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The Main screen allows the user to set the system time and date as well as enable and disable the
boot option and recovery.
The table below describes the parameters found on this screen. Settings in
boldface are the
default and suggested parameter settings.
Serial Number Shows the notebook’s serial number.
Asset Tag Number Shows the notebook’s asset tag number.
Product Name Shows the notebook’s product name.
Manufacturer Name Shows the notebook’s manufacturer.
UUID Number Shows the notebook’s Universally Unique Identifier number. The UUID is an
identifier standard used in software construction. It is standardized by the
Open Software Foundation (OSF) as part of the Distributed Computing
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Note: Sub-items under each device will not be shown if the device control
is set to Disabled or Auto. This is because the user is not allowed to
control the settings in these cases.
System Time Sets the system time. The hours are
displayed in a 24-hour format.Format: HH:MM:SS
System Date Sets the system date. Format MM/DD/YYYY (month/
day/year) System Date
Total Memory Size Shows the notebook’s memory size.
Video Memory Shows the VGA memory size. VGA
Memory size= 256 or 512 MB
Quiet Boot Determines if the Acer logo will be
displayed or not. Also determines if the
Summary Screen is disabled or enabled.
Enabled: The Acer logo is displayed and
the Summary Screen is not displayed.
Disabled: The Acer logo is not displayed,
and the Summary Screen is displayed. Option: Enabled or Disabled
Power On DisplayXX
Network Boot Enables or disables the system boot from
LAN (remote server).Option: Enabled or Disabled
F12 Boot Menu Enables or disables the Boot Menu
Note: The default parameter is set to
Disabled. If you want to change the boot
device without entering the BIOS Setup
Utility, set the parameter to Enabled.
Press during POST to enter the
multi-boot menu. In this menu, the user
can change the boot device without
entering the BIOS Setup Utility.Option: Disabled or Enabled
D2D Recovery Enables or disables the D2D Recovery
function. The function allows the user to
create a hidden partition on the hard
disc drive to store the operating system
and other files used to restore the
notebook to factory defaults.Option: Enabled or Disabled
SATA Mode Selection Controls the mode in which the SATA
controller operates.Option: AHCI Mode or IDE
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The Advanced screen allows the user to configure the Alert Standard Format parameters.
The table below describes the parameters found on the ASF Configuration sub menu screen.
Minimum WatchDog Timeout Time for BIOS to stop the WatchDog timer after a reset has occurred.
BIOS Boot Timeout Time, in seconds, for BIOS to boot before the system is reset.
SO Boot Timeout Time, in seconds, for OS to boot before the system is reset.
Power-on wait time Maximum time, in seconds, for Alert Sending Device (ASD) to establish
connection with its transport media.
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The Security screen contains parameters that help safeguard and protect your notebook from
Note: Refer to “Removing a password lock” on page 48 if you need to
know how to remove a Hard Drive or BIOS Password.
The table below describes the parameters in this screen. Settings in boldface are the default and
suggested parameter settings.
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Caution: When you are prompted to enter a password, you have three
tries before the system halts. Don’t forget your password. If you
forget your password, you may have to return your notebook to your
dealer to reset it.
Setting a Password
Note: You must set a Supervisor password before you can set a User
To set the Supervisor password:
1Press ↑ or ↓ to highlight Set Supervisor Password, then press ENTER. The Set
2Type a password in the Enter New Password field. The password length cannot
exceed eight alphanumeric characters (A-Z, a-z, 0-9). The password is not case
3Retype the password in the Confirm New Password field.
Caution: Be very careful when typing your password because the
characters do not appear on the screen.
4Press ENTER. After setting the password, the value of Supervisor Password changes
Supervisor Password Is Shows the setting of the Supervisor
passwordClear or Set
User Password Is Shows the setting of the User password.Clear or Set
HDD Password Is Shows the setting of the hard disk
password.Clear or Set
Set Supervisor Password Press Enter to set the supervisor password.
When set, this password protects the BIOS
Setup Utility from unauthorized access. The
user cannot enter the Setup Utility without
entering this password.
Set User Password Press Enter to set the user password. When
a user password is set, this password
protects the BIOS Setup Utility from
unauthorized changes. The user can enter
the Setup Utility only and does not have
the right to change the value of any
If Password on Boot is enabled, the user
must enter the user password each time the
notebook is turned on or wakes from Sleep.
Set HDD Password Press Enter to set the HDD password.
Password on Boot Defines whether a password is required or
not while the events defined in this group
happened. The sub-options all require the
Supervisor password for changes and
should be grayed out if the User password
was used to enter the Setup Utility.Disabled or Enabled