Acer 5000 User Manual
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Securing your computer

Your computer is a valuable investment that you need to take care of. Learn how to protect and take care of your computer.

Security features include hardware and software locks — a security notch and passwords.

Using a computer security lock

A security keylock notch, located on the left hand side of the computer, lets you connect a Kensington-compatiblecomputer security lock.

Wrap a computer security lock cable around an immovable object such as a table or handle of a locked drawer. Insert the lock into the notch and turn the key to secure the lock. Some keyless models are also available.

Using passwords

Passwords protect your computer from unauthorized access. Setting these passwords creates several different levels of protection for your computer and data:

Supervisor Password prevents unauthorized entry into the BIOS utility. Once set, you must enter this password to gain access to the BIOS utility. See "BIOS utility" on page 55.

User Password secures your computer against unauthorized use. Combine the use of this password with password checkpoints on boot-upand resume from hibernation for maximum security.

Password on Boot secures your computer against unauthorized use. Combine the use of this password with password checkpoints on boot-upand resume from hibernation for maximum security.

Important! Do not forget your Supervisor Password! If you forget your password, please get in touch with your dealer or an authorized service center.

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Entering passwords

When a password is set, a password prompt appears in the center of the display screen.

When the Supervisor Password is set, a prompt appears when you press <F2> to enter the BIOS utility at boot-up.

Type the Supervisor Password and press <Enter> to access the BIOS utility. If you enter the password incorrectly, a warning message appears. Try again and press <Enter>.

When the User Password is set and the password on boot parameter is enabled, a prompt appears at boot-up.

Type the User Password and press <Enter> to use the computer. If you enter the password incorrectly, a warning message appears. Try again and press <Enter>.

Important! You have three chances to enter a password. If you fail to enter the password correctly after three tries, the system halts. Press and hold the power button for four seconds to shut down the computer. Then turn on the computer again, and try again.

Setting passwords

You can set passwords using the BIOS utility.

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