I purchased the V5-122P-0643 back in July at BB. I would like to set it up for desktop use as well as mobility. I realize that this notebook has the AMD Lighting Bolt port but so far no docking stations have appeared for this port. In the meantime, I am considering one of the USB3.0 docking stations that are made by Kensington, Plugable, Toshiba, and others. Has anyone tried out one of these USB3.0 docking stations? If so, what brand and what results?
You need to install BIOS v2.06 before installing the later versions. At the Acer website, be sure to click All versus latest and then click on the BIOS tab. You will then see a list of versions v2.03 to v2.08. Download v2.06 and run it while in Windows. The program will then restart your computer and install the new BIOS version. Be sure to close all programs and have you AC power cord plugged in before doing this.
I didn't know where to find the previous BIOS downloads.Thanks guys, I will give that a try.
I'm also waiting on some "Lighting Bolt" accessories and secondary batteries. Wonder how long i'll have to wait.:mad:
Lastly, I'm going to install Windows 7. I'm expecting device drivers missing.
Currently Costco has the 0649 for 430 whereas the 0643 is 400 at most places. Anyone know the difference between these two models?
Go to the Acer website for you country and click on the Products tab. From there, click on Ultra-thin and then select Aspire V5. Click on the All Models button and this will bring up all the Aspire V5's. From there, you can compare the two models. Below is a direct link to the American Acer website showing all V5's.
Acer | Ultra-thin | Models
The data sheet tab for the 0643 at the Acer website shows the ports available if you have the "Acer Converter Cable" which is unavailable at this time. In this case, subtract the LAN, VGA/HDMI, and one USB 2.0 port. My 0643 came with a VGA adapter only. This computer appears to use the AMD Lighting Bolt port and not a standard Display Port. A Display Port would only allow external monitor use.
The easiest way to determine which version of the V5 has the backlight feature is to look at the F9 key. This is the function key that turns the backlight on and off. Computers with the backlight feature will have a blue backlight symbol below the white F9 marking. Those without, will have no symbol. See page 31 of the User's Manual, revision 04/2013.
I've been looking at 11.6" notebooks for my daughter and happened upon this unit. Looks like one of the best Acer 11.6"-ers since my 1410T. Looking at V5-122P-0643 from best buy which has the IPS display and A6 CPU. There is no backlit keyboard on those units? Anybody know where an 0600 or other backlit model is selling with the free MS office university deal like BBs. Anybody who got a BB unit, have you checked for a backlit KB power connector on the MB?
I tried to get into the InsydeH20 settings, and now it has a password set. I never set one initially.
Update - got 2.08 installed after a full shutdown (not restart). However, Acer hasn't published any lists of changes.
I worked around the BIOS password issue using the code generator here. After 3 tries, it gives you a number. Put that in here, and it gives you a password: http://www.tech-faq.com/how-do-i-res...-password.html
In regards to the BIOS versions, my 0643 came with 2.03 and I updated to versions 2.06, 2.07, and finally 2.08. I encountered no problems and always allowed the computer to restart immediately.
Out of curiosity, did you jump from 2.06 to 2.08 and thus skip 2.07?
The V5-122P-0643 that I bought from BB did not come with a backlit keyboard. BB is selling these for about $50 less that suggested retail and the reason may be that they are supposed to come with the "Acer Converter Cable" but this item is currently unavailable. The product description and the ports listed on the Acer data sheet confirm the product is supposed to eventually to come with this item.