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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    ...18 Battery pack Cleaning and servicing ...18 Battery pack characteristics...Your Acer notebook tour 19 Charging the battery ...Screen view... computer...Preparing the computer ...Recovery 34 What to take with you ...Acer eRecovery Management...34 Special considerations...Creating recovery...
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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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    ...future reference. Follow all warnings and instructions marked on the product. Turning the product off ... the power supply unit from the computer. If the system has multiple sources of power, disconnect power from the system by unplugging all power cords from the power supplies. Using electrical power ...
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    ... by plugging in too many devices. The overall system load must not exceed 80%... devices that may interfere with the performance of this product. ­ The system can be powered using a wide range ...220 to 240 V AC. The power cord included with the system meets the requirements for use in the country/region...
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    ..., stand or table. If the product falls, it could be seriously damaged. ­ Slots and openings are provided for ventilation to ensure reliable operation of the product and to protect it from overheating. These openings must not be blocked or covered. The openings should never be blocked by placing the...
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    ... change in performance, indicating a need for service. ­ The product does not operate normally after following the operating instructions. ­ Note: Adjust only those controls that are covered by the operating instructions, since improper adjustment of other controls may result in ...
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    ... eventually wear out. When the operation time becomes noticeably shorter than normal, refer to qualified service personnel. Use only the approved batteries, and ... could affect performance. ­ Note: Please refer to www.acer.com for battery shipping documents. Warning! Batteries may ...
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    ... stored on them may be erased. MEDICAL DEVICES Operation of any radio transmitting equipment, including ... affect improperly installed or inadequately shielded electronic systems in motor vehicles such as electronic fuel ...-skid (anti-lock) braking systems, electronic speed control systems, and air bag ...
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    .... The use of wireless teledevices in an aircraft may be dangerous to the operation of the aircraft, disrupt the wireless telephone network, and may... storage, and distribution areas; chemical plants; or where blasting operations are in progress. Areas with a potentially explosive atmosphere are often,...
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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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    ... your new computer. For more on how your computer can help you to be more productive, please refer to the Aspire User's Manual. This guide contains detailed information on such subjects as system utilities, data recovery, expansion options and troubleshooting. ...
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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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    ... 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.... been dropped or the body has been damaged; • The computer does not operate normally Please refer to "Frequently asked questions" on page 70. 18...
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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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    .... When Num Lock is on, the embedded keypad is in numeric Num Lock + mode. The keys function as a calculator (complete with the arithmetic operators +, -, *, and /). Use this mode when you need to do a lot of numeric data entry. A better solution would be to connect an external keypad. ...
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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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    ... 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 by using Windows Flip 3-D < > + : ...
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    ... Y Acer eRecovery Management Note: Acer eRecovery Management is only available with a preinstalled Windows operating system. If your computer ... System to Factory Defaults • Restore Operating System and Retain User Data • Reinstall Drivers or Applications This chapter will guide you through each ...
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    ... you must first set the password. The password is set by launching Acer eRecovery Management and clicking Settings. Creating recovery...will be guided by on-screen instructions. Please read them carefully! 1. Click on Start > All Programs > Acer, then click on Acer eRecovery Management. Recovery - 35
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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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    ... are required, insert a new disc when prompted, then click OK. 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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    ...preinstalled, see that product's documentation or technical support Web site. 2. Revert to a previous system condition. If reinstalling software or drivers does not help, then the problem may be solved by returning your system to a previous state when everything was...
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    ... pre-installed software and drivers: 1. Click on Start > All Programs > Acer, then click on... eRecovery Management. Acer eRecovery Management opens. - OR If you are recovering from your driver and ... Restore tab, then click Reinstall Drivers or Applications. The Acer Application Recovery main menu opens...
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    ...system condition Microsoft System Restore periodically takes 'snapshots' of your system settings and saves them as restore points. In ... hard-toresolve software problems, you can return to one of these restore points to get your system running again. Windows automatically creates an additional restore...
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    ... click Start, then click Help and Support. Type windows system restore in the Search Help box,...your computer. Returning your system to its factory condition If your computer experiences problems that are not recoverable ... and all software and drivers that were pre-installed on your system. If you can ...
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    ... all pre-installed software and drivers: 1. Click on Start > All Programs > Acer, then click on Acer eRecovery Management. Acer eRecovery Management opens. 2. Click on the Restore tab, then Restore system to ... drive. This process may take a while, but a Acer Recovery Management screen shows you its ...
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    ... To reinstall Windows and all pre-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 factory default. Caution: Continuing the process will erase all ...
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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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    ... GEMENT This computer has a built-in power management unit that monitors system activity. System activity refers to any activity involving one or more of ... 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 ...
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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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    ...adapter. Your computer supports charge-in-use, enabling you to recharge the battery while you continue to operate the computer. However, recharging with the computer turned off results ...to a mains power outlet. You can continue to operate your computer on AC power while your battery ...
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    ... 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 the battery until the battery-low warning appears. 5. Reconnect the AC adapter and fully charge the battery...
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    ... battery has a life span of more than 1,000 charges. Optimizing battery life Optimizing battery life helps you get the most out of battery operation, prolonging the charge/recharge cycle and improving recharging efficiency. You are advised to follow the suggestions set out below: • Use AC power ...
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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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    ...are appropriate for the country to which you are traveling. • Additional printer driver files if you plan to use another printer. • ...the modem, check if the modem and connector are compatible with the telecommunications system of the country you are traveling in. 60 - Traveling with your computer
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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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    ... 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 ... If you fail to enter the password correctly after three tries, the system halts. Press and hold the power button for four seconds to...
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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 networks ...
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    ... are benefits of a wireless network? Mobility Wireless LAN systems allow you and other users of ... speed and simplicity Installing a wireless LAN system can be fast and easy and eliminates ...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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    ... it and press + + to restart the system. • Do you have a USB storage device (...it and press + + to restart the system. Nothing appears on the screen. The computer's power management system automatically blanks the screen to save power. Press any key to turn the ...
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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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    ... settings without recovery CDs. Note: If your system is the multilingual version, the operating system and language you choose when you first ... option. Before performing 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 ...
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    ... POST. To start the recovery process: 1. Restart the system. 2. While the Acer logo is showing, press +
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    Before you call Please have the following information available when you call Acer for online service, and please be at your computer when you call. With your support, we can reduce the amount of time a call takes and help solve your problems efficiently. If ...
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    Troubleshooting This chapter shows you how to deal with common system problems. Read it before calling a technician if a problem occurs. ... that delivers onscreen error message reports to help you solve problems. If the system reports an error message or an error symptom occurs, see "...
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    ... messages Disk boot failure Corrective action Insert a system (bootable) disk, then press to... parity error Contact your dealer or an authorized service center. Keyboard error or no Contact your ... utility to reboot. If you still encounter problems after going through the corrective measures, ...
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    ... E T Y NOTICES FCC STATEMENT This device has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device pursuant...etc.) certified to comply with the Class B limits may be attached to this equipment. Operation with non-certified peripherals is likely to result in interference to radio...
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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...
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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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    ...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 ...



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