Acer Aspire P3-131, Aspire P3-171 Quick start guide
Acer Aspire P3
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Acer Aspire P3
This revision: 29 March 2013
Date of purchase:
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First things first
We would like to thank you for making an Acer notebook your choice for meeting your mobile computing needs.
To help you use your Acer notebook, we have designed a set of guides:
First off, the Setup Poster helps you get started with setting up your computer.
The Quick Guide introduces you to the basic features and functions of your new computer.
For more on how your computer can help you to be more productive, please refer to the User’s Manual. The User’s Manual contains useful information applying to your new computer. It covers basic topics such as using the keyboard and audio, etc.
This guide contains detailed information on such subjects as system utilities, data recovery, expansion options and troubleshooting. In addition it contains warranty information and the general regulations and safety notices for your notebook.
Follow these steps to access it:
1 Type ‘User’ from Start.
2 Click on Acer User’s Manual.
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After setting up your device as illustrated in the setup poster, let us show you around your new Acer computer.
You can enter information into you new computer via the touchscreen.
Your device has two components: the computer and the keyboard cover. The following set of images will show you both of these. The views are labeled as if you are holding the computer with the screen towards you and the camera at the top.
Camera indicator light
Lights up when camera is active.
Web camera for video communication.
Press once to open the Start menu.
Web camera for video communication.
Camera indicator light Lights up when camera is active.
Ventilation and cooling fan
Allows the computer to stay cool.
Do not cover or obstruct the openings.
Note: Display orientation may be fixed when apps designed for a specific orientation are running. These include games and other full-screen apps.
When making video calls, you should always hold the computer in landscape orientation.
Delivers stereo audio output.
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Microphone micro HDMI port
3 USB 3.0 port
Internal microphone for sound recording.
Supports high-definition digital video connections.
Connects to USB devices.
A USB 3.0 port can be distinguished by its blue connector (see below).
Connects to an AC adapter.
Insert a paperclip into the hole and press for four seconds to reset the computer
(simulates removing and reinstalling the battery).
Connects to audio devices
(e.g., speakers, headphones) or a headset with microphone.
Press to turn the computer on; press again to place the computer in Sleep mode. Press and hold to turn the computer off.
Indicates the computer's battery status. See table below.
Press to increase or decrease volume.
Information on USB 3.0
• Compatible with USB 3.0 and earlier USB devices.
• For optimal performance, use USB 3.0-certified devices.
• Defined by the USB 3.0 (SuperSpeed USB) specification.
The computer is fully charged and plugged in.
The computer is fully charged and running on battery power.
After pressing the power button, the blue LED stays lit for a few seconds before turning off.
The computer is charging and plugged in.
The computer is not fully charged and running on battery power.
After pressing the power button, the amber LED stays lit for a few seconds before turning off.
The battery is critically low or abnormal battery situation.
The computer is off.
• Operating: 5 °C to 35 °C
• Non-operating: -20 °C to 65 °C
• Humidity (non-condensing):
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• Operating: 20% to 80%
• Non-operating: 20% to 80%
The following section describes the bundled keyboard cover.
Keyboard front view
Indicates the keyboard’s battery status (see table below).
Turns the keyboard on and off.
Use the provided USB charging cable to charge the keyboard’s embedded battery.
Indicates the keyboard’s function status
(see table below).
For entering data into your computer.
Orange (blinking slowly)
Orange (blinking quickly)
The keyboard is plugged in and fully charged.
The keyboard is plugged in and charging.
The keyboard is not plugged in and the battery is low.
The keyboard is not plugged in and the battery is critically low or there is an abnormal state.
The keyboard is in pairing mode (the function LED also blinks).
The LED turns solid blue for five seconds after turning the keyboard on.
The LED blinks after turning the keyboard off.
The keyboard is in pairing mode (the battery LED also blinks).
The computer employs hotkeys or key combinations to access most of the computer's controls like settings and volume output. To activate hotkeys, press and hold the <Fn> key before pressing the other key in the hotkey combination.
Inserting the computer into the keyboard cover
Note: Always use caution when using and transporting the keyboard cover. Acer recommends using two hands when holding the keyboard case.
1. Place the holder into the keyboard's channel to put the holder in position.
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2. Place the bottom part of the computer into the holder's bottom section. To avoid possible scratching and damage, do not insert the computer into the top section first.
3. Lean the tablet back into the holder and press the tablet's top edges to ensure the holder’s tabs secure it in place.The computer is now secure in the keyboard cover.
Note: To avoid possible damage, do not carry the holder with the computer facing outside.
Removing the computer from the keyboard cover
1. Press the holder’s tabs located on the top of the holder.
2. Pull the computer away from the holder.
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Using the keyboard
Your Bluetooth keyboard comes pre-paired with the P3. You only need to turn on the keyboard and the P3 Bluetooth function by doing the following:
1. Tap the Settings charm > Change PC settings > Wireless.
2. Under Wireless devices, ensure the Bluetooth switch is set to On.
3. Press and hold the keyboard's Power button until the function LED comes on (the function LED will turn on for 5 seconds and then turn off).
4. To turn off the keyboard, press and hold the keyboard's Power button until the function LED blinks. Release the Power button.
Note: To save power, turn the keyboard off when not in use.
Pairing with the P3
If your Bluetooth keyboard loses connection with the P3, you will need to pair again. After the pairing process is complete, you're able to turn your keyboard off and on again without having to pair again.
1. Tap the Settings charm > Change PC settings > Devices
2. Tap the Acer Aspire P3 Bluetooth Keyboard option and then tap the minus sign to the right to remove the device (it may take a moment for the keyboard to be removed from the device list.)
3. Press and hold the Power button until both the battery and the function
LEDs blink repeatedly. Release the Power button. The keyboard is now in pairing mode.
Note: The keyboard stays in pairing mode for three minutes.
4. Tap Add a device. The P3 searches for any available Bluetooth devices to pair with.
5. Once it finds the Acer Aspire P3 Bluetooth Keyboard, tap it.
6. The screen now displays a six-digit passcode. Using the keyboard, enter the passcode and press Enter.
Note: The passcode is only valid for one minute. If the passcode disappears or if you enter a wrong passcode, repeat the steps above to pair.
7. Once pairing is complete, the function LED will stop blinking.
Charging the keyboard
The keyboard cover comes with an embedded battery and a USB charging cable. The cable's large end connects to the tablet's USB port and the small end connects to the keyboard's micro USB port. When the battery LED quickly blinks orange, the keyboard's battery is critically low and needs to be charged.
Keep the keyboard connected until the Battery LED is blue. You can still use the keyboard as normal while it is charging.
NOTE: The tablet must be on for the keyboard to charge.
Q: My keyboard doesn't do anything when I press the keys.
A: There could be several reasons for this. Check the following:
1. The keyboard may be turned off. Press and hold the keyboard's Power
button until the function LED comes on (the function LED will turn on for 5 seconds and then turn off). If the function LED blinks, you have turned off the keyboard. Press and hold the keyboard's Power button again until the function LED comes on.
2. The keyboard may be out of charge. Follow the instructions in the "Charging your tablet" section.
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