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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

Acer Touch-Enabled Applications

Acer provides a suite of touch-enabled programs with the Acer Iconia 6120. I mentioned these briefly in the previous section: they're the programs you can launch directly from the Acer Ring utility. By default, these applications open and run on the lower screen, and tapping the question-mark "Help" button opens Internet Explorer on the upper screen, displaying (local content) help for the running application.

TouchBrowser

The first application is the Touch Browser, a touch-enabled web browser.

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This screen shot shows TouchBrowser extended across both screens, although tapping a button at the bottom will flip it between the top screen only or both screens (oddly, you can't configure it to run just on the bottom screen). TouchBrowser seems reasonably capable, and having the address bar and controls at the bottom of the screen makes "touch browsing" easier, since you don't have to extend your arm to reach the top of the top screen. When in dual-screen mode you'll need to use Windows' on-screen keyboard widget to enter text, although you can build up and pick from a list of favorite sites. You can use the Web Clip button (third to the right of the address bar) to grab live clippings for Touch Scrapbook or My Journal.

The performance of TouchBrowser seemed similar to Internet Explorer 9 and Firefox 4. You can quickly extend either of these browsers across both screens with the Window Manager, but the Windows task bar will remain, obscuring part of the browser display.

SocialJogger

This is a simple application designed to display your Facebook, YouTube, and Flickr accounts all on a single page, with automatic updating of their contents at defined intervals. This app works well when left open on the top or bottom screen while you so something else on the remaining screen.

acer_iconia_6120_socialjogger.jpg

TouchPhoto, TouchVideo, and TouchMusic

This applications all make good use of the Iconia's dual screens. I'll cover TouchPhoto; TouchVideo and TouchMusic are substantially similar. TouchPhoto will open on both screens by default:

acer_iconia_6120_touchphoto2.jpg

You can scroll through your photo library on the bottom screen; touching any image displays it on the upper screen. You can page through your images on either screen by swiping left or right, and zoom in or out of an image by pinching. If you're using the virtual keyboard, TouchPhoto runs on the upper screen, and the large photo display overlays the thumbnails. You can play slide shows of your images and allows you to rotate them in 90-degree increments. TouchMusic and TouchVideo offer similar interfaces to manage and play/display your music and video files.

While TouchVideo, TouchPhoto, and TouchMusic all make good use of the Iconia 6120's dual displays, they all maintain their own libraries. If you've thousands of photos in Picassa, for example, you'll have to import them into TouchPhoto to see them there. It could be argued that since you'd be starting with a new computer, you might want to use the included Touch applications instead of their more-established alternative like Picassa and iTunes, and that's a valid argument. But functionally all these programs have to offer is their dual-screen user interfaces; otherwise, they're much less capable than their competition.

Scrapbook

This program is pretty much what it sounds like. You can create and manage a "scrapbook" comprising an arbitrary number of pages. Each fixed-size page accommodates finger-drawn scribbles, screen captures, and photos from your TouchPhoto library, which you can resize, rotate, and arrange as though you were dealing with physical wallet-sized photos. The screen shot below shows Scrapbook running on the bottom screen with the help feature on the top screen.

acer_iconia_6120_scrapbook_help.jpg

My Journal

According to Acer, this is a "...handy place to keep clippings of web sites and other information you may want to refer to later." This might sound a lot like Scrapbook, but it's really quite different.

acer_iconia_6120_myjournal.jpg

This screen shot shows two Web clippings in My Journal's "Technology" tab. The difference between this and Scrapbook is that the Web clippings are live, and will update their content when you open the My Journal application. Since the clippings are live, links within them work. For example, tapping the "Intel Sandy Bridge Overclocking Guide" link in the BmR Featured Content clipping above would open your default web browser on the upper screen with this link.

My Journal is clever, but very limited. While you can rename the tabs, you can't delete tabs or add new ones. The content of each tab is limited to the single screen under it; tabs can't be scrolled or paged. There doesn't seem to be any limit to the number of web clippings you can have under a single tab, but once they start to overlay each other, managing them becomes clumsy, especially since you must tap the "Edit" control (indicated by a little pencil on a notepad) to move a web clipping.

In the next section, I'll discuss my final thoughts and conclusion of the Acer Iconia 6120.



 

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# 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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