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Written by David Ramsey   
Tuesday, 26 April 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
Acer Iconia 6120 Dual-Screen Laptop
Closer Look: Acer Iconia
Iconia 6120 Detailed Features
Performance Testing and Results
Performance Testing Continued
Text Input
Dual Screen Software
Acer Touch-Enabled Applications
Acer Notebook Final Thoughts
Acer Iconia 6120 Conclusion

Performance Testing Continued

PCMark Vantage

I admit to being conflicted about PCMark Vantage: it's a widely-used and respected test suite that exercises every part of your system, but the choices Futuremark made when weighing the different system components for each test (shown below) sometimes seem a little strange. For example, note how gaming test #2 weighs hard disk performance for 100% of the score. In fact, according to PCMark Vantage the video card only impacts 23% of the total gaming score, but the CPU represents 37% of the final score. As our tests have already proven many times, gaming performance has a lot more to do with the GPU than the CPU, and especially more than the hard drive or SSD (which is worth 38% of the final gaming performance score).

TV and Movies Suite

  • TV and Movies 1 (CPU=50%, RAM=2%, GPU=45%, HDD=3%)
    • Two simultaneous threads
    • Video transcoding: HD DVD to media server archive
    • Video playback: HD DVD w/ additional lower bitrate HD content from HDD, as downloaded from net
  • TV and Movies 2 (CPU=50%, RAM=2%, GPU=45%, HDD=3%)
    • Two simultaneous threads
    • Video transcoding: HD DVD to media server archive
    • Video playback, HD MPEG-2: 19.39 Mbps terrestrial HDTV playback
  • TV and Movies 3 (HDD=100%)
    • HDD Media Center
  • TV and Movies 4 (CPU=50%, RAM=2%, GPU=45%, HDD=3%)
    • Video transcoding: media server archive to portable device
    • Video playback, HD MPEG-2: 48 Mbps Blu-ray playback

Gaming Suite*

  • Gaming 1 (CPU=30%, GPU=70%)
    • GPU game test
  • Gaming 2 (HDD=100%)
    • HDD: game HDD
  • Gaming 3 (CPU=75%, RAM=5%, HDD=20%)
    • Two simultaneous threads
    • CPU game test
    • Data decompression: level loading
  • Gaming 4 (CPU=42%, RAM=1%, GPU=24%, HDD=33%)
    • Three simultaneous threads
    • GPU game test
    • CPU game test
    • HDD: game HDD

Music Suite

  • Music 1 (CPU=50%, RAM=3%, GPU=13%, HDD=34%)
    • Three simultaneous threads
    • Web page rendering - w/music shop content
    • Audio transcoding: WAV -> WMA lossless
    • HDD: Adding music to Windows Media Player
  • Music 2 (CPU=100%)
    • Audio transcoding: WAV -> WMA lossless
  • Music 3 (CPU=100%)
    • Audio transcoding: MP3 -> WMA
  • Music 4 (CPU=50%, HDD=50%)
    • Two simultaneous threads
    • Audio transcoding: WMA -> WMA
    • HDD: Adding music to Windows Media Player
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There's no surprise here, really: the much more powerful Iconia trounces the ASUS netbook, although the latter's ION-based graphics subsystem and SSD allow it to almost equal the Iconia in the gaming suite. The Iconia's much more powerful processor dominates in the TV & Movies and Music suites.

PassMark PerformanceTest 7.0

The PassMark PerformanceTest allows you to objectively benchmark a PC using a variety of different speed tests and compare the results to other computers. PassMark comprises a complete suite of tests for your computer, including CPU tests, 2D and 3D graphics tests, disk tests, memory tests, and even tests to determine the speed of your system's optical drive. PassMark tests support Hyper-Threading and systems with multiple CPUs, and allow you to save benchmark results to disk (or to export them to HTML, text, GIF, and BMP formats).

Knowledgeable users can use the Advanced Testing section to alter the parameters for the disk, network, graphics, multitasking, and memory tests, and created individual, customized testing suites. But for this review I used only the built-in CPU, 2D graphics, and 3D graphics tests (with the graphics tests set to their defaults). PassMark computes a composite score based on the scores of the individual tests:

acer_iconia_6120_passmark.png

Again, the Iconia shows its sheer CPU muscle compared to an Atom-based system, with a score that's 4.5 times higher than the ASUS 1201N. The graphics scores seem closer visually, but the Iconia's 2D score is 3 times higher and its 3D score is 3.7 times higher. Although the graphics tests were run at their (very low) default settings, portions of the 3D graphics tests were very jerky, with frame rates below 10fps.

AIDA64 Extreme Edition Tests

AIDA64 Extreme Edition is the evolution of Lavalys' "Everest Ultimate Edition". Hungarian developer FinalWire acquired the rights to Everest in late November 2010, and renamed the product "AIDA64". The Everest product was discontinued and FinalWire is offering 1-year license keys to those with active Everest keys.

AIDA64 is a full 64-bit benchmark and test suite utilizing MMX, 3DNow! and SSE instruction set extensions, and will scale up to 32 processor cores. An enhanced 64-bit System Stability Test module is also available to stress the whole system to its limits. For legacy processors all benchmarks and the System Stability Test are available in 32-bit versions as well. Additionally, AIDA64 adds new hardware to its database, including 300 solid-state drives. On top of the usual ATA auto-detect information the new SSD database enables AIDA64 to display flash memory type, controller model, physical dimensions, and data transfer performance data. AIDA64 v1.00 also implements SSD-specific SMART disk health information for Indilinx, Intel, JMicron, Samsung, and SandForce controllers.

All of the benchmarks used in this test- Queen, Photoworxx, ZLib, hash, and AES- rely on basic x86 instructions, and consume very little system memory while also being aware of Hyper-Threading, multi-processors, and multi-core processors. Of all the tests in this review, AIDA64 is the one that best isolates the processor's performance from the rest of the system. While this is useful in that it more directly compares processor performance, readers should remember that virtually no "real world" programs will mirror these results.

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And the trouncing of the ASUS EeePC 1201N is complete. The closest the Atom-powered netbook comes to the Iconia is the Queen test, where it's 48% as fast.



 

Comments 

 
# RE: Acer Iconia 6120 Dual-Screen Laptopclaydough 2011-04-27 15:49
I hope they continue in this direction till feasible/powerful technology becomes available. along with powerful harware a dual screen slate but with wacom cintiq sensitivity drawing and I would buy as much today easily( Acer is in danger of becoming great )
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# RE: RE: Acer Iconia 6120 Dual-Screen LaptopDavid Ramsey 2011-04-27 16:03
Yeah, I hope so, too!
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# 2TS = The only special thing?Faresalis 2011-04-27 23:32
Intel graphics for 2 monitors?
And how come the cheap and weak 3000maH battery is not user-replaceable? Why even bother giving a battery from the first place?
And, don't believe in the stability of hybrid USBs. Let alone in the known-for-not- being-so-durable Acer units.
Thank you for the review that reveals how spooky the laptop is.
Will wait for at least 3rd generation of this product before even start looking at it seriously.
Indonesian Acer users don't really need Bluetooth v3.0, and most that I know don't even need an internal Bluetooth at alol. External USB Bluetooth is already satisfying as well as easily replaceable in the case of any damage/malfunctioning, since durability is not Acer?s brag-ables anyway, is it? BTv3 is a cheap marketing trick initiated by Toshiba as a cover-up for their poor-sounding (Conexant audio!) and poor imaging (bad webcams) but yet expensive laptops. Yet no one buys Toshiba for that reason!
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# RE: 2TS = The only special thing?David Ramsey 2011-04-28 08:19
What's a "hybrid USB"? And I disagree on the importance of USB 3.0...
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# nopehuman#4567834 2011-04-28 04:56
I will never buy a laptop that I can't remove the battery from.
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# Mr.Misbehaven 2011-12-03 08:59
The Battery is replaceable.. the reviewer was incorrect in assuming it was built in.. the Battery is in the hinge and can easily be removed or replaced by simply pushing in the two tabs and pulling the battery out.
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# RE: Acer Iconia 6120 Dual-Screen LaptopMACK 2011-04-30 12:14
Very good review.
I agree, a user replaceable battery is a must.
This looks like it has a lot of promise as a dual screen system if you just add a keyboard, and allow the user to look at the system sideways.
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# RE: RE: Acer Iconia 6120 Dual-Screen LaptopDavid Ramsey 2011-05-01 09:13
The Iconia will not let you rotate or change the relative positions of the displays: they must be in "landscape" mode with Display 1 above Display 2.

Actually, you can change this, but when you do, you get an error dialog warning that the positions and rotations of the displays cannot be changed, and then after about 15 seconds, they switch back automatically.

I assume this is because most of ASUS' included software (like the various Touch apps) require this configuration.
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# RE: Acer Iconia 6120 Dual-Screen Laptopanglingtaster 2011-05-09 07:33
great device. anyone having trouble w making gesture editor work? Icons for user defined disappeared.
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# RE: RE: Acer Iconia 6120 Dual-Screen LaptopDavid Ramsey 2011-05-09 08:21
I haven't had any problems with the gesture editor, although I haven't used it since the review. Since it can only be invoked from the Acer Ring utility, and _that_ utility can't be invoked when the virtual keyboard is up, it makes for too many steps: dismiss keyboard, invoke Acer Ring, draw gesture. Nah.
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# About ICONIAArmin 2011-11-19 06:36
Hi. I have this laptop and altough the keyboard animatiions are pretty slow, whe character gets written faster than the animations starts playing. I am impreessed by its performance.

Until now I didn'ti have any problems playing games with arrow keys nor awsd.

Battery CAN be removed, but you have to ipen the coverplate so that you can press 2 buttons. It even have the lock key for battery ((at first I thought I can't remove battery too), but I think there are a lot of alternatives to the build in battery performance (UPS for example - #en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uninterruptible_powe r_supply) or external battery. In case you are watching a movie, you can of course turn off it's second monitor (they can be turned off one or another, or both). My record of battery usage is nearly 3 hours of watching movies (of course my model have even bluetooth 3.0, which models in USA don't have, at least as far as I know, but I am in europe and we have a slightly different model ...)

And best of, the price wasn't even that high ... only 850? (which is something like normal laptops cost in my country - Slovenia).
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# RE: Acer Iconia 6120 Dual-Screen Laptopgary 2012-02-12 09:23
does any one please have a recovery disk done for the iconia dual screen, mine wont get past setup before it shuts down and restarts, and i have no keypad to get past language set up when trying to do a repair with windows 7 disk. or does any one know how to recover from boot up please.
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# RE: RE: Acer Iconia 6120 Dual-Screen LaptopDavid Ramsey 2012-02-12 09:25
Sorry, I don't have the machine any more (it's in New Zealand). Your best bet is probably to contact Acer tech support.
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# Qnnath40 2012-03-05 02:27
Hi, How can I get acer iconia 6120 e recovery dvd?
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# RE: QnDavid Ramsey 2012-03-05 07:52
The only way I know to get one is to make it using the utilities supplied with the computer.
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# How to get recovery disk ...Armin 2012-03-05 12:28
If you bought Acer Iconia, you have already installed acer eRecovery manager. Open it up and there you will see the option to cretate the factory default disk. However, if youhave already been using your PC, Acer have left the backup n a hidden partition on your PC.
Click on Completely restore system to factory defaults. It will use these data. And than you can create a disk with factory defaults items installed.
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# No dataMarsh 2012-07-16 07:29
what if there is no data in a hidden partition on my pc? any other way to set it to factory defaults?
If I install windows on it again, Ill probably need the programs for the touch pad and acer ring right?
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# RE: No dataDavid Ramsey 2012-07-16 09:10
The only way to delete the recovery partition on the Iconia hard disk is to completely reformat it. But whatever...

Yes, if you reinstall Windows, you'll need to reinstall the Iconia utilities and drivers.

If you don't have a recovery partition and can't make the install disk set, then you need to go to Acer's web site to find and download the software. But I just looked and wasn't able to find anything about the "Iconia 6120", so you might be out of luck there. I suppose you could always call Acer tech support.
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# RE: RE: No dataArmin 2012-07-16 12:50
If you in your explorer settings change "Show hidden folders and files" to yes, do you have a "OEM" folder on you "C:" drive? If you do, go to:
"C:\OEM\Preload\Autor un\AutorunX\". Inside that folder look for a file called "AutorunX.exe". Run it, click on "Contents" and install all files you see on the list that appears.

If you don't, please reply and I will try compressing it for you (it is 3 gigabytes large). Hope this helps.
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# RE: RE: RE: No dataArmin 2012-07-16 12:51
"C:\" drive is whatever partition you had your operating system preinstalled on.
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# help me on recovering filesyash 2012-08-26 03:41
That OEM is for recovering the data??? i reformat my Iconia 6120. the software is gone like the keyboard and ring.. can you please help me on this problem sir....
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# No OEMArmin Makovec 2012-08-26 06:28
OK, I'll try to pack it for you ... wait for my reply for the link to the files ...
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# Need of help (Acer Iconia 6120)Richard Medina 2012-09-03 13:58
Armin,

if you get to pack this, can you please send me the share to it... I'm also having issues with getting this Keyboard and Ring to work.

PLEASE!
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# Link to the pack ...Armin Makovec 2012-09-07 10:10
Pack is already uploaded ... Read the below replies for more infos.
Anyway, here is the link:
ardentangel.com/iconia/OEM.rar
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# uploading filesArmin Makovec 2012-08-26 10:04
it will take a while for me to upload it ... wait a day or two ... My upload speed is not that good ... sorry ... :(
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# OEM LinkArmin Makovec 2012-08-31 13:44
Sorry that it took me that long ... :(
Anyway, here it finally is:
#ardentangel.com/iconia/OEM.rar

Extract it to your C:\ drive directly (using Extract here option)
After that, go to "C:\OEM\Preload\Autor un\AutorunX\" and launch the program called "AutorunX.exe"

Once it launched, you will be able to get a list with all drivers and applications (programs) to install (which are all already included, so you won't have to redownload them), including the Touch Engine, which actually is the Virtual Keyboard and Acer Ring. There is another thing to install to get all of the Acer Ring applications on the list, if you won't be installing everything that is there (however, I advise you that you do install everything ... don't worry, there are no demo games, that are preinstalled on ICONIA once you buy it).

Anyway, I learned of the existance of this AutorunX appliacation the hard way ... Acer support sucks and they insist that there is NO WAY of getting Virtual Keyboard nor Acer Ring installation executables. But I did managed to get it after all. :)

And that's why I am helping you on the first place, because I know how they sucks now (at least the UK one ... I am from Slovenia, so US acer did not wanted to help me, since they couldn't verify my model number or whatever ...). =P

If you have any more question, ask.
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# Acer Iconia 6120 recover from diskJc 2012-09-25 21:23
Hi, I don't know if somebody can help me, my Hard drive for my acer iconia died, so I replaced. Also, I bought the recovery cd set for the acer iconia 6120 , but when I tried to recovery it doesn't boot, It show me an error "insert a boot cd", but I inserted the first cd that is called System disc, so I don't know what is going on. please help.
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# nice pack, help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Jc 2012-09-26 21:38
Hi man I have a problem with my acer iconia I made a clean installation y installed your driver pack , so my keyboard works fine, but I have a problem with my secondary screen is weird because the keyboard works fine, but when I load acer ring it doesn't work, I mean the acer ring is showing in my screen, but I can not taping anything is like my secondary screen is not a touch screen any clue buddy, I really don't know what to do
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# The same issueRilo 2012-12-25 06:21
I had the same problem after i installed a clean windows 7. I solved my prblem after I configured in control panel - Tablet PC Settings - Configure your pen and touch display. After you make this and all the calibration it will work. It worked for me so It will work for you.
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# need recovery imagecasiean vasile 2012-10-20 01:41
can you help me with a recovery image, i installed all programs from oem folder but keyboard is not working, it makes a sound like is unavailable, touch works great , the ring works , but the keyboard dose not. i think a image of the recovery partition , ot the recovery dvd would help. please help me.
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# how can I download with torrent ?Droopy 2012-11-19 02:14
Please help me I really need to download this /iconia/OEM.rar but my internet is not stable , making me start over and over with the download ..Please any help
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# RE: OEM LinkPaul 2013-05-08 08:42
The link for the oem file is not working now... could you send me the file or let me know where I can download it?
Many thanks...
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# forgot to mentionArmin 2012-03-05 14:14
Ohh....I forgot to mention ... You can find completely restore system to factory defaults in restore section from the left menu ...
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# which stand is thatphil 2012-03-31 11:15
which ipad brand stand is that to sit your iconia 6120 vertically like that? is it stable even when i touch the top or bottom screen?
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# RE: which stand is thatDavid Ramsey 2012-03-31 11:33
It's a Griffin "A Frame":

#store.griffintechnology.com/a-frame

It holds the Iconia very well and there was no movement when using either touch screen.
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# RE: Acer Iconia 6120 Dual-Screen Laptopphil 2012-03-31 12:27
thank you so much for the fast reply i'll be getting mine from the apple store :)

#store.apple.com/ca/product/H1060ZM/A?fnode=MjA1MTEyODY

thanks david!
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# Lovin it so farBigBrotherMotown 2012-04-12 07:15
Just bought this a week ago....loving it so far. I just have ONE problem and some questions.

First....I booted up the pc for the first time and went through all the steps and to my surprise the ACER WALLPAPER (which i think is VERY cool) was not on the screen....I have looked through ALL the files and folders and cannot find this wallpaper. I am wondering if maybe I was sent the european version (i live in the us) because I also received the USB card reader which I was NOT expecting to get.

Also could someone please tell me what the DIFFEREMCES between the 2 models are and if someone could point me to where I could get that wallpaper, it would be GREATLY appreciated!

Thanks
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# RE: Acer Iconia 6120 Dual-Screen LaptopDavid Ramsey 2012-04-12 07:49
Sorry, I don't know where the wallpaper might be. As for the models, there's only one (at least in the U.S.), the 6120.
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# RE: Acer Iconia 6120 Dual-Screen LaptopHenry Henriquez. 2012-06-27 05:58
My laptop has been to Acer three times for service withing a year since o bought it. first time there were a significantly cluster of dead pixels. they replaced the upper tablet. Second rime it needed a reboot again since it went crazzy and looked as if someone was plating with all the buttoms on the keyboard. this third time it completely shut down. it also got a smaller red dots permanently lit on red, like new dead pixels. well. i involved the BBB in order to get help but Acer is reluctant to replace the unit. the only ridiculous option they gave me is ro extend the warranty one more month. i believe i got a lemon. How can I keep pushing to get the laptop replaced by a new one?
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# RE: RE: Acer Iconia 6120 Dual-Screen LaptopDavid Ramsey 2012-06-27 09:35
I'm afraid I don't have any advice for you, Henry. I bought the Iconia myself-- it wasn't a review unit sent by the company as are most of the products we write about. Consequently I don't have any contacts at the company.

Mine worked fine for the year or so I had it. I'm sorry you've had so many problems with yours.
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# Issues with Acer Iconia 6120Richard Medina 2012-09-07 10:43
All I can say is... THANK YOU SO MUCH Armin Makovec.

I will go home tonight and start playing with it and let you know the outcome.
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# RE: Acer Iconia 6120 Dual-Screen LaptopRichard Medina 2012-09-10 13:28
Armin, I installed over the weekend and my computer is now working correctly.

All, if your system seems unstable, please install the Touch Engine only and not the rest of the MS Touch applications.
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# iconia 6120jeese 2012-10-29 00:38
hi mr Armin.i was try to download ur rar file for iconia .but its stop after 500mb.i tried many time.actuly i just need touch engine application.plz if u can send it .i ll appreciate...
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# CD Recovery acer Iconia 6120Relu 2012-11-01 05:31
I have found from ukrainean site the recovery image 16GB (PQSERVICE1, 2,3 ,4,5). I installed those 5 archive with an external DVD. I boot from this external DVD with Acronis and I recovered all, as was installed from factory. Is the russian version but with Vistlizator and english language pack I managed to have a new installation on my Acer Iconia because i bought this laptop with Windows 7 ultimate and the ring and other application does not working.

edisk.ukr.net/?do=dir#cdir=shared

user name: iconia
password: 123456


Changing language pack tutorial:

youtube.com/watch?v=6lf8lAaop3c
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# RE: CD Recovery acer Iconia 6120Marko 2012-12-15 16:25
Hi.should there be PQSERVICE1, 2,3 ,4,5 disk i try download and there is only disk1,2,3
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# Thanks Armin MakovecManuel 2012-11-13 14:22
That is all I have to say!
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# I need PQSERVICE1Newtech1 2013-03-04 03:32
Hello, I'd like you to give me a helping hand to download PQSERVICE1 because I've had 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 and I can not find the site PQSERVICE1 eDisk.

Thank you in advance.
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# Issue with Acer Iconia 6120 SocialjoggerCrystal Tolentino 2012-11-22 07:02
Help please!! I was able to log in to YouTube and Flicker on the socialjogger but when I try to log in to Facebook it says "success" but it really didn't. Something I try and it says "an error has occurred. Please try again later" I'm so frustrated. Why is this happening?? Is there a socialjogger reset? Thanks!!
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# Re social jogger facebook log on.Colin 2013-02-09 23:53
Do you have a facebook account? You need one to be able to log on.
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# CD Recovery Acer Iconia 6120Newtech1 2013-03-04 03:27
Hello I would like you to help me restore my Acer Iconia 6120 default, someone could recommend me a link, thank you in advance.
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# Crystal Tolentino!!TelfonDon1512 2013-03-31 11:40
Hey, I have the identical problem did you happen to find a remedy?
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# acer ring windows 8rubens 2013-11-15 13:03
Brasil - Alguem possui o acer ring para windows 8.1, o meu esta travando depois que atualizei do windows 7 para windows 8

Agradeco
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