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Written by David Ramsey   
Wednesday, 27 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 and Results

Nobody (except gamers) buys laptops for performance. Laptop users typically value portability and size over performance, so laptop manufacturers try to optimize these characteristics within the limited power envelope provided by batteries. The Iconia 6120 starts out with a severe disadvantage power-wise since its extra 14" screen means that it will suck a lot more power than a "normal" 14" laptop.

Still, performance counts for something, as disillusioned users of low-end netbooks discovered once the thrill of the low price wore off. Benchmark Reviews doesn't test many laptop computers, so I had no equivalent modern laptops to compare the Iconia's performance to. For this comparison I used an ASUS Eee PC 1201N netbook, which has a Hyper-Threading capable dual-core Atom 330 processor running at 1.6gHz and first-generation NVIDIA ION graphics. Compared to the 2.66gHz Core i5 480M and recent-generation Intel HD Integrated Graphics in the Acer Iconia, you might think the netbook would be thoroughly outclassed...but then again, you might be surprised.

Acer Iconia 6120 Test System

  • Processor: Intel Core i5 480M, 2.66gHz
  • System Memory: 4G DDR3-1066
  • Graphics: Intel HD Integrated Graphics
  • Hard Disk: Western Digital WD6400BEVT (640GB, 5400RPM)
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium x64
  • Screen: 1366x768, 32bpp

ASUS Eee PC 1201N Test System

  • Processor: Intel Atom 330, 1.6gHz
  • System Memory: 4G DDR2-667
  • Graphics: NVIDIA Ion (1st generation)
  • Hard Disk: OCZ Vertex 128GB SSD
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium x64
  • Screen: 1366x768, 32bpp


Many people use a laptop as their main system these days; as I noted previously, laptop computers started outselling desktops in 2005. Either of these machines is easily "fast enough" for most non-gaming daily use: web browsing, e-mail, word processing, and even moderate spreadsheet work. As someone who collects some of the old-style desktop systems I started my programming career on in the 70s and 80s, I can say that even the humble ASUS netbook is literally thousands of times faster than the machines we had back then. Of course, we're asking them to do a lot more, too, even in simple stuff like the user interface. Windows 7's "Aero" theme with its live window dragging, translucency, and animation effects requires graphics horsepower undreamed of a couple of decades ago.

But by modern standards, these simply aren't very fast computers. That said, while either is adequate (and both handle Windows Aero just fine), the Acer Iconia feels much faster than the Eee PC, except when doing disk I/O, where its sluggish 5400RPM hard disk really holds it back. The ASUS Eee PC netbook didn't come with an SSD, but I'd installed one after I bought it, and the result is that in launching programs it's way faster than the Iconia. At Benchmark Reviews, we've long said that adding an SSD will give your computer the single biggest performance boost of any accessory. Fortunately, the Iconia's design makes adding an SSD much easier than on the ASUS, which requires near-total disassembly of the chassis. Only one of the benchmarks I ran considered HDD speed at all, so most of the results should be representative of a stock ASUS 1201N.


Maxon CINEBENCH is a real-world test suite that assesses the computer's performance capabilities. CINEBENCH is based on Maxon's award-winning animation software, Cinema 4D, which is used extensively by studios and production houses worldwide for 3D content creation. Maxon software has been used in blockbuster movies such as Spider-Man, Star Wars, The Chronicles of Narnia, and many more. CINEBENCH Release 11.5 includes the ability to more accurately test the industry's latest hardware, including systems with up to 64 processor threads, and the testing environment better reflects the expectations of today's production demands. A more streamlined interface makes testing systems and reading results incredibly straightforward.

The CINEBENCH R11.5 test scenario comprises three tests: an OpenGL-based test that models a simple car chase, and single-core and multi-core versions of a CPU-bound computation using all of a system's processing power to render a photo-realistic 3D scene, "No Keyframes", the viral animation by AixSponza. This scene makes use of various algorithms to stress all available processor cores, and all the rendering is performed by the CPU: the graphics card is not involved except as a display device. The multi-core version of the rendering benchmark uses as many cores as the processor has, including the "virtual cores" in processors that support Hyper-Threading. The resulting "CineMark" is a dimensionless number only useful for comparisons with results generated from the same version of CINEBENCH.

That said, running CINEBENCH on laptops like this is almost cruel, and the results show why.


The Iconia manages a feeble 1.27 frames per second on the OpenGL test. The ASUS' ION graphics subsystem performs more than three times as fast, managing almost four frames per second! The software rendering results are similarly low, although looking back at previous Benchmark Reviews processor tests I see that the Iconia's Core i5 480M is reasonably close to the Core i7 920 (0.85 vs. 0.96) in the single-core tests, although it lags far behind in the multi-core tests. Here we can also see that the Atom processor is in no way a competitor with any of Intel's other mobile or desktop processors. Then again, it does use only 2.2 watts of power, whereas the Core i5 480M uses 35 watts.

Street Fighter IV

The picture doesn't improve much with Street Fighter IV. In my testing of the Fast Enough Budget Computer, using a low-end AMD Athlon X2 processor and a Radeon 6850 video card, I got 1680x1050 frame rates well over a hundred frames per second. However, at a lower resolution of 1366x768, the best the Iconia could manage was 14 frames per second, while the ASUS 1201N turned in 18 frames per second. Normally, Street Fighter IV favors processor horsepower, but the ION's advantage over Intel's HD Graphics is just too much, giving the win to the netbook. In the Fast Enough Budget Computer article, I said your netbook would probably make a perfectly adequate Street Fighter IV machine. I was wrong.


I'll continue performance testing in the next section.



# 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 - 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

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.

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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:
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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:

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":

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 :)

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!

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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.

user name: iconia
password: 123456

Changing language pack tutorial:
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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

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