Acer Aspire M5-481PT User Manual

Acer Aspire M5-481PT Manual

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    Aspire Series User's Manual
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    © 2012 All Rights Reserved. Aspire Series User's Manual Original Issue: 05/2012 Model number: Serial number: Date of purchase: Place of purchase:
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    ... things first 16 Shared files ...Your guides ...16 Which devices are compatible?...Basic ... pack Cleaning and servicing ...18 Battery pack characteristics...Your Acer notebook tour 19...Preparing the computer ...Recovery 34 What to take with you ...Acer eRecovery Management...34 Special considerations......
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    ... recovery ...69 Connecting to the Internet ...64 Setting passwords...69 Acer Instant Connect ...64 Frequently asked questions 70 Wireless networks ...64 Requesting service ...73 Troubleshooting ...75 Troubleshooting tips ...75 Error messages ...75 Built-in network feature ...63 ...
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    ...F E T Y AND COMFORT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS Read these instructions carefully. Keep this document for future reference. Follow all warnings and instructions marked on the product. Turning the product off before cleaning Unplug this product from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not use liquid cleaners...
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    ... more information on power cord requirements, contact an authorized reseller or service provider. Protecting your hearing ­ Warning: Permanent hearing loss ... prolonged periods of time. To protect your hearing, follow these instructions. ­ Increase the volume gradually until you can hear clearly and...
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    ­ Do not increase the volume to block out noisy surroundings. ­ Decrease the volume if you can't hear people speaking near you. Bundled dummy cards ­ Note: Information in this section may not apply to your computer. Your computer shipped with plastic dummies installed in the card slots. Dummies ...
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    Product servicing Do not attempt to service this product yourself, as opening or removing covers may expose you to .... ­ The product exhibits a distinct change in performance, indicating a need for service. ­ The product does not operate normally after following the operating instructions. ­ Note: ...
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    ...the operation time becomes noticeably shorter than normal, refer to qualified service personnel. Use only the approved batteries, and recharge your ...the battery, which could affect performance. ­ Note: Please refer to www.acer.com for battery shipping documents. Warning! Batteries may explode if not...
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    ... is available. Ensure that the above separation distance instructions are followed until the transmission is completed. Parts of... when any regulations posted in these areas instruct you to do so. Hospitals or health ...aids. If interference occurs, consult your service provider. VEHICLES RF signals may ...
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    ... been added. Only qualified personnel should service the device, or install the device in a vehicle. Faulty ... atmosphere and obey all signs and instructions. Potentially explosive atmospheres include areas ... points such as near gas pumps at service stations. Observe restrictions on the use of radio ...
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    ...from Electrical and Electronics Equipment (WEEE) regulations, visit www.acer-group.com/ public/Sustainability/sustainability01.htm ENERGY STAR ...efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Acer is committed to offering products and services worldwide that help customers save...
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    ­ wake from "Sleep" mode if the keyboard is pressed or mouse is moved. ­ save more than 80% energy when in "Sleep" mode. ENERGY STAR and the ENERGY STAR mark are registered U.S. marks. TIPS AND INFORMATION FOR COMFORTABLE USE Computer users may complain of eyestrain and headaches after prolonged ...
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    ... readability and graphics clarity. ­ Eliminate glare and reflections by: placing your display in such a way that the side faces the window or any light source, minimizing room light by using drapes, shades or blinds, using a task light, changing the display's viewing angle, 14 - Safety and comfort
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    using a glare-reduction filter, using a display visor, such as a piece of cardboard extended from the display's top front edge. ­ Avoid adjusting your display to an awkward viewing angle. ­ Avoid looking at bright light sources for extended periods of time. Developing good work habits The ...
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    ... We would like to thank you for making an Acer notebook your choice for meeting your ... you to be more productive, please refer to the Aspire User's Manual. This guide contains detailed information ..., data recovery, expansion options and troubleshooting. In addition it contains general regulations and ...
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    • Use the Windows shutdown command: click Start then Click Shut Down. • Use the power button. • You can also put the computer in Sleep mode by pressing the Sleep hotkey + . Note: If you cannot power off the computer normally, press and hold the power button for more than four seconds...
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    ... an extension cord. Also, the total current rating of all equipment plugged into a single wall outlet should not exceed the fuse rating. Cleaning and servicing When cleaning the computer, follow these steps: 1. Turn off the computer. 2. Disconnect the AC adapter. 3. Use a soft, moist cloth. Do not ...
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    Y OUR A CER NOTEBOOK TOU R After setting up your computer as illustrated in the setup poster, let us show you around your new Acer computer. Aspire Series Your Acer notebook tour - 19
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    Screen view # 1 2 3 4 Icon Item Webcam Screen Microphone Power button Description Web camera for video communication. Displays computer output. Internal microphone for sound recording. Turns the computer on and off. 20 - Your Acer notebook tour
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    # 5 Icon Item Power indicator Battery indicator Description Indicates the computer's power status. Indicates battery status. Charging: The light is amber when the battery is charging. Fully charged: The light is blue. Your Acer notebook tour - 21
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    ... ventilation intakes for cooling. Touch-sensitive pointing device. • The touchpad and selection buttons form a single surface. Press down firmly on the touchpad surface to perform a left click. Press down firmly on the lower right corner to perform a right click. 22 - Your Acer notebook tour
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    ...-off charging compatible, if it is blue it is also USB 3.0 compatible (see below). HDMI port Supports high-definition digital video connections. Ethernet (RJ-45) port Connects to an Ethernet 10/100/ 1000-based network. Your Acer notebook tour - 23
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    ... • Compatible with USB 3.0 and earlier devices. • For optimal performance, use USB 3.0-certified devices. • Defined by the USB 3.0 specification (SuperSpeed USB). Left view # 1 Icon Item Optical drive Description Internal optical drive; accepts CDs or DVDs. 24 - Your Acer notebook tour
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    ...2-in-1 card reader 2 Headset/speaker jack Description Accepts one Secure Digital (SD or SDHC) card or one MultiMediaCard (MMC). Note: To remove the card, simply pull it from the slot. Connects to audio devices (e.g., speakers, headphones) or a headset with microphone. Your Acer notebook tour - 25
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    ... fan Speakers 3 Description Insert a paperclip into the hole and press for four seconds to reset the computer (simulates removing and reinstalling the battery). Allows the computer to stay cool. • Do not cover or obstruct the openings. Deliver stereo audio output. 26 - Your Acer notebook tour
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    .... This means the cursor responds as you move your finger across the surface of the touchpad. The central location on the palmrest provides optimum comfort and support. Touchpad basics The following items show you how to use the touchpad. • Move your finger across the touchpad to move the cursor. ...
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    Bottom Main touchpad right corner Open Press or tap twice (at the same speed as doubleclicking a mouse button) Select Press once Press or tap once Drag Press and hold, Press or tap twice (at the then use finger same speed as doubleon the clicking a mouse button); touchpad to rest your finger on the...
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    U SING THE KEYBOARD The keyboard has full-sized keys and an embedded numeric keypad, separate cursor, lock, Windows, function and special keys. Lock keys and embedded numeric keypad Note: Information in this section may not apply to your computer. The keyboard has three lock keys which you can ...
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    Desired access Number keys on embedded keypad Cursor-control keys on embedded keypad Main keyboard keys Num Lock on Type numbers in a normal manner. Hold while using cursor-control keys. Hold while typing letters on embedded keypad. Num Lock off Hold while using cursor-control ...
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    Hotkey + Icon Function Display toggle + + + + + Description Switches display output between the display screen, external monitor (if connected) and both. Display off Turns the display screen backlight off to save power. Press any key ...
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    Hotkey Icon Function + Play/Pause + Stop + Previous + Next Description Play or pause a selected media file. Stop playing the selected media file. Return to the previous media file. Jump to the next media file. Windows keys The keyboard has two keys...
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    Key Description R>: Open the Run dialog box > + : Cycle through programs on the taskbar > + : Open Ease of Access Center > + : Open Windows Mobility Center > + : Display System Properties > + : Restore minimized windows < > + : Cycle through programs on the taskbar ...
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    ... system. If your computer experiences problems that are not recoverable by other methods, you ... create a recovery backup as soon as possible. Acer eRecovery Management consists of the following functions:... Retain User Data • Reinstall Drivers or Applications This chapter will guide you through each ...
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    ... Management, you must first set the password. The password is set by launching Acer eRecovery Management and clicking Settings. Creating recovery discs To... set of recovery discs beforehand. Throughout the process, you will be guided by on-screen instructions. Please read them carefully! 1. Click on ...
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    ...'s entire original contents, including Windows and all factory-loaded software and drivers, click Create Factory Default Disc. - OR To create recovery discs for only the factory-loaded software and drivers, click Create Drivers and Applications Backup Disc. Important: We recommend that ...
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    The Create Factory Default Backup dialog box opens. This dialog box tells you the number of blank, recordable discs you will need to complete the recovery discs. Make sure that you have the required number of identical, blank discs ready before continuing. Recovery - 37
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    ... label on each disc, such as 'Windows Recovery Disc 1 of 2' or 'Apps/Drivers Recovery disc'. Make sure you keep the discs ...Continue until the process is complete. Recovering your system If Acer support did not help fix your problem, you can use the Acer Recovery Management program. This will restore...
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    ...of software or hardware have stopped working correctly, the problem may be solved by reinstalling the software or the device ... "Recovering pre-installed software and drivers" on page 40. For instructions on reinstalling software and .... If nothing else has solved the problem and you want to reset your ...
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    ...recovery Recovering pre-installed software and drivers As a troubleshooting step, you may need ...come pre-installed on your computer, follow the instructions provided with the device. To recover your pre-...Restore tab, then click Reinstall Drivers or Applications. The Acer Application Recovery main menu...
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    3. Click on Contents. A list of software and device drivers opens. 4. Click on the install icon for the item you ... restore points. In most cases of hard-toresolve software problems, you can return to one of these restore ... day, and also each time you install software or device drivers. Recovery - 41
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    ..., click Start, then click Help and Support. Type windows system restore in the Search Help box...its factory condition If your computer experiences problems that are not recoverable by other methods, you may ...then reinstalls Windows and all software and drivers that were pre-installed on your system. If...
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    ...within Windows To reinstall Windows and all pre-installed software and drivers: 1. Click on Start > All Programs > Acer, then click on Acer eRecovery Management.... to your hard drive. This process may take a while, but a Acer Recovery Management screen shows you its progress. When ...
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    ...-installed software and drivers: 1. Turn on your computer, then press Alt+F10 during startup. Acer Recovery Management opens. 2. Click on Restore system from ... reinstall Windows and all pre-installed software and drivers: 1. Turn on your computer, insert the first system recovery ...
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    6. Your computer will restart. 3. During startup, press F12 to open the boot menu. The boot menu allows you to select which device to start from, such as the hard drive or an optical disc. 4. Use your arrow keys to select the line CDROM/DVD (this line may start with 'IDE 1...'), then press Enter. ...
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    A CE R CLEAR . FI Note: Only for certain models. With Acer clear.fi, you can enjoy videos, photos and music. Stream media from, or to, other devices with Acer clear.fi installed. Note: All devices must be ... then other devices if any are connected to your network ('Home Shared'). 46 - Acer clear.fi
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    ..., when music is selected, you can play, pause or stop playback, and adjust the volume. Note: You must activate sharing on the device that stores the files. Open clear.fi on the device that stores the files, select Edit then make sure Share my library on local network is active. Acer clear.fi - 47
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    Which devices are compatible? Certified Acer devices with clear.fi or DLNA software can be used with the clear.fi software. These include ... controls in the bar across the bottom of the screen to control the remote device. For more help, go to http://www.acer.com/clearfi/download/. 48 - Acer clear.fi
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    ..., and video memory. If no activity is detected for a period of time, the computer stops some or all of these devices in order to conserve energy. Acer Green Instant On The Acer Green Instant On feature allows your computer to wake up from Sleep mode in less than the time it takes to open the lid. ...
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    Deep Sleep and Sleep mode work together to ensure that your computer saves as much power as possible while still enabling quick, instant on access. To save more power, your computer will typically enter and stay in Deep Sleep during times when it will not be frequently accessed, for example, during...
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    ... technology standards. • Delivers a battery-low warning. The battery is recharged whenever you connect the computer to the AC adapter. Your computer supports charge-in-use, enabling you to recharge the battery while you continue to operate the computer. However, recharging with the computer turned...
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    Conditioning a new battery pack Before you use a battery pack for the first time, there is a conditioning process that you should follow: 1. Connect the AC adapter and fully charge the battery. 2. Disconnect the AC adapter. 3. Turn on the computer and operate using battery power. 4. Fully deplete ...
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    • Not discharging and recharging the battery to its extremes, as described above. • Frequent use; the more you use the battery, the faster it will reach the end of its effective life. A standard computer battery has a life span of more than 1,000 charges. Optimizing battery life Optimizing ...
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    Warning: Connect the AC adapter as soon as possible after the battery-low warning appears. Data will be lost if the battery to become fully depleted and the computer shuts down. When the battery-low warning appears, the recommended course of action depends on your situation: Situation The AC ...
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    T RAVELING W I T H YOUR COMPUTER This section gives you tips and hints to consider when moving around or traveling with your computer. Disconnecting from the desktop Follow these steps to disconnect your computer from external accessories: 1. Save any open files. 2. Remove discs from optical drive...
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    Preparing the computer Before moving the computer, close and latch the display cover to place it in Sleep mode. You can now safely take the computer anywhere you go within the building. To bring the computer out of Sleep mode, open the display; then press and release the power button. If you are ...
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    or close the display cover whenever you are not actively using the computer. Taking the computer home When you are moving from your office to your home or vice versa. Preparing the computer After disconnecting the computer from your desktop, follow these steps to prepare the computer for the...
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    Special considerations Follow these guidelines to protect your computer while traveling to and from work: • Minimize the effects of temperature changes by keeping the computer with you. • If you need to stop for an extended period of time and cannot carry the computer with you, leave the ...
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    ... on your computer when carrying it into the gate area. What to take with you Take the following items with you: • AC adapter. • Additional printer driver files if you plan to use another printer. Special considerations In addition to the guidelines for taking the computer home, follow these ...
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    ... you Bring the following items with you: • AC adapter. • Power cords that are appropriate for the country to which you are traveling. • Additional printer driver files if you plan to use another printer. • Proof of purchase, in case you need to show it to customs officials. • International...
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    S ECURING YOUR C O M P U T E R Your computer is a valuable investment that you need to take care of. Learn how to protect and take care of your computer. Security features include hardware and software locks - a security notch and passwords. Using a computer security lock The computer comes with a...
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    ... maximum security. Important! Do not forget your Supervisor Password! If you forget your password, please get in touch with your dealer or an authorized service center. Entering passwords When a password is set, a password prompt appears in the center of the display screen. • When the Supervisor ...
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    C ONNECTING TO A NETWORK Built-in network feature The built-in network feature allows you to connect your computer to an Ethernet-based network. To use the network feature, connect an Ethernet cable from the Ethernet (RJ-45) port on the chassis of the computer to a network jack or hub on your ...
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    .../Bluetooth connection. Click Off to disable. Otherwise, open Internet Explorer and follow the instructions. Please refer to your ISP or router documentation. Acer Instant Connect Instant Connect ensures a faster connection to any of the ...
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    ...high speed DSL internet connection. The ISP (Internet Service Provider) you have chosen normally supplies a modem/ router with the subscription to their services. Read carefully the documentation supplied with your Access point/router for detailed setup instructions. Wireless networks - 65
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    HDMI HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is an industry-supported, uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface. HDMI provides an interface between any compatible digital audio/video source, such as a set-top box, DVD player, and A/V receiver and a compatible digital audio and/or video ...
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    U NIVERSAL S ERIAL B U S (USB) The USB port is a high-speed serial bus which allows you to connect USB peripherals without taking up system resources. Universal Serial Bus (USB) - 67
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    P L A Y I NG DVD MOVIES When the DVD drive module is installed in the optical drive bay, you can play DVD movies on your computer. 1. Insert a DVD. 2. The DVD movie will automatically play after a few seconds. Important! When you launch the DVD player for the first time, the program asks you to ...
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    ...'s BIOS. Your computer is already properly configured and optimized, and you do not need to run this utility. However, if you encounter configuration problems, you may need to run it. To activate the BIOS utility, press during the POST while the computer logo is being displayed. Boot sequence ...
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    F REQUENTLY A SK E D QUESTIONS The following is a list of possible situations that may arise during the use of your computer. Easy solutions are provided for each one. I turned on the power, but the computer does not start or boot up. Look at the power indicator: • If it is not lit, no power is ...
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    If pressing a key does not turn the display back on, three things might be the cause: • The brightness level might be too low. Press + < > (increase) to adjust the brightness level. • The display device might be set to an external monitor. Press the display toggle hotkey + to ...
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    ... a USB port on the computer. If it works, contact your dealer or an authorized service center as the internal keyboard cable may be loose. The printer does not ... a restore operation, please check the BIOS settings. 1. Check to see if Acer disk-to-disk recovery is enabled or not. 2. Make sure the D2D ...
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    ... the recovery process: 1. Restart the system. 2. While the Acer logo is showing, press + ... to enter the recovery process. 3. Refer to the onscreen instructions to perform system recovery. Important! This feature ... are traveling in does not have an Acer-authorized ITW service site, you can ...
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    ... have the following information available when you call Acer for online service, and please be at your computer when you call. With your support, we can reduce the amount of time a call takes and help solve your problems efficiently. If there are error messages or beeps reported ...
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    Troubleshooting This chapter shows you how to deal with common system problems. Read it before calling a... resolved, contact your dealer. See "Requesting service" on page 73. Error messages If ...Corrective action Contact your dealer or an authorized service center. Contact your dealer or an authorized ...
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    ...I/O parity error Contact your dealer or an authorized service center. Keyboard error or no Contact your ... Keyboard interface Contact your dealer or an authorized service error center. Memory size Press
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    ...a residential installation. This device generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular ...
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    Caution: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer could void the user's authority, which is granted by the Federal Communications Commission, to operate this computer. NOTICE FOR CANADA This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003. Remarque
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    Declaration of Conformity for EU countries Hereby, Acer, declares that this computer is in compliance with the essential requirements and other relevant provisions of Directive 1999/5/EC. Wireless operation channels for different domains N. America Japan Europe ETSI 2.412-2.462 GHz 2.412-2.484 GHz ...
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    Departments in which the use of the 2400 - 2483.5 MHz band is permitted with an EIRP of less than 100 mW indoors and less than 10 mW outdoors: 01 Ain Orientales 02 Aisne 03 Allier 05 Hautes Alpes 08 Ardennes 09 Ariege 11 Aude 12 Aveyron 16 Charente 24 Dordogne 25 Doubs 26 Drome 32 Gers 36 Indre 37 ...
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    List of national codes This equipment may be operated in the following countries: Country ISO 3166 Country 2 letter code Austria Belgium Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Ireland Italy Latvia Lithuania Luxembourg AT BE CY CZ DK EE FI FR DE GR HU IE IT LV LT...
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    ... Canadian ICES-003, Issue 4, and RSS-210, No 4 (Dec 2000) and No 5 (Nov 2001). "To prevent radio interference to the licensed service, this device is intended to be operated indoors and away from windows to provide maximum shielding. Equipment (or its transmit antenna) that is installed outdoors is ...



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