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Setting up your Acer Aspire 3 Laptop

BIOS setup for Acer Aspire V3-551 to boot from USB stick.

Now I will show you how you can configure the BIOS of an Acer Aspire V3-551 laptop to boot from a USB flash drive or CD / DVD drive. There are many pictures ahead, that is, photos.

By the way, DO NOT confuse it with the Acer Aspire 551G, because They have different BIOS.

In this laptop, UEFI BIOS and configuration are usually more difficult than on a regular AWARD / AMI BIOS.

And so you will see how the BIOS autorun on a laptop is configured and how to enable the choice of boot.

Well, let’s get started.

First, we need to enter the BIOS.

To do this, press the power button and immediately “click” by key “F2”. Why immediately? That would not miss the moment of entering the BIOS.

And so we see the following. Here we can overlook brief characteristics of the laptop Acer aspire V3-551.

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Then go to the tab “Main”.

In this tab, enable the ability to call the boot menu using the key “F12”.

As in the photo shown, we do this, that is, it switches from “Disabled” on “Enabled”:

Next, go to the tab “Boot”. Here we will have the most interesting.

Though you give priority to download “USB HDD” boot from a flash drive will still not start, for this you need to switch the mode from “UEFI” on “Legacy BIOS”.

After you have turned on, a message will fly out, approximately the following content “For the settings to take effect, you need to restart the laptop“.

Click on “Enter”, And so we need to restart the laptop with saving the settings, press the key “F10” and “Enter”.

And we go back to the BIOS. Go to the tab “Boot” and we see the following:

Hooray! We see all connected devices to the laptop, which can be prioritized.

P.S.: If you need a one-time boot from a USB flash drive / drive, then you can skip one step below.

For example, I will put a USB flash drive in the first boot, that is, I will boot from a USB flash drive in order to install Windows in the future or boot from a LiveCD, it does not matter at all.

As we can see, “USB HDD” this is our flash drive, and “ATAPI CDROM:”. Drive unit.

P.S.: Boot priority distribution is set by keys “F5”. will reduce and “F6”. to raise.

Have you chosen where to boot from? Have you put it up? And now saving the settings, as usual through the key “F10” and “Enter”.

And lastly, remember in the paragraph where we enabled the Boot Menu function using the key “F12”?

Now you can not enter the BIOS to select the boot priority. When turning on, press NOT the key “F2”, and the key “F12”.

And you will see a window like this:

Here we select the device from which you will boot.

That is, in principle, the whole setting of the boot priority from the acer aspire v3-551 BIOS flash drive.

BIOS settings on Acer

Eiser laptops use AMI or Award solutions as firmware, with some specific features. One of the NOT most pleasant is the lack of a graphical interface even in the UEFI versions of the firmware. However, this cannot be called a special problem, since regardless of the type of BIOS, the interface is unified.

Basic BIOS settings

It goes without saying that to correct certain parameters of the firmware, you will need to enter its interface. Acer laptops typically have a wide variety of keys or key combinations.

After successfully entering the interface, the main menu of the firmware appears before the user. Let’s start by looking at the structure of the interface. The available options are located on several tabs.

Let’s briefly describe each of them:

  • “Information”. here are information about the device and the current state of the BIOS;
  • “Main”. the main parameters of the device, such as the operating mode of the hard disk, settings for the frequency of the processor and RAM (not available on all devices), recovery options, and the like;
  • “Security”. security and access parameters, as the name of the tab suggests;
  • “Boot”. configuration of boot devices and their sequence, as well as some parameters such as enabling USB Legacy Support;
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Now let’s move on to a more detailed overview of the settings for each section.

Information tab

In the “Information” section there are settings that users can edit. this is the information page, which is useful, however. Here you can find out the version of the current BIOS, the exact model of the device, the status of the main components.

Main tab

The “Main” tab contains the main options of the laptop, so we will dwell on it in more detail.

    The “System Time” and “System Date” parameters are responsible for setting the system date and time respectively. It is important to set Valid values, since the performance of both the BIOS itself and the operating system depends on this parameter.

The “Total Memory” option shows the amount of RAM in the laptop. You cannot make any changes to it. this parameter is purely indicative.

Further there are a number of specific options, editing of which is disabled by default. Changing THESE parameters is usually available after enabling password protection, which we will talk about a little later. Now let’s briefly describe the locked settings.

  • “Quiet Boot”. is responsible for enabling or disabling the so-called “silent boot”, in which when the laptop is turned on, only the manufacturer’s logo is displayed on the screen without service information.
  • Power On Display. This setting allows you to set the behavior of the laptop’s built-in display when an external monitor is connected. Depending on the selected value, the built-in display will be disabled or both screens will work together.
  • Network Boot. Allows the laptop to boot the network core from a pre-configured server. This option is intended for corporate users and is almost useless in home use. You can safely turn it off.
  • “F12 Boot Menu”. enabling this parameter allows you to call the list of connected bootable media by pressing the F12 key and select the desired one among them. This option is useful for devices with Multiple HDDs and SSDs on which different operating systems are installed.
  • D2D Recovery is an Acer-specific option that activates recovery mode. We have already considered its features in a separate article, with which and.

Read more: What is D2D Recovery in BIOS
“SATA Mode”. this setting switches the operating modes of the SATA bus. AHCI is installed by default, which is required to be changed in rare cases. Note that this option may not be present in some BIOS options on Acer notebooks.

In the BIOS of some advanced laptop models (in particular, the Nitro and Predator series), the Main tab may contain additional parameters. for example, enabling or disabling the touchpad.

Exit tab

The last set of options assumes saving or resetting the settings to the factory settings “Exit Saving Changes” allows you to save the changes made, “Exit Without Changes” closes the BIOS without making any changes, and “Load Setup Defaults” resets the firmware settings to the factory values.

BIOS setup on Acer notebooks

Boot tab

This section is devoted mainly to laptop boot parameters.

    The “Boot Mode” setting switches boot modes. the “UEFI” option is needed for Windows 8 and higher, while the “Legacy” option is for the seventh and lower version of the OS from Microsoft.

We already talked about the “Secure Boot” option in the previous section. if you need to reinstall the system or install another, this setting must be switched to the “Disable” position.

  • You can also configure the boot priority list from this tab.
  • Security tab

    From the name of the section, it becomes obvious that all the options present in it are responsible for the security parameters. Most of them are NOT required by an ordinary user, so we will focus only on the most remarkable.

      The first three options are responsible for setting a password for access to the BIOS (administrative and user) and to the hard disk. The following three options allow you to set these passwords.

    To access some settings on the “Main” tab, you will need to set an administrative password. the “Set Supervisor Password” option.

  • The second notable option in this section is “Secure Boot Mode”. The “Secure Boot” mode serves as a kind of protection against reinstalling the system or creating a multiboot, so some users will need to activate this option first and then disable it.
  • We have reviewed the main BIOS parameters of Acer notebooks. As you can see, the settings are quite limited compared to the desktop PC firmware.

    What is UEFI BIOS and how does it differ from a regular BIOS?

    BIOS Setup is a setting that allows you to enter the BIOS system and configure options. Users who solve any problem with a computer are dealing with BIOS Setup. In English, “setup” means “settings”. This section is managed using certain options and tasks.

    Sometimes it happens that the computer crashes. It can solve many problems of users on its own. It is known that masters require a significant amount of money for a visit, that is, a primitive knowledge of the BIOS settings allows a person to save both time and money. over, some secrets will improve your computer’s performance. Most of the errors that occur in the computer are in the BIOS.

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    Initially, this system was supposed to control the keyboard and mouse, but over time, it added functions. These indicators are constantly growing.

    BIOS stores rewritable chips. Today, two types are known:

    • EEPROM chips. Content can be removed using an electrical signal. To do this, it is not at all necessary to remove it from the computer.
    • EPROM chips. You can delete data using ultraviolet radiation. For this, a special device is used. However, this technique is now considered obsolete.

    Most BIOS settings are similar even for different firmwares from several manufacturers

    Modern computers not only contain improved functions of the BIOS system, but also the enhanced capabilities of the motherboard as a whole. That is, a sound card, a video card, and so on. In such computers in the settings you can prohibit or allow the use of boards. I went into BIOS. allowed everything I needed.

    What is BIOS?

    BIOS is the foundational system of your computer

    BIOS is a special system that determines the progress of the computer boot process. BIOS is considered the basic input and output system. The complete decryption of the BIOS speaks for itself: basic input / output system. In order to start the settings, you need to go into the BIOS.

    The BIOS is stored in a microcircuit and has a wide range of purposes:

    • Initial start-up of the computer, which subsequently start the operating system.
    • Performs regular testing of various parts of a personal computer.
    • BIOS supports input and output function via software interrupts.
    • Stores the hardware configuration of various INDIVIDUAL devices and the entire computer system. This happens using the Special Settings (BIOS Setup).
    • BIOS code is located on the motherboard and written to flash memory (microcircuit).

    From this it follows that the BIOS is an integral part of any computer. However, as a rule, the average user does NOT understand the BIOS settings. This is closer to programmers. However, the BIOS sometimes does not work correctly, and there may be some reasons for this.

    How does Acer notebook enter BIOS. setup features

    Many people think about how computer technologies work, and some just use a laptop, tablet or personal computer, completely NOT guessing about the processes and modes of operation. As a rule, the second occurs as long as the equipment does not make itself felt with any breakdown. Those who have entered the BIOS at least once understand that there are a lot of settings in the computer.

    How does the operating system work? Quite a difficult question. After all, not everyone knows how this operating system works and what it serves for.

    Operating system (OS) is a certain relationship of programs that enable the user to control his computer. The task of the OS is to fulfill all the requirements for loading and opening programs. The operating system can be controlled by special settings that are stored in the BIOS.

    Technical specifications Acer Aspire 3 A315

    2xusb 2.0, 1xUSB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1xHDMI, 1xRJ-45, SD card readers, 2×3.5mm audio jack

    Review and testing of the laptop Acer Aspire 3 A315

    The Acer Aspire series of notebooks includes both inexpensive, inexpensive devices designed for office work, and powerful models designed for multimedia, the Aspire classification can be determined by the number in the name, for example, the Aspire 3 refers to the entry-level models, the Aspire 5 is the multimedia representative, and the Aspire 7 can be safely attributed to gaming laptops. In this review, we will take a look at the Acer Aspire 3 A315, which belongs to the entry-level notebook class. The Acer Aspire 3 A315 comes with a variety of processors to suit different types of use. In the most affordable low-cost models in this series, you can find solutions from AMD, such as the A4-9120, this option will be useful for users on a budget who do not need high performance. On the Intel side, this series comes with both the Core Pentium N and the energy efficient 7th Gen Core i3 processors. As for the video system, it can be presented as built into the HD Graphics 505 processor, and in AMD A4-9120 laptops you get a faster AMD Radeon 520M with 2 GB of native GDDR5 memory.

    The case of the Aspire 3 is made of ordinary matte plastic, nevertheless the laptop does NOT look cheap, the visual impression is enhanced by the “Obsidian Black” color. The build quality does NOT cause any complaints, nothing creaks large gaps comments. On the bottom panel for quick access to internal components there are two compartments, under the small one there are memory slots, under a large slot for a hard drive. The Aspire 3 is slightly larger and heavier than the competition, but by no means bulky, so it’s easy to transport the laptop. All ports of the Aspire 3 are located on the sides of the device. On the left side are Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, USB 3.0, and an SD card reader. The right side offers one USB 2.0 audio port and a power jack.

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    The Acer Aspire 3 A315 keyboard has a standard size and island-style key layout. Black keys have a slightly rough surface, typing is quite comfortable, fingers do not slip off the buttons, pressing is felt well, and the keyboard itself DOES NOT sag like on cheap models. The touchpad is ordinary, there is nothing to praise it for, however, as well as scold. Its dimensions are medium and it is shifted to the left towards the center of the case. Acer has installed a TN-LED panel with 1920 x 1080 pixels in the laptop, so the viewing angles are NOT great. Unfortunately, the maximum brightness of its backlight leaves much to be desired: only 248 cd / m², which is barely enough for working through windows in sunny weather. The black level is NOT impressive, but NOT too upsetting at 0.48 cd / m², which is average for most notebooks. The maximum contrast ratio was 522: 1, therefore, it is difficult to call the image saturated and vivid.


    The Acer Aspire 3 A315 is designed for office work and light entertainment, so it is equipped with low-voltage Intel Core i5-7200U processors. This is Kaby Lake architecture notebook processor 2 cores and 4 threads, is based on 14 nm manufacturing technology, with a maximum frequency of 3.1 GHz and a locked multiplier. Intel Core i5-7200U is paired with 8GB (2GB x 4GB) dual channel DDR4 RAM.

    Test results

    The Acer Aspire 3 has decent performance with the new Kaby Lake-based Intel Core i3-8130U processor. But in the rest of the test categories, this model does not win: the display is too dark, the battery life is average, and the equipment is partially outdated. In general, THESE characteristics are sufficient only for the average result.

    Weak point # 3: Mobility

    The Acer Aspire 3 is only partially suitable for use on short trips or on the train. The battery lasts less than six hours of video playback. In pure office mode, the laptop can work for less than 7.5 hours, but as soon as the work becomes more resource-intensive, the laptop turns off after about 4 hours. The laptop weighs less than 1.8 kg. not that light, which is why the mobility rating is quite average. The best performance is obtained when connected to the network and with an external monitor.

    Although the Aspire 3 is thin, it is only of limited travel use.


    Dark, low contrast display
    All USB Type-C ports
    moderate mobility

    Weak point: Display

    That Acer likes to save on display in its Aspire series is no longer news. As low as with the Aspire 3 A315-51, the Taiwanese have never fallen before in our tests. Even though the 15.6-inch TN display panel has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels (Full HD), it gives a very small viewing angle and weak color saturation. In addition, the checkerboard contrast, that is, the simultaneous display of dark and light areas, is here below average. 147: 1. Like its predecessor, the panel brightness is quite low. The Aspire 3 achieves a maximum of 176 candelas per square meter. too little for outdoor use on sunny days.

    Test results Acer Aspire 3 A315-51-336X (NX.GYYEV.007)

    • Value for money: 54
    • Mobility (25%): 70.1
    • Equipment (25%): 60.1
    • Performance (15%): 72.9
    • Ergonomics (15%): 64.2
    • Display (20%): 52.2

    The processor is a significant advantage

    In our list of laptops under 40,000 rubles, the Acer Aspire 3 is unique. While other manufacturers rely on low-cost Pentium or legacy processors, the Aspire 3 uses the state-of-the-art Intel Core i3-8130U with Lake Kaby architecture. Thanks to the turbo mode, the processor frequencies can be raised under load from 2.2 to 3.4 GHz, which brings it closer in performance to the previous generation of Intel Core i5 processors. Unsurprisingly, the Acer Aspire 3 sets new standards in terms of performance. especially when paired with a powerful processor with a 256GB SSD and 4GB of RAM.

    Thus, the laptop offers more than enough power for everyday office and internet tasks. Even graphically not very complex games such as Fortnite: Battle Royale can be easily played on this device. At the same time, the laptop always remains practically silent. But more resource-intensive image and video processing will slow down on it due to limited RAM. Although this is already the order of the day among devices in this price range.

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