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  • Brand: Acer
  • Product: Laptop
  • Model/name: Aspire E1-532
  • Filetype: PDF
  • Available languages: English, German

Table of Contents

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Aspire E1-572 / E1-570 /
E1-532 / E1-530
User’s Manual
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Model number:
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Date of purchase:
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© 2013 All Rights Reserved.
Aspire E1-572 / E1-570 / E1-532 / E1-530 User’s Manual
This revision: 06/2013
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This computer comes with AcerCloud pre-installed. AcerCloud is a
personal cloud service that allows you to access your files over the
Internet and make sure your most important files are always up to date.
With your personal cloud, all your connected devices (PC, tablet,
phone) can access files on your main Cloud PC. For more information
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Table of contents - 3
Safety and comfort 5
First things first 17
Your guides...................................................... 17
Basic care and tips for using your
computer .......................................................... 17
Turning your computer on and off............. 17
Taking care of your computer ................... 18
Taking care of your AC adapter................ 19
Taking care of your battery pack............... 19
Cleaning and servicing.............................. 19
Your Acer notebook tour 21
Screen view...................................................... 22
Keyboard view.................................................. 24
Left view........................................................... 25
Information on USB 3.0............................. 26
Right view......................................................... 27
Base view......................................................... 28
Using the keyboard 30
Lock keys and numeric keypad........................ 30
Hotkeys..................................................... 30
Windows keys .................................................. 32
Touchpad 33
Touchpad basics.............................................. 33
Touchpad gestures .......................................... 34
Recovery 35
Creating a recovery backup ............................. 35
Creating a drivers and applications backup ..... 39
Recovering your system................................... 42
Reinstalling drivers and applications......... 43
Returning to an earlier system
snapshot................................................... 46
Returning your system to its factory
condition................................................... 47
Recovering from Windows ....................... 48
Recovering from a recovery backup ........ 52
Power management 56
Disable Fast startup......................................... 56
Battery pack 59
Battery pack characteristics............................. 59
Charging the battery................................. 59
Optimizing battery life............................... 61
Checking the battery level........................ 62
Battery-low warning.................................. 62
Installing and removing the battery
pack.......................................................... 63
Traveling with your computer 64
Disconnecting from the desktop ...................... 64
Moving around................................................. 64
Preparing the computer............................ 65
What to bring to meetings ........................ 65
Taking the computer home.............................. 66
Preparing the computer............................ 66
What to take with you............................... 66
Special considerations ............................. 67
Setting up a home office .......................... 67
Traveling with the computer ............................ 68
Preparing the computer............................ 68
What to take with you............................... 68
Special considerations ............................. 68
Traveling internationally with the computer ..... 69
Preparing the computer............................ 69
What to bring with you.............................. 69
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Special considerations.............................. 69
Securing your computer 71
Using a computer security lock ........................ 71
Using passwords.............................................. 71
Entering passwords .................................. 72
Connecting to a network 73
Built-in network feature .................................... 73
Wireless networks 74
Connecting to the Internet................................ 74
Wireless networks............................................ 74
Universal Serial Bus (USB) 77
Playing DVD movies 78
BIOS utility 80
Boot sequence ................................................. 80
Setting passwords............................................ 80
Frequently asked questions 81
Requesting service........................................... 83
Troubleshooting ............................................... 85
Troubleshooting tips................................. 85
Error messages........................................ 85
Tips and hints for using Windows 8................. 87
Three concepts you might want to
keep in mind............................................. 87
How do I access the charms? .................. 87
How do I get to Start? .............................. 87
How do I jump between apps?................. 88
How do I turn off my computer? ............... 88
Why is there a new interface?.................. 88
How do I unlock my computer?................ 89
How do I personalize my computer?........ 89
I want to use Windows in the way
that I'm used to - give me my
desktop back!........................................... 90
Where are my apps?................................ 90
What is a Microsoft ID (account)? ............ 92
How do I add a favorite to Internet
Explorer?.................................................. 92
How do I check for Windows
updates? .................................................. 93
Where can I get more information?.......... 93
Regulations and safety notices 94
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Safety and comfort - 5
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 or
aerosol cleaners. Use a damp cloth for cleaning.
Accessing the power cord
Be sure that the power outlet you plug the power cord into is easily accessible and located
as close to the equipment operator as possible. When you need to disconnect power to
the equipment, be sure to unplug the power cord from the electrical outlet.
Disconnecting the power source
Observe the following guidelines when connecting and disconnecting power to the power
supply unit:
Install the power supply unit before connecting the power cord to the AC power outlet.
Unplug the power cord before removing 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
- This product should be operated from the type 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 not locate this product where
people will walk on the cord.
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- If an extension cord is used with this product, make sure that the total ampere rating
of the equipment plugged into the extension cord does not exceed the extension cord
ampere rating. Also, make sure that the total rating of all products plugged into the
wall outlet does not exceed the fuse rating.
- Do not overload a power outlet, strip or receptacle by plugging in 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.
- This product's AC adapter is equipped with a three-wire grounded plug. The plug only
fits in a grounded power outlet. Make sure the power outlet is properly grounded
before inserting the AC adapter plug. Do not insert the plug into a non-grounded
power outlet. Contact your electrician for details.
- Warning! The grounding pin is a safety feature. Using a power outlet that is not
properly grounded may result in electric shock and/or injury.
- Note: The grounding pin also provides good protection from unexpected noise
produced by other nearby electrical devices that may interfere with the performance
of this product.
- The system can be powered using a wide range of voltages; 100 to 120 or 220 to 240
V AC. The power cord included with the system meets the requirements for use in
the country/region where the system was purchased. Power cords for use in other
countries/regions must meet the requirements for that country/region. For more
information on power cord requirements, contact an authorized reseller or service
Protecting your hearing
- Warning! Permanent hearing loss may occur if earphones or headphones
are used at high volume for prolonged periods of time.
To protect your hearing, follow these instructions.
- Increase the volume gradually until you can hear clearly and comfortably.
- Do not increase the volume level after your ears have adjusted.
- Do not listen to music at high volumes for extended periods.
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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 protect
unused slots from dust, metal objects or other particles. Save the dummies for use when
no cards are in the slots.
- Do not use this product near water.
- Do not place this product on an unstable cart, 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 product on a bed,
sofa, rug or other similar surface. This product should never be placed near or over
a radiator or heat register, or in a built-in installation unless proper ventilation is
- Never push objects of any kind into this product through cabinet slots as they may
touch dangerous voltage points or short-out parts that could result in a fire or electric
shock. Never spill liquid of any kind onto or into the product.
- To avoid damage of internal components and to prevent battery leakage, do not
place the product on a vibrating surface.
- Never use it under sporting, exercising, or any vibrating environment which will
probably cause unexpected short current or damage rotor devices, HDD, Optical
drive, and even exposure risk from lithium battery pack.
- The bottom surface, areas around ventilation openings and AC adapter may get hot.
To avoid injury, ensure they do not come in contact with your skin or body.
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- Your device and its enhancements may contain small parts. Keep them out of the
reach of small children.
Product servicing
Do not attempt to service this product yourself, as opening or removing covers may
expose you to dangerous voltage points or other risks. Refer all servicing to qualified
service personnel.
Unplug this product from the wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified service personnel
- The power cord or plug is damaged, cut or frayed.
- Liquid was spilled into the product.
- The product was exposed to rain or water.
- The product has been dropped or the case has been damaged.
- 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: Adjust only those controls that are covered by the operating instructions, since
improper adjustment of other controls may result in damage and will often require
extensive work by a qualified technician to restore the product to normal condition.
Guidelines for safe battery usage
This computer uses a Lithium-ion battery. Do not use it in a humid, wet or corrosive
environment. Do not put, store or leave your product in or near a heat source, in a high
temperature location, in strong direct sunlight, in a microwave oven or in a pressurized
container, and do not expose it to temperatures over 60° C (140° F). Failure to follow these
guidelines may cause the battery to leak acid, become hot, explode or ignite and cause
injury and/or damage.
Do not pierce, open or disassemble the battery. If the battery leaks and you come into
contact with the leaked fluids, rinse thoroughly with water and seek medical attention
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For safety reasons, and to prolong the lifetime of the battery, charging will not occur at
temperatures below 0° C (32° F) or above 40° C (104° F).
The full performance of a new battery is achieved only after two or three complete charge
and discharge cycles. The battery can be charged and discharged hundreds of times, but
it will eventually wear out. When the operation time becomes noticeably shorter than
normal, buy a new battery. Use only the approved batteries, and recharge your battery
only with the approved chargers designated for this device.
Use the battery only for its intended purpose. Never use any charger or battery that is
damaged. Do not short-circuit the battery. Accidental short-circuiting can occur when a
metallic object such as a coin, clip or pen causes direct connection of the positive (+) and
negative (-) terminals of the battery. (These look like metal strips on the battery.) This
might happen, for example, when you carry a spare battery in your pocket or purse. Short-
circuiting the terminals may damage the battery or the connecting object.
The capacity and lifetime of the battery will be reduced if the battery is left in hot or cold
places, such as in a closed car in summer or winter. Always try to keep the battery
between 15°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 fully charged. Battery performance is especially
limited in temperatures well below freezing.
Do not dispose of batteries in a fire as they may explode. Batteries may also explode if
damaged. Dispose of batteries according to local regulations. Please recycle when
possible. Do not dispose as household waste.
- Note: Please refer to for battery shipping documents.
Replacing the battery pack
The computer uses lithium batteries. Replace the battery with the same type as that which
came bundled with your product. Use of another battery may present a risk of fire or
- Warning! Batteries may explode if not handled properly. Do not disassemble or
dispose of them in fire. Keep them away from children. Follow local regulations when
disposing of used batteries.
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- Warning! For safety reasons, turn off all wireless or radio transmitting devices when
using your laptop under the following conditions. These devices may include, but are
not limited to: wireless LAN (WLAN), Bluetooth and/or 3G.
Remember to follow any special regulations in force in any area, and always switch off
your device when its use is prohibited or when it may cause interference or danger. Use
the device only in its normal operating positions. This device meets RF exposure
guidelines when used normally, and it and its antenna are positioned at least 1.5
centimeters (5/8 inch) away from your body. It should not contain metal and you should
position the device the above-stated distance from your body. To successfully transmit
data files or messages, this device requires a good quality connection to the network. In
some cases, transmission of data files or messages may be delayed until such a
connection is available. Ensure that the above separation distance instructions are
followed until the transmission is completed. Parts of the device are magnetic. Metallic
materials may be attracted to 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, because information stored on them may be erased.
Operation of any radio transmitting equipment, including wireless phones, may interfere
with the functionality of inadequately protected medical devices. Consult a physician or
the manufacturer of the medical device to determine if they are adequately shielded from
external RF energy or if you have any questions. Switch off your device in health care
facilities when any regulations posted in these areas instruct you to do so. Hospitals or
health care facilities may be using equipment that could be sensitive to external RF
Pacemakers. Pacemaker manufacturers recommend that a minimum separation of 15.3
centimeters (6 inches) be maintained between wireless devices and a pacemaker to avoid
potential interference with the pacemaker. These recommendations are consistent with
the independent research by and recommendations of Wireless Technology Research.
Persons with pacemakers should do the following:
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- Always keep the device more than 15.3 centimeters (6 inches) from the pacemaker
- Not carry the device near your pacemaker when the device is switched on.
If you suspect interference, switch off your device, and move it.
Hearing aids. Some digital wireless devices may interfere with some hearing aids. If
interference occurs, consult your service provider.
RF signals may affect improperly installed or inadequately shielded electronic systems in
motor vehicles such as electronic fuel injection systems, electronic anti-skid (anti-lock)
braking systems, electronic speed control systems, and air bag systems. For more
information, check with the manufacturer, or its representative, of your vehicle or any
equipment that has been added. Only qualified personnel should service the device, or
install the device in a vehicle. Faulty installation or service may be dangerous and may
invalidate any warranty that may apply to the device. Check regularly that all wireless
equipment in your vehicle is mounted and operating properly. Do not store or carry
flammable liquids, gases, or explosive materials in the same compartment as the device,
its parts, or enhancements. For vehicles equipped with an air bag, remember that air bags
inflate with great force. Do not place objects, including installed or portable wireless
equipment in the area over the air bag or in the air bag deployment area. If in-vehicle
wireless equipment is improperly installed, and the air bag inflates, serious injury could
result. Using your device while flying in aircraft is prohibited. Switch off your device before
boarding an aircraft. The use of wireless teledevices in an aircraft may be dangerous to
the operation of the aircraft, disrupt the wireless telephone network, and may be illegal.
Switch off your device when in any area with a potentially explosive atmosphere and obey
all signs and instructions. Potentially explosive atmospheres include areas where you
would normally be advised to turn off your vehicle engine. Sparks in such areas could
cause an explosion or fire resulting in bodily injury or even death. Switch off the device at
refueling points such as near gas pumps at service stations. Observe restrictions on the
use of radio equipment in fuel depots, storage, and distribution areas; chemical plants; or
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where blasting operations are in progress. Areas with a potentially explosive atmosphere
are often, but not always, clearly marked. They include below deck on boats, chemical
transfer or storage facilities, vehicles using liquefied petroleum gas (such as propane or
butane), and areas where the air contains chemicals or particles such as grain, dust or
metal powders. Do not switch the computer on when wireless phone use is prohibited or
when it may cause interference or danger.
- Warning! You cannot make emergency calls through this device. To make an
emergency call you shall dial out through your mobile phone or other telephone call
Do not throw this electronic device into the trash when discarding. To minimize
pollution and ensure utmost protection of the global environment, please
recycle. For more information on the Waste from Electrical and Electronics
Equipment (WEEE) regulations, visit
Mercury advisory
For bulb-inside projectors or electronic products containing a non-LED-
backlit-LCD/CRT monitor or display: Lamp(s) inside this product contain
mercury and must be recycled or disposed of according to local, state or
federal laws.
For more information, contact the Electronic Industries Alliance at For
lamp-specific disposal information, check
Acer's ENERGY STAR qualified products save your money by reducing
energy cost and protecting the environment without sacrificing features or
performance. Acer is proud to offer our customers products with the
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Products that are ENERGY STAR qualified use less energy and prevent greenhouse gas
emissions by meeting strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency. Acer is committed to offering products and services worldwide that
help customers save money, conserve energy and improve the quality of our
environment. The more energy we can save through higher energy efficiency, the more
we reduce greenhouse gases and the risks of climate change. More information refers to or
- Note: Information in this section may not apply to your computer.
Acer ENERGY STAR qualified products:
- produce less heat and reduce cooling loads in warmer climates.
- automatically go into "display Sleep" and "computer Sleep" mode after 10 and 30
minutes of inactivity, respectively.
- 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.
Computer users may complain of eyestrain 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 risk of physical injury.
Incorrect computer usage may lead to carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, tenosynovitis
or other musculoskeletal disorders. The following symptoms may appear in the hands,
wrists, arms, shoulders, neck or back:
- Numbness, or a burning or tingling sensation.
- Aching, soreness or tenderness.
- Pain, swelling or throbbing.
- Stiffness or tightness.
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- Coldness or weakness.
If you have these symptoms, or any other recurring or persistent discomfort and/or pain
related to computer use, consult a physician immediately and inform your company's
health and safety department.
The following section provides tips for more comfortable computer use.
Finding your comfort zone
Find your comfort zone by adjusting the viewing angle of the monitor, using a footrest, or
raising your sitting height to achieve maximum comfort. Observe the following tips:
- Refrain from staying too long in one fixed posture.
- Avoid slouching forward and/or leaning backward.
- Stand up and walk around regularly to remove the strain on your leg muscles.
- Take short rests to relax your neck and shoulders.
- Avoid tensing your muscles or shrugging your shoulders.
- Install the external display, keyboard and mouse properly and within comfortable
- If you view your monitor more than your documents, place the display at the center
of your desk to minimize neck 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.
- Rest your eyes frequently.
- Give your eyes regular breaks by looking away from the monitor and focusing on a
distant point.
- Blink frequently to keep your eyes from drying out.
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- Keep your display clean.
- Keep your head at a higher level than the top edge of the display so your eyes point
downward when looking at the middle of the display.
- Adjust the display brightness and/or contrast to a comfortable level for enhanced text
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,
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 following work habits make computer use more relaxing and productive:
- Take short breaks regularly and often.
- Perform some stretching exercises.
- Breathe fresh air 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.
- Note: For more information, please refer to "Regulations and safety notices" on
page 94.
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- Note: Information in this section may not apply to your computer.
CAUTION: This appliance contains a laser system and is classified as a "CLASS 1
LASER PRODUCT." In case of any trouble with this device, please contact your nearest
AUTHORIZED service station. To prevent direct exposure to the laser beam, do not try to
open the enclosure.
- Warning! For safety reasons, do not use non-compliant parts when adding or
changing components. Consult your reseller for purchase options.
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We would like to thank you for making an Acer notebook your choice for
meeting your mobile computing needs.
Your guides
To help you use your Acer notebook, we have designed a set of guides:
First off, the Setup Guide helps you get started with setting up your
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. This guide contains
detailed information on such subjects as system utilities, data recovery,
expansion options and troubleshooting. In addition it contains general
regulations and safety notices for your notebook. It is available from
Desktop; double-click the Help icon and click User’s Manual in the menu
that opens.
Basic care and tips for using your computer
Turning your computer on and off
To turn the power off, do any of the following:
• Use the Windows shutdown command: Press the Windows key + <C>,
click Settings > Power then click Shut Down.
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If you need to power down the computer for a short while, but don’t want
to completely shut it down, you can put it into Hibernate by pressing the
power button.
You can also put the computer in sleep mode by pressing the sleep hotkey
<Fn> + <F4>.
Note: If you cannot power off the computer normally, press and hold
the power button for more than four seconds to shut down the
computer. If you turn off the computer and want to turn it on again, wait
at least two seconds before powering up.
Taking care of your computer
Your computer will serve you well if you take care of it.
• Do not expose the computer to direct sunlight. Do not place it near
sources of heat, such as a radiator.
• Do not expose the computer to temperatures below 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.
• Do not subject the computer to heavy shock or vibration.
• Do not expose the computer to dust or dirt.
• Never place objects on top of the computer.
• Do not slam the computer display when you close it.
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• Never place the computer on uneven surfaces.
Taking care of your AC adapter
Here are some ways to take care of your AC adapter:
• Do not connect the adapter to any other device.
• Do not step on the power cord or place heavy objects on top of it.
Carefully route the power cord and any cables away from foot traffic.
• When unplugging the power cord, do not pull on the cord itself but pull
on the plug.
• The total ampere ratings of the equipment plugged in should not exceed
the ampere rating of the cord if you are using an extension cord. Also,
the total current rating of all equipment plugged into a single wall outlet
should not exceed the fuse rating.
Taking care of your battery pack
Here are some ways to take care of your battery pack:
• Use only batteries of the same kind as replacements. Turn the power off
before removing or replacing batteries.
• Do not tamper with batteries. Keep them away from children.
• Dispose of used batteries according to local regulations. Recycle if
Cleaning and servicing
When cleaning the computer, follow these steps:
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1. Turn off the computer and remove the battery pack.
2. Disconnect the AC adapter.
3. Use a soft, moist cloth. Do not use liquid or aerosol cleaners.
If either of the following occurs:
• The computer has been dropped or the body has been damaged;
• The computer does not operate normally
Please refer to "Frequently asked questions" on page 81.
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After setting up your computer as illustrated in the setup poster, let us
show you around your new Acer computer.
Aspire E1-572 / E1-570 / E1-532 / E1-530
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Screen view
# Icon Item Description
1 Webcam
Web camera for video communication.
A light next to the webcam indicates
that the webcam is active.
2 Screen Displays computer output.
3 Microphone
Internal microphone for sound
4 5
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4 SD card reader
Accepts one Secure Digital (SD or
SDHC) card.
Note: Push to remove/install the card.
Power indicator Indicates the computer's power status.
Battery indicator
Indicates the computer's battery status.
Charging: The light is amber when the
battery is charging.
Fully charged: The light is blue when
plugged in.
HDD indicator
Indicates when the hard disk drive is
Indicates the computer’s wireless
connectivity device status.
# Icon Item Description
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Keyboard view
# Icon Item Description
1 Power button Turns the computer on and off.
2 Keyboard
For entering data into your computer.
See "Using the keyboard" on page 30.
3 Touchpad
Touch-sensitive pointing device which
functions like a computer mouse.
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Left view
1 2 3 4 5 6
Click buttons (left
and right)
The left and right side of the button
function as left and right selection
# Icon Item Description
Kensington lock slot
Connects to a Kensington-compatible
computer security lock.
Wrap the computer security lock cable
around an immovable object such as a
table or handle of a locked drawer.
Insert the lock into the notch and turn
the key to secure the lock.
Keyless models are also available.
External display
(VGA) port
Connects to a display device (e.g.,
external monitor, LCD projector).
Ethernet (RJ-45)
Connects to an Ethernet 10/100/1000-
based network.
# Icon Item Description
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Information on USB 3.0
• USB 3.0 compatible ports are blue.
• 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).
4 HDMI port
Supports high-definition digital video
5 USB port Connects to USB devices.
Connects to audio devices (e.g.,
speakers, headphones) or a headset
with microphone.
# Icon Item Description
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Right view
Note: Depending on configuration, your system may not be equipped
with an optical (CD/DVD) drive.
# Icon Item Description
1 USB ports Connect to USB devices.
2 Optical drive
Internal optical drive; accepts CDs
or DVDs.
Optical disk access
Lights up when the optical drive is
Optical drive eject
Ejects the optical disk from the
Emergency eject
Ejects the optical drive tray when
the computer is turned off.
Carefully insert a straightened
paper clip to eject the optical drive
6 DC-in jack Connects to an AC adapter.
1 2 3 4 5 6
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Base view
# Icon Item Description
1 Battery release latch
Releases the battery for removal.
Insert a suitable tool and slide to
Houses the computer's main memory.
HDD compartment
Houses the computer's hard disk drive
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Note: For models with an AMD processor and a single memory
module: If you replace the memory module, the new module must go
into the same slot occupied by the module that was removed.
3 Speakers Deliver stereo audio output.
Ventilation and
cooling fan
Allows the computer to stay cool.
Do not cover or obstruct the openings.
5 Battery bay Houses the computer's battery pack.
# Icon Item Description
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The keyboard has full-sized keys and a numeric keypad, separate cursor,
lock, Windows, function and special keys.
Lock keys and numeric keypad
The keyboard has three lock keys which you can toggle on and off.
Lock key Description
Caps Lock
When Caps Lock is on, all alphabetic characters typed
are in uppercase.
Num Lock
When Num Lock is on, the keypad is in numeric 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.
Scroll Lock
(<Fn> + <F12>)
When Scroll Lock is on, text on the screen moves one
line up or down when you press the up or down arrow
keys. Scroll Lock does not work with most
The computer employs hotkeys or key combinations to access most of the
computer's controls like screen brightness and volume output.
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To activate hotkeys, press and hold the <Fn> key before pressing the
other key in the hotkey combination.
Hotkey Icon Function Description
<Fn> + <F3> Airplane mode
Turns on / off the computer's
network devices.
(Network devices vary by
<Fn> + <F4> Sleep
Puts the computer in Sleep
<Fn> + <F5> Display toggle
Switches display output
between the display screen,
external monitor (if connected)
and both.
<Fn> + <F6> Display off
Turns the display screen
backlight off to save power.
Press any key to return.
<Fn> + <F7>
Turns the built-in touchpad on
and off.
<Fn> + <F8> Speaker toggle Turns the speakers on and off.
<Fn> + <F12> Scr Lk Scroll Lock Turns Scroll Lock on or off.
<Fn> + < > Brightness up
Increases the screen
<Fn> + < >
Decreases the screen
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Windows keys
The keyboard has two keys that perform Windows-specific functions.
Key Description
Windows key
Pressed alone it returns to the Start screen.
It can also be used with other keys for special
functions, please check Windows Help.
This key has the same effect as clicking the right
mouse button; it opens the application's context
<Fn> + < > Volume up Increases the sound volume.
<Fn> + < > Volume down Decreases the sound volume.
<Fn> +
Play or pause a selected media
<Fn> + <Pg
Stop playing the selected
media file.
<Fn> + <Pg
Return to the previous media
<Fn> + <End> Next Jump to the next media file.
Hotkey Icon Function Description
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Touchpad basics
The touchpad controls the arrow (or 'cursor') on the screen. As you slide
your finger across the touchpad, the cursor will follow this movement.
Press the left or right side of the button located beneath the touchpad to
perform selection and execution functions. These two areas are similar to
the left and right buttons on a mouse. Tapping on the touchpad is the
same as clicking the left side of the button.
Note: The touchpad is sensitive to finger movement; the lighter the
touch, the better the response.
Please keep the touchpad and your fingers dry and clean.
The cursor is controlled by some basic gestures:
• Single-finger slide: Slide a finger across the touchpad to
move the cursor.
• Single-finger tap: Lightly tap the touchpad with your finger, to
perform a 'click', which will select or start an item. Quickly
repeat the tap to perform a double tap or 'double click'.
• Drag: Press and hold the left side of the selection button, or tap twice
anywhere on the touchtap, then slide a second finger across the
touchpad to select all items in an area.
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Touchpad gestures
Windows 8 and many applications support touchpad gestures that use
one or more fingers.
Note: Support for touchpad gestures depends on the active application.
These allow you to control applications with a few simple gestures, such as:
• Swipe in from edge: Access Windows tools
by swiping into the center of the touchpad
from the right, top or left.
• Swipe in from right edge: Toggle the charms.
• Swipe in from top edge: Toggle the app commands.
• Swipe in from left edge: Switch to the previous app.
• Two-finger slide: Swiftly scroll through web pages,
documents and playlists by placing two fingers on the
touchpad and moving both in any direction.
• Two-finger pinch: Zoom in and out of photos, maps and
documents with a simple finger-and-thumb gesture.
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If you are having trouble with your computer, and the frequently asked
questions (see page 81) do not help, you can 'recover' your computer - i.e.
return it to an earlier state.
This section describes the recovery tools available on your computer. Acer
provides Acer Recovery Management, which allows you to create a
recovery backup, a drivers and applications backup, and to start recovery
options, either using Windows tools, or the recovery backup.
Note: Acer Recovery Management is only available with a pre-
installed Windows operating system.
Important: We recommend that you create a Recovery Backup
and Drivers and Applications Backup and as soon as possible.
In certain situations a full recovery will require a USB recovery
Creating a recovery backup
To reinstall from a USB storage drive, you must first create a recovery
backup. The recovery backup includes the entire original contents of your
computer’s hard drive, including Windows and all factory-loaded software
and drivers. Using this backup will restore your computer to the same
state as when you purchased it, while giving you an option to retain all
settings and personal data.
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Note: Since the recovery backup requires at least 16 GB of storage
after formatting, it is recommended to use a USB drive with a capacity
of 32 GB or larger.
1. From Start, type 'Recovery' and then click Acer Recovery
Management in the list of apps.
2. Click Create Factory Default Backup. The Recovery Drive window
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Make sure Copy contents from the recovery partition to the recovery
drive is selected. This provides the most complete and safest recovery
3. Plug in the USB drive then click Next.
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• Since the recovery backup requires at least 16 GB of storage after
formatting, it is recommended to use a USB drive with a capacity of
32 GB or larger.
4. You will be shown the backup progress on the screen.
5. Follow the process until it completes.
6. After creating the recovery backup, you can choose to delete the
recovery information on your computer. If you delete this information,
you can only use the USB recovery backup to restore your computer, if
you lose or erase the USB drive, you cannot restore your computer.
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7. Unplug the USB drive and label it clearly.
Important: Write a unique, descriptive label on the backup, such
as 'Windows Recovery Backup'. Make sure you keep the backup
in a safe place that you will remember.
Creating a drivers and applications backup
To create a Drivers and Applications Backup, that contains the factory-
loaded software and drivers needed by your computer, you may use either
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a USB storage drive or, if your computer features a DVD recorder, one or
more blank recordable DVDs.
1. From Start, type 'Recovery' and then click Acer Recovery
Management in the list of apps.
2. Click Create Drivers and Applications Backup.
Plug in the USB drive or insert a blank DVD into the optical drive, then
click Next.
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• If you are using a USB drive, make sure your USB drive has enough
capacity before continuing.
• If using DVDs, it will also show 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.
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3. Click Start to copy files.You will be shown the backup progress on the
4. Follow the process until it completes:
• If you are using optical discs, the drive ejects each disc as it
completes burning it. Remove the disc from the drive and mark it with
a permanent marker.
If multiple discs are required, insert a new disc when prompted, then
click OK. Continue until the process is complete.
• If you are using a USB drive, unplug the drive and label it clearly.
Important: Write a unique, descriptive label on each backup,
such as 'Drivers and Applications Backup'. Make sure you keep
the backup in a safe place that you will remember.
Recovering your system
To recover your system:
1. Perform minor fixes.
If only one or two items of software or hardware have stopped working
correctly, the problem may be solved by reinstalling the software or the
device drivers.
To reinstall software and drivers that were pre-installed at the factory,
see "Reinstalling drivers and applications" on page 43.
For instructions on reinstalling software and drivers that were not pre-
installed, see that product’s documentation or support Web site.
2. Revert to a previous system condition.
If reinstalling software or drivers does not help, then the problem may be
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solved by returning your system to a previous state when everything
was working correctly.
For instructions, see "Returning to an earlier system snapshot" on
page 46.
3. Reset your operating system.
If nothing else has solved the problem and you want to reset your
system, but keep your user information, see "Returning your system
to its factory condition" on page 47.
4. Reset your system to its factory condition.
If nothing else has solved the problem and you want to reset your
system to factory condition, see "Returning your system to its factory
condition" on page 47.
Reinstalling drivers and applications
As a troubleshooting step, you may need to reinstall the applications and
device drivers that came pre-installed on your computer from the factory.
You can reinstall using either your hard drive or the backup you have
• Other applications - If you need to reinstall software that did not come
pre-installed on your computer, you need to follow that software’s
installation instructions.
• New device drivers - If you need to reinstall device drivers that did not
come pre-installed on your computer, follow the instructions provided
with the device.
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If you are reinstalling using Windows and the recovery information stored
on your computer:
• From Start, type 'Recovery' and then click Acer Recovery
Management in the list of apps.
• Click Reinstall Drivers or Applications.
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• You should see the Contents section of the Acer Resource Center.
• Click the install icon for the item you want to install, then follow
the onscreen instructions to complete the installation. Repeat
this step for each item you want to reinstall.
If you are reinstalling from a Drivers and Applications Backup on a DVD or
USB drive:
1. Insert the Drivers and Applications Backup into the disc drive or
connect it to a free USB port.
• If you inserted a DVD wait for Acer Resource Center to start.
• If Acer Resource Center does not start automatically, press the
Windows key + <E>, then double-click on the optical drive icon.
• If you are using a USB drive, press the Windows key + <E>, then
double-click on the drive that contains the backup. Double-click on
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2. You should see the Contents section of the Acer Resource Center.
3. Click the install icon for the item you want to install, then follow the
onscreen prompts to complete the installation. Repeat this step for
each item you want to reinstall.
Returning to an earlier system snapshot
Microsoft System Restore periodically takes a 'snapshot' of your system
settings and saves them as restore points. In most cases of hard-to-
resolve software problems, you can return to one of these restore points to
get your system running again.
Windows automatically creates an additional restore point each day, and
also each time you install software or device drivers.
Note: For more information about using Microsoft System Restore,
from Start, type 'Help' and then click Help and Support in the list of
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apps. Type 'Windows system restore' in the Search Help box, then
press Enter.
Returning to a restore point
1. From Start, type 'Control Panel' and then click Control Panel in the list
of apps.
2. Click System and Security > Action Center, then click Recovery at
the bottom of the window.
3. Click Open System Restore, then Next.
4. Click the latest restore point (at a time when your system worked
correctly), click Next, then Finish.
5. A confirmation window appears; click Yes. Your system is restored
using the restore point you specified. This process may take several
minutes, and may restart your computer.
Returning 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
factory condition. You can recover from either your hard drive or the
recovery backup you have created.
• If you can still run Windows and have not deleted the recovery partition,
see "Recovering from Windows" on page 48.
• If you cannot run Windows, your original hard drive has been completely
re-formatted or you have installed a replacement hard drive, see
"Recovering from a recovery backup" on page 52.
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Recovering from Windows
Start Acer Recovery Management:
• From Start, type 'Recovery' and then click Acer Recovery
Management in the list of apps.
Two options are available, Restore Factory Settings (Reset my PC) or
Customized Restore (Refresh my PC).
Restore Factory Settings deletes everything on your hard drive, then
reinstalls Windows and all software and drivers that were pre-installed on
your system. If you can access important files on your hard drive, back
them up now. See "Restore Factory Settings with Acer Recovery
Management" on page 49.
Customized Restore will attempt to retain your files (user data) but will
reinstall all software and drivers. Software installed since you purchased
your PC will be removed (except software installed from the Windows
Store). See "Customized Restore with Acer Recovery Management"
on page 51.
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Restore Factory Settings with Acer Recovery Management
1. Click Restore Factory Settings.
Caution: 'Restore Factory Settings' will erase all files on your
hard drive.
2. The Reset your PC window opens.
Images for reference only.
3. Click Next, then choose how to erase your files:
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a. Just remove my files quickly erases all files before restoring your
computer and takes about 30 minutes.
b. Fully clean the drive completely cleans the drive after each file is
erased, so no files can be viewed after the recovery. Cleaning the
drive takes much longer, up to 5 hours, but is much more secure as
old files are completely removed.
4. Click Reset.
5. The recovery process begins by restarting your computer, then
continues by copying files to your hard drive.
6. After the recovery has finished, you can start using your computer by
repeating the first-start process.
Recovering from the hard drive during startup
1. Turn on your computer and press <Alt> + <F10> during startup. A
screen appears asking you to choose the keyboard layout.
2. Several options are now presented. Click Troubleshoot.
3. Click either Refresh your PC or Reset your PC.
Note: "Refresh your PC" enables you to restore your computer to the
default factory condition with files intact. "Reset your PC" completely
removes all your files and resets your computer to factory settings.
4. Click Next. The process will take several minutes.

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