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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...20 Optimizing ......Preparing the computer ...Recovery 34 What to take with you ...Acer eRecovery Management...34 Special considerations...Creating ...
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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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... this product from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not use liquid cleaners or aerosol cleaners. Use a ... of power indicated on the marking label. If you are not sure of the type of power available, consult your dealer or local power company. Do not allow anything to rest on the power cord. Do ...
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...too many devices. The overall system load must not exceed 80% of the branch circuit rating. If power strips are used, the load should not exceed 80% of the power strip's input rating....grounding pin is a safety feature. Using a power outlet that is not properly grounded may result in electric shock ...
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...dummy cards Note: Information in this section may not apply to your computer. Your computer ...and to protect it from overheating. These openings must not be blocked or covered. The openings should never ... of internal components and to prevent battery leakage, do not place the product on a vibrating ...
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... in performance, indicating a need for service. The product does not operate normally after following the operating instructions. Note: Adjust only those ... This computer uses a Lithium-ion or Lithium-polymer battery. Do not use it in a humid, wet or corrosive environment. Do ...
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...°C and 25°C (59°F and 77°F). A device with a hot or cold battery may not work temporarily, even when the battery is ... from the battery, which could affect performance. Note: Please refer to www.acer.com for battery shipping documents. Warning! Batteries may explode if not handled properly. Do ...
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...the device, and persons with hearing aids should not hold the device to the ear with the hearing aid. Do not place credit cards or other magnetic storage media near the device, ...device more than 15.3 centimeters (6 inches) from the pacemaker Not carry the device near your pacemaker when...
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... air bags inflate with great force. Do not place objects, including installed or portable wireless ... Areas with a potentially explosive atmosphere are often, but not always, clearly marked. They include below... such as grain, dust or metal powders. Do not switch the computer on when wireless phone use ...
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... efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Acer is committed to offering products and services worldwide that help customers save .... Note: Information in this section may not apply to your computer. Acer ENERGY STAR qualified products: produce less heat and reduce ...
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... and headaches after prolonged use. Users are also at risk of physical injury after long hours of working in front of a computer. Long work periods, bad posture, poor work habits, stress, inadequate working conditions, personal health and other factors greatly increase the ...
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... strain. Taking care of your vision Long viewing hours, wearing incorrect glasses or contact lenses, glare, excessive room lighting, poorly focused screens, very small typefaces and low-contrast displays could stress your eyes. The following sections provide suggestions on how to reduce eyestrain. ...
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...as often as possible. Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy body. Warning! We do not recommend using the computer on a couch or bed. If this is unavoidable, work for only short periods, take breaks regularly, and do some stretching exercises. ...
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... your mobile computing needs.
To help you use your Acer notebook, we have ... help you to be more productive, please refer to the Aspire User's Manual. This guide contains detailed information on ... your computer desktop; simply double-click the Acer User's Manual icon.
Basic care and tips ...
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...0º C (32º F) or above 50º C (122º F). • Do not subject the computer to magnetic fields. • Do not expose the computer to rain or moisture. • Do not spill water or any liquid on the computer.... the computer to heavy shock or vibration. • Do not expose the computer to dust or dirt. • Never ...
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... total ampere ratings of the equipment plugged in should not exceed the ampere rating of the cord if you ... wall outlet should not exceed the fuse rating.
Cleaning and servicing
When cleaning the computer, ... body has been damaged; • The computer does not operate normally Please refer to "Frequently ...
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Description For entering data into your computer. Caution: Do not use a keyboard protector or similar cover as the keyboard includes ventilation intakes ... Press down firmly on the lower right corner to perform a right click.
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Description Allows the computer to stay cool. • Do not cover or obstruct the openings. Connects to an AC adapter....also USB 3.0 compatible (see below). HDMI port Supports high-definition digital video connections. ... Connects to an Ethernet 10/100/ 1000-based network.
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... devices. • Defined by the USB 3.0 specification (SuperSpeed USB).
Item Optical drive
Description Internal optical drive; accepts CDs or DVDs.
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...2-in-1 card reader
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.
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... 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.
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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.
The following items show you how to use the touchpad. • Move your finger across the touchpad to move the cursor. ...
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... Note: When using the touchpad, keep it - and your fingers - dry and clean. The touchpad is sensitive to finger movement; hence, the lighter the touch, the better the response. Tapping harder will not increase the touchpad's responsiveness.
Bottom left corner Quickly press twice
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... numeric keypad
Note: Information in this section may not apply to your computer. The keyboard has three ... arrow keys respectively. Scroll Lock does not work with some applications. The embedded numeric ... keyboard legend, cursor-control key symbols are not printed on the keys.
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...-control keys. Type the letters in a normal manner.
The computer employs hotkeys or key combinations to access most of the computer's controls like screen brightness and volume output. To activate hotkeys, press and hold the key before pressing the other key in the hotkey combination. ...
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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 ...off (only for certain models). Increases the screen brightness. Decreases the screen brightness. Increases the sound ...
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Hotkey Icon Function + Play/Pause + Stop + Previous + Next
Description Play or pause a selected media file. Stop playing... computer (if connected to a domain), or switch users (if not connected to a domain) <
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> + ...
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...Tab>: Use the arrow keys to cycle through open programs using Windows Flip 3-D This key has the same effect as clicking the right mouse button; it opens the application's context menu.
Note: Depending on your edition of Windows, some shortcuts may not function as described.
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R ECOVER Y
Acer eRecovery Management
Note: Acer eRecovery Management is only available with a preinstalled Windows operating system. If your computer ... when needed, you should create a recovery backup as soon as possible. Acer eRecovery Management consists of the following functions: 1. Backup: • ...
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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.
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2. To create recovery discs for the hard drive'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 ...
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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.
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... 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 your computer to the
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.... If only one or two items of software or hardware have stopped working correctly..." on page 40. For instructions on reinstalling software and drivers that were not preinstalled, see... system to a previous state when everything was working correctly. For instructions, see "Returning to a previous system...
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...on Acer eRecovery Management. Acer eRecovery Management opens. - OR If you are recovering from your driver and ...the disc drive, then go to Step 3 after the Acer Application Recovery main menu opens. 2.... tab, then click Reinstall Drivers or Applications. The Acer Application Recovery main menu opens.
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... the install icon for the item you want to install, then follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation. Repeat this step for each item you want ... and saves them as restore points. In most cases of hard-toresolve software problems, you can return to one of these restore points to get your ...
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... System Restore, click Start, then click Help and Support. Type windows system restore in the Search Help box, then ...your system to its factory condition If your computer experiences problems that are not recoverable by other methods, you may need to reinstall everything to return your system to its ...
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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 ...This process may take a while, but a Acer Recovery Management screen shows you its progress. ...
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...: 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 files on your hard drive. 2. If it is not already enabled, you must enable the F12 Boot Menu: 1. Press F2 ...
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... 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. Windows installs from the recovery disc you inserted. 5. Insert the second recovery disc when prompted, ...
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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').
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... then double-click to start playback. Use the media controls in the bar across the bottom of the screen to control playback. For example, when music is selected, you can play, pause or stop ... stores the files, select Edit then make sure Share my library on local network is active.
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Which devices are compatible?
Certified Acer devices with clear.fi or DLNA software can be used... this list, certain PCs and storage devices will not appear. To add a Windows PC to this list, open...the screen to control the remote device. For more help, go to http://www.acer.com/clearfi/download/.
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... devices in order to conserve energy.
Acer Green Instant On
The Acer Green Instant On feature ... will automatically enter Deep Sleep to preserve battery life. When the computer is in Deep Sleep, the power indicator LED will be turned off. In this state, the battery remains ready to use for many weeks...
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Deep Sleep and Sleep mode work together to ensure that your computer saves as... and stay in Deep Sleep during times when it will not be frequently accessed, for example, during the middle of...during times when it will be accessed more frequently, for example, during working hours.
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... 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,...
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... Connect the AC adapter and fully charge the battery. 2. Disconnect the AC adapter. 3. Turn on the computer ... for a long time. Warning: Do not expose battery packs to temperatures below 0°... this procedure will prevent you from obtaining the maximum battery charge, and will also shorten the effective ...
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... out below: • Use AC power whenever possible, reserving battery for on-the-go use. • Eject a PC Card if it is not being used, as it will continue to draw power (for selected models). • Excessive recharging decreases the battery life. • Look after your AC adapter...
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...the battery to become fully depleted and the computer shuts down. When the battery-low warning appears, the recommended course of action depends on ... the mains power supply. 2. Save all necessary files. 3. Resume work. Turn off the computer if you want to recharge the battery rapidly. The AC adapter ...
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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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... other than your computer. If your meeting will be longer, or if your battery is not fully charged, you may want to bring the AC ...in your computer in the meeting room. If the meeting room does not have an electrical outlet, reduce the drain on the battery by putting the computer in Sleep mode. Press ...
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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 the top cover of the computer. Pressure against the top cover can damage the screen.
What to take with you
Unless you have some items at home, take the ...
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...protect your computer while traveling to and from work: • Minimize the effects of temperature changes by keeping ...computer to return to room temperature, and inspect the screen for condensation before turning on the computer. If... a home office
If you frequently work on your computer at home, you may...
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...Prepare the computer as if you were taking it home. Make sure that the battery in the computer is charged. Airport security may require you to turn on...inspected by hand. Airport security Xray machines are safe, but do not put the computer through a metal detector.
Traveling internationally with the ...
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... the local AC voltage and the AC adapter power cord specifications are compatible. If not, purchase a power cord that is compatible with the local AC voltage. Do not use converter kits sold for appliances to power the computer. • If you are using the ...
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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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...and resume from Hibernation (if available) for 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.
When a password is set, a password prompt appears ...
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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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...high speed DSL internet connection. The ISP (Internet Service Provider) you have chosen normally supplies a modem/ router with the subscription to their services. Read carefully the documentation supplied with your Access point/router for detailed setup instructions.
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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.
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...play after a few seconds. Important! When you launch the DVD player for the first time, the program asks you ... drive is set to a region code, it will only play DVDs for that region. You can set the region code... permanent. Recovering your hard disk does not reset the number of times the region code has...
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... computer's BIOS. Your computer is already properly configured and optimized, and you do not need to run this utility. However, if you encounter configuration problems, you may need to run it. To activate the BIOS utility, press during the ...
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...one. I turned on the power, but the computer does not start or boot up. Look at the power indicator: • If it is not lit, no power is being supplied to the computer. Check the following: • If... the computer. Connect the AC adapter to recharge the battery pack. • Make sure that the AC adapter...
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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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...dealer or an authorized service center as the internal keyboard cable may be loose. The printer does not work. Check the following: • Make sure that the printer... the BIOS settings. 1. Check to see if Acer disk-to-disk recovery is enabled or not. 2. Make sure the D2D Recovery...
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... in the flap located inside the front cover of the ITW passport. If the country you are traveling in does not have an Acer-authorized ITW service site, you can still get in contact with our offices worldwide. Please visit www.acer.com.
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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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This chapter shows you how to deal with common system problems. Read it before calling ... to more serious problems require opening up the computer. Do not attempt to open ...; contact your dealer or authorized service center for assistance.
This computer incorporates...
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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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..., and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this device does cause...
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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 ....5 - 2483.5 MHz band. Use outdoors on public property is not permitted. In the departments listed below, for the entire 2.4 GHz band: ...
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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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... Liechtenstein Norway Switzerland Bulgaria Romania Turkey ISO 3166 2 letter code MT NT PL PT SK SL ES SE GB IS LI NO CH BG RO TR
CANADA... RF fields (RSS-102) The computer employs low gain integral antennas that do not emit RF field in excess of Health Canada limits for the general population; consult...
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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 ...