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  • Page 1: Asus Desktop Pc

    ASUS Desktop PC M32BC/M52BC User Guide M32BC M52BC...

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    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.

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents Notices ..............................5 Safety information ........................... 9 Conventions used in this guide....................10 Where to find more information ....................10 Package contents ...........................11 Chapter 1: Getting started Welcome! ............................13 Getting to know your computer ....................13 Setting up your computer......................19 Turning your computer ON/OFF ....................21 Chapter 2: Connecting devices to your computer Connecting a USB storage device ....................23...

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    Contents Putting your Desktop PC to sleep ....................61 Entering the BIOS Setup ......................62 Recovering your system .......................63 ASUS contact information ASUS contact information ......................66...

  • Page 5: Notices

    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 for the detailed recycling information in different regions.

  • Page 6: Canadian Department Of Communications Statement

    Avertissement relatif aux batteries Lithium-Ion MISE EN GARDE: Danger d’explosion si la pile n’est pas remplacée correctement. Remplacer uniquement avec une pile de type semblable ou équivalent, recommandée par le fabricant. Mettez au rebut les batteries usagées conformément aux instructions du fabricant.

  • Page 7: Installation Site

    VCCI: Japan Compliance Statement VCCI Class B Statement This is a Class B product based on the standard of the VCCI Council. If this is used near a radio or television receiver, it may cause radio interference. Install and use equipment according to the instruction manual.

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    All ASUS products with the ENERGY STAR logo comply with the ENERGY STAR standard, and the power management feature is enabled by default. The monitor and computer are automatically set to sleep after 10 and 30 minutes of user inactivity.

  • Page 9: Safety Information

    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.

  • Page 10: Conventions Used In This Guide

    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 ASUS Local Technical Support Visit ASUS website at for the contact information of local...

  • Page 11: Package Contents

    Package contents ASUS Desktop PC Keyboard x1 Mouse x1 Power cord x1 Installation Guide x1 Warranty Card x1 DVD/SDVD/RDVD x1 Dipole antenna x1 (optional) / Antenna x 1 (optional) (optional) • 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.

  • Page 13: Chapter 1: Getting Started

    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. Getting to know your computer Illustrations are for reference only. The ports, their locations and the chassis color vary with different models.

  • Page 14: Front Panel

    Secure Digital™ (SD) / High Capacity Secure Digital™(SDHC) / xD-Picture (XD) card slot. Insert a supported memory card into this slot. Headphone port. This port connects to a headphone or speaker. Supported by ASUS Audio Wizard. Microphone port. This port connects to a microphone.

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    Multimedia Card Plus (MMC-Plus) / Memory Stick (MS) / Memory Stick Pro (MS-Pro)/ xD format card. Headphone port. This port connects to a headphone or speaker. Supported by ASUS Audio Wizard. Microphone port. This port connects to a microphone. ASUS M32BC/M52BC...

  • Page 16: Rear Panel

    Rear panel Power connector. Plug the power cord to this connector. RATING: 110-120/220-240Vac, 6.0/3.0A, 60/50Hz. Power switch. Switch to turn ON/OFF the power supply to your computer. 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 ACT/LINK SPEED Activity/Link LED Speed LED Status Description Status Description No link 10Mbps connection ORANGE Linked ORANGE 100Mbps connection BLINKING Data activity GREEN 1Gbps connection LAN port ASUS M32BC/M52BC...

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    Expansion slot bracket. Remove the expansion slot bracket when installing an expansion card. ASUS Graphics Cards (on selected models only). The display output ports on these optional ASUS Graphics Cards may vary with different models. ASUS WLAN Card (on selected models only). This optional WLAN card allows your computer to connect to a wireless network.

  • Page 19: Setting Up 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: Connect a monitor to a display output port on the ASUS Graphics Card.

  • Page 20: Connecting The Power Cord

    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. Connect your USB keyboard and USB mouse to the USB 2.0 ports. 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.

  • Page 21: Turning Your Computer On/off

    Press the power button on your computer. Power button Power button M32BC M52BC Wait until the operating system loads automatically. For details on shutting down your Desktop PC, refer to the Windows 8.1 User Manual, which ® can be found in this manual. ASUS M32BC/M52BC...

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    Chapter 1: Getting started...

  • Page 23: Chapter 2: Connecting Devices To Your Computer

    This desktop PC provides USB 2.0/1.1 and USB 3.0 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 M32BC M52BC Rear panel ASUS M32BC/M52BC...

  • Page 24: 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 2.1-channel, 4.1-channel, 5.1-channel and 7.1-channel stereo speakers. Connecting Headphone and Mic M32BC Chapter 2: Connecting devices to your computer...

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    M52BC Connecting 2.1-channel Speakers ASUS M32BC/M52BC...

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    Connecting 4.1-channel Speakers Connecting 5.1-channel Speakers Chapter 2: Connecting devices to your computer...

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    Connecting 7.1-channel Speakers ASUS M32BC/M52BC...

  • Page 28: Connecting Multiple External Displays

    Refer to Setting up your computer section in Chapter 1 for details on how to connect a monitor to your computer. M32BC M52BC For some graphic cards, only the monitor that is set to be the primary display has display during POST.

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    This increases your desktop space. Show desktop only on 1 / 2: Select this option to show desktop only on monitor 1 or • monitor 2. Click Apply or OK. Then click Keep Changes on the confirmation message. ASUS M32BC/M52BC...

  • Page 30: Connecting An Hdtv

    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. M32BC M52BC Chapter 2: Connecting devices to your computer...

  • Page 31: Chapter 3: Using Your Computer

    • 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. ASUS M32BC/M52BC...

  • Page 32: Using The Memory Card Reader

    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.

  • Page 33: Using The Optical Drive

    8.1, hover your mouse pointer over the lower left ® corner of Windows desktop then right-click on the Start screen’s thumbnail. From the popup ® menu, click File Explorer to open the Computer screen. Remove the disc from the disc tray. ASUS M32BC/M52BC...

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    Chapter 3: Using your computer...

  • Page 35: Chapter 4: Connecting To The Internet

    DSL/cable modem. Modem RJ-45 cable Turn on the DSL/cable modem and your computer. Configure the necessary Internet connection settings. • Contact your network administrator for details or assistance in setting up your Internet connection. • For more details, refer to the sections Configuring a dynamic IP/PPPoE network connection or Configuring a static IP network connection. ASUS M32BC/M52BC...

  • Page 36: Connecting Via A Local Area Network (lan)

    Connecting via a local area network (LAN) To connect via a LAN: 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 Turn on your computer.

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    From the Windows taskbar, right-click the network icon ® Sharing Center. From the Open Network and Sharing Center screen, click Change Adapter settings. Right-click on your LAN and select Properties. Click Internet Protocol Version 4(TCP/ IPv4) and click Properties. ASUS M32BC/M52BC...

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    Click Obtain an IP address automatically and click OK. Continue to the next steps if you are using PPPoE connection. Return to the Network and Sharing Center and then click Set up a new connection or network. Select Connect to the Internet and click Next.

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    Repeat steps 1 to 4 of the previous section. Click Use the following IP address. Enter the IP address, Subnet mask and Gateway from your service provider. If needed, enter the preferred DNS Server address and alternative address. When done, click OK. ASUS M32BC/M52BC...

  • Page 40: Wi-fi Connection (on Selected Models Only)

    Connect your computer to the Internet through a wireless connection. To establish a Wi-Fi connection, you need to connect to a wireless access point (AP). Wireless AP Modem • To increase the range and sensitivity of the wireless radio signal, connect the external antennas to the antenna connectors on the ASUS WLAN Card. • The external antennas are optional items. Chapter 4: Connecting to the Internet...

  • Page 41: Chapter 5: Troubleshooting

    End Task. • If the keyboard is not responding, press and hold the Power button until the computer shuts down. Then press the Power button to turn it on. I cannot connect to a wireless network using the ASUS WLAN Card (on selected models only)? • Ensure that you enter the correct network security key for the wireless network you want to connect to.

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    The arrow keys on the number key pad are not working. Check if the Number Lock LED is off. When the Number Lock LED is on, the keys on the number key pad are used to input numbers only. Press the Number Lock key to turn the LED off if you want to use the arrow keys on the number key pad.

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    Personalization. From the Desktop Mode screen a) Launch the Desktop Mode from the Start screen. b) Right click anywhere on your Desktop Mode screen. When the pop-up menu appears, click Personalize > Display > Change display settings. ASUS M32BC/M52BC...

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    My speakers produce no sound. • Ensure that you connect your speakers to the Line out port (lime) on the front panel or the rear panel. • Check if your speak is connected to an electrical source and turned on. • Adjust your speakers’ volume. • Ensure that your computer’s system sounds are not Muted. • If it is muted, the volume icon is displayed as . To enable the system sounds, click from the Windows notification area, then click • If it is not muted, click and drag the slider to adjust the volume. •...

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    • E nsure that the power cord is properly Your computer’s power cord connected. is not properly connected. • U se other compatible power cord. PSU (Power supply unit) Contact the ASUS Service Center about problems installing another PSU on your computer. ASUS M32BC/M52BC...

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    Ensure the LAN LED is on. If not, try LAN cable problems another LAN cable. If it still does not work, contact the ASUS service center. Your computer is not Ensure that your computer is properly Cannot access the properly connected to a connected to a router or hub.

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    • U se an anti-virus software to scan for too slow viruses and repair your computer. Computer virus attack • R einstall the operating system. • S end the damaged hard disk drive to ASUS Service Center for servicing. Hard disk drive failure • R eplace with a new hard disk drive. • R eplace with compatible memory modules. • R emove the extra memory modules Memory module problems The system often that you have installed, then try again.

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    • C ontact the ASUS Service Center for assistance. If the problem still persists, refer to your Desktop PC’s warranty card and contact the ASUS Service Center. Visit the ASUS Support site at for the service center information. Chapter 5: Troubleshooting...

  • Page 49: User Manual

    ASUS Desktop PC Windows ® User Manual Appendix Windows 8.1 User Manual ® E8607 First Edition August 2013 Copyright © ASUSTeK Computer Inc. All Rights Reserved...

  • Page 51: Starting For The First Time

    Windows®8.1 functionalities. Windows 8.1 lock screen ® The Windows®8.1 lock screen may appear when your Desktop PC enters the Windows®8.1 operating system. To proceed, tap on the lock screen or press any key on your Desktop PC's keyboard. ASUS Desktop PC...

  • Page 52: Using The Windows Ui

    Using the Windows ® The Windows User Interface (UI) is the tile-based display used in Windows 8.1. It includes the ® ® following features you can use while working on your Desktop PC. Start screen The Start screen appears after successfully signing in to your user account. It helps organize all the programs and applications you need in just one place.

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    Onscreen hotspots allow you to launch programs and access the settings of your Desktop PC. The functions in these hotspots can be activated using your mouse. Hotspots on a running app Hotspots on the Start screen Refer to the next page for the Hotspots’ functions. ASUS Desktop PC...

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    Hotspot Action upper left corner Hover your mouse pointer then click on the recent app’s thumbnail to go back to that app. Move your mouse pointer down to display all the running apps. lower left corner From a running app screen: Hover your mouse pointer on the lower left corner then to go back to the Start screen.

  • Page 55: Working With Windows Apps

    Move your mouse pointer on the top side of the launched app then wait for the pointer to change to a hand icon. • Drag then drop the app to the bottom of the screen to close it. • From the running app’s screen, press <Alt> + <F4>. ASUS Desktop PC...

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    Accessing the All Apps screen From the All Apps screen, you can configure an apps settings or pin an app to the Start screen or to the Desktop mode taskbar. Launching the All Apps screen • On the Start screen, click • From the Start screen, press <Tab>, then press <Enter> on your keyboard. Pinning an app on the Start screen Launch the All Apps screen.

  • Page 57: Charms Bar

    When called out, the Charms bar initially appears as a set of white icons. The image above shows how the Charms bar looks like once activated. Use your Desktop PC’s mouse or keyboard to launch the Charms bar. • Move your mouse pointer on the upper or lower right corner of the screen. • Press + <C>. ASUS Desktop PC...

  • Page 58: Inside The Charms Bar

    Inside the Charms bar Search This charm allows you to look for files, applications, or programs in your Desktop PC. Share This charm allows you to share applications via social networking sites or email. Start This charm reverts the display back to the Start screen. From the Start screen, you can also use this to revert back to a recently opened app.

  • Page 59: Snap Feature

    Once the pointer changes to a hand icon, drag and drop the app to the right or left side of the display panel. Using your keyboard + < . > + left or right key to place the first app on the left • Launch an app then press or right side of the display panel. ASUS Desktop PC...

  • Page 60: Other Keyboard Shortcuts

    Other keyboard shortcuts Using your keyboard, you can also use the following shortcuts to help you launch applications and navigate Windows 8.1. ® Switches between the Start screen and the last running app. Launches the desktop. + <D> Launches the Computer window on the desktop. + <E>...

  • Page 61: Turning Your Desktop Pc Off

    From the Charms bar, click Settings > Power > Shut down to do a normal shutdown. • From the login screen, click Power > Shutdown. • If your Desktop PC is unresponsive, press and hold the power button for at least four (4) seconds until your Desktop PC turns off. Putting your Desktop PC to sleep To put your Desktop PC on Sleep mode, press the Power button once. ASUS Desktop PC...

  • Page 62: Entering The Bios Setup

    Entering the BIOS Setup BIOS (Basic Input and Output System) stores system hardware settings that are needed for system startup in the Desktop PC. In normal circumstances, the default BIOS settings apply to most conditions to ensure optimal performance. Do not change the default BIOS settings except in the following circumstances: •...

  • Page 63: Recovering Your System

    To create a USB recovery drive: Launch the Control Panel from the All Apps screen. For details, refer to Launching the All Apps screen under Working with Windows® apps. From the Control Panel’s System and Security, click Find and fix problems. ASUS Desktop PC...

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    Click Recovery > Create a recovery drive. Click Copy the recovery partition from the PC to the recovery drive and then click Next. Select the USB storage device where you want to copy the recovery files. Click Next. Click Create. Wait for a while for the process to complete.

  • Page 65: Removing Everything And Reinstalling Windows

    Click Settings > PC Settings > Update and recovery > Recovery. Scroll down to view the Remove everything and reinstall Windows option. Under this option, click Get Started. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the reinstallation and reset process. ASUS Desktop PC...

  • Page 66: Asus Contact Information

    +1-510-739-3777 +1-510-608-4555 Web site Technical Support Telephone +1-812-282-2787 Support fax +1-812-284-0883 Online support ASUS COMPUTER GmbH (Germany and Austria) Address Harkort Str. 21-23, D-40880 Ratingen, Germany +49-2102-959931 Web site Online contact Technical Support Telephone (Component) +49-2102-5789555...

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