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    © 2013. All Rights Reserved. Acer Aspire P3 User Manual Model: P3 First issue: 28 March 2013...

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    Bottom view ..........22 and G-sensor Left/right views ........23 Power management LED Indicators .......... 25 Environment ............. 25 Acer Green Instant On........44 Keyboard cover ..........26 Saving power........... 45 Keyboard front view ......... 26 Battery pack Hotkeys ............. 28 Inserting the computer into the Battery pack characteristics......

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    Three concepts you might want to Explorer?..........62 keep in mind..........57 How do I check for Windows How do I access the charms?....57 updates? ..........63 How do I get to Start? ....... 57 Where can I get more information?..63 How do I jump between apps?....

  • Page 5: Safety And Comfort

    AFETY AND COMFORT AFETY INSTRUCTIONS Read these instructions carefully. Keep this document for future reference. Follow all warnings and instructions marked on the product. Turning the product off before cleaning Unplug this product from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not use liquid cleaners or aerosol cleaners.

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    - If an extension cord is used with this product, make sure that the total ampere rating of the equipment plugged into the extension cord does not exceed the extension cord ampere rating. Also, make sure that the total rating of all products plugged into the wall outlet does not exceed the fuse rating.

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    - Do not increase the volume to block out noisy surroundings. - Decrease the volume if you can't hear people speaking near you. General - Do not use this product near water. - Do not place this product on an unstable cart, stand or table. If the product falls, it could be seriously damaged.

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    Unplug this product from the wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified service personnel when: - The power cord or plug is damaged, cut or frayed. - Liquid was spilled into the product. - The product was exposed to rain or water. - The product has been dropped or the case has been damaged.

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    Dispose of batteries according to local regulations. Please recycle when possible. Do not dispose as household waste. - Note: Please refer to www.acer.com for battery shipping documents. - Warning! Batteries may explode if not handled properly. Do not disassemble or dispose of them in fire.

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    materials may be attracted to the device, and persons with hearing aids should not hold the device to the ear with the hearing aid. Do not place credit cards or other magnetic storage media near the device, because information stored on them may be erased. EDICAL DEVICES Operation of any radio transmitting equipment, including wireless phones, may interfere with the functionality of inadequately protected medical devices.

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    equipment in your vehicle is mounted and operating properly. Do not store or carry flammable liquids, gases, or explosive materials in the same compartment as the device, its parts, or enhancements. For vehicles equipped with an air bag, remember that air bags inflate with great force.

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    Equipment (WEEE) regulations, visit www.acer-group.com/public/ Sustainability/sustainability01.htm IPS AND INFORMATION FOR COMFORTABLE USE Computer users may complain of eyestrain and headaches after prolonged use. Users are also at risk of physical injury after long hours of working in front of a computer. Long work periods, bad posture, poor work habits, stress, inadequate working conditions, personal health and other factors greatly increase the risk of physical injury.

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    - Stand up and walk around regularly to remove the strain on your leg muscles. - Take short rests to relax your neck and shoulders. - Avoid tensing your muscles or shrugging your shoulders. - Install the external display, keyboard and mouse properly and within comfortable reach.

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    using a glare-reduction filter, using a display visor, such as a piece of cardboard extended from the display's top front edge. - Avoid adjusting your display to an awkward viewing angle. - Avoid looking at bright light sources for extended periods of time. Developing good work habits The following work habits make computer use more relaxing and productive: - Take short breaks regularly and often.

  • Page 15: First Things First, Your Guides, Computer, Turning Your Computer On And Off

    IRST THINGS F I R S T We would like to thank you for making an Acer comptuer your choice for meeting your mobile computing needs. Your guides To help you use your Acer computer, we have designed a set of guides: First off, the setup poster helps you get started with setting up your computer.

  • Page 16: Taking Care Of Your Computer

    • Tap the Settings charm > Power > Shut down. To turn the power off (to get into BIOS upon reboot), do the following: • Tap the Settings charm > Change PC settings > General. Under "Advanced startup", tap Restart now. The "Choose an option" screen displays.

  • Page 17: Taking Care Of Your Ac Adapter, Cleaning And Servicing

    • Do not expose the computer to rain or moisture. • Do not spill water or any liquid on the computer. • Do not subject the computer to heavy shock or vibration. • Do not expose the computer to dust or dirt. •...

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    2. Disconnect the AC adapter. 3. Use a soft, moist cloth. Do not use liquid or aerosol cleaners. If either of the following occurs: • The computer has been dropped or the body has been damaged; • The computer does not operate normally Please refer to "Frequently asked questions"...

  • Page 19: Your Acer Computer Tour, Computer

    C E R COMPUTER TOUR After setting up your device as illustrated in the setup poster, let us show you around your new Acer computer. You can enter information into you new computer via the touchscreen. Computer Your device has two components: the computer and the keyboard cover.

  • Page 20: Front View

    Front view No. Item Description Camera Lights up when camera is active. indicator light Webcam Web camera for video communication. Windows key Press once to open the Start menu. 20 - Your Acer computer tour...

  • Page 21: Back View

    Back view Item Description Integrated webcam Web camera for video communication. Camera indicator Lights up when camera is active. light Your Acer computer tour - 21...

  • Page 22: Top View, Bottom View

    These include games and other full- screen apps. When making video calls, you should always hold the computer in landscape orientation. Bottom view No. Item Description Speakers Delivers stereo audio output. 22 - Your Acer computer tour...

  • Page 23: Left/right Views

    Supports high-definition digital video micro HDMI port connections. Connects to USB devices. USB 3.0 port A USB 3.0 port can be distinguished by its blue connector (see below). DC-in jack Connects to an AC adapter. Your Acer computer tour - 23...

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    Press to increase or decrease Volume key volume. Information on USB 3.0 • Compatible with USB 3.0 and earlier USB devices. • For optimal performance, use USB 3.0-certified devices. • Defined by the USB 3.0 (SuperSpeed USB) specification. 24 - Your Acer computer tour...

  • Page 25: Led Indicators, Environment

    The battery is critically low or abnormal battery Amber Blinking situation. The computer is off. Environment • Temperature: • Operating: 5 °C to 35 °C • Non-operating: -20 °C to 65 °C • Humidity (non-condensing): • Operating: 20% to 80% Your Acer computer tour - 25...

  • Page 26: Keyboard Cover, Keyboard Front View

    • Non-operating: 20% to 80% Keyboard cover The following section describes the bundled keyboard cover. Keyboard front view No. Icon Item Description Indicates the keyboard’s battery Battery LED status (see table below). 26 - Your Acer computer tour...

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    USB connector battery. See "Inserting the computer into the keyboard cover" on page 29. Indicates the keyboard’s function Function LED status (see table below). Keyboard For entering data into your computer. Your Acer computer tour - 27...

  • Page 28: Hotkeys

    The computer employs hotkeys or key combinations to access most of the computer's controls like settings and volume output. To activate hotkeys, press and hold the <Fn> key before pressing the other key in the hotkey combination. 28 - Your Acer computer tour...

  • Page 29: Inserting The Computer Into The Keyboard Cover

    Inserting the computer into the keyboard cover Note: Always use caution when using and transporting the keyboard cover. Acer recommends using two hands when holding the keyboard case. 1. Place the holder into the keyboard's channel to put the holder in position.

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    3. Lean the tablet back into the holder and press the tablet's top edges to ensure the holder’s tabs secure it in place.The computer is now secure in the keyboard cover. 30 - Your Acer computer tour...

  • Page 31: Removing The Computer From The Keyboard Cover

    Note: To avoid possible damage, do not carry the holder with the computer facing outside. Removing the computer from the keyboard cover 1. Press the holder’s tabs located on the top of the holder. Your Acer computer tour - 31...

  • Page 32: Using The Keyboard

    4. To turn off the keyboard, press and hold the keyboard's Power button until the function LED blinks. Release the Power button. Note: To save power, turn the keyboard off when not in use. 32 - Your Acer computer tour...

  • Page 33: Pairing With The P3

    1. Tap the Settings charm > Change PC settings > Devices 2. Tap the Acer Aspire P3 Bluetooth Keyboard option and then tap the minus sign to the right to remove the device (it may take a moment for the keyboard to be removed from the device list.)

  • Page 34: Charging The Keyboard, Troubleshooting

    Press and hold the keyboard's Power button again until the function LED comes on. 2. The keyboard may be out of charge. Follow the instructions in the "Charging your tablet" section. 34 - Your Acer computer tour...

  • Page 35: Universal Serial Bus (usb)

    (USB) N I V E R S A L E R I A L The USB port is a high-speed serial bus which allows you to connect USB peripherals without taking up system resources. Universal Serial Bus (USB) - 35...

  • Page 36: Hdmi Micro

    H D M I M ICRO HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is an industry-supported, uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface. HDMI provides an interface between any compatible digital audio/video source, such as a set-top box, DVD player, and A/V receiver and a compatible digital audio and/or video monitor, such as a digital television (DTV), over a single cable.

  • Page 37: Using The Virtual Keyboard

    S I N G T H E VIRTUAL K E Y B O A R D Microsoft Windows provides a convenient virtual keyboard for entering data. There are several ways to display the keyboard: Tap inside any text field to display the Windows virtual keyboard. Using the virtual keyboard - 37...

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    From Desktop, tap the Keyboard icon in the system tray to display the keyboard. Tap the "x" in the keyboard’s top-right corner to close the keyboard. 38 - Using the virtual keyboard...

  • Page 39: Wireless Networks, Connecting To The Internet, Wireless Networks

    IRELESS N E TW ORK S Connecting to the Internet Your computer's wireless connection is turned on by default. Windows will detect and display a list of available networks during setup. Select your network and enter the password if required. Otherwise, open Internet Explorer and follow the instructions.

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    Installation speed and simplicity Installing a wireless LAN system can be fast and easy and eliminates the need to pull cables through walls and ceilings. Components of a wireless LAN To set up your Wireless network at home you need to have the following: Access point (router) Access points (routers) are two-way transceivers that broadcast data into the surrounding environment.

  • Page 41: Acer Clear.fi, Navigating Media And Photos, Shared Files

    CER CLEAR Note: Only for certain models. With Acer clear.fi, you can enjoy videos, photos and music. Stream media from, or to, other devices with Acer clear.fi installed. Note: All devices must be connected to the same network. To watch videos or listen to music open clear.fi Media, to browse photos open clear.fi Photo.

  • Page 42: Which Devices Are Compatible, Playing To Another Device

    Player... 3. Select a file in the main window, then use the media controls in the bar across the bottom of the screen to control the remote device. For more help, go to http://www.acer.com/clearfi/download/. 42 - Acer clear.fi...

  • Page 43: Screen Orientation And G-sensor

    CREEN OR IENTATION SENSOR Your device has a built-in accelerometer that detects the device’s orientation and automatically rotates the screen to suit the orientation. You can lock the screen orientation by doing the following: 1. Swipe the right-hand edge of the screen inwards and tap Search. 2.

  • Page 44: Power Management, Acer Green Instant On

    Acer Green Instant On Note: For selected models only. The Acer Green Instant On feature allows your computer to wake up from Sleep mode in less than the time it takes to open the lid. When you close the lid, or leave your computer for a while, your computer enters Sleep mode.

  • Page 45: Saving Power

    Fast startup: Note: If Fast startup is off, your computer will take longer to start from Sleep. If your computer features Acer Instant On or Acer Always Connect, these will also be turned off. Your computer will also not start if it receives an instruction to start over a network (Wake on LAN).

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    1. Open the Desktop. 2. Click Power Options in the Notification area. 3. Select More Power Options. 4. Select Choose what the power buttons do. 5. To access Shutdown Settings, select Change settings that are currently unavailable. 46 - Power management...

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    6. Scroll down and disable Turn on fast startup. 7. Select Save changes. Power management - 47...

  • Page 48: Battery Pack, Battery Pack Characteristics

    ATTERY P A CK The computer uses an embedded battery pack that gives you long use between charges. Battery pack characteristics The battery pack has the following characteristics: • Employs current battery technology standards. • Delivers a battery-low warning. The battery is recharged whenever you connect the computer to the AC adapter.

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    3. Turn on the computer and operate using battery power. 4. Fully deplete the battery until the battery-low warning appears. 5. Reconnect the AC adapter and fully charge the battery again. Follow these steps again until the battery has been charged and discharged three times.

  • Page 50: Optimizing Battery Life, Checking The Battery Level, Battery-low Warning

    Optimizing battery life Optimizing battery life helps you get the most out of battery operation, prolonging the charge/recharge cycle and improving recharging efficiency. You are advised to follow the suggestions set out below: • Use AC power whenever possible, reserving battery for on-the-go use. •...

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    When the battery-low warning appears, the recommended course of action depends on your situation: Situation Recommended Action 1. Plug the AC adapter into the computer, and then connect to the mains power supply. The AC adapter 2. Save all necessary files. and a power outlet 3.

  • Page 52: Securing Your Computer, Using Passwords

    ECURING Y O U R COMPUTER Your computer is a valuable investment that you need to take care of. Learn how to protect and take care of your computer. Using passwords Passwords protect your computer from unauthorized access. Setting these passwords creates several different levels of protection for your computer and data: •...

  • Page 53: Entering Passwords

    Entering passwords When a password is set, a password prompt appears in the center of the display screen. • When the Supervisor Password is set, a prompt appears when you enter the BIOS utility at boot-up (See "BIOS utility" on page 67). •...

  • Page 54: Frequently Asked Questions

    REQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS The following is a list of possible situations that may arise during the use of your computer. Easy solutions are provided for each one. I turned on the power, but the computer does not start or boot up. Look at the power button’s battery LED: •...

  • Page 55: Requesting Service

    Place your proof-of- purchase in the flap located inside the front cover of the ITW passport. If the country you are traveling in does not have an Acer-authorized ITW service site, you can still get in contact with our offices worldwide. Please visit www.acer.com.

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    support, we can reduce the amount of time a call takes and help solve your problems efficiently. If there are error messages or beeps reported by your computer, write them down as they appear on the screen (or the number and sequence in the case of beeps). You are required to provide the following information: Name: Address:...

  • Page 57: Tips And Hints For Using Windows 8, Keep In Mind

    Tips and hints for using Windows 8 We know this is a new operating system that will take some getting used to, so we've created a few pointers to help you get started. Three concepts you might want to keep in mind 1.

  • Page 58: How Do I Jump Between Apps, How Do I Turn Off My Computer

    Swipe the right-hand edge of the screen inwards, tap Settings > Power and select the action you'd like to take. Alternatively, from Desktop, tap Acer Power Button and select the action you'd like to take. Why is there a new interface? The new interface for Windows 8 is designed to work well with touch input.

  • Page 59: How Do I Personalize My Computer

    Tap and hold the preview icon to see the characters you've entered to ensure the password is correct. How do I personalize my computer? You can personalize Start with a different background image or by arranging the tiles to suit your personal needs. To change the background, swipe the right-hand edge of the screen inwards and tap Settings >...

  • Page 60: Desktop Back, Where Are My Apps

    So, how do I close an app? Swipe the window downwards from the top to the bottom of the screen. Can I change the screen resolution? Swipe the right-hand edge of the screen inwards and tap Search, tap the text box to open the onscreen keyboard and start typing 'Control Panel' to display the results;...

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    How do I make an app appear on Start? If you're in All apps and you want to make an app appear on Start, tap and drag the app downwards and release it. Tap Pin to Start from the menu that appears at the bottom of the screen.

  • Page 62: What Is A Microsoft Id (account), Explorer

    What is a Microsoft ID (account)? A Microsoft account is an email address and password that you use to sign in to Windows. You can use any email address, but it is best if you choose the one you already use to communicate with friends and sign in to your favorite websites.

  • Page 63: Updates, Where Can I Get More Information

    Swipe the right-hand edge of the screen inwards and tap Settings > Change PC settings > Windows Updates. Tap Check for updates now. Where can I get more information? For more information please visit the following pages: • Windows 8 tutorials: www.acer.com/windows8-tutorial • Support FAQs: www.acer.com/support Frequently asked questions - 63...

  • Page 64: Troubleshooting, Troubleshooting Tips, Error Messages

    Troubleshooting This chapter shows you how to deal with common system problems. Read it before calling a technician if a problem occurs. Solutions to more serious problems require opening up the computer. Do not attempt to open the computer yourself; contact your dealer or authorized service center for assistance.

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    Error messages Corrective action Insert a system (bootable) disk into an external Disk boot failure drive, then press <Enter> to reboot. Contact your dealer or an authorized service Hard disk 0 error center. Hard disk 0 extended Contact your dealer or an authorized service type error center.

  • Page 66: Recovering Your System

    ECOVERING Y O U R S YS T EM Note: This section may not apply to your model. Your computer comes with system recovery DVDs, but does not contain an optical disc drive (ODD). Obtain an external ODD and complete the following steps to recover your computer to factory conditions: 1.

  • Page 67: Bios Utility, Boot Sequence, Setting Passwords

    BIOS UTILITY The BIOS utility is a hardware configuration program built into your computer's BIOS. Your computer is already properly configured and optimized, and you do not need to run this utility. However, if you encounter configuration problems, you may need to run it. To enter the BIOS utility, do the following: •...

  • Page 68: Regulations And Safety Notices

    EGULATIONS AND SAFETY N OT IC E S STATEMENT This device 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.

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    Caution: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer could void the user's authority, which is granted by the Federal Communications Commission, to operate this computer. OTICE FOR ANADA This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003. Remarque à l'intention des utilisateurs canadiens Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est conforme a la norme NMB-003 du Canada.

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    Declaration of Conformity for EU countries Hereby, Acer, declares that this computer is in compliance with the essential requirements and other relevant provisions of Directive 1999/5/EC. Wireless operation channels for different domains N. America 2.412-2.462 GHz Ch01 through Ch11 Japan 2.412-2.484 GHz...

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    Departments in which the use of the 2400 - 2483.5 MHz band is permitted with an EIRP of less than 100 mW indoors and less than 10 mW outdoors: 01 Ain Orientales 25 Doubs 59 Nord 71 Saone et Loire 02 Aisne 26 Drome 60 Oise...

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    List of national codes This equipment may be operated in the following countries: Country ISO 3166 Country ISO 3166 2 letter code 2 letter code Austria Malta Belgium Netherlands Cyprus Poland Czech Republic Portugal Denmark Slovakia Estonia Slovenia Finland Spain France Sweden Germany...

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    This device complies with RSS210 of Industry Canada. This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003, Issue 4, and RSS-210, No 4 (Dec 2000) and No 5 (Nov 2001). "To prevent radio interference to the licensed service, this device is intended to be operated indoors and away from windows to provide maximum shielding.

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