Sources
Turning On the Computer
Power Plans
Power-Saving States
Configuring the Power Buttons
Battery Information

OS Note
Power
management
functions will vary slightly depending on your
operating system. For
more information it is
best to refer to the user’s
manual of your operating system.
The computer uses enhanced power saving techniques to give the operating system
(OS) direct control over the power and thermal states of devices and processors. For
example, this enables the OS to set devices into low-power states based on user settings and information from applications.
Overview 3 - 1
3
Power Management

3
Forced Off
If the system “hangs”,
and the Ctrl + Alt + Del
key combination doesn’t
work, press the power
button for 4 seconds, or
longer, to force the system to turn itself off.
The Power Sources
The computer can be powered by either an AC/DC adapter or a battery pack.
AC/DC Adapter
Use only the AC/DC adapter that comes with your computer. The wrong type of AC/
DC adapter will damage the computer and its components.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Attach the AC/DC adapter to the DC-in jack at the rear of the computer.
Plug the AC power cord into an outlet, and connect the AC power cord to the AC/
DC adapter (make sure you use the adapter when first setting up the
computer, as to safeguard the computer during shipping, the battery will be locked
to not power the system until first connected to the AC/DC adapter).
Raise the lid/LCD to a comfortable viewing angle.
Press the power button to turn “On”.
Battery
The battery allows you to use your computer while you are on the road or when an
electrical outlet is unavailable. Battery life varies depending on the applications and
the configuration you're using. To increase battery life, let the battery discharge
completely before recharging (see “Battery FAQ” on page 3 - 21).
We recommend that you do not remove the battery. For more information on the battery, please refer to “Battery Information” on page 3 - 17.
3 - 2 The Power Sources
Power Management
Turning On the Computer
Now you are ready to begin using your computer. To turn it on simply press the power button on the front panel.
When the computer is on, you can use the power button as a Stand by/Hibernate/
Shutdown hot-key button when it is pressed for less than 4 seconds (pressing and
holding the power button for longer than this will shut the computer down). Use
Power Options (Hardware and Sound) in the Windows control panel to configure
this feature.

Power Button as Stand by or Hibernate Button
You can use the OS’s “Power Options” control panel to set the power button to send the
system into Stand by or Hibernate mode (see your OS’s documentation, or “Configuring
the Power Buttons” on page 3 - 9 for details).
Turning On the Computer 3 - 3
3
Power Management
Shutting the Computer Down
Note that you should always shut your computer down by choosing the Shut down
command as this will help prevent hard disk or system problems. Use the Power
item in the Start Menu and select Shut down.
3
You can also use the context menu (right-click the Start Menu
icon or press the
Windows logo
+ X key combination) to Sign out, Sleep, Hibernate, Shut
down, and Restart.
If you want to add Hibernate/Sleep to the Power Menu see “Adding Hibernate/
Sleep to the Power Menu” on page 3 - 10.
Figure 3 - 1
Shut Down/Restart
3 - 4 Shutting the Computer Down
Power Management
Power Plans
The computer can be configured to conserve power by means of power plans (Control Panel > Power Options). You can use (or modify) an existing power plan, or
create a new one.
The settings may be adjusted to set the display to turn off after a specified time, and
to send the computer into Sleep after a period of inactivity.
Click Change plan settings and then click Change advanced power settings to access further configuration options in Advanced Settings.

Resuming
Operation
See Table 3 - 1, on
page 3 - 11 for information on how to resume
from a power-saving
state.
Password
It is recommended that
you enable a password
on system resume in order to protect your data.
Figure 3 - 2
Power Plan
Advanced Settings
Power Plans 3 - 5
3
Power Management
Each Windows power plan will also adjust the processor performance of your machine in order to save power. This is worth bearing in mind if you are experiencing
any reduced performance (especially under DC/battery power).
3
Choose High performance (you may need to click Show additional plans to view
the High performance plan) for maximum performance when the computer is powered from an AC power source. Choose the Power saver (bear in mind that this
scheme may slow down the overall performance of the computer in order to save
power) for maximum power saving when the computer is battery (DC power) powered.
Figure 3 - 3
Power Plans
3 - 6 Power Plans
Click to Show/Hide
additional
power plans
Power Management
Power-Saving States
You can use power-saving states to stop the computer’s operation and restart where
you left off. Windows 10 uses the Sleep, Hibernate and Shut Down power-saving
states.
Sleep
In Sleep all of your work, settings and preferences are saved to memory before the
system sleeps. When you are not using your computer for a certain length of time,
which you specify in the operating system, it will enter Sleep to save power.
The PC wakes from Sleep within seconds and will return you to where you last left
off (what was on your desktop) without reopening the application(s) and file(s) you
last used.
If your mobile PC in Sleep is running on battery power the system will use only a
minimum amount of power. After an extended period the system will save all the
information to the hard disk and shut the computer down before the battery becomes
depleted.
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Wake On LAN
Support
Wake-On-LAN is only
supported from Sleep or
Hibernate states in
Windows.
If you require your computer to wake up from
network activity in Windows then make sure
that the computer is either in Sleep or Hibernate.
Wake-On-LAN is not
supported from Shutdown states in Windows.
To add Sleep to the Power Menu see “Adding Hibernate/Sleep to the Power
Menu” on page 3 - 10.
Power-Saving States 3 - 7
3
Power Management
Hibernate
Hibernate uses the least amount of power of all the power-saving states and saves
all of your information on a part of the hard disk before it turns the system off. If a
power failure occurs the system can restore your work from the hard disk; if a power
failure occurs when work is saved only to memory, then the work will be lost. Hibernate will also return you to where you last left off within seconds. You should
put your mobile PC into Hibernate if you will not use the computer for a period of
time, and will not have the chance to charge the battery. To add Hibernate to the
Power Menu see “Adding Hibernate/Sleep to the Power Menu” on page 3 - 10.
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Shut down
You should Shut down the computer if you plan to install new hardware, plan to be
away from the computer for several days, or you do not need it to wake up and run
a scheduled task. Returning to full operation from Shut down takes longer than from
Sleep or Hibernate.
Figure 3 - 4
Power Button &
Start Menu Power
3 - 8 Power-Saving States
Power Management
Configuring the Power Buttons
The power/sleep button (Fn + F12 key combo) and closed lid may be set to send the
computer in to a power-saving state. Click Choose what the power buttons do on
the left menu in Power Options to bring up the menu.

Password
Protection
It is recommended that
you enable a password
on wake up in order to
protect your data.
However you can disable this setting from the
Power Options menu
by clicking Require a
password on wakeup
in the left menu, and selecting the options (click
Change settings that
are currently unavailable).
Figure 3 - 5
Power Options
Define Power
Buttons
Configuring the Power Buttons 3 - 9
3
Power Management
Adding Hibernate/Sleep to the Power Menu
Add Hibernate/Sleep to the Power Menu as follows.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
3
Go to the Power Options (Hardware and Sound) control panel.
Click “Change settings that are currently unavailable”
Click Choose what the power buttons do.
Click to put a check in the Hibernate/Sleep box under Shutdown settings.
Click Save Changes and close the control panel.
Figure 3 - 6
Power Options
Define Power
Buttons - Shutdown
Settings
3 - 10 Configuring the Power Buttons
.
Power Management
Resuming Operation
You can resume operation from power-saving states by pressing the power button,
or in some cases pressing the sleep button (Fn + F12 key combo).
Power Status
Icon
Color
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To Resume
Table 3 - 1
Power Off
Off
Press the Power Button
Press the Power Button
Sleep
Blinking Green
Resuming
Operation
Press the Sleep Button (Fn + F12 Key
Combo)
Off (battery)
Hibernate
Press the Power Button
Orange (AC/DC adapter)
Display Turned Off
Green
Press a Key or Move the Mouse/Touchpad


Power Button
Closing the Lid
When the computer is on, you can use the power button as a Sleep/Hibernate/Shut Down
hot key button when it is pressed for less than 4 seconds (pressing and holding the power
button for longer than this will force the computer to shut down).
If you have chosen to
send the computer to
Sleep when the lid is
closed, raising the lid
will wake the system up.
Configuring the Power Buttons 3 - 11
Power Management

3
Power Conservation
Modes
The Power Saving setting will result in maximum power saving, but
with the possible loss of
some performance.
Power Conservation Modes
This system supports Power Saving power management features that place computers (CPU, hard drive, etc.) into a low-power sleep modes after a designated period
of inactivity. Adjust Power Conservation Modes from the Control Center:
1.
2.
Press the Fn + Esc key combination to toggle the Control Center on/off.
Click either the Performance, Balanced or Power Saving button.
Setting the mode to Balance will give power
saving matched with
performance.
Performance will give
optimum computer performance but with less
power conservation.
Note that the Energy
Star setting will put the
display into sleep after
no more than 15 minutes of user inactivity.
Figure 3 - 7
Control Center
3 - 12 Configuring the Power Buttons
Power Management
Ctrl + Alt + Delete Key Combination
You can use the CTRL + ALT + DEL key combination from almost any of the Windows 10 interfaces/Apps to bring up a full-screen displaying Lock, Switch User,
Sign out, Change a password and Task Manager options. If you click the Power
icon in the lower right corner of the screen a power management option menu appears to display Sleep, Shut down, and Restart.
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Figure 3 - 8
Ctrl + Alt + Delete
Menu
To fully control all the power options (including Hibernate mode) go to the Power
Options control panel and configure the power button, sleep button and lid to perform the function selected.
Configuring the Power Buttons 3 - 13
Power Management
Settings Menu Power Controls
The Settings item in the Start Menu (and also as an App) gives you access to a number of power settings control panels which enable you to quickly adjust power options. Click System to access the menu including the power option settings.
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Figure 3 - 9
Settings
3 - 14 Settings Menu Power Controls
Power Management
Battery Saver
Battery Saver will display the battery level, and by clicking Battery Use you can see
the current state of battery usage by application etc. Click Battery saver settings to
adjust the battery saver level.
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Figure 3 - 10
Settings > Battery
Saver
Settings Menu Power Controls 3 - 15
Power Management
Power & Sleep
Power & sleep gives you quick access to Screen and Sleep settings. Click Additional power settings to go to the main power options control panel.
3
Figure 3 - 11
Settings > Power &
Sleep
3 - 16 Settings Menu Power Controls
Power Management
Battery Information

Follow these simple guidelines to get the best use out of your battery.
Low Battery
Warning
Battery Power
Your computer’s battery power is dependent upon many factors, including the programs you are running, and peripheral devices attached. You can set actions to be
taken (e.g. Shut down, Hibernate etc.), and set critical and low battery levels from
power plan Change plan settings > Change advanced power settings (see Figure
3 - 3 on page 3 - 6).
Click the battery icon
in the notification area to see the current battery level and
charge status (you can also click Power & sleep settings to access the Settings
menu to quickly adjust power settings).
When the battery is critically low, immediately
connect the AC/DC
adapter to the computer
or save your work, otherwise, the unsaved
data will be lost when
the power is depleted.
Figure 3 - 12
Battery Icon
(Notification Area) &
Battery Advanced
Settings
Battery Information 3 - 17
3
Power Management

3
Windows Mobility
Center
The Windows Mobility
Center control panel
provides an easy point
of access for information
on battery status, power
plans used and wireless
device status etc.
Conserving Battery Power
• Use a power plan that conserves power (e.g Power saver), however note that
this may have an affect on computer performance.
• Lower the brightness level of the LCD display. The system will decrease LCD
brightness slightly to save power when it is not powered by the AC/DC adapter.
• Reduce the amount of time before the display is turned off.
• Close wireless, Bluetooth, modem or communication applications when they are
not being used.
• Disconnect/remove any unnecessary external devices e.g. USB devices,
ExpressCards etc.
Figure 3 - 13
Windows Mobility
Center
(Control Panel)
3 - 18 Battery Information
Power Management
Battery Life
Battery life may be shortened through improper maintenance. To optimize the life
and improve its performance, fully discharge and recharge the battery at least
once every 30 days. We recommend that you do not remove the battery yourself.
New Battery
Always completely discharge, then fully charge, a new battery (see “Battery FAQ”
on page 3 - 21 for instructions on how to do this).
Recharging the Battery with the AC/DC Adapter
The battery pack automatically recharges when the AC/DC adapter is attached and
plugged into an electrical outlet. If the computer is powered on, and in use, it will
take several hours to fully recharge the battery. When the computer is turned off but
plugged into an electrical outlet, battery charge time is less. Refer to “LED Indicators” on page 1 - 9 for information on the battery charge status, and to “Battery
FAQ” on page 3 - 21 for more information on how to maintain and properly recharge the battery pack.
Battery Information 3 - 19
3
Power Management

3
Caution
Danger of explosion if
battery is incorrectly replaced.
Replace only with the
same or equivalent type
recommended by the
manufacturer. Discard
used battery according
to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Proper handling of the Battery Pack
• DO NOT disassemble the battery pack under any circumstances
• DO NOT expose the battery to fire or high temperatures, it may explode
• DO NOT connect the metal terminals (+, -) to each other

Damaged Battery Warning
Should you notice any physical defects (e.g. the battery is bent out of shape after being
dropped), or any unusual smells emanating from the notebook battery, shut your computer
down immediately and contact your distributor/supplier. If the battery has been dropped we
do not recommend using it any further, as even if the computer continues to work with a
damaged battery in place, it may cause circuit damage, which may possibly result in fire. It
is recommended that you replace your computer battery every two years.
3 - 20 Battery Information
Power Management
Battery FAQ
How do I completely discharge the battery?
Use the computer with battery power until it shuts down due to a low battery. Don’t
turn off the computer even if a message indicates the battery is critically low, just let
the computer use up all of the battery power and shut down on its own.
1.
2.
3
Save and close all files and applications.
Create a power plan for discharging the battery and set all the options to Never.
Figure 3 - 14
Power Plan Create
Battery Information 3 - 21
Power Management
3.
Click Change plan settings (after creating it) and click Change plan settings >
Change advanced power settings.
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Figure 3 - 15
Change Plan
Settings / Change
Advanced Power
Settings
3 - 22 Battery Information
Power Management
4.
5.
Scroll down to Battery and click + to expand the battery options.
Choose the options below (click Yes if a warning appears):
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Figure 3 - 16
Power Options
Advanced Settings Battery
•
•
•
•
•
Low battery levels = 0%
Critical battery Levels = 1%
Low battery action = Do Nothing
Critical battery action (On battery) = Shut Down
Critical battery action (Plugged in) = Do Nothing
Battery Information 3 - 23
Power Management
3
How do I fully charge the battery?
When charging the battery, don’t stop until the LED charging indicator light changes
from orange to green.
How do I maintain the battery?
Completely discharge and charge the battery at least once every 30 days or after
about 20 partial discharges.
3 - 24 Battery Information
Drivers & Utilities
Chapter 4: Drivers & Utilities
This chapter deals with installing the drivers and utilities essential to the operation or
improvement of some of the computer’s subsystems. The system takes advantage of
some newer hardware components for which the latest versions of most available operating systems haven’t built in drivers and utilities. Thus, some of the system components won’t be auto-configured with an appropriate driver or utility during
operating system installation. Instead, you need to manually install some system-required drivers and utilities.
What to Install
You will need to attach an external optical CD/DVD device drive to install the
drivers from the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc. The disc contains the drivers and utilities necessary for the proper operation of the computer. Table 4 - 1, on page 4 - 4 lists what you need to install and it is very important that
the drivers are installed by the method outlined in this chapter, and in the order
indicated. Note that the information on the following pages is for Windows 10 (64bit only).
Module Driver Installation
The procedures for installing drivers for the Wireless LAN, Bluetooth & WLAN
Combo, Intel Technology, Sound Blaster Cinema and 3G/4G modules are provided in “Modules” on page 6 - 1.

Driver Installation &
Power
When installing drivers make sure your
computer is powered
by the AC/DC adapter
connected to a working power source.
Some drivers draw a
significant amount of
power during the installation procedure, and if
the remaining battery
capacity is not adequate
this may cause the system to shut down and
cause system problems
(note that there is no
safety issue involved
here, and the battery will
be rechargeable within 1
minute).
What to Install 4 - 1
4
Drivers & Utilities
Driver Installation
4
1.
2.
3.
4.
Insert the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc into an attached DVD drive.
Click the message “Tap to choose what happens with this disc.”
Click Run autorun.exe.
Click Install Drivers (button), or Option Drivers (button) to access the Optional driver menu.
Figure 4 - 1 - Drivers Installer Screen 1
4 - 2 Driver Installation
Drivers & Utilities
5.
6.
7.
Check the driver installation order from Table 4 - 1, on page 4 - 4 (the drivers must be installed in this order)
which is the same as that listed in the Drivers Installer menu below.
Click to select the driver you wish to install, (you should note down the drivers as you install them).
Follow the instructions for each individual driver installation procedure as listed on the following pages.
4
Figure 4 - 2 - Install Drivers
Driver Installation 4 - 3
Drivers & Utilities
Win 10 (64-bit) Driver
4
Page #
Win 10 (64-bit) - Optional Items
Page #
Chipset
Page 4 - 7
Setting Up SATA RAID or AHCI Mode
Page 6 - 2
Video (VGA)
Page 4 - 7
Wireless LAN Module (no driver installation required)
Page 6 - 21
NVIDIA Video (VGA)
Page 4 - 7
Fingerprint Reader Module
Page 6 - 27
LAN
Page 4 - 8
Bluetooth & WLAN Combo Module
Page 6 - 31
Card Reader
Page 4 - 8
Sound Blaster Audio
Page 6 - 36
Touchpad
Page 4 - 8
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology
(required for hard disks in AHCI & RAID modes)
Page 6 - 46
Control Center
Page 4 - 8
PC Camera
Page 6 - 52
Airplane
Page 4 - 8
Trusted Platform Module (no driver installation required)
Page 6 - 57
MEI Driver
Page 4 - 8
3G/4G Module (no driver installation required)
Page 6 - 63
Audio
Page 4 - 9
All drivers provided are for the Windows 10 (64-bit) operating system.
Table 4 - 1 - Driver Installation
Note that you need to install both the WLAN & Bluetooth drivers for the WLAN & Bluetooth Combo modules,
however the Qualcomm AC/AD Combo module does not require a driver installed.
4 - 4 Driver Installation
Drivers & Utilities
Manual Driver Installation
Click Browse CD/DVD (button) in the Drivers Installer application and browse to the executable file in the
appropriate driver folder.
Windows Update
After installing all the drivers make sure you enable
Check for updates (Settings > Update & security >
Check for updates) in order to get all the latest security updates etc. (all updates will include the latest hotfixes from Microsoft). See “Windows Update” on
page 4 - 9 for instructions.
Updating/Reinstalling Individual Drivers
If you wish to update/reinstall individual drivers it
may be necessary to uninstall the original driver.To do
this go to the Control Panel in the Windows OS and
double-click the Programs icon (Programs > Uninstall a program). Click to select the driver (if it is not
listed see below) and click Uninstall, and then follow
the on screen prompts (it may be necessary to restart
the computer). Reinstall the driver as outlined in this
chapter.
If the driver is not listed in the Programs and Features menu:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Go to the Control Panel).
Double-click Device Manager (Hardware and
Sound > Devices and Printers > Device
Manager).
Double-click the device you wish to update/reinstall
the driver for (you may need to click “+” to expand
the selection).
Click Driver (tab) and click the Update Driver or
Uninstall button and follow the on screen prompts.
Driver Installation 4 - 5
4
Drivers & Utilities
User Account Control
4
If a User Account Control prompt appears as part of
the driver installation procedure, click Continue or
Allow, and follow the installation procedure as directed.
Windows Security Message
If you receive a Windows security message as part of
the driver installation process. Just click “Install this
driver software anyway” or “Install” to continue the
installation procedure.
You will receive this message in cases where the driver has been released after the version of Windows you
are currently using. All the drivers provided will have
already received certification for Windows.
New Hardware Found
If you see the message “New Hardware Found” during the installation procedure (other than when outlined in the driver install procedure), click Cancel
to close the window, and follow the installation procedure.
4 - 6 Driver Installation

Driver Installation General Guidelines
The driver installation procedure outlined in this Chapter
(and in Chapter 7 Options & Modules), are accurate at
the time of going to press.
Drivers are always subject to upgrade and revision so
the exact procedure for certain drivers may differ slightly. As a general guide follow the default on screen instructions for each driver (e.g. Next > Next > Finish)
unless you are an advanced user. In many cases a restart is required to install the driver.
Make sure any modules (e.g. WLAN or Bluetooth) are
ON (i.e. the system is not in Airplane Mode) before
installing the appropriate driver.
Drivers & Utilities
Driver Installation Procedure
Insert the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual
disc and click Install Drivers (button).
Chipset
Note: During the driver installation process the screen
resolution may change. Make sure you restart after the
driver installation process, as instructed, in order to
restore the original resolution.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Click 1.Install Chipset Driver > Yes.
Click Next > Accept > Install.
Click Finish.
Click Restart Now to restart the computer.
Video (VGA)
1. Click 2.Install Intel VGA Driver > Yes.
2. Click Next > Yes > Next > Next.
3. Click Finish to restart the computer.
NVIDIA Video (VGA)
1. Click 3.Install NVIDIA VGA Driver > Yes.
2. Click AGREE AND CONTINUE (button) to
accept the terms of the license agreement.
3. Click Next.
4. Click the Close to complete the installation.
5. After all the drivers have been installed (an
internet connection is required) run the
NVIDIA GeForce Experience by clicking the
desktop icon (or App).
6. Restart the computer and run the application
again after restart.
Note: After installing the video driver go to the Display/Display Settings control panel to adjust the video settings to the highest resolution.
Driver Installation 4 - 7
4
Drivers & Utilities
LAN
4
Note: If the computer enters a deep sleep mode during
installation, you will be prompted to plug in a network
cable, and click OK, to continue installation. If a network cable is not available, restart the system and reinstall the LAN driver.
1. Click 4.Install LAN Driver > Yes.
2. Click Next > Install.
3. Click Finish.
Card Reader
1. Click 5.Install Cardreader Driver > Yes.
2. Click Finish.
Touchpad
1. Click 6.Install Touchpad Driver > Yes.
2. Click Next.
3. Click the button to accept the license agreement
and click Next.
4. Click Finish > Restart Now to restart the computer.
4 - 8 Driver Installation
Control Center
1. Click 7.Install Control Center AP > Yes.
2. Click Next > Install.
3. Click Finish to restart your computer.
Airplane
Note: Do not use Update Driver in Device Manager to
install the Airplane mode driver.
1. Click 8.Install Airplane Driver > Yes.
2. Click Next > Install.
3. Click Finish to restart the computer.
MEI Driver
1. Click 9.Install MEI Driver > Yes.
2. Click Next.
3. Click the check box to accept the license and
then click Next.
4. Click Next.
5. Click Finish.
Drivers & Utilities
Audio
1. Click 10. Install Audio Driver > Yes.
2. Click Next > Next.
3. Click Finish to restart the computer.
After installing the audio driver the system will not return to the Drivers Installer screen. To install any of
the optional drivers, eject the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc and then reinsert it (or double-click the disc icon in My Computer), and click
Option Drivers (button) to access the optional driver
menu.
It is recommended that you install the Sound Blaster
Audio application (see “Sound Blaster Audio” on
page 6 - 36) and Intel Rapid Storage Technology
driver (see “Intel® Rapid Storage Technology” on
page 6 - 46 - required for AHCI & RAID mode).

Windows Update
After installing all the drivers make sure you enable Windows Update in order to get all the latest security updates etc. (all updates will include the latest hotfixes
from Microsoft).
To enable Windows Update make sure you are connected to the internet:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Go to the Control Panel.
Click Windows Update (System and Security/
Security).
Click Check for updates (button).
The computer will now check for updates (you
need to be connected to the internet).
Click Install now (button) to begin checking for the
updates.
Click Install updates (button) to install the
updates.
Driver Installation 4 - 9
4
Drivers & Utilities
Optional Drivers
See the pages indicated in Table 4 - 1, on page 4 - 4 for the driver installation procedures for any modules included in your purchase option.
4
Models A & B
Figure 4 - 3 - Optional Drivers Installer Screen
Note that you need to install both the WLAN & Bluetooth drivers for the WLAN & Bluetooth Combo modules,
however the Qualcomm AC/AD Combo module does not require a driver installed.
4 - 10 Driver Installation
BIOS Utilities
Chapter 5: BIOS Utilities
Overview
This chapter gives a brief introduction to the computer’s built-in software:
Diagnostics: The POST (Power-On Self Test)
Configuration: The Setup utility
If your computer has never been set up, or you are making important changes to the
system (e.g. hard disk setup), then you should review this chapter first and note the
original settings found in Setup. Even if you are a beginner, keep a record of the settings you find and any changes you make. This information could be useful if your
system ever needs servicing.
There is one general rule: Don’t make any changes unless you are sure of what you
are doing. Many of the settings are required by the system, and changing them could
cause it to become unstable or worse. If you have any doubts, consult your service
representative.

BIOS Screens
Note that the BIOS
screens pictured on
these pages are intended for guidance in setting up your system’s
BIOS.
BIOS versions are subject to constant change
and revision, therefore
your computer’s actual
screens may appear
slightly different from
those pictured on these
pages.
Overview 5 - 1
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BIOS Utilities

BIOS Settings
Warning
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Incorrect settings can
cause your system to
malfunction. To correct
mistakes, return to Setup and restore the Optimized Defaults with
<F3>.
The Power-On Self Test (POST)
If you enable the Boot-time Diagnostic Screen in the Setup Utility, each time you
turn on the computer the system takes a few seconds to conduct a POST, including
a quick test of the on-board RAM (memory).
As the POST proceeds, the computer will tell you if there is anything wrong. If there
is a problem that prevents the system from booting, it will display a system summary
and prompt you to run Setup.
If there are no problems, the Setup prompt will disappear and the system will load
the operating system. Once that starts, you can’t get into Setup without rebooting.
UEFI Boot & POST
When UEFI Boot is enabled, then the prompts
to press F2 or F7 will
not appear. However
you can still press F2 to
enter the setup, or F7 to
choose the preferred
boot device, if you press
the key immediately the
system boots up.
5 - 2 The Power-On Self Test (POST)
BIOS Utilities
Failing the POST
Errors can be detected during the POST. There are two categories, “fatal” and “nonfatal”.
Fatal Errors
These stop the boot process and usually indicate there is something seriously wrong
with your system. Take the computer to your service representative or authorized
distributor/supplier as soon as possible.
Non-Fatal Errors
This kind of error still allows you to boot. You will get a message identifying the
problem (make a note of this message!) and you can then press F7 (the F7 on screen
will be highlighted to illustrate that the system is processing the request) for boot options.
Press F2 (give the system a few seconds to enter Setup; the F2 on screen will be
highlighted to illustrate that the system is processing the request) to run the Setup
program and try to correct the problem. If you still get an error message after you
change the setting, or if the “cure” seems even worse, call for help.
The Power-On Self Test (POST) 5 - 3
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BIOS Utilities

BIOS Settings
Warning
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Incorrect settings can
cause your system to
malfunction. To correct
mistakes, return to Setup and restore the Optimized Defaults with
<F3>.
The Setup Utility
The Aptio Setup Utility tells the system how to configure itself and manage basic
features and subsystems (e.g. port configuration).
Entering Setup
To enter Setup, turn on the computer and press F2 (give the system a few seconds
to enter Setup; the F2 on screen will be highlighted to illustrate that the system is
processing the request) during the POST (or press F7 for boot options). If you get a
“Keyboard Error”, (usually because you pressed F2 too quickly) just press F2 again.
If the computer is already on, reboot using the Ctrl + Alt + Delete combination and
then hold down F2 when prompted. The Setup main menu will appear.
To see the boot options press F7.
5 - 4 The Setup Utility
BIOS Utilities
Setup Screens
The following pages contain additional advice on portions of the Setup. Along the
top of the screen is a menu bar with menu headings. When you select a heading, a
new screen appears. Scroll through the features listed on each screen to make changes to Setup.
Instructions on how to navigate each screen are in the box at the bottom right side of
the screen.

Setup Menus
The
Setup
menus
shown in this section are
for reference only. Your
computer’s menus will
indicate the configuration appropriate for your
model and options.
Figure 5 - 1
Navigation Menu
If these tools are confusing, press F1 to call up a General Help screen, and then use
the arrow keys to scroll up or down the page.
The Item Specific Help on the upper right side of each screen explains the highlighted item and has useful messages about its options.
If you see an arrow next to an item, press Enter to go to a sub-menu on that subject. The sub-menu screen that appears has a similar layout, but the Enter key may
execute a command.
The Setup Utility 5 - 5
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BIOS Utilities
Main Menu
Figure 5 - 2
Main Menu
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System Time & Date (Main Menu)
The hour setting uses the 24-hour system (i.e., ØØ = midnight; 13 = 1 pm). If you
can change the date and time settings in your operating system, you will also change
these settings. Some applications may also alter data files to reflect these changes.
5 - 6 Main Menu
BIOS Utilities
SATA Port # (Main Menu)
Pressing Enter opens the sub-menu to show the configuration of a optical Device/
HDD on the computer’s SATA Ports.
OffBoard SATA/NVme Controller Configuration (Main Menu)
Pressing Enter opens the sub-menu to show the configuration of any devices on the
off board SATA/NVme Controller if applicable.
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System/Extended Memory (Main Menu)
This item contains information on the system memory, and is not user configurable.
The system will auto detect the amount of memory installed.
MB Series/BIOS Revision/KBC/EC firmware Revision/VGA Card /VBIOS Revision/VBIOS Build Date/Mac Address (Main Menu)
This item contains information on the BIOS version, VGA card, VBIOS and the
identifier address for the device on a network, and is not user configurable.
Main Menu 5 - 7
BIOS Utilities
Advanced Menu
Figure 5 - 3
Advanced Menu
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Advanced Chipset Control (Advanced Menu)
The sub-menu here allows you to change the settings for the FlexiCharger, discrete
or hybrid GPU, GPU Performance Scaling, and VT-d.
5 - 8 Advanced Menu
BIOS Utilities
FlexiCharger (Advanced Menu > Advanced Chipset Control)
The sub-menu here allows you to enable/disable the FlexiCharger. The FlexiCharger may be set to automatically start charging your battery when the battery reaches
a certain capacity level (e.g. you could start the battery charge level at 40%).
See the sidebar warning for information on running the FlexiCharger for an extended period as this is not recommended.

FlexiCharger
Warning
If you leave the FlexiCharger continuously "Enabled” for a period of
three months or more,
the battery meter's reading accuracy will deteriorate.
To reset this, set the
FlexiCharger to "Disabled", and then allow
the battery to completely
discharge (see “Battery
FAQ” on page 3 - 21)
before enabling the
function again.
Figure 5 - 4
Advanced Chipset
Control >
FlexiCharger
Advanced Menu 5 - 9
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BIOS Utilities
MSHybrid or DISCRETE Switch (Advanced Menu > Advanced Chipset Control)
Select if the system uses either MSHybrid or DISCRETE graphics.
After selecting MSHybrid, the computer’s operating system (and some applications) will automatically switch between the integrated UMA (Unified Memory
Architecture) GPU (iGPU) and the discrete GPU (dGPU) when required by the applications in use.
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Selecting DISCRETE graphics will force the system to use the dedicated Graphics
Processing Unit (GPU).
Note that this GPU switch alternatively be set using the Control Center GPU
switch and this can override settings made here and vice versa (“GPU Switch
(Gaming)” on page B - 8).
GPU Performance Scaling (Advanced Menu > Advanced Chipset Control)
You can enable/disable NVIDIA GPU Performance scaling from this menu. The
NVIDIA Card does the scaling if this option is on, and has less latency than the Intel
GPU. This can be useful if you play games etc.
VT-d (Advanced Menu > Advanced Chipset Control)
Enable/disable Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d) from
this menu. This extends Intel's Virtualization Technology (VT) by providing hardware assists for a virtualization solution.
5 - 10 Advanced Menu
BIOS Utilities
Overclocking Performance Menu (Advanced Menu)
This menu allows you to adjust settings for processor and performance, and allows
you to Enable/Disable the PL1, PL2 Custom Setting for CPU power limits and the
CPU VR Custom Setting for voltage regulation.
Note that CPU overclocking can be configured in the Control Center (see “CPU /
Memory Overclocking Support” on page A - 12).

Overclocking Issues
If you get any errors due
to changing overclocking
settings, e.g. a black
screen, then restart the
computer, hold and
press the Fn + D key
combination, and then
press the power button
at startup.
This will change the
overclocking
settings
back to the defaults.
Figure 5 - 5
Overclocking
Performance Menu
Advanced Menu 5 - 11
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BIOS Utilities

SATA Mode
Selection
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If you have installed the
Windows OS with either AHCI or RAID
mode enabled, DO NOT
disable the set mode (if
you wish to disable the
set mode you will need
to reinstall the Windows
OS).
SATA Mode (Advanced Menu)
You can configure SATA (Serial ATA) control to operate in AHCI (Advanced Host
Controller Interface) or RAID (Redundant Array of Independent disks) modes from
this menu. The SATA Mode should be set BEFORE installing an operating system, and after you have backed up all necessary files and data (see sidebar). See
“Setting Up SATA RAID or AHCI Mode” on page 6 - 2 for details. Make sure you
install the Intel Rapid Storage Technology application if you have set the SATA
Mode to RAID, or to AHCI “Intel® Rapid Storage Technology” on page 6 - 46.
If you wish to change your SATA mode to/from AHCI/RAID mode you will receive
a message (see overleaf) to notify you that doing so may prevent your operating system from booting, and may require a reinstall of the OS. If you do wish to change
the SATA mode then backup any necessary data on your hard disk(s) as you will
need wipe the disks clean in order to prevent system problems.
Figure 5 - 6
SATA Mode Change
Notification
5 - 12 Advanced Menu
BIOS Utilities
Boot Logo (Advanced Menu)
Use this menu item to enable/disable the Boot Logo screen at system startup if you
have not enabled UEFI Boot. If you disable the Boot Logo you will not see the F2
Enter Setup or F7 Boot Options prompts on the screen, however you can still press
these keys, while the boot screen is displayed, to perform the Enter Setup or Boot
Option functions.
Power On Boot Beep (Advanced Menu)
Use this menu item to enable/disable the beep as the computer starts up.
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Battery Low Alarm Beep (Advanced Menu)
Use this menu item to enable/disable the battery low alarm beep.
Advanced Menu 5 - 13
BIOS Utilities

Security Menu
Security Menu
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The changes you make
here affect the access
to the Setup utility itself,
and also access to your
machine as it boots up
after you turn it on.
These settings do not
affect your machine or
network
passwords
which will be set in your
software OS.
Figure 5 - 7
Security Menu
Set Supervisor Password (Security Menu)
You can set a password for access to the Aptio Setup Utility. This will not affect
access to the computer OS (only the Aptio Setup Utility).
5 - 14 Security Menu
BIOS Utilities
Note: To clear existing passwords press Enter and type the existing password, then
press Enter for the new password (without typing any password entry) and Enter
again to confirm the password clearance.
Note: You can only set the user password after you have set the supervisor password.
Set User Password (Security Menu)
You can set a password for user mode access to the Aptio Setup Utility. This will
not affect access to the computer OS, (only the Setup utility) unless you choose to
set a Password on Boot (see below). Many menu items in the Aptio Setup Utility
cannot be modified in user mode.
Note: You can only set the user password after you have set the supervisor password.

Password Warning
If you set a boot password (Password on boot
is “Enabled“), NEVER
forget your password.
The consequences of
this could be serious. If
you cannot remember
your boot password you
must contact your vendor and you may lose all
of the information on
your hard disk.
Password on boot: (Security Menu)
Specify whether or not a password should be entered to boot the computer (you may
only set a password on boot if a supervisor password is enabled). If “Enabled”
is selected, only users who enter a correct password can boot the system (see the
warning in the sidebar). The default setting is “Disabled”.
Security Menu 5 - 15
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BIOS Utilities
Secure Boot Control (Security Menu)
Secure Boot Control prevents unauthorized operating systems and software from
loading during the startup process. Secure Boot is available as a menu option if you
have enabled UEFI Boot (see “Boot Menu” on page 5 - 18). Enabling Secure Boot
will bring up the Secure Boot Mode menu to enable you to configure Secure Boot
as Standard (with a fixed secure boot policy), or Custom (which enables you to
make changes to the Key Management database).
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Figure 5 - 8
Security Secure Boot
(Key Management)
5 - 16 Security Menu
BIOS Utilities
TPM Configuration (Security Menu)
This sub-menu will allow you to enable/disable Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
support, and to configure the TPM State. Select TPM Configuration and press Enter to access the sub-menu. Press Enter to access the Security Device Support menu
and select Enable to support TPM (see “Trusted Platform Module” on page 6 - 57
for details).
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Figure 5 - 9
Security Device
Support
Security Menu 5 - 17
BIOS Utilities
Boot Menu
Figure 5 - 10
Boot Menu
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
BIOS Screens
Note that the BIOS
screens pictured on
these pages are intended for guidance in setting up your system’s
BIOS.
BIOS versions are subject to constant change
and revision, therefore
your computer’s actual
screens may appear
slightly different from
those pictured on these
pages.
5 - 18 Boot Menu
When you turn the computer on it will look for an operating system (e.g. Windows
7) from the devices listed in this menu, and in this priority order. If it cannot find
the operating system on that device, it will try to load it from the next device in the
order specified in the Boot Option Priorities.
BIOS Utilities
Boot Option Priorities (Boot Menu)
Press Enter to select the Boot Option # and use the arrow keys to select any device
in order to move its boot priority up and down the list (the selected device will be
highlighted in white).
UEFI Boot (Boot Menu)
Enable/disable UEFI Boot from this menu. The Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) specification provides a clean interface between operating systems and
platform firmware at boot time. In contrast to BIOS, UEFI defines a set of standard
boot and runtime services. The Network Stack item will be enabled as an option under UEFI Boot.
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UEFI Boot is enabled for your system by default. It is recommended that you
keep UEFI Boot enabled for the Windows operating system.
Boot Menu 5 - 19
BIOS Utilities
Exit Menu
Figure 5 - 11
Exit Menu
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Click Save Changes and Reset to save all changes made. Choosing to Discard
Changes, or Exit Discarding Changes, will wipe out any changes you have made
to the Setup. You can also choose to restore the original Setup defaults that will return the Setup to its original state, and erase any previous changes you have made in
a previous session.
5 - 20 Exit Menu
Modules
Chapter 6: Modules
Overview
This chapter contains the information on the various modules (some of which are
optional) which may come with your computer, depending on the configuration
purchased. If you are unsure please contact your service representative.
The chapter includes information on the following:
• Setting Up SATA RAID or AHCI
Mode
• Wireless LAN Module
• Fingerprint Reader Module
• Bluetooth & WLAN Combo Module
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•
•
•
•
Sound Blaster Audio
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology
PC Camera
Trusted Platform Module
3G/4G Module
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Overview 6 - 1
Modules

RAID Hard Disks/
Solid State Drives
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All HDDS/SSDs in a
RAID should be identical (the same size and
brand) in order to prevent unexpected system
behavior.
SATA Mode
Selection
The SATA mode selection should be made before installing your
operating system.
DO NOT change your
selected SATA mode
unless you intend to reinstall your operating
system. Make sure you
have backed up all your
data before doing so.
Setting Up SATA RAID or AHCI Mode
AHCI Mode
Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) is an interface specification that allows
the storage driver to enable advanced serial ATA features such as Native Command
Queuing (for maximum hard disk efficiency and performance). AHCI mode can be
supported by one or two hard disks/solid state drives. Make sure you install the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology application if you have set up your HDDs/SSDs
in AHCI mode (see “Intel® Rapid Storage Technology” on page 6 - 46)
RAID
To configure your RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) system in Striping (RAID 0) or Mirroring (RAID 1) modes (see Table 6 - 1, on page 6 - 3) you will
require at least two identical (see sidebar) HDDs/SSDs.
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Application
Make sure you install the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology application if you
have set up your HDDs/SSDs in RAID mode (see “Intel® Rapid Storage Technology” on page 6 - 46).
Note the following:
• RAID mode with UEFI disabled (legacy mode) does not support PCIe SSDs.
• AHCI mode with the IRST driver installed does not support PCIe SSDs.
6 - 2 Setting Up SATA RAID or AHCI Mode
Modules
RAID Level
Description
Table 6 - 1
RAID 0
Identical drives reading and writing data in parallel to increase performance. RAID 0
implements a striped disk array and the data is broken into blocks and each block is
written to a separate disk drive.
RAID Levels
RAID 1
Identical drives in a mirrored configuration used to protect data. Should a drive that is
part of a mirrored array fail, the mirrored drive (which contains identical data) will
handle all the data. When a new replacement drive is installed, data to the new drive is
rebuilt from the mirrored drive to restore fault tolerance.
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SATA Mode Selection
The SATA mode selection should be made before installing your operating system.
DO NOT change your selected SATA mode unless you intend to reinstall your operating
system. Make sure you have backed up all your data before doing so.
Note the following:
• RAID mode with UEFI disabled (legacy mode) does not support PCIe SSDs.
• AHCI mode with the IRST driver installed does not support PCIe SSDs.
RAID Hard Disks/Solid State Drives
All hard disks/solid state drives in a RAID should be identical (the same size and brand) in
order to prevent unexpected system behavior.
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Array Types
A Mirrored Array
(RAID 1) provides full
data protection, as
data can simply be
copied from a healthy
disk to a replacement
for any failed disk.
A
Striped
Array
(RAID 0) is NOT faulttolerant. The failure of
one drive will result in
the loss of all data in
the array. It is designed to increase disk
performance
by
spreading the I/O load
across the channels
and drives.
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Modules
RAID Setup Procedure
The actual procedure for setting up a RAID system will depend on whether or not
your system has UEFI enabled or not, and if you are using 2 * PCIE SSDs with the
Windows 10 OS installed on one of them.
See below and follow the procedure that corresponds to your system setup:
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• “RAID Setup - UEFI Enabled” on page 6 - 5
• “RAID Setup (2 * PCIE SSDs) - UEFI Enabled” on page 6 - 10
• “RAID Setup - UEFI Disabled” on page 6 - 16
No matter which system setup you use make sure you install the Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver - see “IRST Driver Installation” on page 6 - 46).
Run the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology application to manage your RAID volume as instructed in “Intel® Rapid Storage Technology for RAID Systems” on
page 6 - 47.
See also “Deleting a RAID (Windows 10)” on page 6 - 20 (however backup up any
necessary files and data before deleting a RAID, as doing so will result in the loss
of all data on the RAID volumes).
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RAID Setup - UEFI Enabled
To configure your RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) system in Striping (RAID 0) or Mirroring (RAID 1) modes (see Table 6 - 1, on page 6 - 3) you will
require two identical hard disks or solid state drives.
You need to setup a RAID before installing your Windows 10 operating system, and
you will need to prepare the following in order to do so.
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• The Microsoft Windows 10 OS DVD.
• A connected external DVD drive.
• A hard disk installed in the Primary HDD bay and a second (identical) hard disk
installed in the Secondary HDD bay.
OR
Two Identical solid state drives.
• The Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc.
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1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
Start-up your notebook computer and press <F2> to enter the BIOS.
Go to the Boot menu, select UEFI Setting and press <Enter> (see page 5 - 18).
Set UEFI Boot to “Enabled”.
Press <Esc> to exit the menu and go to the Advanced menu.
Select SATA Mode (see page 5 - 12), press <Enter> and select “RAID Mode”.
Press <F4> and <Yes> to “Save Changes and Reset”.
As the computer restarts press <F2> to enter the BIOS again.
Go to Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology (Advanced menu) and press <Enter>.
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Modules
9.
Select Create RAID Volume and press <Enter>.
Figure 6 - 1
Create RAID Volume
(Advanced > Intel(R)
Rapid Storage
Technology
10. You can now setup your RAID volume using any two installed disks.
11. Go to Name: and press <Enter>.
12. Type a name of your choice for your RAID volume and press <Enter>.
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Figure 6 - 2
Name the RAID
Volume (Advanced
> Intel(R) Rapid
Storage
Technology)
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Modules
13. Go to RAID Level: and press <Enter>.
14. Choose the RAID Level required (see Table 6 - 1, on page 6 - 3 for details) and
press <Enter>.
• RAID0 (Stripe)
• RAID1 (Mirror)
15. Go to any of the disks listed under Select Disks: and select a disk name and
press <Enter>.
16. Move the cursor down (use the arrow keys) onto to X (o select the disk required
and press <Enter>.
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Figure 6 - 3
Select Disks
(Advanced > Intel(R)
Rapid Storage
Technology)
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Modules
17. You should select two identical hard disks/SSDs to form your RAID volume.
18. If you have selected RAID0 (Stripe) then you can adjust the “Strip Size” to your
requirements (it is recommended that you set the “Strip Size” to 128KB).
19. Go to Create Volume and press <Enter>.
20. The RAID volume will then be created and the RAID information will be displayed
under Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology (in the Advanced menu).
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Figure 6 - 4
Created RAID
Information
(Advanced > Intel(R)
Rapid Storage
Technology)
21. Press <Esc> to exit the menu.
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22. Press <F4> and <Yes> to “Save Changes and Reset”, however ensure that the
condition in the bulleted point below is met before doing so.
• Make sure the Windows 10 OS DVD is in the attached DVD drive, as the computer starts up it will automatically boot from the Windows 10 OS DVD (you
will be prompted to press a key to boot from the DVD).
23. Press <F7> as the computer starts up to bring up the boot device menu.
24. Select the DVD drive containing the Windows 10 OS DVD and press <Enter>.
25. Press a key at system startup to begin installing Windows from your Microsoft
Windows 10 disc.
26. Click Next > Install Now to continue installing the operating system as normal
(see your Windows documentation if you need help on installing the Windows
OS).
27. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the Windows 10 operating system.
28. Install the Windows drivers from the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual
disc as per Table 4 - 1, on page 4 - 4 (make sure you install the Intel Rapid
Storage Technology driver - see overleaf).
29. Run the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology application to manage your RAID
volume as instructed in “Intel® Rapid Storage Technology for RAID Systems”
on page 6 - 47.
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Modules
RAID Setup (2 * PCIE SSDs) - UEFI Enabled
If you are setting up a RAID using 2 * PCIE SSDs, with the Windows 10 OS installed on one of them, then follow the setup procedure below:
To configure your RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) system in Striping (RAID 0) or Mirroring (RAID 1) modes (see Table 6 - 1, on page 6 - 3) you will
require two identical solid state drives.
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You need to setup a RAID before installing your Windows 10 operating system, and
you will need to prepare the following in order to do so.
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• The Microsoft Windows 10 OS DVD.
• A connected external DVD drive.
• Two Identical PCIe solid state drives.
• The Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc.
• A USB flash drive.
• An operable computer (to copy files from the Device Drivers & Utilities +
User’s Manual disc to the USB flash drive).
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Before setting up the system you will need to copy a driver folder to a USB flash
drive. This driver folder is included on the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc but you will need to go to an operable computer and copy the folder to a
USB Flash drive.
1.
Go to the operable computer and insert a USB Flash drive.
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2.
3.
Insert the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc into the CD/DVD drive
of the operable computer.
Copy the f6flpy-x64 folder from the location below (D: denotes your DVD drive) on
the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc to the USB flash drive or
external USB hard disk.
• D:\Options\RAID\f6flpy-x64\
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
Start-up your notebook computer and press <F2> to enter the BIOS.
Go to the Boot menu, select UEFI Setting and press <Enter> (see page 5 - 18).
Set UEFI Boot to “Enabled”.
Press <Esc> to exit the menu and go to the Advanced menu.
Select SATA Mode (see page 5 - 12), press <Enter> and select “RAID Mode”.
Press <F4> and <Yes> to “Save Changes and Reset”.
As the computer restarts press <F2> to enter the BIOS again.
Go to Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology (Advanced menu) and press <Enter>.
Select Create RAID Volume and press <Enter>.
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Figure 6 - 5
13. You can now setup your RAID volume using any two installed disks.
14. Go to Name: and press <Enter>.
15. Type a name of your choice for your RAID volume and press <Enter>.
Create RAID Volume
(Advanced > Intel(R)
Rapid Storage
Technology
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Figure 6 - 6
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Name the RAID
Volume (Advanced
> Intel(R) Rapid
Storage
Technology)
16. Go to RAID Level: and press <Enter>.
17. Choose the RAID Level required (see Table 6 - 1, on page 6 - 3 for details) and
press <Enter>.
• RAID0 (Stripe)
• RAID1 (Mirror)
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Modules
18. Go to any of the disks listed under Select Disks: and select a disk name and
press <Enter>.
19. Move the cursor down (use the arrow keys) onto to X (o select the disk required
and press <Enter>.
Figure 6 - 7
Select Disks
(Advanced > Intel(R)
Rapid Storage
Technology)
20. You should select two identical hard disks/SSDs to form your RAID volume.
21. If you have selected RAID0 (Stripe) then you can adjust the “Strip Size” to your
requirements (it is recommended that you set the “Strip Size” to 128KB).
22. Go to Create Volume and press <Enter>.
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Modules
23. The RAID volume will then be created and the RAID information will be displayed
under Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology (in the Advanced menu).
Figure 6 - 8
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Created RAID
Information
(Advanced > Intel(R)
Rapid Storage
Technology)
24. Press <Esc> to exit the menu.
25. Press <F4> and <Yes> to “Save Changes and Reset”, however ensure that the
condition in the bulleted points below are met before doing so.
• Make sure the Windows 10 OS DVD is in the attached DVD drive, as the computer starts up it will automatically boot from the Windows 10 OS DVD (you
will be prompted to press a key to boot from the DVD).
• Make sure your USB Flash drive is attached to one of the computer’s USB ports.
26. Press <F7> as the computer starts up to bring up the boot device menu.
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27. Select the DVD drive containing the Windows 10 OS DVD and press <Enter>.
28. Press a key at system startup to begin installing Windows from your Microsoft
Windows 10 disc.
29. Click Next > Install Now to continue installing the operating system as normal
(see your Windows documentation if you need help on installing the Windows
OS).
30. A prompt will appear to ask you to Load Driver.
31. Click Browse and browse to the location you copied the files to on your USB Flash
drive or external USB hard disk (X: denotes your USB Flash drive):
• X:\f6flpy-x64 (for Windows 8 64bit)
32. Click Next.
33. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the Windows 10 operating system.
34. Install the Windows drivers from the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual
disc as per Table 4 - 1, on page 4 - 4 (make sure you install the Intel Rapid
Storage Technology driver - see overleaf).
35. Run the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology application to manage your RAID
volume as instructed in “Intel® Rapid Storage Technology for RAID Systems”
on page 6 - 47.
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Modules
RAID Setup - UEFI Disabled
To configure your RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) system in Striping (RAID 0) or Mirroring (RAID 1) modes (see Table 6 - 1, on page 6 - 3) you will
require two identical hard disks or solid state drives.
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You need to setup a RAID before installing your Windows 10 operating system, and
you will need to prepare the following in order to do so.
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• The Microsoft Windows 10 OS DVD.
• An attached external DVD drive.
• A hard disk installed in the Primary HDD bay and a second (identical) hard disk
installed in the Secondary HDD bay.
OR
Two Identical solid state drives.
• The Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc.
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1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Start-up your notebook computer and press <F2> to enter the BIOS.
Go to the Boot menu, select UEFI Setting and press <Enter> (see page 5 - 18).
Set UEFI Boot to “Disabled”.
Press <Esc> to exit the menu and go to the Advanced menu.
Select SATA Mode (see page 5 - 12), press <Enter> and select “RAID Mode”.
Press <F4> and <Yes> to “Save Changes and Reset”.
As the computer restarts press Ctrl + i to enter RAID configuration menu.
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8.
Select 1.Create RAID Volume and press Enter.
Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology - Option ROM - ************
Copyright (C) Intel Corporation. All rights reserved.
[ MAIN MENU
1.
2.
3.
Create RAID Volume
Delete RAID Volume
Reset Disks to Non-RAID
]
4.
5.
6.
Recovery Volume Options
Acceleration Options
Exit
Figure 6 - 9
Intel(R) Rapid
Storage Technology
Option ROM
[ DISK/VOLUME INFORMATION ]
RAID Volumes:
None defined.
Physical Devices:
ID
Drive Model
0
SAMSUNG HM160HI
1
SAMSUNG HM160HI
[ ] -Select
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Serial #
S10UJDRZ705758
S10UJDRZ705200
[ESC]-Exit
Size Type/Status(Vol ID)
149.0GB Non-RAID Disk
149.0GB Non-RAID Disk
[ENTER]-Select Menu
9.
Type the RAID volume name and then press Tab or Enter to advance to the next
field.
10. Specify (use the up and down arrow keys) the RAID level (RAID 0 (Stripe) or
RAID 1 (Mirror) and then press Tab or Enter to advance to the next field.
11. Press Enter and the system will select the physical disks to us if applicable.
12. Press Enter and select (if applicable) the Strip Size (best set to 128KB).
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13.
14.
15.
16.
Press Enter and select the Capacity size (best set to default).
Press Enter to select Create Volume.
Press Enter to create the volume, and confirm the selection by pressing Y.
This will now return to the main menu.
Figure 6 - 10
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RAID Created
17. Select 6.Exit and press Enter, then press Y to exit the RAID configuration menu.
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Modules
18. As the computer starts up make sure the Windows 10 OS DVD is in the attached
DVD drive and it will automatically boot from the Windows 10 OS DVD (you will be
prompted to press a key to boot from the DVD). Alternatively you can press <F7>
as the computer starts up to bring up the boot device menu.
19. Select the DVD drive containing the Windows 10 OS DVD and press <Enter>.
20. Press a key at system startup to begin installing Windows from your Microsoft
Windows 10 disc.
21. Click Next > Install Now to continue installing the operating system as normal
(see your Windows documentation if you need help on installing the Windows
OS).
22. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the Windows 10 operating system.
23. Install the Windows drivers from the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual
disc as per Table 4 - 1, on page 4 - 4 (make sure you install the Intel Rapid
Storage Technology driver - see overleaf).
24. Run the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology application to manage your RAID
volume as instructed in “Intel® Rapid Storage Technology for RAID Systems”
on page 6 - 47.
Setting Up SATA RAID or AHCI Mode 6 - 19
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Modules
Deleting a RAID (Windows 10)
If you wish to delete an existing RAID then follow the procedure below to do so. However backup up any necessary files and data before deleting a RAID, as doing so
will result in the loss of all data on the RAID volumes.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
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Start-up your notebook computer and press <F2> to enter the BIOS.
Go to Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology (in the Advanced menu) and press
<Enter>.
Go to the RAID (listed under RAID Volumes:) and press <Enter>.
Select Delete and press <Enter>.
Select “Yes” (note that al the data on the volumes will be lost) and press <Enter>.
Figure 6 - 11
Delete RAID
(Advanced > Intel(R)
Rapid Storage
Technology)
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Modules
Wireless LAN Module
If you have included an Intel®, Qualcomm Atheros or Qualcomm AC/AD combo
module is on (i.e. the system is not in Airplane Mode) before installing the driver.
Make sure you install the drivers in the order indicated in Table 4 - 1, on page 4 - 4.
Note that you need to install both the WLAN & Bluetooth drivers for the WLAN
& Bluetooth Combo modules, however the Qualcomm AC/AD module only requires a WLAN driver installation and does not require a Bluetooth driver installation.
See the appropriate driver installation instructions on the page indicated below:
• See “Intel® WLAN Driver Installation” on page 6 - 22.
• See “Qualcomm Atheros WLAN Combo Driver Installation” on page 6 - 22.
• See “Qualcomm WLAN AC/AD Combo Driver Installation” on page 6 - 23.

Wireless Device
Operation Aboard
Aircraft
The use of any portable
electronic transmission
devices aboard aircraft
is usually prohibited.
Make sure the WLAN &
Bluetooth module(s)
are OFF if you are using
the computer aboard
aircraft by putting the
system in to Airplane
Mode (see Table 1 - 6,
on page 1 - 22).
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Modules
Intel® WLAN Driver Installation
1. Make sure the system is not in Airplane Mode, and then insert the Device
Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc into an attached DVD drive.
2. Click Option Drivers (button).
3. Click 1.Install WLAN Driver > Yes.
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4. Click in the check box to agree to the End User License Agreement and click
Install.
5. Click Finish.
6. The operating system is the default setting for Wireless LAN control in
Windows (see page 6 - 24).
Qualcomm Atheros WLAN Combo Driver Installation
1. Make sure the system is not in Airplane Mode, and then insert the Device
Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc into the DVD drive.
2. Click Option Drivers (button).
3. Click 1.Install WLAN Driver > Yes.
4. Select the language preferred and click Next.
5. Click Next > Next.
6.
7.
8.
9.
Click in the check box to accept to the License Agreement and click Next.
Click Finish.
Click Yes to restart the computer.
The operating system is the default setting for Wireless LAN control in
Windows (see page 6 - 24).
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Modules
Qualcomm WLAN AC/AD Combo Driver Installation
1. Make sure the system is not in Airplane Mode, and then insert the Device
Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc into the DVD drive.
2. Click Option Drivers (button).
3. Click 1.Install WLAN Driver > Yes.
4. Click Next > Next > Install (the driver will take some time to install).
5. Click Finish to restart the computer.
6. The operating system is the default setting for Wireless LAN control in
Windows (see page 6 - 24).
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
Qualcomm
AC/AD WLAN Module
Wi-Fi Selection
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When using the AC/AD
WLAN Module a dropdown menu of 2 WiFi
adapters will appear.
This is a standard configuration, make sure
you select the appropriate adapter to see the
available access points.
WLAN Configuration in Windows 10
You can configure a wireless connection using one of the following options, however make sure the Wireless LAN module is turned on (and not in Airplane Mode)
before configuration begins.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Click the Wireless icon
in the notification area of the taskbar.
Make sure that Airplane mode is off (the Airplane mode icon should be gray).
A list of available access points will appear.
Double-click an access point to connect to it (or click it and click Connect).
AC/AD WLAN Module
Select Adapter
Figure 6 - 12
WiFi & Network
Connections
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Modules
5.
6.
7.
8.
Enter a network security key (password) if required, and click Next.
You can choose to share or connect to devices or not.
When you are connected to the network access point it will display Connected
status
.
Select any connected network and click Disconnect
to disconnect
from a connected access point.

Wireless Device
Operation Aboard Aircraft
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The use of any portable electronic
transmission devices aboard aircraft is
usually prohibited.
Make sure the module is either OFF or
in Airplane mode if you are using the
computer aboard aircraft.
Figure 6 - 13
Network Connected
(Click Disconnect)
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9. You can click the Airplane Mode button to turn the mode On or Off.
10. You need to either use Airplane Mode, or to turn the WLAN module off aboard
aircraft.
11. If you click on Network Settings to bring up Network & Internet for a more
comprehensive list of network and internet settings including Wi-Fi (can be turned
on/off), Airplane mode (Airplane mode and Wireless devices can be turned on/off)
VPN, Dial-up, Ethernet and Proxy.
12. You can also access the Network & Internet settings from the Start Menu
(Settings > Network & Internet).
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Figure 6 - 14
Network & Internet
Settings
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Modules
Fingerprint Reader Module
The fingerprint reader module provides a high level of security for your computer.
Make sure you have administrator’s rights to your computer, and have a Windows
password enabled for full security protection.
There are two different fingerprint modules supplied with this model. Install the
driver from the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc by following the
appropriate instructions on the page overleaf.
The fingerprint reader module uses the Sign-in options configuration of the Windows Account.

Fingerprint Reader
and Power Saving
States
If your computer is in a
power saving state (e.g.
Hibernate or Sleep) you
should keep your finger
clear of the fingerprint
sensor.
Allow the system to fully
resume before swiping
your finger across the
sensor.
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Fingerprint Reader Driver Installation
1. Make sure the system is not in Airplane Mode, and then insert the Device
Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc into the DVD drive.
2. Click Option Drivers.
3. Click 2.Install Fingerprint Driver > Yes.
4. Click Next > Install.
5. Click Finish to complete the installation.
6. The fingerprint reader module uses the Sign-in options configuration of the
Windows Account (see overleaf).
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Fingerprint Module Configuration
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Click the Settings item in the Start Menu and then click Accounts and click Signin options.
You will need to add a Windows password (click Add under Password).
After you have added the password you will need to also add a PIN.
Under Windows Hello click Set up under Fingerprint.
The wizard will then guide you through the set up process to scan your fingerprints.

PIN Code
You will be asked to add
a PIN code when setting
up the Fingerprint Reader. This is in addition to
your windows password.
Note this code as it may
be required to help you
sign-in if there are any
issues with using the fingerprint reader to sign-in
(see “Fingerprint SignIn Issues” on page 6 30).
Figure 6 - 15
Accounts - Sign-in
options
(Add Fingerprint)
Fingerprint Reader Module 6 - 29
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Modules
6.
7.
8.
9.
You will be instructed to swipe the same finger across the reader a number of
times.
Click Close when complete.
You can choose to Add another finger (this is recommended) or Remove the
current fingerprint reading.
You can now scan your fingerprint to log-on to the computer.

Fingerprint Sign-In Issues
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If at the Windows Hello screen, the Fingerprint reader fails to recognize the fingerprint
3 times it will then block access to the computer.
In this case you will need to use your PIN (the PIN you used when initially setting up the
fingerprint reader) to access the computer. Alternatively you can sign-in using your windows password.
After using the PIN code (or windows Password) to access the computer you can go to the
Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options if you wish to change any settings.
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Bluetooth & WLAN Combo Module
If your purchase option includes the Combination Wireless LAN & Bluetooth
module (either Intel®, Qualcomm Atheros or Qualcomm AC/AD module) then
install the driver as instructed on the following pages for the Intel and 3rd Party modules (the Qualcomm AC/AD module does not require a Bluetooth driver installation).
Make sure that the module is on (i.e. the system is not in Airplane Mode) before installing the driver.

Bluetooth Data Transfer
Note that the transfer of data between the computer and a Bluetooth enabled device is supported
in one direction only (simultaneous data transfer is not supported). Therefore if you are copying
a file from your computer to a Bluetooth enabled device, you will not be able to copy a file from
the Bluetooth enabled device to your computer until the file transfer process from the computer
has been completed.

Wireless Device
Operation Aboard
Aircraft
The use of any portable
electronic transmission
devices aboard aircraft
is usually prohibited.
Make sure the WLAN &
Bluetooth module(s)
are OFF if you are using
the computer aboard
aircraft by putting the
system in to Airplane
Mode (see Table 1 - 6,
on page 1 - 22).
Note that you need to install both the WLAN & Bluetooth drivers for the WLAN
& Bluetooth Combo modules, however the Qualcomm AC/AD Combo module
does not require a driver installed.
Bluetooth & WLAN Combo Module 6 - 31
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Modules
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Intel Bluetooth Combo Driver Installation
1. Make sure the system is not in Airplane Mode, and then insert the Device
Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc into an attached DVD drive.
2. Click Option Drivers (button).
3. Click 3.Install Combo BT Driver > Yes.
4. Click Next > Next.
5. Click in the check box to accept the license and click Next.
6. Select the setup type (Typical is recommended) and click Install.
7. Click Finish.
8. See “Bluetooth Configuration in Windows” on page 6 - 33 for configuration instructions.
Qualcomm Atheros Bluetooth Combo Driver Installation
1. Make sure the system is not in Airplane Mode, and then insert the Device
Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc into an attached DVD drive.
2. Click Option Drivers (button).
3. Click 3.Install Combo BT Driver > Yes.
4. Click Next > Next.
5. Click Install.
6. Click Finish.
7. Click Yes to restart the computer.
8. See “Bluetooth Configuration in Windows” on page 6 - 33 for configuration instructions.
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Bluetooth Configuration in Windows
1.
2.
Click the Settings item in the Start Menu and then click Devices (or click the Bluetooth icon
in the taskbar and click Add a Bluetooth Device).
Click Bluetooth and make sure Bluetooth is On and a list of discovered devices
will appear.
Figure 6 - 16
Devices > Bluetooth
Bluetooth Taskbar
Menu
3.
4.
Double-click the device you want to pair with the computer and click Pair.
On first connection the computer will provide you with a pairing code to be entered
onto the device.
Figure 6 - 17
Enter the Passcode
Bluetooth & WLAN Combo Module 6 - 33
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Modules
5.
6.
Enter the code into your Bluetooth enabled device and click Yes on the computer
to complete the pairing.
Select a device and click Remove Device
to disconnect from
any device.
Figure 6 - 18
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Devices > Bluetooth
Remove Device
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Modules
To Make your Computer Discoverable to Bluetooth Devices
1.
2.
3.
4.
Click the Settings item in the Start Menu and then click Devices.
Click Bluetooth and under Related Settings click More Bluetooth options (or
click the Bluetooth icon
in the taskbar Open Settings).
In Bluetooth Settings make sure that Allow Bluetooth devices to find this PC
check box (Discovery) has a check inside it.
Make sure that the Alert me when a new Bluetooth device wants to connect
check box (Notifications) has a check inside it, if you want to be notified when a
Bluetooth device wants to connect.
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Figure 6 - 19
Bluetooth Settings
Bluetooth & WLAN Combo Module 6 - 35
Modules
Sound Blaster Audio
Install the Sound Blaster AP to allow you to configure the audio settings to your
requirements for the best performance in games, music and movies.
Sound Blaster X-Fi MB-5 Audio AP Installation
1. Insert the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc an attached
DVD drive.
2. Click Option Drivers (button).
3. Click 4.Install SBX-Fi MB 5 AP > Yes.
4. Click Yes to accept the license agreement terms.
5. Click Next > Full Installation (button).
6. Click Next > Finish to restart the computer.
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Run the Sound Blaster X-FI MB5 control panel from the notification area of the
taskbar (or from the item in the Start menu). Click on the tabs to access the any of
the control panel menus.
Figure 6 - 20
Sound Blaster X-Fi
MB5
(Taskbar
Notification Area
Icon)
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Modules
Profile
You can setup a Profile with your audio preference settings and choose to save the
settings for Music, Movie or different Game Types. These settings can be exported
or imported as required, and custom Profiles may be set and saved as required.
Figure 6 - 21
Sound Blaster X-Fi
MB5 Profile
Sound Blaster Audio 6 - 37
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Modules

Smart Volume
Setting
SBX Pro Studio
Click the slider button under the control to enable/disable the control, and click the
yellow slider to adjust the levels. Press the play button
to test settings.
The default setting for
Smart Volume in SBX
Pro Studio is set to
Normal.
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To get the full effect of
this setting it is recommended that you set it to
Loud.
Figure 6 - 22
Sound Blaster X-Fi
MB5 SBX Pro Studio
•
•
•
•
•
Surround: Provides virtual sound channels to control the level of immersion.
Crystalizer: Enhances audio to make it sound livelier.
Bass: Enhances the bass level of the sound system.
Dialog Plus: Enhances dialogue levels for movies etc.
Smart Volume: Minimizes sudden volume changes to avoid the need for constant adjustment. It is recommended that this is set to Loud (see sidebar).
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Scout Mode
Click on the power button
to enable Scout Mode to enhance your ability to hear
enemies in games from a further distance away than would normally be possible.
Figure 6 - 23
Sound Blaster X-Fi
MB5 Scout Mode
Sound Blaster Audio 6 - 39
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Modules
Voice FX
Click on the power button
to enable Voice FX and click on the sliders to adjust
the settings. Select the mode required from the dropbox, and click on Test to hear
the playback of the effect.
Figure 6 - 24
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Sound Blaster X-Fi
MB5 Voice FX
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Modules
EAX Effects & EQ
Click to select either/or EAX Effects or EQ, select the mode required from the dropbox and click on the sliders to adjust the settings. Click on Save to save any custom
changes to the set levels and effects.
Figure 6 - 25
Sound Blaster X-Fi
MB5 EAX Effects &
EQ
Sound Blaster Audio 6 - 41
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Modules
Advanced Settings
Click on SPEAKERS/HEADPHONES, select the speaker/headphone configuration from the dropbox, and click on Test to hear the effect. You can also adjust the
Bass Management by clicking the Bass Redirection and Subwoofer Gain, and
click on the slider to adjust the Crossover Frequency. Click SPEAKER CALIBRATION to calibrate the distance and level of the speakers.
Figure 6 - 26
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Sound Blaster X-Fi
MB5 Advanced
Settings
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Modules
Hot Key Configuration
Click Configure Hot Keys in Scout Mode to access the Hot Key Configuration
menu. Click Enable All Hot Keys, and then click on the task and press the key sequence required. Any hotkeys chosen will be locked by the application, and therefore will not be able to be used in other applications.
Figure 6 - 27
Sound Blaster X-Fi
MB5 Hot Key
Configuration
Sound Blaster Audio 6 - 43
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Modules
Creative ALchemy
The Creative ALchemy application can be run from the shortcut in the Start menu.
Use the left menu to select any installed games and click the button to move them to
the right column to enable ALchemy support for the game. Creative ALchemy restores hardware accelerated audio to enable EAX effects and 3D Audio when playing Direct Sound3D games.
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Creative Software AutoUpdate
Run the application from the shortcut in the Start menu and make sure you are connected to the internet, then click Next and follow the on screen instructions to update
the software.
Sound Blaster Audio & HDMI/Display Port
1.
2.
3.
When you connect a display to the HDMI-Out port, or Display Port the Sound
Blaster Cinema controls will be disabled.
A warning box will pop-up and will prompt “...Do you want to select another
audio device now?”.
Click No to continue using the audio output from your external display attached to
the HDMI-Out port, or Display Port (do not attempt to select another audio device
when connected to the external display).
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Modules
Testing 5.1 Surround Sound (Advanced Settings)
If you are using the Sound Blaster X-Fi MB5 control panel (Advanced Settings)
to test your headphones/speakers, set up as a 5.1 surround sound system with the microphone jack enabled as the "Center/Subwoofer" (see Figure 2 - 3 on page 2 - 5)
in the Realtek HD Audio Manager, you may not hear the low Subwoofer test tone
as some headphones/speakers do not support low frequencies.
If your headphones/speakers do not support low frequencies then follow the instructions below to obtain an effective sound test.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
Attach your headphones/speakers to the headphone out jack.
Run the Sound Blaster X-Fi MB5 control panel from the notification area of the
taskbar (or from the item in the Start screen).
Click ADVANCED SETTINGS > SPEAKERS/HEADPHONES.
Select 5.1 Surround under Speakers/Headphones Configuration.
Click to place checks in the Bass Redirection/Subwoofer Gain check boxes.
Move the slider for Crossover Frequency to its maximum setting.
Click Test to hear the sound.
Your headphones/speakers will now be configured for 5.1 Surround.
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Figure 6 - 28
Bass Management
Sound Blaster X-Fi
MB5 Advanced
Settings
Sound Blaster Audio 6 - 45
Modules

IRST and M.2 PCI-e
SSDs
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Note that Intel® Rapid
Storage
Technology
does not support M.2
SSDs with a PCI-e Interface (M.2 SSDs with
a SATA Interface are
supported).
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology
The Intel Rapid Storage Technology application provides high-performance
SATA and SATA RAID capabilities. Install the Intel Rapid Storage Technology
application (after installing all necessary drivers in the correct order) to support
your RAID system or SATA drive if set up in AHCI mode in the BIOS (see “Overclocking Performance Menu (Advanced Menu)” on page 5 - 11).
IRST Driver Installation
1. Insert the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc into an attached
DVD drive.
2. Click Option Drivers (button).
3. Click 5.Install IRST Driver > Yes.
4. Click Next.
5. Click the check box to accept the license and click Next.
6. Click Next > Next > Next.
7. Click Finish to restart the computer.
See the following pages for more information if you have set your hard disks up in
a RAID configuration.
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Intel® Rapid Storage Technology for RAID Systems
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology application displays status information on your
RAID configuration. Run the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology application from
the item in the Start menu.
When the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology application is launched the system
will open the Status window. Here you can view the general health of the storage
system. Various volume creation and management options are available depending
on the system’s status.

IRST and M.2 PCI-e
SSDs
Note that Intel® Rapid
Storage
Technology
does not support M.2
SSDs with a PCI-e Interface (M.2 SSDs with
a SATA Interface are
supported).
Figure 6 - 29
Intel® Rapid
Storage Technology
Status
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology 6 - 47
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Modules

Help
Click the Help (or press
F1) menu button at the
top of the Intel® Rapid
Storage Technology
application.
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Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Help
If a hard drive member of a RAID volume is reported as “Degraded” or “Failed” it
may be possible to recover the volume. If the volume cannot be restored then you
will need to recreate the RAID volume and restore the data from a back up. Click the
Help menu (or press F1) for instructions on how to recover or recreate RAID Volumes.
Click Contents to view
the general list of subjects covered, click Index or Search for a
more specific help topics on a particular item.
Click More help on this
page at the bottom of
any page for page specific help.
Figure 6 - 30
Intel® Rapid
Storage
Technology
Help
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RAID Volume Data Verification and Repair
The RAID volume data verification process identifies any inconsistencies or bad
data on a RAID 0 or RAID 1 volume. The table outlines what occurs for each RAID
level:
RAID
Level
Verify
RAID 0
Bad blocks are identified.
Verify & Repair
Table 6 - 2
N/A
Bad blocks are reassigned.
Bad blocks are identified.
RAID 1
Data on the mirrored drive is compared to
data on the source drive.
If the data on the mirrored drive does not
match the data on the source drive, the
data on the mirrored drive is overwritten by
the data on the source.
RAID Level
Verification &
Repair Status
Replacing and Reverting Recovery and Master Volumes
If a master or recovery drive fails you will need to add a new identical drive and rebuild the recovery volume to the drive. You can also revert the master drive to the
state of the previous volume update. For details on how to do this see the help file
“Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Help” on page 6 - 48.
See over for details on how to verify and repair RAID volume data. Verification will
identify and repair data inconsistencies on the volume.
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Verifying and Repairing RAID Volume Data
1.
2.
3.
4.
Run the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology application.
Click to select the RAID in the pane on the right side of the window.
Click Manage and click Advanced.
Click Verify and click Verify (button) to begin the process (in some cases you may
be required to initialize a volume before verification).
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Figure 6 - 31
Intel® Rapid
Storage
Technology
Verify
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Modules
5.
6.
The completion percentage will be listed under Status (verifying and repairing).
Click Close in the Verify Volume Data Results window.

Scheduling Verify &
Repair
You can schedule verification and repair by
clicking Preferences >
Scheduler and enabling a set time for verification and repair.
Figure 6 - 32
Intel® Rapid
Storage
Technology
Verify
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology 6 - 51
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PC Camera
Use the Fn + F10 key combination (see “Function Keys & Visual Indicators” on
page 1 - 22) or Control Center button to toggle power to the PC Camera module.
When the PC Camera is in use the LED indicator to the left of the camera will be
illuminated (see 2 Figure 1 - 2 on page 1 - 7/Figure 1 - 3 on page 1 - 8).
Note that you need to use the Camera app
ture video.
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in Windows to take pictures and cap-
Modules
Camera App
1.
2.
3.
Make sure the PC Camera is turned on by using the Fn + F10 key combination (or
Control Center button).
Run the Camera app from the Start menu by clicking on the Camera app icon
(you can type “camera” into the search box to find the Camera app if it is not
pinned to the Start menu).
The interface displays two buttons on the right of the screen; one for photo and
one for video.
Figure 6 - 33
Camera App Mode
Icons
Photo
4.
5.
Video
Simply click on the appropriate button to switch to either photo or video modes.
You can use the buttons at the top to access the Photo collection, Self Timer or
Settings.
Figure 6 - 34
Camera Menu Bar
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Modules
6.
Click Settings
to access the camera settings menu to make adjustments for
Camera Button long key press function, Photo Aspect ratio, Framing grid,
video recording frame rates, Flicker reduction and Digital video stabilization.

Camera Settings
The Self Timer may be set to take Photos after 2, 5 or 10 seconds and can also be set to continue taking pictures until the
camera button is pressed again.
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Figure 6 - 35
Camera Settings
The Aspect Ratio can be changed to those supported by the
system.
You can use a Framing grid to help you line up pictures.
The Video recording resolution and frame rate can be set to
any supported by the system. Note that capturing high resolution video files requires a substantial amount of disk space for
each file. After recording video, check the video file size (rightclick the file and select Properties) and the remaining free space
on your hard disk (go to File Explorer, right-click the hard disk,
and select Properties). If necessary you can remove the recorded video file to a removable medium e.g. CD, DVD or USB Flash
drive.
If you need to reduce any screen flicker, change the settings in
Flicker reduction to either e.g. 50Hz or 60Hz.
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Modules
Taking Pictures/Capturing Video
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Make sure the PC Camera is turned on by using the Fn + F10 key combination (or
Control Center button).
Run the Camera app from the Start menu by clicking on the Camera app icon
(you can type “camera” into the search box to find the Camera app if it is not
pinned to the Start menu).
Click to select either photo
or video
modes.
Click the photo icon to take a picture, and the camera icon will briefly turn yellow as
the picture is taken.
Click on the video icon
to start video capture (if video capture begins a timer
will appear at the bottom of the screen and the icon will turn yellow).
To stop video capture click the video icon again.
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Figure 6 - 36
Video Camera
Recording in
Process
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7.
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Figure 6 - 37
Photo App
(For Captured
Photos & Videos)
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Captured photos and videos will be saved to the Photos app stored in the Start
menu (type Photos into the search box if you cannot find the app).
Modules
Trusted Platform Module
(Optional)
The TPM security chip allows you to create and manage digital certificates for user
and platform authentication. This type of security is usually administered within
large enterprises and organizations, and therefore requires implementation by a system administrator before users can access security features.
Individual users can use the TPM as an authentication with the fingerprint reader.
Make sure you have administrator’s rights to your computer, and have a Windows
password enabled for full security protection. In addition Make sure you prepare
a removable media (e.g. a USB flash drive) to store passwords etc. before beginning the TPM initialization process.
Before setting up the TPM functions you must initialize the security platform.
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Modules

Clearing TPM
Information
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If you need to clear existing TPM information
then select Pending
Operation in the Security Device Support
menu, and select TPM
clear, and then press F4
to save the configuration
changes and restart the
system.
Enabling & Managing TPM
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Restart the computer.
Enter the Aptio Setup Utility pressing F2 during the POST/startup.
Use the arrow keys to select the Security menu.
Select TPM Configuration and press Enter to access the sub-menu.
Press Enter under Security Device Support menu and select Enable.
You will then need to press F4 to save the changes and restart the computer.
You can now manage the TPM from Windows.
Figure 6 - 38
TPM State (Enable)
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TPM Management in Windows
You can manage your TPM settings from within Windows:
1.
2.
3.
Go to the Control Panel.
Click BitLocker Drive Encryption (System and Security).
Click TPM Administration.
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Figure 6 - 39
BitLocker Drive
Encryption
(TPM
Administration)
Trusted Platform Module 6 - 59
Modules
4.
The TPM Management window allows you to configure the TPM within Windows.
As TPM is usually administered within large enterprises and organizations, your
system administrator will need to assist you in managing the information here.
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Figure 6 - 40
Trusted Platform
Module (TPM)
Management on
Local Computer
Administration
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Modules
TPM Actions
1.
2.
3.
Click Prepare the TPM and follow the instructions in the Wizard to prepare the
TPM (this will probably require a restart of the computer and confirmation of the
setting changes after restart by pressing the appropriate F key).
After the restart the TPM will be prepared and you can then use the Actions menu
to Turn TPM off, Change Owner Password, Clear TPM or Reset TPM Lockout.
A wizard will help take you through any setup steps.
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Figure 6 - 41
TPM Actions Menu
Trusted Platform Module 6 - 61
Modules
BitLocker
BitLocker Drive Encryption can be used in conjunction with the TPM to encrypt
data on the disk. Access the Microsoft BitLocker Drive Encryption control panel
applet from the Windows control panel (System and Security).
1.
2.
Click Turn on Bit Locker.
Follow the on-screen instructions to setup BitLocker, and make sure you have a
removable media (e.g. a USB flash drive) to store saved recovery keys etc.
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Figure 6 - 42
BitLocker Drive
Encryption
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Modules
3G/4G Module
(For Model A Computers Only)
If you have included an optional UMTS/HSPA+ based 3G Module (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System or High Speed Packet Access) module or LTE
(Long Term Evolution) 4G module (see “Communication” on page D - 4 for specification details) in your purchase option, you do not require a driver/application
installation for Windows 10. Follow the instructions overleaf to install the USIM
card (which will be provided by your service provider), and then use the Charms
Bar Wireless icon to access the 3G/4G network in the same manner as the WLAN.

Important Notice
If your purchase option includes both Wireless LAN and 3G/4G modules, then the appropriate antennas will be installed. Note that In order to comply with FCC RF exposure compliance requirements, the antenna must not be co-located or operate in conjunction with
any other antenna or transmitter.

Wireless Device
Operation Aboard
Aircraft
The use of any portable
electronic transmission
devices aboard aircraft
is usually prohibited.
Make sure the WLAN,
Bluetooth and 3G/4G
module(s) are OFF (or
the system is in Airplane Mode) if you are
using the computer
aboard aircraft (see
Table 1 - 6, on page 1 22).
Important Notice - 3G/4G & Bluetooth/Wireless LAN Modules
In order to comply with FCC regulations you should NOT operate the 3G/4G module and
the Bluetooth/Wireless LAN modules at the same time as this may disrupt radio frequency,
and cause interference. When the 3G/4G module is powered on, make sure that the Bluetooth/Wireless LAN modules are powered off.
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Modules

USIM Card
Orientation
Note that the USIM
card’s readable side
(with the gold-colored
contacts) should face
upwards as illustrated.
3G/4G Module USIM Card Installation
(For Model A Series Computers Only)
Insert the USIM card 1 as illustrated below (pay careful attention to the orientation
of the card as the gold contact side of the card should face upwards) until it clicks
fully into position. To eject the card simply press it until it ejects, but do not attempt
to eject the card while connected to a 3G/4G network (see below).
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Figure 6 - 43
1
USIM Card Insertion

USIM Card Ejection
Simply press on the USIM card to eject it, however do not do this while a connection is in
progress.
If you do eject the card while a 3G/4G connection is ongoing, you will need to shut down
the system, reinsert the USIM card, restart the system and then reestablish the 3G/4G connection.
If you wish to change USIM cards then you will need to shut the system down, reinsert the
USIM card, restart the system and then reestablish the 3G/4G connection.
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Modules
3G/4G Configuration in Windows 10
You can configure a 3G/4G connection as below, however make sure the system is
not in Airplane Mode before configuration begins. You can connect to a 3G/4G connection in much the same way as the WLAN connection.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
Click the Settings item in the Start Menu and then click Network and Internet.
Click Cellular a list of available access points will appear.
Click the access point and click Connect.
The system will connect to your network.
Connected will appear under the connection.
You can then access the internet, download e-mail etc. as per any internet
connection.
To disconnect you can select the connection and click Disconnect.
You need to use Airplane Mode aboard aircraft.
You can also click the Wireless icon
in the notification area of the taskbar, click
Cellular and double-click an access point connect to access the connection
information.
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Troubleshooting
Chapter 7: Troubleshooting
Overview
Should you have any problems with your computer, before consulting your service representative, you may want
to try to solve the problem yourself. This chapter lists some common problems and their possible solutions. This
can’t anticipate every problem, but you should check here before you panic. If you don’t find the answer in these
pages, make sure you have followed the instructions carefully and observed the safety precautions in the preface.
If all else fails, talk to your service representative. You should also make a record of what happened and what
remedies you tried.
Of course, if something goes wrong, it will happen at the most inconvenient time possible, so you should preview
this section just in case. If, after you’ve tried everything, and the system still won’t cooperate, try turning it off
for a few minutes and then rebooting. You will lose any unsaved data, but it may start working again. Then call
your service representative.
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Troubleshooting
Basic Hints and Tips
Many of the following may seem obvious but they are often the solution to a problem when your computer appears not to be working.
• Power - Is the computer actually plugged into a working electrical outlet? If plugged into a power strip,
make sure it is actually working. Check the LED Power Indicators (see “LCD Panel Open - Model A” on
page 1 - 7/“LCD Panel Open - Model B” on page 1 - 8) to see the computer’s power status.
• Connections - Check all the cables to make sure that there are no loose connections anywhere.
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• Power Savings - Make sure that the system is not in Hibernate or Sleep mode by pressing the keys configured in your Power Options (see “Configuring the Power Buttons” on page 3 - 9), the Fn + F12 key combination, or power button to wake-up the system.
• Brightness - Check the brightness of the screen by pressing the Fn + F8 and F9 keys to adjust the brightness (see Table 1 - 6, on page 1 - 22).
• Display Choice - Press Fn + F7 to make sure the system is not set to “external only” display.
• Boot Drive - Make sure there are no optical media and/or USB storage devices in any connected drive.
7 - 2 Basic Hints and Tips
Troubleshooting
Backup and General Maintenance
• Always backup your important data, and keep copies of your OS and programs safe, but close to hand.
Don’t forget to note the serial numbers if you are storing them out of their original cases, e.g. in a CD wallet.
• Run maintenance programs on your hard disk and OS as often as you can. You may schedule these programs to run at times when you are not using your computer. You can use those that are provided free with
your OS, or buy the more powerful dedicated programs to do so.
• Write down your passwords and keep them safe (away from your computer). This is especially important if
you choose to use a Boot password for the SCU (see “Security Menu” on page 5 - 14).
• Keep copies of vital settings files such as network, dialup settings, mail settings etc. (even if just brief
notes).

Bottom Cover Removal Warning
Users should not remove any cover(s) and /or screw(s) for the purposes of device upgrade as this may violate the terms of
your warranty. If you need to replace/remove the hard disk/RAM/optical device etc., for any reason, please contact your distributor/supplier for further information.
Backup and General Maintenance 7 - 3
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Troubleshooting
Viruses
• Install an Anti-Virus program and keep the definitions file (the file which tells your program which viruses
to look for) up to date. New computer viruses are discovered daily, and some of them may seriously harm
your computer and cause you to lose data. Anti-Virus programs are commercially available and the definitions file updates are usually downloadable directly from the internet.
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• Be careful when opening e-mail from sources you don’t know. Viruses are often triggered from within email attachments so take care when opening any attached file. You can configure most Anti-Virus programs to check all e-mail attachments. Note: You should also beware of files from people you know as the
virus may have infected an address book and been automatically forwarded without the person’s knowledge.
• Keep a “Bootable CD-ROM/DVD-ROM/USB storage device” (this CD/DVD/USB device provides basic
information which allows you to startup your computer) handy. You may refer to your OS’s documentation
for instructions on how to make one, and many Anti-Virus programs will also provide such a disk (or at
least instructions on how to make one).
7 - 4 Viruses
Troubleshooting
Upgrading and Adding New Hardware/Software
• Do not be tempted to make changes to your Windows Registry unless you are very sure of what you are
doing, otherwise you will risk severely damaging your system.
• Don’t open your computer or undertake any repair or upgrade work if as this may violate the terms of your
warranty.
• Read the documentation. We can assume, since you are reading this that you are looking at the computer’s
manual, but what about any new peripheral devices you have just purchased? Many problems are caused by
the installation of new hardware and/or software. Always refer to the documentation of any new hardware
and/or software, and pay particular attention to files entitled “READ ME” or “READ ME FIRST”.
• When installing a new device always make sure the device is powered on, and in many cases you will need
to restart the computer. Always check that all the cables are correctly connected.
• Make sure you have installed the drivers for any new hardware you have installed (latest driver files are
usually available to download from vendor’s websites).
• Thoroughly check any recent changes you made to your system as these changes may affect one or more
system components, or software programs. If possible, go back and undo the change you just made and see
if the problem still occurs.
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Troubleshooting
• Don’t over complicate things. The less you have to deal with then the easier the source of the problem may
be found; Example - if your computer has many devices plugged into its ports, and a number of programs
running, then it will be difficult to determine the cause of a problem. Try disconnecting all of the devices and
restarting the computer with all the peripheral devices unplugged. A process of elimination (adding and
removing devices and restarting where necessary) will often find the source of a problem, although this may
be time consuming.
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7 - 6 Upgrading and Adding New Hardware/Software
Troubleshooting
Problems and Possible Solutions
Problem
Possible Cause - Solution
You turned on the power but it doesn’t
work.
Battery missing / incorrectly installed. Check the battery bay, make sure the
battery is present and seated properly (the design of the battery only allows it to
go in one way). Make sure there’s nothing interfering with the battery contacts.
The battery LED power indicator
blinking orange.
, is
Low Battery. Plug in the DC power source. If the computer doesn’t start up
immediately, turn it off then on again.
You are losing battery power too quickly.
The system is using too much power. If your OS has a Power Options scheme
(see “Power Plans” on page 3 - 5) check its settings. You may also be using a
peripheral device/USB device that is drawing a lot of power.
Actual battery operating time is shorter
than expected.
The battery has not been fully discharged before being recharged. Make sure
the battery is fully discharged and recharge it completely before reusing (see
“Battery Information” on page 3 - 17).
Power Options have been disabled. Go to the Control Panel in Windows and
re-enable the options.
A peripheral device/USB device is consuming a lot of power. Turn off/remove
the unused device to save power.
Problems and Possible Solutions 7 - 7
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Troubleshooting
Problem
The computer feels too hot.
Possible Cause - Solution
Make sure the computer is properly ventilated and the Vent/Fan intakes are not
blocked. If this doesn’t cool it down, put the system into Hibernate mode or turn
it off for an hour. Make sure the computer isn’t sitting on a thermal surface (see
“Overheating” on page 1 - 23 & 1 - 30). Make sure you’re using the correct
adapter.
Make sure that your notebook is completely powered off before putting it into a
travel bag (or any such container). Putting a notebook which is powered on in a
travel bag may cause the Vent/Fan intakes to be blocked.
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The system will not wake up from a
power saving state (Sleep/Hibernate)
on network activity (Wake on LAN) even
though I have plugged in the powered
AC/DC adapter.
Wake on LAN is supported in AC mode only.
When the system enters a power saving state the plugged in AC/DC adapter
should be connected, and should remain connected, in order to allow the
system to wake up on network activity. Unplugging the adapter, and then
plugging it back in again, will not allow the system to wake up on network
activity.
When playing a video in Media Player,
while using a 4K panel, the counting timer
area at the bottom of the screen
appears to be cut off slightly.
The size of text, apps and other items in Settings > System > Display is set to
250%. In this case it is recommended that the setting should be less than
250%.
When you are playing a game and you
use the Windows Key to switch to the
desktop an error message, or Blue
Screen, occurs.
This is a DirectX compatibility issue. In this case disable DirectX from within the
game controls.
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Troubleshooting
Problem
Nothing appears on screen.
Possible Cause - Solution
The system is in a power saving mode. Toggle the sleep/resume key
combination, Fn + F12 (see “Configuring the Power Buttons” on page 3 - 9).
The screen controls need to be adjusted. Toggle the screen control key
combinations Fn + F8/F9. If you’re connected to an external monitor, make sure
it’s plugged in and turned on. You should also check the monitor’s own
brightness and contrast controls.
The computer is set for a different display. Toggle the screen display key
combination, Fn + F7. If an external monitor is connected, turn it on.
The screen saver is activated. Press any key or touch the TouchPad.
No image appears on the external
monitor I have plugged in and powered
on.
You haven’t installed the video driver and configured it appropriately from the
Control Panel. See Appendix C for instructions on installing and configuring
the video driver.
You forget the boot password.
If you forget the password, you may have to discharge the battery of the CMOS.
Contact your service representative for help.

Password Warning
If you choose to set a boot password, NEVER forget your password. The consequences of this could be serious. If you cannot
remember your boot password you must contact your vendor and you may lose all of the information on your hard disk.
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Troubleshooting
Problem
Possible Cause - Solution
The sound cannot be heard or the volume
is very low.
The volume might be set too low. Check the volume control in the Volume
Control Panel in the Windows notification area, or use the key combination Fn
+ F5 and F6 (see “Function Keys & Visual Indicators” on page 1 - 22) to
adjust.
Unwelcome numbers appear when typing.
Num Lock is turned ON (see “LED Indicators” on page 1 - 9).

Other Keyboards
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If your keyboard is damaged or you just want to make a change, you can use any standard USB keyboard. The system will
detect and enable it automatically. However special functions/hot keys unique to the system’s regular keyboard may not
work.
The system freezes or the screen goes
dark.
The system’s power saving features have timed-out. Use the AC/DC adapter,
press the sleep (Fn + F12) key combination, or press the power button if no
LEDs are lit.
The system never goes into a power
saving mode.
Power Options features are not enabled. Go to the Windows Power Options
menu and enable the features you prefer (see “Power-Saving States” on
page 3 - 7). Make sure you have enabled Hibernate mode from the control
panel.
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Troubleshooting
Problem
Possible Cause - Solution
The computer is off (or in Sleep Mode) but
powered by the AC/DC adapter plugged in
to a working outlet, or by battery with a
capacity above 20%. I have plugged a
device into the powered USB port in
order to charge it, but the device is not
charging.
The port is not powered on. Toggle power to the port using the Fn + power
button combination.
The Wireless LAN/Bluetooth modules
cannot be detected.
The modules are off as the computer is in Airplane Mode. Check the LED
indicator
to see if it is in Airplane Mode (see “LED Indicators” on page 1 9). Use the Fn + F11 key combination to toggle Airplane Mode on/off (see
Table 1 - 6, on page 1 - 22).
The PC Camera module cannot be
detected.
The module is off. Press the Fn + F10 key combination in order to enable the
module (see “Function Keys & Visual Indicators” on page 1 - 22). Run the
camera application to view the camera picture.
The Wireless LAN/Bluetooth modules
cannot be configured.
The driver(s) for the module(s) have not been installed. Make sure you have
installed the driver for the appropriate module (see the instructions for the
appropriate module in “Wireless LAN Module” on page 6 - 21 and/or
“Fingerprint Reader Module” on page 6 - 27).
This function may not work with certain external USB compliant devices (check
your device’s documentation). If this is the case, power the computer on and
connect the external USB device in order to charge it.
Note that this function is designed to help charge USB compliant devices, but
is not designed to allow their operation.
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Troubleshooting
Problem
A file cannot be copied
connected Bluetooth device.
Possible Cause - Solution
to/from
a
The transfer of data between the computer and a Bluetooth enabled device is
supported in one direction only (simultaneous data transfer is not
supported). If you are copying a file from your computer to a Bluetooth enabled
device, you will not be able to copy a file from the Bluetooth enabled device to
your computer until the file transfer process has been completed
No sound can be heard through an HDMI
connected display.
You have not configured the HDMI audio output. See “HDMI Audio
Configuration” on page C - 14.
Audio Volume is too low when listening
through headphones.
You have set the Speaker Configuration to 5.1 Speaker. It is recommended that
you set the Speaker Configuration to Stereo (not to 5.1 Speaker) when
listening through headphones in order to maximize audio quality. See “Audio
Features” on page 2 - 4.
The Sound Blaster audio controls don’t
work when the system is connected to an
external display through an HDMI/
Display Port cable.
Note that Sound Blaster Audio will be disabled when you are connecting to an
external display through an HDMI or Display Port connection. See “Sound
Blaster Audio & HDMI/Display Port” on page C - 12.
The fingerprint reader has problems
scanning fingers.
When fingers are wet or sweaty the software application may have difficulty
reading a scanned finger. Make sure your fingers are clean and dry when
attempting to scan them across the sensor for detection.
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Troubleshooting
Problem
Possible Cause - Solution
When the system is set to RAID Level 1
the lower right corner of the screen will
display the message "Data on one or
more volumes is protected from a disk
failure" when entering Windows.
This is normal as the system is simply informing you that the RAID system
is protecting you from a disk failure, and if one disk dies your data will be still
be safe. If you wish to hide this message deselect “Show Storage System
Information” in the Intel Rapid Storage Technology control panel.
When the OS has been installed on a
SATA disk or SSD and you want to add 2
* M.2 2280 SSD cards configured as RAID
1 or RAID 0, while re-installing the OS on
the 2 * M.2 2280 SSD Cards, the system
fails to load the RAID driver.
You will need to remove all partitions on the SATA disk or SSD with the OS
installed, or clean the SATA disk or SSD with the OS installed first, before
re-installing OS. It will then load the RAID driver OK.
Gaming performance is slow.
It is recommended that you use Maximum fan speed when playing games.
Use the Fn + 1 key combination to adjust the fan speed.
At the Windows Hello screen, the
Fingerprint reader fails to recognize the
fingerprint 3 times and blocks access
to the computer.
In this case you will need to use your PIN (the PIN you used when initially
setting up the fingerprint reader) to access the computer. Alternatively you can
sign-in using your windows password.
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After using the PIN code (or windows Password) to access the computer you
can go to the Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options if you wish to change any
settings.
Problems and Possible Solutions 7 - 13
Troubleshooting
Problem
Possible Cause - Solution
I have used Update Driver in Device
Manager (Unknown device > Other
Devices) to try and install the Airplane
Mode driver. Windows encountered a
problem in attempting to update the driver,
and a yellow exclamation mark appears
in Device Manager against the Unknown
device.
It is very important that the drivers are installed in the order indicated in Chapter
4 (which is the numbered installation order on the Device Drivers & Utilities +
User’s Manual disc). This issue can occur when drivers are manually installed,
and not in the correct order.
If you have attempted to Update Driver from the Device Manager control panel
and have encountered problems, then use the method below to correct this:
To correct this problem:
1.
2.
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3.
4.
5.
6.
Go to the Programs and Features (Programs) control panel in Windows.
Select any installed Airplane Mode driver item (e.g. Insyde Airplane Mode
HID Mini-Driver), and click Uninstall/Change to uninstall the current driver.
Restart the computer.
Insert the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc and click Install
Drivers (button).
Double-click the Airplane Driver item in the menu.
Follow the instructions to install the correct driver (you will need to restart
the computer as part of the installation process).
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Troubleshooting
Problem
Possible Cause - Solution
When using a Bluetooth headset the
audio appears to be mono and not
stereo.
This is a common issue with Bluetooth headsets. To resolve this issue do the
following (you will need to repeat this procedure after every boot up, restart,
or when the system resumes from hibernation):
1.
2.
3.
Go to the Devices & Printers control panel in Windows.
Double-click the Bluetooth headset.
Click Connect to complete the stereo connection.
OR
1.
2.
3.
Go to the Sound control panel in Windows.
Right-click (in the Playback tab) the Bluetooth Stereo Audio device (the
default device is Headset).
Click Connect to complete the stereo connection.
Problems and Possible Solutions 7 - 15
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Troubleshooting
Problem
Possible Cause - Solution
A file being copied to/from a connected
Bluetooth device appears to be
transferring very slowly.
You may have the Bluetooth control panel (Settings > Devices > Bluetooth)
open. When transferring data between the computer and a Bluetooth enabled
device, make sure that the Bluetooth control panel is closed.
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Bluetooth Control Panel
(Settings > Devices)
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Close the Bluetooth control
panel (pictured on the right)
when transferring data between the computer and a
Bluetooth enabled device.
7 - 16 Problems and Possible Solutions
Troubleshooting
Problem
Possible Cause - Solution
I can’t hear any sound from the
microphone in my connected headset,
when trying to test the audio playback.
You need to enable listening to the microphone in the audio control panel in
order to hear any sound through your connected headset as follows:
1.
2.
Right-click the volume control icon
Select Recording Devices.
in the taskbar.
3.
4.
Double-click Microphone and select Listen.
Click to put a check in Listen to this device check box.
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5.
6.
7.
Click Apply.
You can then listen to the playback though the headset for testing.
Remember to disable this feature (remove the check from the Listen to
this device check box) otherwise you may hear an echo from the internal
microphone when you disconnect the headset.
Problems and Possible Solutions 7 - 17
Troubleshooting
Resolving the “Can’t connect to this network” issue with the 3G/4G Module
1.
2.
3.
4.
If you have issues connecting to the cellular network when you are attempting to use the 3G/4G network then
you may need to manually connect to the Internet access point name (APN).
Usually the Internet APN is set automatically, however if your cellular data connection isn't working, you should
try manually entering a new Internet APN based on your location and mobile operator.
To find your APN settings contact your mobile operator directly (or of you can connect to a WiFi network on your
PC, or have a phone handy, try searching online to find the Internet APN settings for your mobile operator).
See http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/cellular-settings or search the Microsoft website for
"Windows 10 cellular settings".
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7 - 18 Problems and Possible Solutions
Interface (Ports & Jacks)
Appendix A: Interface (Ports & Jacks)
Overview
The following chapter will give a quick description of the ports & jacks which allow your computer to communicate with external devices, connect to the internet etc.
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Interface (Ports & Jacks) A - 1
Interface (Ports & Jacks)
Ports and Jacks
Item
Description
2-in-1 Audio Jack
(Headphone-Out & S/
PDIF-Out Jack)
Headphones may be connected through this jack. Note: Set your system’s volume to a reduced
level before connecting to this jack. In addition this jack also functions as a S/PDIF (Sony/Philips
Digital Interface Format) Out port allowing you to connect your DVD-capable PC to a Dolby AC3 compatible receiver for “5.1” or ‘dts’ surround sound.
Card Reader
The card reader allows you to use the following digital storage cards:
MMC (MultiMedia Card) / RSMMC
SD (Secure Digital) / Mini SD / SDHC / SDXC
Push the card into the slot and it will appear as a removable device.
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DC-In Jack
Plug the supplied AC/DC adapter into this jack to power your computer.
HDMI-Out Port
The HDMI-Out (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port is an audio/video connector
interface for transmitting uncompressed digital streams. This allows you to connect an external
monitor, TV or Flat Panel Display etc. as a display device (see “To Clone Displays:” on page C
- 56) by means of a HDMI cable. Note that HDMI carries both audio and video signals.
Line-Out Jack
The Line-Out jack allows you to play audio sources through external speakers. Note that the
Headphone-Out & S/PDIF-Out Jack is preferable for a headset, and the Line-Out Jack is a
raw audio signal ideal for use with powered speakers or a stereo system.
A - 2 Interface (Ports & Jacks)
Interface (Ports & Jacks)
Item
Description
Microphone-In Jack
Plug an external microphone in to this jack to record on your computer.
Mini DisplayPort 1.3
The Mini DisplayPort is a miniaturized version of the DisplayPort, which is a digital display
interface standard that allows a digital audio/video interconnect, between the computer and its
external display or a home-theater system.
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Mini DisplayPort Cables
When using cables connected to the Mini DisplayPort, try to make sure that the cables are not bent excessively,
as bending the cables may cause signal problems.
RJ-45 LAN Jack
Security Lock Slot
This port supports LAN (Network) functions.
Note: Broadband (e.g. ADSL) modems usually connect to the LAN port.
To prevent possible theft, a Kensington-type lock can be attached to this slot. Locks can be
purchased at any computer store.
Interface (Ports & Jacks) A - 3
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Interface (Ports & Jacks)
Item
Description
USB 3.1 (USB 3.1 Gen 2
Type C) Port
These USB ports are for low-speed peripherals such as keyboards, mice or scanners, and for
high-speed peripherals such as external HDDs, digital video cameras or high-speed scanners
etc. Devices can be plugged into the computer, and unplugged from the computer, without the
need to turn the system off (if the power rating of your USB device is 500mA or above, make sure
you use the power supply which comes with the device).
USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1
Type A) Port
Powered USB 3.0 (USB
3.1 Gen 1 Type A) Port
The USB 3.0 ports capable of 5Gbps (SuperSpeed) are classified as USB 3.1 Gen 1. There are
three USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type A) ports on this computer model. In addition there are two new USB
3.1 Gen 2 ports (Type C) capable of 10Gbps SuperSpeed+ for a single device, or if two
devices are plugged in to both USB 3.1 (Gen 2) ports, this bandwidth will be shared
between the ports.
Note: The powered USB 3.0 port may be toggled on /off by means of the Fn + Power Button key
A
combination. When the powered USB port is on it will supply power (for charging devices only,
not for operating devices) when the system is off but still powered by the AC/DC adapter plugged
into a working outlet, or powered by the battery with a capacity level above 20% (this may not work
with certain devices - see page 7 - 11).
Note: This function is designed to help charge USB compliant devices, but is not designed to
allow their operation.
A - 4 Interface (Ports & Jacks)
Control Center & Flexikey®
Appendix B: Control Center & Flexikey®
Overview
The following chapter will give a quick description of the functions of the Control Center & Flexikey® applications.
Control Center
The Control Center gives quick access to frequently used controls, power management features and enables you
to quickly turn modules on/off. Click the Control Center icons to toggle the appropriate function, or hold the
mouse button down and move the dial control where applicable. Certain functions will automatically be adjusted
when a power mode is selected. The Control Center in Windows 10 works under the Desktop app and not under
the Start screen.
Flexikey®
The Flexikey® application is a quick hotkey configuration application, which allows you to assign a single key
to launch multiple key combinations, or to launch programs and applications, to create text macros and to
disable certain keys. The application can also be used to configure the mouse buttons to create hotkeys for
gaming etc. All the configuration settings are retained under (up to12) profiles to which the settings are applied.
Click Flexikey® in the Gaming section of the Control Center, or the click the icon
in the notification
area of the taskbar, to launch the application.
Overview B - 1
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Control Center & Flexikey®
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Control Center Access
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To run the Control Center press the Fn + Esc key combination, or double-click the icon
in
the notification area of the taskbar. Close the Control Center by clicking the
close icon in
the top right of the panel (move the cursor onto the top right corner of the panel to highlight it).
Flexikey® Access
The Flexikey® is accessed from within the Control Center by clicking Flexikey® in the Gaming section of the Control Center.
Figure B - 1 - Control Center & Flexikey®
B - 2 Overview
Control Center & Flexikey®
Power Modes
You can set a Power Mode by clicking the appropriate icon at the top of the Control Center. Each power
mode will affect the Power Conservation Mode, Airplane Mode, Power Plan and PC camera power etc.
You can click a Control Center icon to set an overall power mode and then click individual icons in the
Control Center to power on/off the Touchpad and PC camera.
Modes
Quiet
Power Saving
Performance
Entertainment
Power Plan
Balanced
Power Saver
High Performance
Balanced
Power Conservation Mode
Balance
Power Saving
Performance
Balance
ON
OFF
ON
ON
Icon
PC Camera
B
TouchPad
ON
ON
ON
ON
Airplane Mode
OFF
ON
OFF
OFF
Table B - 1- Power Modes
Overview B - 3
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Control Center Menus
The Control Center contains 3 menu headings (System Program, Device and Gaming) under the Power
Modes. Click the menu headings and then click any of the buttons outlined on the following pages.

Display Utility
The Display Utility icon
will only appear in the System Program menu if your
display’s resolution is QHD
(2560 * 1440) or above.
The Display Utility allows
you to adjust text size on the
screen to make it easier to
view (see page B - 9).
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The System Program will
at
display an arrow icon
the bottom right of the menu
which you can click to allow
you to access the second
page of the menu containing
the Time Zone item.
Note that the CPU Memory Overclocking item will appear only for CPUs that support this feature.
Figure B - 2 - Control Center Menus
B - 4 Overview
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Power Status (System Program)
The Power Status icon will show whether you are currently powered by the battery, or by the AC/DC adapter
plugged in to a working power outlet. The power status bar will show the current battery charge state.
Brightness (System Program)
The Brightness icon will show the current screen brightness level. You can use the slider to adjust the screen
brightness or the Fn + F8/F9 key combinations, or use the Fn+ F2 key combination to turn off the LED backlight
(press any key to turn it on again).
Volume (System Program)
The Volume icon will show the current volume level. You can use the slider to adjust the Volume or the Fn +
F5/F6 key combinations, or use the Fn+ F3 key combination to mute the volume.
Fan Speed (System Program)
You can set the fan speed to Maximum (full power), Automatic, Custom or Overclock from this menu item.
The fan speed will adjust itself automatically to control the heat of the CPU. However you can adjust the setting
to maximum if you prefer. Overclock will be selected automatically if you have enabled CPU overclocking (in
this case do not change the setting).

Custom Settings
Click Save to retain customized settings, or Reset to select default settings.
Overview B - 5
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Power Conservation (System Program)
This system supports Power Saving power
management features that place computers (CPU, hard drive, etc.) into a low-power sleep modes after a designated period of inactivity (see “Power Conservation Modes” on page 3 - 12). Click either the Performance,
Balanced or Power Saving button.
Sleep Button (System Program)
Click either the Hibernate or Sleep buttons to have the computer enter the selected power-saving mode (see
“Power-Saving States” on page 3 - 7).
Desktop Background (System Program)
Clicking the Desktop Background button will allow you to change the desktop background picture.
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Display Switch (System Program)
Click the Display Switch button to access the menu (or use the
priate attached display mode.
+ P key combination) and select the appro-
Time Zone (System Program)
Clicking the Time Zone button will access the Date and Time Windows control panel.
Display Utility (System Program for High Definition displays only)
The Display Utility button will only appear in the menu for QHD (2560 * 1440) or above displays (see page B
- 9).
B - 6 Overview
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TouchPad/Camera (Device)
Click either of these buttons
to toggle the TouchPad or camera module’s power status. The icon will appear dimmed when it is off. Note that the
power status of the camera module is also effected by the Power Mode selected (see Table B - 1, on page B - 3).
FlexiAccess (Device)
Click the button to run the FlexiAccess application in conjunction with your overclocked GPU (see “Flexikey®
Application” on page B - 20).
Caps Lock/Scroll Lock/ Number Lock/Airplane Mode
Click the button to toggle the appropriate lock mode and Airplane Mode.
Left Windows Key (Gaming)
Click Disable to disable the Windows Key on the left side of the keyboard. This may be useful if you are using
the gaming keys (W, A, S & D) and wish to avoid accidentally triggering menus with the Windows Key.
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Overview B - 7
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GPU Switch (Gaming)
Select if the system uses either Microsoft Hybrid Graphics Mode (MSHYBRID) or Discrete Graphics Mode
(DISCRETE). MSHYBRID is selected by default. After selecting MSHYBRID, the computer’s operating system (and some applications) will automatically switch between the integrated GPU and the discrete GPU when
required by the applications in use. Selecting DISCRETE graphics will force the system to use the dedicated
Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). You will be required to confirm a system restart after making any changes.
Figure B - 3- System Restart Warning
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Headphone (Gaming)
The headphones may be
set for different effects using this menu for Design II series systems with ANSP™ 3D Sound Technology.
OR
Headphone Impedance (Gaming)
The headphone impedance will be automatically detected for any headphones plugged-in (this is not user adjustable) for Design I series systems with ESS™ SABRE HiFi DAC 3D for High Resolution Headphone Audio.
Flexikey® (Gaming)
Click the button to access the Flexikey® application.
B - 8 Overview
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Display Utility (System Program for High Definition displays only)
The Display Utility icon
will only appear in the System Program menu if your display’s resolution is QHD
(2560 * 1440) or above. The Display Utility allows you to adjust text size on the screen to make it easier to view.
The initial screen will display the default Express settings as indicated below.
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Figure B - 4 - Display Utility - Express Settings
Click Save to retain the settings, and you will then need to sign out of the computer, and sign back in again, to
adjust the settings. Note that you must save any open files and close open programs before signing out in
order not to lose any work.
Overview B - 9
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Click Advanced to adjust the settings to adjust the overall DPI scaling to your requirements, or you can also
click on the items (Icons, Title Bars, Message Boxes, Menus, Tool Tips & Palette Titles) in the lower half of
the screen to customize the text size.
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Figure B - 5 - Display Utility - Advanced Settings
Click Save to retain the settings, and you will then need to sign out of the computer, and sign back in again, to
adjust the settings. Note that you must save any open files and close open programs before signing out in
order not to lose any work.
Any changes made to the individual text size items are linked to the overall DPI Scaling selected. If you change
the DPI scaling, the customized text size changes will become grayed out and will only become available again
after you have signed out of the computer, and signed back in again.
B - 10 Overview
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The System Program will display an arrow icon at the bottom right of the menu which you can click to allow
you to access the second page of the menu containing the Time Zone item.
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Figure B - 6 - Time Zone (if Display Utility is Included)
Overview B - 11
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CPU / Memory Overclocking Support
You can enable overclocking support for systems with a compatible CPU (contact your distributor/supplier
for details) and Memory. This can be done in the BIOS (see “Overclocking Performance Menu (Advanced
Menu)” on page 5 - 11) or by using the Control Center utility (make sure you have installed the Control Center
AP driver).
Note that making alterations to clock frequency and/or voltage can cause system instability, cause components to fail, cause heat damage and result in data loss, and any changes made may affect the processor warranty.
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Overclocking Issues
If you get any errors due to changing overclocking settings, e.g. a black screen, then restart the computer, hold and press the Fn + D
key combination, and then press the power button at startup.
This will change the overclocking settings back to the defaults.
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Note overclocking the system (CPU/Memory/GPU) may cause hardware damage, reduce system stability, the useful life of the system
and affect system data integrity, and is enabled at the user’s own risk, and is not covered in the warranty terms.
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You can access the CPU Memory Overclocking utility from the Control Center or taskbar notification area.
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Fan Speed
If you have enabled CPU overclocking
the Fan Speed will also automatically
be set to overclock (do not adjust this
fan speed setting if you have enabled
CPU overclocking).
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Figure B - 7 - Access the CPU Memory Overclocking Utility
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CPU Overclocking
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Click the CPU tab at the bottom right of the screen and the CPU overclocking tab will pop out to allow adjustments to be made.
Click Save to retain the settings.
A warning will pop-up to remind that activating CPU overclocking may cause system instability.
Click OK to retain the saved changes or Cancel to return to the utility.
You can click Default to go back to the standard default settings.
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Figure B - 8 - CPU Overclocking
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Memory Overclocking
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Click the Memory tab at the bottom right of the screen and the Memory overclocking tab will pop out to allow
adjustments to be made.
Click Custom to adjust any settings from the drop-down menus.
Click Save to retain the settings.
A warning will pop-up to remind that you will need to restart the system (make sure you save any open files).
Click Restart Now to restart the system or Cancel to return to the utility.
You can click Default to go back to the standard default settings.
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Figure B - 9 - Memory Overclocking
CPU / Memory Overclocking Support B - 15
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GPU Overclocking
Click the button to access the Graphics Processing Unit (or GPU) overclocking menu for certain types of CPU
and GPU (contact your distributor or supplier to see if this is applicable to your model). Overclocking the GPU
involves running your graphics processor at a faster speed than originally intended. GPU overclocking is useful
when undertaking intensive graphic tasks e.g. 3D rendering and gaming, without dropping framerates etc.

GPU Overclocking Off
Using the Taskbar Icon
Move the cursor over the
GPU overclocking icon in
the taskbar, and rightclick it and select Turn off
GPU overclocking.
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Overclocking should only be enabled when powered by a plugged-in adapter,
and not on battery power. The Fan Speed will also automatically be set to overclock (do not adjust this fan speed setting if you have enabled GPU overclocking).
Figure B - 10 - Control Center Gaming with GPU Overclocking
B - 16 GPU Overclocking
If you experience problems with GPU overclocking, and have to force a
system restart, use this
method to quickly turn
GPU overclocking off after the system has restarted in order to prevent
further issues.
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GPU Overclocking
1.
2.
3.
4.
Click On to enable GPU overclocking.
Use the sliders to adjust the settings for Core Increment, Memory Increment and Fan Speed Offset.
Click Save to retain the setting changes, and then click OK when the system warning message appears, or
Cancel to return to the utility.
Clicking OFF will return to the standard default settings.
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Warning Message
The message highlights the
fact that while overclocking
the GPU offers a boost to
graphics performance, it can
cause system instability in
certain circumstances as the
harder you push the processor, the more power you will
need to supply to it, and the
hotter the system will run.
Therefore it is not recommended that you enable
GPU overclocking for extended periods, only as and
when specifically required.
Figure B - 11 - GPU Overclocking
GPU Overclocking B - 17
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FlexiAccess Application
If you have an Android compatible device, you can download the FlexiAccess application to use in conjunction
with your overclocked GPU. The application will allow you to adjust the GPU settings from your Android compatible device while connected by Bluetooth. Follow these steps to download and run the application.
1.
Click the following link, or scan the QR Code, on your Android compatible device to download the FlexiAccess App from the Google Play store.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fa.flexiaccess
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2.
3.
The app will then be installed on your Android compatible device.
Pair your Android compatible device with your computer (see “Bluetooth Configuration in Windows” on
page 6 - 41) using a Bluetooth connection (for the app to work the computer and the Android compatible
device must be connected by Bluetooth).
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4.
5.
6.
When the computer and Android compatible device are connected, go to the Control Center > Device and
click on the FlexiAccess icon to run the app on the computer, and then run the app on the Android compatible
device.
When playing any game or high-end graphic application you can control the GPU overclocking settings using
the App on the Android compatible device.
You can then adjust the settings for the game or high-end graphic application in use “on the fly”, without having
to quit or pause the program.
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Figure B - 12 - FlexiAccess Android App
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Flexikey® Application
Click the button
in the Control Center, or the click the icon
to access the Flexikey® application.
in the notification area of the taskbar,
Profiles
The menus on the left side of the application relate to Profiles. You can Add or Delete Profiles (you can maintain 12 active Profiles), Export and Import profiles from the menus. If you double-click on a Profile you can
change the Profile Name, and change an Image file (images created using PNG files).
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Windows Key
P Key
B
&
Note that you can
assign actions to
any keyboard key
except the Windows key
and P
key.
Figure B - 13 - Flexikey® - Profiles
B - 20 Flexikey® Application
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Flexikey® Application Features
• EXPRESS KEY - This feature allows you to configure a single key to send multiple key combinations or to
create more useful shortcut keys. This is useful in gaming or when using applications which have a complex
set of keyboard shortcuts.
• LAUNCH APP - This simply assigns single keys to launch any program’s or application’s executable file.
• EXPRESS TEXT - With this you can assign single keys to send commonly used strings of text.
• DISABLE - Use this function to disable any keyboard keys.
• STATISTICS - Use this to quickly record keys in use in any application, and to disable unused keys.
Keyboard and Mouse Settings
Click Enable to create settings for the keyboard and/or mouse by clicking the button on the top left of the screen
(e.g. you may wish to create a profile with settings only for the mouse or keyboard). Clicking on the keyboard
or mouse icons will allow you to access the settings page for the either the keyboard or mouse.
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Figure B - 14 - Enable Keyboard & Mouse / Language Selection
Language Interface
You can change the language interface by right-clicking the icon
selecting the language from the menu.
in the notification area of the taskbar and
Flexikey® Application B - 21
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Enabling or Disabling Flexikey®
You can enable or disable Flexikey® (and therefore any hotkeys or mouse profile functions currently in use) by
using the Fn + Backspace key combination. Pressing this key combination will toggle you between the currently
selected keyboard or mouse profile to the standard keyboard and/or mouse settings, and back again.
Figure B - 15 - Enable/Disable Flexikey®
The icon Flexikey® icon in the notification area of the taskbar will appear grayed out
when Flexikey® is off,
and in color
when on (an on screen icon will also pop-up to display the status of the application as it is toggled
on/off).
Flexikey® Enabled
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Flexikey® Disabled
Figure B - 16 - Taskbar Notification Area Icons
B - 22 Flexikey® Application
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Keyboard Settings
The keyboard settings allow you to configure actions for any single key (or a combination of keys). Click the
key and then select the Action Type (Express Key, Launch App, Express Text or Disable) from the menu at
the bottom of the page. You can rename the action by clicking in the Name box, and click in Tool Tips to type
in a note to remind you of the action’s function.
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Windows Key
P Key
&
Note that you can
assign actions to
any keyboard key
except the Windows key
and P
key.
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Figure B - 17 - Key Configuration
Flexikey® Application B - 23
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Mouse Settings
When an external mouse is attached, the mouse settings allow you to configure actions for the left 1 , right 2
and middle 3 buttons of the attached mouse, and also for any backward 4 and forward 5 buttons if applicable (on a gaming type mouse). Click the button number and then select the Action Type (Express Key,
Launch App, Express Text or Disable) from the menu at the bottom of the page. You can rename the action
by clicking in the Name box, and click in Tool Tips to type in a note to remind you of the action’s function.
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Figure B - 18 - Mouse Configuration
B - 24 Flexikey® Application
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Keyboard Settings - Express Key
To configure a single key to send multiple key combinations, or to create more useful shortcut keys, use Express
Key.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Enable and select the keyboard under your chosen profile, click on a key to select it, and then click to select
Express Key in Action Type.
In the following example we want to change an existing game key configuration which uses the left shift key for
sprinting, and the W key for moving forwards, to use the left Ctrl key to combine this movement to sprint
forward.
Click on the chosen key for the shortcut action.
Click in the Tool Tips field and type to give the key combination a name e.g. “Sprint Fwds”, then click back in
the Name field (to avoid adding the recorded keys to the Tool Tips name).
Click Start Record and then press the key or keys (in this case we will press Left Shift and W) required (make
sure you press the key(s) required and do not click on them).
Click Stop Record to complete the process.
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Figure B - 19- Express Key Record Key Combination
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7.
8.
9.
10.
Click Save to save the settings within your chosen profile.
If you want to remove any individual key click to select it, and then click Delete.
If you want to clear all the settings click Restore to return to the default key setting.
Any assigned Express Keys will appear in orange.
Figure B - 20 - Key Combination Set
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
Tool Tips
The Tool Tips field allows you to type a note to remind yourself of the function you have programmed the key for under
any Profile.
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Enabling Time Record
If you want to create a delay between key presses within the key combination, then you can use Time Record
function to do so.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Enable and select the keyboard under your chosen profile, click to select a key for the shortcut action, and then
click to select Express Key in Action Type.
Click in the Tool Tips field and type to give the key combination a name, then click back in the Name field (to
avoid adding the recorded keys to the Tool Tips name).
Click Start Record and then press the key or keys required in the sequence and time delay between key
presses required (make sure you press the key(s) required and do not click on them).
Click Stop Record.
Click to select a key in the sequence and click Enable Time Record
, then click a
key to view the time delay.
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Figure B - 21 - Enable Time Record
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6.
You can edit the delay between key presses by clicking in the Delay Time (MS) field and typing a new number
for the delay between the key presses.
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Figure B - 22 - Time Record Between Key Presses
7.
8.
9.
10.
Click
to close the Time Record window.
Click Save to save the settings within your chosen profile.
If you want to remove any individual key click to select it, and then click Delete.
If you want to clear all the settings click Restore to return to the default key setting.
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Keyboard Settings - Launch App
You can configure keys to launch any application or program as follows:
1.
2.
Enable and select the keyboard under your chosen profile, click to select a key to launch the application, and
then click to select Launch App in Action Type.
Click Browse... at the bottom right of the application window.
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Figure B - 23 - Keyboard - Launch App (Browse to Executable File)
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3.
4.
Navigate to the executable file of the application and click Open.
The key will now be configured to open the selected application under your chosen Profile, and the key will
appear in green.
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Figure B - 24 - Key Set to Launch App
5.
6.
If you want to remove any Launch App Key, select it and click on Restore.
Click Save to save the settings within your chosen profile.
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Keyboard Settings - Express Text
A single key can be set to send a string of text within any application using Express Text.
1.
2.
3.
Enable and select the keyboard under your chosen profile, click to select a key, and then click to select Express
Text in Action Type.
Click in Start key if required (the Start key is the key used to in your target program to open a text message), or
you can leave it blank if you prefer.
Click in the Click to type field and type in your message.
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Figure B - 25 - Keyboard - Express Text
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4.
5.
6.
7.
Click in Send key if required (the Send key is the key used to in your target program to send a text message e.g
the Enter key would be the most commonly used), or you can leave it blank if you prefer.
The key will now be configured to send the text message in the target program under your chosen Profile, and
the key will appear in blue.
If you want to remove any Express Text key, select it and click on Restore.
Click Save to save the settings within your chosen profile.
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Copy & Paste Text
Note that some applications and games do not support copy and pasted text. Where this is the case, any text you may have
copy and pasted in to the “Type to Text” field may not be displayed within the application. In this case you will need to type
the text into the field instead.
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Keyboard Settings - Disable
You can use the program to disable any keys not required.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Enable and select the keyboard under your chosen profile, click to select a key to disable, and then click to select
Disable in Action Type.
The key will now be disabled.
If you want to enable the key again, select it and click on Restore.
Click Save to save the settings within your chosen profile.
The key will be disabled under your chosen Profile, and the key will appear in Gray.
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Figure B - 26 - Keyboard - Disable
Keyboard Settings - Disable B - 33
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Mouse Settings - Express Key
To assign a mouse button click to send multiple key combinations (an external mouse must be attached), or to
create more useful shortcut keys, use Express Key.
1.
2.
3.
Enable and select the mouse under your chosen profile, click on a mouse button to select it, and then click to
select Express Key in Action Type.
In the following example we will configure the central mouse wheel to combine the actions of left shift key for
sprinting, and the W key for moving forwards in a game program.
Click on the central mouse wheel for the shortcut action.
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Figure B - 27 - Mouse - Express Key Record Key Combination (Mouse)
B - 34 Mouse Settings - Express Key
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4.
Click in the Tool Tips field and type to give the key combination a name e.g. “Sprint Fwds”, then click back in
the Name field (to avoid adding the recorded keys to the Tool Tips name).
5. Click Start Record and then press the key or keys (in this case we will press Left Shift and W) required (make
sure you press the key(s) required and do not click on them).
6. Click Stop Record to complete the process.
7. Click Save to save the settings within your chosen profile.
8. If you want to remove any mouse setting click to select it, and then click Delete.
9. If you want to clear all the settings click Restore to return to the default mouse setting.
10. The mouse button for any assigned Express Keys will appear in orange.
Enabling Time Record for Mouse Settings
If you want to create a delay between key presses within the mouse click combination, then you can use Time
Record function to do so in the same manner as that used for keyboard settings (see “Enabling Time Record”
on page B - 27).
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Mouse Settings - Express Key B - 35
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Mouse Settings - Launch App
You can assign a mouse button click to launch any application or program as follows:
1.
2.
Enable and select the mouse under your chosen profile, click on a mouse button to select it, and then click to
select Express Key in Action Type.
Click Browse... at the bottom right of the application window.
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Figure B - 28 - Mouse - Launch App (Browse to Executable File)
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3.
4.
5.
Navigate to the executable file of the application and click Open.
The mouse click will now be configured to open the selected application under your chosen Profile, and the
button will appear in green
Click Save to save the settings within your chosen profile.
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Figure B - 29 - Mouse Button Set to Launch App
Mouse Settings - Launch App B - 37
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Mouse Settings - Express Text
A mouse button click can be set to send a string of text within any application using Express Text.
1.
2.
3.
Enable and select the mouse under your chosen profile, click on a mouse button to select it, and then click to
select Express Text in Action Type.
Click in Start key if required (the Start key is the key used to in your target program to open a text message), or
you can leave it blank if you prefer.
Click in the Text Context field and type in your message.
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Figure B - 30 - Mouse - Express Text
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4.
5.
6.
7.
Click in Send key if required (the Send key is the key used to in your target program to send a text message e.g
the Enter key would be the most commonly used), or you can leave it blank if you prefer.
The mouse button click will now be configured to send the text message in the target program under your
chosen Profile, and the button will appear in blue.
If you want to remove any Express Text mouse button, select it and click on Restore.
Click Save to save the settings within your chosen profile.
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Mouse Settings - Express Text B - 39
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Mouse Settings - Disable
You can use the program to disable any mouse button clicks if not required.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Enable and select the mouse under your chosen profile, click on a mouse button to select it, and then click to
select Disable in Action Type.
The button click will now be disabled.
If you want to enable the button again, select it and click on Restore.
Click Save to save the settings within your chosen profile.
The button click will be disabled under your chosen Profile, and the key will appear in Gray.
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Figure B - 31 - Mouse - Disable
B - 40 Mouse Settings - Disable
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Statistics
The Statistics tab allows you to record keys used in any application, and to disable any infrequently, or unused,
keys to save any accidental incorrect key presses.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Click the Statistics Tab, and press Start Record to start recording the frequency of key presses for keys used.
You can then go to the application you wish to use the profile for, and use the application as normal so that a
standard set of keys used may be recorded.
Return to the Flexikey® application and press Stop Record to stop recording.
At the end of the recording process colors will represent the frequency of key presses, with red as the most
frequent through to lighter blue the less frequent (the color bar at the bottom of the screen displays the color
code against the number of key presses).
Under Quick Disable click the color which corresponds to the keys you wish to disable.
All disabled keys will then change to gray and will be disabled under this profile.
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Figure B - 32 - Statistics
Statistics B - 41
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Video Driver Controls
Appendix C: Video Driver Controls
Overview
The basic settings for configuring the LCD are outlined in “Video Features” on
page 1 - 40. The basic video features for this computer can be configured using the
Intel(R) HD Graphics Control Panel, Windows Display Settings or NVIDA control panel.
• To configure displays in Discrete mode use the NVIDIA Control Panel (see
page C - 21).
• To configure displays in Hybrid mode use the Intel HD Graphics Control
Panel (see page C - 41).

Video Card Options
Note that card types,
specifications and drivers are subject to continual
updates
and
changes. Check with
your distributor/supplier
for the latest details on
video cards supported.
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
Microsoft Hybrid Graphics Or Discrete Graphics Mode
Taskbar Icon
Your computer features a dedicated Discrete Graphics Mode, and a Microsoft Hybrid Graphics Mode featuring switchable graphics technology.
Moving
the
mouse
pointer over the taskbar
icon (see above) will indicate the current GPU
mode (double-click the
icon to go to the Control
Center).
Microsoft Hybrid Graphics Mode - This seamless technology is designed to get
best performance from the graphics system while allowing longer battery life, without having to manually change settings. The computer’s operating system (and some
applications) will automatically switch between the integrated GPU and the discrete GPU when required by the applications in use. This switch is seamless to the
user. MSHybrid mode is selected by default.
Discrete Graphics Mode - Discrete Graphics Mode will use the dedicated Graphics
Processing Unit (GPU) which is more powerful, and therefore more suitable for
playing games, watching HD video or running GPU-based applications.
Icon
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Table C - 1
GPU LED Indicator
Color
Graphics Mode
Off
MSHYBRID Mode
Green
Discrete Mode
GPU Switch Button (Control Center)
You can choose either Discrete Mode or MSHybrid mode by selecting the appropriate option from GPU Switch in the Control Center, or in the BIOS (see page B
- 8 or page 5 - 9). You will need to restart the system after making changes to the
selected graphics mode.
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Microsoft Hybrid Graphics
Most notebook computers come with either a discrete or integrated graphics solution.
Discrete graphics solutions feature a dedicated Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)
which are capable of playing games, watching HD video or running GPU-based applications. However computers with discrete graphics solutions tend to be heavy in
power consumption, and slightly larger in size in order to incorporate the dedicated
discrete GPU.
Integrated graphics solutions usually feature memory sharing technology to help
save power consumption and allow for longer battery life. However computers with
integrated graphics solutions will not usually run games, HD video or GPU-based
applications without severe limitations.
Microsoft Hybrid Graphics is a seamless switchable graphics technology designed
to get best performance from the graphics system while allowing longer battery life,
without having to manually change settings. Thus when an application is run that requires extra performance or quality, then the operating system will run the discrete
GPU (dGPU); when the system does not require such enhanced performance it will
let the integrated (iGPU) handle it.
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How Switchable Technology works
When the system is powered up and is displaying just the desktop, the dGPU will be
powered off. In this case the system is running in the same way as a system without
a discrete graphics solution. However when an application that requires use of the
dGPU is run (e.g, a game or HD Video), the dGPu is powered on and takes over the
processing duties. If the program is closed, then the dGPU will be powered back
down again until required.
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Video Driver Installation
Make sure you install the drivers in the order indicated in Table 4 - 1, on page 4 - 4.
Insert the Device Drivers & Utilities + User’s Manual disc into an attached DVD
drive and click Install Drivers (button).
Video (VGA)
1. Click 2.Install VGA Driver > Yes.
2. Click Next > Yes > Next > Next.
3. Click Finish to restart the computer.
NVIDIA Video (VGA)
1. Click 3.Install NVIDIA VGA Driver > Yes.
2. Click AGREE AND CONTINUE (button) to accept the terms of the
license agreement.
3. Click Next.
4. Click the Close to complete the installation.
5. After all the drivers have been installed (an internet connection is required)
run the NVIDIA GeForce Experience by clicking the desktop icon (or
App).
6. Restart the computer and run the application again after restart.

iGPU or dGPU
Note the NVIDIA control
panel refers to Highperformance NVIDIA
processor (which is the
discrete GPU) and Integrated graphics (which
is the integrated GPU).
To configure displays in
Discrete mode use the
NVIDIA Control Panel
(see page C - 21).
To configure displays in
Hybrid mode use the
Intel HD Graphics
Control Panel (see
page C - 41).
Video Driver Installation C - 5
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NVIDIA GeForce Experience
If you have a working internet connection (and you will need remain connected
to the internet to run NVIDIA GeForce Experience) you can click the NVIDIA
GeForce Experience desktop icon
(or App) to run the application. This will optimize your gaming settings for your GTX video card by downloading the latest settings from the NVIDIA cloud data center.
After initially running the NVIDIA GeForce Experience application, you should
then restart the computer and run the application again in order to install all the
updated features.
Figure C - 1
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NVIDIA GeForce
Experience
My Rig
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NVIDIA GeForce Experience Features
• Click the Games tab and click Scan for games to update the optimal settings for
your installed games from the NVIDIA cloud data center for your PC.
• The Drivers tab allows you to check and download the latest available video
driver.
• My Rig provides information on your system and the NVIDIA utilities.
• SHIELD streams your PC games to the NVIDIA SHIELD gaming portable.
• Preferences lists your current preference list.
• ShadowPlay™ allows you to easily record your favorite gaming moments (you
can also broadcast your game on Twitch).
Figure C - 2
NVIDIA GeForce
Experience
Preferences
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NVIDIA GeForce Experience - BatteryBoost
BatteryBoost allows you to optimize your system’s battery life when gaming. You
can adjust the BatteryBoost slider in Preferences > BatteryBoost (make sure you
have restarted the computer after the first run of NVIDIA GeForce Experience).
Running BatteryBoost
1.
2.
3.
On first run of NVIDIA GeForce Experience you should be connected to the internet (BatteryBoost will not appear at this stage).
After the first run you should restart the computer manually, but you must still be
connected to the internet (the LAN cable should be plugged-in, or your WiFi
connection should be set to Connect Automatically) as the computer restarts.
BatteryBoost will be present when NVIDIA GeForce Experience is run again.
Click to put a tick in the box alongside BatteryBoost to enable the feature, then adjust the slider towards Longer battery life or Higher performance as preferred.
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Figure C - 3
NVIDIA GeForce
Experience
BatteryBoost
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NVIDIA GeForce Experience - ShadowPlay
Click on the ShadowPlay icon
at the top right of the control panel and
then click the power button to enable the feature. You can adjust the settings from
the menu buttons.
Figure C - 4
NVIDIA GeForce
Experience
ShadowPlay
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Configure Other Displays Using Project
You can configure attached displays from Project.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Attach your display to the appropriate port, and turn it on.
Press the
+ P key combination.
Click on any one of the options from the menu to select PC screen only,
Duplicate, Extend or Second screen only.
You can also click Connect to a wireless display at the bottom of the Project
screen and follow the steps to connect to any wireless enabled display.
Figure C - 5
Project
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C - 10 Configure Other Displays Using Project
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Configuring an External Display In Windows
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Attach your external display to the appropriate port, and turn it on.
Go to the Control Panel.
Click Display (icon) and Adjust Resolution (Appearance and Personalization).
Click the Detect button.
The computer will then detect any attached displays.
Figure C - 6
Screen Resolution
Multiple Displays
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6.
You can configure the displays from the Multiple Displays menu.
Figure C - 7
Screen Resolution
Multiple Display
Options
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• Duplicate these displays - Shows an exact copy of the main display desktop on
the other display(s)
• Extend these displays - Treats both connected displays as separate devices
• Show desktop only on 1/2 - Only one of your displays is used.
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The System Control Panel in Settings may also be used to configure displays.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Attach your external display to the appropriate port, and turn it on.
Click the Start Menu and click Settings > System (or right-click the desktop and
select Display Settings).
You can change Duplicate, Extend or choose to display on 1 screen only.
Click Apply to save any changes made.
Click Advanced display settings to access further options.
Figure C - 8
System > Display
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
Volume Adjustment
The sound volume level
can be clicking using the
volume control icon
in the notification area
of the taskbar.
HDMI Audio Configuration
HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) carries both audio and video signals.
In some cases it will be necessary to go to the Sound control panel and manually
configure the HDMI audio output as per the instructions below.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Go to the Sound control panel.
Click Playback (tab)
The playback device will be selected.
You may need to select the audio device and click Set Default (button).
Double-click the device to access the control panel tabs.
Figure C - 9
Sound - HDMI
Device (set Default)
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6.
7.
Adjust the HDMI settings from the control panel tabs.
Click OK to close the Sound
control panel.
Figure C - 10
HDMI Device
Properties
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Other Applications
If you are using a third
party application to play
DVDs etc. from any attached DVD device,
you will need to consult
the application’s documentation to see the
appropriate audio configuration (the application must support digital
to analog translation).
HDMI Notes
• Connect a device with HDMI support to the HDMI-Out port BEFORE attempting to play audio/video sources through the device.
• To play audio sources through your external display’s (TV or LCD) speakers
you will need to go to the audio configuration control panel on the display and
configure the audio input accordingly (see your display device manual).
HDMI Video Configuration
1.
2.
3.
4.
Connect an HDMI cable from the HDMI-Out port to your external display.
Configure your external display as per the instructions in “To Clone Displays:”
on page C - 56.
Set up your external display (TV or LCD) for HDMI input (see your display device
manual).
You can now play video/audio sources through your external display.
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Wireless Display
Wireless Display uses your Wireless LAN module/WLAN Bluetooth Combo module (you need to make sure that your video adapter/display device is compatible
with your particular WLAN/Combo module) in conjunction with a compatible
video adapter/display device (purchased separately) to allow you to display the
contents of the notebook display on another display (e.g. HDTV), without the need
to have cables stretching across a room.
You can use the wireless display to play games, browse the internet, display videos
or photo slide shows on your TV/external display without using HDMI or A/V cables.

Compatible
Adapters
For a list of compatible
adapters check the video adapter/display device documentation, or
with your distributor/
supplier.
Before configuring Wireless Display you will need to set up your compatible
adapter with your display/speakers. Connect the adapter using an HDMI or A/V cable and turn on the display (or in the case of speakers connect them to the wireless
speaker adapter with the cables provided with the adapter), and then set the display
to the appropriate input channel (see the documentation supplied with your compatible adapter/display for full details).
Note that no driver or application is required for wireless display in Windows 10.
HDMI Audio Configuration C - 17
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Wireless Display Configuration
1.
2.
3.
Note that no driver or application is required for wireless display in Windows 10.
Press the
+ P key combination.
Click Connect to a wireless display (see overleaf if this does not appear) at the
bottom of the Project screen and follow the steps to connect to any wireless
enabled display.
4.
The system will then search for compatible display devices (this may take up to
60 seconds so allow time for this to complete).
Figure C - 11
Add a Wireless
Display
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5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
Double-click any detected display device in the list.
You may then need to input a pin number for the device to which you are
connecting and click Next.
The display will then connect (for specific settings for your display see the
documentation supplied with your compatible adapter/display for full details).
Go to the Project menu and click Disconnect to temporarily disconnect from the
wireless display.
To permanently disconnect from the display (you will need to go back through the
connection process again) you can select it in Devices and click Remove Device
> Yes.

Qualcomm AC/AD WLAN Module - Connect to a Wireless Display
When an AC/AD WLAN module is installed you may find that the “Connect to a wireless
display” item at the bottom of the Project screen does not appear. In this case you will need
to disable one of the wireless adapter items as follows:
1. Right-click the Wireless icon
in the notification area of the taskbar.
2. Select “Open Network and Sharing Center.”
2. Click “Change adapter settings” in the menu on the left.
3. Right-click WiFi# - Qualcomm Atheros Sparrow 11ad Wireless Network Adapter.
4. Select Disable to turn off this adapter.
5. Return to the Project menu and click “Connect to a wireless display.”
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Attaching Displays
When you first attach an
external display you
may find that the desktop does not occupy the
full screen area. Use either the display’s auto
adjust/configure
controls, or the Intel(R) HD
Graphics Control Panel
to configure the full
screen display.
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Display Devices & Options
Note that you can use external displays connected to the HDMI-Out port and/or Mini
Display ports. See your display device manual to see which formats are supported.
Note the following when connecting multiple displays to your system.
• If the system is in either Discrete Mode or MSHybrid Mode, and you have
connected 3 external displays (for a total of 4 displays including the built-in
LCD panel), 2 displays will be in Clone mode, and the other 2 displays will be
in Extended mode.
To make adjustments to this display arrangement you must use the NVIDIA
control panel, and not the Intel HD Graphics control panel.
• The system is in Discrete Mode, and is configured in Clone Mode, and you
have connected 3 external displays (for a total of 4 displays including the builtin LCD panel).
The NVIDIA control panel will show all the displays supporting the highest
resolution of the attached displays (e.g. if two of the displays support a resolution of 1920 * 1080, and the other supports a resolution of 1920 * 1200, then the
control panel will show all the displays as 1920 * 1200).
This is just a case of the control panel defaulting to the highest resolution, however the actual resolution for each display will only be what it can really support.
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NVIDIA Control Panel
More advanced video configuration options are provided in the NVIDIA Control
Panel tab. Use the NVIDIA Control Panel to configure displays in Discrete mode.
1.
2.
Go to the Control Panel.
Double-click NVIDIA Control Panel (click to view the control panel in either Large
icons or Small icons if you are in Category view).

NVIDIA Control
Panel
To access the GeForce..... control panel
from the desktop; rightclick the desktop, then
click NVIDIA Control
Panel.
Figure C - 12
NVIDIA Control
Panel
NVIDIA Control Panel C - 21
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
Navigating the
Control Panel
The NVIDIA Control Panel provides additional video configuration controls and
tools which allow quick access to features such as image settings, 3D Settings and
video configuration.
Navigate through the
control panels in much
the same way as you
would a web page.
Click on the sub-heading tasks in the left
menu (and on the highlighted links) for information.
Use
the
buttons on the top left
to go back, forward
etc.
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Figure C - 13
NVIDIA Control
Panel
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Further menu items will appear in the NVIDIA Control Panel in Discrete mode, providing additional video configuration controls and tools which give access to features such as display configuration, 3D Settings etc.
Figure C - 14
NVIDIA Control
Panel
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NVIDIA Control Panel C - 23
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The Help menus provide index and search features, and direct links to the NVIDIA
website etc.
Figure C - 15
Help Menu
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Customization Options
One of the most important aspects of hybrid technology is that it will switch between
the integrated GPU and discrete GPU seamlessly and automatically, and does not require any input from the user. However customization options are offered for users
who prefer to set their own parameters for GPU usage.
Context Menu
One of the quickest ways to choose which GPU to use for a particular application is
by using the “Run with graphics processor” in the context menu.
1.
2.
Go to the NVIDIA Control Panel.
Click Desktop from the top menu and select Add “Run with graphics
processor” to Context Menu (it should have a check alongside it).

Display GPU
Activity Icon
Click to enable Display GPU Activity
Icon in the Notification Area to quickly
access the GPU Activity monitor from the
taskbar.
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Figure C - 16
NVIDIA Control
Panel - View
Customization Options C - 25
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
iGPU or dGPU
Note the NVIDIA control panel refers to
High-performance
NVIDIA
processor
(which is the discrete
GPU) and Integrated
graphics (which is the
integrated GPU).
3.
4.
5.
6.
Close the NVIDIA Control Panel.
Find the executable file icon of the application you want to run.
Right-click the icon and select Run with graphics processor from the context
menu.
Select either High-performance NVIDIA processor (dGPU) or Integrated
graphics (iGPU) to run the program with the selected GPU.
Figure C - 17
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Context Menu with
Run with graphics
processor
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Right-click the application executable file
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Global Settings
Global settings allows you to set the preferred graphics processor for overall use.
Ideally this would be the iGPU for battery life, but this can be set to the dGPU if preferred.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Go to the NVIDIA Control Panel.
Click Manage 3D Settings (3D Settings) and select Global Settings (tab).
Select either Integrated graphics (iGPU) or High performance NVIDIA
Processor (dGPU) from the drop-down menu.
Click the Setting menu items to select any options required.
Click Apply to save the settings.

Customization
Options
Although hybrid technology is completely
seamless to the user,
there are customization options within the
control panel (see
page C - 24).
Figure C - 18
Global Settings
Customization Options C - 27
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Program Settings
Program settings allows you to make specific adjustments for installed applications.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Go to the NVIDIA Control Panel.
Click Manage 3D Settings (3D Settings) and select Program Settings (tab).
Select a program to customize from the drop-down menu, or click Add to add
any program that does not appear in the menu.
Select the preferred graphics processor for the program from the drop-down
menu.
Click the Setting menu items to select any options required.
Click Apply to save the settings.
Figure C - 19
Program Settings
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Change Resolution
You can Change Resolution for your attached displays from the NVIDIA control
panel.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Attach your external display to the appropriate port, and turn it on.
Go to the NVIDIA Control Panel.
Double-click Display (if the sub-menus are not visible), and then click Change
resolution.
Click to select the display, and then adjust the settings from “2.Choose the
resolution.” and “3.Apply the following settings.”
Click Apply to save the settings.
Figure C - 20
Change Resolution
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
Sound Blaster
Audio & HDMI
Connection
Note that Sound Blaster
audio will be disabled
when you are connecting to an external display through an HDMI
connection.
Table C - 2
Display Modes
NVIDIA
Display Devices - NVIDIA CP
Note that you can use an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) cable connected to the HDMI-Out port and/or DisplayPort compatible cable connected to a
DisplayPort 1.3 to connect an external display. See your external display device’s
manual to see which formats it supports.
Display Mode
Description
Single
One of the connected displays is used as the display device
Clone
Clone simply shows an exact copy of the Primary display desktop on the other
display(s). This mode will drive multiple displays with the same content
Extend
Extend treats connected displays as separate devices, and they act as a virtual
desktop resulting in a large workspace. When enabled, you can drag any icons or
windows across to the other display desktop. It is therefore possible to have one
program visible in one display, and a different program visible in the other display
See “Display Devices & Options” on page C - 20.
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Configuring an External Display (NVIDIA)
Clone the Displays
1.
2.
3.
4.
Attach your external display to the appropriate port, and turn it on.
Go to the NVIDIA Control Panel.
Double-click Display (if the sub-menus are not visible), and then click Set up
multiple displays.
Any attached display will appear under “1.Select the displays you want to use.”

Display Not Shown
If the attached display
does not appear in the
“1.Select the displays
you want to use.” window, click “My Display
is not shown...” and
then click the appropriate button to force detection of the missing
display.
HDMI Audio Setup
See “G-SYNC” on
page C - 38 for instructions on configuring audio for HDMI display
devices.
Figure C - 21
5.
6.
Click the check box alongside any display you wish to use.
Click Apply > Yes to save any changes made (the Apply button will appear in the
bottom right of the control panel when changes have been made).
Set Up Multiple
Displays
Configuring an External Display (NVIDIA) C - 31
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Extending the Display

Changing the
Primary Display on
Extended Displays
If you want to switch the
primary display if the
displays are extended
then right-click the secondary display icon and
select “Make Primary”.
Click Apply > Yes to
save the change (see
over).
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Attach your external display to the appropriate port, and turn it on.
Go to the NVIDIA Control Panel.
Double-click Display (if the sub-menus are not visible), and then click Set up
multiple displays.
Click to select a primary display under “1.Select the displays you want to use.”
Right-click the icons under “2.Drag the icons to match ....” and select Extend.
Figure C - 22
Extend the Display
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Right-click Extend
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6.
7.
8.
The Primary display (the main window display) will be denoted by an asterisk * in
the top right corner of the icon.
To change the Primary display right-click the icon and select Make primary.
Click Apply > Yes to save any changes.
Figure C - 23
Switch Primary
Display
C
Right-click and select Make primary and click Apply > Yes
to save changes.
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Video Driver Controls
9.
You can drag the icons to match the desktop layout you want to use (e.g. you may
want to extend the display to the right or left of the primary display).
10. Click Apply > Yes to save any further changes.
Figure C - 24
Drag Display
Icons
C
Drag the display icons to match the layout you want to use.
C - 34 Configuring an External Display (NVIDIA)
Video Driver Controls
HDCP Status
If your external display is HDCP (High Bandwith Digital Content protection) compatible then the NVIDIA control panel will display the HDCP system status.
Figure C - 25
HDCP Status
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HDCP Status C - 35
Video Driver Controls
Adjust Video Settings
You can adjust video color and image settings from the Video sub-menus.
1.
2.
3.
Go to the NVIDIA Control Panel.
Click “+” next to Video if its sub-items are not shown and then click either Adjust
video color settings or Adjust video image settings.
Make any adjustments required for any display and click Apply to save the
settings.
Figure C - 26
Adjust Video Color
Settings
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C - 36 Adjust Video Settings
Video Driver Controls
Configure Surround, PhysX®
NVIDIA® PhysX® is a physics engine that can use the GPU to accelerate game and
3D application performance. You can select the GeForce video card or CPU as a
PhysX® processor, or configure the computer to auto-select a PhysX® processor
(recommended default setting).
1.
2.
3.
4.
Go to the NVIDIA Control Panel.
Click Configure Surround, PhysX.
Click to select a processor from the menu (PhysX Settings); Auto-select
(recommended) is the default setting.
Click Apply to save the settings.
Figure C - 27
Configure
Surround, PhysX
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Video Driver Controls

G-SYNC Support
NVIDIA®
G-SYNC™
Technology (supported
by some LCD panels
and GTX series video
adapters only).
G-SYNC is only supported if you have a GSYNC capable display
and a GTX series video
adapter (contact your
distributor or supplier for
details).
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Figure C - 28
Set Up G-SYNC
C - 38 G-SYNC
G-SYNC
(for G-Sync Capable Displays & Video Cards Only)
Click to put a check in the box to Enable G-SYNC (it is enabled by default). GSYNC is designed to provide a smooth game play experience from your GeForce
product by synchronizing the monitor’s refresh cycle to the GPU’s render rate, thus
removing lag and stutter issues, in order to have objects appear sharper and scenes
display instantly.
Video Driver Controls
Setting up G-SYNC
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Go to the NVIDIA Control Panel.
Click “+” next to Display if its sub-items are not shown and then click Set up GSYNC (you must have a a G-SYNC capable display and video adapter).
Click Enable G-Sync (you can select for ...full screen mode or ..for windowed and
full screen mode).
Click “+” next to Display if its sub-items are not shown and then click Set up
multiple displays, and set the G-SYNC capable display as the Primary Display
in the configuration.
Click “+” next to 3D Settings if its sub-items are not shown and then click Manage
3D Settings.
Click Global Settings, select Vertical sync and then select G-SYNC. Setting GSYNC in global settings means it will be applied to all games. If you want to test
the effect you can select the “Program settings” tab and disable G-SYNC for a
specific game.
Figure C - 29
3D Settings > Global
Settings > Vertical
sync
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G-SYNC C - 39
Video Driver Controls
Set Digital Audio
As HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) carries both audio and video signals you can configure the audio output from the NVIDIA control panel and Sound
control panel. The settings will depend upon the external HDMI display to which
you have connected.
Connected displays will appear alongside the appropriate port. Click “Open Windows Sound Settings” (button) to access the Sound control panel.
Figure C - 30
Set up Digital Audio
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C - 40 Set Digital Audio
Video Driver Controls
Intel® HD Graphics Control Panel
Advanced video configuration options are provided by the Intel® HD Control Panel. Use the Intel® HD Control Panel to configure displays in Hybrid mode. To access the control panel see below and overleaf:
1.
Click the Intel® HD Graphics Control Panel icon in the Apps screen.
Figure C - 31
Apps Screen
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel
OR
2.
Right-click the Desktop and select Graphics Properties from the menu.
Figure C - 32
Right-Click Desktop
(Graphics
Properties)
Intel® HD Graphics Control Panel C - 41
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Video Driver Controls
OR
3.
4.
Click Advanced settings in the Screen Resolution control panel in Windows.
Click the Intel(R) HD Graphics Control Panel tab and click Graphics Properties
(button).
OR
5.
Double-click the Intel(R) HD Graphics control panel in the Windows Control
Panel.
Figure C - 33
Screen Resolution >
Advanced Settings
> Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel
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C - 42 Intel® HD Graphics Control Panel
Video Driver Controls
You may make changes to any of the graphics properties by clicking the appropriate
menu panel and adjusting the settings from the menus.

Home
Click the Home button to
return to the main menu
screen in any of the submenu screens.
Figure C - 34
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel
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Intel® HD Graphics Control Panel C - 43
Video Driver Controls

Multiple Display
Display
Click either Display Settings or Color Settings to make display adjustments, including configuration for any attached external displays.
At least one other display must be attached in
order to view multiple
display selection options.
Figure C - 35
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel
Display
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C - 44 Intel® HD Graphics Control Panel
Video Driver Controls
Click the Display menu at the top of the screen to display the sub-menus. The Multiple Displays menu allows you to configure the display mode of any attached displays (see “To Clone Displays:” on page C - 56). Click Apply to save any changes
made.

Multiple Display
At least one other display must be attached in
order to view multiple
display selection options.
Audio Settings
Any attached active displays must have audio
capacity to allow audio
configuration.
Figure C - 36
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel
Display - Multiple
Displays
Intel® HD Graphics Control Panel C - 45
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Video Driver Controls
The Custom Resolutions sub-menu allows you to adjust the display (or any attached display) to any width, height, refresh rate, color depth and underscan percentage of your choice. Note that incorrect settings can cause system instability and even
possible component damage, so this is adjusted at your own risk.
Figure C - 37
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel
Display Settings Custom
Resolutions
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C - 46 Intel® HD Graphics Control Panel
Video Driver Controls
3D
This menu allows you to choose how 3D images are displayed. Performance gives
the smoothest motion of images, Quality displays the most detail, Balanced Mode
provides better computer performance with good quality and Custom allows you to
configure the Anisotropic Filtering and Vertical Sync and features to your preferences. Click Apply to save changes.
Figure C - 38
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel 3D
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Intel® HD Graphics Control Panel C - 47
Video Driver Controls
Options and Support
Hot Key Manager in Options and Support allows you to create hot keys for opening the application, rotating the display, scaling etc. Click Apply to save changes.
Figure C - 39
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel
Options and
Support
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C - 48 Intel® HD Graphics Control Panel
Video Driver Controls
Click the Options menu at the top of the screen to display the sub-menus. The Information Center provides details on System Information, the Built-In Display
and any attached displays.

Preferences
Go to the Preferences
sub-menu in Options to
configure the preferences
for the Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel.
Make sure you click Enable under Tray Icon to
display the Intel® HD
Graphics Control Panel
icon in the notification area
of the taskbar (as below).
Figure C - 40
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel
Options Information Center
Intel® HD Graphics Control Panel C - 49
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Video Driver Controls
Video
The Video menu allows you to brighten or darken movies, or to switch to vivid colors. The Preview image will display a sample image using the current settings. You
can Save Profile and name the Profile to recall the settings at any time. Click Apply
to save changes (select Color Enhancement, Image Enhancement, Image Scaling
or Gamut Mapping from the menu).
Figure C - 41
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel Video
(Color
Enhancement)
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C - 50 Intel® HD Graphics Control Panel
Video Driver Controls
Click the Video menu at the top of the screen to display the sub-menus.The Image
Enhancement menu allows you to adjust the Sharpness, Skin Tone Enhancement
in the Basic menu, and Noise Reduction, Contrast Enhancement and Film Mode
Detection in the Advanced menu. Click Apply to save changes.
Figure C - 42
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel - Video
(Image
Enhancement Basic)
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Intel® HD Graphics Control Panel C - 51
Video Driver Controls
Enable Image Scaling to use the sliders to adjust the scaling.
Figure C - 43
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel Video
Image Scaling
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C - 52 Intel® HD Graphics Control Panel
Video Driver Controls
Power
There are two separate menus to adjust the power settings for whenever the computer is Plugged In or On Battery. Maximum Battery Life will reduce graphics performance for power saving, Balanced will provide full graphics performance when
required and minimize power consumption when inactive, and Maximum Performance will give top graphics performance but requires more power.
Figure C - 44
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel Power
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Intel® HD Graphics Control Panel C - 53
Video Driver Controls
Profiles
You can select one of the preset profiles (Brighten Video, Darken Video and Enhance Video Colors) from the menu on the left. Alternatively you can go through
the menus to make adjustments to your preferences for Display, Color, Video, 3D,
Options and Support and Power (tick any boxes for the settings required), and then
Save the settings to a profile (which may be imported or exported).
Figure C - 45
Intel® HD Graphics
Control Panel Profiles
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Video Driver Controls
Attaching Other Displays - Intel HDCP
Note that you can use external displays connected to the HDMI-Out port and/or external Mini Display (1.3) ports. See your display device manual to see which formats
are supported.
Intel Display Mode
Description
Single Display
One of the connected displays is used as the display device
(PC screen only or Second screen only).
Clone/Duplicate
Both connected displays output the same view and may be
configured independently
Extended / Extend
Both connected displays are treated as separate devices, and
act as a virtual desktop
Collage
A number of connected displays are combined into a single
unified higher resolution for larger screen sizes
Hybrid
A number of connected displays are combined and can be
configured in a combination of Clone and Extended modes

4K2K Videos on 4K2K
External Displays
Note you may experience some video lag
when playing 4K2K videos on an attached
4K2K external display.
Table C - 3
Display Modes
Intel
Attaching Other Displays - Intel HDCP C - 55
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Video Driver Controls
To Clone Displays:

Multiple Display
At least one other display must be attached in
order to view Multiple
Display selection options.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Attach your external display to the HDMI-Out port/external monitor port, and turn it on.
Go to the Intel(R) HD Graphics Control Panel control panel and click Display >
Multiple Displays (sub-menu).
Click Clone from the Select Display Mode menu.
Click Apply, and OK to confirm the settings change.
Select the displays from the Select One or More Active Displays menu.
Figure C - 46
Display > Multiple
Displays (Clone)
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C - 56 Attaching Other Displays - Intel HDCP
Video Driver Controls
To Enable Extended Mode:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Attach your external display to the HDMI-Out port/external monitor port, and turn it on.
Go to the Intel(R) HD Graphics Control Panel control panel and click Display >
Multiple Displays (sub-menu).
Click Extended from the Select Display Mode menu.
Click Apply, and OK to confirm the settings change.

Display Settings
Extended Desktop
You can have different
Colors, Screen Area
and Monitor Refresh
Rates for each display
device provided your
monitor can support
them.
You can drag the monitor icons to match the
physical layout of your
displays. Icons and programs may also be
dragged between the
displays.
Figure C - 47
Click the appropriate monitor icon and drag it to match the physical arrangement you wish
to use (e.g. the secondary display may be extended left/right/above/below the primary display).
Display > Multiple
Displays (Extended)
Attaching Other Displays - Intel HDCP C - 57
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Video Driver Controls

Collage Mode
Collage mode is used to
combine a number of
displays into a single
unified higher resolution
for larger screen sizes,.
To Enable Collage Mode:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Attach your external display to the appropriate port, and turn it on.
Go to the Intel(R) HD Graphics Control Panel control panel and click Display >
Multiple Displays (sub-menu).
Click Collage from the Select Multiple Display Mode menu.
Click Enable Collage and click On.
Click Vertical or Horizontal to arrange and displays as required.
Click Apply, and OK to confirm the settings change.
Figure C - 48
Display > Multiple
Displays (Collage)
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Specifications
Appendix D: Specifications

Latest Specification Information
The specifications listed in this Appendix are correct at the time of going to press. Certain items (particularly processor types/
speeds and CD/DVD device types) may be changed, updated or delayed due to the manufacturer's release schedule. Check
with your distributor/supplier for details.
Note that this computer model series may support a range of CPUs and/or video adapters.
To find out which CPU is installed on your system go to the Start menu and select Settings, and then select System and
click About. This will also provide information on the amount of Installed RAM etc.
To get information on your system’s video adapter go to the Start menu and select Settings, and then select System and
click Display> Advanced display settings > Display adapter properties.
D
Specifications D - 1
Specifications
Note

CPU Speed & Computer in DC Mode
Note that when the computer is in DC
mode (powered by the battery only) the
CPU may not run at full speed. This is a
design feature implemented in order to
protect the battery.
Core Logic
Mobile Intel® HM170 Express Chipset
Display
Model A:
15.6” / 39.62cm QFHD (3840 * 2160) /
FHD (1920 * 1080), 16:9 (3.5mm thick)
Backlit Panel (note some designs do not
support QFHD panels)
D
Model B:
17.3" / 43.94cm FHD (1920 * 1080), 16:9
6.2mm Backlit Panel
Memory
Storage
Dual Channel DDR4
For Most Model A Designs & Model B:
Two Changeable 2.5" Hard Disk Drives
(HDD) / Solid State Drives (SSD) RAID 0/
1 with SATA (Serial) Interface:
1st Drive - 7mm (h)
2nd Drive - 7mm (h) / 9.5mm (h)
OR
For Some Model A Design II Styles:
One Changeable 2.5" 9.5mm (h) / 7mm
(h) Hard Disk Drives (HDD) / Solid State
Drives (SSD) with SATA (Serial) Interface
Four 260 Pins SO-DIMM Sockets
Supporting DDR4 2133/2400 MHz
*Memory Modules (real operational
frequency depends on the FSB of the
processor)
Memory Expandable up to 64GB
Compatible with 4GB, 8GB or 16GB
Modules
Supports XMP 2400/2666 MHz
(XMP support depends on processor)

SO-DIMM Memory Types
All SO-DIMM memory modules installed in the system
should be identical (the same size and brand) in order
to prevent unexpected system behavior.
Don’t mix SO-DIMM memory module sizes and
brands in order to prevent system problems.
Two M.2 2280 SSDs with SATA Interface
(RAID 0/1) - (Factory Option)
OR
One M,2 2280 SSD, PCIe Gen 3*4
Interface - (Factory Option)
Audio
High Definition Audio Interface
S/PDIF Digital Output
Built-In Array Microphone
Two Built-In 2W Speakers
Sound Blaster® X-FI® MB5
See over
D - 2 Specifications
Specifications
External 5.1CH Audio Output (supported
by 2-in-1 Audio, Microphone, & Line-Out
Jacks)
For Design I Series:
ESS™ SABRE HiFi DAC 3D for High
Resolution Headphone Audio
For Design II Series:
ANSP™ 3D Sound Technology on
Headphone Output
For Model B Computers Only:
One Built-In Subwoofer Speaker
Keyboard & Pointing Device
Built-in Touchpad with Microsoft PTP
Multi-Gesture and Scrolling Functionality
WASD Gaming Keys
Full Size Illuminated Full Color OR
Illuminated White LED Keyboard with
Numeric Pad
Interface
Two USB 3.1 Gen 2 Ports (Type C)
Three USB 3.0 Ports (USB 3.1 Gen 1,
including 1 AC/DC Powered USB Port)
Two Mini DisplayPorts 1.3
One HDMI-Out (High-Definition
Multimedia Interface) Port (with HDCP)
One 2-in-1 Audio Jack
(Headphone / S/PIDF optical output)
One Microphone-In Jack
One Line-Out Jack
One RJ-45 LAN Jack
One DC-In Jack
Card Reader
Embedded Multi-In-1 Card Reader
- MMC/ RS MMC
- SD/ Mini SD / SDHC/ SDXC
Note: Some of these cards require
adapters, which are usually supplied with
the cards.
Slot 3 for M.2 2280 SSD (Solid State
Drive) Card with SATA Interface (M Key)
OR
For Model A Design II Computers Only:
Slot 3 for M.2 3042 LTE/UTMS/HSPA+
3G or 4G Module with USB Interface (B
Key)
Note: LTE or 802.11AD Antenna is a
Factory Option (Qualcomm® WLAN AC/
AD & 3G/4G Modules cannot coexist in
the same system)
For Model A Design I Computers Only:
Slot 4 for M.2 3042 LTE/UTMS/HSPA+
3G or 4G Module with USB Interface (B
Key)
(Note: LTE or 802.11AD Antenna Factory Option)
Card Slots
Four (Model A Design I) OR Three
(Model A Design II & Model B Series)
M.2 Card Slots:
Slot 1 for M.2 2230 WLAN Combo Module
with PCIe*2 & USB Interfaces (A Key)

M.2 SSD Limitation for Model A
Design II
When slot 3 has an M.2 SATA SSD installed,
then slot 2 will not be available for M.2 PCIe
SSDs.
Slot 2 for M.2 2280 SSD (Solid State
Drive) Card with SATA / PCIe Gen 3*4
Interface (M Key)
Specifications D - 3
D
Specifications
Communication
Built-In 10/100/1000Mb Base-TX
Ethernet LAN
2.0M FHD PC Video Camera Module
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
(2*2 802.11 a/c) M.2 WLAN + Bluetooth
Combo M.2 2230 Module (Factory Option)
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-N 7265 (2*2
802.11 b/g/n) M.2 WLAN + Bluetooth Combo M.2 2230 Module (Factory Option)
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 (1*1
802.11 ac) WLAN + Bluetooth Combo M.2
2230 Module (Factory Option)
D
Qualcomm® Atheros Killer™ WirelessAC 1535 Dual Band (2*2 802.11 ac)
WLAN + Bluetooth 4.1 Combo M.2 2230
Module (Factory Option)
===============================
For Model A Computers Only:
Qualcomm® Wireless LAN AC/AD +
Bluetooth 4.1 +LE Combo M.2 2230 Card
Module (Factory Option)
D - 4 Specifications
3G UTMS/HSPA+ M.2 3042 Card Module
(Factory Option)
OR
4G LTE M.2 3042 Card Module (Factory
Option)
Indicators
*Note that UMTS modes CAN NOT be used in
North America
BIOS
Power & Battery
64Mb SPI Flash ROM
AMI BIOS
Embedded 4 Cell Polymer Battery Pack
60WH
Operating System
For Design I Series:
Full Range AC/DC Adapter - AC in 100 240V, 50 - 60Hz DC Output 19.5V, 11.8A
(230 Watts)
For Design II Series:
Full Range AC/DC Adapter - AC in 100 240V, 50 - 60Hz DC Output 19V, 10.5A
(200 Watts)
LED Indicators - Power/Suspend, Battery,
HDD, Airplane Mode, GPU Mode, Num
Lock, Caps Lock, Scroll Lock, Camera
Windows® 10 (64-bit)
Security
Security (Kensington® Type) Lock Slot
BIOS Password
Fingerprint Reader Module (Factory Option)
Trusted Platform Module 2.0 (Factory
Option)
Intel® PTT for Systems w/o TPM Hardware
Power Management
Features
Supports Wake on LAN (AC Mode Only)
Supports Wake on USB
Supports Wake on RTC Alarm (AC Mode
Only)
All Alloy Style
Painted Style
Shipping Mode
FlexiCharger
Specifications
Virtual Reality Ready
NVIDIA® G-Sync™ Technology in
Discrete Graphics Mode (NVIDIA® GSYNC™ Technology is supported by
some LCD panels and GTX series
video adapters only)
------------------------------------------------------These features apply to some individual model
designs within this series (check with your distributor/
supplier for details)
Environmental Spec
Temperature
Operating:
Non-Operating:
Relative Humidity
Operating:
Non-Operating:
5°C - 35°C
-20°C - 60°C
For Model A Design II:
385mm(w) * 271mm(d) * 25.8mm(h)
2.5kg *Barebone System with 60WH
Battery
OR (Design Style Dependant)
385mm(w) * 271mm(d) * 27.9mm(h)
2.5kg *Barebone System with 60WH
Battery
For Model B:
417mm(w) * 287mm(d) * 29.98mm(h)
3.2kg *Barebone System with 60WH
Battery
*A barebone system does not include the CPU,
20% - 80%
10% - 90%
HDD, RAM, adapter, power cord, MXM VGA card
and factory option modules (weight tolerance
within +/- 5%).
Dimensions & Weight
For Model A Design I:
385mm(w) * 271mm(d) * 28.8mm(h)
2.65kg *Barebone System with 60WH
Battery
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