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ASUS Essentio Desktop PC CG8250 User Manual
ii Copyright © 2010 ASUSTeK Computer Inc. All Rights Reserved. No part of this manual, including the products and software described in it, may be reproduced, transmitted, transcribed, stored in a retrieval system, or translated into any language in any form or by any means, except documentation kept by the purchaser for backup purposes, without the express written permission of ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (“ASUS”). Product warranty or service will not be extended if: (1) the product is repaired, modified or altered, unless such repair, modification of alteration is authorized in writing by ASUS; or (2) the serial number of the product is defaced or missing. ASUS PROVIDES THIS MANUAL “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. IN NO EVENT SHALL ASUS, ITS DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES OR AGENTS BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, LOSS OF BUSINESS, LOSS OF USE OR DATA, INTERRUPTION OF BUSINESS AND THE LIKE), EVEN IF ASUS HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES ARISING FROM ANY DEFECT OR ERROR IN THIS MANUAL OR PRODUCT. SPECIFICATIONS AND INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MANUAL ARE FURNISHED FOR INFORMATIONAL USE ONLY, AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE, AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED AS A COMMITMENT BY ASUS. ASUS ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY OR LIABILITY FOR ANY ERRORS OR INACCURACIES THAT MAY APPEAR IN THIS MANUAL, INCLUDING THE PRODUCTS AND SOFTWARE DESCRIBED IN IT. Products and corporate names appearing in this manual may or may not be registered trademarks or copyrights of their respective companies, and are used only for identification or explanation and to the owners’ benefit, without intent to infringe. E6196 First Edition November 2010
iii Contents Notices ............................................................................................................v Safety information..........................................................................................vii Conventions used in this guide..................................................................... viii Where to find more information.................................................................... viii Package contents...........................................................................................ix Chapter 1 Getting started Welcome!..................................................................................................... 1-1 Getting to know your computer.................................................................... 1-1 Setting up your computer. ............................................................................ 1-5 Turning your computer ON/OFF.................................................................. 1-8 Chapter 2 Using Windows® 7 Starting for the first time. .............................................................................. 2-1 Using Windows® 7 desktop.......................................................................... 2-2 Managing your files and folders................................................................... 2-4 Restoring your system settings. ................................................................... 2-6 Protecting your computer. ............................................................................ 2-7 Getting Windows® Help and Support........................................................... 2-8 Chapter 3 Connecting devices to your computer Connecting a USB storage device............................................................... 3-1 Connecting microphone and speakers........................................................ 3-2 Connecting multiple external displays......................................................... 3-5 Connecting an HDTV................................................................................... 3-7 Chapter 4 Using your computer Proper posture when using your Desktop PC............................................. 4-1 Using the memory card reader.................................................................... 4-2 Using the optical drive................................................................................. 4-3 Using the multimedia keyboard (on selected models only)......................... 4-4 Chapter 5 Connecting to the Internet Wired connection......................................................................................... 5-1 Chapter 6 Using the Utilities ASUS AI Suite II. .......................................................................................... 6-1
iv Contents ASUS AI Manager. ....................................................................................... 6-7 Nero 9 ...................................................................................................... 6-10 Recovering your system.............................................................................6-11 Chapter 7 Troubleshooting Troubleshooting........................................................................................... 7-1
Notices REACH Complying with the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of Chemicals) regulatory framework, we published the chemical substances in our products at ASUS REACH website at http://green.asus.com/english/REACH.htm Federal Communications Commission Statement This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: • This device may not cause harmful interference; and • This device must accept any interference received including interference that may cause undesired operation. This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures: • Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna. • Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver. • Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected. • Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help. The use of shielded cables for connection of the monitor to the graphics card is required to assure compliance with FCC regulations. Changes or modifications to this unit not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate this equipment.
vi RF exposure warning This equipment must be installed and operated in accordance with provided instructions and the antenna(s) used for this transmitter must be installed to provide a separation distance of at least 20 cm from all persons and must not be co-located or operating in conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter. End-users and installers must be provide with antenna installation instructions and transmitter operating conditions for satisfying RF exposure compliance. Canadian Department of Communications Statement This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise emissions from digital apparatus set out in the Radio Interference Regulations of the Canadian Department of Communications. This class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003. Macrovision Corporation Product Notice This product incorporates copyright protection technology that is protected by method claims of certain U.S. patents and other intellectual property rights owned by Macrovision Corporation and other rights owners. Use of this copyright protection technology must be authorized by Macrovision Corporation, and is intended for home and other limited viewing uses only unless otherwise authorized by Macrovision Corporation. Reverse engineering or disassembly is prohibited. Lithium-Ion Battery Warning CAUTION: Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer. Dispose of used batteries according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
vii Safety information Disconnect the AC power and peripherals before cleaning. Wipe the Desktop PC using a clean cellulose sponge or chamois cloth dampened with solution of nonabrasive detergent and a few drops of warm water then remove any extra moisture with a dry cloth. • DO NOT place on uneven or unstable work surfaces. Seek servicing if the casing has been damaged. • DO NOT expose to dirty or dusty environments. DO NOT operate during a gas leak. • DO NOT place or drop objects on top and do not shove any foreign objects into the Desktop PC. • DO NOT expose to strong magnetic or electrical fields. • DO NOT expose to or use near liquids, rain, or moisture. DO NOT use the modem during electrical storms. • Battery safety warning: DO NOT throw the battery in fire. DO NOT short circuit the contacts. DO NOT disassemble the battery. • Use this product in environments with ambient temperatures between 0˚C (32̊F)and 35˚C (95̊F). • DO NOT cover the vents on the Desktop PC to prevent the system from getting overheated. • DO NOT use damaged power cords, accessories, or other peripherals. • To prevent electrical shock hazard, disconnect the power cable from the electrical outlet before relocating the system. • Seek professional assistance before using an adapter or extension cord. These devices could interrupt the grounding circuit. • Ensure that your power supply is set to the correct voltage in your area. If you are not sure about the voltage of the electrical outlet you are using, contact your local power company. • If the power supply is broken, do not try to fix it by yourself. Contact a qualified service technician or your retailer.
viii Conventions used in this guide To ensure that you perform certain tasks properly, take note of the following symbols used throughout this manual. DANGER/WARNING: ������������������������������������������ Information to prevent injury to yourself when trying to complete a task. CAUTION: ������������������������������������������������ Information to prevent damage to the components when trying to complete a task. NOTE: ������������������������������������������������������� Tips and additional information to help you complete a task. IMPORTANT: Instructions that you MUST follow to complete a task. Where to find more information Refer to the following sources for additional information and for product and software updates. ASUS websites The ASUS website provides updated information on ASUS hardware and software products. Refer to the ASUS website www.asus.com. ASUS Local Technical Support Visit ASUS website at http://support.asus.com/contact for the contact information of local Technical Support Engineer.
ix ASUS Essentio Desktop PC Keyboard x1 Mouse x1 Power cord x1 Support DVD x1 Recovery DVD x1 Installation Guide Nero 9 burning software DVD x1 Installation Guide x1 Warranty card x1 Package contents • If any of the above items is damaged or missing, contact your retailer. • The illustrated items above are for reference only. Actual product specifications may vary with different models.
ASUS CG8250 1-1 Chapter 1 Getting started Getting to know your computer Front panel Illustrations are for reference only. The ports and their locations, and the chassis color vary with different models. Welcome! Thank you for purchasing the ASUS Essentio CG8250 Desktop PC! The ASUS Essentio CG8250 Desktop PC provides cutting-edge performance, uncompromised reliability, and user-centric utilities. All these values are encapsulated in a stunningly futuristic and stylish system casing. Read the ASUS Warranty Card before setting up your ASUS Desktop PC. 1 2 4 3 9 8 7 6 5 13 12 11 10
1-2 Chapter 1: Getting started Rear panel 2 1 3 4 17 5 16 14 15 10 13 12 9 6 20 19 8 7 18 3 11 1. Power button. Press this button to turn on your computer. 2. Secure Digital™ / MultiMediaCard slot. Insert a Secure Digital™ card or MultiMediaCard into this slot. 3. CompactFlash® / Microdrive™ card slot. Insert your CompactFlash® / Microdrive™ card into this slot. 4. Memory Stick™ / Memory Stick Pro™ card slot. Insert your Memory Stick™ / Memory Stick Pro™ card into this slot. 5. Memory card reader LED. This LED lights up when a memory card is inserted into any of the memory card slots and blinks when data is being read from or written to the memory card. 6. USB 2.0 ports. These Universal Serial Bus 2.0 (USB 2.0) ports connect to USB 2.0 devices such as a mouse, printer, scanner, camera, PDA, and others. 7. Headphone port (lime). This port connects to a headphone or speaker. 8. Microphone port (pink). This port connects to a microphone. 9. Front I/O ports cover. 10. Optical disk drive bay. There is an optical disk drive in this bay. 11. Optical disk drive eject button. Press this button to eject the optical disk drive tray. 12. Optical disk drive bay (empty). You may install an additional optical disk drive in this bay. 13. Power LED. This LED lights up when you turn on your computer.
ASUS CG8250 1-3 1. Power connector. Plug the power cord to this connector. 2. Power switch. Switch to turn ON/OFF the power supply to your computer. 3. Air vents. These vents allow air ventilation. DO NOT block the air vents on the chassis. 4. PS/2 Keyboard / Mouse Combo port (purple/green). This port is for a PS/2 keyboard or mouse. 5. USB 2.0 ports. These Universal Serial Bus 2.0 (USB 2.0) ports connect to USB 2.0 devices such as a mouse, printer, scanner, camera, PDA, and others. 6. Optical S/PDIF_OUT port. This port connects to an external audio output device via an optical S/PDIF cable. 7. HDMI port. This port is for a High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) connector, and is HDCP compliant allowing playback of HD DVD, Blu-ray, and other protected content. 8. DVI-D port. This port is for any DVI-D compatible device and is HDCP compliant allowing playback of HD DVD, Blu-ray, and other protected content. 9. VGA port. This port is for VGA-compatible devices such as a VGA monitor. 10. USB 3.0 ports. These Universal Serial Bus 3.0 (USB 3.0) ports connect to USB 3.0 devices such as a mouse, printer, scanner, camera, PDA, and others. 11. USB 2.0 ports. These Universal Serial Bus 2.0 (USB 2.0) ports connect to USB 2.0 devices such as a mouse, printer, scanner, camera, PDA, and others. 12. LAN (RJ-45) port. This port allows Gigabit connection to a Local Area Network (LAN) through a network hub. LAN port LED indications Activity/Link LED Speed LED Status Description Status Description OFF No link OFF 10Mbps connection ORANGE Linked ORANGE 100Mbps connection BLINKING Data activity GREEN 1Gbps connection LAN port SPEED LED ACT/LINK LED • DO NOT connect a keyboard / mouse to any USB 3.0 port when installing Windows® operating system. • Due to USB 3.0 controller limitation, USB 3.0 devices can only be used under Windows® OS environment and after the USB 3.0 driver installation. • USB 3.0 devices can only be used as data storage only. • We strongly recommend that you connect USB 3.0 devices to USB 3.0 ports for faster and better performance for your USB 3.0 devices.
1-4 Chapter 1: Getting started Audio 2, 4, 6, or 8-channel configuration Port Headset 2-channel 4-channel 6-channel 8-channel Light Blue Line In Line In Line In Line In Lime Line Out Front Speaker Out Front Speaker Out Front Speaker Out Pink Mic In Mic In Mic In Mic In Orange – – Center/Subwoofer Center/Subwoofer Black – Rear Speaker Out Rear Speaker Out Rear Speaker Out Gray – – – Side Speaker Out 19. ASUS Graphics Card (on selected models only). The display output ports on this optional ASUS Graphics Card may vary with different models. 20. Expansion slot bracket. Remove the expansion slot bracket when installing an expansion card. Refer to the audio configuration table below for the function of the audio ports in a 2, 4, 6, or 8-channel configuration. 13. Side Speaker Out port (gray). This port connects to the side speakers in an 8-channel audio configuration. 14. Rear Speaker Out port (black). This port connects to the rear speakers in a 4, 6, and 8-channel audio configuration. 15. Center/Subwoofer port (orange). This port connects to the center/subwoofer speakers. 16. Microphone port (pink). This port connects to a microphone. 17. Line Out port (lime). This port connects to a headphone or speaker. In a 4, 6, or 8-channel configuration, the function of this port becomes Front Speaker Out. 18. Line In port (light blue). This port connects to a tape, CD, DVD player, or other audio sources.
ASUS CG8250 1-5 Setting up your computer This section guides you through connecting the main hardware devices, such as the external monitor, keyboard, mouse, and power cord, to your computer. Connecting an external monitor Using the ASUS Graphics Card (on selected models only) Connect your monitor to the display output port on the discrete ASUS Graphics Card. To connect an external monitor using the ASUS Graphics Card: 1. Connect a monitor to a display output port on the ASUS Graphics Card. 2. Plug the monitor to a power source. The display output ports on the ASUS Graphics Card may vary with different models.
1-6 Chapter 1: Getting started • If your computer comes with an ASUS Graphics Card, the graphics card is set as the primary display device in the BIOS. Hence, connect your monitor to a display output port on the graphics card. • To connect multiple external monitors to your computer, refer to Connecting multiple external monitors in Chapter 3 of this user manual for details. Using the onboard display output ports Connect your monitor to the onboard display output port. To connect an external monitor using the onboard display output ports: 1. Connect a VGA monitor to the VGA port, or a DVI-D monitor to the DVI-D port, or an HDMI monitor to the HDMI port on the rear panel of your computer. 2. Plug the monitor to a power source.
ASUS CG8250 1-7 Connecting a USB keyboard and a USB mouse Connect a USB keyboard and a USB mouse to the USB ports on the rear panel of your computer. Connecting the power cord Connect one end of the power cord to the power connector on the rear panel of your computer and the other end to a power source.
1-8 Chapter 1: Getting started Turning your computer ON/OFF This section describes how to turn on/off your computer after setting up your computer. Turning your computer ON To turn your computer ON: 1. Turn your monitor ON. 2. Turn the power switch ON, then press the power button on your computer. 3. Wait until the operating system loads automatically. OFF ON Power button Turning your computer OFF To turn your computer OFF: 1. Close all running applications. 2. Click on the Windows® 7 desktop. 3. Click to shut down the operating system.
ASUS CG8250 2-1 Chapter 2 Using Windows® 7 Starting for the first time When you start your computer for the first time, a series of screens appear to guide you in configuring the basic settings of your Windows® 7 operating system. To start for the first time: 1. Turn your computer on. Wait for a few minutes until the Set Up Windows screen appears. 2. From dropdown list, select your language, then click Next. 3. From the dropdown lists, select your Country or region, Time and currency, and Keyboard layout, then click Next. 4. Key in uniques names for the user name and computer name, then click Next. 5. Key in the necessary information to set up your password, then click Next. You may also click Next to skip this step without entering any information. 6. Carefully read the license terms. Tick I accept the license terms and click Next. 7. Select Use recommended settings or Install important updates only to set up the security settings for your computer. To skip this step, select Ask me later. 8. Review your date and time settings. Click Next. The system loads the new settings and restarts. You may now start using your computer. If you want to set up a password for your account later, refer to the section Setting up a user account and password in this chapter.
2-2 Chapter 2: Using Windows® 7 Using Windows® 7 desktop Using the Start menu The Start menu gives you access to programs, utilities, and other useful items on your computer. It also provides you with more information about Windows 7 through its Help and Support feature. Launching items from the Start menu To launch items from the Start menu: 1. From the Windows® taskbar, click the Start icon . 2. From the Start menu, select the item that you want to launch. You may pin programs that you want constantly displayed on the Start menu. For more details, refer to the section Pinning programs on the Start menu or taskbar on this chapter. Click the Start icon > Help and Support to obtain more information about Windows® 7. Using the Getting Started item The Getting Started item on the Start menu contains information about some basic tasks such as personalizing Windows® , adding new users, and transferring files to help you to familiarize yourself with using Windows® 7. To use the Getting Started item: 1. From the Windows® taskbar, click the Start icon to launch the Start menu. 2. Select Getting Started. The list of available tasks appears. 3. Select the task that you want to do. Using the taskbar The taskbar allows you to launch and manage programs or items installed on your computer. Launching a program from the taskbar To launch a program from the taskbar: • From the Windows® taskbar, click an icon to launch it. Click the icon again to hide the program. You may pin programs that you want constantly displayed on the taskbar. For more details, refer to the section Pinning programs on the Start menu or taskbar on this chapter.
ASUS CG8250 2-3 Pinning items on the jumplists When you right-click an icon on the taskbar, a jumplist launches to provide you with quick- access to the program’s or item’s related links.You may pin items on the jumplist such as favorite websites, often-visited folders or drives, or recently played media files. To pin items to the jumplist: 1. From the taskbar, right-click an icon. 2. From the jumplist, right-click the item that you want to pin, then select Pin to this list. Unpinning items from the jumplist To unpin items from the jumplist: 1. From the taskbar, right-click an icon. 2. From the jumplist, right-click the item that you want to remove from the jumplist, then select Unpin from this list. Pinning programs on the Start menu or taskbar To pin programs on the Start menu or taskbar: 1. From the Windows® taskbar, click the Start icon to launch the Start menu. 2. Right-click the item that you want to pin on the Start menu or taskbar. 3. Select Pin to Taskbar or Pin to Start menu. You may also right-click on the icon of a running program on the taskbar, then select Pin this program to taskbar. Unpinning programs from the Start menu To unpin programs from the Start menu: 1. From the Windows® taskbar, click the Start icon to launch the Start menu. 2. From the Start menu, right-click the program that you want to unpin, then select Remove from this list. Unpinning programs from the taskbar To unpin programs from the taskbar: 1. From the taskbar, right-click the program that you want to remove from the taskbar, then select Unpin this program from taskbar.
2-4 Chapter 2: Using Windows® 7 Using the notification area By default, the notification area shows these three icons: Action Center notification Click this icon to display all the alert messages/notifications and launch the Windows® Action Center. Network connection This icon displays the connection status and signal strength of the wired or wireless network connection. Volume Click this icon to adjust the volume. Displaying an alert notification To display an alert notification: • Click the Notification icon , then click the message to open it. For more details, refer to the section Using Windows® Action Center in this chapter. Customizing icons and notifications You may choose to display or hide the icons and notifications on the taskbar or on the notification area. To customize icons and notifications: 1. From the notification area, click on the arrow icon . 2. Click Customize. 3. From the dropdown list, select the behaviors for the icons or items that you want customize. Managing your files and folders Using Windows® Explorer Windows® Explorer allows you to view, manage, and organize your files and folders. Launching Windows® Explorer To launch Windows Explorer: 1. From the Windows® taskbar, click the Start icon to launch the Start menu. 2. Click Computer to launch Windows Explorer.
ASUS CG8250 2-5 Exploring files and folders To explore files and folders: 1. Launch Windows® Explorer. 2. From the navigation or view pane, browse for the location of your data. 3. From the breadcrumb bar, click the arrow to display the contents of the drive or folder. Customizing the file/folder view To customize the file/folder view: 1. Launch Windows Explorer. 2. From the navigation pane, select the location of your data. 3. From the toolbar, click the View icon . 4. From the View menu, move the slider to select how you want to view the file/folder. You may also right-click anywhere on the View pane, click View, and select the view type that you want. Arranging your files To arrange your files: 1. Launch Windows Explorer. 2. From the Arrange by field, click to display the dropdown list. 3. Select your preferred arrangement type. Sorting your files To sort your files: 1. Launch Windows Explorer. 2. Right-click anywhere on the View pane. 3. From the menu that appears, select Sort by, then select your preferred sorting type. Grouping your files To group your files: 1. Launch Windows Explorer. 2. Right-click anywhere on the View pane. 3. From the menu that appears, select Group by, then select your preferred grouping type.
2-6 Chapter 2: Using Windows® 7 Adding a new folder To add a new folder: 1. Launch Windows Explorer. 2. From the toolbar, click New folder. 3. Key in a name for the new folder. You may also right-click anywhere on the View pane, click New > Folder. Backing up your files Setting up a backup To set up a backup: 1. Click > All Programs > Maintenance > Backup and Restore. 2. Click Set up backup. Click Next. 3. Select your backup destination. Click Next. 4. Select Let Windows choose (recommended) or Let me choose as your backup mode. Restoring your system settings The Windows® System Restore feature creates a restore point where the computer’s system settings are stored at certain time and date. It allows you to restore or undo changes to your computer’s system settings without affecting your personal data. To restore your system: 1. Close all running applications. 2. Click > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore. 3. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the process. If you select Let Windows choose, Windows will not back up your programs, FAT- formatted files, Recycle Bin files, or temporary files that are 1GB or more. 5. Follow the onscreen instructions to finish the process.
ASUS CG8250 2-7 Protecting your computer Using Windows® 7 Action Center Windows® 7 Action Center provides you with alert notifications, security information, system maintenance information, and the option to automatically troubleshoot and fix some common computer problems. You may customize the notifications. For more details, refer to the previous section Customizing icons and notifications in this chapter. Launching Windows® 7 Action Center To launch Windows® 7 Action Center: 1. To launch Windows 7 Action Center, click the Notification icon , then click Open Action Center. 2. From Windows 7 Action Center, click the task that you want to do. Using Windows® Update Windows Update allows you to check and install the latest updates to enhance the security and performance of your computer. Launching Windows® Update To launch Windows® Update: 1. From the Windows® taskbar, click the Start icon to launch the Start menu. 2. Select All Programs > Windows Update. 3. From the Windows Update screen, click the task that you want to do. Setting up a user account and password You may create user accounts and passwords for people who will use your computer. Setting up a user account To set up a user account: 1. From the Windows® taskbar, click > Getting Started > Add new users. 2. Select Manage another account. 3. Select Create a new account. 4. Key in the name of the new user. 5. Select either Standard user or Administrator as the user type. 6. When done, click Create Account.
2-8 Chapter 2: Using Windows® 7 Setting up a user’s password To set up a user’s password: 1. Select the user that you would like to set a password. 2. Select Create a password. 3. Key in a password and confirm it. Key in your password’s hint. 4. When done, click Create password. Activating the anti-virus software Trend Micro Internet Security is pre-installed on your computer. It is a third-party anti-virus software protecting your computer from virus. It is purchased separately. You have a 30-day trial period after activating it. To activate Trend Micro Internet Security: 1. Run the Trend Micro Internet Security application. 2. Carefully read the license terms. Click Agree & Activate. 3. Input your e-mail address and select your location. Click Next. 4. Click Finish to complete the activation. Getting Windows® Help and Support Windows® Help and Support provides you with guides and answers in using the applications in Windows® 7 platform. To launch Windows® Help and Support, click > Help and Support. Ensure that you are connected to the Internet to obtain the latest Windows® online help.
3-1 ASUS CG8250 To remove a USB storage device: 1. Click from the Windows notification area on your computer, then click Eject USB2.0 FlashDisk. 2. When the Safe to Remove Hardware message pops up, remove the USB storage device from your computer. Chapter 3 Connecting devices to your computer Connecting a USB storage device This desktop PC provides USB 2.0/1.1 ports on both the front and rear panels. The USB ports allow you to connect USB devices such as storage devices. To connect a USB storage device: • Insert the USB storage device to your computer. Front panel Rear panel DO NOT remove a USB storage device when data transfer is in progress. Doing so may cause data loss or damage the USB storage device.
3-2 Chapter 3: Connecting devices to your computer Connecting microphone and speakers This desktop PC comes with microphone ports and speaker ports on both the front and rear panels. The audio I/O ports located on the rear panel allow you to connect 2-channel, 4-channel, 6-channel, and 8-channel stereo speakers. Connecting Headphone and Mic Connecting 2-channel Speakers
3-3 ASUS CG8250 Connecting 4-channel Speakers Connecting 6-channel Speakers
3-4 Chapter 3: Connecting devices to your computer Connecting 8-channel Speakers
3-5 ASUS CG8250 Connecting multiple external displays Your desktop PC may come with VGA, HDMI, or DVI ports and allows you to connect multiple external displays. Setting up multiple displays When using multiple monitors, you are allowed to set display modes. You can use the additional monitor as a duplicate of your main display, or as an extension to enlarge your Windows desktop. To set up multiple displays: 1. Turn off your computer. 2. Connect the two monitors to your computer and connect the power cords to the monitors. Refer to Setting up your computer section in Chapter 1 for details on how to connect a monitor to your computer. When a graphics card is installed in your computer, connect the monitors on the output ports of the graphics card. For some graphic cards, only the monitor that is set to be the primary display has display during POST. The dual display function works only under Windows.
3-6 Chapter 3: Connecting devices to your computer 5. Select the display mode from the Multiple displays: drop-down list. • Duplicate these displays: Select this option to use the additional monitor as a duplicate of your main display. • Extend these displays: Select this option to use the additional monitor as an extension display. This increases your desktop space. • Show desktop only on 1 / 2: Select this option to show desktop only on monitor 1 or monitor 2. • Remove this display: Select this options to remove the selected display. 6. Click Apply or OK. Then click Keep Changes on the confirmation message. 3. Turn on your computer. 4. Do any of the following to open the Screen Resolution setting screen: • Click > Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Display > Change display settings. • Right click anywhere on your Windows desktop. When the pop-up menu appears, click Personalize > Display > Change display settings.
3-7 ASUS CG8250 Connecting an HDTV Connect a High Definition TV (HDTV) to the HDMI port of your computer. • You need an HDMI cable to connect the HDTV and the computer. The HDMI cable is purchased separately. • To get the best display performance, ensure that your HDMI cable is less than 15 meters.
4-1 ASUS CG8250 Chapter 4 Using your computer Proper posture when using your Desktop PC When using your Desktop PC, maintaining the proper posture is necessary to prevent strain to your wrists, hands, and other joints or muscles. This section provides you with tips on avoiding physical discomfort and possible injury while using and fully enjoying your Desktop PC. Eye level to the top of the monitor screen Foot rest 90˚ angles To maintain the proper posture: • Position your computer chair to make sure that your elbows are at or slightly above the keyboard to get a comfortable typing position. • Adjust the height of your chair to make sure that your knees are slightly higher than your hips to relax the backs of your thighs. If necessary, use a footrest to raise the level of your knees. • Adjust the back of your chair so that the base of your spine is firmly supported and angled slightly backward. • Sit upright with your knees, elbows and hips at an approximately 90º angle when you are at the PC. • Place the monitor directly in front of you, and turn the top of the monitor screen even with your eye level so that your eyes look slightly downward. • Keep the mouse close to the keyboard, and if necessary, use a wrist rest for support to reduce the pressure on your wrists while typing. • Use your Desktop PC in a comfortably-lit area, and keep it away from sources of glare such as windows and straight sunlight. • Take regular mini-breaks from using your Desktop PC.
4-2 Chapter 4: Using your computer 3. When finished, right-click the memory card drive icon on the Computer screen, click Eject, and then remove the card. Never remove cards while or immediately after reading, copying, formatting, or deleting data on the card or else data loss may occur. To prevent data loss, use “Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media” in the Windows notification area before removing the memory card. Using the memory card reader Digital cameras and other digital imaging devices use memory cards to store digital picture or media files. The built-in memory card reader on the front panel of your system allows you to read from and write to different memory card drives. To use the memory card: 1. Insert the memory card into the card slot. 2. Select a program from the AutoPlay window to access your files. • If AutoPlay is NOT enabled in your computer, click Windows® 7 Start button on the taskbar, click Computer, and then double-click the memory card icon to access the data on it. • Each card slot has its own drive icon which is displayed on the Computer screen. • The memory card reader LED lights up and blinks when data is being read from or written to the memory card. • A memory card is keyed so that it fits in only one direction. DO NOT force a card into a slot to avoid damaging the card. • You can place media in one or more of the card slots and use each media independently. Place only one memory card in a slot at one time. 1
ASUS CG8250 4-3 Using the optical drive Inserting an optical disc To insert an optical disc: 1. While your system is on, press the eject button below the drive bay cover to open the tray. 2. Place the disc to the optical drive with the label side facing up. 3. Push the tray to close it. 4. Select a program from the AutoPlay window to access your files. Removing an optical disc To remove an optical disc: 1. While the system is on, do either of the following to eject the tray: • Press the eject button below the drive bay cover. • Right-click the CD/DVD drive icon on the Computer screen, and then click Eject. 2. Remove the disc from the disc tray. If AutoPlay is NOT enabled in your computer, click Windows® 7 Start button on the taskbar, click Computer, and then double-click the CD/DVD drive icon to access the data on it. 1 2 3
4-4 Chapter 4: Using your computer Using the multimedia keyboard (on selected models only) The keyboard varies with models. The illustrations on this section are for reference only. ` 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 2 3 4 5 1 18 19 20 21 22 The special function keys only work on Windows® Vista / Windows® 7 operating systems. Keys Description Keys Description 1. Launches Windows® gadgets. 12. Press <Fn + F7> to launch Microsoft® MSN or, if not installed, connects to the MSN download page. 2. Activates Windows® Flip 3D. 13. Press <Fn + F8> to launch Windows® Search screen. 3. Reduces picture size in Windows® Photo Viewer. 14. Press <Fn + F9> to play or pause playback in Windows® Media Player. 4. Increases picture size in Windows® Photo Viewer. 15. Press <Fn + F10> to stop playback in Windows® Media Player. 5. Functions with keys F1~F12. 16. Press <Fn + F11> to go to the previous track in Windows® Media Player. 6. Press <Fn + F1> to launch Microsoft® Word. 17. Press <Fn + F12> to go to the next track in Windows® Media Player. 7. Press <Fn + F2> to launch Microsoft® Excel. 18. Decreases the system volume. 8. Press <Fn + F3> to launch Microsoft® PowerPoint. 19. Increases the system volume. 9. Press <Fn + F4> to launch Microsoft® Internet Explorer. 20. Turns the volume’s mute mode on/off. 10. Press <Fn + F5> to launch Microsoft® Outlook. 21. Launches Windows® Media Player. 11. Press <Fn + F6> to launch the Favorites folder in Windows® Internet Explorer. 22. Launches Windows® Media Center. ASUS SK-2045 keyboard
ASUS CG8250 4-5 ASUS-Razer Arctosa Gaming keyboard Keys Description 1. Plays or pauses playback in a media player. 2. Stops playback in a media player. 3. Goes to the previous track in a media player. 4. Goes to the next track in a media player. 5. Decreases the system volume. 6. Increases the system volume. 7. Turns the volume’s mute mode on/off. 8. Switches profiles working with F1 ~ F10 keys. 1 3 2 5 6 4 8 7 • The special function keys work on Windows® XP / Vista / 7 operating systems. • Install the keyboard driver before using. Visit the Razer website at www.razersupport.com to download the driver.
4-6 Chapter 4: Using your computer ` 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 • The special function keys work on Windows® ME / 2000 / XP / Vista / 7 operating systems without installing a driver. For Windows® 98SE operating system, visit the BTC website at www.btc.com.tw to download the driver. • Install Microsoft® Internet Explorer 5.0 or later versions before using the Internet keys. Keys Description Keys Description 1. Enters into sleep mode. Press any key to wake up your computer and return to the previous working status. 8. Increases the system volume. 2. Returns to the last page you viewed. 9. Turns the volume’s mute mode on/off. 3. Goes to the next page you viewed before. 10. Goes to the previous track in a media player. 4. Launches the default homepage in Windows® Internet Explorer. 11. Plays or pauses playback in a media player. 5. Launches the Favorites folder in Windows® Internet Explorer. 12. Goes to the next track in a media player. 6. Launches your default email application. 13. Stops playback in a media player. 7. Decreases the system volume. BTC 6200C keyboard
ASUS CG8250 4-7 The special function keys only work on Windows® Vista / Windows® 7 operating systems. ASUS PRIMAX/KB2621 keyboard Keys Description 1. Decreases the system volume. 2. Turns the volume’s mute mode on/off. 3. Increases the system volume. 4. Goes to the previous track in a media player. 5. Plays or pauses playback in a media player. 6. Goes to the next track in a media player. 1 3 2 5 6 4
ASUS CG8250 5-1 Chapter 5 Connecting to the Internet Connecting via a DSL/cable modem To connect via a DSL/cable modem: 1. Set up your DSL/cable modem. Wired connection Use an RJ-45 cable to connect your computer to a DSL/cable modem or a local area network (LAN). Modem RJ-45 cable 2. Connect one end of an RJ-45 cable to the LAN (RJ-45) port on the rear panel of your computer and the other end to a DSL/cable modem. Refer to the documentation that came with your DSL/cable modem. 3. Turn on the DSL/cable modem and your computer. 4. Configure the necessary Internet connection settings. Contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP) for details or assistance in setting up your Internet connection.
5-2 Chapter 5: Connecting to the Internet Connecting via a local area network (LAN) To connect via a LAN: 1. Connect one end of an RJ-45 cable to the LAN (RJ-45) port on the rear panel of your computer and the other end to your LAN. RJ-45 cable LAN 2. Turn on your computer. 3. Configure the necessary Internet connection settings. Contact your network administrator for details or assistance in setting up your Internet connection.
ASUS CG8250 6-1 Chapter 6 Using the Utilities ASUS AI Suite II ASUS AI Suite II is an all-in-one interface that integrates several ASUS utilities and allows users to launch and operate these utilities simultaneously. Installing AI Suite II To install AI Suite II: 1. Place the support DVD in the optical drive. The Drivers installation tab appears if Autorun is enabled. 2. Click the Utilities tab, then click ASUS AI Suite II. 3. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation. Click to select a utility Click to monitor sensors or CPU frequency Click to update the motherboard BIOS Click to show the system information Click to customize the interface settings Using AI Suite II AI Suite II automatically starts when you enter the Windows® operating system. The AI Suite II icon appears in the Windows® notification area. Click the icon to open the AI Suite II main menu bar. Click each button to select and launch a utility, to monitor the system, to update the motherboard BIOS, to display the system information, and to customize the settings of AI Suite II. The Support DVD and Recovery DVD may not be included in the package. You may use the Recovery Partition feature to create the Support DVD and Recovery DVD. For details, refer to Recovering your system in this chapter.
6-2 Chapter 6: Using the Utilities Launching EPU EPU is an energy-efficient tool that provides you with a total power-saving solution. It detects the current loading and intelligently adjusts the power usage in real-time. When you select the Auto mode, the system changes modes automatically according to the current system status. It allows you to customize each mode through configuring the settings such as CPU frequency, vCore Voltage, and Fan Control. To launch EPU: • Click� Tool > EPU on the AI Suite II main menu bar. • * Select From EPU Installation to show the CO2 that has been reduced since you installed EPU. • * � Select From the Last Reset to show the total CO2 that has been reduced since you click the Clear button . *Shifts between the display of Total and Current CO2 reduced Displays the system properties of each mode Displays the following message if no VGA power saving engine is detected. Advanced settings for each mode Multiple system operating modes Displays current mode The items lighting up means power saving engine is activated Displays the amount of CO2 reduced Displays the current CPU power The Tool menu The Tool menu includes the EPU, Probe II, and Sensor Recorder panels.
ASUS CG8250 6-3 Launching and configuring Probe II Probe II is a utility that monitors the computer’s vital components, and detects and alerts you of any problem with these components. Probe II senses fan rotations, CPU temperature, and system voltages, among others. With this utility, you are assured that your computer is always at a healthy operating condition. To launch Probe II: • Click� Tool > Probe II on the AI Suite II main menu bar. To configure Probe II: • Click the Voltage/Temperature/Fan Speed tabs to activate the sensors or to adjust the sensor threshold values. • The Preference tab allows you to customize the time interval of sensor alerts, or change the temperature unit. Loads the default threshold values for each sensor Applies your changes Loads your saved configuration Saves your configuration
6-4 Chapter 6: Using the Utilities Launching and configuring Sensor Recorder Sensor Recorder allows you to monitor the changes in the system voltage, temperature, and fan speed, as well as recording the changes. To launch Sensor Recorder: • Click Tool > Sensor Recorder on the AI Suite II main menu bar. To configure Sensor Recorder: • Click the Voltage/Temperature/Fan Speed tabs and select the sensors that you want to monitor. • The History Record tab allows you to record the changes in the sensors that you enable. Select the sensors that you want to monitor Click to zoom in/out the Y axis Click to zoom in/out the X axis Click to return to the default mode Drag to view the status during a certain period of time
ASUS CG8250 6-5 Launching Sensor The Sensor panel ������������������������������������������������������������������������ displays the current value of a system sensor such as fan rotation, CPU temperature, and voltages. To launch Sensor: • Click Monitor > Sensor on the AI Suite II main menu bar. Launching CPU Frequency The CPU Frequency panel ������������������������������������������������� displays the current CPU frequency and CPU usage. To launch CPU frequency: • Click Monitor > CPU Frequency on the AI Suite II main menu bar. The Monitor menu The Monitor menu includes the Sensor and CPU Frequency panels. The Update menu The Update menu allows you to update the motherboard BIOS and the BIOS boot logo with the ASUS designed update utilities. ASUS Update The ASUS Update is a utility that allows you to manage, save, and update the motherboard BIOS in Windows® OS. The ASUS Update utility allows you to u������������������������ pdate the BIOS directly from the Internet��������������������������������������������������������������������������� , download the latest BIOS file from the Internet, update the BIOS from an updated BIOS file, save the current BIOS file or view the BIOS version information. Updating the BIOS through the Internet To update the BIOS through the Internet: 1. From the ASUS Update screen, select Update BIOS from file, then click Next. 2. Select the ASUS FTP site nearest you to avoid network traffic. Tick the two items if you want to enable the BIOS downgradable and Auto-BIOS backup functions. 3. Select the BIOS version that you want to download, then click Next. When no updated version is detected, a message is displayed informing you that there is no new BIOS file from the BIOS server. 4. Click Yes if you want to change the boot logo, which is the image appearing on screen during the Power‑On Self-Tests (POST).������������������ Otherwise, click No. 5. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the update process.
6-6 Chapter 6: Using the Utilities Updating the BIOS through a BIOS file To update the BIOS through a BIOS file: 1. From the ASUS Update screen, select Update BIOS from file, then click Next. 2. Locate the BIOS file from the Open window, click Open, and click Next. 3. Click Yes if you want to change the boot logo, which is the image appearing on screen during the Power‑On Self-Tests (POST).������������������ Otherwise, click No. 4. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the update process. The System Information screen The System Information screen displays the information about the motherboard, CPU, and memory slots. • Click the MB tab to see the details on the motherboard manufacturer, product name, version, and BIOS. • Click the CPU tab to see the details on the processor and the Cache. • Click the SPD tab and then select the memory slot to see the details on the memory module installed on the corresponding slot. The Settings screen The Settings screen allows you to customize the main menu bar settings and the interface’s skin. • Application allows you to select the application that you want to enable. • Bar allows you to modify the bar setting, • Skin allows you to customize the interface’s contrast, brightness, saturation, hue, and gamma.
ASUS CG8250 6-7 After launching the application, the AI Manager icon appears in the Windows® taskbar. Right-click this icon to switch between the quick bar and the main window, and to launch the AI Manager either from the quick bar or taskbar. ASUS AI Manager ASUS AI Manager is a utility which gives you quick and easy access to frequently-used applications. Installing AI Manager To install AI Manager: 1. Place the support DVD in the optical drive. If Autorun is enabled, the Drivers installation wizard appears. If Autorun is disabled, double-click the setup.exe file from the ASUS AI Manager folder in the support DVD. 2. Click the Utilities tab, then click ASUS AI Manager. 3. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation. Launching AI Manager To launch the AI Manager from the Windows® desktop, click Start > All Programs > ASUS > AI Manager > AI Manager 1.xx.xx. The AI Manager quick bar appears on the desktop. AI Manager quick bar The AI Manager quick bar saves the desktop space and allows you to launch the ASUS utilities or display system information easily. Click any of the Main, My Favorites, Support or Information tab to display the menu’s contents. Click the Maximize/restore button to switch between full window and quick bar. Click the Minimize button to keep the AI Manager on the taskbar. Click the Close button to quit the AI Manager. Main The Main menu contains three utilities: AI Disk, AI Security, and AI Booting. Click the arrow on the Main menu icon to browse through the utilities in the main menu. Main My Favorites Support Information Exit button Switch to main Window Add to ToolBar
6-8 Chapter 6: Using the Utilities AI Disk AI Disk allows you to easily clear temporary IE files, IE cookies, IE URLs, IE history, or the Recycle Bin. Click the AI Disk icon on the quick bar to display the full AI Disk window and select the items you want to clear. Click Apply when done. AI Security AI Security enables you to set a password to secure your devices, such as USB flash disks and CD/DVD disks, from unauthorized access. To lock a device: 1. When using AI Security for the first time, you are asked to set a password. Key in a password with at most 20 alphanumeric characters. 2. Confirm the password. 3. Key in the password hint (recommended). 4. When done, click Ok. 5. Select the device you want to lock, then click Apply. 6. Key in the password you have set previously, then click Ok. To unlock the device: 1. Deselect the locked device, then click Apply. 2. Key in the password you have set previously, then click Ok. To change the password: • Click Change Password, then follow the onscreen instructions to change password. AI Booting AI Booting allows you to specify the boot device priority sequence. To specify the boot sequence: 1. Select a device, then click the left/right button to specify the boot sequence. 2. When done, press Apply. My Favorites My Favorites allows you to add applications that you frequently use, saving you from searching for the applications throughout your computer.
ASUS CG8250 6-9 To add an application: 1. Click Add, then locate the application you want to add to My Favorites. 2. Click Open on the file location window. The application is added to My Favorites list. Right click on the application icon to launch, delete, or rename the selected application. You can also double click to launch the selected application. Support Click any links on the Support window to go to the ASUS website, technical support website, download support website, or contact information. Information Click the tab on the Information window to see the detailed information about your system, motherboard, CPU, BIOS, installed device(s), and memory.
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