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  • Brand: Asus
  • Product: Desktop
  • Model/name: Essentio CM1831
  • Filetype: PDF
  • Available languages: English

Table of Contents

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Copyright © 2011 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
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owners’ benefit, without intent to infringe.
E6415
First Edition
February 2011
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Contents
Notices	........................................................................................................... 5
Safety information........................................................................................... 7
Conventions used in this guide....................................................................... 8
Where to find more information...................................................................... 8
Package contents........................................................................................... 9
Chapter 1:	 Getting started
Welcome!.......................................................................................................11
Getting to know your computer......................................................................11
Setting up your computer.
............................................................................. 15
Turning your computer ON/OFF................................................................... 18
Chapter 2:	 Using Windows®
7
Starting for the first time.
............................................................................... 19
Using Windows®
7 desktop........................................................................... 20
Managing your files and folders.................................................................... 22
Restoring your system settings.
.................................................................... 24
Protecting your computer.
............................................................................. 25
Getting Windows®
Help and Support............................................................ 26
Chapter 3:	 Connecting devices to your computer
Connecting a USB storage device................................................................ 27
Connecting microphone and speakers......................................................... 28
Connecting multiple external displays.......................................................... 31
Connecting an HDTV.................................................................................... 33
Chapter 4:	 Using your computer
Proper posture when using your Desktop PC.............................................. 35
Using the memory card reader..................................................................... 36
Using the optical drive.................................................................................. 37
Using the multimedia keyboard (on selected models only).......................... 38
Chapter 5:	 Connecting to the Internet
Wired connection.......................................................................................... 43
Wireless connection (on selected models only).
........................................... 45
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Contents
Chapter 6:	 Using the utilities
ASUS AI Suite II.
........................................................................................... 47
ASUS AI Manager.
........................................................................................ 53
Nero 9	 ......................................................................................................... 56
Recovering your system............................................................................... 57
Chapter 7:	 Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting............................................................................................ 59
ASUS contact information.
............................................................................ 66
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Notices	
ASUS Recycling/Takeback Services
ASUS recycling and takeback programs come from our commitment to the highest standards
for protecting our environment. We believe in providing solutions for you to be able to
responsibly recycle our products, batteries, other components, as well as the packaging
materials. Please go to http://csr.asus.com/english/Takeback.htm for the detailed recycling
information in different regions.
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://csr.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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 Essentio Desktop
PC
Keyboard x1 Mouse x1
Installation Guide
Power cord x1 Installation Guide x1 Warranty card x1
Nero 9 burning software
DVD x1
Support DVD (optional) x1
Recovery DVD (optional) x1
Antenna (optional) x2
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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 CM6730 Desktop PC!
The ASUS Essentio CM6730 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.
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Rear panel
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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.
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Headphone port. This port connects to a headphone or speaker.
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Optical disk drive eject button. Press this button to eject the optical disk drive tray.
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Secure Digital™ / MultiMediaCard slot. Insert a Secure Digital™ / MultiMediaCard
card into this slot.
	 Memory Stick™ / Memory Stick Pro™ card slot. Insert a Memory Stick™ / Memory
Stick Pro™ card into this slot.
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Power button. Press this button to turn on your computer.
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Optical disk drive bay. There is an optical disk drive in this bay.
DVI
HDMI
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Voltage selector switch. Switch to select the appropriate system input voltage.
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Power connector. Plug the power cord to this connector.
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Air vents. These vents allow air ventilation.
DO NOT block the air vents on the chassis. Always provide proper ventilation for your
computer.
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PS/2 Keyboard / Mouse Combo port (purple/green). This port is for a PS/2 keyboard
or mouse.
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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.
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Optical S/PDIF_OUT port. This port connects to an external audio output device via
an optical S/PDIF cable.
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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.
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VGA port. This port is for VGA-compatible devices such as a VGA monitor.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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	 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
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ASUS Graphics Card (on selected models only). The display output ports on this
optional ASUS Graphics Card may vary with different models.
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ASUS WLAN Card (on selected models only). This optional WLAN card allows your
computer to connect to a wireless network.
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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.
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Rear Speaker Out port (black). This port connects to the rear speakers in a 4, 6, and
8-channel audio configuration.
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Side Speaker Out port (gray). This port connects to the side speakers in an 8-channel
audio configuration.
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Microphone port (pink). This port connects to a microphone.
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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.
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Center/Subwoofer port (orange). This port connects to the center/subwoofer
speakers.
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Line In port (light blue). This port connects to a tape, CD, DVD player, or other audio
sources.
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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.
DVI
HDMI
DVI
HDMI
The display output ports on the ASUS Graphics Card may vary with different models.
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•	 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.
DVI
HDMI
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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.
DVI
HDMI
DVI
HDMI
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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 on the power switch.
2.	 Turn your monitor ON.
3.	 Press the power button on your computer.
Turning your computer OFF
To turn your computer OFF:
1.	 Close all running applications.
2.	 Click on the Windows®
desktop.
3.	 Click to shut down the operating system.
Power button
4.	 Wait until the operating system loads automatically.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 to
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 and USB3.0
ports on the rear panel. 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.
DVI
HDMI
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.
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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
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Connecting 4-channel Speakers
Connecting 6-channel Speakers
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Connecting 8-channel Speakers
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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2
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Using the multimedia keyboard
(on selected models only)
The keyboard varies with models. The illustrations on this section are for reference only.
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4
5
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19
20
21
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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
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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.
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•	 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
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Hot keys Description
1.
Turns the volume’s mute mode on/off.
2.
Decreases the system volume.
3.
Increases the system volume.
ASUS KB34211 modern wired keyboard
1 2 3
The special function keys only work on Windows®
Vista / Windows®
7 / XP operating
systems.
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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).
DVI
HDMI
DVI
HDMI
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.
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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.
DVI
HDMI
RJ-45 cable
LAN
DVI
HDMI
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.
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Wireless connection (on selected models only)
Connect your computer to the Internet through a wireless connection.
•	 To increase the range and sensitivity of the wireless radio signal, connect the external
antennas to the antenna connectors on the ASUS WLAN Card.
•	 Place the antennas on the top of your computer for the best wireless performance.
•	 The external antennas are optional items.
To establish a wireless connection, you need to connect to a wireless access point (AP).
DVI
HDMI
Wireless AP
Modem
DVI
HDMI
To connect to a wireless network:
1.	 Click the network icon in the notification area to display the available wireless
networks.
2.	 Select the wireless network that you want to connect to, then click Connect.
3.	 You may need to key in the network security key for a secured wireless network, then
click OK.
4.	 Wait while your computer is connecting to the wireless network.
5.	 The wireless connection is established successfully. The connection status is displayed
and the network icon displays the connected status.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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 update 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.
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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.

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